The Obama Psalm

Normally I would not waste your time with this, but this gem found here is too funny not to share.  And I think it is an interesting insight into how fed up people are with Obama, our man-child president.

Obama is my shepherd; I shall not work.
He keepth jobs out of the hands of the people,
Which leadeth the country to class warfare and polarization.
He encourageth sloth; he leadeth the government to new heights in deficit spending.
Yea, though I walk in the shadow of Economic collapse,
I shall fear no depression: for Obama is with me.
His handouts and monetary indiscretion supplement my income.
He maintainest spending increases in the presence of insurmountable debt;
He punisheth businesses with excessive regulations;
And giveth the hard-earned fruits of labor to the unproductive.
Surely, handouts and stimulus payments shall follow all the days of his administration;
And I will stay unemployed forever.

 

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“And so it begins…” Unions wage violence in Washington state

Well, it appears Da Unions heard Obama and Biden loud and clear, and are willing to become the Demokraten Partei SturmabteilungSee this first shot across the bow:

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — Hundreds of Longshore workers stormed the Port of Longview, overpowered security guards, damaged rail cars and dumped grain at the center of a labor dispute that also stopped work at four other ports on Thursday, officials said.

Six guards were detained for a couple of hours after at least 500 Longshoremen broke down gates about 4:30 a.m. and smashed windows in the guard shack, said Longview Police Chief Jim Duscha. He called the detained guards “hostages.”

No one was hurt, and nobody has been arrested. Most of the protesters returned to their union hall after cutting brake lines and spilling grain from a car at the EGT terminal, Duscha said. They also pushed a private security vehicle into a ditch.

Notice the part in bold.  If your local Tea Party group were to go to a local office of a political party, or a business who visibly and vocally supports a particular political party, and ransacked it, vandalized it, and take “hostages,” your local Tea Party members would be broken, bleeding, arrested, and appearing before the magistrate on a bail hearing so fast your head would spin.

But since we’re talking about the Union, they can commit physical violence, property damage, and hostage taking.  WITH IMPUNITY.

Correction:  With FEDERAL GOVERNMENT-SANCTIONED IMPUNITY.

Do you think these Union goons would have felt so empowered if Obama and Biden hadn’t given it their implicit sanction this past Labor Day?  Let me tell you why their words matter and why their positions are such a Bully Pulpit:

The government is the potent omnipresent teacher. For good or ill it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy. To declare that the end justifies the means – to declare that the government may commit crimes – would bring terrible retribution.

- Justice Louis D. Brandeis

Obama and Biden are leading by example; when they approve such behavior, they are encouraging it.

And from The Blaze, we have this additional point:

“We’re not surprised,” [Longview Police Chief ]Duscha said. “A lot of the protesters were telling us this is only the start.”

More to follow.

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Teamsters declare war on Tea Party, call them “sons of bitches”

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2011/09/05/jimmy_hoffa_at_obama_event_on_gop_lets_take_these_son_of_bitches_out.html

Looks like President Obama has activated his Civilian National Security Force, the closest thing to Brownshirts that America has ever had.

Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa had some profane, combative words for Republicans while warming up the crowd for President Obama in Detroit, Michigan on Monday.

“We got to keep an eye on the battle that we face: The war on workers. And you see it everywhere, it is the Tea Party. And you know, there is only one way to beat and win that war. The one thing about working people is we like a good fight. And you know what? They’ve got a war, they got a war with us and there’s only going to be one winner. It’s going to be the workers of Michigan, and America. We’re going to win that war,” Jimmy Hoffa Jr. said to a heavily union crowd.

“President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march. Let’s take these son of bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong,” Hoffa added.

EDITED to add the Vice-President’s remarks from today to union labor:

You are the only non-governmental power.  The ONLY nongovernmental power.  The only one that has the power and the capacity to stop this onslaught…..The other side has declared war on Labor’s house and it’s about  (FIST SLAM) time (FIST SLAM) we stand(FIST SLAM)  up(FIST SLAM)!”

If you haven’t read It Can’t Happen Here, you owe it to yourself to read it.  Check it out at your local library, or read the online text here.

So now the math has become more clear.  On the one side is the Tea Party, which is mostly retirement-age folks who remember what the Republic was supposed to stand for but aren’t up to brawling with Da Union Thugs, and some young parents. On the other side are these lovely folks  who have no problem with following their tribal leaders and doing violence on their behalf.

Let me let you in on a secret:  The Unions are a tribe, a group that has formed a group identity and made the conscious decision that they and their members will get what they want at the expense of you and everyone else.  A government-sanctioned and government-protected tribe thanks to labor laws.  They have sworn fealty to President Obama today, and have publicly and openly resolved to be his Brownshirts (or at least one component).  They claim to be Americans, but not YOUR FELLOW Americans.

The storm is coming.  The winds are picking up speed today.  The clouds are forming.  Determine today where you stand.

“Out of every 100 men, 10 shouldn’t even be there, 80 are just targets, 9 are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, the one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back.”  — attributed to Heraclitas of ancient Greece

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Data Points for your consideration

1.  Congressional Black Caucus – meaning YOUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES, members of the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT – is out there stirring up the rhetoric, getting their constituents all spun up against the Tea Party, evoking images of Jim Crow, lynchings, war, etc.  Link to video available here.

2.  Anarchist/Communist group threatens class warfare against Tea party.  Link to video available here.

3.  From my prior posting:  “The Real Enemy is the Tea Party.”

4.  From Maxine Waters:  “I’m not afraid of anybody,” Waters told the crowd. “This is a tough game. You can’t be intimidated. You can’t be frightened. As far as I’m concerned, the Tea Party can go straight to hell.”

So what does it all add up to?  See this pithy analysis found on the Internet from someone that is the target of the above threats:

The folks who are getting free stuff, don’t like the folks who are paying for the free stuff, because the folks who are paying for the free stuff, can no longer afford to pay for both the free stuff and their own stuff. And, the folks who are paying for the free stuff, want the free stuff to stop. And the folks who are getting the free stuff, want even MORE free stuff on top of the free stuff they’re already getting!

Now, the people who are forcing the people who PAY for the free stuff, have told the people who are RECEIVING the free stuff, that the people who are PAYING for the free stuff, are being mean, prejudiced, and racist. So, the people who are GETTING the free stuff, have been convinced they need to HATE the people who are PAYING for the free stuff by the people who are forcing the people who are PAYING for the free stuff and GIVING them the free stuff in the first place.

We are seeing the political class-warfare and race-warfare rhetoric heating up to a god-awful degree.  And it’s being fomented by elected Representatives of the United States Congress — and the President, of course, months and months ago, started this process with his “get in their faces” instructions to his legions.  You know, this guy:

That should let you know two things:

1.  This divisive government-sponsored rhetoric is REALLY HAPPENING.   It is not tinfoil conspiracy stuff or SHTF-masturbatory fantasy.

2.  The federal government is beyond the “gloves are off” stage; it has taken its gloves off and is poking the Tea Party in the chest.

I have started a Tea Party group in my neck of the woods to try to push back via the legitimate political system, by applying legitimate nonviolent political pressure on elected representatives.  But I wonder more and more if it is merely rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic, and whether my efforts are better spent on cardio and FM 7-70 in preparation for defending against a coming violent political arena.

ADDITIONAL DATA POINTS:  We had Hurricane Irene hit central Virginia this weekend.  Not much damage here other than the power out and some trees down (none in our yard, thankfully).  But there were two interesting data points to take away:

1.  Where the stoplights were out, we’re supposed to treat it as a four-way stop.  Hell, I remember that from driver’s education class in the mid-1980s.  Apparently I was the only person who remembered that; most of the intersections operated according to Road Warrior rules of the road that said “road with most lanes has right of way, followed by biggest truck, followed by those with the attitude to say ‘screw you, I’m going through.'”  Not a good commentary on how people behave when the rules aren’t in place.  If we cannot count on folks to obey one traffic law on how to treat a dead traffic signal, how can we count on them to not steal or rat out neighbors who have food/generator/firearms?

2.  A neighbor who works in public safety was at his post near the projects during the hurricane.  According to him, once the power was out, the Free Stuff Army in the projects quickly figured out that alarm systems wouldn’t work, so they looted the convenience stores, bypassing the D-cell batteries for alcohol.  Then, after a mere 24 hours of no power and no A/C, the FSA started chanting “WE WANT POWER!” and lit trash cans and a vehicle on fire.  Then, some of them approached the local fire station to demand D-cell batteries and ice, and were genuinely dumbfounded that the fire station was not there to hand out freebies.  If those folks are that ignorant of how to prepare for crisis, they will be easily recruited into a Reparations Army to come for your stuff.

EDITED TO ADD UNRELATED VIDEO FROM ATLANTA FROM EARLY AUGUST WHEN FOOD STAMPS CARDS HAD A GLITCH:  http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/dpp/news/local_news/Clayton-County-Food-Stamp-Snafu-Angers-Many-20110810-am-sd  Now imagine this in your AO for an extended period of time.

Form your defensive tribes now.

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Reprint from last year: Atlas Shoves Back

(this appeared in a sister blog site a year ago, and I am reprinting it to update it to current times as it is even more relevant)

Politically, America is going through incredible turmoil.  The Democrats, when they were holding the Congress and Presidency,  thinking they had a complete mandate to do anything they wanted because “we won,” stood  in disbelief as Americans shout in rage against the healthcare bill and stimulus bill and other big government spending projects.  The Republicans, not quite sure what to do with the Tea Parties, are caught in an internal civil war between the limited-government wing and the wing that says “moving to the Left has helped the Democrats; it’s a winning strategy, so let’s try it too!”

The interesting thing about this turmoil is that nobody outside the Tea Party movement quite knows who they are or what they want.  Of course, persons who are comfortably ignorant of the facts apply their own opinions that the Tea Party movement is villainous because they defy the state, seditious because they exercise their right to free speech, and racist because the President is black (If you cannot follow the logic on that last bit, well, neither can I).  Well, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, no matter how ill-informed.  But one is not entitled to facts that do not exist.

I have spoken before local Tea Parties several times, so I have a little more information than most.  What is the Tea Party movement?  It is the members of the productive class shedding the guilt over their success imposed on them by the looter and parasite classes, and realizing they can no longer responsibly outsource their civic duties.  For years, the vast majority of the productive class has been comfortable protecting Constitutional rights by sending a yearly check to the advocacy groups of its choice.  For example, many in the firearms rights movement, when asked whether they support the right to keep and bear arms, say “of course I do!  I’m an NRA member!”  But when you politely ask “OK, but what do YOU actually do to protect that right?”, the answer is generally “I send my check in each year!”

The problem with that outsourcing phenomenon is when advocacy groups become so comfortable with their close relationship with government that they forget who they serve.  The advocacy groups’ occupational hazard is to identify their interests with government instead of their members.  And only an active membership that holds the advocacy group constantly accountable can do that – which rarely happens.

So now, the productive class realizes they are lied to and used by the media, they are lied and used by politicians/looters of both parties, they are lied to and used by the parasites who live off the productive class’s earnings, and they must bypass the advocacy groups and protest directly.  This is the great awakening of the productive class that we are seeing happen before our very eyes, their realization that they should not be held guilty for being successful and productive when others are not.

This was the basic premise of Atlas Shrugged (spoiler alert for those who have not read it:  It’s not about trains):  The productive class sheds its guilt imposed by the weak, poor, lazy, etc., and go into hiding, basically removing their productive efforts from society so society can crash and burn and destroy the philosophy that man may live at his fellow man’s expense.

Some analogize the events in Atlas Shrugged to the events happening today.  However, there is a fundamental difference.  Our country was founded in resistance to tyranny; it is part of our Constitutional DNA.  Americans are far more likely to fight back than become passive-aggressive.  We are far more likely to struggle to find solutions than to watch the walls come tumbling down.

There are those who suggest the productive class should “go Galt” and withdraw their productive talents from society.  That works at the macro-level, if a Henry Ford were willing to completely shut down his company, but good luck getting shareholders to approve such an action.  At the micro-level, at the individual level, I suggest that “shrugging” is what has gotten us into the current mess at the Federal level.  The productive class has shrugged off their civic duties for too long, and now they are taking the burden back on.

We don’t know how current events will currently play out.  A sweeping Republican victory in the 2012 election is still not necessarily victory for the productive class; it just means the Congress might be willing to oppose the President on more big government programs (notice the use of the word “might” instead of “shall”).  It just means one more set of politicians to keep an eye on.  Therefore, it means the productive class must remain vigilant.  This means remaining connected with fellow members of your tribe, continuing to network with like-minded folks, and keeping the heat on the government.  Shrugging off our civic vigilance is what has gotten us here.

 

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Build your networks now

Karl Denninger has been keeping at good eye on the economy and political scene at The Market Ticker (http://www.market-ticker.org).  His latest post has some good tips about preparing for further economic catastrophe.

One point that is particularly noteworthy is this bit:

Got faith? There may or may not be a God, but it’s a fact that there’s a congregation in the corner Church on Sunday. Consider that if the Zombie Apocalypse comes knocking your local faith community may be the best option for mutually-arranged self-defense, the patching of any holes that might get made in places you’d rather not have them, and the provision of basic human needs, including most-particularly something hot to put down the pie hole. Is faith practical? You decide, and consider this along with the following indisputable fact: Once you know for sure if there’s a God it’s too late to change your mind.

The real point is not faith, but community.  You see, if we as law-abiding Patriots find ourselves at  odds with the government or its supports, you can be assured of one thing:  The government, the law enforcement bodies, the media, the politicians and political elite, the pundits, and the sheep will all be aligned against YOU if you try to defend yourself against the feral sapiens of the Free Stuff Army.  The only people on your side will be the community ties and networks that you have built.

Let me emphasize that again:  That YOU have built.  Nobody will do it for you — but there are plenty of like-minded folks if you are looking.

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American Royalty, or Government Oligopoly

“Look, what we are dealing with in America is the same thing Europe has put up with for centuries: Royalty versus peasants. The difference is, in Europe the royalty is through birth, in America the royalty is elected!” — from a European who became a naturalized U.S. citizen and Rifleman.

Once, on a cold morning at a rifle range, several Riflemen were discussing our disdain for Congress and the other idiots in the federal government. After much debate as to why our elected servants believed they were our lord and masters, one fellow piped up and gave us the above statement. He was originally European, but he loved America with fierce pride. He explained that royalty believes that it can do whatever it wants to the peasants, and that the peasants have to take it.

That truly captures the current state of politics at the federal level: We have an elected Royalty. Four hundred thirty-five Representatives, one hundred Senators, one President. Do the math, and that means that 536 persons, or less than 0.000018% of the population, rule 300,000,000+ Americans. If we crunch the numbers even further, we see that legislation is passed by a simple majority of 218 Representatives, 51 Senators, and one President (assuming no filibusters or vetoes).

Think about that. A nation of 300,000,000 is at the mercy of 270 politicians if they say “Thus it is written, thus it shall be done.”

At this point, someone jumps up to shout “What about the Courts! Doesn’t the court system and the Supreme Court hold the trump card to overrule the other two branches of government?” That is a valid question that deserves an answer. First, the courts were never meant to be supreme over the other two branches of government; the Supreme Court granted itself the power of judicial review in 1803 in the case of Marbury v. Madison. Second, the Supreme Court’s decisions are just as susceptible to social and political factors as the other branches of government. Finally, a Supreme Court decision becomes law of the land when a simple majority of five unelected, lifetime-appointment Justices say so. And as we saw in the Dred Scott and Kelo v. New London decisions, they don’t always guarantee liberty.

So we have reached a point where 536 barons and dukes, their knights in their law enforcement agencies, and their courtiers in the media, in the federal bureaucracy, and in academia rule a vast nation and its wealth. They have become American Royalty, and if you are not with them then you are by definition an American Peasant.

How has this phenomenon arisen? There are probably a great number of reasons, but two in particular stand out:

1. Americans tend to view their country and their government as the same thing.

2. Americans have evolved into a view of elected officials as “leaders.”

The defining events of the United States’ birth were the Declaration of Independence, the Revolutionary War, and the Constitution. Our national heritage and culture derive from the rejection of autocratic government and the creation of a representative republic whose express purpose was the protection of individual rights. It is not surprising that we take such pride in the nature, structure, and original mission of our federal government.

But that does not mean that our federal government is the same thing as our nation itself. although we respect and revere the Constitution, that does not mean that our federal government is inseparable from the concept of our nation. The federal government is supposed to be merely a set of managers for national-level policy and execution within strictly defined powers.

Our greatest weakness as Americans is to confuse love of country with love of our government. And the government exploits that weakness at every opportunity. (Remember Slick Willie’s infamous quote “You can’t say you love your country and hate your government”?) The politicians, the pundits, the bureaucrats, the cultural elites and others that form the current American Royalty know that weakness well. They love it because it is the single greatest security blanket they have. They have manipulated language, imagery, and guilt to make Americans believe that criticism of government (particularly the federal government) is criticism of America itself.

Many patriots will say that there is plenty of opportunity for criticism of government, that the Tea Party movement for example is clearly a loud and growing voice of dissent. But where is the action? We hear plenty of noise, but do we see widespread civil disobedience of the government’s edicts? We do not, unless it is from those special-interest groups who know their actions are protected by the government who seeks their votes and support.

The second historical trend leading to the growth of American Royalty is America’s willingness to view elected officials as “leaders.” Oddly, I thought elected officials were government servants sent there to do the people’s bidding in accordance with Constitutional guidelines. I thought they answered to us. Why do we view them as leaders? Why do we grant them a moral and official authority that they have not demonstrated they can hold? A sergeant in the Army receives training and experience and must demonstrate leadership proficiency before he is allowed to pin on that rank and lead five solders. Why are we so quick to bestow the mantle of leadership on a politician whose only demonstrated skill is promising the advance auction of other peoples’ property and income?

So how do we correct these situations? Start by educating yourself and others on the Constitution’s limits on governmental power. Next, hold elected officials accountable at the ballot box, at public meetings, and in writing. Challenge their positions in language of freedom, not by using their words. You will lose a debate over “affordable housing” every time because there is no way to win public opinion while being against affordable housing. Instead, stop using their words and call it what it is in plain, common-sense language that puts them on the defensive.

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