Posts Tagged ‘state of the union’

Constitutional Usurpation

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Dear Friends,

 

It seems to me, if I am not held to the Law, I will not follow the law. Moreover, if our elected leaders are not held to the Constitution, they will not follow it either. This not only applies to the US, where the Constitution has been bastardized by the New Class to their own purpose, but around the World. Human nature is unyielding. We do what we can get away with due to our egoistic self interest. No one among us is immune we are all subject to the demands of our egos. It is said that our emotions are like an elephant and our reason is merely a rider. Since politicians are human beings, they are as subject to this weakness in human nature as anyone, perhaps more, since they seek egoistic power over others. If we are to leave our children and their children, a World where people are free and prosperous, we must realize a means to counter this predilection in our leaders.

 

Think about it this way, if the laws against speeding are not enforced, people will speed more and more. As a result accidents will become more and more frequent and deadly. If the laws against drunk driving are not enforced as well the trend of more deadly accidents will accelerate. This is incontestable, we all know that we will do what we can get away with, and we all understand the repercussions. What we fail to realize however, is the same holds true for our elected leaders, but with far greater negative consequences.

 

The elite, like everyone, seek to exceed limits on their actions. In the case of the elected leaders, they want more freedom, to limit the freedom of others. Like the guy late for work, if he believes he will get away with exceeding the limit, he will do it. The repercussion to the society and culture from the elite exceeding their authority, as limited by the Constitution, are far more dangerous than merely allowing drunks to careen down the road fast as bullets. If we allow our leaders to surpass constitutional limits, the results include but are not limited to, famine, oppression, poverty, social strife, and hopelessness.

 

The predilection of the elite is only exacerbated, when those that are empowered with limiting the power and scope of government by their Constitutions, cheer and applaud when a would be usurper publicly announces he fully intends to practice arbitrary power. In this case the Constitution is nothing more than a cloak that gives the new tyrant’s usurpations a veil of legitimacy. When this happens the people have two options. Rise up and demand the Constitution be followed to the letter as intended or fall into line like lambs to the slaughter house. In such a society, where the people rise up immediately, the change back to Constitutional rule can be done with little or no blood shed, but where the people fall into line, whether it is for free stuff or fear of being called a name, eventually they will be led to slaughter and terror. Once that happens, if the people become enraged at the usurpations and rise up, we will be put down by deadly force and much blood will be shed, like in Tienanmen Square or Iran.

 

The right thing to do is never the easy thing to do. Most of the time we know the right thing to do but withhold action because it is seen as too difficult. Mo Ti wrote volumes about this facet of human nature, that we will do the hard thing to avoid the easy thing… In the case of a blatant usurper the right thing to do is to immediately write letters and articles, demonstrate, demand the Constitution be followed as written and intended, and otherwise act out. This is not easy, especially when the elite in the media, government and culture, back the usurper. But if it is not done and we fall into line like lambs the slaughter house cannot be far away.

 

In the US today we have a President who is so blatant about his usurpations he announces them to standing ovations like Adolph Hitler did. He is so confident that the American people will fall into line like lambs he openly avows he will practice arbitrary rule, like following laws as he sees fit, changing laws to suit his moods, bypasses other Constitutionally empowered branches of government and otherwise acts the dictator.

 

Using the spurious logic of “living breathing document” wasn’t undermining the Constitution fast enough, and we have become such sheep, he can do all these things without complaint from the very people he is avowing he will oppress. He knows the media will not hold him to any standard, the cultural elite back his incursions, and all other political factions behold his usurpations with admiration, drooling at the possibility they will get the same power if and when they come into office. The last hope to such a society, are the people who are awake and aware, we must demand our Constitution be followed. A NUMA is only a means to maintain Constitutional limits once they are reestablished. Like I said, if we do not hold the elite to the Constitution, they will not follow it, with all the consequences that will ensue. Lambs don’t write letters and don’t fight, they cry as their throat is slit, but to no avail… they have entered the slaughterhouse of their own free will.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

John Pepin

Learned Helplessness

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Dear Friends,

It seems to me the American people are being programmed in learned helplessness. This is an excellent way for the Elite to limit opportunities for the middleclass without repercussions. Leading to a declining middle class, (as we have seen in recent years), so that those who are Elite today, will stay Elite tomorrow. This is the acme of Schumpeter’s warning about the already wealthy, and his warning about the intellectual Elite, is also being carried out in our government. Most of those in the Executive branch today are from academia. This makes my blood run cold and it should yours.

Learned helplessness, is a physiological term denoting an instance, where, an individual has “learned” to be “helpless”. This was discovered accidentally when some lab equipment malfunctioned. There were dogs who were being trained to push a certain button and get a treat else get a shock. The equipment only shocked some dogs. Later, when put in a low pen, one they could easily step over, and given mild shocks they didn’t even get up and step over. They had learned to be helpless in the face of discomfort! It breaks my heart that those dogs were so maltreated, if even accidentally, they lost the ability to make self interested choices.

The loss of the ability to make self interested decisions, because someone believes that it doesn’t help, is tragic. They are feeble. That is the state the Elite would like us to be in. Look at what they are doing. The TSA is a great example of this. They eschew profiling when it would save tens of millions of dollars and make the airways much safer. But politics trump safety and efficiency… or, are they teaching us it is useless to complain, you will only miss your plane. You are being taught. Another is the regulation smothering every aspect of our lives. Do we really need the government to regulate the weight of OUR children? Or are we being taught something? Try suing City Hall for a taste of futility.

Look at the level of depression in our society. Is that not a perfect example of learned helplessness? Isn’t the prevalence of anti depressant drugs a clear sign that there might be a problem? The Elite want to help, they see the real problem and have a real solution, they will give us the antidepressants free of charge… No way numbing the American people could ever lead to South American style government could it? Or has it already?

Obama asked for more power to reorganize the executive branch, powers he “promises” will only be used to make government more responsive to the needs of the people. This very statement is a cattle prod to the eyeball of every Constitution abiding American citizen. Do we really, truly, want to put more power into the hands of the Executive? I will remind you that Bureaucracy writes de facto law in the form of regulation! What about separation of powers? Even European citizens should be outraged! But, on inspection of the unbiased press, no problem, FDR had it, look what a great job he did on the economy and liberty.

Lets see how the Unbiased media react in the next few weeks. Had Bush said it the unbiased media would have freaked out. But, Obama is their baby, they birthed him, they changed his diaper when it got filled, they carry the water for him, they must back him on this… Else they fall victim of cognitive dissonance. So we can’t expect a righteous reaction from the unbiased media. After all, it would be biased, to not be biased. Just as, a State religion, of atheism, must be established, to protect the government from certain established religions.

I consider the reaction of the American people, to be a test, to see how well we have been inculcated in the practice of learned helplessness. If there is no reaction at all… well, all is lost. But if there is some reaction, then we can say that, not everyone has subscribed to the free antidepressants. Maybe there is a chance we can wrest the Elite from their throne and restore Constitutional government to the US. The Elite will say, resistance is futile… but resist we must, else we pass a world of weakness, worry and poverty to our children.

Sincerely

John Pepin