Shrugging Thoughts

ShruggedThumbby Brad Nelson
I think we’re at the point in time where you just have to let events unfold. We’re witnessing some of the times that try men’s souls. The world is trying to realign itself into a thugocracy based upon power, not principle. “Rights” are whatever the powerful say they are. Goods are acquired not by hard work but by how much plundering and agitating you can do. (See: the union thuggery in Wisconsin from a few months ago.) This is the world of B. Hussein Obama and the Democrats, as well as far too many Republicans. It’s familiar turf to them. Lest we forget, the chief qualification of our own president is being a street agitator. That’s what he did. He produced nothing. He simply was a parasite on those who did.

Our greatest hope is our American and Western principles of open, lawful, individual-rights-based government and a vibrant free market. But even that is fading. Increasingly, power is wielded in our own country by an unelected bureaucracy, and our free market is being severely restricted and abused, being replaced in stages by a centrally-planned  one. This all may sound good when done under the name of “social justice,” but that’s just a name. No American should want the government involved in their lives to the extent it is now, no matter what nice-sounding word you use to describe it.

And our political structure is becoming more and more what is called “the administrative state.” Anyone who has had any contact at all with the environment nazis knows what I’m talking about. Their move on private property is getting beyond brazen and into the area of Gestapo tactics. They rule through administrative fiat, unaccountable to voters.

Mark Steyn makes the brilliant point in “America Alone” that in Europe the people have been comfortably insulated from their government. True, they do elect leaders, but the leaders in Europe have done their best to insulate the actual mechanics of government from the people. It’s hard to reform such a system, let alone to have any real input. You may change parties but the unelected bureaucracy stays intact.

Now, add in dashes of political correctness, multiculturalism, and secularism-as-god into the mix. We are, frankly, adrift and I don’t see any easy way out other than personal gun ownership and having enough ammo on hand.

A friend of mine has been bugging me to read “Atlas Shrugged.” The movie (appropriately) is coming out April 15. It will be Part I of the book. It’s a thick book so I’ve been putting it off, but he finally dropped a copy by the other day so it looks like I’m out of excuses. [Note: I have since seen the movie, and read part of the book.]

Ayn Rand is full of all kinds of wisdom. If you haven’t already, I’d suggest running out and reading her “Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal.” The gist of “Atlas Shrugged” is that the productive people (much like now) are getting beat up and demonized by the kleptocrats. They’re being squeezed. And the productive class just says “By now. Have a nice day. We’re going to sit tight on our money while you all go crazy.” Much of the present downturn in the economy can be seen as Atlas shrugging. Excessive environmental regulations, high taxes, a dumbed-down population thanks to our inadequate government schools, insane restrictions on our own energy production, and now the onerous burden of Obamacare is causing the money to flee or just sit in a bank.

We cannot exist much longer by not producing our own goods and demonizing the productive sectors of society. We have to produce more of our own energy. We have to stop over-regulating industries so that they have little choice but to move oversees (where then, of course, the Democrats demonize Atlas again by saying that they are “outsourcing jobs”).

We really do live in loony times. I now understand the American colonists so much better. If there was an uninhabited continent, many people would be moving there now looking for freedom. People still do come to America looking for just that — and finding it — but Patrick Henry might not consider us free, at least not by his standards.

People were certainly looking for religious freedom when they came to America. And that’s no small thing. But that’s only half the story. They were also looking for the opportunity to be free and to advance themselves, something they could not find in a calcified, stratified Europe. That is becoming more and more the situation in America. We should probably get our own house in order before trying to promote democracy abroad. We should try it again, and soon. • (1452 views)

Brad Nelson

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I like books, nature, politics, old movies, Ronald Reagan (you get sort of a three-fer with that one), and the founding ideals of this country. We are the Shining City on the Hill — or ought to be. However, our land has been poisoned by Utopian aspirations and feel-good bromides. Both have replaced wisdom and facts.
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6 Responses to Shrugging Thoughts

  1. pst4usa says:

    Brad, I must disagree with your first point, “I think we’re at the point in time where you just have to let events unfold.” I think this has been our problem for over one hundred years, we have just let this unfold, and the map we see as it unfolds, is totally unfamiliar to some of us.

    The rest of your article is right on the money, but strange that you bring up Patrick Henry who famously said;
    “There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free–if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending–if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained–we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us! They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength but irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. The millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable–and let it come! I repeat it, Sir, let it come.

    It is in vain, sir, to extentuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace–but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

    – Speech to the Virginia Convention, March, 1776

    So no, I cannot just watch it unfold. I do not know what to do, but hopefully being one of the squeaky wheels about you bringing your talents to more folks through this blog and even more, books that is one very small thing.

    • Brad Nelson bradnelson says:

      Good speech by Mr. Henry. Yeah, I’m fighting. But I’m also honest. I just think the cult programming of the Left is too deep. Something has to break first before reality can once again gain an entry. Geez, Glenn Beck was talking about WWIII today on his show. Hope that’s not what it takes.

    • ladykrystyna says:

      It is a wonderful speech, but I’m kind of on the same page as Brad.

      I want to fight and there seems to be people out there that do, but we are rather disorganized and I think the desire to be sheeple is far more prevalent now than it was in colonial times.

      I understand that about 1/3 of the American colonists were for independence, another 1/3 were Loyalists and the final 1/3 was apathetic, waiting to see which side would win.

      I think perhaps today we might have the same breakdown, but if we couldn’t convince people in 2008 and 2012 to reject Statism, I don’t know when or how we can.

  2. pst4usa says:

    You and me both! I do agree and often say that we will not fix the problems until the pain level gets high enough for the average citizen to do something more than just go to one rally or write one e-mail or make one phone call. there are some of us that are willing to do more without the pain, but just not enough yet.

    If it is true that only 100,000 out of about 5 million were willing to stand up to King George, then all it should take now is about 6 million people to defeat this tyrannical government. Let’s hope it can be done with more people and less bullets.

    • ladykrystyna says:

      “I do agree and often say that we will not fix the problems until the pain level gets high enough for the average citizen to do something more than just go to one rally or write one e-mail or make one phone call.”

      I swear some of you guys live in my head.

      I was just thinking about this the other day. Not enough people are awake, especially if they are still doing well in their finances and employment. They don’t get that so many are struggling. They don’t get that we are standing upon the edge of a knife. They just can’t imagine that there could be a collapse, which I understand will make the Great Depression actually look great. We’ll be begging for a Great Depression.

      But, normalcy bias is a human trait that is something we’ll never get rid of.

      And you are correct – people won’t wake up until it’s probably too late. After the collapse or perhaps on their way to a re-education camp.

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