by Eli Stone:
“Nothing is more certain than that a general profligacy and corruption of manners make a people ripe for destruction. A good form of government may hold the rotten materials together for some time, but beyond a certain pitch, even the best constitution will be ineffectual, and slavery must ensue.” –John Witherspoon, The Dominion of Providence Over the Passions of Men, 1776 “It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope.
We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth — and listen to the song of that syren, till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty?” –Patrick Henry “Enlightenment is the realization that everything you believe in is wrong”. Unknown Enlightenment, that trek that some people never start and that journey that others never finish in their search for answers. Be it spiritual, investigative, or simply a thirst for knowledge, enlightenment is what brings us closer to the truth about ourselves, our environment, and our own existence. In a discussion with an acquaintance I learned that, according to him, if I vote for anyone else besides Romney then that is a vote for Obama. I adamantly disagreed and we had fun with the sparring and jabbing back and forth. The truth is that he has his truth from his experience and I have my truth from my experience. Truth is a concept that escapes many people in this day and age. Many people act as though if they ignore unpleasant things that those unpleasant things go away. Sometimes that can be true and other times it is just plain ignoring the problem. Me I wouldn’t spit in Obama’s or Romney’s face if their guts were on fire, so why would I want to waste gas money or time to go vote, unless of course I were to get a three week vacation from the newspaper which I am taking anyway.
Now we have a problem facing our country. We are in dire need of new leadership. The problem is that we get a choice between two persons who decided to “throw their hats into the ring”. To me that is not really a choice because I get to choose from two people that are generally loathed. So at the end of the day we are allowed to choose between the lesser of two evils. And the lesser of two evils is still….well….evil. It’s like asking me if I prefer cow dung or horse dung for dinner. Now I know a dog’s propensity for ingesting unsavory things, but this dog don’t do dat. Because no matter how you season it, salt, pepper, turmeric, sage, ketchup, or mustard…..its still dung. So that is where my enlightenment begins.
Ignoring problems doesn’t always make the misfortune go away and paying attention to it cannot always fix the problem. For instance, the Department of Energy, created under President Jimmy Carter has failed in its charter to end US dependence on foreign oil. Some thirty-five years later we are still dependent on foreign oil with no relief in sight. The Drug Enforcement Agency was established 1 July 1973 to fight the war on drugs. Both departments have been highly successful at least in growth of the organizations and deficit spending if nothing else. Oh yea, the other effect that the war on drugs created is to give the added burden of huge prison populations on the US economy. Maybe efforts like those in Portugal, where drugs were decriminalized after a fashion, might be more effective here in the US. While the US has five per cent of the world population, we have twenty five per cent of the world’s prison population. So Portugal didn’t ignore the problem, it re-aligned its efforts to helping people instead of locking people up and throwing away the key. But of course, if drugs were decriminalized here in the US how would our illustrious governmental “black” organizations make money to fund their pet projects? Black organizations and operations is the government’s pet name for stuff that is happening but the government will swear doesn’t exist. I guess the war on drugs could be construed as patent insanity; or is the DEA doing the same thing over and over expecting different results? Our government has become rife with such do nothing, or do more harm than good in the long run organizations.
I wouldn’t hold my breath for anything to change. I mean look at ComCorps in Colorado Springs. Owned by the wives of some judges, so it is rumored, ComCorps makes a small fortune off inmate labor. Slave labor has always been lucrative business here in the US and continues to function under the color of law. There are always other answers, I mean China executes people and harvests the organs of the inmates thereby creating a short term benefit, well not for the inmate. People with addict personalities will probably be addicts regardless of what you do. However, putting folks in prison is obviously not the answer. So as we progress into this election cycle, we have Mr. Six of One Obama a staunch democrat and Mr. Half Dozen of the Other Romney a flip flopping republo-democrat vying for power and control over all that they survey.
Between politicians and bankers this country is pretty near ruined. Romney said he would fully support the original wording of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 meaning that I guess Romney likes the idea that he can have any American who does not toe the line thrown into jail without due process. Paul Ryan is another piece of work with his line about the TARP violating his principles yet he voted for it in his words to preserve his principles. But hey! What better way to ensure that your party wins, if you are a democrat that is….have someone in your party flip to the other party and voila! Or did I miss a trick with Romney. Our country is currently continuing to build a security apparatus to rival the Chinese Communist and the Soviet Empire combined. Currently ALL smart phone conversations are being recorded and catalogued. A major data base for future use is being built in Utah even as we speak. As soon as the data center is complete everything you say on a phone, all text messages you send, and all pictures you play with will be recorded and catalogued. Drones are being fielded to the states, some 19,000 expected over the next few years. Colorado just received four drones, to use for what? DHS buys 1.4 billion rounds of ammo. Is DHS they expecting a fire fight? So at the end of the day the following things have come to light for me….thereby providing my enlightenment. The freedom to choose between two equally repugnant candidates is repugnant and not freedom. The government actually creates jobs, but those jobs are created through deficit spending on the backs of the taxpayers. That the States of these united States would be better off relying on themselves in partnership with other states than to rely on the Feds. Colorado after all pays more money to the Feds than it receives in return. That at the current rate of decline in our currency that most families will be hard pressed to feed themselves within the next year. That some politicians will do whatever they feel they must do because the end will always justify the means; to whit Operation Fast and Furious as well TARP, QE1, and QE2….oh yea QE3 has now begun. That when a politicians lips move he is probably lying about something, and if he isn’t lying then he is just talking nonsense if you listen carefully. That most people will continue to listen to politicians if the politicians are saying what those people want to hear. That many people will vote for their party, right, wrong, or indifferent….it not what the candidate is about….it is about winning! That my vote is a permission slip saying yes I will allow you to govern. I have decided to withdraw my permission and I think we need a new amendment to re-shackle our out of control government. That if you really want hope and change, then you need to prepare a plan for yourself and yours to survive the coming calamity, hope for the best and change your ways and do not trust government. In any case there is a looming economic calamity. That politicians are for the most part controlled by shadows behind the scenes and that politicians really do get away with murder; to whit all the folks involved in the Clinton’s little White Water fiasco and again Fast and Furious.
Our freedom is under assault by not only our own politicians but from outside our borders as well. That there is a move afoot to destroy America as we know it. The UN is again attempting to impose international arms control over the entirety of the world. And I know why…. ” A Free people ought not only be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government ” ~ George Washington….an armed man is a citizen, an unarmed man can easily be made a slave. You can only keep that which you can defend. I know a police officer in Woodland Park, is there a reason most of the WPPD are preppers? That most people will go on about their business and when the cow pie hits the fan they will stand there and wonder what happened. That our government is becoming ever more paranoid…..and so are the people. Remember just because you are paranoid doesn’t mean that “they” aren’t out to get you. That because your time is ever increasingly the property of the Feds that every year you are a little bit more of a slave. We can no longer get redress for our grievances, we are slowly being turned into criminals one and all, and the government ignores the constitution. Isn’t it about time we start doing some ignoring of our own? Maybe an end to politics would be a really good answer. Maybe our government would be better off run by dogs….and I would say that our government has gone to the dogs, but the wolves beat them to the punch and are slaughtering the sheeple. I have seen the light with loathing for what our politicians have helped us achieve, I loathe what it will bring. Will the sheepdogs ever wake up? WOOF, only time will tell. “Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it.” –John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776 The truth is that enlightenment is neither remote nor unattainable. It is closer than your skin and more immediate than your next breath. If we wonder why so few seem able to find that which can never be lost, we might recall the child who was looking in the light for a coin he dropped in the dark because “the light is better over here”. Spiritual Enlightenment, The Damnedest Thing, by Jed McKenna