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Pyrotechnics and hot dogs

By Robert T. Smith
web posted January 4, 2010

As famously attributed to Rahm Emanuel, the Obama Administration's Chief of Staff, in response to our most current banking dilemma and New Deal-like further expansion of the federal government, "Never let a serious crisis go to waste."

As the Democrat Party takes us back to the future, they build upon the revolution that overthrew the American Republic in the form of the New Deal. 

It is to the eternal credit of the American people that this tremendous readjustment of our national life is being accomplished peacefully.

As Franklin D. Roosevelt so clearly stated in his January 1934 annual message to the Congress, revolution had overcome America and it had passed without the typical bullets and blood attendant to other revolutionary events. 

In his real time assessment of the New Deal and now clearly prophetic discussion of our current national political dilemma, Garet Garrett explained the Marxist template for the conquest of America, that fomented as FDR's New Deal.  As an author and editorial-writer-in-chief of the Saturday Evening Post, among his many works he wrote the political monograph The Revolution Was, that was published in 1944.

Therein the referenced tome, Mr. Garrett laid out the New Deal game plan, the promise of security and stability in trade for individual freedom.  The crisis that provided the opportunity for the revolutionaries to formulate and implement the New Deal was the Great Depression.  The following excerpt from Mr. Garrett's referenced literary work, while a bit dated, should be familiar. 

  1. Repudiation of the United States Treasury's promises to pay.
  2. Confiscation of the people's gold by trickery.
  3. Debasement of the currency.
  4. Deliberate inflation.
  5. Spoliation of the savers, whose little rainy day hoards melted away.
  6. Deficit spending to create buying power by conjury.
  7. Monetization of debt.
  8. The doctrine of a planned economy.
  9. A scheme of taxation, class subsidies and Federal grants-in-aid designed ostensibly to redistribute the national wealth for social justice, but calculated in fact to reduce millions of citizens to subservience, bringing forty eight sovereign states to the status of provinces and to create in the executive principle a supreme government with extensive new powers, including the power to make its own laws by simply publishing from its bureaus rules and regulations having the force of law, disobedience punishable by fine or imprisonment.

While these enumerated concepts were unique to the situation at the time of the Great Depression, the general approach remains.  Manipulate the currency and economy to control all the people. 

The federal government has grown extra-constitutionally large and unsustainable over the decades since the New Deal.  The function of a Constitutional Republic is, in reality, now just forgotten history to most in our country.  It's over and Americanism lost.  If a restoration is to occur, a new Republic is needed because the thoughts and character of the former framers, and conditions that gave rise to our once great Republic no longer exist.

While there are many formulas, ideas, or approaches to reverse the current reality, at the root of all remains a single concept that must be restored if there is to be any hope, the sovereignty of the individual.  The Declaration of Independence spoke of individual, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as the core of the philosophy that became our country.  The Declaration of Independence did not provide this sovereignty.  The Declaration of Independence simply enumerated this sovereign right, bestowed by our maker, and referenced these rights' supremacy or authority over all other authority, particularly targeting government as a construct of, and subservient to, we the people.    

Collectivism abhors individualism.  The collective cannot stand for competition from sovereign individuals.  All square pegs must fit in the round holes of the society for the collective to be managed and operated.  Where once government was instituted by sovereign citizens; now, we the people are the responsibility of the government.  The pot has taken control over the potter.  The government will control our banks, businesses, use of energy, and even, apparently now, our very bodies.      

Little is left of the American paradigm, the sovereign individual.  Symbolically, we can look forward to the next 4th of July for what remains of the idea of America.  On the 4th, most in our country likely mark the day celebrating nothing more than an apparent fascination with pyrotechnics and an undying love of hot dogs.  ESR

Robert T. Smith is an environmental scientist who spends his days enjoying life and the pursuit of happiness with his family.  He confesses to cling to his liberty, guns and religion, with antipathy toward the arrogant ruling elites throughout the country.





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