“A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another,” Thomas Jefferson famously declared in his first inaugural address in 1801, “shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement.” But even in America, he later warned, beware the state’s attempts to short-circuit the rewards of economic liberty: “To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by his labor.”
This is not a fight over guns, abortions, religion, and gays. Nor is it about Republicans versus Democrats. Rather, it is a struggle between two competing visions of America’s future. In one, America will continue to be a unique and exceptional nation organized around the principles of free enterprise. In the other, America will move toward European-style statism grounded in expanding bureaucracies, increasing income redistribution, and government-controlled corporations. These competing visions are not reconcilable: We must choose.
=====The Battle (Arthur C. Brooks)
The Rise and Decline of Nations, economist Mancur Olson describes the turning point in societies when special-interest coalitions emerge that are dedicated to seeking special privileges and benefits. Olson calls them “distributional coalitions” because they are focused not on increasing productivity or prosperity but rather on trying to “capture a larger share of the national income” through lobbying, pushing for more government regulations that protect and benefit them, while also engaging in what other economists call “rent-seeking,” an inelegant term that essentially means mooching.
“The incentive to produce is diminished,” writes Olson, while “the incentive to seek a larger share of what is produced [by others] increases. The reward for pleasing those to whom we sell our goods and labor declines, while the reward for evading or exploiting regulations, politics, and bureaucracy and for asserting our rights, through bargaining or the complex understandings, becomes greater.”
“These changes in the patterns of incentives in turn deflect the direction of a society’s evolutions,” writes Olson, as he describes how a dynamic economy stagnates, then atrophies, and ultimately goes into decline.
===A Nation of Moochers: America’s Addiction to Getting Something for Nothing (Charles J. Sykes)
The invasion was planned. It is a taking. It is the government, “our” government, deciding to give to others, in this case not even legal citizens of America, the full benefits of the largess of the State, from welfare to education and healthcare at the expense of all of the legal and rightful citizens of this nation. It is in itself alone an illegal act of government without representation and without right. It was tracked and is now promoted and supported in a well organized propaganda campaign by the Obama administration, but there is far more to it than even this apparent subterfuge. The entire Obama administration is nothing more than a figurehead for the true powers behind the American Fascist Empire, they are mere puppets on the strings of the military-industrial-corporatist total surveillance police State. For purposes of this note, however, we can let that all sit aside for the moment.
Although, one might ask, in fact one should ask, why the juxtaposition of Buchanan’s accurate call for a break-up of these (dis) United States and the criminal actions of General Motors? It is rather simple: giant sclerotic bureaucratic organizations, from the federal behemoth we have allowed to expand without restraints, fester and rot in our nation’s capital to those of the private sector, all create their own set of rules, ethics and normative organizational ethics and behaviors. The intrinsic nature of large bureaucracies from the VA, to the IRS to GM all are subject to the same “laws”, the laws of bureaucracy and the corruption of over large, institutionalized, bureaucratic systems.
Interesting that this missive from Pat Buchanan came out the day after I called for a similar breaking up of the United States, but the same holds true for all large, overstuffed and government protected private bureaucracies as well. The battle is, as it always has been, between two basic forces of nature, the centralizing, innately autocratic centripetal force and the decentralizing, inherently democratic centrifugal force. America, as defined by respected national borders, common values, common language and shared respect for binding national laws and principles is no more. We have become fragmented and a theoretical nation only, one without purpose. A “nation” whose only binding rational are the threats generated by the centralizing power elites over terrorism and war, threats which are essential to their hold on power and our lobotomized docility.
General Motors acted like the IRS, the VA and all of the other reported organizational “scandals” that have seen the light of day recently–but I can assure you that the handful that have are just the very, very tip of of the endemic epidemic of bureaucratic moral and ethical decay. They all fall under an “Iron Laws” of bureaucracy. Changing the management at the top does nothing, absolutely nothing to change the culture and system wide issues, perhaps temporarily, but only for a very short lifespan of what are perpetual, independent systems. One must destroy the bureaucracy itself. Centralized bureaucratic bloat is totally oligarchic and when associated with the coercive powers of the State becomes tyrannical in nature.
We need to be having serious discussions about the rights of succession as a people, a citizenry still with some power over the rapidly centralizing forces of the police state, which, I am afraid may not be for long. A centralized system will, by its very nature, become a system of command and control. In order to achieve its ends, it will by default also seek and propagate the lowest acceptable common denominator of ethical, moral and civilizational shared values. We are being dumbed down, turned into a society of ignorant slaves sucking upon the teet of our provider, protector and master.
Those of us that still retain the core value system of America’s founders, must find a way to become one in order to save America’s soul. It will not be done, it cannot be done, by thinking of America as it exists today. It cannot be done at the ballot box, not at least on a national level. I hold my allegiance to America and all the ideals that it once upheld, to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights not to any government ruled by a perpetual elite, whose power lies in the police and covert forces of coercion, dictating to its citizens from the Imperial City.
Speaking to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Albuquerque in 2001, George W. Bush declared that, as Mexico was a friend and neighbor, “It’s so important for us to tear down our barriers and walls that might separate Mexico from the United States.”
Bush succeeded. And during his tenure, millions from Mexico exploited his magnanimity to violate our laws, trample upon our sovereignty, walk into our country, and remain here.
In 2007, backed by John McCain, Hillary Clinton, Teddy Kennedy and Barack Obama, Bush backed amnesty for the 12 million people who had entered America illegally.
The nation thundered no. And Congress sustained the nation.
The latest mass border crossing by scores of thousands of tots, teenagers and toughs from Central America has killed amnesty in 2014, and probably for the duration of the Obama presidency.
The car crash that killed Gene Erickson caught the attention of federal regulators. Why did the Saturn Ion he was traveling in, along a rural Texas road, suddenly swerve into a tree? Why did the air bags fail? General Motors told federal authorities that it could not provide answers.
But only a month earlier, a G.M. engineer had concluded in an internal evaluation that the Ion had most likely lost power, disabling its air bags, according to a subsequent internal investigation commissioned by G.M.
Now, G.M.’s response, as well as its replies to queries in other crashes obtained by The New York Times from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, casts doubt on how forthright the automaker was with regulators over a defective ignition switch that G.M. has linked to at least 13 deaths over the last decade.