A couple of months ago I posted this:
Brickmuppet linked to it and called it nightmare food. I read it again and he was right even though I am not trying to sell freeze dried storable food. I try not to be that pessimistic and frankly I don’t think that that’s a viable option. You are better off learning gardening and farming. And ammunition reloading, if it comes to that. Perhaps setting up you own small factory. That’s become easier as old tools are being dumped on the market and CNC machine costs are becoming incredibly cheap.
I keep trying to escape the nightmares, yet they keep showing up. I would like to be optimistic about the future, but everything I see rings alarm bells. Too many wrong policy proposals based on bad Keynesian economics and the idea that if you dump enough fiat paper into the economy that you will somehow create demand out of thin air. Exactly what happened to the Romans.
Along with a culture of indolence, sexual perversion and corruption at the top. It’s turning out that Washington is rivalling Rome for decadence and pure licentiousness. A city of marble that takes all and gives back nothing but the burden of taxes and the threat of oppression by the agencies and office of the Administrative State.
Then there’s the return of the romanticism of the Socialist idea. Somehow, no matter how much suffering happens under Socialism, people still cling to the crazy idea that you can create better people with guns and force.
Which is why the people in charge keep trying so hard to disarm the rest of us. Armed people are citizens, disarmed people are subjects, soon to be serf or slaves. The people who desire disarmament always seem to move on to other things once the people can no longer shoot back.
I’ve spoken before how so many of the people in charge are out of touch with the rest of us. How the bubble of power and connection has protected the people in charge from the consequences of their actions.
I didn’t realize just how much until the Wikileaks explosion this week. Now sexual peccadillos have been something that have been more or less accepted in the Democrat and Progressive types for some time. But the line was drawn at total corruption. Or so we were lead to believe. It turns out that the corruption in Washington has been deep and wide for a long time.
Referring back to my original post, about the fall of the Romans, I never believed that I would get to watch I Claudius played out for reals. Yet here we are with Hillary Livia and the orgies coming to pass right on schedule. In the `1970’s I imagine that none of believed that this sort of thing was possible. Which was hubris on the part of we the people. To all too large a part of us it became all too easy to say “the government should” and let the government solve our problems for us. Even when the problems were not really as bad as we were led to believe. It became all too easy to let the government handle healthcare costs for the elderly, education for inner city kids, or aid for unwed mothers. After all the government was trustworthy, wasn’t it. We forgot or for most of us never learned the Lord Acton’s maxim about power and corruption. Especially with a government that has been trusted with more power than any other in history.
We knew that some of the people in Washington were corrupt, this senator or that congressman or woman. The former Senator from my state, Mr. Dodd what a case in point. What difference did a waitress sandwich or two really matter, so long as those defense contracts for subs and helicopters kept rolling in. That was just plain stupid. It seemed though, that things by and large corrected themselves, at least that’s what the media showed. Otherwise what was Watergate all about?
Well now we know. Perhaps we all got lucky, that god in spit of all our sins does indeed love the United States of America. Perhaps the nightmare of a political and economic collapse can be avoided. The long experience of history says that this is a very rare event. The end of the greatest and best beacon of liberty may have been inevitable, brought about by a group of selfish and greedy people who, given the levers of all too much power have managed to destroy the wealth, prosperity and potential of the great nation.
Update: More from Mike Cernovitch.
The scary part isn’t that the sex ring existed. The scary part is that it went on so long because the people involved were considered out of reach or covered up by the people who were supposed to be protectors of the rule of law.