On Usurpations and the Plague of Locusts

"We must disentHrall ourselves *individually*, and then we shall save our selves.”


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It must start individually, nothing else will work.

Ignoring the power of the individual is where the US is right now. Most think of themselves as a small part of a we. I never did. I was always just me, and always will be. So subordinate yourself to the bigger picture, I will stay right here with the smaller one and won't interfere at all. And when you finally come for mine, I will lay to you a waste you never imagined. It is the destiny, the journey, the legacy.

Posted by ghostsniper at October 22, 2016 11:56 AM

It remains unclear to me who's side Lincoln is on in 2116. Maybe somebody can elaborate.

Posted by james wilson at October 22, 2016 2:10 PM

Lincoln practiced Lincolncide...he was always after more power and more control. Like the present day despots there was no limit to the number of people he would kill, incarcerate, or coerce to get what he wanted...obedience. Like the Kennedy Camelot there was the Lincoln Camelot and neither has faded at the hands of the progressive narrative.

Posted by indyjonesouthere at October 22, 2016 2:48 PM

My feelings about Lincoln have changed - the dogma when I was a child was that he saved the Union, but it now looks like he destroyed a big part of the Constitution in the process. To end slavery he introduced the draft, which really looks a lot like slavery to me.

Posted by Old Surfer at October 22, 2016 3:07 PM

"Their collective policy is plague,"
And the present cures are elimination of the inviting environment, elimination of disease germs, development of immunity.
The first and third approaches require adequate healthful education.
The second is least likely; unhealthful ideas will always grow like mushrooms -- manure-fed and masqueraded as goodness.
The 1st and 3rd require OUR dedication and perseverance.
How many of us are on school boards?

Posted by Howard Nelson at October 22, 2016 3:37 PM

Two years into my gov't job and I can testify like this is church. It is gospel truth. The only thing I can really say, however, is that the people in the administrative tasks of power have no clue. They can't fire people and can't figure out how to get things done with the intractable stupidity, sloth, or downright intentional slow-jamming of the gears. The budget in my State is "broken." That means that no one knows how much money is actually where. Millions. In one state agency. Just one, in a poor state. Imagine that...

Posted by JoanOfArgghh at October 22, 2016 7:15 PM

Lincoln, to win the Civil War, laid the foundation of the administrative state. Over the next 80 years Congress was slowly emasculated. First came in Interstate Commerce Commission, then the Food and Drug Administration, then the Federal Reserve Bank, then the Income Tax. By the time of the next crisis (Depression and WWII) Roosevelt knew exactly what to do: flood the zone with new administrative agencies. Eighty years later we are drowning in bureaucrats; they are everywhere. And it matters not who we elect to the Congress; as an institution, it has no power. It is only for show. And a piss poor show it is.

Posted by Chuck at October 23, 2016 4:53 AM

Lincoln mightily professed that his cause was to Save the Union. Well By God, he did and what a mess we've got on our hands today.

But, maybe that mess was headed our way regardless of the war and regardless of his untimely death. It is known, to some extent, that he was working on plans to send the darkies back to Africa and elsewhere and that repatriation would have been a wonderful thing.

I would love to know how things would have worked out had the Great Emancipator been able to fulfill Act II.

Posted by Jack at October 23, 2016 5:49 AM

"Intentional slow-jamming of the gears." Nicely put. Saw evidence of that in the private sector at a large corporation I worked for. Regulations and the govt regulators creep in and strangle productivity,you know,to keep things fair and make a "better working environment." No,the purpose is to keep the unemployable employed. At our expense.

Posted by Nori at October 23, 2016 6:35 AM

A nitwit at the building dept made a copy of my building's site plan from the BACK SIDE of the sheet, which made it unable to be read.

Another nitiwit then sent me a $15 certified letter that took 8 days to reach me informing me that my site plan was not acceptable and would need to be resubmitted.

By now it has been 31 days since I submitted the plans for a building permit.

I submit 7 more copies of the site plan after acquiring engineering seals at additional expense, and waited another 2 weeks to pick up the building and zoning permits.

Almost 2 months have passed and my client is paying construction loan interest during this period on a home appraised at $800k. No small sum of money.

And what do we have to show for the money?

Don't say oversight, myself and all of my people are already required to have the proper licenses and certifications to create buildings anywhere in the country.

Further, because I routinely design buildings in 11 different jurisdictions with 11 different types of codes I must be an expert at all of them, and the constant onslaught of *upgrades", that are so numerous that the authorities themselves can't keep up nor do they have to.

I, however, deal in the free market everyday and MUST be expert in my profession if I expect to succeed - I HAVE to know the codes. Building, zoning, ADA, life-safety, FEMA, corp of engineer, fire safety, flood, etc., etc.

The gov't automatrons however get their pay at the end of the week whether they do anything worthwhile or not.

At least 50% of my yearly efforts are not because my profession requires it but rather because of the bureaucracy that is magnetized to EVERYTHING in the entire country.

This is why 80% of all new businesses fail within the first 3 years and it is why all businesses are stumbling right now.

This rotten assed gov't has created an environment where it is almost impossible for anyone except the gov't itself to succeed and it succeeds through it's monopoly on force.

It's also why EVERYTHING costs at least 3 times as much as it should (nevermind the inflation).

NO ONE would deal with the gov't at any level if they were not forced to do so. I have never seen any good in any of it.

Encourage it anyway you can toward failure, sooner = better.

Posted by ghostsniper at October 23, 2016 7:24 AM

& it's amazing we the people accept things such as the EPA declaring farming furrows as “mini mountain ranges” in order to regulate them.

Posted by Jim O'Neil at October 23, 2016 10:00 AM

It's not acceptance Jim.
There is nothing we can do about it.
Bureaucracy has many, many layers and the layers we have access to do not have any direct connection to the layers that make the rules which may be located in another state or even DC.

Jumping on the grossly obese minority female with 3" purple fingernails and knotted hair at the counter serves no purpose and is beyond her capacity to even understand.

If the head of the building dept was found lying in a rural ravine gutted and on fire at 3am with a sign close by stating "This is what happens to tyrants!" the message might start to sink in to others that work there.

Short of that sort of thing, there is nothing else to be done about the furrows to mountains.

Posted by ghostsniper at October 23, 2016 11:57 AM

So said the guy whose decisions killed 750,000+ American soldiers and civilians and began the Federal Tyranny that is now only coming to a head.

Posted by H. Jones at October 23, 2016 2:46 PM

Interesting to me that a Kentucky man should get his reverence in Illinois,back in the day. What Is it about Illinois,to this day?

Posted by Nori at October 23, 2016 8:23 PM

In the state of Washington, bureaucrats own the water under ground:

In Oregon, they own the water coming from the sky:

I fully expect them to regulate the food you can eat next.

Posted by Teri Pittman at October 25, 2016 9:56 AM

Ghostsniper - I like the way you think. I have to agree that there is precious little an aware citizen can do in order to get any sort of justice. The automatons in the bureaucracies do get paid whether we get our permits or not and there is no incentive to improve gov't services. Worse yet is the highly visible flaunting of authority by Obama, Clinton, the DOJ, FBI and IRS, etc.. Such flagrant abuse of power emboldens the petty bureaucrats at the bottom to be even less diligent, responsive or responsible. The ravine solution may be closer than anyone thinks. How else do we effectively "withdraw our consent to be governed" by these corrupt criminals?

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Posted by Georgia at October 26, 2016 10:41 PM

You can bet Lincoln was prepared to lose the life of his sons nor his own nor his fortune.

He was a role model for lberals and fascists.

Posted by Veritas at October 29, 2016 4:07 PM