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On Usurpations and the Plague of Locusts


“The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise — with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.” – Lincoln

Whenever a class of people, self-anointed, seeks to impose Utopia on the world, a dark and all-consuming evil ignites the minds of men with unquenchable fire. Whenever a group of people seeks to arrogate the power of the people to themselves, a dark and all-consuming evil compels men to consign millions to the pit. It is not merely that power corrupts but that some people are compelled to corrupt democratically distributed power through statist centralization. They suffer under the “illusion of central position” but their state-centered machines of murder proliferate.

If the age of kings was the age of rule by one monarch, the current age drifts towards the rule of many smaller kings acting out of some satanic mind-meld. This is the age of the Multi-Monarchists; of rule by the faction of “Little Hitlers.” Their accouterments are not uniforms and stark symbols, but cap & gown, press passes, billion-dollar wads of cash, and union cards. Their collective policy is plague.

All Faction, no matter their origin or ideals, is in the end Fascist. The Founders knew Faction and feared it. Much of the Federalist Papers is taken up with the problem of suppressing Faction and the Constitution is the carefully wrought attempt at a solution.

Of course, the Founders also knew that Faction as Fascism is never finished except by fire and fire alone. This is why, in the Founders’ founding document, The Declaration of Independence, they included this provision,

“… when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

As the Founders knew from their own experience, throwing off such government is much easier proclaimed than accomplished. It requires the blood of patriots and tyrants. And the Founders knew that sustaining such a republic was even harder. Benjamin Franklin at the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 when queried as he left Independence Hall on the final day of deliberation:

“Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?”

“A Republic,” Franklin replied, “if you can keep it.”

Every day I read of new usurpations of power as the current matched set of “ruling elites” takes a new section of the Constitution into the outhouse for its morning mediation and emerges without it.

Usurpations of powers previously reserved to the American people in multitudes are swirling over the land like a cloud of locusts. These usurpations come in sizes large and small; from taxation disguised as “fees”, to legislative legerdemain in which bills of economic attainder will be “deemed” passed without reading and, inside the cancerous towers of bureaucrats, the cancerous meetings to craft yet more meddlesome erasing of liberty in America.

Indeed, it seems that there is little in American life that has not of late had some appointed and malign Faction assigned to it for purposes of some dubious transformation into some off-brand stealth-socialist utopia. And in doing their work of transformation these Fascist Factionists devastate the public purse at the same time they feed at the public trough. The party that struggled for decades to “Keep the government out of your bedroom,” now seeks more and more ways in which the government can wander into your home and your body and count your cups and calories.

H.L. Mencken, no stranger to realpolitik in the United States, put it this way, “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”

An American president during the shooting phase of our first Civil War put it this way:

“Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said “the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.”  Lincoln: 2nd Inaugural

Looking deeper still into history we can remember another time of great plagues when men who thought themselves God sought to enslave people in perpetuity:

And Moses stretched forth his rod over the land of Egypt, and the LORD brought an east wind upon the land all that day, and all that night; and when it was morning, the east wind brought the locusts.

And the locust went up over all the land of Egypt, and rested in all the coasts of Egypt: very grievous were they; before them there were no such locusts as they, neither after them shall be such.

For they covered the face of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened; and they did eat every herb of the land, and all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left: and there remained not any green thing in the trees, or in the herbs of the field, through all the land of Egypt. — Exodus 10

In both instances, the only solutions that could be found were not greater control of the people by the faction, but greater freedom for the people from all faction. Until the people found that freedom from faction again, until they managed to disenthrall themselves, the plagues only continued… 

16 The Lord God of the Hebrews hath sent me unto thee, saying, Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness: and, behold, hitherto thou wouldest not hear.

17 Thus saith the Lord, In this thou shalt know that I am the Lord: behold, I will smite with the rod that is in mine hand upon the waters which are in the river, and they shall be turned to blood.

18 And the fish that is in the river shall die, and the river shall stink; and the Egyptians shall lothe to drink of the water of the river.

and continued…  and continued… and continued…

“The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise — with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.”

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  • patvann March 26, 2021, 11:44 AM

    “Holy shit.”
    Not only how I describe yet another great read, but what the body of the piece itself portends as well.

    I think were over-due for a Reckoning.

  • ghostsniper March 26, 2021, 12:05 PM

    That’s what must be done when the body is covered in parasites.
    Too many to pick off one at a time, the entire system must be dealt with.
    Otherwise, the body will die.
    Do you want to go down with the sinking ship?
    Or are you ready to start throwing the dead weight over board and shooting it in the face as it paddles back toward the ship? Soon, you will make a choice, to be a survivor, or one of their victims.

  • Richard G. March 26, 2021, 12:09 PM

    “”Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.”
    “No one in this world, so far as I know—and I have researched the records for years, and employed agents to help me—has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people.”
    “Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. Democracy is also a form of worship. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses. Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.”
    -H L Menken, a self educated man.

  • DWEEZIL THE WEASEL March 27, 2021, 9:28 AM

    Meh. Honest Abe, or should I refer to him as the American Lenin(h/t to L. Neil Smith), had the mood of the sheeple thoroughly dialed in. That little missive at the start of your essay could have been part of Biden’s Inaugural Address, if you think about it. Write some more in a few months, when all the “dogmas of the past” have been wiped clean, courtesy of the woke Marxist Newspeak. That is, if the Leviathan still permits your website to exist.

  • NorthGunner March 27, 2021, 9:35 AM

    Actually, quoting Lincoln, “America’s First Lev Bronstein aka ‘Trotsky'” is
    definitely intellectually shooting oneself in BOTH feet..not the best way
    to start out to either make a point or base a discussion.

    So, with that being said, what IS really fascism and HOW does it differ
    from Globalist bolshevik ‘democracy’ in a meaningful way.

    I’ll let Mike King from the Real History Channel answer that (link to
    the full article is below):

    “…Time Magazine offers up a typically incomplete, superficial and vague “textbook definition” of Fascism as follows:

    “Fascism is a movement that promotes the idea of a forcibly monolithic, regimented nation under the control of an autocratic ruler.”

    Actually, when you think about it — ALL forms of government (including “democracies”) and their laws are maintained by “force” — ALL stripes of politicians promote “monolithic” ideology (their own) — ALL systems require some degree of “regimentation” (common language laws, common currency, compulsory education etc) — and ALL are “autocratic” (in democracies, the autocrats hide behind the curtain). There’s no way around it, boys and girls. ALL Government, by design and by necessity, is force. So don’t kid yourself. The only question at hand is, will the force of government be unlimited and used to oppress and exploit (Globalism / Marxism / liberal “democracy”) — or will it be limited and used to serve and protect (Fascism).

    Unfortunately, due to ignorance and decades of intense Marxist-Globalist propaganda, Fascism — in spite of the general happiness of those who had actually lived under such a system — has acquired an undeservedly bad reputation. RHC presents this piece in order to light up the darkness concerning this historical subject…”


    All of us here in the FUSA HAVE been willfully indoctrinated by the
    Globalist bolshevik elite that DO control the “education industry”;
    before we can see and think clearly we must confront that reality
    and then break free of it, which will help us see both truth and
    reality as it really is…something that the Globalist bolshevik elite
    are terrified to see happen as shown by their supporting “hate
    speech laws” and the like.

    Fascism ISN’T the evil or enemy philosophy, Globalist created
    and controlled bolshevism is.

    Look to the colleges and universities to see it’s results; they’re
    it’s incubators domestically along with the Globalist bolshevik
    owned and controlled ‘news media/entertainment’.

    We’ve all been hoodwinked by them..it’s time for Boobus
    Americanus to ‘wakey, wakey’!!

    NorthGunner – The Truth Is It’s OWN Defense!

  • James ONeil March 27, 2021, 10:07 AM

    As soon as someone sez sheeple, I’d like to dump em in a deep hole.

    Sheeple is right up there at the top along with “& how did that make you feel” as an end all to the possibility continuing a conversation on a rational basis.

    Talk about giving us mouth breathing, knuckle dragging neanderthals a bad name!

  • Vanderleun March 27, 2021, 10:24 AM

    Every fuckin’ time any least little bit of a Lincoln quote gets onto my page I can count on somebody who has the “real story” about Lincoln to show up and run the sheeple shit… Somebody just has to strap on their surge protector and take a strut on the runway to shake their can about how much they know about Lincoln. All I can say is “Thank you for sharing.”

  • Wrongthink is Thoughtcrime March 27, 2021, 11:34 AM

    The Western democracy of today is the forerunner of Marxism which without it would not be thinkable. It provides this world plague with the culture in which its germs can spread.

    Adolf Hitler

  • Sean Cory March 27, 2021, 4:05 PM

    Well, I still think you are a nice guy, Gerard, and I wish you a happy, holy Easter.

  • Blasa March 27, 2021, 5:29 PM

    Why are our ” Oath Keepers” allowing this invasion? They are now flying plane loads of invaders to Red States from McCallan Texas. This must be stopped! Now!

  • gwbnyc March 27, 2021, 6:33 PM

    what I can’t articulate I read here.

  • Vanderleun March 27, 2021, 6:59 PM

    Me too. I don’t know what I think until I see what I said.

  • Bear Claw Chris Lapp April 6, 2021, 7:13 AM

    Finished reading not to long ago, “The Three Lives of James Madison”. It was a good read and had a lot more background information during the founding that I had not read. Excellent writing as usual Gerard. I think about that monument in New York with grandads name on it and visiting is still on my bucket list. Take care.

  • Bear Claw Chris Lapp April 6, 2021, 8:09 AM

    Correction your Uncle.

  • Tennessee Budd April 6, 2021, 4:58 PM

    “Usurpation and a plague of locusts” is a good description of Lincoln’s regime, and not a bad one for what’s happening now.