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Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Free Cheese

I made a comment recently on Bushwack's blog, "American & Proud," and it got me to thinking, particularly considering the post I made just prior to this one:

Whose fault is all of this? Who shoulders the blame for America's plight? Is it all the responsibility of our politicians?

I submit: it is not.

There are others equally responsible: it is us. The People. The Electorate.

I wrote on A&P:

Is there anyone here willing to be frank enough and realistic enough about our situation?


When we stopped making OUR OWN STEEL we diminished. When we refused to drill oil ON OUR OWN SOIL and OFF OUR OWN COASTS we diminished. When we drowned and throttled and chopped off the heads of CREATIVE PEOPLE and BUSINESSES and kicked those willing to TAKE RISKS squarely in the groin with all manner of makes and models of LAWSUITS, we diminished.

When we insisted that, collectively, our lives had to be coddled, had to be perfect, untainted by dissension or challenge or (heavens forbid!) COMPETITION, we diminished.

Think about it.

Government has only given Americans what they screamed (and VOTED) for: to be fed pablum and bullshit and to be ensconced in rap, hip-hop, lies, falsehoods, “Deal Or No Deal,” backwards BB caps, the bimbo cunt of the month (Brittany, her sister, Paris, Jessica Simpson, Rosie O’Donnell, et al), “Sicko,” Bill Maher, “The Real World,” and much, much more betrayal.

We’ve KILLED generations of black familes by PAYING black women to keep fathers OUT of the equation.

We’ve created universities that yield people who PRODUCE NOTHING. We’ve MINIMIZED the LABORER, minimized the TRADE WORKER, the mechanic, the repair and service and construction workers, we’ve SOLD OUR SOULS all because we wanted NO RISKS, NO THREATS, NO COMPETITION. We’ve wanted everything minimized, Pasteurized, homogenized, dumbed-down, lower than ANY Lowest Common Denominator.

Who’s to blame? I see only one segment: those who simply want to be catered-to, who want Socialism, who want “free,” who want their “entitlements.”

The government is only providing what the Masses have told them they want: FREE CHEESE.




Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Can anyone say "Pavlov"?


Sat Dec 29, 11:27:00 PM PST  
Blogger Bushwack said...

LOL, Yep, it is the truth as well...

Old saying about feeding a person for a day or teach him to fish so he can feed himself forever....We have forgotten the lesson and it will require a hell of a wake up call to fix it.

Sun Dec 30, 12:13:00 AM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Bushwack: what is it that people have been saying about Empires since forever?


"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years.

Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage."

Sun Dec 30, 12:19:00 AM PST  
Blogger A Jacksonian said...

Free Trade!

Lets have lots of trade and make sure lots and lots of trade can go to jihadis and we will never do a single thing to stop it as *trade* is good for America and Free Trade the *best* trade... just don't mind it not working in the ME for 90 years, China for 30 years and in the Balkans as Yugoslavia broke up.

But don't you once, nor ever, blame not holding trade accountable to the Nation and stopping such against her enemies as a *problem*! Oh, no! You aren't 'conservative'... mind you the guy that first promulgated this at the Federal level was President Woodrow Wilson. League of Nations anyone? And *trade* would liberalize the Ottoman Empire... and when that disappeared why it would do the same for the ME.

And look how well NAFTA has 'helped' Mexico... lets do that with Peru so their drug kingpins get a free ride to the US... and Shining Path, those lovely Maoists... and FARC... and Hezbollah...

I do not want to protect American industries: I just want to hold those Nations that don't give a damn about the US accountable and have to *pay*, up front, for getting their goods to our markets. Cash on the barrel to get it in. Free Trade? How about reserving that for long term friends and allies of the US who actually *support* us through thick and thin? UK, Australia, Japan, Israel.... How about using it to bolster those coming out from tyranny and seeking liberty, freedom and democracy? Like Poland, Romania, Hungary, and, yes, Iraq and Afghanistan until they prove to be unable to figure out how to secure themselves which the Iraqis are doing just the opposite. Afghanis need some help, but look at the liberty basket cases over their borders.

Say why did we ever *turn* from democratic India? Yes, they wanted help from the USSR and, yes, China was a foe, but as a young Nation India could have received much help and the original Jinnah administration of Pakistan... which one kept liberty and which one went for martial law? Say, just why *did* we support Pakistan? Oh, that's right, because CHINA DID!! And we needed lots of trade with China!!

You know, this 'unaccountable trade' business doesn't seem to be working out so well.

But then you are an 'isolationist' if you want to work with other peoples who have liberty, freedom and democracy to help sustain it. Yup! 'Isolationist' to help support those things.

And heaven forbid if you actually suggest using the Commerce, high seas and Letters language to actually *stop* and *seize* trade going to al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, FARC, Shining Path... then you are just 'reactionary' for wanting Congress and the President to *do their jobs*.

Remember, these things we give the Federal government to do would: ruin American 'trade', 'isolationist' and 'reactionary'. Instead of: supporting friends and allies, making those who don't support us pay, and hounding the trade that enables terrorism to the ends of the Earth. Why, none of that is 'civilized'!

Damned straight!

18th century Nationalist ideas that just happen to be the basis of the US Constitution.

Liberty, democracy, freedom and hold trade accountable to those things.

Very 'uncivilized' to want that.

Sun Dec 30, 04:10:00 AM PST  
Blogger Gayle said...

"Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage." God, that sounds to awfully familiar!

I came over to wish you a Happy New Year, BZ, even though 08 is going to be full of the same old liberal BS as always. Still, we must keep on keeping on and I know you will!

Sun Dec 30, 09:37:00 AM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

AJ: so true. Why is it, do you think, that we have such a difficult time making judgments as a nation -- saying what we mean, and meaning what we say?

Gayle: thanks, and Happy New Year!


Sun Dec 30, 01:10:00 PM PST  
Blogger A Jacksonian said...

Mr. Z - We are no longer being taught what the meaning of 'civilized behavior' is. I am all for the 'turning the other cheek' concept, but when that gets slapped, do you bend over to offer two more?

Thats what you see in all these lovely views of 'putting a human face on...', then we get: terrorism, illegal aliens, organized crime, gang bangers... tell you what, why don't they put 'a human face' on Charles Manson? Oh, he HAS ONE. Can we put *that* on the other things that 'need a human face'? That would change minds, and very, very quickly as Manson is not 'misunderstood' or 'misguided': he quite consciously did what he did. But then he did come from 'a broken home' or lack of any home, so should we let him out early? Perhaps we can all 'just get along together'?

Of course that 'deserves' some 'early intervention' by government, which is about as efficient as your local DMV and just as caring. But then that is making government the source of society and social good, which is very, very different than what we started off with as a Nation:

"Some writers have so confounded society with government,
as to leave little or no distinction between them;
whereas they are not only different, but have different origins.
Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness;
the former promotes our POSITIVELY by uniting our affections,
the latter NEGATIVELY by restraining our vices. The one
encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions.
The first a patron, the last a punisher."
-Tom Paine, Common Sense

Yes you *can* get everything for *free* from government... if you give it everything you *make* and lose your *liberty* in doing so. Strange to find so many that want to be owned by government.

Mandated health care? Such a good thing!!

Social Security in which you will not get back as much as *investing* the money? A societal good!

A Dept. of Education that doesn't improve the reading rate over that of 1958? A boon to the Nation.

Giving National government the power to tax our income, which the Founders specifically did NOT want? The best way to 'share' the burden! And lose your ability to govern yourself, in the long run.

But it *is* 'progressive'... just don't ask what you are 'progressing' towards. That does get a 'human face' to it: Josef Stalin, Adolph Hitler, Benito Moussolini, Saddam Hussein, Bashar Assad, Pol Pot, Mao Tse Tung... and all of those fine leaders end up with a hefty death toll in the millions, or tens of millions in bringing that ever so 'progressive' Nation forward. Just have to lose the 'backwards' bits. Permanently.

But its 'free'!

Sun Dec 30, 03:13:00 PM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

AJ: man, you said it all. And those word gave me pause to consider my next post; thank you.


Sun Dec 30, 04:58:00 PM PST  
Blogger shoprat said...

You're right but what can we do?

Sun Dec 30, 05:24:00 PM PST  

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