Please Help the Artful Dilettante

Some scholar, whose name I cannot recall, did a seriously in-depth study to identify all of the government “success stories” throughout recorded history. He could not find a single, solitary example. Every action the government has taken throughout history has either resulted in a zero-sum outcome or an abject failure. An example of zero-sum outcomes would include income-redistribution schemes where you rob Peter to pay Paul. Abject failures would include Obamacare, the Iraq War, and public education.

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Is Secession Legal? | An Open Letter to Attorney General Sessions

No, Mr. Attorney-General, secession and nullification are not settled law.  Laws against nullification and secession are the illegitimate offspring of the Civil War.

The Founders were secessionists, no Mr. Sessions?  Were you asleep during your 6th grade history class as much you are today?  Every government that exceeds its constitutionally mandated powers is illegitimate.  As such, the states are free to go.  Haven’t you noticed that the federal government has completely trashed the Tenth Amendment guaranteeing the states and the people the power of authority over those powers not granted the federal government under Article 1, Section 8?  When you assert that federal law is the supreme law of the land, are you declaring in essence that the Tenth Amendment is null and void?  If so, you are a feckless traitor.
I would under ordinary and legitimate circumstances agree with your position on California’s “sanctuary state” laws and its openly impeding the enforcement of federal immigration laws.  The Constitution is quite clear that immigration is an authorized power of the federal government under Article 1, Section 8.
But given the fact that the federal government has exceeded the powers authorized by USC Article 1, Section 8, so egregiously, so flagrantly and in so many ways over so many years, and all but ignored our sacred Tenth Amendment, it is clear that our government is illigimate, and that under the circumstances, I cannot support your stance.
I suggest you read the attached essay.  You might learn something.

Where are the Sons of Liberty when we Need Them ?

Where’s the conservative/libertarian organized opposition to anything?  The cultural marxists, as Rahm Emanuel would say, “never let a crisis go to waste,” while the opposition sits idly by with their thumbs up their asses.  The Left responds almost immediately to any catalytic event, especially tragedy.  The Left is proactive, always stirring up trouble, several steps ahead of the opposition.  They exploit every issue, every weakness.  They leave no stones unturned.  The conservative opposition is reactive at best, but invisible and limp most of the time.
The conservative/libertarian opposition is meek, timid, disorganized and uncoordinated; they are always left holding the bag.  They’re all hat and no cattle; they talk the talk, but don’t walk the walk. They are winning the battle of words, but all but absent from the battle of the streets.
Within minutes of the Parkland tragedy, the Left was fully mobilized to attack President Trump, the GOP, and the 2nd Amendment. They recruited politically ignorant, naive, and pre-brainwashed student-survivors as political props and stooges, ready to do their bidding.  Where was the conservative counterpart to David Hogg ?   How much airtime would David Hogg be getting if he were a zealous supporter of the Second Amendment ?
The Left is milking the sorrow of the victims’ families to advance their sick statist agenda.  Where is the conservative opposition pointing this out?  Likely in their gamerooms.  They are too polite, too gentlemanly, too nice, to defend liberty or win the day.  The Left plays to win, by any means.
No matter the issue, the conservative/libertarian opposition moves like a sloth, or not a all.  And if there is no issue, the Left makes one up.  Conservatives are never proactive.  A week ago or so the Left launched a short-lived phony campaign to impeach Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.  I cannot recall any opposition campaign to oust the marxist Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Let’s take conservative/libertarian speakers on college campuses who are systematically silenced by Campus Snowflakes and their well-heeled financial backers.  I guarantee you, Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty would have responded to these people in an ugly way.  Fearlessly and efficiently.  They didn’t concern themselves with PC or being rounded up by their British occupiers.
So, where are today’s Sons of Liberty?  Unfortunately, nowhere to be found.  At every turn, they allow the Left to run roughshod over them while they sit in front of their warm fireplaces posting pithy commentaries to FreeRepublic.  I admit, I’m a fully-credentialed member of the Pajamas Media.  But I’m far too old to organize a counter-revolution.
The pen is mightier than the sword, so they say, but the Founders, especially Samuel Adams, deftly combined both to win the day.  And they all had real day jobs.  The Sons of Liberty tarred and feathered their opponents and marched them to the town square in their birthday suits.  Imagine today’s Pajama Boy libertarians having the stones to do that.
The Sons of Liberty were among our earliest community organizers.  To be fair, many of today’s conservative/libertarians just don’t have the time to be community organizers.  A community organizer is just a nice sounding term for someone who isn’t gainfully employed.  In addition to being employed, conservatives are far more likely to be married, have children, own a home, be responsible and functional. The cultural marxists and their unwitting dupes are on an eight-year tour of duty at a college or university on the taxpayers’ dime, living at home with mom and dad, playing video games, and/or bussing tables.
Nevertheless, the conservative/libertarians are virtually invisible and silent when it comes to speedy organized action.  Oh sure, a few turn up to heckle to Nancy Pelosi or some congressman at the townhall gathering.  But by and large, unlike their ideological opponents, they refrain from organized action, preferring to stay at home and deferring mobilized action their opponents.
It takes far more than election victories to win and maintain power.  You cannot win playing defense.  You must control the ball and win by whatever means necessary.  As Thomas Jefferson said,  “The Tree of Liberty must be watered from time to time with the blood of tyrants and patriots.”

Benjamin Franklin on the Welfare State

“I fear the giving mankind a dependence on anything for support in age or sickness, besides industry and frugality during youth and health, tends to flatter our natural indolence, to encourage idleness and prodigality, and thereby to promote and increase poverty, the very evil it was intended to cure.”

— Ben Franklin, quoted in Benjamin Franklin: An American Life  by Walter Isaacson



Death by Government, by R. J. Rummel, is an excellent article and book I highly recommend for gun-control fanatics, Second Amendment opponents, and those who’ve completely misunderstood the Parkland tragedy and recent mass shootings. As well as us normal people.

The statistics are overwhelming. Through all of recorded history, mass murder by government far exceeds all of the murders perpetrated by individual citizens or so-called organized crime gangs. Turns out, the government is the ultimate organized crime gang. In this century alone, if one tallies up the victims of the Holocaust, Stalin’s forced starvation of Ukraine, the mass murders of the Khmer Rouge, the 76 million victims of Mao’s many campaigns to cleanse the People’s Republic of his enemies, we’re pushing nearly 150 million victims. The murders perpetrated by the likes of the Mafia, assorted gangs, and individual actors don’t even claim 1% of the victims of government.

This is something I have never heard from any type of media, lame stream or alternate. Rummel’s book is, as far as I know, the only attempt to even address the subject. I strongly recommend everyone to read the book or at least the book summary I have posted.

Democracy v. Republic

I’ve had it with pundits, politicians, and people who should know better that continuously refer to our country as a democracy.  The latest such reference was by renowned political commentator Thomas Friedman, who has never been confused with an intelligent person. But he has lots of company among the chattering classes, and even more so from among our so-called educators. At every educational level, teachers, professors, administrators, and even the elite collegiate Boards-of-Directors wrongly refer to the United States as a democracy and, in general, display an overall ignorance of American history and our Founding principles. And unfortunately, our youth (and their parent-underwriters) are the unwitting victims of this ignorance. At one time, our educators and learned elders passed on their wisdom to an eagerly receptive youth armed with the critical thinking skills necessary to challenge any such drivel. Now, our elders can be confidently relied upon to confer their collective stupidity upon a submissive, blindly receptive youth.

Repeat after me—the United States is not a democracy. It is a constitutional republic. The Founders, to a man, loathed and feared democracy. This is clearly supported by this selection of excerpts which illustrate why the Founders struggled mightily to forge a Republic rather than a democracy:

James Madison, Federalist Paper No. 10:

In a pure democracy, “there is nothing to check the inducement to sacrifice the weaker party or the obnoxious individual.”

At the 1787 Constitutional Convention, Edmund Randolph said, “… that in tracing these evils to their origin every man had found it in the turbulence and follies of democracy.”

John Adams said, “Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There was never a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”

Chief Justice John Marshall observed,

“Between a balanced republic and a democracy, the difference is like that between order and chaos.

In Federalist Paper #10, James Madison gave a comprehensive dissertation on how a Republic would guard against such losses of freedom, in an effort to get our proposed Constitution ratified by the people and their states.

The following are excerpts from Madison’s Federalist #10:

… When a majority is included in the faction, the form of popular government … enables it to sacrifice to its ruling passion or interest both the public good and the rights of other citizens. …

… Hence it is that such democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security and the rights of property, and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths. …

A republic, by which I mean a government in which the scheme of representation takes place, opens a different prospect, and promises the cure for which we are seeking.

Unlike today’s benighted political hacks, the Founders were deeply immersed in ancient history and the Classics, mostly Greece and Rome.  And they could read the Classics and comment about them fluently in the languages in which the texts were originally written. Latin and Greek were required courses of study in nearly every one-room schoolhouse in nearly every village and hamlet.

Some time ago, I was fortunate to have acquired an early 1700’s school reader. Today’s Millennials would become apoplectic and break out in hives if they had to master the material in this reader.  For example, say, schoolmaster to student:

“Mr. Penopscot, please stand and recite the declension of the infinitive “to be” in both Latin and Greek. Any mistakes will result in your being responsible for cleaning the common outdoor latrine for a month.”

The Founding generation knew instinctively that independence and liberty could not be secured and maintained without a clear understanding of these principles.  And they had no aversion to the swift application of corporal punishment like the one that befell our unfortunate fictional Mr. Penopscot.  Today’s parents would quickly lawyer up to challenge these harsh curricular standards, while the kids would endure years of mandatory emotional counseling to comfort them through such trauma.

At one time, nearly every student knew the differences between a democracy v. republic, dependence v. independence, God’s Law, natural law, and common law. Today’s youth (and most adults) are woefully ignorant in the basics of America’s Founding, and the principles underlying the Founding and the Constitution. It’s beyond sad—it’s downright scary. The Republic cannot survive such ignorance.

More than anything, I would really like to see President Trump and Education Secretary DeVos, using every tool at their disposal, to rigorously encourage revolutionary curricular changes in our public schools and stop the corruption of our children’s minds with cultural marxism. I would like to see the elimination of Common Core, the replacement of one-sided indoctrination with reason and critical thinking skills, and the wholehearted, nationwide restoration and support of our rights of Free Speech at every level of education, public and private.

The president and secretary should require every institution receiving so much as a dime of federal funding to be fully committed to honoring our rights of Free Speech, welcoming and ensuring the safety of those on campuses whose views are at variance with the prevailing campus ideology, and encouraging the open exchange and debate of ideas across the ideological spectrum. If you don’t like someone on TV, you don’t smash the TV, you change the channel. Similarly, if you don’t agree with the views of a speaker on campus, you don’t silence the speaker, you just respectfully stay home.

Whatever happened to the priceless maxim of Evelyn Beatrice Hall ?

I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.

It would be easier to put a camel through the eye of a needle than to find a university professor who stands shoulder to shoulder with Evelyn Beatrice Hall.

Why Are Shootings Only at Government-Run Schools?

Why are shootings only at Public Schools ? Hmmm ?! Because it’s the government. They fail at EVERYTHING they declare war on ?

War on Poverty? Failure.

War on Terror ? Failure.

War on Drugs ? Failure.

War on Stupidity ? Failure.

War on Guns ? Soon to be a failure.

As the article, by Dr. Michael J. Hurd, so poignantly states, instead of having a War on Guns, we should be declaring a War on Public Schools. Obama frequently proposed having a “national debate or discussion” on whatever he or his marxist ass-kissers considered worthy of discussion. I don’t, however, recall him ever having suggested a national debate on the privitization of public schools.

I think it’s time we have one.