>From Maggie’s Farm comes this link from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review; read it all, but here’s the intro:
It was in 1774 that John Adams reminded how the “most sensible and jealous people are so little attentive to government that there are no instances of resistance until repeated, multiple oppressions have placed it beyond a doubt that their rulers had formed settled plans to deprive them of their liberties.”
And that’s not merely to “oppress the individual or a few,” he added, “but to break down the fences of a free constitution, and deprive the people at large of all share in the government, and all the checks by which it is limited.”
Mr. Adams, of course, would have been labeled a “right-wing extremist” or a “militia maniac” by today’s “progressives” in Congress who have been working so assiduously to soil the fabric of America. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid would dismiss Adams’ sentiment as “un-American” and tap dance around its implications of unconstitutional freelancing.
But on the cusp of a new year and the second decade of the 21st century, this is where America finds itself: Constitutional perverts and rule of law scofflaws are in charge, the once-creeping crud of socialism has broken into a trot and an increasing number of good and decent people really are mad as hell and not willing to take another centimeter of the shaft.
And perhaps, just perhaps, revolution is nigh…
Read the rest, then consider Mr. Jefferson’s thoughts on the subject.
And for those who still hope that reason, the Constitution, and common decency can triumph over the Looters via mere talking and voting, Senate Looter-in-Charge Harry Reid has a reply:
Do you understand yet?
>As noted by Malone Vandam, Thomas Sowell explains the situation.
In a sense, this administration is only the end result of a long social process that includes raising successive generations with dumbed-down education in schools and colleges that have become indoctrination centers for the visions of the Left. Our education system has turned out many people who have never heard any other vision and who can only learn what is wrong with the prevailing vision from bitter experience.
That bitter experience now awaits them, at home and abroad.
Read it all.
>Read this article from Mish Shedlock.
Then read the Bloomberg article he cites.
Finally, if you can stomach it, read the bill.
Why might the overlords want to authorize another $4 trillion in taxpayer-funded gravy to the banksters?
This little article might answer your question.
Do you understand yet?
>The D.A. says that while he’s had to deal with the federal bureaucracy for decades, “it has just gotten worse” and “they ought to burn it down and start all over again. It’s extremely worrisome.”
– New York County District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, retiring today after 35 years in office
>John Robb’s Global Guerrillas has an interesting alternative perspective on the crotch-bomber’s attack and the reaction thereto.
I differ from Robb in his nomenclature, as I believe the term “attempt” better describes the swarm-attack tactical/strategic opportunity he discusses.
More on swarming here, here, here, here and here. Saul Alinksy’s Rules for Radicals also implicitly acknowledges the power of swarms in Rule 8:
8. Keep the pressure on with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose.
As dessert, you may also want to read this after-action report on the swarm attack war-gamed against the US Navy in 2002.
Food for thought:
Especially in asymmetric warfare, if a “failed” or “attempted” attack causes the OpFor to extend and deplete resources such that other near-simultaneous attacks are more likely to succeed, has the “failure” actually failed?
Phrased alternatively, ask Admiral Yamamoto about the failed attacks of VT-8 from Hornet and VT-6 from Enterprise near Midway Island on the morning of June 4, 1942.
>A must-read article from Vanderleun via New Paltz Journal features this sample graf:
…I look for the inner circle of Obami to rely more and more on the “Who are you going to believe, Obama or your lying eyes and ears?” offense. I look for that inner circle of Obami to shrink more and more until we start to sense it’s time for them to repair to the bunker and start gesturing with nostalgia at maps of the 2008 political landscape.
That’s when they really start to get dangerous…
By the way, they won’t be lashing out at the DailyKos and HuffPo kids, either.
>Two dark pieces worth your read:
John Williams on What’s Next
An Introspective Look at the Future of America
Comment: John Williams, who runs ShadowStats.com, has the data to back up his claims. The author of the second piece goes a little speculative in places, but nails the essence here:
…Due to the post collapse monetary and fiscal policies, the people have now been saddled up with an unpayable level of debt. The cause of the near total collapse of the financial system was too much debt and the “solution” has been even more debt piled on to the original debt. During the year, the Dallas FED estimated the financial obligations of the US government at 99 trillion dollars. The head of the TARP program estimated the bailout cost at 24 trillion dollars. Totaled together the US has in the neighborhood of 120 trillion dollars of current and future obligations on an annual revenue of around 2 trillion dollars which is falling due to high unemployment, higher state and local taxes and fees and lower wages. Cutting that down to size, imagine earning 200,000 a year and having a debt of 12 million dollars. In short, the US dollar has become a token of an unpayable debt and thus the anchor of the entire global financial system is a ponzi fraud. It becomes impossible to compute the value of anything as measured in a fraudulent currency that represents an unpayable debt… (WRSA editor: emphasis added)
Are you and your tribe ready for 2010?
>Mark Steyn, as usual, sees the entire battlespace regarding the imminent nationalized medicine debacle.
Read it, then get back to planning your way through the thicket.
>Please read this piece from the Volokh Conspiracy.
Not that I expect the Obamites to acknowledge the legitimacy of non-state action, but it is notable to see that point being made in a mainstream legal blog.
Interesting times, both now and ahead.
>From John Robb’s Global Guerrillas comes this post on open-source insurgency.
Read it (including the embedded links) and consider how your tribe could use this information in navigating the Collapse and its aftermath.
The two remaining sections of this chapter are below:
For anyone who missed Part One, it is here.
>Jim Sinclair links to this piece, with the following comments:
“The guarantee is no better than the guarantor.”
Read it, then think through the consequences of a FedGov default in your AO.
>From J. Neil Schulman via Bill St. Clair.
From the author’s note at essay’s end:
Since it is rarely sung, here is the final verse of the national anthem of the United States of America, “The Star Spangled Banner”:
Oh, thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation;
Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven-rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust!”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave,
O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave!
Read, think, and plan.
>Read the latest here.
Second part of this chapter promised soon.