A Quick Thought

     I’ve written many times about political dynamics and the swelling of blatant demagoguery in response to the incentives built into our system of government. Recent developments, especially the increasing degree of cooperation between Democrats and Republicans at destroying our rights and seizing our property, persuade me that the time has come to declare the politician an invasive, destructive human subspecies: an evolutionary development that threatens the rest of Mankind.

     This development was foreseen more than a century ago:

     The day will come when a multitude of people will choose the legislature. Is it possible to doubt what sort of a legislature will be chosen? On the one side is a statesman preaching patience, respect for rights, strict observance of public faith. On the other is a demagogue ranting about the tyranny of capitalism and usury and asking why anyone should be permitted to drink champagne and to ride in a carriage while thousands of honest people are in want of necessaries. Which of the candidates is likely to be preferred by a workman? When Society has entered on this downward progress, either civilization or liberty must perish. Either some Caesar or Napoleon will seize the reins of government with a strong hand, or your Republic will be as fearfully plundered and laid waste in the twentieth century as the Roman Empire in the fifth, with this difference, that the Huns and Vandals who ravaged Rome came from without, and that your Huns and Vandals will have been engendered within your country, by your own institutions. [Thomas Babington Macaulay]

     What shall we do about these predators? How can we forestall their further multiplication? Well, what do we do with other verminous species that threaten the rest of us, Gentle Reader?

     Are there any Liberty’s Torch readers with experience in the development of pesticides?


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    • Tar on July 27, 2022 at 11:56 AM

    “With Great Power comes Great Responsibility.” ~ Spiderman
    “If Men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and the next place, oblige it to control itself.” ~ James Madison
    People often talk about the “Separation of Church and State” – I think a separation of FINANCE and State is also necessary.  The majority of funds collected by the Congress-Critters gnawing away at the foundations of our Republic is not their salaries, but their “insider trading” on stocks which they have direct influence over via legislation and the kickbacks (usually collected by a spouse or close family member) or “feather bedding” of those same family members via the corrupt organizations giving them cushy no-show jobs and bonuses in exchange for favorable legislation and other favors from the official side.

    Simple answer is to fully ban these family members from accepting any funds or positions from organizations doing business with or influenced directly by legislation… and to put harsh penalties on violations of the same.  Removal entirely of Congress’ immunity from prosecution for insider trading… and how about we make those offering the bribes subject to the same kinds of harsh penalties.

    In short: make the bastards abusing their power take responsibility for it.  If Congress does not have the will to police themselves, well… I suspect highly visible and painful public backlash would suffice to motivate them to do so.  It’s a shame that tarring, feathering, and running the bastards out on a rail has fallen out of style… it’s a fine “team building exercise” and good for community spirit!

    1. Don’t expect legislators to legislate against themselves and their families.
      Don’t expect law enforcers to enforce the law against themselves and their families.
      Don’t expect Establishments to dis-Establish themselves.
      “The aim of the High is to remain where they are.” — George Orwell.
      See also this essay.

  1. The occasional bear that becomes too attenuated to the presence of humans and wanders into a town is forthwith relocated or worse.  The danger to humans is instantly recognized and unequivocally effective action is taken to remedy the problem of mere presence.

    However, the domestic Huns and Vandals roam freely through vast areas of the land and are quite undisturbed when they attack the civilized ones.  The former are inconvenienced at worst if there is any reaction to their presence and activities but, more to the point, they are the beneficiaries of government largesse and legal privileges and unquestionable objects of worship.  The civilized ones do their utmost to pretend that these ghost figures do not flit around among them.

    • ontoiran on July 27, 2022 at 9:21 PM

    haven’t they always (well since the civil war) co-operated to screw us into oblivion? in my lifetime there have been exactly 2 republican presidents who put the american people before the political/financial/globalist classes and they were both despised, opposed at every turn and betrayed by their own party, the deep state and the above mentioned classes

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