Senator Feinstein and the problem of adhering to America’s enemies

“Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence … the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the baneful foes of republican government.” George Washington, 17 September 1796

Perhaps the most salient point in the whole debate over Senator Feinstein’s report is the one that has not been mentioned. Feinstein and many of her congressional colleagues are out to wreck the CIA and thereby further propel Obama’s attack on America’s ability to defend itself. But they are always silent on an issue that, if you, like Feinstein, think foreign policy has to do with morality, is directly analogous to the one they are using to try to destroy CIA. That issue is, of course, Israel.

Feinstein’s staged and slobbering moral outrage over enhanced interrogation techniques belies her and her colleagues’ reliably bloodthirsty and always enthusiastic support for whatever Israel’s government wants to do against a Palestinian or any other Muslim. Israel uses harsher interrogation techniques against Islamist prisoners than any used by CIA; Israel intelligence services have murdered Palestinians in Europe; smothered them in the Emirates; stole their land and demolished their homes in a never-ending search for Jewish lebensraum in Palestine; periodically destroyed their social, economic, and educational infrastructures; and generally roughed-up Muslims in a manner that the gods of the pathetically outdated Geneva Conventions would frown upon. Israeli governments also have long supported, planned, and encouraged operations inside the United States to conduct espionage; suborn U.S. citizens to commit treason; control or block media reporting; and smear and arrange unemployment for Israel’s American critics. Added up, these Israel-approved actions must surely amount to something that Feinstein would define as a “stain” on a nation’s character.

But that is not the case. The critical comments about Israel’s behavior made by Feinstein and her ilk in the Congress — in both houses and both sides of the aisle — are virtually nonexistent. Indeed, when Israel engages in these practices, the stern Feinstein gang sends the billionaire and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg to Israel to cheer on the death the Israeli military is raining down on the Palestinians, and to promise Israel more money, more ordnance, and the passing of more U.S. secrets from their agents in the U.S. Congress so they can kill more Muslims. Perhaps there is a double standard here?

Well, yes, there is, and one that makes it clear that Feinstein and the huge number of her fellow congressional fifth columnists are manifestly more interested in the survival of Israel than in that of the United States. Indeed, the monetary, military, rhetorical, and private aid they provide to Israel to kill Muslims is directly responsible for dead, wounded, and maimed U.S. military personnel and civilians in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the U.S. cities raided on 9/11.  But for Feinstein and her Israel-First colleagues these dead American Marines, soldiers, and civilians are simply the well-worth-it price they are willing to pay protect their country of first allegiance, which is not the United States.

For these Israel-First folks, dead Americans are not even a passing concern when compared to what they see as the “crime” of the United States interrogating terrorists to defend itself against Islamist enemies who are, in a large part, motivated by the absurd, war-causing, and self-defeating relationship the United States has with Israel, one that is based on the rank disloyalty of the huge Israel-First fifth column in the U.S. Congress and, from all appearances, the most wealthy and influential leaders of the U.S. Jewish community.

At base, of course, this is not an Israel problem. Because foreign policy has nothing to do with morality, but with material interests and national security, no one should dare to tell the Israeli people how, when, and with what to defend their country. Clearly no sovereign state — except perhaps for the United States under Obama and Bush — can allow itself to be attacked without responding with overwhelmingly devastating military force. Indeed, it is only constant U.S. intervention in the affairs of both Israel and Palestine that has prevented either from applying this rule of thumb and seeking an end to a war that has been draining both Israeli and Palestinian blood for more than sixty years.

While no nation has a right to exist — not Israel, not the United States, not the UK, not any other nation-state — all have the right to defend themselves to whatever extent and in whatever manner they deem necessary in order to eradicate a threat to their survival. Governments owe this responsibility to their citizens, and those — like Obama’s America and Cameron’s Britain — that do not successfully fulfill this responsibility must be removed by their citizens to ensure the nation’s survival.

If America’s real problem is not the state of Israel, what is it? The answer is disloyal Americans like Feinstein and most of the rest of the members of both Houses of Congress. (NB: I wonder how many are dual U.S.-Israeli citizens?)  By prizing Israel’s security over that of the United States, by attacking and undermining U.S. defenses — like the CIA and border control; and by endorsing Israeli behaviors that motivate the mujahedin to attack America as much as any other single factor, they are knowingly murdering U.S. military personnel and committing Americans to an endless U.S.-Islam war.

The present Feinstein Phenomena is not the first time the United States has experienced a situation in which U.S. citizens are more loyal to a foreign nation’s interests than to those of America. In George Washington’s presidency his administration was plagued by disloyal members of the Republican Party — the forerunner of today’s Democratic Party — who sided with revolutionary France against the interests of the United States. Jefferson and Madison were among the disloyal, and the former schemed with French diplomats and emissaries to undercut U.S. neutrality, to promote attacks by U.S. citizens on the territory of Spain in Louisiana, and to involve a virtually unarmed United States in France’s war with Britain and much of the rest of Europe.

President Washington, with the able assistance of Alexander Hamilton and a mostly loyal and nationalist citizenry, faced down and broke the pro-French fifth column of American citizens by enforcing U.S. neutrality and letting Republican disloyalty become so publicly obvious that Jefferson and the party’s other leaders had to back away from France so their organization would survive. Hamilton, at the time, accurately and succinctly described U.S. citizens who behaved as Feinstein, her congressional colleagues, and influential Jewish-Americans are now behaving as follows (readers should simply insert “Israel” in the place of “France.”) “The man who … shall be the apologist of France and the calumniator of his own Government is not an American. The choice for him lies between being deemed a fool, a madman, or traitor.”

Having listened to Feinstein and her supporters during the past week, it may well be deemed that she and they are all three of the vile miscreants Mr. Hamilton described.

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Of lies, deceit, and the coming world war

“But there is nothing more hurtful in a State than that cunning men should pass for wise.” James Harrington, Oceana, 1656

Senator Finestein’s dastardly but cunning decision to release the lying, Democrat-only “study” of the rendition-and-interrogation program is less an attempt to wreck the CIA than a desperate gambit to protect the Democratic Party from political annihilation. Because it already has been proven irrefutably that the information produced by the CIA program saved lives, protected property, and kept the United States in the fight against the Sunni Islamists — and did so at a time when both George W. Bush and Barack Obama refused to use U.S. military power to whatever extent was necessary to defeat the Islamists — the CIA will survive and flourish once a non-interventionist adult arrives to run the national government.

That said, however, the era when the CIA and the other U.S. intelligence services could protect the United States against al-Qaeda and all the groups that have flowed from it is long gone. The Islamists are now firmly ensconced and expanding on four continents, are slowly forming a nation-state in northern Iraq and eastern Syria, and Western commentators and politicians are again whining about a “lack of intelligence” regarding the mujahedin. Responsibility for this claimed lack of intelligence, of course, lies in the laps of Barack Obama, who ended the rendition/interrogation program and has never sought an adequate replacement for it; Senator John McCain for first describing the interrogation program as “torture,” thereby giving gravitas to the Democrats’ anti-Bush-and-Cheney witch hunt; and to the media of all descriptions for only partially covering the ongoing war which an ever growing portion of Islam is waging against the United States, as well as for continuing to claim that America’s foes are “terrorists” when it is obvious to any honest person that the Islamists have made themselves into an international insurgency which is now fielding semi-conventional military units in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

What to do? Well, Mrs. Clinton suggests abject surrender in her call for “empathizing” with the Islamists, while in the next breath she calls for the United States to work with women in the Muslim world for peace and, presumably, to pick-up the White-woman’s burden to feminize and de-Islamicize them. Poor, addled Mrs. Clinton, she still does not see the obvious, which is that her Israel-first-ism and interventionism, and that of her bipartisan colleagues, are the Islamists’ greatest motivators, recruitment tools, and donation generators. She likewise does not seem to know that she and all others in both parties — if elected — are obligated to protect Americans, period. No U.S. Marine or soldier should ever be called on to risk his or her life to make sure foreign women can vote, abort, and be — like American feminists –arrogant and viciously intolerant toward those who disagree with them.

Given Mrs. Clinton’s typically juvenile suggestion, it is essential that Americans understand that Finestein’s politically motivated report was issued because the United States and its allies are headed toward a world war with Islam, one they will have to fight domestically and overseas. The citizenry must also understand that since 2008 the Obama administration has done everything in its power — with able assistance from many Republicans — to facilitate an extraordinary strengthening of Islamism, and so has greatly increased the chances of a world war. The policies of Obama and Mrs. Clinton have, for example,

–Returned numerous incarcerated mujahedin commanders to the fields of war, and endorsed the opening of Arab prisons during the Arab Spring, events that sent thousands of skilled and veteran reinforcements to Islamist forces.

–Largely blinded the U.S. Intelligence Community by ending the rendition-interrogation program while having nothing comparably successful to take its place. They then resorted to eavesdropping on 300-plus million Americans — negating their 4th Amendment protections — and lied that this improved U.S. security. (This with Republican support) Eavesdropping does nothing but move America another long step down the road toward a tyrannical national government that will have to be removed.

–Invaded Libya and knowingly created a new Islamist safe haven, staging area, and arsenal. (This with Republican support)

–Supported both the military coup in Egypt that overthrew the victor in a valid democratic election and Israel’s war with Palestine, thereby ending the chance that any Muslim will believe Washington’s assertions of support for democracy in the Muslim world or that America is an “even handed” broke in the Arab-Israel war. (This with Republican support)

–Worked assiduously to destroy the Syrian regime so the mujahedin will have a safe haven and arsenal in the Levant from which they can begin destroying the Lebanese and Jordanian regimes. (This with Republican support)

–Assisted the EU, Hollywood, and the UN to steal half of Muslim Sudan’s territory and most of its oil resources and give them to Christian leaders who are corrupt, incompetent, and bent on waging war amongst themselves for tribal supremacy.

–Re-intervened in Iraq on the side of the Shia and so cemented America’s reputation as the eternal enemy of Sunni Islam. (This with Republican support)

–Kept America’s borders wide open, apparently assuming our Islamist foes are Ivy League graduates and so cannot find Mexico and then cross into the United States.

–Repeatedly proclaimed America is not and never will be at war with Islam, thereby reassuring Islamist leaders that the U.S. national government is still run by deaf and clueless morons.

–Willingly presided over U.S. military defeats in Iraq and Afghanistan, and by doing so helped arm the coming generation of young Muslim fighters with the conviction that Allah approves of their elders’ jihad and has rewarded them by providing the double defeat of a superpower.

–Cut the U.S. military to the bone monetarily and gave pink slips to many combat experienced officers and NCOs at a time when the Islamist movement has never been larger, better armed, richer, more talented, more geographically dispersed, and mo re ferocious.

–Spent Americans into $9 trillion of additional debt so when the world war arrives the U.S. war effort will start from a position of utter bankruptcy.

–Lied to Americans that bin Laden’s demise marked the terminal decline of the Islamist threat, a lie that will ensure shock and disbelief among the citizenry when it becomes clear that the Obama administration not only failed to reduce the threat, but by its deliberate actions made the Islamist movement a far greater threat then before it took office.

It is against this background that Finestein’s  report must be viewed. Obama and the leading Democrats know that their years in power have at least paved the way toward, and probably ensured, an U.S.-vs.-Sunni Islam world war. They also know that such a war will be partially the result of Obama ending the effective and intelligence producing rendition-and-extradition program. Thus, Finestein’s report is meant to fix in the public mind the transparent but media-supported lie that the CIA’s rendition-interrogation program never yielded a single useful piece of intelligence. This will permit the Democrats, when the war comes, to counter attacks claiming that America would have been better prepared for war if Finestein, Obama, and their party had not blinded the U.S. intelligence community.

With the great physical destruction and cost in dollars and lives that will be attendant to the coming war, Finestein’s lie might be neither cunning nor durable enough to save the Democrats’ necks, or those of their Republican accomplices, from the fully appropriate rage of a populace that will quickly wise up to the fact that they were played for fools.

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Obama, Holder, and their supporters want preference not equality

President Obama knowingly has taken America another step toward widespread racial violence. Between his implicit endorsement of what the looters, arsonists, and rioters have done in Missouri, and his plan to spend hundreds of millions on cameras for policemen so they can help Obama, Holder, and other Black bigots railroad them into prison, Obama has emerged in full splendor as both a racist and a teacher of hate and violence.

For myself, I think it would better serve Americans if Obama had to wear such a camera so that all of us can see who he meets in his ongoing effort to make the United States into a Third World economic basket-case and an even more laughable and war-losing military power than he has so far made it. Geez, such a camera on Obama and Mrs. Clinton might have allowed the citizenry to see how their two employees were amusing themselves while they were allowing Americans to be butchered in Benghazi. Given her recent statements, we probably would have seen a worried Mrs. Clinton sitting, fretting, empathizing, and fearing that one or more of the noble mujahedin might get hurt while they were murdering U.S. officials in Benghazi.

The problem Obama claims to be trying to fix, of course, lies not with the police, but in the fact that Obama, Holder, and other of the Black elite’s bigots have no use for equality. What they want is preference, a special status among their countrymen, funding from working Americans, and a privileged place for their views, their lawlessness, their out-of-control children, and their inexplicably mindless voting for men who have re-enslaved and buried the great bulk of the Black community deeper — speaking in terms of economics and employment — than it has been for a very long time. Obama and Holder, in truth, are clones of Al Sharpton. They simply are men who better manage to hide their Sharpton-like hatred for the people of all races but the elite of their own.

Have we recently seen the rest of the U.S. population — enraged and made violent by the rhetoric of their political and religious leaders — take to the streets and try to kill Blacks and burn their homes and businesses in response to the murder, kidnapping, rape, beating, mugging, car-jacking, stabbings on a train, or some other criminal act inflicted by a young Black thug on a non-Black American(s)? If such action was as acceptable as the barbaric, Obama-endorsed events that occurred in Ferguson, Black communities across America would seldom have a quiet night.

What causes this difference? The answer is the national government’s forty-year, forced indoctrination of students so that they possess an illogical and completely out-sized feeling of guilt for the existence of slavery in this country before 1865. This is among the national government’s Department of Education’s foremost goals, along with inducing guilt for the supposedly inferior status of Gays, women, environmentalists, American Indians, and the other preference seekers who inhabit the Democratic Party’s plantations. This is the main reason why that department must to be demolished in its entirety as quickly as possible, and control over education returned to the states, and, especially, to elected local school boards.

No living American has ever owned a Black slave, but living and working American of all races pay inordinate taxes, a goodly part of which appears to go to the national government’s coddling of those of all races who reside on Democrats’ plantations and feel oppressed, dislike working, believe the law does not apply to them or — like Obama and Holder — that they are above the law, and generally want monetary compensation for being “oppressed” that is to be paid by Americans of whatever color who work for a living, pay taxes, and obey the law.

It is far past time for such extreme dementia to be first refuted and thereafter ignored. Americans paid for slavery with 620,000 dead men and several multiples of that number in missing, wounded, and maimed. The supposed White debt to Black Americans has long been paid in full, and then some. For the national government to continue to tyrannically mandate additional payments and preferential treatment is to court sustained national discord leading, ultimately, to another civil war. Perhaps that is what Obama and Holder want.

It also is far past time for sane Black community leaders — indeed,the leaders of all of America’s racial communities — to start working to put their own house(s) in order by  keeping their children in school, insisting fathers stick around to raise and support their kids, and by teaching children civics from kindergarten on so they respect their country, the law, the police, and other Americans of all races. Perhaps most of all, responsible Black leaders ought to be both damning and boycotting the producers and sponsors of the television programs and movies that have done more than any other American institution — until Obama poisoned the presidency — to lead Americans to perceive Blacks as violent, inferior, lawless, and want-something-for-nothing human beings. If you want to find the reason why so many Americans of all colors fear young Black men, you only need to focus on the Democratic Party’s funding arm in Hollywood and its products.

And now for Obama. When I was in grade school Sister Mary Lawrence stressed to her students that each of us would be known by the company we keep, and over the years I have found this to be not only true, but revelatory of a person’s character. When a man or a woman consistently associates with the unsavory, the good Sister said, it is more than likely the case that he or she is associating with his or her own kind.  Ticking off names of lying, anti-American, racist, or traitorous individuals like Bill Ayrs, Rahm Emanuel, Van Jones, Al Sharpton, Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder, Charles Rangel, Bill De Blasio, Kathleen Sibelius, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Jonathan Gruber, and those of a legion of Hollywood luminaries tells Americans all they really need to know about Obama’s deceitful and — given his immigration diktat –criminal character. Obama and such a supporting cast are certainly well-fitted to star in a much-needed move entitled — with apologies to Mr. Hemingway — “The Scum Also Rises.”

Americans, however, do owe one debt of gratitude to Mr. Obama. In years to come we all will be able to use him as an example with which to teach our children and grandchildren about the frightful dangers posed to the republic’s existence by electing an unqualified, Ivy League mal-educated, two-bit, Chicago punk-bigot to the presidency. Although he died century before Obama was born, Alexis De Tocqueville knew him well. “The first, and in a way the only, necessary condition for arriving at centralizing power in a democratic society,” the Frenchman wrote, clearly in anticipation of Obama, “is to love equality or to make believe [that one does]. Thus the science of despotism, formerly so complicated, is simplified: it is reduced, so to speak, to a single principle.”

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To Barack Obama: Americans obey laws, never the whims of men

Having been taught by my parents and my faith never to pray for anything bad, or for anything bad to happen to another person, I have for more than 60 years obeyed that lesson. But I do admit that for the past few years I have stopped each morning before leaving for work to check GOOGLE News with a feeling of what President Obama once called “hope,” a hope that something seemingly beyond reach but very beneficial for America might have happened overnight. Alas, over the course of those years GOOGLE News has never reported what would be most wonderful news for America, that Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Valerie Jarrett, Hillary Clinton, and Eric Holder were no longer available to continue their intentional destruction of the United States. I sometimes think that a regular prayer from me toward that end might have helped produce that most glorious issue, but lessons learned young die hard and that one is till strong in me.

So, if happenstance and great good luck are not going to deliver America from the clutches of the above-mentioned six-headed plague, Americans –like their ancestors — will have to do it themselves, by the ballot box if possible but, in the last resort, by whatever means suffice. A first action really ought to be for every family in America not resident on one of the Democrat’s plantations for the mindless, lazy, theoretical, illegal, and Ivy-League educated to purchase weapons and ammunition with which to defend themselves, their families, and their property against the coming felonious wave of unwanted, unneeded, and crime-inclined migrants that Obama and his plague-on-America gang are motivating to cross the southern border. The media is reporting that more than 100,000 American citizens have been killed by the Democrats’ pet illegals, and the more of that kind of human scum that enters the country, the more Americans will be killed. So get yourselves armed and pray that you do not have to shoot at both the illegals attacking you and the body-armored gunmen that the national government probably will send to protect the illegals who are intent on doing you harm.

The next step is in the lap of the governors. I have never understood why there are no state militias under the governors’ sole control — unless called into national service to defend against a foreign enemy — as mandated by the Bill of Right’s 2nd Amendment. I look and look and look but cannot find the amendment that negated that part of the 2nd Amendment, and that is because there is none. Over the years, the executive and legislative branches of the national government have cooperated to simply legislate away that constitutional right from the American people and their state governments in order to monopolize the tools of force and use them to enforce laws — and even executive orders — that Americans oppose and which hurt their home states. I have heard several legal experts “explain” what they called the “perfectly constitutional and legal process” by which the state militias and part of the 2nd Amendment were annihilated. Some pretty fancy talk for sure, but it was just deceitful, Obama-like lawyer prattle.

The U.S. Constitution cannot be altered except by the successful completion of the prescribed process for amending the original document. This was not done, and so all the legislation passed in the past century to destroy state militias is simply illegal, it provides no legal basis for preventing the governors from reestablishing the state militias; indeed, the unamended 2nd Amendment makes it their duty to do so. Unconstitutional legislation, no matter how voluminous and bipartisan, cannot negate a constitutional right.

The governors of at least the southern tier of U.S. states ought to soon meet and initiate efforts to recreate, train, and arm state militias that will be under their control. The governors can then use that force to protect their citizens from the felonious influx Obama is fueling, as well as to protect the viability of their states’ economies, health services, educational systems, and local law-enforcement capabilities. This is serious business, however, and those state militias might at some point have to face and fight the above-mentioned gunmen sent by the national government to protect the illegals and see to it that they are permitted to make a wreck out of any state they choose to focus on.

As always, force must ever be a citizen’s last resort when dealing with the national government, but Obama’s brazen disregard for both the Constitution and the welfare of working, and especially rural Americans; his quite obvious goal of making the United States into a Third World country; and his eagerness to wage war when the mood strikes him, makes a willingness on his part to ruthlessly oppress American citizens in favor of his illegals is something to be expected. I suppose the best Americans can do is reflect on and perhaps mimic the actions of an American militia captain named John Parker, a man who found himself at the head of his unit on Lexington green more than two hundred years ago. Standing face-to-face against the forces of a central government that was oppressing Americans and trying to disarm them, that captain forbid his men from firing first, but he added that “if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.”

All told, Americans are today seeing what no Americans before them have seen — a president-turned-tyrant acting unconstituitionally to impose his ideology and will on the citizenry, thereby illegally punishing them economically and socially, undermining the effectiveness of their state and local law-and-order regimes, making their elections irrelevant, weakening the bonds of the Union, and alienating whatever sentiments of affection Americans may still retain for their national government. We shall see in the next few years whether President Obama’s diktat on immigration turns out to be a last straw in what Mr. Jefferson once described as “a long train of abuses and usurpations” that required Americans to take up arms and “throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” We should all pray that such is not the case, but if it so turns out, it will be Mr. Obama who, quite knowingly and deliberately, broke the camel’s back and thereby started a fire that will grow hot and bloody enough to consume the plague that he and his colleagues injected into the nation.

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How long can Americans tolerate Obama’s administration?

What had been a steady but relatively quiet  process of the Executive Branch usurping powers belonging to the American people or their representatives, has in recent months become a noisy, arrogant, and voracious theft. War-making, immigration, healthcare, privacy invasions, property seizures, and industry-wrecking and other environmental matters have, it seems, become the sole prerogative of President Obama and the unconstitutional power he is blithely wielding.

Obama, with Eric Holder’s helpful shredding of the Constitution, also has assumed to himself the power to conduct his long-intended war on white and Asian Americans, who work, raise families, keep their kids in school, and mind their own business, in order to make sure that they are subordinated and outvoted, but can still be taxed at higher rates to fund to his Black constituency; the current insipid, give-us-something-for-free generation of university students and recent graduates; and the millions of illegal Hispanics who are here, have no skills, and so bring no value to America, as well as the millions more that Obama, the Democratic Party, the academy, and the media intend to motivate to illegally enter the United States in hope of having His Majesty Obama smile on them and give them citizenship and lots of free stuff in return for living forever on another Democrat plantation.

The net result of Obama’s studied and incremental rise to the status of tyrant is that ordinary, hardworking Americans now have genuine, honorable, and actionable motivations to reclaim many of the powers that their ancestors delegated to the national government in the settlement of 1787. Indeed, they have more substantive and obvious reasons to reclaim their powers and liberty than did men who acted against British tyranny in 1775, and certainly much more substantive reasons to consider secession than did the Southern secessionists in 1861.

What is the remedy to Obama’s tyranny? Well, as my pro-Israel and other assorted admirers never tire of saying, Scheuer is a bear of little brain — “After all, he went to university in Canada, you know?!” So let me step aside and provide a few pertinent comments by men we can all agree are far smarter than this aging and, by most accounts, halfwit former-intelligence officer. The following words come from America’s Founders and those whose writings markedly influenced them, and their upshot for Americans was well said by Julius Caesar in his admonition that “heaven helps those who help themselves.”

–CICERO: “For it is not by some accident — no, it is because our own moral failings — that we are left with the name of the Republic, having long since lost its substance.”

–CICERO: “Most foolish of all is the belief that everything decreed by the institutions or laws of a particular country is just.”

–SENECA: “There can be slaine/No sacrifice to God more acceptable/Than an unjust and wicked king.”

–SALLUST: “All human beings who want to be superior to other animals ought to struggle with every resource not to be like cattle passing through life silently.”

–TACITUS: “All that is achieved by submissiveness is that heavier burdens are imposed, as if we found them easier to bear.”

–THUCYDIDES: “I do not blame those who wish to rule, but those who are too ready to serve. It is just as much in men’s nature to rule those who submit to them, as it is to resist those who molest them.”

–DAVID HUME: “The right of self-preservation is unalienable in every individual, much more in every community.”

–REV. RICHARD HOOKER: “Laws therefore are not, which public consent hath not made so….”

–JOHN MILTON: “… turning to tyranny, they [the tryants] may be as lawfully despos’d and punish’d, as they were at first elected.”

–JOHN MILTON: “… justice done upon a tyrant is no more but the necessary self-defense of the whole Commonwealth.”

–ALGERNON SYDNEY: “The perpetual jarrings we hear everyday; the division of the nation into such factions as threaten us with ruin, and all the disorders we see or fear, are the affects of this rupture. These things are not to be imputed to our original constitutions, but to those who have subverted them.”

–ALGERNON SYDNEY: “They [the people] know how to preserve their liberty, or to vindicate the violation of it; and the more patient they have been, the more inflexible they are when they resolve to be so no longer. Those who are so foolish to put them upon such courses, do to their cost find that there is a difference between lions and asses; and he is a fool who knows not that swords were given to men, that none might be slaves, but such as know not how to use them”

–JAMES HARRINGTON: “… the liberty of the commonwealth consists in the empire of the laws, the absence whereof would betray her to the lusts of tyrants.”

–REV. JONATHAN MAYHEW: “For the essence of slavery consists in being subjected to the arbitrary pleasures of others, whether many, few, or one, it matters not.”

–JOSIAH QUINCY: ‘[T]he supreme power is ever possessed by those who have arms in their hands and are disciplined in the use of them…”

–JAMES MADISON: “If there be a principle that ought not to be questioned within the United States, it is, that every nation has a right to abolish an old government and establish a new one.”

–JAMES IREDELL: “The only real security in any country is the jealousy and circumspection of the people themselves. Let them be watchful over their rulers. Should they find a combination against their liberties, and all other methods appear insufficient to preserve them, they have, thank God, an ultimate remedy. The power which created the government can destroy it.”

–ALEXIS DE TOCQUEVILLE: “Like all serious and reflective peoples, Americans have a vindictive temperment. They almost never forget an offense; but it is not easy to offend them, and their resentment is as slow to ignited, as to be extinguished.”

In compiling the foregoing I was struck that it is dominated by Romans, Englishmen, and east-coast Americans, and that I ought to include at least one appropriate viewpoint from Americans resident west of the Mississippi River. Happily, I found a statement that seems to pretty much summarize the foregoing in the American idiom. So here goes:

–TOBY KEITH AND WILLIE NELSON:

Grandpappy told my pappy
Back in my day, son
A man had to answer
For the wicked thing he done
Take all the rope in Texas
Find a tall oak tree
Round up all of them bad boys
And hang ‘em high in the street
For all the people to see

All the foregoing give food for thought, at least to this bear of little brain. Perhaps a bottom line is in order here and I can think of no better one than the following thought from Algernon Sydney. When considering how to remove a tyrannical government, Sydney wrote, “Civil war in Machiavelli’s account is a disease, but tyranny is the death of the state. Gentle ways are first to be used, and ’tis best if the work can be done by them; but it must not be left undone if it they fail.”

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