"...[c]overs the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd."
Mark Levin, Plunder and Deceit; quoting Alexis de Tocqueville's description of soft tyranny...
this quote comes just after Levin aims to identify the very nature of the American government today...and it ain't pretty.
As he explains in nearly all of his books, the judicial oligarchy (of Leftists) is continually altering and reshaping our Constitutional republic, usurping the rule of law...while a bureaucracy of Statists, complete with their Statist agenda, expand and enforce the federal Statist agenda through an intricate and burdensome bureaucracy; over time, the original intent of a body republic and thoroughly independent of government, becomes a growing alliance and reliance upon the federal dole/programs/services/guidance/"assistance," be it individually or collectively, from sea to shining sea.
Of course, we hardly feel a thing. But what an evil empire we weave. The fabric of a good soft tyranny comes in all kinds of shapes and sizes, with the most common being the universal appeal of the one size fits all.
What got me started in this direction this morning? An innocent, 100% cotton, t-shirt worn by a seven year old.
Subject: "Bill of Rights 1791" plastered across the front; while the back rattled off the "First Amendment's Five Freedoms"...."Speech, Press, Religion, Assembly, Petition"
It was the simplicity of it, really, that really got to me.
How is it possible that only a couple of hundred years later, that the simplest of ideas are being challenged in our every day? Or worse, more like, mocked, censured beyond recognition, and virtually, indistinguishable.
But just look at the level of dominance within the realm of this evil weave, confined and designed by the joint powers of authority -- across this land and ever-expanding around the globe. When it gets down to it, our natural freedoms -- the freedoms that come from God, our Creator, and becoming the very cornerstones of our origins in the making of this government -- are now essentially in the hands of a mere few. Everything gets weighed and measured from a central power, whether we read it in the press or not.
This goes against our founder's intent, large and small.
I guess, more than anything else this morning, the more I rest my thoughts on the way we grow busy in our day to day -- even if it is for good cause, good reason -- the more I think, not so fast G...
keep it simple stupid.
pay attention to the little things.
Even Facebook has become a good example of how we, as a collective body, have allowed the control into our lives without so much as a check or balance. Facebook elevated the sensations of popularity and social status and keeping busy and constant activity and being connected to all the popular things so quickly, it is no wonder that with its latest string of bad press, for basically behaving badly, that the very same people who once loved and liked without a second thought are now questioning every little thing.
But now to a fine example in government -- namely, Obamacare. What nonsense. By centralizing all health care under the authority of the federal government under the "Affordable Care Act," true health care is neither affordable or caring in the least bit: insurance costs have skyrocketed, while choices have became more limited and less cost-effective, while the consumer is being forced to pay for services of the whole, as well as, financially supplement the costs for the poor altogether.
Has Universal Health Care -- socialized medicine -- ever worked??
That would be a big fat, overweight and bordering obese, high blood pressure, no.
It's these little teeny tiny nudges that we take that makes me crazy.
Our local Safeway/Vons store has recently undergone some changes...but it shows another example of the gentle push of soft tyranny running away with our lives. If you don't buy organic now, very soon, it will be your only choice....so says the produce guy in aisle five.
It's as if regular produce has no voice anymore.
Oh and then there is this ...
as I was trying to gather my thoughts yesterday, for this blog, I was interrupted all the live long day. Needless to say, here it is, now clearly a day after --- here I am, dodging and weaving, dodging and weaving --
in the meantime, my fabulous pop sends me an email...and lo and behold, my immediate response was like, yes...that's just the kind of material I've been looking for!
And then it got strange, almost psychedelic.
I tried to find this David Vincent Gilbert, the source, and was immediately met with web curtain after web curtain after web curtain. It's as if the guy doesn't really exist...
I did find another guy, one that I have heard of before -- Frank Gaffney Jr., of the Center for Security Policy --citing this Gilbert for a speech about a month ago, but that's almost where it starts and stops.
BUT LET'S NOT LET THIS GET IN OUR WAY, shall we?
One of the things attributed to this ghost of a writer, David Vincent Gilbert, is this:
“That’s the basic issue here.
Who decides who runs the country?
When you hate each other
but accept the election results,
you have a country.
When you stop accepting election results,
you have a countdown to a civil war.”
Here is the link to the entire Gaffney speech, incorporating more of Gilbert's ideas. I believe it is worth your time on the full read, but you decide.
“Every kingdom divided
is brought to desolation,
and every city or house
divided against itself
will not stand.”
(I just like this quote he used)
now, granted this girl is all over the place today;
some days, the weave is just better than others, what can I say.
At least I'm beginning to detect a pattern -- when my life is all over the place, this blog goes all over the place... and you can take that to the printer and back.
The thing is --
be it this morning or every morning or just yesterday --
since this IS my diary and I can do what I want, my style usually involves throwing all kinds of ideas into the weave, at once. But I do try to bring it to a nice little knot at the end each and every day, this I do try. so let's just wrap ourselves up and around this and be done with it already:
Our world -- this country -- has been here before.
Our five freedoms matter more than ever (again)
And not necessarily in that order, on any given day, right? Be creative.
And most of all, make it a good day in every way that you know how.
Make it a Good Day, G
PS... and about this guy, DAVID VINCENT GILBERT -- if you are real -- come out, come out wherever you are...