Doug Ross has submitted for your review the following “commandments” of government. He could have said “operating system” or some other metaphor, but the word commandment does express both the quasi-religious nature of these rules, and the failure to heed them which indeed brings down the wrath of the State on your puny head.
For a much longer but equally on-target explanation (including a forecast) you would do well to get a copy of Gregory Copley’s book:
Copley doesn’t offer solutions, but his naming of the various problems we will face goes a long way toward aiding us in figuring out what to do while we wait. Let’s just say the more skills in your tool box, the better. And community will become increasingly important. Fragile, but necessary.
Our book budget is nil, but this one was too important not to buy. An atlas would help in your journey through Mr. Copley’s future. See the geo in front of the politics in the title? He really means it.
Meanwhile, here we are in Geenormous Government Land. Might as well read the rules to see if we can stay out of jail. That is becoming the unintended destination for lots of folks who weren’t planning to go there.
What follows is Director Blue’s Commandments and Dymphna’s amendments. Please feel free to add yours in the comments. In fact, if you can think of further commandments, let us know.
I Generally speaking, government always grows — it never shrinks — whether times are good or bad.
The growth in good times is incremental. In bad times, it surges, tumors sprouting everywhere. Sometimes it fabricates “bad times” so it can go to war against these dangers — e.g., the Wars on poverty (or Poverty) and drugs and failing schools. Government loves wars.
II In each area it purports to “assist”, government attempts to replace individual decision-making with central planning.
Those ‘attempts’ at ‘assisting’ become evermore insistent and evermore umm…embracing. People are learning not to make frontal conflicts but instead to quietly build work-arounds. Homeschooling is one of those. However, it has been so successful it may well become illegal so people need to think ahead, especially where their children are concerned.
We have received distraught emails from shattered Norwegian parents who watch their children being brain-washed. That doesn’t mean there aren’t lots of parents in Norway who love their children’s school. But that’s not a universal love in Norway — we’ve also heard from grown-ups who survived the system and carry the scars. That’s what happens in totalitarian democracies.
Soon you will see lots more cases of “democracy” in scare quotes. People in many countries, including the U.S. republic, are beginning to grasp the farce of an electoral process in which the candidates on offer are the lowest common denominator results of crony, kleptocratic politics. They have nothing to add to the common weal but lots of ideas on what they plan to take from it during their “turn”.
III In order to implement its grand central plans and solidify its power, government must take from one citizen to give to another; this is, in effect, lawful theft.
And boy does it make the victims of these perennial robberies mad! Despite Obama’s transparent obsession with making things “fair” — a fixed game if ever there was one — his anger at rich white people — even just regular old white people like his granny — shines through each pronouncement. The man has done much damage to race relations in this country; it will take a wise saint to help us heal.
“Fairness” must always be founded on justice. When it is capricious or backward-looking, it becomes a dangerous weapon.
IV No matter how many times central planning fails, the self-appointed masterminds in government assert that “this time is different” and that with only a few tweaks and more money, their delusional plans will succeed.
Hahahahah. Can you say ObamaCare? No Child Left Behind? They’re tweaking like crazy and it will never ever be fixed. It’s a con and the American people are the unwilling suckers. As in ‘it sucks to be us’. If ObamaCare were real, all the Congress klepts would be in on it.
V Because it uses funds confiscated from taxpayers, self-restraint is no obstacle to government’s ambitions.
They have become increasingly gluttonous and greedy. They don’t even bother to hide it anymore — witness Nancy Pelosi and her deluxe private flights home to California, with the tab picked up by the taxpayer victims. Or the excesses of the IRS’ parties. Weren’t they the agency who went to Las Vegas?
VI Its fundamental misunderstanding of human nature notwithstanding, government must claim to grant “rights”, which require it steal the labors of one citizen to give to another (such as food, shelter, employment, and health care).
We met once with our FORMER Congressional representative — a Yale lawyer who lived off the fat of the land of George Soros — and that personage had no idea that our rights were “inalienable”. There’s a video of him somewhere on You Tube warning Americans that they needed to stop him and other members of Congress. You can bet there are dozens just as ignorant as he wandering the halls.
VII No matter how widespread the harm it causes, government will never provide an honest and historical accounting — a report card — of its failures.
That’s inherent. It’s a feature, not a bug. But the accounting grows more distorted and fallacious the longer it goes on. Another feature is eventual failure of the machine. Which is why no one who could do anything ever would.
VIII As more individuals and families are harmed by the failures of central planning, government must find suitable scapegoats, must lie to do so, and therefore must also repress dissent.
That’s how “democracies” and “republics” become totalitarian. America is just one of many Western countries living that reality. Some escape — perhaps Denmark has? Though it has its own scare stories burdened as it is with the tumorous political correctness that grows opportunistically all over the West. So never mind, Denmark — but you’re close!
IX In order to build its network of redistribution and grow a culture of dependency on its services, government must inevitably undermine the family unit, religion, and the notion of God-given rights in order to cow, bribe, or intimidate its citizens.
And so it beavers away at our foundation. The Soviets knew all this and they did it effectively. The problem was they also killed their economy. We didn’t “destroy” the USSR; its command economy did it in. That may be an inescapable end for us, too. We’re well along on the road to hell, paved as it is with those many unintended consequences of the Brave New World. We’ll just have to see what happens to us…after. Will we also end up overrun with alcoholics and plutocrats? Or, having the memory of a robust middle class in our DNA (something Mother Russia never had), will we have pockets of normalcy amidst the ruins? It’s too early to tell.
X As government grows ever more powerful, it must also become increasingly oppressive through compulsion and force. To do otherwise would mean government must shrink, and this it cannot do.
But it can shatter and self-destruct even as it continues to squeeze the necks of the golden geese taxpayers. Look again at the ending of the Soviet Union. They managed to meltdown without setting off a nuclear mess. May we be so lucky.
What Director Blue has described in #10 needs a coda: there are some entities who are too big NOT to fail.
What counts is how we fail. And that’s the unknown, isn’t it?
I left a comment on Director Blue’s place in answer to another reader who said it was a mistake to think of government as an entity, that it was individuals making decisions and NOT a machine.
Here is my answer:
As much as I would like to agree with you, indio007, there is a critical point when those well-intentioned souls who serve the people morph into a bureaucracy whose function is to preserve itself. Read Max Weber for the details.
If what you say were true, then with each new administration, there would be a 100% turnover of employees in the agencies tasked with serving us…
Ain’t gonna happen. What will happen is the erosion of the center as more and more people turn away from the Monster Machine.
“We need to go after individuals for malfeasance” reads well on paper. The implementation has some glitches. It is no longer possible to impeach a president, no matter what he does or fails to do. Clinton proved that. Even though he lost his license to practice law after he left office…
Now pile on, y’all.