To all you gringos out there, I wish y’all a happy independence day – for what it’s worth. In the spirit of rebellion, which prompted the founding of our country in the first place, I’ll share an article from The Z Man, published in Takimag today:
This reality is why voting no longer matters. Both parties are insulated from the consequences of these polices. What matters most to Mitch McConnell is what matters most to Chuck Schumer. That is being in good standing with the rest of the Cloud People and that means supporting the issues important to them. Your economic suffering does not register with the Cloud People.
Interestingly, the ruling class has some sense of this reality. It is why they have deputized the collection of bigots with names like SPLC, ADL, ACLU, and others to weaponize the modern-day Galleanists. To keep groups like Antifa and BLM from burning down Lizzy Warren’s mansion, they are aimed at middle-class Americans. Stupid people always make for the best useful idiots.
What this means is that unless and until the ruling class comes to feel the impact of its preferred polices, nothing will change. Those seeking reform for something like immigration must find a way to make open borders offensive to the ruling class, either by casting it as a crime against the immigrants or a threat to the ruling class. Once the rulers see open borders as bad for them, the borders close immediately.
History tells us that rulers are rarely swayed by the immorality of their positions, especially when those positions pay so well. That was the lesson of a century ago when the rich started getting killed by anarchists. Suddenly their views on immigration moved from the asset column to the liability column. This is something Thomas Jefferson understood and explained in his famous letter to William Stephens Smith:
What country before ever existed a century and half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve it’s liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure.
A century ago, Americans learned that the people in charge have to be reminded from time to time that the people preserve the right to revolt. A century before that, the people revolted and installed new leaders. Revolt is the necessary ingredient to a functioning society. This Independence Day, Americans are slowly realizing that the tree of liberty is calling to them again. The rulers would be wise to hear it as well.
A healthy forest needs fires now and then to clear the undergrowth. If such fires are prevented for a long time, devastating conflagrations can result. Controlled burns are a good way to maintain a healthy forest, and our system has such controlled burns built in: Regular elections.
The idea is that regular elections will clear out the undergrowth enough to maintain a healthy forest (government). Obviously, this has not been working. We have way too much undergrowth in government, in the form of Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, Chuck Schumer etc. Elections have done nothing to get rid of it.
The Federal government has grown too powerful to overthrow through conventional means. At this point, it looks like the best we can hope for is that it will collapse under the weight of its own corruption. Equally probable is a devastating conflagration. We might have a combination of the two.
It sure would be nice if we could have an actual old-fashioned revolution.