“Clarity is revealed only once the clutter of fraud is repelled.”
This past week the government complex finally managed to achieve its greatest exhibition of transparency. In a mere forty-eight hours the political processes of Washington affirmed the American Publics native intuitions; the system is, in all manner of speaking, incapable of recognizing and responding to the many issues this Country faces and by doing so Politicians demonstrates the entire bureaucracy’s patent indifference to their oath of office and the best interests of the consenting governed.
“Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties or his possessions. ”
“I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”
“If tyranny and oppression come to this land it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.”
These three quotes are from the mind of this Nation’s finest Constitutional Scholar, James Madison. It is fitting that I should call these specific statements to your attention as in their totality they are intended to stir your thoughts and sense of urgency. Paraphrasing one of Madison lesser known observations he said that philosophy is nothing more than an exercise of using big words to express common sense and so I find his writings to be the easiest of our Founders to digest and thankfully so. The beauty of common sense of course is that it is timeless and always acutely relevant and despite their faithfulness to the Rationing of Truth, the filter of common sense, in particular the lack of it, is equally useful when evaluating the 112thCongress, the Judiciary and the Executive Branch.
Forty-eight hours and The Clutter of Fraud:
This past Thursday evening the GOP Debate-on-Parade made its last stop in Sioux City, Iowa. I sat down with my PC and Laptop at the ready intending to post commentaries as the affair progressed fully expecting Rep. Bachman and Gov. Romney to take a few shots at Newt Gingrich while Rick Santorum and Gov. Huntsman stood guard at the outer wings of the presumed center-stage hierarchy. For the most part I wasn’t disappointed and nearly thirty minutes into the broadcast I hadn’t registered a single post. That fact is that these folks have moved on to the risk-management phase of the process so it was unlikely we would be the beneficiaries of any grand-bargain.
Despite an overwhelming urge to nap I managed to suffer through the entire debate though my contempt for the Candidates and the sponsoring organizations for wasting my time lingered on long past my switching off the screen; yet another missed opportunity for the process to vindicate itself and reverse its dismissive tendencies. I continued migrating through my thoughts in an attempt to zero-in on the animus which occupied my thoughts looking to shape and refine the causal force. With no intention of defending Mr. Gingrich’s actions I was nonetheless drawn to the current attack-mode being fueled by his having received consulting fees from Fannie/Freddie and the manner in which it became a target of opportunity and by whom. I believe the result of my inquiry is best expressed in this way:
How ironic! The only time the Public’s openly exposed to the abuses of political influence is when Politicians are running for a Stake in the environment where the greatest abuses occur. The hypocrisy was further enriched when I considered the number of career-inquisitors, many in the hall and on the stage, who ignore that fact that they feed off the very same process! And no one seemed to notice or much less care.
I was also reminded of a comment by former Nazi Minister of Propaganda, one Paul J. Goebbels:
“It is the absolute right of the State to supervise the formation of public opinion.”
If one were to render a summary opinion of the Candidates and the entire process thus far I believe the entire characterization can be captured by one word: Statist’s! The process is an extension of a Systems desire to preserve its dysfunction.
Over the last twenty-four hours the Congress has managed to ooze forward with two legislative actions: One (the Senate) being a $1 Trillion 1200 page spending Bill which claims to fund basic government services through August of 2012. This Article of Surrender includes various funding routines associated with the Pentagon and foreign miss-adventures which likely includes accommodations for ACADEMI (formerly known as Xe and before that, Blackwater)which will continue to provide Security Services dispersed through U.S. Embassy in Bagdad, Iraq.
A quick thought:
- · In the wake of the Debt Super Committee and the related assurances that Congress and the President are serious about Spending & Deficit reform, how then do we reconcile their actions with the advent of a more pressing reality? I’ll leave the response to your sense of the relevant.
Shortly after the vote was taken, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) released a statement stating that the Bill had “failed America. It is a lie that government spending has been cut.” Then, Hal Rogers (R-KY), Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, invoked the ultimate parable of divisiveness. Pure poetry drawn from the Congressional ever-at-the-ready Digest of Political Backwash: “After weeks of arduous negotiations on this package with our Senate counterparts, we’ve struck a fair, bipartisan compromise. No party got everything they wanted.” Least of all, the American People. However there was one moment of supreme clarity offered by Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wa) who stated, “It reflects the fact that neither party can pass this bill on its own in either the House or the Senate.” My favorite:
“We stayed in session to present some issues to the American public that were extremely important.” Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate Majority Leader
Now then that leaves us with the last of the least preferred outcomes; the two month extension of Unemployment Benefits and reduction in Social Security Payroll Tax Withholdings and the suspension of the planned 27% Cut in Medicare Reimbursements to Physicians. Included in the Bill is provision which requires the President to accelerate the decision making process relating to the approval of the Keystone XL Oil Pipeline; the President wanted to postpone until 2013.
A few thoughts aimed at Clutter removal:
- The reason for the “two month” extension is traced to a failure in how to cover the entire $190 Billion price tag although a portion of the cost will be covered by increasing Loan Fees on Fannie/Freddie insured loans. I’m sure homeowners will love this insightful piece of legislative barter.
- Congress and the President appear ignorant of the fact that by reducing S.S. Withholdings they are adding to the unfunded mandates for Social Security forgetting for the moment that the total unfunded mandates for both Social Security and Medicaid are approach $110 Trillion; twice the Nation’s Private Net Worth. You see there is no need to Tax the Rich when you can conscript an entire nation.
- On the subject of extending Unemployment Benefits we expose the very same case of intellectual hypoxia. Paying a benefit whose claim occurs from the malignant nature of the very enterprise whose actions have caused the problem. This comes under the heading of please understand that I have to shoot you because the only gun that I own is loaded. And lastly,
- Nowhere, that I can find, in the Keystone XL Pipeline agreement is there a mandate for domestic product retention. Further, understand that the pipeline is headed for Port Arthur, Texas (Gulf Coast) which is planned to be among the world’s largest gasoline refineries. This should lead one to ask a very significant question: What’s in the deal that benefits American’s? Jobs? Doubtful particularly if you consider that the pipeline will be completed in eighteen months and the pipe used in this construction project is being sourced from both China and India.
While the Rationing of Truth persist more and more the American People are being drawn away from the ethos which would otherwise compel them into believing this Nation is both salvageable and worth saving. This notion is a fundamental attribute of an on-going inquiry one which is most definitely not reflected in the various Polls and clearly not of demonstrated interest by any of the GOP Candidates.
The American People MUST begin the process of determining for themselves what is to be the future of this Country and this effort and outcome must never be one that draws from an expression of personal vice or impulse but one that is distinctly an expression of Noble Ideal and articulated with a tenor of Character that will settle for nothing less.
By now it should be clear that this Nations government opposes any idea dedicated toward perfecting and improving the process and appears purposefully dedicated to devising newer and broader mechanisms for defeating access, principal and its People; it is also the reason for why it fails so efficiently. The time has come to force the System into deep recycle mode and rest in torment knowing that this will not occur by or from the choices currently made available. I do however believe that there are two possible Candidates that may very well serve the purpose of slowing further decay: Newt Gingrich and only for the reason that I believe he will overwhelm the System or Ron Paul for the simple reason that he despises the very same System.
Whatever the outcome the fact remains that we must compel and provoke the American conscience into action and in this effort we must dedicate ourselves toward reversing the Rationing of Truth and if this be a cause you are willing to align with then I believe we must build the process upon the advice of James Madison:
“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own governors, must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives.”
It is reasonable to assume he intended that you use it as a tool or as a weapon in the faithful service of defending Liberty from the scythe of tyranny and not merely as an exercise for consuming vast amounts of time. Someone MUST speak for the Ideal! That someone is YOU!
“Man must be Free for Independence to be at Liberty to be Expressed!”
Curtis C. Greco, Founder