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And this I must fight against

June 25, 2009

 The following was written by John Steinbeck and published in 1952.  I share this with the hope that you will enjoy and reflect upon these beautiful words.  Steinbeck saw a storm brewing, a clash of the individual against modern society, and he was horrified.  In retrospect, we may observe that Steinbeck was prescient in both his observations and in his concerns.  Let us only hope that the light and glory of the individual, against all odds, still shines within the confines of the increasingly collective society.

 

I don’t know how it will be in years to come.  There are monstrous changes taking place in the world, forces shaping a future whose face we do not know.  Some of these forces seem evil to us, perhaps not in themselves but because their tendency is to eliminate other things we hold good.  It is true that two men can lift a bigger stone than one man.  A group can build automobiles quicker and better than one man, and bread from a huge factory is cheaper and more uniform.  When our food and clothing and housing all are born in the complication of mass-production, mass method is bound to get into our thinking and to eliminate all other thinking.  In our time mass or collective production has entered our economics, our politics, and even our religion, so that some nations have substituted the idea collective for the idea God.  This in my time is the danger.  There is great tension in the world, tension toward a breaking point, and men are unhappy and confused.

 

At such a time it seems natural and good to me to ask myself these questions.  What do I believe in?  What must I fight for and what must I fight against?

 

Our species is the only creative species, and it has only one creative instrument, the individual mind and spirit of man.  Nothing was ever created by two men.  There are no good collaborations, whether in music, in art, in poetry, in mathematics, in philosophy.  Once the miracle of creation has taken place, the group can build and extend it, but the group never invents anything.  The preciousness lies in the lonely mind of a man.

 

And now the forces marshaled around the concept of the group have declared a war of extermination on that preciousness, the mind of man.  By disparagement, by starvation, by repressions, forced direction, and the stunning hammerblows of conditioning, the free, roving mind is being pursued, roped, blunted, drugged.  It is a sad suicidal course our species seems to have taken.

 

And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world.  And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected.  And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual.  This is what I am and what I am about.  I can understand why a system built on a pattern must try to destroy the free mind, for that is the one thing which can by inspection destroy such a system.  Surely I can understand this, and I hate it and I will fight against it to preserve the one thing that separates us from the uncreative beasts.  If the glory can be killed, we are lost.

Exposing the “Born Again American” movement, again.

June 5, 2009

 

 In response to my recent post regarding the disingenuous Born Again American” movement , I received this response from “Erika”, who I presume is Erika Johansson, program coordinator and Producer, Remix America.

 

Born Again American is a new initiative put forth by Declare Yourself.

 

Declare Yourself is national, nonpartisan, nonprofit youth voter registration organization dedicated to making sure every American is registered to vote.

 

Change.org is not an umbrella organization for Declare Yourself – in fact, it is a completely different organization. Change.org is an advocacy website that encourages people to organize around issues that matter to them.

 

Declare Yourself does not advocate any politician or policy stance. They have traveled across the nation to register voters and believe that every American should be registered and eligible to vote regardless of political party or beliefs!

 

Let’s take a few moments to dissect the response:

 

Born Again American is a new initiative put forth by Declare Yourself.

 

Declare Yourself is national, nonpartisan, nonprofit youth voter registration organization dedicated to making sure every American is registered to vote.

 

“Voter registration organization” is left-wing code for socialist activism.  It is code for getting as many uninformed, lazy, unregistered citizens as you can to register and then vote for left-wing candidates.  It has always been thus.  Please do not insult my readers’ intelligence.

 

Change.org is not an umbrella organization for Declare Yourself – in fact, it is a completely different organization. Change.org is an advocacy website that encourages people to organize around issues that matter to them.

 

I provided the link from the Declare Yourself website in my previous post.  Apparently the verbiage in the “about us” section has been changed to remove reference to change.org.  Regardless, it is very clear that all three organizations (Declare Yourself, Born Again American and Change.org) stand for.  Under the disguise of our Founding Documents, your organizations represent positions that are counter to the intent of our Founding Fathers as referenced in their own words.  Here’s an example:

 

“Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself! They are the American people’s Liberty Teeth and keystone under Independence. From the hour the Pilgrims landed, to the present day, events, occurrences, and tendencies prove that to insure peace, security, and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable. The very atmosphere of firearms everywhere, restrains evil interference ‑‑ they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good!”

 

‑‑President George Washington, in a speech to Congress. 7 January, 1790 

 

If I am wrong, and your organization is really what it claims to be, prove it.  Here is my challenge:

 

I challenge the Born Again American movement, and “Declare Yourself” to take a direct position on their websites in support of the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.  Both websites are draped with references to our Founding Documents.  I mean, this is what an organization dedicated to our Founding Documents and our heritage of freedom would do, right?  Well, here’s your chance to demonstrate that you are in fact who you claim to be. 

 

Somehow I doubt you’ll accept…  Anyway, I return to your response:

 

Declare Yourself does not advocate any politician or policy stance. They have traveled across the nation to register voters and believe that every American should be registered and eligible to vote regardless of political party or beliefs!

 

Again, this is absolutely false.  Your affiliated and parent organizations are clearly left-wing front groups that take positions against the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.  Further, the “voter registration” code is lost on no intelligent reader.  “Voter registration” organizations exist for one purpose only: to register the uninformed and lazy in order to direct them to left-wing candidates during close elections. 

 

But again, please prove me wrong.  Take my challenge above and I will post a long retraction of my critique.

 

Erika – you work for Remix America, another site that references our Founding Documents.  This is from your ‘about us’ page http://www.remixamerica.org/about

 

This country is a remix, it’s what we do. What did Jefferson and Paine and Adams do but mashup history, take a little from the Magna Carta, a little from John Locke, and a whole lot of rebellion. Now, thanks to the web and digital technology, everyone can join in.

 

This is a unique moment in our history — We can rediscover the promise of the Declaration of Independence next to the music of Louis Armstrong next to the beats of the Beastie Boys and clips of our candidates talking about “Changes.” Every one of us can own our best expressions of liberty, democracy and freedom, remix them as they see fit, and share them with the world.

 

Yet another reference to the Declaration of Independence.  References to Jefferson, Paine and Adams – all lovers of freedom and supporters of the absolute human right of free people to own the means of their self-defense and, thereby, to prevent government from obtaining a monopoly on the use of force.  Do you know what the Declaration means?  Clearly Change.org does not, based on the abundance of anti-Second Amendment articles.  And nowhere a mention on the websites of Declare Yourself, Born Again American or Remix America.  Why?

 

The Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America is not a “political position” any more than the First Amendment is.  You support the First Amendment, right?  Why not the Second?

 

Why, Erika?

 

Why?

Why are we calling this a bankruptcy?!?

June 2, 2009

Why do we allow the media to use this term and then piggy-back upon it?

In a bankruptcy, companies are restructured and/or assets sold to satisfy creditors ACCORDING TO RULE OF LAW.

This is a government takeover/bailout that is being referred to as a bankruptcy.

The losers are both creditors and taxpayers. The winners are the UAW presumably counterparties to CDS.

And who is buying Hummer and why is it being kept a secret?  Whatever happened to “transparency”?

Our Overlords in Washington label this bailout/takeover a “bankruptcy” and the mainstream media (of “the economy will recover later this year” fame) mindlessly parrot this term over and over again until it is adopted even by those who would argue against this action.  In reality, this is not a bankruptcy at all.  Nor was Chrysler’s.

 

We are in very dangerous, Orwellian territory here.

 

And what is a “pre-packaged bankruptcy”?  Since when is our justice administered through the courts “pre-packaged”?  Where is the justice for American ‘taxpayers’? (‘Taxpayer’: a legal term – you ceased being sovereign Americans and became ‘tax-payers’, ‘citizens’ of the Federal Government, serfs really, with the 14th amendment diktat.)

 

So now we are treated like the serfs we are by our Federal Overlords, with no say in what happens to the fruits of our labor, confiscated as they are by those with the monopoly on force.  Yesterday they were given to Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, as laundered through AIG.  Today they are given to auto works unions.  Where will your hard-earned dollars be sent tomorrow?

 

If there’s any Patriotic American out there who is not yet gravely concerned, this should be your wake-up call.