God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working
jobs we hate so we can buy # we don't need. We're the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression.
Our Great War's a spiritual war... our Great Depression is our lives. We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be
millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won't. And we're slowly learning that fact. And we're very, very pissed off. -Tyler Durden, Fight
Economic recessions, police brutality, de facto martial law, societal breakdown, degenerating values, and rampant immorality--these are the things
that I see when I look around this once-great nation. What happened? What happened?
There was once a dream that was Rome. You could only whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish... it was so fragile. And I
fear that it will not survive the winter. -Marcus Aurelius, Gladiator
I think we all know what happened. All problems in this country can be distilled down to one simple issue:
The social contract is broken, and it's not getting fixed.
The great and venerable scholar Wikipedia
In moral and political philosophy, the social contract or political contract is a theory or model... that typically addresses the questions of
the origin of society and the legitimacy of the authority of the state over the individual.
When the state is corrupt, the people become increasingly lawless. And because of that lawlessness, the state removes the velvet glove of diplomacy
and unleashes the iron fist of authoritarianism that's lurking beneath. From that point on, it becomes a self-perpetuating cycle. The government needs
to engage in more corruption to enforce its "legitimacy," and the people devolve into further depravity to rebel implicitly or openly against an
increasingly unjust system.
Once that perpetual motion device goes into action, it'll keep on going back and forth until both sides consume themselves. The metronome keeps
ticking, the snake devours its own tail, the phoenix flares into ash as though it might never return.
Although we might fear what comes next, although we might wish it could be another way, this seems inevitable.
New Rome is destined for collapse, and it all began the moment the cancer of corruption and wanton greed seeped into the lifeblood of our political
system. In the United States the social contract used to be the Constitution. This was the groundwork, the lynchpin, the foundation stone upon which
everything was built. Quite clearly it laid out the ground rules for this society and its people, the expectations the government should have of the
people and the restrictions the people could enforce upon those in power.
Quite clearly it lays out those acts that must be performed, that could be performed. And in even clearer language it enumerates those things that the
state must NEVER do.
Not only has the government inched over that boundary of the prohibited, it's seeking to completely eviscerate it. If you're still living in a fantasy
world where you think you have inalienable rights, it's time for a quick
And here's another fact we should all be checking. The ONLY conditions under which we agreed to government rule are by those in the Constitution. It's
a contract like any other--a social contract--and when one party fails to live up to its obligations, all bets are off.
When the social contract is shattered, the individual has no moral obligation to follow the dictates of the state. You need not obey any law to which
lawmakers themselves refuse to adhere. You need not shackle yourself with any unseen cincture that offends the premises of your innate morality.
Difficult times lay ahead, and difficult choices will need be made. It's up to each of us to follow the dictates of our hearts and minds and avoid
turning into the same kinds of monsters as those who proclaim themselves to be our so-called "leaders," our venerable "rulers."
Like our monetary supply of worthless fiat, this country's legitimacy is now backed with nothing of value. So stop listening to the talking heads,
stop feasting on the propaganda, stop believing the lies. We all know what's really going on in this country, and the higher virtues of truth and
honor and justice are commodities that the establishment has in short supply.
The criminals in power are just bailing water from a sinking ship, struggling to escape with as much loot as possible before the waters close over
their heads. Forget them. Their time is over. Our time is now.
The phoenix might now be burning, it'll surely be ash soon. But it will return.
So get ready. Start thinking about the new form you'd like it to take. Start thinking about the better world that could so easily be.
Change is sweeping across the land, and storms are beginning to brew. What happened at the Bundy's ranch in Nevada is only a symptom of the underlying
disease. Trust has been broken, the contract has been breached. And we're all the victims--trapped in an abusive relationship where we've yet to
gather up enough courage to take that leap into the great unknown and walk away from this despotic regime.
But we will. We will.
Can't you see what's coming next?
Once cracks appear in the foundation, the building is destined to fall. It's only a matter of time. So we wait and wait, we watch and we hope, praying
certain things won't come to pass, but already suffering the knowledge that they're destined to occur.
You need no crystal ball to divine this future.
Is it the beginning of the end? Or merely an end of the beginning?
As for that, I'll let each of you decide. All I know is, they can take their broken system and shove it--I didn't sign on to this #.
23-4-2014 by JonButtonIII because: (no reason given)
edit on Thu Apr 24
2014 by DontTreadOnMe because: added sources, thanks to the OP