This seems to be just another thread where all hope of effective change is placed upon yet another "leader" who would come and "save" us all from
tyranny. Oh crap! This current "leader" hasn't saved us from tyranny, he's just like the last "leader", who was just like the last "leader",
who was just like the last "leader"...I know! Let's hang them all!
As long as we the people continue to look to "leaders" to save us from tyranny, we will continue to have "leaders" who are similar in so many ways
to the last "leader". As long as we keep looking to politicians to "represent" us, we will continue to have politicians "represent" power.
Consider this, the 18th Amendment was not repealed because the American people found a "leader" to save them from that tyranny, it was repealed
because the public said go to hell to the "leaders". Congress passed the 18th Amendment, the Executive branch enforced it, and the SCOTUS upheld
that odious Amendment as Constitutional, but the people said go to hell, and drank anyway.
Even so, we the people then turned around after that repeal of prohibition and in a large part wholly supported the so called "war on drugs". We
did this by willingly convicting those who were brought up on charges of either selling or using "illegal" drugs. We did that because judges and
prosecutors instructed us that is what the "law" said we should do. And we steadily marched towards becoming a prison nation that imprisons more
people than any other industrialized nation on the planet, including China today, and more than the Soviet Union did at the height of their
We went into agreement with administrative agencies such as the DMV who at some point, not in the beginning of DMV's, but somewhere along the line,
told us that "driving is a privilege not a right", and we all nodded our heads in agreement and said; "So true, so very true", never questioning
who it was that decided this was the case, or how it was an administrative agency found the authority to tell we the people what is a right, and what
is not a right, we just said; "So true, so very true".
We did this partially because we went into agreement with "civil rights", and even patted ourselves on the back, many sitting in bars and saloons
years later telling the younger set not to get smug with us because we marched on Washington with the Reverend Martin Luther King, and we did our
share for "civil rights". We gladly enrolled our children in public schools so they could be taught how important these "civil rights" were, and
eventually, somewhere along the line, when people began telling us there is no such thing as natural rights, or inalienable rights, we nodded our
heads in agreement and said; "So true, so very true".
We have our 14th Amendment rights dammit! Who needs inalienable rights when we have "civil rights", and many of us became card carrying members to
the ACLU, while others protested and became lifetime members of NRA, proud that the NRA advocated a gentler form of gun control. After all, it was
really about "hunters rights", and militia's? We don't need no stinking militias! We got the National Guard!! And when we watched "the most
trusted man in America" openly weep on television as he reported the death of JFK, we sadly mourned and paid our price of admission to go see
Camelot, and wistfully remember those glorious days of that man who would be king.
We watched on television the atrocities of a war not declared by Congress but fought by young American boys anyway, and we were aghast at the losses,
and we pat ourselves on the back while we proudly marched and protested again, so that we could sit on bar stools and tell the younger generation that
we collectively, "single-handedly" brought an end to that war. Some of us spit on the returning soldiers and called them baby killers so that we
could express our moral outrage of an invasion of another country caught up in its own civil war, while others quietly shook their heads and wondered
what had happened to this once great nation.
We applauded JFK's successor for his glorious vision of "The Great Society", and most of us agreed, and nodded our heads, when we were told that
certain social programs were necessary for a benevolent nation and said; "So true, so very true". While some of us instead seethed in a "Silent
Majority", we seized the day when we saw our opportunity for a real "leader" and elected that "Tricky Dick" to office and when good ol' Nixon
assured us he would get tough on crime and step up the so called "war on drugs" so that we could get our revenge on those "long haired hippie
freaks from the goddamned counter culture", we nodded our heads and said; "So true, so very true".
Then, when our "leader" stumbled and wallowed in self pity while telling us that his mother was a saint, and that he was not a crook, we wondered
what happened to this once great nation, and decided to elect as a "leader" a kinder gentler man to some how restore the throne and Camelot to its
former glory. But, the rest of the world was going through its own changes too, and suddenly Palestinians were getting attention not because of their
cause, but because of their tactics, which was terrorism, and we justified this terror and began questioning Zionist agendas, and all the while Iran
took notice, not so happy we propped up a Shah, and then took care of this Shah upon his exile, and taking a page from the Palestinians, they decided
their cause was best noticed through terrorism, and when American's were taken hostage, suddenly that kinder gentler "leader" wasn't such a good
idea after all.
So then we turned to an actor for "leadership", who read his lines well, and again looking to be restored to that once glorious nation, we believed
not so much in "conservatism" as we believed in "conservative" rhetoric. It did not so much matter if conservatism was about conserving the
Constitution as much as it was about being tough on crime, and believing a conservative leader who promised smaller government would honor this
promise, then pretended he did while he expanded government. After all, Regan was the man who defeated communism and told that Gorbachev guy to tear
down that wall, and when East Berlin did tear down that wall, and Reganites took the credit, we nodded our heads in agreement and said; "So true, so
So, when the old actor guy retired, we elected his Vice President, not really paying much attention to his past as a CIA spook, because he was for
smaller government, and a part of the regime that defeated communism, and was just as tough on crime in our now perpetual "war on drugs", and as we
were told this "war on drugs" was winning, we nodded our heads and said; "So true, so very true". But, as economies do, especially economies
based upon fiat money, recessions will happen, and that ex-CIA spook suddenly seemed out of touch with what Americans really needed, and so another
Southern good ol' boy came along and reminded us that it "was the economy stupid", and we elected a "Slick Willie" as our "leader" to fix our
beleaguered economy, because after all, this is what kings do, they fix economies, or so we were told, as we nodded our heads and said; "So true, so
By this time, we had become so comfortable in our apathy and ignorance, so proud of our "civil rights" and being the "freest country in the
world", with the "most powerful man in the world" being our king, who was "the leader of the free world", we paid little attention to what was
happening while we continued to convict drug users and dealers, and adamantly agreed we needed more prisons to store them, because after all, as we
were told, we were winning this "war on drugs", and we nodded our heads and said; "So true, so very true."
But "Slick Willy" liked his dalliances, and while most of us were pretty damn uncomfortable with events like Ruby Ridge and Waco, we kept our mouths
shut, except for those "Ditto Heads", and accepted this brute show of force, because, after all, it was important to be tough on crime, and suddenly
we had "homegrown terrorists" who began rebelling against this tyranny, and we shook our heads and wondered what had happened to this once great
nation, while we kept on convicting drug users and dealers, demanding more legislation and telling those criminals "three strikes and your out
buddy!" Yet, we paid no attention to the in house dissent from spurned Attorney Generals like that woman named Reno who decided to swing on a Starr
and take her revenge on that "Slick Willie" and investigate his ass.
Now a nation clearly divided, some all a twitter with glee that a POTUS was being impeached, while the other half all ready began re-writing history
so that no one would ever believe he was really impeached. After all, as we were told, he wasn't removed from office, and we nodded our heads and
said; "So true, so very true". Even so, it was time to elect a new "leader" and "Slick Willies" wooden VP didn't quite seem up to the task, so
we chose a prince instead, and put the former kings son on the throne. Then, 9-11 happened, and a good portion of us listened as the media told us
how many would gladly give up some of their "civil liberties" to be safe and secure, and we nodded our heads and said; "So true, so very true."
Of course, when those "civil rights" actually began to visibly erode, as if we couldn't see the erosion all along, we were aghast, and even though
we overwhelmingly re-elected our king for another term, we were pretty much in agreement that disgust was proper, so we looked to a new leader, a
visionary who had the "audacity of hope", and we said; "Look a leader". Now here we are, demanding a new "leader" take out the semi-new
"leader" and restore our once great nation and Constitution, while most of us still willingly convict drug users and dealers.