posted on Oct, 15 2013 @ 09:49 AM
reply to post by DontTreadOnMe
I may not make this thought as clear as maybe I should, but follow along for a bit and ponder the ponderables:
The need for pretense generally restrains government in much the same manner as it used to restrain the police. Before the militarization of
the police in the wake of 9-11, officers perpetuated the lie of “to serve and protect” by presenting a comparatively benign face to the public.
This required some level of good behavior. Brutality occurred behind closed doors and it was largely inflicted on those who had no voice in society.
Today the police no longer close the door. They police use SWAT teams to raid organic farms, holding residents at gun point while they destroy okra
plants. They kill harmless family pets as a routine part of intimidating harmless people. The mask has fallen.
In the 1980s the people in the Soviet Union (and many other countries both south and north around the globe) did not have the illusion of “we are
the government” or “the police are there to help you.” They knew government could order pain and death and the police were its agent
One of the most alarming trends in American politics is the lack of pretense being displayed by authority. Like a ravening beast that loses
its fear of humans, government becomes more dangerous when it loses the need to pose as a public servant who performs legitimate tasks. In short,
government becomes more dangerous when it doesn't care what you think of it. The sentence-long version of the argument for pretense is this: the need
to pretend is a restraint upon authority.
There was a rep from Colorado who actually said he did not care what the people thought...He was removed by recall... The point being; how could any
elected official say he did not care about the people who placed him in government to voice their desires and opinions?
The pretense used to be that a politico's actions were for the greater good, pure altruism, for the children, an expression of public service, to
stave off climate warming , for global peace, to advance women's rights but those platitudes seem to be wearing thin by those who are only slightly
We the American people pay taxes which in turn are spent on programs and pork that I assume most Americans would not agree to. Yet our representatives
are there to give voice to their constituents, No?.
The problem as I see it is..... to be elected to the Senate or Congress requires mega bucks which very few in the base/constituents have laying around
and are willing to give; thus enter the Corporations who will give with an understanding there are strings attached.
The government is becoming more like a corporation in that "Piss off your boss and what happens, you are fired".
The government and it's enforcers are still trying to maintain some slight pretense until the cameras are not around and then the gloves come off;
heads are cracked or people go to jail on false pretenses like resisting arrest for trying to fend off a beating by holding your hands up to thwart
the blows descending upon one's head. The very act of enforcers "out to get someone" even if they have to lie is repugnant and scary and really
should remain in the domain of the mafia or drug cartels not representative government.
"There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.”—Charles de
I could be wrong ( I have been before) but the way Obamacare is set up with it's enforcement guidelines and the cost of the program to those who
cannot afford anymore of anything could be classified a conspiracy; to what end depends on your world view I suppose. But at this stage I don't like
anything about it for it was fostered on the American people based on lies or let's pass it so we can see what's inside the bill... Even I am not