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A Government Insurrection Against The People

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

Leave Means Leave

What happens when a referendum is held, but three years later, the government responsible for enacting the results of the referendum has failed to comply?  We’re about to learn the answer to that question, as the people of the UK have been betrayed by their government.  The people voted for “Brexit” very nearly three years ago.  Their government promised to carry out their wishes.  They wanted to leave the European Union.  Instead, rather than accede to the lawful demands of the people, the government has conspired to ignore those results, spending most of the intervening time trying to re-litigate the case in order to convince the public that it should not “Brexit.”  At this point, given this coup d’etat against the rule of law, the people of the UK would be justified in any action undertaken to forcibly remove the current government, cast off the parliament, and reform government anew.  In short, they would be right to seize control through violent means and eject the traitors who have effectively abolished the rule of law.  Theresa May has been a disgrace, and her latest surrender to the so-called “Remainers” is just the latest betrayal.  At stake is the whole of the UK as a credible institution of government, but once more, the people of the UK, by accepting this, will ratify all the tyrannies that will be heaped upon them in the future.  They are accepting a permanent insurrection by the government against the people.

The late 18th century French diplomat, lawyer and philosopher Joseph de Maistre is quoted as having said:

“Toute nation a le gouvernement qu’elle mérite.

Translated, this is “Every nation gets the government it deserves.”  Considering this momentarily, it is essentially correct.  People who will permit the rise of tyranny will soon find a tyrant ruling over them.  Those who purposefully restrain and restrict their government will maintain its awful power in some semblance of control.  It’s a story as old as governments.  Now in the UK, the people on both sides of the referendum held nearly three years ago are permitting the government to delay and obfuscate and confound the exit.  It’s shameful, but it demonstrates what happens when a people forget the historical lessons learned through the blood and toil of their forebears.  They are permitting their government to abscond with the rule of law.  Some might wonder why this should concern the American people, but I believe there exists an important warning in this case.

The problem is that too many in their government have become too thoroughly convinced that they know what’s best for the people, irrespective of the notions of the people.  They believe their ideas are superior to an extent that they need not heed the rightful rule of the people.  This is a test of sorts, and at present, the people of Britain are failing it.  On the one hand, the portion of the public who lost the vote three years ago are happily going along with the delays of the “Remain” MPs(Members of Parliament).  That seems natural enough, but for the foolishness of such a stance.  They are setting themselves up to be just as thoroughly overruled in similar fashion by the other side of some issue at some future point, but of course, being a traitorous lot now, they expect that “Remain” would effectively free them from any blow-back.  What they don’t understand is how they are actually laying the groundwork, and the just cause of a civil war.

The voters who won the referendum are contributing to the problem too.  Rather than standing firm, insisting that the referendum be enforced whether there’s a “deal” or not, they’ve gone soft.  If they permit the forces of “Remain” to prevail, they might just as well surrender now.  If they aren’t prepared for bloodshed as the final method by which to enforce the referendum, they are permitting the rule of law to be abolished, and they will shortly get precisely the sort of tyrannical government they deserve. In one sense, this is precisely what’s going on in the United States, and we may see a similar result.  Donald Trump was narrowly victorious in 2016, much as Brexit defeated Remain in that same year.  Ever since Trump’s election, the people of the political establishment in DC, the so-called “Uni-party,” has carried out a series of both overt and covert attacks and obstructions against his presidency, all designed to nullify the vote of the people.  In the same way, the political establishment in the UK has been out to subvert the will of the people since the vote in 2016.

There’s no doubt that we’re talking about the same adversary, in a philosophical sense.   For the last two years, the American people have let the media and the Washington DC establishment conspire to negate much of Donald Trump’s agenda.  This must end, just as the people of the UK must enforce their will.  Some “Remainers” like to point out that it was a non-binding referendum, but that ignores the fact that the government had vowed to abide by the results.  The striking part is that the Deep State in the UK also claimed Russian interference in the referendum.  The actual effectiveness of any such alleged interference, even if existent, could not have provided the margin of victory for “Brexit.”  In the same way the ruling class elites in the DC Uni-party work to implement their agenda and obstruct Trump’s the same can be seen in the UK.

It’s despicable.  I am not an advocate for violence in a civilized world, where the rule of law is observed.  Sadly, the UK government has decided to ignore and obstruct the will of the people despite former declarations to the contrary.  If the British people permit this now, they are surrendering all control over their government.  They’re effectively accepting being ruled rather than being rulers.  I view this as a warning for we Americans.  The same process is playing out.  Most Americans want the border secured, and illegal immigrants deported.  Most Americans want the drug trade impeded by virtue of less porous borders and strong law enforcement efforts.  Most Americans want their government to do their bidding by observing the existing immigration laws, but what they get instead is an effort by the same Uni-party elitists not merely to prevent the imposition of their will, but to actually further the aims of the pro-Amnesty, pro-open borders crowd.  In the same way that our will is being defied by our government, the people of the UK are watching their own government betray them. It is despicable, and then some.

Watching the people of the UK let its government disrespect the will of the people as expressed in the 2016 referendum is frightening.  It means that most people in a civilized country will refrain from enforcing their will, and that their opposition will only too happily seize the yielded ground.  If this is true, it may be true of us, and it may well represent a preview of what we will see in 2020.  The people of the UK, both those who voted to “Brexit” as well as those who voted to Remain, should insist that the government honor that referendum, and make it plain that it will come to violence should the government fail to carry out that instruction from the people.  Ultimately, it’s the only way a people can gain or maintain control of their governments: The credible threat of force if the government should abandon the rule of law and its commitments to the people.

I have long feared that the UK was a harbinger of our own future.  I have long feared that as the British people go, so shall the American people, and it has looked for a long time as though the people of Britain have chosen slavery to the elite.  It may be that the “Brexit” vote will have been the dying gasp of the UK, subsumed for all times in the cesspool of continental subjugation.  What Adolph Hitler could not manage in open war against that proud people, Angela Merkel may well have managed in her covert war against liberty.  Time will tell.  Will Britain finally fall?  Will we?  Time is running out, and so it seems, is the resolve of the British people.

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European Downgrades Imminent(Updated)

Friday, January 13th, 2012

The Beginning of the End?

As I have discussed at length over the last few months, the Euro currency is in trouble, and the member nations who make up the Euro are all facing potential credit rating downgradesDrudge is linking the CNBC report that France has been downgraded by S&P, while others are sure to follow in the short run.  At present, Germany and the Netherlands aren’t among those under immediate threat of downgrade, but the effects have been immediate as stocks have slumped throughout the morning on fears over the blow-back in financial markets.  This is going to continue to threaten the global economy, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to see a way out of this mess.

Meanwhile, there is no deal yet on Greek debt, which is a part of the trouble:  Sovereign debt is destroying Europe, and as this occurs, we’re mimicking the levels of expenditure that got Europe into all of this trouble. It’s now clear that during a single term, Barack Obama will have added $6.2 Trillion to the national debt.  That’s an extraordinarily dangerous growth in public debt that threatens the economic future and the political stability of the nation.

Ladies and gentlemen, this level of borrowing and expenditure cannot be sustained, and I cannot imagine how somebody like Mitt Romney will do anything to change this.  He’s a timid politician in most respects, and he has no record of making cuts in issues where there is substantial political difficulty.  In fact, the truth is that he’s added to the future liabilities of the state of Massachusetts through his health-care program, that is even now bankrupting that state. In this respect, Romney offers nothing substantially different from what another term of Obama promises to provide: American decline.  It’s time to look closely at all of these candidates to see if any have a record of real cuts, because our nation’s future will depend on it.

Update: Before I could even get this posted, the situation is fluid, and it is being reported that five nations have been downgraded, including Italy, Spain, and Portugal by two notches each, while France and Austria were each dropped a single notch.

 

Eurozone Downgrades Looming – Markets Brace for Panics

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

This Time, Europe...

Santa Claus may be visiting Paris this Christmas, but it looks as though he’ll be dropping a lump of coal in President Sarkozy’s stocking, as reports are now widely circulating that Standard & Poors may issue a credit downgrade for the government of France in time for Christmas.  In truth, this is no laughing matter, and it certainly portends ill tidings for the season, as the financial markets, already in turmoil over sovereign debt issues, and the imminent collapse of the Euro are on the verge of panic.  Much like the downgrade that was issued for US government credit-worthiness, this seems to be bound to the failure to create a workable solution to the budgetary woes and general unsoundness of the fiscal policy of Eurozone member states.

In a report in the American Thinker on Friday, the details of the failure to attain a workable agreement for consolidation of fiscal policy among member states is outlined.  According to that report, the rating agency Fitch is now considering downgrading Germany and other Eurozone members as they look at the increasing probability that no fiscal order will be brought into this situation.

This sets the stage for a new phase of the Eurozone crisis, where we may see the beginning of one-wide collapse.  As I have reported in recent weeks, the looming catastrophe will have been due to two primary causes, and they are nearly impossible to overcome at this late date:  The nations of Europe that created the single currency overstated the value of some of the previous currencies to an outrageous extent, meaning that the Euro was destined from the outset for failure. At the same time, there was no consolidation or enforcement of a unified fiscal policy for member states, so that those countries with already high debt ratios and generous welfare state benefits as well as remorselessly unconscionable retirement programs for government employees virtually guaranteed that there would be a collapse in some form.  As with all such situations, government officials always seek one more postponement of the inevitable, but such a piper will not go unpaid.

What makes any and all of this relevant to we Americans is that our government and our Federal Reserve have tied us to the Euro to an extent that threatens to take us down with them.  If the Euro goes, we will face some sort of financial calamity, and because some Euro derivatives have now been backed by FDIC, it places the American taxpayer on the hook should this all go belly-up.  Add to this the trillions of dollars already loaned under the auspices of TARP and other bail-out programs administered by the Fed, and what you have is a scenario by which we are dragged down, cannibalized on behalf of our friends in Europe.

Our other increasing similarity to debt-ridden Europe is our debt-to-GDP ratio, all in the furtherance of the growing welfare state.  During Barack Obama’s thirty-five months in office, we have added to our cumulative National Debt by something in the neighborhood of $4.5 trillion.   For the first time in our nation’s history, debt now exceeds GDP.  At this rate, we will soon exceed the likes of Italy, that has now a debt of more than 120% of GDP.  At this point, the Obama administration in concert with the Federal Reserve is fighting the same sort of delaying tactic that the Eurozone is now employing: Prop everything up through just one more election.  This is ever the tactic of politicians, who seek to maintain power in the face of calamities they have created.  None of these heads of state are telling their people the truth, or preparing them for hardships that now loom in a very uncertain future. In part, they will offer that they do not wish to create undue panic, but in truth, they do not want to face their electorates’ anger.

Governments ought to have some responsibility to tell their people the truth, even when that truth is terrible and threatening.  The actions of the Eurozone leaders are despicable to me for precisely this reason, because they are telling their people that it will be worked out, somehow, but by now, I think most people have begun to catch on, both in Europe and here at home. What politicians fear most is having to tell their electorate “no,” or worse, “no more.” Politicians rightly understand that through their relentless building of massive welfare states, they have created monsters that will soon threaten their creators.  There’s a history of reprisals in Europe, and one can only hope it doesn’t come to that.

As Europe Trembles, Federal Reserve Attempts Bail-Out

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

We’re well past the end of the efficacy of such charades as the one the Federal Reserve is now undertaking.  With Europe’s currency on the verge of collapse, Standard and Poor’s has put 15 European nations on negative credit-watch.  Worst of all, the Federal Reserve sees the threat to financial stability, and rather than moving to protect the American people, our own monetary agent is instead moving to shore up the Euro via the International Monetary Fund (IMF).  Every American should be incensed by this move, because what it really offers is an international version of “too big to fail.”  The US has  become so entrenched in the future prospects of the Euro currency that the Federal Reserve now believes bailing it out may be the only way to save ourselves.  If this sounds vaguely familiar, it should, because this is the same basis by which the American people were suckered into backing up and bailing-out those banks deemed “too big to fail” back in 2008 and 2009, under Presidents Bush and Obama, respectively.

Readers may remember a few weeks ago that I reported the swindle being permitted by Treasury, where Euro-based derivatives were now to be backed by the FDIC.  That risky scheme actually puts American tax-payers on the hook for hundreds of billions of dollars. Our Federal Reserve has already lent more than $7Trillion to foreign banks, and now it seems they’re intent upon providing still more.  It’s an obscenity that at this late date, we’re still pursuing a failed policy that puts bad money after worse money.  Why?  Simply put, we are so thoroughly invested in the Euro experiment that if we simply walk away, it will fall, and likely take us with it.  The problem is, as I’ve previously explained, that one cannot save the Euro by this method.  There is only one way in which the Euro might be saved, but it will require something the European people likely will riot to oppose:  Vastly more effective fiscal control.

To approach this problem will require that which governments virtually never do:  Restrain spending, while giving up some controls over the economies of their respective nations.  It will require that they cut social spending, but also government employment dramatically.  That’s where the real problem begins, because people now long-accustomed to a vast and prolific welfare state do not give them up without a fight.  Of course, give them up they will, one way or another, when their system ultimately collapses.

We’re not much behind Europe in that development, and our own credit-rating downgrade earlier this year was simply the beginning.  We face the same choices, although still less severe.  Unfortunately, by entangling us with the Europeans, what the Federal Reserve and all of those banks deemed “too big to fail” that have been major players in the  Euro-zone, what this means is that it will accelerate our own collapse.  We may even go down, not following behind Europe, but holding hands and walking side-by-side with them over the precipice.

It’s anybody’s guess how long this can be extended.  It’s possible we might not make the end of the year, or the end of two years before this collapses, but with the direction in which we’ve been heading, collapse seems to be inevitable.  The one and only saving grace America may have, as distinct from Europe, is a healthy sense of charity by comparison.  Americans remain, even in our current economic distress, the most giving of people.  If we are finally forced to confront out own welfare state, there may be some hope that the nation will find some way at least to feed its people, but for Europe, I have no such hope.