Thursday, October 30, 2008

Time out to recharge the batteries!

The emails expressing concern over the weekend were gratifying. It was an insanely busy period, and wasn't able to post for a couple of days. One hinted that I might be giving up the fight. Fear not.

I'll be closing down this blog and retiring from the League about the same time Heidi Beirich signs on as a Victoria's Secret model.

With that in mind, there won't be any updates for a spell. I'll be in Chattanooga this weekend, where I'll be speaking at the League of the South National Conference, and absorbing the boundless energy emanating from the ministers, scholars, and activists who always make the League conferences so electrifying. I hope I'll see many of you there. This should be a good one!

Texas wants to free itself of US domination

Any coverage on secession movements here in North America is encouraging, but I'm always especially interested in foreign attention. This one, from MeriNews of India, cites some undeniable facts:

Texas has a population of 23,507,783, which is 11 per cent larger than Australia. They also reported that 79 per cent countries have population smaller than Texas. The GDP of Texas is $1,065,891,000,000; making it 32 per cent larger than Australia, and 93 per cent of the nations having a GDP smaller than Texas.

Texas was once an Independent Republic from 1836 to 1845 and briefly seceded from the Union [USA] to join the Confederate States of America.

That bit of history, combined with current economic and political realities, make a powerful case for reclaiming the right of self-determination:

Texas has been used and abused by the governing elite of the United States of America. The people of Texas have seen their tax money go to Washington DC without receiving anything in return. Texas has seen politicians from Washington campaigning in their state promising the universe and receiving more and more regulations.

Of course, that right is stated clearly in the Declaration of Independence, and reaffirmed by the Texas Constitution:

TEXANS HAVE at all times the inalienable right to alter, reform or abolish their government in such manner as they may think expedient.” Texas Constitution - Article 1- Section 2

DC's alien, inept rule is causing renewed interest in smaller, more responsive government to bubble up from an increasingly angry people. The only question is: What will it take to make us reach the boiling point?

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

How the Hamiltonians got their groove back

First, a little background:

The conflict that took shape in the 1790s between the Federalists and the Antifederalists exercised a profound impact on American history. The Federalists, led by Alexander Hamilton, who had married into the wealthy Schuyler family, represented the urban mercantile interests of the seaports; the Antifederalists, led by Thomas Jefferson, spoke for the rural and southern interests. The debate between the two concerned the power of the central government versus that of the states, with the Federalists favoring the former and the Antifederalists advocating states' rights.

Hamilton sought a strong central government acting in the interests of commerce and industry. He brought to public life a love of efficiency, order and organization.

And he would've made the trains run on time, too, if he'd had any.

Even though Jefferson triumphed over the Federalists in the Revolution of 1800, those who wanted to negate the American Revolution by centralizing power and making the Federal government a cash cow for politically connected business interests didn't just go away. It wasn't until after the War Between the States that they finally overthrew Jeffersonian principles. As Joseph E. Brown declared after the Northern victory, "The Hamiltonian construction of the Constitution has been established by the sword."

So what we have today is the empty shell of those principles the Founders fought and bled for, including a meaningless Declaration of Independence. While politicians and regime apologists congratulate themselves for upholding government by the people under Jeffersonian principles -- a people who, by the way, are not free to practice the right of secession Jefferson proclaimed -- the actual administration is rigidly Hamiltonian, with just a smidgen of Mussolini and Trotsky thrown in to combine the most effective totalitarian ideas in one monstrous bureaucracy. These quotes illustrate what happened to us:

"...[A]llow them [the conquered] to live under their own laws, taking tribute of them, and creating within the country a government composed of a few who will keep it friendly to you.... A city used to liberty can be more easily held by means of its citizens than in any other way....

"...[T]hey must at least retain the semblance of the old forms; so that it may seem to the people that there has been no change in the institutions, even though in fact they are entirely different from the old ones. For the great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearances, as though they were realities, and are often even more influenced by the things that seem than by those that are.... [The conqueror should] not wish that the people... should have occasion to regret the loss of any of their old customs...." Niccolo Machiavelli, “The Prince and the Discourses” (New York: Random House, 1950), pages 18, 182-183

"...[T]he Federal Judiciary; an irresponsible body (for impeachment is scarcely a scarecrow), working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow, and advancing its noiseless step like a thief, over the field of jurisdiction, until all shall be usurped from the states, and the government of all be consolidated into one. ...[W]hen all government...in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated." (1821) -- Thomas Jefferson

Thanks to Doug from North Carolina for the quotes!

Oh, that Yankee humor

Pat McCrory slightly trails Bev Perdue in the North Carolina governor's race. It's a classic "real North Carolina" versus "New South" contest, with Yankee transplant McCrory promising to make the Tarheel State a garbage dump for New York and New Jersey, while Southern-born Bev Perdue openly champions rural interests (her web site even features a farm silo).


No, that's not Tom Cruise. It's Pat in his senior year at Ragsdale High School in Jamestown, North Carolina. From the copy, I'd say the Southern kids of 1974 gave Pat a little ribbing about his Northern roots. And it looks like his Northern attitudes are working against him in this race, despite his near-overwhelming advantages.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

In praise of assisted suicide

"Imperial overstretch" is upon us. The term is no longer a long-term prediction about what's going to hit us if we allow the hazardous waste zone that is DC to continue to throw its weight around the world. It's now shorthand for the daily news, from the Diversity Depression brought on by DC's mandated egalitarianism, to the horrific waste and carnage caused by DC's endless wars. Oh, and let's not forget another high price of international bullying, the condemnation of the world for DC's arrogance and aggression, of which the DC-sanctioned terror attack on Syria is only the latest example.

What's a devolutionist to do? How can we possibly resist?

By helping, that's how. The best we can do is cheer on imperial overstretch. The Empire's sheer unmanageable bulk is hardening its arteries. What do we do about its endless hunger for more centralization, more expansion, more self-destruction?

Feed it, that's what. Uncle Sam is one decrepit patient. Dr. Rebellion prescribes lots of Boston cream pies and cheeseburgers.

But we need to do it right. We can do that by taking advantage of the split between the two wings of the ruling single party. While Republicans want to reconstruct the world, and make war on Islamomeanies, Democrats want to reconstruct America by waging war on "flyover country." The biggest gripe leftists have about the Iraq War is that so much ammo is being wasted on Baghdad that could be used on Mississippi. While both DC factions pursue the globalist agenda, they argue about priorities.

We've been pointing out for some time that Republicans have expanded government power and assaulted our liberty in the name of conservatism, effectively silencing and co-opting Southerners and conservatives. In effect, they've been committing assisted suicide against us. So let's turn the tables on our handlers by supporting the wing that will enflame Southerners and conservatives and turn them against their exploiters. Step one is to give Democrats enough rope to hang themselves.

Here's how the New York Times describes how that can happen in a must-read piece of analysis. Republicans, facing angry, frightened voters, have been reduced to "urging them to split their tickets to deny Democrats unfettered control." The possibility of unchecked power may tempt the Democrats to go too far:

That is also the premise of a recent television advertisement supporting Senator Elizabeth Dole, Republican of North Carolina, whose seat is an integral part of the Democratic drive toward 60 votes, as she fights to hold on against Kay R. Hagan, a Democratic state senator.

Ominous music plays in the background as a narrator intones: “These liberals want complete control of government, in a time of crisis. All branches of government. No checks and balances. No debate. No independence. That’s the truth behind Kay Hagan. If she wins, they get a blank check.”

If Mr. Obama, of Illinois, defeats Mr. McCain, he could be the first president since Jimmy Carter to enter office with wide control of the House and 60 votes in the Senate.

The Times piece argues that the leftward spiral would be unstoppable:

Democrats, who are within reach of the 60 votes needed to break a filibuster in the Senate, would also face high expectations, especially from the party’s more liberal quarters, that could be difficult to meet even with enhanced numbers in the Senate as well as the House. And they would be at risk of overreaching, a tendency that has deeply damaged both parties in similar situations in the past.

Obama is a globalist who will expand the power of government to further erode our rights, our culture (which originated and sustains our traditional rights), and way of life. But guess what? So is McCain, who, like Obama, supports warrantless surveillance, more government control over our lives, and sees forced egalitarianism as a universal goal justifying reconstruction at home and abroad. An Obama administration will continue the Bush Doctrine that sees its subjects as being either "with us or against us," and can be counted on to expand the policy that views dissent from the globalist agenda as extremism.

Obama -- even more than Hillary -- will rip off the mask of phony conservatism that has misled our people into supporting their own disenfranchisement.

And yes, this is how far we've fallen, with little more to hope for other than that our handlers will self-destruct from their own greed and hubris. But their abundant supply of both offer much to hope for.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Police Prepare For Possible Election Night Riots

Uh-oh. The police are sweating. Maybe we should, too:

There is particular concern that a loss by Obama, who has built a big lead in the polls, could prompt significant problems.

"Some worry that if Barack Obama loses and there is suspicion of foul play in the election, violence could ensue in cities with large black populations," The Hill writes. Detroit, Chicago, Oakland and Philadelphia are among the cities that plan to have extra police deployed.

“Are we anticipating it will be a riot situation? No. But will we be prepared if it goes awry? Yes,” Oakland Police Department spokesman Jeff Thomason said.

Looks like Obama's bringing old-fashioned Chicago politics to the rest of the country. Vote the right way -- if you know what's good for you.

Barack Obama And The Frightening Future of "Critical Multicultural Education"

Here's a bone-rattling sneak peak at what we can expect from an Obama administration:

Over the past several decades, left-wing radicals—Saul Alinsky’s "community organizers" —carved out a unique niche in education in their Gramscian "long march through the institutions."

They work day-in and day-out to transform America into an ethnically and culturally balkanized and borderless wreck.

In speeches, debates, and on his campaign’s website, Obama emphasizes both education’s significance and his desire to strengthen civil rights—the twin social incubators of radical egalitarian and multicultural social policies.

The sad truth, though, is whether Obama or McCain wins, we should brace ourselves for renewed assaults on traditional society. One regime will justify such measures in the name of promoting "conservative" values, which these days, is completely meaningless, since all sorts of ideologues have stolen the name. And the other regime -- which, as the author notes, seems all but inevitable, will justify them with appeals to "inclusion" and "social justice."

Isn't it nice we have a choice?

Dr. Thomas DiLorenzo on Accent Radio Network

Thought I'd pass on what sounds like a great Internet event. Dr. Thomas DiLorenzo will be the guest today on Jery Hughes' "Conceived in Liberty" radio program. Here's part of the announcement:

Thomas J. DiLorenzo (born 1954) is an American economics professor at Loyola College in Maryland. He is an adherent of the Austrian School of Economics. He is a senior faculty member of the Ludwig von Mises Institute and an affiliated scholar of the League of the South Institute, the research arm of the League of the South and the Abbeville Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Virginia Tech.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

'One nation under God, indivisible …'?

While we're taking in the significance of the increasing number of op-ed pieces on secession coming from the left, let's not overlook the other side of the aisle. Here's Joseph Farah, who not that long ago was a stalwart supporter of George W. Bush and his never-ending wars, all in the name of being patriotic. Looks like he's seen beyond the empty talk, and grasps that there's only one genuine solution to the mess we're in:

I've lived through some turbulent years of American history, but I have never seen our country more polarized, more divided, more ripe for – dare I say it? – breakup, dissolution, a secessionist movement.

I admit I'm unafraid of radical ideas – if those radical ideas are just, righteous, moral and godly.

I believe it's time for radical ideas – just as it was time in 1776.

Frankly, I don't see a way to unite a people as divided as Americans are today. We are trying to pretend we're one nation when we are really two.

One of those two nations clings to the promises and covenants of the past, the Bible, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, as the guiding principles. The other believes in and lives with no immutable standards.

Hey, DC, guess what? The word is out.

Why the Blue States Should Secede

While it hurts to be lumped in with blowhards like Bill O'Reilly and Ann Coulter, as well with eager servants to the Neocons such as Sarah Palin, it is gratifying that Northeastern liberals see us and what we stand for and can only respond with venom:

They like country music. We like all the other kinds. They hate big cities, modern art, and research universities. We consider them essentials of civilization. They want to make war. We want to spend our tax dollars on domestic infrastructure, public education, and universal health care.

They believe that Jesus is coming back any minute, that global warming is a myth, and that evolution should not be taught in schools. We disagree.

Let's face it. This relationship has never been smooth. There was that huge fight we had back in the 1860s.

That last paragraph says a lot -- and it's mostly true, too.

The best part of this article is its affirmation that secession is no longer the exclusive property of paleoconservatism. And that's all right by me -- we like to share good ideas.

As painful as it is to read another hit piece on tradtional America (that is, the South, as the writer makes pretty darn clear), it is a good argument for cultural self-determination -- something we try to keep up with as it continues to change the world map. She even comes up with a catchy motto: "Better dead than Red."

Bush: Imperial projects get priority over domestic needs

Just in case you haven't realized it yet, DC thinks the projection of its own power is a nobler and more urgent need than the crisis many Americans face with tumbling investment values and the loss of jobs and homes. If so, the Empire's current spokesmonsters are glad to spell it out for you. In response to questions about doling out even more foreign aid while Americans are suffering, Bush replied:

"During times of economic crisis, some may be tempted to turn inward -- focusing on our problems here at home, while ignoring our interests around the world," Bush said at a White House summit on international development in Washington. "This would be a serious mistake. America is committed, and America must stay committed, to international development for reasons that remain true regardless of the ebb and flow of the markets."

But it took one of the more heartless poobahs within the Bush regime to spell it out in crystal-clear terms:

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made a pitch for preserving foreign aid at yesterday's conference. "Some will ask the inevitable question in these troubled times: 'How can we afford it?' " she said. "I would ask instead, 'How can we not afford it?'"

I would ask our Diplomatrix, "How can you think like that?" But that would be appealing to a conscience that had shrivelled up and died for lack of use decades ago.

The attack of the Transhumanists!

These people actually think they're on to something new:

Transhumanists believe in the technological transcendence of our biological limitations, most obviously the limitation of life span. The death of more than 100,000 people a day is, they say, a catastrophe that will, soon, be preventable. Thinkers like Leon Kass, Francis Fukuyama and Bill McKibben have attacked this idea, arguing, in essence, that death is an essential aspect of our humanity.

Sorry, folks, but Nimrod beat you by a few thousand years. This is nothing more than the latest scheme to appropriate God-like powers -- as if we had the intelligence to improve upon the human life cycle.

Of course, death is essential to our humanity. The pressure of death urges us to live on through our children; that in turn creates the need for human culture to carry on valuable skills and wisdom, not to mention love and loyalty at the personal level. Without the nurturing power of culture, humanity could not develop beyond the beast. Further, in such a contrived, artificial existence, we would become even more isolated from our fellow creatures than we are now in this deceptively protective, affluent life-style we're surrounded by ( I say "life-style" because "culture" seems too noble a term to use -- maybe, pun intended, the "petri dish" of today is more apt). Said "life-style" is supposed to keep us bubble-wrapped from many of life's realities, or tries to, but really does little more simply divert our attention.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Whither multicult Belgium?

Funny thing happens when people are free to determine their own destiny. They tend to create smaller, more human-scaled, more peaceful societies. Northern Flemish and Southern French Belgium has reached a natural point of bifurcation, as this BBC report tells us:

Belgium has launched a drive to reshape its institutions, following months of government paralysis. At the heart of the crisis is a tension between the Dutch-speaking Flemish and Francophones.

The split does not mandate full political independence, as Kris Peeters, Flanders' Minister-President, makes clear:

However his stated goal is a "Copernican revolution" where federal powers are greatly reduced and the main decisions taken by regions.

"For me the most important level will be the regional level," he says.

There are many alternatives to full-scale secession. However, the more resistance to local autonomy and culture-based self-determination, the more the pressure builds for out-and-out independence.

A powerful central government determined to hold on to power will be forced to undermine and erode local tendencies toward self-regulation and home rule. How would it do so? It would do exactly what DC has been doing to us. Creating and exagerating external threats will enhance the central government's power. And mandating demographic revolution not only prevents consensus among natural cultural and political groupings, but also breeds mistrust among the different peoples, forcing all to look to a powerful central government to impose its order in the absense of the natural, spontaneous order that the central government successfully aborted.

But such measures only slow down natural tendencies, and eventually, people will self-organize anyway. It's happening now in this country as forced busing no longer props up the artificial associations government demanded. What's happening in Belgium is only the latest reminder that human nature can be pounded, poked, and ignored, but it will out-live any and all attempts to conquer it. That's the real promise and hope of liberty.

Campaigns agree on Citizen Surveillance

The only difference I can see in the two system-endorsed candidates is that one dresses better than the other. They're both millionaires who lust for power, and right now, they're contesting to see who can claim the ultimate prize.

So this report on how both candidates intend to keep and expand unconstitutional power grabs is hardly surprising:

The homeland-security plans of presidential candidates Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama contain significant common ground: Both favor the recommendations of the Sept. 11 commission and directing federal homeland-security money to where it is most needed, for example - and both voted to reauthorize the USA Patriot Act.

Which is the greater danger -- the honey-tongued agitator who can lull us into supporting his radical agenda, or the raging bull who'll trample anything in his path to pursue his own radical agenda of demographic revolution and continuous war? Do we go with the Smoothie King or the Beastie Boy?

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Thank you, Todd Palin!

Harold Thomas rounds up some of the debate and commentary on secession sparked by Sarah and Todd Palin's connections with the Alaskan Independence Party. As we've cheerfully noted earlier, Palin's ties with a rising secessionist movement have been a real publicity boost for the Cause.

And let's not overlook how the Diversity Recession and Wall Street Bailout, not to mention the ascent of an openly far-left candidate for president (as opposed to the stealth radicalism of George W. Bush), have inspired even more people to consider the principles of the Declaration of Independence as the only way out of the mess we're in.

Insane McCain delivers again (with hilarious update!)


Is McCain running for President or Lizard King?

Photo: REUTERS/Jim Bourg
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Update: "A Stalwart Rebellion Reader" from California writes:

No, he's not doing the Jim Morrison thing. McCain's trying to appeal to the Scots-Irish by imitating the Scottish Lion Rampant. Who could miss the resemblance?

Maybe you're on to something:

Quote of the day

"Comrade Bush announced he will buy shares in private banks. Bush is to the left of me now." Socialist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

War Between the States continues

Here's a great response to Dennis Prager's 2 irreconcilable Americas. Rather than America being "a red one and a blue one," the real division is between those who, whether they realize it or not, side with the positions taken by the North or the South of 1861.

Interventionism Destroys Freedom

Libertarian Jacob Hornberger explains why:

In his book The Crisis of Interventionism, Ludwig von Mises pointed out that one government intervention will inevitably lead to more interventions. Why? The initial intervention will inevitably produce a crisis that public officials will say needs to be addressed with new interventions. Ultimately, the continuous series of interventions leads to a totally controlled economy and a loss of economic freedom for the citizenry.

Or, as we say here at the Rebellion blog, with government, solutions are not the answer -- but more government power always is, which, of course, destroys more of our traditional freedoms. As Hornberger notes:

... Americans are in the unfortunate position of being squeezed by both sides of the welfare-warfare vise. On the domestic side, interventionism is leading to the loss of economic liberty. On the foreign side, interventionism is leading to the loss of civil liberties. It’s a lose-lose situation.

And, as we've pointed out before, the same can be said of central government intervention in all other areas, including, and especially, in the hallowed name of promoting civil rights. So in the name of liberty, we destroy what real liberty we have. And what's the solution to all this?

You forget: solutions are not the answer, because all permitted solutions that can be implemented, or even discussed, must be within the framework of a more powerful government. That's how the system keeps itself going.

Chicago To Shut Down City Government To Save Cash

What a great idea! Think it would work with DC? That is, if we can actually live without warrantless searches, endless war, and crony capitalism.

McCain forces finally have Obama where they want him

Obama falls for the bait!

The dead-enders in the McCain camp think they've found the silver bullet that will stop Obama -- but if you ask me, they're locking and loading with just another squib in the chamber.

What's the latest Obama-stopper? Why, that the senator with the most liberal voting record consorts with other lefties. Behold:

The mainstream media thought that the membership of Todd Palin, who is not a candidate for any office, in the Alaska Independence Party important enough to report in such outlets as the Los Angeles Times, MSNBC, and the New York Times, among others.

So now that Barack Obama's membership in the far left New Party has been unearthed, will they report his membership in that Socialist organization?

Uh, fellas, it's like this -- the MSM is biased. Accept and live with that hard fact, just as you've learned to accept and live with these hard facts:

1 - College football is the lowest rung of pro sports
2 - There is no Easter Bunny
3 - Oh, and there's no Santa Claus, either

This master-stroke against Obama continues with this quote from the November 1996 Progressive Populist magazine:

New Party members and supported candidates won 16 of 23 races, including an at-large race for the Little Rock, Ark., City Council, a seat on the county board for Little Rock and the school board for Prince George's County, Md. Chicago is sending the first New Party member to Congress, as Danny Davis, who ran as a Democrat, won an overwhelming 85% victory. New Party member Barack Obama was uncontested for a State Senate seat from Chicago.

Yeah, I know socialism is evil, but as a secret weapon to turn the political tides against Obama, it ain't gonna work.

Hard Fact number 1 is that the word "socialist" doesn't have the boo ability it had back during the Cold War, when the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics had a hundred gazillion nuclear missiles targeting us.

Besides, if you explain to a kid nowadays that a socialist is someone who advocates government ownership of essential industries, he'll probably yawn and say, "Oh, like buying up AMTRAK, big banks, and brokerage houses? So, you mean like President Bush, right?"

And you'll have no response other than to put your tail between your legs and scampering away.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Liquidating the Empire

Pat Buchanan once again verbalizes what the housebroken pundits won't mention. Simply stated, Rome is falling, and with breathtaking velocity:

Retrenchment has begun with Bush's backing away from confrontations with Axis-of-Evil charter members Iran and North Korea over their nuclear programs, and will likely continue with a negotiated peace in Afghanistan. Gen. Petraeus and Secretary Gates are already talking "reconciliation" with the Taliban.

We no longer live in Eisenhower or Reagan's America. Even the post-Cold War world of George H. W. Bush, where America was a global hegemon, is history. In both relative and real terms, the U.S.A. is a diminished power.

After you've chewed on the significance of that a few minutes, try answering Buchanan's next question:

With U.S. markets crashing and wealth vanishing, what are we doing with 750 bases and troops in over 100 countries?

Answer: Scuttling the ship of state, that's what.

The October Revolution of 2008

Here's a bucket of ice water in the face to wake you up. Go ahead and read it -- if you're like most Americans, you need this:

Beginning immediately after 9-11, George W. Bush and the cabal he represents began the controlled implosion of the hollowed-out shell of our once-sturdy republic. Last week the final phase of that demolition project got underway.

By using monetary inflation as a sapping device, the FED is knocking down the few federalist pillars that, at least in theory, separated the various layers of government. It is also preparing to nationalize key segments of the commercial economy. All of this is being done through the FED's New Deal era "emergency powers" to extend "credit" to any entity it chooses, whether governmental, commercial, or "public-private partnership."

And the sad thing about all this is that nearly everyone agrees that it "has to be done" to prevent even greater chaos. What we're all about to learn is that real chaos is when the greedy and ambitious take sole possession of all the levers of power. In case you weren't paying attention, that's what just happened. Hang on.

Jesse Jackson: Obama Would Diminish 'Zionist' Influence

Ever get the idea Jesse Jackson doesn't want Obama to win? It's little things like this that make me wonder:

Barack Obama's campaign stepped in quickly Tuesday to distance itself from a claim by the Rev. Jesse Jackson that "Zionists" would lose clout under an Obama administration.

The move was the latest chapter in what appears to be a protracted falling-out between the two Chicago figures -- each of whom represents a different age of political activism.

Jackson made the remarks to the World Policy Forum in France last week, according to The New York Post. The civil rights activist reportedly said that "Zionists who have controlled American policy for decades" would lose some of their influence with Obama in the White House, and that "decades of putting Israel's interests first" would come to a close.

Jesse probably sees an Obama win as undercutting his assertions that blacks still don't have a chance to succeed in this country. So the latest polls would be bad for Jesse's fundraising and shakedown schemes.

Monday, October 13, 2008

The only reason not to secede

Would you rely on these men for their political theory?

Zeppo: We've got to think!

Chico (with a dismissive hand gesture): Nah, we already tried dat.

Everyone gets that joke when the Marx Brothers do it. No one believes for a second that just because trying to think of a solution didn't work the first time, it's hopeless to try thinking again.

But, so help me, that non-argument crops up frequently whenever the topic of secession comes up. It'd be easy to ignore it, since it's obvious such a non-argument is all defenders of the rotten status quo have. But somehow it works -- such is the state of the minds of those whose political framework has been drilled into them by the powers that be.

Here's just the latest example. It's a lame attempt at satire. Notice how the voice of reason (presumably the author) speaks in the King's English, but the advocate for secession is supposed to be a dumb redneck (hey, I already warned you it was lame). And check out the stunning argument-stopper (and don't cheat by reading ahead):

"Are you telling me there's a new party that wants to secede from the U.S. -- again?"

"Got that right, pilgrim. Looziana is jes' the place to make it happen." ...

"So, what's the party platform?"

"Adopted right out'n that Alaska party Web site: Git rid of all federal govment from the state, keep all revenue for Looziana, no property taxes, turn govment work over to private business, git judges out of the way of making laws, have a vote on independence. Jes for starters."

"Now, Claude, seems we tried secession once before without much success."

See?

The silver lining is hidden in the title, "Claude encouraged by Gov. Palin's secession pals." No doubt, Sarah Palin's association with Alaskan secessionists has been a tremendous boost to the effort. Yes, most articles have been negative, but it's like they say in Hollywood: "Just spell the name right." Palin's no principled champion of self-determination; her instant conversion to the Neocon project makes that clear enough. But the word's getting out that more people are willing to explore real options to globalist authoritarianism, and the Palin controversy is Heaven-sent.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Creeping Sharia

Isn't that ironic? Homosexuals are one of the most vocal and visible groups pushing "diversity" and "open borders." As a direct result of their efforts, Muslims are here in sufficient numbers to transform American culture to suit their tastes. So now, homosexuals are being targeted by Muslims:

Two men who identified themselves as Muslims were charged with assaulting a gay man in Georgetown after one of them said gay people are stoned to death in his home country in the Middle East, according to a police report....

The Georgetown attack last week appears to be the first known time gay people have been targeted in the Washington area by people who asserted they dislike gays because homosexuality is forbidden by their Muslim faith.

Avy Skolnik, coordinator of national programs for the New York City Gay & Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, said that while gay groups in Europe have reported anti-gay assaults by Islamic immigrants, he knew of no such cases in the U.S.

Cue Alanis Morissette!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

That ol' Bush magic

There are great leaders who command the trust and respect of his people:

President Bush tried to reassure the nation today that the economy is strong enough to weather the current crisis, but by the time Bush stopped speaking nine minutes later, the market had dropped another 107 points.

And then there's W.

Quote of the day

"When liberty is taken away by force it can be restored by force. When it is relinquished voluntarily by default it can never be recovered." Dorothy Thompson

States' Rights meet "Gay Rights"

The Connecticut Supreme Court ignored biology, tradition, and law Friday when it ruled "same-sex couples have the right to marry."

You may say, "Big deal. Another liberal state approves same-sex marriage."

Well, it is a big deal. Don't imagine this is confined to New England. Another state has advanced the homosexual agenda.

But the real significance here is how the supporters of same-sex "marriage" invoke State's Rights when it suits their purposes. Since the Defense of Marriage Act defines marriage as a union of one man and one woman, the Federal government does not recognize same-sex unions authorized by the states. So same-sex advocates now claim the Federal government does not have to power to interfere. As one Connecticut justice proclaimed:

"In accordance with these state constitutional requirements, same sex couples cannot be denied the freedom to marry," said Judge Richard Palmer, speaking for the majority opinion.

Furthermore, the lines are being drawn to pre-empt any possible Federal action, again in the name of States' Rights:

State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said that an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is not possible because the decision was solely an interpretation of state constitutional law.

Leftist hypocrisy knows no shame.

Friday, October 10, 2008

How the Neocons wrecked the economy

By speeding up DC's imperial overstretch, that's how. They imagined that limitless resources are a given for "American exceptionalism," that is, the idea that the laws that restrict other countries don't apply to the US. That idea, so say the Neocons, goes for all laws they don't like, from the laws of economics, to the laws of human nature (for example, that demographics don't matter in a "proposition nation," and therefore a Third-World majority won't change our institutions). Even after it became clear that Iraq was a quagmire, these self-appointed experts whooped it up for even more military expenditures, which turned out to be billions down the rathole:

In a letter to members of Congress in 2005, a who’s-who of neoconservatism (including Peter Beinart, Max Boot, Eliot Cohen, Ivo H. Daalder, Frederick Kagan, Robert Kagan, William Kristol, Danielle Pletka, Randy Scheunemann, Gary Schmitt, etc.) appealed for an increase in military spending and said:

"We understand the dangers of continued federal deficits, and the fiscal difficulty of increasing the number of troops. But the defense of the United States is the first priority of the government."

It will take a long time to fix this mess. If only someone had warned us that a nation can't run up endless deficits on unnecessary military adventures.

McCain Jumps the Gun with “My Fellow Prisoners”



Oopsies. McCain lets the cat out of the bag. He isn't supposed to announce the concentration camps until after he's elected Beloved Leader.

Hat tip to Jim Bovard.

The Financial Death of the US Empire

DC has saddled us with nearly $10 trillion in debt, thanks to its insane imperial adventures and even more insane forced diversity projects. This time, though, when the bucket went into the well, the bottom dropped out:

The American empire is kaput. ... The Iraq debacle sullied Washington's reputation, but did not destroy the illusion of American indispensability. Assorted politicians, like McCain and Obama, promised to restore US primacy, either through more bluster or better diplomacy. But the financial crash has wrecked the economic basis of America's imperial pretentions. Washington simply can't afford to attempt to run the world any longer.

The good news is that neither McCain nor Obama will have enough cash to invade Iran, which both have done everything but promised to do. So at least the world won't be blown up anytime soon as a result of even more DC arrogance and hubris. Instead, we can get busy picking up the pieces.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

McCain mortgage plan shifts costs to taxpayers

McCain's plan would directly reward those bankers who made bad loans, sticking the taxpayers with the bill.

In the race to see who can fleece the American people faster and more efficiently, McCain just pulled ahead.

So, which one is the small-government, pro-free market candidate?

HUD: Five Million Fraudulent Mortgages Held by Illegals

This report not only dovetails with what we're hearing about the housing and credit crisis, but also with the impact of illegal immigration on rising crime. But the unforgiveable crime underlying both is the government's mandate that we finance diversity -- or else:

One illegal alien was arrested this year in Tucson after allegedly using a stolen social security number to buy two homes and rack up over $780,000 in bad debt.

Some five million fraudulent home mortgages are in the hands of illegal aliens, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. ...

The problem began years ago when banks were forced to give mortgages without confirming social security numbers or borrower identification. As a result, illegal immigrants were able to obtain home mortgages which they could not afford.

Bush's legacy

Davy Crockett patched up the crack in the Liberty Bell.

George W. Bush added a digit to the National Debt Clock.

And we'll all feel better when W. lets out a grinnin' to follow the sun.

Raid on business hiring illegal aliens reveals more crime

Here's another hidden cost of illegal immigration that's finally coming out of the shadows -- the avalanche effect of associated crimes committed by illegals and their enablers. Exploiting under-age workers is just the latest:

Workers as young as 15 were among those who federal authorities detained in a massive raid at a poultry plant Tuesday.

Their employment at the House of Raeford Farms plant appears to violate S.C. labor law, which prohibits people younger than 18 from working in hazardous jobs such as poultry processing. ...

Tuesday's immigration raid – the largest ever in the Carolinas – followed months of investigation by federal authorities. ICE officials say they'll continue their probe, with a focus on determining who allowed illegal immigrants to work at the plant.

Enrique Pagan, who worked as a supervisor at the Greenville plant until 2006, said he knew of underage workers whose fathers would buy them fake IDs and dress them in baggy jeans to make them look older.

As noted above, there are many other crimes committed by illegal aliens as a result of their illegal status. We already realize how illegal immigration has led to the skyrocketing increase in identity theft, one of the most jarring, invasive crimes you'll ever experience.

While identity theft, grueling though it may be, is not violent, it is responsible for one of the most violent acts ever witnessed on this continent. The "skills" illegal aliens learn to maintain their unwelcome presence here directly aided the most jarring terrorist attack in this country. Both Victor M. Lopez-Flores and Herbert Villalobos assisted the 9/11 terrorists obtain the falsified documents they needed to establish residency, and are serving time. Too bad they weren't stopped at the border.

In fact, the culture of lawlessness that's grown around illegal aliens no doubt explains why they drive drunk far out of proportion of their numbers, as well as adding to the already serious crime rate in this country. In other words, unlawfulness breeds unlawfulness.

As the sands shift under their feet in Afghanistan

"We don't deal with terrorists." Sean McCormack, Spokesman, State Department, 21 March, 2006

"I'm trying to go around minefields these days and not blunder into them. But I do think you have to talk to enemies." General David Petraeus, 8 October, 2008

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Hijacking the Conservative Movement

There's a biiiig difference between loyalty to your country versus obsession with the power of government. I wish the "pro-war, any-war" crowd would read and absorb this classic from Joe Sobran:

Well, just what is “real” conservatism? This is an old question, much debated. Dictionaries define it in such terms as “preference for tradition” and “resistance to change,” but these are too general to take us very far. After all, nearly everyone wants to preserve some tradition and opposes some kinds of change, and people we call conservatives often want to do away with certain traditions and bring about important changes.

And all of life is in flux at all times. You can never conserve everything. We are forced to face the question of which things we should conserve, which we should discard or even destroy, and which we should let pass away. When a house catches fire, we may have to decide very quickly what we can rescue from the flames and abandon all the rest.

And conservatism isn’t just passivity. It’s active maintenance. An old house needs repair and painting, a garden needs weeding, trees and shrubs need pruning. To conserve is to renew. Conservatism can’t mean neglect.

"Active maintenance" of one's culture is only possible when you both love and know that culture. To renew it, you must understand it, especially its history. Then, you'll appreciate its wisdom, as well as its capacity for surviving and adapting.

That’s why today’s Neocons have more in common with leftists than the conservatives whose identities they’ve stolen — both Neocons and leftists condemn “racism,” which they always scream whenever they’re blocked by the desire to preserve a traditional way of life. Both groups of ideologues want nothing more than to destroy tradition and replace it with their own values and blueprints. Leftists call it “revolution,” Neocons call it “creative destruction.” The goal of each is the same. Both want to reconstruct society according to abstract, universal principles of their own making. Both want their subjects to surrender loyalty to their culture and make the ruling institutions the object of veneration.

The better to rule you, my dear.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

The hits just keep on coming

More chaos arises from the Neocon Wars. At home:

Wall Street wobbles as Fed plans to buy commercial paper

And abroad:

Turkey threatens to invade N.Iraq

Are Pakistan and the United States on the Brink of War?

Heckuva job, Neocons.

Markets Drown in Another Selling Wave

Don't look now, but Wall Street is still sinking in its own quagmire of greed and short-sightedness:

The Dow plummeted another 500 points to five-year lows on Tuesday as Wall Street shrugged off another emergency effort by the Federal Reserve to cure ailing credit markets.

The selloff capped the Dow's worst five-day point drop in history and came despite the Fed unveiling another plan aimed at unfreezing credit and giving a strong signal that the door may be open to more interest rate cuts.

Looks like Ron Paul was right on all counts when he predicted the "bail-out" was 1) un-Constitutional, 2) would not save the economy, but would instead 3) deflate the dollar, as well as further depress the economy, and 4) would only benefit those who had caused the problem.

Americans’ satisfaction drops to all-time low

Few doubt that the system's broken -- yet the only "solution" is to vote for one of the system-approved candidates for president. Here's how bad it is:

A new Gallup poll finds that just nine percent of the American public are “satisfied with the way things are going in the United States — the lowest such reading in Gallup Poll history.

As for that 9% that seems happy with the way things are going, there's only one thing to say -- it must be true that doctors are indeed over-prescribing Prozac.

Perpetual War, Here and Abroad

Here's what our handlers are planning to do to -- I mean, for us:

"We have entered an era of persistent conflict.... [We face] face new security challenges influenced by the effects of globalization, especially in failing states and in ungoverned areas.... Radicalism influenced by extremist ideologies and separatist movements will remain attractive to those who feel threatened and victimized by the cultural and economic impacts of globalization...."

~ From the 2008 Army Modernization Strategy

We are entering the age of "persistent conflict," advises the Army's 90-page official report on modernization and strategy. Dr. Tom Clonan, the international security analyst for the Irish Times, usefully peels away the thin veneer of euphemism applied to that phrase, rendering it "perpetual warfare."

The Army document is an admission that our rulers intend to divest us of what few tangible liberties we still enjoy. James Madison's warning resonates again: "No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare."

This is happening because the central government wants desperately to hold on to the levers of power and the keys to the treasury. With the Empire's financial system teetering on the brink, control over its subject population equals control over the money supply.

The reason is very simple: With fiat currency, the ONLY thing backing the dollar is the government's power to create debt, that is, to tax us. If its authority is questioned, if it reveals itself to be illegitimate, there goes the value of the dollar.

So the only thing backing the dollar is monopolized government force, that is, jails, nightsticks, and guns. As the economy continues to sicken, expect to see even more official, legal brutality.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Mega-Million Dollar CEO Payouts

Need to get your blood pumping? Or, if you're like me, boiling? Check out this report on obscenely inflated CEO salaries and bonuses. Absolutely indefensible.

Secession of the mind

Here's an important point to consider about reclaiming our political rights and preserving our culture:

Politcal secession cannot take place without mental secession first. This is what all secession movements, from the Second Vermont Republic, to the AIP, League of the South, and native Hawaiians need to stress first andf foremost. First make people believe they are separate, and then the politics just follows naturally.

From Conservative Heritage Times

What Hamilton Has Wrought

Here's is America's real "original sin" -- the adoption of the British Mercantilist (or, "crony capitalist") system which the Founders had fought a war of secession to escape. Hamiltonian political-economic principles provided the foundation for Lincoln's counter-revolution, and explain the mess we're in today, as economist Tom DiLorenzo argues here:

Hamilton was a compulsive statist who wanted to bring the corrupt British mercantilist system – the very system the American Revolution was fought to escape from – to America. He fought fiercely for his program of corporate welfare, protectionist tariffs, public debt, pervasive taxation, and a central bank run by politicians and their appointees out of the nation’s capital.

Jefferson and his followers opposed him every step of the way because they understood that Hamilton’s agenda was totally destructive of liberty. And unlike Hamilton, they took Adam Smith’s warnings against economic interventionism seriously.

Of course, the debate between Hamilton and Jefferson was recognized at the time as one between whether America was to be a peaceful republic or an authoritarian mercantilist state. It was also evident that such a division could only lead to a split between the States. Jefferson himself said, "I would rather the States should withdraw which are for unlimited commerce and war, and confederate with those alone which are for peace and agriculture."

And after the War Between the States, the winners clearly understood the real point of the war. Joseph E. Brown, the collaborationist governor of Georgia, saw the writing on the wall and proclaimed, "The Hamiltonian construction of the Constitution has been established by the sword."

It is at the point of that sword that we, the people, stand today. And if we feel like helpless subjects forced to pay for our rulers' corruption and incompetence, that's why.

A move to secede on California-Oregon border

These folks have the motivation, the issues, a web site, and the spectacle of unimaginable incompetence and corruption in government to spur them on -- sounds like everything you need for a growing independence movement:

Some folks around here think the economic sky is falling and state lawmakers in Sacramento and Salem are ignoring their constituents in the hinterlands.

Guess the time is ripe to create a whole new state.

That's the thinking up here along the border between California and Oregon, where 12 sparsely populated, thickly forested counties in both states want to break away and generate the 51st star on the nation's flag - the state of Jefferson.

You can see the signs of discontent from Klamath Falls to Dunsmuir, where green double-X "Jefferson State" flags hang in scores of businesses. You can hear the talk of revolution at lunch counters and grocery lines, where people grumble that politicians to the north and south don't care.

You can even hear the dissent on the radio, where 21 area FM stations broadcast from Oregon into California under the banner of "Jefferson Public Radio."

With disapproval of Bush and Congress at historic lows, the passage of the Wall Street Bailout despite loud and fervent popular disapproval, and the continuation of the Iraq War, despite widespread opposition, people are tired of feeling powerless. There's only one solution, and these folks are busily working at it.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Saturday, October 4, 2008

It's only racist when they do it

Heidi Beirich, the Southern Poverty Law Center's Empress of Tolerance, takes yet another shot at Dr. Kevin MacDonald for his views on Jewish influence in America. According to Beirich, MacDonald believes Jews "undermine the majority populations of the societies they live in." Those views, she tells us, are "anti-Semitic and racist." As proof, she offers this statement from McDonald:

"Jews do not act in the best interest of society. We need to systematically put in place some controls, call it discrimination if you will, to restore parity with other groups."

So, to accuse a race of working for its own interests at the expense of other races is itself racist. And apparently, wanting to overcome perceived advantages of that race and become equal in influence to them is doubly so.

However,the SPLC routinely accuses whites of exploiting other races, and working to maintain their "white privilege." The Fall edition of the SPLC Intelligence Report features a report by Mark Potok in which he refers to "our country's history of white racism, white privilege and oppression of black people both during and after slavery."

And the SPLC's blog proudly shows off its list of recommended blogs, several of which also condemn whites for possessing and defending too much economic and political power. For example, there's this delightful little threat entitled, "USA Today Scandal A Threat To White Privilege, Mediocrity":

Well, guess what, Whitey? Payback is a dollar bill, and it's got our picture on it. The man in the mirror is the color of Wonder Bread with the crust cut off, and, guess what? He can't dance.

Another SPLC-featured blog is "Pam's House Blend," which regularly castigates whites for what she considers their inordinate wealth and influence. Just to cite a couple of examples, here's a posting called White privilege, McCain/Palin -- and the Kenyan witchhunter. In another post, "White dog whistles no more," Pam proclaims that white opposition to an Obama administration is "concern that white privilege is being threatened."

But for open hatred of whites, no one takes a back seat to "Undercover Black Man." This SPLC-endorsed blog features this contribution to racial harmony under the title, Stuff White People Don't Like. (Sorry about the language he uses, but we do try to present the facts as we find them.)

My good friend Nipsey Muhammad was in my ear about this the other day. “These crackas make me sick,” he told me. “What you need to do, Dave... you need to start a new blog. Call it ‘Stuff White People Don’t Like.’ And be real about the shit.”

Well... I’m not starting a new blog. But maybe this will make for an interesting post. So Nipsey and I put our heads together...

Here are a few things that white people don’t like:

1. Black bosses.

2. Mexicans.

3. Being told they’re wrong.

4. Panhandlers.

5. Black people on magazine covers.

6. Islam.

Hmmm -- I'd say that statement is "denigrating or defaming an entire group of people." And that's something the SPLC is supposed to oppose.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Iraqi Christians demonstrate for self-rule

Ok -- if DC supports the independence of Kosovo because it's "a special case" -- which apparently refers to its majority Muslim status in predominantly Christian Europe -- then surely the persecuted Christians of Iraq deserve the same. After all, DC is directly responsible for their recent suffering and disenfranchisement, which sparked the demonstrations.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

The myth of "national unity"

Thomas DiLorenzo rips yet another propaganda poster of The Wall. The present-day plutocracy, he argues, arose from the tyranny Lincoln imposed during the WBTS. Lincoln's methods were no different from any other dictator, which consisted of selling suppression as the unified will of "the people." It worked for Stalin, as it did for Lincoln:

The myth of "national unity" had to be invented in order to disguise this monopoly of power and its tyrannical implications. Furthermore, this myth had to become part of America’s new "civil religion" along with the legend of Abraham Lincoln and various other tall tales that would be taught to generations of school children. The very first effort with regard to the creation of the myth of national unity was to write the Official History of America in the 1860s in a way that suggested there was national unity in the Northern states when they waged total war on their fellow citizens in the Southern states, killing some 350,000 of them, including 50,000 civilians according to James McPherson.

As we noted yesterday, the problems created by over-sized government will continue to expose their source to daylight -- Lincoln's Counter-Revolution against the Spirit of '76. And as more people realize their suffering stems from the crushing bureaucracy of an out-of-control central government that thinks it's safe from public scrutiny or accountability, the more interest we'll see in local autonomy.

Fannie Mae CEO welcomes "the family"

Want graphic proof that the ongoing mortgage meltdown is the result of DC's insane policy of enforced multiculturalism? Watch and listen as the Black Congressional Caucus and Fannie Mae embrace Barack Obama as part of "the family." Your tax dollars at work.

Should Carolinas break from U.S.?

The age of big government is over

DC's corruption and incompetence create the best advertising the League of the South could ever wish for. The sheer hopelessness of reforming this monster has become obvious to even its most loyal supporters, who now grasp they've wasted their time and emotions for something that was never what it claimed to be.

Here's Tonya Jameson of the Charlotte Observer speculating about the future of secessionism. Do notice how receptive she is toward the idea, something that I certainly wasn't prepared for. North Carolina League of the South chair Bernie Thuersam was willing to enter what looked like a lions's den when he started corresponding with Jameson, only to find a surprisingly attentive reception. Jameson tells us why in her first paragraph:

The topic of secession has been in the news lately because Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin’s husband Todd was a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, a secessionist group, for seven years. Gov. Palin courted the group’s support in the past, according to an LA Times column. According to AIP's site, "Todd Palin was a member, that Sarah as a candidate for Governor appeared at the AIP Convention in 2006, and sent a welcoming DVD to the membership at the 2008 AIP statewide convention."

The Times piece said a Zogby poll conducted in July found that one in five adults agreed that "any state or region has the right to peaceably secede from the United States and become an independent republic." Some 18% "would support a secessionist effort in my state."

The top reason: the two-party election system is broken and can’t be fixed.

Those findings are similar to what I heard from members of Carolinas members of the League of the South, a secessionist group with members in Charlotte and surrounding counties.

The DC dinosaur has dominated its neighbors and subjects for so long, it cannot imagine they can get along without it. That being the case, DC and all the creatures that burrow in its lair and feed off its scaps are in for a real shock.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Storm uncovers hidden evidence of WBTS

Actually, two such storms. Here's the first:

When the waves from Hurricane Ike receded, they left behind a mystery — a ragged shipwreck that archeologists say could be a two-masted Civil War schooner that ran aground in 1862 ...

The wreck appears to be what's left of the Monticello, a Confederate blockade runner.

A more recent storm of a different type has unearthed an even more bitter reminder of the lost War for Southern Independence. The failure of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, AIG, and other major financial entities prompted cries for a $700 billion bailout bill, which, WHEN PASSED, will be the largest in US history. Like the hurricane that revealed long-hidden evidence of the Civil War, the ongoing financial collapse has uncovered issues the powers that be assumed to be settled at Appomattox.

Obviously, the powers that be were wrong.

Here, Chuck Baldwin does a little political archeology as he digs down to expose the root of the problem:

"Our entire financial system is based on an illusion, with a foundation built on quicksand. We spend more than we earn, we consume more than we produce, we borrow more than we save – and we cling to the fantasy that this can go on forever. The glue that holds this crumbling scheme together is a fiat currency called the Federal Reserve Note, created out of thin air by an international banking cartel called the Federal Reserve."

The Federal Reserve system Chuck Baldwin refers to was created in 1913, and represented a major step in consolidating economic power in America. Such a system was central to the Hamiltonian dream of recreating the British Empire in America, and had sparked numerous conflicts since the early days of the Republic. The struggle was between agrarian and commercial interests in the North and the South, respectively. The slavery issue provided a useful handle the North used to work the conflict to its advantage, and political leaders of the time saw this clearly. John Taylor of Caroline, one of the Old Republicans who joined with Jefferson against the Hamiltonians, put it this way:

"A balance of power between two combinations of states, and not the existence of slavery, gave rise to this unfortunate, and absurd controversy. Banking, funding, and tariff interests united to beget the Missouri project, and that project begat the idea of using slavery as an instrument for effecting a balance of power."

Jefferson had long advocated for a republic based on agrarian principles, that is, a wide distribution of property, and decentralization of political and economic power. He believed Southerners and Westerners could fight politically connected business interests within the halls of Congress:

"The only corrective of what is corrupt in our present form of government will be the augmentation of the numbers in the lower house, so as to get a more agricultural representation, which may put that interest above that of the 'stockjobbers.'"

Of course, resistance to a national bank had united agrarians since the early days of the Republic. Thomas Jefferson once warned:

"If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issuance of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."

And Andrew Jackson, in his veto of the Bank of the United States in 1832, denounced a national bank as a tool that would be used for "the advancement of the few at the expense of the many." In that same veto, Jackson warned, "Is there no danger to our liberty and independence in a bank that in its nature has so little to bind it to our country?"

Those tensions finally spilled over in 1861. Shortly after the South seceded, and Southern congressmen left Congress, the remaining Northern legislators found themselves free to pass measures their Southern associates had long prevented, including high tariffs, a national bank system, and land giveaways and subsidies to big business. Oddly, they left slavery alone.

That's because slavery was nothing to them but a convenient justification for selling Lincoln's Counter-Revolution. In the name of liberating the slaves, Mr. Lincoln's War destroyed State sovereignty, including State banks, and transformed the Federal government into a tool for subsidizing the wealthy elite. And all the warnings from Jefferson, Jackson, and Taylor have come true.

Rich Flanders seeks more autonomy

Johann Daelman of Vlaams Belang, which agitates for Flemish home rule, sums up the facts about Belgium:

"You don't have a Belgian language or a Belgian nation - you only have Flemish and Walloon people, plus a few Germans."

Medieval Europe was a rich, colorful, and relatively peaceful patchwork of independent city-states, trade guilds, principalities, and duchies. The centralizing imperative of later ages arose from the Newtonian notion of universal truths and the Industrial Age's bias toward the "single best way" of organizing human activities, as well as assumptions (many now disproven) about economies of scale. That gave rise to the megastates. Their command of vast economic and human resources led directly to the megawars of the 19th and 20th centuries, which are still taking their toll on the Christian West.

Belgium is only the latest example of organic cultures breaking free of the unnatural constraints placed on them by the late (thank God!) Age of Centralization. It doesn't even have to be total secession; there are many ways for a people to achieve self-determination, including confederalism, autonomous regions, and constitutional federalism. Look for this trend to accelerate in the next few years, especially here at home.