Saturday, September 16, 2006
Regime-Speak: Three Examples
There are myriad ways in which the people who rule us, and those who shill and flack on their behalf, express their disdain for our intelligence. Perhaps the most common expressions of contempt are the gems of transparent hypocrisy or starkly obvious dishonesty that litter the public statements and writings of the ruling class.
Such moments offer a tacit but unmistakable message: “We can afford to be candid, because the public at large isn't paying attention – and those who do we can easily denigrate as paranoid types.”
The news yesterday (Friday, September 15 – the birthday of my incomparably lovely wife Korrin, incidentally) offered several suitable illustrations of what I'm describing, which I'll call “Regime-Speak” for want of a better description.
Toward the end of his syndicated column – in which he admitted that the impending war with Iran would be an economic, diplomatic, and military disaster, yet insisted that war was the only rational course of action -- Charles Krauthammer decanted this specimen:
“Then there is the larger danger of permitting nuclear weapons to be acquired by religious fanatics seized with an eschatological belief in the imminent apocalypse and in their own divine duty to hasten the End of Days.... Against millenarian fanaticism glorying in a cult of death, deterrence is a mere wish. Is the West prepared to wager its cities with their millions of inhabitants on that feeble gamble?”
As I read those lines, I found myself asking: “do you mean apocalyptic religious fanatics like John Hagee, and the rest of the Ecclesio-Leninist Armageddon Lobby?”
Nope. Krauthammer wasn't referring to pseudo-Christian men of the polyester like Hagee, who want to nuke Iran as a way of triggering the End Times. He's talking about their addle-pated Iranian analogues, who are just as devoted to an eschatalogical vision more or less identical, but who -- unlike the American apocalypticists who are tightly allied with Bush -- don't have the luxury of a huge nuclear arsenal to wreak havoc on the region.
Elsewhere in the headlines, I noticed that the regime's counterfeiting arm, known colloquially as the Federal Reserve system, is going after the good folks at NORFED, creators of the privately circulated Liberty Dollar.
The Liberty Dollar comes in various denominations, either in silver or gold or in negotiable notes (storage receipts accepted on a voluntary basis by merchants who understand the system) backed by gold and silver.
The appendage of the regime calling itself the “Justice” Department insists that voluntary use of the Liberty Dollar “is a crime,” reported USA Today.
Think of this for a second.
The Constitution specifies that the government can only use gold and silver as money. The “Justice” Department insists that the use of gold and silver is a crime.
"We don't want consumers to be fooled," lied U.S. Mint spokeswoman Becky Bailey. "The United States Mint is the only entity that can produce coins.”
Mizzzzzz Bailey is not only dishonest, she's apparently illiterate as well, since she probably meant to say that only the Mint “may” produce coins, not that it is the only entity that “can” do so. NORFED and other private interests are obviously capable of creating beautiful gold and silver coins, they simply don't have the regime's permission to circulate them.
Compare the Liberty Dollar's glorious silver bullion coin to the regime's ugly little scrap metal slugs:
Reciting the regime's party line in a way that is both dutiful and bulimic, USA Today complains that the precious metal coins manufactured by NORFED are often “accepted unknowingly by clerks who are unaware they are not receiving real money” -- an inversion of reality so brazen it might cause a double-take from a desk-bound drone at the Ministry of Truth.
McPaper similar “reports”: “The Mint notes the coins share some resemblances to real money, such as the term `Trust in God' instead of `In God We Trust' and use of a torch in the design. Such similarities may confuse people into thinking the money is real, the Mint says.”
Here's the “truth,” as the regime would have us accept it: “Real” money has no real money (precious metal) in it. Real money isn't “real,” because it consists entirely of precious metal, without the missing ingredients necessary to make “real money”: Force (the government compels people to use FRNs as legal currency) and fraud (the government refers to ugly pieces of scrap paper as “dollars,” even though the term “dollar," per a 1792 law, refers to a specific quantity -- 371.25 grams -- of pure silver).
Everybody got that? It doesn't matter. Our rulers recognize that most people don't choose to think, and has ways of marginalizing those of us who do.
Additional samples of Regime-Speak were found in abundance during the Wee Decider's press conference yesterday.
Hunched over and gesticulating in full General Urko mode, the War Prezidunt was frustrated that the Republican Senate isn't quite as enthusiastic as he would like when it comes to authorizing “coercive interrogation” techniques – y'know, what honest people call torture.
The Decider was particularly outraged by the suggestion that the use of torture undermines the moral standing of our country:
“If there’s any comparison between the compassion and decency of the American people and the terrorist tactics of extremists, that’s flawed -- flawed logic.... It’s just -- just -- I -- I simply can’t accept that. It’s unacceptable to think that there’s any kind of comparison between the behavior of the United States of America and the action of Islamic extremists who kill innocent women and children and -- to achieve an objective.’’
Let's see: When Washington bombs and invades a nation that neither attacked nor threatened us, thereby killing (inter alia)"innocent women and children," following a decade-long embargo that killed tens of thousands of "innocent women and children," it must be displaying "the compassion and decency of the American people."
So stammered our Logician-in-Chief.
Of course, the issue here isn't the behavior of the country at large, but rather some elements of the military and intelligence organs of the regime that rules us. And it's significant that the military itself has opposed the means and methods the Bush regime is trying to institutionalize, such as extra-constitutional terrorism tribunals, “extraordinary rendition,” and the use of torture.
But then again, to the extent that the population allows itself to be gulled into compliant silence, we do share the moral responsibility for the crimes committed by the regime ruling in our name.
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i must say, i like the altered nazi propaganda posters. whoever does them, should go into business and sell them. on another note, your article once again points out why america has one of the lowest literacy rates in the world. these bureaucrats simply cannot read. maybe they ought to call it the "injustice" department. and the US mint? jeesh. these folks probably proclaim to be Christian and pound their chests saying, "Lord, thank you that i'm not like that man! thank you for the power to read, but not use it. thank you for wisdom, but allowing me to reject it. thank you for a conscience, but allowing me to sear it. and thank you most of all, for this nice....fat...and cushy govt job that guarantees me a comfort zone and ....and GUNS...guns for me to oppress my fellow man and thus keep me safe!"
this is simply sick. i wonder how these people go to bed at night?
Along with this news was the fact that the House passed a bill authorizing 700 of 2000 miles of fence to be built on the southern border. Guess no one thought about putting money toward the purchase of the fence, nor did they consider that the Senate has already said it will not vote on any immigration bill before the end of the year; the non action will cause the House bill to die. Could it be that our representatives are getting ready for re-election?! More doublespeak.
You and the gang at JBS/TNA are just simply much too optimistic about America. You keep harping about Bush the Younger and his fellow minions in high places deceiving the populace over and over again, yet not criticize or slam the imbecilic commoners for voting these thugs into office over and over again or accepting what they see and hear on the radio or especially the scat tube.
Listening to the commoner whining about the myriad dogmatic Goebbelisms endlessly propounded within the indoctrination centers, otherwise known as pubic screw systems, yet observe them nevertheless sending their precious "chilluns" into those debauched cesspools anyway is simply beyond insane. It's tiresome...sigh... It's sorta like blaming a con man solely for taking advantage of another's greed. If the victim wasn't a greedy slimeball themselves to begin with, the con man would fail miserably and get nada, nothing, zilch. He doesn't steal from the victim, after all, but his deception overtakes them with promises of a windfall for them and such.
On second thought, perhaps, it's that "we must be a catalyst for change from within" argument rather than take heed of the "come out of her" as the Bible commands. I would advise simply to stop playin' by the rulebook of these institutions altogether and quit playing politics, economics, whatever, by the media-propagated statist rules and metrics. They all naturally prescribe play by a more or less consistent statist rulebook and are full of half truths and deceptions.
Only one whose own integrity is heavily compromised can be so easily conned and deceived. Remember, we are after all supposed to be a largely self-governing folk, which is needless to say only feasible and workable when/if we remain morally stout and not compromised ourselves. However, when we become depraved, we lose the critical ability to self-govern and others will increasingly, eagarly, and necessarily do it for us.
IOW, it's US that's the problem, not THEM! Got that?
Yes, it's the commoner heart and mind that needs molding and reworking, not the elitists at the top. We're run by the decades-old cabal of closet thugs and con men precisely because the commoner has wanted them there! It doesn't matter whether they were/are fooled, deceived, conned, whatever, they still mindlessly take heed and lap the deceptions up in gobs and we continue to inherit the results and consequences therefrom. In general, we can't say, "the devil made me do it," we likewise can't claim the elitists made me think this way, or caused me to act a certain way, fooled me, deceived me, etc.
Lastly, the concept of "justice" in my observation is often arbitrary. I look at it thus: It applies to "just US" or the rule, law, regulation, et al is applied to "just US." Even juries are no longer randomly selected from the peer populace for criminal trials, who if everyone eligible were fully knowledgeable of the constitution and rule of law, this wouldn't matter, but the state now attempts to pick and choose malleable "agreeable" doormat folk for jury duty. I've never served on a jury, but have been screened thrice.
D.D. -- You're doubtless aware of Mencken's dictum that Democracy is based on the idea that the people know what they want and deserve to get it -- good and hard.
That's more or less how I read I Samuel chapter 8, which describes how Israel rejected the unique privilege of being ruled by God and embraced the notion of having a king like all other nations. The Lord told Samuel, almost in so many words, "This people is suited only for slavery, so they can settle for it."
Our rulers are made of the same stuff as the rest of us, only in their case they can give unfettered expression to those traits the hoi polloi can exhibit only under special conditions.
This is one reason why so many people are charmed by the inarticulate, incurious little fool now occupying the White House: His abundant shortcomings, and more importantly, his arrogant indifference to them, are perversely reassuring to a demos largely uninterested in the good, true, and beautiful -- but passionately attached to the trite, the transient, and the trashy.
Your comments about the jury system are also quite perceptive; that's a topic about which I'll unbosom myself at some point. I've never served on a jury, and doubt I would ever make it through the screening process, since I wouldn't be inclined to convict anyone who hasn't committed a genuine offense against persons or property -- and I regard the "government" to be the single largest criminal influence in our society, as it is in any other.
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