Inspecting The Tarnish On Lady Liberty

I have spent a good portion of my life paying close attention to what is happening in Washington.  Not hypervigilant by any stretch until more recent times, I am not historically a politically minded person.  However, things happening in places outside of Washington are really pushing the limits of that.

A year ago I was certain our government were underperforming so badly that it rose to the level of “conspiracy”.  I was certain that The People were merely apathetic and distracted with modern convenience and connections.  But I am no longer sure.  It seems that the conspiracy of performance is, in my mind, still accurate.  However, The People are not merely apathetic.  They are ignorant as well.

This is not an insult, it is more just an observation of the state of being, and refers to no individual but rather the “collective” of The People Of The United States Of America.  This, too, seems to be conspiracy as it is a direct reflection on the education that has been recieved (one where thinking is usurped by memorization.

Regardless, here we stand.  Witness to a crumbling republic once proud and hopeful.  The dollar is in dire straits and we risk losing its status as the trade standard.  The Government Bond Bubble will likely cause a complete collapse of our political system, if it cannot be averted.

Although I wouldn’t touch long-term, US nominal bonds with a 1,000-foot pole, the Fed would scoff at my concerns about inflation. The Fed says it’s ready, at the first sign of inflation, to sell huge quantities of bonds into the market to suck out all the money it injected in the last three years. The Fed thinks it can do so without depressing bond prices and raising interest rates. Maybe it can, maybe it can’t. But as of last week, the Fed was concerned enough about raising rates to announce it would continue to actively buy bonds (i.e., print even more money).

What the Fed can’t avoid, short of Congress’ adopting radical structural reforms, is the fiscal train wreak that’s coming. Congress cannot forever continue to borrow from Peter to pay Paul, whether explicitly, through the formal sale of bonds, or implicitly, through the expansion of pay-as-you-go transfer programs. At some point foreigners will stop enabling our Ponzi scheme and Uncle Sam will find that he can’t “borrow” or “tax” additional resources from younger generations to hand over to older ones because the younger generations will have already handed over everything or almost everything they earn.

Well before this happens, the Fed will come under enormous pressure to lower interest rates, the need for which is the standard handy excuse for making money by making money. As this occurs and inflation takes off, we’ll likely see a switch from the dollar to the yuan or to a basket of foreign currencies as the world’s reserve currency. All it will take is a couple of big players to signal they’ve lost faith in the dollar and Uncle Sam’s gig will be up and its bonds will be down–way down.

Before Rome burns, however, good tyrants make sure they play the fiddle.  And there is plenty of this, as well  Encroachments on liberty are happening nation wide:

Far from ground zero, opponents fight new mosques

In the Nashville suburb of Murfreesboro, opponents of a new Islamic center say they believe the mosque will be more than a place of prayer. They are afraid the 15-acre site that was once farmland will be turned into a terrorist training ground for Muslim militants bent on overthrowing the U.S. government.

“They are not a religion. They are a political, militaristic group,” said Bob Shelton, a 76-year-old retiree who lives in the area.

Shelton was among several hundred demonstrators recently who wore “Vote for Jesus” T-shirts and carried signs that said: “No Sharia law for USA!,” referring to the Islamic code of law. Others took their opposition further, spray painting the sign announcing the “Future site of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro” and tearing it up.

In Temecula, Calif., opponents brought dogs to protest a proposed 25,000-square-foot mosque that would sit on four acres next to a Baptist church. Opponents worry it will turn the town into haven for Islamic extremists, but mosque leaders say they are peaceful and just need more room to serve members.

In school we are told that one of the primary reasons that the pilgrims came to America was for religious freedom.  How ironic that we are so eager to deny these people the same.  It is an affront to the blood spilled on behalf of American liberty to so flippantly dispose of the First Amendment.

We should not be so quick to cede our freedom, as “they” will come to take it soon enough, anyway:

The Government Can Use GPS To Track Your Moves

Government agents can sneak onto your property in the middle of the night, put a GPS device on the bottom of your car and keep track of everywhere you go. This doesn’t violate your Fourth Amendment rights, because you do not have any reasonable expectation of privacy in your own driveway — and no reasonable expectation that the government isn’t tracking your movements.

That is right.  The authorities can trespass and then modify your vehicle without yours or a judges permission.  And when they come find you, they don’t even need to gain access to your vehicle to inspect what you are doing:

Full-Body Scan Technology Deployed In Street-Roving Vans

American Science & Engineering, a company based in Billerica, Massachusetts, has sold U.S. and foreign government agencies more than 500 backscatter x-ray scanners mounted in vans that can be driven past neighboring vehicles to see their contents, Joe Reiss, a vice president of marketing at the company told me in an interview. While the biggest buyer of AS&E’s machines over the last seven years has been the Department of Defense operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, Reiss says law enforcement agencies have also deployed the vans to search for vehicle-based bombs in the U.S.

“This product is now the largest selling cargo and vehicle inspection system ever,” says Reiss.

Of course, the law does not apply equally.  Investigations can be more lax, and pursuit of facts can be dialed down based on political expediency, or simple whim:

Federal police officer shot dog in Arundel park

In a dog park.  Another dog plays a little too rough with his dog.  So he just shoots that other dog.  Then he is cleared of any charges?  Unbelievable.

But dogs aren’t human you say?  Well…what about children?  What about school officials spying on your kids via webcam?  Surely that would be disallowed, and any perpetrators held to account, right?

Webcamgate:  FBI closes the book on criminal charges related to school spying on students

No criminal charges will be filed against the Lower Merion School District in suburban Philadelphia that secretly snapped tens of thousands of webcam photographs and screen shots originating from laptops the school issued to students.  The FBI and federal prosecutors have announced that they could not prove any criminal wrongdoing by the Lower Merion School District employees.

After a thorough review of the evidence in this matter by my office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, the Montgomery County Detectives, and the Lower Merion Police Department, I have concluded that bringing criminal charges is not warranted in this matter,” said Memeger. ” For the government to prosecute a criminal case, it must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the person charged acted with criminal intent. We have not found evidence that would establish beyond a reasonable doubt that anyone involved had criminal intent. I understand that the civil litigation continues. I chose to make this announcement before the beginning of the school year to close at least one part of this matter.”

Most ridiculous thing I have ever heard.

It is going to be a bumpy few years ahead of us.  When you get your chance to vote, remember who drove the car that got us in this camp.  It wasn’t just one party, either.  So vote accordingly.

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