Libertarian Commentary on the News, #14-29D: Sire, the peasants are revolting!

By Nathan Barton

Good morning!  Those who love Johnny Hart’s comics will recall, “Sire, the peasants are revolting!” as a great series of strips and book, and it should remind us all too well that our beloved Fuehrer seems to imitate the King of Id a whole lot.  IF this be “Lese Majeste” then by all means, make the most of it.

Although it is sometimes hard to stomach. It is like watching a slow-motion train wreck, where no one is able to do anything to prevent the accident.  Thus it seems with the collapse of the FedGov:  the Congress, the IRS, the DoD, and all the other agencies.  Actually, I wish it would speed up, but that probably isn’t going to happen. The latest on the IRS scandal? IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, in front of Congressional investigators for the third time in the last month, admitted today that the agency does possess backup drives that may contain the elusive data that allegedly went missing when former Exempt Organizations administrator Lois Lerner’s computer hard drive crashed.  Congress, of course, will do NOTHING productive about this; nothing effective, nothing that will keep the IRS from continuing to be a rogue agency, like DOJ, NSA, TSP, and all the rest.

Mama’s Note: Not only that, but they are taking bids now to destroy about 3,000 or more OTHER hard drives. Personally, I can’t imagine just what might be in Ms. Lerner’s email that is so important. We know what happened already, and if any of them were truly being held accountable, they would all be fired immediately. The fact is that, no matter what the emails might contain, nothing is going to stop that train wreck. It’s all just Kabuki theater, at best. And it is absolutely no “accident.”

I am not alone. American voters strongly believe that the Nation is more divided than it was just four years ago, according to the results of a recent poll.  Although none of the predictions in the past decade or three about the collapse of the FedGov  or the revolt of a whole laundry list of groups (including conservatives, religious “christian” folks, religious Muslim folks, and I think, some Libertarians), have NOT come true, conditions continue to decline. People thought that Watergate was bad…  Little did we know.  Still, ultimately, people WILL revolt.  It is only a matter of time.

Same with businesses, voting with their feet: Beretta USA Corp. announced today it will move its current firearms manufacturing operation in Maryland to Tennessee, citing the threat of more gun control laws in Maryland that, if passed, would make it illegal for the company to sell its product in the very State where it’s produced.  Good for them, but Tennessee may still be in the wrong place (wrong side of the Mississippi) when the balloon goes up.

What gives?  News isn’t official until Congress hears it “directly” and blesses it by accepting the bad news?  That seems to be the case with reports on preventable deaths caused by medical mistakes, which was reported in multiple locations as far back as September (that I could find; probably some older than that!) but it didn’t make the Mainstream Media headlines until this week when someone explained to a Congressional committee.  No matter, the real question is WHY this problem is getting worse (or seems to be), and exactly what role things like nutty insurance companies, even nuttier government regulators and regulations, and “special interests” who tug hither and yon play in this.  How much of the problem is caused by a disgustingly inefficient education system that damages a child’s ability to learn by age ten, and then pretends to teach reasoning and logic and essential knowledge for another twelve to sixteen years?  Quality of professional work is deteriorating in more than just the medical field.  And government is much of the reason in ALL these fields:  the nanny state makes everyone into infants, unable to function fully as adults.

Sadly, not everyone shares this disgust with current events.  The WaPo, concentrating on the urgent issues and events of the day, tells us that all dinosaurs might have been feathered.  They say that the discovery of the first feathered but non-avian dinosaur indicates that others may have existed too.  I’ve looked at pictures of Congress, however, and I can see NO indication whatsoever that ANY of those fossils are feathered.  Of course, that COULD be resolved with the help of tar, a tar pot, and a rail back home, with donations from a few chickens.  Interesting, how we keep finding more and more dinosaur “fossils” with soft flesh parts.  Of course, this could have been in a lab someplace, run by CDC or NIH, from analysis done years and years ago when the world was young?  Did they check for pathogens in these feathers?  Avian flu, maybe.

An Air Algerie plane disappeared from radar in west Africa with 116 on board The MD-83 was missing for hours before the news was made public.  The plane has been found in Mali: apparently no survivors.  This is the latest of a string of major plane crashes with odd circumstances:  there is unlikely much in common, but you can expect the usual screams of conspiracy.  The fact that it took hours to locate this OVER land is yet another indication that government cannot do anything that it promises.

About tpolnathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (christian), Pahasapan, Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer.
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