Extinguishing the light

Friday, 27 March 2020 – indeed a day of shame, for which we will pay for a very long time, both figuratively and literally.

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Though not quite as empty as in this photo, nevertheless the House irresponsibly acted today.

For years, I have believed and stated that the American Republic is dead. Those who disagreed with me now can point to this date as the day that many more people agreed with me. Many will date the fall from this day.

If indeed today is the day, the end came not with a bang, but with a whimper. Or more accurately, with sniveling and whinging. The United States House of Representatives, as a group, an organization, has demonstrated its cowardice and collectively betrayed its oath to uphold the Constitution.

That “light on the hill” which was once the American Union, that beacon of freedom and liberty, is been extinguished. The democracy into which the republic had devolved and decayed has become a government of mob rule and tyranny, in which the voters (through their representatives, admittedly) have voted themselves “free money.”

This regime (I don’t know what to call it, really) has codified virtually every aspect of a police state: businesses are closed (or increasingly, in threat of seizure) on the whim of un-elected bureaucrats or executives acting like dictators. Or in fear of such action. People are unable to travel in more and more places: the public roads completely closed or literally requiring travel papers to demonstrate they are privileged enough to travel. People are being detained and dispersed and arrested for daring to assemble – sometimes as few as five or ten. Medical care is being rationed in more and more places, as is even food. Hundreds – no, thousands – of governmental activities that were “absolutely, critically essential” just a few days ago have now ceased. All done without any approval of elected representatives or due process, and often without any basis at all in law. Trillions of dollars in wealth have been destroyed; trillions more created out of thin air; and MORE trillions paid to virtually anyone and everyone by government.

Why did the House betray the Constitution (and therefore, the people)?

In a nutshell, panic. Panic based on unreasonable and unforgivable fear. Irrational fear, sparked by events in other places and stoked by a variety of people for various reasons. Fear for their own hides and health, and about the reaction of the people they supposedly represent. Combined with hatred. Hatred, among other things, of Trump and their neighbors. All combined in an atmosphere of a rapid breakdown of society and civility. And made worse by the very governments themselves.

For now, lets just talk about the legislation and the money. I alluded to this very important observation:

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury.”

Alexander Tytler

Never has this been more true than today, Friday the 17th of March, AD 2020. The 2.2 TRILLION dollar “emergency bill” (actual cost probably $6 trillion) was passed in the Senate and then approved by the House in a farcical “voice vote.” An action which ensures that most members of Congress can repudiate their support for this hideous legislation when it is obvious to everyone that it was a hideous mistake.

Thomas Massie of Kentucky’s 4th Congressional District has earned undying enmity for his simple insistence that the Constitution’s specific provisions be followed, even if it mean that Congresscritturs must risk exposing themselves to Beer Flu. He called them cowards for being less willing to risk themselves than the risks that healthcare workers and over-the-road truck drivers are expected to take. Risks to save people’s lives and provide the essentials of life – and keep what is left of the world economy going.

He tried to get a recorded vote, and failed. But he DID get a quorum, which makes sure that at least SOME constitutional order was mantained.

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Thomas Massie – Constitutional Hero? Libertarian-Republican?

Massie said his request for a recorded vote was “to make sure our republic doesn’t die by unanimous consent in an empty chamber.” It is too bad: the Republic is long dead, and we are just throwing more dirt on top of the grave. He knew he would win, but it was at least not a unanimous consent matter. But we should honor his example. He was joined by a few other (still unknown) Representatives that refused to be stampeded and voted “no.” (The Donald, by the way, condemned him harshly and unfairly.)

Although the Senate chamber was more populated when Palpatine proclaimed the Empire, I still have that scene echoing through my head:

Senate chamber on Coruscant

More on the crash and destruction of the last vestiges of the American Republic. Suffice to say for now: Responsibility for much of this disaster we are now suffering must be placed on government itself. Government’s action, both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. AND government’s inaction to supposedly fulfill the functions it claims that only it can perform.

Government fails. And the light is extinguished.

About TPOL Nathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (a christian), Pahasapan (resident of the Black Hills), Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer, Evangelist. Successor to Lady Susan (Mama Liberty) at TPOL.
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10 Responses to Extinguishing the light

  1. anonymous says:

    In line with a report projecting the associated costs of a decline in easy to access resources, and increasing ecological pressures. Rather than do anything about it, politicians world wide decided to cash in on it. The report was published in 1988, but the publicly released version of the report on strategic resources was largely censored, sighting fears it might cause widespread panic and political instability. The censoring of the report has allowed well connected politicians and lobbyists to prepare, and position themselves to financially benefit from the insider information for three decades, at the public’s expense.

    The UN report is available from the website, however this is only the public release.

    For more insight, Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World and Global Trends 2040: A More Contested World, are available from The National Intelligence Website.


    • TPOL Nathan says:

      This is definitely of interest. For everyone interested, here is at least one link to that study and earlier ones: https://www.odni.gov/index.php/gt2040-media-and-downloads.
      This sounds very much like a modern incarnation of Malthus and his panic mongering. It is worth discussing because I see this planet – and this solar system – much differently as far as resource availability. I see that difficulties in accessing resources is a POLITICAL creation: politicians create problems with getting resources in order to profit from the problems and the lack of availability. In the same way, politicians create and exploit ecological pressures – exaggerating or actually making them worse in order to benefit themselves and their associates.
      I say this as an environmental engineer familiar with both American coasts, with western Europe and the British Isles, and with the Great Plains and Northern and Southern Rocky Mountains. If I had not already been a lover of liberty, a free-market anarchist, and trying to be a self-governor BEFORE seeing what a mess government makes everywhere, that realization would have pushed me to become such.


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  3. Darkwing says:

    This is what they have been wanting for years. This “Beer” virus can be called a great false flag since Sept 11, 2001. They tell us to stay home, no contact but congress and the WH had no problem.


    • TPOL Nathan says:

      Based on local, national, and international reports I’m getting from friends and collegues, it isn’t so much a false flag as a real-world problem that is being magnified beyond reason and used to inspire fear and acceptance of more and more theft of liberties. As well as destroying economies. At the same time, I think that it is already clear that the effort is backfiring.


      • Rocketman says:

        Nathan: Exactly how is this backfiring? Both the federal and state government are flexing their “control anything and everything” muscles. And there has been little resistance to any of these clearly unconstitutional acts. I don’t see this as “backfiring” as much as I see this as 9/11/2001 version 2.0 with them using the virus as an excuse to further restrict the rights of Americans and spend us all into bankruptcy. “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” is their motto and they are going to build on it until they have want they want, the American version of the old Soviet Union with them in charge of it.


      • TPOL Nathan says:

        I see this backfiring because more and more people are seeing the irrationality of the response, the hysteria, and the excuses. And getting angry – angrier. In many parts of the country, the new rules are being flouted and mocked, even by the government officals (including sheriffs and police). In other words, the powers-that-be may have pushed too hard this time.


      • Rocketman says:

        Let me give you an example. Many sheriffs and LEO’s are supporting 2nd amendment sanctuary cities and counties. Weren’t most of them doing this BEFORE the Corona Virus hit? In other words, where is the dividing line between where the actions took place differently than they otherwise would have had the Virus not been a factor? I don’t totally disagree with you on this but I think that your including those actions prior to what would have happened if the Virus never happened if that makes any sense.


      • TPOL Nathan says:

        Makes sense. I may just be too optimistic.


  4. Rocketman says:

    Excellent article and one that forcefully demonstrates that we have gone from a Constitutional Republic to a Democracy and now to a Oligarchy. I knew that this day was coming. When the last vestige of freedom and liberty would be trampled on by the jackboots of the oppressors. I saw it coming and I had been in the process of leaving America for good until the virus struck and severely disrupted my plans. I’m in a real sense not leaving America. America has already and irrevocably left me.


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