In his 1910 book What’s Wrong With the World?, G. K. Chesterton pointed out that the mob can never really rebel unless it is conservative – that unless the mob has conserved some vision of an ideal then it isn’t really rebelling but, at most, just going on a mindless riot. The proof of this is the late “Occupy Wall Street” movement – supposedly a rebellion by the long oppressed mob, but all it really amounted to was a low-grade riot in favor of fastening even more chains upon the people. The OWS people were seriously calling for even more government – government to save them from the effects of government. They were fundamentally complaining that their chains weren’t heavy enough and if just one more link were added then they’d be free.
To be sure, the OWS people did attack a target worthy of mob violence – the bankers of Wall Street are, for the most part, a baleful influence on society. Just not in the manner the OWS understood. They think the bankers are bad because they are rich when the truth is the bankers are bad because they essentially follow in slavish devotion what the government demands of them. A real banker is someone who wants to lend and invest as a means of increasing the overall wealth of the economy, thus allowing the banker to have a rake off on the now increased amount of wealth. The government, though, is not terribly interested in that. What the government wants is for bankers to buy government bonds so that government can keep growing larger. And that is just what our bankers primarily do – buy bonds and then flip and twist money around from one account to another, providing plenty of money for government to spend and plenty of profits for the bankers, but not much in the way of the increased wealth which ordinary people depend on to live their lives. The difference is this – in the financial panic of 1907 the crash was touched off by a couple of bankers trying to corner copper; in other words they were trying to get hold of an industry which made something useful. They got greedy and got burned and a massive financial panic ensued, but at least they were trying to control something of actual value. The financial panic of 2008 was touched off by bankers artificially inflating financial instruments which related to no actually identifiable property…but the use of which greatly helped government to get larger.
We are faced here in 2012 with a crucial issue: will we revive the American ideal of individual liberty which is based upon faith in God and strong families, or will we opt to turn America socialist with its ideal of personal servitude based upon faith in government and no family, at all? Remember, we are no longer trying to preserve America we are trying to revive it. We are, in short, trying to have a revolution which will overturn our current system and replace it with something else. And because we are trying to revive an ideal we hold in our hearts and minds we must become revolutionaries to do it. Conservative revolutionaries.
Do keep that in mind. And remember that Romney is not a revolutionary. He is a necessity because he is the only person who can eject Obama from office but he does not, at least from is public pronouncements, understand the depth and breadth of change necessary to revive America. He might see it; the force of circumstances in 2013 will make him go a long way towards it because only a revival of America can prevent utter catastrophe for the United States and the world. But he is not at this time a revolutionary – and we need a revolution. Romney must win – but in installing Romney in the White House we must remember that we only took the tiniest of steps towards the necessary revolution.
A revolution in favor of a revived America means a complete ousting not just of Obama from the White House but of all those tens of thousands of un-American statists who inhabit our bloated bureaucracies. It means curbing the power and influence the un-American statists who control those myriad, tax-free foundations and groups which lobby endlessly for more un-Americanism (think in terms of groups like Planned Parenthood and MoveOn). It means reforming the judiciary root and branch – criminal and civil and, indeed, the way our federal courts operate on the appellate level (mad about the ObamaCare decision? Then lets have a revolution so that the Courts will do what we command via the Constitution, not what they make up as they go along). It means calling to account those elements of the popular culture which pollute our society with every manner of egoism, greed, materialism and wickedness and piously claim that our sublime Constitution – that which belongs to us, not them, in our families, churches and local groups – allows them to do so. A revolution means going after every last bit of the un-American system which has grown like a cancer in our society.
It is become revolutionaries – dedicated, single-minded patriots determined to conquer – or give it all up. We can’t compromise with things as they are. Lies and truth cannot coexist – allow the smallest of the un-American lies to continue and the whole thing is ruined. Our America lies chained and blinded – leeches are draining her life’s blood and are determined to finish her off for good. She can still be saved, there is still time – but she can only be saved by entirely getting rid of the things which are killing her.
As an aside, I highly recommend that book by Chesterton. You can find it here for free. Though published 102 years ago, all of it is entirely relevant today. You see, the lies which are killing our America were first floated back then (and were being used – ultimately successfully – to kill England). Chesterton saw them for what they were and warned precisely where it was heading – and called for a revolution to stop it.