Huh? How’s that? Wait a second, Noonan – are you nuts? The Supreme Court just decreed that the law doesn’t matter. Furthermore, Hillary is the odds-on favorite to replace Obama so we’ll have four to eight more years of lawless liberalism imposed from on high…and even if we vote GOP, those spineless cretins will just roll over for it. You, sir, are ’round the bend – we are on the cusp of the Union of Socialist States of America. Get used to it!
Well, not so fast. First off, it is well-known to all who study history (which pretty much excludes everyone on the left – but also a goodly portion of those on the right) that in human affairs what appears to be most strong is usually an inch away from crushing defeat while that which seems to be nearly extinguished is just about to flame into sublime victory. Looks are, indeed, very deceiving. The apparent triumph of liberalism ushered in on January 20th, 2009, is looking, upon close examination, rather rocky. Think about it: if liberalism was really the way things are going, then the Obama Administration would not have relied upon screwball re-writes by the Supreme Court to save their signature achievement – they would have brought it back to Congress, firm in the knowledge that liberalism is so popular that the Congressional GOP wouldn’t even dare tinker with it other than to enact what Obama demanded. Didn’t quite happen that way, now did it? Liberalism can only win these days when there is a President who will just ignore the law and go ahead and do it…or when a bunch of lawyers find some way to twist the plain meaning of the law to suit their desires. People heading for triumph don’t act like that – people fighting a desperate rear-guard action to save themselves act like that.
To be sure, the forces of inertia in politics are dead set against us – but, then again, they always are dead set against those who wish to reform and restore. Remember, once we win, they are off the gravy train and, also, even if they are just insipidly playing their parts in a mindless fashion, all they know to do is to go on as they have been. But it is those with a dogma and a plan who win in the end – and we have the dogma (conservative principals). What we’re lacking is a plan. And the plan is lacking because we haven’t completely reconfigured our world view to understand the battlefield we must fight and win on.
First and foremost we must understand who are enemies are – they aren’t just nasty, little Progs hurling insults on social media. In fact, such people are just a triviality. Our real enemies are all those elements of the Establishment – from corporations to government to non-profits…all of them are at the trough and don’t want to be shoved aside. They want us silenced. They want us to leave them alone so they can continue to live high without having to earn it. They cut special deals; they harass us with new laws and regulations; they set us against each other: anything is fair game as long as it works out that the Ruling Class Establishment gets to keep on ruling. We have to identify our enemies and destroy them all. This will take a shift in view – especially as we on the right often hold the mistaken view that, say, a large corporation and a government bureaucracy are enemies and as our biggest enemy is government, we have to ally ourselves with the large corporation. That sort of thinking has to stop.
What benefit have any of us obtained from the fact that GE and Goldman Sachs are large and profitable? Is our economy strong? Are our wages rising? Are the goods we buy of higher quality? Do they help us when we’re attacked for our views? Do they rise up in defiance of Big Government or, instead, make a deal with it? You know the answer – and the answer should make you move such corporations from the “friend” side of your ledger to “enemy”.
We know our government is hopelessly incompetent. The recent hack of the Office of Personnel Management happened because the nitwits there outsourced the computer codes to people actually working in the People’s Republic of China! This is not just an honest mistake – this is not just one of the things that humans do. This is sheer idiocy. This is the act of people who just don’t give a darn about the United States. And yet, we conservatives who know this and understand how downright stupid our government is look at the 2,400,000 Americans who are incarcerated and presume that the police and prosecutors got it right. Come on! Do you think our government can get it right 2.4 million times? They can’t even keep our most important secrets out of the hands of the Chinese! But let’s be generous and say that in the case of criminal justice, our woefully dunderhead government got it right 90% of the time. That means that 240,000 innocent Americans are wasting away in jail, my friends. And even with that, what are they in jail for? Nearly half of them are in for drug offenses. The executives at HSBC were caught red-handed money laundering for drug cartels – none of them went to jail. Some poor slob in the inner city has a few ounces of coke on him and he’s off to jail for a decade or more. This is right? This is just? This is something we should defend? And this doesn’t even get into the massively increasing number of people sent to jail for failure to pay a fine – unemployed guy gets a ticket for driving without insurance and is fined $500…he doesn’t have any money and when he doesn’t pay the money he doesn’t have, off to jail he goes!
This has become a terrible burden on the poor – and if you wonder why our poorer communities feel hostile to law enforcement look no further than this: if you are poor it is easy to get caught in the criminal justice system and you’ll never have the money to get out of it. Sure, a lot of these people are just not being sensible about it – you and I know that if we get a $500 fine we’d better find some way to pay it. But not everyone is competent – but being incompetent isn’t sufficient cause, in my view, to spend vast resources arresting them and jailing them. And why are we fining people so much money for such trivial offenses? We definitely want to drop the hammer on someone who is driving drunk…but driving with an expired license? Ten bucks, if you ask me, is sufficient for that; if we are to fine people, at all, for doing that. We have too many laws on the books and the more we place there, the more we are just going to aggravate people – and if we are perceived as the people cheer leading for the aggravation, how do we expect those being ground up in the system to listen to us at election time? Don’t be anti-cop – but don’t just roll over and say that everything done by the law enforcement agencies is good. Defend the cop on the beat…but don’t defend a legal system which is becoming increasingly unjust.
Do you have money to sue in court to force someone to do your bidding? To force the government to change the law so it suits you? No, you don’t. But our Progressives do, now don’t they? Except they don’t – but they do have vast numbers of private, non-profit “charities” which you and I subsidize with our tax dollars. Buckets of them are out there – and they spend all the live, long day working up lawsuits and complaints in order to just twist and push and pull the system the way they want it to come out. Most of the private non-profits are to one extent or another controlled by the left – for every American Center for Law and Justice fighting a forlorn battle for us there are a dozen Progressive tax-free groups fighting against us.
Know your enemies – large corporations, the government and private groups with tax-free status. They are all ranged against us – and we have to fight and destroy all of them in order to win. We have to punish them for daring to exist – and eventually remove them from the body politic. We don’t have the power at the moment to do that, but we can have the power – and have it within ten years, if we just reach for it.
The bottom line is that we are the people of freedom, of tolerance, of rationality. We are the good guys. We want to take over so we can leave everyone alone to live their lives as they see fit. Our position can’t be argued against – but it isn’t really being argued for. And it isn’t be argued for because we have not figured out who are enemies are and clearly enunciated to the people who we are fighting against. In a great deal of the public mind we stand for “no” as regards freedom; we stand for “the rich” as regards the economy; we stand for the government as it harasses people and eats out their substance. We have to make a clean break – say we’re against them all, and then start doing everything we can to make life perfectly miserable for them. Think of a program which would be, at bottom, to tax and regulate large corporations into non-existence, laws requiring that the Welfare State spend 80% of its money on recipients and removes the tax-exempt status of “charities” which never provide a dime or an ounce of food to a poor person. A program which calls for laws to be repealed rather than extended. A program which demands that people be left alone and no one gets a special deal, ever. That is the sort of program we need.
But we’ll only get such a program – and such a victory – if we stop thinking in terms of us being just against the particular Progressives who are irritating us today. The thing which irritated me most this past week wasn’t the Supreme Court, but nitwit conservatives out there defending the Confederate flag. For crying out loud – while we we’re uselessly fighting Progressive dimwits over that flag, the government sold us out to Obama’s trade deal! The exact thing which is most wrong with our nation – Big Corporation and Big Government coming together to shaft us in the name of more bribes for government and a hefty quarterly profit statement for the corporations…and yet people were out there defending the flag of the Confederacy. Black people being justly offended by that banner are not our enemies, folks. And, yes, it is also stupid on the part of Progressives to demand we ban it – but that is just Progressive stupidity. We should be used to that, by now, and no longer allow it to distract us from the real issues we face. And its a fight we can’t win anyways – and a fight which just makes it a little less likely that we’ll be able to get all the votes we’re going to need to win. Haul down the flag – heck, dig up Forrest and rebury him somewhere else…and let’s keep our eyes on what is important.
Our enemies are legion – and are incredibly weak. Weak because they don’t represent anyone but a corrupt clique feeding off of us. We can shove these people aside. 2016 is, of course, about keeping Hillary out of the White House (which I think we have an even-money chance of doing) – but for 2018 to 2026, the goal is to erect an electoral coalition of people who will command 60% of the vote. That means bringing into our coalition a lot of people who have never been part of it. And we do that by fighting our enemies – all of them, all at once. Big Government which we hate is also hated even by those who are getting benefits from it – because it is slow, incompetent and gigantic sums of the money aren’t being spent on the people, but on the bureaucrats. Big Corporation is hated by a lot of people who we need, but not hated by enough of us. Big Corporation is this: using the power of government to cut special deals for themselves at our expense. Just in the trade deal we see it writ large: now our large corporations will not only be able to easily outsource our jobs to China, but will be able to import Chinese to do our jobs right here in America, at lower wages…thus making some of us unemployed and all of us with continued downward pressure on our wages. Big Non-Profit should be hated by everyone but most people pay it no mind – but we’ve got to start talking about the vast sums of money we are spending on it (and our liberals have done our work for us – calling all tax rebates “corporate welfare” so that it is already drilled into the public mind) and how that money could be better used.
Here are some specific proposals I have:
1. Back to my Wealth Tax – but put even more teeth into it. Any net wealth a person has over $100 million is subject to a 20% annual tax.
2. Kill the large banks. Have a market capitalization of more than $25 billion? We take everything over that. Time to start spinning off into smaller institutions. So long, Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo – it was nice. Well, no, it wasn’t. You’ve been screwing us over for decades and we’ll be glad you’re gone.
3. Kill the large corporations. Have a market capitalization of more than $50 billion? We take everything over that. There can be a Wal-Mart, but only after they’ve sold off Wal-Store, Wal-Shop, Wal-Discount and a half dozen other parts of the firm which now instead of being a market-killing behemoth, is a series of regional retailers which can be competed against. Basically, such a move means the end of not just Wal-Mart, but also of Apple, Exxon, Berkshire-Hathaway, GE, etc. Oh, they would exist – just not as obscene concentrations of wealth which are used to bribe government to screw all of us.
4. End tax exempt organizations which don’t provide direct, tangible, food, housing, healthcare and clothing to actual people. In other words, if you aren’t a charity, you don’t get a tax exemption. Pony up, liberals – you’ve been using tax exempt laws to organize your political actions for a long time. Comes to an end. No more using taxpayer subsidies to pay for lawyers to sue us into doing your bidding.
5. Increase the Supreme Court to 15 members – select 6 new Justices who will pledge in advance to rule in a specifically conservative manner. Oh, you’re shocked? Why? We know that the four liberal Justices will always vote the way political liberalism demands. They don’t consider law or justice – if liberalism wants it, those four Justices vote for it. I merely propose that we add enough rock-solid, conservative votes to the Courts to ensure that liberals will actually stop trying to use the Court as a super-legislature. They’d hardly ever bring a lawsuit in such a situation because they’d know in advance that, at best, they’d lose the vote in the super-legislature by 10-5. There is nothing in the Constitution which mandates 9 Justices folks – it was just a number drawn out of a hat, as it were, by a previous Congress. Making it go from 9 to 16 is just a matter of passing a simple law.
6. End the filibuster in the Senate. It merely makes it difficult for the GOP to undo liberalism…while liberals ignore it at will. Get rid of it. 51 votes to pass whatever in the Senate. Sure, it means we can’t even slow things down when were in a minority…but it means that when we’re in the majority, we can rock it…and, guys and gals, the demographics pretty much ensure that most of the next 20 years will have a GOP Senate majority.
7. Start taxing the endowment of private colleges which accept federal funding. Use the money to provide cash to less privileged schools. Higher education is a bastion of the enemy, folks – and they don’t even really educate.
8. Criminal justice reform. No more jail time for mere failure to pay fines. No more minimum mandatory sentences except, perhaps, for first degree murder and a couple other heinous crimes.
9. Start repealing laws. Pick two or three laws which have proven very onerous in practice and repeal them…let liberals try to defend idiocy. We’ll defend the people.
10. Require that if we are to spend money on welfare that at least 80% of the funds spent must be given to the recipients. Make the bureaucracy howl – and make our liberals defend the bureaucracy while we get to stand there in the poor person’s living room explaining how we want more money for the poor, less for the bureaucrats.
These are just some ideas – and some you’ve seen from me before. I started writing this article on Sunday and let is simmer for a while…meanwhile, Ace got his version of this out before me. Glad he’s on board with killing large corporations.
The end of it all is: do we want to win? If we want to win then we have to think anew and act anew. If we want to live in an America where we are free then we have to live in an America with no large concentrations of power and wealth. A Republic cannot tolerate bigness – because what is big by nature shuts out that which is small. And small is you. Small is your family. Small is your local community. Small is the locally owned businesses you like. You can either have all that smallness you love, or you can have GE, the Department of Education and the American Civil Liberties Union. You can’t have both. Pick what you want and fight that which against it. I know what I pick – I pick me; my family, my faith, my community…and I’ll fight everything and everyone ranged against these things.