Red Lines and Boiling Frogs

By Glenn Fairman, January 22, 2013

If one were to look at a pressure or temperature gauge, the red line situated towards its outer limit indicates a zone of danger or consequence if that boundary is broken or ignored in a concerted and repeated fashion. No machine can long withstand nor hold to its functional integrity if such warnings are flouted and the long term viability of such an abused mechanism would be a poor bet at best.

In a republic such as we enjoy in America, a document that serves as a moral-political red line in securing human freedom is currently under assault by those who would destroy and remake our unique reciprocal relationship between ruler and ruled. The Constitutional covenant we have reverenced for over two centuries, a reasoned and wise explication that maximizes ordered liberty and restrains the accretion of power away from the unaccountable hands of the few, is under assault by forces that wish to reshuffle the deck and reorient the starting points of that fundamental relationship. And in tinkering with the assumptions that undergird our Constitution’s organic sanctity, the impassive majority does not yet perceive that a red line as wide as the Rubicon has been crossed to the detriment of the Founder’s design for liberty.

In these latter days of the republic, a conservative is surely the equivalent of a bristling prophet sounding in the wilderness, calling the people to awaken and repent. But like so many seers, they are deemed retrograde or mad for their efforts in attempting to resurrect an ardor for a world that many believe has long expired. Meanwhile, the forces of Progressive Social Evolution, who never sleep in their efforts to remake the City and the Men who inhabit it, have turned their backs on anything which smacks of the arcane past and instead push on in their project towards the homogenization and taming of humanity. However, while swimming against the relentless waves of “progress” (generated by these legions of a Post-Modern political architecture) seems at times to get us nowhere, we are nevertheless buoyed and animated by that inconvenient and unassailable knowledge in the fulcrum of our hearts that our quest is just and our vision of an ultimate political and moral reality is true.

Aside from the ideologues who would reorder laws and men by political fiat, the mass of American citizenry are incognizant of those constitutional red lines that are overstepped. Having been charitably termed “low information voters,” they have been shepherded, coaxed, and fluffed by the siren’s song of safety and security for so long that they believe that those now ancient liberties that their fathers labored and prospered under were myths of a Golden Age. How much more simple to place one’s faith in the irresistible embrace of the metastasizing state, which after all exudes the confidence of science as opposed to the ethereal whimsy of inalienable rights flowing from an invisible god in the sky? Knowing little save what is broadcast through the seductive organs of the regime’s “Ministry of Truth,” a population that has been educated just enough to believe that it has attained an understanding of immediate self-interest, has in fact become as long simmering frogs boiling in an iron cauldron.

Oblivious to what has been lost in their exchange for an illusory security, much of America is opaque to the incremental power shift that has been occurring just below their field of vision. Having been told that Universal Health Care is their generation’s great panacea, they are clueless to the byzantine regulations and the choices that they have surrendered to a system that can only give them an equality of long queues, rationed goods and services, and shared misery. Having been sold the bill of goods that banning a type of weapon or lowering the capacity of an ammunition clip will save our children from the ravages of monsters, these great Masters of the Human Mind are impervious to the real motivations underlying the wicked imaginations that spawns such evil deeds. The Progressive heart, having reduced all life into an expression of the material, forever sees existence in a perverse or backwards form: illegitimate profits suppress the evolution of better healthcare; weapons rather than jaundiced or nihilistic minds commit mass murder; poverty begets crime rather than the vice versa; and the damnable lie that the State is the economic powerhouse by which wealth is created.

Can it be denied that sleepy minds dreaming of diversion and pleasure choose not to see beneath the Trojan horse of governmental largesse while luxuriating in their incrementally heated sauna? They wonder at all the fuss exhibited when private businesses or religious institutions are threatened with the coercive arm of force to abandon their aggrieved consciences and to lend their labors to the attenuation or destruction of nascent life. They shrug their shoulders to the instrumental “noble lies” that assure them that only their rich and fat neighbors will be taxed for the public weal or that the right for a law abiding citizen to possess a weapon that is efficient in a posture of defense or in holding forth against tyranny must be eclipsed in the interests of abstract rosy-cheeked children. In their glazed stupor, they are oblivious to the cacophony of executive orders that if implemented give the president the prerogative to commandeer the lion’s share of America’s economic and energy usage at his own utilitarian whim.

Indeed, Obama has deemed fit to bypass the Founder’s intent of using the friction of government to subvert the tyrannical and capricious intent of illegitimate command. Separation of powers and checks and balances were constitutionally forged with the design of imposing a dilatory and reasoned motion into the schema of legislation. The imperial regime of Barack Obama has taken upon itself the task of tearing asunder the America of today from the crowning ideals of her Founders: therein setting the goal of transforming our nation’s federally balanced minimalist system, which had already suffered enough, and replacing it with an intrusive busybody government that impacts nearly every facet of American life.

Under the Roman Republic, before it was subdued by the tyranny of the Principate, two Consuls were elected annually as magistrates of executive power. Under wartime or conditions of extraordinary impending peril, the Senate and councils would accede to the limitation of their authority for an agreed upon period of time to meet the demands of the state’s emergency. One is reminded of Cincinnatus called from his plow to stave off foreign invasion, only to retire to his fields when the danger had subsided. With Executive Orders in hand, Obama uses his capricious agenda as a constitutional bludgeon while a compromised media assists in the efforts of covering his abject failures and carrying water for his ill-conceived machinations. Instead of working towards America’s rejuvenation and salvation, he engages in running the domestic ship of state over the abyss of monumental insolvency during a time when the republic is relatively at ease. Obama is no Cincinnatus. His executive orders instead serve to render us less free while his progressive blueprint advances power to the executive in levels unimagined by the Founders.

Unable and unwilling to do that which he has been duly charged, Obama seems hell-bent on putting his hand to that which he has no business and no constitutional mandate in attempting. While red lines are being crossed and gauges are exploding all around us — all to the background clamor of chirping crickets — the media organs jabber away in the grip of their torrid love for an ambitious demagogue who bridles no shame in exploiting his purloined advantage. Meanwhile, in the seclusion of their toasty living rooms, a bit over half the population are stunningly incredulous to the realization that we are well past poached.

Glenn Fairman resides and writes in Southern California. He appears as The Eloquent Professor @www.palookavillepost.com and can be summoned at arete5000@dslextreme.com.

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imsi12b

There is a reason that maladies like Multiple Schlerosis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and even Syphilis are called “progressive” diseases. For much the same reason, Liberalism is also called “progressive:” Little by little the progressive disease erodes mobility and cognition; the ability to live independently. The Progressive disease starts out almost imperceptively but, gradually, if not diagnosed and treated (when possible), it takes over: leaving the afflicted vulnerable, weak and disabled. The progressive disease is tough, resilient, relentless and deadly; in the body human…or the body politic.

Pavan

It’s easier to take a thing apart than to put it back together. In other words, someone who wants to break stuff can outpace someone who wants to repair and improve it. Progressives want to break our country, and it’s clear that they are making significant progress toward that goal. They haven’t really thought about what happens after everything is broken. Oh well, why worry about that. There’s still lots of stuff and people that need breaking. Let’s hope the USA fairs better than Humpty Dumpty. All the King’s horses and all the King’s men couldn’t put Humpty together again. The wanna be King should keep that in mind…

E.+Goldstein

Albert Jay Nock saw the end of the Republic coming decades ago and said all this very well. His writings are available on the net. He did not have a solution either. Republics require good people to maintain them and our people have become corrupt and ignorant

blackelkspeaks

Even on this site, which purports to represent the “conservative” view, the people refuse to face facts. The Constitutional Republic of old is already dead and gone. The frog has long ago been boiled right out of the pot.
VonMisesJr

If it is not gone, then we face a conundrum. Obama was Sworn in as President again yesterday taking the Oath to “protect and defend the Constitution,” not the people or the nation, but the Constitution. But if Progressives reject the same and seek to destroy it or have destroyed it, then Obama is not a legitimate leader. If half the people still believe in the rights granted to us by God as documented in the Constitution, then he cannot be our President. He may be your dictator, but that requires you to throw off the Constitution as well.
Mr. Fairman makes a point that needs to be emphasized. Our Constitution is one of negative rights granted by “nature or natures God” that documents our rights to “life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.” But the progressive view is one of positive rights that Mr. Fairman touches on when he refers to the left’s materialistic worldview.
Marxism is technically called “dialectical materialism.” It is a Godless creed based solely on materialism. This is why freedom has become the right to housing, healthy food and health care, a decent job, education and numerous forms of welfare. The sad realization my friend blackelkspeaks and I lament is that in order for this paradigm to exist, many have already replaced the Almighty with a ruling elite offering materialism.

Pfruit
Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing
-WS

Lizle

“World Stage” is the only way I can look at it and stay sane. I have names for the players, so many of them resemble Shakespearean characters or characters from Alice in Wonderland. I picture them making their entrances and exits; for example, the Buffoon or Falstaff as played by, etc, etc. I am sure many can make up better names than I do, but it helps. This is the cast that exists during my lifetime; they, too, will strut and fret their hour and be heard no more.

Lizle

Yes, that is the goal – they want to rule the world. They know it, we know it, they know that we know it, but not enough people know it. The question is can we escape it? At this point that is questionable.
Some thoughts: Why don’t they call Arabs “bitter clingers” – they certainly do cling to their guns and their religion.
Charlie Rangel now says that they have to “overcome the South”. Well, good luck with that. The Chicago gang in residence takes on the American South. That comment should be a headline on every newspaper in the South.

numbatdog

Liberals are enjoying their current moment in the sun, largely fueled by giving the uninformed free stuff, but conservatives know how it will all end. How it always ends when a society based on laws becomes one based on emotions.

Here’s the statist’s dilemma in a nutshell. Everyone loves and wants the goods and lifestyle of America. It’s why immigrants still flock here. But those unique rewards were generated in a free wheeling capitalist system where there are big winners and big losers.
As soon as government tries to control the economy, it quickly starts to look more like the rest of the world. The unique rewards of the American system disappears.

Obama wants to have both – A federal finger in every economic pie and winners in every home.
Cant be done. So we will end like every other failing liberal country –
Big on emotional speeches and free with the pointing finger but with an economic butt dragging along the ground.

purrl

The mortal wound to the republic was delivered 100 years ago by W. Wilson. Since that time the wound has only been bandaged and given some anti-biotics,even our beloved Reagan was guilty of not performing the required surgery that would prevent the growing sepsis. Our government has been lead by the invisible hand of elitist, global communist. We have refused to believe that such evil could exist in the United States as we widdled away time in our Lotus gardens. People such as the Bushes, Rockefellers,Kissinger,Clintons,and Soros have told us what their precise plans have been for the USA, we refused to believe such “conspiracy theories”. We have lost the republic,and we have lost our children.

Ohiolad
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, this assault of liberty did not commence with Obama’s election since Bush laid the groundwork long before. The Republican establishment differs from the socialist progressives only in degree, but not in kind. If we continue to nominate people like Bush, McCain, and Romney, or put people like Boehner in charge of the House, then it signals that most do not really appreciate how the country has shifted to collectivism and deserve no better.

aposematic
America has traveled that well beaten path of worshiping false idols for so long, and now having descended so far, it seems the way back to sanity to be so overgrown by liberal brush and progressive weeds to be unrecognizable.

ricpic
Barring a genuine economic collapse I see nothing on the horizon extreme enough in its effect to energize a rebellion against the statist monstrosity that is engulfing us.

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About arnash

“When you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.” - Mark Twain - Politicians and diapers - change 'em often, for the same reason. "Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other." Ronald Reagan "Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views." William F. Buckley, Jr. “The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.” - Bertrand Russell The people are the masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert it. Abraham Lincoln “Good people sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” - George Orwell “Satan will use a lake of truth to hide a pint of poison”.
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