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The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all --Thomas Jefferson
The United States Congress teed up two separate bills (PIPA/SOPA) earlier this year which would give government agencies sweeping new powers to punish millions of innocent internet users, criminalize harmless activities, and effectively make entire web sites disappear at their sole discretion without any judicial oversight. Fortunately, due to industry pressure, these bills have been tabled until congress can come up with something at least as sinister, probably more so. TA-DA — the Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Protection Act, known affectionately as CISPA.
In a nutshell, this latest bill would create the cyberspace equivalent of Nazi Germany. But what can we really expect from these people? It’s not the first time that Congress has gone out of its way to destroy freedom and prosperity, and it certainly won’t be the last. Just look at the last decade for a plethora of examples:
• Crash & Burn USA PATRIOT Act, 2001. The US Constitution officially became toilet paper when this bill of over 60,000 words just happened to be introduced only a few weeks after 9/11. Roving wiretaps, suspension of due process, and a complete loss of privacy became the norm.
• Crash & Burn Sarbanes-Oxley Act, 2002. In the wake of the Enron scandal, Congress did the only thing it knows how to do– pass stupid laws with no thought of long-term consequences. SOX, as it became known, was one of the most burdensome pieces of legislation to American business in history.
The disclosure requirements alone added millions of dollars of unnecessary expenses to US businesses and sent foreign companies who were thinking about listing on the formerly prestigious NYSE running for the hills. Places like Hong Kong and Singapore benefitted from such short-sighted regulation, and the US became less competitive. Again.
Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act, 2010. The inappropriately named HIRE Act essentially puts a gun to foreign banks’ heads and forces them to make a decision: any bank with US clients must either enter into a costly information sharing agreement with the IRS, or be subject to a 30% withholding tax on US-sourced capital flows.
Consequently, a number of foreign banks have begun dropping their US clients. Taken in conjunction with various US Securities rules, many foreign businesses have also begun dropping US citizens as partners, shareholders, and directors. It’s simply too onerous to have to deal with all the disclosure filings and risk action by the SEC or IRS.
Net result? US citizens are less capable of competing internationally in a world where the economic power is shifting overseas.
• Crash & Burn National Defense Authorization Act, 2011. Signed by President Obama on Saturday, December 31st with little fanfare when hardly anyone was looking, NDAA is the latest gem in a long line of liberty-destroying legislation that authorizes indefinite military detention (without trial) of suspected terrorists.
Thing is, NDAA provides a ridiculously broad definition of ‘suspected terrorist’ (just ask Ted Nugent), essentially giving carte blanche to local, state, and federal police agencies who no longer need to worry about justifying their decisions in front of a judge.
Don’t worry, though. President Obama issued a statement acknowledging the controversy of the bill, but clarified that his administration “will not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens.”
Heartwarming. But hardly a secure guarantee. President Obama isn’t exactly batting 1,000 on his promises to the American public, and future presidents certainly won’t be obliged by the same pledge.
There are, of course, dozens of other examples. Obamacare, Dodd-Frank ‘financial reform’, and now the Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Protection Act, just to name a few.
Hey, these laws like SOPA, PIPA and CISPA always have great names. Just like wars. Operation ‘Enduring Freedom’ was the moniker given to the early days of the US War of Terror. It all sounds very noble. The reality is always different.
Throughout history, governments on the brink of insolvency have routinely enacted similar policies. Sliding into economic obscurity, they’ll engage in reckless, cannibalistic initiatives — higher taxes, burdensome regulation, war, destruction of the productive class, etc. It only hastens the end game.
This go-around is no different. And we can expect more and more of the same. Up next will be new laws that:
• Crash & Burn restrict cash transactions over a certain amount (Italy has already passed such measures for amounts exceeding 1,000 euros)
• Crash & Burn nationalize pension funds and private retirement accounts (again, has already happened around the world from Ireland to Argentina)
• Crash & Burn impose a national sales tax and reduce death tax exemptions (already at the forefront of the ongoing tax debate in the US)
• Crash & Burn ban gold and silver personal holdings (if you think this can’t happen, remember the gold meltdowns in the 1930's? Of course you don't, so ask any of the 250,000 people who used to own Liberty Dollar coins before they were seized by the FBI in 2007…)
And there's lots more.
The thing is, every time one of these new bills crops up, there always seems to be a small resistance movement fighting it tooth and nail on the ground. But ultimately, the political establishment wins. My question is "Why?" These are supposedly elected representatives of the people, supposedly doing the "people's business". Seems like our representatives have confused "governance" with "dictatorial rule". My question again is "Why?"
It seems impossible to shake the public from its mind-numbing apathy. Barring "Divine Intervention", one of these days, the final shoe will drop. Then it will be too late. Any money or energy spent writing Congress or rousing grassroots support will be inherently better spent looking after your own interests and making sure that you and your family aren’t victims of historical certainty.
And make no mistake, once an empire (country) has lost it's moral compass, collapse is a historical certainty. Ask the Greeks, the Romans, Spain, France, the Brits — they're all the same and their final years were anything but smooth-sailing.... and to my "lefty" readers, I realize that you're not wanting to destroy our America simply for destruction's sake. You believe you can rebuild America from its ruin into your utopian Valhalla. But rest assured, there will be no phoenix rising from the ashes, no new and better America ... nope, once you've torn it down, that's it, it's gone forever. It's called historical certainty — it's called historical reality. Crash & Burn.
More Burning Government News ...
The 1st Ammendment? ...What's that? Obama Makes Free Speech a Felony
First, the airport TSA -- then TSA highway traffic stops -- and now (wait for it...) Big Sis Launches Undercover TSA Spies To Ride Houston Buses
Guess ya'll are here to stay! The exits close
Just wanting to help out the NSA a little ... CISPA - Big Brother's Watching, etc.
Unconstitutional? What constitution? Congressman Proposes Amendment to Strip Most Newspapers, Churches, Nonprofits, and Other Corporations of All Constitutional Rights
You can run but you cannot hide ... With Little Public Attention, Drone Use Takes Off on the Home Front...
Bless your hearts, people ... GOV'T: Food Stamp Rolls Explode By 70%... Can I get a big shoutout for Obama?!
based on an article by Simon Black at sovereignman.com
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