Another Tough Day In America: Criminals Rewarded, Heroes Jailed,
The Dollar Vigilante
by Jim Karger: When
We Wake Up November 7th... Nothing Will Have Changed
I wish I had
been busier a few days ago, more occupied, or at least more distracted,
with less time to follow the news. But I read it all and I regretfully
report that it was another tragic day in America, another palpable
step toward an ignominious end.
The day began
with the mainstream press reporting, matter-of-factly, that the
US government was giving a reward to former UBS banker, Bradley
C. Birkenfeld, admitted liar, tax fraud promoter, low-rent trash
in a suit who violated every promise he ever made to his employer
and to his clients. For his efforts, he will receive a total of
$104 million. The US government disingenuously classified his collective
breaches of contract, trust, and ethics a compensable "service"
to a government that collected billions by extorting foreign banks
that had the audacity to accept deposits from US clients, not knowing
they were expected to also act as agents of the Internal Revenue
Service. US foreign account holders also ended up paying billions
after being threatened with prison if they did not self-report and
pay draconian fines.
cynically characterized Birkenfeld's actions as "blowing the
whistle", ignoring the fact that tattling is only honorable
when done for honorable purposes, to reveal dishonesty, not to garner
a personal reward. If you squeal for money, it is not whistle-blowing.
It is bounty-hunting. Even as a paid government snitch, Birkenfeld
couldn't do it straight and was sentenced to 40 months in prison
for lying during the course of the very investigation he initiated.
No hard feelings, though. He was just released early to a lifetime
of fabulous wealth.
As I perused
that hideous story, the contrast with Bradley Manning was too obvious,
too stark, too disturbing. Manning blew the whistle, too, not for
cash, but to deal with the profound guilt he felt from reading and
seeing the war crimes of his government which were kept hidden.
Since his act of heroism, or treason, depending on how you define
those terms, Manning has spent 2 1/2 years in prison, much of it
in solitary confinement, tortured, with no trial. By any definition,
Manning was a whistleblower. Unfortunately for him, he blew the
whistle on a 900 pound gorilla in the room, the one with a bad attitude
and a gun.
the difference between Birkenfeld and Manning. Birkenfeld gave the
government what it wanted, a cudgel with which to threaten to imprison
its own citizens, oftentimes for nothing more than failing to file
an obscure form timely. Manning, on the other hand, had the audacity
to reveal the true nature of the State, to expose the government
for what it is: petty, dishonest, lumbering, inefficient, but mostly
pernicious and power-hungry, not above wholesale murder if that
is what it takes to further the cultural imperialism it seeks to
impose in self-recognition of its manifest destiny to rule the world
and everyone in it.
States government has become the modern-day Stasi, only with a better
PR department. From "if you see something, say something,"
to paying a bounty hunter for a list of names to threaten and extort,
there appears no limit on what this government will do to achieve
its desired ends or who it will enlist into its conspiracy.
I despaired through the news today, I learned the same government
that determined Birkenfeld was a good guy worth making rich, also
supported former enemy, now friend, al-Qaeda, who killed its on-again,
off-again friend and enemy, Mohamar Kahdafi. Unfortunately, as killers
will do, after taking the keys to the country, they turned their
guns and killed their (former) friend's Ambassador to Libya.
The old Chinese
adage that "the enemy of my enemy may be my friend" may
be true, but if the enemy of your enemy is lying, thieving scum,
they will, given a reason and an opportunity, kill you, too. In
Kahdafi's case, he got out of synch on the "friend-enemy"
sequence and ended up with a broomstick up his ass. In the case
of US Ambassador Stevens, apparently he didn't get the memo that
al-Qaeda had gone from friend back to enemy after they had done
the dirty deed in Libya.
Even more distressing
than the news was the Sheeple's reaction to it, or better said,
lack of reaction. Most weren't bothered in the least. Most, through
willful ignorance, didn't and won't know any of this. Many of the
rest will know but won't care. After all, the iPhone 5 was released
and, "Wow, did you see how thin it is?" The newest toy
even overshadowed Bernanke's third attempt to kill, bury and give
the epitaph for the US dollar as he announced to the delight of
traders that he would print as much money as it took forever and
the rich very happy today, while the rest of the proles will be
left to come to terms with the reality that more can (and will)
become less very soon. Savers will be punished, spenders rewarded,
retirees put in bread lines without bread, while the banks will
again be saved from their own felonies by a State whose enemies,
foreign and domestic, are those who can't, don't or won't pay.
Yes, it was
a tough day in America. But there was one high point for me. I wasn't
there. Here in San Miguel de Allende, nestled in the high central
desert of Mexico, it was cool and clear, the bougainvilleas in full
bloom. The dogs played while I worked with our gardener/handyman
Arturo taking down a 40 foot cactus while Kelly was out in the campo
checking out a new location for another
On days like
these, I wonder whether it might have been better to not know, to
have stayed in bed, to have not turned on the computer. But then
I remembered Edmund Burke's warning that all that is necessary
for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. And,
most Americans have been doing nothing for too long.
as the truth may be, it is better to know than not to know, for
without knowing we cannot identify our enemies or our friends, often
with disastrous consequences.
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September 19, 2012
Karger is a lawyer, and frequent contributor to The
Dollar Vigilante, who has represented American businesses against
incursions by government and labor unions for 30 years. In 2001,
he left Dallas and moved to San Miguel de Allende in the high desert
of central Mexico where he sought and found a freer and simpler
life for he and his wife, Kelly, and their 10 dogs. Karger's website
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