have been actively talking about their Exit Plans about getting
out of this country before the curtain goes down. While there is
still time. They believe the situation to be hopeless. That despite
the upwelling of liberty-mindedness among some, the vast
majority of Americans are not liberty-minded. That Americans
tens of millions of them are stupid, unreachable,
mean, irrational, authoritarian-minded Babbits and poltroons. People
who always speak in we and lust to control
I have to concede the point.
I have had
exhaustive (and exhausting) conversations with countless people
some of them probably a lot smarter than I in terms of raw
IQ who just cant connect the dots.
worse dont care to.
is as much psychological as it is intellectual. There may just be
a defective sub-species of human being, homo servilus, who
much like a bee in a hive is programmed to crave the
collective and therefore accepts its corollary coercion
as the natural and right order of things.
easy to get these bees to reveal their true natures.
Their core antipathy to individualism and its corollary,
liberty. Just let them know, for example, that you find sports/celebrity
worship disgusting. Or that you dont subscribe to any particular
religious doctrine or much care what doctrines others
subscribe to, so long as they leave you be.
Let them discover
that you dont feel obliged to pay more taxes for our
children only an obligation to take care of your own
children. Criticize war.
Make a negative
comment about cops
So, I dont
disagree that jumping ship is probably a smart move. Nonetheless,
Im reluctant to leave the country, for many reasons
high among them just orneriness. This is my country, dammit.
I hate the idea of just giving it to
I am beginning to wish Id gone deep when I selected
our fallback redoubt. We consciously moved to very rural SW Va.
from the Northern Virginia area (near DC) about eight years ago
to a great extent to limit our exposure to whats surely coming.
But I am thinking now that we would have been smarter to have moved
to rural Idaho or Wyoming or Montana (like Chuck Baldwin did) instead.
There are too many Clovers here.
And signs of
sprouting continue to worry me.
example: Several recent letters to the editor in our
small community newspaper go on and on about how we
need to raise taxes on real estate so that our schools
will have adequate funding. There is one school
an elementary school in a far corner of the county threatened
with closure because of limited revenue and not enough
students to justify keeping it open. So the idea was floated to
close it and consolidate it with another. The children
would then get bussed a little farther to their new school. This
is an outrage to the parentsites of these children, who believe
others should be compelled to provide the necessary revenue
to keep the old school open for their children.
discussed in terms of we, of course. Its never
my children need you to pay for their school.
If I were to
speak at a public hearing about this and ask why dont people
who chose to have children bear the responsibility for raising their
kids which includes educating their kids as opposed
to their kids becoming an open-ended claim on the property
on the liberty of other people who had nothing
to do with it
Id likely be the victim of a mob beating.
At minimum, Id become a community pariah regarded as
selfish and anti-child (as well as anti-education)
because I am troubled by armed men threatening to kill me
and take my property so that it may be given to someone elses
kids kids Ive never even met let alone had anything
to do with bringing into this world. It is no defense, either, that
such a policy makes it that much harder for people whod like
to pay their own way to do so.
kids take precedence. Over everything.
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