Could We Do?
numerous responses to articles Ive written asking me, Ok,
so whats the next step?
I respect your
intelligence, so I wont say
We have about
as much real choice at the ballot box as a condemned prisoner has
when offered the option of being gassed or hung. It will
not matter an iota what front man is (s)elected for the 2012 presidential
run. Oh, and that front man will not be Ron Paul precisely
because Ron Paul would not be a front man. I am certain he knows
this as well as I do. He is running only because it gives him a
podium; helps to spread the word. But Dr. Paul (who unlike the many
shysters with mail-order divinity degrees out there actually is
a real doctor and so deserves the honorific) knows hes this
eras Barry Goldwater and just as likely to be elected
In the end,
we will get exactly what weve been getting for at least the
past 147 years: More government-corporate tag teaming. And the ones
being tagged will be us.
can we do?
There is still
one mechanism with real teeth that we can use to effect real change
if we have the sense to use it:
our preferences (for liberty) as expressed via our actions
our decisions to buy or not in the marketplace. It is a force
with more locked-up potential in it than an electoral juggernaut.
A means by which the country could be transformed peacefully
not in a generation, but in a matter of weeks or months.
examples Ive written about recently: GMs odious OnStar
onboard Big Brother and the similarly loathsome Submission
Training travelers must endure at airports. GM and the insurance
cartels and the law enforcement cartels (the same thing, really)
want to be able to monitor you at all times and control you, too,
via GPS implants in cars that automatically and instantaneously
transmit data about your driving habits directly to the in
box of the enforcement arms of the latter. The TSA wants not security,
but submission and not just at airports. Gate rape
is just a trial run. Once broadly accepted, count on it being
expanded to shopping malls, public buildings, maybe even sidewalks.
The key thing
to grasp is that in both cases the tyrants (private and public)
rely on our voluntary consent. There is no law yet
that says we have to purchase a GM vehicle. There
is no law yet that we have to fly. We still
have a real choice. It may not be an easy choice (in the case of
flying, which for some people may be the only way to get where theyre
going) but the bottom line is we dont have to take it.
We can say
And if we did
say no and by we I mean just enough of us to
hurt the bastards in the one soft spot they have, their pocketbooks
things would change all right. Can you imagine what the effect
on GM would be if its sales suddenly dropped by 20 percent solely
because that many otherwise-likely GM buyers decided (and said so,
openly) that they were not going to buy a GM vehicle again until
GM made OnStar optional and quit trying to force it
on every single person who buys a GM vehicle? How long do you suppose
it would take for GM to take OnStar off the roster of standard features?
(The same principle could be applied with equal effectiveness to
annoying petty tyrannies such as the Seatbelt Fuhrer that
many new cars now come with; and to many other things besides.)
just 20 percent of prospective air travelers stopped flying
and made it clear that the only reason they decided not to buy a
ticket was that they are not willing to play Submission Training
at the gate. That they will not buy a ticket again ever
until little kids and teenage girls and old people and everyone
else who hasnt done a god-damned thing to merit it
is left free to board the plane without being made to do more than
present their ticket to the gate agent. (Even having to show ID
is an outrageous affront to liberty; why is it anyones business
but yours who you are? As recently the 1980s, we could fly without
having to show our government-issued collars our IDs
to the airline Sicherheitsdeinst. It ought to be that way
If just 20
percent of us did this, the TSA and all the rest of it would be
gone by Christmas. Long before the next president is (s)elected.
We could recover
our liberty our dignity as human beings. And the only
vote involved would be the one we make with our dollars.
The election could be held tomorrow, people.
It really is
So, much as
I wish Ron Paul well and would be very pleased if he were to somehow
beat the house and get on the ticket over that oleaginous cretin
Mitt Romney or that even more dreadful recycled George W. Bush sleazing
his way out of Texas, I doubt even that or his even less
likely election as the next president would materially change
our consent; declining to pay for our own enslavement now
that would accomplish miracles.
If only enough
of us would realize it
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