Therefore the state is losing its power over us. Obamacare may be the final nail in the regime’s coffin, as Larry Summers agrees with Gary North.
“…with the greatest vigor he [King Canute] commanded that his chair should be set on the shore, when the tide began to rise. And then he spoke to the rising sea saying ‘You are part of my dominion, and the ground that I am seated upon is mine, nor has anyone disobeyed my orders with impunity. Therefore, I order you not to rise onto my land, nor to wet the clothes or body of your Lord’”.
This, in effect, is Obama’s executive order on climate change, which is equally ludicrous and actually worse since the climate change is not predictable as the tides are. In any event, coping with weather and climate changes is a perfect job for markets.
Now, the rest of the story in which Canute deems Obama unworthy:
“But the sea carried on rising as usual without any reverence for his [Canute's] person, and soaked his feet and legs. Then he moving away said: ‘All the inhabitants of the world should know that the power of kings is vain and trivial, and that none is worthy the name of king but He whose command the heaven, earth and sea obey by eternal laws’”.
“Therefore King Cnut never afterwards placed the crown on his head, but above a picture of the Lord nailed to the cross, turning it forever into a means to praise God, the great king. By whose mercy may the soul of King Cnut enjoy peace.”
The source of this quotation is here.
The police will literally look inside you for drugs. This is also another reason not to be a custom and border patrol agent–you might be assigned to watch people defecate and look for drugs they might be carrying. The drug war is evil. The DEA is evil. The US government is evil. And so is every Republican politician who supports the drug war no matter how much he talks about lower taxes and less government.
Richard Cohen, the left-liberal WaPo columnist, has the entire thought police jumping up and down on his head over this. But my favorite Cohen incident involved gender. Right after ‘When Harry Met Sally” debuted 1n 1989, with its famous fake orgasm scene in Katz’s delicatessen, women in the WaPo newsroom were bragging about how easy it is to fool men, while thinking about other things. So Cohen wrote–in a column apparently not online–that men also find it easy to fool women. “We only pretend to listen to you,” he said, and have a well-practiced routine of um, un-huh, mmm, etc. to disguise that we’re really thinking about football or something else interesting instead of you. Well, as you can imagine, the feminists were unhinged, and he had to crawl on his belly like a reptile, say he didn’t really mean it, etc. to keep his job.
Today’s essay by Kirkpatrick Sale brilliantly illustrates the “entirely fraudulent” nature of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The “nation” was not founded in 1776, as Lincoln weirdly asserted, but years later when the Constitution was ratified; it was not founded on the principle of egalitarianism(“all men are created equal”) either; the founders did not revere democracy (“government of the people, by the people, for the people”) but feared it; and the War to Prevent Southern Independence was not fought over any of these things, as Lincoln falsely claimed in what has to be the Biggest Political Lie in American history.
The great H.L. Mencken recognized this decades ago. The late Joe Sobran also demolished this lie while pointing out that the entire purpose of the existence of such neocon propaganda mills as Harry Jaffa’s Claremont Institute is to perpetuate this Big Lie since it is the “rhetoric of continuing revolution” (a.k.a., the rhetoric of perpetual war for perpetual peace). Most of the rest of Lincoln’s rhetoric about the American founding, about which Sobran thought he knew next to nothing, is properly characterized as a “spectacular absurdity” by Donald Livingston.
Capitalist girls in Sweden invent it. (Thanks to Malcolm)
And I don’t mean because it began as Armistice Day. A reader suggests that it be called Worship the Veterans Day. Can’t believe I never thought of that.
It’s funny that Secretary of State John Kerry dropped everything to rush to Geneva as the P5+1 talks between the US/allies and Iran seemed to be moving inevitably toward a breakthrough agreement. Then Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s teeth-gnashing became deafening and French foreign minister Laurent Fabius carried his water to scuttle the agreement, tossing in demands that the Iranians cease construction on the Arak heavy water reactor among other impossible demands.
The US Congress is poised this week to intensify its subservience to the war party and its Israeli and Saudi chapters by passing new sanctions on Iran — their way of tossing an IED into the negotiating room.
I was really happy and privileged to join Tom Woods yesterday to discuss the latest on Iran and related issues like Syria. If you like, please listen to the Tom Woods Show to hear more.
I was down in Texas with Ron Paul this weekend to hand over Ron Paul’s famous 1979 Chevette to the lucky auction winners — and generous RPI donors — and to tour the fantastic set of the Ron Paul Channel.
I was so thrilled when Dr. Paul asked me to be a guest on his program while I was there! The episode, where we discussed the US Africa Command and the US militarization of Africa — as well as reflected on the “old days” in the House — aired today on the Ron Paul Channel. There is a teaser at the link, but to view the entire program it is necessary to subscribe to the Ron Paul Channel. I know I am biased, but I was one of the first subscribers and I love having a real alternative to the mainstream, corporate garbage that is constantly shoveled down our throats.
Bill Clinton, has advised President Obama to tell the truth to the people about insurance coverage (or lack thereof). The network news-babblers who report this must either have either a tremendous sense of humor, or blockheadedness, to be able to pass this on to us with a straight face. “Tell the truth?” In the words of that great stand-up philosopher, the late George Carlin, the entire political structure would collapse if truth-telling really caught on.