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Brave New World

February 19th, 2013 - 12:09 am

Something strange has insidiously happened to the old notion of hypocrisy. Does it even exist any longer?

Or do we shrug and just accept it as rebranded medieval penance? Obama gets to golf with zillionaires because in soaring cadences he attacks them — and all for us?

Jack Lew takes his $1 million bonus from a federally bailed-out Citigroup and invests his stash in his offshore tax haven in the Caymans because he will be a progressive, raise-your-taxes secretary of Treasury — and because Barack Obama has castigated those who took bonuses from a federally bailed-out money-losing company and derided offshore tax havens in the Caymans?

Chris Hughes is a cutting-edge, gay progressive who buys the New Republic because his Facebook portfolio does pretty well without owing taxes? Is that how it works now?

Have we come to the point where we expect John Kerry’s populist rhetoric to explain why he can feel no pain over dodging taxes on his yacht or marrying into the big money that he used to warn against? John Edwards can lounge around in his ugly mansion precisely because of his “two Americas” choruses?

When did we expect the elite to enjoy their wealth and to rail against its acquisition, to lumber around on four legs in the barn with the animals and strut on two in the kitchen with the overseers? Do Levis and t-shirts mean it’s okay for Google to offshore its profits? Does “Earth in the Balance” mean you can walk away as a guilt-free liberal with $100 million in petro-profits from a sexist, homophobic, anti-Semitic sheikdom?

The End of the Law

When did the idea of citizenship largely disappear? There is now little argument over the nomenclature of “illegal alien,” “undocumented worker,” or “unregistered resident.” About three or four years ago, all those rubrics simply became irrelevant.

Most police forces won’t turn over any foreign national stopped for DUI to immigration authorities (e.g., do you really think Obama’s illegal-alien uncle will be deported for drunk driving?). The student body president of the local university not only bragged that he was an illegal alien, but dared anyone to do anything about it — to the loud applause of the university president. If an illegal alien can walk into Congress without fear of deportation, then there is no longer any sense of legal/illegal, or even amnesty/deportation.

“Comprehensive immigration reform” is likewise a silly construct. It does not exist any more. The truth is that we will allow “a pathway to citizenship” for those who broke the immigration law but who have been here a few years, who are working, and who have not been arrested. And, likewise, for those who broke immigration law but are not working, have just arrived, are on public assistance, and have been arrested, we will mandate neither citizenship nor deportation — but just allow a perpetual limbo of residence. When proponents of amnesty declare pathways of citizenship predicated on a fine, or on learning English, or on returning to the back of the line, we know both that they will never audit such requirements and that it would not matter much whether they did. There is now just a sort of nothingness.

So what does it matter whether one is legal, illegal, holds a green card, holds no green card, is in line for citizenship, or is in line for deportation? There is no deportation; there is no real border anymore; there is no federal immigration law. All these are but states of mind, talking points of politicians without meaning.

In or around 2010, these rubrics finally disappeared, buried under the rhetoric of “nativist,” “racist,” “the borders crossed us,” and the reality of the new demography and emerging Democratic constituencies. Try to deport an illegal alien with a felony conviction and instead six hours later on television we will see helpless dependent children cast adrift by the nativists. Eleven to fifteen million foreign nationals, and ten or fifteen million of their American citizen offspring, represent voters that have made the immigration-debate rhetoric and policy superfluous, a revolutionary fact that most have napped through.

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Not all of us were oblivious to the revolutions and to the poison that has been gradually, but ceaselessly introduced into our culture rendering it antagonistic to the American ethos that transformed 13 Colonies into a Super Power and nation unprecedented in the history of mankind. Not all of us were silent while our hollow elected representatives' stood idly by while our federal government and institutions were besieged by the filth that are the forces of progressive collectivism - some of us watched this agonizingly systematic destruction of our republic only then to see it replaced by the arbitrary decree of elitist politicians and un-elected bureaucrats.
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"Today, entire notions such as points, plugs, tune-ups, and carburetors have simply quietly passed away for most motorists."

We don't have the right to repair in some places. Even Apple is gluing their products shut. We could soon be like crashed starship survivors worshiping tools that break.
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Did my comment get lost? That actually took some time to create.
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Gotta love all those TV commercials!!!!

I don't owe the IRS over $10,000 that I don't want to pay.
I don't want to scam S/S by claiming I'm "disabled".
I don't have melothesoma, or any other maladay that might be worth millions to some shyster lawyer.
I don't want to skip out on my credit card debt.


The amount of advertising for these "services" seems to indicate that there a pretty large number of people in this fair land who have no moral compass when it comes to feathering their nest by any means necessary.

Our constitution is meant only for a moral and religious people and is wholly inadequate to govern any other. John Adams.
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Alinsky tactics+Soros' money+Media compliance+Obama as frontman.
(Who can add to the list?)
What part is the UN playing in this nightmare?
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You certainly hit the nail on the head with this article Mr. Hanson. Reading the comments, it amazes me there still are those who think the only way for the Federal government to raise money is to raise taxes. Creating an environment for more production just isn't in the lefty playbook. Having to deal with reality is truly the only answer and it's not going to be pretty.
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Please space out the feedback links. I went to click on "Like" and accidentally reported someone. :(
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All too true. And I know far too many people who are content to let it happen around them, without even a whimper, without even permitting a whisper of the reality of today's political world to pass their ears. As long as they have their workaday life, and their tv at night, they are a-ok. Even when their worlds get rocked by something external, they refuse to open their eyes: they are too pious, or too bored, or whatever, to care.

A quote from a novel I read once: "The silent ones in a nation are always a dictator's most useful subjects."

I have to agree.
1 year ago
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The last few months have been a slow, tortuous mourning period for me. Don't even want to hang the flag anymore.
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True patriotism isn't about who is in the white house. It is a love of your fellow countrymen and women, and a deep concern and care for their well-being. It is about a love and respect for the land.
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Ah, gee, thanks for the instruction. The country's going to hell in a handbasket. I don't care anymore. You can do my share of the caring, ok? Dig deep in your pockets, it's going to cost you a lot.
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How in heck did all this happen?
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Not all of us were oblivious to the revolutions and to the poison that has been gradually, but ceaselessly introduced into our culture rendering it antagonistic to the American ethos that transformed 13 Colonies into a Super Power and nation unprecedented in the history of mankind. Not all of us were silent while our hollow elected representatives' stood idly by while our federal government and institutions were besieged by the filth that are the forces of progressive collectivism - some of us watched this agonizingly systematic destruction of our republic only then to see it replaced by the arbitrary decree of elitist politicians and un-elected bureaucrats.
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NUDGE
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Well said VDH!

This article pretty well sums up how Obamanomics has shafted the Baby Boom generation. It's scary to think that Obama has shafted Gens X & Y even worse and those poor kids don't have a clue how badly this Administration has stuck it to them.

Again, VDH, well said.
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