At American Thinker, Joy Overbeck’s article, Tyranny Advances by Nibbles, starts with these eloquent words:
Increasingly, as the concentric circles of perfidy swirl around the White House like filthy water down a drain, there is tyranny. The government we pay for has turned on us, the body politic, as if it were a savage autoimmune disease attacking our most vital tissues.
To be sure, tyranny has advanced a bite at a time for over a century, but Ms. Overbeck rightly acknowledges early on in her essay that: “the exploratory nibbles have become extremely ambitious through the past four-plus years until now they’ve escalated to bloody chunks.” Although her essay is centered on the issue of the IRS targeting of conservative groups, her words in fact apply to all that we apply to Leviathan governments we have created at every level.
John Hayward has recently penned an excellent article about the Ruling Class in which he says:
The ruling class is concerned with the establishment of programs, not the solution of problems. What actually happens after the program is launched makes little difference… unless, of course, the opportunity to “fix” problems with even more legislation and government spending arises. There is absolutely no problem that can be solved by making government smaller and returning liberty to the people. Think about that for a second. When was the last time you heard anyone in the Washington establishment – not the Tea Party upstart types, but the mighty dinosaur lords of Congress and their Big Media courtiers- seriously propose handing some issue back to the people and their free markets, because the government has not handled it well? Isn’t it funny how that never, ever happens? Not even in a situation like job creation – the top priority of the American people – where the private sector is obviously better at creating private-sector jobs than the State? But no, the ruling class still pretends it’s just a question of giving them more power and money to work private industries over, until the desired number of jobs are beaten out of them.
Hayward is right, isn’t he? For any problem real or perceived, the Ruling Class sees an opportunity for more bureaucracy, more government, and a reason to take a bigger and bigger share of economy.
There are a lot of unhappy campers in America today. According to Scott Rasmussen:
At the moment, 35 percent of voters consider recently exposed National Security Agency surveillance efforts as the most serious. The Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservatives is No. 2 on the list, followed by concerns about the Obama administration’s handling of the incident in Benghazi last fall in which the U.S. ambassador to Libya was murdered. The Justice Department’s secret probe of reporters’ phone and email records is seen as the top concern by only 9 percent.
Competing for attention with the controversies are ongoing policy disputes over immigration, gun control and full implementation of the national health care law.
So, there are large blocks of people who are very upset about one or more of these issues. Rasmussen points out, however, that on each issue the blocks of angry people are made up off different casts of characters with different dynamics. The good news according to Rasmussen is that there is a “unifying theme” which was exposed perfectly by none other than President Obama when he had this to say about the NSA snooping issue:
“If people can’t trust not only the executive branch but also don’t trust Congress and don’t trust federal judges to make sure that we’re abiding by the Constitution with due process and rule of law, then we’re going to have some problems here.”
You think, Mr. President?
Your humble observer here at Asylum Watch agrees with Scott Rasmussen that distrust of government is a common thread among the different factions of angry Americans. Where I disagree with him is in his use of the term, “unifying theme”. I see no evidence of any unifying going on between these factions. Mr. Rasmussen ends his article with this:
Many in Washington are frustrated by the public distrust. They dream of public relations programs to overcome it. What is needed, though, is for the government to change its behavior, so that it can earn the trust of the people it serves.
Seriously,, Mr. Rasmussen! Do you really think it is likely that the government is going to change its behavior willingly?
Alinsky’s Rule No. 11 says: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it. Until We the People come together to apply Alinsky’s Rule No. 11 to the government WE DON’T TRUST, nothing is going to change. And that, dear friends, brings me to the title of today’s post. The Ruling Class doesn’t really care what any of We the People think. They have total confidence that we will never unify against them. Are they right?
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?