“He Who Panics First, Often Panics Best” an essay by Brian

Today’s Guest Saturday post comes to us by way of Brian at the Frankenstein Government blog. He originally published this essay October 27, 2013.


He Who Panics First, Often Panics Best

It’s really been a bizarre year.

Everywhere you look, things are crumbling. Taxes and inflation are rising, wages are going down. Obamacare is every bit the disaster many of us thought it would be and getting worse by the day. Half a million people have lost their current insurance.

I think what really pisses off most Americans are the lies. This administration is willing to hide, obstruct, and lie about virtually everything of importance. Government officials like Eric Holder and Kathleen Sebelius routinely thumb their noses at the American people. The ice queen, Hillary Clinton, is readying herself for another run and gaining mob support. The media is of no help- it serves no watchdog function. In fact, those watchdog days are over. The media is owned by the corporate oligarchy. The oligarchy writes checks for protection.

In the meantime, the mob is growing. It is angry and it is composed of snot nosed liberals and welfare gathering minorities.
They see nothing wrong with appropriating your wealth and giving it to themselves. And you know what really pisses me off? They don’t say thank you, or “sorry”, or anything else- they say tough shit in the most brazen, shameless way. Go read the ignorant and vitriolic comments on Huffington Post. That’s the way it is.

In a country where the mob’s leaders tossed the rule of law out on it’s ear, the mob has the advantage.

Many of us are angry. In fact, the more you know- the worse it gets. If you are a regular reader of this blog- then you know the difference. You know what QE and a fraudulent economy look like, you know the FED is nothing but a private banking cartel enriching it’s owners, and you know that when we were pledging allegiance to our flag and watching Walter Cronkite count the Vietnam dead- Barack Obama was living in Indonesia attending a Muslim school. We have no common, shared history.

These are not opinions.

The problem with a mob government is that it does what it wants. It spies on it’s people, it seizes your work product, it ignores laws which are inconvenient, it coerces and oppresses you.

Six years ago, I developed some internal methods for dealing with all of this insanity. Your emotional health must always come first.

I have never found a definition for spirituality that I thought was precise. In fact- even wikipedia has a hard time defining it. (The term spirituality lacks a definitive definition)

I define spirituality as acceptance and  understanding.

I have accepted the fact that our country no longer adheres to a rule of law. It does what is convenient. We have no ethical or moral leaders. We have “what can we get away with?” leadership.

I accept this unflinchingly. I also understand that the vast majority of people in this country- well over 90%- are completely unaware of history. They have no understanding of the genius that conceived this country. They are simply concerned with the same superficial and self centered micro view that their political leaders are. This is the mob. This is how it thinks and reacts. There is never any thought of the minority because the minority is the enemy.  The vanquished. The losers.

When you realize you are on the losing, minority side and that the mob is going to try and take everything it can from you- you can no longer negotiate. You have no power. You have to accept the fate that they give you- or you must leave. That’s really all you can do short of risking a prison sentence or dying some untimely death.

Thousands of people are going to leave the United States this year. These are people who can no longer accept what the United States has become- a tyranny which coerces compliance with the threat of a prison sentence. These are people that know that if your government is willing to do that, it most likely won’t get better any time soon. They get out before it gets worse. They see a developing trend.

Very often, the people who panic first, panic best.

6 thoughts on ““He Who Panics First, Often Panics Best” an essay by Brian

  1. Most people can’t leave, which is why I predict instead a congregation movement of people starting to move into proximity with like-minded people until you achieve a compact mass who can demand independence from the other side.

  2. As baby boomers we were imbued with a strong survival instinct passed on from our greatest generation parents. In the early 70’s we lived like kings on $7,500 per year with, in my case, no financial help from my parents who had zero assets other than a mortgaged home. Still, our parents knew, in spite of our circumstances where there was a will there was a way. Conversely we (collectively) in most cases, are leaving educated professional children with money and hard assets that in our younger days would have set us up for life. Unfortunately this is not the case today. Under the leadership of the manchurian candidate in the White House not only is the constitution being relegated to the dustbin of history along with the ever increasing usurpitation of our God given rights but also our assets along with confiscatory taxation is poised to eat way anything our children have now and may earn in the future, like a runaway Pac Man. The entitlement classes have become an appendage of this government in the sense that they move in concert with this government bent on taking all it can from the workers, creators, producers and redistribute it to the undeserving. These leeches vote in a bloc hence their seat at the table.
    As evidenced by the republican elites spitting on the Tea Party movement it is difficult to rationalize we can fight fire with fire. What we can picture, however, are drones hovering above us like the alien warships in the 1996 movie Independence Day. It seems those guys had more of a chance to winning back their freedoms then we or our children have today or will have in the future. Why? They recognized the enemy while today so many abused and battered by Obama feel he’s trying his best. Enough said.

  3. You are correct…
    The U.S. is headed toward long-term decline because the values that Americans once held dear, that allowed us to do great things in the past, are slowly eroding away.

    It is very sad, especially given we are walking into it with our eyes open.
    On another note… don’t be mad with me… 🙂
    One of these days, hopefully, you’ll figure out that The Fed and its management of TARP and its emergency monetary policy are the only things that prevented the United States from being in a full fledged 1930s-stye Depression today.

    In September 2008 the global financial system was literally frozen after the Lehman’s bankruptcy and days from total collapse… there wasn’t enough loan money left in the system for anyone to buy a candy bar, let alone conduct world commerce.

    TARP provided the emergency funding and the FED’s deft management of those funds kept us out of the woods. The Fed frugally spent $422 billion of the $700 billion authorized to TARP and, as of yesterday, the Treasury has officially recovered $424 billion with more to come… and that is accounting for the $36 billion or so still left uncollected from the foolish automaker bailouts engineered by President Obama.

    1. AZ…let me use a metaphor for the way you address TARP.

      One night, I see you walking down the street and I decide to kidnap you. I hold a gun to your head. I call your nearest relatives and I demand 1 million. Your family, thankfully, arrives with the money. I never risk any criminal charges. In fact I am free to do the act again.

      Your family has saved you, or so they think. I would have just let you go- because I didn’t really fear any punishment to begin with.

      You desperately need to read William K Black’s version of how events should have been dealt with. Black, charged, prosecuted, and jailed thousands of bankers in the Savings and Loans scandals…and oddly…

      we survived just fine. Just as we would have with shuttered banks in a country where new ones would have risen almost simultaneously. Where the criminals go to jail and are not free to do the same thing all over again. Which of course, is about to happen.

      And if jailing a million or so people and having a crisis was the only way to do it- then that is what should have been done.

      Never negotiate with a hostage taker- especially when you hold all the cards.

      1. I’ll answer your metaphor with a non-metaphor…

        Once upon a time, way back in the 1990s, Bill Clinton made a policy decision to increase U.S. home ownership by 10%. The problem was that 10% more Americans could afford to buy new homes. That didn’t stop him.

        To overcome the pesky problem Clinton pushed repeal of parts of Glass-Steagall and pushed Freddie and Fannie to make zillions of government-backed loans to Americans that couldn’t afford to pay the loans back. Perhaps he reasoned that government backing would save the day. It didn’t.

        Predictably, by 2008, enough of them started defaulting on their loans that the nervous people making the loans started calling in their markers. Because the majority of American wealth is tied up in mortgages it caused the collapse of the financial system.

        That is when TARP became necessary. Government backing of trillions in Fannie and Freddie loans forced its creation.

        You should stop thinking in metaphors. You desperately need to read “Reckless Endangerment” by Gretchen Morgenson and Josh Rosner. Together, they understand and better explain the mortgage bubble collapse than anyone else.

        Morgenson and Rosner explain what happened, not what should have happened.

        They don’t talk about TARP in their book. They only explain why there was a need for TARP or something like it in the first place.

  4. Agreed there were positives and negatives in a simplistic overview. There was waste and fraud as well as unmet objectives due to corruption, waste and graft of unparalleled proportions. For example, in Hackensack, NJ the refurbishing of a bridge of approximately 100 feet in length and no elevation over the Hackensack river took more than four years to complete. That additional $100+ million over run could have been better spent as loans for startup businesses which translates into jobs. You can’t beat those shovel ready jobs.

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