Walking the Line

A thought-provoking, expansive dialogue between a subscriber and me. Enjoy!

DAVID HINSON (Subscriber): America as we know/knew it no longer exists. Political ideologies are almost obsolete. America is now a PLUTONOMY. Total control is held by the top 4% of the elite wealthy which has become our new royalty. This trend has escalated to the global scale.

I was once a great believer in capitalism as the great savior of freedom and our American way of life. But my world, OUR WORLD, has turned upside-down since elite wealthy businessmen, our LEADING capitalists SOLD AMERICA OUT, when they began building manufacturing plants overseas and took our jobs away (partly driven by consumer demands for lower prices).

Their errors are double pronged: 1) Because so many jobs are lost overseas means a loss of buying power for Americans = lower profits, and 2) As our GNP dwindles to nothing, so goes the dollar value…any profits thought earned are negated. Moreover, America’s prestige and place in the world declines as well, and by the way, that top 4% are most likely Republicans that have invested mightily in BS propaganda spewed from people such as Rush. If you investigate, you’ll also see those same upper class, uh, citizens have hired Harvard educated Financial Engineers that continually plan coups on the American people. Usually beginning with a Republican president setting a policy that deregulates an industry. This allows the vultures to prey without laws in place to protect the people. Reagan-Bush comes to mind with failed S and L’s and junk bonds. Then Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae and the Wall Street bailout. All this political posturing, has become like sports, to pacify the masses…if we all focus on the lies, rumors and fears, no one can see the real plan, their next move against the American people. And you can bet this, one man, Obama, is not the problem. It’s where they have you looking and fearing while those plans come together.

MATT (Author and Moderator): You make a strong argument in reference to the shift in power, concentration of wealth, and lessening of the productivity of the United States. Many of them I disagree and I could argue against each with statistics, GAO facts, etc. but that would take us down the wrong path.

I would like to expand upon one point that is pivotal, and in which, I strongly disagree with you.

Obama is the problem.

Nevermind who you point the finger at when talking about our national debt, shift of wealth, falling GDP, joblessness, etc. A much more, poignant, point must be made about our principles, beliefs, and fundamental tenants of our civil society.

They are under serious, out-in-the-open, attack by the most powerful public office holder in our society.

I don’t think anyone can argue against Obama not believing in the American ideal. His recent speech in Roanoke, Virginia provided further insight into his core belief system about America, its citizenry, and how it should be legislated.

Within my adult life, I cannot remember any POTUS that demeaned, tore down,and verbally assaulted America’s way of life, its working citizenry, and our shared values as we’ve always known it. Even if one were to believe your points about wealth distribution, Plutonomy, etc. why would you ever throw out a system that was built around the tenants of man’s existence in Nature? The Constitution is the closest governing document that has ever existed binding civility while respecting the natural law of man.

For that, none of us can say it is flawed. What is flawed is the centralization of power in the name of the common good at the bequest of apathy, ignorance,and flagrant tyranny.

DAVID HINSON: OK, matt cool, if you want to discuss the Constitution, we must consider “W.” and how he eradicated more constitutional rights and protections in his terms than the rest of the entire history of the U.S. This was done under homeland security act, which is a repeat history of nazi germany and hitler. As prior military, my oath as is the president’s oath, in part, ” to protect and conserve the Constitution from all enemies…” In my book, that makes W. Bush a traitor, criminal, and enemy of the state [domestic enemy] who ought to be tried and shot by military firing squad. That being said, you must also remember it is the party who runs the man, the man does not run the party. presidents merely set policy, they do not make laws. But the policies set, per the party line, when it affects the constitution in such detrimental ways cannot go ignored. your argument on Obama and the constitution is pointless when the facts point to Republicans as the true defilers of our constitution. And all the noise they make on this, using shiny words like socialist and communist, reminds me of the adage, ” the smellers the fellers”. So while the Republicans are crapping in our front yard they blame the stink and mess on Democrats. And Matt, you also must remember, just because you hear something 200mil times, radio, TV, internet, do not make it true. it just means they have a great PR, and spent a lot of money doing it. try to look past the politics, find the motives to the messages and FINALLY, follow the money [who is paying for all this]. Hmm…centralized power? Have you considered under every republican president since WWI, under the guise of “less government” policies were set that DEREGULATED entire industries? and what actually occurred was with no laws in place to protect Americans… but i am redundant on this point. so less government, in respect to GOP, only applies when Americans can get screwed.. meanwhile. Back to my original point: “W’s” dad, george made multi references to a NEW world order. well, bud… what i explain above is just that. it’s always about the wealthy, it is just that republicans are their tool, with the media, to gettter done.

Something else just occurred to me. while American ingenuity and inventions have always been a great strength and inspiration to us all, and our vast advancements in technologies. When those companies build manufacturing plants and train 3rd worlders, isn’t that a lot like giving away the keys to the kingdom?? No need for corporate espionage here, we’ll just let EVERYBODY have it. I am getting old, and my voice don’t mean much…or else they’d have me shot already. but i feel bad for my grandkids. That we, that I, allowed this to happen to their world.

MATT: Concerning W., you and I are in strong agreement. Bush Jr. indeed committed stark violations of the Constitution via the Homeland Security Act and the accompanying Patriot Act/NDAA. Overall, he did an enormous disservice to those of us who believe in limited government, private property rights, fiscal responsibility, and conservatism with a conscience. W paved the way for the knee jerk reaction of our country to put someone in office that is absolutely unqualified for the position: Obama. So, let me be clear. George W. Bush started the ball rolling by giving away too much power to the federal government while disenfranchising a large portion of the population through his egregious focus on special interest groups, lobbying, etc. Republicans: They have lost their way and no longer defend the basic tenants of a Constitutional Republic. In essence, it’s a party of cowards. Democrats: They get a super majority and act like drunken sailors at port. Spend, spend, and more spending without any care for consequence. Both parties have, gravely, failed the American people and are lap dogs for special interest. We must start somewhere. First, get Obama out of office. Second, all positions within each branch of government have abbreviated term limits. No more career politicians. Third, whatever law Congress passes also applies to Congress. No more exceptions. Fourth, flat tax. Fifth, over time abolish The Fed and cut back the reach of the IRS. Sixth, scale back the EPA and dissolve the DOE. Seventh, balanced budget amendment. If Congress doesn’t balance their budget, they don’t get paid. Eighth, Supreme Court nominees should not be lifers. We have now seen how dangerous this can be. Ninth, federal budget must be based on countries’ GDP. This massive deficit spending must end. Ninth, ween country off of Social Security. Tenth, kill PPACA. There are things that our Congress can do, in culmination, that will have great benefits to America, its economy, and brighten her future. All hope is not lost. Thank God Europe is flailing otherwise America would really be in trouble. Manufacturing: I agree with you. Create massive incentives to build-up our manufacturing base here at home. We must move away from just being a consumer based society. It’s suicide.

DAVID HINSON: Seems we have more in common than i initially thought. Where to begin? Shakespere said it best, how long ago? ” the first thing we do, is kill all the lawyers” you provide a tall grocery list there. and who pray tell, do we elect in november, certainly not Romney. Ron Paul actually makes some sense in many things i have heard him say. But, in all honesty we know he cannot win either. 3rd parties notoriously just split the majority[s]. a revolution is what we really need. but do you think one could be validated – with prayers and requests from the people? for once that ball starts rolling, any group trying for a real change will surely be labled domestic terrorists and quickly put down, without even a phone call. held without bond, convicted without trial…. Back to point #1, it is not really the government that is the problem, but those pulling the strings of the elected puppets. we, the people must find a way to cut the strings. One glimmer of hope that i saw from the supreme court, allowing to keep and bear arms… and actually explained as if the need ever arises to revolt, again. even so, targets must choose carefully- see point1. i am unsure about a few things you mention, how about pulling out the tax loop holes for the wealthy? cayman islands be damned tax that too!! and i have to question your idea on the EPA, AGAIN greed would prevail and our water table is already in trouble. as for social security, citizens paid for that, and we cannot trust corporations with 501K plans. how often have we seen restructuring or bankruptcy disolve retirement plans? Only to watch bankrupted companies re-emerge bigger and stronger? Hell, we cannot even trust the international banking communities with an honest interest rates, thats not been manipulated by eroneous statistics.

MATT: Thomas Jefferson was one of America’s most brilliant, forward-thinking patriots. David, in summation of your final thoughts and as a gesture of appreciation, I share with you one of my favorite Jeffersonian dialogues:

“I do not know whether it is to yourself or Mr. Adams I am to give my thanks for the copy of the new constitution. I beg leave through you to place them where due. It will be yet three weeks before I shall receive them from America. There are very good articles in it and very bad. I do not know which preponderate.

What we have lately read in the history of Holland, in the chapter on the Stadtholder, would have sufficed to set me against a Chief magistrate eligible for a long duration, if I had ever been disposed towards one and what we have always read of the elections of Polish kings should have forever excluded the idea of one continuable for life. Wonderful is the effect of impudent and persevering lying. The British ministry have so long hired their gazetteers to repeat and model into every form lies about our being in anarchy, that the world has at length believed them, the English nation has believed them, the ministers themselves have come to believe them, and what is more wonderful, we have believed them ourselves. Yet where does this anarchy exist? Where did it ever exist, except in the single instance of Massachusets? And can history produce an instance of a rebellion so honourably conducted? I say nothing of its motives.

They were founded in ignorance, not wickedness. God forbid we should ever be 20 years without such a rebellion. The people can not be all, and always, well-informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions it is a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. We have had 13 states independent 11 years. There has been one rebellion. That comes to one rebellion in a century and a half for each state.

What country ever existed a century and a half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is Nature’s manure. Our Convention has been too much impressed by the insurrection of Massachusetts and in the spur of the moment they are setting up a kite to keep the hen yard in order. I hope in god this article will be rectified before the new constitution is accepted.”

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