Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Whole > Sum of All Corruptions


Heaven: We have a problem. The corruption is feeding itself.

Let us look at three relatively small items making news today alone, providing us evidence of much much more going on than is good for a healthy republic.

Item 1:
At the Politico column with the name “Behind the Curtain” no less,we have The New Power Triangle from which we find the following money quote.
“We have been looking literally for years for someone we can cut deals with, and finally someone has stepped up,” a White House official said. West Wing aides say they now talk with McCain roughly every other day.
This is nearly admitting to the American equivalent of the 1st Triumvirate of ancient Rome. Well, at least Crassus, Pompey and Caesar appeared on the same stage as equals. Here is our version:
I know that after this photo, there can hardly be anything worse from McCain. However, I see worse yet in this item from the Politico.

It has the audacity to label it The "NEW" power triangle? New? How about McCraven and Bummer talking since the summer of 2008, where, in the alleged heat of the campaign for the most powerful position in the world, the former declared the latter "a nice man?"

Item 2:
Selwyn Duke in Total Recall: Why Recall Elections are a Must, sees the solution to the unresponsiveness of our pols as one where if only those serving us were subject to recall elections. He concludes his analysis with:
"If politicians knew that breaking an election promise or stabbing good Americans in the back would result in an immediate recall effort, they’d be more likely to mind their p’s and q’s. "
Among other things I left in my comment (including a sample proof of his wrong assessment of our current electoral process) -- to which he has not replied -- is that his solution might have worked in another day when the voting rolls had not been compromised and the numbers who get their funds for existence from gub handouts had not been super-expanded by the community organizer.

Item 3:
From Reason: Cop Fired for Speaking Out Against Ticket and Arrest Quotas.
After the arrival of a new police chief in 2010, the department entered an era of ticket quotas and worse.

“When I first heard about the quotas I was appalled,” says former Auburn police officer Justin Hanners, who claims he and other cops were given directives to hassle, ticket, or arrest specific numbers of residents per shift. “I got into law enforcement to serve and protect, not be a bully.”

Hanners blew the whistle on the department’s tactics and was eventually fired for refusing to comply and keep quiet.
Maybe you think we should wait for the locals to run the police chief out of town on a rail. However, we learn that he retired (claiming medical reasons). So who hired this man? And who looked the other way as the scheme -- undoubtedly seen as a "revenue enhancer" rather than as a public safety measure -- was rammed through? Indeed, in case you think I'm alone in my conclusions below, we have this quote.
“You have a policy that encourages police to create petty crimes and ignore serious crimes, and that’s clearly the opposite of what we want our police to be doing,” [emphasis added]
I added emphasis so as to pin-point the sovietization of small town America. It's the end result of the ends justifies the means mentality of cynical pols: "Everyone is guilty of something, so what's the diff?" That attitude is precisely on the road to what Solzhenitsyn told us of the operations of the Soviet system: They were not interested in the truth. They simply want to arrest us and then not let go.

When you see little things like this come to the surface, you are pretty damn sure you are witnessing merely the tips of the iceberg. So you know the sum of what you do see is surely far less than the whole. Furthermore, Item 3 provides yet another example of why Gresham's Law Applies to American Institutions. The bad elements fired the good. And on it goes unless we speak up.

I urge you dear readers to discuss these developments locally. Take note on your own of the various tips of the icebergs that you see. Not just for your own sake, but for what this Nation was meant to represent and the opportunities it was meant to provide.

Help preserve what's left.

Help restore what's lost.

He will ask you what you did not try to do. I don't know about you, but I keep looking for whatever I may have overlooked.


  1. I am sure there is corruption even here in our little hamlet in the backwaters of the Peoples Republik of Illinois. In fact, we had a school board president who was voted out after two years of major mismanagement of the district funds and having close ties to the construction company who built the two newest schools in town (One of which was not needed, and the other quite possibly could have been handled with a re-build of the existing [old] structure.)

    As far as local and state politics go, well..this IS the Peoples Republik of Illinois after all... short of taking care of local individuals, and trying to elect state reps who at least give the appearance of representing the local will of the people. We have the black hole (no racial slur intended...comparing to the astrological phenom for those not too quick on the uptake) other wise known as "The Chicago metropolitan area", and to a somewhat lesser extent, Springfield/East St. Louis/Rockford metro areas. These all contribute majorly to this state swinging far left...and for the fiscal mess it is in. There is little if anything one can do to remedy this. The only choices would be:
    A) Throw your hands up in the air and accept that nothing is going to change...and stay in the state.
    B) All of "A" above except you get out of Illinois ASAP and head toward a state which is not infected with this cancer...or has a strong enough group of folks who can counter any such stupidity.
    C) Secede from the state, forming your own "new state". (This idea is gaining some traction, especially south of Springfield.)
    D) All out civil war.

    I have to admit, for the moment, I am forced to live with "A". As soon as finances permit, or things become too bad, "B" will most likely happen. (And Texas here I come!!) I would willingly take pare in "C" should that be brought up in our neck of the woods. And if such a thing happens while I am still in the state, will, with a very heavy heart (mo one EVER wants to spill blood...but only a fool will refuse to admit that there comes a time when that is perhaps the only viable option) will embrace option "D".

    As far as trying to "educate" or enlighten those who refuse to see the writing on the wall. I think we are past the point where you will be able to convert (at least willingly) any who take their marching orders from "the other side". I see that in those around me and in at least one of my family members.
    It is past the point of no return. We either rise up and take the country back, or we resign ourselves to being witness to the end of the American Experiment.

    Corruption in this case is not a disease, but a major "tell" that we are in the final days of the Republic.

    1. I understand your sentiments Guy. I, being retired, have less reason than you for staying here in the every growing blackhole that is Los Angeles -- and financially actually more reason for leaving.

      But I watched my family run from NYC when I was 13. I deliberately moved into an inner city enclave nearly 40 years ago rather than a posh suburb to make up for that earlier fleeing. My little family actually had a positive affect on the immediate neighborhood. We fought back the jungle and revitalized this little niche. However, urban areas will be the first to be destroyed when the house of cards collapses, and I know it. So why stay? I stay to help the neighbors keep their sanity a wee bit longer while all around us lose theirs.

      I wish you the best. I hope you can make that move before the SHTF.

  2. Oh, and perhaps a bit closer to what you posted. Talk to the kids at work...and the grandkids (and their parents). Let them know what it was like 40-60 years ago. Talk about the Constitution...and what was the intent of having it in the first place. Take time to be critical (not always in a negative way) about media/entertainment. Talk about what was listened to, read, and watched "back in my day", as well as in MY parents day, when they were children. That gets those with half a brain, to at least attempt to think....and those who are already on our same page...well, they get a bit of support/commradery.

    1. Good. I'm very glad you understood that that is the point of this post. (And it is also of so many of my other posts too, though it may not always be clear.)

  3. You have summed it up quite succinctly when you stated "Help support what's left and Help Restore what's lost" Amen. We are all community organizers now......

    1. Wow, thanks for that Rosey. I don't know how I missed it 14 months ago. There are days when I need to be reminded that sometimes the simplest things need to be said. Doing so succinctly is a rare bonus.


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