“…..this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
Bagholder is certain, if you are a student of history, you know where and why those words were first spoken. For those of you who are not students of history or perhaps received only a public school education, allow me to get you up to speed for todays blog. The above quote is the closing line of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg address, orated nearly a 160 years ago, during the Civil War. The speech was delivered shortly after the bloody battle of Gettysburg, which left plenty of dead, on both sides. It was designed to recognize the sacrifice of the fallen soldiers and to rally support for the continuing war effort by letting everyone know a government which serves its people, is an idea worth fighting for.
Lincoln was right. He recognized the ideal relationship between Government and the people, is one where the people are master, and government the servant. Bagholder suspects Lincoln is currently rolling over in his grave with how far this country has fallen in a 160 years. We no longer have a government of, by, and for the people. In its place, we have people of, by, and for the government. This is a complete reversal of the way things ought to be. In Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, he explored, in comical fashion, the consequences of flipping the roles of servant & master. Unfortunately, our real life inversion of the servant/master relationship, is no comedy
It is only natural, as people in Government get a taste of wielding power, they will want more. Metaphorically, government power can be viewed best as the proverbial snowball rolling down a hill, getting larger and more dangerous every minute. At the bottom of the hill, you have places like North Korea, 1930's Germany, or for the well read, Oceania. 90% of the way down the hill you will find present day China. Slightly behind them, judging by their covid response, you have places like Australia and Canada. And maybe halfway down the hill, we have the United States. While halfway might not sound so bad relative to those other places, fact is, a snowball rolling down a hill only ends one way, at the bottom.
Waiting at the bottom, for the people of this country is a complete totalitarian state. One where Government has wrapped its tentacles around every facet of your life. A world rife with censorship, 24/7 surveillance, no personal freedom, and no human rights. It is no coincidence North Korea's record on human rights is among the worst on the planet. The government there controls everything with a tight fist, including housing, the media, food supplies, banks, the internet, you name it. Dare to speak out against the government, and you are likely to find yourself in front of a firing squad.
China is not quite as blunt force authoritarian as North Korea. They are much more subtle in their form of totalitarianism. China has instituted a social credit system, whereby everything you do is completely tracked and scored by the Government, a la big brother. Need a mortgage, the rate you get is tied to your score. Spending too much time playing video games, visiting the wrong websites, buying too much protein, or reading blogs like this one, will all drop your score. Jaywalk across the street, and not only will your social credit score drop, but your bank account will be dinged before you reach the other side. The control the government in China has over peoples lives, is frighteningly Orwellian.
Australia and Canada are not much better. Australia, under the guise of fighting Covid, has been on 23 hour lockdown for most of the last 2 years, with no end in sight. In fact the people running the government there, are so drunk on power, they are bombarding protesters with microwaves. They are literally cooking the very people they are supposed to serve - no pun intended. Canada's method for dealing with protesters is also a sneak preview for what is coming here. The Government there, arbitrarily decided to freeze go-fund me accounts, bank accounts, and crypto wallets of anyone, even remotely involved, in helping the non-violent trucker protest. Both the citizens of Canada and the truckers learned, its the totalitarian way, or the highway.
The fact Canada was so easily able to freeze crypto wallets, should send shivers down the spines of anyone foolish enough to keep sizable wealth in bitcoin, or any crypto for that matter. Believing the US government wouldn't do the same, if push came to shove, is delusional. To think US politicians aren't gazing with envy at China's social credit system, is also delusional. They get erections just thinking about implementing that social system here. The idea, they could just fire up an operating system, and with a couple keystrokes, cancel anyone they find politically inconvenient, with absolute surgical precision, is their wet dream.
One of the few obstacles still standing in the way of social credit systems being instituted here in the US is the fact we are the most heavily armed populace on the planet. This means Gman can not use brute force to get their way, as they do in North Korea or Australia. In order to get that snowball to the bottom, they have to get the majority of the populace to want the social credit system. Since there is no logical reason to want a more intrusive government, the real crux of the problem for TPTB is how to get people to abandon reason and logic. Any psychologist worth their salt would tell you the easiest way to accomplish that, is to instill fear.
We strongly suspect the globalists had hoped the pandemic would generate sufficient fear, so as to leave the masses clamoring for vaccine passports. This would have brought with it, a trackable digital ID, and get the customary foot in the door for a social credit system. Fortunately for us, the (grossly exaggerated) death numbers from Covid were nowhere near high enough, to generate said fear in the masses. Unfortunately for us, the likely path forward our overlords have chosen for us will involve a heavier dose of fear than Covid provided.
Enter the looming threat of an imminent nuclear conflict. Nothing magnifies fear quite like the possibility of a mushroom cloud. The path from potential war with a nuclear power, to social credit system may not seem obvious, but it is there. War is notorious for necessitating emergency measures by Governments. You think empty shelves, supply chain disruptions, and inflation are bad now; wait til government starts thumping those war drums even louder. Once gasoline passes $20/gallon, a bottle of water is $10, and a box of Cereal is north of $40 - if you can find it; the cries for Government to do something, will be deafening.
When food shortages become commonplace - and they will - civil unrest will spread like wildfire. Gman will enthusiastically step in, and begin rationing food supplies. To get your share, will of course require a lifetime subscription to the social credit system. At that point, the snowball will have reached the bottom of the hill, and the America we know today, will be gone, leaving in its wake a complete totalitarian dystopia. We will have only ourselves to blame. Like a wise man once said:
“America will never be destroyed from the outside, if we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
Bagholder is aware all of this paints a pretty bleak picture. It is however the direction - our people of the government, by the government, and for the government - are taking us. Hope I am wrong.
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