Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Your Royal Hineys


(from the Archives, Jan. 2009, when the Leg-Humping Media was in full puppy-love mode over their shiny new boyfriend, His Perfectly Perfect Perfection. Now that the the bloom is off that rose in the wake of the Most Thoroughly Failed Presidency in History, their brand new boyfriend is a haggard, corrupt, disease-ridden old hack--and they're even more in the tank for Granny Goodbribe than they were for the Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers!)

"There--I guess Queen Hillary will be able to read that without her inter-cranial double-vision Fresnel prism spectacles!"

When some military officers suggested that George Washington be made King of America, they got shot down harder than Harry Smith asking Jennifer Anniston out on a date. But you couldn't really blame them; after all, that's how it had always been done. Until America.

We fought for republicanism and democracy and against monarchy and aristocracy; yet we seem to be slipping backwards. Do we really prefer to subjugate ourselves as subjects rather than doing the hard but rewarding work of being free citizens of the City on a Hill?

"It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority,
keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."

Prince Obama lectured us that "other countries" would not accept Americans turning up their thermostats to 72 degrees. And on his first day in the Oval Office, he cranks his thermostat up to 102. As Karl Rove--I mean, David Axelrod put it: “He likes it warm. You could grow orchids in there.”

Guess what, David; other Americans like to be warm, too. But they're not lecturing President Hothouse ManFlower about what "other countries" find acceptable. In fact, when they get finished paying their own power bills, they pay his, too. Does this all seem a bit royal to you?

Consider John Adams, who was mocked mercilessly as a monarchist. Wikipedia:
In the first year of Washington's administration, Adams became deeply involved in a month-long Senate controversy over what the official title of the President would be. Adams favored grandiose titles such as "His Majesty the President" or "His High Mightiness" over the simple "President of the United States" that eventually won the debate. The pomposity of his stance, along with his being overweight, led to Adams earning the nickname "His Rotundity."
When Adams said "His High Mightiness" at least he was thinking of President Washington. What excuse do today's reporters have? Adams was thinking of the majesties of his youth--our press corps is seeking another Camelot of their youth. And when Adams was through, he simply walked out of the White House, got on a horse and rode back to his farm alone. He didn't even phone Bob Woodward.

Think of the recent Inauguration--or as the Heavenly Choir-Press calls it, "His Precious, Precious Ascension to the Orchid Throne".

The way the government wiretapped, surveilled and profiled for inaugural security was enough to make Dick Cheney's heart swell with pride, if only his doctors would allow it.

But ordinary Americans also want to be safe at their workplace, too, without being told that they're "shredding the Constitution". Nor do they wish to have their self-defense rights whittled away by those elites who have armed bodyguards, private police forces and gates on their communities, paid for by the taxpayers.

Speaking of taxpayers, here's Prof. Walter E. Williams:
Some smugglers are good people who differ little from the founders of our nation such as John Hancock, whose flamboyant signature graces our Declaration of Independence. The British had levied confiscatory taxes on molasses, and John Hancock smuggled an estimated 1.5 million gallons a year. His smuggling practices financed much of the resistance to British authority -- so much so that the joke of the time was that "Sam Adams writes the letters (to newspapers) and John Hancock pays the postage."
Jasmin K. Williams tells us more:

Hancock was in the business of importing and exporting goods. Britain's proposed Stamp Act would greatly restrict trade activities. Hancock became one of the most vehement protesters of Britain's taxation of colonial trade goods after his ship, Liberty, was seized for transporting contraband. As it became increasingly difficult to make a profit in trade due to Britain's unfair tax practices, Hancock began smuggling goods such as glass, lead, paper and tea into the colonies. In fact, it was Hancock's boycott of British tea that led to the famous Boston Tea Party. Hancock's merchant business and smuggling financed much of Boston's resistance movement.

The private financier became publicly critical. On March 5, 1774, Hancock gave a speech in which he condemned British rule.

Hancock's rebellious activities didn't go unnoticed by Britain, There was a bounty on his head and that of Tea Party organizer Samuel Adams. As it became clear that Britain was not going to give up its hold on the colonies without a fight, Hancock and Adams left Boston. The pair hid out in Lexington. During his famous midnight ride, Paul Revere roused the two, warning them that the British were coming and would be there at dawn for the Battle of Lexington and Concord.

The two escaped just at the British broke into the house where they had been hiding. British Gen. Thomas Gage demanded that the pair be arrested for treason. After the battle, a pardon was issued to anyone who swore loyalty to the British crown -except Hancock and Adams.
"Our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free,
but whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum on earth for civil and religious liberty."

Our country was founded by tax-resisters like Hancock and Adams. The Sons of Liberty wanted EVERYBODY to enjoy the same tax cuts as they had.

But tax cheats like Geithner, Rangel, Sharpton and Daschle don't want to share their own Personal Tax Cuts with anybody else even though they are the guys who write the tax code. They love high taxes. For you. The battle cry of the Boston Tea Party was "No Taxation Without Representation!", not "No Taxation for Senators and Big Shots!"

Even though they all claim that they were confused ("Turbo-Tax made me do it!"), they don't want to simplify the tax code either. They also love the impenetrable nature of a 6,000 plus-page tax code. It let's them dole out favors and alter behaviors.

As Al Hamilton put it:

It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is to-day, can guess what it will be to-morrow.
On and on it goes:
*Elites volunteer other people's children to be discriminated against by Affirmative Action, while their own children are insulated.
*Our Neo-Royalty send their own children to private schools while working overtime to deny your children that same option.
*The Supreme Court ruled that Suzanne Kelo's home wasn't her castle, and gutted the Takings Clause, a provision first promulgated in the Magna Carta to stop royals from plundering the people.

As a conservative, I realize much of this is inherent in the crooked timber of humanity. But as an American, I'm with Tom Paine, who, before he went Commie, wrote this:

England since the conquest hath known some few good monarchs, but groaned beneath a much larger number of bad ones: yet no man in his senses can say that their claim under William the Conqueror is a very honourable one. A French bastard landing with an armed Banditti and establishing himself king of England against the consent of the natives, is in plain terms a very paltry rascally original. It certainly hath no divinity in it. However it is needless to spend much time in exposing the folly of hereditary right; if there are any so weak as to believe it, let them promiscuously worship the Ass and the Lion, and welcome. I shall neither copy their humility, nor disturb their devotion. ...

Men who look upon themselves born to reign, and others to obey, soon grow insolent. Selected from the rest of mankind, their minds are early poisoned by importance; and the world they act in differs so materially from the world at large, that they have but little opportunity of knowing its true interests, and when they succeed in the government are frequently the most ignorant and unfit of any throughout the dominions. ...

The nearer any government approaches to a Republic, the less business there is for a King. ...For 'tis the Republican and not the Monarchical part of the Constitution of England which Englishmen glory in, viz. the liberty of choosing an House of Commons from out of their own body — and it is easy to see that when Republican virtues fail, slavery ensues. ...

In England a King hath little more to do than to make war and give away positions; which, in plain terms, is to empoverish the nation and set it together by the ears. A pretty business indeed for a man to be allowed eight hundred thousand sterling a year for, and worshipped into the bargain! Of more worth is one honest man to society, and in the sight of God, than all the crowned ruffians that ever lived.
We must decide; citizens...or subjects? The City on the Hill...or Serf City, USA?
"How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!"

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