This is the truth, nothing but the truth, and the whole truth, with a waterboard as my witness!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
You know I watch this, and I'm a realist. I'm a pragmatist. I'm not a boyscout.
However.. when it becomes a circumstance where:
"Then you will see the rise of the men of the double standard--the men who live by force, yet count on those who live by trade to create the value of their looted money--the men who are the hitchhikers of virtue. In a moral society, these are the criminals, and the statutes are written to protect you against them. But when a society establishes criminals-by-right and looters-by-law--men who use force to seize the wealth of disarmed victims--then money becomes its creators' avenger. Such looters believe it safe to rob defenseless men, once they've passed a law to disarm them. But their loot becomes the magnet for other looters, who get it from them as they got it. Then the race goes, not to the ablest at production, but to those most ruthless at brutality. When force is the standard, the murderer wins over the pickpocket. And then that society vanishes, in a spread of ruins and slaughter.
"Do you wish to know whether that day is coming? Watch money. Money is the barometer of a society's virtue. When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion--when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing--when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors--when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you--when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice--you may know that your society is doomed. Money is so noble a medium that is does not compete with guns and it does not make terms with brutality. It will not permit a country to survive as half-property, half-loot.
And then we find those who identified this issue VERY EARLY.. and had the SEC contact them a firstname.lastname@example.org or call them at home, God forbid that they were not identified and targeted for some simple telling of truths that served none.. served none but a few... was a genuine national security crisis unfolding... or in the case of some who simply "tuned out" when these truths became impossible to ignore.
Who is the threat to our nation? Some neanderthal in a cave ranting around the globe or the man who destroys wealth as a game???
Some people ought to be asking some damn tough questions... not to chase somebody through the sewers of Paris for a loaf of bread.. no... to make sure that this doesn't happen again.