Trying Times

“THESE are the times that try men’s souls…Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered…Britain, with an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has a right (not only to TAX) but “to BIND us in ALL CASES WHATSOEVER” and if being bound in that manner, is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth.”

So said Thomas Paine in 1776.  In our own trying times, the Obama regime has replaced the British king and his men, but the taxings and bindings of a grotesquely metastasized government are even more onerous than those that incited the aggrieved colonists into open rebellion (see ‘increased revenues‘ and the ‘Individual Mandate‘ provision of Obamacare).  And the worst part is, we asked for it.  At least some of us did—the Democrats.  Tom Paine warned us:

“Shall a band of ten or twelve thousand robbers…conquer America, or subdue even a single state? The thing cannot be, unless we sit down and suffer them to do it.”

Actually, old Tom’s estimates were inaccurate. These days, it only takes 270 thieves—a majority of the plunderers in Congress and 1 in the Oval Office.  And as they pluck the last feather from your back and ready you for the communal stew-pot, they’ll tell you how fortunate you are to live in a democracy.

Ours, of course, was created as a Republic, not a democracy, and the Founders embedded numerous restraints in our Constitution to ensure that the American people remained the masters of their government lest the barely tamed and always ravenous beast turn upon and devour them.  But they hadn’t reckoned on the patience and cunning of the brute that licked the hands that fed it even as it chewed through the ropes that bound it:

Senate Moves To Allow Military To Intern Americans Without Trial

The Senate is set to vote on a bill…that would define the whole of the United States as a “battlefield” and allow the U.S. Military to arrest American citizens in their own back yard without charge or trial…

Under the ‘worldwide indefinite detention without charge or trial’ provision of S.1867, the National Defense Authorization Act bill, which is set to be up for a vote on the Senate floor Monday, the legislation will “basically say in law for the first time that the homeland is part of the battlefield,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who supports the bill.

The bill was drafted in secret by Senators Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.), before being passed in a closed-door committee meeting without any kind of hearing. The language appears in sections 1031 and 1032 of the NDAA bill.

Are Americans Ready for All-Out Civil War?

[…] Unlike any prior American administration, this one is intentionally destroying what’s left of America’s free-market prosperity and now they are openly calling for all-out war on all patriotic Americans. Obama’s civilian army is ready to roll in the streets of the U.S.A. and as labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. put it at a Labor Day weekend rally, “Let’s take these son of a bitchs out!” – telling Barack Obama that “we (labor union members) are your army and we are ready to march.”

…Days before, leaders of the Democratic Socialist Black Caucus called upon blacks to begin race wars against white Americans in the streets, and make runs on U.S. banks to cause even more economic chaos during the most tumultuous economic time since the Great Depression…

…Never before in U.S. history has an administration taken such overt actions to create a class/race war in America, using the army they built out of minority groups, without whom, a Democrat Party would not even exist today.

Democrats operating under the Democratic Socialists of America groups, the Black Caucus and Progressive Caucus, led by the Obama administration, have seized total control of the Democrat Party, the White House, the federal legislature and the federal judiciary.

When the group was asked if Democratic Socialism was in competition with the Democrat Party, they responded as follows:

No, we are not a separate party. Like our friends and allies in the feminist, labor, civil rights, religious, and community organizing movements, many of us have been active in the Democratic Party. We work with those movements to strengthen the party’s left wing

It’s been said that a nation’s institutions are only as strong as the consensus that produced them.  Unless the self-proclaimed “99%” really are, a possibility as unlikely as a pig with wings, the rest of us had better turn off the boob tube and start re-claiming the country we seem to have forfeited.


About Bob Mack

Retired since 2003. Military Service: U.S. Army, 36th Artillery Group, Babenhausen, Germany 1966-67; 1st Signal Brigade, Republic of Vietnam, 1967-68 Attended University of Miami, 1969-73
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11 Responses to Trying Times

  1. loopyloo305 says:

    “rest of us had better turn off the boob tube and start re-claiming the country we seem to have forfeited.”
    So right Bob Mack!

  2. AFVET says:

    Well said Bob, and to think we have another year of this to go.
    The quickest way to stop this avalanche is to impeach Obama, and I don’t see that happening.
    Trying to stop or slow this administration is akin to banging one’s head against a wall.

  3. Cheryl says:

    I see no hope of impeachment, AFVET, though I think that should have taken place at least two years ago. Quite right on the head banging. Bob, I am really worried about this senate bill you mention. Red alerts all over everyone’s emails on it. If the Janet thinks tea partiers are terrorists and vets are terrorists, oh, and Christians are terrorists, we are looking at some serious rounding up of good people. Seems to me that the Senate wants to confirm the U.S. as a battlefield, elitists projecting what they think is coming at them. It looks darker every day.

  4. Bob Mack says:

    A response from horse’s mouth (or, more accurately, the other end). Op/ed by Levin & McCain in the WaPo (where else…well, maybe the NYT):

    Defense bill offers balance in dealing with detainees

    […] We are concerned that much of the debate over these provisions demonstrates a basic misunderstanding of what this bill would do and attributes to it many things that it would not do.

    The most controversial point involves the circumstances under which a terrorist detainee should be held in military, rather than civilian, custody. The bill provides that a narrowly defined group of people — al-Qaeda terrorists who participate in planning or conducting attacks against us — be held in military custody.

    However, the bill does allow the administration, through a waiver, to hold these al-Qaeda detainees in civilian custody if it determines that would best serve national security. Moreover, the administration has broad authority to decide who is covered by this provision and how and when such a decision is made.

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  6. I can’t believe what is happening to America, land that I love!

  7. bunkerville says:

    McCain– nothing but a senile old fool. Think about how dangerous he would have been as well.

  8. AFVET says:

    From a movie, spoken by Robert Duvall, and perspective is everything.
    “We are all travelers in this world.
    Birth to Death is but a travel between two eternities.”

  9. roblorinov says:

    Our country has been taken over and we are living in an occupied nation. We are just now waking up to it even though it happened 50 years ago when they killed JFK, the last truly American POTUS. This bill has got to go to the trash heap where they dug it up from! The illegal Patriot Act is bad enough and this one is worse. Remember how the promise was the PA would not be used on Americans? They same the same about this one. Fact is cops around the nation use the Patriot Act to arrest and imprison all kinds of people. They’ll do the same with this only we won’t any longer have the right to due process. Like in old Soviet Russia they’ll arrest us and throw us in a gulag and forgotten. Nazi’s? Communists? Doesn’t matter what we call them. They are all the same. They all love imposing tyranny on a free people. America is the crown jewel and they’ve got us now! The House passed this bill back in May and no one even noticed thanks to the sham of the MSM. I’m sure the Senate will do the same.

    I’m not surprised in the least the McCain’s name is on this as a sponsor because his real name is John McShame! And he is a shame! A shame to our nation and our Constitution. Maverick? Nope! The more appropriate word for him is Traitor!

    If you’re hoping for Obama to be impeached go dream somewhere else because it will never happen. He’s in firm control, or more accurately, the globalist bankers who he answers to are in firm control. Goldman-Sachs just conquered Europe. Up next? The USA. Get ready!!

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