The Sleeper Must Awaken

Tyler Durden's picture

Via Mark J. Grant, author of Out of the Box,

“Above the comforts of Base Camp, the expedition in fact became an almost Calvinistic undertaking. The ratio of misery to pleasure was greater by an order of magnitude than any mountain I'd been on; I quickly came to understand that climbing Everest was primarily about enduring pain. And in subjecting ourselves to week after week of toil, tedium and suffering, it struck me that most of us were probably seeking above all else, something like a state of grace.”
 
                     -Jon Krakhauer, Into Thin Air
 
I am not sure the country is seeking a state of grace but we are surely seeking something of a much higher order than we are getting. Congress adjourns, the President spends twenty million dollars of our money flying off to vacation in Hawaii and we peer over the edge of a monetary cliff of our own making because we have elected people that have all of the leadership skills of some Grinch that is stealing our Christmas because we let him. Ultimately it is us you know, “We the People,” and perhaps it is our two party system of government that has failed us because we put people in power who know how to run for election and re-election but who somehow have no idea how to govern the nation. It is pathos, absurdity and frankly a tragedy that we face a financial calamity, and it is just that, and our elected leaders head off on vacation.
 
"Well, thus we play the fools with the time, and the spirits of the wise sit in the clouds and mock us."
 
             -William Shakespeare, Henry IV
 
It may not be fiddling while Rome is burning but it isn’t that far off that course. In the end, I suspect, we will pass the deadlines and find ourselves in trouble. I say this because to date all we are discussing is who to tax and we have not made one serious effort to confront the social programs that have elected people but which the country cannot afford. It is not that complicated at its core; we cannot afford the entitlements that we have legislated and so the nation must, like any household, man up to what we can and cannot afford and get on with it. No use pretending that we are as rich as we once were and so we must first cut-back and then get down to the serious business of how we can increase our revenues. Households, corporations or governments; the fundamental issues apply and while different themes may apply for the fix; America’s economic condition must be fixed.
 
"The majority is never right. Never, I tell you! That's one of these lies in society that no free and intelligent man can help rebelling against. Who are the people that make up the biggest proportion of the population -- the intelligent ones or the fools? I think we can agree it's the fools, no matter where you go in this world, it's the fools that form the overwhelming majority."
 
                   -Henrik Ibsen, An Enemy of the People
 
I have suggested we place hard limits for our social programs and entitlements and work backwards and I believe this would be the prudent course but somehow prudence does not seem to be part of the thinking in Washington these days. If we said that 25 million Americans could be on food stamps or that only so much can be afforded for Medicare or Social Security then we could start from that point and make the necessary adjustments in terms of who qualified for what or raise the age qualification or allow people in gradually as a result of the limits that were set. Common sense, while never very popular in our nation’s capital, must have been banned in the fine print of some legislative act of which none of us are aware.
 
“Every day, man is making bigger and better fool-proof things. Every day, nature is making bigger and better fools. So far, I think nature is winning.”
 
                     -Albert Einstein
 
The awful truth is that WE are responsible. We elected these people. We condone a two party system where we end up with a choice between the mediocre and the inferior. We are left to choose between the fool and the idiot and the men of character, the people of intellect and those focused on the health of the nation are left behind either because they will not participate or because they cannot survive the taunts and tricks of those that have no other interest besides their own ego and their own self-interests. I make no apologies. This is our fault and until and unless WE start demanding a government that represents our interests and values and morals that sets-aside America from other nations; we have no one to blame but ourselves. That is the sad truth of it which is why going off our present fiscal cliff may be the best thing that could happen to the United States. We might just wake up!
 
“Without change something sleeps inside us and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.”
 
            -Frank Herbert, Dune

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ihedgemyhedges's picture

Wake up???  Please................half of the country voted to sleep in 'til 2 or 3pm every day........

kliguy38's picture

Yeh sure......its simple.....you have an institutionalized propaganda/psyops oraganization called the MSM that will crush your dissent.........and if they don't get the job done the trot out the Jack Boot simpletons that love to inflict pain in the name of "serve and protect".....and if they don't get it done then the military. .... Of course they know there is only one thing they really fear and that is a complete breakdown of the "system"......then THEY lose control......ahhh yes......"What a tangled web we weave when we practice to deceive"......

GetZeeGold's picture

 

 

I'm still trying to figure out why half of them have British accents...can't we find someone from America to read the news/propaganda?

 

Some cat from England keeps telling me how bad America sucks....I guess he's not allowed to go home anymore.

A Lunatic's picture

Gotta have slaves to lead slaves...............

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

Its not the 2 party system that has failed us either.  I am tired of people thinking that if we just had a viable 3rd party that everything would be fixed in this country.  Most European countries have many party systems, and look what its gotten them.  The same shit we have, or worse.  Its still a 2 party system, no matter how you slice and dice it.  You could call the 2 parties majority and minority.

The problem IMO is too many people want the easy life.  They don't care how they get it.  And thats how every politician gets into office, by buying votes.  No one gets a spanking anymore---they just get coddled.

CrimsonAvenger's picture

Who gave this a down vote? Care to offer a counterpoint?

hound dog vigilante's picture

While myriad 'third' parties within Euro nations rarely ascend to a ruling/power position, they do have tremendous policy influence w/in ruling & minority coalitions... look at the Greens in Germany, who have successfully cleansed DE of idiotic nuclear dependence. Equivalent greens here in the US are treated as a pyriah w/in the Democratic Party, much like Libertarians are shunned w/in the GOP.

So yes, there is a huge difference... and there is much to be gained for splintering our two-party system - a system that has effectively become a one-party charade due to the absence/suffocation of any/all dissent - both internal and external - from any point on the political spectrum outside the extremely narrow Dem/GOP position. In a broader political context, US Dems & Repubs are practically indistiguishable, meaning the US has perhaps the narrowest effective political representation in the 'free' world.

 

 

Freddie's picture

The Lib Dems in the UK are totally worthless.  Germany has a bunch of parties but the Karlshrue judges aka their Supreme Court still ruled in favor of money printing.

GeorgeHayduke's picture

Thorstein Veblen nailed this observation in his Theory of the Leisure Class, Naturally, it has been overlooked by most modern so-called economic theorists since it doesn't paint the owners in a demigod light. Considering how image has become everything in this decaying, rancid culture, it appears that Veblen nailed this to the wall a century ago. Funny how so many refuse to see what is right in front of their face.

seataka's picture

In a book, The CIA: The World of Arts and Letters, it was revealed that this is a CIA maxim:

 

The best place to hide something is right in front of you.

 

 

Abitdodgie's picture

Piers Morgan has 43,000 signitures to deport him for attacks on the 2nd ammendment , I think he should be tried for sedition and shot .

TradingChief's picture

Much like your fellow Americans, you do not understand the problem so you do not understand the solution.

First of all the majority of Americans do not even understand how to impact their governments direction. A prime example was the Wall Street Rally. There was no focus there was no central issue that anyone really focused on. No one really knew how to organize an effective rally thats because most Americans do not understand their own "Democracy". Whats more, what purpose did picketing Wall Street serve? Was it to "stop the bandits and banksters"? Well why picket Wall Street? Thats what I mean, you have no idea who to even picket when you are pissed off???

When was the last time that you heard of a Congressmans or Senators office being picketed? Or demands that either a Congressman or Senator be held accountable for the way he voted? Rememer he is to do the voters bidding. So how many actually make it known that their Congressman is toast if he does not start paying attention to the wishes of the people? Most Americans feel that if they challenge an elected official, that it is somehow treasonous? Or not being faithful to the flag.

Americans will rally around their beloved Gun lobby to defend their right to carry guns with more viguor then demanding their Congressman be accountable? Its true!

2 Party vs 3 party

First of all, you state that you are tired hearing others state that a 3 party system would work better? Why? Is your 2 party system working that well for you? As far as I can see your 2 Party system has proven over and over again that it can not only fail but fail miserably.

Look at Canada's multiple party system. Its not perfect but its certainly better then what you have in my opinion. For starters, you have two choices, you can either elect the present bums, or re-elect the bums you threw out 4 years ago. A third or 4th option in a "true democracy" always keeps the parties "somewhat straight". Nothing is perfect but your system is a prime example of "imperfect".

Its tough to buy 4 or 5 parties, its a piece of cake to buy 2 parties. We have relegated the old conservative party in Canada to "zero" in fact the present Conservative party is now an amalgamation of two parties. We wiped them of the face of the map for various reasons in their "old form".

The liberals in Canada got into the confort zone of bribery, bid rigging, party fund stuffing, and directed contracts to party faithful. Well the Liberal Party of Canada which was the largest most powerful party in Canada a mere 5 years ago is now one of the smallesst parties with ZERO power.

So before you decide a 3,4,5 party system won't save you I would suggest you look at it on a parallel Democratic system, Canada is one, Britain Another. European democracies are driven by an entirely different system then ours.

America's biggest problem is they got used to leaving the system alone because it was working for them. So you have NO idea how to correct a system that is NOT working for you. ANY system will fail and fail miserably if the public fails to keep that system in check. Americans have never challenged or kept their parties in check. Its simply boot the old bums out to bring in the older bums.

Your system is built around to simplistic things. Abortion vs Pro Choice or Guns or no guns. The NRA and your churches run your system, not the people. "We the people" should read We the church and NRA".

Keep religion out of poltics, this is why your quote of "European multi party systems is invalid". Notice which ones are failing? Not the industrial countries in the North, its the Religious ones in the South.

 

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

"2 Party vs 3 party

First of all, you state that you are tired hearing others state that a 3 party system would work better? Why? Is your 2 party system working that well for you? As far as I can see your 2 Party system has proven over and over again that it can not only fail but fail miserably."

I'm not advocating for a 2 party system.  I am simply saying that so many people think that a 3rd party will solve all of the problems that they perceive in the 2 party system.  Just making a point that most countries in Europe have multi party systems and most countries in Europe are economic train wrecks too.  I'm well aware of how the so called parties in our country are 2 sides of the same coin, but more political parties still end up having to form coalitions to get a majority and a minority.

TradingChief's picture

If you look at any countries history all of them are always influenced to one degree or another by the people that make the most noise. In the US, you have to admit the 2 groups that make the most noise are "Pro-life and NRA".

If one party picks one issue and the other, the other they can split a very very big vote. As the election nears, you get candidates like Romney who was on all 4  sides of both issues trying to appeal to everyone. This is why he was labelled a flip flopper early on in the race. He has defended all 4 sides at one time or another.

What would happen if the US never addressed Pro-life and Pro-Choice, Guns or No Guns again? First people would be picketing for no reason because they would know that no Congressman, or Senator would raise the issue again in either House. States would have to sort out the issue, not Federal Governments.

You immediately add functionality to the Federal Government and lower the whacko's ability to affect Federal decisions to ZERO

Going back to your comment on 2 partyvs 3 party

Every 3 Party system (or greater that has or will likely to fail) could not seperate "God and State".

That does not mean you are Godless, but it leaves all of the religious driven issues off of the Federal Gov doketts because I can assure you, there are no "easy decisions in Religion"

Federal Governments should be focused on the economy and employment and no one should have to deal with Religion or the NRA nuts. Nor should the Federal Gov have to deal with Lobbyists,

You may say that NRA and Religion is here to stay, but you have failed at even a rudimentary demand to stop lobbyists from influencing every move your government makes. How about picketing every Congressman and Senators office till he agrees to remove Lobbyists from the Hill? Thats a good start. Now all the special interest groups are no longer in control of America.

Start there, but at least start!

TimmyB's picture

Funny how most cries demanding that the American people "wake up" end up repeating the same propaganda spouted by the owners of this country--- that the taxes on the owners are too high so we must cut the social programs owed to the workers.

"Funny" how the solution to all our problems is the "workers must suffer" while the Mitt Romney's of this country must be allowed to pay almost nothing in taxes. No matter what the problem, this is always the solution. Why is that?

philosoraptor's picture

'The Sleeper Must Awaken - in French, 'Le Dormeur Doit Se Reveiller'. All my yesterdays came flooding back as I saw the title and the reference in the article to Frank Herbert's Dune. In particular, I was suddenly back in the early 90s, at uni, in some god-forbidden techno club in the north of England, buzzing off my tits (moobs), rubbing whizz on to my gums and gurning like a gimp...this was one of the soundtracks of my then life (it actually uses a sample from the movie version of Dune):

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7wefc_pleasure-games-le-dormeur-doit-s...

[Le Dormeur - Pleasure Games - 1991]

*sighs at the passage of time and impending fortieth*

 

 

LFMayor's picture

Gimp you say?   He's sleepin.

philosoraptor's picture

More Nineties Nonsense - love it ;o) Ah, them were the days...

LFMayor's picture

yeah man, it was easier when we were still young and asleep. 

 Best to you and yours!

From Germany With Love's picture

That is not dead which can eternal lie. And with strange aeons even death may die.

Freddie's picture

WTF is that?  You need some Belgian New Beat circa 1989.  Sung in heavily Beligian accented German.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Txq736EVa80

OpenThePodBayDoorHAL's picture

+1 for the screen name. For the content, -1

nugjuice's picture

I will never forgive the country for letting Ron Paul go. We actually had a real, legitimate shot to get something done. Here's hoping to Rand Paul in 2016

OccupyTVstations's picture

LOL, Ron Paul just took home his 2nd gold medal for diving.

You ought to be pissed that he took all the record breaking money bombs and grassroots support and threw it away in a fake campaign, run by his son.

WezTheJuic's picture

Welcome to what the Canadians and Australians have been conditioned for, and for such a long time.  Button on these two countries will be realized right after the tipping point for the USA.  Unless, the trend of the awakening American continues to truly take hold.

Pens,

WTFRLY's picture

Absolutely, the power structure fears that cascading collapse and is desperately influencing the mainstream media narrative. The only way to break the masses out of the trance is for them to experience the progression of their enslavement in a personal manner (foreclosure, job loss, pension evaporation, etc.), it just depends on how hard and fast that event comes. Looking at the charts lately, it may be too late.

duo's picture

actually it was 58 million of us.  I don't know about the other 252 million.  I guess the "majority" spoke for them.

IridiumRebel's picture

#10 When you total up all working age Americans that do not have a job in America today, it comes to more than 100 million.

 

That's tough to overcome. I can help my family and no one else. I cannot help 100 million zombies awaiting their next "smart phone" to update everyone how it is going for them down at the laundromat.

Landrew's picture

The millions without a living wage are OUR families! Who do you think these people are? I do my best to take care of the people I KNOW and it isn't enough that's why we call it a SOCIETY! Do you really want to live in Mexico or many of the South American countries? I lived in Chile six months last year, EVERY HOME has bars.dogs and alarms and it's still not enough. I myself would rather have a country we all rise up. Real education of job skills and creative content is our hope to live in a country without fear.

CuriousPasserby's picture

Do they need bars, dogs and alarms because they can't have guns?

dracos_ghost's picture

Except  Obama will help them with YOUR money. There is no escape from this progressive fascist freight train coming down the tracks. My head aches trying to figure a way to navigate this stupidity that we've elected.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLlUgilKqms

Snakeeyes's picture

We will NOT go off the fiscal cliff for more than a quarter. Congress will agree to most of Obama's desire spending cuts and nothing will change, except that taxes go up.

It's ALL Kabuki theatre!

http://confoundedinterest.wordpress.com/2012/12/24/santelli-if-the-fisca...

Abitdodgie's picture

It has nothing to do with congress Obama is the CEO of UNITED STATES  a  corperation , who has been the De Facto Government since 1871 . You are in contract with them , and you have NO rights .

WTFUD's picture

Doggie STFU
Poodle Obamas first steps and the next ( until ponzi / fallout colateral / retirement package ) footprints for mankind were determined even before elected by the Dons! Fearing "rebellion" what better Role Model hope dope to quell sheeple angst/ire and thus buy time for elites.

Hillary RodherCunt Clit-On blue rinse cookie superpack support blocking vote would not placate prolatariate en mass as Commandher-In- Chief and fuck me with All the drunks in a Repo -Publican bar they select rubber Jonny jowles McCain in 2008 and Mitty darn chinese bain frankenstein Rommelly in 2012!

Next up there after Bamby and just my hunch even though a long shot by admission is Kimmy Kard ( although we would need another wing added to the WH for entourrage ).

ball-and-chain's picture

Go back to sleep.

It ain't gonna matter anyway.

We're too far gone.

Tune in, turn on, and drop out.

By a school bus and tour the country.

Live on canned chili.

Screw the man.  Screw the man's gold.

http://www.angrysinner.blogspot.kr/2012/12/yesterday-i-hiked-five-miles-...

falak pema's picture

wake up with a broken Boehner boner? 

CPL's picture

lol.

 

If he knows what's good for him he's already creeping out the back door.

Bullwinkle Moose's picture

more like oozing under the back door

Flakmeister's picture

And just who is going to sign up to play Muad'dib?

Freedomtosayno's picture

A prophecy has been written... Human Action has been chronicled by Ludwig Von Mises and by disciples, Rothbard, Hayek, etc. of the (our) Austrian School.

A (or the) disciple(s) will (are) come(ing) from that discipline of liberty. Dr. Ron Paul is its vanguard.

The sleepers are awaking and the (Dark Agers) Establishment knows it and fears it.

Merry Xmas to everyone with the blessings of liberty and peace…

 

 

Flakmeister's picture

Merry Christmas indeed...

But these are not the clowns we are looking for, unless you believe that a non-technical agrarian society is all we can master... 

WTFUD's picture

peoples i feel your pain But i feel it is rather vulgar to find "that old time religon" at 82 with skin in the game for ' a that ' and a legacy for your offspring clone!

Please amend your constitution to read that no family member (at least up to first cousin ) can run for Any elected office for 50 years; no fcuking Dynastys ya dig?

q99x2's picture

Impeach them. Arrest them.

-- Q99X2

CH1's picture

Impeach them. Arrest them.

Stop taking them seriously and stop obeying them.

Unprepared's picture

Mark J. Grant: The Great Quoter.

Nihilarian's picture

Don't fault me, sir, I didn't vote for any of these clowns. 

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

“Without change something sleeps inside us and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.”

I fully agree. However, rarely can the sleeper be awoken. Rather s/he must awake by her/his own volition.

You simply can't shake awake those that sleep. They must be ready, willing and able to wake on their own, a source of great frustration to those further along the path of awakening.

SheepDog-One's picture

Maybe if a wakeup call is TWEETED! Disguised as new info for the upcoming 'American Idol Worshipper' show or something.