Guest Post: The Good Guys Are Not Coming To Save Us

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Paul Rosenberg and originally published at Free-Man's Perspective,

A lot of Americans know that the US government is out of control. Anyone who has cared enough to study the US Constitution even a little knows this. Still, very few of these people are taking any significant action, and largely because of one error: They are waiting for “the good guys” to show up and fix things.

Some think that certain groups of politicians will pull it together and fix things, or that one magnificent politician will ride in to fix things. Others think that certain members of the military will step in and slap the politicians back into line. And, I’m sure there are other variations.

There are several problems with this. I’ll start with the small issues:

  1. It doesn’t happen. A lot of good people have latched on to one grand possibility after another, waiting for a good guy to save the day, and it just doesn’t happen. Thousands of hours of reading, writing and waiting are burned with each new “great light” who comes along with a promise to run the system in the “right” way, and give us liberty and truth. (Or whatever.) Lots of decent folks grab on to one pleasant dream after another, only to end up right back where they started… but poorer in time, energy and finances.
  2. Hope is a scam. It’s a dream of someday, somehow, getting something for nothing. People who hope do not act – they wait for other people to act. Hope is a tool to neuter a natural opposition: they sit and hope, and never act against you. Even the biblical meaning of hope is something more like expectation (or sometimes waiting) than the modern use of hope.
  3. Petitioning an abuser for compassion. The “good guys” are considered to be a few people inside the abusive government. But if the good guys were really good, wouldn’t they have dissociated themselves with an abuser some time ago? By pleading for the good guys to rise up, people are asking one sub-group of the abusers to save them from the rest of the abusers. However, they all work for the same operation; they all get paid out of the same offices; according to the same rulebook. And if the good guys are so willing to turn against their employers, why would they have waited until now?
  4. Movies. We all grew up in the company of movie heroes who rode in at the last minute to save the noble victims. From John Wayne to Star Trek to Bruce Willis, the story line differs little. These are pleasant stories, of course, but cinema is not reality, and hoping for it to become reality is something that we should get over prior to adulthood.

But, as I say, those are the smaller issues. Let’s move on to the serious ones.

The Magic System

A lot of Americans believe that the American “Founders” created a system that automatically fixes itself. They talk about the “balance of powers,” and think that it will always save them from a tyrant. The balanced powers of the US Constitution, however, were trashed within fifteen years and doubly-trashed just a century ago.

In the Constitution, the states balanced the power of the national government (the one now in Washington, DC.) Not only did the states control half of the legislature, but they decided if and how they would implement the edicts of the national government. And that included deciding whether a law was constitutional or not.

This changed in 1803 with the Marbury v. Madison ruling. This ruling – taught as a work of genius in American schools – was a fraud against the US Constitution. In it, the Supreme Court held that they understood the Constitution better than James Madison, the man who wrote it!

But worse than even this, they held – with absolutely no basis – that it was they who would decide what was constitutional or not. The states were tossed aside. Even the sitting President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, called it “a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy.”

Marbury’s Judicial review (the Supremes ruling on constitutionality) merely involves one branch of the national government providing a check on the other branches of the national government. After Marbury, no one could check the national government.

Washington DC was unleashed with Marbury v. Madison. What made it almighty was the 17th Amendment of 1913, which took the powers of the states and transferred them to Washington, by mandating the popular election of senators.

With senators being elected directly by the populace, the states were cut-out of the equation. In their place, political parties gained massive power, and nearly all power was consolidated in the city of Washington.

And so it is today. Washington is an unfettered beast. The system will NOT fix itself; the mechanisms to do that were lost a long time ago.

The Easy Way Out

Standing up against a beast like Washington DC is scary, to be sure. Understandably, not many people want to do such a thing. But if the beast is abusing you, what other choice do you have? You can certainly avoid or evade the beast, but we all know that the beast hurts people it catches avoiding it, so the risk of doing this isn’t zero either.

So, what’s a person to do? They hate their abuse, but outright disobedience would be scary. Unfortunately, many people have come up with a third option: Get someone else to do it for you.

Lots of writers have done this, for example: Write flamboyantly about the abuses people face and stir them to “rise up against the power.” Fairly seldom does the writer take big risks himself – he just stirs up others to do the scary stuff.

Something very similar happens to basically moral people who don’t want to risk pain and suffering: they imagine good guys riding in to save them.

But, as I say, these are genuinely decent people, and they are willing to take smaller risks to help the good guys: They will spend time and money promoting them, and they will even accept name-calling in many cases. They just don’t want to become full-blown rebels and outcasts.

The result of this is predictable: abuse by the political class. If the politicians show them a viable possibility every election cycle, they’ll keep voting their way forever… and the hero never really has to show up.

The Sad Truth

Let’s just say it:

No one is going to ride in and save you.

If you want things to get better, then YOU will have to make them better. YOU will have to stand up and take the arrows, yourself. Liberty, at this stage of human development, requires risk and pain.

I trust that you will remember the end of Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount: That it is not those who call upon his name who will be saved, but only those who DO the things he said.

Likewise in this situation, our only hope of salvation lies in DOING.

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THX 1178's picture

The big reset IS the system being saved. Its the only way out now.

AlaricBalth's picture

I, Alaric, will sack the New Rome and give the republic back to the people.

(Just as soon as the NBA playoffs are over...and then the NFL kicks off in July and American Idol will be starting a new season. Come to think of it, I need to lose quite a few pounds and get in shape first, after eating such a cheap high carb diet the last few years. Oh well...never mind.)

xtop23's picture

In the immortal words of Joshua;

"The only way to win, is not to play."

prains's picture

I thought it went;

"the only way to scim is to make someone else pay"

mophead's picture

"Movies. We all grew up in the company of movie heroes who rode in at the last minute to save the noble victims. From John Wayne to Star Trek to Bruce Willis, the story line differs little. These are pleasant stories, of course, but cinema is not reality, and hoping for it to become reality is something that we should get over prior to adulthood."

Explained right here:


Raymond K Hessel's picture

I've been thinking about this problem for a few years now.

It's as obvious to me as it was to the writer that going Red Dawn on the behemoth is just a futile effort that will end in death or imprisonment.

The only way out is to live life as self reliant as possible.  

Since most people live in or near metropolitan areas, it will require an urban solution.  A cabin in the woods, going mountain man, isn't feasible for 3 out of 4 of us.


TMLutas's picture

You can't even name all the tentacles of the behemoth in many urban environments. The US has 3000 counties and 89,000 governments for an average of 9. That's not counting the states or the federal government. Some people have fewer, others have more but most people when asked, inaccurately list their own. 

There is no thing one can do in resistence to the behemoth that is more basic and safer than to name your own governments, be aware of their existence, and start to think how to monitor them in the time you have to devote to civic affairs. 

The vast majority of us do not do this. 

I'm creating a project to enable you to do exactly that.

Miss Expectations's picture

 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve

Dick Buttkiss's picture

Um, what, THX? The system is unsustainable, and the longer TPTB are able to extend and pretend, the bigger the reset will be.

Know your enemy -- -- and get the hell out of the way, as he self-destructs.

THX 1178's picture

Um, I know Dick. We want to run the USD system as long as we can get it and get real goods and commodities to flow in our direction while people still accept it and while we can still print it. The longer it goes on the better (really) in the long run. I know the system is unsustainable, I know all about the Austrians, I know it will self destruct. But until it does, lets get cars and clothes and consumer electronics and oil and NG and solar panels and food and medical supplies and building materials and FUCKING EVERYTHING ELSE to flow TO us BEFORE we implode the system. Lets stretch this out as long as we can since we know it WILL implode.

Dick Buttkiss's picture

No, you're missing my point, THX, which, again, is that the longer TPTB can extent and pretend, the bigger the reset will be. If they are able to keep it going long enough, then we're all headed down The Road, since those in control are so out of control that they will stop at nothing to perpetuate the statist quo, including nuclear fucking holocaust.

So what's the ideal time for the "big reset"? It's the day after you're ready for it and not a day longer.

Get it?

THX 1178's picture

Yeah, I understand that. You don't understand austrian economics entirely. The longer the crash is put off the worse the hangover will be to a point. Eventually the consequences of a speculative boom will be the death of the currency and banking system. At this point, extending teh system longer and squeezing the system harder will NOT cause a change in the consequences. Death is death. So we have passed the point of killing the system long ago. Still we keep it running because we can still get real shit to flow in our direction. We are already on Cormac Mccarthy's the road and keeping the system going will not make it any more or less ROADY.

Get it?

sun tzu's picture

Tht's where you're wrong. The system is sustainable if 99.9% are serfs while .1% are masters. The elites are using the lower class to smash the middle class. 

Questan1913's picture

sun tzu

"Tht's where you're wrong. The system is sustainable if 99.9% are serfs while .1% are masters. The elites are using the lower class to smash the middle class"

Indeed.....and if you understand that you then understand why DHS is buying millions of rounds of ammo and will soon be arming enough of those lower classes to finish the job. 

 BO, in a major policy speech during his first term called for a domestic security force as large and well armed as the US Army.  The Watertown "lockdown" house searches and rousting of law abiding Americans from their homes at gunpoint shows that training and tactics are in place and were purposely displayed. 

 A nation of sheep will inevitably be controlled by the wolves among them..

centerline's picture

Other way around.  The gear is to pound the lower classes more than anyone else.  In most places, all that is needed is to ring fence the LC areas using that gear and let them burn it to the ground on thier own.

The middle class will be scared to death, and likewise pounded in the process into the next lower class.  The reason for this is that middle class is compliant and better educated.  The system still needs critical infrastructure and labor to go on.  Free-shit generational welfare queens are not going to cut it.

This is also why the show of force is being done in the middle class areas.  They are ones being conditioned to accept the police state.  The lower class areas are simply fucked.

Also, food for thought... what if all the gun control talk is really to scare people so that as much guns and ammo can be crammed down into society as possible.  Who is buying all this?  The middle class.  An outright class/race war is being stoked.  The police and DHS just need to maintain perimeters, critical supply chains, critical infrastructure, etc.  Then, much later on, move in to disarm the public in the interest of returning safety and peace.  After the chaos of course.

Freddie's picture

F TV and TV Hollywood - if you watch it and pay for it - you support your own serfdom.

The Second Rule's picture

I don't disagree. H-wood and TV are bankrupt and put out nothing but mindless fop to brainwash the masses (for the most part), but I don't think it's a one-stop shop for all evils. TV and movie media is just one of tentacle of the vampire squid.

jimmytorpedo's picture

Babylon system is the vampire.

--Bob Marley

Jam Akin's picture

Sucking the blood of the sufferers


Building church and university


Deceiving the people continually


Graduating thieves and murderers


Tell the children the truth.


The Second Rule's picture

Really? BM said that? I'm going to have to listen to my Bob Marley CDs some more.

The Second Rule's picture

I'm glad somebody gave me the lyrics, @1:25, cause I never would have made that out on my own. Thanks for the demo link.

jimmytorpedo's picture

Bob saw what TPTB did to Jamaica.

Or should I say,

"when TPTB did it to Jamaica, I said nothing because I'm not Jamaican,

when they did it to Iraq, I said nothing, because I'm not Iraqi

when they did it to Libya,..."

You get my point.

This shit has been going on for a while.

Bob's album Survival gives me chills, inspiration and the creeps all at the same time.

TeamDepends's picture

Get up     Stand up

Stand up for your rights

Ludwig Van's picture

Team Depends -- I think we can do it with as little as five million men.

If one were to give it just a little thought, there are good basic but highly leveragable operations that can be executed with the equivalent of one Regular Army company (40-50 guys). Parlay local to national. The right plan, even if ultimately overrun -- that is, the fifty guys die -- if properly depicted (the essential larger aspect), could/should signal the advanced guard, i.e. aware fence-sitting dudes with guns and balls. We are the good guys we're waiting for.

Afraid? Hell, yeah. But it's either me or my son -- one of us is going down. And no one fucks with my son.


Nick Jihad's picture

Many Russians thought their big reset in October 1917 would save them. Fewer thought so in 1991.

rhinoblitzing's picture

Trump, Santelli, You Here me? - ENOUGH... The CNN - Constant Negative Newz - whether from MSM or ZH is getting too blatent. The programming and conditioning from all angels states that " it's too late - it's all over - there is no hope or saviour ".

Elected leaders and Judges took an oath, they need to look in the mirror; Either uphold the constitution and root out the traitors from within - or resign and let someone else do it.

Why doesn't Rantelli, Beck, Trump, Dennis Miller, and El-Erian - run for office? Yeah it's a thankless job frought with peril - but standout if your going to stand up...

Trump, Santelli, You Here me? Or are you too concerned about your TV careers to walk the talk? Lead, Follow, or Get out of the way.

Hey Trump, what world are you leaving to your grandchildren? Fire Yourself and get a real job - Firing the real culprits!! You turned into another Ross Perot. With all that experience of putting together teams of egos, your deal and negotiating background - you would have smeared Obama in 2012 - Run for Governor of NY, or watch Weiner re-establish himself as you stand down.

The Second Rule's picture

You turned into another Ross Perot.

No, that's the problem. He didn't turn into another Ross Perot. Ross warned us of the dangers of globalization and what free-trade treaties like NAFTA and GATT would do to the country, and everything he said turned out to be dead on right.

Scro's picture

Ross Perot Jr is such a turd.

John_Coltrane's picture

You do know I hope that Ross Perot was called the world's first welfare billionaire for a good reason?  That simply means he "created" all his wealth via government contract work.  Not much of a role model for small government.  He also spyied on his employees private lives. 


The Second Rule's picture

I'm aware that he made some big $ off the health care system, but I don't see how that detracts or subtracts from his cautionary warnings about free trade agreements. I think he nailed that, quite accurately.

Wakanda's picture

Great article Paul.  A lot of truth in a few well chosen words.


Anusocracy's picture

Except that one would be totally in a fantasy world thinking that the USS Soviet Union can be turned around.

If you consider how much the people have changed since its founding, you will see why it can never go back.



Go Tribe's picture

There is no more freedom. Anywhere.

xtop23's picture

Freedom is slavery and the govt. stands ready to free the absolute shit out of you.


j.tennquist's picture

Oh brother, get a grip man. 

They can take away so-called rights (written on paper and disregarded).

They can inflate the pleasures of life until they are available to only a precious few

But you still have your mind, the inner life, your soul (call it what you will), they can't touch that. 

And that is the freedom that ultimately makes us all worth more dead then alive.

[ at this point I might put in a plug for buying guns and ammo but you draw your own conclusions ]


silver sword's picture

Goiod call, JT;

Freedom is started and found from within - and as a primary state of mind cannot be taken away.

Guns and gold are simply part of the tool kit - but there are still enough of us left with the brains, balls and backbone to save what is left of this once-great nation - the REAL America.

Molon Labe motherfuckers, read the Constitution. know it, understand it - the longest running one on earth - for a reason.

NEVER give up, NEVER give in, don't stop learning and educating others - because when BHO, Bernanke and the rest of the commie clowns are done - it may be too late!.

Fuck the 49% of the parasites who are too stupid and lazy to understand - they'll be the first to go when the SHTF!


Ludwig Van's picture


+All, silver sword.

+All, j.t.


jvetter713's picture

Well...take away the EBT cards...suddenly and permanently and let the chips fall where they may without government intervention and that would be good point to re-evaluate...say in 12 months.

Mike in GA's picture

Take away EBT and reevaluation begins immediately.

Son of Loki's picture
Turkey becomes partner of China, Russia-led security bloc


ALMATY (Reuters) - NATO member Turkey signed up on Friday to became a "dialogue partner" of a security bloc dominated by China and Russia, and declared that its destiny is in Asia.


This cannot be good news for Barry.



Rustysilver's picture

Son of Loki,

This is a great setup. Turkey can pass on NATO secrets (such as they are) to Russia and China.  It's win-win.

JOYFUL's picture

You're both write\rong...

Turks merely doin what Turks eternally's a 'sea of Bosphorus' thing.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

I DON'T CARE, I LOVE IT!  Here, let me put it to music:


F. Bastiat's picture

I doubt Barry cares; the guy's spent his entire life undermining, attacking, assaulting, and subverting the United States.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Surely you jest.  The guy's a goddam PUPPET.  Just like his predecessors (except for Bush Sr -- the Puppet Master):