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On America's In Dependence Day

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By Bill Frezza, originally posted in Forbes Magazine

Lamenting The Lost Legacy Of Independence Day

Why do we still celebrate Independence Day? Is it a lingering habit, a mindless bit of nostalgia, a time to indulge in fireworks and barbecues, devoid of any deeper meaning? Can anyone honestly argue that our nation still honors the values, or practices the principles, for which our Founders fought?

Today, most Americans have been trained to be embarrassed by the “extremist” individualist ethos that made the protection of liberty the primary purpose of government. They have been taught to apologize for the shortcomings of the “rich white men” who led the revolution. A majority of Americans now subscribe to an expansive view of government as both great provider and beneficent leveler. Its primary purpose is to redress unequal or unhappy outcomes, regardless of their source, through wealth redistribution on a scale so vast that it mocks the concept “private property.”

As for the causes of revolution, we’ve lost sight of them, too. King George III was a champion of laissez-faire compared to the modern cradle-to-grave entitlement state. The swollen capital city named after the man who won our freedom now claims the prize for erecting “a Multitude of new offices” bent on sending out “Swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.” If there is a field of endeavor that the federal government does not yet regulate, subsidize, or penalize, just wait. A new law is only a “crisis” away.

Have these new offices been imposed on us by some malevolent force that has undermined the workings of democracy? No. We the people ceaselessly demand new offices at an accelerating rate. The majority of Americans vote as if they believe that massive new government programs— created by incomprehensibly complex laws and administered by increasingly unaccountable bureaucrats—can solve an expanding array of “problems” which our Founders would have surely concluded were the proper province of civil society and not the sovereign state.

The King was criticized for unjustly imprisoning seamen. Today, our federal and state governments imprison more of our fellow citizens than any totalitarian regime in history—the vast majority for violating a futile prohibition on the possession, sale, or consumption of substances our Founders would not have thought twice about. Vast portions of our youth are thus rendered permanently unemployable, branded as felons and outcasts with nowhere to turn but a life of crime. And yet we persist in this folly, unable to admit that drug prohibition has been as huge a failure as alcohol prohibition.

And taxes? The Founders knew a tax when they saw one—and there were very few they could abide, with or without representation. Thanks to a Supreme Court that long ago gave up defending the Constitution, we now have a chameleon levy that is not a tax when politically inconvenient yet magically becomes a tax when seeking constitutional muster. As if we didn’t have a wide enough variety of taxes, this new tax is designed to penalize anyone who refuses to participate in a great communal project designed to make every citizen even more deeply dependent on the government.

Little by little, the home of the brave and the land of the free has become a nation of rent-seeking dependents clamoring for their share of state largess. Even before the latest entitlement blowout called Obamacare, we crossed the line where more than half of Americans receive some kind of assistance from the government every month, paid for by the fewer than half that still pay income taxes. As we move into the future and the number of dependents grows while the taxpayer pool shrinks, we call the result social justice rather than its old name: theft.

Our forefathers shed blood rather than render unto King George. Yet today we madly mortgage our nation’s future to foreign powers, piling debt upon debt without limit or thought as to how it will be repaid. These debts ensnare our children and grandchildren even as we stop having them, confident in the knowledge that the government will take care of us in our old age, so why bother with the trouble and expense?

If we were still a nation capable of shame with enough intellectual integrity to call things as they are, if we hadn’t debauched our language as badly as our currency, if we had the courage to look in the mirror and see how woefully we have squandered our Founders’ legacy, this Fourth of July would be a day not of celebration but of atonement.

Give some thought to what we have lost as we mark another In Dependence Day. May providence have mercy on our nation, lest we end up getting what we deserve.

 


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Wed, 07/04/2012 - 12:37 | Link to Comment CH1
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EXCELLENT piece.

The US IS a police state. Now.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 12:40 | Link to Comment Cursive
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@CH1

Hard to believe, but true.  I have lost faith in America and Americans to do the right thing, but I won't quit fighting for my liberties.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 12:42 | Link to Comment veyron
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If anything, the people here on ZH reaffirmed my faith in Americans.  It's good to see I'm not alone in lamenting what America has become ...

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 12:48 | Link to Comment toady
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Americant's

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 12:58 | Link to Comment AldousHuxley
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ON Indepedence Day, American banker  ex-Barclays CEO is getting grilled by the British for Liborgate.

 

 

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 13:13 | Link to Comment Oh regional Indian
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Having learnt my biggest life-lessons in the US of A, I have deep, deep gratitude for my time spent there.

I wish it's condition was otherwise. But the slide is too obvious, too in your face. The establishment is blatantly criminal.

Very sad and very how it is.

My best to all Americans, it's not going to be pretty but at least it's going to get real, which, if seen in the right perspective, is a blessing.

Up-stick, people, all together, pull...

ori

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 13:19 | Link to Comment Mr Lennon Hendrix
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On July 13th, demonstrate your right to own sound money!

Buy Silver!

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 14:17 | Link to Comment Divided States ...
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Everyone, please rise up to honor the singing of our national anthem:

 

Oh, say, everything you see, propaganda in sight,
What so proudly we failed at the taxpayer’s ass reaming
Whose many banks and corporations, pillaged as the middle class seek plight,
O'er the wars that we started, our soldiers blood left streaming
And the rich gets bailed out , while the homeless in dispair,
Gave proof to the 99%,  that for them, life aint fair.
O say, does that our freedom has been taken away
O'er the land where criminals run free and the home of the fraud

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 15:23 | Link to Comment CharlieSDT
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When I think of the people who built America, I think of tough, independent, principled and hardworking people. Sure, maybe the early Americans were a little rough around the edges, maybe a little uncultured, but they didn’t sit around waiting for someone else to do the dirty work for them. They were entrepreneurs, explorers, and missionaries who had a job to do, and dammit, they weren’t going to wait to fill out a bunch of paperwork or get a welfare check (personal or corporate) before they built railroads across the country, tamed the wilderness, or mobilized a full national effort to industrialize to help win World War II. The immigrants who came here from all over the world, from Ireland to China followed the American Dream and added to the American can-do attitude of self-reliance and ingenuity. Now that can do attitude has turned to entitlement, defeatism, apathy and sloth as all the American Dream today is nothing but a meaningless slogan.

I define the American Dream as follows: in the past, people came to America because they knew that if they came to America and busted their ass and worked hard for a lifetime, they could have a family and a little place to call their own and their kids could expect to have a better life than their parents. Now, the middle class is decimated, all of America’s “growth” is in fictional Ponzi scheme profits for the banksters while real median income has declined steadily since the early 70s. Those of you with children, what do you think are the chances that your kids will live better lives here than you? Slim to none, unless the magic Skittle shitting unicorn happens to come by your neighborhood and take a dump in your living room.

http://www.singledudetravel.com/2012/07/the-rise-fall-and-rise-of-the-re...

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 15:41 | Link to Comment Colombian Gringo
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When I think of America today, I think of the people of Walmart.

http://www.peopleofwalmart.com/

 

BTW singledudetravel is a great site  for figuring out how to get laid on the cheap in foreign lands. Highly recommended.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 15:54 | Link to Comment redpill
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You so-called 'mericans all been reported to DHS as potential terr'ists.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 16:53 | Link to Comment Michael
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Must see video.

Nice job dealing with the police state by Great Americans. That's how it's done.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2dLdoZMnmhs

and more good American fight back stuff;

Video: ACLU Launches Smartphone App to Secretly Record Police Stops

http://www.opposingviews.com/i/technology/gadgets/video-aclu-launches-smartphone-app-secretly-record-police-stops 

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 19:36 | Link to Comment WaterWings
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DECLARATION of WAR, bitchez. MOLON LABE

To all ZH, I wish you well.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 23:10 | Link to Comment Clashfan
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Cool link on that ACLU ap, Michael. Thanks. :)

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 01:55 | Link to Comment 0z
Wed, 07/04/2012 - 16:49 | Link to Comment aerojet
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It's rather difficult to believe that people were any different then versus now.  The only real difference is how many people there are.  There were always lazy rent-seekers, always the power hungry, the ultra-religious, and the folks who just wanted to be left alone.

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 08:12 | Link to Comment VyseLegendaire
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Exactly.  Where we are is the result of a trajectory born out by following the path set by our 'founing fathers.'  The USA was nothing ever but a criminal racket designedt o siphon off the wealth of the once free anarchist cities dotting the country. 

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 17:16 | Link to Comment reader2010
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most Americakkkkans didn't want to become the citizens of an independent country in the first place, and less than 5% of them supported the Revolutionary War. Junk me as you please. But, this is a historical fact. So most of the Amerikkkans back then wanted McMashions and two SUVs in the garage so to speak. Did you know George Washington had to burn down people's houses to drag them into the fight?

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 23:55 | Link to Comment t0mmyBerg
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Yeah.  It will be the same way today.  Once the IRS agents and other assorted Il Duce minions start really putting it to people and your grandparents disappear because it was cheaper to let them die than keep them alive according to some social utility calculus cooked up by Ezekiel Emanuel, then those who have a clue will have to pull and prod and exhort enough people to overthrow the ass hats in control.  Pretty much exactly as you just described, but now.

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 02:51 | Link to Comment poldark
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Who were the main people behind the war of independence - you gussed it. The Bankers.

See the Money Masters.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 16:59 | Link to Comment blunderdog
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        in the past, people came to America because they knew that if they came to America and busted their ass and worked hard for a lifetime, they could have a family and a little place to call their own and their kids could expect to have a better life than their parents.

It should be remembered that that mostly WAS for a freebie, tho--free LAND. 

A new homesteading option would make me pretty happy.  I don't need 40 acres--12 would do me just fine.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 20:04 | Link to Comment i-dog
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VERY FEW were offered "free land" ... most were offered indentured servitude after a harsh few months at sea. They considered that a price worth paying simply for the freedom to worship their imaginary god of choice! Today, the stakes are MUCH higher!!

Though the land was purchased from the Indians in exchange for a few blankets and sea shells (wampum), that land was purchased by the corporations and allocated to the wealthiest among them on the basis of their current assets. Everyone else had to work out their servitude and save up for a land purchase ... or continue as a wage slave.

I've never seen so many whingeing pricks as in this thread and CHS's employment one yesterday. Most of you are still waiting for the sugar-plum fairy to dump a fortune into your laps so that you can move to the French Riviera!!!

It's sickening!

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 20:17 | Link to Comment blunderdog
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You misunderstand.

There was a frontier, i-dog.  "Free land" was anything West of the last county line.

Most early USian settlers were either thieves or conquerors--they had access to opportunities that do not exist anymore.

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 08:31 | Link to Comment i-dog
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It is you who misunderstands (though I really don't wish to get involved in an argument over semantics).

Firstly, the "frontier" settlements west of the Appalachians didn't occur until 150 years after the period of which I was speaking.

Secondly, even those "pioneers" who headed west into the Indian Territories did so against quite astonishing odds: They were not going to jobs and purchasing/renting homes in established cities!! They were trekking in covered wagons, and often on foot, through hostile Indian tribes and rugged country to a patch of dirt from which they were to erect log cabins and attempt to grow crops to feed themselves. The amenities of a town would come even later.

The pussies to whom I was addressing my earlier comment are those in this thread who consider an offer of $20,000 and an opportunity to acquire a job and home in an established Saskatchewan city to be beneath the manner in which they would like to become accustomed ... and those who would reject an offer of a life in South America or Asia because the natives don't speak Amerikan (ie. loud bullshit) and it wouldn't come with all the usual American amenities (ie. SUV parking lots and electric wheelchairs at malls!) ... and those in the CHS Employment thread who consider that working for anything less than $50/hour +++ mandatory benefits to be "insulting" and "slave labour".

They disgust me ... and the founders of the country would probably have something even harsher to say to them!!

[A belated] Happy In Dependence Day!

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 10:10 | Link to Comment blunderdog
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When you narrow the subject enough, you're "correct."  But my point remains: most of the settlers of the present USA came well after the colonial period and arrived understanding that they could go into the wilds and acquire wealth/territory that was completely unavailable to them in their home countries.

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 04:16 | Link to Comment AnAnonymous
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Quite a nice exhibition of fabled past

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maybe a little uncultured, but they didn’t sit around waiting for someone else to do the dirty work for them.
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The US started as a slaver nation.

It is funny how US citizens can not cope with their own past because if they accept it as it is, it shows that contrary to their claims, US citizenism has not changed.

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 12:58 | Link to Comment akak
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The US started as a slaver nation.

And China started as a completely centrally-controlled, brutal,  totalitarian nightmare state in 223 under the egomaniacal emperor Chin Shi Huang Di, under whom millions of peasants were killed in forced labor and endless wars.

Therefore, by your implied logic, all present-day Chinese are equally guilty of the crimes of Chin Shi Huang Di.

The fundamental difference being, slavery has long been eliminated from the USA, while China is STILL a centrally-controlled, brutal, totalitarian state.  I guess the rotten acorn did not fall far from the Chinese tree.

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 04:29 | Link to Comment AnAnonymous
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in the past, people came to America because they knew that if they came to America and busted their ass and worked hard for a lifetime, they could have a family and a little place to call their own

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Thanks the generous sponsors like the Indians. Once subjuguated by the 'American' project, they provided their land.

And you know what is best? The proportion of US citizens residing the US and owning a house, this chronologically.
Keep it a secret though because Keynesianism is bad.

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 12:47 | Link to Comment akak
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Chinese Citizenism citizens know all about injustices committed against native American Indians --- which Americans today fully acknowledge and regret.

Perniciously blobbing-up Communist Chinks have the modern playground of conquered and colonized Tibet to repeat the American injustices of two and three centuries ago --- only their displacement and genocide of the Tibetan people is much more systematic and deliberate.

The difference being, Americans will admit to past injustices against native Americans, whereas hypocritical Chinese Citizenism citizens only offuscate, throat the lies, apologize for and deny the crimes their Communist dictatorial rulers continue to commit against Tibet and Tibetans.  Impossibility of self-indictment being keystone of Chinese Citizenism.

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 07:32 | Link to Comment Cast Iron Skillet
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So what's happening on July 13th? I googled, and found out that a new Ice Age movie is coming out ... is that gonna make silver go up?

http://www.iceagemovie.com/

Or would there be some other event that you are alluding to?

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 16:56 | Link to Comment Peter Pan
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The slide in America's condition and position is woeful, but the one thing that truly scares me is what will America be like and look like when it hits bottom. Will it look like a scene out of Mad Max, will it be invaded or will that spirit of America suddenly rise from the dead and say "enough is enough"?

If change for the better is on its way, it can only come from individual efforts for betterment, followed by group efforts, town efforts and hopefully this will one day translate into a national effort. The change cannot come from the top. It is far too corrupted and beholden to interests that do not have America's interests at heart.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 17:25 | Link to Comment reader2010
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The public schooling has taught every child to be obedient and to respect the authority. That's it. 

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 18:30 | Link to Comment Goldilocks
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@47:45,

~//~

John Gatto
New York State Teacher of the Year,
Author, The Underground History
of American Education

(Official Movie) THRIVE: What On Earth Will It Take?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEV5AFFcZ-s (2:12:03)

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 19:31 | Link to Comment Lucky Guesst
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If the public school system can undo your parenting then you SUCK and shouldn't have procreated.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 17:33 | Link to Comment Socialized Losses
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@Peter Pan, no need to dust off that Mad Max VHS, just pull up some Katrina aftermath videos on UTube. There you see how quickly people get debased after a "horrendous" half day without food or xbox.

Excellent article

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 01:23 | Link to Comment Cathartes Aura
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cool.  be sure to watch an "aftermath" video that includes the door-to-door confiscation of guns by uniformed men, and cops stealing shit in their gov issued cars - oh, and the cars too! and shooting unarmed people!

for aftermath stories, do watch the NY speculators coming in to scoop up whole neighbourhoods at pennies on the dollar, kicking the peoples when they were most vulnerable. . . and the toxic FEMA trailers - wot a hoot!!!

yes indeed, those were the daze. . .

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 00:12 | Link to Comment VallejoVillain
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I see and hear fireworks go off, reminds me of my childhood. When life was simple to me. Now being a man ---- I feel like this holiday is just lies to me. It saddens me.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 13:00 | Link to Comment CPL
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For those of you that are young, strong and smart.  Canada is looking for you.  More specifically Saskachewan.  The province will pay you 20k to get your ass there and help the economy grow.  Must have graduated after 2006 though and stay for 7 years.

http://aeei.gov.sk.ca/grp

For all those young lads and lasses that are fed up with all that "freedom" offered down south.  As northern cousins we've fought before like any family, with the mess happening down south and the coming civil war; there's space enough for you next door until it gets better.  Plus there is work here.  Lots of it, half our population is over the age of 60 and stuff needs to get done regardless of demographics.

How to get to Canada as a US citizen...some good process in this thread.

http://www.expatforum.com/expats/canada-expat-forum-expats-living-canada...

 

 

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 13:30 | Link to Comment bank guy in Brussels
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Canadian people are generally great, but the problem is the Canadian government is selling out to the American oligarchs.

It is not like the old days with Pierre Trudeau. Canada is no longer a refuge for escaping Americans.

Americans who seek refuge in Canada are being turned back, for jail or worse, like being left to fall out of a police van with their head cracked open.

Canada has signed agreements to allow US troops to operate martial law on Canadian territory after the next 'terra-rism' attack, supplied by the CIA, of course.

Canada has signed agreements for US control over flights in and out of Canada, and full co-operation with the US Homeland Security Dept, and full allowance for the US FBI etc. to operate on Canadian territory. There is a secret agreement in place that no one seeking refuge from US 'authorities' in Canada will be able to get it.

Besides, US agents can just grab Americans in Canada and bring them back in the boot of an automobile.

Agreed that Canada may well be a better place to live, for Americans who are totally 'clean' and officially 'ok' with the US Homeland Security gangsters.

But for any US dissident, they will have to deal with the fact that Canada is now run by quisling lapdogs of US oligarchs, and they face being seized and sent back to prison or US government camps, with Canadian police and government rubber-stamping the transfer to the torture centres.

If someone is a US dissident - among the 8 million+ already on the USA sh*t list - Canada is no safe haven.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 13:57 | Link to Comment Hugh_Jorgan
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Agreed, not a great place to escape to. But a better place to escape on foot than Mexico, just sayin'...

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 15:27 | Link to Comment Paul Atreides
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Canadians are well aware and awake of the treason that is being performed under the guise of signing the NAU by Harper BGIB. We are preparing to take back the country through unification and grass roots activism, it is going to take time, effort and we are not quite ready to show our hands but I can assure you it is coming and it will be a force to reckon with. As a Canadian I have no fear, I do not care who or what US agency, government or entity you work for or who reads this. If you step in my country and so much as lay a finger on my countrymen or a refugee seeking asylum I will kill you. I am not prepared to die for my government but I am prepared to die for Canadians and Canada.

You can be damn sure that any hard working american showing up at my door seeking refuge from tyranny and opression will be welcomed into my home. That goes for all of you americans seeking refuge, we have our differences but if you are on the side of Freedom and Liberty you are and will always be my brothers in arms.

CWA 74

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 16:42 | Link to Comment CPL
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Well said.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 17:21 | Link to Comment 4horse
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" . . . we are not quite ready to show our hands . . . "

showing how long already being fully in their hands

 

*please. atreides. Spicy linguistics aside, outta everyone here's backside, quebec to klondike's all along been made in their own image, and dunescape, so far from fiction that canada/australia's das Capital is in fact The City Of London

 

past,present---->into the future at least know your own history nevermind ours, zionation

 

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*respect, nevertheless, to you personally if not (s)words

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 19:01 | Link to Comment Paul Atreides
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The 2 maces of London will be cast unto the ocean, one into the Pacific and one into the Atlantic.

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 01:28 | Link to Comment WaterWings
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!!!

Fuck it. I'd prefer rock-breaking in Canada with a future to sitting on my MFing ass here in Police State US of A. Fuck trying to remember Russian gulag hierarchy to get enough calories to stay alive in the Camps.

I can't fucking take it anymore. No, seriously, I'll offer to take up a sledgehammer and break rocks if you're willing to offer me a future I can count on; that is, plenty of land and water ready and waiting instead of...

Oh, I forgot about the Predator drones. Well, if it's going to be WWIII I'd rather be a knowing serf with a goat and some fucking land. Come and take it. I'm fucking unhinged as it is.

Fuck these Vitamin HFCS shitheads that actually buy twinkies and Dr. Pepper for their kids and their own bellies.

I don't know very much German but I can fucking improve with a vengeance. And fuck it if I don't qualify for tuition reimbursement if I file a tax form up north. Fucking file a tax form!! What a Faustian bargain. 

How I yearn to have peace in my heart and mind that what I do today will pay off to my descendants.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 17:32 | Link to Comment Freddie
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+1

I am glad to hear this.

The Canadian people have always been great neighbors.   I have neighbors with nicer homes who are Canadian.  What is amazing is they show more respect to the American flag than many Americans do.  They fly the U.S. flag above the Canadian flag and at night they light the flags.  This is exactly the way it is supposed to be done.

I recall being in England at a train station once.  Some people started talking to me. I forget if they were English or Aussies.  They guessed I was a Canadian first then a South African.  I took it as a compliment, as I always tried to be a respectful tourist.  There were a few times when I yelled at Americans acting like idiots in Munich and other places. 

This "hey I'm an American and I want service now!" shit that a lot of idiots do in foreign lands.  Oh - you are an America? We have been waiting for you with the red carpet.   Idiots - I have seen it too many times when traveling.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 22:17 | Link to Comment geekgrrl
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Nice post. I agree about Canadians being great folks. I have a number of Canadian friends and have always felt that Canadians are more like what Americans used to be like.

I also had a similar experience traveling in Europe years ago. I was leaving Italy and when I was asked my nationality, I jokingly asked the guard to guess. (This was before 9/11, and the guard was in good humor) First guess was Swedish (I was blonde at the time). Second guess was Canadian. He gave up, and I showed him my passport and he couldn't believe I was an American. I can understand why though.

In just a few weeks there, I cringed every time some loudmouth American fatass in tennis shoes, shorts, and a stupid shirt made a scene. This happened in almost every restaurant and hotel lobby we passed though, except in the less-traveled towns. It was embarrassing and disgraceful. Oh, and the graffiti. >75% was clearly of American origin (a whole lot of fraternity stuff), and I'm talking church graffiti. I'm not a big fan of the RC church, but I felt that it said much more about the indifference Americans have towards other countries, and how nothing is sacred to Americans. That was when I started thinking of myself as something other than an "American."

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 22:26 | Link to Comment geekgrrl
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Thanks for that Paul. I think people all around the world are going to need to open their homes to shelter people that TPTB have designated "enemies of the state."

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 03:05 | Link to Comment poldark
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This is all part of the World Govrnment project.

The EU is using the financial crisis to force people into a United States of Europe against their will. I am a member of the UK Independence Party. We have been telling the British people for 15 years what was going to happen and it has. The opposition called us Gadflies,Fruitcakes, Nutters etc., etc. The people now see what we were saying was true.We are now rising rapidly in the polls.

First they ignore us

Then they laugh at us

Then they fight us

Then we win.

Gandhi.

 

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 03:42 | Link to Comment Prometheus418
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Good to hear, Muad'dib.

Expect a stream coming underground-railroad style of of Wisconsin.  We're still kind of free-ish here, at least for the time being.

As an aside, I counted three US flags on the way to the grocery store today- and four Gadsens.  Five years ago, every single home flew the stars and bars on the 4th.  Most aren't willing to speak up yet, but almost all the stupid jingo is gone these days.  More importantly, I'm still here- which means no neighbors have dropped a dime to the DHS.

Give me two men I can trust, and a solid stream of reliable intel, and I will start the party.  I have no qualms about being one of the 3%, but no man can act entirely alone effectively.  The problem right now is fog-of-war, not lack of resolve- any action that is not based on solid intel is just senseless thrashing and suicide by cop.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 17:28 | Link to Comment reader2010
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Last time I chatted with Marc Faber was about three years back, and I asked him his favorite places. Without even any hesistation, his recommendation was Montreal. Go Canada!

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 03:08 | Link to Comment poldark
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Vancouver is much better!

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 19:30 | Link to Comment Dugald
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Can you really blame Canada, having made an unholy mess of your own country, you now think you have the right to take your disease into Canada, or any other country come to that.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 13:36 | Link to Comment logically possible
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" the province will pay you 20k to get your ass there and help the economy grow"

CPL this is just another government handout to be payed for, in the future by you and the people of your province. Have you considered allowing "supply and demand" to balance this naturally? People are always thinking government needs to step in. This handout is a perfect example of what this article is all about.                           In Dependence.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 13:44 | Link to Comment CPL
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It is what it is. 

But if a fool is willing to offer something that you were intending to do anyways, take the graft.  Personally I'm seeing it as an opportunity for people in the US that are rotting away doing nothing to accomplish two things.

 

  1. Get a gig so they feel productive doing their profession
  2. Get 20k for doing nothing but breathing the oxygen in another location.
  3. Don't speak French.  In Saskachewan, you would be better off speaking Dutch or German as a second language.  The elder homesteaders still speak German in Saskatoon.  99% of th daily life runs in English though.

 

This isn't limited to US citizens, btw, it's open to anybody with the inclination to move to Canada.  Shit, take the 20k, buy silver/gold with it and sit on it while working.  US, Canada, England, Ireland, India.  They are just places.

Besides it's not my province, it's an option for those moving.  If in a similar situation in Canada with the same government impositions, I would be seeking to send my children as far away fro the mess as possible.

After they are safe and away from the troubles, then I would be loading the rifles.  Again, it's an option and it's opportunity.  Plus it's pretty country, just like Montana.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 13:54 | Link to Comment Lucky Guesst
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Those that would should.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 13:59 | Link to Comment hivekiller
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The people's republic of Canada is just Amerika lite. You're basically a province which is why the degradation is not quite as complete as it is here. But I notice that you don't have much freedom of speech either. Inviting people to come and work for a measly $20 a year is like a bracero program for Americans.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 14:01 | Link to Comment AldousHuxley
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USA:

60% white, 5% Asian, 13% black, 15% Hispanic

healthcare preimum: ~$1000/month, 30% overhead, life expectancy 78 years

rate of violent crime: 0.4%

unemployment: 8.3%

Median household income (PPP): $49,000

paid time off: 10

taxes for military spending: ~50%

 

Canada:

90% white, 7% Asian, 3% black, 1% Hispanic

healthcare premium ~$100/month, 1% overhead, life expectancy 81 years

rate of violent crime 0.2%

unemployment: 6.3%

Median household income (PPP): $54,000

paid time off: 20

taxes for military spending: ~8%

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 16:44 | Link to Comment Everyman
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Canada is also exporting death by selling asbestos to third world countries that don't know better and say that it's use is "safe".  The asbestos industry was the first "bailout" in the United States for corporates and materials magnates.  Just google India toxic trade.  Oh, and over a weekend, the Canadian Government gave $58 million to re-start Jefferies mine for production.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 17:23 | Link to Comment Overfed
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I wish I could still buy asbestos brake pads and shoes, and clutch discs. This new non-asbestos shit sucks.

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 00:55 | Link to Comment CompassionateFascist
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Canada continues to suffer from a shortage of young black males. Cf. crime differential. Still, America has it way better re gun rights and free speech. Offend a Tribal - or any other Jew-integrated Group Entitlement - in the Land of Bronfman and watch what happens.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 15:02 | Link to Comment reader2010
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Canada is a piece of shit. How long we have to wait at the border crossing now? They even turn away the people that they believe are going to make some money up there. Bullshit. Worse than China. 

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 00:55 | Link to Comment billsykes
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I would pay 20k to stay out of Saskatchewan.  But good try, the differential between what pays or what can pay well is concentrated in business, and because canada doesn't do anything outside O&G and real estate then finance is a choice- Saskatoon and Toronto are totally different. This, if it is a choice is really only a choice between the ages of 23-28.

I say stay out of canada altogether, there was more of a bailout per capita, the banks are more overleveraged, there is zero manufacturing or real economy, and taxes are higher than the usa if you know what you are doing. 

Everyone says USA is fucked but canada is  the real sleeper- zero manufacturing, no venture funding outside limited tech crap, too big with low population counts. And we depend and trade with a fucked country, the usa. Hell Canada has to give michigan money to cover their half of a bridge ontario wants to build so Canada can do more trading with the USA. How fucked is that? 

 

 

 

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 13:02 | Link to Comment DoChenRollingBearing
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@ veyron

+ 1

Those of us lamenting what America has become, we are legion.  But, maybe, we can bring America back.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 13:22 | Link to Comment CPL
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We are legion, but even legions retreat. 

We only need to wait for the leash and illusion of fiat currency to collapse.  Then it'll be time to clean house.  Not a moment before hand though.  People are going to be pissed at anyone that publically makes promises before the incoming fiat collapse.

 

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 13:07 | Link to Comment Abitdodgie
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The problem is what do we do about it , whos up for a armed march onto the White House to get our shit back.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 14:19 | Link to Comment AldousHuxley
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just march up to your bank's ATM and take the money out.

 

your vote isn't even worth a buck these days with 300,000,000 people.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 17:35 | Link to Comment 4horse
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THE WHITE HOUSE  .  .  .  !

 

hidey hidey, amidst whitey, what's to be seen obscene is there as everywhere concealed

 

in plain sight

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 14:15 | Link to Comment AnAnonymous
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On with that.

If anything, the people here on ZH reaffirmed my faith in US citizens.

Quite a collection of fine specimens of US citizenism on here.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 14:37 | Link to Comment TheFourthStooge-ing
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AnAnonymous said:

Quite a collection of fine specimens of US citizenism on here.

You are quite an upstanding specimen of US citizenism. Every day you promote US citizenism, advance its causes, and work to spread it to every part of the globe.

AnAnonymous is number one US citizenism patriot.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 14:49 | Link to Comment AnAnonymous
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One could suppose that according to your fantasy, I promote US citizenism on my free time when I am not busy to promote the forgery called chinese citizenism.

You should stand your ground. Once again, I know fantasy is fantasy but even fantasy needs some consistency. Selling me at the same time as a promoter of US citizenism and the fantasy called chinese citizenism lacks.

But hey, US citizens can not talk based on the merits of US citizenism. They have to find something to mediate between themselves and US citizenism.

So it is because of chinese citizenism, or promotion of US citizenism etc

Cant plug with reality.

US citizenism at work.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 14:53 | Link to Comment AnAnonymous
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Labelling me as the number one patriot of US citizenism is an insult to the billions of US citizens, past, present and future, who have dedicated their efforts to the promotion of the greatest thing ever to happen to humanity, and whose debut is celebrated by the world on July, 4th.

If indeed I had been the biggest patriot for US citizenism, well, US citizenism would not have known that huge success which is courtesy of those billions of US citizens, past, future and present.

It takes special people to support the scam of enslaving other people on behalf of freedom, of stealing other people on behalf of property.

I am not of those very special people. Those people are US citizens.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 15:21 | Link to Comment TheFourthStooge-ing
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AnAnonymous said:

Labelling me as the number one patriot of US citizenism is an insult to the billions of US citizens, past, present and future, who have dedicated their efforts to the promotion of the greatest thing ever to happen to humanity, and whose debut is celebrated by the world on July, 4th.

Ah, ah, being now your modesty is most boastful. You are not only number one patriot of US citizenism, you are founding father of US citizenism. Please, go taking a bow, and accept the thanks of humanity graciously.

I am not of those very special people. Those people are US citizens.

Alas, alas, triple alas, the contrapuntalism boils over the side of the cooking marmit. You, AnAnonymous, are the leader of those very special people. As the founding father of US citizenism, you do having over nine hundred billion US citizenism citizens worship on you, every day of the days in weekly. Bear with it.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 16:04 | Link to Comment akak
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In realityness, it is to supposed that we should feel the have of honor of being in presence of father of all Citizenisms, AnusAnonymous, blessings be upon him, at moment of birth of great but nonexistent philosophy of US-Chinese Citizenism (one and same and yet not, one being and one not being), existing as it were in mind own of his, not being able to hatch into view of lowlys such as we.

Perhaps much many meditations while squatting on side of road will bring to minds the Oneness of Denialistic Algebraic Coconutistic Offuscationisticalizing US-Chinese Citizenism.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 20:45 | Link to Comment RichardP
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Yes.  I think you nailed it.

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 04:18 | Link to Comment AnAnonymous
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The founding father of 'Americanism'?

So funny.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 18:19 | Link to Comment 4horse
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sphinx, without a riddle, insists us thinking:

It takes special people to support the scam of enslaving other people on behalf of freedom, of stealing other people on behalf of property.

I am, that I am, one of those, Chosen, for very special relationship

 

answer: israeli
                       citizenism

whose cynicism am I their sphincter, of such afflatus and passing gas as has here been chosen, I am, for me, to do such do do as is here as silent as it is deadly, spreading  .  .  .

such contagion as here thinks to stink to high heaven

 

 

INRI

YHWH

 

 

I Am, That I Am, that enigma whose Tetragrammaton isreal as all IAMs to any running d*g  .  .  . knows, what I Mean, when indeed meaning stinking to f-fucking HH found only h-here from wither&whence Am I, r-rear guarding

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 14:58 | Link to Comment akak
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You should stand your ground. Once again, I know fantasy is fantasy but even fantasy needs some consistency. Selling me at the same time as a promoter of US citizenism and the fantasy called chinese citizenism lacks.

No inconsistency exists.  Chinese Citizenism (which exists) is the exact same thing as US Citizenism (which does not exist).  By constantly promoting real Chinese Citizenism, you actually also promote the fantasy of US Citizenism, which exists, but only in your own addled mind.

US Citizenism: fantasy

Chinese Citizenism: real (just ask the Tibetans!)

US Citizenism is the same thing as Chinese Citizenism.

Promotion of Chinese Citizenism is the promotion of US Citizenism.

There is no such thing as US Citizenism.

Chinese Citizenism is the one true threat.

Chinese Citizenism is blobbing-up, monolizing of the speeching means, and offuscationizingisticalization.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 15:06 | Link to Comment AnAnonymous
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No inconsistency in claiming that something that does not exist is the same as something that exists?

Sure.

Funny US citizens, they have woven a world of quasi certainty.

They blame everytime others for their US citizen doings, it has to be the chinese, the negroes, the illuminati, the elite, the vatican.

They are fully unable to question themselves. Which leads to quasi certainty.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 15:41 | Link to Comment akak
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Much like Chinese Citizenism trolls are 1006% unable to self-indict, or to indict the ruling Chinese Communist Party dictatorship for ANY of its egregious crimes, forcing them into wild trips beyond the speed of light on harmonically oscillating Mobius Strip journeys of exponential hypocrisy, denialistic tomfoolery and raging bigotry, finally imploding in the singularity of the roadside spreading-cheeks black hole.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 23:36 | Link to Comment Clashfan
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Clearly Analmouse not criticize Chinese government. Him too busy practicing invisible roadside shitting Chinese citizenism.

Him government have satanic elite, too. Li family?

Him government take control for citizens and media, too. Him government brainwash even more, for more brainwash is needed when roadside shitting is blobbing up. Him blame America very funny.

Him so funny me laugh long time. Him need get busy making more fireworks so American citizenism can keep blobbing up on my block and keep me from grading foreign students' bad papers. Maybe I miss some mistakes because loud bangs over my roof. Sneaky China go boom all over my roadside; stinky China go boom all over his roadside.

Chinese shitizenism blobbing up everywhere on our holiday. Even on ZH.

Chinese shitizen need more toilet paper, anti-bacterial wipes, stalls, and running water. No one like to shit like animal on side of road, not be able wipe with winsome privacy. Must always have little bit of shu-shu in special spot.

Him find group of Americans complain about our leaders on internet, but him complain to those Americans that we all bad? Where his shitizens complaining about Chinese system? China have so many problems, job would be large indeed. Much larger than roadside shit pile in ditch. Much stinkier, too. Him need try clean up his own ditch first. Confucious say, "Clean up own shit ditch before blaming messy wag-bag on people across big water."

Him get special fortune from me: "Today you get many junks on ZH. Use this better wipe."

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 14:16 | Link to Comment Sean7k
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America is its' people. 

The debt belongs to bankers, bondholders and government, this author is merely trying to sell the same old story- debt must be repaid. Why? 

If the people want to be something great, there is nothing standing in their way. Law requires the acceptance of the people to operate. Courts require the confidence of the public. Government require the legitimacy of the vote and the revenue from taxes.

All these things require the people. If the people want to manufacture goods, nothing stands in their way.

If the people want to stop being obese, imbecilic, mindless zombies, nothing is stopping them from turning off the audio, educating themselves and eating right.

If the people want to form strong communities with shared values and invest in each other, they have only to step outside and engage their neighbors.

The malaise that affects America has infected the people. But only the people can choose to cure the malaise. They may need leadership, but the leaders are here and there. They may need new ears to hear, but the message is available. They may need new eyes to see and imaginations to be spurred, but that is the motivation of wanting to be something better. 

America is not about dependence, fear and tyranny, unless the people have decided it will be done. Inwhich case, America is nothing more than a hollowed out carcass and it is time to find a new dream.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 14:55 | Link to Comment AnAnonymous
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If the people want to be something great, there is nothing standing in their way.
_______________
Indeed.

And US citizens have already what they deem great, that is US citizenism.

A US citizen wishes for nothing else but US citizenism. And they have it.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 15:01 | Link to Comment TheFourthStooge-ing
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AnAnonymous said:

A US citizen wishes for nothing else but US citizenism.

As the founder of US citizenism, that must make you very proud.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 15:03 | Link to Comment AnAnonymous
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Now I am the founder of 'Americanism'?

Woooo, no limits.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 15:10 | Link to Comment akak
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You are indeed the womb, the lifegiver, the seedcorn, the spore, the essence of US Citizenism!

As it exists only in your autistic and retarded mind, it can not be otherwise.

AnusAnonymous = US Citizenism.  A is A.

Self-identity pertains.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 15:19 | Link to Comment AnAnonymous
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The world would be different in 'Americanism' only existed in my mind.

It is funny. Very funny. US citizens are led to deny their own existence. Who else is said to proceed the same way? Denying one's own existence?

How funny indeed.

US citizenism is as US citizen does.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 15:26 | Link to Comment TheFourthStooge-ing
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AnAnonymous said:

How funny indeed.

US citizenism is as US citizen does.

US citizenism is as AnAnonymous sees reflected in his mirror.

AnAnonymous making the much of funny, advancing the humor protocols for the amusement of humanity. Made me laugh.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 15:54 | Link to Comment akak
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AnusAnonymous made me laugh so hard while reading his Chinese Citizenism expositions while holding my iPad on the side of the road, I was forced to soil myself!  Yes, my fecal embarcations landed squarely on the roadside!

Can I now apply for honorary Chinese citizenship?

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 16:21 | Link to Comment TheFourthStooge-ing
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akak asked:

Can I now apply for honorary Chinese citizenship?

Yes, is due all being of glorious Chinese citizenism up-blobbery. Please do you are filling out both sides of applications formulation.

Eligibility in Peoples Liberation Opium Parlour frequent high flyers program also now commences with obligation fulfilled of already the inaugural roadside excretory deposit.

Congratulatement being to upon you now many.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 16:22 | Link to Comment yofish
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Does it cost anything to get into this circle-jerk?

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 16:35 | Link to Comment krispkritter
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Now, now, don't go spoiling their fun. These two are just having fun with AnAnnoyingAsshole. Fun for the whole family of USCitizenisms!

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 04:30 | Link to Comment AnAnonymous
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In US citizenism, the group is all.

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 12:50 | Link to Comment akak
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Collectivism and group identity have always been the hallmarks of Chinese authoritarianism and anti-individualism, unlike tradational American individualism.

Once again, you project your faults and sins onto others, in the most laughable display of idiocy and delusion.

Hypocrisy, thy name is Chinese Citizenism!

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 04:20 | Link to Comment AnAnonymous
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US citizenism is as US citizen does.

It takes US citizens.

Only them qualify.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 17:26 | Link to Comment Peter Pan
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Zero Hedge definitely does maintain a high level of awareness and camaraderie amongst its readers but can anyone tell me if and how this is changing our actions for a better America and better world? Or is the comments section just for letting off steam?

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 18:47 | Link to Comment AustriAnnie
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Never underestimate the value of letting off steam.

We all might be physically prepared for the worst.  But mental preparation is the hardest part.  I think that the dialogue created here on ZH helps people prepare mentally for the changes that are occurring.  And the more people who are mentally calm and prepared, the better for the world, because when TSHTF there will be a dire shortage of sanity.  But calm strong people (even one in a room full of people) can make a huge difference in the way that events unfold, even if only on a small scale in their local communities.

There is what I call the "awareness curve" and when I came to ZH there were ppl here farther along on that curve, who had gotten past the frustration and anger and bitterness and were calmly preparing to help themselves and their loved ones.  These people helped me move a little farther along the curve.  Knowing that there is only so much you can do to stop a chain of events, and having the ability to remain sane in the midst of stark-raving mad idiots -- those were skills I realized I needed to develop.  

Point being: changing our actions IS better for America and the world.  Individuals affect those around them.  We might all feel like our hands are tied right now, and like we are just waiting for doomsday.  But in reality we on a small scale affect all the people around us.  Awareness can be contagious.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 21:28 | Link to Comment RichardP
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I think that the dialogue created here on ZH helps people prepare mentally for the changes that are occurring.

George Washington and his contemporaries did not make a difference by being further along on the awareness curve, by being mentally calm and prepared.  Rather, they got out there and did something.  (They grabbed the llama by it's ears and kicked its ass.)  They didn't wait for King George to crash and burn, and then, out of those ashes, rebuilt something that they called America.  No - they engaged King George where he was, in the moment, and defeated him.  Wanna try that here, now??  "Umm ... no thank you.  But we are having a real good discussion about things on ZeroHedge.  Perhaps you would like to join us.  It will make you feel ever so much better.  And that's the point of life, right?  Feeling good??"

Where is your effort focused?  On learning how to be a better patient?  Or on getting well?  You gonna learn how to best manage the disease?  Or are you going to kill it?

Good luck with the kill it part.  That won't be quite as simple as defeating King George.

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 04:58 | Link to Comment cranky-old-geezer
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They didn't wait for King George to crash and burn, and then, out of those ashes, rebuilt something that they called America.  No - they engaged King George where he was, in the moment, and defeated him.

Many are hoping for the system to crash and following anarchy, thinking it will be their chance to right all the evils and get America back on track so to speak.   The "big reset" they hope for.

What they don't realize is there won't be any such crash and reset.  Yea the currency will be debased down to nothing and most Americans will lose everything.  But that's not a system crash.  It's simply the start of a feudalistic society of rich and poor. 

That's the future of America.  Not crash, anarchy, reset, and rebuild, but silent slide into a feudalistic police state tyranny.

This is why gold and silver won't save anyone.  People attempting to use gold and silver will be ratted out, arrested, imprisoned, maybe executed. 

Nothing but the official (worthless) currency will be tolerated, so the tyrannical police state government can keep stealing your wealth and keep tabs on you.

Barter?  Black market?  Not when 90% of everyone around you will rat you out to the government for a bone tossed their way, because they're destitute and starving.

No, there isn't gonna be any crash and reset.   All you people waiting for it are gonna be disappointed when it never happens, and you find yourselves in a feudalistic  America of rich and poor, and guess what group you're in.

Wana see the future of America?   Go watch Braveheart.

But there won't be any William Wallaces.

 

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 03:59 | Link to Comment Prometheus418
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Zero Hedge definitely does maintain a high level of awareness and camaraderie amongst its readers but can anyone tell me if and how this is changing our actions for a better America and better world? Or is the comments section just for letting off steam?

Put a drone above my home, and you'll see more than steam.  Or more precisely, you won't- you'll just see falling drones, and a lack of further commentary as they drag me off to an undisclosed location once they figure out what killed their circuits.

Make no mistake, some only let off steam, and some prep.  I'm no action-hero, and my guns can't beat even the Sheriff's department, but my tech kung-fu is pretty good.  I have no illusions about "winning"- the only goal is to die as a man, and not a cringing slave.  If enough of us do it, it might even make some kind of difference.  It'd be real swell if I can do that without fighting, but that doesn't appear to be in the cards.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 14:54 | Link to Comment Grey-Ghost
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How do you “fight”, pray? Along the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal, 1950 conclusion:

"Individuals have international duties which transcend the national obligations of obedience ... Therefore [individual citizens] have the duty to violate domestic laws to prevent crimes against peace and humanity from occurring."

by not, say, paying taxes? What are your acts of civil disobedience, your acts in trying to change two fascist wings (Repulsive and Despicable) of the same oligarchy?

I’m not trying to be smug at all, I’d like us to stop this murderous fascist regime, something all those laments here or, like in the article above, endless regurgitating of the same old facts (King George; give me a fucking break) does not make much sense anymore. At least not to me.

I moved out from the sickening insanity of the majority of American people but their country’s thieving, murderous tentacles are everywhere so one does not escape “Americanism”, its own breed of fascism, no matter where one lives.

"America" as an illusion / experiment / concept / country / dream / is lost and is never coming back. The germs of its demise as much of the end of the white civilization (a “good idea” according to Gandhi, but never realized) is seen in the America’s (West’s) murderous wars over other people's properties (some 500 years ago it was Inca’s gold it was stealing, today is Iraq’s oil they took).

But America of today is not a country. Is an immensely evil empire that uses every conceivable tool – United Nations, NATO, World Bank, International Monetary Fund; all populated by unelected beaurocrats – at its disposal to strangle the world’s population? Its dollar is widely acceptable and is, in fact, a petro dollar protected by the most powerful military machine ever.

In order for world to survive, the American beast (Empire) must die. And many a good man would have to lose his freedom and even to die in this fight.

There’s no magic wand, and for sure no a politician germinating in the sickening layers of corruption in that treasonous poison that’s the U.S. Congress, coming to rescue us.

Every single act of defiance matters: do not fly thus not letting TSA child molesters grapple your kid’s genitals; do not pay taxes; support green party, establish whatever party but NEVER EVER vote for a fascist parties on power, place solar panels on your roof if you're still lucky to have one, grow your vegetables and be willing to go to jail when the fascists tell you cannot do it, support Wikileaks and Assange or Manning with money; turn off the TV and organize a meeting and teach neighbors about The Financial Crime Cartel, declare bankruptcy and tell them to fuck off and die, refuse to drive a SUV and buy an electric car, whatever, just do something, join Occupy, write a new, modern Constitution stipulating Earth’s right for protection, organize action to revoke Citizen’s United and, above, all, act like you are ALREADY FREE!!

10,000,000 in front of the White House would make even the most sociopathic puppet, like that murderous clown currently there (or that other Overlord’s representative that “runs” against the current puppet) and fight for Labor Daily instead of Wall Street Journal; fight for Workers’ Channel on the TV instead of all that Financial Crime Cartel’s CNBC, Fox Business, Bloombergs and stop worshiping billionaires that would have never, ever become such without the work of repressed millions.

Do not buy iPhone unless Apple stops exploiting 800,000 workers on slave wage, many of them children, boycott “Coca-Cola” as it steals water from the villagers in India etc., etc., etc.

Otherwise we’ll become a nation of whiners, allowed by the Financial Crime Cartel, The Thought Police and all the United Fascists to vent on the Zero Hedge, from time to time, as we witness the end of our world.

Fuck them and ACT as you are already FREE. It is not going to be cozy as it has been for decades / for Americans / but unless we act, the whole world is going to be one big slaving plantation. And we will all be taught to love the Big Brother.

 

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 17:04 | Link to Comment RockyRacoon
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Man is free at the instant he wants to be. - Voltaire

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 12:40 | Link to Comment veyron
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O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

 

Given the distinct lack of american flags, I'd say your assessment is correct

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 12:45 | Link to Comment GeneMarchbanks
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Once the shipment comes in from China there will be plenty then you can get back to your delusions.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 12:50 | Link to Comment HelluvaEngineer
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I'm flying a Gadsden flag today

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 13:01 | Link to Comment CrockettAlmanac.com
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Print Your Own Gadsden Flags

 

http://crockettalmanac.com/?p=79

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 13:06 | Link to Comment DoChenRollingBearing
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+ 1

GO AHEAD!

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 13:03 | Link to Comment mofreedom
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I got hammered last night went around the neighborhood and turned upside down thee few American flags out there that weren't secured with locks.  I can't do this at my own house, nor may i fly my gadsden.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 13:12 | Link to Comment kdervin
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What an awesome idea!  I know what I'm doing tonight.  Hammered, of course.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 13:34 | Link to Comment krispkritter
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Inebriate In Depend's Day!  

That's when you're getting so drunk you put on adult diapers because you know you won't make it to the can...

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 13:48 | Link to Comment Plausible Denia...
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Don't turn the flag upside down! It is still the symbol of the armed resistance of tyranny and rugged individualism. The problem is that the proletariat no longer understands its meaning. Our culture has been waterd down and castrated, bastardized beyond recognition. We covet the same oppressive and controlling government that  once served as the inspiration and incubator for the dream that became America. We have traded in ambition and determination for comfort and safety. We have truly sacrificed our liberty for security, which leaves us deserving of neither.

Turn welfare checks upside down. Turn obamacare legislation upside down. Turn the department of education upside down. But for God's sake, don't take your frustration out on the one symbol that still represents the blood and determination of selfless patriots simply because we have perverted and desecrated the gift born of their ultimate sacrifice.

Either way, great piece. Just when I think I can't love this site anymore, I read something like this.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 14:21 | Link to Comment AldousHuxley
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western individualism is losing out to asian socialism with state sponsored multinationals.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 14:54 | Link to Comment CPL
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As long as a dollar is worth a dollar.

 

After that point.  Not so much.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 15:02 | Link to Comment AnAnonymous
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Western individualism?

US citizenism does not know about individuality.

US citizenism is all about the group. In US citizen nations, groups are undivided while individuals are the collection of fragmented bits from various groups.

For individualism to lose, individualism has to be.

And individualism has never been in US citizenism.

What US citizens might lose is their dominant group rights. For some of them, it is very possible.

As being a member of the dominant group gives priviledges in US citizenism, loss of status comes with loss of priviledges.

Which can not be told to be the loss, failure, defeat of individualism since US citizenism is all about the group.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 19:07 | Link to Comment Totentänzerlied
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So too Chinese Citizenism.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 21:22 | Link to Comment Thoth
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God your drivel makes me want to put a bullet in my head everytime I read it. Extremely boring and poorly thought out, please pick any other cause and I swear I'll get behind it just so I don't have to read your bullshit anymore.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 22:37 | Link to Comment Lednbrass
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Nah, his needs the bullet.

If idiot boy would only distinguish himself slightly from the ant hive culture he lives in his kindly overlords would provide it and bill his family.

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 04:32 | Link to Comment AnAnonymous
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The ant hive culture?

You mean like one that could support the spread of fantasy like Chinese citizenism?

US citizen ant hive culture is displayed on here.

And thanks to that US citizen who started with his chinese citizenism.

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 12:46 | Link to Comment akak
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Behold 1.3 billion woks calling the kettle black!

The hypocrisy of blobbing-up Chinese Citizenism is displayed in every accusation you make against your non-existent 'US Citizenism'.

But this is only natural, as weaver of lies AnusAnonymous is the founding father, the parent, the seed, the fountainhead, the wellspring, the inspiration, the very origin of 'US Citizenism', which after all is just pernicious, earth-raping, bigoted Chinese Citizenism under a new and false banner.

AnusAnonymous = US Citizenism = Chinese Citizenism

US Citizenism does not exist.

Promotion of US Citizenism is actually promotion of blobbing-up Chinese Citizenism.

A is A.

AnusAnonymous is US Citizenism.

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 04:33 | Link to Comment AnAnonymous
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Poorly thought out?

They are mere observations.

And US citizens can not cope with them without refering to fantasy.

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 12:30 | Link to Comment akak
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Alas, alas, three time alas!

The boundaries of denialistic, hypocritical and psychologically projecting Chinese Citizenism lie far beyond the Virgo supercluster of galaxies, if they exist at all.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 14:48 | Link to Comment Sean7k
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Flying the flag upside down ia a sign that the nation is in trouble. It is very appropriate.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 15:52 | Link to Comment Savyindallas
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We're in big trouble  -but what about Syria, Iran, and all the other countries we intend to destroy before we get out due?

Here's another sober  link for some honesty and sanity? =

http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2012/07/04/can-americans-escape-deception/

 

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 15:55 | Link to Comment Hulk
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I removed 3 stars from mine. So long Ca, Ill and Mass !!!

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 16:30 | Link to Comment Lucky Guesst
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LOL, come on now its the people we don't like the land is still ours.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 17:20 | Link to Comment DosZap
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Don't turn the flag upside down!

The MORE you see shown, showing Duress, the MORE sheeple are getting it.

It is the Universal symbol of trouble, duress, in need of help.....................

And GOD knows, like most here do WE need to WTFU, ALL of US.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 14:13 | Link to Comment The Alarmist
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I guess inverting neighbors' flags is within the tolerable bounds of American jurisprudence, but don't urinate on some neighbor's lawn ... you don't want to risk being registered as a sexual offender for the rest of your life

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 13:13 | Link to Comment CrockettAlmanac.com
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I got hammered and sickled by Obama and Roberts last week.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 17:17 | Link to Comment NumberNone
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And just like King George III, Bawney Fwank has been criticized for unjustly imprisoning seamen.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 18:04 | Link to Comment boattrash
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Helluva, Keep her flying! I've been onboard my vessel since April. Cant wait to get back on land, at home and continue giving G-Men the One-Finger-Salute

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 13:16 | Link to Comment Sudden Debt
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actually, these days it's more a "DEPENDENCE day and land OF THE WATCHED"

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 16:44 | Link to Comment aerojet
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I went to the local parade today and saw a candidate running for Senate who was flying the Gadsen--never saw that before!  Maybe things are slowly starting to change.  The pendulum can swing back.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 17:38 | Link to Comment Lucky Guesst
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Gary Johnson for president 2012!!!

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 18:01 | Link to Comment post turtle saver
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It's always been like this. Alien and Sedition Acts, anyone? Nothing new under the sun.

And yet, the USA is still here. Go figure.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 18:29 | Link to Comment Chupacabra-322
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Is it not very telling and strange that we have a national holiday to celebrate our freedom but the people who celebrate it are called domestic terrorist by their government for loving their country and freedom?!!!

Right now, we are living with more tyranny and government interference than the colonists ever did (barring the Puritans, but that was their own fault). The colonists got pissed off when their tea was taxed. We (collectively) are happy to let the government grope us and tell us what kind of insurance to buy and to steal our money to fight wars that don’t have anything to do with natural security.

This is a sad independence day; we have become a police state a tyranny and the majority of the people aren’t aware that it even happened.

I can no longer have a birthday celebration for the United States. The spirit of it, the intent of it, and the freedoms, are basically dead. Gone with the wind. The few freedoms left that we enjoy are on some drawing board in some think tank somewhere in Washington D.C., with a bunch of bastards trying to figure out ways to take them away.

We’re a nation of pussies but someday SOON everyone will have to grow a pair to fight for what’s rightfully theirs. And forcefully arrest the CRIMINALS in D.C., The District of Criminals.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 19:04 | Link to Comment AustriAnnie
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I have been celebrating the 4th of July as a day of defiance, for years now.  I don't think of it as the day of celebrating the creation of a state, but a day celebrating people's ability to dismantle a state that has become tyrannical.  I like to think if it happened before, it can happen again.

Use the day to make some noise, close a bank account with a too-big-to-fail, buy some PM's and have an independence day barbeque and boating accident at the lake.  Just do something that the sons of bitches in DC wouldn't want you to do.  And feel good doing it.  There's nothing they hate more than happy people who do not feel a need for the protection of the state.

 

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 12:35 | Link to Comment SilverTree
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Oh, Happy happy 4th

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 12:36 | Link to Comment CPL
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Fast forward and NDAA allows the US to imprison people from anywhere on the planet for anything on the federal books...even music piracy.

 

The more things change...

 

 

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 14:15 | Link to Comment The Alarmist
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Yes, it's how they will get Julian Assange for espionage.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 12:36 | Link to Comment john39
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what to expect to happen when you cede your sovereignty to a bunch of satanic bankers?

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 13:17 | Link to Comment Sudden Debt
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don't worry about it! it will all come in easy downpayments...

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 12:38 | Link to Comment Cultural Capital
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Ask would we be so free, had predator drones bestowed thee
the insurgent then, George Washington
freedom isn’t free 

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 13:03 | Link to Comment CrockettAlmanac.com
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"We must all drone on together or most assuredly we shall be droned separately." -- Ben Franklin

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 14:04 | Link to Comment Lucky Guesst
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The true charactor of liberty is independence, maintained by drones.       -Voltaire

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 17:21 | Link to Comment NumberNone
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I only regret that I have but one drone to give for my country - Nathan Hale

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 19:36 | Link to Comment Lucky Guesst
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Ask not what a drone will do for your country... but what will your country do for a drone.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 12:38 | Link to Comment MFL8240
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Brilliant piece!

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 12:38 | Link to Comment tenpanhandle
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As we celebrate a fantasy called liberty today, I am going to have my own 4th of July fantasy. First I'll consume a few well barbequed tubes of pink sludge.  Then I'll drink a few bottles of beer to lament our loss of freedoms and to wash the hotdogs away.  Then I'll put a big bottle rocket in one of the recently emptied beer bottles and shoot it up the ass of the nearest politician. Multiply this by all like minded citizens (with a lower case "c") and the new revolution is on.

 

I'm probably a little early on this.  Give it a year or two. 

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 13:36 | Link to Comment TomGa
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"A Republic, madame, if you can keep it."

Problem is that most Americans, in this day and age, don't even know what a "republic" is.  The U.S. is still an experiment in self-governance, but now we allow even the most morally bankrupt and intellectually inept among us to vote, dragging us all down into the cesspool of democracy, which in turn drains through the sewers of socialism and fascism, eventually dumping out into the quagmire of despotism.

 

In celebration of July 4th this year, I think I'll go clean my M1 Garand.

 

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 13:54 | Link to Comment Plausible Denia...
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Here, Here!!! Well said! You have inspired me to go give my AR some attention. Solidarity through the handling of weapons. Now thats something I can celebrate!

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