Liberty. That's it, that's all it took for a conversation I had in a small Kentucky coffee shop to go from cordial to over. It is a nasty word to those on the left. Oh, they have wrapped it all up in a sort of protest against the Tea Party, to justify their hatred for the very concept of it, because liberty is in direct opposition to government control.
The occasion happened in Frankfort, KY, college town, seat of state government so the local coffee shop is run by a typical Earthfirst type with organic nonsense all over the place (as if organic is somehow a rational answer to worldwide hunger. It is exactly the opposite, it would cause and actually frustrate efforts to alleviate world hunger. They ((nutcase coffee shop owners in college towns)) use organic as if anything industrial is bad, anything efficient is harmful to the earth which has survived so much more than technological farming, but I digress).
"Hi, where are you from? Oh, it is lovely there. You moved to Kentucky? Why? (boring reply) Huh."
My next sentence ended it: "So, I have some liberty to live wherever I chose and for right now that is in Kentucky."
Sudden withdrawal, a pulling back of the self on their part. I used the "L" word (not liberal this time). In their minds they are thinking that they have just run into one of those Tea Party types whom they had just been whispering critical assumptions about over the lively sounds of a chatty gathering place. I was one of them who used the word, but didn't really understand the Constitution. What they really thought was that I didn't understand that the Constitution had been ripped to shreds many decades before and people like me didn't understand that they (those who know how to run every one's life) had killed that rotten document dead already, so get over it.
We are a divided people. I used to look back at the horrors of the Civil War and try to place myself in that time, divided against kind and kin over a political issue. Don't get me wrong, slavery was beneath us even then, but to feel so strongly one way or the other to take up arms against one's own blood, at times, must have seemed like the end of the world. What could have been so important to fight and die for? Well, that is not so hard to imagine as it used to be when America seemed to me a whole nation. We have already parted irrevocably. As Billy Beck noted so long ago, we are merely going through the dress rehearsal for Civil War.
I have in a recent post called for a leader, not just any leader, but one who could make us understand the importance of the times we live in right now. This little theater of governance has gone as far as it can go without recognizing the fact that at some point, somewhere along the lines the people who are being looted to pay for the other half's indulgences is going to stop.
What I mean by indulgences is this: $500 million dollar loans to companies who play the liberal game, nothing for those starving, bankrupt small businesses put out of business by the policies of politicians who sought the favor of the mass of voters looking for the spoils of a rich nation. The Community Reinvestment Act and all of the disastrous actions that strengthened it and bastardized the business of banking was nothing more than another form of looting the middle class. They have destroyed the middle class with their efforts and now seek another method, the direct method, outright confiscation.
Let me explain a little of how the thing worked so you will better understand the charges I have made. The Community Reinvestment Act was the product of the brilliant political mind of Jimmy Carter along with the deadly 55 mph speed limit and the 68 degree house, which basically accomplished nothing. The idea was that banks in poor neighborhoods were taking the money of the poor to lend to those wealthy enough to purchase a home, but refused to lend that money to people in those poor neighborhoods and like most things liberals to they call theft "reinvestment". Of course the undercurrent to this notion was couched in racism. To liberals, poor means ethnic or racial.
It was theft because they encouraged, nay demanded that those banks give loans back to poor people (minorities) who could not afford to purchase homes and the profits that should have been the property of the banks had only good loans been made were instead squandered on repossessions and lost value due to the run-down conditions of the property once repossessed. They were forced to loan money to people who would not repay it, that is theft.
But, the Community Reinvestment Act really had no teeth and the banks quickly figured this out and stopped making stupid loans required by the Democratic government to transfer wealth to the poor, those who would vote for those who helped them get the loans whether the property was repossessed, or not. They long remembered who had elevated them, even if that elevation was but for a short time.
By the time Clinton came around the CRA was a dead deal until Janet Reno came on television and let all those banks know that now with legislation passed by Congress and signed by Clinton the CRA would now get them fined and perhaps imprisoned and that they would investigate allegations of misconduct. What the CRA really needed, though, was a citizen to complain in order for it to get the federal government working against the banks. Now, you see, we have ACORN and Community Organizers who would make the charge, regardless of merit. That was all it took to send the banks running for cover and making stupid loans which devalued the assets of the people who owned the banks and stock in them (a heck of a lot of middle class people with 401K's).
If you combine this with George Bush's idea that the more people who own homes, the more stable the community, you have the ingredients for exactly what drained my company of equity in a short minute in July of 2008. When George Bush did not kill the CRA immediately and get banks on solid footing, he let the opportunity to avert the next Civil War go by the wayside. His desire for a robust and growing economy, especially after 9-11, let him see through rose-colored glasses and even aid in the coming conflict by his failure to lead.
Okay, so there are the charges and the reason I make them. With one half of the population looking to loot the pockets with the power of the government and support of the liberals, there must come a time when people buck the system. At the start of the Civil War that catalyst was the election of Abraham Lincoln. What will it be this time? You know it must come. I'm ready now, because they have already done as much as they can to destroy my reputation as a reliable, conscientious, responsible borrower and turned me into a deadbeat, because I cannot pay the debts of a million dollar company on the salary of even an oil field worker. They have let my daughter see me in that role, something she never should have witnessed. They have done their damage to me and I am resentful of that. (by the way I am still doing everything in my power to pay those bills, but it will not work, I know that even now as I dedicate much of my salary to debt repayment. There isn't enough money and there isn't enough time and my creditors are growing less and less patient).
While the readers of this blog might consider that a little bit of the "oh poor me, the victim" and not enough of the "rugged individual responsible adult" let me remind you that we have all been looted the same. It is not just me and it is not just you, it is the whole country and it is not really about me at all. What this is about is that we have all been sold a bill of goods and soon the crash will come. They have taken as much as they can and are asking for more, now from the millionaires and billionaires, which in Obama-speak is anyone making over $200,000. Why that figure, not any other? Not hard to figure out that most of the Democrat voters fall under that mark and most of the Republican voters fall over it. The math has been done. The Democrat voters that come in over that mark are socialists anyway, so they don't care about their money, they are planning to get benefits like healthcare, government contracts and grants. Oh, they plan to get the value of their tax increase and even more than that.
What this all boils down to is when. When will the great middle rise up to put a stop to it. It will be a while coming yet as we still believe in elections, but soon that will end too, when more of the people realize that it is the power of our government and not anyone in particular, or party, that is robbing us of our hard-fought salaries, they will come around.
The Tea Party was just the first wave. When they discover that the power of government cannot be tamed, that everything promised in the Constitution is nothing more than crowd control until the new order eventually morphs us all into good little socialists, they will realize that the peaceful method will not work. It only allows the enemy time to fortify their positions and lay in supplies. The government is right now dumping money into the "muscle" part of the equation, the front-line troops, the labor unions.
We are a divided people. Someone give Billy Beck a salute.