– Entering the era of Logan’s Run
Welcome To The United States of Venezuela will be in two postings. This one for blogging with the intent of keeping it win that 800 word count (ha- No such luck) and the second in a full article to be published extensively. In the full article I’ll show the parallel of Logan’s Run to the present Chicom Flu.
For the Blog
It’s a gorgeous bright morning. You leave the hotel and meet the car waiting for you at the bottom of the steps. You are heading out to a meeting a few miles away. Your driver is a trusted individual and you have worked with him before. The route you take through the city is bustling with morning traffic and shops are opening along the streets. A strange sight is the men standing by the doors of many shops. What catches your eye is that these men have a revolver tucked into the belt of their pants. Yes, you are trained to observe these things.
Later that day as you are returning to your hotel, there along that same route you took earlier, there is a road block. Now, do you know the special way you have your windows or how you sit in your seat? Can you get through this event without being pulled out of the vehicle for further scrutiny? Yes, this was and most likely still is Venezuela. But, with the actions of Governors in the US, will there be check points between states to find out if you are Chicom Flu infected?
Well, thanks to my military service, I had the opportunity to see many countries going back into the ‘70s as a starting point. Then in my business career I had other opportunities to engage in additional international travel.
I’ve seen the despotic rule of Franco in Spain, the transition of communism in Ethiopia, religious totalitarianism in North and East Africa and the Marxist destruction in Central America. No less having an insight of suffering the insanities of South East Asia and the majority of the Asian Continental/Island regimes, I found my time in Chavez’s Venezuela the saddest of the sad.
Once upon a time Venezuela was an independent republic of European immigrants and indigenous people. This is a mineral and oil rich country. The country was prosperous until the 1998 election when communist Hugo Chavez was put into office by the international UN elections committee that Jimmy Carter was a member of. On my very first visit to Venezuela I was aggressively taken to task by the people in a meeting regarding Carter and his participation in Chavez assent to power.
Under Chavez, the country spiraled down. I was there in the early 2000’s and witnessed first hand what I am now seeing promoted by the daemon-crats, the intelligentsia – academic and cultural elite and the bureaucratic establishment at all levels of government in these United States. Worse, I am seeing the repudicans as co-actors with the latter being the bobble-heads of blind or even intentional agreement with the afore mentioned. Even worse than that is how technocrats and statisticians are seen with all these other elites as the demigods that will save mankind.
In the effort to keep the blog portion of this article short, it is critical to ask questions that will formulate critical thinking. But to participate in the responses to these questions the premises must be established on foundational facts and history. Including revisionist definitions of terminology and history in responding to the questions only exasperates an ideological narrative contrary to Constitutionalism and results in the allowance for acts of despotism – government control.
What is your definition of Liberty and where does it come from?
Is the United States national government to sole arbitrator of all government?
What is your understanding of the Bill of Rights?
Does your state Constitution have a Bill of Rights?
Have you ever read you state Constitution?
In your state Constitution, who has supreme / ultimate authority?
Does the government, state or national, have complete authority over you?
If the government establishes road block, check points, mandatory disease testing, mandatory vaccination or the like – will you willingly comply? If not, how do you justify your non-compliance?
I can go on, yet these are the simple questions that one would begin to consider how a government can overwhelm those who cannot answer them with a sense of what is and why liberty.
The Blog Summation:
Having been in a number of totalitarian countries, I find that we are living in that transition to that form of despotism and tyranny that DeTocqueville predicted would happen in these United States. He predicted the intelligentsia-technocratic-bureaucratic overlords. Consider these several paragraphs which he wrote in Volume IV: (I add the italic emphasis)
“So I think that the type of oppression by which democratic peoples are threatened will resemble nothing of what preceded it in the world; our contemporaries cannot find the image of it in their memories. I seek in vain myself for an expression that exactly reproduces the idea that I am forming of it and includes it; the thing that I want to speak about is new, and men have not yet created the expression which must portray it. The old words of despotism and of tyranny do not work. The thing is new, so I must try to define it, since I cannot name it.
I want to imagine under what new features despotism could present itself to the world; I see an innumerable crowd of similar and equal men who spin around restlessly, in order to gain small and vulgar pleasures with which they fill their souls. Each one of them, withdrawn apart, is like a stranger to the destiny of all the others; his children and his particular friends form for him the entire human species; as for the remainder of his fellow citizens, he is next to them, but he does not see them; he touches them without feeling them; he exists only in himself and for himself alone, and if he still has a family, you can say that at least he no longer has a country.
Above those men arises an immense and tutelary power that alone takes charge of assuring their enjoyment and of looking after their fate. It is absolute, detailed, regular, far-sighted and mild. It would resemble paternal power if, like it, it had as a goal to prepare men for manhood; but on the contrary it seeks only to fix them irrevocably in childhood; it likes the citizens to enjoy themselves, provided that they think only about enjoying themselves. It works willingly for their happiness; but it wants to be the unique agent for it and the sole arbiter; it attends to their security, provides for their needs, facilitates their pleasures, conducts their principal affairs, directs their industry, settles their estates, divides their inheritances; how can it not remove entirely from them the trouble to think and the difficulty of living?
This is how it makes the use of free will less useful and rarer every day; how it encloses the action of the will within a smaller space and little by little steals from each citizen even the use of himself. Equality has prepared men for all these things; it has disposed men to bear them and often even to regard them as a benefit.
After having thus taken each individual one by one into its powerful hands, and having molded him as it pleases, the sovereign power extends its arms over the entire society; it covers the surface of society with a network of small, complicated, minute, and uniform rules, which the most original minds and the most vigorous souls cannot break through to go beyond the crowd; it does not break wills, but it softens them, bends them and directs them; in certain moments of great passions and great dangers, the sovereign power becomes suddenly violent and arbitrary. Habitually it is moderate, benevolent, regular and humane it rarely forces action, but it constantly opposes your acting; it does not destroy, it prevents birth; it does not tyrannize, it hinders, it represses, it enervates, it extinguishes, it stupifies, and finally it reduces each nation to being nothing more than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.
I have always believed that this sort of servitude, regulated, mild and peaceful, of which I have just done the portrait, could be combined better than we imagine with some of the external forms of liberty, and that it would not be impossible for it to be established in the very shadow of the sovereignty of the people.
I suppose that a democratic nation, after destroying within it all the secondary powers, establishes in its midst a very inquisitorial, very extensive, very centralized, very powerful executive power, that it confers on this power the right to conduct all the details of public affairs and to lead a part of private affairs, that it put [sic] individuals in a strict and daily dependence on this power, but that it makes this executive power itself depend on an elected legislature which, without governing, traces the principal rules of the government.
I go still further and I suppose that the administration, instead of being alongside the legislative chambers, is in the very legislature, as was seen in France at the time of the Convention, so that the same elected power makes the law and executes it even in its smallest details.
All that means, if I am not mistaken, that after allowing the sovereign power as a master to direct each citizen [v: particular wills] and to bend him every day as it pleases, the sovereign itself is subjected from time to time to the general will [volontés générales: (Translator)] of the nation.]
Our contemporaries are incessantly tormented by two hostile passions: they feel the need to be led and the desire to remain free. Unable to destroy either the one or the other of these opposite instincts, they work hard to satisfy both at the same time. They imagine a unique, tutelary, omnipotent power, but elected by the citizens. They combine centralization and sovereignty of the people. That gives them some relief. They console themselves about being in tutelage by thinking that they have chosen their tutors themselves. Each individual endures being bound, because he sees that it is not a man or a class, but the people itself that holds the end of the chain.
In this system, the citizens emerge for a moment from dependency in order to indicate their master, and return to it.”
This is what we are seeing in the various states. The governors and their health department heads are legislating. The Legislatures are not in session, therefore relinquishing all power to the executive who is now also acting as the legislature.
Not having a word, a term for what he would see in America and globally, DeTocqueville clearly defines the ‘Progressive – socialist – communist – (demon-crat) – repudican’ bureaucrats and politicians of our present.
I will finish the full article on this topic in the next week.