Saturday, February 9, 2013

A commenter over at the Belmont Club offered up this trenchant comment on the broader implications of the rouge LAPD cop and his actions, which I thought needed to be shared.

"I have not yet read Dorner’s Manifesto in detail, but if he is in fact threatening the Nomenklatura [political, police, media, and celebrity]; he has indeed found the Achilles heel of the entire systemic falsehood that our society has become. All of them are used to and dependent upon there being no Consequences for any actions they take. Deserved or not in this particular case; Consequences that cannot be lied away, bought off, or blocked by fellow members of the Nomenklaturameans that they are as lost as the citizens who have found out that they have been and are being lied to.
The maintenance of control in a less than free society is absolutely dependent on the active cooperation of those being controlled. In the main, it is because they cannot conceive that the powers-that-be would do something THAT outrageous, so they do what they are told. It is a rehash, but here is what Alexander Solzhenitsyn wrote in the first chapter of his history of the Soviet slave labor/death camps, “The GULAG Archepelago”
“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?… The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If…if…We didn’t love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation…. We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”
Once people lose, if not faith and belief in those who would oppress them, then fear of the consequences of resisting -v- the consequences of submission; then there are not enough guards, police, or State Security personnel in the world to protect every member of the Nomenklatura. And they know it, and they will turn on each other seeking either the resources to try to protect themselves or trying to flee. And their “Newspeak” system will crumble before the realization of truth.
Dorner may well be, and almost surely is, as mentally f-ed up as a football bat. But the panic he is sowing is because for a limited set of the Nomenklatura, he is the personified reappearance of “Consequences”. And of a judgment that they fear to face.
Above I repeated a citation of Solzhenitsyn. I will repeat myself again, and mention something I have contended here before.
We did not become a country on July 4, 1776. It was earlier, and the time and place can be pinned down with the uttermost exactitude. The Continental Congress ratified with words, what had been made manifest with deeds.
On April 19, 1775 about 700 British regulars, about half Grenadiers [the elite of line units of the time] and Light Infantry marched to Concord, Massachusetts, by way of Lexington with the goal of seizing the firearms and powder of the militia and arresting the political leaders of the Patriot movement. At Lexington there was an exchange of fire with the local militia under Captain John Parker. The losses were almost all on the militia side, and the British marched on. And no, we were not “Americans” at that point.
Later that day, the British column arrived at the village of Concord, and began to search for the items and persons that they were after. The local militia had withdrawn from the village proper knowing that they could not stand against the British force. In the course of the search, the village meeting house was accidentally set afire, and the militia believed that the British were burning their homes and moved back towards the village. The way was blocked by troops from the British 4th and 10th Regiments of Foot at Old North Bridge. The militia, believing their homes and families were under attack, broke the British position, and began the rout of the British. But no, we were not “Americans” yet.
The British column began its withdrawal to Boston, marching down the road they had advanced up. About a mile from Concord there was a road intersection, and a house known as Meriam House, and the crossroads there was known as Meriam’s Corner.
At that exact point, at that exact time; we changed. We were no longer British subjects. We were a “we”. We were Americans.
For as the column reached the crossroads, from the north the Militia companies of the villages of Reading and Billerica arrived. From the south, the Militia companies of the villages of Framingham and Sudbury arrived. And they engaged the British and bled them all the way back to Charlestown. And they were joined by the Militia companies of Woburn, and Lexington, and Danvers, and Brookline, and Salem and uncounted numbers of free farmers who instinctively knew who “we” were and were willing to defend us all.
The actions at Concord and Lexington themselves, while historic and praiseworthy, were actions of self-defense. They were directly attacked and they fought back. Just as you defend your homes, wives, and children from armed intruders in the night; they protected their own.
But at Meriam’s Corner …. The villages who sent their Militia companies were not attacked or threatened. They would have lost nothing if they would have stayed home. But they came. And they fought. They killed and they died. Because those troops were not “their” troops anymore and they were attacking “their” people. The government and King which had sent those troops was no longer “their” government and King, but was an enemy come to attack their homes, wives, and families. WE were Americans. THEY were British. And THEY no longer had any legitimate right to rule or to threaten US.
Will we go quietly in submission to orders, in service of statements we know to be lies? Will we “burn later” regretting our submission? Will we prove to be Americans or will we cower, listening for the footsteps of the coercive organs of the State?
It is a decision only we can make, and only at the time and place it presents itself to us. Are the consequences of resistance worse than the consequences of submission? What will we do, not when they come for us; but when they come for our neighbor, for the guy a dozen blocks over, for the guy across town?
On who will the consequences fall?"
Subotai Bahadur

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