Thursday, March 23, 2017

This is a question we all need to keep an eye on: Are we truly on the path to lose our Republic?

Honestly, the problem started when the franchise was broadened to the point that huge numbers of people with no skin in the game were allowed to vote.  Lowering the age limit to vote was a mistake. The rot sets in from there, as they are easily bought by politicians with our tax money.  Heck, include big corporations, and even small ones in that calculus - consider how much public money startups like Tesla, and old line industries like agriculture, get to curry their favor.

Instead of a republic, we get a de facto pure democracy.  Extremely dangerous.

Remember this quote from our founders on the dangers of pure democracy:

John Adams to John Taylor, December 17, 1814, “Remember Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes exhausts and murders itself. There never was a Democracy yet, that did not commit suicide.” 

Here is an article that brings the growing risk to light.  Read it all, but here some highlights.

The point at which the Roman Republic moved from republic to empire is generally placed at the point when the Senate granted Octavian almost unlimited power and he adopted the title Augustus. Some historians argue it was when Caesar crossed the Rubicon or when Octavian defeated Antony at Actium. The implication is that once the transition was started, there was no turning back. The more useful analysis is to think of it as a process, with roots in the Republic, that evolved to the point where dictatorship was inevitable.
The die was most likely cast when the Republic began to compromise its own rules for limiting and distributing power.
Yep, that certainly didn't help matters.
The political class chased Nixon out of town for talking about the use of the FBI and CIA as weapons against political opponents. The rule in politics has been that the use of the IRS or the intelligence agencies was expressly prohibited. There could be no exceptions for obvious reasons, as it would give these bureaucracies dangerous power. That was the lesson of Hoover. If the CIA or IRS are allowed to use their powers to gather dirt on elected officials, then they can control elected officials. That’s the end of democracy.
Of course, there’s another reason to take certain weapons off the table in politics. That’s self preservation. In prior ages, where the winners had the losers killed, the challengers would always have as their goal, the death of the current ruler. That prompted the ruler to get ahead of the curve and have any potential challengers killed, before they could be any trouble. This was Stalin’s game and he just about gutted the the intellectual and political elite of Russia in the process. They still have not recovered from it.
That’s what makes this so dangerous. It’s now clear what happened. The Obama people started spying on Trump once he had the nomination or perhaps even earlier. They may have started earlier with an eye on helping the Republicans knock him off in the primary, but that’s not clear. They figured that Clinton was a lock so they were not careful about covering their tracks. The Clinton people are as dirty as it gets so they were not going to be ratting on anyone over it. If anything, they would expand on it.
This is where the Russian hacking story comes into the picture. Once disaster struck and Team Obama realized they had a problem, they needed cover, so they started with the Russian hacking nonsense. They would then claim that it was all an accident and they were just trying to prevent Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale from attacking our democracy! It’s also why Obama signed a retroactive Executive Order giving cover to the intel agencies for their domestic spying activities. They were creating a cover story.
The complication is that it appears that at least one person has perjured himself over this and that one person is FBI Director Comey. There’s no way to square his testimony with these new revelations. The best he can do is split hairs and claim he was not part of the spying effort. Of course, there’s no way to touch him as he runs the FBI. In fact, there’s no way to investigate any of the intelligence organizations. This is the point where many of the robot historians of the future will say the American political class murdered itself.
Unless there is some will to address it, and that’s highly unlikely, we now have a new normal where highly politicized intelligence agencies are used by both sides to discredit one another and discredit any attempts to reform the system. It’s no longer a game of rules. It is a zero sum  game of power and that cycle only ends one way, with someone marching their army on the capital and taking control. As with Rome, whoever emerges as the dictator will not have murdered the system. The system will have murdered itself.
How about the IRS?  Or the EPA?  The rot is deep and very dangerous.  Just as Adams warned, this needs to stop now, and the rule of law needs to be re established, or what we now have as a de facto pure democracy will self destruct.  Who will be our own  Sulla, or Caeser?  Note that history tells us that Sulla, once his army controlled Rome, went on an extended orgy of murder against his political opponents, or indeed anyone who could be an opponent.  Blood ran in rivers.  Let's not find out if that can happen here.


  1. We live in a welfare state. We haven't lived in a republic since Johnson's "great society" fiasco, and since the Social Security Trust Fund was moved by Congress to the general fund to finance the Vietnam War.

    The American public wants bread and circus, the election of President Trump notwithstanding. Ask anyone over the age of 65 if they would willingly surrender their Medicare and Social Security benefits, given that they were stolen by the government. Now it's a shell game, smoke and mirrors, to keep the ball rolling. It's as President Trump said, "I inherited a mess, and it's a lot worse than I thought that it was."

    1. I reference this blog post on Virtual Mirage tomorrow.


    3. Thanks in advance for the link!