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The Reign of Terror Begins

November 7, 2008 by

I’m slowly coming out of my post-election blues, all thanks to NPR. Why? Well it appears that the victors are already turning on themselves. That’s right, the Reign of Terror has begun, with each radical faction accusing all others of being enemies of the revolution. And, to think, the Terror erupted before any power was transferred.

Where the Republicans tend to coalesce around the power of the president, the Democrats tend to feed on themselves. The hailed change – the end to divisive politics – is now just another slogan lost on the campaign trail.

I expect to see the radicals push agendas that even the left-leaning Democrats cannot stomach. The Terror will be nasty and short, with a Themidorian Reaction to follow.

In the end, we will have moved further along the path toward total state control. But only by steps, not by my once-feared great-leap forward.

{ 17 comments }

J. Chris Folsom November 7, 2008 at 10:27 pm

It’s still early, plus the philosophy has always been Divide et Impera and Ordo ab Chao. I think that ultimately any infighting, on the contrary will only strengthen their hand.

The carbon tax or national health care or the new retirement scheme are enough to put the last nail in the coffin and they could just as easily stage another terror attack.

Right now, I think people should be concerned about what is going to happen in the first 100 days. Do you think there is going to be another Bretton Woods?

P.S. How did Barack Obama get a .gov domain anyway?

J. Chris Folsom November 7, 2008 at 11:05 pm

I think this pretty much speaks for itself.

http://www.roguegovernment.com/news.php?id=12707

Bruce Koerber November 7, 2008 at 11:26 pm

November 7, 2008

Will Barack Obama Have The Moral Courage To Be A Constitutional President?

This is the defining question for Barack Obama. This is where the rhetoric of change becomes meaningful.

It will definitely take moral courage for the President-elect to sever himself from the shackles of the unConstitutional coup and even more so since he is surrounded (and seems to be surrounding himself) by acolytes loyal to the will of the unConstitutional coup. Is he courageous or faint-hearted?

Moral courage is what it will take to aspire towards the principles of classical liberalism that inspired the Constitution instead of pursuing socialism down the Road to Serfdom.

The acts that will indicate a great legacy for President Obama are quite clear. Foreign interventionism will be halted. The dollar will be returned to its gold backing thus restraining the Federal Reserve and subsequently the corrupt redistribution of wealth to the political class. These are the clear indicators of moral courage. These are the acts of a Constitutional President.

Here are the projected results of a universal survey of every American:
Do you want a Constitutional President or an unConstitutional President?
100% choose a Constitutional President.

Will Barack Obama listen to the wishes of the entire nation and have the moral courage to stand up to the unConstitutional coup and use his Presidency to fight the good fight and restore the Constitutional Republic to the people?

WTF November 8, 2008 at 12:06 am

Will Barack Obama listen to the wishes of the entire nation and have the moral courage to stand up to the unConstitutional coup and use his Presidency to fight the good fight and restore the Constitutional Republic to the people?

“I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question” – Charles Babbage

Haas November 8, 2008 at 5:56 am

Good news from newzealand we have just got rid of our socialist government for the last 9 years and replaced it with a conservative-libertarian coalition – even though the libertarian part is small we are hoping for big changes to get back to where we were before the labour party destroyed everything…

Bruce Koerber November 8, 2008 at 7:00 am

Here it is broken down to dispel the confusion (of ideas):
- New President.
- Constitutional or not?
- Moral courage or not?
- UnConstitutional coup in control.
- Foreign interventionism and Federal Reserve system are unconstitutional.
- No American chooses an unConstitutional President over a Constitutional President.
- Fighting against the unConstitutional coup is the ‘good fight’ and victory means restoring the Constitutional Republic to the people of America.

Pat November 8, 2008 at 8:08 am

J, that is a pretty scary clip. But if I might add my two cents (Not to defend the police officers in the vid, but just my observation), the police officers were more scared for the safety of the dude in McCain-Palin t-shirt than to silence him. Unfortunately, this has the unintentional effect of silencing dissent.

Rather, that worries me is the naked hostility that the crowd have shown toward this man just because of what he was wearing. This might be a case of isolated incidents, but there is no telling what might happen in the future. I fear that the days of classical liberalism are numbered. But maybe I am paranoid. If not, then God helps us.

Franklin November 8, 2008 at 9:40 am

“Will Barack Obama listen to the wishes of the entire nation and have the moral courage to stand up to the unConstitutional coup…?”

He may not listen to the entire nation, but he will listen to the wishes of the majority of voters. In fact, they’ve already spoken and had little to say about the constitution. They just want more employment, low inflation, easy credit, and no violent quagmires when the US is not the easy victor.

How he gets there matters little, so long as he gets there. If he does, in the next few years, he’ll be rewarded with a new term. In the decades to come, he’ll also be revered by most academics, most historians, and most citizens similar to the manner in which FDR is revered. (And, ladies and gentlemen, I did say “most.”)

The constitution?! All a matter of opinion. Just use the “commerce clause,” as FDR did, to rationalize governmental “regulation.” Just embrace it, like a good patriot, and admire it because it’s a “living, breathing document, adapting to the times.” Watch for that catchphrase often.

Even when the constitution is explicit, i.e., the second amendment, everything is simply an opinion. Four of the nine Justices took an explicit directive in the Bill of Rights and said (DC et. al. v. Heller) that you are wrong — individuals do NOT have that right. Translation, we know the supreme law of the land better than you do, and the second amendment does not mean what you say it means.

Constitution schmonstitution.

Regards,
F.

David M. Graham November 8, 2008 at 12:33 pm

I am sure that for some the decision was, better a reign of terror, than a continued reign of errors……

Michael November 8, 2008 at 12:47 pm

I’m confident that President-Elect Obama will become a strict Constitutionalist, provided of course, that the 22nd Amendment is abolished.

J. Chris Folsom November 8, 2008 at 2:09 pm

the police officers were more scared for the safety of the dude in McCain-Palin t-shirt than to silence him. Unfortunately, this has the unintentional effect of silencing dissent.

Notice that they only arrested him when he started talking to the camera. You are right on the other counts however. It shouldn’t be a shocked that they are silencing dissent. Nearly all people do that when they get in a position of power. Even Jeff Tucker is censoring my comments here now. Anyone who saw the intimidation tactics that Obama used during his campaign shouldn’t be surprised.

Rather, that worries me is the naked hostility that the crowd have shown toward this man just because of what he was wearing.

The majority of people on this planet are and always have been mentally ill. The scary thing about Obama however, is the blind messianic devotion he invokes. Very few dictators have been so adept at inducing such a mass trance.

J. Chris Folsom November 8, 2008 at 2:45 pm

Bruce, this seems logical to me:

- New President.

True

- Constitutional or not?

Not.

- Moral courage or not?

Not. There is nothing moral or courageous about Barack Obama. He is a puppet on a string.

- UnConstitutional coup in control.

True. The unconstitutional coup will continue, the coach is just bringing in the star quarterback for the big win (i.e. the total destruction of what the United States was supposed to be).

- Foreign interventionism and Federal Reserve system are unconstitutional.

True and True

No American chooses an unConstitutional President over a Constitutional President.

False. Nearly all people enjoy the arbitrary exercise of power, all though its more concise and accurate to say that nearly all people have an anti-social personality disorder. Nothing has ever been as universally despised and hated as freedom, except for maybe the truth.

- Fighting against the unConstitutional coup is the ‘good fight’

Self-evident.

Curt Howland November 8, 2008 at 3:16 pm

On a couple of non-related email lists I read, the Obama-worship is rampant. He’s going to make everything better.

Oh, the FISA vote? Not to worry, they don’t like that, but Obama can repudiate the vote any time. (Maybe he really didn’t know what the bill had in it.)

Fools and sheep, and they vote.

Bruce Koerber November 8, 2008 at 11:36 pm

Constitution schmonstitution.

Private property, schivate schoperty!

Sure the Constitution and private property rights can be twisted to serve the will of the unConstitutional coup fairly easily because of the 5-6 generations of indoctrination via an educational system designed to propagandize the greatness of the State.

Here are the projected results of a universal survey of every American:
Do you want a President that obeys his/her oath to obey and protect the Constitution or a President that disobeys his/her oath to obey and protect the Constitution ?
100% choose a President who obeys his/her oath.

When an American reads the Constitution without the indoctrination of legal sorcery it is clear what is basic and foundational. This common sense foundation is what is recognized and endorsed by every American that is not under the influence of the legal and economic sorcery of the unConstitutional coup (apparently we do have that right!).

Will the President-elect have the moral courage to do what the people want (‘want a President that obeys his/her oath to obey and protect the Constitution’)?

Will Americans reject the ego-driven interventionists and the ego-driven interpreters? With your help and mine and with the help of the Campaign For Liberty and the Mises Institute.

J. Chris Folsom November 9, 2008 at 12:43 am

Will the President-elect have the moral courage to do what the people want (‘want a President that obeys his/her oath to obey and protect the Constitution’)?

Are you serious? Are you insane? Do you know anything about Barack Obama? That is the second time you have asked that question. Do you have any evidence to suggest that there is even the slightest possibility of that happening?

newson November 9, 2008 at 1:41 am

as per pat, it seems that the police did the entirely rational thing to do (though not the most principled). the “arrest” was a bit of theatre to placate an excitable mob, and saved a lot of paperwork and investigation if mr t-shirt had been set upon. police don’t like facing angry crowds either.

Bruce Koerber November 9, 2008 at 8:48 am

Dear J. Chris Folsom,

I ask the question only as a test of the true nature of the person elected to be President in what is supposed to be a Constitutional Republic.

Ron Paul would pass the test.

I know of no one else who has the moral courage and the knowledge to act Constitutionally.

But this ‘test’ serves a purpose. It is one standard that can be used to make it clear and evident who it is that is being served. It is obvious that the Unconstitutional coup is being served, not the people.

When enough people realize what is going on the majority (the people) will turn on the minority (the criminals in charge of the counterfeiting operation) and the revolution will take on a new dimension.

The revolution will return our Constitutional Republic to its classical liberalism roots.

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