"Nip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud, is the only maxim which can ever preserve the liberties of any people. When the people give way, their deceivers, betrayers, and destroyers press upon them so fast, that there is no resisting afterwards. The nature of the encroachment upon the American constitution is such, as to grow every day more and more encroaching. Like a cancer, it eats faster and faster every hour. The revenue creates pensioners, and the pensioners urge for more revenue. The people grow less steady, spirited, and virtuous, the seekers more numerous and more corrupt, and every day increases the circles of their dependents and expectants, until virtue, integrity, public spirit, simplicity, and frugality, become the objects of ridicule and scorn, and vanity, luxury, foppery, selfishness, meanness, and downright venality swallow up the whole society." ~ John Adams
Rule by Children
Column by Bob Wallace.
Exclusive to STR
Of the current crop of Republican presidential candidates, all of them, except for Ron Paul, are whores and puppets for international bankers and international corporations (I call them Cosmodemonic Transnational Megacorporations). And Paul doesn’t stand a chance, because he is an adult.
It doesn't matter if Obama is re-elected, or if Romney gets in, or Gingrich, or any of the other sleazes. Nothing will change, since there isn't a dime's worth of difference between any of them. No matter who is elected, there will be only minor, cosmetic changes. And the believers in politics will be stunned at this, as they always are.
All of the naive were shocked when Mr. Hope and Change turned out to be a continuation of George Bush, but I wasn't. None of the current crop are adults. And that's the problem. A huge problem.
What makes Paul different? For one thing, he's a doctor, whereas all the others have become rich sucking at the public tit and avoiding real work. Paul also understands the importance of political and economic liberty. The others pretend they do, but in reality they don't.
Paul is actually an Elder, which every society needs and which ours barely has. The Elders have always been mentors and teachers of the young. Where are they now? They barely exist.
We no longer have Elders, either religious or political. They scarcely exist in grade schools, middle school, high school and college. There are some, but they are a vanishingly small number.
When people want to destroy a society, the first thing they do is kill the Elders. Then that society is lost. There's an old saying about it--"kill the head and the body will fall."
I cannot remember having one mentor--a Wise Elder--growing up. Most people cannot remember any, either. Much of the time those who pass themselves off as Elders are fools who don't know what they are talking about.
Robert Bly once wrote a book about a society in which there are no Elders. He called such a society (and the book) The Sibling Society. There are few adults and even fewer Elders in such a society. Many people are semi-adults. That's why Bly called them "siblings."
One of the reasons for the destruction of the Elder system is the expansion of the State. The State, with its lies and mass murder and theft, is now supposed to be the omnipotent Wise Elder--a mother and father who know all and give all. Those who believe this always find out how deluded they are.
How do you tell a real elder from a false one? The easiest way is that a real one is a voluntary mentor. I am reminded of Father Zossima in The Brothers Karamazov. A fake one uses force and fraud. I am reminded of the drill sergeant in “Full Metal Jacket.”
The difference between voluntary and force and fraud is one of the most important distinctions there is. Alfred North Whitehead, in his book, Adventures of Ideas, had this to say about the difference between persuasion and force: "The creation of the world--said Plato--is the victory of persuasion over force . . . . Civilization is the maintenance of social order, by its own inherent persuasiveness as embodying the nobler alternative. The recourse to force, however unavoidable, is a disclosure of the failure of civilization, either in the general society or in a remnant of individuals . . . ."
These problems most people only vaguely understand, because we lost our Elders so long ago. These days, some people never completely grow up. And because of it society goes backward, and becomes more and more coarse and degraded. And one of the reasons is because we're being ruled by children.