Prophesying Hobgoblins

R. Crumb, cartoonist, 1977

This is your brain on TeeVee

HL Mencken observed that looter politicians trot out an endless stream of hobgoblins to frighten the rubes into wanting a State of Fear. People who watch teevee, instead of reading, grab my sleeve to warn me about Clinton’s secret ambitions or Trump’s subconscious plans. When I ask how they found out, off they go after other sleeves to clutch–or demand instantly verifiable proof that their pathetic fears are false. The more mystical the voter, the more susceptible to frightened gibberish and unfalsifiable ravings.

Favorites include: Hillary will in the future appoint judges who will strike down the Second Amendment. The possibility that the Senate might refuse to confirm anti-Constitutional judges, never crosses their minds. Illiterate to a man, the terrified are completely unaware of what it takes to strike down a Constitutional Amendment, so “what’s to stop her” sounds like a question, but is really a cry of fear that a GIRL might be elected and the GOP lose some more jobs. The President, as Elihu Root explained to Herbert Hoover in December of 1929, has no power whatsoever to interfere in Constitutional amendments:

The Constitution does not contemplate any relation of the President to its amendment.  You can veto any other form of legislative action but you do not have that power in relation to Constitutional amendments.  That distinction was made for the definite purpose of holding alterations of the Constitution away from the President, who is solely an enforcement officer in this relation.

Root, it turns out, had himself tried to get the Supreme Court to strike down the Prohibition Amendment and failed. So the possibility remains that The Almighty Dollar will miraculously cause two-thirds of the Senate to confirm anti-Constitutional judges. Mammon could then cause them to refuse to enforce an Amendment–if the price were right. This, thanks to the Democratic and Republican parties, had actually happened ten years earlier, in Schenck v. US. The First, Fifth and Thirteenth Amendments were summarily but temporarily nullified by the looter-appointed Supreme Court in a case where the accused passed out copies of the Anti-Slavery Amendment to men waiting in line to be drafted into WWI.

The court used the “shouting fire in a crowded theater” excuse to send the pamphleteer to prison for handing & mailing out a piece of paper urging the Bill of Rights.
Mammon entered the picture when neutral American banks and industry, emboldened by the Federal Reserve Act three years earlier, began loaning money and selling goods on credit to British and French belligerents in the 1914 War, while Russia fought beside them. A LOT of money, materials and foodstuffs went “Over There.”

After the communist revolution took Russia out of the war, Germany might have won. These States would have lost the money they had fronted Britain and France. Mammon and the Court therefore decreed the First, Fifth and Thirteenth Amendments were not important compared to those war loans outstanding. But those Amendments are still there in case the Court needs to club someone over the head with them at some future date, perhaps with less money on the table.

The moral of the story is that it would take LOTS of money to quash the Second Amendment.  But crime is way down, and ALL recent Supreme Court decisions have favored Open Carry, less regulation, shorter forms, and with weed becoming illegal, yesterday’s “felons” will be just plain folks again.

The only amendment ever repealed was the Prohibition Amendment, by ratification of the 21st Amendment, which struck it down but assigned the States the power to make light beer a felony and murder entire families–with federal assistance–to enforce all related laws. This process began in 1933 after Herbert Hoover’s asset-forfeiture strategy brought on the Crash and depression had wrecked the economy. Two-thirds of the states won the race to ratify begun in March, but it took till December, with tens of billions of dollars and long jail sentences for millionaires in the balance. Twenty-four years would pass before the Republicans ever elected another President.

Both the Democratic and Republican parties insist on federal prohibition and the communist manifesto income tax–things that cause militarized police to jail and shoot our kids, and destroy the economy, causing depressions, repossessions and unemployment. More to the point, no self-respecting American woman of childbearing age wants anything to do with the kind of man who would use government force to compel her to act against her will and better judgment. George Waffen Bush destroyed the economy to please faith-based, ku-klux, mystical fanatics and his party deserves to be abolished and replaced. The honest and constructive way to man up and make things better in 2016 is to vote Libertarian or just stay home, like Scott Adams.

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Flag-burning

POLAND, 1939, Ten people executed for tearing down the German flag. Radios confiscated, censorship imposed. But that was then and over there. Besides, even though under the National Socialist Program Germany was a Christian nation, it couldn’t happen here, right?

Not so fast… In Nixon’s America it was patriotic to burn women, kids, houses and villages the Political State had listed as infested with commie atheists. But all hell broke loose when Christian America’s equivalent of “Jews”–pot-smoking hippies who thought only of themselves–dared to desecrate the symbol of the monopoly on the use of coercive and deadly force as a protest against the exact same involuntary servitude listed in the Declaration of Independence as cause for its overthrow and replacement. This was the part that says:

“[The King] constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the Executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.”

To facilitate comprehension this passage was translated by HL Mencken:

“He grabbed our own people when he found them in ships on the ocean, and shoved guns into their hands, and made them fight against us, no matter how much they didn’t want to.”

Granted, conscripts are usually ordered to kill foreigners, but even to this day involuntary servitude as executioners of individuals in other jurisdictions is legal because the Supreme Court declared it so based on the laws of such exemplary icons of freedom as China, Bulgaria, Greece, Germany, Nicaragua, Peru, Russia, Serbia, and Turkey. In practically the same breath the elderly and exempt Bench-sitters declared it a felony to hand out pamphlets on which were written the Thirteenth Amendment. That decision from a century ago, unlike the prior Dred Scott decision upholding the sanctity of slavery, is the Law of the Land today. But surely the maniacal frenzy of collectivism that spawned it is gone, right?

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1917 Socialist pamphlet, complete with swastikas

Here is a quote from the President–not of National Socialist Germany–but of These United States, after failing to obtain a Constitutional Amendment to make burning a flag a felony:

The President: “I don’t view that as partisanship. I think respect for the flag transcends political party. And I think what I’ve said here is American. It isn’t Republican or Democrat; it isn’t liberal or conservative; and I just feel very, very strongly about it. And perhaps I haven’t been quite as emotional as I feel about it, but I want to take this opportunity to say protest should not extend to desecration of the unique symbol of America, and that is our flag.” This same father of another U.S. President then said: “It is an emotional issue, and I am firmly positioned in favor of overturn of Roe V Wade. And that’s my position, and I’m not going to change that position. But I don’t want to see the divisiveness that whole issue causes split this country. And yet the decision is going to be – I don’t know what they’re going to decide, but my position on it is very clear.” (GHW Bush Papers 1989 Vol. I  808)

The Republican Party, always an enemy of individual rights, wrecked the US economy through prohibitionist asset-forfeiture looting that turned its militarized police forces into roving gangs of predators. That is not fiscal conservatism, but rather, mystical vandalism of the nation’s economy and economies in all foreign countries to which such policies are exported.

The Libertarian Party platform calls for freeing the USA from the 1848 Manifesto income tax, from military conscription in violation of the Thirteenth Amendment and abolition of the venal and selective prohibitionism now crowding our prisons with individuals who have harmed no one. Every libertarian vote makes part of that platform a reality.