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Civil and Military Leadership

American Mercenary presents an essay regarding the pending, inevitable change collapse of the World’s economy and when and how the power vacuum might be met.  And by whom.

He writes:

Financial collapse in and of itself is not a threat to freedom, it is when the economic collapse is used as a Reichstag Fire to consolidate political power and move away from freedom to tyranny that is the big worry.  In Greece we see the collapse of the socialist state without any further power grabs, as the Greeks already gave up their freedoms to the socialist government in the first place.  In Chile the Socialist Revolution was causing economic collapse with the nationalization of industry, and it took Pinochet to undo the damage and turn Chile around (leftists hate Pinochet because he didn’t let the Glorious Communist Revolution succeed).

In the United States the biggest expansion of FedGov power in peacetime was under FDR and the “new deal” which saw the politicization of the Supreme Court and the end of Congressional non-delegation of power doctrine.  Up until that point it was accepted that Congress could not delegate its authority to a non-elected bureaucrat, and now we have the ATF writing its own rules and changing them frequently to discourage gun ownership, the EPA writing its own rules to discourage development, and the IRS writing its own rules to confiscate more property.  (emphasis Guffaw)

What we need are effective civil leaders.  Who will be this generations Benjamin Franklin?  Thomas Jefferson?  Thomas Keane?  John Adams?  George Washington served the Republic, he did not create it.  His leadership transitioned well from military to civilian, but there are many who cannot make the transition.  How different would our world be if the men of the Continental Congress couldn’t sell George Washington on the idea of a better government than the one he knew all his life?  ~

~Now the coming collapse may not fundamentally alter us as a nation.  But there are those who would use the collapse as an excuse to impose their vision of the future on all of us.  I think it only prudent to have an alternate outcome planned and resourced, even if it is simply holding what we’ve got and not fundamentally transforming America.

You should go to the link and absorb the whole thing.  The phrase “only prudent to have an alternate outcome planned and resourced…” sounded reasonable to me.

Sadly, I’ve few plans and no resources.  Hopefully someone will.

h/t AM

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I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


4 thoughts on “Civil and Military Leadership

  1. I think “Go back to the Constitution & guard it with your life” is a reasonable & prudent plan. Or maybe it’s just me.

    Posted by Rev. Paul | August 27, 2012, 8:29 am
  2. “What we need are effective civil leaders. ”

    Most people don’t want anyone to actually lead them to freedom. That’s because “effective civic leaders” for a free people require people who want freedom first. It requires that most people accept self ownership and self responsibility, rather than using the political process to rob and control the lives of their neighbors. The only “civic leaders” these people want are the type that promise them more of the loot and at least a taste of the power. That this creates the tyranny and police state we have now is something few will face. And some, tragically, are actually quite happy being slaves.

    The “constitution” had the seeds of the tyranny built right into it. The power to tax is the power to destroy. And George Washington was right there to begin collecting the tax. Look up the Whiskey Rebellion some time. Once you concede that others have any right to your life and property against your will, there is no actual limit to what they will take if you don’t forcefully prevent it.

    No, I don’t need any “civic leaders” at all, really. I just need to be left alone to earn my living and voluntarily associate with others to achieve the goals I have set for my own life – as they work to achieve theirs. Everyone needs to be free to do the same.

    Posted by MamaLiberty | August 27, 2012, 9:47 am

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