We live in interesting times

The federal government is now an imperial government, far and above the reach of “the law.” We are now subjects, not citizens, and the idea that Freedom Rings here is a joke, with Fourth of July celebrations the punchline that must leave our political masters guffawing in mirth at our gullibility.

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By Smokey Briggs, owner-publisher of The Monahans News, can be reached at Smokey@pecos.net.

Remember the old Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times?”

Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps InstituteMy tingling Spidey senses lead me to suspect the world angered an old Chinaman a while back.

I have always believed that a man should live 70 percent in the present, devote 15 percent of his attention to the past, and 15 percent of his attention to the future.

Combat Shooter's HandbookLife is too short to spend most of it worrying about the past or the future. Life happens now.

On the other hand, the past is full of useful information applicable to today’s decisions, and the one thing certain about the future is that it is about to happen, and getting blindsided hurts.

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More and more these days, I find myself devoting too much of my time trying to read the tea leaves of the future, and more and more I do not like the answers I find.

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A fracture of any one is problematic, but the destruction of all three at once is potentially cataclysmic.

Worse, America is not alone in this mess, the entire western world seems to be in the same hand basket and heading in the same direction.

When one of these dominoes falls, it is hard to imagine it being propped up by another.

If the recently unveiled FISA memo does not convince you that our experiment with democracy has failed, nothing will.

At this point we are faced with one of two equally revulsive conclusions: either the Constitution has been gutted so that it really is just a “piece of paper,” or the thing is working exactly as Alexander Hamilton and company envisioned way-back-when.

Having studied the birthing of the Constitution fairly extensively, I suspect the later — it was created as a stealth plan to subvert the Republic and deliver it into the hands of the few at the expense (and loss of freedom) of the many.

Either way, that is where we are at.

The federal government is now an imperial government, far and above the reach of “the law.” We are now subjects, not citizens, and the idea that Freedom Rings here is a joke, with Fourth of July celebrations the punchline that must leave our political masters guffawing in mirth at our gullibility.

One hundred years of pure democracy has created a nation filled with hundreds of special interest groups fighting for their piece of the government-stolen spoils, and a little more power so that next year their share can be larger.

This is exactly the fate the founding fathers feared, and why many of them opposed democracy at all.

As with all governments, this one promises more, delivers less, and steals more with every passing year.

It is not hard to foresee the time when many former citizens will no longer have much use for a government that clearly represents the ruling upper class, and vice versa — hardly a recipe for peace and prosperity.

For a people united in culture and thought, a crisis in government/leadership is survivable — sometimes even beneficial.

The colonists of America weathered such a crisis with their government and emerged a new nation that for a time really was a beacon of freedom in a world shackled in servitude.

But our proto-American forefathers were of a relatively common culture.

Can you imagine a more fractured group of people than the people who live within these 50-states today?

I suspect I have more in common with an Afghani goat herder than I do with most people who term themselves liberal these days. I am sure they feel the same way.

Nearly everything I believe regarding what it is to be human, to be a man or a woman, to be a parent, liberals consider evidence of Neandertalism.

Honestly, I consider most liberals to be a bunch of gender confused twits desperately in need of having some common sense punched into them, and I am not speaking metaphorically.

See, not a recipe for peace and prosperity.

The facts do not improve regarding class as our financial system continues to transfer wealth from the lower and middle classes to the upper class, most especially the ruling .01 percent.

Which brings me to economics — the icing on this cake of disaster.

Maybe a group of people not united by common beliefs and culture could survive a governmental crisis. Maybe.

Now toss in a severely broken economy and stir.

For the past few decades the only thing that has held Imperial America together is good times. So far, most middle class people have been able to avoid the consequences of the transformation of America.

When busing ruined good school districts middle class people simply bought houses in the suburbs and built new schools, or coughed up money for private schools, or started homeschooling.

When taxes rose faster than wages the middle class coped by saving less, and then using savings to supplement, and finally by taking out second mortgages on their homes, to maintain their standard of living. Then they learned how to juggle multiple credit cards, eight-year car loans, and permanent servitude as debt slaves.

Today what is left of the middle class is swimming in a sea of debt and I don’t see any new life lifeboats in the future.

And it gets worse.

Most of the entitlements that the ruling class have used to buy the votes of the lower class were financed not with tax money but with inflation.

Inflation is nothing more than a shadow tax where instead of stealing your money today, the government steals the value of your money tomorrow. To me, it is much more evil, since it is easier to hide.

There are actually entire books devoted to our current economic plight, but the end result is that the ruling class and the government they bought and paid for, have created an economic system that benefits only themselves, and results in an endless series of economic bubbles, each larger than the last.

With the bursting of each bubble, the middle class takes it on the chin, while the upper/investing class gets bailed out on the backs of the middle class.

The larger such a bubble gets, the worse the consequences when it bursts. In recent memory we have the Dot.com bubble of 1999, and the Housing Bubble of 2008.

Rather than allow the free market to liquidate the poor investments that created these bubbles, the government and their pets at the Federal Reserve simply blew a new bubble to hide the ill effects of the last.

For the past 10 years the Fed has held interest rates to effectively zero. Think about that — the value of money is actually zero. Does that make any sense?

It does not. Only in a world where up is down and right is left can such a thing exist.

The result of 10 years of virtually free money (if you are close enough to the government trough to slurp it up) is a bubble in everything — housing, stocks, oil, farm land, cars — you name it.

We are living in the largest financial bubble ever created.

Worse, it is worldwide. The Russians, the Chinese, the Japanese, Europe, Australia, South America — everyone is trapped inside this bubble.

It will burst. All financial bubbles eventually burst.

When it does, the good times will officially be over, and America, and much of the world, will find itself poor, culturally fractured, and very rightfully distrustful of the government/ruling class that created this mess.

So, enjoy today, but keep an eye on that storm on the horizon. It looks wicked to me.

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