Quote of the day—The Onion

Saying there were no other options remaining and that continued intervention would only prolong the nation’s suffering, experts concluded Tuesday that the best course of action is to keep the United States as comfortable as possible until the end.

According to those familiar with its condition, the country’s long, painful decline over the past several decades has made it clear that the most compassionate choice at this juncture is to do whatever is possible to ensure America is at ease during its last moments.

The Onion
Experts Say Best Option Now Is Keeping Nation As Comfortable As Possible Till End
[I’ve been listening to By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission. I’m about half way through I now and one of the things that really stood out was essentially what The Onion says in their humor piece. It’s probably not possible to restore the U.S. to it’s original state of liberty. It has to have its government completely destroyed and then rebuilt.

The examples Murray, the author, gives are post WWII Germany and Japan. They were forced into unconditional surrender and then rebuilt. Within a few decades they were in better shape than the victors such as Great Britain and France. No mention was made of Italy but they did not unconditionally surrender as did the other axis powers so I suppose it is reasonable to exclude it from comparison.

Currently I’m listening to Murray talk about civil disobedience of stupid regulations. He better have something better than that to get us back to a state of liberty. And unconditional surrender to another nation would not appear to be a promising option either.—Joe]

11 thoughts on “Quote of the day—The Onion

  1. A big fear I have is that the only way people stay free is by the ability to move on. Once Manifest had Destinied, it was only a matter of time. Freedom loving people might do best to invest heavily in large telescopes, and research into novel propulsion systems.

    • I’ve had that thought too.

      But moving to another planet or the moon would impose tremendous hardships. The capital and population needed to build and support the production of things like smart phones, modern automobiles, medicines, and even modern firearms is substantial. A colony is going to have to be very large or trade with earth at great expense. And what would they have to trade that could be easily shipped home that could be just as cheaply produced on earth? There are many challenges beyond just propulsion.

      • I’ve thought of that, too. With a planet with even the gravity well of the Moon, the question is what Sundance asked Butch as they got off the train in Bolivia.
        “What do they have here than anyone would want to buy”
        The only thing I can think of is information. And that has its own set of problems as a basis for a viable long term economy.

  2. I gave up on truly fixing things a long time ago. I think the end is inevitable, I just prepare for it personally and by teaching my children right from wrong and how to survive.

  3. dear friends:

    please forgive me for being overly blunt, but all this “doom & gloom” stuff is pure bullshit, and inspired, perhaps by an utter disregard for the history of this country.

    you think times are tough? gimmee a break.

    after the revolution, there were furious riots and insurrection in the northeast of the country as veterans and others were denied payment for services, and taxes on alchol. anyone remember shay’s rebellion.

    in the formative years there was literally no money on the american frontiers. which, was most of america. no federal money, because there was no federal banking system. state money was highly suspect. promissory notes executed by reputable makers were sold and traded by holders, and used much like currency.

    those of you who have read sandburg’s biography of lincoln will surely remember that abe dad sold their farm in kentucky for (if i remember correctly) three barrels of whiskey, which was used on the frontier as a substitute for money. they will also remember that the first year in illinois the family lived in a three walled lean to, the sound of wolves no doubt soothing in the night.

    anyone ever hear of the civil war?

    you think you’ve got it tough? if any of you had accurate memories, you would remember the opening year of world war ii. pearl habor. the phillipines. both stinging defeats for america. our british allies were kicked off the european continent, and nearly lost entire armies at dunkirk, and suffered defeat after defeat by rommel in north africa. in asia, the japanese conquered dutch indonesia, british singapore, and the american controlled phillipines, and threaten australia from port moresby from papua, new guinea. in short, in the first year of the war the japanese kicked america and her allies nearly out of the pacific region. and, yes, they had troops in the aleutian islands, held by the americans.

    to “transition” from the depression right into the first year of wwii could not have been a worry free time for americans.

    contrast the situation today.–

    you have your guns.

    though the media is nothing but a propaganda weapon of the progressives, we have radio and the net to communicate with.

    we still speak our minds.

    never have americans had so much money, and so many things, the absolute proof of that is how fat many of your are. and, how lazy, refusing “menial” employment and the dole instead of good honest labor “beneath” you.

    buck up.

    soldier up. by guns, by ammo, become proficient.

    expect to fight, and welcome it, instead of pissing and moaning. you have precious liberty, and expect to pay the price for it. and, again, for god’s sake, stop pissing and moaning. prepare for the fight, expect, want it, and exalt that you don’t have to die in a puddle of piss and shit in some damned nursing home, but that you have the chance, at last, to prove yourselves on a field of valor.

    not everybody gets that.

    good lord, i hate this caterwauling. people like obama and his progressives have always existed, and they have always wanted to enslave and control others. always. we have the ability to resist them, and to change things.

    not everybody has been born into such privileged positions. instead of bemoaning things, instead of pissing and moaning, just be happy that you can do something about it, and that you have the ability to fight and assert your liberty.

    john jay
    milton freewater, oregon

    p.s. moving to the moon. how fucking ridiculous is that? how defeatist?

    • There is one advantage that we would have on the moon. Not nearly as hard to lob rocks at annoying Earthmen (see ‘The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress’).

      But I think the pissing and moaning is less over the prospect of fighting, but the knowledge that once the bloodshed starts, it may take a while to stop… if it ever does.

  4. I read Murray’s book a couple weeks ago; I apologize for the spoiler, but sorry, Joe, you’ve already mined all the nuggets from that shaft.

  5. I remember an article from some 25 years ago in I think Reason Magazine, but I’m not completely sure, about a condition the author called “Demosclerosis”, where the Dems and Reps traded power, but the laws passed lingered on, causing a sort of clogging of the arteries of society and commerce. I don’t know how to do it, and as Joe suggests in regard to civil disobedience, I won’t be able to do anything in jail, but we don’t need just fewer laws enacted in the future, we need fewer laws (regulations created by the administrative state, to be specific) compared to RIGHT NOW.
    Every law needs to sunset as the assault weapons ban sunsetted federally (not in Commifornia, unfortunately) in order to recover our lost liberty. John Jay has said things in the past that I considered extreme and extremely unworkable, but he is right on this subject. So far we’re in good shape. It could get worse, but that’s why we try to subtly turn minds from collectivist heresy.

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