Maj. Gen. Paul E. Vallely (Ret.)
That paraphrases William Ernest Henley (1849–1903). When we stop believing that, we are lost, doomed, slaves.
The General is getting very frustrated about the lack of responsiveness of "our" government and lists some legitimate grievances. When there is no redress through standard means, then there may be no alternative other than non-standard means, which is not a good thing.
The general is thinking out loud about what else can be done. If the power structure tampers with the electoral process and the media more than they already have, it is possible that they will ignite a powder keg of frustration and anger that has been building up more than I have ever seen in my lifetime in this country.
Instead of ludicrously attempting to brand the Tea Party as "racist" and "terrorist," our supposed "representatives" should get the hell out of our way, before less peaceful and rational people step in to end the travesty that our government has become. Some say that election 2010 is the last peaceful chance to begin to turn the country around, begin to restore the Constitution, start to move toward fiscal responsibility, shift direction toward a more ethical and moral nation. With $121 trillion in federal obligations, more still in state and local obligations, eroding security, rising unemployment, bankruptcies, foreclosures, defaults, spending and taxes, plunging confidence in government and the nation in general, just about everything is headed in the wrong direction and accelerating, The economic "Summer of recovery" touted by Obama is a barefaced lie. With the rush to socialized medicine, bankrupt energy policy, nationalization of industries (at least those not fleeing offshore or shutting down) and insane/unconstitutional social policies, something has to give and soon.
Some very sharp friends and pundits think that the decline is now irreversible. IF that is so, and I am not at all ruling it out, we need to plan how to pick up the pieces.
While, I don't believe that we will be able to decisively seize the reins of power from the Progressives in November, we have an excellent chance of taking control of the House of Representatives and whittling the Democrat/Progressive supermajority in the Senate. I don't believe the existing Republican candidates are the solution, but they are somewhat less progressive and we have succeeded in seeding the election with more Conservative candidates than usual. Unfortunately, this is not true of our CA Senatorial candidate this time. The situation is similar in most states and localities.
That is why many of us think that rebuilding an understanding of and support for our Constitution is a necessary building block, as well as more attention to social and spiritual matters. If we do that, the financial/economic tasks will become clearer and more attainable. It will also be necessary to become more active politically, something most of us have not done and in fact find repugnant. Heck, when the sewer breaks, someone's gotta go down there and fix it, folks.
Our Tea Party group has been trying to do some things to help. Our next event is the August 3 6:00 PM general meeting in Ventura. We urge you to participate, if you are anywhere within practical driving distance on August 3.