Friday, January 24, 2014


I don't spend much time on the Bible, but like many books, it contains some true principles and obsrvations. However, Benjamin Franklin came up more and better ones in his Poor Richard's Almanac, as far as I'm concerned.

The situation with governments going ape and oppressing the people they should be serving has existed throughout human history. How accurate it is is something I won't vouch for, but the account of Israel turning monarchial in I Samuel 8 often comes forcefully to my mind. I know no god actually said a damn thing, but the account of what Samuel is supposed to have said is very inciteful as to how human governments always devolve:

"This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots. And he will appoint him captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots. He will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers. And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your olive yards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants ... he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work. He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants (i.e. slaves)." (KJV)

No matter what form government takes, whether ecclesiastical or mundane, they all end up the same way with power and wealth concentrated in the hands of a powerful few. The masses end up impoverished and oppressed to lesser and greater degrees.

We'd made good progress after World War II while power was more evenly distributed through sane congresses and the power of checks like labor unions. That has all been craftily demolished by one subterfuge after another, begining with with dumb ass elitist Reagan and his cabal of rich power mongers.

Today, America has become a steadily ramped up hell hole of elitist and ecclesiastical oppression. Our wealth is squandered on unnecessary wars and welfare for rich corporations so the power of a few can be made manifest over the masses of serfs and slaves.

I fear this coup is beyond reversal. Welcome to the modern version of I Samuel 8.

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