Trust is a central element in any democracy. Citizens give up a certain amount of power over their own lives in the belief that the government will act in their interests. Without trust, people become unwilling to cede power to government. Without trust, government itself eventually becomes ineffective, or provokes active conflict, as people lose confidence that leaders will be able to fulfill their responsibilities. Government statements come to be viewed as meaningless propaganda. In this extreme situation, government policies designed to promote the long-term health of the society are ignored as individuals worry about their own immediate well-being. The social fabric that holds the society together begins to unravel. This occurred in the late years of the Soviet Union when there was an extraordinarily high degree of cynicism toward the government. The government of Louis XVI was almost universally mistrusted before the French Revolution. At the time of the American Revolution the colonists lost trust in the British Parliament.
==It Could Happen Here (Bruce Judson)
Freedom cannot survive government management
Freedom cannot survive government management. The U.S. Constitution designed a government managed by the people; Progressives have disregarded the Constitution and fundamentally transformed government – to manage the people.
Since the post-war peak of American productivity in the 1950s, the U.S. Constitution, and consequently, individual freedom, have been consistently, and deliberately eroded by the Progressive influence in society, and especially in government. The tidal wave of Progressivism that washed over Washington in 2008 drowned the nation in debt, in its search for “social equity” and “environmental safety.”
It should now be abundantly clear that without the U.S. Constitution, and the freedom from government management it guarantees, the American experiment in self-government stands at the edge of a cliff, about to fall into the abyss of history.
===America at the abyss , Henry Lamb
Setting the stage for something much bigger
In nearly three decades of investigative experience that has included my direct or peripheral involvement in numerous jury decisions and grand jury presentments, I’ve never seen anything like what’s presently playing out in Ferguson, Missouri. Never. To describe the situation as “bizarre” would be a tremendous understatement. We are clearly being managed. The nation is being managed, or perhaps “gamed” is a more appropriate description of the events playing out before us.
Clearly, we are being managed on a grand scale. The entire scene is being choreographed into a needless, self-fulfilling prophetic nightmare that will not end well, regardless of the judicial decision or the level of unrest we might witness tonight and in the days and night ahead.
It’s no longer about the decision of the grand jury. It is no longer about the evidence or the facts, as they have been removed – stage left – from this well-choreographed play. The 12-member grand jury, the prosecutor and others have become nothing more than bit players in something larger.
The stage is being set for something much, much bigger, and at levels much higher than whatever will play out in and around Ferguson.
Righteous Indignation in Ferguson
The grand jury’s decision to forgo indictment of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown compels us yet again to recognize that there is more to violence than its dictionary definition.
In clinical terms, violence is physical force intended to cause injury. But when officer Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown this past August, he did not engage in violence. He engaged in self-defense. He was justified.
After the jury’s decision was announced, black Americans and their supporters, who see in the non-indictment a form of impunity, took to the streets of Ferguson and St. Louis. Their righteous indignation amounted to a “night of violence,” according to The Guardian and USA Today. KSDK, a St. Louis NBC affiliate, used a common volcanic metaphor: “Violence erupts in Ferguson: Fire, looting, arrests.” Look at any of the major news outlets—shattered store windows and overturned police cruisers. That is violence, and there need be no inquiry into its justification.
Violence is a moral category, not an act. Where aggression is presumptively unjustified, it is violent. Where it is deemed acceptable by the norms of the community in which it occurs, it is not violence.
Ferguson window on Life in America over next two years
When it comes to present day Ferguson, Missouri, here’s the thing: Ferguson is the window on the final two years of Community Organizer Barack Obama in the White House.
After last night, we now get a crystal clear view of what life in America will be like between today and 2016. It will be meticulously organized staged rage to government manufactured ‘racism’ all the way down to the finish line and beyond.
Life in post-Constitution America will agonizingly unfold that way because the Community Organizer in the Oval Office wants it to agonizingly unfold that way.
That, as they say, is all he wrote.
“I also appeal to the law enforcement officials in #Ferguson and the region to show care and restraint in managing peaceful protests,” Obama tweeted last night.
It is not Ferguson law enforcement officials managing peaceful protests, it is a community organizer and his long-time buddies stirring the boiling-over pot behind the scenes.