Thanks for the welcome Chuck-star, nice to meet you. I'll reply to your post in sections, as I'd like to keep on point.Einsoph, welcome to the site. Very well put comments on the revival of tyranny. Democracy didn't exist in Athens and didn't exist in Rome. (As "College Joe" recently wrote, the Roman Senate was just a meeting hall for men who ruled as despots in other parts of world. Elections were as easy to rig in Rome as they had been in Athens.) I suppose it was foolish to think that royal culture would go away so easily and quickly when it had dominated the world for millennia.
“Royal culture”, as you aptly put it, in the main, apart from the few occasions where some sort of balance prevailed in some societies for a period of time, is just another name for rule by might, rather than rule by right. Who should rule people, and why should they rule? Many would agree that it should be someone (or some-ones) that has the right abilities and mindset to see that they have a job to do so as to act as a force for balance when their society begins to get disordered, to restore stability and security, but not to be the sort of inadequate and power-hungry animal that all too often puts themselves forward for the job.
What, I ask, are the qualifications for the job of being a politician? A big ego, perhaps? Financial backing and a sense of dramatic imagery? Who really chooses the candidates? The downfall of so many monarchies did bring reform, but those reforms are rapidly being swept away. I too am gobsmacked at how gullible Americans, of all people, are and how willingly they concede constitutional rights in the name of "peace and safety".
You are right about how gullible Americans appear to others who live outside that country, but when you look at other places, they all too often have their own weird way of succumbing to the lure of false reassurances and perverse rhetoric e.g. the French emphasis on national pride, the Germans on their work ethic etc, etc. It's basically a form of propaganda, which usually comes from a sense of lack of true value or worth, but who cultivates and promotes the sense of failure that is needed to generate such a negative mentality in the first place? Perhaps it is subtly done by those “whom God has seen fit to set above us”? People in jails might be considered relatively safe, but who wants that kind of safety?
In general, Americans do seem to have their own particular stock of specialist clichés, slightly different from the European models, but theirs is very much focused on “the Dream”, “the Vision”, “the Victory”, all following the tried and tested mental projection of following some bright light of illumination upon the road to some unfathomable but wished-for deliverance. It has become so much a part of the dramatics of the whole process that you can almost know what the given candidate will say when he or she takes the podium. Does, “The people of the great state of ***( complete as appropriate) have spoken”, and, “Finally, I'd like to thank my wife and family who have stood by me every step of the way,” sound like something you might subconsciously expect to hear before they even open their mouths? You will find lots more like this on this website, but it just goes to show that the process has become such a franchise of image and emotive speech http://www.sportscliche.com/politics/index.html
From watching the mechanics and methodologies engaged in situations like these, and especially when large groups of people are emotionally involved, I am quite convinced that much of this alluring, promissory, yet ultimately vacuous rhetoric, is grounded in the taught imagery of belief systems that subtly pervades the everyday lives of people in modern cultures. So, the Americans are not alone in this, but when you watch the shows that are staged around their whole election process, the flowery speeches, the ideological mania, it rings a lot of bells with how religions, and Christianity in particular, have used, and continue to use, the same if not quite similar methodologies of brainwashing and suggestion to sway the imagination of their flocks. This would seem to indicate, and perhaps explain why there is not only a strong emphasis on religious freedoms in the US, but the acceptance and promotion of any form of unfounded ideology, no matter how little substance it may actually carry in reality. It appears to be some form of Hollywood on steroids trip that takes on a life of its own, a kind of wish-fulfilment gratification of something that is often so fantastical that people would prostitute their complete integrity to get a chance to grasp at it, no matter how illusory it may be in reality.That said, I'm still not quite ready to endorse the opinions expressed on the following web site:
http://www.sott.net/articles/show/146708-Twilight-of-the-Psychopaths Are there really two distinct types of people in the world, normal people (sheep) and sociopaths/megalomaniacs (wolves)? Crap man, I'm no Psychiatrist, but it is probably more of a continuum of control freaks.
Well, from what I can make of it, there are extremes in any sizeable group of people. In the middle ground you have the vast majority, who have some natural disposition to at least attempt to balance both the humane and bestial elements of their natures, as all balanced personalities have aspects of both in their make-up. The extremes are both the ones who would lie down and die before saving themselves, and the opposite, but equivalently harmful, psychopathic sector. I know that this is not the popular view of things, but I can explain further at some other point if need be. Between them, both extremes give rise to both stupidity and evil in their own ways, but the results are always negative. There are the good, the bad, and the evil, and in reality none really understands the other.It is intuitively obvious that a small minority of people are willing to do whatever it takes to achieve positions of power and influence. That's the politician stereotype/profile. It is just as obvious that the real power remains in the hands of cartels, powerful families that pass it down through the generations using laws that allow for this.
If you ever worked with animals, as on a farm, you will find exactly the same traits being exhibited amongst the beast there, but they tend to work out the pecking order and settle back into some structured order. What excuse does man have, seeing as he claims the higher faculty of reason and logic, which the barnyard animals supposedly lack? How many religions tell you that you are an animal with a degree of capacity for reasoned thinking? None, I'll bet, but it happens to be true, though it may be unpalatable. We can see it before our eyes every day, but we are trained to ignore it. Ignorance is a very, very expensive item, but people choose to buy it by the ton. They rarely work out the cost before they consider the price.The American middle class is being targeted hard. The moratorium on inheritance tax is being repealed this year. Those few that have savings and assets will not be able to pass them down to children (unless you know the tricks of the ultra-rich.)
Watch for these kinds of law-changes over the next few years. They will all be aimed at weakening the strength of the family, or whatever little of it is left after all the taught divisions have left their mark, as always.And the Supreme Court just ruled that Corporations will be able to campaign for the candidates of their choice. Obama called the Supreme Court out on this issue, but I doubt anything significant will be done to reverse the damage.
Nice one, but nothing more than was predicted. Who, we might ask, owns the businesses? The banks own the debt owed by the businesses, who need the money to keep going, who have to keep the bankers happy...or else.
Well, let's keep our eyes open, but it has been predicted that Obama will do what he is told to do, just like the ones who went before him. He may be a nice guy, maybe, but any weakness he has, ego, image, the need to be recognised, naivety, even blind faith in the goodness of man, will be used to keep him in line while the architects behind the scenes pull the strings, just like in the Wizard of Oz.
This is how the unseen monarchies and their attendant clerics operate the same old tried and tested formulae that have been used since the dawn of time. It's generally known as “the Roman system”, and it works, so it keeps on being used in different cultures throughout the millennia. This time though, they have made some very serious errors, so let's watch the movie as it unfolds. The State of the Union Address by Obama was aimed at keeping the Democrat majority going. There were more promises (just like those in the election) that will be overcome by events and therefore never kept. Obama is very smooth, I give him credit for that. In his heart-of-hearts he may even want to do the right thing. But that is clearly impossible! The ancient royal culture has taken over once more. So, let's all enjoy this bit of empty Internet freedom while it lasts!
You are quite right when you say it is impossible, but when a populace begins to believe in the impossible, and in leaders whom they believe might just possibly deliver the impossible, they just fall into their preprogrammed lines like bowling pins, with predictable outcomes.
Wanting to do “the right thing”is what most people sincerely want to do, but if they never work out what is actually right and wrong, but merely base their outlook on what they believe is real, they end up following rote methodologies of blind and unsupportable dogma, with predictable outcomes.
This system of blind adherence to un-thinking reaction is something that has been cultivated in the human race for millennia, so what do you think happens when the psychological triggers are pressed? The brazen graft we have recently witnessed in American politics and society is one of the big reasons I think that something really big is going down in 2012 (or thereabouts). The prime movers and shakers are bracing themselves for "the event" and trying to ensure they come out on top when it is over. (Even more amazing to me is the almost total absence of an outcry from the public. Instead, Time Magazine named the Federal Reserve Chair "Man of the Year".)
You will see things coming to a head in the next few years, just as the pus is rising to the surface as we speak. Everyone believes that they are in control, especially the most mad amongst us, but let's see what happens if the big plan comes to the boil too quickly. Even these types have their own weaknesses, so when the scum floats to the top, it may well be scooped off. A good friend of mine often says that mankind is expecting a time of judgement round about now, and that it will be some god-man who will do it, but the reality will be a true and fair judgment, as each one will judge him or herself by the workings of their own mind, which is the ultimate form of justice, don't you agree?