Comments: The American public believes itself to be free,

There's also a simple poignant truth here;

"The genius of the American political system is that it is not necessary to suppress inconvenient information, but only to keep it off television. So few people will encounter it as not to matter."

Posted by Denny at December 31, 2012 9:55 AM

Americans used to be more individual and free, but over the last 100 years or so we've slowly given that away and now its nearly gone. Previous disasters, crises, depressions, and trials have been faced by the generations of the past who looked first for how to solve problems - the "can do" spirit of Americans - instead of how government can fix things for them.

Those days have passed. Now Americans are like everyone else in the world, seeking someone more powerful to fix everything and make all problems go away. And if the problems persist, well the people in power just need more power to fix it.

That inevitably, unstoppably always leads to tyranny.

Posted by Christopher Taylor at December 31, 2012 12:22 PM

So well said. We have NO EXCUSE. Denny that's great, and well said Christopher. To contradict Mao, tyranny grows out of the ribbon of a typewriter. Many mainstream editors need the same treatment as their political masters, as do derivatives bankers. Bloodshed comes. Who is it to be?

Posted by Michael Richards MD at December 31, 2012 1:34 PM

It is but self-delusion to blame the politician, the media whore, the academic sapper. This is the result of universal suffrage, and there can be no exceptions.

Churchill was wrong. It is the worst form of government, because we debase ourselves.

Posted by james wilson at December 31, 2012 3:25 PM

Tumbrils? The only way those will have an immediate effect is if they are loaded with bags of wet sand then driven over the malefactors multiple times.

Posted by Ed G. Mann at December 31, 2012 3:28 PM

As I watch the entire grand circus of the Enlightenment collapsing, I can only laugh.

But at which group of clowns? The Ringmasters, who will kill everyone under the Big Top if they have to in order to keep them inside the turnstiles? The acrobats, who frantically throw pratfall after pratfall in the face of the audience in order to keep them from noticing that the kingpole is broken? Or the butchers, cooly hawking crap to the rubes in the seats even as the top begins to fall?

No. My laughter is reserved for the audience -- the jaded gentry, the schoomarms, the empty-eyed, slack-jawed food tubes who shucked out their wealth in the belief that the circus was better than reality, and that the show could go on forever.

So, Mister Bandmaster! Strike up the "Stars and Stripes Forever" for one last time. The Big Top is on fire, and nobody's going to get out before it all falls down in flames around them.

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New Years' Resolution: resist the urge to say "I told you so" as the firing squad takes aim. Naturam expellas furca, tamen usque recurret...

Posted by B Lewis at December 31, 2012 3:52 PM

I agree, the founding fathers were wise to limit the vote. Did they limit it too much? Yes, but we've opened it up too much. Too many people voting with nothing at stake in the outcome. If I had my way, I'd lose the vote personally, but the nation as a whole would have benefited.

As for now, its just too late.

Posted by Anonymous at December 31, 2012 9:32 PM

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