What is it with Democrats and their penchant for Disneyfied dystopias anyway? It's absolutely ridiculous the imagery that they cling to. Far be it from me to criticize, but – and in keeping with this theme – I've never understood the American Left's preoccupation with King Arthur and Camelot, try though I might. Seriously. Every time a Democrat manages to lie, cheat or steal his way into the presidency, the liberal establishment suddenly starts measuring all the White House conference rooms for round tables or some such nonsense.
Ironic really, since the round table symbolizes a level of chivalric equality that completely eludes them, but I suppose that's quite beside the point.
But you know what I mean. It's their attitude – they are the ones that we've all been waiting for…like their mere presence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue alone fulfills a messianic prophecy and neither sword nor stone shall be required. Camelot. It's always their "go to" paradise for some odd reason. Did they even bother to read the Arthurian legends to see how they ended? Camelot is a romanticized failure of the highest order. A cautionary tale that details how the venality within can unravel the purest of hearts when vigilance against such corruption is ever relaxed. It's a story of what happens when the moral code fails.
Oh. See? I get it. They must be using Le Morte D'Arthur as their how-to guide. That explains a lot.
The problem that the Progressives of this world have with the whole round table concept is that they not only lack the modest respect for others that is contained within the code of chivalry, they mock it. For them, morality is a sign of weakness and liberty is for the suckers who don't grasp big-picture relativism. The American Constitution lacks bite and is best left for those poor, small thinking rubes that are too timid to reach into the cookie jar and take more than what belongs to them. The most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery often arises out of the most extreme liberty because Freemen invite their own enslavement by assuming that all human beings long for freedom.
That's only half true. All human beings long for freedom for themselves. It's actually rather shocking when you realize how many people could take or leave freedom for their fellow man. Freedom for me but not for thee.
So it started a few days after the reaffirmation of America's first Napoleonic presidency. People who have absolutely no intention in participating in a Marxist America (yeah, I know. You are right. That kind of extreme language doesn't really help to move the dialog forward. I should really learn to moderate and reach my hand across the aisle. But I won't…) began brainstorming. "If I can't beat them and I refuse to join them, what other options are available?
A healthy percentage of voting Republicans thought that going "Galt" was the best alternative given the situation. This was not to be so much a "pick up and leave" event as Ayn Rand proposed because who could afford to take that kind of financial loss? Plus, where on earth would they go? Greece? No. This was just kind of a "sell off the investments and live frugally" deal. Shut down. Do business only with close associates that embrace free market capitalism and to heck with the rest of the world.
It's a clever idea, but eventually you start craving your dollar diet cokes from McDonald's and who are we kidding? The drive thru is just right there and it only takes a minute or two to trade out your best Galt intentions to the very corporations that keep selling your liberty down the river by donating money to progressives and their leftist causes. *Big Sigh* those dollar diets are really good.
So many conservative Republicans have begun viewing the only real alternative to the Big Galt to be complete secession from the Union…great for you other states I suppose, but that doesn't help me at all. It just leaves me stranded behind the iron curtain of Illinois machine politics where every shift in air direction can be blamed on climate change and every spending deficit can be blamed on the greedy capitalists who won't pay their… and your… fair share.
Talk about your Great Divorce. Maybe those withdrawing states could airlift some 32 ounce cups and a little trans-fat from time to time to help remind me that there's a place out there that's not Hell on earth. Just sayin'.
As of today, petitions requesting the right of peaceful secession on behalf of twenty-three states have been posted on the "We the People" page of the White House website and since many of those 23 petitions have received their necessary 18,000 signatures, the president is now required to view them with serious consideration. Strange but true.
So how did members of the American Left react to nearly half of the Union seeking a divorce? How did they respond to a disagreement so vehemently felt that the half the states can embrace the uncertainty and instability associated with expatriation as a preferable alternative the only country they have ever known? Per the Weekly Standard:
"A White House petition gathering force calls for citizenship to be stripped and exile for anyone who signs a petition in favor of a state's secession.
'Mr. President, please sign an executive order such that each American citizen who signed a petition from any state to secede from the USA shall have their citizenship stripped and be peacefully deported,' the full petition reads.
The title of the petition is, "WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO: Strip the Citizenship from Everyone who Signed a Petition to Secede and Exile Them."
Yes. I am serious. That is a real petition that is being signed by real Americans...many of whom are government employees. Now, I want you to do me a favor if you wouldn't mind. I want you to take a look at this 2012 election map for a second. I know. You've seen the state by state map and that is a pretty good visual for the point that I am about to make, but the state by state doesn't really tell the whole story surrounding the Balkanization of America the way that the county by county map does. Please keep in mind – at last count, nearly 60 million people voted for Mitt Romney and they are dispersed throughout the country like this:
And government employees which are taxpayer funded by the people who are seeking this secession, foolish or not, are petitioning the President of the United States to issue an executive order that will strip their fellow citizens of their property and will deport them to…where? What country is prepared to take 60 million people?
What. Maybe only half of those voters would welcome secession? Is that what you are saying? That's still 30 million people. 30 million people that the taxpayer funded administrative staff would like to deport for considering the idea of secession. Oh. I see. It's just those people who exercised their First Amendment rights by actually putting pen to paper as it were and signing the petition. Well, that's vastly different.
Nope. I'll stick with the 30 million number if it's all the same to you.
Now, for a moment let's just pass over the obvious non-sequitur – that this is the same progressivism that is fighting tooth and nail to bring amnesty to the 11.1 million illegal aliens that are living in the US because so many of them have known only America as their homeland for decades upon decades. Why muddy the water with reason when Leftist syllogization is so much more fun.
Instead, let's just look at that election map and the dispersion of disenfranchised Americans who are not going to go willingly into the darkness of this Kafkaesque socialism. Clearly, progressives haven't been reflecting on history very much or at least I hope they haven't. Once upon a time in the not so distant past, there were 15 million other human beings who were simply trying to make a living by working hard, keeping as much of their own profit as they could and worshipping their creator as they saw fit. For this, they were stripped of their citizenship and possessions. Their government asked the world to absorb the unwanted population and when the world refused to take them in, they were placed into camps where they died or were murdered.
A real life cautionary tale that also started out as Camelot. We're talking about a level of malevolence than no number of round tables can fix, my friend. So you may be asking yourself, how many of the people who signed the Strip the Citizenship petition are on the government payroll? Why are We the Citizens of the United States paying for this kind of treachery?
Who is going to hold them accountable? The president? Welcome to Camelot and long live the king.