Scotland Independence: Vote Rigging Caught on Video
How do you keep a feeble, decayed empire together when there's a referendum on self-government? Cheating is one way:
How do you keep a feeble, decayed empire together when there's a referendum on self-government? Cheating is one way:
"I don't think it makes a whole lot of difference anymore which political party is running things. Nothing gets done. The state would be better off handling things on its own." Roy Gustafson, 61, of Camden, South Carolina.
You can almost hear the collective sigh of relief from the globalists and leftists over the news of the failed Scottish referendum on self-government. But independence movements live on, and must. Here in the DC Empire, popular disgust for the regime's illegal citizen surveillance, perpetual wars, and demographic upheaval guarantee interest in reclaiming self-determination will endure and grow. And yes, the Scottish referendum did have an impact here, as this Reuters article reveals:
The failed Scottish vote to pull out from the United Kingdom stirred secessionist hopes for some in the United States, where almost a quarter of people are open to their states leaving the union, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll found. Some 23.9 percent of Americans polled from Aug. 23 through Sept. 16 said they strongly supported or tended to support the idea of their state breaking away, while 53.3 percent of the 8,952 respondents strongly opposed or tended to oppose the notion. The urge to sever ties with Washington cuts across party lines and regions, though Republicans and residents of rural Western states are generally warmer to the idea than Democrats and Northeasterners, according to the poll.As more people organize to free themselves from DC, look for the regime to undercut them by importing more immigrants to sow disunity, and to terrorize the population with bogeymen that only the all-powerful central government can save them from. Keep your eyes on the headlines, and keep your powder dry.
"What is clear is that this vote, yes or no, is the beginning of the end of the United Kingdom as we know it." Richard G. Whitman, University of Kent There goes Airstrip One.
From a Reuters article entitled "Scottish independence vote cheers supporters of Texas secession":
The upcoming vote to decide whether Scotland should be independent of the United Kingdom has bolstered those campaigning to split the state of Texas from the United States. Texas Nationalist Movement president Daniel Miller, who wants the state's legislature to put the secession question on a statewide ballot, said Scotland's Sept. 18 referendum is a good sign for his movement. "If Scotland can do it, so can Texas," Miller said. The top U.S. cattle- and oil-producing state would be the 12th largest economy in the world, larger than Mexico or Spain, said Miller, whose organization has campaigned for secession since the late 1990s.Consider: Both Scotland and Texas were once free, independent nations. Both resisted domination. And today, one sees the success of the other as inspirational. As Mr. Miller says, whether Scotland votes to secede or to win greater autonomy within the Union (something British Prime Minister David Cameron has already pledged), patriots of nationless peoples around the world will be spurred on by Scotland's example. Alba gu bràth!
Hey, Obama, can you say "Mission Creep"? I knew you could.
David Frum doesn't want the Scots to govern themselves. You remember Frum, don't you? He's the whiny little Neocon who hates the South and once smeared conservatives who opposed the illegal and counter-productive invasion of Iraq as "unpatriotic." (Because the definition of "conservatism" is blind obedience to the Commander in chief, you see.) It's no surprise this girly-man disapproves of Scottish independence. His rationale? It would harm "American interests" by diminishing Britain's "contribution to global security." London has long depended on Scottish pluck to fight its wars, and the Scots have had enough. The union of England and Scotland was the foundation of the British Empire. Well guess what, Frum? That empire is no more. Ceased to be. Changing circumstances require changing political arrangements, and Scottish independence recognizes that the imperial project is shattered and cannot be patched back together. I hope Frum's shrill, schoolmarmish sermon to vote "No" incites the thrawn Scots to do the opposite.
The world's most famous Scot has something to say about his homeland taking its place among the nations of the world:
I fully respect that the choice facing Scotland on 18 September is a matter for the people who choose to work and live there – that is only right and proper. But as a Scot and as someone with a lifelong love for both Scotland and the arts, I believe the opportunity of independence is too good to miss. Simply put – there is no more creative an act than creating a new nation.Either way the Scots vote this Thursday, we're going to see new life in independence movements around the world.
Two Charlotte DJs, B.J. Murphy and Keith Richards, believe Blacks need to quit being "afraid to defend black people." Ex-mayor Pat Cannon is awaiting sentencing for bribery, but Murphy and Richards are convinced Cannon was the victim of a “deliberate plot” to frame him. If the Black community had stuck with Cannon, they say, he'd still be mayor. Just think, if Charlotte's Blacks had rallied around their mayor, he could still be doing the job he was elected to do, which is to prevent White conservatives from organizing.
Li'l Lindsey is hitting the panic button again. This vile little man simply cannot be happy unless the U.S. is pulverizing people. Obama's plan to wage a war by remote control just isn't enough, so Graham has to resort to old-fashioned fear mongering:
"It is our fight. It is not just their fight. This is a radical Islamic army that is pushing the theory of a master religion, not a master race like the Nazis. ... It's about protecting millions of people throughout the world. ... They're intending to come here. So I will not let this president suggest to the American people we can outsource our security and this is not about our safety. Our strategy will fail yet again. This president needs to rise to the occasion before we all get killed here at home.""Yes, we're all going to be beheaded if Obama doesn't save us by occupying Iraq. When will the people of South Carolina send this squealing embarrassment packing?
An anti-violence prayer vigil in Detroit ends with 5 people shot, 2 dead.
"To his credit, Prime Minister David Cameron is no Abraham Lincoln: in the event of secession, there would be no invasion, no people killed to prevent them from going their own way." Doug Bandow, in The American Spectator As interest in human-scaled government and secession rises, more people are seeing Abe Lincoln for what he truly was, a defender of empire, rather than a liberator.
This shouldn't surprise anyone:
In the face of congressional inaction, a federal court on Friday renewed an order allowing the government to collect phone records on virtually all calls within the United States. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court approved the Justice Department's request for another 90-day extension of the National Security Agency's controversial mass surveillance program, exposed publicly last summer by Edward Snowden and authorized under Section 215 of the post-9/11 Patriot Act. The spying authority is next set to expire on Dec. 5.After all, we know that presidents lie. Pathological deception is the number one skill set for the position. So Obama the "peacenik" can assume war-making powers that would've made Johnson, Nixon, and even W the Conqueror green with envy. So it's no big deal that Obama the constitutional scholar and leftist community organizer would expand citizen surveillance. And no one who reads this blog should be surprised that one agency of the central government would okay the acts of another federal agency. The notion that voters have the final word, or that their elected representatives are answerable to the people are just illusions. It's all part of herding the people into the D.C. corral.
“The fact that a system once was a successful and stable liberal democracy does not mean that it will remain so in perpetuity.” Francis Fukuyama, now admitting history and the power of nationalism go on no matter what the experts think.
"I beg you to accept that there is no people on Earth who would not prefer their own bad government to the good government of an alien power." Mohandas Gandhi
The Scottish independence vote is firing up people all over the world. No matter how the vote goes, the old megastates will never be the same. Check out this massive demonstration in Catalonia (and don't miss the glorious pictures!).
Thousands of Catalans have rallied in Barcelona, Spain, demanding the right to hold a referendum on independence. Participants, waving Catalan flags and wearing the flag's red and yellow colours, stood in a V-shape formation, indicating their desire for a vote. Protesters were energised by Scotland's forthcoming independence referendum - and many also waved the Scottish flag.
Now even Obama's supporters are questioning his assertion that he can launch a war without Congressional approval. And it's interesting how the housebroken right's only criticism of Obama's war plans is that they're not "big" enough - no mention is made of this latest assumption of war powers by the Chief Executive. So while the right cheers on imperial power to make war, the left demands more imperial power to grant amnesty to illegal aliens. You know where this will lead, don't you? Eventually we'll have achieved the ideal of "one man, one vote."
How corrupt is the U.S. government? This corrupt:
The U.S. government threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day in 2008 if it failed to comply with a broad demand to hand over user data that the company believed was unconstitutional, according to court documents unsealed Thursday that illuminate how federal officials forced American tech companies to participate in the NSA’s controversial PRISM program. The documents, roughly 1,500 pages worth, outline a secret and ultimately unsuccessful legal battle by Yahoo to resist the government’s demands. The company’s loss required Yahoo to become one of the first companies to begin providing information to PRISM, a program that gave the National Security Agency extensive access to records of online communications by users of Yahoo and other U.S.-based technology firms. “The released documents underscore how we had to fight every step of the way to challenge the U.S. Government’s surveillance efforts,” said company General Counsel Ron Bell in a Tumblr post published Thursday afternoon. The program, which was discontinued in 2011, was first revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden last year, prompting intense backlash and a wrenching national debate over allegations of overreach in government surveillance.And the defenders of the Empire, from the Lizard King to neo-neocon to The Other McCain, gnash their teeth at Snowden for being "unpatriotic."
"National self-determination is about bringing policies closer to the people.” François Alfonsi, the president of the European Free Alliance. Sounds better than being ruled by aliens from San Francisco, New York, or DC.
The best summary of Obama's executive decision to attack Iraq for the third time comes from the Onion:
Previewing tonight’s televised prime-time address to the nation, White House aides confirmed that President Obama will reassure Americans that the impending military campaign against ISIS will be the exact same type of open-ended, drawn-out conflict that they are used to. “The president recognizes that citizens may be uneasy about this operation, and that’s why he will use tonight’s speech to comfort the American public by reminding them that they have been through armed engagements without clear end dates or even concrete objectives plenty of times before, and that this case is no different,” said senior White House advisor Daniel Pfeiffer.The Onion, which is supposed to be a satire site, nails it - Obama announced no strategy last night. He offered no timetable, no stated goal by which we could recognize victory, no indication how he intends to make the Iraqi armed forces do their job. There was nothing in his speech but "air strikes." And all this because of a vague threat to the US? What threat? Here's what the experts tell us about the ISIS threat:
Did you know that the US government’s counterterrorism chief Matthew Olson said last week that there’s no “there’s no credible information” that the Islamic State (Isis) is planning an attack on America and that there’s “no indication at this point of a cell of foreign fighters operating in the United States”? Or that, as the Associated Press reported, “The FBI and Homeland Security Department say there are no specific or credible terror threats to the US homeland from the Islamic State militant group”?Two American journalists get killed IN SYRIA, and public opinion does a 180 on another intervention? C'mon! There are far more dangerous places for Americans in the world. Here's one:
More Americans have been murdered in Mexico than in any other part of the world in the past decade. According to an Agence France Press analysis of U.S. State Department figures, at least 648 American citizens were murdered in Mexico between October 2002 and December 2012. This represents more than 40 percent of the almost 1,600 American victims worldwide over the same period. ... To put the number of American murders in Mexico in perspective, more U.S. citizens were murdered in Mexico than were killed in “terrorist action” around the world, according to the AFP. The analysis by the major newswire calculated those deaths at 300 since October 2002.So when do we attack Mexico? I guess Hermann Goering was right: “Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”
Here's a powerful and stirring pro-independence message from the "Yes!" campaign: "Independence? It's what we all want in our lives. Why shouldn't a country be independent, too?" "Look out world! Here I come!"
No matter how the Scottish independence vote goes, things will never be the same. London is now in full panic mode, blubbering "Don't leave me, honey, I'll treat you better! Honest!" So even if the English Supremacists in Scotland win, Scotland will be granted considerably more autonomy, effectively turning the UK into a confederacy. That's still a win for decentralization. And of course, folks on this side of the pond can't help but imagine how smaller, human-scaled political units would solve a lot of problems. From the Huffington Post, of all places:
Obama later staked his presidency on finding areas of common ground -- and failed. The U.S. is more bitterly divided today by political culture, ideology, and region than at any time since the Civil War. Maybe it makes sense to divide America into one country that respects science and levies taxation to support public goods, and another country of Biblical literalism and hatred of government. The progressive states of the northeast, the upper Midwest, and west coast, which send a lot of net dollars to subsidize the government-hating heartland, would save a bundle, and could establish the policies that most of their citizens want.Congress is gridlocked these days precisely because of the deep divisions between the Southern and Western Red States, and the Northeastern and Left-Coast Blues. Devolution will enable everyone to tackle their problems with policies the local population can support. Now that would be progress. Thanks to Dutchy for the link!
That's not my headline - that's the conclusion of the analysts at Rasmussen regarding their latest poll results on illegal immigration:
Most voters oppose President Obama's reported plan to unilaterally grant amnesty to several million illegal immigrants and think Congress should challenge him in court if he goes ahead with it A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 62% of Likely U.S. Voters oppose the president granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants without the approval of Congress. Just 26% are in favor of Obama's plan, while 12% are undecided. Only 24% think the president has the legal authority to grant amnesty to these illegal immigrants without Congress’ approval. Fifty-seven percent (57%) believe the president does not have the legal right to do so. Eighteen percent (18%) are undecided.I wonder how leftists, who claim to uphold the sacredness of democracy and majority rule, will react to this? My bet is that they'll say a majority White electorate is undemocratic, and should be ignored. Just wait and see if I'm right.
Back in the late 20th century, "government" was a force for good. Cinema portrayed it as the good guy who swooped in to save oppressed, angelic minorities from eeeeevil White Southerners. But lately, movies such as "The Giver," "Divergent," and "The Hunger Games" (my favorite!) portray big government as the oppressor, often a self-serving and brutal one. These movies are very popular with young people. Is the culture changing to favor political liberty? Here are two recent headlines that reveal where these negative attitudes toward big government are coming from: Suspects were brought to the 'point of death' during 'real torture' by CIA US Officials: New War on ISIS Will Take Years Torture and perpetual war. That's what props up Empires, folks. No wonder people are looking for an alternative.
DIVERSITY IS UNIFORMITY
Now I'm getting excited. For the first time, a poll shows the pro-independence campaign ahead of the Unionists. From The Scotsman:
THE YES CAMPAIGN is ahead in the Scottish referendum battle for the first time, according to a poll, amid signs of infighting among senior figures backing the union. The YouGov research for the Sunday Times found 51% supported independence, compared to 49% who wanted to remain in the UK. The results are the latest evidence of a dramatic surge for the Yes Scotland campaign, which has seen the gap between the sides - once regularly in double digits - vanish in a matter of months. The YouGov poll showed the Yes vote increasing by four points, while No dropped by the same number.So when do WE get to vote?
Prime Minister David Cameron must REALLY be afraid the Scots will vote for self-determination. Not only is he resorting to scare tactics, but he's spouting pure nonsense in a clumsy attempt to frighten Scots into rejecting self-rule:
David Cameron today warned that Scotland would be more at risk from terrorism if it votes for independence. The Prime Minister said the United Kingdom had the best security and intelligence services in the world to keep people safe. He said the safety of staying together in a ‘very dangerous and insecure world’ was one of the ‘strongest arguments’ against separation.Boy, is Cameron desperate! Where was the "best security and intelligence services in the world" when Muslim terrorists bombed the London subway, killing 52 and wounding 700? And don't forget - it was the British government that imported those murderers and then ignited their anger by invading Iraq. And speaking of importing Muslim terrorists, let's not overlook small-scale terror committed by Muslim immigrants, who not only recently beheaded an elderly lady, but managed to murder a British soldier in broad daylight. Anyone who doesn't believe Muslim immigrants are a hostile and alien population should ask one of the 1,400 girls brutalized and exploited by Pakistani immigrants in Rotherham. Scots should vote for independence just to separate themselves from lunatics like David Cameron.
Unlike authoritarian governments in Muslim and communist countries, the people of the States are sovereign in the United States of America. So what they enact into law is the final word - unless they get it wrong, and then a judge helps them get it right. It's kinda like how Abraham Lincoln had to, um, "guide" the Southern people to realize the true meaning of the Constitution their grandfathers had ratified. The latest example of this is in Indiana and Wisconsin, where the people of the States were so obviously wrong, the panel of overseers UNANIMOUSLY agreed to strike down laws protecting traditional marriage:
A unanimous panel of federal judges in Chicago ruled Thursday that laws banning same-sex marriage in Indiana and Wisconsin are unconstitutional, becoming the third appeals court to rule that gay couples must be allowed to marry. The lengthy, often sarcastic ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit said the states could not justify denying marriage to homosexuals, who it said are “among the most stigmatized, misunderstood and discriminated-against minorities in the history of the world.” “The grounds advanced by Indiana and Wisconsin for their discriminatory policies are not only conjectural; they are totally implausible,” wrote Circuit Judge Richard Posner.Certain reactionary types will protest that the people of the sovereign States never ceded authority over marriage to the central government, publicly admitting to an antiquated view of the Constitution. And housebroken conservatives will urge calm and remind their brethren of the importance of electing good conservatives who will appoint good judges. The only problem is that Judge Posner was a Reagan appointee. Yes, Saint Ronald of Reagan, that great "conservative." Oh, and pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.
In 1836, The Republic of Texas made miltary hero Sam Houston its first president.
Ugh. Despite a couple of years of growing public opposition to DC's perpetual wars, the National Security State is at it again, revving its engines in Iraq (again) and possibly Syria. The driving force is a bogeyman called ISIS, the latest reincarnation of Hitler determined to enslave us all. And Bill Kristol, who cheered and prodded the country into supporting W the Conqueror's invasion of Iraq, is behind Obama's conversion to the War Party. So this is a good time to recall the evil ideology that birthed the entire Neocon agenda, from the bloody invasion of Iraq, to the Department of Homeland Security, to "indefinite detention" of American citizens under the National Defense Authorization Act:
When put in the context of Marxist dialectics, the neoconservative ideology quickly becomes a plucky mix of visionary revolution and bloodlust. Irving Kristol himself was once a member of the “Workers’ Party”—a Trotsky-influenced political group. In his Neoconservatism: The Autobiography of an Idea, Kristol admits to being “lucky to have been a young Trotskyite and I have not a single bitter memory.” The original neoconservative was far from alone in his reverence for the man who died under Stalin’s ice pick. As neocon Seymour Martin Lipset once wrote, “the anti-Stalinists who became conservatives—including James Burnham, Whittaker Chambers, and Irving Kristol—the Right gained a political education and, in some cases, an injection of passion.” This passion includes, in that great Wilsonian phrase, “making the world safe for democracy.” Much like Trotsky’s quest to launch a socialist revolution in every corner of the planet, neocons today fight the same war. The only difference is that they crusade for liberal democracy—which in some ways is more debased and vile than outright communism.It pains me to no end how housebroken conservatives will rally around these stealth leftists. Some people cannot let go of the lies that make them feel good.