Preclude to a Strike

Posted by Leon 8 years, 7 months ago to Politics
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Is the government shutdown a preclude to an intellectual strike? Maybe it is time to take this great opportunity, since we have failed in the past, to have us, the thinking people of the U.S.A. to take a stands. The looters saved the last shutdown and now again the looters are at the door pushing their agenda to take more from us, the general public.
The problem I see is what was outlined in the speech given by V from V for Vendetta,
V: Good evening, London. Allow me first to apologise for this interruption. I do, like many of you, appreciate the comforts of everyday routine—the security of the familiar, the tranquility of repetition. I enjoy them as much as any bloke. But in the spirit of commemoration, thereby those important events of the past usually associated with someone's death or the end of some awful bloody struggle are celebrated with a nice holiday, I thought we could mark this November the 5th, a day that is sadly no longer remembered, by taking some time out of our daily lives to sit down and have a little chat. There are, of course, those who do not want us to speak. I suspect even now, orders are being shouted into telephones, and men with guns will soon be on their way. Why? Because while the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn't there? Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who's to blame? Well, certainly, there are those who are more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable. But again, truth be told, if you're looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror. I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn't be? War, terror, disease. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you, and in your panic you turned to the now high chancellor, Adam Sutler. He promised you order, he promised you peace, and all he demanded in return was your silent, obedient consent. Last night, I sought to end that silence. Last night, I destroyed the Old Bailey to remind this country of what it has forgotten. More than four hundred years ago, a great citizen wished to embed the fifth of November forever in our memory. His hope was to remind the world that fairness, justice, and freedom are more than words—they are perspectives. So if you've seen nothing, if the crimes of this government remain unknown to you, then I would suggest that you allow the fifth of November to pass unmarked. But if you see what I see, if you feel as I feel, and if you would seek as I seek, then I ask you to stand beside me one year from tonight, outside the gates of Parliament, and together we shall give them a fifth of November that shall never, ever be forgot.
Vi veri veniversum vivus vici ~ (By the power of truth, I while living have conquered the universe)

" Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn't there?"... There is something wrong with our country. It rots from the top and there needs to be something done. Why should we live in fear of telling the truth? Our elected officials work for us not the other way around.

I suggest we the intellect start the Strike....


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  • Posted by ObjectiveAnalyst 8 years, 7 months ago
    I just received a form letter from one of my Senators explaining her support for the ACA (O-care). She, in typical fashion, did not address any of my concerns... I am afraid the anti-intellectuals are in the driver's seat. Emotion is the driving force for them. They will not be moved by a strike until their own paychecks are at risk. I am not sure they are bright enough to understand the source of the strike and its implications without a John Galt like speech taking over the airwaves. Even then, a catastrophe they cannot borrow or print their way out of will have to hit them over the head... What we need is to replace them at the ballot box or better yet, try some of them for treason and set example...
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    • Posted by Hiraghm 8 years, 7 months ago
      I wish the anti-intellectuals were in the driver's seat. I'm highly "anti-intellectual". I'm not anti-intelligence, but it's been my experience that those claiming to be intellectuals are the Dr. Stadlers, Ferrises, Balph Eubanks , Gilbert Keith-Worthings, Dr Simon Pritchett, Ivy Starnes, Bertram Scudder, etc.
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      • Posted by ObjectiveAnalyst 8 years, 7 months ago
        Yes, what passes for intellectuals today is too often someone with book smarts but not a lick of common sense. I often think they are like computers with a good hard-drive, but a bad CPU. They can't make sense of the data they posses even in its abundance...
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        • Posted by 8 years, 7 months ago
          Very true. The balance between book and street is very important and I believe it is a moral compass. When there is a terrible imbalance that moral compass falls to the side if the looters.
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          • Posted by ObjectiveAnalyst 8 years, 7 months ago
            Along those lines: Have you noticed that some of the people who have performed the most outstanding mental work, like Einstein or Newton tend to have very poor social skills? It is as if when you have an extraordinary skill in one area, the brain must sacrifice somewhere else... I don't know how much to make of it, but it is an interesting observation.
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    • Posted by Spinkane 8 years, 7 months ago
      Working in the High Tech industry I have been acquainted with some brilliant people with Bachelors, Masters and PhDs. I also have met many people with Bachelor Degrees that just aren’t very smart. Because their position requires decision making, they cause a lot of trouble. These faux intellects often conduct themselves with an air of superiority, dismissing any questions of concern with the admonition “you don’t understand” repeating the false premise or just ignore the question. The confident engineer, physicist or Doctor will engage and probably educate you, for them I am grateful; unfortunately they don’t often go into politics.
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  • Posted by CircuitGuy 8 years, 7 months ago
    I feel like this is replay of the mid 90s. I hope the histrionics continue, just as in the 90s, and then we end up with a balanced budget, just as in the 90s. I know it's unlikely, but I hope they'll make progress in that direction.
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  • Posted by darren 8 years, 7 months ago
    >>:>>I suggest we the intellect start the Strike....

    You the intellect?

    You can't even spell.

    "Prelude to a Strike."

    "Prelude", not "Preclude."

    Check a dictionary if you're unsure of the difference in meaning between those two words.
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