Anatomy of the Deep State

There is the visible government situated around the Mall in Washington, and then there is another, more shadowy, more indefinable government that is not explained in Civics 101 or observable to tourists at the White House or the Capitol. The former is traditional Washington partisan politics: the tip of the iceberg that a public watching C-SPAN sees daily and which is theoretically controllable via elections. The subsurface part of the iceberg I shall call the Deep State, which operates according to its own compass heading regardless of who is formally in power.

During the last five years, the news media has been flooded with pundits decrying the broken politics of Washington. The conventional wisdom has it that partisan gridlock and dysfunction have become the new normal. That is certainly the case, and I have been among the harshest critics of this development. But it is also imperative to acknowledge the limits of this critique as it applies to the American governmental system. On one level, the critique is self-evident: In the domain that the public can see, Congress is hopelessly deadlocked in the worst manner since the 1850s, the violently rancorous decade preceding the Civil War.

Read more by Mike Lofgren at BillMoyers.com

The Ten Principles of a Free Society

1. Rights belong to individuals, not groups; they derive from our nature and can neither be granted nor taken away by government.

2. All peaceful, voluntary economic and social associations are permitted; consent is the basis of the social and economic order.

3. Justly acquired property is privately owned by individuals and voluntary groups, and this ownership cannot be arbitrarily voided by governments.

4. Government may not redistribute private wealth or grant special privileges to any individual or group.

5. Individuals are responsible for their own actions; government cannot and should not protect us from ourselves.

Read more by Ron Paul at LewRockwell.com

Founded By Geniuses And Run By Idiots

If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for being in the country illegally … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

If you have to get your parents’ permission to go on a field trip or take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

If the only school curriculum allowed to explain how we got here is evolution, but the government stops a $15 million construction project to keep a rare spider from evolving to extinction … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

If you have to show identification to board an airplane, cash a check, buy liquor, or check out a library book, but not to vote who runs the government … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

Read more at economicnoise.com

A Nation Run by Idiots

This is all over the Web:

You know you live in a Country run by idiots if…

You can get arrested for expired tags on your car but not for being in the country illegally.

Your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more of our money.

A seven year old boy can be thrown out of school for calling his teacher “cute”, but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class in grade school is perfectly acceptable.

The Supreme Court of the United States can rule that lower courts cannot display the 10 Commandments in their courtroom…while sitting in front of a display of the 10 Commandments.

Read more by Gary North at The Tea Party Economist

Conservative Values and Orthodox Judaism

The growing community leans ever more towards political conservatism.

During the run-up to the dramatic election just concluded, I was invited to attend an event to meet the Republican National Committee’s recently appointed director of faith engagement, Chad Connelly. In the course of his presentation that afternoon, Mr. Connelly remarked that he did not understand how anybody who believed in the principles of biblical morality could possibly vote for the Democrats, as presently constituted.

Precisely.

The American system of government is predicated upon the assumption that there is a civil society consisting primarily of self-disciplined, self-restrained people, adhering to a broadly agreed set of moral principles inculcated not through any act of government, but rather through private, religious institutions.

Though the Founding Fathers, prudently and shrewdly building on their experiences and knowledge of the English system, refused to establish any particular religion, they nonetheless recognized the vital nature of religion in ordering men’s affairs. For example, John Adams, the second president of the United States, said, “Our Constitution was made only for a Moral and Religious People. We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion.” Because such a government would be, inevitably, a totalitarian police state.

Read more by Avner Zarmi at PJmedia.com