Slavery is a form a parasitism. However, when we parasitize our fellow human beings, we make a conscious decision to do so. That is, we consider what we have to do to control other people. We look at our options, and we do a cost/benefit analysis. Paddling slaves provides an example of this thoughtfulness.
Paddling came to American shores as a way to punish slaves without scarring them. Slave owners and slave traders began paddling because they didn’t want to damage the people they saw as their valuable property. As James Glass Bertram wrote in his 1869 History of the Rod, “In order not to mark the backs of the slaves, and thus deteriorate their value, in Virginia they substituted the pliant strap and the scientific paddle.” (from here)
What does that scarring look like? Here is a picture.
What about today? What happens when the people of a nation attempt to parasitize each other, when almost everyone wants to be a slave master? Consider that bill President Donald Trump signed today.
Donald Trump announced on Friday that he had reluctantly signed Congress’s $1.3tn spending bill, despite a threat he made hours earlier to veto the budget and shut down the federal government.
The president caused consternation with a tweet in which he said he might exercise his right to veto over the bill’s lack of immigration measures. But in impromptu remarks at the White House, Trump said he would sign because of the need to strengthen the military.
“My highest duty is to keep America safe,” Trump told reporters. “We need to take care of our military … As a matter of national security, I’ve signed this omnibus budget bill. There’s a lot of things that I’m unhappy about in this bill.” (continued here)
For the sake of our military Trump signed that bill. Still, he seriously considered vetoing it. At least that is what he said. Here is Trump’s presentation surrounded by CBS’s commentary, including observations by a mind-reader.
If the video is too long, here is what you need to know about the possibility of a veto.
President Donald Trump was expected to sign the bill into law Friday morning, but in a surprise tweet raised the possibility of a veto over immigration issues.
If Trump were to follow through with the threat, it likely would result in an extended government shutdown, given that most lawmakers have already left Washington, D.C. for an extended legislative break. (from here)
So did Trump have a valid excuse for signing the bill? That’s a judgement call. His primary justification for signing it is that our military needs the money. I think our military needs the money too, but I also think he should have vetoed the bill. If Trump had taken his fight to the American people, I think he would have won a much better bill.
If we are to believe Trump, then to some extent we have to believe he got bamboozled. It seems he thought the bill better than it was, and Congress got away before he realized otherwise. Afraid of looking foolish perhaps, he signed the bill. Instead, I wish he had gotten angry at the people who bamboozled him.
Nevertheless, here are some articles on the state of our military readiness.
- Defense Leaders Agree: US Military Readiness Is at a Dangerous Low (hdailysignal.com)
- Military Leaders Report Concerns on Long-term Readiness (hdefense.gov)
- Exclusive interview: Air Force leader says total dominance not a ‘birthright’ (mydaytondailynews.com)
- The Military’s ‘Readiness’ Scam Worked Again (foreignpolicy.com)
- Defense Secretary Mattis “shocked” by poor state of U.S. combat readiness (cbsnews.com)
- Experts examine the current state of U.S. military readiness (brookings.edu)
- ‘Military readiness crisis’ a risky misdiagnosis (thehill.com)
- US Military Strength – The Heritage Foundation (heritage.org)
So is our military ready? What do Democrat politicians say? The answer is “yes”. What do Republican politicians say? The answer is “no”. Please look into the issue and decide for yourself. Consider the world is in a renewed arms race. Consider how bold both Russia and China have become. Consider the magnitude of the threat posed by even small nations such as North Korea and Iran. Once again the doomsday clock is approaching midnight.
Are Democrats trustworthy on this issue? No. Democrat politicians want to buy our votes and use the power we give them to rule over us. Democrats are back in the slavery business again, and they are willing to wreck the country to gain control of you and me and everyone else.
Do the spank us? No. Spanking is not the only way slave masters control slaves. Slave masters:
- Terrorize their slaves.
- Keep their slaves ignorant.
- Propagandize their slaves with false information.
- Degrade the morals of their slaves with false teachings so they cannot trust each other.
- Instill their slaves with fatalism. They want us to believe they are too powerful to oppose.
Using their control over the public school system and with the help of the news media, Democrat politicians have frightened us, kept us ignorant, propagandized us, degraded our belief in Jesus, and taught us citizenship is all about selling our vote. In the process they have weaken our nation, and all for the sake of personal power. That’s what slave masters do.
Are Republicans trustworthy on this issue? No. A Congress with a Republican majority sent Trump that bill. Many in the Republican Establishment are no better than the Democrats they claim to oppose, but don’t.
What is the alternative to slavery? We call it private enterprise. We help each other by making deals. We don’t enslave each other. We barter with each other so everyone benefits, not just slave masters.
This is an election year. Both Congressional and Senate seats are on the ballot. Whichever party you belong to, please take part in the nomination process and then in the general election.
However, before you take part — before you vote — stop and think about your motivation. Are you voting for your personal benefit or for the good of your family, your friends, your neighbors, and your countrymen? Are you selling your vote or are you selecting the best person for the job? Are you selling your freedom, or are you fighting for freedom? If you are willing to sell your freedom, then don’t be surprised when the spankings begin.