Dickens: For What It’s Worth

May 26, 2022 in Columnists, News by RBN Staff



Source: Jeff Bennett’s FederalObserver.com



A jumble of incongruities brought about by media noise and nonsense fragmented last night’s sleep. On the surface, it seems innocuous, but I’m perplexed by an annoying undercurrent that defies naming.

“There’s something happening here.
    What it is ain’t exactly clear…”

I read the news today; oh, boy, about the latest spate of new mandates, revised government positions, and fresh allegations of government malfeasance. WTFO?

When did we redefine our representative republic to include autocratic overrides and dictatorial mandates by presidential fiat?

Is government by edict or decree the new definition of freedom?

It’s been this way since 2001.

Friend Kastle sent this yesterday.

“Remember, obedience and compliance from fear (9/11) make it easier to control the herd than the fear brought on by death and disease. They want complete and utter control, not mass panic.”

The government upped the ante with the Wuhan pandemic mass hysteria over the ‘accidental release’ of a virus that the US paid China to develop for us.

Let this sink in for a moment.

In our case, we’ve combined and employed the shock & awe of a terrorist attack with the sheer panic of the pandemic for a very potent control cocktail to facilitate mandate mania.

The terrorist attack coerced us into trading liberty for theatrical security, and that license extended into today’s mandate mania. We’re now subject to the court jester’s interpretation of our constitutional privileges.

* NOTE: if someone can take it away, it’s not a right – we have rapidly evaporating privileges.

In 1966, “Buffalo Springfield” recorded “For What It’s Worth,” written by Steven Stills.

FYI – It was not about the Vietnam War but a police overreaction to a simple LA protest in the PRC (Peoples Republic of California).

The lyrics are an interesting read and amazingly relevant 56 years later.

Recently friend Bennett began broadcasting a three-part series of Ayn Rand‘s 1964 Playboy interview as well as those by 60 Minutes host, Mike Wallace. You really need to read, absorb, and appreciate these transcripts. It is pithy, relevant, illuminating, and provocative. If you’re unfamiliar with Ayn Rands’ work, more’s the pity.

Aesop said it best – “After all is said and done, more is said than done.” I know he’s 2,586 years old, but how could he know about our government’s bloviations?

Could it be that nothing has changed since his time?

All were hear is rhetoric and mind-numbing Hopium from the swamp dwellers in DC. This mind-numbing Hopium is the nonsense and noise referenced in the opening paragraph. There’s no substance, only empty promises and canned talking points from the Department of Rhetorical Communication (DORC).

Thank you, Kastle.

When will someone do something about this rolling disaster echoes like thunder through the American canyon, yet all we hear is the noise; there is no rain to cleanse the sky. There are no actions to purify the contamination or the damage done to the soul of America. There is no river to wash this all clean for a new beginning. Yet, we continue to build on this crumbling foundation and wonder why it doesn’t stand. Our hubris is the epitome of arrogance.

We rise to curse the sounds that echo in the well of silence.

“It is a well-known fact that those people who just want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it… anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.” ~ Douglas Adams.

Consider that the federal agencies in place to protect us from governmental overreach are corrupted to work against us by Presidential edict. Isn’t this authoritarian? When the leadership co-opts control of these agencies, America is no longer a representative republic; it is an autocracy.

The average age of the American citizen is 38.6 years. The average age in Congress is 58.4 years.

The average age of the top four leaders in our country is 79.5 years.

How does this age disparity represent the average American citizen?

We’re no longer a representative republic.

America is an Autocratic Gerontocracy!

While I recognize the collective wisdom in those three centuries of collective experience in top leadership, there is a relevancy chasm. Do those old ideas apply to our modern world?

I’m reminded that “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used to create them. To follow this thought through to a conclusion,

“Doing the same thing over and over expecting different results is insanity.” ~ Albert Einstein

Retribution will not undo the damage or decontaminate the poisoned psyche of America; instead, it will only expose that our system is more severely damaged than we realize. After two hundred years of tampering by political hacks and greedy, power-hungry partisan bottom-feeders, the damage to our country is, I fear, permanent.

George Washington wrote to Thomas Jefferson: “I am a no party man myself and the first wish of my heart was, if parties did exist, to reconcile them.” Washington knew that the introduction of partisan politics would irreparably fracture this country – He was right. America was only a few years old and already facing imminent failure from the divisive plays for power and control.

QED, no good idea goes uncorrupted in America.

I’m continually reminded that changes take time, and I should patiently await the midterm elections. This rhetoric is like the promise of rain in an eighty-year drought. I fear we’ll realize it’s too little too late this time. The problem is not in one party; it is endemic and pervasive throughout those who would lead us.

I’m not ready to submit to socialism or any ideology that supplants liberty for safety or grants elite autocratic control. I am a proponent of investigating significant adjustments to the system we suffer today.

Our representative republic works as long as citizens understand their responsibilities to the republic and the country. Our governmental system is not about passive observation. It requires active participation by everyone.

Our success requires a moral and ethical basis from which to operate. It requires a common set of rules and standards that guarantee equality for all citizens, and it must form a basis for the legal system.

We had such a document before we used it to line the bottom of the parrot’s cage. We called it the Constitution of the United States of America. It worked beautifully for many years; unfortunately, we abandoned conservative values for more comfortable liberal views and a massive dose of empty partisan promises and Hopium.

Liberals and Socialists want us to love the system America fought to eradicate in countless wars and police actions and subsequently hate America for intervening. There is a real problem with the socialist thought process. Socialism corrupts virtue into evil and evil into virtue, insidiously interchanging them in the culture.

Identity Socialism is what we have today in America. Please understand that the principles of the socialist ideology are in full vigor regardless of the pleasant preceding nondescript modifier Identity – it is still full-fledged socialism.

Still, I’m encouraged by the knowledge that every autocracy eventually kills the staunch supporters.

Didn’t you know that?

If you look at the history of socialism, communism, or any totalitarian regime, it always ends the same way. One or two people take leadership roles, then gather up all their rabid supporters and execute them. WHY – because you cannot trust these traitors to the last regime! They turned on the previous leader – they will undoubtedly do it again. Most of them know too much about the process and the atrocities committed during the coup d’état. Democide is an all-powerful punctuation and message to the undecided.

Herein lies the problem with absolute power.

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority, still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority.” ~ Lord Acton

The polite and politically correct name for mass murder is Democide – The murder of any person or people by a government, including genocide, politicide, and mass murder resulting from regime changes.

Genocide and democide are not new; since regime changes became popular in the twentieth century, it’s been the practice. Despots discovered the easiest way to convince people to adopt the changes was to murder the dissidents. It is a fantastic inducement for compliance. However, many of those eradicated were loyalists who could no longer be trusted due to their past treason.

The quest for power and control is documented in a monograph by Rudolph Hummel, an American political scientist. He details the practice in excruciating detail. His research indicates that 262 million people were killed worldwide pursuing power in just the twentieth century- a bloody epithet for control. The most prodigious period was 1900 to 1987. (Source)

All but one of these heinous actors were socialist or communist. Japan is the only outlier; they were an Imperial Empire.

The true horror of these murders is the demographic of those eliminated and their functions in the community.

These despots murdered the academics, scientists, clergy, community leadership, state and local government, vocal dissidents, anyone who would dare to speak up for liberty, anyone that would not convert to the state-sanctioned religion or faith, anyone that spoke out against the changes, anyone who would not swear allegiance to the new world order, and any traitor to the regime being replaced.

The pursuit of power has no limits or boundaries. QED – the twenty-first-century DemoSoc crusade for control.

If you want to survive this coup d’état, sit down, shut up, and don’t call any attention to yourself.

Don’t change a thing.

Most of you sheeple are perfectly safe.

How many of us will be expunged or disappeared when the real totalitarian state assumes power?

You do know they already have a list, don’t you?

March 26, 2022


~ The Author ~
Charles R. Dickens was born in 1951, is a veteran of the Vietnam war, for which he volunteered, and the great-great grandson of the noted author, whose name he shares.

He is a fiercely proud American, who still believes this is the greatest country on the planet, with which we’ve lost control and certainly our direction. He grew up in moderate financial surrounding; were not rich by any stretch, but didn’t go hungry – his incredibly hard working father saw to that. As most from that era, he learned about life from his father, whose story would take too long to tell, other than to say that, he is also a fiercely proud American; a WWII and Korean war, veteran Marine.

Charlie was educated in the parochial system which, demanded that you actually learn something, and have capability to retain it before you advance. He attended several universities in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree, and chased the goose further to a master’s, and has retained some very definite ideas about education in this country.

In addition, Charlie is a retired blues guitar and vocalist – a musician. This was his therapy career. Nothing brings him as much joy as playing music, and he wishes that he could make a living at it… but alas… life goes on!

That’s Charlie… a proud, opinionated, and passionate American.