And what country can preserve its liberties, if it's rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. . . The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. ~excerpted from Thomas Jefferson's 'revolution every 20 years' writing
Well, if we were to heed Jefferson's advice, the way I figure it we're 10 or 11 revolutions removed from a fresh tree of liberty. Thankfully, we're a nation of lethargy. How else could we find ourselves adrift in the rotting tub of a boat we now occupy? Can you imagine how different the fate of our government, captains of industry and mainstream media might have been if we weren't so damned apathetic?
And now it's that time of year again. (Yawn!) The end of another quarterly reporting period. The earnings of big oil are beginning to flow in with the staleness of Seinfeld reruns. Early BP and Shell returns (+63%, +25% respectively) hint at the rest that will follow. And with the staleness of Seinfeld reruns, we'll probably bitch some more like last quarter and the quarters before that.
In the meantime, prices skyrocket as we willingly sacrifice food for our tables for fuel for our gas tanks while ethanol producers reap a 52 cent subsidy for each gallon of former food converted to fuel by such enterprising folks like those of the Carlyle Group investors. (We know the names of some of those slop hogs.)
But hold on to your rage because it's an election year. A chance for real change is just over the horizon. However, I find it deliciously ironic that each of the three possible remaining candidates come from the U.S. senate, a body given a lower approval rating than Bush. Yet one of those chosen for us by special interests and MSM will likely arrive with the change so desperately needed just as our "new" congress did after the 2006 election. Best we temper our expectations.
Until then, let's kick back as 2008 promises to be far more exciting than the mundanity of just another presidential election year and all its campaign smears, disenfranchisement of voter segments and questionable vote counting results. Hell, more stolen elections are nothing compared to what some students of 2008 trends foresee, like the collapse of the American financial system, economic panics, tax revolts, food riots, and other amusing calamities.
I wonder at what point such behavior might border on the flashpoint of one of those revolutions Jefferson advocated? I'm not sure. In fact, I'm not sure if things do get that bad we're really up to doing anything about it. Americans have seemingly unlimited capacity for tolerance of the intolerable.
But if we finally do find it in our hearts to revolt in various and sundry ways, maybe it'll get really, really messy. After all, we are 10 or 11 revolutions behind.