I decided to make some watermelon rind pickles. Which seem to go so well with certain types of dishes, like curried chicken. Inasmuch as it’s been some time since I pickled anything, I pulled out my book on “stocking up,” which details all the rules relative to canning, pickling and jelly making. It listed things which caused pickle making to fail. For example if pickles shrivel, too much vinegar. Hollowness caused by too strong or too weak brine in fermentation. Darkening pickles may be caused by too much spice, iodized salt, overcooking or iron in the water.

Before I began, I needed to brush up on the rules, regulations, and policies relative to successful pickle-making. I became so engrossed in reading my book on preservation of food, couldn’t help but equate the process with our political process.

During this long hot summer of 2012 presidential election year, it appears we’re in a pickle between the two major candidates, incumbent President Obama and Republican nominee Romney. Character assassination, mud-slinging, accusations and name-calling between the “ins and “outs” seem impervious to common decency. And like ignoring the laws of pickle making, no matter which is elected, it’s predictable the outcome is going to be further spoilage and ruin of a former way of life in a country that once enjoyed personal Freedom, private property ownership, self-government, and the free-enterprise system, which provided the greatest good for the greatest number known to mankind. At one time we had all the ingredients for a happy and prosperous life, living in Freedom, to fulfill the “American Dream.”

We squandered that dream by disobeying the rules of self-responsibility and self-control required to be free. We had a “recipe” as a guide in the Declaration of Independence, the Ten Commandments, and the original US Constitution. But we ignored and decided to abandon, and transfer the responsibility for our actions and everyday living over to someone else.

Political government agencies are not agencies of Right, but of strength to control the masses, to take over productivity, to further increase their position of control.

Stop and think about the conditions under which we are living, regardless of who’s in or who’s out. You work and produce to provide for your wants and needs, but a political entity already has a claim on your paycheck even before you earn it. Tomorrow’s earnings are already tagged to be taken by a political system, even before you earn or cash your next paycheck. You can’t win for losing, because your property (money) is already committed to go to another even before you earn it.

It all began back there in 1913, one hundred years ago, when Congress ramrodded the graduated income tax into being, long before you were born. Today there is little discernible difference in either political power in office. And not really going to make any difference in this year’s coming election in November. Political government has grown so large, like the hungry caterpillar, and so formidable, it tends to absorb any and all political parties regardless of affiliation.

All that’s taking place in campaign speeches of promises, pleas and mud-slinging is window-dressing for the coming more of the same. The underlying pitch is an attempt to convince the citizenry the candidate has a different and better set of policies, designed to benefit the citizenry. When in fact an election is not for policy making but to elect men to rule over the property of others.

It is the business of every politician, regardles of party, to get into power, to implement government as the agency of force and coercion. And to punish those who fail to follow their mandates.

It is the false belief among many, that men of superior qualities of morality, can be voted into power, and thus reverse the path to disaster we are on. Such is not the case, and our current preoccupation with polls is a false reliance upon a majority rule.

It is the very nature of political government to grow larger and increasingly unmanageable, as evidenced by the conditions we’re experiencing today. Political government never reduces itself and its power, no matter how moral and superior the men at the helm are.

Today we are living in a disoriented organized society. Individualism is usurped by organized schools, armies, churches, civil offices, unions, held together by propaganda, and buttressed by the party line of whoever the leader is in the centralized offices. Supported by 24-7 organized news media. It is a very disheartening and frightful spectacle.

In her book “Discovery of Freedom” by Rose Wilder Lane, she states: “They replace the priest by a king, by an oligarchy, the oligarchy by a despot, the despot by an aristocracy, the aristrocrats by a majority, the majority by a tyrant, the tyrant by oligarchs, the oligarchs by aristocrats, the aristocrats by a king, the king by a parliament, the parliament by a dictator, the dictator by a king, the king by….. there’s six thousand years of it in every language. Every imaginable kind of living authority has been tried and is still being tried somewhere on earth now.

All these kinds have been tried in every possible combination: The priest and the king, the king who is God, the king and a senate, the king and the senate and a majority, the senate and a tyrant, the tyrant and the aristocrats, a King and a parliament…… try to think of a combination; somewhere it has been tried.”

The American experiment, i.e., a government by the people, of the people and for the people, was the most noble and moral system ever devised and provided the greatest good for the greatest number, for a time in our history. But obviously unable to withstand the assaults of those who lust for power, and seek a One World system, now collapsing.

For a short period in our history, we had it all, personal Freedom, Private property ownership and in charge of our lives world and affairs. But we failed in “the eternal vigilance” required by Freedom, and squandered it. And we cannot vote ourselves out of the boxed-in socialism we voted ourselves into.

Expectations of reductions in governmental control and protocol via any upcoming election is a fool’s paradise thinking. If we consider an honest appraisal of ourselves, most want more government doles and controls, hence the same direction continues.

The greatest saying of tongue or men, are these few words, it might have been.

A quote from Michael Parenti: “If Big Brother [of George Orwell’s 1984] comes to America, he will not be a fearsome, foreboding figure with a heart-chilling, omnipresent glare as in 1984. He will come with a smile on his face, a quip on his lips, a wave to the crowd, and a press that dutifully reports the suppressive measures he is taking to save the nation from internal chaos and foreign threat; and gingerly questions whether he will be able to succeed.”



email: annecleveland@bellsouth.net

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