Thursday, February 9, 2012

Bipartisan Bird of Prey Claims Judge Nap

Judge Andrew Napolitano's Freedom Watch, "the best damned daily libertarian news & argument show in the history of television (name a better one!)," as Reason magazine described it, was cancelled today by Fox Business Network. The Judge will still appear on Fox Business as a legal consultant.

In memorium, this Tireless Agorist will step aside for this column, and let the Judge speak to us through one of his best five-minute editorials ever, Bipartisan Bird of Prey. Video first, followed by a transcript, for those who'd care to follow along or read it later.

More of Judge Nap's Freedom Watch is available here.

Does the government work for us, or do we work for the government?

What if Democrats and Republicans were two wings of the same bird of prey?

What if elections don't matter? What if elections were actually useful tools for social control? What if they just provided the populace with meaningless participation in a process that validates an establishment that never meaningfully changes?

What if that establishment doesn't want and doesn't have the consent of the governed? What if the two party system was actually a mechanism used to limit so-called public opinion?

What if there were more than two sides to every issue, but the two parties wanted to box you into a corner; one of their corners? What if there's no such thing as public opinion, because every thinking person has opinions that are uniquely his own? What if what we call public opinion was just a manufactured narrative that makes it easier to convince people that if their views are different, that there's something wrong with that, or there's something wrong with them?

What if the whole purpose of the Democrat and Republican parties was not to expand voter's choices, but to limit them? What if the widely perceived differences between the two parties was just an illusion? What if the heart of the government policy remains the same no matter who's in the White House? What if the heart of government policy remains the same no matter what the people want?

What if those vaunted differences between Democrat and Republican were actually just minor disagreements? What if both parties just want power, and are willing to have young people fight meaningless wars in order to enhance that power? What if both parties continue to fight the war on drugs just to give bureaucrats and cops bigger budgets and more jobs?

What if government policies didn't change when government leaders did? What if no matter who won an election, government stayed the same? What if government was really a revolving door for political hacks bent on exploiting the people once they're in charge? What if both parties supported welfare, wars, debt, bailouts and big government?

What if the rhetoric that candidates displayed on the campaign trail was dumped after electoral victory?

What if Barack Obama campaigned as an anti-war, pro-civil liberties candidate, and then waged senseless wars while assaulting your rights that the Constitution is supposed to protect?

What if George W. Bush campaigned on a platform of non-intervention and small government, and then waged a foreign policy of muscular military intervention and a domestic policy of vast government borrowing and growth?

What if Bill Clinton declared that the era of big government was over, but actually just convinced Republicans like Newt Gingrich that they can get what they want out of big government too?

What if the Republicans went along with it?

What if Ronald Reagan spent six years running for President promising to shrink the government, but then the government grew while he was in the White House? What if, notwithstanding Reagan's ideas and cheerfulness and libertarian rhetoric, there really was no Reagan Revolution at all?

What if all this is happening again?

What if Rick Santorum is being embraced by voters who want small government, even though Senator Santorum voted for the Patriot Act, for an expansion of medicare, and for raising the debt ceiling by trillions of dollars? What if Mitt Romney is being embraced by voters who want anyone but Barack Obama, but they don't realize that Mitt Romney might as well be Barack Obama on everything from warfare to welfare?

What if Ron Paul is being ignored by the media, not because, as it claims, he's unappealing or unelectable, but because he doesn't fit into the premanufactured public opinion mold used by the establishment to pigeonhole the electorate and create the so-called narrative that drives media coverage of elections?

What if the biggest difference between most candidates was not substance but style? What if those stylistic differences were packaged as substantive ones to reinforce the illusion of a difference between Democrats and Republicans? What if Mitt Romney wins and ends up continuing most of the same policies that Barack Obama promoted? What if Barack Obama's policies, too, are merely extensions of those from George W. Bush?

What if the government that manipulated us could be fired? What if a government that lacked the true and knowing consent of the governed could be dismissed? What if it were possible to have a real game-changer?

What if we need a Ron Paul to preserve and protect our freedoms from the government?

What if we could make elections matter again?

What if we could do something about this?
We'll miss you, Judge Nap.

...and that's all I have to say about that.

4 comments:

  1. When Neil's crew would say every show "Demand It", referring to getting your local cable company to offer FBN, I did. Without the Judge there is no reason, for me anyway, to watch FBN now so I will be downgrading my cable package.

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    1. I stopped watching Fox News a LONG time ago. The Judge was the only reason for me watching FBN as well. So long Fox, I have zero reason to watch any of your programming. Good riddance.

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  2. Such truth. The people hate that shit though. Who needs truth when lies are infinitely more appetizing?

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  3. NOT TOO SURPRISING SINCE THE JUDGE WAS ANTIWAR, FOR SMALLER GOVERNMENT AND MOST OF ALL FOR FREEDOM AND AN OUTSPOKEN DEFENDER OF THE TOP LAW IN THE COUNTRY - THE CONSTITUTION.
    SHAME ON YOU MURDOCH, YOU CAVED IN TO YOUR MASTERS IN THE SHADOW GOVERNMENT. (CFR, TLC, BILDERBERGER ETC.)
    YOU SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN RID OF O'REILLY THAT CONFUSED, SANCTIMONIOUS,POMPOUS WINDBAG INSTEAD.

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