Written By: Bob Livingston
Editor, The Bob Livingston Letter™
Liberty is seldom lost in one fell swoop. It is eroded away over time. Then, one day, a nation that was once free finds itself in bondage.
In the 230 years since the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, America has moved toward a fascist totalitarianism in fits and starts.
It is called gradualism. I have written before about how gradualism reduces the shock potential and numbs the senses to the reality that is transpiring all around.
Consider the actions of the 28th President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson. With the help of a Democrat-controlled Congress, Wilson established the Federal Reserve in 1913 and instituted an income tax which necessitated the establishment of the Bureau of Internal Revenue — the precursor to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
These agencies began the stealth system of “legal” theft from the American people and put us on a fiat paper money dollar system. This means that all who earn dollars and save dollars have depreciating currency with depreciating assets. The IRS is nothing more than a blunt instrument used to beat Americans into compliance with a socialist, redistributionist, fascist government that passes itself off as a democracy. It gives a face of “legitimacy” to the government’s theft of our labor.
This theft has spread far and wide in our society, as has statism and socialism. Despite the wishes of many on the right that we “stop” communists like Bernie Sanders and the “democratic socialists” (communists) like Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, they can’t be stopped because they are a product of our current socialist society.
If you don’t believe that we live in a country where the state already owns and controls nearly everything, take a moment right now, and look around you at everything you “own.”
Now look a little more closely…
I “own” my car (unless I want to change the software, then they brick the electronics in it).
I “own” my computer (except I am tracked with every move I make)
I “own” my house (except for 30 years of payments, and only if I pay my ‘property taxes,’ whereupon if I do not, the government takes my house to ‘pay’ itself).
I “own” my phone (unless Apple decides I have used something incorrectly, then they deactivate or lock me out of it).
I “own” my tractor (until I want to fix it, and then I must use company software or it gets idled).
I “own” my gun (until Red Flag laws allow anyone who doesn’t like that I own one, or doesn’t like me, or for any reason, can call the police and they will come and take them).
I “own” my gold (until the government decides that all gold must be repatriated — see: Executive Order 6102 of April 5, 1933).
The administration of Barack Obama surprisingly released the details of an executive order (National Defense Resource Preparedness) that could be used to officially confiscate everything and anything else as well. The order calls for government acquisition of resources and the ability of the government to “foster cooperation between the defense and commercial sectors for research and development and for acquisition of materials, services, components, and equipment to enhance industrial base efficiency and responsiveness” if it is deemed vital to national security interests.
“Acquisition of materials…”
My friend, gradualism keeps the crowd asleep. As some are jolted along the way to find themselves impoverished — too late to recover… their good life is gone and their pomp and circumstance now as silent as a funeral march. They were just too busy with bread and circus to notice their freedom was slipping away like sand through the fingertips.
The fact is, being aware is difficult. The more things remain the same, the more they change — and it’s difficult to see what’s changing. Here again, it is stealth and gradualism that is imperceptible to most people. There are no really great shocking occasions when tens, hundreds, or thousands will join in protest. The only time it happens is when people are incited by the minions of activists like George Soros.
If what is happening right now had happened in the 50s, it would have put people into shock. But it has happened over a long period of time. There have been hundreds of little steps, most of them imperceptible, each of them preparing you not to be shocked by the next. Suddenly the world you live in, your nation, your town, is not the world you were born in at all.
The forms are still there, all untouched, all reassuring; the houses, the shops, the jobs, the mealtimes, the visits, the concerts, the cinema, the holidays. But the spirit of them — which you never notice, because you’ve been steered toward the life-long mistake of identifying it with the forms — has changed. It is all bread and circus.
Now you have awakened into a world of hate and fear and the people who hate and fear do not even know it themselves. Because when everyone is transformed, no one is transformed. Suddenly it all comes down, all at once. You see what you are, what you have done, or more accurately, what you have not done. For that is all that is required of most of us, that we do nothing.
We still hear the politicians and bureaucrats screaming “democracy” and “the Constitution,” which has finally begun to sicken those who know the truth: That we have come under totalitarian and fascist domination. We have failed in taking responsibility for our own survival and the future of our children. Will anyone deliver us now from this nightmare? Will we deliver ourselves?
Yours for the truth,
Editor, The Bob Livingston Letter™
P.S. — President Donald Trump has shaken up the status quo. Everything is different, from politics to the economy. If we are to prosper in this age of Trump, we must change, too. Building wealth with a minimum-wage or middle-class income is now easier than ever.