Government Shutdowns? Great!

For good reason, my wife and I don’t have cable, dish, or over-the-air television. We don’t watch the news and we don’t take the newspaper. Usually when something major goes down, we hear about it from friends, or we may see it on the internet or sometimes on Facebook.

Here recently we’ve been seeing posts about that recent fear of a government shutdown. People are worried about the government delaying various social programs and of course we’ve seen plenty about military payment delays and pay cuts. Now, don’t get me wrong. I feel for those people. A slow decline of government services would be far preferable to an immediate halt. However, the fact that this country’s “cancer” has grown so large that we are finally forced to recognize it? That’s fantastic!

There are gobs of posts on Facebook with people who are just furious that the military might not get paid to fight all these wars the government has decided to engage in. Again, I feel for the families who have this fear. And I also don’t believe you should just cut someone’s pay ‘cold turkey’ without some sort of extended notice. But has anyone actually stopped to consider what we’re doing in these other countries anyway??

We have now been in a permanent state of national emergency for over 140 years. Today we have standing armies. Rather than protecting our borders, the de facto government has decided to use military power to police the world. Eisenhower warned about the Military Industrial Complex back in the 60’s. Our motto today is “to spread Democracy”, even though we were originally founded as a Constitutional Republic. Our own country has been overthrown, is totally broke, in debt, and is ruled by tyrants, thieves, and perverts — and we want to use our “power” to “help” our neighboring countries? Are we even listening to ourselves here?

Yes, I DO feel for these military families. I feel for them because they have all been duped. They’ve been duped into believing that their beloved husbands, brothers, and sisters have been hired by an honest and upright employer who has their best interests in mind. They have been told by propaganda left and right that military jobs are “cool”. So many I see signing up with this military machine are young guys, with little drive, who just don’t know what else to do with their lives. The government sees these boys as fodder to brainwash with the “coolness factor” and then puts them into a situation that requires self-sacrifice, all for the purpose of building a global empire, ruled by the elite.

This de facto government will eventually shut down for good. It may not be soon. But it will happen. And when it does, we don’t want anarchy. We need to already be exercising our rights to lawful, provable state governments. Remember, we as state citizens created the Federal government to be an entity limited and bound by the chains of the Constitution! By its very design, it is to be our servant, not our master.

Shutdown Defined

Just for fun, I looked up “government shutdown” in Wikipedia. It defines it as,

“a government shutdown is when the government stops providing all but ‘essential’ services.”

This begs the question, “what is essential?” Well, based upon what I just stated about the origins of lawful government, the Federal government has certain tasks delegated to it, by the states, through the Constitution. The responsibilities and limitations as defined by the Constitution are indeed the “essentials”. And yet, it is the very return to these essentials that we fear??

Government de facto: A government of fact. A government actually exercising power and control, as opposed to the true and lawful government; a government not established according to the constitution of the nation, or not lawfully entitled to recognition or supremacy, but which has nevertheless supplanted or displaced the government de jure. A government deemed unlawful, or deemed wrongful or unjust, which, nevertheless, receives presently habitual obedience from the bulk of the community.
–Black’s Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition


This government is NOT my lawful government. But many people in this country recognize it as their own. That is the very definition of ‘de facto.’ For those people feeding at the Federal trough, a shutdown would be quite painful. So what is the solution?

The solution is NOT provided to us by “our representatives” or “our congressmen”. The solution can only be provided by the fourth branch of government — THE PEOPLE! We feed this monster by depending on its services and giving it allegiance. Self-reliance, independence, freedom, liberty, creativity, personal responsibility, morality, honesty, and sacred honor. These words have been so far removed from our American vocabulary. But getting back to these ideals is the fix to our problems. We should all stop suckling at the teat of this overgrown beast, start exercising our right to lawful, provable state governments, and allow the beast to fall away like a rotting organ. If a shutdown involves getting back to the “essentials”, then by all means, pull the plug.

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10 years ago

Too bad the Republican Party will not get back to the “essentials” that they espouse but do not practice. At least we know what we get with the Democrat party.

10 years ago

Excellent, Cliff -- well reasoned and well stated.