We've just had a terrible disaster in this country. Unfortunately it wasn't named Katrina. Not that Hurricane Katrina wasn't terrible, but it wasn't what has killed possibly 10s of thousands of Americans. The 17th street canal levee that broke 24 hours after the storm is what caused the massive flooding and destruction in New Orleans. Some reports are now pointing to intentional sabotage of this concrete and steel levee.
Unfortunately I'm more inclined than not to believe that the aftermath was an intentional act of man and not the work of nature alone. Why? The pattern is too similar to Hurricane Andrew. Huge numbers of hurt and homeless people are forcibly restrained within the Hurricane Andrew disaster area, while aid is blocked from entering. Huge numbers of hurt and homeless people are forcibly restrained within the New Orleans disaster area, while aid is blocked from entering.
Does it take eyewitness accounts by National Guardsmen in the New Orleans Convention Center of the corpses of 7-year-olds with their throats cut and probable gang rapes of 5 year olds or a 13-year-old girl raped to death to awaken the American people into realizing something is wrong? Awaken enough to search for the real truth? Awaken enough to do something?
But do what? The aftermath of Hurricane Andrew and the New Orleans levee breach are truly horrific, but if we don't know why they happed, how will we even know where to start to stop them from happening again? What was the root cause? It would be simple to blame Bush for cutting the levee budget for the last three years, but it isn't truly the root cause of the problem. [from Reason to Freedom is still for impeaching Bush, or anything at this point to see him put in jail. -Ed.] These situations are just manifestations of possibly the major contributing factor for these disasters. Well, at least a huge contributing factor.
Education, or more succinctly the Mass Forced Education System.
More than 100 years ago, people like Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Henry Ford, and J.P. Morgan, saw the need to transform schools to produce standardized customers and employees. Because these men knew "The secret of commerce, that kids drive purchases, meant that schools had to become psychological laboratories where training in consumerism was the central pursuit." It didn't matter that the transformed schools would bore the hell out of the students, that was a benefit. Bored people are better consumers, bored kids best of all. It also didn't matter that the education quality was going down the tubes, as uneducated people are the easiest to sell to.
Don't believe standardized education is going down the tubes? Can you pass this 8th Grade Test from 1895? Even updating the antiquated questions, do you think any but a handful of current day high school graduates can? One of the problematic side effects of American modern public schools is instilling the reliance on "authority" figures to solve your problems. Do the half a dozen victims of the schoolyard bully band together, catch him in a dark alley, and "train" him that bullying has consequences? No, because in the Nanny State School System, the bully walks scot-free while the victims are suspended.
Okay, by now you're going, "Yeah, yeah, public schools suck. Who doesn't know that and what exactly does that have to do with people being raped and murdered in New Orleans?" Just about everything. Educated people either carry guns or ensure they have the means to protect themselves and their own. Lets repeat that, they ensure they have the means to protect themselves and their own. They aren't herded like obedient cattle, have their weapons taken at the door, and allow themselves to be locked up for days in buildings with no water or food. They know that the "authorities" are only there as a last resort. The police aren't hired to protect you from imminent crime they are hired to solve the crimes that have already been committed. No matter how much the opposite has been brainwashed into most Americans, it is you, and only you, who is responsible for protecting yourself.
Not just the owning and knowing how to use a weapon, but the whole enchilada. Educating yourself on what it will take to survive whether it be a natural disaster, a home invasion, or even a gang fight. Beyond yourself, educate your neighbors, your friends, and your family. You will need these people when major crap happens. Next prepare yourself and your family for most everything you can.
There is an old cliché that, "An armed society is a polite society." Most people don't fully understand the ramifications of this statement. It doesn't mean that everyone is so afraid of everyone else that no crimes are committed (although I'm sure there would be some of that). It goes deeper. In an armed society, people take responsibility for themselves. Responsibility for their own education; responsibility for their own safety; responsibility for their own life.
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The poor of New Orleans have been screwed up one side and down the other. At almost every turn the system has lied to them. It's pretended to educate them, it's pretended to protect them, and now it's pretending to be concerned for their welfare, by illegally confiscating their weapons and illegally forcing them to leave their city, while giving billions in no bid contracts to insider cronies.
No one can change what has happened, but you can change your future to not have you and yours end up in the same situation. First and foremost educate yourself. A very good start is by reading the Underground History of American Education, by John Taylor Gatto. Knowing the truth, and the enemy you fight, is more than half the battle. If you have kids, homeschool them. If you live in a place where homeschooling is illegal, move. While Texas has probably the easiest homeschooling laws, until we un-elect Rick Perry and stop some of the blatant corruption in the Texas legislature I wouldn't recommend moving to Texas. Well, maybe I should, we'll call it the "South-West" Free State Project . . .
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Dear people of New Orleans, you have my heartfelt sympathy and support. For those of you still living you've learned a harsh, harsh lesson in the usefulness of big government. Hopefully for the rest of us, your suffering has awoken each of us to understand we are responsible for ourselves. Fear the obligation or embrace it as liberating, your choice.
Very Best Regards,
from Reason to Freedom
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