The Price of Freedom
Right in the midst of the 2008 Presidential Election cycle a “global financial crisis” occurred. We know it occurred because…well…because we were told it occurred! All of a sudden a bunch of “experts” were running around telling us the financial sky was falling, John McCain abandoned his campaign and scurried back to D.C. to vote on something or other, and we were told that the world was “saved” by a bunch of heroic and drastic stuff…mainly MASSIVE BAILOUTS!
If you look this “event” up on Wikipedia you find an incredibly long article that begins:
The financial crisis of 2007–2008, also known as the global financial crisis and 2008 financial crisis, is considered by many economists to be the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s. It resulted in the threat of total collapse of large financial institutions, the bailout of banks by national governments, and downturns in stock markets around the world.
Then later the article continues:
Many causes for the financial crisis have been suggested, with varying weight assigned by experts…
Huh? The article then goes on for dozens of pages exploring theories as to what happened…and even whether anything happened.
I’m not a financial “expert”, but I follow the news and the economy pretty closely…and I have NO idea what happened. All I know is that despite all the bad stuff that we were told happened, we were told it could have been worse. And WOULD have been worse if our government hadn’t thrown a bunch of money in a bunch of directions…mostly without controls or audit trails.
Kind of like having a surgical team burst into your bedroom, amputate both your legs, and then run out proclaiming: “It could have been MUCH worse!” Really? How?
Was the “financial crisis of 2007–2008”, AKA: “the global financial crisis”, AKA: “2008 financial crisis” just a test? Dunno. Whether orchestrated or not, the result is that our government assumed massive new powers and “responsibilities” as a result, all tied to a new phrase that entered our national lexicon: “Too big to fail”. Financial institutions, car companies, et al, received this designation…and quickly became quasi-government entities. “Free Enterprise” was denigrated as dangerous…and downright evil.
So what’s next? Well, the American people have shown that in the face of a “crisis”…even one they barely, if at all, understand…they will surrender their wealth and their freedoms in the hopes that the government will “save them”. And you can bet our government noticed! Certainly Barack Obama and his Flying Monkeys noticed.
What “crisis”, real or manufactured, will occur next? Whatever it is I believe it will occur swiftly, with horrendous implied consequences if the government doesn’t act NOW…and drastically! And this “crisis” will, IMHO, make the Reichstag Fire look like a weenie-roast.
Our government has set itself up, and been accepted as, THE means of salvation from all bad things…big or small. And the bigger the “bad thing”, the more freedoms our government wants in exchange for “saving” us.
In our fundamentally transforming America a new scale has been introduced. On one side our government, and their associated “experts”, heap all the bad and scary things that could happen if they don’t act NOW! On the other side of the scale We The People are expected to heap our freedoms as payment for saving us. In this way our government is setting the Price of Freedom…and the exchange rate is brutal.