The Highway Robber State

The Night Watchman State has been replaced by Highway Robber States – governments in which no asset, no contract, no domain is safe from marauding bands of politicians. (from Freedom in Chains, 1999)

If you voted in the congressional elections two years ago, were you ceding the right to the winners to give @ a trillion dollars to their Wall Street friends and donors?

Did any politician mention on the campaign trail in 2006 that a vote for them would be a vote for lavishing tax dollars on some of the richest wheeler-dealers in the nation?

Did any congressional candidate run on a platform of seizing tax dollars and using it to pay above-market prices for worthless assets for Wall Street’s benefit?

How in Hades can this bailout have any legitimacy within any notion of democracy that does not proclaim that citizens exist to be financially slaughtered for the good of whoever the rulers please?


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11 Responses to The Highway Robber State

  1. Dirk W. Sabin September 24, 2008 at 11:56 am #

    Oh gosh Buster, just where is your compassion? We need an intervention and should walk right into the oval office with a box of hankies and hug that lonely President and tell him we understand his burdens and know that he seems to have an unremitting propensity for finding every blasted pothole possible….making them in abundance where they do not actually exist and we should hug him again and hug Cheney and Condi and tell them we know they have a hard job and that we love them no matter what and will pray with them.

    Then , we should go by the Oracular Somnambultor’s apt. and pick him up and drive down to the Federal Reserve and hug Benny and Hanky and tell them we know and understand their burdens and thank them so very much for all their dedication to maintaining the Bunko Operation and then we should hold hands and pray.

    Then, we should drive over to Wall Street and get all the poor buggers who tanked their assets together and bring in Dr. Phil and Deepak Chopra and spread compassion and good faith about and tell them we still love them and understand their burdens and inform them of how happy we are that they are being so democratic as to make themselves as democratically broke as the rest of us. Then we should hold hands and pray and listen to Donny Osmond sing “Don’t Give up on us”.

    Then, we should perp walk the entire group down to a gallows on Lafayette Square and tell them we’re really sorry but somebody got to pay and then we should give the entire zone within the Beltway a Carthage Treatment and be done with it. If this don’t work, we might have to include the publishers and Presidents of several Media outlets in the endeavor.

    I mean this in only the nicest way though. Hugs and kisses to all, you’re all really nice you know. If everyone is nice and helpful and cherishes one another, we’ll be fine.
    Florence Nightingale

  2. Ryan September 24, 2008 at 12:27 pm #


    You and I think a like, save one thing. You’re a lot nicer about this with the hugs. I’d forgo part of this and simply hang these two group of thieves on the steps of the stock exchange and the rest of them on the steps of the capitol. This will work for a while until people become forgetful again.

  3. Sunni September 24, 2008 at 4:54 pm #

    Wait; when did you start expecting the tyrants to make sense? I know I’ve been away for a while, but I didn’t think recent events would addle you that much. 😉

  4. Jim September 24, 2008 at 9:09 pm #

    Sunni – good to hear from you again!

    As far as expecting tyrants to make sense – it can sometimes help with a rhetorical construct.

  5. Jim September 24, 2008 at 9:10 pm #

    Dirk – Florence N. was always a tough-love kind of girl.

  6. Jim September 24, 2008 at 9:11 pm #

    Ryan – you and Dirk are going to cause a bull market on rope futures.

  7. Ryan September 24, 2008 at 10:44 pm #


    On behalf of both of us, I hope so and let that be hemp rope.

    I do have one contribution to Dirk’s idea if we get through this madness. In front of the White House there should be a guillotine built as a reminder to a future president to see as he walks to the front door that it is quite possible that he can be hauled unceremoniously out the same way and used on this instrument if he forgets his oath of office. Better yet, the oath can be carved in stone and place in front of the guillotine as a gentle reminder.

    Hell, as a carpenter I would gladly build it. Maybe Dirk can make the blade.

  8. Tory September 25, 2008 at 3:02 am #

    Thanks to everyone’s help (here), I was able to go about a year without hallucinating. I’m fine now – thanks to all of you.

    Before I leave and be on my own (again), just one more comment:

    And I think you all should really try to understand me. Since both sides are destroying America I’ve learned to vote for the most pro-gun candidate. And I want you to remember that it was all those liberals who voted for the shrub, rather than Kerry, to keep them safe from Terrosits. And you should remember to blame them too – ok.


  9. Jean September 25, 2008 at 9:36 am #

    Jim, my only contribution was that I didn’t vote in 2006. One can hope with this robbery codename “bailout” will wake up the people, but then again, I also dream of palm trees in January up here in Maine.

  10. Sunni September 25, 2008 at 2:04 pm #

    Yeah, I know, Jim; t’was just a friendly poke. (Trying not to let my blood pressure get too high with all the idiocy emanating from D.C. these days.)

  11. Will Blalock September 25, 2008 at 3:12 pm #

    If this “bailout” proceeds the next shoe
    to drop will be the construction of a
    federal debtor prison.
    I guarantee.