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Resetting the American Psyche

By Robert Ringer - Monday, August 19, 2013

Last Friday I did the unthinkable and watched Sean Hannity’s show because I knew he was going to have Mark Levin on for the whole hour.  The subject of the program was Levin’s new book, The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic.

Notwithstanding Levin’s cozy relationship with McCain-loving, Graham-loving, Austan Goolsby-loving Hannity, notwithstanding his inability to understand that libertarianism (as his former boss and idol Ronald Reagan once said) is the heart and soul of conservatism, and notwithstanding his childish rudeness to guests who try to make points with which he disagrees, Levin is still in a class by himself when it comes to making an unyielding case for liberty.

While it irritates me no end when someone of Levin’s intellect displays unbridled ignorance in badmouthing good men like Ron Paul and Grover Norquist, it does not change the fact that he has the courage to say things that no one else on radio or television would dare to say — and says them with an in-your-face passion that lets the enemy know the gloves are off.

But even more important than this pugnacious personality, Levin is a true scholar with a vast storehouse of knowledge about government, liberty, the Constitution, American history, and more.  On Hannity’s show, with a small but high-profile audience of conservatives, he was on his best behavior and talked more like the scholar he is rather than a hysterical redneck.

The focus of Levin’s book is that the states should invoke Article V of the Constitution and call for a convention as a way of bypassing the criminal class in Washington and passing ten “Liberty Amendments” to the Constitution that would “reset the rules of the American system.”  These include such noble ideas as establishing term limits for both Congress and Supreme Court justices, limiting federal spending and taxes, cutting the federal bureaucracy down to size, and “promoting free enterprise.”

To be sure, Levin’s book will excite millions of readers who desperately want to restore America and save themselves and their families in the process.  Unfortunately, however, the excited millions I am referring to comprise only a small fraction of the people who vote — and most of those voters not only won’t read his book, but have little or no knowledge of what has happened, and is happening, to America.  Or, if they do have knowledge, they don’t want anything to change.

That’s why the Demopublicans will soon be raising the debt ceiling again.  It’s why the Demopublicans will not defund Obamacare.  It’s why the Demopublicans will continue to increase the federal bureaucracy rather than decrease it.  It’s why the Demopublicans will continue to raise taxes.  It’s why the Demopublicans will continue to increase spending.  And it’s why the Demopublicans will block any attempt to amend the Constitution in any way that even vaguely resembles Levin’s Liberty Amendments.

To reset America’s system would first require resetting the American psyche — meaning the psyches of millions of individuals.  As things now stand, most Americans have totally bought in to Washington’s doublespeak.  Even the most passionate conservatives, though they love to prate on about the efficacy and morality of freedom and free markets, start with the premise that government, to one extent or another, is an important part of the solution.

Today’s American psyche is all about compassion.  But when Demopublicans talk about compassion, they mean group compassion, which, in real terms, means forced compassion.  And forced compassion is not compassion at all.  It’s nothing more than an excuse to violate individual liberty.  The only hope for people who think like this is to reset their psyches.

It’s all about people taking seriously the idea that government has the power to “get the economy moving” — let alone the moral right to do so.  The only hope for people who think like this is to reset their psyches.

It’s all about fairness, the most subjective word ever invented.  Who decides what’s “fair?”  Politicians and the media, of course.  And most people buy into this without a wimper.  The only hope for people who think like this is to reset their psyches.

It’s all about food stamps, unemployment benefits, free cell phones, free this and free that.  We are told that the only thing that needs to be corrected in these programs is “waste, fraud, and abuse.”  The only hope for people who think like this is to reset their psyches.

It’s all about the growing gap between the rich and the poor — a perfectly natural aspect of freedom that is neither good nor bad.  Yet the vast majority of Americans believe there is something inherently bad about this natural consequence of free markets, and they want government to “do something about it.”  The only hope for people who think like this is to reset their psyches.

The list is as long as you want to make it, but you get the idea.  Levin is right.  Resetting the system by calling for a convention of states to amend the Constitution is a great idea, but the reality is that you can’t amend the Constitution in ways that are contrary to the psyches of a majority of the population.

Is it possible to reset the psyches of tens of millions of people?  Yes and no.  Neither you nor I can do it.  The only way people’s psyches can be reset is either through a brutal dictatorship that strips them of all of their remaining freedoms or decades of misery living in a government-controlled economy that emphasizes redistribution of wealth and makes them as poor as church mice.

People in Russia understand.  People in China understand.  People in Vietnam understand.  People in the United States do not.  Perhaps after thirty or forty years of misery they will.  But not now.  I tip my hat to Mark Levin for fighting the good fight and writing an excellent book, but until the psyche of the average American is reset, the American system cannot be reset.  In the meantime, things will continue to get worse, not better.

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15 Responses to “Resetting the American Psyche”

  1. Gramma says:

    Breaking down the American psyche and common sense has been the objective of the liberals for so long that it will be almost impossible to "reset."
    Free everything has become appealing to many who would not have accepted this premise years ago.

  2. Pitch says:

    Every faucet of life as we have known in America will get much worse. Even the 1% will feel the wrath and envy that has been bred to the boiling point for the past 100 years or so and be the target for extermination as the real reason so many others are living at or below the poverty level. The day of reckoning is fast approaching when the Government can no longer supply "Free Everything" to the low IQ and Low Info majority mob of voters and America's Storm Trooper elite SS Troops are will equipped and trained for the next phase and will then begin the wholesale slaughter and extermination of those that do not go along to get along; just as they always have all over the world when all reasonable recourse has been exhausted and the only possible remedy is brute force. Egypt is the latest example of this scenario…coming to your American city next. SOON, VERY SOON!!!!!! You just can’t fix stupid with reason and facts. Why just today I heard on the Commie News Network that Obama has implemented and mandated a new math regimen in all our Government controlled communist public schools: To Wit: 3 x4 = 11 is an acceptable answer if the student can give a reasonable answer why they feel this is correct.

    • Yes, it appears logic and reason has taken a permanent vacation. A= anything but A. 1+1=more or less than 2. Also, as Ringer pointed out compassion for groups have taken the place of compassion for the individual. Obviously, group think is completely illogical. Of course, reason and logic are mortal enemies of liberty violators.

  3. Reality Seeker says:

    "hysterical rednecks"

    If you think that polite discussion is all that is needed, you're living in a dream world. You can mischaracterize Levin's in-your-face counter-attacks all that you want too, but his ranting gets results from the dimwitted amerikans.

    Alex Jones gets results.

    Max Keiser gets results.

    Gerald Celente gets results.

    If only being a polite scholar achieved the desired results—i.e., waking up and motivating the abjectly ignorant masses— I would be totally for it, because scholarly geniuses—e.g. Ludwig von Mises & F.A. Hayek— would have changed the world long ago.

    Personally, I love politely well written articles like the one above, but the football-loving dimwits would be put to sleep by the time they finished the second paragraph.

    What wakes people up is a combination of both Alex Jones and Ron Paul. A one, two punch.

    The bottom line is I like Levin's style, because he can get right in the face of his enemies as he intellectually decapitates them.

  4. ◄Dave► says:

    It is hard to argue with your premise, Robert. The problem is that if we accept it, the only rational recourse is to join the Cloward & Piven Strategy, and go sign up for food stamps. The sooner we hasten the total demise of our economy, and crash the Kabuki Theater of the Incumbrepublocrat duopoly around their ears, the sooner the remnants among our posterity get a chance to put it back together, as a free market society of individual sovereigns. One thing is abundantly clear; voting isn’t ever going to restore the American Dream. It is way past too late for that. ◄Dave►

  5. J. K. says:

    For some years now I have been repeating the term, “democracism,” to friends and family. So far now, there has been no experience of anyone’s remembering how to pronounce it, spell it, much less what it means.

  6. Lawrence Ekdahl, says:

    Robert: Dear sir,
    Your premise is absolutely correct. However, unless the people desert the present education system which is almost totally controlled by the present government, nothing will ever change. I no longer have any hope for this country through changes in government, but I do pray that God will intervene and bring the people to repentance if it is not to late.

  7. Daniel Joseph says:

    This is all about the money! People will change when we run out of money!

    Detroit provides a recent lesson. Why did Detroit file bankruptcy? Many have suggested answers but the bottom line is they ran out of money. They taxed all they could tax and borrowed all they could borrow. They could not pay their bills and ran out of money to protect themselves from creditors. I could add that Detroit went broke because they are not allowed to print money. If Detroit could print money, they would have continued to spend until people refused to use the money they printed.

    In America, Congress is controlling fiscal spending. The only thing Obama has left is monetary policy. If we were not printing at current levels, interest rates would be much higher. If the Fed was not hiding our problems by printing money, the economy would be much worse, unemployment higher, and people would be demanding a change away from Obama’s new-normal policies.

    Tapering will be something the Fed (regardless of who is chairman) will continue to promise to do in the future but the future will never come. This is the new-normal. We kick the can down the road.

    How long can this go on? As long as competitive currencies are also weak and getting weaker, the dollar will continue to be the currency of choice. But this will end. The financial markets have constrained governments that refused to constrain themselves all though history.

    You might say my comments are absurd. Some believe that the 1987 stock market crash was caused by investor’s concerns about a disconnect between the Fed and the real world. The history books blame many things but I was involved at the time and I blame the disconnect. Part of this disconnect is the a decline in the credibility of the US.
    1.)The recession ended in June of 2009. Let’s have a show of hands with people who agree with that.
    2.)The government inflation figures.
    3.)The government employment figures.
    4.)The government GDP figures.
    5.)One million jobs added year to date. Of the one million jobs added, 700,000 were part time jobs. Reagan had months where we added one million jobs in a single month.
    6.)Edward Snowden has more credibility than the head of NSA. Snowden probably has more credibility than Obama.

    When the White House talks, a few less people listen every day. US credibility declines every day. Obama is a brilliant politician with bad policies that just don’t work. Eventually Obama may see the handwriting on the wall and may have his version of Jimmy Carter’s “life isn't fair” transformation. Or we might have a 1987 style stock market crash.

    • Reality Seeker says:

      "People will change when we run out of money!"

      Yes, but will it be for the better?

      "If the Fed was not hiding our problems by printing money, the economy would be much worse, unemployment higher, and people would be demanding a change away from Obama’s new-normal policies."

      Your comment was very well thought out, indeed. Perhaps you would like to know how the Fed's credit expansion is going to painfully end?

      It's all coming to an end in either one of two ways. Would you like to know what those two options are?

      I will tell you, or, rather, I will let Ludwig von Mises tell you:

      "The wavelike movement affecting the economic system, the recurrence of periods of boom which are followed by periods of depression, is the unavoidable outcome of the attempts, repeated again and again, to lower the gross market rate of interest by means of credit expansion. There is no means of avoiding the final collapse of a boom brought about by credit expansion. The alternative is only whether the crisis should come sooner as the result of a voluntary abandonment of further credit expansion, or later as a final and total catastrophe of the currency system involved."

  8. bev says:

    Here's one of my 'truisms of life'.

    "If your plan requires millions or billions of people to change their behavior, their habits, their beliefs, or their minds for it to work, you need a new plan."

    So much for changing the psyche of the American people. Yes, Bob, I know that's what you said, I just the way I capture that idea better.

  9. Pitch says:

    Resetting and “CHANGING” the American Psyche will never transpire until after America has suffered a complete destruction, death and real suffering of the type which has never been witnessed before by the average citizens of our society.

  10. John says:

    I read a lot of comments about how this plan, or that plan cannot or will not work. Levin is the only national figure laying out a plan that at least sounds reasonable. If no one can get behind any plan, including Levin's then what is the option – give up and accept the socialists Utopia? I'd love to hear positive suggestions about what we can do! I can predict with 100% certainty what will happen if we do nothing!

  11. Helen Spingola says:

    You all know we're in the 'end times' right??? The last one leaving America,
    please turn off the lights.

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