Americans are Ungovernable

In a fascinating essay, an immigrant from Portugal explains how Americans are different from everyone else. We are individualists. We are willing to take on tasks ourselves instead of waiting for the “proper” person to do it. We are not collectivists and we don’t even really understand what is the nature of collectivism. We are, therefore, ungovernable.

The statists are in charge and they think they have won. They have won nothing.

But, listen, the problem with these sons of… Babel is that they might be American, but they’re not American ENOUGH. If they were, they’d understand “ungovernable” and this willingness for each of us to go it alone (often for common benefit, but on own recognizance, nonetheless) is not a bug. It’s a feature. And that it’s baked in the cake of a people who came here to escape the top-down spirit of other places. Some of the black sheep (or as one friend of mine calls it, the plaid sheep) attitude is genetic, hereditary, inborn. And enough of us have it.

Push harder and we escape harder, through crevices they don’t even know are there. Forbid us from making a living, and we’ll find a way to go around you. Make it impossible to defend ourselves, and I shudder to think what some of my friends and neighbors will come up with. Make the economy impossible, and we’ll create another one you can’t reach. Make regulations too binding and we’ll either ignore them or – more likely – creatively subvert them.

They captured the flag, and they think they captured the nation. It’s the type of mistake that the bureaucratic mind makes.

Poor rats. Try not to laugh at them too hard, as you go about the business of undermining them.

We have them surrounded.

You really should read it all.

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4 Responses to Americans are Ungovernable

  1. Uke says:

    That man is a Plan B Revoista, that’s fer damn sure.

  2. jacksonsdad says:

    Love the comments too. Here’s a snippet from good one from “Rick”…

    “The basis of the social contract is that it must be enforced. The reason people can steal stuff off the street etc, is because they dont think they risk being caught. In our neighborhood, we realize that the first line of defense of the social contract is ourselves, that the police are merely the record keepers.”

  3. notamobster says:

    She is definitely a Revoista!

    They captured the flag, and they think they captured the nation. It’s the type of mistake that the bureaucratic mind makes.

    Poor rats. Try not to laugh at them too hard, as you go about the business of undermining them.

    We have them surrounded.

    “All right, they’re on our left, they’re on our right, they’re in front of us, they’re behind us.
    They can’t get away this time.”

    ~Lewis B “Chesty” Puller, USMC

  4. messup says:

    Agreed! Most foreigners, new to USA have immigrated from a top/down, command economy type living experience. Yes, where they came from was a ‘democracy’ in name only, with a strong executive, politically, controlling their country.

    To most foreigners, USA’s Judicial, Legislative and Executive system of governance carried on down to Counties, parrishes and even municipalities is incomprehensible and befuddling. Coupled to this is a “functioning” US Constitution. See, in their countries, an Executive Order is the normal way of conducting their former countries business…in other words, the Executive Branch of their former countries is both the begin all and end all to ruling everything. Of course, corruption is endemic in that type system of political organization, leading to personal deaths, intrigue and subterfuge.

    As an example, 2012 elections:
    Republican FACTS. A wake-up Call if ever there was one!
    1.Republicans have now lost the popular vote for president in five of the past six presidential elections.
    2.The last time the GOP won 300 electoral votes was in 1988; Democrats have won 300 or more in four of the past six contests.
    3.Eighteen states plus the District of Columbia have voted Democratic in each of the past six presidential elections for a total 242 of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House.
    4.In two consecutive elections, the closest Senate races have fallen domino-like toward Democrats.
    5.In 2010, Democrats won five of the seven races rated as toss-ups by The Cook Political Report; this year, Democrats prevailed in eight out of 10.
    6.While Republicans, in 2012, held onto their House majority, eight seats were lost, or about one third of their 25-seat margin.
    7.Democrats actually won the national popular vote for the House.
    8.Republicans were saved by new district boundaries drawn by re-districting committees. Something Rahm Emmanuel’s 2010 Census gerrymandered to avoid.

    In a foreigners former country, this type precedence doesn’t exist. In the USA, it does…and leaves foreigners just dangling. Therefore, they voted for Obama. Pray. Amen.

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