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Bad Intentions

(originally launched into cyberspace on 10/06/2007)

Dear Subscriber,

How's this for a cynical statement?: Even on those rare occasions
when the government does something apparently good, it's always for
the wrong reasons.

This is something the people hate to acknowledge about the tyrants
in their own country. People like to feel attached to a pack, a
club, a team. Americans like to say "WE defeated Hitler!" But they
don't add, "and then WE gave Stalin half of Europe." Pack mentality
makes most people want to be proud of their "side," and feel some
comradery with their fellow countrymen. When people celebrated the
end of Saddam Hussein's reign, they WANTED their "team" to be the
good guys. They WANT the war to be about liberty and justice for

It's not. War is never about anything other than preserving or
increasing the power of the people who started it. To the soldiers
it may be about something noble, and to the people watching from
home it may have some righteous meaning, but to the people who make
war HAPPEN, there is, and has always been, only ONE agenda:
maintaining or increasing their own power.

The "Operation Northwoods" documents give a fine example of control
freaks having an agenda, and creating a plan to mislead and
manipulate the peasants into supporting their agenda (in that case,
a military invasion of Cuba). And Castro was so easy to hate, and
kicking his butt seemed so worthy a goal, that had the plan
succeeded, the American "team" wouldn't have WANTED to ever
question the motives of the American tyrants.

And so it is with those who support the war in Iraq. Saddam was a
butthead of the highest order, and I'm glad he's dead. And doing
the right thing is probably why many American soldiers fought
there, but it is NOT why they were sent there. In short, the
American tyrants had their agenda, and came up with a good lie to
dupe the American public into supporting that agenda. If you doubt
this, take a peek:

As my "Tyrant" book explains ( ), this is one of
the most effective tyrant tricks there is: using the GOOD
intentions of the people to increase authoritarian control. When
the tyrants promise to help the poor, or fight illegal immigration,
or improve education, or fight drug abuse, or make our country
secure, or fix health care, or reduce crime, or defeat a nasty
tyrant (a non-American one), or anything else they EVER say, their
real goal is ALWAYS their own power.

Amazingly, in our one-party-with-two-faces system, half of
Americans can see through the propaganda of one side, and the other
half can see through the lies of the other side. But they can't see
through the lies of their own preferred politician. Republicans
WANT George W. Bush to have good motives. But he doesn't. He is an
evil, megalomaniacal lunatic who will commit extortion, terrorism,
torture, and mass murder if it gives him the glory and power he
craves. When he claims to be doing those things in the name of some
appparently noble goal, HE IS LYING.

The same is true of Bill Clinton. The leftists really WANTED to
believe that he meant well. He didn't, nor does his psychotic witch
of a wife. These are EVIL people. Good people DON'T WANT to rule
everyone else. Love of dominion is the best mark of EVIL there
could possibly be, and it is the driving motivation of EVERY
politician in Washington... with one possible exception.

After the 1994 "Republican Revolution" (back when I was still a
recovering statist), I was thoroughly convinced that the newly
elected "conservatives" really did have the goal of REDUCING the
size and power of "government." Well, if any of them actually went
in with that agenda (which I doubt), they lost it very quickly.

(If you want an example of why I'm a bit cynical about the supposed
heart-felt, genuine beliefs and principles of politicians, look no
further than that great champion of "family values," Senator Larry
"Romance-in-the-Restroom" Craig. How many people fell for his
disingenuous, vote-fishing tripe?)

Politicians don't seek positions of power in order to NOT use it.
Even Ronald Reagan, one of the most outspoken "limited government"
advocates ever, turned around and built up the heinous, fascist
police state under the guise of the "war on drugs." As for
politicians who have NOT changed their tune once in office, I can
count them on one finger. They're all named "Ron Paul." (No, I
still don't advocate engaging in the cult ritual of elections,
though I sympathize with those who knows it's a farce but do it
anyway as a form of self defense.)

There is a very real, very valid "us versus them," and it is
completely missed by almost all Americans. It's not rich versus
poor, or black versus white, or American versus foreigner, or
Republican versus Democrat. The only "us versus them" worth
mentioning is: those who value individual freedom, and those who
don't. With that one really weird exception, the latter category
includes EVERYONE currently in the House and Senate, and EVERYONE
who has been President in the last two centuries (at least). It
feels silly to have state something that is so painfully obvious,
but about 300,000,000 Americans still fail to recognize it.


Larken Rose