Zen, and the Art of Deterrence

November 22, 2010

Ok, so we all got a chance to vote this month.  Hope you found a candidate that shares your values and says they will listen to your views and promises to uphold the constitution.  Maybe they actually will do it, too.  Hope you spent some time looking into their backgrounds and didn’t find a closet full of four-alarm socialists.

And it’s good that they let us little people vote, now and then.  It goes a long way to keep up the illusion of free choice.  Without it, you might just be tempted to kick in the doors and drag them down the capitol building steps to that big cauldron of boiling oil you so lovingly prepared for them.  “How To Serve Congress” would make a fine title for a cookbook. (Ummm!  Tastes like chicken!)

While we just stand here waiting for the big day in mid-January, when all the new guys get sworn in, let’s review a few terms, just so we’re all clear about what we’ve learned in the past year.  Briefly summarized: you’ve been promoted, from angry, violent, racists, hateful, tea-party  types, like nearly all the media calls us,  to fully qualified guerrilla insurgents participating in illegal paramilitary activities.  And you’re proud of it. Yep, that feels just about right.

Your favorite new politician needs to know you’re watching, and you know what you’re talking about. Remind them what happened to that last guy that sat in their chair.

Remember, they will let you vote again in just a few more years. Me?  I’m going to check out the specials on http://www.BigCauldronsRUs.com.  “More tea, Pierre?”

Definition of CONSTITUTION
The basic principles and laws of a nation, state, or social group that determine the powers and duties of the government and guarantee certain rights to the people in it (or) a written instrument embodying the rules of a political or social organization.

Definition of CONSTITUTIONAL
Being in accordance with or authorized by the constitution of a state or society.

Definition of UNCONSTITUTIONAL
Not according or consistent with the constitution of a body politic (as a nation).

Definition of CONSTITUTIONALISTS
Adherence to or government according to constitutional principles.

Definition of PATRIOT
One who loves his or her country and supports its authority and interests.

Definition of SOCIALISM
An economic and political theory, advocating public or common ownership, and cooperative management of, the means of production and allocation of resources.

Definition of COMMUNISM
A sociopolitical movement that aims for a classless society structured upon communal ownership of the means of production and the end of wage labor and private property.  It is often mistakenly used interchangeably with socialism; however, communist theory contends that socialism is just a transitional stage on the way to communism. (Communism Lite).

Definition of INSURRECTION
An act or instance of revolting against civil authority or an established government.

Definition of INSURGENT
A person who revolts against civil authority or an established government; especially a rebel not recognized as a belligerent OR one who acts contrary to the policies and decisions of one’s own political party.

Definition of INSURGENCY
The quality or state of being insurgent; specifically a condition of revolt against a government that is less than an organized revolution and that is not recognized as belligerency.

Definition of BELLIGERENCY
Belligerency is a term used in international law to indicate the status of two or more entities, generally sovereign states, being engaged in a war. Wars are often fought with one or both parties to a conflict invoking the right to self defense under Article 51 of the United Nations Charter.  A state of belligerency may also exist between one or more sovereign states on one side, and rebel forces, if such rebel forces are recognized as belligerents. If there is a rebellion against a constituted authority  and those taking part in the rebellion are not recognized as belligerents then the rebellion is an insurgency.

Hmmmm….

Definition of MILITIA
A body of citizens organized for military service.  the whole body of able-bodied male citizens declared by law as being subject to call to military service.

Definition of PARAMILITARY
Of, relating to, being, or characteristic of a force formed on a military pattern especially as a potential auxiliary military force. A paramilitary is a force whose function and organization are similar to those of a professional military force, but which is not considered part of a nation’s formal military forces.  Insurgent militia, irregular military, armed resistance movements and guerrilla forces which consider themselves military but which governments may consider rebel or terrorist.

Definition of GUERRILLA
A person who engages in irregular warfare especially as a member of an independent unit carrying out harassment and sabotage.

And my favorite word for this year:  deterrence.  Finding a way to represent viable deterrence is a goal  well worth whatever time and resources you and yours can pool together.  Not real sure just  now where that path leads, but strong, compelling forces are leading us there.  The best part is, you won’t have to ask, “are we there yet?”, because you will just know.  Zen, and the Art of Deterrence.

Definition of DETERRENCE
As a psychological theory, a legal justice theory and as a military theory, basically, to turn aside, discourage, or prevent from acting, through fear of punishment or retribution. The term is also used more casually to suspect a party in any field of potential conflict of being prepared to inflict unacceptable damage on an aggressor, and making sure the potential aggressor is aware of the risk so that they may refrain from aggression. Aggressors are deterred if they choose not to act, perceiving the cost of their action to be too high in relation to its likelihood of success.  Establishing a credible and known deterrence is at the opposite end of the spectrum from a policy of appeasement.

As an Army of One, or  part of the III million, doing enough of the right things to become a viable deterrent?

(All definitions from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary or wikipedia.)

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