Silence = Consent

January 11, 2012

In the movie Blade Runner, there is a line about half way through where the main character, Deckard, played by Harrison Ford,  is talking with Rachael  who just saved his life by shooting a replicant (genetically engineered person).  Deckard is explaining that having the shakes after shooting someone is just “part of the business”.  She explains that she’s not in the business.  “I am the business”, she confesses as she is coming to terms with the fact that she also is a replicant.  The clip is over there on the sidebar somewhere.  You should see the whole movie sometime, keeping in mind that it is now 30 years old.

 This particular story clip is applicable today, in certain unspecified circles.  Unspecified, because the DHS now has a green light to really start collecting and compiling what we write and say here on the ‘net, and we don’t need to be doing their job for them, do we?

In the unspecified circle of “revolution”,  there are those among us who’re “not in the business”, but “are the business” of revolution.  See?  Without naming names, you probably already know those whom we’re speaking of.

From Small Wars Journal, an article by Eric Cummings called “Revolutions are Violent”, starts with:

“The Arab Spring, as our most thought provoking event of 2011, should remind would-be-American-revolutionaries what a revolution really is: the break down of society and order, a revolution in power, which (mostly) results in violence.”

If you’re one of the few not already “in the business”, and curious about your role in the coming revolution, this is a simple truth directed at your ears.  Go stand in front of the mirror and repeat that to yourself about fifty times and maybe it will start to sink in.

Eric goes on to say:

“The American Revolution  cost one in every hundred males his life. The American Revolution is the second deadliest conflict in American history, percentage wise, with only the Civil War beating it, itself its own kind of revolution.”

Most likely, very few of those that died in the American Revolution were sure that their participation was actually making a difference, but knew it was what they had to do.

Eric explains the three reasons why violence goes along with revolutions.

“First, instability. Inherently, revolutions are unstable, by definition an overthrow of the existing power structures. When this happens, chaos ensues. Food shortages, lack of security, a breakdown of the social order.”

“Second, vengeance. Most revolutions have a very legitimate basis: people feel discriminated against, or suffer from severe economic inequality, or chafe under colonial rule. When the masses revolt, they take their vengeance against their previous oppressors.”

“Third, civil wars. They happen when revolutionaries disagree, or the over-thrown don’t want to leave so easily. Take the above groups advocating revolution, the Occupiers and the Tea Partiers. They don’t agree on anything. So if one side starts a revolution, they’ll basically have to go to war with the other side. Boom, you’ve got a civil war.”

Eric explained that rather handily, wouldn’t you say?  Things start going bad and you want to put an end to that.  You basically have to go to war with the other side when they start a revolution.

Eric’s final lines:

“Extremists on both sides of the political spectrum in America casually throw around the Jefferson quotation that “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants,” without really understanding what this means or implies.”

If you’re “in the business”, you’ve got a pretty good idea what Jefferson was saying.  If you “are the business”, you know exactly what Jefferson’s words mean and imply.  If you’re one of the few not already “in the business”, and curious about your role in the coming revolution, this is again, simple truth directed at your ears.  Go stand in front of the mirror and repeat that to yourself about fifty times and maybe it will start to sink in.

And while we’re being distracted by the political bickerings of Republican candidates that are all ever so slightly different shades of  “status quo” pastel, the National Debt fianally reached 100% of the nations GDP.  There is a two syllable word, starts with a “B”,  that describes the condition where your total financial obligations equals or exceeds your total financial worth.  Any guesses?

None of the candidates are going to mention this.  None of the candidates will talk about standing down the  operation to declare large portions of the population domestic terrorists.  None of the candidates will talk in any detail about Constitutional Rights, nor will they talk specifically on how the Second Amendment isn’t directed towards hunters. (Well, depends on what you’re hunting.)  And none of the candidates will dare talk about the coming revolution.  You never know who might be listening.

Their silence equals consent.

 Your silence equals consent.


5 Responses to “Silence = Consent”

  1. Ken Says:

    There is a candidate who is talking about Constitutional rights. There is one saying the words “We’re broke.” There is one candidate who is dangerous to the status quo.

    …but I won’t say his name because you’ve obviously already written him off in your mind.

    Go look in the mirror. Repeat, “I am part of the problem.”

    • tensmiths Says:

      I write them all off. quit looking to them for leadership. be your own leader. they serve you. the country is the people, not the government. to change the course of the country is beyond the ability of whomever becomes potus. ever hear of “nailing jelly to a tree”? it is all unravelling this very minute. the job falls to each of us.

  2. Sean Says:

    No, the clip is not over there on the sidebar somewhere. The words are there for a link, but no such link exists.

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