Richard North, EUReferendum, poses the question are we men or wimps, linking to an article by Frank Miniter. The fact that, as a nation, we have become wimps is the fault of the people - and no-one else. Richard North is perfectly correct when he points out everyone complains about something and then runs to the state, asking the state to rectify the problem that the state has caused - were not the people clamouring for a recall of parliament, expecting the politicians to solve the problems of rioting and looting.
Using the recent riots and looting as an example, we witnessed yesterday a self-orgy of righteousness by our politicians during a long debate on that subject. We heard calls for water cannon, use of firearms, the army to be deployed - for what, the theft of a pair of jeans or a bottle of wine? The irony of these same politicians calling for draconian punishment for what are minor offences when compared to the looting of the public purse carried out by said politicians is comedic - another exercise in the faux idea that only politicians can decide our future living conditions.
Do we remember the Leader's debates prior to the general election last year? Do we recall the 'rehearsals' of the debates that were held and the media training the three leaders had? If they actually believed that which they told the nation, why were rehearsals and media training necessary? I do not recall any outcry about this - just the media and public being 'transfixed' by the performance of Nick Clegg, who unlike the other two, talked to the cameras. The people were 'suckered' by all three as the entire exercise was no more than a PR event, one designed to cement their control over those they were addressing. We are controlled, even by the means of what we read - the media put out stories detailing how Sikhs and others were out on the streets protecting their properties, being lauded for the actions. Yet those people in Enfield, patrolling their streets and in effect doing exactly what the Sikhs were doing, are condemned and lectured about vigilantism by politicians and police.
The people have been 'comfortable' in their own little worlds taking their freedom and liberty for granted and that has proved to be a grievous error as government and politicians have, over time, chipped away at those freedoms and that liberty. On each occasion politicians have explained that it is for our own good and/or safety of others, be that for reasons of terrorism, care for the children, health & safety; or even that further freedoms must be lost to enable weather-changing programmes. We have to break the culture wherein it is perceived wisdom that only the state can care for us. As Miniter writes, a people dependent on their government for everything cannot take care of themselves. That is exactly what the politicians intend will remain the situation, thus retaining their control of people - and that culture has to be broken also. (Before anyone points it out, yes I know we have other 'cultures' that need breaking; such as that in the civil service, quangocracy and all those that seem to have a common purpose - but hey we have to start somewhere and by cutting 'government', by limiting politicians ability 'to rule', by devolution of power, those other 'cultures' can be broken).
The police are supposedly employed to keep the people of this nation safe from criminal acts - but who protects the nation from the criminal acts of our politicians? Following the example of Sikhs who took to the streets armed with hockey sticks in order to protect their property, perhaps people need to take to the streets armed with baseball bats and bar entry to Parliament in order to protect their nation from the criminal acts of politicians.