The Pantywaist Index

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I
began to assemble the items on this Pantywaist Index very soon after
9/11, when it had already become obvious that our (federal) reaction
to the terrorist attacks was going to be . . . sort of odd.

Or,
rather, that it would be completely in keeping with past federal
behavior: close bureaucratic ranks, summon up more taxpayers’ money,
continue everything as before except for hurling more money at the
usual suspects, and look out especially for captious critics (a.k.a.
"terrorist supporters" in Ashcroft’s view) claiming there
might be something wrong – gasp! – with government itself.

This is by no means an exhaustive index, so I’ll plan to keep adding
to it, but it seemed time to let the world in on my first draft
and perhaps invite ideas for it.

My
thesis is this: you can tell things aren’t going well with these
States in the current unpleasantness, and that the pantywaists are
in charge, if:

  1. Commercial
    airlines are not ordered at once to arm their pilots with guns
    (and perhaps their cabin personnel with stun guns, etc.). If
    the airlines are doing it on the qt, I say bravo.

  2. The President
    as Commander in Chief fails to remove at once, by executive
    order, all women from army fighting units, ships of the line,
    and military aircraft.

  3. The hue
    and cry among many politicos for disarming the public, that
    is, for vitiating the 2nd Amendment, proceeds apace, or even
    grows more assertive.

  4. The Bill
    of Rights is not vigorously and loudly reaffirmed by the regime
    as fundamental to the safety – to the integrity –
    of the nation.

  5. The federal
    lands in 50 states and all our seacoasts are not immediately
    declared open to exploration for oil. (It would be even better
    if the federals began to get rid of the 40-odd percent of the
    nation’s land they have engrossed, and the states followed suit,
    too, by privatizing much of the additional 18-plus percent they
    hold.)

  6. Plans
    for atomic energy plants and coal-fired energy plants are not
    pushed forward as rapidly as possible.

  7. We do
    not radically revise our immigration policy. (At the least,
    why not a moratorium, so we can have some open discussion, that
    is, no topics off the table?)

I
am leaving off the list for now anything to do with "gays in
the military" as way too esoteric for a quickie item. After
all, no one can really tell what someone else’s "orientation"
is, and even people whose orientation is quite kosher have been
known to play tiddlywinks at one time or another. Further, I guess
the present schema allows for eliminating people who are openly
predatory. At least I hope so.

And
I suppose that for the time being there is no hope of taking a serious
look at the Federal Reserve’s habit of wrecking our money, or the
IRS’s addiction to grabbing huge chunks of it. Those items will
have to come up after the present "war" is over (if it
ever is).

Reasonable
men will realize that I have only nicked the corner of what ought
to happen if the nation is serious about defeating terrorism. But
these seven items alone will demonstrate that our hairy-chested,
machismo leaders and heavyweight computer warriors are, at least
for the present, pantywaists, that is, according to Webster’s, sissies.

Or
is that they merely seem to be? Which is it? These questions raise
a further question: Who is really running things? The wannabe-machismo
politicians we see on TV? Or someone else who sets the themes for
what the public faces may say and do, and thus determines their
enduring pantywaistism? Who are our real rulers?

The
main thing to know about them is that they are largely invisible.
But you can posit a couple of things about them: the majority is
white, they are male, and they are old. Think "bankers"
and "munitions makers."

(Yes,
Virginia, your worst fears are realized; those big, bad men really
are in charge, and they aren’t about to hand things over to you.
And they are rich, very rich. They spend a lot of time and money
trying to put it across that they don’t exist, and that they certainly
aren’t white, male, old, and rich. The idea is to get everybody
to think that old kind of stuff has gone by and now everything is
multihued and gaily poor. And indeed everything is, on your block.)

Something
to realize about the Real Power Folk and their public agents (Bush,
Cheney, Greenspan, etc.) is that they are trapped by fate; they
can do no other. Somehow they have lost the power to reform (that
is one definition in Catholic Christianity of being in the condition
of mortal sin). They must plunge ahead, pushing for one-world government,
manipulating other nations, fostering general cultural immorality,
anti-Christianity, minority "rights," women’s "rights,"
gay "rights," open borders, and Western cultural suicide,
all in service of their overmastering greed for more power and more
wealth, which they will gain by dividing and conquering, always
selling arms to both sides in any sort of local conflict.

The
primary lust of our true rulers is simply the lust to dominate;
they wish to rule the world. At present they are close to getting
there. Probably the only thing that stands in their way is the same
thing that stood in the way of the builders of the Tower of Babel.
They are opposing the way God wants things to go, and that in the
end cannot succeed.

Listen
to a reliable 3000-year-old admonition: "Do not put your trust
in men in power, or in any mortal man-he cannot save, he yields
his breath and goes back to the earth he came from, and on that
day all his schemes perish." (Ps 146:3-4-Jerusalem Bible)

I
can hardly wait.

December
24, 2001

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