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Natural Laws

     

“It is natural for man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts…For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth, to know the worst, and to provide for it.”

~ Patrick Henry

It was a 3 AM wakeup in late September. The threat of an early frost had necessitated that the last 1000 acres of corn be harvested quickly to avoid the potential loss of what remained of the 2010 harvest.

Cresting the Cascade Mountain range of central Washington, beginning my decent into the Yakima valley, I noticed that it was just minutes before sunrise. The crystal clear dark blue sky promised a warm day, but was also the cause of nights that were getting colder. The truck thermometer read 28 degrees however, that was to be expected at 4000 feet on top of a mountain. I remember wondering if it had gotten cold enough to frost further east. In almost the same instant, I noticed what seemed to be small drops of my engine oil on the door window.

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Having driven the road literally thousands of times, over the years, I knew there was a turn-out less then a quarter mile ahead where the truck with its dual trailers could safely be pulled off the road and a search for the cause of the oil droplets could be made.

Exiting the cab I was greeted with the unmistakable smell of engine oil which had unceremoniously left its assigned place in the engine, made obvious by the myriad of miniature puddles of oil forming under the truck. The rogue oil now coated the driver side fender well; the underside of the hood, the driver side running boards, and in a final act of rebellion was flowing off the left fuel tank quickly threatening to combine into a rather larger extended puddle on the side of the road.

Lifting the hood to expose the 475 horsepower, Caterpillar C15 engine, I noticed that my partner, who had stopped a short distance from me, was approaching the driver side door. "Wow, it looks terminal to me."

"Yeah, something is really wrong," I answered.

Gerald with his usual dry wit didn't understate the obvious: "Well, at least that CAT® engine decided to bleed out on a nice day. It won't be too bad a wait for the shop mechanics. Only two and a half; maybe five hours and you should be on the road again. Sure looks like it's been raining oil, doesn't it?"

I wasn't amused and my expression must have shown my annoyance because Gerald then turned serious. "Let's see what we got here before we call the shop."

As we both approached the driver side steering tire Gerald started looking at the oil filter and rear of the engine while I began inspecting the lines and the front of the engine. It was only a matter of seconds when I realized that the whole problem was due to the oil filler cap which was no longer in the filler tube but hanging from its retaining chain.

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When that filler cap had left its assigned position the laws of pressure (expansion) had instantly come into play. High pressure always flows to a low pressure. The high pressures that are generated in an engine of this size (or any engine for that matter) are useful as long as the system remains closed.

In my case that meant the release of pressure took one gallon of engine oil with it; all in a matter of a few minutes.

I mention this not because it is anything extraordinary but because it is how prudent people respond countless times a day to a potentially serious crisis. When something doesn't look, feel, or sound correct we judiciously stop and find out where the problem resides. We do this to avoid loss of production, to evade suffering a financial catastrophe or for countless other reasons.

While many will "play it safe" in their daily lives it is equally obvious that the same attention to detail is lacking and many times nonexistent when it comes to national events and policies. Especially when those policies and events are transforming America into an economically impotent third-world police state, which is far more dangerous then a great many of the daily crises individuals face.

Why the lack of concern or attention to these events is so common among a people has been discussed by many authors. Rarely, however, has the problem been expressed as succinctly as by Wolf DeVoon in his 1999 article "De-Facto Anarchy."

"Government…," Mr. DeVoon observes, "does not exist of necessity, but rather by virtue of a tragic, almost comical combination of klutzy, opportunistic terrorism against sitting ducks whom it pretends to shelter, plus our childish phobia of responsibility, praying to be exempted from the hard reality of life on life’s terms." (Emphasis Mr. DeVoon's)

For an excellent clarification of the above statement read Gary North's article "TSA: Thou Shalt Acquiesce."

For years the warnings have gone out from a plethora of writers and speakers throughout the political spectrum. So for a moment let's consider the general admonitions that have systematically been ignored by the collective and have now come to nearly full maturity in our verging third-world police state.

In no particular order:

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Many will look at this list then nod in the affirmative that yes, indeed, these are the causes of our misery. Sadly that is where they will stop with their inquiry never realizing that these events are symptoms of a far greater social disease.

Consider that the list above is the natural result of social actions and public apathy, which are identifiable in an historical context. Consider also that that history is readily identifiable as government programs which seek to satisfy the following public desires, chief among which are:

  • I have a right to a good-paying job.
  • I have a right to own a business and sell my products free from "unfair" competition.
  • I have the right to own a home
  • I have a right to medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health.
  • I have a right to a good education.
  • I have a right to be economically protected in old age, during a sickness, after an accident, and when unemployed.
  • I have the right to be protected from all harm.

If this partial list of newly enumerated "rights" seems vaguely familiar it was taken from FDR's, 1944, purposed "Second Bill of Rights." It is no coincidence that FDR's ideas of American's "rights" have their roots in the socialist "positive rights" which the Europeans have enshrined in their social compacts and are the root of Europe's economic problem today.

These so-called "positive rights" are the very antithesis to self-reliance, independence, and individual success. When implemented in a social program, "positive rights" demand, by government edict, that the productive in a society supply the needs of others.

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This is analogous to running an engine with a displaced oil filler cap; sooner or later there won't be enough engine oil to lubricate the system. At that point you are faced with massive engine failure. This is the condition America and a good part of western civilization finds itself in today.

The social unrest which is occurring and will soon morph into horrific, if not murderous, chaos among nations is not theory, it is natural and predictable, based on irrefutable economic laws and history. Economic laws which are grounded in reality just as natural law assures us high pressure will always flow to low pressure.

Patrick Henry was correct: "We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts…" Western civilization faces the bestiality of its actions today.

It will be a painfully hard lesson to learn; it very well could cost millions of lives, but if history repeats itself mankind will again turn away from their foolish lust of being coddled and pampered; once again embracing the principles of success through self-reliance which comes with freedom.

If not, the quagmire of self destruction in which societies have placed themselves will run its course until nothing of the former civilization is left, but a rotting shell of its former self. This is another natural law which will not be denied.

December 9, 2010