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By Jim R. Schwiesow

February 19, 2007

This morning I fired up my computer and was greeted by the following headlines. In some regards the computer is not unlike those twenty-four hour TV newscasts, which beat one over the head with bad news events every minute of every hour of every day. The headlines below are typical of the news menu, which confronts the viewing and reading public perpetually these days.

  • Teenager Kill 5 in Mall Rampage
  • Investor Kills 3, Self in Pa. Meeting
  • Ex-CIA Employee Jailed in Beating Case
  • Bookkeeper Admits Stealing $6.9 million
  • Pastor Steals Church From Flock
  • First Degree Murder � Seven Police Officers Indicted in the Murder of Refugees Fleeing Aftermath of Katrina
  • Death of Centerfold - Drugs Suspected
  • Immigrant Smugglers Could Be Behind Arizona Killings

Every day a new set of lurid headlines is presented, and every new set heralds equally, bad, sad, and tragic events. Now multiply these shocking daily events by three hundred sixty-five � in the leap year we get a bonus of a dozen or so more news items involving grief, death, and destruction � and the graphic and vivid cumulative affect of the degradation of our society hits one like a brick. Americans are up to their necks in perversion, mayhem, murder, decadence and filth, the tide is coming in, and no one is standing by with a life preserver. We have come a long way baby, and all of it in the wrong direction.

Like the other columnists who write for I have pointed up in past articles the increasing rottenness of our system of governance and the perversity of many of our institutions. Our president, our congress, our activist judges and the greedy and predatory internationalists who infest the country provide ample pickings for an endless supply of articles. Indeed there is no dearth of evidence that those who are supposed to be representing our best interests have sold us down the river. It is common knowledge that our so-called legislative voices are the political pawns of the corporations and the industrialists who rule over this nation. They have been rewarded handsomely for their treachery and their sell out of the people for money and the good life.

Likewise there is ample proof that our judiciary is not concerned with justice, but is rather engaged in aggrandizement through judicial activism. The continual stream of laws, which emanates from the courts have all but strangled the cause of personal freedom in this country. Militant secularists occupy the benches of our judiciary, and this seizure of powers, never intended by the framers of the constitution, has allowed the debased among us to capitalize on vice and immorality and has provided a market for life-sucking perversions such as pornography, baby killing, and a host of other vile and despicable practices, which are carried out, with court approval, under the guise of free speech and equal rights.

The cretins in judicial robes have forced upon us a system of political correctness, which stifles individualism and personal initiative and forbids a healthy expression of thoughts and feelings. This contrivance of forced political correctness is conducive to an unhealthy level of rage in those who have been inhibited as to personal freedom and individual expression and often leads to serious consequences. I believe that injustice at the hands of activist judges and the repression of personal freedoms by the same have provoked more explosive social events than just about any other identifiable cause.

One could expend a bucket of ink and write miles of words, in regard to the degeneracy of our governmental institutions and the venality of those who occupy the offices thereof, and never get to the heart of the problem. All of the inalterable facts, which prove the corruption and perfidy, do not point up the real reason for such a state of affairs. They just identify the symptoms emanating from the actual cause of the problem, a descent into national turpitude, which is leading us rapidly to the dismemberment and destruction of a once great Constitutional Republic.

Military power and might is not the true indicator of the greatness of a nation. The soul of the nation is its people. We have been concentrating our attention on the symptoms, rather than focusing on the disease. And therein lies the problem.

Our political leaders are just a reflection of the society from whence they came and continue to be a part of. Corrupt societies breed corrupt leaders. Whose fault is it that this nation has been commandeered by bandits, thieves, liars and moral degenerates? In the enduring words of Pogo, offered here in an entirely different context, �I have met the enemy and he is us.�

Apathy lies across this nation like a blanket. It smothers the righteous indignation that one would expect given the dictatorial machinations of a run-a-way government. Little sparks of dissent arising here and there in response to incursions by government tormentors upon individual rights and freedoms are put down by the stupid majority in this country who purse their lips and admonish, �tsk tsk remember the rule of law.� This is just silly drivel. The law is no longer of the people, by the people, or for the people. The law is what the government and its courts want it to be. And by the governments definition the rule of law applies only to the people, the government is exempt from the law as is evidenced daily by the flaunting of unbridled power and disregard of constitutional strictures by the administration of George W. Bush.

Our law is no longer grounded in the Constitution. The law is what tyrannical un-elected bureaucrats and pompous activist judges say it is. When we the people allow the law to be predicated upon the subjective whims and caprices of individuals such as this it follows that the fruits of such stupidity will cause us great grief.

To speak of truth causes great unease and is disconcerting to many today. Many question the ability of those who claim to speak the truth to be able to discern the truth, or at least question their right to give their version of the truth. This is more especially the case when one addresses morality, particularly national morality. Those who address such matters are written off as fundamentalists and accused of moralizing. This is silly; one doesn�t have to be either religious or a puritan to recognize the consequences of moral decadence. Our news agencies highlight for us the consequences daily. We would have to be blind and deaf not to recognize these effects. The truth is that our society crossed the threshold of moral relativism some time ago. Those who contend for moral absolutes are ridiculed and maligned as busy bodies and prudes. We are paying a high price in human misery for this slide into national degeneracy.

It has often been stated that the people get the government that they deserve. It is pretty difficult not to subscribe to this theory. When dishonorable and morally reprehensible individuals are given, by the electorate, a political office, and then kept in that office despite a record of corruption and debauchery it has to be for one of two reasons. Either that person reflects the morals of those who elected him, or her, or they simply don�t care as long as he, or she, delivers the pork.

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It comes down to this. Either we are a hedonistic people who deserve to be served by moral degenerates because they reflect our believe systems and we are comfortable with their theft of our freedoms, or we simply don�t care so long as our quest for the good life is not disrupted. If we don�t have the guts to stand up and rid this nation of every last one of the usurpers of our freedoms and stealers of our constitutional guarantees, then we should expect no sympathy when we are totally and irrevocably enslaved by a totalitarian regime.

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Jim Schwiesow is a retired sheriff with 46 years of law enforcement service. He served with the Unites States Army with the occupation forces in post war Berlin, Germany, and has a total of nine years of military service, which includes six years in the U.S. Army Reserve.

His law enforcement service includes: three years in the military police, fifteen years as an Iowa municipal police officer, and twenty-eight years as the duly elected sheriff of Sioux County, Iowa.

Jim has written a number of articles, which have been published in various professional law enforcement journals.












The cretins in judicial robes have forced upon us a system of political correctness, which stifles individualism and personal initiative and forbids a healthy expression of thoughts and feelings.