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What if the government’s true goal is to perpetuate itself? What if the real levers of governmental power are pulled by agents and diplomats and by bureaucrats and central bankers behind the scenes? What if they stay in power no matter who is elected president or which political party controls either house of Congress?

What if the frequent public displays of adversity between the Republicans and the Democrats are just a facade and a charade? What if both major political parties agree on the transcendental issues of our day?

What if the leadership of both major political parties believes that our rights are not natural to our humanity but instead are gifts from the government? What if those leaders believe that the government that gives gifts to the people can take those gifts back?

What if the leadership of both parties gives only lip service to Thomas Jefferson’s assertions in the Declaration of Independence that all humans “are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness” and that the purpose of government is not to redistribute wealth but to protect these rights? What if the leadership of both parties dismisses those ideas as just Jefferson’s outdated musings? What if Jefferson’s words have been enacted in the federal laws that all in government have sworn to uphold?

What if the leadership of the parties believes that the constitutional requirement of due process somehow permits mothers to hire doctors to kill the babies in their wombs out of fear or convenience? What if the leaders of both political parties believe that the president should be able to kill any foreigner he wants out of fear, because due process is an inconvenience?

What if President Donald Trump has used high-tech drones to kill foreign people in foreign lands and claimed that he has done so legally, relying not on a declaration of war from Congress but on the convenient arguments of former

President Barack Obama’s attorney general, who falsely told Obama his killings were consistent with due process?

What if the Constitution requires a congressional declaration of war or due process whenever the government wants someone’s life, liberty or property, whether convenient or not and whether American or not? What if due process means a fair jury trial, not an extrajudicial secret killing?

What if the congressional leadership and most of the membership in Congress from both major political parties believe in perpetual war and perpetual debt? What if the history of American government in the past 100 years is proof of this nearly universal belief among the political class?


What if the political class believes that war is the health of the state? What if the leadership of that class wants war so as to induce the loyalty of its base, open the pocketbooks of the taxpayers and gain the compliance of the voters? What if the political class uses war to enrich its benefactors? What if the government has been paying for war by increasing its debt?

What if the political class has been paying for prosperity by increasing the government’s debt? What if that class has controlled the cash-creating computers at the Federal Reserve and the free cash the Fed creates is to bankers and traders what heroin is to addicts?

What if the $21.7 trillion current federal government debt has largely been caused by borrowing to pay for wars and false prosperity? What if 22 cents of every tax dollar collected by the feds today is spent on interest payments for the government’s debt? What if, at this rate, in seven years the federal government will pay more annually to debt service than it will to fund the Pentagon?

What if American taxpayers are still paying interest on debts incurred by Woodrow Wilson, FDR, JFK, LBJ, Ronald Reagan and every modern president?

What if the banks have borrowed the money that they lend? What if they can’t pay it back? What if the stock market is soaring on borrowed money? What if mansions and office buildings are popping up but they will soon secure more debt than they are worth? What happens when the plug is pulled on this temporary artifice and those debts come due?

What if the government demands transparency from all of us but declines to be transparent to us? What if the government fosters the make-believe notion that it exists to serve us? What if government leaders assert that they work for us but recognize silently that we work for the government? What if the federal government has access to all of our communications, bank accounts, health and legal records, and utility and credit card bills? What if the government knows more about us than we know about it?

What if the government stays in power by bribing the states with cash grants, the rich with corporate bailouts, the middle class with periodic tax cuts and the poor with reliable welfare? What if the courts have approved this bribery?

What if we live today in an inversion? What if the government the Founding Fathers gave us needed our permission to do nearly everything? What if today we need the government’s permission to do nearly anything?

What if, on Thanksgiving Day, our gratitude is not to the government that mocks our freedoms and steals our wealth but to God, who gave us our freedoms and our ability to reason? What if, on Thanksgiving Day, our gratitude is for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? What if these are integral to our humanity despite the government assault on them?

What if, on Thanksgiving Day, we should be most grateful that we are free creatures made in God’s image and likeness? What if we are so free we can reject the government?

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  1. What if? What if? What if? That’s about all the what ifs I could be bothered with. Sorry.

  2. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:

    What if the banal Beltway pundit asking these questions actually likes things just the way they are?

    I used to enjoy his gravelly sermons on YouTube, until realizing that Mr. Napolitano is part of the Establishment. He is condoned because he reliably keeps his audience lulled and gulled into voting every two years and then tuning in to watch a fresh batch of Red and Blue liars pretend to be fighting all this out in Washington while scratching each others’ backs.

    This morning’s microwaved turkey sounds great, but “Judge” preaches Constitution, natural rights, etc., in the abstract or in carefully chosen contexts. Since the newest President has (apparently) threatened the Empire, Mr. Napolitano has over the past year revealed himself as a fearmongering Russophobe, a shameless cheerleader for Washington’s priestly (lawyer) class, and a sycophant for his St. Mueller.

    If you think otherwise, please take an hour or two to look over his columns published here since last November in light of my and other comments.

    • Agree: Bubba
  3. @anonymous

    I’m repeating this because it’s the simple truth.

    Mr. Napolitano has over the past year revealed himself as a fearmongering Russophobe, a shameless cheerleader for Washington’s priestly (lawyer) class, and a sycophant for his St. Mueller.

    Judge Andy is an Imperialist while posing as defender of the Constitution.

  4. I’d rather get my Socratic Comprehensive Civic Nationalism lessons from Dinesh D’Souza or, in the event of his unavailability, get a couple of root canals done.

  5. Xerxes says:

    I have always enjoyed Judge Napolitano’s writings. Not sure where you guys are coming from.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  6. @anonymous

    Yeah, 340, see, he gets on at noon with the Shrew Crew of 4 chicks on Fox and he’s gone, retroactively, full on Never-Trump. He says the President can’t do this, can’t fire that one, must talk to Mueller. But what he doesn’t say anymore, like he used to is, Trump can do whatever he wants, see you at the Impeachment and Senate trial if you don’t like it. But he doesn’t say that. His next article should be “Trump Can’t:”. Lately, Nappy is Deep State. He forgets that Trump can do whatever he wants and by day after tomorrow, he will have done something else to push the previous doings out of sight. Go ahead, impeach him. But you can’t keep up with him, the news cycle is hopelessly behind Trump. It’s political anarchy, just like Washington needs every once in awhile.

    Like Pat Buchannon said awhile back, all subpoenas should be ignored, reprinted and framed in gold at each of his Country Clubs in a comic, mocking light. Trump would have great fun with the doings of an impeachment, a real Senate trial. The Deep State doesn’t want that, it would be they who are put on trial, starting with the Clintons. Under it all, Conservative (such as they are) judges are being installed all over, the hornets’ nest is now kicked over in Mexico. One wonders if THAT has Nappy upset? Too much illegal immigrant noise and too many Conservatives going into these Federal Circuits and of course, SCOTUS?

    The “What If” columns are as idiotic as the sit-ins with the Shrew Crew. There are lots of things that have Nappy leaning CNN.

  7. Anonymous[329] • Disclaimer says:

    What if Andrew Napolitano had a brain – or enough sense to write his “thoughts” in a less popular webzine?

    We might never know.

  8. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:

    See my coment upthread.

    It will take you only a couple good faith hours with his easily accessed archive here to see how he has been a dissembling tool of the Establishment. His tongue bathing of the FBI/DOJ cabal that meddled in the 2016 election and since has been disgusting. There’s even a column in which he advocated an iron curtain for the Internet, keeping Russians outside the “American marketplace of ideas.”

    He presents as Freedom Watcher, but Mr. Napolitano is devoted to Imperial Washington.

  9. Bubba says:

    If you will allow me to slightly shorten your terrific last line:

    Freedom Watcher, but devoted to Imperial Washington.

    I think that should be the masthead of Napalitano’s weekly column as it will certainly will be his epitaph.

    Thank for your comments. As always, I always look forward to reading all of them as it brightens my day. And a belated Happy Thanksgiving to you.

  10. Even if he is a deep state stooge, it only underscores the truth of his “what if” points — they are accurate, on point and quite damning. 

    I, too, didn’t like what he wrote about Trump not being able to appoint Whitaker, dismiss Mueller, etc. But, hey, he’s a Federal Judge. He’s being paid by Fox to interpret the Law as a legal expert, not do an OpEd piece that so you guys can agree with him. His function there is as a legal advisor. 

    Just because you knuckleheads don’t like what the Law says (I don’t like it either), hey — don’t shoot the messenger. Sure, Trump CAN do what he likes, like Pat Buchanan suggests, blowing off subpoenas, but it doesn’t make that behavior legal. 

    Napolitano also has said he believes that the Laws and the Constitution need to be amended and clarified to solve this very problem, to which most of us would concur. 

    You assholes just like hearing yourselves fart. Get a real job!

  11. Too many “What If’s” to count.

    So here’s another one:

    What if, one day very soon, the only ethnic class / group in the United States which is driving all of this madness and criminality, which benefits colossally and ruthlessly from it every single day, and which has absolutely no intention whatever of stopping, suddenly realises that the goose which was laying all those golden money eggs is dead ?

    And the owners of the goose are at the door, with pitchforks, blazing torches, and ropes ?

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