I had a patient once with ALS and from that experience decided that this was one of the most cruel manners in which to finish one’s life.  The cause is unknown, but the symptoms are quite observable, and the outcome anticipated.  This is a condition where the nerves controlling the body stop functioning.  The individual will start having difficulty ambulating and that activity gets progressively worse.  The walker becomes a must and when the swallowing problems start, there is the possibility of installing a g-tube to insert food directly into the stomach.  Once the patient passes this point, other voluntary abilities also leave – slowly – down to the point that the lungs cease to function.  Note that the only problem, the only physical problem at the base of all the symptoms is the lack of voluntary control because of nerve damage.  The central nervous system continues to function well, allowing the patient full experience and knowledge of each loss of ability and the inevitable suffocation that awaits.

I am experiencing ALS with our political culture.  I am experiencing the sensation of being cut off from the members that are supposed to be working for me.  They are out of my control, doing whatever motions they wish.  I have watched as this slow progression has increased from a small command to wear a seatbelt to an unconstitutional strip search at the airport.  As a child, I could ride my bike anywhere on the street I desired.  My restrictions were to watch out for cars, and return home when mominbox ran the bell.  Helmet?  no.  Skinned knees?  If they were dripping, that was what a mom was for.  Now we have government officials claiming exemption from the law that they don’t have to abide the 4th amendment as they deal with “the children,” and that trumps any constitutional limitations on personal freedom.  One could set up a lemonade stand when I was a kid.  Now the health department needs to be appeased.  I could keep going, but this subject produces a depressed mood, and as such I tend to avoid concentrating on it for too long.  You get the picture.  The end of this process is always fatal.  Suffocation.  Where are my freedoms through which I can breathe any more?





UPDATE: Reader Joel Eenigenburg writes: “Excuse me?! So Obama is caught secretly plotting with the Russians for their help on his reelection, and in return they get what they want on US missile defense strategy? Where’s the outrage? I’m about as cynical as they come nowadays, but really?”
ANOTHER UPDATE: Reader Henry Clark writes: “The Republican presidential candidate ought to ask insistently at every campaign stop from now till November the following question: “What other private promises has Obama made to people—at home or abroad—that we should know about?” If he doesn’t, then the GOP deserves its appellation The Stupid Party. Obama is a sneak and an elitist, a fact that his broad smile makes it easy for people to overlook; it seems to take an open mike to remind people.”
Jimmy Carter had a broad smile, too.
James Lileks wrote perhaps the most accurate and succinct reviewof the book:

“Life at the Bottom,” an account of the British underclass by Theodore Dalrymple. “Bracing” does not describe it, anymore than “Brisk” describes the sensation of a bucket of lemon juice poured on a sucking chest wound. The book concerns the ideas that animate, if you can use that word, the sullen masses of the impotent and indifferent, where they come from (two guesses) and how uncouthness becomes chic, and trickles up.
Examples range from multiple out-of-wedlock births by different (absent) fathers, to ubiquitous tattooing and piercings, all encouraged as “authentic behaviors” by the liberal intelligentsia, who are just as wholly without reverence towards the present.

Hoffer writes:

A rising mass movement attracts and holds a following not by its doctrine and promises, but by the refuge it offers from the anxieties, barrenness and meaninglessness of an individual existence. It cures the poignantly frustrated not by conferring on them an absolute truth or by remedying the difficulties and abuses which made their lives miserable, but by freeing them from their ineffectual selves — and it does this by enfolding and absorbing them into a closely knit and exultant corporate whole.
HOW’S THAT HOPEY-CHANGEY STUFF WORKIN’ OUT FOR YA? “I was in Australia earlier this month and there, as elsewhere on my recent travels, the consensus among the politicians I met (at least in private) was that Washington lacked the will for meaningful course correction, and that, therefore, the trick was to ensure that, when the behemoth goes over the cliff, you’re not dragged down with it. It is faintly surreal to be sitting in paneled offices lined by formal portraits listening to eminent persons who assume the collapse of the dominant global power is a fait accompli. . . . (bold mine)
The first and foremost purpose of government is to create government jobs. Going back to the early days of American history a time-honored tradition of newly elected politicians was to obtain positions for their friends, their nephews and assorted cousins. In those more innocent times appointing someone an inspector of something was a cordial way of repaying a favor. But the problem with inspectors is that they inspect things…The human machine that the left keeps building in our backyard doesn’t work. It can never work and it refuses to go away. It only keeps getting bigger and bigger. The builders don’t understand that it’s not the fault of the machine, it’s the fault of the theory. The machine does what it’s designed to do which is carry out a linear process. It will not however transform humanity. Nor will it clean up after itself.
In the comments to “Freudian Slip Much?” Lyle comments:
Following all your links and watching the videos, it’s all “Top down, Bottom up, Inside out”. They’re prepping their herds for the next step, which is chaos. The people will demand that government take action to do something about it (“Bottom up”) then it’s “Inside out”– totalitarian socialism will be offered as the only way out.

Key excerpt:

“To comply with the accounting requirement, plans will collect a $1 abortion surcharge from each premium payer,” the pro-life source informed LifeNews. “The enrollee will make two payments, $1 per month for abortion and another payment for the rest of the services covered. As described in the rule, the surcharge can only be disclosed to the enrollee at the time of enrollment. Furthermore, insurance plans may only advertise the total cost of the premiums without disclosing that enrollees will be charged a $1 per month fee to pay directly subsidize abortions.”
Just when you thought the government couldn’t ruin the First Amendment any further: The House of Representatives approved a bill on Monday that outlaws protests in instances where some government officials are nearby, whether or not you even know it.
The Senate passed this bill back on February 6. Those of you who voted for Obama, did you tell yourself he’d never sign something like this? I mean, except for stuff like the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 that he signed a few months back, “essentially suspending habeas corpus from American citizens,” as RT.com puts it.
“With seemingly almost every government on Earth now spending more than it collects, and financing the difference by printing money, it is undeniable that we are in the age of Peak Government. What form the  collapse of the western world will take is still up for grabs. But collapse cometh”

I’ve long thought that it will end with a bang. However I’m slowly  coming to the view that it might go out with a whimper

Those of us who still have jobs won’t bother to show up for work because we’ll have nothing to do.  We’ll still be paid but the money won’t be worth anything.  The official inflation rate will be less than 3% but everyone will know that the number is a lie like the the employment rate.  We’ll still
have cars and gasoline but no one will be driving because gas  will
cost $100/gallon.  The DJIA will be at 100,000 but no one will care
because all the trading will be between PPT robots.  We’ll be living in a pseudo-economy where everything is just fine on paper but in reality  we’ll all be slowly starving to death.  It’ll be a variation on the “boiling frog”.