Staying Normal Is Not Easy When All Government Behavior Seems Abnormal

I cannot make sense of a lot of things happening in this country. Economically, policies make no sense. Politically, one wonders why Congress has just rolled over for Obama who has taken actions that would have brought impeachment proceedings a decade ago.

I have puzzled long and hard to understand what is going on and what is going to happen. Unfortunately, I can make little sense of most of what is happening. It all is so puzzling and seems so wrong. One must attribute stupidity to the economic policies in order to rationalize them.

Political inaction is likely due to cowardice or self-interest, with Republicans still believing they hurt themselves with the impeachment hearings against Bill Clinton. The bulk of Democrats have no interest in stopping Obama. They have become a party that will use whatever means to achieve office. Sadly, there are virtually no Democrats left with class, character or integrity, not that Republicans differ materially.

I have a number of friends who I have considered crazy. You know the type, the ones who believe a conspiracy hides behind every act of government and every tree in the forest. In terms of looking at government the last several years, I cannot rationalize most decisions. They insist it is because I am using the wrong model. I am  chided because I evaluate decisions in terms of what is best for the country. I have never considered myself naive with politicians, knowing that they will exploit and plunder whenever they have the opportunity. They disagree with my underlying premise, insisting that what is going on is something much bigger and more sinister. To them, government has now shifted gears. They believe the goal of government is now to destroy the economy and the country, at least as we have known it during our lifetimes.

Much of what looks irrational in terms of my premise — saving the country — suddenly becomes rational if their premise is substituted. Their model fits much, much too well. I do concede their model seems to fit the decisions and outcomes better than mine.

I am still hard-pressed to agree to a conspiracy of the magnitude which they believe. But their model fits the data (behavior) better than mine (the conventional one). Most everything that has happened appears rational if you substitute their chilling end of planned destruction in place of remedying the problem.

These friends are convinced that Obama is an evil rather than ignorant and incompetent. They believe he is quite competent and leading a long-planned and carefully designed program to overthrow the government of the United States. They are less clear what that means; some believing it ends in some form of dictatorship with others believing it is the feared “One-World Government” ending that has been rumored for at least forty years.

The behavior I have seen is consistent with either of these treasonous goals. That itself is scary.

Many websites truly believe Obama is some Socialist Satan, a foreign plant put in place by some other power. To them, he is a puppet trained, along with his czars,  to destroy the country. While this sounds implausible to me, it is becoming more reasonable by the day than the alternative hypothesis of stupidity. Stupid people are not always wrong in their decisions. Sometimes they stumble into correct ones. There is little evidence of any correct ones.

I have not reached the point yet where I am going over to the other side, but it is hard to stay “normal” when all the data points are abnormal. I am concerned, becoming more so with each day and each “irrational” act.

Here is a recent article sent from a reader that corresponds with the hypothesis that this behavior is deliberate. I know little of the reader and nothing of the author of the article. Here is a snippet:

Metaphorically speaking, there’s a revolution going on in the U.S., propped up by three legs. Economic chaos, chaos through racial division, and chaos through class division, all joined by one core element: Barack Hussein Obama and his stable of unelected czars. Obama is using the lessons learned in 1968 as the template for 2012, and many of those who were active in the late 1960s are now calling the shots for 2012.

“The Obama administration and many of the un-elected ‘czars,’ either directly or indirectly, are engaged in covert activities with the occupy movement, various labor protests, and other subversive activities inside the U.S.,” stated my source. Using untracked campaign funds, they are paying people to infiltrate the various movements to cause physical destruction of property and disrupt commerce. That began last year, but has increased ten-fold already this year,” stated this source. He added that they are using some lower level DHS agents to make the payments under the context of tracking subversives, but they are the unwitting subversives. “It’s like Fast & Furious” but in the social realm,” he added.

It is a long article with lots of assertions and accusations. I leave it up to you to decide whether you want to pursue it.

Markets and normal politics are difficult enough to deal with. Conspiracy theories give me headaches, plus they are difficult if not impossible to incorporate into investment strategies. To accept them is to bet on the very improbable, something frequently asserted but rarely seen. Plus, they make you wonder whether you are going crazy along with those who you thought already were.

I am not a conspiracy theorist, never have been. Yet, the data keeps supporting this crazy alternative hypothesis. Who is really crazy here? Is it the conspiracy theorists who have data which support their position or the rest of us who continue to believe otherwise in spite of the mounting evidence?

What a world we live in and have in front of us!

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  1. Monty, it’s pretty much an open conspiracy. The legacy media didn’t vet Obama because they would have found the Marxist Obama which few out there are willing to admit ever even existed. And yet what little we know of Obama’s early childhood education and his university years, demonstrate that he has a Marxist background and shares the Marxist goals of revolution. Fortunately for us Obama is BOTH evil and stupid. For if he were industrious, efficient and effective, instead of lazy, incompetent and narcissistic, he could be doing far more damage. We are very lucky that this man would rather be on the golf course (90x +), at an NBA basketball game, vacationing in Hawaii, or doing many of the other amusing activities that the vast majority of Americans have little time for because they have to go to work and pay their taxes. I certainly don’t have that much time for entertainment. I spend my time as former American, fighting the invasion of the United States into the Canadian tax base. The last thing we need up here in Canada is the IRS pillaging our tax base in order to piss the money away in the US budget–so that the POTUS can play golf every weekend and have three or four extravagant vacations, nightly entertainment, dates with Michelle, and exotic food at the White House.

    1. Yes, I agree; often the simplest answer is the correct one. I too think that the facts fit the following sketch of the person:
      1) Fraud (we know he isn’t quailed to hold the office based on not just once fraud but many – e.g., one parent not being a U.S. citizen, fake birth certificate, stolen social security number, etc.),
      2) Stupid (he seems the quintessential affirmative action candidate – e.g., we have not received transcripts to show any proof of academic competence and as far as we know all his positions, yes including school, were the result of favoring this dolt over actual Americans; also, whenever he is confronted with an extemporaneous talking situation, i.e., without a teleprompter and speechwriter, he is an epic bumbling and stuttering failure).
      3) Narcissist (enough said, just review what he has said at moments of honesty, as well as his actions), and
      4) Marxist/socialist (see #3).

  2. Monty – you are where Neo (from the movie The Matrix) was when he was rudely awakened from his slumber from within his pod. You don’t want to believe it even though that ‘splinter in your mind’ is nagging away at you.
    Its a VERY tough journey. One that will make you question many things and bring about horrible thoughts of what you can believe and what you shouldn’t believe.

    Just go from the infamous quote – ‘Absolute power corrupts absolutely’ and work your way from there. As for trying to incorporate ‘conspiracy theories’ into investment strategies…don’t. You won’t be able too given that you will lose complete faith in the current ‘system’.

    Welcome to your first step of a very liberating experience…

  3. Wow, I am glad that which shoyuld not be discussed is finally being discussed.

    Here’s what REALLY concerns me about Hagmann’s thesis. I am a physician and many of my collegaues and I have patients who are in military intelligence. My neighbor is a PI with a brother in the CIA. They have all stated in the past year INDEPENDENTLY from one another that something “big”, REALLY big, is going to happen this summer/early fall. Getting details is troublesome at best. Is it a terrorist attack? An EMP strike? False flag attack on the president (who I believe would sacrifice his own kids for personal gain)? Israeli strike on Iran? Economic collapse? A combo of all of the above? I don’t know, but the sources “in the know” are all buzzing very loudly.

    The DHS just bought 450 MILLION rounds of hollow point .40 cal ammo. That can’t be used in war, it’s outlawed. That is ammo for domestic use only. There are FEMA camps all over the country being set up and a recent military document was released detailing “re-education” camps of US citizens. There was a joint military police mock raid of a hotel in Florida at 1 am a few days ago using simulated gun fire, flash bangs and helicopters, in DIRECT violation of Posse Comitatus. Research the military base UNDER the Denver airport, the data gathering system in the Utah desert. Toss in the NDAA, CISPA and Obamugabe’s Executive Orders and you have a VERY VERY worrisome puzzle staring you in the face.

    Be prepared. Our biggest enemy is our out of control gov’t.

  4. Hi Monty, join the crowd. This article and your discussion of the Stupid Left and Satanic Left article from AT indicates that you are coming on board with the notion that there is indeed a concerted effort on the part of powerful or influential people in our nation both in and out of government to destroy the greatest nation on earth.

    I don’t know if Doug Hagmann is legit or not, I would not have given what details he did give about his source because through the process of elimination a search for him could be narrowed down considerably. On the other hand all of the brief details about him could have been fabricated to throw off the government goon squads, that is what I would have done, so…

    As a Bible believing Christian who takes the Word literally then I’m in the camp that the end times are upon us. At the least a configuration stunningly aligning with conditions and events prophesied in the scriptures is taking place. Whether it continues to complete fulfillment and conclusion remains to be seen. Perhaps God will say, “not yet, not yet”.

    While I don’t believe that Obama is The Anti-Christ, he is certainly a model of one. The Bible describes the AC as essentially coming out of no where, winning fame, popularity and power through powerful words and deceit. He will be a man who forsakes the religion of his fathers, Obama transcends religion, he is neither Christian nor muslim. He claims the title “christian” while following a marxist cult that uses the same words and terms as the majority of the nation but with entirely different meanings. He is anti-Christian, anti-Israel, and anti-God.

    A one world government, a one world currency (or at least total control over commerce), tyranny, death, destruction, apostasy, decadence, a concerted effort to stamp out all followers of the true God, Israel the focal point of world tension, an assault on Israel by Iran (Persia) in league with a number of Islamic nations led by a great power from the North (whether Turkey or Russia remains to be seen, Russia has been identified as that power by theologians of my persuasion since the late 1800′s well before Russia had the means to be that power), an explosion of knowledge (both scientific and scriptural), the ability for the whole world to view events, etc… all in the Bible. If you’re not a believer and believe I’m crazy, you at least have to concede that the Bible predictions are unsettling.

    Regardless, I do believe there are Satanic liberals working feverishly to reach the goals of their master (yes, Satan exists, a real entity and hard at work). Its easy to spot them, if something is right they are opposed to it, if it is wrong and destructive then they are for it. Obama and his administration to a “T”.

    Have a nice day.

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