It was written that Hannibal taught the Romans the meaning of fear. It has been said that for generations, Roman housekeepers would tell their children brutal tales of Hannibal when they misbehaved. In fact, Hannibal became such a figure of terror that whenever disaster struck, the Roman Senators would exclaim “Hannibal ad portas“ (“Hannibal is at the Gates!”) to express their fear or anxiety. This famous Latin phrase evolved into a common expression that is often still used when a client arrives through the door or when one is faced with calamity.
One could almost look at the previous paragraph as a microcosm of today’s political stalemate in our own capital. But my feeling is that no one is saying Hannibal is at the Gates! Instead, we hear nothing.
Do I know what is going to happen in the next few weeks? Not really. If the country does go into default, which is around the November time frame when we as a country have to start to pay for everything with cash, and we all know that our government does not take in enough in taxes as a opposed to what is going out. When and if we do run out of credit, it will begin a slow spiral into a depression. There is no amount of collusion that the main stream media will put up in print and video that can cover up what is really happening. Me? I believe that the last 5 years have been a depression, not in the vein of 1929, but a depression non the less. And to claim that the worst is past? Isn’t that a precious statement? Look at the recent crash of the food stamp EBT/LINK card system. There was a run on some grocery stores and WalMarts. The cards were coming up with an unlimited amount of credit on them. Some, zero balances. Just a small glimpse of what could happen.The shock after the event(s) is not surprising when reading some of the employee quotes in the aftermath of the run on the store.
Washington and their acolytes, the press will say and do anything. They know that when bellies get empty and hungry, the populace gets rowdy.
I spent this last weekend at WF’s class reunion. Not knowing any of her classmates, I was a fly on the wall the whole weekend. The same story over and over that I overheard was ” I was let go, laid off, company closed” and the denial. “Its the big companies fault”, what can I do? The damn company is building everything in China”. Mostly denial is what I witnessed.
WF was talking to a friend of hers about gardening etc. WF made the comment, you have to prepare. The expression on her friends face was priceless. I really don’t know how to explain her facial expression, she (the friend) had but the statement you have to prepare was so foreign to her she had no reply. Others around the table had this deer in the headlights look. It was a few seconds of awkward silence before the conversation passed to another subject.
I wish I had a crystal ball and could say we all are going to get Unicorns that poop candy until we die. And for free!
But I can’t. What I see is one political party attempting to build a Chicago type machine in Washington that will have lasting and not so good effects on the country for the next 3 generations. They have given a preview of their actions by using the government agencies as their brown shirts (The National Parks Service) and castrating the Border Patrol at the same time. One restricts the everyday life of the population and the other is not allowed to protect our borders. I also see this same party trying to smash the other political party into oblivion.
The Republicans are trying to hold on for dear life and the Tea Party trying to inject some semblance of libertarian view on it all. Both need each other to combat the Democrats.
You and I are stuck in the front row strapped to our seats unable to extricate ourselves from the theater.
The next couple of weeks with be a classic “our side won” while saying the other side is “out of touch”. To use a talking point of the Progressives, lets have a common sense discussion on the budget. It seems to work for gun control, why not the budget?
Hannibal is at the Gates!