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Where The Gravy Train Ends

Rush Limbaugh calls them the Ruling Class. Mark Levin calls them Masterminds. Lisa Miller calls them The Larcenous Class (which is my favorite). Ayn Rand calls them The Takers. Whatever you call them, they are in control. Marxist or Corporatist, they survive and thrive through their ability to take the wealth of hard working American citizens and to use that money for their own good and power.

It is difficult to imagine our governments current exhibition of corruption, right out there in front of everyone, without some terrible backlash from “the people”. This eventuality is obstructed through three ingenious ploys. The first and most direct means of subduing the population is to do what Alexis de Tocqueville foresaw in his immortal deconstruction of the America political system, De la démocratie en Amérique (Democracy in America); to buy the submission and loyalty of ones’ public with their own money. The Gravy Train of social services consumes much of all our profit in this country. That is the extent to which The Larcenous Class will go to feed the beast and quiet the mobs.

bailout-gravy-trainBut mobs, as we’ve often seen, are insatiable. The Herd Instinct is no sheepish matter and the greed of the weak will always rival the greed of the rich and powerful. You can’t just buy them off. They must also be afraid that at any moment the Gravy Train will be derailed, you must make them feel their own helplessness and dependence, you must strip them of their pride and individuality, and ensure that they never question the virtue of the trough from which they feed! This cannot be accomplished with money. It can only be accomplished through schools and churches and synagogues. The citizen must not assign themselves value or sovereignty as individuals, only insofar as they are a part of a group, or a nation (as we’ve seen in all cases of National Socialism). They must believe that they are their brothers keeper and that no brother should be allowed to keep himself. No man is sovereign.

Alas, if you let everyone on the gravy train, the gravy train will collapse. Someone has to keep working, for increasingly less every year, and something has to stop them from revolt. There has to be a reason for them to keep working, harder and harder, and for less; they must believe that things are going to get better, despite reality. They must believe that working is better than not working. In other words, they must keep enough hope not to shrug, as Ayn Rand suggested. There must be no other choice.

Yet, the Government must be careful not to allow the working class the feeling of self-reliance or self-sufficiency. So, threaten their guns, regulate their stoves, their land and their farms, their water, their appliances, and their behavior. Don’t let them think that there is anything they can do which the government does not first grant permission. They must be both hopeless and hopeful. Rebellion is hopeless and maybe, somehow, someone might make things better.

The philosophers and historians saw this coming. It is somewhat obvious, after all.

Even with all of these ploys, the people will still revolt. Reformed Christianity and the Enlightenment still exist in books and in the minds of men, and no amount of government or reeducation can rip these ideas and truths from the world. Eventually the individualists, the self-reliant, will organize themselves, despite their natures, and fight back; and because they are the workers and inventors and creators, there is power in their will and behind their fight. A government will have to deal with them eventually. What is a government to do? They cannot convince us with their contradictions and their substance-less ideals. No, all they can do is ramp things up, create more enemies than we are able to fight, on more fronts than we are able to defend. And this is the genius and legacy of President Barack Obama and his general Valerie Jarret. This they have executed with profound efficiency! Truly, what can we do?

I don’t have the answers. All I know to do is to teach individualism and capitalism, to preach that we are loved by a God who loves us as individuals and that only through our own personal relationships with Him can we find salvation. I know that I can try to unravel the chaos, to define the enemy’s strategies, and to raise awareness, but there are too few of us and too much of them. I wrote before that we are beyond the point of no return, and we are – but it will not be some mere political movement that saves us. We must recover our own will to power, our own sovereignty, our own intellectual confidence, and social energy. We must become like Greek Heroes, willing to fight impossible battles. We must retake our schools and local governments. We must put an end to this culture which accepts theft and fraud, and the entire gravy train system. We must become intolerant of corruption. We must fight every elected representative and battle bureaucracies in court. We must do all of this knowing that we’re going to lose, but what else can we do?

Reality cannot be cheated. We’ve abandoned reason and reopened the world to chaos and barbarism. We will have to face not only the godless Statists and Corporatists who will rob us of our liberty for their own profit and power, but also the primitive barbarians who will gladly burn the whole world down for the sake of their gods, who must feed on the blood of innocents to survive. We are witnessing a historical age – the moment when mankind abandoned reason and plunged headfirst back into the dark ages.


About Steven Brodie Tucker

Graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Also studied economics and political science at George Mason.

2 Responses to “Where The Gravy Train Ends”

  1. Paula says:


    “….place economy among the first and most important of virtues, and public debt as the greatest of the dangers to be feared.” Thomas Jefferson 1816

    “All that tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to
    remain silent.”- Thomas Jefferson

    “…It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood…”
    –Federalist 62, Alexander Hamilton or James Madison

    “There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation…
    One is by sword….The other is by Debt!”
    John Adams 1826

    “The only thing needed for evil to prosper is for good men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke

    “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.” Alexis de Touqeville

    “When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.” — Thomas Jefferson

    “The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.” — Thomas Jefferson

    “I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”
    — Thomas Jefferson

  2. Robert Shannon

    In the sense that your portrayal is indeed as bleak as you paint it, and it is ,I cling to the hope that the remedies you allude to are still within our grasp. My fear is that the scales are so tipped in favor of the “donor class” another title assigned to these nefarious criminals that it is so far along, much like a disease that the body will indeed fall.

    The buying off of large swaths of the public, and by “buying off” I mean the wholesale graft intertwined with the myriad of government benefits ranging from specific tax breaks written into the state and federal, now even the local tax codes combined with the long list of programs intended to erase any vestiges remaining of independence and the attending consequences for those of us just wanting to live our lives unencumbered by the strangling long arms of red tape are as you so eloquently point out–overwhelming indeed.

    The fighting back solution, citizens banding together has some very basic, fundamental components that are necessary in order to forge the unity needed to organize a workable organizing of the same said citizens. The ignorance, coupled with the “buying off ” of classes of citizens is best exemplified by using examples , beside the one’s mentioned above. People claim to want government spending cut, so long as they are not impacted, meaning of course we exempt the programs they derive some tangible benefit from directly.

    I subscribe and often express that we have no chance of righting the ship unless and until everyone recognizes all of us must give something up ourselves. This is the cohesive knot that ties us, and our hopes of solving this , if we are to have any chance at all. A unified understanding that each of us will be required to accept the sacrifices necessary. Those sacrifices run the entire gamut, from social security, government funded healthcare, subsidies too numerous to list—to possible personal and physical harm.

    One must start somewhere, and for me that somewhere is accessing what type of organized opposition exists, if any ? I look around and conclude the only opposition to the enemy is indeed the Patriot movement. That said one must then ask is it organized, and clearly the answer is no, if the measuring stick or metric used to define organized–are they angry enough yet to truly fight ? If not, given the overwhelming evidence of the problem and who our enemy is–why not ? Perhaps it is as simple as things are not bad enough yet, at least for a large enough number to shake them from their complacency. Or, is it a lack of vision, a lack of leadership ? I believe the latter. I believe the drop off in attendance at almost all of these TEA Party groups is a direct result of frustration many feel at the lack of progress, or worse , the recognition that things continue to worsen.

    If so, the lack of progress is something that is indeed measurable in some ways. Success begets success as the old adage goes, and if these local groups have evidence of success then you see a resurgence of participation. After Dave Brats victory we saw for a brief time a renewed spirit among those in that district that had to be capitalized on because the window is open only for a brief period of time. The next target had to be lined up quickly, take your pick, their are certainly targets there, but what occurred was quite different. The groups immediately turned back to meaningless meeting topics instead of capitalizing on the surge that activists understand must be maintained.

    Leadership must have the skill sets in order for the only opposition that exists to succeed. That skill set must also embody a sense of urgency and a specific concrete plan. To defeat an enemy , one must always be on the offensive. Offensive action includes hard targeting of the problem , of course, but equally if not more vital is targeting the ones carrying out the act, elected officials. I see no evidence besides the King William group of this mindset.

    If we are to remedy these problems then the first step is in recognizing nice guys finish last. That old axiom exists for a reason. This is a war in every sense of the word. For those who insist we treat the politicians who are carrying out this injustice civilly or with respect ,you are either ignorant , cowardly or absent the understanding of how bad things are or how your unwillingness to fight only impedes our progress.

    When a groups leaders are unwilling to even put a politicians name on a sign publically calling them out for their actions/inactions they have already surrendered. They lack the will to fight back, and desperately need replaced if the only organized opposition has even a remote chance. We are wasting precious time. Fight or step aside for those who will.

    Bob Shannon


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