Where is John Galt?

Where is John Galt? Follow along as we find out!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

MACHIAVELLI WOULD LAUGH…

I am reading Machiavelli’s “The Prince”, which might explain why I’m not writing as much as I have previously, since you can’t skim through this book. However, some of the things that he speaks about led me to question the tactics of the Left.

Plato, in “The Republic” explains how different types of rulers evolve in a society, how different societies change because of the various government types, and what each type does to its inhabitants. What Machiavelli looks at is more focused, and while he is looking at politics from a medieval perspective and in “The Prince” is restricting his observation to Monarchies (specifically, monarchies which came about through bloodshed – which would explain why “The Prince” is considered hard and unfeeling)

This is the article I was writing before I was distracted by the healthcare mess; it seems that we've caught the (P)Resident in yet another lie. I, of course, am amused by this latest fiasco, since all of those “obstructionist” Republicans predicted everything that is happening with health care. Millions of formally insured Americans are now without health insurance, working poor are having to choose to pay the “penalty” for failing to enroll in a healthcare plan, and the people Obama-Scare relies upon, the young and healthy are choosing the less expensive option of paying the “penalty” and worrying about healthcare when and if they ever need it. Frankly, I find it hard to believe that no one saw that coming, I almost feel like Captain Renault in ‘Casablanca… “ObamaCare doesn’t work, I'm shocked.”

Since the inception of this ridiculous pile of pulp, Conservatives have argued that it wouldn’t work, that the way it was written couldn’t work, and that millions of people would suffer because of it. For their pains, they were ridiculed, lambasted in the media, and pilloried in the court of public opinion. Well, looks like Reverend Wright’s “chickens are coming home to roost” after all. In a new Quinnipiac Poll the Republican Party erased a nine-point deficit, apparently overnight, by defying this law. You’d think that this might be the election winner for Conservatives in the next couple of elections. 

Unfortunately, the next couple of elections will still put the wrong people in control, as Bonzo Dog says, “No matter who you vote for the Government always gets in”
 

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Happy Birthday 2013

November 10th is the birthday of the Marine Corp, and although I'm a Sailor, I do love and respect my Marines. So in what I may make a yearly tradition, I would like to repost a story of 'MY' Marine, and wish all of my Marines a very happy Birthday... Semper Fidelis

Today is the Birthday of the United States Marine Corps. I would like to wish all of the Marines a very happy birthday.

I also must confess I am not a Marine; I was and am a Sailor. My time in Service is over, but like my Brothers and Sisters in the Corp, I haven’t stopped being a Sailor. Ask any Marine, there are no former Marines, once a Marine, always a Marine.

As such, I would like to tell you a story about My Marines (Yes Mine, and I defy any one from saying different).

While stationed in San Diego, I was shocked one morning as I approached the Main Gate. Standing in the Sentry box, was a civilian. Where had my Marine gone… for months, I had slept soundly knowing that a young Devil Dog was watching over me. Protecting me from any harm and standing ready to defend me from our enemies.

Now here was a civilian, he was fit enough to be reasonably intimidating I suppose, but he wasn’t a Marine.

I have encountered Marines that most certainly do not appear, at a glance to be intimidating, and I have even found (one or two) that were really pussycats. However, they were still Marines, trained by the Department of the Navy, Marine Corp to be professional soldiers. And not in the namby-pamby Army Soldier way (I did mention I was Navy), no, Marines are trained to fight to the death. Heck I don’t even know if the Marines have a bugle call for retreat.

Now my Marine was gone… I felt betrayed. I felt as if the Navy, heck the entire US Government, had just left us vulnerable to attack from without, I felt let down for months.

Then I realized something, my Marine had not abandoned his post, the Marines hadn’t left us to lounge in the sun somewhere, no they simply re-positioned the guard shack and left the Civilian at the gate to re-assure us that someone was still watching the base.

I checked as I was stationed around the world, everywhere my ship went I looked, and I always found my Marine. They were standing their post in Lebanon in 1983 and in Mogadishu in 1992. They were protecting me in Dubai, and in Abu Dhabi.

It seems that my Marines didn’t leave, they just moved further out so I (and you) could sleep soundly here at home.

Semper Fidelis Marines, Happy Birthday may you enjoy another Two Centuries of Honor with Pride.

Friday, November 8, 2013

THE BUSINESS OF AMERICA; IS BUSINESS…

During Americas first century, laissez-faire was the only Government business model. With few exceptions, Government kept business at arms length and with the aid of a vigilant press; any mixing of the two was exposed quickly and ruthlessly, often leading to the end of a political career.

During this period, Americans created the highest standard of living ever known. American innovation produced more and better goods, provided greater safety and economy in the extraction of raw materials and production conditions. American innovators created the largest middle class, and brought about the greatest technological leap; from the horse and cart to the automobile, from the single artisan working from home to the beginning of the modern factory floor. All of this innovation though came at a price, as immigrants fleeing the manor farms of Europe filled the cities with cheap labor, Capitalisms evil twin Cronyism began to exert its foul influence. Corporate Managers and Boards of Directors replaced factory owners, who once employed family members to produce quality goods and services. Seldom did the Capitalist see the factory floor, now all decisions are made to increase profit, all business information provided by charts and graphs. Where once innovators were praised and provided a share of their genius, now workers were expected to keep their heads down and their mouths shut. Invention slowed and by the Twentieth Century seldom appeared outside of a corporate lab or think tank. For every Steve Jobs or Bill Gates that succeeded in the New America hundreds failed for lack of access to consumers.

Capitalists take the blame for all of this stagnation, even though Capitalists are the only job producers. Would Bill Gates or Steve Jobs become as wealthy as they did if all they had was an idea? Of course not, what they really had, what made them wealthy beyond the dreams of most normal people, was funding. Funding that built factories that paid wages, advertised their goods and made their products the icons they are today.
 
Nothing in America, or anywhere in the world for that matter appears out of thin air. No government has ever created a productive job; I would contend that all government jobs are actually reductive, destroying more than they create. Since most Government jobs are simply tasked with the creation of red tape, or obscure rules to reduce the competition of new vs. older established companies.

When Governments restrict their activities to enforcing contracts and ensuring fair play, industry can flourish. Old and stagnant companies fail and are replaced by new and vibrant companies, innovation becomes the watchword. Different corporate strategies create and destroy markets and products. Had Government intrusion and crony Capitalism been as prevalent during the Nineteenth Century, it is likely that rather than seeing the latest automobiles with the greatest safety features, we would be deciding between the Acme or the Reliable buggy whip.

What Government does by choosing the market winners is create uncertainty and chaos in what would, if left to its own devices, fluctuate but within predictable limits. Primarily syndicates or overly large banking establishments caused the market crashes of the Nineteenth Century and the recent Banking crash shows exactly how the Government rather than being an agent of stability causes the very chaos it is trying to control.

Nothing is ever perfect for everyone, and the poor of the Nineteenth Century cities are a testament to just how badly humans can treat one another, but relying on a fickle and capricious Government to provide a fair market place will only bring about equal poverty for everyone…everyone that is except the cronies.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

AMERICA, WHERE WE ARE…

Since the Spanish American War, United States, troops have been used to protect business ventures and open new markets, new sources of raw materials or new goods to sell.

The Doughboys of the First World War marched to France to defend Democracy, but what they were really sent to France to defend were American trading interests, why else would they be sent to Russia on the side of the White Army during the Russian Revolution. We weren’t at war with Russia, but troops landed and fought regardless.

After the First World War, President Wilson attempted to form the League of Nations; a group so antithetical to the American ideal that congress would not accept it nor would they ratify the Treaty signed by Wilson. It wasn’t until a generation later, after the Second World War that the American people were willing to saddle themselves with treaties tying them to the United Nations and the idea of a global world.

However, because of the World Peace Mission of the United Nations, the United States has been involved in a never-ending cycle of combat. Prior to the United Nations, after a war, the Belligerents would retire from the field and a period of peace would descend over the land allowing everyone to return to normal. Since the formation of the United Nations though, War has become the Norm; Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Iran, Iraq, Grenada, Kosovo, Bosnia, Serbia, Somalia, Libya, Syria, Afghanistan, etc., etc., etc…

Now though the American Soldier isn’t fighting for Truth, Justice and the American way, they aren’t even being sent to die for money, except for the money generated in producing ammunition and material to be destroyed in combat. That the American Soldiers are also consumed by the never-ending, never satiated War Machine, does not even cross the minds of the politician and businessman making their fortunes fleecing the American Taxpayers.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

AMERICA: WHERE WE WERE…

From 1787 to 1887, America was involved in one battle after another. After fighting for our freedom from Great Britain, our first century was a severe case of growing pains. Our westward expansion destroying and displacing the Native people, fighting the British a second time, and the Spanish and Mexicans both over territory. In our second century, it looked like the United States would finally find peace. Most of the Native tribes were pacified, more or less extinct or moved to reservations. We had reached the Pacific Ocean, secured our boundaries with our neighbors, and most of the world was either colony or Colonizers.

However, something happened in the Twentieth Century, the United States did something Thomas Jefferson warned us about; it was entangled in foreign wars and treaties. The United States could have become the greatest force for peace and stability; instead, we became the Policemen for the world.

The United States, for our first one hundred years, had a Navy and Marine Corp known and respected around the world. Our Army though, had never left the confines of the Americas. The United States, in the Nineteenth Century was a global power with regional ambitions. In our hemisphere, we wanted to be the dominant power, and by 1887, we were. The British were our allies and trading partners, The French were all but eliminated from the Americas and the Spanish were losing their colonies rapidly. The United States was poised to be the beacon of freedom, the blueprint in which every ex-colony could base their new country on.

Somehow, we missed the opportunity, the dawning Twentieth Century rather than becoming one of peace and prosperity was the most bloody and violent century our young Country had witnessed. Merchant agents, once satisfied with their profits, looked outward at the new countries of Central and South America, of Asia and Africa, and began to dream of ever-greater wealth. Wealth that could have flowed into their coffers through trade, were deemed easier picking with force. The only impediment to the riches waiting in the postcolonial world was the young American Government; it had never shown great success imposing its will outside of the Americas that would have to change.

The new Century introduced American Soldiers to new Countries and new reasons for war. The U.S. intervention in Cuba during their war for independence from Spain marked a first for America and her soldiers, now instead of defending their homes, Americans would fight to expand America’s market share.

PREACHING TO THE CHOIR

I thought that I would put something together that has been tickling my brain for a while…

These next few (I hope I can keep focus that long) posts I want to dedicate to what I view as the rise and fall of the United States. I envision them as a where we were to where we are perspective, looking at the first one hundred years of America (the rise) in contrast to the most recent one hundred years (the fall). When I started thinking about this I thought there would be two or three different areas that I would need to look at, the first (and closest to my heart) the American Military. After that perhaps (with luck that ADHD won’t derail me), I would like to look at Business; how it changed and changed the American mindset. Finally looking at American politics (thought I’m not sure I want to examine that fetid pile of excrement), and how we’ve shifted from a Republic to an Oligarchy (thinly disguised as a Democracy).

I hope that I won’t bore or alienate any of my readers, and as always I am, open to comment or correction.

Oh and By the Way… Happy Guy Fawkes Day!

Remember, remember the Fifth of November,

The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,

I know of no reason

Why the Gunpowder Treason

Should ever be forgot.

Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, t'was his intent

To blow up the King and Parli'ment.

Three-score barrels of powder below

To prove old England's overthrow;

By God's providence he was catch'd (or by God's mercy*)

With a dark lantern and burning match.

Holla boys, Holla boys, let the bells ring.

Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!

And what should we do with him? Burn him!”

Monday, November 4, 2013

IS IT REALLY A CONSPIRACY IF YOU KNOW ABOUT IT?

I want to believe that my “tinfoil hat” isn’t screwed on so tight that it is cutting the oxygen off from my brain, but some things really get me thinking, “How stupid are we supposed to be anyhow?”

I could suspend my disbelief to a point, but this video shows the same woman at three mass shootings. Either she is the most unlucky woman in the history of ever, she is an accomplice or handler for the Shooters, or (and most likely I think) she is a plant, in a drama designed to make us clamor for more protection from the very Government that staged the incident in the first place.

So in this video, the guy is concerned about the placement of the glass during the Boston Marathon bombing, I wasn’t there, all I have to go on is what has been released. Having said that, I would question a few more things, I noted in the video, namely; if a device filled with explosives and shrapnel is was powerful enough to amputate limbs, why are the streetlights undamaged? The lights shown are not particularly high above the blast area. Certainly, they would have been close enough to suffer damage from several pounds of explosive planted near their base. Further, he barely touches on what I consider far more important… Why is the glass outside the window? The device was on the street outside the shop, the blast would have sent the window into the building, not out of it.

All of this conspiracy stuff makes me wonder why we (as a collective) watch the news anymore. If even some of the conspiracies are true, can we trust the news media to provide honest reporting, or will all of the honest reporters simply be pilloried by their peers as crackpots?

All of this brings me to the LAX shooter, and some of the questions that came to mind in the opening minutes of that tragedy. Number one, how did an apparently unemployed young man find the money, let alone the connections to purchase the rifle used in this incident? An AR-15 (the weapon reported) costs over $1000.00, the ammo (again reported) .223 cal. is hard to find, and expensive, yet Mr. Ciancia had hundreds of rounds in his bag. Number two, how did he get as far into the airport as he did without someone calling the authorities?

I find it amazing that this angry young man armed with an “assault weapon” and hundreds of round of ammunition only killed one person in a rampage that allegedly went on for hours. This inactive - active shooter only managed one kill, and two wounded. Yet, he strolled through a busy airport terminal, which normally would boast dozens, if not hundreds of TSA agents, and couldn’t find a target. In addition, he brought along “materials expressing anti-government sentiment” so there would be no question of his motivation apparently. Somehow, this all seems to set, to easy… to much like a training exercise and less like a nut with a gun.

If I were to put on my “nutter” hat, and place myself in the alleged shooters position, planning a rampage against TSA targets specifically this is not the way I would plan it. First the choice of weapon is ridiculous, a carbine, or any long rifle is slow. A pistol is much more useful in a building; it is smaller lighter and can pack more power for its size than you would need in the confined spaces of an airport.  A rifle is used for medium to long-range shots, it has little use inside buildings except to play to the cameras and the Government meme of “big, bad guns”. Regarding his “Anti-Government Materials” why would you weigh yourself down with extraneous paper, it would only get in the way when reloading. Again, it only makes sense if you are playing to an audience. So maybe that was his entire motivation, maybe he wanted to be famous, maybe he wanted to discredit the anti-government types or give the government a reason to ban all long guns and arm the TSA (I see that coming down the pike soon – TSA Armed response). What I don’t see is a properly thought out plan, and since he was lucid enough during the commission of this act to ask at least one witness “TSA?” and walk away, he knew what he was doing.

In the end, he will be identified as another Statist nut, mad at the NWO, the Bilderburgers, the Freemasons or whom ever the state run media needs him to be to advance the narrative. We will gain more restriction on our liberties, the Government will enforce ever more-Draconian laws and push us one-step closer to Winston Smith’s 1984.

THE MALAISE…

I seem to be suffering from what Jimmy Carter called ‘Malaise’; I keep starting projects yet seem unable to complete them. While I’m sure there are a myriad of reasons why I can’t keep a topic in mind long enough to write about it, I appear helpless to correct it.

I suppose I could blame the overwhelming mountain of preposterous edicts, scandals, and lies flowing in an unending torrent from D.C. for my inability to keep any single piece of ridiculousness on track. I could fall back on my personal life and how complex that is (though I’m sure some out there could show me examples of far more onerous times). I could blame ADHD, but since I’ve had that problem since the beginning I don’t see how it could have gotten worse. No, I think I’ll fall back on my old standard and blame Al Gore, ever since he invented Global Warming things haven’t been the same. We used to have weather to talk about if you wanted to stay away from Religion and Politics at a cocktail party, not since old Al got involved, now weather is Politics and if you listen to some of the Global Warming alarmists, it is a Religion too.

So now, I have to figure out how to break out of this Carter-ist Malaise and actually finish a few hundred words of intelligent ranting worth posting for the world to see. I haven’t forgotten you, on the contrary, I keep writing but it all seems so pointless by the time I get to the middle that I can’t seem to put it together, to wrap up the conclusion in anything resembling coherence…

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

FREEDOM IS HARD…

I was searching for something to write about today, and my lovely wife said “Freedom is hard”, I can’t even remember what we were talking about, but that one sentence stuck.

I started thinking about the little things that have slowly made Americans ‘Risk Adverse’. Previous generations of Americans carved out a Nation from a primal wilderness, folks that were ‘Risk Adverse’ need not apply. So where did all of these people come from? How did the pioneering American frontiersman become the timid European city-dweller? I can only assume that we’ve breed out the rough and tumble and left only the polished urban dandy through the destruction of our will.

On October 24, 1929 the United States suffered the worst economic disaster in its history, the Stock Market dropped an astounding 11% (yes, only 11%) at the opening bell. Compared to the “crash” in October 2008, where the Dow lost 18% over the week, you’d think that they were overreacting in ’29. However, in 1929, an 11% drop on the first day was just the beginning and by the end, the Stock market lost 89% of its value. What does all of this have to do with Freedom you ask; well it was this crash that allowed the first of the ‘Freedom sappers’ to start siphoning our will…

In 1935, President Roosevelt implemented Social Security in an attempt to limit the effects of the Crash. As an aside, in 1935, Social Security did not include women or minorities (blacks); it was set up to reduce the effects of poverty only for white males (I thought that was interesting). What Mr. Roosevelt put together was in fact Socialism, a charge brought up in the Senate prior to passage, and worse than Socialism (if that’s possible) was that it began the slide into Government dependency. Now you didn’t have to plan for a fickle future, saving and husbanding your resources or working until you died now you could have leisure time and your benevolent Government would watch over you in your golden years. Now, with the Government looking out for Mom and Pop, Junior could live his life without the question of what to do with his parents when they got old. Yes, Mr. Roosevelt sure paved a golden future; all it required from you was a little contribution from you and your employer, what could be easier?

Of course, if we fast forward a few years, with the Social Security “lock-box” and its millions of dollars languishing outside of the grasp of Congress, we find a temptation that no Congress Critter could resist. Heck, that money was coming in far faster than the surviving retires could take it out, why not just add it to the General Fund and use it to pay for some of the other programs that are so important. Really, Social Security could never run out of money right. By the 1980’s Social Security was broke, a combination of long living retires, and less workers paying into the system due to trade imbalances, and outsourcing of jobs doomed the system. The fact that the Congress had raided the Fund was telling, but the inevitable crash was inherent in the scheme from the beginning.

Now, seventy (plus) years later and we are still attempting to repair a system that was designed to fail. On the Short term, Social Security would have worked brilliantly, if the first recipients of the Government largess had put money into the fund, and if Congress had resisted the urge to rob from the American Worker, a temptation no Critter ever resisted.

While Social Security was one of the first will sapping Government policies, it is far from the last, or in my opinion the worst. The rest might just keep me writing for a few weeks or maybe not…

Sunday, October 20, 2013

AFTER THESE MESSAGES, WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK…

I just spent twelve minutes listening to a rant that I agreed with, but while listening I began to wonder if the biggest problem we are facing is not the Statists, but ourselves. I agreed with what the narrator was saying, but I found my attention wandering.

If I agreed with the sentiment, but couldn’t focus on the message, what hope do we have of convincing those that don’t agree with us? How do we ‘win the hearts and minds’ of the rest of the populace? How do we reset the American Cultural Mindset?

Once we sent American Culture abroad, showing the world the best of us. Somewhere in the late 1950’s or early 1960’s something changed, we began exporting stories not about American Exceptionalism, but about how we had, or would, or could fail. The movies “Patton” and “Kelly’s Heroes” both debuted in 1970 and both were set during the second world war, but in terms of message they may as well been written in different Countries on different Continents during different times. One shows American Greatness through the eyes of a hero defeating the greatest scourge of human history, the other, while a favorite of mine, shows the fallibility of American Soldiers motivated only by greed. Something Statists promote at every turn. Recently (for me anyway) the movie “Three Kings” reinforces, for a new generation, the theme that Americans are motivated only by Greed, not honor or integrity.

How then can we, without fighting for our Culture, change the direction our country is headed? We’ve sat passively on our couches and in Movie theaters year after year allowing them to anesthetize friends, our Families, co-workers and us. We have become willing participants in numbing not only our own minds, but also everyone we distract from reality around the water cooler with recaps and play-by-play recitations of last nights propaganda. The Statist tactic is sound, begin to bend the young to your will in the schools, reinforce the message with the mass media, and punish those that speak out… and if you have done you work well they will ostracize and punish their peers without your assistance (Tea-baggers, home-grown terrorists, extremists, RACISTS).

Now, perhaps its too late, maybe we can’t rescue the United States before the Republic becomes just a Republic in name like any other ‘Peoples Republic’ - of the Party, for the Party. I shudder to think that it is too late to change course because the alternative is too horrific to imagine. America suffered a Civil War already; a Second round is not preferable…

Saturday, October 19, 2013

ONCE MORE WITH FEELING..

In my last post (ANDTHEY’RE BACK) I touched on the debt limit and some of the problems with fiat money. What I didn’t discuss was the way this entire debt crisis was staged and handled.

This entire fiasco is a product of an out of control executive branch. From the signs declaring public land closed to the very speeches given by The (P)resident and his minions. None of this was spontaneous; each step of this “crisis” is orchestrated. The signage alone would take weeks, if not months to create, and yet hours after the ‘shutdown’ professionally printed signs specific to each Monument, Museum and Memorial appeared as if by magic. Mr. Obama has never given a speech that was not thoroughly parsed and vetted to ensure that every word carried just the right amount of invective directed at his personally identified enemies. Yet, within hours of the “Republican shutdown”, Mr. Obama and his lapdog media minions appeared spouting half-truths and outright lies about the debt crisis and how the ‘Extremist Right’ was holding the Country hostage. Not once did the Main-Stream Media expose the Truth…

Al Gore wrote a book called “An Inconvenient Truth” in which he attempts to lay the blame of Climate Change on human activity. What he neglects to mention is that this is not the first or even second time the climate has changed. It seems that this is a running theme with the Statists in our Government as well as the Media, tell a lie long enough and loud enough and it becomes the truth. The truth is (as far as I can tell) that the “conservative” wing of the Government sold out the “Extremist” people who simply want the Government to do as little as possible either to them, or for them. All the ‘right wing’ needed to do was… nothing; they needed to hold to the narrative that the Whitehouse was playing games with the Shutdown.
 
For anyone who may need a little pep talk regarding this or even for anyone who thinks I’m ‘talking out of my hat’ take a listen to State Representative Tom McClintock (R-CA), a rare California Republican, who lays it all out in a (barely) broadcast C-SPAN speech before the Congress.

Then tell me again how we can change the system without resorting to violence…

Friday, October 18, 2013

…AND THEY’RE BACK

Here we are now a full day with the Government back in business, and what do we have to show for it? Well how about nothing, squat, nada, zilch, zero, frankly we have less than zero. With the Government up to its usual foolishness, we have approximately 16 trillion less than zero.

Now I don’t want to beat a dead horse, but when is enough, enough, anyone with a lick of sense would tell you that when your bank account is in the red, you stop spending. But, not our “leaders” for some reason they seem to believe that governments somehow are exempt from the same economic laws that the rest of us need to live with. What really scares the heck out of me is that there are grown adults in the world that believe that line of tripe, that somehow a country doesn’t have to recognize the law of supply and demand simply because it can print its own money. Even worse, if you try the same trick, the government man will put you in jail for Counterfeiting, even though the government does it all the time, with no repercussions. Sure, the Government has that right pursuant to section 8 of the U.S. Constitution

“…To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;

To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;…”

Nowhere in there does it say that the government has the right to turn over the production of the Governments script (money) to a private banking cartel, or to print funny money of its own.

I would like to see the United States return to a ‘real’ Money standard; I have never liked paper fiat money. There are several reasons for this, first it doesn’t feel right, Gold and Silver have weight and sound to them that is more ‘real’ than an equal amount of paper. Granted paper money is much easier to carry, but it doesn’t jingle, or have a heft that coin carries with it. Secondly, you can’t bury yourself in debt. If you don’t have the resources, you can’t have the money. The United Stats was much better off when it had to have assets to back up the public debt rather than “the full faith and Credit of the United States”. Trading on a good name is fine when you can pay your debts, but when being in debt becomes a habit, you would think your creditors would begin to get nervous.

Which unfortunately seems to be happening, China, one of our largest foreign creditors, has downgraded us, while that might not be of immediate concern, it does speak volumes to the future. The U.S. Debt has been downgraded twice in our history, both during Mr. Obama’s tenure. Think what you will of that, but in my opinion, it shows either a complete lack of understanding and leadership, or it is intentional mismanagement designed to destroy the Country.

I don’t want to think that someone with Evil intent could be elected to the highest office in the Country without someone of Character speaking up, but I find it hard to fathom the level of incompetence required to damage an economy as resilient as the United States as well.

If anyone has a third option, I would be open to suggestions…

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

AMERIKA UBER ALLES…

There I said it… with the capitulation of the House; congress has at last abrogated their final, remaining tool. The ‘Power of the Purse’ was the last reason for the House, and now they have revealed to the world that Congress is no more than a rubber stamp for a petty and arrogant Dictator.

 The reprehensible actions of the Left; closing parks, monuments and memorials while spending our money frivolously for Vacations and Golf outings only serves to illuminate how far out of sorts is our Country.

From this day forward Mr. Obama can demand, and expect, unwavering obedience from our Representatives. This is not how this Country was founded, and for good reason. As a single branch of the Government collects more power, the less stable the Government becomes. Power amassed in House of Representatives becomes ‘Mob Rule’, as simple majorities decide the future and fate of the country and no rule restraining the Majority is created or enforced, and all laws contain, and control the Minority forcing them into an ever lower strata in society. Collected power in the Senate creates an Oligarchy, where only the elite rule and the rest of the society are left with the scraps (France before the Revolution is a grand example of both those scenarios.

However, we are entering into possibly the worst of all, a Dictatorship. The collection of power in the executive branch, with no restraints leads to madness, bloodshed and War.

Hitler believed in his heart, that what he did was for the good of Germany. That what he accomplished was purely evil is self evident, but Hitler did not believe he was committing atrocities. What Mr. Obama is doing with the thousands of pages of ACA is not in itself evil, but like rise of the National Socialists, the end result is unpredictable.

What we have, as a free people is a government that was designed to run poorly, Laws should be difficult to pass and should always cover all of the Citizens, not Just those that can afford to buy Justice…

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

14 DAYS OF FREEDOM?

Yesterday the stock market closed up just under 65 points, New York reports that for the last week there were no murders, and the country of France is moving to the Right – politically (don’t get to excited, in Europe Fascists and Socialists are considered Right wing, while Communists are considered Left wing – They are all Statist).

I couldn’t understand all of this good news (unless you are French, I’ll get to that in a bit), we are at day fourteen of the Government Shutdown, and frankly I’m a bit disappointed. I was told to expect the Sky to fall, and the Earth to stop spinning by this time. Really, what are the Statist politicians doing with all of the largess we keep pouring into their trough, the least they could do would be to fulfill their promises and stop the system long enough so we could get used to the idea that life goes on without the government. Now though they seem to be cracking, well at least that is what they are telling the Media, and a “compromise” is in the works.

I wonder if the “compromise” they are so excited about will entail the Liberal Republicans (RINO) caving in to the demands of the Whitehouse, as they have in every “compromise” deal that I can remember. To the Left, a compromise is you giving in and doing what they want, not ‘you lose a little, and I lose a little’. So far from the Whitehouse, all we have heard is how the Tea party is delaying compromise, how Republicans are responsible for the shutdown. Well I think we all know that isn’t the case, Republicans in the House provided four compromises before October 1, all of them refused by the Whitehouse. The Whitehouse blames Congress for the closures of National Parks and Monuments, even though Congress doesn’t have that authority. All of the closures were ordered from the Executive Branch (the Whitehouse).

And yes, I understand that this is all just ‘business as usual’ for this administration, but I would like to believe that the American people could be a little more worked up about this…

Which brings me to the shift in French politics (where the populace riots for any reason); in Europe during a financial crisis or any crisis frankly, the populace tend to turn inward and begin solidifying Nationalist ideals. The fear of loss shows as a rise in Anti-Semitism and Anti-Immigration, as the population looks for someone to blame, never looking at the real cause of their troubles. The last time a European country shifted to the right, Hitler took power in Germany.

I don’t want anyone to think that the new French political movement is a return to NAZI Germany, but this is how they start, they begin gaining political power in the Suburbs and small communities then spread to the Cities. By then… well let us hope that it doesn’t come to that again.

Monday, October 14, 2013

WHEN IS A KING, NOT A KING…?

Several days ago I wrote a post were I lamented Mr. Obama’s firsts, and alluded to his possible Royal ambitions. I may have been too harsh… 

In Feudal times, the King surrounded himself with courtiers and sycophants, other members of the peerage emulated the royal manners in their own little fiefdoms. The peasants toiling in the fields were expected to bow to any and sundry members of the ruling elite and the rules of etiquette ensured that everyone knew their place in the feudal system.

At the bottom the vilest villein, knew his lord, and accepted his lot with grace, knowing full well that any class mobility was a futile dream. The Lords of the Manor accepted their due, as was their right, even if it meant hardship and privation in the villages and shires. The Manor was the highest form of governance any of the peasants could hope to appeal; the local Lord, who held the power of life and death, their word LAW, judged all matters.

The local Lords, beholden to the King, collected their land taxes and ensured they filled the royal coffers. Further, in times of strife or warfare the local Lords made up the bulk of the Kings army, pulling in their own retainers as well as the peasants from the fields to serve.

All of this would paint a bleak picture of a Medieval Monarch except, each King understood where his power lay, and how many of his peasants could safely be fed to the fray before the Kingdom ground to a halt. I fear that Mr. Obama does not.

While he surrounds himself with courtiers and sycophants, and has even gone so far as to encourage Royal behavior in his Family and others member of the new peerage, a position that even carries similar court etiquette. What he has failed to do is respect the power in the peasant class. No, Mr. Obama acts more like a Socialist Dictator than like a Monarch ever did. Louis XVI knew what could happen if he isolated himself from the peasants, he did nothing to prevent it, but the French Revolution could not have surprised him.

By his actions in ignoring the compromises offered by the House Mr. Obama holds full responsibility for the partial Government shutdown. He is acting less like a Chief executive, or even a Monarch for that matter, and more like a Despot. He demands unconditional surrender from his political rivals and blind obedience from the peasantry.

Perhaps that is why he has such a difficult time understanding the protest marches outside of the Whitehouse, or the Nation-wide Tea party rallies across the Nation.

I can only hope that he learns to hear the Chants of the dispossessed before, like Louis he awakes to a Revolution not of his making and an end not of his choosing…

Sunday, October 13, 2013

ALL THE NEWS UNFIT TO PRINT…

Today’s post is running a little late, alright a lot late, but in my defense I sat down last night to write and really wasn’t inspired. It seemed like nothing was happening, the Government was still shut down, and Mr. Obama was still blaming everyone but himself for the shutdown and life, as we know it was still slogging along just like always, with the possible exception of less NSA snoops listening in to our communications. But then, I started thinking, and since I spent the day with my family, it was disjointed thinking, what are we not hearing about?

I started looking at some of the more conspiracy theory stories that were leaking out of the beltway; I was surprised then to find that the Truck drivers protest in Washington D.C. barely rated a mention. The Lame-stream Media is less concerned with threats to Nobel peace prize nominee, Malala Yousafzai than with the White House refusing to cooperate with the Congress. The silence, and it is by no means completely silent, is deafening.

A month ago, the “million motorcycle” march descended onto Washington D.C. and nearly shut down the town. Now there are hundreds of thousands of bikers, returning to the Capitol to protect Veterans going to the memorials in protest. Of course, you can only find the pictures and videos of thousands of angry Americans in all but open revolt against a Government that is not listening to them, and in several cases is directly opposing the will of the people that elected them, on Facebook or other social media.

I find it strange that people that spend so much of their time reading polls can’t look out the window when the people come directly to them in anger. I suppose the problem is that they don’t care about the people, but about the power the office provides, since we are that power, maybe it’s time we make a bigger noise…

Friday, October 11, 2013

SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN…

During this latest spate of shutdowns, I started thinking of truly non-essential government agencies, strictly in a non-partisan way of course, though perhaps I am biased. Anyway, here is my list and my reason for inclusion: 

The TSATSA is a boondoggle, if Airlines are concerned with safety, and I see no reason why they wouldn’t be, they could pay for Security. El Al, the National Airline of Israel has handled their own security for years, why can’t American Airlines or Southwest. The upshot is the taxpayers no longer have to pay for a security system that they don’t all use, and the airlines can compete with each other regarding passenger safety. El Al for example is justifiably proud that they have not suffered a successful hijacking since starting their program. If you were concerned about safety, would that not be a selling point? It allows the marketplace to determine how much risk a traveler is willing to accept, without the Government supplying a demeaning and often inconvenient process. 

Next on the list would be the National Park Service, good-bye Ranger Smith, under my plan, States would have control of the Parks within their borders and they would be overseen by the United States Army Corp of Engineers. The Engineers built the original Parks system in the first place and it has survived for more than one hundred years. The funds necessary for upkeep could just as easily go to the States (they would come from use fees just like now) rather than the inefficient Federal Government. 

After the Parks would go the Department of Education, the Department of Education historically asks for budget increases every year, and every year the Federal Government provides more taxpayer funds “for the Children”. Yet every year our children get less education but more indoctrination. Prior to 1979, each state had its own education department and was able to adjust its programs and funding as it saw fit. Ironically though, the Federal Cabinet position did not replace the States Agencies, it simply added one more layer of Bureaucracy to an already bloated Government and kept the State offices as well. So now, instead of having an agile State agency that can alter course in midstream if things aren’t going well, we get a second layer of bureaucratic bloat to slow progress and ensure failure. 

With just these three Departments cut, the Federal Government could save billions of dollars, or since Government has never shown a propensity to save or wisely invest a windfall, maybe cut some of the foreign debt that is accumulating daily in this country.

Regardless though, something has to give, the all-powerful state cannot continue to exist; it will inevitably collapse under its own weight.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

LEFT BEHIND

I’d been thinking about writing a long and boring treatise on Economics for regular people, but during a conversation, I had the other day I began to wonder if I was attacking the problem from the right direction.

I was speaking to a young man and he asked, “Why are we in debt, if we can just print our own money?” Well, honestly, my first reflex was to explain the nature of fiat currency, supply and demand, and any of the various myriad reasons that it didn’t work like that. Luckily, something else interrupted us, and I didn’t get the chance to bore him to death with a lifetimes worth of Economic theory. However, it did get me thinking that maybe he was a great illustration of the problem.

Our education system produced that young man, and hundreds of thousands of young minds just like him. Our school system will teach a ‘variation’ on the classics Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic. What it doesn’t teach is Love of Reading, or Comprehension of what one read, Concise writing (I am probably guilty of this sin), or Actual Logical Thought, which makes Arithmetic function beyond the 2+2=4 range.

Educators (versus Teachers) instruct young readers in the chore of reading making it a punishment and a drudge. This disdain follows them into their Adult lives, as they shun books and primary source documentation for the movie of the week or the popular TV sitcom. There is nothing inherently wrong with Movies or TV, in moderation, but too many of our young are loathe to expand their mind outside of what is prepackaged and homogenized for them. When they do read it is with reluctance and without comprehension, they struggle through the assigned texts dragging their feet and when completed, don’t remember what they read. When they do remember what they read it is in the most superficial way that every bit of meaning is lost to them. I contend that this is an intentional attack on the human mind, having forced myself to read the assigned work throughout school I found them to be boring and without style or substance. What they did contain though was a specific ideology, no longer was reading designed to teach you ‘how’ to think, now it is used to teach ‘what’ to think.

Modern education walked away from ‘the marketplace of Ideas’ and the sharing of human experience when it changed the writing requirements. Altering the character of Writing from sharing thoughts to a technical exercise designed to numb the brain and stifle the individual. I would rather read passion executed badly, than bland mush written brilliantly. Perhaps I am alone in this, but I’ve recently discovered the magic of the nineteenth century adventure novels. These are the beginning and basis of “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, “Laura Croft”, and even “Star Wars”, none of these modern stories could exist without H. Rider Haggard and his “King Solomon’s Mines” or H. G. Wells “the Time Machine”. Now though children write with the passion of advertising copy or a technical manual, how many great stories have died at the hand of modern education?

Regarding Mathematics, most young people I’ve encountered recently can’t count back change, or compute simple arithmetic without the use of a calculator. I admit a certain amount of laziness on my own part when balancing the family budget, I prefer to use the calculator as a crutch but I could find the answer ‘longhand’ if needed. Too many of our young people have no understanding of how numbers function together, and the beauty of more complex mathematics. They are left with a substandard education, which we as parents are expected to pay for, that leaves them ill prepared to provide for themselves in the future.

Incompetence in any one discipline I could excuse perhaps, especially if it occurred in a single locality or across a specific racial or economic divide. That would be expected, for years we were told that “girls aren’t good a math” and we seem to have accepted that regardless of any evidence to the contrary. Since all areas of education seem to be a failure, I can only assume this is an intentional attack, which leaves the Questions…

Why? Who could possibly benefit? What purpose does an uneducated population serve?

I’ve only discovered one answer that fits all of these questions (and more)… An uneducated mass serves only the ruling elite. Without the ability to think and reason, to write with passion or to communicate complex thoughts and ideas, the mass are molded to serve and have no ambition to reach higher, to serve them selves first, not the state.

Educated people are free people; our Founders believed that, they lived it. How have we managed to forget that simple maxim…?

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

BARACK THE FIRST

Mr. Obama, the current (P)resident in the White House seems to live for firsts. During his tenure, he is the first African-American (though some would argue the American part, I won’t quibble in this post) to hold the office. He is the first to preside over a reduction in the United States credit rating, from AAA to AA+ (Outstanding to Excellent). He is (so far as I can find) the first to refuse to negotiate with the Congress on a budget, thought to lay that at his doorstep is probably unfair, since he is also the first to fail to pass a budget for an entire term. Moreover, if nothing changes, he will be the first to preside over a default.

Even in the darkest days of the Great Depression, the United States has always found a way to pay its debts, but with the petulant children in control of the Government today, that may end. Our elected officials appear to be more concerned with spending money they don’t have, than with what is actually good for the Country that they are supposed to represent. In your household, like mine, when you run out of money, you can borrow a limited amount. You are not able to raise your borrowing limit arbitrarily, that is a decision made by your lender based on your credit worthiness. What has happened though is that we, the American People, have allowed spendthrifts the keys to the vault and unlimited access to the checkbook. We have no one to blame but ourselves.

Other people have written about how we need to impeach the President, recall various and sundry Congress-critters, or worse, simply learn to live with the ‘new’ normal.

I, could never content myself with living in the ‘new’ normal, America is, was, and will always be the last best hope for humanity. We are the Country that oppressed people flee to, not from, and anything that endangers that reputation I will oppose with all my heart.

Therefore, in order to impeach a sitting chief executive, the House of Representatives must pass an order of Impeachment, and then the Senate must agree to the impeachment. I think that is, at best, a long shot at this point. Our Congress would argue for a week on what to have for lunch, let’s not assume any of them would have the personal fortitude to lead that charge. Therefore, impeachment is off the table.

Of the three options we are allowed to discuss, we are left with recalling Congress. I think this option is the least likely since removing 535 people individually is unlikely, there has been some movement in this direction, but to little too late. The worst part is that the ones removed are at best only slightly better than the reprobates they have replaced. What could be even worse is if, we could remove the entire Congress in one sweep, what prevents the Executive branch from simply refusing to seat a new one. Mr. Obama has lamented, “He is not a Dictator”, without a Congress, what would stand in the way of him becoming one. For that matter, what is the Congress doing now that essentially curtails his imperial ambitions. Through Executive Orders and public tantrums, he has bullied and forced congress to abrogate much of its duties to the Executive branch.

So maybe he will have one more first to brag about when he is crowned Barack the First…

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

A “Triumph” for the 1st amendment…

By the time you read this it will be old news, but today (Tuesday Oct. 8, 2013) a group held a rally on the ‘closed’ National Mall, right in front of the Capitol Building and just minutes from the White House. What make this story important is that the Group was allowed to Rally, they were given permission to use Federal Land during the alleged massive shutdown. No, they weren’t Veterans, or Motorcyclists from around the U.S. Heck, it wasn’t even the Truck Drivers, which promised to arrive around Oct. 11, 2013.

Nope, it was a group dedicated to Immigration Reform, their rally is billed as the “Camino Americano: March for Immigration Reform”. This pro-illegal alien group is attempting to change the law of the land to make entering the country easier, and once in, providing Government handouts to folks that couldn't be bothered to enter this country legally.

In the ‘new’ normal the office of the (P)resident, can indeed turn back the tides, or at least close the Ocean. They can find money to pay for extra security to close, patrol and defend our Nations monuments, but not to fund the Government. What makes this such a slap in the face, is the Administration is hurting the American people, while protecting the free speech of non-natives and their supporters.

As citizens our taxes provide for the maintenance of the parks and monuments. Maintained so all Americans can make use of them, not so a group of people attempting to subvert our Culture can use the space so recently denied to American Veterans.

This Administration has declared War on its citizens, in a way that no other Government has ever had the gumption to do. If the founders were here today, we would already be shooting back. Of course that might be exactly what this Administration wants; a group of American patriots fighting in the streets against the police. If that is what they want, maybe it is time and past time to fight back…

Sunday, October 6, 2013

IN DEFENSE OF “THE LAW”

I’ve been watching, or rather reading, all of the vitriol spewing out of the media lately regarding the Government Shutdown, and who’s at fault. What I don’t seem to see though is any sort of intelligence regarding this mess.

I’ve seen people blaming the House Republicans for blocking the implementation of ObamaCare, as if that wasn’t their job. If Congress was not suppose to fight and argue, we could have just saved all that effort in 1776 and kept the King we had. Instead, yapping Statists keep trying to defend, what is probably the most ridiculous piece of legislation ever written. What makes this “debate” more pathetic is they are trying to defend it not on its merit, but by stating, “It’s the law”. Well yippee, does that mean we need to enforce prohibition (the 18th amendment to the Constitution – which the administration probably hasn’t read anyway), maybe we need to re-instate ‘Jim Crow’ or allow lynching in the South, I’m fairly certain that all of that was “the Law”. I would be willing to bet that in their heart of hearts Statists want to go back to Slavery, heck they opposed Emancipation in the first place and put most of the freedom restrictive laws on the books to begin with.

Of course, you will never hear a modern ‘Liberal’ admit that, to them the parties have shifted position. The Republicans of Lincoln and Roosevelt (Theodore not FDR) are what the modern ‘Liberal’ consider Democrats today. Without a doubt, it shows their ignorance of history, or even a limited grasp of real Freedom to think that for one minute Abraham Lincoln would agree with any of their re-distribution policies, or Teddy would support the segregation of the United States into warring factions, rich against poor, black versus white, young against old.
Not bloody likely, Teddy once said; "There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. When I refer to hyphenated Americans, I do not refer to naturalized Americans. Some of the very best Americans I have ever known were naturalized Americans, Americans born abroad. But a hyphenated American is not an American at all." … So I think the Kingmakers need to reevaluate their idea of what a ‘Liberal’ is, and what make them different from Conservatives.

Without a doubt, Conservatives have their flaws, but I would happily err on the side of too much freedom, rather then too much Government. All we need in this country is for the Government to excuse itself from our lives, and we have shown in the past that we can create wonderful things. As freemen, we invented the Airplane, linked the continent with bands of iron, set a man on the Moon and created the internet. How then can people trade that birthright for one of servitude and privation? Freedom is one rare gem in human history, one that cannot be bought, but can be sold…

Saturday, October 5, 2013

LET’S RETURN TO AN OLD FRIEND…

It seems to me that with the economy in the state it’s in, and inflation poised to rocket upwards, the Federal Reserve should re-introduce the $1000.00 bill. For once in my lifetime, the Government could do something constructive and proactive about the economy.

Now I don’t want anyone to think that I endorse the government printing more ‘funny’ money, but ever since they pulled the U.S. off the Gold Standard, the Federal Reserve, has been playing fast and loose with our economy. While I wouldn’t normally care about the denomination of the bills, I seldom see $100.00 bills, but if they are going to inflate us to prosperity as seems likely, let’s get ahead of the curve and put some of these into circulation again.

Of course starting out with the thousand might be pushing things a little far, but I like Grover Cleveland more than William McKinley – how can you not, he’s named after a Muppet. I will concede though that it may make more sense to start small, issue McKinley on the $500.00 first and ease into this inflationary cycle.

Regardless of what the fat cats in the fed do though, the end remains the same for the rest of us; work, work, spend, work, work, spend… die. We appear to be locked in a rigged game, where no matter what you do, if you follow the rules, you lose.

Maybe that’s because they made the rules, maybe it’s time we changed the game…

Friday, October 4, 2013

THE POLICE STATE?

Yesterday in Washington D.C. chaos reigned, when Capitol Police gunned down a 34-year-old woman. According to reports, this woman, identified as Ms. Miriam Carey, rammed a barricade at the White House. She then fled, leading Capitol Police on a ten-block car chase, which culminated near the Capitol building, and in her Death.

I find it interesting that she could ram a barricade, one similar I would imagine that destroyed a police cruiser, and not have a scratch on her Black Infiniti. Not one scratch, after causing a panic that put the United States Capitol on lockdown. What is more fascinating is that she was shot at seven time (in the video, I have no idea if she was shot at again later) and apparently not one bullet struck the car door. I wasn’t aware that the Capitol police were such crack shots, I guess that’s the reason they needed to purchase so much ammo.

Another curiosity about this incident is the speed in which dozens of officers from various divisions were able to converge on this incident. In the photos and video, not only are the uniformed Capitol Police involved, but undercover officers and SWAT. This wasn’t a drawn out hostage crisis, this entire incident was over within a few minutes.

I understand that the safety and security of our Nations Capitol would take precedence over our own, and would employ the finest and best trained, but really, this seems just a little to staged.

One final thing, the reports state Ms. Carey was suffering from Post-Partum Depression, and was hospitalized because of her depression. Making her number five on the list of “Dangerous Crazies” used as a distraction; Aurora, CO – James Holmes, Newton, Con – Adam Lanza, Washington D.C. (Navy Yard) Aaron Alexis, and Tucson AZ – Jared Loughner. It seems that every time this administration needs someone to grab a headline, there is someone with a history of Mental Health issues available.

I bet George Bush wishes he had thought of that…

Thursday, October 3, 2013

A BIT OF RHETORIC ON A THURSDAY…

I felt compelled, with all of the arguing and fighting going on over the Government shutdown to ask a few questions, although I feel confident that there aren’t any legitimate answers available.

Regarding the “Great Government Shutdown of 2013”, How, or why do you shut down a national park, surely they take in plenty of money in use fees to pay the handful of people that would be necessary to operate it. For example, how many people do you need to run Mount Rushmore? I thought that it was a big statue, not much in the way of employment opportunities there. How about the Statue of Liberty, the last time I checked the ferry that takes you there charges a fee, and if I’m not mistaken, is a private operator. Even if I am wrong, I bet someone with a boat would be happy to make a buck taking tourists to see yet another big statue up close. How about Yosemite, are the Bears unionized? When I went there camping, the people running the campsite were part of a private company. Why, if it has to do with the Government budget, are we paying private contractors in our National Parks?

Why is it that prior to the Second World War we called the Military department ‘The War Department’, and after it ‘The Department of Defense’? Prior to the Second World War, the military consisted of State Militias (National Guard), and a small cadre of professional soldiers. The United States prior to the 1940’s would draw down the military after each crisis. Relying not on a huge military, but on a well trained and motivated core group to prepare for the next conflict, to protect only the National interests of the Country and (strangely enough) run the National Parks – which is why Park Rangers have the hat they do, it was part of a military uniform. Even with the up and down military strength, the pre-Defense Department managed to win every war in which they fought. Now, we have a Defense Department, a massive (and expensive) military and so far, they haven’t managed to provide a solid win since. Even the Gulf war is at a standstill, and regardless of how often we claim Victory, we still end up fighting in what appears to be an endless series of delaying tactics.

As a final question, if they are able to ‘furlough’ (approximately) 800,000 non-essential Government workers because of this “shutdown”, why do we need them in the first place? The Government has already told us they are non-essential, so… Fire them. I hate to sound heartless, but why should these non-essential workers keep their bloated salaries, and benefits, if we can do without them?

Maybe this shutdown is less about members of Congress and Mr. Obama failing to come to a compromise, and more about Mr. Obama attempting to punish the American people for having the gall to oppose him.

One final thought, I have heard that I should just accept the “Affordable Care Act" since it’s the ‘Law of the Land’, and the Supreme Court upheld it… Well I just can’t, any more than I could accept the concept of Slavery, which was also the ‘Law of the Land’ and upheld by the Supreme Court.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

WHAT TO DO WHEN THE GOVERNMENT SHUTS YOU OUT…

This afternoon, not 24 hours after the government shut down, parks, monuments, and government buildings are closed. I can understand the buildings closing, without staff, the buildings we paid for would be at the mercy of anyone that might want to cause them harm. But parks and monuments, really? What possible use is it to close off open-air venues, for that matter who thought they could keep American Citizens out?

Of course Americans being the way they are, a group of World War II veteran who had traveled to see and pay their respects at the World War II monument in Washington D.C., aren’t so easily dissuaded. Remember most of these folks are in their 80’s so this could conceivably be their last trip anywhere. Therefore, these Veterans of Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima, Normandy, and the Rhine, did what they were trained to do all those years ago…


Here we are again, being shown by our grand and great-grand parents what to do when facing a Dictator, never back down, and never attempt appeasement. Always push forward, take the struggle to them, make those that would enslave you fight for every inch.

I want to write more about these brave (and stubborn) warriors, but I think their actions speak louder than anything I can say except…

Thank you for your service may a benevolent God watch over you and yours.

FOUR HOURS AND THE WORLD HASN’T ENDED YET…

As of this writing, the United States Government has been out of money for four hours, and in all that time, not one of the doom predictions from the left has come true. I know, I checked; the road in front of my house is still there, the lights of Las Vegas are still burning, no planes – that I know of – have fallen out of the sky, and judging by the sirens in the distance the police and fire department are still working.

So if the Government Shutdown is such a let down, why all the histrionics? Well, the short answer is power, but you knew that already didn’t you. If the Statist’s in Congress can’t terrorize the American people, how heck can they get us to submit to their intrusive regulations.

Oh, I know, all of the regulations provided for us by our wise and benevolent Masters are for our own good, or for the betterment of the poor and downtrodden. We being good little subjects should stop complaining when our “Dear Leader” spends our Great-Grandchildren’s money decades before they are born, of course that’s assuming that you have been ‘burdened’ with a child.
 
All of this rigmarole could have been prevented, all Mr. Obama and the Statist wing of the Congress had to do was compromise, something the Libertarian leaning side has been forced to do countless time in the past. However, compromise does not seem to be part of Mr. Obama’s character, a flaw that you might think would cause him a great deal of anguish as Chief Executive of the most powerful Republic on the Planet. Apparently, it doesn’t, not only that, his petulant attitude to disagreement make me wonder if the man elected to that office, is less a man, and more a little boy.

Mr. Obama has offered to negotiate with terrorists and despots, has bowed to foreign dignitaries, and – to add insult to injury – has determined that patriots who follow the Constitution, and request the Government do the same, are Anti-American terrorists bent on the destruction of the Republic. Such arrogance and self-delusion should disqualify him from the position of trust and power he fills.

Maybe this time the Conservative wing of the Congress will grow a spine, and keep the Government shut down. Folks will learn to “mend and make do” without the red tape and busy-bodieness, that has been the hallmark of Government ‘assistance’ for roughly 50 (Fifty) years...

Sunday, September 29, 2013

A DAY WITHOUT GOVERNMENT?

Once again, we hear the mournful cry from Congress “Raise the Debt ceiling or we will run out of Money”. To that I say, good… when you or I run out of money we can’t run to the bank and demand, “give me more credit, or I’ll stop working!”

For normal people (that’s all of us folks not in Government) you live within your means, but when the Government runs out of money, because they waste a huge portion of it, they just increase their spending limit and stick us with the bill. None of that is the job of Congress; their job is to be responsible for the public purse, not dump its contents on the floor of the capital and roll in it.

We hear how without massive Government spending, roads wouldn’t be built, schools would lose all of their funding, fresh water would stop flowing into our homes, and veterans and the elderly will be left without benefits. Isn’t it strange that we never hear about the poor downtrodden Congress-critter that might not be able to take that “fact finding trip” to Aruba? Or the, well earned, 25th vacation trip for the (P) resident and his family.

No, Government flunkies bemoan every cost of living increase for veterans and the elderly claiming there isn’t enough money. They cry great, salty tears about the state of the nation’s infrastructure and how, with just a few more dollars, they could fix the problems plaguing the country. Never once thinking about the most important matter of all…

The States build and maintain the roads within their borders, not the Federal Government; local property taxes build and maintain Schools within their districts, just like the teacher salaries. Water quantity and quality is established and maintained by the local State and County, and in some cases larger cities. The Elderly, who were once the responsibility of their families, churches, and local communities, have become the responsibility of the Federal Government. Veterans, by their service, most definitely are the responsibility of the Government that placed them in harms way. Both of these groups though, were not originally the responsibility of the Government, that role has been usurped by the very Government that bemoans the cost.

Our Founders knew that a strong central government would need a strong military to enforce its will. For that reason they designed the United States to be a Federation of Independent States, each with it’s own military, and it’s own armories. Each member of the community was expected to assist in the defense of the Nation, or the State or in times of natural disaster to lend a hand in whatever way the community needed. Sheriff posses were built of the local manpower, wars were fought, not with Federal Soldiers (until after World War 2), but with local State Troops. In history, you’ll find the 3rd Massachusetts or the 1st Tennessee Volunteers even Theodore Roosevelt and his Rough Riders were Civilian Soldiers (National Guard).

So now instead of local people responding to local problems (feeding the poor, caring for the elderly, and veterans, building and maintaining roads and bridges), we get the “one-size-fits-no one” Federal Government solution. A solution that wastes and misallocates recourses and inevitably causes the individuals ‘served’ to become dependent on the single, monopolistic Government solution, not dependent upon his or her own drive, or his or her own community.

So, yes I think that we need to shut down the Government, it will be painful, but we need to stop feeding this beast and live with the pain.

It’s the only way we will ever be free again…

Saturday, September 28, 2013

WHAT A GREAT DAY

October 1, this is the ‘BIG’ day; ObamaCare starts its much-feted roll out. According to Mr. Obama, buying insurance will be as easy as buying a plane ticket on Kayak, or buying a television on Amazon.

There are problems of course highlighting the difference between Public sector government run operations, and Capitalist operations.

See, both Kayak and Amazon operate for profit, it’s in their best interest for you, the consumer, to have an easy and enjoyable experience, they want your business, heck they’ll even beg and scrap for your dollars.

The Government ‘Marketplaces’, on the other hand, will open for business on October 1, even though they don’t work. The Government doesn’t need to provide a good experience; they have a captive audience.

If you haven’t planned to purchase from the government exchanges yet, you will eventually. That is how the system is set up. You can hold out with your own plan, for now, but as the rates inevitably go up you will have to move to the Government plan. If you choose not to play, well they have you there too, you must have insurance or face a Government fine (the IRS will help ensure you pay that one), fines that are projected to go up over time.

It seems that while ‘evil’ corporations ask for your money, your ‘benevolent’ Government overlords will put a gun to your head and take your money – for your own good.

I think I understand the occupy movement now, I can see where they would hate the Corporations and love the Government. They want to steal from you, but they’re just too personally lazy…

They’ll let Obama and Company do it for them.

Friday, September 27, 2013

CRUZ MISSILE CRAZY

After 21 long hours, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) finally relinquished the floor, now it’s up to the Senate Republicans to finish the job.

It was nice to see a Senator actually doing his job for a change, since I haven’t seen much actual integrity or concern from those august personages. Oh, they can get things done when they want to; look at some of the grand pieces of legislation they’ve presented to us over the last few years…

The Affordable Care Act, Senator Cruz is not the only person that can’t stand this load of malarkey; apparently, neither can its most vocal supporters since they have all wrangled an exemption of one sort or another from it. I suppose that when you name a piece of legislation, the name doesn’t have to actually live up to the hype. For crying out-loud this birdcage, liner of a bill is anything but affordable. Forbes magazine published and article reporting that insurance premiums would increase by 99% for Men and 62% for Women. How in the name of God is that affordable… it seems that the cheaper or most affordable option is to pay the fine to the I.R.S. directly, and just hope you don’t need the insurance.

Of course, if you need insurance, God willing you’ll actually get the care you need, in both Europe and Canada, people that have health issues quite often simply come to America for treatment. With the U.S. getting into the Socialized health game, where are those folks going to go, heck for that matter, were are we going to go, since it seems that the doctors don’t like or trust the ACA.

But, even if the statistics and the polls are wrong, and ObamaCare is the greatest thing since sliced cheese (sliced bread is soooo 20th century), it still leaves a bureaucracy in charge of health care, the exact same kind of bureaucracy that is in charge of the DMV, the Post Office, and the IRS. Really, do want those folks deciding if you need that cancer treatment? Bureaucrats are not interested in whether you are healthy or not, and frankly, they don’t give a hoot about how the country feels, what they care about is if the proper box is ticked and the right form is filled out. Yes, I know that there are good and dedicated people working in the various bureaucracies of the U.S. Government, not every flunky is a complete slave to “The Man”, but do you want to take that chance…

I don’t…

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

COINCIDENCE, WHAT COINCIDENCE?

I want to start by saying that I shouldn’t have taken a weekend, you have no idea how guilty I felt not writing every day. All right, I know I’m not Hemingway or Charles Schultz, but I made a commitment to write and I let you down. (yes, you in the back there…)

Today I was informed that the Las Vegas Casino I work for would not be opening any full time positions at the end of the season, a first apparently. The reason, un-discussed, but the timing is coincidental.

Just as the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare to the rest of us) begins and insurance carriers are forced to reassess their portfolios and limit their exposure, full time employment seems to melt away like mist in the dawn.

All of this just seems to pat for me. If I were a conspiracy nut, I would surmise that all of this is just part and parcel of a larger plan.

 Roosevelt (F.D.R. not Teddy) creates the Social Security Administration, paving the way to Government Dependency. Next, Johnson’s (ongoing) ‘War on Poverty’ expands the dependant class, even though there are more poor people now than when the “War” started. Jimmy Carter played his part with his initial assault on American Manufacturing, with the 1970’s ‘Gas Crisis’ a manufactured ‘crisis’ if ever there was one. Clinton helped by ushering in the era of NAFTA (North America Free Trade Act), who out there remembers H. Ross Perot, and his “enormous sucking sound” of all American jobs moving out of the country if NAFTA passed. Now we get Obama and ACA, a law that Citizens didn’t want, which the U.S. can’t afford, that has already increased the number of people without Health Insurance, and it hasn’t even been implemented yet.

What makes all of that worse is that the same people that pushed so hard to get ACA passed, are the very people that now have exemptions to the law. If this is such a bang-up law, why then have the U.S. trade unions requested exemptions for their workers, and the President, his family, members of Congress, and their families, not to mention the various ‘one-per centers’ that can afford the high end health insurance who are also exempt.

It seems the only people stuck with ACA, are the people that fought not to have it in the first place.

Of course, I could just be a conspiracy nut…

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