Conservative Stupidity

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One of the great failures of our foreign policy throughout the world arises from the fact that we have permitted ourselves to be identified everywhere with the old, doomed, and rotting colonial-imperialist small European nations which once imposed upon so much of the world the pattern of exploitation and economic and political domination…. None of these rebellious, awakening peoples will…trust us or cooperate in any way so long as we remain identified with the economic colonial system of Europe, which represents, even in its capitalistic pattern, the last remnants of feudalism…. We leave these awakening peoples with no choice but to turn to Russian and communist comfort and promise of Utopia.

Louis Bromfield

We repeat this mistake today against a newly contrived enemy.

An all-pervasive propaganda has established a myth of inevitability in American action: all wars were necessary, all wars were good. The burden of proof rests with those who contend that America is better off, that American security has been enhanced, and that prospects of world peace have been improved by American intervention in four wars in half a century. Intervention began with deceit by McKinley; it ends with deceit by Roosevelt and Truman.

Perhaps we would have a rational foreign policy…if Americans could be brought to realize that the first necessity is the renunciation of the lie as an instrument of foreign policy.

George Morgenstern

 

 

 

 

Leftist Angst and Ignorance and the American Sniper

Sniper Chris Kyle
I’ve read that the true measure of heroism is lives saved. By that definition, Kyle was a hero. Many of the lives that he took with his sniper rifle saved the lives of American soldiers who were the targets of the persons whom Kyle killed. These were insurgents bent on shooting, rocketing or planting IEDs with the intent to kill Americans and Iraqis.

Don’t blame Chris Kyle for going to war. Don’t excoriate him for liking or not disliking war. Don’t mock him because he didn’t take a nuanced view of Iraq or Iraqis. Most of the folks who are criticizing this man’s life and military experience have no idea what it is like to be in combat. Most of them are missing the point entirely. Chris Kyle was a pawn in a larger game. Bush and Obama sent him to Iraq to kill and wage war on those whom the US government filled with your elected representatives claim were/are enemies of the United States. This war was never and is still not about Democracy or an existential threat to America. The wars of the past decade and a half have about control of resources. Both Obama and Bush played this game well. They simultaneously played the American people.

Kyle is an easy target. Especially so, since he is dead. The true target of your ire should be the Corporate CEOs, Bankers and Politicians. However, Kyle being the easier target, American Liberals (Democrats) will instead cowardly attack the dead.


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America’s Corrupt Political Class and their War on Freedom

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The only way to end this is to go to a one vote policy. Each person gets one vote.

This will entail taking the money out of politics. Money is not speech. Money is bribery.

Every politician who takes campaign donations from any source other than individuals should be impeached for their unethical practices. That which is legal is not always ethical just as that which is illegal is not always unethical. Many of our laws in America amount to no more than legalization of corruption. Many of our laws amount to little more than legislatively outlawing beneficial substances such as Hemp based on corrupt influences.

Take, for instance, GMO corn vs hemp. Hemp could save human beings millions. Hemp would be good for the environment or not as harmful as chopping down trees. However, we have corporations in America which would lose money and whole industries that would go out of business if we switched to hemp. Hemp would benefit millions of Americans.

Conversely, GMO corn benefits a few billionaires such as the Monsanto gang of thugs. GMO corn causes huge problems for small farms and farmers in that, if one GMO genetically altered seeds fall into a small farmers crop, that farmer is legally liable to pay fees to Monsanto.

That should be the other way around. If GMO corn seed or seed of any type infects the crops of a farmer close to the Monsanto fields, Monsanto should be liable to the farmer for spreading their disease ridden pestilence.

GMOs profit the few at the expense of the many. Why? Because of bribes which are legally termed “campaign donations.”

The FCC supposedly owns the airwaves. Each candidate running for office should be alloted two weekly 15 minute time slots. That is all. Each politician should be allowed a website and allowed to create a facebook and twitter account. Each politician should be made to conduct town hall meetings to explain their platform.

No politician should be allowed to take monies from Corporations.

No SuperPacs should be allowed. These SuperPacs should be legislatively banned.

If a commercial is aired in support of a candidate, the sponsoring entity should be made plain. At the bottom of the screen, there should be, in bold, the Corporate Logos and Names of each sponsor.

This would make plain why a candidate is being sponsored.

No corporation should be able to directly or indirectly donate campaign funds to a political candidate.

It is time to take the corruption out of politics. It is time that we have a 3rd and 4th party in America. It is time for real transparency. Not the faux Obama Hope and Change transparency. It is time to hold politicians accountable. If that means jailing a President after an impeachment and trial, fine. Good.

I don’t care to what party a candidate pretends to be loyal. At this time, they are all loyal to the Party of Greed. Yes, even Obama.

Less than half of America believes that the political parties are good for this nation. Less than half of America are loyal to the DNC and GOP.

How are these two parties representative of America if they cannot, will not and will never represent more than half of the populace.

This is not Democracy. This is not representation. The only “people” being represented in today’s America are the Banks and Corporations.

Yet, individuals amounting to roughly 40% of America believe that the political parties are who is needed to run this country.

From what I can see, these partisans and their corrupt parties are running America into the ground.

The real traitors in America are not Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden. The real traitors are members of and voters for the GOP and DNC.

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“So it should be no surprise that “follow the money” beginning at the local level should extend to the formulation of US foreign policy, where money also talks. Adelson wants a war? He just might get it if he backs the right GOP horse. And don’t think for a second that a President Hillary will be any different. She also has monied interests behind her who wouldn’t mind seeing Iran get its comeuppance. Where is the peace candidate? Looking for money”.

 

 

http://www.unz.com/article/corruption-in-government-starts-at-the-bottom/

Politicians and Lies

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It’s probably something that millions of others have pondered.

Why do we allow politicians to lie to us?

Time after time politicians look us in the eye.  In person.  On national TV.  They look at us.  They calculate.  That calculation includes the prediction that come election day, we, the American public, will forget and forgive.

Now New Taxes!

Read my lips!

Sequestration did not originate with the White House.

I can not recall.

I did not have sexual relations with that woman.

Remember the Maine!

Tonkin Gulf.

It seems that no President in my life time has been truthful with the American Public.  They take for granted that we will forgive them their trespasses.

Why?  Why do we forgive them when they constantly lie to us.

The Patriot Act and Obamacare are two examples of Stalinistic BIG LIES that have forever altered the lives of millions of American citizens.  The War on Drugs has ruined lives in the multitudes.  Yet, it is based upon a carefully packaged set of lies designed wholly and from the outset to deceive the American public.

The office of the President and the various offices of Congress are supposed to be servants of the people.  How can these people serve us if they feel that they must constantly lie to us.  FOR OUR OWN GOOD!  As if we are all too stupid to understand.

Now, it is a given that some of us are too ignorant.  Too superstitious.  Too uneducated.  By and large, this is a product of the systems emplaced by that very Congress and the lesser State Congresses.

No Child Left Behind is an example of the heinous programs set upon us by the Federal Government when it has usurped the power of the States and encroached upon the power of the people.  This worthless act nearly guarantees that children will, educationally speaking, be left behind.  It forces teachers and administrators to teach to a test.  It stifles learning and critical thinking.  It solved nothing but, instead, added a new layer of bureaucracy upon many more stale layers of bureaucracy that had been laid in the decades preceding.

No Child Left Behind is a lie.

VAWA is another lie.  The Violence Against Women Act originated by Bill Clinton.  It is a bill crafted to give monies to certain organizations that support the Democratic National Party.  It is a terrible example of cronyism and the spoils system.  It solves nothing and adds layers of bureaucracy to a bureaucracy laden system.  It inculcates a notion of guilty until proven innocent into our “justice” system.   Under this bill, thousands are treated as if they are guilty, they’re rights abused simply because a woman accuses a man.  That man must not be found guilty to have his life destroyed.  If the man is found to be innocent of the charges arrayed against him, it is too late.  He has already been violated.

This is VAWA.  This is Bill Clinton and Barack Obama’s vision of justice.  Guilty until proven innocent.  It is almost Islamic in it’s outlook.  Shariah law writ large upon the American justice system.

If a woman becomes angered at a man because he cheated on her or if they argue over finances, that woman can scream “domestic abuse.”  Her victim, for he is a victim in these cases, is forever stained and forever scarred by the system put in place by VAWA.  I have seen it in action.  This is no theory.   A woman beats a man.  That man defends himself merely by holding up his arms and then grabbing the woman to stop her from hitting him with a whiskey bottle.  The police are called in.  The man is taken away in hand cuffs for defending himself.  The woman is left free to terrorize others.

In that case and others like it, the police apologized repeatedly to the man.  “We have no choice. In cases of domestic abuse, we must take the man into custody.”

This man was then demonized by others who did not know the truth.

The pity of it was that he loved her and could not bring himself to do the right thing and leave her.

He was arrested several times over the course of two years until he was finally able to make the decision to leave her.

They had children.  The courts, not being able to fully believe that a man could be a victim and that the woman could be the perpetrator, awarded full custody to the alcoholic mother.

This is VAWA in action.

This is the BIG LIE that the Left tells us when they pass laws such as VAWA.

Then they wonder why people are against such egregious acts in defense of “victims.”

The left has victimitis.  They feel that the only cure is more government or, rather, more Federal Government.

Which leads us to another political lie told by both Republicans and Democrats.  They rip the Constitution to threads and tell us that it is for our own good.  They usurp powers from the State in the name of Security, Health and Welfare.

Ronald Reagan was the Great Communicator.  He was also a great liar.  When he wanted the States to pass legislation placing the age of consumption of Alcohol to 21 from 18 years, Reagan pushed the States to pass those laws.  This was in keeping with his State’s Rights Small Government stance.

However, what he did not advertise was that he bullied the States into passing his legislation.  Men can be sent off to war at age 18.  However, they are not to be trusted with the consumption of alcohol.  This was a Reagan policy.  The man of the people.

In order to force the State Legislatures to pass his Alcohol Consumption law, Reagan threatened to withhold interstate highway funds from all States that did not pass his law.

Reagan.  Not so States Rights oriented when he wanted to get his way.  The way of the tyrant.  The spoiled brat who will get his way or else.

Another lie.

Reagan was also the author of the Iran-Contra Affair.  I find it hard to believe that a President did not know of a program of such possible detriment to his administration.  I believe that Reagan lied here as well.  Bush probably lied about it as well.  They let Ollie North be their fall guy and they paid him well for it.

There are more examples of our government and their perpetual lies.  All Presidents lie to us.  Regardless of their party affiliation.  Only fools believe that one party is more or less guilty than the other.

The question is:  When will be begin to hold these Parties and their Candidates accountable for their words and deeds?

I believe that Presidents should be liable for their actions up to their deaths.  When scandals arise, apolitical action should be taken.  If George Bush knowingly lied about WMD, let him be judged.  If Obama lied about Benghazi or his Mexican Drug Gun deals, let him pay the price.  Let them all be judged.

We need to set a precedent.

The precedent needs to be set for the good of the country.  Not for the good of a political party.

Presidential ties to organizations such as Goldman Sachs should be carefully investigated.  Any and all Presidents with too close ties to Goldman Sachs and who have profited off of their scandalous deals and their corruption should be tried in open hearing before the public.

A message needs to be sent.  We will no longer excuse your lies.  Give us the truth or we will give you your just desserts.

Wishful thinking, I know.  The general public is addicted to US Weekly, the Kardashians, The Voice and Survivor.

What is the health of the Republic compared to being brainlessly entertained by celebrities?

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The Era of Entitlement ~ From Bush Sr to Obama

“Do not blame Caesar, blame the people of Rome who have so enthusiastically acclaimed and adored him and rejoiced in their loss of freedom and danced in his path and gave him triumphal processions. …

Blame the people who hail him when he speaks in the Forum of the ‘new, wonderful good society’ which shall now be Rome’s, interpreted to mean ‘more money, more ease, more security, more living fatly at the expense of the industrious.'”

–Roman statesman Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.)

This could be written of our era.  Starting with the fall of the Soviet Union to the election of Obama.  The American people are interested in only one thing.  One thing only.

“What can the government do for me?”

I hear no one asking what can I do for myself.

We have become a nation of the entitled.

This is the road to hell.

Health Care, Socialism, Democracy and President Obama

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Socialism refers to various theories of economic organization advocating public or direct worker ownership and administration of the means of production and allocation of resources, and a society characterized by equal access to resources for all individuals with an egalitarian method of compensation. In Marxist theory, socialism is a transitional phase between capitalism and communism characterized by unequal distribution of wealth and compensation according to work done. [1][2][3] Contrary to popular belief, socialism is not a political system; it is an economic system distinct from capitalism.

Forerunners of communist ideas existed in antiquity and particularly in the 18th and early 19th century France, with thinkers such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the more radical Gracchus Babeuf. Radical egalitarianism then emerged as a significant political power in the first half of 19th century in Western Europe. In the world shaped by the Industrial Revolution and the French Revolution, the newly established political left included many various political and intellectual movements, which are the direct ancestors of today’s communism and socialism – these two then newly minted words were almost interchangeable at the time – and of anarchism or anarcho-communism.

Capitalism typically refers to an economic and social system in which the means of production (also known as capital) are privately controlled; labor, goods and capital are traded in a market; profits are distributed to owners or invested in new technologies and industries; and wages are paid to labor.

Democracy is a system of government in which either the actual governing is carried out by the people governed (direct democracy), or the power to do so is granted by them (as in representative democracy). The term is derived from the Greek δημοκρατία (dēmokratía (info)), “popular government”,[1] which was coined from δῆμος (dêmos), “people” and κράτος (krátos), meaning “power” in the middle of the fifth-fourth century BC to denote the political systems then existing in some Greek city-states, notably Athens following a popular uprising in 508 BC.[2]

In political theory, democracy describes a small number of related forms of government and also a political philosophy. Even though there is no specific, universally accepted definition of ‘democracy’,[3] there are two principles that any definition of democracy includes, equality and freedom.[4] These principles are reflected by all citizens being equal before the law, and having equal access to power.[5] Additionally, all citizens are able to enjoy legitimized freedoms and liberties, which are usually protected by a constitution.[6][7]

Technically, Obama was/is engaging in a socialist act when he purchased majority shares of several organizations (banks, car manufacturing, etc).  We shall see in due time whether that was a wise act or something less.  It may have been the action that put the economy back on chart.  It may have been wasted money.  Time will reveal it’s truths.

Many in America are comparing a Political Theory with an Economic Theory.  It’s apples and oranges.  One can be both Socialist and Democratic.  One can be both Capitalist and Democratic.  One can not be a pure Socialist and engage in Capitalism or vice versa.  Though China is proving that one can be both Communist and Capitalist right before our eyes or perhaps they are simply oligarchic capitalists.

When someone states that Obama is Socialist that does not preclude him from being Democratic in political system preference.

President Obama is more Socialist than say Forbes or Reagan (perhaps).  He’s no more Socialist than Bush in my opinion.  Bush approved/extended a few programs that many might consider Socialist and if he had been able to sit for a third term, I believe, he would have acted much as did Obama.

On the question of health care, The United States must care for it’s citizens in our post-Industrial age.  The economy and capitalism is not going to do this nor are they designed in theory to do so.  Companies are attempting to cut back on expenses to improve the bottom line.  Canceling health care benefits.  Canceling pensions.  And so on and so forth.  If the United States is going to be a Nation of values and humanity going forward, it must care for it’s citizens.  Health Care is an important part of that plan.  In my opinion.  If America is truly a Nation of, by and for the people, then Health Care is and must be a priority.

It will likely mean heavier taxes.  Personally, I think some of those taxes should come from the businesses that benefit from American Capitalism, the Federal Government and from our military protectionist adventures around the world.  Some must come from the citizens themselves.

Additionally, I think in order for citizens to qualify for said health care, they should be willing to serve in some capacity the country that provides these benefits and “entitlements.”  “To whom much is given, much is expected” after all.  Some want much and expect to give nothing in return.

Welfare as we know it should be heavily reformed as a means to cut spending.  To qualify for welfare, I believe, that one should show that one is working towards something such as higher education or some sort of self improvement.  Welfare should be a graduated system rather than an all or nothing system.  If recipients are not working towards some goal, they should be willing to work in some service category such as working for an NGO or volunteer work or community service of some sort.  I’m completely against giving anyone’s tax dollars away for nothing for all or a great many years of one’s life.  Disability and ill-health should be taken into consideration, of course.  I know too many people back home in Kentucky who have never worked a day in their trailer park livin’, mayonnaise sandwich eatin’ lives.  Yet, they sit and collect tax dollars in the form of food stamps and other forms of social services.  Some of these folks sell drugs on the side or engage in other illicit activity.  Many do not.

Corporate welfare and other handouts should face heavy scrutiny as well.  Why are we giving corporations and other entities these moneys or tax breaks.  Foreign aid and foreign military support should be scrutinized in the same manner.  Why do we still have forces in Europe?  Korea?  Japan?  It’s time to pull out of these places.  Those forces could be better deployed elsewhere or home.  Why are we funding despots when we should be pressuring them to reform.  If they haven’t reformed by now, it’s not going to happen in most cases.  We have carrots with no sticks following on.

Socialism and Democracy can co-exist and America has proven this to a more or less limited degree over the past 70 or so years.  Sweden is rated the most democratic country in the world according to the links below.  It also engages heavily in social welfare.  I don’t know if larger countries can maintain that same model.  But, perhaps, it is worth the chance.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socialism

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democracy

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communism

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capitalism

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_Sweden

Iraq: Bush makes final Presidential visit.

Bush Makes Surprise Trip to Iraq

BAGHDAD — On a farewell trip to Iraq, President George W. Bush said Sunday the war has been hard but was necessary to protect the U.S. and give Iraqis hope for a peaceful future.

Mr. Bush visited the Iraqi capital just 37 days before he hands the war off to President-elect Barack Obama, who has pledged to end it. At the end of nearly two hours of meetings at an ornate, marble-floored palace along the shores of the Tigris River, Mr. Bush defended the war, now in its sixth year.

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President George W. Bush walks with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani after arriving for a surprise visit to the country.

“The work hasn’t been easy, but it has been necessary for American security, Iraqi hope and world peace,” the president said. “I’m just so grateful I had the chance to come back to Iraq before my presidency ends.”

But in many ways, the unannounced trip was a victory lap without a victory. Nearly 150,000 U.S. troops remain in Iraq fighting a war that is remarkably unpopular in the United States and across the globe. More than 4,209 members of the U.S. military have died and the war has cost U.S. taxpayers $576 billion since it began five years and nine months ago.

After an arrival ceremony, Mr. Bush began a rapid-fire series of meetings with top Iraqi leaders. The president wanted to highlight a drop in violence in a nation still riven by ethnic strife and to celebrate a recent U.S.-Iraq security agreement, which calls for U.S. troops to withdraw by the end of 2011.

Air Force One landed at Baghdad International Airport in the afternoon local time after a secretive Saturday night departure from Washington. In a sign of security gains in this war zone, Mr. Bush received a formal arrival ceremony — a flourish absent in his three earlier trips.

Referring to Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, seated beside him, and the country’s two vice presidents, mr. Bush said: “I’ve known these men for a long time, and I’ve come to admire them for their courage and their determination to succeed.”

Mr. Bush’s meetings at the palace were held as the sun set outside and darkness fell over Baghdad. Mr. Talabani called Mr. Bush “our great friend,” who “helped to liberate” Iraq. “Thanks to him and his courageous leadership, we are here,” Mr. Talabani said.

Mr. Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki planned a ceremonial signing of the security agreement — a “remarkable document,” according to Mr. Bush’s national security adviser, Stephen Hadley. He said the pact was unique in the Arab world because it was publicly debated, discussed and adopted by an elected parliament.

Mr. Hadley said the trip proved that the U.S.-Iraq relationship was changing “with Iraqis rightfully exercising greater sovereignty” and the U.S. “in an increasingly subordinate role.”

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The year is 2018.  Iraq is a viable and peaceful nation.  An upstanding member of the United Nations.  Their economy is humming.  They are cracking down on extremism.  Law and order is the rule of the day.  They are aiding in the effort to bring peace to the Middle East.

If such a future comes to pass, will anyone admit that Bush was right for invading Iraq?

I think the Left will do everything in their power to credit Barack Obama.  He will deserve credit.  But if it happens, the architect of that future is George Bush.

I don’t know if such a future is in the offing.  No one does.  Iraq could go either way or end up somewhere in the middle of the chaos and anarchy predicted by the doom and glooming left and the bright and sunny picture of peace and prosperity that Neo-Cons try to push as the most certain future.

I’ll hope for a peaceful future for the people of Iraq.  After a century and more of Ottoman rule followed by decades of Colonialism and the more immediate past decades of terror at the hands of the madman Saddam Hussein, these folks are due a bit of peace and prosperity.

Salaam…