"If at age 20 you are a conservative then you have no heart. If at age 30 you are a liberal then you have no brains."
Sir Winston Churchill
ADVOCATE FOR TERM LIMITS

Obama obviously knows very little about economics, specifically that "Society stagnates when independent productive achievers begin to be socially demonized and even punished for their accomplishments." This dilemma fogs Obama's reality. To him, accepting this truth is a "false choice", his answer to things he doesn't understand. And by the way... where is John Galt?

Saturday, July 19, 2014

How to win in 2016

2016 

Both Republican and Democrat presidential candidates should understand that to win in 2016 will mean changing the dangerous trajectory that Obama and the "progressives" have inflicted on the nation.  In a bi-partisan manner, if possible, they should  demonstrate to an exhausted, skeptical, fearful and angry public that the country can be turned around and led to growth, strength, full time jobs with good wages, individual freedom and prosperity.

This will mean the return of "certainty" to our domestic and foreign affairs, reestablishing the rule of law and renewing national fidelity to the Constitution.  At a minimum these will require a sharp curtailment of the administrative state that the left so reveres.  It will also necessitate a well thought out  and long overdue shrinkage of a bloated and morbidly obese Federal government.   
Regulatory and other governmental agencies that have become power mad should be abolished and/or de-funded and only their most fundamental and essential legal functions should be preserved.  The IRS, EPA, CSB, NLRB, OSHA, NRC, BLM, NMB, FERC AND FEC have all violated their mandates and are no longer trusted.  Add to this, DoJ, DVA  and HHS which also act like imperious thugs and you begin to see a government out of control, behaving like criminals and contemptuous of the people who pay their salaries. 

The country must grow and become the most prosperous nation on the globe once again.  We must become energy independent in such a way that it results in us have the cheapest and most varied amount of power in the world causing investments and job creation to flow into the country.
We must fix what the Heritage Foundation calls our "confused, unfocused and dysfunctional"  immigration system by closing the southern border and then rethinking logically and systematically, what our immigration priorities will be.  For those here legally and illegally criminal behavior must result in immediate deportation after conviction and punishment.  Amnesty with a path to citizenship should be limited to those who were brought here as small children and those who serve honorably in the military.  Work visas should be available for those who have skills in areas experiencing difficulties in filling openings or capital to invest in legitimate job creating businesses.  Interior enforcement should be robust and unambiguous.  The primary goal of immigration should be patriotic assimilation into an equal opportunity society and not multicultural assimilation into a dependency society with open borders.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

ABORTION AND OTHER "SACRAMENTS"

Abortion has become a secular sacrament for the secular left. 
The response by so called "feminists" and Democratic female politicians to the "Hobby Lobby" decision would have you believe that Sharia law  has just been instituted in the United States.  The irony in this is that normally these same actors are silent about the real evils of Sharia inflicted on women in Islamic countries.  They explain this by not wanting to be" Islamophobic" and so it goes in the "progressive asylum" that America has become.
We have heard from Hillary and NOW and Sandra Fluke and Elizabeth Warren and Debbie Wasserman- Schultz and of course  Nancy Pelosi, who just the day before told us that border states and Mexico are just one big community with a river running through it.  "San Fran Nan" also seems unfazed by a Cardinal's call to deny her communion.  I supposed she sees it as just another way to lose weight.
Hillary's denouncement is also ironic since the decision was based on the regulatory requirement to provide birth control  being a violation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was signed into law by Bill Clinton in 1993.  Put more succinctly this was not an "ObamaCare" statutory requirement ...it was an Obama personal requirement.
The always foaming at the mouth Dems see the Burwell v Hobby Lobby decision handed down on June 30th as a new opportunity to whip up the base in order to avoid disaster at the polls in November.  The very idea that people who own the majority share of for profit companies might have genuinely held religious beliefs seems quite beyond their ken.

Friday, July 4, 2014

NO TAXATION WITHOUT A REAL INVESTIGATION

The IRS is a government agency on life support!  As many have said before me, it is and has been the most hated and feared agency in the history of the US.  Now it is also the most distrusted and despised.
Being hated as a part of a bureaucracy is not a fatal flaw but being mistrusted in a democracy is.  The American people will not for long countenance the scandal that is turning into a demand for a criminal investigation.  This IRS scandal is far more serious than the one that faced the Nixon Presidency where the "plumbers" and the President merely "endeavored" to use  the agency to attack their enemies. 
In the present situation, the feeling is mounting that crimes have been committed, a Special Prosecutor should be appointed and people should go to jail.
Lois Lerner has a history of inappropriate partisan activity and she comes across as contemptuous of both the Congress and the people who paid her salary but she and others could not have concocted and managed  this assault on the enemies of Obama, without orders from above.  Nine Democratic Senators   wanted to sic the IRS on 501 (c) (3) and 501 (c) (4) tax exempt applicants whom they believed privately were political enemies while claiming publicly they were law breakers but they would not have taken this unethical and probably illegal path without a White House which micro manages all things political...giving the OK.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

REPUBLICANS


Last week I excoriated Democrats for being a party that no longer believes in the US Constitution, individual rights and the rule of law.  Today I excoriate the Republicans for being unable or unwilling to defend, protect and preserve the same.
This administration is the greatest law breaker in the history of the Republic and the President both deserves and must be impeached.  The problem is that because impeachment is a political solution to political and/or criminal "high crimes and misdemeanors" you cannot successful impeach anyone unless you have 67 votes in the Senate.  That in turn would mean that you have convinced a significant number of Senators in both parties that the  acts which warrant impeachment must be exorcised and more importantly the people want this to be done.
The Republican Party have begun to do neither.  In fact it is doubtful that they could even muster all 45 Republican votes in the Senate if they should have to vote on Articles of Impeachment.
The reasons for these are political and illustrate a timidity and cluelessness  that make the party of Lincoln, TR, Eisenhower and Reagan,  political eunuchs of historical precedent.  They are so fearful of being labled  "racists" for rightfully beginning to build a case that is self evident, to impeach the worst, most dangerous and most destructive President in our history, that they are in a state of political paralysis.  Meanwhile the country and the people suffer.

DEMOCRATS

DEMOCRATS

security democrat emblemIn the life of a democratic republic, political parties are born out of necessity and die or wither because of the lack of it.  But when democracy dies it usually is because the dominant party has become a cancer.
A dying democracy is where we find the United States today and the Democratic Party has become that cancer.
I don't know any longer, if it is even possible  for Democrats to feel shame about what their leaders say and do and in turn what they celebrate, support or simply tolerate from those same leaders.
I also don't know if Democrats can be separated, even for a brief time, from their collective smug and arrogant cynicism in order for them to adopt, display and embrace a sense of  honor. as it has been understood throughout the annals of Western Civilization.
I for one,  am done with trying to have an honest and candid debate or discussion with those who are prepared to defend this President regardless of evidence, now mountainous, as to his incompetence, his disingenuousness, his derision toward shared traditional values as well as common sense.
The leadership of this "woebegone" party has no collective or individual  conscience and because of this it's rank and file are rapidly losing theirs.

Monday, June 9, 2014

IN THE CROSS HAIRS OF HISTORY

"Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim,"

With these words Robert Bergdahl gave the Islamic victory blessing in the White House  Rose Garden while the President looked on smiling.  This moment had been a long time coming as Hillary Clinton after first applauding this prisoner exchange and who now voices her reservation due to the uproar, has to live with the disclosure that direct negotiations were conducted with the Taliban while she was Secretary of State.

This President is also rumored to have had secret and indirect negotiations with Hamas prior to their new alliance with Fatah and with Iran prior to the Russian involvement in the Iranian nuclear program.

In short through word and deed this President and his subordinates have kowtowed to the worst elements of political, terrorist Salafist Islam.  They continue to do it even as everything  now blows up in their face.  They have placed both serving military personnel and American civilians abroad in mortal danger.
These are photos, obtained by WikiLeaks that match the names of the detainees released by the Department of Defense. <strong>T</strong>he Department of Defense would neither confirm nor deny their accuracy.<strong> Khair Ulla Said Wali Khairkhwa </strong>was an early member of the Taliban in 1994 and was interior minister during the Taliban's rule. He was arrested in Pakistan and was transferred to Guantanamo in May 2002. During questioning, Khairkhwa denied all knowledge of extremist activities.
<strong>Mullah Mohammad Fazl </strong>commanded the main force fighting the U.S.-backed Northern Alliance in 2001, and served as chief of army staff under the Taliban regime. Fazl was detained after surrendering to Abdul Rashid Dostam, the leader of Afghanistan's Uzbek community, in November 2001. He was transferred into U.S. custody in December 2001 and was one of the first arrivals at Guantanamo, where he was assessed as having high intelligence value.
<strong>Mullah Norullah Noori </strong>served as governor of Balkh province in the Taliban regime and played some role in coordinating the fight against the Northern Alliance. Like Fazl, Noori was detained after surrendering to Dostam, the Uzbek leader, in 2001.
<strong>Abdul Haq Wasiq </strong>was the deputy chief of the Taliban regime's intelligence service. Wasiq claimed, according to an administrative review, that he was arrested while trying to help the United States locate senior Taliban figures. He denied any links to militant groups.
<strong>Mohammad Nabi Omari </strong>was a minor Taliban official in Khost Province and was the Taliban's chief of communications and helped al Qaeda members escape from Afghanistan to Pakistan. He also said that he had worked with a U.S. operative named Mark to try to track down Taliban leader Mullah Omar.
This time  he may well have crossed the "Mendoza line" on the road to impeachment.  In releasing the worst of the worst of the Taliban and then lying about the conditions of the release, Obama has violated his oath of office to protect the nation and violated the law by not informing Congress 30 days in advance of his attention to do this as well as giving "aid and comfort" to an acknowledged terrorist enemy.

Many believe that he was seeking something dramatic to take the unfolding and endless scandal of the VA off the front pages.  Others believe that this exchange would be applauded in the same way the killing of Bin Laden was celebrated.  And still others felt that this was so dramatic that it would neuter the predictably negative reaction to the job and economy killing regulations that the radical out of control EPA has just proposed.

Everything this Imperial President does is political.  He has established an administrative state which has neutered our Constitutional Republic.  He operates for himself and his increasingly self evident agenda of making the United States irrelevant in the affairs of the world.  He believes that the US is and has been the problem globally for a long, long time.  He hates all capitalism save  the crony  capitalism which bankrolls his grand design and hence does all he can to make sure the country never recovers from the doldrums that he, after five and a half years in office, has in large part caused.


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

THE HEDGEROWS

June 6th turned into June 7th as the survivors of the initial landings began to leave the beach heads and move inland.  In their wake came thousands of more allied troops discharging from their landing crafts in shoulder high water to avoid booby traps and mines close to the five landing zones.  Operation Overlord was one day old.

Once up and over the bluffs that overlooked the beaches, the men found themselves confronting miles of hedgerows stretching from Cherbourg to Alecon and Mayenne , north to south, and from Falaise and Argentan to Avaranches, east to west.  They called this advance "Operation Cobra".

The hedgerows were ancient  from  Roman times and were called "Le Bocage" by the people of Normandy.

They consisted of earthen banks 5 to 6 feet high and 12 feet wide across the bottom.  They were anchored together by trees on their top and thick dense vegetation on their sides  whose root systems combined to make them as solid as stone walls.  They had been built to delineate land boundaries and provide natural fencing for pasture and farm land.
[Section of Typical Normandy Hedgerow]

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Taken as a whole they formed a crazy patchwork maze with sunken roads caused by the buildup of earth to form the hedges. These roads were the only means to travel through the maze by wagon or motor vehicle.  Each field rimmed by these hedgerows had one entrance and the Allies had no maps. 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

COMMENCEMENT 2014

Many people ask me " Why are you so angry?"   I usually reply "Why aren't you?"  For starters I am not built to surrender.  I take my rights and responsibilities seriously.  I take my obligation seriously to try and leave my country and the world better than they were when I found it.   I cannot roll over and become a slave to those who once they have stripped me of my rights would then attempt to eradicate my humanity.  So I'm angry!

The country is in the throes of an American version of the cultural revolution.  Too many of our allegedly educated youth are all too ready, willing and eager to silence anyone who disagrees with them on whatever issue du jour  they have taken a pious and ignorant stand.

We were warned  that this day would come when the missionaries of Marx took over Academia and systematically proceeded to turn our children into witless disciples of numerous phony Messiahs.

Intolerance in the university is now the norm as witnessed by the procession of graduation speakers who have become objectionable for moronic reasons held by brainwashed bigots with caps and gowns.
If I were to be a commencement speaker (which is about as likely as playing shortstop for the Yankees after Jeter retires), I would say this to the graduates of 2014:

" The world is in terrible shape.  The country is virtually in free fall because the rule of law has been abandoned.  The Constitution ...the greatest secular document of freedom ever written is in tatters...and many of you, but not all of you are oblivious to all of the above because your education has not included an accurate history of this country, warts and all.  Instead if you got anything it was The History of the United States...warts...that's all.    

Nor were you instructed in how this country is supposed to work  so you could be the watchmen in the night when the nation veers off course.  Had you been so instructed, most of you would be on the barricades today.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

INCOME INEQUALITY

Nobody capable of useful work need today lack food and shelter in the advanced countries, and for those incapable of themselves earning enough these necessities are generally provided outside the market. Poverty in the relative sense must of course continue to exist outside of any completely egalitarian society: so long as there exists inequality, somebody must be at the bottom of the scale. But the abolition of absolute poverty is not helped by the endeavor to achieve 'social justice'; in fact, in many of the countries in which absolute poverty is still an acute problem, the concern for 'social justice' has become one of the greatest obstacles in the elimination of poverty. In the West the rise of the great masses to tolerable comfort has been the effect of the general growth of wealth and has been merely slowed down by measures interfering with the market mechanism. It has been this market mechanism which has created the increase of aggregate income, which also has made it possible to provide outside the market for the support of those unable to earn enough. But the attempts to 'correct' the results of the market in the direction of 'social justice' have probably produced more injustice in the form of new privileges, obstacles to mobility and frustration of efforts than they have contributed to the alleviation of the lot of the poor.
From economist Friedrich Hayek's "Law, Legislation and Liberty, Vol. 2: The Mirage of Social Justice" (1976):  
 
It seems as if everyone today is  talking about income inequality.  Obama is using it as a bogus political crusade to divert our attention from Benghazi, the IRS and ObamaCare; Pope Francis is denouncing it as an ethical and moral challenge.  Bill DeBlasio ran with it as his signature issue to become Mayor of NYC.  
Thomas Piketty,a neo-Marxist French political scientist believes that income inequality is cause by capitalism.  He has written a book called  "Capital in the Twenty-First Century" which the left is having schoolgirl swoons over.  In it Piketty, says only taxation can correct this problem, so he  advocates a world wide tax of 80% for anyone making over $500,000 a year.  For those making less, levies of 40% and 60% are proposed.  This is all social justice masquerading as a path to income equality which history has shown will not work when the market mechanisms of capitalism have been thwarted by ideology. 

Friday, May 2, 2014

THE SMOKING GUNS

Benghazi has been and continues to be a scandal trifecta.  
 
There is the scandal of why the Consulate in Benghazi was not reinforced with adequate security despite a rapidly deteriorating security situation and despite repeated requests from military, diplomatic and security officials inside and outside the State Department.  Those questions have been largely answered due to the callous indifference and incompetence of the State Department and Hillary Clinton.
 
The second scandal is why there was no attempt to come to the aid of both diplomatic and CIA personnel once the attack began. 
 
The third scandal is what various elements of the US government did and said, subsequent to the attack, to explain to the American people what happened, why it happened and who was responsible. 
 
On April 30, the release to Judicial Watch, via a FOIA related Federal law suit,  of  e-mails from Ben Rhodes, White House Deputy National Security Adviser for Communications, provides proof that the story of a YouTube video as the cause of the Benghazi attack was bogus and was an attempt to give cover to the President seven weeks before the November 2012 election.

RACE, RAGE AND JUSTICE

"Racism springs from the lie that certain human beings are less than fully human. It's a self-centered falsehood that corrupts our minds into believing we are right to treat others as we would not want to be treated."
-Alveda King, civil rights activist.
 
Donald Sterling has been a racist for a very long time.  His public comments were always there for us to see if we really wanted to look.  So why is it now that almost unanimous scorn is heaped upon him as if a great and terrible secret had been uncovered.  Despite his odious views he got awards and now forgiveness (that he has not asked for) from the LA branch of the NAACP.   What is that all about?  This man seems unrepentant, locked as he is in a legal battle with the latest young woman he cavorted with while still married to his wife of 50 years who is  the co-owner of the Clippers. 
 
Racism is the great American sickness.  Clearly it exists all over the world, but in America it takes on insidious dimensions that threaten the soul of the nation.  It is has always has been an existential danger to who we profess to be and what we profess to stand for.  People who see the world and their fellow men through a racial prism are quite simply, mentally and spiritually ill.