Militarized police, sophisticated surveillance, and normal citizens with little say in what goes on. The US has all the trappings of an all-powerful police state.
1. A totalitarian state controlled by a political police force that secretly supervises the citizens’ activities.
1.) So is the U.S. a totalitarian state?
No. It’s an inverted totalitarian state. Continue reading
A progressive talk show host this past week did a partial review of Karl Marx’s ten recommendations to establish communist society. He discussed the abolition of rights of inheritance, not completely dismissing it. He also discussed the progressive income tax which he endorsed; of course no self-respecting progressive would ever disagree with that. It is a cornerstone of progressivism. The analog would be that when you go to the grocer’s. The check out clerk would ask for your income statement before determining the charges.
He did admit that Marx wanted to destroy all rights of property; mighty charitable of him. He also stated that Marx, toward the end of his life, said he was not a Marxist, a statement which is pretty much acknowledged but which proves what I’ve been saying for years. Continue reading
In 2014, the average salary in congress is $174,000 plus perks yet many elected officials are claiming they are underpaid. For the first time in history, more than half the members of the House and Senate are now millionaires, according to the nonprofit Center for Responsive Politics, which examines the influence of money on politics in Washington.
The median net worth for lawmakers in the House and Senate was $1,008,767 .
In 2013, the House was in session for a grand total of 126 days. Congress spends roughly two-thirds of the year not working. In a typical week, members of the House and Senate work only two full days: Tuesdays and Wednesdays when committees begin public hearings around 9:30 a.m. or 10 a.m. and votes continue into the late afternoon.
To fix many problems in Washington D.C. a few common sense ideas could change this country if enacted by the same people that have abused their authority for decades. Continue reading
Am I the only one or have you noticed your liberal friends and family have been strangely silent lately?
I tweeted as much Friday and, given the number of retweets in a matter of minutes, I gather I am not alone.
So why are these normally voluble people suddenly doing a disappearing act? (I’m not talking about the politicians and pundits. They’re being paid to move their mouths.) It’s pretty obvious.
They are bewildered and embarrassed. Some are even ashamed of themselves, not that they will readily admit it. The man who was their hero has now been unmasked in every direction as the worst president since the Civil War and possibly earlier. Continue reading
The IRS’s ongoing effort to stifle conservative speech is only the latest in 60 years of Democrat efforts to marginalize conservatives. In this latest attempt, the Democrats have proved willing to give up several valued parts of their agenda – including funding for pre-kindergarten, funds for the IMF, and more dollars for ObamaCare – in order to keep proposed new IRS rules that would institutionalize the harassment of tea party groups currently under investigation.
Republicans have been willing to grant Democrats all of those agenda items if only the Democrats will delay the IRS rules governing 501(c)(4) groups. The Democrats’ refusal will be less surprising if seen as only the latest attempt in a 60-years-long attempt to shut down conservative speech. What the Democrats are ready to give in order to accomplish this goal clearly testifies to the importance they attach to the project. Continue reading
What happens when an institution becomes more important than the cause for which the institution was formed? How long should people who believe in the cause remain loyal to such an institution? And at what point does loyalty to such an institution comprise an abandonment of the cause itself?
I’m afraid the majority of Americans have been institutionalized in a manner not unlike the way prisoners are institutionalized after a long period of confinement. After a point, a prisoner is so conditioned to accepting the circumstances of his confinement that, should he be released from confinement, he truly would be unable to cope. Such seems to be the mentality of a majority of us today. Continue reading
We are witnessing a reversion to tribalism around the world, away from nation states. The the same pattern can be seen even in America – especially in American politics.
Before the rise of the nation-state, between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries, the world was mostly tribal. Tribes were united by language, religion, blood, and belief. They feared other tribes and often warred against them. Kings and emperors imposed temporary truces, at most.
But in the past three hundred years the idea of nationhood took root in most of the world. Members of tribes started to become citizens, viewing themselves as a single people with patriotic sentiments and duties toward their homeland. Although nationalism never fully supplanted tribalism in some former colonial territories, the transition from tribe to nation was mostly completed by the mid twentieth century. Continue reading
The provision on natural-born citizens of the United States is precise, clear and definite.
NATURAL-BORN CITIZENS ARE THOSE WHO ARE CITIZENS OF THE U.S. FROM BIRTH AND WHOSE PARENTS ARE CITIZENS OF THE U.S. AT THE TIME OF THEIR BIRTH.
Natural-born citizens, as distinguished from aliens and naturalized citizens, are those born in the United States of parents who are citizens. Natural-born citizens are also those born outside the United States and its outlying possessions of parents both of whom are citizens of the United States and one of whom has had a residence in the United States or one of its outlying possessions prior to the birth of the child. Continue reading
I like to keep up with what the opposition is saying & thinking, thus I listen to a local Jacksonville, Florida Progressive Talk Show (PTS). There’s the old Godfather II saying, “Keep your friends close & your enemies closer,” but also, like a stopped clock, every so often progressives come up with something that Republicans, conservatives or libertarians can agree on.
A couple of weeks ago, a caller to his show, went on about how devoted he is a devotee’ of the principles of progressivism that arose during the vaunted Progressive Era of the early twentieth century. That caller also expounded on the great benefits that befell this country with the publication of The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, a novel that exposed the ‘horrible’ conditions in the meat packing business in Chicago. It resulted in the Pure Food Act that was signed into law by Theodore Roosevelt. That act led to the creation of what is today the FDA, which regulates much of the pharmaceutical and food industries of this country. Continue reading
There’s a Jacksonville, Florida former University of North Florida professor Stan Swart who calls himself Brother Stan, the Union Man. A progressive, he has been a reliable mouthpiece for just about any progressive program or law favoring union leadership (as opposed to pro-union member) working position policy that has come up.
But there has always been a problem with these things which Swart has never acknowledged. Simmering below the surface in just about every trade (electrician, plumbers, masons, steel workers, etc.) union in the country, has been a lot of grumbling about the leadership when they’ve endorsed, as they so often have, the socialist policies of the Democrats, especially the welfarism. When you’re breaking your back in an 8-4 construction job on 20’ ladders to support your family, your sympathy for someone sitting at home smoking cigarettes, watching TV and gorging on potato chips while pushing out one illegitimate child after another is sorely strained. Continue reading
Sung to the tune of California Dreamin’ © Mamas and the Papas
All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray.
I went for a walk to get my Congress spayed.
I’d be safe and warm if they’d just go away.
California Dreamin’, Barbara Botox, go away.
Stopped into a church they made illegal today,
Well I got down on my knees but I forgot how to pray.
There’s no preacher bold enough to turn them away,
California Dreamin’ Barbara Botox go away.
All the leaves are brown with pollution today,
I went for a walk couldn’t see the sky anyway.
If I wasn’t stoned, I’d find some sense today,
California Dreamin’ I may choke today.
The headline reads: “Senate holds global warming all-nighter”. The Democrats haven’t learned a damned thing. The headline says it all. So I have to ask the question: just what in your almighty, all knowing, ever-aggravatingly and ignorant way are you going to do to stop “global warming”? You can’t even get a budget passed and you’re going to somehow play God and get this thing straightened out by yourselves? Good luck with that, guys. Continue reading
A few days ago, a prominent attorney asked me a question: can religious liberty and the growing demands of government and others occupy the same space? And if not, who wins?
This is, perhaps, not quite the right question.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter, aka “Hannibal the Cannibal” in The Silence of the Lambs asked a more fitting one:
“First principles, Clarice. Simplicity. Read Marcus Aurelius. Of each particular thing ask: What is it in itself? What is its nature?”
Most pundits observing what has gone on recently in Arizona and other states regarding same-sex marriage have concluded, “We are witnessing a clash between religious and civil liberties.” While many nod their heads in agreement, this analysis is wrong. Continue reading
As I enjoy my twilight years, I am often struck by the inevitability that the party must end. There will be a clear, cold morning when there isn’t any “more”. No more hugs, no more special moments to celebrate together, no more phone calls just to chat.
It seems to me that one of the important things to do before that morning comes, is to let every one of your family and friends know that you care for them by finding simple ways to let them know your heartfelt beliefs and the guiding principles of your life so they can always say, “He was my friend, and I know where he stood.”
So, just in case I’m gone tomorrow, please know this:
“I voted against that incompetent, lying, flip-flopping, insincere, double-talking, radical socialist, terrorist excusing, bleeding heart, narcissistic, scientific and economic moron currently in the White House!”
I came to this country in the mid-eighties as a political refugee. My father fought communist forces in Vietnam for the South Vietnamese military alongside U.S. armed forces. Following the fall of Saigon, our family fled the country by boat and spent nearly three years in refugee camps in Thailand and the Philippines. We were consequently sponsored to the U.S. by a church and our family eventually settled in California.
When our family first arrived in the U.S., in an effort to help us assimilate, a man whom we all called “Dad” drove his van around town every Friday to take newly settled immigrants on a shopping trip to K-Mart. His wife would then make us dinner and we’d all watch a movie before he’d drop us back at our homes by the end of the evening, marking some most indelible footprints in my heart. I further benefitted from charitable Americans in the form of welfare, Medicaid, federal student aid, and a host of other entitlement programs I’d likely forgotten, which were made available to us to help us get on our feet by hardworking, taxpaying Americans. I became a naturalized American citizen and attended both public and private schools, and subsequently went on to achieve some career highs (and lows) in the private sector, all of which richly contributed to my road to achieving the American dream.
By virtue of being an American, I had achieved the American dream. Continue reading
In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Obama focused on reversing the growth of economic inequality in the United States and restoring the American dream. At the same time, he also announced his support for fast track authority that would limit Congress’s role in determining the content of trade agreements.
The president’s call follows on legislation introduced earlier this month to grant him fast-track authority as a way of forcing Congress to speed up its consideration of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation pact with Latin American and Asian nations.
But Mr. Obama’s desire for fast-track authority on the T.P.P. and other agreements clashes with another priority in his speech: reducing income inequality.
This month is the 20th anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which significantly eliminated tariffs and other trade barriers across the continent and has been used as a model for the T.P.P. Anyone looking for evidence on what this new agreement will do to income inequality in America needs to consider Nafta’s 20-year record. Continue reading
Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, fellow citizens:
This summer we will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I.
This senseless, destructive war was started and championed by politicians who cared nothing for the 9 million people who lost their lives.
And in doing so, they began a century of warfare which continues to this day.
Our military industrial complex is larger than ever. We have nearly 2 million troops and national guardsmen, plus 3.5 million civilians employed in the defense sector.
With such awesome capabilities, we continue to resort to violence and death to exact political goals which benefit a tiny elite.
All of this has created a police state in the Land of the Free that is a far cry from the country we all grew up in. Continue reading
Mr. Obama, I address this letter to you concerning your recent statements pertaining to your belief Rush Limbaugh and Fox News are responsible for your being viewed as a caricature. Also it’s your statement you are being prevented from engaging with the rank and file Republicans and conservatives. I would like to disabuse you of those thoughts and beliefs.
First let me address your belief we see you as a caricature. A caricature (according to The Free Dictionary by Farlex) is a pictorial, written, or acted representation of a person, which exaggerates his characteristic traits for comic effect. It could also be described as a ludicrously inadequate or inaccurate imitation such as: he is a caricature of a statesman. In this sense and understanding of the word you can see you’re NOT viewed as being a caricature. You’re seen as being a JOKE: something said or done to evoke laughter or amusement, especially an amusing story with a punch line. It can further be understood (in the same reference) a mischievous trick; a prank and informally as something not to be taken seriously; a triviality or as an object of amusement or laughter; a laughingstock. Continue reading
Veteran Yachtman Who Just Completed A Circuit From Aus > Japan > USA
IT was the silence that made this voyage different from all of those before it.
Not the absence of sound, exactly.
The wind still whipped the sails and whistled in the rigging. The waves still sloshed against the fibreglass hull.
And there were plenty of other noises: muffled thuds and bumps and scrapes as the boat knocked against pieces of debris.
What was missing was the cries of the seabirds which, on all previous similar voyages, had surrounded the boat.
The birds were missing because the fish were missing. Continue reading
Close your eyes and guess real, real hard.
We all know who he is, he knows damn well we know, at some level he actually agrees. Self-pity is the only thing he still has going for him. He’s managed to deprive the U.S. even of this last bit of suspense. His one expressed hope is that we will honor precedent and defer our call until after the 2014 elections, as if that would change anything. As he sees it, if he repeats as Enemy of the Year a year from now, it at least won’t be recorded as a twofer. Always a doggedly slow learner, he’s begun to appreciate the false allure of re-election success. Continue reading
First off, based upon the anecdotes from those who have gone to the exchanges, the costs cited make the Affordable Care Act title seem Orwellian.
But based upon what happened with Medicare & Medicaid, I think we will see a runaway explosion of costs. Demand will outrun supply and, at least initially, physician incomes will rise. But as the overall costs soar, ‘controls’ will be slapped on by the government and the insurance companies and bureaucracies will expand, both public and private.
Later, physicians and other providers will see none of the increases and will have their reimbursements for every service decreased incrementally with each year or two. Ten cents here or twenty cents there on every service will be a small amount to any particular physician but multiplied through the system by the hundreds of thousands and perhaps millions of such services everyday will amount to huge amounts of money. Continue reading