Views on the News
Views on the News*
March 12, 2016
We’re watching the Democrat and Republican parties self-destructing in front of us. The Democrat voters are showing little interest in the Presidential election process and the Republican establishment is giving their base the middle finger. They have built, with our money, a political power machine that is unprecedented in American history, an unholy alliance between big government, big business and big media… fascism. Alexis de Tocqueville, the celebrated French political thinker and historian said it best, when he traveled the United States in the mid 19th century… ”The American Republic will endure until politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money.” For at least the last 80 years, politicians have spent our money buying our votes. Lyndon Johnson said in 1963 when creating the “Great Society Program”… ”These negroes, they’re getting pretty uppity and that’s a problem for us… Now, we’ve got to to do something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference… I’ll have them n*****s voting Democratic for the next 200 years.” There wasn’t a black democrat to be found until 1935. The black community, to this day, still believes that the Democrat Party is their only hope because black leaders like Sharpton, Jackson, Waters and Rangel continue to sell, from their lofty perches, empty promises while they, like their fellow politicians, prosper. While most of us were not looking, Washington, D.C. has been turned into a political Sodom and Gomorrah. Every major decision put to the political and special interest test with the Democrat and Republican establishments joining forces to keep their lavish lifestyles and power base. Since President Reagan left office, both parties have walked through the doors of American political and monetary success, closing the doors behind them… and no one has seen them since. Trump is like a General Patton, a knack for political incorrectness, saying the right things in the wrong way, but with an uncanny willingness and ability to get the job done. The importance of this Presidential election cannot be overstated. It will decide our future, as a nation, as a people. This may be our last chance to fix what is broken, because if we can’t, we’ll have plenty of reasons to cry.
(“It’s My Party and I’ll Cry If I Want To” by Ray Dilorenzo dated March 5, 2016 published by Canada Free Press at http://canadafreepress.com/article/its-my-party-and-ill-cry-if-i-want-to )
Donald Trump’s popularity is a response to decades of arrogance and betrayal by the Republican establishment. After giving us lackluster centrist candidates in election after election, the elite is amazed that the rank and file are so fed up that many are falling for a pseudo-populist huckster who’s smart enough to take positions that are an anathema to the establishment, but not to the base. Getting campaign advice from Romney is like getting directions from Wrong Way Corrigan. He started the 2012 campaign by saying Barack Obama was a “nice guy but in over his head.” A man who despises America and is doing his best to undermine our security, who reviles the middle class as Bible-banging bigots fixated on guns, is not a nice guy. Later, he told a group of wealthy donors that “47% of the American people will vote for the president no matter what,” because they’re welfare addicts. Like Democrats, RINOs are economic determinists who believe voters are motivated solely by their wallets. The Republican establishment believes it has a divine right to pick the party’s nominees. Ford, Dole, McCain, and Romney -- the elite has an unerring instinct for disaster. For them, vision and values are irrelevant. It’s all about credentials (who’s next in line for the nomination) and who won’t upset the media by being “divisive.” Their choice this year seemed to be based on breeding. Bonnie Prince Jeb, heir to the Bush dynasty (who said illegal immigration is “an act of love”), sank to the single digits before he withdrew. The GOP establishment has always treated the base with contempt. Our role was to show up at rallies waving signs (and do other grunt work), while our betters were left to run the party. Romney and company are scared of Trump. If he’s elected, he’ll treat us like his first two wives the first chance he gets. Conservatives who are now supporting him will wake up one day knowing how it feels to be date-raped. Republican insiders thought they could play us for suckers forever. The difference between the Republican elite and its Democrat counterpart is mostly rhetorical. Republican insiders are comfortable with big government, as long as they get to distribute the largesse. They view social issues as stuff to stick in a platform to keep activists happy, and promptly forget once in office. Now their chickens have come home to roost in the form of a sleazy New York real estate developer who brags about buying politicians. The one candidate who could stop him, Ted Cruz, they won’t give the time of day because he’s an authentic conservative. If nothing else good comes out of this election, at least it will mark the demise of the Republican establishment.
(“Republican Establishment the Next Whig Party” by Don Feder dated March 7, 2016 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/03/republican_establishment_the_next_whig_party.html )
In America today a debate rages concerning the legitimate role of government. Currently the Federal Government is controlled by politicians who consider themselves the ideological descendants of the Progressive Movement. Beginning in the 1890s, the Progressives led by Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson championed the idea that it was time to progress past America’s old ways of doing things. They felt the traditions, forms, and style of American governance and society should break-out of the mold provided by the Constitution by casting it as a “living Breathing Document” that could be remolded to meet the desires of every generation. Our Founders expressly stated that they believed humanity has been endowed by the Creator with rights. They felt that these rights are inalienable, meaning they are humanity’s by virtue of existence. In other words, these rights have not been earned by man they’ve been given by God and can’t legitimately be taken away. Instead of existing for its own right, the reason for government is to protect these natural rights. It’s the need for the order, security and liberty for the pursuit of happiness, which justifies the establishment and continuation of government. A government of the people, by the people and for the people should be one based upon the nature of man. The will of the majority should always be the surest way to ensure the continued existence of man’s natural rights. If we had a nation of perfect people this would be true; however, in establishing and maintaining government we don’t deal with perfect people, we deal with people as they are with all the imperfections and prejudices nurture superimposes upon nature. Even the Founders, a grouping singular in the history of men concerning the brilliance of their intellects and the purity of their motives knew they couldn’t trust themselves to form or maintain a government of fallible men to rule over fallible men. They knew that history is filled with examples of charismatic leaders who’ve proven that while you can fool all of the people only some of the time it’s possible to fool enough people to take over a country. This is why the protection of freedom is a limited government. Power must be concentrated enough to provide order, security and liberty; however, if unrestrained power is given to a majority the opportunity exists for a faction to gain control and use it for purely partisan ends. Our Founders rejected direct democracy in favor of the federal model of divided sovereignty and the republican principle of both direct and in-direct representation. That the source of authority emanates from the people and the constituent States is demonstrated in several ways. The Constitution itself was referred to delegates chosen by the States. In the American government as initially designed, the people were represented directly by the House of Representatives and the States by the Senate. The executive was elected indirectly by the people and the states through the Electoral College. The members of the judicial branch are appointed by the executive with the advice and consent of the Senate. This process of allowing democratic choice within a framework of restraint was designed to create a government based upon inalienable rights yet cognizant of the fallible nature of mankind. A government powerful enough to ensure the security necessary to guarantee those rights, yet restrained enough not to trample them. Many of the Progressive innovations of the last 100 years have upset this delicate balance moving us from the government envisioned by the founders to the one we have today. The Seventeenth Amendment mandates the direct election of the Senate, which left the States without any voice in the Federal Government. Often those who take the limits off government seek unlimited power for themselves. We must follow the guidance of our ancestors for the good of our posterity and we must resist the temptation to seek security through government rather than security from government.
(“A Government of Fallible Men to Rule Fallible Men” by Robert R. Owens dated Marh 10, 2016 published by Canada Free Press at http://canadafreepress.com/article/a-government-of-fallible-men-to-rule-fallible-men1 )
We are surrounded by negativity, and yet most people are unaware of the dangers inherent in this morale-eroding Political Correctness. For the most part, people are focused, each day, on making a living, and the true significance of what we all are doing is not always apparent. The true significance of our experience is that the era we live in, and the nation we live in, are the most extraordinary in all human history - the Golden Age of America. Step back and survey the past and present of this great nation. America is truly great, and truly exceptional, because it is the world’s most creative nation. Few times in human history has there been such a florescence of human imagination, and never before to such an extent, and for as long, as in this land. America may well be the exemplar of all golden ages:
- What is it about America that gave the world a Constitution of genius, unmatched anywhere to this day which preserves for us all our God-given individual freedoms?
- Why is America the cornucopia of invention?
- Why did America give birth to modern industry?
- Why was it Americans, and no others, that gave the world controlled flight?
- Why did an American dream up the assembly line?
- What inspired our geniuses to invent electric power and electric lighting, atomic energy, the telegraph, the telephone, electronics, motion pictures, television, transistors, the microchip, cell phones, robots, GPS, weather satellites, and the internet?
- Who was it that discovered new ways of marketing and of rapidly delivering products anywhere across the continent and across the world?
- What took us so rapidly to the moon when we decided it was necessary?
- Why do we have overwhelming dominance in science and in Nobel Prizes?
- Why did America give the world syncopated jazz and musicals and modern dance, feature movies and the greatest songwriters?
- What inspired the creation of new forms of storytelling, including animation and graphic novels?
- Why has American skyscraper architecture transformed the cities of the Earth?
- Why are we the magnet for enterprising and creative people from all parts of the world?
- Why do they all want to come here to live, and to flourish?
We happily steal good ideas wherever they come from, but we transform them and creatively build on them and make them uniquely American. Then we generously give them back, very much improved, to the world at large. We are fearsome in battle but magnanimous in victory, lifting the defeated back onto their feet and accepting them as friends. What is it about America?
- One answer to this puzzle lies in a unique combination of peoples and circumstances.
- In this nation there has long been a collision of cultures, ideas and genetic stock and a subsequent melding together of these human riches.
- All our people were drawn to this nation by the simple idea of liberty.
- Our ancestors were the most energetic and courageous of the people in the many lands from which they came.
- It takes guts to cross the sea and dive into a hazardous wilderness of nature or into an alien city where all speak an unfamiliar language.
- To overcome these risks individuals learned to band together and to work together in fundamentally new ways.
- Creative solutions to problems were valued rather than scorned as they often were in the motherlands.
- Creativity became ingrained, first in each of the colonial cultures, and then in the ever growing and flourishing united America.
There is more to explain American greatness than just the mixing of diverse and enterprising peoples. The essential element is our Constitution. Though the various colonies differed in local culture and laws they all rapidly developed experience with self-government. These varied self-rule experiments taught our forbearers what worked and what didn’t. This was a unique departure from the remote, totalitarian governance suffered by other colonial societies such as those in Spanish America. Additional factors were held in common in our colonies: language, liberty, enterprise, a frontier, and constant danger on the land and at sea. Prior experience with these common elements provided the keys to success when the crisis of rebellion arose. Rebellion against the greatest military power in the world could not possibly succeed, and yet it did. It succeeded with innovative solutions to impossible problems. In the aftermath, a generation of brilliant men left their respective colonies and pooled their experience of the revolution, of the risks to their lives, and of their several experiments in self-government, to create the unique Constitutional foundation for our great nation. By the time of its founding, America had long been a hotbed of entrepreneurial activity. Many of the Founding Fathers were themselves risk-taking entrepreneurs. So a central idea embodied in the Constitution was the deliberate promotion of commercially oriented creative endeavor. For two centuries our Constitution has sheltered and nurtured this creativity and the factors that spurred it on: liberty, competition, cooperation, and reward. America’s commercial and cultural landscape is dominated by corporations, many of recent origin, which started small and grew rapidly because of the value they added to society. Nowadays this fertile growth environment is under serious attack. Many of the most valuable companies are migrating overseas and innovative startups are being suffocated. There is no guarantee that America’s Golden Age will continue. Across the political spectrum people sense that something is very wrong. Go-along-to-get-along political Washington is dysfunctional. America is being smothered in taxes and ideologically motivated regulations and is essentially bankrupt. For half a century, our morale has been under deliberate attack by partisans of the Left. This attack is clever and very dangerous. Break the morale of the country and our nation’s dynamism, our prosperity and our future will be broken, as well. The Left lies. They sneer at patriotism. They distort our history. We are villains. Political Correctness tries to control our thought. Fracturing the American Melting Pot into contending racial, ethnic and economic factions shatters our unity and purpose. Much more dangerous than these tactics is denial that America is exceptional. We hear this often, nowadays. We hear it in the schools and the movies. We hear it from “progressive” politicians. We hear it in the News. We even hear it from the White House. People who propagate this fiction are not friends of America, they are America’s adversaries. America is exceptional, the greatest nation in the history of the world, and that is the truth!
(“Exceptional America” by Chet Richards dated March 5, 2016 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/03/exceptional_america.html )
In his seventh, and final, State of the Union address, Barack Obama, clearly looking to bolster his legacy as the President who vanquished the Great Recession, boldly asserted that "Anyone claiming that America's economy is in decline is peddling fiction." Unfortunately, more and more Americans seem to believe (with an adequate basis in proof) that the fiction is emanating from the White House. It's hard to imagine how anyone can really assert with a straight face that the economy is currently "strong." The most recent Gross Domestic Product (GDP), from 4th Quarter 2015, shows us barely inching along at a 1% annualized growth rate. Given that moderate growth used to be measured in the 3%-4% range, and that recent declines in the trade balance could further subtract from both 4th (2015) and 1st quarter GDP, we could be forgiven for raising an eyebrow or two in reaction to Obama's boast. Yes, the economy is creating jobs, but they are not the kind that can bring us back to the days of solid growth. The more important fact, which Obama did not mention, was that the report showed one of the largest drops in weekly earnings ever reported. It's too bad that our media seems to be incapable of noticing such a tremendous problem right below the surface. In February, average hourly earnings did not increase the .2% that was expected, but fell .1%, the first decline since December 2014, and one of only six declines in the past ten years, according to BLS data. Making matters worse, average hours worked declined from 34.6 hours to 34.4. Combining falling wages and falling hours translated into a .7% decline in weekly earnings, the biggest drop ever measured in that statistic. For some reason Obama let that one slide. The truth is that the big numbers in job creation do not reflect healthy economic growth but a fundamental shift in the labor force away from high-paying, full-time jobs to low-paying, part-time jobs. The February "household" jobs survey shows that 78% of the jobs created were part-time, and 82% of those were in the low-paying service industries such as food service and retail. Jobs are being created, but at the expense of higher-paying jobs that are being destroyed. Companies have been incentivized to cut their full-time work force by a variety of costly and burdensome regulations that are largely the result of the Obama Administration. If a company replaces a full-time worker with two part-time workers, the statistics count that as a job gain, but this only holds up if you count quantity while ignoring quality. The view from the street looks quite different, as workers prefer one good job to several bad ones, and this is why rallies for Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are so well-attended. The underemployed are fed up with platitudes from the elites and they flock to these outsider candidates, who seem to understand their pain. The President will never officially acknowledge that the economy has weakened, let alone relapsed into recession. He has walked out too far on his rhetorical branch to walk it back. As a lame duck, Obama really has no incentive to do so, since such admissions would also undercut the campaign of Hillary Clinton, who is running as the logical successor to carry his torch.
(“Obama Peddles Economic Fiction, Ignores Fact” by Peter Schiff dated March 9, 2016 published by Real Clear Markets at http://www.realclearmarkets.com/articles/2016/03/09/obama_peddles_economic_fiction_ignores_fact_102048.html )
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