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December 1, 2014
Section: Introduction – Politics
“The nonpartisan Background Poll continues to confirm that a majority (59%) of Americans characterize themselves year after year as conservative or very conservative, but this does not always translate into party politics.”
“The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant, it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.” Ronald Reagan.
Philosophy (Background, Issues, Objectives):
Currently the two major parties are Republican and Democrat:
- Republican Right (Conservatives), began as Whigs, tend to favor economic freedom, but frequently support laws to restrict personal behavior that violates “traditional values;” support a strong military, oppose bureaucracy and high taxes, favor a free market economy and endorse strong law enforcement.
o Aristotle held that truth is far too complex to know through the bare application of logic to imagination because the variables are too numerous to enable the thinker to find that truth without reference to known variations of existent, provable fact.
o Aristotle took into account the changeability of human nature.
o In developing his theory, he assumed two premises:
§ First, that truth can be determined through logic, but only if it is based on empirical observation.
§ Second, government exists to protect its citizens so they can freely create their own society born of liberty and choice.
o Aristotle’s thought has heirs in a line from Aquinas to Hobbes to Locke to Burke to the American Founders and to modern conservatism.
- Democrat Left (Liberals), began as Federalists, usually embrace freedom of choice in personal matters, but tend to support significant government control of the economy, a “safety net” to help disadvantaged, strict regulation of business, environmental regulations, defend civil liberties and free expression, and tolerate diverse lifestyles.
o Plato is the father of American leftism who believed that truth was discovered through the application of logic unconstrained by experience.
o His was unleavened idealism, and his description of an ideal political system is one derived from what he imagined would result in the best, most ordered society from which all would benefit.
o He proceeds from two basic premises.
§ The first is that transcendent truth is knowable a priori and derived by the mind of man applying logic to an analysis of abstract principles.
§ The second is that it is the function of government to shape society and, to that end, to organize its citizens and institutions with the objective of creating the defined ideal.
o Not surprisingly, Plato's system has never, in the history of mankind, successful.
o Plato’s progeny have, through the millennia, adopted his premises in a direct line of thought from Augustine to Descartes to Leibnitz to Kant to Hegel to Marx to modern liberalism.
o Each accepted as its premises, first, that the truth was knowable and should be derived by logic without reference to experience and, second, that government exists -- and should exist -- to shape society to the ideal and, with it, to bend the will of the individual to the service of the defined greater good.
- The Republican Party provided national leadership at critical point in this nation’s history:
o Emancipation Proclamation (1863): The first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln, issued an order freeing all slaves in the confederacy.
o End of the Civil War (1865): Abe Lincoln guides the north to victory in the Civil War and reunites the nation.
o Women's right to vote (1872): Republicans Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton write the text of the 19th Amendment, which is introduced by Republican Senator Aaron A. Sargent of California. The Amendment was finally ratified in 1920.
o Victory in the Spanish American War (1898): Republican William McKinley achieves victory in the Spanish American War and forces Spain to give up its claim on Cuba.
o Construction of the Panama Canal (1904): Under Republican Teddy Roosevelt, America takes control of the Panama Canal and builds it into one of the most crucial locations in world shipping.
o First woman elected to U.S. House of Representatives (1916): Republican Jeannette Rankin becomes the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
o Construction of the Hoover Dam (1928): Calvin Coolidge signed a law allowing the construction of the Hoover Dam to begin.
o Jessie Owens wins four gold medals in the Olympics (1936): Republican Jessie Owens humiliated Hitler by winning 4 gold medals in the Berlin Olympics. President Dwight Eisenhower made him "Ambassador of Sports."
o Jackie Robinson becomes the first black American to play in the Major Leagues (1947): Republican Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball when the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Republican Branch Rickey, brought him up to the major leagues.
o The Interstate Highway System (1956): Republican Dwight Eisenhower begins construction of the Interstate highway system.
o Desegregating schools (1957): Dwight Eisenhower "deployed the 82nd Airborne Division to desegregate Little Rock’s government schools over the strenuous resistance of Governor Orval Faubus (D., Ark.)."
o The First Asian-American U.S. Senator (1959): The first Asian-American senator, Republican Hiram Fong, is elected in Hawaii.
o Civil Rights Act of 1960: "Eisenhower signs the GOP’s 1960 Civil Rights Act after it survived a five-day, five-hour filibuster by 18 Senate Democrats."
o The Reagan tax cuts (1981): Republican Ronald Reagan revitalized the listless U.S. economy with tax cuts that created a massive surge of jobs, economic growth, and prosperity.
o Collapse of the Soviet Union (1991): Ronald Reagan's tireless work against the Soviet Union finally paid off as it formally dissolved in 1991, during George H.W. Bush term.
o The Gulf War (1991): George H.W. Bush formed a coalition that forced Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait.
o Welfare reform (1996): After Clinton vetoed two previous versions of welfare reform, Republicans sent it back to him a third time and he finally reluctantly signed the bill.
o A Republican Congress balances the budget (1998-2001): Republicans in Congress forced an unenthusiastic Bill Clinton to balance the budget in his second term.
o Retaliation in Afghanistan (2001): After the 9/11 attacks, Republican George W. Bush retaliated by driving the Taliban and their allies in Al-Qaeda from power.
o Condi Rice becomes Secretary of State (2005): George W. Bush selected Condi Rice to be his Secretary of State, the first black woman ever to hold that position.
- Today’s “gentry liberalism” reflects the interests and values of affluent winners in the era of globalization and the beneficiaries of the “financialization” of the economy.
o Mainstream media openly supports the Democrat party.
o Academic liberals have become something of a political power in their own right.
§ Academic curriculum reflects political indoctrination starting in primary schools.
§ Education polls indicate liberal orientation by faculties at all levels.
§ Lack of political diversity in Universities is reflected in hiring practices.
o Liberal websites such as MoveOn.Org and Huffington Post are lavishly funded.
o Liberal environmental issues distance it further from the values and interests of the middle and working classes.
- Conservatives have embraced 1960s beliefs that used to be identified as liberal:
o American exceptionalism (America has done more than any other country to improve this world; and American values form the finest value system).
o The bigger government gets and more powerful the state becomes, the greater the threat to individual liberty and the greater the likelihood that evil will ensue.
o High levels of taxation render those taxes a veiled form of theft.
o Government funding of those who can help themselves or who can be helped by non-governmental institutions hurts them and hurts society.
o America has been based on the Judeo-Christian value system, not secular
o Enlightenment values alone, and the secularization of American society will lead to the collapse.
o Murderers should be put death.
o American military has done more to preserve and foster goodness and liberty on Earth than all the artists and professors in America put together.
o Lowering standards to admit minorities mocks the real achievements of members of those minorities.
o When schools give teenagers condoms, it is a tacit approval to engage in sexual intercourse.
o Assertions that manmade carbon emissions will lead to a global warming that will in turn bring on worldwide disaster are a function of hysteria.
o Marriage must remain what has been in every recorded civilization - between the two sexes.
o Trial lawyers associations and teachers unions have done great harm to American life.
o Nuclear power, clean coal, and drilling in Alaska and offshore, along with exploration of other energy alternatives such as wind and solar power, are immediately necessary.
o School vouchers are more effective than increased spending on public schools in enabling many poorer Americans to give their children better educations.
o America is no longer a racist society, and that blaming disproportionate rates of black violence and out-of-wedlock births on white racism is a lie and an impediment to progress.
o America, which accepts and assimilates foreigners better than any other country in the world, is the least racist, least xenophobic country in the world.
o Leftist takeover of the liberal arts departments in nearly every American university has been an intellectual and moral calamity.
o A good man and a good marriage are more important to most women's happiness and personal fulfillment than a good career.
o Males and females are inherently different.
o When it comes to combating the greatest evils on Earth, such as the genocide in Rwanda, the United Nations has either been useless or an obstacle.
o Western Europe provides social and moral models to be avoided, not emulated.
o America's children were positively affected by hearing a non-denominational prayer each morning in school, and adversely affected by the removal of all prayer from school.
o Removal of school uniforms and/or dress codes has had a terrible impact on students and their education.
o Bilingual education does not work so immersion in English in America is mandatory.
o English should be declared the national language.
- Currently the Republican Party is in turmoil, with at least three distinct factions fighting for political control:
o The first faction is best called Rockefeller Republicans, likely the most traditionally Republican. First and foremost, Rockefeller Republicans are pro-business. They oppose excessive regulation, high corporate taxes and government bailouts.
o The second faction, social conservatives, can be found across the political spectrum. They are a minority faction in both the Democrat and Republican parties, emphasizing traditional values and morality. They oppose abortion, gay marriage and unreasonable searches. They believe the government should grant individuals the freedom to follow their conscience and thus allow them to take moral action. They also want the government to impose strict laws against immoral acts without regard for an individual’s conscience.
o The third faction on the conservative side is the Libertarian Party, the largest third party in the United States. Libertarians want to promote freedom for all, oppose anything that violates individual liberty and promote anything that supports individual liberty.
The meaning of liberalism has changed over the centuries.
- Prior to the 20th century, Classical Liberalism was the dominant political philosophy in the United States.
- Classic Liberalism was the political philosophy of Thomas Jefferson and the signers of the Declaration of Independence and it permeates the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Federalist Papers and many other documents produced by the people who created the American system of government.
- A strategic connection between leftists and liberalism resulted in what we now refer to as Modern American Liberalism.
- Over the past century liberalism has passed through at least four separate stages and is now well into a fifth.
o It first emerged late in the 19th century under the banner of Progressivism, asserting that new political institutions had to be established to regulate industrial concentrations and to mediate conflicts between business and labor.
o Progressivism flamed out during World War I and seemed to have disappeared for good during the 1920s, but it revived itself during the 1930s as "New Deal liberalism" while preserving a few of the themes of Progressivism and unfolded in five phases:
§ The first New Deal (1933-1934) consisted of gigantic workfare projects to absorb the unemployed in conservation programs and what would today be called infrastructure construction; a comprehensive banking reorganization with guarantees of deposits; agreed rollbacks of agricultural production, voted by sector, to assure viable pricing; encouragement of cartels and collective bargaining to raise wages and prices; evaluation of the dollar and a departure from the gold standard apart from international transactions; and legislated improvements in working conditions.
§ The second New Deal (1934-1938) included Social Security, the Securities and Exchange Commission, some remodeling of the pyramidal corporate structure of the hydroelectric industry, and higher taxes as a sop to the demagogic political movements chipping at the two-party system. In the latter half of this phase, the workfare and conservation programs were rolled back, and the federal deficit was reduced.
§ Depressive conditions began to reappear and Roosevelt reapplied workfare pump-priming on a massive scale in the third New Deal (1938-1939), and shifted to the greatest peacetime arms buildup in history, including America's first peacetime conscription.
§ The fourth New Deal (1939-1945) carried into the war, counting the workfare program participants as employed (which is as logical as including European military draftees and defense workers as employed), unemployment was severely reduced by 1935; counting them as unemployed, the unemployment numbers came down to the low teens by 1936, descended below 10 percent in 1940, and unemployment was completely eliminated before the Japanese attack plunged America into war in December 1941.
§ The final phase of the New Deal (1945-1949) came posthumously to Roosevelt, but was his GI Bill of Rights, which gave university tuition and a stake to start a business or buy a farm to 13 million returning American servicemen (almost 10% of the entire population), and effectively turned the working class into a middle class, having saved them from joblessness, trained and led them to victory in war, and staked them to new careers.
§ When FDR's brand of liberalism faded out because of World War II and the prosperity of the postwar period, it revived itself in the form of "Cold War liberalism," achieving new peaks of popularity and influence during the Kennedy-Johnson years.
§ The rebels, protesters, and reformers of the 1960s authored still a fourth chapter by introducing into the movement the theme of liberation or "cultural liberalism."
§ By this last adaptation liberalism strengthened its appeal to the educated classes but at the expense of its broad support among working- and middle-class voters, as it morphed into "leftism." The traditional liberal objective of providing economic security for the working man gave way to a desire to reform and even to overturn the inherited fabric of society, thereby politicizing cultural practices relating to family life, sexual mores, and religion.
o This convergence of leftism and liberalism ultimately led to a misleading change of name, morphing from socialism, communism, or Marxism to “liberalism” created a lasting misconception.
o The Modern Liberalism agenda is to gain control of the institutional hierarchy of the state and then to use that power to implement their notions of what a just and humane society entails as they see it.
§ There is nothing “modern” about Modern Liberalism, as the ideas were hatched around the French Revolution, and have not changed much since.
§ Centralized vs. decentralized control are concepts that have maintained their meaning relatively well.
· Leftism / Modern Liberalism has failed repeatedly through the years:
o Family: Modern liberalism teaches the family is an artificial construct that has no profound meaning. The result has been a society that seems to have given up on the idea of romantic love.
o Education: Modern liberal ideas about education, focus upon the misbegotten ideas of John Dewey whichwas based upon experiential instruction that eschewed the classics and sought to prepare youngsters for a trade or some other skill. This fits the Marxist world-view where the few elites rule the ignorant masses with an iron hand.
o Immigration: Modern liberal immigration is premised upon the notion that the world is a giant country, and therefore all people who want to get into America are already its citizens. While this might seem insane, it is a crafty policy for those who would make these untutored foreigners instant citizens capable of voting the day they cross the border.
o Economics: Modern liberal economics is based upon the idea that capitalism is a theft where the rich steal from the poor. This simple, antagonistic, class-warfare Marxism, disproved a thousand times and killed dead as a duck, is yet back from the grave for another regime.
o Foreign Policy: Modern liberal foreign policy is premised upon the idea that if the stronger nations lay down their arms and kneel at the feet of the weak, they will be blessed for their love and mercy; then peace will reign across the earth.
o Taxation & Spending: Modern tax and spend liberalism is premised upon the notion that the more a society spends, the better place it will be. Instead, there is no causal relationship in taxing and spending for the good life, but an unfortunate negative relationship.
o Welfare: The modern liberal welfare state assumes that people who are in bad situations are there for no fault of their own, and must be helped. Support for the indolent causes the numbers of poor to rise since they are being rewarded.
o Church & State: Modern liberal theory presumes that religion is a negative, as Marx taught, so must be pushed to the side. The net result is that public policy is no longer infused with the West’s spirit of Christianity but, instead, increasingly becomes informed by humanism, secularism and atheism.
o Energy Policy: The earth is treated as a living being and mankind’s activities akin to a deadly attack against it.
o Exceptionalism: Modern liberalism teaches there is no such thing as American Exceptionalism. Instead, there is only each state’s self-interest, and we must break down America and its delusions about being better than any other place.
· Surprisingly the Left are more interested in money than Right-wingers.
o Left-wingers are more likely to rate 'high income' as an important factor in choosing a job.
o Left feels there are no right or wrong ways to make money.
o Left are less likely to give to charity or to volunteer their time to charity.
o When Leftists donate money it is more likely to advocacy organisations to advance a political agenda, versus help needy people.
Progressives see economic equality as the highest form of social justice.
- Left tends to be more envious and jealous of successful people.
- Those who favor the redistribution of wealth are more envious than those who do not.
- Leftists were much more willing to give up some of their own money if it meant taking more money from someone else.
- Much of the desire to distribute wealth and higher taxation is motivated by envy - the desire to take more from someone else - and bitterness.
- Many current liberal action groups can be directly traced back to class based society with Marxist, socialist roots.
o Socialism teaches good of the group always exceed the rights of the individual.
o Socialism tries to control the means of production through regulation.
- Saul Alinsky’s organizing model is based on fomenting public discontent, moral confusion, and outright chaos to spark social upheaval and justify major social changes.
- “Organizing for America” (OFA) is an offshoot of the Democrat National Committee to agitate locally for Democrat national supported issues.
o OFA is designed as a grass roots organization led by hardcore activists (“all leftist politics, all the time”) and involving mostly unpaid volunteers (“useful idiots”).
Historically third parties (Libertarian, Green, etc.) have not gained significant traction.
- Today’s independents can be described as: Deliberators, Disillusioned, Dislocated, Disguised, or Disengaged.
- Constitution Party is currently the third party in terms of registered voters, although primarily in California, favors slashing federal spending, abolishing the income tax, ending the Federal Reserve, banning abortion, curbing pornography and reducing immigration.
- Libertarian Party is based on hands-off policies and preaches nonconformity in theory, but can’t stand ideological nonconformity in practice (absolutists).
- Reform Party is a creation of Ross Perot and is now a shell.
- America First Party is protectionist on trade and conservative on social issues.
- Natural Law Party is focused on a “U.S. peace government’ but has basically disbanded.
- Green Party emphasizes environmentalism, non-hierarchical participatory democracy, social justice, respect for diversity, peace and non-violence.
The political spectrum varies between the extremes of complete freedom with no governance (anarchy) to the all-powerful state (statism) with no individual freedom.
- Fascism is racial statism while communism is statism of economic class.
- The closest the world came to actual capitalism was the United States in the 19th century, the era of this country’s fastest economic growth.
Battleground poll is the most respected and trusted of political polls.
- Battleground Polling is an annual collaboration between a Republican polling organization, The Tarrance Group, and a Democrat polling organization, Lake Research.
- Over the last five years the results have been relatively constant (including Nov. 2013).
o American people overwhelmingly (56%) consider themselves either “conservative” or “very conservative.”
o Only 38% of American people consider themselves either “liberal” or “very liberal.”
o The remaining 6% of American people consider themselves either “moderate” or “don’t know”
o Conservatives outnumber liberals in 47 or the 50 states (except Rhode Island, Vermont, and Massachusetts.
- The last 19 Battlefield Polls were consistent in that they did not vary less than 3%.
- Gallup, George Washington University, and Survey USA all found essentially the same results.
- Gallup Poll found Americans ranked all politicians very low in terms of honesty and ethical standards.
o Idealistic politician’s views tend to blur the longer they serve inside the beltway.
- The days of conservative Democrats and liberal Republicans are no longer evident.
o 92% of Republicans are to the right of the median Democrat.
o 94% of Democrats are to the left of the median Republican.
o Polarization has led to a deepening antipathy among ordinary Americans for the other side.
General Social Survey found ones attitudes are driven by their political belief system.
- Conservatives are more likely to care for a seriously injured/ill spouse or parent.
- Conservatives get more happiness by putting someone else's happiness ahead of their own.
- Conservatives like to talk about things outside of themselves while progressives like to discuss themselves.
- Left are less interested in getting married.
- Left are less interested in having children.
- Left are reluctant to sacrifice their own well-being for those of their children.
- Left want others to pay for their babies.
- Liberal feminists tell women not to have more than one baby so they can concentrate on a career.
- Liberals hug their children less than conservatives.
The two major political philosophies have two different points of view:
Generally happy, positive
Visionary, forward looking
“Glass is half full”
Hopeful, “focus on progress”
Patriotic, proud (American Leadership)
Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness
Generally unhappy, angry
“Glass is half empty”
Fearful, “doom and gloom”
Self loathing, apologist (Blame America)
Liberty, Equality, Fraternity
Begin from gratitude for what is good and what works in our society and then strive to build on it.
Begin from outrage at what is bad and broken and seek to uproot it.
Look to past for guidance
Think voters are smart
Common good vs. evil
Look to imaginary future as a guide
Naïve, “useful idiots”
Think voters are stupid
Moral equivalence, secularism
Objective truth, right vs. wrong
Want to be judged on results
Factual, logical arguments
Highlight opposition shortcomings
Realistic issues discussion
Think liberals are stupid
Truth is relative
Want to be judged on intentions
Feelings, demagoguery, hyperbole
Obfuscate, discredit, then attack
Think conservatives are evil
The two political parties have two different views on the issues:
Focus on principles of society
Party leadership serves people
Country interests first
God given rights
Marriage between man-woman
Freedom of religion
Focus on individual rights
Party elite leads people
Political party first
Rational, secular basis
Same sex marriage
Freedom from religion
E Pluribus Unum (unite)
Free speech for all
Free market capitalism
Lower taxes, wealth creation
Collection of minorities (divide)
Freedom from disagreement
Higher taxes, income redistribution
Return to nature
Citizen of America
Military as extension of policy
Strong military defense
Victory through strength
Citizen of the World
Military as failure of policy
Defeatist (“cut and run”)
Ultra-left liberals developed a Bush Derangement Syndrome (BDS) during the Bush administration:
- BDS believes everything began under or can be blamed on President Bush.
- BDS forgets everything that does not fit conveniently into the partisan view.
- BDS paranoia is rampant with belief in opposition from a “vast right wing conspiracy.”
- When facts can not explain their political delusions, BDS conspiracies are postulated.
- Hyper-partisan does not seek truth; tailors information to fit preconceived political viewpoint.
- Extreme left fringe groups seem to have taken over the direction of the Democrats.
- George Soros and other leftist millionaires are buying a leadership role in the party.
- Elitist Democracy Alliance was formed to fund progressive infrastructure.
- 9/11 Republicans are Democrats who reject extreme left wing Democrat leadership.
- BDS continues to drive some liberals to blame predecessor for current political failings.
- Mechanics of the crude, hate-based BDS initiative the anti-American Democratic Party and its complicit Mainstream Media wing have forced on the United States since 2001:
o Invent, inflate, and over-report bad war news. Tie all bad news to Bush and/or Republicans. At the same time, ignore or downplay good news as it relates to Bush, the Republicans or the war(s).
o Create the illusion of widespread, honest dissent to Bush policies by giving plenty of airtime to leftwing groups and individuals historically antagonistic toward the projection of US, and only US, power. Fail to report the true agendas of those groups -- when covering antiwar, anti-Bush protests and events; make sure to meticulously portray antiwar marches as spontaneous gatherings of mainstream, mom and pop Americans.
o Downplay, ignore and disparage American success wherever you find it.
o Exalt in, sympathize with and mythologize America's enemies, vilify and deconstruct its protectors.
o Downplay America's generosity and righteousness. Recast a mission that includes saving a nation from a murdering brute and his rapist, sociopath sons as a brutal occupation in the pursuit of American Empire.
o Fill the Nation's airwaves, from sea to shining sea, with questionable and sometimes outright false tales of Bush-related misery, butchery, fraud and waste.
o Foment as much national anxiety and hatred of the Republican leader as money and can buy. George Soros and other moneyed leftists will fund you. Give airtime and print coverage to leftist radicals and Democrats who call Bush a war criminal. Present those radicals and their crazy plans to try President Bush and Vice President Cheney for "war crimes" as worthy of consideration.
o Provide coverage to leftwing intellectuals and scientists making anti-Bush statements. Present them as legitimate, non-partisan experts in their fields. Publicize their specious, politicized findings, present those findings as non-partisan, accurate and objective.
o Present major news coverage of every antiwar protest you can find, whether it draws 100 people or 10,000 people, ignore all pro-US, pro-Iraq War, pro-troop rallies completely or portray their attendees as violence-prone, fringe-lunatic jingoists.
o Blame a hurricane's aftermath on Bush. Give news coverage to racists and Democrat crackpots who say Bush and Cheney actually caused the hurricane and blew up levees to kill African Americans. Keep that Bush-hate buzz alive at all costs.
o Give airtime and print coverage to groups and individuals accusing George W. Bush of having engineered and directed the 911 attacks. Remember, it is not the credibility of accusations that count in shaping public opinion now, but the seriousness and sheer volume of accusations that do.
o To sow further strife, anxiety and confusion, continue stoking the fires of racial tension and class warfare.
o Once the onslaught of lies, moral relativisms and crazy notions have created a self-sustaining, luciferous, widespread unhappiness and confusion, dangle a fat bait of silence and tranquility -- of Hope, Change and Progress -- crowning your deceptive achievement by hooking the same fish you made hungry.
- Democrat political attacks on Bush administration have been used by our enemies as justification for continuing attacks on American interests.
o Democrat attacks allege Bush malfeasance in War on Terror.
o Democrat attacks on military tactics and results are quoted by terrorists in Al Jazeera.
o Osama Bin Laden quotes Democrat talking points in videotape statements.
§ Conservative critics label providing aid and comfort to enemies during wartime as treason.
o Cuba’s Castro quotes Democrat talking points attacking America’s intent and resolve.
o Venezuela’s Chavez quotes Democrat talking points to attack America.
Political parties differ in the cultural norms associated that define them:
Stay in school
School unimportant – drop out
Get by contributing
Get by demanding
Selling: identifying customer needs, making yourself and your product attractive to a customer
In your face: intimidating those around you
Achievement is “privilege”
Historic success – example of America to the world
Historic failure – socialist societies everywhere
Supported by builders of wealth
Making personal and family history
Supporting a strong community
No stake in community; gang as community
A Communist system had three pairs of identifying characteristics, all of which have their origins in Lenin's ideology and philosophy.
- In the political realm, a monopoly of power was held by one party, with most of the power concentrated at the top, and that party operated through the process Lenin called "democratic centralism."
o That was supposed to mean that open discussion could precede decision-making, which was then administered with unanimity and iron discipline.
o However It usually meant that decisions were handed down from a dictator or a small circle of oligarchs, and were neither discussed nor questioned.
- In the economic realm, the state controlled the means of production, and a command economy, rather than a market economy, predominated.
- In the ideological realm, the declared aim of building communism, for Marx, the classless, stateless final stage of human development, was the state's "ultimate, legitimizing goal," and the state belonged to an international Communist movement aimed at moving the whole world toward that future society.
- The “Black Book of Communism” documents the disastrous results:
o Responsible for the murder of 100 million innocent people.
§ 76 million killed in China
§ 62 million killed in the former Soviet Union.
§ Almost one-third of all Cambodians killed.
§ Decimated the Tibetan and Chinese culture.
o Routinely tortured and imprisoned tens of millions of human beings in Soviet Gulags and concentration camps.
o Locked a billion human beings into mental and physical prisons over the seven long decades of tyranny.
o Profited immensely from the misery of others, living in luxury on the backs of peasant and worker slaves.
o Enabled, supported, lied about, and protected all the worst tyrannies in the world, even if they were our deadly ideological enemies.
o Actively aided and abetted Islamic fascists against America and Israel, against moderate Muslims throughout the world, and after 9/11/01, against freedom-loving Americans who will not surrender to our extremist ideology."
o Persecuted people of faith all over the world, and that we continue to do so today in China and Vietnam, Africa and North Korea.
o Actively working to destroy free peoples, especially the United States and Israel.
o Took bribes from oil despotisms to protect the worst kinds of tyranny inflicted every day upon innocent women, children, and men, and upon Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Bahá'ís, and even upon atheist Marxists in those countries."
o Supported and enabled the oppression of women and girls, including terrorizing them into submission, wounding them by genital mutilation, and murdering them if they try to escape the control of their tyrannical families and communities."
o Used lies and indoctrination as standard policy tools.
Socialism is defined as "Any of various theories or systems of social organization in which the means of producing and distributing goods is owned collectively or by a centralized government that often plans and controls the economy."
- Socialists believe in the use of force to gain their personal ends.
- Socialists believe in slavery, but not the slavery of an individual owning another individual, but the economic slavery of a state owning the output of the individual.
- Socialists are racists, since socialists will always bring up the subject of race, regardless of the prevailing drift of the conversation.
- Socialists believe the worst in everyone, believing if they are all racists, racism must be shoved in our faces constantly; if they are stingy, they must have our money forcibly removed and redistributed to others; if they are heartless, they must mandate compassion.
- Socialists think religion, especially Christianity, is stupid and nothing but a prop for the unwashed masses.
- Socialists believe in an ignorant society, ensuring that public school systems are dumbed down that students can't read their own diplomas, since useful idiots are easier to dominate than citizens who have read and understood the documents of the Founding Fathers.
- Socialists believe you have no right of self-defense with utter faith that government agents can protect you from any and all harm.
- Socialists are intolerant, mocking and ridiculing those with the temerity to disagree.
- Socialists are hypocrites, expecting the unwashed masses to conform to their ideals while they, the lofty and elite, are exempt.
- Above all, socialists are in denial, since no matter how much you point out the obvious – that the government is fulfilling the dictionary definition of socialism – they flat deny it.
- Socialism has been tried repeatedly through America’s history starting in Jamestown and Plymouth, but the experiments failed each time it was attempted.
Liberal policies diminish a society's moral character:
- The bigger the government, the less the citizens do for one another.
- The welfare state, though often well intended, is nevertheless a Ponzi scheme.
- Citizens of liberal welfare states become increasingly narcissistic.
- The liberal welfare state makes people disdain work.
- Nothing more guarantees the erosion of character than getting something for nothing.
- The bigger the government, the more the corruption.
- The welfare state corrupts family life.
- The welfare state inhibits the maturation of its young citizens into responsible adults.
- As a result of the left's sympathetic views of pacifism and because almost no welfare state can afford a strong military.
- The leftist weltanschauung sees society's and the world's great battle as between rich and poor rather than between good and evil.
Congress was given the 45 Declared Goals for the Communist Takeover of America in 1963 (from “The Naked Communist” by Cleon Skousen) which have all been embraced and implemented by liberal Democrats ever since.
- US acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war
- US willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war
- Develop the illusion that total disarmament by the US would be a demonstration of "moral strength"
- Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.
- Extension of long term loans to Russia and Soviet Satellites
- Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination
- Grant recognition of Red China, and admission of Red China to the UN.
- Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev's promise in 1955 to settle the Germany question by free elections under supervision of the UN
- Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests because the US has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress
- Allow all Soviet Satellites individual representation in the UN
- Promote the UN as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one world government with its own independent armed forces.
- Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party
- Do away with loyalty oaths
- Continue giving Russia access to the US Patent Office
- Capture one or both of the political parties in the US
- Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions, by claiming their activities violate civil rights.
- Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for Socialism, and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers associations. Put the party line in text books.
- Gain control of all student newspapers
- Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.
- Infiltrate the press. Get control of book review assignments, editorial writing, policy-making positions.
- Gain control of key positions in radio, TV & motion pictures.
- Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all form of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to "eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings", substitute shapeless, awkward, and meaningless forms.
- Control art critics and directors of art museums. " Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art".
- Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them "censorship" and a violation of free speech and free press.
- Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography, and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio and TV.
- Present Homosexuality, degeneracy, and promiscuity as "normal, natural, and healthy".
- Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with "social" religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity, which does not need a "religious crutch"
- Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the grounds that it violates the principle of "separation of church and state"
- Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.
- Discredit the American founding fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the "common man".
- Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of "the big picture:" Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.
- Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture - - education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.
- Eliminate all laws or procedures, which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.
- Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.
- Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI
- Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.
- Infiltrate and gain control of big business
- Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand or treat.
- Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.
- Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.
- Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.
- Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special interest groups should rise up and make a "united force" to solve economic, political, or social problems.
- Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.
- Internationalize the Panama Canal.
- Repeal the Connally Reservation so the US can not prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction over nations and individuals alike.
America was founded on a short list of broadly stated, fundamental principles:
- Our liberties come from our Creator, not from our government.
- The authority to govern comes from God through the people.
- Human nature tends toward evil and not toward good.
- Government, being obligated to restrain human nature, must be obliged to restrain itself.
- The Declaration of Independence is our nation’s founding document, not the Constitution.
- The Constitution was the foundational organizational document on how we would govern ourselves.
- National Sovereignty is a foundational principle established in the Declaration of Independence.
- The traditional family unit is an official fundamental social value essential in America.
- Freedom of religion and open religious expression is a foundational American principle.
- National security is the primary purpose and function of the federal government.
- Capitalism is the official American economic principle.
Reasons Socialism is inferior to Capitalism:
- Capitalism produces faster growth than Socialism.
- Capitalism works in concert with human nature while Socialism works against it.
- Capitalism rewards merit, Socialism rewards mediocrity.
- Capitalism is freedom while Socialism is slavery.
- The marketplace does a much better job of allocating resources than Socialism’s central planning.
Principles of Conservatism:
- All people are endowed by their Creator with the inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We fought a war to regain these rights from our old government, and we created the Constitution to keep our new government from ever taking them away again.
- Limited government is a necessary evil required to maintain a civil society. Excessive government is an unnecessary evil that undermines the liberty intrinsic to human dignity.
- Equal justice under equal laws must exist for a society to remain unified. Lady Justice is blindfolded for a reason. The law does not exist to serve only the aggrieved and making it do so divides the people under it.
- Solutions are best when they are established voluntarily and locally. The federal government is the antithesis of that, as it is coercive and distant.
- Life is a series of tradeoffs. Doing one thing will come at the expense of doing something else.
- An individual is more likely than bureaucrats to know what is in his own self-interest.
- Policies are as useful as the incentives they create, not the good intentions with which they were created.
- As observed by Milton Friedman, there are four ways of spending money. From most efficient to least efficient:
o Spend your own money on yourself.
o Spend your own money on someone else.
o Spend someone else’s money on yourself.
o Spend someone else’s money on someone else (which happens to be how government spends money).
Conservatism is based on first principles providing the core framework for an internally consistent and meaningful policy agenda:
- It sustains conservatism's appreciation for the central place of individual liberty in American political life.
- It informs our resistance to the liberal shift from equality of opportunity to equality of results.
- It supports America's national interest in advancing freedom in the world but prudently considers what we can and should do in that cause.
- It demands the appointment of judges who understand that their proper function is to uphold the Constitution, not make social policy according to their own pop-philosophy.
- It shores up the idea of free markets and encourages policy reforms grounded in market-based solutions.
- It works against unsustainable federal spending and the fiscal burdens placed on future generations by uncontrolled entitlements.
- It informs conservatism's defense of family, neighborhood, local community, and church.
Tea Party Principles of Beliefs and Practices to Oppose:
Principles of Belief
Practices to Oppose
Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and the original intent of the US Constitution
Judicial arbitrary activism, Legislative arrogance, Executive unaccountability
Reducing the size and limiting the scope of the Federal and State governments
Continuous expansion of government and micromanagement bureaucracy
Protecting state's sovereignty as ensured by the 9th and 10th Amendment
Federal supremacy fallacy, uncontrollable general welfare and commerce clauses
Reduce the deficit, balance the budget and a restore Constitutional sound money
Unchecked and unnecessary spending, borrowing and debasement of the currency
Replace the burdensome and unfair US tax laws that destroy the middle class
Capricious tax obligations, “special interest” exemptions and burdensome reporting
Defense of a Free Market System that encourages economic wealth creation
Corporate/State economy, outsourcing globalism, NAFTA GATT, Wall Street monopoly
Protecting and preserving traditional 2nd Amendment rights
Restrictions on means of personal self-protection, federal control of state Militia
Institution of Term Limits as a means to address political corruption and accountability
Permanent incumbent culture, dominance by two party, corporate candidate donations
Restoration of a society that reflect Jeffersonian respect for Western Civilization
Secular humanism, global treaty mandates, world currency, assault on time-honored values
Natural Rights of citizens are eternal; arbitrary governments forfeit legitimacy
Arrogance and criminal conduct of Central Government tyranny and Presidential Despotism
Three ideas that separate conservatives from liberals:
· Progressives and those who sympathize with them are economically risk-averse compared with conservatives.
· Progressives benefit enormously from the fact that economic inequality matters much more to Americans than conservatives like to admit.
· Conservatives see people as assets, and progressives see people as liabilities.
Political parties must wrest control back from their lunatic fringe leadership.
- Amend the Hatch Act (or the President issue an executive order) to prohibit all White House staff members from participating in partisan political activity in any capacity during the time they serve in government.
Hold politicians personally responsible for their words (half truths, exaggerations, fabrications).
- Track exaggeration vs. actual results of historical forecast accuracy.
- Focus elections on issues, not on personalities.
Hold politicians responsible for results of legislation (costs, benefits, organization).
- Link congressional votes to the taxes constituents pay.
- Demonstrate individual impact of spending votes.
- Identify unintended consequences.
Make voting mandatory for all citizens in every election to provide feedback to the government.
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