Sunday, October 26, 2008
NOTE: McCain is FOR FREE TRADE with Colombia. For goodness sake look at this man Obama before you push the button on November 4th. (Wall Street Journal). Listen to Mary Anastasia O'Grady an expert on Latin America.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
I muse about Mr. Bastiat's writing in connection to:
- Mr. Obama's writings (see blog of 24 October) and ideas ("we're spreading the wealth" uttered on the campaign trail to Mr. Joe The Plumber, recently).
- The bailout of brokerage firms
- The possible "bailing out" of home mortgage owners who have defaulted
- The most recent nationalization of our top 10 banks
- The talk of nationalizing the Insurance Industry
- Government run: schools, health care, retirement, parks, welfare etc. etc. etc.
This compact book "The Law" was reprinted in the United States in 1950 at a time when "The same socialist-communist ideas and plans that were then adopted (in 1848) in France are now sweeping America." Here are some quotes from a defender of liberty, a rare species today.
"It is not true that the legislator has absolute power over our persons and property. The existence of persons and property preceded the existence of the legislator, and his function is only to guarantee their safety.
"It is not true that the function of law is to regulate our consciences, our ideas, our wills, our education our opinions, our work, our trade, our talents, or the pleasures. The function of law is to protect the free exercise of these rights, and to prevent any person from interfering with the free exercise of these same rights by any other person."
..."Law is solely the organization of the individual right of self-defense which existed before law was formalized. Law is justice."
Next, Bastiat explains what law (government) should not do.
The mission of the law is NOT to oppress persons and plunder them of their property...It's mission is to protect persons and property.
...The law is justice - simple and clear, precise and bounded...If you exceed the proper limit - if you attempt to make the law religious, fraternal equalizing, philanthropic, industrial literary, or artistic - you will then be lost in an uncharted territory, in vagueness and uncertainty, in a forced utopia or, even worse, in a multitude of utopias, each striving to seize the law and impose it upon you. This is true because fraternity and philanthropy, unlike justice, do not have precise limits. Once started, where will you stop? And where will the law stop itself?
THIS IS A QUESTION WE SHOULD ALL ASK OURSELVES. Of course that's if you remember what liberty is...
Friday, October 24, 2008
My mind reels. A command appearance before government regulators was followed by a command (not a "request") surrender of autonomy by the nine biggest banks in the U.S. A forced "sale" of preferred shares to the government was ordered in return for billions of newly minted dollars from the Fed ...
Surely this wasn't happening in America. The very notion of bureaucrats telling business leaders what they must do "for their own good, and the good of the country" makes me want to throw up. Preposterous. By what authority? How would they know? What conceit!
How did America's leading bankers react? Did they laugh in the regulators' faces, tear up the "term sheets," and storm out of the room? Did they hold press conferences condemning this high-handed and obviously unconstitutional attempt to intimidate and steal private assets? Not exactly...
A long train of government policy mistakes led to the financial crisis, but the capitulation by business leaders to the demands and claims of government officials has turned what could have been a contained and short-term economic problem into a genuine threat to the very survival of capitalism, and with it, of democracy. (Go to Capmag.com to read the whole article).
Thursday, October 23, 2008
BARACK OBAMA - IN HIS OWN WORDS
Audacity of Hope: "Lolo (Obama's step father) followed a brand of Islam …." "I looked to Lolo for guidance".
Dreams of my Father: "The person who made me proudest of all, though, was [half brother] Roy .. He converted to Islam."
Dreams of my Father: "In Indonesia, I had spent two years at a Muslim school"
Dreams of my Father: "I Studied the Koran."
Audacity of Hope: "I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction."
Dreams of My Father: "I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother's race".
Dreams of my Father: "The emotion between the races could never be pure….. the other race would always remain just that: menacing, alien, and apart."
Dreams of my Father: "Any distinction between good and bad whites held negligible meaning."
Dreams of My Father: "I ceased to advertise my mother's race at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites"
Dreams Of My Father: "I never emulate white men and brown men whose fates didn't speak to my own. It was into my father's image, the black man, son of Africa, that I'd packed all the attributes I sought in myself..".
Dreams of My Father: "That hate hadn't gone away," he wrote, blaming "white people — some cruel, some ignorant, sometimes a single face, sometimes just a faceless image of a system claiming power over our lives."
Dreams of My Father: "There were enough of us on campus to constitute a tribe, and when it came to hanging out many of us chose to function like a tribe, staying close together, traveling in packs," he wrote. "It remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names"
Dreams of my Father: "Desperate times called for desperate measures, and for many blacks, times were chronically desperate. If nationalism could create a strong and effective insularity, deliver on its promise of self-respect, then the hurt it might cause well-meaning whites, or the inner turmoil it caused people like me, would be of little consequence."
Dreams of my Father: "To avoid being mistaken for a racial sellout, I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists and punk-rock performance poets. We smoked cigarettes and wore leather jackets. At night, in the dorms, we discussed neocolonialism, Franz Fanon, Eurocentrism, and patriarchy."
Dreams of my Father: "there was something about him that made me wary," Obama wrote. "A little too sure of himself, maybe. And white."
Dreams of my Father: "the reason black people keep to themselves is that it's easier than spending all your time mad, or trying to guess whatever it was that white folks were thinking about you."
Dreams of my Father: One line in Malcolm X's autobiography "spoke" to Obama "it stayed with me," he says. "He spoke of a wish he'd once had, the wish that the white blood that ran through him, there by an act of violence, might somehow be expunged."
Sunday, October 19, 2008
In the immortal words of Obama's political mentor, Saul Alinsky, an organizer's job is to "rub raw the sores of discontent" and mount a socialist revolution. In the 1930s and 40s, Alinsky called his revolutionary forces "People's Organizations," but once the word "people" became so tainted by the brutalities of communist "people's republics," he changed the code word to "community," hoping to make it sound more American and neighborly.
But make no mistake. From Alinsky's initial Back of the Yards labor movement, to his Industrial Areas Foundation, where Obama first learned his own "community organizing" tactics, the goal was always revolution.
Agitate and aggravate. Those are the responsibilities of the paid "community organizer."
Prepare the people for the trials of the revolution. The people, according to Alinsky, "must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and chance the future" of change, change, change.
As Alinsky said quite clearly in his revolutionary manifesto, Reveille for Radicals:
"A People's Organization is not a philanthropic plaything or a social service's ameliorative gesture. It is a deep, hard-driving social force, striking and cutting at the very roots of all the evils which beset the people. It recognizes the existence of the vicious cycle in which most human beings are caught, and strives viciously to break this circle. It thinks and acts in terms of social surgery and not cosmetic cover-ups."
"A People's Organization is dedicated to an eternal war...A war is not an intellectual debate, and in the war against social evils there are no rules of fair play." (Read the whole article here).
Obama and ACORN (read communists)
Obama and voter fraud
Obama and "spreading the wealth"
It's all out there for everyone to read and digest. Is this the man that's going to lead the "free world"? Free? You're joking right? Read the following article by James Simpson at American Thinker.
Since even CNN is now reporting on widespread voter fraud being perpetrated by the radical group ACORN, Obama has been forced once again to distance himself from his old buddies. I guess Bill Ayers and Reverend Jeremiah Wright won't feel so lonely anymore.
Interestingly, despite their damning report on ACORN, CNN uncritically repeated what has now become the official Obama position on all his radical friends, to wit: "I hardly knew the man..." In the final presidential debate Wednesday night Obama reiterated that his only tie to ACORN was representing them along with the U.S. Justice Department, in a lawsuit demanding the Illinois state government enforce the new Motor Voter law. As with Ayers and Wright, he is lying. He knows it. And it is a Big Lie.
One of Obama's first career jobs was with ACORN. He was recognized early on as a talented organizer by ACORN leader Madeline Talbott, (think smooth talker) and she got him to coach ACORN leaders in community activism. At the time, Talbott was focusing on ACORN's efforts to expand bank lending to low-income, high-risk customers - the activity that ultimately precipitated today's mortgage market failure - so it is likely Obama trained her leaders with a focus on that effort...(Read at American Thinker).
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Democratic adage: Nothing will work until we have all your money.
A true American spirit is Herman Cain NOT Obama. Both are successful black men but arrived at totally opposite philosophies regarding America.
I heard the most inspiring speech the other day filled with pure Americana. Forgive me but I am going to paraphrase since I have been unsuccessful in finding Herman Cain's talk. This man is a columnist and radio talk show host now but made his fortune in a variety of endeavors. The following is a paraphrase of his talk about his father, which maybe Obama with his "spreading the wealth" philosophy should listen to and learn from.
'Barack Obama's "prosperity is fair and change we need" message for the cool aid drinkers in Washington...THERE IS NO DEPARTMENT OF HAPPINESS IN WASHINGTON D.C. The Founding Fathers meant that prosperity is the PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS not the guarantee.'
'Someone who was not confused about the pursuit of happiness was my father Luther Cain. He walked off the dirt farm he was working on with the clothes on his back. All he had was sweat equity. He had his dreams. One of his dreams was to own his own home for his family. He grew up in a shack with Mom and Dad and ten kids. My father did buy his house. He was not confused about prosperity. He achieved prosperity the old fashioned way - he worked for it. It works. Dad had another dream as part of his journey and that was to be able to be worth in assets one million dollars. Not because he wanted a car or a boat. He wanted a million dollars because he believed in the American dream. In 1982 his net worth was $982,000. Dad got there.'
'The Liberals want to take it away with the Death tax'....(read more about Herman Cain).
If McCain could only dig deep within himself and give a big speech tapping into the fundamental and unique spirit of Americans: Independence, self-directed, proud and hard-working then he would have a chance at awakening the deep felt and hidden American character. So far he has not been up to the task and with Obama promising "to spread the wealth" via communism we are truly at a crossroads as far as a major departure from the vision of our Founding Fathers if this man wins the Presidency. I guess the lessons of the communists and socialists of the 19th and 20th century are lost on a poorly educated populace. Truly a terrible shame and tragedy confronts us.
One thing for sure under an Obama regime: the only thing he and his fellow majority democrats will spread is poverty, misery and the decline of a great nation. Maybe we'll have to learn the lesson again. A government controlled economy can only result in bad things for its citizens. Until we courageously stand up and repudiate the old, trashed ideas of communism, socialism, and fascism there will be no end of wanna be dictators wanting to rule how you live. Limited government as set forth in our constitution is what we most need now - NOT more government!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative Party coasted to an easy victory in national elections on Tuesday, winning 38% of the vote and 143 seats in parliament. Mr. Harper's closest competitor, Liberal Party leader Stéphane Dion, managed only 26% of the popular vote for 76 seats.
Though he did not win the 155 seats he needed to secure a majority, Mr. Harper did pick up 16 new members of parliament, while the Liberals lost 19 seats. In other words, in a time of great economic uncertainty, Canadians by a large margin went with the tax cutter over the tax raiser. (Wall Street Journal)
Sunday, October 12, 2008
WASHINGTON -- The House Democratic leadership is crafting new legislation to stimulate the shaky U.S. economy, and could call lawmakers back to the nation's capital shortly after the Nov. 4 election to take up the $150 billion measure.
No final decisions have been made on details of the package or changes to the congressional schedule. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) and other Democratic leaders have discussed reconvening the House the week of Nov. 17 to act on a package that could include new government spending in areas including road and bridge construction, and possibly a tax rebate, congressional aides said.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders are considering reconvening the House the week of Nov. 17. ' We have some harsh decisions to make. Some of them can ' t wait until January,' she said this week.
Democratic congressional leaders and the White House worked closely in September to shepherd through Capitol Hill a $700 billion plan to attempt to stabilize U.S. financial markets. The camps also worked together at the beginning of the year to enact a $168 billion stimulus package that provided tax rebates to millions of Americans, a measure the White House says shored up growth through much of the year.
But the Democratic leadership in Congress and the White House are at odds over whether a second stimulus effort built around spending is needed to boost the economy. Democrats argue a one-time jolt of federal dollars would create jobs and shore up consumer spending. President George W. Bush contends spending-focused efforts are a waste of taxpayer dollars...(Wall Street Journal).
...Letting markets work is messy and costly. Nevertheless, the only sensible way to deal with the current crisis is to force the companies who created the mess to bear at least some of the costs of their mistakes. Most of all, if the markets are to get back on track our regulators must put an immediate stop to their current practice of publicly demonizing the markets and work to restore confidence in the system. (Wall Street Journal - Read The Government is Contributing to the Panic)
Saturday, October 11, 2008
...There is no reason why someone as arrogant, foolishly clever and ultimately dangerous as Barack Obama should become president -- especially not at a time when the threat of international terrorists with nuclear weapons looms over 300 million Americans.
Many people seem to regard elections as occasions for venting emotions, like cheering for your favorite team or choosing a Homecoming Queen. The three leading candidates for their party's nomination are being discussed in terms of their demographics -- race, sex and age -- as if that is what the job is about. One of the painful aspects of studying great catastrophes of the past is discovering how many times people were preoccupied with trivialities when they were teetering on the edge of doom. The demographics of the presidency are far less important than the momentous weight of responsibility that office carries.
Just the power to nominate federal judges to trial courts and appellate courts across the country, including the Supreme Court, can have an enormous impact for decades to come. There is no point feeling outraged by things done by federal judges, if you vote on the basis of emotion for those who appoint them. Barack Obama has already indicated that he wants judges who make social policy instead of just applying the law. He has already tried to stop young violent criminals from being tried as adults...(Read Capitalism Magazine)
"It is a beautiful thing to mold a statue and give it life; it is more beautiful to shape an intelligence and give it truth." - Victor Hugo
The first work of literature read in Room 4 this year was Pygmalion, by George Bernard Shaw. The musical My Fair Lady was based upon this classic play.
Pygmalion is the story of a lowly flower girl who is invited into the home of a brilliant phonetician after he makes a bet that he can teach her the elegance and speech of a proper English lady and pass her off as a duchess at a garden party.
In the play's most comical scene, a favorite among the students, Eliza, the flower girl, ventures into society for the first time. Having been told to confine her conversation to the benign and inoffensive topics of weather and health, she discusses, with the utmost elegance of manners and articulation, her suspicion that her aunt who had allegedly died from influenza had actually been murdered over a hat. And so begins a comedy of errors, in which, as Higgins the phonetician says, the problem is not "how" she says things but "what" she says.
With more training, Eliza learns to curb her coarse speech, and she becomes thoroughly polished, dignified, and charming. Her debut at the garden party is a smashing and unmitigated success. She has become a proper English lady.
But in the last and most important scene of the play, we discover that though she has learned to be a lady, she has not yet learned to be a human being—an independent, self-sufficient individual with her own judgment and her own sense of self worth. She has learned how to conform to the standards of elite society, but she has not learned how to form her own standards.
It is only when she drops her decorum and stands up self-confidently against Higgins that he says, "By George Eliza, I said I'd make a woman of you; and I have."
Because for Higgins (and for Shaw), the mark of a worthy person is not conformity to the standards of the upper classes. Rather, a worthy person is one who has-in my favorite expression of the play—his "own soul," his "own spark of divine fire."
Teaching the play this time, it struck me as metaphorical for my own view of education.
Just as Eliza was taught in a way that allowed her to be passed off as a duchess at a garden party, the best of schools today teach children in a way that allows them to be passed off as educated at a cocktail party. But have they learned to be independent, self- sufficient, clear thinking, passionate human beings? Have they gained their own "spark of divine fire"?
That is our goal at VanDamme Academy. Our aim is not to teach the children a stock set of facts that will make them culturally literate. Our aim is to empower them with the lessons of history, to equip them with the tools of math and science, to provide them the fuel and inspiration of literature—to endow them with the wisdom that will give them the means to live the life of a rational, happy, efficacious human being.
That is why the following were highlights of my week.
First, when Room 4 read that last act of Pygmalion, we came to a scene in which Higgins calls Eliza a fool and she responds that the comment is "not proper." I put down the play and asked the class what Higgins's response to that would be. 11-year-old Taylor's bright eyes became incandescent with understanding and her hand shot in the air. "He would say he doesn't care what's proper!" In that moment, she had not just grasped something deeply important about the character, she had grasped something about Shaw's philosophic perspective on life. She had understood that Shaw cares little for conformity to social standards. And her expression revealed that that kind of understanding was thrilling.
Second, I was stopped in the hall one afternoon this week by the mother of a 7-year-old girl named Emily. She told me that Emily had related to her a story from her book Adventures of the Greek Heroes. Emily told her mother the tragic tale of Admetus the king and his true love Alcestis. Admetus was dying, and the gods declared that if he were to remain with his love, someone would have to die in his place. Admetus went to his loyal subjects, his soldiers, his servants, then even to his own parents, but all feared to die for him. Finally, in a tragic twist, his own dear Alcestis, the love for whom he wanted to live, gave her life for his. As 7-year-old Emily shared the story, her voice became halting, and her mother noticed that she had tears in her eyes. (And as her mother told me this story, both she and I both had tears in ours.)
Our goal at VanDamme Academy is not to produce students who are refined, polished, and superficially educated. It is to produce students who are thoughtful, passionate, and sincerely educated.
My favorite author, Victor Hugo, has a passage in which he describes the role of a teacher. He says, "It is a beautiful thing to mold a statue and give it life; it is more beautiful to shape an intelligence and give it truth." And he captures this whole metaphor in an exquisitely poetic description, calling a teacher "a Pygmalion of the soul."
"If we lose freedom here there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth" (Ronald Reagan)
...Nowhere is it written that America is invincible. Yet the threat of nuclear attack has somehow seeped out of our consciousness. Because it didn’t happen during the Cold War, perhaps we presume it never will. But Islamic terrorists did fly planes into our buildings, and if they obtain nuclear weapons, they will not shrink from using them on us. Nor do they pose the only threat to America of nuclear attack or nuclear blackmail.
Russia, China, and Iran
Although we very much want Russia to become a peaceful member of the community of nations, recent events in Georgia suggest that this is unlikely anytime soon. Mr. Putin and Mr. Bush may seem to enjoy a warm relationship, but Russia will continue to seek what its rulers believe is in its interest. Sometimes this will coincide with the interests of the West, but sometimes it will not. In either case, we should make no mistake: Russia is proceeding to modernize its military and its ability to influence world events.
In 2005, President Putin announced that Russia was developing a new ballistic missile. The prototype of a new hypersonic vehicle, he said, had proved its ability to maneuver while in orbit, thereby enabling it to dodge an enemy’s missile shield. Russia clearly believed that the U.S. would build missile defense systems, and has taken steps to build weapons to negate them. With thousands of nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles, Russia remains a most serious threat to U.S. security.
Nor did our victory in the Cold War entail the disarming or reorganization of communist China—which, in fact, has over two million men under arms. And although China’s navy and air force are not as sophisticated as Russia’s, they still possess a minimum of 30 intercontinental ballistic missiles—most of them aimed at the U.S.—and hundreds of short and medium range nuclear missiles for use in an Asian theater of combat. Today, in an unprecedented build-up that has even liberal policy analysts concerned, the Chinese are building and testing more than one ballistic missile per week.
Furthermore, China’s military thinking is openly anti-American. Its military journals write candidly about unrestricted warfare using a combination of traditional military power, cyber warfare, economic warfare, nuclear warfare, and terrorism. China is also working to develop a space-based military capability and is investing in launch vehicles that include manned spaceflight, a space station, and extensive anti-satellite weaponry meant to negate U.S. global satellite coverage (the latter was successfully tested last year).
Both the Russians and the Chinese know that the only nation that can limit their influence is the U.S. Thus they seek to limit our influence on the world stage, and will undertake whatever policies serve that end.
Meanwhile, the goal of radical Islam is the conversion, subjugation, or destruction of the infidel peoples—first and foremost the citizens of the U.S., Western Europe, and Israel. Even after 9/11, we appear not to take that threat seriously. But Islam is not fragile. It has survived for over a thousand years, and has controlled at various times much of what we know as the civilized world. Even more worrisome, today its determination is matched with modern weaponry and it enjoys alliances with powerful non-Islamic powers.
Consider Iran. President Ahmadinejad and his Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) have control of key strategic parts of the Iranian government, and the IRGC is capable of operating as a terrorist training unit both inside and outside of Iran (witness Iran’s support of Hezbollah in Lebanon and its backing of lethal attacks on Americans in Iraq). For the past decade, Iran—with the assistance of Russia, China, and North Korea—has been developing missile technology. It is believed that the Iranians have produced hundreds of Shahab-3 missiles. This is not the most sophisticated missile in the world, but it is capable of carrying a payload to Israel or—if launched from a ship—to an American city.
The current controversy over Iran’s nuclear production is really about whether it can produce an industrial infrastructure that would be capable of producing nuclear warheads. It has sought nuclear capability since the time of the Shah, as most nations do, since nuclear weapons bestow on a country great military and political power. Even a fully democratic and pro-western Iran would want such weapons.
Mr. Ahmadinejad said in 2005: “Is it possible for us to witness a world without America and Zionism? But you had best know that this slogan and this goal are attainable, and surely can be achieved.” What about this do we not get?
Consider this scenario: An ordinary-looking freighter ship heading toward New York City or Los Angeles launches a missile from its hull or from a canister lowered into the sea. The missile hits a densely populated area and a million people are incinerated. The ship is sunk and no one claims responsibility. There is no firm evidence as to who sponsored the attack, and thus no one against whom to launch a counterstrike.
But as terrible as that scenario sounds, consider a second one: Let us say the freighter ship launches a nuclear-armed Shahab-3 missile off the coast of the U.S. and it explodes 300 miles over Chicago, creating an electromagnetic pulse. Gamma rays scatter in what is called the Compton effect, and three separate pulses disable consumer electronics, some automobiles, and, most importantly, the hundreds of large transformers that distribute power throughout the U.S. All of our lights, refrigerators, TVs and radios stop running. We have no communication. This is what is referred to as an EMP attack, and such an attack would effectively throw America back into the early nineteenth century. Perhaps hundreds of millions of us will die from lack of food and water and as a result of social breakdown.
Opponents of missile defense call such scenarios far fetched, on the basis that the U.S. would launch a nuclear attack against whatever nation attacks us. That is, they continue to rely on the doctrine of mutually-assured destruction that our leaders prior to Reagan relied on during the Cold War. But in my scenarios, we would not know who attacked us, so that doctrine is no help. And in any case, even if Iran could be identified as the attacker, who is to say that it wouldn’t gladly sacrifice itself to destroy the Great Satan? As the Ayatollah Khomeini said in 1979, during the American hostage crisis: “I say let [Iran] go up in smoke, provided Islam emerges triumphant in the world.”
I do not use the word “destroy” lightly: An EMP attack on the U.S. would mean the end of American civilization, and dropping nuclear weapons on or retaliating against whoever caused the attack will not bring our civilization back. Nor is this science fiction. Twice, in the Caspian Sea, the Iranians have tested their ability to launch ballistic missiles in a way to set off an EMP. And the congressionally-mandated EMP Commission, including some of America’s finest scientists, has released its findings and issued two separate reports, the most recent in July, describing the effects of such an attack on the U.S.
What to Do
The only solution to this problem is the building of a robust, multi-layered missile defense system. Our land-based system in Alaska and California will go far toward stopping a North Korean missile launched at the U.S. But it has very limited capabilities. It will not defend us against an EMP attack of the kind I have described.
The most effective form of missile defense is from space, using space-based interceptors that destroy an enemy warhead in its ascent phase when it is easily identifiable, slower, and has not yet deployed decoys. We know this can work from tests conducted in the early 1990s. We have the technology. What we lack is the political will to make it a reality.
Despite the growing Iranian, Chinese, and Russian arsenals, it is said we are postponing serious missile defense because we must win the war on terror first, as if we cannot do both simultaneously. It is also said that we need the help of Russia and China in the war on terrorism, and that such help will not be forthcoming if we build a missile defense. But the Iranian threat makes such concerns meaningless, and it should be our national policy to defend ourselves from the Russian and Chinese arsenals in any event. In the nuclear age, one does not have the luxury—if one could call it that—of a Pearl Harbor, after which we were able to regroup and rebuild and fight on to victory.
In the face of the threat of an EMP attack, the time for missile defense is now. Our enemies should understand that we will defend our freedom at any cost. In the words of Ronald Reagan, who put America on the road to missile defense: “If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth.”
“Reprinted by permission from Imprimis, a publication of Hillsdale College.”
Saturday, October 04, 2008
Potato peelers put him on Park Avenue - American Story with Bob Dotson - MSNBC.com
Friday, October 03, 2008
"...Ultimately, Gorbachev’s tragedy was that he was a shameless and duplicitous politician. In order to attain power, he was willing to do anything. Yet, when he had power, he refused to exercise it properly. In the end of 1991, the Soviet Union metamorphosed into Russia. As Gorbachev did not change anything, so did the Soviet Union/Russia remain the same autocratic, militaristic, fraudulent, uncivilized and corrupt political entity. As a leader and politician Gorbachev was an utter and colossal failure. Yet, ironically, his fall from political grace only enhanced his pop-culture image in the Western media as a democrat, as a man of peace and above all as an honest intellectual."
"Indeed, Gorbachev was always a lucky actor who, thanks to the mindlessly leftist Western media, became a media pop-star par excellence. He did not create himself. He was invented by the Western media. Gorbachev's only accidental accomplishment remains that the foul ideology of communism expired in the Soviet Union without much bloodshed..."
"...the Obamanian notion that mankind should not settle for the world as he describes it, is terribly dangerous and even self-destructive. Similarly, Obama's political call for ambiguous radical change to transform the world into something that meets his glittering, but unspecified vision puts at risk, and even threatens, both the economic opportunity and political freedom that have become the hallmark with America.
What Obama really strives for is a two fold process. First, he seeks to undermine and ultimately destroy America’s representative democracy in which politicians subordinate themselves to the will of the people. Second, he plans to install a dictatorship of mediocrity in which an idealized and fraudulent media star subordinates his or her emotionally misguided and intellectually blind followers to his own will by intimidation, blackmail, false promises and radical divisiveness. Slogans such as "Yes, We Can!" and "Change We Can Believe In," and "Change We Need" sound more like fanatic battle cries of extreme and irrational religious cult rather than the promised principles of a more dignified and higher kind of political order... "
"...Counterproductively, Obama desperately wants to repudiate and apologize for the glorious past of the United States of America in order to more effectively exploit the race issue and to sell a future that is firmly anchored in the failed communist and socialist policies and practices of the 20th Century. By doing so, Obama only proves how uninformed, incompetent and out of step he is concerning the fundamental realities of the world.
For the world, with the negligible exceptions of some misguided and narcissist tyrants, has unambiguously moved away from the destructive lure of grand ideologies preferring instead sound free market economic principles over the rigidity of centrally planned economies, fiscal prudence over extravagant government-sponsored ambitions, reforms over class-based fanaticism, tested historical experience over utopianism, and representative government over regimes that verbally usurp democracy while in practice indulge in cruel despotism... "
"...What protected and sustained the United States and its allies and defeated their enemies was the timely use of force, or the threat thereof. To counter the unfounded charge of the unloved America and to obtain popular support, the Obama/Biden ticket appears to side with the hate-filled and angry left inside and outside the United States. Bluntly stated, both of these groups advocate the radical transformation of democratic societies into an abstract earthly paradise that would turn all the nation-states of the world into a giant, happy, universal, and irresponsible despotism.
In other words, when Russia, a hopelessly backward, autocratic and militaristic state, challenges the political pluralism and ideological tolerance of the United States and its allies, when desperate despots in Burma, North Korea, Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, and leaders of well-organized terrorist groups are increasingly becoming mere pawns in Putin’s quest to restore Russia’s great power status, Obama’s and Biden’s pathetic doctrine of "aggressive personal diplomacy" without the credible threat of use of force amounts to sheer appeasement... "
"...In this new world of brutal power politics, the United States and the world need a president of solid principles, rich national security experience and courage, and not a man who is the prisoner of his intensely personal doubts, theoretic dogmas and class-based socialist/communist political prejudices... "
"Since his speech in mid-February 2008, in Wisconsin, on economic strategy, Obama has preached the socialist/communist gospel about the failure of capitalist society to bring about egalitarian fairness and rapid progress toward a utopian, universal welfare for Americans and for every "citizen" of the world. Indeed, the most important element of Obama’s economic strategy is the political promise that, without exception, everybody can get something for nothing. Admittedly, the amount of this something could vary, according to how much legalized powers of redistribution the president and a like-minded Congress have to arbitrarily award unearned benefits with one hand, while taking well-earned monies with the other. Hence, Obama’s advocacy of big government endowed with ever-increasing revenues to fulfill his never-ending list of promises. His infinite list-o-meter contains, among other items, $150 billion for green energy plan, hundreds of billions of dollars for a socialized national health care plan, huge increases in existing and new taxes proposed by him almost on a monthly basis, higher and new barriers to free trade, and Social Security benefits to illegal immigrants.
"Obama's "economic plan" is a really not a plan at all, but rather a list of cynical political choices motivated by his desire to turn the free and democratic society of the United States into a socialist/communist state. To conceal his real intentions, Obama has framed his presidential campaign as a political choice among named individuals. That is why Obama has tried to portray so assiduously John McCain as nothing but a carbon copy of President Bush. The problem that Obama has with this line of argument is the need to outbid his opponent by offering more of everything, without regard to any realistic basis to deliver... "
"His hope is that the majority of the voters is not smart enough, not sufficiently well informed, and is prone to blind optimism about Obama the politician. Obama’s ballot-box logic is: Why vote for McCain who offers less?... "
"To fully understand Obama’s economic philosophy, it is essential to start with this central insight: His appeal springs from a profound sense of entitlement and a hate-based moral legitimacy. Through his perception of having been victimized by his parents to his racially inspired rage against "the white men," "capital" and "Wall Street," Obama became the embodiment of a commanding ethos of social justice..."(Frontiers of Freedom).
Amidst all the calls for regulation and jettisoning the free market, only a few are philosophically equipped to realize that this is a failure of the regulated market. This system—the whole blessed thing—was crafted in the New Deal era (with continual noose- tightening thereafter) precisely to avoid what has now happened!
The Fed exists to protect us from panics, the FDIC exists to protect our bank accounts from runs on banks, the SEC exists to protect us from shady or tricked up investments, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac exist (or existed) to protect us from stingy bankers who wouldn't give people loans merely because they didn't deserve them.
But somehow, the whole "protect us from our own stupidity" system didn't work. Somehow, good vs. bad still exists, success vs. failure still exists, fact vs. fantasy still exists.
The lesson is: faking reality does not work. If a man has little income, no assets, drinks a lot, can't keep a job for any period, he is a bad credit risk, and we cannot pretend otherwise. Or, if a person wants or needs a good, but hasn't any money to pay for it, he cannot have it—and that is a fact of reality, not something changeable by legislation to seize the good and give it to him or by the Fed's printing counterfeit money for him to use to "buy" it.
You can fool most of the people most of the time, but you can't fool reality, and reality will eventually demand payment.
The best short statement is from Yaron Brook:
"The unfree market has failed. It's time for a truly free market." (Read more at http://www.hbl.com/ Harry Binswanger List).
Thursday, October 02, 2008
1.Small main street businesses would be forced to pay tax rates as high as 62.3% under Senator Obama’s tax proposals.1
2.Senator Obama’s tax plan would tax small businesses at a higher rate than large corporations!
3.Taxes on retirement income and savings could increase by at least 33%, hitting millions of seniors when they need these resources the most.
4 million workers over the age of 50 – those eagerly looking forward to retirement – would be hit with increased tax bills.
5. Millions of Americans would only keep 38 cents of every dollar that they earn.
6. Senator Obama’s tax plan would reduce the after tax wages of millions of workers by 17.7%.
7. It will take 227 days per year, nearly 8 months, just to pay your tax bill! ...(READ there's more taxes in your life courtesy Obama).
Ancient thinkers from Thucydides to Cicero insisted that money was the real source of military power and national influence. We've been reminded of that classical wisdom these last three weeks.
In a manner not seen since the Great Depression, Wall Street went into panic mode from too many bad debts...
Even though the U.S. government rushed to restore trust, hundreds of billions of dollars in paper assets simply vanished. Friends and enemies abroad were unsure whether the irregular American heartbeat was a major coronary or a mere cardiac murmur. How strong really was the world's greatest economy? Was this panic the tab for years of borrowing abroad for out-of-control consumer spending? Had America finally gone too far enriching dictators by buying energy that it either could not or would not produce itself? Had the chickens of lavishing rewards on Wall Street and Washington speculators rather than Main Street producers finally come home to roost? Allies trust that the United States is the ultimate guarantor of free communication and commerce - and they want immediate reassurance that their old America will still be there. In contrast, opportunistic predators - such as rogue oil-rich regimes - suddenly sniff new openings...(READ)