As George Orwell said, “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards out of men. – Abraham Lincoln
“Fathom the odd hypocrisy that Obama wants every citizen to prove they are insured, but people don’t have to prove they are citizens”.
“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” HL Mencken
Real patriots who may resist the intrigues of the favorite are liable to become suspected and odious, while its tools and dupes usurp the applause and confidence of the people, to surrender their interests. — George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796 – David Claypoole American Daily Advertiser, September 19, 1796.
It is an even more courageous act when no one wants to hear the truth. As Frantz Fanon said, “Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn’t fit in with the core belief.”
Or as it is explained to Neo in the film, “The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you’re inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are still a part of that system, and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it.”
Most of the people I know personally are not willing to be unplugged. I assume my readers are, so seize the opportunity to be further unplugged and read Ron Unz’s comparison of America and China.
Then do what you can to unplug others. Paul Craig Roberts firstname.lastname@example.org
The false belief that only the judicial branch has a responsibility to consider the Constitution comes from a long-standing misunderstanding about the separation of powers between the three branches of our government. Early in our history the U.S. Supreme Court correctly pointed out that it has a duty to interpret the Constitution and apply its interpretations to the facts of cases brought before the Court. However, that is all it does. This does not mean that the judicial branch is the only branch that can interpret and apply the Constitution. It also does not mean that either of the other branches are required to agree with the Court. The other branches could, if they choose to do so, continue to operate as if the law was constitutional. The Supreme Court’s Unconstitutional Authority
The argument about human elements and the Constitution being a living breathing entity is the “Greatest trick since the Devil convinced us he did not exist!” The whole point of a Constitution is to be rigid and unwavering so that the rights it guarantees can not be eroded or chipped away by the legislature or executive branch at one particular time according to political fancy. The Constitution contains set procedures on how to amend it when need be and the citizens decide it needs to be. Obama know ZERO about the Constitution and has tried to destroy or minimize it since he got into office. This fact alone tells me the Constitution is drafted correctly to stave off the zealots who would change us from within.
“I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution
which granted a right to Congress of expending, on the objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.” – James Madison
The Obama administration and congressional Democrats have adopted a view of virtually unlimited government power that is clearly contrary to the Founders’ vision of a constitutionally limited government. In their vision, government roams the countryside fixing problems — any problems. Having trouble paying your mortgage? Don’t worry, the federal government will help you. Your local school not doing a good job? The federal government will be there to help. Don’t have health insurance? Don’t worry, the federal government will make you buy it.
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
With his hand on the Bible, this is the first of the thousands of lies that Barack “Barry” Hussein Obama-Soetoro, the Great Prevaricator, has told since his inauguration in 2008. He has repeatedly violated this sacred oath, as have all his appointees, and a despicable majority of our congressmen and senators, on both sides of the aisle. As bill after unconstitutional bill is passed, as executive order after unconstitutional executive order is signed, as administrative regulation after unconstitutional administrative regulation is enforced, the Rule of Law has grown weaker and weaker.
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There is no creature more dangerous to civilization than the “idealist”.
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
They may be more likely to go to Heaven for good intentions yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be “cured” against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.~ C. S. Lewis
“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.”
Today, after a century of progressive/liberal government there is fail at every level of government. The people who claim to be the intelligent ones have brought a majority of our villages,towns counties,states and national governments to near financial collapse. It is clearly obvious their system does not function regardless of their claims and excuses it is time they stepped aside and allowed conservative,small government thinkers and doers to salvage from their wreckage that which can be saved. Progressive programs and thinking have been a failure on a monumental scale. frank logan
Liberalism is a giant con game, and like all con games it’s based on lies. The liberal elites tell the lies, the MSM spreads the lies, and the dupes believe the lies.
Every once in a while, somebody has to get the bureaucracy by the neck and shake it loose and say “stop what you’re doing.” ~ Ronald Reagan
For democracy to work as the Founders intended, bureaucrats cannot choose our elected officials yet a federal investigation has concluded that this is what happened to the late Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska).
A federal court-appointed investigator concluded that Department of Justice career officials acted corruptly in their corruption prosecution of Stevens. In 2008, a week after DOJ prosecutors won a guilty verdict in federal court, he narrowly lost his reelection bid— by less than 4,000 votes—to Mark Begich who became the Democrats’ 60th Senate vote in their quest to pass, among other legislation, Obamacare. https://americansod.wordpress.com/absolute-bureaucracy-corrupts/
75 percent of young adults don’t qualify to serve in the military because they are physically unfit, have criminal records or inadequate levels of education. That’s in part because 1 in 4 students fails to graduate from high school in four years, and a high school diploma or the equivalent is needed to join the military. But another 30 percent of high school graduates don’t do well enough in math, science and English on an aptitude test to serve in the military. The State Department and U.S. intelligence agencies face critical shortfalls in the number of foreign language speakers, and that fields such as science, defense and aerospace are at particular risk because a shortage of skilled workers is expected to worsen as baby boomers retire. https://americansod.wordpress.com/inadequate-students/
Samuel Adams wrote:
“If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; may your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countryman.”
Abraham Lincoln wrote and spoke these memorial words for the dead and injured at Gettysburg: “It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty. -John F. Kennedy
A nuclear-armed terrorist attack on the U.S. port in Long Beach, California, would kill 60,000 people and cost as much as $1 trillion in damage and cleanup, according to a 2006 Rand study commissioned by the Department of Homeland Security. Even a low-level radiological or dirty-bomb attack on Washington, while causing a limited number of deaths, would lead to damages of $100 billion, according to Igor Khripunov, the Soviet Union’s former arms-control envoy to the U.S. He is now at the Athens, Georgia-based Center for International Trade and Security.
Because a terrorist needs only about 25 kilograms of highly-enriched uranium or 8 kilograms of plutonium to improvise a bomb, the margin of error for material accounting is small. There are at least 2 million kilograms (4.4 million pounds) of stockpiled weapons-grade nuclear material left over from decommissioned bombs and atomic-fuel plants, according to the International Panel on Fissile Materials, a nonprofit Princeton, New Jersey research institute that tracks nuclear material.
That’s enough to make at least 100,000 new nuclear weapons on top of the 20,000 bombs already in weapon-state stockpiles.
“The elements of a perfect storm are gathering,” said former Democratic Senator Sam Nunn, founder of the Washington- based Nuclear Threat Initiative, in an e-mail. “There is a large supply of plutonium and highly enriched uranium-weapons- usable nuclear materials spread across hundreds of sites in 32 countries, too much of it poorly secured. There is also greater know-how to build a bomb widely available, and there are terrorist organizations determined to do it.”
At the end of the Cold War, the Soviet Union had about 22,000 nuclear weapons in storage in Russia and such satellite states as Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine. Allison says there are doubts that all the weapons-usable material was recovered when many warheads were repatriated and dismantled because of the chaos at the time and incomplete records.
About 100 grams of highly enriched uranium, lodged inside a nuclear fission chamber, was plucked out of a Rotterdam scrap- metal yard in 2009 by Jewometaal Stainless Processing BV’s radiation-safety chief, Paul de Bruin. The scrap probably came from a decommissioned Soviet nuclear facility, he said.
UC San Diego, while eliminating master’s programs in electrical and computer engineering and comparative literature, and eliminating courses in French, German, Spanish and English literature, added a diversity requirement for graduation to cultivate “a student’s understanding of her or his identity.” So, rather than study computer science and Cervantes, students can study their identities — themselves. Says Mac Donald, “‘Diversity,’ it turns out, is simply a code word for narcissism.”She reports that UCSD lost three cancer researchers to Rice University, which offered them 40 percent pay increases. But UCSD found money to create a Vice Chancellorship for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. UC Davis has a Diversity Trainers Institute under an Administrator of Diversity Education, who presumably coordinates with the Cross-Cultural Center. It also has: a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center; a Sexual Harassment Education Program; a Diversity Program Coordinator; an Early Resolution Discrimination Coordinator; a Diversity Education Series that awards Understanding Diversity Certificates in “Unpacking Oppression”; and Cross-Cultural Competency Certificates in “Understanding Diversity and Social Justice.” California’s budget crisis has not prevented UC San Francisco from creating a new Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Outreach to supplement UCSF’s Office of Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity and Diversity, and the Diversity Learning Center (which teaches how to become “a Diversity Change Agent”), and the Center for LGBT Health and Equity, and the Office of Sexual Harassment Prevention & Resolution, and the Chancellor’s Advisory Committees on Diversity, and on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues, and on the Status of Women.
So taxpayers should pay more and parents and students should borrow more to fund administrative sprawl in the service of stale political agendas? Perhaps they will, until “pop!” goes the bubble.
I have long felt that the bulk of the “average citizen” who is NOT made uncomfortable with the thought of socialism, views it as a benign and pleasant manifestation of that goodness which could be coaxed out of the community at large.
Warm thoughts of neighbors coming together on a balmy summer evening around a picnic table, each bringing something produced from their labor and earnings, to place on the communal table from which it will be redistributed to their fellow countrymen. This way everyone, regardless of their cooking skills, their prudent or careless use of the household resources , everyone is assured of partaking of plenty while feeling equally as valued a member of society as the fellow traveler seated next to them.
It is instead a sinister thing, a structure designed to give tremendous unchecked power to a very few. Those few decide how best to farm the assets of the people – the working people – and to provide enough provender to barley maintain society within the worker community. The ruling few get all the rest. Imagine what that haul will be from the United States – the richest, most developed country in history.
Socialism will not result in a healthy, growing, hopeful and creative society. It is corrupt by it’s very nature. It is meant to segregate society into a stark caste system. It invites people to sign away their individual freedoms, potential, and talents in exchange for a belief that they are being treated more equally than they possibly could be in a free capitalist country.
It’s too late to bitch when you wake up to a lard sandwich, which after consuming, you pull your once-a-year issue rubber boots over your sock-less feet. Then it’s off to a satisfying day at the mine – or mill – or wherever you were assigned. Cheer up! There is always that bunk in the barracks awaiting your tired body at the end of the day. That was exactly the life my father lived in socialist Hungary – before he fled. http://myveryownpointofview.wordpress.com/
In The Freeman Ideas on Liberty, published by The Foundation for Economic Education, Mark J. Perry wrote:
“Socialism is the Big Lie of the twentieth century. While it promised prosperity, equality, and security, it delivered poverty, misery, and tyranny. Equality was achieved only in the sense that everyone was equal in his or her misery. In the same way that a Ponzi scheme or chain letter initially succeeds but eventually collapses, socialism may show early signs of success. But any accomplishments quickly fade as the fundamental deficiencies of central planning emerge. It is the initial illusion of success that gives government intervention its pernicious, seductive appeal. In the long run, socialism has always proven to be a formula for tyranny and misery.”
Look into a Marxist’s mind, and you’ll soon make two discoveries: a cracked and leaking intellectual septic tank, and towering, shining, lavishly wrought delusions of intellectual grandeur. Marxists seem to operate on the assumption if they claim intellectual superiority long enough and loudly enough, everyone who might uphold genuine standards will be too astounded—too bewildered!—even to think of discussing the topic.
We became complacent. Those of us who grew up before or during the cold war never thought we’d have to worry about collectivists in America. McCarthy was shamed and maligned and anyone who brought up the commies in America was accused of McCarthyism. They grew in numbers with little or no attention being brought to them and in 2008, they took the farm. Now we have a long tough war against them. We let them take control from the inside so they have a claim to legitimacy. They dumbed down the electorate, belittled conservatism, patriotism, and traditional values so they have millions of immoral reprobates as their “useful idiots”. Our work is really cut out for us this time, this will be the biggest struggle since WWII because the battle is here at home, we don’t have the luxury of fighting a foreign enemy.
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