A friend recently wrote to me that the world today reminds her of the “Gathering Storm,” referring to Churchill’s book of that name documenting the lead-up to WW2 in Europe (which, if you have not yet read it, is a must for understanding that war – and today’s rising tensions). I wrote back that the better analogy is the sovietization of Russia under Lenin and Stalin, and the susbequent destruction of law, domestic personal liberties, markets, opportunity, living standards, education and employment, all of which American Democrats – assisted by their GOP “opponents” – are doing in our ever-more-expensive-less-free-former-protector-of-the-Free-World America.
The future will be better – it always is over time. Obama has come and he will go. His totalitarian ideology will wither and die – it always does, destroying everything it touches, every society, every nation, every culture infected by it as it does so.
Those who desire improving education, liberty, living standards and opportunity will vote for candidates believing in the same. Those who do not – we hope the minority – will vote for the Democrat candidate or the establishment Republican, both representing the Progressive Big-Government ideals that have so stifled America and harmed our future.
The question is how much liberty, education and wealth we in the meantime are willing to squander to our Ruling Class and their ahistorical notions, policy and destruction. It took over 70 years for the Progressive Soviet Union to die. Are we going to wait that long? Why?
While it seems more true every day that we have only one political party, that the GOP is not the party of limited government they claim, the big unknown is Obama. Daily it is increasingly difficult to believe the damage he has done with his lawlessness, the inability/refusal of mainstream pundits to see him as the enemy of freedom he is, the refusal by Congress to impeach him for his lawbreaking, and rejection by the military of their oath of office – to the Constitution, NOT to the president – to defend that Constitution from this obvious domestic enemy.
Look at how Obama gets along with dictators v. how he gets along with democratically elected leaders. Look through the 20th Century – dictators ALWAYS got along with one another better than with elected leaders. Obama IS a dictator. He hates liberty (and when Progressive superhero Norm Chomsky is against him, it’s difficult to argue the backlash against Obama is a right wing conspiracy, vast or otherwise…). He is not “failing;” he is succeeding, but his goals are not America’s. Look at the multiple Court rulings against him. Have they stopped him? No. He refuses the limits on Constitutional self-government, as eloquently stated in testimony before Congress by liberal, Obama-voting law professor Jonathan Turley: “The danger is quite severe. The problem with what the president is doing is that he’s not simply posing a danger to the constitutional system. He’s becoming the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid.”
Yet Congress refuses to do their job reining him in.
This is dangerous stuff.
Figure 1 Obama is NOT “Failing”
If it weren’t so expensive, and could perhaps become tragic, one could only laugh at the hilarity of his sending a Carrier Strike Group (USS Roosevelt) to interdict (shia) Iran’s resupply of the (shia) rebels in Yemen fighting against Yemen’s (sunni) government that Obama has done everything he can to have overthrown (as he did with (sunni) Egypt and (sunni) Libya) at the same time he is enabling (shia) Iran in nuclear “talks.” This is as laughable as anyone taking seriously the idea Obama is trying to stop an iranian nuke.
Western post-religious intellectuals and voters not grasping – refusing to grasp – that our opponents are at war with us for religious reasons, are missing the entire discussion. Just because Western intellectuals reject religion does not mean other cultures agree or will follow suit.
Contrary to the Left, the definitional part of the word “multicultural” is the prefix: “multi.” Non-Western islam does not believe in the prefix, nor in coexistence, a uniquely Western concept it would be imperialistic and monocultural to force onto those in other cultures. Their holy book tells them to kill all non-muslims, to lie to achieve their goal of global domination, to ensure women never experience sexual pleasure, to whip rape victims – often to death, to murder gays, to have sex with pre-pubescent females, to murder their own daughters at their whim, and to kill apostates and non-believers. THAT is the “multi” of those supporting islam under the anti-civilizational guise of “multiculturalism.”
Western politicians, academics, secular voters and intellectuals, to paraphrase Trotsky, may not be interested in religious war, but religious war is interested in them. Not accepting the role of religion in the Islamic upheaval is monocultural – and blind, at that.
Barack Hussein Obama is a shia (“Hussein” was the name of the founder of shia islam) doing everything he can to advance a new shia/Persian empire – which is why (sunni/Arab) Saudi Arabia and (sunni/Arab) Egyptian voters are so irritated with him. But the average American just doesn’t get it. Has Obama EVER attacked a shia country or government? (No.) Has Obama ever supported a Sunni country or government? (Yes, but only once: In Cairo, supporting the sunni Muslim Brotherhood against free & fair elections and the (Western) individual liberty of Egypt’s citizens. Sound familiar?)
Figure 2 Obama has Chosen America’s Side in a Sectarian War
Obama has put America squarely in the middle of a thousand-year-old sectarian war between shia and sunni… and we have let him. He is getting AMERICANS killed in history’s longest, most pointless, most never-ending war. If you thought the Inquisition was bad in comparison, you have no concept of history.
And if your concern is a tit-for-tat re: the Crusades, as Obama has claimed (ignorantly or deceitfully – you decide), you should be aware of this:
subsequenextinction Figure 3 Religious Warfare: The West and Islam
And this internecine war cannot be won without – will not end until – the defeat of either Sunni or Shia. (Remember Kissinger in the Iran-Iraq War? “It’s too bad that both sides can’t lose”?) WHY DO YOU THINK IRAN WANTS THE BOMB, AND SAUDI HAS A DEAL WITH PAKISTAN FOR A FEW OF THEIRS… THAT SAUDI FUNDED TO BEGIN WITH? If you think America will be Teheran’s first target you lack an understanding of islam and its history.
(And if you think Obama, Europe, Russia – any of the Great Powers and any of the nuclear powers – supports nonproliferation, explain the global advertisement FOR proliferation of nuclear weapons that is Ukraine…)
If islam wants to have an existential war within islam, they need to have at it. AND WE NEED TO LET THEM… AND TO STAY OUT OF IT. Talk about something NONE of our business… Talk about something that will be good for the entire civilized world…
Obama is “negotiating” with Iran over nukes for ONE reason: PR, public consumption by his “useful idiots” of his pretense to stop them. Look at his “negotiator.” If a more stupid, unaware, self-absorbed idiot than Kerry has ever been secretary of state, he didn’t make it into the history books.
If you actually believe Obama has – ever – believed that an Iranian nuke is “unacceptable,” Sesame Street is calling and it’s past time for your nap.
But Obama isn’t just gathering a storm that will break overseas.
Obama’s usurpation of any police role by the federal government is more than problematic, let alone his use of the IRS against the citizens with neither rejection by nor regard for the Rule of Law by his Party, his constituencies nor the Lawmakers themselves. When the States that created the federal government by ratifying the Constitution, the superior creating State governments delegated to their inferior Federal creation, specific, enumerated powers, those States did NOT delegate any general police powers. For the feds to usurp any general police powers is flatly unconstitutional. I’m concerned about the militarization of cops – but the Right is still living in the 1960s thinking that cops are good and they only harm bad guys and hippies. Really? One must be stupendously ignorant to believe that today. In my – basically conservative, middle-class Los Angeles suburb – hometown they break traffic laws whenever they want. Like Sisyphus, I continue to go to the PD and say, ‘Look – you are teaching my kids to NOT respect you, then one day when they MUST and don’t – BECAUSE you have taught them you are not worthy of respect – they are going to get shot by you BECAUSE OF WHAT YOU HAVE TAUGHT THEM.’ They tell me they’ll look into it. I watch the County sheriffs speed down the freeway day after day, weaving in and out of traffic and carpool lanes at 90-100mph- no lights, no siren. I call their PIOs and get told, no, there’s nothing going on there and they shouldn’t be speeding. Did you get his [2″ high] number [as he passed you doing over 100 mph]?’ No? Sorry…. In North Carolina, parents called cops because their 18-year-old son was out of control and they needed help. What did the cops do? Two big, hefty, trained men restrained one skinny kid – and a third big hefty trained cop shot the kid dead. “I don’t have time for this,” said the policeman-judge-jury-executioner as he pulled the trigger on a skinny helpless kid held down on the floor. They choke-hold a fat guy for selling cigarettes and, when he dies, blame him. If you think cops are on your side, you’re not living in the real world. Cops are on THEIR side, period. Does your PD need tanks to combat the declining crime in your city? No? Do they have them? My city – of under 50,000 – has TWO. Which is two more than we had in Yemen as we disarmed out warriors and left town.
And I am sick & tired of the McCains and Grahams of the world always demanding we go to war and always demanding we DON’T win… what’s the point of that? Rand is absolutely correct on non-intervention, if for no other reason than we never take intervention seriously, so only kill a million of our opponents, 50K of us, and lose. And the Defense budget? We are broke. If europe and Japan and Australia want to be defended, THEY can pay for it. But the Middle Class doesn’t even know what’s going on… Ukraine? The US UNWISELY pushed NATO east – what did they THINK was going to happen? Are they so stupendously ignorant of european – especially Russian – history that they didn’t know Russia would react? Yes, they are. Amazing, isn’t it?
And I know it’s boring, but for anyone who grasps even the most basic issues of national demographics… why are we defending a continent (europe) and nations (Japan, Australia, etc – the ENTIRE West) for a future their citizens don’t believe in enough to populate? Talk about a ridiculous waste of lives and money… So Russia (below-replacement fertility) takes over Ukraine (below replacement fertility) and threatens (below-replacement fertility) western europe? So what? There won’t be anyone there in three generations anyway…
I am sick & tired of the GOP NEVER pointing out the pathological damage of Democrat policies. The poor have been voting for Democrats since 1932 – and they are STILL POOR. Minorities have been voting Democrat since 1932 – and they are still in poverty. The WORST schools, the WORST jobs, the WORST economic conditions… are in DEMOCRAT precincts… but does the GOP point this OUT? Only Rand Paul, and only now, 80+ YEARS after this nonsense began:
“Some say, but oh, Democrats care more about poor people. If that’s true, why is black unemployment still twice white unemployment? Why has minority household income declined by $3,500 over the past six years? Liberal policies have failed our inner cities. Liberal policies have failed to alleviate poverty. Our schools are not equal and the poverty gap continues to widen. You want to know where the income gap is greatest? Cities run by Democrats, states run by Democrats, and countries run by Democrats.”
… BUT … Who hates Rand more than the GOP Establishment? No one.
We NEED a new party, the GOP/Democrat/Progressive Party of Hillary/Jeb/Christie/Rubio/Obama/McCain is a festering disaster. The GOP even lets the Democrats set the table on the entire income gap discussion, when the income gap ALWAYS gets worse under Democrat policies.
How stupid is the GOP? Unfathomably so. How wide is the separation between their leaders and Progressive Democrats? Infinitesimal.
And the FBI press conference/Fox News reports yesterday on the “capture” of those Americans, in the words of Martha MacCallum, “trying to get out” of America to join ISIS?!!? WHEN did America become a country citizens are not allowed to leave based on ideology? What’s next? Those who want to move to Switzerland for more liberty prevented from doing so because our governing ideology today is anti-liberty statism? Are you sure? Really?
We will NEVER defeat enemies by spying on, frisking and interdicting the travel of Americans. Enemies are defeated BY KILLING THEM. PERIOD. We didn’t spy on everyone’s mail & phones in WW2 – we KILLED THE ENEMY. But if you’ve read my blog you know all this. Curtis Lemay was absolutely correct when he said that in order to win wars, “You’ve got to kill people, and when you’ve killed enough they stop fighting.” Absolutely true, like it or not. And it isn’t only enemy soldiers that must be killed – it’s enemy polities. It’s enemy ideologies. Soldiers are just policy tools – defeating an enemy means annihilating the political leaders down to mayor and below, the cities, power grids, food, transportation, water; an enemy is defeated when he is TOTALLY RELIANT on his conqueror, AND NOT BEFORE. THAT is what history teaches. We KNOW where this ideology is centered and funded, and it needs to be annihilated. That – necessary – annihilation is exactly why I wrote China Rising. (See page three of this link for a recent review, and pay particular attention to the reviewers comment: “The biggest compliment I can give this book is that it did not feel like a work of fiction.”) It needs to be done.
Those who grasp history know that islam periodically has risen from its intellectually and morally squalid desert hellhole and gone a-conquering via the sword. It’s what is happening again now. Thinking they can be talked – or pinpricked – out of it is absurd, stupid, infantile – and is getting our guys killed and our liberties destroyed. If you think America is doing more than pinpricks, think again:
Figure 4 The Unseriousness of America’s ISIS Engagement
We can defeat ISIS utterly. And doing so will be neither difficult nor expensive. We just have to put OUR people, OUR liberties, the RULE OF LAW … FIRST, BEFORE the idiots who yammer about “women & children.” You know what those who were “children” in 9/11 are doing today? Killing Americans. You know what those who have been bearing children since 2001 are doing today? Teaching those kids to kill Americans, and strapping bombs onto them to do so. So not killing them… was compassionate..???
Twenty years after Hiroshima and Berlin, twenty years after the fall of the NAZIs and Imperial Japan through the utter annihilation of their polities and policies, and the total defeat of their people, both were great economic, military and political allies of the Allies who defeated them. Both were freer, better-educated and wealthier than they had EVER BEEN IN THEIR ENTIRE HISTORIES. Will that EVER be said of those America has REFUSED to defeat? Of those on whom America squandered the great responsibility that comes with her great power? Of course not. Could it be said of North Korea in 1973? No. Of Vietnam in 1995? No. Will it be said of Iraq in 2034? No. Afghanistan in 2035? No. America is wasting millions of lives and trillions of dollars on a global scale by refusing to grasp history – and so pointlessly killing enemies we refuse to defeat, pointlessly sending our own future – our kids – to die, pointlessly squandering trillions of dollars of hard-earned wealth… and never even trying to defeat the enemies we “fight.”
As with all modern wars, waiting to fight our enemies will make that fight MORE bloody, MORE expensive and MORE dangerous. Pretending we can avoid this war is childish… it’s already here and it’s already cost us tens of thousands of lives and trillions of dollars. It is past time to get serious.
Figure 5 The Size of Islam’s Threat
For those who preach tolerance, here’s the actual logic of that view: If you want tolerance you cannot tolerate intolerance. Here is the logic of tolerance reality in a picture:
Figure 6 Maximizing Global Tolerance
The domestic fight over immigration is amazing primarily because very few understand what it is really about and what the consequences are. In short, non-American Westerners – nearly all of the illegal immigrants – all come from countries of large, bloated, expensive welfare state governments. Whether the Left gets its way and these illegals vote next year, or the Right gets their way and they vote in 10 years, they are going to vote for large, bloated welfare state government – it’s all they know. The Left plays the long game – and the Right doesn’t even know what’s going on. The immigration debate is about “fundamentally transforming America.” Stop me if you’ve heard that before. And it won’t be a transformation to MORE liberty, but less. Forever. We are a nation of laws. We HAVE an immigration law. It isn’t “Broken,” it just isn’t enforced. What is a nation of laws in which those laws are not enforced at the whim of government? A totalitarian state. Not a republic.
And now a former Bush43 appointee (Gonzales) has written a book, “A Conservative and Compassionate Approach to Immigration Reform,” which is exactly the kind of thing one would expect from a Progressive Republican, which the Bush family most certainly is. Government is not about “compassion.” “Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” – George Washington.
American constitutional government does not exist for the sake of compassion. The federal government exists to set a level playing field, protect citizens from foreign dangers – and to get out of our way. If a State wants to be “compassionate,” States are free to so become. But the depredations of Blue States on their citizens, on jobs, on their futures, their economies are such that no reasonable person can judge that liberalism is in any way outside the fevered imaginations of the intelligentsia coffee house “compassionate;” it keeps the poor, poor. It keeps the uneducated, uneducated. It keeps the unemployed, unemployed. With apologies to Franklin, those voting for freedom and compassion deserve – and receive – neither.
The Baby Boomers of the Left AND the Right have destroyed American liberty, freedom and the rule of law. They have laid waste to our education system. They have increased our debt astronomically – with no positive result. They have stifled the business and entrepreneurial system that gave the world nearly every single invention since the Industrial Revolution.
And now they have given us Obama.
Years ago the Sierra Club published a book, The Diligent Destroyers, about the Army Corps of Engineers (or, as Obama would say, the “Corpse” of engineers). They didn’t like the Corps much and penned this epithet (my recollection may be fuzzy) regarding the Corps and waterways: “If a river runs fast, widen it, if it runs slow, deepen it, if it runs at all dam it, and if it doesn’t run build a canal.”
Obama – enabled by his Democrat voters – has treated our laws, our liberties, our freedom, our nation and our future with the same disregard with which the Sierra Club accused the Army in treating our waterways: he has utterly trashed each at his whim.
As I see it today, the only way back to liberty we had just 30 years ago is secession by Red States from the un-representative regulatory/welfare state created by the Locust Generation.
Big was good in the industrial age. Big is bad in the information age. We have a fast-growing, two-party leviathan we DON’T need, that is TAKING our liberties and DESTROYING our future… and now has decided we can’t leave the country if we disagree with our government – which some still laughably fantasize is “of, by and for the people.”
But in Red State secession, the Social Conservatives who missed the entire Enlightenment and Age of Reason will demand powers NEVER delegated to the federal government, all the while demanding Constitutional government. Who is the enemy of liberty, really? The Far Right, who allowed the Far Left to rise, but BOTH are Progressive – demanding THEIR morality over the Rule of Law. America is about the Rule of Law
Or it WAS…. Now neither the Left NOR the Right care about it.
And the most avoidable storm since 1914 continues to gather and destroy lives, liberty, property, freedom, and the only culture/civilization in history to support what we in the West smugly – and ignorantly – call “Universal Human Rights” withers away under Obama’s “Progressive,” “compassionate,” totalitarian
government gathering storm.