PreviewThe people shape their own destiny
-- either as free people or as slaves.

If they remain self-reliant, they stay free.
Ever expanding state power destroys lives.

Government panacea is a defective idea.
Email our servants:

President
Representative
Senator

Monday, August 24, 2015

Jews get sensible (finally)

Jews have historically been leftists, over the last century consistently voting for left-leaning, liberal parties in Canada, the U.S. and Europe in higher proportion than any other religious group. Those 'liberal,' left-leaning Jews are about to experience a political sea change as they turn massively to the right.

~~~~~~~~

The sea change stems from the rise of antisemitism, which has always motivated Jews to action. A century ago, Jews flocked to the Communist ideal, believing that a world government in which all were equal would protect them from being seen by their fellow countrymen as an ethnic other.

But now it is the left that has become the standard-bearer for antisemitism, with liberals seen as winking at if not encouraging a hateful atmosphere toward Jews.

--- Lawrence Solomon

Read the rest

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Big government

Social observers from Aristotle and Juvenal to James Madison and George Orwell have all warned of the dangers of out-of-control government. Lately, we have seen plenty of proof that they were frighteningly correct.

The Environmental Protection Agency spilled 3 million gallons of toxic sludge into a tributary of the Animas River in Colorado. The stinky yellow flume of old mine waste -- rife with cancer-causing mercury and arsenic -- threatens to pollute the drinking and recreational water of three states.

Had a private oil company acted so incompetently and negligently, it would have been fined billions of dollars by the same EPA. The company's top executives might have been subject to criminal prosecutions. The business's reputation would have been tarnished for years. Just ask BP officials what the Obama administration did to the corporation after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico.

But who will police the green police at the EPA?

When EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy promises that the agency will take "full responsibility," what does that tired banality mean? Will she resign? Will bureaucrats responsible for the toxic spill face fines and jail sentences? Will residents be able to sue McCarthy and her subordinates for diminishing their quality of life? Will the Sierra Club and the Environmental Defense Fund rush to federal court to file briefs?

Consider the vast bureaucracy of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Is it culpable for knowingly not enforcing immigration law and thus allowing some undocumented immigrants to commit violent crimes?

In cases where innocent Americans are killed by undocumented immigrants with long histories of felonies and deportations -- such as the recent killing of Kate Steinle in San Francisco -- can the victims' families sue ICE or sanctuary cities for either releasing or hosting criminals who were residing in the U.S. illegally?

In our litigious society in which plaintiffs sue fast-food franchises for serving excessively hot coffee, why do government bureaucrats escape culpability when the innocent die or are injured as a result of bureaucratic negligence?

When the IRS hounds citizens about their taxes, can Americans inform the agency that they are invoking the Fifth Amendment and refusing to answer out of fear of self-incrimination -- and expect to face no criminal consequences?

No? Why, then, was high-ranking IRS official Lois Lerner able to sign off on the excessive scrutiny of some conservative nonprofit groups, lie about it and then invoke the Fifth -- without any legal consequences?

What is the common denominator in these government scandals -- as well as the recent scandals involving the needless deaths of veterans waiting for care at Veterans Health Administration facilities, the sex and booze escapades of Secret Service agents, the Las Vegas junketing at the General Services Administration, the snooping at the National Security Agency and the lack of cyber-security at Office of Personnel Management?

The bigger that government gets, the more employees who are hired, and the more unaccountable power that accrues to bureaucracies, the more government takes on a life of its own. Public grandees resemble Hollywood's out-of-control androids or Frankenstein monsters that turn on their creators -- in these cases, us, the taxpayers.

Secure, high-level government administrative jobs -- where dismissal is rare and automatic promotion common -- promote mediocrity. Institutionalized incompetence explains why NASA can no longer launch its own astronauts into space without help from Russia, or why the cost of the California high-speed rail project soars before an inch of track is laid.

Clearly, Clinton and Lerner apparently assumed that as federal officials, they were not subject to the same laws imposed on other Americans. They reckoned that others in the fraternity of big government would protect them from legal jeopardy. And they are probably right.

Under the Obama administration, there is also a more disturbing trend: the equation of big government with social justice and hostility to private enterprise. If the EPA and other federal agencies are felt to be on the "right side" of fairness and equality, then why object when their means to supposedly noble ends violate or neglect the law?

Big government has become the new Terminator, at war with those who created it, who fund it -- and who must obey it.

-- Victor Davis Hanson

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Independence Day, 2015

I believe in the United States of America, as a government of the people, by the people, for the people;

whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed;

a democracy in a republic;

a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect union, one and inseparable;

established upon these principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.

I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.”
     
— William Tyler Page, The American's Creed

~~~~~~~~

I pledge allegiance to the Flag
of the United States of America,
and to the Republic for which it stands,
one Nation under God,
indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all.

Friday, July 3, 2015

The Party Strategist

A "Democratic" Party strategist was saying on television that the economic problems in the US are caused by big corporations (generally oil) not paying out their record profits, but 'sitting' on them. This is the anti-business lie the Obama Administration has been putting out.

Yes, a lie. Obama and the big-government politicians know that a company with record profits don't hoard that money in a closet, they put it in the bank. What does the bank do with the money? They lend it out, if anybody wants it.

Have you looked at the record low interest rates?

2014 to 2015 interest rate, flatline
From www.tradingeconomics.com/

Very few people are interested in borrowing those pools of cash, so the interest rate stays very low. The reason is investors, who would build the economy, are not borrowing, is the Democrats and Obama Administration's hostile attitude toward business.

Corporate tax rates in the US are very high, up to 35% of corporate income: Keep in mind that corporate income is also used to pay investors; over half the people of the US are involved in investment, generally through their retirement accounts. Corporate income gets taxed when the corporation gets it, and taxed again when the private investor receives a distribution. Because of this double taxation, the effective corporate tax rate is higher than the official tax rate as set by law.

~~~~~~~~

The Democrats have more than doubled the personal capital gains tax rate, a move the Democrats knew would greatly damage employment. The current capital gains rate for most people is 15%; it can be as high as 28%. Anyway, this makes the potential tax rate on US corporate earnings 63%, which has flatlined employment.

Labor Force Participation Rate, bls.gov

But didn't president Obama announce the unemployment rate was 5.3%?  Actual employment has not been this low since the Carter depression of 1977.  The use of the term "unemployment rate" is a smokescreen.  Given the unhealthy Obama economy, many Americans have simply opted out trying to work.

~~~~~~~~

Okay, what about the rich people, shall we tax them hard? Will that fix anything?   What do the rich do with the income, stick in a closet (muffled laughter)? No, the rich invest; investment provides employment, unless the government is business hostile (like the present administration). Then the rich just put their extra cash in the bank.

That is unless the rich use their extra money to corrupt the government.. This is happening in Washington state, where Bill Gates put at least $1 million in the 2014 election cycle to enact a gun registration scheme (I-594). The darling of the rich left, Mr Gates was a successful liar, lying to the people that I-594 was only about 'background checks and saving women's lives' when in fact it was about repressing the people's right of self defense.

Watch for more slick lies from the well funded Left as they continue to blind us to steal both our property, income and freedom in the upcoming election cycle. The best defense for our country is a informed and thinking electorate which votes for freedom personal liberty.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Proving Nietzsche correct

"G0D," Friedrich Nietzsche famously declared, "is dead."

G0D, it has been noted, made a similar yet more lasting pronouncement about Nietzsche.

But before the German philosopher departed this mortal coil, he had some interesting things to say. Nietzsche argued that one of the most powerful forces in society was "ressentiment." Similar to the everyday word "resentment," ressentiment lay at the heart of new kinds of morality. In ancient times, nobility was associated with power. The downtrodden, the poor, the weak, the enslaved were ignoble.

The masses of have-nots, to use a more modern language, resented their plight for understandable reasons. But they were too weak to launch a real, armed revolution. Instead, the powerless resorted to a moral revolution, assaulting the concepts of nobility, goodness and morality and rendering them evil in the popular imagination.

Wrote Nietzsche in his "Genealogy of Morals": "It was the Jews who, with awe-inspiring consistency, dared to invert the aristocratic value-equation (good = noble = powerful = beautiful = happy = beloved of G0D) and to hang on to the inversion with their teeth ..., saying 'the wretched alone are the good; the poor, impotent, lowly alone are the good; the suffering, deprived, sick, ugly alone are pious, alone are blessed by G0D ...'"

Nietzsche wasn't a historian, but a literary philosopher. He didn't rely on many primary sources -- and it wouldn't have occurred to him to cite actual data of any kind. And he certainly had the devil's gift for quoting scripture. So one needn't agree with all he said, never mind take it as authoritative, to see that he was on to something about the cycles of civilizations. One can reject his writings completely while still acknowledging his impact on our society.

In 2015, our society is shot through with Nietzschean ressentiment. Today it is a great sin on college campuses -- and elsewhere! -- to make anyone other than the "privileged" feel uncomfortable, challenged or otherwise psychologically threatened by the use of the wrong words or concepts.

The University of California recently issued a set of guidelines about the terrible danger of "micro-aggressions" -- small, usually unintended slights that allegedly hurt the feelings of the newly anointed classes of victims. One must no longer say that America is a "melting pot," for to do so is to suggest that minorities should "assimilate to the dominant culture," according to the new moralists at the University of California.

And one mustn't say anything that advances "the Myth of Meritocracy." Saying "America is the land of opportunity" or "everyone can succeed in this society if they work hard enough" is now a form of bigotry.

Of course, the surest way to guarantee that America is not a meritocracy is to teach young people not only that it isn't one, but that it's evil to say it is, or should be, one.

Ressentiment is first and foremost the psychology of blame. It surveys the social landscape and blames the failures and hardships of the alleged have-nots on the successes of the haves. It is more than envy, which is a timeless human emotion -- and one of the seven deadly sins. It is a theory of morality that says the success of the successful is proof of their wickedness.

Such is the allure of ressentiment today that it produces creatures like Rachel Dolezal, the blue-eyed white woman who had to invent an entire narrative around her stolen fictional identity as an oppressed black woman.

Such is the political power of ressentiment that Hillary Clinton, who earns in a one-hour speech five times what the average American makes in a year, feels compelled to campaign as a "champion" for all those who feel micro- (or macro-) aggressed by a system rigged by the very same institutions she is happy to shake down for donations. (When asked to explain the contradiction on "Fox News Sunday," a Clinton spokeswoman pointed to the fact that Clinton's mother had been downtrodden in her youth.)

When Nietzsche said "G0D is dead," he meant that there was no longer an ideal outside of ourselves to which we're all answerable. Everything was a contest of power and will. America isn't there yet, thank G0D. But it surely seems like that is where we are heading.

By Jonah Goldberg, originally posted here.