When as man as dishonest as any who has ever held the office, with an economic record as dismal as that of the last four years, a man who refused to wear a flag pin on his lapel because he disdains the country he aspires to lead, a man who chose as his mentor a preacher who called in no uncertain terms upon God to bring damnation on America, when the people elect and then re-elect such a man to the Presidency you know you are no longer living in the land envisioned by the founders. You are no longer living in an America as you have always known it.
Tuesday marked the start of the Post-American period for the United States. Benjamin Franklin feared it; sages from Aristotle to Tocqueville predicted it; Democracy guaranteed it; too few people understand it; Barack Obama neither caused it nor led it. He simply is presiding over the culmination of it.
It would take a thick book and a half to explain it but I will be foolish enough to try to do it in one paragraph.
Aristotle was the first to say that Democracy would bankrupt a society. Karl Marx promoted the process with the populist theme “From each according to his ability to each according to his need.” Today the same philosophy is expressed in the simple phrase Social Justice, which is defined as equal wealth for all. Government is the vehicle for reaching that goal by taxing wealth away from those who produced it and re-distributing it to those who did not. In any society achievers will be outnumbered by the masses and Aristotle warned that the masses would eventually deplete the national treasury by voting the wealth of the nation unto themselves and then squandering it. He called it “the ultimate greed.”
It’s a slow process in a country with a large and prosperous middle class. Freedoms must be taken away slowly and dependence created gradually. It has been said that “The American people would never vote for socialism, but under the name of liberalism the American people would adopt every fragment of the socialist program.” If Socialism is the ultimate greed then Obamacare was the ultimate deception. It’s primary purpose was dependance, not healthcare.
How will it all end? That’s the ultimate question. Democratic countries like Spain, France and Greece have been ravished by overspending. Unemployment is worse than it is in the United States. The governments are literally running out of money to pay for benefits the people have come to believe really are entitlements. The people riot, demonstrate and take to the streets demanding change then vote for a man like Hollande who promises to bring about the desired change by accelerating the very policies that caused the problem in the first place.
I am 81 years of age and will never know how it ends, but my grandchildren will. That’s why my tagline reads “Driven by love of country and concern for its people, both present and yet to be.”
Many words are chosen and brought into common use to further an agenda. Our favorite example is “Capitalism”, a term that implies a system based on money, a system based on wealth. Thus a system which is based on the freedom of everyman to exchange goods and services with his neighbor has become known by a name that implies something quite different. The word “Capitalism” comes with an agenda. Words that come with an agenda are propagandic. Most people would look unfavorably on a system built around wealth but who could be against a system built on ‘pleasant companionship with friends or associates’? There was a reason Karl Marx chose to identify the two systems as Capitalism and Socialism rather than as Free Markets and Government Controlled.
Now we look at “austerity.” Say what you will about European Socialism, it does provide a comfortable life style. Savor six week vacations, short working hours, retirement at age 55 on a government guaranteed income sufficient to live in modest comfort. Some would argue that you give up many individual freedoms in exchange for that. However, I ask how can you give up something you never had?
Merriam-Webster defines austerity as “stern and cold in appearance or manner, giving little or no scope for pleasure.” That is not at all what advocates of “austerity” in Europe are calling for. What they want is a responsible government that does not spend what it doesn’t have. Yet they allow themselves to be known by a word that would identify them as seeking an uncaring government that leaves little or no scope for pleasure. Thus applied, the word austerity is propagandic.
The irony of propagandic is the acceptance and use of words by the targets against whom the term was coined. Even Milton Friedman called the Free Market system Capitalism.
Far better to go with the devil you know than with the devil you don’t. Vladimir Putin is the devil we know. He is a known entity, a worthy adversary and even somewhat predictable. America should cheer his victory; it could have been much worse. The second place candidate, Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov, is a devoted follower of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. He is a man of great personal ambition and a man who, to this day, holds Lenin and Stalin in great esteem as his heroes.
Joseph Stalin is credited with the murder of 20,000,000 Russian people. He left the living so impoverished they had to be fenced in to prevent them from leaving their homeland. Putin rightly feared that if his opponent Zyuganov ever came to power he would emulate the policies and methods of his heroes with the same horrible results. Vladimir Putin didn’t cry for joy because he won. KGB directors aren’t given to that. He cried tears of relief because Zyuganov lost, tears on behalf of the Russian people.
Make no mistake; Putin is no friend of America. But as enemies go, he should be the enemy of choice.
This is a powerful video. If you still have questions in your mind on what the Occupy movement is about, this is the video will remove all doubt.
The existence of sizable groups of people embracing the beliefs expressed in the video is not a new phenomenon. As Stanley Kurtz explains in his book RADICAL-IN-CHIEF, Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism, this is the world Obama chose in his youth. The question is did he ever leave it? His actions as President are consistent with the notion he did not.
Guy de Maupassant ends his great novel “Une Vie” with the statement “Life is never as good or as bad as one thinks.” Conservatives should understand that in politics, things are rarely as good or as bad as one thinks in the aftermath of an election.
Hat tip Paul Mirengoff
“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years.”
― Alexis de Tocqueville
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