The Deep State, the Illuminati, the elites and the 1%.  Different faces of the same Hydra.  They infect all social institutions in search of more power, although I’m not sure that there’s much more for them to possess.  In this vein, you might enjoy an article by Charles Hugh Smith posted on Of Two Minds.com.  Here’s the link to the full article: http://charleshughsmith.blogspot.com/2019/07/our-ruling-elites-have-no-idea-how-much.html

In this country, the elites control both political parties.  These days, when they pose as Democrats they generally pretend to be socialists and when they pose as Republicans they generally pretend to be capitalists.  The result is an ideological food fight which is meant to distract as well as divide and conquer.

As we choose sides during this process of polarization, we actually hasten our own demise. Case-in-point is all the name calling over perceived racism.  I can tell you from my own experience that, while racism is a problem, there is actually less racism in this country than in any other country that I know of (and I’ve lived in or visited quite a few).

For example, Japan, a country which I generally admire, is terribly racist.  One of the more interesting side-effects of their racism has been their ability to maintain their ancient traditions (which are better than a vast majority of countries around the world).  They value their traditions above diversity. In fact, they abhor diversity because, by its very nature, it undermines traditions.  So, I give the Japanese a pass on their racism because I feel that they have a right to decide what kind of society that they want to have, even if it excludes me (which it did).

There’s value in maintaining one’s traditions ala the Japanese. In a country like ours (a nation of immigrants), you can’t be all things to all people.  That’s why, in the past, it was so important for new immigrants to quickly assimilate.  Today, however, everyone wants to live in their own ethnic communities and keep their ethnic cultural values.  That quickly becomes a problem with respect to languages taught in school and spoken in the community.  For example, I went into a McDonald’s Restaurant near downtown Los Angeles and the menu was in a variety of languages, although English wasn’t one of them. Worse, nobody spoke English either. I might as well have been in a foreign country.  Actually, in many foreign countries, you can generally find people who speak English although that wasn’t the case right here in America.

When immigrants isolate themselves by not assimilating, the inevitable result is that the country is no longer identifiable by its culture. When you have separate borders within a country (e.g. sanctuary cities), the country no longer has one common border. Bottom line: When you do not have one tradition that everyone observes and when you don’t have one common border you cease to function as a country…but, of course, that was the general idea all along, now wasn’t it?

 

 “We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America.”  – President Barack Obama

P.S. If only that were true.

 

In a recent article in the New York Times entitled “Joe Biden and the Party of Davos,” the Times gave their take on the upcoming 2020 presidential election and the chances of Joe Biden. The Times noted that, “Trump is … the face… of a revolution against the Party of Davos, the network of elites whose economic and cultural prescriptions came to be seen by myriad voters across the United States and Europe as camouflage for a self-serving heist….This revolution is not an American phenomenon. It is much wider. Its first clear-cut expression was not Trump’s victory but Britain’s Brexit vote…. It is political, economic and cultural, driven by a resurgence of those unhappy twins: fear and nationalism.”

What is happening in the U.S. is simply a reflection of the world-wide war between globalism and nationalism. This war has produced a chasm that has torn the country politically, a literal civil war.  The differences between the two factions are being played out on a playing field of economics, environmental matters and social issues, all under the guise of political correctness.

Yes, there are some ideological differences to be sure, but it’s mostly optics.  The overriding issue is control, and who gets to have it. That’s why nationalism/populism has become such a driving force in global politics.  It’s a clear rejection of the elite’s Party of Davos, and that’s why the Times says that Joe Biden’s campaign will inevitably have serious problems.  Of course, they forgot to mention the real dirt on Biden.  That is, the brewing Ukraine scandal or Biden’s  connections to the Russia-collusion narrative.  It’s funny how that was left out of the Mueller report.

Then there’s the whole #MeToo mess and the legacy of Al Franken.  When will the next woman come forward?  It’s inevitable, isn’t it? However, Biden apparently still has the support of the Party of Davos despite the fact that many on the left think that he is not electable because he is old, white and a man. However, this is simply a reflection of the fact that the far left has become so polarized that it basically now represents only the young, women and minorities.

Memories of past political failures do tend to be very short in Washington.  Have they already forgotten the debacles of George McGovern and Barry Goldwater? Don’t they realize that centrist presidential candidates are usually the only ones that are electable? In truth, that’s the only reason that Joe Biden may yet get the Democratic Party nomination.

 

Most everyone believes that American politics is dirty.  Public opinion polls say so. However, I rarely hear a discussion of why it is the way it is. How did we get here?

You know the expression “follow the money?” Well, in this case it’s all you need to know. The money in question is the bribes going from the 1% and foreign governments to our corrupt politicians in Washington.  And let’s not leave out the mainstream media either.  They both have sold out American interests to the highest bidders, be they Russian, Chinese or Deep State. Washington is literally swarming with lobbyists whose sole job it is to bribe American officials.

The American government, itself, has become a cesspool due to the corrupt culture. What it proves once again is the golden rule.  That is, he with the most gold rules.  Forget for a moment who you think are the good guys and who you think are the bad guys. Besides, there are no good guys. Once we allow the politicians to dictate to us, the citizens, what is politically correct, then we are lost.

There has to be some rules so that the Republic will survive despite the corruption. We have to insist on the Rule of Law and we have to insist that our politicians honor the Constitution. Those are the things that make us special as a nation, despite what some people would have you believe. Without those things, we’re just another flavor of a banana republic.

The government is not there to protect the citizens, it’s there to promote their own agenda, and to personally profit from it. They pander to the public to simply get their votes so that they can install their own version of totalitarianism.  They have catchy slogans like “Hope and Change” and “Make America Great Again” but they don’t even believe their own ideology.  It’s all a con: “Read my lips. No new taxes.”

The civil war that rages in Washington is like a war between two Mafia families and they don’t care who gets hurt. I believe the comment was, “9/11 Was Just An Event Where Some People Did Something.” Besides, “What difference… does it make?” if you get my drift.

We’ve come to the point where some people think that it is somehow okay to try to overthrow a duly elected president.  Guess what? Regardless of the outcome, we all lose. People have short memories.  They’ve already forgotten JFK, RFK and Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

“Threats to freedom of speech, writing and action, though often trivial in isolation, are cumulative in their effect and, unless checked, lead to a general disrespect for the rights of the citizen.”  – George Orwell

The Hill recently ran an article entitled, “America – The New Socialist Frontier” (link https://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/425970-america-the-new-socialist-frontier). Whether you agree or disagree with the perspective of the article, there are a couple of things that I would like to point out about issues connected with this article.

Some newly elected legislators do have a socialist agenda. No doubt. What the article doesn’t talk about, though, is why they were elected by the voters.  In order to answer that question, let me first digress for a moment.

After World War II, many Americans believed in something that was referred to as The American Dream. Sure, there was a sprinkling of wealthy people in the country, but the vast majority worked very hard just to be able to support their families.  In a fairly short period of time, prosperity blossomed from sea-to-shining-sea.  The burgeoning American middle class was born. Opportunities abounded – capitalism was king and consumerism became the driving force in society.  Before long, the nouveau riche sprouted up seemingly everywhere.

After many years of prosperity, something unforeseen happened.  Class warfare. Why? Well, because not everyone shared in the spoils equally.  Of course, not everyone contributed equally either but that didn’t seem to stop the have-nots from complaining.  People had gotten accustomed to great prosperity in the country.  They could see it everywhere – in magazines, on TV and the movies and in advertisements, and so they wanted some of it for themselves.

A new age dawned. People become fat and lazy.  They no longer wanted to work hard to obtain The American Dream. Many didn’t want to work at all. They simply wanted the government to provide for them. Problem was that the government doesn’t grow money on trees. It’s is funded by the taxpayers.

So, a rallying cry inevitably went out to tax the rich. However, taxing the rich is not quite all it’s cracked up to be as The Hill article pointed out,“The philosophy of envy and siphoning from the rich appeals to a large segment of the population that does not realize that the definition of ‘rich’ is a spiral of devolution that eventually will reach every business and every individual who works for a living.” You may remember how President Obama’s definition of ‘rich’ with respect to tax increases kept spiraling down and down until at one point it was going to include the middle class.  In actuality, it’s even much worse than that.  When you look at the income distribution curve in this country, the only place that significant tax increases can really come from is the middle class. You can’t fund a socialist society like Ocasio-Cortez wants unless the middle class pays for it.  Increasing the top tax rate to 70% for the rich is a smokescreen.  It’s a mere pittance of what will be required. What she is not saying is that her Green New Deal will destroy the middle class which is actually a key objective of socialism.

This leads me to the political strategy of our newly-minted socialists. The key words that I quoted from the article are “every individual who works for a living.” The reason those words are key is that Ocasio-Cortez is appealing to a political base who does not work for a living or, at the very least, works but does not pay taxes. She is targeting the have-nots to get them to revolt against the haves; in other words political class warfare. It’s a smart strategy since it appeals to roughly half the people in this country who do not pay income taxes as well as to people who get paid some form of government assistance. The problem, though, as Benjamin Franklin pointed out, is that,When people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the Republic.” Are you ready for that?

Socialism is superficially a very appealing concept. However, there has to be a group that implements the desires of the people, assuming that the people are smart enough to even make those kinds of decisions (which studies seem to show that they are not).  Even in a democracy such as America, you can see how flawed a process that can be. There always has to be a 1% whether they’re called kings, tsars, presidents or the corporate elites. So, tell me, who gets to decide who will be the 1%?  See the problem. The real issue isn’t whether it’s capitalism or socialism, it’s who gets to be in charge. Ocasio-Cortez wants to be the one in charge, to be the one who gets to tell you which personal freedoms you’ll have to sacrifice on the altar of socialism and to be the one to tell you how much in additional taxes you’ll have to pay. Now, that’s what I call a New Deal.

 

Epilogue

There’s a reason why communism has never worked.  Russia, Cuba and Venezuela should be a reminder to us all. The reason is that when there is no incentive for people to get ahead, there is no incentive for them to contribute either. Everyone has to share equally, right? Eventually, everyone does share equally because everyone is equally poor.  Well, not everyone.  We forget sometimes that regardless of whether a society has capitalism, socialism, fascism or communism, there always has to be a ruling class. There always has to be a 1%.

 

“The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples’ money.”
– Margaret Thatcher