The election of 1860 was one of the most important elections in the history of the country.  Lincoln was elected and freed the slaves, resulting in The Civil War. One hundred and sixty years later the country is faced with another such pivotal election.

Today, the country is also embroiled in a civil war, albeit an asymmetrical one. This battle is all about ideology.  There are two opposing visions for America. One vision is for the continuation of the ideals embodied by the framers of the Constitution versus an opposing vision which calls for a fundamental transformation of the country into a socialist state.  So, the question being asked is should we continue on as a Republic or should the power to govern be vested in the State?

Here’s a couple of things to consider:

Do you favor citizens having inalienable rights as outlined in the Constitution or should all rights come from the State?

Our history, our tradition and our cultural values support the idea of individual rights. The two rights that have come under increasing attack from the left are free speech (the First Amendment) and the right to bear arms (the Second Amendment). If rights come from the State, the Constitution will eventually be thrown into the dustbin of history. Remember, the right to be free and the right of religious freedom only exist because of the Constitution.

Should we have private ownership of property, natural resources and the means of production or should the control be vested in the State?

For example, do we want at least some form of free markets for products, services and employment or do we want the State to make all these choices for us.  In that case, they would decide how much tomatoes would cost and how much a truck driver would be paid.

 

Epilogue

The backdrop to this election is the global battle between nationalism and globalism, between the common man and the international ruling elite. Under globalism, economic decisions are made by major corporations in concert with international institutions like The World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the United Nations.  Under globalism, our jobs were eliminated (and sent to China). Thus, China became a world power and America has gone downhill ever since, with the U.S. dollar and the country on the very brink of extinction. Socialism would be the coup de grace.

 

“The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself, or be ruled by a small elite.” – Thomas Jefferson

 

 

 

The Kotsko Syndrome

08/13/2020

These are trying times. As society looks ready to tear itself apart, there are some that are willing to help facilitate the process. Adam Kotsko is one of them.

Kotsko is a professor at North Central College in Illinois. He believes that the Constitution is racist and, therefore, we should abolish state autonomy, the Senate, and the Electoral College. Kotsko left in place the House of Representatives because, I guess, someone has to run the country (even if it too is racist). Problem is that if you abolish state autonomy, there will be no states to elect members to the House.

He never states exactly why the Constitution is racist, only that it is. He never explains why the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution which abolished slavery, provided for equal protection under the law and gave citizens the right to vote regardless of race or color are also racist. It’s academic anyway, because how could he have argued the point?

The question is this: What is the motivation of a person like Adam Kotsko, someone who is a professor of philosophy at a small college in the Midwest? Could it be that Kotsko is mirroring his own racism on to someone else? After all, if he were a true humanitarian, he should consider critiquing the truly racist countries in the world, like China and Saudi Arabia, not America which has, by far, greater diversity than any other country in the world.

And here’s the answer to the question of motivation posed above: Kotsko feels that white people are the real problem, based on his comments that “white American cultural common sense” is allowing the police to kill black people. That, in itself, is a racist comment.  Never mind that most black people are actually killed by other black people rather than the police.

The real agenda, though, lies in Kotsko’s desire that all white people should commit suicide. What this amounts to is doublespeak out of the mouth of a radical, in reality a justification to exterminate the white race (because obviously the entire white race is not going to commit suicide). This, then, is not much different than the run-up to Hitler exterminating the Jews. It’s the very same playbook, as outlined in Rules For Radicals.

 

Epilogue

The problem with people playing the race card in America today is that racists like Kotsko can posture that they are the anti-racists. It’s the essence of the Cancel Culture and an attempt to destroy American cultural values. Welcome to the new normal, to the Kotsko Syndrome.

 

“The first step is to replace the history (e.g. destruction of statues), then you destroy the institutions (e.g. abolish the police), and then you cancel the culture through things like groupthink. In the end, you create a hive-mind culture where the elites can pull the strings from behind the scenes.”  – TheEthicalWarrior, The Dystopian Nightmare Named America

 

The 2020 presidential election will present an interesting choice for voters in the middle (moderates and independents). They can vote for a far-left ideology or they can vote for Trump. For many, it will be choosing the lesser of two evils.

Some will no doubt cringe at the prospect of voting for the Orange Man Bad. Then again, the other choice might be even worse. They might find that voting for socialism, abolishing the police and tolerating violence in the streets just too unpalatable.

As the Democratic convention date of August 17th approaches, one thing is pretty clear, though. The Dems will move on from Uncle Joey at some point. Forget about what you might think about Biden, good or bad, and consider two things about him as a presidential candidate. He is going to be indicted by the Ukraine for corruption and he has been reduced to mumbling, which makes presidential debates problematic.  You can’t win in November with that kind of candidate.

The “Twin Towers” of the 2020 presidential election is this: mail-in ballots and violence in the streets, both before and after the election. The scenarios for what could happen between Election Day and Inauguration Day are all very dark. Of course, the likelihood of an actual election taking place on November 4th is decreasing by the day. Trump has already hinted at delaying the election but that might become irrelevant because of either war with China or a declaration of martial law. I guess you could just mail in our ballots anyway and call it a day.  For me, I’m going to go read the Constitution and see if I can figure out why so many Americans no longer support democracy.

 

Epilogue

I personally find most choices for president as a no-win situation since I consider our political system as a one-party system masquerading as a two-party system. However, if I was forced to vote, I can’t imagine ripping up the Constitution. So, in that event, you would just have to color me orange….and bad.

 

“I’m seeing what socialism’s like. It’s not only not free. It doesn’t freakin’ work.” – Chris Matthews, former MSNBC news commentator

 

Socialism is much in the news these days. Many of our elected officials are endorsing socialistic ideas such as the Green New Deal. However, socialism runs counter to the ideals of the American Revolution and the culture that ensued for well over 200 years. So, why now?

America can be defined as the “people’s government” as can be seen in the Preamble to the United States Constitution which starts with the words “We the People.” Abraham Lincoln, in his Gettysburg Address, elaborated on that concept with the phrase “Government of the people, by the people, for the people.” So, the American way is one of self-government, with the government being merely an extension of the people.

In socialism, ultimate power vests in the State, and an amorphous State at that. They tell the citizens what rights they can and cannot have. Whereas, the Constitution grants citizens “inalienable rights” which cannot be taken away by the government. Without the Constitution, there would be no protection for minority rights.

One of the appeals of socialism is that it appears that everything is free. I said “appears.” The proponents of the Green New Deal when asked how they were going to pay for the trillions of dollars that would be required to fund their programs said that the government should just print more money. Well, they obviously don’t understand basic economic reality or they think that the public is stupid enough to believe them, take your choice. Printing money is not nearly the same as paying for it. That is, the only money that the government has to pay its bills comes from the tax revenues that it collects.

Now, the why. Changes in political systems are rarely, if ever, about the political system itself.  So, socialism is just an excuse to change our form of government. It’s all about power. As James Carville, a top Democratic Party political strategist, said, “What we need is power! Do you understand? …But look, if no one’s persuadable, then let’s just have the revolution.” Is it possible that Carville views himself as the Che Guevara of the New American Revolution?

 

“I’m seeing what socialism’s like. It’s not only not free. It doesn’t freakin’ work.” – Chris Matthews, former MSNBC news commentator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The $64,000 question is this: Exactly what would socialism look like in this country if it were implemented?  Today’s news headlines tell the story.

1. Healthcare for all, including illegals

Headline – Elizabeth Warren Confirms Her Medicare For All Plan Will Cover Illegals

Headline – Moody’s Economist Who Backed Warren “Medicare For All Plan” Now Doubts She Can Pay For It

Headline – Fact Check: Elizabeth Warren’s Medicare For All Plan Raises Taxes On Middle Class

Comment:  That’s because taxing the rich is not quite all it’s cracked up to be as an article in The Hill 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.” 

 

2. No free speech. 

Joy Behar during a recent interview of Donald Trump Jr. on The View got tired of the audience applauding for Trump and yelled at her audience, “This isn’t a MAGA rally.”

Comment: This is how you silence any detractors.

 

3. Open borders 

Headline: Pelosi-Schiff Democrats Block All Funding For U S Border Wall – Pass Funding For Border Security In Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon and Assad’s Syria

Comment:  Democratic presidential contender Tulsi Gabbrd got it right when she said, “We Do Not Have a Nation If We Have No Borders.”

 

4. No Second Amendment

Headline – Joy Behar To Dems: Don’t Tell Voters Ahead of Time Before Seizing Their Guns

 

5. No freedom of the press and no free elections

Headline – ABC News Shelved Story On Bill Clinton and Epstein Three Years Ago During 2016 Election To Help Hillary Clinton

 

6. No economic prosperity

Headline – Liz Warren Is Now Pushing a Plan That Will Eliminate Two Million American Jobs

Comment: Goodbye America, hello Venezuela.

 

7. Illegals would have more rights than citizens

Headline – Bernie Sanders Promises Immediate Legal Status and Free Healthcare and College To Illegals

 

8. No Constitution, no religious freedom.

Headline – Democrat Mouthpiece and Squad Leader Rashida Tlaib: We Need A Political Revolution to Completely Transform America

Comment: When she says a revolution is needed to completely transform America, she means it.  Sharia Law will surely follow.

 

Epilogue

“As Waleed Shahid, a former aide to AOC, put it,  ‘You run an insurgent anti-establishment campaign to get into office to become the establishment.’  So, the objective is to become the establishment, displacing everything and everyone in the process. Here’s the strategy: attack the status quo, create division, appeal to the have-nots and use wealth transfers as a way to create ‘social justice.’ You create the problem, then you propose the solution…and, then, you take over, or as Waleed Shahid said you become the establishment.  It’s right out of the playbook of Saul Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals.”  The Ethical Warrior, A Primer On The Green New Deal

 

“But this is the f—ing American Dream she is s—ing on.” – Leon Cooperman, referring to Elizabeth Warren

The New Politics

10/08/2019

Politics is an ever-changing exercise in chasing windmills. It’s all about obtaining and keeping power, a game of identifying whatever political positions can get a politician elected. Today’s headlines tell the story:

Headline: AOC Unveils Manifesto: A Just Society Means Rent Controls, Abolish Prisons and Welfare For Illegals

Comment: “Just” for who? AOC wants criminals and illegal aliens to have more rights than tax-paying citizens.

Headline: Hillary Cites Russia Conspiracy Theories In Case For Trump Impeachment

Comment: Is Hillary one of the few people who still don’t understand that Russia-collusion was a political ruse to interfere in the 2016 election on behalf of Hillary, herself?

Headline: Hillary Floats Putting Constitution In The Shredder

Comment:Plan B is to get rid of the 1st and 2nd Amendments.

Commentary: If you’re wondering why I’m covering Hillary Clinton now, it’s because she’s now the preferred presidential candidate of some Dem donors and supporters. Biden will drop out due to all the scandals and Warren isn’t electable. So, the top Dems realize that Hillary is they’re best shot. Unfortunately, Hillary isn’t electable either, so what to do? That’s where the idea of “President Pelosi” comes from. She’s third in line of succession to the office of president. That is, if something were to happen to both Trump and Pence, Pelosi would become President and then could give way to Clinton. You may think that sounds like too much like a conspiracy theory, but there is method/logic to the madness. After all, why is Trump calling up the Marines?

The other day Hillary Clinton floated the idea of shredding the Constitution.  It made me think back to the following headline:

Headline: Ocasio-Cortez Falsely Says GOP Changed Constitution To Block FDR From Re-Election

Comment: She could have just misspoke (FDR died long before the 22ndAmendment became law) or she could have been alluding to the Democrats wanting to change the Constitution to keep Trump from being re-elected. In any event, it’s the states, themselves, that have to approve of any change to the Constitution.

Headline: Antifa Calls For “America Is Cancelled” Protest

Comment: It’s only a matter of time before an Antifa protest results in someone getting killed. Circle October 10th on your calendar.

Headline: First Amendment Group Urges Ocasio-Cortez To Unblock Twitter Users

Comment: Perhaps, she would if she actually supported the Constitution; but she won’t, so the judge says see you in court.

Headline: Beto Admits That He will Forcefully Confiscate Firearms If He’s Elected President

Comment: Beto, plus Sanders, Warren, Harris etal.

Headline: The New York Times Declares War On Free Speech

Comment: They’ll have to get in line behind the many universities who already don’t allow free speech.

 

Humor of the day

SNL did a parody of a right-wing poll showing that 121% of respondents said yes to impeaching Joe Biden. The skit was actually funny.  However, it was all the left-wing polls who got the 2016 presidential election so wrong. And that’s no joke.

The news is unfit to print. It’s either fake news or written about fake people. Today’s headlines tell the story:

Headline: Hillary Floats Putting Constitution In The Shredder

Translation: If you can’t overthrow the government by legal methods, then throw out the Constitution.

Headline: Elizabeth Warren Struggles To Get Out Black Democrats In South Carolina

Headline: Candace Owens: For Decades Black Voters Have Been Disrespected by Democrats

Comment: Clinton lost in 2016 because she didn’t get the black vote to the same extent that Obama did. The black vote for Trump in 2020 will be the crowning blow for Democrats as his support from the black community has skyrocketed (Blexit).

Headline: Dem Senators (and Biden) Threatened Ukraine Funding Over Trump Investigation

Comment: So, it turns out that the very thing that the Democrats are accusing Trump of, they’ve already done themselves (in conjunction with the Mueller probe).

Headline: Ocasio-Cortez Accuses Trump of Anti-Semitism In Attacks Against Schiff

Comment: First she accuses Nancy Pelosi of being a racist, and now this.  They also call Ben Shapiro anti-Semitic, even when he’s wearing a yarmulke.

 

Humor of the day

In the guise of humor, SNL urged that Trump be assassinated because impeachment takes too long. Maybe, like Schiff, it was just a parody.

 

I’ve seen a number of people on both sides of the political aisle comment about a negative change in American cultural values.  Since both sides can’t be right about the cause, perhaps we’re talking about a difference in definitions. So, here’s my definition of American cultural values.

 

American cultural values

Traditional American cultural values refers to values that the country was founded on, cultural values that the founding fathers incorporated into things like the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights.

 

Freedom in America

We owe our very freedom to certain inalienable rights and the laws which are embedded in the country’s founding documents. What distinguishes America from other free countries is that it’s a “republic” as opposed to a “democracy.” Because we are a republic, we’re a nation of laws as set out in the Constitution.  Furthermore, citizens have rights, (e.g. as set out in the Bill of Rights) that were not given to them by the State. These are rights are inalienable (i.e. they can not be taken away by the State).

 

Core values

The details of what those cultural values are varies from person to person. The definition that I like the best comes from Vintage American Ways.com. Here’s what they said:

“Historically, the United States has been viewed as ‘the land of opportunity,’ a place where immigrants could have individual freedom, an equal chance for success, and the ability to have a better standard of living.”

Based on this concept, they identified three core values as follows:

  • Individual freedom
  • Equality of opportunity
  • The American Dream

 

Epilogue

The Declaration of Independence begins this way, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness….” That’s what the founding fathers intended when they first created the American Republic, a country where people could be free and pursue their dreams.  It’s what makes America great and what is the driving force behind immigrants who still flock to our shores.

 

“We all share a common set of values that make us American… We are defined by the rights we have. . . Our rights are our history, why the first European settlers came here and why millions more have come here since.”  – John Zogby

 

 

 

 

Are We Un-American?

07/05/2019

I hate politics…and politicians.  It all started growing up in Chicago and watching the Mayor Daley machine dominate all life in the city.  Things sure haven’t changed much.

So, I rarely vote in elections and I don’t usually partake in conversations about politics…except perhaps when I hear socialists spout off about how other people are un-American. After all, what would socialists know about being American?  They stand for things that are the antithesis of our culture and our history.

I don’t consider myself to be an expert on political issues so I typically defer to others on the topic. Here’s one such article that I thought had some merit https://fee.org/articles/promising-the-impossible-while-sacrificing-liberty/.  The article was written by Professor Gary Galles of the Fee Foundation For Economic Education. As Professor Galles remarked, “America was founded on the idea that we have inalienable negative rights that do not originate with the government, which the government, therefore, cannot take away. But as people have learned to get public support by dressing up more things they wish others to pay for in the language of rights, our government has increasingly turned to violating the rights it was instituted to defend.”

The problem is actually worse than that, though.  At its core, socialist policies are not meant to provide equality but rather to undermine freedoms. So, when a socialist says that something is un-American, what they really mean is that we need to change those things in order to fundamentally transform America…and to establish a new kind of order where the State determines what your rights are, if any. Galles describes this phenomena thusly, “Individual rights only actually existed where and when the state decided it didn’t get in the way of what it wanted to do. More briefly, it meant citizens’ individual rights didn’t exist except on paper.”

This is where the country is headed and why I say that there is a second civil war which is currently being waged. As a society, we can choose to retain the inalienable rights and freedoms granted by the Constitution or we can accept the socialist plan to radically transform the country so that everyone has equal rights (as defined by the State). In the meantime, you will continue to hear people call other people un-American, as if they know what being an American really means.

 

 

Every fourth grade history student knows socialism has failed in every country, at every time in history…Democrats are either idiots or deliberately trying to destroy their own economy.”    – Vladimir Putin