Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Why are Academics all Commies?

 

The vast majority of Academics are Marxists, or at the very least, socialist. 


But why?  What is it about being an Academic that makes them so inclined toward the advocacy of oppression, mass murder, and unbearable poverty?


They will claim it is because they are so smart.  You see, only the rubes and the fly-over country hicks would fall for the lies of Capitalism.  They are woke because they are brilliant.   Or so they would claim. 


Their intelligence does play a factor, but not in the way that they think. 


The typical Leftist professor or grad student is smarter than average.  That fact made them the stars of their grade school and higher education experience.   They were book smart, so they got the best grades, and got lavish praise from the teachers.  They were at the top of the Academic rewards system.


The other kids in school couldn’t keep up with them. 


The quarterback with the great hair and a winning smile didn’t understand calculus.  The Academic had to tutor him on weekends so the dumb jock could squeak past with a C average.  


The bouncy cheerleader with her insipid enthusiasm for life struggled to understand Shakespeare.  That annoying bimbo didn’t know that the Academic exists, but he was comforted knowing she couldn’t write a coherent paragraph about Proust. 


The burnouts in the smoker’s circle aren’t even worth the Academic’s time.  Those kids were high half the time, and didn’t even bother trying the rest of the time.  They were the bottom of the intellectual pyramid, and the Academic sneered  as he walked past them on the way to the library. 


In the Academic setting, all was right with the world.  The smart kid was on top and got all the rewards, and the lesser intellects of the frat boys, jocks, cheerleaders and burnouts couldn’t compete even if they shunned him socially and failed to notice he exists outside of the classroom. 


But then they go back for their High School or college reunion.   Things have changed, and not for the better from the perspective of the Academic.  


The Academic is now working as a grad school student or Teaching Assistant.  He is making $18,000 a year. Some of his Academic friends have left the cloistered world of the university and are now unemployed, working as a barista, or perhaps they are a wage slave at the Apple store making slightly above minimum wage. Between all of them only one has a working car, a run-down old Subaru that smells slightly of patchouli and hemp. 


The quarterback jock with the charismatic smile is now the VP of Sales for some VC-funded software startup.  He has options valued at over $5 million, and a Porsche in the driveway.  He is wearing a suit that costs more than the Academic makes in a month. 


The vapid cheerleader is now a real estate broker selling houses in the high-end suburb where she lives with her well-scrubbedand well-mannered children.  She works part time while taking care of the family, and pulls down almost $150,000 in commissions a year.  


The burnout became a plumber.  He still smokes some weed, but his plumbing business has taken off and is now running 3 full-time crews. He has a small cottage at the lake and pulls a $35,000 bass boat behind his $75,000 pickup truck.  


The Academic looks at this and recoils in horror.  Something is very wrong. 


He is the smart one.  He is the one that should be rewarded, not these lesser intellects. Something is desperately wrong. 


When confronted with the reality that everyone he hates and everyone to which he is intellectually superior are way more successful in life, he must face the facts: something is wrong with him, or something is wrong with the system. 


Well, you know which option all Academics chooseHe blames the system.


Capitalism is flawed and broken by virtue of the fact that the intellectual is not on top.  When the frat boys, jocks and burnouts are more successful and have more stuff then the Academic, it is proof positive that capitalism is evil and flawed.  


If the capitalist world were fair, the Academic would have a Porsche and a lake house, not the knuckle draggers.  The fact that the stupid kids he tutored have those things fills the Academic with envy and rage, and the insatiable desire to burn it all down.

 

So the Academic turns to radical Marxism.   


He is assured by the Marxists that his abject failure as a human is not his fault, but rather it is the oppressive patriarchy of Capitalism and Western Civilization that is keeping him down.  Marxism relieves him of the guilt of not being successful while promising to wreak revenge on his lessers once the balance of power has shifted: 


Just wait till the revolution, Jocko. We will see how much your stock options are worth when we nationalize your little company. The People’s Compensation Committee will wipe that affable smile right off your smarmy face. 


Let’s see you ignore me now, little miss cheerleaderI run the People’s Food Distribution committee.  Let’s see how well your bratty kids fare on half rations, you bubbly bitch. You’ll be begging me for a favor, won’t you?


How well does that boat run now, plumber boy? The People’s Committee on Energy Independence has converted all fossil fuels to solar power and renewables, so let’s see you run those 275hp Mercury Marine outboards across the lake on soy bean oil. Oh, by the way, we are outlawing your pickup truck.  You can apply for a permit to own a Prius to carry your stupid plumbers gear around. 


The Academic can’t admit that intelligence is not the only factor in human success.  He cannot abide the fact charisma, persistence, enthusiasm, and plain old hard work are rewarded more than a lazy intellect.  Since he cannot compete in a capitalist world, he must tear it all down and rule over the ashes.   


This underlying anger and pathology explains the rage and hostility of the Academics Marxists.  They blame the system for their personal inadequacies. They are projecting the blackness of their soul on the system as a whole.


 

Saturday, July 25, 2020

An Open Letter to Progressives

 An Open Letter to the
Legion of Lamentation
 (Na├»ve, under-educated and undisciplined malcontents)
By: E.P. Unum
July 13, 2020
 
It is a fact of life in our country today that there are people who live to be offended. They’re called Progressives. They are offended by Confederate statues and the Confederate Flag, by monuments that they say celebrate white supremacy and colonialism, by Trump supporters, by Trump himself, and by those who refuse to get on their knees and grovel before Black Lives Matter.
 
Well, I am not one of them, and I’ve got a big revelation for them.
 
Here are ten things for which I will never apologize, and I don’t give sour owl shit if you’re offended by any of them:
 
1.  I’m white – I was born white and I don’t feel guilty about slavery, segregation, the Trail of Tears or the treatment of Chinese railroad workers – because (now get this) I didn’t have anything to do with any of these.
I’m no more responsible for these injustices than the Indian of today is responsible for the Black Hole of Calcutta.
 
The idea of racial guilt is absurd. White privilege and white supremacy is a myth. Where is the White Miss America Contest, White History Month and White Entertainment Television? Where are the white-only colleges and universities, white-only dating sites or white-only bars and restaurants? Where are the quotas and set-asides for Caucasians?
 
Do we need to address these things? To some degree, yes, but not by rioting, tearing down statues, looting and destroying businesses, changing names of sports teams and products We can and should address these things with civility and dialogue by all concerned.
 
2.  I love America – I believe in American exceptionalism. America pioneered representative government guided by a written constitution.
 
We fought a war with 620,000 dead to end slavery.
 
We defeated Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan and liberated the death camps.
 
We saved Europe from tyranny,twice, in the 20th century and then, with American investment, innovation, resourcefulness and generosity, rebuilt the economies of 17 nations of Europe and the nation of Japan.
 
Our arms kept communism from conquering the world. Our factories and workshops produced a flood of inventions and products that benefited humanity.
 
We built the greatest most respected medical system in the world and earned more Nobel Prizes in Medicine than any other nation on earth by a factor of ten!
 
What country has done as much – especially in 244 years, a relative hiccup in time?
 
3.  I’m a Christian – I love God and his son Jesus Christ. I am proud of my faith, but I do not wear it on my sleeve.
I respect all religions. I also believe in the State of Israel. Modern Israel is a miracle and a fulfillment of Biblical prophecy. Israel is a beleaguered outpost of civilization in a savage region and a bulwark against the forces of darkness.
 
The next time your physician gives you a shot of penicillin, look up who discovered this miracle drug.
 
4.  My heroes include George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt – Washington and Lincoln were indispensable men.
 
Washington defeated the greatest army on earth and led our country for the first quarter-century of its existence.
 
Lincoln saved the Union, abolished slavery and inspired generations with his rhetoric.
 
The Declaration of Independence flames with the eloquence of Thomas Jefferson, arguably the most intelligent man to ever serve as President of the United States.
 
Andrew Jackson, the hero of the Battle of New Orleans, represented the pioneer spirit.
 
Teddy Roosevelt led the charge into the 20th century, the American Century.
 
Together, they gave us a country so free that malcontents like Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Talib can dump on it without fear of reprisal.
 
Indeed, if you listen to all the complaints voiced from all the liberal/progressive democrats and communists like NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio, you are hard pressed to understand why there are so few people leaving our country! It is harder still to understand why, with all of our so called “problems”, millions of people from around the world want to come here!
 
5.  I support our Police, and I believe police officers are generally decent/honorable men and women who are doing a difficult, dangerous, often thankless job – You couldn’t pay me enough today to do it. Besides risking their lives every time they go to work, they bear the added burden of listening to insults shouted at them by spoiled, ungrateful people many of whom are wet behind their ears and probably still wearing diapers.
 
Police today have become the punching bag for the nation and, sadly, they receive little or no respect or support from their superiors and the gaggle of incompetent democratic mayors around the country. And, like our military, they are all that stands between us and the abyss.
 
When the Twin Towers were attacked in New York City on 9/11, we were reminded by liberals to not judge all Muslims by the actions of a few. Yet today, mobs are willing to judge all police by the actions of a few police. Explain that one to me. 
 
Defunding the police because of a few "bad apples" is just plain STUPID because the end result will be more crime. If you find that difficult to comprehend, just check the crime statistics for these liberal democratic controlled cities: New York, Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, San Francisco, St. Louis, Newark, Trenton and check out the number of shootings and stabbings on any given weekend! You would think these cities are in a war zone.
 
6.  I support the Second Amendment, and I own weapons – It’s one of the reasons why Japan thought long and hard about attacking us. It’s a major reason why we’ll never have a Holocaust here. Europe has had the divine right of kings, religious persecution, Communism and Nazism. We have the Second Amendment.
 
The anarchy in our streets, coupled with calls to defund the police, only serve to underscore the need for civilian gun ownership.
 
7.  Reparations are racial plunder. The idea of racial guilt is an obscenity from the dark recesses of 19th century European history – There’s no group in the world that hasn’t been oppressed at some point in time.
 
Will Denmark pay reparations to the English for the Danelaw? Will Mongols and Manchus compensate the Chinese? Will Japan compensate the Chinese for the Rape of Nanjing? How about the English and the Irish, the Mongols and the Russians, the Cossacks and Jews? Will bi-racial Barack Obama take money out of one pocket and put it in another?
 
8. There are only two genders. Deal with it – Gender is determined at birth by your DNA. Just as you can’t change your DNA, you can’t change your sex. You should not be able to force others to participate in your fantasy. Reality isn’t hateful.
 
9. I support President Trump and will vote for him in November, 2020 – The president loves this country. He really does have Israel’s back. Who else is strong enough to stand up to China and Iran?
 
Unlike almost everyone else in Washington, as a businessman, he understands finance and the market economy.
 
He's giving us judges who deliberate instead of legislate. And he has the guts not to be liked.
 
Prior to COVID-19, President Trump built the greatest most prosperous economy in the world and he gave power back to the people.
 
He understands that we are a people who happen to have a government, not the other way around, and this American experiment in which government derives its just power from the consent of the governed is still the most unique, treasured and progressive form of government in the history of mankind.
 
10. You have a right to disagree with me, but you do not have a right to try to silence me – Being offended doesn’t trump the First Amendment.
 
Attacking statues and assaulting those with different values is the kind of thing we saw in Nazi Germany and Stalin’s Russia.
 
Generations of Americans died for freedom of speech, not freedom to suppress speech.
 
To say you’re offended is merely an attempt to prioritize your feelings above everyone and everything else. It’s not an argument, but a call to end discussion – an admission of intellectual impotence.
 
Being offended isn’t a mark of virtue; it’s a sign that you’re a big, blubbering baby who will throw a tantrum if you can’t get your way. Wagging fingers and shouting obscenities at me is just plain disrespectful, and might get you a punch in the nose.

Monday, July 6, 2020

The Death of Science

The Left claims yet another victim.   This time it is science itself. 

I have claimed for years that the science behind the Global Climate Change scam was corrupted by Leftist politics.  This is a challenging claim to prove, given the complex nature of the science and the long term predictions involved.  I will be long dead before the science of AGW is proven with actual temperature readings from 100 years in the future.  

There is more contemporaneous proof at hands however. 

The Left has thoroughly corrupted the science of Epidemiology.  

We are now being told to believe the science that makes baseball games, Trump Rallies, and 4th of July parades are insanely risky for Coronavirus transmission and must be banned. 

We are also being told to believe the science that Coronavirus transmission is not a risk if the event is a Gay Pride parade. BLM Protest, or a statue desecration party.  


 

What causes riots? Election Years, or course!

 Here we go again.  If there is rioting in the US, it must be an election year. 

This week we saw video of the police kneeling on the neck of George Floyd shortly before he died while in police custody. The video has gone viral, and the police officers involved have been fired.  The protests have turned into riots, with police cars being attacked and store being looted. 

While the initial incident is tragic, and the loss of life terrible, the subsequent hysteria and rioting are boring and predictable.   The Media and the Left are seeking to sharpen the racial divide in this country by whipping up a racially charged hysteria.

The same weekend that this man died at the hands of the Police, 60 people were shot and 9 killed in Chicago.  Not a single news story was done nationally about the carnage in Chicago.  The largely black-on-black wave of never-ending violence does not get any attention, but a single death in Minneapolis results in wall to wall coverage that stokes protests and riots.

If it seems like there is a pattern to the periodic appearance of Black Lives Matters and other leftist protest groups on the national stage, well, that is because there is.   Every election year, like clockwork, the Left manufactures a protest cycle about some incident that fits the narrative.

This is an election year and the summer hasn’t even gotten started.  Expect that this will get worse before it gets better.


Try Harder to be an American

If you think the most important thing to know about Washington and Jefferson is that they owned slaves...
If you think COVID means a you can’t gather at a family funeral and your relatives must die alone, but George Floyd can safely have thousands of mourners at multiple memorials across the country ...
If you think Gay Pride parades don’t create pandemic risk, but Trump rallies do...
If you think Christopher Columbus was a genocidal maniac, but Che Guevara and Mao are cool to wear on your t-shirt...
If you think that police killing 19 unarmed black people is a bigger problem than the thousands of black people murdered each year by other black people...
If you think police are a threat to the public and must be defunded, but that law abiding citizens should not have guns to defend themselves and should just wait for the cops to show up...
If you think wearing a mask is so ineffective against a virus so we had to shut down the entire country for months to prevent a pandemic, but that masks are so effective we must now mandate their use...
If you think demonstrators burning cars and tearing down statues is acceptable, but singing at church is too dangerous...
If you think a demented warlord creating an ‘autonomous zone’, handing out AR15s from the trunk of a car, and summarily executing black children as car thieves is perfectly fine, but a suburban couple defending their home against a threatening mob is evidence of a crime...
If you think flying the Mexican flag on Cinco de Mayo is an expression of national pride and culture, but the flying American flag is a sign of racism, jingoism, and hatred...
If you think the Cheyenne and Lakota conquering the lands around Mt Rushmore is the natural order of things, but the United States conquering that same land is proof positive that the US is corrupt and evil at the core....
If you think ‘mostly peaceful’ protesters gathering in the thousands is perfectly fine, but patriotic Americans watching a 4th of July parade is dangerous....
...You are the problem.
Your hatred of the United States, our history, and the entirety of western civilization is warping your mind and coloring your judgement
You are letting your politics override your common sense and your understanding of facts, epidemiology, history, and fairness.
July 4th is a celebration of the founding of the greatest country in the history of the world. Try harder to appreciate the gift that you have been given.
Try harder to be an American.



Black Lives Don’t Really Matter

Black Lives Matter is a political group that pops into the news every recent election cycle. The group’s name implies that they care about Black lives. The truth is quite the opposite. As we noted several years ago, BLM is merely a Leftist policy group using Black people as an emotional shield while promoting policies that have nothing to do with improving the lives of actual black people

They claim their mission is “to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes”. Notably absent from the mission statement is the primary source of violence against Black communities: other black people.

Chicago has had nearly 1,000 murders a year for many years running. The vast majority of these crimes are Black on Black, and most of them go unsolved. More Black people were killed in a single weekend than unarmed Black people have been killed by police in an entire year.

George Floyd becomes a martyr and a cause celeb when he dies at the hands of a cop. David Dorn gets murdered by rioters and his death is swept under the rug. Who is David Dorn? He is a retired St. Louis police captain that was gunned down by looters during the riots that were supposed to honor the memory of George Floyd.

BLM makes a celebrity out of a multiple time felon but completely ignores the death of an honorable member of the community. That should tell you something about the priorities of BLM. A quick search of the BLM site finds zero reference to Dorn, but links to #Defund the Police and Rest in Power, Beautiful.

If Black Lives Mattered cared about actual black people, they would be holding protest marches on the southside of Chicago, not on Rodeo Drive. Instead they make policy demands about ICE and illegal aliens, and demand that we defund the police. The website is heavy on the rhetoric, and short on detailed proposals. They list a dozen things BLM will focus on without a single word of explanation of what they mean and how they would implement change.

BLM is a Leftist scam that doesn’t care about the lives of actual Black people.

Monday, May 4, 2020

No, We are NOT all in this together


As the Corona virus pandemic stretches into infinity, we are being subjected to a relentless campaign of unity slogans such as the insipid “we are all in this together”.

No.  We are not.

Some Americans are making huge sacrifices. They have lost their jobs, shuttered their small businesses, or closed their restaurant or hair salon.  Some of us are seeing our lives destroyed in the effort to tamp down the spread of the virus. 

Some Americans are making small sacrifices.  They are working from home, not going out to eat or party, not getting their hair cut or colored.  They are slightly inconvenienced by the whole ordeal, but it is not catastrophic for them. 

Some Americans are not sacrificing at all.  They are not confined to their homes.  They have not lost their jobs. In fact, they are gaining vast amounts of power and publicity as they sail through this crisis untouched.  Politicians, TV hosts, internet bloggers, and other talking heads are loving every minute of this disaster.  

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot shuts down the entire city, threatening police action and arrests for those who violate her edicts while she violates her own rules by getting her haircut.  Why, you ask?  Well, she needs to have a haircut, you see.  She is more important than you.

Chris Cuomo claims to have COVID-19 and is self-quarantining.  Until he goes to the Hamptons and tries to run over a cyclist.

Wealthy scion and Illinois Governor JB Pritzker confines everyone to their homes for months.   When asked why his wife was allowed to travel out of state, the Governor bristled “leave my family out of it”.

The elites are jetting off to summer homes or sending Facebook updates about their epic sacrifices from their 15,000 sf mansions. They have not missed a paycheck or struggled to pay for rent or groceries.  Sure, they had to reduce the hours of the downstairs maid, and that has been a challenge, but they have not had any real impact.

Worse still is that the unemployed and the financially distraught are being told by the unaffected elites that the sacrifices should continue.  Shelter in place order are being extended for months in places that are largely unaffected by the virus.

The infuriating part is to hear all the elites and politicians that are unaffected, or worse, enjoying new found power, telling the unemployed and devastated ‘we are all in this together’.

No, we are not.



Friday, March 20, 2020

Is this really the way it ends?

Well, this virus thing is getting out of hand.

We have shut down large parts of the country. Sports, meetings, churches, restaurants, bars, athletic clubs, and retail shopping are closed indefinitely. All in the name of slowing the spread of the COVID-19 virus and saving some number of lives.

Currently there is no end in sight for the shutdown. Will it be weeks? Months? Some sources are now saying it might be as long as 18 months.

The economic and political costs are potentially severe if we keep this up for very long.

What will happen to our society if we are shut down indefinitely due to the virus? Best case scenario, a deep economic depression that takes years from which to recover.

Worst case scenario, the end of Western Civilization.

You scoff. I am being ridiculous, you say.

Well, people were stabbing each other over a few rolls of toilet paper last week. What do you think is going to happen when the food and the toilet paper run out for real?

Modern economies in the information age are built on a lot of exchanging of goods and services. Only a very small fraction of the population actually grows food or makes stuff. The rest of us are pretty far removed from those basic industries.

The current set of policies has thrown millions of people out of service work, and the next set of impending bans (air travel, for one) will put millions more out of work. Basic civil liberties will be destroyed as we enforce our bans and quarantines. The government will need to step in and provide income and basic food supplies for these purposefully unemployed people.

The government at every level is already straining under the burden of trillions of dollars in debt. Many states, like Illinois, are already at the verge of bankruptcy. Tax receipts will fall and social services costs will skyrocket, and the government will run out of cash. When they try to raise taxes and borrow more money, they will soon find that there is no one to buy the debt and no more transactions to tax. Then what happens?

The implosion of tax receipts and the massive wave of new people on the public dole will collapse state and local governments. They will not be able to meet their obligations. They will lay off hundreds of thousands of workers, stop providing basic services, thus contributing to the vicious cycle of collapse.

The Federal Government will go through the same cycle. Within months, the government will default on debts and be forced to shut down. They will pump copious amounts of currency into the failing economy, but this will only kick off massive inflation. The currency will collapse, and with it, the Federal government’s ability to borrow or pay its bills.

Commerce will grind to a halt. The government will step in and nationalize entire industries to keep things going. If you doubt this, note that there are already calls for the Federal Government to take over the manufacture and distribution of medical ventilators, and we don’t even have a real shortage of them yet, just an imagined shortage!

Food will disappear off shelves like if does in every other government planned economy. Real panic buying will set in, and not just for toilet paper. Stores will be looted. The government will stop basic policing (This has already happened in Philadelphia, just in case you think I am exaggerating here), and mayhem and civil unrest will set in.

Basic civil liberties will vanish. Well, many of them are gone already. Want to worship in your faith? Nope, churches are closed. Want to peacefully protest? Nope, even small gatherings are banned. Want to own a gun to defend your stockpile of toilet paper? Nope, there are bans on gun sales and ownership being imposed. As of a few moments ago, the Governor of Illinois just confined the whole state to our homes for three weeks (!!!).  Is any of this reasonable?  Constitutional?

Within a very short time span, the entire system will collapse. Bands of pillagers will roam the streets, looting and burning buildings will drive people out into the night, and the complete collapse of civil society will ensue. Again, if you believe I am exaggerating, think of what happened when a there was a jury verdict people didn’t like in LA. The Rodney King riots will look like a lark compared to what will happen when the pay checks bounce, the food runs out, and the police are not enforcing the law.

It took 70 years for the Soviet Union to collapse. 20 years for Venezuela to descend into starvation and anarchy. And those countries were trying to make things work. We are actively and purposefully shutting down the economy, with nationalization of key industries to follow. The collapse of the highly leveraged, consumer-driven, US economy will be far more rapid, measured in months, not decades.




I hope the price of avoiding ‘death by flu’ is less than the complete collapse of the entire system. If this dark vision comes to pass, tens of millions will die, and it will take centuries to recover, if ever.

Oh, and if society collapses and we are living amid the ruins roasting rats on a stick over a burning rubber tire, we few survivors in the wastelands will probably all die of the flu anyway.

Corona Panic

Our reaction to Chinese Corona Virus, or COVID-19, seems a bit over the top.

It is hard to reconcile the reaction to past epidemics like SARS and H1N1 with the current near total hysteria and shut down of our economy.

The virus appears to be slightly more transmissible than these two previous pandemic causing viruses, but is also less lethal.

In fact, it is unclear exactly how dangerous COVID-19 is. The statistics are either unreliable or vary widely. At the moment, the virus is 20x more dangerous in Italy than it is in Germany. This makes it very difficult to predict the actual mortality in the event of an outbreak.

The people that are dying of this appear to be limited to elderly patients with other underlying conditions. Healthy adults get sick but recover, and children seem largely unaffected. While every death is a tragedy, it does not appear that this virus is going to wipe out huge swaths of the population. The numbers may not be any worse than the typical flu season, if some of the statistics are accurate.

So why are we in modified stationary panic over this disease? Why have we shut down the entire services industry in the country? Why have we purposefully pushed the economy into recession or depression?

  • It could be that the masses are under-educated and don’t understand statistics or probability.
  • It could be that the news media is whipping up hysteria to bolster ratings.
  • It could be that the news media is trying to create a sense of chaos to undermined the Trump administration.
  • It could be that Trump’s lack of verbal finesse and awkward communication style don’t give people a sense of calm.
  • It could be that the news media and the Democrats are trying to crash the economy as a way to get Trump out of office.
  • It could be that Democrats are trying to whip up hysteria and panic to let them enact their policy preferences for Nationalized Health care, Medicare for All, Paid Sick Leave, Universal basic income, and gun control.
  • It could be that the near absolute safety and comfort of a rich capitalist society has left people so infantilized that they cannot cope with the slightest threat.
It could be any one of those things.

But I think it is all of them happening at the same time.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Impeach!

The Democrats have gone all in on the Impeachment of Donald Trump.

They have been saying the word impeachment since before he was even inaugurated, but now they seem to be seriously committed to impeachment proceedings.

Since the Republicans control the Senate, one has to wonder what the Democrats are thinking.  There is very little chance that the Senate votes to convict based on the flimsy or non-existent evidence of a crime that has been discovered to date. 

I think its all about RGB.

Ruth Bader Ginsberg is not in good health.  In addition to her advanced age, she is battling pancreatic cancer.  Her last treatment that we know of was a stent to help keep the bile ducts open.  This is not a curative treatment, this is palliative.  It is designed to slow the effects of the cancer, not stop the cancer.  It is merely a matter of time before she is no longer able to perform her duties on the Supreme Court. 

The Left is in a panic over the Supreme Court.  They currently face a 5-4 conservative majority, with Justice Roberts being quite wobbly.  If RGB is replaced with a hard line originalist, even the completely vapid reasoning of Roberts won't help the Left.  The Court will be solidly conservative, with a 6-3 advantage (5-4 even if Roberts continues to drift Left).

Losing the Supreme Court majority is a huge problem for the Left.

Virtually all of their policy gains over the past 50 years have come through, or been backed up by, a liberal and activist Court. 


  • Abortion was an extremely unpopular with most Americans before Roe V Wade.  That decision ushered in policy that would have never passed in Congress.  
  • Gay Marriage failed to pass in any public referendum.  It was widely unpopular every time it was voted on by the people.  The Supreme Court made it the law of the land in a fantastical 5-4 decision, citing emanations and prenumbras as the basis in the law.  
  • Overturning and delaying Trumps 'Travel Ban' was based not on the Law, but on the feelings of the liberal judges and overturned the plain and clear meaning of the statute on immigration.  
  • Obamacare is the law only because the SCOTUS took a position that was at odds with the plain language of the law.  The ACA stated that the fees for not having insurance were a legal penalty, not a tax.  The Court ruled that despite the wording of the law, the penalty was actually a tax, and therefore legal.  
The implication is clear:  the vast majority of the policy achievements of the Left over the past 50 years have been wildly unpopular, unconstitutional, or both.  It is only through the power of the SCOTUS that they have made any policy gains at all. 

A 6-3 conservative Court means that this train has reached the end of the line. And it may mean that some of these gains get turned over by future decisions from this conservative Court. 

This is a disaster for Democrats.  

Therefore, they have to do everything in their power to prevent Trump from making another conservative appointment. 

The strategy has several parts: 

1.  De-legitimize the existing Trump court nominees.  Gorsuch occupies a seat 'stolen' from Merrick Garland.  Kavanaugh is a 'rapist and a serial sexual assaulter'.   This will allow them to cast aspersions and doubt on every ruling that they don't like. 

2.  Prevent Trump from making another appointment.  By impeaching Trump they hope to create enough chaos and uncertainty about the President that he is unable to nominate someone to the SCOTUS.   They will claim that an impeached President cannot make appointments, or that anyone appointed by him should be impeached as well.  

3.  Pack the Court.  The Democrats will claim that since Kavanaugh committed perjury (he did not) and that Gorsuch occupies a stolen seat (he does not) and that impeachment invalidates additional nominations (it does not), they are therefore justified in adding seats to the Court to restore the proper balance between Left and Right.  

All of this impeachment nonsense is part of a plan to prevent the Left from losing the one source of real power they have had for the past 50 years.  

You can expect that impeachment fever will continue to heat up as we get closer to the election and the inevitable retirement of RGB.  



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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Criminalize the Oil Industry!

Bernie Sanders called for the criminalization of the Oil Industry during the second Democratic Debate.

If you want to destroy the US, and the global economy in a single stroke, you could not come up with a better solution than to criminalize the energy industry. 

What will they do?  Arrest the CEOs'?  The Board members?   Where does it stop?  Do they arrest rig workers as they come off a 3 month rotation in the Gulf?

The entire industry would collapse.  Production would crash.  Prices would sky rocket.  Supply would dry up.  Gasoline rationing and price controls would soon follow.

The entire economy would collapse.  As production fell, they would begin to arrest workers as 'saboteurs' and 'enemy of the people'.  Oil workers would flee the fields, and production would grind to a halt. 

Think this sounds far fetched?  Well, it is almost exactly what has happened in Venezuela over the past 15 years. 

Bernie Sanders is a power mad socialist tyrant bent on nothing less than the utter destruction of the US. 

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

You Want Civil War? Because this is how you get Civil War!

Cook County prosecutors have dropped all charges against Jessie Smollet today. 

This is a very bad thing.

Dropping the charges in such a high profile case severely undermines the Rule of Law.

There are a few foundational ideas that critical to the survival of our civilization.  The Rule of Law is one of them, and you tamper with it at great peril.

John Adams described us as a "Nation of Laws, not a Nation of Men", and as The Patriot Post notes,


A nation of laws” means that laws, not people, rule. Everyone is to be governed by the same laws, regardless of their station; whether it is the most common American or Members of Congress, high-ranking bureaucrats or the President of the United States; all must be held to the just laws of America. No one is, or can be allowed to be, above the law.

This is obviously no longer true.

Who you are now matters more than the letter of the law. 

Hillary Clinton fails to turn over official documents and does not get charged.  Jame Clapper blatantly lies before Congress and does not get charged.  Eric Holder conducts an illegal gun running operation, gets held in contempt of Congress, and does not get charged. 

We rely on the legal system to support our civilization.  We don't engage in tribal feuds, or vigilante justice. We all abide by the rulings and sentences of judges because we have one set of law to which we all agree and are all subject.

If that fundamental social contract breaks down, we are headed for very dark times.  We already see what happens when there is no legal recourse for disputes in the drug gang infested areas of  Chicago.   Gang warfare that results in endless violence and death.

If the rest of country loses faith in the Rule of Law it will bring about civil war and the end of our civilization. 









Friday, March 22, 2019

Why are Venezuelan's Starving?

I think they are starving because of socialism.

Don't believe me? Then listen to NPR.

NPR has some ideas in a recent report titled Why are Venezuelan's starving?  Given the reputation for the Leftist orientation of NPR, you might be surprised who they blame.

Spoiler alert:  They blame Hugo Chavez and his misguided economic policies.

Don't get too excited. The NPR report never uses the word Socialism, or draws a direct link between Chavez's openly socialist policies and the collapse of Venezuela.  But it does talk about the government and government policy being the reason for the collapse.

Here is a key part of the transcript:


GUILLERMO ARCAY: That's something that started to change when Chavez started implementing what he called socialism of the 21st century policies.

ZUNIGA: Guillermo is referring to Hugo Chavez, Venezuelan late president. There were several agricultural policies that Chavez put in place. The first policy was price controls. That started in 2003.

GARCIA: Yeah. And price controls are exactly what they sound like. The government forces companies to sell their products below a certain price. The price is controlled. It is capped.
So in this case, back in 2003, the Hugo Chavez government started capping the price of food. Supermarkets could not charge people more than a certain amount for the food that they bought from them. It started with basic foods, like sugar and milk. And the goal was to make food cheaper for Venezuelans. But there is a reason that price controls are considered bad economics.


Monday, March 18, 2019

Reparations: An Idea the Nazi's Would Love!


Insane ideas float around the radical Left for years before they become mainstream Democrat talking points.  The latest absurd notion is Reparations.

Economist Robert Browne wrote the ultimate goal from reparations should be to "restore the black community to the economic position it would have if it had not been subjected to slavery and discrimination". 

The reparations proposals are long on posturing and short on specifics.  They make grandiose claims of oppression, but never really specify the mechanics of how reparations would work.

The actual victims of slavery are long dead, and the slave owners have also passed on.  So to whom do we give reparations?  Who pays?

Does Barack Obama pay?  He’s half white, after all.  Or does Obama get paid?  His father was black and wasn’t even American.   What about Tiger Woods?  He’s half Asian, and his father is black.


What counts as ‘black’, anyway?   People are dragging Kamala Harris on Twitter because she is half Indian and half Jamaican.  What category does she fall into?

Who pays?  None of my ancestors were even in the US until the 1880’s.  Obama’s mother’s family has been here since 1850 or so, making him far guiltier of being enriched by slavery than my family.

This whole idea is insane, and there is no way to execute it without creating massive injustice in the current era as a way to make amends for misdeeds of our long dead past. 

Perhaps we should adopt the policies of the world’s leading authorities on matters racial.  The Nazi’s had the ‘one drop’ of Jewish blood standard, and perhaps the Left will leverage that intellectual framework.  That will surely help calm racial tensions!





              


Thursday, March 7, 2019

If Adam Schiff is right….



The Mueller investigation is winding down with zero evidence of Russian collusion.   

If the report has not been completed, you might ask, how do we know there is zero evidence?  

Because Mueller doesn’t want to be executed for treason.


If Mueller has evidence that Trump is compromised by the Russians, and he has been sitting on it for over two years without telling Congress and the American people, then Mueller is guilty of treason by way of failing to report treason.  

So we can safely assume that there is nothing criminal in the Mueller report.

Adam Schiff is now hiring an investigator to look into 'Trump collusion' now that the FBI and the Mueller team have turned up nothing.

If Schiff’s lone investigator finds evidence that the combined resources of the FBI and the Mueller team were unable to uncover, the implications would be profound.


It would mean the Mueller team and the FBI are completely corrupt, incompetent or both.

Two-plus years of investigation by the nation’s premier investigative agency missed the clues that this random former AG employee could find working by himself?

If this 'investigation' turns up a single piece of incriminating evidence not discovered by the FBI, we should fire everyone at the FBI and start over.   And Mueller and his team should all be disbarred and have to return all the pay they received over the past two years.

The Schiff investigation is a farce, or the entire FBI is.  One or the other. 


Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Popular Vote Compact is a Recipe for Civil War


The United States has enjoyed a remarkably peaceful transfer of power over its 200+ year history.  The only civil war we fought was over the issue of slavery, not the fact that Lincoln was elected President.   The basis of this stable, peaceful system is the Electoral College, where there is one clear winner under one set of rules.  Yet we hear Democrats complaining that Trump is “not my President” due to the fact that Hillary won the 'popular vote', which is not actually a thing.

The Constitution provides that:
Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector.

This has provided a number of key benefits to the Republic.  We have limited the power of the masses in the cities to elect purely urban candidates and limited the impact of election cheating to the state in which the fraud occurred.  It has also reduced the general level of contention around elections.   Recall Florida during the Bush Gore election.  Endless battles over every vote and hanging chad in the state.   But the rest of country was not subject to that level of contention because once each state’s electoral votes were allocated by the election result, there was no need to continue to count votes in every precinct.   
 
The Popular Vote Compact threatens to undo all of that.  It is a scheme to re-allocate the electoral votes of individual states away from the winner of the popular vote in the state, to the winner of the popular vote nationally.  This would destroy the Electoral College and undermine a pillar of our democracy.  

This Compact is intended to allow the Democrats would avoid a situation in which, for example, Hillary Clinton lost decisively in the Electoral College, despite winning the national popular vote.

This Compact is a terrible idea that will lead to division, chaos, and perhaps, civil war.

The Compact ensures that excess votes in places like California and Chicago will have a national influence, and the amount of electoral cheating will increase.  The Machine politics and ballot harvesting schemes will now affect the national results in a way they never could before.
It will also slow the results of the election from being final.  Most Presidential elections are determined before the voters have gone to bed on Election day.  It is the rare exception that the vote counting and voter fraud lasted for weeks.  This level of chaos would become the norm, and not just in the swing states, but in every precinct in the nation.

The lawfare, cheating, ballot tampering, ballot box stuffing, vote harvesting will spiral out of control.

The worst effect, however, will be that the Compact will potentially create 2 winners. 

Imagine a scenario in which, like the last election, one candidate has a decisive win under the Electoral College and is declared the winner, but the opposing candidate wins the popular vote after 3 or more weeks of recounts and hanging chads.   The Terms of the Compact kick in, and the individual College Electors are required to switch their votes to the opposing candidate.

You create a situation in which we have one winner under the system that worked for 200+ years, and another under this scheme of dubious legality.
 
How do you resolve this impasse?  It drastically increases the chances that a candidate, a party, or the people themselves refuse to peacefully transition power to the next administration.

The Popular Vote Compact is a terrible idea that will have disastrous results for the country.  We are already an extremely divided people, and a system that creates the potential for additional uncertainty is a recipe for civil war.