Monday, January 18, 2021

The Imminent Failure of the American Experiment

 

When we join together to form a civil society, we make a very profound decision: We limit some of our rights in exchange for vesting the government with certain powers.   We make this decision in order to protect our rights and create a society in which we can flourish, free from the challenges inherent in living in a chaotic, violent world.  


We grant the government a monopoly of the use of force.  We all agree to forgo violence, retribution, revenge, mob action, and the initiation of aggression.  In exchange, the government agrees to protect our rights, our property, and our persons from violation by others.  

This is a very dangerous thing to do.  A powerful state with a monopoly on violence is perhaps the most dangerous thing in the world, second only to the malarial mosquito. We would only agree to such an arrangement if we felt that there were enough limits on that power to safeguard us against government aggression and oppression. 


The American Experiment is an audacious one.  Can a nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal, endure for very long.  We had a good long run, but that experiment is at currently at risk. 


The US Constitution is an effort to create a government that is limited in its powers and yet still has enough power to function.  We created a government of limited, enumerated powers.  We purposely set up three separate branches that must cooperate and have the power to check each other.  We structured the institutions in a way that builds trust in the basic fairness of government.  We created of the Bill of Rights that giveprotections to the individual from the State, and to the minority from the majority, and adherence to the Rule of Law.   

In this way we seek to balance the need for police powers, tax collection, representation, and punishment with individual rights, civil liberties, freedom, and property rights.   Each concession of rights must be counter balanced in a way that ensures we can trust the outcomes to be fair. 


We created our political system to be divorced and separate from our personal lives.  The protections against bills of attainder, the limitation on search and seizure, the prohibition of the establishment of religion, and the creation of a government of limited powers all support the idea that the political realm is separate from the personal. 


We are a nation of Laws, not of Men.  We agree to create agovernment, elect our representatives, and define the processes by which laws are made with limits and protections for our rights and liberties. We then agree tlive peacefully under the laws that we create, with just punishments for violating the law, and with our Freedoms and Liberty protected. 

We created protections, large and small, to ensure the rights of the people are not violated. The sum total gives us the faith in due process and the rule of law that we can function as a civil society.  Unfortunately, we have been steadily eroding these institutions and our faith in them for a long time.  


Separation of Powers allows each of the three branches to check the powers of the others to safe guard the people and the Constitution.  This balance has been destroyed.  

The Supreme Court has run amok, becoming a policy making body that looms too large in our governance.  They make baffling decisions that manufacture rights and legal theories out of thin air.  They simultaneously defer too much power by allowing Executive agencies to have the final say, and accrue too much power by making law and deciding policy issues.  The wild histrionics over each Supreme Court vacancy tells you all you need to know about the distorted power of the court over American law, policy, and the citizenry.  


The Congress has effectively ceased to function.  They have not passed a budget, the sole duty assigned in the Constitution, in over a decade while operating the government through arcane parliamentary shenanigans.  They pass massive omni-bus bills that the people or our representatives cannot read prior to the vote.  When they do pass legislation, it consists of broad policy outlines with the actual detail of the laws to be written by the executive bureaucracy. 


The Executive branch has accrued too much power.  The President no longer merely enforces the laws. He decides what the law is, which laws will be enforced, and creates laws out of whole cloth through executive orders. 


Less than half of Americans approve of the Supreme Court, down from 62% only 20 years ago.  Congressional approval stands at 15% as of December, 2020, down from 70% fifty years ago.  Presidential approval has also declined, with average approval ratings showing a steady decline from Reagan (55), Bush (60), Clinton (55), Bush (49), Obama (47), Trump (41).  We are now in our 20th year in a row with Presidential approval ratings below half the population.  


When overall approval for the government is below 50% for extended periods of time, it does not bode well for the future. 


We no longer have Limited Government. There are nomeaningful restrictions on the power of the State that remain. This is because, as Jefferson put it, the natural progression of things is for the State to gain power and for Liberty to yield.  But we are doing our best to accelerate the process.  


The Supreme Court has issued wildly expansive rulings on the limits of power.  The War on Drugs and the War on Terror have inserted the government in to every nook and cranny of American life. You have no privacy, digital or otherwise, under the law. The regulatory state reaches every aspect of your life.   Selling unpasteurized milk, digging a hole in your yard to catch rainwater, swimming alone in the ocean, making an onion ring from diced onion, possessing too much cash, or taking a selfie in front of a bridge, will all land you in trouble with the law.  From the food we eat, the pillows we sleep on, and the amount of water allowed when we flush, there is virtually no aspect of our life that is not regulated by the Federal government. 


We are a Nation of Laws, not of men.  We are supposed to enjoy equal protection under the law as a part our bargain with the government.  That contract is broken.  Law enforcement appears to be selective, biased, and lacking in good faith.  We see prominent politicians and wealthy families commit crimes with little or no consequences, while the poor and those on the ‘wrong’ side of the political aisle are prosecuted with vigor.   We see draconian punishment used as a weapon to induce plea deals for crimes that were never committed.  We see process crimes prosecuted without an actual underlying crime.  The entire judicial system has been rigged for the benefit of the elites. 


The President now has the power to arbitrarily enforce, or not enforce, the law he sees fit on a whim, while being also being able to create law from whole cloth through Executive Order. This is further illustrated when we see the spectacle of an obviously unconstitutional Executive Order used to create DACA deferments for illegal aliens, a law that Congress debated and voted not to pass, be approved by the Supreme Court.  Then the Supreme Court denies the next President the ability to repeal the unconstitutional orders of his predecessor, effectively destroying the powers of the Congressional and Executive branched in a single decision.


All of this would not matter that much if the people retain their rights as protected under the Constitution.  We could simply debate the issues and throw the bums out of office.  

But alas, our liberties and rights are also under deadly assault.  


The US Constitution expressly guarantees Free Speech.  This is a foundational principle of our governance and for a very good reason.  If we are to be governed by ideas and laws, we must be able to talk and debate these ideas.  Without open debate we will not be able to resolve our differences.  We will not be able to convince, or not convince, our fellow citizens of the merits of our ideas.   There is a growing movement to silence free speech.  


The de-platforming of the President of the United States is only the latest outrageous assault on free speech.  The power of the Big Tech companies to not only suppress speech they don’t like, but to literally erase history and facts that they don’t like is alarming.  The bias of search engines, the suppression of speech, and the ‘memory holing’ of facts that counter the prevailing narrative are deeply offensive to free speech and liberty. 


A free Press is a bulwark of liberty.  A press that is captive to one political ideology, or a press that is unwilling to fairly report the facts, is a threat to Freedom.  President Trump has called the press ‘the enemy of the people’ and for very good reason.  The press today are partisan liars that are not only fail to live up to their duty to communicate with the people and keep the government free of corruption, they are actively undermining the Constitution.  The number of ‘journalists’ who are actively opposed to Free Speech is astounding.  The First Amendment should be inviolate to all Americans, but specially so to people whose entire reason for existence is dependent on these particular freedoms.  Speech codes, cancelling people for opinions we don’t like, de-platforming and extortion schemes against people you disagree with are not only threats to the First Amendment, they are deadly threats to our nation. 


They call it ‘Fact Checking’ to suppress the actual facts and reinforce their own lies.  They call any speech they don’t agree with ‘hate speech’ or politically incorrect.  They prevent people from talking by calling normal conversation ‘micro-aggression’ and blur the words/weapons line by claiming that ‘speech is violence’. Or, amazingly, that non-speech is violence when they proclaim that that ‘silence is violence’. 


Again, none of this would be as dangerous if our institutions were non-partisan, non-corrupt, and independent.  But they are not.  


We create impartial institutions to enforce our laws.  They stand outside the political process and simply enforce the rules we all agree to live under.  The police, the fire department, the courts, the FBI, the bureaucracy are all supposed to be impartial.  That paradigm is broken.  

The FBI is openly partisan.  SWAT team arrests of 65-year-oldpolitical advisors, a dozen agents to investigate a piece of rope, and detailed forensic analysis of cell phone data to track down Capitol building intruders, plotting to entrap political advisors with ambush interview all stand in sharp contrast to the treatment of people from the other side of the political aisle.  Lying to FISA courts to spy on political campaigns, then ‘losing’ the evidence of their malfeasance, conducting a three-hour interview of Hillary Clinton with no recordings, no notes, and no finding of criminality despite mountains of evidence in plain sight, possession of incriminating materials and lying about having it, never mind actually investigating the contents.    The FBI has become a political actor, and this is a profound threat to the nation. 


The Department of Justice has perverted its mission from enforcing the law to political extortion and policy making.  Vast swaths of law go unenforced because the Executive branch doesn’t like, for example, the Defense of Marriage Act.  Process crimes are brought against innocent people with no underlying criminal charges.  Civil rights violations are created out of whole cloth, charges brought to bear, and the target companies extorted to make payments to favored political organizations.  The DOJ engages in overtly criminal behavior like running guns into Mexico with no consequences when the scheme is finally uncovered.  The DOJ has become a political actor, and this is a profound threat to the nation. 


The right to select our representative is foundational to our nation and our governance compact.  The entire basis of the Revolution and a large part of the founding documents is the idea that there will be no taxation without representation.   The right to vote is sacrosanct, and a large part of our national history is the struggle to expand that franchise and ensure that everyone is able to have their vote counted.  Faith that elections are free, fair, and that they represent the Will of the People is a critical component to the peaceful transition of power.  


Anything and everything that undermines our faith in the one man, one vote formula is a threat to our nation.  Those threats have multiplied recently. 


Spurious claims of stolen elections are very dangerous to our faith in election results.  When Stacey Abrams is feted on news programs for two years claiming to be the legitimate governor of Georgia, or when Hillary Clinton claims Trump is ‘illegitimate’ for four years after the election, and when Trump claims he won the election even when he has produced very little evidence of provable voter fraud, the effect is to undermine our faith in elections and our nation. 


When voting the voting itself is subject to massive statistical anomalies, mysterious vote count stoppages, vote counting done in the dark of night and without proper supervision, when ballots are mailed out indiscriminately, when there are no controls over voter drop boxes or there is a lack of places to easily drop ballots off, when voter registration rolls are not cleansed or audited, when no ID is required, when ballots are harvested and we have video recording of ballot harvesters cheating, when election workers are wearing masks proclaiming their political allegiance while they are counting the votes, when same-day voter registrations allow precincts to report 200% voter turnout, and when the vote count counters are trained on how to prevent observers from effectively observing, you create the impression that the results cannot be trusted.  


The Constitution provides that the Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms shall not be Infringed.  This right, as affirmed by the Supreme Court, is once again under attack.  The Biden administration has announced plans for wide array of gun control measures, including outright bans on ownership and gun confiscation.  During a time when the people have high trust in the government, such measure are likely to cause unrest and resistance.  At a time when trust in government is at a 100-yearlow, it could prove disastrous.  


The Founders also feared the Mob. They expressly rejected a democracy as a viable form of government.  They knew that majority rule would lead to mob rule, and rights of the minority would soon be forfeit.  They instead created a representative republic where the rights of all citizens were protected by the Constitution.  Minority rights were also protected in the design of the bicameral legislature, the arcane process of creating legislation, the filibuster, and super majority requirements for certain critical votes. 


We are rapidly eroding the protections against mob rule.  We hear endless calls to abandon the Electoral College.  We have abandoned the filibuster almost completely, with the last few vestiges of it expected to be swept away with the new Congress in 2021.  


The institutions and rules that we have relied upon for 225 years to ensure a peaceful transition of power are being swept away and undermined.  We have lost faith in Congress and the Supreme Court.  Our support for the Presidency largely depends on who is in office, our party or the opposition.  Our speech is being curtailed, our freedoms abridged, and we risk everything if we try to speak out or protest.  Our intuitions have been corrupted, our elections are suspect, and our media is living inside its own imagination.  


It won’t take much of a shock to the system to make it all collapse like a giant game of Jenga.


Ballots or Bullets

There are only two ways to choose our political leaders: Ballots or Bullets. 

There are only two ways to settle disputes: Words or Weapons.  


There are no other options.  Choose wisely.  


History is nothing but a bloody, brutal account of what happens when you use violence to settle your differences.  War, genocide, tribal disputes, and religious battles have made all of human history blood-soaked trail of tears. 


There is only one brief time and one small place where we have managed use words and ballots to make decisions for any extended period of time.  That time is right here and right now. Western civilization, for the last few hundred years, has been relatively stable in terms of civil society and power transitions.   This has not been easy.   We had to discover through trial and error the best way to arrange society to allow for peaceful cooperation. 


The United States was expressly founded on the principles thathelp ensure we will have non-violent resolution of our issues.   We have created institutions and traditions designed to allow peaceful power transitions and a civil society.  Free Speech, Free Press, State Monopoly on ViolenceFree Elections, the Balance of Power, Minority Protections, Limited Government and an The Rule of Law with an Independent Judiciary are all foundations of our peaceful civil society.  They all play a role in ensuring that we do not devolve into the sectarian violence that plagues much of the rest of the world. 


We are currently in the process of destroying each of these institutions and protections.  We are, either intentionally or through neglect, undermining the actual institutions or our collective faith in these institutions, or both. 


Once we have lost our faith, and once the institutions are destroyed, we will no longer feel compelled to abide by the results of these processes or institutional outcomes.   When that happens, violence is the only recourse. 


People who are eroding faith in our institution are playing a very dangerous game.  Malcolm X pointed this out in his famous 1968 Ballots or Bullets speech, and in the words of Forrest Gump “They shot him”.  


Apparently, they didn’t like that idea.

How to Fix American Elections


The American experiment is based on a few bedrock principals.  Among them, the rule of law and the right to freely choose our representatives.  When our voting system is compromised, or gives the appearance of being compromised, it weakens the foundations of our nation. 

We must change the process by which we vote in order to ensure that our right to vote is protected and secure.   Here is a modest proposal to reform the current system:


Voter ID: Every voter must present a valid state or Federal ID at the time of registration and voting.  ID, personal information, and signature must match before a ballot is issued.  Provisional ballots may be issued and segregated until the validity is resolved.


Finger Ink: Every voter must dip their right index finger in indelible, colored, phosphorescent ink upon casting a valid ballot.  Fingers will be inspected prior to a ballot being issued.  No ballot shall be issued in the event that the finger is marked as having voted. 


Voter Registration: Voters must register to vote at least 45 days in advance of the election.  Proof of US Citizenship is required. Voter registration required to be renewed every 10 years.  Motor Voter, Non-resident registration, and automatic registration or renewal are not permitted. Voter registration rolls will be purged annually leveraging change of address, municipal billing, and death notices. 


In person voting: Voting is held in person on Election day.  Early voting is limited to: First Responders and Medical professionals, Poll workers, and election officials who are scheduled to work on Election day.  Absentee ballots are available with a notarized affidavit of proof that you will be traveling out of the country on election day. Military Ballots will be mailed in and counted in the home precinct of the Voter.  Ballot harvesting, vote collection points, drop boxes, general mail in ballots, or other non-in person vote collection is not permitted. 


Media Blackout PeriodAll election results by precinct and state are not released until all precincts have reported. No media company, Website, Blog, or other organization may broadcast news, commentary or other information about the results of the election until 2 hours after all polls in the country have closed.  Exit polls, or other polling is not permitted 24 hours before or after Election day. 


Vote Audit and Transparency: Every polling location will be under video surveillance.  The video will be broadcast on the internet in real time and recorded.  All vote totals by precinct will be audited against voter registration rolls and video vote counts. Ballots issued shall be reconciled to ballots cast prior to results certification.  Computer voting is permitted provided that paper receipts are printed and secured for auditing purposes.  Provisional ballots will be reviewed and counted, or not, as resolved. 

Violations of any of the above provisions are punishable as a Federal Felony, including the permanent loss of voting rights, including a lifetime ban on being a poll worker or election official.   

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Election Fraud?

What it Look Like to Me…

 

The COVID pandemic is real but wildly exaggerated, and was used as a political weapon against Trump.  The media hyped it, Democrat state governments ordered draconian shutdowns, and there was a generalized hysteria.


The COVID pandemic panic was then used to justify massive changes to the way we vote.  These changes were used to enable rampant voter fraud.  Widespread use of Mail-in ballots, the proactive mailing of ballots out to all registered voters, extensions of deadlines, and more, all create opportunities for fraud. 


The Election Polls were wildly off, either because of ineptitude in tracking ‘shy Trump voters’, or bias in not believing the ‘shy Trump voter’ was real, or through deliberate malfeasance.   This created a sense the President was vulnerable beyond what the facts revealed. 


The Democrats used the polling data to estimate how much they had to cheat in certain crucial states.  They used the mail in ballots to effect voter fraud during the run up to the election.  The Media even ran cover stories predicting that the effects of the fraud would be seen in an early Trump lead with in person voting that would evaporate once the mail in ballots were tallied.   The fix was in, so to speak.


On election day it became apparent that the Democrats had under estimated the amount by which they needed to cheat.  They believed their own fake polls, it seems.  It looked like Trump was going to win easily on election night.  Betting markets and financial markets responded accordingly.  The Chinese Yuan began to sink, the stock market futures began to rise, and election betting sites favored Trump.


Then the Democrats hit the panic button. 


Vote counting was summarily halted in key states.  This is completely unprecedented.  While most state are able to count the ballots in a few hours, for some reason key states like Georgia, Arizona, Pennsylvania, and others just stopped counting.  During the ‘halt’, Republicans went home and Democrats secretly continued to count votes without supervision.   Massive piles of ballots were introduced with no chain of custody or proper validation.

The Democrats were panicked and began hastily creating additional fraudulent ballots.  They could no longer do this in a stealthy way, as the results were already in across most of the precincts.  The fraud was now more blatant and concentrated.  This is why you see 200% turn-out and massive same day voter registration in only a few Democrat controlled areas. This is why there are thousands of ballots with no votes recorded down ballot.  They didn’t have time to vote the full ballot and create enough votes to win the Presidential.  


When the counting resumes, they need to hide the irregularities.  Republican judges are barred, forced to stand back so far they cannot observe, or the windows of the counting room are papered over.  Massive fraud is alleged to have happened out of view of the election observers.   Ballots for Biden that should have been disqualified were accepted, and other ballots destroyed.  Memory sticks containing critical vote counts were ‘lost’ for several hours. The chain of custody for ballots and votes was broken all across the country. 

 

After all of this insanity, the results show Biden has pulled ahead.  The media declares him the winner.

But many questions remain.  The voting returns show massive abnormalities.  Beyond the 200% turnout numbers, the wildly ahistorical results, many of the patterns make no sense.  Milwaukee has massive voter turn out, but other similar cities like Cleveland show normal or below average turn out.  Mail-in ballot in swing states favor Biden by much wider margins than the same ballots in other states.  The vote tallies that don’t follow historical patterns are concentrated in Democrat controlled areas and the results always skew toward Biden.   The numbers themselves follow frequency patterns that would indicate fraud under other circumstances.   Widespread reports of fraud, deception, or just behavior that undermined our faith in the results.


There are a number of glitches, transposition errors and mistakes in every single swing state, and yet, somehow, the laws of chance are overthrown because every ‘error’ favors Joe Biden. 


When you add up all of the .00001% probability of happening in the absence of fraud occurrences, you can reach only one conclusion:  Election Fuckery was afoot.


It is obvious that the Democrat party has been playing fast and loose with the rules, and that the Trump wave was so large they were forced to cheat more than expected, thus exposing their malfeasance.


What remains to be seen is what, if anything, can or will be done about it.

 

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Final Prediction:Trump

Here is my prediction for the 2020 Election: Trump wins a narrow victory after several weeks of lawsuits, fraud accusations, street violence, and hyperventilation by the Media. 

Reasons Trump Wins: 


  1.  The Polls are wrong.  5 years of screaming at people, punching people, and threatening their jobs and the lives if they express a pro-Trump thought will naturally create a lot of secret Trump support.  The error in the polls will be larger this time than in 2016. 
  2. The economy is too good.   54% of people polled said they were better of today than they were 4 years ago.  This is despite the terrible harm inflicted by the COVID shutdown policies.   People vote their pocketbook. 
  3. Minority support is at record levels.  The Black and Latino populations will still mostly vote for Democrats, but Trump has peeled off much higher numbers that any other candidate.  As much as 30% black support for Trump, according to some polls. 
  4. Violence does not sell.   People have had a good, long look at Democratic governance in the run up to this vote.  People are voting with the feet and moving out of cities, buying guns at a record pace, and preparing for street violence post-election. None of the first-time gun owners or new suburbanites are likely to vote for the party of the looters and the gun grabbers. 
  5. Voter Turn-out.  Joe Biden is not on the ballot.  Only ‘Trump’ and ‘Not Trump’ are on the ballot.  The Trump base is clearly more energized and is apparently voting in record numbers.  It will remain to be seen if the Not Trump enthusiasm can match the pro-Trump enthusiasm on election day.   Personally, I doubt it. 

The Democrats are being misled by the polls to think that this election is over.  They are in for a big surprise.  Trump is going to win, and they are not emotionally prepared for the loss.  This scenario, of course, creates a huge risk to the peaceful transition of power. 

Shocked by the loss, they will react exactly as they did in 2016, only this time on steroids. Since Trump is OrangeManBad, and everyone they know hates him, and he was losing in the polls, the only explanation for the Trump victory is some sort of malfeasance.  Last time it was Russian Interference, this time it will be a combination of fraud, voter suppression, racism, and, yes, more Russian interference. 

After the 2016 loss, we had investigations, hearings, impeachment, and more as ways to try to undo the election results.  This time there is a real threat of violence.   Antifa and BLM have already been rioting in the street over virtually any issue.  It won’t take much to get them out and destroying things.

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.