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15 April 2012

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billy T

Another fine article. I was going to post how this next election is not about Republican nor Democrat, but a true referendum of the direction of our country. Obama is out there everyday stumping about how our country should be, his vision of America. Yes, I was going to post about all about that with quotes and The Eternal Debate with Collectivists until I remembered this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woBC5b3Ti0M&feature=endscreen&NR=1

George Rebane

Agree with billyT's 1257pm; yes, the directions touted by the Dems and Repubs have never been more different and clear. It truly is a fork in the road, and coming to it, we unfortunately cannot follow Yogi Berra's sage advice.

Todd Juvinall

What fascinates me about the left is their lack of historical knowledge. Until the Revolution, all of man's history of governance was kings and subjects (canon fodder). Except for a brief period in 500 BC or so in Greece. Individual freedom was unheard of and rooted out and destroyed by the "powers that be".

If the left is so ignorant about freedom, what does that say about the education system? We are one generation away from Cuba.

billy T

Preaching "fair share" every day at every campaign stop does not create jobs, spur economic growth, slow food price inflation, lower the price at the pump, or lead even 2 people out of poverty. It is a sorry commentary when that is all the left is reduced to, i.e., a recycling of ideas that have failed. To make nice with such folks is also foolish as the policy of appeasement has historically failed. Either the Constitution is a quaint relic of times before Charim toilet paper or it is alive and well. If it is to be discarded, then it should be labeled as 18th century Charim. That quaint document of the 18th Century lays out the principles and format which this nation is to function. Our government was not set up to have an Executive Office so strong that Congress and the courts merely rubber stamp power grabs or face execution such as our neighboring Cuba or Saddam's Iraq or North Korea. I read recently a local politician state that being sick makes her unhappy, thus we need single payer health care to ensure her pursuit of happiness. I call that a misinterpretation of the Constitution, a stretch if you will. Besides that phrase is found in the Declaration of Independence (independence from the control of an overbearing government) but who am I to correct the unteachable? When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. The stakes are high and letting wayward children run amok is bad for us all. Germany has learned that lesson. After years of prodding, imploring, threatening, coherence and pushing Greece to behave and be good, Germany had enough. Finally in desperation and parental wisdom, Germany simply allowed Greece's bonds and debts to float as they may. I guess having people make more in retirement than they made in their peak earning years was Greek's pursuit of happiness. Greece got by for a couple of years with crushing debt and more crushing service on the debt until they cried Uncle! Bad boy, Greece, now clean up your room. Tragically, in 6-7 years Greece will come out of it with a 25% decline in her standard of living. Greece has too much wreckage to simply clean up the mess and come out of of her room declaring time out is over. You walk 20 miles into the woods, you have to walk 20 miles out, and with blisters to deal with. I don't want that to happen to the USA. This is not a mere debate or exchange of ideas. This is a fight for survival for our form of government as laid out in our Constitution verses an "ideal" what our country should be.

Russ Steele

This came in over my e-mail tansom a while ago and thought I would share it:

The following is written by Dr. Sowell, and I quote:
 
"The current Occupy Wall Street movement is the best illustration to date of what
President Barack Obama's America looks like. It is an America where the lawless,
 unaccomplished, ignorant and incompetent rule. It is an America where those who
have sacrificed nothing pillage and destroy the lives of those who have sacrificed
greatly.

"It is an America where history is rewritten to honor dictators, murderers and thieves.
It is an America where violence, racism, hatred, class warfare and murder are all
promoted as acceptable means of overturning the American civil society.
 
"It is an America where humans have been degraded to the level of animals: defecating
 in public, having sex in public, devoid of basic hygiene. It is an America where the
 basic tenets of a civil society, including faith, family, a free press and individual rights,
have been rejected. It is an America where our founding documents have been
shredded and, with them, every person's guaranteed liberties.
 
"It is an America where, ultimately, great suffering will come to the American people, but the rulers like Obama, Michelle Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Joe Biden,
Jesse Jackson, Louis Farrakhan, liberal college professors, union bosses and other loyal
liberal/Communist Party members will live in opulent splendor.
 
"It is the America that Obama and the Democratic Party have created with the willing
 assistance of the American media, Hollywood, unions, universities, the Communist
 Party of America, the Black Panthers and numerous anti-American foreign entities.
 "Barack Obama has brought more destruction upon this country in four years than
any other event in the history of our nation, but it is just the beginning of what he
and his comrades are capable of.
 
"The Occupy Wall Street movement is just another step in their plan for the
annihilation of America. "Socialism, in general, has a record of failure so blatant
 that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it."


Thomas Sowell

My emphasis added

THEMIKEYMCD

George, what a wonder it would have been to watch populations, production, quality of life, etc evolve within our 50 states IF state's rights were respected as originally intended [yes, if the good guys won the civil war].

I am reading a fascinating book titled Under This Sun where a russian (lower case...russian by geography only) Mennonite community thrived in their confined free market, pro liberty, Christian communities... right up until they were slaughtered/exiled/enslaved by Lenin/Stalin Bolsheviks in the name of collectivism/communism.

"None of the above is feasible for large, diverse populations. It only works when it is implemented by people who share the necessary commonalities to come together in the attempt to form such a ‘more perfect union’. "

THEMIKEYMCD

History it s bitch for collectivists.


On the contrary truly free markets (private property, private ownership, no central banks, no collusion by corps/labor unions with gov, etc) has rarely (if ever) been attempted.

To have truly free markets the elitists in power must humble themselves, which is unnatural.

Paul Emery

George

" Liberal states do not send armies across borders to spread their gospel."

Are you referring to the US adventures in Iraq as an example? Operation Iraqi Freedom

George Rebane

PaulE 925am - as made clear in the first sentence, in this piece 'liberal' is used in its classic sense not in the current one co-opted by stasist and statist collectives.

And, sadly, the US is no longer the liberal state it used to be, and as world hegemon has had embarrassing lapses of the pro forma dictum presented here. Perhaps some day we can return closer to the ideal, which in a detailed review of history we have always had a hard time achieving - 'Manifest Destiny' and all that.

George Rebane

A reader, worried that my little apology might be too wordy to carry the point, sent me the link to this alternate and more entertaining explanation.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3h8O7V-WxWQ&feature=youtu.be

Paul Emery

I was aware of that George. I was referring the the Bush actions to determing it that was contrary in your opinion to the desire that classical Liberal states do not impose themselves on sovereign states to spread their gospel.

Ryan Mount

President Bush II was a Neo-Liberal, not a classical liberal. Neo-Liberals, going back to Teddy Roosevelt (there are other examples) were fond of projecting the USA's influence into other countries. Sometimes it is/was in the form of McDonalds, sometimes it is/was in the form of a cruise missile.

Now, I have an anecdote. During one of college seminars many years ago, we were studying the interesting Angular (as in British) Trotsky-ite Marxists theorists. Sorry for all of the adjectives.

My Professor, Mary Anne Creadon (feel free to look her up) made an astonishing assertion: private property and its acquisition was at the core of anti-capitalist dogma. That at the core of Marxism was an abhorrence to private ownership of anything, and that Vulgar Marxists (modern ones) believed that this was the core issue with our modern woes. So if I recall, we were instructed as an exercise to use this to critically explicate texts (this was am English class). It was very interesting wearing that hat for a while. Not sure if I agree with it or not, but George's prose reminded me of that.

Ryan Mount

*an English class....the irony.

THEMIKEYMCD

George, here is another great visual:

http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2012/04/buffett%20deficits%20perspective.jpg

We could focus on cutting expenses or we can go after 'the rich.'

billy T

The Tea Party folks and their ilk say "Leave us alone." The OWS folks and their ilk say "Take care of us all." I think there is a difference of world views going on. Marxist Socialism brought us Lenin. Nationalist Socialism brought us Hitler. Democratic Socialism brought us Obama. The only way for Van Jones and Obama and Ayers to achieve their dream is to divide and conquer. Nixon had his enemies list, but Obama has his group lists. First it was the banks, then greedy bondholders at GM. Later we had the gun rights people, those making bonuses, the rich, talk radio, Fox News, the insurance companies, the 1%ers, the Republicans that blocked his last budget....you know the budget he submitted that not even one member of either the House or Senate voted for. When you have Henry Waxman, Maxine Waters, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reed, and that Independent from Vermont all voting nay, its all the Republicans fault. Lenin had the Czar, Hitler had the Jews, and Obama has too many to list. Timmy G just said the reason the Stimulus is not working as planned is because the Republicans have thwarted even more spending. Stimulus round two, or is it three? Guess Timmy and OWS and Obama and Van Jones and Rev Wright believe if at first you don't succeed, try try again. They will lead us into the promised land once the enemies are torn asunder. In the spirit of compromise, I will pay for their birth control when they pay for my ammunition.

Paul Emery

George

"A favorite argument that works on light thinkers is that liberty and the capitalistic free market societies it gives rise to are only theories that have yet to work anywhere in the real world."

Why is it so difficult to give us a couple of real world examples of your theories in action? To quote Reagan "Where's the beef" and "There you go again."

Show me one, just one country that has a free market health care system that abides by your theories.


George Rebane

PaulE 918pm - Have we not covered this countless times. I have never claimed that there exists such a system "that abides by (my) theories". We are repeating ourselves as in here -
http://rebaneruminations.typepad.com/rebanes_ruminations/2012/04/socialisms-trail-of-tears-long-time-coming.html?cid=6a00e54f86f2ad88330168e9bc5347970c#comment-6a00e54f86f2ad88330168e9bc5347970c

Paul Emery

So if this was a scientific experiment it would be just a theory. Let me ask you this then. What countries are coming close to heading in that direction?

Todd Juvinall

George, it would seem to me that attempting to bring more freedom to the people of the planet through capitalism and individual rights must be a foreign thought to those on the left. Socialism has been tried numerous times throughout the years and has failed each time. Capitalism has been an emerging way of life for only a short time. I think the left's confusion about capitalism and freedom is because they have not given it the chance that socialism has had.

billy T

Great insight Mr. Juvinall. All socialism must have central control over the individuals who make up the populace, which is the antithesis to our form of governance. Now I have a counter argument to my dear liberal friends who make up 19% of the population. Capitalism needs more time to work. Just give it time, try harder, and maybe we should try the right kind. Don't think that will change any minds, but maybe if I try harder.....lol.

George Rebane

The most amazing point of the progressive stream of rationale is that the historical successes of free enterprise and capitalism don't count, they cannot be used as evidence (past successful experiments) in the current debate. The same goes for the dismal failures of collectivism, these also must be left as bygones.

Therefore, under this aegis we find ourselves in a world that is still in the thrall of collectivist and other autocratic policies doing all it can to wean itself from the obvious disasters encountered and yet to come. The United States has been the only major country (we discount the Cubas, Greeces, and Venezuelas) that has been heading in the wrong direction toward ever more collectivism since putting the petal to the metal with the progressive Great Society programs.

To continue the discussion under these constraints has the same prospects for success as did the counsels for the defense during Stalin's show trials of 1930s. We must constantly return to the basis for this disconnect, which is more serious (as amply noted in RR) between collectivists and classical liberals than just the turn of a clever phrase.

From my readings and IMHO, the collectivist does not learn from history and seeks an ever more perfect society through the ever more intimate control of its citizens. The liberal is an astute student of history who sees the mega-benefits that free enterprise, personal initiative, and freedom have given and continues to give to humans in the few centuries since man began to trade and invent, and therefore wants that way of life to continue.

Can we do both concurrently? I don't think so.

THEMIKEYMCD

Would it help the health care debacle to have more choice (free market) or less (gov monopoly)?

Decrease regulations: Would it help the health care debacle to allow health insurance companies to offer 'al la cart' plans (for example, a 30 year old who is unable to have children could opt out of maternal care)? Would it help if similar insurance programs could be offered over state lines? Couldn't insurance companies be allowed to underwrite (read give discounts) based on the users health, those who take care of themselves pay less? Wouldn't it help to have a high co-pay for medicare patients to cut down on needless visits to the Dr./Hospital?

[The current medicare system encourages waste, misuse of dr./hospital visits? See tragedy of commons] Wouldn't it be moral (constitutional) to allow for a government sponsored OPT-IN high risk pool (state or fed level) for the 5% of the population that won't/can't insure themselves privately?

Is there any doubt that medicare is responsible for excessive health care costs?

Gregory

Paul E, there was a nearly free market in health care in the US until a half century ago. It's well over 50% socialized now, even before Obamacare is rolled out (or, more likely, struck down by the SCOTUS), and much of the growth of costs for private patients is that the staggering costs of trying to cure folks of their last illness, primarily under Medicare, are only partially reimbursed by the government payers. So they make it up from the insured (with the insurance companies being able to whittle it down somewhat) and the uninsured (who, not having an insurer with negotiated rates, can find their bill being 4 times as high for the same service).

The Mayo brothers thrived in a free market and created one of the great institutions of the 20th century and of our day, the Mayo Clinic.

If you want to make health care affordable, the elderly are going to have to be a bit more stoic when it is their time. Expect us Boomers to be pushed to be the first generation to accept palliative care as a first choice when an expensive illness is diagnosed after retirement; to paraphrase a false Willie Sutton quote, it's because "that's where the money is going".

Todd Juvinall

I am amazed at the left in their love of what governance has become in Europe. It wasn't that long ago that most European countries were run by kings then fascists and communists. WW2 booted the kings and the fascists but not the communists. They were not booted until 1989 to 1992. Yet it was good ol' Americans, those free market capitalists that were the linchpin throughout all that turmoil in Europe and the planet in general. Yet we have people in our dear country that would be hard pressed to explain how America made it through those times. The love of socialism seems to fog them over and make them ignorant.

billy T

Ironic this is tax day. The socialists and other misguided dear souls believe that taxes should be raised more and given to the government to "create" jobs and prosperity. Other, such as I, see the folly of their broken thinkers and believe that taxes should be lowered to unleash the power and enterprising spirit of the individual. Creating a huge government workforce has doomed the economic engine of many a country and stifled the spirit of the many. In a perverse way, the servant has become the master and a ruthless taskmaster at that.

George Rebane

billyT 659pm - Sadly, the progressive mind is impervious to both such historical record and its use in understanding current events.

Paul Emery

Gregory

I understand and appreciate much of what you say about health care. Rationing has to be part of any universal health care plan.

Ben Emery

Very interesting conversation. Here is a must read.

It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis 1935
http://www.goodreads.com/reader/4245-it-can-t-happen-here?percent=0.381394

“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross.”

This quote's description sounds very familiar.

George Rebane

So no one is led astray - fascism is yet another form of collectivism where private enterprise, personal security, and individual liberties are forsaken to the state.

Gregory

Paul, in every market, free or otherwise, goods are rationed.

In free markets, goods and services are freely exchanged. We have universal health care now, and we had it a century ago. It's just that the less wealth you control, the less choice you have. The less you can pay, the more you wait.

Should a meth addict who has never worked an honest day in their life get the same prepaid health care as the good people who work and live within their means? Just wondering...

Ben Emery


Just to add to the subject of American Fascism. It is an authoritarian anti-democratic nationalistic corporate state.

The Danger of American Fascism
By Henry A. Wallace
The New York Times
From Henry A. Wallace, Democracy Reborn (New York, 1944), edited by Russell Lord, p. 259.

Sunday 09 April 1944

On returning from my trip to the West in February, I received a request from The New York Times to write a piece answering the following questions:

What is a fascist?
How many fascists have we?
How dangerous are they?

A fascist is one whose lust for money or power is combined with such an intensity of intolerance toward those of other races, parties, classes, religions, cultures, regions or nations as to make him ruthless in his use of deceit or violence to attain his ends. The supreme god of a fascist, to which his ends are directed, may be money or power; may be a race or a class; may be a military, clique or an economic group; or may be a culture, religion, or a political party.

The perfect type of fascist throughout recent centuries has been the Prussian Junker, who developed such hatred for other races and such allegiance to a military clique as to make him willing at all times to engage in any degree of deceit and violence necessary to place his culture and race astride the world. In every big nation of the world are at least a few people who have the fascist temperament. Every Jew-baiter, every Catholic hater, is a fascist at heart. The hoodlums who have been desecrating churches, cathedrals and synagogues in some of our larger cities are ripe material for fascist leadership.

The obvious types of American fascists are dealt with on the air and in the press. These demagogues and stooges are fronts for others. Dangerous as these people may be, they are not so significant as thousands of other people who have never been mentioned. The really dangerous American fascists are not those who are hooked up directly or indirectly with the Axis. The FBI has its finger on those. The dangerous American fascist is the man who wants to do in the United States in an American way what Hitler did in Germany in a Prussian way. The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information. With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or more power.

If we define an American fascist as one who in case of conflict puts money and power ahead of human beings, then there are undoubtedly several million fascists in the United States. There are probably several hundred thousand if we narrow the definition to include only those who in their search for money and power are ruthless and deceitful. Most American fascists are enthusiastically supporting the war effort. They are doing this even in those cases where they hope to have profitable connections with German chemical firms after the war ends. They are patriotic in time of war because it is to their interest to be so, but in time of peace they follow power and the dollar wherever they may lead.

American fascism will not be really dangerous until there is a purposeful coalition among the cartelists, the deliberate poisoners of public information, and those who stand for the K.K.K. type of demagoguery.

The European brand of fascism will probably present its most serious postwar threat to us via Latin America. The effect of the war has been to raise the cost of living in most Latin American countries much faster than the wages of labor. The fascists in most Latin American countries tell the people that the reason their wages will not buy as much in the way of goods is because of Yankee imperialism. The fascists in Latin America learn to speak and act like natives. Our chemical and other manufacturing concerns are all too often ready to let the Germans have Latin American markets, provided the American companies can work out an arrangement which will enable them to charge high prices to the consumer inside the United States. Following this war, technology will have reached such a point that it will be possible for Germans, using South America as a base, to cause us much more difficulty in World War III than they did in World War II. The military and landowning cliques in many South American countries will find it attractive financially to work with German fascist concerns as well as expedient from the standpoint of temporary power politics.

Fascism is a worldwide disease. Its greatest threat to the United States will come after the war, either via Latin America or within the United States itself.

Still another danger is represented by those who, paying lip service to democracy and the common welfare, in their insatiable greed for money and the power which money gives, do not hesitate surreptitiously to evade the laws designed to safeguard the public from monopolistic extortion. American fascists of this stamp were clandestinely aligned with their German counterparts before the war, and are even now preparing to resume where they left off, after "the present unpleasantness" ceases:

The symptoms of fascist thinking are colored by environment and adapted to immediate circumstances. But always and everywhere they can be identified by their appeal to prejudice and by the desire to play upon the fears and vanities of different groups in order to gain power. It is no coincidence that the growth of modern tyrants has in every case been heralded by the growth of prejudice. It may be shocking to some people in this country to realize that, without meaning to do so, they hold views in common with Hitler when they preach discrimination against other religious, racial or economic groups. Likewise, many people whose patriotism is their proudest boast play Hitler's game by retailing distrust of our Allies and by giving currency to snide suspicions without foundation in fact.

The American fascists are most easily recognized by their deliberate perversion of truth and fact. Their newspapers and propaganda carefully cultivate every fissure of disunity, every crack in the common front against fascism. They use every opportunity to impugn democracy. They use isolationism as a slogan to conceal their own selfish imperialism. They cultivate hate and distrust of both Britain and Russia. They claim to be super-patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. They demand free enterprise, but are the spokesmen for monopoly and vested interest. Their final objective toward which all their deceit is directed is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjection.

Several leaders of industry in this country who have gained a new vision of the meaning of opportunity through co-operation with government have warned the public openly that there are some selfish groups in industry who are willing to jeopardize the structure of American liberty to gain some temporary advantage. We all know the part that the cartels played in bringing Hitler to power, and the rule the giant German trusts have played in Nazi conquests. Monopolists who fear competition and who distrust democracy because it stands for equal opportunity would like to secure their position against small and energetic enterprise. In an effort to eliminate the possibility of any rival growing up, some monopolists would sacrifice democracy itself.

It has been claimed at times that our modern age of technology facilitates dictatorship. What we must understand is that the industries, processes, and inventions created by modern science can be used either to subjugate or liberate. The choice is up to us. The myth of fascist efficiency has deluded many people. It was Mussolini's vaunted claim that he "made the trains run on time." In the end, however, he brought to the Italian people impoverishment and defeat. It was Hitler's claim that he eliminated all unemployment in Germany. Neither is there unemployment in a prison camp.

Democracy to crush fascism internally must demonstrate its capacity to "make the trains run on time." It must develop the ability to keep people fully employed and at the same time balance the budget. It must put human beings first and dollars second. It must appeal to reason and decency and not to violence and deceit. We must not tolerate oppressive government or industrial oligarchy in the form of monopolies and cartels. As long as scientific research and inventive ingenuity outran our ability to devise social mechanisms to raise the living standards of the people, we may expect the liberal potential of the United States to increase. If this liberal potential is properly channeled, we may expect the area of freedom of the United States to increase. The problem is to spend up our rate of social invention in the service of the welfare of all the people.

The worldwide, agelong struggle between fascism and democracy will not stop when the fighting ends in Germany and Japan. Democracy can win the peace only if it does two things:

Speeds up the rate of political and economic inventions so that both production and, especially, distribution can match in their power and practical effect on the daily life of the common man the immense and growing volume of scientific research, mechanical invention and management technique. Vivifies with the greatest intensity the spiritual processes which are both the foundation and the very essence of democracy.

The moral and spiritual aspects of both personal and international relationships have a practical bearing which so-called practical men deny. This dullness of vision regarding the importance of the general welfare to the individual is the measure of the failure of our schools and churches to teach the spiritual significance of genuine democracy. Until democracy in effective enthusiastic action fills the vacuum created by the power of modern inventions, we may expect the fascists to increase in power after the war both in the United States and in the world.

Fascism in the postwar inevitably will push steadily for Anglo-Saxon imperialism and eventually for war with Russia. Already American fascists are talking and writing about this conflict and using it as an excuse for their internal hatreds and intolerances toward certain races, creeds and classes.

It should also be evident that exhibitions of the native brand of fascism are not confined to any single section, class or religion. Happily, it can be said that as yet fascism has not captured a predominant place in the outlook of any American section, class or religion. It may be encountered in Wall Street, Main Street or Tobacco Road. Some even suspect that they can detect incipient traces of it along the Potomac. It is an infectious disease, and we must all be on our guard against intolerance, bigotry and the pretension of invidious distinction. But if we put our trust in the common sense of common men and "with malice toward none and charity for all" go forward on the great adventure of making political, economic and social democracy a practical reality, we shall not fail.

George Rebane

BenE 809am - thank you for that extensive and revealing post from Henry A. Wallace. Wallace was a documented hard left progressive and political naif/idiot whose public career finally made him an anathema to the American left. (Among his many demotions, FDR dumped him as VP to have a chance at re-election in1944.)

He was a loud mouthpiece for Stalin, having learned nothing of the Bolshevik revolution and the intervening 20 years of USSR history. As late as 1944 he was still being bullshit by the NKVD which guided him through a tour of the Soviet Gulag, convincing him that the workers were "volunteers" who lived in villages that governed themselves through American style "townhall meetings".

The man was endorsed by the Communist Party here and in the USSR, and continually represented fascism as being a fundamentally different type of governance from socialism and communism. He never saw the coming half century of global struggle between the communist collective and the free world, but did his best to hide the socialist face of nazism which he erroneously characterized as the biggest post-war threat to the world. Nowhere did he acknowledge the street thuggery and murder that went on in European countries between the competing national (fascist) and international (communist) brands of socialism.

Today the Democratic Party has swung so far to the left that American progressives are now exhuming Wallace's thought and ideas as the legitimate provenance of their own contemporary ideas of 'social democracy and justice'.

Todd Juvinall

Liberals think the number of words is the best way to be seen as "smart" I guess. BenE's 1887 words were then deconstructed by a couple of hundred words by George. It is brevity on the blogs that keep people coming back, that is why liberal blogs fail and liberal talk radio and TV are a flop.

I wonder if Wallace is enshrined in the "People's plaque in Moscow?

THEMIKEYMCD

Ben, nice cut-n-paste job. I find it most interesting that Wallace's fascist description aptly describes Obama (class warfare/bigot/eat the rich, 5 Trillion in debt FORCED down our throats, obamacare FORCED down our throats, etc).

Wallace: "may be money or power; may be a race or a class"

Collectivist ends require FORCE [aggression, terror, fear, slavery, sacrifice].
Free markets (without corporate/labor union collusion) require liberty [peace, competition, honor, trust]

Limit the power of government and you will limit the power of those who collude with said government.

Gregory

Ben, you called George Rebane a liar at the out of control brand P blog, and now you post this ancient diatribe of Henry Wallace, including the line "American fascists are most easily recognized by their deliberate perversion of truth and fact".

Do you think Rebane is an "American fascist"?

Ben Emery

Yes, I think most regular right wingers who comment on Ruminations are fascists and corporatists.

Todd Juvinall

Care to list them?

Ben Emery

I have made it a public statement in a number of places that America has shifted to a Mussolini style fascism with a modern day twist.

I believe both of these were published in the Union before I decided to run for public office, since then my submissions have not seen ink very often.

The Tea Party Have It Correct But Wrong
http://www.benemery.org/1/post/2010/04/the-tea-party-have-it-correct-but-wrong.html

Mussolini's Chamber of Fasci and Corporations (Camera dei Fasci e delle Corporazioni) coming to America
http://www.benemery.org/1/post/2010/03/mussolinis-chamber-of-fasci-and-corporations-camera-dei-fasci-e-delle-corporazioni-coming-to-america.html

Todd Juvinall

BenE, you said most of the right wingers posting on this blog are fascists. I simply asked you to name them.

THEMIKEYMCD

Ben Emery obviously has zero understanding of the political spectrum (for example, fascism is on the left) or economics.

The 'right winger' understands that fascism's antidote is personal liberty, free markets, private property and VOLUNTARY CHOICE. The 'right winger' desires a system of competition and a government unable to be sold to the highest bidder (corps, labor unions). The 'right winger' understands that by limiting the power of government you also limit the power of the corporations/labor unions/special interests/leaches.

It is the uneducated/ignorant/stupid collectivist that pushes for the enslaving of the masses to the elitist/central planners by FORCE. It is the collectivists who believes that corporate CEO's are evil (greedy/power hungry) while believing that politicians are wise, all knowing and virtuous.

This might help as a tutorial on our government system: http://www.wimp.com/thegovernment/

George Rebane

MikeyMcD 254pm - This is a powerful and clear video of our choices of government (I think it's also posted somewhere on RR), however, my experience has been that its message is totally incomprehensible to the progressive mind. Perhaps I am wrong.

Brad Croul

I just got this email from my dad. This stuff definitely adds up to a lot of expense. There are "agencies" that I think are worthwhile but probably many that could be cut or eliminated, and whose beneficiaries could be directed to another agency. At least that would cut down on the management overhead needed.

These are all California State Agencies:

California Academic Performance Index (API) * California Access for Infants and Mothers * California Acupuncture Board * California Administrative Office of the Courts * California Adoptions Branch * California African American Museum * California Agricultural Export Program * California Agricultural Labor Relations Board * California Agricultural Statistics Service * California Air Resources Board (CARB) * California Allocation Board * California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority * California Animal Health and Food Safety Services * California Anti-Terrorism Information Center * California Apprenticeship Council * California Arbitration Certification Program * California Architects Board * California Area VI Developmental Disabilities Board * California Arts Council * California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus * California Assembly Democratic Caucus * California Assembly Republican Caucus * California Athletic Commission * California Attorney General * California Bay Conservation and Development Commission * California Bay-Delta Authority * California Bay-Delta Office * California Bio Diversity Council * California Board for Geologists and Geophysicists * California Board for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors * California Board of Accountancy * California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology * California Board of Behavioral Sciences * California Board of Chiropractic Examiners * California Board of Equalization (BOE) * California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection * California Board of Guide Dogs for the Blind * California Board of Occupational Therapy * California Board of Optometry * California Board of Pharmacy * California Board of Podiatric Medicine * California Board of Prison Terms * California Board of Psychology * California Board of Registered Nursing * California Board of Trustees * California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians * California Braille and Talking Book Library * 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Earl Crabb

Nice video, Mikey, and Brad's list (which I believe has been published on RR before) is the prime example of government excess. However, there was one catagory missing from the video, that being theocracy. There are many among the evangelical community who would impose their idea of morality on the rest of us. And more than a few Republicans who would use government as a hammer to keep us in a state of perpetual war and fear of enemies, some real and others created to keep "order". I don't trust either party to protect freedom as far as I can throw them.

George Rebane

EarlC 433pm - Theocracy is type of oligarchy which the video covered thoroughly. That oligarchies imposes their own types of 'morality' is a separate (independent) matter. There was a no more de juris moral governance in the world than that of the USSR (communists have always been the most moral of all people, and their entire legal system contains strictures on behavior that would come naturally to the moral communist man). Their de facto morality was something different.

Your understanding of the modern evangelical community is somewhat dated (by about a century or so). The evangelicals today are evaporating themselves to extinction through almost humorous attempts to be more politically correct than thou.

I'm not aware of the mode of conduct you ascribe to the "Republicans who would use government as a hammer to keep us in a state of perpetual war and fear of enemies, some real and others created to keep "order"." That has been the demonstrated modus operandi of collectivist (socialist/communist) governments because they need that to rationalize why their populations are in perpetual misery.

But I am aware that American socialists very much point their fingers at Republicans as being the nation's fascists (see the Wallace piece above). Who knows, maybe a few are, but almost every modern war the US entered was done under and at the behest of a Democratic administration.

Earl Crabb

Where were you when the Bush/Cheney neo-cons decided to invade Iraq? I know where I was, at the Rood Center watching a mob of angry Republicans screaming at the "cowards" who love Saddam Hussein.(Who were actually just asking to think the thing through.)And even though it was a Democrat (Gary Hart, I believe) who envisioned the Patriot Act, it was Bush and co. that pushed it into law. If you really believe your chosen party is so innocent, then you are as deluded as the socialists you revile.

Russ Steele

Earl05:29

Help me out what did the Patriot Act have to do with religion.

George Rebane

EarlC 529pm - more careful reading please. Never claimed "innocence" for the Republicans, and was careful to use almost as in "... almost every modern war the US entered was done under and at the behest of a Democratic administration." (And here we're talking about real wars where thousands of men died in a week and sometimes in a day, not over a ten year period.) Only protested your "more than a few Republicans" broad brush in painting that party as the nation's war mongers. Historical evidence doesn't support that.

Scott Obermuller

As much as I like the Crabby, he does have a problem with the specter of evangelicals coming in the night to send him off to a theological re-training center. That and his oft stated fear of righteous minded sin-sniffers from the Tea Party. I have asked on different occasions for particulars, but these seem to be ethereal hob goblins that haunt him and he can only imagine them in his dreams and on this blog. I'm trying to figure what sort of bad govt we would have if only we would stick to the Constitution, but it seems that this path is seen as the gateway to all sorts of evil by the left. As it is the left is imposing it's own morality on us daily and we are paying (literally) for it dearly.

Earl Crabb

I guess I'll have to spend a few days digging up links to satisfy your curiosity, Scott. The reason I don't is because it's all over the news. Just look at states where Republican legislatures have gerrymandered themselves into safe majorities. Oliver sudden you have all kinds of new laws questioning evolution, women's rights, homosexuality. To my idiotic way of thinking, this is not freedom, but just oppression aimed at a different target.

Gregory

Iraq was invaded by Bush I, who then turned over the Baathist supervision to the UN.

Then the infamous Oil for Food (or was it oil for palaces?) debacle made it clear that Iraq had bought off key Security Council votes with billion$ of oil vouchers. Bigger than Enron. They were also paying big bucks to Palestinians willing to blow themselves up as long as they turned lots of Israeli schoolkids into red goo in the process. Did you recall the perpetrator of the Achille Lauro hijacking was later captured and released by Italy... because he was traveling on an Iraqi diplomatic passport?

The first mistake was Bush I getting us involved in Iraq. The second mistake was not finishing the job and then getting out circa 1990.

There was lots of idiocy from both sides when Bush/Cheney went in to finish the job. One lefty friend of mine was convinced Bush only wanted to depose Saddam because he was bringing universal healthcare and women's rights into Iraq. What a great leader.

Ben Emery

George,
You are right that it has been traditionally the democratic party that has entangled the US in military actions in the 20th century. Wilson, FDR, Truman, Johnson, and then the shift happened. The shift was the republican party with Nixon abandoned their non intervention platform and policies. Since 1981 the illegal actions belong to all administrations Reagan, HW Bush, Clinton, W Bush, and now Obama have all used our military in acts of war with out the legal(US) declaration from congress.


Gregory

Ben forgets Kennedy & Viet Nam.

Ben Emery

Greg,
If we are being honest I believe it was Truman administration that started MAAG and Eisenhower continued it as the French were ending their occupation (1955). The first American casualties in Vietnam were in 1959. JFK continued the policy and was building up our presence in Vietnam but it wasn't until the lie of Gulf of Tonkin that set up the stage for the fledged illegal immoral military action. What right does a sovereign nation have to occupy and colonize another sovereign nation?

Don't you find all of this a bit disturbing that the western world has been on the wrong side of tyranny for centuries?

George Rebane

BenE 910am - Eisenhower's continuation of MAAG??! "... first American casualties in Vietnam were in 1959."??! These are the devastating repartees of the 'all warmongers are Republicans because they need war to control the people' faction? So noted.

A Facebook User

George,
As you know Obama signed the biggest defense budget in US history. As we get further and further down the road of blind nationalism/ exceptionalism to justify the expansion of the American military empire through unnecessary interventions it becomes a form of control over the people. The problem is partisanship overrides objectivity and we have a tendency to contort our principles to defend policies. The problem arises from neither party leadership wants to nip their bread n butter military industrial complex contracts for their districts so we are in a perpetual growth cycle. A politician that proposes or votes for bills that will kill jobs will be a one term representative. We have spent $1.3 trillion on two occupations of sovereign nations since 2001 without a tax to pay for it and that cost is projected to be well over $3 trillion before all is said and done. Our resources are taken from domestic use and used elsewhere. We are now being told that domestic infrastructure and social safety net spending needs to be cut due to the lack of money. It is the same recipe that most empires succumb too. It has been a strategy of control used for centuries. Very rarely do we see the upper class serve in the ranks of the infantry/in the line of fire or see their subsides/ tax loopholes end to pay for war.

MAAG stands for Military Assistance and Advisory Group. I couldn't remember the name of the paper that first brought this to my attention but I pulled up this link and skimmed over it. It seems to reinforce what I remember from my original source. Actually my dad might be a military product of this program. He was in special forces during Korea.
https://facultystaff.richmond.edu/~ebolt/history398/MAAG2.html

First American casualties in Vietnam 1959

http://army.togetherweserved.com/army/servlet/tws.webapp.WebApp?cmd=ShadowBoxProfile&type=AssignmentExt&ID=469169

"Bright blue skies above the National Mall today belied the solemnity of the ceremony commemorating the first two American combat casualties of the Vietnam War.
"On this date 50 years ago, two men lost their lives in a country that most of us here in the United States had never heard of at the time," said Jan C. Scruggs, founder of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. "The deaths of U.S. Army military advisors Major Dale Buis and Master Sergeant Chester Ovnand marked the beginning of a lengthy war, which became a very divisive event for our society."

Gregory

Kennedy and LBJ, with McNamara being the common agent, were the architects of the Viet Nam debacle. Democrats all. The Gulf of Tonkin fraud was Democratic as well.

The two Americans killed in Viet Nam in '59 were not combat troops.

George Rebane

FacebookUser 1139am - Thank you for the explanations about what surprised me in my 910am. I know full well what MAAG and the incidence of first casualties in Vietnam were; it's their use by BenE that was more than remarkable.

BTW, on RR you are viewed as a sackhead (q.v.) for not revealing your true identity. This blog is not a forum for sackheads.

Gregory

"What right does a sovereign nation have to occupy and colonize another sovereign nation?"

One, while France was a colonial power in the region, we were not. We were there by treaty, SEATO, of which South Viet Nam was a signatory. North Viet Nam, a client state of the USSR, really was attacking and undermining the South.

SEATO was a cold war nuclear umbrella that bound the US to treat attacks on members as an attack on the US, only nuking Hanoi was not an option. So we had McNamara's war to prove to the USSR they couldn't get away with it, while we wouldn't use so much force as to provoke overt acts by the Soviets.

A few carriers anchored outside of Hanoi could have pounded the North into submission with impunity, as long as the Soviets stayed away. But it was thought the Soviets would respond in kind and then we'd have that hot war instead. So many my generation were just thrown into the meat grinder.

Sorry, Ben. That was Kennedy and LBJ. Nixon was just continuing their policy, and eventually wound it down.

"Burma, Thailand, India, Japan, the Philippines and obviously Laos and Cambodia are among those whose security would be threatened if the Red Tide of Communism overflowed into Vietnam." SENATOR John F. Kennedy, 1956

Gregory

George, if you follow the links in the upper right corner of "A Facebook User"'s linked profile,
http://profile.typepad.com/d101160081210447627

it's clear A Facebook User is Ben Emery.

George Rebane

Gregory 1206pm - If so, why do you think BenE is playing such games?

Gregory

It was so poorly hidden I assumed he wasn't expecting anonymity.

THEMIKEYMCD

Would be interesting to see "a facebook user" thoughts on Ron Paul; especially RP's economic beliefs. [Ron Paul appears to agree with "a facebook user" on militarism 'issues.']

I would expect "a facebook user" to believe that (one of) the only virtuous purposes of the military is to support the treasury department... the taxation of the rich :).

Douglas Keachie

Of course the military industrial complex had nothing to do with the Vietnam War, After all, they never made a dime off of it...hehe..hawwhaw.hohoho..chi minh...my God how the money rolls in!

Douglas Keachie

How many agencies?

Now open the phone book, and see, just locally, how many people they are serving. I'm guessing two to three hundred agencies for 30,000,000 to 40,000,000 people. What is needed is a simple guide as to which agencies serve what needs, for how many people, and which people, at what dollar amounts. Ought to be on the opening page of www.ca.gov as the first link. The second link can be who is paying for it, broken down by zip code and , if you like, claimed ethnicity.

A Facebook User

Hey Guys,
Facebook user is Ben Emery and I signed in through facebook. Out of my control I seem to be logged in and out at RR. When trying to go through typepad it would not allow me to post a comment so I logged in through facebook. Why would you think I am trying to hide who I am? It was obvious to me that I was answering George's questions. I assumed logging in through facebook would use my name. You can put your Nancy Drew sleuthing skills back in their bag for the time being.

Greg,
You're right the Republican Party has never done anything wrong, it was foolish of me to think you could have an honest conversation about an issue. I guess Jan C. Scruggs, founder of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund has it wrong. Next you will tell me McKinley wasn't a republican either and also the Spanish attacked the USS Maine.

A Facebook User

Mickey,
I do agree with Ron Paul on the Federal Reserve, Patriot/ FISA Acts, NDAA, Real ID, cannabis, and much of his policies regarding the use of our military. Our military has been used to secure resources for private industry for over a century. This is not why men and women join the military. As a true believer of free markets I would expect you to consider military intervention/ force/ intimidation a form of distortion of the market? Also the further away from the United States our military is used to secure our so-called "interests" the more expensive it becomes to maintain. This leads to more and more money/ investment leaving the country, which leads to less and less for domestic uses. As I said earlier this has led to the fall of many empires and we are the downward spiral becoming irrelevant due to our unwillingness to change as a nation. I contribute this to the corporatist/ fascist faction controlling our government over the last 30 years. Preserving the status quo is also a very conservative quality. I find it interesting how you cannot find correlation between the Reagan Revolution and our exploding debt, crippled manufacturing, crumbling infrastructure, out of control cost increases for health insurance and higher education, increased inequality, and just plain decline as a nation. But that is what partisan goggles does to a person I guess.

Last point on American "interests". Our misguided unjust short term gains led directly to our worst international diplomatic problems. Here are a few people that were in our best interests for a short period of time.

Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi
Saddam Hussein
Osama bin Laden
Manuel Noriega

Ben Emery

George Rebane

BenE 915am - "... preserving the status quo is also a very conservative quality." That, of course, is a matter of great debate. We recall that it was the classical liberals who sought to overthrow the established autocracies and change the centuries old status quo. It is the collectivists of all stripes who want the state to grow again into the autocracies of yore, and have shown in the last century of what kind of human misery they are capable of inflicting.

Gregory

"You're right the Republican Party has never done anything wrong"

How you tortured that out of anything I've ever written, I've not a clue, and if it were true, I'd have been a Republican at some point of my life.

Ben, get a grip.

Gregory


"Yes, I think most regular right wingers who comment on Ruminations are fascists and corporatists."

Ben Emery, your ignorance is astounding. You've obviously never met a fascist, nor learned enough to understand what one is.

Your vision of Republicans being the root of all evil in the US is due to your rose colored glasses blinding you to the role that JFK (who you conveniently left out of your list) and LBJ (not to mention FDR) in 20th century wars, and even with the Obama administration we have the incredible belief that they don't even need Congress' approval to bomb another country as long as the UN approves, but, if I recall correctly, the Republicans in the House and Senate didn't approve.

WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam. Democrats were Presidents and led us into them. Not entirely without good reason, but a different end to WWI and an avoidance of the Treaty of Versailles may well have avoided Hitler and WWII, Korea and Indochina.

Then there was Clinton bombing civilians in Serbia. About the only 20th century Democratic President who wasn't a warmonger was Carter, who was also perhaps the least effective chief executive of the past 100 years. Maybe longer.

You claim to want an honest discussion, but I don't think you have the knowledge or temperment to recognize one when you see it.

George Rebane

Agree with Gregory's 417pm; and I would add for the 'independent' reader that looking at the continuing confusion (ignorance?) of the progressives about the fascist ideology and form of governance is beyond astounding. Confusing fascism with classical liberalism is the folly of historical ignoramuses, or perfidious people who hope their audience is so encumbered. No fascist has ever been the student of Bastiat, von Mises, von Hayek, or Friedman.

billy T

Well, world wide socialism with the greenies in charge might be fascism or it could be just a power grab disguised as plain ole socialism. The liberal ignoramuses never sleep until we are all socialists. Its a matter of fairness. www.foxnews.com/world/2012/04/20/tab-for-uns-rio-summit-trillions-per-year-in-taxes-transfers-and-price-hikes/?test=latestnews

Michael Anderson

George Rebane, 6:33 pm, 4/20/12: "No fascist has ever been the student of Bastiat, von Mises, von Hayek, or Friedman."

Of course, this is completely unprovable since you have not interviewed every fascist since Bastiat, von Mises, von Hayek, and Friedman came into prominence. But I digress.

Is not one prominent aspect of fascism the merging of corporate and state interests, such that individual liberty is suppressed? And cannot the argument be made, at least in a very general fashion, that some of the idiosyncrasies of our ancient Republic have allowed state and corporate bodies to meld in an unholy and undemocratic manner?

Gregory

MA, I think George was thinking in a sense that is more "disciple" than "student", just attending classes or reading the books.

I sure would prefer the Democrats to return to their more libertarian roots; the two major parties are both Federalist at heart and we need at least one effective Anti-Federalist party as a balance.

We need the Whigs back :) Maybe the Libertarian Party can go through a rebranding...

State and Corporate bodies melding? Like McNamara going from CEO of FoMoCo to Sec'y of Defense under Kennedy and LBJ? Or former Gov. Corzine continuing to bundle money for Obama despite having presided over the destruction of billion$ at his MF Global kleptocracy?

Michael Anderson

Gregory wrote: "...the two major parties are both Federalist at heart and we need at least one effective Anti-Federalist party as a balance."

I agree completely.

And you will not be able to drag me onto the front lines of defending the Democratic Party against their war-mongering ways, because I also agree completely with your timeline and attributions regarding modern-day Democrats being a lot more responsible for 20th century wars than Republicans. Of course, now we are into the 21st century and GWB has set the new "war standard," but I have no doubt that the Democratic Party will be working hard to catch up, if they can
manage to maintain any branches of the federal government whatsoever during this continuing agonizing economic crisis.

And yes, let's form a new Whig Party, but this time w/o the divisiveness. Let bygones be bygones.

A Facebook User

Greg,
You seem a bit defensive of your unwillingness to look at history honesty. And it was easy to my conclusion about you.

I listed every major military action during 20th century by democratic administrations but that wasn't good enough for you. Then I educated you on Eisenhower and first casualties of Vietnam but I was wrong as is the founder of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund according to you because it implicated Eisenhower. I wrote about the lie Gulf of Tonkin and you ignored it.

Reagan ignored congress and ran an illegal arms trade with sworn enemy to fund an illegal war along with setting up the drug trade with central/ south America. You probably have no problem with it. Bush I turned on his friend Saddam and then Clinton continued punishing the people of Iraq. This same group of war mongers of the Reagan years filled the Bush II administration and were the key advisers in our illegal occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.

For the record Germany, Italy, and Japan declared war on the United States

Gregory

"Reagan ignored congress and ran an illegal arms trade with sworn enemy to fund an illegal war along with setting up the drug trade with central/ south America."

Reagan ran it? And here me and the rest of the country thought it was that Ollie North guy! The Congress gave North immunity so he could testify without invoking the 5th, and North disappointed mightily. The funniest thing about that hearing was that North, despite being a criminal having been given a free pass, came off as being so much more honorable than his Congressional inquisitors.

You are a keeper of odd knowledge, aren't you?

Sorry to burst your balloon, but I never voted for Reagan.

Gregory

"You seem a bit defensive of your unwillingness to look at history honesty[sic]. And it was easy [sic] to my conclusion about you."

Ben... I now understand what honesty means to you... coming to the same conclusion as you have. Anyone who is honest would believe as Ben Emery does.

Amazing.

Gregory

MA, maybe folks like Ben can help pull the regressive "progresssives" into the Greens, and the Democratic Party can eventually return to their 19th century Jeffersonian anti-Federalist roots.

Maybe not.

A Facebook User

Greg,
No, honesty means seeing the world with the goggles off. So Reagan had nothing to do with Iran Contra in your opinion? Amazing

You don't believe that the Vietnam occupation was started in the 50's but only with Kennedy and Johnson? Eisenhower having "Military Advisers" who were killed doesn't count? You also believe that Nixon did nothing but try to end it. That is being partisan dishonest. Nixon/ Kissinger threw a monkey wrench in the Paris peace talks and Nixon went into Cambodia among many other horrific things.

WAKE UP and smell the Military Industrial Complex, it owns both major political parties.

Gregory

"So Reagan had nothing to do with Iran Contra in your opinion? Amazing."

You claimed Reagan "ran an illegal arms trade with sworn enemy to fund an illegal war along with setting up the drug trade with central/ south America." That was not the case.

I realize this has reached mythic truthful status in some quarters, but the Democratic House and Senate that Reagan was saddled with did their best to get evidence for this and came up very short; in the end, all they had was Col. Oliver North, who was a loose cannon the Congress gave immunity to, and he apparently told the truth so the immunity held with criminal convictions overturned thanks to the Congressional testimony. Where did Ben Emery get his facts? The same orifice as is usual?

Gregory

"You don't believe that the Vietnam occupation was started in the 50's but only with Kennedy and Johnson? Eisenhower having "Military Advisers" who were killed doesn't count? You also believe that Nixon did nothing but try to end it. That is being partisan dishonest. Nixon/ Kissinger threw a monkey wrench in the Paris peace talks and Nixon went into Cambodia among many other horrific things."

Ben, your reading comprehension and understanding is so low and your hate so high it really makes it hard to engage you. Like Keachie, you can erect straw men with bizarre leaps of illogic faster than anyone can tear them down.

Partisan? I voted for McGovern.

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