This will be America’s 240th birthday celebration observed by divers cohorts of “real live nephews of our Uncle Sam” not all of whom wish him a long life. Our divisions today are at least as great as those which gave rise to the South’s War for Independence – aka the Civil War. Americans grouped under the Left banner no longer share anything of significance in common with those who assemble themselves as various forms of the Right. By this I am referring to a comprehensive intellectual, spiritual, and ideological break. No common history, worldview, socio-political ideals, sense of Man, interpretation of foundational principles, application of logic and modes of critical thought are shared. And recently even the scientific method has donned a distinct and politically correct mantle.
The AGW hysteria has become very hard to maintain in circles that still participate in scientific debate and within the public forum that follows such debate. The hysteria is unaffected by such debate within the community of grant-funded scientists and their political sponsors (wherein the 'debate is over'), and of course their double dummy lemmings (aka constituents) who swallow it all lock, stock, and barrel.
In yesterday’s (28jun16) WSJ, editorial board member Holman Jenkins Jr writes an incisive summary of the current state of the AGW fraud – ‘Climate Denial Finally Pays Off’ - and how AGW's entanglement of lies, innuendos, and just plain errors are causing it to finally begin unraveling among the community of nations. Substituting dodgy computer modeling for non-existent science to argue catastrophic man-made global warming, prompts even the UN’s IPCC to ask, “Are climate models getting any better, and how would we know?” (report here)
Meanwhile, it continues evident, as in these pages, many other online outlets, and the lamestream, that AGW’s true believers are beyond all reason, much as their forebears were during the Renaissance when settled (i.e. consensus) science taught that the world was flat and at the center of the universe. Then men risked their livelihoods and lives to disabuse Man of such nonsense. Today the situation is little changed save for the newly fashioned sacred cow.
Were true believers to possess adequate intellectual capacity, they themselves would ask why politically steered climate science is the only such endeavor in which additional study fails to reduce retrodiction (estimating the past) and prediction errors, but actually finds them increasing under more open inquiry. Such 'progress' doesn’t happened in real scientific endeavors – honest theories start with larger error bounds that then get reduced as the theories are refined and experiments conducted within open scientific scrutiny and debate.
Switching gears to a SCOTUS that promises to get scarier by the case, I ran into the prevailing opinion in their 4apr16 Voting Rights 8-0 ruling. There the court “in Evenwel v. Abbott lets states continue to apportion legislative seats according to total population rather than limiting representation to citizens or voters.” Writing for the court, Justice Ginsburg opined, “Representatives serve all residents, not just those eligible or registered to vote.” (more here)
This is most strange since members of Congress, elected by our franchised citizenry, are emplaced to “serve” that citizenry and its broader interests. Our federal government 'serves' non-citizen residents, especially our illegal aliens, through its various bureaus including ICE and Border Patrol which operate under laws made by Congress. Bringing in the notion of their also ‘representing’ the countervailing interests of resident non-citizens is a perversion of the Constitution. What I found most remarkable was that the four so-called conservative justices went along with this argument that allows our ‘living Constitution’ Left to gerrymander their liberal population centers into additional districts for Democrats. Or as Micklethwaite (q.v.) points out, these gerrymandered districts are America’s answer to Great Britain’s rotten boroughs of the 18th and 19th centuries, and function similarly to keep their rotten incumbents in office.
[1jul16 update] “The disunited state of America” is described by author Todd Buchholz in his just published The Price of Prosperity where the case is made that “nations are just as likely to unravel after periods of prosperity as after periods of depression” for all the reasons RR readers have debated in these pages over the years. Buchholz reports on the “entropic forces” that are tearing America apart – falling birthrates, globalized trade, rising debt, an eroding work ethic, and "the challenge of patriotism in a multicultural country." WSJ’s former editor George Melloan writes a succinct summary (here) of Bucholz’s essay that prescribes the re-establishment of patriotism and a common culture in our schools and immigrants as the antidote for halting progress toward what we also know as the Great Divide.
The message will have a hard row to hoe with our globalist progressives and their millions of low-information minions. These people remain blind to the blatantly obvious stirrings of a divided America. And when they do encounter fellow countrymen who sense, suffer, and report on the country’s divisions and Leviathan’s growing overreach, they respond with a politically hyper-correct defense right out of the manuals of the brown shirts and Red Guards of yore – you are a disloyal person ignorant of the blessings which government bestows on the people, you are an enemy of democracy and your voice should be silenced. And today much work is being done both publicly and behind the scenes to enable and enhance such silencing which these elite cadres look forward to implementing within our corrupt judicial system using the full powers of the nation’s constabulary.
The country has become so disjoint that the socialists in charge are even alienating their more devout leftwing compatriots who now view them as the globalist enemies of the American worker. It is already hard to count the number of splintered minorities that today make up the visibly disunited state of America.
The ripples from Brexit will travel far and wide, and in their turn give rise to more of what happened in the UK. Brexit and its aftermath will once again confirm what we have here argued for years – people want to live where their culture is dominant and celebrate the self-determination to make it so. That widespread sentiment, summarized as ‘local control’ or ‘local governance’, applies to jurisdictions that span continents to counties (e.g. the SoJ movement). It is also a fundamental element of populism.
Now we see serious discussions of the Great Divides, yes plural, starting to form. Scotland will no doubt take another swing at separating from Great Britain, and so will Northern Ireland whose citizens will now want to ‘stick to their own kind’ and join their kin on the remainder of their island. We already saw the Great Divides in the Balkans and what was Czechoslovakia. Catalonia and the Basques may also find additional motives to separate from Madrid, and the Italian boot may abbreviate into a more fashionable calf high model.
In the US the Democrats are scared silly that their progressive globalist message will finally be outed as nothing but the road to tyranny. There is no denying that all countries are better off trading, but couching new trade agreements so that they only trade goods and services and not sovereignty will be a definite pushback for those one-worlders who recognize neither Islam nor the US Constitution. A clutch of them were seen attempting to subvert House rules in order to continue their diversion from terrorism to gun control.
What is most amusing in all this is progressives attempting to discount Brexit as an aberration of the older voters (who still understand British culture), voters not long for this world after which the younger millennials will set things right and again bow to Brussels. These innumerates never learn that the older demographic is constantly more than replenishing itself with new voters whose years have also come with the wisdom of a lifetime. And that is a never ending process, the older generation is never going away, it will always be there with values few of the young have yet acquired.
[This is the transcript of my regular KVMR commentary broadcast on 4 May 2016. See also notice of another upcoming KVMR community affairs broadcast.]
Last night in Indiana Trump got more than 53% of the Republican vote, again handily beating Cruz and Kasich both of whom have ended their campaigns. But on the Democrat side Queen Hillary got broadsided by Comrade Bernie by what in elections is called a landslide – 53% to 47%. Going forward to the Democrat machine controlled convention, socialist Sanders’ victory will continue as the least prickly burr under Clinton’s blanket. With Trump’s win it is almost certain that The Donald will be running against Hillary this November. I’ll cover the ‘almost certain’ part later.
The nomination of Trump in Cleveland will be historic in that the Republicans will then place their first rogue candidate on the ballot. A nominee seen as a flamboyant businessman with a very large ego whose campaign was from the beginning considered a comedic fluke. Yet less than a year later Trump has ended the presidential ambitions of 17 capable competitors, of whom all but two are experienced elected politicians. And he did it by breaking every rule about how one should run a national campaign. Now if the past is any indication, he will continue his run in a manner not yet seen in American politics. We all can expect a riveting road to November.
Today the Sanders/Trump supporters demonstrate that a good fraction of Americans believe their federal government is broken and cannot be repaired with the usual changing of the guard. Each candidate prescribes a very different regimen to make things right, and in that their strident populist messages confirm that America is severely, if not terminally, divided into two irreconcilable socio-political cohorts.
But to win, Trump will have to overcome an entrenched demographic that has given the Democrats an electoral college handicap for almost two generations. Since Democrats outnumber Republicans in our large welfare-laden and mismanaged cities, Trump will have to win over the lion’s share of the so-called independents. And his only tool for doing that is the one he shares with Bernie – the promise that some form of trade isolationism will bring back or create new jobs. But neither candidate has revealed how they would invoke such a magical spell on the land. Therefore, so long as Hillary can stay on the ticket, her pivot toward the center and promise of running the country as Obama 3.0 should then put her in the White House.
All this analysis is remarkable in that, according to the polls, Democrats know that Hillary has always been a scheming liar and incompetent at every real project she has undertaken. But her ineptness, corruptions, and scandals are a matter of record, already accepted, and now forgotten. The remaining Damocles sword that still hangs over her head is the Comey Vote. And you can bet the ranch that Trump will do everything he can to goad the FBI director to cast that vote as early as possible, even as the bureau continues its investigation of Clinton’s mishandling of classified materials.
If Comey delivers already established evidence to the Dept of Justice calling for Hillary’s indictment, she will instantly be dead meat as a candidate; both Trump and Sanders will see to that, regardless of what the DoJ then will do. Even Obama’s anticipated pardon will not help her. And if Comey somehow concludes that there is not enough evidence to indict her, then I foresee a national scandal fed by the inevitable FBI leaks and mass resignations. There will definitely be street protests against what millions will see as irrefutable proof of Washington corrupt and broken.
But what if Comey capitulates, surrenders his reputation as a straight shooter, and just keeps his lips sealed as we head to November? Then I believe it’s anyone’s guess as to how effective will be Trump’s campaign invective that will paint Hillary as part and parcel of a demonstrably dysfunctional federal government which she as president will have no choice but to maintain its stone walls and continue business as usual.
My name is Rebane, and I also expand on this and related themes on Rebane’s Ruminations where the transcript of this commentary is posted with relevant links, and where such issues are debated extensively. However my views are not necessarily shared by KVMR. Thank you for listening.
[Notice] KVMR News Director Paul Emery and I had an extended conversation with Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal about Measure W, the upcoming voter initiative that will define permitted medical marijuana grows in the county. KVMR will broadcast this conversation on 5 May 2016 at 6PM. See also previous RR posts on Measure W.
Not the village constable. There are men of evil mind, who would make of everything a crime, and not because of passion, but just naturally. They condemn everybody, some for what they have done, and others for what they may do. ... Gracian #109
It was 13 years ago today that we moved into our current home. The evening before a light snow started falling and we went to bed worried about the two Japanese maples which frame our front entrance. As today, the trees had already leafed and we weren’t sure how much snow load their branches could stand. I got up early, looked out the window to see a much heavier snow falling. We both jumped out of bed, dressed, and rushed to our ‘new’ house over snow covered streets. We got there in time; the leafed branches of the specimen trees were full of snow and bent to the ground with a few already broken, but we did save the Japanese maples.
Foreign affairs analyst, Robert D. Kaplan (The Post-Imperial Moment, 2016) is the latest to recognize the sweep of ‘great divides’ across the globe as people demand space (lebensraum) to practice their own cultures and celebrate their own ethnicities within existing sovereign nation-states. Kaplan writes, “The upshot is a maelstrom of national and subnational groups in violent competition. And so, geopolitics – the battle for space and power – now occurs within states as well as between them.” These pages have been recording America’s progress toward a Great Divide as our progressive policies continue to call for the suppression of existing cultures and the celebration of arrived un-assimilating cultures.
Augmented reality and ‘layered manufacturing’ (3D printing) are galloping into the marketplace. I’ve described my own experiences in designing AR systems for equipment maintenance. Today with advanced materials and computing power, these two technologies are making game-changing inroads. And alas, as covered in these pages, the impact on our workforce will not be pretty. There is little in these advancements that enable the systemically unskilled (and the unskillable) to penetrate job markets. Check out the articles in the current (6may16) Economist here and here.
The world of Uber is discovering ‘youth on demand’ jobs as reported in the 2may16 WSJ. This appears to be an attempt to resurrect programs such as the California Youth Employment Agency of my youth. Then a teen-ager would register with the CYEA, state what kind of jobs he was willing to do, and then get a phone call in the morning telling him the address of his employer du jour. Home and small business owners would call the CYEA and tell them the work they needed done and what they were willing to pay. Having arrived from Indiana in June 1957, through the CYEA I was able to work every day and earn good money doing so. The CYEA acted as a clearing house that our state government of yore provided through its usual revenue sources, the young people and part-time employers paid nothing extra for the service. Due to regulations, child-protective laws, litigiousness, and a generally progressive dumbass view of the world, such solutions for youth employment are no longer available. Instead, we have a legion of dubious state sponsored ‘skills development programs’ for our unemployed young people. But today no one can get a rent-a-kid for some chores around the house or shop.
In their Relic (2016) social scientists William Howell and Terry Moe argue that “America needs a prime minister” in the form of a yet more powerful president who can submit bills directly to Congress for an up/down vote with no modifications allowed. This is required in the 21st century because “government is broken, and changing the type of people elected to Congress won’t make a difference. Amending the Constitution will.” Their real druthers are that Congress would elect a president similar to how European parliaments elect their countries’ prime ministers. Then there would be cohesion between the legislative and executive organs of government. Howell and Moe clearly discount our Founders’ desire to minimize the size and role of government in our lives when they gave us the constitutionally separated and often contending powers in government.
[update] Just got an email from our designated reader that the community’s low-life is now advising parents to be careful about their kids taking TechTest because I happen to be its author. Only the rabid left puts out such putrid politically inspired proscriptions. Those primitives cannot separate one issue from another, whether here on the local level, in academe, or commerce. If you don’t conform to their template of the perfect progressive, then you are also unqualified to perform any other function in society – everything you touch becomes tainted in their eyes. Given the growing record of dismissals from universities, business, and government, our leftwing radicals are just coming into their stride. In Red China, Cuba, Vietnam, and other totalitarian lands this kind of proscription has been successfully practiced for decades (and is currently enjoying a resurgence), which is why our socialists so fond of aping these policies. When you cannot compete in the arena of ideas, this has always been the inevitable alternative. And there are those who still say that it can’t happen in America.
Supes Miller and Weston gave their “rationale” for floating Measure W on the 7jun16 ballot (op-ed in 22apr16 Union). They tell us that W is “strictly about controlling nuisance, environmental and public safety impacts from outdoor (MJ) grows.” Well maybe. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m on record for sharing these concerns voiced by our electeds, including Sheriff Royal and many other county officials. But Messrs Miller and Weston slide by the real question of ‘why W vs Ordinance 2405?’ adopted last January. The big unanswered question is why go from a readily modifiable county ordinance to a voter approved measure that must also be modified/rescinded by future voters.
Their answer is a vapid attempt to embrace democracy and avoid voter disenfranchisement when they state that “the 62,000 voters in Nevada County deserve to have their voices heard. This is why we believe a ballot measure is needed — it is important to hear from all voters to determine what really is the majority opinion and how we want to define our community.” But the county’s voters have already been heard in their emplacement of the current Board of Supervisors who are chartered by law to make such ordinances. Instead, the current Rood Center machine is really disenfranchising future voters and their electeds to the extent that it is much harder to change a codified voter approved initiative than for a future BoS to change an ordinance. And to confirm the real purpose of W, we note that its passage is optional as far as what powers the county will actually have to regulate MJ grows. Ordinance 2405 is alive and well, and can be tweaked to do whatever the powers that be want. However, because of the large opposition to W, such tweaks will also require spending some political capital (aka balls) which, from the looks of it, must be in short supply at 950 Maidu Ave. Taking the cue from Sacramento, it’s always safer to work from behind vox populi.
Speaking of the people’s voice, on vox.com Emmett Rensin in his ‘The smug style of American liberalism’ spells out the roots of our country’s polarization most clearly –
There is a smug style in American liberalism. It has been growing these past decades. It is a way of conducting politics, predicated on the belief that American life is not divided by moral difference or policy divergence — not really — but by the failure of half the country to know what's good for them. … The smug style arose to answer these questions. It provided an answer so simple and so emotionally satisfying that its success was perhaps inevitable: the theory that conservatism, and particularly the kind embraced by those out there in the country, was not a political ideology at all. The trouble is that stupid hicks don't know what's good for them. They're getting conned by right-wingers and tent revivalists until they believe all the lies that've made them so wrong. They don't know any better. That's why they're voting against their own self-interest.
And that’s why we all need the care of a comprehensive state under which we will not be burdened by decisions that are out of our ken. The reader need go no further than these pages to confirm Rensin’s "smug style" assessment. The entire piece is definitely worth a read.
State senator Ted Gaines writes about ‘California’s high-speed fail’ in which he also presents the dismal stats about cost overruns continuously authored by California bureaucrats at the behest of its liberal legislators. In the aggregate Californians demonstrate daily that they have failed the Great Experiment on which our Founders embarked. Given CA’s critical infrastructure needs – e.g. roads, water storage – spending non-existent billions on a demonstrably insane project is yet another confirmation that in the large big government is incompetent. Which reminds me of the CEO who opined in a recent Union that Obamacare was going to be a blessing to the country since administering over-regulated healthcare today consumes 30% of its overall costs, and when government finally takes over the coming single-payer system, then administration costs will be cut in half. Now when was the last time anyone ever discovered a program that government could administer more efficiently than the private sector? Dumbth rules!
(BTW, I finally found a data source on the costs of single payer systems around the world. Soon I’ll report on its findings about the sustainability of such programs.)
‘There is not a day that goes by without an Islamist attack somewhere.’
The war between Islam and western civilization is in full swing, and the west is not winning. Yesterday’s Brussels attacks again exposed the butt stupid policies of the progressive left governments. Yet there is beginning to emerge a glimmer of understanding if we are to believe the reports by European media and the occasional politician who has been able to retrieve his head from where the sun don’t shine. They are now stating publicly what their public has known for years – Europe’s Islamic enclaves are not assimilating into their host cultures, and if there are moderate Muslims living there, they are a small minority. The vast majority living in those closed enclaves are either indifferent to the ongoing massacres or actively support the Islamist terrorist cells that hide and grow in their midst. Just listen to their silence.
Now suddenly the government double dummies have discovered that hundreds if not thousands of trained and proto-terrorists have re/entered Europe through the Muslim migrations. The security services of the socialist states are now pleading poverty and telling all who will listen that they are not prepared for any of what has been happening for the last several years. EU’s national budgets continue to cut their militaries and treat each successive attack as a criminal matter in spite of France’s Hollande continuously declaring that “Europe is at war.” No one connects the dots of what unsustainable transfer payments, ranging from public pensions through mandated labor regulations to nationalized healthcare systems, have done to gut economies and distort allocation of resources to serve the EU’s sustainable self-interests.
Some of the more intelligent public voices are getting the courage to opine that maybe, just maybe, Europe’s policy of open borders really does allow Muslim terrorists free access to their countries. In spite of the onslaught, political correctness still rules the state imposed public posture toward their visibly hostile and firmly embedded Muslim populations which today pockmark the continent like putrid boils.
Government is an intrinsically evil collective, cynically organized, incompetently operated, and staffed by people not all of whom are evil. For this reason alone, citizens must keep their governments small and always on a short leash.
World history is powered by the strong urge of like-minded people seeking and protecting land on which to band together and live lives that celebrate their unique traditions and gods. Simply put, that reasonable urge underpins reliable mechanisms that assure you and people like you a greater chance of survival to raise families full of kids that grow up to vindicate your own life’s travails and perpetuate all that you and yours value.
All of this starts with families that band with similar families to form communities (tribes), and join with similar communities to form provinces/principalities, and then provinces to join and form kingdoms and, today, sovereign nation-states. At each higher level of the hierarchy the requirements for similitude get relaxed a bit as diversity creeps in. But the increasing diversity at each level is acknowledged and even welcomed with a ‘Look, they believe and do things like we do, except that they do this differently. Let’s see how that works out for them?’
This type of bottom-up societies has been a significant burr under the collectivists' blanket at least since the French Revolution. And it was acknowledged as the prime bane of society and human progress when collectivists first began to formulate plans for reorganizing what man should believe and how he should live with fellow men. Individualism in all its forms had to be ferreted out of society, along with its lower structures (i.e. traditional families) supporting independent enterprise that gave rise to and perpetuated different abilities to generate and husband wealth.
The obvious solution from the gitgo, as Lenin advised, was to marshal and redirect the education of the young. And to do that most efficiently required institutionalizing how and what children learn. Uniformity of beliefs, thoughts, and deeds was the paramount objective of the state. Once a uniform ‘product’ began to issue from the institutionalized education system, it was an easy political matter, as we have seen, to redirect it toward the ultimate teachings of the –ism that the collective elites have chosen to put on their banner.
Thanks to our institutionalized (and unionized) public education system, our rank and file progressives are now so blind to this redirection that they understand none of what has happened, nor what is happening every day at the hyper-liberalized colleges across the land whose militant students resemble Mao’s Red Guards of China’s Cultural Revolution that killed over 100 million of its own citizens. The reaction to such leftiwing radicalization has already begun in what I would characterize as the first stages of the coming Great Divide.
Again the progressives, most certainly our local cadres of the collectivist chorus, are ignorant of this and accuse people like me of going off the deep end with our radical hatred of the fomenting ‘kumbayah’ state that is directing us to all to join ranks in order to achieve the goals and implement the objectives of Agenda21 – the global socialist union. But the reality in America, and now perhaps also in Europe, is quite different. People are moving, as they have been planning to do, joined in their various, yes, culturally cohesive cohorts for some time now. Kyle Peterson of the WSJ describes some of the recent migrations and their subsequent political happenings in his 18mar16 ‘The Great American Disconnect’ from which the nearby graphic is filched.
[The attentive reader will note the Alinsky Answer, if any, that progressives will provide to the above in which they totally ignore the national dimension and focus their ire on the messenger (moi) who will be accused of being a disloyal solitary loon.]
As did Hitler’s Brown Shirts, so have other socialist/communist thugs and roughnecks throughout recent history been the ones to physically disrupt the gatherings of their political opponents. This is what happened yesterday in Chicago at the planned Trump rally (here), and appears to be the start of this election season’s violent phase – expect more of such thuggery and violation of First Amendment rights from the Left.
Apparently this junction is the result of the Democrats finally realizing that Trump could beat anyone they nominate whether it be Hillary the Unindicted, Bernie the Communist (forget that ‘socialist’ crap), or even Foot-in-the-Mouth Joe. Were it not so, no one would care. The Dems’ big money is beginning to fund anti-Trump activities and front their far-left ideologues which tactics bare their true assessment of what’s likely for this fall unless they can physically intervene, and, of course, have the lamestream blame it on the Right.
The astute reader will note and mark the Left/Right asymmetry in the coming travails. The only ones who will remain clueless about what’s going on are the gruberized local lefties here and elsewhere. They’ll continue singing loudly some version of The Internationale for as long as it takes. Trump should now cool his rhetoric, to which he has every right, and continue morphing into maximum presidential mode from here on. Thoughts?
[This is the addended and linked transcript of my regular KVMR commentary broadcast on 17 February 2016.]
In this election year the millennials are going to make their mark, and both parties are doing their best to woo them. Why? The simple reason is their numbers; but that’s not the whole story. The US Census Bureau tells us there are 83.1M young adults in the country born between 1982 and 2000 – the so-called millennials. They now overshadow the previous big cohort of generational voters – the Baby Boomers – who today number only 75.4M (more here).
The millennials are not only the largest voting group, they are also the least knowledgeable to put it politely. Studies show that they have an embarrassingly deficient knowledge base, especially when it comes to economics and finance. Their deficits come from having been educated by the now perfected system of unionized public education, honed since Great Society days to produce cadres of voters ready to fundamentally transform America.
NPR reported this morning that the state’s Legislative Analyst Office has concluded that California’s housing shortage is primarily caused by an insufficient number of “market priced” (i.e. low cost) houses being built due regulatory impediments and the state’s mandates for requiring ‘affordable houses’ that must integrated into regular developments and subsidized with non-existent funds. Hence CA housing prices continue to be highest in the nation due to the government caused housing shortage which keeps the low and middle income workers from owning their own homes because demand for existing homes has pushed prices out of the range for which they can qualify for financing. But RR readers have known this for years; it’s only the dolts (aka progressive elites) in Sacramento who don’t have a clue (or do they?).
February is Black History Month, and a time to again acknowledge how a certain political coalition keeps those blacks on the perennial plantation to assure a reliable block of votes come election time. Abetting that liberal contingent is a cohort of professional straw bosses of Sharpton (with whom Sanders had breakfast today) and Jackson ilk whose diligent work, in the “lucrative industry” that keeps their flocks ignorant, is appreciated with considerable recognition, perks, and income.
Columnist and scholar Jason Riley clarifies matters in ‘An Alternative Black History Month’ that describes this industry as “using racial identity to advance groupthink and to discourage black individuality. It is about presenting the history of blacks as the history of their victimization by whites up to the present day—which explains racial disparities in areas ranging from school achievement and household income to rates of unemployment, incarceration and single-parent homes.” Riley cites eye-opening statistics about black progress and the existence of its large ante-Great Society middle class. But today “you don’t hear much about this black history during Black History Month (or any other month, for that matter) because it undercuts the dominant narrative pushed by the political left and accepted uncritically by the media.” Gotta keep ‘em grumbling and compliant.
The ‘Left-Right Revolt’ continues to be the ideological gorilla in the nation, demonstrating to the tin-ear Purple Purveyors that we definitely are no longer the America that emerged from the Great Depression after WW2. I believe that still-tarnished yet golden age, the one before the Great Society kicked in, to have been perhaps the pinnacle of how human society could manage positive change without fracturing. Today we have two populist champions with large dedicated followings that could not be more apart in their vision and hopes for our country’s future. The muddled middle remains an ideological wasteland with a rare politician (Kasich?) wishing to again assemble us there while outlining principles and policies that neither pole can digest, and that remind many of Rodney King’s exhortation.
Multiculturalism's latest pushback. The Dutch parliament is putting new laws in place that recognize the damage their 6% and growing Muslim population is doing to their culture and way of life. Besides halting unregulated in-migration, they are introducing new criteria for foreigners assimilating into their society - learning Dutch is key. Meanwhile Pope Francis will visit Mexico and stick a thumb in America's eye by celebrating mass to promote borderless migration 90 yards from our border. What a guy!
[11feb16 update] Here's an Exhibit A on the newest generation of voters about whose intellect and knowledge base I have been reporting to you in recent weeks - I give you the millennials: TaDaaa!!
[12feb16 update] And now we present Venezuela where "dying infants, chronic power outages and empty shelves mark the world’s worst-performing economy" as the harbinger of the country Bernie Sanders promises to create for us (here).
Without a formalized utility, making public policy is guided by topical and anecdotal outliers.
[This is the transcript of my regular KVMR commentary broadcast on 14 October 2015.]
Wealth inequality has been a topic of keen interest and agitation, and concerns about it seem to be increasing, especially with our left-leaning neighbors. Today terms like the ‘one percenters’ are common in any discussion about the economy and the direction our country is taking. Wealth inequality is one of many issues that divide us. People of a conservative bent explain that such an inequality is a natural result of people being different in their work habits, education, intellect, willingness to tolerate risk, and so on. All of these attributes coupled with today’s acceleration of technology create work environments and opportunities where people with such characteristics can make more money than those who lack them.
However, folks on the left are convinced that the unequal distribution of wealth is the result of richer people screwing the poor, and all of that is due to bad public policies which government can mend. As we saw in a recent letter to our local Union, there are many out there who believe that enterprise and entrepreneurship in America fundamentally do not work to benefit society, and have been barely tamed through vigorous application of collectivist remedies under the regulatory umbrella of a caring government.
[This is the addended transcript of my regular KVMR commentary broadcast on 19 August 2015.]
US History is again being revised in our high schools. The new 2014 Advanced Placement US History ‘framework’ is now replacing the old 2010 AP framework, and its adoption will take students one giant step to the Left. Last month at Hillsdale College noted historian Wilfred McClay, now Blankenship Professor in the History of Liberty at the University of Oklahoma, gave a compendious speech on the state of history in America and its readily observed impact on our collective society and thought. The much published historian did not paint a hopeful future for our nation.
McClay states that the new 2014 version of our history “represents a lurch in the direction of more centralized control, as well as an expression of a distinct agenda—an agenda that downplays comprehensive content knowledge in favor of interpretive finesse, and that seeks to deemphasize American citizenship and American world leadership in favor of a more global and transnational perspective. The new framework is organized around such opaque and abstract concepts as “identity,” “peopling,” and “human geography.” It gives only the most cursory attention to traditional subjects, such as the sources, meaning, and development of America’s fundamental political institutions, notably the Constitution, and the narrative accounting of political events, such as elections, wars, and diplomacy.”
Helped Jo Ann and friends work the Republican booth at the fairgrounds today. We were located between the Vietnam Veterans and the State of Jefferson’s booth with the NC Tea Party beyond them. It was kinda like old home week on Redneck Row the way we all were lined up with everyone flying several Old Glories to let the passersby get the drift of what we were all about. Had some interesting conversations with a couple of Dems who dropped in to tell us about our presidential candidates. They were nice people, but definitely related to the folks at LaMalfa’s do yesterday afternoon (see 11aug15 update here).
The Dems’ booth was tucked away a bit down and across the asphalt from us, real hidden like. If you looked hard inside you could see a couple of cutouts of Hillary and Bernie. But except for their sign, it was hard to tell they were an American political party – not one Old Glory in sight. When I asked about this from one of our Dem visitors, he got a bit red-faced and said he’d go over and ask that same question of the folks in charge. I didn’t tell him that I wasn’t really surprised since the Dems (now the unabashed Socialists of America) have long ago given up such blatant displays of patriotism because it might offend one of their many dependable ‘God damn America!’ groups of constituents. The times they are a’changin’.
Speaking of the Dems toppling leftward, I recommend a good read in Jason Riley’s ‘The Democrats’ Socialist Surge’ today. Riley points out that “Bernie Sanders drew a crowd of 27,500 in Los Angeles on Monday. In the age of Obama, a liberal with a statist agenda fits right in.” The rebranding of the Democratic Party is not without some heartburn as socialism takes a firm hold. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the head of the Democratic National Committee, was “visibly rattled” when asked recently to explain “the difference between a Democrat and a Socialist.” Her crickets rose to the occasion with, “The more important question is, ‘What is the difference between being a Democrat and being a Republican?’ ” Tough sledding ahead.
MSNBC is tired of being at the bottom of the ratings bucket with their constant drizzle of collectivist crap that no one watches. Its management is tired of selling advertising for pennies on the dollar because MSNBC draws about 50,000 pairs of eyeballs nationwide (not a typo) during times of the day when Fox has forty times as many glued to their cable channel. So they’re going to can over half of the regular lamestreamers – Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews will be saved - and convert to a “hard news” channel. And they’ve even hired ol’ Brian Williams, that intrepid war reporter, to spearchuck their rehabilitation. I guess they figure while they try to dust off their own reputation, they might as well do two for the price of one. We shall see how the new and improved MSNBC fares in the big boys club with CNN, Fox Business, and Fox News. (Hopefully this change will also help out our information compressed liberal readers.)
China devalues yuan in prep for its debut into the basket of the world’s trade currencies. The world’s markets go into semi-hysterics as they attempt to figure out how that is going to influence Team Yellen to go forward with the promised (wink-wink) interest rate hike in October. If the good lady ups the interest, then the dollar will be at an even greater disadvantage to the yuan, and we all know what that is going to do to the country’s current account, which isn’t all that healthy as it is. I guess it will be time to strap on the knee pads again and ask supreme leader Xi to buy more Treasurys – what’s $18T and change when $20T is such a nice round national debt number and within easy reach? Meanwhile America’s businesses are dusting off and hanging up their ‘Rig for Ram!’ signs.
RR readers have been in an understandable dust-up with the EPA spawned toxic waste water gusher that started in Colorado, and now promises to become an equal opportunity disaster across several western states (see comment stream here). Predictably some liberal commenters instantly weighed in with the diagnosis that this was all the fault of greedy capitalism, and the owners of the messed with mine should be held accountable. Well, there are almost 20,000 abandoned mines in the west, most with heavy metals water in them. The heavy metals are indigenous to the mineral strata of the mines, as is the water that fills the abandoned tunnels – in short, the ‘pollution’ in the abandoned mines is quite natural, and its repositories also quite stable unless you mess with it when you don’t know what you’re doing. And when it comes to messing, the EPA has demonstrated its arrogance and ignorance now for almost two generations. (Left-leaning local readers would be surprised at the kind of waters stored in the tunnels of Nevada County’s abandoned mines.) But all that don’t make no never mind to those used to lecturing ex cathedra about matters environmental. In any case, we’ll soon get to see whether Garrett Hardin’s tongue-in-cheek ‘The solution to pollution is dilution’ really works.
[13aug15 update] Given the latest emails revelations, Hillary is most certainly a criminal of a particularly high level. Men and women have gone to jail for a lot less when illegally handling classified materials and lying to federal investigators. We are told that she has now compromised TOP SECRET/NOFORN (with a bunch of letters thrown in) materials which are essentially the most secret and sensitive documents that our country can produce. Martha Stewart became a felon did time for lying to federal investigators and obstructing an investigation regarding securities trading. Over the past months and years Hillary has done much, much more from a position of national trust that now has compromised the entire country. An RR reader posted this link to the Daily Beast which really belongs here. Let's see what kind of an autocracy this administration has become that will keep her from being indicted and remanded for trial, instead of continuing to campaign for president.
To understand the workings of American politics, you have to understand this fundamental law: Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil. - Charles Krauthammer
Students of American history agree that President Lincoln was the prime instigator of federalism’s decline and the growth of Washington’s power over our land and lives. That the times called for such a reorientation of our body politic is still being debated, but the assumption of the path to collectivism is today denied only by those most ardently at work who promote progress on that same path.
[This is the addended transcript of my regular KVMR commentary aired on 15 July 2015.]
You’ve all heard of generational groupings like the so-called Greatest Generation, Baby Boomers, and Gen Xers. Well, the latest are the Millennials, those born between 1980 and 1997. This cohort is now in their young adult years, and they have arrived on the scene with a markedly different worldview and priorities than their predecessors. For openers, none of them lived through or understood the Cold War.
Their view of the United States is not so much tempered by our exceptionalism, patriotism, capitalism, or even our beneficent role serving as the world’s sheriff. They do not see Russia, China, and even Iran as geo-strategic competitors or possible foes of America, but as peer nations on the global scene doing pretty much normal stuff to serve their national interests without seeking hegemony over their neighbors. And for the first time the new demographic cohort contains more self-declared liberals than conservatives – 30% to 28%. Given the recorded sentiments of the so-called Moderates at 40%, I would conclude that during the last decade the country has swung markedly toward the Left.
The Cato Institute has published an informative compendium of recent polls and studies of the Millennials which concludes they are “more liberal, more ethnically and racially diverse, more technology centered, more supportive of government action to solve problems, and the best-educated generation in US history.” - the latter at least when counting the number of issued high school diplomas and college degrees.
Millenials see the US and the world heading toward a global order. While not quite trusting human nature and individualism, Millennials hold that bigger and more comprehensive governments will be able to calm and control man’s animal spirits. In such an environment Millennials see the world as a less threatening place than do their predecessors. And without perceiving sharp outlines of global threats, Millennials don’t see the need for America to project power. Today only 2% of Millenials have served in the military, and to them talk of the Cold War and how the world was then is a turn-off. Their schooling has given them a distinctly counter-image of what it was like when the US and the USSR maintained peace through the threat of mutual assured destruction. But that was then, and this is now.
One of the major RR tenets over the years has been that the voters, those who resonate with the promises and programs promoted by the Left, are more than somewhat stunted in their abilities to comprehend and reason about the issues of the day. Admittedly these issues have become more complex as our world has become more entwined. But the gulf between the understanding of reality and our liberal electorate has grown to yawning proportions. And this does not bode well for our republic.
Recently we saw textbook evidence of this as elitist progressive central planners again characterized their constituencies as being dimwitted, and therefore susceptible to bumbled legislation presented within a bamboozling context. Now the beat continues with two more examples that I believe deserve to be highlighted in order to illuminate this asymmetry.
I think Union publisher Jim Hemig gets it. This morning’s (6mar15) Union has another piece by Hemig in which he supports the 12may15 presentation to our Board of Supervisors on the movement to create the new State of Jefferson. After some pretty deep heel marks on the floor, the persistent efforts of Mr Eddie Garcia and Nevada County’s SoJ Steering Committee paid off. Supervisor Ed Scofield, the Board’s new chairman, had the wherewithal to convince some of his more recalcitrant colleagues to sit still and hear what all norCal’s SoJ fuss has been about from the involved people creating the fuss. (Full disclosure: Jo Ann and I are supporters of the SoJ movement and the effort in Nevada County.)
The county’s Right is still a bit confused about SoJ, and our leftwing neighbors are turning purple at the thought of anyone opposing socialist Sacramento. A reasoned presentation to the Board that is accurately covered by our local media should clear the air and let people get informed on the facts of the matter. After that let the debate continue with all the gusto that such a question deserves.
But what again is illustrating the difference between our local collectivists and conservatives is that the Left opposes SoJ on their bedrock principle of a cohesive state – specifically, if you are different or have different ideas than promoted by the state, then keep them to yourself, else you will be accused of polarizing our community. In short, the politically correct deportment of a good citizen and their well-behaved electeds is to go along to get along with what the state’s majority has installed in Sacramento.
What our Left does not want to understand is that there are still a sizeable number of people in this state who want nothing to do with the groupthink of socialism that now permeates our government and schools. I am one of those who would not want my silence to be mistaken for agreement with the powers that be and their local chorus seeking to infect us with their ‘San Francisco values’. The success of these progressives is very much abetted by certain of our elected leaders who like us to see them as middle roaders or a bit right of center but still moderate. They speak to those of us who don’t understand the intricate realities of governance from that unassailable pedestal of pragmatic reason on which is inscribed ‘Since we are powerless, what else can we do?’
We’re back in illegal alien season again. The lamestream has turned up the volume on referring to them as ‘undocumented immigrants’. This invokes images of old photographs of European refugees in shabby clothes, holding their few suitcases and bundles, waiting patiently and hopefully in line for one last screening by US officials before being granted entry into America. This scene was repeated for decades at ports of entry like New York (Ellis Island and Brooklyn Navy Yard), Boston, and San Francisco. Not everyone made it, hence the worried looks on most faces; some were put back on ships and sent home.
Retired lawyer and Union editorial board member Norm Sauer wrote another letter to the editor yesterday (here) about crime rates and gun ownership that predictably tied some undies of the looney Left in knots. A correspondent advised me that this caused one of these worthies, a critic and former employee of the newspaper, to even (gasp!) cancel his subscription. The point here again is that the Left demands that such voices as Sauer’s should not see print in a community newspaper. As the Gipper said, “There you go again.”
While we’re on The Union, the paper’s 20nov14 edition featured its lead editorial written by hard Left syndicated columnist Amy Goodman railing against the Keystone XL pipeline. Her argument centers on the claim of massive environmental damage that the pipeline will cause. Peripheral implications in the piece are the insane economic arguments made by our President and other prominent socialists. What she and her ilk will never understand is that it is only the richer and freer countries that can afford to maintain a good environment. Poor countries, especially of the collectivist kind, have had no ability whatsoever to successfully manage their environments. The poster children here are the USSR (now Russia) and China. Destroying a country’s economy is a sure way to guarantee that the country’s environmental concerns will disappear from its list of public priorities.
On amnesty and immigration reform we heard from President Obama last night that legalizing the residency of millions of illegal aliens is now something that he wants to abet, continue, and institutionalize in America’s new immigration policy. The actual process that this now formalizes consists of three steps – 1) get pregnant and sneak across the border, 2) lay low and give birth to a new American citizen, 3) apply for permanent residency as parents of an American child. The process, of course, has more steps that are the real reasons why our America Last political factions are in favor of Obama’s executive orders. For the recently interested in national affairs, these consist of 4) vote the Democrat ticket, and 5) support the Reconquista goals of La Raza and MALDEF.
Democrats are already denigrating their constituents by lying to them that Presidents Reagan and Bush1 did the same thing as President Obama. The truth is that the former presidents fixed an amnesty law with some oversights that was initially passed by Congress. This president is overwriting existing immigration law with imperial diktats fashioned from whole cloth - Congress has had no part in what Obama now intends.
In opposition to the continued porous border and lax immigration law enforcement policies is a growing group of the nation’s sheriffs and members of Congress. Organized by Sheriff Tom Hodgson of Bristol County, Massachusetts, they will gather on the steps of the Capitol on 10 December 2014 to join their voices in protesting the unconstitutional actions of our current federal government (more here). Sheriff Hodgson writes –
“As you know, the policies of recent years that encourage immigrants to illegally enter our country have created serious threats to our domestic and national security. The citizens of our nation are counting on the American Sheriffs to fulfill our oath to preserve law and order and live up to our responsibilities as guardians of the United States Constitution. Given the fact that 25 people in the United States are killed each day by illegal immigrants, and our schools are becoming overcrowded and more costly, our public health is threatened by new diseases and ailments introduced by people living in our communities illegally, and the fact that benefits are being given and violations of laws forgiven for a select group of non-citizens, makes clear our obligation to act now before we erode the confidence and faith citizens have in Sheriffs across the country and throughout our history.”
[update] Congressman Tom McClintock made this statement regarding the President's new immigration decree -
Last night, the President asserted a power to nullify existing immigration law by ordering the executive branch to ignore it. Further, he has ordered 34 million green cards to make possible the employment of illegal immigrants despite federal law that makes their employment a crime. This is a direct violation of his responsibility under Article II to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed,” and a usurpation of legislative authority which Article I grants solely to Congress.
The rule of law established in our Constitution forbids the President from selecting which laws he will enforce and which he will ignore or from choosing who must obey the law and who is above the law. It explicitly forbids him to make law by decree. This is the fundamental difference between a nation of laws and a nation of men.
Fortunately, the American Founders provided a variety of checks available to both the legislative and judicial branches. I expect these will begin now to be invoked.
[24nov14 update] RR reader/commenter and Union columnist George Boardman wrote what could be considered a hit piece on Sheriff Keith Royal in this morning’s paper. He led with the child porn investigation of county supervisor Terry Lamphier, but then spread out to cover other cases that Boardman thought was overreach by the Sheriff’s Department. The charge regarding Lamphier was that the sheriff, with undue haste, started what may turn out to be an unwarranted investigation that is now being pursued with unusual vigor.
What I missed in the column was the mention of any evidence that the sheriff had a choice in the matter of launching an investigation. Today the trafficking in and consuming of child pornography is a serious crime which when reported, especially in connection with a public official, must be duly investigated. In short, Keith Royal had no choice but to start an investigation as required by law.
And I also saw no evidence presented to back the column’s allegation that somehow the investigation has been prosecuted in an imprudent manner. To my knowledge there has been a minimum of information about the investigation released by the sheriff’s office, and most voices in the community are willing to wait for the facts and where they may lead. Supervisor Lamphier is innocent until proven otherwise, and would benefit from a timely resolution of this cloud over his head.
So the bottom line is that, while impugning Sheriff Royal, George Boardman did not connect the sheriff to the disclosure about Lamphier’s computer that led to the allegations and subsequent investigation. And neither did he substantiate anything amiss with the ongoing investigation. (But I will join Mr Boardman in being somewhat surprised that it required five, count them, five sheriff’s cruisers to assault the supervisor's residence in order to search the premises. By nature, experience, and reputation in the community, Mr Lamphier has been a most agreeable and non-violent person imaginable.)
[This is the addended transcript of my regular KVMR commentary broadcast on 22 October 2014. Starting today, my commentaries have been moved from Friday evenings to Wednesdays’ 6pm news hour.]
In less than two weeks Americans go to the polls and vote in an important mid-term election to determine the extent and progress of the country’s ongoing fundamental transformation during President Obama’s last two years in office. The focus is the US Senate – which side will gain or maintain the majority. This comes at a time when the nation’s political Right and Left are further apart in what they believe than they were during the Civil War 150 years ago.
Back then the North and the South were much closer together in their beliefs about God, governance, economics, and even human nature. The South wanted to retain slavery for economic reasons since their economy was based on slave-powered agriculture. Yes, there was a fringe that also thought Negroes were less than human, but they were a small and uneducated minority. The majority knew slavery was not a long term solution and used the constitutional guarantee of states’ rights to attempt secession in order to pace their own economic transition. But that was enough to launch the then bloodiest conflict now recognized by many as the first modern war.
In recent decades Americans have again pulled into two very distinct and polarized groups. The difference today is that the dimensions, along which we see ourselves separated, are comprehensive in the sense that there are precious few beliefs which we still hold in common.
In governance the Left strives toward pure democracy as the way to organize society, and the Right adheres to republicanism, believing with our Founders that popular democracy paves the road to national suicide. The Left believes that a person reaches the loftiest heights of achievement as a member of an altruistic collective. The Right rejects public policies based on widespread altruism and promotes enlightened individualism in work, responsibility, risk taking, and commensurate rewards as the way to organize a beneficent society. The Left sees such a society as based on nothing less than rapacious greed.
[Mr Sauer is a retired lawyer living in Nevada City who currently serves on The Union’s editorial board. He drafted the following reply to a commentary by Ms Cheryl Cook, also a member of the newspaper’s editorial board, that was published in the 9sep14 issue of The Union. For readers having difficulty accessing Ms Cook’s commentary – ‘“To insure domestic tranquility” vs The Second Amendment’ – I have reprinted it below Mr Sauer’s reply. This post concludes with some of my remarks on Michael Savage’s just out Stop the Coming Civil War now on the best seller lists. gjr
20oct14 - Appended now are further developments that include Ms Cook's 20oct14 letter of resignation from The Union's Editorial Board. gjr]
Cheryl Cook’s recent essay describing the authors of our Constitution as “privileged, white, male property owners who protected slave owners . . . buying and selling family members. . ,” and continuing to condemn “. . . old people . . . able to recall every statesman from 238 years ago . . ,” but unable to appreciate the continued suffering of Blacks in the 1960’s, and that the real threat to domestic tranquility is the Second Amendment’s right of individuals to keep and bear arms, disparages America and its founding documents.
This rant is known as “deconstructionism” wherein nothing respected about our history remains untainted. The deconstructionist’s ploy is the de-emphasis, or even effacement, by posing a continuous critique, to lay low what was once high.
Cook’s essay tears down the old certainties upon which Western culture is founded and the foundations on which those beliefs are based. Sadly, I read her diatribe as an attempted erosion of our God-given inalienable rights, that “all men are created equal,” individualism, limited government, an educated and virtuous citizenry, and full republicanism.
I can only scratch my head with wonder at her contempt. What purpose does she seek to serve in her destruction of American Exceptionalism?
Last night Jo Ann and I attended the SoJ town hall meeting at the GV Elks Club. This meeting was announced here, and it drew a full house. The well-organized gathering was set up by the NC SoJ steering committee under the very able leadership of Eddie Garcia. I even noticed that Jim Firth, head of the NC Democratic Party and candidate for the GV City Council, was in attendance. Eddie later told me that he had personally invited Mr Firth to attend, and I commend him for his attendance (although I did notice that his participatory gestures did not exactly track the sentiments of the rest of the crowd).
The speakers – Messrs Mark Baird, Terry Rapoza, and ‘Red’ Smith – were again excellent and informative. The audience’s response was enthusiastic and frequent. The SoJ movement is all about the lack of representation that California’s northern counties suffer in Sacramento. Our state legislature is dominated by southern California and progressive coastal interests that are inimical to the welfare of the state’s rural and mountain counties. But a more complete treatment of the arguments for separating out the SoJ have been covered in these pages and are also available on the SoJ website here.
SoJ opponents have advanced a number of specious and erroneous arguments as to why pursuing such a separation is not only a fool’s errand, but will not work for a number of political, constitutional, and economic reasons. Most of these have been easily dispensed with on the SoJ website. The procedural one of getting the separation through Sacramento will probably be most difficult, but doable if the Democrats can be convinced of the win-win benefits from allowing the new SoJ. The federal approval should be pretty much pro forma with a Republican Congress.
But I do have a concern that I have not yet heard raised and which doesn’t deal with the feasibility of separation, or even the political and economic viability of the newly formed State of Jefferson. My question is about the political sustainability of a successfully launched SoJ. Let me explain.
[This is the addended transcript of my regular KVMR commentary broadcast on 19 September 2014.]
Are we in information overload? It’s hard to think back to a time when Americans have been in such deep denial about so many things going on in the world – both here and abroad. When I begin to think about the laundry list of current happenings, it seems never ending. Let’s just illustrate a few of the major items to which we seem to pay no mind.
The campaign for ever more legislation to stop manmade global warming has always ignored the science involved, and in the last years has ignored and misrepresented hard data about actual things we can see and measure – things like global temperature which has been flat or falling during the last 15 plus years, the extent of polar ice caps which have never been bigger, new low temperature records and early snows, fewer extreme weather events like hurricanes and tornadoes, no catastrophic sea level rises, and the list goes on. But our government controllers deny all this and are going forward at state and federal levels as if we had a proven climate emergency that needs more draconian legislation and regulation, right now. We keep hearing ‘the debate is over’; that just is not so.
All over the world the United States has become a paper tiger in the eyes of radical Islam which is now comprised of multiple militia groups spread over vast regions of the Middle East and Africa, and stronger than ever. One group has even beaten standing armies in two countries, and now rules over 8M people. They execute our innocents with impunity and vow to raise their flag over our capitals. And in this war between civilizations we are still playing around with semantics trying to figure out whether to call a war a war. But it really doesn’t matter. Because after our leader told us we didn’t have a strategy to deal with the situation, he decided come up with a strategy and make a big deal announcing it, which only confirmed that we really don’t have a strategy, but are instead engaged in a desperate pitch to cobble a coalition of reluctant ‘allies’ who really don’t care how the borders in the Middle East are redrawn.
And all the while we are told that our southern border has never been more secure, while data from Homeland Security and the Border Patrol tell us exactly the opposite, as they report illegal aliens now entering our homeland from over a hundred countries, including many from terrorist groups here to begin a new wave of attacks. As many of our border regions have now become no-man’s land where even the Border Patrol dare not go, we are told that everything is secure down Mexico way.