Yesterday’s festivities over the moving of the American embassy to Jerusalem brought home again just how faulty our foreign policy is. We saw only a small sample of the increased confidence an emboldened Israel must feel now, as they killed dozens at the Gaza border who dared not to be celebratory.
Whatever true terrorists exist outside of American intelligence must surely be boning up on their suicide bombing skills now. After all, what do they have to lose? The present American government has gone beyond previous sycophantic administrations, who ignored every UN sanction against Israel, and continued to throw more money at their out-of-control youngster. By moving the US embassy to Jerusalem, our leaders have sent a clear message to every Arab in the world.
It isn’t just Israel, of course. American foreign policy is absolutely, certifiably insane. While our own infrastructure crumbles into Third World status, we continue to bomb and then repair the infrastructure of other countries. The US Aid for International Development (USAID), for instance, is presently working to repair the infrastructure of Afghanistan, which we have occupied and terrorized for years, and continue to remain present there, against all logic and common decency.
During the nonsensical Iraq “war,” USAID was utilized to repair the infrastructure our misguided troops had destroyed. Meanwhile, we have basically let our own infrastructure atrophy since the 1950s. We always have the money for a new bombing or occupation, but somehow we can’t “afford” the crucial repair of America’s embarrassing airports, roads, bridges, and power grids.
Initially, Donald Trump was proposing cutting humanitarian foreign aid some 32%, but as always the deep state won out. Trump’s disastrous budget will in fact not cut foreign aid, and increases it in some areas. Not surprisingly, Trump’s favorite nation, Israel, is going to get an increase of some $200 million in aid under his 2019 budget proposal, for a total of $3.3. billion.
Meanwhile, six months after experiencing devastating hurricanes, 11% in America’s own colony Puerto Rico remain without power. President Trump blasted Puerto Rico’s “poor leadership” and declared, “They want everything to be done for them.” Trump never takes this hard-liner tack with Israel, who is certainly capable of standing on its own feet at this point after receiving a total of over $234 billion from American taxpayers since its birth in 1948, as of 2014.
Our tweeter-in-chief at times has expressed shockingly rational views on this subject. He once told the Washington Post that “…I watched as we built schools in Iraq and they’d be blown up. And we’d build another one and it would get blown up … And yet we can’t build a school in Brooklyn…” Those words are impossible to reconcile with Trump’s performance thus far in office.
Needless to say, President Trump has done nothing to put “America First” as he rattles sabers with North Korea and Iran, and indiscriminately bombs Syria for absolutely no reason. Like all neocons-the vast majority of whom strongly opposed his presidential run-Trump has thrown his full support behind Israel, our “strongest ally” in the region. Maybe they are our ally because we continue to shower them with financial and military aid they don’t need in the slightest?
We certainly have received very little in positive terms from this incestuous relationship with the middle eastern mini-state we helped create. For decades, Israel’s inexcusable 1967 attack on the USS Liberty was covered up by our spineless politicians and kept press. Thirty four Americans were killed and 171 wounded in the attack, which was never sufficiently explained. Needless to say, no one was punished for this heinous crime, and our relationship with Israel went on, stronger than ever. The NSA continues to keep documents concerning the incident classified.
A few of these documents were leaked by the courageous Edward Snowden, who remains in exile. Our leaders still target and punish whistle blowers, so Snowden has good reason to fear returning to the United States. Donald Trump at one point called for his execution. Can’t have “traitors” like Snowden, or Manning, or Assange, revealing to the dumbed down American sheeple just how hopelessly corrupt their leaders are. The Naval Court of Inquiry held hearings about the attack on the Liberty in secret, and survivors were placed under gag orders forbidding them to talk.
Although I personally believe the life sentence given to Jonathan Pollard, an American citizen convicted of spying for Israel, was too harsh, Israel has never stopped trying to arrange his release. In fact, Israel granted Pollard citizenship in 1995. Powerful figures like Alan Dershowitz, George Schultz, Barney Frank, Caspar Weinberger, Lawrence Korb, Henry Kisssinger, Dan Quayle, and Anthony Weiner have all lobbied for Pollard’s sentence to be commuted.
The reality is, Israel is the power broker here. They hold the cards in the relationship with the United States. Even a consummate mainstream media organ like Newsweek would headline a May 6, 2014 article, “Israel Won’t Stop Spying on the U.S.” No less than The Jerusalem Post reported, in a March 24, 2015 story, “Israel Spied on US Nuclear Talks With Iran.” Or course, Israel’s new favorite U.S. president, Donald Trump, unwisely ended our deal with Iran, which was one of Barack Obama’s few accomplishments in office.
Our foreign policy has almost exclusively revolved around the interests of Israel, especially since the Reagan years, when neocons first came into prominence. No politician can get elected in America now without the support of the Israeli lobby. AIPAC, in particular, is the most powerful lobby in this country. Paul Findley was a Republican representative from Illinois. His political career ended when he took on the Israeli lobby, as he recounted in his 1985 book They Dare to Speak Out.
Much as we don’t get our money’s worth with any of our tax dollars, Americans certainly aren’t getting any value out of our massive aid to Israel. Despite being about the size of New Jersey, Israel hovers around the top ten in terms of military power among nations. This is almost exclusively due to American financial and technological aid. Without our aid, would Israel really be able to fight off all of its angry neighbors?
It isn’t “anti-semitic” to criticize our relationship with Israel. It’s not “hate” to point out their crimes against humanity. Israel’s treatment of the dislocated Palestinians, which continues as I write this, is an international crime. Do we really want our tax dollars supporting the destruction of Palestinian homes, the theft of their land, the murder of their children?
Our own country is rotting from within. Our infrastructure cries out in desperation, like a starving creature. Half of our country has literally nothing in terms of wealth. There aren’t enough jobs or resources to provide for American citizens, let alone immigrants both legal and illegal. Virtually every move our political leaders make is disastrous for the vast majority of Americans. We have the clearest example possible of taxation without representation.
In between the celebrating over the US embassy being moved to Jerusalem, and the consensus that the Trump administration is busy making Israel great, perhaps we could reflect on our own countless needs. The American roof is leaking, almost caving in, and the children need sustenance. Charity begins at home.
In late March, I was fired summarily, with no warning, from the company I worked for my entire adult life. Forty four years, and whisked off the premises like a common criminal. I did nothing wrong. In fact, most people would say that I was guilty of doing a good deed for a handicapped co-worker.
I won’t go into the details, but suffice to say I think you could search for a long time, and still not find a single case of an employee being fired for essentially helping out a colleague who needed it, who’d been there for forty four years, without any warning. Or severance package, of course. Those are for the corrupt buffoons who have steered this country onto the precipice of a very large cliff, and towards an inevitable plunge down into Third World nation status.
Charles Dickens wrote, more than 150 years ago, about the clowns in charge of things during his age. “Experts in how not to get it done,” he called them. Clearly, things have not changed. We are all now subject to the whims of those who are “experts in how not to get it done.”
I have talked a great deal about the truly awful job market in America, propped up by bogus government statistics that only count those who are currently receiving unemployment benefits. Since I was denied unemployment, for instance, the government doesn’t consider me unemployed. There are millions more like me.
While I mull over my options in fighting this unjust termination, I reflect back on some other engagements I’ve had with the system in recent years. It’s never fun to take it on, at any level. As I can personally attest, it’s also very, very difficult to ever beat it, no matter how strong your case is. The wit who came up with “You can’t fight city hall” could not comprehend just how hard it is to fight “city hall” now.
A few years back, my employer ended our traditional pension plan. They gave us the option of taking a lump sum amount, or a very modest monthly payment. I chose the lump sum. The person they directed me to, to work with me on how to invest this, outright robbed me of $8,000 in upfront fees that were never properly disclosed. I talked to her superiors to no avail. I spoke to several attorneys, none of whom would work with me. I know that I was cheated out of a substantial sum, and honest people representing an honest system would have seen that and acted in my favor.
Just prior to this, I was involved in the first car accident of my long driving career. I was sitting at a red light, when a speeding car plowed into my rear, destroying the car but fortunately leaving me with only minor injuries. The young man who hit me had no insurance of his own, and was driving his girlfriend’s mother’s car. People told me I should have a slam dunk case against him, but again no lawyers were interested. I needed to have been hurt bad physically, which I wasn’t. That’s really the only way the average person can “win” under this system; to become devastated in some way. Or to die prematurely, which is the only way to “win” at life insurance.
Last year, I was hit yet again in the rear by an elderly woman. Being the kind of guy I am, I felt sorry for her (she was clearly distraught), and just took her personal information without involving the police. I figured she’d just pay for the relatively minor damage (but still all body work can be expensive). I told her I’d send her the estimate. After speaking to her husband, he seemed to be okay with that. However, during our second phone conversation, he changed his tune completely, and told me that his wife denied hitting me, claiming that I had backed into her! To top it off, despite the fact that the rear impact alone is enough proof to demonstrate fault from the driver behind, an arbitration panel set up by the insurance companies ruled against me somehow.
I could cite other examples, but my record in confronting this system isn’t good. In fact, it’s never once worked for me. Thus, I really don’t trust them to do the right thing in my unfair termination case. I certainly am not going to plunk down a lot of money for an attorney that has to face that same system. So it’s been hard to interest a lawyer, given that I’m looking for one to work either pro bono or on a contingency basis. After talking with so many lawyers, albeit briefly since they won’t tell you anything for free, I’m reminded constantly of what Shakespeare said about them.
Next week, unless I find a lawyer to work under my conditions, I’ll probably shift gears. One strategy is to alert local media to the facts in this case, which are absolutely unbelievable and should interest any reporter worth their salt. But again, given what I know about establishment “journalists” and their reluctance to question authority of any kind, I’m not exactly confident that they will be interested, in spite of the circumstances, which add up to a crackerjack news story.
It’s strange being unemployed. I have never been unemployed in my adult life. The last time I wasn’t working, Richard Nixon was president. But the government doesn’t consider me unemployed. And the unemployment fund I paid into for over 44 years took my money, like it took the money of so many others, and won’t even give me back the measly $9,000 it claimed I was entitled to, when I really need it. That’s a populist proposal for you; workers who never use the unemployment fund they pay into their entire working lives being given some kind of refund when they retire.
I’m luckier than most. I won’t go homeless anytime soon. But I deeply resent being fired by a company I was loyal to for decades, for a reason no one would ever believe. It’s one thing to write about the injustices other people face; it’s another to face them yourself. It’s disillusioning to experience just how corrupt this system is first-hand. To hear the voices, and see the faces, of those who are helping to bring this country down. As I told the young girl who unemotionally fired me, “You’re helping to build a nightmare, which you’re going to have to live through.”
Workers have no rights in today’s “new normal” world. Unions are toothless. Raises are rare for anyone outside management. Bonuses are the exclusive province of upper management, which gives themselves bigger ones every year. Benefits are being reduced across the board, and pensions are a thing of the past. Except for government pensions, that is. The irony of a population being largely denied any pension, forced to finance the very healthy pensions all government workers enjoy is apparently lost on everyone. I don’t see Ayn Rand “greed is good” disciples like Paul Ryan refusing to accept his own lucrative pension. But then again, Ayn Rand herself accepted Social Security and Medicare, in a monumental act of hypocrisy.
I am very blessed in many ways, but I am indeed now living my very own personal Survival of the Richest scenario.
Remember the Maine. And the Lusitania. And Pearl Harbor. And Kuwaiti babies being thrown from incubators. Stop the dreaded Huns. And the evil Krauts. And the dirty sneaky rotten Japs. And the wide-eyed Arabs. Stop those dominoes. Stop Al-Qaeda. Stop Isis. Stop Isil. Stop Islamo-Fascism. If you see something, say something.
Donald Trump’s absurd decision to bomb Syria once again, for the old canard of “using chemical weapons” on their own people, reminds us once again that the War Party always wins. This ridiculously transparent false flag had even less “evidence” behind it than the “weapons of mass destruction” fairy tale.
It doesn’t matter that Trump rightly criticized our involvement in Syria, and elsewhere, numerous times over the years and during his presidential campaign. Promises are made to be broken, especially the promises of politicians. And the fact that Trump talked about getting out of Syria literally a few days before this fortuitous “chemical attack” only demonstrates how obvious these false flags are, and how philosophically malleable Trump is.
In my upcoming book, Crimes and Cover Ups in American Politics: 1776-1963, I will provide a timeline of how the American military sprayed its own cities with diseases and chemicals, and conducted hideous experiments on its people, for much of the twentieth century. The vaunted Allies used gas as far back as World War I. But that was different- we are always the “good guys.” When we do it, it’s justified. For our government to be outraged over “chemical attacks,” even if they were real, is about as hypocritical as it gets.
I will be detailing a lot of the atrocities committed by our “good guys” in America’s perpetual warfare, in this new book. Readers will discover that the establishment “liberals” of every era wholeheartedly supported the wars of their times. Just as few Americans realize that Pat Buchanan, for example, is probably the most high profile anti-war advocate in the public arena now, they would never guess that someone like Henry Ford was the loudest voice for peace in his time.
Meanwhile, the Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warrens of the world don’t push for peace. They, like the Clintons, Gores, Obamas and Bidens, fully support this mindless “war on terror.” When they are the alternatives to the neocons like John McCainiac, Lindsay Graham, Nikki Haley and Paul Ryan, then you recognize that there are no political “choices” available to thinking Americans. As Huey Long called it long ago, before he was assassinated himself, we can pick Tweedledee or Tweedledum.
Donald Trump’s many enemies on the left are fully behind him on bombing Syria. If anything, they want him to go further, to meddle even more, kill more people and sacrifice American lives needlessly. This is reminiscent of how the neocons attacked Barack Obama as some kind of weak “Muslim” because bombing and/or occupying all those Muslim countries was somehow not enough. It’s unclear just what the establishment left and right want here, but it certainly isn’t peace. It’s never peace.
Meanwhile, back on the home front, the stock market rises and falls like a roller coaster, mirroring in many ways the unpredictable personality of our tweeter-in- chief. Our infrastructure continues to be left untouched, much as it has been since the Eisenhower administration. Somehow, if it we are to finally try to upgrade our crumbling roads, bridges and power grids to something approximating First World standards, we must get some special funding to do so. Raise the gas tax or something.
But while our crucial infrastructure cannot be rebuilt without new or increased taxes, this latest bombing of another sovereign nation was accomplished with no questions asked. Why do we always have money for bombing, occupations, and nation building, but at the same time we “must” curtail “entitlements?” By “entitlements,” of course, I’m referring to Social Security and the like, which every worker pays into over the course of a lifetime. They are absolutely “entitled” to their money back, but the name suggests that they are getting some kind of “free lunch.”
Perhaps the money is always there for war, because the budgets of our many intelligence agencies remain top secret. Why don’t the citizens financing this bureaucratic nightmare have a right to know how much is being spent, or what it’s being spent on? Are any of our “representatives” clamoring for public disclosure on this front? The answer is obvious. But you can bet that these “representatives” will be happy to promulgate the latest batch of war propaganda with straight faces.
I remember back when the first Gulf War was about to launch, amidst those histrionics from the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador, posing as an innocent young victim. My family and friends were outraged, demanding that we “do something” about Saddam Hussein. “That man is insane!” they would exclaim. Much like Assad now, Hussein “used gas” on his own people. The fact that this gas had been provided to them by the United States, who had long supported Hussein, didn’t matter. None of these people could have found Kuwait on a map the week before, yet now they were ready to send their first born to die in an effort to save those babies.
Bogeymen change, but our leaders always keep them, lingering in the shadows, and ready to be trotted out on stage when the need arises. Hitler will probably never be topped, but the newest models are invariably compared to him. H.L. Mencken described it perfectly a long time ago, when he wrote, “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”
At this point, the latest and greatest “hobgoblin” changes, from North Korea’s Kim Jong-un to Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, seemingly every week. However, there is always some bogeyman there, to keep Americans distracted. After all, if there weren’t all these mad men lurking everywhere, who “hate our freedom,” Americans might very well finally awake from their slumber, and look all around them. They might notice the Third World infrastructure, the loss of their civil liberties and personal freedom. They might notice the absolute corruption everywhere.
“There is no such thing as a good war, or a bad peace,” Benjamin Franklin advised us. America has been at war for virtually its entire existence. We are always drawn into wars against our will, according to our leaders, because of these ever present bogeymen, and the fact they keep doing dastardly things which force our hand.
H.L. Mencken’s attributed comment that “No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public” was a paraphrase of what he actually said, but it’s an accurate paraphrase, and a cynically astute assessment of American collective naivete.
If P.T. Barnum was around today, he’d be salivating. Most Americans are “rubes” to at least some extent. They’re so easily fooled, the propagandists often don’t even change the mantra that was used so effectively in the past. While you seemingly can’t get American voters to throw the bums out of office, as witnessed by the regular 96% re-election rate of our congressional “representatives,” they are always lusting for war, and ready to “sacrifice” for the government that has done nothing for them, except take their money.
In today’s world, a sucker is born not every minute, but every second.
I’m not ashamed to admit I voted for Donald Trump. There was really no choice; you knew exactly what you were getting with the Queen of Corruption Hillary Clinton. Gary Johnson was an awful Libertarian candidate, and Jill Stein didn’t have the slightest possibility of winning. Besides, I’ve been voting for Third Party candidates for decades. None of the Ralph Naders, Pat Buchanans, and Lyndon Larouches ever had a chance. I was tired of casting protest ballots that probably weren’t even honestly counted.
With the appointment of perhaps the most unstable of all the neocon war hawks, John Bolton, as National Security Adviser, and the signing of one of the worst spending bills imaginable, Donald Trump has not only spit in his supporters’ faces; he has thrown them to the ground and kicked them repeatedly in the head. The fact that he still has any support after the continuous betrayals of his base speaks volumes for how stupid and gullible most Americans have become.
What makes the Bolton choice even more inexcusable is the fact that a National Security Adviser doesn’t need to be approved by Congress. So this is certainly a position where someone promising to “drain the swamp” would insert a true outsider. Just imagine a Ron Paul, or a Pat Buchanan, or a Paul Craig Roberts, or a renegade Democrat like Dennis Kucinich, in that spot, advising Trump on matters of national security.
The monstrosity of a spending bill that our tweeter-in-chief signed contains a nice pay raise for members of Congress. As with most recent important legislation, it was over 2000 pages long and none of the “representatives” voting on it bothered to read it. With our country literally falling apart at the seams, our leaders respond by cutting taxes on corporations and the wealthiest individuals in the country, and now by giving those most responsible for the sorry condition we’ve devolved into, a nice fat pay raise. This is truly the kind of in-your-face corruption Americans have become immune to. Perhaps we’re comfortable with it. Perhaps we’re cool with being a Third World nation.
Exactly how blatant does it have to be for Americans to understand that they have no political representation? Just as some 95% or more of Americans opposed the banker bailout, while our two “choices” for president and the congressional leadership of both “competing” parties supported it, I’d venture that 99% of Americans would be adamantly opposed to a pay raise for our putrid “representatives.” And yet it happens, as it always does. Business as usual. Pop open another beer and turn on the television set.
I remember in the early 1990s, when the “Clean House, and Senate Too” campaign to throw out the bums in Congress failed so miserably. More than 90% of incumbents invariably win re-election. It doesn’t really matter whether that’s because of massive voting fraud (which we know exists, and certainly doesn’t come courtesy of Russia), or because Americans are simply so stupid they can’t help themselves from returning corrupt buffoons like Lindsay Graham, John McCain, Nancy Pelosi and Paul Ryan to office.
Every time you vote to return your congressional “representative” to office, you’re giving a thumb’s up to the job they’re doing. Evidently, the majority of Americans approve of perpetual, senseless wars, bombings and occupations, of massive military budgets that always include secret amounts for our twisted intelligence agencies and must always be increased, of foreign aid that seems to come with more empathy and compassion than we have for our own struggling poor, while absolutely ignoring our own crumbling, embarrassing infrastructure.
Donald Trump said some revolutionary things during his presidential campaign. He talked about ending the pointless wars that have cost us trillions, which he noted could have been used to rebuild America’s pathetic roads, bridges and airports several times over. He talked of auditing the Fed, and supposedly tapped Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to head a special commission investigating the links between vaccines and autism. He exposed the fraudulent nature of the publicly reported “unemployment” rate, which only includes those presently getting benefits.
Trump lashed out at NAFTA and our other disastrous trade deals. He criticized our laughable mainstream media, and coined the now common term “fake news.” And for the first time in decades, we had a powerful political figure saying we had to do something about our immigration policy, and he even talked of deportations.
For all of his incredibly controversial remarks, Donald Trump became public enemy number one in the eyes of the establishment press, as well as virtually all the leaders in both “competing” political parties. No one outside of Adolph Hitler has ever endured the constant lambasting that he has from 99% of the entertainment world, and every major media outlet. Celebrities feel free to threaten him, and there have been public suggestions that he be assassinated. Half the country built up a hatred for him that conjured up visions of the character Goldstein in Orwell’s 1984.
But Trump began governing like a typical Stupid Party neocon Republican the moment he entered office. Well, actually before, when he lost an incalculable number of votes by picking lame evangelical-type Mike Pence as Vice President. He quickly called Hillary Clinton a “good person,” and would go on to say that while he had regularly blasted globalism during his “America First” campaign, he was now both a nationalist and a globalist. And his initial choices for cabinet members could all have fit comfortably into a Jeb Bush administration.
When Trump inexplicably bombed Syria, and then bombed Afghanistan again for good measure, his base should have jumped off the bandwagon. When he started saying he wanted to be compassionate to the “dreamers” and pushed hard for a DACA bill when even the Democrats were reluctant, we should have known it was over. He has signed things and then criticized them. Fittingly, after signing this omnibus spending bill, Trump referred to it as “ridiculous.” He also, in his typical belated response to the predictable outrage from his supporters, said that he would “never do it again.”
Trump has not only had a tremendously divisive effect on the country, he has splintered the alternative, conspiracy world into pieces. Alex Jones was the most recognizable independent voice outside the mainstream media, but he has changed his tone considerably, and blindly supports everything Trump does. Incredibly, Roger Stone is even a bigger Trump fan. He applauded the selection of John Bolton, for instance. When I think that Roger Stone wrote the Foreword to the paperback edition of my book Hidden History, I recall again just how deep these rabbit holes seem to be.
As those who remain “awake” out there like to point out, no swamp member has been arrested since Trump entered the Oval Office. He waved off the chants of “Lock her up” after he’d been elected, and his Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from seemingly everything. Except strengthening law enforcement’s power to unconstitutionally steal personal property under asset forfeiture laws, and going after pot smokers, that is. Is that why we elected Donald Trump, to reinvigorate the totally failed drug war?
It seems highly unlikely that Donald Trump could be reelected. But the Democrats will undoubtedly nominate the most politically correct, social justice warrior they can, so anything is possible. Maybe a Trump vs. Oprah, or a Trump vs. the Rock presidential campaign is just what the Idiocracy needs to fully cement itself into place. The fact that these are the best America can come up with to lead them, and the people- the vast majority of them unemployed, or living paycheck to paycheck and sinking into poverty- are okay with it, tells you all you need to know about what the conspiracy crowd calls America 2.0.
America 1.0., with all its corruption and inequity, was a paradise compared to the mess our leaders have all but completed constructing. We’re getting fatter and unhealthier, thanks to constant stress induced by poor leadership, and a diet of polluted water and foods laced with GMOs and unnecessary artificial preservatives and additives. We keep giving more power to out of control police forces who, according to a 1981 Supreme Court decision, have no duty to protect us. They do, however, have a duty to meet their monthly ticket quotas and harass us.
I said at the time that Donald Trump, as blustery and arrogant as he was, represented our last hope. In political terms, his election was our last chance to turn the tide, and stop America 2.0 from becoming a permanent reality. It’s sad to have to admit that our last hope is gone. No one in a white hat is riding in to rescue us.
The fat lady has cleared her throat and is getting ready to sing.
A few days ago, a Republican lobbyist who was investigating the still unsolved shooting of young Democratic Party staffer Seth Rich, was shot in the back twice. For good measure, in the best Hollywood/organized crime style, he was also run over by a car.
The coverage of this incident by the mainstream media was predictable. A Washington Post story was full of absurd references to the conservative victim Jack Burkman’s opposition to NFL players kneeling for the national anthem and his work raising money for a former convicted Trump campaign official who pleaded guilty of lying to the FBI. For those of you not keeping score, this is the now pure and sacred FBI, not the one run for decades by drooling crossdresser J. Edgar Hoover.
A free and independent press would have been all over the Seth Rich story the minute he was shot in a “botched robbery” where nothing was stolen. This evoked memories of the Starbucks slayings during the conspiracy-crazed Clinton years, where again nothing was stolen during that “botched robbery.” Only our “journalists” could refer to these crimes that way. But then again, Jack Burkman has been referred to as a “controversial” investigator into the Rich murder. Yeah, I guess a group that refuses to investigate anything would have that kind of perspective.
Keep in mind, “conspiracy theorists” like me look at the Seth Rich case and see an obvious political hit. But since we’re “conspiracy theorists,” the establishment just kind of chuckles and returns to their insipid regular programming. Julian Assange has all but identified Rich as the person who leaked those incriminating documents about the DNC- you know, the ones our “journalists” treated like an infectious disease, to be avoided at all costs. Their only concern was exposing the leaker.
Add to this the fact that Burkman had been attacked in January by a masked man who hit him with pepper spray, and you have the trappings of conspiracy that even the most naive moviegoers could recognize in the first reel. But to our mainstream media, it’s “controversial” or perhaps even “hateful” to even ask these questions.
Some months ago, Fox News aired one of their extremely rare investigative pieces, hosted by Sean Hannity, that revealed just a fraction of the inconsistencies in this crucial case. Incredibly, Seth Rich’s family was outraged over someone questioning the circumstances surrounding their loved one’s death, and the network was forced to retract their story. Now, the family has actually launched a lawsuit against Fox News. Evidently, it’s much better not knowing who killed Seth Rich, or why, and anyone outside of controlled law enforcement who questions that is causing them “pain and suffering” and needs to be sued.
Seth Rich’s family is following in a long, unfortunate tradition. The families of deep state victims like Gary Webb and Michael Hastings also resented anyone uncovering the dubious official stories behind their deaths. None of these victims of tragedies seem to like “conspiracy theorists” showing up and upsetting the neat little apple cart constructed by our perpetually corrupt political leaders and the sycophantic “journalists” who do little more than pass along the demonstrable impossibilities from official spokespersons in these cases.
The Kennedy family probably set the precedent here. Jacqueline Kennedy’s curious “don’t ask, don’t tell” attitude towards the subject of her husband’s assassination cowed the press even further into submission. Caroline Kennedy, to this day, kind of grimaces at the word assassination, as if she could possibly still be grieving over something that happened when she was six years old. Her brother John Jr., on the other hand, had a lifelong quest to expose the true murderers of his father, which I first revealed in my book Hidden History.
But even JFK, Jr. kept his doubts, and his obsession, private. While Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. did publicly express his doubts about the official narratives of both Kennedy assassinations, he hasn’t made it a top priority issue. Caroline Kennedy even handed out a Profile in Courage Award years ago to Gerald Ford. Yeah, that Gerald Ford- the member of the Warren Commission who belatedly admitted to simply moving up the wound location in JFK’s back in order to make the single bullet theory a bit less impossible.
Compare all these incomprehensible attitudes to the way the family of Martin Luther King responded to his assassination. The King children- particularly son Dexter- met with accused assassin James Earl Ray and publicly stated that they believed he was innocent. Coretta Scott King, at an advanced age, even made the effort to testify personally for Ray during his attempt to get a new trial. Unlike the families of Rich, Hastings, and the various Kennedy victims, the King family represented true profiles in courage.
When things like the murder of Seth Rich happen, and the evidence is so clear that foul play involving powerful forces was involved, a free people would know about it. The politicians who are supposed to represent their interests would demand answers. The media organs and their investigative reporters would want to tackle such a juicy story. But we don’t have political representation. We do have taxation, however. Patrick Henry once made a prescient comment about that situation.
As for our media, they have proven conclusively, especially since November 22, 1963, that they are nothing more than mouthpieces for a very, very corrupt state. At least the Soviets, when they were subject to the “reporting” of Tass or Pravda, understood clearly that it was state propaganda. A large percentage of Americans don’t seem to comprehend what those Soviets did, as they watch CNN or one of the major networks, read The New York Times, or tune in to one of the myriad of identical late night talk shows.
Hatred of Donald Trump has turned good people into gullible tools of our corrupt elite. They have swallowed wholeheartedly the most ridiculous conspiracy theory in the history of the world. They now totally accept that our systemic corruption is due to the influence of Vladimir Putin’s Russia. In doing so, they side with intelligence agencies like the FBI and CIA, that have been exposed as thoroughly corrupt by writers like myself and numerous others.
This conspiracy theory managed to turn the Wikileaks documented effort by the DNC to steal the Democratic nomination from Bernie Sanders, into some sort of “collusion” by the Russians to get the dreaded Trump elected. Sanders himself appears to buy this, when he was the primary victim of chicanery. Under this theory, any criticism of Hillary Clinton, even the nickname “Crooked Hillary,” came courtesy of the Russians, not because of her lifelong record of absolute corruption.
Everyone now labels any news they don’t like as “fake news.” Snopes- the trusty husband and wife establishment duo online- is always there to “debunk” any allegations of corruption or conspiracy. Except the Russian “collusion” thing, that is. Every member of the establishment believes in that one.
Without a free press, there cannot be a free population. Even with our hopelessly corrupt leaders, one honest television network or wide circulation periodical could counteract that. Think Thomas Paine’s Common Sense. In no way, shape, or form does present day America have a free press.
The farther we slide down into the mishmash of tyranny and idiocracy that is modern day America, the more I appreciate George Orwell’s 1984. Orwell’s proles represented some 85% of the population of Oceania, which roughly approximates the 80% or so of Americans today who must lose if those at the top are to keep winning. That’s how a casino-style economy works.
“If there is hope,” Winston Smith, the protagonist of 1984, wrote, “it lies in the proles.” Orwell keenly predicted what has become ironclad reality in our modern world, when he described these masses as engaging in “petty quarrels with neighbors, films, football, beer, and, above all, gambling filled up the horizon of their minds.” The only thing he didn’t foresee was reality television shows and social media.
Orwell’s proles are identical to those we self-proclaimed “awake” types like to dismiss as “asleep” sheeple. Orwell again perfectly defined the majority of today’s Americans when he wrote, “Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.” As I’ve said, while more people are gradually waking up to the tyranny and corruption all around them, the ones who are asleep are digging their feet in and prescribing themselves figurative tranquilizers.
Orwell recognized that the proles had the numbers, and the power, to easily stop Big Brother and his party of followers. Obviously, the 80% of those who are unemployed, underemployed, and living paycheck to paycheck have that potential in America today. But we can’t even organize a simple boycott on buying gas, for instance, on a single given day. That would send a powerful message, and put no one in danger, and yet it’s incredibly difficult to get people to come together for anything. This is why all riots and demonstrations are so suspect to many of us.
Americans today probably have the worst “representation” politically of any alleged free nation in the history of the world. This was demonstrated clearly in 2008, when well over 90% of the population in every poll was against the banker bailout, yet our only two “choices” for president, and the congressional leaders in both “opposing” parties heartily supported it. With their 90% plus re-election rate, you’d think our political leaders were world-class, and yet the same public that keeps allegedly returning them to office tells pollsters they have a less than 10% approval rating.
Even before 1984 was published, Harry Truman and other American leaders rationalized the dropping of nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki by claiming they were saving lives. Years later, Ronald Reagan’s administration named one of its deadly new missiles “the peace keeper.” Orwell’s Newspeak and Doublethink are an established part of American culture now. Affirmative Action stops discrimination by discriminating. The children of illegal immigrants are “dreamers.” The wealthy are “job creators.” The list is endless.
Orwell’s “memory hole” is a part of our lexicon. So are his “thought police,” which are all but a literal reality at this point. How far is the American concept of “hate crime” from “thought crime?” How far are the telescreens which monitored every movement in Oceania from the surveillance cameras we find everywhere now in America? Well, except at the Pentagon on 9/11, or Sandy Hook, or most any other recent high profile shooting.
The word proles is short for proletariat. It’s illuminating to consider that communists, while ostensibly siding with the everyday prole, directed their ire at the petty bourgeoisie, representing the middle class. There appears to be no such derisive term in the Marxist vocabulary to describe the very wealthy. This is almost certainly why both the communists and socialists hated Huey Long. They didn’t want to take the wealth from where it exists; within the ranks of the One Percent. Instead, they wanted to squeeze out the once vibrant American middle class.
George Orwell, like Huey Long, would be mortified at today’s “left.” He lampooned the behavior that fuels the social justice warriors. Huey Long would not have understood the importance of tearing down confederate statues or firing people for offending someone of a particular group or persuasion. Orwell would shake his head at America’s perpetual wars, and how much they mirror his fictional state of Oceania’s foreign policy.
The tyranny we are saddled with, like the tyranny in Oceania, is not typical totalitarianism. Today’s American culture has shifted dramatically to the left, resulting in thirty seven different genders and “racist” brown paper bags. But these same Americans are cool with capital punishment, even though Project Innocence and other groups have shown just how often the wrongfully accused are convicted.
And the social justice warriors are perfectly okay with America’s “bipartisan” foreign policy, which results in all-war, all the time. Very few protest the size of the gargantuan military industrial complex, complete with still top-secret intelligence agency budgets. While no one on the left or right seems concerned with truly helping poor American citizens, the pussy hats are ready to turn violent over the “dreamers” and the rights of illegal immigrants.
Today’s America is a mess; a monstrous bureaucracy that consumes taxes at a socialist nanny state-rate, without any corresponding benefits for the masses that finance it. While CEOs gobble up bonuses and perks at record levels each year, our infrastructure is on life support, with roads, bridges and power grids that have not been updated or upgraded in decades. Not only do we have Third World-style wealth distribution, we have Third World-style infrastructure.
While our Medical Industrial Complex has resulted in the most bloated, expensive healthcare system the world has ever known, America has Third World-level life expectancy and infant mortality rates. Our diets, spurred on by GMO products which our leaders refuse to even have labeled on the products that use them, have produced an America that is becoming increasingly obese. The average American woman now weighs over 166 pounds, which is what an average man weighed in the 1960s. The average male is about thirty pounds heavier now than he was fifty years ago, weighing in at close to 200 pounds. The average woman now wears a size 16, and the average man’s waist is about 40 inches.
Most people now, especially the young, are totally immersed in their smart phones and the cyber world in general. With this detachment from reality, and the very visible physical byproduct of bad diets, too many prescriptions and lack of exercise, it’s obvious that it will be very hard to ever wake this group of proles up. Even if they could ever realize that they are being controlled and screwed over, the state of their conditioning would probably make any revolt impossible. Even Orwell didn’t predict such a massive average weight gain for his proles.
I often speak about how, as recently as the 1970s, the average American had much greater personal liberty. We have lost so much of our freedom in the decades since then, that it’s hard to even make younger Americans comprehend it. But like the masses in Orwell’s 1984, the majority today just simply shrug it off.
By the late 1970s, I was already protesting, and using the talking point that 1984 was already here, ahead of schedule. In my fiery, youthful fervor, I couldn’t possibly have imagined just how far we would sink in less than forty years. While Trump is a plausible Goldstein, we don’t need a literal Big Brother.
A slightly different 1984 is here. We are the proles.
I’ve finally accepted the harsh reality that the majority of Americans are never going to wake up out of their long, long stupor. They are broken largely into two equally misguided groups. One, the “liberal” group, reacts emotionally to every prompt of the thoroughly corrupt, state-run mass media. The other, the “conservative” group, is in denial of how far America has fallen, worships greed and the tattered American flag, and consoles themselves with an insincere religious cocktail.
While I’ve been a radical all of my adult life, until I became a published author, and gravitated to the limited public platform the glorious internet provides, my family and friends tolerated me with a wink and a shrug. They supported my first book, the sci-fi novel The Unreals, to a gratifying degree. When Hidden History was published, the support diminished somewhat, but still some old friends and many family members were there for me. They just didn’t talk about the book. At all. Outside of one cousin, no member of my very large family has even acknowledged reading the book, let alone shared what they thought of it.
It was the publication of Survival of the Richest that really opened my eyes. Now the support had become threadbare, with only a handful of loyal friends and family members supporting me in any way. And again, not a single mention of the book at Christmas or any other large family gathering. My writing in general has become the large elephant in the room, which everyone ignores. I stopped mentioning it myself to them, because it was crystal clear they didn’t have any interest.
Social media has mirrored the reactions of my friends and family. It’s been all that I can do to stop myself from posting one of those dramatic farewells on Facebook. I have posted what I thought substantial news about Survival of the Richest, from interviews with the likes of Sean Stone, the son of director Oliver Stone, to quizzes and book giveaways by the publisher, with only a handful of people at the most ever “liking” it, yet alone commenting.
I’ve lost Facebook friends, and a few in real life, over my writings. Posting in support of Donald Trump during his campaign caused long-time friends to become apoplectic. And now, oddly, this same “liberal” group has shown no interest in Survival of the Richest, a book they should logically be drawn to. While my “liberal” friends have for the most part acted as if my new book didn’t exist, my “conservative” friends cling loyally to chronic promise-breaker Trump, and obviously resent the very subject matter of Survival of the Richest.
So what’s an independent-minded populist like me to do? I’ve had to grovel in promoting myself on social media, even begging for Amazon reviews and Goodreads ratings, to no avail. I suppose the same “friends” that can’t take two seconds to click on “like” would have a problem taking five seconds to rate my books on Goodreads. I have over 1,500 friends on Facebook, the vast majority of them people who sent me friend requests, and yet I can seldom get even 1% of them to “like” my posts.
If and when my next book is published, whether that winds up being my book on bullying and the social hierarchy, or Hidden History 2, present trends would indicate that almost no one among my real friends and family, let alone Facebook “friends,” will pay the slightest attention, let alone read it.
One of my favorite writers, Charles Fort, once said, “I do not know how to find out anything new, without being offensive.” I can relate to that. It would be far easier to salute the flag, or scream at Trump, or talk about black lives only mattering, or demand we “do something” to protect “the children.” Pointing out the inevitable holes in every official narrative paints you as a conspiracy “kook.” The sheeple just simply roll their eyes and hiss, “you think everything is a conspiracy.”
When conspirators run the world, everything important they engage in will involve some kind of conspiracy. History is written by the victors, and so is the coverage of current events. I question everything that gets widespread coverage in the mainstream media, or is the thrust of hackneyed political speeches. Those who disseminate information to the masses have been proven to be demonstrable liars time and time again. Do we give the slightest credibility to any individual pathological liar? Why then do we think that a collection of pathological liars should be trusted on anything?
Throughout my life, others have counseled me that something I’d said or written was “too extreme.” I have regularly colored outside the lines, strayed from the narrow parameters of acceptable debate. I really don’t know how anyone stays within those restricted lines, and accepts the maddening limits of mainstream public discourse.
The unexpected success of Hidden History was somewhat bittersweet, given not only the lukewarm support from friends and family, but the fact that one of my primary demographic groups, the JFK assassination research community, with a very few exceptions, has treated the book like the plague. Given the huge egos and difficult personalities within that community, I really shouldn’t have been surprised, but I still was. For a cynical, Ambrose Bierce fan, I am often shockingly naive and trusting of people.
To those of you who read this blog regularly, I will ask again for Amazon reviews, Goodreads ratings and mentioning my writing to your friends. Sometimes I feel like some poor soul on a street corner with a tin cup in hand, but the publishers and the reality of the marketplace dictate that authors do most of their own promotion.
If some of those who regularly write to me, telling me how much they loved my work, would only promote my work to others, I wouldn’t have to toot my own horn so much. There’s no way to do that without sounding arrogant, egotistical, etc. I’ve actually had several people contact me, tell me they were writing a review, and then the review never appeared. One “fan” of mine on Facebook gave the book he supposedly loved three stars on Goodreads! Another “fan” gave it two stars! With “fans” like that, who needs all those one-star bandits that populate Goodreads?
I’ve grown tired of explaining to those mired in the phony left-right paradigm how I can be against capital punishment, legal penalties for all victim-less crimes, the abuses of our intelligence agencies and the military industrial complex and our sinful economic inequality, while at the same time being against affirmative action and all identity politics, the DACA program and our entire insane immigration policy, the excesses of feminism, and any concept of “hate” crime or “hate” speech. I’m a populist, and see corruption everywhere.
“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed.” William Faulkner once said. “If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.” “The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie.” Alexandr Solzhenitsyn wrote. I get a strange kind of thrill in going against the grain, in knowing that I’m in such a minority that my perspective faces astronomical odds.
Andrew Jackson perhaps said it best: “One man with courage makes a majority.” All of us need to point out that the emperor is stark naked, with not a stitch of clothing on. It shouldn’t take courage to simply tell the truth. Everyone should want truth to be known, and should naturally speak it. There are plenty of us out here who will be the first in the crowd to speak up. All we’re asking for is others to support, and not remain silent.
As my book on bullying will show, the concept of popularity requires there to be unpopularity. We shouldn’t be treating civil discourse as if we were all still in high school, seeking attention from the quarterback or prom queen. Truth and justice should always be considered popular.
This “Russian” conspiracy thing really has me down. The fact that so many good people have mindlessly bought into it has increased my disillusionment about the general gullibility of people. I’ll probably be whipping out my well-worn copy of Ambrose Bierce’s The Devil’s Dictionary soon if this continues.
The elite that control us all, those puppet masters behind the scenes, have succeeded in dividing America into two camps, both of them clueless about the real enemy controlling everyone. Donald Trump has become the Lightning Rod of all Lightning Rods. Those who hate him- and there are a lot people who hate him- have been persuaded that he is more corrupt than the entire rest of the deep state. Forgot those Rockefellers and Rothschild-types, and every previous crime committed by swamp dwellers. If we can just get rid of Trump, we’ll really make America great again.
While Trump has become the Goldstein of 1984 fame, stirring up the masses into fits of far more than two minutes of hate, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama form a sort of amalgamation on the other side, as dartboards for conservatives. Our masters have succeeded in constructing believable cardboard caricatures, much as they have used foreign bogeymen for similar purposes for well over a century, to incite the war fever that our monstrous military intelligence complex relies on for sustenance.
Lots of us were fooled to varying degrees by the 2016 Trump presidential campaign. We ignored those photos of Trump laughing with his “former” friends the Clintons. We ignored Trump endorsing Hillary for president in 2008, and his 2012 comments calling her a “terrific” Secretary of State. We ignored the fact that Trump’s name, like Bill Clinton’s, was listed as being on the notorious “Lolita Express” of convicted underage girl aficionado Jeffrey Epstein.
Astute political researchers- which unfortunately doesn’t include many professional journalists or historians- have long known that congressional voting, for instance, can be largely staged. There are a myriad of examples of Democrats and Republicans “permitting” a loyal ally in either their own party or the “opposing” one, to cast a vote that will be popular with the public, as long as the outcome is already assured for the establishment, if they are facing a difficult re-election challenge. Of course, this doesn’t happen very often, since well over 90% of all incumbents are returned to Congress in each election.
Now we appear to be in the midst of a remarkable, unprecedented battle between an arrogant, confused president and the entire left wing of the establishment. Every night, establishment leftist “entertainers” rant and rave against Trump on those competing yet carbon copy talk shows, almost as if he has become the central talking point of every television program. The relentlessness and vicious nature of the attacks would make a more sympathetic figure than the egotistical Trump the kind of underdog that the vast majority of the public would rally around.
The attacks on Obama during his eight years in office were similar, but far less intense. And the mainstream media, being generally “liberal” in an establishment sense, was as collectively enamored with Obama as they are collectively incensed at Trump. Trump has been transformed into a figurehead for White Maleness, which appears to be the number one enemy of the most radical social justice warriors.
Barack Obama, meanwhile, was marketed as the kind of smart aleck black man that conservative America has always feared. Hillary Clinton is the quintessential feminist who won’t back down to male “privilege” and “speaks her mind.” As she told us in the early days, she’s never liked to bake cookies. She is the anti-June Cleaver to Donald Trump’s desperate attempt to bring back the days of Leave it to Beaver. But he’s doing it without that 90% tax rate on the richest Americans; in Trump’s case, he wants to channel the 1950s primarily with more tax cuts for the wealthy.
So what’s an informed American to do here? What if we don’t like smart aleck blacks or feminists who just happen to support perpetual wars, disastrous trade deals, outsourcing and massive immigration, and a sinful disparity of wealth? But what if we don’t like the only alternative offered to us; the unfathomably greedy and selfish disciples of Ayn Rand- the Paul Ryans of the world? Are we forced to empathize with this clownish billionaire “outsider” who is either giving an Academy Award performance as a beleaguered Twitter addict, or is exactly as dumb as he sounds and is being unwittingly used?
I devoted an entire section of Survival of the Richest to our “best and brightest.” Our elected representatives have seemingly always been the target of jokes by wits like Mark Twain. Is it believable that our representatives could be such laughingstocks, Congress after Congress? Would’t some competent and/or honest citizens run for public office at some point, and win? I propose that such consistently putrid “representation” cannot happen accidentally. It cannot be a natural phenomenon for our Congress to be forever filled with pedophiles, anti-gay gays, utterly bribe-able blowhards, who vote against the interests of their constituents with such stunning predictability.
Are our politics akin to the alleged event at Sandy Hook, or the Boston Bombing, or any other number of incidents over the past few years, which have been investigated by alternative researchers and found to be so implausible? Has American politics become a charade, or even something wildly surreal like The Truman Show? Are we all unwitting Jim Carreys, blissfully unaware of the giant stage Shakespeare spoke of, and the prominent actors strutting all around us?
Politics largely makes history. I have written a lot about history, and perhaps I should have referred to it more as fake than merely hidden. “History would be a wonderful thing,” Tolstoy once wrote, “if it were only true.” Today’s politics will become tomorrow’s history. The court historians will chronicle it as inaccurately as their predecessors chronicled their own times. If we survive as some kind of civilization, future court historians will probably note how “hateful” our age was, led by the greatest hater of them all, Donald Trump. They are as unlikely to even mention all the crimes and conspiracies that are happening even as I write this, as they are to ever expose them.
The reality is that 50% of Americans are making less than $27,000 annually. This same bottom half of the country has less than ONE percent of the collective wealth. Illegal immigration and foreign visa workers continue to flood a labor market with nearly 100 million American adults unemployed, further lowering wages. Social Security and Medicare are bound to burst unless something is done to redistribute wealth downwards, instead of upwards. Military spending is always increased, no matter who is in office, and the huge budgets of our intelligence agencies remain a secret. All over the country, police forces are out of control and granted the power to seize the personal property of those not even charged with a crime.
With all this going on, our “representatives” and our media should have plenty to discuss, investigate and reform. Instead, we are being fed a nonsensical casserole, whose main ingredients are Black Lives Matter, North Korea, “dreamers,” transgender bathrooms, military parades, and #MeToo, with a liberal (pun intended) sprinkling in of vapid celebrity opinions. It doesn’t matter if you don’t like what’s being served, as Huey Long said long ago; all the waiters work for Wall Street.
This is well beyond taxation without representation. It’s being forced to watch a never-ending dog and pony show. We can’t yell “fire” in our crowded theater, so all we can do is visit the overpriced concession stands and eat the stale popcorn.
Our once great civilization continues to slumber towards its inevitable collapse. What is left of American culture is divided fairly evenly between venomous social justice warriors whose hatred is primarily directed at white male “haters,” and clueless conservatives desperately trying to save something that isn’t worth saving.
As my friend Cindy Sheehan likes to point out frequently, where are the Pussy Hats for Peace? Where are the social justice warriors concerned about our foreign policy of perpetual war? Instead, these angry “protesters” often seem to be protesting nothing of substance, beyond a vague animosity towards a “white” America that once was, and is long gone. They fear that the multi-divorced, foul-mouthed Trump will somehow bring all this “whiteness” back if he actually enforces our immigration laws. I would like to assure them they have nothing to worry about.
Donald Trump has proven one thing; he has no sincere principles, and is either a crass political opportunist or a lucky dimwit who has fooled everyone his entire life, much as Peter Sellers’ character did in the movie Being There. He has capitulated on every one of his numerous campaign promises. He appears to be heading down the road Ronald Reagan traveled, when he built a record that was diametrically opposed to his rhetoric, with his enthusiastic base oblivious to the inconsistencies.
The darling of the “conservatives” was recently revealed to have engaged in an adulterous affair with porn star Stormy Daniels. In a typical example of what happens in a corrupt, crumbling civilization, Daniels has now suddenly distanced herself from what were very specific and lurid details, and seemingly is denying that there ever was an affair. It’s hard to imagine where Trump would get any “muscle” to persuade her to change her story, given the fact that everyone around him was at least at one time a Never Trumper.
While the President appears for all the world to be an infantile, supremely distracted chief executive, his opposition continues to do everything in their power to make him look good by comparison. Joe Kennedy III delivered the Democratic response to Trump’s State of the Union address last night. With all I know of the Kennedys’ tragic history, it is hard for me to believe the establishment will ever let this guy have a national impact on politics, no matter how innocuous his platform appears to be.
Young Kennedy appears to have been visibly drooling during his response speech, and online critics are jumping all over that. This is the new, less improved America; all sheen and no substance. Both misguided sides of what passes for political debate jump all over any perceived weakness of their opponents, much as bullies at all levels seek whatever weapons they can find, with which to practice their time-honored trade.
The “opposition” to Trump amounts to a celebration of illegal immigration and transgender bathrooms. There is no criticism from the pussy hats, or the endless stream of outraged celebrities, to Trump’s saber rattling with North Korea, or his senseless bombing of Syria, or his unprovoked threats against Iran, or his support for civil asset forfeiture laws and our out-of-control police forces, or his apparent fondness for GMO crops.
The pussy hats don’t care how many countries America unjustifiably bombs or occupies, as long as women and transgenders have a right to be in the front lines. Presumably, as long as America can make its troops “diverse” enough, anything they do is perfectly fine.
Trump’s private comments regarding “shithole” countries exposed the other side of this coin. He represents a dying breed of white American, primarily male, who relishes speaking their minds behind closed doors. And then apologizing once exposed, of course. No arguments about freedom of speech. No attempt to defend what they actually believe. To the pussy hats, there is no freedom of speech and there should be no opportunity to defend such “hatred,” or argue such points.
This kind of “scaredy cat” thinking goes back to the World War II generation. When I was a young worker, it always astounded me to see how dishonest these aging “greatest generation” members were. To a man, all of them delighted in telling racist jokes and dropping the “N” word liberally when no minorities were present. Then these same people would fall all over themselves when any black worker was around, trying to ingratiate themselves to them by talking “jive” in a most embarrassing manner.
I generally think Pat Buchanan is one of the best and brightest of our age. However, even he has fallen prey to this “scaredy cat” thinking. When David Duke attempted to get the Republican presidential nomination, Buchanan-who was running as well and obviously drew support from the same voter demographic-defeated him in a primary, and shamefully bragged about drumming Duke out of the Republican party. On the surface, there was no discernible difference between Duke and Buchanan on the issues. But this has always been a problem with Buchanan; while clearly thinking like a revolutionary on most issues, at heart he wants to get the approval of the Stupid Party leaders like his old hero Richard Nixon (who refused to support him when he challenged George H.W. Bush in the 1992 primaries.)
So we have a “debate” between largely irrational social justice warriors, whose primary issue is to stop “white privilege,” especially white male privilege, from rearing its ugly head anywhere; and hypocritical white “conservatives,” whose every utterance must be proofread for traces of “racism,” or “sexism,” or “hate.”
Will the pussy hats become incensed over Trump’s foolish recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel? Do they even know where Jerusalem is? After all, Jerusalem, like most of the world outside America, isn’t renowned for its transgender policies. Do they even know what GMO is, let alone that Trump supports their ingredients in our foods? Are they aware that the FDA recently moved to try to outlaw all holistic medical practices and supplements? But you can be certain they’d be howling at the top of their lungs if the mayor of Jerusalem or a high ranking official of the FDA said something that could be construed as “racist.”
We have surely reached another milestone in the development of the Idiocracy, when stories circulate that our arrogant, juvenile president liked to be spanked with a copy of Forbes magazine. He also drinks a supposed twelve Diet Cokes every day, but was given a clean bill of health recently nonetheless. Meanwhile, each day brings new allegations of sexual assault or harassment from some actress somewhere, leveled against someone in the entertainment business.
They say that Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Regarding our own collapse, will we see Trump tweeting, and the pussy hats flinging literal feces, and the putrid mainstream media proclaiming that women and minorities will face the most difficult challenges?
Nothing has contributed more to the lowering of wages and eradication of benefits for so many blue collar workers, than our maddening immigration policy. Illegal immigrants, in particular, have impacted the lower paid jobs to such an extent now that the mantra “they’e just doing jobs Americans won’t” is accepted by everyone.
Just recently, the newly minted richest man in the world, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, announced that he was giving $33 million of his substantial billions to the “dreamers,” whose parents entered this country illegally, so that they could attend college. He didn’t offer $33 for any American-born “dreamer.”
This is the height of insanity; giving money to people who are here illegally. Yes, the word is unkind, but what is the point of having an immigration policy, or anyone bothering to abide by it, if one can not only avoid deportation, but actually be rewarded? California Governor Jerry Brown’s act enabling driver licenses to be used as voter IDs in elections all but granted illegals the right to vote, since they have long been permitted to get driver licenses.
One of the most prestigious universities in the world, the University of Chicago, awarded an illegal immigrant $300,000 in scholarships. It is unclear what this lucky non-citizen will do with the extra $14,000 or so, as a full ride to the expensive school is some $286,000. Maybe it’s some kind of new illegal “bonus.”
Both Republicans and Democrats fight fiercely for illegal immigrants. Some Republican Tennessee lawmaker drafted a bill that would have allowed about 8,000 qualifying illegal immigrants to pay in-state college tuition, though it failed to pass. “I did it because it’s the fair and just thing to do, and I believe these kids will have a huge beneficial impact on Tennessee’s economy,” stated Rep. Todd Gardenhire. “They’re great students, perfect citizens, and pay the same sales taxes the rest of us do.” Note here the over-the-top generalization. So all illegals are “great students?” And how can they be “perfect citizens,” when they…..aren’t citizens?
Proving that this is just as bipartisan an issue as our all war/no peace foreign policy is, Democrats in several states have tried to get the same sort of legislation passed, with the general goal of making financial aid easier for illegal immigrants. In some cases, this includes set-aside funds for illegals who “qualify” under DACA.
Former Arizona Governor and Obama Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano slid easily into the position of President of the University of California system. As such, she has decreed that $25.2 million be allotted for a loan program catering exclusively to illegal immigrants. “This funding will further strengthen the university’s undocumented student initiative, and help ensure that these students receive the support and resources they need to succeed.” Napolitano declared.
“Undocumented student initiative?” This is where the madness really kicks in. Our leaders know people who are in an illegal status, or if we must be politically correct, undocumented. So why aren’t they being documented? What exactly are the immigration authorities doing here? But then again, what has our border patrol been doing for more than thirty years, as wave after wave of immigrants have poured illegally across our southern border?
In New Jersey, in-state tuition is already offered to illegal immigrants. Considering how in-your-face all this catering to illegal immigrants is, it’s ironic and laughable that millions of state taxpayer dollars allotted to illegals under the California Dream Act remain unclaimed, due to fears that disclosing parental tax information will somehow lead to deportation. As Don King used to say, “Only in America!” Critics of the measure concentrated on the fact that many students didn’t meet the grade point requirements (a messy detail that evidently only applies to citizens), rather than the fact taxpayer money was openly being doled out to illegal immigrants.
The Ford Foundation is just one of many huge organizations that award Pre-Doctoral Fellowships to undocumented status students. A naive sort like myself would suppose that a rational country would address the immigration status of students when they first enter an American school system. However, all this was ingrained into law during “conservative” hero Ronald Reagan’s tenure in office. A 1982 Supreme Court decision mandated that states provide K-12 public education for students without legal immigrant status.
As far back as 1982, the U.S. Department of Labor sent a memo out to all state employment security agencies regarding the payment of unemployment benefits to “illegal aliens,”as they were even more indelicately referred to then. Citing a study by the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the memo stated, “The preliminary findings indicate potentially widespread abuse of the unemployment insurance program by illegal aliens.” It is impossible to imagine the extent of the “abuse” that must exist in this area by now.
Ronald Reagan, of course, permitted the disastrous 1986 Immigration “Reform” Act to be passed under his watch. As I’ve noted many times before, that odious piece of legislation opened the barn door forever, permitting blanket amnesty and creating what became known as “chain migration,” which has recently been identified by the mainstream media as roughly the trillionth example of the systemic “racism” which plagues this country.
The pleas of Snopes and other defenders of the Official Faith notwithstanding, illegal immigrants qualify for a good deal of government assistance. Pregnant women, for example, have long been granted free healthcare, leading to the birth of untold number of “anchor babies,” which is again yet another of the endless “racist” terms our hopeless society is saddled with.
A 2014 study by the Social Security Administration, which was hardly hostile toward immigrants, came up with a few illuminating conclusions nonetheless. The study found, “the redistributive nature of Social Security may mean that many immigrants realize a higher rate of return on payroll tax contributions than US natives… immigrants who receive benefits are likely to receive higher replacement rates….immigrants who arrive in the United States at older ages may have higher employment rates than same-age, native-born workers…”
Illegal immigrants are often hired on the spot, from one of those convenient cattle-style lines that Americans can now see in virtually all areas of the country, outside of hardware stores and the like. Needless to say, these kinds of workers pay no taxes, including the payroll deductions that fund Social Security. It is impossible to calculate how much potential tax revenue is lost every year from this kind of informal labor contract, which may only be for a week or even a day.
A 2013 study by the Heritage Foundation determined that illegal immigrants impose a fiscal burden of approximately $54.5 billion annually. The mainstream media never reports it, but illegal immigrants commit a vastly disproportionate amount of violent crimes. Over 42% of federal kidnappings involve non-citizens. The U.S. Sentencing Commission found that 75% of all convicted federal drug offenders were illegal immigrants. Illegal immigrants comprised 17% of all drug trafficking sentences and one third of all federal prison sentences. Again, to a novice, it would seem absurd to waste the legal system’s resources on those who are not in the country legally. And to spend money to house them in our prison system is absolutely unfathomable.
The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Sentencing Commission reported that as of 2014, illegal immigrants were responsible for over 13% of all crimes committed in the U.S. The General Accounting Office found that illegal immigrants committed 25,064 murders from 2003-2009. Very conservative estimates indicate that at least 3.5% of the American population entered the country illegally. But they commit a wildly disproportionate 22 to 37% percent of all murders.
Between June 2011 and March 2017, over 217,000 illegal immigrants were arrested and booked into Texas jails alone; they had jointly committed over nearly 600,000 criminal offenses. California faces the biggest problems with illegal immigrants, but Governor Jerry Brown is hardly anxious to address them logically. In 2014, Brown signed a bill that amended a state statute amending the maximum sentencing for misdemeanor crimes by one day from 365 to 364 days in jail, which conveniently circumvented current federal laws that provide for the deportation of illegal and legal immigrants in this country who have received sentences of 365 days or more.
According to the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, U.S. taxpayers are footing an annual bill of nearly $19 million per day to house and care for an estimated 300,000 to 450,000 convicted criminal immigrants who are eligible for deportation and are currently residing in local jails and state and federal prisons across the country. Remember, all the “racist” cries against Donald Trump originated when he simply protested the fact that illegal immigrants who have committed crimes are not being deported and instead resuming their criminal activities in this country.
The February 7, 2017 edition of The Miami Herald reported that “At least 121 killings within a four-year span were carried out by convicted immigrants who were not deported, according to a 2015 U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee document….Every year, federal immigration authorities release foreign nationals convicted of crimes — including murder — both because the U.S. Supreme Court has prohibited indefinite detention or because their countries refuse to take them back even after immigration judges have ordered deportation.”
The immigration boom of the early twentieth century, combined with large average American families, guaranteed a plentiful population. It made sense, therefore, for our leaders to issue a veritable moratorium of all immigration from the 1920s through the 1960s. The new immigration boom, which really went into overdrive in the 1980s with the vast importation of millions who illegally crossed the southern border, coincided with a cultural campaign urging young couples to start smaller families or forego children altogether.
Anyone living in America today obviously knows that we have enough people. In fact, we have far too many people residing here, which drains the available resources for all. Merely enforcing our immigration laws would free up these resources dramatically, not to mention open up untold numbers of job openings, free up college placement for citizen students, and cut the average size of classrooms all over America.
Trump’s ludicrous idea of a “wall” means nothing if it serves simply to wall everyone already here in. Deportations which should have happened years ago, actual border security, and denial of all government services to undocumented residents would make such an ugly symbol unnecessary. But given the prevalence of “sanctuary cities” and the like, it’s clear that a substantial portion of Americans care more about the rights of these “dreamers” than they do about all of our civil liberties being trampled upon.
I don’t hate immigrants. It isn’t their fault. It’s understandable that they’d want to flee their often desperate circumstances and try to improve their lives. And it’s an irrefutable fact that most of them do, in fact, see their lives improved in America. But just as we can’t compete with Third World wages and benefits, we can’t compete with Third World standards of living or expectations.
The establishment Left is aghast at any efforts to control illegal immigration because most of these immigrants are nonwhite. I don’t think there is any doubt that, if most of the illegals happened to be desperately poor whites trickling across our northern border from Canada, that they’d be a bit more concerned about their negative impact on blue-collar workers, even if they had no propensity to commit crime and spoke English fluently.
The establishment Right objects to any curtailment of illegal immigration because they want cheap labor. And no labor comes any cheaper than the kind they can get from these exploited people.
A sovereign country should put its own interests, and its own people, first. Otherwise, it really isn’t a sovereign country. America First isn’t about Nazis. It’s about taking care of your own first. Charity begins at home.