From Ed Steer of Casey Research
From Ed Steer of Casey Research
The president of Liberia is pleading for help from the international community. This is while her son, a doctor, lives in Georgia and won’t go home because of the danger to his health. Meanwhile, our decrepit government is sending servicemen, whose job it is to defend the United States, over there to do what Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s son refuses to do. Our government is a despicable mess of fools who bill us for their foolishness.
Oh man. Don’t we love those democracy demonstrators. Democracy, two coyotes and a sheep deciding what’s for dinner, is all the rage. Now we are supposed to root for these kids in Hong Kong. After all, the commies are the antithesis of democracy, right?
Well, let’s step back and take a deep breath. Communism is closer to democracy than we are led to believe. It is mob rule. It is the utopia of progressives, where the rich are punished and the poor are rewarded.
What the pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong want is what they are getting, rule by Chinese communists. When will any demonstration be for freedom and responsibility? Never. Because those who value freedom and responsibility are busy being free and responsible. They have no time to demonstrate in anticipation of gaining the property of others through political means.
That is why we are doomed.
Fritz is pro-military
I met an old friend at the phone store the other day and he said he liked my column except when I was “anti-military.” It strikes me as odd that my opinions are viewed as such. But considering how government has grown to consume about half of its citizens’ productivity without so much as a whimper, I can see government education has taken a toll on the founders’ vision.
There is a 180 acre field north of us that still has ponds and a full load of nitrogen applied. The dry springs we’ve had lately apparently lulled this farmer into renting too much ground and he will either have tall spindly beans or late corn. But as Bob Streit said in a recent Farm News article, he’s got crop insurance so it doesn’t matter so much.
The welfarists and warfarists have more in common than either would care to admit. They don’t pay all their costs themselves. The farmer mentioned above got in over his head because subsidized crop insurance let him shift costs to taxpayers. His risky decisions will draw from the societal pool of wealth and added to the bad decisions of others, make all of us slightly poorer.
Those who wish to abuse and misuse the military always do so with other people’s money, the same way supporters of the welfare state aim to help the poor as long as someone else pays for it. You cannot be a laissez-faire capitalist and support protection of American interests abroad. That is called crony capitalism or corporate welfare.
I am opposed to use of the U.S. Military to provide welfare to businesses who should provide for their own defense around the world. I choose to live within our borders because that is the jurisdiction of the U.S. Government. Controlling the entire world for the safety of U.S. interests is too large a task for any military. Private funding for protection of U.S. interests abroad would direct that funding to the most profitable uses.
If I wanted to be anti-military as my friend claims I am, I would simply do everything our government Neo-cons are doing right now. These are the positions I would take to fulfill the fantasy that I am anti-military:
My pro-military positions are expressed by my advocacy for a purely defensive force. Such a military, that does not act pre-emptively would attract personnel dedicated to defending the United States rather than acting as agents for the United Nations or foreign governments. Without pre-emptive military action those potential enemies that are swayed to oppose us might stay neutral or even be our friends.
In other words, sending our military into combat to manage an unmanageable world is anti-military. Misusing our military is anti-military.
These two quotes from George Washington’s farewell address express my views better than I could myself:
“It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world…”
“…avoid the necessity of those overgrown military establishments, which, under any form of government, are inauspicious to liberty, and which are to be regarded as particularly hostile to Republican Liberty.”
I am pro-military. I prefer that they stay alive to protect our country.
My first day at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1969 included Anita O’Day. If you saw the lineup for the festival you might understand why I forgot (!) her performance.
Well. There it is. To me, it beat Woodstock (two weeks later) hands down. But then I saw Hendrix 2 years earlier. In 1957 a fashion photographer shot a documentary about that festival. It is truly a work of art that every music lover should see.
The clip below is from that movie. Thank God the abortionists stayed home on this day in 1919.
We have West Africans in Des Moines speaking at the World Food Prize event. Does that seem weird and scary to you?
Occupy The World Food Prize is also there promoting high levels of erosion through reduction of herbicide use. (In case that doesn’t make sense to you, herbicides replace tillage to fight yield reducing weed infestations.) Why would they do that instead of protesting the World Food Prize inviting possible Ebola carriers into our state?
Who pays when my daughter flies to Atlanta on business and gets deathly ill. What the hell is the purpose of government anyway?