Note from Venezuela

I asked a childhood friend about conditions in Venezuela. She is a doctor. Her is her reply (remember, socialism can’t be voluntary):

“LIFE IN VENEZUELA HAS BECOME TERRIBLE.  WE ARE EVERYDAY
> WITH ONE OF THE HIGHEST COUNTRIES OF HIGH CRIME.  THERE IS
> NO FOOD AT ALL.  THE HIGHEST INFLATION IN THE WORLD.
> PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD THINK WE LIVE IN A DEMOCRACY BUT IT
> IS NOT TRUE.  THERE IS NO
>  MEANS OF OBJECTIVE NEWS.  THE GOV.  OWNS ALMOST ALL THE
> MEDIA.  SEVEN MILLION OF US VOTED AGAINST THE PRESIDENT AND
> WE WHANT TO IMPEACH HIM BUT IT HAS BEEN VERY DIFFICULT.
> THIS 20 TIL THE 24TH SOME OF US HAVE BEEN SELECTED TO GO AND
> VERIFY OUR SIGNITURE AND
>  FINGER PRINTS.  NONE OF MY FAMILY WERE SELECTED BUT I AM
> THE ONLY ONE TO GO.  THERE IS NO WATER.  NO ELECTRICITY.
> ONLY THEY PUT ELECTRICITY FOR A FEW HOURS DURING THE DAY.
> THERE IS NO SOAP, CHAMPU, HIGINE TOWELS, ETC… I JUST GOT
> BACK FROM BOSTON WERE MY
>  GRAND-CHILDREN LIVE AND BROUGHT IN MY TWO BAGS, FOOD, RICE,
> ETC… FOR THE FAMILY.  MANY PEOPLE ARE IN PRISON JUST
> BECAUSE THEY SAY NO TO THIS SYSTEM.  AFTER FOUR OR FIVE PM.
> IT IS DANGEROUS TO GO OUT.  MY CAR WAS STOLEN.  THERE IS
> PROHIBITION TO BUY DOLLARS.
>  SO THERE ARE TWO SYSTEMS.  EATHER YOU ASK THE GOV. FOR A
> VERY LIMITED AMOUNT.  FOUR HUNDRED A YEAR WHICH YOU NEVER
> GET .  OR YOU BUY IT IN THE BLACK MARKET AT AN OUTRAGES
> PRICE.  ONE DOLLAR CAN BE ONE THOUSAND BOLIVARES OR MAYBE
> MORE.  THE GOV .  SAYS THAT
>  ONE DOLLAR IS 12 BOLIVARES.  GAS IS THE ONLY THING SHIP.
> BUT NOT FOR US BECAUSE THE SALARY IS VERY VERY LOW.  IN A
> FAMILY OF FOUR EVERYONE HAS TO WORK.  IF THERE ARE KIDS
> THEY EAT ONLY ONE MEAL A DAY.  AND IS NOT A BALANCE MEAL AT
> ALL.
>
>
>
> EVERYTHING THAT IS PUBLISHED INTERNATIONALLY IS ALL A LIE
> BECAUSE IS ONLY WHAT THE GOV. WANTS THE WORLD TO HEAR.  IN
> MY FAMILY WE ALL HAD TO TAKE OUR CHILDREN OUT.  THERE IS NO
> SECURITY AT ALL.  THE PROPERTY THE GOV. CAN TAKE IT IF THEY
> WANT IT.  THEY HAVE
>  TAKEN ALL THE MAIN INDUSTRIES AND BROKE THEM.  WHEN THE
> PETROLEUM WAS HIGH EVERYONE ATE. NOW THE PETROLEUM IS LOW SO
> THERE IS NO FOOD.  WE HAVE TO IMPORT EVERYTHING AND THERE
> IS NO MONEY.”

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Government enables mass murder again

I got into the tractor to cultivate corn yesterday and it was all about a Fox News special report!!!

The biggest mass shooting in U.S. history. Time for more government. I’m sure conservatives and liberals would join hands in this. More cops, more gun control, more focus on groups being more important than individuals. Dodging raindrops and behind in my work, I’ll refer you to this article: https://fee.org/articles/another-shooting-tragedy-in-a-gun-free-zone/?utm_source=ribbon .

Once again, gun free zones are an invitation to murder.

 

The Millennial’s’ Distopian Utopia

Imagine a child… flailing about in a tantrum on the floor. He knows not why he is so angry. He has a warm and dry place to dwell. Food to eat, rarely canned peas. A mother (fathers being close to obsolete these days). But the anger must be assuaged. Bernie and Trump are ready for mindless expressions of macho appetite. But Bernie actually admits his love of the all for one and one for allism that caused many times more deaths of innocents than Hitler’s Nazis. Trump is just wacky and can be excused (hopefully never to return). On second thought, bring us Trump. With enemies like his, he’s gotta be good.

 

I’ll never forget when our oldest son came home from college and declared the welfare state to be legitimate because “we” voted for it. I can’t think of a better illustration of “democratic socialism.”

No founding father ever had a good thing to say about democracy. They intended to design a republic, not a democracy.

The candidacy of Bernie Sanders presents an opportunity to examine democratic socialism. It is extremely important because vast quantities of millennials (not all of them) are belching forth from schools with the same ideas that Hans formed while at UNI. They flock to Bernie events like Beatles concerts. When you get old, time goes faster. It allows you to see trends more clearly. The trend is toward the worship of government as the provider of all things and away from self-sufficiency.

I was listening to a conservative talk show the other day and this person was so befuddled that Bernie (Sanders) called himself a democratic socialist. He believed democracy is the opposite of socialism. This is the kind of numbskullery that enables people like Bernie to garner such a fervent following. People, like this talk show host, don’t recognize that nation building, space exploration, or medical research are every bit as socialistic as an unwed mother on welfare. But if this radio celebrity had denounced democracy as the fuel that drove socialism, he would also have to denounce his own preferred transfers of wealth by saying, “We voted for it.”

Venezuela voted for it, and it is incredibly timely that Bernie is pushing for the same system here. The fact overlooked most often by promoters of socialism is that, while youthful idealism might inspire us to work to promote the common good for a while, the need for food and shelter enter the picture soon and cause a change of heart. All this free stuff has to come from somewhere.

Hugo Chavez, after being democratically elected in Venezuela, expropriated 1,200 farms and companies in an effort to fund his benevolent programs, even giving away houses. If you wanted to start or expand a business, with the ever-present threat that the government could seize it for the common good, would you?

On an interview show on public radio (Fresh Air with Terry Gross) the subject of the Venezuelan catastrophe was repeatedly referred to as being caused by falling oil prices. The New York Times reporter interviewed, who lives in Caracas, glossed over the fact that the entrepreneurial climate in Venezuela had been destroyed by socialism. It was interesting to hear a resident of Caracas give first- hand accounts of the long lines, empty shelves, and hunger, but never relate it to Venezuela’s “business friendliness” ranking by the World Bank as 186th out of 189. Apparently his paycheck from New York City sets him apart from the victims of socialism in Caracas.

I implore any millennials who might read this to consider the consequences of a democratic socialist system. Also, conservatives should consider the benefits of privately run and funded businesses they have traditionally accepted as things that needed to be done by government; such as the nation building, space exploration, and medical research mentioned above.

Thomas Jefferson said government will inevitably grow. I now see that the federalist idea is what was intended as a way to impede socialism. But starting with Lincoln’s war, then Johnson’s Great Society and Civil Rights Act, our property is no longer ours to use as we see fit. States as well, have no ability to compete, or should I say they only compete through subsidies and tax breaks (plainly more socialism).

So the democracy we now suffer under is still offered as a solution to the problems created by democracy. The vote, as a means to circumvent limited government, worked in Venezuela and it will work here if we let it. Venezuela has the highest murder rate in the world.

I wish these millennial democratic socialists could have their own state where productive people like Hans (who soon saw the light) could move elsewhere. The socialists could remain and put up a billboard saying, “Welcome to the Distopian Utopia.”

 

Guns and Drugs

The headline read: “Fentanyl killed Prince.”

Such is the pure BS of our political climate. What we need is climate change.

This headline would suggest that Fentanyl jumped up out of a vile or pill bottle and made its way into Prince, the same way that handgun jumped up and shot somebody. If you favor the drug war then you favor gun control… using that logic.

This subject hits home with me right now because I strained my back working on a tractor yesterday. My doctor had said, years ago, that ibuprofen and valium would slow the inflammation and stop the muscle spasms that perpetuate the pain and inhibit healing. My perscription for valium ran out and the doctor couldn’t renew it without “seeing” me. He’s an hour away and costs an awful lot of money.

My back hurts like hell but not enough to put my work aside for half a day just to comply with a bunch of rules that have done nothing more than create a society of irresponsible dopes.

WSJ editorial shows its liberal slant

Here is my comment on an editorial that shows the Wall Street Journal for what it is.

“Johnson saying he would have signed the Civil rights Act of 1964 deserves boos from libertarians (and anyone else who understands the basis for our prosperity). And the leftist Journal’s decrying of that shows its support for the collective’s rights over those of individuals. Here lies the root of all government largesse The Journal whines about in its editorials. Like my dad said, conservatives love big government as much as liberals, they just think they can do it better.”

The Journal deleted my post so I amended it thusly:

“My comment was removed where I pointed out that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was a precedent used to justify further intrusions on private property. Real libertarians were justified in booing Johnson on this point. The Journal has posted endless editorials criticizing government intervention on business yet accepts the Civil Rights Act? I certainly don’t favor what some did based on skin color in those days but ultimately those decisions would be bad for business and taken care of themselves. The right to control our own property as opposed to control by the collective is pivotal to our prosperity. Unfortunately, the election will change little as long as the electorate favors government control of individual rights.”

Here is the editorial:

The Libertarian Alternative
An option for the many Never Trump, Never Clinton voters.
Best of the Web Columnist James Taranto on the Libertarian Party’s presidential candidate. Photo credit: Reuters.
May 30, 2016 5:28 p.m. ET
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Third-party presidential candidates are usually gadflies who have little impact, and that includes the nominees of the Libertarian Party over the years. But if there’s going to be an exception, this might be the year given how flawed and widely disliked Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are.

The Libertarians seem willing to try as they nominated a pair of former Republican Governors as their standard-bearers at a typically raucous convention in Orlando on the weekend. Gary Johnson, Governor of New Mexico from 1995-2003, will be the party’s presidential nominee for the second time in a row. He’s hoping to improve on his less than 1% of the vote in 2012 with the help of running mate William Weld, the Massachusetts Governor from 1991-1997.

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The 63-year-old Mr. Johnson wanted Mr. Weld as a show of seriousness to voters. “We’re at a threshold here, a real threshold to grow this party,” Mr. Johnson told the delegates. Mr. Weld won with a mere 50.6% of the vote. Some delegates suspected Mr. Weld of apostasy for having been a Republican—and, worse, having served in government.

Mr. Johnson is famous for supporting drug legalization, and he has run a marijuana company—though he says he won’t get high on either pot or power in the White House. But Mr. Johnson earned boos from the delegates for saying he would have signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Someone should tell these folks that Jim Crow was an example of state and local government tyranny that required federal intervention to break.

The challenge for Johnson-Weld will be reaching the 15% threshold in national polls that would get them on stage for the candidate debates. No third party has cracked that level since Ross Perot in 1992, and he went on to win 19% but no states. Mr. Johnson has hit 10% in a couple of surveys, but he’ll need to raise millions of dollars to get his message out. He also isn’t the most charismatic candidate, even by libertarian standards.
Then again, the mooted third-party campaign from within the GOP hasn’t materialized, which means Johnson-Weld might be the only option for the sizable group of Never Trump-Never Clinton voters. The conventional wisdom is that Mr. Johnson would take disgruntled Republican votes away from Mr. Trump.

It’s also possible he could deny Mrs. Clinton some of the restive GOP votes she needs in states like Pennsylvania or Maine where Mr. Trump cuts into union Democratic ranks. The libertarians could be a safe space for Republicans put off by Mr. Trump but who can’t abide Mrs. Clinton’s ever-leftward lurch.

The Libertarians will offer a policy alternative to both candidates on free trade, and perhaps on taxes if Mr. Trump doesn’t clarify his position on taxing the rich. They’ll also contrast with the Republican on immigration. Mr. Johnson could help himself by reassuring voters that he isn’t one of those libertarians who thinks the only defenses we need are anti-missile batteries and the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

Mr. Johnson isn’t likely to win a state, but he can still play a useful role by reminding the major party candidates that they aren’t the only choices. Mr. Trump seems to think he can say whatever he wants because millions of voters are repelled by Mrs. Clinton. The Libertarians give these voters an honorable alternative if Mr. Trump makes himself unacceptable.