….. make BLM and antifa look like incredible wimps
I’m writing this a day after election day. I’ve been hauling manure so have been listening to the radio. It has been interesting to hear the various takes on the election results. The polls were wrong again. Republicans have done better than expected.
This column will be in the paper on Veterans Day. Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day. At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month the fighting stopped in World War 1. The war was an unimaginable horror. President Woodrow Wilson had pledged neutrality, yet German hostilities involved American civilians to such an extent that Wilson asked Congress for a declaration of war in 1917 to “make the world safe for democracy.”
Our “democracy” needs a good hard look. Theresa Greenfield and Joni Ernst spent a combined $234 million dollars defending and promising policy that is explicitly forbidden by the Constitution that they would or do take an oath to uphold and defend. With the increasingly popular opinion that money grows on trees, this might not seem like a big deal.
But it is a big deal. Not only is this capital that could otherwise be spent on products and services that enrich peoples’ lives, it polarizes. It makes enemies of friends and family who without it get along fine. People steal yard signs, scream at each other and even burn hay bales and machinery as a part of these elections.
The importance of the elections is based solely on a goal of using other people’s money to do the things we don’t care to do ourselves. Would you go down to a small oil refiner and force him at gunpoint to blend ethanol into his product, with the knowledge that he could go broke doing it? Would you give unlimited cash to foreign governments who indiscriminately murder their opponents? Would you donate to people who choose unhealthy lifestyles, or fake job applications, or do unnecessary scientific research?
Promoting the vote and democracy assumes that we have the knowledge to vote intelligently. Glenn Greenwald, who has exposed numerous unethical and illegal programs by the U.S. and British governments, recently resigned from The Intercept (a news site he co-founded) so he could publish his findings regarding Joe Biden’s connections to the Chinese and Ukrainian governments. Editor, Betsy Reed refused to publish his article as did most of the rest of the news media.
The murders of Michael Hastings, who wrote of Barack Obama’s firing of Stanley McChrystal as commander in Afghanistan and Gary Webb, who investigated U.S. government involvement in crack cocaine distribution are telling. Information that is necessary for an informed vote simply does not exist for a wide swath of Americans who wish to have a say in policy.
Woodrow Wilson was wrong to defend democracy. A system like “two wolves and a lamb voting on what they are going to have for lunch” (Ben Franklin) is working against the people who demand it the most; minorities. The “democracy” lie is so pervasive it has become heretical to deny it. A vast propaganda machine controlled by a tiny minority has convinced us that democracy is freedom. The propaganda is more powerful than a truth that we can’t access.
The signers of the Constitution (none of whom ever uttered the word democracy in a favorable light) would be appalled at this shredding of the work they sacrificed so much to produce.
Devotion to democracy is devotion to theft.
Reminds me of when people say the CEOs make too much money and I say, “Well. You do it for half the salary and then give most of it away to your needy causes.” I never get anyone to take me up on it for some reason.
“… journalists and motorcycle gang members are perhaps unique in interpreting their own slavish conformity as rugged individualism”
The key words are: “We’re” (I guess that’s words)
Isn’t labor without compensation slavery? Isn’t the money loaned these dupes taken without compensation? Isn’t slavery, the catch-word of the year the reason for all inequality?
One person who has revealed American music to Americans is Van Morrison. Before the Brits came along we were stuck in Monkey hell.
I think it is because they have been socialists longer than us. Grey, drizzly weather, little chance for economic advancement without crony connections makes Britain a dead end. As David Bromberg said, “You gotta suffer if you want to sing the blues.”
Van does protest songs in this article where we are being converted into an increasingly childish dependency police state. Checks come to pacify as the economy is transferred to giant retailers with no face. Soon, face to face contact with other people will be extinct. Men and women, needed to create workers will meet through internet to mate. Lipstick stains no more (an up-side).
Check out Van’s newest social comment: https://bestclassicbands.com/van-morrison-lockdown-songs-social-distance-concert-10-23-20/
And this classic:
So exciting. Another election so we can make a difference.
Well, I checked out the Libertarian (Large “L”) candidate just in case. She proposes universal basic income. The Libertarians are still going after the ignorant vote, apparently.
Lots of Trump signs around and just look at who hates him. I’m risking losing friends but I ask, “Why don’t you like Trump?” They say, “He’s not presidential. He’s a racist, homophobic, misogynist, transphobic, rude, crude, and overly confident appearing.”
I looked up “Trump homophobic.” What I found was appointment of conservative judges and that he took gay references off of the White House website. So what? What does the White House have to do with something so personal?
“Misogynist.” So what? His wife likes him.
“Transphobic.” So what? If you don’t like each other, don’t hang out.
All these complaints are rooted in a perception that Trump won’t steal for you. Where is your self esteem? As long as you think you deserve favors because of your status in the world, then favors granted to some one else at your expense are on the table as well.
“Rude, crude, and overly confident appearing.” There are words I try not to use around ladies and in public. They describe Trump pretty well.
“Not presidential.” Well at least he has one thing going for him. Look back at the most popular presidents, all warmongers and welfare statists (which are the same thing). The greatest loss of American lives, liberties, and wealth occurred under their rule.
Look at yourself; what you consider to be the greatest joys of your life. None of those so-called greatest presidents contributed to those things. They probably were diminished by them.
Oh yeah. It’s about Trump. The best part, he’s an outsider. The worst part, he’s controlled by insiders. How else to explain his failure to reveal the redacted parts of the Kennedy assassination and 9/11 Commission reports as he promised? How else to explain his reluctance to let foreign nations defend themselves? How else to explain his caving to the coronavirus mania.
He is now disavowing support for a universal shut-down and crippling of the economy. The “models” were wild and ridiculous over-exaggerations (now forgotten). While the rest of the Western World sees the second wave, Sweden’s death rate with no lock-down has plummeted. In the United States, total deaths from all causes is lower this year than last (according to the CDC). Does that sound like emergency lock-downs and economic disaster were warranted?
Gross Domestic Product is down 31%. The money supply has increased nearly 26% since March, which would equate to a 26% loss of purchasing power. A strong stock market, while being touted as a sign of a strong economy, is actually built on the fact that it takes more dollars to buy stocks. Was shifting vast quantities of wealth from individuals and small businesses to Amazon and Walmart done under the watch of a conservative? No, a puppet.
He has fired John Bolton and other maniacal military types as his handlers directed and appointed patriots, intent on bringing the troops home and putting America first. But that is after we’ve lost 7,000 troops and destroyed massive amounts of infrastructure and lives in other peoples’ squabbles.
That leaves little room in this column for the only other side that we are allowed to hear. On a scale of possible governments, the choice between big government Republicans and big government Democrats is about 2 percentage points apart. One wants to redistribute your hard-earned money and brags about it. The other wants to redistribute your hard-earned money and denies it.