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Where Do We Go From Here? Part II

As I wrote in my last entry, “Where Do We Go From Here?“, I believe that we are missing a strategy.  A strategy allows one to produce detailed plans of attack and then provides input into when to coordinate various plans and in what order to execute them to achieve optimal effect.

Constitutional Conservatives, aka NOT RINOs and not necessarily Republicans, have been waging a defensive holding action for the last 40-50 years.  Actually, I would argue we have been on the defensive since the New Deal.  This has caused us to consider the act of stopping or slowing the communists/nazis (liberals/progressives) to be victories.  This could not be further from the truth.  A victory is one in which ground is taken back from the enemy.  A successful defense is a stalemate.

We have not taken significant ground back from the enemy in a very long time.  The most recent “conservative” president, Bush II, actually established a new government agency that is rapidly becoming a national, militarized police force with armored vehicles and massive stockpiles of ammunition and weapons.  I could elaborate further on the failures of the last several “conservatives”, such as Reagan’s debt spending orgy and Bush I’s New World Order, Nixon’s EPA and normalization of relations with China, etc. but I won’t……

Instead I would like to propose several potential strategic goals and start thinking about which to take on first.  I’ll organize these into packages:

  1. Constitutional Liberties Package
  • Balance the budget
  • Abolish the DHS
  • Reduce United Nations funding to the minimum level required to retain an ambassador there and ask them to leave the United States
  • Re-privatize the TSA
  • Eliminate the IRS and establish a flat tax
  • Reign in the NSA. CIA and DIA inside the United States
  • Strengthen Posse Comitatus, especially as it relates to information gathering and usage of drones
  • Sell the DHS stockpiles of ammunition via the Civillian Marksmanship Program
  • Prosecute State and local governments that are abridging the Second Amendment
  • Abolish the BATFE and turn its legitimate enforcement activities over to the U.S. Marshal’s Service
  • Abolish the BATFE’s Form 4473 (federal form for purchasing a firearm aka backdoor registration)
  • Mandate the destruction of all existing form 4473s in the possession of Federal Firearms Licensees and those in the possession of any federal or state government
  • Officially remove the political muzzle from churches and other tax-exempt organizations
  • Revoke FAA permission for local law enforcement to use drones
  • Revoke FAA permission for federal law enforcement to use drones
  • Pass legislation defining the proper use of the “Interstate Commerce Clause” and possibly an Amendment to the Constitution to clarify it.

2.   “Great Society” Deforms Package

  • Balance the budget
  • Provide federal funds to States for requiring legitimate State identification for voting purposes
  • Withhold federal funding for all States that provide a State ID that can be used for voting to illegal aliens.
  • Eliminate the Department of Education
  • Eliminate Obamacare and reign in Medicare and Medicaid
  • Eliminate the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
  • Eliminate the Department of Transportation
  • Eliminate much of the FDA and create a not-for-profit entity to establish guidelines for the testing of drugs and food products to ensure safety.

3. Bare Essentials Package

  • Balance the budget
  • Abolish the DHS and re-privatize the TSA
  • Eliminate the Department of Education
  • Eliminate the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
  • Sell the DHS stockpiles of ammunition via the Civillian Marksmanship Program
  • Reign in the NSA. CIA and DIA inside the United States
  • Strengthen Posse Comitatus, especially as it relates to information gathering and usage of drones
  • Revoke FAA permission for local law enforcement to use drones
  • Revoke FAA permission for federal law enforcement to use drones
  • Eliminate Obamacare and reign in Medicare and Medicaid
  • Reign in the BATFE and cut 30% of jobs there in enforcement arms that ran Fast and Furious
  • Restrict the Federal Reserve’s printing authority

The Bare Essentials package has the most popularity with the general public, in my opinion.  Perhaps the strategy should include everything I have listed and more but the first set of initiatives should be the Bare Essentials.  These changes would make an immediate impact on the lives of Americans and every one of them would be good.

Conservatives have a significantly enhanced ability to communicate to the average American right now.  Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, social media and such have given us an alternative stream to get our ideas out there.  More importantly, they provide us with an ability to educate Americans without filters but with plenty of debate.  We should pick a list of initiatives and start educating folks about them.  The process may take several years but the result will be worth the effort.

I may be off on some of the areas listed above but the message I am trying to send is this: If we continue to play defense we are going to continue to lose.  Our children will pay for our lack of motivation and our lack of ability to make an impact.  They are already paying for our losses to-date and I don’t want to be a part of making their burden any heavier than it already is.

The Goat

A Lack of Common Sense

The United States is currently running a $16,29,608,500,895 national debt (as of September 15, 2012 at 9:24 am Mountain).  That is a per-taxpayer debt of $140,190.  We failed to “build nations” in Iraq and Afghanistan.  China is rapidly becoming the world’s most powerful economic force and they are spending more on defense than the United States.  The world is questioning the US Dollar as the de facto international currency and the jobless rate stands at about 13% in the US.

We are being attacked by terrorists that we trained and armed in Syria, Afghanistan, and too many others to count.  The wealth built-up by our grandparents and great-grandparents is being redistributed to China, Mexico, etc. through “free” trade and WTO/GATT agreements.  Our trade deficit with China sits at $237,173,665,000 and counting—that is money sent there.  Redistribution of wealth, period.  Our Social Security liability is at $14,519,415,900,000 and counting.  Our unfunded liabilities (money we have spent without a source for paying for it) are at $120,604,666,900,000 or $1,054,787 per citizen.

Check the US Debt Clock for the latest, scary, numbers.

With this backdrop both political parties, who share responsibility equally, are accusing the other of being “too extreme”.  I would say the only extreme things here are the shared stupidity of the major parties and the slobbering morons who vote for them and the positions we are currently occupying. Folks must remember that suggesting that we reverse some of the ultra-radical changes that have been made to our system so that we can get back to a rational government that at least resembles what the Founders envisioned is NOT extreme. The changes that were made over the last 70 years have been extreme. Those changes are responsible for the national debt. Those changes are responsible for the undeclared wars in Greece, Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Guatemala, El Salvador, Grenada, Nicaragua, Columbia, Panama, Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Philippines, Malaysia, ande even more places that I can’t remember.  I mean, who can keep track of all the places we are engaged in combat in? . Those changes are also responsible for the “free” trade that has redistributed our jobs and our wealth, the radical entitlements that drain our treasury, the offshoring of our jobs, the drunken distribution of foreign aid and profits of “free” trade, the arming of terrorists that have turned against us, the transfer of technology and wealth to China that has made them the single largest holder of our external debt, etc. Heck, those changes are the REASON we have external debt. 

 It is time to end the radical experiments from both sides of the aisle and return to the vision of the Founders. Change is necessary but along with change one must have the courage to admit when the change has been bad and the courage to reverse course when the change is causing serious problems such as the massive debt, bad economy, joblessness and basically the loss of four undeclared wars. We literally can’t afford to continue to occupy the radical positions our major parties have moved us into. Going back to a “known state” is not bad. “Progressing” with changes that are obviously causing serious damage to the nation IS bad.

In the days of the founders the Democrat Party wouldn’t have existed and the Republican Party would have been considered dangerously far left wing.  The changes that have broken this country have been extreme.  Because most of you morons haven’t listened to reason and know your football stats or Kim Kardashian’s love life better than the Constitution the changes required to save this country will also be extreme.

With this in mind I have compiled a list of the most destructive changes to this country.  I sincerely hope that folks from both sides of the aisle will look at these and give serious consideration to addressing the problems this nation faces before it is too late, if it isn’t already.

  1. The MTV, Survivor, Jersey Shore, Kim Kardashian crowd.  Need I really say more?  WAKE UP!
  2. US Education not teaching the foundations this country was founded upon                             A. Too many US Citizens have an entitlement mentality                                                                 B. Too few US citizens understand basic economics
  3. Re-ordering of the financial system under Roosevelt
  4. Trade: WTO/GATT and NAFTA
  5. 14th Amendment (Representatives apportioned by population)
  6. 16th Amendment (Income tax)
  7. 17th Amendment (Direct election of Senators)
  8. 26th Amendment (18 y/o voters)
  9. Social Security and Medicare
  10. Undeclared Wars
  11. Our internationalist forays as seriously begun under Woodrow Wilson
  12. Disaster relief
  13. Welfare
  14. Military spending (must have the best or the best of the best—arm the citizens and we won’t need the best of the best of the best)
  15. Eradication of all religious influence in our public institutions—especially schools
    1. a.       No, I do not believe in theocracy but I know that a civilization must have shared values to exist.  Don’t like it? May you take a long dive off a short cliff—or leave, either one.  I prefer the dive option.  Hate to think the cancer here could go on to infect others.

 

 

Survival–What I Can Tell You in a Few Minutes

1. What type of disaster are you preparing for?

1a.  The type of disaster is critical because the conditions often limit potential resources, make egress routes more difficult, etc.  Try to organize your potential responses by identifying the most likely disasters for your area and creating responses for each.  Some portions of the responses will be shared across all scenarios.  You should identify a safe destination for each scenario, including at least one long-term destination outside of the impacts or safe from the impacts of all of your scenarios.  Always start with planning what you will need to have at your objective, or destination, and plan backwards to understand how you will need to get it all there, how you will procure it and what you need.

2. You really need a good defensive position for your long-term destination. The basement of your house in suburbia is not going to work for you—just ask the folks in Tuzla, Bosnia or any number of other places that witnessed the excrement hit the fan.  Be sure that your destination is at least four hours outside of any city of more than 300,000 and well off of main roads (preferably an hour or more).  Look for a position that offers concealment for your main camp and an area with long sight lines over all approaches that allows sentries to keep an eye on avenues of approach.

2a. Here is some guidance for urban areas if you wait too long to leave and find yourself stuck in a city for a time.

2b.  Here is some guidance for rural areas and choosing/creating good defenses.

3. Water. Water. Water. You need to be able to purify large quantities on your own. A piece of defensible land with a network of fresh springs is best. I hear some of you thinking “I’ll boil it”. Be sure you have fuel to do so wherever you’ll be doing it and enough filtration or purification pills to provide what you need until you can boil enough to get you through.  Plan for about 3 liters of water per day, per person.  That’s what an active person needs for drinking and conservative hygiene.  Plan an additional two liters/person for a quickie shower once every week too.  The bump to morale a shower provides is a great thing.  Purified water isn’t necessary for a shower but you should strain it and boil it anyway;  there are some critters that live in water that you don’t want to make the acquaintance of without good medical care.

4. Think about teaming up with your trustworthy friends and family. Share the load, so to speak.   If you are a “professional” with no real ties to those around you then I suggest you start making some.  Right now.

5. I hear a lot of you also thinking “Guns.”. Well, technically you only need one. That’s enough to be able to get more. Stick to NATO/law enforcement rounds for survival situations (5.56x45mm, 9x19mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP, 7.62x51mm, .300 WinMag—I would say .50 BMG/12.7mm but if you have that you probably don’t need this little primer).  I also recommend a couple of good, accurate .22 LRs rifles or carbines and a 12 ga shotgun with interchangeable short (18 in.) & long (24+) barrels.  A .22mag is also nice to have or a .44 Magnum lever action.  These are for hunting.  A .22 mag is sufficient for a good shot to bring down game up to and including deer at close ranges (under 175 meters) and a .44 mag rifle with good ammunition will bring down almost anything in North America within the same range. With solid bullets and good shot placement you can even kill small game like rabbits and pheasant without completely destroying the meat with a .44 mag carbine.

6. Think through all four seasons and remember that the staying local option may not be open or may close after a period.  Do NOT go into the mountains in the late summer, fall or winter without having a place prepared with food, fuel etc.  For more information on why this is, Google the “Donner Party”.

7. Remember that everything needs to be mobile—perhaps without gasoline. A market will spring up in the mid to long term but until then you may end up abandoning or caching whatever you can’t carry.

8. Precious metals and gemstones—but only if you can protect them. Focus on silver rather than gold.  Gold is just worth too much and is hard to trade.  Folks that have spent time in Bosnia or Beirut (in the 80s) say that ammo becomes currency.  Get a bunch of .22 LR and you’ll not regret it.

9. Cattle and other livestock are good if they will be there when you get there and if you can protect them. They are a requirement for sustained living over a longer period of time, as is the ability to grow food during the growing season.

10. Have rally points for your friends and family. Think about locating a cache near one or more of the probable rally points.

11. Have a “Go/No Go” decision tree made in advance. Don’t allow your emotions to get in the way of survival. Make one and stick to it. Be sure your significant other/trustworthy friends and family agree to it without reservation and have them sign it.  Be prepared to make the hard choice to leave folks behind if they won’t act when the trigger conditions are met.

12. Think. A lot. Most situations can be survived if you have thought about them in advance. Adrenaline is a poor substitute for planning—although any action can sometimes be better in a survival situation than doing nothing.

13. GPS is nice, while you have batteries and the satellites are flying. If you don’t know what terms like “magnetic deviation”, “pace count” and “dead reckoning” are and don’t own at least two milspec lensatic compasses then you need to do some studying and practicing and think about taking a course in land navigation.

14. Boots, boots and boots. Footwear is a treasure in survival situations—especially long term. Wool socks too.  100% wool.  Lots of them.  Foot powder.  These three things are essential to your survival.  They are as important as water and more so than food, in the short term.

15. Stop thinking about living and start thinking about existing.  Make the change in your mindset now.  Challenge yourself to cut back on thongs and find simple things to enjoy, like playing cards (not gambling) and dominos or reading.  Things that can take your mind off of your situation that are available anywhere.

16. Do not do things like climbing, etc. that cause you to be in danger when you are in a survival situation. You are in enough as it is.  Don’t take silly chances when medical care/rescue are not an option.

17. Take care of your feet and your back. This is one of the most important things I have said. If you have sores on you back from your pack, stop and disinfect and bandage them.  Fix the pack so it doesn’t cause these any more. If your feet are wet, stop and dry them as soon as it is humanly possible and apply foot powder. If you have blisters, stop moving for a few days, if possible. Yes, it is that important.  Yes, really.

18. Never stand where you can sit, never sit where you can lay down and never lay down without going to sleep.  Keep someone on watch at all times.  Stay low.  Always.  When you stop, take a knee.  Face outward.

19. Fires are for cooking, killing your night vision and drawing bugs—and possibly drawing unfriendly people. Make the fire out of very dry fuel in a sharp depression where the smoke will diffuse through living tree boughs and put it out when the food is ready. Make fires only during daytime with really dry wood to minimize smoke. Cook enough to eat for your dinner too.  Try to only light fires when there is a good breeze and you have a good line of sight downwind from the fire.

20.  FAT is necessary to long-term survival.  Not fat on you but fat in your diet.  You cannot survive long-term on venison, rabbit, birds, etc.  You have to have fat from bears or beavers or cattle/buffalo, etc.  Fat from milk or dairly products is great if you have some cattle or goats to get it from.

Good stuff to have in a rally point cache: (Remember the rule: two is one and one is none.  Always have two backups if you can carry them—since one is none)

1. A real, honest-to-goodness Bowie knife that is sharp-enough to shave the hair off of your arm (replaces hunting knife, machete and hatchet)

2. A good sharpener and leather strop.

3. Water purification tablets.  Enough for everyone x2 + 20%

4. If you don’t have a weapon with you, you’ll need one here with a minimum of 128 rounds of ammo and no more than 250/person (too heavy).

5. Disposable rain ponchos in dark colors and a couple of bright ones. Have a few extras.

6. Emergency space blankets—have extras

7. Gorilla tape: 3-4 rolls

8. Bandanas (yes, bandanas). They are useful in all kinds of situations from keeping your face warm and acting as a sling, compress or tourniquet to straining large particulates out of water before purification. No matter how purified it is, crunchy or chewy water is never good–trust me on this.

9. If you can get your hands on it, 1 large roll of 300 lb Kevlar string (medical supply store). If not, ~ 50’ good rope (not climbing-grade) and some dark colored nylon string.

10. Really basic fishing supplies (hooks & fishing line) and a book on snares.

11. GPS and lensatic compass (remember the rule)

12. Backpack(s) that fits everything with a frame

13. Good hiking boots and extra socks

14. Paper currency and some silver

15. A serious multi-day first aid kit with first aid manual unless you are a paramedic. Be sure it has blister bandages or pack your own)

16. Foot powder—Gold Bond- 2 per person + 20%

17. A bottle of Absorbine Linament (get it from a veterinary supply store)

18. The Ranger Handbook (with each page laminated with holes punched in the corner held together with a D-ring) (expensive to do but priceless)

19. Flashlight with red and green lenses

20. Hand crank Shortwave/AM/FM/Weather band radio

21. Batteries and hand-crank or solar charging device

22. 1 gallon and storage size Ziplock bags

23. Boy scout style flatware and cook set

24. Quite a bit of paper and pencils and pens

25. Set of good Motorola radios (35 mile range)

26. Package of road flares

27. Several Lighters and matches

28. A few of the good Igloo 5 gallon or larger water containers. These can be used to bury everything in and then re-used as water or gasoline containers.  Seal them with bathroom/kitchen caulk when burying everything.

29. Salt and lots of it.  Bags, not packets.

30.  Best to bury stuff on land that you have legitimate access to and is not close to any major roads.

One note: I have been through all of this before. We all thought Clinton was going to come for us or we were going to get nuked or Red Dawn was going to happen and before that there were many others (or so my dad said). I don’t really believe that anything is going to happen, anymore. I also know the price of being unprepared if it does. Be prudent but not paranoid and dial every rumor you hear down about 5 notches.  The stuff above is good for a long time. You only need to replace it about every 5 years (batteries maybe more often). Put the perishables (first aid kit, absorbine, duct tape, compass, batteries, etc.) together so you have less digging to do when the replacement time comes. The Foxfire books are good to have around as well. All kinds of knowledge such as how to make lye soap (rendered fat and fine ash aka potash) how to preserve meats by salting, smoking, etc., how to tan hides, make clothing, medicinal herbs, fungus and plants and how to dig a root cellar for food and medicine storage, building a log cabin or dugout, etc.. All kinds of good information in them for long-term survival.

Take a Bible too.  It is a very comforting thing to have when SHTF.

What is the “Gray”?

Many Americans believe that anyone with the wisdom of a few years knows that there is a gray.  When chance brings them together with someone who believes that there is only black and white, they either write them off as a “religious whack job”, “tolerate” them and breathe a sigh of relief when they are gone or they are outright hostile towards them.  Children who believe there is only black and white are ridiculed by teachers and counseled by school counselors in an effort to “help” them—as though they have something wrong with them!

So just what are black, white and  gray?  Black is, of course, evil and white is good.  You know, Satan and God.  Black and white are metaphors of morality.  Many people have a moral code that is a bit fuzzy around the edges.  They can usually differentiate between right and wrong but they are also often hesitant to try to unravel the moral complexities.  Their hesitation stems from emotion triumphing over logic, an inability to admit that something they have done is wrong or a lack of a solid standard upon which to make the judgment.  These are the promoters of the gray.  The gray is supposedly an indefinite area between the black and white.  It is an area of moral uncertainty of indefinite size that varies in each person’s unique moral code.

A moral code is typically defined by a number of things in a person’s life.  It is influenced by one’s upbringing, one’s peers, etc.  It is also influenced by contact with or isolation from religion.  It is influenced when one’s parents divorce and it is influenced by the outcome of prior decisions.  It can be as unique as a person’s frame of reference.  This potential for wide deviations was recognized as destructive of society from the very beginning.  Humans enforced a strict adherence to a shared set of values, or moral code, as they built their societies.  Those who failed to adhere to the shared moral code, what we think of now as the law, were shown the door very quickly because it was recognized as a disqualification for association with that society.  We recognize the same truth today when we sentence criminals to prison or even to death.

… freedom of men under government is to have a standing rule to live by, common to every one of that society, and made by the legislative power erected in it. A liberty to follow my own will in all things where that rule prescribes not, not to be subject to the inconstant, uncertain, unknown, arbitrary will of another man, …” — John Locke, Second Treatise, Ch. 4 § 21.

The shared moral code of the United States is based upon the Christian Holy Bible.

Our law and our institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody the teachings of the Redeemer of mankind.  It is impossible that it should be otherwise; and in this sense and to this extent our civilization and our institutions are emphatically Christian. …this is a religious people.  This is historically true.  From the discovery of this continent to the present hour, there is a single voice making this affirmation…we find everywhere a clear recognition of the same truth…this is a Christian nation.

 

                                                                                                                              Justice David J. Brewer

                                                                                                                              Holy Trinity Church v. U.S.

Justice Brewer was, in penning the majority opinion of the Supreme Court, not suggesting that Christianity is in any way the “established” religion of the United States.  He went on to write a book entitled The United States A Christian Nation:

But in what sense can it be called a Christian nation?  Not in the sense that Christianity is the established religion or that the people are in any manner compelled to support it.  On the contrary, the Constitution specifically provides that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”.  Neither is it a Christian nation in the sense that all of its citizens are either in fact or in name Christians.  On the contrary, all religions have free scope within our borders.  Numbers of people profess other religions, and many reject all.  Nor is it Christian in the sense that a profession of Christianity is condition of holding office or otherwise engaging in the public service, or essential to recognition either politically or socially.  In fact the government as a legal organization is independent of all religions.

                                                                                          Justice David J. Brewer

                                                                                          The United States A Christian Nation, (1905)

What Justice Brewer, and the majority of the Supreme Court of the United States, says in his opinion is that the Christian religion provides the standard by which morality is measured in the United States.  It forms the basis for the core philosophies that comprise the foundation of the United States of America.  One of those philosophies is articulated in John Locke’s Second Treatise on Civil Government. Below, the first several lines from Second Treatise are quoted:

Sec. 1. It having been shewn in the foregoing discourse,

1. That Adam had not, either by natural right of fatherhood, or by positive donation from God, any such authority over his children, or dominion over the world, as is pretended:

2. That if he had, his heirs, yet, had no right to it:

3. That if his heirs had, there being no law of nature nor positive law of God that determines which is the right heir in all cases that may arise, the right of succession, and consequently of bearing rule, could not have been certainly determined:

Continued exploration of Second Treatise reveals even more references to God and First Treatise refers to the Bible and God even more liberally.

There are other philosophies contemporary to or pre-dating the establishment of the United States that do not reference God.  Many would have us believe that these formed the basis for the nation.  A serious examination of history by any fair-minded person will reveal the truth.  It is an exploration that is rewarding and educational and I encourage all to do the research for yourselves.

The point one hopes can be made is that there is a solid standard by which all Christians, by definition, can measure to discern the difference between good and evil.  The United States, and a vast majority of Western civilization, can trace their laws and their current moral codes back to Christianity.  So why is this important?  It is important in this discussion because the “gray” and its promoters are, knowingly or not, engaged in decaying the very foundations upon which our civilization and government exist.  “Who could want to do that?”, you ask.  The sad fact of the matter is that anyone with a good education in history or the will to pursue self –education of same can find the proof of what I say above readily—and I do mean anyone, including our enemies.

“This grasp of the duality of all phenomena is vital in our understanding of politics.  It frees one from the myth that one approach is positive and another negative.  There is no such thing in life.  One man’s positive is another man’s negative.  The description of any procedure as “positive” or “negative” is the mark of a political illiterate.

Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals (Vintage books, 1971) Page 17

When the idea of the gray was born it was not intended to be a weapon aimed at our country.  The concept of the “gray” comes from Taoism or Daoism and the gray appears early in Western society as well, in the form of Plato’s Dialectic.  They both share a central theme: There is good in everything evil and there is evil in everything good.  One cannot know precisely how much of either is in a specific action and, therefore, everything is shades of gray.  The basic principles of the dialectic:

  1. 1.        Everything is transient and finite, existing in the medium of time (this idea is not accepted by some dialecticians).
  2. 2.        Everything is made out of opposing forces/opposing sides (contradictions).
  3. 3.        Gradual changes lead to turning points, where one force overcomes the other (quantitative change leads to qualitative change).
  1. Change moves in spirals (or helices), not circles (sometimes referred to as “negation of the negation”).

One sees the symbol of the Tao message in many places in modern society.  It is the symbol called Yin and Yang.

 

Yin & Yang

The moral uncertainty reflected in the gray was compelling to a couple of young Germans.  They were seeking a weapon to fight capitalism and both understood that one must attack the foundations of capitalism to destroy it.  In Western civilization the foundation of capitalism is Christianity and both had been taught so at university (if you question this learn the history of the Knights Templar).  Karl and Friedrich finally developed the theory that they believed capable of toppling Western civilization.  They called this theory Dialectical Materialism.  The book they wrote is called Das Kapital.  The political/economic system it advocates is called Communism.

How is Communism aimed directly at the heart of the West?  One of the core tenets of Communism, or Dialectical Materialism, is that man has no soul.  Communists believe that man is merely animated matter.  Without a soul, the argument for God-given Rights is undercut.  This is also the purpose behind the advancement of Darwin’s theory of Evolution.  The links between Marx and Darwin are well documented.  Anything that is destructive of the foundation is elevated and anything that strengthens it is ridiculed.

The United States is founded upon the belief that Rights are directly conferred by God upon each individual person.  The excerpt below is from the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

The Founders warned us repeatedly to not lose sight of the origins of our Great Nation:

On every question of construction [of the Constitution] let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or intended against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed. — Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), letter to Judge William Johnson, (from Monticello, June 12, 1823)

The Founders knew what Marx and Engels knew: the political destruction of the United States depends upon the destruction of the foundation of our nation.  The theft of faith from millions of Americans by our schools and institutions and the all-out war the “progressives” are waging against religion finds its origins in this simple understanding.

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports…The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and cherish them…Whatever may be conceded to the influence of a refined education…reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.[1]                     

                                                                                                                                                                  George Washington

The gray is, quite simply, the decay of the foundations of the United States of America.  Once the standard has been removed from sight and the ambiguity of the gray prevails the United States will cease to exist.

One evening a young lady went out with a wealthy man.  They were having a quite wonderful time and all was going well.  At the end of the evening the man realized that he was not going to be able to charm the young lady enough to get her to have sex with him, so he asked her: “Would you sleep with me for $20.00?”.  The young lady looked offended and replied that she would not.  Undaunted, the man asked, “Would you sleep with me for a million dollars?”.  The young woman enthusiastically nodded her approval but was taken aback at the millionaire’s next question: “How about $50?”.  “What do you think I am?”, the young lady fumed.  The man replied, “We have already established what you are–now we are just debating the price.”.

                                                                                                                                                Unknown to author

 


[1]James D. Richardson, A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, 1789-1897, (Published by Authority of Congress, 1899) Vol. I, pg. 220, September 17, 1796.

The United States and National Suicide–A How-To Guide

“The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.”–Lenin

“An autopsy of history would show that all great nations commit suicide.” –Arnold Toynbee

When Lenin uttered the words above he revealed his understanding of the darker side of capitalism: greed unrestrained by morality.  In previous posts I laid out some of the evidence that the United States is a nation founded upon Christian values.  The danger of subversion of those values is that freedom cannot exist in the absence of morality and responsibility.

When one is analyzing an enemy, the key is to understand how one’s weaknesses can become strengths and how the enemy’s strengths can become weaknesses.  The strength of the United States is it’s economy.  WWII Japan and Germany discovered this too late and Reagan used this natural strength again in helping to win the Cold War.

Capitalism is our strength but when unrestrained by responsibility and morality, it is a recipe for national suicide.  It is the weakness of the strength.  When the drive to make money trumps the security of the nation or the responsibility to do that which is right, it follows that those who pursue these profits will act against the security of the nation in the most irresponsible ways.  The need to grow profits and the attendant need to expand markets to do so, have led businesses and special interest groups in our country to not only lobby for irresponsible and damaging policies but they have lured many of these companies into acts that are directly responsible for the difficulties that plague our nation today.  Loose immigration enforcement, “free” trade, most-favored nation status for China and relaxed export laws for dual-use technologies are all playing a part in the erosion of our nation’s supremacy.

Illegal Immigration and Free Trade

I recently discovered a site that has a plethora of statistics on how illegal immigration is affecting our country.  This site reveals frightening details of the impacts to everything from sex crimes, drug crimes and infrastructure to medical care.  The disturbing information on this site is readily available to the officials in our government but, too often, they look the other way.  Why?  The simple fact of the mater is that illegal immigrants represent cheap labor.  Democrats and Republicans both look the other way because they have not taken the time to look at the issue and understand why businesses need this cheap labor resource.  Neither have they attempted to educate our citizens as to why they are not a viable resource to these firms.

Business profitability is all based on COGS.  COGS stands for the cost of goods sold.  COGS is the difference between earnings and profits or net and gross.  Labor intensive businesses can most readily reduce COGS by utilizing an inexpensive labor force.  When it comes down to it, the vast majority of the immigration issues in our nation are a result of COGS and, more specifically, the price of labor—skilled and unskilled.

The price of labor is an amalgamation of wages, taxes and benefits.  The benefits include a couple of things that one might not think of: Social Security and Unemployment Insurance.  The addition of these two government-mandated benefits, along with the government-mandated minimum wage makes the use of citizens of the United States extremely expensive for unskilled labor-intensive industries.  Why does the guarantee of a “living wage”, retirement benefits and a fund to help workers between jobs have such an effect?  Because they raise the price labor and therefore of production.  This means that these government-enforced benefits cause a direct increase in COGS.

Back in 1994 an agreement called NAFTA went into effect.  NAFTA stands for the North American Free Trade Agreement.  It is a treaty that created the largest trade bloc in the world and its provisions were intended to level the playing field across borders.  Goods produced in Mexico are treated, by law, as though they were produced in the United States or Canada and vice-versa.  There are no import or export taxes for goods crossing these borders.

This means that a labor-intensive industry in Mexico has a significant advantage over the same industry in the United States and the advantage was created by our own government!  There are two ways to eliminate this advantage: 1) Eliminate the minimum wage and allow the market to set the rate for labor, 2) Open-up our Southern border and allow illegal immigrants to cross the border and work.  Since #1 is strongly opposed by our economically uneducated population it would have been political suicide.  Thus illegal immigration has been allowed to continue unabated by both parties.

Now that we are opposed to illegal immigration, are we economically educated and willing to implement the second mechanism to eliminate the advantage?  No, of course not.  This means that one of two things must occur: 1) The industries must acknowledge that they cannot compete and close-up shop or move their business to Mexico, thus eliminating a number of US jobs, loss of tax revenues and overall loss of contribution to the productivity of our country, 2) Find a way to do the work that is not labor-intensive (technology).

The effects of NAFTA on Mexico have created an interesting phenomenon whereby Mexican citizens are incented to come to the United States.  Understandably, Unskilled labor-intensive industries such as industrial farming have the largest advantage in Mexico.  As one can see from the data available at this link, this has caused movement of population from the cities into the rural areas and has caused an overall decrease in the number of workers with salaried jobs.

Despite what Libertarians and others, not the least of which is the Republican Party, would have you believe, regulation of trade and immigration has nothing to do with the freedom of a people within a country. Under our Constitution the federal government was originally funded by tariffs and is empowered to regulate foreign commerce. In the same Constitution, the Founders prohibited the establishment of unequal market barriers between States and empowered Congress to regulate commerce between the States.  There is no question that market barriers are a key part of sovereignty and national security.

Why do I say that? Let’s look at the market principles first: a given market will achieve equilibrium within its boundaries. Making the market larger does produce short term profits and economies of scale but long term, the effect is the same. Thus, having a single, free market, that spans the globe will result in the same equilibrium point that one would achieve within national boundaries in the long term–from a PROFIT perspective, ceteris paribus.

Free trade is also a mechanism of wealth redistribution. The wealth redistribution here is, technically, free as opposed to compulsory. The reality is that in the mid-to-long term it is not free and the effect is that those from wealthy countries end up with less. Also, if one wishes to buy a product not made in the region that produces it most efficiently, one will be out of luck in the mid-to-long term. Saying that the market will correct for this is wishful thinking in many cases. At the very least there will be a period of indeterminate length during which the market pressures will be inadequate to produce results and choice (freedom) will suffer.

We have been pursuing a policy that assumes that we want to be economically equal with Mexico and many other countries while they pursue a policy intended to suck as much wealth out of us as is possible.  While we pursue the utopian BS of equality the leadership of many countries such as China are pursuing dominance.  We are committing national suicide.

The problem with economics is that attempting to discern choices is extremely complex. People will do things to themselves, economically speaking, that are not intelligent at all (i.e. lack of savings), despite the assumptions required for theoretical economic understanding. While the effect is on an individual or a small group it is not a problem. When the effect is on a nation there is a problem that involves both questions of sovereignty and sometimes questions of national security.

In my opinion the radical free-traders are just as bad as the Keynesians and nearly as bad as the socialists. When you combine Keynesian economic theory with radical free trade and socialism you get massive debts and huge deficits along with high unemployment. It is a vicious cycle and we are several “swirls” in.

Let’s discuss the impact of Keynesian economics on our nation.  The foundation for the modern financial system of the United States started in 1933, March 9, 1933 to be exact, during the 73rd Congress and was instituted pursuant to the authority of the President under the War and Emergency powers in the Constitution.  A Senate Committee, in 1972, stated in its report “Since March the 9th, 1933, the United States has been in a state of declared national emergency.”.  The election of FDR and the willingness of the masses to give him unprecedented power resulted in this complete re-ordering of the financial system.  His manipulation of the Supreme Court allowed it to continue to this day.

The new system was linked to precious metals, except for short periods of de-linking, until 1972 but was not directly based on them—a direct violation of Article I, Section 10 of the Constitution. The new system, as recorded in law and in the Congressional Record, used mortgages to secure the currency. Mortgages are given out by banks, banks use the mortgage to buy credit from the Federal Reserve, the Fed uses mortgages to secure external national debt sales. The entire system has been a Keynesian system since that day. The Keynesian debt bubble was institutionalized and the first unexpected result was inflation–which is actually currency devaluation. The politicians like to call it price inflation, though, to make it seem like the fault of the companies as opposed to monetary devaluation which is caused by the government’s monetary policies.

Remember: this was the fault of both parties. This all started in 1933 and each government thereafter has had the opportunity to change back to the previous, non-Keynesian (Smith for example) system of original economics. None of them have done it. Until this is done, we will continue to have the rollercoaster ride of the Keynesian system and massive levels of external debt. The key thing to remember about external debt is that the value of the external debt instruments is directly tied to the wealth production capacity of the people and companies of the United States. Any assault on that profitability has a direct affect on the value of external debt instruments and on the international value of the dollar.

NAFTA, coupled with the Crop Reduction Program, now called the Conservation Reserve Program, have decimated a large portion of our country’s food production capabilities.  Where I grew up, there wasn’t a farmer around that wanted it said that he was on the government payroll.  Now, there are a lot fewer farmers and the primary income for the region is government assistance.  Not only do they no longer farm the amount of land they used to, they often have neither the knowledge nor the equipment to farm even if it were to become profitable to do so.

Illegal immigration, NAFTA, redistribution of wealth, paying farmers to not grow food, deficit spending, massive national debt and Mexican and Chinese manufactured goods stacked on every shelf of every store in America.  Shall we continue down this road?  What happens if we cannot pay the holders of our external debt?  If we continue to redistribute the wealth of the United States via free trade and through policies that have world socialism as their basis will we ever be able to pay our debt?  How do we preserve the ability to create what we need here in the United States?  If we do not and we can’t repay our debt and the world decides that we no longer have any credit how will we obtain the essentials? If we keep sending our jobs overseas how can we collect the taxes necessary to pay our debt?  How do we retain the knowledge of how to produce these things ourselves?

How do we fix it?  Repeal NAFTA and drop out of the WTO and GATT.  Learn economics.  Establish a secure border and make illegal entry a dangerous enterprise with severe penalties.  Prosecute business owners who knowingly or unknowingly employ illegals.  Lower taxes and raise tarriffs.  Charge both import and export taxes and apply them to our debt until it is gone.  Eliminate national minimum wage mandates and Social Security.  Enhance the current 401(k) legislation and incent folks to save money.  Withdraw our military from all foreign countries and arm our allies with the best weapons we can produce–but retain the ability to turn them off or make them less useful.  Get the federal governmnet out of education and eliminate Unions for non-manual labor enterprises.  Fire up voucher systems to promote school choice and eliminate tenure for faculty of publicly funded universities.  Eliminate the federal Department of Agriculture, Department of Education, the NEA, the Department of Commerce and every other federal organization not overseeing Constitutionally-mandated areas.

Many would say that these positions are too extreme.  I would say that the positions we have occupied are too extreme and the proof is plain for all to see.  We need to return to Constitutional government and sane economic policies.  We can’t afford the extravagances of socialism and free trade.  We can’t afford to have inept faculty and schools that are machines of indoctrination and control because we can’t afford to have uneducated citizens.  We can’t afford to secure the world and we can’t afford to not secure our borders.

Educate yourselves!  Time is running short.  If you do not learn the answers to these questions now, you may never have the opportunity to do so.  I know you are busy–we all are–but the reality is that we have been asleep for too long.  We have become the ignorant mass that the elitists always believed we were.  They speak words that are popular and we go back to sleep.  They tell us “Just vote Republican” and having pulled the lever for a party line vote we go home feeling that we accomplished something.

I tell you we have accomplished NOTHING except to slowly allow ourselves and our children to be turned into slaves.  We may have already lost the opportunity to reverse the decline but we won’t know until (or unless) we try.  Voting for a party will NEVER solve these problems.  They are too awash in corporate, foreign and interest group donations.  They have sold us at the behest of these entities for the benefit of those pursuing riches at any price.  They will not relinquish power voluntarily.

In the knowledge that a child had been born that was possibly the Son of God, Herod the Great didn’t search for Him so that he could surrender his power.  Instead he hunted Him and even killed every child aged 2 and under trying to eliminate this threat to his power.  This is the nature of power.  This is the nature of mankind.

Wake up Americans, or be smothered in your sleep.