Quote of the Day 05/13/16

“Of all contrivances for cheating the laboring classes of mankind, none has been more effective than that which deludes them with paper money.” — Daniel Webster
(1782-1852), US Senator

IT’S HAPPENING . . . And It’s Happening Fast By: Howard Galganov

Everyone knows what’s best for Trump. But they seem not to have known what it took to beat him. So they all lost. And now that the Nomination Fight is done, they’re at it again, telling Trump WHAT he should say, and WHAT he shouldn’t say, and HOW he should or should not say it.

If they were as smart as they think they are, how come Trump’s the Nominee, and not one of them even came close?

AND NOW WE HEAR . . . how the Bush’s and Romney won’t support Trump. They won’t even go to the Convention, and how Ryan needs Trump to more or less get on board with Ryan’s Conservative Philosophy, if Trump wants Ryan’s support.

As for the Bush’s . . . wasn’t it Bush 41, who said: “READ MY LIPS” about no new Taxes, and then ran up Taxes like a Liberal, only to get blown out as a result by the Clintons?

Wasn’t it Bush 43, the son of 41, who for 8-Years ran up the Debt, increased the size of Government, and ALLOWED Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac to collapse the Real-Estate, Investment and Banking Systems in the USA and Worldwide, in spite of being warned REPEATEDLY of the consequences of doing nothing?

AND THEN THERE WAS ROMNEY . . . who took the 2012 Election, with all the support the Republicans could muster, which was his to LOSE, who literally handed it to Obama on a platter?

AND AS FOR RYAN . . . In spite of all the promises to stand-up to Obama and STOP the Hemorrhage of DEBT – Ryan had the House PASS the Gargantuan Spending Bill that effectively gave Obama, virtually everything Obama wanted.

AND THEN THERE’S THE 800-POUND GORILLA IN THE ROOM:

The American people think less of the House and the Senate, than I think they do of the PLAGUE, and as such, have thrown enormous support behind Trump and the things he has CLEARLY ENUNCIATED THAT HE STANDS FOR.

So given this FACT, what is it that should make Ryan, the Bush’s, Romney, and INSIDERS like Carl Rove think they know what’s best for America?

AS I SE IT . . . THIS IS NO LONGER A CAMPAIGN OF REPUBLICAN VS DEMOCRAT:

Because of Trump, the 2016 November Presidential Campaign has become a NEW Movement for a return to many American Values, VERSUS a New World Order promoted by the LEFT and RINOS.

Don’t think for a second that the RINOS were or are any different from the Democrats and their EQUAL ROAD to a One-World-Government. Even Bush 41 made it clear right after his Iraq War, in a speech that I personally heard, when he said . . . THIS IS A NEW WORLD ORDER, which bothered me considerably, because it could only mean one thing, AND THAT THING COULD NOT BE GOOD.

THE ONLY DIFFERENCE I CAN SEE . . . between the Republicans and the Democrats; is which one of the two is going to be guiding the USA into this One-World-Government, which if it were to be made public, would NEVER happen with the support of the American People. And that’s why all the subterfuge.

SO . . . WHEN TRUMP PROMISES TO END TRADE DEALS – which are killing American Jobs and Society, he’s threatening the Dream of a One-World-Government, and the New World Order enunciated by Bush 41.

THERE IS A MASSIVE GLOBAL CONSPIRACY AFOOT – BUT IT’S NOT CONSERVATIVE:

If you take a breath and step away from where we are today, and think back just several years, and take into consideration why the USA didn’t SEAL its Southern Border, as every President PROMISED to do as a PRIORITY from Bush 41, Bush 43, Clinton and Obama, you have to really ask yourself . . . WHY NOT?

AS A CANADIAN . . . I want to know why it is so much easier for an Immigrant who can’t speak English, doesn’t know the American Culture, wasn’t raised on the principles of Judeo/Christian Ethics and Secular Laws – to get a Green Card at the speed of light with guaranteed assistance and massive Welfare, compared to what it takes for a Canadian to do the same without any assistance or Welfare?

Why were Canadians dropped from being able to enter the USA Green Card Lottery, when virtually no other Nationalities were? Could it be because that would muck-up the works somewhat?

AND THIS THING WITH OBAMACARE . . . that costs a working family as much as $20,000 per year for OK coverage, when the real costs for Healthcare, are in all actuality a fraction of that . . . what gives?

So why would the government want to price Healthcare out of reach of the vast majority of Americans, if not to force them to accept a Single Payer System CONTROLLED 100% by the Government, which in all REALITY, the Republicans in the House and Senate NEVER REALLY TRIED TO REPEAL, in total contradiction to their election promises and pretense to do so?

“>Listen To What Reagan Thought About Government Healthcare:

And why would a so-called Conservative Supreme Court Justice (John Roberts), who was appointed by a so-called Conservative President (Bush 43), violate the US Constitution by ruling that Obamacare was in keeping with the Constitution, by creating a narrative, that the Law was a Tax instead of a Demand, which Obama insisted was NOT, so Roberts could defeat the opposition to Obama’s Law that took control of almost 20% of the US Budget?

THERE HAS BEEN NO SHORTAGE OF TIMES IN WORLD HISTORY WHEN . . .

Abraham Lincoln was put-up by the New Republican Party as a Sacrificial Lamb, to help establish the Party, with no expectations of him really winning. Yet, not only did he win, he went from nothing, to becoming one of the Greatest Presidents to Occupy the White House.

Winston Churchill was considered to be an oaf and a drunken lout by most of his peers, who actually thought of him as being unworthy to even sit in Parliament as a Back Bencher. And look how he carried England through its GREATEST Modern Challenge.

Ronald Reagan was opposed by all the Important Republican Insiders, who thought of him to be a joke, even though he was the Governor of the State of California.

And when Reagan finally came to office, buried in monumental debt and the MALAISE of a Nation one could never have imagined, which was nurtured under Jimmy Carter, Reagan defeated the Iron Curtain, gave America back its Pride, and created a generation of growth and prosperity unseen since the end of WWII.

Margaret Thatcher was the daughter of a small time Grocer, Preacher and Alderman, far removed from the Elitism of the Members of the British Parliament, yet, she used her skills, knowledge and courage to drag England Kicking and Screaming into the 20th Century.

It’s been a long time since the world has seen leaders of this caliber, who through their own Patriotism, GRIT and Dreams, in spite of all the odds and threats against them . . . THEY CHANGED HISTORY.

I’m kind of hoping we will see it again after November 2016.

AS FOR THE RINOS . . . THE BUSH’S, ROMNEY, RYAN, ROVE AND ALL:

The American People, the United States, and the Whole Wide World will be far better-off without them. They’ve already done enough.

Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov

Baseball, Apple Pie and only in America. by the Bear

When I was younger I traveled quite a bit and been in most of the States in America, and I have been to Europe and twice I have been in Africa. I even visited the place in Kenya where Barack Obama was born. And to my disappointment there was no stable with a star above and no wise men to be found.

In my humble opinion there is no better place in the world to be in than America. As I traveled the west by car, I found the people to be pleasant and helpful.You can travel from the East coast to the West coast and cross my States lines without every being stopped and asked for you papers or passport. All this is possible because our founders formed a perfect union based on Freedom and Liberty and equal Justice for all. based on Judeo-Christian values.

With all that said; America is God’s country.

I am concerned, deeply concerned that our freedoms and liberties are being taken away from us under the umbrella of political correctness. If a person expresses an opinion that the government deems “hate speech”, that person could be incarcerated. If you don’t believe in “global warming” you too can go to jail. Your right to bear arms is about to be taken away from you. Your right too own a home and live where you choose is about to be redefined into government communes.

This government has gotten so big that even the government cannot tell you how many agencies they have. (300 is the best guess that I could find and many of them are a duplication of other agencies.) So we are no longer a Republic, we are a bureaucratic fiefdom ruled by a bunch of unelected bureaucrats.

It has long been said : “That money is the root of all evils.” And no truer words have ever been spoken; but I would suggest that “Political Correctness” is even worse.

But what I fear is what Obama my do before he leaves office, he will flood the nation with hundreds of executive orders that will put the final nail in the Republic’s coffin. He is not one of us, in fact he hates all of the American people and is hell bent on destroying this country.

My work is done

Now I am not a Donald Trump fan and I think we could have done better, but given the choice between Trump and Hillary, I will vote for Trump. You call me an ABH voter (Anybody but Hillary)

We will soon see if the Rule of Law means anything anymore in America, there are no doubts that Hillary broke the law and should be indicted, but somehow I get the feeling the fix is in and she will get off. As I have said before; there are two systems of justice in this country; one for them and one for us peons in fly over America.

Ben Franklin once said: The Republic will not survive unless you have an informed voter.
Looking around today at the voting public I would say our chances are slim and none.

November Election Could Rest On Who Voters Hate Least, Trump Or Clinton

Election 2016: Unless something cataclysmic happens between now and November, voters will be faced with a difficult decision: How do you choose between two presidential candidates who share so much in common, including huge likability problems?

Yes, arguably the 68-year-old New Yorker named Clinton will be more reliably liberal than the 69-year-old New Yorker named Trump. But as we pointed out in this space earlier, both Clinton and Trump have a history of flip-flopping on issues, sometimes within a matter of days.

The reason Clinton has been dogged by the septuagenarian socialist Bernie Sanders for so long is that liberal Democrats have a hard time trusting Clinton on the issues. She supported the Trans-Pacific Partnership before she opposed it, backed the Keystone pipeline until she didn’t, and supported clean coal before bragging that she would kill coal jobs, which was before she said she never said such a thing. She’s been on both sides on charter schools.

Clinton is so flexible that even her accent changes depending on her audience.

Trump, meanwhile, has been all over the map on almost every issue since he’s started taking positions on issues, and even since he started his presidential campaign, which we have detailed in this space over the course of the primaries. Even on core issues where Trump has taken a conservative stance in the campaign — immigration and tax cuts — he has flip-flopped over the years.

Both Clinton and Trump have promised, as Trump put it, to “rebuild the infrastructure of this country.”

On trade, entitlements and military spending, Trump and Clinton aren’t far apart. If anything Clinton is probably more free-trade than Trump. Both have pledged not to cut Social Security or Medicare. And Trump has said he won’t increase spending on defense.

On foreign policy, Trump is almost as much an isolationist as Clinton and the rest of the Democratic Party, when he’s not being bombastic. Even Clinton hasn’t claimed that President Bush purposefully lied to the nation to start the Iraq war.

What about a Supreme Court pick? It’s a virtual certainty that Clinton will pick a liberal. But what about Trump? At one point he said he’d nominate his liberal-leaning sister, and later said he was joking. In late March, he promised to release a list “in a week” of 10 conservatives from which he’d choose. He’s still promising to release that list.

Both candidates also face legal trouble. In Trump’s case, he could be dealing with a class action suit against Trump University while running for president. Clinton could be indicted on charges that she mishandled national security secrets while Secretary of State.

Even on likability, the two are kindred spirits — in that each is overwhelmingly disliked by the public.

The latest IBD/TIPP poll found that 56% of the public has an unfavorable view of Clinton, which is only slightly better than Trump’s 62% unfavorable rating. And while 30% of Republicans have a negative view of Trump, 20% of Democrats have an unfavorable view of Clinton.

This presidential election might just depend on which candidate the public despises the least come November. Either way, it’s a good bet the nation will end up regretting its choice.
Source: IBD Editorials

The Men Who Would Be King by Richard Fernandez

The New York Times has an article describing how Ben Rhodes, President Obama’s deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, sold fiction as truth in communicating the president’s foreign policy. Rhodes regarded the deception as a clever way to success. Like an engineering student who has found a way to cheat on his final exam, or a man astonished to find himself with a medical license by mistake, Rhodes appears to think he’s actually accomplished something positive. He has no clue he’s set up a disaster that is only waiting to happen. Thomas Ricks, writing in Foreign Policy, calls the article “a stunning profile of Ben Rhodes, the asshole who is the president’s foreign policy guru.”

But it is also a profile of the president. As David Samuels wrote in the NYT source article, Rhodes saw himself as a reflection of the president:

Part of what accounts for Rhodes’s influence is his “mind meld” with the president. Nearly everyone I spoke to about Rhodes used the phrase “mind meld” verbatim, some with casual assurance and others in the hushed tones that are usually reserved for special insights. He doesn’t think for the president, but he knows what the president is thinking, which is a source of tremendous power. One day, when Rhodes and I were sitting in his boiler-room office, he confessed, with a touch of bafflement, “I don’t know anymore where I begin and Obama ends.”

Rhodes is the reflection. Obama is the originating image. Rhodes is just a flunky who transcribes what the president dictates. Still the Samuels article, by printing the administration’s admission of its willful deception on Iran policy, provides crucial insight into the fascinating subject of whether Barack Obama — if you believe he is a failure — is incompetent or malevolent.

Which is it?

At first glance the admission that the administration lied to the public seems a slam-dunk case for malevolence. But there’s more to it than that. There is a perception that political imbecility is a lesser offense than malice. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the anti-Nazi activist, while in prison waiting to be executed, reflected that “stupidity is a more dangerous enemy of the good than malice” because evil left behind in its conscious perpetrators “a sense of unease.”

Against true imbecility even reasoning was useless since you couldn’t even appeal to your enemy’s self interest because they were too dumb to see it. “Against stupidity we are defenseless,” he wrote, because imbeciles never feel a qualm. Against the stupid “neither protests nor the use of force accomplish anything … reasons fall on deaf ears; facts that contradict … simply do not need to be believed … and when facts are irrefutable they are just pushed aside as inconsequential, as incidental. In all this, the stupid person, in contrast to the malicious one, is utterly self-satisfied and, being easily irritated, becomes dangerous by going on the attack.”

For all his persuasiveness, incompetence is Satan’s principle problem. The devil always sets out to construct heaven and winds up with hell because he uses the wrong principles. Castro, Kim, Stalin, Chavez, Mao — who all would have ruled the universe if they could have, yet finished up ruling trash heaps — probably were surprised at the turn of events. Yet why should it be surprising? Mordor in The Lord of the Rings was the shabbiest place on Middle Earth just as Pandemonium, Milton’s capital of hell in Paradise Lost, is the most frightful place in the universe because these turkeys were going about it the wrong way and were too proud to admit error.

Clueless yet self-righteous would describe Ben Rhodes to a T. Samuels in his article has a moment of clarity when he understands that he isn’t anywhere real. “Having recently spent time working in Hollywood, I realize during our conversations that the role Rhodes plays in the White House bears less resemblance to any specific character on Beltway-insider TV shows like ‘The West Wing’ or ‘House of Cards’ than it does to the people who create those shows. And like most TV writers, Rhodes clearly prefers to imagine himself in the company of novelists.”

President Obama is not like a fictional president, he is a fictional president. When Obama described himself as a blank screen on which anyone was free to project his fantasies, the public should have listened. What makes the present absurd situation possible is that a critical mass of voters have agreed to go along with the make-believe. Bonhoeffer in his prison letters says what he means by “stupid” is the passivity born of a feeling of learned helplessness akin to an audience passively watching a play.

Upon closer observation, it becomes apparent that every strong upsurge of power in the public sphere, be it of a political or a religious nature, infects a large part of humankind with stupidity. … under the overwhelming impact of rising power, humans are deprived of their inner independence and, more or less consciously, give up establishing an autonomous position toward the emerging circumstances.

To him the German people had become an audience watching a madman on stage. Ben Franklin had the idea before Bonhoeffer, when he observed that a functioning republic required thinking voters but tyranny needs only groupies. Society is stupid in the same way, stuck on celebrity, stuck on being groupies for Hillary, Bernie, Donald, Obama and Kim Kardashian.

The graphic artist Shepard Fairey understood the fundamentally bogus nature of Obama when he crafted his best-selling poster, “Hope.” We are passive. We sit around and hope.

It’s all illusion; the trouble is the public doesn’t mind. True malice, Bonhoeffer argued, requires a kind of sanity; the conscious rejection of an external standard against which they are in rebellion. What is truly frightening about the Obama inner circle is there’s not even that. In a now forgotten interview with Cathleen Falsani on the subject of his religious beliefs, Obama defined sin as the state of being in disagreement with himself:

Falsani: 
Do you believe in sin?

OBAMA: 
Yes.

Falsani: What is sin?

OBAMA:
 Being out of alignment with my values.

That’s all there is and it’s terrifying. People that came close enough to the Nazis and Communists found that they were worse than evil. They were nothing. Bonhoeffer anticipated Hannah Arendt’s discovery of the banality of evil when he observed that true stupidity — real emptiness — is the most destructive condition of all. You are dealing with people who will pull the wings off a butterfly without even realizing they are hurting something.

In conversation with [the stupid man] one virtually feels that one is not dealing not at all with him as a person, but with slogans, catchwords and the like that have taken possession of him. … Having thus become a mindless tool, the stupid person will also become capable of any evil and at the same time incapable of seeing that it is evil. This is where the danger of diabolical misuse lurks, for it is this that can once and for all destroy human beings.

One of the most disturbing descriptions in all of fiction is the gradual demonic possession of Professor Edward Rolles Weston in C.S. Lewis’ Perelandra. Lewis describes how the formerly eminent professor, who hopes to be filled with Satanic cleverness, is instead progressively filled with emptiness. Instead of “a suave and subtle Mephistopheles with red cloak and rapier and a feather in his cap,” Weston became a kind of whining mediocrity, not so much “a wicked politician … much more like … an imbecile or a monkey or a very nasty child.”

When the Un-man could not get animals it was content with plants. It was fond of cutting their outer rinds through with its nails, or grubbing up roots, or pulling off leaves, or even tearing up handfuls of turf. With Ransom himself it had innumerable games to play. It had a whole repertory of obscenities to perform with its own–or rather with Weston’s–body: and the mere silliness of them was almost worse than the dirtiness. It would sit making grimaces at him for hours together; and then, for hours more, it would go back to its old repetition of “Ransom . . . Ransom.” Often its grimaces achieved a horrible resemblance to people whom Ransom had known and loved in our own world. But worst of all were those moments when it allowed Weston to come back into its countenance. Then its voice, which was always Weston’s voice, would begin a pitiful, hesitant mumbling, “You be very careful, Ransom. I’m down in the bottom of a big black hole.”

Weston was at the bottom of a big hole. Modern Western civilization is inside of a big transgender bathroom. The fundamental mistake of the policy establishment (which Ben Rhodes derisively calls “the blob”) was to take the Obama administration seriously, to think that terms like “grand bargain” and regional realignments were serious concepts and to spend hours pondering their meaning. Instead we now know they were just phrases that Obama and his inner circle made up as they went along. Thus a White House that should have been instantly destroyed by contempt was instead preserved by the wariness of those who thought they were facing a Professor Moriarty rather Bluto from Animal House.

Perhaps the only person who guessed the truth — besides Clint Eastwood — was Vladimir Putin. Some instinct told the Russian that inside the suit there was nothing. He’s treated Obama accordingly and that’s been the secret to his success ever since. Malice or incompetence? Moriarty or Bonhoeffer’s empty stupid? The reason the Washington policy establishment likes to believe Obama is some cunning schemer is that otherwise they’ll never live it down.

Source: PJ Media