Sunday, August 31, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Is it just me, or did the scene at Invesco Field look like a scene right out of a Nuremberg rally?
I would be just as incredulous if John McMussolini gave his acceptance speech at the Metrodome.
As for the Republicans, their convention, scheduled for next week in St. Paul, Minnesota, and sponsored by the Israel Lobby in association with the warfare division of the welfare-warfare state (which also sponsors the Democrats).
Speaking of the evils of the State,
Lew Rockwell hit the bulls-eye with his latest blogcolumn:
Note that they don't talk about this. But that is the core of all their plans for fairness and justice: an increased use of violence in society, and an increased centralization of political power. Often the person who recommends this path imagines that he will be the dictator, and that his plans alone will prevail.
They don't consider that the state they advocate is also wholly capable of doing things that they do not like, like crushing civil liberties and starting wars all over the world. Note that the left's critique of Bush's big government is not that it is crushing liberty; rather, they believe that government power is being used for the wrong purposes.
Another problem with these people: they can't stand capitalism. They resent the commercial society. They have not come to terms with the fact that without capitalism, most of the human race would starve the death. Why do they hate it? Because wealth under capitalism will always be unequally distributed.
They favor a different form of dictatorship.
Now to the Republicans, who imagine themselves creating a modern form of Sparta, with military strength and a disciplined citizenry unified in the drive to national greatness, courage, and heroism. Along with this comes support for national service (the draft) and a demand that Congress stop meddling in executive-branch matters.
They also say that they are for free enterprise, but what they really mean is that they support their main constituents who are large corporations dependent on government contracts and privileges. That goes for the banks and the mortgage companies too, whose interests they defend through a fiat money system that further fuels state growth.
This too is their version of dictatorship.
It is long past time for both of these parties to admit it. They won’t of course, so it is incumbent on the rest of us to at least recognize it for what it is. It is often said that there is not a dime's worth of difference between the parties, but there is little reflection on what precisely they have in common. It comes down to a love of some version of dictatorship, of which they believe they will be the administrators.
This country might be better off if there were no political parties.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
But aside from being a flaming neoconservative interventionist with a foreign policy that often sounds more bellicose and more reckless than Bush, CFR member McCain has taken positions for abortion, gun control, the UN, amnesty for illegals, the North American Union, and global warming legislation and against free speech, tax cuts, and limited government and liberty in general. And we are supposed to believe that he is the lesser of two evils?
Some conservative Christians are already starting to hold their nose to block out the stench of McCain’s "conservatism" as they prepare to vote for him in the November election because he is a Republican and not one of those evil Democrats. It’s just too bad that they are not holding their nose because of McCain’s dangerous view of what U.S. foreign policy should be. Even James "Focus on the Family" Dobson, who once said that he would never support McCain, is now entertaining the thought of doing so.
Given McCain’s views on the military and foreign policy, and without even taking into account his positions on other issues, if Machen were alive today, would he be even a reluctant McCain supporter? I think not.
It's hard to believe that so many Christians who march under the banner of modern "Conservatism" would support the continuation of this country's nose-sticking into other countries' business. Then again, maybe not.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
In March, as Washington went ahead to recognize the independence of Kosovo in former Yugoslavia, making Kosovo a de facto NATO-run territory against the will of the United Nations Security Council and especially against Russian protest, then president (now Prime Minister) Vladimir Putin responded with Russian Duma (parliament) hearings on recognition of Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Transnistria, a pro-Russian breakaway republic in Moldova.
Moscow argued that the West's logic on Kosovo should apply as well to these ethnic communities seeking to free themselves from the control of a hostile state. In mid-April, Putin held out the possibility of recognition for the breakaway republics. It was a geopolitical chess game in the strategic Caucasus for the highest stakes - the future of Russia itself.
Hell, you might say that the current president of Georgia is doing his Abe Lincoln impersonation.
Besides, this is none of our goddamned business. Why do we keep shoving our noses into other countries' affairs?
The time has come to pull the plug on NATO.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
As usual, Ron Paul gets to the heart of things: "Young people are not raw material to be employed by the political class on behalf of whatever fashionable political, military, or social cause catches its fancy. In a free society, their lives are not the playthings of government."
No kind of conscription, whether on behalf of the welfare or the warfare sectors of the imperial capital, can be reconciled with freedom. Nor can it be reconciled with the Constitution. But those who govern us laugh with contempt at such arguments. And yet Americans persist in the delusion that they have a Constitution that limits their government. There is something deeply pathological about this. What else can be said?
Tom Woods hit the bull's-eye.
Friday, August 8, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Truman’s campaign could not have succeeded without the enthusiastic cooperation of the American media. Led by the Times, the Herald Tribune, and Henry Luce’s magazines, the press acted as volunteer propagandists for the interventionist agenda, with all its calculated deceptions. (The principal exceptions were the Chicago Tribune and the Washington Times-Herald, in the days of Colonel McCormick and Cissy Paterson.)37 In time, such subservience in foreign affairs became routine for the "fourth estate," culminating during and after the 1999 Yugoslav war in reporting by the press corps that was as biased as the Serbian Ministry of Information.
Overwhelmed by the propaganda blitz from the administration and the press, a Republican majority in Congress heeded the secretary of state’s high-minded call to keep foreign policy "above politics" and voted full funding for the Marshall Plan.38
The next major step was the creation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The true significance of the NATO treaty was hidden, as new Secretary of State Dean Acheson assured Congress that it would not be followed by other regional pacts, that no "substantial" numbers of American troops would be stationed in Europe, and that the Germans would under no circumstances be rearmed. Congress was likewise promised that the United States was under no obligation to extend military aid to its new allies, nor would an arms race with the Soviet Union ensue.39 Events came to the aid of the globalists. In September 1949, the Soviets exploded an atomic bomb.
Congress approved the military appropriation for NATO that Truman had requested, which, in the nature of things, was followed by a further Soviet buildup. This escalating back and forth became the pattern for the cold war arms race for the next fifty years, much to the delight of U.S. armaments contractors and the generals and admirals on both sides.
And of course, it was Harry who ordered the incineration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
A remarkably similar outburst occurred during government leaders’ deliberations with regard to forcibly removing persons of Japanese ancestry from a huge swath of the West coast states and confining them in concentration camps. In a meeting on February 1, 1942, Assistant Secretary of War John J. McCloy bridled at what he took to be Justice Department criticism of the Army, telling Attorney General Francis Biddle: “You are putting a Wall Street lawyer in a helluva box, but if it is a question of safety of the country, [or] the Constitution of the United States, why the Constitution is just a scrap of paper to me.”
I've got the idea that Thomas Jefferson and other Founding Fathers are rolling over in their graves. Of course the Chief Executive is NOT supposed to be the leader of the World (or the Free World).
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Velkome to das Fourth Reich, formerly known as the United States of America.