Beyond the Cusp

October 9, 2014

Why the United States Cannot Return to Greatness

You will hear how the United States will make a comeback and return to sane governance just as it did after President Jimmy Carter brought the nation to the brink of economic meltdown and had much of the public pessimistic to the point that the ‘Misery Index’ which had been used as a guide for politicians became a household word and was updated on many daily newscasts. Part of the reason that the United States recovered after President Carter was because they elected Ronald Reagan rather than trust President Carter a second term. President Obama was given a second term but there were some mitigating circumstances such as weak opposition by the Republican Party, the media almost taking a supportive position in backing the campaign of President Obama and foreign policy lapses had yet to prove disastrous and devolving to the threatening level it had with President Carter who faced a hostage crisis where Iran had held Fifty-two Embassy diplomats and citizens for 444 days, until President Reagan’s Inauguration Day. Had the foreign policy missteps by President Obama and his administration been made more evident before the election for his reelection, then he might have had a far more difficult time. Some may remember that the one area which Candidate Romney performed well was on foreign policy where President Obama made his best retort claiming when Romney answered that Russia was the United States number one adversary that, “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because the Cold War’s been over for twenty years.” The clincher came not from President Obama but from the moderator Candy Crowley countered when Romney claimed that President Obama had not called the assault on the Consulate in Benghazi a terror attack and when Romney repeated his claim after President Obama challenged him to read the transcript and Crowley exclaimed with great authority and emphasis, “He did in fact call it an ‘act of terror.” That ended any challenge Romney might further make over Benghazi as he had been deflated and his argument flattened giving President Obama the impetus he needed to win that debate and escape any further claims on Benghazi, the subject had been poisoned.

Still, if anyone thinks that President Obama would not have received a far better bid for reelection than had Jimmy Carter no matter how the debates went or who he was running against obviously has no idea how almost completely President Reagan won that election, it was a virtually unanimous electoral vote except for the District of Columbia and Georgia, Minnesota, Maryland, Rhode Island, Hawaii and West Virginia. The electorate of the United States has witnessed a sea of change in the past ten years as certain critical demographics have changed with much of that change coming during President Obama’s time in office. Do not get this wrong, President George W. Bush made some huge influences which gave the changes an initial impetus which would have forced much of the change even without any additional shoves which they have received since. We need to remember that the prescription drug assistance granted to those who received government aided medical insurance such as Medicare and Medicaid very soon became the largest single government giveaway program. Sometime during the years when President Bush was in office the percentage of American citizens who were dependent on government at some level surpassed the fifty-percent fulcrum point where it had been theorized that their votes for increased government contributions to their pockets. This was predicted longer ago than many people are probably aware as it was said by Alexis de Tocqueville explaining the breaking point which would inevitable come and destroy the nation he saw as the most exemplary governance in existence when he stated, “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.”

There was one Founding Father who foresaw and gave the resolution that would treat this eventuality when Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter upon receiving his copy of the Constitution in which Thomas Jefferson wrote, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.” And earlier in the letter he commented on the frequency such watering the tree of liberty would require, he mentioned his view of the purity of purpose of the American Revolution and the necessity of the purifying fire of refreshment where he wrote, “And can history produce an instance of a rebellion so honourably conducted? I say nothing of its motives. They were founded in ignorance, not wickedness. God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion.” Yes, that is what Thomas Jefferson predicted, that the government of men would so far run adrift from the founding principles that every twenty years the nation would require the reset of another revolution and the reinstatement of the Constitution anew. Well, perhaps Thomas Jefferson was wrong though a serious inspection of the governance of the United States over the years there have been the historians who have made a convincing argument that the twenty year measure may not have been as ridiculous as we might think. Even if the measure of twenty years may appear too drastic, would one offer the same argument should one suggest that perhaps a two century timeframe were the measure in place of twenty years?

Whatever the measure one might place, it matters not. The fulcrum point has been surpassed and the preponderance of weight of votes are now likely to be cast in favor of retaining the programs and expanding the payments and the loosening the requirements as the first grants greater funds into their pockets and the latter brings more people into the program thus guaranteeing its continuation and potentials for increased funding. Once we see evidence that the balance has gone to the side of those who receive more from the government than they pay in taxes of all varieties plus those who are dependent on government, state, federal, county, or other elected body for their salaries compared to those whose tax payments are greater than payments received from government programs, then as long as the former vote at an equal or greater percentage than the latter the government will continue to grant greater payments while increasing taxes as those paying the taxes will have been silenced at the ballot box. The predictions that this point was surpassed during the Presidency of George W. Bush may have been correct but when the line was crossed is not as important as whether it was crossed. The numbers of Americans who were collecting the majority of their funds from government; be they welfare, disability, salary or other forms of receipt of government payments; passed the tipping point by a sufficient margin that there may be no turning back. The demographics of the next Presidential election in the United States may prove just as important as who actually wins the election. Once the demographics are studied and become known we may be seeing numerous articles signaling the death of the America which so impressed Alexis de Tocqueville causing him to state as well as to give an ominous warning in the same quote with, “Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.” What would Mr. Tocqueville conclude visiting America’s churches and listening to the preaching within today? Would he surmise that the greatness persists or would he fear the empty pews and the generally milquetoast sermons and preaching just as empty as the pews signify the demise of American greatness?

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September 30, 2014

Is a Bloodbath Rapidly Approaching?

During most attacks and even murders perpetrated by Muslims, the perpetrator often shouts Islamic phrases and insults mixed with Quranic verses while stabbing, shooting or even beheading their victims. There are the same claims from authorities and Islamic leadership with statements released by authorities claiming the act had nothing to do with Islam and that immediate precautions are to be taken to secure Islamic neighborhoods and Mosques due to the fear of revenge attacks against Muslims. The authorities give admonitions that any violence against Muslims will be treated with the utmost seriousness. Then we are reminded that, and I quote, “Islam is the religion of peace.” Then, on the other side of the coin, often when figures are released depicting increased violence against Jews and anti-Semitism the statement is almost always accompanied by claims that there has also been a concurrent increase in violence against Muslims as if one excuses the other. All of this is probably not being done in order to show equality and equal treatment of all segments of society, even those which apparently are in need of special note whenever there might be the possibility that they might feel opposed in the slightest way. These actions treating Muslims with special kid gloves whenever an extremist Islamist acts as extremist Islamist tend to act are not having the intended effects. Actually they are having exactly the opposite effects than what I hope they are intended, namely to diminish any latent and gathering resentments and anger which eventually will cause a backlash that will be beyond any ability of the authorities to prevent or even bring to a stop once it begins.

 

It appears that the undertow builds towards a breaking point; it appears that the Europeans in numerous countries are experiencing it at a much higher level than in the United States or Canada. In England there has been a group of Christian youths who wear the Crusader’s Cross and patrol the bus, tubes (subways for the Americans) and other public transit on the routes which pass through Muslim neighborhoods, especially those which claim they enforce Sharia, and escort single women protecting them from any violence or harm. This is a laudable reaction to what had started to become a real problem but for every one taking the route of making a difference through positive actions, how many are simply not finding a constructive release and a seething is building inside? How long before such people explode in violent acts which will only serve to increase the animosities and friction between the two cultures. Such explosions when they are singular acts eventually fade except that eventually one such act will occur during a period of heightened emotions and sensitivities and lead to a domino effect which eventually explodes into a massive assault and breakdown of civility and law enforcement. The damage and other results of such a riotous explosion of violence pitting two communities against one another will result in heightened animosity and raw nerves which may never heal and simply lead to a constant and building violence erupting between the two communities eventually leading to a total collapse requiring the imposition of martial law before order can be restored. The question comes is what happens if the men and women in the military instead of reestablishing order break their ranks and instead act as individuals each joining their respected community which will add military weaponry to the violence and making it a war for the heart and soul of that nation. And the terrifying possibility is once such open warfare begins in one nation it then poses the possibility of spreading across the entire continent or even be the spark which, like the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, will be the spark which ignites the next global war with the division being down religious lines.

 

Such an explosion should be feared by every sane and rational people. How this eventuality can be avoided is something that people should start pondering and take the necessary actions and soon. The cultural differences are producing a growing emotional violence which will not remain suppressed forever and the government officials are in denial and refuse to recognize the stresses and strains which are about to tear the fabric of their societies apart, shattering the calm and pitting one side of the society against the other. For this to be avoided a path must be found to support and invigorate the reputed majority of Muslims who desire for Islam to truly be the religion of peace and desire for Islam to live in balance and peace with the other religions and even the atheists and to live and let live to take charge of their religion. If while on the path to empower the peace loving Muslims who are reputed to desire to coexist, even to the point of putting the rainbow coexiston their vehicle without fear of retribution, that their numbers are insignificant and that the Islamists extremists are a sizeable segment of the total and they are supported even if not joined by an even larger and frightfully significant percentage of the body of the Islamic faith, then we will know that there is no possibility for a reformation and transformation to bring Islam into the modern age where religions are no longer universally set on spreading their faith to all nonbelievers, even by the sword. The sooner the truth of the beliefs of the vast majority of the one to one and a half billion Muslims with whom we share the planet, the sooner we can understand what this struggle will require if we wish to retain out pluralistic multicultural world and honestly believe it is worth saving.

 

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September 27, 2014

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Wants Environmental Opponents Imprisoned

 

Thankfully, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has repeatedly decided not to run or accept appointment to political office where he might be able to submit such laws regarding, establish regulations limiting or interpret statutes to use to arrest anybody who disagrees or calls for debate the indisputable facts regarding anthropomorphic climate change as he claims that those denying his beliefs deserve incarceration after being tried for crimes of a similar degree as laws against those who commit war crimes. In a Climate Depot Exclusive Interview, they were quite proud and excited to have the actual Robert F. Kennedy Jr. interviewing with them, he stated, “I wish there were a law you could punish them with. I don’t think there is a law that you can punish those politicians under.” He lamented and accused skeptical politicians of “selling out the public trust.” But Robert F. Kennedy Jr. saved his most vile vitriol for those favorite punching bags of every extreme leftist progressive viciously tearing into them spitting, “Those guys are doing the Koch Brothers bidding and are against all the evidence of the rational mind, saying global warming does not exit. They are contemptible human beings. I wish there were a law you could punish them with.” Robert F. Kennedy Jr. continued his rant complaining, “I think it’s treason. Do I think the Koch Brothers are treasonous, yes I do. They are enjoying making themselves billionaires by impoverishing the rest of us. Do I think they should be in jail, I think they should be enjoying three hots and a cot at The Hague with all the other war criminals. Do I think the Koch brothers should be tried for reckless endangerment? Absolutely, that is a criminal offence and they ought to be serving time for it.” But you should not have to take my word for it, not when you can hear it from the mouth of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. himself in the video below.

 

 

 

 

Well, where to start, there are so many ripe targets and the most glaring is not even about climate change whether anthropomorphic, caused by the sun or just warming normally after a severe ice age has ended and the next one has yet to arrive, you know, the ice age from global cooling which was the climactic horror being sold back in the 1970’s. horror being sold back in the 1970’s. </a>Perhaps I’ll start with Robert F. Kennedy Jr’s economic comment that the Koch brothers deserved to be incarcerated because, “They are enjoying making themselves billionaires by impoverishing the rest of us.” First off, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. degrading anybody for gaining wealth is disgusting when one realized the wealth and privilege he was born into, but I do not hold any animosities to him for his wealth and wish him only more riches as he is able to earn them. The problem is his claim that the Koch brothers coming into wealth and working hard and investing wisely to gain additional wealth makes the rest of the society poorer as their wealth comes at the expense of the rest of the population. This is the classic myth in which there is a set pie which represents all wealth and it never changes so if somebody receives an increase in their wealth then somebody else will have their wealth diminished. So, according to Robert F. Kennedy Jr. the economic pie never increases in size and the economic pie is, will be and always has been exactly one size unchanged and stagnant through all of time. None of the gold, silver, copper and other ores pulled from the ground; none of the vast wealth manufactured since the start of the industrial revolution; all the labor intensive production through all of history; all the crops grown, harvested, and processed or cooked and fed to people; and all the advancements, ideas, inventions, exploration and other efforts of humankind has not produced one iota of increased wealth thus resulting in a situation where any person gaining wealth must take it from another person. We have exactly the same total wealth as did the first humanoid who climbed down from the trees and took up a different direction eventually leading to modern society, they had the same total wealth as is available to modern man. This representation of the economic dynamics is so pitifully flawed and disregard by almost every economist that it is difficult to believe that Robert F. Kennedy Jr. ever took an economics course or actually took all of his economics courses from some luddite who believes there is no such thing as manufactured wealth or additional wealth generated over time. I hope he was just repeating the leftist socialist canard used to generate further class hatreds and class envy in order to castigate the wealthy, which actually includes his entire family.

 

As far as debating anthropomorphic global climate change (or whatever the term it is currently referred to as I have not kept up on the always adapting name fashioned to facilitate rejecting and arguing against the latest scientific data which disproves their last set of claims) that is part of freedom of speech, one of the five rights protected by the First Amendment. People even have the right in the United States to be wrong and even to disagree with the President, going dogma and societal perception, and even with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. My problem with Robert F. Kennedy Jr’s argument other than under the First Amendment is not the part that the Earth has been warming over the past few centuries, even though it has stalled for the past decade or so as the average temperatures have been unmoved when the global averages are considered. I have a problem with the anthropomorphic part of his rant. Natural sources such as volcanos, lava vents, carbon dioxide released by the oceans, carbon dioxide emitted from animals and, in certain conditions, plants all together easily exceed human carbon footprint. But even if the human race produces an excessive amount of carbon dioxide, the United States has made such strides since the middle of the 1960s that demanding the United States address their carbon footprint while excusing nations such as China, Brazil and numerous other developing nations whose reliance on coal and other high carbon fuels pumps far more carbon into the atmosphere than the United States or even all the advanced nations. If the ecological environmentalists really were interested in reducing the carbon footprint of humankind, they should be calling and demonstrating for the United States and the advanced nations of the world to assist the developing and third world nations in addressing their energy requirements and industrial methods by making advanced power production and clean manufacturing systems rather than ignoring their needs and resorting to the cheapest and most available sources of fuel which is usually coal. There are reports that China has put at least one new carbon burning electrical plant online every month. Imagine if they were provided with just scrubbers and modern methods of cleaning these coal plants bringing them up to the standards available in the United States, Canada, Europe, Argentina, Japan, Israel and the rest of the modern advanced nations. By assisting with cleaning the energy production where the most carbon is being placed into the atmosphere instead of trying to destroy the economy of the advanced nations by requiring they shut down all fossil fueled energy plants and rely solely on renewable energy, perhaps we could share some energy technologies which developing nations could easily adapt to their energy plants to reduce carbon emissions. I understood the ideals that the ecology advocates when they demanded that scrubbers and other reduction methods be utilized by coal plants and for their being refitted and modernized but when they called for the shuttering of those very same coal plants after the investments of millions of dollars and efforts to meet the new requirements and then proceeded to demand that hydroelectric generating dams because the rivers must be returned to their natural state, as nature must not be violated or harnessed if such disturbs it in any way, that was one insanity too many. The most absurd protest came as the initial plans were presented for the cleaning of the legendary pollution in the Boston harbor. There was a group of ecological environmentalists protesters who called for leaving the harbor polluted in order to save an organism unique to the polluted waters which thrived on the pollution and any change to the various kinds and levels of pollutants would result in this unique organism’s death. They lost their fight but they did prove that there are those who will protest any cause no matter how absurd.

 

Back to Robert F. Kennedy Jr’s demand that disagreeing with his views on global climate change and gaining wealth rather than being born into wealth be punished, especially if the ones gaining wealth do so in a manner or have beliefs with which Robert F. Kennedy Jr. disagrees. The idea by anybody, especially one from one of the families who have so generously benefited from the blessing of their great nation, demands that debate be closed down and that having an opinion which differs, even if, or more especially, should that opinion be held only by one, that it be made illegal and the holder of that idea incarcerated, that would signal the end of freedom and honor in America. The ease with which so many self-important political and social activists demand that all debate be silenced and those who do not agree be squelched if not arrested for their audacity to hold a different opinion and refusing to wilt before their arrogant anger would be amusing if it were not such a threat to freedom of thought and freedom of speech. May these people never be granted the power to enact laws enforcing their tyranny bringing fascism to the fore destroying all that the founding fathers crafted so carefully. Perhaps that is the greatest insult I felt at the pontifications and imperatives which dotted Robert F. Kennedy Jr’s excerpted interview. Perhaps I am being unfair being so critical as I was not able to find the entire interview though I doubt anything additional which might have been contained in the remainder of the interview would have mitigated the unacceptable parts made public. One has to realize that these excerpts and the quotes available were from a group which supports Robert F. Kennedy Jr’s positions and would most likely use the parts which they believed would reflect best the content of the interview. I pray for the sake of debate and what has historically been referred to as American fairness that Robert F. Kennedy Jr. never ever hold public office, especially in a position where he has the opportunity to formulate laws or interpret and enforce them as such would be a danger to the nation and its people.

 

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