Beyond the Cusp

May 21, 2017

So We Impeach Trump So Now What?

 

Well, it appears that the only thing which will quiet the beating beasties will be to have Donald Trump’s head on a pole in front of the Capitol Building after a public, Game of Thrones style trial on the Mall with the fountain at the base of the Capitol Steps as the backdrop. After his fair public trial there will be an equally righteous beheading, of course, with the reward on display with PBS carrying the progress of Trump’s head on a stick. We probably are not being too graphic to note that it starts with the blackbirds pecking out the eyes but decency will not allow us to describe it any further. So, now what happens? Will we wait until a week passes and then on the next Tuesday with all the pomp and ceremony, and after removing the pole and the remains thereof, we will have the rightful swearing in by the Supreme Court’s Chief Justice Roberts of Hillary Clinton to be the forty-sixth President and the Democrats return to the White House, right? Well, this is the hope and idea we have often seen posted to discussions about the criminality of the Trump administration surpassing President Ulysses S. Grant and President Richard Nixon reaching never before achieved levels of perfidy. So many have stated as fact that once we get rid of the tyrant wannabe Donald Trump then the United States will get their rightful first woman President because since Donald Trump will have been found guilty of crimes pertaining to the election then the Republicans are disqualified and the Democrat candidate, that would be Hillary Clinton, who came in second, out of two, is then declared the winner. That seems to be the most popular reasoning from the main, strange and unusual discussion boards we have visited. There have even been links to news sources, or presumed news sources such as the JuniorReport and AntieMae’s Inforoom and numerous other similar sounding names, most of which our virus blocker refused to allow our servers entry. We then went to our favorite source, Encyclopedia Britannica, where we sought advice as to what really happens should President Trump be impeached, but more about that after a small amount of additional commentary.

 

The levels of #Trumpamania were of a highly agitated and fevered pitch starting almost immediately after the election results were official, some even earlier just in anticipation and just in case the worst possible of results were true and simply continued to ramp higher and higher seeming as if they would peak immediately after Inauguration Day. That proved to be an incorrect assumption on our behalf as the level still climbed for at least another six weeks and then simmered down slightly only to steady out somewhere between out of their cotton-picking minds (we know, disallowed and demeaning reference) and insanely jealous as if Donald Trump just stole your girl, boy, or alt-gendered friend (choose your appropriate gender). The stamina the anti-Trump team has shown and their ability to stay on topic all repeating the same, up to the minute, ever-changing charge of the moment has been nothing less than remarkable. They change to the most recent bombshell discovery with such uniformity that one can almost delineate the history of the reports and the near exact time they hit the presses. Even the Tea Party would be envious of such organization, sheer genius. Precision Marine Drill Teams have only slightly more disciplined displays. As of this writing, the latest is that there is a person of interest who is amongst the White House Trump team close to the President himself and a high level advisor who the FBI has decided they may be interested in questioning as he should be knowledgeable of a direct Russian plot to influence the election where monies have changed hands and other inappropriate interchanges also were perpetrated and this top advisor will definitely turn on President Trump if only to save their own neck. This time it is a solid, slam dunk evidence and the Trump team and all his minions (those little yellow guy are everywhere when there are crimes and unimaginable evil at play) can pack and get ready for their suites at that luxury Federal Prison at the Eglin Federal Prison Camp in Florida with the golf course and all the amenities. Actually, after a 60 Minutes special about what was termed “Club Fed” the golf courses and lobster dinners are gone and the best an inmate can hope for is a minimum security prison and a round of Frisbee golf at a makeshift course, and then only during free time. Back to Donald Trump and his shrinking time left in the White House. We do agree that his time left in the White House is shrinking to just less than four years or maybe just under eight years, with his reelection pending.

 

The actual hope of the people suffering from #Trumpamania is that simply to quiet them the Congress will take the best advised criminal charge that the FBI can provide the greatest number of individuals, often witnessing by deposition given in writing or by video with face blurred and voice electronically altered so they can remain anonymous and not face any further questions about what they are claiming to know. This Impeachment will occupy the House of Representatives for a few weeks, maybe months, and they will find there is no reason to charge or send recommendations to the Senate for an actual trial. The House of Representatives acts like a sort of Grand Jury in deciding if there is sufficient evidence of wrongdoing at a level sufficient to warrant Impeachment. Once they have decided and if they feel the evidence are sufficient, then they pass everything along to the Senate where the actual trial is held and presided over by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. In the Senate these people who made anonymous depositions could find themselves subpoenaed to appear in person so the Senators can cross-examine them and get clarification on any innuendo which carried sufficient weight in the House of Representatives but not in the trial held by the Senate where the demand of proof is far higher and a full two-thirds vote is required (sixty-seven Senators). No President has ever been Impeached and found guilty and been removed from office, just a little historical side note. Two have been Impeached, William Jefferson Clinton in recent memory and Andrew Johnson (from a past life memory). Richard Nixon very likely would have been impeached and found guilty which is why he resigned before the House of Representatives could take their full floor vote. It has been stated that the leading Republicans from the House of Representatives and the Senate came to the White House and informed President Nixon they were not going to cover his backside on these charges and he was likely to be convicted so falling on his sword was their advice. He followed their advice figuratively even if not quite literally.

 

Presidents Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon and William Jefferson Clinton

Presidents Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon and William Jefferson Clinton

 

Now for the reality check and some distressing news for many who believe, getting rid of President Donald Trump will result in an overturning of the election results and the Inauguration of President Hillary Clinton, the first woman President. The truth is the election stands as the limit for challenging the validity of the election is the date that the Electoral College votes and the House of Representatives verify that vote. Once these steps are accomplished, the results are set in stone, unalterable, done and done. This means that the Line of Succession is set thus remove President Donald Trump and get President Mike Pence. If somehow both President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were to be removed at the same time, this would make Speaker of the House Paul Ryan the President. It simply does not get any better as one continues on. The Line of Succession is as follows; 1 Vice President, 2 Speaker of the House of Representatives, 3 President Pro Tempore of the Senate, 4 Secretary of State, 5 Secretary of the Treasury, 6 Secretary of Defense, 7 Attorney General, 8 Secretary of the Interior, 9 Secretary of Agriculture, 10 Secretary of Commerce, 11 Secretary of Labor, 12 Secretary of Health and Human Services, 13 Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, or Secretary of Transportation, 14 Secretary of Energy, 15 Secretary of Education, 16 Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and finally 17 Secretary of Homeland Security. Currently the vast majority, possibly all in the not too distant future, are appointees of President Donald Trump with two of the top ten being retired Generals from the United States Military. Whether or not that is good news or bad news is completely dependent upon your feelings about the military and its commanders in particular. The one item of interest is that nowhere on that list is there a slot for the losing candidate from the previous election, or simply put, no room for Hillary Clinton. So, a peace of advice for those suffering the most extreme cases of #Trumpamania largely because Impeaching or otherwise removing Donald Trump from the White House will result in Hillary Clinton becoming President, save your energies and start to dedicate them to electing Hillary Clinton President in the 2020 or 2024 elections or maybe you would prefer Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren. Imagine the first woman President also being the first Native American President, unless Ms. Warren retired her Native American heritage now that she is done with her positions at Harvard University. Use all this energy in a more fruitful endeavor or, if yelling in all caps every other posting on Facebook really does make for your self-worth, then by all means carry on in the manner you have become accustomed.

 

For those who find this inexorable and eternal clamoring over the Russian connection and the myriad of other charges leveled thus far with new ones to come every day to be a bit over the top and annoying, we have some really bad news. Let us imagine for a moment and do a thought experiment about what happens should President Donald Trump step down either by choice or by Impeachment and Mike Pence is sworn in as the next President. Does anybody believe that calm will return to the world or do you suspect a new eruption to levels never witnessed as they immediately tie President Mike Pence with charges of collusion along with Donald Trump with the Russians to destroy Hillary Clinton denying her the Presidency. There have already been charges against Pence as well as against number seven on the succession chart, Attorney General Jeff Sessions as well as number three, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. Now that this list of succession will be attainable easily with the reading of this article, as looking it up would take too much valuable time away from tweets and social media storming against President Donald Trump and company. But, as Rosie O’Donnell stated on Twitter that “WHEN TRUMP GOES SO DOES SESSIONS AND GORSUCH GETS REMOVED GARLAND SWORN IN EVERY EO INVALIDATED” The all caps proves this is indeed fact and needs to be yelled from every tall building top and mountain top in the land. There is a small problem though, and that is none of it is accurate. As stated above, the Trump team remains, Gorsuch was nominated and approved for the Supreme Court, a lifetime position, Sessions would remain until and if then President Mike Pence might replace him. And Garland still does not see his promotion and the Executive Orders remain unless, you guessed it, President Mike Pence nullified them, highly unlikely. But thank you for the civics lesson in left-world where things are as you wish they were, not as they really are. These protests in the social media are simply an attempt to implode the governance of the United States.

 

This method, or at least something similar, has happened numerous times before. There are agitators who rampage through the streets destroying store-fronts and other property. Pressure is kept on the government charging the leadership with being poor stewards of the public interest while destroying the ability of the nation to function in an advantageous manner. Businesses start to fail or simply pack-up and head for greener pastures where they would be safe. Others will seek somebody, anybody who promises to end the violence. Then a savior steps from the shadows and exclaims that they have what it will take to make the streets and other venues safe again. Then, in a very bloody couple of days, if even that long, the rowdies and agitators are simply executed in the street and their bodies carted off thrown into mass graves. Promise delivered at a simple price, freedom and liberty are now gone, sold for momentary safety. This is where the obligatory quote from Benjamin Franklin must be used, as he stated, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” This has been proven not only true but in the worst possible of ways. Those who have attempted to exchange freedom for safety have often ended up slaves to a fascist governance which took on a war that eventually destroyed the society, its cities and everything the people had hoped to protect when they traded away their liberty and freedoms to a dictator whose sole interest was absolute power and world conquest.

 

This brings us to one final point, world conquest. Many in the developed world have put away the idea of world conquest. Their reasons are good as they endured World War I and World War II where world conquest and the idea of empire were put to rest. But that does not mean that the thought of world conquest has been eradicated from the minds of tyrants and madmen. Just for a few choice individuals or people who believe they will rule the world and force everybody to bend to their demands, take North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. He has delusions that his destiny is to be ruler of the world, and he is building the weapons with which to accomplish this task. Then there are the leading ruling Mullahs, the Ayatollahs of Iran of which the Grand Ayatollah and Supreme Leader Seyyed Ali Khamenei is currently attempting to oust the Islamic State from the southeastern quarter of Syria such that Iran will have created their Shiite Crescent reaching from the Iranian shores on the Indian Ocean to the Syrian and Lebanese shores on the Mediterranean Sea. Iran holds the coasts of Lebanon and Syria and the southern forty-three percent of Iraq from Baghdad south (see map below). From this position, the Iranian leadership intends on conquering Kuwait, or absorbing it leaving an appointed Shiite Kuwaiti to rule as their puppet, and actually conquer the oil fields in the northeastern parts of Saudi Arabia. This will grant Iran control over the largest total collection of oil granting them control over the price of oil worldwide. This the Iranian leadership sees as vaulting them to take over Islam and then use the nearly two-billion Muslims to conquer the world as stated is the final predetermined destiny written in the Quran. Along these very lines the Saudi Royal Family see their Wahhabi sect of Islam leading the Muslim world to its final predetermined destiny written in the Quran. Also, there is Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan who has visions of reconstituting the Ottoman Empire and perhaps, after that has been established, the Islamic world will recognize him as its Sultan to lead them onward to world conquest as the final predetermined destiny written in the Quran. China has always seen themselves as one of the undefeatable powers of the world and as such having an overt and unequalled influence over the world giving them a form of world control. The Russians also view their nation as one of the last empires stretching across approximately ten time zones, more than any other country. China and Russia both have valuable resources, which further their abilities to influence the world. The main point is that there are forces on earth who still cling to the idea of world conquest and placing the entirety of the world under a single ruler, namely their ruler.

 

Iranian Crescent Resulting from an Iranian Surge Retaking Syria for Bashir al-Assad Connecting Iran to Mediterranean via Iraq, Syria and Lebanon

Iranian Crescent Resulting from an Iranian Surge
Retaking Syria for Bashir al-Assad Connecting
Iran to Mediterranean via Iraq, Syria and Lebanon

 

Oh, and we must not forget the United Nations which may start to disintegrate in the near future. If the United Nations is going to collapse, one of the initial signs will be Israel departing their company and following that up with ignoring their decisions seeing them as immoral and simply facilitating one of the groups to take control of the rest of the world, and Israel will not tolerate or play that game. Israel desires helping all in need who are willing to accept the assistance from Israel, and those who refuse to acknowledge the Israeli ability to help them simply may not realize the error of those ways. Unfortunately, these same people when they suffer blame Israel and not their leaders because they are raised on a steady diet of being anti-Israel, anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic. Israel has garnered the hatred of the Islamic world, or at least the vast majority thereof. Israel has also garnered the most vile treatment from far left dictators and far left politicians, mostly those leftists from the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe. The Europeans regularly hurt Israel by abstaining allowing the Islamic block in the governing board of UNESCO to denounce Jews owning land or having a national origin. They have completely ignored the writings of Torah and the Old Testament instead adopting the Quran and the idea that it is the final world of Allah, not Hashem, not the Judeo-Christian deity as Hashem is completely different and in opposition to Allah and much of the Quran.

 

But one need not worry because Europeans will soon find themselves obeying Sharia, the strictest interpretation of Islamic superiority enforced through the law itself. Some will simply slide under the rising tide and the constant beating of the waves, and which nations awaken before it is too late and address the problem directly, by demanding their culture survive, will decide where the lines are drawn when the final battle for the rule of the planet arrives. This future is not a pretty sight but it is coming and we must prepare, and splitting the population in half and setting one upon the other is just the disruption that the powers of Islam desire. Keep fighting against the other side because only your side is capable of proper governing. Keep fighting to tear down the institutions that were designed to rule in a just manner with all sides having a voice. Demand safe places where one can run when confronted with a reality that shakes their world-view and they require therapy and puppies to pet. Demand the levers of power for those whose main desire is the destruction of your way of life. Support those who believe that they can use Islam to conquer the world and then redefine Islam as their eco-friendly socialist utopian quagmire. Islam will not bend and once they have facilitated the Islamic takeover, most of those who installed Islam at the top of the ruling party will likely be amongst the first to feel the sting of Islamic Sharia. Their acts which lead to their being labeled apostates as they will have previously willingly taken on the title of follower of Islam giving it as much importance as one does their book club which has a brunch every other month.

 

This was the path that Hillary Clinton promised, more Islam because Islam opposes the same ideas that Hillary Clinton hates, all those who are Evangelical Christians, believers of Christ, religious Jews, Zionist Jews and all who mold their lives to follow the dictates of the Judeo-Christian Deity. Islam is the latest tool for those who believe that there are no deities that science will define everything, and their lives are to be spent in the moment, as nothing else is certain. Hedonism is their governing principle and pleasure for their own is their goal and their greatest pleasure is power, power which permits their dictating to everyone else how they must live while doing as they please in their lives. They desire the power to apply the rules they believe are necessary to keep space between them and the little people. They actually detest the little people though they will use them for as long as they willingly and blindly follow. This is true of both political parties in the United States as well as the vast majority of those in Europe and the rest of the developed world. This is what is behind the official hate for Donald Trump by the Democrats and the never-Trump Republicans led by John McCain. Continue with your rage as it has blinded you from realizing the damage you may end up causing as a result of your actions. Eventually the people in the United States will elect a person who will so damage the nation finishing the job begun by President Obama and actually the start of the progressives drive to destroy the republican form of governance such that they could usher in the new governance where the biggest twenty cities chose the President and nobody else matters. That is the beauty of the Electoral College, but the leaders of these hate Trump people know the reasons and desire to end allowing Wyoming to have any say. They want Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Phoenix, San Diego, Dallas, Denver, Seattle and perhaps another dozen and they would rule the country under the desired new means for making the Progressive way the only way. Take away the Electoral College and this will be the future, and there will be no turning back once the rules are changed. There was a reason that the popular vote did not elect a President, and that was a good thing as it gave the smallest amongst you a voice. Now you desire drowning it out just as you drown out any discourse on social media and simply stick to your slogans which lie mostly along the line of Trump, Russia, Cash Paid, Election, Cheating, Impeach all Republicans, Democrat be granted permanent rule, end the Republic. Failure of the system to be protected will result in the end of the United States.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

March 10, 2017

Trump Mar-a-Lago Conflict of Interest

 

The conflict over Mar-a-Lago and President Trump spending most weekends and even (gasp) having Cabinet officers meet with him at this private club which Trump continues to (gasp) own and (gasp) make money from the paying guests who he has even been seen meeting and enjoying time joking and (gasp) they pay to belong to Mar-a-Lago some two-hundred-thousand-dollars per year and these rich members have an easy path to reach, talk and socialize with the President. This is influence by the rich members of this club. There has never been such access for the rich to have like (gasp) Mar-a-Lago (gasp) and President Obama would never have had such exclusive only access to where he spent time. Perhaps we should breathe a little easier and take a step back and look at the reality and not the hyperventilating hyperbole. I guess it was all common people who were not wealthy who had access to other Presidents who spent time at Martha’s Vineyard amongst the luxury resorts and privately owned cabins and estates or amongst all those yachts all which honestly just reek of high wealth and snobbery at the least equal if not more-so than Mar-a-Lago. The difference is the Presidents staying at Martha’s Vineyard often stayed at the mansion of some paltry multi-millionaire which could never have been as bad as staying at one’s own resort. But what actually galls the leftists is that President Trump also makes money off owning the resort where he also owns his own luxury suite and that he actually has Cabinet members meet with him at the resort he owns though he likely allows the Cabinet members stay for free, and that probably also upsets these currently perpetually upset. But let us look a little closer at some more reality which the left will contest the validity, but we checked and these are actual truths that follow.

 

Martha’s Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard

 

The problem is that President Trump did not force everything using his name to change the name on the building such as the Trump Towers around the world or that he did not divest himself of his entire and total wealth and investments. This, they claim, is tantamount to the selling of the Presidency. Well, let us look at the actual requirements for a President to do in order to assume the office. Actually let’s concentrate on one thing which is not a requirement. When a person assumes the Presidency there is no requirement for them to divest themselves from any properties, companies they own or investments. They are not required to surrender their control over their investments. The reason most Presidents have placed their investments under the control of a neutral blind trust with an investment company simply was to avoid any temptation to use their knowledge from the office to influence their investments. The removing their connection to their investing is probably wise but a President is not required to completely distance themselves from all business and other financial interests. Does anybody honestly believe that George Washington allowed Mount Vernon to stop raising crops, released all the people working at Mount Vernon and divested himself from all investments? How about John Adams? Do you think he closed all of his business interests in Boston and stopped all actions at his estate? How about Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his wealth and business interests? If you have a sneaky feeling that these Presidents continued to allow their business interests and investments to make profits, then you are correct and that is because the President is not required to sacrifice their wealth just because they assumed the office of President. Imagine that, just becoming President does not mean that one must sacrifice everything when taking office, wow!

 

Why don’t we get down to the real crime which President Trump has committed. He is not a political leftist and he defeated the left’s candidate, the squeaky clean Hillary Clinton who has never committed a shady or compromising act in her entire life and has led an exemplary life with unprecedented accomplishments during her political career (gag). Benghazi had nothing to do with Clinton and the foreign contributions to the Clinton Foundation had no connection to the fact that it appeared like Hillary Clinton was in line to be the next President of the United States. The fact that the contributions came to a crashing halt when she lost the election was simply coincidence. All the revelations from the leaked e-mails from the Democrat Central Committee (that was leaked, not hacked) of corruption and coercion which denied Bernie Sanders any hope of becoming the Democrat candidate for President did not tarnish Hillary Clinton’s nomination. We could go on to the leaks and hacks from Wikileaks, not the Russians, which added so much fuel to the fire already burning down the Clinton campaign and the fact that Hillary Clinton campaigned predominantly in states where she was already guaranteed to win including spending most of the final three weeks campaigning in California and almost totally ignored Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania which were the states which determined the election. Further, the fact that Donald Trump campaigned largely on issues while Hillary Clinton campaigned on personal attacks on Trump could not have had anything to do with her loss. And lastly, where Donald Trump defined the fundamental issues which many Americans in the general population across a broader spectrum which included ending illegal immigration, boosting the economy, increasing jobs and actually identified Islamist Extremist Terrorism as a threat to the United States; Hillary Clinton mostly accused Donald Trump as the biggest threat to the United States and promised to continue the economic programs of President Barack Obama, an economic policy most claimed had failed.

 

What is interesting is that the central idea behind Hillary Clinton’s campaign, namely that Donald Trump posed the greatest threat to the people of the United States and that Trump did not deserve to be President, was unfit for the office, was basically a racist hateful person who was a fascist and finally that the idea of a President Trump should be such an anathema to the citizens of the United States that anything and everything should be considered allowable in order to prevent such an eventuality. That Hillary Clinton was the nation’s savior from Donald Trump and was why she should be elected, is also the basic tone of the leftist continuous tantrum which we have witnessed since the election. The outrage started immediately after the election results were announced and the predictions of his being a complete failure and his administration being in disarray actually began before the Inauguration. Since the Inauguration we have heard a constant drumbeat demanding President Trump be impeached and that Vice President Pence needs to go at the same time as well as Speaker of the House Ryan and the list would probably continue on down the rest of the order of succession until they reached an acceptable individual which would be the first Democrat. Then if that Democrat proved not to be sufficiently to the left they would come under attack as well with demands they be impeached and this would continue until they either got a verifiable leftist or Hillary Clinton, which would be impossible as she is nowhere to be found on the order of succession. The reasoning behind the full bore rejection of President Trump is partially manufactured and based in the idea that if sufficient disruption can be brought to bear on the American public, that come the next election they will do the correct thing, elect the media and establishment candidate, also known as the leftist, socialist candidate. This has been the leftist tactic throughout the ages and usually leads to fascist governance where there is one final election that the leftists win and then they form a dictatorship. Should these riots and other tactics succeed, then what we are currently witnessing is the downfall and end of the American experiment and it will die as was predicted by political scientists where they have seen that historically democracies, including republics, die between two and four hundred years after they rise from the tyranny they defeated. This is called the Tytler Cycle of Power in Governance talked about here. Let us hope that this is not the signal that we are reaching the end of civility and the end of what has been called the Great American Experiment in Self Government. When the United States was first formed the monarchies of Europe claimed that it would fail and they would crawl back to Europe pleading for guidance because the common man was incapable of ruling themselves for long. It would be a shame to find out they were correct but simply got the time frame wrong.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

January 19, 2017

One Single Change Would Wipe Out 90% Congressional Corruption

 

If you spend any time on social media you can only come to one conclusion, graft is everywhere except with the less that powerful. The wealthy get away with everything up to and even including murder, though murder is the toughest one to escape. Congress has far too many members who spend three terms, or even two, and if one is astute, one term and walk away as multimillionaires. Many people ask as to how this can be. Many understand and know why this can be and often is. Senators and Representatives are covered by laws which exempt them from insider trading. So if there is a defense bill coming to a vote and the members of Congress know that in six weeks it will pass, it will easily give company XYZ a multi-billion dollar contract which is hundreds of times more than their budget for the previous five years combined. XYZ stock is selling at $1.23 a share six weeks out, so many, but not all as they take turns according to seniority, buy a thousand shares. The bill passes and Wall Street lights up and within two days that stock now sells for $327.77 a share. The Congress members sell their stock at this point making over $325,000.00 for a six week and two day investment in a stock because they cannot be charged with insider trading. This simple trick goes for much more than defense legislation and at every level of government. In the little township, county, city or borough where you live they repair roads, bridges and build parking garages and hire companies to manage all kinds of government projects. Going into such contracts these are often small family businesses with under twenty-five employees and just initially making stock options. That places their stock initially on the volatile IPO (Initial Public Offering) market which is usually the home for high risk, high reward investors and not for the faint of heart. But when you know that a small operation is about to receive a multi-million dollar, multi-year contract that market becomes far less risky and investing becomes a sure bet. This is the sleight of hand, crooked investing which can be found throughout government at all levels. Often those who would prosecute such criminal acts are also clued in on investments when the opportunity is great enough to allow a broad group to make huge benefits without actually raising too much attention. This is why you find so much money going into governmental elections and influencing because the returns are far beyond the pittance invested. Giving a number of city electors a hundred thousand dollars into their election funding and then after they defeat their opponent who received one fifth the amount they will receive multi-million dollar contracts and the city electors investing wisely become millionaires within a few years and move to Tahiti if they are smart, or buy their own newly charted island and refuse extradition to the United States.

 

This is nothing new as it has been how the Senators in Rome maintained their wealth and how the Caesars ruled over these Senators distributing government monies to those who supported them and not the others. The first Caesar, Julius Caesar made a single mistake, he kept the money with the people and refused to feed the graft machine which was the Senate and the commanders of the legions. This resulted in his big day on the Senate steps where he was made into a pincushion using tens of knives as the pins with the final pin, some claim the fifty-first knife, plunged into Caesar’s back by Brutus, “Et tu Brutus?” Wars were fought throughout antiquity to steal the wealth and enrich the King and their closest advisors and generals who commanded the troops protecting the King and winning their wars. Eventually rulers figured out they could simply tax their subjects and by taking a small to modest amount from each subject reap great wealth. Some rulers made the fatal mistake of figuring that if a modest amount granted great wealth, then doubling the tax would double their wealth. That failed as once you cross a critical point draining from the economy the economy becomes unstable and the gravy train dries up and the people revolt. So many greedy kings found their people to be revolting right before they met the guillotine, the sword or other form of execution, some far less noble at the hands of the rabble. Governmental systems have changed, governing has not. Governing is still how to provide the people with sufficient services and comfort while stealing as much as the market will bear enriching the governing. Can this poisoning of government be rooted out and extinguished? Probably not for as Campaign Finance Reform should have taught the people of the United States is that no matter how you rig the game and what you do to take the money from the hands and supporting structures of the elected public servants, they will simply invent some way around the laws, appear not to actually control what they are forbidden, have an indirect but close knot control of these funds and will make away with the wealth in the end. What is more diabolical and evil are those high government employees who are just below the appointed position who are civil servants, thus presumably untouchable by those in power, gaining wealth through careful investing and manipulation of portfolios to take advantage of information which comes across their desks as part of enacting the particulars of legislations. This has gotten far more prevalent as the legislation leaves the entirety of the building and enacting the structures to fulfill the demands of vague legislations thus allowing much of the distribution of contracts and such to these civil servants. There is little chance that these civil servants are all so clean as to not make investments or find other means of enriching themselves. There are far too many very wealthy government employees whose salaries are less than twenty-five thousand dollars a year, how did they become wealthy? Little problem in figuring that out, is there.

 

Shine a Light on Corruption

Shine a Light on Corruption

 

Money is the grease which oils the wheels of government. That remains true to this day and will likely remain true far into the future. The opportunities to become wealthy from being in the right place to hear the next outlay of millions of dollars by government cannot be eliminated until the government is trusted to machines, and then the question will be who monitors and runs the machines. All we can do is alter where the weakest links are placed and thus who gains from inside information. The history of mankind has in part been the history of seeking perfect governance and the failure at virtually every juncture. There was once a governance which was as close to that perfection people seek but is unwieldy as the people must have the faith to trust their safety and protection from other nations and their invasions or other entreaties to an entity they cannot know and claim daily their inability to understand their ruling entity trusting the messengers who claim to be the sole recipients of that wisdom. This was the ruling by Hashem over the initial Israelite Tribes through the prophets and judges. There was not government largess to benefit from its wealth and how it was distributed as all was in the hands of Hashem and there were no government programs. Roads were made by people traveling between locations using the same route which eventually packs the ground making a clear and obvious path, not what you would desire to drive your brand new Lexus across but perfectly fine for your donkey. Even the advances far, far back around 1100 BCE forced the Israelites to demand to have a King like the neighboring nations to lead their army and protect them from the threats emerging around them and Torah records that Hashem told the Judges and Prophets that should the Israelites demand some form of governance to provide them security, then they should be permitted such governance. This resulted in their taking a king asking the leading prophet to anoint their king leading to King Saul. Saul was not the worst of kings or the best, but his reign led directly through some odd circumstance to King David and then King Solomon which was the shining period where the tribes of Israel were united into a singular nation which conquered lands up to the Euphrates River (see maps below showing Twelve Tribes, King David and Solomon conquest and the promised lands for Israel according to treaties from World War I). Following Kings were less successful with the eventual downfall which coincided with a king who was an idolater and placed idols inside Solomon’s Temple, a low point for the Tribes of Israel. Over the next centuries the Israelites managed to throw off tyrants or be granted autonomy under the sovereignty of a greater power. The Israelites were even permitted to build the Second Temple which included Herod building what is today the Western Wall, built over six hundred years before the founding of Islam and about a century before the birth of Jesus. Herod made himself great amounts of wealth, sufficient to build himself a mountain with a castle and burial crypt in the Northern Negev and live a lavish life of opulence simply by giving the people what they demanded, the Temple Complex, and collect taxes in order to provide the people their desires while fulfilling his own. This has been the formula of effective governance for centuries both before and since, especially since. Many of the iconic public works projects, if investigated and audited meticulously would reveal that many within the government and closely tied to people in the governance and especially with the planning of public works gained great wealth. Be the works be a huge clock in the middle of London, a great dock providing thousands of new jobs in Amsterdam or almost any public work one could mention.

 

Left side map depicts the division of the Promised Land amongst the tribes and right side map compares the modern promised land from the Jordan west to the Mediterranean Sea compared to the maximum of area during King David’s and King Solomon’s reigns.

 

So, how can the vast majority of this corruption, this theft of the public treasure be prevented? The quickest would be to subject politicians and public servants (government workers) to the same laws as the public and demand an accounting of their incomes and investments as well as careful auditing of all contracts. Make all government bids by law be the final price charged with no cost overruns, no additional surprises, and no adjustments or new demands during production that allow for fudging numbers and hiding payouts. Adding that whatever the estimated date of delivery be set such that any time overrun resulting in a percentage of the initial payments budgeted being returned to government as a means of compensating the public for these delays. This would force defense contractors to make realistic and exacting bids instead of making a lowball bid knowing they can increase the cost through delays and cost overrun demands after the initial bid is accepted. The F-35 JSF is a prime example with it coming to delivery a good part of a decade late with cost overruns and technical problems resulting in the price of each fighter costing a good deal closer to double the expected and quoted price. Had these costs been included in the initial bid it is quite possible that the bid might have gone to a competitor. The current development and bidding system used by government contractors, especially in the defense industry, is to guess at what it might cost and to make a bid at three-quarters of that estimate completely confident that the remainder and more sufficient to make the profit desired as well as cover any difficulties along the way. This is a legalized form for guaranteeing theft. If, on the other hand, contractors were made to provide what they promised for the price they bid, and not a plug nickel over, then the bids would be far more realistic and shades higher to cover the expected of the unexpected, or should we simply call it the unplanned snags and other complications. This would allow the government and the voting public, should they be interested, to understand, and know ahead of time, exactly what projects will cost. Currently the public knows that the quoted bids are a ruse and perhaps if they were guaranteed these bids would be the exact delivery price the public might take a real interest. As things are, why bother with the bidding when one really need wait as long as a decade to find out the actual delivery price because there is little or no actual oversight.

 

Government needs to become a business, not a joke, a poke in the dark where truth is a rare commodity and concealed misappropriation the rule of thumb. If a butcher ran his store as governments are run his scale would be off by 10% and he would often have his thumb on the scale as well. Nothing would be as it appears and the rule of buyer be wary would be most necessary. Governments, when designed in democratic based nations, are presumed to be open and to be overseen by the people who by being informed can make solid and reasoned votes for their representatives. Oh, if only this were true. The reality is we elect our candidates or parties, pending on whether we have a representative democracy or a parliamentary system, according to elaborate shows designed to thrill and titillate the public with elaborate deceptions designed to sell the product making it appear more responsible than the governance’s results. The entire production is very Hollywood and just as much a fantasy. This all results in a governance just as deceptive as are the campaigns and the people depicted therein. There is an easy way which we can attest from our experience in running a campaign for the United States House of Representatives where we spent at most $10,000 and received more voted per dollar than either of our high priced opponents despite not quite garnering 3% of the vote (still the record for third party candidates where we ran). Now we feel it is important to point out that this was a campaign for a job which pays $174,000 per year (current salary) for two years for a total of $348,000 total before having to run again. Our two opponents each spent very close to the same amount on their campaigns which was estimated to have been that one spent $1,200,000 and the other spent $2,200,000. These figures for our opponents do not include PAC and Party funds and advertising. Please explain how that explains spending for a job paying $348,000 which only one of us had even a dream of showing a profit unless something else was going on. And Americans complain they cannot figure out what is wrong with their governance. Of course this is not something peculiar to the United States but exists in every government across the world. Democratic nations probably suffer the least from such deception as they do kind of have to answer to the people and when the people get upset, that distress trumps all else. In dictatorial regimes the difference is far more marked as the ruling elite get the best of what is available, that is when there is a best of available to be had. In those places suffering the worst governances imaginable, such as North Korea and Venezuela, eating and having even the necessities can be considered an extravagance. Until we return to Hashem ruling the people or machines keeping humans as their pets, there will be those people using the government for self-enrichment. Always has been and always will be, or so it appears.

 

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