Beyond the Cusp

July 7, 2017

Where has Compromise Gone?

 

Obamacare passed completely on the weight of Democrat supermajorities. From all appearances, should there come a Trumpcare bill, it too will pass simply from a supermajority of Republicans. That is where the problem comes in as far as any new healthcare legislation. The Republicans are in deep discussion and even some argument over the particulars and thus taking far longer than many would prefer. But there is one wall in reality and another described in the media. The media are screaming that the Republicans are completely inept and unable to pass a simple piece of legislation that President Trump claimed would be his first and primary consideration. The media keeps pressing how the Republicans are failing but they are missing one simple truth, it is not all Republicans who are making things impossible. The House of Representatives sent a bill to the Senate where everything got jammed up both in committee and on the Senate floor. The Republicans have twice introduced legislation for debate and when calling for a vote, there came the problem, there were those demanding more debate. These debates were nothing to do with the legislation but were intended to block any vote by demanding cloture, something that just the mere mention has led to a new reality in the Senate that in order to call for any vote those desiring a call for a vote must have sixty votes of guaranteed support. This means that every piece of legislation must have cloture because the essential reality is that all legislation is considered to be being filibustered by those who oppose the bill. There no longer is any requirement for legislation to actually be opposed with a real filibuster, it is simply assumed that if one person opposes legislation, then they would be capable of filibustering the legislation indefinitely without recourse for food, sleep or other nourishment or relaxation. Anyone who has seen the film, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (see entire film video below), realize that no individual person would be capable of carrying on a filibuster alone and even two would be hard pressed. There was a reason that the Senate believed that forty Senators would be sufficient opposition for a principled stand and no less would suffice. No longer, as now one must have the support, public support if pressed, of sixty Senators. We are not sure when such a decision was reached and became tradition, but it sure makes progress far more difficult and cumbersome as getting Senators to commit could be compared with herding cats.

 

 

The United States Senate was once referred to as the most dignified and austere deliberative chamber in the history of the world. The House of Representatives was to represent the fury of democracy filled with bluster, crude and terse yelling producing responses to the insanities and demands of the populace often flinging reason to the wind. The Senate was to be the barricade which imposed reason on such madness. But politics in the United States has reached a crucial and, as one might say, desperate point. The partisanship has boiled over and is simply waiting to explode. Debate is no longer permitted as the space for debate has slowly closed down. Now, one enters into the debate either armed with the skin of a rhinoceros or prepared to lose friends as taking a side other than those approved by your peers is akin to treason. Even relatives finding themselves on opposite sides have refused to speak to one another and even a few marriages have broken up simply because the partners voted for opposing candidates in the Presidential elections. Now the demand on both sides is to prevent the other side from ever managing to pass any legislation and nowhere is this battle more obvious than the healthcare debates. The left is fiercely set to defending Obamacare and simply pressing that the only reason that Obamacare is failing is because that imbecile in the White House demands that it fail as his entire esteem rides upon its failure. They claim if only President Trump would allow minor, Democrat-approved adjustments and put in the proper financial investment, then Obamacare would produce everything as promised. The Republicans insist that nothing will be able to save Obamacare and some even press that it was designed to fail so as to allow for the enactment of the Democrat dream of a Single-Payer Healthcare System. The response from many on the left demand to know what would be so terrible in adopting the identical healthcare system which has bankrupted many a European nation who do not have anywhere near the populations nor a military budget anywhere near to comparable to those of the United States. The sides on this debate find no middle ground nor do they seek any. Both demand absolute victory and this comes to a head in the United States Senate. The House of Representatives currently have a majority of Republicans which leads to the Republicans being able to pass whatever legislation they desire, and have done so on healthcare and other legislative time bombs.

 

The time bombs which pass the House of Representatives with much noise but ineffectual opposition run smack into the polite deference found in the Senate where every piece of legislation had come to require a filibuster proof vote to simply pass. There is no longer the requirement to actually filibuster; one just has to oppose legislation and the filibuster is considered to be in force and cloture required. Additionally, the Democrats have come together in such a manner that they will act like a single entity and oppose everything the Trump administration favors. There is no concept even remotely resembling doing the nation’s business because as far as the politicians and their parties are concerned, there is no single nation but instead two warring camps between which no bridges can be built and no compromise can be permitted. With compromise out, then business is done because without even the slightest opening for compromise and doing what is best for the country, the two parties remain in gridlock with both sides controlling over forty votes in the Senate and thus neither being capable of reaching the magic number of sixty votes. This is a new development which has not been faced previously. And no, this was not the case during the Obama administration. The only legislation which was passed with total Republican opposition, to the best of our knowledge, was Obamacare where the Democrats had the supermajority of sixty votes in the Senate. Factually, the Democrats had to rush that passage as when Ted Kennedy died, the replacement elected in the November elections in Massachusetts was a Republican as he promised to vote against Obamacare, the Democrat promised to vote for Obamacare, and that was the deciding factor many voters gave for voting for a Republican for the first time in decades. That gave the Democrats in the Senate until the following January, so when they returned after the election they rushed a vote through and passed basically the legislation as the House of Representatives sent it without reading it, debating it or amending it. Some have pointed to this as the reason that Obamacare is failing, that it was incomplete when passed. Trust, it was complete and has done exactly what it was designed to do, bankrupt medical insurance industry and force the United States to adopt a single payer plan medical insurance and be just like Europe. Many are unsure if the United States would work well if it became more like the European Union than the United States. One might say that the leftists are trying to turn the United States into Europe one vote at a time. The Republicans are trying to avoid this and retain capitalistic principles at all costs. And that is a large part of the debate, capitalism versus socialism, and democratic republic versus single party unopposed rule, also known as fascism.

 

The United States of Europe Turning the United States into Europe One Vote at a Time

The United States of Europe
Turning the United States into Europe One Vote at a Time

 

I can hear the screeching, gut-wrenching, blood curdling, nails across the blackboard yelling already, what do you mean leftists are fascists, its Trump who’s the fascist. Well, as much as we love controversy, and we do, let’s hash this out looking back at history. Be calm, I know, Hitler was on the right, therefore fascism is from the right and the Republicans are on the right, game, set, match. Well, not exactly as the truth is that NAZI stood for Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (National-Socialist German Workers’ Party; NSDAP). That is not exactly a group which stood for a Democratic Republic which is what their government replaced, which was known as the Weimar Republic. The government under Adolph Hitler came to power only after the leaders of the Weimar Republic approved some critical changes to their constitution granting the Chancellorship additional, unprecedented and near total and quite unopposable power. Then after taking the position, Adolph Hitler then assumed additional powers leading to his being a fascist dictator. The methods he utilized to take power were textbook examples of how to take total power and control of a government. You cause a situation where the government is stymied and unable to accomplish or even address the needs of the nation, add unrest and increasing violence, invent a critical point where the people will feel their nation threatened, demand the problem you are orchestrating be immediately resolved, offer on a wave of public demands that you be granted the power to end the strife, take power and demolish the people at the bottom who were instigated into violence at the critical point and then claim unlimited power because you accomplished the impossible. This was Hitler’s plan, Lennon’s plan, Chavez’s plan and far too many others for such methods to be considered ridiculous. The simple plan is create a national problem such as the collapse of the healthcare system, propose to solve the problem if given the tools, use the tools and the popularity gained in solving the problem to change the remainder of any constitution and make your party the only political entity and you its unrivaled leader, instant fascist governance.

 

The fearful condition in the United States currently has been the inoperability of the federal government which is locked due to the Senate being the dam obstructing business being accomplished. The media is fully backing the story that President Trump is a buffoon and an idiot who has no concept of how Washington works or how to accomplish things. Granted, much of the President Tweeting has backed this portrait. Despite his less than intelligent Tweets, the President cannot be blamed for the lack of legislation ever reaching his desk, the problem being faced by the United States government. But this will not prevent the near constant media blame President Trump first, second, last and always. There are those who have cast the President as attempting to take dictatorial steps to shut down debate on his agenda. This claim is given credence by those so opposed to President Trump as he committed the most horrific crime which may be cast as the crime of the century; he defeated the anointed one, Hillary Clinton. This is the crime for which President Trump will never be allowed to live down and for which many are infuriated to the point that they are still spending much of their free time posting to social media every remote piece of media coverage which can be found even to the point of having established chains where people post such a vindictive piece of editorial media and it goes around as they send it each on to the next in a great circle such that it returns to the fist poster who posts it as if it were new again weeks later. There are numerous such rings, all secretive and never to be admitted, and these will see to it that President Trump’s detractors will have a never ending and always increasing amount of material. Oh, and if you desire to be blasted into a different time zone, decry the unfairness or inaccuracies of these posts at your own risk of hearing loss as some responses you will receive will be in all caps, possibly bolded and even italicized in red if at all possible. Of course, should you be so struck, then you obviously deserved such treatment.

 

Where will all of this lead? That depends very heavily on the 2018 election and whether the Republicans can attain sixty Senate seats while retaining control of the House of Representatives. That is a tall order as very often in midterm elections the party of the sitting President lose seats in both houses of Congress, especially the House of Representatives. But these are different and new times and nobody can predict things political in this new era. The fact that Trump even lasted until the first primary was strange, that he did so well was astonishing, that he became the Republican candidate was unbelievable. This was the end of politics as had previously been known in the United States. The near come from behind win by Bernie Sanders in the Democrat primaries was a further established proof of the changing political scene. Will politics return to the old normal? It very probably could but then again, there have been such drastic changes before when things came to a head, but the United States does not need to have a new party rise and one fall to the side and disappear as happened when the Republicans became a major party. Those days eventually led to the Civil War and that is most definitely not something needed by any nation. Further, as much as it has been claimed that the election of President Trump could lead to the end of the Republican Party, that is probably just as unlikely if not more so than the Democrat Party disappearing. The only potential threat the main two political parties have in the United States will be if they continue to refuse to see any means of working together. Such refusal to be capable of seeing things as the needs of the nation rather than the unacceptable policies of the “other” could lead to one of the third parties to become a real third party. The existence of an actual third party which could gain sufficient support that they would hold the swing votes required by the other two parties to achieve their agendas, that party would become quite powerful and determine the direction of legislation and the nation. It might also lead to a fourth and fifth and soon, the United States would look like European nations with a party for every taste instead of coalitions forming two parties. Who is to say whether or not such would be a good thing or such fracturing of political power would make for some politicking so strange than nobody could ever establish anything resembling an actual solid policy. The future of the United States is at a crucial point in her history challenged only be the era around the Civil War and perhaps the divisions are just as deep and unresolvable. The next decade or two will be determinable for the future of the United States and whether she will remain the leader of the free world and a superpower unrivaled in the world. Nothing short of her place in the world is at stake but asking for the two sides to tread softly will fall upon deaf ears as they are all screaming far too loud to listen.

 

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July 4, 2017

Boldness of Lies Wafting on Evil Breezes

 

One can check for the following quote with a search using the entire quote and will find the original article in multiple places. Well, we just had to have our say which will hopefully be a little different and perhaps cast more light onto the subject and the many arenas where such events are being carried out by different players but all with the same means. They use lies, accusations, and demands in the hopes of being believed and thus discrediting all opposition, all in the truest form of the real fascists. This is a game which has been played before and these are the same exact steps, the same exact lies, the same exact accusations and soon we will see similar violence which those who silently instigate much of the violence promise to save us from the violence and this has all been used by the previous usurpers. We have spoken of this and now it creeps into another political game which means that this time the usurpers desire more than one nation or one continent but this time they aim for the world. Now here is the latest war cry of the usurper claiming that all evil is born everywhere but in their camp, the first lie, the introduction to what will come.

We are undergoing a process of fascistization of Israeli politics. These are hard words but they are true. Artists, actors and playwrights are under threat, Supreme Court justices and judges generally are threatened, journalists are fired and are threatened, journalists and newspapers are under threat of being closed by the authorities, and now also academics are under threat and can say nothing.” Head of Opposition, Isaac Herzog, Holon, June, 24, 2017

 

Head of Opposition Isaac Herzog

Head of Opposition Isaac Herzog

 

This is the same tired accusation made repeatedly by Mr. Herzog and his ilk every time there is anything introduced which might permit equal opportunity into the hallmark institutions which currently are leftist strongholds. Here is a simple but not complete list of such institutions around the world which the leftists control with near complete impunity and lack of opposition; mainstream media, NGOs (nongovernmental organizations), courts (with the exception of the United States where the judges in the courts are appointed by elected officials, and even in the United States the left are strong within the court system as has been evidenced by their use against President Trump), and Academia where tenure is denied professors unless they are proven and tested to be pure leftists. The media is meeting a problem which the leftists would dearly love to strangle, the Internet and the free exchange of information. The Internet also provides an alternative to the information put forth by the NGOs. What has not been prevented by the Internet is the marriage between the media and the NGOs where the NGO makes statements or accusations demeaning those not aligned exclusively with their causes and the media amplifies their words repeating them in print which is in turn used by the NGOs as validation of their views which is again repeated in the media with this circle continuing all too often ad nauseum.

 

The fastest way to get the leftist political class screaming is to introduce any measure of fairness or free debate into the systems which they control. Examples include altering the appointment of new judges taking it from the existing legal system and giving it to elected officials who are answerable to the electorate, to the people. When such was suggested in Israel, the entirety of the media, academia, the legal associations and the leftist politicians who are not in power and are unlikely to regain power unless through subterfuge, exploded in the media in op eds as well as went running to the Supreme Court screaming, “foul.” Our friend, Isaac Herzog, gave a prime example of the courts siding with the left politically and further during the furor where demands were being posed to force the Prime Minister to relinquish the communications portfolio regarding which Herzog’s self-praise, even before the justices’ decision, judging by his Facebook post, it was important to him that he make clear that he himself filed the petition and that the “High Court in an unusual step issued a conditional order that directs the Prime Minister and the Attorney General to explain why they won’t respond to the petition.” Going a step further, Herzog and his people maneuvered to spread word of the court’s decision to the television news channels for prime time. If only some professor would offer a course selectively examining the political brilliance displayed by Opposition Leader Isaac Herzog in the fight against the imperialist Prime Minister Netanyahu trying to run the government all by himself (now that we have posed the idea, any bets on how long before some professor actually uses this in his coursework?), we would have hit the trifecta, courts, media and academia.

 

When there was an attempt to have NGOs which receive over half their funding from outside of Israel report themselves as being foreign NGOs, and not pass themselves off as Israeli NGOs, the left in the media went into an uproar and the political left declared that totalitarianism was coming to Israel. The Guardian reported that Isaac Herzog stated that, “The NGO law … is indicative, more than anything, of the budding fascism creeping into Israeli society.” Just in case you were wondering, the political “F” word pops right out of Isaak’s mouth whenever things move even the slightest towards the center. Isaak fears that should things ever be moved from pegged so far to the left that the only thing keeping the needle from sliding out of view is the little peg holding it where it can be located, but the needle is bending. The people are getting tired of the universality of leftist control in every arena throughout Israel except elections, but they refuse to permit equal footing in their little fiefdoms, media, courts, and academia.

 

But Israel is not the only place where the left is screaming of injustices, cheating and of having been robbed. Yes, we’re speaking of the elections, surprise elections according to many, of Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. If you have been reading much of the mainstream media, especially the New York Times, then you are pretty much convinced that the Russians were running President Trump’s campaign and without Putin, Trump would have lost. You would also have believed that had Hillary been elected, her first move would have been to fire then Director of the FBI James Comey. Then, suddenly when President Trump “mishandled” the firing of former FBI Director Comey, suddenly he was the hero of the hour who would hand the Senate Committee investigating Trump and, you know, we forget what. The important thing is that as soon as Mr. Comey’s testimony did not lead to Trump being impeached, he became a worthless miscreant who never should have been Director of the FBI once again. Then there are the courts in the United States which took turns preventing President Trump from making a legal alteration to immigration policy claiming that it broke his campaign pledges. That actually was one judge’s reason which made breaking a campaign pledges into a legal reason for a decision. Meanwhile, the liberal and leftist outrage had barely lost even an ounce of steam since the results came out and Hillary conceded. There are still wall-to-wall postings which seem to go in circles from one person to the next until they complete the circuit and start all over again as if they were brand new. This, too, is one of the steps in the real attempted fascist takeover, but the people making the noise are unaware of their part. They are the true believers and the first to get hurt when freedoms are lost. They are also the most surprised when their heroes become the villains and the ones they labeled as villains turn out not to be the guilty as charged.

 

Just to be fair to our regular readers who have read the step-by-step guide to how leftists use their tools to instigate and install their dictatorial, and by the way, fascist governance and bring elections to an end, we will just give the broad-brushed sketch. The first requirement is an enemy let us say Trump. Then there need be belief that the left lost unfairly. Then protests followed by slowly increasing levels of violence. Then there are the demands for an end to the violence. The violence is blamed on the initial enemy or the next one who wins against the left unfairly, usually soon after the initial enemy and also seemingly against the predictions of the media, surprise, surprise. The more the person perceived to be a right wing extremist, as painted by the media, tries to end the violence, the more it increases and they are blamed for not doing the job because they support many of the ones causing the violence, and any leftists who get caught are simply responding to the right-wing violence. Eventually, the leftists promise to end the violence if only the Constitution is altered to give them the power, as is currently happening in Venezuela. Once they get their unopposable power, then they take care of the violence with greater violence and freedom dies quietly in the background.

 

Venezuela’s upcoming referendum on drafting a new Constitution will be something to watch and expect that it will not be a fair election. Once Maduro wins, Venezuela will no longer be amongst the free nations. All initial indications would indicate that the people are not in favor of a new Constitution, but that may not be the determination of the election, and that will be the great sorrow of it all. The real sorrow is the people never really learn because the way history is taught, memorize dates, memorize insignificant preambles and other trivial items but never, ever tell an interesting story, because that is what real history is, stories. But the stories would stick in the minds and make the young interested in history and then they would learn and with that knowledge they would be able to see things unfolding, and the elites do not want an educated public because that would make them too difficult to govern and fool time and time again. Now that is what government is about in far too many places in our world today, and that is truly sad.

 

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June 10, 2017

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