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January 14, 2018

Freedom of Speech has Died in America

 

Give me your children and I’ll change society in ten years. Please assist us, as despite most of us remember hearing this phrase or one very close, none of us could even venture a guess to who, what, when or where. Suffice it to say that something similar to this was said by somebody notable enough for us to remember having read, heard or dreamt it. In the United States, the children in question are school age and especially university age children where in all too many of these institutes of higher education there are safe spaces and speech codes where to even be accused of transgression is a guilty verdict. Where you have speech codes, you lack free speech, and it is that simple. The actual basis of the concept behind free speech is the guarantee that everybody, and it means everybody, can say what is on their mind about anything free of fear that saying so will result in criminal charges and the only possible repercussion would be possible loss of friends and a tainted reputation. That is free speech. It is not free speech if all you ever need hear are opinions with which you agree, or worse, you only get to hear what others have defined as acceptable speech, especially if these are also the same people who hold your future in their hands and within their gradebooks. Unfortunately, for all too many of American university students, the entirety of the above sentence is their reality day in and day out. Numerous of the leading and most prestigious universities such as many of the California University System, all too many Ivy League Colleges and too many other all too well known and sought after universities, there are speech codes, safe spaces and other politically stifling inventions which are being used by the leftist administrators and professors to control the environment while programming the minds of mush sent them presumably to be educated to think, not programmed what to think. The combination of speech codes, safe spaces and unipolar faculty all supporting a singular political bend and the end result is so easily predictable.

 

When speech codes are designed to support such concepts as global climate change (global warming) is fact, Palestinian Arabs dispossession, anti-capitalism, racism in American society, transgender rights, sexism and other leftist viewpoints and suppress any counter viewpoints combined with reinforcement from curriculum and safe spaces to turn to to escape any transgressions of the speech code or anything which might upset a student’s sensitive psyche and you end up with a host of programmed leftist social justice warriors turned loose each year on society and eventually they will change their world. And just in case you might be wondering, that is exactly the intent of the combination of programming tools being implemented at too many American universities. They take a variety of inexperienced, young students whose minds have yet to experience the realities of life in the real world and place them in an environment where everything is arranged such that only leftist, socialist, progressive political concepts are permitted and provided as accepted truth without allowing for any opposing viewpoints and after four to ten years of such programming send out little leftist, Marxist mind-numb robots all set to correct the world and repair all inequities using the knowledge given them.

 

Amongst the forty-five declared goals for the Communist takeover of America is to, “Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.” They can check this one off their list as the leftists have all but taken complete control of the textbook industry and the teaching institutions and teaching curriculum. The only viewpoint which, in the United States, is challenging the pure leftist agenda has been the Arabist Islamist viewpoint with an intensified curriculum of anti-Israel, anti-Zionist and soon to follow on, anti-Semitic viewpoint. On many campuses, the leftist and anti-Israel, anti-Zionist viewpoint and instruction have merged so seamlessly that in politics as a whole, the two have become partners in trade for numerous leftist groups to adopt anti-Israel, anti-Zionist views as a natural extension of their political viewpoints. In order to make such an environment and assure that the little mushballs entrusted to them in many universities, they have implemented the concept of speech codes which completely support the curriculum such that none ever have to hear a discouraging, or contradictory, phrase. In the classroom, the students quickly learn that to disagree with a professor’s political views risks failure or more critical grading at the least making receiving honor level grades a student adopts the professor’s political views as their default thought process. After a number of years, the higher the degree, the longer the years and the deeper the indoctrination and the longer a student adopts the leftist viewpoint, the more rote repetition of the specific political points held within, the higher the likelihood that the student adopts these views as their own out of habit and repetition. Of course, that is the intended result the professors are seeking from these general soft-sciences and social sciences curriculum as the textbooks and teaching staffs bear witness.

 

So, what does this hold for the United States and the future? Well, presuming that nothing is going to change, then the United States will continue sliding further and further left until some future President Obama will be the conservative candidate. Before somebody screams that, there will be a corrective slide which would prevent such, let us say that we can only hope that they are correct. The problem we have is after over a half-century of observing the world political stage, and the United States in particular, since the mid-Twentieth Century, there has been a steady and continuous with an occasional lurching back to the right which was all but immediately erased by the next leftist to be elected. As so many have attempted to point out, President John F. Kennedy in the 2000 elections would have run as a Republican with his agenda of lower taxes and building the military. Of course, what these exclamations ignore is that from the 1960 election to 2000, candidate John F. Kennedy would have endured forty years of the Washington Post, New York Times, mainstream broadcast television and all too many other leftist pressures that he very well might have been an entirely different President elected at the turn of the century and would not have run a campaign the equivalence of George W. Bush in 2000, he would have been a more electable version of Al Gore. But fear not, if social media and the uproar caused by the election of President Trump, no true history of conservatism, by an overwhelming number of youthful political enthusiasts, the educational programming is working efficiently and producing an enthusiastic force within American society. What will the future hold? That will not be difficult to tell.

 

United States National Debt 1940 to 2007

United States National Debt 1940 to 2007

 

One quick measure might be the above graph of the national debt by year. Up until 1960, the debt grows very slowly and then takes off with a short respite in the late 1990’s before continuing upward. This has been due to ever increased social spending brought on by both main parties with the sole respite coming when the Republican Congress forced a government shutdown under the leadership of Newt Gingrich and his Contract with America where the budget was briefly balanced. Still, even then, it was but a brief respite brought on by a conservative correction, something that was not managed even under President Reagan. The ever-increased debt has resulted not only from the initial Great Society initiated by President Johnson but the ever-added amounts and increased numbers of programs which have pushed the debt ever higher. The final number in 2007 was around nine-trillion and now a mere ten years later at the end or 2017 and the debt is now at twenty-one trillion dollars, a doubling and then some in a mere decade. Should the United States debt continue to climb as such and it will clear one-hundred-trillion by mid century assuming things are not brought under control and the ever-continuous slide towards socialism turned back. Does it appear that this might be the case? Well, in all honesty we fear the United States will spend itself into oblivion before it learns its lesson as every other attempt at socialism has resulted in the same end. That is a truly frightful realization and one can only hope that the United States is scared from failing while it might still be possible to produce their way back to solvency. It will take an extended effort and the electorate changing direction aiming to bring government under control, spending back within limits and fiscal discipline which has not been seen in over half a century. What the United States needs is four or five President Andrew Jacksons in a row as he was the last President to ever pay off the national debt completely, and he only managed to do so for a few months.

 

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February 23, 2017

The Canard of Israeli Responsibility for Arab Palestinians

 

Roderick Balfour decided to correct his forebearers horrific error of permitting the Jews to have a homeland as long as they allowed for the existing residents to retain religious, civil, property and all other rights with the exception of political rights which would be reserved for the Jews and those whom they decided to permit political rights either individually or as a group. Roderick Balfour has claimed that the reason behind the growing anti-Semitism is the lack of Israel in finding a solution to the Palestinian conflict. Apparently Broderick Balfour believes that Israel could simply impose a solution without the entire world exploding in raucous demands that Israel negotiate before reaching any agreement as the Palestinians must be permitted their input in any solution. Even were Israel to allow for the maximalist solution and destroy the literally hundreds of thousands of Israelis homes and businesses including those in East Jerusalem and returned to within the Green Line and recognize the areas beyond the Green Line as Palestine the problem would be anything but solved nor would the world accept this as a fair solution despite the generous granting of what the world currently claims is the maximalist demand. As soon as this solution would be enacted Mahmoud Abbas would be in New York, Turtle Bay to be exact, before the General Assembly of the United Nations denouncing the audacity of Israel imposing a solution on the Palestinian Arabs which is wholly unacceptable. Then he would ask what is to be done with the eight million Palestinian refugees including the millions re-exiled from Syria because of Israel not recognizing their right to return and live in and around Tel Aviv. The world would then take up the demand that Israel allow eight million Arabs to be resettled within Israel and forcing Israel to grant them full citizenship and then hold an election so they could elect Mahmoud Abbas as Prime Minister of Israel, and that would be the result of such an eventuality. The world would see nothing wrong with such a result as it would fulfill one of what appears to be a main desire of the world as a whole, the elimination of Israel and the eradication or complete subjugation of the Jewish people. If the United Nations could through the General Assembly make one religion a crime it would be Judaism. You doubt that claim but let us not forget the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 3379 where they voted seventy-two approving, thirty-five against and thirty-two abstained declaring amongst other things, Zionism is a form of racism and racial discrimination. That vote is all too close to that United Nations General Assembly declaration which chose the nationalist movement supporting Israel, Zionism, as a form of racism is equivalent to Israeli policies being the cause of people having antagonistic feelings to Jews simply because they are perceived to support Israel thus are suspected of Zionism and thus deserving of scorn.

 

Anti-Semitism, Zionism Equals Racism, Israelis are the New Nazis

Anti-Semitism, Zionism Equals Racism, Israelis are the New Nazis

 

Here is the reality which so few ever address, the problem with solving the Palestinian Arab problem lies with the Palestinian Arab leadership who refuse to even negotiate. What is even more revealing is the reason why they refuse to negotiate, they are rewarded for refusing to even negotiate, let alone reach an agreement. The original Oslo Accords divided the regions of Judea and Samaria into three sections depending on their likelihood for development and residence. Area A was dedicated to Palestinian Arab political and security control. Area B was left to Palestinian Arab political control and mutual Israeli and Palestinian Arab security control. Area C was given to Israeli political and security control. The intent was that Area A would remain under Palestinian Arab control, Area C would remain under Israeli control and the negotiations would be over where to draw the lines in Area B. By refusing to settle and then even to negotiate the world had rewarded the Palestinian Arabs with now demanding that Israel surrender most if not all of Area A, B and C and give away half of Jerusalem and forcing over three-quarters of a million Israelis to resettle destroying their homes and, for many, their places of work as well as where numbers of Arabs also work. And the fact that as time has passed the world had sided with the Palestinian Arabs and demanded more than the international agreement demanded from the Israelis. Israel lost any part of Area B they might have received in negotiations and all of Area C which the original Oslo Accords would have awarded Israel. But additionally the world had rewarded Mahmoud Abbas, his family members, the top members of his monopoly on power with millions, tens of millions and for the elite hundreds of millions of dollars and continues to do so year after year, month after month. The world spends more on each Palestinian refugee each year than they do on some whole groups of refugees. Further, Palestinian refugee status is the sole group of refugees whose status is passed on from one generation to the next. If a Palestinian refugee were to marry a Hawaiian and had three children who each married, one to a Parisian, one to a New Yorker and the last to a Brazilian and each of those couples had three children, how many Palestinians would that have at the end? The answer is seventeen Palestinian Arabs refugees, the original refugee, the person they married gets refugee status, each of the three children, the three people they marries and all nine children from those marriages. If that makes no sense, imagine the same thing with a Haitian refugee and the end count with the same mathematics and you end up with one Haitian refugee.

 

Yes, that did not help much. All the world’s refugees except the Palestinian Arab refugees are cared for by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), also known as the UN Refugee Agency. The Palestinian Arab refugees are cared for by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). They are the sole group to have their own refugee agency. According to the figures for 2014 UNRWA received $1,342,180,849 to cover just over five million refugees which provides per refugee just over two-hundred-fifty dollars while UNHCR $3,055,908,219 to cover just over sixteen million refugees which provides per refugee just under one-hundred-ninety dollars. Despite this and the fact that the Palestinian Authority, the governing body responsible for governing all aspects of the Palestinian Arab refugees in Judea and Samaria, receives additional hundreds of millions if not billions per year from the European Union, United States, individual European nations, numerous Arab nations every year resulting in far greater available funds for these refugees. Additionally, there are some of the largest Palestinian Arab refugee camps located within Gaza which is governed by Hamas, a Palestinian Arab group recognized by most as a refugee entity, though that has become debatable in much of Europe and another few located in areas under Palestinian Authority governance. The difference between these refugees and the presumed Palestinian Arabs, who are also technically under United Nations definitions, also refugees are, well, which side of the barbed wire and which are permitted freedom of movement and which are restrained at gunpoint. Mahmoud Abbas and his security forces enforce a difference between the Palestinian Arab refugees residing inside the barbed wire and the Palestinian Arab refugees residing outside the barbed wire for one reason only, the ones located inside the barbed wire are left from when Jordan held the region illegally after the 1948 war with Israel and are denoted to be relocated within Israel. This makes them a form of weapon against Israel so that no matter what Israel does, as long as Israel remains the homeland for the Jewish People, then Israel has not sacrificed enough.

 

Israel cannot resolve the Palestinian Arab conflict simply because the problem is not the fact that there are Arab refugees but that there is a Jewish State. The Arabs decided back in the Khartoum Resolution of 1967 and the Three No’s; NO peace with Israel, NO recognition of Israel, NO negotiations with Israel. Please explain exactly how Israel can resolve the problem under these conditions, and Mahmoud Abbas has assured the Arab World that he will abide by the spirit of these restrictions and will never settle for anything less than the complete destruction of the Jewish State and the Jews either scattered to the far corners of the world or exterminated. This was the promise made originally by Yasser Arafat and has been continued by his understudy, Mahmoud Abbas. This is why the Arab refugees are still held in camps. What is interesting is when Kuwait deported every last single Palestinian worker after Yasser Arafat supported Saddam Hussein during the first Iraq War after he conquered Kuwait and upon their liberation by the United States and their coalition. There has been no additional outrage when Bashir al-Assad shelled the Palestinian Refugee camps within Syria, did you even know there were Palestinian refugee camps in Syria and that they were shelled? Assad actually shelled them before any other location simply because he figured they would oppose him naturally and why not simply make sure such could not happen. We do not really know the why al-Assad decided to bomb and shell the camps before anywhere else including areas where he knew that his opposition was located. Why was there no anger throughout the world and Resolutions from the United Nations General Assembly against Kuwait or Syria over the Palestinian Refugees? Perhaps because they were not Israel? If you doubt that as the reason, well, hate to burst your bubble but that is exactly why there was no world reaction. As for Roderick Balfour and his claim that Israeli politics is responsible for growing world anti-Semitism, well, that is about as true as claiming that Canadian politics is responsible for people denigrating Canadians or Putin’s intervention in Syria is responsible for anti-Cossack feelings. Roderick Balfour ends by stating his unwillingness to participate in the Centenary Celebration of the Balfour Declaration unless Israel takes unilateral action to end the conflict. One wonders if Israel took the only unilateral measure which is within her power to end the conflict would pass Roderick Balfour’s sensibilities, unilaterally deporting the Palestinian Arabs to Syria or whoever else might take them.

 

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May 7, 2016

Preferred Anti-Semitism Public or Private

 

Thanks to the ever astonishing, voluminous, profane and public anti-Semitic spewing from the British Labour Party both verbal, Twitted, Facebooked and in print outburst, we may as well discuss which is worse and more damaging, visceral outburst of anti-Semitism or privately held and never expressed anti-Semitism. From the arm-waving, wild-gyrating, screaming and yelling which some might even say hysterical overreacting to what must be described as a serial collection of anti-Semitic outbursts and tirades by several officials and former officials over the recent past has been covered to death in print, video, online and elsewhere that there is nothing possible to add to the tsunami of objections already issued. So, as usual we here prefer to discuss this from a different perspective, which anti-Semitism is less dangerous, that which is expressed preventing ease of action or that which remains within stewing which inevitably leads to some form of implementation. The answer for us would be obvious but the magnitude of the anti-Semitism from the Labour Party in Britain though expressed can only lead one to expect it is but the tip of the proverbial iceberg hiding as much as ten times as much anti-Semitic feelings unrevealed but still pressing actions in the real world. Normally, we would prefer for anti-Semites to be cleansed by the light of day and have expressed their intents such that action becomes impossible and the knowledge of the threat allows for it to be expunged. That would be the normal episode, but this explosion which appeared to have fed upon itself almost exploding and consuming an entire political party may have challenged that theory.

 

The past sometimes is insufficient unless one allows for the extremist case. Before crossing that version of the Rubicon, let us first look at past outbursts of anti-Semitism. More often than not, the worst case scenario is such anti-Semitism comes from expected or known places. There is no real surprise when one reads of anti-Semitic views from (please consider carefully before visiting these links) Stormfront, Lew Rockwell or Lyndon LaRouche among others. We are not surprised, though we should still feel the same revulsion as we would any other hateful screeds from known racists. Then there are the anti-Semitic outbursts which come from those who defend their anti-Semitism by playing their race card claiming their racial subjugation sometimes led to hateful outbursts but the world must understand their source from their pained experience as being a minority. Such claimants include Louis Farrakhan and others from his Nation of Islam who claims religious as well as racial exclusion from normal expectations. Another was Jesse Jackson who referred to New York City as “Hymietown” and Jews as “Hymies” in January 1984 during a conversation with a black Washington Post reporter, Milton Coleman; Al Sharpton and also Mel Gibson’s tirade when pulled over for suspicion of driving erratically due to intoxication. For each of these people there are more than sufficient people ready to defend them with excuses or mitigating circumstance or whatever it takes such as claiming they cannot be held responsible as they are also a member of a minority group. The reality is there are few groups who are a smaller minority which receives anywhere near the amount of abuse and hatred as have the Jewish People over the last three thousand years and more.

 

 

Reverend Al Sharpton

Reverend Al Sharpton
Pointing Out Blame

 

 

These outbursts and accusations and even continuous output of anti-Semitic remarks, canards, denigrations, hatreds and other prejudices are often simply reacted to by granting as a response some level of ostracization, even potentially completely exiling the person permanently from polite society. The problem comes when people end up not paying a price for expressing anti-Semitic remarks or even proven beliefs of the inferiority of the Jewish People. This has been the accepted response for many people as long as they make the appropriate mea culpa. Often it is pointed out for those who are sufficiently famous, influential, entertaining or otherwise gifted or holding of some special trait that their mistake was a singular event and they have promised to make up for their misspeaking by contributing time, efforts, fundraising or other effort mitigating their offence. Such an out has proven to be accepted more often for an anti-Semitic slip than any other racial or class miscue. It oft appears that amongst all the racial transgressions one could commit, anti-Semitism appears to be the most readily dismissed as a minor misstep and the offender allowed to continue on free of any real price being paid. That leads us to the realization that some racial offenses are more understandable, borderline acceptance while others are career ending, unforgivable offences while others fall somewhere between the two extremes. Sometimes it appears that the severity of the insult’s effect upon the transgressor is directly proportional to the size of the offended minority, as if they are even a minority.

 

Examples are simple as offences against women are unacceptable in the extreme despite women being over half the world’s population, while anti-Yazidi actions even to the threat of a complete eradication of their numbers slipped by as there are so few Yazidi, and even less now thanks to the Islamic State and their horrific acts against this Christian minority which has experienced more than their share of genocidal oppressions. Others suffering from such treatment are the Kurds, Coptic Christians, Armenians and other small European nations which Russia has shown some interest in bringing back under Russian control. The fact that hatreds of minorities can be excused away due to the lack of size and or power of the minority in question is a sad statement on our modern and presumably progressive and so humane society. The Yazidi and the others have no numbers, are not going to riot, burn down parts of any city, protest marching on any national capital city or cause any of a stir which might receive serious and continuing coverage by the media. The Yazidi story got out but had almost no staying power and these reports of anti-Semitic outbursts by Labour Party officials and previous officials will be off the front pages probably before the first thousand people read this article and it will be all but forgotten beyond those who follow news stories or who are Jews who felt the offense slightly more than many others and even that is conditional as many Jews will dismiss these outbursts as simply much ado about nothing.

 

One of the reasons that anti-Semitic outbursts manage to get such coverage is due to the influence of Jews, especially conservative Jews who demand these outbursts receive the depth and serious investigation and coverage. Should it not be for the influence of Jews and the existence of the State of Israel, these anti-Semitic offences would be covered one day and forgotten the next. Jews, despite the thoughts and misconceptions of some, make up far less than a mere one percent of the world’s population, an estimated 0.20% of the world population, twenty-hundredths of one percent, an insignificant wisp of a people despite the seeming influence and propensity to be amongst the experts in every field, they are less than an afterthought in the world by numbers. Still, in Israel this outburst, this wave of anti-Semitism is better being placed out in the open as it allows for those so infected to be identified and the cleansing of the spotlight can help moderate these ideas and hold the perpetrators responsible to meet the expectations of polite society. There is little which can be done which would actually alter the hatred these individuals hold towards the Jewish People and the Jewish Nation, Israel, but perhaps their being revealed might have sufficient weight to end their service in government at any level which actually will become more and more of a longshot in Europe even including the British Isles. Just as such anti-Semitism is rampant throughout much of the Islamic world, it may soon prove to hold similar weight throughout Egypt as Islamic influences grow and take positions of power and the entirety of Europe slid beneath the waves of Islam washing over its shores and into the hearts of each nation. Many believe that soon the outbursts of anti-Semitism will become just as acceptable worldwide as they currently are in the Arab world as their influence spreads and their versions of Islam swallow the Christian world whole and slowly but inexorably convert or slaughter their way to complete domination everywhere. They will have injected sufficient numbers to sway elections followed by replacing elected governments with the more familiar to their societies of elections whose results are preordained, providing elections are pretended to be utilized. Straight religious dictatorial governance will simply replace the free and open elections once enjoyed in Europe and afterwards Canada and the United States; after which only India and China will be capable of resisting being conquered simply due to their numbers and Israel as we have gotten this far with the blessings of Hashem. Why doubt Hashem will continue to grant Israel one last miracle after another as required. As Hashem had delivered Israel in her initial war in 1948, the Six Day War, the Yom Kippur War and all the other skirmishes inbetween, may Hashem continue allowing for her enemies to fail repeatedly. While these enemies of Hashem and Israel fight amongst themselves, may none prove victorious and may it occupy their efforts allowing the world to survive their threat. May they continue to self-destruct and never prevail in further conquest.

 

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