Beyond the Cusp

March 17, 2019

The Divide and the Wall

 

There is no more perfect measuring tape depicting the divide between those who desire government as usual and those tired of the monster in Washington D.C. which has been named the “Deep State” which envisions minions of the state huddled in their offices and cubicles making rules for the rest of the nation without any recourse by the people to select or remove these bureaucrats. This has been an existing threat to the freedoms and liberties of every American for decades. Some ask where did this “Deep State” originate and how did they gain so much power and influence over even everyday life? That is an interesting question which brings to light the bad attitude many lawmakers really have for their constituents. This story starts as a result of gross mismanagement of the economic front combined with the demands of World War II imposed atop the former problem. The first person to go on the record and warn the people of this growing threat was, from an unsuspected person, President Dwight David Eisenhower. President Eisenhower had probably one of the deepest understandings of how the government functioned and how the unchecked growth in the Federal Governmental Powers would eventually lead to an oppressive state where the rules had become so complex and often contradictory that anybody could be arrested for even the most casual and daily activity. Between his serving as the Commander of all Allied Forces in the European Theater, he learned the tact needed to work with the political; and as President, he came to envision the potential that the Federal Government could grow to threaten the people and the nation. He referred to this threat as the “Military Industrial Complex” but he saw deeper as mentioned in his parting speech given as he prepared to leave office and retire from public life, which we have included below. This additional threat he foresaw was for a technological elite who through computing power, money and control over information would hold the power to control much of life and even potentially take dictatorial control enslaving even the governance of the country reducing the people to pawns they moved as they desired. This short speech is well worth watching as President Eisenhower hits the nail on the head explaining the potential problem which has slowly come into focus and we are witnessing today.

 

 

Today, we have as President a non-politician Donald J. Trump, a figure who has proven to be divisive unlike any before him. He managed, as has every Republican from Eisenhower forward, to alienate the Democrat base and their far left set. Trump has also managed to distress the elite Republican guard, also known as the Country Club Republicans who mostly reside in New England but run for office in states such as Texas, Utah or anywhere else they may have a second or third vacation home. Then the far right has become disenchanted with Trump, as he has not turned out to be the hateful White Supremacist they had desired. This is one group which President Trump gladly refuses to give cover as their actions for hating others is repugnant to him. We realize that there are a fair number of people who like to believe that President Trump is aligned with those hate filled people of the far right, but President Trump has nothing for those hate-filled people on the far right any more or less than he feels about hate-filled people on the far left. There have been a few actions by President Trump which have been for the betterment of the American public, though some will deny this with every ounce of their energy. These liberating actions, though, will only prove helpful if the people actually observe, learn and then act upon what they have learned and observed. The biggest item on this list is the revelation of the “Deep State” which is the fulfillment of America ignoring the warnings from President Eisenhower. His warning of a military industrial complex taking control of the governance and using the government to their benefit without concern for the betterment of the people was likely ignored and soon forgotten and the monster grew to the point where it has enveloped much of industry and all of government. Their claim is that when they gain, the people gain, but from what we have witnessed, the people do not gain as much nor as fast thus allowing the elite from the industrial techno-military and dark programs complex to have also engulfed the media and academic worlds into a shadow government. This has been further enhanced by the machinations by the full array of management of numerous bureaucracies, virtual independent or mutually dependent fiefdoms, with their eternal demands for more financing to solve the problem they caused with their previous solutions leading to their never-ending cycles of demands. This has permitted the government to grow to the point where control became difficult and very soon thereafter moved far beyond any point where control was even remotely conceivable. This was greatly aided by the Congress being remiss in performing their Constitutionally defined duties and consecutive White Houses which permitted such delinquency in regard of the Constitution and singing incomplete legislation leading to an ever-growing government bureaucracy.

 

Deep State and the Swamp

 

The problem arose when the issues became more complicated, complex, technical and beyond the ability for the average member of Congress to get their arms around. This led to the forming and passing of legislation which did not set laws but rather set vague and generalized goals with the notation for the actual laws, in the form of regulations which Congress has assigned to have equal weight as a law, to be filled in by certain chosen departments within the government and often ending stating any other departments, as determined to be necessary. This permitted virtually every department within the government to make regulations and then set up the enforcement requirements within the agencies leading to the perpetual growth of the departments which for the bureaucracy which is the swamp President Trump alluded to draining. The unavoidable result of this system are the web of regulations which have already become almost innumerable in scope leading to regulations both requiring on one hand and forbidding on the other hand of acts, reportings, and other requirements such that nobody can comply with the entirety without potentially transgressing another regulation when complying with an original regulation. This is the perfect storm required for the government to be weaponized against the very people it was designed to protect. Anyone who owned a small business or even a Mom & Pop store realizes day in and day out trying to meet the regulations they know or have been advised to follow. When they are fortunate, the government leaves things at that, but should somebody decide to target such operations, they simply seek out some regulations, or some group of regulations, which can be applied to their business forcing them to attempt to keep abreast of these demands which can and likely will become overwhelming and often results in their business falling victim to over-regulation forcing them out of business. Moneyed interests can even twist laws to the point of breaking in order to gain their desired results. Such appeared to be the case in the “Kelo v. City of New London” which involved use of eminent domain to transfer land from one private owner to another private owner to further economic development. The Supreme Court decided five to four that the city had the right to force owners of private residences in an area where the city desired to place high-rise condos and a shopping mall had the right under eminent domain to force out the owners of homes, some had been family residences for generations, simply because the new development would provide greater revenue through taxes remitted and thus the development was in the best interest of the people which outweighed the property rights of individuals. Many were very upset with this decision as it put monetary concerns ahead of the individual and their rights. Now, any governing body can decide to take over any neighborhood if the planned replacement will be more profitable for the governing body, individual rights be damned. We hold out hope that in some future this decision will be overturned.

 

This brings us to the Trump Wall along the Mexico-American border. The present fight, some might even say war, between President Trump and Congress over funding the wall reached a new plateau this week with the House of Representatives and the Senate both passing legislation voiding the State of Emergency declared by the President by which he could get the funding despite Congress. As should have been expected, President Trump used his veto and sent the legislation back to the House of Representatives so the Congress could work on procuring an override to the Presidential veto. It is almost a given that the proponents of this legislation will never be able to get the two-thirds vote necessary in both houses. Yes, there were twelve Senate Republicans who voted for this legislation yet it still only passed the Senate by a vote of 59-41, well short of the sixty-seven required for an override. The mere fact that twelve Senators from presumably Trump’s own party would cross over to rebuke him so flagrantly is simply further proof that the President is not supported by the mainstream of either party. President Trump is honestly the President without a party, he just borrowed one for the time being and many of those Republicans who see their control threatened are quite put out, one might even say they are furious. This veto will soon become another Trump derangement where it will advance their precious “Impeachment Clock” one more tic closer to toc. Thusfar, the “Impeachment Clock” has had an operational problem in that it continues to tic but cannot advance, as it is unable to find the required toc to complete the cycle and move ahead. Thus, the “Impeachment Clock” will forever be stuck at just under three minutes to eleven and never count on to high noon and an actual impeachment trial in the Senate.

 

Impeachment Clock

 

The wall along the border will possibly begin in fits and starts but will not be completed even should President Trump be reelected. The only way the wall gets built is if the United States can elect a new President who shares the vision of controlling the border but is at least measurably less contentious. As any Republican elected for the foreseeable future will be treated exactly as President Trump has been treated, the wall would require a Democrat to build it. Any Democrat attempting to build the wall will not see a second term as he will have alienated his entire base as “intersectionality” has a required position in favor of open borders, and as long as the left demands rigid obedience to their chosen mantras which include but are not limited to, open borders, Israel is racist, renewable energy over fossil fuels, free college, free healthcare, Israel committing genocide, Zionism is racism, global warming-climate change will destroy the world and a host of other items approved by the Social Democrat Party. The people behind these far left positions have taken control of the Democrat Party with the old-school Democrats hanging on for dear life hoping not to fall within the sights of these leftists and face a primary challenge. The new left has proven their ability to unseat even long-sitting representatives such as when Representative Joseph Crowley of New York, once seen as a possible successor to Nancy Pelosi as Democratic leader of the House, lost to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a primary race. The Democrat Party will be facing an inevitable and inexorable slide to the far left and demands for making the United States into their idea of a socialist utopia. Unfortunately, there has never been a socialist utopia which incorporated a group larger than a community as socialism depends on the ability to shame those who demands more free things without toting their own share of the work required. Pure socialism worked in the Israeli Kibbutzim but Israel herself necessitated moving from a largely socialist governance to a more capitalistic governance where even the healthcare system, which covers everybody with a set minimal level of care, has four companies which offer the basic required plans as demanded by government and each adds their own flavor to that package plus offer higher degrees of care for additional process. Then there is the other story about the ills caused by collectivism in the Plymouth Colony and the “Third Thanksgiving” and how injecting a little ability for self-gain increased their work levels and productivity. We have often held that man is not a perfect being and some amount of greed is to be found in all people. This makes a system based on needs over production will always lead to an ever increasing list of demands over an ever shrinking productivity, which deems socialism to failure whenever people, and not ants or bees, are concerned. Meanwhile, in a more capitalist system those who have needs simply have to work smarter, harder or both in order to gain those needs. Not as obvious, if one can find the means for having others work and produce for them, they will gain even greater rewards. But socialism aside, since only a Republican President will favor building the Mexico Wall, and any Republican will face the level of hatred which President Trump faces, this may doom the wall to failure. Those who desire claiming that President Trump is being treated differently than other Republicans must have missed out on Bush Derangement Syndrome during George W. Bush’s Presidency or have not been born or was not old enough to remember the taunts and insults hurled vindictively at President Ronald Reagan whose movie poster of him with the chimpanzee “Bonzo” claiming that he was second fiddle to a monkey, and they were not referring to the film. The wall is not going to be completed no matter the steps taken by the President and the swamp cannot be drained as it has reached a size beyond the human capacity to take down any faster than it was built, which is now approaching three-quarters of a century if we take President Eisenhower’s warning as the beginning of the problem. We can only hope that the swamp can be contained, then we can work at draining it. Until them, Americans can assist draining the swamp or enlarging the swamp, there is no neutral on this issue.

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December 18, 2018

The Case in Store for America

 

There will be a new Congress coming this January which will prove to be informative in numerous ways. Some of the coming news will be readily reported and some will be lauded as coming better late then never and the real hope that the American democracy will survive and much will be ignored, refuted and readily pooh poohed. Politics will be even more centered around President Trump with everything currently being done to weaken his Presidency continuing only to be joined by strong new efforts originating in the soon to be Democrat controlled House of Representatives. Those who have continued thus far protesting and bombarding social media reposting every anti-Trump post no matter how ridiculous the post will continue to serve that purpose giving us all the information which denigrates President Trump with varying degrees of accuracy and amusement. This, they will claim, is doing a public service providing those who may have a loose connection with sanity which caused them mistakenly to vote Donald Trump President in a fit of temporary, or worse, sanity to realize the error of their ways and thus prevent them making the same mistake in 2020. The numbers of people combating these postings will continue to drop making these heroes of America continue their campaign in the belief that they are preventing the reelection of President Trump. Polls will continue to vary wildly from week to week while many people play games when answering these poll questions simply because they do not care about polls and prefer to just have fun. President Trump will continue to have support percentages and disapprove percentages add together to measurably over 100%, an interesting result which implied that there is a group of Americans who disapprove of President Trump while supporting him. Oddly enough, this has some basis in theories about President Trump. There is a theory that a percentage of the American population disapproves of Donald Trump, the person, but support President Trump due to the political policies he is enacting or attempting to enact.

 

There will be differences in both houses of Congress. The easier change comes in the Senate where President Trump has gained sufficient support that even should Senator Mitt Romney become the next leader of the “conservative” resistance against Trump, he will not garner sufficient Republicans to prevent President Trump having the Senate approve every appointment presented the Senate which is simply a reasonable choice. We fervently believe that should President Trump attempt to appoint somebody whose qualifications for the office are in question, then the Senators will debate such qualifications and suitability for the office professionally and possibly reject such an appointment. The Senate may be requested to hold a special session by the House of Representatives where the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court will preside over the Senate. For those still in doubt, they will be holding trial for President Trump or members of his administration or possibly judges he has appointed such as Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh under Impeachment charges. They will return votes refuting these charges dismissing such allowing all to remain in their positions. So, Impeachments denied and appointments approved and that is the new Senate.

 

The House of Representatives has already announced what their planned agenda is going to be. First, at least four or five committees are going to entertain criminal charges against President Trump with an intent of bring the first Impeachment charges to the floor of the House. Some of the other committees are taking a more original approach by seeking to bring Impeachment charges against a number of the appointments made by President Trump with at least one announcing they plan to bring Impeachment charges against Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh. Other items which will meet similar rejection from the Senate upon arrival are the attempts to reestablish all of Obamacare, Universal Healthcare via Medicare for all, repeal of the Trump tax cuts and reinstituting strict carbon control in an attempt to end all reliance on coal, oil, natural gas and any other fossil fuels. The Senate and the House of Representatives, beyond the approval of President Trump appointments which will pass the Senate, will waste their time and the taxpayers’ monies rejecting virtually everything proposed by the other and the House of Representatives will also reject anything coming from the White House.

 

But there will be one group which will continue to attempt to make any progress in reaching the conclusion they have been tasked with, and that is the Mueller Special Counsel investigation. Never mind that the only items they have found were extraneous charges of minor malfeasance by a small number of people who were not part of the Trump campaign or administration at the time of their acts. But Mueller has been tasked to investigate President Trump for violations under which he may be Impeached, be that the presumed Russian collusion over the election defeat of Hillary Clinton or anything he may find related or not. Nobody has been all that upset over the little fact that the Mueller investigation has exceeded spending twelve-million dollars thusfar and has shown no signs of making any real progress against the President and has been using what many do believe are inappropriate tactics. It has been stated that Mueller has threatened any of the people he finds even the slightest impropriety, that he still inflates the charges by adding in charges of conspiracy to commit more serious crimes or finding some means of dismissing or reducing sentences if only they will provide evidence, manufactured, invented or actual, against President Trump or those closest to him. There has been evidence of using the perjury trap where you have one person swear to an exchange imagined or real but in a form or order of words differing from another person which Mueller is targeting as his next step to the President. This is followed by a charge of perjury which allows the same trap to be set as Mueller works his way up the path to his eventual target.

 

President Trump and Speaker Pelosi

President Trump and Speaker Pelosi

 

There are some things we can all but guarantee. The most obvious is that should the Mueller investigation be closed by the White House, you can bet your bottom dollar that soon to be Speaker of the House Pelosi will bring obstruction of justice charges against President Trump and use that to bring Impeachment against President Trump. The majority of the time spent in the media will be interviewing Democrats from the House of Representatives and select Senators while also building up the numerous individuals seeking the Democrat nomination for President to unseat President Trump. Should a Republican announce their intention to run against President Trump in the Republican primaries, they will get an inordinate amount of media time and be billed as the coming of the nation’s greatest hope. Should they succeed in promoting somebody who replaces President Trump as the Republican candidate, that person will overnight become the most devious and evil person whose mere existence on the ballot throws into question the sanity of those who voted for him during the primaries. There will be questions about how they won the primaries against Trump and they may even claim that the Russians were promoting them because they were disgruntled with President Trump as he did not do as he had been expected to perform. Meanwhile, whomever wins the Democrat primaries will be lauded as the sole logical and sensible choice to help the United States recover from the disasters caused by President Trump and to actually get to doing the work of the people which had been ignored for the past four years. The fact that the Democrat House of Representatives and the Republican Senate could not find any common ground will be blamed on President Trump as he obviously proved to be ineffective and the reason no mere amateur should be elected President and only politicians are qualified to hold the office.

 

Should President Trump be the Republican candidate, whether winning against opposition or waking to the election after being unopposed, we suspect that Mitt Romney was placed in the Senate as the Senator from Utah such that he could establish a reasonable position allowing him to oppose President Trump in the Republican primary elections. We can predict the entirety of the campaign which President Trump will use for 2020. He will place Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi front and center in his speeches about his inability to get the people’s work done without the cooperation of both Houses of Congress. He will request that the people elect a majority of people who are willing to work with him to get the remainder of those items of the people’s work done, be they Republican or Democrat, as long as they support lower taxes, deregulation, and strong borders and that he requires over sixty in the Senate which means that the majority of those Senate seats being voted need to be filled by those who will support his efforts. President Trump will possibly claim that he faced the revolution lead by Senator McCain and then had an oppositional House of Representatives and plead with the voters, though pleading Trump style will sound more like marching orders, for the people to support him for the election and in giving him a Congress which will permit him to finalize items which he was only able to get temporary motions passed. He will explain that his tax cuts are temporary and he wants to make them permanent and perhaps even make those tax cuts deeper such that the government takes even less from the people and reducing the taxes and regulations on domestic business so as to continue to stimulate the economy such that the nation reaches full employment which will allow the additional people being employed will reduce the strain on government while adding to the tax revenues. If you desire to see a similar campaign one need only look back to President John Fitzgerald Kennedy who campaigned on lower taxes and strengthening the military so as to keep world peace and give the American voice more impact in the world. The main difference will be the enemies which each identified with Kennedy making the Communist spread in the world while Trump will talk about the threats to our democracy as we know it.

 

The campaign will be fiercely fought no matter whom the Democrats choose to be their candidate. The two people who have received some coverage of being front-runners have been Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton. We will go out on a limb and claim that neither will become the Democrat candidate for President and it will not be Elizabeth Warren either. The Democrat field might actually draw a sizable number of candidates somewhat like the Republican list last elections. The primary campaigns will probably be more interesting than the actual Presidential elections. What would be guaranteed is that should President Trump be reelected, the demonstrations around the nation may surpass anything ever witnessed to date. The leftists will revolt against such a result and demand an additional Special Council to investigate this renewed tragedy which had to be due to some devious means as Donald Trump could not have won as everybody they know would never have voted for Trump.

 

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November 16, 2018

Challenges in the United States

 

Currently there are two regions of great challenges in the United States, one mostly physical the other completely manmade. The physical is in California where two massive and deadly forest fires that have raged beyond control destroying homes, communities and anything in their paths. Firefighters are battling around the clock to attempt to bring these disasters under control thus containing them, extinguishing the fires, and then hunting down the last of the hotspots, no small task of its own. Entire towns such as Paradise are going to require being completely rebuilt which will only come to be providing the inhabitants and commercial entities decide to return and not simply relocate elsewhere. One fire was presumably started by a campfire or may have been downed electrical wires sparking the exceedingly dry grasses and then, whipped by steady and strong winds, quickly spread and became an inferno. Being a former firefighter, when asked about forest fires such as what is consuming California in both the north and south, I slowly shake my head solemnly saying that despite training in structure and aircraft fires, I have never worked on fires such as these and considers myself to be extremely fortunate to have never faced such a fury. We cannot even imagine the furies loosed in California, hoping and praying that they manage to prevent any further losses of life. The death toll at the last count we have seen was approaching sixty while the numbers of missing topped one-hundred. The numbers of missing leaves fears that the number of fatalities attributed to the fires is not known and will likely rise. There is little one can add to the newswires coverage of the disasters in California which leaves hoping that things eventually come back to normalcy.

 

California Wildfires

California Wildfires

 

The other challenge is in counting ballots in numerous states including Maine, New Jersey, New York where two races remain, Texas and Utah which is just about the house of Representatives. Then there are the states where Senatorial races are still in doubt which include Florida and Mississippi. Lastly are the races for Governor in Florida and Georgia which are still in recount. Most of these have been resolved and have largely gone to the initial winner while in Maine there is an unusual means of voting where people cast tanked votes which are used in case no candidate reaches a majority rather than merely a plurality. This has led for the Republican incumbent Representative Bruce Poliquina to file a lawsuit in a federal court trying to block Maine from tabulating ranked-choice voting ballots. The governor’s race in Georgia appears to be an attempt to count sufficient votes such that neither candidate gets an outright majority and merely a plurality in order to force a runoff election which would usually favor the Democrat candidate, if voting profiles from the past would hold. The real contests, at least by the coverage, appears to be, where else, but in Florida and particularly in Broward County and West Palm Beach, OH MY!

 

If a recount hinging on Broward County and West Palm Beach, Florida sounds familiar, it should, as that was one of the focal counties in the 2000 Presidential recount in Florida between George W. Bush and Al Gore. The problems in West Palm Beach was presumably accepted ballots were mixed with some of the rejected ballots. The problems in Broward County are over which ballots require recounting and which should not even be acceptable for the recount. Needless to point out, everybody is getting involved and the accusations of voter fraud abound. The bright side have been the cartoon with Sesame Street figures mostly including the Count have been a feature in many places with the figures claiming they are headed to Florida to teach them how to count. Unfortunately, these recounts are of a far more serious nature than to which such cartoons allude. We very well may see a number of these recount races result in court battles where the result will be cries of, ‘Selected, not elected,” coming from the losing side, a standard set in the Bush-Gore recount and the Democrats protesting the Supreme Court ending the recount process leaving Bush the winner, by court selection, we are to presume. Whatever the results of these various recounts, hard feelings will remain and the winner may ultimately pay should they face the same opponent in their next election where that election will be cast as some form of recount of the former to determine the truly legitimate winner. Of course, that vindication will only count if your personally favored candidate wins in that election and without the necessity of a recount and definitely not needing going through a court battle. There have been claims, which we have attempted but been unable to verify, that in the recounts for Congressional and Gubernatorial elections since 2001 that, depending on which claim you run into, the Democrats have won the vast majority or the Republicans have won the vast majority. In the ever more important side where the initial winner resulted in having their victory overturned by recount, we again have competing claims which will depend on which echo chamber from which you get your news as to which one you will hear. We hope that whichever side you prefer is the only side whose victories you will read and none of the victories by that mean and horrible other party. Always remember, elections set up a temporary opportunity to get out next elections and try that much more to avoid the messy recounts and the vitriol they engender.

 

Voter Reality in Most of America

Voter Reality in Most of America

 

For those who are in the inconsolable department and are suffering election trauma, may we offer a solution. There are numerous places where one can move where such trauma inducing acts such as elections will never again invade your life. Such places as North Korea, Cuba, Russia, Eritrea, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Viet Nam, Angola and Iran, to name a few, where they have predictable election results or no elections, well no true elections where there is any doubt months before on who will win and are places one can move to be rid of election meltdowns. We would probably even advise against taking a vacation in most of these nations, but perhaps elections have become so fraught with anxiety that some might actually desire a more regimented governance where every day you know who the leadership is, well, until the other form of election occurs, the always fraught with danger popular uprising or its cousin the coup. Personally, we kind of prefer true and democratic elections, be they a pure democracy, republic, parliamentary or other more innovative form or representative governance and are happy that they turn out to sometimes be messy, it gives us things to comment on and proves that the people actually care about elections, well at least the forty to sixty percent of registered voters who vote in a population where often at best two-thirds actually bother to register. The only question we often want to ask, if in too many places you have a candidate win with sixty percent of the sixty percent of eligible voters voting who from a population where only sixty percent of eligible people register, does anyone realize that means they did not even get twenty-two percent of the people who are eligible for voting and they are declared the person the majority chose? Well, they do refer to these elections as a voluntary representative democratic process which kind of takes the fact that all too many people are anywhere from the most fanatical to somewhat ambivalent to completely unaware and uncaring to make a society. The one thing I do advise those who think that making voting mandatory is, do you really desire people who are currently too lazy to register along with those who do not care sufficiently to vote actually choosing who represents those who do care and actually make a point to vote? Personally, we would not mind if voters had to actually provide two things their candidate actually proposes to support in order for their vote to count, but that would be requiring people to actually take the elections as seriously as they should, and we know that such a requirement would drive the voting public down to next to nothing. As for if such would improve the system we will let you decide, in the meantime, we will continue to vote for those whose positions we prefer in the elections we are legally permitted to vote, and we promise to vote once and only one each.

 

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