Now for the GOP
“The world is like a drunken peasant. If you lift him into the saddle on one side, he will fall off the other side.” Martin Luther
I have spent a lot of time on why the Democrats should not be allowed to regain the White House but have said little about the Republicans. I will say again what I have often said; I detest both political parties equally. Both are broken and possibly corrupt beyond repair. My detestation of the GOP became solidified when they made a sideshow impeaching President Clinton embarrassing us to the world. Clinton was no prize as a person and was a terrible president. The amount of technology the Clinton administration approved going to China was nothing short of treason. He is a major player as to why Chinese Communism is winning. It is safe to say that 99 plus percent of Democrat voters have no knowledge of that. Being as programmed as they are they may not even accept incontrovertible proof which does exist. Being emotionally motivated facts do not register on them.. Now it is the Democrats that are making us look like fools with their deranged obsession of wanting to impeach President Trump. This started before he even took office. The anti-Trump “Russian collusion” narrative bombarded us daily for years. It has been proven to be fake and the Democrats and the media knew it was a lie but they kept repeating it. They still do. We will discuss Trump later but I am now going to explain why the Republican Party itself should not be allowed to remain in control much longer without some changes to their shortsighted policies. In this essay are some areas in which they need to make changes. What they are doing works now but it is not sustainable and like the actions of the Democrats will destroy our society and economy in the long run. What the Democrats want is not attainable. (Since their win in November 2020 Democrats have done considerable damage that will require Draconian measures to repair.) Human failings are many and a primary one is the lack of concern about the future. Many profess concern but professing something and actually meaning it are two different things. Like the Democrats the Republicans are also heading up a dead end canyon just a different canyon. The key words are dead and end. The online dictionary definition of dead end is: “an end of a road or passage from which no exit is possible.” I guess the actual main word we should be concerned about is dead.
Capitalism today is not the capitalism that developed post WW2. The war sobered the world up and actually gave it a strong sense of right and wrong. I have to say I believe in capitalism. It has done more for the human race than any other system but as the man said “there is no such thing as a free lunch.” It also has been, and is, responsible for some very ugly and short-sighted things. After WW2 capitalism was at a potential reset point and actually had the chance to do the ethical things by society and the environment and still show a profit but greed reared its ugly head. It is based on theft as much as socialism is. Like I have said the failures of both capitalism and socialism are due to human nature. They both cater to humans and humans are flawed and basically parasitic. All biological life is parasitic but we are the only ones that can radically reshape our environment. There is nothing wrong with that but we do it selfishly not rationally. We do not think of the long term consequences of our actions. We waste too much and can’t even properly dispose of our garbage. Both systems started off with good ideals but the reality of human nature got in the way. I hope no one thinks these individual Democrats and Republicans made millions by being frugal and taking bag lunches from home to their seats in state and federal legislatures. I also hope no one believes that the dividends paid to stock holders and bonuses paid to CEOs came from ethical practices such as properly disposing of toxic wastes. I hope no one thinks the wealth accumulated by individual Democrats or Republicans came from pinching pennies. Actually they and their friends pinched dollars from the honest, hard working citizens.
As I said overall I am a capitalist but I can see the flaws in what it has become. It has become corporate and global and lost its identity with individuals and individual nations and ethical values. It views people as just statistics and in the pursuit of profit has “thrown humanity under the bus.” I think of most corporate capitalists as Star Trek Ferengis or the Trade Federation of Star Wars. Beings that have a lot of intelligence but a proportionately inverse amount of ethics, scruples, conscience, and morals. It views betrayal of principles as just good business. Dealing with places like China these corporate execs might ponder the “reward” given to the Star Wars Trade Federation by the Emperor Palpatine for their support. China has robbed them blind of technological innovations. They complain but they knew going in that anything on Chinese soil was property of China. What did they expect? They are not stupid just shortsighted. They are used to thinking in business cycles of months or maybe a year. China looks long term. China knows they are not trustworthy and has a way of dealing with those they consider risky if any doubt about them crosses their minds. The Nazis tolerated capitalism as long as the capitalists pleased them. About businessmen Philip Wylie wrote: “Any procedure that was technically legal, or could be made so to seem, became the businessman’s definition of ethics and, thus, the public definition of morality.” I am sure many Republican and Democrat elected officials started out with altruistic ideals toward the average citizen and believed what they were doing was right but ended up under the control of handlers who are under the control of corporate interests. The movie The Candidate is an excellent portrayal of the manipulation and control process in politics. As international, national and local governments lose more and more control to corporations the average person will have less and less ability to affect policies. Less than now. Something most on the left seem to be oblivious to. They use the word democracy like a prostitute uses the word love.
In one of my high school government classes (early 1960s) the teacher had previously taught government in Texas. He would occasionally take students on a field trip to the state capital in Austin to observe the legislators in action. He said it became discouraging when a bill would come up for a vote and the legislators would all turn and look to a skybox built into the back wall of the chamber. The box contained the lobbyists for the oil companies. If they put their thumbs up the bill passed. If their thumbs went down the bill failed. I am not opposed to business having input or a say in political activity. Their interests must be considered as they play a major, major role in the well being of our lives and society I am merely opposed to unethical practices. If you don’t know what is ethical and what is not you shouldn’t be in business or politics. In fact you shouldn’t vote or breed. Charles Wilson, a 34 year employee of General Motors, when being considered for a government position in the Eisenhower administration in 1953 was asked about a possible conflict of interest said: “I cannot conceive of one because for years I thought what was good for our country was good for General Motors, and vice versa. The difference did not exist. Our company is too big. It goes with the welfare of the country. Our contribution to the Nation is quite considerable.” I agree with him as like most things the relationship between business and government and the people is, or should be, a two way street, a symbiotic relationship, but the philosophy has changed radically in the last few decades. Corporate capitalists have become nothing but “robber barons” on steroids. Loyalty is a true test of honor which should be a prerequisite for existence. Loyalty is a also two way street. They somehow have lost sight of how important and beneficial a reliable and supportive middle class valued population is to them. Without the middle class they would be paupers.
The elected officials are the faces of the government that we elect. The elections and witty little sayings like “I like Ike,” “Yes we can,” “War on Poverty,” “I’m with her,” and “Riden’ with Biden” keep us deluded thinking that we matter. Business interests now control the state which means they actually control everything. The state has been given the name “deep state.” The state and the government are two separate entities. The state does the bidding of the nameless, faceless people with money. Some are visible such as George Soros and his foundations (on the left) and the Koch Brother’s foundations (on the right). People like Bill Gates, Jack Dorsey, Mark Zuckerburg, and Jeff Bezos, are also in the mix. Their influence has long tentacles and they are just a few. I am not opposed to wealth, even extreme wealth or even obscene wealth. I oppose unethical conduct. There is a difference between a businessman/woman and a thief. These organizations and those that are the members of these organizations are global in nature. I also understand money has no borders. A person that has to make money dishonestly or unethically is not a businessman/(woman). Many meet in secret to discuss problems of the world and a meme on Facebook said it all. “Do you really think the wealthiest and most powerful people in the world are meeting in secret to discuss something that will benefit you?” Although their names and organizations may be identified with different parties and groups in different nations globally it is logical to think they are in league with each other. Remember the old saying about “the ties that bind” and tying money and power make very tight knots. There is a reverse side also. There is always a reverse side. Sort of like the scientific principle of for every action there is an equal opposite reaction. That counterweight is there they are basically dealing with people like themselves all subconciously wanting to be the “top dog.” Like the battle between the “Immortals” in the movie The Highlander…….: “In the end, there can be only one”. Each one wants to be the one. That is a weakness that limits their horizon.
The following two quotes about capitalism and capitalists come from “Generation of Vipers” by Philip Wylie, an author of science fiction and a newspaper columnist for the Miami Herald in the mid-1900s. Wylie was a brilliant writer that saw the fatal flaws in American society long before anyone else. (His book has been long out of print but can be found on Amazon, eBay, or at a used book store. There are some more quotes from it in the Books Worth Reading section.) Remember I am a supporter of capitalism I am just realistic and factor human nature into the equation.
“The economic system of theft has one immense advantage: it works. But it also has one great disadvantage: it works only while there is something to steal.”
“The chief hypocrites of A.D. 30 were the businessmen and they are still tops.”
The first issue I have fault with the GOP and the right on is climate change/global warming. There are numerous scientists that believe in it with stacks of graphs, charts, reports, statistics and so forth but I am not going to use them and their findings. I happen to believe in it and I am going to give you my personal observations and why I believe in it. Actually I am going to do that more than once in this essay as these are my assessments and opinions of some issues and what needs to be changed. These are incidents that I have personally run across that have made me think about certain issues. My thoughts are not always conservative but I feel they are logical. I have spent a lot of time in many different places throughout the United States. I have been particularly fond of the Florida Keys and since the 80s have spent a lot of time there.. I like warm weather and boats. The Florida Keys is a chain of subtropical islands stretching from south of Miami connected by a series of bridges ending over a hundred miles away in Key West. In that span of time, from the late 80s to the present (2020), I watched the water level gradually rise, most noticeable at “king” high tides, by about 8 inches. They are also referred to as super high tides. Miami Beach has an average elevation of 4 feet. The water level in the waters surrounding Miami-Dade County has risen 6 inches since the late 90s. The Miami-Dade County web page says: “By 2040, sea levels are expected to be 10 to 17 inches higher than 2000 levels.” I was looking at it one night and a woman that was born and raised in the Keys came walking by and I commented to her “It never used to get this high” and she shook her head and replied “Never!”
The marina where I had my sailboat docked also has had a noticeable water level rise. I watched it starting in the late 80s and early 90s and the dock where I had my boat now has a water level higher by about 8 inches at super high tide. I am talking about only normal super high tide cycle conditions not during storms when higher tides would be expected. One of the main docks during the annual super tides now has water sloshing over it, something it never did. Many of the boat captains and residents that have lived there, some 40, 50 or more years, many having been born there, also have witnessed it rise. The county acknowledges it but has determined it would cost over a billion dollars to raise all the roads, around 314 miles, in the Keys but that would only delay the inevitable. How many times can you do that? There is one neighborhood in Key Largo that the streets were underwater for over 90 consecutive days. It made the national news so many of you may be aware of it. I am not sure about delivery vehicles like UPS or the post office but because of the damage salt water does to vehicles the sheriff would not respond to calls there unless they were emergencies. You can’t blame them.
I know the earth goes through cycles and the Keys have been underwater several times in the last 12,000 years but it is happening again and the main difference is now we are here. Rising oceans mean all coastlines of the entire planet will be affected and be flooded. Look at the flooding problems New York had during some of the storms and hurricanes. Globally about 20% of the human population lives within the areas that will be flooded so at least a billion people, at a minimum, will be displaced globally. Not only will there be the displacement of people losing their homes and jobs there will be the loss of factories, hospitals, farm lands, food processors, oil refineries and storage, strategic oil reserves, shipping ports, airports, and military bases to name a few necessaryt hings. That will create chaos. The rate of rise is not exactly known but is only guesstimated at but it could be faster than even pessimistic guesses exacerbating the chaos. Ignoring, delaying and denying it as the right is doing will not solve the problem anymore than ignoring cancer solves that problem. Are we responsible? No but we do figure into the equation.
We need to think ahead and plan for the worst. The loss of the above places is a worst case scenario but the possibility of it is very real and the odds favor it at this point. It is better to plan for the worst case scenario and have the best happen rather than planning for the best and the worst happen. You can’t buy car insurance after you have an accident. Hospitals, military bases, farms, food processing plants, manufacturing plants of basic items, fire departments, emergency medical facilities, law enforcement facilities and so on that are inland need to be made self-sufficient so if (not if but in reality when) the coasts do become flooded and become uninhabitable there will be a solid and functioning inland infrastructure to maintain a semblance of order in areas that will be above the water line so as to be able to adequately deal with the massive influx of people. The masses now streaming over the borders to the US and Europe are a sprinkle compared to the torrential downpour on the horizon. They must be self sustaining with energy also. Even if the ocean did not rise those facilities will be self sufficient stretching our available petroleum supplies to be used for motor vehicles and in the manufacture of goods. Although things will be ugly at least the basics will be available as a nucleus of civilization’s basics to build around. They need to be outfitted to be solar and wind powered and the research for other energy sources needs to continue. Also jails and prisons need to be upgraded and a reassessment of who should be in and who should not. There are many that really should not be in jail that are and many that aren’t that should be. Prisoners will need to be moved. If the coasts are abandoned you can’t just leave them and you can’t just let them go. Many jails and prisons are now releasing prisoners due to the coronavirus but that should not be an option. I am not going to go into a tirade about that but the consequences will soon be apparent. More foolish mistakes by those, usually Democrats, in charge.
Once it is accepted beyond any doubt the coasts are going under to build the necessary infrastructure will be more difficult, more expensive and less possible to construct. Finances will be scarce as many of the above mentioned factories and installations will be out of operation and people will be unemployed. As well as finances material resources and personnel will be unavailable. There will be literal chaos. The Republicans ignore or deny the problem and the Democrats come up with the harebrained Green New Deal. That will only make things worse because it hasn’t addressed any of the root causes of the problem and are oblivious of the logistics and finances involved in the plan. What we need to do is begin far inland and work towards the coasts and redo the facilities that are necessary foundations for organized society and survival.
The upshot is you can’t tell me the ocean level isn’t rising I watched it rise over a 30 plus year span of time. Climate change/global warming are real. Many on the right and oil lobbies might be able to convince someone from the mid-west but not me or anyone that has lived on the coast for any length of time. Are we at fault? No because the earth goes through cycles but we do significantly figure into the equation and we need to take that factor into account. We need to start taking it seriously and preparing now little by little to prevent the criminal act of inaction so to keep our grandchildren from having to act in haste when it will be far more difficult and possibly impossible. (If you remember we talked about the necessity of equations being complete and accurate.) We need to start preparing now. We should have started decades ago.
The environment, which ties into global warming and climate change, is another area I have issues with the GOP on. I am for transitioning to sustainable, renewable energy. Petroleum is finite meaning that it is not unlimited in supply. It is also a nasty substance that pollutes the ground, the water and the air, three things we need for survival. The GOP and much of the right being in the pockets of the oil industry opposes any change to solar or wind for energy. Other nations are investing in solar and wind and having some success while we have had almost no success, at least when the government was involved. (Elon Musk and Tesla seem to be making headway. He is also making headway in space.) Steam and petroleum had setbacks initially. I mentioned earlier the fallacy of not keeping up with advances in energy. The Dutch used sail power and created a large Empire. The British began converting to steam as a propulsion system and overtook the wind power of the Dutch. Wars (there are always wars) and colonialism also figured into the rise of the British Empire but steam powered vessels gave them the added edge that helped create their empire. The Titanic was steam. Not only did steam power their ocean going vessels it powered transportation on land. The British invented the steam locomotive and steam was used to transport goods on land long before it went to sea. Britain had deposits of coal within its borders so it was an easy conversion. The British Empire lost its dominance to the United States when the US began using oil for energy. The conversion to petroleum for ship power made the steam power of the vessels obsolete. There were actually automobiles made that were powered by steam but they couldn’t match the cost and efficiency of Henry Ford’s mass produced, gas powered automobile. Petroleum made the private automobile possible. Petroleum also made airplanes and submarines possible. Submarines ran on batteries while submerged for obvious reasons. There was no supply of air to make combustion possible and even if it were available the exhaust would kill everyone on board. They charged the batteries while on the surface with generators while running on the diesel motors. The US had large quantities of oil within its borders so it was an easy conversion. Wind, coal or oil all translate into energy which any society needs. In past history energy was human or draft animals but it was still energy. The US is going to lose its dominance due in part to failure to convert to the energy of the future which is solar and wind (or possibly hydrogen). The GOP in the pockets of the oil industry refuses any attempt to convert. We are going to be in deep problems when we are still relying on petroleum and other parts of the world are using wind and solar.
The incentive is there to convert, at least for any sane person. We can’t get rid of petroleum overnight like many are advocating but we can slowly begin to reduce our reliance on it Ween ourselves off like a drug addict weening themselves off addictive narcotics. The comparison of addiction to narcotics to our addiction to petroleum is quite accurate. I remember a political cartoon from decades ago in one of the newspapers that had Uncle Sam injecting himself with a hypodermic needle labeled oil and the barrel of the syringe looked like an oil drum. As well as replacing the energy source an equal effort must be made to retrain present workers, starting with the younger ones, to other occupations. Oil is highly polluting to the soil, water and air. Due to the lack of traditional type wells we are now fracking which will turn into an environmental nightmare down the road. Fracking is basically shattering the rock layers far underground to release the petroleum. In the process highly toxic waste materials are produced. It also contaminates the underground water supply and it creates weak spots deep underground. The entry under fracking in Wikipedia starts:
Hydraulic fracturing (also called fracking, . . . . ) is a well stimulation technique in which rock is fractured by a pressurized liquid. The process involves the high-pressure injection of ‘fracking fluid’ (primarily water, containing sand or other proppants suspended with the aid of thickening agents) into a wellbore to create cracks in the deep-rock formations through which natural gas, petroleum, and brine will flow more freely. When the hydraulic pressure is removed from the well, small grains of hydraulic fracturing proppants (either sand or aluminium oxide) hold the fractures open.
“Hydraulic fracturing began as an experiment in 1947, and the first commercially successful application followed in 1950. As of 2012, 2.5 million “frac jobs” had been performed worldwide on oil and gas wells; over one million of those within the U.S. . . . . ” That was 10 years ago. How many more have they performed since?
Think about that.
No superior species would do this. (Of course no superior species would build New York City, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Newark, Miami, London, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Moscow, Beijing, Manila and a long list of other filthy, crime infested cities.) The wastes from petroleum contaminate land on which is grown the food we eat. It also contaminates the water we drink. The burning of oil pollutes air we breathe. I lived in Los Angeles County, California from 1957 to 1988 and I, and everyone else, watched smog increase in the Los Angeles basin as the number of petroleum fueled vehicles increased. Smog is haze composed of smoke and pollutants. The leaders of the right and the fracking industry tell us not to worry. Yeah right! Decades ago the oil industry also told us there was plenty of oil making it sound like the supply was infinite. I remember as a boy growing up outside of Long Beach California where the land under the oil fields began to sink at one time. The site www.longbeach.gov has the following in an article: “Long Beach was once known as the “Sinking City”. Oil and gas production from the giant Wilmington Oil Field, where 3.75 billion barrels (42 gallons per barrel) have been produced, created a land surface “subsidence bowl” of up to 29 feet deep in and around the Port of Long Beach (Port) and along the coastal strand of the City of Long Beach. Over 20 square miles have been affected adjacent to the shoreline from the Port to Seal Beach. Early 1940’s groundwater pumping contributed to the land sinking, but the majority of the subsidence resulted from oil and gas extraction. Damage to public and private property and the rebuilding of Port facilities have cost billions in today’s dollars. I can remember the adults talking about it in the late 50s. The general consensus was the oil companies said not to worry. I was reminded of that when during the Congressional hearings about tobacco I watched tobacco company executives lying through their teeth saying tobacco was harmless. The asbestos companies denied asbestos was harmful. If you can’t trust the oil and tobacco companies who can you trust? The bottom line is petroleum is destroying our life support systems. One of the several ways we are digging our own graves.
I am not advocating the absurd Green New Deal of the Democrats. We are set up for petroleum and to attempt to convert quickly will result in disaster. You can’t go “cold turkey.” Not converting also will end in disaster. It has to be a gradual conversion to solar and wind or maybe some other type of clean energy not yet discovered. We can’t convert until it is developed and the “bugs” worked out. Start now. Fortunately there are some far thinking people such as Elon Musk that are taking action. The reason the investments in wind and solar fail is because they are run by government bureaucrats. Bureaucrats are necessary and have their place and no society, ours included, can thrive without them but they do not have the perspective that business requires for such ventures. Government bureaucracy and a successful business are contradictory. The failure of socialism has always, always, always been laid at the feet of bureaucrats. It is driving round pegs into square holes. The outcome of the Green New Deal will be totally opposite of what they fantasize it being.
Another issue I have with the right concerns medical care. Again I will use personal observations rather than all the volumes of special interest reports used to convince people and “muddy the waters”. Ask a bureaucrat or an intellectual about a labor or service related problem and ask a person that actually does the work and you will get two totally different answers. There are reports from both sides of the political spectrum pushing their perspective and agenda but I have experienced enough to form an opinion. I have also read many, many horror stories from people about their own personal experiences. Most reports have a political bias one way or the other. I became soured on our medical system in the late 60s and early 70s. At that time a young woman I had met at one of the nightspots that I frequented had suffered an overdose of drugs. Some of her friends rushed her to a hospital and the hospital refused her because she had no money or insurance. They rushed her to another hospital where they did admit her and she did survive. She was not a Cinderella but she was not a bad person just an unhappy young woman. I do not know what ultimately happened to her later in life and it would not surprise me if the saving of her at that hospital only delayed a possible, even probable, outcome. I have thought about that incident numerous times throughout the years. There should not be anyone in need of medical treatment not able to get it. She, and others like her both male and female whose numbers are many and growing, will always be a drain on society and the money and effort spent on them would be better used elsewhere but in Western civilization one of our core beliefs is that we are our brother’s (and sisters) keeper. That is basic to Christianity which cultivated Western civilization. What if these brothers and sisters won’t or can’t keep themselves? Many are mentally not capable of caring for themselves so what then? To ignore them is callous and to try to “save” them is social suicide. Many are born with negative or destructive inclinations, in the words of Milton “Crooked by nature bent.” I do not necessarily mean evil and malicious just flawed. The entire human race is flawed. A large number will always consume more resources and energy than they produce which is a negative drain on society as a whole. Once the drain is greater than the input society is on borrowed time. The essence of the situation is like Commander Spock on Star Trek The Original Series assessing tribbles on the episode “The Trouble With Tribbles”: “They remind me of the lilies of the field. They toil not, neither do they spin. But they seem to eat a great deal. I see no practical use for them.” The GOP all but ignores it because the conservative attitude is they are only responsible for their own problems or the private sector will take care of it. There is an answer to the problem we will discuss sometime in the future. If we are to survive we must deal with this issue.
Another problem I have with our medical system is the cost of medication and medical supplies. While I was living in rural North Florida one of the men in the area was bitten by a rabid fox. The treatment for rabies consists of a series of ten shots. The cost of the shots was $1000 a shot. A SHOT!!!! The alternative was a slow agonizing death. Rabies is considered 100% fatal. After that a person I personally knew was also bitten by a rabid fox and I asked if the costs I heard were accurate. His answer was yes. Why does any shot cost a grand? A friend of mine had cancer and some of the treatments consisted of shots. She told me one cost thousands of dollars.
Years ago on one of the public radio shows was the case of a woman traveling in Asia and was bitten by a rabid monkey. (Interesting factoid: Monkeys carry rabies and in India they are the second most common transmitters of rabies to humans. Dogs are first.) She had to get the series of rabies shots and went to the hospital in whatever country she was in and the shot was under $10. Her next shot was in another Asian nation and it was something like 7 or 8 dollars. Again under $10. She returned to the states and went to the hospital to continue the series and the shot was $1400 dollars. When she went to her doctor he said she should have come to him as he could have given it to her for half that amount, $700.. I am basically a capitalist but unlike many on the right I can see the flaws. I think I understand Adam Smith who the right holds in esteem for his “Wealth of Nations.” He was for capitalism but actually had a rather poor opinion of capitalists. He felt that money would corrupt them. I am of the opinion that capitalism doesn’t have to be regulated but capitalists need to be. If they don’t want monitoring that tells you what you need to know to justify it. Much of our private sector, especially large corporations, have become criminal enterprises.
On the other side of the coin most of our public ventures are run by incompetents. The type that have personal axes to grind and if money was placed in one hand and water in the other the money flow through faster than the water. Following both to their ultimate ends you find the robber barons on one side lording over the poor working for basically change under sweatshop conditions and on the other side the socialists like the late Hugo Chavez that socialized Venezuela turning it from a vibrant economy to a poverty stricken third world, crudely but accurately put, “shit hole.” A place where the poor were ultimately reduced to eating their pets and zoo animals and rummaging through garbage cans for food. (Recently Kim Jong Un of North Korea ordered all pet dogs to be picked up. Many think it is because of a food shortage but the official narrative is they are a symbol of the decadent West. North Korea is a socialist nation.) Chavez was voted in by the poor who see themselves as victims and envisioned confiscating the wealth of the robber barons and living like kings but it turned out to be the same age old story of criminals elected by the desperate and least qualified to make an informed vote. By the way his daughter is worth about six billion bucks. So much for democratic socialism, equality and equity. As far as the attitude of Kim Jong Un I actually can see it from that standpoint. We have people pampering their pets (of which I am one) and homeless people living on the streets, of large mostly Democrat cities, dying of drug overdoses.
Overall Medicare for all would be a good thing if done right. Medicare has four parts: A, B, C and D. Part A covers the Hospital and Hospice expenses. Part B covers doctors and visits to doctors (those that choose to participate and accept Medicare. It is voluntary on the doctor’s part.) Part D is the prescription plan. Medicare Part A is automatically received at age 65. It is not charged for as a person pays for it by a payroll tax throughout their employment years. Part B which covers doctors can be purchased to coincide with A. Here is an extremely simplified explanation of how medicare works. Part A works like this, if a hospital bill is let’s say $1,000 for some service Medicare has some type of formula and determines the procedure was worth $300 or some amount and that is the amount they pay on. The $700 is written off by the hospital. Medicare pays 80% of the $300 which is $240 and the patient is responsible for the balance which is $60. Many purchase a supplemental policy which pays the $60 or a portion of it depending on which supplemental policy they purchase. More expensive policies pay more up to the total amount which could be thousands, even tens of thousands of dollars. Part B which covers doctors fees works about the same way. Part C is the Medicare Advantage plan. The Part D is the prescription supplement and works much the same way as Parts A and B. While Medicare for all is a good idea it has to be done right. It should be available to all at the time of employment. It should also be purchased. They should pay a reasonable amount for A and B from their paychecks possibly as taxes. Now Part B is around $110 a month or so. Most prescription plans are $50 t0 $75 a month for decent ones. These figures are about 3 years old so costs are a little more now. A schedule could be worked out taking in factors such as age, student status, marital status, children, and income, etc. It is possible that a compilation of preventative procedures such as vaccinations, annual wellness checks, blood tests, EKGs, etc. could be implemented. Also some basic services. Put some brains behind it and it will work itself out. (As long as they aren’t college professors.)
Medical equipment is also an outrageously overpriced item(s). A filter for a CPAP machine (a device that helps breathing at night for those with breathing issues.) is a small foam filter measuring 1 1/2 by 3/4 of an inch. It was about 1/8 inch thick.. Price? Ten dollars. Price for hoses and masks and the machines are also outrageous. The CPAP machines are basically small air pumps that pump air into a sleeping person similar to a respirator but far more simple. They can cost upwards to a thousand dollars or more. Legalized theft. There is nothing else to call it. There is no such thing as a free lunch. This is something liberals do not understand. Someone pays. It has to be analyzed and a plan formulated. Our medical system represented by the right and the socialized medicine run by the government crowd on the left are both flawed.
In my 20s and 30s I had an excellent doctor that I got to know fairly well. (He was in private practice.) He once told me he didn’t like the economics of being a doctor. He went to school to be a doctor but the system forces you to become a businessman. He pointed to an x-ray machine and said that cost $25,000. (This was the cost in the late 60s.) He then spoke of other costs: rent, staff, insurance etc. He said he didn’t go to school to be a businessman but he was forced to become one. He finally gave up private practice and went to work in a clinic. He also gave me two good pieces of advice. “Good food is cheap medicine” and “the human body is designed so that it can usually repair itself regardless of what we doctors do so the patient gets well and is around to pay the bill.”
Many think the government can just print money. They could but the consequences would be catastrophic. The result is hyper inflation. I have an actual 100,000,000,000,000 (100 trillion) dollar bill from Zimbabwe. It is virtually worthless. The government just printed money and gave everyone money. It took on the value of money from the game of Monopoly. Germany did the same thing prior to WW2. Their money also became worthless which helped pave the way for the rise of Hitler. You can’t bend rules of some things, economics is one. Mathematics, gravity and physics are three others. You can sometimes artificially bend or suspend some temporarily but ultimately the “piper must be paid.” An airplane can defy gravity with proper aerodynamics and power but cut the power and it falls. You can rob Peter to pay Paul but sooner or later Peter runs out of money or gets fed up and he comes looking for his money. It is beyond understanding how people are unable to comprehend that. The trillions of dollars in bailouts for the coronavirus will bring about inflation. Bet on it. The money the present administration is spending is going to lead to disaster. Compounding the situation is the trillions of dollars other Democrats are proposing.
I am for college education being paid for under some conditions. One is it is something that is of value to the nation. There was one woman with a sign protesting her student loan. She was over $200,000 in debt. Her major? Greek mythology. Greek mythology is a waste of money. How someone could rack up that much on Greek Mythology is beyond comprehension. Another was a guy in debt $33,000. He majored in music playing the guitar. Taxpayers would have been better served if the money was handed out for people to wipe with. Sorry to be a bit crude but that is a fact. Gender and ethnic studies are a waste of money and are useless. These people are parasites. As well as something of use for society there should be a period of time that is owed to society that footed the bill. A doctor. a nurse, a technician, a dentist or skilled labor etc could work for x number of years for the VA or a clinic or some labor beneficial to those that paid the bill.. In the medical field some could work as caregivers and medical personal which would help defray Medicare costs. They would get paid wages of course and a certain amount would automatically be credited to their debt each year. Some organizations, both trade and professional, have schooling for their needed positions. Some law enforcement agencies pay recruits to go to their academy with the stipulation they give x number of years being employed by the agency. Douglas Aircraft in Southern California in the late sixties had a course that sent people to training for aircraft assembly. They were hired before the class and were paid for attending and after completion they went to work under the supervision of experienced assemblers. Not everyone should be expected to go to college. The book “The UnHeavenly City Revisited” has some excellent takes on education. Those interested in fixing the problems in the inner cities and the educational system should read it. There is a report in the Books Worth reading section of this site.
Another area I have problems with the GOP about is DACA or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. From Wikipedia “(DACA) is a United States immigration policy that allows some individuals with unlawful presence in the United States after being brought to the country as children to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and become eligible for a work permit in the U.S. To be eligible for the program, recipients cannot have felonies or serious misdemeanors on their records.” My only personal experience with a person that would fall into this category was while working in a jail and an arrest was brought in on a minor charge. He was actually a citizen of El Salvador. He came to the United States at age 2 with his parents. (He was in his early twenties.) He had not been to El Salvador since he left at age 2. He spoke some Spanish but spoke English perfectly. He was worried about possibly being deported back to El Salvador and I personally did not think that was right. True he could have and should have applied for citizenship but didn’t. He did not have any serious record so he would not have been a risk and his charge was minor. I am for allowing anyone to stay that can and will contribute to the country with the simple stipulation of be a good citizen and assimilate into the culture.
I quoted Hayek in a prior essay about sometimes the results of actions are the opposite of what was intended. Naturally everyone else is to blame rather than realize your actions caused, at least partially, the consequences. Case in point was the student demonstrations of the 60s. They were opposed to the Vietnam war, the “pigs” (cops), capitalism, and were for free speech, free love and dope. They did not realize that regardless of how much they despised capitalists the capitalists were not stupid. The business leaders observed the students and the college professors and could see the writing on the wall. They could see the direction of the country. They bailed and outsourced their manufacturing. That was not the only factor but it did figure into their decision. Whether you think the very wealthy are dishonest, corrupt, unethical, sleazy, and/or whatever that is basically irrelevant. They do not have the fatal flaw of stupidity. The rich are rich for a reason. If people running around in masks tipping over garbage cans and setting them on fire and breaking store front windows and looting think they are going to outsmart the Bill Gates, the Koch Brothers, the Bezos’s, the Musks and others of the world it shows just how stupid and infantile they really are. In fact many of the people behind their actions, unbeknownst to them, are the people they claim to hate. The same mindset today screams for increased wages and tax the rich and corporations but fails to look at the consequences. Corporations left because they could manufacture cheaper in China or elsewhere overseas, and pay less in taxes and benefits and have less regulations and less liability risks. Why would they stick around to pay $15 dollars an hour to an unskilled laborer and a high tax rate when they could manufacture overseas cheaper, ship it to the United States and still make more profit? People that can’t or won’t understand are why many smart people are rich. Not only did the protestors not take into account lost jobs therefore lost tax revenue their self-righteous attitude set the stage to eliminate free speech which they claim to be for.
F.A. Hayek said our flaws are seen better by our enemies than ourselves: “As is so often true, the nature of our civilization has been seen more clearly by its enemies than by most of its friends………….” Outsourcing was predicted long ago before the US became the hegemon it is. It was predicted by one of our enemies, Lenin. The following is a quote from the book “Against Empire” (2001) by Michael Parenti:
“As early as 1916, Lenin pointed out that as it advanced, capitalism would export not only its goods but it’s very capital, not only its products, but its entire production process. Today, most giant US firms do just that, exporting their technology, factories, and sales networks – and our jobs. It is well-known that General Motors has been closing down factories in the USA. Less well known is that for many years GM has been spending millions of dollars abroad on new auto plants in countries where wages are far less than what American auto workers are paid. This means bigger profits for GM and more unemployment for Detroit.
“Over the last 20 years, American firms have tripled their total outlay in other countries, their fastest growth rate being in the Third World. Nor is this trend likely to reverse itself. American capitalism is now producing abroad eight times more than it exports. Many firms have shifted all their manufacturing activities to foreign lands. All the cameras sold in the USA are made overseas, as are almost all the bicycles, tape recorders, radios, television sets, VCRs, and computers.”
An extremely large percentage of our goods are made in China. China is now a threat to our economy and our safety and we have helped make it so. Stupid us.
The GOP has traditionally sided with big business over the greater good believing business serves the greater good. I agree business serves the greater good when it is run ethically. There is where the problem arises. I believe capitalism is the best system and the flaws are not with capitalism itself they are with capitalists, specifically corporate capitalists.. Since capitalists are human the problem comes back to human nature. There has always been the old tale of the butcher putting his finger on the scale or the “flim flam” con man and snake oil salesman and criminal organizations such as the La Cosa Nostra, the Mafia and the drug cartels in Mexico, Columbia and Asia but corporate capitalism has taken crime to a whole new level. Just as I have said there probably is nothing in the universe as dumb as a human teenager I am willing to say there is probably nothing in the universe as unethical as a large percentage of human corporate capitalists. However, we need them and they need stable, capable and dependable labor which we used to be able to supply. Dictatorships can provide a more stable environment than the US or the West in general. At one time the relationship was mutually beneficial. I have to restate again I am a capitalist. I feel conservatives have dropped the ball in requiring honesty in business. For a society and business to be successful and sustainable it must be a “give and take” yin yang type relationship. The following is from “The Coming Anarchy”:
” ‘The true conservative,’ [Henry] Kissinger wrote, ‘is not at home, in social struggle. He will attempt to avoid unbridgeable schism, because he knows that a stable social structure thrives not on triumphs but on reconciliations.’ The Republican majority in Congress and the religious right are thus not true conservatives. A true conservative is in fact a hesitant progressive: he or she seeks to slow change when society is reforming too fast and to instigate moderate change when society is not reforming at all. . . . .”
“The dangers inherent in fast social transformation are so great,’ Kissinger wrote, ‘that demands for universal justice are ill-informed”.
Kissinger also said: “Every statesman must attempt to reconcile what is considered just with what is considered possible. What is considered just depends on the domestic structure of his state; what is possible depends on its resources, geographic position and determination, and on the resources, determination and domestic structure of the other states.” Lost liberals on those points. They are focused on important issues like men having periods and women having erections and 2+2=5. The left hasn’t a clue about Kissinger’s statement.
The philosophy and goals of communism made the clash between America and China inevitable but our China problems started in earnest with Richard Nixon. That is where we took the wrong fork in the road. Let’s do a quick look at the situation.
There are two Chinas. The PRC (People’s Republic of China) and the ROC (Republic of China). The ROC consisted of the island of Taiwan and the PRC consisted of mainland Communist China. When the communists under Mao Zedong took control of China the then leader of China, Chiang Kai-shek, fled to Taiwan and established what is known as a government in exile. We recognized Taiwan as China and did not recognize mainland China as they were communist. Chiang Kai-shek was no prize. He was virtually a dictator but he was not communist so we sided with him as we often did, and do, in these cases. As I said our China problems started in earnest with Richard Nixon. When Dwight Eisenhower ran for President Richard Nixon was the vice presidential candidate. Nixon was a hardcore anticommunist and was on the House Committee of Un-American Activities. :Later Nixon when running for President made comments that hinted he would be open to thawing relations with the PRC. (While in high school, even though I was anticommunist, I always thought that to ignore a nation the size of China was unrealistic.) Anyway, when Nixon was elected President he went to China. The first President to do so in decades. He went with his National Security Advisor, Henry Kissinger who was considered a sleaze to some or a brilliant negotiator to others.. Kissinger had secretly made contact with China the year before and paved the way. There are those that think he was the instigator encouraging Nixon to begin relations with China. It is no secret that American corporations looked upon China with greed lust thinking about the cheap labor and the large numbers of consumers and they salivated at the prospect of doing business with China. Nixon’s visit to China began the thawing of relations.
The main blunder by the GOP was actually not the Republican Parties conscious fault it was by corporate business. Republicans just naively went along. People vote for what or who they identify with. We call it identity politics. The name has just become vogue and into common use but identity politics have been around since there have been politicians. The average voter was white and middle class. The middle class American identified with the good guy sheriff type. There just happened to be someone like that, Ronald Reagan. Problem was Ronald Reagan was a liberal Democrat so he was taken under the wings of General Electric and educated or programmed or indoctrinated or whatever you want to call it. When it has a hidden motive or goal they are all basically the same. I am not saying it is always bad but it is what it is regardless of how you try to disguise it.. There is a good book called “The Education of Ronald Reagan: The General Electric Years and the Untold Story of his Conversion to Conservatism” by Thomas W. Evans. The following is from his own description of the book. The link to his entire article is: https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/32681 His words:
“In my book, The Education of Ronald Reagan: The General Electric Years and the Untold Story of his Conversion to Conservatism, I trace Reagan’s evolution from liberal to conservative, from actor to politician. The changes took place during the time when he served as host of the General Electric Theater on television. His contract also called for him to spend a quarter of his eight years (1954-1962) with the company touring the forty states and 139 plants of GE’s far-flung decentralized corporate domain, addressing 250,000 employees and their neighbors.
“When he joined GE in 1954, Reagan was a Democrat and a self-described “New Dealer to the core.” One of the early photos in the book shows him at the White House – the Truman White House — where he was thanked by the president for his strong support in the 1948 election. He had been a leader and organizer of California’s “Labor for Truman.” He was then serving as president of the Screen Actors Guild, which opposed “Right-to-Work” laws. Two years later, he supported Democrat Helen Gahagan Douglas in her U. S. Senate contest against Republican Richard Nixon. In 1952, he backed the Republican candidate for president, but as a Democrat for Eisenhower.”
Reagan turning Republican was a crown jewel of achievement of indoctrination and programming by American business up to that time. Being the “good guy” sheriff and a former Democrat, which most middle class Americans were at that time, got him elected governor of California in 1966. Many Democrats at that time began changing to Republican including my parents and most of the middle class that lived in the bedroom communities of Southern California. (Bedroom communities were cities that consisted of mostly tracts of houses that were of only three or four styles. They were basically “cookie cutter” houses occupied by middle class labor and families, which was mostly white males and their wives and children.) The stage was set for Governor Reagan to become President Reagan. When Reagan became President he implemented what was known as the Reagan Doctrine. It took a hard line towards the Soviet Union and he came up with what he called the Strategic Defense Initiative or as some called it Star Wars. It was a network of advanced defensive and offensive weapons systems. In order to counter it the Soviets had to spend large amounts on their military. That played a large part of why the Soviets collapsed in 1991. From Wikipedia:
“The Reagan Administration implemented a new policy towards the Soviet Union through NSDD-32 (National Security Decision Directive) to confront the USSR on three fronts: to decrease Soviet access to high technology and diminish their resources, including depressing the value of Soviet commodities on the world market; to (also) increase American defense expenditures to strengthen the U.S. negotiating position; and to force the Soviets to devote more of their economic resources to defense. The massive American military build-up was the most visible.”
“By the late years of the Cold War, Moscow had built a military that consumed as much as 25% of the Soviet Union’s gross national product at the expense of consumer goods and investment in civilian sectors”
Celebrity influence in political affairs is indicative of a flawed humanity. Many are razzle-dazzled by celebrities and sports figures. Numerous instances in the US are vivid. It is not limited to the US as the present government in Ukraine is headed by a person that had a television comedy show where he was the president of Ukraine. This was all preplanned as was the war between Ukraine and Russia. I think it was Italy that at one time elected a former prostitute to some government office.
Reagan’s policies were not the only reason the Soviet system collapsed but it did play a decisive role. The Soviets depended on oil for a large part (up to 60%) of their revenue as they still do today. The price of oil dropped and they could not maintain the military and their domestic social programs. They collapsed economically. They basically went bankrupt. The Soviets and the Chinese both were communist nations. They had different views of communism and how communism should be enacted which was known as the Sino-Soviet Rift. It became heated from time to time including clashes at their borders. After Nixon’s visit to China the Soviets began to become more amenable to the American side being concerned over China’s hand being strengthened globally by relations with the United States. However they were both communist and if push came to shove they would have been side by side against America. When the Soviets collapsed the major obstacle to business outsourcing to China for cheap labor and a large market was removed. At that time the Soviets were in no position to come to the aid of China if things went sour with the US. In the late 80s American businesses began outsourcing in earnest. A couple of the first were Kodak and General Electric, the company that educated Ronald Reagan. General Electric…..Gee go figure. Bankrupting the Soviet Union was another example of doing the right thing but not the correct thing, After the Soviet Union collapsed we just went our merry, prideful, oblivious way which planted the seeds of the problems of today and allowed them to germinate and grow. Stupid us.
In the last election I voted Republican. I voted Trump. Notice I did not use the word for. A technicality? Yes but technically correct. I definitely couldn’t bring myself to vote for a Democrat. Way too corrupt and liberal. Hillary was/is the epitome of corruption. I also thought Trump was arrogant and sort of obnoxious but felt he was more sincere than Clinton. Election night I was at the local cinema watching Inferno, the movie version of Dan Brown’s novel, which interestingly is about a plague unleashed on the world by a geneticist to reduce the population. (There is a report on “Inferno” in the Books Worth Reading section of the site. There are a few very interesting thoughts contained in it.) The reason I was there is I did not want to watch the election returns. I thought Hillary was going to win and I did not want to watch the insufferable leftist media and Democrats. If they won it would have been all over for the United States and Western civilization as under the Democrats the strengthening of China and the weakening of the United States would have continued. It is apparent that is what is happening due to their win in 2020. They aren’t even hiding it. They are purposely steering us to a recession. When I got home and turned on the television and saw Trump ahead I was surprised. Actually shocked might be a better word. I did not expect him to win and neither did many others. In fact I think he did not think he would win either. I think he got into the race merely to express support for an America that was once number one in everything and was slipping into third world status. Initially when he won the primary everyone, including him I think, was surprised. I voted Trump last time this time I am voting for Trump and against the Democrats. Not because of so much as for him but for what he represents and what he awakened, now more vividly than ever, a second chance for America. He represents an America that was the number one innovator, number one in public education, number one in manufacturing, number one in literacy, number one in standard of living for the average citizen, number one in leisure time and activities, number one in entertainment, number one in science, number one in consumer goods; automobiles and televisions being two examples. (In the 1960s the United States had more television sets that did not work than any other country had that worked.) He represents an America that was not perfect but was trying to identity and correct the wrongs. He represents a nation that was the leader in the space race and landing a man on the moon. He also brought to light the hatred and dishonesty of the left and the extent of infiltration by the communists. A hatred and dishonesty that was concealed behind their past record and their present soothing words and smiling faces which we know often hide lies. He unmasked that hatred and brought to light the termite fifth columnists that bore from within. He uncovered the racism and irrationality of the left hidden behind massive welfare programs and noble but hollow words of leftist rhetoric. He made many aware of the destruction of the black communities that was done by the Democrats under the guise of help. If the liberals want to help they should stop helping that would help immediately.
The hatred started before Trump took office. Up until the time he went into politics most of those that hate him now liked him then. He was warmly welcomed on various television programs. He was never considered a racist. After being elected all that changed. There was talk of impeachment before he took office. From there the hatred became worse and worse and worse. The conniving of the Democrats with a phony Russian Dossier and the FBI trying to set him up. It has since come to light. General Flynn was set up also. General Flynn was an honorable 33 year career military veteran that happened to like Trump and America.. The Russian dossier that was used to tie Trump to Russian collusion has been proven to be false and the Mueller investigation proved to be a fraud. They were spying on him. He accused them of it and they denied it. It has been shown he was spied on and they just continue lying about it. Then came the Brett Kavanaugh sideshow confirmation hearings complete with many bearing false witness. Then the absurd impeachment circus. There is now an ongoing pandemic that came from China and they are so obsessed with hating him they are politicizing a plague. They are doing all they can to keep the US economy moribund and validating violence and destruction with the hopes it will hurt President Trump. They are talking investigation and impeachment in the midst of a national crises that consists of a pandemic, an economic meltdown, cities being burned down and businesses looted (their fault.) and a growing Chinese threat that grows each day and they keep undermining the nation. I don’t think the plague was an accident. If you look back I quoted a couple of passages from “The China Threat” published in 2000 which told of a book written by two Chinese army colonels advocating biological and chemical warfare. Also the Chinese military believing the decade between 2020 and 2030 would be their “dangerous decade.” The decade when we could no longer ignore their growing economic and military threat but they were not sure they could beat us in a direct confrontation. Trump upset the apple cart. They would prefer the Democrats in office that would continue to ignore and downplay their growing threat. The Democrats are all but handing the country to our enemies. Remember Obama gave $150 billion dollars to Iran and much of it was spent on weapons. Biden gave the Taliban weapons that included helicopters. Trump’s policies and tariffs placed China’s goal of global domination in jeopardy. The Democrats complained about his attempting to get a more equitable trade agreement for us. We send $500 billion a year to them buying their goods and they send $150 billion a year to us buying our goods. We are losing each year. This plague that came from China has collapsed the economy of the US and the Western world and given the Democrats a foot in the door to win back the presidency. (They did but it was a stolen election.)
The Democrats have many believing Trump is a racist, a xenophobe, a sexist, an Islamophobe and anti immigrant. He is none of those things. The left twists everything he says to pander to those with lower intellectual capacity and higher emotional levels. One excellent and recent example is he did not advocate drinking bleach or Lysol but the liberals say he did. They blame him for the virus when it was in China where it originated and it benefits them and China. He placed a travel ban on people coming from China on Jan 30 while the Democrats criticized him for it for weeks. I would say if anyone had motive, means and opportunity it would be the Chinese and the Democrats. I have made a list in the next Essay (9) of things that benefited both the Chinese and the Democrats. The Democrats fully expected Hillary to win two terms and the system would collapse in the second term and they could declare martial law with them frozen in power, or, their vision of a New World Order would emerge with them being beneficiaries but Trump’s win jeopardized that. Things did not go as expected. They did not win but they did not lose either. The West hasn’t lost but it hasn’t won. The Democrat’s actions on heavy handed dictatorial powers in the quarantine lock down and their flippant attitude to rioting, looting, arson and murder shows what to expect if they win in November. With their blind hatred and obsession they cannot be allowed to regain control of the White House. If they win we have only one option at this point. The military having been compromised eliminated them as an option.
As I said I am going to vote FOR him this election. He is exactly what was needed at the time. He turned the light on in the cellar and the roaches and rats scrambled. I admit he is not a polished politician and often is abrasive upsetting many on the left. When he tweets I and many others that voted Trump often cringe. What he tweets has often been things the left could use as ammunition against him. Trump is often his own worst enemy as we are all are from time to time. (I do admit he is getting better at speaking and not tweeting has helped also. Twitter did him a favor.)
I have only listened to a few of his speeches through their entirety, one was his State of the Union in 2020. That was a great speech. He does great in conversations and interviews and even press conferences but public speeches are not his strong point. I have to admit he is getting much better. The Republican convention and his speech were both great also. I and many of the people I know that voted for him and watched him on TV when he went into a long explanation of something we all say “Stop talking Donald” “shut up Donald, shut up.” He needs to stop giving his enemies, which are legion, ammunition and he needs to stop being so combative. Sometimes he gives a long explanation when a much shorter one would be better.or say nothing at all. He says something not as clear as he would like it to be and complicates it by trying to explain it. Also there is no reason to hit back on the vast majority of what he hits back on. Just do what you do and if they make nasty comments don’t get down and dirty with them. Just consider the source. If you lower yourself to your opponent’s standards, and the left has very low standards, sometimes they win. Often he shoots from the hip which means he doesn’t think before he speaks. If you listen to his interviews both in the past and now he is still mentally sharp. His interviews are great.and you can tell his mind is sharp and he is doing better than anyone else could or would with all the undeserved hatred towards him and the planned sabotage. In his speeches he could word things better but they do have the right messages. I am 73 so I know that as one ages it sometimes gets harder to verbally express yourself as your thinking outpaces your speaking by a few sentences but one’s experience is invaluable.
My main issue with him is best represented in the Ramayana, an epic poem representing the ideals of India and the Hindu religion. (Interesting factoid: This poem consists of 24,000 verses.) It also represents the main issues I have with almost all politicians of all ages, past and present.. Prince Rama of Kosala, the hero of the story, is sent into exile with his wife Sita by his father the king at the request of his stepmother. While in exile his wife is kidnapped and imprisoned by Ravana, the king of the rival kingdom Lanka, who finds her beautiful and wants her to be his wife. She is the embodiment of goodness and virtue and she continues to refuse his advances even if it would mean her life. Rama and his allies are determined to get her back. A spy on Rama’s side sneaks into the capital of Ravana’s kingdom and in the process wreaks havoc. At this Ravana is enraged and is wondering what to do so he calls a council of his advisors and other nobles. Here are Ravana’s words which should be required to be memorized by or at least on the wall of anyone in positions of responsibility and authority: It is about being in authority and listening to the advice of others. There is much wisdom in the words.
“Monarch of the mighty Rakshas, Ravan spake to warriors all,
Spake to gallant chiefs and princes gathered in his Council Hall:
“Listen, Princes, Chiefs and Warriors! Hanuman our land hath seen,
Stealing through the woods of Lanka unto Rama’s prisoned queen,
And audacious in his purpose and resistless in his ire,
Burnt our turret tower and temple, wasted Lanka’s town with fire!
Speak your counsel, gallant leaders, Ravan is intent to hear,
Triumph waits on fearless wisdom, speak your thoughts without a fear,
Wisest monarchs act on counsel from his men for wisdom known,
Next are they who in their wisdom and their daring act alone,
Last, unwisest are the monarchs who nor death nor danger weigh,
Think not, ask not friendly counsel, by their passions borne away!
Wisest counsel comes from courtiers who in holy lore unite,
Next, when varying plans and reasons blending lead unto the right,
Last and worst, when stormy passions mark the hapless king’s debate,
And his friends are disunited when his foe is at the gate!
Therefore freely speak your counsel and your monarch’s task shall be
But to shape in deed and action what your wisest thoughts decree,
Speak with minds and hearts united, shape your willing monarch’s deed,
Counsel peace, or Ravan’s forces to a war of vengeance lead”
Naturally the forces of unreasonableness prevailed and he became angry with the sole dissenter to his desires and in the ensuing war he ended up losing his kingdom and life. I use the verses to show the wisdom of asking for advice from knowledgeable experts and the folly of ignoring the advice. In this there was only one that opposed revenge while the rest chose to back the folly of Ravana. If anyone is interested here is the link to the entire poem. It is in the league of Milton’s Paradise Lost.
My advice to Trump, not that he would want it, is to listen to advisors and think before he speaks. He might do well to think about the message in Aesop’s fable of The Eagle and the Arrow: “Looking down upon the Arrow with which it had been pierced, it found that the shaft of the Arrow had been feathered with one of its own plumes. “Alas!” it cried, as it died, “We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.” My advice to those that support Trump is if he loses to Biden to seriously rethink our position. It will be obvious the election was tainted. (It is obvious California’s recall election of Gavin Newsom was rigged also.) There is no way either of them won. Hillary was calling for Biden. if he lost, to NOT concede ever but after the election the left is up in arms over Trump’s questioning the election. I personally think they are pushing for widespread violence and civil war making the few cities going up in smoke now seem like small campfires. This would give them, if in power, the ability and many would think the authority to declare martial law and/or possibly call in UN peacekeepers. I would also say about foreign collusion that the Chinese and Democrats would be the biggest “colluders.” They both have something to gain with Trump’s defeat and I would not put anything past the left. The Democrats will have basically stuffed the ballot boxes. It will only get worse. On Essay 9A are some links to problems with mail in voting which they plan to cheat by. (This was written before the election.) I started with the one from U.S News and World Report by Peter Roff of . Title: “Al Franken May Have Won His Seat Through Voter Fraud.”
Another link to fraud. More on fraud in Essay 9A.
Is Trump perfect? No but his reelection will prevent the nation from moving to a leftist dystopian nightmare and buy us some time to rethink the wheel so to speak.
Bottom line on this there is no choice. It is him or disaster.
NEXT THE TWO OPTIONS (Now reduced to one.)