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. 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 as reality and facts do not register on emotionally motivated people. 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. We will discuss him 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. 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. (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.“,) After WW2 capitalism actually had the chance to do the ethical things by society and the environment but greed reared its ugly head. It is now 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 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 upon 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 came from pinching pennies.
Capitalism did not start out that way but it is what it has morphed into with corporate capitalism. That can be verified by thousands of national and international examples of betrayal, corruption, dishonesty and bloodshed. Those terms are subjective. I think of 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. (Also subjective terms.) Dealng with places like China these corporate execs might ponder the reward given to the Trade Federation by the Emperor Palpatine for their support. 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.
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. 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,” “Keep America Great,” and “Riden’ with Biden” keep us deluded thinking that we matter. Business interests 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, Mark Zuckerburg, and Jeff Bezos, are also in the mix. Their influence has long tentacles and they are just a few. These organizations and those that are the members of these organizations are global in nature. Money has no borders. 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.
The following two quotes about capitalism and capitalists come from Generation of Vipers by Philip Wylie, a newspaper columnist for the Miami Herald in the mid-1900s. Wylie was a brilliant man 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.
“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 observations and why I believe in it. Actually I am going to do that a lot in this essay as these are my assessments and opinions of some issues and what needs to be changed. These are incident that I have run across that have made me think about certain issues. My thoughts are not always conservative but I feel they are logical and I could argue for them. I have spent a lot of time in many 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. The Florida Keys is a chain of islands stretching from south of Miami connected by a series of bridges ending in Key West over a hundred miles away. In that span of time, from the early 80s to the present (2020), I watched the water level rise, most noticeable at high tides, by about 8 inches. 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 at 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 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, also have witnessed it rise. The county 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 immediate emergencies. 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 one of the hurricanes. There are miles and miles of subways and miles and miles of tunnels for water and electricity in New York. 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 things. That will create chaos. The rate of rise is not exactly known now but is only guessed at but it could be faster than their guesses exacerbating the chaos. Ignoring and denying it as the right is doing will not solve the problem anymore than ignoring cancer solves that problem.
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. It is better to plan for the worst case scenario and have the best happen rather than planning for the best and the worst happens. 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 the coasts do become flooded and become uninhabitable there will be a solid inland infrastructure to maintain a semblance of order in areas that will be above the water line. Even if the ocean did not rise those facilities will be self sufficient stretching our petroleum supplies 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. 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 these things will be more difficult, more expensive and less possible to construct. Finances will be scarce as the above mentioned factories and installations will be out of operation and people will be unemployed. As well as finances material and personnel will be unavailable. There will be 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 involved. 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. This next has been added after this was originally posted. In New York with the looting that is now going on over 500 looters and rioters were arrested in a short time and were released with no bail. Just open the door and let them out. There are numerous incidents where violent inmates have been released with no bail and within less than a week have committed rapes, bank robberies and murder. That is insanity. (The GOP has been relatively silent on this matter. That too is insanity.)
The upshot is you can’t tell me the ocean level isn’t rising I watched it rise over a 30 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 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 which will force our grandchildren from having to act in haste when it will be far more difficult and very possibly impossible. (If you remember we talked about the necessity of equations being complete and accurate.) We need to start preparing now.
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, water and 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. 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) 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 large 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 power. The conversion to petroleum for ship power made the steam power of the Titanic obsolete. There were actually automobiles made that were powered by steam but they couldn’t match the cost 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 the generators while running on the diesel motors. There should not be an explanation needed for airplanes. Could you imagine trying to take off with a baggage compartment full of coal and water to make steam? The US had large quantities of oil within its borders so it was also 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 ween ourselves off like a drug addict weening themselves off addictive narcotics. The comparison of addiction to narcotics to the addiction to petroleum is quite accurate. 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. . . . . ”
No superior species would do this. (Of course no superior species would build New York City, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Newark, 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 cars increased. Smog is haze and 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. 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 can thrive without them but they do not have the perspective that business requires for such ventures. 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 a personal experience 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 by my experiences. I have also read many, many horror stories from people about their own experiences. Most reports have a political bias one way or the other. I became soured on our medical system in the 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 inclinations, in the words of Milton “Crooked by nature bent.” I do not necessarily mean evil and malicious just flawed. The 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 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.
Another problem I have with our medical system is the cost of medication and medical supplies. While 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 99+% 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. As I find it hard to fathom a shot costing that much I was going to ask her to tell me again but she has since passed.
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 something like $2.50. It was a long time ago and I am not 100% sure of the cost but I am reasonably sure it was $2.50, but anyway it was definitely 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. Seven hundred. 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 poor opinion of capitalists. I am of the opinion that capitalism doesn’t have to be regulated but capitalists need to be under a microscope. If they don’t want monitoring that tells you what you need to know to justify it. Much of our private sector, especially corporate, have become criminal enterprises. They should put a sign outside hospitals reading “Robbery In Progress.” (They should put one in front of all government buildings also.) On the other side of the coin much of our public ventures are run by incompetents. 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. (Yesterday 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.
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 (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 B. How Part A works is if a hospital bill is 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 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. Now Part B is around $110 a month or so. (That is roughly what I am paying.) Part D is about $70 a month. (Again that is roughly what I am paying.) These are the figures are about 3 years old so costs are probably 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. It is not a complete list but it is better than now. Put some brains behind it and it will work itself out.
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. 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 crafted. Our medical system represented by the right and the socialized medicine run by the government crowd on the left can both best be described as I said “robberies in progress.”
In my 20s and 30s I had an excellent doctor that I got to know fairly well. (He was in private practice.) I occasionally had friends and acquaintances that needed medical attention and were subculture and usually broke so, being the softhearted sap I am, I would take them to him. He once joked and said he was going to give me quantity discount. Then he said 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 (if I remember right). This was 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. 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 of people to be unable to comprehend that. The trillions of dollars in bailouts for the coronavirus will bring about inflation. Bet on it. Our government can also be described as “robbery in progress.” Have you noticed the robbers might change but the robbed are always the same.
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 me. 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 rough 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 foot 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 come off 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 they sent people to for basic training in 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.
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 personal experience with a child arrival was while working in the jail 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 had not been to El Salvador since. He spoke some Spanish but spoke English perfectly. There was a chance he would get 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 real 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. They 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 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 smart people are rich. Not only did they figure into lost jobs therefore lost tax revenue their self-righteous attitude set the stage to eliminate free speech which they came 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. Let’s look at our China problem.
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. 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.
” ‘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.[remember this was written in 1999] ) 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 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.”
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 a sleaze to some or was 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. Also Nixon recognizing China drew the Soviets into a better relationship with us due to their thoughts of China having a better standing with us than them and might gain a stronger position with us over them.
The main blunder by the GOP was actually not the Republican Parties conscious fault it was the conniving 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 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 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.) 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”
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 (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. General Electric…..Gee go figure.
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 couldn’t bring myself to vote for a Democrat. Way too corrupt and liberal. 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.) 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. 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. When he won the Presidency everyone, also including him I think, was like me shocked. 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, 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, dishonesty and the extent of infiltration by the left. 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.
The hatred started before he took office. Up until the time he went into politics most of those that hate him liked him. 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 also proved to be a fraud. They were spying on him. 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. Democrats have no honor. 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 they keep undermining the nation. I don’t think the plague was a complete 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. 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. 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. I think enough of America woke up to danger at the 11th hour though.
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 weeks after it. 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 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 either. 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 two options. Only two and you are not going to like either but you have to pick one because the third option of having them in charge is far, far worse.
If you’re a blind Trump supporter the following should be overlooked. I call it as I see it.
As I said I am going to vote FOR him this election and firmly against the Democrats. 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. Poor babies.. When he tweets I and many others that voted Trump often cringe. One group has a picture of Jesus with his arm around Trump’s shoulders. If Jesus got that close to him he probably take that cellphone away and monitor his tweets before they are sent. He would probably do to him similar to what the angels did to the lions for Daniel in the lions den. Close his mouth before he speaks once in a while. Sorry but he too often tweets and says things things that are nonsense. (It is the end of June and he has not been tweeting as much thankfully.) What he tweets has often been things the left could use as ammunition against him.) Trump is his own worst enemy. Public speaking is not his strong point. I have only been able to listen 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 admit he is getting much better. The Republican convention and his speech were great also. I and many of the people I know that voted for him and watch him on TV when he goes into a long explanation of something we all say “Stop talking stop talking,” “Stop talking Donald” “shut up Donald, shut up.” He doesn’t know when to shut up. Sorry but that is a fact and he needs to think before he speaks. 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. 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. 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 still 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 fact: This poem consists of 24,000 verses.) It also represents the main issues I have with 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 as 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 because 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.
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 go with one of the two choices we have. It will be obvious the election was tainted. Hillary is calling for Biden to NOT concede ever. I personally think they are pushing for widespread violence 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 call in UN peacekeepers. I assume the military is considering this possible scenario as they would be adversely affected. At least I would hope the military is considering this possible scenario. I would also say about foreign collusion the Chinese and Democrats would be the biggest “colluders.” They both have something to gain with Trump’s defeat and I would not put it 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. 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.
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