North Korea is apparently in desperate need of food and/or energy. As they are being especially belligerent of late. When they want stuff they do some belligerent things. Like a petulant child. The international community then steps in to ratchet down the tension. And gives something to that petulant child to shut them up for awhile. But North Korea’s belligerence seems exceptionally belligerent these days (see North Korea says US ‘hell-bent on regime change’ by CARA ANNA, AP, posted 4/4/2014 on Yahoo! News).
North Korea on Friday accused the United States of being “hell-bent on regime change” and warned that any maneuvers with that intention will be viewed as a “red line” that will result in countermeasures.
Even North Korea is mocking President Obama about red lines.
Pyongyang’s deputy U.N. ambassador Ri Tong Il also repeated that his government “made it very clear we will carry out a new form of nuclear test” but refused to elaborate, saying only that “I recommend you to wait and see what it is…”
Ri blamed the U.S. for aggravating tensions on the Korean Peninsula by continuing “very dangerous” military drills with South Korea, by pursuing action in the U.N. Security Council against his country’s recent ballistic missile launches and by going after Pyongyang’s human rights performance.
Ri also accused the U.S. of blocking a resumption of six-party talks on its nuclear program by settling preconditions and said Washington’s primary goal is to maintain tensions and prevent denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula…
North Korea walked away from the six-party nuclear disarmament talks in 2009 over disagreements on how to verify steps the North was meant to take to end its nuclear programs…
Using the initials of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the country’s official name, Ri said, “The DPRK has been making strenuous, hard efforts, very generous, toward easing the tensions on the Korean Peninsula, but ignoring all this generous position of the DPRK and its proposals, the U.S. went ahead with opening the joint military drills, very aggressive nature, and they’re now expanding in a crazy manner the scale of this exercise.”
This is the problem with being a reclusive communist regime. Yours is a world based on lies. You lie to your people. You lie to the world. You lie so much that you lose any connection to reality. Nuclear tests. Ballistic missile launches. An atrocious human rights record. Walking away from six-party nuclear disarmament talks. And yet they say they are being generous and working hard to ease the tensions on the Korean Peninsula? Tensions one would conclude North Korea caused based on Pyongyang’s deputy U.N. ambassador’s statements. Do they not see this? Or do they believe that the world will believe whatever they say? No matter how big the lie?
It makes one wonder if that ‘red line’ comment was a clever dig at President Obama. Or just a coincidence. For Vladimir Putin may be able to pull off a clever dig at President Obama. But when it comes to geopolitics Pyongyang deputy U.N. ambassador is no Vladimir Putin. For he is an autocrat. And understands the use of power (military and economic). The threat of using power. And uses it to take what he wants. Unlike the North Koreans (who can only make nuclear bluffs-they can’t cut off someone’s energy supplies like Putin can). Or president Obama for that matter. Who makes ‘red line’ declarations but fails to do anything once a red line is crossed.
A little regime change would be nice in North Korea. No doubt their people would like to live without those horrible human rights abuses. And the international community would like not having to deal with these recurring tantrums. But regime change will be painful. And costly. Especially for South Korea. Who will probably have to feed the North Koreans after their regime collapses. And bear the burden of reunifying the Koreas. With the United States no doubt having to pick up part of those costs. For the last thing they want is instability on the Korean Peninsula. But with the Obama administration slashing the defense budget the last thing they want is another nation to rebuild. So it is highly doubtful that the U.S. is “hell-bent on regime change.” Unless there was an inexpensive way of doing it. Which there rarely is.
North Korea is a pain in the ass. The ruling regime, that is. Not the people. Who are always suffering at the hands of the ruling regime. Which is always looking to cause trouble. So they can get some international relief for their horrible economy. As they cannot feed their people or produce enough electricity to light up the night. So they are always doing something belligerent. To frighten everyone that they might do something nuclear. The world gets frightened. And offers some relief. It’s the same thing over and over again. Like I said, they’re a pain in the ass. Yet despite this when a North Korean ship goes missing South Korea doesn’t hesitate to come to the aid of the belligerent North Korea (see South Korea says 2 NKorean ship crew members dead by AP posted 4/3/2014 on Yahoo! News).
The bodies of two North Korean sailors were recovered Friday after their cargo ship went missing off the southern coast of South Korea but 11 others are still missing, South Korea’s coast guard said…
The statement said the 4,300-ton-class ship carrying iron ore was sailing to China from the North Korean port city of Chongjin.
The coast guard said it had mobilized 13 vessels and six aircraft to search for the ship and its crew members. High waves and a strong wind are still hampering rescue operations, according to coast guard officers.
It was not immediately known how South Korea will handle the rescued North Korean sailors, though Seoul usually repatriates North Korean sailors found drifting in South Korean waters if they want to return home.
The Korean Peninsula remains in a technical state of war as the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty. On Monday, the rival Koreas fired hundreds of artillery shells into each other’s waters in a flare-up of animosities.
You see, South Korea is not an ass like North Korea. Despite their history. North Korea invaded South Korea. When the UN forces pushed them back to the Yalu River (the border between North Korea and China) Chinese troops poured over the border and extended the Korean War for years. To this day China is the only friend North Korea has. Yet here is South Korea helping to find missing North Korean sailors. Even though that ship was carrying iron ore to China. If a South Korean ship disappeared off the coast of North Korea would North Korea even lift a finger to help find the ship? Probably not. They would likely just patrol their coastline and arrest anyone that comes ashore as a spy. And use them as bargaining chips for more relief.
We are continually told that there is a consensus among climate ‘scientists’ that global warming is real. And that man is causing it. It’s settled science they say. But have you ever wondered how real scientists do things? The kind that don’t take a vote on whether something is settled science? Here is a look into the world of theoretical physicists. A group of people that theorize about things far bigger than mere climate (see Physicists say Big Bang theory revelation may be premature by Liat Clark posted 3/25/2014 on Wired).
Three theoretical physicists have penned a paper suggesting last week’s announcement that cosmic ripples from the Big Bang have been identified may have been premature.
The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics announcement rocked the scientific community with the revelation the South Pole BICEP2 telescope had captured twisted patterns in the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) left behind after the Big Bang. The Smithsonian team believes these are a glimpse of the gravitational waves that were generated by cosmic inflation — an epic distortion of space-time just after the Big Bang when the universe expanded in a trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second.
James Dent of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lawrence Krauss of Arizona State University and Harsh Mathur of the Case Western Reserve University have argued on the open access platform arxiv.org that the claim of definitive proof should not be made until all other possibilities have been ruled out.
Even after a paper has been published claiming definitive proof the subject is still open for debate. Now that’s science. And note that part about ruling out ALL OTHER possibilities. You never hear that kind of language from the climate ‘scientists’. Have they done that in their research? Or did they only look at selective data to prove what they want to prove? Did they rule out sunspot activity and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation? A warming of the oceans that shifts the jet stream? Or did they ignore this because it contradicts what they want the data to show? There is a correlation between the Pacific Decadal Oscillation and recent warming periods. Which would be one other possibility they need to rule out. But can’t. So they simply ignore it. Proving that ‘climate science’ is more politics than science. A tool for big-government leftists around the world to do what they’ve always wanted to do. To use the power of government to create a ruling class. Of a small group of people that has power over the masses. And who live quite comfortably while telling us what we must go without.
It’s nothing new. Since the dawn of time there have been those who seek power. To create a small ruling elite that lives better than everyone else. Much better. As every dictator in history has shown. North Korea still suffers from famine. But the ruling powers (currently Kim Jong-un) ate so well that they suffered from a little obesity. Kim Jong-un lives a privileged life. He has the best of everything while his people still go hungry. If that country were free, however, Kim Jong-un would live a less extravagant life. Perhaps even doing manual labor. For his only skill was having the right last name to become dictator.
This is why people want power. For even in the poorest countries those at the top live like kings. And those on the left, rabid anti-capitalists that they are, have no skill other than political skills. They want to live like kings. But they don’t want to work hard to earn it. So they use politics. Expand the size of government. To create as many high-paying posts that do nothing worthwhile as possible. So there is a place for these people. Where they can live better than everyone else without having earned it. This is why they want to nationalize health care. For that can create many levels of high-paying bureaucratic positions. And if they can get the economy of every country to bow down to their climate panels they can live better than kings. They can live as emperors. Over a vast empire they control. Living in the lap of luxury. Accumulating great wealth. And drunk on the power they can wield. Where they can get back at anyone that was ever better than them if they don’t bow down and kiss their fanny.
Thanks to President Obama the United States is now the Rodney Dangerfield of Superpowers
The American public is consumed with the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. They can’t get enough of the news coverage that is anything but news. With cable news delivering 24/7 coverage of nothing but speculation. Even the networks are giving the speculation expansive coverage. They’d never give Obamacare, Benghazi, the IRS targeting conservative groups, etc., this kind of coverage. But they will give Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 this kind of coverage. For apart from the insufferable despair of the families who lost their loved ones it’s a great mystery people want to see unfold. And be the one to solve it. But while that is going on the world is becoming a less safe place. Thanks to Vladimir Putin.
President Obama’s ‘please like us’ foreign policy has failed. The reset with Russia has not improved our relations. In fact, they are about as bad as they were during the Cold War. With Putin doing some Cold War chess playing. Completely unimpressed with President Obama he’s making bold moves. And when he does all he gets from the United States is talk. He annexed Crimea without any real opposition from the Western Powers. Especially the United States. And he is probably looking at the Baltic States now. Seeing no reason yet to stop in his quest to put the Soviet Union back together. This is what the American people are missing. For the networks are barely covering it. And the people are blissfully ignorant of how the United States is now the Rodney Dangerfield of superpowers. We get no respect from our enemies. So our enemies make bold moves. Because that’s who they are. The creators of South Park made a movie called Team America: World Police (2004). This followed 9/11 and the beginning of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. When the United States began its fight in the global war on terror. Though a comedy the writers seem to have a better grasp on the real world than the Obama administration or the mainstream media. Who think in the 21st century that war no longer exists because world leaders now discuss their differences like rational and civilized adults according to international law. And honor their agreements. But what they don’t understand is something that’s been true since the dawn of civilization. There are three types of people in the world. As a drunk in Team America: World Police explains crudely but succinctly. (WARNING: The following video is for mature audiences only. For it’s pretty rude and crude and completely inappropriate for the workplace.)
If you’ve watched the video you’ll understand what the three types are. We’ll call them D, P and A (both singular and plural). In the context of this movie America was a D. And Kim Jong Il was an A. As were the Islamist terrorists. While the leftist ‘give peace a chance’ Hollywood liberals in the movie (who belonged to the Film Actors’ Guild) were P. As was the United Nations who sent Hans Blix to inspect Kim Jong Il’s regime to make sure he didn’t have any weapons of mass destruction (WMD). —SPOILER ALERT— Team America, the world police, go tear-assing around the world, blowing up parts of countries as they hunt and kill terrorists. Making the world a safer place. While Kim Jong Il plots to set off WMDs, using the Islamist terrorists to plant his WMDs. The F.A.G. actors publicly denounce Team America for their wanton destruction and call corporations the real enemy. Even going to North Korea to attend a peace conference that Kim Jong Il was hosting. Believing Kim Jong Il was a man of peace. And were willing to kill Team America to help Kim Jong Il go forward with his peace plans. Which was actually blowing up countries all around the world into third-world status.
Hitler promised the Naïve Chamberlain that the Sudetenland would be his last Territorial Acquisition
The movie showed the futility of diplomacy when you’re dealing with A. Because they will lie and say anything you want to hear to shut you up and make you go away. And when you do they’re just going to crap all over you and the world. Because that’s what A do. The P don’t understand that. They think they can negotiate and arrive at an agreement with people who lie. History is full of treaties that A have broken. Because they don’t respect anything but strength. And if all you got are words an A just isn’t going to respect you. And will crap on you the first chance he gets. Especially if you’re a P. The Russian people understand this. During the Sochi Olympics the Daily Show‘s Jason Jones interviewed Russians during the Sochi Games. And a woman told him they have a saying in Russia. Don’t be a P. Which is why they love Vladimir Putin. He’s not a P. He’s an A.
Communists are A. They just want to crap all over everyone. During the Korean War every time they were losing on the battlefield they called for a ceasefire to negotiate a peace treaty. Using the cessation in hostilities to reinforce their weakened positions. Proving you just cannot trust an A. Or negotiate with an A. Yet the leftist ‘give peace a chance’ liberals think you can. And that all George W. Bush did by being an A was make the world hate the United States. Even though Muammar Gaddafi, who was a first class A, respected George W. Bush when he invaded Iraq. Saw that strength. Respected that strength. And did not want to get his ass kicked by that strength. So he gave up his WMDs willingly. And joined the Americans in the fight against al Qaeda (Libya is a far less safe place today than it was under Muammar Gaddafi after the Iraqi invasion). This is what A understand. Strength. It’s the one thing that makes them act. Not words. As this funny scene in Team America: World Police illustrates so poignantly. (WARNING: The following video is for mature audiences only. For it’s pretty rude and crude and completely inappropriate for the workplace.)
We ended the war in Iraq with a ceasefire. Part of the terms that Saddam Hussein agreed to was to destroy his WMDs and document their destruction. He never did. In part because he didn’t have them anymore. Having sent them over the border into Syria (most likely) on trucks and in two converted Iraqi Airways Boeings before the invasion. Adolf Hitler promised the naïve Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain that the Czechoslovakian Sudetenland would be his last territorial acquisition. Chamberlain returned to Britain with a treaty signed by Herr Hitler promising “peace in our time.” Shortly thereafter Hitler launched World War II (the bloodiest and costliest war of all time) and removed Poland from the map. Because Hitler was an A. And you just can’t negotiate with an A. Especially if you’re a P who believes we can settle all our differences if we only communicate with each other. No. An A sees anyone who wants to ‘open a dialogue’ as a P. And they will laugh at how gullible they are. Getting a lot of concessions by making promises they have no intention of keeping. A love P. Because they are so easy to crap all over.
The Russians like President Obama in Office because he is the Anti-Ronald Reagan
The Obama administration confuses being liked with being respected. They think if people like America they will respect America. Nothing could be further from the truth. People respect people they hate. At least, if they fear people they hate. A key distinction. For Vladimir Putin has no love for President Obama. Who looks at him as a P. Which Russians just don’t respect. They even have a saying. Don’t be a P. So Putin has no respect whatsoever for President Obama. Because he does not fear President Obama. The recent sanctions President Obama issued by executive order only amused the Russians. They thought they were nothing more than a joke. Even replied with in-kind sanctions of their own. Oh they had a good laugh at President Obama trying to act tough. But they just don’t respect him. But you know who they did respect? Ronald Reagan.
During a radio check President Reagan was testing the sound levels before a radio address. And he made a joke. He said into the microphone, “My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.” This joke leaked out. And made it to the Soviet Union. And what do you think they did? Did they have a good laugh like they did when President Obama tried to act tough? No. They didn’t. They put their Soviet Far East Army on alert. For they did not like Ronald Reagan. But they sure as hell respected that crazy son of a bitch. And feared him. As well as the awesome military power of the United States. Which they knew President Reagan had no problem using. Unlike the current occupant of the White House. Who wants to shrink the size of the military to pre-World War I levels. Something only a P would do in the eyes of an A like Vladimir Putin. No. President Obama is more of an apologetic president for America’s greatness. While President Reagan made no apologies. He believed in American Exceptionalism. And was damn proud of it. The shiny city on the hill. The beacon of liberty. Defender of freedom. And he would broadcast the Team America theme song proudly at our enemies. Unlike the apologist now occupying the White House (WARNING: The following video is for mature audiences only. For it’s pretty rude and crude and completely inappropriate for the workplace.)
America may have its faults but it is still the best country in the world. Proven by the flow of immigrants (legal and illegal) to our shores. We may be arrogant but that’s only because we have a right to be. Because we are the best m-f’ing country in the world. F*** yeah. We’ve made the world a better place. And the world knows this. Which is why our enemies love having our country run by people who are ashamed of America’s greatness. Because they can crap all over the world and get away with it. Like Putin did by annexing Crimea. Because they know there is no crazy son of a bitch in the White House that will use the awesome power of the United States to stop them. Just a bunch of leftist ‘give peace a chance’ liberals who will wag their finger at them. And if they don’t quake with fear they will wag their finger at them again. Or write a letter. The Russians couldn’t be happier. And lament that if there were only people like the current administration running the United States in the Eighties the Soviets never would have lost the Cold War. But now Vladimir Putin, former KGB officer in the Soviet Union, sees his chance. He can put the Soviet Union together again. As they have the anti-Ronald Reagan in office now. And can do whatever the hell they want to. Because they aren’t P. They’re A.
The American left has long had a love affair with communism. They loved Joseph Stalin. Until he made a nonaggression pact with Nazi Germany that allowed Hitler to wage World War II. Which devastated the left. For they felt their true love betrayed them. But they rejoiced when Hitler invaded the Soviet Union. So they could love Uncle Joe Stalin once again. Even though some 20 million Soviets died because of Stalin’s nonaggression pact with Adolf Hitler.
All during the Cold War the left urged détente with the Soviet Union. They wore t-shirts with pictures of Che Guevara. They carried pictures of Chairman Mao. They admired Ho Chi Minh. They wanted to normalize relations with Cuba. They liked Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua. And just loved Hugo Chávez in Venezuela. When it came to communist/socialist regimes nationalizing industries and oppressing their people the left professed their undying love. Why? Because they hate capitalism. Just like these communist/socialist dictators. Who put their people ahead of profits. Like they do in North Korea (see NASA photo shows North Korea is in the dark by Dylan Stableford posted 2/26/2014 Yahoo! News).
While you were sleeping, North Korea disappeared.
Well, not exactly. But a recent image taken from the International Space Station shows the mysterious, dictator-ruled country almost completely in the dark…
Even the capital of Pyongyang (population: 3.26 million) is a relatively dark, compared with smaller cities in neighboring South Korea and China.
The reason? According to a recent report by the Korea Institute for National Unification, electricity in North Korea is “sporadic and unreliable, with homes that have electricity often receiving just a few hours per day.” About half of North Korea’s 24 million people live in extreme poverty, with most homes and apartments “heated by open fireplaces burning wood or briquettes.” And many “lack flush toilets.”
The North Korean regime hates capitalism. Just like the American left. Because capitalism puts profits before people. Which is why New York City has an incredible night life unlike Pyongyang (or any other North Korean city). Not to mention cellular networks and smartphones. Broadway and night clubs. Times Square and Greenwich Village. Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show. Trains and air planes. Allowing anyone to get where the party is. New York City. Things they don’t have in North Korea. Because North Korea doesn’t have capitalism. Like New York City. The city that never sleeps. Thanks to electric power lighting up the night. Something North Korea doesn’t have. Because North Korea doesn’t have capitalism. Or lights.
The American left loves liberal New York City. It is the center of their world. Even though it was built with capitalism. But the left loves socialism. And communism. Where they put people before profits. And those people sit in the dark doing nothing once the sun sets. And defecate in holes in the ground because they have no flush toilets. Something else you can do all night long in heated buildings throughout New York City. Because New York City has capitalism. Which makes life better. At least according to the American left. For their favorite city is a city that capitalism built. Unlike that communist city they’re not flying to for a good time. Pyongyang.
Capitalism allows Entrepreneurs to bring their Great Ideas to Life
Entrepreneurs start with an idea. Of how to do something better. Or to create something we must have that we don’t yet know about. They think. They create. They have boundless creative energies. And the economic system that best taps that energy is capitalism. The efficient use of capital. Using capital to make profits. And then using those profits to make capital. So these ideas of genius that flicker in someone’s head can take root. And grow. Creating jobs. And taxable economic activity. Creating wealth for investors and workers. Improving the general economy. Pulling us out of recessions. Improving our standard of living. And making the world a better place. Because of an idea. That capitalism brought to life.
Entrepreneurs Risked Capital to bring Great Things to Market and to Create Jobs
Henry Ford established the Detroit Automobile Company in 1899. Which failed. He reorganized it into the Henry Ford Company in 1901. Ford had a fight with his financial backers. And quit. Taking the Ford name with him. And $900. The Henry Ford Company was renamed Cadillac and went on to great success. Ford tried again and partnered with Alexander Malcomson. After running short of funds they reorganized and incorporated Ford Motor Company in 1903 with 12 investors. The company was successful. Some internal friction and an unexpected death of the president put Ford in charge. Ford Motor built the Model A, the Model K and the Model S. Then came the Model T. And the moving assembly line. Mass production greatly increased the number of cars he could build. But it was monotonous work for the assembly line worker. Turnover was high. So to keep good workers he doubled pay in 1914 and reduced the 9-hour shift to 8 hours. This increased productivity and lowered the cost per Model T. Allowing those who built the cars to buy what they built. In 2011 the Ford Motor Company employed approximately 164,000 people worldwide.
Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard established Hewlett-Packard (HP) in 1939. In a garage. They raised $538 in start-up capital. In that garage they created their first successful commercial product. A precision audio oscillator. Used in electronic testing. It was better and cheaper than the competition. Walt Disney Productions bought this oscillator to certify Fantasound surround sound systems in theaters playing the Disney movie Fantasia. From this garage HP grew and gave us calculators, desktop and laptop computers, inkjet and laser printers, all-in-one multifunction printer/scanner/faxes, digital cameras, etc. In 2010 HP employed approximately 324,600 employees worldwide. (Steve Wozniak was working for HP when he designed the Apple I. Which he helped fund by selling his HP calculator. Wozniak offered his design to HP. They passed.)
Steve Jobs had an idea to sell a computer. He convinced his friend since high school, Steve Wozniak, to join him. They sold some of their things to raise some capital. Jobs sold his Volkswagen van. Wozniak sold his HP scientific calculator. They raised about $1,300. And formed Apple. They created the Apple I home computer in 1976 in Steve Jobs’ garage. From these humble beginnings Apple gave us the iPad, iPhone, iPod, iMac, MacBook, Mac Pro and iTunes. In 2011 Apple had approximately 60,400 full time employees.
Jerry Baldwin, Zev Siegl, and Gordon Bowker opened the first Starbucks in 1971 in Seattle, Washington. About 10 years later Howard Schultz drank his first cup of Starbucks coffee. And he liked it. Within a year he joined Starbucks. Within another year while traveling in Italy he experienced the Italian coffeehouse. He loved it. And had an idea. Bring the Italian coffeehouse to America. A place to meet people in the community and converse. Sort of like a bar. Only where the people stayed sober. Soon millions of people were enjoying these tasty and expensive coffee beverages at Starbucks throughout the world. In 2011 Starbucks employed approximately 149,000 people.
Ray Kroc sold Prince Castle Multi-Mixer milk shakes mixers to a couple of brothers who owned a restaurant. Who made hamburgers fast. Richard and Maurice McDonald had implemented the Speedee Service System. It was the dawn of fast food. Kroc was impressed. Facing tough competition in the mixer business he opened a McDonald’s franchise in 1955. Bringing the grand total of McDonald’s restaurants to 9. He would go on to buy out the McDonald brothers (some would say unscrupulously). Today there are over 30,000 stores worldwide. In 2010 McDonald’s employed approximately 400,000 people.
Richard Branson started a magazine at 16. He then sold records out of a church crypt at discount prices. The beginning of Virgin Records. In 1971 he opened a record store. He launched a record label in 1972. And a recording studio. Signing the Sex Pistols. And Culture Club. In 1984 he formed an airline. Virgin Atlantic Airways. In 1999 he went into the cellular phone business. Virgin Mobile. In 2004 he founded Virgin Galactic. To enter the space tourism business. His Virgin Group now totals some 400 companies. And employs about 50,000 people.
The Decline of Capitalism and the Rise of the Welfare State caused the European Sovereign Debt Crisis
And we could go on. For every big corporation out there will have a similar beginning. Corporations that use capital efficiently. Bringing great things to market. Introducing us to new things. Always making our lives better. And more comfortable. One thing you will not find is a great success story like this starting in the Soviet Union. The People’s Republic of China (back in the days of Mao Zedong). East Germany (before the Berlin Wall fell). North Korea. Or Cuba. No. The command economies of communist countries basically froze in time. Where there was no innovation. No ideas brought to life. Because the government kind of frowned on that sort of thing.
There is a reason why the West won the Cold War. And why we won that war without the Warsaw Pack and NATO forces fighting World War III. And why was this? Because we didn’t need to. For the communist world simply could not withstand the forces of living well in the West. Whenever they could their people escaped to the West. To escape their nasty, short and brutish lives. In the command economies of their communist states. Where the state planners failed to provide for their people. Even failing to feed their people. The Soviet Union, the People’s Republic of China and North Korea all suffered population reducing famines. But not in the West. Where we are not only well fed. But our poor suffer from obesity. Which is not a good thing. But it sure beats dying in a famine.
Sadly, though, the West is moving towards the state planning of their one time communist foes. Social democracies are pushing nations in the European Union to bankruptcy. Japan’s generous welfare state is about to implode as an aging population begins to retire. Even in the United States there has been a growth of government into the private sector economy like never before. Which is causing the Great Recession to linger on. As it caused Japan’s lost decade to become two decades. And counting. As it is prolonging the European sovereign debt crisis. With no end in sight. The cause of all their problems? The decline of capitalism. And the rise of the welfare state. Which just kills the entrepreneurial spirit. And the creation of jobs. Which is one cure for all that ails these countries. And the only one. For only robust economic activity can pull a country out of recession. And for that you need new jobs. And the entrepreneurial spirit. In short, you need capitalism.
President Obama’s Cairo Speech of Islamist Appeasement Emboldened our Enemies
Candidate Barack Obama said during the 2008 presidential campaign that he would talk to our enemies. Without preconditions. He would discontinue the gunboat diplomacy of George W. Bush. Instead he would open a dialogue with the people who wanted to kill us. Find out why they wanted to kill us. And then resolve those issues that caused our enemies to want to kill us. Which was the core of his foreign policy. Being nice to our enemies to get them to like us. And once they did they would stop killing us.
Some say this started with the Obama apology tour. With his message of appeasement in Cairo in June 2009. Where he told our militant Islamist foes, those people who have a tendency to kill Americans, we only want to live together in peace. And that there is a level of conservative Islamism that was acceptable to the United States. When the Arab Spring began in Iran (a sponsor of anti-American/Western terrorism) in June of 2009 (after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had won reelection despite reported irregularities) President Obama did nothing to support the Iranian protestors. And the enemies of the United States took notice. The Cairo speech of appeasement. Not condemning the Iranian election results and telling Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that he had to go (as he would tell Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak). The message was clear. America’s enemies could do whatever they wanted. Even become a rogue nuclear power (see Iran: US and others ‘surrendered before the great Iranian nation’ in nuclear deal by Alexander Smith posted 1/14/2014 on NBC News).
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said world powers including the United States “surrendered before the great Iranian nation” in agreeing an interim nuclear deal with his country, state media reported Tuesday.
Iran reached the deal with the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council — the U.S., Canada, Britain, China, and Russia– and non-member Germany…
Speaking to a crowd gathered in the oil-rich province of Khuzestan on Tuesday, Rouhani said: “Do you know what the Geneva agreement means? It means the big powers have surrendered before the great Iranian nation.”
Apparently appeasing our enemies only makes our enemies bolder. And stronger. Which is probably not a good thing. North Korea is a rogue nuclear state. But their need for food and energy make it unlikely that they will launch a nuclear weapon. They have so far used the threat of doing so just to get what they desperately needed. Food and energy. Militant Islamists, though, want to rid the world of anyone who is not a militant Islamist. Even if they have to die in the process. Which they don’t mind. Because for them this world is only the prelude for the far better afterworld. Whereas the regime running North Korea has no desire to die. They enjoy living in the here and now. And know that won’t continue if they launch a nuclear weapon.
Neville Chamberlain opened a Dialogue with a Lying Adolf Hitler who lied to Chamberlain
The Allies blamed Germany for World War I. And the Versailles Treaty made the peace following the war a difficult one for Germany. Blame for the war, war reparations, loss of territories, emasculation (severe limits on Germany’s military strength), etc. It did a number to German esteem. Especially when they didn’t technically lose World War I. The war ended in an armistice. Where the combatants agreed to a cease fire as they were all exhausted by war. Of course, America’s entry into the war would have most likely led to a German surrender. For they were not yet exhausted by years of war. And could extend the conflict indefinitely until Germany did surrender. But that didn’t happen. Which made for a lot of angry Germans when the Allies treated them as if they had surrendered unconditionally. Setting the stage for an Adolf Hitler to come to power. Which is what happened.
The war left the Germans isolated. Russia pulled out of World War I before its completion and devolved into revolution. Bringing the communists to power. Replacing Russia with the Soviet Union. These developments left them, too, isolated in the post-war world. And then these two isolated nations found each other. Signing the Treaty of Rapallo in 1922. Renouncing any territorial or financial claims between them from the war. And becoming trading partners. Among other things. Such as using Soviet soil to rebuild German armed forces in direct violation of the Versailles Treaty. Where they trained for armor warfare. Built an air force. And even developed chemical weapons. This new eastern friendship had another shared interest. Poland.
Germany and Russia lost portions of Poland following World War I. And they wanted them back. But Hitler tested the waters first. To see how the war-weary allies would react. He marched troops into the demilitarized Rhineland in violation of the Versailles Treaty. And the Allies did nothing. Hitler sent an ultimatum to the Austrian chancellor to hand over power to the Austrian NSDAP (i.e., Austrian Nazi Party) or he would invade Austria. The Austrian chancellor did. And Hitler’s Wehrmacht marched triumphantly into Austria the following day. And the Allies did nothing. Then Hitler turned his eyes to Czechoslovakia. And the Sudetenland. Which he wanted to annex into the Third Reich. And he was willing to do this with an armed invasion. Something that got the war-weary Allies’ attention. For the last thing they wanted in Europe was another war. British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain met with Hitler. And opened a dialogue with him. Finding Hitler to be a reasonable man. And the Allies agreed to give Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland to Hitler. With Czechoslovakia having little say in the matter. But it was for the greater good. “Peace in our time.” And it was the last territorial acquisition he wanted. He promised. So Hitler got the Sudetenland. And within 6 months Hitler took the rest of Czechoslovakia. Without firing a single shot. Because the Allies were so eager to appease Hitler that they never considered that he was lying to them. Which he was.
The Treaty of Rapallo allowed the Nazis to build the War Machine they eventually Unleashed on the Soviet Union
With the southern border of Poland secured thanks to the Allies giving Czechoslovakia to Germany it was time to recover their lost territory in Poland. All they needed was a little help from their new best friend. The Soviet Union. And it came in the form of a non-aggression pact with the Soviet Union. The Treaty of Non-aggression between Germany and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics signed August 23, 1939. Promising that neither would go to war with the other. Or ally with a nation that does. As well as the secret agreement to invade and divide Poland. As well as dividing up Bessarabia, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, etc. Then, on September 1, 1939, Hitler invaded Poland. Launching World War II. Something they couldn’t have done if it weren’t for their new best friend. The Soviet Union.
After Poland came Norway. Then France and the Low Countries. The British held the Nazis off in the Battle of Britain. Then came North Africa. Yugoslavia. And Greece. Then came Operation Barbarossa. Starting on June 22, 1941. Something Hitler thought about since writing about it in Mein Kampf back in 1925. Finding Lebensraum (i.e., living space) for the German people. In particular the Bread Basket of Europe. The Ukraine. Which if you know your history, and your geography, was part of the Soviet Union. Yes, that’s right. Hitler lied to Joseph Stalin to get what he wanted. Launching off points for the conquest of the Soviet Union. A land he viewed as filled with sub-humans he would kill off with famine after taking their food.
The Soviet people paid a dear price for their leader’s treachery. Enduring hell on earth on the Eastern Front. With some 20 million dead by the time it was over. It was these innocent Soviets who won World War II. Who wore down the Germans with their wholesale dying. At times 10 Soviets dying for every one German. None of which would have happened if Stalin had read Mein Kampf. Or if he didn’t make a pact with the Devil that led to World War II. The secret agreements in the Treaty of Rapallo. Letting the Nazis develop the war machine they eventually unleashed on the Soviet Union. Which just goes to show you that you need to understand who your enemies are. And once you do you cannot try to make nice with them. For they will turn on you once you’ve served your useful purpose. Just like Hitler turned on Stalin. As Iran will turn on the United States after they served their useful purpose in getting them their nuclear weapons. And when that time comes the cost of that war will be far greater than it would have been if it was fought before they had nuclear weapons. With scenes from that war looking more like Hiroshima and Nagasaki than the hell on earth of the Eastern Front
During the days of the British Empire Great Britain had a problem. They loved Chinese tea. But the British had nothing the Chinese wanted in trade. Except for one thing. Silver. Hard money. Which was a problem for Britain. They were running out of hard money. So they came up with an ingenious way to solve that problem. By getting as many Chinese hooked on opium as possible. So they could trade Indian grown opium for Chinese tea. It worked out great for the British. But the Chinese didn’t like it. And fought two opium wars with the British. Which did not end well for them.
North Korea has a hard money problem, too. And they, too, turned to drugs. Crystal meth. Which North Korea manufactured in state-run labs. Destined for China. Where they tried to get as many people addicted to crystal meth as possible. So they can sell it in exchange for Chinese currency. Which they could use to buy Chinese food. To help ward off famine in North Korea. This worked pretty well for North Korea. But only gave China another addiction problem.
In the United States the government found other ways to raise revenue. The first two big sources of addiction-revenue were cigarette and alcohol taxes. But it soon proved not enough. They then got people addicted to playing the lottery. When that revenue proved to be insufficient they then got people addicted to casino gambling. But government spending had grown so great that this revenue was still not enough. So the government is looking at other things to get people addicted to (see Why Legalizing Marijuana Is a Smart Fiscal Move by Bruce Bartlett, The Fiscal Times, posted 1/3/2014 on Yahoo! News).
Perhaps the dominant factor driving marijuana legalization is the desperate search for new revenue by cash-strapped state governments. The opportunity to tax marijuana is potentially a significant source of new revenue, as well as a way of cutting spending on prisons and law enforcement. The California Secretary of State’s office, for example, estimates savings in the hundreds of millions of dollars from both factors. The following summary is from a proposed state ballot initiative in California (No. 1617)…
It is not surprising that revenue considerations should be critical in the marijuana legalization movement. That was previously the reason why cigarettes were not banned until the 1920s despite a strong nationwide movement to do so. In the wake of Prohibition, governments simply needed cigarette tax revenue too badly. And when Prohibition ended, the need for new revenue after the Great Depression decimated government budgets was a driving force.
Indeed, according to author Daniel Okrent, expectations of the revenue from taxing legal liquor were so great in 1932 that some people thought it might permit the repeal of income taxes. It’s worth remembering that in 1900, taxes on alcohol and cigarettes constituted half of all federal revenues. Indeed, the only reason Prohibition was possible in the first place was that the income tax established in 1913, which was greatly expanded by World War I, would replace the revenue lost from the liquor tax after Prohibition.
There have been no great cuts to revenue like that following Prohibition. Government spending has just grown so great that it far exceeds the nation’s ability to pay for it with current taxes and borrowing. So they are looking to make people addicted to marijuana to help pay for their large public sectors. As well as their vote-buying welfare state. And when this proves insufficient they can turn to other sources of revenue. Such as decriminalizing and taxing heroin. Cocaine. Crack. Crystal meth. Opium. Even prostitution. People are already doing these things. So they can’t be any worse than marijuana. As long as only responsible adults indulge in these activities. Just as only responsible adults will smoke marijuana in Colorado. For think of the tax revenue heroin, cocaine, crack, crystal meth and opium could generate. For those drugs are really addictive. And just think how much old rich men would enjoy 18 year old prostitutes. Prostitution would be a booming business to tax. These young women could generate great tax revenue for the government by just doing what consenting adults want to do.
We could do these things to find new sources of revenue. Or we could NOT make people addicts. Or NOT sell women into prostitution. Instead we could cut the size of the public sector and the welfare state. So we can cut spending. Which would eliminate the need to produce new tax revenue in the first place. Allowing people to keep their hard-earned money instead of handing it over to the government. To pay for generous pensions and retiree health care for others.
Oppression and Lies are Standard Fare for a Communist Dictatorship
Communists are pragmatic. They know what they want. And they do what it takes to get what they want. For them the ends justify the means. No matter how horrible those means can be. And they’ve been pretty horrible. As communists have been among the greatest abusers of human rights. Something their people are not too keen on. As well as those living in the free world. So communists do something else a lot. They lie.
When you want to do things against the will of the people you need to either lie to the people. Or oppress the people with a large police state. Which can be costly. Because you have to take care of your police apparatus so they oppress the people and don’t turn on you. That’s how all dictators stay in power. Life is horrible in their countries. But it’s pretty good at the top. And those who protect those at the top. North Korea still suffers from recurring famines. Yet those at the top never go hungry. Or suffer the abject poverty of the people. And it’s been this way for a long time. A system maintained with the firm hand of the state. From Kim Il Sung to Kim Jong Il to Kim Jong Un. As the Kim family succession continues to keep life horrible in North Korea (see North Korea announces execution of Kim Jong Un’s uncle, Jang Song Thaek by Chico Harlan posted 12/12/2013 on The Washington Post).
There have been no outward signs of instability under Kim Jong Un, and the North has largely maintained its key policies, resisting economic reform, devoting money to its weapons program and maintaining a gulag system for those accused of political crimes.
Kim Jong Un’s uncle was Jang Song Thaek. I say was for he is no more. Jang was in the inner circle of Kim Jong Il and thought to be a potential successor. But that didn’t happen. As Kim Jong Un had those honors. But Jang was around a long time. And knew a lot of people. Which, of course, made him a threat. So Kim Jong Un had him arrested, put him on trial for crimes against the state and executed. Telling the people he was a “traitor for all ages” and was “despicable human scum” and was “worse than a dog.” He demonized him to get the people to accept that this execution was just. And to send a message. He held power. And anyone thinking otherwise will be demonized and executed. Standard sort of fare for a communist dictatorship. Oppression. And lies.
You get the People to ask for more Government by Buying their Votes with a Cradle-to-Grave Welfare State
A communist state has its drawbacks, though. The aforementioned abject poverty and recurring famines. Because as an economic system planned economies just don’t work. But a free market economy tends to put ideas into people’s heads. Such as we don’t really need the government as much as the government wants us to believe we need them. In the movie V for Vendetta this was something Chancellor Sutler impressed upon his lieutenants. It was imperative to let the people know how much they needed British socialism. Which is not quite communism. But it’s anti-free market capitalism just like communism. And a little easier to sell to the people. For despite the left’s love affair with communism it is hard to spin that as anything other than it is. Horrible. I mean, people aren’t trying to break into North Korea and Cuba. They’re risking their lives to escape these communist utopias.
So those on the left adopted a new type of socialism. Social democracy. Which was communism/socialism lite. It wasn’t as anti-free market capitalism as communism/socialism was. So as not to bring about the abject poverty and recurring famines you got with communism/socialism. And you backed off on the oppressive police state. Instead, you get the people to ask for more government. By buying their votes with a cradle-to-grave welfare state. And a lot of government jobs with decent pay and wonderful benefits. To make the people love the state. And impress on them how much they need the state.
Of course this bloated welfare state is costly. Which they pay for with a progressive tax system. A tax system that is ‘fair’. By making the evil rich pay higher taxes so the good poor and the innocent children can have a decent life. Not just those evil rich people. And how do you oppose this? You can’t. Unless you hate the poor. And the children. Which is what the left says about the opposition whenever they oppose new spending. Or higher taxes. Of course, having to fight these battles over taxes and spending can be a pain in the behind. So the state takes care of those in the inner circle of power. Those who think correctly. Who help get the people to ask for these taxes and spending. The media who helps to spread their propaganda. And the educational system. That teaches the young to grow up loving government. And fearing free market capitalism. Then you add the coup de grâce. National health care.
President Obama lied over and over again to put America onto the Pathway towards National Health Care
Every communist/socialist dictatorship had/has national health care. For once the people become dependent on the state for their good health the state has them for life. And whenever the opposition resists higher taxes for more spending all you have to do is kill some people by making them wait longer for health care that the opposition denied them. Causing outrage among the people. Who demand that the opposition stop playing politics with their lives. The left’s kind of oppression. Having the people beg for more government. This is why national health care (or something that will help usher in national health care) is the holy grail of the left. And why President Obama lied through his teeth to pass the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) into law (see Lie of the Year: ‘If you like your health care plan, you can keep it’ by Angie Drobnic Holan posted 12/12/2013 on PolitiFact.com).
PolitiFact has named “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it,” the Lie of the Year for 2013. Readers in a separate online poll overwhelmingly agreed with the choice…
The Affordable Care Act tried to allow existing health plans to continue under a complicated process called “grandfathering,” which basically said insurance companies could keep selling plans if they followed certain rules.
The problem for insurers was that the Obamacare rules were strict. If the plans deviated even a little, they would lose their grandfathered status. In practice, that meant insurers canceled plans that didn’t meet new standards.
Obama’s team seemed to understand that likelihood. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the grandfathering rules in June 2010 and acknowledged that some plans would go away. Yet Obama repeated “if you like your health care plan, you can keep it” when seeking re-election last year…
Also on Oct. 1, insurers started sending out cancellation letters for 2014…
One example: PBS Newshour interviewed a woman from Washington, D.C., who was a supporter of the health care law and found her policy canceled. New policies had significantly higher rates. She told Newshour that the only thing the new policy covered that her old one didn’t was maternity care and pediatric services. And she was 58…
First, they tried to shift blame to insurers. “FACT: Nothing in #Obamacare forces people out of their health plans,” said Valerie Jarrett, a top adviser to Obama, on Oct. 28.
PolitiFact rated her statement False. The restrictions on grandfathering were part of the law, and they were driving cancellations.
Then, they tried to change the subject. “It’s important to remember both before the ACA was ever even a gleam in anybody’s eye, let alone passed into law, that insurance companies were doing this all the time, especially in the individual market because it was lightly regulated and the incentives were so skewed,” said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.
But what really set everyone off was when Obama tried to rewrite his slogan, telling political supporters on Nov. 4, “Now, if you have or had one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law, and you really liked that plan, what we said was you can keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law passed.”
Pants on Fire! PolitiFact counted 37 times when he’d included no caveats, such as a high-profile speech to the American Medical Association in 2009: “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.”
President Obama lied. Over and over again. He lied to get this pathway to national health care into law (for once he destroys the private health insurance industry what will be left but a public option?). And he lied to win reelection. President Obama lied. And his fellow Democrats lied. Over and over again. To put America onto the pathway towards their holy grail. National health care. The linchpin of the massive cradle-to-grave welfare state. The one thing that allows the state to tax and spend more than anything else. And puts the opposition into the position of wanting to kill people anytime they oppose higher taxes and more spending. Which has a lot more staying power than a government shutdown.
What can you say about someone who lies (at least) 37 times? That person is a pathological liar. A pragmatic. A person who believes the ends justify the means. That the rule of law is only a suggestion. A person that will say anything and break any law to get what he wants. And is willing to kill people by taking away the health insurance they liked and wanted to keep. By taking away the doctor they liked and wanted to keep. And by taking away the medication they liked and wanted to keep. Fear and suffering President Obama and his fellow Democrats and supporters in the media and education are indifferent to. For their greatest concern is how will this hurt President Obama? This is what those on the left worry about. Their dear leader. Not the people. Just like the inner circle surrounding every tin-pot dictator worry about. For if the people turn on the dear leader they may overthrow him. And with him go their privileged lives amidst the abject poverty and recurring famines surrounding them.
The United States has the Best Health Care System in the World
The left says that the United States is the only advanced economy that doesn’t have national health care. As if that is a bad thing. Which is a false assumption. Because Canada, the United Kingdom and North Korea all have national health care. But if you have a serious health problem where do you want to go? Canada? The United Kingdom? North Korea? Or the United States?
Unless you’re lying to yourself you said the United States. Because the United States has the best health care system in the world. If you have the means you travel to the US for the best in medical care. Which is what a lot of Canadians do. Thanks to that great private network just south of the border. The US health care system. For no one suffering from a serious health problem ever said, “Damn, I wish it wasn’t so difficult to get to North Korea so I can get some of their national health care.”
There is a progression from good to bad. At the good end is the United States health care system. Then Canada because it is the private sector delivering health care services paid for by a single-payer. The government. And, of course, their access to the US health care system. Then the United Kingdom which is national health care provided by the government. Unless you’re rich and can afford the private system available to those with the means. Then North Korea. Where there is no private sector alternative. Only the state-run national health care system. And the quality of their health care is as horrible as life is in North Korea.
Those who say we should have National Health Care because Everyone Else has it are either Ignorant or Devious
So the more private sector in health care the better health care is. The less private sector in health care the worse it is. North Korea is the worst because it has no private sector at all. While America is the best. Because it has the most private sector. With the worst health care in America being the small amount of state-run health care. The VA and Medicaid. Medicare is a little better but it’s more like the Canadian health care system. The government pays the private sector for its Medicare services. And the best health care is that enjoyed by unions and government workers—pure private sector health care.
This is why NOT having national health care is NOT a bad thing. Because NOT having national health care has allowed the United States to have the best health care system in the world. So those who keep saying we should have national health care because everyone else has it are either ignorant or devious. Either way we shouldn’t be listening to them.
It’s the left that wants national health care. Liberal Democrats. It’s not the right. Conservatives. And what do we know about liberals and conservatives? They have opposing views of the government’s role in our lives. Liberals feel the more the better. Because they love having power over others. While conservatives want what the Founding Fathers wanted. Limited government. Where the people have the power. In a government of the people, by the people, for the people. Just as Abraham Lincoln said in his address at Gettysburg.
The Left wants National Health Care because it makes Government more Important in our Lives
If we return to the ‘ignorant or devious’ question the answer is now clear. Health care is approximately one-sixth of the U.S. economy. If the government controls that it will be the largest expansion of government into our lives. Making all people dependent on government. So instead of scaring only Social Security, Medicare and food stamp recipients with a government shutdown the government can frighten everyone. Imagine the next time the government wants to raise the debt limit. It’s not the White House tours or the World War II Memorial that they will close because of the sequester/government shutdown. It will be our health care system.
This is why they want national health care. Because it makes government more important in our lives. And people will see how much we need government. This is want they want. They want this so bad they will be devious and lie to us. By first telling us that our health care system—the best health care system in the world—is broken. And then to sell the Affordable Care Act they told us that if we liked our health insurance we could keep our health insurance. And that if we liked our doctor we could keep our doctor. Even though they wrote the Affordable Care Act to make sure we lost our health insurance and our doctors.
Because of Obamacare businesses stopped hiring full-time people. And pushed full-time people to part-time. Our health insurance premiums are rising. As are our deductibles. Making health insurance unaffordable for those who don’t have employer-provided health insurance. As well as making some low-cost plans illegal under Obamacare. Causing a lot of people to get letters from their insurers in the mail telling them they are cancelling their health insurance. As people complain that President Obama lied to them he and his fellow Democrats say these people are actually lucky. Because they had ‘crap’ policies. Which was further proof that our health care system is broken. They say this despite the strongest of evidence proving otherwise. For people who bitch about losing their health insurance and doctors don’t think the health care system is broken.