Week in Review
Liberal Democrats want to take away our guns. In fact they’d like to repeal the Second Amendment. For people having guns in the household leads to gun crime. They like to point to Tucson, Aurora, Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook. Crimes they say would not have happened if there were no guns. Take away the guns and you take away these crimes. And you make our households safer. For without guns in the home there is no chance for domestic violence. There will be no women being shot by angry men. And no children dying if a parent goes off in a fit of anger and shoots them. For if there are no guns there can be no violence. The left believes this. At least they keep telling us this.
For guns make people kill. And without guns there will be nothing to make people kill. Luckily for the British they have no guns in their households. And live a life of peace and serenity the Americans can only dream about (see Domestic violence puts 10,000 at high risk of death or serious injury by Sandra Laville posted 2/26/2014 on the guardian).
More than 10,000 women and children are at high risk of being murdered or seriously injured by current or former partners, according to police assessments obtained by the Guardian…
But the figures obtained are likely to be an underestimate as domestic violence is heavily under-reported and police forces appear to gather and collate the information in several different ways, despite demands for a national protocol on assessing the risk to victims. The snapshot obtained by the Guardian reveals the acute nature of the threat of domestic violence for thousands of women and children…
Last year a coroner in Derbyshire found that police failures had contributed to the deaths of Rachael Slack and her two-year-old son, who were stabbed to death by her estranged partner. Slack had also been assessed as at high risk of homicide, but officers failed to inform her.
Or maybe not.
The obvious response to stop this domestic violence is to take away knives from British households. For apparently taking away their guns wasn’t enough. Then they should probably take away rope from the home. For they may make someone strangle someone. Blunt instruments, too. For they can make people kill, too. And poisons. Got to remove them from the home. Of course a man can beat and choke someone with his bare hands. So you better get those out of the household, too.
Of course, we have crossed over into the ridiculous. For it’s not these things that are killing women and children. It’s the people using them. And when one is not available they will look for another. So probably the best way to protect a woman and her children is to give that woman a gun. For if she has a gun it doesn’t matter how big her attacker is or how big the knife is he is threatening her with. Because all the strength she needs is that required to pull the trigger. And the big man with the big knife will fall. Even if he’s 200 pounds heavier. And a foot and a half taller. For there is nothing that empowers a woman more than a gun.
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Politicians Lie because they will Lose Elections if they Tell the Truth
Politicians lie. Why? Simple. Politicians lie when telling the truth won’t help them win an election.
When President Obama lied the Lie of the Year he lied for a reason. People didn’t like the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). They did not want national health care. And they believed that Obamacare would put them onto the path to national health care. To allay their concerns President Obama said, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it. Period.” The statement that became the Lie of the Year. Because a lot of people lost the health care they had and wanted to keep. In fact, they wrote the Affordable Care Act to make sure that would happen. As they need to herd as many of the young and healthy into Obamacare as possible to make the thing work. People who would pay into the program while not collecting any benefits. So they could subsidize the old and sick.
Had the president told the people that they would lose the health care plan that they liked and wanted to keep there would have been a lot more opposition to the Affordable Care Act. With constituents pressuring their representatives to vote against it or they would vote against them in the next election. This is why politicians lie when they do things against the will of the people. Because they will lose elections if they tell the truth.
Having Victims is No Good unless you have someone to Blame for their Victimization
Democrats lie a lot. Because their policies have a long history of failure. Especially their economic policies. And that’s because Democrats embrace Keynesian economics with a religious fervor. Despite Keynesian economics giving us the Great Depression, the stagflation of the Seventies, the dot-com bubble recession and the Great Recession. No, these Keynesian disasters don’t give Democrats any reason to doubt their faith. Because at the heart of Keynesian economics is an activist government in the private sector economy.
Democrats like to fault capitalism. Saying unfettered capitalism is unfair. Unfeeling. Cruel. And just plain mean. So they involve themselves in the private sector economy to even the playing field. To unrig the rigged game. To remove the unfair, unfeeling, cruel and mean elements of unfettered capitalism. By fettering capitalism. And the first thing they do is identify victims of capitalism. A secretary who pays a higher tax rate than her boss. Warren Buffet. Minimum wage workers who can’t earn a living wage. And, of course, people who live in fear of losing everything because they don’t have health insurance.
Of course having victims is no good unless you have someone to blame for their victimization. Such as the 1% who are extremely wealthy but don’t pay their ‘fair share’ of taxes. Even though they pay over a third of all federal income taxes while totaling only 1% of the population. Greedy business owners who’d rather pocket millions while depriving their workers from earning a living wage. Even though most business owners are not millionaires and probably could earn more by working for someone else. And evil corporations who force people to work against their will or lose their health insurance and other benefits. Even though people tend to work where they receive the best pay and benefit package their skill and experience can get. And will leave one job in a heartbeat for a job with a better pay and benefit package elsewhere.
The Affordable Care Act is an Economic Model that cannot deliver on its Promise
Once they have their victims and their villains all they need to do is pull on the heartstrings. To generate sympathy for the victims. While getting these same people angry at the villains. Which they do by avoiding facts. Instead, they tune in to people’s emotions. Victims are sad. And we should do something to help them from their victimization. Villains are bad. And we should do something to punish them. So they demonize these villains. Getting the people to believe that punishing them, say, with higher taxes will somehow improve their lives. Which it won’t. In fact, they could take all the wealth away from the 1% and imprison them but it won’t make a difference in the lives of the 99%. For if the 1% are no longer creating wealth they would be unable to pay over a third of all federal income taxes anymore. Requiring higher taxes on the 99%. Or a drastic cutting of government benefits.
If people understood sound economic principles (and not the Keynesian nonsense our power-hungry politicians favor) they would not be so emotionally manipulated. In fact, if people had a solid understanding of history they would never vote for anyone attacking capitalism. As unfettered capitalism is the only economic system that allows people without privilege to be as successful as anyone else in the country. Whereas the most anti-capitalistic countries have had the greatest poverty and human rights abuses. Such as the former Soviet Union, the People’s Republic of China, the former Eastern Bloc countries, North Korea, Cambodia, Cuba, etc. So for emotional manipulation to work they need a not so educated public. Which is why the Democrats control public education and our universities. And champion pre-K. To get control of our kids as soon as possible. To dumb them down. And program them into good Democrat voters.
This is the formula the Democrats use to win elections. Victimization + Demonization + Emotion = Democrat Votes. For they can’t win by telling the truth. Or having informed voters. So they use their control of our educational system to make more emotionally pliable voters. Ones that are easier to lie to. And that they can sway with fiery rhetoric. Which is why we have Obamacare today. Because the Affordable Care Act is an economic model that cannot deliver on its promise. To provide a higher quality health care to more people while costing less. Which is impossible. Just as it is impossible to draw a square circle. It’s either a square. Or a circle. It cannot be both. Ditto for the promise of Obamacare. Which is why to get people to believe that it was possible to give them more for less required telling a lie so big that it was voted the Lie of the Year.
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ONE OF THE lasting consequences of war is the feminization of men. War makes widows. And fatherless sons. Their mothers raise them the best that they can. But women tend to be kinder and gentler than men. More nurturing. Fathers are, after all, the disciplinarians. “Just wait until your father gets home.” Sons with fathers knew what that meant. And it wasn’t kind, gentle nurturing.
The American Civil War killed some 600,000 men. A generation of fathers was lost. When their sons came of age, they were more sensitive to the suffering of others. And they felt a mothering urge to do something about it. In politics they became Progressives. They grew government. Because government knows best. Well, mother knows best. And a government that mothers would solve all our social ills. And these men would mother. Compassionately. And they thought all that rugged individualism was overrated.
World War I killed some 9 million men in uniform and about another 7 million in civilians. These fatherless sons would rise in power and help create the cradle-to-the-grave welfare state known as European Socialism.
World War II killed some 400,000 American men. And their sons would follow the European’s lead. They would attend the universities where the progressives taught. They came out with heads filled with caring and compassion for victims everywhere. LBJ’s Great Society would grow out of this movement. As well as a hatred for American rugged individualism. And anti-war fervor.
AND THEN YOU had the filthy, maggot-infested hippies. South Park is a crude comedy. And Cartman has few redeeming qualities. But he’s right about hippies. They ruined this country. Born in the baby boom following World War II, most had the benefit of a father. However, by the 1960s, the universities they attended were a lost cause. Their professors would attack whatever their parents taught them. They would learn to hate. In a kind, gentle, nurturing way.
They hated America. How it became. What it did. What its values were. Are. Instead, they would embrace America’s enemies. Have kind, gentle, nurturing compassion for them. They were proud Marxists. And Communists. They relished their First Amendment right to attack the American Republic that gave them that right. While they supported oppressive regimes where you had no such right. And spoke ill of the government at your own peril. Oh, they damned America and its allies for all of their ‘crimes against humanity’. But they said nothing about the reigning co-champions of human rights abuses. The Soviet Union. And Communist China. No, they wanted to extend the proletarian revolution to America. So more could suffer the worst of human rights abuses. Why would anyone adopt such a conflicting course of political action? Because they’re idiots.
Power to the People. Give Peace a Chance. All You Need is Love. They knew all the answers. John Lennon et al. War was business. Nothing more. Or the folly of kings. As the Monkees sang about in this anti-war song:
They met on the battlefield banner in hand.
They looked out across the vacant land.
And they counted the missing, one upon one,
None upon none.
The war it was over before it begun.
Two little kings playing a game.
They gave a war and nobody came.
(from Zor and Zam by Bill Chadwick and John Chadwick
Album: The Birds, the Bees and the Monkees)
This is what the anti-war people believe. Either war is business. Or the folly of kings. That there is no ‘bad guy’ in war. Just pawns. And units of production. Because human nature is peaceful.
WHO DID THE high school bullies pick on? Who did they pansts? Steal their lunch money from? Give a wedgie to? A swirlie? Beat up. Belittle with name calling? Not tough guys. Weak guys. This is human nature. The strong feed on the weak.
WHEN GUN OWNERS discovered a ‘loophole’ in Floridian law about carrying concealed weapons, they started carrying concealed weapons. What happened? Crime on Floridians dropped. Crimes on tourists rose. Why? Because the bad guys knew that tourists didn’t carry concealed weapons. This is human nature. The strong feed on the weak.
BACK WHEN DETROIT was the murder capital of the U.S., a friend traveled there and bought a t-shirt. It read, “Detroit: Where the Weak are Killed and Eaten.” Now I don’t recall reports of cannibalism in the Motor City, but the message was clear. Figuratively, of course. Human nature was becoming animal nature. The strong feed on the weak.
MANY ANIMAL SPECIES have large litters. Or numerous litters. Like bunnies. Cute little, fluffy, harmless bunnies. But bunnies are tasty. They’re low on the food chain. They are food to almost every carnivore in the wild. Including man. Few bunnies live long before becoming a meal. This is animal nature. The strong feed on the weak.
“IN EVERY GENERATION there is a chosen one. She alone will stand against the vampires, the demons and the forces of darkness. She is the slayer.” (From the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer.) In the world of vampires, demons and the forces of darkness, it’s kill or be eaten. It’s even the nature of the supernatural. The strong feed on the weak.
BIG GOVERNMENT AND UNIONS grew big and powerful in the 20th century to protect the little guy. They said that Big Business and the free market favored the rich and powerful. At the expense of the poor and weak. They said it was human nature. For the strong to feed on the weak.
DURING THE TIME of America’s involvement in Vietnam, the Communist Party of Kampuchea went on a killing spree. While the hippies protested Vietnam, they praised the social compassion of anti-capitalistic communism. Power to the People. Baby. Meanwhile, the Khmer Rouge killed their own people wholesale (by a percentage of population killed, the greatest in history). Included in the genocide lists were students or people with glasses. They killed any ‘educated’ person. And those who even looked educated. So, yes, the hippies supported a movement that would have killed their own worthless selves if given the chance. Human nature at its worse. The strong feed on the weak. And the stupidity of hippies.
THERE ARE BAD guys in the world. And there’s no denying it. Human nature is not peaceful. It is anything but. Darwinian Theory never played out so fiercely. The strong feed on the weak. They seek them out. Like a predator in the wild, they seek out the weak and maimed and move in for the kill. You can’t reason with them. Just like you can’t reason with a bully. Those who think that we can need to man-up and face facts. And if you can’t, don’t worry. We have others that are more than willing to man-up and fight our battles for us. To keep America strong. If we let them.
Predators don’t respect weakness. They respect power. And power is the only thing that will deter them. The bad guys have attacked American soil few times. Because America is powerful. You mess with the big dog and it’s going to bite you. And maul you. So the bad guys don’t mess with the big dog often. Because they pay dearly when they do.
America has known peace and prosperity like few other people can possibly imagine. And the reason for that is that we have the biggest and baddest military in the world. It kept the Soviets at bay in Europe. It thumped Iraqi’s vaunted million-man army in less than 100 hours of combat. It then thumped them again with a smaller force. (That display of power cowed Libya from sponsoring terrorism for fear of that awesome power thumping them next. And it got the Saudis to do the politically unthinkable – take on Al Qaeda in their kingdom.) It ran bin Laden deep underground leaving him more impotent than threatening. It held the line in Korea. And it won every battle it fought in Vietnam. (Of course, everything went to hell in a handbasket when we left. But that’s another story.)
But that kind of power doesn’t come cheap. And you gotta have the will to use it. But when you do, you get peace. An expensive peace, yes. But peace is always cheaper than war. Especially when that peace deters war.
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