PictureDo you need the state to remind you to be a dad?
Out for a morning run today, I was affronted by a taxpayer financed billboard urging me to “Take time to be a dad today.”  If you’re one of the fifty percent of the population that pays federal income tax, you paid for this nonsense, and likely hundreds or even thousands of similar helpful reminders across the country.

The billboard advertises the feds’ website, fatherhood.gov, that you also pay for.  This site fulfills the states’ self-appointed duty to instruct its subjects in the proper way to parent.  It provides all sorts of tips on how to be a dad, like playing in the rain and having a dance contest with your kids.  The fatherhood.gov site is maintained by the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse, which is overseen by the Office of Family Assistance, which is an office of the Office of the Administration for Children and Families, which is an office of the US Department of Health and Human Services.  These ridiculous, extra-constitutional agencies employ thousands of people collecting salaries and benefits at your expense, while their entire job consists of giving away your money to other people, and dreaming up more and more absurd ways of wasting your tax dollars on boondoggles like fatherhood.gov and billboards reminding fathers to be fathers.

If you have any doubt that our government is out of control and gone completely off the rails, you can be easily reminded when you drive by Kung-Fu Panda telling you to be a good dad.  I would invite anyone to find justification for this insanity in the constitution or its amendments.  Nowhere does that document even mention families or children other than a reference to future generations in the preamble.  Regardless of the lack of any justification in law, it is inconceivable to me that here in the cradle of human liberty, we have fallen to the point where we look to government bureaucrats to school us on how to raise or children, and that we allow the government to use public money for such nonsense.

While our federal overlords apparently believe that women need no instruction on how to be mothers (There is no motherhood.gov), the USDA does have a program to teach Hispanic women the importance of breastfeeding with their,

 “…Promotion and Education Project, “Breastfeeding: A Magical Bond of Love.” This project provides WIC staff with culturally appropriate tools to effectively communicate with Hispanic participants about the benefits of breastfeeding. The project targets Hispanic mothers and families to identify and address their barriers, dispel myths, and encourage mothers to continue their historical tradition of breastfeeding.”

Exactly why our betters concluded that Hispanic women don’t breastfeed enough is not explained on the website or in the literature.

Keep in mind that these bits of absurdity are only the smallest of examples of the kind of waste and abuse that goes on all day, every day, across the breadth of an entire continent.  These ludicrous wastes of resources are perpetrated by an army of millions of federal bureaucrats who think that they know better than you how to be a parent, how to use your land, and even dictate what light bulbs, shower heads, and toilets you will be permitted to use.  These overlords have written more than thirty thousand pages of laws that no citizen or their representatives have ever voted on; so many that researchers estimate that the average American now commits an average of three felony crimes per day.  James Madison understood this form of tyranny, writing in The Federalist Number 62, “It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.”  We have long since crossed the threshold into this dysfunctional world, and no amount of voting for Democrat or Republican politicians will even begin to reverse it.  Only rekindling the American spirit and thirst for freedom will throw off this creeping soft tyranny that sometimes takes the form of inane buffoonery; like a government panda telling you how to be a father.

PictureThe lesson is not what you think it is.
Donald Trump has completed his first 100 days as president of the United States.  In that time he has struck terror into the hearts of the American left who have branded him a racist, homophobe, and Fascist.  He has simultaneously disappointed many of his supporters by failing to get congress to repeal Obamacare, and starting a war with Syria.  There are many lessons to be learned by the controversies swirling around the Trump presidency, but you won’t hear any of them discussed in the national media.

The overriding lesson to be learned by the right and left and the pro and anti Trumpsters is the nature of power and what happens when a centralized national government assumes too much power.  For eight years of the George W. Bush presidency, America’s leftists and Democrats railed against Bush’s policies of illegal surveillance, terrorist detentions, tax cuts, and extra-judicial assassinations of terror suspects.  This was followed by eight years of the Obama presidency, one of the most lawless and secretive administrations in history, and which witnessed mass illegal surveillance, accelerated and expanded drone assassinations around the planet, indefinite terrorist detentions, and aggressive prosecution of government whistle-blowers.  The American right watched in horror as the federal government seized control of the medical industry, left Iraq without an American military presence, and doubled the national debt (With the full cooperation of the Republican Party).

Now comes the Trump presidency, which is unprecedented in modern American history; not since Andrew Jackson won the election of 1828 has such an iconoclastic populist outsider occupied the White House.  Trump is in the unusual position of being despised by the elites of both the opposition Democrats and his own Republican Party.  He ran mainly as a conservative, appealing to traditional American values of self-reliance, personal responsibility, and modern America’s powerful currents of chauvinism and militarism.  Now once again it is the left’s turn to watch in horror Trump’s efforts to repeal Obamacare, lower taxes, end illegal immigration, and reduce governmental regulations; all the while of course hurling the standard charges of racism and homophobia.

As this back and forth political theater plays out every eight years in presidential administrations and congressional chest beating, the American people as a whole are watching their economy, infrastructure, and social fabric disintegrate before their eyes.  Those Americans who have been trying to reverse the American leftist counterrevolution since electing Ronald Reagan in 1980, have placed their hope in two Bushes and now Trump.  Americans who want the government to control all aspects of human existence in order to enforce their concept of equality and fairness and usher in utopia have had sixteen years of the Clinton and Obama administrations to achieve their ends.

Yet despite the past 37 years of political savagery, pronouncements of the end of days with the election of one president or another, and the shifting control of congress between Republicans and Democrats, America has continued on a very steady course toward ruin; a downward spiral which will ultimately consume us all.  The lesson to be learned is the nature of political power and the danger it poses to human happiness and liberty; a lesson we seemed doomed to never learn.  We live under an all-powerful government that recognizes no real limits on its power and views the constitution as an irrelevant museum piece.  This government is 100 percent controlled by a political cartel known as the Republican and Democrat Parties - no other viewpoints are permitted.

In this piece, I am using the terms left and right in the most simplistic terms, denoting the media-defined dichotomy between so-called conservatives and liberals.  This is another part of the lesson of the nature of power; it divides people into competing groups for the purpose of manipulation.  We see ourselves as competing groups; left versus right, white versus black versus Latino, straight versus gay, Republican versus Democrat.  What we fail to see as a society is that we are all arguing about the wrong things.  We are passengers on a train hurtling toward a destination not of our choosing, with none of us having any control over where it goes, nor even any knowledge of who’s actually driving the locomotive.  We are in the steerage class cars fighting and clawing at one another’s throats over issues like gay marriage and whether or not to say Merry Christmas, while the engineers and their few corporate cronies live it up at our expense in the first class cabins up front.

We, as a society, are arguing from a false premise; that is that government is the solution to every problem.  Sure, Republicans generally talk a good game about “limited government,” but they still want to order society and control people’s behavior - just a little less than Democrats and in slightly different ways.  Democrats and Republicans have enjoyed periods of complete control of both the presidency and congress several times over the past four decades and what has changed?  The income tax has remained and grown ever more complicated and burdensome; we continue to maintain a global military empire we cannot afford, with troops stationed in nearly every country on the planet; we continue to start wars and engage in acts of war around the globe, yet have not won a war since 1945; both parties conspire to raise our debt limit time and time again - albeit with a bit of kabuki theater these days; our infrastructure is crumbling; our wages have stagnated for decades; and the web of laws and regulations we struggle beneath grows more complex and soul crushing with every passing year.

The lesson is this; government is a necessary evil, not a force for good.  This is the maxim that underpinned the American Revolution and set humans free for the first time in the history of civilization.  This simple understanding - that humans are endowed with the right to be free from the hand of government and to pursue their own course in life, insofar as they do not interfere with the same rights of others - catapulted the entire western world from subsistence farming and the horse and buggy, to modern luxury and men on the moon in less than 200 years.  George Washington said it best when he described the nature of government power, “like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”

This is the lesson for Trump cheerleaders and Obama worshippers alike.  All of you that are still staring, mouth agape, in horror at the ascension of Trump to the presidency, and cringe in shock and outrage at his every word and action, now know what the other half of the country felt like for the past eight years under Obama.  Yet neither side seems to be able to grasp the lesson that it is the vast and unchecked power of government that is the problem - not the transient occupant of the White House.  Rather than stand together for human liberty and against tyranny, Republicans and Democrats, right and left, conservatives and liberals, struggle to seize the mantle of power and use it to bash in the skulls of their opponents.

Meanwhile, the people who really control the government carry on unseen and unmoved by the political theater played out in the entertainment news media.  Those on the left cannot see that eight decades of socialism has failed, and will not usher in the utopia they anticipated; instead they clamor for the government to seize more power to enforce their version of fairness.  They express outrage at dragnet government surveillance, illegal wars, and drone assassinations under George W. Bush, yet fully support Barack Obama’s dragnet government surveillance, illegal wars, and drone assassinations.  Those on the right cannot see that the nature of state power is the problem and that simply fighting for control of government institutions is not a solution.  They demand “limited government” yet many want to ban gays from marrying one another, and jail people for burning a flag or smoking or eating certain plants.

Were America to return to being a constitutional federal republic as we once were, Donald Trump being president would not be such a cause for either alarm or celebration.  If our federal and state governments concerned themselves with the business of government - that is protecting our natural rights to life, liberty, and property - we would not be arguing about things like who can marry whom and what bathroom a cross-dresser should use.  We would not need to fear the person who sits in the White House, because he or she would not have the power to pick up the telephone on a whim and launch a war; whether that president is Obama attacking Libya or Trump bombing Syria.  We would not need to fight desperately for control of the state to get public money for the things we want; because we could keep the money we honestly earned, rather than having it vacuumed up by the IRS for distribution by the federal congress.  We would not have a backlash of hatred against our police officers because they would no longer be aggressively trying to arrest people for having a joint in their pocket or failing to fasten their seatbelt.  We would no longer argue about which country to invade next, but rather would return to a foreign policy of peaceful coexistence with all nations as we did for our first 122 years as a country.

Sadly, we seem doomed to never learn the lesson.  Our arguments are not about freedom versus tyranny, but about how best to use the brute force of the state to order society.  The more things change, the more they stay the same.  Under George W. Bush and Republican and Democrat-controlled congresses, the national debt nearly doubled from $5.7 trillion to $10.6 trillion.  During the Obama administration and Republican and Democrat-controlled congresses, the national debt nearly doubled again from $10.6 to $19.9 trillion.  Today, American voters have the anti-Obama as president and a Republican-controlled congress, yet the current budget passed by congress calls for adding half a trillion dollars to the national debt, increases spending for nearly every government agency, and has no provision to build Trump’s signature border wall.  Obama’s “opponents” in the Republican Party, now in the majority in congress, have not repealed his odious government healthcare law, but rather have simply passed their own version of nationalized healthcare.  President Trump ran on keeping the US out of the Syrian civil war, and yet was convinced to jump in with both feet in less than 100 days by the people who actually control our government.  Like the man said, “If voting made any difference, it would be illegal.”

While the left screams for free college and medical care, and the right demands more wars and no transvestites in public toilets, and Americans sit mesmerized by split-screen cable news bickering between party mouthpieces, our collective freedom and wealth is being drained away.  The Federal Reserve continues to print worthless currency, bleeding the value out of the dollars we possess and placing it in the hands of their corporate benefactors; the welfare state and its bureaucracy continue to expand, and the military-industrial complex continues to grow and prosper as hundreds of billions flow from your paycheck directly into the bank accounts of defense contractors.

Frédéric Bastiat said it best more than 150 years ago; “Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.”  Instead of the law being used strictly to protect our lives, liberty, and property, it has become a club that we struggle to wrest from our opponents’ hands to beat them with it in our turn.  Bastiat too saw this potential, “As long as it is admitted that the law may be diverted from its true purpose - that it may violate property instead of protecting it - then everyone will want to participate in making the law, either to protect himself against plunder or to use it for plunder.” 

Unless and until Americans wake up and realize that the game is rigged, and start having debates based upon principles rather than policies and which government boondoggles to fund, we will continue to be ruled by the shadow government that takes very little notice of all our howling and protesting.  We passengers viciously fighting in that train will be driven right off the cliff, without ever knowing who was driving the train we rode to our destruction.

PictureSurprise! Hillary walks on felony charges...
The director of the FBI announced this month that Hillary Clinton is guilty of each and every element of the statute regarding the handling of classified information - and that she should not be prosecuted.  Rather than lay out the very clear facts of the case, I have decided to attempt to explain why and how such a travesty can take place right out in the open.

The few people left in the United States who are capable of surprise or outrage when it comes to the corruption of our governmental officials are, rightly, flabbergasted and disgusted by this bald-faced act of political corruption on the part of the FBI and the Justice Department.  What these people fail to realize is that American culture cast aside all concerns about morality and integrity decades ago.  When Hillary’s husband was found to have had an adulterous affair with a young subordinate, and performed deviant sexual acts inside the Oval Office, his popularity surged.  He lied to the American people repeatedly, was impeached by congress, and still left office with a 66 percent approval rating.

The American people simply do not expect honesty from their leaders - or from anyone else for that matter.  We live in a society in terminal decline that worships nihilism and fame as the highest achievement in life.  Look at the popularity of movies such as Good Fellas ­ and television programs like The Sopranos that celebrate and glamorize the vicious sociopaths of the Italian Mafia.  When our culture celebrates Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner as the epitome of courage, the Kardashian girls as heroes and role models, and thrill to MMA savagery as entertainment, is it any wonder that millions worship Hillary despite the three decades of scandal, corruption, and criminality she has left in her wake?

The bottom line is that Americans not only do not demand integrity in their public officials - they do not value it in the slightest.  They fully expected the FBI to play its designated role in the political cover up, for James Comey to take his direction from the corrupt attorney general, who received her marching orders from Don Clinton in a secluded meeting on a private jet. 

The people who support Hillary, or Bernie Sanders, or any other socialist politician are totally unfazed by revelations of criminality and corruption.  You could prop their eyelids open and play all the Facebook side-by-side videos of Hillary lying on one side and the proof of her lies on the other, and they would still enthusiastically vote for her.  Integrity is not the standard by which our leaders are judged - they are judged by the voter’s impression of how effective that person will be in using the monolithic power of government in ways that will benefit them.  Any candidate who combines fame with the perceived ability to put other people’s money into their pockets will win the hearts of the rabble.  They could be filmed bashing a puppy’s skull in with a shovel and receive 70 million votes in November.

Ignorance and intellectual dishonesty are the staples of American political life.  While it is more pronounced in the Democrat Party because of their allegiance to socialist philosophy, which embraces the maxim “the ends justify the means,” Republican elites and their partisans also display this characteristic.  The American people reflect this behavior, and in their apathy and ignorance, allow it to thrive and perpetuate.

So do not be surprised at the naked corruption on display here; but also do not give up.  We must continue the fight against those who have hijacked the American Revolution and turned it into a creeping tyranny run by two criminal cartels known as Republicans and Democrats.

A collection of some 450 American writers has penned an open letter of opposition to the candidacy of Donald Trump for president.  Released on May 24, the letter suggests that Trump is an aspiring dictator and a bigot, “who encourages aggression among his followers, shouts down opponents, intimidates dissenters, and denigrates women and minorities…”  While these people are certainly entitled to their opinion, one wonders where there sense of moral outrage is when it comes to Trump’s opponent; the redoubtable Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Firstly, the letter itself is an example of free and open expression of ideas, yet typical of type of empty gestures we’ve come to expect from lefties.  The notion that Mr. Trump is a bigot is absurd when one looks at his past; politically “insensitive” comments that trigger spasms among Republican elites and college students notwithstanding.  As for the aggression of Trump’s followers, it was Trump who survived an assassination attempt earlier today, and it is his Democrat opponents that have repeatedly rioted and assaulted Trump supporters, and destroyed tens of thousands of dollars of property, and made numerous death threats against Mr. Trump.

Secondly, while Donald Trump may very well not possess the proper temperament and experience to be president, what sort of pathetic hypocrites can publicly voice their opposition to him and remain silent on Hillary Clinton?  Ms. Clinton has been exposed for telling far more lies than even Richard Nixon ever dreamt of.  She is under investigation by the FBI for her illegal use of a private email server and mishandling of classified government information.  She is a warmonger of the first order, just as much as her former boss, Barack Hussein Obama.  She is the most transparently phony and duplicitous politician in recent memory, and yet these writers are completely unconcerned about the prospect of her becoming president.

By their denunciations of Trump and silence with regard to Clinton, these writers expose themselves as mere partisans who eagerly hope for another Clinton presidency and the continuation of the Obama administration policies of the past eight years.

Were these writers as concerned about the well-being of America as they are about posing as earnest intellectuals frightened by a candidate who shuns their speech codes, they would call for an end to the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy, which has drained 95 percent of the dollar’s value since 1914, and thus disproportionately hurt the poor; these preening authors would also demand an audit of the Federal Reserve to see just how many trillions of Americans’ money has been handed over to big corporations and big political donors; they would demand an end to our overseas military empire that inspires hatred of our country the world over; they would demand honesty and transparency from their politicians - immediately disqualifying Clinton from holding public office; they would take a break from patting themselves on the back and demand that their government end illegal wars like the one Hillary and Barack waged in Libya, and extrajudicial assassinations of individuals across the globe in violation of our constitution; they would climb off their high horse and go tell their congressman to balance the federal budget and pay down our debt before the total collapse of our currency, economy, and way of life.

These are the things that someone truly concerned with the public welfare would write a letter about.  Such a principled stand would, however, leave many signatories like Stephen King and Junot Diaz off the guest list at Democrat fundraisers.  Just for the record, both the Republican and Democrat political parties are against all of the things listed above, because they are all part of the same cabal of crony “crapitalists” and political shills that run this country.  The owners of our nation are not elected - they select the people we get to vote for.  Even the super-rich, bombastic, bigger-than-life Donald Trump will not be permitted to change the status quo if he wins the election.

So fear not, my earnest, learned, and high-minded fellow writers; no matter who wins in November, one thing is for certain - the owners of this country will never permit anything to really change.

Americans are in uncharted territory this election year.  Never before in living memory have there been candidates with a real shot at the nomination who were not pre-approved by the owners of the United States; or what the media call “The Establishment.”  These are the massive Wall Street Banks and Brokerages such as Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan Chase, and CitiGroup; massive weapons manufacturers like Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Northrup Grumman; and corporate billionaires like the Koch brothers (conservative) and Warren Buffett (Leftist).  While nothing of any real substance will change regardless of who gets elected, it is still fascinating, if disheartening to watch.

On the Republican side, we’ve had well over a dozen candidates coming and going and endlessly debating, and for the first time ever, more than one of them is not a member of the political elite.  As expected, those that espouse beliefs that challenge the status quo in our federal regime have been marginalized and silenced - with two remarkable exceptions.  Donald Trump remains in the race, both due to his front-runner status and the fact that he does not have to rely on America’s owners to foot the bill for his campaign.  Ted Cruz is still in the race despite the fact that the Washington power elite despises him and their corporate masters distrust him.  Marco Rubio is an empty suit that rode the Tea Party into the Senate, then promptly proved himself to be an obedient servant of the congressional power brokers.

On the Democrat side of the race, there is Bernie Sanders; a crotchety, aging, Jewish guy from Brooklyn who openly espouses socialism; an ideology America spent trillions of dollars and more than four decades to defeat in the form of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.  Despite this fact, he is beloved by vast numbers of supporters.  Then there is Hillary - the poster child of establishment Washington, corporate cronyism, and cynical pandering and political machinations - also beloved by millions.

How, one may wonder could Donald Trump be leading the race for the Republican Party?  He is an arrogant and bombastic bully that has said a dozen things on the campaign trail that would have ended the career of any other aspiring politician.  He has overly simplistic and sometimes blatantly unrealistic plans to solve America’s problems in international trade, immigration, and terrorist threats, yet people love him.

What most observers fail to see is that Trump and Sanders are tapping into an underlying emotional current in America’s hopelessly ignorant electorate; that is that something is wrong.  The game is rigged; the system is unfair; America can’t get the job done anymore.  The Tea Party and Occupy movements are opposite sides of this same coin.  While virtually no one understands why things are so wrong, they are, sadly, correct.  Bernie says he’ll fix everything by having the government take all money from the greedy rich people and give free stuff to everyone.  The Donald is going to fix everything by getting ‘really, really smart people to come up with really, really great ideas, while telling the rest of the world to pony up their fair share of cash and trade fair with us, or go pound salt.’

Both Sanders and Trump are right - and they are both wrong.  Yes, Bernie, the game is rigged; Wall Street and multinational corporations do control the election process.  They select and vet the candidates and only the people upon whom they bestow their money get to have a chance at winning.  They rig the rules at the SEC and other government regulatory agencies to allow them to loot the public and the US Treasury out of trillions of dollars.  But you are talking about a tiny handful of people, and even if you take all their money it won’t begin to pay for all your promises of free stuff for everyone, nor make even a small dent in our 19 trillion dollar national debt.  An even more powerful and wealthy government is not the answer to problems created by our corrupt government in the first place.  Moreover, aside from the handful of criminals that manipulate financial markets and deliberately defraud investors to make their billions, the vast majority of very wealthy people have earned their money; it’s not yours or anyone else’s Bernie.  Didn’t your mother teach you not to take things that don’t belong to you?

Donald, you’re right; America doesn’t win anymore, we haven’t won a war since 1945, we have open borders, no foreign policy, bankroll the free world’s collective defense, tolerate unfair trade policies, and if we are going to prosecute a war against ISIS, we ought to be doing it with some sense of urgency and ruthlessness.  But the solution is not to build up our military empire still further.  You and every Republican have pledged to “rebuild” America’s military.  With a global military empire that occupies every continent and nearly every country on earth, and with a budget that outstrips the next ten biggest military spenders combined, it strains my imagination to think what you could possibly mean by “rebuilding.”  Yes, something must be done to secure our borders and deal with the millions of illegal aliens in this country.  However, deporting them all is both politically and logistically impossible.

After Super Tuesday, it will come down to Bernie/Hillary and Donald/Marco.  America’s owners will do whatever it takes to make certain we can only choose between Clinton and Rubio; they represent the width of the political spectrum we are allowed to choose from, and both can be relied upon to do as they are told.  While Bernie can be starved of cash, and Hillary has mounting legal problems over her mishandling of classified documents, Trump is an entirely new phenomenon; he has his own money and just plain doesn’t care what the establishment says about him.

The two year long presidential race serves merely to distract the public and provide a false belief that we have some say in how our government is run.  Still, it will be instructive to watch what the establishment does to derail Trump and Sanders; it has been a very long time since an unapproved candidate was nominated by either party.  Whether the puppeteers go all in for Hillary as a solid Wall Street soldier, or hedge their bets with Trump figuring he’s one of them and can be reasoned with on immigration once in office, will be interesting to see.

Even if Trump or Sanders were somehow to win the White House, nothing will change.  Voters are completely unaware of the fact that it is congress that makes law and spends money, and that the vast majority of laws are made by unelected, faceless bureaucrats in Washington’s regulatory agencies.  As for our foreign policy in terms of trade, war du jure, kill lists, and the rest, this is set by forces larger than the president; people you never hear about at CIA, NSA, NSC, and influential think tanks and corporations.

Here’s the spoiler folks; regardless of the November election, four years from now our national debt will have grown larger still, there will be thousands of new federal laws and regulations, the government will still be collecting your phone data and emails, we will be at war somewhere and everywhere, and if you work for a paycheck your real earnings will be lower.  But at least this one will be fascinating to watch.

Earlier in the campaign season, Presidential candidate Jeb Bush released a commercial in which he says that America “cannot be the world’s policeman,” but that we must “lead the world.”  He, along with Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, et al. are solid supporters of the Washington establishment and the status quo of a federal government whose foreign policy is dictated by the faceless operatives of the national security state.

For the past century and a half, a cabal calling themselves Republicans and Democrats has ruled America, and every four years we get to vote for one of the two candidates they provide for us.  This gives Americans the perception that they are somehow participating in their government or that they have some voice or influence when it comes to the laws they live under and the wars they are compelled to fight and pay for.

While these two political parties pose as opponents for the voters, they have long ago become a single entity; a ruling elite that believes in the power and supremacy of the state over the affairs of its citizens.  They have genuine disagreements about which government programs to promote and exactly in what way they will control our lives, but neither party has any allegiance to the constitution or the principles of limited democratic government upon which this country was founded.  This is why candidates who stand on actual principles are marginalized and have little chance of getting the nomination of their party.

Rand Paul, the Republican senator from Kentucky stands up for his principles concerning constitutional democracy and the founding ideology.  He believes the federal government should not be interfering in the affairs of the people or the states beyond the powers delegated in the constitution.  For his commitment to such outdated ideas, he’s called names and laughed at by Republican big shots and warmongers like John McCain and Lindsey Graham.  He is not welcome in the Republican Party and they have put an end to his campaign.

Bernie Sanders, a senator from Vermont also stands up for his principles.  He is an unreconstructed socialist and is not afraid to say so.  He believes that the government owns your income and property and is entitled to take whatever, in its judgment, is required to carry out what it judges to be best for the collective; and he says so plainly.  Despite his insane socialist ideas, old Bernie is absolutely correct that our government is bought and paid for by Wall Street banks and that their money controls the election cycle.  While many in the Democrat Party are in favor of his policies, the ones in charge - Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Chuck Schumer, etc. are never going to permit an honest to goodness socialist get the party’s nomination; and the big money donors are never going to permit anyone to occupy the Oval Office who - to paraphrase Professor Tom Woods - strays from the John McCain to Hillary Clinton political spectrum.

Not to pick on Jeb Bush, but he spelled out so clearly the establishment viewpoint on foreign policy, that his words are very instructive; he made these comments in August:

“There is one thing that will hold us back — if as Americans we don't lead the world. This country is not a warmongering country. Our history is replete with examples where we... create peace and security. This president and his secretary of State believe we are part of the community of nations, believe that we can lead from behind.”

"We need to rebuild the military. We need to show respect for our veterans. We need to rebuild our intelligence capabilities, and our intelligence capabilities. And there should be no gap with the alliances that have kept us safe, starting with Israel."

Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, and even Hillary Clinton have echoed these remarks.  Jeb began his remarks by calling for America to return to its “traditional role” in world affairs.  They all believe America is somehow destined to be the sole leader of the entire planet, with carte blanche to bully, bomb, and invade any nation that fails to cooperate - unless of course they have nuclear weapons.

The “traditional role” of America in world affairs is to mind our own damn business.  From George Washington’s Farewell Address where he reminded the country that, “It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any part of the foreign world,” to John Quincy Adams who praised America’s role as leader by example only, and her principled refusal to meddle in the affairs of other nations;

“She has abstained from interference in the concerns of others, even when the conflict has been for principles to which she clings…Wherever the standard of freedom and independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions and her prayers be. But she goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own…”

Jeb and company believe that America will be “held back” if we don’t “lead the world.”  We’ve been leading the world for 75 years now, and this sort of arrogance has given us the Korean War - which is still ongoing - the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, Iraq War, permanent war in Afghanistan, and a 40-year Cold War.  While Americans have been led to believe that all these efforts were needed to protect their own freedom, and our soldiers have fought heroically in their cause, the world and America are no better off or safer because of all our sacrifice in blood and treasure.

The Republican establishment believes along with Jeb that America needs to “rebuild the military.”  This is utter madness; the United States spends more money on its military than the combined expenditures of China, Russia, the United Kingdom, Japan, France, Saudi Arabia, India, Germany, Italy, and Brazil.  How is it that the most powerful military on earth requires “rebuilding?”  Despite Jeb’s claims to the contrary, America is the world’s policeman, and its shadow government believes it is the ultimate arbiter of all political affairs on earth.  We have Troops stationed in a military empire in more than 100 countries across the globe, and while our troops are motivated by patriotism and a genuine desire to do good, our militarism makes us despised by billions around the globe.

Jeb is right; Americans are not a warmongering people, but the Republicrats and the shadow government bureaucrats that pull their strings are extremely bellicose.  The American president keeps a running “Kill List” from which - without any grant of authority form the congress - he selects those he determines to be enemies of the state for assassination; regardless of whether they reside inside other sovereign countries or even if they are American citizens.

Our ill-fated invasion of Iraq lasted for eight years and created ISIS, against whom the Republicrats clamor for another war.  Our invasion of Afghanistan has led to a war without end in a country known for centuries as the graveyard of empires.  We have troops still stationed on the Korean peninsula - kept there for no other reason than to die if North Korea invades - thereby providing a pretext for plunging us headlong back into a war that is still unresolved, and has nothing to do with the American people.

Yet the Republicrats beat the war drums relentlessly; demanding military attacks against countries from Asia to the Middle East.  Bomb Syria and remove the tyrant Assad from power and replace him with whom?  ISIS is the primary enemy fighting Assad, so the Republicrats say we should arm and train unnamed “moderate” rebels.  We need to “keep the military option on the table” with regard to the Iranian nuclear program, yet bombing alone could never prevent their acquisition of the bomb.  Do we really have the money and political will to invade with a million-man army and stay there indefinitely?

The so-called War on Terror is a dream come true for the national security apparatchiks that run the shadow government.  Since everything about this war is closely held national secret, the government’s mistakes and crimes can be largely hidden from the American people.  Our enemy plays their role perfectly as a virtual caricature of bloodthirsty evil villains.  An underlying state of fear of terrorist plots provides a compliant public that willingly submits to the all-seeing government in exchange for a false sense of safety.  The perpetual state of war provides legal cover for the government to trample on civil rights, as they have twisted the meaning of war to mean a war against a tactic (Terror) and not an identifiable nation-state or entity.

And so the war goes on with no end in sight within this century.  The emergency powers the government has granted to itself will continue to grow until our freedom is utterly extinguished.  Randolph Bourne observed that “War is the health of the state,” and indeed war is the preferred state of affairs for aspiring tyrants.  Our founders understood the danger of war to the health of a free republic.  James Madison put it best when he wrote,  

“Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war, and in the degeneracy of manners and of morals engendered by both. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.”

Unless we somehow bring our government to heel - an unlikely prospect with the crop of Republicrats running in this year’s circus - Our freedom will be lost under the weight of our ever-expanding warfare state.

Ten years ago today, the world’s unofficial chairman of the global warming industry, Al Gore, warned his followers that unless drastic action was undertaken within ten years to reduce greenhouse gases, our goose was cooked.  The former vice president has made millions of dollars globetrotting in his private jet warning that the world will end if we don’t shut down industry and return to a Stone Age existence.

Not the whole world, of course.  While the global warming crowd demands that you give up your SUV for a Smart Car deathtrap and stop taking vacations and flying on planes, they ride in limousines from their mansions to their Gulfstream jets; and go to places like the Sundance Film Festival in the south of France to talk about the need for the rest of us to give up modern life.

It was at the Sundance Festival exactly ten years ago that Mr. Gore said today would be the day we would be “past the point of no return.”  Well, the clock has run out and despite all the hysteria, the Kyoto Accords, and even Obama’s climate summit in France last month, nothing has been done to significantly curb emissions of carbon dioxide - this supposedly deadly “pollutant” that you are exhaling as you read this.

The Chinese are building coal-fired power plants faster than we build skyscrapers and the dreaded carbon dioxide - required for all plant life - is still with us.  Since Al made his prediction of doom, the movement has been re-branded as “Climate Change” since the catastrophic warming never materialized.  Moreover, the term climate change is much more flexible; any seemingly anomalous weather event can now be pointed too with a shriek of “SEE? CLIMATE CHANGE!”

Through the later years of the 2010’s Al told us that the polar ice cap would vanish by 2013.  Since that time the cap has increased in size by fifty percent, the global temperature has fallen steadily since 1998, and the polar bears have stubbornly refused to drown.

In the 1970’s we were told by an earlier generation of Machiavellian control freaks that we were on the verge of a new ice age, and that without turning over all our freedom to the planners, human civilization would end in ten to fifteen years.  The Al Gore of the 1970’s, Paul Ehrlich predicted, among other things;

·      “Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make…the death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.”

·      “Most of the people who are going to die in the greatest cataclysm in the history of man have already been born…by [1975] some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s.”

·      Between 1980 and 1989, some 4 billion people, including 65 million Americans, would perish in the “Great Die-Off.”

The new Ice Age has been slow in coming, and there have been no mass starvation of billions; despite the fact that the world population has more than doubled.  Who could forget play-actor hunk and amateur doomsayer Ted Danson’s 1988 proclamation that the world’s oceans would be completely dead in ten years?  Here we are 28 years later and Ted and his Hollywood pals are still dining on unlimited lobster at $5,000-a-plate political fundraisers.

Since Big Al’s prediction, the global warming movement was exposed as the greatest hoax in history, when the emails from East Anglia University were hacked and released to the public.  They showed how the scientists, lied, manipulated data, and undermined dissenting colleagues to “prove” the world was going to burn.

Still, the devotees of global warming remain undeterred, renaming their hoax climate change, and clamoring ever more hysterically than ever for control over our lives to halt the impending disaster.  They dismiss any who question them as “deniers” and repeat the same lines about “settled science” and a “consensus” among scientists. 

They will never tell you about the more than 4,000 scientists who signed the Heidelberg Appeal against the rampant pseudoscience surrounding the issue. Likewise for the Oregon Petition, the Leipzig Declaration, and The Statement by Atmospheric Scientists on Greenhouse Warming – cumulatively bearing the signatures of more than 35,000 climatologists and meteorologists, including 72 Nobel Prize winners who deny the existence of man-made global warming.   Neither will Al Gore’s disciples heed the words of Reid Bryson, the “Father of Climatology” and the founding chairman of the meteorology department at the University of Wisconsin (A well-know haven for liberals) who has stated with regard to global warming,

“…there is no credible evidence that it is due to mankind and carbon dioxide. We've been coming out of a Little Ice Age for 300 years...It's been warming up for a long time.”

Global warming/climate change hype is nothing more than a tool for further dismantling the American way of life; what one writer termed “socialism’s Trojan Horse.”  One clue is the myth’s leading proponents – a rouge’s gallery of leftists and communists; including Al Gore, Mikhail Gorbachev, and the late Muammar Al Qadhafi.  All have all written books on the evils of capitalist carbon emissions and the dire consequences that await us all.  If the leaders of the Global Warming movement don’t convince you of the true agenda, read the Kyoto Protocols, which require “developed” countries (Namely the United States) to vastly reduce their emissions of carbon dioxide, while “developing” nations like India and China can continue to spew enormous amounts into the atmosphere.  And, in true Marxist fashion, the agreement requires the “developed” nations to help pay the costs of emissions-reducing measures in the less-fortunate countries.

Adopting the provisions of Kyoto would place crushing burdens on American industries.  The politicians who decry American jobs being sent overseas are same ones who push for unfair agreements like Kyoto, which would drive more companies abroad, where they would not be subject to such harsh regulation.

While people like Al Gore and Ted Danson are comical, the movement they and their allies are pushing on the rest of us is dangerous in the extreme - as are many of the true believers.  Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and, more recently, a group of university researchers, have asked Obama to put opponents of global warming hype in prison using the federal RICO statutes.

The global warming charlatans are not only anti-capitalist, and anti-freedom, but essentially anti-human.  The latest trend among the greens in Europe is having themselves sterilized to avoid “contaminating” the planet with any more humans.  Time Magazine ran a story in May 2008 with the headline, “Growing Up Green.  No way around it: your child is an environmental disaster.”  The article begins,

“Want to wreck the environment? Have a baby.  Each bundle of joy gobbles up more of the planet’s food, clogs garbage dumps with diapers, churns through plastic toys, and winds up a gas-guzzling, resource-consuming grown up like the rest of us.”

I don’t view my children as “environmental disasters.”  No matter what nonsense is spewed by Big Al, Obama, and the rest, you and I, and all our children have as much right to this planet’s resources as beavers, spotted owls, and cave dwellers in the “developing” world.  And I am certainly not willing to cripple what’s left of American industry, double my gasoline and electricity costs, and pay a tax on the carbon dioxide I exhale everyday on the basis of a demonstrably fraudulent myth called global warming.

The term “conspiracy theory” has become synonymous with absurd tales of plots hatched by the government or large corporations to deprive the public of their wealth, freedom, guns, or other rights.  The best way for a politician or other public figure to dismiss any claims that they have engaged or intend to engage in nefarious behavior is simply to label the notion a conspiracy theory.  In fact, a conspiracy theory, in the modern usage, is basically defined as an outrageous claim made by utter kooks.

We must acknowledge that absurd conspiracy theories abound.  There will always be those who see conspiracies everywhere and who lack the ability or desire to examine all the facts of a case before making judgments.  There are those who believe NASA faked all the lunar landings, that fluoride is a government plot for mind control, the whole New World Order thing, and that the 9/11 attacks were staged by the government.  These ideas are flawed for a host of painfully obvious reasons.

On the other hand, it must also be acknowledged that there is almost nothing which elements of the United States government (or corporations) will not do.  Our government has, among many, many other things; conspired with the Mafia to murder Fidel Castro; operated the School of the Americas for more than 40 years to train government assassins and terrorists for Central and South American dictators; aided in the assassination of Congolese Prime Minister Patrice Lamumba; plotted to assassinate French President Charles de Gaulle; and provided assassination lists and been complicit in the slaughter of tens of thousands of innocent civilians from Thailand to Chile and Malaysia to Guatemala.  The Joint Chiefs of Staff even proposed a plan to president Kennedy, titled Operation Northwoods, to conduct terrorist attacks against American civilians, making it appear as though Cubans perpetrated them, and using the deaths as a pretext for a military invasion of Cuba.  The CIA also spent many years systematically drugging captured Soviet agents and American soldiers and civilians with LSD and other narcotics.  Known as Project MK Ultra, these mind control experiments also tortured their victims with extreme isolation, radiological implants, and other horrors that resulted in either death or permanent insanity for many.

So, while there is no evil deed beyond the pale for our secretive and power-mad elites in government, not everything is a conspiracy.  Moreover, many negative outcomes result from good intentions and unintended consequences, and not some nefarious plot hatched in a smoke-filled basement.  Some are both a nefarious plot with “good” intensions, and have unintended consequences.  When the CIA plotted with British intelligence to stage a military coup against the democratically elected president of Iran, Mohammad Mosaddeq in 1953, they were trying to ensure that the Iranians’ oil resources remained under the control of American and British oil companies.  What they did not foresee was that the move would permanently poison our relations with the Iranian people, and that the repressive Shah Reza Pahlavi, whom they installed as monarch, would pave the way for the 1979 Islamic revolution, the seizure of our embassy, and the genesis of the modern Islamic war against the west.

Most of our lost freedoms and current efforts by our government to compromise our remaining liberty are not conspiracies at all.  They are executed right out in the open; in the halls of congress and in political stump speeches.  Some, like the Federal Reserve System that was established to siphon the value of the American public’s money into the hands of the major banks and brokerage houses, were conspiracies hatched in private, but subsequently debated publicly in congress and the media.  The unconstitutional federal agencies that have smothered the majority of our liberties were all voted on and are continuously funded by congress.  From the Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and the Department of Education, these instruments of control and intimidation were created after open debate in congress and still proclaim the loftiest of intentions.

With President Obama’s recent illegal executive orders concerning firearms, many people are talking about a “conspiracy” to take away Americans’ Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.  Many people believe “the government,” or Democrats, or liberals are executing a plot to systematically curtail the ability of the people to defend themselves and then, when the time is right, will begin seizing all firearms from the citizenry.  I do not believe that is the case at all; the people that comprise our government are far too stupid and dysfunctional to piece together such a far-reaching plot across multiple agencies and actually make it work.  What is happening is that arrogant and power-drunk politicians with a variety of motives are incrementally eroding our Second Amendment rights.  Left unchecked, this trend will eventually lead to an attempt to outlaw private ownership of firearms; but an organized plot spanning decades and involving thousands of politicians and bureaucrats - no.

President Obama addressed the idea of such a conspiracy this week, when, talking with Anderson Cooper of CNN he said, “It is fair to call the conspiracy, what are you saying? Are you suggesting that the notion that we are creating a plot to take everybody's guns away so that we can impose martial law... but a conspiracy? Yes, that is a conspiracy! I would hope that everyone would agree with that.”

Whether Barack Obama has talked with others about a glorious future where all the bitter people, who “cling to guns and religion” will be disarmed, so the government can finally implement their policies and bring us a utopia on earth is not important.   Are there politicians and academics that want the American public to be disarmed?  Yes; some of them so that they can enhance the power of government, and some of them because they foolishly believe such an effort would lead to a safer society.  Are there some who really just genuinely want to place sensible limits on who can purchase guns to enhance public safety in some way?  Yes.

What is really important is not the motivation of the people promoting certain policies, but the consequences the policies will have.  Whether the president, in his deliberations with advisors, talked about his executive order being a stepping-stone to confiscation is not important.  What is important is whether it can become such a springboard.  Like the president said later in the interview, “Well, look, I mean, I'm only going to be here for another year. I don't know -- when -- when would I have started on this enterprise, right?”

When Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson backed the creation of Social Security and Medicare, they were not plotting to bankrupt the United States; they were trying to enhance and consolidate political power by giving people something for nothing.  Maybe they were selfless saints who cared only for the well being of their fellow aged citizens.  Does it really matter?  The result is that the US government is so far in debt that it can never recover, and our country is effectively bankrupt.

Is the surveillance regime against all Americans that was established and expanded under presidents Bush and Obama in place to protect us from terrorists, or is it the linchpin of a soon-to-be tyranny with an omnipotence never even dreamt of by the dictators of history?  It really doesn’t matter; what matters is that it is in place and could be used by a future government to instantly identify and eliminate any who oppose it.  As Edward Snowden, the whistle-blower that revealed the scheme said, it is “turnkey tyranny.” 

So when you find yourself thinking about conspiracies, remember that the most dangerous actions of government are taken out in the open and often with good intentions.  What we should fear above all else is not the intentions of a single man, whether he is George Bush or Barack Obama, but the accumulation of so much power in the government that a leader of bad intentions can seize the machinery of government and imprison us under totalitarian rule.  That was the purpose of our now-defunct constitution; to restrict the size and power of the national government because we could never be assured of having wise and just politicians to lead us.

John Adams put is best when he said, “The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with the power to endanger the public liberty.”  What we have to fear is not the intensions President Obama or his successors hold in their hearts, but the lawless nature of our government and its ever-increasing power over our lives and liberties.

Yet again Islamic terrorists have struck in Paris, murdering well over a hundred innocents, and wounding hundreds more.  This time the killers belong to a group called ISIS, which also blew up a Russian passenger jet just a few weeks ago.  The response is the same as usual; shock, outrage, calls for solidarity, makeshift memorials, candlelight vigils, and above all, political leaders contorting themselves in an attempt to differentiate between Islam and terrorist murder.

Now comes the soul-searching of leftists who want to understand why Muslims hate us and what Western civilization has done to deserve being attacked.  This handwringing will continue in parallel with political right that will tell us everything can be solved with the application of bombs and inaugurating another endless ground war in the Middle East.

Neither launching another halfhearted war, nor placing “Coexist” bumper stickers on your Prius and bowing to Muslim intimidation is going to solve the problem.  Neither side will acknowledge the fundamental causes of the problem, and so yet again no workable solution will be forthcoming.  

The left cannot reconcile itself to the fact that Islam is utterly incompatible with civilized society and that this “religion” has been at war with Western civilization since the Prophet Mohammed began the violent imposition of his faith in the sixth century.  Through slaughter and intimidation he cowed the people of the Arabian Peninsula into converting to his new faith, and his successors waged war across North Africa, the Middle East, and Europe; imposing their strict laws on every aspect of human existence.

The spread of this tyranny was only halted in 720 at the Battle of Tours in northern France after the Muslims had conquered Spain.  Attacks against the West continued sporadically, with Ottoman Muslims overrunning the Balkans in Europe and being stopped virtually at the gates of Vienna Austria in 1683.  After the Ottomans sided with the imperial German government in World War I, Muslim power - in decline for centuries - collapsed.  ISIS and other Muslim organizations are seeking to restore the empire that once ruled the Middle East and terrorized the West.

Islam is not simply a religion in the sense we in the west understand religions.  We view religion as a private matter of conscience between oneself and one’s god, and that anyone should be free to worship in any way they choose, so long as it does not interfere with the rights of others.  Islam is not a religion in that sense - it recognizes no secular laws, only religious law.  It dictates strict rules for every aspect of human existence; law, government, economics, banking, food production, relationships, sex, marriage, child-rearing, and even dress and grooming.  Islam directs medieval punishments of stoning, beheading, dismemberment, and whipping for violations of its law.  It commands its followers to subjugate or kill all those who do not submit to Islam; the word itself translates as “submission and obedience.”  Retired US Admiral James “Ace” Lyons put it succinctly, “…Islam is a political movement masquerading as a religion…”

As for the elites of the so-called right wing or conservatives and their penchant for war, they cannot admit that America’s actions in the Middle East have contributed to the Anti-American and Anti-Western climate.  While Islam will always seek to undermine and destroy civilized society and to bring it under its control, the stationing of military forces in their midst, propping up brutal dictators, and invading Islamic countries will most assuredly serve to rally more Muslims to arms and to be fitted for suicide vests.

Seven and a half years of war in Iraq and 14 years and counting of bloodshed in Afghanistan, has done nothing to dampen the zeal of Islamic fanatics.  More than a decade of extrajudicial assassinations of terrorist leaders and collaborators, carried out by robotic drones, has not served to prevent terrorists from organizing and carrying out attacks.  Our program of assassination in the War on Terror is no more effective than the same technique was in Vietnam.  Vietnam’s Phoenix Program carried out 26,000 targeted killings of Viet Cong honchos and never stopped or even slowed the pace of their operations against our forces in the south.

So what is the answer?  Finding the answer requires first that we all accept the realties of the situation, which we are far from doing.  Our public discussions need to recognize the limitations of our options; despite our unchallenged military might, we cannot subdue the Islamic peoples of the world.  Only mass extermination of the bulk of the world’s Muslims using nuclear weapons, followed by multiple invasions with a 20 million-man army could even begin such a task - and this something no one wants or is prepared to do.

The precise solution is a subject for future columns, but it involves establishing energy independence for the United States and beginning to militarily disengage from our global military empire.  It involves recognizing that every problem in the world is not meant to be solved by the American government.  It requires an understanding that this is a problem to be solved by the peoples directly involved and their neighbors; namely the Middle East and the European countries.

These most recent attacks, the predictable responses, and the irresponsible and poorly informed discourse about how to respond, highlights a much larger problem.  That is the lack of will on the part of the larger Western world to defend itself against the attacks of a rival civilization.  This has been plainly evident in the weak-willed responses to terrorism throughout the 1990’s which led up to the September 11, 2001 attacks, and it is again apparent in our tepid campaign against ISIS.

Even after the September 11 slaughter, leftists in the Western world have been far more concerned with “mistreatment” of terrorist murderers than with pressing the fight against those who openly call for our destruction.  Westerners have been murdered en masse: blown up, shot, incinerated, kidnapped, tortured, and beheaded, while the Western intelligencia and mass media wrings its hands about our “atrocities,” like putting underwear on a terrorist’s head, having a woman get near him, keeping his jail cell too cold, or dropping his Koran in the crapper.

We are locked in a struggle against an aggressor civilization that cloaks brutality and murder in the glory of religion.  It is a civilization that regards us as sub-human; that murders its women for crimes such as showing their face in public, being a victim of rape, or learning to read - a civilization that murders its men for shaving their beards, being a homosexual, or reading the wrong books.

Yet, in the face of this enemy, Western civilization collectively lacks the will to effectively fight back.  Already we hear in the media that there are “worries” that the Paris attacks will create a fissure in French society between Muslims and Frenchmen.  This is fantasy thinking; the Muslims of France have segregated themselves from French society because they reject it and everything it stands for.  After the Terrorist murders in Paris earlier this year brought on by the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo’s “insult” of the Prophet Mohammed, leading Muslim cleric Anjem Choudary had this to say; 

Freedom of expression does not extend to insulting the Prophets of Allah, whatever your views on the events in Paris today! #ParisShooting

 (@anjemchoudary) January 7, 2015

There is a conflict in the world between those who believe sovereignty belongs to man & those who believe it belongs to God! #ParisShooting (@anjemchoudary) January 7, 2015

Muslims self-segregate themselves into insular communities in France and everywhere else they establish a beachhead.  Their Quran tells them, “Let not believers make friends with infidels…”[i] and “Believers, take neither the Jews nor the Christians for your friends.”[ii]  Marwan Muhammed, a spokesman for Collective Against Islamophobia in France said earlier this year, “Who has the right to say that France in 30 or 40 years will not be a Muslim country? Who has the right in this country to deprive us of it?”  Meanwhile a thousand French supermarkets sell Muslim publications that openly call for murder of infidels and jihad.

Muslims have invaded Europe in massive numbers.  They openly call for the takeover of every nation they occupy, advocating murder and subversion, and yet the overwhelming response of the Western liberal ruling elite is apologizing to the Muslims for insulting them.  Our collective civilization lacks the resolve to defend itself against an implacable and vicious enemy.  Not only do we lack the resolve to fight - we cannot even bring ourselves to admit the reality that we are in a war for the survival of human civilization against a sadistic hoard of killers and their one billion fellow religionists.

The apologists claim that Islamist murderers have “hijacked” the religion of peace and that the vast majority of Muslims are non-violent and reject terrorism.  Then I ask, where is the army of Muslims arrayed to crush the Islamic State and its fighters?  Where is the outrage and the protest marches in the streets of Muslim nations?  Why are the leaders of the Muslim nations not sending forces to combat this abomination being committed in the name of their peaceful religion?  Why aren’t the leaders of these nations following Obama’s lead and talking about “the debt civilization owes to” Christianity?  Why don’t they defend Christian rights since the American president considers it “part of my responsibility as president to fight negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.” 

The uncomfortable fact that no one wants to confront is that Islamist terrorists are merely carrying out the commands of their god as revealed in the Quran.  This holy book commands all Muslims, “…make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites and deal rigorously with them. Hell shall be their home…”[iii]  “…cast terror into the hearts of the infidels. Strike off their heads, strike off the very tips of their fingers.”[iv]  “Slay them wherever you find them.”[v]  “Believers, make war on the infidels who dwell around you.”[vi]  On and on it goes.  At a soccer game in Turkey three days after the most recent Paris terror attacks, a moment of silence was called to honor the victims.  The 17,000 Muslims in attendance took the opportunity to loudly boo, jeer, and chant “alahu akbar,” in solidarity with the terrorists.

The true heart of the matter is that we cannot have a useful dialog about the situation because the Western elite has contempt for our way life and poisoned the well of public discourse.  The leftist drones on about his love of freedom and our way of life, but in truth he holds our civilization in contempt as racist, imperialistic, and exploitative, and so finds it easier to show compassion for a terrorist killer than for the widow of his victim.  He recoils in horror at a picture of a terrorist made to take his clothes off at Abu Ghraib, but seeks to “understand” the motives of men who fly jets into buildings packed with innocent people.

Western civilization must reject the self-loathing of such people.  We must turn our face toward this vicious enemy and comprehend its evil nature.  We face a long, twilight struggle for the survival of our entire way of life against an enemy that does not regard any of us – not our soldiers, not our women, or even our children – as worthy of any compassion.  If we cannot muster the collective will to simply acknowledge such savages for what they are, we are doomed to lose this struggle, and so sentence humanity to a thousand years of darkness under the heel of Muslim savagery.

[i] Quran 3:28
[ii] Quran 5:51
[iii] Quran 9:73
[iv] Quran 8:12
[v] Quran 2:191
[vi] Quran 9:123

Today, the United States of America turns 239 years old, and while every year we see and hear reminders to remember what the day means, most Americans remain woefully ignorant of the day’s true significance.  Today we celebrate Independence Day, not “The 4th of July.”  The 4th of July is a date, as is the 25th of December or the 1st of January.  Independence Day is for celebrating our brave founding fathers’ declaration of human freedom and our nation’s history.

The founding of the American republic, for all its nascent flaws and subsequent missteps, represents the greatest leap forward in human liberty and prosperity in more than five millennia of recorded history.  Americans took umbrage at the British Crown’s disregard of their liberties as Englishmen, and took the incredibly bold step of breaking away from the mother country and proclaiming the first truly free country on earth.  America was and is the first nation-state to be organized around a set of principles rather than the primitive motives of shared ethnicity and tribal affiliation.  That’s why American citizenship is possible for anyone; being American is as simple as being committed to the values of liberty, hard work, and personal responsibility.  The Marquis de Lafayette, one of many foreigners who fought under the banner of freedom, put it succinctly at the close of the Revolutionary War, “Humanity has won its battle; liberty has a country.”

Today, as a result of the freedom and ingenuity unleashed by the American Revolution, Americans and the peoples of the western world at large enjoy a level of prosperity, comfort, and safety undreamed of by even the kings and princes of the 18th century.  Yet Americans in general lack an appreciation for the Declaration of Independence and how it has led to the carefree, comfortable, and utterly oblivious lives they have the luxury to lead.  Fully 24 percent of our fellow citizens don’t know our country gained its independence from Great Britain; 44 percent cannot say what the Bill of Rights is; 64 percent can’t name the three branches of government, and 35 percent cannot name a single one; and 29 percent cannot even name the current vice president of the United States.

While our government works tirelessly to convince you that our freedom is threatened by primitive savages on the other side of the world, it is more important than ever to remember that the real threats to our freedom are here at home.  Our current federal government has long ago shed the chains of the constitution that protected us from tyranny and today recognizes no limitations whatsoever on its power.  We retain much of freedom, but all the mechanisms are in place to reduce us under complete despotism.  While terror attacks remain a very real threat, the collective Muslims of the world cannot threaten American liberty.  Abraham Lincoln’s observation of a century and a half ago still holds true today;

“All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.

At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.”

So today I urge all Americans to celebrate our shared commitment to human freedom and equality before the law; to celebrate our shared heritage and remember that we have a common interest in preserving liberty and will all share a common fate.  Tell your children about the great battle that was fought and won for human liberty on American soil, and how our example led the world to the heights of safety and prosperity, and remember the words of Thomas Jefferson, who said, “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.”  Jefferson knew that the greatest threats to freedom came from governments that slowly devoured their peoples’ liberty.  Remind yourself and your children that liberty is as fragile as it is precious; celebrate the day and our shared history, and remember that our freedom depends upon our vigilance and resistance to tyranny at home and not in ceaseless military adventures in search of monsters to destroy.