Terminate the Military-Industrial Complex

The real problem with the Military-Industrial Complex is that we have one. Having a large, standing Army is a mistake. If you read military history of the United States, the universal refrain is how deplorable it was that we relied on a small Army and large Militia. You’ll read of the many military disasters created when poorly trained Militia was sent into battle – and there were some pretty major catastrophes. But, using the small Army/large Militia model did win us every single war to World War II. Since World War Two? Well, we’ve had a large, standing military force and the Militia doesn’t even exist any more…and we’ve lost every war.

There are a host of reasons for the defeats, of course: but what benefit have we accrued by maintaining at very high expense this large Army organism?

Naturally, I’m bringing this up because of Trump’s feud with the brass. The Democrats, now leaving off calling them War Criminals, is rising to the defense of the brass, thinking that this will some how get us rank-and-file veterans to abandon Trump. This, more than anything, proves that Democrats are very unfamiliar with military service.

We have nuclear weapons so it is highly unlikely that anyone would dare nuke us. We have a massively armed population, so foreign invasion is simply impractical (it would take many millions just for the occupation forces). We don’t need this monstrosity where officers are placed on a path to promotion (and a juicy Defense Contractor career post-service) by their ability to please their political masters. A smaller and genuinely professional military force – where the officers are dedicated to the service, not their careers – seems to me to be the better way to go. A revived Militia would provide the means of rapidly expanding the Army in case of a major war…as well as providing a leaven of trained people in the civilian population who can act against enemies, foreign and domestic, at need.

Think of it: a voluntary, civilian militia (which can be used for a host of functions) would probably be some millions strong. It would mostly arm itself (though some weapons would be provided by the government; mostly crew-served weapons). Sure, it wouldn’t be nearly as good as a professional military force: but say there were five million Militia members organized into five thousand regiments scattered here and there around the country? No one is going to mess with that; not foreign enemies, not domestic enemies. Invasion and revolution would both be permanently impossible (unless the Militia was the revolutionary force…but that means that the people are conducting a revolution for themselves). And we wouldn’t have this large, bloated military force which tempts politicians into foreign adventure while also being institutionally incapable of winning a war because the price of victory is too high for politicians to contemplate.

57 thoughts on “Terminate the Military-Industrial Complex

  1. Retired Spook September 8, 2020 / 11:45 am

    You’ve come up with some good ideas over the years, but this is one of the best. I expect you’ll see, at the very least, some major housecleaning of the upper echelons of the military if Trump is re-elected.

  2. Cluster September 8, 2020 / 12:33 pm

    Good idea, my only concern would be ensuring safe passage for commercial trade on the high seas. Our Navy exclusively enforces that now and our absence would negatively impact trade.

    • Amazona September 9, 2020 / 12:02 am

      My concern would also be the “arming themselves” part—–in battle, all have to have the same weapons and the same ammunition. Unless being part of a militia included a discount on a certain kind of rifle,all with standard ammo, the self-arming part would lead to chaos in battle.

      I think we are in far more danger from a biological attack or an EMP than an actual physical invasion. If our enemies haven’t been paying attention to how quickly this nation started to fall apart under the threat of what has turned out to be a relatively treatable virus, I would be very surprised. We know the Russians have hacked into the systems that control our electrical grids—-they have admitted it, and fooled around with tinkering with a couple, just for grins I guess. A huge standing army would be of little use if the nation lost all its electrical power, through an EMP attack or hacking.

      But….I have a different take on involvement in foreign conflicts. I think we do need a standing army, just not a huge one. And I think that we would be doing ourselves and the world a favor if we trained that army by intervening in a few obvious and blatant human rights issues—think of the Janjaweed in Sudan, preying on innocent villages. This would serve several purposes: It would establish the United States as a force for good. It would provide valuable training, and while dangerous we have to remember that training stateside is dangerous, too. It’s not well publicized, but we lose quite a few trainees in training accidents. And it would educate our young men and women about the realities of life outside this nation. When I look at the wimpy, selfish, self-centered young people of today I cringe. I am lucky enough to know some young people who have been abroad with religious missions to impoverished nations, but they are far outnumbered by video game weenies and reality TV junkies. Even an adult brother learned a lot when he went on a three week motorcycle tour through Africa, about living conditions we can barely imagine. Becoming more and more insulated and isolated from the rest of the world does not sound like a good plan to me,

  3. Cluster September 8, 2020 / 12:40 pm

    SO…why are we not publishing the SCIENCE of the new CDC revelation about how many people actually died solely from the virus? Why aren’t we pointing out that the numbers are so vastly inflated the only logical question is “WHY?”

    It’s time to turn the tables on the Democrats as they have truly become SCIENCE DENIERS. There is no correlation between CO2 emissions and global warming, there is no evidence that masks prevent Covid, there is no science that says lockdowns prevented deaths, and there IS science proving that there are just 2 genders and currently the Democrat Party is on the wrong scientific side of all of these issues.


    • Amazona September 8, 2020 / 4:07 pm

      I agree—but I am not sure this is the time for those arguments, as I doubt they will sway voters. But a hard-hitting series on the virus might, especially as it ties in so well with the total disregard for human life shown by the riots and the Dem support for the riots.

      I think the new admission that steroids and drugs like HCQ are, in fact, effective therapeutics and that many SCIENTISTS knew this but the political class, in this case led by the Agenda Media, not only covered this up but denied it and worked overtime to scare people away from using these treatments for political reasons, leading to the deaths of untold thousands of people, would be powerful

      Surely someone can put together a montage of media hysterics about HCQ, with the blatant assertion that IT WILL KILLYOU!, followed by the list of censored articles claiming that it is not only not dangerous but that it works, and the censorship of the Front Line Doctors video and so on, proving the complicity of the media in what was not a coverup but an actual overt lie would be effective—especially if it were to end with the simple question: “How many lives would have been saved if they had been considered more important to the Left than convincing people Donald Trump was wrong?” A similar ad could end with a similar message: “Was there a political reason for denying the effectiveness of medicines known to be useful in treating the conditions arising from Covid-19 infections? Was it more important to keep the virus panic going, so it could be used as a political weapon against Donald Trump, than it was to save tens of thousands of lives? These are questions we should be asking the Democrats and the Agenda Media, which was, after all, the messenger in this effort.”

    • Amazona September 8, 2020 / 9:16 pm

      I just saw one of the stupidest things I have ever seen. On weather.com there was a video of a rescue of a dog that ended up half a mile out to sea after chasing some seagulls. i am a sucker for a good dog story so I watched, and the two men in an inflatable boat, Coast Guard or whatever they are called in England, were half a mile out to sea and…..wearing masks.


      On the other hand we had my boat at a big lake this weekend and not only were there no masks in sight, when a bunch of guys came over to help me get my truck out of a sinkhole we all high-fived and then had congratulatory hugs all around. (It just DROPPED, to the axles. But it was witnessed by a bunch of guys who have an excavating business and I was on my way to meet friends who work for an excavating company, and it was all good. They thought it was fun.)

      If I had seen a water skier or someone on a jet ski wearing a mask I would have been tempted to run him/her over. It would be a blessing, to spare him/her any more years of abject stupidity.

      • Retired Spook September 8, 2020 / 9:28 pm

        We just got back from dinner with several friends at a local tavern on a lake not far from us. We had masks in our pockets just in case, but no one was wearing masks. I asked the waitress if they had stopped requiring masks entering and leaving, and she said, “yeah, it just didn’t make sense asking customers to wear a mask from their car to their table, take it off to eat, and then put it back on to leave, I agree.

  4. Cluster September 9, 2020 / 8:12 am

    For the love of God we are dealing with emotionally troubled children:

    The brash installation, dubbed ‘The Final Push’, was revealed Tuesday morning near Pier A, Battery Park. It was set up by The Trump Statue Initiative to show Trump’s ‘self-serving, narcissistic and racist moments’. The all-gold exhibit features the president perched astride a gold golf buggy and pointing a golf club like a saber. The buggy is plowing over a row of coronavirus headstones, reading ‘In Tragic Memory Of: ‘It is What It Is’, a reference to Trump famously uttering the words when he shrugged off the more than 190,000 Americans killed by COVID-19. Another tombstone reads ‘In Tragic Memory Of: ‘Loser’, referencing claims Trump called US war dead ‘losers’. A bombshell report published by the Atlantic Thursday revealed Trump also called dead Marines ‘suckers’. Fox News hosts and Turmp advocates Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham are seen pushing the cart.

    Who the f**k spent the money on this?? It couldn’t have been cheap. Just thinking maybe that money would have been better spent helping to restore the small businesses the children destroyed in their fit of rage over Trump. I can’t tell you just how much I hate these people


  5. Cluster September 9, 2020 / 8:51 am

    Below is a statement from a black gentleman in my local area and I post it here because it is a perfect example of the ingrained victimization attitude so many black people harbor and an attitude of which has been created and amplified by our media and the Democrat party over the last 50 years. The damage the Democrat party has done to black people, black families, minorities of all stripes, and this country is immeasurable.

    the biggest thing you need to understand is that police are human beings. They are people. They are not robots. They feel and experience things like you and me. If you have a predominantly white police force…policing a diverse problem…. that will be issue number one. The right/white peoples favorite Black persona, Candice Owens fails to even recognize that common “missuse and abuse” of law enforcement has been created, developed, and perpetuated for, with, and against minorities in efforts to keep them curtailed and controlled with the mind set of them being animals. Shucks we black people only received our civil rights to viewed as MORE than 3/5ths of human, and receive full US rights in the 60’s. Thats a little less than 2 generations ago for me. My dad was born in the 40’s. The point i am making is that the root of the problem is a system that has been built and maintained by white people who are just people. Its inherent that in a given situation no matter how good the cop is, if he has been brought in a world where black people regardless of their AGE or AGENDA are to be perceived not only as different because of their outward appearance and speech and mannerisms, but as social economical and physical threats. Its past down, sometimes innocently, that what you don’t know or understand, is lesser than you and/or a threat. Its basic human nature. Now if we have generations of people good or bad, with those types of prejudices, placed in a situation of policing those things they fear, want to control, and do not understand or have prejudices of, that is how we end up with a whole lot of good cops who suddenly take prejudiced (handcuffed a black 8 year old at school, shooting unarmed civilians, threatening and menacing and over policing minorities as a whole) actions against all minorities during a variety of situations. And they take action with deadly force. They same cop who might pet little Diego or Ahmaud on the head at show and tell day at school is the same Cop who would pull Antoinette or Thomas out of their car, slam them to the street draw their service issued weapon and threaten to kill them under suspicion of them fitting a description or narrative. In summary, I would never know all of the numbers and situations unless a poll was taken, but not every body is policed the same. Unfortunately peoplr like yourself will never realize this unless you literally walk in a minorities shoes…whixh is why it is so easy for you to say amd feel sorry for the police. As for me..all of those cops walking away, should be replaced by minority cops. A lot of those cops walking away are walking away because they are frustrated that all of the over policing, lack of training, judgmental and deadly tactics of theirs are being reviewed and now they are being forced to use MORE judgement in every situation which adds more stress for them. Again…if they knew how police minorities better, none of this would be happening…and if every precinct and department would just get rid of the racist cops alot of those police forces could be absolved. Until then we will continue to have people like me who point out how wrong the system is and how it is not only built to railroad minorities but also HIDE the incredibly high numbers of those who either intentionally or inherently do so. That’s not equal justice. We will also continue to have people like you who think every cop is good until the bad ones’ actions are actually and accidentally caught. You forget that the reason why many officers are mandated to wear cameras is because there were higher numbers of guilty cops than you and i thought.

    • Amazona September 9, 2020 / 9:52 am

      Clearly the destruction of the educational system has been very effective, if an adult still thinks the Constitution said black people were only “3/5ths of human”.

      If “….if they knew how police minorities better, none of this would be happening…” is supposed to read “…if they knew how TO police minorities better, none of this would be happening…” this should lead any thinking person to ask “why should minorities be “policed” any differently than white people?

      And his twisted spin is that A lot of those cops walking away are walking away because they are frustrated that all of the over policing, lack of training, judgmental and deadly tactics of theirs are being reviewed and now they are being forced to use MORE judgement in every situation which adds more stress for them. No, Mr. Victim Mentality, it is because they are denied the ability to defend themselves, and the public, by the mobs which go after them and their families and their jobs when they honestly do the best they can to deal with impossible situations.

      You forget that the reason why many officers are mandated to wear cameras is because there were higher numbers of guilty cops than you and i thought. No, it is to protect themselves from the predatory race baiters and mobs who will convict them and try to sentence them based on no information about what really happened.

      There is only one reason black men are often considered to be more menacing, more of a threat, and that is because so many black men act more menacing and have proven to be more of a threat. It’s the same reason hikers are warned about how to deal with encounters with bears in the wild, but not how to deal with encountering some deer or raccoons.

      • Cluster September 9, 2020 / 10:19 am

        Exactly. And this comment of his in the very beginning of his unhinged post had me reeling:

        If you have a predominantly white police force…policing a diverse problem…. that will be issue number one.

        So skin color is ISSUE #1. This nation will never heal as long as people like this emotionally challenged black man are around.

      • Amazona September 9, 2020 / 10:45 am

        As you point out, his problem lies in his perception, particularly that there IS a “diverse problem”. If people would get over this concept that people of different races and cultures have to be “understood” and even “policed” differently, a lot of the conflict would disappear. What about treating everyone exactly the same way? What about having the same laws and rules and ethics and standards for everyone, regardless of skin color or ethnicity?

        My experience and observation tell me this is what most white people want. We don’t WANT to see black people differently, but this is rammed down our throats.

    • Amazona September 9, 2020 / 10:41 am

      I don’t play the victim game, but the simple fact is that, as a woman, I experience discrimination every single day. I can whine about it, I can get surly, I can use this to excuse all kinds of bad behavior and attitude, or I can just shrug it off because when you get down to it it is mostly just annoying.

      A typical example: I have two Kubota side-by-side vehicles. They are notoriously hard to shift. This is something everyone knows about them. The older one, bought in 2011 and driven by me for many hundreds of hours, has a vertical shift lever with the R position at the bottom. Sometimes it will not go into R without going back to N and slightly speeding up the engine speed to let it slide smoothly into gear. I’ve been doing it for 9 years. But literally every time a man is a passenger and I want to shift into reverse and it sticks and I put it back into neutral to let me sync the engine and gears the man will lurch across the seat and reach for the shift handle and try to show me how to shift into Reverse. It’s a little thing, but annoying, and representative of so many small but really rather insulting kinds of attitude women encounter all the time. I get things carefully, slowly and with great detail explained to me all the time, things that don’t need explaining, evidently based on the belief that estrogen decreases intelligence.

      So I get the irritation at being spoken down to or treated differently. But I also understand why it happens, because I also run into completely ditsy airhead women who couldn’t figure out how to turn off the water to a leaking toilet even with a diagram and photos. I am not responsible for the image many men have of the competence of women but I am responsible for BEING competent, myself, and project that competence. I can blame other women for this image, I can blame men, I can blame society, I can blame history, I can blame the zodiac, I can blame global warming, but the fact is, it is there and I have to deal with it. I choose to deal with it with as much humor as possible and not let it get to me.

      I also understand that lurching across the seat to “help” me shift my vehicle is not necessarily a reflection of a conviction that I am too dumb to do it myself, though depending on my mood at the time it may feel that way, I realize that it is probably just a desire to be helpful—you see what looks like a problem, you think you know how to solve it, and you try to put this into action, without the slightest hint of condescension or insult. So my irritation may often say more about me than about the other person.

      This is a lesson I think more black people need to learn.

  6. Cluster September 9, 2020 / 10:40 am

    I have learned a lot about the black community and progressive Democrats in 2020 …. and none of it is good.

  7. Cluster September 9, 2020 / 11:24 am

    So Democrats are holding Americans hostage saying that unless they vote for them, violence will continue. The Gambino family would be proud.

    And antifa.com still goes to the Biden/Harris page. Any questions?

    • Cluster September 9, 2020 / 1:23 pm

      You still think Americans care what you think. Hilarious.

      Here’s the vaunted one Dr Fauci in February …. Oh Lord!!

      The only people who need masks are those who are already infected to keep from exposing others. The masks sold at drugstores aren’t even good enough to truly protect anyone, Fauci said.

      “If you look at the masks that you buy in a drug store, the leakage around that doesn’t really do much to protect you,” he said. “People start saying, ‘Should I start wearing a mask?’ Now, in the United States, there is absolutely no reason whatsoever to wear a mask.”

      • fieldingclaymore September 9, 2020 / 1:29 pm

        No one cares what I think. Agreed. Maybe this moves the needled maybe not.

        It isn’t good for 45 though.

      • Cluster September 9, 2020 / 1:33 pm

        It’s fantastic for 45. It exposes the dishonesty of Democrats and their unhinged and maniacal desire to take Trump down at all costs. Every Democrat including Dr. Fauci are on tape in February and March downplaying the impact and yet Trump shut down travel from China on January 30.

        This is great for 45 and enhances his reelection chances. Thanks

      • Cluster September 9, 2020 / 1:39 pm

        And not sure if you noticed Fielding but Biden is now plagiarizing Trump with his “Made in America” new campaign launching today. Plagiarizing Biden

        Gotta love it

      • Amazona September 9, 2020 / 1:49 pm

        It isn’t good for 45 though.

        “It” presumably being a transparently flimsy hit piece by a has-been reporter for a trash Fake News Agenda Media outlet.

        Poor fielding, so desperate to find something to shore up and validate his hyper-emotional TDS pathology. “Oh, look!: he squeals in giddy joy. “The NEW YORK TIMES agrees with me!”

        And we yawn and go back to reality.

    • Amazona September 9, 2020 / 1:43 pm

      Oh Lord

      there are still people who pay attention to the New York Times and Bob Woodward.

      Woodward writes that other quotes in the book were acquired through “deep background” conversations with sources in which information is divulged and exchanges recounted without sources being named.

      Whaaaaa??? People are still relying on stories in the infamous NYT based on anonymous “sources”? That’s still a thing?

      “Trump never did seem willing to fully mobilize the federal government and continually seemed to push problems off on the states,” Woodward writes. “There was no real management theory of the case or how to organize a massive enterprise to deal with one of the most complex emergencies the United States had ever faced.”

      Bobby Woodward, who seems to think he is a pretty smart guy, seems pretty ignorant of the Constitution of the United States,particularly the concept summarized by: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

      To give him the benefit of considerable (and justified) doubt, I suppose he might really think that the federal government (ie: the president) has the Constitutional right to barge in and “…fully mobilize the federal government …” to handle an issue relating to the way a health problem is handled.

      Funny, isn’t it (she said sarcastically) how the Left squeals that TRUMP IS A DICTATOR and then whimpers when he shows that, in fact, he has more respect for the restraints put upon federal authority by the Constitution than any other president I can think of. Naturally, those of us with functioning brains can easily imagine the outrage—the OUTRAGE, I tell you!—had Trump invoked an imaginary federal power to bigfoot the states and impose national rule.

      Why, it might almost have called for…..IMPEACHMENT! (I think that old “abuse of power” thing is still hanging on Schifty’s office wall, waiting to be dusted off.)

      Going beyond the whole “I am trashing the president for following the Constitution” snarl of Woody, there is the whole buying into the media hype about how this virus was always ” one of the most complex emergencies the United States had ever faced.” Uh-huh.

      So what other horrible crime did the president commit, in the sage opinion of the afore-mentioned media whore? Oh, yes—he “downplayed” the hysteria over the virus, because of course the true role of the president includes inciting mass panic in the populace. Only Democrats get to be upbeat and reassuring, only Democrats get to use the “we have nothing to fear but fear itself” approach to talking to the people about a crisis.

      It’s no wonder poor fielding is so triggered by all these offenses of the president. He has been told how, well, offensive they are, in a carefully tweaked account by Bobby (I used to be a real journalist) Woodward. And that crap was just so darned tasty to poor fielding he just had to share. Never mind that doing this only highlighted his inability to apply analysis and critical thinking to an obvious hit piece. The fieldings don’t bother with such stuff when they sit down to dine on the concoctions of the rabid Left. They just smack they lips and chow down.

      • Amazona September 9, 2020 / 2:04 pm

        Remember, when the president acted swiftly and decisively he was savaged by the Left for being hysterical, overreacting and being “xenophobic and racist”.

        Then, a few months later, he is being savaged for not acting sooner, essentially “not being xenophobic enough” for not banning people from other countries from entering the United States.

        The president openly, in daily briefings, showed his reliance on the “science” of the Holy Grails of modern medicine, the CDC and the WHO. He consulted these “experts” and he followed their advice. Now he is being accused of denying the “science” and not respecting the “scientists”.

        The president consistently showed calmness, optimism and confidence, reassuring the public that this was something we could defeat and move beyond, which have all been recast by the howling mobs as “lack of leadership”.

        And so on, ad infinitum. The Left are, individually and collectively, lying hypocritical scum.

      • Cluster September 9, 2020 / 2:28 pm

        Trump voluntarily shut the worlds largest economy down to prevent spread of the virus, contrary to what Democrats, Dr. Fauci and the media were advocating at the time. Yet, Trump is the one who down played the virus??

      • dbschmidt September 9, 2020 / 5:14 pm

        Now is getting the information out past all of these hits pieces to reopen the economy. Starting to think I may have to go to S. Dakota (Fla. boy not a fan of the cold) to live among reasonable people again.

      • Cluster September 9, 2020 / 7:15 pm

        The Governor of S Dakota is pretty nice too.

      • Amazona September 9, 2020 / 9:15 pm

        Think about Wyoming. Farther south than South Dakota, no state income tax, open carry is fine, barely more than half a million people in the whole state, reliably Republican. The front range of Wyoming, at least for the first 200 miles or so, is basically identical to the Front Range of Colorado—same altitude, same general weather patterns and temps.

  8. Cluster September 9, 2020 / 1:30 pm

    I wonder why Bob Woodward didn’t voice his concerns back in February? Why do you suppose that is? Does Bob and Democrats have blood on their hands?

    • Amazona September 9, 2020 / 1:55 pm

      I wonder why Bob Woodward didn’t voice his concerns back in February?

      Because in February it’s still 8 months till the election, silly. When you sit down to smear a man by (1) selectively quoting him (2) and then explaining what his words ‘really mean’ you have to wait till there are only a few weeks till the gullible have to decide who to vote for, so your propaganda will have the most possible impact.

      No doubt this is just a step in the carefully planned process of “revelations” by the pack of jackals working to undermine support for the President. But they are preaching to the choir, the few rabid mouth breathers who still read the NYT and still might think Woodward is a real journalist.

      • Cluster September 9, 2020 / 2:24 pm

        I am surprised they didn’t have a commercial ready to roll

  9. Cluster September 9, 2020 / 1:44 pm

    Run away Fielding, it’s what you and all WOKE little pukes do best.

  10. Cluster September 9, 2020 / 2:13 pm

    Biden is giving a very “xenophobic’ speech right now and I am thinking his new campaign slogan just might be “Make America Great Again” hahahaha

    This is truly bizarre

  11. Amazona September 9, 2020 / 2:48 pm

    The administration …. signed into law a reauthorization of the critical D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, which provides vouchers to children from low-income families living in the nation’s capital.

    This is the program that has helped so many black children escape the educational malpractice of the D.C. “educational” system and get good educations and hope for decent futures.

    This is the program cut by President Obama, in spite of the tearful requests from black teachers and leaders begging him to allow it to continue.

  12. dbschmidt September 9, 2020 / 5:17 pm

    Still having fun with Sturgis being a “super spreader” event. I read the BS used to evaluate this but was looking forward to meeting one of the “contact tracers” who had the spine to question 460,000 plus riders.

  13. dbschmidt September 9, 2020 / 5:30 pm

    Actually, Mark, in addition to the military industrial complex–let us do it all. Everything the government does not have the Constitutional right to be in the middle of–gone. Pres. Trump has already spoken of dismantlement of DC and putting the surviving departments in the area they are supposed to serve.

    On the other side–it appears that many are “cancelling” themselves–hoping it is total. Sports do not need to come back, hollyweird is useless. Go down the line and let them learn what the real world is about. Politicians are not out of the loop either–hold them accountable to the minute/penny Public unions should be disbanded and let each of those prove their value.

    Know I missed a great deal of folks but this is technically a “war” or will be–problem is that those of us that believe in the Constitution do not have the “command & control” structure existing on the other side. Even though I do not have kids–I do not want my family’s kids and grand kids to ever know what socialism is except from a book.

    • Retired Spook September 9, 2020 / 5:36 pm

      I do not want my family’s kids and grand kids to ever know what socialism is except from a book.

      I’d settle for just having them know it “from a book.”

      Hey — how about Trump’s Nobel Peace Prize nomination. The member of the Norwegian Parliament who nominated him said he’s done more to promote peace between nations than most Nobel Peace Prize recipients.

      • Amazona September 10, 2020 / 1:43 pm

        I think one of our problems is that we are not defining “socialism”, and in a nation purposely mid-educated, as ours is, that is something we need to correct.

        I think younger people see “socialism” as nothing more or less than “free stuff”. They see it as a benign extension of the family, in which the parental unit continues to provide shelter, food and goodies indefinitely, in a vastly expanded version of unconditional love/responsibility.

        We float around the edges of defining it but mostly just refer to some of its uglier aspects. We need to find a way to define it and illustrate it in a way that younger people can relate to. We need to find a way to show what happens when the reality of socialism—the relegation of everyone to a low standard of living with few options and little liberty—-bumps up against the fantasies of somehow moving on to a big New York City apartment that is very affordable (as they have seen in “Friends”) or a fancy car or even a new iPhone every year. Under socialism, people are told how big their houses can be and how many people have to live in them.

        We need to find a way to illustrate that the choices we have now are directly due to the effect of competition and a free market—that without this, with a massively powerful Central Authority in charge of providing everything to every person, instead of dozens of makes and models and even colors of automobiles to choose from we end up with a more modern version of the Lada. That instead of strolling through a huge supermarket picking and choosing among brands of toothpaste and reading the labels on different varieties of food there will be one brand of toothpaste and they might have to stand in line to buy it.

        And we need to point out that in a world where Might Makes Right, their mob mentality of wanting to purge those with differing opinions can flip on them in a heartbeat when and if the Opposition develops more Might and takes over, and suddenly they are the ones being purged—that it is the system we have now which guarantees their ability to voice conflicting opinions that is the only reason they are not sitting in political prisons or being shipped off to slave camps in an American gulag.

      • Amazona September 10, 2020 / 2:17 pm

        During the days of the Soviet Union a man walks into the local Lada dealership …
        He tells the salesman what color he wants and pays the full cost of the car.

        The salesman takes the money and says he should come to pick up the car in 7 years.

        The man asks whether that would be in the morning or afternoon.

        The salesman asks what difference that makes.

        He answers the the plumber is scheduled to fix his toilet in the morning.

  14. Cluster September 9, 2020 / 7:14 pm

    Things are going well in California, Oregon, and Washington.

  15. Cluster September 10, 2020 / 9:12 am

    Not sure which show I saw it on but last night Fox played the video of a press conference with Trump back in May where Trump is acknowledging that he is in fact down playing the threat in order to keep everyone calm and resolute. Panic is for children … and the media

  16. Retired Spook September 10, 2020 / 11:54 am

    Trump 21, anonymous sources 4.

    • Amazona September 10, 2020 / 1:25 pm

      One of the Tiny George statements that summarizes the vicious effort of the Left to use the media to destroy the president—an effort that has gone far beyond simple bias into the realm of opposition propaganda–was his discussion with Sarah Huckabee Sanders about the alleged comment of Trump about visiting the military cemetery. He completely ignored her repeated statements that she was THERE during the discussions and went on with his effort to slime the president. He said, with a straight face, that General Kelly’s refusal to get involved with the fake “controversy” is, in and of itself, damning—that his “silence is deafening”.

      Only the insanity of the Left can spin, or at least try to spin, the refusal to get sucked into a bogus debate about a bogus claim based on a lie as somehow giving credence to the lie.

      A Western traveler encountering an Oriental philosopher asks him to describe the nature of the world: “It is a great ball resting on the flat back of the world turtle.” “Ah yes, but what does the world turtle stand on?” “On the back of a still larger turtle.” “Yes, but what does he stand on?” “A very perceptive question. But it’s no use, mister; it’s turtles all the way down.” I think of that when I think of the foundation of the Left, but in that case the entire concept of the Left is balanced on a lie, and it’s lies all the way down.

      Someone driven by negative and hostile emotion gets on an intellectual version of an Alpine Slide or a water slide and then just slips, slides and plummets down, from one lie to the next, in an inexorable descent—and there seems to be no bottom.

  17. Amazona September 10, 2020 / 1:02 pm

    What do you get when you elect a problem solver to be the president?

    Well, you get a guy whose focus his entire career has been on (1) identifying problems, and then (2) working to find solutions to those problems.

    We have seen this in Donald Trump’s approach to illegal immigration. He identified it as a problem,he analyzed its source and he has been working on ways to deal with it. The most obvious approach has been to build a physical barrier to crossing the border, funneling border crossers to formal crossing stations where they can be vetted regarding paperwork and so on.

    There have been several explanations for the visceral and hysterical opposition to this idea, and I think a lot of it has been a simple obsession with depriving the president of anything that might be seen as a victory, reflecting well on him. We saw this with the absolutely frantic and overblown reaction to his citing the drug Hydroxychloroquine as being a “promising” approach to dealing with Covid-19. The TDS crowd eagerly and happily traded untold thousands of lives for the Agenda Media headlines and Leftist talking heads campaign to halt the use of this drug, to prevent the appearance of the president providing helpful and even lifesaving information to the people.

    In the meantime, Trump has just been plugging along, working on ways to build that wall. And he has come up with one idea I have had for years—taxing remittances to Mexico from people working in the United States—and a new one, which is a toll on border crossings into Mexico.

    The amount of US money sent to Mexico every year has not been accurately tallied. I have heard estimates that range from tens of millions to closer to a billion dollars a year, sent out of this country to benefit the people and by extension the government of Mexico. I have read that US remittances form a significant proportion of the Mexican nation’s revenue. A few years ago a brother was in line at the Customer Service counter at a small grocery store, behind several obviously Mexican workers, on a Friday afternoon. He said by the time he got to the head of the line he had seen more than $30,000 sent, just from that one small store in that short time period, from the United States to Mexico.

    Now there is, finally, a way to slightly offset the financial drain on the United States of shipping hundreds of millions of dollars a year to shore up the economy of a neighboring country. It will, if enacted, have two results. One will be to reduce the attraction of working here, as less of the earned income can be sent home, and the other will be to funnel some of those hundreds of millions of dollars into a project benefiting this country.

    And it will serve to do what the president always said would be done, which is to have Mexico help pay for the wall. Shifting 15% of today’s hundreds of millions of dollars now sent to Mexico into building the wall is, basically, the same thing as having Mexico help fund the wall.

    It’s about time, and I hope it happens.

    • Retired Spook September 10, 2020 / 1:24 pm

      The amount of US money sent to Mexico every year has not been accurately tallied. I have heard estimates that range from tens of millions to closer to a billion dollars a year, sent out of this country to benefit the people and by extension the government of Mexico.

      It’s way more than that.

      Mexicans sent home $26.1 billion from January to November 2017, according to figures released Tuesday by the central bank of Mexico. That’s the most ever recorded and better than the $24.1 billion sent in 2016 over the same period.

      And that’s just Mexico. Immigrants have sent, on average, $12 billion/year to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador over the last decade.

      • Amazona September 10, 2020 / 1:30 pm

        Thanks, Spook, for the information. I didn’t take the time to research it, planning my turtle story.

        That is a huge chunk taken right out of our economy. The basic concept of an economy is the circulation of money—someone gets paid for something and then puts that money back into circulation. But we are allowing that money to simply be carved right out of the economy, and getting nothing or at least not much back. The companies and individuals paying these people get the value of the labor they provide but the nation as a whole does not benefit.

  18. Amazona September 11, 2020 / 12:05 am

    A few days ago I mentioned a little experiment of mine, in which I would suggest to people with whom I had never discussed politics—the guy who rotated my tires, a clerk at the supermarket, etc.—that I knew when the Covid panic would end, and every single one of them spontaneously responded “Yeah—November 4.”

    Now we have confirmation from at least one source:

    A Los Angeles area reporter was given a copy of a recording from a conference call, which has LA County Director of Public Health, Dr. (not of the medical variety) Barbara Ferrer saying that schools won’t open up until “after the election.”

    As a couple of radio hosts commented, there could only be one reason for this:

    John: “That seems odd.”

    Ken: “What does this have to do with the Elections?”

    John: “That’s right.”

    Ken: “That makes no sense. She just picked a date, the Elections.”

    John: “So can I..(interrupted by Ken) could I interpret it as they are holding off until the election because sending the kids back into school would uh..”

    Ken: “Would be a plus sign for Trump?”

    John: “… would put everyone in a good mood, they would feel the whole nightmare is over and that uh, gives goodwill to Trump and more votes. Is that what they are doing? Are they manipulating the school date based on whatever? I mean it’s not going to have any effect in California…”

    Gee, do ya think?

    • Cluster September 11, 2020 / 7:45 am

      They just come right out and admit it …. it’s disgusting

      • Retired Spook September 11, 2020 / 8:57 am

        I saw that clip on one of the Fox shows last night. There can be only two possible explanations for the Left suddenly being so open about who they are and what their agenda is. (a) They believe now is their time, and they are so close to realizing the long term goal that has been largely achieved incrementally and below most people’s radar over the last century and that more Americans support them than oppose them,; or (b) they are reeeeeeeealllllly stupid. I’m inclined to think it may be a combination of the two.

  19. Cluster September 11, 2020 / 8:29 am

    I am convinced that if Trump administration officials wiped their cell phones clean before turning them in and complying with a federal subpoena that the media would not be alarmed or even see the need to report it. Don’t you??

    Data from more than 25 government-issued phones used by members of the special counsel’s team was wiped or deleted during the course of the Trump-Russia probe, according to Justice Department records released on Thursday…… Andrew Weissmann, a top deputy on the special counsel’s team, “wiped” his phone twice, according to the documents, which were released in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch.


  20. Cluster September 11, 2020 / 8:33 am

    Democrats have destroyed NY … and Seattle, Portland, Chicago, SF, LA, Baltimore, etc. In fact they destroy everything they touch

    CEOs from 160 top companies have demanded that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio address public safety and fix ‘quality of life issues’ that have left the Big Apple struggling to recover from one of the harshest lockdowns in the country. Chief executives from companies Lyft, Macy’s, Goldman Sachs and more signed the letter to de Blasio calling for the city to ‘remain a thriving global center of commerce, innovation and opportunity’ as it battles a slow reopening, rising crime, growing homelessness and sanitation problems amid the pandemic. The letter called for de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to send out a ‘consistent message’ about when people in the city could expect to come back to a ‘safe and healthy work environment’.

    UPDATE: Fewer than 10 per cent of New York City’s office employees have returned to public workplaces, jeopardizing the city’s financial health as office buildings account for almost 10 per cent of total annual revenue. …. ‘That’s revenue that’s gone that pays for cops, firefighters, teachers, sanitation workers, it’s gone. And there’s no way I’m going to get it back,’ said Mayor Bill de Blasio said in May when he revealed the city could need $7.5billion in federal aid.

    Sorry Bill but NY does not deserve one federal dime to help bail you out. Maybe your rich friends can help

    • Retired Spook September 11, 2020 / 9:01 am

      His rich friends are all moving to Florida and Texas.

  21. Amazona September 11, 2020 / 10:50 am

    Mueller staffers destroyed evidence. Fifteen of them, one of them twice. “Accidentally”.

    The Left become bolder in its effort to destroy our youth, this time by promoting and defending a film that blatantly sexualizes young girls, who are scantily clad, dancing overtly sexual dances, mimicking sex acts and being filmed with many long and loving shots of crotches, wiggling backsides and breasts. OF CHILDREN. At the risk of promoting child pornography I suggest watching some of the clips from the movie. They are disgusting, and so clearly designed to appeal to sexual deviancy I don’t see how they can be defended.

    This after the move to teach third graders how to masturbate each other.

    The Left is now openly admitting its plans to sabotage the election by not accepting with the outcome—its only option now that its former efforts at a softer coup have failed.

    “No wall for thee, but one for me”: The official residence of Democrat Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer in Lansing will soon have an eight-foot high, electrified fence surrounding it; the fence and ancillary security upgrades will reportedly cost $1.1 million. Whitmire, of course, as a loyal Leftist stooge, has fought the building of a border wall. But this wall is different, doncha see…this one is “… to ensure the safety, security and protection of any sitting governor and the first family.”

    • Amazona September 11, 2020 / 11:00 am

      Texas is now teaching children how to engage in sodomy. (emphasis mine)

      The material “…. encourages children to attend LGBT “pride” rallies and explore other ways to become LGBT “allies,” and proposes various role-play scenarios for children to act out in class, including lesbians deciding when to engage in oral sex and how to handle the aftermath of a drunken sexual encounter.

      The material also contains detailed instructions on how to put on condoms, and even advice on “how to lower the chance of pain and make anal more enjoyable” without fear of “health issues.”

      Parents objected, one of them“…calling the sexual role-play activities a “dream scenario for pedophiles.””

      And then we got to see the utter contempt and disdain the Left has for people who do not agree with them. They called the objections expressions of “hate” and dismissed concerns as mere examples of a need for counseling.

      The school board itself largely dismissed community objections, signaling their position in advance with rainbow flags on their desks.

      “If there are any kids actually watching this I want to tell them directly that they, you have heard a lot of hate tonight in this room,” Trustee Arati Singh declared at one point. The crowd reacted to the accusation by booing, which board president Geronimo Rodriguez dismissed by simply telling the audience that counselors were present for anyone who needed them.

      Note to Texans: School boards are elected. But remember, when two counties in Colorado elected conservative school boards the next elections were flooded with tens of millions of dollars from people outside the state. Now why would anyone in California be so determined to influence the way Colorado children are educated? Guesses, anyone?

      • Cluster September 11, 2020 / 11:47 am

        We have big problems in this country which all stem from the lack of parenting and the absence of God and spirituality. Bring back two parent households and Faith and this country will heal.

      • Retired Spook September 11, 2020 / 11:55 am

        I hate to sound like a defeatist, but I think the only way we’ll ever return to our nuclear family/Judeo-Christian roots is either through an act of God or a defeat of the Left that is so thorough that they dare not even attempt to try again.

      • jdge1 September 11, 2020 / 7:02 pm

        ”…either through an act of God or a defeat of the Left…”

        Those things are not mutually exclusive. God’s hand is at constant play and His intervention can take on many faces including steps that draws evil out from the shadows which we’ve been watching play out in recent times. The biggest question I have is; Are there enough people willing to turn to God for Devine help before the level of destruction places an immense hardship on generations to come?

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