“IF YOU WANT PEACE, PREPARE FOR WAR.” Flavius Vegetius Renatus, Roman General

23 09 2011

Authored by William Robert Barber

For thousands of years cultures have been established and demolished by the stronger exerting supremacy over the weaker. Since the discovery of fire dominance was the instrument of the stronger and submission the only alternative to death. History has confirmed that no defense respective of its robust and sturdy counter-measures could withstand an intensely zealous and committed offensive. Hadrian’s Wall did not stop the demise of Rome by barbarians.

Over and over again overwhelming military might has, either used as a threat or overtly deployed, deferred or stopped offending military aggression. When this nation state avoided directly confronting an enemy with overwhelming force; when unconditional surrender was not the goal; the nation not only lost in blood and treasure but as in North Korea, Lebanon, Iran, China, Cuba, Vietnam, and the former Soviet Union all we accomplished for all the loss of blood, and treasure was to positioned ourselves to deal with the threat again.

This nation cannot tinker with even the conceptual idea of pinching pennies for our defensive systems; we cannot entertain a less lethal military. If money is to be wasted, (and I do not advocate wasting taxpayer funds) let us waste it on this sector not social programs.

I truly believe our US Treasuries are valued because of our military strength. Yes, we do have the world’s largest economy. We do harbor the greatest consumer nation that has ever existed. But the surety for all of these tangibles are secured by our armed forces.

The only difference between the past, and the present is weaponry. It certainly is not that there is less violence; or that violence is not the tactic of choice when resolving a dispute. Clearly, this nation is at war. There are many, not a few, peoples on this earth who would just as soon see us disabled and or outright destroyed. There are persons, and not one or two, who would purposefully kill themselves just to kill us.

Armaments such as biological, chemical, nuclear, and radiation bombs exist, there are deliverable; and surely, there are fanatics who actually believe that causing such mass extermination would send them to heaven. In this arena, the fight in this ring does not allow us to take a few jabs while we are negotiating the peaceful settlement of our differences. This confrontation is not about tolerance or understanding. It is about never allowing these crazes an opportunity to even think about acting against this nation.

We need a serious realignment of our foreign policy priorities; as an example, it is simply unimportant if there are peoples in the world that do not like us. Begging the world to like us is not a policy; it is juvenile, silly, and particularly dumb behavior. We do not owe our non-American enemies US Constitutional rights and closing Guantanamo will not abate the recruitment of Moslems who are hell-bent on killing us.

The a priori of morality is founded on self-preservation. It is wholly illogical for a nation state not to consider sovereign surety as anything other than its first right of uncompromising absolute. The establishment and implementation of institutionally accepted righteous moral principles is the policy goal of democratic- republics; but not at the cost of national preservation. In other words, when threatened strike first, hard, and do not release until submission is acknowledged.

Leadership assumes paterfamilias; such is the responsibility of leading. To lead is to accept the responsibility for the preservation of not just the state and its peoples but the culture and its societal significance. Without a military that is capable of delivery overwhelming force America will be disabled and in time will not be able to defend its people against today’s much less tomorrow’s enemies.

We must not defund our military budget…

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THE OBAMA BELIEVABILITY CRISIS

19 09 2011

Authored by William R. Barber

President Obama’s most recent rendition or brand of progressive socialism intended for injection into the American system of governess is not gaining popularity amongst the electorate. Specifically, he needs to convince the so called “swayable ideologically pliable independents” to accept this half-a-stimulus as the solution to this country’s economic malaise. In order to gain such acceptance he will need to enhance his present economic jobs policy with Republican principles. But he just cannot force his left hand to grasp that notion into affirmation.

I believe Obama is in the throes of a self-made dilemma; no matter which direction he turns the effect will have the same result.

Nevertheless and respectful of his failures as president, in relationship to the 2012 elections, the Republicans must get through the primary without drawing more blood from the faithful. Accusations delivered by fellow conservatives that bring into play social or religious issues, only arsenals, bullets, and grenades to the Obama camp; if such collateral to the central issues of tax reform, national GDP growth, cutting the deficit, and substantially reducing government spending does not take center stage the Republican candidate that will NOT decisively trounce Obama.

There is a strong conservative principled wind building up in this nation state; the young, the old, the naïve, and the hip, all are sobering up. All are recognizing this nation’s fiscal fix as a huge issue, a monstrous problem that must be firmly addressed. Everyone but the dire hearted progressives believe that government action is not the answer when the question is how to stimulate jobs and provide prudent fiscal responsibility. Indeed, Ronald Regan’s “government is the problem” has resonated anew as a validated political truth.

The Democrats’ policy mantras since FDR have always been the repetitive: tax and spend, overwhelm private enterprise with administrative-bureaucratic nonsense, regulate-regulate, at every opportunity scoff the very people that are financially successful, and scurrilously attack private corporations for making too much money as if such was a moral crime.

Lenin would be very pleased to hear the president’s bombastic endorsement and day-to-day critic of America’s obvious and prevalent unfairness. In the mind of the liberal progressive, Obama being the hero-protagonist, America has by purposeful neglect (turning a blind eye) and a willful tax-policy of enriching the rich enacted a tiered inequitable playing field that results in the enabling of social injustice. The Obama domestic doctrine is founded on class warfare and in the name of enabling fairness and social justice he wages this war with weapons of income redistribution schemes and in effect pro-union affirmative action.

Interestingly, according to Obama it is not the American people that are to blame for all of these detriments to society; factually, Obama suggests, even the Republican Party is only in part responsible. The blame for America’s societal disregard is squared directly on the Tea Party activists. Progressives want to believe that these Tea Party provocateurs of social injustice have signed a secret alliance with the far-right and neo-fascists ideologues. The mission of this hypothetical alliance is to rid the country of all welfare programs, social security, Medicare, government designed fiscal safety nets, and unions. The motivation of this alliance is racist in scope, Christian evangelistic exclusive, and xenophobic in character.

Well, I left out some blame set aside for former President Bush; of course Obama does realize that without Bush and the Arizona Senator there would be no Obama presidency.

I wonder how Obama’s and Biden’s investment in green energy is doing???





THE GREAT PRETENDER

10 09 2011

Authored by WIlliam Robert Barber

The liberal progressive assumes that bigger government is better government. Likewise, all tangibles and intangibles that sustain and embellish the bigger in order to originate the presumptive better, progressives endorse; conversely, any and all ideas, legalities, or regulations that limit, restrict, shrink, or retrograde from governmental empowerment, the progressive is against. President Obama is the ideal of the modern progressive.

Obama and his acolytes within the liberal progressive movement have discerned, after vigorous erudition, consultations with Socrates and Apollo’s Oracle at Delphi that their socio-economic-political philosophy is morally righteous. As a consequence, progressives have developed an innate, determined, and focused iteration of preconceived notions that do not require principles of deduction. Nor does their ideological perspective demand comparative analysis, the circumspect of contrary evidence, or doubt; their notions only require faithful adherence. In sum, their determination to fit their ideal of square into the round of the real is commensurate with ideologically prompted behavioral dysfunction.

President Obama has a diminished view of any political, economic, or societal counterview other than his own. His professional image has oscillated from the professorially induced naïve Senator from Illinois with charming ideas of change one can believe in to an arrogant, condescending, and most egregious of distasteful traits: President Obama is a pretentiously insincere politician.

His most recent address to the nation was simply a reelection speech; it was blatantly hypercritical, patronizing, deceitful, and by his own admission wanting of the details of how to and by what means. One can fool a part of the people all the time; but not all of the people part of the time; right now he is fooling less than a majority of the people. Obama has run his course; spirited style, a youthful smile, hopeful promises, and pretty phrases do not build substance, statesmanlike objectiveness, or good sense.

Respective of the pull and push of liberal progressives since and probably before Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson to mold America and Americans into benign socialist or in today’s context into a European model; the effort has fallen short of pure attainment.

Government is not to be trusted. How many times do we citizens need to relearn this political constant? Unions and government will never create a job other than by utilizing the charge of nepotism. Only private enterprise will create jobs… it’s that simple.





THE REPUBLICANS WHO WANT TO BE

8 09 2011

Authored by William Robert Barber

Where, oh where is the real conservative deal — or should I say candidate? I cannot find the evidence wherein the conservative principles presently expounded by Romney, in the present match up to his governing record much less his past policies and documented positions. My inclination is to believe that he really wants to be president and he goes about the tasks of attaining the office as if it was a corporate marketing endeavor. Therein his campaign strives to increase market share by appealing to popular sentiments rather than ideals that come from their candidate’s soul conviction. In other words, I have a hard time believing he is an ideologically sound conservative. Now of course he is Redwood trees taller, better, stronger, and much more integral to my governing values than Obama; so if that is the choice, the choice is easy.

I assume this is the situation where the bone eats the dog; in order to win an election the appeal must be wider/broader than a politician’s core political ideology. Presumptively that in real terms must mean lying, deceiving, and generally dancing about one’s core beliefs are the voter expectation of a politician. Only in vague generalities does the voter come to understand the inner mindset of the candidates’ particulars. When it comes to actually governing, well, voters have been influenced to understand that there are way too many factors and unanticipated influences to predict a politician’s ideological sway. My response to such nonsense is Gobbledygook…

I am inclined to support Perry over Romney because he blunders about with his truthfulness; his hyperbole, even his inaccurate and misinformation, come from his heart. He does not read from a TelePrompTer; he actually addresses the question asked… I find that amazing. He is a glad handier. He is a populous stirrer upper but he does so, even when he is wrong, from conviction. He knows what it is like to be poor. Hell, he even knows what it is like to be a Democrat.

Admittedly, he will have a tougher rough beating Obama because he may not appeal to a wide enough ideological swath of independents; but in this situation, the freshman senator from Florida would be extremely helpful as Perry’s VP.

When it comes to governing, we the people always get what we deserve. Although I have a special disregard for the contributions of certain boneheaded ever-electable representatives of congress, all the liberal progressives who in the interest of forcing a governess that simply does not work, and those attorneys in staff that really distort the meaning of governess by the people, one must remember and emphasis that the goal of us conservatives is to win a 60-plus majority of the Senate, maintain the majority in the House, and oust Obama from the White House. I do believe America is counting on such an election outcome.





THIS BLAME STUFF IS A WASTE… LET’S GO FISHING!

6 09 2011

Authored by William Robert Barber

I have been, for the last week, on business in Ireland. Today after frisking about with the Irish people, gazing and stomping on their generously forested land of gently rolling green country-side, driving through narrow village streets dotted along the hill and dale; enjoying many a stimulating discussion intertwined with good food and ale. I am heading home.

Interestingly, the economic concerns of Ireland and indeed all of Euro-land, are about the same as they are in America. Everyone I met and every publication I scanned emphasized the painfully high unemployment, the lack of bank-funding, dismal economic growth, and the sad, bitter effects of the almost complete devastation of real-estate value.

Entertainingly, the blame-story is similar to what we Americans channel. When the marketplace puts money or even the illusion of putting money in peoples’ pocket, everyone is unquestioning and quite pleased. However, when money has stopped flowing in and in fact starts to flow out or not flow at all, well, fault is seeking a dance partner. The people negatively affected point the finger at any and all except their own blindly excessive spending indulgences. The Irish – just like us Americans – readily exclude their most recent willy-nilly mindless behavioral addiction to a belief and practice in nonrecourse consumption.

When specifying the present American financial and real estate downturn I suggest that one should review the fuel that created the economic boom-cheap money and debt. The collateral was a commodity known as real estate and equity market trades and holdings. When private enterprise is managing its own risk and the speculator-public accepts their own risk, individually, the winners and losers suffer or gain. But when government and their cohorts public-private unions gets in the middle to install a “fair playing field,” to “protect the worker or the investor,” or enact by law a third-party ideal of fairness, the taxpayer pays excessively for the governing service.

There is an ancient adage that runs parallel to the biblical saying, “God helps those that help themselves,” inclusively, one cannot by edit nullify stupid or criminal behavior nor can government by legislation bind or mandate the practice of good sense and morality.

Of course these well-known adages do not stop the elected from their task of constant governmental interference. This is best evidenced by the government’s insistence on retaining an ambiguous federal tax code, enacting the excessively expensive regulatory dud Sarbanes-Oxley, the retention of duplicating departments and agencies, the persistence of continuing federal policies that bully risk-takers and reward losers. The systematically applied coercive pushing and pulling by several Congresses since the Eisenhower administration has driven private enterprise straight to attorneys, litigation, and bureaucratic discombobulating.

The liberal progressives in line with congress’ Barney Frank have for years forced private banks in the direction of mal-ginned imprudent lending practices. For the elected, evidence to the contrary of their ideal, be damned; the policy of government in their eye’s is as a matter of policy, to taxpayer finance a seemingly never-ending series of perverse societal contrivances that have, in the present, after decades of persistence, finally, impaired the nation.

When one combines such governmental action with a popular consumption frenzy stirred and prompted at every opportunity by a political leadership motivated solely to attain or maintain public office; the tangibles of sensible and pragmatic are pushed into the delete file in favor of the intangible and deceptive. These rascals, the elected Noblesse oblige, and their allies such as public employee unions, the New York Times, National Broadcasting Company, all liberal progressives, and labor lobbyist in general, are consistently remissive of applying prudent real-world principles to the issues and concerns of governing the peoples’ money. Either consciously purposeful, or permissively naïve, political leaders have, for many years, mislead the voting public as to the nation’s economic disposition. Experience has documented, the elected class will lie, cheat, and steal to and from their constituencies.

When reviewing the governing of particularly democratic-republics one is inclined to believe in the governing tenants of righteousness, particularly in these countries the predominately sane champions the irrational. Corruptive behavior in and by government is assumed to be spotty at best. After all, one is led to believe that in democratic-republics reason dominates the unreasonable, but low and behold, instead we find the non-sensible overwhelming good sense.

Upon surveying the historically documented factual pieces and parts that lead to the 2008 recession one could conclude that it was if the world of the otherwise prudent and rational was managed from the Emerald City by the hedge fund wonk, The Wizard-of-Oz.

Bloated property assessment permitted the government to tax and squanders more of the people’s money; equity pricing egregiously mismatch derivative to market value, and the wholesale of government policies explicitly designed to give away other people’s money. Could there have been another outcome? If governments’ print money, if fiat currency is forced into acceptance, if tax revenue lags behind governmental distribution of that revenue how could there actually be a functioning economy? No one with enough political juice considered the cost verses the benefit; everyone was chasing the butterflies, enjoying the rainbows, and receiving their pot of gold.

Captivatingly, the financially affected, withstanding the history of government stupidity, the government’s culpability in a total lack of sensible, rational, prudent, and reasonable governess, these persons, still contemplate government as the quick and easy solution. I am particularly astounded by the incredulous insistence of not just the financially affected populous but institutional leaders from bankers to insurance executives, economist, and broker-dealers they all create a novel wherein they write-in, admittedly, in degrees of measurable variance, governmental agencies and departments as the solution-protagonist.

The solution to our economic malaise is simple. Learn to find the bait, fancy the bait onto the hook, choose a line and pole; discover a place where fish are to be found, throw the baited line into the water, catch the fish, prepare the fish, cook the fish and eat it. Now all of this is to be done without paying a licensing fee, and entrance fee, a poundage tax, governmentally assisted learning, or some federal agency telling you how to eat the fish.

In other words, government shut up, do less, and stay out of my business…