DO IT TO ME ONE MORE TIME

26 08 2013

Authored by William Robert Barber

Once again “the people” have witnessed numerous examples of government malfeasance. But the issue of actual concern extends way beyond simple governmental malfeasance:

Withstanding the acceptance that government is a channel of corruption and every government that has ever existed has obliged the curse of dishonesty and exploitation, what the most recent congressional hearings discerned were the overt outlandish lies and distortions forwarded not only by the perpetrators, but also their leaders and particularly the administration’s spokespersons. When the discovery process of congressional oversight is limited to and about political party allegiance instead of striving to attain the truth of the matter; it is only a hop, skip, and jump to the utter destruction of our democratic republic.

From outward (lobbyists, affiliates, those with personal connections — all egocentric influencers of governing policy and procedure) to inward (duplicitous politicians in league with agency leadership that follows political party fidelity above the interest of the nation) including all willing practitioners of statutorily compliant corruption have transformed this nation into a statist- authority-synthesis of its former self.

Regarding the NSA, FBI, CIA, IRS, FEC, EPA, hmm… better to include all government agencies… the issue is not whether these operating entities are statutorily bound to perform their duties; unequivocally they are so bound. The issue is: should the people trust these agencies to comply? Distinctly the answer is: ABSOLUTELY NOT! Government is not a self-monitoring software program; governments are populated and administered by people — and people are fallible.

Congressional oversight of governmental doings is a sober responsibility. But when the conservative majority in the House investigates the workings of the Obama administration the liberal-progressives thwart the conservatives’ efforts because of political concerns. Such conduct is an instance of pure corruption… and frankly, should not be tolerated. Nevertheless, it is not only tolerated but exemplified as the skillful application of one safeguarding political interest.  

Governments at every level squander monies, function imprudently, and suffer from Lord Acton’s premise of ‘absolute power corrupts absolutely’. But the further away government is from the governed, the deeper the sins and the wider the corruption. Clearly, the federal government has grown way beyond its ability to effectively function; this factual (although widely accepted) respective of political affiliation is never addressed.

The federal government subsidizes too many entities, benefits too many of the undeserving, and is operating above the law. The federal government has disabled federalism and infected every state in the union with its discretionary distribution of tax revenue. If tax revenue abates, the federal reserve is ready to just print more money. The bigger the government, the more the corruptive influences permeate within and throughout the appendages of governing.

Elections do have consequences…

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LANCELOT AND ROLAND PLUS TWO

18 08 2013

Authored by William Robert Barber

Last night I watched the televised “Hannity” featuring Mark Levin espouse his new book “The Liberty Amendments” wherein the brilliant Levin describes the multiple abuses (offering examples layered upon examples) perpetrated upon the original intent of the Constitution by any and all that possessed the power and the means. The perpetrators were presented as having many differing ideological hues spanning specifically from 1913 to the present. However, the clear standout, the overriding persistent abusers, according to Levin, were unequivocally the Liberal Progressives and their socialist brethren.

Further in the discussion was the consensus amongst the panel of political wonks, the host, and the author that because of the precedence of law (settled legal matters), even if these maxims were established by extralegal means or simply misinterpreted judgments, correction is highly improbable to impossible. Withstanding, all participants agreed that the only alternative to correcting the wrongs and reestablishing limited federal government is to persevere, campaign, and educate, with the goal being to win over their fellow citizens. To cause the country’s citizens to reject their heretofore liberal-progressive-political-economic quasi-acceptance for the values inherent in liberty and individual freedom.   

I have not read the book; nevertheless, what I gathered from the forty-five minute program was that it is Mr. Levin’s passionate understanding that “the people,” will cajole their elected representatives to add his amendments to the Constitution. Hmm… he has more faith than I do.

Here are a few of the obstacles: Politicians are not required to tell the truth and the mainstream media conveys a political prospective regardless of the truth. One-man-one-vote does not require the voter to understand anything whatsoever. Ideological and predisposed beliefs create predeterminations that erode reexamination. Contrivance is much more interesting because the prevailing perception is that the facts are ambiguous even when the facts are well-defined. Pointedly, the predominate challenge, the one wrong that if not righted — all other efforts or concerns are for naught — is to redraft for definitive purpose the individual tax obligation owed to  the federal government. When over 45% or more Americans pay no, none, nada, in federal income tax they have no “skin in the game.” Therefore, they have no interest in the prevailing political indiscretions or if the federal government is running amok with injurious, imprudent, costly, ineffectual spending. They endure the careless, the stupid, and the nonsensical because they are not directly paying  the price of incompetence. Indeed, they are being paid not to care. This tax avoidance put forward by politicians is nothing less than buying votes and should be illegal. But here is the greatest obstacle to Mr. Levin’s righteous offering: the progressives promise what does not truly exist and the majority buys it with their votes.

Righting the wrongs of over a hundred years of statutory perversion and unconstitutionally applied procedural distortion requires a high degree of multifaceted political dexterity coupled with the courage of Lancelot and the virtuous sacrifice of Roland plus two.  In other words, a super-leader(s) must emerge from America’s Hinterland and lead the nation back to its founding values.

What are our chances?





WISHFUL THINKING

13 08 2013

Authored by William Robert Barber

Mindboggling, bewildering, amazingly dumb, and downright ignorant is the concept of peace at anytime; much less peace in our time. The very idea that peace (as a foreign policy goal) is an attainable probability is an absolute absurdity. Realpolitik dismisses peace as outright naiveté — a dangerous strategy and a silly forethought. Yet, although, and still the intelligentsia unapologetically touts peace as its ultimate goal, the raison d’être of a nation state’s primary obligatory, and most profusely, those who profess to know just about everything (wonks of the department of state for one) pronounce peace as the moral-ethical priority of an enlightened society.    

For those of Harvard, Yale, and Princeton legacy, the very ones that underwrite, regulate, and administrate the workings of the government dismiss the available volubility of documentation to the contrary and continue to profess peace as feasible. After all, they who behold MBAs and JDs have degreed that peace is the rational extension of humanness, of intellectual enlightenment; conclusively therefore, these of Noblesse Oblige lineage (the ones that run the show) have confidently surmised: Rational deduction reasons that peace is reasonable thus attainable.

I say that peace is mythical as well as a convenient illusion void of all empirical evidence as to its attainment; further, peace as a stated policy goal is nothing more than a rhetorical utility extensively used as a reason for violent conflict; an excellent example of such rhetorical utility is WWI: “The war to end all wars.” Since humanoids learned to fashioned and bound stone to stick, millions of humans have died directly or indirectly from the purposeful misdirection of establishing peace in the name of war.

The intrinsic behavioral dysfunction that prompts one to rob, deceive, murder, and lie on an individual basis is the same — although exaggerated dysfunction that prompt nations to, under the ensign of manifest destiny, xenophobia, theocratic intolerance, ideological incongruity, or a myriad of other such ‘causes to act violently’ predicaments that render the idea of peace as a foreign policy goal impossible.  

Amongst nation states the great persuader is not kindness, personal niceties, nor offers of understanding and friendship. The great persuader is power coupled with the will to act. Power if uncoupled from the will to act disadvantages the nation with power; such a disadvantage eventually disables the persuasion of power rendering the nation in common denomination with the not-as-powerful.

The choice is self-evident: America is either the most powerful nation on earth or not. If the choice is “not” then another nation will take its place; the weaker will either submit or conflict. Prudence and analytical reality compel America to be the most powerful nation on earth. Therefore a foreign policy that is as unrealistic as the ridiculous notion that peace is an attainable goal only misdirects costly efforts, wastes resources, and corrupts time spent. Further, when one accepts peace as an attainable goal one expends treasure, resources, and blood in the hope that the particular counter-party will be converted to civil sensibility, rational deduction, stop the violent behavior, and act reasonably. The key word is hope. Hope is not a tactical or strategic policy; hope is emotional wishfulness.

My assumption is that peace as a goal is so impeded in the American psyche that my thoughts will be dismissed and disregarded; nevertheless, I have expressed my thoughts on the subject and found accordingly satisfaction in doing so. Obviously, my concern is that as Secretary Kerry and President Obama seek compromise with America’s enemies and pseudo-allies in the interest of peace the result will be diminished U. S. power while eliminating this nation’s will to act from its quiver of steal-tipped arrows.





THE WAY IT IS

5 08 2013

Authored by William Robert Barber

I suppose the electorate’s attitudinized supposition is that after two-hundred and twenty-four years of countrywide multifarious elections, most of them beset with damning contentiousness, the idea that politicians who promise much but deliver nil has transcended from the exception into the normality of acceptance. The national print media in consort with a significant number of pundits have actually elevated and complimented this deceitful behavior as an admirable example of a political practitioner’s “État de la technique.”

Unfailingly, when in the throes of an election, politicians persuasively banter, “Give me your vote I am the better alternative,” while simultaneously, in a gist of couched metaphor (so to circumvent the explicit) they pledge (to the voter) pecuniary enrichment. This “enrichment” is usually transacted in the form of a tax exception, a government subsidy of sorted contextual specifically designed to right the perception of a moral wrong; there is a myriad of other such creative financial enabling that feed into voter enrichment — all under the ensign of whatever it takes to secure one’s vote.

I do believe that the president is a liberal progressive with focused socialistic intentions; further, as a true believer in such ideology Obama’s goal is the subjugation through political transformation and eventual replacement of the heretofore American tradition of governess with liberal progressive socialism. He and his politically far-left entourage armed with a distinctive Machiavellian gusto, the command of the bully-pulpit, coupled with a feverish élan are resolved to employ by all means be it extralegal or illegal to satisfy their political transformation goal. I.e., the preponderance of executive orders purposed to evade the Constitution process, as well as, to openly defy the House of Representatives. The EPA’s determined efforts to destroy the coal industry that provides 45% of the nation’s electricity in favor of a continuance of funding alternative energy investments are a classic exemplar of practicing stupid. And most distinguishing is the ideology of the president’s political agenda infecting the managerial prudence of the not only the EPA, but the IRS, DEA, CIA, FBI, FEC, notwithstanding the  preponderance of evidence that points to the corruptive behavior of Eric Holder’s Justice Department.    

Washington is captured by a Curium of political traditionalist who considers all opposition as the works of a usurper. It is as if the U. S. Congress was effectually governed by a league of Prefectures and senior chieftains who practice patrimony instead of the virtues of policies of prudence and good-sense. If one is to suggest the rescinding of a government agency that is nothing more than a duplication of effort the impossible raises its stubborn regard and the thought of rescinding is subjugated to committee. If the idea of cutting the cost of governing comes to a legislative vote then it is dismissed somewhere in the abyss of the process. To actually define and decipher the processes that truly govern Washington one must have the advantage of Bletchley Park.

Sadly, neither political party has the intestinal fortitude to speak of the truth nor neither has the reputation for the thoroughness and pragmatism necessary to even suggest the number of serious governance reforms required. There are few politicians that could reach the stature of statesman or stateswoman they are too committed to election or reelection to risk the truth of the matter.

The Balkanization of America is our factual day-to-political-day regimen; either we return to Constitution governess inclusive of checks and balance, federalism, and eliminate its mighty counter-forces or America is destined to embrace the ideals of liberal progressive socialism. This is the second civil war…