THE FACT & THE TRUTH

31 03 2014

Authored by William Robert Barber

I am fascinated by the idea that a fact is not necessarily the truth. My son recently pointed this out to me crediting the “idea” to the novelist Samuel Delany.  I was initially befuddle by what I had heretofore believed was synonymous (fact & truth) patiently he extended an explanation. “A fact is established when the deductive process results in an empirical computation; wherein, the truth is measured by the prevailing regard of the fact. In other words,” my son went on, “there are laws of the land, but the truth resides not in the fact of the law but in its actual obedience or enforcement.” I understood this explanation to mean that discretion is a constant arbitrary when bridging the distance from the fact of the matter to the truth of the matter.

I consider this “idea” concurrent with my belief that prompted by the conditioning of deductive thinking one logically embraces reasoning and rational as integral to understanding. But within the panorama of my experiences with multi-variant business; my observation of economic -policies, strategic-political transactions, and conflicting socio-religious issues, I am confronted with numerous instances of definitive determinations whose basis is irrational and unreasonable.

I therefore conclude that where one begins or starts withstanding ones single-minded declaration of intent often has little to do with where one ends; for example, WWI was “the war to end all wars.” We all acknowledge that declaration of intent was farcical; obviously, the premise was not rational or reasonable. As with the concept of income equality and social justice at the sacrifice of personal liberty, “the war to end all wars,” is nothing less than theoretical nonsense proffered by contrarians, nihilist, academics positioned on the wayside of reality, progressives with a political objective, enemies of individualism and proponents of collectivism.

Somewhere between the fact and the truth the dynamic of machinations intersects and the virtues of prudence, diligence, and good senses are abated or discarded as if vestiges of an archaic sagacity. Effectively equated as remnants of an antiquated philosophy the once accepted as fact is reconfigured and resubmitted. Supported by the theoretical ideology of progressivism, President Obama’s rhetoric, and the public’s gullibility what inevitably follows is the institutionalized acceptance of procedural naiveté wherein the fact is subverted and the truth is corrupted.

Leftist cannot govern because they reside in the wish-it-was-so; leftist can only create theoretical possibilities that flounder upon implementation. Look no further than ObamaCare or the Dodd Frank legislation. Withstanding that fact the truth of the matter there are increasingly more voters receiving taxpayer funds instead of delivering taxable income. They vote to receive from the government and any politician that promises to give them more receives their vote. Of course this cannot last but then that’s what I thought about Obama. 

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THE ALL BUT MIGHTY OBAMA

24 03 2014

Authored by William Robert Barber

As to Putin’s annexation of the Crimea, President Obama and his French-speaking Secretary of State are not particularly concerned. Being the fine point sophisticates of diplomatic niceties they know full-well that Putin is acting in an extralegal manner.  After all, this idea of war as a means to achieve a political or economic end was banished by the U.S. Senate a very long time ago; they cite: The 1928 Kellogg–Briand Pact (or Pact of Paris,) officially noted as the General Treaty for Renunciation of War in which signatory states promised not to use war to resolve “disputes or conflicts of whatever nature or of whatever origin”. It was signed by Germany, France, and the United States and by most other nations, including the Soviet Union soon thereafter.

Additionally, Secretary Kerry did inform Mr. Putin that in the modern world nation states no longer assault other nations. Assuredly, Kerry emphasized, as a matter of international ethics and temperament, the use of military force to achieve a political end is simply not done.

President Obama and Secretary Kerry knowingly, thus courageously, accept the fact that some boneheaded redneck conservatives may think their total lack of disconcerts over Crimea is in fact a sunny winsome ineffectual policy. The president is a solipsist who earnestly accepts that he is the illuminati extraordinaire; he cognizes the differing between a fact and the popular acceptance as truth and never permits the facts to get in the way of his declarative of truth.

The president foresees that ObamaCare, the Dodd-Frank legislation, his blatant disregard of congressional oversight, his arbitrary enforcing of laws, his insistence on declaring to the American people that the IRS is free of even a “smidgen of corruption”, his policies and insightfulness will ultimately not only be considered effectual but lauded as genius.  

Or! He is the true exemplar of pompous conceit. Possibly one could surmise that he thinks of himself as did an infamous French king who stated: “L’état c’est moi” and that belief is the basis of his actions?

Certainly after 5-years in office one could find reasons to judge his administration as determined practitioners of Obscurantism. No better example is Attorney General Holder’s Department of Justice. The (AG) is deliberately preventing the facts and detailed specific of events under scrutiny by congressional committees from full disclosure.    

The Obama administration typifies the ongoing-never-ending conflict between the heuristic versus the top-down approach to governing. The top-down acolytes are theorists and master planners who refuse to accept that planning is inherently biased. They (the Obama progressives) contend that perfection is attainable through the rule of experts. Consequentially, quixotic economic theories are favored, investments in green energy is — respective of outcome or output — the rule. The goal of this presidency is the imposition of an egalitarian state of discretionary moral absolutes. A state wherein the rich would part with more of their money and wealth distribution could solve poverty, racism, and unfairness. And if you believe that nonsense then vote for Obama — wait a minute… that election took place twice… hmm…





REALITY CHECK!

16 03 2014

Authored by William Robert Barber

I understand that ‘never’ is synonymous with ‘forever’; that the colloquial expression “it’ll never happen” sounds like a convincing absolute. I also recognize that there are exceptions to every rule; nevertheless, I believe one could securely augur that the phrase “it’ll never happen” unequivocally applies to world peace. Peace on earth is a mythologizing ruse, a perfect use for the word “never.” There was no peace in the past, certainly not in the present, and I predict that the forthcoming will accord the same consequence.

Interestingly, peace is often used as the reasoning for war; a hypocritical battle cry created to motivate the dim-witted, the patriotic, and the well-meaning to commit acts of baneful disregard. The reality of human behavior presents conflict as a useful means to an end; such is the unapologetic ‘always’ of human behavior. Peace, when contrasted as the opposite of war, is a human impossibility.

Carl von Clausewitz’s magnum opus stated: “Peace is the continuation of struggle only by other means.”

So if peace is an unrealistic prospective it therefore follows that conflict is the temperament of constancy of the realpolitik. If my presumption (that peace is impossible) is true then there is only one question of importance: Is America to assume the position as the most powerful nation on earth or not?

This question harbors the single measurable foreign policy distinction between President Obama, his theoretically inclined progressive brethren, and those of the conservative persuasion. The president espouses America as a nation amongst equals; dissimilarly, conservatives advocate an America that is predominate in relevance amongst all other nations. Conservative believers content that there is no such status as equal; in addition, conservatives realize that second place has no standing whatsoever.

There is a belief of the majority that America cannot nor morally should be the world’s policeman. I vehemently disagree: America is the not only the world’s policeman, but also enforcer, arbitrator, financier, insurer, guarantor, and the single greatest military force the world has ever known. So I ask, since equal is an unmistakable canard. By default America must assume the role of predominance?

I do understand the hesitation in recognizing the obvious; but factually, America has been the world’s policeman since 1945. Regretfully, this role has been implemented by pseudo-leaders and their willing stooges. Because of the nonsensical influence of politics, since Eisenhower straight through to President Obama there has been nothing but the most egregious defilements of good sense posing as strategy. By permitting the Russians to occupy Eastern Europe, not fighting for victory in Korea, the Bay of Pigs, President Kennedy’s solution of the Cuban Crisis, the ridiculous strategy in Vietnam, the stupidity of acting on Iraq before negating Iran, the nation-building agenda of Afghanistan coupled with the president’s telegraphing to friend and foe alike his unwillingness to actually finish the mission, these are just some of the thoughtless injudicious incidents of ineffectual bubbling. The cost of ineffectual bubbling is a levy in blood as well as treasure. The waste of American forces of arms due to pseudo-leadership is and was appallingly unwarranted.

Withstanding, we are the world’s policeman. But as long as politicians and their lapdogs commit the nation to one imprudent decision after another, generals and admirals prefer career surety over the truth, congressional representatives’ essential priority is reelection, this nation will ineffectively police the world with both hands tied and one eye covered.





THE MEDIA’S FOCUS AND OBAMA SEEKING A FOLLOW-SHIP ROLE IN THE CRIMEA

10 03 2014

Authored by William Robert Barber

Rome’s afire and the media is concerned about the righteous aggravation of Elijah Commings over the actions of Darrell Issa. Really, is this the concern of Democrats and the media? It’s just the type of political nonsense that the media seizes upon and the contenders for votes, like school children, decide to waste time, breath, and taxpayer funds over.

Here are the concerns that should take precedence of the Commings/Issa schoolyard tiff: The president is acting more like Nero than Washington. The Russians unrestrained have annexed the Crimea. The Democrats are striving to increase the already agreed upon congressional budget by 56 billion. The national debt is unsustainable. Interest rates and inflation are a looming issue. Unemployment is still too high. The economy is anemic. As to ObamaCare, the Democrats are looking as if they would like to forego implementation until after 2016…  And the media is interested in the wrong headiness of Darrell Issa.

Contention is an action word that implies debate or even argument; the presumption is that the disagreement that prompts contention is at a minimum valid on its merits. At least that is the inference of the reasonable and rational ones when weighing the effectual disposition of a dispute. But in the suspended from sense (common or otherwise) world of politics one plus one could sum three, four, or even zero; in politics, the admittance of logic is always a haphazard occurrence. Thus ObamaCare is deferred instead of annulled; the president armed with “pen and phone” implies authority he does not possess and the media, as if advertising for a reality show, hype the frustrations of two congressmen.

As to Crimea, no one has the answer to the Russians’ annexation of Crimea; there’s talk of sanctions, cutting off Putin’s ring of influence, Secretary Kerry is shocked that draconian tactics exist, and the president feels that given enough time, he can charm Putin into giving up what he has so blatantly taken.

I suggest, craft a Disruption of Business insurance policy that all American vested companies operating in Russian must purchase. Initially, notify all Americans to leave Russia immediately; disallow all future capital investments in Russia and physically restrict any other country of investing by threatening disbarment of investment in the United States.

Here’s what America needs to do: Affirm a military alliance with the new Ukrainian government that includes a guarantee of territorial sovereignty as of the date the old government fled the country. Move the U.S. Army out of Germany and move in a fleet of heavy bombers and fighters located in multiple stations. Move the Mediterranean Fleet into the Black Sea to block the Russian fleet; this would include aircraft carriers and nuclear submarines. Send the 2nd Marine Division in the Ukraine to train with their army. Deliver a three day ultimatum: Withdraw or suffer the consequences…  

Since General Eisenhower naively decided to allow the Russians to take Berlin we have committed one stupid after another. Like parents who teach their children to live in a world they wish it was instead of as it truly is, America has been spilling the blood of its young and exhausting its treasury chasing what does not exist. The candidate for president, Eisenhower, pledged to end the war in Korea, he did not pledge victory; so now the world must endure the ramifications of a nuclear armed gangster nation.

President Kennedy cowered and allowed Castro’s Cuba to exist and that benign behavior was attested by our enemies as weakness. Instead of bombing the port of Haiphong and landing troops in North Vietnam we consoled our timid self, abandoned our indigenous allies, and ran home leaving almost sixty thousand dead for our efforts.

We have abandoned Iraq and are proceeding to do the same in Afghanistan… and we wonder why Putin has decided to annex whatever he wants?

Will this nation ever learn the lessons of the real world???





THE PROGRESSIVE IDEAL

2 03 2014

Authored by William Robert Barber

Big government is best. This ideological thesis is the philosophical basis, the very Raison d’être of the progressive cognoscenti. The mission is to substitute traditional American character values such as self-determination, self-reliance, individualism, liberty, as well as the belief that the State is subordinate to its citizenry with progressive ideals. The transposition of American values is convincingly more important (to the progressive ideologues) than the practical effectiveness of governing.  

This alliance of progressive cognoscenti controls Harry Reid’s senate, major media outlets, the bully pulpit, and an extraordinarily competent prodigiously imaginative propaganda contrivance that has disseminated its wherewithal into every segment of American society. An example of propaganda contrivance is put forth by the Democrats’ ace spokesperson, President Obama; he provides the lyrics of class warfare to sooth the guilt of stealing from one to give to another. Of course, in keeping with progressive doctrine, the government takes its cut before passing the funds from one to another.

The Obama policy of “muddling through” and “plausible denial” is purposeful. The highly effective strategy of “plausible denial” has evaded the consequences of Fast & Furious, the Benghazi incident, the IRS scandal, the NSA overreach, and ObamaCare web site debacle.  Both of these policies are a “means to an end.” They are purposefully designed political tactics.

Because progressivism is a political philosophy disharmonious with the principles of U. S. constitutional governance; the governing of America could only take place when all resistance was diminished and abated into ineffectiveness. The prima fascia factual of Obama’s progressives’ was never to govern but to “fundamentally change America.”

Respective of the Obama electoral victory of 2008 in two years the Democrats lost the House of Representatives; and still regardless of such a set back the president was reelected. However, within five years due to the lack of prudent governing, ObamaCare’s horrific Internet implementation, an overall sluggish economic recovery, high unemployment, the nation’s unsustainable debt, a number of self-inflicted snafus, the politicization of the Justice Department, the CIA, the IRS, the State Department, and the president’s often repeated healthcare lies has established some healthy skepticism throughout the electorate. 

The president understands that battles have been lost and won; but the war has yet to be decided. The elections of 2014 and 2016 are  either going to “fundamentally change America,” or America will toss progressivism and revert to its traditional conservative self. In the interim President Obama will issue executive orders, violate the constitution’s convents, raise money, and stack the judicial system with sympathizers at every opportunity.

Well, in celebration of his last Hoorah he’ll play a lot of golf; hobnob with the celebes, the distinguished, and the intellectually inclined.