THE AMERICAN TRIBE

29 08 2016

Authored by William Robert Barber

We Americans are a people hyped by a cause and hypersensitive to the effectual outcome… well, I am speaking of televised professional sports, NOT the cognitive contemplation associated with the research  required to enlighten oneself on the nation’s current socio-economic-political issues and policies.

The nation’s people have devolved into tribal camps wherein those on the other side of the ideological mountains are considered the incredulous Philistines, hell bent on inserting their particulars of governing upon the governed. By measures as ancient as Pericles to the acolytes disseminating the counsel of Machiavelli, these practitioners of processes extralegal, illegal, and fraudulent brazenly serve the interest of political party or person. As with Caesar’s legions, the elected, appointed, and staffed explicitly pledge their fidelity to a political ideal and/or leader — not to the republic’s constitution.  

Technology is overwhelming a citizen’s cognitive ability to comprehend. Information is impenetrably voluminous. Laws are ambiguous by such specificity, the reading renders the average illiterate; in sum, there is a steadfast propagation of opacity within the process of governing. I do believe that ambiguity is the purposeful tool of the licensed and political elite; for self-serving reasons they want to project governing as mysteriously difficult.

National politics has a veneer of intuitive contrarianism. It is as if the goal is more nihilistic than rational with slogans, catchy phrases, and scurrilous accusations recklessly bandied.

Our republic is no longer an ideal in the making but instead a gigantic monolith that inhales tax monies and exhales debt. It is a bureaucracy managed by an unmanageable unknowable process. Discretion and those with the power of discretion govern this process. Judges and their judgements have voided Lincoln’s of, for, and by the people. Regulators interrupt the laws passed by congress and often make their own laws.

Save the republic from progressivism! Only a republican victory can bring the possibility. The election of Hillary would mean the last shovel full upon the casket… the Never-Trump crowd should snap hook onto reality because a No-Trump vote is Hillary’s dream and the demise of conservatism.





AMERICA IS ON THE VERGE OF IMPAIRMENT

16 08 2016

Authored by William Robert Barber

Fairness and evenhandedness are not a fact, factor, or datum of life and living; in truth, fairness and evenhandedness are — at best — ideals, besieged by a variant of threats to any continuum of civility. Imbedded in the ideologically driven propagation of media driven half-truths and misinformation are the besiegers. He, she, those, and they, the usefully innocuous, those wide-eyed innocent do-gooders unknowingly in league with the overtly disruptive, all unevenly contribute to abate the meaningfulness of the factoids — fairness and evenhandedness.  

Disunity is the catalyst of conflict. Surely, the wide-assorted divergence of opinions held by the many that rest their vote on identity politics is confounding the rational required by a democratic republic. The dissent amongst differing demographics each espousing a belief founded on perception rather than empirical evidence, logical deduction, or rational reasoning has validated the staying power of our primal tribal instincts.

Since the early 1900’s progressives have opted for a wonk elite to guide the republic instead of trusting the people to manage their democracy. For progressives, any counter-force to their ideas are radical, heretical, and/or branded injudicious. In today’s “carte du jour” of scurrilous accusations, progressives have reset their vocabulary to labeling their opponents racists, sexists, and mad.

Setting aside the “good intentions” of progressives, if their progressivism turned into reality the result would be the same as other “-isms.” Such as social-ism, technocratic-ism, fasc-ism, autocratic-ism, bureaucrat-ism… all -isms end with the adage “I know what is best -ism,” with the resulting finality, the cultural end of Americanism coinciding with the impairment of capitalism.  

The essential political platform of our democratic republic is capitalism. The economic underpinning of capitalism underwrites the expressed and implied values of America. Withstanding all imperfections, flaws, and accompanying defects of the system, capitalism is the essential compatriot of our democratic republic. The relationship is symbiotic.

Importantly, capitalism is not compatible with liberal progressivism’s insistence on penalizing profitability. Demonizing the more successful enforces the constant eroding of individualism in favor of a secular egalitarianism; this ideal of progressivism demeans the ethos of self-reliance. However, currently opinion surveys and pundits tell me that Hillary will be the next president. After all, Americans voted President Obama in twice, so I have little confidence in the Republicans’ ability to save the nation.  





THE GREAT TRUMP GIVE-AWAY

6 08 2016

Authored by William Robert Barber

The prevailing discourse amongst the Trump camp is bellum omnium contra omnes, “war of all against all”: This circular ambush seemingly dominates the theme and premise of Trump’s presidential candidacy. Nonetheless, in this election, there are no innocents. The childhood adage “sticks and stones may break my bones” has a new ending: “but, words of invectiveness will win me the election.” In this election, factoids are prevalent and the “truth of the matter” is irrelevant.  

Hillary Clinton is a liar extraordinaire. She is a deceiver on steroids. Her tenure as Secretary of State was exampled by poor to horrible situation analysis. Moral righteousness and common sensibility are not intrinsic to Hillary’s character. Even though besmirched by the constancy of personal corruptive behavior, with a series of foreign policy setbacks, and a convincing berating by the Director of the FBI, none of these scurrilous accounts matter; her unwavering support from the liberal progressive media overcomes and overwhelms.

Clinton’s political skills complement Talleyrand.

Nonetheless, in the presidential election of 2016 — because candidate Trump, the narcissist, the blowhard, the arrogant trumpeter, cannot stay on message –America will suffer a tragedy that will rival the fall of Constantinople.

The Republican Party will not act to replace Trump; therefore, the party is as culpable as Trump in the forthcoming destruction of conservative America.