IT IS TIME TO ACT

23 03 2018

Authored by William Robert Barber

Challenged by affairs domestic and international, a significant number of Americans are befuddled and disquiet. Seemingly, democratic leadership and their allies in the media cannot discern the reality of the present nor accurately assess current events without the impute of partisan bias. When presented with issues of profound concern, political leadership prefers procrastination and analytical meandering rather than stating a definitive position.  After all, stating a definitive position is a measurable act… And what politician yearns to be measured?

What better illustration of procrastination and analytical meandering than the wrongheaded diplomatic debacle of the nation’s failed dealings with North Korea? However, since WWII, N. Korea is just one of the many calamitous failings of American diplomacy.

Von Clausewitz, the Prussian general and military theorist, stated that war is the natural extension of diplomacy. There is a symbiosis; a live fire relationship between diplomacy and war. There have been many proxy wars between the United States and its resolute enemies. Like bullies in the school playground, the counterparts push and shove. Nonetheless, despite the continuous loss of life and treasure, the meaningless perpetuation of violent conflict, victory is an unacceptable goal.

Our nation’s display (over the last fifty years) of noxious ignorance, imprudent naïveté, and the arrogant hubris of our politicians’ sense of misplaced moral righteousness has destroyed any statutory meaningfulness of immigration laws. When coupled with the palpable illegalities of “sanctuary cities,” the ad hoc discretionary enforcement of laws, the politicizing of federal institutions and their employees, one deduces pending chaos.

Progressive ideologues such as former President Obama are the perfect exemplar of a leader besieged by excessive intellectual contemplation. Striving to mitigate risk even at the cost of principle limited American influence. Obama’s inaction upon the invasion of Iraq by ISIS forces blatantly denigrated American prestige, sense of reliability, and cost thousands of innocent lives.

Eisenhower’s decision not to press for victory during the Korean War, Kennedy’s compromise in Cuba,  Nixon’s unwillingness to invade North Vietnam, and Bush’s analytical ineptness has cost this nation thousands of American lives and trillions of taxpayer dollars while emitting an impression of weakness, hesitation, and insecurity.

Withstanding the current cost of lives, not initiating a first strike on North Korea today will cost the United States many times more in the future. North Korea will never give up their nuclear weaponry… Settle the issue now: eliminate their existence.

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AS THE WORLD TURNS

18 03 2018

Authored by William Robert Barber

High school students (seemingly) believe that the solution to school shootings is to ban “assault weapons,” disallow magazines that hold more than ten rounds of ammo, and limit the purchase of rifles to citizens age 21 and over. Of course the advocates of these policies cannot define and distinguish an assault weapon from other high powered rifles. These very same, obviously, have never experienced life reliance on a rifle or pistol. They only have a cursory understanding of weapons, deriving their knowledge thereof from movies and the media.

Students are incentivized into action by their teachers who are often enough naïve, ignorant, and arrogant. They view the world from within the protective bubble of academia. Such erudition fashions a childlike perception that initiates a mindset of persistent delusional offerings. Students accordingly mimic and align. However, the sum is more a definitive example of a thoroughgoing contrariety steeped in the creation of numerous factoids so to facilitate contrarianism for the simple sake of the being inverse.

The subject of school shootings has evolved into Trump-hating wherein the NRA is the nasty culprit, and conservatives the enemy of the enlightened.

Persuasion exists to harness consensus. Persuasion requires the unabridged use of multiple ideological sources. The essence of an at-liberty society is the right of expression. This right is an individualist exercise of free will, an act intrinsically vested into one’s liberty and freedom.  One’s persuasion may fail to harness consensus; nonetheless, one’s right to persuade is fundamental in a representative government.

It is the students, the tenured erudite, the bureaucrats of academia and their supporting cast of liberal progressives that deny conservative or independent speech. They call such speech, “hate speech,” and refuse to allow dissemination.  

The supposition is that wonks and future wonks know best…