“WITH THE GRACE OF GOD AND A FEW MARINES”

13 11 2016

Authored by William Robert Barber

Admiral Nimitz had said, “God grant me the courage not to give up what I think is right even though I think it is hopeless.” I believe that was the mental state of those opposed to the Clinton candidacy. Nevertheless, Americans voted their conscience and the unbelievable became a reality: Donald Trump won the presidential election of 20016.

And although I voted for the man, I was never a believer. I could not grasp the meaningfulness of what he represented; frankly, I did not trust the American people — I had no faith. Well, faith restored.

The Republican Party has control of all three branches of government and a majority of governorships. Undoubtedly, conservative values “trumped” the ideology of liberal progressivism.

Of course the Democrats and their siblings are in shock. Suffering through a tremor of variant, graduated denials, generally befuddled by the astonishment of Trump’s achievement. This election was won before it began — or so every media source reported. How could the crude leader of the irredeemable despicable(s) solidly defeat their progressive heroine?

Answers start to formulate: Unmistakably the progressive pundits confidently exclaim white racism has prompted a xenophobic revival, black, brown, yellow colored Americans are in danger. Beware! Is the vague but focused warning… the bogeyman is unchained.

Of course such warnings are nonsensical, when deductive thought is put aside in favor of emotionally derived rantings, the result is finding someone or something to blame. After all, it is not possible that the American people rejected President Obama’s policies and his entourage of selected progressives. Gosh, that is not possible, the president’s personal ratings are upwards of 55%… that is if one believes the polls.  

The elected establishment, NBC specifically, and the media in general did their very best (though to no avail) to insure a Clinton victory. For the betterment of American democracy and the safeguard of the Republic, thanks to the American people they failed.

I am overjoyed…





CLINTON, TRUMP, AND OUR REALITY

30 07 2016

Authored by William Barber

All governments are corrupt. Therefore, it is just a matter of time and situation before some member of government, prompted by a willful desire for a dominance of influence and authority, either elected, or appointed; contrives a process, a legalese, a crafted machination artfully designed or overtly extralegal, to subvert the spirit and meaningfulness of the constitutional republic.

“The people” no longer influence, manage, or determine (by their vote) the competency, courage, or honesty of their government. The citizens of America — in substantial numbers — are distracted from and notably ignorant of their obligations of citizenship. They have fashioned a yawning behavioral disinterest in the workings of the elected and appointed. It is the few, the educationally endowed elite, the politically connected, the politicized national media, and their pundits who posit their ideological determinations as if a certainty. Inundated with information, overwhelmed by voluminous and often contrary data, the citizen surrenders to the beckoning of pretty words and pleasantries of style. 

How else could one explain Hillary’s legacy? In the era of emails, cell phones, and archived video, she is the boldface practitioner of lies and deception. As Secretary of State, she enabled the beginnings of a purposeful fraud in the inducement when she participated in the Iranian agreement. With complete disregard of State Department rules and regulations, she stored top-secret inter-department emails on a private server. She unilaterally destroyed 30,000 or so of her emails… I could go on.

Nonetheless, useful idiots applauded her words and laud over her being. This mockery of lawfulness by an officer of the republic is one example why a democratic republic cannot function as designed. Similar to the beckoning that tested the sobriety of  Ulysses, Sirens of promises composed of beautiful words and satisfying wondering sway us, “the people,” into the comfort of pleasantly applied subjugation. Progressives like Obama and Clinton create an ambiance of rainbows and butterflies. They declare that life is good, all is as intended. These progressives only require a half measure of a citizen’s freedom and several pounds of individual liberty as the fare.

I have no idea of Trump’s political viability, his governing intentions, or even his ability to govern. However, what I do know with absolute certainty are the governing intentions of Hillary: They are French in enterprise, Italian in competency, and Machiavellian in scope.





ENGLAND’S INNATE SENSE OF SELF-DETERMINATION CHOSE SOVEREIGNTY

26 06 2016

Authored by William Robert Barber

The economic system of a nation state defines the direct, indirect, and lasting effect upon the veracity of individual, institutional, and cultural freedom. A democratic republic will not function (as intended) without freedom. The contractual legalities between buyer and seller, a nation’s legislative and regulatory principles, the nuance of statutory laws and the interpretation thereof defines a nation’s economic system. 

There is a definitive relationship between the endeavors of an economic dynamic and the political wherewithal of the governing entity. The relationship is synergistic. The EU, founded on the righteous premise of “one for all and one for all,” is now, unworkable ideals better wrought within the confines of the theoretical.

In the beginning, Europeans, suffering from “shiny objects syndrome”, considered the idea of EU unity a continuum of egalitarianism; therefore a necessary cultural, political, and economic precursor to moral congruency. Well, they were wrong in their initial assumptions/presumptions because the basis of their indoctrinated belief once implemented proved intolerable and inoperable. After twenty plus years of EU experience, the fact united with the truth of faceless EU domination. An act of self-determination aggregated into an act of pure democracy; by choosing sovereignty, Englanders chose freedom and the blessings of individual liberty over the pretentious offerings of a top-to-bottom hierarchy of socialistically inclined EU omniscient pretenders. 

Donald Trump is a contentious persuader. A bellowing initiator of belligerent rife with tints of paranoia and exaggeration as part of his mix; a media artisan who has, heretofore, weaponized populism. Instigated by prompts of irrational and unreasonable hyperbole a populist requires no deductive analysis or empirical evidence. It is as if the only requirement of a populist’s persuasion is the efficacy of Google keywords and the unlimited ignorance of the audience.

However, one should not deduce that populist themes have no merit. The concerns of Trump supporters are real. Our government has strayed off the course set by the constitution. The leadership of both political parties are to blame for the obtusely disingenuous, non sensible-indiscernible tax laws and the creation of an unrecognizable-unmanageable-wholly ungovernable Byzantine–style bureaucracy whose primary function is to interpret and enforce the laws of the land.

To lose our republic to the theoretical nonsense of progressivism, to the concept of globalization, and the utopian ideals of socialism is sinful; we should mimic the English and reject. Unless the spirit and meaningfulness are adhered, a law is nothing more than an artful collection of words.

“Not ever Hillary”… these embroidered words fly on my ensign. Unless the Republican Party can man-up and actually find a substitute, Donald is the choice.





WE ARE NOT A DEMOCRACY

22 04 2016

Authored by William Robert Barber

Democracy, a word offhandedly banded about by politician, pundit, and common citizen as the working descriptive of this nation’s egalitarian system of governess, is flat out incorrect. In addition, the citizenry has accepted a natural carry-forward believe that democratic principles apply as the wherewithal of our electoral process. Of course with a bit of scrutiny one would realize that there is no egalitarian system of governess and certainly, political parties have no obligatory nor interest in anything other than selecting the candidate that will win the party an election.

Nonetheless, dull complacency and disinterested ignorance — both detrimental and injurious for a responsive republic — requires, with respect to government and politicians, a constituency with an askant perspective and inclination to be well informed. Obviously, the voters are complacent and ignorant. Swayed by colorful illusions, an agreeable physical presentation, the timely proportion of polemic accusations and placating prose, for the average voter, the candidate’s policies and merits are suddenly inconsequential.  

This nation’s 1789 constitution founded the operational workings of a republic — a representative government,not a democracy. The Electoral College requires 270 votes of the 538 outstanding to win the presidency; the popular vote is irrelevant to election success. The primaries of each of the political parties are subject to the rules enacted by the particular party’s State leaders. It is as simple as that.

If Donald achieves a majority he is the Republican Party’s nominee. If he falls short he may not be.

The founders purposefully designed a constitution wherein a republic was favored over a democracy. I do not know of a government founded on a democracy. The tallies recorded by popular vote is interesting but may not represent the electoral winner.





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 TRUTH OF IT

22 10 2012

Authored by William Robert Barber

The methodology of achieving dynamic governmental growth sponsored and applied by this country’s congresses and executive leadership, particularly after the Civil War and on to the early progressive era of 1900 could not have linked nor anticipated the fiscal calamity of 2008-2012 to its progressive political indoctrination and implementation. During this “golden age of progressive thought” there were no concerns amongst the populous that the federal government was exceeding its constitutional mandate, no one was worried that the feds would spend excessively more than the tax revenue provided, nor did anyone note the disproportional erosion of individual liberty and freedom as the power of the federal government exponentially grew upon acquiring the right to tax its citizenry.  

Indeed the discussions amongst the years 1910-1913 that led to the 16th amendment were considered (by the progressives & a large percentage of the population) the appropriate fiscal vehicle; the fair and equitable pecuniary means for which to extend the federal government’s income. This federal need for income was explained as “funds necessary to enact those certain (promised by the elected) programs, departments, and agencies that would benefit the average American”. No one anticipated that the right to tax individual Americans would convolute into the multitude of corrupted influences that would result in empowering the federal government into a jurisprudentially approved presence of omnipotent coercive dominance on every individual American not only in America but on every American throughout the world.  

In order for our federal government to arrive at its present berth of enigmatic bureaucratic complexities, wherein laws are nothing less than vague and confounding perplexities where a congress full of disingenuous representatives are so caught up in the interest of projecting their own rancorous ideological persuasion that the business of the nation is set aside as a collateral eventual. Therefore the business of governing is delegated to retained attorneys, unelected staff, and ideological acolytes who, aside from direct obedience to orders, imply their own selections and expressions of rightfulness into the rules and regulations of legislative enactments. It is therefore understood that inherent to the congressional process which includes the passing of legislation no one understands, is the handing off of endorsed laws of the land to an unelected public employee union protected officialdom of civil servants.  

The willingness of the elected, often with the blessings of their constituency, to accept a heavily leveraged debt on future tax revenue requires decades of not simply imprudent legislation or the simple disregard of the sagacious in favor of expedited contrivance. Nor is this nation’s fiscal disposition the fault of political connivance for some special interest, oh no, the corruption is much deeper and broader in scope than that simplistic an answer.  

Most disconcertingly the fault that forms the basis for this nation’s present fiscal disposition lies within the quality of its national leaders. It is the leadership — or should I enunciate the lack of leadership — that has eroded conventional American values. Leaders, instead of accepting the realities of truthful disclosure (to the people as well as to themselves) have fabricated a surrealistic response to national problems in hopes of retaining or attaining elected office and to facilitate those allied brethren who would benefit from such political tomfoolery.

A significant portion of the populous has purposefully (documented by willful actions) abandoned direct responsibility for their actions in favor of governmental sureties of sustaining guarantees. They have discarded traditional virtues for the convenience of the now. An increasing portion of the electorate has been convinced to morally forsaken outcomes, consequences, and the eventual finality of reality by applying the reassuring habitual of amoral stupefaction.    

No greater example of such non-leadership is the Obama-Bidden administration… the only responsibility they agree to accept is the responsibility of governing for the next four years. Do we conservatives, moderates, and even fair-minded liberals really want four more years of the Obama-Bidden brand of leadership? I think NOT.

The government can easily hide, rearrange, and disfigure data and statistics; the government can print money and tax every American for anything it wishes. The president can lie to the American people; he can coach the Secretary of State and the head of national intelligence to fault themselves for the distortions of facts in Libya… But this president cannot fool all the people all of the time. The evidence of all my contentions and assertions will be vindicated or not upon election night…





ARE WE AMERICANS SUBJECTS OF THE GOVERNMENT?

30 10 2011

Authored by William Robert Barber

“Government is the problem,” recalling the quintessential conservative Ronald Regan’s famous line when advocating the righteousness of limited government. But as with President Jefferson, Reagan once elected went on to gainsay his own statement by enlarging and enhancing the power of the federal government. Today however it is not just political leadership crowing the cock-a-doodle-doo of populous sentiments. Today, a plurality of Americans, even those of conservative persuasion, view government as more than just a necessary utility, but a symbiotic dependency effectuating a guarantee for everyday essentials. For these citizens government is the reason, the cause, and the solution.

Subtly spread over a number of generations, the societal ideal that government can resolve the problem has taken firm root in the American psyche. Though this belief is opaque in contextual clarification, short on evidence, and often nebulous in form, the trust in government’s omnipotence has been ubiquitously disseminated and for the most part positively received. In an almost devilish sort of enchantment the idea that government knows best has captured the mind-sets of many citizens. Compellingly, a significant portion of citizens, from wide and varied demographics, to actually openly accept that government is or should be directly responsible for their liveliness.

Proportionate to this belief that government is the end-all solution to one’s life is the emergent cultural degeneration of American societal principles. Values such as self-reliance, work ethic, self-discipline and the acceptance of personal responsibility for ones actions are now, and increasingly so, the exception rather than the norm. The most outstanding results of this degeneration of once distinctly American societal principles are the attitudes, collective victimization complex, and the pervasive amongst the younger persons, a “you owe me” mentality.

The reasoning of such acceptance on or dependency for a government solution for what historically was considered common societal or individual aliments was the contrivance of liberal progressives; progressivism is an affiliate that flies under the flag of socialism. It was the post-WWII babies that grew up in the USA orb of plenty. It was this generation fueled by high-tech inventions that injected the concept of instant satisfaction. Inclusive was the benefit of instant communications seamlessly linked into a media industry that intensified not just the distribution of news but formed (for those too lazy to think) at-the-ready opinions of what is news-worthy, as well as, its meaningfulness. These children of WWII veterans were taught by the brethren of father FDR; they were taught that it was FDR and his progressive agenda that retrieved the nation from the despair of the “great depression,” and defeated the fascist in Germany and Japan. They were taught to believe in government. Interestingly, they were also schooled that Republicans were rich and Democrats worked in the interest of the poor and the middle class.

Their children those born in the 70’s and 80’s were led to believe that America is a nation of wrongdoers, often imperialistic in foreign policy, and that America had a long history of violently acting out its warmongering inclinations.

The latitude and longitude of government authority and its resulting imposition upon the populous has abated individual liberty and freedom; nevertheless, even when acting counter to the words if not the spirit of the constitution, government ignores and disregards lawfulness in favor of its power. The populous seem cheerfully willing to trade individual liberty and freedom for even the pretense of governmental guarantees. Disconnected notions such as blindly trusting government’s competency in lawmaking (considering the lawmakers rarely even read the bills presented) while idly permitting the ballooning of government pension obligations and blindly allowing the creation of an entrenched public service union bureaucracy to run rough shod over prudence, when such behavior is predominate it is likely that government has meandered over the abyss. When courts consider governing under the concept that the constitution is susceptible and wholly pliable to the whims of man or societal discretion, and when the governed believe government is the only true arbitrator of the public good. Our republic has, at that point, been transformed into an autocracy of progressive-elitist; a form of governing that Plato and Marcus Arilleus would consider advisable.

Quantitatively and disturbingly, (for me) government is a cell dividing multiplier. Government is a liberty and freedom eating monster. The idea of an ever expanding all-powerful government is allied with many elected representatives who believe governance is best when its grasps include every aspect of one’s liveliness. They also consider such governmental ingress an eventual constitutional right; i.e. sixteenth amendment.

The resilient once proudly existential traditional American has evolved into an American who increasingly relies on every level of governments as their raison d’être. A significant percentage of Americans are willingly, at least ostensibly, “in the land of the free and home of the brave,” to trade their individual liberty and freedom, for the sake of certain guarantees.

Well, we have federal guarantees for entitlements, social security, even public employee pension funds, including all of the military health, welfare, and retirement promises to pay. How has the government preformed on these guarantees? I wonder how those within the ranks of those who voted for and will continue to vote for liberal progressives feel about those guarantees.

Are we Americans now subjects of the government? Yes, increasingly so. I see and hear news stories wherein the protagonist notes that he or she is a college graduate, then the question: Where are the jobs? As if it is the direct responsibility of the elected or some government agency to secure a job for that college graduate.

I think Reagan had it right…we Americans had better get our act together and retrograde back to our ancestral traditions as such regress applies to a principled life wherein blaming, lamenting, and figuring how to take from the more to give to the less is discarded as un-American. Withstanding the question more government is hardly ever the answer and often enough never the solution.