THE MADNESS OF IT ALL

12 02 2017

Authored by William Robert Barber

The recent opinion of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is the perfect contextual insight into a liberal progressive mindset: For these believers, “the letter of the law” is simply a cause to interpret, modernize, and philosophically enjoin with progressive thought. The motivational thesis of the left is one of deeply felt inspirations geared to functionally realign and reconfigure the law’s original intent to suit progressive ideals. It is obvious that the goal of the 9th Circuit was to complement their contemporary socio-political “feelings;” this court’s inherent progressive ideological underpinnings are the raison d’être that provided the basis of their opinion. Their intent was NOT to consider the clear and simple literal meaning of the law — but to overtly subvert the law in favor of progressively inspired contrarianism. 

Thanks to Harry Reid, the senatorial Democrats do not have the votes nor means to stop the proceedings, so they purposefully delay and scurrilously attack each nominee until they procedurally no longer can. I assume this stratagem, costumed as a political strategy, is calculated to win back the Senate in 2018. All I observe is a frustrated, annoyed electorate confounded by such stubborn idiocy.  

The leftists (democrats and their sympathizers) are untethered from reason and rational: they are amok. Their conduct as “representatives of the people” is demeaning to the very meaningfulness of this republic. I assume the cause of such nonsensical behavior is the loss of the last election coupled with their inability to emotionally accept this outcome. The leftists have traversed from “Not my President” to a tactic of dressed in black, donning hood and mask and armed with baseball bat, ready to physically confront and destroy. This particular minority of resisters has evolved from the non-acceptance of a Trump victory to forming a posse of vigilantes.

In the interest of contentment, maybe Blue States should consider seceding from the union. However, unlike 1861, this president (with the support of Red States) would endorse and ratify the act of succession.

More than likely, the only remedy for Democrats is to lose the next election wherein they would decrease their senatorial numbers and proportionate influence; 8 or so seats ceded to the republicans should do it.

Instead of compromising with conservatives, the democrats have moved further to the political socio-economic left and with the election of Trump and the Republican control of Congress the Republicans are not in a mood to listen or facilitate Democratic concerns. There’s no Fort Sumter in the near future; however, I believe we are still one more election away from meaningful deliberations.

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“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…





THE ELECTION BEFORE US

16 10 2016

Authored by William Robert Barber

In the year 1781, adjoining Yorktown, Virginia British General Charles Lord Cornwallis surrendered to General Washington while tradition recalls the British band playing an English ballad, “The World Turned Upside Down”. This American military victory was unbelievable.

The election of 2016 is a shining reflection of wanderings amiss, another unbelievable: Two wholly unqualified candidates are the electorates’ choice. In this election, innuendos, rumors, and factoids have suppressed the normalities of voter concerns, policies, and issues. The only pertinent question is: which one of the two nominees is the worst?

Long ago, American individualism was forsaken for the opaque assurance of personal security. The prevalent idea that government knows best has prompted a domestic policy wherein amoral secularism has inspired a predisposition to further — no matter the empirical evidence to the contrary — the outright dismissal of competitive ideals. Liberal progressivism has engulfed and is chocking the vitality out of the credo of American exceptionalism.  Congress and the Constitution: Be damned! Progressive leadership favors depositing American foreign policy decisions to the feckless United Nations; multilateralism and the internationalism of European socialism is their ultimate goal.

In today’s complex of technological options the means and power to influence thought is mighty. The media, all types and varieties, have extraordinary power over voter behavior. In this election cycle a lie, a purposeful misdirection, a circumvention of the truth in the interest of conflation or befuddlement has been lethally weaponized. 

An overwhelming amount of television and news print media has taken as a mission of consequence the political defeat of Donald Trump. They equate Trump as a bête noire, a person that is irredeemably a hundred times as dangerous as Nixon.

As a standalone Trump is contestably far from the average presidential hopeful. However, compare the two: Trump’s faux claims, his past disgusting unsolicited sensual advances toward women, his inability to disguise his narcissism, and his instinctual self-destructive behavior versus Hillary Clinton’s unabashed persistence of lying directly to the American people, her decisions regarding Russian engagement, the Iranian deal, her disastrous approach to Libya coupled with her unforgivably incorrigible acts and non-acts regarding Benghazi. Trump is no prize — but his actions never killed people! Hillary, in concert with President Obama, is directly responsible for the deaths of thousands.

Hillary is an ideologically dedicated progressive who will undermine this nation’s constitution. Donald is not Hillary… and the world has turned upside down; given the choice before me I will vote for Donald.





LEADERSHIP, FOLLOWSHIP, AND THE WIZARD

2 05 2016

Authored by William Robert Barber

Political leadership as expressed from national to State, even local municipalities, rely as much on the balderdash of huffing and puffing as the declarative and substantive. Noticeably however, the further away the political leadership is from the people, the more the reliance on the “huff and puff”. Nonetheless and despite the quantity of balderdash there is more to the game of political leadership than the often bombastic huffing and puffing: There is the indispensable pretense of leading by creative chimera wherein for the political election winner intangibles such as good looks, family pedigree, stylistic positives, rhetorical skill personal/professional connections, a pleasant smile, and the presumptive importance of an urbane image may prompt many a vote. Tangible qualities such as experience and proven records are nice but secondary within the scheme of attaining electoral victory.

Given the resulting wherewithal of political leaders in the current Congress, one could determine that leadership is a misnomer for simple follow ship. Today’s kinetically driven political environment dismisses real leadership as “over the top,” egotistic, demanding, and insensitive; wherein the fact that the protagonist of concern is eventful true, factually non-fiction, and palpable could very well describe an un-electable candidate. After all he or she, being human, could have acted honestly, with clear evidence of straightforward behavioral intent, and almost certainly, by doing so stepped outside of accepted popular culture. Our protagonist could have exercised the sin of independent thinking and did so without clearing with legal, campaign manager, or focus group. Whether the “thinking” was rational, thoughtful, or intelligently discerning is not the crux; the very idea of getting off script is the worrisome concern.

The self-appointed contrarian onlookers will be gunning for our protagonist, the innocuous contrivers seeking fodder to feed the choreographers of drama, the useful-impetuous and ideologically inspired counterparties, all ostensibly performing their duties in the interest of the “non-rivalrous-non-excludable public good” — by means amoral, immoral, extralegal, in sum pernicious, they are intent on destroying our protagonist.

It is therefore entirely probable that political leadership as presently exemplified is here to stay even though acknowledged as less about leading and more a characterization of following.

Stage left enters Trump, the boldly audacious who says what he wants and wants one’s vote; from stage right Cruz, who withstanding his numerable faults and missteps is the last man standing. Somewhere backstage or possibly buried in the audience is the Republican Party’s alternative. This alternative according to the cadre of stop Trump folks is the second coming of a savior. Wishing for the reincarnation of George Washington, the Republican faithful swirling in a maelstrom whiles Trump the presumptive and refuse-to-believe-it-is-happening Cruz prepares for the inevitable. The he/she savior remains a mysterious anonymous.

Trump has perfected the image of leadership and the voters have purchased his wares. He is the personification of illusionary pretense. He is the Wizard of Oz.





A REPUBLIC IF YOU CAN KEEP IT

8 08 2012

Authored by William Robert Barber

“At the close of the Constitution convention in Philadelphia on September 18, 1787, a Mrs. Powel anxiously awaited the results, and as Benjamin Franklin emerged from the long task now finished, asked him directly: “Well Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” “A republic if you can keep it” responded Franklin.”

Simply defined a republic (of the United States of America) is a constitutionally derived government wherein the power of governance is held by the citizens entitled to vote directly or indirectly through their elected representatives.  This nation’s constitution was constructed specifically to deny the executive branch omnipotent power; congress was purposefully divided into two houses of representation and the Supreme Court, though justices require senate approval, was structured to avoid political influence or pressure by having the justices serve life terms. The uniquely American system of checks and balances was tantamount with the 1789 concept of limited government power wherein each branch of government was restrained and purposely did not reign supreme over the other.

After a couple of hundred years plus, the response to Franklin’s challenge to Mrs. Powel is that the nation could not keep its status as the republic of original intent: As with all preceding governments since ancient Rome, original intent was converted, dismissed, and resubmitted with caveats and amendments or replaced by the finesse of legalized sleight-of-hand.

There are many causes, reasons, and excuses as to the loss of original intent… but if one was to be extracted from the many to form the critical it would be the following:

The first is the inclination of those that govern to fashion governing in the image of their ideology first and the tenets of the constitution last; and if not persuaded firstly by their ideology, then it is their personal perspective of righteousness, their egocentric wanting enthusiastically seeking applause; or their craving for immortal achievement and recognition.

There are numerous examples of extra-constitutional actions by the elected; forthwith are two:

Presidents John Adams and his Federalist within congress enacting the unconstitutional Alien and Sedition’s Act, and Thomas Jefferson affirming the Louisiana Purchase without the approval of the Senate; all such actions undercut and evaded their oath to uphold the constitution. The reason for such extra-constitutional action is obvious: The elixir of power dominates over many a president and congressperson, not to mention those non-elected appointees that wield immense influence within the authority intrinsic to governess. The will to ‘get it done,’ be it Machiavellian or the sweetness of rhetorical style, will always dominate the constitutional process; therein lies the issue of concern and the cause for the dismemberment of the republic as originally conceived.

The second of causes, reasons, and excuses is taxation; as so eloquently stated by Daniel Webster, “the power to tax is the power to destroy.” In 1913 the 16th amendment to the constitution was ratified and the meaningfulness of the republic of original intent was diverted into the sector of a republic awaiting permanent deletion. When this amendment was adopted, wherein the congress shall have the power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source…the idea of limited government died and the concept of forever-encroachment by the governing authorities on personal liberties and freedom began. 

The unlimited capacity of government to extract any percentage of a citizen’s personal income affords government a predominance that surely was never thought possible by the Founders. The ability for unlimited taxation far exceeds the government authority required for implementing and delivering services. Because of the 16th amendment to the constitution taxation is a weapon used by congress and the executive branch to subordinate and compel citizens to its will.

The harvesting of tax revenue by necessity creates a coercive extension of the federal, as well as, State power. But it is the distribution of taxes collected that enables political, economic, and societal corruption. Political favoritism is always a player when taxes collected is distributed. This corruption could have never have been a factor if the 16th amendment had NOT been ratified.

Evidence suggest that the larger the government the more grandiose and entrenched its bureaucracy. Correspondingly, a government other than one limited in scope, power, and means will always, unavoidably, abate the ethos of individualism; such a government will obligingly retard personal liberty and freedom. The government’s ability to tax at will has aggravated the sagacity of The Bill of Rights; it has shifted the ultimate power of governess from the people to the government and therefore from a republic to one of statism.

The third cause, reason, and excuse for the loss of the republic’s original intent has been because of the explicit exploitation of governmental operations by the legal and political class. It is these practitioners of the dark arts that have intentionally interfused the process of legalize-ambiguity into the mainstream of the legislative result. Regulators have lobbied politicians to purposefully injection enigmatic language within the nation’s laws so to establish themselves (the regulators) as the ultimate arbitrator of the law’s meaningfulness. All of these actions were and are intentionally designed by those in power, those close to those in power, and the always looking out for themselves appointed government bureaucrats charged with the tasks of transforming the simple and mundane into the complicated and extra-ordinary.  

The forth and the most notorious reason for the loss of the republic is the apathy of the ordinary citizen. The average citizen of a republic must participate in the national debate and they rarely do. They must be concerned with the political events and feel an obligation to be engaged and informed nevertheless with noted exceptions the voting populous sit on the sidelines seemingly satisfied to be enchanted by the spectacle whiles feeding on bread, beer, and games.

So no, Doctor Franklin, we could not keep the republic of 1789; indeed, the federal government of 2012 would be unrecognizable to the Founders…





THE EROSION OF INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY

9 07 2012

Authored by William Robert Barber

The Constitution of 1789 has since its affirmation been parsed, freely interpreted, redefined, and adjudicated as well as having its thesis, spirit — even its contextual edicts all together! — subordinated to whim of presidential executive order. The original ideal of limited government has been confiscated, individual liberty subjected, the power of governmental taxation judged unlimited, and for businesses the freedom to act severely curtailed by appointed regulators. This nation is evolving from a nation of laws to one of men; the amount of enforcement discretion (of existing laws) is held in the hand of a few.  

Federal agencies and departments ignore, circumvent, and deceive the orders of their congressional supervisors; process has displaced truth telling, attorneys have disabled the simplicity of truthfulness, and President Obama will make any promise, break any promise, manipulate half-truths, lie, falsify, distort, and deceive in order to win reelection.

Instead of adhering to the constitutional mandate of oversight, writing and passing a budget, congress,  particularly over the last century, has ceded much of its original constitutional authority to the executive branch. Indeed, recent history suggests that congress prefers contentious contrarianism and loyalty to political party over constructive legislative action. Federalism,  checks & balance, enumerated, implied, and expressed powers — the initial cornerstone of The Constitution — is subject not to literal interpretation but the whimsical of ideologues and the strength of their power base. Like a soap opera appealing to advertisers and the flighty emotions of a public overwhelmed by events difficult to comprehend, news reporting, more than ever before, is ideologically biased. The ‘free press’ has not only taken ideological sides, similar to a Hollywood production it writes, directs, produces, and presents the news from an entertaining opinion only perspective.

Unequivocally congress, often covertly, sometimes overtly, but always with purposeful intent, has neglected its direct responsibilities. The elected rely on legal opinions, unelected staff, a multitude of appointed attorneys, and lobbyists to write legislation; the elected need not read nor understand the very laws they vote for or against.  The administrative process is more important than what is being administrated. The game of chessman-craft has replaced Washingtonian leadership. Politicians and the gamesmanship of politics supersede good-sense; appointed regulators instead of legislators discern the meaningfulness of laws. Government apparatuses specifically designed to discombobulate transparency, purposefully create a wholly ambiguous bureaucratic process… all the while the size and power of the federal government is enhanced. The idea of statesmanship, public service in the interest of the nation, has been eclipsed by deviously crafty practitioners of politics whose only interest is retaining or attaining office.

Government has enabled an economy founded on the ridiculous premise that borrowing can substitute for organic “buy/sell” transactions; clearly, the circulation of borrowed monies derived from printing fiat currency utilizing the government as the costly intermediary distributor at the cost of rising deficits is absurd.

Government cannot create jobs — its role is much simpler: Do no harm. Nevertheless, congress led by nape-of-the-neck by the office of the presidency (of both parties) has progressively insisted on federal-funded stimuli as an economic policy. Recently, such funding was shrouded under the heading of “shovel-ready infrastructure,” public-employment support for States, and sustaining or favoring a variety of union initiatives; I say balderdash. This economic stimulus has more to do with rewarding political confederates, enabling the election of Democratic or Republican brethren, and playing a tune that placates or pays off their constituents than encouraging fiscal growth.   

What this nation requires (and that will never happen) is a constitution convention; a reestablishing of maxims that reinforce the Founders’ original intent: Limited government. However, in real terms the only true alternative to the chaos of President Obama’s liberal progressivism-socialism-elitism is to capture congress and the presidency. We’ll all see soon enough if the 50% of the voting public who pay no federal taxes, the Hispanics, Americans of African descent, and unionist favor the Obama continuance by voting for their hero…





OBAMA! GOVERNING OR CAMPAIGNING?

23 10 2011

Authored by William Robert Barber

Have we Americans become so disconnected from the plain, simple, and obvious, the logical and deductive, that we can be influenced into believing that President Obama’s $447 billion jobs-stimulus bill is genuinely a presidential effort to promote job growth? Or is it that the Obama administration’s focus is on his reelection and the jobs bill is a tactical ruse, a means to a political end? Is it possible that this president, the superb elocutionist, after the results of his personally guided and endorsed legislative actions are measured; wherein the meaningfulness of such a measurement indicates anemic economic growth and high unemployment… Is this president going to win over the American people with his rhetorical sleight-of-hand? The president’s recent words, policies, and self-touting performances, inclusively mimicked by his progressive ducklings, are undeniably the dealings of a man and office striving for reelection. This looks and sounds like a man who conceitedly believes everything his vice-president and publicist convey.

The opening scene on the Obama campaign for reelection melodrama is a picture of all cheering his carte du jour of scurrilous slander, lies, deceitful exaggerations, and other such banal accusations. He is always choreographed standing with and encircled by the usual suspects that composite the Obama entourage: Public union bosses, their employees, progressive-ideologically inclined benefactors, civil servant bureaucrats, and empathic elected officials of the liberal progressive Democratic persuasion.

The president is professionally staged to be viewed by the populous as a leader wholesomely propagating the righteousness of his cause. He induces a call-to-arms (the repetitive Obama rant) attacking Republicans, specifically by name, to “straighten-up and fly-right,” and pass my jobs bill.

This is the very same ‘job bill’ defeated in the Senate by members of his own party.

Herein is the conundrum for Obama and his liberal progressives: Socialism whether European, Cuban, N. Korean, Venezuelan, or the current American style does not work. Aside from a nation fully committed to a war of survival, a nation therefore, willingly ceding constitutional guarantees for the perceived safety of martial law, the idea that the wise and the expert can accurately central plan the workings of a diverse domestic economy is a fantasy; a Wizard of Oz scenario that has been played out many times to the same failed result. The concept that the taxpayer funding of government largeness will inspire, catalysis, spawn, and electrify a substantial growth of private enterprise is absurd. Indeed funding government such as the Bush stimulus, TARP, or the Obama stimulus, an act ostensibly designed to stimulate the private economy, resulted instead, in supporting unions, sustaining the excessive cost of governing, aided and assisted in the corrupting of original intent, encouraged wastefulness, and enabled the status quo.

Not only is President Obama arrogantly disingenuous when promoting his jobs bill; he is in unison, ignorantly dismissing the palpable: The social and entitlement justice that complements the Obama ideal of how to engineer the American economy is not only impossible to profitably put into practice, the norms required for implementation is directly contrary to the required fiscal, cultural, and statutory environment to maintain a robust American style capitalistic system.

Prompted by the three branches of government, the feds, by means legal and extralegal, are operating beyond and outside of well-defined constitutional limits, the very premeditated concerns of the Founders have come into being, the pillars that established the legal basis of a nation of laws not of men is now, once again, in jeopardy. Liberal progressives manipulate, trounce, envelope, and ignore the meaningfulness of the words and spirit of the U.S. Constitution; regretfully, such contrivances are not limited to the Democratic Party, nevertheless, President Obama and his confederates have exponentially exemplified the discernible meaning of a liberal-progressive social justice conscious entitlement enriching government.

It is time get these buggers out of office…