THE PREDATOR, homo sapiens

13 08 2017

Authored by William Robert Barber

Throughout the two hundred thousand years of evolving into the most intelligent of beings humankind has accepted violent conflict as a constant. The predator homo sapiens, for reasons explicable and inexplicable, with premeditated intent or haphazard disregard, purposefully designs and executes the wherewithal to kill, maim, and torture its fellow humans.

Ostensibly, a culture of violence is the basis of homo sapiens behavior.

Interestingly, the Latin meaning of homo sapiens (“wise man”), when measured in practice, is counter intuitive: A wise man would not purposefully design the means to kill millions of its own; however, killing millions of its own is exactly the history of homo sapiens.

I submit that as water, food, and shelter are primal to survival and therefore an essential to life, seemingly violent conflict is an inevitable absolute of human behavior. Humankind’s voluminously documented propensity for violence is factual; therefore, one must consider violence an undeniable mainstay of homo sapiens behavior.

Nonetheless, our nation’s foreign policy cavalierly denies the undeniable and proceeds to endorse a foreign policy of baseless theoretical assumptions, quixotic inclinations, and “wish it were so” predeterminations. It is this idealistic wrongheadedness that prompts the present North Korean crisis. General Eisenhower made the initial mistake: When seeking the presidency, he pledged to end the war in Korea. Ending the war in Korea did not mean victory — it meant enabling the client State of China; it meant the unwitting support of a gangster regime armed with nuclear weapons.

The strategic concept of “mutually assured destruction” has been a reality since the 1950’s. This concept was (in my estimation) a default strategy. The sensible strategy would have been to disallow — by force of arms — any nation’s interest in developing or buying the necessary supplements to creating a nuclear bomb.

As a decisive point of historical reference President Truman was wrong in restricting General MacArthur’s military initiatives, and because of Truman’s fear of broadening the UN police action in Korea, today, millions of lives are at risk of inhalation.

When General Eisenhower, the supreme commander of allied forces, allowed the Russian Army to take Berlin, the Yalta Conference’s academic and theoretical evolved into reality. Stalin, the former ally of Hitler, was delightfully amused by the childlike gullibility of Western leadership. Eisenhower found solace in accepting “the orders of the day”; he abandoned deductive logic in favor of cognitively inadequate assumptions and doomed Eastern Europe to communist dominance.

American leadership has squandered the blood of their fellow Americans and imprudently misspent hundreds of billions of the nation’s treasury in the pursuit of what does not exist: Peace. Peace does not exist because humankind is not rational nor reasonable. The world is not a romantic comedy full of love and kindness. The good guys do not always win.

Goodness is by its innate nature the less of evil’s more. Because of its preponderance evil will always besiege good. North Korea is evil. This evil, no matter the cost, must be destroyed.

John Donne said it best: “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent.” To whom does the bell toll? “It tolls for thee.” America is militarily the strongest of the Western democracies. When compared to China, Putin’s Russia, and North Korea, America is as close to a moral “good,” as a nation state governed by humans might achieve. In the interest of John Donne’s declaration, America must rid the world of the North Korean menace… NOW!





THE CHAOS OF SELF-GOVERNING

29 07 2017

Authored by William Robert Barber

The recent and current squabbling (i.e. the healthcare chaos) prompts and reveals the unrelenting, often nonsensical, rhetorical battering amongst our wholly disingenuous elected representatives… Possibly, the concept of self-governing is just beyond the reach of consistent probability.

Why would Senator McCain fly to Washington D.C. to vote “NO”? He could have spared the media melodrama and simply stayed home — the result would have been the same and he would not have embarrassed leadership.

Besides the issue of concern, the evident and discernible challenging task resides in those states that allowed the expansion of Medicaid and require federal funding for continued sustenance. Instead of forthrightly defining the actual problem with Medicaid, Republicans, because these politicians are weak of heart as well as a belief in the obvious solution, leadership talks about funding cuts in the ill-defined future; this is not defining the issue of concern nor offering a solution. In fact, such forecasting requires a Harbinger’s license.

No one addresses the looming national deficit, the outrageous cost of governing, the persistent borrowing from those that will lend, the billions paid on interest; the government’s exploitive and persistent promising of “something for nothing” continues to façade reality. How in the empirical and deductive, in hopes of influencing votes, can Senator McConnell offer billions of dollars for any reason when those funds derived from borrowing or printing drives up the deficit?

The citizenry’s addiction to government issued payola as endorsed and protected by the elected proves the corruptive symbiosis between régime, politicians seeking an elective continuance, and the ever-reliant.  The addicts are the newly endowed unregistered lobbyist and the elected striving to retain power are eager to quid-pro-quo their vote in exchange for more payola.

The crux of the “give away” elixir is founded on and paid for under the widely held belief in the magical cure of wealth redistribution. The hypothesis is that progressive taxation will engineer a panacea of social egalitarianism. Lovely words and handsome faces assuage counter views with charming charisma. Artful persuasion creates widespread consensus and the hypothesis of redistribution is law.

Almost immediately, as if out of a heretofore unanticipated void, issues, concerns, and problems emerge. Bureaucracy is dutifully created to dedicate, regulate, and administer. The hypothesis propagates inexplicable authority and expands; the initial budget and cost of implementation exceed legislative expectation, more monies are demanded and fulfilled. Within the span of one administration, bureaucracy overwhelms congressional oversight and the original intent is as if it never was.

The definition of poor and rich redefined. The taxpayer base is expanded to include Americans earning $76,000 and upwards; this is the grouping that pays the vast majority of the taxes. Factually, Americans making less than $40,000 per year, for the most, are overtly omitted from tax paying altogether. These Americans covertly disenfranchised as able citizens; are rendered disabled into disinterest; they degenerate into “useful idiots.” Exclusion from tax-paying obligation abates the republic’s requirement for citizenry participation and enables indifference.

“The fix is apparent:” The Republic is dead. Competence, prudence, and good sense are no longer required. The nation’s citizens have allowed the federal government to grow into an uncontrollable monolithic behemoth.





FINALLY, LEADERSHIP

9 07 2017

Authored by William Robert Barber

Besieged by the erratic definition of moral principles, amoral behavior is accepted as a non-confrontational alternative. Statutory impositions purposely coupled with ambiguous language have spawned (within our societal norms) a confusing mixer of hypocrisy and sharp contradiction. Laws legislatively affirmed are subject to the interpretation and discretion of an unelected officialdom of appointed bureaucrats.   

The Republic of 1789 is now a democracy infested with inter-conflicting tribal populism wherein cause matters less than winning. Nonetheless, the greatest threat to this nation’s vitality is its refusal to face and assess the actuals of the world. The standard practice (embraced at the highest level of intelligentsia) of creating a pseudo-reality founded on wanting, wishing, and hoping only services the false perception of righteous denial.

We Americans refuse to accede to the blatant historical manifest of reality: The strong will rule and the weak will submit. America either brazenly enforces its will or concedes. The rational and reasonable acknowledges the preference of persuasion over force; however, when persuasion fails to enable consensus, we (Americans) must realize our determinative obligation as the leader of the “free world” and yes, when required, decisively act to compel said role with military coercion and economic cogency.   

In the ten thousand years of written history peace is the diminutive of experiences and war the overriding contrary. Despite our insistence on relegating a policy of martial resolve and prioritizing peace as the all-important strategy goal, peace resides, in fact only, intermittently between conflicts.

“Si vis pacem, para bellum,” a Latin adage translated, “if you want peace, prepare for war” although the nation recognizes military preparedness, the application of warring tactics, when measured against the benefits since the end of WWII, has been at a horrific cost in blood and treasure. This horrible loss was/is caused by the imprudent deduction of ill-conceived, foolishly contrived underwriting criteria devoid of sagacious sensibilities. Therefore, when a governing contextual is affixed to a legacy of wanting leadership, buttressed, and assisted, by a staff of ineffectual ideologically goaded disciples, fact and truth syntheses into factoids.

Of course, Russia meddled in the electoral process of 2016. Possibly, Putin thought he could sway and discern a beneficial outcome. However, for purposes of their politically motivated design, it is the Democrats that deliberately caused the post-election mayhem of present deflection. The Democrats instead should address the multiplex of everyday citizen concerns and the emerging conflict with North Korea. Putin and his Russians are for the most part a bothersome aside that do not “endanger our Democracy.”

The president’s speech in Poland was a masterful display of exceptional leadership. I am very proud of his definitive interpretation of America’s role in leading the “free world.”

“Lead, follow, or get out of the way.” —  we’ve all heard that adage sometime in our life. Well, President Trump has wisely chosen: “Lead.”





ARE DEEDS AND POLICIES SUBORDINATE TO WORDS?

1 07 2017

Authored by William Robert Barber

Prophetically, (as if I have prophetic powers) in my last blog I highlighted “Morning Joe,” noting that MSNBC owes theme and subject fees to the president since he is the day-to-day topic. Unknowing to me, the president was also watching Joe and Mica’s unrelenting personal attacks upon his person. Morning Joe’s writers, producers, and the regular cast of the ideologically aligned caught the angst of the president. Sadly, the president’s impulsive tweet did more good for the morning program than millions of dollars worth of advertising — or the guest appearance of Elvis Presley.

These signature Trump tweets are child-like dumb: allowing the “creative” progressives to broadcast that these tweets are symptomatic of a form of psychosomatic incoherence. Question: Why would the president insists on damaging his person and policy agenda to respond to “Morning Joe”? Answer: No one knows.

The status update on the Republican health care legislation is as follows: It’s dead; it’s alive; it’s on resuscitation; it has no chance… but somehow, something good will come out of all the discord and rancor.

These divergent concerns, interests, prerogatives of States are as old as 1789 and form the very basis of the reasoning of federalism. The concept of creating and operating a top-down national health care service that lowers premiums and deductibles while servicing more Americans, is equivalent to a maker of shoes producing one size and one color for all consumers. The national government cannot interrupt the healthcare requirements of States with differing needs. Therefore, the conflict will always deduce down to the States’ governors only pertinent question: How much federal funding is coming my way?

However, what the federal government has done (and continues to do) has far greater ramifications than the inability to satisfy the nation’s health care needs. The federal government is systematically buying off individual liberty with the illusionary currency of security.

Case in point, the last several years of President Obama’s Medicaid expansion is nothing less than the purposeful establishment of a single payer system. Medicaid intended as a healthcare safety net for the poor was ambushed; the Democrats simply changed the definition of poor.

No federal program is fiscally solvent. Our national debt is — when compared to reasonable fiscal prudence — horrendously out of synchronization; nonetheless, for our Congress spending more money is never an issue of and for fiscal anxiety.

Where is the prudent, the rational, and common sensibility of America’s noteworthy deductive reasoning? Oh yes, (for progressives) reasoning is circumvented in favor of “what elitists believe to be the common good.” Deductive reasoning is no longer a tenet of progressive thought. Now, days after losing an election, they comfortably believed they had won these polymaths of progressive thoughts, are busy striving to retain power, demeaning the Trump presidency, and wasting taxpayer monies on investigations, intent on chasing after what does not exist.





THE GAME’S AFOOT

2 06 2017

Authored by William Robert Barber

The Democratic Party’s contention is that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians: They want that contention so badly to be true, they will settle for close-enough. For months, the Democratic political war machine and its media brethren have tried, retried, and then doubled down on trying to make the round fit into the square.

If outrage were a being instead of a manifestation, “outrage” would be the liberal media’s most vibrant protagonist. The Democratic Party’s outrage is, of course, a ruse, a false deceptive to achieve a political end; the purpose of which started thoughtlessly as a simple display of election disgruntlement and evolved into multipronged federal investigations. The Democrats intended to straightforwardly dishevel the Trump administration by creating the collusion with Russia fiction.

Now, however, the Obama administration and their cohorts are summoned to testify under oath. The how-come and why-for queries from senators and representatives will release to the public liberal progressive schemes, plots, and illegal leaks intentionally perpetrated to undermine the effectiveness of the Trump presidency.

“Morning Joe,” is an early morning televised liberal progressive “opinion” presenter/ interpreter of current events and affairs. The hosts gather their media regulars to discuss the actions of their program’s prolific maker of the newsworthy Donald J. Trump. From the beginning to end the show’s host and guests scurrilously roast the president over his actions, non-actions, and should-have-dones. The huddled supporting casts of re-occurring reporters, pundits, historians, democratic notables, and guest politicians — for the most part — do their share of casting rhetorically inflammable on to the roasting.

Hosted by Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, and Willie Geist, “Morning Joe” exhibits a jolliness of mutual satisfaction in the knowing of their moral rightfulness. Joe’s titillated gift of off-topic spontaneity and Mika’s obsessive animosity for the president’s policies, personality, and physical being. Willie’s eagerness to comply with whatever Mr. Scarborough suggests and implies or expresses rounds out the show’s theme.

Herein is the perfect example of “Morning Joe’s” ingratitude. NBC does not, despite his contribution to the show’s content, pay Donald Trump a dime. Without President Trump, the show’s ratings would retrograde to its previous dismal average.

In time the Republicans will pass the required upgrade on healthcare. For the ordinary citizen as well as corporations taxes will significantly abate, and the reporting thereof will simplify. All federal investigations will end. The assertion of “collusion” will prove to be unprovable; nevertheless, the Democrats will continue the unprovable diatribe until they lose the midterms.

Pissed-off and resolute in their resistance to accepting Donald Trump as president the Democrats will pursue their political philosophy shift to the socialistic left. Political correctness will dictate acceptable behavior. Their Ivy League credentials will dissuade alternative measures, their willful elitism only disorients and befuddles. The Democrats are signed on to a continuum of congruent political leftism that defines Bernie Sanders as a centralist and Hillary Clinton as conservative.

Acknowledging the tenor of America’s blue collar dissatisfaction with politics, as usual, is not possible for the Democratic leadership. Consequentially, notwithstanding Republican fumbles and the president’s tweets, the Democrats are lost in a Neverland of “what I want to be when I grow up” confusion. 





AMERICANS VERSUS AMERICANS

25 05 2017

Authored by William Robert Barber

The vitriol of the Democratic Party for the Trump presidency is intensely lethal. “The Party” is tactically aligned with an action group known as the “resistance.” This progressive movement is in practice a confederation of political leftists, socialists, and “useful idiots.” The movement’s sociopolitical dogmatism is encouraged by a fresh assortment of habitual contrarians and the always dependable coterie of collective utopians. The Democratic Party utilizes this progressive movement, which is in fact a reactionary force, too, by any means actionable, to impair the operational workings of the Trump administration and ravage President Trump’s personal reputation.

For those of progressive inclinations, the cause of Clinton’s defeat is too palpable to accept. The salutary effect of a Trump victory for conservative governance is so consequential that the Democrats and their Progressive brethren cannot, or should I emphasize, will never accept the Trump presidency as legitimate.

Therefore, the Democrats, aided by Trump’s rhetorical excess, initially conceived then judiciously devised and artfully propagated (with the assist of a willing media) the false narrative that the Trump campaign colluded (a more meaningful descriptive: conspired) with Putin’s Russia to avail Trump’s election victory while vilifying Clinton’s political and personal image.

This particular indictment (of conspiracy) requires no evidence, only flirtations of and with the imaginable. If the Democrats initiated a federal lawsuit claiming that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians to win the election, the unadulterated absence of evidence would result in a dismissal. Of course, the current Congressional shenanigans (investigations) are not a lawsuit — it is a false flag expedition seeking to impair the Trump administration.

The Democrats proclaim Russia’s intervention in America’s elections as a serious detriment to the country’s democracy. I say that proclamation is ridiculous. The serious threat to our democracy is the preponderance of behavioral fraudulence perpetrated by the elected and the appointed. Governing is no longer the principal task of Congress. In fact, the process of legislating, administrating, and overseeing the workings of governance conflicts with the realpolitik of winning the next election. The principal task of Congress persons is for their political party to achieve the predomination of legislative, executive, and judicial authority.

There is a civil war raging between two distinctive political, socio-economic, and fiscal policy ideologies. The conflict is over the interpretation of the nation’s constitution and the concept of limited governance versus a government of unilateral determinations.

The political parties are at war. There will be no abatement of hotly contested disagreement. In the present tolerance, patience, and compromise are a historical reference, not a viable alternative to disputation.





“HANG HIM HIGH!” THE DEMOCRATS CRY

17 05 2017

Authored by William Robert Barber

Motivated by Trump’s presidential victory and their humiliating loss the Democrats are hell-bent on destroying the president, even at the cost of debilitating the virility of America’s prowess. The Democrats are exuberantly hyperventilating over their command of the media-driven message. The president is role-playing a script written by Senator Schumer, directed by Nancy Pelosi, and produced by the DNC. President Trump’s performance is beyond the wildest expectations; the president is directly responsible for the success of the production’s writer, director, and producer.

Democrats have authored a fiction of zero redeemable merits; nonetheless, with the active efforts of the president to muck things up, the president is complicit in the degrading of his office and the Republican brand. By means consciously knowing, impulsively reckless, or wholly unintended, the president — with the help of portentous “leakers” — has in short order enabled his misdirection. 

By “hook or crook,” in other words, by any means necessary, the progressives, while shaping the hangman’s knot, have dominated the story, respective of facts. Stupefied by their leader’s naïve, often childlike reactive with media discourse, allies and friends are confused.

Remembering: in all of the accusations of misconduct the president acted well within his constitutional rights, there is no evidence to the contrary. The Russians’ efforts to influence the election for Trump over Clinton have no substantiation, ergo Trump is the president of the United States. I think that “ergo Trump is president” is the Democrats’ issue of preponderant concern.

One need not worry about Russian influence in the election when one has the Democratic Party manufacturing factoids. Naturally, the complicity of mainstream and cable media’s adherence to progressive ideology in line with Democratic messaging is helpful. After all, propaganda requires distribution and messaging is all about repetition; pound out the half-truths, hell outright lie, just do it with zest and often. In time, the truth evolves into irrelevancy.

This entire gambit played out by the Democrats is solely about the next election. The swamp is propagating not abating and the Democrats are feeding the alligators in hopes of regaining power.

For reasons just beyond my grasp (not able to articulate the why of it all) I do believe that the president will beat back today, as well as tomorrow’s scurrilous onslaught and redeem his political sway. The Democrats have overplayed their hand. Eventually, despite the “resistance’s” need to never end the investigating, the investigative era will end. President Trump will never be exonerated from the allegations of Russian collusion simply because the Democrats despite all findings of innocence will hold on to the falsehood that the lack of proof does not necessitate innocence. The Democrats hate the man as such no “evidence discovered” will suffice as an indictment. 

Now if we can just get the president to stop making the Democrats’ day…