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Going Left to Get Right Doesn’t Work in Politics November 16, 2015

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I have long said that no one gets to live in the world they grew up in, change moves too fast to allow for that. However our governing elite and their indoctrinated followers seem dedicated to the proposition that we shouldn’t even get to live under the same rules or in the same culture.

Taking a look at a few things and how they have been upended and are now used to facilitate the transformation of America.

The Court and Congress:

The Supreme Court can reverse itself at any time. Today it can deliberate and decide the Constitution says green is green and tomorrow they can deliberate and say green is yellow. It gives our Constitution a fluid quality that matches perfectly with the Progressive advocates of a living document. In other words in our system as it has evolved (or progressed) the Constitution isn’t written in stone it is written in sand.

Or without re-interpreting themselves they can re-interpret Congress to declare constitutional what is clearly unconstitutional. The penalties in Obamacare were said by Congress not to be taxes so that it could pass the law, since the Senate cannot originate tax laws.   Then the Supreme Court declared the penalties to be taxes to declare the law constitutional. Which should make the law unconstitutional on its face since all tax laws must begin in the House and this law was written in the Senate using slight-of-hand to pretend it started in the house.

Currently a case is making its way to the Supreme Court saying that Obamacare is unconstitutional on the origination of tax clause. Let’s see how the Justices contort themselves to find the law constitutional this time.

Academia:

We have reached a point where our best and brightest at colleges across the country are actually demonstrating to limit free speech as they express their aggressively progressive ideals by demanding protection from microaggressions such someone expressing ideas that conflict with their indoctrination. College used to be a place where conflicting ideas came to compete in the marketplace of thought. Now it is a place where a rigid conformity to the party-line is choking out everything that does not salute the upside down flag of Transformed America.

How did we get here? So many I talk to disagree with what the government party is doing to transform America yet they continue to vote for those who are leading the charge. They fail to see how the very problems they complain about have been caused by the programs of the people they vote for. It always amazes me how many people think right, talk right, live right and vote left. In other words as opposed to what is sometimes necessary when driving on congested streets going left to get right doesn’t work in politics.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion. He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2015 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

How Many Nails Does it Take to Seal a Coffin November 11, 2015

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How many lopsided trade deals does it take to teach a nation they are being sold down the river? Apparently it takes one more than we have.

After months of secrecy President Obama has the chutzpa to throw the thing online and challenge people to read it. Saying “Along with the text of the agreement, we’ve posted detailed materials to help explain it. It’s an unprecedented degree of transparency — and it’s the right thing to do.”

Sounds great doesn’t it? How open. How accessible. Give it a quick read and let’s get on with the job of selling out our heritage for a bowl for oatmeal.

The next time you have a few moments free between jobs why not give it a go. It is only 5,544 pages containing 2,056,560 words which is according to the Daily Caller:

  • 18x longer than the King James Bible
  • 77x longer than the Affordable Care Act
  • 63x longer than the entire Harry Potter series
  • 73x longer than the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy
  • 06x longer than the entire Game of Thrones series
  • 33x longer than the entire works of Shakespeare
  • 65x longer than the New Oxford American Dictionary 3rd Edition

Just take a little break from trying to make ends meet while you compete with workers around the world making ten dollars a day and make a decision about whether we should take another bite of the free trade apple. Of course no matter what you decide the twin headed party of power in Chicago on the Potomac is going to shove this give away of American jobs and prosperity down your throat.

TPP is an agreement between the United States and 11 other countries – Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. China is not a party to this treaty.

According to Public Citizen:

The TPP would expand the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) “trade” pact model that has spurred massive U.S. trade deficits and job loss, downward pressure on wages, unprecedented levels of inequality and new floods of agricultural imports. The TPP not only replicates, but expands NAFTA’s special protections for firms that offshore U.S. jobs. And U.S. TPP negotiators literally used the 2011 Korea FTA – under which exports have fallen and trade deficits have surged – as the template for the TPP.

In one fell swoop, this secretive deal could:

Although it is called a “free trade” agreement, the TPP is not mainly about trade. Of TPP’s 29 draft chapters, only five deal with traditional trade issues. One chapter would provide incentives to offshore jobs to low-wage countries. Many would impose limits on government policies that we rely on in our daily lives for safe food, a clean environment, and more. Our domestic federal, state and local policies would be required to comply with TPP rules.

So if the stagnant or falling wages of the last few decades have left you feeling as if you haven’t given enough hold on because the DC Leviathan is about to ask for more.

I would now make a plea for everyone to call their senators and congressman but does anyone believe that would make a difference. This is just another milestone on the road to the 3rd world by those who seek to fundamentally transform America. Then along comes Hillary, the nail in our coffin.

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The Best Advice for Success in Modern America November 10, 2015

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Europe is in the midst of an existential crisis. The EU has built a cradle to grave welfare state partly funded by the U.S. picking up the tab for their defense. They have erased the borders between their states and given Brussels the power to control their immigration policies. Their left-of-center social policies have opened the door to uncontrolled mass migration. If this is left unchecked it will swamp them in 3rd world invaders. Within a few generations the traditional citizens of these once great nations will be replaced as the dominant people in their own homelands. France, Germany, and Italy may all be Arab and Muslim and Europe as we have always known it will be no more.

Will the socialists of Europe have enough loyalty to their own culture to do what must be done to save it? Or will they allow political correctness and their daydream of multiculturalism complete the suicide they began in WWI and continued in WWII?

Now look at America. Our borders are porous at best. We can’t even call illegal immigrants illegal immigrants anymore. Our versions of 3rd world invaders qualify for welfare, food stamps and motor-voter driver’s licenses. Newspapers and other media outlets regularly fail to report on the immigration status of criminals. Though the government routinely speaks of the invaders as people living in the shadows these shadow people now come into the light and hold mass demonstrations demanding even more rights yet they are never identified or apprehended.

Not since the Visigoths and Vandals decided the Roman Empire looked like a pleasant place to live as long as they could loot, burn and rape has a civilization so serenely welcomed its destroyers in with open arms. What we are witnessing in Europe today is happening right here. Everyone knows it. Our leaders and the Corporations Once Known as the Mainstream Media are complicit in the assault.

If we don’t stop this it will stop us.

Best advice for success in Modern America down the path our leaders are following: Learn Spanish and get a government job.

Best advice if we want to save our nation from sinking into the one-world cesspool: Close the borders, cut off the welfare which acts as a magnet, cut off the jobs and watch our uninvited guests go home. No one rounded them up to bring them here and if we quit paying them to stay no one will have to round them up to drive them home.

For all the evidence you will ever need to prove America is sinking beneath the waves of an alien invasion see Anne Coulter’s latest book Adios, America and don’t expect to see any of this in the state-controlled media.

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Rush the Big Voice on the Right November 5, 2015

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In a recent article in the National Review Rush Limbaugh, the God Father of conservative media recently catalogued how he not only birthed but also nurtured the growth of an alternative voice alongside what he aptly calls the “state-controlled media.”

I can remember the first time I heard him in 1986. I was so excited to hear someone say what I was thinking. For years I had felt like I was all alone. Outside my wife, a few friends and relatives I didn’t think anyone thought or felt like I did about the slide of our nation and our society from a land of limited government, personal liberty, and economic opportunity into a socialist quagmire. Since it was all I ever heard I thought the mainstream media was reporting the news and presenting what was the majority opinion. When I heard Rush I immediately knew this wasn’t the case and I knew there was someone who was ready, willing and able to champion the conservative philosophy against the avalanche of Progressive propaganda.

In this article Rush relates that during the first two years of his show he traveled 45 weekends each year to build a firm foundation with his radio-affiliates. His Rush to Excellence Tours regularly drew crowds from a few thousand to over 10,000. At these electrifying events he made us all laugh as he poked fun at liberals, clearly presented and explained conservative ideas, while promoting traditional American values.

Starting in 1991, some of the new conservative radio syndicators that were springing up across the nation began to offer his substitute hosts their own national shows. In addition hundreds of local-radio stations switched their format to talk and sought out conservative hosts. The voices of conservatism were spreading into the space Rush was creating speaking to an audience he was awakening.

Growing from 125 radio stations with a talk format when he started in 1986 today there are over 2500 talk stations and the majority of them lean toward the conservative side. Rush is on over 600 of these stations every day.

Not stopping with revolutionizing the radio industry Rush moved on to transform the television world which had been dominated for years by the triple-headed democrat parrot ABC, NBC, CBS and their biased stepchild Ted Turner’s Progressive megaphone, CNN. In 1992 he began hosting a national TV show that for four years broke new ground with Rush’s own brand of hilariously entertaining conservative commentary. The great popularity of this show was followed in 1997 by the birth of Fox News as a network that did not march in lockstep with the democrat propaganda arm masquerading as an independent media.

Presidents from Clinton to Obama have complained that Rush has three hours a day to speak his ideas with no one representing the other side. This is patently ridiculous since in the beginning it was Rush on one side and all of American Media on the other. Even today Rush and all his clones are still outnumbered by the co-opted and corrupt networks and their mirror image in print. Numerous Progressive oligarchs have tried to bankroll liberal talk shows to compete with Rush and all of them have failed for lack of an audience.

When summing up the results of the Rush Revolution no one can say it better than the great man himself, “Its consequences are unmistakable. I firmly believe that the conservative-media revolution has caused the liberal media to abandon any pretense of objectivity and fairness and actively advocate on the Left’s behalf. This has led in turn to the hyper-partisan nature of our politics today.”

Reflecting on the situation before he arrived on the scene Rush continued, “When Republicans were perennial losers and happy about it, the media could stay hidden behind their wall of phony objectivity. But they were called out. Now there is a fierce competition for the hearts and minds of the American people, which the Left used to believe it owned. So it is not I, nor anyone else in conservatism, who is to blame for the partisanship in Washington. That is on the Democrats and the Left, for trying to destroy the traditions and institutions that have defined this country. We stand in defense of this great nation, and we always will. And we look forward to the Republican Party’s someday joining us.”

The advent of the Rush Limbaugh show brought a ray of light into a dark world of controlled media and partisan subjectivity passing itself off as objective reporting. For millions of us Rush and his insightful commentary are the red pill that helped lead us out of the matrix of a progressive nightmare trying to lead the way to the ultimate destruction of the American Dream.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion. He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2015 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

A Parallel Universe Without Progressives November 4, 2015

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An astrophysicist, Ranga-Ram Chary at the European Space Agency’s Planck Space Telescope data center at CalTech says he may have found evidence of alternate or parallel universes by looking back in time to just after the Big Bang more than 13 billion years ago.

Then there is always the possible parallel universe of dark matter. As researchers learn more about dark matter’s complexities, it seems possible that our galaxy lives on top of a shadow galaxy without us even knowing it.

I have often heard it said that the universe is so large that anything we can imagine exists somewhere. Taking that as a starting point, for a flight of fancy let’s imagine a parallel universe without Progressives.

We wouldn’t have had the 16th amendment. Therefore we would still have a land without personal income tax and the Federal Government would have lived on fees and tariffs as it always did before the Progressives secured a source of money large enough to spend us into oblivion.

We wouldn’t have had the 17th amendment and the senators would still be selected by the State legislators. This was one of the checks and balances the Founders embedded in the original Constitution to protect the federal nature of the Federal Government. The House represents the people and the Senate was supposed to represent the States.

We wouldn’t have had Woodrow Wilson to take us into the War to End all Wars that ended up building up the three largest empires in the world and setting the stage of WWII.

We wouldn’t have had The Creature from Jekyll Island, the Federal Reserve System, and America’s representative of the international banking cartel. Without the Fed to mismanage the money supply there would never have been the banking crisis of the early 1930s. The crisis that set the stage for the re-boot of America’s free economy as a centrally-planned command and control machine used to transform every sector of American life.

We wouldn’t have had FDR to impose fascist economic forms on America extending what would have been a recession into the Great Depression.

We wouldn’t have had JFK to lose his nerve in 1961. Thus the Castro brothers and their murderous savagery would have fallen with the successful Bay of Pigs invasion.

We wouldn’t have had LBJ to build a Great Society safety net that has become a hammock entrapping uncounted millions and generations in a trap of dependency.

We wouldn’t have had BHO to fundamentally transform America into a falling empire and a soon to be third world backwater.

And we wouldn’t have HRC campaigning for president as Mrs. Santa Clause ready to give everyone who doesn’t work everything they want while she seeks to take the Second Amendment from the rest of us.

Just imagine. It’s easy if you try.

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Jabberwocky as National Policy November 3, 2015

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Not since New Speak became the national PC language of our fundamentally transformed America have the words of the political elite been as tortured by the meanings as they have been lately.

Take for instance the recent death of a true American hero in Iraq.

Ash Carter our defensive Secretary of Defense was able to point out with a straight face that while Army Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler, the first American killed in action in Iraq since 2011 died in combat it was not a combat death.

And of course our Jabberwock-in-Chief as usual WOWed the pampered poodle pundits of the state-controlled media with his dazzling display of not only doublespeak but also doublethink when he explained that “Deploying special forces to Syria is not ‘Boots on the ground.”

Then again war is peace and obedience is happiness.

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Let’s Really Clean the Barn October 29, 2015

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Outgoing Speaker John Boehner gave a parting gift to his partner President Obama steaming on the floor of the House with the comment that he wanted to “Clean the barn.”  What he did instead was add to the barn litter he is leaving behind.  His Omnibus Budget Bill aptly entitled the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 that funds the government for the rest of President Obama’s term continues the surrender by Congress of the only leverage they have over a runaway executive: the power of the purse.

This deal was presented and opposed at the same time by the Republican leadership in a good cop bad cop routine by the outgoing speaker and the incoming, Paul Ryan.  While Boehner extolled the budget deal before voting for it Ryan said it “stinks” before voting for it.  With this deal the Republicans have now gone back on every promise they have made in the last seven years to win control of Congress, and what we end up with is another cop sold out to the Outfit.

If John Boehner really wanted to clean the barn he would have taken 434 other perpetually re-elected shills with him.  This pack of hacks is totally sold out to K Street.  No matter which side of the aisle they are on they are so bust feathering their own post political nests and advancing the agendas of special interests they have no time for the people who elect them.

They have violated the Pledge to America which the Boehner Republicans issued to win the House.  They pledged to work to stop Obama, reform Congress and listen to the voice of the American people.  They promised that the text of all bills would be published online a minimum of 72 hours before a vote.   They said they would no longer allow the business of the people to be hidden and passed without even reading.  This budget deal breaks that pledge.

This is a complex bill that is over 140 pages filled with goodies for everyone.  It was obviously under construction for quite some time yet it was sprung with only 48 hours for review.  After two wave elections where the conservative base came out in force and gave the Republicans control of both the House and the Senate we can now definitively say, “It’s business as usual in the Land of Oz.”

The Republicans following their seemingly suicidal DNA keep nominating the next Rhino in line then they are surprised when the conservative base and the right leaning independents stay home.   Perhaps 2016 will be different.  Perhaps one of the challengers will catch lightening in a bottle and make it through the maze of primaries to the nomination.  Perhaps Carson, Trump, Cruz, or Rand will somehow elbow all the establishment stalking horses out of the way and grab the golden ring.  If the GOP was wise enough to do that they might stand a chance against the stacked deck of Hillary – Media – imported voters and win.

Of course if by some miracle someone one who was actually dedicated to breaking the stranglehold the twin headed governing party has on Washington did make it to the Whitehouse they would then be faced with the prospect of sailing into battle with the entrenched GOP leadership on the Hill.

Boehner may be gone but Ryan will carry the torch.  Just look at his courageous pledge that there will be no Comprehensive Immigration Reform until 2017.  WOW!  Isn’t that just what people want to hear?  He is going to wait until 2017 to give amnesty to tens of millions, issue millions more H2-B visas so low wage foreigners have an easier time competing with our sons and daughters, and formalize the collapse of our borders.

Reid may be gone but McConnell will bar the door to restraining a rogue president with the power of the purse as he promises “No more government shutdowns.”  And if all else fails no matter who is elected the government bureaucracy will grind on just as before churning out regulations with the force of law and doing the actual ruling and enforcement of the coming totalitarian welfare state.

So what are we to do?

There is a classic bumper sticker that shows up in every election cycle, “Don’t Re-elect anyone.”  I know there are a few representatives and a few senators who are not sold out to K Street and the special interests.  If you happen to be served by one of these they are probably worth retaining.  However no one should vote for someone because they “Bring the bacon home.”  We need people who will put the Federal Government on a diet and let the bacon stay at home with the people who actually raised the hog.

The mood of the country certainly seems to be “Throw the rascals out!”  However, so many just vote for the party of their parents. They vote for the party that is part of their cultural or family tradition without ever thinking about who they are voting for or what they will do once they are elected or re-elected again and again.

Einstein is given the credit for a quote that almost everyone knows, “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

This quote sums up the voting strategy of the majority of Americans.  Over and over we send the same people back and then wonder why nothing changes.  If we want change we have got to return to citizen legislators and reject the professional political class that has a hammerlock on power.

If the mood of the country prevails I think I could win any race by changing my name to “None of the Above.”  If it doesn’t prevail, if the Oligarchs and their re-elected lackeys somehow manage to manufacture another victory, I believe many people will despair of ever making a change through the current rigged electoral process.  Seeing this disillusionment in the future inspired me to write The Constitution Failed in 2010.

When I first presented this book at book signings and in conferences many people would accost me.  Some even yelled in my face, “How dare you say that the Constitution has failed.”  I received threats and attacks from all quarters.  Today when I do book signings and have this book on my table people look at it and say, “You know that’s right.”

I have never contended that the Constitution has always been a failure.  Obviously it created the space for personal freedom, individual liberty, and economic opportunity to build the greatest nation in History.  However, if the main purpose was to secure to its posterity the blessing of a limited government and today we have a federal leviathan that crushes descent and smothers freedom at the moment how can we say it is a success?

Let us hope that the bell of freedom will once again ring throughout our land that the awakened and aware citizens will rise up in their righteous indignation and throw the rascals out.  Let us hope that change will finally come and we the people will once again wrest control of our government from those who have traded our heritage for an entitlement driven welfare state.

When all the dust has settled, when all the shouting is over let’s hope we don’t find ourselves singing the final lamenting line from that old Who song about revolution, “Meet the new Boss.  Same as the old Boss.”

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Rearranging the Deck Chairs on the Titanic October 22, 2015

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Last week I offered five simple solutions that could turn this ship around.

First, jettison the Empire to save the Republic

Second, declare our energy independence.

Third, end the de facto amnesty.

Fourth, end the centrally planned welfare state.

Fifth, grow the economy instead of the bureaucracy to bring back prosperity, opportunity, and hope.

Does anyone realistically think the two headed leviathan in Washington will implement any of them?  No matter who is elected the bureaucracy will maintain full speed ahead into the iceberg of collapse.  In other words these fixes may be easy to propose however they are impossible to implement given the current toxic climate in Chicago on the Potomac.

Look at the Planned Parenthood scandal for an example of how degraded our society has become.  Secretly produced videos clearly show Planned Parenthood leaders laughing and joking about harvesting the organs of babies and selling them for profit.  The supporters of Planned Parenthood respond by saying that the videos are heavily edited.  Then we learn they were edited to take out things like taking trips to the bathroom and ordering food and that forensic experts overwhelmingly find them authentic.  The advocates of abortion on demand do not dispute what is said they dispute the manner in which the information was obtained.

Progressives will argue for the personhood of chimpanzees because their DNA is a 99% match to human.  Yet they deny the personhood of babies in the womb that are a 100% match.  These types of dichotomies and absurdities among our ruling class remind one that hypocrisy is the tribute that vice pays to virtue.

Look at the current presidential demolition derby.

The Republicans clearly favor people who are not traditional Republicans.  After looking over their establishment, mainline Republicans and the rank and file members of the Party are asking isn’t there someone else?  I believe if Someone Else was on the Ballot in the coming primaries they could well win.  As it is, since they must choose from people actually on the ballot after dismissing him as a reality star the betting is beginning to move towards a Trump win.  Mr. Trump is a big man with big ideas, unfortunately most of these will need big government to accomplish and the hope for a return to limited government recedes a little further from the realm of possibility with big government advocates on both sides.

On the Democrat side we are witnessing the Clinton restoration and America is heading for a sequel to the Golden Nineties when character didn’t matter and White House interns were fair game.  Hillary, after her original courageous testimony concerning Benghazi summed it up in “At this point what does it matter?” continues doing her Whitewater stonewalling routine to the applause of her devotees.

The handwriting is on the wall and we may have truly reached the tipping point where whoever wins the Democrat primaries wins the election.  Eighteen States have voted Democrat in six consecutive elections with 242 electoral votes.  University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato said the hurdle for Republicans doesn’t look any better if you count the underlying votes by citizens, not just the electoral results.  “Democrats have also won the popular vote in five of the last six presidential contests,” Sabato said. “The demographic shifts heading to mid-century are all pro-Democratic.”

Add to this that the illegal migration invaders are being dispersed to red states combined with court ordered motor-voter status and what is coming is a tsunami of undocumented democrats to turn the red states blue.  We are nearing a mirror image of Chicago where the Republicans often don’t even bother to run a candidate for mayor because they have a hard time finding sacrificial lambs.

They have elections in China.  Everyone eighteen years or older can vote.  They get the chance to choose between a communist and another communist. This adds up to an election in name only or a distinction without a difference.

In America today we get to choose between one of two members of the twin headed party of power.  Whoever wins the government grows and more power is concentrated in Washington.  Clinton, Bush, Trump, or Sanders whoever wins the bureaucracy continues to wield extra-constitutional power and the Founders dream of a limited government grows dimmer.

Seeing what is happening to our American heritage is like waking up one day and realizing that eventually all of your prized possessions and all of your memories will end up in a land fill.

This all reminds me that a pessimist is what an optimist calls a realist.

Sounds depressing doesn’t it?  In the world we have little hope for change.  We are on an express to national suicide and the fix is in.  This is why I have written my latest book, Political Action Follows Political Philosophy.  This book was written because I believe once liberty is extinguished it may be generations before the light of freedom will again burn bright.  I wrote this book to be a seed for future generations so they will know what happened to the American experiment and provide the philosophical foundations for the rebirth of limited government, personal freedom, and economic opportunity.

Because, the vast majority of human action reflects the thoughts, beliefs, and feelings of the actor.  There have always been and there will always be those whose actions are erratic or divorced from reality.  The actions of this small minority are best ascribed to pathology not philosophy.  For the rest of us, we think therefore we are.  What we think about today we act upon tomorrow.

The Dispatches from the History of the Future contained in this book convey the basic political philosophy which I believe will one day re-inspire our nation to stride upon the stage of History with another round of liberating political action.

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Simple Suggestions Sound Serious October 15, 2015

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What is Occam’s Razor?

According to the physicists at the University of California, Riverside Occam’s (or Ockham’s) razor is a principle attributed to the 14th century logician and Franciscan friar William of Ockham.  Ockham was the village in the English county of Surrey where he was born.

The principle states that “Entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily.”

Many scientists have adopted or reinvented Occam’s Razor, as in Leibniz’s “identity of observables” and Isaac Newton stated the rule: “We are to admit no more causes of natural things than such as are both true and sufficient to explain their appearances.”

The most useful statement of the principle for scientists is “when you have two competing theories that make exactly the same predictions, the simpler one is the better.”

This is the one that is generally used on the wall-to-wall news shows which so often describe our world for those who are information junkies and current event addicts so this is the one I will go with today.

Our ruling Elites try to convince us that America’s problems are too complex for we mere mortal taxpayers to understand.  They want us to allow them and their acolyte bureaucracy to decide everything behind a veil and then hand down their infallible decrees on stone tablets from Olympus on the Potomac.

This arcane process raises the question, “If the running of our government is too complex for us to understand how can we expect low information voters to choose who is best to do when we cannot even know what or how needs to be done?”  If this is truly the case than we have reached the limit of the American experiment, and government of the people by the people and for the people does not work.

As the Historian of the Future, as someone who has spent more than fifty five years studying and thinking about History, Political Science and current events I believe this seeming conundrum is an illusion.  I believe we should apply Occam’s Razor to what remains of our social contract to preserve what is left of our heritage.

Here are what I believe to be simple solutions to the threads the Lilliputians are using to bind the American Gulliver to an express to oblivion.

First, jettison the Empire to save the Republic.  Currently the United States has armed forces in over 130 countries.  We’re committed to defend most of these countries against aggression.  Where were these allies on 9-11?  Where were they in Afghanistan?   Why do we have treaties binding us to go to war to defend those who refuse to support us when we’re attacked?  If these policies are counter-productive are there any alternatives?

Close the foreign bases and bring our troops home.  Station them on the border to protect us from the on-going invasion of illegal immigrants who’re overloading our systems.  If we need to project American power use the carrier battle-groups designed for that purpose.  Protect America and rebuild our infrastructure.  When asked what to do with the American Military after World War I Will Rogers said, “Get ’em all home, add to their number, add to their training, then just sit tight with a great feeling of security and just read about foreign wars. That’s the best thing in the world to do with them.”  Jettison the Empire to save the Republic!

Second, declare our energy independence.  Did any President ever have an energy policy which effectively dealt with the problems of oil production and supply?  Did it work?

Reagan said, “The best answer, while conservation is worthy in itself, is to try to make us independent of outside sources to the greatest extent possible for our energy.”

Ronald Reagan also said, “Our national energy plan should not be a rigid set of production and conservation goals dictated by Government. Our primary objective is simply for our citizens to have enough energy, and it is up to them to decide how much energy that is, and in what form and manner it will reach them. When the free market is permitted to work the way it should, millions of individual choices and judgments will produce the proper balance of supply and demand our economy needs. ”

As soon as he became president, Ronald Reagan ended the price controls on domestic oil first imposed by Richard Nixon; these controls had contributed to both the 1973 Oil Crisis and the 1979 Energy Crisis. Almost immediately the price of oil fell, and during the 1980s America didn’t experience the gasoline lines and fuel shortages of the 1970s.  In addition, the removal of price controls ignited a boom in domestic drilling which arrested America’s slide into energy dependence.

As to the energy questions:  How do we end our dependence on foreign oil?  How can we achieve the energy independence which every President since Nixon has said is a matter of national security?  Using Reagan’s approach as a guide stop wringing our hands and moaning about our situation, stand up like our ancestors and boldly declare our Energy Independence!  In practical terms we should: take the shackles off our domestic oil industry, build new refineries, develop better distribution of natural gas, expand the use of nuclear, wind, solar and every conceivable form of energy, and drill baby drill!

Third, end the de facto amnesty. Our President has made no secret of what his end game is.  Remember him with Joe the plumber?  Mr. Obama wants to spread the wealth around.  He is perhaps not an avowed socialist however based on everything he does; he is effectively one.  Yet he has won two elections one way or another and he is coordinating the end game of the Cloward-Piven Strategy.   This is not a conspiracy…it’s a strategy to bankrupt America by overburdening the system….and it breaks my heart that as America dozed on the couch watching the game these Progressives have turned the American dream into a nightmare.

Now the Southern border has been all but erased by pre-arranged catastrophes.  What does America’s Community Organizer in Chief do in response to these manufactured assaults by the children’s crusade and others?  He unilaterally grants amnesty through executive edict to millions if not tens of millions while holding the door open for millions more.

Does the GOP move to block these unconstitutional acts of national suicide? Do they mount a national campaign to harness the vast majority of citizens who want to save America for Americans?  No, the congressional Republican leaders let everyone know they are for amnesty too.

How can they not know that amnesty for millions of undocumented democrats is suicide for the GOP?  Call it executive action.  Call it comprehensive immigration reform.  Call it anything you want.  Amnesty under any other name is amnesty and amnesty with open borders is a siren call to the tens of millions who haven’t already come to come now.  Our leaders are actually working on a plan to merge the United States with Canada and Mexico into a new super state of North America.  Our children and grandchildren will grow up in a third world hellhole that was once the land of the free and the home of the brave.  Close the borders or we give away our country.

Fourth, end the centrally planned welfare state.  The most insidious result that central-planning and the overabundance of government control that it requires is not the maladjustments that it inevitably creates in the economy.  It is not the crony capitalism and bureaucratic nepotism that it always fosters.  It is not the smothering blanket of nanny-state regulations that strangle creativity.  It is not even the tendency to one-party rule even when camouflaged behind a two party system that is in reality two heads of the same bird of prey.  It is not a system which may actually contain only two parties if you believe there is the government party and the country party.

No none of these missteps on the way to an illusionary utopia are the most insidious result of any system no matter what it is called that is some variation on the socialist theme of “From each according to their ability and to each according to their need.” Instead the most insidious result of the effort by some to control all is a change in the character of the people.

When government regulation becomes an all-embracing web of minutia that requires lawyers, accountants, and other translators of government-speak to comprehend, when safety-nets become hammocks, and when the do-gooders believe that they know what is best for everyone reaches a tipping point people begin to expect others to do for them what they used to do for themselves.  A nation of self-reliant, go-getters can be changed into a sea of slugs on the dole constantly crying and voting for more.

The descendants of the pilgrims and the pioneers are content to wait for their government check and their food stamps as long as there is a game on their flat screen and minutes left on their Obama phone.  Militant apathy has ossified the sinews of a once great people.  So many people don’t care about anything beyond their creature comforts, the most basic of which are guaranteed, that the will to succeed has been squashed.

Cut the strings of the hammock and people will learn to stand on their own two feet again.

And though the list is much longer, the last entry for today is one last simple solution for what we are told is a complex problem.  Grow the economy instead of the bureaucracy to bring back prosperity, opportunity, and hope.

Business is like water. It follows the path of least resistance.  A fact which should birth shame in the hearts of all Americans is that for the last decade American Businesses have been in a mad rush for the door.  They’ve left America, once the epitome of free enterprise, choosing instead to establish them in Communist China.  Today Federal red tape and taxes are strangling American free enterprise.

Innovation is like lightning. It comes in a flash, burns white hot, and is impossible to bottle.  When free enterprise is stifled by government interference in the marketplace the incentive to develop and produce are stunted.  Americans have always been the can-do people.  We’ve always been the leaders in invention and innovation.  Our entrepreneurs have traditionally led the world in new patents and processes.  Back in 2011 many sources predicted China would take the lead in high tech patents applied for and new industrial processes pioneered and now they do.  It takes thinking outside the box to find the new and provide the best.  In America today the Federal Government has set to work making the box stronger, to weaving a mesh of regulations and taxes, and turning the box into a cage.

This isn’t rocket science.  We aren’t trying to figure out the orbit perimeters of a sling-shot around the moon to reach Saturn.  This is Political Science and Economics: the arcane arts of who gets what, when, and how.

If we want manufacturing and innovation to grow reduce taxes to the lowest in the world and take the steel boot of regulation off the throat of free enterprise and watch our manufacturing base and our industrial output soar.  If you want more jobs stop stifling small business with uncertainty and watch the unemployment rate fall.  If we want more consumer spending instead of the next round of bail-outs and stimulus pay-offs to campaign contributors give the American people a one year federal tax holiday and watch consumer activity go through the roof.  In other words grow the economy not the bureaucracy.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2015 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

More Wars for Peace Will Not Bring Peace October 8, 2015

Posted by Dr. Robert Owens in Uncategorized.
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When Hamid Karzai, the man we installed and the leader of a land that is a nation in name only was the president of Afghanistan he accused the United States of colluding with the Taliban to keep the war going. According to his spokesman, “The people of Afghanistan ask NATO to define the purpose and aim of the so-called war on terror… (They) consider this war as aimless and unwise to continue.”  Even our so-called allies believe there are ulterior motives behind our foreign policy.  Yet most Americans swallow it whole.

I am a supporter of our troops.  I believe they are patriots and America’s best.  It is not the bravery or skill of our troops that I question; it is the imperial foreign policy which sends them as sacrifices on the altar of political ambition that I question.  The cruel calculations of political elites using our service men and women as pawns on their partisan game board are shameful. One shocking example of this was transparently obvious when President Obama announced a surge in troops at the same time he announced the exit strategy for leaving the country.  What could be more counterproductive than telling an asymmetrical partisan enemy that if they hang on long enough we leave and you win? Now, after fourteen years of blood, sweat, and tears we’re leaving, and they’re going to win.

Look at Iraq.  We went to war to stop the spread of weapons of mass destruction which even President Bush eventually admitted were never there.  We went to war because our leaders intimated that Iraq had a hand in the sneak attacks of 9-11 based on a rumored meeting between an Iraqi agent and Mohamed Atta another claim that has since been repudiated.  Did we go to war to correct the partial victory we gained in Gulf War I under George I as claimed by some former Cabinet members?  Did we go to war as George II later claimed to make the Mideast safe for democracy?  Whatever the reason for invading Iraq, a nation we supported for years, a nation which had not and was not planning to attack us, what did we accomplish and what do we have now that we are gone?  We are faced with the Islamic State and Iran has a satellite.

What about Afghanistan?  After the sneak attacks on 9-11 we had every legal and moral right to attack the nation that harbored and protected Al-Qaeda.  However, to keep faith with the Constitution a declaration of war should have been obtained.  Our armed forces waged a brilliant campaign that dismantled the Taliban regime in short order.  Then instead of saying, if it happens again we will come back again, and leaving we have stayed for ten plus years squandering hundreds of billions building a nation for people who don’t see themselves as a nation.  They are a collection of tribes grouped together by the necessities of international politics surrounded by a porous border and a history of ungovernable conflict.

Does anyone doubt that after we leave Kabul the Taliban will return?  Does anyone doubt that the training and weapons that we have given to our Afghan allies which are turned against us on a regular basis will form the bedrock of future Taliban strength?  Does anyone doubt that as soon as we are gone Karzai and other Afghan patriots of his ilk will be leaving with 747s full of American tax dollars?

The Constitution gives Congress the exclusive right to declare war.  This limitation on the prerogative of our chief executive to commit America to war without the consent of the citizens was considered one of the most important strengths of the document.  The founders of our nation came from a society in which autocratic kings had often plunged their nations into wars based on their own desires, whims, and political machinations.  Those who wrote the Constitution to be the framework for a new type of nation determined that we should never go to war unless it was the expression of the people through their elected representatives.

There hasn’t been a declared war since World War II, and yet our sons and daughters have fought and died in countless battles around the world.  With the war in Afghanistan set to end next year the Neocons and Progressives are beating the war drums daily for intervention in Syria and war with Iran, and even push for war with Russia.  Remember WWII?  That was basically the whole world against the fascist powers of Germany, Italy and Japan.  What is being offered here is a world war with us against everyone else.

Look at the debacles this aggressive policy is inserting into American History.  The prime example is the disaster in Benghazi.  I believe once the truth is known it was the CIA implementing the Obama Administration’s on-going policy of supporting Islamic Radicals supplying weapons to the Syrian rebels to overthrow another Arab dictator as we had just recently accomplished in Libya.  I contend that the Mission in Benghazi and its satellite CIA Safe-House were in reality a conduit for transferring untraceable weapons from the captured Libyan arsenal through Turkey to the rebels.  So when it comes to Syria we have instigated and supported this war for years.  Now we are pouring money down rat holes training soldiers who melt into the enemy weapons in hand at the first opportunity.  And even this isn’t enough.  The Neocons want us to play the proxy army for the Sunni against the Shia in their long war of religious fratricide.

The same goes for Iran.  There has been a shadow war raging for years between Israel and Iran with American support.  This shadow war consists of assassinations of nuclear scientists, bombing nuclear facilities and uploading computer viruses into computers used to control the cyclotrons used to enrich uranium on the part of the allies.  The response has been attacks against Israeli citizens around the world and even a bombing attempt in Washington D.C.

This was not enough.  America led the world in imposing draconian sanctions against Iran.  Sanctions which if imposed on us would be consider acts of war.  Once again this is not enough.  Now the Obama administration has concluded a deal with Iran that takes a step back from war.  The billions of dollars that we are supposedly giving Iran are in reality Iranian dollars we have been holding up around the world due to the sanctions.  Our own intelligence agencies continue to insist there is no evidence that Iran is even trying to build a bomb and yet the Neocons are working day and night to get us to deliver some shock and awe all over Iran all in the name of peace.

Iran has not attacked another country in the memory of anyone who is alive today.  Or in the lives of the ancestors going back hundreds of years.  America’s intelligence agencies unanimously tell us, Congress, and the Administration that Iran does not have a nuclear weapons program.  Iran is a signer of the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty, and as a part of that treaty it is guaranteed the right to develop nuclear power for peaceful purposes.  I know none of this will endear me to my more doctrinaire readers.  The truth often does not fit into the insulated scenarios of ideology, which according to the law of paradigm thinking means that anything that does not fit is wrong.  I am prepared to be wrong to get this right.

As part of the big push to get us into another war we are told that with regard to Iran “Containment is off the table.”  Usually soon after we are told “All options are on the table” war is on the table.  Why is containment off the table?  It worked during the Cold War when we faced off with an enemy many times larger with thousands of nuclear weapons on delivery systems aimed at our cities.  Why won’t it work against a nation that at this point has no nuclear weapons?

Why is it acceptable for North Korea to have nuclear weapons but not Iran?  Does anyone think the Ayatollahs are crazier than the new boy dictator of the Kim dynasty?  There is no doubt that the United States military has the ability to destroy Iran’s conventional defensive and offensive resources within a short time.  It is obvious we could, “Bomb them back to the stone age” as the saying goes.  However that wouldn’t necessarily mean that some of the stones thrown later in the contest might not hurt.  Iran has an unknown asymmetrical war capability.

It is believed that their allies in Gaza and Lebanon would immediately attack Israel.  The Iranians would also do all they could to interrupt the supply of the oil upon which we continue to allow ourselves to rely.  They would attempt to attack the oil fields of their neighbors, to close the Straits of Hormuz, attack nearby American bases, and possibly stir up rebellions in Sunni ruled countries with either sizable Shiite minorities or in some cases majorities.  We might even face terrorist attacks here in the Homeland.  This war would not be a cake walk.  The military and economic consequences would be immediate and they would be dire.

However, as dire as these consequences would be these are not potentially the most troubling. War opens the door for domestic changes that would not be possible during normal times.  While we have been and are engaged in a multi-generational seemingly endless series of wars this war might be different.  While all our other wars have been fought over there the civilian population continued to live as if Americans were not in harm’s way even though our sons and daughters were.  In other words we managed to have both guns and butter, war overseas and peace at home.  In the case of a war with Iran we might face a situation that could bring the war home to America in multiple ways.

Economically gas could skyrocket causing dislocation in our fragile economy.  On the military front terror sleeper cells could be activated in America or terrorists could come in through our porous southern border, or we could import them ourselves through refugee relocation.  Both the economic impact and terrorist activities would open the door for drastic government action which could well negatively impact our lives.  Rights are often curtailed in times of emergency.   The cost of war is often seen in the growth of government power and the loss of freedom at home.

Our worldwide military presence is not keeping us safe and in many ways it is provocative.  Peace and equitable trade with all is the course recommended by our founders.  It was the foreign policy of every administration until McKinley and the default position until FDR.  Let us return to our traditions and reject these endless wars for peace.  Let us quit supporting other economies with our foreign bases.  Let us end the many entangling agreements that bind us to fight for others who should instead fight for themselves.  It is time for patriots to see that more wars for peace will not bring us peace.  What we need is real peace not a phony peace at home and endless war abroad.

With real peace we could perhaps deal with the domestic issues that are tearing us apart and driving us into bankruptcy.  Every patriot should recognize the danger new fronts in our never-ending war will have on our current battle to maintain personal liberty, individual freedom, and economic opportunity here at home.  Consequently patriots should do everything in their power to stop the stampede to war.  Stand up for real peace and not for more wars for a peace that never comes.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2015 Robert R. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

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