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Time to START Supporting Obama November 26, 2010

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A broken clock is right twice a day, and even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while.  It’s not surprising therefore that even as President Obama and the Soros Administration work feverishly to transform America into the USSA they would eventually stumble upon something that’s deserving of support by patriotic citizens.

The Cold War is over.  Or at least it was.  The fall of the Soviet Union, the greatest totalitarian horror of the twentieth Century came with a raised eyebrow instead of a bang.  Unlike the clean-up after those other failed totalitarian monsters, Mussolini, Hitler and Tojo there were no trials and no crimes against humanity.  Instead the masters of the gulags, the tormentors of innocents, and the destroyers of liberty received pensions and luxury dachas on the Black Sea disappearing into the woodwork along with much of the nation’s gold.  Instead of hanging by his heels from a lamppost Gorbachev started a think tank and began earning astronomical speaking fees from all his friends in the West.

The Cold War was a fifty year-long nightmare.  Yet today some History teachers in America characterize this multi-generational conflict as more extreme competition than a war, thus discounting the tens of thousands who died in Korea and Vietnam and the tens of millions who died in the gulags as if they were players fouled in a rough game.  Having forgotten the lessons of the past, our bellicose neo-cons are now blustering and bullying the best Congress money can buy into refusing to ratify the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START).

Yes, the treaty needs to be looked at closely.  Yes, we need rock solid assurances the treaty provides for our ability to maintain and modernize our deterrent force.  However, we need to realize that this treaty is more than just the next round in the nuclear stand-down initiated by President Reagan. This treaty is the next logical step in linking Russia to the West.

Russia has always been conflicted.  Is it a Western nation or an Eastern Empire?  Is it part of the legacy of the West, the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, the democratic revolutions and evolutions, or are they the true child of the Golden Horde the political descendent of the autocratic Czars?  Is it an honorable member of the human community or is it a ruthless gang of authoritarian Stalin wanabes out to dominate the world?

Today Russia is engaged in massive trade with the West, primarily Europe.  The capitalist cat has been let out of the bag and they would have a hard time putting that toothpaste back in the tube.  Our war in Afghanistan, without the assistance of Russia in allowing us to cross their territory with supplies, would resemble more of a siege than an assault, with us behind the barricades.  The long and winding road from Karachi through the Hindu Kush is a perilously thin life-line the enemy can disrupt or bock anytime it suits their fancy.  Without the alternate Russian access our heroes would be on the Little Big Horn looking for General Crook and Colonel Gibbon.

I have long asked what our military establishment in Europe was accomplishing besides providing a bail-out for the socialist economies and the opportunity for them to have no meaningful military budgets interfering with their cradle-to-grave nanny states.  Who are we protecting them from: their own people?  If Russia permanently joins the West couldn’t we finally bring our troops home?  Perhaps we could even deploy them to our borders where they could protect us from invasion?

True, Russia may not be the quintessential example of a liberty loving representative republic, but then again neither any longer are we.  True, they may not be Adam Smith’s definition of a capitalist society, but then again neither any longer are we. They are however no longer the Evil Empire.  They are no longer a slave state run by megalomaniacs who have dozens of captive nations enthralled to their fever dream of world domination.

If we send the new START Treaty the way of the Versailles Treaty we will undercut every Russian who supports democracy and engagement in Moscow.  We will empower every Russian who beats the drums of their age-old national obsession with encirclement.  Just as our indifference cut the legs out from the protestors in Iran after their last bogus elections, our failure to accept the Russian’s hand extended in friendship will ensure a Russian fist raised in defiance.

The last thing we need now is a new Cold War.  The last thing we need is Russia once again fueling every tin pot regime dedicated to American decline.  Imagine if instead of standing with the West in the War on Terror they were: supporting Iran instead of cancelling the delivery of previously purchased weapons systems, supplying arms to the Taliban as we supplied arms to Mujahedeen, and demanding an end to the dollars supremacy.

On the positive side, the new START Treaty, which limits each side to less than 2,000 nuclear weapons leaves more than enough to get the job done if we ever need to vaporize anyone.  Though it isn’t perfect it also leaves in place the verification side of Reagan’s “Trust and Verify” wisdom.  If we lose this how are we going to retain any trust?  The loss of which will lead us back to the distrust, which was at the base of the fifty year long nuclear arms race.  Looking at this another way, ratification of the treaty is supported by an overwhelming and bipartisan collection of present and former intelligence, military and diplomatic leaders.  They all say the treaty is good for America.

The Neo-cons led us in turning our retribution/revenge raid against Al Qaeda and their Taliban hosts into a decade long experiment in nation-building.  They led us into a pre-emptive war in Iraq that has turned into a nation-building mission for an eternal garrison.  They are beating the war drums for a pre-emptive strike on Iran.  We cannot allow them to bait the Russian Bear and reignite the Cold War.  No matter what they or their fellow talking-heads call them these are all globalist distractions keeping our eyes overseas while the Progressives extinguish liberty at home.

Though I have and I will continue to oppose President Obama when he acts against the interests of the Republic, I’m not afraid to speak out when he does something that will benefit the American people.  This may not be the beginning of unqualified support, but at least it’s a START.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion for Southside Virginia Community College and History for the American Public University System.  http://drrobertowens.com © 2010 Robert R. Owens dr.owens@comcast.net Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook.

Thanks for Nothing November 20, 2010

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Sometimes not getting everything you want is the best thing you can get. Sometimes enough is too much already.  Sometimes the next time might be the last time if this time is just like the last time.  Sometimes when we try to run out the time, time runs out on us.  Then again, sometimes time seems to stand still, which is exactly the time we need to realize time never stands still.

Sometimes not getting everything you want is the best thing you can get.   In the run up to the game-changing election of 2010 many people hoped the Republicans would gain control of both the House and the Senate.  This did not happen and that is a good thing.  The staggering scope of the re-alignment in the House reveals the breadth and depth of America’s repudiation of the Progressives and their welfare nanny-state.  However, if the Teanami had given conservatives complete control of the legislative branch it would have set the stage for President Obama and his accomplices in the media to run against the Tea Party Congress 24/7 for the next two years.  As it stands today, the House can act as an anchor slowing down the precipitous rush into the Progressive’s socialist dream world without being a foil for the next comeback kid.

Sometimes enough is too much already.  While the House is now in a perfect position to slow down the Progressives march towards Utopia it might be too late.  By standing on the promises they’ve made to get another chance at legislative leadership the Republicans can stop anymore over-the-top spending.  They can use their power to modify bills and bring some sanity back to our budgetary process.  This will be good, but it won’t be enough.  The looting of the treasury that’s gone on for the last two years combined with the projected looting already commits us to trillion dollar yearly deficits for the next 10 years.  Slowing the rate of growth will do nothing to stop our mad rush into insolvency.  Standing still is not good enough, we must reverse course or this Titanic is going to hit the iceberg no matter where we place the deckchairs.

Sometimes the next time might be the last time if this time is just like the last time.  The Republicans are hitting the right note as they prepare to take over the House.  They aren’t crowing about the victory of their Party. They’re acting chastened and aware that if they mess it up this time they may end up following the Whigs they replaced in the 1850s unto the ash heap of history.  After 40 years in the wilderness, the Republicans gained power in 1994.  They followed through on their contract and brought in the first balanced budget in a generation, ended welfare as we had known it and inspired a pragmatic progressive to utter those long sought after words, “The era of big government is over.”

Unfortunately, they nominated a lackluster candidate and were out maneuvered by the Clinton Machine in 1996 and then fell into an impeachment debacle wherein they had to fight the administration, the media, and their own Progressive wing.  Following their impeachment fiasco the GOP legislative majority followed their Progressive leaders and wallowed in the pork until disgusted voters decided to give the Democrat Progressives a chance.

The Republicans are wise to realize they’ve not been embraced by the Silent Majority / Tea Party. They’ve been given one last chance.  Do what you said you would do, fight to reverse the slide, fight to save the Republic, don’t just mark time, or this time will be your last time because sometimes when we try to run out the time, time runs out on us.

Sometimes time seems to stand still which is exactly the time we need to realize time never stands still.  The lame duck session grinds on, and we still don’t know what lame laws these ducks will lay before they lose the keys to the House.  In a way, with the holidays fast approaching and the blessed sound of a recess bell not too far away it feels as if time is standing still.  As if the angels are holding their breath awaiting the first snowflakes as we all gather to give thanks, Congress is going home.

However, the Progressives are not standing still.  In the last two years they’ve effectively abdicated their Constitutional responsibilities moving much of the decision-making and oversight from Congress to the bureaucracy.  Right now the multiple thousand page bills are being unwrapped like Christmas presents by the departments and bureaus and soon new regulations with the force of law will cascade out of nondescript offices continuing the transformation of America.  Those dedicated to the salvation of the Republic cannot rest upon the glow of victory. We must redouble our efforts to turn back the tide.  We must limit the government before the government limits us.

Now is the time to petition our representatives, asking them to actively do nothing in the lame duck session that isn’t absolutely necessary.  There was no budget passed, so a continuing resolution is required.   That’s all that must be done.  The tax question can be postponed until the next Congress and made retroactive. The START treaty needs a closer examination.  Everything else being proposed such as the Dream Act is nothing but political payoffs for members of the Progressive coalition.  The best thing this Congress can do for us after all they’ve done to us is nothing.   If they’ll just do that we can all be thankful.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion for Southside Virginia Community College and History for the American Public University System.  http://drrobertowens.com © 2010 Robert R. Owens dr.owens@comcast.net Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook.

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