Monday, April 24, 2017

Let’s talk about War

I have a few thoughts about “war” and the way it’s being conducted these days. Thoughts that are not pretty.

First of all, “war” is not a thing to be played with lightly. It should always be a last resort option, so terrible to conceive that everyone wants to try to find some way of avoiding it. 

When it is decided that there is no other option, then war should be conducted in an “all out” fashion. Every bit of energy and every resource available should be put into the effort, not to defeat the enemy -to destroy the enemy.

The problem with today’s world is that war has become small scale and limited. It is used as a tool to force the enemy to a negotiating table. That is wrong. It should be used to force the enemy to their knees in unconditional surrender -in as fast and complete manner as possible. When it is won, the people responsible for forcing it should be punished and made an example of to the entire world and to history.

Our leaders are currently “playing at war” with ISIS, Al Qaeda, and the Taliban. by sending air strikes and advisors, hoping that they can get countries in the middle east to fight “their own” battles. It is, after all, their land and they should fight for it. 

That makes a nice sound bite, but it is false. These Islamic Fanatics are bent on the destruction of the democracies in the middle east -and in western Europe and here, in the United States. They have openly declared it many times and have conducted terrorist strikes repeatedly trying to spread panic and chaos. They will continue to do this until they are destroyed. If you think they can be negotiated into a peaceful coexistence, you’re an idiot.

It is a terrible and awesome responsibility to declare an all-out war. But it must be done. We must do it, and do it alone if necessary. The entire weight of our armed forces must be thrown into the battle. Peace will not come until these terrorist organizations have been completely and utterly destroyed once and for all. It will not happen until the world is taught that casually engaging in war or terrorism will have consequences, consequences too terrible to even contemplate. 

In the long run, the casualties we will sustain will be far fewer then they will be if we continue to avoid making the decision to go to complete; total war, and get the job done as quickly as possible.

The terrorist attacks, the civilian casualties, the massacres, the atrocities are not going to stop. We are not going to “talk” fanatics into behaving in a civilized manner. The sooner we all realize that, the sooner we can get on with the work of putting an end to this threat to ourselves, our families, our loved ones, our country, our religion, and to civilization. 

History will judge us by saying “Why did they let that go on for so long? What took them so long to just do it?” 

Live Long and Prosper...

Sunday, April 23, 2017

545 People

I was cleaning out my computer hard drive, deleting old files and photos and just trying to clear out the cobwebs. I was amazed and the sheer amount of "stuff" I found that I had either written or saved over the years. Some of it was interesting and worth saving, but most was interesting but useless. I ran across this piece that I think someone emailed me a couple of years ago. It is a little dated, but the main point is as valid now as when the author wrote it. I think you should take a minute to read it. It'll make you stop and think. I'd be happy to hear what you think....

By Charlie Reese

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don't propose a federal budget.  The President does.

You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does.

You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does.

You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred Senators, 435 Congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices, 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress.   In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority.   They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a president to do one cotton-picking thing.  I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes. Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault.   They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall.   No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits.   The president can only propose a budget.   He cannot force the Congress to accept it. The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. If the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to. It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 360 million can not replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts -- of incompetence and irresponsibility.   I can't think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. 

When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.  

If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair.
If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red ...

If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way.

There are no insoluble government problems.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power.  

Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation," or "politics" that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.
Those 545 people and they alone, are responsible. They and they alone, have the power. They and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses.  Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees.  We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

Live Long and Prosper....