Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Iraqi government declares "National Sovereignty Day"

Good for them. So when do we get ours?

Lynndie England jobless, hounded

It's not easy being a scapegoat:

More than two years since leaving her prison cell, the woman who became the grinning face of the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal spends most of her days confined to the four walls of her home.

Former Army reservist Lynndie England hasn't landed a job in numerous tries: When one restaurant manager considered hiring her, other employees threatened to quit.

It should have been W, Rumsfeld, Rice, and Gonzalez imprisoned and made destitute for launching a war of aggression and authorizing torture. Should have been.

Victory in Iraq?

Sure -- just read the headlines:

4 US soldiers killed during Iraq cities pullout

Bomb in Iraq's Kirkuk kills 30 as U.S. troops leave

Iraq Braces for More Violence

90,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed, 4.5 million Iraqis are now refugees, and we've pumped nearly a trillion dollars down the Iraqi rathole, with future costs expected to bring the total to three trillion. Over 4,300 American troops have lost their lives, and 31,000 have been wounded. This is victory?

Bernanke Threatens Economic Collapse If Fed Audited

Gee -- what's this man hiding?

Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke unleashed an alarming veiled threat of financial terrorism when he was questioned by Rep. Duncan on Thursday about his response to the fact that a majority of Congress co-sponsoring Ron Paul’s H.R. 1207 bill to audit the Federal Reserve.

Bernanke clearly regarded the bill’s intent as hostile to the institution he represents:

“My concern about the legislation is that if the GAO is auditing not only the operational aspects of the programs and the details of the programs but making judgments about our policy decisions would effectively be a takeover of policy by the Congress and a repudiation of the Federal Reserve would be highly destructive to the stability of the financial system, the Dollar and our national economic situation.”

In other words:

Totalitarianism In One City: Shreveport's Gun-Grabbing Mayor

While the NAACP calls for martial law in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, an NAACP gauleiter in Shreveport, Louisiana is actually implementing something worse:

According to Glover, a police officer may properly disarm any civilian at any time, and the civilian's duty is to surrender his gun -- willingly, readily, cheerfully, without cavil or question.

From Glover's perspective, it is only when firearms are in the hands of people other than the state's uniformed enforcers/oppressors that they constitute a threat, not only to the public and those in charge of exercising official violence but also to the private gun owner himself.

NC LS Summer 2009 Conference

Nathaniel Macon Institute & LS Summer Institute Saturday. 22 August 2009, Burlington, NC

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Conference/Institute Schedule:

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Beware of this "conservative" identity thief

Is the American Enterprise Institute hiring?

Donald "Doc" Douglas (AKA "Americaneocon") pushes a post-Trotskyite ideology using the language of conservatism as cover, convincing the gullible he's a conservative. But true to the Trotskyite foundations of his big-government, globalist philosphy, he sides with leftists on all the vital issues of the day.

Like any other leftist, he disparages true conservatives who want to preserve our culture and restrict the power of the Federal government. So Daniel Larison is dismissed as an "idiot," and Pat Buchanan is a "bigot."

To appreciate the extent that "Doc" Douglas promotes leftist ideology, we need to notice how closely he mirrors the far-left Southern Poverty Law Center. A traditional conservative who wins an argument with him will be blasted as a racist, and Douglas is quick to use the SPLC to back up his charge. Also like the SPLC, Douglas equates criticism of Neocons with "anti-Semitism," as he does in a post entitled, Anti-Semitic Neocon Derangement. Notice how similar Douglas' rhetoric is to this statement, from a video of an SPLC-sponored expose of opponents of amnesty for illegal aliens (1:40 in):

Eric Boehlert: "A lot of people on the far right don't like Neoconservatives. Pat Buchanan wrote a whole book about how he basically hates Neocons. So it's still in the realm of the right-wing mind set."

Heidi Beirich: "Neocons for the most part in white-supremacist circles are identified as Jews. So it's actually an expression of anti-Semitism when he has material like that about Neocons. It comes from his right-wing, crazy, anti-Semitic views."

While traditional conservatives oppose amnesty for illegal aliens, leftists support it. Again, Douglas sides with the left on this explosive issue. After the American people stopped the Bush-Kennedy-McCain-Lindsey amnesty package two years ago, Douglas wrote:

I've supported the reform legislation as a way to move forward on the issue. I hate the lawbreaking of illegal immigration, which will continue in the absence of the bill. I also hate the relegating of people to the shadows.

With a blog entitled "American Power," Douglas is clearly a government supremacist, always in favor of any increase in DC's authority over Americans. President Obama gets high marks from Douglas for displaying "Neoconservative Pragmatism" in pushing his big government/imperial programs. And when Obama continued Bush's war on habeas corpus, Douglas whooped with joy in a posting he entitled "Change! Obama Will Hold Terror Detainees Indefinitely! The concern that this socialist president will use his power to declare any American an enemy combatant without access to the Bill of Rights doesn't seem to occur to Douglas.

Speaking of a president illegally imprisoning political opponents, it's only natural that Douglas idolizes Abraham Lincoln:

Lincoln embodied "the nation's avowed core values," as do neoconservatives. ...

I love President Lincoln. My visit to the Lincoln Memorial in 2007 was one of the most important political experiences of my life. I look forward to making that pilgrimage again.

So beware, conservatives. Identity thieves are active on your computer.

A Credo for Authentic Conservatives and Other Sane People

Thomas Fleming of Chronicles offers this short introduction to conservative thought. Unlike socialists, libertarians, Objectivists, and Neocons, we paleoconservatives -- that is, real conservatives -- reject ideologies that seek to reconstruct mankind as sinful, arrogant, and inherently violent (as graphically illustrated by the rap sheets of both socialists and their Neocon progeny).

Morality and politics are a reflection of and extension of our nature which is not infinitely perfectible or subject to reinvention. This is not to say that social, cultural, and technical improvements are not valuable, only that they do not override the basic facts of life.

Human beings are not born as rootless individuals but as members of a network of relationships rooted in genetic kinship and marriage. Our natural responsibilities to other humans, while they may vary in degree and type from one society to another, are proportional to this relationship. Thus I owe more to a mother, sister, wife, daughter than to an aunt, cousin, sister-in-law, or niece, and owe more to an aunt, cousin, sister-in-law, or niece than to an unrelated person.

Fleming begins his introduction in just the right place, and that's the social nature of man. Modern ideologues from Marx to Kristol imagine a world populated by disconnected individuals, each pursuring his own self-interest. Unenlightened, primitive groups who cling to religion, community, and extended family loyalties must undergo the cleansing rigors of cultural revolution, of which government-enforced multiculturalism is just one type. The conservative worldview, on the other hand, celebrates tradition, local loyalties, and social bonds as the means of connecting people to the past and future, inspiring them to deeds of love and duty.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

See you in the funny papers

Mother Goose and Grimm.

Secession is cool. Spread the word.

Harrisburg chapter of NAACP urges martial law

We've been arguing for some time that the Civil Rights Industry is a threat to liberty, so this is no surprise:

The Harrisburg Chapter of the NAACP is calling on Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell to suspend some civil liberties and impose martial law in the city to halt the wave of recent lawlessness.

Chapter President Stanley Lawson also called on Rendell to bring in the state National Guard for at least 30 days and to impose a curfew. In June, there have been at least 12 shootings, many of them in the daytime, including a man killed Wednesday at a busy city intersection during the lunch hour.

It's ironic that the supposed beneficiaries of the Civil Rights revolution are its immediate victims. As Tom Sowell has demonstrated, the foundations of natural social harmony, families and communities, have been crippled by programs that made blacks dependent on government handouts. Welfare to single mothers made fatherhood redundant, and urban renewal destroyed social cohesion. The resulting social chaos is inevitable, and martial law is the only hope.

Thanks, liberals.

Obama kills habeas corpus

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Got hope? You're not getting any from DC, no matter what empty suit occupies the Oval Office. From the Washington Post:
Obama administration officials, fearing a battle with Congress that could stall plans to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, are crafting language for an executive order that would reassert presidential authority to incarcerate terrorism suspects indefinitely, according to three senior government officials with knowledge of White House deliberations.

Such an order would embrace claims by former president George W. Bush that certain people can be detained without trial for long periods under the laws of war.

And remember -- DC, like Tehran, views protest as terrorism. Step out of line, and you're going to rot in jail forever.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Gun Control: What Is the Agenda?

Paul Craig Roberts examines the latest hysteria over guns:

So what is the real agenda? Why do gun control advocates want to override the Second Amendment. Why do they not acknowledge that if the Second Amendment can be over-ridden, so can every other protection of civil liberty?

When considering any proposed restriction of our freedom, we have to look not at what the proponents promise, but what the practical effect would be. The proponents know exactly what they're doing. We need to see it, too.

Latino colonist charged with voter fraud

Stories like this just don't get enough attention.

Lopez is a longtime Latino political-rights advocate in Orange County who served on the Santa Ana school board. Lopez has been a vocal advocate for Latino voting rights and supported immigrant amnesty and allowing undocumented workers to have driver's licenses. He could not immediately be reached for comment.

Just a peek at the larger fraud the Open Borders crowd is committing.

Washington "trampling state's rights" with nationalized health care

Another of DC's benevolent acts for its subjects exposed for what it really is:

Lawmakers in six states are considering legislation to "protect" citizens from a federal health care plan by creating statewide initiatives to vote on whether to opt out of the national program -- even before Congress has created the program. ...

Some state legislators say they worry that a government-mandated program will effectively eliminate their traditional role in regulating health insurers -- an important power base. Others raise constitutional concerns. "The real goal of national health insurance exchange isn't competition -- it's a federal power grab that flies in the face of the Tenth Amendment," says Wisconsin state Rep. Leah Vukmir, a Republican
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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Obama says Texas will win in his energy plan

The timing of this just strikes me as -- odd:

Texas stands to gain far more than it loses if Congress approves his energy and climate-change proposals, President Barack Obama said Wednesday.

In an interview with the Houston Chronicle and five other newspapers, the president said the Lone Star State will benefit from the development of alternative energy sources, particularly wind energy.

“Texas has one of the strongest renewable energy standards in the country,” Obama said. “And its wind energy has just taken off and been a huge economic boon to the state.”

See what you'd be missing out on if you leave now?

Wall Street Begins Campaign to Thwart ‘Populist Overreaction’

Uh-oh! The little people are getting stirred up -- they're refusing to obey their betters on the issues of Open Borders (see immediate post), and now they're questioning taxpayer-financed bailouts. There's only one option left -- a public relations blitz!

Wall Street’s largest trade group has started a campaign to counter the “populist” backlash against bankers, enlisting two former aides to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson to spearhead the effort.

Before you know it, we'll have to endure lectures telling us it's anti-Semitic to oppose corporate bailouts.

Here's another one -- if Wall Street executives don't get their bonuses, the terrorists have already won.

Mainstreaming censorship



Sometimes it's best to let the thing speak for itself:

Media Matters for America held a panel discussion on the growing culture of extremist, anti-government, and violent rhetoric in conservative media. Media Matters Senior Fellow Eric Boehlert, who has written extensively on the subject, hosted leaders from the Southern Poverty Law Center, America's Voice, NARAL Pro-Choice America, the National Council of La Raza, and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights to examine how the mainstreaming of extremism impacts our security, politics, and culture.

The video reveals grim ideologues who make the Poltiburo look like the Marx Brothers. Don't take my word for it -- watch the video, and see if you don't recoil from the morbid, suffocating attitude of these would-be Grand Inquisitors. Nancy M. Zirkin of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights appears as stiff and congealed as an embalmed corpse, and her denunciation of the "hounds of intolerance" (??@@!!) sounds as if it were voiced by one of those creepy Chuck E. Cheese animatronic critters on low batteries.

Listen in on Adam Luna of America's Voice as he equates dissent against Wall Street's Open Borders agenda with criminal violence (about 3:48 in):

"Lou Dobbs, Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter, Lou Dobbs, Pat Buchanan -- they say the exact same things, so while there's a strong campaign to distance the organizational connections between people, the one thing that links them all is their speech -- what they say to incite a group of people to take action on Congress to stop progressive legislation from happening, but that climate, that language, is also seen in the folks who act out very violently."

In other words:

1 - There's a vast conservative conspiracy to hide the assumed connections between border security activists and murderers. (Unspoken: Pointing out the real connections between La Raza and the reconquista MEChA is an act of racism.)

2 - Anyone who works legally through the political system by petitioning their representatives in government to "stop progressive legislation" have been "incited" to do so. Meaning they're so pliable they're not worthy of participation in civic affairs.

3 - Murdering Latinos and opposing amnesty for illegal immigrants stem from the same rhetoric and are therefore morally equivalent.

But here's my favorite part -- Clarissa Martinez of La Raza denounces the "freedom" of anti-amnesty activists to air their opinions:

"I've been shocked to the extent that people are saying things unchecked because they're making money."

While Martinez demands censorship of those who dissent from the globalist agenda, Heidi Beirich slumps forward in her seat, stewing in outrage at those crazed right-wingers and murderous nativists. Yes, isn't it horrible people are allowed to make money from sensationalism?

Secessionist Movement Brewing Deep in Heart of Texas

Glenn Beck of Fox News checks in with the Texas Nationalist Movement, and the exchange is well worth watching:

GLENN BECK, HOST: People across the country are fed up. And it's not a Republican or Democrat issue. It is an American issue. Yesterday, we talked to a man from Vermont whose group wants to secede from the country and they're far, far left. Today we head to Texas. ...

Daniel, are you anti-government?

MILLER: No, not by any stretch of the imagination. It may put — our position may put us against what the federal government wants. But we are pro-good government, which apparently is something that is lacking in Washington, D.C. now.

Gee, wouldn't it be ironic if Ed Sebesta in Dallas gets to secede from the evil empire before I do?

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Do as we say, not as we do

"... we deplore the violence against innocent civilians anywhere that it takes place." President Obama, in news conference yesterday, lecturing the Iranian government.

US admits to Afghan civilian deaths in May air strikes. President Obama, continuing his immoral war of conquest.

Sanford admits to affair

So much for that presidential bid. More at memeorandum.

Multiculturalism and Foreign Policy

Scott McConnell of The American Conservative has a great piece today on how immigration policy affects foreign policy. While he makes several valid points, I think his main thrust misses the target.

McConnell argues a multicultural America will be a docile America, one that will no longer want to bomb the rest of the world into submission. His reasoning is that floodtide immigration will dissolve both American will and ability to assert American interests.

His premise is pretty straightforward: Nations fight wars, he says, to further their interests. To prove his point, McConnell invokes Samuel Huntington:

In his final book, Who Are We? published in 2004, Huntington probed deeper. What would become of America’s national identity in an age of mass and especially Hispanic immigration?

“National interests,” he wrote, “derive from national identity. We need to know who we are before we can know what our interests are.”

True enough. But McConnell goes on to speculate that without the Northeastern Puritan impulse to "make the world go around" and Southern martial ethic to enforce it, Americans will have nothing to fight about or with:

Those sections of the country — the South, lower Midwest, and the regions touching the Appalachian mountains—that have received the fewest immigrants from the waves of immigration of the past 130 years not only count as the most Republican; they are the regions least likely to send white antiwar politicians to Congress. They provide a disproportionate share of the nation’s soldiers.

Again, no argument. But I'd say his conclusion is a bit too rosy:

So here is a second paradox, which parallels the irony that neoconservatives support an immigration policy that undermines their own political base. The realists and America-Firsters will find their foreign policy aspirations at least partially satisfied via the unlikely avenues of immigration and multiculturalism. The paleoconservatives, losers in the immigration wars, will end up winners of an important consolation prize: the foreign policy of what remains of their cherished republic.

What McConnell overlooks is the radical disconnect between the ruling elites and the subject population whose tax dollars and bodies the elite still control. I'd argue that a multicultural America (that is, a post-American America) would be powerless to organize against an alien central government with a monopoly on power. As a matter of fact, multiculturalism and imperialism are identical, which requires a powerful central government to hold the whole squirming thing together.

That's why the interventionists use Martin Luther King as the tyrannizing image of the emerging DC empire. As I posted earlier:

Dr. King said it best: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

This justifies intervention everywhere, whether at home or abroad. If you’ve ever wondered why the media, government, and the education system hype the King myth, it's about the projection of US power. Like its old rival, the Soviet Union, the US projects itself as a “proposition nation” uniquely committed to equality, human rights, and diversity.

So the Diversity mania of reconstructing every institution into a randomized ethnic mix has the special advantage of giving a global face to DC's projection of power. When a multicult division of US troops invade, I mean, liberate, it's not a home invasion; it's a homecoming.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

America Torn: Group Pushing to Secede Vermont From Union

Look who's stirring the pot again -- our old friends at the Second Vermont Republic, and Glenn Beck's checking out the action:

While Iranians are fighting for a scrap of freedom, many Americans are sitting idly by, watching our precious freedoms slip away.

I was on Twitter this weekend, and all of this stuff was unfolding. And I was watching it and people were responding, and I was commenting on it, and one of the things I said is, "What is it we are supposed to learn over here? What is it we can learn about ourselves over here?"

I've been saying it for a while and it applies both to Iran and the United States: If you push people too far, they will rise up.

Amen to that. And DC keeps right on pushing.

BNP responds to charges

Seems the Equality and Human Rights Commission doesn't like the stated aims of the British National Party:

In a statement, the commission said the BNP's constitution and membership criteria appeared to discriminate on the grounds of race and colour, in breach of the Race Relations Act.

The party's rules appeared to restrict membership to those within what the BNP regarded as particular "ethnic groups", the commission added.

Does the BNP exclude based on ethnicity and/or race? Here's what its constitution says:

In its constitution, the BNP says it exists to represent the "collective National, Environmental, Political, Racial, Folkish, Social, Cultural, Religious and Economic interests of the indigenous Anglo-Saxon, Celtic and Norse folk communities of Britain and those we regard as closely related and ethnically assimilated or assimilable aboriginal members of the European race also resident in Britain".

Clearly, this is blatant racial discrimination, and therefore cannot be permitted. After all, who does the BNP think it is, the Congressional Black Caucus?

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Obama lectures Iran

H stands for "Hope" and "hypocrisy." Here's the proof:

"We call on the Iranian government to stop all violent and unjust actions against its own people."

This from the president who wants to practice "preventative detention" of American citizens, that is, "imprisonment not based on proven crimes or past violations of law, but of those deemed GENERALLY ‘dangerous’ by the Government for various reasons."

Here's another doozy, from the same article:

"If the Iranian government seeks the respect of the international community, it must respect the dignity of its own people and govern through consent, not coercion."

Consent? From a man who wants to emulate (or surpass?) Lincoln, who reconstructed the American union from an association based on consent to one based on coercion?

Dissent = Insanity


Check out Shep Smith's fawning interview with Heidi Beirich of the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Federal government's outsourced Inquisition. Notice that Fox News -- that "conservative" news provider that cheered on DC's aggressive wars and domestic spying in the name of protecting us -- doesn't show Heidi Beirich, not even a file photo, during the interview. Apparently they do not seem to understand Rule 5 for increasing Internet traffic, so readers must settle for this instead.

Here's a partial transcript:

Beirich: The Department of Homeland Security report got savaged, but they were on to something there. We've had several examples of domestic terrorism just in the last few months. We had a crazed cop killer in Pittsburgh who was motivated by racism and anti-government views, who killed three people in his front yard. We had a guy who was actually found with the components of a dirty bomb according to the FBI in January in Bangor, Maine, who had a whole bunch of anti-government beliefs. We've had two assassination plots against the president by some skinheads.

Smith: How are you handling that through your organization? I'm sure you're getting busier.

Beirich: We've been very busy! Our biggest concern right now is we're making sure we're getting the right information into law enforcement's hands so they can deal with these problems, so we're monitoring all these web sites and publications from these folks, all these racists and anti-government types, and when we see something frightening, we're passing it on to law enforcement.

In case you didn't notice, Beirich is telling us that the Department of Homeland Security report alerting Americans to the terror threat posed by activists supporting gun rights, border security, and Ron Paul was correct. And you can't ignore the drumbeat pounding in the idea that anyone who questions the government suffers from irrational hatred of others.

Shep bids adieu to Heidi by wishing the best of luck to her "terrific organization." Fair and balanced.

In a must-read post on Lew Rockwell today, William Norman Grigg discusses how the old Soviet Union also equated dissent with "crazed" behavior:

This was the logic – if that word applies – behind the political use of psychiatry in the Soviet Union: Only someone clinically deranged could hate socialism, and since such people were a danger to themselves and society, they had to be incarcerated in the psiushka (psychiatric gulag) and forcibly cured of their anti-social(ist) tendencies. The heroic former Soviet dissident Vladimir Bukovsky recounts his own experience in the Soviet psycho-gulag in his memoir, To Build a Castle.

The Soviet use of psychiatry was an outgrowth of the Regime's longstanding policy of pre-emption: Threats to "stability" and "social order" had to be recognized and aborted before they reached maturity.

We haven't reached the point where we must turn in our friends and family to prove our loyalty and rationality. At least, not yet.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Why the League of the South?

Here's the question, one well worth considering: Which must come first, political activism, or cultural renewal?

Nothing changes until the culture changes. Without a culture change that would make a large portion of the population actively support a revival of the Old South, the only way to effect such a political change would be to do so by force. That would be absolutely intolerable - something that no Southern Gentleman could ever stand for. That takes us back to the need for the LoS to return to their founding purpose - a sharp focus on restoring Southern culture. It takes time and effort and determination and generations of time, but it is the only way for an honorable return to the traditions and ideals of the Old South - and the traditions and ideals of America’s Founding Fathers.

I firmly believe that the League of The South is an honorable organization founded and headed by honorable men who have simply lost sight of the larger goals. It is my sincere hope that the LoS will realize this and make a clear shift to focus exclusively on building Southern culture in the certain knowledge that, if successful, political change will follow cultural change.

The writer, the Confederate Colonel, is absolutely correct in his basic assumption: There's a vital and historical relationship between culture and self-determination. A people's concept of themselves underlies all political action. As I wrote in an earlier post:

No political unit can be born or survive without the affection and loyalty of its people. No voluntary political unit can be established without a cultural foundation uniting the people. As professor Ghia Nodia of the University of Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, has observed:

"Democracy has always emerged in distinct communities; there is no record anywhere of free, unconnected, and calculating individuals coming together spontaneously to form a democratic social contract ex nihilo. Whether we like it or not, nationalism is the historical force that has provided the political units for democratic government. 'Nation' is another name for 'we the people'."

For local sovereignty to return as a counterweight to the present centralized system, local loyalty must be nourished. And the creatures who feed off the cancerous growth of Big Government know that, which is why both leftists and Neocons smear Southern heritage.

So that's the bottom line: without "cultural preservation," which includes the values of our political heritage, there can be no resistance to the abuses of Big Government.

I offered this response to the Confederate Colonel, one I'd like to share with regular readers:

You and I clearly agree on the goal for any real and meaningful Southern activism, and that is to preserve our culture and protect our people.

What is threatening them? It's an out-of-control Federal government, an alien, occupying force that's assaulting basic Constitutional rights, brainwashing our young people into abject self-hatred, and engineering a demographic revolution -- all while robbing us of our tax dollars and undermining our economic security. Those are the things that are destroying our culture, and they all stem from the same rotten source, the District of Corruption.

The Southern people are remarkably resilient, and are capable of restoring their culture to vitality to where it can again become self-sustaining.

But before the wound can begin to heal, we have to remove the foreign body that is harming it. Just like the American secessionists of 1776, and the Confederate leaders of 1860-61, we must energize our people with a clear message that wakes them up to what's being done to them, and organize them to action.

In other words, we must organize politically. Once we have restored real self-government, and can then work for our values and our goals, rather than for the enrichment of a globalist elite, our culture will self-heal and self-organize around the existing elements that are still alive and fighting.

Your clear-headed analysis tells me you're someone we need on our side. I hope this response shows our sincerity and commitment to reach out to you and others like you with similar questions.

I invite other readers to offer their own ideas.

The legacy of slavery

From the US Senate resolution apologizing for slavery:

President George W. Bush acknowledged the continuing legacy of slavery in life in the United States and the need to confront that legacy, when he stated that slavery "was . . . one of the greatest crimes of history . . . The racial bigotry fed by slavery did not end with slavery or with segregation. And many of the issues that still trouble America have roots in the bitter experience of other times."

From Tracy Morgan of 30 Rock:

“If it weren’t for your people I’d still be in Africa. Gorgeous, politically stable, Africa.”

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Mobile Phone Company pushes anti-gun agenda

A new phone company calling itself Credo Mobile advertises itself as "a small band of idealists" dedicated to "the causes of human rights, women’s rights, peace, environmentalism and an entire progressive agenda." They're "progressive," all right. Their "Credo Action" page calls on its customers to "Stop domestic right wing terrorists from getting guns" by supporting gun control. Caveat emptor.

Western states want reins on federal power

That pesky 10th amendment's in the news again, stirring things up, making the little people outside the Beltway get big ideas about self-government and other silliness. But the big news is that the fight's out West this time, rather than in the South:

Frustrated by the expanded power of Washington, a growing number of state lawmakers are defying the federal government and passing legislation aimed at rolling back the reach of Congress and President Obama. ...

"We need 15, 25, 30 states to pass these types of legislation, so that we send a clear message to the country and to the national government," said Utah Rep. Carl Wimmer, a Republican from suburban Salt Lake City. ...

"The national government has gained more and more power . . . to a point where we're simply subjects of the ruling masters in Washington, D.C.," said Wimmer, who has established an organization, the Patrick Henry Caucus, to rally like-minded lawmakers from other states. "That is not the way this country and this government were set up."

Rep. Wimmer's absolutely right. But is it too late to restore the present system according to its own rules? Obama's proposed even more power to the plutocracy, with the Federal Reserve overseeing the entire financial system. How much further does DC have to go before it collapses from overstretch?

I came into this movement hoping that the people could restore the system as it was meant to be, which Rep. Wimmer aims for. But with the usurpations of the past eight years, which continue to expand under Obama, I become less hopeful reform is possible. We shall see.

Pentagon Exam Calls Protests 'Low-Level Terrorism'

UPDATE BELOW

The Pentagon knows that only troublemakers question their rulers. So it only makes sense that potential newcomers learn to recognize that dissent = treason:

The written exam, given as part of Department of Defense employees’ routine training, includes a multiple-choice question that asks:

“Which of the following is an example of low-level terrorism?”
— Attacking the Pentagon
— IEDs
— Hate crimes against racial groups
— Protests
The correct answer, according to the exam, is "Protests."

Actually, this is nothing new. Remember the USA PATRIOT Act? You know, the law that prevented Islamomeanies from hiding behind the Bill of Rights? It spelled out that physical protest was just another form of domestic terrorism:

(d) the term "terrorism" means an activity that: (i) involves a violent act or an act dangerous to human life, property, or infrastructure; and (ii) appears to be intended: (A) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (B) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (C) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, kidnapping, or hostage-taking.

A street protest with angry serfs voters yelling, "Throw the bum out of office!" is clearly a form of intimidation. Don't they know we have to stand together when there's a war on? And when you're living in an empire, there's ALWAYS a war. As David Horowitz once declared, war protesters should be treated like saboteurs.

Only traitors question their government ...

Another terrorist spotted!

... and they know who you are.

UPDATE: The Pentagon has withdrawn this question from its exam because it was "poorly worded." So if a new hire doesn't know that dissent = treason, they'll just have to be trained.

Two women held in park slaying

Two lesbians killed a man who made a pass at one of them. Think they'll plead the straight panic defense?

Schwarzenegger asks Federal courts to nullify Proposition 8

Remember when governors stood up for their own people against the encroachments of the Federal government? Well, those days are gone:

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today told a federal court in San Francisco that the state does not dispute that Proposition 8 may violate the federal Constitution and called for quick action to resolve the legality of the ant-gay measure law.

The political elites have decided their egalitarian, globalist agenda trumps silly things like the rule of law and the consent of the governed. In Iran, people are risking their lives protesting a government that nullified their votes; here, on the other hand, we meekly submit to the All-Knowing Ones who rule us.

BRIC leaders call for a “more diversified” currency system

I guess this is good news. "Diversity" is always a good thing, right?

The leaders of Brazil, Russia, India and China—the BRIC nations—called for a “more diversified” currency system and a new global order after holding their first summit amid growing talk over the US dollar future as the global reserve unit. ..

Medvedev earlier reaffirmed his doubts about the future of the US dollar as the world's standard reserve currency and called for a major shift in attitude worldwide.

"The current set of reserve currencies and the main reserve currency -- the US dollar -- have not managed to perform their functions," he said.

Who would've ever guessed that running up an $11 trillion national debt would be bad for the economy?

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

John McCain: President Obama not showing 'leadership'

John McCain lets Obama have it:

"I do not believe that the president is taking the leadership that is incumbent upon an American president, which we have throughout modern history, and that is to advocate for human rights and freedom, and free elections are one of those fundamentals."

But where was McCain when Bush was kissing one of the world's worst dictators?


Look, the Elected Dictator makes deals, calls in favors, and bombs those who get in his way, no matter who it is. What I can't stand is the happy-happy "democracy" cant and hypocrisy of our handlers.

Mark Washburn: Governor Sanford must be crazy

Of course, Mark Washburn's right. The governor of South Carolina should happily accept the megapennies from Heaven President Obama is so generously offering. After all, as Washburn points out, "National debt is somebody else's problem." But Sanford just doesn't get it.

Sanford says he doesn't want to pour money on a fire.

Which is crazy talk. After all, it's free money. Straight from Washington.

As part of the recovery plan, federal stimuluteers earmarked $700 million for S.C. education. Sanford balked.

Sanford says things like, when you're in a hole, stop digging.

Which is crazy talk. After all, who cares how deep it gets?

Folks went to court and got an order telling him to take the money. After all, they said, we must think of the children. We must pay for education.

Sanford says things like, it will be those children who will pay the money back.

Washburn concludes his tongue-in-cheek denunciation of Governor Sanford with a little tip 'o the hat for actually fulfilling his campaign promise to do the right thing, even if it turned out to be the unpopular thing to do. That takes guts, because, as Washburn correctly notes, that's exactly what Sanford did, and that's a rare thing these days.

The reason such actions require guts is because they stand against the current tide. 21st century America is not just a consumerist market; it's a consumerist society. Instant, individual gratification is the ultimate good. Worse, it's the only good people these days can conceive of. The idea that there's such a thing as a living society that gives us purpose, identity, and a sense of continuity among the living and the dead is hopelessly outdated.

That mindset explains many disturbing trends, from the increasing lack of common courtesy, to the mainstreaming of "gay marriage," and on to the acceptance of alien cultures within our borders. Social duties and obligations, including respect toward one's fellow citizens, arise from a sense of continuity with others, and recognition of special duties to special people, such as parents and grandparents, make no sense to self-interested consumers. Similarly, if marriage is just about what best suits two coequals, then why not let homosexuals exchange rings? The idea that marriage is an institution that channels desires into the rearing of one's genetic inheritance as well as supporting cultural continuity is regarded as sexist, patriarchal, racist, etc. Same for multiculturalism -- since cultural continuity is what's now regarded as alien, then the growth of foreign colonies of non-English speakers is a good thing, because that improves the availabilty of ethnic restaurants. Live for today, and let others worry about the cost - and the unintended consequences.

It's no wonder social scientists these days observe a loss in "social capital" with the increase in diversity. Mutual trust requires shared values, a common history, and certainly a common language. All three are increasingly in short supply.

So the "ism" that makes Sanford's "long view" so out of fashion is the one that blinkers our nation today. It's "presentism," a rigid ideology that claims all morality and wisdom and value reside in the glorious age of right here, right now, and that any past deviations from our standards only prove how benighted those dead old guys were.

More money down the rat hole

The Obama administration wants another $105 billion to continue DC's empire building in Asia. Guess they couldn't think of any better uses for the money. But Ron Paul wouldn't let this latest crime slip by without pointing out the obvious:

I wonder what happened to my colleagues who voted with me as I opposed every war supplemental request under the previous administration. It seems, with very few exceptions, they have changed their position on the war now that the White House has changed hands. I find this troubling.

Hey, liberals! This makes it YOUR war now.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Feeding the Lone Wolves

A reader in Atlanta writes in:

Mike, this column is fairly typical of how those on the left reports certain incidents in the way that best accomodates the current leftist agenda. The Holocaust shooter was obviously mentally ill - his family disowned him years ago because of the seriousness of his mental illness. The article paints him as a typical white supremacist - a "bitter, demented old man." It equates his act to rage against the "election of the first African American" - refers to the spurious SPLC statistics on the 50% "increase" in hate groups - the message is - something must be done about these right-wing groups - all because of the lone act of one crazy individual!

Of course von Brunn's mentally ill -- yet, we're supposed to believe he represents the right. Here's the op-ed that set off the reader:

In April, a prescient Department of Homeland Security memo predicted that the election of the first African American president and the advent of economic hard times could worsen the threat from "right-wing extremist groups." ...

For days, some conservative commentators tried mightily to paint the memo as an underhanded attempt by the Obama administration to smear its honorable critics by equating "right-wing" with "terrorism." It made no difference to these loudmouths that the number of hate groups around the country has increased by more than 50 percent since 2000, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. It didn't matter that the memo was backed up by solid intelligence and analysis.

"Solid intelligence and analysis"? From the Southern Poverty Law Center?

Hysterical.

Here's an example of the SPLC's "solid intelligence." The latest "Intelligence Report" features an article entitled "Racists Threaten to Abandon Republican Party." It features this little sparkling gem of distortion:

Still reeling from Barack Obama's win last November, right-wing extremists were dealt another grievous body blow when former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele was elected by the Republican Party faithful in early February to become the first African-American chairman of the Republican National Committee. ...

The League of the South, a racist neo-Confederate hate group that has proposed that the South secede anew, blasted Steele for reaching out to moderates in a blog post titled, "New GOP chair to Southerners and conservatives: drop dead." It concluded: "Remind me again why I should vote Republican?"

No links, no context, no problem. Not for the SPLC. What they failed to mention is that the objection to Steele was not based on his race, but his advocacy of "gay marriage" and abortion.

But that's par for the course. Every word the SPLC issues aims for maximum flammability. The idea is to ignite its terrified donor base, using whatever dishonest rhetoric it takes.

And it keeps working.

Clyde Wilson strikes again!

Liberal: Someone who believes that working class women have just as much right to be killed in imperial wars as working class men.

Proud To Be American? You Should Be Ashamed

Which nation's citizens are brave enough to confront a corrupt central government? Which nation's citizens have more to be angry about? The truth hurts:

In our nation we have literally had 1/3rd of our GDP - that is, 1/3rd of everything you worked for last year - stolen by a bunch of fraudsters with the explicit cooperation and assistance of the government.

We should be seeing 10 million Americans literally closing Washington DC with peaceful protest in the streets - making the entirety of the downtown inaccessible to vehicles and the normal conduct of business impossible, were Americans to display the same sort of anger over an insult vastly more serious than that served upon the Iranian people.

Let A Thousand Nations Bloom

It's a true delight to stumble upon yet another intelligent blog focusing on secession. (Think maybe they're on to something?) Check out the latest. Great writers share their insights on urgent issues -- what more could you ask for?

British foreign policy explained

In the 20th Century, Britain only made war with countries whose Capital cities began with the letter 'B' - Germany (Berlin), Argentina (Buenos Aires), Iraq (Baghdad), and Serbia (Belgrade). China changed the name of Peking to Beijing and we bombed their embassy. One hopes we will show a little more imagination in this century.

From Letters to Viz Magazine

Radio Interview, Paul Starobin

This Thursday, June 18th, streaming live from noon to one (EST) at wscafm.org, or 106.1 FM, Burt Cohen on his Portside radio program talks with author Paul Starobin, whose article Divided We Stand appeared recently in the Wall Street Journal. Spread the word!

H/T to Sebastian Ronin!

Monday, June 15, 2009

The American Empire Is Bankrupt

In pursuit of empire, the criminals in the District of Corruption have bankrupted us. And the resulting pain has just started, says Chris Hedges:

This week marks the end of the dollar’s reign as the world’s reserve currency. It marks the start of a terrible period of economic and political decline in the United States. And it signals the last gasp of the American imperium. That’s over. It is not coming back. And what is to come will be very, very painful.

DC fought needed reforms for decades, desperately grasping at more power, at more of our treasure for the benefit of the ruling elite. Now the bill's come due, and there's nothing to pay it with.

The History of the Financial Crisis

Here are a few quotes which may explain at least part of what's going on financially. This is my favorite: "If the people only understood the rank injustice of our Money and Banking system, there would be a revolution before morning."
- Andrew Jackson

Conservatives are largest ideological group

Let's see if we can figure out where this next fact leads us. Here's the latest from Gallup on what Americans are thinking:

Thus far in 2009, 40% of Americans interviewed in national Gallup Poll surveys describe their political views as conservative, 35% as moderate, and 21% as liberal. This represents a slight increase for conservatism in the U.S. since 2008, returning it to a level last seen in 2004. The 21% calling themselves liberal is in line with findings throughout this decade, but is up from the 1990s.

Okay. Sounds easy -- both parties need to appeal to conservatives, right? Wrong -- the rural, white Republican base isn't growing as fast as the Democratic base of urban whites and minorities. But instead of strengthening its natural constituency, Republicans are supposed to echo Democratic appeals to minorities:

Republicans can't reverse the demographic trends; their only solution is to increase their share of the minority vote. Opposing Judge Sonia Sotomayor, Obama's Supreme Court nominee, because of her pride in being a Latina won't help solve that problem.

There was much attention paid to Obama's trouble winning the votes of white working-class voters. The bad news for Republicans is that these voters represent a declining share of the electorate. ...

Republicans will need to retool in other ways to make themselves more appealing to a changing population. That debate has barely begun.

Where is the Republican base? In Dixie:

...outside the South, Republicans are in trouble. McCain won the South in November, but Obama swept the rest of the country by an even bigger margin. The same pattern holds now for House and Senate seats. Republicans may continue to win governorships in Democratic-leaning states, but in congressional and presidential elections the geographic divides are sizable.

... The South now accounts for a greater share of Republican strength than at virtually any time since the party's founding. That base is too narrow, as even Republicans know.

So instead of playing to its natural base, the Republican party is supposed to further alienate it. What choice does that leave conservatives?

Only one -- move to the South, or become voiceless and unrepresented.

And what should Southerners do with a party that ignores them? Now, there's a debate that's barely begun.

Federal 'Fusion Centers' aimed at Second Amendment, Free Speech

Guess which wealthy, politically connected snoop squad is accused of assiduously working "to convince law enforcement that concerned, patriotic Americans are the enemy"? I'll give you one guess.

What did Uncle Billy just say?

The New York Times recently featured this demand that any non-approved thought be denounced to the authorities:

There can be no family too close and no friend too dear for hatred to go unchecked. Allowing it to do so diminishes the better, more noble parts of ourselves.

Which prompted this tongue-in-cheek response:

The Southern Poverty Law Center has a feature where you can report on your neighbors for “hate” (”Stand strong against hate. Is there hate in your state?”). If you report on somebody they’ll put your name on a little interactive map. Maybe they’ll send you a little “I Turned My Next-Door Neighbor in for Crimethink and All I Got is This Lousy T-Shirt” gift. Better think twice about denying your kids a raise in their allowance… wouldn’t want them to turn you in…

Bye bye now, I’m just gonna go turn myself over to the Southern Poverty Law Center for having bad thoughts. I’ll catch youse guys later.

P.S. I’m totally reporting on my ex-boss.

In a globalist empire, enforcement of correct thinking and obedience to the State trump personal loyalties. Pavlik Morozov would be proud to see that his legacy lives on.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Divided We Stand

Devolution is coming!

Brace yourself: This ringing endorsement of local self-government comes from the most unlikely of sources -- the Wall Street Journal:

Remember that classic Beatles riff of the 1960s: “You say you want a revolution?” Imagine this instead: a devolution. Picture an America that is run not, as now, by a top-heavy Washington autocracy but, in freewheeling style, by an assemblage of largely autonomous regional republics reflecting the eclectic economic and cultural character of the society.

There might be an austere Republic of New England, with a natural strength in higher education and technology; a Caribbean-flavored city-state Republic of Greater Miami, with an anchor in the Latin American economy; and maybe even a Republic of Las Vegas with unfettered license to pursue its ambitions as a global gambling, entertainment and conventioneer destination. California? America’s broke, ill-governed and way-too-big nation-like state might be saved, truly saved, not by an emergency federal bailout, but by a merciful carve-up into a trio of republics that would rely on their own ingenuity in making their connections to the wider world.

It then introduces the leading secessionist movements around the world, and local organizations advocating breaking up the 19th-century dinosaur the national government has become, including, naturally, the League of the South:

Below the Mason-Dixon Line, groups like the League of the South and Southern National Congress hold meetings of delegates. They discuss secession as a way of accomplishing goals like protecting the right to bear arms and tighter immigration policies.

Breathtaking, isn't it? Nary a word of the usual panting warnings from the Southern Poverty Law Center that secessionists are bad, bad people who really want to re-enslave black people and kick puppies. Instead, we get to see some of the strongest evidence yet that secession is a mainstream idea and movement. The reasons for this, as the article points out, are solid: DC's archaic, centralized control is slowly strangulating our economy, as well as eroding our civil liberties, powerful motivations for self-determination I explored in my book.

Devolution is coming. And it's about time.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

See? Conservatives are eeeevil

Here it comes:

Dallas Morning News’s Wayne Slater become one of the first pundits after the shootings at the Holocaust Museum on Wednesday to hint that there was a connection to mainstream conservative activists. On CNN Newsroom, about two hours after the story broke, Slater linked this incident and the murder of abortionist George Tiller with “anti-tax secessionists in Texas,” his label for Tea Party protesters.

Just when the leftists had ceased their collective tantrum about the Tea Party protests, another nut case's actions are supposed to prove all conservatives are bloodthirsty neo-Nazis.

So while it's racist to observe the facts about the cause-and-effect relationship between illegal immigration and crime (see here, here, and here, for example), it's suddenly ok to condemn all who fail to embrace leftist radicalism as murderers and terrorists.

For example, the pro-war Little Green Footballs now claims the murder at the Holocaust Museum validates the Department of Homeland Security Report warning about Ron Paul supporters, gun rights groups, border security activists, and supporters of States' Rights as terrorists-in-training. Yeah, it takes a really brave man to pile on, Charles.

By the way, let's not forget that that Homeland Security slam against conservative and limited government was commissioned by none other than the faux conservative Bush administration.

Quote of the day

"Them Jews aren't going to let him talk to me. I told my baby daughter, that he'll talk to me in five years when he's a lame duck, or in eight years when he's out of office," Wright said, according to Virginia's Daily Press. "They will not let him ... talk to somebody who calls a spade what it is." Rev. Jeremiah Wright, on his lack of access to his former parishoner and protege, Barack Obama.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Israeli Minister Eyes Sanctions Against US

Let's see if I have this straight: We prop up this nation with $5.5 billion a year, look the other way when they attack one of our ships, and veto every UN resolution against them.

And they have the nerve to do this?

What is noteworthy is Minister Peled’s proposed strategies to combat this, including sanctions against the United States.

In particular, Israel would begin shifting military purchases, the bulk of which come from the US, to other nations, and offering influence to other nations willing to get involved in the peace process in a way more in keeping with Israeli interests. Incredibly enough, Peled, a member of the ruling Likud Party, also proposes political actions which seem to amount to an attempt at regime change in the US.

Peled suggests that the Israeli government become directly involved in next year’s US congressional elections, intervening against Democratic Party candidates in the hopes that the candidates would pressure Obama to adopt a more universally pro-Israel stance.

Talk about chutzpah!

I wonder how the Israel First crowd will sell this one?

Tenth Amendment Movement gains strength

The growing power and irresponsibility of the central government has created quite a backlash:

Fed up with Washington's involvement in everything from land use to gun control to education spending, states across the country are fighting back against what they say is the federal government's growing intrusion on their rights.

At least 35 states have introduced legislation this year asserting their power under the Tenth Amendment to regulate all matters not specifically delegated to the federal government by the Constitution.

"This has been boiling for years, and it's finally come to a head," said Utah State Rep. Carl Wimmer. "With TARP and No Child Left Behind, these things that continue to give the federal government more authority, our rights as states and individuals are being turned on their head."

Montana's direct confrontation with DC over the regulation of firearms is especially interesting.

But while there are many hopeful developments in the restoration of States' Rights and the sovereignty of the people, it's clear we still have a long way to go. This comment from Rep. Dan Boren of Oklahoma betrays a lack of understanding of the real issue:

"The economic situation in our nation over the past year has not been contained in any one community or state. The industries and institutions affected by the recent economic crisis touch multiple layers of our economy and are not confined to any one state or region," he said in a statement. "I feel there was Constitutional justification for Congress's recent efforts to stabilize our economy."

But Congressman, it was DC that wrecked the economy in the first place. It was DC that crippled the housing industry with its ideology-based lending mandates, and busted the budget with its insane war to occupy the Middle East. The problem isn't the economy, it's Congress -- so how is more of the poison that sickened us going to cure us?

Davis was last ‘real American president’

The last American president

Check out this spirited argument for self-determination:

The Southern states had more right to withdraw from the United States in 1861 than the 13 colonies had to secede from England in 1776, because England created the 13 colonies, but the United States did not create the 13 states; the 13 states created the United States.

Like the Southern states, the United States today would have the right to secede from the United Nations, because the United Nations did not create the United States, the United States created the United Nations.

Some of the reader comments -- though some don't appear to have actually read what they're criticizing -- just reek of historical ignorance and anti-Southern bias. Post your own thoughts, sit back, and watch the sparks fly!

Watching artificial borders dissolve, Part II

As Al reminds us below, the future belongs to authentic, human-scaled political units. The European elections that punished the open-borders globalist parties rewarded conservative, pro-Western, and secessionist parties. Belgium is now poised to naturally devolve into Flanders and Wallonia:

Yesterday, apart from the European elections, Belgium also held elections for the regional parliaments in Flanders, the Dutch-speaking northern half of the country, and Wallonia, the French-speaking southern half.

These elections highlighted the fact that Flanders and Wallonia are two different nations. While the left won in Wallonia, it was crushed in Flanders....

As the three parties that favour Flemish secession from Belgium gained 45 seats, it will be very difficult to form a Flemish government without at least one of them. Combined the pro-secessionist parties have obtained more than 36% of the Flemish vote, while many Christian-Democrats also want larger Flemish autonomy and propose transforming Belgium from a federal into a confederal state.

The age of the megastate, with its internal oppression to hold it together, and its belligerent foreign policy to expand its power, is past. Good riddance.

Watching artificial borders dissolve, Part I

How to keep things roiling in Pakistan? Continue propping up the central government. How to stabilize the region? Allow the natural growth of self-determination for the different peoples there. It's already started:

In Pakistan there is no such broad national identity or unity. Many young Balochs today are fiercely determined to create an independent Balochistan. The ethnic identities of people in the other provinces have become a driving force for disunity. The gap between the rich and poor has never been greater, and members of the Pakistani elite have rarely acted responsibly toward the less fortunate masses. The Taliban have gained some adherents by imposing rough forms of land redistribution in some of the areas it controls, expropriating the property of rich landlords.

The South was right -- just ahead of its time

It's relatively simple ...

Monday, June 8, 2009

James Everett Kibler

The Author's Corner of Our History Project includes these tributes to our friend, Jim Kibler:

"Kibler has developed a theme that has long defined both Southern history and literature: the deep, metaphysical connection between the Southern character and temperament and the natural world . . . a graceful articulation of the agrarian vision.” ––Walter Sullivan

“In James Everett Kibler we find a member of a quickly diminishing breed: the man of letters.” ––Southern Partisan

This short introduction to Jim's work includes a link to a review of "The Education of Chauncey Doolittle," which I have not yet had the pleasure to read. However, I can heartily recommend "Our Fathers’ Fields." If you haven't discovered this gifted author, you need to make up for lost time.

Hillary Clinton threatens pre-emptive war

This should convince the few remaining sceptics of the pure evil that emanates from the District of Corruption:

CLINTON: ... Now, let me just put it this way: If Iran is seeking security, if they believe -- and, you know, you have to put yourself into the shoes of the other party when you negotiate -- if they believe that the United States might attack them the way that we did attack Iraq, for example...

STEPHANOPOULOS: Before they attack, as a first strike?

CLINTON: That's right, as a first strike ...

Let's recall this isn't anything new -- you can't even say Hillary's been militarized by working for the administration, because she voted for Bush's invasion of Iraq as a junior senator. True, she later claimed her vote was "a mistake," but that didn't stop her from voting more money to continue that mistake.

So now she's clamoring to launch an invasion of a nation that has not threatened us -- a nation that, coincidentally, sits on oceans of oil. That seems to be the only thing Iraq and Iran have in common.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Quote of the day

"I mean in a way Obama’s standing above the country, above – above the world, he’s sort of God." Evan Thomas, editor at Newsweek

Friday, June 5, 2009

"Bush could not have said it better"

Preventive detentions. Military tribunals. Expanding the war in Afghanistan. Obama ran on an anti-war, pro-civil liberties platform, but has transformed (mutated?) into the super-Bush. No wonder David Horowitz has jumped on board the Obama Express:

And Iraq! This is the war he had opposed as unnecessary and wrong, until now. In Cairo he did not apologize for “Bush’s war” or America’s “occupation.” He said that the Iraqis were better off without Saddam Hussein, which obviously could not have happened without the war – a truism, which for seven years Democrats failed to concede. Where Kennedy and Gore and Obama himself condemned America’s war as “unnecessary,” “illegal” “based on lies,” an aggression against a “fragile and unstable” country that could not defend itself, Obama, speaking in a Muslim capital, defended our presence in Iraq as driven by a desire to give Iraqis their freedom and their country. Bush could not have said it better.

Horowitz, the former leftist authoritarian, is now a rightist authoritarian. At the outset of the invasion of Iraq, it was Horowitz who demanded that dissenters be rounded up and jailed:

“When your country is attacked there can be no such thing as an ‘anti-war’ movement. Protesters against America’s war on terror are not peaceniks, they are America-haters and saboteurs, and they should be treated as such.”

But no surprise here, since Neocons and leftists share the same fundamental ideology and goals -- both would open the borders, increase government's control over our lives, and reconstruct society to achieve a flattened, globalist, egalitarian paradise. No wonder Obama's gettin' so much lovin' these days from the Neocons.

Ron Paul on Tiananmen Resolution: Let’s Tend to Our Own House

Here's Ron Paul, the lone sage in a sea of stooges, speaking out against yet another meaningless "feel-good" Congressional resolution. The latest instructs the Chinese government to allow "independent investigations into the Tiananmen Square crackdown." The US, Paul reminds his uncomprehending colleagues, has no authority to demand Beijing do anything regarding its own domestic affairs. Besides, says Paul,

In light of US government’s extraordinary renditions of possibly hundreds of individuals into numerous secret prisons abroad where they are held indefinitely without charge or trial, one wonders what the rest of the world makes of such US demands. It is hard to exercise credible moral authority in the world when our motto toward foreign governments seems to be “do as we say, not as we do.”

Hypocrites don't like it when you uncover their foibles. It diminishes their inflated self-esteem.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

The imperial presidency run amok

This otherwise praiseworthy article is featured over at Free Republic, of all places. These objections to DC's latest usurpations could have been featured in any League of the South publication:

Under what authority did Presidents George W. Bush and Obama invest $50 billion of public money in a private company? Under what authority has Obama forced the firing of GM's CEO, mandated the terms of bankruptcy and announced principles for "the government's management of ownership interests in private firms?" Note that the president's principles apply to firms, plural. Apparently, my government is looking ahead to other investments on my behalf. ...

Under the Constitution, the federal government has only enumerated powers. Congress makes the laws. The president executes them.

Amen. And members' reactions at pro-war, any war FreeRepublic go even further, calling the central government a "dictatorship" that needs to be dismantled. But, as usual, they're blind to the power grabs Bush committed during his temporary dictatorship. One member comment pretends the criticism of illegal government actions is aimed only at Obama:

I’m surprised the Oregonian published this. They are a liberal publication. Is the President loosing [sic] favor with them?

Lord, give me patience ...

Liberal versus conservative is a fake issue. It's all about what the author correctly targets, and that's Federal assumption of undelegated powers. That's the real threat to our prosperity, liberty, and security.

Creeping totalitarianism is indeed something to fear. All the elements of a totalitarian government are coming into alignment. Think about it:

- Economic crisis that's got folks scared to death and desperate to trust ANYONE promising salvation

- A charismatic and VERY ambitious chief executive

- And worst of all, NO opposition in the circus that calls itself a Congress to restrain executive power. I mean, John McCain should be the leader of the opposition to Obama's big-government, globalist agenda, but instead, he's the chief enabler.

Strange days, indeed.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Killing the First Amendment

Alfredo Martin Bravo de Rueda Espejo, a Daily Kos blogger, advocates a lawsuit against Bill O'Reilly for his "hate speech" against Dr. George Tiller, which de Rueda Espejo claims led to Tiller's murder. As you read his conclusion, it's easy to imagine him rubbing his hands together in glee as he contemplates how his idea will silence those who oppose abortion:

... the path I propose here, a civil suit, could be a interesting way to set a precedent that sends hate groups a clear message: The First Amendment will not be abused any more for those who see it as a convenient way to escape responsibility and to continue inflaming and inspiring the direct perpetrators of hate crimes.

Yes, it would indeed be "a [sic] interesting way to set a precedent" against "hate groups," just as SLAPP suits are an interesting way Big Government and Big Business silence pesky subjects who imagine they're free citizens of a republic. And we know who'll define what a hate group is -- de Rueda Espejo even mentions he drew his idea from the Southern Poverty Law Center, the ruling elite's outsourced Inquisition against dissent.

Reading de Rueda Espejo's past articles, it's evident he equates border security with hate, so before we know it, it'll be a hate crime to speak out against Wall Street's Open Borders agenda.

UNC protesters reject plea deals

First, let's recap what these multicult thugs did to Tom Tancredo and the Youth for Western Civilization:

Hundreds of protesters converged on Bingham Hall, shouting profanities and accusations of racism while Tancredo and the student who introduced him tried to speak. Minutes into the speech, a protester pounded a window of the classroom until the glass shattered, prompting Tancredo to flee and campus police to shut down the event. ...

Inside the classroom, several student protesters screamed curses at Tancredo and Riley Matheson, president of the UNC-Chapel Hill chapter of Youth for Western Civilization.

Like the spoiled brats they are, they demand they not be punished for their crimes because their motivation was so pure and noble:

"A lot of the defendants feel that they're not guilty, and so taking a plea would be dishonest," said Michael Bandes, 25, who spoke on behalf of the group. ...

"They're allowing a white supremacist group in our community, and we're just supposed to sit down and take it," he said.

Koch said UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp called her last week, urging her to take the deferred prosecution, but she's not interested.

"I feel really strongly that the charges should be dismissed," she said. ...

The UNC Protesters Defense Committee, which organized the rally, called on Thorp to dissolve Youth for Western Civilization. Haley Koch said allowing speech against immigrants would fuel donations and membership for more violent groups.

These goons-in-training may imagine themselves as latter-day Thoreaus, Kings, or Gandhis, but those protestors accepted punishment for their crimes as the inevitable consequence of their actions. Instead, the UNC bullies think and behave like Nazi brownshirts or the Communist Red Guard: Our demands are non-negotiable and you will comply. Opposition will not be permitted.

Like Scott Roeder, the UNC brownshirts have swallowed whole the Neocon worldview, which justifies violence against those lowly souls who fail to recognize the superiority of their enlightened ideology.

How can a free society survive if this is the ascendent mindset? It cannot.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Justifying murder

Scott Roeder and the Neocons share the core conviction that they're justified in initiating violence as they deem necessary. It's interesting to compare how their reasoning tracks.

First, they smear their target as a Nazi:

Saddam:

In a speech to students on the eve of a two-day NATO summit, Mr Bush compared the challenge of the Iraqi President to the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1938, which led to World War II.

"Ignoring dangers or excusing aggression may temporarily avert conflict, but they don't bring true peace," he said.

Tiller:

Someone using the name Scott Roeder posted comments about Tiller on anti-abortion Web sites, including one that referred to the doctor as the "concentration camp Mengele of our day" - a reference to the Nazi doctor who performed ghastly medical experiments on Jews and others at Auschwitz.

Second, they convince themselves, and as many others as necessary, that their noble goal is to save innocent lives:

Saddam:

"Saddam Hussein's regime is a grave and gathering danger. … The first time we may be completely certain he has a -- nuclear weapons is when, God forbids, he uses one." George W. Bush, lying to the United Nations

Tiller:

Dave Leach, publisher of the magazine Prayer and Action News, said he met Roeder about 15 years ago. A decade ago, Roeder subscribed to the quarterly magazine, which is published in Iowa and has said "justifiable homicide" against abortion providers can be supported, Leach said.

"Scott is not my hero in that sense; he has not inspired me to shoot an abortionist," Leach said in an e-mail. "But definitely, he will be the hero to thousands of babies who will not be slain because Scott sacrificed everything for them."

And thus, in the mind of the self-appointed guardian of the oppressed, the guardian's boundless goodness and his target's unending evil require immediate, violent action.

It doesn't take much reflection to realize almost anyone or any nation could be targeted with this kind of egomaniacal thinking. The only difference between Roeder and the killers in DC is that Roeder's been arrested.

Lies, damned lies, and war talk

Then:

"There's overwhelming evidence there was a connection between al Qaeda and the Iraqi government. I am very confident that there was an established relationship there." Vice President Cheney, 1/22/04

Now:

Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday that he does not believe Saddam Hussein was involved in the planning or execution of the September 11, 2001, attacks. ...

"I do not believe and have never seen any evidence to confirm that [Hussein] was involved in 9/11. We had that reporting for a while, [but] eventually it turned out not to be true." Unindicted war criminal and liar, Dick Cheny, 6/1/09

There's only one way to go from "overwhelming evidence" to "no evidence," and that's when some power-mad politician is hell-bent on war, but realizes he has to convince the sheeple they're in danger. Or, as the head of British Intelligence put it, "Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy."

Empathy for Me, But Not for Thee

Over at the American Spectator, W. James Antle pummels the militant yet blind hypocrisy of the multicults -- while questioning conservative reaction to Sotomayor:

... at its root is a point of view where some cultures and heritages can be celebrated while others cannot (some are in fact denigrated).

That means we get to hear the good news about mass immigration but not the bad, celebrate the fruits of diversity but not question whether the New Haven firefighters are getting shafted, and talk about the richness of communities so long as they were not built or inhabited by dead white males. In the real world where this ideology has been in vogue, expressions like Sotomayor's routinely coexist with accusations of racism against conservatives. I'd like to hear of an example where it has ever been the other way around. ...

There is a real debate here over whether the way to get "beyond race" is to actually stop counting people by race or to emphasize race even more in pursuit of diversity. Sotomayor has made clear which side of that debate she's on, and it isn't a side where La Raza lies down with the League of the South in a joint celebration of particularism.

Yes, she has, and no, it isn't. And that's the real issue. It's gratifying to see someone has noticed.

Monday, June 1, 2009

The mainstreaming of waterboarding

Well, it had to happen. After years of Americans debating whether waterboarding is torture, with many advocating the morally bankrupt position that, whether it is or not, it works, it's now metastasized into domestic policy.

Some of the commenters at the leftist blog Think Progress want Scott Roeder, the man suspected of murdering Dr. George Tiller in church (a blasphemy on top of a sin and crime), to be waterboarded. After all, they fume, Roeder may be part of a conspiracy to kill other doctors, so maybe we can save lives. Sound familiar? And yes, I know some wags are advocating waterboarding with tongue in cheek to lampoon Bush and Cheney, but there are others who are dead serious.

Proving once again that an aggressive foreign policy will blowback on our tradition of individual liberty -- just as Robert E. Lee predicted it would.

First, Muslims; next, maybe you

Steven Greenhut understands that the biggest threat to our freedom is not a bunch of goatherders in Iraq or Afghanistan, but the Monster in DC:

Isn't it time Americans defend everyone's civil liberties, not just the liberties of those on our side of the political spectrum? Can't we all realize that an excessively large and powerful federal government is a threat to everyone's liberties? Can't we unite at least in keeping a check on all federal law enforcement abuses, whether by Republican or Democratic administrations? Isn't it time for a broader alliance to protect civil liberties rather than the same tired partisanship?

Of course, my cynicism toward the feds and distrust of government authority no doubt makes me an extremist in the Obama administration's worldview. Maybe I better watch whom I talk to.

He's right -- if we let the central government get away with gutting what's left of the Bill of Rights, we'll all have to watch what we say. These days, authoritarian zealots dwell within the ranks of both the mainstream left and right. Those who fantasize shutting up and prosecuting either anti-war protest or "hate speech" aren't protecting anyone; they're only feeding the Monster.