The GOP’s Impending Great Betrayal, Part III

The new GOP Ways and Means Committee Chairman’s militant stand against unavoidable cuts in Social Security and Medicare, as we outlined in Part 2, can perhaps be chalked off to the greenhorn factor.

After all, he’s only been in Congress 10 years!

And what with all the fund-raising and trips back to the district, perhaps he has not had time to educate himself about the iron-clad facts of the looming bankruptcy of the trust funds and the related overall fiscal calamity heading our way.

But you can’t say that for the other three GOP perps we targeted in Part 1. Between them, they have 65 years on the public teat at the Federal and state level, led by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers. She’s the new chair person of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, who got on the public payroll right out of college in 1991 and has been collecting a stipend from the taxpayers ever since.

We pick on Rep. Rogers because she is a very senior Republican, former chairman of the GOP caucus in the US House and now heads the same Energy and Commerce Committee on which your editor served during the dark days of Jimmy Carter.

That bit of history is perhaps relevant here. The Carterites and much of official Washington back then said we had an “energy crisis” owing to “market failures” and that we therefore needed sweeping state regulatory interventions and deep tax and fiscal subsidies to ween the US economy from its “addiction” to imported oil, and to push homegrown synthetic fuels and “conservation” energy into the economy, whether consumers and businesses wanted it or not.

Of course, the whole predicate was plain humbug. There was no shortage of energy or market failure, but actually a shortage of free market adjustments, which had been thwarted by the bipartisan panic about oil imports after the short-lived and essentially inconsequential Arab-oil embargo of 1973.

In any event, we didn’t buy the predicate and did work assiduously to remove the statist regulatory and fiscal shackles that stood in the way of the time-tested truism. To wit, that the solution to the “high” energy prices and shortages of the late 1970s was, well, high prices…

David Stockman

White History Month

Maybe We Do Need a White History Month After All

Photo: Stephen Walker / Unsplash

William Spivey Feb 1, 2023 4 min read

It’d be a perfect opportunity to get real about the atrocities that have shaped America

  

Every February, when Black History Month comes around, like clockwork, a small percentage of people (you know which ones) take umbrage that Black people get a month to celebrate their history, and there is no White History Month to counterbalance it. I used to argue that white history is taught year-round and thus there is no need to dedicate a month to focus on it. But recently, my views have shifted.

I’ve come to a realization: Perhaps we do need a white history month—if not two or three. Truth is, a lot of white history has been left out of the books, and Americans of every color need to be aware. Stay with me, here.

Much of the white history we’ve been taught via public education is sugar-coated or omitted altogether. Let’s start at this country’s nascent days. George Washington, America’s first president, was rumored to have had wooden teeth. That is merely a myth. The truth is, some of the false teeth that comprised his dentures were taken from enslaved people—likely his own. Washington operated like every other enslaver of the time, authorizing beatings to maintain order and tearing apart families long before Donald Trump did the same.

Washington’s will stipulated if he died before his wife, Martha, the enslaved people he owned (as opposed to those she held) be freed after her death. Martha ended up freeing his slaves once she realized they had a great incentive to speed up her demise. She released them not from the goodness of her heart but due to fear for her life.

We know Thomas Jefferson owned slaves, most famously Sally Hemings, with whom he had a decades-long relationship as she bore his children. Let’s be clear that there’s no such thing as a consensual relationship between enslaved person and enslaver. Jefferson repeatedly raped her, although historians would never describe it that way. Many historians—and Jefferson’s descendants—denied the lineage of Hemings children, despite DNA evidence that supports the centuries-old belief.

Abraham Lincoln is credited with freeing enslaved people with the Emancipation Proclamation. Yet he only released the enslaved people in the states that seceded from the Union. He did that for two reasons: to inflict economic pain on the South and to keep France and Britain from siding with the South against the North because of those nations’ newfound aversion to slavery. Lincoln never considered himself an abolitionist. He repeatedly claimed that Black people were not socially equal to white people nor as intelligent. Given his druthers, he’d have sent all the slaves to Liberia or Central America and been rid of them.

Much of the white history we’ve been taught via public education is sugar-coated or omitted altogether.

There is so much white history purposefully unknown to most Americans that we must dedicate a month or more to its study. Then, perhaps more people would understand that the Electoral College, which gives additional power today to rural states with low populations, was initially intended to protect slave states and ensure more populated ones couldn’t outlaw slavery by the weight of their numbers. We’d know the rationale for the the Three-Fifths Compromise and the provision of the Constitution that allowed for the ending of the International Slave Trade no sooner than 1808. That prohibition had nothing to do with ending slavery; it was about the protectionism of the domestic slave trade, which led to one of the most heinous acts ever perpetrated in the world: slave breeding farms.

America has spent more time denying the existence of breeding farms—like those once based in Richmond, Virginia; and the Maryland Eastern Shore—than educating people about them. Farms whose populations were almost exclusively Black women were forced to have child after child that were ultimately shipped to Southern plantations to meet their needs. Some “benevolent” slaveowners offered the women their freedom after they bore at least 15 children. The fathers were often sent from nearby plantations, although the owners felt free to sample the wares whenever they chose.

The aforementioned Jefferson knew the value of a female enslaved person, though they may have never tilled the field or harvested a crop. He once stated: “I consider a woman who brings a child every two years as more profitable than the best man of the farm; what she produces is an addition to the capital, while his labors disappear in mere consumption.”

Many of the laws that exist today stem from slavery or its aftermath. The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, which prevented actions of federal troops on U.S. soil, was to ensure that federal troops never again protected the Black ex-slaves in the South. Their stationing allowed for the Reconstruction Era, while their removal brought Reconstruction to a swift end.

Even people who have heard of Juneteenth may not be aware of its entire history. Yes, it reflects the date Black people in Texas learned they were free, years after the Civil War ended. You won’t learn that the federal government was complicit in the delay so that one more cotton crop could be harvested. Texas history books would seem the appropriate place to look for an accurate telling of their history. Still, they would be told a tale of “American exceptionalism” that suggests slavery was a labor arrangement.

The Ocoee Massacre murdered or burned out the entire Black population of Ocoee, Florida, after two men tried to vote in the 1920 presidential election. There was a movie about a similar mass lynching in Rosewood, Florida—which happened just a few years after Ocoee—but you still hear almost nothing about it. During the Black Wall Street massacre, the Oklahoma National Guard bombed the Greenwood District of Tulsa by air, wiping out what had become the wealthiest Black community in America by 1921. The History Channel covered it in an extensive documentary titled Tulsa Burning: The 1921 Race Massacre. There’s much more—The Groveland Four, Emmett Till, the list goes on and on—but this 42-minute documentary would be an excellent place to begin commemorating white history month and truly understand what coursework so often omits. But of course, you’ll have to wait until March to do so.

Stop Arguing Over DeSantis vs. Trump — It Doesn’t Matter!

I hear people saying that because Trump lost in 2020, only DeSantis can beat the Communists in 2024. The faulty premise here is that we know for sure that Trump lost in 2020. NONE of the substantial evidence for fraud has been addressed anywhere in media, courts or government.

This isn’t about Trump vs. DeSantis. Personally, I would gladly take either. It’s about whether you can even hold an election when the people in charge of it are fraudsters and tyrants who merely want the pretense they hold office by the will of the people. Not that even the will of an authentic majority would excuse anything these monsters are doing.

A reader replies to me on Facebook:

Yes!!! Thank you!!! We must address the security of elections because does anyone honestly think they’re going to let DeSantis win?? Come on! No way!! Trump DID win!! Kari Lake just won too and the only reason Ron won in Florida was because he secured the heck out of our electoral system after 2020.

My reply to the reader:

I wonder if DeSantis is too smart to run. Why not create a republic of Florida, combine with Texas and other states to take on the psychopaths in D.C.? Just secede from the whole rotten mess.

Michael J. Hurd, Daily Dose of Reason

The Biggest Problem Facing America is its Own Government

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Gallup: the biggest problem facing America is its own government

JAZZ SHAW 2:31 PM on January 31, 2023

Gallup: the biggest problem facing America is its own government

AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

What is the “most important problem” facing the country today? That’s a question that Gallup regularly asks Americans and the most recent edition of that survey just dropped this week. You might imagine that crime, inflation, high prices, or the border crisis would be at the top of the list. To be sure, plenty of people cited those issues. But the number one problem on the list was “The Government/Poor Leadership.” More than one in five people (21%) chose that answer, a notable increase from the same survey conducted a few months earlier. So Joe Biden’s presidency continues to set new records, though not in the way anyone was hoping.

More Americans name the government as the nation’s top problem in Gallup’s latest poll, which encompassed the rocky start of the 118th Congress’ term. With high prices persisting, inflation remains the second most-cited problem (15%), and amid elevated tensions about the southern U.S. border, illegal immigration edged up three percentage points to 11%. Mentions of the economy in general fell six points, to 10%, the lowest reading in a year.

The poll’s Jan. 2-22 field period included the four-day, 15-vote process in which Republicans, who now hold a slim majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, ultimately elected Kevin McCarthy to be Speaker of the House. Revelations about classified government documents from 2009 to 2017 found in President Joe Biden’s private office and home also surfaced while the poll was in the field.

The  four issues receiving double-digit mentions were the government, inflation, immigration, and “the economy in general.” You probably won’t be surprised to learn which issues fell much further down the list. Racism and homelessness were cited by five percent of respondents each. Crime and “ethical/moral/family decline” each received four percent.

If you look at page 6 of the crosstabs, you can view the full range of choices that were offered in terms of people’s priorities when it comes to addressing problems. The bottom of the list is quite revealing. The situation with Russia (and presumably Ukraine) was cited by one percent. Guns and gun control were similarly selected by a single percent. Election reform garnered two percent, while climate change received three percent.

Then we come to a collection that includes the coronavirus, police brutality, LGBT rights, China, and Afghanistan. What do they all have in common? They scored zero. Zilch. Nada. Nobody listed any of those issues at or near the top of their list of priorities.

All of this says quite a bit about the current state of the country. We have a lot of people in charge of the government and the vast majority of the media voters consume who clearly believe that the most pressing issues in America involve making sure that boys have access to the girls’ showers or taking away your guns and your gasoline-powered cars. But in reality, those things are the priorities of only a tiny, but highly vocal minority of rabble-rousers. Virtually nobody feels that “saving Ukraine” is a priority while more than ten percent were most worried about the flood of illegal aliens coming in over our southern border. But what is the White House prioritizing? The exact opposite.

And yet, last November a majority of people decided to send the same clown car occupants back to Washington to maintain control. And the legacy media continues to cheer them on. It’s enough to make you want to scream.

A Bit of Good News

The neoconservative attack on Russia and China has a silver lining. It has killed Globalism. Russia and China and the countries dependent on Russian energy and Chinese goods and financing have been cut off from the WEF’s effort to unify the world under US hegemony. Globalism was never anything but a way for Washington to exploit the rest of the world. As Ms. Blinova says, the World Economic Forum is an elite club that intended to dictate Washington’s rules to the rest of the world. Washington would rule under the guise of “globalism.”

Klaus Schwab, in his 80s will soon be gone and the WEF with him. Bill Gates might try to keep the WEF going for his own sick agenda, but today the US is a considerably smaller force on the world scene than it was during the Reagan presidency.

Washington is such an inbred system that the consequence is stupidity. People capable of thinking outside of official narratives are simply not accepted. It is no longer possible for leadership based in objective reality to take hold in Washington.

In the US all of the elements necessary for a free society have been dismantled. Law has moved from Congress to executive branch regulatory agencies who decide the regulations that implement the law. Judges are appointed for the causes they serve–for example, abortion or right to life–and not for their knowledge of law and commitment to Constitutional rule. The security agencies are politicized and serve vested interests instead of our country’s security. Education consists of anti-white, anti-American indoctrination such as the 1619 Project and Critical Race Theory. The US school system, including the universities, teaches the young that white people are racists guilty of oppressing “people of color.”

In the face of this ruling dogma, the neoconservatives’ claim that America, like Israel, is the chosen country, both exceptional and indispensable–God’s Chosen People–lacks support in the indoctrinated youth. Clearly, the neoconservative claims are inconsistent with the education that the young are receiving.

How does a country go to war, as the neoconservatives intend, with economically and militarily powerful countries such as Russia and China when the country’s educational system teaches the younger generations that their country is racist to the point of evil? Who is going to fight for racist, exploitative America other than the military/security complex whose budget is at stake? People can be coerced into military service, but if their heart is not in it, how much of a fight are they capable of?

With sensitivity training, denial of promotion to white heterosexuals while gender and race “parity” is achieved, and the subordination of white male heterosexuals to black, transgendered, homosexual and female officers has taken the soul out of the US military. The US military is an organization divided by Identity Politics instead of a unified force and now faces two rising powers that have escaped demoralization of their armies by woke politics.

The Russians and Chinese are growing stronger while ruin shows its head everywhere in the West. The infrastructure to support Washington’s “diplomacy by coercion” is eroding. The collapse of Western dominance might save us from nuclear Armageddon.

Paul Craig Roberts

It’s Not a Tyrant — It’s the Scene of an Accident

This is not the face of a tyrant — a Hitler, a Napoleon, or a Stalin. Do not flatter it. This is the face you see when the Hitler or Stalin has already defeated you. This could never hold any power, influence or authority unless you — its victim — hadn’t already defaulted on your own responsibility to preserve your freedom, your dignity and virtue.

This isn’t the scene of totalitarianism, of which you’re a victim. This is the scene of a tragic accident. If you actually support this travesty, then you are the cause of the disaster. This is the face of the ridiculous puppet of an occupier — mocking your error, and your weakness.

Michael J. Hurd, Daily Dose of Reason

The Real Terrorists are in Washington, D.C.

Domestic terrorism: When a gang of mobsters and thugs locks down people for 2 years; shoves masks on their faces; forcibly injects them with experimental drugs; threatens to disarm them while simultaneously removing police protection; then enlists federal police to investigate or even storm their homes for alleged misdemeanor charges (or no charges); allies itself with multibillionaire tech oligarchs to censor free speech without even having the guts to pass a law; fixes elections via subjective mail-in voting on the pretext that someone might get a cold … and then has the audacity to call anyone who complains a domestic terrorist.

Who are the real domestic terrorists?

Michael J. Hurd, Daily Dose of Reason

End the Welfare-Warfare State

By any measure, the conversion of America to a welfare-warfare state has been a disaster. It is time to end this deadly and destructive political and economic experiment. Consider some examples:

1. After embroiling America in forever wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, and other parts of the world, the Pentagon has succeeded in getting us closer to nuclear war since 1962, when it did the same in the run-up to the Cuban Missile Crisis. 

2. America’s socialist system of immigration controls has brought nothing but death, destruction of liberty, perpetual crisis and chaos along the border, and an immigration police state to the borderlands. 

3. Social Security has destroyed traditional family values and has inculcated a sense of helpless dependency on the government among seniors.

4. Medicare succeeded in destroying the finest healthcare system in history and is the root cause of America’s ongoing, perpetual healthcare crisis.

5. Governmental measures to combat Covid-19 threw countless American businesses into bankruptcy and fundamentally altered life in America.

6. The Federal Reserve has destroyed what was once the finest monetary system in history, one that was based on gold coins and silver coins, as required by the Constitution.

7. The war on drugs has brought nothing but death, violence, corruption, and destruction of civil liberties and privacy, not to mention the fact that it is the most racially bigoted government program since segregation.

8. The war on poverty has ended up putting more people into poverty, especially with its massive confiscation of income, savings, and productive capital and its inflationary debauchery.

9. The regulated economy, including minimum-wage laws and occupational-licensure laws, has harmed people at all levels of society, but especially the poor.

10. Governmental control of education has destroyed people’s natural love of learning and produced a nation of deferential citizens who swallow whatever propaganda the Pentagon, the CIA, and the NSA dole out. 

11. The national-security establishment has inculcated a mindset of patriotic deference to its omnipotent power and wisdom, especially with respect to foreign affairs.

12. The “war on terrorism” racket has destroyed our rights, liberties, and privacy, in the name of keeping us “safe” from the terrorists that the federal government’s interventionist foreign policy produces.

13. Governmental embargoes, sanctions, and trade wars have not only engendered enmity abroad for Americans, they also have destroyed the economic liberty of the American people here at home, not to mention that they have also reduced our standard of living.

14. Americans have been inculcated with the false notion that welfare-state programs, enforced by the IRS and faceless welfare bureaucrats, show how compassionate and generous Americans are.

15. Americans have been inculcated with the false notion that the more people the Pentagon and the CIA kill abroad, the safer American are here at home.

16. The welfare state has produced out-of-control spending, debt, and monetary debauchery, which now threaten the nation with bankruptcy.

17. The welfare-warfare state has brought into existence an aberrant, dysfunctional society, one characterized by daily mass killings. 

There are those who still believe that the welfare-warfare state way of life can be reformed and fixed. They are deluded. The welfare-warfare state is an inherently defective governmental system. It can never be fixed or reformed. It will continue to bring us death, impoverishment, moral decay, and the destruction of our rights, liberties, and privacy.

It is time for the American people to do some serious soul-searching, especially before the Pentagon succeeds in getting us into a nuclear war with Russia, China, or both. It is time to acknowledge that it was a horrific mistake to adopt the welfare-warfare state way of life. It is time to restore the good, sound founding principles of our nation and get America back on the right track — toward liberty, peace, prosperity, charity, and harmony with the people of the world.

Reprinted with permission from The Future of Freedom Foundation.

Is Today’s Federal Government Even Still Constitutional?

America was supposed to be about freedom. In the beginning, that was fairly easy. America was mostly a wilderness. It’s not that life in a wilderness is easy. It’s just that government is mostly beside the point, when you’re just a wilderness. As the colonies began to settle, there was more civilization, surrounded by wilderness. Government had to be, by definition, small and limited. The economy wasn’t that huge, so the government couldn’t be huge, either.

America ended up being very successful. Freedom breeds prosperity; people still don’t understand this, and the American experience has not taught them yet. The economy of America became huge. Because the economy was so strong and people’s love of liberty was so strong, the military became strong and capable, too. The military tended to mirror the government. When the government was more about protecting liberty than about domination, the military tended to be the same way. This peaked at the end of World War II, in the 1940s. As the government became more and more concerned with domination — i.e. one pressure group winning over another, and all pressure groups winning over the liberty of the individual — then the military’s goals changed, as well. That’s how we got first Korea, then Vietnam, and then endless wars in the Middle East and now Ukraine with no known purpose other than to feed the bank accounts of the people who profit from them (brazenly and with almost no pretense, now with Ukraine).

The bottom line is this: The American federal government is no longer about protecting liberty. Not one bit. Show me ANY major evidence to the contrary, about the federal government. It’s ALL about domination. It’s never about choice, and it’s never about upholding the freedom of the individual. Whether the federal government is arresting peaceful protestors who dispute election results — under the guise of “insurrection” for which the government presents no evidence and doesn’t even feel a need to do so; or whether the government is outlawing gas cars and gas stoves; or whether the government is pressuring Facebook and Twitter behind the scenes to censor posts and speech critical of the government; or whether the federal government is using its funds to teach only one point-of-view (the government’s) at universities and in elementary and secondary schools, intimidating and throttling anyone who disagrees; or whether the government is threatening to ban guns for self-protection while, at the same time, releasing child molesters, rapists and murderers; or whether the federal government is ignoring its own immigration laws and letting in people they believe will become political constituents by making them immediate and (they hope) permanent wards of the state via government benefits; on and on and on. No matter what the federal government now does, it has NOTHING to do with the protection of individual rights (not even nominally, not anymore) and EVERYTHING to do with domination.

Freedom is not domination. The two are polar opposites, in fact. When a government becomes all about domination, it’s just as much the enemy of the people as the criminals whom the previous, rights-respecting government used to protect us from. In the 1940s, the federal government acted to protect us from Hitler. Today, its policies are increasingly similar to those of Hitler or Stalin. Just look at the FBI and CDC, if you don’t believe me. The government IS the problem now — our own federal government, more than anyone else in the world.

Increasingly, this will be the issue facing millions and millions more Americans. Because right now many are complacent (“it can’t happen here”) and many even enjoy watching the government domination (i.e, violating the individual rights of) people whom they dislike (pretty much any hardcore Democrat or leftist is delighted by the advance of totalitarianism). But eventually it will come around to them, at least to most of them, because unless you’re a billionaire AND are politically connected, you won’t be able to fend off the dominating forces of what is now a ruthless, amoral and completely unconsitutional, antirepublican gang of mobsters we still insist on calling a government.

Michael J. Hurd, Daily Dose of Reason