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

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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

James at 15….Dead at 62

Lance Kerwin is dead, at only 62. If you’re old enough to remember the TV show “James at 15” from the late 1970s, you’ll probably remember it was a cultural jolt at the time, because it addressed teenage sex.

Have you noticed a pattern with these shocking, unexplained deaths? In one form or another the media keeps saying, “Everyone is shocked at the death, as there were no symptoms of illness noticed. No further details are available, and the family has requested that we don’t bother them at this time.” Before the last year or two, when did the media EVER respect this perfectly understandable wish of grieving families?

The growing number of these inexplicable deaths at ages like 62, or 35, or 28, or 49 does not — by itself — prove any specific thing, I realize. But it certainly warrants some investigative research and reporting. And we KNOW that’s never going to happen.

If you think that these dishonest, insensitive, utterly corrupt media organizations like CNN, MSN and ABC/NBC/CBS really care one TINY bit about respecting the wishes of grieving families, you probably voted for Biden (and will again).

Michael J. Hurd, Daily Dose of Reason