Friday, April 19, 2019

REAL “Child Separations”

By Dr. Ed DeVries

I live to expose the hypocrisy of the left. As a result, many are angry at me all the time. In the last two months, however, I have genuinely invoked the full-force of their collective wrath. How? By simply using my editorials and radio show to expose the fact that there is absolutely no difference between the border separations resulting from the President’s “zero tolerance” policy that separates children from their parents at the Mexican border, and the “Child Protection” and “Foster Care” systems in the United States.

I just can’t figure out why the same people who go berserk over 2,000 incidents -- where the children of illegals are separated from their parents at the border – don’t utter a peep when states separate almost 300,000 children from their AMERICAN parents each year.

An endless parade of actors and other phonies constantly hector us on TV that it’s immoral to separate a child from its mother: Yet, they are oblivious to the fact that the laws in many states permit the theft of nearly a third of a million children from their parents each year. Many of these laws were enacted by the same liberal politicians who now tell us that it is “immoral” to separate kids from their parents.

While the separations at the border are unfortunate, the criminal activity of their alien parents have left the Trump administration with no other recourse. And the sad reality is that these illegal alien parents are essentially using their own children (or imposters) as “accessories” in the commission of their crimes.

Also, while the procedures and facilities used by the Administration to effect separation at the border are published and scrutinized by the media, the same leftists go to great lengths to shield the practices of state “Child Protective” agencies from similar public exposure, knowing that those agencies target AMERICAN children and families for much less humane treatment.

On June 1st, 2018, Texas Lt. Gov, Dan Patrick, went so far as to admit the same when he told the HOUSTON CHRONICLE"And in terms of family issues, we do that with child protective services and social services in our country, where we find a child in a dangerous situation— so the left is trying to make a bigger issue out of this because they want an open border."

In light of all this controversy surrounding child separations at the border -- from both left and the right -- why aren’t state “Child Welfare” and “Protection” systems getting the scrutiny and exposure that they long deserve?

While there are several family separations occurring at the border of Lt. Gov. Patrick’s state of Texas and neighboring Mexico, a greater number of separations occur at the border of California and Mexico. This is because most would-be aliens believe that they will fare better in liberal California than in mistakenly “conservative” Texas.

Cathy Senderling-McDonald -- deputy executive director of the California County Welfare Directors Association -- says that in her state, “There are required court hearings, with court-appointed lawyers, that begin no later than two court days after a child is removed from their parents. A petition must be filed at that time or the child is returned to the parents. Abuse and neglect on the part of the parents must be substantiated in court for the child to be in our system.”

Of course, this would lead us to assume that parents are receiving due process, including court hearings where the rules of evidence are followed, and, where the parents are allowed to have legal counsel.  But such is NOT the case in many so-called “child welfare” cases, where there is absolutely NO due process to protect children or their parents.

Often, the “child welfare” case workers have already taken the children without a lawful court hearing. This is easily accomplished, since they have the discretion to declare any situation an “emergency,” after which they can immediately remove the children from parental custody on the spot. If the parents resist, the social worker simply calls the police who will amuse themselves by having yet another opportunity to play the role of “mafia enforcer.”  

More often than not, lawfully prescribed court hearings do not come before the fact, they come after it. And to help clarify the legal mumbo jumbo, two “court days” usually means at least four or five calendar days and sometimes longer.

While that may seem like a short stay in State custody or “foster care,” it is long enough to emotionally scar a child for life. For very small children it is quite traumatizing to see force used against their parents and then be taken away by strangers. In itself, that scenario is usually a far greater instance of abuse than whatever neglect any parent had been accused of.

Separating the child from its parents before the hearing severely disadvantages the parents and benefits the government. Then, to complicate matters, parents are often discouraged from hiring an attorney, or told that doing so will jeopardize their chances of seeing their children. (Did I fail to mention that most government agents are very convincing and expert liars?)

Moreover, if the family is permitted to retain an attorney, it is almost always a public defender or “Legal Aid” attorney (i.e., some guy who barely graduated from a Night School Correspondence College of Law,) who literally meets his clients for five minutes before the hearing and then makes the identical pleading for every “client,” regardless of circumstances.

Those who assume that allegations of “abuse” must be substantiated are simply not familiar with the process. Child protection hearings are always held in a civil court -- not criminal -- so as to avoid the requirement for strict legal standards and traditional rules of evidence.

Traditional legal standards such as “beyond a reasonable doubt” or “clear and convincing” evidence do not apply in these “civil” proceedings. Agency caseworkers are allowed to get away with nebulous standards such as “a preponderance of the evidence,” or more realistically, the “because I say so” standard of justice.   

Finally, presiding over the whole shenanigan is a “judge” who normally hears civil cases. If he must run for reelection, he knows that if harm should befall a child he reunites with its parents, the bad publicity could cost him reelection. So there is an incentive to simply rubber-stamp the agency’s findings and keep the child in foster care. This is true even when the agency fails to make a case and even when he knows the children will be harmed by the system. This is the wisest course for the judge, and many judges have admitted to it.

In John 3:19-20 our Lord said that, “this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.”

This is why in most states these “child protection” hearings are more secret than a FISA Court proceeding, with severe criminal penalties for anyone -- especially a parent or attorney -- who would dare attempt to expose the process. To my knowledge, the only judges ever impeached in the State of Texas were targeted for daring to question the State’s “Child Protective Services.”

Let me put this another way, if you or your family found yourself in legal jeopardy, would you say: “Just give me a public defender who has no real time for my case and try me in a kangaroo court that can convict me on uncorroborated hearsay in a secret trial”? Or would you insist on your right to “due process”?  

So while Cathy McDonald and her ilk argue that the foster care system is not a place“where the children are pulled away from their parents and placed into warehouses with thin blankets, chain link fences and only each other for comfort,” the reality is that the “Child Protection” gestapos are traumatizing over 100 times as many children as those recently separated from their parents by Border Patrol agents.

And unlike the Border Patrol agents, who have had a crisis thrust upon them, the so-called child “protectors” actively seek out hundreds of thousands of AMERICAN kids, making sure to increase the number every year so as to justify their agencies existence and increase its funding.

And rather than placing them in temporary shelters, they rip their young victims away from their parents and place them in institutions where abuse is well documented, a fact that leads us to ask how much more abuse goes undocumented?

If that’s not bad enough, they literally drug the kids with dangerous psychiatric medication. And the “Child Protection” agencies will keep their kids in a custody far worse than prison and far longer than the Border Patrol keeps kids in it’s custody. Worse, the Border patrol often turns the kids in their custody over to the real child abusers, i.e. the “Foster Care” bureaucracy.

Even if one accepts that the intent of “child protection” and “foster care” is to serve the best interests of the children, that does not in any way change the result. And that horrible result is perhaps the ONLY thing that the two situations -- separating children at the border and separating them for “child protection” -- have in common. A connection that the media, the politicians, and the “foster care” apologists are  desperate to ignore.

Whether the child is ripped from his mother or father’s arms by a border patrol agent or a policeman at the request of a “Child Protective Services” worker, the tears are the same and the trauma is the same.

My prayer is that what happens on the border will be a wake-up call for patriotic Americans. Would to God, the next time President Trump is called a monster for tearing children from their parents at the border he simply use his bully pulpit to tell us all who the real monsters are and why. President Trump by the way has the power to commute the sentances of millions of Americas kids imprisoned within the “system.” The liberals on the other hand are hoping that we all just change the channel.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Oppose the Equality Act, H.R. 5 & S. 788

On March 13, Democrats introduced the Equality Act,H.R. 5 in the House and S. 788in the Senate, “To prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation, and for other purposes.” As of April 16, H.R. 5 has 240 cosponsors and S. 788 has 46 cosponsors.

Here's how Alex Newman described this legislation in “‘Equality Act’ Seeks Federal Persecution of Christians,” March 26, 2019,TheNewAmerican.com

 
Democrats in Congress are pushing ‘equality’ legislation that critics say would criminalize Christianity, Islam, and Judaism by forcing virtually every institution in society — including religious institutions — to hire, serve, and promote homosexuals and individuals confused about their gender. A number of analysts have warned that by enshrining ‘sexual orientation’ in the statute, even pedophilia and pederasty could be protected. In the House of Representatives, Democrats already have more than enough co-sponsors to pass the bill. And in the Senate, they are getting very close. But a massive coalition of critics from across the political spectrum and a broad array of religious traditions is rising up to stop it before it is too late....
 
In the end, the Equality Act is unconstitutional on its face. The federal government has no power to force anyone — much less everyone — to bow down to its radical anti-Christian ideology. And in fact, multiple provisions of the Constitution, including the First Amendment and the 10th Amendment, specifically prohibit the sort of lunacy envisioned in this legislation. Americans who value liberty and Christian civilization must recognize that everything they cherish is on the line. It is time to speak out, or be crushed by the oncoming freight train.
 
Alex has also written a followup article, "Citing 'Equality' Act, Black Pastor Warns That Congressional Black Caucus and NAACP Are 'More dangerous Than KKK.'"

Please take action by contacting your representative (202-225-3121), senators (202-224-3121), and President Trump (202-456-1111) by phone and email in opposition to H.R. 5 and S. 788. Remind them that the First Amendment says: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...." Then tell them that the Equality Act infringes on our precious freedom of religion as stated in the First Amendment. 

It’s important to let Trump know how you feel, because if both houses pass this legislation, Trump will have the opportunity to veto it.

Thanks.

Thursday, July 05, 2018

THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE (1776)

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.-That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, -That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.-Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:
Georgia: Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton
North Carolina: William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn
South Carolina: Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton
Massachusetts: John Hancock
Maryland: Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia: George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton
Pennsylvania: Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross
Delaware: Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean
New York: William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris
New Jersey: Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark
New Hampshire: Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple
Massachusetts: Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island: Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery
Connecticut: Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott
New Hampshire: Matthew Thornton

Sunday, May 20, 2018

TO STOP A KILLER YOU HAVE TO THINK LIKE A KILLER

Okay, so now we've got another Texas school shooter who used a handgun and a shotgun to kill or maim 23 people, including a wounded school resource officer and two teachers.

In this case, the brat was angry at a little girl who repeatedly rejected his romantic advances to the point she had to reject him loudly and openly in front of other students because the little asshole wouldn't take, "NO", for an answer.  He killed her first before turning his attention on anyone else he deemed to dislike him.

In all of these cases, the killers had a reason to kill, at least in their tiny little minds, so any attempt to identify a potential threat before a tragedy unfolds has proved to be in vain.  So let's get over the mental health bullshit and recognize the obvious:  People kill for any number of reasons, we cannot identify them beforehand and thinking we can fine-tune that effort will be met with continued failure and more attacks.

First, we have to identify the problem:  That is the fact most public schools still have not been hardened to discourage such attacks.  There is a call for metal detectors, but that will work just as well as it works for airports:  The terrorists can't get into the boarding area anymore, but they do have a generous supply of victims standing outside being screened, so what do the terrorists do?  they bomb and attack the line of victims waiting to be screened!

If you want to stop killers, you have to start thinking like a killer.  What would I do if I was so inclined?  I'd wait for the line of students to back up waiting for the metal detector and I'd slaughter them outside like sitting ducks.  That's how damned stupid these metal detector people are.  And trying to prevent some little maggot from getting a gun in a nation of 300,000,000 guns isn't even a cogent thought.

The first thing you do at a school is you allow ingress and egress at one point, and you don't allow, "open campuses", ever, because that allows students to come & go at lunchtime and break time or any other time.  When the students arrive at a public school, they need to be kept there until it is time to leave for the day.  The next thing you do is make sure enough teachers are packing concealed guns so they can converge on that one point of ingress instead of trying to figure out where the shooter is.

The latest school shooting had two resource officers, and at least one was wounded attempting to stop the shooter.  Why?  Because they were easily identifiable and the killer knew who they were, so he took at least one of them out right away.  But when the teachers are armed with concealed guns and shots ring out, the teachers know exactly where the ingress point is, and chances are that an armed teacher will still be able to stop the killer if he comes to their classroom.

Sure, there will still be some deaths and maimings no matter how many teachers are armed, but not to the extent that 23 kids, teachers and resource officers get shot with little resistance, and remember that these killers want the most bang for their buck.

Lastly, if you are a parent with school aged kids, get them the Hell out of Public School.  Use the many resources now available online to home-school your kids, and they won't be sitting ducks for some other parent's problem.  Further, your kids are now being indoctrinated into Liberal Socialist maggots by teachers who are more interested in imposing their ideology on YOUR children than they are in educating them, and the same is true of most college professors who have tenure and cannot be removed unless they get caught on videotape raping some kid on their desktop.

It is no secret that Liberals have chosen the public school and college environment to control and indoctrinate our future citizens to believe Capitalism is inherently evil and that Socialism is inherently good and, "fair".  That is why we have a Federal Department of Education, which is wholly unconstitutional and should be disbanded immediately, because, just like the Federal Highway System that can withhold funds from states that do not obey their new speed laws, the Department of Education can do the same to schools.  The Federal Department of Education can demand the students be taught certain things that have nothing whatsoever to do with basic education needs, like sex education, forcing the kids to view LBGT perversions as normal and encouraging abortion because students are just farm animals who cannot control their sexual urges.  The public schools reject teaching any form of Christianity, let alone God's code of morality, the Ten Commandments, so what did we expect?.

It only took a relatively few years to get God and his message out of public schools, and now that no Christian beliefs are allowed to be taught or even discussed there, we have a bunch of potential killers who have no fear of the Hell that awaits them for their actions, because they don't believe in such, "nonsense".  I had problems with bullies too, but it never occurred to me to take my Dad's gun to school and kill them!  Today, we have students who regard murder as a way to solve their people problems, and why?  It is because when there is no God, everything is permissible.  Everything they do can be rationalized in their minds, and when you don't think there are any afterlife consequences for the actions you take, you take them!

It's not rocket science why we are seeing these tragedies unfold more and more often, and these anti-American and anti-Christian Liberals who have taken control of our education system are entirely to blame for it.

Carl F. Worden
wolfeyes00@gmail.com 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Syria, Gas, and Neocon Warmongers

Nelson Hultberg   
 
The war drums are beating loudly. The pundits are screaming ferociously. The neocons are howling that, "We must attack Syria. The recent gas attacks prove that we are dealing with an animal in Bashar al-Assad. No moral person or country can tolerate such horrific attacks."
 
But did Assad order such attacks? Would he take such an insane step when he is on the verge of winning the war against rebel troops? Right after Trump has declared that the U.S. and its anti-Assad forces are preparing to pull out of Syria? Of course not. 
 
Whatever one may say about Assad, he's not stupid. He knows that American presence threatens his regime. He knows that American neocon policy is geared to remove him from power. Why would he do something that would reinvigorate America's desire to remove him? Why would he bring Trump back into the war? The answer is that he wouldn't? But the neocons think the American people are so stupid that they will believe Assad has gassed his own people right on the eve of winning the war against ICIS and the rebel forces.
 
This recent gas attack is so clearly a "false flag" attack on the part of anti-Assad rebels because they know that America's presence is vital to their cause. They are on the verge of defeat, but lo and behold, there is always the "false flag attack" to goad Americans back into support for their fight.
 
Such strategy is not new. It has been part of wars for thousands of years. Create a false flag attack to make it easy to justify an invasion, a major bombing strike, an intervention of some kind, etc. The world will fall for it and not blame you for your attack because you have been "victimized," or you are merely helping those who have been "victimized." The problem is that only perceptive people realize the treachery involved. The great majority of the world's citizens fall for such a war tactic every time. Wars are extended and exacerbated all the time because of such strategic moves by power lusting people.
 
The rebels have a motive to create such a gas attack because they are on the verge of defeat, and the neocons have a motive to believe such an attack (or at least pretend that they do) because they want American forces to take Assad out. They've been desirous of such a goal for many years now. It is all part of their "benevolent global hegemony" that they have been pursuing for the past 25 years.
 
Rational thinkers in the freedom movement know that the world is a ruthless, often primitive, and irrational assortment of national regimes that simply do not understand the principles of freedom. This is why Jefferson and the Founders urged upon us a foreign policy of "independence" from foreign wars. Stay out of the conflicts of the old world, they said to American patriots. Take care of our own nation. Lead by building a shinning light of liberty here at home. Make ourselves an example of freedom and justice, and the rest of the world will eventually come to our way of doing things.
 
In other words, don't go abroad in search of dragons to slay. Don't try to bend other nations to our will with the butt ends of our rifles. Don't try to police the world; it's always been a swamp of idiocy and cruelty, and our interventions into its conflicts can only bleed us of vital wealth and young lives. Leave people alone. Pursue truth, freedom and equal rights within our borders, and our resultant prosperity and happiness will convert the world into like philosophical approaches.
 
The Beginning of Interventionism
 
Unfortunately we have not lived up to the vision of Jefferson and our Founders. We have become over the past 120 years relentless "interventionists" under the guise that our national security is at stake, or morality compels us to intervene into helpless primitives' lives, or the world must be "stablized", and only American power can accomplish such stability, or the most recent neocon policy of "benevolent global hegemony" must be pursued.
 
From 1787 to 1898, American foreign policy was based on maintaining a powerful military to use only when we are under attack, or if our national security and survival are at stake in some foreign affair. Our intervention to help Cuba win its independence from Spain under the McKinley administration did not really fit that rule. Since then the sanity of the Founders' vision of independence from other nations' conflicts has been discarded in favor of muscularly intervening into those conflicts.
 
What did our intervention into WW I in 1917 gain us? It got us 116,708 Americans dead, and over 204,000 wounded. Yet our security and survival were not at stake. 
Obviously we had to fight WW II; we were attacked. But was our intervention into Korea, resulting in 36,914 deaths and 103,284 wounded, a necessary intervention? Was American security and survival being threatened? Not really.
What did our intervention in Vietnam get for us? Disaster with 58,220 Americans killed, 304,000 wounded, and the loss of Vietnam to communism anyway. What have our interventions since the fall of the USSR into Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Ukraine brought us? Billions of dollars lost, thousands of American lives lost or wounded, and still a chaotic, tyrannical Mideast with Ukraine split between Ukrainian loyalists and Russian loyalists.  
 
Toward a Rational Foreign Policy
 
Trying to fight other people's wars and save other people's misguided regimes is not a rational way to conduct a foreign policy. Far more often than not, it brings about a worse state of affairs than what had prevailed before (and thus needless deaths). We need to get back to America First. Take care of our own. End "benevolent global hegemony" now before it ends us.
 
It appears that Trump understood this when he was campaigning, but has now lost his grasp of it in face of the neocon warmongers. The Pentagon-CIA-NSA complex is a powerfully persuasive set of institutions. They have converted every contrary president for 58 years to their worldview, and the one they couldn't convert, John F. Kennedy, they killed. (See my review of JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters, by James W. Douglas). 
 
The insanity of our intervention into Syria has the potential of starting World War III with Russia. The problems of Syrians in this horrific conflict are certainly heartbreaking, but the world is filled with heartbreaking conflicts. It always has been, and will be, I'm sure, for many thousands of years into the future. We cannot be the world's policeman.
 
For some rational analysis of the Syrian "false flag attack," see the following:
 
https://www.rt.com/news/423627-russian-military-checks-chemical-douma/
 
 
Also here are some examples of contemporary "false flag attacks":
                                              
 
 
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Nelson Hultberg is a freelance writer in Dallas, TX and Director of Americans for a Free Republic www.afr.org. A graduate of Beloit College in Wisconsin, his articles have appeared in such publications as The American Conservative, Insight, Liberty, The Freeman, The Dallas Morning News, and the San Antonio Express-News, as well as on numerous Internet sites. He is the author of The Golden Mean: Libertarian Politics, Conservative Values. Email: NelsonHultberg@afr.org

Friday, January 05, 2018

TRUMP VS. THE SWAMP (?) -- YEAR TWO

Just over a year ago, the United States' two-party duopoly gave Americans a "choice" between the two must unelectable candidates in recent memory. But one of them had to win: and the reason why it was an egomaniacal Reality TV personality and serial bankrupt rather than the even more loathsome (and certainly more corrupt) former first lady, senator and Secretary of State was due to the former selling himself as the true outsider. A billionaire not "owned" by anyone (unlike his opponent, who has sold and re-mortgaged herself umpteen times.) A man who would "drain the swamp."

As we enter Year two of the most improbable presidency in a very long time, the romanticized view of President Donald J. Trump has in numerous ways had to reckon with reality. One of the best (and most unabashedly pro-Trump) cartoonists in the land, Ben Garrison, whose GREAT work on many a subject can be found at https://grrrgraphics.com/, summed up the struggle nicely a while back in (a) cartoon. And despite (or perhaps because of) the media and Establishment onslaught that never goes away against the 45th president, the great majority of those who voted for Trump remain loyal, and steadfast in their belief that at least Trump would try his best to truly shake up government and drain that swamp.

But the reality is that--like former President Ronald Reagan--Trump's speeches and what idealism he seems to possess have similarly become victim to that very swamp. In the above cartoon it was a lonely Steve Bannon who was attempting to pull Trump away from the swamp creatures. The National Investor – Jan. 3, 2018 https://nationalinvestor.com/ 2 He--and America--lost that battle. Wall Street and the "swamp" arguably won. As one pro-market and somewhat ant-Trump pundit happily put it a while back, "The departure of Steve Bannon (former White House chief strategist) is a positive story because it means that on economic issues, 'the Goldman Sachs faction' has won: Steve Mnuchin (Treasury Secretary), Gary Cohn (Trump’s chief economic advisor) and other Goldman alumni in the administration will dominate. So, in Wall Street’s eyes, the good guys have won."

That has turned out to be true where foreign policy and the security/military Deep State are concerned as well; they have largely co-opted Trump. As I have said all along, the strongest point about Trump to me is that he--as a candidate for president--often eloquently channeled the sentiments of former President John Quincy Adams who once famously described an independent America as a nation which ". . .goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. She will commend the general cause by the countenance of her voice , and the benignant sympathy of her example." Candidate Trump properly excoriated both Republican and Democrat predecessors alike for the waste of trillions of dollars and countless innocent lives; and basically screwing up everything this country (more accurately, its Deep State rulers, military-industrial complex and neocon Establishment) has touched for quite a while now.

But as president, Trump has done almost nothing to change things. So much has he been coopted by the Cheneyesque folks in Washington that even such war mongers/ "nation building" advocates as Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-GA) have gone from loathing Trump to fawning over him with their approval of his bravado in threatening half the world. I'll have more to say about a few of those subjects in the issue immediately following this one.

One thing is for certain: thus far, the attacks on the president by the Establishment news media and a still-stunned political establishment in Washington certainly have not cramped his style. Far from it. Whatever our views of various elements of policy, it is on one level enjoyable to see Trump give back to these sorts as good as (usually better than) he gets. Clearly, the man thoroughly enjoys the fight.

At least for public consumption, Trump seems even fairly nonplussed over the ongoing Mueller investigation. By most present The National Investor – Jan. 3, 2018 https://nationalinvestor.com/ 3 appearances, the kind of "collusion" that Trump's half-crazed "The Russians Are Coming!" detractors thought might manifest itself remains nowhere to be found. Between that and the Democrat Party's relative inability to do much more than the G.O.P. did with Barack Obama--just resist, and often hysterically so, for the mere sake of doing so--we will probably get through another year with the Trump haters' hopes of impeachable offenses being uncovered dashed.

Chris Temple
The National Investor

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

STEVE BANNON TO DELIVER KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT THE REMEMBRANCE PROJECT’S LUNCHEON IN D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Maria Espinoza, Co-founder and National Director of The Remembrance Project, announced that Stephen K. Bannon will be the keynote speaker at her 2017 Remembrance Luncheon to be held at the Willard Intercontinental in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, November 4, 2017. The organization’s first conference and luncheon, held in Houston, Texas, in 2016 featured now-President Donald Trump as its keynote speaker. 

In a December 2015 interview with Ms. Espinoza on Breitbart News Daily radio, Bannon praised Espinoza’s grassroots primary challenge of Texas moderate Republican John Culberson, saying, “This is the beginning of the counter-revolution.” Bannon continued, “Maria Espinoza is a good woman. She has fought the fight consistently with her back against the wall to represent victims who got murdered by people who should never have been in this country…it’s people like Maria we have to have the back of.” 

Mr. Bannon, a former Naval officer and veteran, was CEO of Donald Trump’s 2016 Presidential campaign, playing a pivotal role in the successful and stunning November 2016 Trump election victory. Once inaugurated, Trump appointed Bannon as his White House Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor, positions he held until August 18, 2017, when he resigned and returned to Breitbart News as its executive chairman. According to Amazon-owned Alexa analytics, Breitbart is the 50th most popular website in all of America. In September, he was named by Politico Magazine #1 of their Annual Top 50 for being “the man who got us here.” He is the cofounder and former executive chairman of the Government Accountability Institute which investigates and exposes crony capitalism, misuse of taxpayer monies, and other government corruption or malfeasance. 

Mr. Bannon is an entrepreneur and financier in the media and film industries and a former investment banker in Mergers & Acquisitions at Goldman Sachs. He wrote and directed Generation Zero, The Undefeated, Occupy Unmasked and Torchbearer, among other groundbreaking political documentaries. The luncheon, part of The Remembrance Project’s second annual conference bringing together families of Americans killed by illegal aliens, will also feature Judicial Watch CEO Tom Fitton, and Lenny DePaul, star of “Manhunter” series on A&E. 

For more information on the conference and luncheon, go to www.TheRemembranceProject.org