Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Category Archives: Foreign Policy

Light from the Election Results

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Statue of Liberty (Photo credit: Cochraneium)

Since leaving the election watch party at a friend’s home last night, I’ve considered what I might say to you this morning.

1. God’s in His Heaven

I just checked the Weather Channel and noted that the sun is supposed to rise at 6:33AM this morning. And it looks like it going to happen in about 9 minutes.

That is no small thing. When you think about all the things that must mesh together to make this happen, I’m quick to realize that it is simply beyond my comprehension to understand. What I do understand, however, is that it is predictable, ordered, and follows certain laws of physics. By definition a law of physics has no exceptions, that’s why it’s called a law. And in order to have such a precise mathematical  system that we can predict when the sun will rise, there must be an order-maker behind the scenes making it happen. What a wonderful comfort that is!

2. The fight for freedom never ends

That’s because the enemy of freedom never sleeps. Imagine what we would be feeling of Romney had won. Flawed as he is, and controlled by evil forces as he is, wouldn’t “conservatives” have celebrated last night? Wouldn’t they have relaxed, even a little bit, saying that it was a good fight after all?

No. What I see is the edge of naked aggression now manifesting itself. The gloves are coming off and Obama’s true intentions will be abundantly clear even to those who blindly voted for him, thinking somehow that he was a better choice.

As Herb Stein said, “if something can’t continue, it will stop.” Or put another way, with Washington continuing to kick the can down the road, eventually we’re going to run out of road. That will be especially painful to those who have allowed themselves to become dependent on the government. They will have to learn how to become dependent upon themselves once again, and that will be painful.

3. There were some good things that happened last night

Others will write much more extensively about them elsewhere. I might even comment on them here in the next few days, as I am ever the optimist and am always seeking to see the glass as half full, not half empty. I refer specifically to Proposition 64, the legalization of marijuana in Colorado, to be treated under the same rules as alcohol.

This is huge. Without realizing it, vast numbers of those voting for it have essentially said to the federal government, up yours, we’re going to enjoy our freedom and we dare you to do something about it. Since this is an amendment, this is the first challenge to the feds over a state constitution’s provisions.

Little did they know it but voters have taken the first important step towards state nullification of federal laws deemed to be unconstitutional. It’ll be very interesting to see just how the feds react to such a blatant challenge – in your face! – to their alleged authority to regulate behavior at the state (and individual) level, now guaranteed by Colorado‘s constitution.

4. The freedom movement will become stronger, not weaker

This is what happened at the birth of the republic. As observers watched events unfold, they became increasingly aware of the intrusions of the King into their daily affairs. The more blatant those intrusions became, the stronger the movement for liberty became. I welcome those intrusions – I say let them come! – and they will hasten the strengthening of the freedom movement. Push us and we’ll push back. Push us harder, we’ll push back harder.

5. It only takes a few to make a difference

Margaret Mead is alleged to have first uttered the phrase: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” That statement has now been proven to be true:

“When the number of committed opinion holders is below 10 percent, there is no visible progress in the spread of ideas.  It would literally take the amount of time comparable to the age of the universe for this size group to reach the majority,”  said SCNARC Director Boleslaw Szymanski, the Claire and Roland Schmitt Distinguished Professor at Rensselaer. “Once that number grows above 10 percent, the idea spreads like flame.”

What Obama and his czars and minions will successfully do as they begin to implement their totalitarian, police state mandates on the civilian population of the United States is to push those “committed opinion holders” beyond 10 percent, It may already have happened, but we won’t know that, of course, until long after it has taken place.

Obama is pushing against a law. And remember, a law has no exceptions.

For myself, I will lumber on, moving forward, onward and upward, with the light I have been given, praising God for the opportunity to make use of the ability He has given me to make a difference. The rest, as it always is, is up to Him.

This is from the Massachusetts Provincial Congress, in 1774:

Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty of each individual. Continue steadfast, and with a proper sense of your dependence upon God, nobly defend those rights which Heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us.

Quick! Who is the Most Powerful Person on the Planet?

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Mario Draghi. Who? According to Matthew Lynn, writing at MarketWatch.com, “measured by what [he] can actually do, the most powerful person will soon be the president of the European Central Bank, the Italian banker Mario Draghi.” He explains:

In the last few weeks, we have seen an extraordinary expansion of the European Central Bank’s powers. It can now set interest rates, control financial markets, and effectively dictate tax and spending policies across what remains — despite its current difficulties — the world’s largest single economic bloc.

To explain how this former Goldman Sachs executive  ascended to such a high perch in the world of international finance would take far more room than we have here. Suffice to say, the path to power has been under construction for decades, and deliberately planned, going all the way back to

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Romney Exposes Himself (Politically, That Is)

Romney Ryan Plan for Student Loans

Romney Ryan Plan (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

John Hawkins has, unintentionally I’m sure, done Romney skeptics like me a world of good. By taking snippets from the three “debates” of Romney’s comments, Hawkins has put to rest any idea that Romney is a conservative, or even coherent.

Try this one:

If I become president, I’ll get America working again. I will get us on track to a balanced budget. The president hasn’t. I will.

I’ll make sure we can reform Medicare and Social Security to preserve them for coming generations. The president said he would. He didn’t.

Clever wordplay. I don’t believe a word of it.

First, the balanced budget. Let’s see: the government is currently spending $3.7 trillion a year, and running deficits of $1 trillion. A balanced budget, to me at least, means Romney intends to

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George McGovern Wins Plaudits from a Conservative

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Senator George McGovern speaking into a microphone (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cal Thomas has been a fixture in the conservative landscape for years. A prolific writer and an activist, he was vice president of the Moral Majority from 1980 to 1985 and then wrote a book, Blinded by Might, explaining its failure to transform society through political action.

In preparation for an article I wrote for The New American on George McGovern, I found something entirely distasteful about him that no amount of gloss from Thomas can hide. Thomas said:

I will remember him for something other than his politics. George McGovern was a friend.

After his Senate re-election defeat in 1980, McGovern and I debated on college campuses and in other venues. These debates were always civil because McGovern was a gentleman. After one debate at Butler University in Indianapolis, a fellow conservative invited me to dinner.

“Thank you,” I said, “but George and I have dinner plans.”

“How can you eat with a man like that?” he said with an equal mix of surprise and disgust.

“Easy,” I said. “He’s a friend of mine.”

Here’s what I learned about McGovern that Thomas ignored (he must have known about it as well): McGovern was a fellow at

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George McGovern: The Liberal Who Got Mugged

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Senator George McGovern speaking at the Richard M. Nixon Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California during his book tour (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

George McGovern, known for his ultra-liberal stance on issues of his day, passed away on Sunday, October 21st, at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, at age 90.

Active in promoting liberal programs almost from the first, McGovern was convinced that government could be used as an instrument to improve society, especially in providing food for the poor in America and around the world. He saw the American government and the United Nations as tools to promote sustenance for them. He helped create the United Nations’ World Food Program which distributed U.S. food “surpluses” to needy people abroad, and issued the McGovern Report, which set up nutritional guidelines for Americans.

He served as U.S. Ambassador to the UN agencies for Food and Agriculture, and was appointed the first UN Global Ambassador on World Hunger in 2001.

But he is primarily remembered for

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Libya Coverup Pours Gasoline on Obama’s Funeral Pyre

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Judge Andrew Napolitano has, bless his soul, added to our understanding of what happened in Libya on September 11th. And it adds considerably to the evidence that Obama is corrupt, and that he has surrounded himself with similar types.

Initially Obama (his state department, intelligence network, etc.) blamed the attack on our ambassador and the other three staffers who were murdered on a group of unruly, undisciplined thugs who were upset over the showing of a YouTube video about their prophet Mohammed.

This was a deliberate coverup, says Napolitano:

The clip shows actors in dubbed voices portraying the prophet Mohammed and  others in an unflattering light. The Obama  administration seized upon the temporary prevalence of this clip to explain the assault on the consulate. Indeed, the administration sent U.N.  Ambassador Susan Rice to represent it on five  Sunday morning TV talk shows on September 16th, to make the claim that the  attack on the consulate was a spontaneous  reaction to the YouTube clip, that it could not  have been anticipated, and that the perpetrators were ordinary Libyans angry at  the freedom moviemakers in America enjoy.

Soon, U.S. intelligence reports were  leaked that revealed that the intelligence community knew the attack was not as  described by Ms. Rice…

The Obama administration has publicly  rejected the intelligence leaks and insisted as recently as last week during the  vice presidential debate that “we” did not know the assault was an act of  terrorism against American personnel and property.

The “we” was uttered by the imbecile Biden, and rejected by

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Hyperinflation in Iran – is US Next?

Iranian rial

Iranian rial (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Once again I am indebted to Gary North for an article to his members only for an insightful discussion of the hyperinflation going on in Iran. Indirectly, he paints the picture for what will inevitably happen here.

For the record, I pay him $9.95 a month for his daily insights, and I’m glad to do it. I think it’s the bargain of the year. He has thousands of subscribers, so it works well for him too. I recommend that you consider signing up as well. How he writes four insightful articles every day is beyond my comprehension.

Back to Iran: North quotes Steve Hanke at Cato (you can get his article for free!):

Since the U.S. and E.U. first enacted sanctions against Iran, in 2010, the value of the Iranian rial (IRR) has plummeted, imposing untold misery on the Iranian people. When a currency collapses, you can be certain that other economic metrics are moving in a negative direction, too. Indeed, using new data from Iran’s foreign-exchange black market, I estimate that Iran’s monthly inflation rate has reached 69.6%. With a monthly inflation rate this high (over 50%), Iran is undoubtedly experiencing hyperinflation.

The Iranian government is destroying the currency and hence the economy. And from there, the government itself. North thinks if the Israelis wait long enough, they won’t have to

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What Makes Obama Tick?

A FRAUD THROUGH AND THROUGH

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After hitting No. 2 on the New York Times’ best-seller list in early September, “Obama’s America: Unmaking the American Dream” author Dinesh D’Souza was asked why he was surprised at the success of both his book and the movie based on it: “2016: Obama’s America”. He said: “It shows a real hunger for information on Obama. There’s a sense [that] we haven’t got the full story on this guy.”

The official narrative is that President Barack Obama is a graduate of Harvard Law, the first African-American president, whose father is from Kenya and his mother from Kansas. As D’Souza takes great pains to point out, the official narrative hides an enormous amount of background from view. D’Souza exposes some of that background and then claims that Obama adopted his father’s “anti-colonialism” – the doctrine which Argentine Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara called “a world system, the last stage of capitalism [which] must be defeated in a world confrontation” – which maintains that the West, primarily America, got rich by invading, occupying and looting poor countries to obtain their mineral wealth. As D’Souza noted in Forbes magazine in September 2010:

Barack Obama, Sr.

Barack Hussein Obama, Sr. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From a very young age and through his formative years, Obama learned to see America as a force for global domination and destruction. He came to view America’s military as an instrument of neocolonial occupation.

He adopted his father’s position that capitalism and free markets are code words for economic plunder. Obama grew to perceive the rich as an oppressive class, a kind of neocolonial power within America.

In his worldview, profits are a measure of how effectively you have ripped off the rest of society, and America’s power in the world is a measure of how selfishly it consumes the globe’s resources and how ruthlessly it bullies and dominates the rest of the planet

As a result, Obama seeks “a smaller America, a poorer America, an America unable to exert its will, an America…in decline so that others might rise…America needs to be taken down a notch.”

There are at least two problems with D’Souza’s thesis: one, Obama never

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Sowell Nails Obama

Thomas Sowell – Barack Obama: Confidence Man

Many of Barack Obama’s actions as president of the United States reflect neither political expediency nor an attempt to promote the best interests of the American people. Take, for example, his bowing low from the waist to foreign leaders.

No president of the United States had ever done that before. It gained Obama nothing with the voters, nor was there any reason to think that he expected it to. Why then did he do it? What did it accomplish?

It brought the United States down a peg, in the eyes of the world, something that he has sought to do in many other ways.

The Obama Bow/Grovel Guage for the Common Citizen

The Obama Bow/Grovel Guage for the Common Citizen (Photo credit: wstera2)

My editor at The New American has tasked me with writing about “What Makes Obama Tick” and Sowell nails it, based on the research I’ve already done: He intends seriously and permanently to weaken the US so that it may be more comfortably merged into the New World Order.

Now Sowell doesn’t say that last part in so many words. I added that. But that’s where we’re headed. Sowell’s examples are sufficient:

These bows were perfectly consistent with his view of a maldistribution of power and prestige internationally, just as his domestic agenda reflects a felt need for a redistribution of wealth and power within American society.

To Obama, the capitalist system is the enemy and must be destroyed and replaced with a totalitarian one. It’s as simple, unfortunately, as that. Sowell adds:

It is not just the United States, but the Western world in general, including Israel, that needs to be brought down a peg, from the standpoint of the ideology prevalent among the people with whom Barack Obama has allied himself consistently for decades. (My emphasis)

It’s his ideology, adopted from his mentors and peers over the years, that tells us where he wants the US to go. My article will explore, in highly condensed form (I’m only allowed 3,000 words and believe me, I’ll need to use every one of them!), those mentors and peers, most of whom are unknown even to students of the man and his background.

Stay tuned. That article should be ready in a few days, and I’ll ask Teddy (my web guy) to publish it here.

Senate Bill Overrides EU Emissions Mandates for Airlines

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Airbus A380 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When the Senate unanimously passed SB 1956 early Saturday morning, September 22, Annie Petsonk of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) called it “rather extraordinary.” But she didn’t mean that as a good thing. It meant, instead, that the Senate wanted nothing to do with the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EUETS) that would have burdened U.S. airlines with $3 billion in additional costs over the next decade, attacking the country’s national sovereignty along the way.This would mean instead, according to Petsonk, if the House passed a similar measure that is pending there, that the EDF’s efforts to implement worldwide regulation of airlines’ emissions would have to be directed through an international UN-sanctioned group instead. In other words, the Senate bill was just a speed bump on the way to European Union control of all airlines.The bill, co-sponsored by members from both sides of the aisle including Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), is simple:

[It] directs the Secretary of Transportation to prohibit an operator of U.S. civil aircraft from participating in any emissions trading scheme unilaterally established by the European Union if the Secretary determines such provision to be in the public interest.

[It also] directs the Secretary … and other U.S. government officials to … ensure that operators of U.S. civil aircraft are held harmless from any such scheme.

Petronk’s unhappiness stems from a worldview that airline emissions cause global warming — climate change — and that something must be done about it, even if national sovereignty issues must be

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Spain’s Catalonia Region Demands Independence

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Draft of New Statute of Autonomy for Catalonia of 2005 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Every September 11 the people of Catalonia, an independent region in northeast Spain, celebrate their “national day” — Diada — by taking the day off and parading through the streets of Barcelona. In past years the celebration was a festival used by some citizens as an excuse to get some fresh air, make some noise, and have some fun. This year, nearly one-quarter of the region’s seven million citizens used the celebration as an excuse to swarm into Barcelona to protest Spain’s austerity measures, which have raised unemployment in Catalonia — referred to locally as Catalan — to nearly 25 percent.

The immensity of the crowd far exceeded expectations so that parade routes had to be adjusted and parking places found for the more than 1,000 buses chartered to bring Catalans into the city. Most revelers were waving flags that said, “Catalonia: a new European state.” Said Alfred Bosch, a member of the Catalonian government:

All the flags I can see are the pro-independence flags of Catalonia with the lonely star right in the middle of the triangle.

And everybody is wearing these flags. I have never seen so many pro-independence flags in my all life.

Catalonia is a largely autonomous region of Spain with about 15 percent of the country’s population; it generates about 20 percent of Spain’s gross domestic product. It also pays more in taxes to Madrid than it receives in benefits. The fact that Spain levies taxes on Catalans and then sends only some of the money back to the region is galling, especially to those who

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Apps vs. American Jobs

Don Boudreaux – Will Someone Please Develop an App to Protect Us From Protectionists?

The number of traditional manufactured products now being made obsolete by apps is staggering.  Rolodexes, radios, cameras, wristwatches, alarm clocks, calculators, compact discs, DVDs, carpenters’ levels, tape-measures, tape recorders, blood-pressure monitors, cardiographs, flashlights, photo albums, file cabinets, as well as paper and ink for the likes of maps and calendars and notepads and books and envelopes and airline tickets and newspapers – these are among the many items whose manufacture is rapidly being rendered unnecessary by inexpensive apps.

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apps (Photo credit: Sean MacEntee)

My wife Mary is about to purchase a new iPhone. [I tried to point Mary to a Windows Phone, but it was too late! -Ed.] One of the decisions she will have to make is which apps she will want to download to make her life easier. Good luck with that!

The point economist Boudreaux is trying to make in his letter to the Washington Post is that apps make life easier, or cheaper, or more convenient. And if that’s so – Mary will soon find out – then why would protectionists like Senator Sherrod Brown want to protect us from lower prices being offered by foreigners? This is old-school thinking: we need to protect American jobs, even if they don’t deserve it!

Boudreaux is great at asking good questions, usually rhetorically. I don’t expect his targets spend a lot of time responding with answers:

Does Sen. Brown believe that apps – many of which can be downloaded for free (!) – harm America’s economy?  Does he hurl accusations at app developers?  Does he wish to punitively tax Americans who download apps?  If not, why does he imagine that America’s economy needs protection from Chinese actions that bestow the very same blessings on America’s economy as those bestowed by app developers – namely, a lowering of Americans’ costs of acquiring the services of manufactured goods?

There are some things apps can’t do. This from Boudreaux’s comments section:

Well, [some] sections of American manufacturing are safe, I have found that my phone does not perform well as a soup ladle, a chef’s knife, coffee grinder, corkscrew, air pump for tires, makes […] poor sponge in the bath, and I have pointed it at regressives and hit delete but they remain there.

Middle East Violence: What Would You Expect?

Anthony Wile – Rising Middle East Violence a Precursor for US-Based Internal Combustion

The casting of blame on a movie that is highly insulting to Muslims is convenient. The truth of the matter is that the forces behind American politics, and world politics for that matter, desire the chaos that is ensuing throughout the Middle East.

Middle East C Current

Middle East C Current (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To those unfamiliar with Anthony Wile and his regular thoughtful postings at The Daily Bell, his claim that “forces behind American politics…desire the chaos…” is outrageous.

But he has a way of backing up his position which he has iterated with increasing success over the past decade.

For instance, he thinks the protests are being promoted and instigated by groups like the Alliance of Youth Movements (provable) which are being supported by the US State Department (also provable).

He says:

The problems facing the “civilized” world today are the outgrowth of Western powers’ insistence that it is the right, if not obligation, of the Anglo-Saxon to “tame” and “civilize” the “others.” It is this blatant and arrogant premise that has America standing at the forefront of the battle lines around the world. It is America that has built more than 900 military bases in over 145 countries where, at the end of a diplomatic gun barrel, the leaders and industrialist families of others nations are bent to their new “civilizers.”

Let’s reverse roles here and ask rhetorically how happy we would be if Iranian military forces entered the United States in order to put down the Tea Party movement and establish a more “just” society, for our own good? Just how do you think that would go over? Just asking.

As Wile wrote:

The raging fires that America has started in many countries around the world are escalating. The blowback–inspired “terrorists” want the US and allied troops the heck out of their backyards. Can you blame them?

Who, indeed?

Where Did the Tea Party Republicans Go?

Wired – House Approves Sweeping, Warrantless Electronic Spy Powers

The House on Wednesday reauthorized for five years broad electronic eavesdropping powers that legalized and expanded the George W. Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program.

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privacy (Photo credit: Sean MacEntee)

Where are the Tea Party Republicans on this one? This re-authorization of a law that should never have been passed in the first place (thanks, George, for that) passed the House by 301 to 118. Most of those voting against it were – ready? – Democrats!  Only seven Republicans mustered enough courage to say no to warrantless wire-tapping!

This is from the article in Wired.com:

The government does not have to identify the target or facility to be monitored. It can begin surveillance a week before making the request, and the surveillance can continue during the appeals process if, in a rare case, the secret FISA court rejects the surveillance application. The court’s rulings are not public.

So the whole fishing expedition is wrapped in secrecy.

Rep. Lamar Smith, a Republican from Texas, sponsored the bill, saying that it “is one of the most important votes we cast in this Congress” because “terrorists are committed to the destruction of our country.”

Question: what about the terrorists in Congress who are determined to shred what remains of the Constitution and the Fourth Amendment and turn the country into a dictatorship? As Pastor Chuck Baldwin just wrote in his weekly newsletter:

Think of it: in the name of the 9-11 attacks, the United States is being transformed into the kind of despotic countries that we are told we are being protected from!

There was at least one small voice for common sense, expressed by Rep. Zoe Lofgren – a Democrat from California! – who said: “I think the government needs to comply with the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution all the time [what a concept!]. We can be safe while still complying with the Constitution of the United States.”

Accurate and persuasive. But not enough to persuade the Tea Partiers to vote against it.

Answering the “What-Ifs” of November

Judge Andrew Napolitano – What if November Changes Nothing?

What if they both support the authority of the federal government to spy on Americans without search warrants? What if they both support confining foreigners, uncharged and untried, in Guantanamo Bay? What if they both believe the president can arrest without charge and confine without trial any American he hates or fears?

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English: Judge recording an episode of at CPAC in . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It has been my contention for a long time that Alabama Governor George Wallace was right when he said in 1968 that “There is not a dime’s worth of difference between the Democrat and Republican Parties!” In this article at Townhall, Judge Napolitano uses the rhetorical tool to prove it.

What if they both support the authority of the federal government to spy on Americans without search warrants?

Answer: They both will. They both have. The target is Americans’ privacy, all in the name of security.

What if they both support confining foreigners, uncharged and untried, in Guantanamo Bay?

Answer: They both will. They both have. There will be no change, regardless of what happens in November.

What if they both believe the president can arrest without charge and confine without trial any American he hates or fears?

Answer: They both believe that. They are both totalitarians with no regard for Constitutional niceties such as the Fourth Amendment.

What if both major presidential candidates believe they can fight any war, assassinate any foe or assault any country using the military or the CIA, and they need not ask Congress for a declaration of war as the Constitution requires, nor account to Congress or the public as the law requires?

Answer: They both do. How do I know? Look at those advising Romney on foreign policy and compare them to those advising Obama. They are from the same internationalist Council on Foreign Relations! What a surprise!

You get the idea. The Judge has done us a good service by pointing out using his rhetorical questions how little difference there is between these two birds. Or as another wag has said: “the two wings of the same bird of prey.”

Unnecessary F-35 Program Won’t Be Cut

Washington Times: Neither Obama nor Romney has realistic plan to tame cost of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the white whale of the Defense Department—a stealth jet designed to work for all branches of the armed forces—but at a total cost of $1.5 trillion, it’s also a program that analysts say is an epic boondoggle that neither President Obama nor his GOP challenger, Mitt Romney, has a realistic plan to get under control.

F-35 Lightning II completes Edwards testing

F-35 Lightning II completes Edwards testing (Photo credit: MultiplyLeadership)

This is how business is done in Washington: notice that “neither President Obama nor…Mitt Romney, has a realistic plan” to rein in this monstrosity. No one is out there debating whether the program is needed: that part is assumed. Once again it’s the Hegelian dialectic at work: controlling the conversation so that real alternatives aren’t even discussed.

But the F-35 is just the tip of the iceberg:

What’s worse is that the F-35 is just the tip of the iceberg in what many describe as a sea of waste and mismanagement surrounding the weapons acquisition system at the Pentagon. Even the department’s inspector general says it simply cannot be audited.

“I’ve been involved in this since the ’60s and I’ve never seen it so badly managed as it was up until very recently,” said Larry Korb, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress who served as an assistant secretary of defense under President Reagan.

Mr. Robert Welch, the founder of the John Birch Society, said it so many years ago: the purpose of government is to spend as much money as possible as wastefully as possible. The F-35 is one but unfortunately not the only example.

Here’s what Mittens told a potential voter about the F-35 program. Read it and weep:

“I was a little disappointed to see the president pull back on the F-35 program,” Mr. Romney said.

Yup. Romney, the good conservative.

Military Spending: Romney Will Outspend Obama

Washington Times: Obama, Romney spar over Pentagon spending

In a time of deep deficits and tight budgets, President Obama says the Defense Department cannot be entirely spared the scalpel. But Mitt Romney, his likely opponent in November’s election, says the U.S. must spend more on the Pentagon now because it will pay off with a stronger economy in the long run.

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Romney (Photo credit: Talk Radio News Service)

This article is all about Romney’s mirror image of Obama when it comes to military spending. With either of these people in the White House, you can be sure that the Defense (Offense) Department is going to get all that it wants, plus some.

The economic fallacy is what Taylor wants to talk about. And it is a fallacy. Romney has many apologists for this view, including former Senator Jim Talent who served on the Senate Armed Services Committee. Upon losing re-election in 2006 he became a lobbyist for a major firm in Washington, DC, which sports a Congressional alumni list that includes Fred Thompson, Dale Bumpers and Chris Van Hollen, among many others. Talent now serves as a senior fellow at the pro-war Heritage Foundation.

I go into this so that you can see where Talent comes from. Economic logic to the contrary, he thinks, and says, silly things:

There’s a price to strength, but there’s a greater price to weakness.  When you don’t adequately fund the military, you end up increasing the amount of risk of security around the world, which tends to suppress economic growth.

Got that? This is an extension of the older fallacy of “peace through strength” which has justified military adventurism and empire-building for decades.

But to the issue at hand: Romney will support the military, whatever the cost. Even the liberals get it. This from Winslow Wheeler, at analyst at the pro-military Center for Defense Information:

Obama will spend a lot; Romney will spend more. That’s the difference.

Some difference.

Aurora Shooting: Questions Still Remain

Tad Cronn says, “There are conspiracy theories, and there are conspiracy theories,” concerning the Aurora shooting that took place in Aurora, Colorado, last Friday night. “But some conspiracy theories have just enough meat on them to make you go ‘hmm.’”

Writing at Godfather Politics, Cronn reviewed the key questions still being raised about James Holmes’ rampage, including the “exquisite” timing of the incident. It could have something to do with the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty that is being debated in New York this week. Cronn is impressed with the coincidence of the Aurora attack and suggests similarities to the Fast and Furious operation that put U.S. weapons into the hands of Central American drug cartels. Says Cronn,

There is powerful evidence to suggest that the real plan [for Fast and Furious] was to have drug runners wreak havoc here at home with our guns, as they have, and [then] use that “discovery” as leverage for further gun controls.

The same theory applies to using Aurora as leverage to pass the U.N. treaty.

Cronn also raised a number of other issues without answers, including Holmes’ demeanor following the incident when he gave up to the police without a struggle and then warned them that he had booby-trapped his apartment. Holmes was a penurious student, without the obvious means to

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UN Arms Trade Treaty a Frontal Attack on Second Amendment

Brian Darling: UN Arms Trade Treaty Potential Assault on 2nd Amendment

How bad is it? Here’s one clue: Iran was selected to provide one of the 14 vice presidents for the ATT conference. That’s right: a treaty that’s supposed to be about stopping terrorism and preventing human rights abuses, and the U.N. decides to give the ceremonial spotlight to Iran, a nation that supplies arms to Hamas, Hezbollah, and the murderous Syrian government.

Council on Foreign Relations

Council on Foreign Relations (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This certainly is one way to determine whether the UN Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is good for the US: who’s backing it.

Another way is to consider whether the Second Amendment is a barrier to the establishment of a New World Order, where the UN has all the guns and the citizens of the world have none. This is the world of Obama, who has been pushing for more gun control all of his political life:

John Lott wrote for Fox News that we know a lot about the Treaty just by virtue of the nations negotiating its details. Many of the countries included in the negotiations ban handguns and do not recognize the inherent right of personal self-defense. And, as Lott notes, “The Obama administration is undoubtedly the most hostile administration to gun ownership in U.S. history, with Obama having personally supported registration of handguns and semi-automatic weapons before becoming president.” All of this should raise red flags for constitutional conservatives. (my emphasis)

Let’s remember the purpose behind the United Nations. When the League of Nations failed in the ‘20s, the Council on Foreign Relations was created to push for a world government. The Second World War provided, among other things, a convenient excuse to reinstate the League of Nations under its new name, but with the same purpose. Along with the creation of the International Monetary Fund and the Bank for International Settlements and the World Court, the UN was another tool to be used to enslave the world. It has been staffed with totalitarians and criminals ever since, and funded largely by the US government. That should tell us a lot.

The shooting in Aurora may just be a “coincidence” but I have little doubt that that horrendous incident will be used to justify the odious treaty that threatens to complete the loop, and disarm (and then enslave) the American people.

Government Could Have Done Worse than Aurora Massacre

A Forbes article says there’s a real threat of U.S. ratification of the UN arms treaty under now-increased pressure to “do something” after the Aurora massacre.

This presents a formidable threat, especially if we consider the lesson taught in R. J. Rummel‘s revealing work, Death by Government: Far worse than any carnage inflicted by a lone shooter is done when the government itself has unlimited power over its people.

As to whether James Holmes is indeed a “lone shooter,” an analysis of the Aurora, Colorado, gunman in the so-called “Batman Massacre,” prepared by Mike Adams of naturalnews.com concludes that Holmes might have had some help.

According to Adams, the behavior of Holmes “just doesn’t add up.” Writes Adams: 

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