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: History

Socialist Ideologues are About to Relearn a Lesson from History

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, March 20, 2019: 

The common refrain that those who refuse to learn anything from history are bound to repeat its mistakes is about to apply to the Mayor of Newark, New Jersey. The lesson from history was well put by John Smith, writing to the people in his failed communist experiment in Jamestown in 1609:

Countrymen, the long experience of our late miseries I hope is sufficient to persuade everyone to a present correction of himself, and think not that either my pains nor the adventurers’ purses will ever maintain you in idleness and sloth…

 

…the greater part must be more industrious, or starve…

 

You must obey this now for a law, that he that will not work shall not eat (except by sickness he be disabled). For the labors of thirty or forty honest and industrious men shall not be consumed to maintain a hundred and fifty idle loiterers.

Smith slightly modified the exhortation from the Maker of the Universe, Who said, through His Apostle Paul: “If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.” (2 Thessalonians 3:10-12)

Oblivious to such history and exhortations from the Creator, Newark’s Mayor Ras Baraka announced plans during his State of the City speech last week to create a commission to study the concept of a “universal” income plan to help the more than one quarter of the city’s population living in poverty: taking money from those who earned it and giving it to those who didn’t.

Baraka touted its collectivist benefits without mentioning its individual costs:

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Chinese Business Owners Worried That Their Country Will Become Venezuela

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, March 6, 2019:  

For years China has been bailing out Venezuela’s failed socialist experiment. At last count, Venezuela is into China for more than $70 billion. What an irony it would be if the roles were reversed!

With Maduro’s regime on the ropes, and a new president taking the reins upon his departure, Venezuela’s vast proven crude oil reserves could easily put the country back where it was just a few years ago: one of the most prosperous in South America.

The process of China becoming Venezuela is well under way, to the point where wealthy Chinese entrepreneurs are looking for a way out. That would include Chen Tianyong, a Chinese real estate developer in Shanghai, who has already left.

He explained his reasons in a 28-page article on the internet that he titled “Why I Left China – an Entrepreneur’s Farewell Admonition.” He wrote:

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AOC’s Green New Deal Will Hasten U.S. Bankruptcy

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, February 22, 2019:

Once Boston University economics professor Laurence Kotlikoff presented his findings – based on “generational accounting” – his readers and students knew that the United States government was headed for bankruptcy. The numbers were so huge – $210 trillion (the amount that one generation owed to another thanks to politicians’ promises) – that there was simply no way the U.S. economy could throw off enough tax revenue to come even close to keeping them.

The latest report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reflects its tinkering around the edges of what’s owed – building sand castles on the beach while a tsunami is rapidly building just offshore.

The authors assume

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The Anti-gun Media Are So Predictable

This article was published by the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, February 20, 2019: 

The anti-gun bias of the Chicago Tribune shined through in its editorial on Sunday: “After Aurora, Illinois has to tighten gun law enforcement.” In simple terms, the editors were calling for more of what didn’t work, hoping that somehow, in the future, it would:

According to authorities, the man who fatally shot five employees of Henry Pratt Co. and wounded several officers Friday was a convicted felon. Gary Martin served time in prison in Mississippi in the 1990s for aggravated assault. Yet about a decade later, he was issued an Illinois firearm owner’s identification card and purchased a Smith & Wesson .40-caliber handgun.

 

Not everyone is allowed to have a FOID [state-required firearm owner identification card]. A felony conviction is a disqualifier. Martin wasn’t flagged until after his purchase, when he sought a concealed carry license. It appears that during the background check process, which included fingerprinting, his criminal record popped up. What happened next? Frustratingly, not enough. Martin’s FOID was revoked, but he kept his firearm — later using it to cause a bloodbath in Aurora.

 

There are gun laws on the books designed to keep weapons away from dangerous people. Then there is enforcement. In this instance, there was a deadly lapse. Martin should never have received a FOID. Once that error was discovered, Illinois State Police apparently would have notified Martin by letter that he was not legally eligible to own a gun. Obviously, he either never got notification or ignored it. And no one took his gun away.

How did this happen? How could it possibly have happened?

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Why Are CCW Permit Holders Even More Law-Abiding Than Law Enforcement Officers?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, February 15, 2019: 

Those deciding to take the time and invest the money into obtaining their concealed carry (CCW) permits take their new responsibilities very seriously. On their person they now carry lethal power to maim or kill. In addition there is the great likelihood that the aftermath of a shooting, fatal or not, is going to cost them thousands of dollars in legal fees, not to mention much mental anguish.

That’s why the Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network has grown so rapidly. It declares that you don’t have to face the legal system alone. It helps pay some or most of the legal fees incurred following a self-defense incident, including a fee deposit paid to an attorney immediately after such an incident. It helps with bail, if necessary, and further funding assistance if a member is criminally charged or sued in civil court.

That’s why it isn’t a surprise – or shouldn’t be – that CCW permit holders hold themselves to a very high standard of conduct in public. Not only are they provably more law-abiding than members of the general public; they are much more law-abiding even than law enforcement officers!

It was Guy Smith, writing in his Gun Facts blog, who first alerted his readers to a study showing that

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Soros’s EU Dream Is Turning Into a Nightmare

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, February 13, 2019: 

Rarely does the mainstream media expose George Soros’s messianic view of himself or his family’s history of insanity. The biographic at the end of his lament over the pending collapse of his pet project, “Europe, Please Wake Up,” that appeared at Business Insider on Monday is typical:

George Soros is Chairman of Soros Fund Management and Chairman of the Open Society Foundations. A pioneer of the hedge-fund industry, he is the author of many books, including The Alchemy of FinanceThe New Paradigm for Financial Markets: The Credit Crisis of 2008 and What it Means, and The Tragedy of the European Union.

Soros has been pouring billions into making the world safe for tyranny, but May’s election in Europe isn’t likely to go well for the megalomaniac messiah. Wrote Soros:

Europe is sleepwalking into oblivion, and the people of Europe need to wake up before it is too late. If they don’t, the European Union will go the way of the Soviet Union in 1991. Neither our leaders nor ordinary citizens seem to understand that we are experiencing a revolutionary moment….

 

The next inflection point will be the elections for the European Parliament in May 2019. Unfortunately, anti-European forces will enjoy a competitive advantage in the balloting. There are several reasons for this, including the outdated party system that prevails in most European countries, the practical impossibility of treaty change, and the lack of legal tools for disciplining member states that violate the principles on which the European Union was founded.

Translation: citizens are waking up to the personal and political liberty they lost when they traded it for the promise of an improved economy. The Wizard of Oz has been exposed, his name is George Soros, and they aren’t taking it anymore.

Soros complained that the EU had unnecessarily exposed its iron fist back in 2017:

The EU made a fatal mistake in 2017 by strictly enforcing the Dublin Agreement [whereby the EU controls former states’ immigration policies], which unfairly burdens countries like Italy where migrants first enter the EU.

 

This drove Italy’s predominantly pro-European and pro-immigration electorate into the arms of the anti-European League party and Five Star Movement in 2018. The previously dominant Democratic Party is in disarray. As a result, the significant portion of the electorate that remains pro-European has no party to vote for … a similar reordering of party systems is happening in France, Poland, Sweden, and probably elsewhere.

There’s a dark spiritual side missing from nearly every reference made to the billionaire. From DiscoverTheNetworks.org comes this:

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Billionaire Soros Warns of Collapse of the European Union

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, February 12, 2019:

In a lament written for the Project Syndicate on Monday, billionaire George Soros sees the coming collapse of the European Union. It sounded like an obituary written by the EU’s godfather:

Europe is sleepwalking into oblivion, and the people of Europe need to wake up before it is too late. If they don’t, the European Union will go the way of the Soviet Union in 1991. Neither our leaders nor ordinary citizens seem to understand that we are experiencing a revolutionary moment….

 

The next inflection point will be the elections for the European Parliament in May 2019. Unfortunately, anti-European forces will enjoy a competitive advantage in the balloting. There are several reasons for this, including the outdated party system that prevails in most European countries, the practical impossibility of treaty change, and the lack of legal tools for disciplining member states that violate the principles on which the European Union was founded.

Translation: Citizens are waking up to the personal and political liberty they lost when they traded it for the promise of an improved economy.

Soros complained that the EU had unnecessarily exposed its iron fist back in 2017:

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Kansas Joining Parade of States Reestablishing Constitutional Money

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, February 7, 2019: 

Another step toward the reestablishment of sound Constitutional money was taken on Wednesday in Kansas with the introduction of a bill (H.B. 2093) by the House Committee on Taxation exempting gold, silver, and other precious metals from sales taxes. It joins an increasing number of states exercising their sovereignty in such matters, ultimately exposing the fraud of Federal Reserve Notes (FRNs) posing as money.

As Mike Maharrey wrote in the Tenth Amendment Center blog: “By removing the sales tax on the exchange of gold and silver, Kansas would treat specie [gold and silver coins] as money instead of a commodity. This represents [another] small step toward reestablishing gold and silver as legal tender and [more importantly] breaking down the Fed’s monopoly on money.”

He added that the bill,

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Three Polls Reflect Support for “Soak the Rich” Tax Schemes

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, February 4, 2019:  

Three recent polls reflect increasing acceptance of New York Democrat Congresswoman’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC)’s economic worldview: The rich aren’t paying their fair share.

First, the new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll released on Monday found that “76 percent of registered voters believe the wealthiest Americans should pay more in taxes.” A recent Fox News survey showed essentially the same thing: 70 percent favored raising taxes on those earning over $10 million a year, including 54 percent of Republicans.

A Hill/HarrisX poll showed 59 percent of those polled support AOC’s plan to slap a 70-percent marginal rate on income earned over $10 million a year.

And the “wealth tax” proposed by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is favored by 61 percent of those surveyed for the POLITICO/Morning Consult poll while just 20 percent opposed it.

Such views reflect the politics of envy, revenge, and ignorance. It reflects what Senator Russell Long (who served for 15 years as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee from 1966 to 1981) said about most people’s thinking about such proposals: “Don’t tax you. Don’t tax me. Tax that fellow behind the tree.”

That fellow behind the tree making $10 million or more a year is

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South Dakota Takes Every Word of the Second Amendment Seriously

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, February 1, 2019: 

This writer (who lives in the now dark blue state of Colorado) wishes his governor would sound more like South Dakota’s. Before signing into law a bill removing state requirements that a citizen must first obtain a permission slip before carrying a firearm concealed, Governor Kristi Noem tweeted:

Our Founding Fathers believed so firmly in our right to bear arms that they enshrined it into the Constitution. Tomorrow [January 31] I will sign SB47 into law. This constitutional carry legislation will further protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding South Dakotans.

It does a whole lot more than that.

First,

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If Forstchen is Right, Why is the US Navy Provoking China?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, January 28, 2019:  

When William Forstchen’s novel One Second After was published in April 2011, it was cited on the floor of Congress as a book that Americans should read. Enough of them did that it made it onto the New York Times’  bestseller list that year.

This was not your typical apocalyptic, End-of-Western-Civilization-As-We-Know-It novel. First, the author knew what he was talking and writing about. He holds a Ph.D. in history from Purdue with specializations in military history, the Civil War, and the history of technology.

Second, he provided endnotes that backed up his thesis that formed the basis for his novel. He quoted from the 2004 report issued by the “Congressional Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack”:

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The Fed’s Fraud is Being Exposed in Wyoming

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, January 23, 2019: 

Wyoming legislators are determined to expose the fraud of the Federal Reserve Note. Last summer they overwhelmingly passed the state’s legal tender law, which brought the state back into compliance with Article I, Section 10 of the U.S. Constitution: “No State shall … make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts.”

Last week those legislators presented three more bills that, if passed, will require the state’s treasurer to invest 10 percent of the funds held in the state’s pension fund, its reserve fund, and its mineral trust fund in gold and silver. Each bill has 15 or more cosponsors and they are being sold to other legislators as a necessary counterbalance to those funds’ traditional holdings of government bills, notes, bonds, and other investments. This is especially persuasive as those funds have suffered paper losses of more than $200 million thanks to investments in foreign securities.

Not only does the state’s legal tender law restore citizens’ right to use specie instead of Federal Reserve Notes in their daily transactions, the new law removes the state’s previous taxation of those transactions. But it does much more than that:

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Opening Salvo Calling for Trump’s Impeachment Launched by The Atlantic

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, January 18, 2019:  

The Atlantic magazine launched the first official establishment impeachment broadside against the president on Thursday. Authored by the magazine’s political editor Yoni Appelbaum, the article charged that the president “has mounted a concerted challenge to the separation of powers, to the rule of law, and to the civil liberties enshrined in our founding documents. He has purposefully inflamed America’s divisions. He has set himself against the American idea, the principle that all of us — of every race, gender, and creed — are created equal.”

One might question Appelbaum’s understanding of those “founding documents,” but at least his magazine is consistent: It hates Donald Trump and wants him removed or so damaged politically that he cannot complete more of his agenda.

Back in 2016 the magazine, for only the third time in its 162-year history, endorsed a candidate (Hillary Clinton) for president. But it wasn’t an endorsement of Clinton so much as a repudiation of Trump:

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Maduro’s Second Six-Year Term Won’t Last Six Months

This article was published by the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, January 16, 2019:

This writer is happy to declare that his prediction (see Sources below) about Maduro’s longevity appears to be dead wrong. Washington has just issued credible threats that it will turn off Maduro’s cash flow by prohibiting exports of crude from his state-owned PdVSA oil company to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries.

Last Friday, this writer thought that Maduro could not only remain as Venezuela’s dictator for another six-year term, but for as long as he wished. Now his tenure is likely to be measured in months.

An unnamed White House official told the Wall Street Journal on Monday that, “until now, we have been going around the edges. Now, it’s a new dynamic: we are no longer going to be tinkering around the edges.”

Earlier the Journal pointed out that

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Venezuela’s Marxist President Maduro Inaugurated for Second Term

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, January 10, 2019:

Venezuela’s Marxist President Nicolás Maduro was sworn in for a second six-year term on Thursday despite his presidency being declared null and void by 13 of Venezuela’s neighbors.

In all, about 60 countries have declared that his reelection in May was illegitimate owing to his quashing of his political opponents, his use of food as a political weapon to reward those who would vote for him, and the opposition party telling its voters to abstain from voting in the rigged election. Accordingly, in an election with the lowest voter turnout in the country’s history, Maduro was reelected with 68 percent of those who voted.

The New York Times asked,

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Thatcher Was Right: Maduro Has Not Only Run Out of Other People’s Money, but Now They Want It Back!

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, December 19, 2018: 

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s line about socialism always got a laugh: “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” Marxist dictator Nicolas Maduro isn’t laughing now that the lenders of other people’s money to his failed socialist experiment in Venezuela have stopped lending. Now they want it back.

Good luck with that.

Nearly 50 major lending institutions have loaned Maduro $150 billion over the years, and they have been patient. They thought they saw light at the end of the tunnel when Maduro made a final payment of $90 million to Goldman Sachs in May on their “hunger loan.” They thought they saw more light when Maduro somehow made a $1 billion loan payment in October to some of his lenders.

And they thought they saw still more light in November when

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Five of Maduro’s Big Lenders Want Their Money Back. Good Luck.

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, December 18, 2018:

Five investment firms holding $380 million of one of Venezuela’s bonds demanded payment of both the principal and unpaid interest on Monday. This could be the trigger that unleashes an avalanche of claims by more than 40 creditors holding $150 billion of Venezuela’s debt.

The Marxist regimes that have controlled Venezuela for the last 20 years have finally run out of other people’s money, and now those other people want it back.

Up until Venezuela failed to make an interest payment on its outstanding bonds, patience was the strategy for the bondholders. After all, Maduro had paid back Goldman Sachs’ “hunger bonds,”which helped keep the socialist regime alive, making a final $90 billion payment on the loan in May.

In October, Maduro’s government paid $1 billion to selected bondholders to keep them from foreclosing.

This was followed in November by an agreement reached between a defunct Canadian gold-mining company and Venezuela,settling a $1.4 billion claim with a down payment of $500 million and promises to pay the balance on a quarterly basis thereafter until it was paid off.

But then Maduro breached that promise in December, and the mining company took action to start selling off shares of Citgo, owned by Maduro’s state-owned oil company, PdVSA.

That’s when the five unnamed investment firms decided it was time to get in line — perhaps first in line — to get what could be gotten from a regime that had run out of time, money, and seizable assets. Think of a 10-year game of musical chairs: That’s how long a similar process took in settling Argentina’s debt crisis in the late 1990s.

Crystallex International went bankrupt when Venezuela failed to honor its agreement to let the Canadian gold miner develop some of Venezuela’s potentially highly profitable gold reserves. Arbitration settled the amount owed Crystallex by Venezuela: $1.4 billion, but Venezuela failed to honor the agreement. Crystallex sought and obtained permission to go after Citgo, the $8 billion wholly-owned subsidiary of PdVSA. This is when Maduro made the agreement in November, sealed with a down payment of $500 million in exchange for a promise by Crystallex to back off from selling at public auction shares of Maduro’s prime income-generating asset.

That agreement was breached by Venezuela less than a month later.

Time ran out on Monday with the announcement that now requires Maduro not only to pay back interest but to pay off the $1.5 billion loan even though it isn’t due to be paid off until 2034.It’s called “acceleration,” and rightly describes the likely “acceleration” of the end of the Maduro’s mad tyranny that has driven Venezuela into unspeakable poverty and suffering for its citizens. Mitu Guilati, a Duke University professor who has been closely following the accelerating collapse of the country, said Monday’s move will prompt other debt holders to move from patience to legal action to protect their interests: “In a world in which you have limited assets, [the winner is] whoever grabs the assets first.”

For most it’s probably too late. Maduro’s only source of income is the state-owned oil company PdVSA, which owns Citgo. When oil prices were high and government control of the country’s economy was in its early stages, revenues from PdVSA allowed first Hugo Chávez and then Nicolás Maduro to provide all manner of state-provided services to the poor. Socialists from around the world applauded the Marxists’ success in raising them from poverty with their “new brand of socialism.”

Consider for example the plaudits poured out on the Marxist regime back in 2013 by David Sirota in his article in Salon entitled “Hugo Chavez’s Economic Miracle.” Wrote Sirota: “Chavez’s …full-throated advocacy of socialism and redistributionism … delivered some indisputably positive results.… Chavez racked up an economic record that a legacy-obsessed American president [Obama] could only dream of achieving.”

The dream in Venezuela has turned into a nightmare for those citizens who haven’t been able to escape. One searches Sirota’s website in vain for his apology to them. A famous quote from England’s former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher explains what is now happening in Venezuela: “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” Maduro’s problem is now compounded by the reality that those other people now want their money back. 

On Bill of Rights Day, We Were Reminded That Venezuela Has no Second Amendment

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, December 17, 2018:

In an unhappy coincidence, the addition of the Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution in 1791 was celebrated on Saturday, the same day that Fox News reported on the lack of such protections in Venezuela that have allowed tyrants to subjugate their citizens to virtual enslavement.

Alan Gottlieb, serving as the executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and the chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA), issued a statement on Saturday pointing to the uniqueness of the Bill of Rights and especially the importance of the Second Amendment in securing them, stating:“Despite the efforts of lobbying groups and some politicians, the Second Amendment has retained its position as the cornerstone of our Bill of Rights.The individual citizen’s right to keep and bear arms protects all of the other rights.” Gottlieb added, “Our mission is that of any citizen who values the liberty and freedom our nation symbolizes above all other nations in the world.Our Bill of Rights is the envy of every other citizen of every other country.” Joining Gottlieb’s groups in the announcement was Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO).

Gottlieb could have been speaking directly to two former citizens of Venezuela who have escaped the Marxist tyranny first installed by Hugo Chávez in 1999 and then expanded by his protégé, Nicolás Maduro after Chávez died in 2013. Now living outside the grasp of Maduro’s “collectivos” — motorcycle gangs hired, paid, and armed by him to“keep the peace” in the country’s barrios — Javier Vanegas, a former Venezuelan schoolteacher now exiled in Ecuador, and Omar Adolfo Zares Sanchez, a former mayor of a municipality in Venezuela, had their interviews published by Fox on the same day.

Said Vanegas: “Guns would have served as a vital pillar to remaining a free people, or at least able to put up a fight. [Maduro’s] government security forces … knew they had no real opposition.… It was a clear declaration of war against an unarmed population.”

Vanegas added that the people were too trusting of their government back in 2012 when the Chávez-controlled Venezuelan National Assembly enacted its “Control of Arms, Munitions and Disarmament Law”with the explicit purpose of disarming the citizenry. Said Vanegas:

Venezuelans didn’t care enough about it. The idea of having the means to protect your home was seen as only needed out in the fields. People never would have believed they needed to defend themselves against the government.

Venezuelans … always hoped that our government would be non-tyrannical, a non-violator of human rights….

[But] if guns had been a stronger part of our culture, if there had been a sense of duty for one to protect their individual rights, and as a show of force against a government power — and had legal carry been a common thing — it would have made a huge difference.

Sanchez agreed: “Without a doubt, if there had been a balance of armed defense we could have stood up and stopped the oppression at the beginning.”

Without such a threat from an armed citizenry, Maduro’s tyranny has turned Venezuela from one of the most prosperous and free countries in South America into a virtual concentration camp run by Maduro’s thugs. The murder rate in the country is almost 100 per 100,000 (in the U.S. it is less than five), and the poverty rate is nearly 80 percent.

David Kopel, research director of the Independence Institute in Golden, Colorado, stated the obvious: “Venezuela shows the deadly peril when citizens are deprived of the means of resisting the depredations of a criminal government. The Venezuelan rulers … viewed citizen possession of arms as a potential danger to a permanent communist monopoly of power.”

Kopel’s comment calls to mind (in)famous statements by two historical tyrants over that “potential danger.”Said Adolph Hitler: “The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing.” And from Mao Tse-tung, who ruled China as chairman of the Communist Party of China from 1949 to 1976: “All political power comes from the barrel of a gun. The communist party must command all the guns. That way,no guns can ever be used to command the party.”

Americans need to appreciate the paper-thin difference between Venezuelan captives and American citizens: That difference is Founders who knew their history and built protections into the Constitution to keep the central government from exceeding its proper bounds.The Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights was added as additional security.

The country’s first president, George Washington, explained that difference: “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence — it is force. Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master; never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.”

For Venezuelans, that lesson fromhistory is being learned the hard way.

How Many Remembered Bill of Rights Day on Saturday?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, December 17, 2018: 

That the essence of freedom is the limitation of government was expressed well by John C. Calhoun: “Governments … must derive their right from the assent … of the governed, and be subject to such limitations as they [the governed] may impose.” The Founders well knew through their study of history the dangers of government slipping its bonds, and sought, as Thomas Jefferson expressed it, to bind the central government down by the chains of the Constitution:

In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but find him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.  

George Washington, the first president of the American republic, knew the dangers of unlimited government: “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence – it is force. Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master; never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.”

Delegates from the sovereign states weren’t happy with what they had wrought, and ratification would have failed had it not been for the adoption of the first ten amendments to the Constitution in 1791, now called the Bill of Rights. It should perhaps have been called the Bill of Additional Restrictions on the Central Government, just to be sure that people knew that the bonds put in place would be strengthened by naming them instead of just assuming them.

The Second Amendment was put place behind the First so that citizens would know that the ultimate power is in the hands of the citizen, through his right to keep and bear arms. In celebrating Bill of Rights Day, Alan Gottlieb, serving as the Executive Vice President of the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and the chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA), issued a statement on Saturday pointing to the uniqueness of the Bill of Rights and especially the importance of the Second Amendment in securing them:

Despite the efforts of lobbying groups and some politicians, the Second Amendment has retained its position as the cornerstone of our Bill of Rights. The individual citizen’s right to keep and bear arms protects all of the other rights….

Joining Gottlieb’s groups in the announcement was Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO). Gottlieb added, “Our mission is that of any citizen who values the liberty and freedom our nation symbolizes above all other nations in the world. Our Bill of Rights is the envy of every other citizen of every other country.”

Ironically, as Gottlieb was celebrating the Second Amendment, expat citizens from Venezuela were decrying its lack in their former homeland. On Saturday, Fox News published interviews with several former citizens who were now, belatedly, learning the lessons of history the hard way.



Gottlieb could have been speaking directly to two of them who have escaped the Marxist tyranny first installed by Hugo Chavez in 1999 and then expanded by his protégé, Nicolas Maduro, after Chavez died in 2013. Now living outside the grasp of Maduro’s “collectivos” – motorcycle gangs hired, paid, and armed by him to “keep the peace” in the country’s barrios – Javier Vanegas, a former Venezuelan school teacher now exiled in Ecuador, and Omar Adolfo Zares Sanchez, a former mayor of a municipality in Venezuela had their interviews published by Fox.

Said Vanegas:

Guns would have served as a vital pillar to remaining a free people, or at least able to put up a fight. [Maduro’s] government security forces … knew they had no real opposition … it was a clear declaration of war against an unarmed population.

Vanegas added that the people were too trusting of their government back in 2012 when the Chavez-controlled Venezuelan National Assembly enacted its “Control of Arms, Munitions, and Disarmament Law” with the explicit purpose of disarming all of his citizens. Said Vanegas:

Venezuelans didn’t care enough about it. The idea of having the means to protect your home was seen as only needed out in the fields. People never would have believed they needed to defend themselves against the government.

Venezuelans … always hoped that our government would be non-tyrannical, a non-violator of human rights….

[But] if guns had been a stronger part of our culture, if there had been a sense of duty for one to protect their individual rights, and as a show of force against a government power – and had legal carry been a common thing – it would have made a huge difference.

Sanchez agreed: “Without a doubt, if there had been a balance of armed defense, we could have stood up and stopped the oppression at the beginning.”

Without such threat from an armed citizenry, Maduro’s tyranny has turned Venezuela from one of the most prosperous and free countries in South America into a virtual concentration camp run by Maduro’s thugs. The murder rate in the country is almost 100 per 100,000 (in the U.S. it is less than 5), and the poverty rate is nearly 80 percent.

David Kopel, research director of the Independence Institute in Golden, Colorado, stated the obvious: “Venezuela shows the deadly peril when citizens are deprived of the means of resisting the depredations of a criminal government. The Venezuelan rulers … viewed citizen possession of arms as a potential danger to a permanent communist monopoly of power.”

Kopel was likely referring to famous – infamous – statements by two historical tyrants over that “potential danger.” Said Adolph Hitler: “The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing.”

And from Mao Zedong (aka Mao Tse Tung, aka “Chairman Mao”) who ruled China as Chairman of the Communist Party of China from 1949 to 1976: “All political power comes from the barrel of a gun. The communist party must command all the guns. That way, no guns can ever be used to command the party.”

How many Americans knew that Saturday was Bill of Rights Day? How many know how many amendments were made and approved that fateful day in 1791? How many know that the Second Amendment was deliberately put in place as the anchor, the ultimate security, protecting all the others? How many remember that without those first ten amendments we wouldn’t have a Constitution?

George Santayana wasn’t the only individual warning of the dangers of ignoring or forgetting the lessons of history where governments are concerned. He wrote “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Edmund Burke said “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” Steve Berry, writing in his The Charlemagne Pursuit (2008), has his protagonist remark to his antagonist, Admiral Ramsey Langford: “It’s been my experience, Langford, that the past always has a way of returning. Those who don’t learn, or can’t remember it, are doomed to repeat it.”

A few informed Americans celebrated Bill of Rights Day on Saturday. A few now-informed Venezuelans lamented its lack in their former country on the same day.

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Sources:

John C. Calhoun quote

FoxNews.comVenezuelans regret gun ban, ‘a declaration of war against an unarmed population’

WesternJournal.comAs Country Crashes and Burns, Venezuelans Offer Chilling Warning About Gun Grabbers

‘BILL OF RIGHTS STILL INCLUDES SECOND AMENDMENT,’ SAY SAF, CCRKBA, JPFO

FDR declared December 15 as BOR rights day in 1941.

Background on Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership

Background on the Second Amendment Foundation and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms

Background on David Kopel

Background on Mao Zedong (Mao Tse Tung)

Quotes on those ignorant of history are bound to repeat it

Washington quote: “Government Is Not Reason, It Is Not Eloquence — It Is Force”

Moral Bankruptcy Leads to Financial Bankruptcy for Boy Scouts

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, December 14, 2018: 

The announcement on Wednesday that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), which has changed its name to Scouts BSA (SBSA),is about to declare bankruptcy should surprise few. The Scouts’ “perversion files,” which first surfaced back in 2012 during a lawsuit, cost the formerly respected organization and its insurers nearly $20 million. Following its decision in 2013 to allow openly homosexual boys to join, and then in 2015 to allow openly homosexual leaders to lead them, the group’s legal fees paid tojust one of its law firms have increased by a factor of 10. In 2015, fees paid to Ogletree Deakins were $859,347; in 2016 they jumped to $3.5 million; in 2017 they totaled $7.6 million; for 2018 the numbers aren’t yet available. And those are fees paid to just a single law firm defending the group.

The decline in morality began decades ago, but has accelerated as homosexuals have flowed into the morally corrupt organization.

The organization claims that it has put in place various rules and provisions to keep sexual predators from preying opon young boys joining what they thought was a moral and upstanding organization.

However, so numerous are the lawsuits that BSA’s insurers are being sued by the BSA itself for not paying the increasing number of claims. Hence the announcement it was “considering”bankruptcy.

Membership in the group that used to honor “God, Family and Country” in its oath (A Scout is to be “trustworthy,loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave,clean and reverent”) now includes not only homosexual scouts and leaders, but also girls, in a failing effort to save itself from extinction by being“inclusive.”

Instead the organization is fading away into insignificance and irrelevance. In 1979, there were five million active Boy Scouts in the United States. Today there are 2.3 million, and that number is about to get even smaller. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints(Mormons) parted ways with the Scouts in May of this year, officially ending its affiliation and support by December 31, 2019. Its 400,000 members will be invited to be active in a Mormon group supporting the values that the Scouts have left behind. As The New American noted at the time, while the statement from the LDS church said nothing about the decline in morality being inflicted by progressives at the top of the BSA, it left no doubt that that was one of the primary causes. Said the LDS leadership: “While the Church will no longer be a chartered partner of BSA or sponsor Scouting units after December 31,2019, it continues to support the goals and values reflected in the Scout Oath and Scout Law.” To which we added: “While there was no indication from the statement of ideological or moral differences between the two organizations,one suspects this might have been a factor. In recent years the Boy Scouts have made major decisions at odds with Mormon religious convictions.”

Indeed they have. And the chickens have come home to roost. In 2012, a Portland judge discovered that Scout headquarters had been hiding a stash of what became known as the ”perversion files,” which detailed the expulsion of 1,247 Scout leaders from 1965 to 1985.Even after the court order, the Scouts continued to hide new files from public view. “One thing we’ve found, when we look at all the Boy Scouts’ cases, is a constant fight against releasing any of the documents,” said Emma Hetherington, director of the University of Georgia Law School’s Wilbanks Child Endangerment and Sexual Exploitation Clinic, founded to assist the survivors of child sexual abuse. She added: “If you really want to protect more boys, you release the names of the offenders. It’s about holding them accountable and holding the Scouts accountable. This is an organization that led the public to believe their child would be in one of the safest places they could be if they were in Boy Scouts.”

That, unfortunately, is no longer the case, which grieves this writer, the holder of the Eagle Scout designation.That award is earned by fewer than four percent of boys in the program, and only after earning at least 21 merit badges. But by trying to cater — some would save cave — to the world’s values of political correctness, (im)morality,and inclusiveness, the Scouts organization has successfully emasculated itself and is succeeding in making itself irrelevant.  

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