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

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Donald Trump, Meet Randolph Bourne

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, April 16, 2018:  

The Founding Fathers, through their study of history, personal experience, and the Holy Scriptures, knew the nature of man. Accordingly, they did everything they could think of to, as Jefferson put it, “bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” Jesus asked, “Whoever is without sin, throw the first stone.” The Apostle Paul said, “All of have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” adding “There is no one righteous, no, not one.”

George Washington put it this way: “Government is not reason. It is not eloquence. It is force. Like fire, it is both a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”

But President Donald Trump, although he may be generally aware of the Founders’ distrust of man, is not likely to know anything about Randolph Bourne. That’s unfortunate because what Bourne wrote back in 1918 would certainly be helpful right about now.  Titled “War is the Health of the State,” Bourne explained:

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U.S. Rig Count Up, OPEC Influence Down

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, April 3, 2017:

An announcement on Friday by Baker Hughes, one of the world’s largest oil-field services companies, put one more nail in OPEC’s coffin. Despite the cartel’s attempt to manipulate world crude-oil prices to its benefit, the oil and gas rig count in the United States jumped by 15 last week and now sits at 824, an increase of 374 in just the last year.

Two days earlier, another nail had been pounded into place:

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NRA Mourns Death of Conservative Civil Rights Activist Roy Innis

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, January 16, 2017:

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Last week, The National Rifle Association (NRA) mourned the death of civil rights activist, NRA life member, and former NRA board member Roy Innis (shown), stating, “For the NRA, his departure was personal. Mr. Innis served on the NRA’s Board of Directors for nearly 25 years and was a friend to many within the organization. For the nation at large, he was a champion of freedom who exemplified the courage of a man who follows his own convictions.”

A fiery advocate of black nationalism during the 1960s, Innis changed his views after

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Ben Carson to Head HUD?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, November 23, 2016:  

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On Wednesday morning Dr. Ben Carson, the gifted and now-retired neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital, posted on his Facebook page that an “announcement was forthcoming.” The day before he’d interviewed with Donald Trump’s team about becoming the secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Carson added: “After serious discussions with the Trump transition team, I feel that I can make a significant contribution, particularly to making our inner cities great for everyone. We have much work to do in strengthening every aspect of our nation and ensuring that both our physical infrastructure and our spiritual infrastructure are solid.”

Carson is a Seventh Day Adventist, a young-earth creationist, and scoffs at the idea that God created the earth with a Big Bang. He has challenged evolutionists to debate the matter but there are no records of any such debates taking place.

Dr. Carson is best known

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Trump Names RNC Chair as Chief of Staff

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, November 14, 2016:  

Upon learning that Donald Trump named the chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), Reince (pronounced “rains”) Priebus to be his chief of staff, Michael Savage called him “the enemy within.” Savage, the host of a popular talk show with 20 million listeners nationwide, added:

He’s the RNC! Everything the voters rejected. He will steer Trump away from every policy we sent him to D.C. to change. He is the enemy within. He is [Paul] Ryan, [Mitch] McConnell, and the Old Guard. They do not want change.

Jenny Beth Martin, the co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, agreed, although in slightly softer terms:

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Mainstream Media Is Writing Off Jeb Bush

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, February 19, 2016:  

Byron York, chief political correspondent for the Washington Examiner, attended a town hall meeting in Columbia, South Carolina, on Wednesday featuring Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush. According to York, the meeting was a “downer,” with family members ranging from older brother George W. Bush, his mother Barbara Bush, his sister,  another brother, along with Jeb’s wife and children, all behaving as though they were attending a wake and not a celebration.

When quizzed about it, Bush responded, sarcastically:

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Oklahoma is the next state to Affirm gold and silver as Legal Tender

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1907 Double Eagle, Liberty Head, Obverse (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Wednesday, June 4, Oklahoma joined Utah, Texas and Louisiana in affirming that gold and silver coins are (as they always have been under the Constitution) legal tender in the payment of debts in the state. On the surface this seems almost silly: affirming a right that already exists in Article I, Section 10 of the U.S. Constitution. But it is much more than that.

 

Senate Bill 862 which Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed into law this week says:

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Feulner’s farewell letter is a good reminder

Ed Feulner leaves The Heritage Foundation today as former Senator Jim DeMint takes over, and his farewell letter is a good reminder of how the freedom fight has been doing over the past 35 years.

First, his letter sounds

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America Has Always Been Deeply Divided

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Voting (Photo credit: League of Women Voters of California)

George Friedman, writing for Stratfor’s Geopolitical Weekly, puts the humbug into next Tuesday’s doings:

Many say that the country has never been as deeply divided. In discussing the debates last week, I noted how this year’s campaign is far from the most bitter and vitriolic. It might therefore be useful also to consider that while the electorate at the moment appears evenly and deeply divided, unlike what many say, that does not reveal deep divisions in our society…

Surprisingly, most elections over the last two hundred years have been close. Only four presidents over that span won with

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If Obama Wins, He’ll Be the Lamest Duck in History

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Rutherford B. Hayes (October 4, 1822—January 17, 1893), 19th President of the United States and 29th and 32nd Governor of Ohio (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dan McLaughlin, writing at RedState.com on Monday, brought up a very good point: What if Obama loses the popular vote but wins in the Electoral College? He’ll be an emasculated duck.

Barack Obama is trying to do something no president has ever done: get re-elected without winning the national popular vote.  If he were to somehow succeed at this, he would be the weakest elected president since Rutherford B. Hayes, and the lamest lame duck in American history.

If we are to believe Intrade, here’s how things will look next Wednesday: House of Representatives solidly Republican, Senate solidly Democratic, and Obama as president. But if he loses the popular vote (Intrade doesn’t distinguish between the two), he’ll be frozen into place – emasculated is a good word – unable to

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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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Denver Debate: Romney 1, Obama 0

Romney Spanking ObamaConservative pundits with little understanding that whoever wins the election, the electorate loses, had a field day yesterday, chortling that their candidate romped over the incumbent at the Denver debate. One such was Pat Buchanan, who could scarcely contain himself:

Mitt Romney on Wednesday night turned in the finest debate performance of any candidate of either party in the 52 years since Richard Nixon faced John F. Kennedy, with the possible exception of Ronald Reagan’s demolition of Jimmy Carter in 1980.

Patrick Buchanan has been close to, and sometimes inside, the establishment. He is familiar with its inner workings and machinations. Yet, to my knowledge, he has never acknowledged the influence of the Council on Foreign Relations as part of the establishment. He has never aknowledged the control the CFR has over the media. He has never acknowledged the control the CFR has over Romney, especially among his foreign policy staffers.

But Buchanan expressed what a lot of other commentators were saying:

Obama was mauled, with facts, figures, anecdotes, arguments, jokes, quips. A smiling Romney was on offense all night. And the president’s performance seems inexplicable.

With the split screen showing his response to Romney’s swarm attacks, he appeared diffident, sullen, pouting, flustered, petulant…

 The verdict on the Denver encounter – that Romney turned in the performance of his life and one of the most impressive in the history of presidential debates, and that the president underperformed, was outclassed and lost badly – was virtually unanimous.

Buchanan claims that the debate has reset the entire race – “it’s a whole new ballgame!” Prior to the debate, polls appeared to show Obama pulling away from Romney, especially in key swing states (including Colorado). Articles began popping up explaining the false assumptions being made by the polls that didn’t agree with their mindsets. Even Rasmussen, the closest to being accurate, showed Obama pulling away.

Nevertheless, Buchanan thinks next week’s polls will show a nice bump for Romney:

The first sign of how great a recovery Mitt made will come next week in the head-to-head polls, when the nation has absorbed the news that Obama not only got waxed, he came off as man exhausted, weary with the duties of office, who lacks the fire and energy to lead us out of the economic doldrums in which this country finds itself.

And there’s the establishment’s mantra: Romney is The Man To Do the Job! Yes!

Please Don’t Let My Kid Grow Up To Be President!

What sane person would want a job that destroys your privacy, makes it  impossible for you to go out on the street, subjects your family to intrusive  media scrutiny, forces you to watch everything you say, and drives some people  to want to take a shot at you? Apparently someone who feels that the power that  comes with the office is worth the attendant indignities.

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Ryan Young of the Competitive Enterprise Institute made this pithy observation. Why indeed? Because they are narcissists (ie, Obama) or megalomaniacs (ie, Romney). Regardless of my characterization, each has been selected in advance to represent the Anglo-American establishment which is run primarily by the Council on Foreign Relations. To ignore or overlook this is to play the game they want us to play: that the debates mean something. They don’t.

Young makes it clear that one needs to be corrupt – to have sold out – in order to have any chance at winning the prize:

“Great men are almost always bad men,” Lord Acton famously said. “There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it.” Indeed, good men rarely run for president. And when they do, they rarely win. An honest man  stands no chance against a Lyndon Johnson or a Richard Nixon. Yes, one slips  through the cracks now and then.

We could use Grover Cleveland’s restraint in  handling the economic crisis today. I have a particular fondness for Calvin Coolidge, who conspicuously lacked the pathological need for attention that  characterizes most officeholders.

It’s the process of running for office that also inflicts moral damage:

Campaigning for even minor office requires a candidate to prostrate himself  before people he’s never met, and make grand promises he may — or may not — keep. He must build himself up while tearing down his opponent through vicious  attacks. Imagine what that does to a candidate’s mind — especially one that  starts to believe his own hype.

A successful candidate often must hide his true beliefs, assuming he has any,  tailoring his message to match his constituents’ wishes.

In other words, to be successful he has to sell his soul. That’s why I don’t want my son to grow up to be President. His soul is too valuable to lose in the process.

Government Grows Faster Under Republicans

John C. Goodman – Which Party is the Party of Big Government?

For every net new job created, nearly four Americans gave up looking for work entirely. This is more of the same for middle class families who are suffering through the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression. After 43 straight months of unemployment above 8 percent, it is clear that President Obama just hasn’t lived up to his promises and his policies haven’t worked. We aren’t better off than they were four years ago.

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English: Four Presidents: President Ronald Reagan with his three predecessors. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Goodman reminds us of this inevitable fact: Republicans grow government faster than Democrats. It’s good to keep this in mind as we observe the electoral “silly season” where facts that are inconvenient are either twisted or ignored. What’s pushing the national government into bankruptcy is the growth of Social Security (installed under a Democrat), Medicare and Medicaid (enacted under a Democrat) and unemployment insurance (under a Democrat administration in 1932). Goodman notes that entitlement (i.e., welfare) spending reached $2.2 trillion in 2010. That’s 100% of tax revenues! But who’s to blame? The Democrats, who enacted them? Or the Republicans, who expanded them?  Says Goodman:

So who is to blame for this state of affairs? Lyndon Johnson, of course, gave us Medicare, Medicaid and the rest of the Great Society. But when Johnson left office, these programs were relatively small. The main expansion came under Republican presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. Not only that, the expansions were largely the result of executive orders!

And then to emphasize his point, Goodman quotes Nicholas Eberstadt who wrote in The Wall Street Journal:

From a purely statistical standpoint, the growth of entitlement spending over the past half-century has been distinctly greater under Republican administrations than Democratic ones. Between 1960 and 2010, the growth of entitlement spending was exponential, but in any given year, it was on the whole roughly 8% higher if the president happened to be a Republican rather than a Democrat.

This is good to keep in mind as the politicians – especially Republicans – continue to make promises they have no intention of keeping.

Harrisburg’s Incinerator: A Story of Unintended Consequences

Northwest Incinerator

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The announcement on Wednesday that the City Council of Pennsylvania’s capital city, Harrisburg, voted to file for bankruptcy was the latest in a long series of federal mandates, bad luck, and poor planning that has plagued the city since the early 1970s.

The Harrisburg Resource Recovery Facility, less elegantly referred to as “the incinerator that burns money,” was built in 1972. The estimated cost to build it was $15 million and was sold to the city based on projections that it could burn enough trash to generate sufficient steam to be sold to cover its costs and debt service. But unexpected repairs required additional financings so that by the time the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) discovered it was emitting unacceptably high levels of dioxins and shut it down, the city owed

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Bohemian Grove: Where the Elite Meet to Eat (and Conspire)

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Debra Saunders complained that, because she is a woman, she wasn’t invited to the upcoming Bohemian Club meeting which begins this Thursday at the Bohemian Grove retreat center an hour’s drive north of San Francisco. Even if she were a man, she most likely still wouldn’t be invited as she is not a member of the “elite.”

Founded just after the Civil War by Henry “Harry” Edwards as a private camp where bohemians—artists and writers—could go to relax and recuperate from the rigors of the work-a-day world, over time the club’s membership evolved to include the rich and powerful, which now numbers over 2,400.

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Carson & Huckabee Tell the Truth—Politicians Lie [VIDEO]

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In a moment, perhaps, of unintended clarity, potential presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said, “You have to govern in a way that is different than the way you campaign.”

Huckabee amplified his response to Fox News host Bill Hemmer on Friday that Ronald Reagan would have a tough time getting nominated by the Republican Party for 2012. When Hemmer asked why, Huckabee responded:

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Gold at $1,500 an Ounce and Moving Higher

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The price of one ounce of gold exceeded $1,500 yesterday, and immediately the media was filled with explanations. Jan Harvey, writing for Reuters, said gold was benefiting from “the threat of a downgrade to the United States’ triple-A credit rating this week and fresh worries over euro zone debt [that] fueled fears over the outlook for both the dollar and the euro.”

The possible termination of the Federal Reserve’s program of buying U.S. Treasuries (called Quantitative Easing, or QE2) in June adds uncertainty to the markets, and “There is still going to be a lot of uncertainty over the strength of growth in the United States,” according to Macquarie analyst Hayden Atkins. Simon Weeks, head of precious metals at the Bank of Nova Scotia, added:

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Congressional Ethics an Oxymoron?

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USA Today seems surprised at the number of ethics cases making headlines recently, referring to the trials being faced by Representatives Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) and Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), noting that the number of such cases “has jumped dramatically in the past year.” In the first six months of 2010, “an independent congressional watchdog began 44 ethics investigations,” while the Office of Congressional Ethics has recommended that the House ethics committee “take action against 13 lawmakers.”

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Fed Confirms Recovery Stalled

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When the Federal Open Market Committee announced yesterday that “the pace of economic recovery is likely to be more modest in the near term than had been anticipated,” stocks in Europe lost three percent of their value, interest rates on the U.S. 10-year Treasury note dropped startlingly as investors ran to safety, and the dollar hit the lowest level against the Japanese Yen since 1995.

A Japanese bond dealer said, “Investors were unnerved by the Fed’s statement. It just confirmed that the U.S. economic recovery is slowing.”

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