Last week I wrote about the disappearance of the America that those of us who are middle-aged or older once knew. One reader queried me on my reference to the United States of Fake, asking me what I thought all the fakery was intended to hide. Good question.
The broad answer is that it’s intended to distract from the fundamental transformation of America that is occurring at an accelerating pace. However, there are two specific truths, in particular, that I believe the purveyors of fakery don’t want Americans to think about.
Given that readers have been saturated to the point of fatigue with coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings, I thought I’d provide some relief and write about another critically important topic that is generally ignored by the media.
Last Saturday, I called my sister to wish her a happy birthday, and, as is almost always the case when we speak, we got into a discussion about “the good old days.” Early on in the conversation, my sister asked, in a tone of frustration and disgust, “Whatever happened to America?”
I was delighted last week when MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry spewed out her breathtaking remarks about children belonging to the community rather than their parents. I say delighted because she must have awakened millions of people from their transformation-of-America trance.
I’m sure that to many people Moronic Melissa sounded like nothing more than a hopelessly lost unknown media gal trying to be more shocking than that Soledad Prison girl on CNN, but, trust me, there’s a lot more to it than that.
Last week, a survey conducted by Quinnipiac University underscored what many of us have sensed for decades: The Republican Party exists in name only. It’s nothing more than a social club. It has no purpose.
Its members comprise a hodge-podge of individuals with irreconcilable world views, and many, probably a majority, hold no strong beliefs at all. Worse, many of those who do hold strong beliefs lack the courage of their convictions.
As the carousel buffet of political issues continues to turn — Benghazi-gate, gun control, immigration “reform,” women in combat … the hottest dish in D.C. right now is the Supreme Court’s hearing of arguments over same-sex marriage issues.
While anything is possible from a court that ruled Obamacare to be constitutional, one would like to believe it will rule that gay people do not need special protection from discrimination. It is not the government’s business to provide special protection to anyone — not gays, not women, not the elderly, not any racial or ethnic group. On the contrary, it’s the government’s job to provide equal protection for everyone, regardless of race, creed, religious beliefs, sexual preference, or other.
I’m so out of it that I’ve been waiting for the knockdown, drag-out battle over the CR (continuing resolution). I feel like I showed up at a party and everyone left. Nary a peep from supposed hard-nosed budget cutters and no media reporting on it. The whole issue just quietly faded away.
If the CR were a New York play, it would have broken The Phantom of the Opera’s record for the longest-running show on Broadway. Actually, it’s been around for at least 135 years, but it’s always played in Washington, not the Big Apple. Even so, now that I think of it, CR is a play — a bunch of corrupt, spineless politicians playing an insidious game with the American people.
What Ben Carson, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz have done over the past few weeks is nothing short of administering CPR to a Republican Party on life support.
What has made Carson, Paul, and Cruz stand out is not just their opposition to tyrannical government. It’s that they are willing to aggressively state their opposition to it and not fall all over themselves trying to live up to the civility standards Democrats have set for them (standards from which the Democrats have exempted themselves).
There’s been a lot of talk recently about the devaluation of human life — late-term abortions … an elderly woman dying in a nursing home because of a nurse’s refusal to give her CPR … drive-by murders continuing unabated … the killing of American citizens without judicial oversight … the increasingly loud drumbeat to take away people’s means of protecting themselves from criminal attacks … the refusal of Colorado to implement Jessica’s Law … Obamacare death panels on the horizon … and more.
But the devaluation of human life goes beyond not caring whether people live or die. Whenever an individual’s sovereignty is violated, that, of and by itself, demonstrates a devaluation of human life. The very essence of Natural Law is that a person’s life belongs to him, and that no one has a right to take any part of his life or property.
A whole bunch of things happened last Friday that got my imagination working overtime.
For openers, I had the pleasure of interviewing the alien from Planet Krypton who recently landed on Planet Earth, Dr. Benjamin Carson. The man not only has a brilliant mind, but is incredibly knowledgeable on a wide range of subjects.
The so-called sequester is yet another dose of the never-ending political theater that perpetually diverts the attention of iPod and sports addicts from such mundane matters as liberty and tyranny. By now, of course, all but the walking dead realize that if the sequester actually happens, it will amount to nothing more than a slight — make that very slight — decrease in the growth of spending.
Yet, every media outlet — including Fox News —continues to play along with the “let’s all wring our hands in unison and try not to panic” game orchestrated by the statists in our nation’s capital. I trust you’ll excuse me if I ignore the Chicken Little game and address a subject that is a bit more important — our accelerating pace down the road to serfdom. You need not worry about my startling the walking dead, because I have it on good authority that they don’t read my stuff anyway.
With far-left crazies calling for an Obama dictatorship, it doesn’t take much of an imagination to picture the presidential pretender declaring a state of emergency and “postponing” the 2016 election. Nevertheless, I still believe there’s a 50-50 chance that that won’t happen.
That said, even if the 2016 election is not quashed, I believe the odds of Der Fuhrbama’s running for a third term are probably in the area of 80 percent. What’s that you say? The 22nd Amendment limits a president to two terms? Oh, yeah, I forgot. After all, BHO would never dream of violating the Constitution, right?
I decided to come clean and admit that late last October I made the decision to get back on the TV wagon again right after the November 6 election. It was the second time over the past three-plus decades that I made such a decision. During the Jimmy Carter era, I had also given my brain cells a chance to get sober by striking TV news from my life, cold turkey.
I credit Dr. Andrew Weil with both of my decisions. Weil said that if you refrain from turning on the television set for a week or two at a time, it will dramatically reduce your stress. Since I’ve had considerable firsthand experience trying it, I can assure you he was right.
In reading David Nasaw’s biography of Andrew Carnegie, I found all sorts of disparate goodies. Carnegie was a fascinating and complex character who dropped out of school and started his work career when he was just thirteen.
Embracing a classic “go the extra mile” work ethic, he impressed his employers and managed to climb through the ranks rather quickly. By the time he was eighteen, he was earning a whopping $40 a month. And by maneuvering his way into a variety of deals that his mentors and employers were involved in, he became wealthy before he reached age thirty.
Today’s galling criminal behavior in Washington has brought back some old memories for me. With the publication of my book Restoring the American Dream, which openly promoted the Libertarian Party, I created quite a stir in libertarian circles. So much so that I was asked to give the keynote address at the 1979 Libertarian Party Presidential Nominating Convention.
Ed Clark was the Libertarian Party presidential nominee that year and David Koch (of Koch Brothers fame) was his running mate. The master of ceremonies was actor Orson Bean, who years later would become the father-in-law of Andrew Breitbart (who was ten-years-old at the time!). Small world, indeed.
Though the mere mention of race is verboten when it comes to Republicans, Barack Obama and his Obamaviks have employed race as a vicious political wedge probably more than all other presidents in U.S. history combined.
In this respect, I agree with the odious Janeane Garofalo that “This is racism, straight up.” Barack Obama has been a savior to the far left, because he opened the door to taking phony racial accusations to heights never before dreamed of.
When, during the 2008 Democratic primary race, Geraldine Ferraro fell into the political-correctness trap by daring to say what everyone already knew, the far left went berserk. In pointing out the obvious, Ferraro said, “If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. … He happens to be very lucky to be who he is, and the country is caught up in the concept.”
Although many have long believed it to be a fait accompli, it became official last Thursday: The Republican Party died.
Any notion that Republicans had finallylearned their lesson and were ready to start acting like the party of small government, less spending, less regulation, and more individual freedom was quashed when they overwhelmingly reelected Barack Obama’s bootlicking valet, John Jellyfish Boehner, as Speaker of the House.
Surprise, surprise — the phony “fiscal cliff” negotiations have once again resulted in higher taxes and no serious spending cuts. But it doesn’t matter, because, the truth be known, the U.S. went over the so-called fiscal cliff long ago and is now in free fall toward the fiscal abyss that lies at the bottom of that cliff.
How will we know when we hit bottom? Easy. It’s when the government’s obfuscation and chicanery tactics no longer work and people finally discover that their paper money is worthless, their 401Ks are worthless, and their income is worthless.
While driving into D.C. last week, I was listening to Rush Limbaugh expound on an important issue that I don’t believe many pro-liberty people give much thought to. He said that “low-information” voters present a serious problem because there is no way to reach people who are uninformed. Worse, most of these people don’t like conservatives or libertarians.
No doubt about it, Rush has zeroed in on the crux of the problem when it comes to the decline and fall of the American Empire. How in the world do you reach people who not only are devoid of knowledge, but, in addition, don’t like the very people who have the information they so desperately need?
Putting aside the biblical meaning of evil, there are many secular definitions of the word in the dictionary. You can take your pick depending upon the point you’re trying to make. For purposes of this article, I’m using a rather simple and straightforward definition of evil: anything causing harm or injury.
Governments represent the unrestricted use of force against their citizens, so anywhere governments exist, excessive harm and injury automatically exist as well. There is no such thing as a benevolent government. Governments force their citizens to do things they don’t want to do (e.g., pay taxes) and not do things they do want to do (e.g., abuse their bodies in one way or another).
Everyone has an Andy Rooney day now and then, so please bear with me. America is so screwed up that I’ve decided to indulge myself today and simply rant. That’s right, just a delicious, feel-good, politically incorrect rant.
It’s sad to think about, but this is not 1950s America we’re living in, a time when self-sufficiency, hard work, certitudes, morality, and honor were taken for granted. It’s now an America that is on the threshold of entering a New Dark Ages, where future generations will undoubtedly speak in disdainful tones about the evil American empire in which 1 percent of the population lived like royalty and the other 99 percent lived in obscene poverty (some with only one flat-screen TV).
Now that masochist Republicans have once again managed to find a way to go down to defeat — against a failed, socialist president who received 10 percent fewer votes than in 2008 — conservatives and libertarians are blaming “establishment Republicans.” Sean Hannity speaks ill of them; Ann Coulter eschews them; even most of the conservatives roaming the halls of Congress claim not to like them.
Which raises the question, who, exactly, are these “establishment Republicans?” Isn’t it odd that you never hear any conservative admit that he is an establishment Republican?
On Johnny Carson’s final show back in 1992, I recall his saying something like, “And so it’s all come down to this.” His words came to mind in the wake of another disastrous Republican defeat for the presidency.
It was an eerie rerun of 2008, with masochistic Republicans offering up yet another lackluster candidate who lacked the belief, the passion, or the courage to make liberty and capitalism the cornerstones of his campaign. It was sad watching statist Republicans fall in line, one by one, and throw their support behind Mitt Mushney.
As everyone on the planet now knows, the Benghazi fiasco is a pile of lies coated with many layers of Obamanure. The list of items that involve lying, criminal negligence, and breathtaking incompetence grows by the day.
However, there is one issue that towers above all others, and I’m perplexed as to why no conservative politician or conservative media commentator is hammering away at this issue on a daily basis. In fact, the only media person I’ve heard even mention it — twice now — is Charles Krauthammer, but no one else at Fox News appears to have any interest in it.
I was pleased to see that in their new book, Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government, authors Don Watkins and Yaron Brook zero in on a subject that is dear to my heart: the morality of the free market. Unfortunately, it’s a subject that goes virtually unmentioned even by those politicians who praise the merits of capitalism.
Such politicians insist that the goodness of capitalism lies in the fact that it improves the well-being of almost everyone in a society. Sorry, but even though that is certainly true, it is not the moral justification for capitalism.
New Yorkers would like us to believe that Broadway is the drama capital of the world, but it’s not. The greatest show on earth is played out in Washington, D.C., 365 days a year. An uncouth person might be inclined to say that politics in the nation’s capital is total BS. But being the dignified gentleman that I am, I prefer to see it as theatre — pure, high-level political theatre.
Unlike Broadway, however, political theatre in Washington is not harmless. The drama acted out by politicians in the multiplex D.C. Political Theatre destroys lives. It has also destroyed (past tense) the grandest experiment in self-government ever attempted.
Good for Mitt for beating up on the never-before-challenged White House Whiner, who was stifled in the first presidential debate by, of all things, a case of Rocky Mountain high. But I would strongly advise jubilant RINOs not to pop the champagne corks just yet.
Now comes the ugly part — an onslaught of scurrilous, obscene, outrageous Pinocchios that will be coming at MittMan at a dizzying pace. And each lie will be carefully crafted to penetrate a combat-rated, lie-proof vest.
Love him or hate him, you have to give Mark Levin credit for not mincing words when it comes to sticking it to the bad guys. Okay, so his shrieking can sometimes be hard on the nerves, but, like Sarah Palin, he isn’t afraid to speak the truth about the loathsome left, the presidential pretender in the White House, or even hard-case Republicans who continually lose their way.
Of course, it’s unfortunate that he doesn’t grasp what his old boss, Ronald Reagan, clearly understood — that libertarianism is the heart and soul of conservatism. Palin has a leg up on him in this respect, as she demonstrated when she urged the goofuses in the Romney camp to listen to what Ron Paul has to say.
As the reincarnation of Meyer Lansky once said, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.”
Well, wadda ya know, the Duplicitous Despot just happens to be a man badly in need of a serious crisis, and the Middle East just happens to be on fire. But surely Obama couldn’t have created the turmoil in Arab countries all by himself, could he?
Finally, last week, someone with star power and a large daily audience had the courage to say it: “If you can’t beat Barack Obama with this record, then shut down the party. Shut it down. Start new, with new people, because this is a gimme election — or at least it should be.”
Thank you, Laura Ingraham. It’s a welcome evolution from your past refusal to call Barack Obama a socialist when your pal, Bill O’Reilly (who continues to play it soft and fuzzy with the Marxmeister in the White House), gave you the opportunity to do so. And the next day, apparently feeling the heat, you asked your audience if it mattered whether Obama is called a socialist or a disaster.
If Der Fuhrbama wins in November, those of us who are not Obamaholics already know what his second term would look like — the final and total destruction not just of our economy, but of pretty much everything that is left of the American way of life. That being the case, I won’t even bother to go there. Hopefully, you already have your adopted homeland picked out in the event BHO wins.
But it would also be wise to prepare for life after Obama. Notwithstanding the masochistic compulsions of Republicans, Mitt Romney could actually win in November. Then what?