Politics! The last few years have been consumed by politics. Recently the United States is even more consumed by politics, and the joke is it’s a joke, we are a joke. One would think we, in all our stupidity, are the laughing stock of the world.
One has to ask him/herself: what other country puts non-citizens and illegal aliens ahead of its own citizens and ahead of its own citizen taxpayers?
One has to ask him/herself: what other country allows an illegal alien to sue a city and collect a large monetary award? makes the legal taxpayers pay the award?
One has to ask him/herself: what other country even entertains a city suing the Federal Government for money when the money is attached to a bonafide law and the city is publicly violating and advocating against that law?
One has to ask him/herself: what other country spends nearly as much money per capita on education as the United States spends yet performs as poorly in worldwide standings?
One has to ask him/herself: What other country has spent the amount of money we have spent on a war against poverty and has seen no real, tangible change in the poverty rate or the demographics of the poverty?
One has to ask him/herself: what other country allows spending billions of dollars on elections when some of its people are starving?
One has to ask him/herself: what other country blames violence on handguns as opposed to the users of the handguns?
One has to ask him/herself: what other country pays for the research into a given topic and then prosecutes non-government-paid scientists whose findings do not agree with the government’s paid-for findings? Or: one has to ask him/herself: what other country allows science to be skewed and then demands its people agree with the skewed science?
One has to ask him/herself: what the hell is going on here?
The questions above hardly scratch the surface of the idiocy in which America has become steeped.
Why have we reached a moment in America when greed and selfishness are at a height perhaps never seen before and where personal interests supersede the better interests of the country? Why have we come to this self-searching moment, a moment where all of us, collectively and individually must decide if certain political power aims and ambitions are more important than the welfare of the people who are supposed to be represented? than the welfare of the country itself?
Just a few names: Al Gore, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama.
What happened to those like Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and George Bush Senior and Junior who, whether you agreed with their politics or not, did their jobs and left the government quietly to become supporters of worthy causes and advocates for the government?
The contrast of the groupings of people is representative of why we are where we are and what we have become.
Man is by nature selfish and greedy.
Over and over we are seeing this in this period of America’s limited history. If we don’t do something to curb these qualities in our leaders, in our people, it will be as Porky Pig said: Th-Th-Th-Th-That’s All Folks!
The first and major purpose of a government is to protect its citizens and to protect the rights of its citizens. This is stated in various ways and goes back to the Ancient Greeks who said that the purpose of government was to improve the lives of its citizens. Note the operative word: citizens. One more time, since that word is very clear: to protect the rights of its citizens. The operative word is citizens.
No. The United States is not a world government. No. The citizens of the United States are not world citizens. No the citizens of the United States do not have citizens’ rights in any other country unless they hold citizenship there too. Similarly, and consequently, citizens of other countries do not have citizens’ rights in the United States. They are not world citizens unless other countries want to accept that fact, and honestly there aren’t any yet.
So, how stupid is America?
The first sure sign of America’s stupidity is the game its citizens allow the government to play with its language and its confuscating of the definition of citizen.
No. Illegal aliens are not undocumented citizens. No. Although the government under the past president would have you think so, it is not wrong to call illegal aliens illegals. It is also not wrong to call them aliens. They are not immigrants if by immigrant one means a person who comes to establish permanent residence. Permanent residence implies legal status though not necessarily citizenship. So if an illegal alien in his or her heart wants to stay here permanently, the best he or she can become is a long-term undetected illegal alien. He or she would not be a citizen, can never become a citizen without moving through the proper channels to do so, and is only here by the fact that he or she remains undetected.
Illegal aliens are not entitled to the benefits of citizenship and should not be. They should not be allowed to vote. They should not get public housing, welfare, social security or food stamps. They should not be entitled to any form of public assistance.
So how stupid is America?
America affords all of the above to its illegal aliens. The shameless leaders, from the Congress down to local state and city governments, offer the American citizens all kinds of silly arguments to protect their ability to keep the flow of illegals coming into the United States. It may be in their best interests, but it is not in our best interests. Most of our leaders these days are millionaires and being leaders they do not spend much of their own money. They and their children and families, for the most part, live in the gated cities, protected by bodyguards and private security, and sometimes by the Secret Service. Their world is not our world.
How stupid is America?
State and city governments won’t even turn over public voting records to the Justice Department. They are required to do so upon written notice but fail to comply. Why? What are they afraid of? Why, in America, the land of the free where anyone can walk into a DMV and get an official ID, is an ID not required to vote?
There are only several reasons for the stupidity of the American Citizens allowing their governments, local, state and Federal, to perpetrate such idiocy. One is indifference. A second is not wanting to rock the freebie boat. A third is ignorance. The state of our Education System, by the way, is a reason unto its own for why we are so stupid.
America the stupid. Only in America can an illegal alien get a legal aid lawyer and sue the government for not protecting his/her constitutional rights. Only in America are American citizens and taxpayers forced to support those who have broken our law, do not legally belong here and are very often treated better than the hardworking citizens supporting them.
So, how stupid are we?
How stupid are we?
Talking about America, there seems to be no limit to the depth of our stupidity, the depth of the pit of stupidity we have fallen into. It’s rather amazing actually. Think about it. When the Soviet Union collapsed and the Berlin wall came down, the United States was the only world power. In the thirty years since then we have allowed Russia to regain its world-power status and we have allowed China to become a world power. China’s economy has overtaken ours and just recently, for the first time ever, the dollar is no longer the world currency.
So how stupid are we? Well, how stupid can you be?
The war on poverty has been going on for fifty-two years, since 1965. We’ve poured twenty-three billion dollars into it. That’s 23,000,000,000. For that money there has been no real noticeable change in the poverty rate and no real change in the demographics of the people in poverty. Yet we continue down the same road. Stupid?
As regards education, we spend more per capita than any other country and yet we rank a whopping twenty-seventh in the world in education. Now that’s a big bang for the buck. Furthermore, segregation was outlawed in 1954 and yet our schools are becoming more and more segregated. The rate at which segregation is occurring continues to increase.
It gets better. There are those who fought against segregation who now insist they have a right to their own spaces, or they insist that whites not be allowed into certain spaces. Well then…
Stupid? You bet
Just as stupid and actually most dangerous to our society is the disregard shown for logic and facts. Replacing logic and facts are feelings and subjectivity. The gender identity laws exemplify this. But that raises a controversial issue and God forbid that should happen. So let’s put it this way. Mr. X doesn’t have any cash and can’t buy that five-dollar super mochaccino he wants because he left his wallet in his Porsche. He feels poor. He identifies with poor people at that moment. In accordance with the gender identity rules, he is poor. He identifies himself as poor, ergo, by the new rules, he is poor. If that happened on April 15th, Mr. X should be eligible for not paying taxes and even getting an earned income credit.
Stupid? Beyond stupid. How stupid can we be?
Let’s see. Remember “you have to sign it to see what’s in it?” Stupid? Well, what’s even more stupid is that she’s still in office and the head of her party. She’s not stupid. She didn’t have to read it because she doesn’t have to deal with it. She and her cronies voted themselves an exception so they could stay on the government congressional plan. That’s the Cadillac of Cadillacs plan.
Stupid? Not them! Us. More than half of them are millionaires And they way their positions work, they don’t really have to pay for anything. Our tax dollars pay for everything. Or, they’re having a great, self-enriching time on our dime. So how stupid can we be?
Russia. Russia’s goal is to create chaos here in America. Well, look at what our media has been pushing for the last eight months or so. Look at what the party of opposition has done. How stupid are we as a people and as a nation? Haven’t we played right into Putin’s hands? Stupid.
Well, aren’t we stupid for allowing all this to go on? Aren’t we more stupid for continuing to fund it?
Finally, as the liberals push left toward the welfare state and socialism, history tells us that capitalism and the free market pay for the bulk of all charity work done throughout the world. It also tells us that no socialist government thus far has ever managed to succeed. Why would we push toward that which we know will fail?
Stupid. Stupid. Stupid. Really, how stupid are we? Pretty damn stupid.
Obamacare was just another Democratic giveaway designed to hoodwink the American people. It was purposefully designed to make the people believe the Democrats are on their side and have their backs. However, the reality of Obamacare is far different from the Democratic Party’s propagandist talking points which are hyped by the liberal media. Nothing proves this more than Congress passing itself the exemption from Obamacare, something that was done at the last minute and in the dark of night, just like how the bill itself was passed.
Obamacare’s failures are many, but the worst of it hasn’t come yet. The bill was crafted so Obama himself would be out of office when the true lack of choice and severe economic impact of the bill hit in full force.
President Trump and Congress would have done better to simply let Obamacare collapse. That way, at least regarding the health care issue, the Democrats could no longer perpetuate its lies and false claims regarding how wonderful it is, which is part and parcel of their continual hoodwinking of the American people.
What follows is a verbatim copy a The Daily Signal article. The direct link to the article is:
Obamacare has failed to deliver the health care reform Americans deserve.
The Senate now has an opportunity to reform health care and walk our country back from the single-payer edge.
After seven years of Obamacare, it’s important to remember the many ways Obamacare has failed us—and why consumer-friendly, market-driven health care should remain the goal.
Here are five ways Obamacare’s track record shows why expanding government’s role in health care would be an even bigger disaster.
- Costs keep rising.
President Barack Obama sold his law by promising families a $2,500 reduction in premiums. The reality has been just the opposite.
In the individual market—where most of Obamacare’s new regulations have been imposed—premiums have increased an average of 105 percent since the law took effect in 2013.
Premiums also are soaring for the vast majority of Americans who get their coverage through work. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, family premiums for employer-sponsored plans increased an average of $4,372 from 2010 to 2016.
Deductibles keep rising, too. This year, the average deductible for an individual plan on the Obamacare exchanges is $6,092 for bronze coverage. It’s $3,572 for silver coverage.
- Choice and competition keep shrinking.
Despite promising to increase insurer choice and competition, Obamacare’s policies have led to an incredibly unstable individual market.
Of the 23 nonprofit health insurers created through the law’s Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) Program, 17 have collapsed and one has changed its status to for-profit. Taxpayers loaned more than $2 billion to these companies that will never be repaid.
This year, 70 percent of U.S. counties have only one or two insurers offering coverage on the exchange. For 2018, the situation is poised to be much worse as insurers continue to announce that they are leaving the exchanges.
In some states, insurers are also dropping their Obamacare-compliant off-exchange plans, too.
- If you like your plan and the government doesn’t, you can’t keep it.
Obama said repeatedly that people who liked their insurance plan could keep their plan. In reality, insurance companies were forced to cancel plans that no longer met the law’s many mandates and rules.
For 2014 coverage, after the rules took effect, the Associated Press counted at least 4.7 million plans canceled in the 30 states where data was available.
- Imposing $800 billion in tax hikes.
Obamacare created or increased many different taxes that will total more than $800 billion over the next decade to offset the new entitlement spending in the law.
Among these are taxes on health insurers, medical devices, prescription drug manufacturers, and the unpopular individual and employer mandates to buy or offer health coverage.
- Expanding an already unsustainable Medicaid program.
Medicaid has longstanding issues that left its beneficiaries with limited access to care. Rather than reforming the program, Obamacare made the problem worse by adding millions of new recipients to the rolls.
The law’s expansion significantly changed the program by giving coverage to anyone earning less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level and providing almost all federal funding for the new population.
The Congressional Budget Office expects Obamacare to add $1 trillion worth of new Medicaid spending over the next decade.
Once again, don’t believe me. Do your homework and read up on all that Obamacare has done. All the think-tanks, liberal and conservative, have reports on the the bill and its realities.
COMMENTARY BY Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University.
African-Americans are one of the most solidly Democratic voting blocs, with 88 percent voting for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. (Photo: Christopher Fitzgerald/Chris Fitzgerald /CandidatePhotos/Newscom)
This is a complete text of what was printed in The Daily Signal. The link directly below leads to that commentary.
Ask any black person which political party has been black people’s political ally. With near unanimity, blacks would answer the Democratic Party.
Asked which political party has been hostile to blacks, they’d say the Republican Party with similar unanimity.
For better answers, check out Prager University’s five-minute clip, “The Inconvenient Truth About the Democratic Party,” by Carol Swain, professor of political science at Vanderbilt University.
Since its founding in the late 1820s, the Democratic Party has defended slavery, started the Civil War, and opposed Reconstruction. The Democratic Party imposed segregation. Its members engaged in the lynchings of blacks and opposed the civil rights acts of the 1950s and ’60s.
During Reconstruction, hundreds of black men were elected to Southern state legislatures as Republicans, and 22 black Republicans served in the U.S. Congress by 1900.
The Democratic Party did not elect a black man to Congress until 1935.
President Woodrow Wilson was a progressive Democrat and an avowed racist who shared many views with the Ku Klux Klan.
He resegregated the federal civil service. He screened the racist film “The Birth of a Nation,” originally titled “The Clansman,” at the White House—it was the very first movie ever played at the White House.
What was the party of Orval Faubus, the Arkansas governor who blocked the desegregation of Little Rock schools and defied the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision?
What was the party of Theophilus Eugene Connor, known as Bull Connor, who, as city commissioner, set vicious dogs, fire hoses, and billy clubs on black civil rights demonstrators in Birmingham, Alabama?
Connor said: “You can never whip these birds if you don’t keep you and them separate. I found that out in Birmingham. You’ve got to keep your white and black separate.”
If you answered that Faubus and Connor were Democrats, go to the head of the class.
By the way, it was Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower who sent troops to ensure that black students could attend Little Rock’s Central High School.
What was the political party of Alabama Gov. George Wallace, who, during the 1960s civil rights movement, declared that he stood for “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever” and blocked black students from entering the University of Alabama?
A few years later, the only serious congressional opposition to the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 came from Democrats.
Eighty percent of Republicans in the House of Representatives supported the bill. Less than 70 percent of Democrats did.
Democratic senators, led by ex-Klansman Robert Byrd’s 14-hour filibuster, kept the bill tied up for 75 days, until Republicans mustered enough votes to break the filibuster.
Labor unions have always been allied with the Democratic Party and have a history of racism. Most of today’s black leaders give unquestioned support to labor unions and their policies that harm black workers, but yesteryear’s black leaders saw things differently.
Frederick Douglass, in his 1874 essay “The Folly, Tyranny, and Wickedness of Labor Unions,” argued that unions were not friends of blacks. W.E.B. Du Bois called unions “the greatest enemy of the black working man.”
Booker T. Washington also opposed unions because of their adverse impact on blacks.
Today, Democrats use diplomacy to hoodwink blacks. They tell blacks to be against those—such as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos—who are for school vouchers that enable black parents to get their children out of rotten schools run by Democrats at the National Education Association.
Democrats are using black congressmen to go after Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who is a high-profile conservative, champion of law and order, and supporter of President Donald Trump. They view Clarke as a threat to Democratic Party interests.
Indeed, if Democrats lost just 25 percent of the black vote, they would be in deep political trouble.
By the way, none of what I’ve said should be taken as an argument that blacks should rush to become Republicans.
I’d like to see the black community acting the way most Japanese and Chinese communities do—not getting into a tizzy over which political party is in power.
So there was Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren sitting at a table criticizing Trump’s efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare. They call it Trumpcare, and if you listen to them and the rest of the Democrats, Trumpcare will kill, yes kill, millions of Americans.
The realities of Obamacare are far different from what the Democrats purport and would have you believe. That will be presented in an upcoming blog publication here. So let it suffice to say for now, and you can believe or not believe it, that except for those who got Obamacare free through Medicaid, Medicaid expansion, or given stipends to pay for it, Obamacare cost most American families who pay for their own insurance a small fortune and it put many people out of work, most of those people minimum wage earners who were laid off due to the twenty-nine hour rule. And that’s not to mention the tax we’ve all been paying on medical supplies.
Chutzpah. Chutzpah to pretend that Obamacare did anything other than attempt to control every facet of Americans’ lives and redistribute hard-working, tax-paying Americans’ money.
Sanders and Warren were saying that President Trump was appeasing the wishes of the Koch Brothers and the rich corporations and that despite the fact that Trumpcare will kill millions of Americans, the Republicans were more worried about carrying out the wishes of the rich Koch Brothers and other billionaire-corporations than taking care of Americans.
Why is this Chutzpah? First, Chutzpah is too nice a word. Hypocrisy is a better word. Even more important, it is just another step in the Democrat hoodwinking of the American public, or just another of the false presentations they have been giving us for the last sixty years, yes, that’s right, sixty years, and even a few more before that.
As they were on TV saying this about the Republicans and the Koch Brothers (I don’t know if it was prerecorded or not) the run-off election in Georgia was taking place. It is the single most expensive election of its kind with the Democrat candidate, Ossoff, who is not even from the district in which the election is for and who only might move there if he wins, having scored more than 20 million dollars. Ossoff owns a film-making company that has received large contributions from organizations funded by none other than George Soros. Soros is quietly behind the scenes funding many of the Democrat initiatives, Ossoff’s included. Ossoff’s company also gets a lot of money from Al Jazeera.
So herein is the hypocrisy, or the Chutzpah. For Warren and Sanders to say anything about the Koch Brothers and the Republicans is nothing more than the pot calling the kettle black. Or it is hypocrisy on a grand scale. It is part and parcel of the Democratic playbook, a playbook designed to hoodwink the American public and one that is more destructive to American society than anything the Republicans could do, even on their best day, which they haven’t seen in a long time.
So this is just another facet of the turnaround. The Democrats would have you believe they are working for you and have your backs. The truth is they are masters of the sound bite and are desperately hoping they have dumbed-down our education system enough so the majority of the public is not interested in or capable of looking at the realities behind their sound bites.
While I don’t generally like to use the first person, I do implore you. Don’t believe me. Look behind everything. Look at who has done what, who is funded by whom, what the real costs of Obamacare are and what is actually happening to Obamacare as this is being written. Dig deep and look at it all.
Personally, I’ve never understood how things get so turned around and how some people become masters of the turnaround while others are ever the victims of it. To me it’s an enigmatic phenomenon. I think it involves the ability to lie and stand by your lies no matter what. It also involves being able to speak loudly, deflect scrutiny and never admit culpability in anything. It also involves a big sense of self-righteousness and the assumption of having the moral high ground.
Maybe it’s kind of like s/he who screams the loudest and the longest gets stuff turned around the way s/he wants it. Then the rest of us are perpetrators, ever the culprits.
All together, the Republicans have a bad name. This was true before Trump, and Trump, no matter what you think of him, is categorized by it. They, the Republicans, are against the little people, against the minorities and only for big business, Wall Street and those big shots.
That’s what the Democrats would have us believe. They say it every chance they get. But the facts don’t bear that out. The facts show that Democrats get an overwhelming majority of minority votes, but their policies have overwhelmingly failed the minority community. Democrats have singlehandedly run the inner cities for more than half a century. In those inner-city communities, education is failing, unemployment far exceeds the national rate, crime rates far exceed the national average, drug abuse and poverty abound.
So what have the Democrats done? Really, they’ve done just about nothing but exploit the minority community by stealing what they can from it including its vote, and they’ve done this by consistently branding Republicans as racists, sexists and homophobes and blaming them for their own failure.
Spoken about here lots of times, the war on poverty illustrates the point. Begun in the 1960s by Lyndon Johnson, the Democratic president, and continually supported by Democrats like Teddy Kennedy (remember Chappaquiddick?), twenty three trillion dollars later the poverty rate in America has not significantly changed. Yet if any Republicans suggest we revert to workfare to reduce the welfare rolls, they are branded racist. Ironically, Bill Clinton did this during his presidency with great success. Great success means welfare rolls were reduced, unemployment was reduced, more people worked and rose from poverty to the middle class. They did this with dignity and established independence.
Even the suggestion by Republicans that able-bodied people work is met by Democratic derision. Similarly, while economic studies show that raising the minimum wage, as the Democrats are pushing, will increase unemployment in the very community they allegedly want to help, when Republicans cite this fact and oppose the idea, they are branded as racists: the turnaround.
And on and on. If the Republicans fight to enforce immigration laws and end sanctuary cities, they are, you guessed it, racists. If they don’t want to fund Planned Parenthood they are sexist. The turnaround! Since when was it a bad thing to enforce our laws or speak your conscience in America? And that’s being kind to Planned Parenthood.
The Turnaround is a sinister technique. It stifles and suppresses new ideas and alternative solutions and it all too often maintains a status quo which needs to be changed.
We used to say “the pot calling the kettle black,” which is a good start at examining the Democratic mastery of The Turnaround. We should not only follow the money (a previous blog entry here), but we should look at who’s calling who what.
In Shakespeare the truth often comes from the clowns, the jesters and the blind. Even if you feel that way about a candidate, it doesn’t mean s/he doesn’t speak truth at times.
Maybe The Turnaround is suppressing the truth and not reflecting it.