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Murder on the road to Mandalay

The Toll Keeper

“The Killer awoke before dawn…
He put his boots on…
He took a face from the Ancient Gallery…
and He walked on down the Hall…”
Jim Morrison

Someone must be punished
On October 3rd, 2017…Stephen Paddock rented two rooms at the Mandalay Bay Casino overlooking a concert venue. After hoarding an arsenal of weapons, two days later he opened fire on the concert goers below. The Mandalay Bay shootings were the most horrific in the history of gun violence. Some 59 people lost their lives and some 500 hundred others were injured by a lone gun man.

The only person close to him was an Australian woman, of Philippine decent by the name of Marylou Danley. A few days later Danley entered the United States and promised to tell all, vowing that she had no prior knowledge of such a plan, which was meticulous, and that she deeply mourns the loss of all those lives. She claims that she is innocent, and by all accounts seems to be a carefree person having no malice towards anyone.

Yet, While watching CNN yesterday a commentator swore that he was ninety nine percent certain that this woman is in some way guilty of something or other. And that he is nearly certain that her “guilt” will prove to be the key insight into this man’s motivation for shooting all those people. Someone must have helped Paddock…it was just too complex for one person to amass so many guns over thirty years..and to do this by himself? Someone else must have cooperated…someone else must be guilty.

But in reality it seems unlikely that any other person helped him. The woman seems to me, at least from this vantage point to be innocent. Perhaps she was the only one innocent enough to love a man this troubled.

As for the gun collection, and the planning and she being responsible for it in some way it would seem to me that the ordinary person cannot be expected to pry into other people’s affairs. Guns are legal, gun collection is legal, and unless this guy told the woman that he definitely intended to commit a high crime, there is no cause for hanging this woman.

Moreover it is quite possible for anyone to plan and execute an attack of this nature. Its easy actually. We are so used to conspiracy theories today that we cant possibly accept that some people are real good at killing. Real good at executing mass murder on a grand scale. But Someone must be guilty besides the shooter?

There was a certain vehemence with which CNN pursued this woman right after what seemed to be an innocuous statement by her lawyer, that in effect said she had nothing to do with all this and intended to cooperate in any way she could. CNN’s staff seemed to go ballistic, as if there was no chance that she could be telling the truth no matter what. There was no way she could be an innocent. As if someone had to pay, someone must be guilty, even if they were innocent. Someone’s blood must flow besides the killer’s own.

But this is not what a civilized people should want. They should not want blood for blood, innocent or not. If she is guilty of anything then she should be held accountable, but if not, then she should not in any way suffer for it. If she is innocent, she will suffer a lifetime as it is.

Guilt by Association
The reason I mention this at the beginning is because the manner of assigning guilt to dark events as this has some serious implications on our freedoms, and our moral obligations to the society we live in.

We should not be held automatically responsible for what people we know might do. No matter how heinous the crime. If you know a person, even intimately, and it turns out that you had no direct knowledge, or direct responsibility in the action then you are innocent. And must be presumed innocent. Doing otherwise will in effect make us all guilty by association.

Moreover, and more importantly, we should not be liable for not spying on our friends or countrymen. It seemed to me that CNN insisted that she had some kind of obligation to tell the authorities what Paddock was doing. But the truth is there are many people who collect guns in large numbers- wives, girl friends, daughters, brothers or sisters, or just friends and neighbors should not be in the business of ratting on their relations, even on suspicion. If I know someone who collects guns, it should not be up to me to “inform” the police. This is what would be expected in NAZI Germany, not in the United States. This is not serving the interests of freedom or democracy. We are not obligated to “Spy” on our fellow Americans, and we should all resist being goaded into doing so.

If in effect we are all to become liable for whatever crime someone we know commits, our freedom will be impinged upon, and sooner or later we will be living in a police state dictatorship where any failure to rat on our fellow American may become grounds for our own incarceration. If the woman Marylou Danley did not know directly what Paddock was doing then she would not be expected to inform the authorities of his actions. She cannot be expected to be a rat…even if not being a rat should have terrible consequences as in this case. She cannot be held guilty simply because she didn’t inform the authorities in the way the authorities, or the media demand retroactively. It would be an extremely dangerous precedent that sets our nation on the very slippery slope of constant surveillance and all privacy, and freedom would soon disappear.

The Archetypal Killer
Stephen Paddock was from what we can see now at least-only a few days after the event- an archetypal “Killer”. For whatever reason he was angry. Perhaps he had the gambling blues, perhaps he felt he was losing everything he ever owned and perhaps he blamed the Casinos, or society in general. In this lottery economy we are all either winners or losers, and if the latter, all of us will in some way be angry with the world.

Of course we are not supposed to murder innocent people, and lets make it clear- this is not the mindless point I am in any way adhering to. What I am saying is that our lottery economy is conducive to creating great, fantastic expectations that are more likely to be met with ultimate disappointment, than success(in large part due to general mismanagement of this society.) And I think this archetypal reason is the true reason that Stephen Paddock murdered all those people. He was simply angry at his luck.

The archetypal murder suicide “killer” as a literary theme in Europe goes back three thousand years at least. In Greek mythology, the stalwart hero Aias(Latinized Ajax) who defended the Achaean army in their most dire time of need, was so enraged in being denied the arms of the fallen Achilles that he awoke in a rage, went to the pen where the sheep were sleeping, and began to slaughter them indiscriminately. When at last the rest of the Greeks heard the commotion and found him, he realized that he was not killing his fellow Greeks, as he intended, but only sheep,and so he rammed his sword into his own heart ending his heroic life in shame and tragedy. The cause for the “hero’s” tragic anger was that he had great expectations followed instead by great disillusionment; and perhaps an underlying conviction of a perennial injustice in our society where cunning, and carelessness are prized over true devotion and loyalty. The arms of Achilles were ultimately awarded to the glib and cunning Polymechan Odysseus master of machination, the ultimate schemer who concocted the Trojan horse rouse by which the Greeks defeated the Trojans through utter treachery and deception.

The causes of such violence are often quite simple.
Murder, on the street is often spontaneous. A flash of violent anger. Although the Mandalay Bay shooter planned his violence meticulously, the ultimate psychological cause was relatively “simple”. Which is why no one can find a rational motive, as if its possible to find anything rational in this kind of violence.

Stephen Paddock likely wanted to “get even” with the casinos, and all those who support them. He may have resented the fan fare that surrounds the glitzy outgoing concert goers…feeling perhaps that he could never again be part of that carefree world, plagued as he was by isolation, disease and rage. This was probably the “real” cause of his actions- “simple” and perhaps needing little more in the way of psychological insight. This “simple” rage and isolation seem to be a common thread for all such high casualty murder suicides.

Nightmarish violence, the result of anger, isolation, and resentment long fomenting into a toxic disease of never ending rage which only “the end of all” can cure. Simple.

The Second Amendment
Fifty eight people died in this assault, and some five hundred others injured. There is again debate over the availability of guns.

Yet, we should know this…had the founding fathers been told that some two hundred people a year will die in this kind of violence, -or even a few thousand if we take into account urban violence- in order to guarantee the autonomy of the American people, it is unlikely they would be much moved. Freedom has a terrible price, and only in our day do we dare presume to be rightfully free of that cost, or feign pretend we are immortal and beyond account.

Today many think in curves that slither around corners and disappear behind large buildings. The founding fathers thought in straight lines.

The second amendment is meant to guarantee the sovereignty and freedom of the American people. Having an armed public makes it harder for any government to usurp the power of the people, and this is exactly why the second amendment follows the first: the right to free speech, followed by the right to fight for that freedom if the need arises. It is a kind of insurance. That in the event the government becomes too corrupt to allow for the choice of leaders the American people will have the arms necessary to overthrow that government. We should no longer tolerate the illusions as to why the second amendment came into existence, or why it has survived for so long. Why, even today, there are so many supporters for it. The second amendment guarantees that the American people will remain free under any circumstances, even if violence against the government becomes, in the last resort, necessary.

This is a key difference between the American people and their European cousins. The revolutions in Europe never quite did away with the sovereignty and absolute authority of government. The American people chose instead to guarantee the absolute sovereignty of the people. And this carries with it an awful price…for nothing comes without cost.

Militias may serve to anchor gun owners                                              Before advocating for a general ban on gun ownership we should consider that cars kill tens of thousands of people a year, yet no one would think to ban the use and ownership of automobiles.

Yet it is true that too many people die in these horrific acts of violence. Too many innocent people die in gun violence, too many suffer the life long aftermath.

The key may lie in the wording of the second amendment, “a well regulated militia”. Perhaps we should accept the legality of ordinary people having a weapon or two to protect their property, and the lives of their loved ones at home, but should require that having access to an arsenal of high powered weapons requires a more general authority. Perhaps only those who are members of a private, legally sanctioned militia should have such access. If Mr. Paddock had been a member of a militia it is likely that someone would have noticed what he was doing, someone would have intervened, someone would have questioned him because someone would have had some co-responsibility. Access to an arsenal, even gun collection should require the co-responsibility of a well regulated militia and membership within such a militia.

Moreover the rise and sanctioning of such militias can have great benefits for the nation. It would provide a means for the American people to organize, and to pursue their political objectives and rights. It would involve more people in a common cause. We should note that the majority of “shooters” are loners, even when they are a couple as the pair in San Bernardino. These two, although claiming they were shooting for the cause of ISIS seemed rather to be two very isolated people acting out in anger. Perhaps this archetypal “aloneness” can be alleviated by requiring affiliation in a private militia.

In this way the second amendment would be served, and the risks of indiscriminate violence minimized. Such militias could also help to police the state in some auxiliary fashion. Had for example a private militia had been present at Mandalay Bay, it would have been far more difficult for a lone shooter to kill so many people without receiving return fire from the patrolling militia. Such militias can in some way ease the burden on the local police forces, and make them far more efficient.

Of course we may one day have a “Militia” problem, but it would still be better than to have illegal gangs in their place, as is now happening.

Belonging to a group in many ways addresses the problems of isolation and lawlessness. Militias could act more like organizations once evolved, concerned not with just guns and arms, but also with the well being of the nation. They would in effect take a private responsibility for the health and protection of the national order while minimizing the potential destructive effects of lone gunmen or gun collectors..

Be it said here that if the founding fathers intended by the statement “well regulated militias” they would mean an army, or navy, then they would have clearly said that. They knew what an army was, and knew what a navy was. What they wanted was a people’s army, a state army  that would be hard for any external power to usurp. This is one reason it took so long for the American nation to develop an official army and navy. The founders knew that these will almost always lead to some corruption on some level. They intended a people’s militia as a balance to the government’s authority, and as a fail-safe in case corruption rendered any government oppressive and inflexible.

The price paid
Today we attribute such violent murder suicide events to some shallow cause or other. But in reality most of these killers, whether they kill for no apparent reason in a mall, or in a school, or even as “inspired” terrorists have causes that are most likely primordial in nature. People deeply disappointed with the outcome of their lives, and with society, and perhaps too proud to accept the fate they have been given.

These killers are archetypal incarnations of grievance. Of incurable anger and dissatisfaction.

They are in some ways, the “Tax man” and the “Toll Keeper” of our society. They are a price we pay for our freedom, folly, and our lives.

You can gloss over these phenomena as being only random aberrations of psychology  but these killers are what goes “wrong” with our society on a regular basis, and perhaps one of the “tolls” collected by our social order. Its been this way since the beginning of civilization and is unlikely to end by any elementary changes.

There is a price for freedom, and occasional violence of this nature may be part of it.  A natural occurrence that is in some ways never to be completely  avoided no matter what we do.

Post Script:
P.S. I am not here making heroes of these people, do not misunderstand. But if ever we are to mitigate their effects, we must have some real sense of what they are. White washing these events as being merely aberrations attributable to some shallow political or religious cause or psychological circumstance does not in the end do justice to the phenomenon. To say these killers are “mentally ill” may be true for example,  but it gives no usable information as to why they are “mentally ill”. Why are they so “Mad”? Knowing this cause is important. Perhaps seeking solutions on an “individual basis” is simply not enough. In effect they may actually be a naturally occurring phenomenon inherent in the overall primal nature of human social order.  They may not be an “individual” occurrence that can be addressed on a case by case basis  but a general malady that must be addressed on the societal level which will be far more complex and difficult to contain.

Truth about North Korea conflict

Mao Zedong vs MacArthur

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I recently read an article on Zerohedge.com that was written by Pat Buchanan.

The article makes the point that the time has come for us to depart as empire from the Koreas.

Pat Buchanan is a respected voice. He aims for the truth, and far more often than not he hits his mark. I agree in large measure with what Buchanan says here.  But there is just a little more to it….

Donald Trump is going to keep trying to tell it like it is no matter what his advisers tell him.

I think he’s very well aware of the true nature of the North Korea conflict but at each turn he is probably told that he
has to tow the official line for trade’s sake.

The reality is that this war was never a war between North Korea and South Korea it was a war between the United States and China!

It was from the start a war between Mao Zedong and Douglas MacArthur.

The United States felt that since it defeated Japan it was now entitled to much of Japan’s former property i.e. Korea. Mao Zedong felt differently. Ditto goes for Taiwan and the adventures of Chang Kai Shek.

The media has several trillion dollars of your money invested in its business yet they are not able to give the Amerian people a single little piece of Truth with all of that equipment, with all that orchestration, with all that effort, or with all the hoopla associated with journalism that gigantic amounts of money can buy!

The Truth is that this is a war between China and the United States. If it weren’t we would have obliterated North Korea in 30 minutes just as Douglas MacArthur wanted to do but was prevented by Eisenhower because he knew it would involve a war with China. China may have lost a million Chinese soldiers to this war and these soldiers still demand that some kind of Honor be brought to them ie that the tail be reattached to the Dragon, therefore Korea reattached back to China!

I agree with Pat Buchanan that we need to get out of this in an honorable way. Let the North and South talk; they are brothers and sisters they got caught in a bad deal and they’ve been paying for it for 80 years. Now we’re paying for it too. The anti-missile system in South Korea is in reality a system capable of delivering nuclear warheads which is why the Chinese are angry. God only knows what has been left in Japan and Taiwan. Our best interest is to get out of all this but still guarantee free trade and autonomy for these nations.

We can wipe out North Korea in 30 minutes tops but we have been told by China that this would involve retaliation from China and quite possibly Russia. Since the Russians managed to kick the big money out of their Nation and the big money of course is quite angry at the Russians and has resulted in worsening relations with the U.S.. But this has forced the Russians to seek other options therefore a cooperation with China. Don’t forget Russia has a border with North Korea and though there is no direct interest in North Korea for Russia they see it as a possible weight against all those troops stationed on their border in Europe. They are with the Chinese be certain of that.

The only solution to this clownery is for the North Koreans to speak with the South Koreans abd to begin mending fences so that brothers and sisters are once again reunited in the distant future. This is what’s best for them and this is what’s best for us, Japan, Taiwant, China and Russia.

I’m Sure the Big Man(Donald Trump) is thinking this…but his advisers are probably all over him, urging him to think otherwise.

The reality is that the Media will keep telling the American people that China is not the main enemy, but this is because there are huge Big Money bets on China trade. The Big Money made BIG BETS IN CHINA and they are not going to let Trump, or anyone else interfere….and so the story goes that China is just a big lug caught in the middle…BS!!!

Donald Trump Expectations

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President Donald Trump

Ok…so he’s here…he’s our president. Now what?

What can we expect? What can we really expect from Donald John Trump( a.k.a the “Donald”)
who is now the forty sixth president of the United States!

Well we have to give him a whirl and see what he can do. So much is true. We’ll see what he’s
about soon enough. His early moves do not really define him as yet. So far these moves are only
cosmetic. They are not deep rooted policy changes, which only congress can effectuate in reality.
So we are still at the point where we have to consider what is likely to come out of a Trump presidency.

But what do we really expect of him now that
he’s become “really big”, bigger than life almost?

To answer that we have to look at much of what he’s been saying, and why he’s been saying it.
Throughout his campaign Donald Trump made it clear that he was not at all happy about the way
things have turned out in the United States. It was also quite clear that a very large number of
Americans agreed with his assesment. He and his strongest supporters are obviously not very happy
campers. Something went wrong in the past thirty, forty, fifty years in the land of Milk and Honey.

Now Donald Trump is a billionaire, and it does not seem to most of us that much went wrong in his life.
But there is an edge to this man that betrays a deep dissatisfaction with the way things really are.
As if-though he achieved much in his life- something was still amiss. As if something he expected simply
didnt happen. He seems to have lost faith. Indeed, if anything can tie Donald Trump to the vast majority of
Americans, it is just that. They too have lost faith. Despite much success overall, the nation, or very large
parts of it, have in fact lost faith.

There will be some who will insist that only the disaffected voted for Trump. But this is clearly not the case.
Most small bussiness people, who are the most succesful, voted for Trump. The common thread is a loss of faith.
As if all too many people were not happy with what they were seeing America become.

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The America Donald Trump expected, the America many Americans expected, just didnt happen the way they envisioned
it would happen. And frankly that will hurt, no matter what station in American life you may find yourself at. To tell the
most meaningful truth, it always hurts when you lose faith in that which you love the most. And the vast number of Americans loved their nation. They wanted desperately to believe in it. Desperately to think it orderly, just,
pre-destined for greatness, and endowed with an order, and true beauty.

So waxing poetic, I think we can pretty much see that Trump seems to be feeling what his supporters are feeling.
What even his detractors are feeling. Expectations have been dashed for quite a while. The sense of national beauty
which quite often gives us all a sense of having some role to play with destiny was slowly eroded. As powerful, rich
and influential as the United States has become, a sense of disorder and lack of integrity has seeded enormous doubt.
It is this doubt that vaulted Trump to the presidency…against all odds.

So its clear that president Donald Trump’s main objective, and mission is to get expecations back to where the American people can once again believe in their manifest destiny again. Where the destiny of a people is once again visible
to the people.

We are still poetic, I know, but this seems very much the real task that Donald Trump is going to have to manage
or fail catastropically, tragically.

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There are questions about how succesful was the campaign of Donald Trump.

Donald Trump won the electorate but not the popular vote, this is true. Yet in reality Hillary Clinton and the Democratic party failed to haul in their own larger Democratic majority, otherwise they would probably have won easily. A very large number of Democratic voters were not very faithful either. They too could not believe that everything would be fine with four more years of the same as we have had-despite Obama’s seeming popularity. That’s as close to a single reason for Trump’s win as I can come up with. There was not enough faith in the way things were going for the naton on either side. Too few believed in staying the course. And they didnt! They wanted Change…that same sort of change they were promised with Barack Obama, but in the end, obviously felt they didnt really get.

In the end, it all comes down to faith. Perhaps even down to just simple esthetic attraction. Do you believe in the present state of affairs, do you believe your nation, your people, your community, your family are going in the right direction? Are they beautiful to look at, or is there an ugly side that you just cant stand to see anymore?

And even if things are not right and good now, will they be better later, and soon? Can faith be found? Can beauty emerge eventually? If the answer is no then the clamour for change will start to ring until ultimately it becomes a cacophonous roar for open revolution!

Of course, faith and beauty come mostly to those who have some money you will argue. Yet, again when we look carefully we cannot say that the poor elected Trump. By and large they actually voted for Clinton, if they voted at all. Those who didnt vote for Clinton did not as some are now suggesting, vote for Trump because they expected more. This man is a billionaire, it is unlikely he’s going to convince a large number of poor that he is generous enough to improve their
general state. No. Most Democrats who did not vote for Trump did not vote for him because they lost faith in the Democratic party. Most Republicans who did not vote for Republican presidential candidates opposing Trump did not vote
because they lost faith. They did not vote for Trump because they believed he would create jobs, but because they believed he would restore the United States to its lofty place as the primary innovator and consumer of the world. They voted more for the game plan, than the promise of a particular outcome. This was not about particular issues so much, as about where the nation as a whole was heading.

Those who did vote for particular issues..lost big on Trump. Clinton promised everyone everything. But no one bought it.

This then is how Donald Trump got to be president. And this too is why those who are still intent on undermining his presidency should think very carefuly. The game has really changed with Trump. There is a fundamental clamor for something that people can have faith in. Something they can once again believe in, and love again. And judging by Trump’s initial actions as president, he is dedicated to forcing that change in the nation’s state of mind. He wants the nation to go back to a common, national understanding about what is right, and what is not. He wants to begin to restore a rational order to the nation, no matter the personal issues that might oppose that order.

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We can see clearly that there were warning signs all over the place before the election. The British exit from Europe was an evil omen for those who thought things would go on the same forever. It was clear that the British people were not happy campers either.

They did not want to see their England overrun with globalism. They were obviously angry, if even a little sneaky. Few polls predicted the Brexit victory over the establishment either. It was clear the movement was a relatively quiet movement, but as your grandma might say, its the quiet rivers you have to watch for. The quiet rivers flooded the voting booth, and Brexit happened.

By the end of the Brexit vote it was quite clear that the European Union was facing an existential threat. It was in danger of dissolving. And to this point little has changed. More than this the Globalist empire was itself under threat and to this point nothing is changed.

With the full realization pending, Donald Trump snuck into the white house though poll after poll had predicted an easy win for Hillary Clinton. In the end the electoral count was not even close. He is said to have lost the popular vote, but most of this vote was generated in a few states on the two coasts. The vast majority of states chose Trump, and it is likely that if he had campaigned for the popular vote, he would have won that too. When we consider that the Trump campaign had few big money contributions, and very little media support over all, Trump’s win was nothing less than gigantically decisive. The American people had had enough of the establishment, enough of the pernicious disorder and degeration of cultural integrity produced by an overly “liberal” establishment.

There was now a genuine wave of discontent in both the United States and Europe. There is little faith in liberal globalism left in the West.
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So what can we expect Donald Trump to do?

We should understand that the first 100 days of a presidency are usually the honeymoon period. The president is usually given some leeway and a grace period to get his act together. Unfortunately for Trump, this is not going to happen this time.

Its clear that we are all ready to do battle and that there will be no honeymoon in the first hundred days. Indeed the Media has taken to actually counting Trump’s days in office, as if to emphasize the pain that people are supposed to be feeling, but which I suspect is a gimmick used to measure the Media’s own pain at the outcome of the election.

In general there is apparently a mandate for Trump which he will not be able to refuse, which he does not want to refuse. It is clearly his task to restore faith in both the American Union, and in its spiritual essence, the Constitution. Though some would argue against the latter, the truth is that anyone seeing Trump for what he is really doing will understand that Trump’s main goal is to reestablish the will of the people at the expense of the elite. This is quite clear, and there should be little doubt about it. Indeed the only ones who seem to doubt this are the elite themselves. They have all but absolutely convinced themselves that Trump was only “playing”, only pretending. Yet this does not seem likely at all.

It is clear that Donald Trump’s presidency will be judged, both by the nation, and in his own mind on how well he manages to restore the doctrine of self determination, not only in the United States, but globally. Let it be said clearly, from his early actions Trump’s intention is to restore self determination as both a national, and international principle.

Each nation must learn to run its own business, each nation must excercize the will of its own people, and each nation is to be held responsible for its acts. This is clearly Trump’s philosophy, even from his first several weeks in office we can see that he means business.

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And herein lies the challenge.

We have recently heard of his tussle with China, and specifically the insistance of China that Taiwan belongs to the mainland chinese and that one day they will reclaim Taiwan the way they reclaimed Hong Kong. But even before Donald Trump assumed the presidency he made it clear that this was not American policy, nor was it part of the American credo. He accepted comment from Taiwan to China’s consternation. But this is natural and right. This is something Ronald Reagan would have wanted to see and for good reason. To Americans there is no reason why Taiwan cannot be a free nation. No Taiwan cannot dictate policy for China, it cannot claim to be China, it is not, but there is no justification for Communist China to insist that the island of Taiwan is their belonging. The Taiwanese are a free people and cannot be expected to bow to the communist party of China simply because of events that took place some ninety years ago. We will see how serious Trump is overall simply by what he does with China.

It is an important, early gesture with global implications. The American ideal of Self Determination is back on the table, and it will require some new understanding by many of our former friends, including the Chinese. It is no doubt a gesture that is quite Reaganesque and we are likely to see much more of this from Trump. There is little doubt that Reagan must have influenced Trump to a significant extent.

Reagan, like Trump believed ultimately in the constitution. He believed that all people have a right to self determination, a right to select their leaders and call their home, their own. If you look carefully you will see that Reagan started no major wars, even when at times he might have had a good excuse to do so. Reagan was more inclined to let nations settle their differences, much like Eisenhower before him, and was a lot less inclined to interfere except in as far as to prevent a cascade of chaos.

The action of Trump with Taiwan is a good introduction I think of what Trump’s policy and philosophy is likely going to be going forward. Though it would be clearly in the best interest of both China and the United States to remain on good terms both politically and economically, there will have to be some “philosophical”, and “emotional” adjustments, perhaps by both sides.

Although Trump has recently acquiesced to the “One China” policy, it is very unlikely that his stance on Taiwan is going to effectively change. Indeed when you look carefully no such change is even possible.

The United States has really no other choice than to pursue a policy of self determination around the world. It has become too expensive and too complex to police the world. In the end, the task that Trump will have before him is to convince the world that a new outlook is possible, both internationally and domestically.

We chose this example of Taiwan firstly because I think what happens with China and Taiwan is going to in large part determine what happens elsewhere. What principles are enacted in the Asian theatre are likely going to be indicative of what happens interanationally and domestically. We’re going to see what the general philosophy of Trump is in Asia being that it is immediately important to establish a policy there considering the nature of the extensive-yet relatively cordial- China US relations.

We will probably see how the more difficult issues of the Mid East, Europe, and Russia relations will develop with what attitudes and strategies are adopted early on in Asia.

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Trump has repeatedly made it clear that he believes nations are responsible for themselves. The “Empire” is no longer in the business of providing sanctuary to those who do not provide for themselves. This has been made clear with NATO repeatedly. Trump has not seen any general promise or profit in paying for NATO, or for the UN since these seem not to serve the interest of Self Determination. They do not seem to serve the idea of either self determination or self support, which it is clear that Donald Trump feels are all important in a world of moral equals.

Some may think that this is all some prequel to some fantastic deal that is to be suddenly unvieled against the Russians, but the truth is that anyone looking at the reality of our world will soon see that there is no other option. Nations must support themselves-they cannot expect their neighbors to do that for them. With twenty trillion dollars of nominal debt the United States is really not in the position to support its neighbors. Only some particularly deceptive ideologist could ever hope to justify the present state of affairs.

The fundamental lesson that seems early on to guide Trump is that in trying to support the global empire we have in some way lost our own soveriegnty. This would explain the irritation that Trump seems to be feeling for some of our allies around the world. This including Europe.

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That there are difficulties in Europe, it is clear. Europe has long ago run out of natural resources. Yet they continue to live the high life as best they can. Unfortunately this is going to require an increasingly efficient productivity and trade in order to be able to support themselves. Gone are the protectorates that for a long time provided luxurious living for Europeans. Success is going to require strict self reliance and self restraint. The United States is in no position to provide that for the Europeans. We have now clearly our own very serious limitations to consider.

For many years a fear of Russia, and Russia’s possible influence on Europe has for the most part been the primary motive for US policy.

Yes, it is clear that Russia is a powerful nation, with great resources, and there is only so much trust that can be handed to the Russians. But in the end it would seem natural to assume that the Europeans can take care of themselves. Indeed for the most part they have been taking care of themselves for the past seventy years after the end of World War II. There is no reason to think that Europe, the United States, and Russia cannot come to an equitable understanding when it comes to trade and much needed resources. Unless of course one side tries to destablize the other. Or take unjustifiable advantage.

Under Trump I think we can all expect a new philosophy to begin making its presence felt, and this new philosophy will stress self-reliance. There is little reason to think that Russia is in an offensive posture, or for that matter that Europe is in a defensive posture. But it is clear that Europe is in need of resources, and in the case of Natural gas Russia is able to provide for this need. But there is little concern beyond this. Nowhere is there any evidence of coercion, nor for that matter does there seem to be any need for it. There is little indication of Russia expansionism, nor any obvious need for it.

It is very clear that Donald Trump understands this, at least he has strongly implied that he does understand even if the establishment he defeated does not quite want to accept these realities.

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Russian detente is not going to be an option for the United States. Why exactly the Obama administration and its managers chose this present confrontational stance with Russia is not clear to me. When we look at the hard realities on the ground in both Europe, and the Middle East, and in Asia, it is very easy to see that Russia is a necessary relationship for all involved. Neither the Russians, nor the Europeans, nor the United States can afford to not have a working relationship with each other. Its simply not possible. Again why it is that so much rancor has been made manifest is not clear(except if it is because Putin was not keen on playing to the Globalists.) But it is clear that Trump seems to want no part of it.

Russia’s aid is needed in all directions. Whether we desire a stable middle east, or stable Europe, or stable Asia, Russia’s cooperation is absolutely necessary. Even if our aim is to run a pipeline through Syria to provide alternative gas supply to Europe, still we would need the Russians to stabilize Syria and parts of the Mid East. There will be a price no doubt, but without paying some price the task is not likely to be accomplished at all. So much seems simple. I do not believe that Donald Trump will see it any other way. I dont think he can afford to see it any other way actually. Even if Hillary Clinton had won, there is little doubt that the direction would be pretty much the same in this regard. I am of the mind that even Obama and Kerry were merely setting things up for a deal to be reached.

The alternative is likely to be war. I simply dont see any profit from this to think it would be seriously pursued. Nor do I think that the Russians are likely to chicken out, though I sometimes feel that this is the general sentiment of those who choose to pursue an aggressive stance on Russia. In all cases it is likely more beneficial to have a mature, non-globalist affected relation with the Russians.

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So for this reason we have to believe that Trump is going to seek a deal with the Russians. There seems little choice in the matter.

However, there are specifics.

The nature of the Ukrainian fiasco is difficult. Crimea is probably an intractable issue. I do not believe the Russians will deal in any way with Crimea. The reasons are both historic and economic. As for those who stupidly believe the Russians have an interest in expansion into Eastern Europe, I cannot in any way agree. The Russias chucked the Soviet Union because it was too expensive for them to maintain. There are few resources that the Russians need from Eastern Europe that they could not simply trade for. If anything, it is Eastern Europe that desperately needs the Russian resources. But of course we once again come back to self determination. This is something the Eastern Europeans would have to manage on their own. We can help them with this I suppose, in trying to get as good a deal as possible, but there is really only so much that can be viewed as our burden, or our own justified risk. This too is rather simple to understand I think, and is likely well understood by the new administration as well.

It is likely that the Russians would not be averse to some kind of solution to the Ukraine, excepting Crimea, but this would require cooperation from the Ukrainians. This native co-operation may not be all that easy to come by. The Ukrainians sadly have some very deep divisions. Still I do not see this as insurmountable. In the end it would seem to me that both the Russians and the US, as well as western Europe would all rather see the gas flowing than not. I think self interest would ultimately rule the day here..again assuming the Ukrainians can themselves come to an acceptable understanding.

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But now we come to Syria, and the Mid East. A more difficult issue.

It is clear that a pipeline could run through Syria, but not under the proposals of the Obama administration. What the Obama administration was asking simply couldnt be done I think. The Russians have a potentially disastrous condition on their southern flank. Having Syria, and then Iran fall would probably inflame all the muslim states to the South of Russia all the way to China. This was never a possibility and it is likely that Russia would have fought to prevent this. Having Syria and Iran fall is more probably an existential threat to the Russians so there is little hope in pursuing that objective.

However a better behaved Syria and Iran are a possibility. And this is likely what the objective is going to be. With some Russian, and perhaps Chinese assurances there should be little in the way of danger for our allies in the Middle East. So much can be negotiated I think. Indeed, I dont think there are any other rational expectations. So I really dont see much else for Trump to do here.

Remember, his concern is to restore faith in the United States. This is going to be his primary task. He will not have much leeway elsewhere. Starting a hot war with Russia is not likely to do that. Besides the risks would quickly lead to a highly unstable domestic situation which Trump could not afford to see happen. Any major wars in the Mid East with a formidable power will almost certainly have severely destabilizing domestic effects.

If assurances are sufficient, a pipeline can be run into Syria, into Turkey and provide an alternative gas feed into Europe. This would probably be seen as a good deal to shoot for ultimately, and perhaps there is no one better than Secretary of State Tillerson to pursue this kind of objective, considering his background.

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The Sunnis

The Sunni problem is yet another highly complex problem. The formation of ISIS is due in large part to the destabilization of Sunni nations that were percieved by Sunnis as being authentic, or self governed quasi representative of Sunni muslim self determination. Those with strong dictatorships were at least under the control of the Sunni leaders themselves, whereas Saudi Arabia and the gulf states are not seen as such. The rallying cry around religion is probably only superficial in the end. Most of this rancor is more probably due inherently to ethnic animosity going all the way back to the Palestinian issue. This will continue until some better more generally sustainable solution is found.

Trump, along with Russia will probably center on controlling or eradicating ISIS but this will do little to quell the ethnic Sunni animosity towards foreign interference(even if that animosity is garbed in religious extremism.) It is not likely that either Saudi Arabia, certainly not Egypt, and certainly not Turkey, or Pakistan are likely to serve the Sunni faithful as authentic representatives of their nationalistic, or religious aspirations at this point. Therefore whatever Trump does, he is very unlikely to quell the unrest. For this reason he will more than likely be forced to deal with those elements that can be ameliorated for the present. These are likely to be Iran, Turkey, Egypt and even Syria. With Russia making deep inroads to these, it will probably require Trump to play the game, much to the chagrin of his allies, both in the Mid East, and in Europe.

Still, the ultimate objective that Trump will have in the Mid East is to keep the oil flowing and for as long as he can do that with minimum expenditures, it is likely he’ll be happy with the results. ISIS will be a problem, but if he manages Syria and Iran ISIS should be a minimal problem though one that is not likely to go away any time soon. It is however a problem that can only flare up to exteme condidtions if some foreign power is involved. For this reason Trump will have to seek some kind of understanding with both allies, and adversaries.

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However, all this is ideal and very much dependent on a few other actors. China being major.
The Chinese problem is going to be a serious one for Trump and will have an effect in both the Mid East and in Europe. It may also affect South America and Africa. There are many reasons for saying this.

But perhaps the most significant reason is that the Chinese Communist party has essentially promised the Chinese people that it can single handedly bring China into the twenty first century of endless consumption. Unfortunately this might not have been such a wise idea. We are even now facing the limits of consumption. Resources are getting more and more expensive and harder and harder to find. Though it would appear through manipulation of exploration and production that this is not the case, we can see clearly that sooner or later there will be a rise in prices for commodities. It will become more expensive to consume. And this expense will at some point in time become a significant determinant in all theaters.

China having nearly four times the population of the United States is going to be a difficult climb into general economic prosperity. There is no question of this. She will of necessity be more inclined to support globalism than nations now more developed. Europe and the United States themselves are now facing huge trade deficits, already needing massive imports on energy and materials in order to maintain their lofty standards of living. But the requirements of these two populations would pale in comparison to what China would need if it were fully modernized-Western style. The last thing China wants to see is a tightening of markets, or rigid borders. Yet this is exactly what she is going to face for both political reasons, but perhaps more importantly for natural reasons. It is highly unlikely that the Globalist philosophy had much life left to it.

She will not be, at this point, a great fan of self determination and local insulation of the world’s economies. The promises made by the party will not make it easy for her to absorb dissapointment. Though it would not be easy for any nation to absorb some form of contraction, it is more likely that nations in Europe and the United States will find it easier to reach a higher state of efficiency than would China for the simple reason that the expectation in China is that of endless growth, and steep at that. Expectations in Europe have become more moderate after the end of World War II.

If it should become clear that present Chinese expectations are not very likely, even if economic stability is not lost(which is rather more likely) domestic political stability will come under duress. For this reason she is likely to resist any withdrawal from present globalist expectations, or operative principles.

For this reason any change in philosophy by Trump is going to have to be implemented with some grace and care. This is quite possibly the most important reason for engaging the Russians. The question for Trump is going to be how to establish a new agenda while keeping things stable and sustainable. There will be great resistance, not only from our allies, but also from emerging markets. Trump will have to find a way to establish a stable global environment even as the old unsustainable system is dissipated.
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China will not be likely to cooperate on local issues either. She is not likely to see Tawain or any of her neighbors as potentially independent of her own economy or its needs. This reality will be very difficult to overcome.

In general it is safe to assume that China is going to seek its own Hegemony in Asia and this is going to be a real problem. Although we can allow nations to be themselves, it will not be possible to allow China to become a new “Empire”.
Any steps taken in that direction can become the basis for confrontation.

For as long as the emphasis was on securing the resources of nations which produced them, China could simply play the game as well as anyone else, but once that game turns to self determination, China will have the biggest problem of all. She, like Japan, and Europe are not really very well suited to self containment under the present idealogical self image. This will make things quite difficult.

Trump will have to manage this, with a little help from his newly found friends. But this is exactly why it is crucial that a good relationship exist in the West. Any instability or rancor in the West, and things will begin getting globally unstable and could spiral into chaos in a real hurry.

It should be noted that Hillary Clinton wanted to global trade the brics out of their resources.with the reasoning that this is how to contain nations like China..but that just didnt work and probably would not have down the road. The present multi national ideology was inclined to encourage the consumption of the emerging nations at the expense of the resource producers. Unfortunately the gigantic amounts of credit required make it quite clear that this system is not sustainable. It was fine for a few people to make offensive amounts of money, but we could not justify burdening billions of people with that debt when in fact these people are supposed to be a free people allowed to choose their own the course to their own destiny.

The simplest rendering of the Clinton Obama view of the world is this: An established intelligentia, established Academia, media and established economic order, globally empowered, and privately held must be supported at all costs. Even if those costs should risk all out world war. Or even if this economic order risked the freedom of the masses in democratic nations. Saddling the American people with 30 trillion dollars of nominal debt(this number including national, state and local debt) could not point to anything but economic enslavement for the vast majority of people in the western world. It is clear that the voting public understood this in both the United States and in most nations in Europe.

For this reason the old system has to go, kicking and screaming if it must.

But this will have tremendous consequences. Changes of this nature are not likely to be without great costs both domestic and global. There will be Titanic forces at work here.
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We then come to the ultimate problem facing Trump: The economy, and the domestic political climate.

Its obvious from the first few weeks that President Trump is not going to be any less exciting as president than he was as candidate.

The mass protests, media temper tantrums, and division are evident everywhere. There are people mad at Trump for no particular reason it seems, as if its simply become fashionable to be mad at him. There are people overseas who likely have no clue of what Donald Trump’s real agenda might be actually taking the time to protest against him, vehemently at that. Even those who have no particular political leaning seem at times to be angry that Trump is taking so much action so quickly. As if Trump is disturbing a sleeping baby that suddenly awakens with a scream.

We are probably going to see four years of this.

All presidents since Jimmy Carter have pretty much moved with the aid of the established power base, and have enabled and enriched that power base. Under Barack Obama that power base reached its pinnacle. It has never before been as powerful as it is now. Donald Trump has ostensibly challenged that power base. Whatever he wants to do he will have to do it without the aid of that power base. He will have to stand against the establishment, where he will, and expect massive counter attacks. This is going to be hard and have cosmic repercussions. It will all depend on how much power his own base of supporters can attain. And how Donald Trump will use that power. Ultimately he will have to direct that power towards congress, and demand legislation that changes the fundamental order of the nation. This will be the ultimate test for Trump’s administration.

The establishment is not going to relent any time soon. The GOP seems inclined to want to believe that Donald Trump is after all their own creation, even if he did beat them relentlessly during the primaries. They seem to want to believe that Trump is just another billionare who will ultimately come to his sensess and see things their way. But he has repeatedly made it clear that he is not going to see things their way any time soon.

His actions on the border, and his actions with immigration are quite clear. He knows that he will not be tolerated by his own supporters if he fails to in some way shut down the borders and do something about jobs leaving the nation. Though his actions thus far are frankly superficial, they strongly point to a very different philosophy than the one that’s prevailed thus far.

As far as the Mexican border wall goes. Be certain neither the Democratic party, nor the mainstream GOP want to see such a thing built. For one it will change the voter dynamics that both have been counting on. For another it may lead to significant taxation at the border, and neither party’s sponsors will be happy about that. So its quite clear that both party hierarchies have orders to dissuade Trump from enacting anything like the Mexican border wall as it is being proposed.

However, Trump knows that this will score some big points with his own voters and he is almost certain to go through with it. For its part the wall may actually do some real good. The problem with the Mexican border is that it has facillitated a great deal of crime for centuries. This criminal activity has led to destabilization for both Mexico and the United States. While Heroin and illegal drugs and sex slaves flow north, guns and racketeering flow south. The border may actually do some real good for both nations in the end.

A tax to pay for it would also do good. The United States has lost too many jobs and too much industry south of the border. But little of this has actually benefited the majority of Mexicans. Most of this arrangement has benefited the elite few who own these businesses and who profit immensely from these arrangements(indeed most of these are actually Americans.) Little of this wealth has really found its way to either the Mexican public or the American general public. A tax on that border to pay for this wall would here tend to stop what has thus far been a destructive trend for both nations.

Still, this is going to require much more from Trump. And here we will see how honest he intends to be(or how honest he can be-as he himself has said, some promises are not deliverable due to inordinate opposition.) Still a Guest Worker Program will at some point in time be needed here. There is nothing wrong with having guest workers, as long as they remain just that, guests and do not evolve to become economic and social liabilities. All of this will heavily depend on the principles of enforcement, especially executive enforcement, and this is Trump’s responsibility for which he will want to set a standard.

Too many people think those against a lax immigration policy are simply racists. They do not understand it seems to me that most people are not necessarily going to condemn people of a different culture but are more likely to react if they feel that the general societal order is being undermined. The anger felt by most who are against illegal immigration is that it is disordering their society, making it unpredictable, and at times unmanageable(as when a person gets on the freeway and seems to have entered a giant parking lot.) The general dissent is not against particular immigrant ethnic groups(though it often targets these out of frustration) but against the disorder that illegal immigration generates. The truth of this is pretty much self evident.

A guest worker program, ripe with strict laws can be managed by Trump, indeed will have to be managed likely. But how much success he will have with this is questionable. At this point the voters have reacted and have little faith in the government being able to enforce any laws at all. Yet if some general doctrine on immigration is not enacted or at least initiated, Trump will in reality have failed to solve this problem, and it will continue to fester. He may promise more actions during his second term, this is going to be a matter of political strategy.

Besides this, the United States must make some effort to balance its trade deficit at some point in time. Starting with the Mexican border is a good idea. But this must be applied to others as well. We must do something to trade more effectively, and a border tax is a tool that has long been effective. There will be vociferous opposition to be sure. Trump will be accused of racism, isolationism, and protectionism, but in general those who supported him will more than likely accept a border tax as being in the interest of the American people if a direct benefit can be seen.

In the end Trump will have to convince people that the nation is stable, and can remain stable. Our present condition is clearly not sustainable. This will be seen quickly I think. We are expending vast amounts of energy trying to keep the dam from leaking, but it is. Fixing the dam is going to be difficult for Trump. I honestly dont know if he will, or can have success with this under the present circumstances. The tasks are daunting.

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As for Trump’s Supreme court justice picks, he is going to go conservative with the first of these choices in order to replace Judge Antonin Scalia, but I would not be surprised to see him ease up somewhat on any succeeding appointment. Roe vs Wade cannot be overturned. I think Trump knows this and will not look to be making anymore enemies than he already has. I think rather that his main objective with the court is to make it less liberal than it would otherwise be and attempt to insulate it somewhat against future liberal appointees. I do not think however that Trump will be inclined to appointing extremist justices. If justice Gorsuch is approved by congress the court will go back to its original state, and that was a fairly balanced, somewhat conservative court(with extreme judges on either end.)

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Trump’s greatest challenge is going to be the economy.

The economy is heavily dependent on debt right now. Jobs have been created, albeit not great jobs, but mostly on gigantic amounts of credit. It will be difficult for Trump to maintain these jobs without resorting to credit himself. For this reason I dont see Trump allowing the dollar to gain anymore strength. If indeed he wants to balance trade, and is serious about a border tax then he must have a weaker dollar. Moreover if he intends to borrow more money in order to create a fiscal stimulus then he will almost certainly have to avoid an interest rate rise. To effectuate change on the level that Trump proposes will require some economic degrees of freedom that can only come from a weaker dollar and lower interest rates.

With lower interest rates commodities are likely to rise. This would help the domestic oil, gas, and mining operations that Trump wants to support. It would also help the food industry and housing industry. So there is good reason to believe that Trump’s administration is going to be looking for a much weaker dollar and lower interest rates.

The problem with all that is inflation. I dont know why the “market” and the Fed are so fond of inflation. Inflation is almost always a killer of economic activity. Commodities have so far been kept in check, but this will not last. It has never been the case that commodity prices can be kept in check during inflationary periods. Sooner or later, there will be a tremendous explosion in commodity prices, and the primal fears will almost certainly become realities. This much control cannot be sustained by anyone.

All in all Trump is going to have to thread the needle. Should inflation rise too quickly, the economy will likely crash, too slowly and the resistance to change will become too great. The economy will be Trump’s economic achilles heal and how he manages it will determine how well he does. Even success in adding jobs could backfire if this results in too much inflation. The level of debt, private, corporate, and government will severely limit a spiral continuity. More than likely the economy will fail at the first sign of real inflation. There will be limited options.

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It must be understood that each president comes in with an economic agenda and stratagem. Mostly this stratagem revolves around increasing his own power base. That is to say Bush tried to increase the fortunes of his own voter power base, centered around the production and distribution of oil, and fundamentalist Christians. Obama around his, the Black American miniority and liberal America. Clinton around his, the proffesional and tech industry, and multi-ethnic base. But in the end these three presidents managed to dramatically increase the power and wealth of the “Elite” to a far greater degree than what they promised to their voter base. As a result the nation became weaker in the process.

In the end it comes to distributing and redistributing America’s wealth to particular groups which support a particular president or politician, and his “Ideals”. There is really no way around this. If Trump wants to remain a viable candidate for 2020 he will have to manage to redistribute wealth to those who supported him, or at least give the appearence of having done so; and these having this wealth it is assumed will attract others and so Trump’s base will grow in power and numbers.

However, in the event that the fortunes of the American economy begin to decline under Trump, even for reasons which he cannot control-through no fault of his own so to speak-he will still have to distribute wealth to those who would support him, at the expense of those who dont! And this then is the real game, the money game. This is why the “establishment” so opposes him. It will likely mean that they will have to take a pay cut, as well as a consequential power cut.

And this will mean war.

The Media is going to continue attacking Trump under the direction of the present power structure-which by the way is largely private and not a “deep state” public sector to whom some attribute the strong resistance to Trump(for in the end it is a private money game that is the ultimate determinant , on the battlefield, and both Trump and his “adversaries” are well aware of this.) For this reason Trump must continue to attack the Media. This is not going to get better for Trump-unless of course Trump surrenders. There is going to be a tug of war for the mind, and wallet of Americans. Trump will have to convince the American people that something new must happen if we are to sustain our nation, even if there is some pain involved. The establishment will try to convince the American people that Trump is an inteloper, an intruder who means no good, and can do no good. An “insurgent” bent on destroying all the liberal “progress” made by Obama and Clinton. All in all its going to be a war of ideologies, but the weapons used will be monetary.

It should be understood that if Trump is really intent on shifting the power base and integral order of the nation there will be severe consequences. You cannot go from one power base to another without consequences. For this reason any changes will have to have to be precise, and efficient. The more efficient the changes, the less the pain will be.

Yet, if Trump has even minor success in the economic front, he is likely to come out the winner. This will be especially true if the Trump administration manages to divert enough wealth out to rural America, where most of Trump’s supporters are to be found. Even if the cities suffer, he is still likely to have the votes for another four years.

As far as the “People” are concerned however, it will all come down to whether or not this president can restore the integrity of the nation, or at least prove that we’re on the way to a more noble, more sustainable , more beautiful national identity. For as far as the “People” can ever be concerned it will always have to do with faith, and the sustainability of a noble ideal; for this is now, and has always been the essence of nations. Individual citizens may revel in making a quick buck, but soon the nation will wither and die if it lacks integrity, and a belief in itself and a knowledge of its own manifest destiny. In the end it still all comes down to faith in the national identity. This will never change. Trump’s ultimate success, or failure will rest solely on how much stronger is the “People’s” faith in the ideals of the United States of America.

Pazuzu’s Playland , Iraq, and Syria

 

All in good fun
All in good fun

 

In 1973, Hollywood produced its best scary movie ever. The movie was based on William Peter Blatty’s novel “the Exorcist” and had as its subject sensational demonic possession. The story line went something like this: a little girl in an affluent house of a famous Hollywood actress was supposedly possessed by a quite vigorous, violent, ancient demon and it was left up two priests to exorcise  him from the girl. The demon’s name was Pazuzu.

He was supposed to have his origins in Africa, but was actually worshiped by those ancient people who once inhabited Iraq and Syria and they imagined him to be brought to their lands by the southwest wind, the bearer of disease, and famine, which would have come out of the Sahara from the perspective of the believers.

In the movie the Demon apparently had a long standing grudge with an old Jesuit priest, Merrin, for having exorcised him out of a little boy years ago in Africa; and so with revenge in mind, Pazuzu possessed a very young and innocent American girl now living in Georgetown, USA. some thirty years after the original encounter with the excorcist. The purpose for this new possession was to call the old priest back into a test of wills, good vs evil, virtue vs corruption, innocence vs perversion, and all that jazz. Needless to say his “infection” of the little American girl was quite brutal and quite salacious. At the time the movie was released, the American public, not yet exposed daily to the devilish humor of the comedy channel(cable tv not being available at the time) found the movie quite horrifying and “psychologically disturbing”. Vomit, and hysteria frequently accompanied each showing.

Millions flocked to see this movie, and most were deeply affected by its stunning psychological assault. The nuanced allusions to psychotic illness and extreme depravity, along with “supernatural” effects combined to make this movie – by most accounts- the most frightening movie ever made – even today the movie still holds this title, though it seems to elicit hysterical laughter as the most common response these days. Times have changed-thanks in large part to the comedy channel.

So much has changed that it often seems as if the demon Pazuzu has become a popular figure in our pop culture. He’s no longer viewed as vile, corrupt, or even evil, but kind of real, alternative, and quite plausible. In some places, even an anti-hero, an advocate of human discontent of sorts.

The movie is in a way quite prophetic when you think of it. The evil spirit lives and works in Iraq and Syria originally, but soon after manages to infect the soul of an American family. What more prophecy do you want?

Is this not what happened to us with our involvement in the Middle East over the past one hundred years? Have we not brought upon ourselves an evil spirit that keeps us fighting pointlessly in places like Syria and Iraq, and Lybia, and Afghanistan, and Iran and Israel and Palestine, and so on and so on? Have we not now managed to bring a plague both on the people of those lands, and on ourselves in the process? And to what ideal can we really attribute all this effort in the Mid East to but greed, malice, delusion, mockery, and defilement of our most sacred principles? Is this evil self abuse not what the wars in the Mid East really come to? Can we ever leave these wars behind? No! We are possessed, against our will no less, since the majority of Americans want no part of it really for it does not in the end profit the American ideal of individual liberty and self determination, yet here we are decades later still involved in this evil ritual that are the wars of the Middle East.

To what other spirit could we attribute these abominations if not to Pazuzu? As we wage murderous air wars over what are in the end defenseless people abused and disabused by our “superior” civilization- which most sacred Idol could we point to that would be more fit to honor these pursuits than an ancient middle eastern evil being of plagues? Instead of bringers of light and wisdom, we have become a plague upon these people! We have become a veritable curse upon these people of the Middle East!

Moreover foreign affairs are so vile and ugly overseas, that one cant help but see the awful coincidence between Pazuzu’s supernatural evil and what we are now seeing in Iraq, Libya and Syria and most other places in the Middle East. We are both possessor and possessed by evil perversion and delusions of grandeur and privilege.

Although we are sheltered by our well meaning benevolent media, in reality the horror of these wars is quite gruesome, quite supernatural, awfully acute and psychologically disturbing. As millions of people are blown away, millions starved to death, and millions made to wander the earth homeless and desperate, and forsaken while they curse fate, and God himself for having given them such misery; and all the while, just a short distance away in Europe, there is prosperity, peace, and plenty. We see a real plague in the Mid East these days and its as if we have raised a monument to this lord of the shit flies, in the personage of this hollywood popular personality that is the Demon Pazuzu, a spiritual lord of pestilence and disease.

In fact, this “sentiment” seems to have gone, viral, even universal. The movie, and its lead character, Pazuzu have been exported to just about every place on Earth. Many of these nations now make their own movies in his image. And when it comes to the Mid East, its as if all the major powers of the Earth, and all its people and religions have shown up at Pazuzu’s temple, in Northern Iraq to fight like wild dogs in heat. The prize this time instead of a little innocent girl’s body and soul, is now oil, natural gas, and power, and the final object of the contests is which of these wild dogs at last gets the bitch; but still the hatred, violence, pure evil, dire omen, and putrid stink, rotting body parts and gore are all there, just as in the movie. There is nothing “natural” about any of this. Its all quite “supernatural”, so much so, its almost phantasmagorical!

Sure this war was, and is about oil and gas, Russia, and the US and the Sunnis and the Shiites and Israelis and Palestinians, and Kurds, Turks Iraqis, Iranians and Libyans, ; colonialism, imperialism, capitalism, and nationalism, and greed and malice and all; and yes all these wars are about ancient hatred, and primal emotions, and grand delusions, and horrific bloodshed and injustice, and endless centuries of reckless desire and endless disparagement of human ideals…yep that’s true, but they are also a tremendous “hey there” to the Demon Pazuzu as well. This never ending war is a real tribute to that demon of the evil winds, the locusts, the plagues, the shit and the blow flies. For this war promises to be a an everlasting plague upon the Earth as it will probably ignite the European bon fire soon enough, even as Ukraine lies in wait. And from there, perhaps a species ending global holocaust in a third flamingly hot, radio actively sickening world war. Its as if the entire world is living an evil spirit that’s come to possess us all, and in some way or other we’ve all managed to let “Captain Howdy” into our living rooms. Much like the George Bush administration’s second war on Iraq which was actually televised on prime time. As if it were the movie of the week.

The future seems ripe for this Lord of the winds and plagues to conclude in one world ending Huracan of complete corporal ,moral deprivation, and devastation. Oh yeah there are proposals for peace, cease fires, agreements and a whole lot of other bull shit, but in reality the situation does not seem likely to change any time soon enough to keep the poor young priest from being possessed himself by the spirit from hell and then   murdering the innocent little girl and jumping out the window in one last vile act of self destruction, and self condemnation. And he will be condemned by all when he winds up at the bottom of the long stairs, with his head pointing to hell.

Soon enough, we might all come to feel we’re living in a real scary movie.

But in the meantime we can all see how frocks, pulpits, priestly robes, yarmulkes, sacred texts, shorn beards, Mohammed, Jesus, Abraham and Moses are all stripped naked and made to run in the dessert sands of the Middle East shouting all sorts of unspeakable obscenities at those others who are less sacred, less chosen, and less preferred by each respective chosen deity of worship.

Yes there are those few remaining “exorcists” who still have some real true pizzazz left, not yet corrupted by greed, glitz, and vanity, but these stalwart souls are few and far between. Most of them are digging up dead civilizations trying to resurrect the good old and sacred dead only to find they are forever battling the relentless evil, degenerate winds of the present. And they are losing the battle, for their own  possession is only getting worse.

Its interesting to see little children blown to bits, innocent human beings burned to a crisp, body parts all over the place, and the unending stink of infernal death wafting gently over whatever it is that remains after each successive bombing or raid or incursion has concluded(for the sake of “civilized” society, of course.) But we must ask at last to what spirit, what deity can all this abomination really be dedicated to? In whose name are we doing all this?

Its interesting to think how each and everyone of the actors in these wars defiles some sacred pact with their God, how each dutifully justifies their own atrocities while firmly accusing the other of murder, debauchery, and terrorism. The Demon grins, laughs and spits all kinds of funny vomit as the merry show progresses. Pazuzu’s laughter can be heard all over the world as all his suppliants gather for his happy festival in Syria and Iraq. Each of the gleeful participants willing to defile exceedingly, and more so than the other in unrestrained fealty to the evil star-crossed, winged being, now a popular movie star personality.

Judging by our present leading candidates, the merriment can only grow. Few politicians can resist a visit to the awful party, it seems.

When it comes to the Middle East, neither Priest, nor Pastor, nor Rabbi, nor Imam, nor president, prime minister, premier nor King nor Queen, nor common man, nor woman, or even child can resist dedicating a dark corner somewhere in their church or temple or stately building or palace , or home or hiding space secretly devoted to this supernaturally malignant,  mocking being. In every shadow his personage appears, in every daily compromise with each moment of silence he makes his way, ever defiling, ever deriding, ever corrupting whatever “Sacred” orifice he can find. And in every orifice, he places a seed that will only grow. And everyone of these obeys, humbly bows, makes the sign of the goat, and lays itself prostrate before this most malevolent mercurial spirit each time they remain silent for fear of monetary retribution or media backlash, or social chastisement. For in the end, the only real defense against the Lord Pazuzu is that they must either stand together against him on pure and moral principle, or be singled out by him and there destroyed one by one in the shadow of their own abode.

And in the end, their flocks will have little faith in them but much for the demon. A demon is far more colorful a public figure than a holy man, or any political leader – in most cases.

The United States having trespassed on the demon’s ground twice, in Iraq, now feels it may have to go a third time to defend its gains, yet each visit, another guarantees. The Muslim Royalty, having their wealth usurped seek to protect it by any means necessary, the Jews their sacred Israel, the Christians their Jerusalem; and the Russians, their soft underbelly and Southeastern flank, the United States its money, and Europe its “honor”..the Shia their integrity, the Sunni their superiority, the Kurds their little fire, Assad his legacy, the Turks their inheritance, Iran its history, and Iraq its legacy….all good reasons I’m sure. But each of these must pay the devil to get what they desire, and gleefully they do.

I’m sure there are millions of parents, priests and politicians over all the world who must honestly wonder why their children are into “Black Metal” and “Satan’s Music”… well “you need not wonder why there is no time left for you”. Children are actually quite smart, in most cases smarter than their parents, and quite a bit more honest. Somewhere they caught on perhaps to all the vanity in the mirror, to all the excuses given, to all the bestial dispensations in the theater of utter monstrosity that is war. And somehow they feel the need to justify their society, justify its actions to themselves, live with it so to speak(perhaps even to justify the actions of their own parents.) But how? And then perhaps slowly they realize darkly that there is one path for them to take, and for many, its the only path that’s left for them to take, and so they do, and then they have acquired their “wings”.

As the war in the Middle East gains fury and strength( and believe me it will) the Lord of the Shit Flies will corrupt all before him:  all faith, all conscience, all reason, all restraint, all ideals, all principles, all volition, and all excuses, and all these will eventually bow to his desires as the ever increasing number of blow flies consume the ever increasing number of corpses and spread all consuming corruption over all lands and all seas, corrupting both air and earth, matter and soul.

Unless of course, somewhere out there there is an Exorcist still worth his frocks, and still having some stale cloudy holy water left to toss on the Paz;  somewhere in the cavernous bottomless dark abyss of Morea. Of course he(or she) will need to be quite popular, and it’ll be difficult to match Pazuzu in popularity. The Paz is a bonefied Rock Star! But if we shine enough light on this wondrous, mighty, evil fly, and make enough noise, and shout him out, he just might just be satiated, get sleepy and go back to the shadows, and give us some peace, at least for awhile .

We often hear in television commercials  that what happens over there, stays there and maybe it is true for Las Vegas ;  but this is not true of Iraq and Syria. One day you too might hear some vague noise in your attic or your basement, or in some dark corner of your home, and you might think its just rats, or squirrels, or vagabond raccoons, but soon you may find your daughter or your son, your little brother, or sister, or your very closest companion just made a fantastic new friend whom you will come to know, intimately! And then life will imitate art.

What Me Worry?

Uncle Sam
You’ve got nothing to worry about. You’re in good hands.

There is Much Fear in our Country..but why?

Recently it has become apparent that a growing number of people seem to be unduly worried about events around the world and in the United States particularly. There has been a constant badger in mostly minor, seat of their pants media outlets about the possibility of the entire world order spiraling out of control. There is ceaseless talk of total catastrophic economic collapse , and of the possibility of complete social disorder, chaos, and infinite violence. There has even been talk of the very real possibility of world war, words not heard since Ronald Reagan single handedly subdued the late great Soviet Union with the threat of space weapons, and advanced smart bots. Although the main stream media is not so inclined as to alarm the American people-for what would be the point of scaring their customers when all the media really wants to do is sell them stuff? Still the once soft spoken fear mongering murmurs in the shadows have now become more like the shouts of hoards of mad people raging in the middle of the night during a really bad storm.

For this reason we think its time to look at the matter of world stability with a more sober eye for reality than is presently being promulgated by the “edge of psychological stability” community.

Lets first admit the facts so that we are clear on what needs to be considered:

Yes, we do owe monstrous amounts of money. As others have mentioned before the debt is really closer to 28 Trillion dollars than it is 18 Trillion. If we count state, local, and the Federal Reserve Debt, then the 28 Trillion dollar figure is way closer to reality than is the 18 T . Ok, so far so good.

But how was that debt created? If not for a push of a button it really didn’t need to exist at all. Someone at the Fed merely pushed a magic button and trillions of dollars appeared out of nowhere. Now to some that’s alarming, and indicative of the end of the economy, but its not. These people saying its something to worry a wart over are just scaredy cats. Afraid of things that go bump in the night.

We have Infinite Credit

Here’s why we shouldn’t really worry about the debt:

Think about it, if the Fed can press a button and make Trillions of dollars appear out of thin air, what’s to keep them from doing it again? Ok we owe 28 trillion dollars, but the Fed can just press another button and we can owe fifty, sixty seventy a hundred trillion dollars. Its just a button that needs to be pressed is all. No biggie.

Yes yes yes…its true numbers like these are scary to some of our political minded clucks out there and yes they will screech about how this is “dangerous” and “psychotic” and “impossible to sustain” and all that, but in reality it isn’t. Its just a button, press it, and we have way more credit and we can pay off any debt we need to pay in the interim. Just borrow more and pay your debts.

But some disconcerted few ingrates would say that the global economy might not be in the mood to see more credit coming out of the United States. They may be afraid of infinite quantitative easing and the like causing an eventual currency collapse. But this is not something to worry about.

As long as we can pummel any nay sayers with our infinitely more powerful military, everyone will be assured in our “system” and we can make ever more money, we can have the Federal Reserve buying used sofas if we need to. Besides, as any Harvard graduate economist will attest to, its the only way we really have to increase the money supply, after all our whole economic system is based on credit, and debt…and no this should not be interpreted as a “flaw”. No its genius, actually. We can forever increase the money supply, credit, and debt as long as we have the military presence of mind to back it up. Which is why its important to have a strong and violent military, and imaginative reasons for using it against unruly terrorists, and backwards thinking populations.

As they say, spare the rod, spoil the children.

Debt- now you see it, now you don’t

But ok, there are still some fools who think that one day the bottom will drop out and we’ll actually have to pay for all this debt. Then they go on to caw, cluck and bray that we might not be able to pay back all this debt.

But here’s the truth, and this is very important to note: just as we can press a button to create the debt, we can just as easily make it go away.

What’s to keep our media, and financial sector from gently nudging our democratically elected leaders into declaring all debts are now forgiven? I mean its easy to do. Whose going to argue about not having to pay their bills?

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is already leaning in that direction even now, and who knows, he might actually become our next president with a great idea like that! So many voters already understand the value of such innovative thinking.

All it would take is one button, and the ability to enforce the push. In an instant all US debt can be nullified. No more debt. No one owes anything to anyone! No more headaches. Problem solved!

As long as the hammer exists, who in their right mind is going to argue with such a practical solution? As we all know, sometimes brute force persuades even angels to sit down and have a drink.

But then the worrying sort will belch a retort like “what then, what happens when all debt is forgiven?” and no one knows what they can do to keep the economy going? This too is easily solved: Just lend more money from scratch! And while we’re at it, massively redistribute credit and debt! Everyone has brand new fresh money from scratch. The economy roars back to life! Problem solved again!

For example lets say you owe five hundred thousand for a brand new house you just bought. You didn’t have the money to pay for it, and were wondering how you and your entire family was going to live on the street. Then suddenly a new president with “flexible ideas” declares all debts null and void. Suddenly you don’t owe anything at all! You’re free, the house is yours for nothing. End of story. Happy days are here again!

Oh you might say but what about the poor bank? No problem. They will have no worries either, because they wont owe anything to anyone either! “But what if they don’t have money to pay their employees, or maintain their big buildings, or live the life of rich and famous bankers?” the poultry nay sayers will ask. What then?

No problem, the Federal Reserve pushes a button again, and the bankers suddenly  have more credit than they can imagine! The Federal government issues itself gigantic amounts of new credit-from the newly renovated banks- and provides for a national stipend to everyone in the nation. Suddenly that poor family that was about to lose their home now has a small sum to keep them going while they work. Just that easy! Cant be done? Actually in some ways it has been done already. It just needs to be done with even more conviction next time. Problem solved-again.

Now the really clever chicken clucks out there will point out that foreign nations may not be willing to accept the “Magic Money” coming out of the Federal Reserve this time. Wrong again. The Global economy will just do the same exact thing! They too will simply press a button-except for shmucks like the Greeks who were stupid enough to give up their right to print- all the rest could simply press a button, with our approval, of course, and voila, trillions of yen, trillions of Euros, trillions of British Pounds, trillions of Chinese Yuan, trillions of brand new Rubles appear out of nowhere to save the day! Problem solved, again and again! And the Chicken Clucks go back to their hens!

Yes, all this can be solved with a push of a button. Button creates problem, button solves problem. No worries.

Negative Money is Positively Ingenious

Now The concept of “Negative Money” associated with Negative Interest scares too many people, mostly because they are not progressive minded enough. Negative interest rates recently proposed by the Federal Reserve can mean a good thing. It would mean that if you lend someone ten dollars for example, they could give you back nine and you’d be squared! It would mean that your bank would now pay you to borrow money from them! Europe is already doing this! You get paid just to borrow money. How great is that? All you’d have to do is borrow money and make a good living!

It could also come to mean that after working twelve hours and getting paid you can then take that negatively charged money to someone and ask for a product, like a bras for your new girl friend. But instead of getting a bras, your money only gives you the right to work for the boutique. Therefore you work a little more, maybe a few hours, and then you get your bras. But without your negatively charged money, you wouldn’t have the right to work at all! Brilliant! Can you imagine all the increased full employment we could experience?

Or, if as you’re walking down the street you find a twenty, or hundred dollar bill on the floor-and there will be plenty of those floating all over the place-and you pick that bill up and go to the store to buy something. But instead you are told that your hundred dollar bill gives you the right to work at the store, maybe as a sweeper, or  shelf-stocker. Suddenly your good luck in finding a hundred dollar bill would mean that you are now employed! No agencies, no headaches. Automatic employment.

It would mean that instead of having to pay someone to clean your house, they would have to have to pay you for cleaning your house! Think of all the people you could eventually hire and become rich no matter how you invest your Negative Money!

Negative Money is one of the great concepts of our time! Why should money always be positive anyway? The world is made of both positives and negatives. All this while we were cheating ourselves and didn’t know it. Now we can use money in the other direction. Instead of it being merely credit, it can now be debt as well.

Yes it is difficult for some to grasp the concept of negative money, I can understand why, so lets try one more example that will make it clearer to you.

Lets say you are paying your mortgage off( assuming all debt is not dismissed by Bernie Sanders) well that would mean that each time you pay your bill instead of seeing your mortgage get smaller, it would get bigger! Think about that! What a novel concept. You would then receive a notice from the bank asking you to come in and do some form of labor in order to cover your increase in mortgage. Possibly clean desks, mop floors and the like. But you would have a job. Instead of sitting around drinking beer on Sundays, annoying your family with some useless football game, you could go out and do some real work for your bank, and thus slowly, very slowly, pay off your mortgage!

But better yet, and here’s the true genius of negative money:  you could simply skip the payments and it would pay off itself! The longer it stays unpaid, the more money the bank will owe you! You wouldn’t even have to work since you wouldn’t actually have to make payments for your Negative Money Debt. You could stay at home and collect on your mortgage debt-so long as you used Negative Money, instead of the old Positive Money as a down payment on your new house!  Instead of working, you could do other things more important to yourself and your family.

Imagine the added productivity that Negative Money might create! No worries here either.

World War Three could also be a Blessing

Now, the clucks will not so easily give up. No, they’ll continue to look for downfalls and doomsdays, and all that jazz. They’ll say the world is being destabilized, violence is everywhere, weapons, guns, missiles and death and all that. They’ll mention Russia, Ukraine, China, Japan, Korea, Pakistan, India, Syria, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Venezuela, Columbia, Israel and Africa and go on and on until they run out of breath and turn blue in the face with warnings of imminent military conflict.

They’ll madly whisper cryptic anecdotes about how all these wars are being orchestrated by the “merchants of Petra” and that its all about some mountain of effusive Myrrh that was found at the bottom of the Mediterranean sea. And how this is all about reestablishing the ancient “Spice” route from Petra to Constantinople and then into “Europa” all the while putting the evil Scythians out of business…..and forever expand on insane anachronistic paranoiac conspiracy theories like these.  Meanwhile most people don’t even know what Myrrh is, or what even the word effusive means. And as for Petra and Constantinople? What are these people even talking about? These cities don’t exist anymore. Too much History channel I say. And as for Europa? I thought that was a moon around Jupiter! And on and on they’ll go about how “dangerous” the world has become because of Scythians, and Mongols, and Carpathians etc etc etc.. and most people don’t even know what they’re talking about. Useless nonsense.

They just don’t get it.

These fears, even if there is anything behind them are easily solved with more military might, and the imminent threat of extreme violence. Remember, we do have Nukes, and they’re just sitting there gathering dust, as leading presidential candidate Donald Trump has already probably realized! I mean a business man would ask “why did we build those things if we didn’t intend to use them?” and we know he would be right. We have too much invested in those weapons to just let them sit there and rot, so, if we have to, we would just be making good on our investments. Something a consummate business mogul like Mr. Trump must have long ago realized. And as we can see he’ll probably be our next president. So we do have solutions if we need them. Again, no worries, be happy we have those killer weapons and we will probably enjoy using them, possibly even spawn new industries after we’re done. Decontamination may one day become a big business, something investors should be eyeing even now.

Now as for Vladimir Putin, leader of the present Russian Federation, affectionately known as “the Vlad”-or “meine Vlad” as German leader Angela Merkel is often heard to whisper- being a danger to world stability, a war monger, and possible world destroyer? No way because he’s a “Reformed” former KGB agent. He’s no longer to be compared to former Soviet leaders who once wanted to rectologically eviscerate the planet Earth, but is now a far more mundane sort of world leader much more prone to compromise and good humor than to unlimited unadulterated violence, and Nuclear Holocaust. He is not as some worry warts keep saying, some kind of “Ivan the Terrible” incarnate. No, he’s actually a very warm soft spoken, gentle human being who is down to Earth and really cares about his friends and partners. I once read that he prays for world peace every night, and attends church every Sunday. He’s a kind hearted, simple man who only wishes to make friends of enemies and family of old “friends”. If he’s angry now, its only because Barack Obama has refused to be the kind of friend the Vlad expects him to be. Obama has at times been a little distant and cold hearted although otherwise a great world leader.

Now it is quite true that there is some concern in Russia about the possibility of another deluded psychopath from the west attacking the Russian people for no apparent reason other than to kill off their population and take their land, as sadly was attempted four times in recent European Russian relations. Yes the Russians did lose forty million people in the last two world wars, and yes they were the hopeful target of nuclear annihilation in the now over “Cold War” but times have changed and they know that!

Today the Russian generals and politicians understand that there are plenty of medications available for those in the west afflicted by mass homicidal delusions of grandeur. Most of the West is covered by all kinds of social health programs, and anyone needing stabilizing medicine can usually receive it for nothing more than a small co payment. So there’s less concern of psychopathically deluded leaders emerging from Europe.

However there is some concern about Obamacare, and the possibility that those who need strong psychiatric medications may not be able to afford them, and that these somewhat unstable people may possibly attain high office or great influence in the Western world.
The Russians and Chinese have their own particular breed of clucks and  hairsplitters. They sometimes say “its easy to become a ‘leader’ in the West, as long as you can appear on a comedy show and be funny you can lead the world to war.” But there’s no proof that funny people who appear on American comedy shows are necessarily dangerous or unstable. And most Chinese and Russians know this.

Yeah, if a nut did attain power in the west, this could lead to an increase in Russian or Chinese mortality rates.

But, we all know that those in high places can easily afford whatever medications they need, and there is little possibility of wildly deranged people reaching a point of vast influence and power in the United States or Europe. The Russians are well aware that our medications are far more advanced-albeit more expensive than whatever they have there. So there’s really nothing to worry about. The Russians know we mean well these days. They are not going to strike out in fear or anything, and no, just because they have a lot of nukes and make them in all sizes does not mean they’ll use them in the event of an accidental skirmish. Ok they don’t have as many options as we do, and would be tempted to go Nuclear quickly and all, but our friendship and good intentions is bound to win the day with the Russians and Chinese. No worries there.

Yeah yeah yeah…cluck cluck cluck…oil and debt, middle east, supplies, gigantic debts, oil price spikes, currency collapse, energy embargoes, world war and all the other cluck, but there are  no real worries here.

The Russians and Chinese love our music and our culture too much to be our true enemies even though they sometimes pretend to be for domestic appearances.

North Korea is in the house

Even the North Koreans are into the “hood” culture so popular in the United States and Europe.  Kim Jong il recently invited former basketball player Dennis Rodman for a visit. And Kim Jong and Dennis actually “chilled” as they say. They became the best of friends and soul mates over a basketball game.

In fact the South Koreans were so impressed with Dennis Rodman’s visit to North Korea, and the welcoming warmth he felt from young Kim Jong , that they actually set up some gigantic Boom Boxes on the North Korean border. They thought the North Korean people would enjoy some music from the “hood”, playing twenty four hours of “Lil Kim” at five hundred watts(so that everyone in the North could enjoy.) Well as anyone whose passed  by the outer boroughs of New York City will know, too much of a good thing all at once can be a little disconcerting and cause us to get carried away with our weapons; and so the North Koreans did fire a few salvos into the South and well,there was a small misunderstanding and so called political crisis, but now its all resolved and everyone is looking forward to the day when brotherly love will prevail. The North Koreans know their place, and are slowly warming up to our way of life.

We are conquering our would-be mortal enemies with our great personalities.

Yes so there is no worry here, only progress towards a more “peaceful” coexistence.

..And what If we did have to Nuke it out with Russia and China?

Now if we really had to use nukes merely for persuasion, well, we could still manage. As we all know there are secret agreements between Russia , China and the United States that limited Nuclear war is not only manageable, but possibly even advantageous.

Should for example a nuclear war be needed for the sake of global peace, all the rest of the world can be bombed while avoiding direct conflict or engagement between the main actors. Yes this would not bode well for Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, South America or even Australia and New Zealand. But after it was all over, the United States Russia and China could rebuild the entire world anew and to their liking. As any real estate tycoon will tell you, its easier to demolish and then build, than to refurbish an old infested building.

In the event of an unfortunate and purely accidental nuclear conflict between the major powers, the entire world would become available for re-population. Yes there would be cleanup, and it might get a little cold for awhile, but that  would only inspire new industries.  And  global warming would warm things up again in a few short decades. And after that the populations of the United States(now much larger than before thanks to open border policies) and the populations of Russia, and especially China would be more than enough to repopulate the Earth, or what’s left of it.

Some have even begun to think that the real reason the United States is taking in all these immigrants from all over the place is so as to create a kind of “Noah’s Ark” and gain a population advantage, just in case a lasting peace must be attained through the use of global  -decisive but limited-annihilation. The good thing in a well controlled finely tuned nuclear war is that there would be far more Americans left proportionally to the remaining world’s population than there are now! Imagine the influence we could attain then!

Do Not Fear our Presidential Candidates!

Ok, there are some distorted disconcerted views around the world, and inside our own good country concerning the caliber and competence of our presidential candidates. But this insecurity is misplaced, and the reason is quite clear. These are probably the best presidential candidates we have ever had!

But there is so much negativity out there that the average voter might just miss the true talent that our present presidential candidates really have!

So many cruel and unusual statements have been made about Donald Trump the front runner in the Republican lineup that there ought to be an amendment against such verbal abuse.

Well what can we not say of Donald Trump? He is a very successful businessman, an accomplished man, a real talent, a media personality, ubiquitous. Donald Trump is a very rich , vociferous and forceful man who  gets his way all of the time.

Falsely accused of having some bad business deals and going bankrupt,  he actually managed to sell off his losses before the Atlantic City casino business collapsed!

The “Donald” as he is fondly referred to by his friends, managed to evade all those losses at Atlantic City by sheer cunning and his “deal making” talents. Yes there are those who say that those who were stupid enough to actually buy his failing businesses were screwed out of billions of dollars etc etc etc….but as Mr. Trump is fond of saying they “deserved it”! And those who were foolish enough to actually buy his failing businesses were certainly “not nice people” as he has often pointed out and they certainly deserved what they got for their folly! After all they were very greedy and they believed Mr Trump when they bought his failed businesses! Serves them right I say! When dealing with a powerhouse like Mr. Trump, you need to keep your wits about you at all times. And if you don’t and wind up getting taken, well that’s too bad, you should have been “wiser”. Business is no place for the meek, mild and innocent. There’s a “sucker born every minute” saith the great W.C. Fields!

There is so much viciousness against Mr. Trump that its really quite unsettling and so unfair, as he will often say to himself. Often his critics will say things like “his hair weave must have grown roots inside his head” or “his hair weave is made of Teflon that grows both ways and affects his mind” and other such cruel comments. I think Mr. Trump looks quite handsome with his new gold platinum hair . He certainly looks better than if he had been bald! I don’t know how far down the hair weave roots might have gone or if they’re made of two ways growing Teflon, but I don’t think its affected his mind as some vicious people continue to claim without scientific foundations of any sort. Besides Teflon is some sort of metal, how could they make it grow anyways? All probably lies and mean innuendo. I think his detractors are so vane! And obviously jealous of his success and prowess.

As for his so called “attacks” on “poor” Rosy O’Donnell? Well what can we say. She accused him of being a beady eyed condo salesman. He accused her of being old , bad tempered, and physically violent and lacking any kind of talent, and of not being very attractive to him. Certainly there was a reason for those attacks by Mr. Trump. Too often she would bring up the idea that Mr. Trump wore cheap wigs in order to look attractive. But Mr. Trump is attractive! Comedian Mindy Kaling recently confessed that she would kiss the Donald for two hours straight, and even have his baby, if only she could have that chance! And there are many other young women who feel the same exact way, I’m sure.

That sexually alluring sneer that so many women find attractive is certainly nothing to sneeze at! And his new hair coupled with his bold new political media orgasmic presidential campaign is quite sexy. Even while they argued you could easily see the attraction between Fox interviewer Megyn Kelly and Mr Trump. Sexual attraction cant be hidden by a made up news script! In between the accusations and thinly veiled attacks on each others privacies, you could easily see that Megyn Kelly was leering at him, overwhelmed by his attractiveness.

Even CNN moderator Jake Tapper could not fail but show his true admiration for the Donald. You could easily see that Tapper longed to have the talents of a man of Mr. Trump’s stature all of his life.

As for what he can actually do as president, if elected? Mr. Trump is a man who knows the economy. He knows how to create jobs, he knows what this nation needs to have done to it. He has all the right connections and real knowledge of the way this nation is really run-or should be run-by him! Knowing a few mindless concepts learned in school means nothing, but knowing dirt , grime, machinations, and slick maneuvers that keep the economy going is how you really create jobs, and get people to work for you, productively.

Mr. Trump knows those who  have real talent in this nation and how to apply that talent. For example he’s the only one of those candidates who can have dinner with Loyd Blankfein on any given night. As we know Floyd “da Banksta” Blankfien -as he is affectionately and admirably referred to in the boxing community- is an extraordinarily talented man who understands the usage of the economy better than anyone. Mr Trump who often mentions Mr Blackfien as a benefactor, friend, and mentor will be in a far better position to apply Mr. Blackfien’s talents and genuine insights than any other candidate.

The Iron truth is that Mr. Trump would make a great president and a great world leader! He would take our nation into a brand new dimension that even Barack Obama couldn’t match.

As for all the rest of the candidates? Well there’s Hillary of course. She has talent she doesn’t know what to do with really. She is just as capable of being president of Sweden, or England, or Nigeria as she is of being president of the United States. Her talents are frankly “limitless”, crazy almost,  and she would make a very difficult opponent for Mr. Trump. Its not likely she would defeat the “Donald” in a head to head election-after all he’s an established media personality, and she is not at all liked by the media- but perhaps Mr. Trump could give her a job too, possibly make her secretary of state again, only this time without all the controversies, or the little blow up in Libya. Or perhaps she might run for the senate again in Alaska, or become governor of California. Or she might choose to run for president in Russia, or China. She could actually win there and reduce the need for us taking military risks. She has great talent, that’s for sure.

The Email scandal? Look she was married to Bill Clinton, its quite understandable why she wouldn’t want people looking at her emails. Would you? A small scandal like that is nothing to stand in her way, she’s overcome much worse in the past. She might even become president if Mr. Trump were to drop out for some pressing business reason. Once president she would prompt a Revolution to be sure.

As for the others? They are all quite talented. Bernie Sanders would, if he were elected rightfully distribute all the debt to not just the rich, but the poor as well. Why should only rich people pay for our debt? That way after the poor paid for the debt in part, they too could be given enormous credit and live happy productive lives as well. In fact they could be given credit first, and then asked to pay for the debt. If by that time they’re unable to repay, someone else could pay for it, or just have the debt cancelled. Its all good.

“Humble” Mike Huckabee  would bring God back into our lives.  And this is probably going to be a good thing as we will all need to hold on to some kind of hope in the near future, by the looks of things. Liberalism has progressed far too much, and personal liberties must always be tempered by religious doctrine in order to be of value. Some say he might cause a pandemic of rampant alcoholism if elected, but I just don’t see the rationale behind these fears.

Dr Ben Carson being a trained Neurosurgeon knows how to cut into people’s brains and remove malignancies. He might have the ability to rehabilitate our congress and add more substance to our media- and improve the rest of our lives as well. He has been accused of being a little too subdued, “creepy” and somewhat “strange”, even by Donald Trump. But in reality there’s an extraordinarily violent dynamism just below the surface of his personality, and we can all sense that.  A man so skillful with a knife would know how to cut taxes better than any other candidate. Not having any political experience he would not be so easily removed from the task, like others might. No history of political or organizational experience of any kind could be a true blessing here.

And Carly Fiorino too is a tremendous candidate. Why are so many people attacking this wonderfully talented woman? She managed to survive the destruction of Hewlet Packard, and is now actually running for president! How many other people could do that? If she could survive what happened to Hewlet Packard, whose to say what she could do with our nation? She is a talented forceful woman who would make a great president, and world business leader- and could survive, no matter how badly things went.

So we’re in good hands. Our presidential candidates are probably the best candidates ever. There should be no worries here.

Our Immigration “problem” can become someone else’s

There is also this constant nagging about illegal immigration and the danger that it poses if not “solved”. But the truth is that all of our candidates have wonderful ideas about how to solve this stubborn little problem alarming the American public.

Take for example the proposals of Mr. Trump. Yes Mr Trump has spoken ill of Mexican illegal aliens and the like. Yes he has called them “rapists, murderers, and free loaders and generally undesirable” but he really didn’t mean it that way. He has proposed deporting up to twenty million illegal aliens and the like and yes that would be very difficult. Its true they might take up arms and attempt to kill us all before they go, but the truth is that once the process of deportation is perfected we can deport just about anyone.

Why stop at twenty million illegal aliens when we can continue to deport all “undesirables”? If the process is perfected, and rightful force is used properly in the process we might be able to deport millions more that we don’t need here! Twenty, thirty, fifty, one hundred or one hundred fifty million undesirables could then easily be deported all over the world.

Even if we keep our borders open, we can keep deporting!  All we’d need to do is learn to target deport to the right places. Using our military we could potentially colonize most of the known world with our own people! Americans , who even though they were deported would still have allegiance to our own nation-once an American, always an American. Anyway what choice would they have? Having been kicked out of our nation, they would naturally aspire to be one of us so as to prove their worth eventually. We would have attained hundreds of millions of ex-patriots all over the world in just a few decades! We could in this way conquer vast continents that have so far been difficult to manage using just brute force and unmitigated violence! Trillions of dollars in new wealth could be obtained! This is the kind of true genius that Mr Trump represents. Admittedly no one else has come close to matching his proposals.

Now other candidates are far less creative than is Mr. Trump, but still,  Marco Rubio has bright ideas too. Why not just let everyone into the United States and then hire all of them to work for peanuts? That would certainly reduce prices for those who still have money to spend!  Marco Rubio has also proposed that we become a nation of multiple dialects, and many tongues like the tower of babble for example. In this way no one would feel left out. Those who say the tower of babble was a curse of God don’t understand that we are the United States, and can do, and will do whatever we want to do. If we choose to speak a different language on every block, every town, city, or state, we can do it if we want to! We have great portable translators, and this would be great for the retail business -this alone would stimulate the economy.

Bernie Sanders has proposed giving every new arrival a vast education, free housing, free medical care, and a car. It would only cost ten or twenty trillion dollars that we really would never have to pay back-since he would dismiss the debt, but think of all the productivity this would generate in the interim! Genius if ever there was one! Even Pope Francis would approve.

The immigration problem does not have to be a problem. Used the right way, the open door policy  could be the best thing that ever happened to our nation.

Ahhh…my dollar is shrinking!

Now there is also this constant jibber jabber of an imminent currency collapse among the neanderthal- backwards looking-intelligentsia.

Look, a currency can be anything at all. It can be gold, silver, “favors”, performances, plain stones, rocks, or even just a number on a computer screen. If our currency fails, we can just as quickly create another one.

For example Comedy is booming in our nation. Some of the richest and most powerful personalities in the media are actually comedians. There is some serious talk of turning comedy into a national currency. Tell a great joke, get a service for your joke. The better the joke the better the service.

Jokes can now be rated as well. A good joke or comedy routine can now be stored as a sound byte, and even rated for real value. The better the comedy routine the more one’s currency is worth! Instead of paying people with hum drum old dollar bills we can instead use wild sensational comedy routines for payment. We can therefore sell the rights to these comedy routines as well. We can exchange comedy routines with our friendly economies around the globe. If the Japanese can create funnier personalities than we do, they would have a more valuable currency. Their jokes would buy more than ours etc etc etc.

As for those who aren’t funny, and only know how to perform hum drum everyday tasks, like pilot airplanes for example(most pilots are not much known for their radiant personalities, except for John Travolta of course), still they would have to attain the currency rights to good comedy routines! Therefore after flying a jet airliner across the pacific for sixteen hours, pilots would then be paid in stored comedy routines. Using those comedy routines they could easily pay for their rent,  car,  boat, or whatever it is that pilots use in their spare time. Very hard working pilots could even take private Jet trips to far away places and let someone else do the driving, maybe even John Travolta, if they have saved enough comedy currency to pay him with. He would be expensive.

We could create comedy banks at the Federal Reserve. Just hire people to do “funny” things and then exchange goods with those routines. We could lend out comedy routines to banks, who would then lend out those routines for much more than they borrowed them for, just like “real” money. We could even “print” comedy routines. Just credit a bank with large amounts of comedy currency, and then have some poor funny shmuck make it worth something with an actual comedy routine.

So you see even if our currency were to collapse, there would be nothing to worry about really. We could always just make another one! All it would take is a good joke.

So as you can see , in short, the world is safe no matter what happens,  and no one should believe its all coming to an abrupt end no matter how dark it looks outside. Good humor, a confident attitude, and a refusal to associate one’s self with negative, backwards leaning, morose, dire looking people who refuse to evolve will ultimately make the Sun shine again! No matter what happens, the Sun will shine!

Post Script:

Please stay tuned for my next post which will be entitled “Je suis Yoplay”…the personal tragedy of a soulless, sour little milk curd once insidiously yet insistently disabused by its mother but who was destined to triumphantly become one of the great social critics of our times.
Jonathan Bartholomew Boots

You can never predict what an Idiot will do

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The “Idiot” in all of us throws curve balls, even when fastballs are required.

You can look at nature and see many of her processes and understand them to some extent. If you understand them well enough you can predict what those processes might do in the future..again only to an extent(always subject to chance-both natural, and organic.)

You can look at the natural economy and say that it is overblown. You can look at the natural economy and say that it grew too large too soon and may for this reason be somewhat unstable at its foundations.

You can look at the amount of money lent out and you may say that it will endanger the system if indeed the returns are not what they were expected to be.

You can look at an economy and say that too much risk was taken. That too many processes unleashed were not well understood or accounted for, and that there was not enough command over those processes unleashed to warrant their widespread, global use. You can say that these poorly understood processes were the cause of the economic downturn.

All this is “natural” and can be acertained by a reasonably well attuned organism.

What you cannot predict however is what an Idiot, or group of idiots will do when they also see the same natural reality unfold.

When a normal human being sees that the sea has pulled out, and knows from experience that it usually means a large wave is coming, they will seek high ground as quickly as possible. But not so the Idiot. The idiot will see the fish now exposed at the sea bottom and run to pick up the fish, thinking that an afternoon fish fry party is at hand. The idiot will not run for the hills, like an average person might do, but decide instead its a good time to taste all the local seafood, thinking that a beer or five or six would certainly go good with his meal when the party begins.

Of course, the party will never happen, but to the spotless mind that dark cloud is an eventuality not worth considering.

Point being that you can never ever predict what an idiot will do given a set of circumstances, and that is why it has taken so long for all this we see today to transpire.

Yes we could see that the natural economy was upset, and that this would lead eventually to dire ramifications, but we could never predict what devices an idiot or group thereof might do in light of such economic frailty.

In the end, a fool will throw a curveball, even when what he intends is a fastball straight up the middle. Habits, and ways of being, die hard.

P.S. I personally thought the Seattle Seahawks would have destroyed the New England patriots in the Super Bowl. They were- simply put- the better team by far.

However, no one could forsee five of their eleven defensive starters getting injured during the game. So is the nature of chance.

But worse than this, no one could ever see the idiot in play.

Pete Caroll, head coach of the Seattle Seahawks is arguably one of the premier coaches in football history being one of a very few who managed to win championships in both college and proffesional football. Who would expect that one of the great coaches in football would, on the last play of a championship game surrender the destiny of his team to one of his coaching assistants? That on the last play of the game that assistant would call a play in which a three year quarterback not particularly known for his precision throwing would be told to throw the ball into the heart of the New England defense at the goal line? Something not even a novice assistant coach would ever do!

Meanwhile the most powerful running back in the league-the Beast!- is waiting to carry the Seahawks to their second championship with a small one yard carry past a defense he absolutely decimated during the entire game! Who could predict this? Who can predict what an idiot will do in the face of adversity?

For this reason those who rightfully predicted the Seahawks would win their second championship in a row, had to eat crow, and for this same reason those who predicted that this economic system was supremely flawed, like Ron Paul has been doing for ages, had to wait a very long time to see the final effects of a monstrouly stupid economic policy unfold.

For in the end, no one can predict the actions of a fool, who, even when faced with a collosal losing streak at the black jack table on some particular day, will only double down on his bet, rather than just walk away and live to lose another day.

Yet, what we should all understand is that the “idiot” lives in all of us at one time or other. There will be a time when even the best of the best allow the primordial idiot to rise from the depths of their soul and lead the way to oblivion. The best we can hope for is to keep this fool contained for as long as possible thereby avoiding the worst of the worst.

The author is no stranger to the “idiot” residing in his soul either, and many, many a time has paid dearly for his own fool’s inadvertent appearance.

Central Bank is Flawed

The Central Bank Scheme is Doomed To Failure in the Global Economy

The primary concern of any Democracy must be to maintain Democracy and the liberty of its citizens.

Natural Economy

The basic “principle” behind most national economies over the historical period has been this : The government, by some means or other obtains gold, or food, and then creates a currency with its authority and bases some part of this currency on both its authority, and its assets.  It then required work to be done, and paid for this work in the currency of authority. Any wars, or buildings, or administrative salaries would be paid for by the government as needed.

But there would also be a tax to reckon with.  Once the government distributed this currency, and probably redistributed wealth in the process, all subjects would have to recycle this currency through the government by paying their taxes. It was a simple system, but it basically worked.

Of course all governments were free to change the currency asset basis at will, if they had the power or necessity to do so. So a currency worth one ounce of gold, could easily be turned to a currency worth half an ounce of gold, as needed, and as far as the government could get away with it.

At its inception the United States was no different. It too had a currency, and it was based on the “gold” standard. But because the United States was for a long time a quasi Federated collection of states, and because this naturally led to a strong inclination towards a “Free Market” where individuals could own their own property the original economic system governing the currency of the nation needed change. Since it would be especially subject to the decisions of a privately held wealth, and sometimes these decisions were very negative to the general economy.  In times of depression, there would be a severe lack of both currency, and credit.

Something new was needed.

The Fed

Contrary to common public perceptions, the Federal Reserve System of the United States has not been around since the beginning. Rather, in its true present form, it’s really only been around for about thirty years. Prior to that it had been in its “formative” stages, and not until Alan Greenspan assumed control did the Federal Reserve take on its present form as a provider of nearly unlimited virtual credit, and unlimited debt.

The Federal Reserve system was created in 1913 for the purpose of limiting deposit runs on the banks. They figured back then that if there was to be a run on the bank, the Fed could step in and provide the credit needed to prevent this, essentially by becoming the primary lender. At that time, it was assumed that the government would have the “assets” to do this, through both private loans, from the banks, and through various purchases of the Federal Reserve itself.  It was simply a temporary insurance policy against the debilitating currency contractions of  the depressed economic conditions of the time.

This system was originally meant to be temporary, to deal with particular problems. But later, within ten years actually, it was made a permanent feature of monetary policy in the United States.

After awhile it became quite possible for the Federal Reserve to get past the asset restrictions of issuing a currency, and credit. That is to say, the Federal Reserve would no longer need to have the assets, or the gold needed to issue new money. It could issue credit, by essentially debiting itself-based on the “full faith and credit of the United States Government”. Credit had from this point on, become virtual, and with a push of a button, the money was created out of thin air.

What it does, in the very simplest terms, is it manufactures money in the form of credit. If a bank needs credit, in effect the Federal Reserve has the right to push a button and say  “here’s a billion dollars credit” and we will just mark this on our balance sheet. This is what it does in the simplest possible terms.

However, it is anything but simple.

Since the time of its inception, the Fed has taken on some new features. The most significant had to do with something called the Bretton-Woods agreement. What this convention accomplished, up in New Hampshire, was to allow the U.S. dollar to become a “floating” currency. That is it could be bought and sold relative to other currencies, without having to be tied to Gold. Therefore the “Markets” could determine exactly what this currency, the dollar, was worth. In effect the U.S. Dollar’s true value became a matter of “opinion”.

But here’s how that ties into the Federal Reserve. The Federal Reserve could now release gigantic amounts of credit into the economy without actually having the assets to back that money up. So now, depending on what the Federal Reserve did, the dollar could go up, or down in relative value, according to the interpretation of the world’s markets concerning the actual value of the dollar. If they liked what the Fed was doing the dollar went up in value, if they didn’t, well it went down. The “view” was also based on how well the American economy was doing as well.

Now it should be mentioned right from the start, that from this point on the Money Supply-the actual amount of money in the whole economic system of the U.S. would be solely determined by the amount of credit released. It was all now credit, and its twin sister, debt.

So if the Fed released a lot of money into the economy through credit, the dollar would initially go down. Natural since the more dollars around, the less each must be worth, at least initially, before any real work was done on the economy to back them up with the real assets of the economy, such as buildings, or companies, or purchases of commodities etc. If on the other hand the Fed took money out of the system, well then, the dollar would go up in value since that would mean that less dollars now represent the underlying economy.

So in effect the Federal Reserve could establish just how much the American currency was really worth on its own, at any given time, given a fair opinion by the market. It could produce voluminous amounts of this currency virtually at will, as long as the “market” didn’t mind too much.

Treasury

But another rather important advent, which should not be missed is how the Federal Reserve became the bank of the U.S. Treasury. Remember, the simple plan of all economies is to have the government organize society through its authority, but it needs to deal with money to do that. And so the Treasury comes in, now fully aligned to the Federal Reserve system.

The Treasury had to adjust to the pure credit system by being able to borrow money. Either from the people, or if need be from the  Federal Reserve. Which is one reason the Fed is still considered a semi private institution. It wouldn’t look good if the Treasury were borrowing money from a public institution since that would be the same as borrowing from itself. And so the Fed became a nominally private institution.

The Treasury is essentially charged with borrowing money for the purpose of spending it on government projects, and then, through taxation, to balance that debt with credit. If we want to build an air craft carrier, we just borrow the money. We do that by sending a Treasury note over to the Federal Reserve, they give us the money, and then they are supposed to sell the note to the public.

However, this all depends on what the Federal Reserve is “thinking” at the moment. If they want to tighten money supply, they sell this piece of debt to the public. This removes money from the U.S. economy, but of course it will also crimp tax revenues. Or, if they want to loosen money supply, that is make more of it, well they just keep the note, or even buy other notes out there and send that money into the economy-and this will increase tax revenues. This is the very simplest of actions. But it is anything but simple in practice.

The key here, is that it’s all about Credit! The government is not selling you a cow, or a horse for your money loaned, it’s not providing a service of any kind, it’s just borrowing your money for some particular purpose. And in reality, all money, does belong to the “People” since all money is originally created with the push of a button that creates money endowed with the “full faith and credit of the United States”.

But the government does not really have to borrow anything at all from private individuals. Actually it can just borrow from itself. If instead of selling that Treasury bill, the Federal Reserve just puts it away, and the money is promptly sent to the Treasury, it simply gets written up as a deficit on the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet. It is in fact “printing” the money, at least temporarily until the tax payer pays the debt with hard earned money-if ever.

All money is credit, and debt

So far so good, at least its relatively understandable. But here’s where it gets cloudy and complex.

The fact is that all money in the system is now in the form of credit, and its alter ego, debt. When you have a dollar to spend, after working for an hour, you now have a credit, which you can apply to your debt. For example if you owe the bartender a few hundred dollars you now give him a dollar, and maybe he’ll let you have another drink, on credit of course. If you want to buy a car, you can borrow some money and now you have credit enough to buy the car, but you are now in debt to the credit provider.

To get credit, you must either borrow it, or work for it. If you borrow, you will owe, if you work, you will be owed, until paid. The important thing to understand is that it is all a credit or a debt, not an asset.

An asset you own, it is yours if you paid for it. Or so it should be. A dollar however is not an asset, it’s not a piece of gold in your pocket, or a property you live on,  it’s only a credit towards someone’s debt, since all dollars are actually produced out of debt. Therefore under this system, only debt exists, no matter where or how, everything is subject to a collection-remembering that taxation is a chief method of recycling debts.

Dollar Doomed to Failure

But there is one more crucial difference between a dollar and an asset. Whereas an asset is indeed subject to the vagaries of supply and demand, just like everything else, it is not by design made to depreciate. Yes, assets do depreciate, as for example a computer. Over time it becomes less and less effective, older and more cranky, and thus less valuable. But it is not in its essence designed to do so. A piece of Gold never depreciates intrinsically in reality, it is not deformed or damaged by the winds of change-at least not noticeably. It is always the same, and at the right time can be sold for an even higher price than it was purchased-relatively speaking, and assuming a proper timing in economic cycles.

However, not so the dollar. The dollar is designed to depreciate, and this is because of Bretton Woods and because of the Federal Reserve. By its design the dollar will lose value. In fact, it must lose value.

Now it was not originally designed this way. Once it was based on Gold, and Silver coinage. It had a certain permanence to it. But once the Federal Reserve took over monetary policy under the scheme of Bretton Woods, the dollar forever lost its permanence. It cannot last in value.

Oh to be sure, it was at first argued, though I was not there and cannot know for certain, that with savings rates at the local savings bank, and low inflation, and high production the dollar could be just as long lasting as a piece of Gold, only more flexible. But this was never so under Bretton Woods, nor could that ever be. A bank is not going to give you a savings interest greater than the going inflation rate. And if it did, it would have to rip off someone else to do it. Most likely the government, therefore you.

And as for production we can say that yes the underlying economy  might expand as credit is issued ,  but the interest accrued must be paid, and interest can never be Zero in the natural economy. In a complex economy things must cost more than they would be in a simpler economy. Therefore they will cost more because of that expansion. Therefore even if the dollar did not lose value through monetary depreciation, it would still lose value because of the natural expansion of the economy, should the monetary expansion actually succeed in growing the underlying economy in the first place.

Along with Natural Growth must come efficiency. That is if an economy grows, so too its ability to provide milk  to its citizens for example. If it can’t, or if its citizens must work too hard for a gallon of milk then growth is not efficient. Therefore the argument that things should cost more as an economy grows is not unlimited. If it is happening at too high a rate, then efficiency has not been reached. The natural problems of economic growth will dictate this, but normally, prices should not rise to the extent that natural efficiency, and economic transmission from cell to cell is hampered.  If that does happen, the economy will contract no matter what the monetary policy does.

Therefore inflation will occur during any growth period. This is natural, but in due time it should return to normal if the natural order of the economy is followed. That is sooner or later a steady state will be reached, if the natural order is obeyed.

But the dollar, as it is designed will lose value whether the economy expands, or contracts. Moreover, since more credit is needed as the economy expands, more dollars must be circulated-exponentially- for various reasons. Whereas a piece of gold might actually gain value in contraction, a dollar will not. At least not by design.  What gains there are in the dollar, would only be temporarily apparent and be due only to a loss in circulation, and the temporary unavailability of credit during a contraction. But in reality, any dollars in circulation, which are representative of the underlying state of the economy, will intrinsically lose value, and their value going forward, will also be mitigated since to rekindle the economy would under this system take an increase in lending, and an increase in dollar circulation, and volume. By design the dollar loses value-disregarding the vagaries of supply and demand. By this logic, the best time to buy anything with the dollar is during contractions.

Large National Economies

The problem with nations that are very large in population, as most major economies today are,  is that the natural limits may be reached all too quickly. These limits may be pushed beyond that limit, but this will only result in natural inflation, and in resultant debt as efficiency cannot keep up. Both inflation and debt will raise the true cost for products, and so increase the natural drag on an economy in addition to any other headwinds present. That is to say pushing an economy beyond its limits has a cost all by itself regardless of the apparent magnitude of inflation caused by monetary policy, or natural dynamics of growth.

Should this natural price increase get out of hand, or become part of systematic flaws in the monetary or banking system, then the outcome will be doomed to failure, and the final consequence will be disastrous.

 

Assets and Banks

Now we should make clear at the outset, that we are not saying that the Federal Reserve is of no value. It is of value, and can be of more value. The Fed can work, but not as it is now. Once the vast economic inflation took place under Bush Greenspan, it was probably too late to real it in normally. Now nothing short of a complete overhaul will probably have to be attempted, and if a collapse occurs, or if a prolonged period of global economic malaise sets in, will be attempted with little choice otherwise.

As the Fed is now, and especially after Bretton Woods, it is essentially forced to inflate the economy ad infinitum. The reason for this is that without this inflation, asset prices would fall, and these could not then be used as collateral for borrowing more money. The simple truth is that most assets, with the exception of metals, rocks, or in general things that do not significantly degenerate as time goes by, will actually depreciate intrinsically. Even gold in some way depreciates extrinsically since there is a cost to keeping it safe and free of debris etc. Depreciation is natural and cannot wholly be avoided.

Even corporations depreciate. Perhaps the best example might be ATT which though once was the giant of communication is today a lot less and is easily outpaced by companies such as Google, Apple and Microsoft. Eventually these too will depreciate since their assets will in time depreciate, including their intellectual assets, as will mine. No one in the fifties could have imagined that General Motors would go bankrupt. But such is the nature of depreciation.

But if these assets depreciate over time, then there would come a time when no more money could be lent, or too little money could be lent. Since all money must by design come back to the Federal Reserve, (and this is absolutely critical to note here) there would soon be no money left in the United States and the system would grind to a monetarily induced halt. So new assets must be built.

Banks too must have their interest if they are to remain strong enough to lend. In a natural economy if one were to lend a pound of wheat one must expect some return on that pound of wheat lent, or else there would really be no incentive to lend it in the first place. Yet the Federal Reserve at present takes no interest and is in fact receiving no interest, which as we have said elsewhere actually compromises the system itself. The point is that in a system like this, asset prices must be kept artificially high in order to facilitate lending, and if they are not, the system will collapse. The banks are the credit “transmitters” as are assets the “receivers” and both of these require extra credit merely for their own functioning, and appreciation.

If banks fail to receive their fair share, they will stop functioning. In some sense this is actually what happened during the Great Depression, and later in the Great Recession, and this why “Helicopter” Ben Bernanke, the former chairman of the Fed promised to dump helicopter loads of money into the economy if need be. And he did, in fact he dropped whole cruise ships of money into the economy during the Great Recession of 2008 in order to reinvigorate the banking system and asset prices to the point where lending could once again take place.

Unfortunately the Federal Reserve can increase credit, but it cannot necessarily increase either velocity, or volume in a natural economy-and actually decreases efficiency-at least temporarily as it increases money supply. And if the natural economy is resistant to any increase in credit, pushing the matter only makes things worse, as more and more money piles up in useless inefficiency. When failures occur that money used is simply dumped into the economy and causes little more than inflation until it is ultimately sucked back into the system either through taxation, or the purchase of products or services. But that can take awhile, and in any case it is money that ultimately loses its direct connection to the banking system and will cause inflation in the rest of the system.

The Great Recession probably left a great deal of loose money floating around and will be responsible for some of the slowness that can be seen. As businesses fail, money loses its efficiency and this causes a drag on the natural economy.

When the Fed sees this however, their only real option is to dump more money into the economy in the hope that the extra volume and velocity will suck all that “loose” money back into the system. However, that has the price of adding yet more inflationary pressures to the overall economy.

The Fed can create credit at its whim, but there is absolutely no guarantee that the Natural economy is going to respond. If a population is sleepy and has a headache, and a hangover,  and doesn’t want to do anything, no amount of credit is going to get them to respond.

The reason none of this is likely to work in the long run is because the real Natural Economy, and the artificial Credit economies generated by Fed monetary policy are really not the same, and don’t need to be.

However, each action the Fed takes, whether it is to increase the availability of funds in the banking system, or to increase asset prices or number of assets as “receivers” of credit, there will be a real cost to the natural economy. In other words it’s actions do have a real cost. What potential the underlying economy may have in this sense, may be misdirected, possibly wasted, or also accentuated. Much of what the Fed can and cannot do depends on the natural timing of the underlying real economy.

Causes of Inflation

Excepting the vagaries of Supply and Demand, real inflation has two primary natural causes and these are population growth,  and complexity. As the population grows so does the need for supplies. As the complexity grows so does the difficulty in distributing these supplies and services, as well as needing more energy and resources to keep this added complexity going. Thus these two factors are the main reasons for natural inflation in a natural economy.

But these factors are often exaggerated by the Federal Reserve and the Bretton Woods system. Since the Federal Reserve needs to atone for any credit given by providing for the interest to be accrued, both its own and for the banks using the money multiplier,  there will always be a requirement for more credit to be issued. Banks being the  primary transmitters of credit must be healthy enough to do their job. And so more credit needs to be released for their well being.

But in order for more credit to be issued, asset prices must continue to rise, otherwise there can be no justification for issuing credit.  Since assets are actually the “receivers” of credit, they can only work if they are healthy as well. Certainly it’s hard to get a loan if you have no money, no job and no asset.

The way to inflate asset prices, as far as the Fed can ever see is to increase the money supply, and this can only be done by issuing yet more credit. If the banking system,  gets too sluggish, of if assets get too depressed, then Quantitative Easing would have to step in and allow the Fed to issue credit directly, and that’s exactly what they did.

So for these reasons we can see that the Federal Reserve system is doomed to increase the debt no matter what happens. If the economy grows, there will be a need to increase money supply, thus increase the debt. If the debt increases, there will be a need to increase the debt again, since interest must be paid. If the population increases, or velocity increases, or volume increases again  the Fed will have to increase debt simply to facilitate these growths. If there is an economic contraction, once again the Fed must increase debt so that it can “rekindle” the economy. But in all these actions, there is an inherent need to increase the debt again, and again. Thus the debt never decreases, and in essence can never be wholly repaid.

Aside from the Carter Volcker contraction of the money supply which was done a few years after the Bretton Woods agreement, and probably done with purpose, there have not been any contractions in the money supply at all. The reason is that the money supply cannot be contracted at all under this system. Moreover  the rate of growth cannot be slowed. And all the while the dollar is doomed to being worth less and less-except during economic contractions, and then only temporarily and apparently so. But does that make sense?

 

The underlying systemic flaw is that the natural economy must contract at some point in time. The real economy cannot simply grow without pause as the Federal Reserve’s monetary system would imply. For many reasons which we have discussed before there comes a time when the natural economy has to stop growing and start contracting in order to gain the efficiency needed to go on growing in the long term. The Federal Reserve System simply does not allow for that. The Federal Reserve Credit Debt System requires an endless growth of credit, and an endless growth of Debt if it is to survive. This is in part due to the Bretton Woods agreement which has created a floating currency that is based on nothing but virtual credit. There are no natural limits to the amount of currency that can be released into the economy under the Fed’s system. In fact the only real option under this system is to release ever more credit and therefore ever more debt. The deficits which we see are never going away. All of this money borrowed is never going to be repaid.

All Assets Lose Value in Complex Economies

There is also another principle which may spell tremendous heartaches up ahead. It turns out that even while any growth in complexity or population will cause inflation, asset prices themselves are due to depreciate. The reason is that the more an economy grows, the less the actual value of any particular asset.

To illustrate this we can for example take a Van Gogh painting. At first it will be worth little as the fame of the painter is not well known. But as time goes on, the quality of the painting will become known and its asset price will appreciate exponentially. Recently a Van Gogh sold for tens of millions of dollars at auction for example.

However, that appreciation is not permanent. As the economy grows more and more complex, given a fair distribution of wealth(and this is critical) we would find that there are simply too many other alternatives to holding a Van Gogh. For example a cluster of Monet paintings may come to market, or Picassos, etc. More than this, as the economy grows more and more complex, there will be other painters, other artists, other products that will more and more compete with the Van Gogh, no matter how “priceless” each is assumed to be. There will come a time when a buyer, even if he had the money to purchase a Van Gogh, would be hard pressed to spend it on a Van Gogh, or perhaps just buy a town house, or an apartment building, or a freighter. The choices would grow, and the psychological attention towards a Van Gogh would eventually wane.

But this is just an extreme example of a painting one would assume is “priceless”. On average other commodities, or products or services(for even services are in reality assets for those workers who only have their trade to offer) will in time lose their value as more and more services and products and commodities(in the broad sense) are required to keep the complexity of the economy growing. Therefore, even trades, or practices, buildings, corporations, , commodities and even well established works of art lose their value the more complex an economy grows. This does not bode well if any true significance of this principle is validated by the processes of the natural economy.

It would explain why for example Japan has struggled to maintain the value of its assets. It would explain why after all the huge amounts of money dumped into the economy, there is still the tendency towards deflation. It would explain the rising debt levels that have not yet stabilized the economy. Even while costs for services and products will climb, the net asset price will fall.

The more complex the economy gets, the more acute this asset depreciation becomes.

The Fed Can Amplify Natural Depreciation

But if this is true, the actions of the central bank bode ill for the economy going forward. So far assets, both receivers of credit, and banks transmitters of credit have been kept alive through massive infusions of debt. Which would imply that these are quite overvalued. We should note that as an economy gets more complex, we would expect that transmitters of credit, like banks, would have to become more specialized, and limited in their scope to more efficiently target assets that are likely to survive long term and maintain their value. But in this present scheme the reverse is happening. With banks now becoming credit supermarkets which are themselves allowed to buy and sell assets directly thereby exposing the market to potentially acute inflation of true value.

In such a system the natural economy would correct for this by killing off the more inefficient assets as best as it could and thereby simplifying the economy overall. But this cannot be done if the Federal Reserve continues to print money and directing it to exactly those assets it perceives are in danger of failing and which would compromise its lending ability. Assets that perhaps should die off, are being kept artificially alive, thus exacerbating the potential for asset price collapse, and ultimate deflation.

So not only is the Fed artificially growing the economy with ever more potential for contraction due to inherent inefficiency, but it is also countering a very natural principle of asset depreciation as a direct consequence of increasing economic complexity by continuing to pump credit into these facilities. The end result is going to be a steep degeneration in natural complexity.

We should note that the present political disturbances which we see in the Mid East, Ukraine, Russia, Africa, Europe and Latin America in all probability stem from this direct principle. In essence the necessity for decelerating economic complexity is really the underlying principle behind the instability we are seeing manifest as global political destabilization. The true underlying causes may well be economic manifest as strategic power.  Though those who are pursuing strategic aims may not realize, the fundamental causes are likely economic in nature.

The reality is that though the Federal Reserve actions may worsen even a limited steady state economy by creating inflation that ultimately acts as a potential for contraction, the impetus of the Global Economy now present is a separate force on the system. This drive to globalize the economy will only add complexity to an already inflated system, and the result will be a natural tendency towards asset depreciation worldwide.  Central Banks modeled on the U.S. Federal Reserve will only make the situation worse still.

This instability will probably continue.

Foreign Fed Transactions

We are not here going to talk about foreign exchange problems or the interactions of the American system with others because it would get too complicated, but in reality these systems simply increase the pressure for inflation in the long run. Although we have heard about nothing but “the threat” of deflation, the truth is that all these systems which we see today are geared to creating nothing but inflation, and the only reason we ever saw price drops is because the natural economy was unable to accommodate the credit schemes put forward. This is precisely why these systems are doomed. Because any disinflation is going to lead directly to inflation by monetary response, which is the original objective of this system. But this inflation is going to be large and unsustainable, and place an incredible potential for contraction on any future economy. Foreign-global- interactions will only make it worse.

Solutions

The solution to these problem is mind boggling and not something we can discuss fully here. But a few steps might be taken to slow down this system before the damage done becomes irreversible(although there is very good reason to think it already is irreversible.)

The Federal Reserve has so far been designated as a quasi private institution. This lets it be used by the government in ways that will always lead to corruption. The government can simply say its borrowing from the “private sector” or the “Free Market” but in reality it is actually borrowing from itself since it is the government itself that issues the money it supposedly borrows. This quasi private Federal Reserve must come to an end. And unless the government wants to give up its own currency, and its own ability to issue general credit(in which case it could turn the economy fully to the private sector) it will have to take the Federal Reserve under its full control and relinquish forever the Fed’s purported private “independence”.

There will be those who say this is dangerous or a socialist doctrine etc etc. But this is in reality the only option if the dollar is to be maintained. At present the Fed has too many loopholes and this leads to great possibility of corruption and misuse. By fully surrendering this economic organ to the control of the government, including the states, there will be cause for the representatives of the people to actually make serious laws considering the use of credit, virtual or asset based.  Making the Fed fully public will allow a careful consideration by the people’s true representatives about just how to go about regulating the banking industry from the bottom up. It will also take away the endless amount of money that special interests have at their disposal, and who then use this money to control the representatives. Although we can see that our representatives have repeatedly raised the debt ceiling irresponsibly, this has probably been because the special interests have so much power over our representatives due to the nearly unlimited amount of credit available to them, and representatives do not have the full independence they require to represent their voters best interests. Yet that credit issued by the Fed is actually the American people’s money, and they should have a much stronger say as to how it is applied.

We should not forget that each time the money supply is expanded, the ordinary person pays for this in loss of wages, and loss of buying power. The dollar which the ordinary person works for , saves, and spends is systematically depreciated, and any outstanding balances at the Federal Reserve or Treasury are actually the American people’s ultimate responsibility. So it seems difficult to justify the Federal Reserve remaining a quasi private institution. The Federal Reserve should belong to the American people whose money is being used, and abused.

When this can happen is anyone’s guess. But at some point in the future something like this will have to take place. The assumption that private interests will serve the American people’s interest better than their elected representatives is quite flawed.

Asset Based Currency

However, this kind of change by itself will not really solve the underlying problems facing the Fed.

Briefly, we should say that the Bretton Woods agreement needs revisiting. Some say that a gold standard should be returned to, but in reality gold itself is a fiat currency of sorts. Why it is valuable exactly no one can really say, the  use of gold is mostly cosmetic, so why are so many desirous of it exactly? Also, it is always possible to depreciate the dollar even if it is based on Gold. This was done a number of times while the dollar was still on the Gold Standard. So that in itself does not answer for depreciation of currency.

But in general an asset based credit system is probably required in order to temper the problems the Fed is prone to generate at present. The days of virtual credit probably need to come to an end if the economy is ever to really stabilize. And this is critical. We are slowly reaching limits of consumption. If indeed climate warming is a serious threat, then one of the ways we can combat this is by lowering our overall consumption for example. An economy need not expand everywhere and all the time. Under the present system it cannot do otherwise whether that’s healthy or not.

Monetary policy cannot alter the fundamentals of the natural economy. Things can be sped up, inflated and perhaps redistributed here or there, but the natural economy cannot be altered fundamentally in the long run by monetary policy, at least not alone by monetary policy. Nor can we assume that the only option is to consume endlessly without respite, as the present monetary system seems designed to require. An asset based currency will at least temper the Fed’s inflationary tendencies since any lending done will depend on the actual value of those assets acquired by the Central Bank. Conservation is part of any living process, so it must be with economic activity.

There are very definite limits to the natural economy, yet the present system seems not to be able to address these limits, or even remotely admit their existence. That’s a fatal flaw that needs to be addressed. Fail to address this issue, and human kind will suffer, till it gets it right.

 

Why Rand Paul?

Viewed from left to right: Rand Paul, Jeb Bush, George W. Bush, Loyd Blankfein, George H. W. Bush, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Janet Yellen
Viewed from left to right:
Rand Paul, Jeb Bush, George W. Bush, Loyd Blankfein, George H. W. Bush, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Janet Yellen. Ron  Paul background.

Why Rand Paul?

Why should anyone really consider Rand Paul as a presidential Candidate?

Rand Paul is a conservative. He is the son of long time Libertarian Ron Paul and he is certainly not a main stream Republican. He, like his father, is not very well liked by the Media, and many Republicans consider his views to be too
radical( though not quite as radical as the father’s views.)

For a long time now both father and son have insisted that the lending policies
of the Federal Reserve, and the increasing obligations held by the American people in lieu of the vast expansions of the past twenty years will become an ever greater burden on our liberties. They have opposed everything from our
wars in the Mid East and our unstable relationship with Russia, all the way to
the enormous power now garnered by the NSA under Geoge W. Bush, and maintained by liberal Democrat Obama. They have maintained that all of this vast expenditure is going to place the nation under the increasing control of the
Federal Government and in so doing compromise the freedom of Individual Americans and their communities.

These two, and their affiliates are standing against  the Democratic party, but also against most of the Republican party. They are both,  father and son, outsiders, outlanders to
the two main power broker parties in the nation. They are in some ways  Revolutionaries, rebels with a definite cause.

Yet in their defense, it should be stated that the only real rebellion they espouse is to return the nation back to the constitution, and to the basic individual freedoms there written by the founding fathers.

But in our rather “Liberal” age, they are indeed radical, and they have little support among the mainstream parties. Anything they would try to do, would be difficult, and their struggle will be uphill and difficult even if they should succeed to cast Rand Paul as president. Then again everything has been uphill for them, so they would not feel all that out of character.

Still we should understand, the first thing someone like Rand Paul would do as
president would be to change the Federal Reserve forevermore. The first major assault will be on America’s Bank, and he will there attempt to change the fundamental wealth structure of the nation. This is a big deal, and its radical. So radical that almost no other candidate will even mention any such intent, even as a joke, much less seriously attempt it. But Paul would indeed attempt to bring the Federal Reserve under the full control of the American people, and
the most powerful bank on Earth would probably lose its independence a few months after a Paul victory. There is probably no change more potentially explosive than this. Such a move would probably change the order of the world
as we know it. It would almost overnight take the world to a  firm conservativism unlike any we have seen this century, in fact not since the
Federal Reserve itself was founded in the early 1900’s has there been any kind of fundamental change as what is proposed by Rand Paul.

The United States Federal Reserve is indeed the most powerful bank on Earth, yet it is controlled by a few private independent Bankers with little authority or control vested in the American people whose money the Federal Reserve is actually playing with.

Should Rand Paul succeed in becoming president, we would be looking at nothing less than Revolution. The world’s wealth structure would have major surgery. And Dr Rand Paul is indeed a practicing surgeon as was his father Dr Ron Paul.
They are probably not afraid to cut.

But why now? Why risk supporting Rand Paul who is indeed an outsider and not very likely to have much support from the two main parties? Why risk so radical a change at this time?

The only answer we can give is that the world is in trouble. The real reason its in trouble, in the simplest terms, is because there is too much credit around.

But what’s wrong with too much credit? What’s wrong with a world awash in easy money? What is wrong with lending money around like its thin air?

The short answer is everything!

Too much money creates too much risk

The trouble with lending too much money is that too many things can happen that maybe shouldn’t! Too many risks taken, that perhaps shouldn’t be taken.  As we all are aware in our daily lives, there are some things we just shouldn’t try unless we know that they are reasonably certain to have a good outcome.
But when credit is lenient, too lenient, we can try anything at all, why not, the money’s there, its free almost, since no interest is going to be charged, there is really no reason not to take it, no reason at all not to try the fantasy, no matter
how unrealistic it may be. There is plenty of printed money available, there is little standard of credit to uphold, once you’ve made the first payments, the money’s there, and lots of it, just take it- take the easy money, and if you fail,
no problem just take more where that came from, and hope for the best. As long as there is Federal Bank that is willing to lend money for nothing there is no problem for those willing to take endless risks.

And risk has been taken…for a long long time now, its been taken quite liberally.
Almost without respite. Even when in 2008 we had the gigantic housing meltdown, there was still money available for bailout. And it was taken, and we have taken more and more with no real end in sight, no matter what we hear in
the Media.

However, when money is loaned out, there is a price after all- even if interest rates are zero.

The basic assumption is that any money loaned is going to lead to some betterment of the society in general. Some service, some good product, some
long lasting viable new way of doing things will evolve that is good for the society at large and also profitable to the borrower. And if a new productive service or product is attained-that is long lasting and evolutionary- we call the loan a success. If not, then its a failure. After all if we borrow too much, take too many chances that are not suitable, then of course there is a terrible
danger for ultimate failure. If we are not prudent in our choices, we will soon come to grief, as happened during the housing crisis.

Why Rand Paul?

The now bitter truth is that we have not actually attained much good, or success in the way of the world, yet trillions of dollars have been borrowed world wide, with very little hope of it ever being paid back, or of it ever doing anything of
value for the society at large. Except perhaps to prompt us all to consume far more than we can afford for evermore. Instead of to conserve our resources, which are after all limited by nature, we are instead told to spend everything we
have, borrow all we can, and hope there is a tomorrow to speak of. Yet as we all know, the good Earth provides only so much, and resources have always been limited, and forever will be limited. Conservation, both natural, and
existential, is always part of a realistic equation.

Excess availability of money and/or the desire for that available money also leads to other imprudent actions that can have dire consequences for the vitality of nations, and therefore for the Global community at large.

We have started war after war with that borrowed money too, yet what have
we attained? The world is exploding at the seams with strife and instability. Rancor and discontent are everywhere, even in our own homes. The world is more unstable today than it was 12 years ago when George W. Bush started the Iraq war(though we were all promised peace at the onset of the new Democratic regime that replaced Bush.) Moreover there is very little reason to think, no matter what we hear, that anything is about to get better. The disorder
of Pandora, once let out, is difficult to put back in.

On the “productive” commercial side, we have seen developed and produced endless numbers of gadgets, but what real good has been attained? Billions of gadgets sit on the shelf waiting for people to buy them while they accrue more
and more debt. There is still monstrous unemployment, and under employment, and even those who do turn a paycheck each week find that most of it goes to pay some hidden form of tax or other. We have hundreds of millions of people all around the world burning scores of hours a week checking their Facebook status. Yet these same people can hardly get a word
out to a person standing five feet away while under the influence of the “wire”. There is a price for everything.

We have invested trillions of dollars all over the world, but are we really any better off? Or do we simply owe all this money with very little promise of it ever being returned to the ordinary people from whom it was actually borrowed? All
of this lent out money actually comes from the devaluation of the ordinary person’s currency. Will that buying power ever be returned to the ordinary person from whom it was borrowed in the first place?

We have inflated the population of our nation with millions of people-all because that borrowed money needs to be put to use, “laundered”, but is there really any hope that these people will actually prosper, or that we as a nation
will prosper by those vast, less than legal increases in population size? Or are
we simply seeing more and more debt for our children and their children’s children with no real hope of ever paying it back? We have inflated the world’s economy to levels that probably cannot lead to any real prosperity except for the few who control the flow of money at the pinnacle. Meanwhile the rest of us are expected to pay all this money back-but how? Through all sorts of taxation on our meager earnings?

The present policies only inflate the labor market(as well as the renter’s market) leaving little hope of any real gains in wages for the average person. Meanwhile wherever there is a strong demand for any product, inflation roars
no matter what we are told by the Federal Reserve. Just ask the average person on the street if their paycheck today can purchase what it did even five years ago.

Even a good thing for the mass of people, like oil price reductions has turned to a bad thing. Firstly there is devastation to those actively seeking to increase this most fundamental of resources-for energy is, next to water and food, most fundamental to a “civilized” society. Most of the energy producers borrowed the money to risk exploration. It was freely available so they took the gamble. Yet now these companies have seen their earnings drop by fifty percent in a few short months.  This was the most profitable business in the United States! How can that be good for the general economy?

Even the ordinary automobile driver sees little benefit. How much of any road trip is really dependent on gas prices? Most of the trip, especially if long is mostly dependent on the tolls and taxes on the way. Indeed, even gas prices
have actually gone up(in order to pay the refiners own debt and taxes) and little benefit overall has been gained, or will be gained save but a severe
depletion of our most valuable resource. And be aware…resources are always limited by nature. And indeed, there will come a time of need and privation.

Resources are limited. Always.  What we have used today will not be available tomorrow. That is Nature’s way, and her dictums are inviolable. Today we burn gas that perhaps we do not need to burn. Today’s excesses will almost certainly lead to tomorrow’s privations. This is Natural order, and for us it is absolute in authority.

What this means essentially, is that we are looking at payback in the future, and a long road back to sanity. And it will be painful, of that you can be sure.

We have squandered much, and achieved little. And we owe far more than we can really pay. We are unstable as a Global society, and there is little to suggest that we will be able, under the present system to correct this outlook. For all of us, this is indeed a dire situation as we can see by what is now transpiring all over the world. The growing instability will eventually harm our cause and our economy.

All this was made possible with inordinately loose credit.

The fundamental reason for rebellion is that people find their own personal freedoms restricted.

You see when the central bank prints and lends, by implication it devalues the currency of a nation, therefore ordinary people’s money is worth  less because of the “new” money being added to the existing money supply.  Loose credit policy greatly increases the money supply while not necessarily increasing the actual value of the underlying society(and this “value” is complex and not quantitative, but qualitative.) The Federal Reserve actually stopped reporting the money supply some ten years ago, yet that money supply is really what creates price pressures-especially the new money created does not have the intended effect of positively stimulating the economy. The higher the money supply goes, the weaker is the underlying currency, the weaker the economic power of the individual consumer, or investor.

That means everybody pays for bad loans by having their buying power, therefore their investment power weaken. So essentially people have to work a lot harder to pay for the same thing they could buy yesterday with a lot
less effort! This is also because inflationary policies do not depend merely on inflating production, but also on inflating demand. This is the real motive behind the increase in population through importation of labor.  But increased availability of demand also means increased supply of labor, and a significant additional drop in buying power for the average person is the consequence.  The artificial expansion of labor may increase demand as desired, but it also decreases wages. Therefore demand goes up, but actual purchasing power may not.

Greece is not alone!

Like Greece, we are looking at tens of nations round the world that are faltering, that are buckling under the weight of their loans. One of these is the United States itself..(another is Japan)..oh little is said of it, since it is not really
in the interest of the major news outlets or the stock holders that control the media to advertise the Debt problem, but the debt problem is here, and it is a terrible burden and is the real reason that after all this money has been lent out
at Zero interest all over the world, hardly any good economic news can be found! All sorts of taxes, and private debt payments interfere with the price of purchases and make it impossible to hope for real prosperity for the majority of
people.

The return on all this money lent has been little when we take it as a whole. The added complexity alone is expensive and little mentioned. But it takes a great deal more effort to deliver ten pizzas, than it does two. The society as a
whole must pay for that extra service, and if it is not equipped, it will suffer for it (instead of gaining from it overall as might be expected.) Moreover in order to sustain this system till collapse we will need even more money printed, lent out and borrowed from now on. We will not see the end of this system until it actually collapses under its own weight, under our own feet, and on our heads…..but when that happens…its going to be too late! There are no possible bailouts this time, there is no more credit available should the next crisis appear. When that day comes, and it will eventually, we are done.

This is why we need to consider Rand Paul!

As for Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush, the most likely candidates for the Democratic and Republican parties?…same ole same ole..possibly worse!

What these essentially promise, if you read the fine print, is still heavily dependent on the privately controlled and “independent” Federal Reserve and heavily dependent on borrowed money charged to the public. You cannot continue profitless wars without charging them to the public, you cannot increase the population without charging its added expense to the general public, you cannot increase services(whether good or bad in conception)
without charging that increase to the working public. Essentially these candidates are saying they will continue to allow the Federal Reserve(and the private-“elite”-interests behind it)  to spew out gigantic volumes of money, enriching the few at the top while the rest of the population actually has to foot the bill. But this is not a change- rather this is the “same ol, same ol”.

When we look at all the other candidates what we see is people tied to the same old lending machine that has gotten us to this point in the first place. We see Hillary Clinton with her strong ties to certain sectors of the banking industry, and we see Jeb Bush-George W’s brother – with ties to nearly all the Banking Industry that caused the GREAT RECESSION in the first place. We see the Democrats on the one side promising to continue inflating the population with millions of people while doing nothing to provide a better condition for the people already here…and we see the Republicans who promise us trillion dollar wars to secure our allies’ borders(while opening ours wide open to anyone from anywhere on Earth so they can work for nearly nothing) and then we hear these same Republicans screaming about social disorder while doing everything in their power to continue the social disorder. We see two parties deeply connected to the way things have been for a long long time, and two parties most likely to continue doing business as it has been practiced for a very long time-since their success, as privately sponsored parties, seems to depend on continuing these same policies. We see no possibility of change…everything Hillary
Clinton wants to do is going to require lots and lots of credit from the Federal Reserve and ever more New Debt added to an already prohibitive amount. ……And everything Jeb Bush wants to do is going to require even more new debt than Hillary Clinton’s agenda…and that’s an awful lot of credit and debt to add to our already overwhelming national, state, and corporate debt.

What these main party candidates want is to  continue to expand all over the world, while at the same time fighting wars that are of little real profit to those same people actually footing the bill. Though we talk about the mid east as being oil rich, and therefore deserving of all this military investment,  the truth is there is probably more oil on the American continent than there is in the Mid East. We dont even import any oil from the Mid East! Most of that oil goes to Asia and Europe. There are actually more proven reserves in Canada, Mexico, Venezuela and Brazil than there is in Iraq, Iran, and Saudi Arabia! So what are we doing there exactly?

Why are we spending these massive amounts of money fighting these destabilizing wars in the first place?

Moreover we have brought upon ourselves a real terror threat from these wars that did not exist before. We are now forced to spend trillions of dollars “protecting ourselves” here at home. All the while we ourselves are being spied upon by the NSA, which threatens the very liberty we are supposed to be defending. To say nothing of the increasing amount of tax that we are liable for,
and threatened by. The tax we owe is indeed a “personal” liability. The Lois Lerner case is notable. The Tea party had been singled out as a target. Was this politically motivated? How much more danger are our liberties now subjected to because of this monstrous debt that we all owe? Moreover where is the benefit to all this? How does this benefit the individual tax payer anyway?

The world is today in economic and political disarray. We all owe monstrous amounts of debt and there seems to be little hope of it ever being dissipated without a very definite loss in personal freedom. Where is the logic in all of this? Where in this “world view”,  this “system” , can we see sound, viable policies for the future?

As if that were not enough we are now seeing new war fronts opening in Europe, and Russia to add to the difficulties we are having in South America, and the Mid East! As if dealing with China and Asia, themselves suffering,  were
not enough of a burden,  we have recklessly decided to make Russia an enemy as well! Where is the reason in this? Where is the sound logic in this? How is destabilizing Europe, heretofore our most loyal ally, going to help our cause?

More to the point, all of this is adding to our already heavy burden as private citizens-both economically and politically as we see both our paychecks and our liberties threatened-to say absolutely nothing about the dangers of terrorism.  For what?

We are being burdened for the interests of the few and this burden is not about to cease, but only increase under the policies of the two major parties as they have been sworn to allegiance to the existing private concerns.

Is it time to say Enough is Enough?

Our personal burdens, and liabilities for the future, as Individuals, under the present system are just TOO MUCH! We need some real change…we need someone to come from somewhere else, some other enclave, to give us any chance for real change.

The way to stop this downhill ride is to stop the lax credit, stop the endless supply of easy money and therefore force a more serious consideration of what is feasible, and profitable, and what is not. In essence to make the credit answerable to the people from whom it is really borrowed in the first place.

Yet no candidate is seriously talking about it. All we ever hear are more promises to continue along this present path, and even add to our already nearly unbearable burden. None of the other candidates even discuss the debt, as if it isn’t there at all, as if its not important enough for them to even mention it. But anyone who understands economics understands that it is
important, and if something is not done, we will never be able to overcome our present economic situation. It should be understood that borrowed money automatically adds a potential for general economic contraction at some point in the future, even if it is successful as originally envisioned. Therefore the money that has been borrowed will at some point in time create negative pressure on the economy no matter how much economic velocity is gained.

You cant prosper if everything you buy is taxed ten times before it ever gets to the consumer. You cant prosper if everything you buy is leveraged with the burden of an existing debt. This is the real reason we are not seeing any real change in the economy. No matter how many jobs are created, they will not be prosperous ultimately, if they are created out of nothing but debt, and yet this is the going formula.

Only by controlling the debt can we ever hope to rise above it.

Rand Paul comes from a long line of fiscal “Revolutionaries” willing and able to
actually do what it takes to bring the fiscal, and financial house to order. He derives from the original Tea Party, named after the historical event of the Boston Tea Party of 1773 , where the American colonists rebelled against the British authorities because of too much taxation with very little representation. Rand Paul’s father. Ron Paul, has for decades argued that there is no way to prosper if all we do is borrow gigantic sums of money and pay taxes, though few in the congress, senate or executive branch wanted to listen. Yet, at this point we can safely say he was right. Looking at the present situation, it is unlikely that we are going to overcome these debts with more debt. At some point loose credit policies will have to stop and we will have to begin the long road back to sound economics.

Rand Paul’s Rivals

Rand Paul has supposed rivals of similar tone…but some of his rivals seem to be married to the banks that are the source of the problem. They are not trustworthy because of this. They are not likely to do what they promise because of their strong affiliations to those same forces that
promote loose monetary policy in the first place. Senator Rand Paul, who really is independent of the current power structure  just might do what he says….and that’s a risk worth taking – at least it is for some.

Rand Paul can stop this fiscal circus if he does as he has said he will do, for only Rand Paul realistically has even a small chance of returning the world to some kind of sanity and order because he derives from a political clan that has promised to do this from its inception. Only Rand Paul is suggesting he will take any control of the Federal Reserve. Most of the other candidates have promised us more of the same old debt based civilization with no end in sight to increases in taxation and debt burdens for the American people. Oh they all claim they will lower taxes, but they never actually show us any policies that can stop the bleeding. Rather most of them seem to promise grandiose ideas, but never actually say how the voters will pay for them. Leaving out the unseemly details of having to borrow the money from some bank, that first borrowed money from the Federal Reserve, whose money actually belongs to the voters themselves.

Sure, the public may believe in the verbal promises of the politicians, but where
is the substance, where is the real dedication to change? Anyone can promise to redistribute the debt, and therefore make others pay for it, but who among these promises to do something realistic to end the debt monster?

This then, is Rand Paul, this then is the viable cause for his candidacy.

All these thoughts are really what Rand Paul and his father Ron Paul have been harping at all this time. And what they say is significant no matter where you might stand ideologically. Essentially they are saying there is too much movement, too little care about where the movement takes us, and in the end, it has not taken us where we want to be-instead of looking forward to a prosperous society where everyone can live fully and free, we are for the most part overwhelmed with debt and taxation. More than that,they say, if we continue, it will only get worse, for Corruption knows no bounds. The only way to stop the fundamental corruption of our society is to take its money away-no money no honey!

Sobriety is not easily achieved.

But to be sure, any change will be painful. Perhaps very painful and discombobulating…for the entire world. As with any sudden cessation of a toxic substance, there will be severe withdrawal symptoms and a long recuperation to deal with if indeed credit policies are tightened. But such is the price of sobering up, of getting off the credit wagon.

But It has to stop some time, and the only one talking seriously and realistically about popping  this credit bubble, this “lottery “, winner-takes-all economy is the Senator from Kentucky, Rand Paul.  Yet if we don’t stop, or at least slow the credit , we cant stop the disorder that’s destroying the nation and the world. We cant say NO to stupid ideas that are just not going to work no matter how much money we throw at them until we actually stop throwing money at them. To correct the problems, we have to stop financing their causes. To say you’re going to end the problem while still financing its cause is not a valid argument.

Rand Paul  just might convince this nation, and the world, that something different is possible, something better, if even more difficult. For all the promise, and all the hoopla during the campaigns of 2008 the Democrats failed miserably to deliver any kind of fundamental change, though they had a chance to do so.

Most of the mainstream Republicans are the same stuff as George W. Bush, and for this we need say no more..and we don’t need more of those deceptions as a nation.  For many who have been discouraged by the present policies of the Republican party, senator Rand Paul is the only real alternative left. He’s the only real Revolutionary out there, he is the Rebel Right at its universal best, and this time most of the world may resonate with his cause . He’s the only one who offers any real fundamental change, at the very source of power-the United States Federal Reserve, and for any lack he may have he’s the only one serious enough to do it, and he’ll have to do if we are going to have any
chance going into the future.

This nation desperately needs change….if you
are convinced of that…Rand Paul represents real change in a new and fundamental direction. Sure its a risk(as there is always a risk when tampering with fundamental economic policy)…but sometimes you have to go for the risk if you’re going to have any hope of seeing a better world.

At least this is the “sentiment” I think behind Rand Paul. To be sure he is a severe underdog in these campaigns. And most of his supporters probably know that. The media will almost certainly attack him, and try to make him look
incapable of leading the nation. His fate may in the media spotlight be worse than Hillary Clinton’s when she ran against Obama in the primary, as the media absolutely destroyed her. But Paul also represents a more dynamic constituency, long fed up with the foibles of the ruling parties, and those who pull their
strings-these supporters will likely put up a ferocious fight no matter what the Media does.

One thing is for certain, unless something changes drastically, Rand Paul(or at the very least, his sentiment) is going to be around for a long time-one way or the other.

Who Should You Vote For? Election 2016

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Vote for the individual American

Who should you vote for? Republican, Democrat, Independent or Conservative, or perhaps some other party or ideology? The truth is that there is really one reason for voting in this election or any other election if you are an average American. You should vote for Freedom. Individual Freedom which is really what this nation is founded on ideally.

The problem with many if not most of the candidates up for election is that they are affiliated to the power consortium that runs, and has run this nation for decades. This consortium of interests has managed to bring this nation to a foul condition, so bad that not even the Mass Media, which by design was supposed to report the truth to the American people can do so. Not only has this Consortium of Special Interests fouled this nation’s ideals and objectives, as well as its economy, but it has also seized nearly full control of the Mass Media; this under George W. Bush who proudly sponsored the laws allowing this almost complete seizure of power by the few for the first time in the history of the nation. We cannot even know the full extent of this fiasco and how much of our nation is now in jeopardy, because our mass media is not allowed to report the full truth, but by the implications given phenomenologically, we can see that the problems we face are quite dire as a nation.

An Overseas Disaster is Brewing Thanks to Big Money Campaigns

Overseas: We have enraged a Billion Muslims, and for what? What was the objective? What was the gain? We are fighting endless wars for what? Where is the gain? What was the need to so? Only those who created this situation can answer for it in full.

Now, as if that were not enough we have enraged the Russians, a nation quite able and not likely to surrender to the will of a few special interests who control our own nation. Russia is a nation pathologically sick of special interests as they have devoured it throughout all of history. If there is any nation and people averse to the form of policy we now have it is these Russian people who have for ages been victimized by the greed and malice of the few.

But Russia is not Iraq. Russia is a powerhouse. She is rightly to be considered one of the most powerful nations on Earth. She has the wolf’s share of the world’s resources, that alone makes her a powerhouse. She is fully nuclear, fully space borne, fully able in all ways. And fully trained in awful war.  She is not the one who will likely back down, and especially when she knows she’s right and her adversaries wrong. There are now strong indications that special interests destabilized Ukraine and tried to put Ultra Right wing government there, something least likely to appeal to the Russians.

Their leader, Putin,  has now embarked on a mission to isolate our own nation in turn. He points out that we have been the  war mongers over the past decade, it is we who have destabilized and usurped nations at the behest of our special interests who control our government, media and finance. He, Putin, is now drawing converts who fully see us as the main enemy of world order and world peace! And he is succeeding for our interests really have been petty, really have been for the few and not the many. Out interests have not been democratic, our interests not for world order or for world peace. Our interest have been specious and for mal intent for the favor of the few at the expense of the many.

Putin, with China, and possibly India form an extremely powerful triumvirate that will stand in opposition to us in all probability. We have come close to opening Pandora’s box.

Nor are others anymore favorable. Yes the British government favors us, but do the British people? They have long opposed our practices in the mid east only to be silenced like us through their own corrupted media, owned and controlled by those devoted to the rights of the few over the rights of the many.

In Germany, Italy, France, Spain, and many others, though their governments may seem sympathetic, and in financial need, their people are anything but committed to our present course in foreign strategy. We are alienating billions of people because a few special interests want their objectives to be ours.

But their objectives are not ours.

Our Own Nation is a Real Mess thanks again to Big Money Politics

Worst of all, and the chief reason to pick your candidate carefully is because of what’s happened here in our own nation. Where we see money handed from the very highest printing press of the Federal Reserve gratis to the very few at the top. Trillions of dollars spew out of the Federal Reserve system, printed and fresh with little real backing, since our real economy has been degenerating over these same years of endless free credit to the few. We have a grotesquely overgrown economy whose only real natural inclination is to collapse and this was done only for the benefit of the few special interests who managed to usurp our political system. What’s worse and never mentioned in the main stream media is that it is we, the ordinary people of this nation who will owe all that money for decades. If you have a job, you know how much of your check is going towards the debt. But this is only the beginning. When the credit spigots clog, and they will eventually, the demand for repayment will begin in earnest, and the taxation, one way or another will become a permanent burden for each and every American for decades to come. And for what? What have we accomplished?

Gets worse even still: We may have forty million people in this nation who do not have any real legal status under the constitution. Whose only real legal foundation is the particular whim of the local governor or president. I am speaking of the illegal immigrants who are now here, now part of this nation but who have no legal status here. There is no more dangerous a precedent than this, and whether you are either for, or against all this, you understand that this is not the way things should be. This dilutes everyone’s legal status by implication. Whether you are a naturalized American, or an illegal alien, your rights here are compromised, your ultimate unknown! We don’t know what the solution here will be, or what the consequences of that solution! Yet this is what these special interests who control this nation have desired to create. A fundamental instability that undermines the foundations of individual rights and individual freedom under the constitution. When forty million people are not recognized by the constitution something is critically wrong, whether you are for illegal amnesty, or against, something is critically wrong!

More than this even is the constant tendency to make the individual American as little as possible. The interest of the one is relegated to the chance decisions of the few who control this nation in its ways. The individual here is little more than an animal it seems, as if he counts almost for nothing if he is not somehow connected to some syndicate or other. Yet this nation is founded on true and real individual freedom and this has always been the true reason for its success. Free people can think, free people have the time and space to wonder if something could be better, but they cannot do that if they are forced into endless subservience to the bottom lines of the few at the top. Our nation has now almost completely abandoned the ideal of the individual. Either you belong to some organization, some particular section of the special interest matrix, or you stand alone, with not even the law on your side. But this is not the way things were supposed to be.

The NSA scandals, the IRS scandals, the leaks of Wikileaks, all these are tied to this constant loss of individual freedom, and it is a conscious effort by the few to eliminate as much of our individual freedom as they can. And so here is where your vote comes in.

A Simple Formula Saves the Nation: No Big Sponsor Candidates

Choose that candidate who is least affiliated with the power matrix of this nation as it is now. Choose the candidate that wants to bring back real individual freedom and rights. Choose that candidate who is least sponsored by the powerful, whose campaign is least endowed with billions of dollars of advertising money. This is the candidate most likely to care the most for individual rights, and is probably the reason he has little advertising money in his war chest. Its easy to choose, easy to spot the big, corrupted war chests, there are hundreds if not thousands of sites on the internet that will let you see who took what from whom and how much. What you never see however is the why.

You should not need an advertising war chest to be a successful  political candidate. The only thing you should have is a message and in this age of the internet we have the power to bring that real revolution to fruition at last. Where a candidate can stand on real principles and not on lobby sponsored war chests meant to make personal lawyers of those same people who purport to represent us. Vote for real freedom, vote for real individuality, vote for that candidate that will give you those rights upon which our national constitution is founded. Leave the major war chests, and the “phony baloney” campaigns to wage a meaningless war between themselves while America grows strong again.

Americas strength is not to be found in the criminal syndicates, or all powerful organizations, but in the spirit of a civil individuality. Vote for that candidate who is most likely to stand up for the individual and who will not continue to support the rights of the few special interests that have coordinated a disaster on our nation and our world over the past few decades. Find and vote for that candidate who will restore this nation back to its intended constitutional order, and who perhaps has a few bright ideas going forward that might make this nation even better than it ever was! Find that candidate, and your vote is worth its weight in gold, vote for mighty campaign war chests, and you might as well stay home, you would do better. These do not likely represent you….the individual American!

A Simple Formula : Pick your candidate like you would your house, or car…shop around! And vote for those who would make this nation stronger, for all of us and not just for their sponsors!

The Pride

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The American Pride

The American people are the most capable, most agile, most intelligent people on Earth.

However, they are also free! They are not sheep, they’re predators. They are hunters!

They are free to be the best that they can ever be. Whatever they aspire to is what they seek to master. To make a kingdom of their own calling. To build a world of their own and to master it, and to invite others to behold it.

This is the Ideal American. This is the call of freedom, and at one point or other in an individual American’s life this call of the wild awakens each soul to action. To be a king, to be a predator and be not the prey.

An American does not need, does not want, will not accept a “leader”-unless he loves him truly…which can sometimes happen- but in the end this is a choice, a submission that does not come easily, and only very rarely. An American’s first priority is to build her own world, and to be loved, and respected for what she managed to build.   An American is a wild cat roaming distant hills, and on the hunt always looking for a kill on the far off horizon.  Always looking to make it happen, to get it done.

An ant however, as good as can get, and as strong as it is,  is still an ant. Take as an  example a   Spartan, a citizen par excellence, who will do whatever his “Beloved” leader tells him to do,  is as able as any ant can ever get. These will die to the last man for their “beloved” leader, and Spartans tend to be formidable human specimens, able in many ways, talented, strong, willful and committed, as smart as any we have today…..but in the end, each one of them is an ant. He will listen to what his “beloved” leader tells him to listen to, and will do whatever his “beloved” leader tells him to do, for that is what is expected of him or her in Sparta. If this citizen of Sparta turns out not to be an Ant, then he is driven out, or run out to some lesser place perhaps, or perhaps becomes a slave completely given to the state without even basic human dignity. But in Sparta, they are expected to be Ants, the best of Ants, but Ants still they are.

Today’s American, however, is no Ant. He is a supreme predator that hunts on his own. He is a master of his own domain, a lion in the jungle fighting with other lions for his turf, a tiger whose only priority is to maintain his own kingdom and his dominant supremacy over that kingdom. This is what his freedom really means, to be free, to do what he or she wills at all times and to maintain that chosen order about the chosen domain. No matter who commands, the American is his own master, his own king in his own lair.

A lioness is free, and a lioness feels only her power and only her freedom to do what she wants to do,  what she wants to accomplish, and acknowledges only the given right to rule herself, she is the chief huntress, and if coupled, she alone will tend to her cubs. This is the American’s essence in its purest form, raw and without the coverts of deception, an  American is freedom unbounded, unmitigated, undiluted with apologies, or excuses. Pure individual freedom. This is his religion, this is his calling, this is his existence, and this his objective!

Yet, freedom can be a curse too. As any lion, lioness, or cub can come to know.

For a Lion, or Lioness, or their cub must belong to a pride. And if they don’t, their days are numbered, their glory limited by quickly running time, and the threat of great and unrelenting violence.

But how to get their pride? They must fight. But they must first learn how to fight.

 

The problem is this ….Americans do not accept leaders. They are leaders. They are the top of the food chain and each one of them knows it. But just as you get a group of men, six and a half inches tall on average,  on a professional basketball team, each of them giants in their own right, or else a squad of fifty men, the best of all men, the most fearsome physical specimens the world produces, all found on a professional football team,  in the end, they must have respect. They must learn respect after all.  A terrible hard thing for a predator to have-respect is.

They must respect themselves first and foremost, they must respect their fellow players, they must even respect their opponents for if they fail they will fall, but above all they must respect the fans, those who support these players own individual kingdoms, for fickle as the fans are, to ever even have half a chance of being winners, the players must respect those who come to the arena to witness and testify to the blood spilt and the glory attained,  for these fans are the supreme cause for all the contests. The warriors must respect the fans, the spectators who pay their good money, and give up their precious time to see the best performers prove themselves the best!

But so too must these giants on the field of battle,  respect their coaches. If they have  no coaches, or their coaches are inept, or if they simply do not listen or understand their coaches who are the keepers of the ancient wisdom, these giants, these supreme predators of the arena are little more than a group of wild animals in the grassy fields suffering a lowly, catch as catch can existence.

Leaderless, without guide, without measure, without order, without purpose leading a savage, primitive life best it be forgotten forever.

In the very end, to make winners of these giants among giants, these great Americans, you must have coaches. You must have those who know the wisdom of the game and are capable of teaching. These supreme predators of the court, or the field, or the stadium, these who are the best of the best, biggest of the biggest, strongest of the strongest, fastest of the fastest,  each who stand alone beyond all others who stand alone,  still must have coaches, and they must respect those coaches absolutely if their greatness is ever to be noted, or come to anything good worthy of memory.

The players must come to understand what the plan is, what the game is, what their real purpose is, and how to take the basic steps needed to attain supreme success on the field. Without the coach, each of these consummate predators will go hungry on their own, eventually mauled, and eventually they will starve, or be eaten themselves by the other great predators. There is nothing in nature sadder than a beaten lion, a would be king of beasts,  waiting for his death. Nothing could be more cruel a sight.

Without a great coach, few are those teams that can ever hope to bring the trophy home. Show us one great team without a great coach. Dynasties like the Packers, the Celtics, the Steelers, the Raiders, the Bulls, the Cowboys, the Bruins, the Niners,  the A’s the Yankees, all of them, each one of these greatest of teams, having the greatest of players,  had the greatest coaches and greatest management behind them.  For without the organization,  without the tradition, without the unified vision, without the dedication, without the fundamental order there will be no championships, there will be no triumphs, and there will be no history! Only dire obscurity will prevail and all of these teams and their players will be forgotten forever in the unending march of time that is indeed merciless.

But given the coach, given the basic guidance, given a real fundamental understanding of the game, and given their own duties on that field, and if each is disciplined enough, and aware of their ultimate duty to the tribe,  the American is the supreme athlete, the supreme competitor,  the ultimate winner bar none!

As great a force as was the Spartan, put them on a field with a group of Americans, and when all is said and done, when all the blood and body parts are torn to shreds, it is the pride of Lions, and not the colony of Ants that will come out victorious. For the American is that supreme predator, that takes orders from no one, but only instruction, he can only be shown the way to his most excellent performance on the field! This supreme predator must know his place and know what is expected from him, but given that, he will use his supreme abilities in a way that none other can ever match…for this man, this supreme predator, is Free! He is Free, and all his days, and nights are spent in weaving, with endless cunning, and endless vitality the foundations of his own kingdom. When he fights at last, and when all strategies have been learned and executed, he fights for his own kingdom and will never stop till he wins! That’s the American exposed for what he really is when all the deceptive apologetic layers are pulled away.

Great Britain, at the height of her empire, once had wolves to boast of, America has Lions; teach them the ways of the pack, make of them a Pride,  and they are indomitable. They are the irresistible force, the immovable object all in one.  They are really the best the world ever had to offer and each of them sought out their ultimate destiny, their freedom, the right to be the best that they could ever be,  and this is why they came to America. To be the best. To be lions among men.

For this alone, they demand respect.

A note about Killer Whales

We should note here as a post script, that even the greatest hunters of the Sea, the most fearsome of all wild animals, the killer whales, must have their form, must have their community, and each is a member of a distinct tribe. Each member must be taught to communicate, and to  hunt, and to learn the ways of their tribe if they are  to live successfully with others of their kind. Each member must be coached by others, some of  whom may be past their prime as hunters, but who know all things about the art of the hunt. This is how the pack survives, even among the most capable of all natural predators at sea.

It has been observed recently that distinct Killer Whale tribes speak different languages, special to their own community. To our knowledge, we have never heard of two different tribes of killer whales make war against each other. Perhaps because each tribe is so highly evolved and beautiful,  that nature would think it a waste  to have them destroy one another. The Sea is a big place, room enough for all the tribes of Killer whales, all quite adaptable,  to find a place where they can thrive,  without the necessity of destroying a fellow tribe.