Miscellany30: US Population Explosion; If You Don’t Know Who You Are…; Swiss Asylum; Learn about Coal; US Government Treason; The Border Wall Won’t Work; Diversity Increases in US; Apocalypse; Jean Raspail; Iraq Is Breaking Up; Shaming Punishments; Vote for None of the Above; Cancer Treatment; The Growth Economy; Katy Couric; H-1B Visas; Take This Job and Ship It!; Patrick Buchanan’s State of Emergency; Why Can’t Johnny Read or Do Arithmetic?; One More Cost of the War in Iraq; Islamo-Fascists?; Oaths of Office; E. O. Wilson’s The Creation; The Border Patrol Verdicts; Local Attempts to Control Illegal Immigration; Lou Dobbs Is Wrong: All Mass Immigration – Legal or Otherwise – Is Bad for the US; War on the Middle Class; The Assault on Privacy; Ibuprofin Kills!; Barack Obama Our Next President? Not a Chance
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It was reported by the US Census Bureau on
The article commented on many of the evils of population growth. An excerpt:
“People in the
It seems, now that the
Q: Where did the term “African-American” come from? Every 20 years, I am saddled with a new term to describe me: I have been colored (on my birth certificate), Negro, Afro-American, black and now African-American. I refuse to be identified by that term.
A: According to the American Heritage Book of English Usage, African-American is the most recent in a long list of terms used to describe the group.
People of color, persons of color, Negro, black and Afro-American have all been used.
During the black power movement of the 1960s and 70s, the term Afro-American gained acceptance alongside the term black.
The word expressed a pride in black American culture and its African origins.
African studies programs began as many colleges and Afros [a bouffant hairstyle] and African dress were popular.
In the 1980s, it was replace by the term African-American. It was popularized by Jesse Jackson and other black leaders.
It conforms with other ethnic descriptors such as Irish American or Italian American.
[End of SHJ article.]
It is sad when an ethnic group has so little sense of identity that it does not know what to call itself.
Many blacks, such as Whoopee Goldberg, join the writer of
the above question in forcefully rejecting the term “African American” to
As Ms. Goldberg once noted, something to the effect of, “I have visited
When I was a boy, I was taught that it was improper to refer to refer to Americans as “hyphenated Americans,” such as Italian-Americans or Irish-Americans or Franco-Americans or Jewish-Americans – that once you were an American, that was all there was to it.
In their collective confusion, some blacks attempted to rewrite history, claiming, for example, that Socrates and Cleopatra were black. These “black history” courses have largely been debunked (see Not Out of Africa: How Afrocentrism Became an Excuse to Teach Myth as History by Mary Lefkowitz, Basic Books, 1996).
The foolishness of emphasizing one’s African links was expounded
by Keith B. Richburg in his book Out of
America: A Black Man Confronts Africa (Basic
Books, 1997). Sample excerpt: “But I’m
tired of lying. And I’m tired of all the
ignorance and hypocrisy and the double standards I hear and read about
I recently visited
Why has the
On CNN, there are frequent commercials from a coal lobbying
group. In the latest one, a young girl
states that the
Giving sanctuary to criminals (by cities, churches) was outlawed by Congress in 1996. The Arellano case is a “double-whammy” – ICE refuses to deport her, and continues to allow her to claim illegal sanctuary.
The Sunday, October 8, 2006, issue of the Spartanburg Herald-Journal contained an article entitled, “Smugglers already looking for ways to beat border wall,” by Olga R. Rodriguez (Associated Press). An excerpt:
Tijuana, Mexico: Rising from the Pacific surf and zig-zagging along the border for 14 miles, Tijuana’s border fence has done little but push illegal migrants into the Arizona desert and feed the smuggling industry since it went up in 1994.
Today, as the
Even before President Bush signed the $1.2 billion funding
bill Wednesday to strengthen busy crossing points, border patrol figures
indicated that smugglers have been hiding more migrants in vehicles, or
diverting them across one of the most inhospitable sections of the border – a
mountainous stretch of searing desert near
Some experts predict that smugglers could turn to boats and tunnels, two methods popular with drug smugglers but seldom used by migrant traffickers.
“It doesn’t matter what they do. There isn’t a wall that can stop people
because there will always be someone who finds a way to cross,” said
37-year-old Jose Lopez, a construction worker who said he had just been
Because he has three children still in the
No amount of border security will stop illegal immigration;
the reality is that roughly half the estimated 12 million undocumented
foreigners in the
While the interview process for visas has become tougher, it has failed to stop these so-called “overstays” from reaching for the American dream.
If they cannot get a visa, there’s a smuggling business that
moves millions of people from Mexican towns to employers throughout the
The increased enforcement that began with Operation
Gatekeeper in 1994 – and produced the corrugated metal and chain-link fence –
dramatically cut illegal border crossings in the Tijuana-San Diego area, but
overall, they kept their pace. Total
arrests along the nearly 2,000-mile border with
Trafficking has flourished; the average price for being
smuggled through a port of entry in the Tijuana-San Diego area – usually in the
trunk of a car or using false or borrowed documents – shot uup
from $300 in 1994 to $2,500. Crossing
[End of SHJ excerpt.]
Of course the border wall will not work – as I have written
The wall is to include motion sensors to detect
violators. When they are caught, they
will simply be released, or in some cases returned to
The SHJ article notes that the
“This is just an extraordinary explosion of diversity all
Frey said states that attract large numbers of immigrants can consider it a “badge of economic success.” There have, however, been backlashes.
“In some places it will be awhile [sic] before they are accepted by the locals,” Frey said. “All we have to do is look at this immigration debate.”
Immigration policy is a big issue in this year’s midterm
congressional elections, and the new data help explain why. Immigrants – legal and illegal – make up a
growing portion of the population in 46 states and the
…Hispanics increased their hold as the country’s largest minority group, at 14.5 percent of the population, compared with [sic] 12.8 percent for blacks.
Hispanic is a term for people with ethnic backgrounds in
Spanish-speaking countries. Hispanics
can be of any race, and most in the
Whites are a minority in four states –
“They are in all sorts of construction, food processing, service jobs, the whole spectrum, where they used to be primarily in agriculture,” MacFarlane said.
[End of SHJ excerpt.]
As Thom Hartmann once observed, diversity is a wonderful thing, and we are losing it. As massive flows of population occur across the globe, the diversity of the world’s regions is diminishing. The world is homogenizing at a rapid rate, as ethnic groups mix.
In the long term, the massive population flows spell
disaster for the immigrants to developed countries, such as the
As global oil production starts to decline significantly,
chaos will erupt. The first major
resource wars over oil – the first Gulf War (in
When war begins, it is always rationalized by differences – differences in religion, in race, in language, in ethnicity, in political philosophy. The coming resource wars will see the diverse ethnic groups that mass immigration from alien cultures has brought about turning against each other and destroying each other.
When things begin to fall apart – and, if Hubbert’s Peak is occurring now, that is probably within
2-5 years’ time – civil war will rage in
In previous times of population collapse or conquest, ethnic
minorities were often exterminated, e.g., as in the case of the Israeli
extermination (genocide) of the many tribes previously occupying the “Promised
Land.” In other cases, such as the
Spanish conquest of Central and
Did you know that the original meaning of the word “apocalypse” is “uncovering,” or “revelation,” and that the meaning “great or total devastation” or “doom” is a derived meaning stemming from the cataclysmic events of the Biblical book of the Revelation of St. John?
This cartoon caught my attention because the word “fumigate”
did not seem to me to be a “Biblical” word.
When I read the cartoon, I was in
Since El País is a respected publication, I am a little puzzled why I cannot corroborate the quotation in its cartoon.
In any event, the cartoon got me to thinking about sacred plants, civilization, and religion. When mankind lived in nature, all people had access to sacred plants (psychotropic plants, such as peyote and the plants of ayahuasca), and could experience a transcendental experience at will. As soon as civilization arose – agriculture, that is, – sacred plants were banned from use. Social governments and organized religions worked hand in hand to control the labor supply, and they could not permit every “Tom, Dick and Harry” from having his own profound religious experience.
If you every become interested in immigration, two of the most interesting books on this subject are The Camp of the Saints by Jean Raspail (The Social Contract Press, 1975; originally published in French as Le Camp des Saints, Editions Robert Laffont, 1973), and Alien Nation by Peter Brimelow (Random House, 1995). Jean Raspail’s book was a prophetic novel about the coming time when shiploads of impoverished immigrants would sail – in ships such as the Golden Venture – from undeveloped countries to overrun developed countries.
At least 12 boats reached the islands in the span of 36 hours, Civil Guard officials said. All the migrants, including children, were in good health, they said. Some 674 people arrived Saturday and 533 reached shore Sunday.
With routes through
More than 20,000 Africans have been intercepted so far this year in the archipelago, and the total for August was 6,000, compared with [sic] 4,751 for all of last year, according to Spanish authorities.
[End of SHJ excerpt.]
If you look at demographic trends, it is very easy to extrapolate and predict what is going to happen. Jean Raspail may be called a “visionary,” but his novel was simply an extrapolation of what had to happen if current trends were allowed to continue. I am often puzzled why the people with whom I speak cannot see that the world is destined for imminent collapse, as global oil production starts to fall. I am not alone in this assessment – a number of others have written many books and articles on the subject. But if you speak to people about it – anybody, from local friends to national political leaders – they simply reject the notion out of hand.
Denial that the catastrophe may occur seems to be a common
and strong human trait. In 1912, two
years before the outbreak of World War I, people bragged that the world had not
seen a major war for a hundred years, and that world peace was here to stay. The
I wonder whether anyone at IBM saw that their enterprise would be placed in grave danger with the introduction of the microcomputer? Did anyone at Ford mention to the management that global oil production is peaking, and that gasoline prices will soar, making their large personal trucks and SUVs undesirable?
There are strong signs that Hubbert’s Peak is now occurring (it does not occur at a single instant in time, because of the fluctuations in oil discoveries and oil-field exhaustions and demand), yet all governments are proceeding “business as usual.” It does not matter to them that global warming is occurring, and that polar ice caps and glaciers are melting. It does not matter to them that 30,000 species are made extinct every year. All that matters to the world’s leaders is that economic activity increase.
The world economic system will collapse, catastrophically, in just a few years. It is absolutely amazing that nobody cares. All that matters is Monday Night Football, Oprah Winfrey, iPods, and cell phones. It is so amazing. The biosphere, on which mankind depends totally to exist, is being destroyed by mankind’s insane obsession for increased human population, economic activity and industrial production. Mankind is producing millions of automobiles that burn fossil fuels and cause global warming. All world leaders are calling for improved standards of living and increased industrial production – none are calling for smaller human population and decreased economic activity. Mankind is destroying the Amazon rain forest – the lungs of the planet – to produce hamburgers. The human species is so ludicrous. This planet will be very easy to take over, once global oil production starts to fall.
Many books have been written about the arrival of “Peak Oil.” These include (from my personal library – there are many others):
The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight, by Thom Hartmann (Three Rivers Press, 1998)
Hubbert’s Peak, by Kenneth S. Deffeyes (Princeton University Press, 2001)
The Party’s Over, by Richard Heinberg (New Society Publishers, 2003)
Power Down, by Richard Heinberg (New Society Publishers, 2004)
The End of Oil, by Paul Roberts (Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004)
Twilight in the Desert, by Matthew R. Simmons (John Wiley & Sons, 2005)
When I wrote Can
An increasing number of books is being written on the general subject of the imminent collapse of global industrial civilization (apart from those focused on oil, as those cited above). These include:
Overshoot, by William R. Catton, Jr. (University of Illinois Press, 1980)
The Collapse of Complex Societies, by Joseph A. Tainter (Cambridge University Press, 1988)
The Sixth Extinction, by Richard Leakey and Roger Lewin (Anchor Book, 1995)
Guns, Germs and Steel, by Jared Diamond (W. W. Norton & Company, 1997)
Environment, Scarcity, and Violence, by Thomas F. Homer-Dixon (Princeton University Press, 1999)
Resource Wars, by Michael T. Klare (Metropolitan, 2001)
Collapse, by Jared Diamond (Viking, 2005)
Plan B 2.0 by Lester R. Brown (W. W. Norton, 2006)
The Creation, by E. O. Wilson (W. W. Norton, 2006)
These books document well the environmental catastrophe that is taking place as a result of large human numbers and industrial activity. There is no question that our civilization is about to collapse, and very soon, yet almost no one is paying any attention to this problem, and almost no one is doing anything to prepare for the very different future that will soon be upon us.
Our industrial civilization will soon self-destruct, catastrophically, and yet almost everyone on the planet is going about his own business, as if the current paradigm will last forever.
A quote from Can
“Some day we may return to some of the most sure and certain principles of religion and traditional virtue – that avarice is a vice, that the extraction of usury is a misdemeanor, and the love of money is detestable. But beware! The time for all this is not yet. For at least another hundred years we must pretend to ourselves and to every one that fair is foul and foul is fair; for foul is useful and fair is not. Avarice and usury and precaution must be our gods for a little while longer.”
I wrote a couple of years ago that the only way to “win” the
One of the principal differences between my proposal and
others I have seen recently is that others observe that under a partition, the
Sunnis would have no oil, and so some arrangement would have to be agreed to
under which they would receive a portion of the revenues from oil occurring in
the Kurd and Shia areas. In my view, lack of oil in the Sunni area does
not matter a whit.
I will close with a quote from The Economist article:
“Three years ago, just after the American-led invasion of
Iraq, an American sergeant based in the northern city of Kirkuk,
then the main focus of ethnic and sectarian competition, offered your
correspondent his own interpretation of what was going on. “You know what all this is about? Undoing what you British did at the end of
World War I.” He was referring to the
peace settlements that followed the collapse of the
Machiavelli offered three
solutions for administering a conquered state: (1) destroy it (i.e., kill
everyone, as the Israelis did in taking over the Promised Land); (2) move so
many of your own people into it so as to overwhelm the previous population (as
the Chinese are doing in Tibet, and the Europeans did in North America); or (3)
place a strong local family in charge, and tell them that they may remain in
charge as long as they maintain order and cooperate (i.e., in the case of Iraq,
provide us with access to the oil). The
In my draft platform for the American Independence Movement,
I proposed that public short-term punishments (stocks, pillories, caning) be
authorized for minor criminal offenses.
It was with some interest that I read an article promoting this approach
Ingenious Punishments: Their object all sublime; A vogue for shaming wrongdoers. On September 30th students at the
Dan Markel of
Many support shaming punishments. Amitai Etzioni of
Others are doubtful. According to Mr. Markel, shaming punishments undermine human dignity. He suggests alternative punishments that omit the public-humiliation factor. A landlord who flouts the health code, for example, could be made to stay in one of his own slums. And it is true that there is something unpleasant about the desire to see other people humiliated. Remember the matron who objects to Hester Prynne’s [of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter] scarlet letter: “Why, look you, she may cover it with a brooch, or suchlike heathenish adornment, and so walk the streets as brave as ever!”
But voters appear to be comfortable on the high horse. Ted Poe, a former district judge from
[End of The Economist excerpt.]
On Wednesday, October 18, Lou Dobbs hosted a CNN television
program special from
The sad thing is that Americans evidently feel strongly that
none of their leaders, from either party, and none of
the parties’ candidates, offers any solution to their deteriorating social and
economic situation. The real income for
middle-class Americans is shrinking, as a direct result of
The traditional advice to people who are dissatisfied with
their leaders is to vote them out of office and replace them with new
leaders. The problem in the
Over the past several decades,
So many Americans are being wiped out by medical expenses
that the bankruptcy rates were soaring.
In response, the government has made it more difficult to declare bankruptcy. If you become ill, it is in effect
Americans are being flooded with offers for credit cards, even when their credit ratings are poor. They are being offered credit by banks and credit-card companies, even when it is obvious that they cannot repay. As soon as a major medical bill arrives, the temptation is great to accept the credit card. Immediately, it is impossible to repay. At that point, the credit card issuer exerts the full force of the law to attach assets and incomes. The US government is complicit in this scheme – it recently passed legislation to make it much harder for people to declare bankruptcy when burdened by massive debt, and promotes efforts of lawyers and lenders to attach incomes and assets of people who are not able to cope with the insidious capitalist system that generates massive wealth for doctors, lawyers, and banks, paid for by people earning very little money.
The leaders of
While checking out of the supermarket a couple of days ago, I noticed that one of the “scandal sheets” showed a picture of a ravaged Farrah Fawcett, who is evidently dying of anal cancer. It is reported that she is going to treat the disease “aggressively,” by chemotherapy.
My first wife died of cancer, and I have firsthand experience with this disease. After she discovered her cancer (breast cancer, initially), she followed the advice of doctors, and started chemotherapy. These treatments make you very sick. They make your hair fall out. They seriously destroy the quality of the little remaining life you may have. I can assure you that the treatment is worse than the disease. After an agonizing year of chemotherapy – and a disfiguring mastectomy – my wife accepted that she was dying. She then switched to morphine, marijuana, and steroids, and enjoyed the last six months of her life.
The other night, on Turner Classic Movies, I caught the tail end of the movie, A Place in the Sun, starring Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor and Shelley Winters. There is a scene in which Montgomery Clift’s character is about to be executed, and his mother is telling him not to fear death, that there are worse things than death. There are indeed worse things than death. Chemotherapy is one of them.
Every month I see figures on “new housing starts.” The government is always very anxious that new housing starts number in the thousands. In the long run, it is not possible for new housing starts to number in the thousands every month. Our government is addicted to economic growth – that is a major reason behind its population policy of mass immigration to support a population growth rate of about one percent per year (three million people per year). Our society has spawned a construction industry that has to continue to produce homes, buildings, bridges and roads, even when they are destroying the planet’s biosphere. Our government is committed to feeding this voracious monster, even to the point of destroying the country’s environment, culture and middle class.
In a healthy, sustainable society, new housing starts would be zero, or almost zero (to allow for destruction by fire or natural disaster). Every time you hear a report in the news about new housing starts, read it as an indicator of how sick our society is. A society based on ever-continuing growth must ultimately fail.
(A couple of evenings ago (September 18), Lou Dobbs reported
that most illegal aliens obtain work within a month, and that they make about
$900 dollars per month – about the minimum wage. That is many times what citizens of Central
American countries can make in their own countries. The tragic thing is that when a worker moves
Here follows the Lou Dobbs segment on the H-1B visas. Ms. Kitty Pilgrim, CNN Anchor, is reporting.
PILGRIM: There is shocking new evidence tonight that our
nation's temporary worker visa program is woefully mismanaged. In fact, this
new information shows that the government has little, if any, idea how many
H1-B visas are being issued each year.
Bill Tucker reports.
(BEGIN VIDEO TAPE) BILL TUCKER, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice over): Attorney John Miano had a simple request. He wanted to know how many H1-B visas were issued in the years 2004,2005. The government would not tell him.
JOHN MIANO, CO-FOUNDER, PROGRAMMERS GUILD: I filed a Freedom of Information Act request to get copies -- electronic copies of the records and applications for H1-B guest worker visas.
TUCKER: H1-B visas are temporary guest worker visas which allow foreign workers with specialized skills to work in the
MIANO: We do not know how many of H1-B visas are being issued each year. The second big question we would know is who is getting these visas?
TUCKER: So, what was the government's response to Miano's request?
"We have completed our search for records responsive to your request but did not locate any."
In other words, they've lost the records.
The response came from the person in charge of handling Freedom of Information Act requests. We asked the USCIS for a clarification, and a spokesman told us, "The response was a mistake, the letter was sent in error."
The mistake came to their attention after LOU DOBBS TONIGHT brought it to their attention. The agency tells us that the information Miano is looking for would be available for an additional fee of roughly $4,500 to $5,000.
The former director of the Office of Internal Affairs at USCIS is stunned.
MICHAEL MAXWELL, FORMER DIRECTOR OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS, USCIS: I have never heard of a taxpayer being asked to flip [foot?] the bill for publicly available information. In fact, USCIS is required to provide these H1-B statistics annually to both the Senate and the House Judiciary Committees and they have not done that.
TUCKER: That the USCIS does not have an immediate database as to who holds these visas or where these people are raises national security implications.
(on camera): Problems with the program are well known. there have been a number of government reviews critical of its management. Yet the Senate, instead of fixing the problem, stands ready to double the size of the H1-B program and it its so-called immigration reform bill, it will add additional guest worker programs for USCIS to administer.
Bill Tucker, CNN,
[End of CNN segment.]
The following is an excerpt from the CNN Lou Dobbs Tonight
PILGRIM: Senator Byron Dorgan says
the exporting of American jobs is mortgage our
country's fortune, our principles and our way of life.
Senator Dorgan has written a critically important new book, "Take This Job and Ship It: How Corporate Greed and Brain Dead Politics Are Selling Out America."
Lou Dobbs recently sat down with Senator Dorgan to discuss what "brain dead politicians" are doing to the American people.
(BEGIN VIDEO TAPE)
SEN. BYRON DORGAN (D),
Attendant to that is the shipping of American jobs overseas, which will shrink the middle class, stripping away health insurance and pensions and reducing salaries.
We're moving in the wrong direction, in my judgment.
LOU DOBBS, HOST: Well, the title of your book is "Take This Job and Ship It."
You take it far beyond that, explaining in detail some history of what has happened to the country and what you think will happen. But here's what you said: "But because their main offices" -- referring to the corporations -- "remain in the
How likely is that?
DORGAN: Well, my point is if they want to, what they call, do an inversion, renounce their American citizenship so they can not pay taxes, become Bermudan countries, let them call the Bermudan Navy. They now -- I should mention to you, in the book I have a picture. This picture is of a five story building, a white building on
DOBBS: If we could see this. This is fascinating.
DORGAN: ... in the
This picture is a picture of the Ugland House, five stories. It is -- Dave Evans, an enterprising reporter for "Bloomberg," did the research. It is home to 12,748 corporations. Now, they're not all there. That's just their address. And they use that address to avoid paying
They ship jobs overseas, run-the income through the
I mean, I'm just saying this doesn't work for our country's long- term economic growth.
DOBBS: And, we might point out, too, the
DORGAN: That's true.
DOBBS: This is a remarkable story, as you point out, the fact that corporate
I mean is there anything that you can do, your colleagues in Congress,
DORGAN: Well, I use the term "brain dead" in the title and I mean that, brain dead. You know, we actually, Lou, say, if you fire your American workers, close your American manufacturing plant, move the jobs to China, I tell you what? We'll give you a tax cut. We'll give you a tax break.
That pernicious tax cut, I've tried to abolish that four times in the Senate. You can't get it done.
I mean the fact is these big corporations that benefit from all of this have a lot of friends and the American people know, however, that what's going on is wrong. It's going to injure this country. It's going to shrink the middle class. It's going to hurt our future.
And so, I mean I decided to write a book about it because it's -- it's something this country has to sink its teeth into and deal with.
I'm not suggesting building walls around
DOBBS: And to be clear, this important book will make clear, as you read it -- and I urge you to do so -- Senator Byron Dorgan is no protectionist. In point of fact, he is calling for expanded markets for
It is also a critical examination of what this country is doing to itself and what we are permitting our political establishment and our business establishment to do to us.
DORGAN: I've tried to tell the truth here in this book. Jim Hightower said tell the truth then ride a fast horse. Well, I don't have a fast horse, but I've tried to tell it like it is. And I think what is happening in this country is wrong and is going to hurt this country's economic future.
DOBBS: And the fact that you don't have a fast horse, that you stand firm and tall in Washington and everybody knows where to find you, is even a greater testament to your courage and to the importance of this book.
We thank you for writing it.
Good to be with you, sir.
DORGAN: Lou, thanks very much.
[End of CNN segment.]
Patrick J. Buchanan recently published a new book, State of Emergency: The
Third World Invasion and Conquest of America (Thomas Dunne Books,
2006). The book describes the current
alien invasion of the
Buchanan points out many of the unfortunate aspects of the alien invasion, such as the slaughter and rape of US citizens by murderous gangs of illegal immigrants, the ridiculous granting of “birthright” citizenship to children of illegal aliens, the introduction of serious diseases to the US population by aliens, and the provision of costly medical care and social services to illegal aliens.
I have commented more than once on the fact that President Bush and members of Congress are bound by their oaths of office to protect the country from invasion, and by allowing the alien invasion they are guilty of gross dereliction of duty and treason. I was encouraged to see that Buchanan raises the same point. I quote:
“Twice, President Bush took an oath to ‘preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,’ Article IV, Section 4, reads, ‘The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion.’
“Yet, with perhaps 4 million illegal aliens having broken in
during Bush’s five and a half years in office, and our
It is amazing to me that the President’s gross dereliction of duty and treason are now apparent to everyone, and being written about by widely read authors such as Buchanan, and yet no one has taken action to indict, try, and – when found guilty – punish the President for his treachery.
Buchanan singles out the President as being derelict in his duty to uphold the Constitution and defend the country from invasion, but he does not cite other government officials for this crime. All senior government officials, including members of Congress and the Justice Department have taken an oath to uphold the Constitution, and are therefore bound by the requirement to protect the country from invasion. With very few exceptions, they are all refusing to do so. All who refuse to do so are guilty of gross dereliction of duty and treason, and should be indicted and tried along with the President. Perhaps Buchanan realizes that since most of the government are guilty of the same crime, there is little chance that anyone will be taken to task on this issue.
Buchanan points out that the Bush administration has simply stopped enforcing immigration laws. He writes:
“George Bush has taken an oath to see to it that the laws of
“’In this dramatic relaxation of internal enforcement’ under George W. Bush, O’Sullivan concludes, ‘is the explanation of the rapidly rising estimate of immigrants living and working illegally in this country.’
“Can anyone say that, with this record, President Bush has
faithfully executed the immigration laws of the
Unlike most authors, who simply “wring their hands” about the situation, Buchanan proposes a number of actions. These include:
Buchanan’s approach is, in his words, to “remove the
magnets” that draw illegal aliens to the
Deception, lies, untruths. The government – in tow to the wealthy elite
– is committed to a high population growth, and will force mass immigration on
its people, whether they like it or not.
If it is forced by popular opinion to stem the tide of illegal aliens, and
is not permitted to convert illegal aliens to citizens (“amnesty”) it will
simply process more legal immigrants. In
any event, the
The government condoned the breaking of immigration laws, thereby
committing treason, in allowing millions of aliens to invade the
Since corrective change is no longer possible within the system, via the ballot box, the only alternative is revolution. The two sides in this revolution will be citizens who wish to restore their culture and environment versus the wealthy elite, who desire to perpetuate and increase their wealth. One side is inspired by moral and cultural values and passion and righteous anger, and the other is inspired by lucre and greed and lust for power. Guess which side will win.
Buchanan falls right in line with the government approach, in proposing weak, ineffectual methods, instead of forceful, direct, effective ones. The government has allowed millions of people to invade the country, and now does not want anyone to use forceful methods to expel them – for fear they might actually leave, and hurt our economy. (Almost all of the arguments presented by government and academics in favor of immigration rest on economic issues, not on environmental or cultural values.) The proper way to defend against an alien invasion is to kill the alien invaders – seek and destroy, not beg them or try to “motivate” them to leave.
The last American president to protect the country from
invasion by illegal immigrants was Dwight Eisenhower, in his “Operation
Wetback.” Every president since then has
encouraged or condoned mass illegal immigration, and is guilty of gross dereliction
of duty and treason. They have disgraced
themselves, dishonored their high office, and betrayed their people. They have sold their country down the river
to generate income for the government and wealth for the oligarchy. They have destroyed
Buchanan quotes historian Arnold Toynbee: Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder. Civilizations arose when creative minorities devised solutions to the great crisis of the age. They perished when they failed to resolve that crisis. The great crisis of our age is that, because of a one-time access to fossil fuel, human population has soared to over six billion, and large human numbers and industrial activity are destroying the biosphere. Global oil production is now peaking, so that human population will soon begin to plummet and global industrialization will soon collapse. The individuals and groups who devise a good solution to this problem will inherit the future.
The impending decline in global oil production has been
foreseen by petrogeologists for decades, yet the
Had the country prepared for the end of the Petroleum Age,
by keeping its population low and culturally homogeneous, it could have
transitioned smoothly from an oil-based society to a solar civilization. With
I learned reading and arithmetic the “old fashioned way” – reading by phonetics (which is a little difficult for English, but doable) and arithmetic by rote (memorizing multiplication tables and division algorithms). These methods work very well for anybody, regardless of native ability. I have a PhD in mathematical statistics, and my learning arithmetic by rote did not harm me in any way. It certainly did not suppress my enthusiasm for higher mathematics or repress my creative mathematical abilities.
At some point in the past – in the 1960s, as I recall – the people who run our educational system decided that there must be a better way to teach reading and arithmetic. They introduced the concept of reading a word as a whole, without pronouncing it. This approach is rather idiotic (since letters represent sounds), and an entire generation of schoolchildren arose who could not read. Similarly, our educators decided that children should learn advanced mathematical concepts such as “set theory” as a foundation to their performing arithmetic. Still later, educators decided that children didn’t really need to know how to add, subtract, multiply, or divide at all, and cold simply use electronic calculators to perform these rudimentary functions. This approach was just as dumb, and produced many students who could not do basic arithmetic.
Certainly it is easier to learn when there is an understanding of the basic concept involved, and some people can benefit from a more advanced, concept-driven approach. But many people do better simply learning the basics, without knowing much of the theory. You don’t have to be a chemist to be a good cook.
DOBBS: There's a new conclusion tonight about the best way
in which to teach our students mathematics. An influential math teachers group
has now determined that the best approach is not the so-called new math in
which children are issued calculators early on. Instead, it's back to basics. An approach that parents and mathematicians have been asking for
this for years.
Christine Romans reports.
CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): In math class across
JIM RUBILLO, NATIONAL COUNCIL OF TEACHERS OF MATHEMATICS: What is it that students really need to know? What are the building blocks, the core ideas upon which all of the other important ideas are built? And so this is an attempt to do that. It's saying the concept of focusing is the important thing here.
ROMANS: Education experts hope these new guidelines put the so-called math wars to rest, a war begun with a directive from this same group in 1989 that critics say de-emphasized math fundamentals for children in favor of calculators and vague problem solving skills.
TOM LOVELESS, BROOKINGS INSTITUTION: It's true that they need to be able to solve problems and learn how to apply their knowledge in a practical sense to solve real world problems. But they also do need to know some basic computation. They need to know how to add and subtract and divide and multiply whole numbers.
ROMANS: Consider these whole numbers. In fourth grade, students in
According to the Thomas B. Ford (ph) Foundation, two-thirds of children attend schools in states with mediocre education standards or worse. And they give American math education a D plus.
ROMANS: Those students in the rest of the world are getting a very focused fundamental early education, and it's working.
DOBBS: New reason for hope for American's bright future and our kids. Thank you very much, Christine Romans.
My wife and I recently visited
A few years ago, the price of a euro was about USD0.80. Because of the massive expenditures for the
war in Iraq, however, the US dollar has undergone a massive loss in value
relative to the euro, and the euro is now worth about USD1.26 (or USD1 =
EUR0.79). As a result, the relative
value of goods and services in
President George Bush’s (and his predecessors’) extravagant fiscal
policies (the war in Iraq, massive international free trade, open borders,
massive immigration, provision of social and economic services to millions of
illegal aliens) have seriously weakened the value of the US dollar, making the
cost of tourism for US citizens much higher than before. The advantage of this situation to the
country is that US goods and services are now relatively inexpensive, which
should have a beneficial effect on our balance of trade. The unfortunate thing that has happened,
however, is that the
A few weeks ago saw the introduction of a new term – Islamo-fascist – to describe the Moslem terrorists. This term is really inappropriate. The term “fascist” properly refers to a state in which there is little regard for rights of the individual and a strong alliance of the state with business interests. Since the Moslem terrorists are very loosely affiliated with any state, the term “fascist” does not apply to them.
As I discussed in my article, “Is America Fascist?” the term “fascist” could conceivably be applied to the US, since there is a strong alliance between business and the state, but there is a high level of individual rights (albeit decreasing, with the severe overcrowding being caused by mass immigration and the restriction of civil liberties being promoted in response to the “War on Terrorism”). But it is simply the wrong term to apply to Moslem terrorists.
I have written on numerous occasions about the treason being
committed by US President Bush, many members of Congress, and some members of
the Judicial Department in not defending the country from the ongoing alien
invasion. Here is some information about
the oaths of office taken by senior
The Constitution specifies the
exact oath of office to be taken by the President of the
Oath of office for the President, as specified in the Constitution, Article II, Section 1:
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
Source: Constitution of the
The oath of office for most other federal officials, other than the President (including the Vice President, Cabinet members, members of Congress, Presidential civilian appointees, military officers, and civil servants), as outlined in the Constitution and specified in the United States Code, 5USC3331:
"I, ___, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God."
The Oath of office for Supreme Court Justices and other Federal Judges:
"I, ___, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me as ___ under the Constitution and laws of the United States. So help me God."
The Military Enlistment Oath (for enlisted personnel):
"I, __________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God."
NOTE: Military enlisted personnel swear to obey the orders given to them by their officers, up through their chain of command, to the President. No people other than enlisted military swear any kind of oath to obey the President. The first obligation of Military Officers and Government officials is to obey the Constitution and the duly-enacted Laws, not to obey the President. Even Executive Branch officials must not obey the President if he asks them to do anything which is unlawful. This is their Constitutional obligation, which their oath of office compels them to obey.
Source: United States Code - 10USC502 - at http://www.gpoaccess.gov/uscode/
For an excellent discussion of military oaths, please see this official essay at http://www.airpower.maxwell.af.mil/airchronicles/apj/apj02/win02/ keskel.html
[End of McGinnis excerpt.]
The salient feature of all oaths taken by US government
officials is the requirement to uphold the Constitution. With respect to the ongoing alien invasion of
It is very clear that the Constitution requires the
President to protect the country from invasion, and expects Congress to call
forth the Militia to repel invasions.
The President and the Congress are completely derelict in performing
this duty. Article III, Section 3,
states: “Treason against the
A few weeks ago, Edward O. Wilson’s new book, The Creation, was published (W. W.
Norton & Company, 2006). Here follow
some comments posted on Yahoo! News on
Author sees science, religion saving environment by Daniel Trotta, Friday September 1,
Scientist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author E.O. Wilson is out to save life on Earth -- literally -- and as a secular humanist has decided to enlist people of religious faith in his mission.
The Harvard professor sees science and religion as potential allies for averting the mass extinction of the species being caused by man, as he argues in his latest book, "The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth" (W.W. Norton), due out on Tuesday.
Asked whether he could unite two groups
with clashing world views,
Among people of religious faith, "There is a
potentially powerful commitment to conservation -- saving the creation -- once
the connection is made and once the scientists are willing to form an
"There are two world views in conflict -- religious and secular -- but yet they can meet in friendship on one of the most important issues of this century," he said.
While the scientist believes in evolution, the evangelical Christian interprets the Bible as the literal word of God.
"I may be wrong, you may be wrong. We may both be
"Does this difference in worldview separate us in all things? It does not," he goes on, drawing on his former experience as a Southern Baptist to find common ground.
Wilson, who won Pulitzers for general non-fiction in 1979 and 1991, documents how human activity has accelerated the mass extinction of species and says habitat preservation is most urgent. He writes that the world's 25 most endangered hotspots could be saved with a one-time payment of $30 billion, a relative pittance compared to the wealth that nature generates for man.
In the Reuters interview,
"I'm willing to accept the possibility that there is some kind of intelligent force beyond our current understanding," he said.
As such he said he gets a "uniformly warm response" from Southern Baptists ministers, and sees mainstream public opinion as getting greener.
"The public opinion in the
[End of Yahoo article.]
This new release attracted my attention since it is my belief, too, that the planet’s environmental crisis will be solved by spiritual means. I have written much about this – this view is the basis for my consideration of synarchy as a means for planetary management. Others, such as Thom Hartmann and Neale Donald Walsch have presented similar views (i.e., that the solution of the environmental crisis must involve spiritual means).
I purchased a copy of The Creation, and have skimmed through it. It is interesting reading about the biology of Earth and the current crisis of the biosphere. Unfortunately, like most books on the subjects of the environment and/or spirituality (e.g., Lester Brown’s Plan B 2.0, Thom Hartmann’s The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight, or Neale Donald Walsch’s various Conversations with God books), its presents little insight or operationally useful recommendations for suggesting how science and religion might work together to accomplish the objective of resolving the environmental crisis.
Last night on CNN’s Lou Dobbs Tonight (October 20, 2006), it
was reported that US Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean were sentenced to prison terms of over ten years
for shooting a previously deported illegal alien who was attempting to smuggle
seven hundred pounds of illegal drugs into the United States. The agents were convicted on the testimony of
the drug smuggler, who was given immunity from prosecution by the
Here is an excerpt from the program:
DOBBS: The government today answers critics of its decision
to prosecute two Border Patrol agents who were sentenced to more than 10 years
in prison for shooting a drug smuggler that was given immunity by the
prosecutors. And illegal aliens tonight receiving another
helping hand from the ACLU.
Casey Wian reports on federal prosecutors who now claim they had no choice but to offer a drug smuggler immunity and no choice but to prosecute two U.S. Border Patrol agents.
We'll find out.
And Bill Tucker tonight reports on the ACLU's latest effort to undermine the efforts of local governments trying to deal with the illegal immigration crisis.
We begin tonight with Casey Wian in
CASEY WIAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Lou, federal prosecutors are finally talking about their case against two Border Patrol agent who shot a Mexican drug smuggler. As you mentioned, prosecutors said they had no choice to offer that drug smuggler immunity from prosecution but throw the book at the agents.
WIAN (voice over): Hours after the sentencing of former Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean to 11 and 12-year prison terms respectively, federal prosecutors defended their controversial case.
JOHNNY SUTTON, U.S. ATTORNEY: Some in the media have suggested that Agent Compean and Agent Ramos should get medals for shooting this drug suspect. I disagree.
I think that this jury did exactly the right thing by holding these two agents accountable for what they did. The
WIAN: But apparently not to drug smugglers. Sutton claims investigators had no case against Aldrete Davila, even though there's no dispute he was driving this van loaded with 743 pounds of marijuana, ignored agents' repeated orders to stop, scuffled with Agent Compean, and fled back across the border.
Sutton says there was no case, because no fingerprints were found in the van, and agents couldn't identify Aldrete Davila.
SUTTON: I feel no sympathy for this alien. I feel that he deserves to be in prison. If we ever find him again smuggling drugs into this country, we will happily put him there.
WIAN: Sutton says he had no evidence to substantiate reports Aldrete Davila was caught smuggling drugs into the
JAY SMITH, DHS OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL: "These two agents have betrayed the trust placed in them by the Department of Homeland Security, their fellow agents, and the public. I again commend the United States Attorney's Office for their successful prosecution of this important case."
WIAN: Prosecutors say the 11 and 12-year sentences are just, but when asked why the agents were originally offered plea bargains of one-year prison sentences, Sutton would not answer.
The convictions will be appealed while Ramos and Compean for now remain free on bail.
WIAN: That appeal is expected to focus on a decision by Judge Kathleen Cardone to dismiss a motion for a new trial based on new information from three jurors who now say they were coerced to vote guilty.
Meanwhile, family members and others involved in the defense side of the case say the best hope for the agents right now might be a presidential pardon -- Lou.
DOBBS: A presidential pardon. The idea -- that becomes somewhat problematic given the relationship between President Bush and President Fox, and the suspicion in many quarters, and critics of this case, that this prosecution was carried out primarily to satisfy the interests of the Mexican government.
What do you think?
WIAN: Well, defense attorneys say they can't figure out why the government was so insistent on prosecuting this case. You know, raising the question of offering these agents one year in prison as a plea bargain and then, you know, going -- going completely the other side. There sure is a lot of speculation about pressure from the Mexican government, though we have not seen any direct evidence of it.
DOBBS: Absolutely. And there is also considerable speculation down there on the border, in
We're going to be investigating that as well in this broadcast for some time to come. It's going to take a while, but we're going to continue along both of those lines.
I'm interested in something that the
And I was interested to see a DHS official there. Did anyone ask him to explain why this government is not securing our southern border with
And thirdly, what, then, makes this case against two U.S. Border Patrol agents who served with distinction so important?
WIAN: Well, to take your last question, first, they say it's important because police officers, federal agents, anyone who has the authority to shoot someone under the color of law has a higher responsibility to obey the letter of that law. They pointed to what they call the cover-up in this case, and they say that that's why this case needed to be prosecuted the way it was. As to the broader question of border security, that didn't come up. But the Homeland Security Department official and Johnny Sutton both said that they are proud of Border Patrol agents who put their lives on the line every day to defend this nation, yet they said they had no choice but to prosecute these two.
DOBBS: Did they explain why they had no choice but to give this drug smuggler immunity in order to carry out the prosecution? Because the reason I ask that is, I'm sure that U.S. attorney Johnny Sutton knows that the top three revenue sources for a corrupt and incompetent government in Mexico are oil revenues, remittances primarily from illegal aliens in this country, and tens of billions of dollars in drug money that flow across that border.
WIAN: No, they -- the only thing they said about the decision to offer him immunity and to not prosecute him was they didn't have enough evidence to make a case against the smuggler. And they said his testimony was critical to convicting these two agents. It sure seems to me that they put that interest before the interests of enforcing the law against the drug smuggler -- Lou.
DOBBS: And this question is going to be followed, of course, by congressional investigators. At least two dozen congressmen saying that they are going to proceed with an investigation of this case. A case that many are calling an outright travesty of American justice.
We thank you very much.
And that goes to the subject of our poll.
Casey Wian, thank you.
Do you believe the prosecution of U.S. Border Patrol agents Ramos and Compean to more than 10 years in federal prison a travesty of American justice? We'd like to know what you think. Yes or no?
Cast your vote, please, at loudobbs.com. The results coming up here later.
Next, the ACLU defends illegal aliens again, filing more lawsuits.
[End of Lou Dobbs excerpt.]
This case demonstrates very clearly the
The illegal alien crisis arose because the
In the Ramos / Compean case, it is
easy to see why the
Since the federal government has completely abrogated its responsibility to rid the country of illegal aliens, a number of states and local governments have recently enacted legislation in an attempt to address the problem. These attempts are not having much of an effect, but they are a very public reminder of the fact that the federal government is doing nothing about the problem. It is interesting to observe that the illegal immigration problem has arisen and is continuing because the federal government refuses to act, but at the same time the federal government does not want to allow any individuals or state or local governments to act in the matter, either. It is blatantly breaking the law in allowing this problem to arise and to continue, but it adamantly refuses for any other entity to take any steps, legal or otherwise, to resolve the problem.
CNN’s Lou Dobbs Tonight regularly comments on the failure of
the federal government to act to repel the alien invasion, and its efforts to
thwart other groups (states, local governments, militias, anti-immigration
organizations, individuals) to take effective action against the illegals. Many local
governments, such as
Fighting Illegal Immigration. States’ efforts to enforce laws might be unconstitutional, by Erik Schelzig (Associated Press)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Legislatures around the country are passing state laws to get tough on illegal immigration, but legal experts say many of those laws will turn out to be unconstitutional.
More than 550 bills relating to illegal immigration were introduced in statehouses this year, and at least 77 were enacted, according to a survey presented last week at the annual meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures.
However, NCSL analyst Ann Morse told lawmakers at the conference that a 1986 federal law forbids states from enacting stricter criminal or civil penalties for illegal immigration than those adopted by Congress.
"The federal government decided it was too complicated for the states to enact their own competing laws on this," she said.
So what about the laws passed this year?
"I believe they'll be tested in court," she said.
State bills aimed at illegal immigration this year have included measures on education, employment, driver's licenses, law enforcement, legal services and trafficking.
"Unique among the states,
"If we could get the federal government to give us a
little more leeway, we would see a lot more reforms at the state level,"
It's unlikely the federal government will want to relinquish enforcement of immigration laws to the states, said Demetrios Papademetriou, president of the Washingtonbased Migration Policy Institute.
"This is a prerogative that the feds really guard, particularly in Congress, with a passion that is probably unlike anything else," he said.
Still, the states are likely to try to acquire as much authority on the subject as they can.
"Because the Congress is unable to act, people at your level - and the local level - are beginning to take things into their own hands," Papademetriou told lawmakers at the conference. "I think we're seeing the beginnings of something that will gradually transfer more power to the states."
Papademetriou was critical of enforcement-only proposals to address illegal immigration. Some other proposals, like increasing the number of U.S. Border Patrol agents by 2,000 each year for the next six years, are unlikely to succeed, he said.
"I venture to say, in my humble option, that there is no way ... you can come close to that number and sustain it," he said.
It would take tens of thousands of applicants to have enough candidates to qualify, to pass training and to become experienced border patrol agents, he said.
[End of SHJ article.]
On a recent Lou Dobbs Tonight program (
Their efforts will be in vain, however, since the federal government is determined to keep immigration levels high to appease the wealthy oligarchs, however it has to do it.
Here is an extract of the Lou Dobbs segment on the
DOBBS: Attempts by local communities to deal with illegal
immigration are now under attack by the American Civil Liberties Union. The
Bill Tucker reports.
BILL TUCKER, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice over): The
The American Civil Liberties Union, along with the Puerto Rican Legal Defense Fund, People for the
JAMES KATZ, ACLU ATTORNEY: Municipalities are creatures of state law. They only have those powers that the legislature affords them. And they simply have no authority to be involved in regulating matters of immigration.
TUCKER: To the contrary, argue the lawyers from the other side. They say
CHRIS KOBACH, IMMIGRATION REFORM: Federal law, it says, you can't make this is a city crime to hire an illegal alien, but you can impose other sanctions, including taking away the business's license. And so that's what these cities are doing, is they are closely conforming to federal law and saying, OK, well, if we can't make it a crime, can we at least take away the license? That's what we'll do.
TUCKER: In other words, create regulations that are in line with federal law. The Immigration Reform Law Institute has served as legal counsel to the communities of
TUCKER: We contacted
DOBBS: What's the ACLU representing here? Who? What's the interest here?
TUCKER: The plaintiffs in this case, they say, are the immigrants in the community...
DOBBS: Oh, they're using...
TUCKER: ... who face possible discrimination.
DOBBS: So they are representing the illegal alien, is that correct? Or are they just using immigrant -- how are they using them? Are they making any distinction between illegal immigrant and immigrant?
TUCKER: No, they are not.
DOBBS: Good work, ACLU. Thank you.
[End of Lou Dobbs segment.]
Frequently when he is discussing immigration, Lou Dobbs
makes the point that he is not opposed to legal immigration, but only to illegal immigration. Because he is such a prominent spokesman
against the destruction of
Wake up, Lou! All mass immigration is bad for the
Lou Dobbs has written a book entitled, War on the Middle Class, which describes how the
Decades ago, when the
When I was young, US workers made far more than those in other countries, and the quality of life was good for most Americans. A father of a family of four could afford to purchase a home and a car and educate his children, and pay for medical care – and have his wife stay at home with the children, if she wished. Because of massive international free trade, mass immigration, and open borders, that lifestyle has vanished for most of the middle class. Most young Americans will not be able to afford these things, unless – or even if – both the husband and wife work in the competitive labor market.
In 1950, the population of the
When I purchased my first home in 1964 – a new three-bedroom
two-bath brick home on a three-quarter lot in a new subdivision, Parkwood, in
Personal safety is a thing of the past. When I was young, few people locked their homes. The ignition switch in a 1955 Chevrolet could
be turned on and the key left at home. Loitering
was not permitted. Our country was
safe. It is now a very dangerous
place. Overcrowding has reduced the
civility of the population, and mass immigration has allowed hundreds of
thousands of vicious Hispanic gang members to terrorize our population,
slaughtering our people at will and gang-raping our women and girls. The wealthy, of course, are largely immune
from all of these problems. They can
still afford a vacation home, a white-water raft trip down the
Our American culture is being destroyed. In 1950, the country was about 90 percent white-Christian, English-speaking European-stock, and about ten percent black (also Christian and English-speaking), with virtually no Hispanics or Moslems. Now, whites are minorities in many places. The government can only win elections by pandering to minorities. The country has been fragmented into a hodge-podge of very different ethnic groups.
By embarking on costly social programs, such as the War on
Poverty, and on expensive wars, such as the War in
The American middle class is being straddled with an
incredible burden of cost, for programs and policies that they did not ask for
and did not want. Because of massive
international free trade, our manufacturing capacity has been destroyed, and we
now import most consumer goods from
The quality of life was high for Americans in the 1950s because machines did much of the work, and most of the benefit from this machine work accrued to the worker. Usually, only about one person (the husband / father) worked in a family, and the tax burden was low (e.g., 10 percent of the labor of one person). Nowadays, most of the benefit of the productivity of machines accrues to the government or to the wealthy elite. Both parents in a family must work, sometime at two jobs, and much of the benefit of their labor (their human work or the work of the machines that they produce and operate) goes to the government (e.g., 50 percent of the labor and income of two people, vs. 10 percent of the labor and income of one). The benefit of the productivity of machines, and a good portion of the labor of the family adults, goes to the government for payment of costly government programs, or to the wealthy owners of the American economy. In 1950, the government budget was a much lower proportion of GDP than it is today, and the GDP was a lot lower. All of this additional economic wealth (the difference between the government budget in 2006 and the government budget in 1950) is being taken from workers, who produce it, and transferred to the government to spend on its programs, or to the wealthy to increase their wealth.
The average American middle class worker has been transformed, in 50 years, from a relatively well-off citizen to an incredibly oppressed slave today, and must pay for massive government programs that he does not want (political wars, health and welfare services to immigrants, an exquisitely expensive health-care system, transfer of wealth from the middle class to the wealthy elite).
Our national security is a shambles. Under its policies of massive international free trade, millions of tons of uninspected shipping containers enter the country every day. Millions of illegal aliens flow across the borders every year, to slaughter and rape our people, destroy our environment, and reduce our quality of life from overcrowding, disease, theft, and use of government-provided services.
I have lived in worked in many countries of the world. I
know what conditions are like there.
The amazing thing about what has happened – the destruction
of quality of life for
People do not notice change that happens slowly. As the quality of life disintegrated for the American middle class, few people spoke up and warned what was happening. Now that massive change has occurred, in just a few decades, people are very upset – with the exorbitant cost of medical care, with the decline in income, with the burden of paying for wars and social programs and mass immigration that they did not ask for, with the loss of environment and overcrowding from mass immigration, with extreme commute times, with the loss of cultural homogeneity, with the loss of personal security, with the conversion of America to a Third-World country – all to provide massive wealth to the billionaire elite.
People will bear almost anything to have food, shelter, and security. There is a strong reluctance to reject our current government, which has betrayed us, for fear that the alternative could be worse. As oppressed as people are, and as much as they have been robbed of quality of life by their government, they will not risk losing what they still have – adequate food and shelter – for an uncertain future that could be far worse.
People will endure much hard work and suffering if they know that they are all in it together, working for a common, worthwhile cause and equitably burdened. But the situation today in which the middle class quality of life has been destroyed – sacrificed to provide obscene wealth for the wealthy elite – is an unbearable one. The decline in the quality of life of the American middle class was not caused by an external force, such as an attack from another nation or a natural disaster. It was deliberately caused by the wealthy elite, simply to make them wealthier at the expense of the middle class. As a result, an intense resentment and anger is building within the American middle class, directed against the wealthy elite that has destroyed its environment, culture, economic well-being, and general quality of life. When things reach the “tipping point,” they will attack in rage against those who have betrayed them.
The American people have been brainwashed into thinking
that, because we live in a “democracy,” it is they, the people, who are running
things. They would like to change
things. They are frustrated that the
government will not listen to them, and send the immigrants back home and end
the war in
This future was not necessary. It did not have to happen. It was chosen by
Immigrants are attracted to English-culture countries, such
But these players were not the principal actors in the drama. They are bit players, political pawns, hired hands. Who really killed cock robin was the wealthy elite: the same white, Christian, English-speaking, European-stock people as the American middle class they were exploiting and condemning to economic and social destruction. They turned their backs on their own people. The wealthy elite are in fact their own culture – citizens of the world, with ties to no culture but Mammon. As Walt Kelly’s Pogo commented, “We have seen the enemy, and it is us.” When things fall all to pieces, and civil war emerges, the American middle class, realizing who destroyed their society and culture, will turn with a vengeance on those who worked to bring it down – the wealthy elite. But they will also turn on their pawns – the President, the members of Congress, and the members of the Judiciary – who refused to protect the country from invasion. And, as things degenerate, they will turn on all who are different – different religion, language, culture, ethnicity.
A few months ago, I was informed by American Express Ameriprise that my “data” had been stolen, and that as a
result I should be especially vigilant to guard against fraud or identity
theft. A total of 158,000 customers and
58,000 financial advisors were informed of this theft of personal data. In March, 98,000 records of graduate students
and graduate-school applicants were stolen from the
The list goes on and on. The fact is, personal data stored in computers is being stolen, in massive amounts, from both private and government facilities.
The thing that makes data so valuable to the data thieves is the fact that almost all data bases are based on a single unique numerical identifier – the Social Security Number (SSN). Once thieves have this number, they can easily link the stolen data to other data bases, and they can easily accomplish fraud or identity theft. If this number were encrypted, so that it could not be read by the thieves, the problem would be less severe, but the fact is that it is not usually encrypted. Data theft is occurring in epidemic proportions, and fraud and identity theft are rampant because of it.
Our government does not care that personal data are being stolen. Data thefts and the work required to unravel the fraud and identity theft that result simply increase the gross national product (GDP), and the GDP is the government’s primary performance measure. If the government did care, it would prevent use of the SSN as a universal identifier – as it promised to do when the SSN was introduced at the time of the passage of the Social Security Act of 1935, when the American public protested in anger over the introduction of an individual numerical identfier for all citizens.
The government has taken a few steps to limit the use of the SSN as a universal identifier. Under the Privacy Act of 1974, it is illegal for any organization that accepts grants from the US government to set up any system of records based on the SSN. It is my belief, however, that this law is routinely flaunted, since many universities and teaching hospitals, both of which usualy receive government grants, appear to use the SSN as an identifier. In a token step in the right direction, just this year the government banned the use of the SSN as an identifier on state driver’s licenses. These steps are of insignificant consequence, however, and simply underscore the hypocracy of the government with respect to concern for personal data vulnerability caused by the widespread use of the SSN.
As I have mentioned earlier, my local physician group uses the SSN as an identifier in its office records. Since it evidently processes insurance claims through an intermediary that uses the SSN, it refuses to process medical insurance claims unless you provide your SSN to them, and allow them to store it in their data base and give it to others. When I complained about this practice, they informed me that they imposed strict rules on who could access my data. When I informed them that the risk was not from legal use by office personnel but from illegal use by the thieves when the data was stolen, and that the SSN made the data very useful to the data thieves, they became silent and refused to discuss the matter further. They did not have an answer for this, and did not want to address it, discuss it, or evidently even consider it. Theft of the data from them was not something that they cared to think about. The lady struck me as the android in The Matrix – I had asked a question that she had not been programmed to answer, of which her data banks had no knowledge, and her response was to slip into a “sleep” mode.
This current system of personl data security is so corrupt, and so vulnerable, and so uncaring of the patient’s (consumer’s) data, that it defies understanding how it could countinue in a society that purports to care for the individual. It is but one more example of how the quality of life for the American middle class has been compromised by the US government. The US government introduced the SSN, and it promised that the SSN would never be allowed to become a universal identifier (my Social Security card, issued in 1958, bears the legend, “Not for Identification” – that legend no longer appears on Social Security cards). It lied. Largely because of the government’s refusal to control flagrant abuse of the SSN, citizens’ personal data is now essentially in the public domain. Of course, the US Constitution does not include a right to personal privacy, so this is of no great concern to the government. It did promise in 1935, however, not to allow use of the SSN as a universal identifier, and it should be held to this promise.
My wife has had Type 2 (adult-onset) diabetes for a couple of decades. It has been under control since she started taking insulin injections (twice daily) several years ago. Prior to that, she tried to control it with diet and oral insulin pills. That approach did not work, and the diabetes caused some damage to her organs – conjestive heart failure and some damage to her kidneys.
Once she switched to the insulin injections, the damage to her organs stopped, and she was able to continue a reasonable lifestyle. Until a few months ago, that is, when her kidneys suffered a serious decline. What happened is that, perhaps a year ago, she started taking ibuprofin for minor aches and pains. What she did not know is that diabetics should never take ibuprofiin (e.g., Motrin, Advil, Nuprin) or any kind of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (“NSAIDs”). Aspirin and acetominophen are all right for control of minor pain, but the NSAIDS are not, since they restrict the capillaries of the circulatory system (as part of their “anti-imflammatory” effect).
Proper functioning of the capillaries is essential for proper functioning of the kidneys. In the case of my wife, her kidneys operated adequately, but not within normal range. The main indicator of kidney function is a chemical (a protein) called creatinine. If the kidneys are not functioning properly, they allow an increased amount of creatinine into the urine. The level of creatinine is easily tested from a urine sample. For my wife, this “out of normal range” condition was probably caused by the diabetes. Fortunately, although operating out of range, the kidneys performed sufficiently well that my wife enjoyed good health and was able to pursue all normal activities (e.g., golf, bridge, shopping, home-making, touristing, living in underdeveloped countries).
After taking ibuprofin for some time (many months), however, she became quite ill. She lost all of her energy. This happened while I was working in East Timor. When I left in March, she was fine. When I arrived back home in July, she was exhausted.
We immediately visited our personal physician (an internist), who took blood and urine specimens and had them tested. The creatinine levels were much higher than just a few months ago, and so he referred her immediately to a nephrologist (kidney specialist). After a series of questions, the nephrologist became aware that Jackie was taking ibuprofin each day, and had been doing it for some time. He explained that ibuprofin restricts the capillaries in the kidneys. Hers weren’t that great before, but they were performing adequatly. The ibuprofin, it seems, had damaged them to the point where they no longer sent proper chemical signals to the marrow of the bones to produce red blood cells. As a result, she was severely anemic. The nephrologist explained that she could not take ibuprofin or any other NSAID, ever.
As an immediate response to her condition, the nephrologist prescribed injections of a chemical, Aranesp (darbepoetin alfa), every two weeks. This chemical would stimulate the bone marrow to produce red blood cells, and her energy should return in a few weeks. It did. Also, as soon as she stopped taking the ibuprofin, her creatinine levels reduced substantially, although not back to the previous levels. It is still necessary for her to take the Aranesp shots, perhaps for the rest of her life. Each shot costs $2,500.
The nephrologist informed us that there are cases where healthy young men took the prescribed dose of ibuprofin for a couple of years, and ended up with severe kidney damage and the need to use kidney dialysis machines. He explained that the US military had been using an NSAID painkiller, and had experienced similar problems.
Ibuprofin and other NSAIDs are very dangerous drugs, that can cause renal (kidney) failure, even in young, healthy people. It is strange that these dangerous drugs are sold “over the counter.” In the case of my wife, none of her physicians ever thought to ask her whether she was taking an NSAID, or to warn her that, with diabetes, she never should – until she became seriously ill. This is but one more example of the insidious US health care system. It allows the indiscriminant, unmonitored use of dangerous chemicals, in full knowledge of the fact that they may lead to serious chronic or fatal illness. Why would it do this? The money. In the case of my wife, the country’s gross national product (GNP) has just risen by $2,500 every two weeks, or $65,000 per year, just for the medication, not counting the nephrologist’s bill.
The October 23 issue of Time magazine features a picture of Senator Barack Obama, with the caption: Why Barack Obama Could Be The Next President. This is really outlandish. A black man will never be president of the United States. The native American population (white European-stock) will never allow the presidency of the nation to be given to a member of the ethnic group whose ancestors were their slaves. Talk was that when Gen. Colin Powell was encouraged to run for President, his family talked him out of it, convinced that he would be assassinated. The environment that motivated Powell’s family to counsel him not to run has not changed. If anything, the mood of the American people has become even more angry, as its quality of life continues to decline. Colin Powell understood the American psyche; Barack Obama does not.
A woman, such as Senator Hillary Clinton, could certainly be President of the United States, and probably will, if it lasts that long. But a black person will never be. If Obama is risk-averse, he should content himself with being a Senator. That is a good job, and a safe one. If he is a risk-seeker, then go for it!