Who “They” Are

It remains routinely necessary to address “the evil ones,” to call them out.  Even those who regularly read davedelany.com forget that the rank and file of our electorate are mostly followers of an ideology they think they prefer, almost entirely Republicans or Democrats. Our people are largely distinct from the corruption that drives our political elite.  Voters are victims, bullied and bludgeoned into exactly two distinct camps.

We, the People, refuse to listen to each other.  The elite rejoice in that.

I am often assailed for “being Republican.”  By what standard? I did not vote for Romney, McCain, or Bush, Sr., and only the second time for Junior — as a show of solidarity in light of violence from radical Islam. I barely overcame the nausea while voting for the NY boor, but Hillary was so obviously and blatantly corrupt it was impossible not to do so.  Like so many other Americans, I am now very pleased with my choice.  Can you imagine if she won?

Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell remain pointless memories of failed principle and leadership, probable corruption, and proof positive of disdain for the American people from the so-called Right.   Am I, therefore, Democrat?

Hell, no.  It remains impossible to sustain anything like free or happy society on stolen wealth and concentrated power.  That notion now pervades both the Democrats and Republicans, but it is the actual platform of the Democrat Party.

It is the unified Deeper Than That Party that reflects a dishonest agenda — blatant lies — from the Republicans and Democrats alike.  The Republican Party has no interest in the Law of the Land limitations prescribed by the Constitution, and the Democrat Party has no interest in democracy in its pursuit of eliminating competition.

I believe in our Republic, dictated by our U.S. Constitution alone, administered minimally at the national level, semi-autonomously at the 50 State’s level, and mostly by the citizens themselves. It is therefore appropriate to believe in the principles of democracy as they apply to aspects of election, legislation, and certain decision-making administrative choices.  That is the very idea of a democratic-republic.

It is no secret that the very best of Donald Trump is the contempt he receives from the Democrats, the Republicans, the Press, the Deep State, and his diligence in accomplishing exactly what he campaigned to do.

Accused of Russian collusion by Democrats conspiring with a British national to generate false charges; charged also with racism and Nazi sympathies by Democrats who despise Israel and Jews; silenced in repealing our socialized health care plan by Republicans who ran on a platform of repealing that plan; damned as a war-monger by tea leaf readers on both sides; only able to win several of his early battles by enlisting the help of one Democrat Senator while being stabbed by one or two Republicans; and legislatively thwarted on almost everything since . . . What does that make Donald Trump, if not seriously independent?

Bill Kristol and Charles Krauthammer hate Trump as much as Democrats at the Washington Post or LA Times, and a very large handful of Republican Senators and Congress Critters (not to mention the entire Bush clan) openly despise him.  We, the People, stand alone with Donald Trump.

If Trump wins reelection, it will be the most grassroots support campaign in history, and a buck against every lie, corrupt Party and politician, press pundit, pollster, and every Demoblican Republicrat in the world.  He should win.  We are not “them.”

“They” are the corrupt and contemptible two-Party Top Dogs and career politicians who hate Trump almost as much as they hate the USA.  “They” come from both sides — Republican and Democrat — yet they are neither republican nor democratic.

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What is an Invasion?

Generally, an “invasion” requires military involvement, but not always.  Invasion does include military objectives or force sufficient to overwhelm a land’s defenses.  King Hassan sent the so-called Green March invasion force of starving refugees to win political victory over the entrenched Spanish troops.  It is not important to debate that 1975 invasion here.  I take no political side in that affair.  It is just a great example of a non-violent invasion, not too different from what we have at our Southern border.

The Moroccan invasion resulted in lots of bloodshed and violence on all sides.  It also seized huge investments by both the Spanish and Angolans. Clever at the time, it resulted in a long, bloody war.  No mistake, it was definitely an invasion like ours at the Southern border.

Webster wrote the first American dictionary to make certain the words of the new Republic were recorded, in part to “record the variance” between American and English, and partly to assure a precise account of “the republican debate for future generations.”  Invasion was far more to our founders than merely military, but also any hostile entry into our lands to usurp the rights or property of our citizens, or to enter illegally with a view to plunder rights or privileges.

This is no longer in our dictionaries, but it remains in the context of our Founder’s intentions, and part of the definition of what President Trump is facing at our Southern border.

It is such a delight to the corrupt leadership of the Democrat Party that they want to stop him at any cost.  If a few million more illegal invaders can slip in, what’s to stop them from re-inventing and redefining America?  Invasion is the correct name for what is happening at our Southern border.  Those who support the invasion in our halls of Congress are just as bad, but there we call it treason.

 

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We’ll All Melt!

“In the past two centuries, many people have hypothesized that the solar irradiance at the top of the Earth’s atmosphere varies. Recent satellite measurements confirm that such variations exist.” – Hoyt and Schatten, NASA Goddard

Their conclusion is that 71% of current climate change can be modeled from just 50% of the solar irradiation changes over the last three centuries.  Just half.

Over a time span of 1,000 years, we found that volcanic eruptions generally correspond with enhanced ice sheet melting within a year or so. . . present day ice sheets are potentially very vulnerable to volcanic eruptions.” – Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Their conclusion is that the frequent and intense eruptions in the 1990s and into this millennium could be sufficient to melt the arctic ice sheet.

Both articles go on to speculate how anthropogenic causes could affect these natural phenomena.  Why would they need to add “man made” to the entirely sufficient organic mix?  Because funding is consistently only paid for, and publication only available to, bad news due to man.  It really is that simple.

The NASA publication asserts their data has a “95% confidence level. To understand our present climate variations, we must place the anthropogenic variations in the context of natural variability from solar, volcanic, oceanic, and other sources.”

The Columbia paper, in turn, speculates that “some might suggest” diminishing ice could cause this increased vulcanism due to loss of weight on the landmass. Of course some might.

Many journalists stay up nights thinking of creative ways to force research into condemning and terrifying continuations of the terror.  I found this one: “New NASA research has found that increases in the rate at which Arctic sea ice grows in the winter may have partially slowed down the decline of the Arctic sea ice cover.”  What?  Does this mean sea ice is returning?  I do believe it does, and so the record shows.

To really understand this, recognize that 70% of sea ice is seasonal.  There has indeed been a series of “big thaws,” but those are offset by a series of “big chills” that “could slow down the extinction of sea ice for decades, or even centuries.”  Could, yes.  It could mean we’ll all die this summer when the average global temperature climbs to 90° Celsius.

You can report that I said that.

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God Save Us from Our Media

There is no need for further commentary on President Trump’s State of the Union.  Those who love him, hate him, or show indifference seem convinced he gave a good speech and chose good points.  Even those who really despise the man gave him mild kudos this morning. Polls indicate considerable approval for the State of the Union: 76%, 73%, 78% . . . and these from CBS, ABC and CNN, no less!

What remains, however, is the media bias against him, and possible distortions to deceive listeners.  When Trump firmly stated, “Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country,” USA Today’s hideous coverage cut out briefly.  We heard, instead, “Tonight, we renew our resolve that America . . . be a socialist country.”  Accident?  Almost certainly, but I would never put it past them to “cause a glitch.”

It should be noted how many times our President said something very important to, and popular with, Americans, and yet USA Today chose to completely ignore the seated Democrats who did not stand or even applaud America’s many successes, or how obediently they responded when Nancy Pelosi, the Democrat Monarch of the House, indicated for them to stand or remain seated.

At the same time, USA Today had a staff of “researchers” eager to debunk anything the President said, and ran a “counter-commentary of fact-checking” throughout the address.  Scraping their so-called “facts” from any source available (as long as it had a differing opinion) or redefining what the President actually said. For instance, when Trump gave a solid number of new jobs in our nation, USA Today chose a different set — “non-farm payrolls” only to slightly diminish the number so they could claim a lie.

Some might say it is a prerogative of a “free press” to report what they choose. Thomas Jefferson certainly disagreed! “The only security of all is in a free press,” he said. But even in his own day, he acknowledged that, “Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle.”  Ben Franklin dramatically stated that, “Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.

Whether government censorship, ideological, or political disdain, no press is “free” if it ignores, alters or abolishes truth in deference to opinion, popular or not. Napoleon knew that, “Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets,” he said.

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Readmission of Slavery

“[A]fter the admission of slavery, it was right to say nothing of Christianity . . . It is easy to be inconsistent. Congress made this important declaration, ‘that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, and that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,’ and these truths were held to be self-evident. . . For God’s sake, then, let one more effort be made to prevent so terrible a calamity.” – Timothy Pickering, 1785

Among men, perhaps the spirit of slavery can never be fully washed away.  It never died after the Civil War, nor after Reconstruction, nor into the 20th Century.  We still have slavery today, even in its different form.  Most of us are quite comfortable as sloggers, with the possession of our lives under the exacting care of masters, bosses, and freedmen corporations.

Slavery is comfortable enough.  Although it prevents us from realizing the wealth of our successes, it takes care of us.  We are housed and fed, essentially, and left somewhat free in our off time, as long as it is properly scheduled.  Depending on our owner, and his name, whether Dept of or Corp., on duty or off we have some options remaining, some places to go, and some things to do, even as the list of prohibitions slowly grow.

In fact, we rarely think about it.  Most of have never had property seized or bought land that we cannot use.  We rarely suffer more than being fired or held to a steady wage despite our health or productivity.  We can always change owners.  At least, one or two of them.  If we object to ABC Corp, we simply move to XYZ.  If New York’s agenda disgusts us, we move to New Jersey and its demands.  Easy-peasy, even as they, too, respond and react to the fed.

Jove fixed it certain, that whatever day
Makes man a slave, takes half his worth away.
– Homer, the Odyssey

It even becomes hilarious when we realize that the very 14th Amendment to the Constitution intended to free us from the burdens of slavery is the one that gives our masters their superhuman powers.  Yes, just like “all men are created equal” allowed us to own slaves in 1785, the 14th Amendment makes us slaves in 2019.

So quit complaining, child.

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Giants In the Earth

Follow the money.” Corruption in our modern system means, simply enough, that tracing something to the source of dollars, or the source of financial influence, leads you to the legislation or court decision.  If you find the correct route, too often you find the “proper reason” for a shady act or opinion.  “Justice” has nothing to do with such acts.

They need not be inevitable.  The truth is, as a nation, we generally do not pay attention as the power of the Immortals rises and puts us out of business, pushes us away from life, and constrains our freedoms.  The pursuit of happiness becomes more difficult.

The Immortals are citizens who seldom die, speak with a chorus of ten thousand paychecks, and keep growing in power and might by the legislation of Congress and the approving decisions of the Supreme Court.  Giants in the Earth.

They arise from power, of course — yours and mine.  We have little choice. The Supreme Court granted it to them out of thin air.  Magic!  Divine Authority!  The powers of demons rolled up from the shards of the Civil War, dredged from the rivers of taxes, knocked down from the mountains of righteousness.  And we paid for it.

There is a sentence in Genesis that was translated, “There were giants in the earth in those days.”  A careful look tells us the word for Giants is nephalim.  Nephil means the Fallen.  The suffix -im is the Hebrew plural.  Many fallen men of renown, indeed.

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Jefferson On the 14th Abusement

Thomas Jefferson had a lot to say about what the courts have done to the 14th Amendment, even though it was not written for a generation after his death.

As mentioned before in this series on the abuse of the 14th Amendment, our nation was not born in a vacuum, and the complete fall of East India Trading Co. was fresh on the minds of our free people.

“I hope we shall crush . . .  in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country.” – Thomas Jefferson, in the early years of the 19th Century.

Asked to speak for the grand 50th Anniversary celebration of the United States, Jefferson (now old and feeble) sent a brief message instead, acknowledging the wonder of 50 years, and July 4th being “the signal of arousing men to burst the chains under which monkish ignorance and superstition had persuaded them to bind themselves, and to assume the blessings and security of self-government. That form which we have substituted, restores the free right to the unbounded exercise of reason and freedom of opinion. All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man. The general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view the palpable truth, that the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of God.”

This address to the people, and the warning to corporations, was abandoned by our courts.  Not all at once, of course, but since the huge (and actually nonexistent) loophole of the 14th Amendment, banks and big business are the “more equal” pigs of George Orwell’s book, 1984.

It happens when corporations ride and Congressional bureaucrats sell saddles.  Even then, Jefferson pushed to have corporations die within a reasonable lifetime.  The horror now is an eternal ruling class named Apple, JP Morgan Chase, Berkshire Hathaway, and Microsoft.

The original intent of the 14th Amendment was to resolve the financial debts of the Civil War and give the federal government power in respect to the rights of newly freed slaves.  Original intent, as originally conceived, is the normal and substantial opinion that “we meant what we said and wrote!”

The outrage against judicial corruption of our Constitution was already was clearly felt by Jefferson by 1819, when he wrote, “The Constitution is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary, which they may twist and form into any shape they please.”

We can learn a lot from our Founders’ Wisdom regarding their specific meaning, what they intended for “Constitutional Law,” and the perverse Frankensteinian notion of a “living document.”  Maybe next.  I’m already quite sickened by the contempt of our courts.

 

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What Process Truth

“We would never have known by what process truth is to be ascertained, if we had not previously ascertained many truths. . . Doubtless, the most effectual mode of showing how the sciences of Ethics and Politics may be constructed would be to construct them.”

 

Although the majority of the book is grindingly slow, somewhat like milling bones, John Stuart Mill’s A System Of Logic, Ratiocinative And Inductive, Book V literally explodes with the wisdom of the first four books.

Creating a rationally ethical political system does not begin with a blank slate.  It is often argued (even by me) that our nation indeed tried “something new.” They did it, however, by carefully considering and applying the wisdom of a broken world against the cumulative success and brilliance of a shadowed past.

We do know the very best and most sublime government in the history of the world, and we can see how we abandoned it over time.  We can all see what a horrible mess it has become, and why.

It still exists, and no rational person can deny that the founders of America: the Great Experiment, knew by what process truth was to be obtained.  They constructed this nation on the highest ethics and politics ever conceived or implemented to create the envy of this world’s history.

It only stopped working because we let it.  We allowed the power, wealth, immorality, and greed that chewed up and swallowed every nation become the government of this one.

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14th Amendment Outcomes, Illustrated

“Personal rights . . . are a species of rights of the most sacred kind.  [Anyone who would use his wealth] or presume upon the influence it would give him, to dispossess or rob another of his property or rights, uses that pecuniary property as he would use fire-arms, and merits to have it taken from him.” – Thomas Paine, 1795

Using money and its influence is now “business as usual” for most of our United States and State and local governments.  With sufficient wealth, you can buy low taxes and new assessments, accept stolen property, dispossess whole neighborhoods of their homes and small businesses, force code changes and escape regulations, compel your competitors out of business, and a great number of other abuses.

You can also purchase the right of Personhood for your corporation, creating a straw man cum scape goat for your personal and corporate evils.  It is very little wealth and a great deal of influence used to bury the rights of individuals with the shovel of willing government.

Outside of purely illegal miscarriages of absent justice without challenges, almost all of these pecuniary “rights” can be attributed to the 14th Amendment.  (Usually in conjunction with the commerce clause, but 500 words is the goal for article length.)  After one of the judicial horrors (Citizens United vs FEC, a case worthy of its own article and special attention for its convoluted and stupid reasoning at another time) Justice John Paul Stevens was so incensed by the 5-4 decision that he read part of his dissent from the bench to reprimand his fellow Justices.

Stevens declared from the bench that the inexcusable majority opinion in this case “threatens to undermine the integrity of elected institutions across the Nation. The path it has taken to reach its outcome will, I fear, do damage to this institution.” Our nation and government, he stated, “cannot function effectively when its constituent members believe laws are being bought and sold.

Bought and sold indeed!  The most distressing and disgusting aspect of this case, though, has little to do with the decision itself. It was rejected by Stevens, but his dissent was joined only by Breyer, Ginsberg, and Sotomayor — the three most liberal partisans on the court and the most eager to kill the case.  Its support came from the Conservatives, though the case has the most un-conservative nonsense written into it.  It includes bench legislation, insufferable stupidity, ignorance of their own established law, and as much irrational and circular logic as any case in the history of the Court.

It also covered two sets of facts: one set offered in Court, the second argued only by the Justices in their decision (wrongly.)  It was such a bad decision that Chief Justice Roberts felt obliged to write a second opinion to defend the majority opinion and explain the bad reasoning.

Nobody, but nobody, argued for legitimate reasons, and the express constitutional justifications were utterly and inexcusably ignored in favor of further partisan perversion of our sacred document by a thoroughly corrupt court.

We have since lost Stevens, a great and honest man, impartial Juror, and perhaps the last truly fair and decent Justice who will ever serve on that now disgusting body of cheap legal opinion.  Much worse, however, is that his replacement was the partisan who argued badly for the losing side: Elena Kagan.

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Governing Power

George Washington considered government “a dangerous tool and a fearful master.” If government was unnecessary, there would be no need to say that at all, yet he made that assertion as the President of the United States.

He meant we have a choice. We can accept the necessary danger of a good tool or succumb to the fearful despotism of force. The historical concept of a master is an authority over servants or slaves. This is what Washington meant. Either pay heed to the danger of the tool or pay the master.

Not all criminals are in government, but government contains the most heavily armed and dangerous criminals.

Jefferson demanded that, “. . . in questions of power then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the constitution.” The chains of the Constitution are exclusive to the servants of the people, and those servants are the government. He warned us that wretched power would grow if we failed to bind it down. He “swore upon the alter of God eternal hostility against all forms of tyranny against the mind of man!” Tyranny is force. Nowadays we find the definition, “cruel and abusive power,” but to the 18th Century American, Noah Webster recorded the definition as “arbitrary power.”

Tyranny is from teyru, king. Tyrant means the kingly authority, and to Webster, Washington, Adams, Jefferson, etc. that kingly power was merely arbitrary, and arbitrary all by itself is abusive. We have a better way. We call it the US Constitution. The US Constitution protects and relieves the citizens. It assures freedom, and denies tyranny. That should come as no surprise, because constitution actually means the fixed body of fundamental principles and established ethics by which an individual or body of people are governed.

Our US Constitution is a restraint on government, opposed to tyranny, and our constitution as citizens would enjoy it if we again demanded it. Our current government system, however, directly violates both constitutions, and practices bipartisan despotism.

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