Who should win the Nobel Peace Prize?

November 11, 2019

Well I can tell you for sure it isn’t Barack Obama who won the prize in 2009 after being in office some nine months and having accomplished nothing toward peace in all of his eight years. Even some of the Obama-loving libs bristled at the award going to Obama.

Here’s a different view brought to you by Prager University.

Hug a veteran today. They’ve made the world a much better place

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How China finally ‘woke’ America

October 12, 2019

Well, the short answer is:  Donald J. Trump. He’s been saying for years that China’s ripping us off. This started way before he decided to run for president.

The rest of this blog post is a reprint from AMAC (the conservative version of AARP) and written by Victor Davis Hanson.

In these times of near civil war, Americans agree on almost nothing. Yet sometime in 2019, almost all of America finally got “woke” on China.

For years, our leaders had yawned about Silk Road neo-imperialism in Africa and Asia, and gross abuses of human rights against Chinese religious minorities and political dissidents.

Almost every assumption Washington made, both by Democratic and Republican administrations, was logically flawed at best. And at worst, these calculations were a weird mix of conservative commercial greed, liberal political correctness, and shared screwball naivete.

American trade and political appeasement were never interpreted by Beijing as magnanimity to be reciprocated, but always as weakness to be exploited. It was always ludicrous to think that the more concessions on trade and human rights the United States gave, the more China would Westernize and begin to resemble America or an EU nation.

Even sillier was the old shibboleth that China’s embrace of capitalist reforms—as if by some unwritten, determinist economic law—would lead to constitutional government. But the ability to buy a new cellphone never ensures the right to vote for a candidate of one’s choice.

Instead, all China did was auction off large sections of its new and more efficient economy to crony communist pseudo-capitalists and corrupt provincial officials in order to modernize the country, beef up the military, warp the international trading system—and make itself very rich.

Why did America act in such a suicidal way on China?

Cheap Chinese labor and lax American laws motivated hundreds of U.S. corporations to shut down their domestic assembly plants and relocate to China. At least at first, they were free to pay substandard wages and were mostly unregulated.

Once American businesses got hooked on mega-profits, the Chinese government slowly started stealing their technology, infringing on copyrights and patents, dumping their own merchandise on the world market at prices below production costs, running up huge trade surpluses and manipulating their currency.

But by then, American corporations were so addicted to laissez-faire profit-making that they turned a blind eye and paid their hush money.

Universities cashed in too, both by setting up lucrative satellite campuses in China and admitting tens of thousands of Chinese citizens. These Chinese students paid full tuition (and sometimes premiums and surcharges), turning once cash-strapped campuses into profitable degree mills.

Most college deans and presidents simply ignored the dreadful human rights record of China, not to mention occasional expatriate espionage rings designed to steal engineering and high-tech research.

If profits had blinded corporations to exploitive Chinese partnerships, political correctness conveniently offered academia and the media political cover—as if a mostly monoracial China was a 1.3 billion-person diverse “other” with historical grievances against a supposedly racist America.

The result was that everyone profited and all remained willfully blind to the ascendant cutthroat and dictatorial colossus.

The domestic winners in the appeasement of Communist China were the two American coasts—the New York financial industry, the Washington political lobbying nexus, Silicon Valley’s high-tech companies, and the coastal mega-research universities such Harvard, Stanford, and Yale.

Suddenly, the intellectual and informational classes could sell their wares in a new global market, and they profited enormously.

Few cared about the “losers” in the now-hollowed-out Midwest and in rural America. For corporate America, domestic muscular labor could be easily and cheaply replaced by millions of Chinese workers. Outsourcing and offshoring pulled investment capital out of America and put it overseas, as Chinese-assembled products brought far greater profits.

Academics could not have cared less that the deplorables and the working classes were being wiped out, given their politically incorrect social and cultural views.

What finally woke America up were two unforeseen developments.

First, the Chinese overreached and systematically began militarizing neutral islands in the South China Sea. They derided international commercial treaties.

In racist fashion, they treated Asian and African countries as if they were 19th-century colonies. And they apologetically lifted technology from America’s biggest and most powerful corporations to turn China into something akin to George Orwell’s “1984.”

Meanwhile, Beijing began rounding up dissidents, cracking down in Hong Kong and “re-educating” millions of Muslims in detention camps. All that brazenness finally drove the left to drop its multicultural blinders and accept the truth of renegade Chinese oppression.

Second, Donald Trump got elected president, all the while screaming that the Chinese emperor had no clothes. The cheerleaders finally listened and admitted that China had been buck naked after all.

Now we will learn whether America woke up just in time or too late. Either way, no one will credit the loud Trump for warning that China was threatening not just the U.S. but the world as we have known it.

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Most of them really are Communists

October 5, 2019

One nation under Democrat demolition. I have pointed out before (hat-tip Trevor Loudon) the scary high number of Socialists & Communists in our government. It used to be sort of under the radar, but with the likes of Bernie Sanders -who tries to soften the edges of his communism be calling it “Democratic Socialism”, and AOC along with most of the candidates running for president on the Democrat side, it’s becoming more apparent that they completely want to dismantle capitalism in the name of equality.

This from the Foundation for Economic Freedom:  Personal freedom thrives in capitalism, declines in government-regulated economies, and vanishes in communism. What is the Democrat Party trying to do more than anything? Gain more control over us. They tell us what kind of cars we can drive by forcing the car companies to produce many, many more electric cars that the market really wants. They force “meatless Mondays” on us. They threaten to do away with all fossil fuels (while attached to every form of electronic device and flying to and fro in private jets). They have determined what kind of light bulbs we can buy, what kind of health insurance, or now tell us private health insurance needs to go away so we can have “Medicare for All.” More government control.

And all the while they are telling us we don’t need God. They discriminate against Christians but give every opportunity to Muslims in the name of diversity. The teaching of morals or any reverence for a higher being has been eliminated from schools and the public square. Why? Because they, the government elites, want to replace God with themselves. And the cretins in the 116th Congress are going a good job of it. Take a look.

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Okay, I know I’ve been lazy. But this is worth posting.

August 8, 2019

In my own defense it’s not that I’m lazy, it’s just that I’ve been busy with my fingers in a lot of pies so I have not been blogging. This post doesn’t count as a blog because it’s just a video ripped from YouTube, but it’s still important that you see this.

There’s another gubernatorial recall effort underway in California. Even the libs are sick of it.

Love to see this spread across the Blue states as a wave of the future. I’d also love to hear your comments. Will it be ‘buh-bye’ Gavin Newsom or not?

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The slipping away of our First Amendment

July 15, 2019

We’re losing it folks, our First Amendment rights are slipping fast. All in the name of fairness, social justice and all that crap. Consider this.

We must all fight back or soon there won’t be anything to fight for.

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An American Idea

July 4, 2019

The American Idea, guest post by Chris Wright

Too many Americans have deliberately been cut off from their heritage and no longer understand the set of ideas the country started with, or why the Founders’ ideals remain important today. Understand these ideas and you will know more about your country than many politicians or college graduates. These ideas are simple to grasp, yet more powerful than the mightiest army.

America is a special place. It’s the only country in all of human history founded on an idea – individual liberty. The Declaration of Independence states that you have the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. These rights are not something the government gives you. As an American, you are born with these rights. Some say these rights come from nature, and call them ‘natural rights’. Others say they come from God, and call them ‘God-given rights’. The point is, your rights don’t come from government, or even the Constitution.

What the government cannot give, it cannot take away. This is the true meaning of the American Revolution, and it was truly astounding. For the first time ever, a government was instituted to protect the rights of the people, not the privileged few or those who would set themselves up as your rulers or benefactors. The purpose of government is to protect your rights. In fact, the Founders instituted a system of limited government so that your rights could never be taken away from you. Not only do your rights not come from government, the truth is that government’s rights come from us.

In America, we live under the revolutionary idea that we the people are sovereign. The federal government has only the enumerated powers expressly set forth in the Constitution. It has only the powers We the People give it. Under the 9th and 10th Amendments to the Constitution, all remaining rights and powers belong to We The People and to the states, not to the bureaucrats or politicians in Washington. The Founders were very far-sighted in instituting limited government. They knew that every now and then a charismatic demagogue would come along singing a siren song about how much the government could do for you if only you would surrender your liberty. The Founders knew that somebody would always want to be King George and that the inevitable tendency of government is to grow its power and expand its reach over the people.

The system of checks and balances the Founders created will, if faithfully observed, forever prevent a tyrant or tyrannical government from emerging and ruling the land by personal whim or decree. The Founders’ ideas are in accord with human nature and have stood the test of time. They are superior to all political theories that went before (might makes right, let them eat cake, the divine right of kings), and to every political ideology that has come along since (various forms of collectivism which destroy individual liberty and turn the clock back to when We the People were subjects, not sovereigns).

Individual liberty is the only political idea that is humane, compassionate, and sustainable in the long run. So, as you celebrate Independence Day, remember the true meaning of this occasion and why we in America truly have cause for celebration. We the People are free – we live in a free country where the people are sovereign – and, sadly, that has not been the case for most human beings who have ever walked the earth. Congratulations, you have just graduated. Now go in liberty and cherish every minute of it. Use your freedom wisely; it’s a great gift. And don’t let anyone denigrate the magnificence of the Founders’ ideals, confuse you with sophistry, or take away your liberty without a fight. It’s your heritage and your foundation as an American living in this special place we are so incredibly fortunate to call home.

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This is why we have to worry about the next election, our country & our freedom

June 28, 2019

If you’ve watched any of the Democrat primary debates you may have noticed that they’re ALL a bunch of socialist social justice warriors who hate capitalism (though it has lifted more people out of poverty world-wide than anything else), and are a big threat to our American way of life.

Don’t believe me? Consider that Representative Ilhan Omar’s District 5 Minnesota City Council has voted unanimously to stop reciting the pledge of allegiance -wait for it – “In order to create a more welcoming environment to a diverse community.”

This on the heels of the a movement by a Democrat-controlled House committee to remove “So help you God” from oaths required of witnesses before a key committee. They did back off but it’s not over, trust me. Democrat Representative Jared Huffman of California argued against the inclusion of God in the oath, saying that it violated the separation of church and state. The Founders had prayer before every meeting and it was also prevalent in their lives. The idea of separation of church & state is a bogus idea dreamed up by atheists & whack-jobs and is nowhere to be found in the Constitution. The First Amendment guarantees us Freedom of religion, not Freedom from religion.

Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, a Republican committee member, denounced it, saying “They really have become the party of Karl Marx,” and she is correct. It’s time for us to fight back against the American-haters, the Islamist anti-Semites and against Google & the other tech platforms that are abusing us. If we do not it is at our own peril!

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