WHERE DO THE “GREAT” BUSYBODIES COME FROM? — AN UPDATE

A painting by Andre Castaigne depicting the phalanx attacking the centre during the Battle of the Hydaspes. (from here)
A painting by Andre Castaigne depicting the phalanx attacking the centre during the Battle of the Hydaspes. The Indians had 200 war elephants. (from here)

UPDATE:  This is a related post => The Word became flesh.

When I was a boy, history fascinated me. So I read biographies about “great” people.  One man I still remember reading about is Alexander the Great. Why was he great? As a conqueror, he had no equal.

Read about Alexander, and you will discover a man who had no fear of unequal contests. With far fewer soldiers (see here and here), for example, Alexander defeated the Achaemenid Empire (Persia), led by Darius III.

Unfortunately, Alexander accomplished little good. When it comes right down to it, Alexander the Great was just a great busybody.

What finally stopped Alexander’s string of bloody conquests? Alexander’s soldiers grew tired marching farther from home, fighting farther from home, and dying farther from home. Alexander’s soldiers grew tired being pawns in Alexander’s grand scheme to conquer the whole world (see Revolt of the army).

Today we still have “great” busybodies with grand schemes that promise great things. Here are a few random examples and reasons why we must revolt against the schemes of busybodies.

Our National Infrastructure

In his opinion piece, The national infrastructure dilemma, John Sitilides observes why Donald Trump’s $1 trillion national infrastructure program may fail.

Here’s the bottom line: Even if President Trump successfully persuades Congress to immediately pass a $1 trillion infrastructure bill, he will be frustrated by the reality that the first project wouldn’t begin, and the first job wouldn’t be created, until 2021. The real first step to a national infrastructure and job-creation solution is requiring all environmental impact statements be completed in a 12-month “one-stop” permitting process. Only then will the Trump infrastructure plan have a chance to succeed in making America great again.

To put it short and sweet, government busybodies, unconcerned about wasting other people’s money, require too much red tape, but even Sitilides fix won’t fix the basic problem.  What happens when we give our money to politicians? Do they ever figure out exactly what we need and provide it to us? Doesn’t that work about as well as stopping at the entrance of a Walmart, giving the greeter 50 dollars, and asking greeter to go inside and bring you what you need?

Why wouldn’t giving our money to the greeter work better? At least you could give that greeter a list, but what is Donald Trump going to do with 300 million lists? How much can we trust that greeter? How much can we trust Donald Trump? How much can we trust Congress?

The Public School System

In Shakin’ Up the Little Red Schoolhouse, Suzanne Fields observes that our public schools keep getting worst.  To underscore the degree of neglect she cites an old report.

The concern is not new. A loud alarm was sounded in 1983 with a report entitled “A Nation at Risk,” and Ronald Reagan held it up at a press conference, decrying the substandard performances of school children across America. The report concluded: “If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war. As it stands, we have allowed this to happen to ourselves.”

Think about Fields’ reference to the little red schoolhouse. American education began as a local enterprise. Neighbors who knew each other pooled their resources so they could hire a teacher to instruct their children. Now? Now we have four levels of government (school board, local government, state government, and Federal) sticking their noses into the education of our children. Politicians take our money and hire a grand bureaucracy, thereby rewarding teachers unions for their campaign donations.  Then, to add insult to injury they indoctrinate our children with politically correct courses and tout expensive school buildings (or classrooms in “temporary” buildings) as an improvement over the little red schoolhouse.

Is there a better alternative? What do the rich do? Don’t they send their children to private schools? Don’t we “invest” enough money in the public school system to do the same for everyone’s children? When the alternative is politicians who will reward special interests, what is wrong with parents deciding who educates children?

Political Favoritism At Our Nation’s Museum

In Clarence Thomas snubbed by Smithsonian’s new African American history museum, Washington Times reporter Bradford Richardson tells us about the blatant bias at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History.

Of the 112 justices appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court since its inception, only two have been black — and the second one apparently isn’t worth consideration, as far as the new National Museum of African American History and Culture is concerned.

The Smithsonian museum still has “no plans” to include in its exhibitions a reference to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, one of the high court’s conservative stalwarts who celebrates his 25th anniversary on the bench this year. (continued here)

I hardly think I am the only American who finds the whole idea of an African American Museum hypocritical. Don’t we all know how people would react to a White American Museum, even one funded by a private group? Yet here we have a Federally funded museum that overtly discriminates based upon race, and that’s not the story, not even in the Conservative Washington Times. Nope! The problem is that the museum is discriminating against a Conservative African American.

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How stupid do we have to be to put up with this nonsense? What kind of moron thinks we can trust politicians to run a museum and not engage in political propaganda or worse? The museum is racist. Given that, what is the point in demanding that Clarence Thomas be included in the museum’s exhibition? That racist farce needs to be shut down.

Conclusion

From time to time I refer to an old post, BUSYBODYISM. When I wrote that post, I labelled the Democratic Party as the party of Busybodyism.  That’s not to say that members of the Republican Party are never busybodies. The point is that for Democrats being busybodies is ideological. Just as Alexander offered rape, pillage, and the glories of conquest to induce his soldiers to march to India, our modern political busybodies dream up schemes for spending “other people’s money”.

The government of the United States exists to preserve our freedom, not to run our lives for us. When we can do something ourselves, there is no reason to tax our neighbors and make them pay for it.  If something can be done by the local government, there is no reason for the state government to do it. If something can be done by the state government, then the Federal Government, particularly when the Constitution does not give it the authority, has no reason to get involved.

Still, there is more to Busybodyism than people sticking their noses where they don’t belong. Government busybodies don’t just stick their noses where they don’t belong; they wrest control from us. They take our money and spend it for us. They make our choices for us.  If we want to get what we want, roads where we need them, schools that work, or museums that respect the truth, then we have to make our own choices and pay for the services we use. That means tolls and user fees to pay for a decent transportation infrastructure. That means we pay for the education of our own children or at least insist upon education vouchers. That means private museums funded by the people who visit them. That means a limited government where we give busybodies the boot.

AN INVITATION TO HATE: HILLARY CLINTON’S WEB SITE

In my last post on H. Clinton, HOW DO WE KNOW IF SHE IS GUILTY? => TARGET HILLARY CLINTON, we considered the foulness of Hillary Clinton‘s public record. Here we will consider her web site.

H. Clinton’s Web Site: Do Her Own Words Give Us Any Reason To Vote For Her?

What is the latest first thing we see on H. Clinton’s web site (see here for the last example)? That is the video below.

This election is a sad one. When we consider the candidates, lots of us just want to cry. What is America coming to? Donald Trump has as foul mouth, and Hillary Clinton has many foul deeds. These two are the best we could do? These two are the best our two major political parties had to offer? Yes. Unfortunately, these are the best we deserve.

So what is Trump doing? Well, he never did use that much foul language; that video exaggerates his vanity, but he is, of course, vain. Both Trump and Clinton are vain. Both think we should elect them to the presidency.

Anyway, Trump is making reasonably decent policy speeches. Don’t think so? Have you ignored the news media and tried listening to one?

So what is Clinton doing? What’s next on her web site? It is an old trick, lying with numbers => How many jobs could your state gain (or lose) under each presidential candidate? Supposedly, if we elect Clinton, with all her promises to tax and spend she will magically create 10 million jobs. On the other hand, Trump’s policies with destroy 3.5 million.

At least Clinton’s promise is modest. U.S. population growth slows to just 0.71% (usatoday.com). That’s 2.3 million per year. Whoopee! Therefore, Clinton has promised about as many jobs as necessary to keep up with population growth.

10 million / 4 years = 2.5 million/year

Effectively, Clinton has promised a stagnant economy. In a stagnant economy, we should not expect Clinton’s jobs to be good jobs.

Next on Clinton’s web site is 4 things you need to know about Donald Trump’s “new” economic plan. Here we link to a web page devoted to class envy. It is kind of funny, really. A lady who has made tens of millions in “public service” wants us to hate a real estate tycoon who builds buildings that people want to buy. How evil that profit-making tycoon must be!

Are you a Democrat? Don’t worry! Before we have to read something boring about H. Clinton we still have another hate Donald Trump link: Made in America: A buyer’s guide for Donald Trump. Supposedly, Trump is a hypocrite because he doesn’t have his ties, suits, shirts, furniture, frames, and barware made in America. Supposedly, America still manufactures all those things. Do we do it in large quantities? With respect to furniture, maybe, but only a Democrat who never bothers to consider where the stuff he buys is made would think that America still manufactures large quantities of clothing.

Because my stomach can’t stand it, we will skip Clinton’s first podcast. “Hi, Hillary” is apparently designed to humanize the lady. She is 70 years old, and she has been prominently in the public eye for nearly three decades. We still don’t know she is human?

8 things you need to know about Tim Kaine, your next vice president is designed to appeal to the Democrats’ party base. It starts off well enough.

  1. Kaine was a missionary.
  2. He then started making money suing people.
  3. Somehow he got elected Governor of Virginia and tried to get more money for the teacher’s unions.
  4. As governor, he tried to take our guns away from us. Thanks to Virginia’s General Assembly, he just succeeded in keeping guns away from the mentally ill and drunks.
  5. In spite of Kaine, Virginia still maintained its reputation as a good place for kids and business.
  6. Kaine next got elected Senator, and he voted for Obamacare and for forcing everyone to pay for abortions
  7. As Senator, he supported same-sex “marriage”.
  8. As Senator, he voted against voter ID laws. Democrats apparently do not think our vote is important. That is, we don’t need to keep people from voting twice, three times, four times, five times…. We don’t need to keep dead people from voting. We don’t need to keep people who have moved out-of-state from voting. Everyone is honest. Why regulate it at all?

There is an Issues page on Clinton’s web site. What are all those “issues” about? Almost all of them revolve around spending “other people’s money”? Do you have a pay check? Do you pay more in taxes than the government gives you? If you are not fabulously rich, then it is more of your money that Clinton wants to spend.

Check it out. Wall Street is not going to pay all those taxes => Hedge Fund Money Has Vastly Favored Clinton Over Trump.

If you like what has happened to America — its transformation — under President Barack Husein Obama, then vote for Clinton. She has assured us we will get more of the same.

I could go on, but we are all adults. Right? Well, maybe not. We did nominate these two, but please check out the candidates anyway. Listen to what they have to say unfiltered by a biased news media. Learn the truth for yourself.

One of them is better than the other.

DEMAGOGUERY AND BLACK LIVES MATTER

Senator Joseph McCarthy, an American demagogue
Senator Joseph McCarthy, an American demagogue (from here)

When I searched Wikipedia for the image of a demagogue, Senator Joseph McCarthy picture showed up first. Is McCarthy truly the best example of a demagogue they could come up with? Consider the irony and Wikipedia’s supposed political bent. McCarthy is infamous for being too enthusiastic in his pursuit of Communists.

Let’s consider what Roland C. Warren has to say about Black Lives Matter and their demagoguery.

Black Lives Matter’s real agenda

The movement is at war with black husbands and fathers

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Unless you have been “off the grid” for a while, you have heard a lot in the news about Black Lives Matter. This “movement” has gotten a lot of press and some notable praise from celebrities and politicians, including positive mentions from President Obama. But I suspect that most people, including many who have tweeted #blacklivesmatter, have not visited its website.

I have, and I was a shocked, especially as a black man. You see, Black Lives Matter boasts that it was launched as a response to the deaths of black males, most notably Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown. You would expect that when you review its website, it would be chock-full of references to helping black men and boys. But you would be wrong. Dead wrong.

Let me explain.

Prominent on Black Lives Matter’s website is a list of its 12 “Guiding Principles.” These principles serve as a vision statement for what the group hopes to accomplish. So, if Black Lives Matter had the ability to wave a proverbial “magic wand” to create its reality in the black community, these principles would be it. However, if you objectively read these principles, you will quickly notice that most of them have nothing to do with the issues facing the black community and, certainly, not the black men and boys that the group has used as “martyrs” to gain a national voice. Moreover, as you read the principles, you will not find a single reference to black men and boys, except for “trans brothers,” which are men who want to be considered women. (continued here)

What are the Guiding Principles of Black Lives Matter. I pulled them off their website.

http://blacklivesmatter.com/guiding-principles/
GUIDING PRINCIPLES
We Affirm that All Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter is an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise.  It is an affirmation of Black folks’ contributions to this society, our humanity, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression.

DIVERSITY
We are committed to acknowledging, respecting and celebrating difference(s) and commonalities.

RESTORATIVE JUSTICE
We are committed to collectively, lovingly and courageously working vigorously for freedom and justice for Black people and, by extension all people. As we forge our path, we intentionally build and nurture a beloved community that is bonded together through a beautiful struggle that is restorative, not depleting.

UNAPOLOGETICALLY BLACK*
We are unapologetically Black in our positioning. In affirming that Black Lives Matter, we need not qualify our position. To love and desire freedom and justice for ourselves is a necessary prerequisite for wanting the same for others.

GLOBALISM
We see ourselves as part of the global Black family and we are aware of the different ways we are impacted or privileged as Black folk who exist in different parts of the world

BLACK WOMEN
We are committed to building a Black women affirming space free from sexism, misogyny, and male-centeredness.

COLLECTIVE VALUE
We are guided by the fact all Black lives, regardless of actual or perceived sexual identity, gender identity, gender expression, economic status, ability, disability, religious beliefs or disbeliefs, immigration status or location

TRANSGENDER AFFIRMING
We are committed to embracing and making space for trans brothers and sisters to participate and lead. We are committed to being self-reflexive and doing the work required to dismantle cis-gender privilege and uplift Black trans folk, especially Black trans women who continue to be disproportionately impacted by trans-antagonistic violence.

BLACK VILLAGES
We are committed to disrupting the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, and especially “our” children to the degree that mothers, parents and children are comfortable.

EMPATHY
We are committed to practicing empathy; we engage comrades with the intent to learn about and connect with their contexts.

BLACK FAMILIES
We are committed to making our spaces family-friendly and enable parents to fully participate with their children. We are committed to dismantling the patriarchal practice that requires mothers to work “double shifts” that require them to mother in private even as they participate in justice work.

QUEER AFFIRMING
We are committed to fostering a queer-affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking or, rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual unless s/he or they disclose otherwise.

LOVING ENGAGEMENT
We are committed to embodying and practicing justice, liberation, and peace in our engagements with one another.

INTERGENERATONAL
We are committed to fostering an intergenerational and communal network free from ageism. We believe that all people, regardless of age, shows up with capacity to lead and learn.

*Coined by BYP100.

Keep in mind that when you vote Democrat this is what you are voting for.

HERE IS WHAT TO EXPECT

Hillary Clinton announces her VP pick (from here)
Hillary Clinton announces her VP pick (from here)

By now I expect everyone who wants to know knows who Hillary Clinton picked to be her running mate. Nevertheless, I doubt most watched their speeches. If you are serious about politics, then you have to know the opposition.

My previous post (here) was about Socialism. The Democratic Party, the party of Thomas Jefferson, now advocates Socialism. What does that mean in practice? Democrats get elected by pitting us against each other.

Who is Tim Kaine? He is a glib, grinning hatemonger. He expertly demonizes his opposition. He pits those he thinks he can persuade to vote for him against those he knows will not.

What qualifications do Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine have to run anything? They don’t, but if they get elected they will give America a pay raise. With whose money? They will tax “the rich”, of course. Under the reign of Barack Obama, have you noticed how much poorer the rich are getting and how much richer the poor are getting?

In his “acceptance” speech yesterday, Kaine even had the nerve to throw in these lines.

FOR ME, THIS DRIVES HOME THE STAKES IN THE SELECTION . NEARLY 2 MILLION MEN AND WOMEN PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE FOR THIS COUNTRY AS ACTIVE DUTY, AS RESERVISTS — THEY DESERVE A COMMANDER IN CHIEF WITH THE EXPERIENCE AND THE TEMPERAMENT TO LEAD. [APPLAUSE]WHAT DOES DONALD TRUMP SAY ABOUT THESE AMERICANS, THE 2 MILLIONS? HE CALLS THEM A DISASTER, AND JUST THIS WEEK, DONALD TRUMP SAID AS PRESIDENT, HE WOULD CONSIDER TURNING AMERICA’S BACK ON OUR DECADE-OLD COMMITMENT TO OUR ALLIES. AND ALL OF YOU REMEMBER MONTHS AGO WHEN HE SAID ABOUT US AND IT CALL THE, JOHN MCCAIN, THAT HE WAS NOT A HERO BECAUSE HE HAD BEEN CAPTURED AND WAS A PRISONER OF WAR, AND HE WANTS TO BE COMMANDER IN CHIEF? WAS SERVICE MEMBERS ARE OUT THERE ON THE FRONT LINES, — WITH SERVICE MEMBERS OUT THERE ON THE FRONTLINES, THIS IS AN OPEN INVITATION FOR VLADIMIR PUTIN TO JUST ROLL ON IN. EVEN A LOT OF REPUBLICANS SAY THAT IS TERRIBLE DANGEROUS. (from here)

Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine just want to turn our military forces into yet another dependent constituency. If we are depending on Clinton to be our commander-in chief, God help us.

John McCain is not a war hero because he was captured. Being captured does not make war heroes. So why is McCain a war hero? What Trump apparently forgot is that even after being tortured McCain refused early release (from here). Nevertheless, McCain’s been playing this card for over 40 years, and Kaine’s just picking up the card hoping he can use Trump’s offhand remark to turn veterans against Trump. Kaine’s interest is identity politics, not actual issues. He almost certainly does not give a damn about the fighting effectiveness of our armed forces. And yes, I know he has a son. So why is Kaine rooting for Hillary Clinton, someone who puts Top Secret information on her own private email server? We spend ten’s of billions trying to protect our secrets, trying to keep our military and intelligence operations secret, and she just sticks stuff out there?

Does Donald Trump think our military forces are a disaster? Would he leave our allies in the lurch? No and no.

  • Kaine did not say why or when Trump called our military forces a disaster, but eight years under the command of Barack Obama have not been good for our military. That has been a disaster.
  • Trump’s idea of insisting our allies either pay us or pay for their own troops is hardly equivalent to leaving our allies in the lurch. In fact, coming from the VP pick of Hillary Clinton such an inference is hypocritical.

Before he makes his speech, watch Tim Kaine sitting behind Hillary as she introduces him. You will see a man who is ecstatic. Why? Why did Hillary pick Kaine? She needs a good attack dog. Kaine fits the bill, and he knows it.