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My Wall is Better Than Trump's Silly Wall.

I Still Can’t Believe Trump Is Serious!

In a campaign season dominated by the ridiculous, one recurring theme stands out, Donald Trump’s border wall.  To a person opposed to illegal immigration, as I am, the idea of building a wall to keep illegals out sounds like a good idea – for about six seconds.  It takes very little critical thinking to conclude the idea is not only ludicrous but an unworkable waste of resources.

General George Patton is often quoted as saying, “Fixed fortifications are a monument to the stupidity of man. Anything built by man, can be destroyed by him.” This speaks to the first and most obvious reason we don’t need a wall. From the moment the first shovel of dirt is drawn, efforts to defeat the wall will begin. A physical obstacle, as often as keeping some people out, draws others toward it with a desire to thwart or destroy it. Drug runners and coyotes will enhance their reputations, and thus their paydays, by creating ways to overcome this fixed barrier. If it works at all, it will work for only a short time. Walls, locks, doors, etc. are all created to keep honest people honest. Dishonest or desperate people will eventually render these things obsolete in pursuit of their needs.

The “They-can-do-it, why-can’t-we?” Argument:

Have you heard this old saw? “Israel has a wall and it works!”

Well, it works most of the time. People often do get over, under or around it. And the Israeli wall has a luxury we don’t have in this country – a nearly inexhaustible supply of personnel to man it. They have mandatory service and huge military reserves per capita. These troops need something to do while not fighting a war. To man a 400 mile wall is no great challenge. And it is not against the Israeli Constitution to do so.  Conversely, we have two problems. Our wall is supposed to be almost 2000 miles long. Manning it the way the Israelis man there’s will be mighty unpopular, especially among the soldiers sent to do it. Then there’s the little question of the Constitution.

Oh, I can hear the outcry already from the Wall lovers. Well, Obama didn’t follow the Constitution or the law when he redefined immigrants and even telegraphed his desire to have more people cross the border illegally!

I agree with that 100%. Obama has abetted criminal activity on the part of illegals. He should face charges. He won’t, of course. But you don’t fix that with further debasement of the same laws. This country is not ready to have federal troops manning checkpoints and possibly aiming weapons at us. Civilian entities charged with doing so are stretched thin. They will not be able to cover our Wall the way Israel does theirs. And we have no provision for the Army to do it.

I Stole Donald’s Idea…Sorry.

With all this in mind, and eager to demonstrate how competition is good for the buyer, I hit on an idea last week.  I sent the Mexican Embassy in DC the following email.

To: His Excellency Miguel Basanez Ebergenyi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

From:  Matt Jordan, Author, Not at all extraordinary.

 Sir,

 I have been watching Donald Trump going on about building a wall for a year now.  In his words, “It’s going to be a great wall; a GREAT, GREAT wall.  Let me tell you.”  Then he always goes on to say, “And Mexico is going to pay for it, believe me.”  Why would you do that?  I am not altogether sold on the idea of Trump’s wall, but if Mexico is interested in paying for a wall in the United States, why wait until election day?  

 I was recently combating erosion on my property and hit upon a brilliant idea.  It’s a win-win for everyone involved.  I already built a wall.  It is…well, perhaps not great…but it’s pretty nice.  And it is very practical.

 My idea was to let Mexico pay for this wall instead of the Trump wall.

 Think of the advantages with the deal I am offering.  It’s quick, easy and far less expensive than the deal Mr. Trump is offering.  And the work is already done!   Frankly, I don’t see why you would even consider what Mr. Trump is offering.  It sounds terribly pricey and does nothing for the curb appeal of either country. 

If you prefer my wall, and IF Donald Trump becomes president and says it’s time to build a wall in the U.S., you can say, “No problem.   We already built one in Mississippi.  But good luck building yours, Donald.”  And if Donald is not elected, his campaign can say,  “Well, at least Mexico was nice enough to pay for a wall, anyway.”   Trump saves face.  Everybody wins!

 I’ve taken the liberty of attaching the invoices for my retaining wall.  The total comes to $182.74, USD.  I subtracted $15.26.   You shouldn’t have to pay for my light bulbs too.

 But wait!  There’s more!

 In the spirit of international cooperation and because I had a great time in Playa Del Carmen, I am not going to charge you for labor.  So, you have that going for you.

 Thank you for your time.  I look forward to your considered reply.  And I sincerely wish you all the best.

 Very Respectfully,

 Matthew E. Jordan III

 Yes, I really sent the receipts and pictures of my tiny wall. I hope the Embassy takes the email with the humor intended. I hope they enjoy reading it. I hope they actually cut me a check.

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My Wall. An ankle-high marvel of engineering.

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The funniest send-up I’ve seen on the Wall issue was the treatment it received in South Park.  In the episode, Canada decided to build a wall to keep Americans out.  Needless to say, Americans had all the reactions you’d expect.  Insult, resentment, curiosity.  All the Wall really did was to interfere with the natural rhythm of life on the border and hurt both economies.  

When asked what Canada was hiding behind the wall, the response was one that will become legend in comedy history: “[long pause]…Don’t worry ah-boot it.”

The Wall That Never Was (A Remake)

Another reason to reject the wall as ludicrous is that it will never, ever be built. I am of the opinion that the wall talk is just a populist rant. It gets good poll numbers among those who believe it. But let’s assume Trump is sincere. He REALLY wants to build the wall. They’ll start it. There will be ribbon cuttings and politicians with chrome-plated shovels turning over clods of dirt. Men with hard hats will move in and get to work. From that day forward, every foot of the structure will be challenged in court. There will be case after case, genuine and frivolous, filed. Most will be from landowners or environmentalists representing every species living within 100 miles of the wall. They’ll all get their hearing. Injunctions will roll out by the wagonload. Work will stop and start. Contractors will have to give up to control losses. After a few years it will be announced that due to costs and interference the wall won’t be built. Or it will just be left to die quietly with no announcement. But I can assure you that at the end of Trump’s tenure, whether it is four or eight years, there will only be a few sparse, abandoned sections of what was intended to be a wall from the southeast tip of Texas to the Pacific. It will be exactly like last time when we were promised a wall in exchange for amnesty for millions of illegals.

The only way we will reduce the numbers of illegals coming into this country is to make it as uncomfortable as possible for those who try. Enforce existing law. No welfare, no food stamps, no Medicaid, no housing assistance for illegals. And damn sure, no Social Security! If churches and charities want to try to provide all that, fine. Their illegal beneficiaries will still be deported when caught.

If the federal government is too corrupt or cowardly to enforce its own laws, states and municipalities have the right to declare themselves illegal alien no-go zones. By not enforcing the law, the federal government forfeits the right to interfere in such enforcement by state and local government. If, for example, Jackson County, MS decides it wants no illegals there, they have a right to pass laws proscribing the hiring or housing of illegals.  It would be the equal opposite of sanctuary cities.  Just watch the real estate values shift!!!

It will take real effort on the part of those against illegal immigration to force corrupt politicians and their crony business partners to follow the law. I doubt 98% of the people reading this will ever lift a finger.

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Debate: The Real Result = 0

The first debate of the general election is in the can.  And as I warned repeatedly, in the book and here, all the felon had to do was talk.  She could have recited nursery rhymes.  She may as well have since ALL of her points were general socialist crap the left has been shoveling for decades mixed in with the pretense of economic understanding.

I said on FB last night that by morning CNN would declare Clinton the debate winner and FOX would say Trump won.  Well, I just watched CNN and despite showing four polls to one with Trump as the winner, CNN says the felon won.  At FOX, their own focus group has Clinton winning overwhelmingly and FOX says that Trump won.  Go figure.

The fact is nobody WON last night and the viewers, who hoped to see something significant, lost.  Hillary spent the evening doing her best more-of-the-same routine in front of a nation, 75% of whom think we are headed to hell on a rocket sled.  So Hillary didn’t win – she just didn’t lose.

Except for one moment, Trump was left to repeat the same, tired, tangential blather he always uses when he is not on teleprompter.  He did nail it on TPP for two reasons:  First it is 100% true the Hillary Clinton was totally in the bag for TPP until she saw Trump polling through the roof by being against it.  She immediately flipped.  The second reason he scored is because the tangents he swung through happened to be on topic, so he sounded good.

But basically the Donald that I, the media and BJ Bill’s wife have expected since last year showed up last night and made a hash of the debate.

Make no mistake.  While I am no fan of Trump and warned against his nomination, I am even more an anybody-but-Clinton advocate.  But Trump just did not rise to the occasion last night.  He isn’t capable of doing so.  He missed so many opportunities (cyber security, Benghazi, Syria, economic growth, the Clinton Slush Fund) to slap that silly grin off her face that I was left yelling the lines and ranting to my buddy Dale via IM.

But again, Trump didn’t lose, he just passed on too many opportunities to walk away stronger.

The Trump cult is intact.  The rubes who think “mommy government” should continue to change their diapers are still pulling for Hillary.  And 60% of us are left to continue to shake our heads and wonder how these two could possibly have been nominated.

I’ve said it before.  Gary Johnson is a dorky guy.  But he is a successful, two-term governor dork.  He can also form complete sentences.  If for no other reason but bringing an actual argument to the debate, we need him on that stage.  Hell, Johnson might be the catalyst that keeps Trump on message.  He’ll certainly be a foil against the kind of Clinton pablum which has dominated the left since 1968.  He is up to 13% in recent polls.  Let’s get him over 15% just to shake things up. Just click here.

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As If Charlotte Cops Had a Choice!

I gleaned two important points from the Charlotte Police Department videos of the Keith Scott shooting. One is that he had a gun. You can’t see it in a video, but we know he had one. Consider: A man exits his car, doesn’t get shot. He gets back in his car and no one shoots into the car. He then exits again and starts to square off with police. At this time, at least two of four policemen start yelling, “Drop the gun!”

I know many would like to pretend that the two officers just randomly, and without reason, decided to yell, “Drop the gun!” because it is fun to say. But I’m going to go with reason here and say were yelling drop the gun, because he had a damn gun.

Consider what is missing from what his wife has told the police so far. There is a key piece to this story that would place at least a whiff of suspicion on the cops who shot Scott. But it isn’t there. I will say what the missing piece is some other time. I have no interest in giving the goons in Charlotte yet another reason to gratuitously burn things and steal stuff. You may already know what I am talking about. But if she had made a key statement, contemporaneous to the event, I may not be so sure of my support for the police in this matter. She didn’t. If she suddenly said it now, she’d be lying.

There is one more rather compelling reason to believe he had a gun. They the recovered it at the scene along with Scott’s ankle holster.

So point one: He had a gun.

Lawyer Says Cops Were Supposed To De-Escalate.  Idiot!

Point two is partially based on point one: As he was armed and moving, not listening to police, they HAD to shoot him. Contrary to the press statement of one of the Scott family’s ambulance chasers, police, when confronted with an armed man who is not obeying the command to drop said weapon, are NOT required to de-escalate the situation. They are required to protect themselves, their fellow officers and, in this case, the wife on the scene.

There are two ways to look at Keith Scott’s body language that day. Sadly, the officers didn’t have to option of choosing. They had only one interpretation available to them in keeping with the last sentence of the last paragraph.

Holding a gun and backing up, Scott could have been thinking of making a run for it. In this case, they would have had to drop him anyway. You don’t let a man with a gun in his hand, who has already behaved quite strangely, to run wild in the streets. So…bang!

He may also have been squaring off with police, (quite stupidly) seeking an advantageous moment to dive for cover or maybe even get off a shot at one of the cops. Yes, backing down, ignoring the command to drop your weapon and looking back and forth at the officers is just as easily squaring off or preparing to bolt. The police had to prevent the latter and are under no obligation whatsoever to risk their lives on the former.

The cops had to drop Scott. It is sad, considering the police were expecting to conduct routine business and ended up having to kill a suspect. But it is true.

If It Wasn’t So Hateful, It Would Be Just Laughably Stupid.

Since the “hands up, don’t shoot” myth was started, when a fat punk was shot scuffling with a cop, it has become a major pass time for some folks to look for reasons to tar cops as racist. Of the handful of videos to surface since (out of tens of millions of interactions with police and minorities[1] each year, that don’t even end with guns being drawn), I have seen what look to a reasonable person two possible bad shoots. In both cases, the officers involved are facing charges. Tulsa is one of them.  In the case of the man selling “loosies” in New York, who got choked out, the officer involved is also up on charges.

In the case of good shoots, the lives of the officers involved are still ruined. The local hooligans, abetted by out-of-town hooligans and professional agitators like Sharpton and Jackson, have made so much hay out of myth that the officers cannot do their jobs and their lives are put at risk. I should say greater risk than they already were, day-to-day, protecting the same hooligans who pretend to be burning cars and stealing merchandise because they “care” about the suspect who was shot.

You can’t discount the “look at me!” aspect of the situation either. Interspersed among the naïve “protestors” who wanted so badly to believe there was something to be protested in Charlotte, were scores of childish, loud-mouthed punks, playing up for the cameras and looking very much like the stereotype we are supposed to pretend doesn’t exist.  They knew as they danced on the hotel signs, played ‘Billy Badass” at the police lines and ran back and forth gesturing wildly (over-acting), that they were simply inserting themselves into a narrative and getting on the idiot box.  “Look at me!  Look at me!”

As an Aside…

Al Sharpton (tax cheat) asked what the difference was between the police in New Jersey, where a suspect was not killed and police in Tusla where a man ended up dead?  Al knows the answer to the question and he knows he is just asking it to incite race riots.  that’s his bread and butter.

The most practical reality is distance.  The cop in Tulsa who appears to be either nuts or way too twitchy to be a cop was standing right next to the victim.  In New Jersey the cops were across the street from the suspect and moving, as was the suspect.

Also, the police (generally speaking) in New Jersey or anywhere are not like the cop (singular) who killed the man in Tulsa.  Trying to lump all cops together to the ones who are stupid or dirty is a low-life stunt.  It is the kind of race-baiting Al Sharpton is famous for.  He must laugh himself to sleep at night thinking about all the money he has soaked poor black people for by convincing them they must hate white people and give him money.

[1] I can’t believe I have to qualify that with the word minority. But it is a race-obsessed society we live in, isn’t it?

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F**k the Russians! Clinton is the threat!

The Russians?!

I get a kick out of the Democrats, dumb Republicans and the obedient media harping about how the Russians might be trying to screw with our elections.  Hell, we have a whole lot more to fear from the felon/candidate scamming us than the Russians.

There has never been a better time to address the various voting discrepancies that have been intentionally inserted into our election process.  They came into existence for two purposes:  cheating and incumbency.  You were told they exist because your representatives love you and don’t want you inconvenienced by a silly little election.

Absentee Ballots

America!  What a country!  Why didn’t I take up politics for a living?  Oh yeah, I remember.  If I ran for office the incident with the stripper and small farm animals would come up and I’d be ruined.  But if I have learned anything by covering the political zoo it is that many (most?) Americans LOVE to be treated as idiots.  We love it when politicians say we are too weak, or too lazy to live our lives.  We cheer when we are coddled and treated like children.  And it is so easy to do!

The ruling class has cheapened our voting franchise by making it easier and easier to exercise it.  And the result has been fewer and fewer of us vote.  The shrinking numbers who do vote are increasingly made up of those who are clambering for more infantile handling, party zealots and the dwindling few who still cherish the franchise.  This is because when you make something cheap and easy, it loses its value.  People generally don’t look at voting as an important franchise anymore because it has been treated as nonsense by those in power.

Take absentee voting as an example.  It was created for specific people.  At any given time there are tens of thousands of American living abroad.  Many of these people are military and diplomats.  Many more are business people or folks with homes overseas.  But they are still Americans and they still pay taxes (more so, now that Obama has put the screws to foreign banks and is skulking around the world looking for every measly cent he can find to tax).  The absentee ballot was created because a Marine working in our Embassy in Germany can’t fly home on election day.  It was extended to people who are genuinely bed-ridden or house bound.

At some point, a shady opportunist came up with the idea of saying, “Oh!  You poor voters!  Let us make things even easier for you.  You don’t have to be vested by the effort of actually showing up on election day and participating in an important community event.  We’ll just send you one of these absentee thingies and you can return it at your convenience.”

Along with further isolating us from each other, or making life in a political echo chamber more attractive, this method is ripe with fraud.  Cities and states with good voter data now have the motivation to use that information to make absentee ballots more available to some and not to others.  Look at what was done to the military in 2012 and 2014.  In many cases the ballots showed up when it was too late to use them.  Hmmm, the party in the White House was not popular with the Armed Forces.  This does not mean it was done on purpose.  I have no way to know that.  But what it does mean is that it can be. Given the abysmal ethical record of this administration, it may well have been intentional.

Often, if the number of absentee ballots doesn’t appear large enough to sway the voting that has occurred by election day, some states and federal entities have chosen not to count the absentee ballots.  This is just a matter of announcing it and it is forgotten.  Now you have two problems.  One is that it is easy to lie about such things.  The prevailing media is lazy and not interested in really making waves.  When people like me raise a stink, we are labeled “conspiracy freaks”.  So the opportunity to cheat is huge. Also, we are left without a major part of the election record.  What can we learn about the sentiments of our military and people overseas if we toss the votes in the trash?

Rectification:  Go back to using absentee ballots for those who are truly unable to get to the polls.  Let the voter invest in the franchise.  The simple act of going to the polls causes the voter to be engaged and vested in the act of voting.

Early Voting

Many early voters in North Carolina likely came away from last weekend questioning their vote.  A full two months before election day, weeks before the first debate among the candidates, some states are unethical enough to encourage voting now.  It doesn’t speak well of those who participate either.

Election Day is just that for good reason.  We have a constitution that has us install our new government after a peaceful contest on a date certain.  To accomplish this, we designated a point, as close to the date of installment as possible, to use all that we have learned to pick the next office holders.  This provides voters with a sense of certainty that their vote MAY have value.  As in markets, politics or any competitive engagement, certainty (as much as it can be provided) fosters confidence.  Turning the vote into a two month exercise strips the certainty from the process.  What would early voters be thinking if Hillary Clinton has another bout of “pneumonia”?  Perhaps this episode of “pneumonia” leaves her with a limp and slurred speech.  What do we do with the early votes if Vice President Joe ‘Duh” Biden steps in?  What if the early voters wouldn’t have voted for Duh?

In the case of legitimate absentee ballots, we have done everything we can to have isolated/overseas  persons vote as close to election day as possible. But to casually let everyone cast ballots now when the run up is the most revealing part of the race is absurd on its face.  And the whole idea allowing such early voting was so politicians could say to their constituency, “Look how much I love you!  I made re-electing me so easy for you!”

This to say nothing of Article 2, Clause 4 of the Constitution which we celebrate this week! “The Congress may determine the Time of chusing [sic] the Electors, and the Day on which they shall give their Votes; which Day shall be the same throughout the United States.” (Emphasis added)

The Constitutional Convention was bringing certainty and minimizing the opportunity for shenanigans on the part of the people in power at the time of an election.  And how simple such shenanigans become when you have thousands of ballots, electronic or paper sitting for months.  A very small number of people with lots to lose and everything to gain, especially with today’s technology, can do a lot of damage to the legitimate vote.

I know.  You’re saying, “But MJ, those votes are protected!  How could anyone manipulate them?”  Right!  Only certain super human beings are capable of taking possession of the right lead wire or plastic seals.  There has never in all of history been a case where such devices were defeated, right? Please.  And the electronic ballot are child’s play for the right people. 

When Al Franken was running for the Senate, his race was so close the outcome was impossible to call.  Then a few days later, the votes of an entire precinct were found in  the trunk of a Democratic operative’s car.  Not surprisingly, they were almost all for Franken.  Did anyone get arrested for improper handling of ballots?  Were the ballots disqualified?  Noooo!  That would have been the honest thing to do.  Sadly, in that area there were no honest people around; only “progressives”.  And the longer you have votes laying around, the more opportunity you give people like this to tamper with them.

Rectification:  End Early voting.  Let the contest run up to election day.  There are thousands of people out there who would have loved to have taken their votes back and voted for Romney as the truth of Benghazi oozed out in 2012.  Things happen on October.  The only people who benefit by early voting are the ones running out of steam, message of validation as election day closes in.

Which Brings Us to the Paperless Ballot

I once asked a question of an IT guy while he was setting up a system at our DoD facility.  I asked why, when the internet was new, but we could see where it was going, did DoD not set up its own closed network instead of using the public network?  He said it wasn’t necessary because we have 28 bit encryption.  Nobody could break that.  I have heard the same reaction from people who favor a paperless ballot.

Excuse me, but didn’t the Germans and the Japanese say the same thing about Enigma and Magic, respectively?  Haven’t we been burned enough over the years to know that nothing is unbreakable, inviolable?  Besides, you don’t have to actually hack an existing computer system and break the codes to manipulate outcomes.  The real manipulation can come before the vote even happens.  It would be easy for people in a large metropolitan area to put malicious algorithms in an existing program that will create a different count than what was actually voted.

Rectification:  Bring back the paper ballot.  It can be hand checked, bubble form, punch out. But there has to be a valid check on the vote.  No honest person believes that an unchecked computer program is a valid record.  No honest person believes computers are invulnerable to hacking or rigging.  Quite the opposite, they are the best device for rigging outcomes.

Voter ID

“Progressives”!  You remember those folks, don’t you?  They are the most closed-minded, insulting, illiberal, anti-progress, racists on the planet.  They believe that we must be protected from ourselves.  Only THEY are brilliant enough to make decisions for themselves.  We must be controlled.  Except when it comes to voting.  There, they want no rules.  They want their supporters to vote early, vote often and vote under as many names as they can find in the obituary column.

Once, during a book-signing, a woman groaned when I brought up voter ID and fraud.  “That is such a cliché,” she said.  That’s right!  The pesky thing about clichés is that they become clichés because they are true.  There is wide-spread voter fraud in this country.   There are people being bussed from district to district casting illegal ballots.  There are illegal aliens voting in our elections.  There are dead people voting.  Take another look at the Franken campaign here. This is because our voting franchise has been so cheapened (by our own antipathy as well as “progressive” corruption) that no one is willing to deal with it.

Whenever a state says it wants to have voter ID to prevent fraudulent voting, “progressives” show their racists colors.  Minorities, they say, especially blacks, are incapable of acquiring the proper ID the state would require.  Why? Are the “progressives” insinuating the blacks are lazy or stupid?  ( The answer to that question is YES!  That is exactly what “progressives” believe.)  In the case of some recent attempts to require voter ID, states put in the bill provisions to assist people is getting the ID.  This, of course, was still not good enough for the pig-headed “progressives”.  In fact while telling minorities directly that they are incapable of doing what white people can do, they are claiming conservatives are racist for insisting everyone be treated equally and the voting process be kept honest.

Orwell must be banging on his coffin lid screaming “ASSHOLES!”

Rectification:  Assume all races, sexes, NASCAR fans, etc, are equal and perfectly capable of acquiring a document from the DMV.  And if a state or city wants to go the extra mile and assist the elderly or informed is getting the documents, GREAT! 

It Could All Happen With This Election!

When discussing these abuses of the voting process after an election like Reagan vs Mondale, it doesn’t seem to matter much.  Mondale carried his home state.  That was about it.  But no one knew it was going to be such a blowout before-hand.  The upcoming election is looking like it will be far tighter than that.  When you look at the margins each candidate is hoping to squeak out in battleground states it doesn’t require the mind of a conspiracy freak to see that fraud could change the course of history.

Again, there is no constitutional basis for any of these voting scams.  In addition, we have one of the most corrupt candidates in American history.  She is backed up by a corrupt White House, Treasury and Justice Department (including the FBI) It would be far from impossible to rig enough population centers to create any kind of outcome you want.  And it would be done by taking advantage of a combination of all the malpractices mentioned above.

It’s too late to do anything about this election.  If it is stolen, so be it.  We probably couldn’t prove it anyway. It’s our fault for allowing it to happen. But we can gain at least some confidence in the future. Start now by demanding that all subsequent elections be validated on paper.

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Trump vs Clinton? I'm Blowing Raspberries!

By now, most people know I am not voting for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.  I have left what remains of the Republican Party and will participate in politics more in line with the way John Adams recommended.  Strong centralized parties, like strong central governments, result in only two things: incompetence (by design) and corruption. The sooner we, as voters, pull ourselves from the morass that is major party politics, the better this country will be.

For the time being I will vote 100% conservative down-ticket, no matter the party label, and encourage all of you to do the same. Today’s discussion will demonstrate just some of the reasons you should do the same.

While I still think Trump is an undisciplined, non-thinking, self-absorbed crybaby, it wouldn’t be fair to him or the reader to not say something about the economic programs the two leading candidates announced this week. Bottom line, Trump’s is the more intelligent plan and more likely to bring economic growth, but not by much.  Note: Gary Johnson’s economic plan is the most informed, credible and detailed by a long shot and has been on the streets for months. 

We’ll start with Clinton’s “plan” first.  She promises that she will produce an “economy that works for everyone”.  Right there, you have the premise upon which everything that follows will fail.  An economy of any sort CANNOT AND WILL NOT EVER work for ANYONE.   An economy is not something you can assign an overarching task to, no matter your political philosophy, making it do things for people.  An economy, like gravity, will function based on the self-interest and awareness of everyone participating in the economy.  It cannot be made to produce a desired result.  You can interfere with the free conduct of people within an economy to produce artificial results, but I challenge anyone to demonstrate where that has ever been successful on a national level.  No, the New Deal was a failure.  The Great Society continues to erode the economic and moral fabric of the nation to this day.

There are several articles The Economist has published over the years dealing with the meddling in the laws of economics over the last 250 years. The title of the most important one escapes me. One that tells almost the same story can be found here.  See how the reaction to each crisis by government and banks leads to, or contributes to a future crisis.  See as well how the government never acts in the interest of
“the people” in these situations.  They always act in the interest of the big banks. While it can be argued that taking care of the banks takes care of “the people”, government corruption and incompetence rarely results in a happy outcome for anyone but major bankers and politicians.

So just the premise Clinton relies on to increase the power of the central government is fatally flawed as “economic policy”.  But there are issues addressed in her “plan”.  First is that darn, unfair tax code.  You know the one.  That tax code that has the top 1% of productive society paying 37% of all federal taxes.  Her solution to this problem is to make them pay even more.  Check the logic here.  They already pay more than 99% of the population and we have near zero growth for 9 years. So taxing only them several points higher, we’ll solve all the problems?  How?

If you soaked the infamous “1%” for all of their income, you wouldn’t pay for Clinton’s debt-free college and infrastructure programs.  So much for Family Leave or Child Care.  You would also be taking a huge chunk of money out of the productive economy and giving it to people without and exchange of value.  And as stated failing to achieve your purpose.

Not to worry.  There is nothing in the history of Democrats or the Clinton’s specifically that would lead you to think the tax increases would be limited to rich people.  With the inevitable failure of the plans as laid out, they will simply announce that all these crises from college tuition to baby sitting are much worse than thought.  We’ll have to soak everybody. (See Bill Clinton on raising taxes at all in his first year in office. It’s worse than we thought…) And if you bitch about it, you’re not patriotic.

So the whole “taxing the richest” thing is a lie.  They know it.  The “richest” will include anyone making $50,000 a year.

So what of her “programs”?  We mentioned a few. There is the college loan refinance fiasco.  We already have a dangerously large bubble in the student loan cancer.  You want to see a tumor metastasize?  Just allow Clinton to take a page from the Barney Frank school of Real Estate devaluation.  We re-fi a bunch of loans, lower payments and tell the lenders they have to wait.  We back these loans, already defaulting at alarming rates, with a government guarantee.  Already we are spending borrowed money to pay back what deadbeats have defaulted on.  By lowering payments, we may slow the default rate.  But with no job growth, as we’ve seen for 8 years now, defaults will continue at incredibly high rates.  Since the government now controls the entire student loan market, no one will be in a position to evaluate whether to make a loan.  Anyone taking a loan, especially those in the “protected classes” will get it.  Soon the banks will not be able to sustain the paper and facing collapse, turn to mommy gov to bail them out.  This will cost hundreds of billions more to do than the original loan scheme that caused it all is costing.  This is going to happen regardless of whether Clinton gets in office or not.  It will be bigger than the housing bust.  But the sooner everyone bails on the existing scheme, the less the damage will be.  By stringing it out as if it was working for anyone we will make the damage exponentially greater.

There is a better way to finance college.   I’ll deal with that in a future post.

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Gary Johnson and Abortion

Damn it Dale!  You’re making me think!

I have been friends with Dale Romine for years.  I respect his opinions; even the ones I disagree with.  One can’t dismiss Dale out-of-hand.  One has to think to have a conversation with him.  Dale has been reading my posts about Gary Johnson.  He considered my information and came back and said he might have rolled for Johnson, but Johnson was pro-abortion and Dale could not abide that. 

The same thought has crossed my mind.  This was my response to Dale:

I have given your last message a lot of thought today. I reject abortion on demand or abortions of convenience. They are the most barbaric abrogations of responsibility we’ve ever seen. I rank it up there with honor killing and forced clitorectomies. I can’t believe a civilized society accepts it. However, on this subject, I think we have little to fear from Johnson. I’ll post the reason I say that tomorrow.

I am going to go out on a limb here and assume that Dale’s views are rooted, at least in part, on Church teachings.  Mine are not.  I have absolutely no truck with the spirit world.  But that doesn’t mean I take the killing of babies for convenience less seriously.  Yes, I said babies.  It’s not a tumor.  You can make up terms that allow you to feel better about yourself, but it’s a baby.  You don’t call a small corn plant a rock and a big one corn.  A row of corn is a row of corn, even before it has matured.  Once the little booger has fingers and toes intellectual honesty demands that you recognize what it is.  It isn’t a zygote.  It isn’t a blastula.  You can call it an embryo, but that does not disqualify the term baby.

As for Johnson, I have read his statements about abortion.  I have seen him in situations where interviewers would bring up abortion in a tone that almost says. “Boo!  Hah! I got you there!”  His position on abortion is passive.  He isn’t against it.  But I imagine if not in a presidential campaign, where he is trying to gain the favor of EVEYBODY he’d likely say abortion is not the government’s job nor is it the taxpayers responsibility.  That would be in tune with his central message.

Now, we are not going to see a change in the abortion laws in the next four years.  There isn’t a solid enough majority in congress to pull that off either way.  And abortion as a critical issue isn’t on Johnson’s radar.  As I always say about Johnson, he will say and do things that piss me off.  But this won’t be one of them.  We don’t agree on everything.  But his overarching trajectory, lower taxes, slashing regulation, growth, free markets are what this country must have if the American Experiment is to survive.  And it is on life-support right now.


Serious Americans Need To Read This!

Are you one of the 60% who disapprove of the two “major” candidates?  Would you like to take control back from the ruling class.  Are you a Democrat sickened by the prospect of voting for Hillary?  Are you a Republican who realizes “the Donald” is a clown and a fraud?  Would you like to do something about it? Let’s see some guts!


To Compare…

Trump talks of growth, and then speaks of tariffs if businesses choose to do business elsewhere.  Can you say trade war? He lowers taxes a little bit and talks of running the government better.  There is no talk of dumping entire agencies.  He is recently sounding quite liberal with his new gimme-gimme policies.  He is both Johnson and Hillary lite.  But I guarantee the reader one thing.  There will be no anti-abotion campaign in a Trump White House.  He voiced four different opinions on the subject in one weekend after saying women should be punished for abortions.  And his stand against abortion, like most of his conservative positions, is new-found.

Hillary?  She’s beneath mention in this context.  The only thing we KNOW that will happen in a Clinton White House is a storm of “progressive” policies, a lot of lying and endless graft.

I’ll say it again.  Johnson will piss off honest people on both sides of the political aisle.  And he will please people on both sides.  But he is a better human being than Trump or Clinton.  He is less of a populist, he is more honest and has a real track record.  Ignore these facts at your peril.

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FBI: Federal Bureau of Insolence ("Goons")

As I have said repeatedly here, the FBI has been reduced to a goon squad. No one there has the fortitude to do the right thing; the constitutionally correct thing. Even when presented with a chance to wash their hands of the stench of this administration’s corruption, the FBI opted to ignore Congress’ oversight and stonewall of behalf of the felon, Hillary Clinton.

The only difference between Comey and John Koskinen (of Goon Squad I, the IRS) is Comey isn’t a smug, effete fairy.

As the extent of her illegal fundraising and the damage she has done to national security oozed out, the FBI intentionally slow-walked its overly narrow investigation. When congress finally saw all the missing pieces and demanded the proper documentation from Director, James Comey. (You remember him. He was the guy all the talking heads said was an upstanding professional.)  Comey did two things so nakedly outrageous one can stand gob smacked.

First, he hands Congress documents so heavily redacted as to be worthless. It was said that personal data was removed to protect privacy. In reality in every case that could find Clinton up on federal charges, the requisite documents were completely blacked out.

When pressed to provide more documentation, Comey provided some. But he also set guidelines that go far beyond his mandate. He told legislators that they could see the requested documentation, but they could not discuss any of it, classified or unclassified. This is not within his scope of authority.

But it shows that Congress is actually not serious in doing their job. Knowing the FBI cannot forbid them to discuss UNCLASS material, they allowed Comey’s admonition to stand as an excuse to avoid taking Clinton down, as they know they should. Grassley exclaims that if we were to hear the information, it would be earth-shaking. But by golly, that darned FBI won’t let us discuss it.

If Grassley or anyone else was serious, they would reject the illegal FBI mandate out of hand. They report to their constituents what it is they have found, from unclassified documents, on the most corrupt presidential candidate of all time.[i]

But mark my words. Congress will continue to pretend to investigate, the FBI will continue to act as Hillary and Barry’s goons and by election day they’ll all say, “Well, we did our darndest. But the slippery rascal got away with it all anyway. It’s best we let this go now and get on with the people’s business.”

 We may have arrived at the time when the governing class has so much control over those who should be protecting us from tyranny; we may never recover our self-governance.

[i] That’s a rather narrow description. She was also the most corrupt and unworthy Secretary of State in history. She was equally squalid as First Lady of the United States and First Lady of Arkansas. From all indicators, she was only worthless as a Senator. That was New York’s problem as they knew she was carpet bagging them and that she didn’t give a damn about New York, other than Wall Street. But they voted for her anyway. Suckers!

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An Un-serious Nation Mourns

Any time I see images of the events of 9/11, and certainly at this time of year I am overwhelmed with three emotions; awe at the heroics of those who those walked into the burning towers, deep sorrow for the pain so many families suffered and a deep, burning hatred for the hijackers and anyone remotely like them.

I am generally an easy-going guy.  I forgive easily.  But unburdened by a mandate to forgive, I keep the hatred of violent religious nut bags fresh within me.  I see no reason to feel any other way about it.  That kind of human sewage deserves every pain that might befall it.

Almost as Disturbing:

But today, in addition to all that, I felt a very disturbing bemusement.  We are 15 years removed from that day.  I expected the experience would have made of us a stronger people.  I’m not alone in having thought on 9/12 that this would be our Great Depression or WWII.  This would be the galvanizing experience that would make my generation and that of my sons finally measure up to our parents’ and grandparents’ generation.  Watching history unfold today, it struck me just how wrong I was.

It only took a couple of years before our collective resolve waned.  We started hearing about how war-weary the country was.  War-weary!  While “thanks for your service” is still heard, and very much appreciated, that is pretty much the extent of what this nation can stomach.  We still haven’t been tested.  Not really.  I often wonder if Americans possess the fortitude to endure a crisis like WWII.  Thousands of telegrams every week for years, reporting the deaths of our sons (and now daughters).  I have my doubts.

We are a nation more worried about safe spaces and politically correct, goddamned restrooms than we are the state of our nation and economy.  We stood by and let an American President cash in our long-term security and that of our allies in exchange for status and kind mention in the Muslim world. (The phony Iran nuke deal and support of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.)  We are a nation that has placed, at the pinnacle of our national politics, a felon who has known only failure and corruption throughout her entire adult life and a reality TV populist who, to this day, gets his talking points off of Twitter.  We still have a security and intelligence apparatus that stovepipes information.  We allow our government to borrow us into inevitable doom and never question how that government can possibly continue to grow. 

I am sure 9/11 changed many individuals.  I am sure there are people who try to do their jobs better, especially military and first responders, because of that day.  For a few years those lessons were likely passed on to the next trainee.  But as a nation, as a people, we have generally gone backward.

 

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Still Ahead of the Power Curve!

I had the opportunity to meet Dick Cheney when he was Secretary of Defense under Bush 41. I have always seen him as a cool customer, calculating and unflappable. That is exactly how he comes across in person. He is also a thinking man’s kind of leader. I think of all the advisors BUSH 43 had around him, Cheney was the most clear-eyed. He was far more cool-headed and less of a glory hound than his old boss, Don Rumsfeld.

So I was pleased to read the article I cite here. Not because of the subject matter. That is quite sad, although quite true. What I was pleased about was that a man of Cheney’s stature and ability echoes so closely what I have said here so many times. It is also fully in line with chapters 14 and 15 of my book.

This not a new phenomenon. I have watched with mixed emotions (satisfaction and frustration) as politicians and talking heads make points now, as if discovering gravity, that I made over the last three years. Better to see it out there finally, but frustrating that most people didn’t see it before now.

Anyway, I feel like I am in good company. Anybody who says they don’t enjoy the vindication from experienced people is a liar. It is good. And it is important.

Read this article, then order my book. You won’t be disappointed.

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Hillary Milhous Nixon or Richard Rodham Clinton?

A Simpler, Happier Time

In the course of investigating a burglary of the Democratic headquarters in Washington, DC, Congress discovered that Richard Nixon had a surreptitious system recording all White House conversations. This was not new. FDR and Ike had such systems, as did Johnson and Kennedy. I have no doubt that every president since has had one. I’ll allow for a smart president who may not have wanted one for fear of taping himself saying something embarrassing.

But in those days it was considered bad form for gentlemen to collect information on others in this fashion. (Yes, there was a time when such things actually meant something.) So it was incumbent upon congress to feign shock and appear to do something. Most historians of the era correctly conclude it was the discovery of the covert tapes that caused momentum to shift against Nixon in front of Sam Irvin’s Watergate committee. A subpoena was issued for the White House audiotapes. The purpose was to see what could be gleaned about the Watergate cover up operation.

To that point, investigators only had hard evidence of a break-in – no one was disputing it at this point – and rumors that Nixon found out about the break-in and tried to cover it up. BUT… the ace kicker that sent the White House into a death spiral was an 18-minute gap in the taped evidence.

To this day, it is not known what was in the missing 18 minutes. It could have been something about the cover up. It could have been something unrelated which was so sensitive that someone decided better to dump it and risk further legal damage than to risk it being played in open committee. Maybe it was something really juicy about Nixon or someone on the White House staff. No one knows. But it could also be that the person transcribing the tapes actually did hit the wrong button, letting the system run before discovering the error, thus taping over conversation. That was the official line at the time.

The general consensus was Nixon tampered with evidence. Few people could be convinced otherwise. At that point Nixon’s impeachment and ultimate conviction in the well of the Senate was considered inevitable. That’s because as corrupt and divided as we saw our government at the time, there was still at least some sense of duty among statesmen. A huge number of politicians in both parties decided to do the right thing. No one circled the wagons and redefined the English language to create a 100% false narrative to protect a party or an individual; not even the President of the United States!

Nixon X 30,000 Documents = Clinton

Flash forward to two years ago. We discovered we had a Secretary of State who was actually the tip of the spear in a criminal conspiracy to breach national security, break several federal records laws and break several sensitive information laws. A short history can be found here.

Later we found out she destroyed federal documents by the thousands. (This could have been avoided if the FBI hadn’t been reduced to a pack of political goons and had followed protocol upon discovering the existence of an illegal server being used to transmit official State communications.) Any single one of these acts was far more insidious than anything Nixon ever dreamed of doing. None of them were a prideful or misguided act to protect underlings. All were cynical, illegal acts performed by the principal suspect to protect herself from mandatory oversight and hide shady, pay-for-play scams with cronies and foreign governments.

And at no point did anyone actually do anything effective to thwart or punish the crimes. Oh sure, Jason Chaffetz and Trey Gowdey have made just enough hay to keep their names in the news, but even they have dragged their feet. The entire Democratic Party apparatus inside the beltway has chosen to embrace seedy corruption over honorable service to their country in allowing Hillary Clinton to walk in the face of SO MANY blatant crimes. The Department of Justice and the IRS have been reduced to thugs covering up the crimes of their betters rather than serving the country.

And this week we hear not only did Clinton destroy documentary evidence, she commissioned a civilian company – which was not cleared to hold the documents to begin with – to destroy their backups almost a full month AFTER subpoenas had been served and preservation orders had been issued for that very evidence.

We’re Not Just Mucking About Here!

The complaints listed here against Hillary Clinton are not vague law school theory. Crimes, serious crime, have been committed. The chief perpetrator is running for president, unmolested. Her co-conspirators still work for her and work for her slush fund. If you were suspected of the same crimes, you’d be jailed without bond pending trial. If you were a similar risk to national security and had the Clintons’ track record for corruption, no judge would let you walk the street after arraignment. Your house would have been torn apart within hours of the server being discovered. You would not have had the months Clinton had to purchase software designed to cover up crime and carefully use it to permanently erase evidence.

This is handcuffs and prison shit, folks. Every day Clinton walks free and is not tossed in the back of a police car is another victory for the political criminals who are wrecking this republic.

How did we ever end up here? At what point did the Democratic Party completely sellout to slime? The Clintons are like the Peanuts character, Pigpen. Everywhere they have gone, for the last 35 years, they have moved in a cloud of blatant corruption. There has always been a stench about them. And yet there is no shortage of people willing to debase themselves by following in their fetid wake.

There is no legitimate media in this country anymore. It is one thing to have an editorial line and spin commentary in favor of one candidate of another. It is something else entirely to ignore rampant crime and corruption and willfully further lies and obfuscation in order to see a candidate win office.


Serious Americans Need To Read This!

Are you one of the 60% who disapprove of the two “major” candidates?  Would you like to take control back from the ruling class.  Are you a Democrat sickened by the prospect of voting for Hillary?  Are you a Republican who realizes “the Donald” is a clown and a fraud?  Would you like to do something about it? Let’s see some guts!


What Will It Take?

Trump once said that if he stood on 5th avenue and shot someone, he wouldn’t loose his following. Does anyone remember the reaction the left had to that remark? So what would it take for them to pull the plug on Hillary and go with Biden or Kaine? Clearly, harming our military and our security doesn’t count for anything.

One needn’t be a naïve boy scout to be disgusted with it all. It isn’t puritanical to be sickened by the prospect of this nation being represented by an arrogant, self-serving felon. You don’t have to be a fanatical patriot to understand the disdain the military holds at the very idea of serving under such a person. Here, I am not speaking of the post-Vietnam “yes” men who populate the high offices of the Pentagon. I am talking about the professional soldiers in the field, officers and enlisted, who still have a sense of honor about them.

It appears doubtful that a very large number of voters share this sense of honor and dignity. If polls are accurate, about 45% of the people still think Hillary Clinton deserves their vote. Is it ignorance of the facts or a lack of fortitude?

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