Mr. Trump, explain why America First requires eliminating the U.S. Department of Education

One of the more daunting problems Trump would face in implementing a comprehensive America First orientation in the national government is the Department of Education. Under both Democratic and Republican presidents, the leaders and personnel of that department have, for more than thirty years, developed and provided anti-American curricula to the nation’s schools and have used their control of an enormous budget to force their acceptance and implementation. In particular, their target has been the alienation of young Americans from their own republic’s history, which, with a common language, a common faith, and allegiance to the rule of equality before the law are all Americans have ever had to hold themselves and their Union together. The Democrats and the media already have destroyed the first three unifying commonalities, and so the republic’s history is the final target in their quest to divide and conquer America’s diverse regions and populations, and then establish one-party, authoritarian rule in the United States. In this task, the Department of Education has the leading role.

The product being delivered by the Department of Education is just what the authoritarians want, but it cannot for a moment be deemed a truthful, fair-minded education in America’s history. The Department’s product is more accurately termed the deliberate distorting of US. history, which is applied in an indoctrination of America’s students that leaves them all but ignorant of U.S. history. It also leaves them deeply infused with a near-fanatic belief that the United States engages in evil whenever it puts America’s interests first and manifests a durable preference for the republic’s survival over extravagant and always wasted and war-causing funding for the welfare, Westernizing, and democratizing of poor, suffering, oppressed, diseased, or otherwise unfortunate foreigners – especially, as the saying goes, those “of color, which has come to mean anyone who is not English-speaking and white. At home it means, legal, financial, political, and media preference for any group – no matter how reprehensible, felonious, slothful, or deviant — that reliably votes for the Democrats.

In addition, the Department’s prescribed indoctrination demands the mandatory awarding of empathy, sympathy, and limited liability to foreign nations, organizations, and individuals that deliberately attack America, as in U.S. soldiers and Marines not being allowed to fire on the enemy before being fired on; the lack of retribution for Saudi Arabia’s ongoing responsibility for generating the Islamists’ war against the United States; official U.S. silence over Israel’s intentional aerial attack that wrecked the U.S. navy’s ship Liberty and killed or wounded many of its crew; and bipartisan acquiescence in the undeclared but vicious war the Mexican government is waging against the U.S. economy and America’s sovereignty, independence, language, and social cohesion.

For several generations of American students – from which have come most teachers at all levels of U.S. education – the idea of “America First” has been directly and intentionally defined by the Department of Education as American selfishness, racism, isolationism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, and a mean-spirited lack of sensitivity to always-worthy foreigners. While examples of this Department of Education-inculcated, anti-America mindset are legion, several recent ones are worth noting.

–Obama to Hiroshima: Barack Obama is a shining example of the kind of anti-American thinking that results from the Department of Education curricula, and the indoctrinated student’s application thereof in his professional life. Obama will go to Hiroshima and implicitly apologize for the United States having dropped an atomic bomb on the city in 1945. Now, a basic and truthful education would have informed Obama that Hiroshima suffered a relatively small number of people killed – about 150,000 – in comparison to: (a) the 6-to-10 million Asian civilians killed by the Imperial Japanese Army in China, the Philippines, Indo-China, and all the other places that army invaded and occupied (1); all of the U.S., British, Indian, Filipino, Australian, New Zealand, and Dutch POW’s who were murdered, tortured, starved, or otherwise afforded inhuman treatment in prisoner-of-war camps, on the Bataan Death March, or when forced into slave labor; and all of men from the militaries of America and its allies who were murdered, wounded, or maimed when captured in battles fought to win the war Japan started. Given this accurate context, the only thing any U.S. president should say if he visits Hiroshima is:

“I come here today to speak in tribute to the men and women who died at the dastardly hands of Japan at Pearl Harbor and in the Philippines in December, 1941. And I can add that the only regret I have is that the United States did not have a 15 or 20 atomic bombs in 1942 so the U.S. Army Air Force could have lit up all the major cities in Japan’s home islands and thereby ended the inhuman and merciless war Japan’s emperor, generals, and admirals eagerly imposed on the United States and the world. As for Hiroshima and Nagasaki, I can only say – Japan had it coming.”

–Harriet Tubman displaces Old Hickory: This is another piece of rank idiocy derived from the kind of U.S. history being taught at the direction of the Department of Education. Now, there is no doubt that Harriet Tubman was a courageous woman, one who risked her own life to assist Blacks trying to escape from slavery. All thanks and praise to her for that bravery, but her actions do not elevate her above the reality that she was at best a bit player in the rancorous and finally violent events that played out in the United States between 1845 and 1865. Andrew Jackson, on the other hand, dominated his era as a recklessly brave, fierce, and often-wounded American soldier. He fought in the American revolution and the War of 1812; defeated the Creek Indians — Britain’s ally — in 1814; routed a British army at the Battle of New Orleans in 1815; erased the U.S. national debt during his presidency; and crushed the proponents of nullification who sought to break the Union in the early 1830s.(2) Even though Jackson owned slaves and forced Indian tribes to move westward, he remains, in this case, a giant who towers over a brave, decent, but marginally important woman in terms of historical importance and worth to America.

On this issue, a decent and truthful education, would have allowed any student to see that Old Hickory, not Ms. Tubman (a) merits the place of prominence on the $20 bill, and (b) that the popular acceptance of Obama’s vote-buying and pandering-to-Blacks-and-women decision to place Ms. Tubman on the bill can only be explained by the success of the Department of Education’s ongoing campaign to teach U.S. history in a manner meant to make ahistorical morons of students who will become voters. Such an education denies the students both the ability to assess America’s worth — as well as its faults — and an understanding of each citizen’s responsibility to defend republican government against its domestic foes. By manufacturing this kind of citizen-automaton, the Department of Education reduces the chance of the citizenry exercising its obligatory duty of popular and, if necessary, armed resistance to the tyranny that the Department and its masters in the Democratic Party and media are working to install in place of the republic.

–There is only one Holocaust that matters!: In the United States, the Israel-First faction is led by disloyal Jewish-American citizens who have bribed, intimidated, and lied the United States into a so far endless war with Islam. One aspect of their ability to do this comes from the lock they have on the term “holocaust,” which, in their usage, refers only to Nazi Germany’s murder of 6 million European Jews. Let me say, that no one in his right mind would judge this historical fact as anything but an abomination. But because Israel-Firsters use “their” holocaust” and “their” Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC, to endlessly fuel feelings of guilt among contemporary Americans – even though it was the U.S., Britain and its Dominions, and the Red Army that utterly destroyed Hitler’s regime and ended the Holocaust – and to then exploit that sense of guilt to pry ever-increasing amounts of U.S. taxpayer-funded economic and military aid for Israel, and, worse, to keep the United States locked in a largely unnecessary and clearly losing struggle with the Islamists.

Now, a decent and truthful education would inform students about holocausts – or genocides – and provide them the context with which to understand that while Germany’s attempt to annihilate European Jewry was murderous and monstrous, the Fuehrer was a piker in the overall story of 20th and 21st century holocausts. The military forces of Imperial Japan, as noted above, may have killed as many as 10 million Asian civilians; Lenin, Stalin, and their Soviet successors killed up to 60 million people (3); Mao and his successors killed at least 65 million people and, as they are still in power, that number is growing (4); and, since 1973, the American Medical Association and American women have murdered nearly 59 million unborn Americans (5), and may yet skip past Uncle Joe and even Chairman Mao as the leading holocaust/genocide producer of all time. Even Israel is in the big-time, mass-murder game, with media reporting that between 1.5 and 2 million unborn Israelis – a total reminiscent of Pol Pot or Rwanda’s machete wielders — have been murdered by Israeli doctors and Israeli women since the nation’s founding (6), and this in a country that appears doomed in terms of demography. (NB: Ironically, both Americans and Israelis followed the savvy Hitlerian model of passing laws and gaining judicial decisions that define as non-human, entities that irrefutably are human beings.) One doubts the Department of Education either issues curricula to teach American students about the wide variety of holocausts/genocides that have occurred and how common they have become, or gives them a scorecard listing how many human beings each of these depravities murdered. (NB: The bipartisan U.S. governing class, after all, runs the Department of Education and profits politically and financially from maintaining the idea that there has been only one real Holocaust. It will brook no change that introduces the truth. Have you ever, for example, heard any U.S. politician – or European or Israeli politician for that matter — call for Nuremberg-like trials for the legatees of Stalin and Mao?)

Such an accurate and truthful course of instruction would not be delivered to help students determine which atrocity was bad, less bad, small but bad, not so bad, or big and bad; the purveyors of all merit prolonged and harrowingly painful attention from a hard-eyed, everlastingly vengeful God. Rather, it would be meant to allow them, as voting adults, to ignore Israel-First’s guilt-inducing machinations and feel zero guilt about putting America First by reliably refusing to elect bribe-taking U.S. politicians who are eager to spend their taxes and soldier-children’s lives uselessly in fighting Israel’s or any other nation’s endless, bloody, bankrupting, and irrelevant-to-America wars.

All of America’s Founders, from the most known to the least, believed that the republic they created could survive only if its population was well educated, especially in history; consistently attentive to politics and the media, so as to see the approach of tyranny early on; and therefore equipped to identify tyranny if they saw it nearing and to use their right to destroy any U.S. government that became oppressive, arbitrary, lawless, and/or conspired against America with her enemies.

Today, the Department of Education stands as the national government’s main engine for deliberately mis-educating, deceiving, and confusing American students, thereby helping to create an electorate that cannot recognize, resent, and then destroy the tyranny that is steadily taking hold in their republic, especially under Obama, his party, and the media. The ability to make America First the core of an administration’s operations, therefore, depends, in part, on the quick and complete dismantling of the Department of Education, followed by the steady return of responsibility for educating America’s students in the republic’s history and all other subjects, including their duty to defend the republic against internal as well as external enemies, to the lowest possible level of local government and the wishes of their parents.

 

Endnotes:

–1.) See, https://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/SOD.CHAP3.HTM

–2.) See, http://www.history.com/topics/us-presidents/andrew-jackson

–3.) See, http://www.ibtimes.com/how-many-people-did-joseph-stalin-kill-1111789

–4.) See, http://www.heritage.org/research/commentary/2010/02/the-legacy-of-mao-zedong-is-mass-murder

–5.) See, http://www.lifenews.com/2016/01/14/58586256-abortions-in-america-since-roe-v-wade-in-1973/

–6.) See, http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/10913#.VzZGBeQe6uc and http://www.israeltoday.co.il/NewsItem/tabid/178/nid/23042/Default.aspx?article=related_stories

 

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Mr. Trump, explain why America First must mean ending Foreign Aid and Foreign Military Assistance

Now that Mr. Trump has vowed that the concept of “America First” will be at the core of his administration’s foreign and domestic policies, he should begin to tell Americans what he intends to do make that pledge a reality and why it needs to be done. He should do this before his enemies — and America’s — can turn the phrase against him. On MSNBC this week, for example, Mr. Chris Matthews asked if Trump “was trying to make us mad” by using the term “America First”. Mr. Matthews said that the term refers to Americans who wanted no war with Germany in 1939-1941; he did not mention Japan, probably because it would blur the damning parallel he intended to draw between Mr. Trump, the America First movement of 1939-1941 and the Nazi Germany’s treatment of Jews.

Mr. Matthews, like all on the left, is a historical ignoramus. He demonstrates that status, in this case, by not knowing that the great majority of all Americans in 1939-1941 opposed getting into a European or Asian war that did not concern our vital national interests, and would not until Imperial Japan attacked us at Pearl Harbor and Germany declared war on us later in December, 1941. After those events, most America First members fully supported both wars and participated in the war efforts to defend America.

Even Colonel Charles A. Lindbergh – whose reputation and historical importance were ruined, then, by Roosevelt and his coterie, the British, and the Jewish-American elite, and, now, by Israel First and those it intimidates and bribes – risked his life in the war as a test pilot for new U.S. military aircraft, and as a volunteer guinea pig for testing new means of protecting pilots and aircrew from the debilitating impact of high-altitude flight. When Colonel Lindbergh finished those tasks, he flew at least 50 combat missions against the Japanese in the South Pacific and, in 1954, was promoted by President Eisenhower to the rank of Brigadier General in the U.S. Air Force.  Oh yes, it also is worth recalling that Colonel Lindbergh was a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Mr. Matthews, it seems, thinks there is no U.S. history worth knowing until John Kennedy’s election.

Anyway, as a starter for describing what America First will mean if he is elected, I would suggest that Mr. Trump explain to the electorate what he intends to do to end the vicious and multi-decade economic attack on all U.S. citizens that is depicted in the data produced by National Priorities Project. That information shows that U.S. government’s Foreign Aid Program is giving $2.93 million per hour to foreigners, 24 hours per day, for the 366 days in this year. In addition, the Department of Defense, in 2016, will give to foreigners, in the form of Foreign Military Assistance, $1.42 million per hour, 24 hours per day, for the 366 days in this year.

When the math is done – at least as best as I can do it – these two programs together spend taxpayer money at the rate of $104,400,000 per day, which will come to a total of $38,210,400,000 for 2016. Both numbers are difficult to get your mind around, but, in more understandable terms, the median U.S. household’s yearly income in 2014 was $53,657 – 2015 data comes this September. If that number is divided into 2016’s total for Foreign Aid and Foreign Military Assistance the result is that these giveaways to non-Americans will cost U.S. taxpayers an amount equaling the entire income of more than 712,123 of America’s median-income households. That is, the national government, by giving more than $38 billion to foreigners in 2016, expends enough tax revenue to wipe out the annual income of more than 700,000 median-income American households. (1)

Now, this is madness, and also irrefutable evidence – given that $38 billion could certainly improve some aspect of American life or national security — that the bipartisan governing elite does not give a tinker’s damn about Americans. The U.S. government exists to defend the republic and its genuine national interests, and to govern and tax its citizens in a manner that achieves that goal, does not block the private sector from creating economic prosperity and jobs, and allows citizens to maintain their liberties, improve their living standard through hard work, and keep as much of their money as possible.

The U.S. government has absolutely no responsibility — and I suspect no valid constitutional sanction — to overtax Americans and then use part of that revenue to build dams, harbors, schools, roads, and airports for foreigners; to provide medical care for foreigners afflicted with diseases ranging from malaria to dengue fever to HIV; or to financially support and/or militarily defend tyrannies like Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia, or theocratic states like Israel, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf states (NB: Given the 1st Amendment’s guarantees, it cannot be constitutional for any American to be taxed in order to pay for the support/protection of Judaism and Islam abroad); to fund foreign civil society, feminist, pro-democracy, human rights, LBGT, and pro-abortion organizations, or to give any U.S.-citizen tax money at all to foreigners – except to serve U.S. interests during a necessary and constitutionally declared U.S. defensive war or for strictly limited periods after a natural disaster.

Among the things America First must mean, therefore, is that tax revenue now given by the national government to foreigners must be permanently redirected and spent henceforth at home to resolve some of the same problems for which it is given to foreigners. And once solutions to America’s genuine and often long-festering problems are applied and paid for, and the national debt is being reduced, the national government must cut the tax rate for both individuals and businesses.

For the U.S. national government, the needs of foreigners and their nations and faiths must never come before those of Americans. Charity for foreigners is a decision that can only be made by each citizen, not for them in the form of a diktat from the national government. Those Americans who are concerned more about the welfare of foreign states and foreigners than that of their republic and fellow citizens are always free to send checks, gold, bitcoins, or diamonds to appropriate religious institutions, charities, foreign governments, and NGOs; to will their fortunes to any of those foreign entities; or to nobly and altruistically pick up stakes and move permanently to some exotic, poverty stricken foreign locale where the can labor or fight alongside all the foreigners they can get to know.

To be sure, U.S citizens and corporations contributing funds to help foreigners are engaged in admirable acts of admirable private consciences, though not nearly as admirable as helping their fellow citizens, and so their contributions for foreigners ought not to be tax deductible. But it is the sole responsibility of private American citizens, private-sector institutions, and, most especially, Christian churches to follow their consciences and – putting it bluntly – empty their own wallets and not the republic’s for the foreigners they deem more worthy of help than Americans.

 

–Endnote:

–1.) See, https://www.nationalpriorities.org/cost-of/foreign-aid/https://www.nationalpriorities.org/cost-of/foreign-aid/; https://www.nationalpriorities.org/cost-of/foreign-military-assistance/; and http://money.cnn.com/2015/09/16/news/economy/census-poverty-income/

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Trump embraces America First, gives the republic a chance to survive and its foes apoplexy

Trump’s 27 April 2016 speech on foreign policy is not perfect; indeed, parts of it merit strong criticism. But Trump has now said to the American people what no one, save Pat Buchanan and Ron Paul, has been willing to say since 1945. That is, the U.S. government exists for only two reasons: (a) to pursue and defend the republic’s genuine national security interests and to wage war only as a last resort, and then slay without mercy those who dared attack them, and (b) to protect and advance the well-being, jobs, liberties, unity, and prosperity of American citizens. In short, Trump seems to believe — as did the Founders — that if the U.S. national government does not make the furtherance of America’s interests its first and absolute priority, it has, to paraphrase Mr. Jefferson, no possible reason to exist, and its citizens, in turn, have every possible justification, and the unavoidable moral and legal responsibility to themselves and their posterity, to ruthlessly destroy it and replace it with one that can be relied on to always act only on their behalf and in their interests.

Now, we can all sit back and calmly listen to the howling condescension, rabid charges of racism and xenophobia, and loud blubbering about “abandoning America’s democratic values” that will be directed at Trump by the Neoconservatives, the internationalists, the media, the Israel Firsters, the Saudi and other Arab tyrants, the effete and freeloading Europeans, the theory-palsied Ivy Leaguers, the felons and felons-to-be, like Mr. and Mrs. Clinton, and the endless procession of thieves and murderers who masquerade as African and other Third World presidents and prime ministers.

As Trump faces the storm being brewed by these dregs of America and the world, I hope he feels no obligation to respond to the violent and denigrating attacks of his critics. The main obligation Trump now has is the quite onerous one he voluntarily assumed. That is, to never stop talking to his fellow citizens about his determination to prove that the absolute responsibility of their national government is to their well-being and the republic’s survival, peace, and prosperity, and that the welfare, political systems, religions, wars, civil rights, sexual inclinations, attitudes toward women, defense, and survival of foreign states and peoples are none of America’s concern and will never elicit its intervention.

Trump obliquely quoted John Quincy Adams in his speech, but should have quoted him directly and at bit of length. On 4 July 1821, Adams said, in the same speech that Trump drew from, that those who challenge or damn the idea of what is now known as “America First” should always remember that

America, with the same voice which spoke herself into existence as a nation, proclaimed to mankind the inextinguishable rights of human nature, and the only lawful foundations of government. America, in the assembly of nations, since her admission among them, has invariably, though often fruitlessly, held forth to them the hand of honest friendship, of equal freedom, of generous reciprocity. She has uniformly spoken among them, though often to heedless and often to disdainful ears, the language of equal liberty, of equal justice, and of equal rights. She has, in the lapse of nearly half a century, without a single exception, respected the independence of other nations while asserting and maintaining her own. She has abstained from interference in the concerns of others, even when conflict has been for principles to which she clings, as to the last vital drop that visits the heart. … Wherever the standard of freedom and Independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions and her prayers be. But she goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. She will commend the general cause by the countenance of her voice, and the benignant sympathy of her example.

This is the true meaning of “America First”, and it seems to be the meaning with which Mr. Trump intends to imbue the content of his foreign policy. I, for one, am eager for him succeed in this republic-preserving task. He will do so, however, only if he reeducates Americans about what and why the Founders intended the substance of U.S. foreign policy to be, and how well that policy of non-interventionism and neutrality served American interests for nearly a century and a half.

Mr. Trump, then, has a splendid if daunting opportunity to kindle the just barely burning flame of non-intervention and neutrality into a steady fire that will liberate America from its status as the world’s doormat; Americans from paying for the wars of others with their taxes and children’s lives; and the current citizenry and its posterity from the unnecessary interventionist wars that have made the office of the U.S. president into the home of spendthrift and civil liberty-negating tyrants.

Finally, God bless you, Mr. Buchanan and Dr. Paul, for making sure Mr. Trump had this opportunity, and God rest you, Colonel Lindbergh, for manfully opposing, at devastating personal cost, the same kinds of blackguard interventionists who are now attacking Mr. Trump’s foreign-policy stance.

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Jewish-American Neocon demands collective punishment for Trump’s supporters

Well, if collective punishment for Palestinians, and Muslims generally, is acceptable, why not for pro-Trump Americans?

America’s flagship voice of disloyalty, Israel-First, and Neoconservatism — Commentary Magazine — has unleashed one of its key staff Gauleiters, a man named Herr Garbriel Schoenfeld, to demand that all Americans supporting Donald Trump be held “accountable” for disagreeing with their Israel-First superiors.

Herr Schoenfeld characterizes Trump as “this creature from the cesspool” and Trump’s voters as losers who are “beleaguered economically” and have been left behind by “globalization” and “de-industrialization”. (NB: The only U.S. human cesspools I know are the three found in meetings of the writers, editors, publishers, and owners of Commentary, Weekly Standard, and the post-W.F. Buckley National Review. I strongly suspect Trump is not invited to those events, and so he could not have come from America’s only known human cesspools. Mr. Schoenfeld, of course, swims in that stinking pool among his fellow champions of the republic’s demise.)

This is just the start of Schoenfeld’s barely disguised wish — apparently shared by the editors, publishers, and owners at the New York Daily News, which printed his essay — to visit some kind of a holocaust on Americans holding views not approved by Israel-First. The following is from the Gauleiter’s diktat. It calls for the collective punishment of pro-Trump, legal , and loyal U.S. citizens — perhaps bulldozing their homes or smothering them with pillows, a la another nation’s security service? – who refuse to repent and intend to vote other than as demanded by Israel First.

“Yet however much Trump voters have grievances, this does not absolve any one of them of personal responsibility for their political choice. We are not only speaking here of those who engage in violence or shout vicious chants at Trump rallies, or the innumerable others who spew anti-Semitic and racist bile across the Internet.

All Trump voters can and should be held to account for embracing a candidate whose character is so dubious, and whose plans for the country — among them, singling out a religious group for a ban on an entry to the United States — amount to an assault on the freedoms enshrined in the Constitution.

Followers of notorious dictators of the past also no doubt had legitimate grievances, yet this hardly spares them from the condemnation history has rightly heaped on them.

It is particularly rich to attack critics of Trump supporters as “condescending intellectual snots” — [Dennis] Saffran’s words — when Trump himself flagrantly treats his acolytes with condescension and contempt. He has exulted in their low attainments, declaring after his victory in one primary that “I love the poorly educated.” Remarking on his disciples’ mindless loyalty, he has said that he “could stand in the middle of 5th Ave. and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.”

As a practical matter, Republican political candidates may need to court Trump voters. As a moral matter, the rest of us should not close our eyes to the fact that those who pine for a strongman, and who would have us all follow Trump into the abyss, are in the best case willfully ignorant, and in the worst case knowingly endorsing a dangerous demagogue.”

If you read this Goebbels-esque quote again slowly, you may hear a chorus quietly singing behind the Gauleiter as he writes the words and feels the pain caused by those who disagree with his genius, the whole story of which he surely must be jotting down in a diary likely to be entitled “My Struggle”. I could not tell if the words were being sung in German, English, or Hebrew, but the melodies seem to sound very much like “Die Wacht am Rhine” and “Das Panzerlied”. Which tune, do you suppose, would go better with the physical punishment Schoenfeld apparently wants inflicted on all “Trump voters [who] can and should be held to account”? (2) One wonders what Schoenfeld knows about the activities of his Neocon and Israel-First friends — perhaps on the Internet or at rallies? – that are meant to identify Trump voters. Whatever they are up to, Schoenfeld writes with certainty that the ballots of pro-Trump voters will not be secret, so they “can” be identified and “held to account“.

What the Gauleiter is suffering so much angst over is not, of course, Mr. Trump, but rather his and his kind’s growing awareness that Trump appeals to many Americans of all races who work for a living, raise families, pay for their kids’ schooling, are good, community-minded citizens, and who deeply resent that they are the half of Americans who pay income tax to support the idleness of the other half of their eternally freeloading fellow citizens. Herr Schoenfeld and his disloyal associates are even more alarmed to be learning that these same Americans hate having their exorbitant taxes, and often their soldier-children’s lives, given to worthless-to-America foreign entities — which also are often America’s enemies — including Israel, Saudi Arabia, other Arab tyrannies, any number of the thieving tyrants who govern in Africa, and the galaxy of tax-eating/wasting international organizations.

People like Schoenfeld, the Neocons, most senior Democrats and Republicans, and the Israel-Firsters have no patience with the temerity of those they snidely look down on as left-behind and under-educated Americans. How dare this ignorant American rabble, think Schoenfeld and his stern gang of fellow haters, challenge their au courant and Ivy League-educated betters?

Well, whether or not Schoenfeld and his gang like what they are hearing, the American citizens they hate are demanding that their voices and votes be heard and counted, and that their taxes be used not to support domestic slackers, illegal aliens, and war-causing foreigners, but to rebuild the republic’s infrastructure, feed the 25-percent of American kids who are hungry, find shelter for the homeless, control borders and end illegal immigration, and begin reducing the ever-growing national debt, much of which is the product of the bipartisan U.S. governing elite forever giving away their tax payments — and with them their kids’ future economic welfare and the nation’s security  — to slackers at home and utterly expendable nations and organizations abroad.

Gauleiter Schoenfeld, et al. ought to listen intently to what Mr. Trump and his supporters are saying. And they should keep in mind that however much they dislike what they now hear, they will like much less what they will hear if they, the rest of the arrogant and corrupt governing elite, and the media block Mr. Trump from getting the nomination by procedural tricks, delegate stealing, the denial of citizen voting, election-night misinformation, media lies, or simple bribes. I would suggest that if Mr. Trump is defeated in that manner, the angry words Herr Schoenfeld and his fellow Brownshirts will hear are nearly certain to be accompanied by the lilting, but subtly ominous strains of “The Chambering of Rounds Concerto in F.U. Major”.

 

 

Endnotes:

–1.) New York Daily News, 9 April 2016

–2.) My bolding and italics.

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General Petreaus, too, is willing to kill the republic with endless, unnecessary war

American should surely keep praising U.S. Marines and soldiers for defending the republic, even if they are risking their lives in unnecessary wars their presidents never intend to win. It is, however, long past time to begin damning — and perhaps god-damning — almost every general officer who wears a uniform or pontificates as a retired military expert in the media. All media outlets have these retirees and they are all treated with effusive praise, as if they were honest, able, and winning generals, like America’s great 18th and 19th century generals Washington, Greene, Jackson, Scott, Grant, Sherman, Thomas, Lee, Longstreet, and Johnston. All of these men obeyed civilian leaders who ordered them to win wars, and they fought to win and did whatever it took to do so. Most, too, had the honor and humanity to be either fair-minded and non-vindictive winners or gentlemanly and reconciliation-seeking losers.

In the 20th century, too — until 1945 — U.S. generals and admirals were ordered to secure victory over America’s enemy and did so no matter what price in blood and material destruction had to be inflicted on the enemy. For performing their duty, men like MacArthur, Eisenhower, Nimitz, Patton, Bradley, Marshall, and a small number of  less well known but peerless Marine generals fully deserve the praise that has been given them by Americans.

The foregoing men merited — and still merit– genuine praise and respect from the citizenry for winning wars or doing their best to win. Americans, until 1945, actually knew there was a vast and plainly crucial difference between winning and losing, and they abhorred losing and losers.

Today, however, most U.S. general officers are complete strangers to victory, and so deserve exactly the kind of pro-forma, vomit-inducing adulation that is mindlessly mouthed by citizens, the media, and politicians in both parties. Why praise generals — like General Petraeus, for example — who silently do the bidding of cowardly presidents who do not intend to win the wars they start? These are generals who lead young men and women to their deaths or maiming knowing their lives are to be wasted in unconstitutional wars, started, therefore, by tyrants, and which are irrelevant to genuine U.S. national interests. The politicians know that the generals value their perks — while in service and afterwards — more than anything else, and can be counted on to further betray their troops by saying lofty and patriotic words, and perhaps shed a tear, over the coffins of the dead. Their performance is meant to assure the media and grieving families that the lives of the dead were well spent and, by doing so, delay a bit longer the arrival of that happy day when the U.S. political elite will be made to pay a hopefully merciless and lethal piper for their unnecessary and illegal interventionist wars.

As for General Petraeus, he is now, after a period of exile, petitioning to rejoin the “death to the republic” crowd of elite, U.S.-citizen war lovers. His petition is found in a piece he wrote for the Washington Post of 15 April 2016, apparently to loudly broadcast that he can be relied on to endorse war-causing interventionism as the first and only U.S. foreign-policy option. In his essay, Petraeus urges all Americans to think about the U.S. war with Islam as one that the republic and its citizens are morally and patriotically obliged to fund and fight forever. The General regards himself as a man of “big ideas”, and in the essay lays out the following five for Americans to live by until they and their republic expire from an endless interventionist war against an Islamist enemy that is motivated to attack Americans by the U.S. government’s long record  of relentless and war-causing intervention in the Muslim world.

–Big Idea, No. 1: “Ungoverned spaces … stretching from West Africa through the Middle East and into Central Asia” are exploited by Islamists for sanctuary, establishing territorial control, and launching attacks.

–Comment: No shit, Sherlock. And pray tell us, maestro, shall we invade, occupy, nation-build, annex, or offer statehood in all of those places?

–Big Idea, No. 2: Islamist fighters will attack in regions far from where they live and/or based.

–Comment: See comment for Big Idea No. 1.

–Big Idea, No. 3: If the United States does not lead the war on the mujahedin no one else will.

–Comment: So what. Our republic is located in North America. It has at least three thousand miles of oceanic buffer on its east and west coasts. The Islamists have no navy and no air power. If the law was obeyed and our borders controlled, the only domestic threat the Islamists could pose to America would be all but eliminated. In addition, there are 27 supine, child-like, and American taxpayer-pampered European nations who are NATO members. If they do not want to pony up the men, money, and blood needed to defend themselves and the shreds and tatters of a civilization they have nearly destroyed, it is their decision. Let them grow up and make a decision. They can fight and defeat their enemies, or they can keep their money and multiculturalism and get sized-up for thobes, burqas, and sandals. The decision is up to them, and if they fight, so is the fight. Americans need do nothing but observe.

–Big Idea, No. 4: (a) “Precision [air] strikes and special operations raids” will not win the war with Islam. (b) Others nations — that is, apparently, Sunni Arab States and NATO members — must provide the necessary conventional ground forces, but they will need “considerable help from the U.S.-led coalition” — which means of course the money and soldier-children of U.S. taxpayers.

–Comment: For (a) see the comments above for Big Ideas, No. 1 and No. 2. For the absolutely certain results of (b) readers need only recall the enormous successes of the two U.S.-led and similarly constituted interventionist coalitions that General Petraeus commanded all the way to disaster, defeat, and deeper debt in Iraq and Afghanistan.

–Big Idea, No. 5: Americans will have to support the war for “sustained periods”; the war will be an “ultramarathon”; and the war will require the participation of the U.S. military and “other (U.S.G.) departments and agencies”. (NB: Presumably to assist U.S. interventionist, regime-changing, and nation-building operations.)

–Comment: This could be stated more clearly. General Petraeus might have said: “We in the governing and interventionist elite are smarter than all other Americans. And though our 20-year war on Islam so far has been an utter failure, we will govern in a manner that forces the citizenry to adhere to our failed 20-year-old strategy and, as well, forces it to spend and bleed profusely for however long it takes for the mujahedin to win. Remember, war, wonderful, endless, always losing war, is the only option, so obey your betters, pay your taxes, and shut up.”

–The General’s summation for Big Ideas No.’s 1-5: “The Long War is going to be an ultra-marathon, and it is time we recognized that. But we and our partners have the ability to respond in a thoughtful, prudent manner, informed by the big ideas that I have described. Nothing less will prove adequate.”

–Comment: Did you get this stale, republic-killing statement from the works of (a) George W. Bush; (b) Hillary Clinton; (c) Barack Obama; (d) Senators Graham and McCain; (e) Dick Cheney; or (f) one of the tens of thousands of other Neocons and Israel Firsters for whom it is a war-loving, Israel-protecting mantra? Personally, I tend to think it came from P.T. Barnum, as it does nothing more than describe each of the General’s fellow U.S. citizens as one of the suckers who Barnum said is born every minute.

Overall, General, your essay is not much to write home about; it might not even pass muster as a high-school thesis. Indeed, it is staggering to recognize that, with all your experience in this escalating religious war, you actually have said nothing in the essay that has not been chanted by interventionists and Neocons since bin Laden declared war in 1996. Apparently you have not noticed that the big ideas you offer are old and discredited ones. All have been tried, none have worked. As a result, the U.S. military is exhausted and Obama-shrunk, and the enemy is more potent, skilled, and dispersed than ever.

Nor have you realized that while your ideas were being applied by the last three presidents, they have — because they keep America intervening in the Muslim world to protect Israel and Arab tyrannies — helped the Islamist forces grow from a few hundreds to many tens of thousands, and the latter are now governing territory and populations and not hiding in caves. Nonetheless, it just may be that your essay displays enough forelock-tugging obsequiousness to the interventionist elite to rehabilitate you and increase your earning potential among that sorry, amoral, arrogant, and republic-killing bunch. If they welcome you back, it would be quite an achievement, and it will only have cost you whatever remains of your reputation for honesty and integrity.

But if your petition does not pan out, General, consider going to the nearest grammar school, finding a blackboard, and writing what ought to be America’s 2nd Golden Rule four or five hundred times — “Only neutrality and non-intervention, and a strong military to facilitate them, can preserve the republic and its citizens’ liberties.” That statement is not original, but it would at long last put you in the company of an elite with which it is worth associating. You may have heard of it, General. That elite is usually termed the Founding Fathers.

 

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