LET'S NOT MUCK IT UP!
It's traditional on New Years Day for one to make resolutions for the coming year. On this, the final day of 2014, I should like to share with you the top six resolutions I have made for myself for this pivotal and critical year. I should hope that you might see fit to join with me in my resolve to effect at least some of them.
I Resolve: To work harder to restore power to the United States of America and to fight vigorously to destroy the Disunited Colonies of Washington; to return self-determination to the States by working to nullify un-Constitutional federal fiats through our State Legislatures; to eviscerate the criminality of the District of Columbia by working through my representatives in Washington to defund and de-legislate illegal and un-Constitutional activities; and to set an example for others by practicing honesty, courage, and resolve in my own life.
I Resolve: To work to expose the blatant hypocrisy of Al Sharpton and other opportunists who use the deplorable conditions of the members of their own race – not as an opportunity to improve those conditions – but as an opportunity to exploit those conditions for their own financial aggrandizement; to find ways to thwart the efforts of Sharpton and others to perpetuate those conditions in order to prolong their cultivation and exploitation of White guilt; and to fight back against the propaganda campaign promulgating the exploitation-enabling myth of White racism.
I Resolve: To work tirelessly to achieve the final repeal of Obamacare.
I Resolve: To fight ceaselessly to destroy the Muslim conspiracy to overturn the Constitution and culture of the United States and replace it with a Sharia-based caliphate; to work relentlessly to educate the people of the United States of the true nature of Islam; and to continue to refute the ludicrous lie that this satanic cult of decapitation, mutilation, and female castration is a "religion of peace."
I Resolve: To strive endlessly to effect the removal of Barack Hussein Obama from the office he currently holds in violation of the Constitution he swore to uphold; to work to effect the automatic repeal of all legislation and Executive Orders he signed while in usurpation of the Presidency; and to urge relentlessly for his trial, conviction, and incarceration on criminal charges.
I Resolve: To work to assure that the Republican candidate for President in 2016 is a pro-American American, such as Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, or Rick Perry; to do everything in my power to prevent anti-Americans like Hillary Clinton and non-Americans like Mitt Romney or Jeb Bush from making it onto the ballot; and to rid America of George Soros funded anti-Americanism forever.
Happy New Year and Semper Fi.
We have all been admonished since childhood to live upright and moral lives. "Don't lie, don't steal, and don't commit adultery," we have been told – since before we even knew what adultery was. As adults, we have been similarly admonished. "Don't cheat people, Don't gossip about people, don't be rude to people," et cetera ad infinitum. And many of these admonitions are enforced by civil laws against such things as theft, embezzlement, extortion, and libel.
But all of these admonitions and legal restraints are negative. "Thou shalt not do this and thou shalt not do that." Is morality then simply the absence of certain specified behaviors? Or is it a positive entity in its own right? Exactly what is morality?
To help us answer that, we might first ask, "What is the source of morality?"
The Rabbi will tell you morality is an attribute of God imparted to man at his creation, and that, after Adam's fall, the directions for its maintenance were given to man by God in the holy scriptures. The preacher will tell you morality resides in a conscience that has been installed in man by God, and that wayward behavior is the result of not following the dictates of one's conscience. The agnostic will tell you that you have to develop your innate morality by practicing tolerance and compassion for your fellow human beings.
But is morality an inherent attribute of man, or is it instilled in man by the dictates of religion? If we look at man in the raw state, in an environment where he is unrestrained by law – such as Washington DC – we find that theft, mendacity, and sexual promiscuity are rampant. It would seem that man is not by nature a moral animal.
On the contrary, such environments reveal man to be an anti-social, selfishly grasping creature devoid of any concern – let alone compassion – for his fellow humans. Man in his natural state is not a nice person.
Where then did morality come from? It was born of necessity. When man invented agriculture 100,000 years ago, civilization became a possibility. The cultivation of plants, particularly grains that could last through the winter without spoiling, freed man from the constant and frenetic search for food. Over several thousands of years, man gradually morphed from a hunter to a farmer.
But being a farmer meant living in close proximity with other farmers, and the aggressive belligerence that served the hunter well was a liability in this new environment. The survival advantages of farming over hunting were, however, so great that some of the more intelligent early farmers devised a solution.
Certain rules were developed and agreed upon by all the farmers in a community. "You can't take your neighbor's land or his slaves or his wives. You can't kill your neighbor to get his land or his slaves or his wives." And every farmer was made to understand that the security of his own life and property rights was insured only by his reciprocal respect for the lives and property rights of others. These fledgling republics were the genesis of civilization.
Morality then can be seen as an imposition by civilization on man's natural selfishness and anti-egalitarianism. But it is more than that. Those who are intelligent and perceptive enough to appreciate the advantages of civilization not only accept the imposition of morality, they actively cultivate morality in an effort to sustain and improve civilization.
Morality then is the proactive pursuit of intelligently directed self-interest. In other words, it is personal responsibility.
When I graduated from Purdue in 1960, my major concern was moving to Bloomington Indiana, where my first engineering job was waiting for me. Paying for my education was never even a distant concern. My education had already been paid for – by PL 550 (the Korean GI Bill), which paid me $135 a month, and by my working summers at a brewery in Fort Wayne for $3.10 an hour. My parents did not contribute to my tertiary education beyond allowing me to stay in my old room during the summers while I worked at the brewery.
I walked out of Purdue free of debt (except for the payments on the brand new 1960 Dodge Dart I bought for $980 two weeks before graduation) and into a sumptuous $6,500 a year job at Sarkes Tarzian.
One hears today in the media, and even from the halls of power in Washington, that student loan debt has become a great problem. Student loan debt in the United States, we are exhorted, has grown to just over a trillion dollars.
I'm sorry, but I have trouble understanding why that should be a problem. Didn't these people know what college was going to cost? Didn't they formulate a plan to cover those costs as they went along? If they didn't have the intellect and fortitude to do that, I should like to suggest that they may not have been college material in the first place.
Or maybe it's a mindset that they've inherited. Average household credit card debt at the end of 2014 is $15,611. The total credit card debt for all Americans is 882.6 billion dollars, roughly twice the gross national product of Austria.
In 1960, we didn't have credit cards. If you needed to borrow money, you went to Morris Plan and took out a loan against the equity in your house, or you signed an installment loan contract – as I did for the $980 for my new Dodge in 1960 – and paid for the product plus interest over time. Everything else was strictly cash.
Today, the United States has become not only a cashless society, but a debt logged society. In total, American consumers are 11.74 trillion dollars in debt. That is a staggering figure – rivaled only by the 17 trillion dollars of debt incurred by our federal government.
"So what?" you may say. "We're going to pay off the debt eventually, so what harm is there in living on credit?" The harm, my friend, is in that pesky interest. At 6%, that 11 trillion dollars generates 700 billion dollars a year in interest. That's 700 billion dollars that came from nowhere injected into the economy.
You can think of an economy as a giant scale. In one pan are all the automobiles, toasters, computers, and other wealth manufactured in a year and in the other pan is all the money that entered the economy in that year. And the pans always balance. If you put money in the money pan without a commensurate amount of manufactured wealth in the wealth pan, each unit of money must deteriorate in value to keep the scale in balance. And that is the definition of what we call inflation.
And inflation is the reason you can no longer buy a new car for $980 or live comfortably on $6,500 a year like we did in 1960.
But debt has another deleterious effect beyond the fact that it's inflationary. It erodes responsibility by creating the illusion that you can get what you want without having to work for it. And the corrosive effects of that illusion are evident not only in our indentured college graduates but in our irresponsibly profligate federal government.
Democrats seem to be totally incapable of understanding the function of taxation. While they view it as a source of revenue, it is actually an exterminator of revenue. By draining capital from the private sector, taxation destroys the private sector wealth production that is the very source of government revenue. Democrats seem oblivious to the fact, as they are to most facts, that every time they raise taxes, revenue goes down and every time taxes are cut, revenue goes up. Every time!
A prime example of this willful ignorance is the ludicrously labeled Affordable Care Act. Under this reputed humanitarian legislation (for which not one single Republican voted) Medicare tax increased 62% (from 1.45% to 2.35%), payroll tax increased 52% (from 37.4% to 52.2 %), capital gains tax increased 87% (from 15% to 28%), dividends tax increased 164% (from 15% to 39.6%), estate tax went form 0 to 55%, and top bracket income tax increased 13% (form 25% to 39.6%).
And this was not even a tax law. This was a health care law. Furthermore, the ACA mandates still more tax increases for 2015!
And all of this is on top of the highest corporate income tax in the world. The fact that the American economy has endured despite this persistent attack on its health is a testimony to its strength – and to its resilience, since many companies have simply found ways to Burgerking themselves out from under the US tax burden.
Of course, that further reduces the wealth available for taxation in the United States.
Meanwhile Obama has his regulatory minions working overtime to get 1200 new regulations enacted before the end of the year, most of them designed to limit the paltry 3% human contribution to the amount of Carbon Dioxide entering the atmosphere. (97% of Carbon Dioxide comes from non-human sources such as rotting vegetation, termites, volcanoes, and animal flatulence.)
These new regulations include a proposed EPA rule for controlling emissions from brick kilns. Man has been using brick kilns for 40,000 years, and suddenly the EPA decides they pose a health problem? And a problem that needs to be addressed, please take careful note, by the federal government!
Apparently the EPA is intent on destroying not only the coal industry, but the brick industry as well. And it is spending the money we're borrowing from China on such frivolous make-work projects as mandating the energy efficiency of wine chillers and regulating dentists' handling and disposal of mercury.
I'm old enough to remember when mercury metal was used for backing on mirrors, and not infrequently some would leak out and roll in little silver balls across the marble tops of our wash stands. When we were kids, we used to play with it. And it never hurt anybody. (Of course, our elders told us it was poisonous and not to put it in our mouths. And unlike children today, we had been taught to obey our elders.)
Between taxes and regulations, the United States is being slowly but inexorably murdered. It is the apparent intent of Obama/Soros to effect that murder through the application of myriad seemingly minor and almost unnoticeable incisions that, cumulatively, will stifle investment, innovation, and industry and will ultimately result in the death of the American republic – the death of a thousand cuts.
Are we going to sit on our sofas and allow that to happen?
Christians view man as a good creature tempted into sin by Satan and requiring a special act of God to redeem him and to save him from Satan's power. In this view, man is a pawn between two antagonistic supernatural powers, good and evil – personified as God and Satan – and man's duty is to choose the good over the evil in order to save himself.
Muslims view man as an Abdulah – a slave of Allah – without a will of his own. This view relegates man to a tool of a great supernatural power, to be used by that power to extend its slavery over all mankind. The duty of man, therefore, is only to submit to the will of Allah.
Buddhists view man as a pilgrim, evolving through multiple lives toward some distant nirvana. In this view, man is a drifter, without any direct connection to God (if there even is one), and his duty is to renounce the pleasures of this world in order to advance his evolution and to escape from the suffering of this world.
The secular view of man is as a rather clever animal whose sky scrapers and space craft differ form the wasp's paper nest only in the degree of ingenuity endemic to the two species. In this view, God is non-existent or irrelevant, and man is the master of his own fate, free to do whatever he pleases within the constraints of nature and the other members of his own species.
As an engineer, I might be expected to adhere to the last viewpoint. Actually, however, that would not be consistent with the basic principles of engineering. The first thing an engineer asks himself when confronted with a problem is, "What do I know about this?" So, what do we know about the nature and condition of man?
There is no doubt that man is an animal and that he has achieved his present status through evolution from earlier species. The evidence, not only in the rocks, but in our DNA is irrefutable. But does man have another, transcendent nature?
This is what we know. We know that humans experience life after death. We know this because people have died and revived, and they have told us about their experiences. So-called "near death" experiences were probably the basis on which all religions were founded. The universal religious belief in life after death is substantiated by the inclusion in ancient burial sites of cooking utensils and weapons for the use of the diseased in the next life.
We know that we are born again into a new body after death. We know this because, very rarely, people have recalled indisputably accurate details from previous lives. There is further evidence from hypnotic age regression experiments to support reincarnation, e.g. Morey Bernstein's "The Search for Bridey Murphy.
As an engineer, I am eternally aware that my information about the immutable structure of reality is still evolving, but from what I know now, there is a part of man that survives the death of the body and that is reincarnated in another body. This process does not require an intelligence to direct it. And that's all I know.
Religions are an Aristotelian attempt to explain these two facts and a Machiavellian attempt to use those facts to mold a population into conformance with a given society. Hence their wide diversity.
We have been taught to think of Fascism as the invention of Adolph Hitler and Benito Mussolini. But what would become known as Fascism actually began in the United States with the assassination of William McKinley in 1901. That event catapulted McKinley's Vice President, Theodore Roosevelt, into the White House.
Roosevelt was a self-proclaimed "Progressive." "Progressivism" was a Perception Control word that sounded good but actually meant "government interference in the private sector." When Roosevelt's successor Woodrow Wilson took office in 1913, he embraced Progressivism vigorously, but changed the name to the even more dissembling term "Democracy."
Progressive Democracy not only thrived under Wilson, but Wilson succeeded in introducing it into Europe via America's unpopular entry into a European war. World War I essentially destroyed the already weakened remnants of feudalism in Europe and replaced it with Wilsonian Democracy, which Benito Mussolini rechristened "Fascism" when he took control of Italy in 1922.
The purpose of Progressivism-Democracy-Fascism is to mis-utilize the institutions of republican government to effect government control over a country's citizens. It is motivated by greed and by a delusion that Progressives-Democrats-Fascists are uniquely endowed with the wisdom required to direct their fellow citizen's lives.
Fascism is an insidious disease that requires the complicity of the citizens in the theft of their own freedoms and rights. The tools Fascists use to convince the citizens to relinquish their rights and freedoms to the government are propaganda, xenophobia, and war.
War is the ultimate consolidator of Fascism. It verifies and reinforces xenophobia, it unifies the country's citizens in a common cause, and it offers the government the opportunity to direct that unification through propaganda and legislative usurpation into channels that will require government control.
Wilson used war to consolidate his power in 1917, and Hitler and Mussolini copied his lead, with Mussolini invading Ethiopia in 1935 and Hitler invading Poland in 1939. But Frank Roosevelt was the master. He sent the US Seventh Fleet to Pearl Harbor Hawaii in 1941 as a tacit threat to halt the Japanese invasion of Burma, and precipitated a war that not only greatly expanded his government's power, but extricated the United States from a stubborn depression.
Liberal "historians" contend that the United States stamped out Fascism in the second world war, but what actually happened was that Roosevelt's Fascism trumped Hitler's and Mussolini's Fascism.
Frank Roosevelt's disciple, Lyndon Johnson, carried the torch of Fascism to new heights with a ponzi scheme he called "The Great Society." The Great Society is a scheme to borrow money through inflation and debt to finance a massive welfare system to buy votes and to distract the People's attention from the fact that the "free" stuff from the government actually has a very high cost – their freedoms.
But there is another, more deadly, cost to Fascism-Democracy-Progressivism. It destroys the society's wealth creators, and it cannot therefore exist without deficit spending. It must eventually, like yeast in a wine cask, die in its own waste. And the waste of Fascism is debt. The US deficit has increased exponentially from 259.3 billion dollars in 1950 to 13,500 billion in 2010 – and to over 16,000 billion today. That's a 6,200 % increase in 65 years.
Fascism is doomed to collapse of its own weight. It will not, however, go down to defeat without a whimper. Fascism has always known that its greatest enemy is the People, and it is fully prepared to apply whatever force it deems necessary to subdue that enemy.
It behooves We the People, then, to prepare. Keep your guns cleaned and well-oiled and buy ammo.
"This is the tyranny the Founding Fathers warned us about. Tyranny can be voted into existence by a majority. We will not fire the first shot, but if need be, we will fire the last." – Mike Vanderboegh, Three Percenter movement
On December 25th 1776, George Washington with an army of 2,400 underfed, ill-clothed men crossed the Delaware River in a freezing blizzard and, on December 26th, successfully attacked the Hessian stronghold at Trenton New Jersey without the loss of a single American (except for two men who froze to death on the march to Trenton). The battle of Trenton is considered to have been the turning point in the Revolutionary War.
On this joyous day, let us take a moment from our turkeys and hot toddys and television to remember those brave men of Christmas 1776, as well as all of the other brave men and women who, over the intervening 238 years, have given so much so that we are free to celebrate this day in our own ways.
On a quiet Saturday afternoon on Myrtle Avenue in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, a black man calmly walked up to a marked police car and opened fire with a 9 mm hand gun, instantly killing the two officers inside. The murderer, identified as Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley, then fled to a nearby subway station, where he shot himself in the head as police closed in.
The New York Post and news outlets across the country immediately touted the murder as a response to alleged police brutality and as revenge for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garnner. And there was immediate backlash against Al Sharpton, Eric Holder, and President Obama for inciting public outrage against police officers. But I wonder if the media's conclusion might not have been precipitous. Or was it just deliberately incorrect and dangerously irresponsible?
On March 7th of this year, Mr. Brinsley posted on his Facebook page Sura 8:60 from the Koran: " Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into the hearts of the enemies of Allah and your enemies, and others besides, whom ye may not know, but whom Allah doth know. Whatever ye shall spend in the cause of Allah, shall be repaid unto you, and ye shall not be treated unjustly."
Mr. Brinsley was Facebook friends with Sheik Yusuf Estes and with Muslim convert Amir Muhadith (a rapper formerly known as Loon, who is currently serving a 14 year prison sentence for Heroin dealing). Mr. Brinsley spoke Arabic. Mr. Brinsley was a Muslim.
The Islamophilic press will never even suggest that the murders of officers Ramos and Liu were an act of jihad. But it certainly fit the pattern – senseless, terrorist murder followed by suicide. Was Mr. Brinsley, a Muslim, inspired by the same zeal that inspired recent Muslim convert Zale Thompson's 23 October hatchet attack that critically wounded NYPD Officer Kenneth Healey?
Mr. Brinsley and Mr. Thompson were both what we used to be able to call "losers." At 28, Mr. Brinsley had alienated every member of his family, including his mother. He had been in prison, he had no permanent address, and he seemed incapable of even shoplifting a pack of condoms from a drug store without getting caught.
32 year old Zale Thompson, aka Zaim Farouq Abdul-Malik, was an unemployed black man with a rap sheet in California and a dishonorable discharge from the Navy, who was living with his parents. But these two losers had something else in common – they were both Muslims.
There is only one reason that Muslim agitators recruit and nurture young social misfits like Messrs. Brinsley and Thompson – to serve as jihad fodder in the Muslim conspiracy to establish a worldwide caliphate. The sole goal of Islam is world domination. And the methods they employ are terrorism, proselytization, and religious hypnosis. The goal of Friday prayer services is to infuriate and indoctrinate the faithful with a hatred for infidels and a zombie-like determination to carry out jihad in the name of Allah.
There is little doubt that inflammatory rhetoric such as that spewed in recent months by such notable public figures as Al Sharpton and New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio has raised the level of danger that police officers across the country face every day. To use that fact, however, to obfuscate the very real threat of home grown jihad is irresponsible and dangerous to the security of the United States.
"Fight against them until idolatry is no more and Allah's religion reigns supreme" – Koran, Sura 8:39
Update 24 December: Ismaaiyl Brinsley had a Facebook page under the name Ismaaiyl Abdullah-Muhammad, in which he cites his association with the Islamic Society of North America, a Muslim Brotherhood front organization.
-three, G. E. Kruckeberg has seen a lot of life. It is his hope that some small part of what he has learned in those eighty years can be passed on to you here to help ease your journey to eighty-three.