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Trump’s ****hole Country Comment: Crude but Correct

President Trump has recently incurred the fury of leftist social justice warriors and leftist group identity apparatchiks when he purportedly said the U.S. should not allow immigrants from ****hole countries and should aspire to admit immigrants from countries like Norway.  Trump’s comments even produced outrage from some hypersensitive conservatives.  The unfortunate reality is that Trump’s purported comments are factually correct and empirically measurable.

Many countries, including Afghanistan, Haiti, and significant swathes of countries in Central and South America, Africa, Mideast, Pacific Islands, and Asia have proven totally incapable of providing effective economic and social development, some modicum of political transparency, minimal human rights protections, and other attributes of stable and productive members of the international community for decades and centuries.

This phenomenon was illustrated last night on the season premier of the PBS’ Masterpiece Theater production on the early years of Queen Victoria’s reign.  An issue confronting her, Prince Albert, and the British Government was a disastrous military expedition to Afghanistan resulting in the deaths of nearly 4,000 British soldiers.  Conservative Prime Minister Robert Peel and the Duke of Wellington both criticized the previous Whig Government of Lord Melbourne and Lord Palmerston for authorizing this disastrous decision saying that Afghanistan was a country of essentially ungovernable savages.

This phenomenon of perpetually failed states is documented in all kinds of easily accessible data, visual analytics, photographs, and scholarly literature.  Read histories of these countries and you’ll note the perpetual failures of these countries which can no longer be blamed on foreign colonialism.  Haiti, for instance, has been independent of France for over two centuries, and is the personification of a failed nation state due to a series of corrupt rulers like the Duvalier family and Jean-Bertrand Aristide.  No amount of foreign aid from well-intentioned countries like the U.S. and other democratic countries can escape this reality.

Documentation on political corruption is provided by websites like Transparency International and such political corruption and chronic social and economic failures can produce ****holes even in portions of the world’s allegedly most advanced and economically developed countries like the U.S.  Additional documentation on the perpetual failings of countries is produced by the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations Human Development reports, World Bank, and a plethora of U.S. Government reports including those produced by the U.S. Agency for International Development, annual State Department reports on human rights, religious freedom, human trafficking, terrorism, and narcotics trafficking.  

The CIA’s annual World Factbook also offers quick data on the abysmal performance of many countries around the world over decades.  Similarly tales of perpetual national dysfunction can be found in think tank literature, numerous scholarly analyses, and quality journalistic investigations on a global scale.  For the perpetually offended who are insulted by the idea that a President or prominent national leaders can make crude comments about friendly or hostile national countries, their leaders, cultures, and institutions, STUDY HISTORY!  There are plenty of publicly accessible government documents, memoirs, and secondary source accounts documenting the candid and unbridled and undiplomatic comments national civilian and military leaders, from all over the world, have made about friendly or hostile countries during their dealings with individuals and institutions from these countries.

Studying foreign policy and making domestic policy decisions on vexatious subjects like immigration should be done with careful adherence to historical facts and empirical evidence, even if this produces unpleasant truths that are unpalatable to sensitive group identity political aspirations.  Multicultural kum by ya sentiments have no place in governmental policymaking on critical public policy issues.  Those crying racism and hate towards those expressing disapproval of liberal identitarian politics have zero credibility and deserve having their views marginalized!

 

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Sexual Harassment Saga

Media headlines have been saturated with stories of sexual harassment.  This immoral behavior should be condemned regardless of whether it occurs in entertainment, education, politics, business, or other societal sectors.  There is, however, considerable hypocrisy in many of the denunciations of such sexual behavior.  Many of the most vociferous critics of this behavior have encouraged sexually promiscuous behavior for decades in their writings, speeches, media pronouncements, tweets, and personal fashion choices.

Our society is reaping the whirlwind of abandoning God and embracing moral relativism, unrestrained hedonism, and rejecting biblically mandated and empirically superior heterosexual behavior.  When we say anything is sexually permissible and that there are no absolute standards of right or wrong, we should not be surprised when unrestrained promiscuity is the inevitable result.

In addition to hedonist and secularist liberals, many alleged Christians have consciously chosen to succumb to sexual sin.  Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore is one such example.  While the timing of the charges of sexual immorality by Moore is remarkably politically convenient for his opponents, Moore has brought this on himself.  This man who once had the courage to defend posting the Ten Commandments outside Alabama’s State Capitol and to defy judicial zealots who sought to impose same-sex marriage through the courts has turned out to be on the same sexually immoral plateau as Bill Clinton and the Kennedy’s.  He is no longer capable of being an effective Senator for Alab Ama and that state’s voters should write in Luther Strange’s name so they don’t let themselves be embarrassed by Moore or their interests damaged by electing an avowedly abortionist Democrat.

The liberal Democrats, the alleged protectors of women’s rights, are also at least equally guilty of hypocrisy on this subject.  Minnesota Senator Al Franken refuses to resign after clear photographic and documentary evidence has shown that he remains a hormonal comic prankster instead of a serious Senator when it comes to treating women.  Long-term Michigan Rep.  John Conyers (a key reason for Detroit’s decline into depravity) has recently had to settle with at least one woman who worked for him and provided evidence that he used his power to indulge his sexual depravities.  It’s particularly galling that both Franken and Conyers serve on the Judiciary Committees in their congressional chambers with Conyers actually chairing the House Judiciary Committee in the not-to-distant past.  Conyers should do more than surrender his ranking member position on this committee; he needs to resign although it’s highly probable the constituents in his district are so morally clueless they will send another poverty and race hustler to replace him.

Charges like this must be thoroughly investigated and due process must occur.  We know all to well the fraudulence of the Duke University lacrosse team and the University of Virginia fraternity false rape allegations to uncritically accept all charges of sexual harassment.  We need to remember human failings such as drunkenness, drug abuse, promiscuity, faulty memories, the lust for money and publicity, narcissism, and the craving for huge lawsuit payments can motivate many filing sexual harassment complaints.

This should be a series of teachable moments for our society on the need for sobriety, chastity outside of heterosexual marriage, taking responsibility for all our actions all the time, and not letting ourselves get into positions where we can compromise the values we claim to cherish.  To put it bluntly, men need to be gentlemen in their conduct toward women and women need to act like self-respecting women in their interactions with men.

Confederate Memorial Hysterics

The infantile and destructive hysteria over Confederate memorials reflects elements of society totally succumbing to group identity politics and secularist despotism.  Confederate personalities commemorated in these memorials are dead and have received perfect judgment from God for their actions as we all will when we die!  No sanctimonious bloviating and destructive violence by social justice warriors can erase the reality of what these individuals did or improve one’s sense of personal identity or well-being.  Any individual who has a hysterical physiological reaction to the presence of long-dead Confederate soldiers or governmental leaders needs serious moral and psychological therapy.

History’s good, bad, and ambiguous aspects must be told with unflinching truth using all available evidence.  Crying racism, bigotry, and hate toward every individual or idea you disagree with signifies total intellectual and moral immaturity.  Those advocating tearing down Confederate memorials should remember that they are opening the door to legal or criminal attempts to remove and destroy statutes and historical documentation of causes they may approve of such as Martin Luther King, Cesar Chavez, Harvey Milk, and other icons of the political left.  The greatest threat to our country and its historical legacy does not come from limited numbers of depraved Nazis or KKK members, but from self-appointed arbiters of group identity politics such as Antifa and Black Lives Matter who engage in coercive Islamist, Nazi, and Soviet bullying to impose their will on societal institutions such as government, education, and business.

Charlie Gard and the Price of Nationalized Health Care

During the first two weeks of July by wife and I were in England and Wales.  A story which received enormous British and international media attention involved the medical plight of Charlie Gard.  This young boy suffered from a medical condition which would result in his tragic and premature death.

A key feature of the Hippocratic oath, which all medical doctors allegedly adhere to, is that they should cause their patients no harm.  This did not happen in Gard’s case.  His parents justifiably believed that an experimental U.S. medical procedure could improve his condition and lessen his suffering.  Unfortunately, his British doctors, creatures of the nefarious government run National Health Service, essentially decided Charlie should no longer live.  When his parents wanted him to be able to spend his final earthly hours and days in a reassuring hospice setting, they callously refused the parents request and let him die in a hospital to strictly adhere to their bureaucratic requirements.

This case is a chilling illustrated of what happens when a government is given absolute power over medical decisions.  Proponents of single-payer health care, who have been reenergized by the failure of the Republican congress to pass Obamacare repeal and replace legislation, must be dancing in the streets of what happened to Charlie Gard.  We must never forget that anything the government can give us can arbitrarily be taken away, that Government is not God, and that government is not our mommy and daddy.  Health care decisions for anyone should be made by a collaboration between the patient, their family, and appropriate medical personnel based on a combination of scientific medical evidence while respecting the moral and religious values of the patient and their family.

While we were in downtown Cardiff, Wales we walked past statues of a number of prominent individuals in Welsh and British History.  One of these statutes was of Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960).  Bevin was the British Health Minister from 1945-1951 in the Labour Party government of Clement Attlee which took over from Winston Churchill after World War II.  This government was responsible for establishing the National Health Service which has become a bureaucratic and moral monstrosity restricting the moral autonomy of patients, their families, and professional medical personnel.

Social Justice warrior Bevan was so committed to socialized medicine, that he resigned his ministerial position in early 1951 when the Attlee Government transferred money from a National Insurance Fund to pay for rearmament in light of the emerging Soviet threat to British and Western security.  Bevan and the National Health Insurance continue causing grievous damage seven decades after their creation.  Some day, it would be nice if British public opinion could start having adult political conversations about effective and moral health care, instead of continuously throwing money at prostrating themselves before the Golden Calf of the National Health Service.

If we want to hear regular stories about tragedies like Charlie Gard, we will continue letting ourselves be seduced by the rhetorical blandishments of Barack Obama and other proponents of single-payer health care which should properly be called tyrannical statist health care.  Charlie Gard’s tragic death should serve as a wake up call for us to make our health system more individualized and market based instead of putting utopian trust in the leviathan state to manage what should be managed by we as individuals, our families, and professional medical personnel guided by scientific evidence and unswerving respect for the moral beliefs of individual patients and their families.

Pull the Plug on the Russian Investigation

As part of the annual legislative branch appropriations act, Congress funds its multiple activities including congressional committee investigations.  Such investigations can often serve as useful oversight mechanisms and provide revealing insights into the failures and government programs and agencies.  Unfortunately, these committee investigations can sometimes result in beating dead horses and spitting into a ferocious headwind.

The investigation into mythical Russian collusion into the 2016 presidential election falls into these two aforementioned categories and needs to be ended.  It has become a talismanic article of faith among the secularist Democratic Party that Russian computer hacking produced the “illegitimate” election of Donald Trump as President.  The multiple failures of Hillary Clinton as a candidate and campaigner, which are the real reason for Trump’s election, have been been covered ad nauseam in this blog and in other forums.

The continuing refusal of Democrats to accept this unpleasant reality has seen them engaged in infantile hysteria and paranoia comparable to the 17th century’s Salem Witch Trials.  This has even brought in some Republicans as numerous congressional committees have held hearings that have jumped like a leap frog from Russian hacking of Democratic National Committee computers, to the firing of congenital leaking FBI Director James Comey, to suddenly emerging claims that Russian hackers targeted voting systems in 39 states.

No tangible evidence has been found to verify these histrionic ululations.  No mythical obstruction of justice by Trump or other administration officials has occurred and calls for impeachment (which only represents an indictment) have been repeatedly uttered by the hard left dimwits of the Democratic Party and the urgings of their resistance obsessed base.  Still officials as varied as Attorney General Jeff Sessions, DNI Director Dan Coats, and numerous other officials have been called before hysterical congressional Democrats to tell these nitwits that they were not pressured by President Trump to withhold evidence that would implicate him in this mythical Russian collusion.  Sessions gave a smash mouth performance before the Senate Intelligence Committee today and stuck it to Oregon Senator Ron Wyden (herein Whinein) who is particularly obsessed with the Russian conspiracy fantasy.  (I hope Whinein is under regular surveillance from the NSA as part of Section 702 of the FISA Act.)  Coats demonstrated remarkable Christian forbearance with the stupid questions he had to put up with from a number of his former Senate colleagues.

There are plenty of Russian behaviors Congress should investigate.  These include the repression of freedom occurring at recent demonstrations which have occurred at various time during the Putin Presidency, Russia’s military buildup and its aggressiveness in the Arctic, Ukraine, the Baltic Republics, its aiding and abetting the criminal Assad regime in Syria, it’s increasingly close ties with China, it’s close ties with Iran, its avowed advocacy of using nuclear weapons being a key part of it’s military doctrine, its shadowing the planes and ships of U.S. and allied countries in international waters, and its efforts to use cyberwar to interfere with the military capabilities of the U.S. and its allies.

Medical science tells us that fevers eventually break.  How much more taxpayer dollars and time must be wasted on the infantile Russian/Trump election collusion hysteria while other more important issues in the bilateral Moscow-Washington relationship get pushed to the side?  These investigatory charades into purported Russian collusion with Trump’s 2016 campaign must be defunded and Congress must turn to more important domestic and international relations policymaking matters.

 

Health Care Histrionics

The recent passage by the House of legislation repealing Obamacare took a lot of effort and faces an uncertain fate in the Senate.  Individuals can present different perspectives on the quality of this legislation. Whatever happens to it in the Senate and in subsequent legislation in the House, we are, hopefully, beginning to see the end of the monstrosity of Obamacare and the beginning of a more market oriented, patient-centric, and moral form of health care.

Judging by the hysterical rhetoric of Obamacare acolytes in government and in certain sectors of public opinion, you would think the four horseman of the apocalypse had been unfurled by the House’s action.  There have been numerous bogus charges of grievous harm that would come to public health and societal-well being as a result of this action.  Charges such as people will die, that preexisting conditions will no longer be covered, that people will go without insurance, and that this is a sign of moral bankruptcy have been spouted by apologists for single-payer health care.  It’s a sign of how far we’ve fallen as a country, that the provision of government provided health care is considered the sole barometer of our moral value.

First things first!  People are going to die anyway regardless of whether they have government provided health insurance or various forms of private sector health insurance.  That’s just a plain and simple fact of life determined by divine providence.  It is sad that so many people in our country expect the government to provide for all of their material needs from conception to death.  There are ample opportunities for individuals to use their God-given intelligence to find affordable health insurance which meets the medical needs of themselves and their families without violating their personal religious or moral beliefs.  A key prerequisite of any policy affecting health care is how well it empowers individuals, families, and medical personnel to meet their health care requirements.   It is not how it empowers government and totalitarian bureaucratic apparatchiks who presume that they alone possess the requisite enlightenment to determine the health care needs for over 300 million Americans.

We should not seek to expand Medicaid which has significant service quality and delivery flaws.  As a society we must work to live healthy lifestyles as possible, beginning planning in our early working careers by saving money to meet our health care needs, develop procedures for training and sensibly regulating health care providers, and accepting the ultimate reality of natural death as part of God’s ordained plan for our lives instead of clinging to the delusional belief that we are entitled to live forever.

Today, my mother celebrates her 91st birthday.  I am grateful for the values she imparts to me and that she and my late father made efforts to save money for their final years. However, she is becoming physically weaker and needs nearly round the clock care from caregivers and other family members.  I pray God will enable me and other family and friends to enjoy additional time interacting with her but accept that physical life does not last forever.  As the Senate and House consider health care legislation, they should focus on encouraging individuals, families, and society to take responsibility for their lives, prudently plan for the future, and accept the inescapable reality that even the best intentioned federal government cannot effectively meet their health care requirements.

North Korea Confrontation

North Korea has been a bleeding wound in Northeast Asian and U.S. geopolitics for nearly seven decades.   The Korean War did not end with a peace treaty, but with an armistice as this peninsula was divided into two countries at the 38th parallel.  South of this demarcation, the country of South Korea emerged as an initially authoritarian but eventually a democratic country that remains a critical U.S. ally.  Nearly 28,000 U.S. troops remain in this country which has materially prospered and is likely to continue prospering despite its President being impeached for corruption earlier this year.

North of the heavily militarized parallel is a dynastic Stalinist regime which maintains a religious like cult tyrannical regime which has been lead by Kim Il-Sung, Kim Jong-Il, and Kim Jong Un for 73 years.  This regime is hellbent on retaining power at all costs and has imposed a willingly accepted tyranny on its people who have faced starvation and famine and endure a repressive apparatus comparable to the worst tyrannies in history.  Despite being economically impoverished due to its Marxist Juche ideology, North Korea is very dangerous due to its large conventional military forces and its emerging nuclear weapons arsenal.

Since the Korean War, the U.S., its regional allies, the misnamed international community, and Russia, and China have tried rotating and ultimately unsuccessful policies to regulate this government and its chronic misbehavior.  At times, there have been efforts to appease Pyongyang by providing economic and humanitarian assistance and even helping it start a nuclear energy program which would evolve into a nuclear weapons program.  Various economic, political, and diplomatic sanctions have been imposed which have had, at best, minimal coercive success against a regime that doesn’t care what the world thinks about it’s rule.   Russia and China, to varying degrees, have helped assist this government.  China, now appears to be taking a more robust stance against its wayward protege who’s volatility is extremely bad for Beijing’s business.  While China has the most leverage over North Korea in the world, it is highly unlikely it will be willing to totally pull the plug on Pyongyang although doing so would bring China immense international diplomatic goodwill.

We must not forget that North Korea has attempted to use subterfuge and overt means to attack South Korea and America.  There are numerous incidents of North Koreans attempting to tunnel under the Demilitarized Zone and infiltrate into South Korea.  These and other attacks have resulted in dead South Koreans, Americans, and people of other nationalities.  The United Nations has passed innumerable resolutions agains North Korea, when they are not vetoed by China or Russia, and yet the volatility and evil of this regime persists as does its threat to Northeast Asia and potentially the United States thanks to its nuclear weapons program which includes ballistic missiles potentially capable of reaching the western U.S.

I regret that it is highly likely that military force will have to be used to decapitate this regime.  This will pose an enormous challenge for President Trump and our allies in South Korea and Japan.  It will be an extremely protracted and bloody affair.  Despite our clear conventional military and technological superiority over Pyongyang, we will have to engage in sustained and ruthless assaults to destroy North Korea’s nuclear arsenal, its command and control infrastructure, its significant cyberwar assets, and its heavily massed conventional and infantry and artillery forces stationed just north of the 38th Parallel.  Some of these forces will invade South Korea and soon reach the heavily populated South Korean capital city of Seoul.  This will produce bloodshed not seen in international affairs since the 1950-1953 Korean War and World War II.

There will also be the matter of trying to keep China from intervening in this conflict like it did during the Korean War and preventing the U.S. and allied militaries from targeting and destroying North Korean military capabilities.  We are likely to militarily win such a war and destroy  the Pyongyang regime, but it will be at a high price for all participating countries and leave scars in that region and internationally that will endure for decades. The economic, psychological, and social costs of rebuilding a reunified Korean Peninsula will be tremendous.

At the same time, we cannot allow Kim Jong Un and his sadistic regime to get nuclear weapons and threaten South Korea, Japan, the U.S., and other countries.  North Korea is an example in international politics of what happens when you procrastinate in the face of enduring evil.  Sunshine policies, six power talks, strategic engagement, and targeted economic sanctions have ultimately failed to bring this regime to compliance with internationally accepted behavioral standards.  There are times in history, when the whip hand of brutal and overwhelming force is the only way to resolve a problem like North Korea which threatens international peace and stability.  It is time for President Trump and other national leaders to prepare public opinion for the likely probability that war will again occur in the Korean Peninsula due to the dogged tenacity and the bloodthirsty danger North Korea poses to the international community and to the strategic interests of the U.S. and its Asian-Pacific allies.  A world which is enthralled by “safe spaces” and believes that humanity is to advanced for war, may be about to find out there are no “safe spaces” or “sanctuaries” from the evils of totalitarian expansionism as personified by North Korea and its sadistic and messianic pretensions.