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June 26th, 2014 - 3:48 pm

It’s a scene straight out of fiction. Refugees from North Africa, packed like sardines in small boats are streaming in droves across the Med to Italy. “According to Italian interior ministry figures given to the Guardian, 59,880 migrants and refugees have landed on the country’s coast this year – almost as many as in the whole of 2011, which holds the record. The situation is unprecedented. Sicily, which has received more than 53,000 of the new arrivals, is bearing the brunt and struggling to cope. And summer – historically the peak time for boat landings – has only just begun.”  This flood is only a trickle compared to what’s coming tomorrow.

To those only familiar with the American southern border crisis the story has eerie similarities. Children are showing up at the border, unaccompanied, with NGOs pressing governments for a solution: to speedily resettle or process these most vulnerable of arrivals.

According to Save the Children, around 5,840 unaccompanied minors have arrived on the Italian coast this year. Not all of them decide to stay in the system. At a soup kitchen opposite Catania station run by the Catholic charity Caritas, manager Valentina Calí explains that among the people who have called on its services have been “many minors who don’t want to be identified. They avoid being fingerprinted so they don’t have to request asylum in Sicily. They’re running away.”

The watchword is “compassion” and besides, everyone knows the West is rich and has lots to give away. But the numbers speak for themselves. These are not refugee streams any more, they are whole populations. The number of people on the move is at a post-World War 2 high. “The number of refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced people has surged to more than 50 million people, the first time since the post-World War II period.”

Once inside Europe, these migrants replicate their homelands, sometimes right down to the quarrels that split their countries in the first place. The New York Times recently covered a case which has riveted France, the beating of a gypsy boy by “migrants” who wanted to teach him a lesson for stealing.  The Roma boy was beaten to a literal pulp, dumped in a supermarket trolley and left as trash to be collected.

PIERREFITTE-SUR-SEINE, France — With its bleak concrete apartment blocks and clutches of bored, jobless young men, the Cité des Poètes housing project defies its idyllic name.

It was here this month in this poor, largely immigrant suburb north of Paris that a 17-year-old Roma boy, Gheorghe, known as Darius, was beaten unconscious by a gang of as many as 20 young men wielding wooden and metal sticks, according to prosecutors. His limp body was dumped in a shopping cart, and his swollen face frozen into a mask of pain.

Darius, a Romanian citizen, remains in a coma in critical condition. Nearly two weeks after the attack, no arrests have been made in a crime whose sheer brutality has shocked France, drawing condemnation from President François Hollande, who called it “beyond words and unjustifiable.”

Prosecutors and witnesses say the attack was carried out in retribution for the young man’s suspected thievery from the nearby housing project. While they have not characterized the attack as racially motivated, prosecutors said it was no ordinary crime, but a veritable lynching on the outskirts of Paris in an increasingly inhospitable climate for minority groups, here and across Europe, particularly for the Roma.

What the NYT doesn’t directly say is who lives in the Cité des Poètes. It gives a clue however by describing it. “About 900 housing projects were built from the 1970s to the 1990s with the aim of housing working-class and immigrant populations, many from north and sub-Saharan Africa.” But the Guardian, in another article, is more specific.

In the Seine-Saint-Denis department, known as “the 93″ after its postcode, a collection of suburban communes riddled with unemployment and rundown tower blocks that make them a powder-keg for rioting and violence, the estate is home to the poorest of the poor. Here, where 35% exist on or below the poverty line, unemployment hovers around 33%, and one-third of the population was born outside France, violence is a fact of life and there is a feeling that Darius got what he deserved.

Thus the beating is cast as a product of competition between people who Western society has left with nothing.  But maybe it’s just a beating, no better than the necklacing, decapitation, mutilation, stoning or other types of chastisements customarily inflicted on thieves.  The Cité des Poètes as the Camp of the Saints.

The migrants may have left their physical homelands but they often take the boat — or airplane — the other way – to Libya, Nigeria, Chad, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, or Afghanistan. The Guardian describes Reyaad Khan, ”one of the British men featured in an extremist recruitment video in Syria was captured on film four years ago” He wants to become a British prime minister but is currently with ISIS.

In the interview, exclusively obtained by the Guardian, Reyaad Khan, now 20, argued the government wasted resources on “illegal wars” and said more money ought to be spent on young people to help prevent them being led down the “wrong path”.

He described the challenges of avoiding criminality in the Cardiff neighbourhood where he grew up, claiming there were fewer chances for younger people to succeed. He said teenagers from minority ethnic backgrounds suffered stereotyping.

Asked if the world was a good place, he smiled before replying: “The world can be a lovely place but you’ve just got to get rid of the evil. If everyone could choose the good, the evil will go away.”

Getting rid of evil apparently means — if ISIS is the model — the death of infidels and apostate Muslims. Khan doesn’t want to make the Homs like Cardiff. He wants to make Cardiff like Homs.  The danger of course is obvious, and thankfully the Guardian identifies it straight off: beware the redneck American.

Quoting the Southern Poverty Law Center it writes that “the US is facing a surge in anti-government extremist groups and armed militias, driven by deepening hostility on the right to Barack Obama, anger over the economy, and the increasing propagation of conspiracy theories by parts of the mass media such as Fox News.”  In their world the problem isn’t Reyaad Khan but those who think Reyaad Khan to be a problem. 

Robert Kaplan in Forbes notes that even in Europe the dreaded rednecks are appearing in great numbers.  ”It is undeniable that the right wing is ascendant in Europe. He cites the obvious reasons.

What is behind this phenomenon?

Years and decades of immigration from Muslim North African countries and other parts of the developing world have seemingly threatened previously cohesive and mono-ethnic societies in Europe. Then there is the half-decadelong economic crisis within the European Union that has led to low or negative growth and indecently high levels of unemployment. And that, in turn, has led to very unpopular austerity measures. The combination of these social and economic stresses has gone a long way to delegitimize the European establishment so that someone like Putin, who challenges that establishment and what it stands for, immediately becomes a pole of attraction.

This narrative is a variation of the ‘natives are jealous’ story. It ascribes tensions to the inability of people to see those “unlike themselves” as equals and full of resentment at new arrivals who are earning wages better than their own.  To say otherwise is blasphemy. “In 2001 the Southern Poverty Law Center reported [that any perception that mass migration was invasion was a trope] “widely revered by American white supremacists and is a sort of anti-immigration analog to The Turner Diaries.”

James V. DeLong, believes this interpretation misses the point because it looks the wrong way.  Many voters have concluded the Alien Nation is in Brussels or Washington DC. The real invaders aren’t headquartered in Mexico, they’re roosting in K Street.

He notes that although Eric Cantor’s the recent upset primary loss was partly caused by the “fear of immigration”, more fundamentally it was caused by the unbridgeable “V & C” [value and concerns] gap between the electorate and the Republican elite.  He argues that somehow people have gotten the idea that the Washington elite is a different race — more different from than even actual foreigners  – and have reacted accordingly.

The V&C appeal, DeLong, believes, is a mug’s game. Nobody really means it, although the Democrats do better ‘even in disasters’ at pretending to care because they are so much better at lying. While the “mothers’s milk” of Democratic politics is money, they’ve raised the art of accepting gratuities to the level of moral courage. They’re so good at it you almost want to be crooked.

The Republicans have been trying to package their own fake V&C platform, but with less success, either because their electorate is smarter or they are inferior actors.  So Cantor couldn’t convince the Base he was really on their side and lost.

Some money comes from those ideologically committed to this conservative prayer book, but this group is not large enough to match the Democratic combination of billionaires, unions, greens, and public employees, nor is it as gullible as the business world in its willingness to shovel money to the consultant class (aka, “The Establishment”).

Both the establishment Democrats and Republicans are essentially playing the same game of selling out everything that isn’t nailed down for a buck. And because there is bipartisan consensus on this matter, whoever doesn’t agree with this sellout game is an “extremist”. But DeLong observes that this process has reached its limits because things have actually become bad. The unlimited influx of migrants into Southern Europe will eventually produce a “basta” point when voters simply refuse to go any further.  DeLong writes:

The “you must be reasonable” game has limits. Eventually, any repeated loser in the game decides to wreck things, perhaps out of angry spite, perhaps out of calculation that no progress can be made without upsetting the table and starting a new game. The establishment should recognize that it could blow the 2014 elections by being so obviously recalcitrant that the Tea Party stays home.

One can argue that, from the Tea Party point of view (there is no official view, so mine is as good as any), if the establishment refuses to address the government-by-cronyism issue, then upsetting the table is the right move. The fundamental problem is that hydra-headed cronyism is eating the country alive: The green energy boondoggles, which waste billions of dollars and cause the VA to spend money on solar panels while veterans die on waiting lists; turning energy policy over to an EPA captured by a bootleggers-and-Baptists coalition of radical enviros and corporate looters; the 2,280 federal programs of domestic assistance, each defended by an iron alliance of beneficiaries, bureaucrats, congressional committees, and lobbyists; and an Internal Revenue Service that turns itself into both a censor of political speech and a slush fund for the politically well-connected.

What could push things past the tipping point are actions from left field. The reason why al-Qaeda is so dangerous to Obama is that it is a Frankenstein monster, something his buddies in the Gulf can no longer control. Recently US intelligence has warned of a “car bomb blitz” being planned by al-Qaeda related groups. The overture is already being played in Nigeria, Lebanon and Egypt. It will soon descend in full orchestral force on Baghdad. This will tend to undermine the Obama claim that bin Laden is Dead and General Motors is Alive. When the Blitz hits Italy, Spain, France, Britain and America — well you can see the difficulty.

Former vice president Dick Cheney predicts a mega-September 11 in the works.

‘I think there will be another attack and the next time I think it’s likely to be far deadlier than the last one. You can just imagine what would happen if somebody could smuggle a nuclear device, put it in a shipping container, and drive it down the beltway outside Washington D.C.’

One can almost hear the administration’s apologists sniggering: ‘old Cheney has finally lost it.’ But then they laughed at the prospects of al-Qaeda in Iraq; they thought the guys burning their consulate in Benghazi were inspired by a video; and some people still remember how Obama treated Putin like a doorman before Ukraine. If Cheney makes it to 2016 he might say on Drudge: who’s laughing now?

They may not be interested in 9/11 but 9/11 is interested in them. And when that happens, then DeLong’s calculus may hit full force. People will stop being reasonable. James DeLong notes you can’t understand Obama’s policy in terms of reason anyway. That being the case it will not be long before opposition plays out in Game Theory terms only.  Once people see the game is rigged, how long before someone blows out the lights?

Health expert John Goodman called Obamacare “a Rube Goldberg nightmare,” written “to appease every single Democratic constituency and every major special interest group.”  The process was like “going around a table asking each group what is the one thing they must have in order to support the legislation — the insurance companies, the drug companies, the hospitals, the labor unions, AMA, AARP, etc., [with] no one making sure that all the separate demands fit together in a sensible way.”

Goodman’s accurate insight renders futile any analysis of Obamacare in terms of its merits as public policy. It was not drafted with merit in view, and any appeal to good government is irrelevant to the debate….

Goodman’s point is actually a general law. Every area of contemporary public policy is a Rube Goldberg nightmare created by cobbling together the demands of various interests, regardless of efficacy or consistency. Housing policy and financial regulation, as noted above. The Keystone pipeline is best analyzed as a multi-player game involving labor unions, rich enviros, and Warren Buffett’s railroads, with the outcome depending not on actual energy policy but on who wins the favor of the king. The stimulus money went mostly to hire more government workers.

Past a certain point scams start being about power. Maybe Reyaad Khan understood how it worked after all. The way to recognition is not to argue with the British Labor party, but making them fear you. And his stint in ISIS can only enhance his resume. The dream of multiculturalism may actually be fulfilled not by Westernizing the world but by de-Westernizing the West.

And speaking of the West, we can’t end this post without a tribute to the late Eli Wallach. “Tuco” escaped the Grim Reaper till the age 98. Tuco used to say that through history there have always been two kinds of people.

The world is divided into two kinds of people, those who have friends and those who are lonely like poor Tuco. There are two kinds of spurs, my friend. Those that come in by the door, [crosses himself] those that come in by the window. There are two kinds of people in the world, my friend. Those who have a rope around their neck and those who have the job of doing the cutting.

And the final word of advice from Tuco’s rival the Man With No Name was for those who think the political establishment is their friend. “You see in this world there’s two kinds of people, my friend. Those with loaded guns, and those who dig. You dig.” There’s a lesson in there somewhere and the establishment probably already knows what it is.


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The waves of unassimilable foreigners invading Europe and being given preference over natives, by the governments that have contempt for those natives have lead to violence. And it will get worse. Much worse. Because when normal politics does not serve to even give voice to the grievances of the majority of the population; eventually that population gives up on politics. And settles things summarily.

I note a parallel between Europe and our own southern border. And that Americans as a group are less inclined to coprophagia than our European cousins. The solution, in both locations, is the merciless use of force [preferably by the State] to block the invasions.

Once we reach that point, especially if we are under mass terrorist attack by an external enemy who also is deliberately enabled by the Bi-Partisan Governing Party; I suspect that the connection will be made between the invaders, the attackers, and their enablers. And once the government is not viewed by the people as legitimate; it becomes a numbers game.

It starts in interesting ways. For those who are not in America, allow me a short précis of events in Mississippi not tainted by the Guardian citing the Southern Policy Law Center [which is akin to Trotsky citing Lenin].

June 3 was the Primary election for the Mississippi Republican Party to choose its own candidate for the US Senate. Thad Cochran is the incumbent Republican, who is old, senile [literally having to be led around and unable to speak coherently or debate], has been in Congress for approaching a half century. Has no achievements during that time except raiding the taxpayers of the rest of the country for pork for Mississippi, and a live in relationship with a female staff member almost a half century younger than him while his wife is in a nursing home. The only reason he is running is so he can resign after being inaugurated, and Mississippi governor Haley Barbour [Republican] can then appoint Barbour's nephew as Senator to fill his term without benefit of an election.

He is opposed by a Mississippi State Senator McDaniel who is both Republican and TEA Party. Mississippi has some strange election laws. First, they have open party primaries, which means that a Democrat can vote who the Republican candidate is and vice-versa. Usually they don't, but can. They also require that the winner of a primary get 50%+1 of the votes cast, which means in a 3 way race it gets interesting. If no one gets 50%+1, there is a runoff election between the two top vote getters.

There were 3 candidates in the primary, and McDaniel beat Cochrane definitively, but was a fraction of a percent short of the 50%+1. So there was a run-off election Tuesday.

Keep in mind, that while Conservatives and the TEA Party are the voting base of the Republican party, the Institutional Republicans hate us and have vowed publicly and repeatedly to "crush us".

In the runoff election, the Mississippi Republican Party and the National Republican Senate Campaign Committee funded and delivered both flyers mailed to registered Democrats and robocalls to registered Democrats criticizing McDaniel and the TEA Party as wanting to take the vote away from Blacks and of all TEA Party supporters of being racists who would oppose "The Historic First Black President Obama". And asking Democrats to vote in the Republican runoff. There are some technicalities, like if the Democrat had voted in the Democrat primary, they could not vote in the Republican; but the tactic by the Republican party was to depend on Democrats to choose their candidate.

I have copies of the flyers, and a link to recordings of the robocalls.

35,000 registered Democrats came out and voted for Cochran in the Republican runoff. Cochran's margin of victory was 6400 votes. Republican voters in the Republican primary voted overwhelmingly for McDaniel.

The Republican Party, national and state, conspired with the Democrats to defeat not only the TEA Party but also the majority of Republican voters so that they could keep the graft going. And in the process publicly called the base of their own party racists. And they used the campaign contributions of that same party base to do it.

Now the reaction.

I am TEA Party. We had our bi-weekly meeting tonight. We are also on fairly good terms with the local Republicans, and we even hold 1/3 of the Republican Precinct Chairs. Tuesday was also Colorado's primary and both parties have settled their election slates. We send observers to Republican Central Committee meetings [actually it is automatic since 1/3 of the members are TEA Party] and they send observers to ours.

We have been in negotiations with them on whether and how we will cooperate in the campaign; since the Democrat TWANLOC are enemies of the Constitution.

Their people started speaking tonight on the necessity of rallying around the Republican ticket. The pushback was massive. Mississippi was brought up, rep
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In former times the conflict between cultures and populations was settled by the club, knife, gun and rope. But today political systems are supposed to prevent or manage such conflicts.

These conflicts -- over belief, resources, community, etc -- are as old as time immemorial. Political Correctness is the lazy man's solution. They simply say "it should not be a problem" or "you should buy the world a Coke" instead of doing their job of preventing or managing such conflicts. The politicians lecture to their constituents instead of doing their job.

What we have here, is not a "failure to communicate" but a "failure of governance".

The obvious solution is not to resort to the knife and club, but to remove the politicians, before a general affray results. For once that starts, all roads are tragic, as the partition of India and Iraq remind us in modern times. Then it's the little guy, not the Boss Tweeds, who draw the short straw.

Unfortunately, the politicians have got a racket going, and however much they cast it as high minded tolerance, it is really just a lucrative scam. So the probable trajectory is they will resist change until the natives are really restless. They'll hang on till they have to let go.

The trick will be to harness that restlessness into political action before it expresses itself in regrettable and really tragic acts. That's what working politics is, and all it is. Avoiding the brutal by remembering what civilization is at the last moment.
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They may not be interested in 9/11 but 9/11 is interested in them. And when that happens, then DeLong’s calculus may hit full force. People will stop being reasonable.

I've said this for over 10 years. The government (whoever happens to be running it at whatever time) and so-called "mainstream" media can tell tall tales of the peaceful American native Indians....oops, I mean "peaceful Muslims", and American's want to believe. I wanted to believe, when I coached a fine young man of Iranian Muslim family I knew for over 15 years, that they were "almost like me", just a bit different religiously. I wanted to believe that "these Muslims" and others I knew "were different", even though I knew more about Islam than 95% of Americans.

They can tell the lies, and Americans may accept them. However, when Americans are burying their children, wives, and husbands, when they are sitting by their bedside as they take six months to die a horrible, suffering death from burns or whatever other injuries beset them, when Americans die at home by the tens of thousands and the economy is shattered after "four dozen Muslim militants orchestrated coordinated terrorists attacks at 25 communities across America, and many of these terrorists were Americans" ...

When this happens, America will go all "native American Indian on their a**es". When this happens, there won't be enough DHS security teams to protect Muslims in every community across America. The President may intern Muslims in Manzanar style camps for their own safety.

Every American Muslim who feels that it's his or her private "Jihad" to support or remain uncritical of the murderers out there like the Mullah's of Iran, the apes of ISIS, the Taliban of Pakistan and Afghanistan, the Hamas and PLO supporters, well, they'd better be absolutely certain in their heart that people like Richard Fernandez, Dick Cheney, and myself are dead wrong. Because if the balloon goes up, they will be in the cross hairs of American lynch mobs, because we will NOT accept our children and families as the Dhimmitude within their own country and the cannon fodder of Islamic turf wars. If our government will not protect us and remove the threat, average patriotic Americans plus a few with fewer good graces, will step in.

American Muslims will pay the price later of their current passive consent in the future, or gravity will invert, water will run uphill, and Sheep will dine on Lions. Reality will win out.

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http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/8-things-didnt-know-franz-ferdinand/

June 28th 1914, one hundred years ago today. Be sure to read the 8th thing we didn't know --and shake your head like a dog shaking off fleas, which must be thinking 'wow, we're having a terrific earthquake'.
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http://www.newsweek.com/cuban-boat-people-ordered-sail-away-caymans-256515

Cuban boat people are on their way to America again.
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http://news.yahoo.com/blackout-hits-venezuela-interrupts-presidential-broadcast-204030360.html

''Critics call the power problems a symptom of 15 years of socialist policies that have left the country without a steady supply of energy despite having the world's largest oil reserves.''

Kremlin's client state is approaching a state of nature. Hunters & gatherers don't really need electricity, anyway, and Roseneft could do without the competition.

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The blackout could have been a protest...
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--i think it's because the govt skipped paying the electricity bills, in order to pay the interest due on foreign loans. No, don't laugh --it's true, iirc.
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What I'm hearing from the Republican leadership reminds me of the advice the the Roman commodore gave to the trireme galley slave, Ben Hur, just before battle:

"Row well, and live, 47."
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It's all good.

Trust Me.
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Here in Hawaii a few years ago, a Successful Oriental Restraunteur, contributing millions to the economy, was sent packing...

Even as Ted Kennedy's millions of uneducated workers and welfare seeking losers from south of the border were welcomed by our beneficent rulers...

On our dime.
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Marion Berry was asked for his opinion on DC's New Yoga Tax:

"That's ridiculous, Yogurt is good for you!"
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Like Al Sharpton on his TV show talking about the ''Thigh'' Army.
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"Health expert John Goodman called Obamacare “a Rube Goldberg nightmare,” written “to appease every single Democratic constituency and every major special interest group.” The process was like “going around a table asking each group what is the one thing they must have in order to support the legislation — the insurance companies, the drug companies, the hospitals, the labor unions, AMA, AARP, etc., [with] no one making sure that all the separate demands fit together in a sensible way.”"

This comports with my experience in dealing with public employee unions; if you ever got a written proposal from them at all, it was just a mare's nest of often competing and contradictory proposals that came from just asking every member of a usually elected bargaining team what they wanted to see in the contract. Initial proposals were just "gimme" lists that if the employer had just signed the initial proposal, they union would have probably been decertified before the contract expired because the thing would have been unlivable. Lefties require, even rely on, adult supervision to fix their messes. Adults, usually Republicans, save the foolish children of the left by cleaning up their messes, not allowing them to do as they wish, and thus allow them to just go do it again the next time they get a chance.

ObamaCare is a mare's nest. I don't think it was thought out, but the Republicans did the right thing by just letting them pass their mess and have to live with it. The "Republican Obstructionism" line is pretty easily refuted; the b*st*rds got just what they wanted and it has been fully funded since they've used another public employee union tactic to keep the Democrat budgets of '08-'10 in place through CRS. I learned from dealing with Alinsky disciple unionists that the way to deal with them is to let them be themselves; they'll do something stupid then you smash them for it. It just takes skill and patience.
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The GOP accusing the TEA Party of racism is akin to accusing the jews of using the blood of muslim babies for thier matzoh. It is a blood libel and a call to murder those who simply state, "Taxed enough already".
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Now we need an mp3 of a New York Jew saying "Taxed enough already".

At 89, Mel Brooks would still be up for it.

Just listened to a wonderful interview of Mel on "The Nerdist" Podcast the other day.
Don't have time to find and link right now, but it was at Podcast One dot com.

He was there in WWII !
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Regarding Mississippi:

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An Corvinus Dubh - "It was beyond reprehensible--if there's a word for that."

The word that keeps popping into my brain is "despicable". But that also seems inadequate to properly describe the Ruling Class Republican actions in Miss.

Below is something I wrote a couple weeks ago on the topic of Ruling Class Republicans. It was an attempt to apply Hayek's "Why I am not a Consrvative" to modern American reality. The recent events in Miss. would cause me to use a much harsher tone today, but I think the basic concept is sound.

here begins the piece on Ruling Class Republicans

Because of their instinctive support for the status quo, Ruling Class Republicans are unwitting enablers of the Statist Agenda. How does a Republican end up supporting an agenda that is contrary to the core principles of America’s founding and success? The Ruling Class Republican’s political stance results from an over-emphasis on one specific part of the conservative impulse – the desire to conserve the status quo. Unfortunately, adherence to this particular element of conservatism enables a never-ending advance of Statism. Whenever a Statist policy is enacted, Ruling Class Republicans (after a decent interval) become supporters of that policy because of their desire to preserve the status quo. This interaction of Statism and Ruling Class Republicans is the core component of the Statist Ratchet
(see Choose Liberty video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fgj8Cen4UtA ). This “ratchet” allows society to move towards more Statism whenever the Statists are able to enact one of their policies. However, society is prevented from moving towards increased Liberty & Prosperity because Statists and Ruling Class Republicans join forces to oppose those kinds of changes. The Statist opposes Liberty & Prosperity policies because those policies are fundamentally contrary to his agenda. The Ruling Class Republican opposes Liberty & Prosperity policies because those policies would upset the status quo.

Peggy Noonan has been slow to understand the problem of Ruling Class Republicans. However, in her column of 4/10/14
http://patriotpost.us/opinion/24806
she displays great clarity on the issue by noting that Jeb Bush’s real problem is not his position on immigration, it is

“…his early and declared support for the Common Core national school curriculum. He decided to back federal standards for what should be taught in the public schools at the exact moment the base of the Republican Party had had it up to here with federal anything.” (my emphasis)

Ms Noonan gets this exactly right. Today’s GOP, if it stands for anything, stands for limiting the power of the Federal Government. Yet Jeb Bush (the latest fad among Ruling Class Republicans) supports an increased role for the Federal Government.

The base of the GOP wants their party to be the champion of Liberty & Prosperity. If the status quo oriented Ruling Class Republicans are able to control the GOP, then the Republican Party is doomed. There is no future for a party whose core ideology is nothing more than support for the status quo – especially the harmful status quo that Statism is inflicting on America.


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"PUKES"
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A highly trained surgical Vetenarian tech in an office I know was about to lose her Visa stay. She earns about $90,000 and brings in about $2 mill for the company. Her fear? A return to Nigeria where her family had been murdered for being Christian and refusing to mutulate her sexual organs. Her unclesa re hunting her down.

My spouse works with a Phd engineer. He has been waiting 12 years for his citizenship to be processed. He and his wife (phd also) bought a home and have two kids born here. He followed the rules. He jokes when he asks me to take him in to Mexico so he can cross over.

The appeasement of social justice appearances has crashed into reality. The curtain of propaganda no longer works.

Zero compares todays illlegals to the immigrants of the 1900's, and he intentionally ignores constitutional laws. The immigrants of the 1900's came based on invitation, visa and permits and had to find their own way.

Zero ignores the fed agreements with border states that the feds would protect the borders.
Zero ignores the few things the federal government is supposed to be doing: protect our borders.
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