"Liberals, [the author] notes, whether professors or public-sector workers, need 'victims' at home and abroad the way an 'addict needs drugs.' But this alliance leaves out crucial cogs in the coalition, such as the youthful 'dumbest generation,' whose primary political aim is to think well of themselves. Public-sector unions and their expert allies appeal to the semi-educated, New Yorker-reading upper middle class, who want to delegate all social responsibility to the state so that they can devote themselves to a life of advanced pleasures."
We would not let our political opponents have guns.
Why should we let them
. . . Joseph Stalin (articulating the "Youmaynot Philosophy!") Australia this time!
Most of this day, I've listened to hand-wringing commentators on many networks, including Fox News, agonizing about how to prevent lethal attacks on citizens in Western countries by Islamic terrorists.
"Lone Wolf" is the "term du jour," but the next attack may be more organized, along the Mumbai Massacre model, and we'll be back to talking about that convention.
No corespondent was able to offer any concrete solution, save outright banning of Islamics from our shores!
We have observed over the past few decades that neither Jewish Zionists, nor Christian Crusaders, nor Norwegian folk-dancers for that matter, have presented a terrorist problem. The problem is always Islamics. Islamics are terrorists, and have been for the past 1,500 years!
We can, immersed in PC, dance around that fact, ad-nauseam, but it is something we all plainly see.
The only legitimate answer to these unprovoked and mostly unpredictable terrorist attacks ("lone-wolf" or otherwise) on innocent citizens in Western countries, is privately-armed, private citizens! Of course, that is the only solution, the mere mention of which, is absolutely banned from the lips of all media commentators and "officials" alike. It is prohibited from even being acknowledged, much less publically discussed, in any fair and enlightened forum!
The open discussion of armed teachers in public schools was also "subject non-grata," for years. Some of my courageous colleagues, Mas Ayoob for one, were viciously censured for even suggesting that the subject be talked about in anything but whispers! The concept is only now seeing the light of day! Curiously, it has worked splendidly everywhere it has been tried, but the very idea of such a high degree of personal freedom predictably upsets control-freaks ("Youmaynots"), both elected and appointed.
Two days ago, the Lindt Cafe in Sidney was filled with unarmed IguessIcan'ts, all of whom were obediently following the dictates of Youmaynots in Parliament (who themselves duplicitously enjoy continuous personal protection provided by heavily-armed bodyguards), and thus submissively left the important matter of self-protection against Jihadi madmen exclusively to "the police." They were unwittingly betting their lives on that personal decision.
Several lost that bet!
Sadly, no Icans were present. A single audacious, armed citizen could have stopped this violent attack in its tracks, and, in so doing, discouraged others
Disarmed and helpless IguessIcant's, who religiously obeyed wide-reaching gun bans enacted by Youmaynots, were, once again, pitilessly murdered and maimed during this incident. As a result, future massacres are, even now, being entertained.
Politicians have expressed "deep personal concern." They always do. I'm sure that represents a prodigious source of comfort to families of the murdered!
Every "collectivist reform," without fail, peremptorily supplants its purported goal of everlasting utopia with a sinister, but familiar, feudal system of "masters-and-slaves," wherein owners remain few, and the masses are forced to accept "security" at the expense of perpetual servitude. And, of course, Youmaynots are ever fearful of armed slaves!
Curiously, modern firearms, which Youmaynots piously purport to hate, are actually protecting them every moment! Those particular guns are apparently okay. It's only privately-owned guns, that protect you, that they don't like. Although you may not view yourself as a slave, they do!
One might even accuse those particular Youmaynots of being Exceptformes! The Roman Republic fell, not because of the ambition of Caesar, but because it had already long ceased to be a republic at all. When the sturdy Roman Plebeian, who lived by his own labor, who voted without reward according to his own convictions, and who formed in war the terrible Roman Legion had been changed into an idle creature who craved nothing in life save the gratification of a thirst for vapid excitement, who was fed by the state, and who sold his vote to the highest bidder, then the end of the Republic was at hand, and nothing could save it. . . . Theodore Roosevelt
NOTE: The foregoing post was written and published in a private newsletter on December 15, 2014, by John S. Farnam. Mr. Farnam and his wife, Vicki, own and operate Defense Training International. They both are among the nation's preeminent firearms instructors and personal safety and security experts.
To put it bluntly (as well as with crass honesty) the guy Americans have got in the oval office is a lying sack of shit.
The same could be said of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid but they can justifiably claim diminished capacity.
And the senator who ruled out impeaching the prez by saying “I’ve met Joe Biden” hit the nail on the head. The VP is just a nut case.
As for Eric Holder, he plainly and simply is a felon who to date repeatedly has escaped being indicted through political pull . . . and he has transformed the Department of Justice into a criminal enterprise.
Other than the foregoing, everything in the good old USA is going just swimmingly.
The perpetually aggrieved currently have their knickers in a collective bunch again. This time over the decision of a Missouri grand jury to follow the law instead of sacrificing a police officer to mob rule . . . and they of course are exhibiting their displeasure by rioting and looting. The officer whose head they (and our faux president and his felonious attorney general) have been demanding put down a guy that the media persists in describing as "an unarmed black teenager." Nowhere do they mention the young thug's criminal history and proclivities, that he clearly was attacking the officer, or that the punk was a huge, hulking, and aggressive menace. We once were wise enough to deal with and end riots quickly with effective force. Now, according to our faux president and his official enforcer, we are supposed to exercise restraint. Never mind that going easy on mobs prolongs riots and encourages and results in more of them — more deaths, more injuries, and more property losses (especially at this time of year when the rioters go out carry their holiday looting lists). I, for one, would go back to the old practice and shoot rioters down in the streets like the mad dogs they are. Alternatively, we could just encircle and confine them in and to their own turf, letting them kill and maim each other and burn and destroy everything in sight in their limited home areas. And I wouldn’t lift a finger or expend a cent on any restorative efforts.
The chancellor of the University of California in Berkeley (purportedly one of America's preeminent institutions of higher learning) recently proclaimed support of free speech . . . provided, he added, that it didn't offend or disturb anyone. Lest you think the politically correct statist proviso, which underlies and is used as to justify speech codes and other forms of censorship, is over-the-top, take a look hereat what is getting consideration at the Federal Communications Commission.
With productive citizens and businesses leaving America in record numbers, the authoritarian currently running the U.S. -- those whose actions have motivated the departures -- now are looking frantically for ways block the exits. They are pursuing the enactment of legal barriers to make it financially impractical for business enterprises to relocate their headquarters and domiciles outside the country. Many such barriers already are in place for individuals. Blocking the exits to confine inhabitants apparently is easier and preferable to restoring the environment and culture in which emigrants and potential emigrants used to, and again could live and thrive happily and comfortably. The exit blocking impulse appears to come naturally to statists like those who not long ago erected and maintained the Berlin Wall.
Underlying the impulse is a mindset . . . the mindset of slavers and slaveholders . . . in which inhabitants are not free citizens entitled to live where and how they wish but resources (a.k.a. slaves) to be exploited.
The U.S. Department of JustUs, under and at the direction of the hustling race-card playing A.G. Eric Holder, is embarking on an investigation of the racial policies and practices of the Ferguson, Missouri, police department. Fair enough . . . although it appears that the results of the 'investigation" have been predetermined by the dishonorable Mr. Holder. But if for no other reason than to present a comprehensive appearance of even-handed fairness, we also ought to have a simultaneous investigation of the racial polices and practices of Mr. Holder's department . . . and have it done by a competent and truly independent counsel.
The following is from John S. Farnam, a veteran combat officer who is one of America's foremost defensive shooting and personal security instructors, s longtime law enforcement officer, and frequently an expert court witness on use of force issues:
War, from now on!
"Don't worry, be happy..." . . . From the song of the same title, recorded by Bobby McFerrin in 1988 Enough contemporary fantasy! Now let's listen to James Madison:
"'Universal peace.' It is to be feared! It is in the catalogue of events which will never exist, except in the imaginations of visionary philosophers, or the breasts of benevolent enthusiasts."
Today, we call naive visionary philosophers and benevolent enthusiasts "liberals"
I wonder how much support he would have garnered, if FDR had referred to Imperial Japan of 1941 as "radical Japanese extremists," and, in the wake of their sneak-attack on Pearl Harbor, weakly, hesitatingly indicated that his only real goal was to trim back Imperial Japan to a "manageable problem!"
Even sleazy leftist, David Cameron in the UK, has the courage to call for the absolute destruction of ISIS. No "management" for him!
Three-hundred more American "advisors" are now being feebly re-sent to Iraq, after being prematurely withdrawn. All this, despite repeated dishonest promises of "no boots on the ground." I'm sure they're all wearing wingtips!
Over here, BHO, surrounded by a gaggle of aging frat-boys, none of whom have ever had a real job, and who have no concept of military operations, appears confused, disinterested, and wants only for the American public to ignore the disintegrating foreign situation, so they can concentrate on his liberal domestic agenda, which, of course, has failed at every turn. But, for overconfident liberals, unwavering loyalty to leftist dogma is always more important than actual outcomes.
Nonetheless, we're continuously assured that soon we'll all be living in a liberal paradise, where no one ever does any work and only Democrats get elected. Unfortunately, few of us will be living at all, and the New Dark Age will be anything but a "paradise."
Still, such drivel is music to the naive ears of the forty percent of our "work force" that does no work, that is permanently, willfully unemployed, indeed unemployable, and has been for generations. Eking out a living on an endless buffet of government handouts designed to keep them perpetually unproductive, their sole function in life is to vote for Democrats.
That is the liberal "legacy" we've inherited.
"Nothing is so permanent as a 'temporary' government program." . . . Milton Friedman Meanwhile, the rest of the civilized world is disintegrating at a frightening pace. Pitiable islands of Western Civilization are being snuffed-out one by one. We, and what is left of the rest of Western Civilization, will shortly be presented with the unsavory "choice" of living under Putin's Communists, or ISIS' Islamic "purity." Curiously, neither entity (nor BHO himself) likes our Second Amendment, not yet completely destroyed by liberals (through no fault of their own). I'm sure that comes as a big surprise!
In this world, civilizations come and go. Ours is teetering!
"You may leave here for four days in space. But, when you return, it's the same old place!" . . . From "Eve of Destruction," protest song, written in 1965 by PF Sloan. (Most famous rendition was Barry McGuire's, from the same year.)
preacher wanted to raise money for his church and on being told that there was
a fortune in horse racing, decided to purchase a horse and enter it in the
races. However, at the local auction, the going price for horses was so high
that he ended up buying a donkey instead. He figured that since he had it, he
might as well go ahead and enter it in the races. To his surprise, the donkey
came in third!
day the local paper carried this headline: PREACHER’S ASS SHOWS.
preacher was so pleased with the donkey that he entered it in the race again,
and this time it won. The paper read: PREACHER’S ASS OUT IN FRONT.
Bishop was so upset with this kind of publicity that he ordered the preacher
not to enter the donkey in another race. The paper headline read: BISHOP
SCRATCHES PREACHER’S ASS.
too much for the Bishop, so he ordered the preacher to get rid of the donkey.
The preacher decided to give it to a nun in a nearby convent. The paper
headline the next day read: NUN HAS BEST ASS IN TOWN.
Bishop fainted in shock. When he came to he informed the nun that she would
have to get rid of the donkey, so she sold it to a farmer for $10.00.
day the headline read: NUN SELLS ASS FOR $10.00.
too much for the Bishop, so he ordered the nun to buy back the donkey, lead it
to the plains, and let it go.
the headline in the paper read: NUN ANNOUNCES HER ASS IS WILD AND FREE.
George W. Bush's speech after the capture of Saddam Hussein:
"The success of yesterday's
mission is a tribute to our men and women now serving in Iraq. The operation
was based on the superb work of intelligence analysts who found the dictator's
footprints in a vast country. The operation was carried out with skill and precision
by a brave fighting force. Our servicemen and women and our coalition allies
have faced many dangers in the hunt for members of the fallen regime, and in
their effort to bring hope and freedom to the Iraqi people. Their work
continues, and so do the risks. Today, on behalf of the nation, I thank the
members of our Armed Forces and I congratulate them!"
Hussein Obama's speech after the killing of Osama bin Laden:
"And so shortly after taking
office, I directed Leon
Panetta, the Director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden
the top priority of our war against al Qaeda, even as we continued our broader
efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat his network. Then, last
August, I was briefed on a possible
lead to bin Laden. It was far from certain, and it took many months to run this
thread to ground. I met repeatedly
with my national security team
as we developed more information about the possibility that we had located bin Laden hiding within a
compound deep inside of Pakistan. And finally, last week, I determined that we had enough intelligence to
take action, and I authorized an
operation to get Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice. Today, at my direction, the United States launched
a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan."
It’s past time for Republicans to take action against President Obama’s
31 July 2014
What’s wrong with Republicans? Here is a
Democratic president who has declared, and demonstrated, that he will not be bound
by the Constitution but will do whatever he can do—both within and beyond his
constitutional powers—to cram his agenda down the nation’s throat. But since
Republicans control one house of Congress, and that one chamber controls the
purse, why is the GOP as paralyzed as a deer in the headlights to arrest such a
power grab? And why has the Speaker of the House made himself so negligible a
figure on the national stage, most recently by addressing the Obama-created
border crisis with an immigration bill as feeble and irrelevant as it is
unpopular, when he and his majority have such power at their command to counter
a president who has passed beyond the bounds the Founders set for the national
No doubt, the president is impeachable. Of course
he hasn’t committed high crimes, in the sense of beheading citizens after
star-chamber trials—though if it be true that he knew of and approved the IRS’s
mistreatment of conservative nonprofit groups, that would certainly be a high
crime, no less than President Nixon’s Watergate cover-up was such a crime, as
the tapes he lacked the sang-froid to destroy showed. But the Constitution
specifically envisioned impeachment for such unconstitutional misdemeanors as a
president’s not carrying out his oath to preserve, protect, and defend the
Constitution and to take care that the laws be faithfully executed—the
president’s main constitutional duty. So government by edict, like that
exercised by Charles I or Lenin—as when President Obama simply decrees rolling
changes in his half-digested health-care law, or when he opens the border to
“children” in contravention of our immigration laws—is prima facie impeachable
But politics, it’s worth emphasizing these days,
is the art of the possible; and impeachment is politically unrealistic. Even if
Republicans win a famous victory in the upcoming senatorial elections, they
will come nowhere near having the two-thirds Senate vote needed to convict. So
impeachment would be mere political theater, which the Democrats seem to think
would greatly help their fundraising and
voter-turnout prospects—it would show “progressivism” under attack, by
extremists and racists, as Attorney General Eric Holder likes to charge with
equal measures of obtuseness and malice. And Democrats are right in this
electoral calculation, because Republicans have no Sam Ervin—no one as eloquent and learned in
the law and in history to make the case, as Democrat Ervin came breathtakingly
close to doing in the Watergate hearings, that the president had crossed the
line into tyranny.
For now, Republicans should use the power of the purse
as effectively as they can, and should try their damnedest to explain why
they’re doing what they’re doing. They have made a good start by cutting the
IRS’s enforcement budget by 25 percent. They should go further: cut the
agency’s total budget by 50 percent, until the IRS produces the evidence
that the House has subpoenaed, and and which the IRS at first claimed had
accidentally been destroyed. Let IRS staff be fired or salaries slashed, until
someone feels the pain enough to admit what happened.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has crammed
through Senate confirmation a Joe McCarthyesque new administrator for the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission? Then defund FERC entirely—and take to the talk shows to
lay out the reasons why shaking down citizens for offenses neither they nor
anyone else knew existed is unacceptable. President Obama has made illegal
appointments to the National Labor Relations Board, which renders null and void
all regulations and rulings that the board has made since then? Defund the
NLRB, 100 percent. The president has unilaterally repealed our immigration
laws? Let the House reaffirm them, and pass a resolution censuring the
president for his lawlessness. And let Republican congressmen explain again and
again that the Constitution didn’t create a king, and that the ancestors of
today’s Democrats, with Thomas Jefferson at their head, were vigilant—indeed,
verging on paranoid—in guarding against such a possibility. Nor did the
Constitution give America a queen: so Mrs. Obama’s endless vacations, triumphal
progresses of a lavishness that Marie Antoinette would have envied, should be
condemned as outside the American tradition, even were it not a time when a
whole generation is suffering the economic consequences of the administration’s
An opposition party can only do so much when it
controls but one house of Congress, but the Founders’ system of checks and balances
not only licenses but positively enjoins it to do whatever it can to rein in
lawlessness in the other branches. Let the House do its duty, not by rushing to
the Supreme Court as if it were the school principal, but by defunding whatever
unconstitutional measures it can. An important part of that duty is to explain,
with as much wisdom and eloquence as it can muster on every Sunday talk show,
why the Constitution demands such actions—and what kind of republic the
Constitution’s Framers envisioned.
Myron Magnet, City Journal’s editor-at-large and a recipient of the
National Humanities Medal, is the author of The Founders at Home, recently published by