“Democratic” Socialism is just…Socialism

Nancy Pelosi becomes the next Speaker of the House, Washington, USA - 03 Jan 2019

Not every country that falls for socialism turns into a poverty-stricken, economic wasteland, run by a murderous dictator, such as Josef Stalin, Mao Tse-Tung , or Fidel Castro.  But most of them do.  

Like Venezuela, still struggling to rid itself of the “democratically elected” Nicolas Maduro.  Maduro has, so far, fought off a popular uprising to overthrow him and replace him with the more moderate Juan Guaido.   Venezuelans are starving under Maduro, and their nation, which just 10 years ago, was the 4th most prosperous in the world, is now poverty-stricken and desperate.

Yet, today, approximately 50% of millennials reportedly say that they would rather live under socialism than capitalism.  And, if young members of Congress, like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) have their way,  the US will soon be a socialist utopia, albeit one in which no one eats meat, drives gas-powered cars, flies on airplanes or even has to work for a living. 

Over the weekend, AOC, high priestess of the  policy proposal known as the Green New Deal,  spoke at the popular  left-wing music festival South By Southwest, better known as SXSW, and gave her expert assessment of the state of capitalism:

“One perfect example, I think a perfect example of how special interests and the powerful have pitted white working-class Americans against brown and black working-class Americans in order to just screw over all working-class Americans, is Reaganism in the ’80s when he started talking about welfare queens,”…”So you think about this image of welfare queens and what he was really trying to talk about was … this like really resentful vision of essentially black women who were doing nothing that were ‘sucks’ on our country.”

“And it’s this whole tragedy of the common type of thinking where it’s like because these one, this one specific group of people, that you are already kind of subconsciously primed to resent, you give them a different reason that’s not explicit racism but still rooted in a racist caricature.  It gives people a logical reason, a ‘logical’ reason to say “oh yeah, no, toss out the whole social safety net.”

https://www.dailywire.com/news/44467/ocasio-cortez-state-america-garbage-reagan-pitted-ryan-saavedra

Wait, what???   Ronald Reagan, under whose presidency America saw 10 years of inflation and stagnation turned into prosperity on a scale not seen for more than a decade?  He was a racist, and his policies pitted white and black workers against each other?!

I must have forgotten that part.

AOC, and her congressional “girl squad,” made up of freshmen representatives such as the virulent anti-Semites, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, are bound and determined to run old white people like Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer out of the Democratic leadership.  In fact, there are many who say that Pelosi and Hoyer have already been co-opted by the socialists, so eager are they to defeat Donald Trump at any cost…even if that cost is the end of the American republic, as we know it.

Pelosi’s tactic of maintaining power by appeasing her far left celebrity freshmen, seems to have put her in the position of having a tiger by the tail.  And, the tiger appears to be leading her towards destruction…

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The EU attempts to become ‘Big Brother’

 

Drudge Report today links to an article in Electronic Fear Foundation (EFF), on the protests in Germany, over the EU’s proposed Copyright Directive, which is a proposed update to the current EU copyright laws, laws that have not been updated for over 15 years.

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2019/02/final-version-eus-copyright-directive-worst-one-yet

While the current laws do not provide adequate protection for artists, musicians, and scientific researchers, the new directive fails address this issue, while proposing that: 

any online community, platform or service that has existed for three or more years, or is making €10,000,001/year or more, is responsible for ensuring that no user ever posts anything that infringes copyright, even momentarily. 

In order to insure that a company is in compliance with the directive, it would need to install automated copyright filters.  The cost of developing (or acquiring) and installing these filters would be far too expensive for the average small business website, leaving the only other option to stay under €10,000,000, or to shut down after 3 years, which is ridiculous.  In addition, the definition of what constitutes copyright infringement is far more restrictive than what is commonly understood to be fair use ~ in some cases, anything more than a few words.

The Big Tech platforms, such as Google, Facebook, and others would be easily able to install these filters, which, under the new guidelines, would allow news sites to charge any site linking to their articles, even if the site used only a single quote.  This would, in essence, be a link tax.  The large platforms would also be responsible for making sure that no copyrighted material, such as YouTube videos or news articles, could be shared online,  ending the common practice of posting such material on Facebook and Instagram, among others.  

Since EU laws will require a referendum on the Copyright Directive, Europe has seen thousands of people protesting against the proposed new restrictions.  There is also an online petition that has been signed by millions…  https://www.change.org/p/european-parliament-stop-the-censorship-machinery-save-the-internet

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“Professional War Peddlers”

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Tucker Carlson has a terrific op-ed in The American Conservative, in which he eviscerates pro-war Never-Trumper pundits, Max Boot and Bill Kristol.  https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/why-are-these-professional-war-peddlers-still-around-tucker-carlson-max-boot-bill-kristol/

Carlson points out that both Kristol and Boot, along with some others, became obsessed with Trump hatred after the 2016 GOP primary debate in South Carolina, during which Donald Trump declared:

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“We should never have been in Iraq. We have destabilized the Middle East.” 

It was a shocking moment, and many believed that Trump had destroyed his chance to become the Republican nominee.   Many pundits, that is.   Voters, on the other hand, may have been shocked, but they were primarily shocked to hear a GOP candidate actually stating what they believed to be reality.   Or, as Carlson puts it, “They themselves had come to understand that the Iraq war was a mistake. They appreciated hearing something verboten but true.”

Both Boot and Kristol became members of the fanatical anti-Trump “resistance”  that night, and have remained so ever since.  Both have adopted anti-Trump policy positions, in addition to their pro-war stance, such as the idea of accepting illegal immigrants into the armed forces:

In other words, the tragedy of foreign wars isn’t that Americans die, but that too few Americans are willing to die. To solve this problem, Boot recommended recruiting foreign mercenaries. “The military would do well today to open its ranks not only to legal immigrants but also to illegal ones,” he wrote in the Los Angeles Times. When foreigners get killed fighting for America, he noted, there’s less political backlash at home.”

Kristol has become so unhinged by his Trump hate, that he has advocated voting for progressive, socialist Democrats, simply to rid the country of the man who pointed out that Kristol and his friends were dead wrong about the idea of endless war in the Middle East.

More importantly, they have latched on to the idea that Trump’s anti-war positions (which are not particularly extreme), must be due to what they profess to be his “collusion” with Vladimir Putin and Russia:

“As Trump found himself accused of improper ties to Vladimir Putin, Boot agitated for more aggressive confrontation with Russia. Boot demanded larger weapons shipments to Ukraine. He called for effectively expelling Russia from the global financial system, a move that might be construed as an act of war against a nuclear-armed power. “

Max Boot and Bill Kristol believe that America should continue sacrificing blood and treasure in the Middle East.  Donald Trump does not share their belief, and they hate him for it….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Not Easy Being Green

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has revealed the details of her “Green New Deal,” and it’s ….well, I guess you could say it’s about what one would expect from her.  Actually, no.  It’s worse.  More ignorant, more expensive, more dangerous, more backward than anything that any rational thinker could imagine.

First of all, although the cost has been conservatively estimated at 7 TRILLION DOLLARS over 10 years, it is easily likely that the cost could be much higher, probably closer to double that figure.  And, how does AOC  think it will be paid for?  Well, frankly, my dears, she doesn’t give a damn.  But if you must know, she thinks we should just print more money.  If we all end up pushing wheelbarrows full of worthless cash to the grocery store to pay for bread and milk, or even resort to killing and eating our family pets, as the Venezuelans have been doing, it’s all for the good, because, hey, climate change is going to destroy the earth in 12 years, according to the Marxists, and better starve to death, than have the polar ice caps melt all over us!  Right?

So, what are some of the highlights of this green utopia?  Well, for starters:

  • Universal single-payer health care
  • Universal jobs guarantee, and guaranteed income for those “unable or unwilling” to work
  • Special protections for indigenous people, people of color, the poor and other intersectional victims,  considered “frontline and vulnerable communities.”
  • Gigantic infrastructure investment, which will rebuild virtually every building in the nation, including manufacturing plants.
  • Cutting carbon emissions, with the goal of eliminating all gas-powered vehicles,  including airplanes (there is an acknowledgement that it might take a bit longer than 10 years to eliminate air travel).   High speed rail will be the preferred method of travel for all.

Now, you rational thinkers out there may be asking yourselves, “is this woman out of her freaking mind??!!”  And the answer is no, she knows exactly what she is doing, which is laying the groundwork for the wholesale destruction of America, as we know it.  And, she has millions of ignorant progressives, many of them her fellow millennials, vowing to work tirelessly to elect other Marxists who support her plan.  Not to mention some of the leading contenders for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, lining up to voice support for the starlet of the party.  So far,  Joaquin Castro, Kamala Harris,  Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Beto O’Rourke, and Eric Swalwell have all announced that they are supporting the Green New Deal.  There will doubtless be many more, as leftist Democrats rush to kiss the ring of the new princess of the party.   Right now, the chance of the Green New Deal being passed into law is precisely zero, but the long-term goal is to elect candidates who support a government takeover of the economy, in the name of climate change…  

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Venezuela: An object lesson in socialism. Ocasio-Cortez: “Hey! Why don’t we try socialism?”

Venezuelans (at least those who have not already fled the country for Columbia, Brazil, and other South and Central American nations) have been attempting to overthrow the socialist dictatorship of Nicholas Maduro, chosen successor to the late Hugo Chavez, who, along with Maduro, transformed Venezuela, in less than 20 years, from one of the world’s richest and most prosperous nations, into a country filled with poverty, starvation and disease.

Venezuela,  a nation with the largest oil reserves on earth, is currently importing oil.  It is the country with the highest inflation rate on earth, estimated at over 300%,  largely due to the government’s printing of worthless currency.  Rather than take wheelbarrows of worthless currency to stores with bare shelves, Venezuelans have taken to looting and other forms of crime.

In response to widespread starvation, lack of medicines and rampant crime, Maduro has dropped most of his predecessor’s pretenses of being a democratic leader, and has imposed stringent authoritarian control over the military and the media,  revoking the licenses of newspapers, radio stations, and television networks that do not support his regime.  Political opponents have been marginalized, imprisoned  and worse.   Venezuela has gone from being South America’s richest and most democratic nation, to a country which has seen the average citizen lose more than 20 pounds, due to starvation, over the past year. Many estimate that over 90% of the population now lives in abject poverty, and over a million Venezuelans have fled to nearby nations, such as Columbia, creating a refugee crisis in countries that are ill-equipped to handle it.

How did this collapse occur?  The answer is quite simple.  Hugo Chavez, Maduro’s charismatic predecessor, decided to provide “free” education and healthcare for all, by taking complete control over the already nationalized oil industry  and confiscating its profits. In response to a strike by oil workers, angry about the takeover, Chavez fired them all and replaced them with less skilled loyalists.   Initially, this resulted in greatly improved conditions for poor Venezuelans; however, mismanagement, corruption, and lack of “other peoples’ money” soon led to the collapse of the national currency,  and widespread shortages of food and medicines.  Chavez killed the Venezuelan oil industry, which made up 90% of the country’s wealth, and with its collapse, came the subsequent end of the “free” stuff that his regime provided.

After the death of Chavez, in 2013, Maduro was left to try and revive the deteriorating economy.  Failing this, Maduro did what every socialist dictator has always done; continue to nationalize industries and drive out private investment, as well as to institute repressive militaristic measures, in order to increase his authoritarian control.  Cuba and Russia have been Maduro’s invaluable allies in instituting dictatorial measures to counter any popular uprisings from his suffering people.

The story of today’s Venezuela is the story of socialism.  The very type of socialism that the new star of the Democrat party, socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,  wants to bring to the US. Socialism never ends poverty, despite always promising to do so.  But, supporters of  Ocasio-Cortez (or AOC, as she now prefers to be called), think otherwise.

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Now that opposition leader, Juan Guaido,  has risen up to challenge Maduro,  President Trump has recognized Guaido as Venezuela’s rightful leader.  AOC has come out against Guaido, who, she says, is not the democratically elected leader of Venezuela.  Of course, Maduro is not the democratically elected leader of Venezuela either, although he falsely claims to be.

Americans would do well to reject AOC’s support of Maduro, particularly in light of the fact that  Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Paraguay, Peru ,and Honduras, not to mention Canada, have all backed Trump’s position.  Cuba and Bolivia ~ and, of course, Russia ~ back the Maduro regime.   Mexico has so far remained silent.

AOC has staked her lot with socialism, and much of the Democrat party seems poised to follow her lead, although most are keeping strategically quiet, for now.

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Democrat’s #1 Legislative Priority

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Not border security.  Not education.  Not healthcare.  Nope, the #1 bill in the newly Democrat controlled House of Representatives is one that would establish  placing elections under centralized federal control:  https://pjmedia.com/jchristianadams/h-r-1-democrats-act-to-strip-state-powers-over-elections/

Some of the provisions of HR1, misleadingly named “For The People Act,” include:

  1. Automatic, mandatory voter registration, using government welfare rolls.
  2. Same day voter registration.
  3. Expanded, mandatory early voting.
  4. Mandatory voting rights for felons.
  5. Elimination of states’ power to cross-check and purge voter rolls of deceased voters and voters with multiple registrations.
  6. Mandated, “independent” redistricting commissions
  7. Federal control over “false information” distributed by political campaigns
  8. Federal DOJ approval of state election laws, known as “pre-clearance” power.

This last power, that of “pre-clearance,” would consolidate centralized federal control over all elections, not just federal contests.  Sixteen states instituted this power in the 1960’s, but it was struck down by the Supreme Court:

“Here’s how it worked: Whenever a state wanted to make an election law change, no matter how small, it needed approval from Washington, D.C. bureaucrats at the Department of Justice. Move a polling place, change the hours the election office is open, hire a new translator, change a precinct line, or move voting from the school gym to the school library? DOJ had to approve.”

Liberal and left-wing activists are characterizing HR1 as a great civil rights and anti-corruption act: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/01/nancy-pelosi-election-reform-bill-save-democracy.html

In reality, it is a huge power grab by those who pretend to be looking out for us…

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Who produced this?

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Seriously, there had to be consultants, lighting techs, makeup artists, and producers on this shoot, and they had a couple of days to rehearse and get it right!     

I mean, I get that Nancy Pelosi’s botox hadn’t had time to settle, so she had that frozen, I-can’t-blink-or-move-my-mouth look.  And Chuck Schumer is a not very attractive older man.  But, Donald Trump is no Brad Pitt either, and his producers made him look decent.

I think that it would have been better had only one of them given the rebuttal.  At least then, they wouldn’t have had to stand so close together, which looked stiff and awkward. I suppose that  they wanted to present a united front.

But, honestly, I had trouble paying attention to what they said, because I was distracted by the horrible optics…

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