WHAT IF HE'S RIGHT?????
"I hope you find the time to read this with an open mind. It's interesting. Please read it with the open mind rather than immediately breaking it down into left or right, but rather look at it from the neutral viewpoint of right or wrong. It's like the line below says, "what if he is right?"
Take the three minutes to read this. Maybe he is wrong, but what if he’s right?
David Kaiser is a respected historian whose published works have covered a broad range of topics, from European Warfare to American League Baseball. Born in 1947, the son of a diplomat, Kaiser spent his childhood in three capital cities: Washington D.C. , Albany , New York , and Dakar , Senegal .. He attended Harvard University , graduating there in 1969 with a B.A. in history. He then spent several years more at Harvard, gaining a PhD in history, which he obtained in 1976. He served in the Army Reserve from 1970 to 1976.
He is a professor in the Strategy and Policy Department of the United States Naval War College . He has previously taught at Carnegie Mellon, Williams College and Harvard University . Kaiser's latest book, The Road to Dallas, about the Kennedy assassination, was just published by Harvard University Press.
Dr. David Kaiser
I am a student of history. Professionally, I have written 15 books on history that have been published in six languages, and I have studied history all my life. I have come to think there is something monumentally large afoot, and I do not believe it is simply a banking crisis, or a mortgage crisis, or a credit crisis. Yes these exist, but they are merely single facets on a very large gemstone that is only now coming into a sharper focus..
Something of historic proportions is happening. I can sense it because I know how it feels, smells, what it looks like, and how people react to it. Yes, a perfect storm may be brewing, but there is something happening within our country that has been evolving for about ten to fifteen years. The pace has dramatically quickened in the past two.
We demand and then codify into law the requirement that our banks make massive loans to people we know they can never pay back? Why?
We learned just days ago that the Federal Reserve, which has little or no real oversight by anyone, has "loaned" two trillion dollars (that is $2,000,000,000,000) over the past few months, but will not tell us to whom or why or disclose the terms. That is our money. Yours and mine. And that is three times the $700 billion we all argued about so strenuously just this past September. Who has this money? Why do they have it? Why are the terms unavailable to us? Who asked for it? Who authorized it? I thought this was a government of "we the people," who loaned our powers to our elected leaders. Apparently not.
We have spent two or more decades intentionally de-industrializing our economy... Why?
We have intentionally dumbed down our schools, ignored our history, and no longer teach our founding documents, why we are exceptional, and why we are worth preserving. Students by and large cannot write, think critically, read, or articulate. Parents are not revolting, teachers are not picketing, school boards continue to back mediocrity. Why?
We have now established the precedent of protesting every close election (violently in California over a proposition that is so controversial that it simply wants marriage to remain defined as between one man and one woman. Did you ever think such a thing possible just a decade ago?) We have corrupted our sacred political process by allowing unelected judges to write laws that radically change our way of life, and then mainstream Marxist groups like ACORN and others to turn our voting system into a banana republic. To what purpose?
Now our mortgage industry is collapsing, housing prices are in free fall, major industries are failing, our banking system is on the verge of collapse, social security is nearly bankrupt, as is Medicare and our entire government. Our education system is worse than a joke (I teach college and I know precisely what I am talking about) - the list is staggering in its length, breadth, and depth.. It is potentially 1929 x ten...And we are at war with an enemy we cannot even name for fear of offending people of the same religion, who, in turn, cannot wait to slit the throats of your children if they have the opportunity to do so.
And finally, we have elected a man that no one really knows anything about, who has never run so much as a Dairy Queen, let alone a town as big as Wasilla , Alaska .. All of his associations and alliances are with real radicals in their chosen fields of employment, and everything we learn about him, drip by drip, is unsettling if not downright scary (Surely you have heard him speak about his idea to create and fund a mandatory civilian defense force stronger than our military for use inside our borders? No? Oh, of course. The media would never play that for you over and over and then demand he answer it. Sarah Palin's pregnant daughter and $150,000 wardrobe are more important.)
Mr. Obama's winning platform can be boiled down to one word: Change. Why?
I have never been so afraid for my country and for my children as I am now.
This man campaigned on bringing people together, something he has never, ever done in his professional life. In my assessment, Obama will divide us along philosophical lines, push us apart, and then try to realign the pieces into a new and different power structure. Change is indeed coming. And when it comes, you will never see the same nation again.
And that is only the beginning..
As a serious student of history, I thought I would never come to experience what the ordinary, moral German must have felt in the mid-1930s In those times, the "savior" was a former smooth-talking rabble-rouser from the streets, about whom the average German knew next to nothing. What they should have known was that he was associated with groups that shouted, shoved, and pushed around people with whom they disagreed; he edged his way onto the political stage through great oratory. Conservative "losers" read it right now.
And there were the promises. Economic times were tough, people were losing jobs, and he was a great speaker. And he smiled and frowned and waved a lot. And people, even newspapers, were afraid to speak out for fear that his "brown shirts" would bully and beat them into submission. Which they did - regularly. And then, he was duly elected to office, while a full-throttled economic crisis bloomed at hand - the Great Depression. Slowly, but surely he seized the controls of government power, person by person, department by department, bureaucracy by bureaucracy. The children of German citizens were at first, encouraged to join a Youth Movement in his name where they were taught exactly what to think. Later, they were required to do so. No Jews of course,
How did he get people on his side? He did it by promising jobs to the jobless, money to the money-less, and rewards for the military-industrial complex. He did it by indoctrinating the children, advocating gun control, health care for all, better wages, better jobs, and promising to re-instill pride once again in the country, across Europe , and across the world. He did it with a compliant media - did you know that? And he did this all in the name of justice and .... . ... change. And the people surely got what they voted for.
If you think I am exaggerating, look it up. It's all there in the history books.
So read your history books. Many people of conscience objected in 1933 and were shouted down, called names, laughed at, and ridiculed. When Winston Churchill pointed out the obvious in the late 1930s while seated in the House of Lords in England (he was not yet Prime Minister), he was booed into his seat and called a crazy troublemaker. He was right, though. And the world came to regret that he was not listened to.
Do not forget that Germany was the most educated, the most cultured country in Europe . It was full of music, art, museums, hospitals, laboratories, and universities. And yet, in less than six years (a shorter time span than just two terms of the U. S. presidency) it was rounding up its own citizens, killing others, abrogating its laws, turning children against parents, and neighbors against neighbors.. All with the best of intentions, of course.. The road to Hell is paved with them.
As a practical thinker, one not overly prone to emotional decisions, I have a choice: I can either believe what the objective pieces of evidence tell me (even if they make me cringe with disgust); I can believe what history is shouting to me from across the chasm of seven decades; or I can hope I am wrong by closing my eyes, having another latte, and ignoring what is transpiring around me..
I choose to believe the evidence. No doubt some people will scoff at me, others laugh, or think I am foolish, naive, or both. To some degree, perhaps I am. But I have never been afraid to look people in the eye and tell them exactly what I believe-and why I believe it.
I pray I am wrong. I do not think I am. Perhaps the only hope is our vote in the next elections."
Jamestown , Rhode Island
Not much to add kiddies!
Just remember and think...AND VOTE IN NOVEMBER!
SLAP....SLAP.....May I Have Another Please?????
Idiocy reigns supreme...and it's name is U.N.......
Can this be possible...
The United Nations has elevated Iran to a Women's Right's Post!!!!
This cartoon-ish move is designed to show how completely hamstrung the USA is under the Obama regime.
Women do not matter in the world of Obama's response to the rest of the societies in the world of United Nation's decisions.
The idiot-in-charge gives us nothing but "moderation" in the face of Islamic/UN rule.
Explain this Obama.....Please!
Crist-Spector....Twin Brothers from A Different Mother?
Charlie Crist just cannot deprive himself of himself being important and in the forefront in Florida. If he is not "his" party's choice, he will be in the race as an Independent.
Arlen Spector just cannot deprive himself of the importance of letting more than "his" party decide his future.
Both men have tried the conservative GOP theme, and then failed miserably at.....wellllll....B-E-I-N-G Conservative Republicans.
In their own minds they are just too important a political commodity for their constituents to be deprived of their presence. My God! These politicians have an ego they cannot climb over...
The sad part is both could be spoilers.....particularly Charlie "I Love That Stimulous" Crist. He may divide the GOP/Conservative vote just enough to allow a DEM to crawl through.
How shameful they are.
"Someone Needs To Pay!"
One woman; 15 kids....12 of them ages 11 and down....Living out of a motel. 10 kids fathered by one man who is serving 5 years for sale of cocaine. Two other men fathered the remaining 5. None are around.
The comments from the woman are completely unbelievable...."Nobody's helping me!""I can have as many as I want to," she said. All her kids, she added, "are gifts from God.""I need money," she said. "I need transportation. My children need a place to live."The 37-year-old mother doesn't work. "This is my work," she said gesturing toward the bunch. "I do this all by myself. I don't know what I'm going to do. This is a revolving door going nowhere."
The entire story is available in the Tampa Tribune
1st of all....I wish to thank the Democrat dependency-creating, entitlement-breathing, party for insuring their continued re-election by providing this atmosphere for the mother.
Seems to me when I was growing up....and for several decades thereafter....My wife and I decided IF we could afford a child, you know, PRIOR to conceiving one! What a novel concept.
This woman is completely clueless. She cannot house, feed, nor clothe these youngsters who remain the victims. Victims created by the entitlement programs of the Democrats. Once again it is proven that creating entitlements removes all sense of self-responsibility. In this case the victims are at two levels. The kids who face a future of no prospects at all, except of course more entitlements. The second level is those of us who are taxpayers. Now, in addition to taking care of our own families we get to support the entitlement crowd as well.
I know some of these kids face a future where they will not be on entitlement. They may well end up in our prisons. We still pay. Their chances of an education even through high school are dim. College? Probably a dream they will never entertain.
I know! I'll be demonized for my lack of concern for my fellow man. I will help any man; except one who just knows I owe him/her for doing nothing except procreating.
The entire concept is just foreign to me.
So If You Get Shot At.....Cause They Took Your Guns!!!!!!
This is just UN-BE-LIVE-A-BEL!!!!!!
Take guns from the military, and they die as the folks who should not have guns have them on base....and your answer is RESTRICT GUNS FURTHER!!!!!!
Only in ObamaLand....COULD THIS HAPPEN!!!!
My God this is too true!
TEA PARTY FAKES......Identified!
As usual Michelle Malkin is on it.....
Signs, Signs, everywhere signs.....Michelle's entire piece....
Stop the intruders who are liars, cheats and obviously A-F-R-A-I-D.....V-E-R-Y A-F-R-A-I-D......
O.K. Pols - Sign This "CONTRACT from AMERICA!"
Time for this! A Contract FROM America!
...from the Tea Party folk!READ IT HERE...
I love it...but will it be signed by the candidates?
Chris Christie....The New Reagan!
WOW...this is truly a major event....though you'll only see it here on the blogs.
NJ Gov Christie asks the Teachers Unions of his state to pay "A part" of their healthcare costs as the NJ state budget sinks under massive debt. NO WAY screams the union. We don't care what the state does...it is OUR retirement.
In other words....all Americans are cinching in their belt and the Teachers say no...
Despite having one of the most lucrative retirement plans in the country.
Unions...they are so much a part of American socialism!
"We Have To Pass The Bill To See What's In It!" - Part: HA! HA!
Nancy Pelosi's quote, above, may just come back to bite her skinny kiester as well as those of all 434 of her fellow House members!
It seems the new ObamaCare bill ELIMINATES THE MARVELOUS COVERAGE CONGRESSCRITTERS HAVE....ER HAD!!!
That is just too delicious...even if the same idiots who crafted the measure will obviously move swiftly to fix the "problem."
Only in the never-never land of Pelosi/Reid, et al.
Unemployment Benefits Question Strikes Home!
Back from their exhilarating Easter home visit....most spending more time avoiding their constituents than actually communicating with them....the CongressCritters have returned to their Washington DC home and the discussion they left behind....Unemployment benefits.
This morning my eldest daughter called quite upset. Her benefits are among those expiring. Her years-long job as a dispatcher for a large heating/plumbing/AC company ended when business fell off more than a year ago.
Now the facts are there...she and her hubby face major potential problems unless she finds a job, or the benefits are extended. She actually has located a few jobs, but in each case the job would produce less take-home money than the cost of her child care for the grandchildren aged 4 and 2.
Meanwhile the CongressCritters have again agreed to disagree. DEMs say they want a new extension of the benefits...digging a deeper debt hole as no funds are available. GOPs instead say, utilize some of the billions of "Stimulous" money already approved.
Grid Lock. What will be the solution?...Will it result in help for my daughter?
Sometimes the idiocy of the DC Dance strikes directly at your family instead of from some theoretical point of view.
It is not a good feeling, and leaves me wishing the November vote was tomorrow so I could help remove as many of the 435 in DC as possible. That will be of little help to my daughter and her young family.
Can You Hear Me Now?
Bart Stupak is not going to run again. Color me surprised!....NOT!
Let's look at the line of reasoning I believe he probably followed....excluding the mandatory "they threatened me" argument which will be the 1st-line-of-defense issued by Democrats. Remember those same Democrats refuse to acknowledge that Republicans also have had lots of threats, not to mention at elast two GOP offices damaged by brick-hurling thugs.
O.K., Stupak saw a) his district went for Bush both times. b) the uproar from within his own district has been loud and long. c) Tea Party Express is after him, and feet are already on-the-ground with only one goal....unseat Stupak. d) his probable recognition that Obama snookered him with the Executive Order...having all the power of....er, well, not really anything.
In addition....there are the considerations in favor of retirement: a) he does not have to face his public. b) he retains his salary FOR LIFE! c) he gets to keep the extraordinarily-superb medical coverage that ALL Senators and CongressCritters have, for life! Not the really special ObamaCare the rest of the public will live with.....or die on behalf of.
Decision? DUH! This one, I believe, was in the bag from the day Bart slid the ObamaCare package safely into Obama's desk with his actions.
The comforting thing? This will NOT be the last such maneuver out of the spotlight by a Democrat this election cycle.....some by choice....some at the hands of the voters.
YOU SHOULD KNOW!
1/2 of ALL households in USA pay NO INCOME TAXES!!!
But we need to "S-O-A-K" The Rich?????
If you pay NOTHING....why should you or any of your compatriots have ANY say about taxes???? Just askin!
I see this as completely unfair......I pay taxes...I earn my money....I am one of the persons to be "SOAKED"
WHY should I be responsible for YOU! I did nothing wrong....In fact I worked my BUTT OFF to get where I am. If you have no money, maybe you did not. So it becomes MY job to offer you MY money cause you did not work, or you made BAD choices????? Bull Shit!You live according to what you do/did...so do I. Don't bitch-slap my income because YOU failed at what you did!!!!
Of Course The People Don't Want It....But What Do They Know???
Ah the Dimocrats.....what a completely refreshing course in "elitist" politics.....you know the type....Of course you don't want it, but WE know best.
The pinnacle of that attitude is BHO......
He has never met a citizen he could not out-guess, or fail to offer programs which the dupe pays for to help BHO achieve his goals of SOCIALISM!V-A-T
.....Your Next nightmare!
V-A-T = NATIONAL SALES TAX......
So simple...so audacious. Let the bumpkins ALL pay for the mess we have created. They won't mind an added 1-3% on sales.....Will They?
You had better pay attention folks.....The Dimocrats will tax you into Socialism.
The Ogedy, Boogedy, Annual Hurricane Predicition Is Issued!
For Y-E-A-R-S now the National Weather Service has predicted hurricanes...They predict them each and every Spring to exceed previous levels.....and each year they fail, and later give half-hearted reasons why the Hurricanes did not materialize.THEY'RE AT IT AGAIN!!!!
& Once again, but for the will of the gods, we will see less than predicted.
GW is H-I-S-T-O-R-Y!!!! But the Weather Service didn't get the memo!
Lets see what happens....
Quotes From Long Ago; Appropo Today!
"When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.
The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.
No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.
The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
In 1802 Thomas Jefferson said:
'If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.' -Mark Twain "
'I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered..'
Just read and know how very, very smart Jefferson was!
Don't-cha Hate When Voters Get In The Way Of Progressives???
Hello Harry Reid, Good Bye To You!
The stage is set, the players are in place....
Reid must go!
Hey, Go Ahead...We Won't Nuke You......I Promise!
Obamanations give world O K to kill USA....We Won't Answer with Nukes....cause we are such nice guys!
This village idiot of a President is certifiably committed to making the USA completely disarmed. It is, after all, the European approach!
Can we get a 2008 recount?....no?...then a 2012 count is OK!
4 in 10 Tea Partiers Are Either Democrats or Independents!
As reported at Jammie Wearing Fools Blog...
There SHOULD be major Democrats sitting behind closed doors SHAKING & QUAKING!
November is going to be a catastrophe for the DEMs...They know it, but cannot admit it any more than they could admit that passing a one-party, coercion-induced, back door dealing ObamaCare plan was wrong.
THEY have/had an iron-clad majority...it was bullet proof.
They have failed at almost every turn, and in the process they have alienated almost 2/3rds of the voting public. All this in an election year where the incumbent lead party is expected to lose some.
It ain't gonna be pretty, as my dear old aunt Pearl used to say.
Who'd A Thunk It?????
Just too hard to believe.....(Lack-o-)Stimulous bill returned twice as much to DEM Districts as GOP Districts???
Golly Wow...can one believe it?