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Erick Erickson of “RedState.com” had a great series of insightful commentary on the long term impact of this irresponsible decision.  Here is the one that concerned me the most.

‘Gay Marriage’ and Religious Freedom Are Not Compatible

The kids these days on the right are full of a great libertarian notion that “hey, let’s just get the government out of marriage.”
“Rock on,” say other libertarians.
They then all smugly self-congratulate themselves, pat themselves on the back, and move on to other issues.
What they ignore is that the left will never take marriage out of the hands of the government. The left cannot. But it goes beyond that. The left cannot take marriage out of government because for so long it has been government through which marriages were legitimized to the public and the left must also use government to silence those, particularly the religious, who refuse to play along.
Let’s ignore, for the sake of this post, that the Democracy of the Dead has settled for us that in society marriage should be between a man and woman as the best way to propagate the species.
The left has done an admirable job in secular society making the case that gay marriage merely allows a class of people to be happy and have what everyone else has.
The front on which the gay rights movement has failed is the religious and, in particular in the United States, the Christian front.
From Matthew 19:4-6:
“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

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December 19, 2012
By Ann Coulter

In the wake of a monstrous crime like a madman’s mass murder of defenseless women and children at the Newtown, Conn., elementary school, the nation’s attention is riveted on what could have been done to prevent such a massacre.

Luckily, some years ago, two famed economists, William Landes at the University of Chicago and John Lott at Yale, conducted a massive study of multiple victim public shootings in the United States between 1977 and 1995 to see how various legal changes affected their frequency and death toll.

Landes and Lott examined many of the very policies being proposed right now in response to the Connecticut massacre: waiting periods and background checks for guns, the death penalty and increased penalties for committing a crime with a gun.

None of these policies had any effect on the frequency of, or carnage from, multiple-victim shootings. (I note that they did not look at reforming our lax mental health laws, presumably because the ACLU is working to keep dangerous nuts on the street in all 50 states.)

Only one public policy has ever been shown to reduce the death rate from such crimes: concealed-carry laws.

Their study controlled for age, sex, race, unemployment, retirement, poverty rates, state population, murder arrest rates, violent crime rates, and on and on.

The effect of concealed-carry laws in deterring mass public shootings was even greater than the impact of such laws on the murder rate generally.

Someone planning to commit a single murder in a concealed-carry state only has to weigh the odds of one person being armed. But a criminal planning to commit murder in a public place has to worry that anyone in the entire area might have a gun.

You will notice that most multiple-victim shootings occur in “gun-free zones” — even within states that have concealed-carry laws: public schools, churches, Sikh temples, post offices, the movie theater where James Holmes committed mass murder, and the Portland, Ore., mall where a nut starting gunning down shoppers a few weeks ago. Read More »

 The All-Seeing State

 

The inevitable corruption of the permanent bureaucracy

 

A few years ago, after one corruption scandal too many, the then Liberal government in Canada announced that, to prevent further outbreaks of malfeasance, it would be hiring 300 new federal auditors plus a bunch of ethics czars, and mandating “integrity provisions” in government contracts, including “prohibitions against paying, offering, demanding or accepting bribes.” There were already plenty of laws against bribery, but one small additional sign on the desk should do the trick: “Please do not attempt to bribe the Minister of the Crown as a refusal may offend. Also: He’s not allowed to bribe you, whatever he says.” A government that requires “integrity provisions” is by definition past the stage where they will do any good.
I thought of those Canadian Liberal “integrity provisions” passing a TV screen the other day and catching hack bureaucrats from the IRS Small Business/Self-Employed Division reassuring Congress that systems had now been put in place to prevent them succumbing to the urge to put on Spock ears and moob-hugging blue polyester for the purposes of starring in a Star Trek government training video. The Small Business/Self-Employed Division had boldly gone where no IRS man had gone before — to a conference in Anaheim, where they were put up in $3,500-a-night hotel rooms and entertained by a man who was paid $27,500 to fly in and paint on stage a portrait of Bono. Bono is the veteran Irish rocker knighted by the Queen for his tireless campaign on behalf of debt forgiveness, which doesn’t sound the IRS’s bag at all. But don’t worry, debt forgiveness-wise Bono has Africa in mind, not New Jersey. And, as Matthew Cowart tweeted me the other day, he did have a big hit with “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” which I believe is now the official anthem of the IRS Cincinnati office.
It took Congressman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina to get to the heart of the matter: “With all due respect, this is not a training issue,” he said. “This cannot be solved with another webinar. . . . We can adopt all the recommendations you can possibly conceive of. I just say it strikes me — and maybe it’s just me — but it strikes me as a cultural, systemic, character, moral issue.”
He’s right. If you don’t instinctively know it’s wrong to stay in $3,500-a-night hotel rooms at public expense, a revised conference-accommodations-guidelines manual isn’t going to fix the real problem.
So we know the IRS is corrupt. What happens then when an ambitious government understands it can yoke that corruption to its political needs? What’s striking as the revelations multiply and metastasize is that at no point does any IRS official appear to have raised objections. If any of them understood that what they were doing was wrong, they kept it to themselves. When Nixon tried to sic the IRS on a few powerful political enemies, the IRS told him to take a hike. When Obama’s courtiers tried to sic the IRS on thousands of ordinary American citizens, the agency went along, and very enthusiastically. This is a scale of depravity hitherto unknown to the tax authorities of the United States, and for that reason alone they should be disarmed and disbanded — and rebuilt from scratch with far more circumscribed powers.
Here’s another congressional-subcommittee transcript highlight of the week. Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois asks the attorney general if he’s spying on members of Congress and thereby giving the executive branch leverage over the legislative branch. Eric Holder answers:
“With all due respect, senator, I don’t think this is an appropriate setting for me to discuss that issue.”
Senator Kirk responded that “the correct answer would be, ‘No, we stayed within our lane and I’m assuring you we did not spy on members of Congress.’” For some reason, the attorney general felt unable to say that. So I think we all know what the answer to the original question really is.
Holder had another great contribution to the epitaph of the Republic this week. He went on TV to explain that he didn’t really regard Fox News’s James Rosen as a “co-conspirator” but had to pretend he did to the judge in order to get the judge to cough up the warrant. So rest easy, America! Your chief law officer was telling the truth when he said he hadn’t lied to Congress because in fact he’d been lying when he said he told the truth to the judge.
If you lie to one of Holder’s minions, you go to jail: They tossed Martha Stewart in the slammer for being insufficiently truthful to a low-level employee of the attorney general’s. But the attorney general can apparently lie willy-nilly to judges and/or Congress. CONTINUED AT THE SOURCE (CLICK)

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In 1774 the King of England and Parliament enacted The Intolerable Acts to punish the colonist for the Boston Tea Party and other early flash points that lead up to the Revolutionary War and to bring them back under the control of the crown.  Under The Intolerable Acts the government of Massachusetts colony was drastically altered to give nearly all power to the King and his appointed Governor, the port of Boston was closed, trials of British officials under the acts were allowed to be moved to different jurisdictions, British soldiers could be quartered in people’s homes(hence later the Third Amendment), and the province boundaries of Quebec were greatly expanded.

These Acts, plus the attempts of the King to tax the American colonies without representation, the Boston Massacre, and other events fueled the fire that became the quest for independence.  Thomas Jefferson would give a good listing and detailing of the problems the colonist had with the crown in his first draft of the Declaration of Independence.

Today we Americans find ourselves facing a new set of Intolerable Acts being perpetrated against us by President Obama and his cronies.  Just like the King President Obama and his minions are disrespecting, abusing, intimidating, and even committing crimes against We The People.  And so let us now detail many of the intolerable things that have been perpetrated against us by our own government, one agency or Department at a time.

Internal Revenue Service-Has admitted to improperly targeting Tea Party and conservative organizations for scrutiny, harassment, intimidation, delays, and worse just because of the name or nature of their organizations seeking tax exempt status while simultaneously giving absolutely none of the same to left leaning groups.  While folks like True the Vote were being given anal exams by Lois Lerner and her subordinates others like Presidents Obama’s half-brother were given expedited preferential treatment.  Various conservative groups were asked by the IRS for the contents of their prayers, what books they read, the names of the children they had educated about liberty and the Constitution, access to social media and website postings, and details about the past and future elected office aspirations of their members.  Even worse some 40 different groups had their confidential information and tax forms given to ProPublica a left leaning media outlet in order to attack those groups and their members, that is a crime and against IRS rules and regulations.  The IRS also somehow managed to given the confidential tax records of the National Organization for Marriage to one of its issue opponents including a list of its donors in an attempt to attack and smear Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney.  The IRS’ missteps are numerous, well documented, and we have only scratched the tip of the iceberg on that malfeasance.

Department of Justice-Under the leadership of Attorney General Eric Holder and his top deputies including Thomas Perez have committed numerous transgressions.  There was the dismissal of charges against the New Black Panthers in Philadelphia for voter intimidation when the guilt and evidence against the Black Panthers was overwhelming.  There was the criminal exercise known as Operation Fast and Furious where gun smugglers were allowed to take firearms purchased in the US across the border into Mexico where those weapons were then given to the ultra violent narco-terrorist drug cartels with no effort made to track these weapons.  Those weapons have since been used to kill hundreds of Mexicans and at least two US law enforcement officers including Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.  If that wasn’t bad enough Eric Holder and his Justice Department lied to Congress in a letter stating that no such operation was taking place(they later had to retract that letter).  Because of the lies and the incredibly flawed nature of Fast and Furious Congress demanded full access to all documents and related materials to the botched operation.  Eric Holder’s refusal to give Congress that access,  including invoking executive privilege, prompted the House of Representatives to find Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, the first time that has ever been done.  Then there is the DOJ’s political payback directed at the Associated Press under the guise of an investigation into national security leaks.  The AP had sat on a counter-terrorism story for several days at the request of the government because of national security concerns, however when the government requested an additional day of no reporting, not out of security concerns but because President Obama wanted to break the story at a press conference the AP balked and ran with the story.  This clearly angered the Obama administration who proceeded to investigate the AP for running with the story instead of giving President Obama his chance to gloat.  Some 20 phone lines of 100 AP reporters and editors were tapped by the Justice Department.  Before that abuse of the First Amendment and the Free Press Eric Holder signed off on a search warrant of Fox News reporter James Rosen naming him a co-conspirator under the Espionage Act.  The DOJ would monitor Rosen’s movements inside Washington D.C., accessed his private emails and monitored his and his parents phones.  And what was Rosen’s supposed crime he reported that the Dictator of North Korea was planning to test detonate a nuclear weapon as part of its strategy to get sanctions against them lessened, hardly shocking or classified information, since that kind of behavior by North Korea is routine.  In a twist that could only come about from a corrupt public official Eric Holder committed perjury when he told a House committee in mid-May that he had never heard of, or been a part of, nor approved exactly what he did to James Rosen.  These are the actions of a totalitarian regime and are a bill of particulars warranting a criminal indictment against Eric Holder for a whole host of charges.

Environmental Protection Agency-Is and has been using unmanned drones to spy, they say monitor, farmers in the Midwest.  The EPA has released the private information of thousands of farmers to radical environmental groups.  The EPA is using the Freedom of Information Act to reward, by nearly always waiving the fees for leftist environmental groups, while forcing more conservative groups to pay those fees with nearly no waivers ever granted.  Former EPA head Lisa Jackson used a fake name and email account to converse with other Obama administration officials and outside groups in the crafting of regulations in violation of various laws and standard procedure.  In a laughable moment that fake name used by Jackson won EPA awards.  The EPA is also waging a war on coal forcing coal mines and coal-fired power plants to shut down, putting thousands out of work and increasing our dependence on foreign energy.  The EPA also retroactively revoked a coal mining permit issued to a coal mine under the Bush administration.

Department of Agriculture-Has been using taxpayer dollars to advertise the Food Stamp program in Mexico, explaining in Spanish how people can apply for and receive this welfare benefit.  Food Stamps currently account for 75-80% of the Departments total $100 Billion budget with a record 45 million people enrolled in the program.  Then there is the Pigford scandal, where minority farmers were awarded billions of dollars for alleged past discrimination, there is just one problem a large number of the people seeking to get money from this program have never farmed a day in their life and what few there are that are actual farmers don’t have to prove or display any evidence of any discrimination.

Department of Veterans Affairs-Currently has a massive backlog processing claims by our wounded warriors and aging veterans inhibiting their ability to get medical care and treatment with tens of thousands waiting a year or more for their claims to be processed.  This backlog has existed for years and only gets worse as time goes by.

Department of Energy and Interior Department-Are tag teaming to keep the United States from becoming energy independent.  They are denying, stonewalling, or blocking permits to energy companies for the exploration and development of oil and natural gas on federal land.  If it were not for a boom in energy production on private land thanks to hydraulic fracturing domestic energy production would be down under President Obama.  The Energy and Interior Departments are also colluding with the EPA and State Departments to block the Keystone XL pipeline.

Department of Education-Does not directly employee any teachers nor does it directly teach a single student in this nation, it does however have a SWAT team to knock down people’s doors and arrest them in a very Soviet style display of government power.  The Department of Education is also helping to push Common Core on the states.  Common Core is a set of national education standards that dumb down our children, promote liberal propaganda like man-made climate change(which is a hoax), de-emphasizes American history, and much more that is detrimental to our nations education system.

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Department of Health and Human Services-Is responsible for setting up and running Obamacare including issuing regulations pursuant to it such as the abortifacient mandate that requires nearly every health insurance plan to provide for free access to abortion inducing drugs and contraceptives.  This mandate flies in the face of the free exercise clause of the First Amendment as it forces employers, individuals, and many religious institutions to provide health insurance that covers items that they find objectionable under the tenants of their faith.  HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is also using her position to raise funds for Obamacare from the very businesses and industries she regulates.  Secretary Sebelius is also in some hot water for violating the Hatch Act when she used her official position to campaign for President Obama at an event in North Carolina during the 2012 presidential election cycle.  Secretary Sebelius also took it upon herself to grant waivers to parts of Obamacare to various Unions and even whole states without statutory authority to do so.  As for Obamacare itself it to is an Intolerable Act, specifically the individual mandate which requires that a person must purchase health insurance that meets the government’s approval or be fined.  It was originally argued that the individual mandate was lawful under the commerce clause of the Constitution, that argument was torpedoed by the Supreme Court.  But in its own Intolerable Act Chief Justice John Roberts ruled that the mandate was permissible under the governments taxing authority.  There is just one problem, as pointed out in a brief by Landmark Legal Foundation, the individual mandate doesn’t qualify as a tax under any of the taxing provisions of the Constitution.  The individual mandate is not a direct, excise, or income tax, it is not a duty or import, nor any of the other things permissible under the Constitution.  In effect you as a free man or woman will be penalized for not entering into a contract of the governments liking simply because you are alive.  Those are only the first of many, many problems with Obamacare.

Department of Homeland Security-Is responsible for the Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement(among others) and is thus at the front lies of both border security and enforcement of our nations immigration laws.  DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and President Obama have taken it upon themselves to usurp the powers of Congress and have rewritten our immigrations laws by granting people who were brought to the US illegal as children by their parents de facto amnesty.  According to the head of the Union representing ICE agents anyone who merely claims that they meet criteria for deferred deportation(i.e amnesty) are automatically given that status with no verification at all.  Reports indicate that 99% of all people who have applied for deferred deportation status have had it granted.  The criteria used to determine who is eligible for deferred status are nearly identical to those found in a piece of legislation called the DREAM Act, however neither the DREAM Act or deferred deportation have ever been approved by Congress which under the Constitution has the authority to set immigration policy in this country.  Again according to ICE Union head Chris Crane even criminal illegal immigrants and those who have assaulted law enforcement are given deferred status effectively putting the brakes on Immigration and Customs Enforcements ability to enforce the laws enacted by Congress.  Mr. Crane also alleges that DHS and Obama administration officials have threatened to punish ICE agents for enforcing existing immigration law.  The Department of Homeland Security was created following the 9/11 terrorist attacks and has been responsible for preventing another terrorist attack on our homeland.  They and the FBI failed miserably at that in the case of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who are responsible for the April 15th, 2013 bombing of the Boston Marathon that killed three, injured nearly 100 others, and subsequent murder of a Boston area police officer.  The Tsarnaev brothers came to the US with their parents seeking political asylum after they left the Chechen region of Russia.  Years later Tamerlan would spend six months in the area meeting with a known terrorist leader.  Russian authorities would alert the US to Tamerlan and his suspected ties to terrorist and the FBI conducted a brief investigation that obviously didn’t dig deep enough.  In addition to DHS not monitoring Tamerlan on his overseas travels or re-entry into the US, they also failed to check to see if the Tsarnaev’s were eligible to remain in the US given that they were on welfare for years and that Tamerlan was arrested for domestic violence against his then girlfriend.  That girlfriend according to media reports says Tamerlan pressured her to hate the US like he did.  Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a shoot out with police following a car jacking and chase in which explosive devices were thrown at police.  The younger Tsarnaev brother, Dzhokhar, was found by police the next day hiding in a boat and had written a note in his own blood calling the Marathon victims collateral damage and claimed to have carried out the terrorist attack in retaliation for the US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq allegedly writing, “When you attack one Muslim, you attack all Muslims”.  There were multiple warning signs and ample evidence provided to us by the Russians that at a minimum Tamerlan was a potential threat, and yet nothing was done that would have prevent the deaths of those four people at the hands of these terrorist brothers and that is unacceptable.

The final element of the Intolerable Acts committed by President Obama and his administration has to do with the terrorist attack on the US diplomatic compound and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya.  On September 11, 2012 100-150 members of the Al Qaeda linked group Ansar al-Sharia laid siege to the compounds with heavy weapons fire killing Ambassador Chris Stevens, State Department employee Sean Smith, and CIA security personnel Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods over the course of an 8 hour attack.  During the course of the fighting Gregory Hicks, the head of US presence in Libya with the Ambassador out of contact, made repeated request for military assistance.  Those request went unanswered all the while some 30 American were in harm’s way.  At no point during those 8 hours did the US seek the approval of the Libyan government to enter their airspace with fighters of helicopters to repel the terrorist.  With two unarmed UAV drones taking turns providing real-time video to officials in Washington no help ever came for our fellow Americans.  It took more than a day for a special forces unit meant to respond to this kind of situation to get out of the Balkin country they were in.  No aircraft from Italian air bases or US aircraft carriers were launched.  Keep in mind a commercial plane could travel from London to Benghazi and back in the time the attack was taking place.  It is the contention of Mr. Hicks that had any US aircraft arrived on the scene the terrorist would have retreated.  That could have possibly saved the lives of Doherty and Woods who were the last to die when a mortar hit their position.  Then Defense Secretary Leon Panetta contends that no military assets could have reached Benghazi in time to help, which he couldn’t have known since no help was sent and no one at the time knew how long the fighting was going to last, whether or not there were any hostages or the status of Ambassador Stevens who went missing during the siege.  In the days and weeks following the terrorist attack President Obama, Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice, and then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did the unthinkable and blamed the deaths of four of our own, not on the terrorist who had killed them, but on a little seen Youtube video.  Susan Rice would do the rounds on the Sunday talk shows blaming Benghazi on the Youtube video.  Hillary Clinton and President Obama would cut a commercial that ran in Pakistan doing them same.  Two weeks after the attack President Obama would speak to the United Nations and continued the Benghazi Youtube video line.  The problem is they were lying.  During the attack Mr. Hicks and others specifically called what was going on terrorism and even named the group responsible Ansar al-Sharia.  Talking points crafted by the CIA called what had happened a terrorist attack, named Ansar al-Sharia, and documented previous terrorist attacks in the months prior in Benghazi.  Those talking points were changed by State Department officials who took out the truth and inserted the lie about the Youtube video which the Obama administration ran with.  Then CIA director David Petraeus said that he would rather not use the State Department altered talking points.  And for good reason they were bull crap.  Even after emails and other proof emerged that the talking points used by Susan Rice were lies Obama administration officials continued to downplay the significance of using them instead of telling the American people the truth, which was what the original CIA talking points were.  It is clear that President Obama’s reelection and narrative that Al Qaeda had been defeated and was on the run was more important than the truth.  Aside from being briefed in the first few hours of the attack by Leon Panetta and a late night phone call to Hillary Clinton, which many contend was to begin to establish the cover-up, we have no idea what President Obama did or where he was during the attack on our people.  To this day we still do not have any hard copies of orders, if any, President Obama gave.  We do not know who in the administration came up with the notion that what happened was a result of a video.  We don’t know who decided to run with the Youtube video lie over the terrorist attack truth.  And we don’t know why no help was sent to our people under attack which is the most intolerable action taken by this President and his subordinates to date.

These are but a few of the intolerable actions taken by President Obama and those he has appointed to various post.  There are also Obama’s unconstitutional recess appointments, the failed $1 trillion stimulus, the fact that Obama has the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression, the auto bailouts and the screwing over of GM bond holders, the multiple examples of crony capitalism including Solyndra, and dozens upon dozens more examples of government overreach.

There is a remedy to these Intolerable Acts, we can abolish the IRS to ends its transgressions by moving to a Flat Tax or the Fair Tax.  We can stop the problems associated with Obamacare by repealing that terrible piece of socialized medicine.  We can fix the wrongs taking place at the Department of Justice by indicting Eric Holder.  We can solve the problems associated with illegal immigration by enforcing the rule of law.  And most importantly we can fix all of these Intolerable Acts with a new, liberty embracing, Constitution supporting, conservative President.

Will Republicans Reassert the Rule of Law?

In June 2011, Obama announced that he would suspend our immigration laws and grant administrative amnesty to those who qualify for the DREAM Act – a bill that never passed Congress.  This was just one of the many egregious steps taken by the administration to subvert the rule of law and threaten our sovereignty.  Yet, unlike with the IRS scandal, Republicans were largely silent.  Obama punched us in the stomach and challenged us to hit back, yet all we did was scamper away like a bunch of cowards.

The GOP insouciance towards Obama’s “deferred action” program is particularly jarring in the context of the debate over the Schumer/Rubio/Obama amnesty bill.  The entire premise of the bill is predicated on overlooking how Obama has already dealt with his illegal amnesty.  From ‘legalization before enforcement’ and major restrictions on future deportations to wide discretion granted to DHS, we don’t need a crystal ball to ascertain the results of the bill.  Obama’s DACA program has served as a test run for the mass amnesty.
An astounding 99.5% of all those who applied for the amnesty were approved by the administration.  Yup, obviously none of them said they planned to start a conservative organization when they filled out the application.  Moreover, as ICE agent Chris Crane has repeatedly noted, it is virtually impossible for ICE to detain and deport anyone because almost any detainee could potentially be eligible for this illegal amnesty.  So now we have millions of young impoverished illegals who are on a fast track to receiving benefits on behalf of their families.  We have now raised the specter of anchor babies to include ‘anchor young adults.’  As long as you come here with at least one child under age, you are here to stay.

The idea that we will ever be able to deport anyone after this bill passes is simply absurd, in light of what we’re seeing from DACA.  Almost anyone could potentially be eligible for the multiple eligibility status loopholes, and the bill forces all law enforcement to provide them with a reasonable opportunity to come forward.  Even an administration that is committed to the rule of law would find it nearly impossible to resume deportations after the amnesty, much less an administration that has already promised never to enforce the law.  CONTINUED HERE AT IT’S SOURCE

Let’s Talk About China …Shall We?
By One of the Right Wing Extremists CEJ
WARNING: If you are easily offended by frank politically incorrect analysis then stop reading right now. If the thought of reading an opinion that is 100% accurate yet the tone of it’s content strikes you as sounding somewhat racist…China-phobic…or hateful, makes you queasy then by all means go read something more tolerant on Blue Oregon (that was a slam of BO) For starters let’s get a few housekeeping items out of the way ….I don’t like China and I don’t like the Chinese who collectively make up it’s current (or past) leadership! Does that mean I hate ALL Chinese? 2 billion of them? From a strictly practical standpoint how is that even possible? (a giant hate wand?). Like every race and nationality of people…. there are good ones and bad ones. For instance I LOVE General Tso! But generally speaking you could say …
“Fee Fie Fo Fina I hate most things China!”

but not without good…even dispositive reasons. I won’t even go into their record on human rights….of their grandiose inclusion of Taiwan as part of their country on the maps they circulate in China or even their despicable intolerant policy on Tibet …Nooooo just this once I am willing to let all of those issues slide with nary a mention.

I don’t hate China for who they are (Chinese), but rather for what they are, and the shameless (and stoic?), cavalier way they go about their business; which is constantly having to prove they are bigger, more scandalous and undisputedly more prolific international thieves and global cheats than their close friends ….the Russians.

A Russian will always cheat on his taxes even if he has to make up legitimate income to subtract made up deductions from. A Russian will roll back your odometer and even pocket a few pieces of your good silver if you have them to dinner…. but make no mistake about it Russians are all about themselves and no one else…they are selfishly dishonest (once again …not ALL Russians)

The Chinese on the other hand are collectively dishonest…they will steal, counterfeit, mass produce and flood the market with bootleg copies of Windows (or Garth Brooks CD’s) just for fun. When they decide to put on their business face (oh? you thought that was their business face …guess again) they will actively disrupt and manipulate world currency markets or erect ridiculous trade barriers…and then will convincingly act offended at the mere suggestion that anyone do the same thing to them. They will relentlessly and aggressively tilt the playing field in their own favor and then complain that it isn’t tilted even further. They have taken capitalist greed and corporate fantasies (of the impact of 2 billion new customers on their bottom line) as the means to their ends and elevated it to a new art form, and in doing so have committed financial crimes against humanity that make JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs look like 2 bit street corner hucksters …and done it with just as much arrogance and impunity!

But this post isn’t to rehash all of their past sins, lord knows we all have some historical luggage to carry…or even their current sins, but rather to put into some perspective, and provide some clues about the changes that have quietly been taking place as a way to divine their plans for the future. You don’t think all of their current posturing is being done for nothing do you?

Let’s start with what we know for sure: (Warning: gratuitous criticism of Obama next paragraph)

Love him or hate him (and right now he is our guy)…. they have no respect or love for Obama … none! He can’t bow deeply enough to make them like him even a little bit. Are they racists? You tell me …let’s look at how he has been treated so far because if you have followed this at all you would already know that they have taken every opportunity to frustrate and humiliate him they have been given. Remember how they overreacted when he had the Dali Lama come for a visit scaring Obama so bad he made the Lama exit thru the backdoor past the white house garbage area? How about their reactions to our arms sale to Taiwan …which was hardly unexpected or unprecedented, OK, please don’t forget the ‘ass hat’ they put on his head and made him wear at the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference (LOL), or their refusal to recognize senior military to military ties 6-7 months ago when Obama sent Gates over, hat in hand, to kiss their butts, or their unconnected…strictly coincidental, military test of their new stealth fighter aircraft, and their new assertiveness in Asia. …forget all of that. OK don’t forget it and try and convince me there isn’t some hidden agenda pushing these actions.

BHO, and his Chicago style politicking is no match for their kung fu. His biggest weakness is his lack of anything resembling a coherent long term (or near term) China strategy, followed closely by his inability to leave his need to be liked, and need to show the world how powerful he is. Every time he leaves home…he comes back with no deals that benefit the US and billions of dollars poorer (cash …loan guarantees etc) (or oil drilling rights poorer or …or …or). Every time he finds himself on the international stage, he uses it to feed his pathological narcissism (and need to be liked) while the Chinese stick to their one and only goal: Everything they do must benefit them and advance their cause and they don’t care what anyone else says or how bad the deal is for the other party(s). If they can’t improve their position…. they won’t play. They are fiercely and apologetically loyal to their own self interest first, last, and always. Their motto is “what’s in it for me?”

Secondly, China is getting ready to go through a planned change in leadership next year…they are also experiencing a resurgence of Chinese nationalism and a need to placate a growing neoconservative groundswell in their own ranks. Dai Bingguo (China’s foreign minister) went out of his way to write a long policy statement that made it clear they had no plans to challenge our global supremacy… why? When someone who has a track record of lying and deceitful conduct goes out of their way to tell me something my first reaction is to clutch my purse as tightly as possible!

Lastly, and probably most importantly, there has been a slow and quiet party recognition, increased budget, and autonomy given to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) which in the past has always been subordinate to the party. When you look at the pieces of the puzzle and recognize that the Chinese military sees us as their most important enemy (we are the team to beat right?) and with the aging out of the old guard …who all had strong ties to the military and the introduction of the new guard (who has almost no military ties among it’s ranks) … you get the funny feeling that the hawks may soon be running the buffet line and that is usually a good indicator of changes in US – China relations.

We should take some lessons from the way China does things … like the way they made their wind-energy fund money “contingent on …manufacturers using parts made in China rather than foreign-made components.” and now the Chinese wind industry has captured half of the global market for turbines. This success is just one example demonstrating that when a nation combines its public spending with incentives that encourage domestic corporate investment, an economy tends to grow its own wealth-building industries. That’s simple enough to understand, right? What was our response to this schooling? We complained to the WTO and cried ‘no fair’.

When it comes to the future of this country and the further evolution of the global economy we need to start thinking more about what we need to do to encourage our own domestic investment so we can grow the wealth building industries of the future instead of crying foul against those who do. You win races by running faster and smarter than the other guy …not by tripping him and elbowing him in the curves. What are China’s plans? To continue to outflank, out negotiate, intimidate, bully, humiliate, out work, and import the innovations and ideas of others and make them their own….pretty much the same thing they have been doing since Nixon. China has never been an innovator …they haven’t ever had to be when they can acquire the innovations of others by simply being shrewder and hungrier than everyone else. As Donald Trump has said (many many times) …China is eating our lunch and we should be enjoying theirs! Wake up!

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