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Friday, September 30, 2011

Blithe deceit

E.J. Dionne, columnist for the Washington Post, provides us with today's example of Newspeak. He applauds billionaire Warren Buffett's call for higher taxes on the rich. Dionne's introductory sentence declares

Maybe only a really, really rich guy can credibly make the case for why the wealthy should be asked to pay more in taxes.

Do you see the insidious lie? Do you see the one word intentionally used incorrectly as outright propaganda? Do you see the fraud?

Unfortunately, I believe very few see the lie. The lie has been so successfully ingrained in our psyche we believe it to be real. We accept every word in Dionne's sentence without question.

Joseph Goebbels' was absolutely correct. He said, "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it."

Do you see the one word lie in Dionne's blithe deceit?

It is his use of the word "asked."

Dionne uses the word "asked" when he actually means "forced." Dionne does not want to ask the rich to pay may taxes. He wants the rich to be forced to pay more taxes.

Do not let this Newspeak go unchallenged. Whenever someone uses the verb "ask" in the context of taxes, correct them. To be asked means one can decline. That is not an option with taxes.

This distinction is not mere semantics. It is truth. Without truth, there is no justice. Without truth, there is no reality. Without truth, we are living a lie.

Destroy the lie. Insist on the truth.




Monday, September 12, 2011

Terrorism and foreign policy.


Prologue.

I write this knowing full well the emotions the topic engenders. I am prepared for that. My intent, however, is to generate honest, thoughtful dialogue. Perhaps I am foolish in that hope.

A quotation.

So it is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you can win a hundred battles without a single loss.
If you only know yourself, but not your opponent, you may win or may lose.
If you know neither yourself nor your enemy, you will always endanger yourself.
--- Sun Tzu

Intro.

There seems to be two polar positions regarding US foreign policy and terrorism. At one extreme is the belief that Islamic terrorists attack the US solely because of  US involvement overseas, particularly the Middle East. The other extreme is that the US can act overseas without regard to consequences because there are none. Neither is correct.

I agree with the notion that the United States is far too involved with far too many foreign countries. Our military is spread too thin across the globe. Forget nation-building policies, bringing democracy to authoritarian countries our protecting our allies in Europe. If nothing else, it is a matter of economics. We simply can not afford it.

This is not some Crazy Uncle Ron Paul wacky isolationist position. Colorado conservative Republican Congressman and U.S. Marine Mike Coffman agrees.

Close our military bases in foreign countries. If not all, then most. If not most, then half. If not half, then some. But start closing them.

The "pure blowback" position.

Some of the anti-war libertarians, and others, have this notion that Muslim terrorism is entirely a creation of U.S. policy overseas. They believe if we leave them alone, terrorism will stop. This is nonsense.

Elements within the Islamic culture believe in domination. This element believes the infidels must either be converted or killed. Pretending this is not so is foolish. This element exists regardless of U.S. foreign policy, and we must be vigilant against it.

The "love it or leave it" position.

It does not follow, however, that U.S. foreign policy is not relevant to this fight. Of course it is. The U.S. has propped up dictators like Egypt's Hosni Mubarak, just to name one. We have given our enemies, at the least, pretext upon which to foment hate against us. It is just as foolish to believe our involvement in the Middle East is irrelevant to the Islamo-fascist terrorists as it is to think it is the sole cause.

Leaving aside the merits of our involvement in the Middle East, our involvement is used by our enemies to recruit suicide bombers and generate sympathy for their fascist cause.  One may (and should) ultimately conclude, for example, that killing Osama bin Laden was absolutely the correct action, even if failing to inform the Pakistani government cost us good will in that country.

To ignore that our action made some people angry and will be used to recruit further terrorists is as foolish as the "pure blowback" position. To understand the consequences, to weigh them, and then decide the appropriate action is the prudent course.

Conclusion.

One may ultimately decide it is a good idea to poke a hornets' nest, but to make that decision without considering the hornets will be displeased is absurd. Likewise, to assume the hornets will never sting you or expand their hive just because you ignore them and leave them be is just as foolish.


Join AFP today at noon to encourage Rep Perlmutter to support HR 2587


Dear Supporter,
In order for America to emerge from our economic doldrums, we need businesses and entrepreneurs to make efficient and effective allocations of capital.  We need smart and industrious individuals to drive job creation, and we need government to get out of the way.  Unfortunately, President Obama’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has another vision for America.  They want to keep bureaucrats between job creators and new investments.

Join Americans for Prosperity Colorado and fellow activists on Monday, September 12, at noon in front of the office of U.S. Representative Ed Perlmutter and let him know that he should vote for H.R. 2587 and stop politicizing jobs in America.
When: Monday, September 12, 2011 at Noon
Where: In front of Ed Perlmutter’s District Office
12600 West Colfax Avenue, Suite B-400, Lakewood
Why: To Urge Rep. Perlmutter to vote for H.R. 2587 and save American jobs!

Click here to RSVP!
One example of this intervention is what the NLRB is trying to do to Boeing.  We all know the story by now.  Boeing’s new Dreamliner airplane is a great success story.  So many airlines want to buy them that the company is expanding its production facilities.  In addition to adding jobs at its unionized plant in Washington State, Boeing decided to build a new facility in South Carolina, a Right to Work state with lower labor costs and friendlier business climate.  Shockingly, the NLRB ruled this was an “unfair labor practice” and ordered Boeing to abandon the new facility in South Carolina.
Government should never be empowered to make these kinds of decisions.  Thankfully, there is a bill (H.R. 2587) in Congress to stop the NLRB from telling businesses where they can locate.  It’s sad that we need a bill to protect such a basic freedom, but we do.
Click here to take action and urge your representative to protect American jobs.

Sincerely,

Jeff Crank
Colorado State Director
Americans for Prosperity