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Category Archives: Too Blind to See
Do we have the time, or is this the beginning of the end of life in America as we have known it? This is where you will find a range of Editorial postings and comments by a select group of writers, many of who have had long term relations with Kettle Moraine Publications – and EACH of whom provide us with THEIR Perspectives as this Nation ignores the warnings as we live in the end of days – for most Americans’ are Too Blind to See!
Democrats will block a border security bill until American citizens accept more poor migrants into their workplaces and neighborhoods, Texas Democrat Rep. Barbara Lee told a GOP-led hearing on Tuesday.
“You’re not going to get border security coming first,” Lee told a GOP-picked witness, Rodney Scott, the former chief of the U.S. Border Patrol, who urged legislators to first protect the border before opening up more legal routes for migrants.
You need to be able to balance it. You will not accept a border security and recognizing pathways to legal entry [bill]? … When the late [Sen. ] John McCain, we had a very strong comprehensive bill — and it had border security and the legal pathway.
Lee’s frank statement exposed the core politics of migration: Democrats — and their bipartisan business and media allies — will block any border security bill unless the GOP votes to let them legally import more poor migrant workers, consumers, renters, and poor people who will turn to government agencies for help. Continue reading →
On the latest round of the Republicans’ dangerous game.
What can you say about a week in American politics when the major breakthrough was that the two parties agreed to stop talking about talking, in order to actually start talking? In Washington, where, for months, President Biden and congressional Republicans have been hurtling toward a confrontation over the G.O.P.’s refusal to raise the debt ceiling without major concessions from Democrats on federal spending, the beginning of formal negotiations aimed at averting a disastrous government default counted as big news. For the rest of the world, it was merely a sign of the capital’s extreme dysfunction, and a reminder that America’s messed-up politics constitutes a geopolitical crisis as well as a domestic one.
On Tuesday, Biden reinforced the point by announcing that he would cut short an important overseas trip to the Pacific region in order to return to Washington for the debt talks. With default looming – coming, perhaps, as soon as early June, according to the Treasury Department – this seemed like a politically advisable course, but the optics were nonetheless terrible. The President will still attend the G-7 meeting in Hiroshima, Japan, but skip his planned stops in Australia and Papua New Guinea. Both visits had been designed to showcase the U.S.’s top foreign-policy priority – shoring up American alliances in the region as part of the growing confrontation with China. Continue reading →
CBP has released its statistics on Border Patrol apprehensions and CBP overall encounters at the Southwest border for the month of April and, not surprisingly, both surged last month even while Title 42 expulsions dropped. That does not bode well for the administration with Title 42 having some ended on May 11 just as “travel season” at the U.S.-Mexico line gears up. Expect some drop-off in apprehensions when the May numbers come out next month as illegal migrants — and more importantly their smugglers — are still trying to figure out all the loopholes in Biden’s latest border regime. Continue reading →
Abraham Lincoln stated that the government of the United States is controlled by We the People. Ronald Reagan stated that government is the car and We the People are the drivers and We decide where the car goes and how fast and what route.
Democrats hate our Constitution because it does not allow them to do what they want to do. Most of the time they simply ignore our rights and hope the courts do not throw the law out. It has come to light recently that the corrupt FBI has been trying to use medical centers to strip Americans of their 2nd Amendment rights. The Washington Examinerreported new information Tuesday from a Gun Owners of America (GOA) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request showing the FBI “coordinated secretly with hospitals and medical centers to strip U.S. citizens of their rights to own, buy, or even use firearms.” Continue reading →
Border Patrol agents, equipped with sophisticated technology, attempt to apprehend migrants illegally crossing into the United States. But securing the border has become more difficult as agents are taken off the line to process unprecedented numbers of illegal migrants turning themselves in, instead of preventing smuggling, drug and human trafficking, and identifying national security threats. The end of Title 42 will push the numbers of migrants and got-aways even higher. Continue reading →
“Don’t go to bed with no price on your head – No, no, don’t do it. Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time – Yeah, don’t do it.”
Baretta’s Theme song ~ Sammy Davis Jr.
In 1975, when this TV show was first aired, America had a much different character.
In November of that year, I was coming home from my third tour of Vietnam. Part of our country was pissed off about our involvement in a conflict we didn’t want to win. The rest was concerned about Watergate, 9% unemployment, Hoffa was missing, the Cold War flourishing, the space race was exclusionary, and the ever-looming nuclear holocaust terrified everyone. Continue reading →
Our country left the era of do no wrong and mean no harm a long time ago. Our system has separated from its moral Christian principles and traditional moorings, and it has morphed into a corrosive beast where it’s everyone for themselves in a gross, reprehensible style focused largely on self-interest first, party second and God and country last.
I possess a virulent anti-authoritarian strain dating back to my childhood, and I have always found the concept of respecting authority for authority’s sake as nonsensical, even asinine, probably due to my father’s warning to always question authority — this coming from an old, decorated combat veteran of WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Respect is something earned, not automatically deserved for any reason. And this has placed within me a natural affinity for anarchism, not the commie-leaning anarchism that evolved in 19th century Europe, but the sort of anarchism that reaches for the largest expansion of individual liberty and seeks nothing less than free associations, free market capitalism on the domestic front and a barebones “government”. – J.O.S. Continue reading →
It’s not quite like selling water on the desert, but it comes close.
It is America’s affinity for beer.
Long before the advent of today’s “celebrity spokesman,” no less a celebrated and accomplished figure than Benjamin Franklin described the quest to quench his thirst in theological terms.
The printer, scientist, inventor, statesman and founding father reportedly said, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”
That’s why it is somewhat strange that Franklin’s Philadelphia, the “City of Brotherly Love” and home of a prominent Ivy League institution, played a contributing role in a recent decision that most beer drinkers hate. Continue reading →
Let’s see, we have committees investigating committees that are investigating committees, and after millions of dollars spent, nothing is found. We have solid proof of political wrongdoings and financial insider “deals” with foreign countries, and time after time, we don’t see prosecutions. We have spent millions of dollars trying to find wrongdoings of a former president and still there is no proof after years and years. They’re still trying to find something; anything. Just another witch hunt, no matter what it costs the taxpayer. Continue reading →
I realize that some are awaiting my next installment on the history of banking in America, but sometimes I get these thoughts in my head that just demand that I write them down; if only to clear my mind so I can continue thinking about something else. This is one such occasion…
There is a great deal of debate among people over which party is best suited to run our system of government, and solve all the problems this country currently faces. While our country certainly does have some problems that need addressing, looking at it from the perspective of hoping that government can fix these problems is not going to solve anything. Continue reading →
“By intensity of hatred nations create in themselves the characters they imagine in their enemies. Hence it is that all passionate conflicts result in the interchange of characteristics.” ~ George William Russell
“What I worry about is that when problems are not addressed people will not know who is responsible, and when the problems get bad enough some one person will come forward and say: ‘Give me total power and I will solve this problem.’” ~ David Souter, US Supreme Court Justice
“We cannot understand Fascism, but we can and must understand from where it springs, and we must be on our guard, because what happened can happen again. For this reason, it is everyone’s duty to reflect on what happened. Monsters exist, but they are too few in number to be truly dangerous. More dangerous are the common men, the functionaries ready to believe and to act without asking questions.” ~ Primo Levi
“Communism and fascism or naziism, although poles apart in their intellectual content, are similar in this, that both have emotional appeal to the type of personality that takes pleasure in being submerged in a mass movement and submitting to superior authority.” ~ James A. C. Brown Continue reading →
“The Good Lord raised this mighty Republic to be a home for the brave and to flourish as the land of the free, not to stagnate in the swampland of collectivism, not to cringe before the bully of communism.” ~ Barry Goldwater, 1964 acceptance speech for the Republican nomination for President of the United States
Americans cannot continue focusing on any candidate for President of the United States for what he can do for them and the economy, since it is this precise irresponsible, dependent mindset that has grown centralized federal government and its vast welfare system, that has also led America to a material determinism, crony-capitalism and more government intervention in businesses and intrusions into our personal lives, at odds with permanent human truths, our inalienable God-given rights and individual liberty. Americans can do better than Donald Trump, if only they choose to do so, and they damned for certain can and must do better than Joe Biden, the crazed, fascist despot. Continue reading →
A nugget made from lab-grown chicken meat is seen during a media presentation on December 22, 2020 in Singapore, the first country to allow the sale of meat created without slaughtering any animals. (Nicholas Yeo/Getty Images)
How different would things be – how much healthier and happier would we be, as individuals and as a society – if we took the approach that innovations to our way of life were likely to be harmful until proven otherwise?
I really mean this. What past harms might we have prevented by waiting for tests or studies, by having been less eager to take things at face value, and by thoroughly having assessed new and needed innovations for unforeseen consequences? Continue reading →