NY approves horrific abortion law

Something those at CNN will no doubt applaud as progressive and some great step forward.

On the 46th anniversary of Roe V. Wade, New York state passed a law to protect women’s access to abortion if the historic case is overturned.

“Today we are taking a giant step forward in the hard-fought battle to ensure a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her own personal health, including the ability to access an abortion. With the signing of this bill, we are sending a clear message that whatever happens in Washington, women in New York will always have the fundamental right to control their own body,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo after signing New York’s Reproductive Health Act on Tuesday night.
Not only will the law preserve access to abortions, it also removes abortion from the state’s criminal code. This would protect doctors or medical professionals who perform abortions from criminal prosecution. The law also now allows medical professionals who are not doctors to perform abortions in New York.
“The old law had criminal penalties. It was written that the doctor or professional could be held criminally liable,” Cuomo said during an interview on WNYC Wednesday.
The law also addresses late-term abortions. Under New York’s Reproductive Health Act, they can be performed after 24 weeks if the fetus is not viable or when necessary to protect the life of the mother.
“It’s about the health and safety of the mother and it’s always been the point where the conservatives wave the flag, they want to roll back Roe v. Wade — this is not gray here it’s black and white,” said Cuomo.
Atrocious.  This is not progress.  This is a disaster and morally reprehensible on so many levels.  Essentially they’ve legalized 3rd trimester abortions.  They now allow less qualified people to perform abortions.  And they’ve removed it from the criminal code so if a woman is assaulted and the baby and/or the mother dies the consequences are much less.
This whole notion of “my body, my choice” bullshit has gone way too far.  How about this ladies, if you make terrible decisions why not live with the consequences of your actions?  Getting blackout drunk and sleeping with numerous random partners will have consequences.  The fact that we’ve removed said consequences does not absolve the bad behavior.  It’s clear that these women clearly aren’t mother material in the first place, but it’s disgusting to think that they’d end a life, a defenseless life literally depending on you to survive, because, welp, “my body my choice”.  Please spare me the BS about the health concerns.  The amount of sketchy stuff that goes on in abortion clinics, as we’ve seen with Planned Parenthood executives bargaining to sell baby parts, does not give me any hope that they’ll have strict guidelines at all regarding the health issue.  Mental anguish will surely be enough to “warrant” this 3rd trimester abortion.
Nope.  This is pure evil.  A baby can be delivered prematurely months before they are due.  This is not just a few cells.  This is a baby.  The fact that this even needs to be discussed shows you how deep the moral rot is in our country.  Remove Christianity from Western Civilization and this is what you get: celebration over being able to abort a baby minutes before it’s born.
I’ve tried to temper my judgement for people defending this in the event that maybe they just don’t know what goes into a 3rd trimester abortion.  Share this video, if it even survives on YouTube, on 3rd trimester abortions.  Gruesome stuff.

Supreme Court upholds Trump decision on transgenders

I thought it’d be funny to use CNN’s take as I’m sure they hate this:

The Supreme Court allowed President Donald Trump’s transgender military ban to go into effect on Tuesday, dealing a blow to LGBT activists who call the ban cruel and irrational.

In an unsigned 5-4 order, the justices took no stance on the legality of the ban, first proposed in a surprise tweet by Trump in 2017, but Tuesday’s action clears the way for it to take effect while lower courts hear additional arguments.
The four liberal justices objected to allowing the administration’s policy banning most transgender people from serving in the military to go into effect.
The policy, first announced by the President in July 2017 via Twitter, and later officially releasedby then-Secretary of Defense James Mattis in 2018, blocks individuals who have been diagnosed with a condition known as gender dysphoria from serving with limited exceptions. It also specifies that individuals without the condition can serve, but only if they do so according to the sex they were assigned at birth.
In a statement released after the Supreme Court action, the Pentagon sought to clarify that its policy is not a ban on all transgender persons from the military.
“As always, we treat all transgender persons with respect and dignity. (The Department of Defense’s) proposed policy is NOT a ban on service by transgender persons. It is critical that DoD be permitted to implement personnel policies that it determines are necessary to ensure the most lethal and combat effective fighting force in the world. DoD’s proposed policy is based on professional military judgment and will ensure that the U.S. Armed Forces remain the most lethal and combat effective fighting force in the world,” Lt. Col. Carla Gleason, a Pentagon spokesperson, told CNN.
Really it’s a no-brainer.  The military should be allowed to determine who is fit to serve and who is not.  If you are confused about what your gender is, maybe, just MAYBE, the military may find that problematic from a cognitive standpoint when it comes to military action.  Probably the same reasoning that’s being used when saying a schizophrenic shouldn’t be serving either.

A Friendly Reminder

Could you imagine how big a story it would be if it was discovered that a Republican Congressman had a Chinese spy working on his staff for 20 years?  That’s a question posed, surprisingly, by The Washington Post in an article from August of 2018 with regards to the revelation that Diane Feinstein had just that.  It is now six months later and this story has been completely forgotten.  From that article:

Feinstein acknowledged the infiltration but played down its significance. “Five years ago the FBI informed me it had concerns that an administrative member of my California staff was potentially being sought out by the Chinese government to provide information,” Feinstein said in a statement — which means the breach took place while Feinstein was heading the Intelligence Committee. But, Feinstein insisted, “he never had access to classified or sensitive information or legislative matters” and was immediately fired. In other words: junior staffer, no policy role, no access to secrets, quickly fired — no big deal.

But it is a big deal. I asked several former senior intelligence and law enforcement officials how serious this breach might have been. “It’s plenty serious,” one former top Justice Department official told me. “Focusing on his driver function alone, in Mafia families, the boss’s driver was among the most trusted men in the crew, because among other things he heard everything that was discussed in the car.”

A former top CIA clandestine officer explained to me what the agency would do if it had recruited the driver of a senior official such as Feinstein. “We would have the driver record on his phone all conversations that Feinstein would have with passengers and phone calls in her car. If she left her phone, iPad or laptop in the car while she went to meetings, social events, dinners, etc., we would have the driver download all her devices. If the driver drove for her for 20 years, he would probably would have had access to her office and homes. We would have had the source put down an audio device in her office or homes if the opportunity presented itself. Depending on the take from all of what the source reported, we would use the info to target others that were close to her and exhibited some type of vulnerability.”

“In short,” this officer said, “we would have had a field day.”

This would be nonstop coverage from the mainstream media if it were indeed a Republican Congressman.  Don Lemon would be crying and demanding justice on a nightly basis.  Dig a little deeper and you notice that they certainly try to obfuscate this fact and cover it up.  Snopes.com, whom we are to believe is the bastion of truth, says this claim is unproven.  Because any company that does the fact-checking for Facebook should be blindly believed, right?  But we are a society with an ever decreasing attention span, so once a story leaves the news cycle I guess that means the issue is settled, huh?

Looking ahead into 2019

There was a lot to be learned in 2018 if one was paying attention.  Here’s a few observations that we can learn from to use in 2019.

The Programming Runs Deep

People really can be programmed.  The more someone listens to the mainstream media news, or talk shows, or Netflix, or a variety of other narrative-approved sources, the stronger the connection.  Scott Adams likens it to two movies on the same screen.  Essentially people’s opinions and thoughts can be altered by the information they allow to feed into their brains.  This sounds obvious on the surface.  But the level of control and the amount of control is scary.  Social engineering.  This has been known for a long time.  Check out Edward Bernays and the Art of Public Manipulation.

It starts small.  Maybe it’s an innocuous image or two of a multi-racial family in a print ad or TV commercial.  Innocent in and of itself until you realize what they’re trying to do.  Or maybe it’s a slight change of lettering or wording.  The Berenstain Bears instead of the Berenstein Bears.  Or inventing terms like Judeo-Christian.  Or how about using Google vs Bing for your search results.  If you can accept that maybe there is a deeper, darker, more sinister objective to these types of seemingly innocent things you can begin to see what is going on.

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This has gone on for years.  It is not a new phenomena.  But it has hit a tipping point with many people.  Changes are happening faster over a shorter time period now.  Heck, look at Democratic talking points from 2018 vs 2008.  A 2008 Democrat was very anti-war.  Now they are mad President Trump is pulling out of an illegal war in Syria.  Once they were for the “little guy”.  Now they are all about big corporation funding.  A fence/wall, which they were all for in 2006 and 2013, is all of a sudden now the hill they’re willing to die on.  Most Democrats weren’t for gay marriage until about 10 years ago either.  Nor were they for illegal immigration.

All this is to say to be careful about what you watch and what you allow your loved ones to watch.  They do not report the news in an unbiased manner.  They have an agenda.  Look up who owns the NY Times or the Washington Post.  Do you really think these billionaires don’t have an ulterior motive other than presenting the news and facts as they are?  Of course not.  It’ll only get worse.  And the inversion of our values will only get worse.

For better or worse, it’s made me question a lot of the things I once took for granted.  We’ll get into this more later this year but even things like the moon landing are now questionable events that I once took for undisputed truth.  You will never go wrong by pursuing the truth.  You may get led down dark paths and discover things you never wanted to know, but this is ALWAYS preferable to lying to yourself.  Once you lie to yourself you can rationalize all sorts of evil and undesirable behavior and actions.

Evil is Real

This ties in a bit with the first point.  True evil does exist out there.  We’ve spoken about the rampant pedophelia problem in DC and Hollywood.  One of the ways the Cabal controls people is through blackmail.  Subscribe to Owen Benjamin if you want a rational, down to Earth view of the dark, sinister shit that goes on in these circles.  He was in these circles but couldn’t give in to the evil that necessarily seems to go along with making it “big” in Hollywood or DC.

Evil is real.  Sometimes it’s easier to spot evil than it is to spot good.  For me, I began to really notice and take seriously true evil around the time of Pizzagate.  That link is a pretty good starting point.  Check out neonrevolt.com and crazydaysandnights.net to go down that rabbit hole a little bit more.  It is not for the faint of heart.  If you can accept that evil is a real thing then you are on the path to truth.  It has rejuvenated my interest in Christianity, something I took for granted but now realize how much it has shaped our civilization and we’ve all gotten a glimpse of what a post-Christian Western civilization world looks like without it.  It is not pretty.  If you can accept that true evil exists then that is a good starting point to seeing that truth and true good also exists.  This is the path to Christ.

Protect Yourselves

2018 saw an unprecedented amount of censorship and deplatforming.  Dissident personalities like Alex Jones were rigorously ostracized and attacked for having views that did not fit with the accepted narrative.  Alternative news sources and individuals were demonetized and deplatformed on Twitter and YouTube like never before.  This is not an accident.  They are trying to silence the voices of those who speak truth and offer alternative viewpoints to the thoughts and opinions they want you to think.  “They” being the Master of the Universe aka Silicon Valley and their Deep State backers.  The cat is out of the bag.  This isn’t some tinfoil hat conspiracy theory anymore.

It’s a dangerous time to be a conservative in America.  You can easily be doxxed and have your life ruined for sharing your opinions.  I debated using a pseudonym or not when starting this site.  It’s certainly a risk to use one’s real name these days.  Be careful with what you post.  Consider what is at stake and what you’re willing to risk to share your opinions.  One should always post and profess the truth.  Just be careful with whom and how you share the truth.  It is not an even playing field out there.

2019 is going to be a good year.  The pieces are in place to have the hammer drop on the swamp creatures in DC and Hollywood.  Let’s learn from what happened in 2018 and continue to grow and adapt.  The attacks that come at us will only make us stronger.  Our arguments and positions are sharpened from all the criticism and vitriol.  We are antifragile.

A Week of Gratitude 2018: Supreme Court Judges

As we near Thanksgiving and reflect on the past year there is much to be thankful for despite all the negativity and evil out there.  And even though Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch was nominated and confirmed in 2017 both his and Justice Kavanaugh’s appointments are something we should be very thankful for.

Our Constitution has been under attack like never before in the past few decades and has only ramped up since President Trump took office.  I think perhaps it’s easy to take for granted all that President Trump has accomplished despite the best efforts of the Democrats to stop him.  And so much early success has spurned us to hope and expect for more from him.  And while I can’t speak for anyone else, I distinctly remember going into the election of 2016 that even if nothing else is accomplished, Supreme Court nominations would be the most important thing to win in the presidential election.  This serves as something of a safeguard and the ultimate checks and balances of a government gone amok.  And with the possibility of a progressive party coming into control looking to change the entire outlook of the values and rights this country was founded on, this was not a trivial matter.

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Thankfully, President Trump has delivered.  Justice Gorsuch replaced Justice Scalia, who died under very suspicious conditions.  The court at that time was in a very precarious position, 50/50 divided liberal/conservative.  One can make all the arguments one wants, but the Supreme Court is not supposed to be politically charged or motivated.  It’s one of the reasons why it’s a lifetime appointment; so they are not swayed by political pressures.  And while many want to interpret the Constitution as a living, breathing, document, Justice Gorsuch believes in interpreting the Constitution as our Founding Fathers wrote and hoped to interpret it, rather than bending the words to the day’s topic du jour to make it fit another meaning and enact new policy and change.  Legislation, one should recall, is not meant to be done by judges, much as the left wants that to be the case.  By securing Justice Gorsuch, only 51, he has secured a conservative seat on the bench for several decades.

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Justice Kavanaugh, as everyone by now knows, went through quite an ordeal to be nominated and confirmed.  Justice Kavanaugh, 53 himself, replaced a retiring Justice Kennedy.  Justice Kennedy was widely thought to be the centrist Justice.  This being such an important replacement, one that could tip the scales one way or the other, the Democrats sunk to their usual lows, and perhaps lower than usual, to besmirch his good name.  As the saying goes, you know you’re over the target when you start taking flak.  As I’ve written about before, Justice Kennedy wasn’t keen to judge on cases involving gun control and the second amendment.  This often times left the matter in a precarious position with a less secure future.  This will not be the case with Justice Kavanaugh and the left knew it.  The mud slinging was unprecedented.  Unsubstantiated sexual allegations were coming from all sides, with Christine Ford as the centerpiece.  And while many posited the question “what possible benefit could she have for making this up?” I offer you Exhibit A.  Suffice to say, we should not be weeping for Christine.  This was such a hot issue and really raised an important question to our country: Do we still believe in the notion of innocent until proven guilty?  Shockingly, though perhaps we shouldn’t be shocked by this anymore, this was a country divided on this question.  Many on the left thought Kavanaugh should not be nominated despite the fact there was exactly ZERO evidence supporting her claims, and in fact several of the claims were proven to be outright false.

Thankfully, despite their best efforts, the Democrats failed in both cases and we now have two more conservative judges on the Supreme Court.  Something tells me Justice Kavanaugh will not soon forget how he was treated.  That’s something to consider going forward.  And unless the Democrats try to pack the courts, an idea not unfamiliar to the left, it appears the court is secured for a few more decades.  And with the possibility of filling at least one more seat, President Trump has left us in a good position.  This was the most important issue going into the election and he has delivered in spades.

Thanksgiving is a time for reflection and gratitude.  As we spend time with our families and loved ones this year, let us be thankful for what we have and what has been preserved.  But we cannot rest on our laurels and we certainly need to stop taking our liberties for granted.  We were thisclose to losing the Supreme Court to the most corrupt politician in American history.  And given how spineless most of the Republican party is, a majority in the Senate would not leave me with a good feeling that HRC wouldn’t have prevailed.  Even if she hadn’t, having the option to add several judges once a Democrat majority in the Senate came into fruition was a very real possibility.   Especially knowing how much they have stuffed the ballot boxes during the midterms.

Trump to sign executive order ending birthright citizenship for illegals

YES!!!

That’s all that needs to be said.  This is a monumental step forward in an immigration debate that has stalled and sputtered for decades.  Via Fox News:

President Trump said in a newly released interview he plans to sign an executive order ending so-called “birthright citizenship” for babies of non-citizens born on U.S. soil — a move that would mark a major overhaul of immigration policy and trigger an almost-certain legal battle.

Birthright citizenship allows any baby born on U.S. soil to automatically be a U.S. citizen.

The policy, which stems from a disputed but long-recognized interpretation of the 14th Amendment, has given rise to what Trump considers abuse of the immigration system. Trump told “Axios on HBO” that the U.S. is the only country in the world “where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States … with all of those benefits.”

Despite Trump’s claim, the U.S. is not the only nation to have birthright citizenship, but the policy is rare outside of the Americas. Trump called birthright citizenship “ridiculous” and said that “it has to end.”

Under current policy, anyone born in the U.S. – regardless of whether they are delivered by a non-citizen or undocumented immigrant – is considered a citizen. The interpretation has been blamed for so-called ‘birth tourism’ and chain migration.

The 14th Amendment states: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”

Trump, should he pursue the executive order, would face court challenges, and it remains unclear whether he could prevail. Many legal scholars would argue such a change requires a constitutional amendment. But some conservatives argue the existing amendment holds room for interpretation.

Take a look at this article I wrote a few months back regarding the interpretation of the 14th amendment for more insight.  The debate portion of this is that the 14th amendment does not explicitly say one way or the other whether it should be legal for non-citizens (or invaders) and there was historical precedence which would suggest illegals were NOT included in it.  As you would of course hope and expect, but sadly that has not been the case historically here.  Those against Trump’s executive order will say he cannot put an EO on something that isn’t technically law in this direction either.

Regardless if one thinks he can or cannot this will force the issue to make longstanding change to a broken immigration policy.  I’ve posted a video from Styxhexenhammer down below that expounds on this nicely.  In order to have a functioning country we need to be a nation of laws.  Laws that are upheld and followed.  Birth tourism, where people from other countries vacation here with the specific intent of having a baby here who is then a citizen and can then be used to gain citizenship themselves, is a huge industry.  Do we really think that people intent on breaking our laws from the beginning, literally from birth, will make upstanding citizens in the long term?  Seriously?

Of course not.  This should discourage a multitude of wannabe pseudo-Americans to try in the first place, which is a huge first step in stopping the problem.  Couple this with a wall, ending chain migration in general, and slowing down legal immigration to a trickle will all greatly improve the lives of AMERICAN citizens.  The people who, you know, should be the main priority of every politician running for office here in AMERICA.

Bravo to President Trump, yet again, for standing up against the mob and bully tactics of the mainstream media.  Politicians have caved for far too long to sad images of children on TV or the moral “outrage” from hysterical leftists.  It takes a real leader to ignore the noise, ignore the hysteria, and do what’s right, even if it paints a bigger target on his back.

What’s next for the left?

Now that the Kavanuagh circus is over and they’ve lost yet another battle what is next for the left?  In the past two years of the stellar presidency of Donald J. Trump all they have done is obstructed.  Their only policy issues to date it appears are abolishing ICE completely and giving out free healthcare and education to everyone.  How this will be paid for is unclear.  How open borders will affect things like welfare and social security benefits is unclear.  You’re wasting your time if you ever expect to hear explanations from anyone on the left on how these things will rectify themselves.

What once started out as “simple” obstruction has turned into angry mob protests and violence.  What’s worse, the leaders of the Democratic party are encouraging this sort of behavior.  As always, they are projecting.  Here’s HRC recently:

Hillary Clinton says the time for civility is over.

After the bitter and partisan fight over the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the former secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate declared that President Donald Trump has undermined the integrity of the nation’s highest court and that it’s time for Democrats to be “tougher” with their opponents, in an interview with CNN published Tuesday

“You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about,” Clinton told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. “That’s why I believe, if we are fortunate enough to win back the House and or the Senate, that’s when civility can start again.”

Or how about Eric Holder?

“It is time for us, as Democrats, to be as tough as they are, to be as dedicated as they are, to be as committed as they are,” Holder told a crowd of campaign volunteers and candidates. “Michelle always says — I love her; she and my wife are like, really tight, which always scares me and Barack — but Michelle always says, ‘When they go low, we go high.’ No. When they go low, we kick ’em.”

We already know about the BS Maxine Waters was spreading not long ago either.

And the zombified left is reacting as they always do, obediently.  Their leaders will channel their lemmings to obstruct, protest, and get violent to push their agenda.  Scream, whine, and complain.  Because when you don’t have any actual ideas or policies other than expressing your disdain for the president, all you’re left with is screaming, whining, and complaining.

The Kavanaugh issue really hurt the left.  Anyone remotely closer to the political center found their reaction to be off-putting.  Too far.  The only concern is can the momentum be kept up until the mid-terms?  Will the right’s base remain charged up?

Don’t be fooled by the economy wavering here for a little bit.  The left will try and pounce on that for the mid-terms.  But the decline has largely been in the tech sector, which if you haven’t been paying attention is at odds with the president.  It wouldn’t even shock me at this point if they purposely absorbed temporary losses to make the President look bad in the leadup to the mid-terms.  Really, would any low ball dirty tactic surprise you at this point?

We shall see what direction they turn at this point.  The violence will only increase.  I’m sure Russia will come up again.  So will abolishing ICE.  And gun control.  The democrats haven’t demonstrated they’ve learned anything since President Trump was elected so I don’t expect anything new.  Just stay vigilant, take care of yourselves, and vote in November.

California forces boards to have women members

California continues its crusade to social engineer.  In their latest battle nobody asked for, they are now making it a requirement to have at least one board member that is female by the end of 2019.  Via Reuters:

The law would mandate at least two female directors by the end of 2021 if the company has five directors and three women if the company has six or more directors. Violators face fines of at least $100,000 and up to $300,000 for multiple violations of the statute.

“Given all the special privileges that corporations have enjoyed for so long, it’s high time corporate boards include the people who constitute more than half the ‘persons’ in America,” California Governor Jerry Brown said in a statement announcing the bill’s signing.

Silicon Valley tech companies started disclosing workforce diversity figures in 2014, but progress at the top has been slow, underscoring the challenge of transforming cultures that critics say are too homogenous, white and male dominated.

Yes, the ever dangerous and terrible position of having a board that’s too white and male dominated in a country that was founded and cultivated largely by white males.  Definitely can’t have that!

They aren’t even trying to hide it anymore.  They want to replace white men.  Period.  Not that is has to be said, but deliberately placing arbitrary quotas that have nothing to do with job performance or logic is a dangerous precedent, and ultimately fruitless and destructive.  And why is this only a problem in corporate board rooms?  I notice a rather large absence of diversity of NBA basketball teams.  Should we place quotas to require more white people on NBA teams?  After all, they are not proportionally represented on a NBA roster as compared to their proportion of the population.

No, of course that would never happen.  Nor should it.  The free market, or what small idea of the free market we think we have is, only works when it’s allowed to run naturally.  Which means allowing companies to hire whomever they want and put whomever they want on their boards.  If women feel so slighted, here’s an idea, how about start more companies?  Yes, I know, patriarchy.  Privilege.  Victim mindset.

This will not end at corporate board rooms, nor will it end with just a quota for women on corporate boards.  Eventually boards will need to be 20, 50, 100 people large to accomodate all of the requirements to have x amount of women, x amount of Native Americans, x amount of African-Americans, etc etc etc.  Micro-managing into oblivion.

The Perils of Pax Americana

Pax Americana, American Peace, was a term coined in the mold of Pax Romana and was the idea of civilizational peace amongst the more powerful nations under mostly American rule in the Western Hemisphere . The current Pax Americana is generally considered to have begun post World War II, where America was the dominant power that would act something like the world police. By and large it has worked somewhat okay, with major world wars being averted (so far) and “smaller” wars have been confined to mostly proxy wars with smaller main combatants.

But I don’t want to talk about the merits or follies of Pax Americana on the world stage. Instead, we look inward and ask how has this American peace molded society in America. Has this period of 70+ years of relative peace at least in America propelled America to ever greater heights? On the contrary, I think most people would agree America is not on an overall upward trajectory since World War II. Yes, President Trump is trying to turn that around, but there are many great dangers that continue to lurk and could continue the undoing of this great American civilization.

There are many aspects to Pax Americana that can be discussed, but today we mainly focus on how it has hurt the American people, and more specifically the American spirit. Too much of a “good” thing often ends up yielding terrible consequences. Much like a forest fire can sometimes be beneficial to clean out and make room for new growth, sometimes war or nefarious acts that directly affect us can have positive benefits. NN Taleb hammers this point home in his book Antifragile, and we see it everywhere in the natural world, especially in medicine and with our body. “That which does not kill us makes us stronger” as Nietzsche coined it. War, for all its downsides, does have many positive psychological effects as well. Usually it will unite a people. It puts into perspective what’s really important in life, and gives one more appreciation for what they have (or what they had before war) and for what’s worth preserving, fighting, and dying for. I propose that in our Pax Americana we’ve grown too soft, too comfortable, and taken our freedoms and liberties for granted for far too long. We’ve become complacent, presumptuous, forgetful, and misguided.

One of the main perils of a peace lasting too long is it’s easy to forget how and why we got there. The effect is even more pronounced when you have a failed educational system that often times barely addresses history, or changes it altogether. It is easy to take for granted one’s freedoms when it has been too long since they needed to be defended. One begins to think it is the natural order of things to be free, and consequently it becomes easy to take it for granted and assume it is easy to obtain. One could make an argument we’ve had plenty of wars since World War II that run counter to this. But the reality is all of these conflicts (save for 9/11) have been on foreign soil usually thousands of miles away. And in our modern economy we really do feel very little, if any, effect on our daily lives. If you didn’t take the time to watch the “news” you may have no idea at all that war is even going on. Contrast that to World Wars I and II, where citizens often had to ration food and fuel for the war effort. Factories were converted for military vehicles and weapons, new roles were created and women took over many duties usually saved for men. Curfews, bomb drills, and blackouts all serve as reminders on the home front that things are different, and it’s easier to appreciate what one had when it is in jeopardy. Tragedy and hardship unite people. Communities are strengthened when there is a need, and it fosters fellowship and camaraderie. These stresses to the system and daily life can have a very positive effect.  Again, I do not wish for these things, but they do give us a greater appreciation for what we have.  And unless we constantly educate and remind ourselves of what it “used to be like” during these difficult episodes, we’ll either forget them altogether or unfortunately only learn after another period of hardship.

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It’s hard to ignore the war when it hits you where you live.

Something else that comes out when there is lasting peace, at least in our civilization, is the focus turning to other social issues, often times with an over-emphasis. “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop” as the saying goes. So it is too in society. Could you imagine the current gender controversy going on during The Civil War or The Great War? You would be roundly (and rightly) completely ignored if you tried to spread the notion that there are 71 genders. The same goes with the transgender bathroom issue. Something tells me the 0.00001% of the population that is transgender wouldn’t have as much pull or have any sway towards changing legislation when hundreds of thousands or millions of people were dying yearly during a war. When there is peace, the minute comes to the forefront, and often times is overblown. And as the peace endures, it only gets worse. Again, we begin to forget why certain laws or practices were put into place in the first place, or the reasoning behind it. Today, we’ve gotten to a point where we can pervert the original intentions, as it was with fitness tests for women in the military, or the police force. Standards are changed, codes rewritten, to allow for greater openness and acceptance when the rules that were initially put in place had very rational reasons behind them.

The Immigration Act of 1965 is another example of irrational change because we forgot why it was there or undervalued its purpose. Pre-1965, America was a mostly homogeneous population, or largely consistent in its makeup since the country’s founding. It was never in doubt, never questioned. The benefits of a society of this sort were never fully appreciated or understood once the threat of war was lost. We assumed anyone could be an American, and that it wouldn’t have far reaching effects on our neighborhoods, educational system, or everyday lives. Like it or not, the majority, if not all wars, have started because of tribal differences. Whether they are racial, religious, or ideological, tribalism was at its root. Yet our hubris got the best of us and we somehow forgot this key fact. And once we opened the doors to anyone and everyone, we lost some of that unity and no longer is there a dominant population or religion to unite the people. One can harp on and on about how diversity is a strength, but the fact remains the less people have in common with each other the less likely they are to congregate or get along. Do you really think you have a better chance becoming friends with your neighbor if you speak English and they only speak Spanish or Arabic?

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Would these men be proud of what our country has become?  What they fought and died for?

Which raises another point in that we’ve completely lost our sense of self. We no longer have the pride in being American that we once had, and in fact are often times made to feel guilty to have any pride in the first place. Further, we’ve lost our sense of unity. With the blatant disregard for our immigration laws, and the agenda of pushing multiculturalism, there is no longer a push towards integration when one becomes an American. Assimilation seems to be a thing of the past. And because of this, we are losing any sense of unity as an American people. Observe a crowd watching the World Cup, or how people identify when asked where they are from or what is their background. “I’m American” is hardly ever the first answer. “I’m Mexican” or insert-race-here-with-a-dash-and-American, Mexican-American, Italian-American, etc etc. Multiculturalism in general has destroyed communities and led to civil unrest. Because we no longer try to assimilate newcomers, we’ve become more tribal than ever. Identity politics became the de facto position since Obama came into office, dividing the country on racial and religious lines. The notion of bringing in unchecked numbers of outsiders from all over the world or not seriously policing our borders during a time of war would be ludicrous and absurd. In peacetime, it’s somehow thought to be okay, as if there would be no ripple effects or changes in the fabric of society as we know it.

It’s interesting to observe that this effect isn’t uniquely American, but seems to only affect countries living under this Pax Americana. We see a crisis of identity and deterioration of society and its values in the UK, Germany, France, and most of the Western world. Contrast this to Russia or Japan. They are still proud of their country and their people. They’ve by and large preserved their sense of self. Like us, they have black marks on their history as well, but they don’t let themselves drown in guilt and self-flagellation and are still proud of who they are. Perhaps the fact that World War II was fought with a very heavy cost on their own soil has served as a longer lasting reminder to their people.

So the question remains, are we better off for Pax Americana? In 2018 we are as divided as we have ever been perhaps since 1968 or the Civil War. I am in no way advocating for some kind of war just to refresh our society. Far from it. But if we are to sustain peace and survive as a country we cannot forget our past, the values we fight for, or how and why we arrived at where we are. I’m sure many of these social fights and stands people have made in this peacetime have been with the best of intentions. But there is definitely some iatrogenic effect at work here; we most certainly seem to be doing more harm than good by intervening at all in many of these arenas. The shock and outrage of a baker not wanting to bake a cake for a gay wedding would seem a bit more petty and inconsequential if we were fighting for our way of life though, wouldn’t it?

No, I do not think we are better off. It has torn up our society, completely changed the demographic landscape, and led to a loss of American pride, which cannot be understated. Looking outwards for a moment, America as World Police has hurt our standing both in our own eyes as well as that of the world. Inserting ourselves into unjust or unnecessary wars, or wars that just plain have nothing to do with us, have left many Americans jaded, feeling guilty, and ashamed of what their country is doing. I have no doubt this is another contributing factor into why we’ve opened our doors to everyone (aside from the nefarious objectives of others in power too). Guilt, or perceived guilt, is a powerful motivator. A Vietnam or Iraq War can completely change how a country’s people view themselves.

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Are we any better off for having been in the Iraq War?  Oh right, WMDs…

Pax Americana has hurt our standing on the world stage and had deleterious effects on society on the home front. Most Americans, neo-liberals and neo-conservatives aside, would be happy if the United States re-adopted our pre-World War I foreign policy of staying out of other people’s business. It may not completely solve the problem, but it would be a start. A smaller military and global presence would have obvious benefits to our budget, and put the onus on other nations depending on us (without paying their fair share) to take care of themselves. Having skin in the game is beneficial to everyone.

9/11 – 17 years on

It’s been 17 years since the attacks in NYC and Washington DC.  You can argue about who did it, how it happened, or why it happened, but the fact remains that this dark event was a turning point in history.  It unleashed an unprecedented wave of surveillance, directly attacking our freedoms, and started a new volley of direct conflict and proxy wars in the Middle East, all in the name of “The War on Terrorism”.

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We would be foolish to not have been awoken from our slumber with this.  And really most people continued to stay asleep until 2016.  At the time of the attacks the Deep State was truly a conspiracy theory.  There are serious doubts that this was carried out the way the official narrative says it was.  Knowing what we know now in 2018 this hardly feels like a stretch at all.  As early as the Iranian coup in 1953 the CIA has had its tentacles all over the world, meddling.  The 9/11 attacks were justification for the Patriot Act, gave rise to the FISA courts, and initiated military action in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Remember WMDs?  More lies spun up out of this mess to justify wasting trillions of dollars spent in the Middle East.  When you ask yourself who benefited from 9/11 you could make just as good a case for the US Government agencies benefiting the most.

Perhaps the biggest piece of information to come out of the meteoric rise of President Trump is the very real and active presence of the Deep State.  You are no longer laughed out of the room by pointing them out as a real entity.  The treasonous actions of many in the FBI, CIA, and Department of Justice against President Trump and for Hillary Clinton before, during, and after the election have thankfully awoken more people.  The Deep State can no longer hide behind the conspiracy theory curtain.

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But now we are stronger than ever.  We have momentum, and we have the greatest leader of our time to uncover the rot within our government.  Only a man of President Trump’s caliber, unable to be bought, or controlled, learning and growing in perhaps the most cutthroat industry in the world, NYC real estate, could handle the unimaginable pressure of running the greatest country the world has ever known while fighting domestic enemies more dangerous than ever once thought possible.

We are doomed to be victims of history if we forget it.  Let us not forget.  And let us be strong enough to not turn away, or be willfully ignorant because it’s easier that way.  Edward R. Murrow put it best, “A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves”.  It is our ancestral duty to stop this.

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