Sunday, December 27, 2015

The Old Alarmist Says



The Old Alarmist Says…first, let’s understand that if you’re reading this, you’re going to be on one side of the fence or the other.   My side of the fence is conservative, with a desire for smaller government, smarter administrations and a stronger America.   The other side of the fence wants bigger government, more regulations and more political correctness.  At some point, and it’s apparent that we’re close to it, there will be more people on government handouts than are working to support them.
            So, decide where you are and then we can proceed because if you’re on the other side of the fence this is where you should stop reading and delete this and never come back to me on e-mail.   Or, perhaps you’re one of the few that thinks for themselves and looks for indicators in what is being said or printed.  Kudos to you, if you are.
            I believe…that the current occupant of the White House is a clinically delusional madman…that he is following an agenda straight out of Saul Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals, along with the Cloward and Piven strategies, both of which aim for the destruction of the United States even though it’s couched in politically correct language. 
            At a time when our potential enemies, China and Russia, are building up their militaries, our delusional leader is decimating ours.   We are still borrowing money, which many experts say can never be repaid, and handing it out to almost anyone, or anything, without much chance of getting any sort of repayment to us.  That is plainly fiscal irresponsibility.
            Based on books that I’ve read over the past five years, doing research for the radio show, it is plain to see that this country is being degraded and destroyed systematically.   Succeeding generations are being dumbed-down, there doesn’t seem to be much difference between the two political parties when you examine what they do when they are the “in” group.   My affiliation, for the present, is Republican, but could we use a third party?  I think we could.
            If you write you will get an answer.  The problem is that the answer you get may not be the answer you expected or wanted.   Write me at amafrog@att.net
           

Sunday, December 20, 2015

RONALD REAGAN AND OTHER GOOD GUYS…



RONALD REAGAN AND OTHER GOOD GUYS…
            Ronald Reagan may not have been the most brilliant president we’ve ever had, but his heart was in the right place and, there was no doubt, that he was an American.
Here’s a few quotes from our 40th President: “Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.”  That, to me, sounds like the opposite of what the current occupant of the Oval Office is all about.  Another quote goes like this…”We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.”   How can society be responsible for mentally disturbed people, or for people that are indoctrinated to hate America and do us harm?   A gun in the hands of a sane person, one who has no hate in his/her heart, will probably do no harm.   The recent shooting in San Bernardino is an excellent example of this.  California has very strict gun laws, but the killers had plenty of weapons, so the laws didn’t bother them at all.   They had been inculcated to violence against America, so it wasn’t OUR society that did them wrong, it was the training they received somewhere else.
            Thomas Jefferson, a brilliant visionary, also had a few pertinent things to say, and remember, he was a century(at least) ahead of our present troubles.  He said, “For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security.”   His words were meant to get back to England and a despotic King, but they are just as noteworthy today.  Something else he said was “Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence.”   You have to ask yourself, how did he know that we would aid and abet our own destruction by importing barbarians that have killing Americans uppermost in their minds?   The consolidation of power in the executive branch of our government has been allowed to take place because the Congress has not done their job, which is to rein in the lawless
occupant of the White House.   Why they seem to rubber-stamp his every wish is beyond me.
            One of my personal heroes is JFK and not just because he was in the Navy.  He had a few memorable things to say also.  One is “The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.”   As mentioned above, Congress seems to have gotten the idea that you need to go along to get along, and that’s not what America is about.   We are a nation founded on certain principles that were, at the time, contrary to the popular belief…and we turned out to be the greatest nation on earth…ever!   Something
else that JFK said was “The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human life.”  If you think about it, almost any nation, the US included, that would drop a nuclear weapon could very well set off a chain-reaction of other nations dropping their own bombs and THAT, according to NewScientist.com could usher in a nuclear winter.  A regional exchange of relatively small nuclear weapons could plunge the world into a decade-long “nuclear winter”, destroying agriculture and killing millions, according to a new study.   Weapons experts to consider that small-scale nuclear exchanges are now more likely than the massive US-Soviet exchanges feared during the Cold War.   In the 1980s, scientists calculated that such exchanges would put enough smoke into the atmosphere to shade the Earth from the Sun, causing a nuclear winter.
Now scientists have re-calculated the likelihood of nuclear winter using modern, vastly improved climate models and a more likely modern scenario for small-scale nuclear war.
In short, we could be looking at an event that would bring about the end of mankind.  Period.
            There are many people, of differing beliefs, that populate the earth and if we start with that as a given fact the rest of this becomes logical.   To date we have not learned to live on other planets, so we must learn to live, together, on this one.  Any one group that threatens the existence of all, must be dealt with, and in a manner that would preclude them doing anything to jeopardize the rest of us.   If mankind is to continue, and continue to move forward, action would seem to be the watchword here.
            One last quote, and this from Lawrence Eagleburger, “One nuclear war is going to be the last nuclear - the last war, frankly, if it really gets out of hand. And I just don't think we ought to be prepared to accept that sort of thing.”  Mr. Eagleburger was a diplomat during the George H.W. Bush administration.   Can there be any doubt that, unless we are careful, we may be rushing headlong to our own destruction?
           

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Ronald Reagan and other good guys…



 Ronald Reagan and other good guys…
            Ronald Reagan may not have been the most brilliant president we’ve ever had, but his heart was in the right place and, there was no doubt, that he was an American.
Here’s a few quotes from our 40th President: “Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.”  That, to me, sounds like the opposite of what the current occupant of the Oval Office is all about.  Another quote goes like this…”We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.”   How can society be responsible for mentally disturbed people, or for people that are indoctrinated to hate America and do us harm?   A gun in the hands of a sane person, one who has no hate in his/her heart, will probably do no harm.   The recent shooting in San Bernardino is an excellent example of this.  California has very strict gun laws, but the killers had plenty of weapons, so the laws didn’t bother them at all.   They had been inculcated to violence against America, so it wasn’t OUR society that did them wrong, it was the training they received somewhere else.
            Thomas Jefferson, a brilliant visionary, also had a few pertinent things to say, and remember, he was a century(at least) ahead of our present troubles.  He said, “For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security.”   His words were meant to get back to England and a despotic King, but they are just as noteworthy today.  Something else he said was “Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence.”   You have to ask yourself, how did he know that we would aid and abet our own destruction by importing barbarians that have killing Americans uppermost in their minds?   The consolidation of power in the executive branch of our government has been allowed to take place because the Congress has not done their job, which is to rein in the lawless
occupant of the White House.   Why they seem to rubber-stamp his every wish is beyond me.
            One of my personal heroes is JFK and not just because he was in the Navy.  He had a few memorable things to say also.  One is “The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.”   As mentioned above, Congress seems to have gotten the idea that you need to go along to get along, and that’s not what America is about.   We are a nation founded on certain principles that were, at the time, contrary to the popular belief…and we turned out to be the greatest nation on earth…ever!   Something
else that JFK said was “The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human life.”  If you think about it, almost any nation, the US included, that would drop a nuclear weapon could very well set off a chain-reaction of other nations dropping their own bombs and THAT, according to NewScientist.com could usher in a nuclear winter.  A regional exchange of relatively small nuclear weapons could plunge the world into a decade-long “nuclear winter”, destroying agriculture and killing millions, according to a new study.   Weapons experts to consider that small-scale nuclear exchanges are now more likely than the massive US-Soviet exchanges feared during the Cold War.   In the 1980s, scientists calculated that such exchanges would put enough smoke into the atmosphere to shade the Earth from the Sun, causing a nuclear winter.
Now scientists have re-calculated the likelihood of nuclear winter using modern, vastly improved climate models and a more likely modern scenario for small-scale nuclear war.
In short, we could be looking at an event that would bring about the end of mankind.  Period.
            There are many people, of differing beliefs, that populate the earth and if we start with that as a given fact the rest of this becomes logical.   To date we have not learned to live on other planets, so we must learn to live, together, on this one.  Any one group that threatens the existence of all, must be dealt with, and in a manner that would preclude them doing anything to jeopardize the rest of us.   If mankind is to continue, and continue to move forward, action would seem to be the watchword here.
            One last quote, and this from Lawrence Eagleburger, “One nuclear war is going to be the last nuclear - the last war, frankly, if it really gets out of hand. And I just don't think we ought to be prepared to accept that sort of thing.”  Mr. Eagleburger was a diplomat during the George H.W. Bush administration.   Can there be any doubt that, unless we are careful, we may be rushing headlong to our own destruction?
           

Sunday, December 6, 2015

PEARL HARBOR…AND OTHER THINGS



PEARL HARBOR…AND OTHER THINGS
            Those of us who remember the attack on Pearl Harbor, look back and some of us wonder how we could have been so na├»ve.   Others will say that they knew it was coming because of our treatment of Japan…and both sides might be right.   On that Sunday morning 74 years ago, the US Navy was decimated.   The Army Air Corps was decimated.   Outlying Marine posts were overrun.   It was a day of infamy.   Now, fast forward to the present.
            We’ve rebuilt Japan, even following two atomic bombs, to the point where they are not just an economic competitor, but we owe them a bunch of money now!  No, not in reparations…we have become a bankrupt, debtor nation, and Japan is just one of our big creditors.   The same can be said about Germany, although we helped them rebuild, we don’t owe them as much, if anything.  
China…well, that’s a whole other story.   This once backward nation that we helped to survive during World War Two, bounced back with a vengeance.   It is to China that we owe most of our money, and according to experts, have little or no chance of ever repaying the loan.   We counted them as a strong ally during the war, and now we are facing them as a potential enemy…and the same can be said for Russia.
Somebody once said that politics makes strange bedfellows and it certainly is a truism in this modern world.   Who would have known that the attack on Pearl Harbor would evolve into a political and economic ally?   Could anyone have guessed that Russia and China, both of which might not have survived without our help could become “frenemies”, a term that didn’t even exist until a couple of years back.
A frenemy, as I understand it, is a person, even a nation, that works both sides of the street…they’re both for you and against you, publicly and privately.   That, to me, describes Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Yemen and a host of other countries in the muddled Middle East.   Oil made them all rich, but it didn’t make them all civilized.   They wear civilization  like a coat, to be taken off or put on as the occasion demands.   They tell us to our face that they like us but they shovel money out the back door to the barbarians.
As Pearl Harbor approached on that fateful day, America was taking the first steps to becoming a superpower.   We invented, we made, we improved and it was all done here in the United States.   Now there’s some stuff that’s still made here, but if you pick up something in the big box store, 9 times out of 10 it will say “Made In China”.
The same goes for the supermarket…except that the “Pacific Rim” countries also share in that.   It’s very difficult to find canned fruits and vegetables that are still grown and processed in this country…without ever having to go overseas first.
            A listener wrote in recently to say that I was “a one-trick pony”…that is, my stuff was all the same week in and week out.   He could be right in one respect because the show is about trying to right the wrongs being perpetrated.   That’s a big job and I’m just a whisper in a windstorm.   The salmon swimming upstream to spawn have nothing on me…the tide is always against me but as long as we have free speech in this country I’ll keep on saying what I think needs to be said.  
            Now, that bit about free speech…you want to think about that for a bit?   On many college and university campuses you don’t have that…unless you get a permit, and then only in certain “free speech zones”.    How does that square with the First Amendment to the US Constitution?    You want to hear some interesting things?   Make up a 20 question test about Americana…history, government, literature, stuff like that and ask your kids and grandkids to answer the questions.   They cannot use a smartphone or a computer…they have to actually know the answers, and that’s where the amazing part comes in.   Try it and see what happens.
            Remember Pearl Harbor…the Maine…the Alamo.   There’s probably a thousand things you could, and should, remember, because it’s what made America what it was.
            Well the holidays are coming so I’ll put on my happy face and see what transpires.   Who knows, we might even have Peace On Earth for a week or so.