Trump’s Way Out of the Progressive Labyrinth
In every single week of the Trump presidency, the investigators and attorneys of FBI Director James Comey or, subsequently, of special counsel Robert Mueller, have leaked information that President Donald Trump was under investigation for either colluding with the Russians or obstructing justice—allegations so far without any substantiating evidence.
In the case of Comey, we now know that his office or sympathetic third-parties leaked to the press false stories that Trump was under FBI investigation at precisely the time that the careerist Comey was privately reassuring the president himself that he was in fact not being investigated.
The appointment of Mueller was a concession to opposition demands that Trump appoint a Lawrence Walsh-type Special Prosecutor. The Comey-Mueller investigations and leaks occur simultaneously with House Intelligence member Adam Schiff’s passive-aggressive and often pompous announcements of evidence of Russian collusion—including raising the specter of a Grand Jury investigation—that are never followed by any evidence.
Since January 2017, the Congress ceased being a legislative body. It is now a Star-chamber court determined to decapitate the presidency.
Never in the history of the republic have there been so many legislative and political simultaneous efforts to 1) sabotage the Electoral College, 2) sue to overturn the presidential vote in key swing states, 3) boycott the Inauguration, 4) systematically block presidential appointments, 5) surveille, unmask, and leak classified or privileged information about the elected president, 6) nullify federal law at the state and local level, 7) sue to remove the president by invoking the Emoluments Clause, 8) declare Trump unfit under the 25th Amendments, 9) demand recusals from his top aides, 10) cherry-pick sympathetic judges to block presidential executive orders, 11) have a prior administration’s residual appointees subvert their successor, and 12) promise impending impeachment.
And that is only the political effort to remove the president. [Read more…]
On our recent trip we transited numerous border crossings, each with their own armed border patrol officers, customs inspectors, baggage x-ray machines, fingerprint readers, electronic passport scanners, video and still cameras for recording face images, and rope lines for sorting and queuing people. Cameras are never allowed in border crossing areas. We processed through immigration authorities in China, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, China again, Hong Kong again, and finally the U.S.
The U.S. is the only country in the above list that does not register your leaving the country. There is no exit immigration process from the U.S. You are free to leave any time, provided you can find another country who will let you in. The rest of the countries we visited all had both exit and entrance immigration processes. Their governments have the capacity to prevent you from leaving.
Our government controls the export of products from the U.S., but people are free to go. Let that sink in.
The exportation of people, as in the U.S. population, is not a problem for the U.S. Again, let that sink in.
We transited Taipei outbound and inbound, but since we remained in the international terminal and did not legally enter Taiwan, there was no need to go through their immigration process.
The immigration drill is fairly standard with arrival cards, departure cards and customs declaration cards for those immigrants carrying dutiable goods.
Near the end of our trip, we transited both ways through the Hong Kong and China Lo Wu border crossing one day. This crossing has foot bridges going over a moat with steep 30’ concrete walls on both sides of the water, no shallow parts, and the final wall on the Hong Kong side topped with large dense coils of concertina wire facing the Chinese side. It is a formidable boundary.
There are two immigration authorities, face to face, with an international zone between the two. Everyone goes through both an exit and an entry process in Lo Wu, whether you’re coming or going. The foreign queues had much less volume than the Chinese national queues.
As visitors to China we had to previously obtain a visa, a process through the Chinese embassy in the U.S. that involved paying a fee and obtaining a letter of intent from a Chinese entity that was planning to see us. They don’t let people into their country without a reason.
Similarly, the Chinese don’t let their own citizens out without a reason. Chinese citizens must obtain an exit visa to visit Hong Kong. This is a Chinese requirement, not a Hong Kong requirement, that probably has something to do with the fact that 90% of the population of Hong Kong is made up of Chinese people who decided to not return to China. Exit visas for Chinese wanting to visit Hong Kong may be refused by the government, and it was because this happened to our friend that we met in Lo Wu that day.
Well, I guess the main point of this little writing has come and gone, but it bears reinforcing. The next time you hear an ungrateful person talking trash about some aspect of America, please remind them that the door is wide open for them to leave.
This strangely titled article purports to speak to a familiar universal experience—what remains after a migration. As one who migrated, I recognize the territory.
My journey began in a thriving medium-sized city of wealth and opportunity. Everyone worked, banks lent money, men built businesses that provided employment, children played in the summer without much supervision, homes rarely stood empty during the day, the fine arts were produced in all sorts of forms and venues throughout the year and people went out to enjoy them, and families came together at punctual meal times.
The order and freedom allowed young people to dream about their future lives. My dream was pretty general. I thought it would be cool to live in different regions of America—to spend a couple decades in each of them and enjoy the full American experience over the course of my life. In large part this dream came true.
In the expanded time perception of youth when the clock moves way too slowly, one gets the impression that things are more permanent than they are. But the city of my halcyon youth could not stop time, and would not preserve that ideal combination of people and elements that surrounded my place in it.
People and capital always move. External forces create new opportunities, and diminish the potential of old exploits. Things change.
Regionally, my home area is more wealthy than ever, but the distribution of wealth, property, valuable real estate, and jobs throughout the region is all new. Except for service jobs—of which many more exist than before—the nature of capitalized skilled jobs in the region bears little resemblance to the factories that formerly dominated the region’s employment.
I have no reason to doubt that material shifts of this fundamental nature happen throughout America and the world. What happened to my home town region happens everywhere in the world, constantly.
I am lucky to have the option for nostalgia over the simpler time I grew up in. Someone who had a misfortunate childhood probably does not look back so fondly. It fascinates me that children today may in the future consider this time as the simpler more nostalgic period, and may even want to preserve it from whatever chaotic future they find themselves in.
It also fascinates me when people migrate to an area and adopt a nostalgic view of that area with an objective to return that area to the stasis of the nostalgic view they found there. It happens a lot in Elbert County.
People take a drive through here, see the trophy ranches owned by worldly billionaires, and develop a false foundation for nostalgia that does not reflect the hard scrapple circumstances of existence those who tamed this place endured. No one in their right mind would choose to return to such difficulties.
The romantic trophy ranches built with today’s money earned from other places are not relics. They are new, just as the current business climate in my original home region is new and bears little resemblance to what happened there in the past.
We cannot freeze time in a place, though many devote themselves to the pursuit. For young people looking to experience all the world has to offer, there is probably no more effective way to get them to leave home than to try to prevent change and growth.
Returning to the Rothman article that spurred these thoughts, the author seems more interested in connecting the alliterative labels: “dying,” “defunct,” “despair,” and “dystopic” to “Trump voter” than he is in adding any insight about the ebbs and flows of people, capital and economic activity in America.
President Trump, whatever else you do, you must get the Muslim Brotherhood OUT of our government, military and federal agencies.
“The context and subtext contain the real message. This is true on both sides of today’s political battles. On the one side, we have the remnants–scratched and bleeding, but still partially cohesive–of the old American Christian cultures, largely Protestant but with a strong admixture of Catholics; on the other is the far less numerous but culturally potent Unholy Left, adhering to its own secular religion, although it professes atheism. As with the battle between radical Islam and the West, one side has explicitly avowed war on the other, while the other, more powerful, refuses to acknowledge it or even conceive of it. Which side, under these circumstances, is more likely to be successful?”
Michael Walsh, “The Devil’s Pleasure Palace,” 2015, p. 115.
Justice Scalia’s death is a litmus test for the nation. Everyone who justifies their position on the proper course of action for the President and the Senate to fill Scalia’s seat on the Court with an appeal to the will of the people is wrong. America was never intended to be governed by a political expression of the will of the people.
Justice Scalia fought an uphill battle to preserve the rule of law, not the rule of men. He agreed with the Framers that Constitutional law should only be changed with the safeguards of the amendment process in order to avoid judicial tyranny. But this process is far too slow for the Left who see the Court as the architect of social engineering in America.
That concept – social engineering – is the very antithesis of freedom. It makes lab rats out of free men. It just amazes me to see the Left, who are all so libertarian about their behavioral choices, chuck their free will aside and line up to conform with the latest politically correct gestalt.
And if it were only that, I could grudgingly accept it. But no. They’re driven to make law to govern and force me to accept their experiments too. And that’s where I draw the line – because I don’t sell my freedom cheaply. I expect to be persuaded and convinced, and the Left, generally, don’t make compelling arguments.
My Uncle Robert Garrett USN received military honors this past Monday at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. The schedule is tight at the cemetery. Time is meted out with military precision in small increments for final farewells and ceremonies. Those not engulfed in grief – the honor guard and officers – are eminently serious.
With the ceremony concluded, I retrieved my video gear, and walked out. I met the officer in charge of the honor guard and said, “Thank you sir.” He nodded a serious acknowledgment, and then he paused to say something. I turned to look at him, and his face broke into a massive smile as he said, “Merry Christmas!” It was unexpected and beautiful.
And I realized the ceremony he had just performed was his Christmas gift to our family, and his wish brought me right back into a warm and peaceful space from the most solemn one we had just witnessed. I wished him Merry Christmas too, and that was all for our exchange.
But there was a lesson in that moment. That’s why they do what they do – why the military go downrange to risk their lives to put down evils all over the world. Our culture is exceptional for its simple good things, Christmas among them. This officer knew what to protect. He wanted to come home and practice his exceptional Americanism – maybe wish a total stranger Merry Christmas and really mean it. He knew the cost in American lives it took to provide that safe protected space from the persistent forces around us trying to destroy, occupy, and diminish everything American.
The snowflake students talk about their spaces safe from microaggression, completely oblivious to what it costs men like this officer to create the environments where someone like them can waste oxygen on toy battles over petty insults.
Well, he wasn’t wasting his oxygen. He gave out honors, and then Christmas presents. It’s what real Americans do.
Neither Republicans nor Democrats will dare to “shut the government down” since, by doing so, Americans would discover free life without political Leviathan hovering over head, and they would discover just how much they don’t need Republicans and Democrats.
Without Big Brother, Americans would become self-reliant again. Without a social agency running to the rescue under lights and sirens, Americans would call on each other to help them in an emergency.
Without swarms of Officers from a multitude of New Offices sent hither to harass our people and eat out their substance*, Americans would solve their own problems, save for their own futures, provide for their own health needs, freely trade under voluntary agreements with others in America and around the world, carefully husband their physical and monetary resources to maximize wealth accumulation, preserve their environments, pursue creative income-generating acts to build better futures, care for disadvantaged and unfortunate members of their church and community, and basically do all that is necessary to form a civilized society.
Without government propaganda consuming and occupying the American discourse, Americans would discover they have the necessary skills to form a civilized society without being led by the nose like cattle.
Without politicians berating them about all that government must do for them, Americans would discover real self-esteem bubble up from within themselves as responsible functioning citizens.
Nearly 10% of Americans work for governments, however, their financial impact on America is far greater – the national debt they’ve run up is more than $2 trillion higher than our GDP. Obviously, American governments serve themselves first and foremost.
The relevant question is not whether to shut down the government. The relevant question is why on earth have we not shut it down already? It’s not like things are getting better!
Let’s turn off the microphones, close up the buildings, terminate the bureaucracies, and allow Americans to discover free life again without this crushing burden over head.
We have survived Leviathan thus far. We can certainly do much better without it dragging us down.
*See the Declaration of Independence.
I had the great fortune to make a friend in Hong Kong last April from a random meeting while waiting for a table at a restaurant. Subsequently we visited one evening over a couple bottles of wine and a duck. We began to write each other. This is from his recent letter. The lesson to America couldn’t be more clear:
“Hong Kong is a small place. What has made Hong Kong a city actually serving the world as a genuinely global financial center are: the common law system in the city, English proficiency, a free vote, a free way of life, convertibility of the currency, simple and low tax regime – there is no value added tax (VAT) for exchange of goods, and personal income tax stands at only 12%. 99% of the population are formerly refugees escaping from Chinese Communism in the mainland.”
The arrival of the remains of a 1967 AF Academy graduate, Capt. Chorlins, who was shot down in 1970 in Laos. The funeral and burial are scheduled for 10AM today. It took at least 10 years to complete the DNA identification after recovery of his remains in 2003.
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – An Air Force Academy graduate who went Missing In Action in Vietnam returns to his alma mater April 14 for a funeral service and burial.
Funeral services for Capt. Richard David Chorlins, Air Force Academy Class of 1967, are scheduled for 10 a.m. in the Cadet Chapel, followed by internment at the Air Force Academy cemetery.
Then-First Lieutenant Chorlins, was a pilot and an Air Commando, assigned to the 602nd Special Operations Squadron at Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Force Base in Thailand. On Jan. 11, 1970, his A-1H Skyraider was struck by 37mm anti-aircraft artillery fire and crashed into the side of a mountain during a night interdiction mission over the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos. No parachute was observed and there were no other indications that he had survived. Two days later, when evidence of his death was received, his status was changed from missing in action to killed in action. On Jan. 14, 1970, he was posthumously promoted to the grade of Captain.
His remains were not returned until 2003, and it took another decade for DNA testing to positively identify the remains.
Chorlins was a native of University City, Mo. He was an exceptional cadet and named to the Superintendent’s List for five semesters. He majored in Economics and followed his Academy career by obtaining a Master’s Degree in Economics at Georgetown University. He was interested in returning to the Academy as a faculty instructor after the war.
Captain Chorlins is honored in several places. His name appears on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C., on Panel 14W, line 25. He is also recognized on the Academy’s War Memorial, located near the flagpole on the Terrazzo in the Cadet Area. In addition, the Reflections Gallery in the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis has a display devoted to Captain Chorlins.
The funeral was preceded by a dignified arrival ceremony on April 13. Chorlins’ remains will return to Colorado aboard Delta Flight 1382, and members of the Air Force Academy will be present to honor this fallen warrior on his return to the Academy.
The following thoughts are in response to: CNN anchor: Americans rights do not come from God.
The Left constantly try to remove God from the history of the founding of America. They’ll never change our history but they’re doing a decent job of educating future generations of Americans to be ignorant of it.
Ironically, the Left consider the removal of God from American history to be progress. Of course progress presumes a known objective. Since no one can know the future, progressive is an adjective that can only be applied to a sequence of past events.
Those events need to be linked by cause and effect in a chain of consequences where one thing provably led to another, and so on, until the chain arrived at the point where the progression ended. Causation is a high standard, based in evidence, and the Left never even pretend to adhere to it.
Moreover, progressions lead to better and worse outcomes. Only the Left would argue that progress sponsored by Obama to divide Americans by race and economics, to undermine capitalism, to diminish the West, to ration healthcare, to name a few, could be positive progressions.
The Left toss around words like progress and historical inevitability like a three-year-old scatters tinker toys on her playroom floor. It doesn’t take much for them to reach a conclusion, and once they have one, it’s a short throw for them to raise up arms to defend it. With the obsession of true believers they march into battle to maybe die over their odd assemblies.
These people are all over the place. The news is full of the worst cases from around the world, but only matters of degree separate the killers from the more constrained instances roaming the hills and vales of Elbert County. The unquiet dreams of the utopian united front haunt and possess them all.
But what do the Left get out of undermining the American system? The American constitutional legal contract between citizen and state is the best deal a people ever had with a government.
It’s an incontrovertible fact that the supreme legal status of an American citizen under a constitutionally limited government rests on the premise of a divine right. Whether one affirms the existence of metaphysics does not change the existence of our Constitution and the legal rights it protects.
The Left zeitgeist holds that everyone must think like the Left. They’re probably insecure, and not without good reason. Look at the smorgasbord of cracked philosophies, failed economics, and pop craziness they set about to uphold on a daily basis. Who in their right mind does this to themselves?
Well, they’re special and romantic and different and artistic and oh so sensitive – a very right-brained bunch if you buy into that myth. And the bountiful American capitalist system provides them all the sustenance they need to flourish and grow their numbers.
Of course once they leave the protected borders of America and the shelter of constitutional freedom, they have to be pretty good with an AK-47 to survive for very long.
But they’re a reckless bunch too. They destroy with abandon whole systems they don’t even understand. They create unnecessary negative consequences each day in the ham-handed belief that dialectic conflict – the “I know you are but what am I?” theory – must produce a better outcome for humanity. No hubris there, by the way – an inability to fix themselves apparently qualifies them to fix everyone else.
This mindlessness elevated to the status of a god replaces God with a new mystique, a universal variable that changes from one moment to the next, and consists of a conflicting opposite reflection of whatever happens. It is the obverse of the universe – call it obversism – not to be confused with Rand’s objectivism. The former consists of disagreement and dissent, the latter on consensus and consent.
Oh they’ll pay lip service to democracy because they know it sells in America. But they’re not interested in consent nearly so much as compliance.
No objective answers exist to metaphysical questions – questions about a state of being outside of the observable universe. Though this does not deter the 95% of humanity who believe in metaphysical existence, I choose to not speculate – especially after observing the recorded history of calamities that ensued from those types of speculations.
But I do know a good deal when I see it. We have one in America, and I would never trade it for the mercurial utopian dreams in the Leftist bag of tricks.
Thanks to the Viet Nam veterans who came to the Kiowa fairgrounds on Saturday. Joe DiLeonardo set the room to accommodate hundreds of people to witness what the veterans had to say 50 years after the war began. A handful of people showed up, but hopefully many more will take the time to see the video. It is no trivial matter for these veterans to open themselves to the public about the war they experienced, after years of counter-culture political attacks on their characters and the war. They deserve far better than what they got from some Americans. They spoke with a genuine humility despite the magnitude of their accomplishments both in the war and civilian life since. I hope the vets continue to open up. Americans need the benefit of their wisdom. They bring a deep pool of leadership qualities tempered under the most brutal of conditions. Only fools would pass up the opportunity to learn from them.
“The Singapore model was made explicit for me [Robert D. Kaplan] at the Vietnam Singapore Industrial Park, twenty miles outside Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon as it is still called by everyone outside of government officialdom. I beheld a futuristic world of perfectly maintained and manicured right-angle streets where, in a security-controlled environment, 240 manufacturing firms from Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, South Korea, Europe, and the United States were producing luxury golf clubs, microchips, pharmaceuticals, high-end footwear, aerospace electronics, and so on. In the next stage of development, luxury condominiums were planned on-site for the foreign workers who will live and work here. An American plant manager at the park told me that his company chose Vietnam for its high-tech operation through a process of elimination: “We needed low labor costs. We had no desire to locate in Eastern Europe or Africa [which didn’t have the Asian work ethic]. In China wages are already starting to rise. Indonesia and Malaysia are Muslim, and that scares us away. Thailand has lately become unstable. So Vietnam loomed for us: it’s like China was two decades ago, on the verge of a boom.” He added: “We give our employees in Vietnam standardized intelligence tests. They score higher than our employees in the U.S.”
This is an example of international manufacturing competition today – intelligent employees with a positive work ethic producing high quality products in predictable and efficient modern factories. This is the standard of production that America must retool to meet in order to successfully compete for business in the world market.
Protecting American companies from international competition through import duties on products, high tariffs, and anti-dumping laws, lowers the bar for American domestic manufacturing, raises prices to American consumers, and induces the obsolescence of American manufacturing capacity. Remember British Leyland? A memory is all that remains of it.
The choice is clear.
Americans can continue to protect themselves, stay on the path toward manufacturing extinction, and become a client state to the various countries in the world who produce goods.
Or Americans can disassemble the protectionist devices shielding our markets, undo the congressional influence-buying and political-patronage system of Customs import duties, engage in international manufacturing on competitive terms that will attract capital to America, and once again enjoy the benefits that follow from a growing economy.
We can either produce, or get used to enslavement.
American Unemployment Causes:
- Highest corporate tax rate of any country in the world.
- High import taxes on cheaper foreign products that could benefit American consumers.
- Heavy federal regulation of exporters.
- Heavy federal regulation of employers for employment taxation, health insurance, and environmentalism.
- Anti-competitive federal subsidies for selected American corporations.
- Entitlement subsidies that incentivize not working.
- Anti-business, anti-capitalist, Marxist-centered higher education.
- Liberal-dominated media hostile to American business.
- Environmental activists overwhelming local, state and federal regulators with legal attacks to shut down new businesses.
- Marxist public planners using zoning and regulatory strangulation to inhibit new businesses.
- Fire the planners. Shut down the planning agencies.
- Close the courts to prospective injury lawsuits. Require an injury-in-fact before a lawsuit is admitted.
- Eliminate regulations.
- Eliminate business taxation.
- Eliminate import duties.
- De-fund Marxist education.
Allow Americans to compete in world markets without government interference.
“These “factions”– a term Madison defined [in Federalist 10] as “a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or minority of the whole [populace], who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adverse to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community”–can breach the limits that the Constitution places on their power and enact laws that deprive people of their private property, abridge religious freedom, or implement other “improper or wicked project[s].” When this happens-when either a small faction uses government to harm the majority, or where the majority uses government to harm the minority-the rights of individuals are placed at risk, just as they were before the establishment of government. Such a society is governed not by law, but by the unaccountable will of the majority. Madison rejected the notion that “the interest of the majority is the political standard of right and wrong,” because unless it was “qualified by every moral ingredient,” that notion would be “only reestablishing under another name and a more specious form, force as a measure of right.” After all, “it would be in the interest of the majority in the community to despoil and enslave the minority.”
Timothy Sandefur, The Conscience of the Constitution
Now comes a manifestation of Madison’s foresight, 227 years into his future, in the form of Clifton Wilmeng’s Community Rights Amendment –
“That right shall include, without limitation . . .the power to enact local laws establishing, defining, altering, or eliminating the rights, powers, and duties of for-profit business entities, operating or seeking to operate in the community[.]”
On this Memorial Day, consider whether the sort of totalitarianism described in the Community Rights Amendment – packaged in various authoritarian political systems through the years – is exactly what they fought against.
Many generations of Americans have taken our founding principles for granted, [Read more…]
The American President: From Cincinnatus To Ceasar by Clyde N. Wilson
It appears that American presidential politics have become systemically, structurally, incapable of producing a man rightly fitted to the office of the presidency – an office not constitutionally designed for men produced by political parties.
It seems they are all going to fail us, and we should know better than to invest them with any sort of policy leadership.
We toured the museum yesterday. Each of these cars represent a story of a legendary racer or engineer or team who made a milestone in racing or automotive history. They’re owned by Bill Smith, founder of Speedway Motors in Lincoln, Nebraska, and these pictures only scratch the surface of his collection there.
Media Cover Up Obama’s Ties To Communist Davis
By PAUL KENGOR
Posted 07/16/2012 06:34 PM ET
He blasted Wall Street, big business, big banks, big oil, “excess profits,” “corporate profits” and “fat contracts,” “millionaires” and the “wealthy.”
He called out the “corporation executive” for not paying his “fair” share.
He attacked “GOP” tax cuts that “spare the rich” and “benefit millionaires.”
He trumpeted the public sector over the private sector.
He advocated wealth redistribution from greedy “corporations” to “health insurance” and “public works projects.”
He favored taxpayer-funding of universal health care. He supported government stimulus to rescue America from (allegedly) another Great Depression.
He wanted to rid America of “huge funds” finding their way into the “pockets” of “Wall Street.” “Instead,” he declared, “money should be spent for the benefit of the people instead of the corporations.”
He supported nationalization and singled out General Motors for government action.
He favored the Russians at the expense of countries like Poland and Czechoslovakia.
He rejected Winston Churchill, and wanted the heralded prime minister nowhere within the White House.
He insisted that American foreign policy was about “big profits” for big oil.
He cited the American Founders and the U.S. Constitution, and described himself and his policies as “progressive,” while his detractors accused him of being a communist.
He adopted slogans like “Forward” and “Change.” He wanted to transform America through what he called “fundamental change.”
Who is this man?
If you answered “Barack Obama,” you’re only half right. The answer is Frank Marshall Davis, Hawaii mentor to Barack Obama, and Communist Party USA (CPUSA) member No. 47544.
And only now, four years into Obama’s presidency, are we finally learning about this mystery man ignored or downplayed by sympathetic Obama biographers and journalists.
Frank Marshall Davis (1905-87) was a pro-Soviet, pro-Red China, literal card-carrying member of the Communist Party.
He edited and wrote for Party-line publications such as the Honolulu Record and the Chicago Star, which included contributors who actually served as agents to Stalin’s Soviet Union.
Davis did outrageous Soviet propaganda work in his columns, at every juncture agitating and opposing U.S. attempts to slow Joseph Stalin and Mao Tse-tung.
He favored Yalta and Red Army takeovers of Poland, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, and Central and Eastern Europe as a whole.
In China, he urged America to dump the “fascist” Chiang in support of Mao’s Red forces. He wanted communist takeovers in Korea and Vietnam. He was adamantly, angrily anti-NATO, anti-Marshall Plan, anti-Truman Doctrine.
He argued that U.S. officials under President Harry Truman and under secretaries of state George Marshall and Dean Acheson were handing West Germany back to the Nazis, while Stalin was pursuing “democracy” in East Germany and the Communist Bloc.
He portrayed America’s leaders as “aching for an excuse to launch a nuclear nightmare of mass murder and extermination” against the Soviets and the Chinese.
Moreover, in what ought to be an eye-opener to President Obama’s Democratic base, Frank Marshall Davis’ targets were chiefly Democrats, especially President Truman.
Why target Truman? Because Davis’ peak period of pro-Soviet propaganda work was the latter 1940s, when Stalin’s Red Army was rampaging through Eastern Europe. Standing in Stalin’s way was Harry Truman.
And so, Davis’ Chicago Star trashed Truman with headlines like “White House to white hoods: KKK hails Truman’s policy as its own” and “TRUMAN KNIFES HOPE FOR PEACE.”
Davis excoriated the Democratic president as trigger-happy Truman, pursuing “a new world war,” a “program for World War III,” in a bloodthirsty bid to “rule Russia.”
He framed Truman’s Marshall Plan as a new form of “colonial slavery,” intended “to re-enslave the yellow and brown and black peoples of the world.”
Truman was not Davis’ only target. Davis harbored a special hatred for Winston Churchill. He warned of Churchill teaming up with Truman in a two-nation U.K./U.S. alliance seeking “Anglo-American world domination” and “super-imperialism.”
When Churchill came to Fulton, Mo., in March 1946 to warn the world that an “Iron Curtain” was closing across Europe, Frank Marshall Davis was livid.
He and his CPUSA comrades mocked Churchill; they maintained that the only “Iron Curtains” were those being erected by Davis’ worst demons: anti-communists in the American press and General Motors.
The problem was not Stalin’s Iron Curtain, scoffed Davis, but “G.M.’s iron curtain,” being raised by “General Motors’ Hitlers.”
In short, Frank Marshall Davis’ work and writings were irresponsible and outrageous.
Congress certainly noticed. In December 1956, the Democrats who headed the Senate Judiciary Committee summoned Frank Marshall Davis to Washington to testify on his pro-Soviet activities. He pled the Fifth Amendment.
The next year, the Democratic Senate, in an official report titled “Scope of Soviet Activity in the United States,” publicly listed Davis as “an identified member of the Communist Party.”
Davis’ political antics were so radical that the FBI placed him on the federal government’s Security Index, which meant he could be immediately detained in the event of a national emergency, such as a war breaking out between the United States and U.S.S.R.
Influence On Obama
All of that is troubling enough, but how does it relate to Barack Obama?
Frank Marshall Davis influenced Obama throughout Obama’s adolescence in the 1970s. It was Obama’s grandfather, Stanley Dunham, who introduced Davis to Obama for the purpose of mentoring.
In my research on Davis, I quote over a dozen biographers and associates of Obama and Davis describing Davis as a vital, lasting influence. One Davis biographer and close friend, a University of Hawaii professor, says that Davis instilled in Obama a belief that “change can happen.”
In fact, we know about Davis because of Obama’s own lengthy acknowledgment. In “Dreams from My Father,” Obama notes that Davis offered him advice at several significant levels: on race, college, women, his mind, his attitudes, on life.
“I was intrigued by old Frank,” writes Obama, “with his books and whiskey breath and the hint of hard-earned knowledge behind the hooded eyes.”
Obama directly mentioned “Frank” 22 times over the course of thousands of words and every section of his bestselling memoir, from Hawaii — the site of visits and late evenings together — to Los Angeles to Chicago to Germany to Africa, from adolescence to college to community organizing.
Frank is always one of the few (and first) names mentioned by Obama in each mile-marker upon his historic path to Washington.
When Frank is not physically there with Obama, Obama literally imagines him there. Obama felt a connection to Frank that he painfully concedes he was unable to find in anyone else.
Tellingly, though Frank Marshall Davis’ influence on Obama is acknowledged in “Dreams from My Father,” Obama never once disclosed the CPUSA member’s full name. No doubt this was because Obama knew about Davis’ extreme past.
I believe that Davis is reflective, and helps explain, how and why America’s current president is further to the left than any president of our generation.
He sheds light on how our president developed into a man of the left, ultimately ranked the most left-leaning member of the Senate by National Journal in the final year before he ran for president.
And yet, this radical influence on our president has been thoroughly ignored by the media. No Republican president with a mentor this extreme to the right would escape such scrutiny.
Not many presidents can count a card-carrying CPUSA member among their mentors.
The man now in charge of history’s mightiest economic engine was influenced, to some notable degree, by a pro-Soviet communist.
That is unprecedented; a relationship that at long last merits our attention.
• Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College and author of the new book, “The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis, The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mentor.”
“What if this,” Melvin Udall said, “is as good as it gets?” And in the heat of a building passion, Ronny Cammareri memorably delivered, “We aren’t here to make things perfect. The snowflakes are perfect. The stars are perfect. Not us. Not us! We are here to ruin ourselves and to break our hearts and love the wrong people and die. The storybooks are bullshit.”
Melvin was addressing a waiting room chock full of psychiatric patients, which is funny on a couple levels. For one, the fact the room was crowded and there were no empty seats remaining is a sight gag. For two, his question begs another question of whether his statement was limited to a rhetorical comment, or whether he sincerely expected an answer to this mystery of life from a member of a room full of mental patients. But he must have known the answer he’d get from a room full of people in treatment for some sort of mental problem they had not been able to resolve themselves. Those people must have had hope that this wasn’t as good as it gets, that it could get better. Without hope they wouldn’t have been there in the first place.
Ronny makes his speech in the important context of trying to talk a beautiful woman into his bed, a conversation most adults have experienced to some degree, either as protagonist or antagonist. It is a moment of supreme importance to a man and a woman, one in which the totality of human philosophy, recorded experience, and garnered wisdom may be marshaled to persuade the issue and push it toward an accord. Ronny’s case is self-serving, perhaps even self-deprecating, but he’s also probably correct to a large degree. And underneath it all, he has hope too.
Both Melvin and Ronny acknowledge the imperfection of man. Neither one expects to escape that fact of human life. They must content themselves with a step in the right direction, in Ronny’s case, a really huge and important step with a woman, while Melvin’s challenges come in smaller bits, like putting one foot in front of the other without stepping on a sidewalk crack. Both want to get through it somehow.
June, 2012, did not end well for the cause of hope in my head. This last week of the month was jammed full of iconic political downfalls, both nationally and locally, delivered against a scene of devastating natural catastrophes all over America. The unconstrained visions of H.L. Mencken’s prototypical Boobus americanus came unleashed last week as the Court staged its own versions of holiday fireworks fueled by the Constitution as combustible element. The imperial Senate and the regal President applauded these dismemberments of laws with gloved hands and golf claps, while their inner children did triumphant handstands for their latest power accretions.
Similarly, our unconstrained loose-headed locals wore dust patches into the tundras of their fragile switch grass in a prolonged dance of self-congratulatory puffing on their new-prairie plain-times swai-wrapped organs. Large dead animals can take months to macerate out in the field and you want to stay upwind of them while they do. So too, the phony campaign issues a minority of we-the-rubes gorged on will take some time to fade from sense memory. But fade they will, lest their ghosts remain to inhabit the chambers these posers-supreme plan on ruling.
I have to admit, last week’s local and national setbacks to sanity have damaged my hope. Coming at this time of natural mayhem and wreckage, one has to wonder if someone up there might be giving us a clue.
And to the undervote* of Boobus americanus setting up to run things in Elbert County, the next time a politician or pundit asks you a question for which there is no reasonable answer, or presents you an interpretation for which there is no reasonable support, stop for a few moments and think. Don’t just fish it down your gullet because it came to you on the hook of a properly punctuated sentence. The ability to ask a question is no guarantee that the question is reasonable.
For example last Sunday Chris Wallace asked, “How would you provide universal coverage?” While the question presents a tantalizing prospect, there is no real answer because the domain of the answer is mythical, unconstrained by reality. The respondent should have said, “What makes you think universal coverage is possible?” rather than implicitly affirming that the question had merit by trying to answer it. Elbert County’s recent road to political perdition was paved with the same sort of unconstrained intentions, and you lapped it up.
The Founding Fathers knew of man’s imperfection, they knew the mayhem that comes from unconstrained realities. Their conceptions of limited government came after all else had failed in history. Today the left would expunge that history from our consciousness, and along with it the exceptional America it led to, with no more thought than it takes to snuff out a candle.
If you proles don’t begin to raise your standards, if you don’t start making these power brokers prove the crap they presumptively feed us, I might lose what’s left of my hope for you.
*2000 of 6600 mailed-out ballots is not a mandate.