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The Involved Citizen - Common Sense Revisited

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Rapid Response for FRIDAY, May 11, 2018

HAVE YOU VIEWED THE NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
"TRUMP. AN AMERICAN DREAM"?
That term, Documentary, could easily be placed in quotation marks, in view of its persistently negative tone.
Nevertheless, it is worth viewing as a jaded presentation of the making of Donald Trump. The contempt (read "envy") began soon after the son left the successful father in Brooklyn to make his mark in Manhattan despite the desperate times of the 1970's. He began with nothing but his name - and the perpetual desire of Wall Street types and their political whores to make money - with the conversion of the failed Commodore Hotel to the Grand Hyatt. In this effort as in others through the years, he used the legal methods available to all. But he used them in astounding ways (like the 40 billion dollar tax abatement from New York City for the hotel and a second massive abatement for the Trump Tower - that supported by a unanimous New York State Court of Appeals)...and the Bankruptcy Laws in Atlantic City. He was beating them at their own game...and they hated it to this day. He also demonstrated the truism " If you owe the bank a LOT of money, you own the bank". He became "too big to fail".
He came from a cohesive family, tried to be a family man...with limited initial success until his current cohesive family. He was single-minded to WIN, or not to play. Not an altar boy...but not the "sociopath" that he is accused of being by the jackals opining in this piece.
When he decided that he could win the Presidency of the United States, he ran...and WON.
No "Casper Milque-Toast", he. Thank God for that in today's world.

GS

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Rapid Response for WEDNESDAY, April 4, 2018

ENDURING TRUTHS.
Is anybody listening?

GS

ABRAHAM LINCOLN:
"You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatreds.
You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man's initiative and independence.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves."

FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT, 1935:
"Continued dependence upon relief induces a spiritual and moral disintegration fundamentally destructive to the national fiber.
To dole out relief in this way is to administer a narcotic, a subtle destroyer of the human spirit."

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Rapid Response for WEDNESDAY, October 25, 2017

"THE VIETNAM WAR",
A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick...
and an unmitigated disaster by France, England, our OSS / CIA, the Vietnamese people, China, Russia, and our deluded and dissembling leaders.
(See also my initial comment in this section dated Oct. 9, 2017).

I have now viewed and studied the first two of ten "episodes" of this TV documentary on DVD. I seriously doubt whether I will view any more, since my memory is very clear and pained about the events that occurred between 1963 and 1973. The Vietnam War was America's greatest self-inflicted wound since the Civil War. And it keeps on giving.

The modern era of Vietnam's troubles dates back to the 1860's when France invaded and occupied "Indochina" with typical colonial arrogance - in the face of its peoples' desire for independence. At the end of WWI, when Woodrow Wilson was expounding about "the end of colonialism" and when a young Ho Chi Min sent him a letter seeking his help on behalf of the Vietnamese people, someone made sure that Wilson never received it. As the French continued their occupation, Min became enamored of Communism. During WWII, Vietnam was brutally occupied by the Japanese.

After the war, President Truman was also sent a request from Ho Chi Min for help. And once again this letter was not delivered to Truman. Meanwhile, the Russians obtained the atomic bomb, the Korean War began, and the "Domino Theory" flowered. Based on these issues and on President DeGaulle's and English insistence, the U.S. went along with continued French occupation...even after their army was routed in 1954 by Min's peoples' army. A few years later, President Diem began an autocratic leadership of the Vietnamese from Saigon, including suppression of Buddhism, whose followers made up the majority of worshipers.

Thus, the battlefield involved Colonialism vs. Independence, Communism vs. Western values, North Vietnam seeking union with the South under Communism, the Viet Cong vs. Diem's increasingly conflicted forces, Diem vs his own citizens and belatedly vs. America. American "advisors" had increased in numbers from 40 to 600 to 10,000, etc. And now President Kennedy was beset early in his term by an ineffectual meeting with N. Kruschev, the Berlin Wall and the Cuba crisis. He felt that he could not retreat from and possibly lose all of Southeast Asia as dominoes fell. Strategic errors in the fields of battle encountered a progressively emboldened Viet Cong. And America waited too long before removing Diem. So the war took on a distinctly political aspect as the Civil Rights Movement exploded onto the American scene, sharing time and space with increasingly disturbing views and stories of the war in progress. Our leaders began lying to their citizens. And then President John Kennedy was assassinated.
The next 10 years were progressively worse. And then came the fall-out during the last 40 years for America and Americans to the present day.

That is the story - and the legacy - of Vietnam. God Help Us.

GS

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Rapid Response for SUNDAY, June 29, 2014

SOCIALISM: THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ANSWER TO "INEQUALITY".

"Socialism: any of various economic and political theories or social systems based on collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods." (from Webster's New Explorer College Dictionary, 2003).

Apart from their efforts to "put lipstick on a pig", this is exactly what this administration is attempting at every opportunity, as it consciously increases the percentage of the American population on the dole in one form or another (read ObamaCare)...and as it consciously increases the number of new inhabitants in this country who often have no other recourse (read: 50,000 + newly arrived Latino children over our Southern border). Their justification for all of this is "inequality" of outcome.  But equality of outcome in society, as distinguished from equality of opportunity,  is an impossibility as witnessed throughout the world - both without and within Socialist structures.  Indeed, merely the sustained effort to produce equality of outcome robs the society of the means of achieving equality of opportunity.  A recent important article on this subject by an author who has witnessed this throughout the world "up close and personal" is: "THE WORLDVIEW THAT MAKES THE UNDERCLASS", by Anthony Daniels, printed in Imprimis, by Hillsdale.EDU, May/June 2014 - Volume 43, Number 5/6. 

Given this situation with this administration, it is no wonder - rather it is mandatory - that division and disunity are the rule of  the day.  The above worldview and goals are UN-AMERICAN by any honest definition of our American identity and must be overcome by every legitimate means.

GS

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Rapid Response for TUESDAY through SATURDAY, June 24 through 28, 2014

STATE OF THE UNION: DIVIDED WE STAND

In a recent Rapid Response comment, I stated my opinion that…far from worrying about and cursing the divided state of today’s electorate and its leadership…we should embrace it as a sign of involvement and energy on behalf of ourselves and our nation.  Indeed, it has always been thus from before the beginning of our national identity.  It has made us strong while providing a safety valve whose absence would have defeated us from within.

The American colonists before 1776 and even throughout the American Revolution were certainly not of one mind.  Fully 30% of Americans during that period were and remained Loyalists, fighting against the revolutionaries and suffering severe personal consequences afterwards.  Thus the “American Revolution” could be alternatively called our First Civil War.

The Declaration of Independence supported States’ Rights, Slavery and the right of individual States to secede from the “Union”.  That “Union” was very soon a subject of severe – temporarily political and personal – conflict between the likes of Hamilton and Washington vs Jefferson and Madison on the question of a strong central government vs. an amalgamation of independent States.   Before and during the War of 1812, several New England States took actual steps to secede in order to protect their business interests.  Thus, it can be argued that the Founding Fathers created the “United States”.  I took later action to create “America”.

That action came in the form and in the laser-like determination of Abraham Lincoln.  President Lincoln did not embrace a (second?) Civil War to free the slaves. Nor was he interested in acknowledging the right of individual States to secede.  His one goal was to “preserve the Union”, or rather to establish once and for all such an actual “Union”: The United States of America”.  In the face of determined, often violent and ultimately personally lethal objection, Lincoln did whatever was necessary to achieve that end.  Some describe his actions as despotic and dictatorial. Presumably he considered that a continued loose alliance of sovereign States would ultimately devolve into the chronically sick model of the European States.  With such an analysis I entirely agree.  Please see the following book, surely iconoclastic for many: “The Real Lincoln”, by Thomas J. DiLorenzo, Three Rivers Press, New York, 2002 – 2003.

Then came Reconstruction, the height of the Industrial Revolution, the Robber Barons, America’s forays into imperialism, our ambivalence toward both WW 1 and a decade of clear signs of danger leading up to WW 11.  During all of these times Americans were divided. But their divisions were channeled in the court of public opinion and in political activity.  This avoided a Civil War 3.
The danger today is not in our divisions.  In fact, poll figures provided in an opinion piece by Charles M. Blow entitled “The Frustratioin Doctrine” suggest that we may be more united (“us vs. them”) now than in a long time (NYTimes Op-Ed, June 23, 2014).  The danger is in our losing the traditional organs of public opinion, the Free Press, as the media prostitute themselves to one side or another in the disputes.  The danger is in our losing the responsiveness of our elected leaders as they seem guided only by their perceived requirements for re-election (ie. massive amounts of money, regardless of the quid pro quo always involved), and by their commitment to becoming rich in the process.  In the face of these risks, international dangers – although great -  pale by comparison.  The real danger is from within – frustration that could lead to Civil War 3.  This is not hyperbole.

So…what is the message? “VIVE LA DIFFERENCE”.  So long as we correct and maintain the safety valves that have served us in the past.

GS



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