The Nacilbupera Guzzle

Whoever examines with attention the history of the dearths and famines … will find, I believe, that a dearth never has arisen from any combination among the inland dealers in corn, nor from any other cause but a real scarcity, occasioned sometimes perhaps, and in some particular places, by the waste of war, but in by far the greatest number of cases by the fault of the seasons; and that a famine has never arisen from any other cause but the violence of government attempting, by improper means, to remedy the inconveniences of a dearth. (Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations IV.5.44)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

2012 Convention Exposes Corruption of GOP, Romney Campaign

Found in the backpages of the mainstream press, a profound act of blatant tyranny in our elections occurred yesterday at the Republican National Convention. My goal is to explain the event using a simple analogy the complex corruption miring the hands of both the GOP and the Romney campaign.

Imagine if you will for a moment a NCAA football team trying to qualify for a bowl game. Let's furthermore pretend that the rules say that in order to qualify to play in a bowl game, you must have at least 5 wins. Your team works extra hard against pundits who claimed your team was so bad you wouldn't even win 1 game. Some of the games played--most notably one game played in Maine, but others as well--you were clearly the winner but the NCAA told you you lost the game because they didn't like the outcome. The NCAA's decision so outraged the Governor of Maine, he actually boycotted the games despite personal invitation to attend.

And all this notwithstanding, by some miracle grace of God your team wins SIX games! It serves as an amazing victory for the team and reason for celebration. Yet just in the act of winning the last win at the completion of the season, the NCAA votes to up the ante to EIGHT games in order to qualify. Thus has been the treatment yesterday at the convention with those within the GOP who support nominating at the convention someone other than Mitt Romney. Here is evidence of the 225 votes cast at the RNC yesterday for someone other than Romney: video tally count

The problem facing the GOP is not only is this corrupt, but illegal. While the GOP is a private organization, it received $18 Million in taxpayer funds for the purpose of holding a fair convention. Changing the rules at the final moment from 5 states to 8 states is antithetical to the democratic process and should disqualify the GOP from being considered a venue promoting fair, democratic process. Just as the birth certificate issue clouded the validity of Obama's election in the minds of many, the abrupt rule change now clouds the Romney victory. That is, how can Romney legitimately now claim to be the GOP nominee when the rules were changed at the last minute to disallow the nomination of another candidate at convention?  Would we allow a last minute change in the voting process?  What if we changed election rules at the last minute in 2000 and tell Bush that we were no longer counting electoral college but popular vote?  The nation would be in outrage.

 In an article of interest, US News quoted one of the Maine delegates as saying:
"We would have probably stood in line and voted for Romney in November, but not if he's going to do this for us," he says. "Not if he's going to disenfranchise the voters of the state of Maine. If you're going to do that, I will not stand with this party. This is ridiculous. These people were elected by the state and they're not allowed to be on the floor."
This video highlights the contention, including the shouts to seat the Maine delegation.  Does the Romney campaign and Mitt Romney himself really believe that using the tyranny of the majority to squelch dissent and disenfranchisement is the means to victory?  Can there be freedom or Constitutional government when the rights of the minority are disrupted?

Romney has been negligent in standing for freedom. Most likely through his heavy-handed campaign, he has been complicit in the disenfranchisement of the non-Romney delegates, although when questioned by Fox News' Ben Swann, he claimed ignorance. Ignorance-at-best is hardly a trait we can afford from a country quagmired in debt and a far cry from the leadership Romney professes.

Both the RNC and candidate Romney have lost the moral highground. There can be no long-term victory for them when this happens. Indeed it reminisces of the salt works scene from the movie Ghandi. The beating of those in favor of someone besides Romney has gone on and on. The bodies of the wounded have been carried off and whatever moral ascendancy the GOP held was lost today.  The tyranny at the GOP convention yesterday will be remembered always.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Urgency to Rethink North Korea

As Mikhail Gorbachev took control of the Soviet Union and proceeded to make somewhat friendlier overtures to the US in the 1980's, I was skeptical of a wolf in sheep's clothing; indeed too skeptical. After all, the US government had spread fear of nuclear annihilation throughout our Republic during the cold war.

Yet in this history lesson we see that it is easy to prejudge an individual based on their associations. Even Gorbachev's ghastly appearance with that blood-red scar on his head made him appear to be Jack the Ripper incarnate at the time.

Here we have now in North Korea a new leader, Kim Jong-un, allegedly the world's youngest head of state with his age estimated in his late twenties. He has a pretty new bride from his wedding last month and seems to bring freshness to his country.

America in contrast, is stuck in a quagmire. In 1950, President Truman started our first major unconstitutional war by declaring "police actions" in the Korean peninsula without Congressional declaration of war. In the 62 years, we have maintained a perpetual presence in Korea including participation in the DMZ. Who can fathom the billions of dollars of our current debt that arise from this action? It is past time for the Korean peninsula to be occupied by Koreans, not by Americans.

Let's announce the beginning of a new slate, and a withdrawal of US occupational forces from Korea. Let's get some friendly trade and exchange going between us and the North Koreans. They are not an evil people, but a repressed one. And who knows? Perhaps Kim Jong-un isn't the evil leader as the American media projects of North Korean tyrants. Just perchance Kim Jung-un when not breathing down the barrel of the world's mightiest military--cornered and threatened by our own unconstitutional policies and warmongering--might not that dissimilar to Gorbachev. It's entirely plausible. This seems to be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to promote liberty and truth among a noble people. I call upon President Obama to personally meet with Kim Jong-un and let's see if we can't get things a bit back to normalized with this impoverished nation of North Korea. Think of the potential: if Obama plays his cards right, this could be a feather in his cap like the Soviet Union was to Reagan. And goodness knows after all the warmongering Obama has done if he doesn't need such a "feather".

Of infinite more value than a feather in the cap of our own authoritarian President are the lives and souls of the North Koreans who deserve our friendship and brotherhood. Why not try a George Washington be-friends-to-all-nation approach? Who knows, and what have we to lose? We'll save a ton of dough which we desperately need anyways. Time is precious here; the freshness of new leadership quickly fades under the incessant threat we pose as the mighty American Empire.