Archive for February, 2011

“The Road To Serfdom”

February 28, 2011

“The Road To Serfdom”

The Road to Serfdom is a great book written by F. A. Hayek in 1944. In it, he exposed the grand and abiding folly of Socialism.

In Chapter 2 he quotes Friedrich Holderin:

” What has always made the state a hell on earth has been precisely that man has tried to make it his heaven.”

He also quotes Tocqueville on Page 77:

“Democracy extends the sphere of individual freedom”, ‘he said in 1848’; “socialism restricts it.  Democracy attaches all possible value to each man; socialism makes each man a mere agent, a mere number. Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference; While democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism sees equality in restraint and servitude.”

I believe that Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville  would be mortified  to see the increasing socialistic moras that America has become in our day.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.   2/28/11

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Another Walk In The Woods

February 23, 2011

Another Walk In The Woods

It is time for a short vacation break. Many of my smarter freinds are headed to Florida and warmer Climates.

I ,on the other hand, will spend a few days messing around in the woods of Northern Michigan! 

No, I cannot fully explain my ways.    

I will be posting again next monday. Take care!

VTM 2/24/11

Greater Threats To Our Way Of Life

February 23, 2011

Greater Threats To Our Way Of Life

There is so much going on in the world and in America that it is hard to attend to it all and to understand “the big picture”. Failing to accurately interpret all of these historical events, and take appropriate action will spell disaster for we Americans .

I have not listened to Glenn Beck regularly because I am sometimes put of by matters of style. However, in the past several days I have chanced to hear some of his radio analyses of the current revolutionary happenings around the world and in the U.S.. Some of these events .are the Radical Islamic initiatives with Mexican drug cartels, the frighteningly fragile state of our economy, and the stunning power of public employee unions and their daily contact with, and influence in, the White House. And there is much more.

I must say that Glenn is now making more sense to me than I prefer. Furthermore, and for several strong reasons, I have come believe that America’s confluent and synergistic internal and external crises are a greater threat our way of life than anything in recent history, including WWI and WWII.

I urge you to tune-in to Glenn Beck’s shows and decide for yourself. I can assure you that you will hear nothing of the kind in the popular media. The popular media has been captured by progressive activists and the truth about our predicament will not be found there.

In a recent Imprimis article, It’s Never Just the Economy, Stupid, Brian T. Kennedy made a strong case for the threat that is radical Islam and Sharia Law abroad and within the United States. He then reviewed China’s military build-up and its plans to defeat us economically and militarily; Russia’s potential resurgence; the North Korean threat; as well as the Iranian threat and growing instability in numerous countries of the oil rich Middle East. This while our President Obama has enforced shutdowns in our own oil industry.

Kennedy warns that, with our narrowed focus upon a few rogue states and on our own internal problems such as Obama-care, we had better be certain that our representatives do not overlook their constitutional mandate to “provide for a common defense–in the true sense of the word” (Imprimis, Jan. 2011, Volume 40, Number 1).

As Kennedy said: It’s Never Just the Economy, Stupid“.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.

2/24/11

George Washington On Foreign Influence

February 23, 2011

George Washington On Foreign Influence

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“Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence, (I conjure you to believe me fellow citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government.” –George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796

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VTM, 2/23/11

We Are In World War III

February 19, 2011

We Are In World War III

Whenever I have spoken of my great concern that Radical Islam has never quit the Crusades, or that their lethal and hegemonic confrontations with the non-Muslim world are  tantamount to World War III,  my liberal friends have scoffed and ridiculed these views.

They were wrong.  And if you do the same, you are wrong also.

It is essential to the survival of our way of life that you go to the following website and watch the several short videos presented there.  This should be enough of an introduction to our collective new reality, that you will pursue watching the full (nearly hour-long) new video entitled “Iranium”. 

On the other hand, you may prefer to protect yourself from the anxiety that it will created in you by avoiding this topic all-together. The truth will set us free, but first it will make us miserable.

The failure to face these facts will lead to world-wide disaster.

Is this an over-reaction?

Could be…. but I doubt it.

I strongly urge you to view and explore the following URL. View the “Free Clip” on the main page.  I especially hope you will look under “Breaking News” and click on “Blog”. Then please sample the short videos on “Iranium Director”, Michael Medved’s interview, and CBN.

 http://www.iraniumthemovie.com/

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.        2/19/11

It Hurts To Laugh!

February 18, 2011

 It Hurts To Laugh!

chuck asay
BY CHUCK ASAY
Wed, Feb 9, 2011
bob gorrell
BY BOB GORRELL
  • Wed, Feb 9, 2011
    michael ramirez
  • BY RICHARD RAMIREZ
  • Mon, Feb 7, 2011
    michael ramirez 
  • BY RICHARD RAMIREZ
  • Fri, Feb 11, 2011

    chip bok
    BY CHIP BOK
     
    All of these cartoons are from  www.Townhall.com  I recommend you visit there often.
    VTM,         2/18/11

    Obama Administration’s Failure–Plain To See

    February 17, 2011

    Obama Administration’s Failure–Plain To See

    Niall Ferguson (February 21, 2011) wrote a stunning article for Newsweek Magazine in which he wrote:

    ” There is no more damning indictment of the administration’s strategic thinking than this: it never once considered a scenario in which Mubarak faced a popular revolt.”

    As a result, America was caught with its pants down, floundering and giving inconsistent advice to Egypt as the revolution unfolded.

    Obama’s administration is feckless in America’s social and economic domains.  Mr. Ferguson proves his commensurate incompetence in our international affairs as well.

    This should not come as a surprise to anyone who is paying attention to such matters; it will surprise only the oblivious.

    In his article, Ferguson quotes President Obama from his speech in Cairo in January, 2009:

    “America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles of justice and progress; tolerance and dignity for all human beings.” 

    Mr. Ferguson also warns us that the Obama administration also has no good strategies for countering the spread of Islam, limiting Iran’s aggressive actions, dealing with Chinese economic competition, or a possible Russian resurgence of power in Europe.

    To these concerns, I will add those of our continuing loss of freedom and liberty through the ruinous binge of our government’s borrowing and spending, its ever-increasing size and scope,  and the expansion of its powers over all of our lives.

    Obama’s legacy of incompetence and failure, at home and abroad, is plain to see.

    V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.

    1/17/11

    They’re Gonna Get Us: Islamic Jihad!

    February 15, 2011

    They’re Gonna Get Us: Islamic Jihad!

    Only fools and neurotics will doubt this reality. Watch the this honorable security officer squirm under the weight of the truth.

    Thanks to Darrel Bostow for sending me this video that I had not seen. You had better watch it!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sSnxge6BGA

    VTM,   2/15/11

    “Democracy Is The Worst”

    February 13, 2011

    “Democracy Is The Worst”

    I once read of a quotation attributed to Winston Churchill, a man who I admire beyond words. I cannot provide the reference for this quote, but it sure sounds like something that he would say!

    The older I get, the clearer this becomes:

    “Democracy is the worst goverment….except all the rest.”

    Winston Churchill

    VTM, 1/13/11

    America’s Decline Is Elsewhere

    February 12, 2011

    America’s Decline Is Elsewhere

    This article is one worthy of our attention. It is written by Michael Gerson and appears on  www.Townhall.com

    Gerson concludes that events in Egypt are not evidence of American decline. I think he is right.

    The evidence of America’s decline is elsewhere. It is in the loss of our moral compass, our  own poor self-governance, our population’s deteriorating quality of behavior, and the resulting social and economic problems that we now see unfolding.

    V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.

    The following is Gerson’s article.

    WASHINGTON — For those who are prone to be prone to such things, recent events in Egypt are further evidence of declining American global influence. President Hosni Mubarak, having taken a lot of American aid, now seems immune to both American advice and pressure. The protesters, one article complained, didn’t even bother to burn our flag. We are seeing, according to some observers, a “post-American Middle East.”

    Never mind that the protesters are using Western technology to demand individual rights. Or that many of the young, secular bloggers who laid the groundwork for the revolution alternate between Arabic and English and have visited or studied in America. Lay aside the fact that Egyptians in the streets have focused their demands on only two actors, the Egyptian regime and the American government — not the United Nations or the Arab League or China. In fact, China’s response was to remove the word “Egypt” from its Internet search engines and lay low, hoping the storm passes.

    Such considerations should not be allowed to detract from our sense of impotence — a paradoxical tribute to our ambitions. People in Holland or Costa Rica do not celebrate or decry their lack of sway in Egyptian politics. Only Americans feel vindication or guilt at the limits of their power.

    Those limits are obvious along the Nile. The outcome of the current confused struggle in Egypt matters greatly to American interests. The emergence of a Sunni version of Iran in Egypt would be a major blow. A democratic transition, even a messy and partial one, might eventually isolate or domesticate the extremists and defuse hatred for America. But the course of events in Egypt is determined by an internal balance of nationalism and religion, fear and hope, that America can only influence on the margins. That is frustrating, but hardly new.

    And the limits of a certain American policy approach in the Middle East have never been more obvious. Decades of aiding a military dictator, who presides over a corrupt, unresponsive government, who has managed his economy into stagnation and scarcity, and who has driven most legitimate opposition toward the radical mosque, have not produced stability. There’s a reason shahs are sometimes followed by mullahs — because religious extremism is the opiate of a humiliated people. Who can seriously argue that the denouement in Egypt will be better because Mubarak cannot seem to take a hint and board a plane?

    But it is a tricky thing to extrapolate these limits into a theory of American decline. Decline compared to what? Compared to the heady, unipolar moment immediately following the collapse of the Soviet Union? Or compared to the coldest days of the Cold War, when the Soviet Union sent military aid and advisers to Syria, Egypt, Libya and Iraq, attempting to block American actions at every turn?

    The scholar Joseph Nye describes a layer cake of American influence. On the first level, military power, America remains unchallenged. On the second, economic influence, the world has been multipolar for a while now. On a third level — a transnational realm of bankers and terrorists, Facebook and hackers — power is diffused to a wide range of actors, both good and bad, who now have the ability to sponsor Sept. 11, 2001 or Jan. 25, 2011.

    In the complex determination of national influence, those with the best story, the most compelling narrative, have an advantage. In the Middle East, does the old dictator speaking on Egyptian state television, talking of past glories, really seem the wave of the future? Does Iranian theocracy, which in reaction to democratic protests has collapsed into military control, seem worthy of emulation? These systems may be imposed at the barrel of a gun. But on the streets of Cairo, self-government is the hope. It seems the system most likely to result in progress, social vitality and national achievement. And it seems that way because it is.

    At least since Franklin Roosevelt, American leaders have viewed the appeal of democratic ideals as a source of national power. America now has less direct control, say, in Germany and Japan than it did in the 1950s. But both are monuments to American influence. Democracies do not always do our bidding, but in the long run they are both more stable and peaceful than countries ruled by the whims of a single man. Democratic transitions are difficult and uncertain, especially in places with shallow democratic roots. But it is strangely disconnected from American history and ideals to regard a popular revolt against an oppressive ruler as a sign of American decline.

    Michael Gerson

    Michael Gerson

    Michael Gerson writes a twice-weekly column for The Post on issues that include politics, global health, development, religion and foreign policy. Michael Gerson is the author of the book “Heroic Conservatism” and a contributor to Newsweek magazine.


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