Dick Cheney The Ol’ Neocon Bastard

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Compare the philosophic differences in the following quotes:

She has abstained from interference in the concerns of others, even when the conflict has been for principles to which she clings, as to the last vital drop that visits the heart….Wherever the standard of freedom and independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions and her prayers be. But she goes not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. She will recommend the general cause, by the countenance of her voice, and the benignant sympathy of her example.

John Quincy Adams, 4 July 1821

As quoted recently by Dick Cheney:

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan said, “If history teaches anything, it teaches that simple-minded appeasement or wishful thinking about our adversaries is folly. It means the betrayal of our past, the squandering of our freedom.”

One knows he is on the right track when neo-cons start up with their tired tirades. The two good things Obama has done in the last six years is to “end” our involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq and draw down the size of the Armed Forces. Regarding the latter, America has done so after every war before World War II. Yet after that war, we actually grew our military, to combat an imagined threat in the Cold War, thanks in part to Truman’s missteps and Ike’s missed opportunities to open up talks with the Soviets in the early-mid 1950’s.

Cheney seems to have forgotten that putting Iran into the Axis of Evil in the 2000’s nixed a reformist Iranian governmnet and brought Ahmadinejad to power. Does he also forget that Kuwait was carved out of Iraq by the British? Or that modern Near East states were created by the Allies post-World War I? How our loans to Saddam during the Iraq-Iran War collapsed an Iraqi economy that had been on the rebound before the war? That both reasons led Saddam to invade Kuwait? Does he remember we fed supplies and money into the Iraq-Iran war? Or what of Afghanistan – that we did the same to the Mujahideen and Taliban fighters to spite the Soviets?

Does Cheney, who views the surge with warm feelings because of its “success” understand it was necessary because Rumsfeld refused to understand the concept of invading with overpowering numbers? Would Cheney be able to honestly tell us he believes the American Way is not a cookie-cutter experience for all peoples in all places in all times? If not, I would suggest he read Orestes A. Brownson.

No, the clear evidence Dick Cheney sees he wrongly interprets. The world has not spoken any clearer in telling America to return to its Enlightenment principles. The world does not need another Imperal parent. Spurn Churchill’s desire and lay the British Empire to rest.

In Cheney’s view:

Tragically, [Obama] is quickly proving…that without American pre-eminence, there can be no world order.

As Marcus Aurelius tells Maximus in Gladiator, empire does not mean the end of war for there will always be someone left to fight. We should care to recall that the world was so ordered before America and will be so after America. What is world order other than individuals [nations] acting in their own best interests? Obama cannot be any more right in saying “[a]ny world order that elevates one nation above others cannot long survive.” As Brownson argues, America or any other nation, does not exist in and of itself, it exists as so Divinely created. Exclude the Divine to one’s own peril. What is peril other than to view one’s country as the benefactor of civilization and order?

I hope Dick Cheney’s march takes him straight to the insane asylum.

The Verdict Is In

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If ever an object lesson in the futility of government meddling in micro- and macro-economics, the Cash-For-Clunkers Program was IT.

This is a lesson for the ages. When trying to reignite any economy through stimulus, rather than allowing the market to correct itself, the effort will fail. And not only will it fail, the effort will often make people worse off in the end.

From Boston.com:

But once the federal money dried up, so did the sales rally. Now, customers at dealerships like Silko Honda in Raynham are few and far between, and inventory is once again accumulating.

Manager Adam Silverleib said business was “pretty intense’’ as a result of the federal stimulus program, with the dealership hustling to accommodate customers and handle the piles of paperwork required for them to receive reimbursement on vouchers. “Now we’re kind of back to where we were in the spring,’’ he said.

In an attempt to draw customers back to showrooms, some dealers are offering new incentives, albeit none as enticing as a $4,500 for a rusting junker. Silko, for example, is promoting 2.9 percent financing on new Accords, along with other deals on its website.

Nationwide, customers snatched up 700,000 new cars, most of them foreign-made, and the government ended up paying out nearly $3 billion toward the purchases. But from the start, analysts predicted that Cash for Clunkers would not boost sales for the year. September’s sales swoon seems to be making their case. Car sales are usually slow after Labor Day, but because of the recession consumers this year are especially reluctant to say yes to major purchases. To make matters worse for dealers, most are still waiting for voucher reimbursements.

“It was probably, in the end, a complete waste of taxpayer money,’’ said John Wolkonowicz, a senior auto analyst at IHS Global Insight, Lexington forecasting firm. “The dealers, who were supposed to be the primary beneficiaries, many were forced into cash flow problems because the government didn’t pay them in a timely fashion.’’

Attempting to repair the car market through C-F-C was like trying to fix a leaking dam with one’s index finger – pointless – unless the dam itself is repaired. Therefore, within the American economy as a whole, how could the near-$800 billion stimulus bill passed just months ago work? The reason for the housing bubble – government intervention in bank lending standards – remains the problem at large, yet is not even on the table for discussion. What is on the table is talk about increasing government regulation on banks. How does that make any sense?

Reagan never touched the bank crisis in the late ’80’s and Bush-41 bailed them out. A fat lot of good that did except to delay and complicate the matter for more than decade.

On the grand scale, we have an incompetent imbecile acting as Emperor-Dictator, a man who prostrates himself before America and the world, yet does not realize he is wearing no clothes. He wishes to rebuild the American economy. And he is succeeding, I’ll give him that, in transforming the economy from one of fading self-initiated ingenuity to early Marxism. The vehicle? Racial and Factional politics mired in historically till now unfathomable pork spending. Our economy, and the American people are being turned into Foie Gras, fattened up for the liberal cuisine, a needy people throwing themselves at the mercy of their government [please name me one government that was ever merciful] for cheap goods and free handouts at the hands of international business [not to mention lost borders, language, and culture].

One thing is for sure on Giggles’ economic retooling, the further he is allowed to take us – the more debt we accumulate, the more jobs lost to foreign shores, the more China buys Treasury bills – the less chance the economy will recover; the less chance America will recognize itself from even ten years ago.

To those who wished to give a first-term junior senator a shot at the White House, I offer this quote from Gladiator:

Graccus: He enters Rome like a conquering hero. But what has he conquered?
Falco: Give him time, Gracchus. He’s young, he may do very well.
Graccus: For Rome? Or for you?

To those who misunderstand the cries of the Conservative political spectrum, I offer this quote:

Graccus: Fear and wonder, a powerful combination.
Falco: You really think people are going to be seduced by that?
Graccus: I think he knows what Rome is. Rome is the mob. Conjure magic for them and they’ll be distracted. Take away their freedom and still they’ll roar. The beating heart of Rome is not the marble of the senate, it’s the sand of the coliseum. He’ll bring them death – and they will love him for it.

$8000 tax credits for buying a home is magic. $4500 to buy a new car is magic. Bailing out the banking system is magic. Bailing out newspapers is magic. (Mandatory) Universal health care is magic. Bailing out the domestic car manufacturers is magic.

Still entranced?