Dinesh D’Souza and the Next President

Glenn Beck had a great interview with Dinesh D’Souza in the third hour of Beck’s radio program yesterday, July 25th, 2014.  Mr. D’Souza wrote the book America: Imagine a World Without Her inspiring the now-famous political documentary of the same name.  He also wrote the book and documentary 2016: Obama’s America.  Authoring a list of influential and best-selling books about politics, Christianity, and education going back to 1991, Mr. D’Souza is described on his website as a writer, scholar, and public intellectual of 25 years.   I think we can add successful filmmaker to that list.

Dinesh D’Souza was born in India in 1961, moved to America in the late 1970’s as a student and later became a naturalized citizen of the U.S.  Mr. D’Souza’s experience as someone who came to America from outside America offers us a unique perspective of America.  He sees and describes what we ourselves, as Americans, have trouble seeing about ourselves.  He sees what’s happening, the Progressive Left’s destruction of America, from the vantage of both an outsider and a fully engaged patriotic American citizen.

D’Souza’s intelligence, accomplishments, perspective, and genuinely meek disposition make for compelling interviews.  And yesterday’s with Beck was no less compelling.

Of interest to me were Beck’s questions regarding the outcome of Obama’s “fundamental change” of America.  Obama’s “un-making of America” as D’Souza likes to say.  D’Souza said he believes Obama’s eight-year term as president won’t be enough to complete the un-doing of America.  Perhaps, D’Souza speculated, the next president will complete what Obama was unable to finish.  I agree, but I’m a bit more pessimistic of the damage done to America.  I take a broader view of the destruction waged against our nation from within.

In my opinion, Obama’s election to office was the perfect storm.  Obama’s rise to the presidency, an anti-American Marxist posing as a moderate liberal, is the pinnacle of achievement, a culmination of 100 years of Progressive Leftist activism bent on completely wiping out the founding principles of America.  When Obama came into office the stage had been set to expand the powers of the presidency, generations of economic ruin is unfolding, data collection spying on Americans now possible, and the Leftist media was more than happy to cover-up all of Obama’s shortcomings.  Being the first black president has made him virtually unimpeachable—God forbid the media allow us to judge the man on the content of his character.  It’s the perfect storm.

D’Souza’s analysis, for all his insight and genius, is not taking into account the economic precipice on which we now teeter.  Economics is not his area.  It’s not his thing.  His analysis is completely accurate when it comes to politics, ideology, and our founding principles.  He’s brilliant by every measure, but when he addressed Glenn Beck’s question about the future of America, D’Souza is not taking into consideration the context of the colossal economic catastrophe unfolding at home and across the globe.

More to the point about the next presidency, be it socialist or conservative:  whoever sits in the office of presidency when the economic collapse begins its next tragic and inevitable leg downward will suffer terribly at the ballot box.  The Democrats are going to take a beating in 2014 and 2016.  The likelihood of a Republican winning the office of President in 2016 is high.  If the avalanche of economic collapse begins its next slide downward during the next presidency, the Party in power will suffer terribly for years to come.

Can America survive another anti-American Marxist president?  It will be ugly, but yes, and I’ll tell you why.  Sometimes I wonder, after all the destruction of America’s founding principles over the last five generations—in the courts and in the classrooms and in media/Hollywood—are there enough patriotic Americans remaining to restore what has been lost?  Are Leftist socialists now the majority in America?  Or, are the majority of Americans still somewhat conservative, only less vocal and visible?  Good questions.

I think the majority of Americans are still more conservative than they are socialist or liberal. This sounds promising, right?  It is, until you factor in economics.  Ask any able-bodied American chronically dependent on the government for income if they prefer the much-needed income over our Founders’ America.  Obama wins every time.

So, America is lost?  Well consider this:  the government’s build-up of illegal surveillance of American citizens.  Consider the militarization of our police departments.  Consider the military’s recent drills for quelling civil unrest.  Consider the weapons and ammo that government agencies are stockpiling the past few years.  Consider the government’s plans to use drones over domestic air space.   What’s that tell me?  It tells me the government is scared to death of the American people.  That gives me hope.  The government is supposed to be afraid of We The People.  That’s how it is supposed to be.

The fact that the American government is still more afraid of the people than the people are afraid of the government gives me hope all is not lost.

The American people must be armed, because if the 1st Amendment fails, what’s left for the government to fear?

Dinesh D’Souza is great.  I could listen to that guy all day.  He’s just brilliant.  Each of us has a role in God’s scheme of things, and I thank God for humble courageous souls like Dinesh D’Souza.

 

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Glenn Beck and Economic Collapse

No one knows how it’s going to look.  We can use history as a guide, but no one knows what the coming economic collapse is going to look like.  When it’s going to happen.  How it’s going to look.  How bad it’s going to get.  We know far more about how people and nations react to economic calamity than how events unfold in sequence.  People riot, minorities are persecuted, tyrants rise to power, governments topple, and nations go to war.  Events are not predictable, but human nature is.

At first, I was going to write this as one post.  Then two.  Now I’ve decided to work it all into one post.  It’s a bit long.

I have Glenn Beck in mind as I work through my thoughts here.  I want to get straight to Glenn and the points he has been making on-air about preparing oneself for the coming economic and geo-political changes.  His call for peaceful change, the peaceful path, using non-violent means.  Of course I too hope for a peaceful transition to a new and restored America in the years to come. Blessed are the peacemakers.  There is a spiritual battle being waged for the heart of America.  For all Glenn’s talent, humility, and insight, he’s bumping against limitations.

As you probably guessed I’m a big Glenn Beck fan.  A fan too of Rush, Levin, and others.  But Glenn “speaks” to me.   He pointed me in the right direction time and time again.  I’ve been a listener for six years, followed him from radio to Fox to The Blaze, read many of his books, read many more of those he suggested, and I traveled across the country to attend Restoring Honor in D.C.  (It’s funny.  No one knew how many of us were going to show up for Restoring Honor—1000 of us, 10,000 of us, or whatever.  I have a cool story about Glenn and his bodyguards rushing past me by surprise in the lobby of the hotel I was staying in D.C. as he hurried to a talk he was giving that evening.)

Big fan.

Glenn has an incredible ability to connect the dots.  Connect events.  See through lies.  Identify problems.  I admire his humility, honesty, passion, and talent.   I admire his commitment to family, his church, our country, and his craft.

And while he has a good sense of the American spirit I don’t think it is serving him well.  At least not as fully as his ability to intuitively connect dots.  He’s on-the-money about conservative values, our Founding principles, and spiritual matters.  But, he struggles finding that elusive American spirit that transcends conservatives and liberals.  Our  common ground.  He’s looking for it.  That magical “something” that binds us together.  I hear him struggling for it—to find it, to understand it.  He knows how crucial it is in this place in time, in history.  He just can’t put his finger on it.  Maybe because he has always held conservative values to a greater degree.

Glenn has been trying to make the case for a deeply spiritual and peaceful movement like that of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Gandhi.  If not as a means for the conservative movement, then applied on a personal basis.  He’s not gaining traction with it.  He’s losing part of his audience, which is ok, and he is ok with that.  Nevertheless, I think it frustrates and disappoints him.  He’s so good about so many things, but this eludes him.  Glenn doesn’t have his finger on the pulse of that elusive common ground all Americans share—conservative and liberal—at least not in a way he can leverage to benefit the nation ahead of the coming economic and geo-political changes.

MLK’s cause was noble, necessary, and righteous.  The means by which he affected those changes fit the cause.  But it was a different cause than the coming changes.  Gandhi’s path spoke to the people and culture of India.  A different culture.

And while peaceful protest, peaceful change, is the order of the day, I think we do our nation a great disservice by discounting the sacrifices of those who took up arms against tyranny.

Maybe we should have told General George Washington on Christmas Day 1776:  “Do not cross the Delaware River.  Do not attack Trenton.  Instead, you should put down your arms, take up your signs and march peacefully through the streets of Trenton.”

Or perhaps in 1814 after the British burned down the White House, we should have poured lamp oil over ourselves in the streets and lit ourselves on fire in peaceful protest.

And when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, maybe FDR should have addressed our nation: “Yesterday, December 7th, 1941, a date for which we will forgive and forget.”

Maybe on D-Day we should have parachuted “Please go back to Germany” pamphlets instead of launching the largest naval invasion in history, consequently pushing tyranny back to the dark underground bunker from which it sprang.

And when President George W. Bush stood atop the rubble at the foot of the fallen World Trade Center after 9-11, should he have trumpeted: “I can hear you!  I can hear you!  But the people who knocked down these buildings won’t be hearing from us soon. Instead, we’re going to send them a big wet non-violent kiss.”

We disenfranchise Americans from their freedom when we propose a single means of addressing tyranny.  Don’t EVER tell me I have to be peaceful.  That just pisses me off all the more!  That’s my choice to make. That’s between me and God.

Americans are going to react the way they always react when their freedoms are taken away—peacefully at first, then violently.  We just can’t stand losing our freedoms.  It’s what makes Americans, Americans.  We won’t stand for it.  And we won’t stand for being told how to defend our freedoms.  We are in fact, free to defend freedom.

Americans who believe in God, the rule of law, the Constitution and our rights guaranteed therein have been pushed and pushed and pushed.   To our credit we have been tolerant, patient, and peaceful thus far.  By God’s grace, we can remain so.  Americans are by and large slow to anger.

We’ve been slow to anger in part because we’ve been asleep.  Ignorant of the facts.  And I think when we all look back 20-30 years from now, we can thank Glenn Beck and others for waking us up before it was too late.  Your service to the country has immeasurable, Mr. Beck.  In many respects, yours is the booming voice of George Whitefield.

I’m a peaceful man.  But only a man.  If you push me beyond a certain point, or threaten the people I love, IT IS ON.  If you threaten something I love more than I love myself, I don’t care what happens to me.

The Left is spoiling for a fight?  It’s a trap?  People who caution this do not understand two things, one about the Left, the other about conservatives:

ONE:  The Left are bullies.  Most will cower when confronted.

TWO:  Trap, or no Trap.  Frankly, we conservatives don’t give a damn.  We don’t care if it’s a trap.  We don’t care if it’s not a trap.  Doesn’t even matter to us.  When it’s ON, it’s ON.

We pray for peace.  And after that, we pray peace comes soon.  Thy will be done, not ours.

 

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Stock Market Looking Crashy

I don’t like to make predictions.  Stock market predictions.  And this isn’t one of them.  First of all, I’m terrible at it.  And with the Fed propping up the stock market none of the usual fundamental and technical analyses apply.  We’re in unchartered territory.

The stock market is almost completely rigged at this point.  Regular economic reports that give guidance to the health of the economy are so manipulated by the government today that any evidence of true prognosis of the nation is impossible.   The government must hide the true condition of the economy from Americans for three reasons:  politicians want to get reelected, the insiders on Wall Street are making billions on the rigged game, and the government is staving off riots.

The big one is riots.  Social unrest.  Do some poking around on the internet about the federal government loading up on billions of rounds of ammunition for civil defense.  You will not believe which government agencies are buying ammo.

Who in the heck is buying stocks anyway?  These days?  At these prices.  At all-time highs.   After a non-stop 5-year rocket-ride from stock market lows in 2009.  The Dow and S&P 500 indices are at all-time highs;  is the economy at its all-time best?  Who is buying up these stocks?  Propping up the stock market.  Who?  Banks, and corporations, and stock market index companies, that’s who.  With the full endorsement of the U.S. government.

Banks are buying up stocks.  Corporations too.  Corporations are buying back their own company stocks on the open stock market like crazy.  Why would big companies be buying back their own stocks?  To give the illusion their company’s stock is attractive.  And because it boosts the stock-option benefits packages of company executives.  The corporate buy back of stocks is also fueled by borrowing.  Corporations are borrowing billions from banks at near-zero interest rates and using that money to buy back their own stocks.

Furthermore, index companies like Standard & Poor’s (i.e. S&P 500 Index) are buying up stocks by the billions.  Why would they be doing that?  They just track the performance of stocks, right?  That’s not all they do.  But to the point, Standard & Poor’s wants their index to “perform,” go higher, beat expectations, be in the news, increase, increase, increase.  And what better way to do that than push up the prices of stocks you track in your index!

You just can’t believe how rigged the stock market is today.  It’s always been rigged for the insiders, but at least in the past the little guy had a chance to get a piece of the action.  Today, forget it.  The market is so rigged even the insiders are getting squeamish.

And I suppose that’s why I’m writing this post.  I think the Wall Street “insiders” are starting to get squeamish.  Very squeamish lately.  That gives me reason to pause.  Not sure what’s causing the squeamishness.  My first inclination is the Obama administration is giving Wall Street insiders mixed signals.  The Obama administration is embroiled in several scandals now.   Even the Leftist media is asking questions.  And when that happens, people on the far left—like Obama—become exceedingly unpredictable.  Wall Street and corporations are also starting to look to the 2014 and 2016 elections and how the outcomes will affect them.

The Fed?  The Fed will do whatever it takes stay in power, and keep the power of paper currency.  Paper money is the life-blood of the banking system.

Are we headed for a crash?  I believe the crash began in 2008, and continues.  What we have today are phony fixes and phony news about the economy.  I doubt the stock market will crash in one big plummeting spiral in one day.   We have a huge economy.  We have enormous wealth.   A very complex financial system.  And plenty of corrupt people in power who are willing to lie, cheat, and steal to keep the truth hidden.  The Titanic didn’t go down right away.  It took nearly three hours.   It took time for each compartment, each deck, to get overwhelmed.

But is the Dow about to crash?  Tomorrow?  Next week?  I can only say what I’m feeling: it feels crashy right here at 16,717 pts.

It took generations of corruption to get where we’re at today.  Cleaning out the stink of lies will take a while.  Maybe an entire generation.  We’re in the midst of one of the greatest economic collapses in history.  It’s just unfolding so slowly from day to day that it’s hard to believe it’s really happening.  But it is.  And your grandchildren will ask you, “What was it like, grandpa?”  And you’ll say, “For a long time I didn’t even know it was really happening.  Until the cold ocean water hit my feet.”

 

 

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