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Are We in Soviet Amerika? Or Nazi Amerika? A Little In Between?

I have to write this, but I don’t want to. These kinds of posts are difficult. A lot of people are in denial as far as what our society has become, and what it is turning into. If you point things out, and “connect the dots,” there are many brainwashed sheeple who call you “paranoid,” “conspiracy theorist,” etc. But, because of generations now of the results of government-controlled schooling, we have more of a Nazi Germany and a Soviet Amerika than a free society.

Just look at the way the Soviet-like apparatchiks in Congress suddenly demand Donald Trump’s tax returns as soon as the Mueller report completely exonerated him. “Well, if the nearly two-year Mueller investigation couldn’t find any evidence of wrong-doing, then we have to get him on something! Let’s go through his taxes, and maybe we’ll find something to get him on.” In other words, without any crime that’s been alleged in the first place, without any reason to suspect Trump of any specific tax law violation, the apparatchiks immediately go on a fishing expedition. (After the two-year Mueller fishing expedition.) But yo, dummies in Congress, like Jerrold Nadler and Adam Schiffty et al., let’s go through YOUR tax returns as well, without a reason to suspect you of something.

You see, government criminals can do this to anyone they want, not just a President. I’m sure that if Republican Senators want to get Nadler’s tax returns they can do that. Or Bernie’s or Elizabeth Warren’s, etc.

So this is the Soviet Union now. And that is what these people want. They want another Soviet society, in which the elites have a lot of control over the lives of the people. If you dare to criticize the “system” in any way, as Donald Trump has done such as during the 2016 campaign, and “Drain the Swamp!”, watch out. In the Soviet Union they would send people to the gulag merely for uttering such disloyal things.

And Kamala Harris, what is “Kamala”? I wonder if that stands for “Camel-a Harris,” as in the camel’s nose in the tent, and all that. Is she a reincarnated Soviet commissar? Perhaps a reincarnated storm trooper? Because, she wants to arrest and jail parents for not sending their kids into the government schools. In other words, for the kids not going into the indoctrination prisons to get their daily brainwashing of government-worship, which is what generations of Amerikans have gotten now.

And it’s not just those on the Left. I’ve spent plenty of time here criticizing the talk radio ditto-heads and their “conservative” followers, their worship of “America” and worship of a flag, and of centralized government planners in Washington regarding the immigration problem, Socialist Security and Medicare that they don’t want to get rid of, and their love and worship of the government police and military and the police state in Amerika. So they’re just as bad, in my view.

But the Soviet wannabes on the Left, though. In my recent rant against their “Medicare for All” they want to forcibly impose on everyone whether people like it or not and enforced at the point of a government gun, I did make a brief mention that it’s all about control. Political control, and it’s not because these dishonest people care about “the poor” or “the needy” or “people who can’t afford health insurance.” These activists couldn’t care less about them.

It’s about control.

“We need to have everybody’s personal medical information on record and in our files, like the FBI files, so we know who has what illness, who is taking what drugs, and what each person says to his or her doctor. We need to know if there are any indications of people who might have a firearm, who might be hoarding food or other survival supplies, people who have criticized their congressman (‘contempt of Congress,’ etc.), people who might be conservative, who might be a Christian, who might have made negative statements about LGBT people,  and so on. We need to have information on people who might be considering running for their local school committee, especially if they do not support our social agenda, and so on.”

Oh, how paranoid. Really? No, not really. Not paranoid. There are signs everywhere. For instance, Bernie and “AOC” are pushing for so many Soviet-like government takeovers and seizures of private businesses and property, such as in their wanting to nationalize the banking system and credit. So the above made-up quote is realistic, and this is why “Medicare for All,” or “Single Payer,” or Soviet medical care.

They want to know who has what views, who may actually be thinking for themselves, and who is off the reservation. Those who aren’t compliant, well, we can look at the 20th Century and those paradises of collectivism these fanatics worship with intense drooling, and see the skulls piled up by the millions. You think that’s an exaggeration? “Noooo, they wouldn’t be that extreme!” Listen to how they view not just the unborn but babies who have already been born. It’s okay to kill them if they are undesired. So, these people on the Left are just as bad as the conservatives who have been supporting and defending the U.S. wars of aggression overseas, the killing of millions of innocent civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Korea, Japan, Germany, etc., and dehumanizing their victims.

We’re seeing all over the society of how certain people are getting fired from their jobs, being thrown off various boards for having expressed the “wrong” view. Social media are censoring certain people now. As I had linked to recently, the U.S. is quickly becoming like China in its Orwellian “social credit score” hell.

So, as in Nazi Germany, we have people reporting on others who don’t toe the party line, or businesses being coerced to report on their customers who fit the FBI’s description of “suspicious.”

And look at the FBI now. Their spying on the Trump campaign and making up reasons to do so didn’t just start with the 2016 campaign. They had an informant in the Trump organization since 2003. Probably since well before that, like since Trump’s discussion with Oprah in 1988 about his possibly running for President. Government apparatchiks go after successful private sector businesspeople, as I have mentioned before.

But as long as the apparatus of central planning and control exists in Washington, which was always a bad idea to begin with, we will have people fighting to grasp the controls to wield the power to try to mold and shape an obedient and compliant population. And that is ALL those “democratic socialists” and social activists crave.

“Medicare for All”? Really?

The U.S. House of Representatives is attempting to shove another “Medicare for All” bill down the throats of the people, with extremely unrealistic mandates, and Laurence Vance has 3 big questions that are not being asked about it.

Vance’s questions are:

1) Is it constitutional? 2) Is it the proper role of government? and 3) Who should pay for health care?

Vance notes that the U.S. Constitution doesn’t authorize the federal government to get involved in health care or health insurance, that it’s not a proper role of the government to get involved in those things as well as many other things, and that no American is entitled to receive health care at the expense of another, meaning involuntarily.

But I also have some questions. Many people now are being indoctrinated to believe that we have a “right to health care,” that is, a right to have someone provide us with medical care when we demand it. Does this include, for example, a fat slob who doesn’t exercise and who eats junk food and doesn’t particularly care about his weight, his health, his heart, his arteries? Should he be included in the “All” who have a “right” to health care, or “Medicare for All?” If so, why should this slob’s neighbors be forced at gunpoint (which is what involuntary taxation is, quite frankly) to have to chip in to pay for providing him with the attention of a doctor when he has his heart attack or stroke? Sorry to be blunt here. Bottom line is, if this guy doesn’t care about his own health, then no, he does NOT have a “right” to force his neighbors to care for him. (If neighbors still want to care for him, then they can always do that, voluntarily, if they want to.)

Same thing for smokers. I know, there are far fewer smokers now than there had been in the past. But they’re still out there, and being litterbugs and throwing their cigarettes down on the ground at the bus stop or wherever. Now, these people KNOW that there’s a good chance that they’re giving themselves lung cancer, heart attacks, and other ailments, because of their smoking. Should they, too, have a “right” to force their neighbors to have to chip in to provide them with health care? I say no. And please don’t give me this “Well I’m addicted, and I’ve tried to quit but can’t” crap. The smoker is voluntarily lighting up a cigarette and putting it up to his mouth and inhaling, and repeatedly. No one is forcing you or threatening you to have to do that. It’s all by your own free will. (If you can’t quit, try hypnosis. One of my mother’s friends did that many years ago and it worked, after she tried everything else.) I don’t believe that people who smoke like chimneys or do other hazardous things to themselves should have a “right” to force their neighbors to provide them with a doctor and medical treatment.

What about people who drink like a fish? Okay, I’m sure you get my point.

No one has a “right” to demand his neighbors give him medical care, no matter what ailments one has, no matter what “preexisting conditions” one has.

What we do have a right to is to not be robbed, by criminals on the street or by criminals from the government. We also have a right to keep all our medical matters private and not be required to give any personal information to anyone including government bureaucrats, our medical matters as well as our financial and other personal matters.

We also have a right to be left alone by bureaucrats. If they want us to participate in some scheme that we don’t want to participate in, then we don’t participate in it, and they don’t send armed goons after us and throw us in a cage if we don’t comply. That is exactly the kind of Soviet or fascist society these people in Washington, the real crazy ones in power now, want. They are police statists who want to force these intrusive schemes onto us whether we like it or not, and if we resist, they send the armed thug police after us, kick in our doors and kidnap or shoot us dead. That is the nature of the socialist ignoramus, it has always been that way, and it always will be that way. These people in Washington reject the idea of freedom because when people are free, the crazies in Washington lose the control over others they crave so desperately.

U.S. Bureaucrats Trump and Pompeo Silent on the Importance of Economic Policy

I heard some of the Sunday news shows on Bloomberg Radio, Fox News Sunday, ABC This Week, Meet the Press with Chuck Toady and Fake the Nation with CBS newsbimbo Margaret Brennan, and Mike Pompeo appeared on at least three of these shows.

The big thing is Venezuela. Like most U.S. bureaucrats, Pompeo is obsessed with “democracy” and installing a favorable regime. He’s constantly saying things like, “This is the Venezuelan people attempting to reestablish their democracy. The United States has joined with them…Our mission is to work with a large coalition, now 50 countries-plus who are determined to restore democracy and then, ultimately, a productive economy to Venezuela.”

Okay, just how will “democracy” lead to a “productive economy”? Why is it that politicians are so obsessed with elections and getting the “right people” in charge? Conservative President Ronald Reagan imposed tax cuts, and then tax hikes and he expanded the bureaucracy. The economic boom of the mid-1980s led to the stock market crash of 1987 and a recession that got even worse thanks to H.W. Bush. But the Democrat Clinton administration saw another economic boom throughout the 1990s.

I know, it’s not exactly Venezuela. But the U.S. wants to install some guy now they see as favorable. The problem is not who is in charge.

The problem in Venezuela has been mass starvation. The government seized the means of production and distribution of food. When government owns the means of production, which is what socialism is, that causes shortages, empty store shelves, long lines and chaos. In the case of food production and distribution, when those means of production are in private ownership and control, as is the case here in the U.S., prices are more stable, shortages are avoided, and we don’t have long lines for food. Just look at the food stores in the U.S.: fully stacked shelves, plenty of choices at affordable prices.

But why don’t our politicians like Pompeo and Trump use their positions as a bully pulpit and state those differences outright? Instead, they are concerned about “democracy.” As Jacob Hornberger pointed out, the U.S. government’s chosen leaders of other regimes have been failures.

I don’t think that U.S. bureaucrats think in terms of free markets any more, if they ever did in the first place. They are bureaucrats. They think in terms of elections and voting. And control.

And Donald Trump with his obsession with tariffs. Tariffs are taxes, but really they are fines. The government is imposing a fine on American producers and consumers for buying stuff that these idiot government bureaucrats don’t want people to buy. Just look at the anti-free market Trump with his typical government bureaucrat control-freak attitude.

And Trump’s tax cuts are also a sham. They probably helped in the short term to stimulate the economy. But they expire in just two or three years, and then there will be a tax hike when they expire. Typical bureaucrat shyster.

These Trump and Pompeo people won’t suggest to the Venezuelan people that a return to free markets will enable them to have access to food, because these U.S. bureaucrats are so against free markets. Instead, they are obsessed with control, with government-controlled economies, and their beloved police state.

Time to Catch Up

Ron Paul says that (government) spending is theft.

Former NSA analyst Bill Binney says that the NSA has 32 pages of communications between Seth Rich and Julian Assange, as revealed by a FOIA request.

Ryan McMaken says that yes, Julian Assange is a journalist — but that shouldn’t matter.

Mark Perry on Donald Trump’s washing machine tariffs costing consumers $800,000 per job created.

Robert Wenzel on the new way that socialists are going to hide who they are.

Jacob Hornberger on how Gitmo destroyed our constitutional order.

Lew Rockwell on the college admissions scandal and the political prisoners of the evil FBI.

Zero Hedge with an article on a study showing that electric cars cause more Co2 emissions than previously thought. As the article also notes: “Add to this the CO2 emissions of the electricity from powerplants that power such vehicles, and the actual Tesla emissions could be between 156 to 180 grams of CO2 per kilometer (249 and 289 grams of CO2 per mile).”

James Bovard says that hysteria over school safety won’t keep us safe.

And Hans Bader says that lifting the ban on kidney sales would save 30,000 American lives annually.

More Important Articles

John Solomon at The Hill asks 10 important questions that could turn the tables on Russia-collusion investigators.

Andrew McCarthy of National Review has an article at NY Post detailing how and why the Obama FBI and DOJ spied on the Trump 2016 campaign.

Charles Glass says that Julian Assange languishes in prison as his journalistic collaborators brandish their prizes.

Moon of Alabama has an article on the CIA director using fake Skripal incident photos to psy-op Trump.

Jacob Hornberger discusses Republicans’ love of healthcare socialism.

Dr. Gary Kohls asks, What could possibly go wrong with this (continually increasing) neurotoxic and autoimmunity-inducing vaccine schedule?

And William Anderson comments on the college admissions cheating scandal, and how it relates to the emphasis on political capitalism in society as compared to the old Soviet Union.

Capitalism Is Moral, Socialism Is Not

At the Mises Institute Gary Galles says that capitalism “a.k.a. self-ownership,” is the only moral economic system. That’s free-market capitalism, to be clear.

The way I see it, the kind of capitalism we have in America now is a combination of free market capitalism, and “crony capitalism” or crony socialism in which wealth is redistributed via protectionism and regulation that favors established firms over those attempting to “get one’s foot in the door.”

Galles explains how Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie have it all wrong. He writes about the moral aspect of free-market capitalism, which is “better defined as a system of private ownership of resources, including one’s labor, not simply ownership of capital, coordinated by solely voluntary arrangements. Private property prevents the physical invasion of a person’s life, their liberty, or their property without their consent. By preventing such invasions, private property is an irreplaceable defense against aggression by the strong against the weak. No one is allowed to be a predator by violating others’ rights. In such a system, capitalists need the voluntary consent of laborers in their arrangements, preventing capitalists from exploiting laborers.”

And Thomas Knapp writes about how today’s socialists hate the gig economy that yesterday’s socialists wanted. Yesterday’s socialists wanted worker ownership of the means of production, yet today’s socialists reject that.

Knapp gives the example of drivers for Lyft and Uber, in which drivers own their own cars (worker ownership of the means of production) and have control over their hours worked rather than being controlled by a boss.

But today’s “democratic socialists” fought tooth and nail to preserve the capitalist “medallion cab” monopoly, and having lost that fight they’ve re-oriented their struggle toward roping the drivers, and the companies they choose to work with, into the old-style capitalist “wage employee” system.

They don’t want the wage system to go away. They just want to run it.

They don’t want the workers to own the means of production. They just want to tax and regulate it.

They don’t want a classless society. They just want to be the new ruling class.

Those who believe in the moral way of life, that of self-ownership and voluntary (not coerced or compelled by government) contracts would favor the independence and autonomy of working for Uber or Lyft, and the authoritarians would favor enslaving the drivers by forcing them to have to spend a life savings on a medallion and be under the control of  a dispatcher boss.

But the conservatives these days are almost just as bad in their rejection of free markets, private property and voluntary contracts.

In any event, Elizabeth Warren, Alexandria Ocrazio-Cortez and Commie Bernie are the least moral characters when it comes to policies they favor: government theft of private wealth and property, government-compelled enslavement of the workers and producers, and the POLICE STATE to enforce their immoral tyranny.

More Articles of Interest

Jacob Hornberger on drug laws versus freedom, and the deadly and destructive futility of the drug war.

Donald Boudreaux’s conversation with a young socialist.

Laurence Vance says that military personnel make a senseless sacrifice.

Jeffrey Tucker says that people want the State to be in charge of private economic and social activity, but they are unwilling to say it.

And Peter van Buren on how Rachel Maddow turned into Infowars.

Washington Is Filled with Morons, Psychopaths, and Ignoramuses

What is wrong with Donald Trump? And all his followers. Why are they so much against freedom?

Trump wants to close the border. That’s ridiculous. America is supposed to be about freedom, free markets, free trade, not government restrictions on everybody’s freedom.

The Authoritarian-In-Chief now wants to impose a “Border Czar,” or “Immigration Czar,” apparently in the same way that Ronald Reagan appointed a “Drug Czar.” That sure worked out well. The “Drug Czar” put a stop to all those druggies and potheads out there, for sure.

The police state dingbats will do the same with immigration, you betcha.

And why all the short-sightedness from Trump and others? They are hysterical regarding the problems at the border. The “crisis.”

Hysterical loony-tunes panic and call for closing the border altogether, as well as escalating their police state.

“Oh, all the drugs coming through the border.”

Actually, it’s the war on drugs that’s mainly to blame for that “crisis.” Your nanny state dictating to the people what chemicals they may or may not put into their own bodies.

You’re not going to stop people from getting their goddamn drugs.

It’s 50+ years of the drug war now, people including teens are still getting all the drugs they want. It’s your prohibition that’s causing the black market that incentivizes the low-lifes to want to profit from the weaknesses and vices of others, as the black market in drugs creates the drug pushers who get people addicted and the drug traffickers who profit from the black market, the drug lords and drug cartels.

Another cause of the immigration crisis is the U.S. government’s foreign interventionism in Central and South America. Cut it out.

And America’s welfare state. Are there immigrants coming to the U.S. and getting on welfare? Welfare is a truly immoral policy, because it is not funded voluntarily. Welfare is funded involuntarily by the government’s stealing earnings from the workers and producers of society. Stealing is immoral, and criminal. Please Donald shut up about crime coming from “illegal” immigrants, when you preside over the largest crime syndicate ever in the history of man, the U.S. government. Stop stealing from the people.

But he wants to close down the border, rather than end the criminality, corruption, stealing, and the police state coming right out of Washington.

What else is The Donald doing that’s stupid, criminal or evil? He is now saying that Republicans will be the “party of healthcare.” What? Are they doctors? How will Republicans do anything in healthcare? They’re politicians (i.e. morons).

And now he’s saying that he will wait until after the 2020 election to do something with healthcare. “We’ll pass the bill and then we’ll find out what’s in it.”

In other words, he’s doing a Nixon: I have a secret plan to end the war. But really Trump has a secret plan to end our healthcare completely, by caving and giving in to the socialists who want total government-run healthcare. But isn’t that what Trump has been calling for all this time?

And the idiots are so concerned about people with pre-existing conditions, they really want to force insurers to go out of business. The Rethugs are either just dishonest or they actually don’t understand that forcing insurers to cover pre-existing conditions will cause such coverage to get progressively worse for those with pre-existing conditions.

I hove no doubt that Trump does not understand that, as well as many other things in healthcare, government, and life.

And yesterday on the Sean Hannity radio show, Rep. Steve Scalise was pushing his born-alive abortion bill. There are people, mainly Democrats, who want to allow people to murder a newly born baby, because the mother has changed her mind. How sick is that? But Scalise and other Rethugs in CONgress love the wars and sanctions and detaining peaceful people traveling to find a better life for themselves and their families. The Rs are just as bad as the Ds, quite frankly.

And then we have women complaining about Joe Biden. He likes to be “affectionate.” No, he likes to touch and feel and grope and be intrusive on others, just as any other pathological narcissist likes to do. Which is to say, most politicians. They love to have the powers of government, and the apparatus of spying and intruding, making the people have to report to the bureaucrats the details of their private personal and financial lives, involuntarily. And the Rulers love siccing the government police on people who don’t comply.

More News and Commentary

Kerry McDonald says that compulsory schooling laws aren’t progressive, they’re inhumane.

Jacob Hornberger on ending poverty.

Edward Curtin on the CIA takeover of America in the 1960s.

Ron Paul says that Trump tells the truth: sanctions do cause people to suffer.

Barbara Loe Fisher discusses taking no prisoners in the vaccine culture war.

Wendy McElroy reviews Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser.

And Richard Ebeling on the dangers of the new democratic socialism.