I know, some people don’t like my sarcasm and referring to politicians for what they are, but I will do it anyway. So there were two GOP debates on Thursday, the “top 10” who were highest in the polls, and the kids’ table in which the remaining low-polling candidates took part. Apparently the top-10 debate received high ratings. I don’t even know why I’m writing about this, as both the Republicans and the Democrats are one party, the statist quo party. The GOP will never reverse the damage of the Democrats, and vice versa. Maybe some day the die-hards will get it.
I like the fact that Donald Trump has been throwing a wrench into the system, but I think that Justin Raimondo is probably correct, that The Donald really is there as a straw, to throw a wrench just into the GOP, and on behalf of The Hillary. It is good that Trump stands against political correctness as he told Megyn Kelly, but he really does have a history of making rude personal comments to women. Even if Rosie O’Donnell is herself rude and ghastly, Trump should at least have some class and keep certain thoughts to himself. And why does he have to say out loud that he thinks a woman wanting to breast-feed her baby is “disgusting”? Can’t he keep such opinions to himself?
In the “Top 10” debate, the mediocre and mealy-mouthed Rand Paul had an exchange with New Joisey Gov. Christie Chris over the NSA’s criminal spying on innocent people. Chris defends criminality in government, probably because of his own experience as a U.S. attorney and prosecutor. Christie Chris just doesn’t understand that the early Americans wrote the Fourth Amendment to protect the individual’s inherent right to be secure in one’s person, home, property and effects, especially against a government which has been given monopoly powers of lawmaking and law-enforcing. I think that this guy from NJ shows not only a lack of understanding of the criminality of NSA spying and intrusions, but seems to delight in the powers that such a program gives certain privileged people. He would make a good apparatchik for the East German Stasi, in my view.
However, as good as Rand Paul might be in his defense of due process, the younger Dr. Paul is extremely bad on taxes, with his 14.5% flat tax combined with a value-added tax, he would not get rid of the IRS as the great Ron Paul would do. Rand’s father Ron Paul would get rid of the IRS entirely, abolish government theft of private property, and what would he replace the IRS with? “Nothing!” But Rand the younger Paul doesn’t understand that this taxation-theft is just as criminal as the NSA’s spying-trespasses. Shame on Rand! as far as I’m concerned.
At the kids’ table debate, which included such degenerates as Mike Huckabee and Lindsey Graham, the one who was said to stand out was former HP CEO Carly Fiorina, who knows why. Now, you want to talk about the East German Stasi with Gov. Christie Chris and his love of NSA criminality? Carly Fiorina is very hard-core when it comes to the national security state. She is ghastly in her views. And I know that we shouldn’t comment on someone’s looks, as Donald Trump tends to do, but as other people have also stated, she really does look scary.
I heard some excerpts of Curly Fiorina from the debate and from her being interviewed Friday, on “Boston Herald Radio”/WMEX with Hillary Chabot. Ms. Fiorina has been saying how we need “public-private partnerships,” especially in national security, and particularly to fight Islamic terror recruiting. She was asked, I think on “Boston Herald Radio”/WMEX, if she refers to Google et al and she said she likes the idea of Google’s involvement. Yikes!
So it seems that Curly is not aware that we have already had a “public-private partnership” in national security, for decades. All she has to do is read the Washington Post‘s series from just a few years ago, “Top Secret America.” In Part 1, we learned that the apparatus already put in place, that Fiorina apparently wants to expand, is actually too big, and too vast. It really has been like trying to find a “needle in a haystack.” But in Part 1 of the Post‘s series, we learned:
* Some 1,271 government organizations and 1,931 private companies work on programs related to counterterrorism, homeland security and intelligence in about 10,000 locations across the United States.
* An estimated 854,000 people, nearly 1.5 times as many people as live in Washington, D.C., hold top-secret security clearances.
* In Washington and the surrounding area, 33 building complexes for top-secret intelligence work are under construction or have been built since September 2001. Together they occupy the equivalent of almost three Pentagons or 22 U.S. Capitol buildings – about 17 million square feet of space.
* Many security and intelligence agencies do the same work, creating redundancy and waste. For example, 51 federal organizations and military commands, operating in 15 U.S. cities, track the flow of money to and from terrorist networks.
* Analysts who make sense of documents and conversations obtained by foreign and domestic spying share their judgment by publishing 50,000 intelligence reports each year – a volume so large that many are routinely ignored.
Read Part 2: “National Security, Inc.”, Part 3: “The Secrets Next Door”, and Part 4: Monitoring America. And see the Post‘s list of all the private contractors. Yikes! again. So yes, we already do have a “public-private partnership,” and what that really is is fascism. That really is the kind of system that gets Carly Fiorina and Christie Chris’s approval. Check out Lew Rockwell’s book, Fascism versus Capitalism, by the way, for more on that. Or read it now on .pdf. (Additionally, see Prof. Robert Higgs on “military economic fascism.”)
Curly Fiorina is clearly not a capitalist, but she is a fascist. (I’m sure she doesn’t want to be called the “B-word,” but I will do it anyway: “Bureaucrat”!) Fascism is what we have in place already for many years, and I think it sucks. It’s un-American, and, unfortunately most if not all the other Neanderthuglican and Dumbocrat candidates agree with the kind of fascist apparatus we have in place now. Some of them want to make it even worse. This fascist-socialist system is totally contrary to what those who liberated themselves from British rule over 200 years ago had in mind.