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They are the cornerstone of the Republic, with the Constitution being the foundation. Or to put it another way ... the Constitution is the HOW, the Declaration is the WHY.
Toggle Commented Jul 4, 2015 on July 4th at BlackFive
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All these military adventures puff themselves up with talk of democracy and eliminating one despot or other. Show me a rights-respecting government that has the dysfunctions of Iraq, or Afghanistan ... let alone the history of tyranny of those places. This is reality, not "puff". It is rights-respecting governance that puts a stop to those dysfunctions - including the tyranny - and gives a nation the ability to resist the wannabe tyrants of the future. The tyrants have to be replaced, to establish a sustainable peace. The 20th-century shortcut of "Realism" that you advocate, in the long term, does not work. But you do have a point, even though you don't know it ... our declarations of democracy as the be-all-end-all are part of the problem. Our stopping at democracy and "self-determination" is how al-Malaki and his cronyism were able to negate the progress that was made. We made the same mistake with him as we did with the Shah of Iran ... both should have been brought to heel, by (more) military force if necessary, as soon as their respective dysfunctions became evident. That is a big reason why we shouldn't have been in such a hurry to leave. But for those who blame America first for its past sins, before they ever criticize a tyrant for his current ones, stopping at democracy allows them to avoid the "judgmentalism" of insisting that others MUST respect those self-evident truths this "sinful" nation has secured for those doing the blaming ... and when things fall apart because we stopped at mere democracy, the blamers get the satisfaction of seeing a nation they consider "uppity" being put "in its place". They are more concerned that some American might be caught shredding paper, than they are about tyrants who shred people. Not a single thing about the Iraq war has come to pass as its proponents have said they would. Nothing. It was coming to pass, until those who share your thinking - or exploited it in the name of politics - again dominated the decision-making. Name me one tyrant that, once they got a taste for expansionism, stopped on their own. You can't. Every one of these had to be confronted with the credible threat of force, or exhaustion of their resources, before they stopped spreading their tyranny. The sooner free people recognize this, and come together to confront tyrants wherever they appear, the sooner we will establish a sustainable peace. Until that happens, we will have war without end.
Toggle Commented May 19, 2015 on Talking Syria raid on FOX & Friends at BlackFive
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I remember what happened in Tal Afar and Ramadi, and then all across Iraq once GWB stopped listening to the conventional wisdom of the last century and put aside the "minimized footprint" strategy in favor of what some of our Men and Women did in those first two cities. In fact, I remember that there was an American Captain at the center of what happened in Ramadi, who did overcome the social challenges to get the Iraqis working with us and each other. It was working, and we were winning. The problem was, the Democrats undercut Mr. Bush all the way in the name of domestic politics, weakened his ability to keep al-Malaki honest, and turned their criticism into self-fulfilling prophecy when Prez Putt Putt went right back to the minimized footprint. And your suggestion re: Saddam makes as much sense as juggling rattlesnakes ... which is a good description of what such "realism" has turned out to be in the long term. It was myopia like yours, that back in 1991 set the stage for 2003. It is myopia like yours, that will have our Men and Women back in Iraq a THIRD time in the future - perhaps as part of a World War, this time, that has the capability to (unlike the last two) scorch American soil. The problem isn't the men you list, though like all men they are flawed. The problem is the hubris that declares the whole population of a nation incapable of peace, if given the breathing space from violence, as though they are somehow less than human ... ... the hubris that says we can maintain a peaceful, highly-interconnected global civilization while still leaving a tyrant in control of such a nation, in an era where technology and the freedom-of-movement essential for that civilization allows even "mice" to roar ... ... and the hubris that leads us to believe that we, and they, actually have a choice other than to ACT to defeat tyranny and replace it with the one vaccine against expansionist terror: rights-respecting governance - and ACT AS LONG AS IT TAKES to make that happen. Until free people respect that last point ... and act accordingly ... there will be war without end, whether or not we want to be involved. And eventually, we will be, and at a higher cost in both treasure and blood, for as the old saying goes - you may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.
Toggle Commented May 19, 2015 on Talking Syria raid on FOX & Friends at BlackFive
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She is straightforward in her insistence that America has lost something by disagreeing without respecting one another. She stated, “there are ways that we can deploy some gentler words to our debates that can make us more productive. That can happen, when all parties involved are intellectually honest. However, civility in response to intellectual dishonesty has been counterproductive in the defense of liberty. Such dishonesty must be challenged, even if we must be less than civil about it. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth ... I Corinthians 13:6
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Is it really appropriate for a civilian leader to return a salute ... or is it appropriate because he is CINC? Either way, the ONLY way this could have had any redeeming value, is if he dumped the cup of coffee on his head ... :P
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Yeehawd, the problem is that either set of fanatics won't stop with killing off the other. History teaches us that expansionist tyrannies do not stop expanding without confrontation. I think that all we have done, is assured a THIRD trip into Iraq, sooner or later, by our Men and Women ... all because we are more afraid of being called IMPERIALIST! than we are interested in life, liberty and sustainable peace. Until not just America, but free people around the world, realize that they must defend their freedom from tyranny - and the sooner, the better in terms of the cost - there will be war without end.
Toggle Commented Jun 17, 2014 on Tal Afar Falls at BlackFive
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"Not any better" is the best-case scenario. The likely scenario is that expansion of the VA model into the civilian world will drag BOTH systems down to total dysfunction, with no effective work-arounds or alternatives allowed. Why? Because a rights-respecting government is structurally incapable of resolving highly-individual-specific problems effectively and efficiently, REGARDLESS of the best intentions of its operatives, for it lacks the insight and flexibility to do so. We do have a duty to assure that veterans get the health care they need ... but the lack of insight and flexibility gums up the works, while no one even questions the foolishness of keeping their care inside the VA system vs. allowing private-sector providers, that might actually be more accessible to veterans, to deliver that care. But that is what we will ALL get, if too many of us continue to believe that credentials/position/popularity make an elite few sufficiently omniscient, to be allowed to jam their socio-economic worldview down everyone's throats as the One and Only True Way ... poster children for Romans 1:22, because they are totally ignorant of Callahan's Principle of Leadership .... ... a man's got to know his limitations.
Toggle Commented May 22, 2014 on VA Healthcare a deadly disgrace at BlackFive
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The way I see it, what this President is all about, is putting what he sees as an "uppity" nation "in its place". Not "uppity" in the racial sense, but in terms of viewing our role in the world as exceptional ... and the idea that our prosperity and peace is the result of doing things right that other nations did, and do, wrong - and acting accordingly, in word and deed. Such absolute thinking is anathema to the moral relativists of the Cult of the Credentialed and Connected Omniscient who are currently running the show in this nation, telling us and the world that they can give everyone (at the expense of the productive and responsible, world-wide, of course) free ice cream and a pony through formalized lying in formal wear, foreign and domestic. The problem is, reality is ready to hand us a shovel, and point at what's on the barn floor behind the pony. However, in this case, you may need to be wearing MOPP gear or a HAZMAT suit before you pick up that shovel.
Toggle Commented Nov 26, 2013 on Peace in our time with Iran at BlackFive
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Brother, that kind of help is above your, and my, pay grade. Or did you forget the /sarc tag?
Toggle Commented Nov 26, 2013 on Peace in our time with Iran at BlackFive
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The "rich" only have the power and privilege you decry, when they can collude with government to get it. Were that not true, to cite just one example, Sam Walton wouldn't have had a chance against the established competition ... Sears and Penneys. Progressives like Mr. Obama, by growing government, expand the opportunities for just such collusion. Don't believe me ... ask all those "green energy" companies, from GE on down. Ask all the companies that were invited to get their piece of the action in Obamacare. Ask Hollywood. All you are doing when you support Progressives, at best, is trading one set of oppressors for another. At worst, you are working against the actual development of prosperity among the masses. You get ahead in this nation by exercising your personal initiative. Under your "villains", those of us who exercised that personal initiative prospered, even if we didn't become "one-percenters". I've lived that out, for the last thirty years. Others, who left their initiative to others - such as the recent example of Hostess employees - are among the worst off today. Your Progressives discouraged them, and many like them, from taking control of their own destiny ... and seek to put up roadblock after roadblock to exercising personal initiative for those who still try to take control. All because people like you believe they "know better" ... when they are even more clueless than the people you decry. The dysfunctions of the GOP can be largely traced, BTW, to their attempts to borrow from the Progressive paradigm. And one other thing ... what part of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is "racist"?
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2013 on Happy Obama Day at BlackFive
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Somebody's got to say it ... Debbie didn't fall far from the family tree ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8105U1WY9ro
Toggle Commented Oct 21, 2012 on Glenn Greenwald nails it at BlackFive
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And the camels are being put in caves and/or pre-dosed with Preparation H, in anticipation of a high number of attempts at cruise-missile colonoscopy.
Toggle Commented Oct 16, 2012 on Obama killed Osama at BlackFive
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I notice that al Quada can still punch above their weight, despite the demise of their figurehead. One battle may have been won on Mr. Obama's watch - but Mr. Obama stood on the shoulders of Bush and Rumsfeld to even get close. And IMO, his feckless diplomacy is squandering the good work they did. They might not be able to take us over, but they can still put a world of hurt on free people ... especially if we return to the pre-911 paradigms that Mr. Obama has an affinity for, his adoption of some of the Bush-era policies notwithstanding. As for your movie review ... show me one expansionist tyranny in history that stopped expanding without either being confronted by the credible threat of force, or the total exhaustion of resources. Saying it "isn't as simple" and leaving it to the formalized-liars-in-formal-wear is a cop-out ... and the REAL way you get "war without end", by doing NOTHING to decisively interdict tyranny. It's why the Cold War lasted as long as it did, and why we had a SECOND war with Iraq.
Toggle Commented Oct 16, 2012 on Obama killed Osama at BlackFive
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Looks like they're organizing a hunt for scalps ... I'd wager, for the Trickler-In-Chief and Smirker-In-Chief to wave before the voters to prove their "resolve" ... http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/15/white-house-wrestles-with-how-where-to-strike-back-if-libya-consulate-attackers/ At best, the same, old, tired, law-enforcement response to an act of war ... at worst, a misuse of our military for political purposes.
Toggle Commented Oct 16, 2012 on Obama killed Osama at BlackFive
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Today's defense policy, in a manner reminiscent of Barney Fife ...
Toggle Commented Aug 9, 2012 on Guns or Butter? at BlackFive
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Part of the problem with defense, is with programs that are instituted and maintained by Congress more for fighting political wars than the real kind ... programs like that are the primary reason I turned from the GOP to independent status, back in 1998. Those need to be cut ... but cutting the programs that actually help our Men and Women to efficiently/effectively/safely achieve their objectives is farthing-maybe-wise but metric-ton foolish. BTW, if Progressives want to cut the defense budgets, maybe they shouldn't spend so much time getting in the way of decisively defeating tyrants and seeing to it that their regimes are replaced with rights-respecting governance. That obstruction is how you get "war without end" and run up the bills - in blood and in treasure - over the long term. As I've said before, if GHW Bush had been decisively "prudent" instead of listening to the diplomats and "realists" who gave him the idea for a 100-hour ground war in 1991, there would have been no OIF in 2003.
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Jim, it's time for you to stand in for the WH Press Secretary, and put some reporters in their proper place.
Toggle Commented Jun 19, 2012 on Today's leak of classified intel at BlackFive
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We'll still suffer for this a decade after he's gone from office, whenever that is. DB, I have to consider that this outcome is intended by these miscreants ... a "poison pill" to inhibit the exercise of American "imperialism" after they have been run out of town on a rail voted out. Their legacy to the cause of "peace" ... even though it leads to the peace of the gulag and graveyard.
Toggle Commented Jun 18, 2012 on Leakers leak about leak investigation at BlackFive
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Pay attention, Leftists. This is how you get "war without end" ... by refusing to exhibit the resolve to decisively defeat tyranny where it appears. And the wars will not end until free people stop the guilt trips, stop playing the games of moral equivalence and political correctness, and exhibit that resolve. It is the prerogative of the LOSER to decide WHEN the war ends ... it is the prerogative of the VICTOR to decide HOW it ends. And we will end up going back, in one form or another ... for without freedom, and the respect for and protection of it by those who govern, peace is just an illusion. The question is, what will be the cost in blood and treasure tomorrow, for our leaders' attempt to maintain that illusion today?
Toggle Commented Jan 6, 2012 on Losing a war and a peace at BlackFive
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I can relate to that ... it's why I seldom go to the beach, here on Long Island. Seems that every time I step out of the surf, the Greenpeace guys keep running up to "save" me ...
Toggle Commented May 14, 2011 on Why America is different at BlackFive
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Excuse me for answering a question with a question ... but absent such outside Authority, what is our basis, beyond personal expediency, for declaring -- let alone compelling our government to defend -- any right as "unalienable"?
Toggle Commented May 14, 2011 on Why America is different at BlackFive
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Would it? IMO, the most significant attribute of Creator-endowed, unalienable rights is that the ability to re-define and/or rescind them is above the pay grade of ANY human ... and even a majority vote of a nation of humans.. That is one of the "exceptional" attributes of the American experiment ... it is the most fundamental check on the power of those who govern, limiting their ability to pervert their authority from governance to ruling ... and their ability to hijack a nation to deny others their rights. Without that "outside" Authority as their basis, what is there to stop a subset of humanity from assuming that authority and re-defining those rights as they see fit? Such attempts, unfortunately, are anything but "exceptional" ... they are the initiator of the dysfunctions that result in our having to send Men and Women out to interdict the dysfunctional while the rest of us have to prove our innocence every time we board a plane.
Toggle Commented May 14, 2011 on Why America is different at BlackFive
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Since the Powers that Be weren't going to go with my original desire of his head on a pike, I can concur with the idea that bin Laden receive a burial at sea ... ... alive, from 10,000 ft, out the back of a C-130 ... ... to give him a taste of what it was like for several people on 11 September 2001.
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Couldn't happen to a "nicer" guy ... hope they have a good spike for the head, to put out front of the Pentagon (yeah, I know, I'm dreamin' ...) As ol' SMASH said, back when Saddam met his end (of the rope): sic semper tyrannis. Kudos to those who did the deed ... and to all the sheepdogs who have worked to keep us safe, since the last time this miscreant succeeded at anything of significance almost ten years ago.
Toggle Commented May 2, 2011 on OSAMA BIN LADIN IS DEAD! at BlackFive
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The difference is in who enforces that obligation to our fellow man ... God, or Caesar? My only LEGAL obligation to my fellow man is to not trample upon his unalienable rights. That is the jurisdiction of Caesar. All other obligations are MORAL, and therefore are under the jurisdiction of God ... and for Caesar to claim jurisdiction in these areas creates as many or more problems as it solves.
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