What Defines the Most “Powerful” Nation?

What defines the world’s most “powerful” nation?

I would think that most people, regardless of their nationality, would say equal parts economic and military power. That makes sense. Or does it?

I think it depends upon how you define power. The United States of America has a great deal of military power, but it is potential power, not applied power. What do I mean? A nation, any nation, only has military power if it has the will to use it. Aircraft, ships and armored vehicles are only power if they are used. Otherwise they are quickly devalued assets that advancing technology will write off in a few short years. I do not mean to imply that a nation must continuously “flex its muscle” to remain powerful, but a nation with a large stockpile of weaponry that its leadership has forsworn to use under almost any circumstance would not be considered a militarily powerful nation.

Do not view this as an attack on our current President. Yes, he is a hapless fool. That’s actually the kindest thing I could say about him, but in this case, he mirrors the will – or complete lack of will – of the American people. Americans, it is said, are “war weary”. Really? On December 31, 2013, exactly 3, 285,090 men and women served in the United States military, including all branches, both active duty and reserve. That is 1% of the population of the United States.

With 1% doing all the work, how did the citizenry get so “war weary”?

Let’s face it: very few Americans know anyone who has been deployed in a combat zone, not to mention anyone wounded or killed. And yet Americans seem to be wrung out by the titanic struggle they have been engaged in the last thirteen years to defend our nation against further attacks from Islamist terrorists. Oh, excuse me – they are just “terrorists” now, since we have been told they have nothing to do with Islam.

“No boots on the ground!” I can see Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi grinning as he hears these words. He knows that there is a chance he might be defeated, but never by the Americans. Is the Islamic State a serious threat to the United States? Maybe; maybe not. We just don’t seem to care. But let’s move on.

“America is an economic powerhouse!” We are like a college freshman with Daddy’s credit card (China). Big stereo? No problemo! New rims for the Neon? Got it covered! While we were distributing Obama phones and housing half of Central America, our Chinese “trading partners” (I can’t even type that without snorting) managed to surpass us as the world’s largest economy, and built a blue water navy from scratch at the same time. It is said by those in the know that China has a detailed plan to militarily and economically reduce Japan to the power footprint of Bhutan. Many Western think-tank geniuses cackle over that. Many don’t. I give Japan about twelve weeks. The United States will “apply sanctions” against China.

“No nation will move against America, because we can ruin them financially in a few days”. Put down the opium pipe, my friend, and look at the calendar. Whoops! It’s not 1964 anymore. There is going to be a national vote in Switzerland in a few days to determine whether or not the Swiss go back on the gold standard. Everyone following that one says the vote will be “Jah, Oui, Si! Just wait to see how long the European monetary system holds up then. The US will lag behind about 10 days.

As mad as he made us, Jonathan Gruber was right on target.

Democracy and the Democratic Party

There was an article in Breitbart today (11/17/2014) entitled: “The Left’s Destruction of the Democratic Party”, by Mike Flynn.  Flynn summarized the party’s slide from the center-left of LBJ, Clinton(s), and blue-dog Democrats to the ultra-left of Elizabeth Warren, Barack Obama and Howard Dean.  It is curious that these Über-Democrats are not really interested in democracy at all.  Their foundational beliefs are that their base: the oppressed, downtrodden, economically-disadvantaged, should wield more political power than the majority because of their condition.  This has little to do with anything close to “democracy” and everything to do with the retention of political power.  I would take this time to remind Democrats that democracy is rule by the MAJORITY of the voters, but they would not be interested.   I will admit that I am not interested in democracy as such, and neither were the authors of the Constitution.  I don’t want a rule by the uneducated mob any more than I want a totalitarian state.  Actually, there would be no difference.

This far-left of the Democratic party is not democratic at all of course.  They are, if they were honest, at the most conservative, social-democrats in the European tradition, and in the case of leadership such as Elizabeth Warren, Howard Dean, and Barack Hussein Obama, Marxist-Socialists on a par with anything that Third-World sewers have ever offered.

Traditionally, the party base has been made up of three disparate groups: blue-collar trade union workers, leftist academics and the welfare recipients, or, as one journalists described them, the “housing-project bloc”.  As the party moves further and further to the hard-left ( there is no effective American Socialist Party to buffer the move), more and more of the blue-collar voters wander off to the GOP.  The academics are losing their punch with with students, who see a bleak wasteland of unemployment at the hands of the leftist economic engineers.  It’s not that student-aged voters are voting conservative; they just aren’t voting at all.

This leaves the one constituency that will never fail the party – the people I label “Ugimmes”.  The Ugimme voter is fed, clothed, and housed by the operations and creations of the Democratic Party.  Regardless of the polarity of Washington, D.C. at any given time, the unending, tireless stream of “free stuff” spews from the Poverty-Industrial Complex upon four generations who have never known work as those who fund this fountain of goodies do.  The slightest move toward lessening the flow causes eruptions of “Racism!  Racism!”

Very soon, the tap will be closed.  Then it will be welded shut.

Let “democracy” play out.

Definitions

I have recently been told by several people on the internet that I am a Marxist, or at least a Leftist. They have come to this conclusion because I have voiced support for a few European ultra-right groups.

What?

Okay, it goes this way: to the “average” American conservative, ultra-right European political organizations are really Marxist.  In fact, if you listen to them carefully, what they are saying is that almost any political organization, movement, etc., that did not originate in the US is “Marxist”.  I know what Marxism is.  I’ve read Das Kapital – all three volumes.  I’ve also read Lenin and Trotsky.  I have a good grasp on Marxism and the Left in general.  Also, I don’t trust American education because, when it comes to political philosophy, it is like a 200 year-old barn; rotten to the core.  American public education goes from the pyramids to Caesar to Columbus to the American Revolution to Martin Luther King.  If it weren’t so sad, it would be hilarious.  Of course, it was designed by Marxists in the early twentieth century.  They even admit to it.  Americans aren’t stupid, they are ignorant by design.

So, having been maligned as a Marxist, I took the trouble to ask one of my accusers what facts he had in hand to indict me.

  • First, I am not a “conservative”, because my mission is to preserve not the Constitution, but Western civilization.
  • I do not condemn “Big Government” in all its forms.
  • I am tainted by fascist philosophers, and the American Conservative has twisted Fascism into Marxism somehow.  I guess it’s easier to hate “isms” when they are all in one basket.
  • I have tried to point out that National Socialism was not, and is not Fascist.  Just because Germany and Italy were allied during WWII doesn’t mean they were both Fascist.  The Soviet Union and the United States were also allies.  Was the Soviet Union a “liberal democracy”?  Please, people.  Use logic and reason.

I have some support for my views.  I doubt that you could find a single European Fascist, or Marxist for that matter, to agree with my accusers.  I will no longer try to convince those educated by “Classic Comics” that I am not a Marxist.  I no longer care what they think.  Okay – you got me!  I’m a Marxist who wants Marxism and Fabianism wiped off the face of the earth.  Whatever you say…