THE SUPREME COURT IS FAST TRACKING A VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE!

Standing in the top row are Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Elena Kagan

The Supreme Court today did something very unusual.  They decided to take up the issue of citizenship on the upcoming census.  Why is that so unusual?  It is unusual because they are bi-passing the 2nd District Appeals court, a move that they have not done since 2004.  They did this because there is a very big constitutional question about how the census is being used.  The Trump Administration contends that not asking the question “Are you a citizen” inflates the numbers of people in Congressional Districts, people identified erroneously as legal citizens. 

There are between 20 and 30 million illegal aliens in our country.  There are over 37 million legal green card carrying aliens in our country.  That means there are somewhere around 60 to 70 million aliens in our country, none of which should be counted as people (citizens) in the census.  That is very important for a number of reasons, reasons that many American citizens are just now starting to understand.

There are 435 Congressional Districts today, with each one representing approximately 711,000 people.  These districts have the ability to elect 1 congressman per district.  Congressional districts also have a direct role in how the Federal largess is redistributed throughout our nation.  That includes funding for many social programs, infrastructure programs and a host of other programs in each district.  Every 10 years a census is done by the Federal Government to determine among other things, what the population of citizens is in each district, to determine where new districts should be formed, and where older districts with population decreases should be retired. 

Doing the math, there could be as many as 84 congressional districts just with the alien population as it stands today.  We know that many illegal aliens do not historically participate in the census, so it is unlikely that figure would stand.  Many legal aliens do.  Regardless, states with a high number of aliens of all stripes benefit from the count, with California alone it is estimated that between 5 and 8 Congressional Districts would be at risk if the alien population was not counted as citizens in the census.   New York State could lose as many as 5 seats.  New York alone would lose as much as 7 billion federal dollars, and California as much as 15 billion dollars.  The stakes are high for blue states that offer sanctuary to illegals, and they are horrified that the Supreme Court may rule that the citizenship question may be upheld!

Another reason to be concerned is that by allocating congressional districts according to aggregate population as opposed to the population of citizens, it gives aliens, those whose voices should not be heard at the ballot box a voice in the direction of our country. This is not only unconstitutional, but it is an affront to our political system. Our system is a Democratic Republic, where citizens alone are represented by elected officials. Nowhere in our Constitution is there a provision for foreign nationals to have a voice in the direction of our country. With the broken way the census is conducted, that is exactly what is happening now.

The ACLU is speaking up on this issue: “Adding a citizenship question to the census would cause incalculable damage to our democracy,” Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, said in a statement Friday. “The evidence presented at trial exposed this was the Trump administration’s plan from the get-go.”  ACLU said the district court found that Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, New York and Texas face a “certainly impending” or “substantial risk of losing a seat” in the House and that numerous states would “lose funds from several federal programs” if the citizenship question is included. 

Nancy Pelosi issued a statement today, showing just how important this issue is. “The Census is a pillar of our democracy, ensuring that all are equally counted and represented.

“As the district court found, the Trump Administration’s efforts to add a citizenship question to the Census would obstruct Congress’s constitutional responsibility to carry out an ‘actual Enumeration’ of the ‘whole number of persons in each State’ and maintain oversight of this cornerstone of our democracy, according to the Commerce Department’s own administrative record and calculations.  It found further that the Trump Administration’s proposed citizenship question violated procedural and substantive safeguards established by law.

“The House’s amicus brief articulates the compelling interests behind the accurate and complete enumeration of the Census:  the House’s own institutional integrity.  The Trump Administration’s efforts to compromise the Census would jeopardize the accuracy of the apportionment of the House, as well as the allocation of federal funds to states and localities, undermining the integrity of the Congress and its ability to represent and serve the American people.

“The proper conduct of the Census requires that the district court’s ruling be affirmed promptly to ensure the integrity and timely execution of this vital institution of our democracy.”

Many other politicians from blue states are also speaking out!  They are terrified that our Presidents Supreme Court picks will tip the court to uphold the constitution.  If that happens they will be left holding the bag for the cost of their ill-advised decisions. Will Chief Justice Roberts go with upholding the constitution?  Will he once again be the “swing vote” to uphold the lower courts ruling?  Time will tell, but it is not a slam dunk, and if the lower court is upheld, count on the blue states winning with more Liberal congressmen and more federal money in their pocket.

Bottom line folks is that the Democrats rig the system, and get illegal votes, inaccurate census counts, and that is how they get more people in congress. That is how they get more money to take our system down. That is how they retain power.

MADURO OUT!

The dictator Maduro has been put on notice.  The USA just shut off their money supply, and also effectively shut down their oil industry, their only real source of capital.  Canada, USA, Central American countries, All countries in South America except Uruguay and Bolivia, The EU, Australia, and others are backing the head of the Venezuelan Legislature, Juan Guaido as the rightful President of Venezuela. 

The people of Venezuela are starving, and the inflation rate is now over 8000% and rising.  The promise of Socialism turned one of the richest countries in the world into a living nightmare, incapable of even feeding its people.  The corruption is rampant, and those that actively support Maduro are the only ones enjoying the largess of their once great oil industry.  This jewel of South America is now just a shell of what it once was, and the people are in the streets screaming for change. 

Maduro refuses to step down or hold new elections to certify his standing as President.  He has the military at his side, along with 25,000 Cuban military and Russian mercenaries to ensure that he is not deposed.  He also has the blessings of Turkey, China, Russia, Syria and Iran, who in lockstep promote him as the legitimate leader of his country, and at the same time Russia threatens the USA about the use of military force in what they call an illegal and immoral coup.  Uruguay, Bolivia and Mexico pay lip service to the legitimacy of the Maduro regime. 

Russia and China have a lot to lose if Maduro is ousted.  Both countries have lent the regime billions of dollars, money that likely will not be paid back by a democratically elected government.  Both countries also have a strategic investment in the regime.  China is looking at Venezuela as a prime supplier of oil to power its economy, and both Russia and China are moving towards using Venezuela as a prime source for instability in the region.  They want to minimize our sway over the Western Hemisphere, and keeping Maduro in power is a big part of that plan.  Russia also needs their own oil revenue to fund their government, and a free Venezuela with foreign investment in their oil fields, which have the largest amount of proven oil reserves in the world, would decimate the Russian economy with lower oil prices. 

Our President is supporting regime change.  He has stated that all possible actions are on the table, including the military option.  The new Cold War between Western Democracies and the China/Russia alliance just got warmer!

MEDICARE FOR ALL, A SOLUTION OR A SOCIALIST FANTASY?

There has been a lot of talk about “Medicare for all”. The Democrats have pitched the idea that healthcare is a right, that everyone should be given the same medical treatment, and that “right” should be supplied by the government. Politicians in deep blue districts and states used this mantra with some success in the 2018 elections. Democrat Presidential hopefuls are now using the same message in their fledgling campaigns, and the concept is gaining traction. The promise of “free healthcare” is very alluring, and leftist politicians are counting on this message in part to lead them to victory in 2020.

These politicians are looking at polls, and the numbers are very positive. The Kaiser Foundation poll on this issue rates the issue at 59% positive. Other polls have shown positive ratings as high as 75%. This issue being rated this high is a trigger for politicians to hit hard at this possibility, and on first glance, it is hard to find an argument against this possibility. In fact, it looks like a clear winner for politicians that support a single payer health plan. What possibly could be the downside to something this popular?

These same politicians site the UK, Canada and many countries in Europe and elsewhere as examples of successful single-payer systems. The argument is that if it works in these places, why then would it not work here in the USA? That argument is very compelling, especially since Obama Care is on its deathbed, and people want something that works to replace it!

Once one scratches the surface of what a single payer system would entail, peoples perceptions changes, and not to the positive. When people are told of the costs of such a program, which would be a minimum of 33 trillion dollars over the next decade, resulting in much higher income taxes, their favor-ability begins to fade rapidly. When confronted with longer wait times for service, burgeoning bureaucracy, and care rationing, the numbers go down further. Understanding that over 155 million people will lose their employer based system and their doctors, reality starts to set in. When shown the ongoing failures in countries that currently have this system, the numbers do not improve. Noting that every single payer system has a algorithm to determine who gets real medical care, and who just gets palliative care the numbers drop to as low as 26% supporting this effort.

Something that looked like a clear Progressive winner, now looks like a winning argument for Conservatives in 2020. To leverage this to votes at the polls, Conservatives also need to come up with a definitive plan to fix the mess that was Obama Care, and use a viable plan to get the message out that “single payer” is a clear loser. If this does not happen, then the Democrats still have the ability to take this false promise to the polls and win!

PROPAGANDISTS IN POST-CONSTITUTIONAL AMERICA

This guy, Nathan Phillips, got in the face of this boy and banged his hand drum within inches of his nose. The boy did nothing, but that did not deter Nathan Phillips from giving an interview with the Washington Post with a totally false story about how these Catholic boys were disrespecting himself and his movement with their chants. The MSM’s followed suit, and the boy in the picture along with his family are getting death threats and threats of violence by leftists that believe and embrace the false narrative. This is only the latest bit piece of propaganda that the media and their sycophants have put up for our consumption.

Nancy Pelosi recently had 7 other Democrat Congressmen, including Adam Schiff, whose sister is married to George Soros’s son, booked on a trip with 85 of their relatives to go to Brussels, Egypt, and a short stop in Afghanistan. This trip was purportedly for congressional business, and it was to commence right after Nancy dis-invited the President from giving his State of the Union address in the halls of Congress. The only real business was vacation and getting out of the country in order to eliminate any possible negotiation with the President on the government shutdown and the border crisis. The President promptly cancelled their trip, citing the government shutdown. Nancy Pelosi then accused the President of endangering their lives, eliminating the possibility of using commercial flights due to their itinerary having been exposed. The MSM’s ran with Nancy’s story, and made fun of the Presidents position, calling him a security risk and stating that he is unable to fulfill his function as President.

The President has offered compromise on the government shutdown and the border crisis, but Nancy nixed it even before it was announced. The President wisely delayed his speech to the American people and Congress on these issues for 1 hour, and Nancy’s response then was actually prepared and set to air before the announcements were made. Little was made about the Presidents reasonable approach, but her prepared statement on why it was not acceptable, made even before the speech was made was widely aired and written about by the MSM’s.

Mainstream Media, our educational system and the Democrat Party have been effectually taken over by Liberal Progressive Socialists. They are using every tool that they have available to them in order to change our society. They believe that they have the answer to all problems, and that our Constitution and our other systems have to go in order for their new order to take over and find real social justice. They will do anything to further their goals, and Propaganda is their leading tool.

I could go on forever about the propaganda that we are assaulted with every day. It would be a list of infamy that would compile a whole volume of books, and this is what the American people are given to form opinions on how and why our government needs change. This information is patently false, but promoted in great length by both left wing politicians and their MSM lackeys.

This is a very dangerous time for our country. We are inundated with outright falsehoods and lies. Many people are believing these lies and demand change, change that could eventually bring down our country.

“It is rotten and dismal that a world of so many hundred million people should be ruled by a single caste that has the power to lead millions to life or to death, indeed on a whim…This caste has spun its web over the entire earth; capitalism recognizes no national boundaries…Capitalism has learned nothing from recent events and wants to learn nothing, because it places its own interests ahead of those of the other millions. Can one blame those millions for standing up for their own interests, and only for those interests? Can one blame them for striving to forge an international community whose purpose is the struggle against corrupt capitalism? Can one condemn a large segment of the educated youth for protesting against the greatest ability? Is it not an abomination that people with the most brilliant intellectual gifts should sink into poverty and disintegrate, while others dissipate, squander, and waste the money that could help them? … You say the old propertied class also worked hard for what it has. Granted, that may be true in many cases. But do you also know about the conditions under which workers were living during the period when capitalism “earned” its fortune?” Sound like our leftists today? This is a direct quote from Joseph Goebbels, Hitlers Chief of Propaganda. This is what the left wants. They want to tear down our country piece by piece and prostrate us on the altar of Socialism, just like Hitler did to the Germans.

NEW YEAR, SOME POSITIVE MOVEMENT, AND SOME THINGS JUST SEEM NEVER TO CHANGE….

photo of 2019 light art

Yes, it is a “New Year”. Time marches on, and so does progress. The stock market has rebounded, and just today the DJI is up 330 points! The President is finally getting positive trade movement from China! We have more jobs now than job seekers, and the economy is still on fire. By many measurements we are doing great!

In spite of that we have dark clouds hovering over all of this positive news. A new caravan of economic migrants just passed unmolested into Mexico, heading for our border. The Democrats are not interested in border security, and the Speaker of the House even tried to escape out of country to insure that negotiations would not go forward. The President stopped her and a busload of other Democrat congressmen from flying away on an Air Force jet, but that just seems to make them more interested in payback than in making a deal on the border.

The government is still partially “shutdown”. 800,000 federal workers are without pay, and the President will not reopen unless the Democrats negotiate with him to end the border crisis. Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer will not give an inch, and instead spend their time attempting to place all the blame for the shutdown on the shoulders of our President. The President meanwhile is doing his best to allay their efforts by making a compelling case that it is the Democrats keeping these workers from their pay, not his Administration. It is a mess, and there is no solution in sight!

Democrats are rejoicing in an unverified report from Buzzfeed News (A far left news-feed with little credibility) that Michael Cohen will testify to congress that the President ordered him to lie to them about Trump’s interest in building a tower in Moscow. They believe that this is all they need to impeach him, and it is most probable that they will start that process forthwith. Being that there is no illegality for a private citizen to engage potential partners in Russia for a real estate venture in Moscow and Trump was a private citizen at the time, asking his attorney to lie about something that was not in any way illegal makes no sense. That will not hold them back. They will impeach him, take their time doing it and effectively kill anything positive to happen for the next 2 years.

Democratic Socialism is taking hold of the Democrat Party. There are now a myriad of contestants from that party for the 2020 Presidential race, and they are all embracing elements of this socialist movement. Freshman congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is in the forefront of this phenomena, pushing hard for her “Green Agenda” and “Medicare for all”. She cannot run for President because she is too young, but she is making a difference in the Democratic narrative. Its as though the 20th Century never happened, and 100 million souls were never sacrificed at the alter of Socialism.

A New Year usually means a new start. This New Year instead promises a toxic mix of political insanity. Gridlock in Washington, the left doubling down on Socialism, an Impeached President and open borders. All of this has the potential to take away the gains in the economy and quality of life that we currently enjoy. In a sane New Year we would be instead simply be celebrating a successful economy, more money in our pockets and a brighter future for ourselves and our families. It is truly a shame that our government is the Grinch that stole the fruitful promise of the New Year!


BORDER SECURITY VERSUS DEMOCRAT HYPROCRACY

Gallup release a poll last month that indicated Americans believe that illegal immigration is one of the top two problems facing our country. The biggest problem is the idea that our government does not work for the people. Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are primary reasons why people have little faith in our government. They prefer to play politics rather than execute the most important duty of their office, to protect the security of the citizens of the United States.

These two say that there is no border problem, that it is a fiction of the President, who is simply trying to placate his voting base prior to the 2020 election. They say it is a fabrication that has no real meaning, that a “border wall” is unneeded and a waste of money.

Right now we have 60,000+ crossing the border monthly, most of which are minors both accompanied by parents and unaccompanied. These people are coming over as economic migrants, most of them will not pass muster as asylum seekers. They will, however be released into our country until their court date comes up, and most will never show up for that. With them come many diseases that will spread throughout our citizenry. Criminals also come in with the flow of illegals, creating more crime on our side of the border. People will also die attempting to come here, and Nancy and Chuck say this is not a crisis. They are right, it is not a crisis, it is an invasion!

The President is asking for 5 billion dollars for additional border security. It is estimated that we spend 159 billion dollars annually to maintain these illegal aliens in our country. It is insanity to do nothing, and nothing is exactly what Nancy and Chuck are planning. They don’t care about Americans, they care about their own power, and their hate for Donald Trump. Nothing else seems to matter to them, not even the 800,000 federal workers without paychecks, most of whom vote Democrat.


SOCIALISM RISING

Nikita Khrushchev once said “You Americans are so gullible. No, you won’t accept communism outright, but we’ll keep feeding you small doses of socialism until you’ll finally wake up and find you already have communism. We won’t have to fight you. We’ll so weaken your economy until you’ll fall like overripe fruit into our hands.” His Soviet Union did not survive long enough to see this come true, but it is in the realm of possibilities today.

We now have a Democrat Party that by all rights should change its name to the “Socialist Party”. Bernie Sanders is in the forefront of this movement, followed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Raul Grijalva, Keith Ellison, Maxine Waters, Nancy Pelosi and many others. In fact, there are currently 69 members in congress that can be identified as “Socialists”, and many more that espouse those views but will not wear the label. This is a disturbing trend.

What part of our population looks upon Socialism as a solution to Capitalism’s perceived ills? Fully 51% of 18-29 year old people in the USA have a favorable view of Socialism. This is the largest group of supporters, with declining support when viewing other older age groups. It indicates that maturity lends itself to an understanding that Socialism does not deliver. It is also an indictment of our educational system, one that has drifted to the far left over the last few decades, promoting Socialism as the preferred economic system.

Globalists are also promoting Socialism, with their vision of “ONE WORLD GOVERNANCE” and the push for economic redistribution in the form of fighting their latest boogeyman, “CLIMATE CHANGE”. It is their idea that Socialism is the only way that their plan can work, and the push for Socialism is relentless. The UN, EU, and other international organizations are involved with this movement.

There are many reasons for this resurgence of popularity for this failed economic system. For the young, the prospect of “Free stuff” is very alluring. Free College, Student loan forgiveness, free medical care, guaranteed minimum income, jobs for everyone, and a host of other promised giveaways make Socialism look like Christmas every day to them. For politicians, it is a system that has the intoxicating allure of power. The knowledge that once the populace is fully engaged in this system, their power over them would then be limitless. For Globalists, their need for absolute power would then be assured as the whole world would be suckling off the tit of Socialism, a system that they ultimately would control.

It would be a very dark future indeed, if Socialism would take hold. We need to fight to insure that its dark side is unmasked. We need to take back our educational system, and insure that it will once and for all be teaching real history, real civics, real economics. We also need to vote politicians out of office that aspire to control us, rather than to work for us. We also need to “walk away” from the Globalists that would take our freedom away, allegedly for the greater common good for mankind.

Capitalism is the only economic system that has pushed much of the world into prosperity that could not even be dreamed of until the last century. More people are out of poverty because of Capitalism than at any other time in world history. The food lines in Socialist countries in the last century, coupled with over 100 million people murdered at the altar of Socialism must be taught for all its worth. There is no greater threat to our freedom and our prosperity than Socialism.

ARMAGEDDON FOR THE REPUBLIC?

We are witnessing the systematic destruction of our duly elected President.  This is being perpetrated not only by a highly partisan special counsel that is looking into every aspect of Donald Trump’s life, but by state officials that are investigating his business, his charities, his personal and private acquaintances, and his family.  In the wings is a newly elected Democrat majority in the House of Representatives incentivized to investigate in tandem with these other prosecutors in order to make a case for impeachment.  This has nothing to do with “Russian Collusion”.  This has everything to do with implementing an actual coup on the office of the President by forces that desire to change the results of a legally certified election.  The will of the people be damned, these forces will do anything to eliminate Trump.

 The hope now for them is that somewhere in the pile of investigations there is something that points to any wrongdoing.  Did he cheat on his taxes?  Did a family member make an unsavory business decision?  Did Trump use money from his charity for personal expenses?  Anything, no matter how small or insignificant will do.  Anything that will justify digging deeper into his life, digging deeper into the lives of those around him.  The narrative of possibilities may even be enough.  Keep the pressure up, and maybe impeachment won’t be necessary.  He might step down voluntarily.  He might lose his base as the investigations endlessly dig into what seems to be a boundless abyss of possible wrongdoings.  As a fallback, he might decide that it is not worth the trouble to run for a second term. 

 This isn’t just about the President.  In effect, the ruling class is coming after us.  That’s right, they are coming after everything that gives us, the people power over them.  The Constitution according to the ruling class should be a living document.  In their minds, it is too restrictive on their power.  They tell us that the Bill of Rights is outdated, and that the Amendments are not indicative to the time we currently live in.  The First and Second Amendments are under withering attack.  They want to restrict free speech, and their desire to confiscate guns is never-ending.  New voters are coming by the thousands from Third World countries do to their “Open Borders” policy.  The balance of power in our country is shifting in fast order.  These new people are uneducated, unskilled, and will vote for the party that will give them benefits.  We are becoming a state that is increasingly governed by a ruling class that knows they need new votes to tilt the balance of power forever in their favor.  Make no mistake about it, they need to take our power, our freedom, in order to ensure that they will rule us.  Trump is simply in their way.  That’s why he has to go. 

We as Americans, as a free people cannot stand by and do nothing but simply witness the destruction of our Republic.  Every freedom loving American needs to take a stand.  Democracies don’t fall apart, they are taken apart by people’s decisions.  We know what decisions are being made by the ruling class to take apart our system.  Will we make the decision not to do anything?

China’s Strategy for Empire: The Second Cold War

Type 003 Aircraft Carrier China

China, unlike the West, looks at strategic plans that work over decades.  The West over the last 40years has mostly been reactionary, simply doing what they have to in order to get through a month, a quarter, maybe a year or two.  They have put together a master plan, one that is as creative as it is massive, to put themselves in the forefront of world economics, and also place them in the position where by default, they will eventually control the world as their defacto Empire.  That is not an overstatement.  Right now, they are putting together action plans that will make this happen if everything they are betting on comes to fruition.  This is a game changer in world order, and has brought about the second Cold War.

They are doing many things to make this happen.  The first part of this plan is to create away to bi-pass current trade routes from the East to the West.  They are doing that with their “New Silk Road” program.  The first part of this program is taking transportation to the Mid-East and Western Europe overland,building roads, pipelines and railroads from mainland China to the Middle-East and to Central Asia and Europe.  This would effectively bi-pass traditional sea routes to those areas.  “But OBOR (One Belt, One Road Initiative) is far more than a purely economic initiative. It also serves Beijing’s other overarching foreign policy goal: to reach strategic parity with the United States in Asia and reshape its security environment to ensure its rise is unrestrained. A central concern is China’s trade routes being cut off in the event of confrontation with the United States, given that it is surrounded by a string of American friends and allies” (What’s driving China’s Silk Road, and how should the West respond).

China is also spending a lot of money developing harbors and infrastructure in many 3rd world countries, with their selling point that it is mutually beneficial.  China can help them get their raw materials to the ports quicker, and as their economies grow, they can buy more Chinese goods.  China has a big problem with their economy.  It is not balanced by what the market needs, but rather in many cases by what the central government dictates they should produce.  It makes for a great imbalance in goods being produced that their current markets cannot absorb.  In theory, they can distribute these surplus goods to these countries that work with them to create the roads that they need to get to other markets and make both China and other poor countries richer.  It is now tending to do the opposite, but that is not necessarily a bad thing for China. 

The bulk of major Silk Road projects are in Malaysia, South Asia, and Indochina.  In fact, so far,they have targeted over 1.5 trillion USD in these areas, and the number is expected to double in the next few years. The big issue right now is that these countries jumped at the chance to have China build them infrastructure, but it now appears that it is a “one-way street” with China.  China provides the construction companies, the funding, and then bills the countries back for allof the work done.  These countries can in many cases barely feed their own people, let alone pay back the loans for this infrastructure development.  This gives China a bigger role in their governments and the control of the finished product, basically spreading out their influence in a big part of the world through debt rather than conquest.  They in effect, own the destiny of these countries and they have to tow the line with China, or else!  “The conventional worry about the Belt and Road initiative — an open-ended framework for an estimated $1.5 trillion of infrastructure projects over the next decade across Southeast Asia, South Asia and Central Asia — is that it will doom the recipients of its largess to a future as indebted clients of Beijing(Soviet Collapse Echoes in China’s Belt and Road).

In the South China Sea, China has effectively claimed the entire area for themselves.  The only thing stopping them at this point in time is the US Navy.  They are rapidly building up their Navy Fleet, with state-of-the-art destroyers and aircraft carriers.  “China is producing warships at a rapid clip as it modernizes its navy, which has been taking an increasingly prominent role among the country’s armed forces” (South China Sea: Chinese Military unveils first of 18 “New Generation” Warships). China is also developing artificial islands all over the South China Sea, destroying natural coral and making them effectively static aircraft carriers, and at the same time, declare the area around these strategically placed artificial islands as Chinese territory. “U.S. Navy Adm. Philip Davidson told the Senate Armed Services Committee that China can now control the South China Sea “in all scenarios short of war with the United States” because of its increasing military presence there” (China, Trade and Artificial Islands).  It appears that their end-game here is to shut down the West and control the sea-lanes where most of the world international trade exists.  “More than half of the world’s annual merchant fleet tonnage passes through the Straits of Malacca, Sunda, and Lombok, with the majority continuing on into the South China Sea”.(South China Sea Oil Shipping Lanes)

China also has their eyes on the continent of Africa.  Africa is rich in raw materials, which China needs to continue their economic expansion. They are now investing in infrastructure in Eastern Africa using the same playbook they have used in the Asian theater, selling countries on the idea that they will mutually benefit from infrastructure investment.  These governments have jumped on the chance,just like their Asian counterparts to take advantage of the opportunity to build up their infrastructure.  They have the same problems as their Asian counterparts, they cannot afford the investments, and will be defaulting on the loans used to build roads, railways,and ports.  That gives China an oversized say in their national affairs, but that is also a double-edged sword.  These countries are highly unstable, usually at war with their neighbors, and have the possibility of China losing their investment permanently through default and destruction.  They do have a plan for that, one that isvery strategic.  “China’s aircraft carriers could therefore be used to assist its on-the-ground allies and what might eventually also be their Russian “mercenary”  partners with the crucial air support that oftentimes makes all the difference when dealing with the rural Unconventional Warfare elements of any Hybrid War”.(China’s Aircraft Carriers will give it multiple floating bases in Africa)  This effectively would eventually give them control of the African continent if the strategy works, along with all the riches that it affords them. 

“China’s aircraft carriers could therefore be used to assist its on-the-ground allies and what might eventually also be their Russian mercenary partners with the crucial air support that oftentimes makes all the difference when dealing with the rural Unconventional Warfare elements of any hybrid war.”  (China’s Aircraft Carriers will give it multiple floating bases in Africa)  This effectively would eventually give them control of the African continent if the strategy works, along with all the riches that it affords them.

China’s Empire strategy does not end there.  They realize that there are untold riches under the North polar ice cap, and they are making moves to capture that also.  There has been melting of the cap due to global warming in recent years, and that has opened up sea lanes that were previously closed for transit. (China and Russia may take over the top of the world, the new Silk Road through the Arctic)As a non-Arctic state, they have teamed up with Russia in the endeavor to dominate this area.  They have also opened up talks with other nations that have borders with the Arctic, but their serious partner is Russia.  They want to control these new sea-lanes, and in the event that they freeze over once again, Russia is the only country in the world with nuclear powered ice-breakers that can travail this area once it is again frozen over.  “The increasingly powerful armed forces of China and Russia have only bolstered ties as they invest in up to 35 trillion USD in oil and gas in the Arctic.”  They are also interested in controlling these sea routes because it gives them strategic advantage in trade and sea-power that would be invaluable in lessening the power of the West.

They are also strengthening their military with stolen information.  They have hacked numerous USA and European military and military contractor sites and have stolen designs on just about every top-secret innovation that the West has to offer, and have been successful duplicating weapons that are very comparable to those in the West. In fact, they have almost neutralized our technological advantage in this area through theft.  This has been a great policy for them, being that they have caught up with the West with a minimum in actual R&D cost or time investment.  One example of these hacks is this one:  “Chinese government hackers have compromised an unnamed contractor for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, as submarine research branch of the military.”  (Chinese Hackers Steal sensitive data on US subs and missiles from military contractor, report says)  They got a lot more than military capability and designs with this hack, in fact they also got the cryptographic codes that our submarine and surface warfare forces use in time of war. 

China also regularly hacks our corporations for trade secrets and steals designs.  They also require our companies to turn over IP without any compensation in order to penetrate the Chinese market.  “Chinese theft of American IP currently costs$225 billion and $600 billion USD annually.”  (How much has USA lost from China’s IP theft)  This theft is unconscionable and President Trump is negotiating with China using the threat of tariffs to end this travesty.  I wish him luck, but China just might think the risk is worth the reward.


China has also teamed up with Russia on a quest to wrest control of the internet from the USA.  This is how they call it:  “Moscow and Beijing, deeply resentful of American power, are again finding ideological common cause, jointly aiming at two pillars of of the post “Cold War” dispensation:  a borderless Internet and international civil society.  They are doing so on the declared basis of national sovereignty.”  (How Russia and China are co-operating to dismantle America’s dominance of the internet”  In actuality, they are seeking to isolate their countries from the freedom of the internet, to ensure that they do not get information from outside of their approved sources about what is happening in the world around them.  They see that free-flow of information is an issue with their dominance over their control of their despotic societies.  They want the USA  to cede control to them, and so far, have had search engines like Google comply with their wishes.  Others are not far behind.

Their plan is broad, strategic, and long-term.  It could have the effect of changing everything that we know as true in the world.  World order could be re-defined, and the West, lead by the USA could be in for a ride of their life.  That is, of course, if China does not over expand itself financially, as the Soviet Union did.  Their investment in 3rd world countries, Siberia, and in military spending did them in.  Their command and control economy just were no match for the West, even though they had the fastest growth internationally from the end of WW2 until the late 1950’s.  They buried themselves in debt, and they fell hard, and by the end of the 1980’s they were no longer an Empire.

China is possibly in a similar situation.  Their labor supply is shrinking due to their longstanding 1 child per couple law.  Their population is ageing and too few young people are there as replacements.  Soon, India will be the most populous country because of this trend.  China also has massive debt, not only with their military spending, but with their own infrastructure and other industrial projects, many of which never needed to be built.  This is their Achilles heel.

It is undeniable that we are in another Cold War.  Some of the same players, Russia and China are our adversaries.  We have our old allies with the EU and their new members, many countries in the Asian theater, with India and Japan in particular.  With globalization, or economies are more deeply entwined, and the results of this new Cold War will have many future repercussions.  It is time for the USA and our allies to have their own long-term strategic plan to insure survival.  We cannot count on China and Russia being defeated by their own weight, even though that is definitely one prospect.  We need a proper plan, or this can spin out of control and we just might have a hot war on our hands.  In this day and age, that is unthinkable!  The world order has depended on America’s active involvement protecting sea lanes and free trade for 70 years.  It is apparent that America and her allies need to continue involvement in this role to ensure the world will be a peaceful one in the future.There are plans underway right now to meet this threat.  The US Navy is in the process of taking their fleet from 280 warships to 355 in the next 20 years.  Naval power on the high seas is paramount to keeping the shipping lanes open and free not just for us, but for the whole world.  President Trump has extracted a commitment from NATO members to bring their military spending up to a minimum of 2% of their GNP, a goal that most have not met in order to address this issue.  Japan, Philippines, India, and other Asian allies are increasing their military spending to meet the Chian challenge.  This is a start to think strategically that was absent for almost a decade, and with hard work and some luck we and our allies will prevail.

The focus should not just be on military hardware and strategy.  When it comes to cyber-espionage with both commercial and military technology, we need to hold China accountable for their actions.  The President’s tariffs are part of that equation, but leaders of companies and military counterparts that lead in this theft should also be held responsible for these actions, and detained and tried if available.  It has to be made perfectly clear that we are not going to put up with these actions any more.  If we are to diffuse this new Cold War, and embrace worldwide freee trade, we have to have systems in place that insure that this laudable goal is met, and consequences for those that would endeavor to impede.

Citations

Petamagoda, Kadira, “Order from Chaos: What’s driving China’s Silk Road, and how should the West Respond?”. May 17, 2017.  www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos-2017/05/17/whats-driving-chinas-silk-road-and-how-should-the-west-respond

Korybko, Andrew, “A new Space Race for a New Cold War”.  August 30,2018.  www.globalresearch.ca/a-new-space-race-for-a-new-cold-war

Fickling, David,  “Soviet Collapse echoes in China’s Belt and Road” August 12, 2018.   www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2018-08-12/soviet-collapse-echoes-in-chinas-belt-and-road

Korybko, Andrew,  “China’s Aircraft Carriers will give it multiple floating bases in Africa”.  April,5,2018.  www.orientalreview.org/2018/05/04/chinas-aircraft-carriers-will-give-it-multiple-floating-bases-in-Africa

O’Connor, Tom,  “China and Russia may take over the top of the world, New Polar Silk Road through the Artic”. January 26, 2018. www.newsweek.com/china-russia-may-take-over-top-world-new-polar-silk-road-792490

Pham, Sherisse,  “How much has US lost from China’s IP theft?”.  March 23, 2018.  www.news4jax.com/money/how-much-has-us-lost-from-chinas-ip-theft

“South China Sea: Chinese military unveils first of 18 “New Generation” warships”.  Reuters 06/28/2017.  www.newsweek.com/chinas-newest-warship-toy-10000-ton-anti-missile-submarine-warship

Morris, David,  “Chinese hackers steal sensitive data on U.S. subs and missiles from military contractor, report says”.  June 10, 2018.  www.fortune.com/2018/06/10/chinese-hackers-steal-sensitive-data-us-military

Malcomson, Scott,  “How Russia and China are co-operating to dismantle America’s dominance of the Internet”.  May 5, 2016  www.huffingtonpost.com/stott-malcomson/russia-china-internet-b-9841670-html

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Harper, John  “Expanding the Fleet: Navy charts course for 355 ships”.  April,4,2018.  http://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2018/4/6/expanding-the-fleet-navy-charts-course-for-355-ships





DESTROYING OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM TO “GET TRUMP”

Gavel, Auction, Law, Hammer, Symbol

It is interesting how leftists are now rejoicing in Cohen’s plea of guilty to lying to congress about when the proposed business deal to put a Trump tower in Moscow was shelved. Instead of January 2016 it was shelved in June of 2016. So what?
There is nothing illegal about a candidate conducting business while running for office. At any point before the November 2016 election, it was perfectly legal and appropriate to run his business while running for office. Further, there is no law on the books that says a person cannot do business with Russia. In fact, American companies at that point in time regularly did business with Russia. Russia is an antagonist to us, but we are not at war with them.
I can only guess that the hope is on the left that something, virtually anything may be dug up on our President to somehow taint him before the 2020 election cycle. Russian collusion is dead, so maybe, just maybe Mueller might find something else in Trumps past to hang over his head. He certainly has tried his worst to find anything. He has hired partisan “pit bull” lawyers, ones that will stop at nothing to convict. So partisan are these lawyers that some even represented the Clintons, their foundation, and other leftist causes. They are working hard. They have ruined many lives, manufactured crimes to extract any type of damaging information, while hanging long sentences over the heads of those they target.
The shameful part of this whole process is that it is a sham. Instead of running a legitimate investigation, Mueller and his team are simply building a gallows, and manufacturing crimes that they hope will eventually give them the cover to put their noose around the Presidents neck. This is not how justice is supposed to work in this country. Justice in this country always presupposes innocence, and investigations are never conducted as a fishing exercise when no reasonable evidence of wrongdoing is evident. That is patently against our system of justice, and it is a travesty that all of us should take notice of. This is a kangaroo court, much like those found in current day China and Cuba.
The investigation was started on the premise that the dossier that was paid for by the Clinton election campaign had verified and damning information in it. That was patently false, and by now anyone with half a brain knows that. This is simply an effort to get Trump at any cost, including the destruction of our very own criminal justice system. This is a very sad time for our country, watching one of the most sacred tenants of our government perverted to serve the ends of partisan hatred. Every American should be concerned about this growing cancer, as it will eventually have an effect on all of us, and not in a positive way!