Saturday, October 31, 2015

Merkel, Mugabe, and Me

“Me” being President Barack Obama.

Gates of Vienna ran a perceptive piece by an anonymous Norwegian blogger, The Observer, on the ongoing and deliberate destruction of Europe. In “Zimbabwe on the Rhine  he compares the conscious dismantling of a nation by German Chancellor Angela Merkel with the conscious and blatantly racist dismantling of Rhodesia-Zimbabwe by Robert Mugabe, its sole “president,” “head of state,” and dictator since 1987.

He contends that what Mugabe did to Zimbabwe was treason, and what Merkel is doing to Germany is likewise treason. He offers a definition of treason, writing:

Because we have to be honest and call things by their proper names, and what is going on in Europe at the moment can only be referred to as cold hard treason. There is no other way to describe it and still expect to be taken seriously by any rational individual. If you do a quick Google search of the “The legal definition of treason” you get this:

“The betrayal of one’s own country by waging war against it or by consciously or purposely acting to aid its enemies”.

As the above example shows, the term “treason” isn’t difficult to explain, nor is it hard to put into words. One doesn’t have to be a lawyer or well-versed in the legal jargon of the judicial system to understand its significance. It is very straightforward, and it can be condensed down into a sentence of merely twenty-one words, which of course means that no individual can justify their treason by maintaining that they didn’t fully comprehend the legal definition of their crime.

Any action that is carried out purposely and which will cause damage to or severely weaken a nation’s ability to maintain its national security must be considered treasonous, that is if it is carried out and condoned by one of its own citizens.

He comments on Robert Mugabe and his “achievements.”

It’s hard not to draw parallels between the current situation in Europe and what has happened to Zimbabwe under the leadership of African dictator Robert Mugabe. When Mr. Mugabe assumed office in the late 1970s the African nation was one of the wealthiest country on the continent. Now, more than thirty-five years later, it is one of the poorest. Zimbabwe has been on a steady decline towards rock bottom, due to political incompetence, sheer stupidity and an insatiable hatred of traditional Western values. One can of course describe Zimbabwe’s transformation by slightly tweaking Norwegian anthropologist Thomas Hylland Erikson’s infamous quote about white majority nations in Europe:

“Zimbabwe has successfully deconstructed its white majority business sector, and done it so properly that it can never be called a majority again.”

No one can accuse Mugabe of not having deconstructed Zimbabwe and not having done so in a spectacular fashion. The only problem is that it plunged the country into hyperinflation and severe poverty in the process. The changes took place according to the book, and probably according to Mugabe’s own wishes, but the policies were a complete failure which is often the case with radical political visions proposed by politicians who have big egos but very little common sense.

I have discussed the treasonous depredations of Merkel in the last three columns. Her problem is not that she has a “big ego” and “very little common sense.” Tyrannical megalomaniacs like her too often have tiny egos that can nevertheless be inflated to stupendous size by a coterie of less ambitious “little people” who need something to adore and follow. They are usually little people who want to control everything and everyone as protection against a reality they would rather not deal with, or which contradicts their notions of what reality should be. They fear the deflation of those egos, and reality is their worst enemy. Recall FrontPage’s motto: “Inside every liberal is a totalitarian screaming to get out.”

Common sense? Their metaphysics and epistemology bar the application of “common sense” to their politics; in fact, bars it to everything but the most banal, everyday actions, such as fixing a meal or opening a door. Politicians like Merkel come a dime a dozen, and some are more adept at climbing the ladder of power than others, or just rise to the top of a pool of stagnant, scummy water from pure interia. Their minds reside in a “higher reality” which they wish to see “work” and which strive to impose that “reality” on everything and everyone.

On the other hand, morons such as British Prime Minister David Cameron sense that their “higher reality” won't quite work and so they expend mental effort and words to reach some kind of reconciliation between the real and their fantasy worlds. But reality won't budge and rapprochement between it and fantasies is impossible.

Daniel Greenfield, in his FrontPage article, “The Muslim Madness of Merkel” of October 9th, noted about Merkel, a former East German Communist:

Merkel isn’t really an open borders fanatic. She’s a political hack who made a tragic mistake and is desperately trying to dump it on the rest of Europe. After originally taking the correct line, Merkel folded and rather than admit that she made a mistake whose implications will destroy her country, she is desperately manufacturing one ridiculous excuse after another to defend her actions.

Her calls for sharing the burden amount to dumping the consequences of her unilateral policy on the rest of Europe. It’s exactly the type of behavior she condemned from Greece, only to hypocritically practice a version of it that is far more disastrous, both from the standpoint of security and economics.

That echoes Obama’s snarky, talk-down-to-the-rube retort to Joe the Plumber that higher taxes will help to “share the wealth.” We must share the misery and increased crime rates and costs of the welfare state. It’s only “fair.”

Instead of acknowledging her error, which would have meant acknowledging reality, she would rather sacrifice her country and see it swamped with “refugees” who are intrinsically hostile to any kind of Western society. Merkel regards the influx of mostly Muslim males of fighting age as a boon to the economy. They will, once they find employment, help bolster the welfare state. She has ignored numerous statements from the invaders themselves that they travel to Germany for the “benefits,” not for job opportunities. Greenfield writes:

Merkel claims that the migrants “present more opportunities than risks.” What opportunities are these exactly? Half the Muslim “youth” in Germany are already unemployed.  Barely a third of Muslim immigrants earn a living through professional employment. What opportunities will adding millions of Muslims to the welfare rolls accomplish except to create more jobs for the government bureaucrats who sign their welfare checks?

Still, no matter how wrong she is in her assessments, cogitations, or motivations, she is still guilty of treason. Should advocates of “open borders” and a “multicultural” Europe also be served with treason paper, such as Peter Sutherland, head of the Global Forum on Migration and Development? He is all for Europe becoming inundated with brown, black, and olive people who will reduce indigenous populations of whites to a minority. The BBC reported in June of 2012 that Sutherland opined, in the House of Lords, that

The EU should "do its best to undermine" the "homogeneity" of its member states, the UN's special representative for migration has said. Peter Sutherland told peers the future prosperity of many EU states depended on them becoming multicultural.

Mr. Sutherland, who is non-executive chairman of Goldman Sachs International and a former chairman of oil giant BP, heads the Global Forum on Migration and Development, which brings together representatives of 160 nations to share policy ideas.

He told the House of Lords committee migration was a "crucial dynamic for economic growth" in some EU nations "however difficult it may be to explain this to the citizens of those states".

All cultures are equal, you see, and the best way to combat the envy and hatred of Western culture by primitives tenaciously committed to their primitivism is to bring in tens of thousands of them from failed or stagnant cultures to even things out and to stir the ethnic pot. Then there won't be any more envy or hatred. Fantasy World will have been achieved. Anyone who defends “homogeneity” is a racist, or an Islamophobe, or a skin-head Nazi.

Robert Mugabe, on the other hand, is just a plain power-luster and killer. Read for yourself this creature’s bloody career.  

Can we charge Barack Obama with treason? Let us count the ways he has, with malice aforethought, inflicted damage, pain, and suffering on America. He has at least invited actionable impeachment.  The Washington Monthly in 2012 tallied up Obama’s “achievements.” Some of them are arguably dubious in nature, others are outright fabrications. Among them are, aside from the suicidal nuclear deal with Iran, which definitely poses a threat to the U.S.:

 1. Passed Health Care Reform: After five presidents over a century failed to create universal health insurance, signed the Affordable Care Act (2010). It will cover 32 million uninsured Americans beginning in 2014 and mandates a suite of experimental measures to cut health care cost growth, the number one cause of America’s long-term fiscal problems.

2. Passed the Stimulus: Signed $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009 to spur economic growth amid greatest recession since the Great Depression. Weeks after stimulus went into effect, unemployment claims began to subside. Twelve months later, the private sector began producing more jobs than it was losing, and it has continued to do so for twenty-three straight months, creating a total of nearly 3.7 million new private-sector jobs….

4. Ended the War in Iraq: Ordered all U.S. military forces out of the country. Last troops left on December 18, 2011.

5. Began Drawdown of War in Afghanistan: From a peak of 101,000 troops in June 2011, U.S. forces are now down to 91,000, with 23,000 slated to leave by the end of summer 2012. According to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, the combat mission there will be over by next year.

No, not really. We're still in Iraq and Syria and Afghanistan. And Obama has sent U.S. troops to Cameroon to fight Boko Haram.

6. Eliminated Osama bin laden: In 2011, ordered special forces raid of secret compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in which the terrorist leader was killed and a trove of al-Qaeda documents was discovered.

No, not really. It was a Navy SEAL Team that took out bin Laden, after countless delays and the later betrayal of the Pakistani who provided the information about where the “mastermind” of 9/11 was holed up.

7. Turned Around U.S. Auto Industry: In 2009, injected $62 billion in federal money (on top of $13.4 billion in loans from the Bush administration) into ailing GM and Chrysler in return for equity stakes and agreements for massive restructuring. Since bottoming out in 2009, the auto industry has added more than 100,000 jobs. In 2011, the Big Three automakers all gained market share for the first time in two decades. The government expects to lose $16 billion of its investment, less if the price of the GM stock it still owns increases….

Shades of the Boeing bailout and other heavy duty companies. The list of companies bailed out by Uncle Sam is about three miles long. You can view it here on the ProPublica site. Many of the banks on the list, such as BB&T, which has a long record of rock solid solvlency, were forced by the government to accept TARP money or face unknown but ominous consequences.

10. Toppled Moammar Gaddafi: In March 2011, joined a coalition of European and Arab governments in military action, including air power and naval blockade, against Gaddafi regime to defend Libyan civilians and support rebel troops. Gaddafi’s forty-two-year rule ended when the dictator was overthrown and killed by rebels on October 20, 2011. No American lives were lost.

11. Told Mubarak to Go: On February 1, 2011, publicly called on Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to accept reform or step down, thus weakening the dictator’s position and putting America on the right side of the Arab Spring. Mubarak ended thirty-year rule when overthrown on February 11….

Engineering the removal of Mubarak paved the way for the Muslim Brotherhood to take over Egypt. Dictator Morsi and his henchmen didn’t last. Obama’s executive declaration of war on Libya and the removal of Gaddafi paved the way for the current Muslim invasion of Europe. Should we mention Benghazi and then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton? I think we've heard enough about and from her about that ignominious episode of Scrabble Statecraft.

13. Improved America’s Image Abroad: With new policies, diplomacy, and rhetoric, reversed a sharp decline in world opinion toward the U.S. (and the corresponding loss of “soft power”) during the Bush years. From 2008 to 2011, favorable opinion toward the United States rose in ten of fifteen countries surveyed by the Pew Global Attitudes Project, with an average increase of 26 percent.

A laughable conclusion. Obama’s notion of improving our image abroad is to bow to anyone who wears foreign apparel or speaks a foreign tongue. If he presented himself before the chief dog-catcher of Buenos Aires and the fellow wore shoulder braids and a plate of lettuce on his tunic, he would bow with the same supine skill he displayed before the king of Saudi Arabia and Red Chinese Party officials.

Speaking of bowing to a Major Muslim, Obama also wishes to bring in more Muslims, many from Somalia and many “Syrian” “refugees” and distribute them willy-nilly throughout the U.S. with the hope that they breed like rabbits, outnumber indiginous Americans wherever they “resettle,” and bolster the Democratic voting base. Read the report of the Refugee Resettlement Watch here and shiver.  Writes Ann Corcoran of RRW:

The Obama Administration says they will resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees in the US in FY 2016 which began October 1.

The Committee for Justice narrows down the Obama crime list to twenty-five instances, including threatening newspaper reporters, siccing the IRS on conservative and pro-Israel groups, kid-gloving illegal aliens from Mexico, and virtually tearing down the fence that once controlled the invasion of the U.S. by illegals hoping to avail themselves of our own welfare state benefits.

Obama Administration uses IRS to target conservative, Christian and pro-Israel organizations, donors, and citizens.

Obama Administration uses IRS to target conservative, Christian and pro-Israel organizations, donors, and citizens.

In an unprecedented attack on the First Amendment, the Obama Justice Department ordered criminal investigations of FOX News reporters for doing their jobs during the 2012 election year.

President Obama, throughout his Presidency, has refused to enforce long-established U.S. immigration laws. For example:

More than 300,000 captured illegal aliens had been processed and were awaiting deportation. But, incredibly, Obama stopped these deportations and ordered the U.S. border patrol to release many of these illegal aliens in violation of law and without explanation.

Congress rejected Obama's so called DREAM ACT – which would have granted permanent residency to many illegal aliens. So Obama enacted his own version of the DREAM ACT by Executive Order, thus directly defying Congress. According to Obama's Executive Order, illegal aliens can stay in America if they are under the age of 30, have been in America for at least five years, are enrolled in school or have graduated from high school, and have committed no felonies.

Obama has refused to build a double-barrier security fence along the U.S.-Mexican border in direct violation of the 2006 Secure Fence Act. This law requires that "at least two layers of reinforced fencing" be built along America's 650-mile border with Mexico. So far, just 40 miles of this fence have been built – most of it during the Bush Administration.

President Obama issued, in one day, 21 separate Executive Orders that attack and undermine your Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

Especially egregious is President Obama's Executive Orders amending the ObamaCare law to allow doctors and hospitals to investigate which patients own a gun. This outrageous Executive Order could allow the federal government to track and monitor law-abiding gun owners simply because they sought medical care.

But the worst thing Obama has ever done is agree to let Iran get a nuclear bomb. This is tantamount to aiding an enemy nation that has proclaimed again and again that it will use the bomb to defeat the U.S. and annihilate Israel. Former presidential candidate MItt Romney, in a July 22nd Wall Street Journal Opinion piece, “The Calamity of Obama’s Iran Deal,” cuts to the chase about this “bargain” deal of Obama’s.

First, Iran is led by suicidal, apocalypse-seeking, America-hating, Israel-denying theocratic fanatics. If these ayatollahs have nuclear weapons, they will use them, someday, somewhere. Iran is a major, longtime state sponsor of terrorism; its leaders are entirely bereft of restraint, decency and respect for human life.

Second, the Obama deal prescribes a pathway for Iran to develop nuclear weapons. The agreement’s defenders contend that it will delay Iran’s nuclear program by 10 to 15 years (about one half of a generation). Perhaps. But no one can say that the deal will prevent Iran from getting the bomb….

Future generations of Americans will look back on the Obama years with considerably less enthusiasm than do his apologists today—the Iran nuclear deal will be added to a long list of “iniquities” the consequences of which were visited upon them.

These Americans will still be paying interest on the trillions of dollars of Obama debt; carrying the burdens of the millions of illegal immigrants he welcomed; agonizing over the scourge and human tragedy of generational poverty that this president refused to address; and lamenting the millions of children who grew into adulthood without a competitive education because he bowed to the teachers unions. But among all these iniquities, the Iran deal will stand out. Iran will be a nuclear monster.

And it will be a monster of Obama’s making. He knowingly granted the ayatollahs everything they could ever possibly wish for, including a schedule of inspections that won't be really inspections, but chances for Iran to reinvent the Three Card Monte game.

Yes, Obama has, in just that one action out of a catalogue of high-level felonies, imperiled the security of America, and did it with his eyes wide open.

Yes, Obama has, in just that one action out of a catalogue of high-level felonies, imperiled the security of America, and did it with his eyes wide open.

He should be impeached and brought up on charges of treason, for he has "betrayed his own country by  waging war against it or by consciously or purposely acting to aid its enemies."

Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Mental State of the Political Elites: Part II

Again, this column is also about the epistemological epilepsy of our political elite. And the political elite’s unreal metaphysics.

As noted in an illustration tag in Part One, the sustainability of a European Islamic State, which is all the Continent’s current immigration policies can lead to and end with, will depend in large part on the ignorance of its itinerate and hapless citizens – Muslim and non-Muslim alike. Once it reaches that stage, and Shariah law becomes the legal byword, non-Muslims will be obliged to assimilate into a largely Islamic culture.

Rank-and-file Muslims will be naturally ignorant and will have no problem adjusting to the new society of diversity. Non-Muslims, however, will have great difficulty keeping their mouths and minds shut as they are relegated to second-class citizen status.

To ensure that Germans, Swedes, French, and so on participate peaceably in this unprecedented reverse assimilation with the least possible problems, non-Muslims must, first, remain ignorant of the true peril to their lives and futures by becoming dhimmis, and, second, be prohibited from voicing their objections under the penalty of Shariah law. For Shariah law will replace whatever legal codes exist now in those countries. Current legal codes, amended to conform and mirror those of Shariah, will be but paper tigers. The judicial status of non-Shariah law will be but a sham.

The European Union Commissioner who advocates across-the-board censorship of any opposition to the conversion from Western legal codes to Islamic codes and the subjugation of Europeans to Islam, is Vera Jourova, a Czech who is the EU’s Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, in the Juncker Commission. Her remarks, voiced and recorded at the Colloquium on Fundamental Rights — Tolerance and Respect: Living better together in Brussels on October 2, 2015, are the most blatantly evil of the trio of bureaucrats I have discussed here. As Fjordman noted in his Gates of Vienna article, “The EU Elites’ Positive View of Islam” from October 14th, “Commissioner Jourova indicated that the EU will clamp down even harder on so-called ‘hate speech’ directed against immigrants.” Here are her venomous recommendations at the Colloquium:

“If freedom of expression is one of the building blocks of a democratic society, hate speech on the other hand, is a blatant violation of that freedom. It must be severely punished. As some of you noted, over the past few weeks, we have witnessed a lot of solidarity towards refugees. But we have seen a surge of xenophobic hate speech. Some of you advocated enrolling the help of online intermediaries such as Google or Facebook to take down hate speech from the web. Other participants rather underlined promoting the use of counter-narratives. You also highlighted the need for clearer procedures to prosecute those who spread hate speech online. I was pleased to hear media and Internet providers’ experiences and to hear their commitment to work with us. I fully agree with you on these lines of action.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pulled an Obama-style “hot mike” gaffe of her own when she was  heard imploring Mark Zukerberg of Facebook to do something to curb or eliminate “hate speech” from Facebook. The Washington Times reported on September 30th that:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was overheard on a hot mike confronting Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over anti-immigrant posts, amid complaints from her government that the social network isn’t doing enough to curtail racist comments.

The two were overheard exchanging words on a live transmission broadcast on the United Nations website, as participants took their seats at a U.N. development summit in New York on Saturday, Bloomberg reported.

Well, that would be a spectacle: a high-tea summit on “hate speech” between two portly frumps who would want to plot the best way to wash your mouth and mind out with soap, or perhaps with battery acid. To continue with Jourova’s own brand of "hate speech”:

“As was said this morning, Internet knows no borders. I intend to bring together IT companies, business, national authorities and civil society around the table in Brussels to tackle together online hate speech. I will discuss this with EU Justice Ministers next week. Let me now address the burning issue of hate crimes and data collection. We clearly need better and serious recording of hate crimes to ensure appropriate investigation, prosecution and sentencing. It is indeed high time that Member States fully implemented EU law to combat racism and xenophobia.”

She makes no distinction between “hate speech” and “hate crimes,” as defined by Western legal codes (in Shariah law, they are mere instances of blasphemy). The very concept of “hate crimes,” however, is illegitimate in the first instance, because a crime committed and motivated from “hate” should be treated as a mere felony. Speech (other than libel and slander) and motivations should not be treated as “crimes.” Allow that to happen, and you’re on the road to censorship.

However, Jourova’s notion of “hate speech” as “hate crime” echoes Winston Smith’s observation that “thoughtcrime” does not entail death. Thoughtcrime is death. It’s guaranteed. Think bad thoughts, and you’re doomed. It’s best not to think.

“Racism and xenophobia”? Aside from the expected Weimar period Communist-Nazi style enmities and street battles between Sunnis and Shi’ites, Turks and Somalis and what have you that are occurring in Sweden and Germany, Muslims to a maquette hate infidel whites and Jews (who are nominally “white” though I hate having to make the distinction) and will rape, murder, or assault them at the first opportunity. And, given the record of Muslim “foreigners” in terms of their behavior in Western countries once their ongoing hordes have invaded the Continent – by leaving behind mountains and fields and train stations and town squares of trash, feces, food, water containers, donated tents, baby carriages, and furniture and other things behind in their wake – can anyone blame especially the Germans for fearing them? Or the Austrians? Or the Hungarians?

She makes no mention, of course, of the “hate speech” of Muslims in print and on the Internet and in the airwaves, nor of the “hate speech” spoken in countless mosques in Europe, the U.K., and the U.S., speech calculated to incite hatred for infidels, for the Western countries these imams and their congregations have settled in, and for Western civilization in general. After all, Jourova and Merkel say, Muslims have been victims of “racism” (even though Islam isn’t a race, it comes in a variety of colors and hues) and “xenophobia,” never mind the “no-go” areas of every major European capital into which infidels and especially infidel women venture at their own peril.  Who can blame them for being so angry at non-Muslims and their Allah-condemned legal and social institutions? They’re all “victims.”

It’s of no concern to Merkel and Jourova that while Muslims maintain their own Shariah-bound satrapies in these cities, which not even European police and fire fighters and many Western journalists want to enter (not that they’re much welcome anyway) because they get stones and other objects thrown at them, the male residents don’t mind making forays into Dar al-Harb for a bit of rape, robbery, gang assaults, and murder.

Jourova and Merkel might admit that these crimes are deplorable, but they won't acknowledge that these regularly recurring crimes are not considered crimes at all by Islam and Islam’s chief scholars and spokesmen, that they are part and parcel of Islamic ideology. They don’t want to know it, and if you persist in telling them or anyone else that, they will want to have you arrested and punished for “defaming” a “great religion.”

The Koran and the Hadith they’ve read must been translated by Walt Disney.

And not wanting to know about it, not wanting to hear about it, not wanting to see the abundant evidence of it, points to a very serious –and, as it turns out, a very dangerous – state of mind that would best be contained in the same kind of insane asylum in which Antonio Salieri expired.

The European Union – shortly to be unofficially known as the European Caliphate – is being run by men and women who have displayed marked symptoms of dementia, a condition that is quite in sync with Islam’s own brand.