Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Alleged to have some very damning things about Barack's plan for America if he becomes President. It will 'shock Americans'...
Hannity and Greta allegedly will air tonight. Very unsubstantiated, but should be interesting.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Dolphins owner H. Wayne Huizenga said Sunday no date has been set for selling up to 45 percent more of the team to Stephen Ross, but the presidential election is among the issues weighing on his decision.
That's because a Barack Obama administration is expected to mean higher capital-gains taxes. "He wants to double the capital gains tax, or almost double it," Huizenga said. "I'd rather give it to charity than to him." Ross purchased 50 percent of the team and Dolphin Stadium for $550 million earlier this year with the intention he would eventually become majority owner. NFL owners approved the eventual transfer this month, meaning it can take place anytime
I don't care who the Dolphins play this week, I'm rooting for them all the way. The Obama brownshirts tried to spin it as part of damage control, but who's buying it. If you do, I got some beachfront property in AZ I'd like you to consider.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Rush made a fabulous point today on his radio program today. He played a clip from Good Morning America this morning where Obama was interviewed. Obama stated he did not regret his 'spread the wealth around' comment (deny deny deny, of course he regrets that people heard his truthful freudian slip), and he then proceeded to explain that the way to repair the economy is to tax the highest income earners and give tax cuts to the lower income folks. That would, in his words, "build the economy from the ground up". And Rush makes the point that if that is the case, then Mexico would have a bustling economy, Cuba would be a super power, etc. His point is well taken, the 'bottom' does not generate movement in the economy. How COULD it? Michael Savage coined it a different way, "Trickle Up Poverty". It's crazy. Obama is peddling socialism, dangling socialism right in front of our faces, and no one is recognizing it.
I would love it if Obama would map out in laymen terms how 'building the economy from the ground up' is actually going to repair our economy. I don't want to hear his factually dishonest, "We can't afford another 8 years of Bush's tax policy", as if that is entirely to blame. His excuse and explanation for EVERYTHING is "Bush policies of the last 8 years". He can get a pass with his media, but I want him to connect the dots. Explain how increasing taxes on the already over-taxed businesses is conducive to growing and expanding our economy.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
This is a story that has been bubbling below the surface for months. It has not gone away, thanks to Obama avoiding it altogether while trying to run out the clock till Nov. 4. But, the media, while in the tank for Obama, could break ranks if this ever makes it to Drudge in any substantial way, then it's going to be a feeding frenzy for the MSM to be the first to 'break' the story to the public. This fellow Berg, I heard him on the radio and he thinks the McCain folks may go on the attack with this in the next few days. If they do then it'll definitely go national and there will be lots of fireworks. We'll see how this shakes out.
Pennsylvania Democrat Philip J. Berg, who filed a lawsuit demanding Sen. Barack Obama present proof of his American citizenship, now says that by failing to respond Obama has legally "admitted" to the lawsuit's accusations, including the charge that the Democratic candidate was born in Mombosa, Kenya.
As WND reported, Berg filed suit in U.S. District Court in August, alleging Obama is not a natural-born citizen and is thus ineligible to serve as president of the United States . Though Obama has posted an image of a Hawaii birth certificate online, Berg demands that the court verify the original document, which the Obama campaign has not provided
Read it all here
Getting in their faces, and then cutting them
I shudder to think what would happen if Dear Leader Obama loses.
It's ridiculous to make a claim that this election is categorically about race, because it's not. But it many cases, as in the first of this egregious sort, is.
I'm sure the Kool Aid gang Disciples will conjure up some way to blame this on Bush.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
And I guess Americans think it's fine and should be legal for mothers to kill their unborn baby Americans at will.
I would have to say that, based on the Zogby poll that Drudge referenced this morning, Americans are also prone to the hypnotic lure of the narcissist Obama. Please see previous post as a reference. I firmly believe that Barack Obama has Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Why do people fall for it? I believe the firewall is Christianity. Believing, practicing Christians see through the facade of Obama. They look at the issues and are not hypnotized by his soaring oratory rhetoric. People that proclaim they are Christians, but don't regularly go to church, don't adhere to Christian principles, don't pray daily etc, these folks are prone to the Obama hysteria. Obama is one himself. I don't think Obama is a Christian at all, at least his fruits don't bear any resemlbance to one who has Christ as his Lord and Savior. Just because he says he's Christian doesn't mean a thing to me, considering the Church he went to, for fairly obvious political reasons, and his childhood as a Muslim. But again, look at the fruits! There is nothing more anti-Christian, more Satanic that abortion. Obama is going to sign the Freedom of Choice Act if elected, removing all restrictions, in all 50 states to abortion. Does that sound like a Christian thing to do? Sure, the so-called Christians will rationalize that to the best of their ability, but it saddens me that the number of Americans, now in the majority, believe Abortion and socialism is what's best for the country. There will be a price tag that comes along with our newfound shift and ideology.
A heavy price indeed after Obama puts away his hypnotists tool and begins his real work undermining every foundation that made this country great.
This is not good.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Emperor Obama will execute Order 66
With a democratic hold on the House and Senate, count on it. And the finishing touch are the kids at the end about to be slaughtered...Obama's voting record on abortion come to mind?
Thursday, October 16, 2008
But this barely scratches the surface of Obama's extremism. He has promised that ''the first thing I'd do as President is sign the Freedom of Choice Act'' (known as FOCA). This proposed legislation would create a federally guaranteed ''fundamental right'' to abortion through all nine months of pregnancy, including, as Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia has noted in a statement condemning the proposed Act, ''a right to abort a fully developed child in the final weeks for undefined 'health' reasons.'' In essence, FOCA would abolish virtually every existing state and federal limitation on abortion, including parental consent and notification laws for minors, state and federal funding restrictions on abortion, and conscience protections for pro-life citizens working in the health-care industry-protections against being forced to participate in the practice of abortion or else lose their jobs. The pro-abortion National Organization for Women has proclaimed with approval that FOCA would ''sweep away hundreds of anti-abortion laws [and] policies.''
We all knew he was a Marxist, so no news here. Just funny to see his Freudian slip.
I also like the exchange at 1:43 seconds...
"I just want to make sure they are paying a little bit more in order to help pay for those other tax cuts. Now..."
He understands immediately that is going to be unpopular with Joe so he hurries to his next point before Joe can speak. It's so obvious. That exchange is almost as worse as 'spreading the wealth around'.
As I think about this, this clip could be more damaging to him than I originally thought, but then again, given the depth of many of the Obama disciples I've seen reported on who don't know their head from their ass, I doubt it. But make no mistake about it, this is TEXTBOOK Communism.
However, Obama describes for us, at point blank range, how he is going to take money from the rich (killing investment, JOBS), and give it to the poor (allegedly, who can really TRUST what this guy says).
I don't think this exchange is going to play well for Obama...
Last Sunday, I stood vigil for the first time outside of a Planned Parenthood, as part of the 40 days for Life campaign, and I am going with my family again this Saturday.
I have to tell you, it was far more emotional than I thought it was going to be. We arrived and there were already 15 or so people that were already there. This Planned Parenthood was on a very busy street. Because of all the 'Honk if you are Pro-Life' signs, there was almost constant honking. And trust me, when it's your first time out there, it was very encouraging. The Planned Parenthood was open at the time and there were several cars in front. With that in mind, there was a feeling you get, being there, that I did not think would be so profound. It's a pity and a sadness you feel in the pit of your stomach, that some 20 yards away from you in a small office, an unborn baby is about to be removed - limb by limb if need be, out of the safe confines of the mother's womb...to die. And then there is the encouragement of the cars that pass by honking that mixes with the sadness. And at this particular location, the restaurant across the street has a giant sign on the side of their restaurant sign of Our Lady of Guadalupe, like the picture in the upper right hand side of my blog. Was very comforting to say the rosary and have Our Lady of Guadalupe looking down at all of us.
I would strongly encourage anyone interested to sign up with 40 Days for Life and stand vigil. You will be glad you stepped out and became a visible sign of protest against this evil that is angering God, tempting God to purify us in ways that will be undoubtedly painful for us all.
Was lying in bed last night thinking about what our national securty threats are now, and what might they be in the future, given our near inevitable economic collapse. I believe Islamofascistic Jihad, though making giant leaps in the US, but still not to the extent it has succeeded in Britain or France, will start to recede. Perhaps in Britain too. The Muslims in Britian actually set up a court in England to hear cases for Muslims using Shariah law. That is astonishing. But no such thing will occur if we find ourselves in an economic depression that could last years.
I think the new threat is once again our old nemesis, Communism, in China and Russia. I do believe they will make a move if we fall into economic ruin. Not sure how and when, and it may involve indirect assistance from the jihadis, but the overall threat could not be more real. China and Russia will have a government to keep fueling their ambitions against the US, Islam and the Middle Eastern countries will take a heavy blow if US economy collapses and for the most part, their Islamization plans for the US and Europe will largely collapse as well.
A little food for thought, albeit explained poorly.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
When I first heard that Madonna was going to wed the director of one of my favorite films of all time, "Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels", I was mortified. Who in their right mind with date, let alone MARRY this soulless, washed up hag who celebrates being a whore? I mean, I could never fall in love with any woman who has more notches on her belt than Wilt. Actually, Wilt and Madonna probably have a notch for each other considering her penchant for NBA players.
But there was dumb ol Guy Ritchie, tying the knot with this wench. I immediately rethought my position on Guy. Either he was truly ignorant about this, though hard to imagine, or he was in some like mind with Madonna's slut ethos and had to hitch it. So then Alex Rodriguez happened, ( if not many more we don't know about) and the rest is, history (quite literally).
Learned your lesson Guy?
LONDON (AP) - British newspapers say Madonna and Guy Ritchie are splitting up.
The Sun reports the American pop star and British movie director want a divorce finalized by Christmas.
The Daily Mail says a statement on the couple's future will soon be released. The newspapers cited unnamed sources.
Madonna has been linked to the recent breakup of New York Yankees baseball star Alex Rodriquez and his wife, Cynthia Rodriquez. Over the summer the pop star denied rumors of a romance with Rodriquez and denied her own marriage was on the rocks.
Madonna is in the middle of her latest world tour, "Sticky & Sweet."
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Utterly, utterly clueless.
Oh yeah, I feel GREAT about the future of our country. Could not be more confident.
Keep your eye on this Bill, particularly if Obama gets elected. It will be all out war on the womb.
1.5 million legal murders a year in the US will be child's play.
Freedom of Choice Act Would Remove All Limitations on Abortions
"The Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), was first introduced in November of 1989 by Representative Don Edwards (D- Calif) and Senator Alan Cranston (D-Calif). It was proposed to “codify Roe v. Wade,” and was, at that time, opposed by Senator Carol Moseley Braun (D-Ill), who argued that it did not go far enough to unleash – on a national level – a complete and unrestricted access to abortion. The first version, according to the Senator, dangerously allowed some conscience protection to health care professionals and did not require states to fund abortions.
The more recent wording of FOCA, introduced last year, is as follows:
“A government may not (1) deny or interfere with a woman’s right to choose – (A) to bear a child; (B) to terminate a pregnancy prior to viability; or (C) to terminate a pregnancy after viability where termination is necessary to protect the life or health of the woman; or (2) discriminate against the exercise of the rights set forth in paragraph (1) in the regulation or provision of benefits, facilities, services, or information.
This act applies to every Federal, State, and local statute, ordinance, regulation, administrative order, decision, penalty, practice, or other action enacted, adopted, or implemented before or after the date of enactment of this act.” Text of H.R. 1964 and S. 1173, introduced on April 19, 2007.
It is clear that FOCA would immediately make null and void every current restriction on abortion in all jurisdictions. According to a recent article by Tom McCloskey, “FOCA Would Harm Women and Remove Freedoms,” and reported by the Family Research Council, if FOCA was passed it would automatically overturn:
- State abortion reporting requirements in all 50 states
- Forty-four states’ laws concerning parental involvement
- Forty states’ laws on restricting later-term abortions
- Forty-six states’ conscience protection laws for individual health care providers
- Twenty-seven states’ conscience protection laws for institutions
- Thirty-eight states’ bans on partial-birth abortions
- Thirty-three states’ laws on requiring counseling before an abortion
- Sixteen states’ laws concerning ultrasounds before an abortion
Monday, October 13, 2008
Dem Congressman Mahoney..You're done, you're fired! Just fill out your expense report and clean out your office!
Foley's replacement, a Democrat, caught with pants down.
Man, this guy is an ASSHOLE! This punk is going to go down, and go down HARD.
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Information and evidence flow keeps pouring in on ACORN, Obama, and Democrat responsibilty for curreny economic crisis
If I hear Barack say one more time, blaming this on, ' the failed policies of the last eight years' I am going to scream. LIAR!! YOU OUTRIGHT LIAR!! YOU FRAUD!! YOU CHARLATAN!! YOU BABY KILLING MURDER LEGISLATOR!! OFF WITH YOU!!!
By now, we about have it all figured out, all the pieces have basically been put together...in short, the Democrats.
But in case you're still missing a few puzzle piece, here is a blazing hot video that shows how we got to where we are today
The match to light the kindling? Will McCain smell the coffee?
Obama’s friends so far:
William Ayers and wife Bernardine Dohrn
New Party and DSA
OH BOY! I JUST CAN'T WAIT TILL HE BECOMES OUR PRESIDENT!!!
Was Conservative Comedy Sabotaged?
"The producers of the liberal-bashing satire An American Carol claimed Tuesday that they had received reports of "ticket fraud," and suggested that it could be the reason why the film's weekend box-office figures were so low. On the film's official website, a notice asked those who attended the movie, "Please check your ticket. If you were in fact one of those people that were "mistakenly" sold a ticket for another movie please fill out the form below. Hold on to your ticket so we can have proof." The notice continued: "If you have noticed other irregularities with the theaters in your area please let us know in the comment section below. For instance, Rated R film rating (when in fact we are rated PG-13), posters not being up, not being listed on the marquee, image or focus problems, sound issues, etc." By today (Wednesday), the notice had been removed from the site but remained cached on Google."
Liberalism in action.
I've been watching that thing fall in slow motion the last few days, one source said Thursday could be a deathblow, as derivatives from Lehman brothers are being announced and if the news is not good it could cause serious damage.
Panicked investors have been fleeing from stocks. The S&P is down 37 percent from its peak of 1,565 a year ago, closing at 985 on Wednesday, and the Dow has tumbled 35 percent from 14,164 to 9,258.
Most experts don't see a recovery until there's greater stability in the housing market, banks are lending freely and employment improves.
Unlike other periods that saw precipitous drops, this one is rooted in foundering credit markets. That makes predictions more difficult than if the plunge were based on company profits or stocks alone.
CBS News Via Drudge:
The McCain folks are more helpful and generally friendly. The schedules are printed on actual books you can hold in your hand, read, and then plan accordingly. The press aides are more knowledgeable and useful to us in the news media. The events are designed with a better eye, and for the simple needs of the press corps. When he is available, John McCain is friendly and loquacious. Obama holds news conferences, but seldom banters with the reporters who've been following him for thousands of miles around the country. Go figure.
The McCain campaign plane is better than Obama's, which is cramped, uncomfortable and smells terrible most of the time. Somehow the McCain folks manage to keep their charter clean, even where the press is seated.
I just want to know if this is a true defection from the mainstream media, or is this just Dean Reynolds playing messenger for the MSM to treat them better? "Hey Obama! We're your freaking surrogates and you're treating us like shite! This is your first warning. We really really don't writing these kinds of things, you know like all of us that we hate those republicans, but you're leaving us no choice!"
But, if Dean Reynolds is being sincere, then I'm amazed at this defection, the second in a week if you consider SNL's skit going after the democrat party. Either way, Obama has some serious sucking up to do. It's funny, I can think of a few more people who had a disdain for the free press...anyone? anyone?
I can see Hugo Chavez, Kim Jung Il, and Fidel Castro all shaking their heads and slapping their forehead. "What a rookie! You're supposed wait till AFTER you win the election before you start shunning the press!! What a numbnuts!!"
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
In an interview with Gold, the show’s executive producer, Lorne Michaels, said the Sandlers were distraught but had not demanded the changes. He noted the “People who should be shot” line was deleted as was a reference to their “corrupt activities.”
But a comparison of the two versions shows that actually a little more than that was cut. What also was excised was any mention of the involvement of Massachusetts’ Rep. Frank in the Sandler subprime mess…
In the original skit Sandler addresses Frank, saying, “And thank you Congressman Frank as well as many Republicans for helping block Congressional oversight of our corrupt activities.”
To which Frank replies enthusiastically, “Not at all!”
They took it down again??
And you gotta love this commenter:
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I told my new father-in-law that he will not get grandchildren if he votes for McCain. Seriously.
And what a proud Father-in-Law he must be! Being blackmailed to vote for Obama by a little shit son-in-law. Unbelievable, yet not surprising.
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
You be the judge
I have no reason to say it hasn't. Stock market is still in free fall, and if you are a fat cat investor out there, what possible reason is out there that will give you confidence in buying large amounts of stocks right now?
Saturday, October 04, 2008
This is just my own opinion, but as time has worn on in this campaign and as I've watched Obama more frequently in debates, interviews, and commericals, I am noticing a trend, and that is he seems very depressed to me. It is in his eyes. In some of his angry statements, ala, "I want you to get in your neighbors face and argue". He never seems to exude a general happiness. Many of his toothy grins always seem just for the camera, and always immediately after the smile he always reverts to the long face. Again, I believe it's the eyes that reveal his unhappiness. It seemed to click for me when I was watching the Obama ad on the Obama Channel that I just previously posted about. There is a picture of him with Michelle taken many years ago, and I noticed in this picture he looked genuinely happy, but then I also noticed a beer in front of him. Hmmm.
Does anyone else see this? Does Obama appear to be forcing smiles to you? Does he appear to be genuinely happy to anyone? Even in shots with his wife and kids, he seems to be forcing happiness for the camera. I think there is something to it, this is not just one right wingers silly ruminations...
This morning when I woke up, I made myself some hot tea, turned on the tv looking for some news on FOX about the socialist bailout but the first thing that came up was Baracka Obama on a commercial. Then I noticed that it was on ...the Obama channel. I was stunned. I did see a 'paid advertising' label in the corner, but I was still immediately skeptical, as I am with all things Baraka. So I immediately looked online to see what coverage of this was on the internet, and there was plenty here and here.
I am not ok with this yet, but I still need some facts. The one thing that concerned me that the receiver landed on the Obama channel when I first turned it on. That rubbed me very wrong. It could have been my wife who left it there for me before she went to bed the night before I will have to see. But if she didn't, that means that Dish is forcing the channel to be viewed when powered on, and if that is the case, I need to see if that is legal. And if it is legal, Obama better be paying a pretty penny for that 'service'. And also as Dawn Teo of liberal Huffpost blogs,
"Dish Network subscribers are also reporting that when a commercial comes on any of the other channels, an option appears offering to let the user select the Obama Channel." I have not seen that yet myself, but if that can be proved, that would be an expensive line item I would like to see on Baraka's Dish invoice.Which brings me to the next point. Will Dish provide any transparency on the deal. How much did this cost? Did Obama get a sweetheart deal?
This all smells quite a bit, I must say. I will inquire with Dish myself and see what I can find. I will certainly drop Dish in a New York second if I find Dish is in bed with Baraka the babykiller.
It's also on Dish channel 5890, also called Obama Channel. Having watched the looped 2 minute ad twice now, it's definitely a little creepy. As a commenter mentioned on Malkin's blog, it has a 1984 feel to it. Big Brother on 24 hours a day. And just the way the ad is presented, it's obviously been carefully designed to soothing. He speaks calmly, many images of traditional Americana, Barak hugging older folks, the soft glowing narration...that's all fine if it was a typical 2 minute spot on tv somewhere, but it has a different effect when it is on a 24 hour loop. Definitely Orwellian.
UPDATE: I asked my wife if she had found and left the Dish receiver on the Obama channel. She responded that she had never heard of the Obama Channel. Since a Dish receiver remembers the channel you left it on when you power on again, and since the channel was not left on Obama Channel, this means that Dish is in effect, 'changing the channel' to the Obama channel so that this is the first thing the viewer sees. I don't think this could be a service offered for a fee, this is unethical, if not illegal. I'm writing Dish to see what response I get. I will most likely cancel my service. This whole deal with Dish is small potatoes, but these little small drips are everywhere in the Obama campaign. Must help stop the drip wherever I can. It's just AMAZING the odds McCain is up against. The fact that the race is as close as it is, is astonishing considering McCain/Palin are up against Obama and his well honed machine of NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, NYT, WaPo, world opinion and secret foreign donations, and on and on. Amazing.
Thursday, October 02, 2008
The video Eduardo mentions is found here.
He is also spot on when he states that the abortion has roots with racist eugenicists who financially support abortion among minority populations.
Worldnetdaily has transcript of an actor portraying a racist who wants to earmark a donation for a black baby...
Actor: I want to specify that abortion to help a minority group, would that be possible?
Planned Parenthood: Absolutely.
Actor: Like the black community for example?
Planned Parenthood: Certainly.
Actor: The abortion – I can give money specifically for a black baby, that would be the purpose?
Planned Parenthood: Absolutely. If you wanted to designate that your gift be used to help an African-American woman in need, then we would certainly make sure that the gift was earmarked for that purpose.
Actor: Great, because I really faced trouble with affirmative action, and I don't want my kids to be disadvantaged against black kids. I just had a baby; I want to put it in his name.
Planned Parenthood: Yes, absolutely.
Actor: And we don't, you know we just think, the less black kids out there the better.
Planned Parenthood: (Laughs) Understandable, understandable.
Actor: Right. I want to protect my son, so he can get into college.
Planned Parenthood: All right. Excuse my hesitation, this is the first time I've had a donor call and make this kind of request, so I'm excited, and want to make sure I don't leave anything out.
He also makes a point that I frankly had not heard before or thought of, that Planned Parenthood tends to set up shop in poorer minority neighborhoods. When have you ever seen a Planned Parenthood in an upperclass neighborhood?
He also goes after Obama hard, highlighting his voting record that indicates a complete lack of a human soul, and the existence of a man paid very, very handsomely by the abortion lobby.
It seems surreal to think that this economic crisis could have a far reaching domino effect that could send the United States into a tailspin. I had my 'uh-oh epiphany' yesterday, while many saw this coming months ago. But here we are. If this bailout passes, which is only a band aid intended to get congressional incumbents re-elected, then I think we are done as a country. The possible doomsday scenarios are varied, some probably sensationalistic, but the bottom line is the same: our current way of life will end. In some ways I see this as a good thing. The garbage in our culture, which has been so mainstream will cease. Whether it be on TV, in our music, movies, in our schools...things will change. A major depression will surely change our country's view on abortion, at least for those that were pro-choice. A unborn child that the mother could not be bothered with in this current 'Sex in the City" mindset, will likely view the unborn as a gift from God. Things like pornography will not have a place in a depression, at least not on the scale it has enjoyed for the last 30 years.
But there are other concerns to be sure, which Victor Davis Hanson mentions in his article below.
"...if Washington really intended to stabilise the Dollar or, more ambitiously, to push it up against the other currencies, there would only be one way (5), in two parts: raising significantly the Fed’s interest rates, and lowering drastically the pace of money printing. But if the government decided to implement this type of policy, the US economy (both real and financial) stops dead a few weeks after : the real estate market falls to zero by lack of affordable credit and as a result of soaring interests on Adjustable Rate Mortgage loans, consumption becomes negative (i.e. shrinks back each month), corporate failures multiply exponentially, Wall Street collapses under the burden of innumerable debts and succumbs to the instantaneous implosion of the CDS market due to counterparties default...
Such a series of events, sure to happen if Washington implements a voluntary policy of dollar-rescue, is probably unacceptable by the US authorities. Therefore, apart from talking – and further self-discrediting – they cannot do anything. The method used in the past decades is no longer available: no one will accept to buy large amounts of Dollars in order to rescue the US currency if some voluntary policy (like the one described previously) is not implemented by Washington. As they will not do it, the rest of the world will draw its own conclusions: everyman for himself, knowing that from mid-August onward, as Beijing is relieved from the constraint of the Olympic Games, a large number of “tough” options (6), put on the back burner until the Games, will resurface (7)."
By Victor Davis Hanson
Ancient thinkers from Thucydides to Cicero insisted that money was the real source of military power and national influence. We’ve been reminded of that classical wisdom these last three weeks.
In a manner not seen since the Great Depression, Wall Street went into panic mode from too many bad debts. The symbolic pillars of American monetary strength for years — AIG, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Shearson-Lehman, and Washington Mutual — in a matter of hours either went broke, were absorbed, or were reconstituted. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac collapsed like the house of cards that they were.
Even though the U.S. government rushed to restore trust, hundreds of billions of dollars in paper assets simply vanished. Friends and enemies abroad were unsure whether the irregular American heartbeat was a major coronary or a mere cardiac murmur. How strong — really — was the world’s greatest economy? Was this panic the tab for years of borrowing abroad for out-of-control consumer spending? Had America finally gone too far enriching dictators by buying energy that it either could not or would not produce itself? Had the chickens of lavishing rewards on Wall Street and Washington speculators rather than Main Street producers finally come home to roost?
Allies trust that the United States is the ultimate guarantor of free communication and commerce — and they want immediate reassurance that their old America will still be there. In contrast, opportunistic predators — such as rogue oil-rich regimes — suddenly sniff new openings.
We’ve seen the connection between American economic crisis and world upheaval before. In the 1930s, the United States and its democratic allies — in the midst of financial collapse — disarmed and largely withdrew from foreign affairs. That isolation allowed totalitarian regimes in Germany, Italy, Japan, and Russia to swallow their smaller neighbors and replace the rule of law with that of the jungle. World War II followed.
During the stagflation and economic malaise of the Jimmy Carter years, the Russians invaded Afghanistan, the Iranians stormed our embassy in Tehran, the communists sought to spread influence in Central America, and a holocaust raged unchecked in Cambodia.
It was no surprise that an emboldened Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad once again last week called for the elimination of Israel. He’s done that several times before. But rarely has he felt brazen enough to blame world financial problems on the Jews in general rather than on just Israelis. And he spouted his Hitlerian hatred in front of the United Nations General Assembly — in New York, just a few blocks away from the ground zero of the Wall Street meltdown.
Flush with petrodollar cash, a cocky Iran thinks our government will be so sidetracked borrowing money for Wall Street that disheartened taxpayers won’t care to stop Teheran from going nuclear.
At about the same time, a Russian flotilla was off Venezuela to announce new cooperation with the loud anti-American Hugo Chavez and his fellow Latin American communists. The move was a poke in the eye at the Monroe Doctrine — and a warning that from now on, the oil-rich Russians will boldly support dictatorships in our hemisphere as much as we encourage democratic Georgia and Ukraine in theirs. Chavez himself called for a revolution in the United States to replace our “capitalist” Constitution.
The lunatics running North Korea predictably smelled blood, as well. So it announced that it was reversing course and reprocessing fuel rods to restart its supposedly dismantled nuclear weapons program.
Meanwhile, some shell-shocked American bankers looked to our “friend” China, which holds billions in American government securities, for emergency loans. But the Chinese — basking in their successful hosting of the Olympics, their first foray into outer space, and a massive rearmament — showed no interest in sending cash to reeling Wall Street firms.
During this Wall Street arrhythmia, Islamic suicide bombers attacked the American embassy in Yemen and the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan. Suspected Islamic terrorists were caught boarding a Dutch airliner in Germany. And suicide bombers were busy again in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The natural order of the world is chaos, not calm. Like it or not, for over a half-century the United States alone restrained nuclear bullies, kept the sea lanes free from outlaws, and corralled rogue nations. America alone could provide that deterrence because we produced a fourth of the world’s goods and services, and became the richest country in the history of civilization.
But the bill for years of massive borrowing for oil, for imported consumer goods, and for speculation has now has finally come due on Wall Street — and for the rest of us as well.
Should that heart of American financial power in New York falter — or even appear to falter — then eventually the sinews of the American military will likewise slacken. And then things could get ugly — real fast.
— Victor Davis Hanson is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a recipient of the 2007 National Humanities Medal and the 2008 Bradley Prize.