If Your Car Is Surrounded By A Rioting Gang Of Thugs What Do You Do?

You might have heard that Glenn Reynolds had his Instapundit twitter account suspended when he tweeted “Run them down” in reaction to a news story about rioters in Charlotte surrounding cars on the road. The Other McCain summed up the situation:

The Twitter Thought Police suspended Professor Reynolds’ account.

What are we permitted to say about marauding gangs of thieves and thugs? The owners of Twitter have evidently hired Democrat Party activists to control the narrative on their platform, effectively turning it into a propaganda platform for a violent anti-white terrorist organization (to call #BlackLivesMatter what it actually is). Twitter’s policy can be considered an “in-kind” political contribution to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, which is counting on #BlackLivesMatter to help her win key swing states like North Carolina, Florida, Virginia and Ohio.

Do law-abiding citizens have no right to defend themselves against mob attacks? If a family is in their car on the highway and find themselves surrounded by a gang of criminals who have been roaming the streets committing violence, what are they supposed to do? (Read More)

Seriously, what are you supposed to do if an angry mob surrounds your car and you’re trapped? I guess you can sit and wait for help to arrive, and pray that help arrives in time. But when the angry mob is also trying to throw white people in fires, the help might be too busy to get there in time to save you. So really, what the hell do you do? You defend yourself. And if that means that you step on the gas to get out of the situation, so be it. If they don’t get out of your way, and you “run them down” is that your fault?

Just as a side note, a friend of mine has kids in college in Charlotte. They are right there in the thick of things, and scared. She said she was up half the night worrying about them. Pray for them, and for all of the other people caught up in this mess who are just trying to live their lives.

Unfortunately, our political leaders either feed into this madness, or simply have no clue what to do about it. And really, who can fix this? Washington politicians, or the people who live in the communities where this is happening? Americans need to stop looking for saviors in Washington, DC and start thinking about fixing their own communities. If only the community organizers out there didn’t have an agenda that has nothing to do with improving the lives of the people they’re supposed to be serving.

Oh, and one more thing. Sitting or taking a knee for the national anthem doesn’t make things better. It doesn’t help in the least. It’s just a ridiculous way for coddled athletes to feel like they are “doing something” when in reality they aren’t doing a darned thing to help the people they supposedly care so much about. How does taking a knee help a fatherless kid growing up in the ghetto? How does rioting in the street and destroying property help that kid? What a shame that all of those people don’t do something that might actually help someone.

Obama Boom Builds ObamaTowns

The following is a guest post by Dr. Robert Owens.


Obama Boom Builds Obamatowns

According to the megaphones of the Progressive-controlled media the Obama economy is booming.  For the investor class it has been a rising tide that lifts all yachts or as it is expressed in Bloomberg, “When President Barack Obama was elected in November 2008, the U.S. economy was shrinking at a rate unmatched since World War II. In the seven years between then and his final State of the Union address Tuesday night, global investors have enjoyed stellar results from the rapidly expanding Obama economy.”

According to Paul Krugman in The Obama Boom “The … Obama economy offers a powerful lesson… From a conservative point of view, Mr. Obama did everything wrong, afflicting the comfortable (slightly) and comforting the afflicted (a lot), and nothing bad happened. We can, it turns out, make our society better after all.”

And according to President Obama himself everything is coming up roses, “Companies are investing; consumers are spending and American manufacturing, energy, technology, autos all are booming. And thanks to the decisions that we’ve made and the resilience of the American people, we’ve recovered faster and come farther from the recession than almost any other advanced country on earth. So the good news is the economy clearly is getting stronger, things are getting better, engines are revving a little bit louder.”

A chicken in every pot, a car in every garage, a flat screen in every living room, a cell phone in every hand, and a check in every mail box.  Ah yes, haven’t we heard all this for years while anyone who works knows that wages have been stagnant for years.  Anyone who does their own shopping knows food prices have gone through the roof.  And anyone who has lost their job through the destruction of America’s manufacturing knows that a part time job at the Kwiki Mart doesn’t replace a full time job with benefits.

The political class, their pet economists, and the fellow-travelers among the media may trumpet that the Obama economy is booming.  They may tell us we must all troop like mind numb robots to the polls and make sure Hillary has the opportunity to give us a third term to complete the transformation.   They also tell us if the Donald is elected all this magic and wonder will be lost.

However other voices tell us a different story.

According to Bank of America Merrill Lynch Head of Global Rates and Currencies Research David Woo, “The U.S. economy would take off in a big way if Trump were elected and Republicans control both legislative houses next year.  Against this backdrop, the greenback would strengthen and U.S. Treasury yields would rise.”  This is a view shared by Woo and other fixed income veterans as well.

Looking at the booming Obama economy is like viewing a fever dream through the looking glass.  The Technocrat apparatchiks who populate the Obama regime tell us this is the best economy in American History, unprecedented job growth, low unemployment, and no inflation.  Those who actually have created jobs, know how the economy works in the real world, and have to cut pay checks every week tell us something different.

Leonard Riggio the Barnes & Noble Inc. Chairman and founder said the bookstore chain is suffering from one of worst retail environments in decades after traffic in stores hit “close to a historic low point.”  The retail climate is “terrible,” he said on the company’s first-quarter earnings call Thursday. “Better put, is it is one of the worst I have ever experienced in the 50 years I have been in this industry.”

The Fed continues to pump money into the system and keep interest rates at historic lows.  This stimulus is necessary just to maintain the anemic recovery that has never regained what was lost in the Great Recession.  The U.S. Federal Reserve must be careful not to remove its monetary stimulus too quickly because of potential weakness in the labor market and risks of foreign economic downturns, Fed Governor Lael Brainard said on Monday.

“Today’s New Normal counsels prudence in the removal of policy accommodation,” Brainard said in prepared remarks to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.  She said the labor market might be farther from full strength than some economists believe, which means “the case to tighten policy preemptively is less compelling.”  In other words even the shabby New Normal of the Obama economy is only sustainable if money keeps appearing out of thin air and banks can get infusions of this funny money at 0%.  That should be the textbook definition of a political charade.

The problem with our economy is not that the American people don’t want to work.  It isn’t that we are lazy as our president recently told his friends in communist Laos.  It is that the cards dealt by the Central Bank are stacked.  The central planners throughout the Obama Regime are ideologues who cannot see reality if it conflicts with their plan to transform America into a democratic people’s republic by the elites of the elites and for the elites.

According to Stephen Stanley, chief economist at Amherst Pierpont Securities, “The Federal Reserve has been too glued to theories that haven’t worked to restore robust economic growth since the last recession.”

“The central bank’s adherence to the idea that unemployment and weak demand can be cured with policies that encourage consumers, businesses and governments to rack up more debt ignores other problems with the economy,” he says.

“For the bulk of this expansion, the Fed has operated as if everything that was wrong with the economy was a cyclical shortfall in demand.  The trouble is that it has become increasingly evident that this narrative was wrong.” Stanley continued.

Following a collapse in a massive U.S. housing bubble in 2007 the Fed responded to the resulting 2008 financial crisis, by cutting interest rates to a record low of about zero percent in an attempt to blunt the worst recession in 80 years. The Fed also tried several rounds of quantitative easing, a policy of buying government debt and mortgage securities from banks to help drive down borrowing costs, in other words pumping money into the system.

While the U.S. bounced back from recession and the unemployment rate fell from a 30-year high of 10 percent, since that time growth in the American economy has never exceeded 3 percent a year for the first time since World War II.  In addition, the unemployment rate doesn’t include the over 90 million able bodied Americans who have decided to quit working and ride the government hammock into the sunset.

Stanley says Fed policymakers are too attached to the ideas of John Maynard Keynes, the hugely influential English economist who argued that deficit spending was necessary during recessions to maintain full employment. Keynesian theories make it difficult to distinguish short-term cyclical trends from long-term structural changes in the economy, Stanley says.

According to Stanley, pointing to a continuous fall in U.S. productivity, “Keynesians operate exclusively on the demand side of the economy, and much of what is holding the economy back in recent years has been operating on the supply side.  There is also a strong leftward lean in ideology at the Federal Reserve, and it is thus very understandable that they have been very slow to recognize the damage done to growth over the past several years by hikes in marginal tax rates and a stifling regulatory environment.”

“The Fed’s fixation on core consumer price inflation also limits its ability to recognize major asset bubbles, such as in tech stocks and home prices,” Stanley says.  The Core inflation rate is only a portion of the true inflation number yet that is all the Progressive media ever report on.  The real inflation rate is much higher.  For one thing the core rate does not include food or energy, two things everyone needs and two things whose prices have soared under Obama.

So how is this working out in the real world?  Look at your bank balance, your life style, or your hopes for the future of your children.  Or look at the rising tide of homelessness.  This is a phenomenon that is hardly ever mentioned when a Democrat is in the White House.  Today the march of poverty is too great for even the Progressive shills to ignore as Obamatowns begin to dot the landscape of a once prosperous nation.

According to Tyler Durden as posted on the website Zero Hedge, “Just like during the last economic crisis, homeless encampments are popping up all over the nation as poverty grows at a very alarming rate.According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, more than half a million people are homeless in America right now, but that figure is increasing by the day.  And it isn’t just adults that we are talking about.  It has been reported that that the number of homeless children in this country has risen by 60 percent since the last recession, and Poverty USA says that a total of 1.6 million children slept either in a homeless shelter or in some other form of emergency housing at some point last year.  Yes, the stock market may have been experiencing a temporary boom for the last couple of years, but for those on the low end of the economic scale things have just continued to deteriorate.

Happy days are here again the progressive puppet masters and their media chorus sings as everyone else sinks into the third world.  If the voters are so unenlightened that they don’t want to vote for a total transformation of their homeland import another population who will.  If the economy is falling through the floor and prosperity is becoming poverty for the unwashed masses in fly-over country just redefine success and call it the New Normal.  Then they live the high life in their gated communities as the rest of us struggle to survive.  No wonder five of the ten richest counties in America surround the imperial capital as our servants grow fat and rich on the loot they expropriate from the rest of us.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2016 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens


Saturday Funnies

Happy Saturday. I hope you are doing something fun or relaxing this weekend. Mr. LC and I are celebrating our 18th wedding anniversary! Time sure does fly.

Sorry I haven’t been keeping up with the Saturday Funnies very well lately, life gets in the way. But here you go, for today, some funnies. Hey, I don’t like Trump but that doesn’t mean I like Hillary. She needs all of the scorn she can get and should be mocked mercilessly. Same thing goes for elite celebrities and sports figures who bash the republic that made their success possible.

Today’s funnies were found at Legal Insurrection.




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It Would Be So Easy, Or Would It?

There aren’t many conservatives left who can’t bring themselves to jump on board the Trump Train. One by one we see some of the leading voices on the right falling in line. Some of them just feel there’s no other choice, because Hillary Clinton is so awful. I get that. There’s no way I would ever vote for that woman, so it’s understandable that some people feel that rolling the dice for Trump is the better option.

Then there are those who really do support him, which completely baffles me. One person who I have respect for told me he was very hesitant to support Trump, but after listening to people that he respects he was convinced that supporting the lunatic was the right thing to do. I didn’t ask, but I wondered who are these people that he respects. Is it Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, or other pundits and writers with big followings? Then I wondered what is really motivating them. They have to do mental gymnastics to convince themselves and their audiences that Trump really is one of us.

Are they deluded, or did they never really believe the things they were saying in the first place? These are people whose livelihoods depend on having a large audience – they need readers clicking on their websites and buying their books, they need viewers watching their shows and listeners for their radio programs. For them, getting behind Trump was the easy thing to do when they saw how he tapped into the anger a lot of Republican voters are feeling. Why risk going against the new messiah and losing out on all of that revenue?

I guess it would be easy for me to just join in. Coming out against Trump was pretty much the death knell for this blog. It’s not how I make a living, but it used to generate some extra income. Now it’s a financial burden. But, I just can’t do it. I just can’t bring myself to support a long time liberal, whose adult children – who are major players in his campaign – couldn’t even vote for him in the primary because they didn’t change their party registrations in time.

I can’t bring myself to try to convince the few of you left that the orange crazy clown isn’t an orange crazy clown. I can’t bring myself to argue that his latest proposal to expand Medicaid is a great idea that will make everything better. I can’t bring myself to argue that Ivanka’s big maternity leave plan is the most conservative policy proposal ever. (Seriously, I accidentally tuned in to Sean Hannity’s radio show the other day and he and Newt Gingrich were actually saying that. Newt was babbling on about how another big government program is a fantastic conservative plan. It was like being in some sort of parallel universe. Oh, and how is that working out for Ivanka, anyway? Trying to out left the left never works. But I digress.)

I can’t convince myself that Trump’s plan to spend more government money (ie: money taken from working Americans) than Hillary Clinton wants to spend isn’t a horrible idea. I can’t bring myself to lie and tell you that everything I’ve argued for in the past is wrong, and everything I’ve argued against is right simply because crazy, creepy, leftist Mr. Trump now has an R at the end of his name.

I can’t convince myself that a man who has been close friends with the Clinton’s for years, has donated lots of money to them and their political allies, and met with Bill the day before he announced his candidacy, isn’t one of them. I can’t convince myself, or try to convince you, that the guy who spent scads of money to help Mitch McConnell stay in power isn’t part of the establishment.

I have to admit that watching the reaction to a Trump win by progressive weenies would be wicked fun. But when the dust settles, and another progressive “Republican” moves into the White House, what will we have won?

Sorry, but no can do. I’m not up to the challenge of Olympic level mental gymnastics. I’ll have to just leave that to the professionals.

Without Life There Can Be No Liberty Or Happiness

The following is a guest post by Dr. Robert Owens.


Without Life There Can Be No Liberty or Happiness

The document that gave birth to the United States also declared that life is the first of all rights, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

In America today a culture of death has overtaken us.  A spirit that causes otherwise intelligent and rational people to believe in and support irrational things.  With those who are aware of the origins and the current practices of the Abortion Industry it is easy to ascribe callousness and disregard for human life not seen since the Allies triumphed in 1945, the Soviet Gulag disintegrated, or the lash slipped from Mao’s hand.

Most of those who support this industry with their donations and votes are fellow-travelers who accept the propaganda about birth control and women’s rights.  They know nothing of what is really going on at the abortion mills and they will curse anyone who tries to tell them.

I stand before you ready to be so cursed.  The truth must be told for without life there can be no liberty or happiness.  As the father of four aborted children I can speak intimately of the pain and tragedy this silent holocaust is sowing in the lives and souls of Americans.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was martyred by the Nazis said, “The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.”  In America today the most dangerous place for a child is in the womb.

Planned Parenthood is the largest operator of abortion mills in America with 665 unregulated clinics.  This makes it the country’s largest abortion provider with affiliates performing more than 300,000 abortions per year, which amounts to approximately one out of every three in the country.

Its founder Margret Sanger was the leading American proponent of eugenics, the science of improving a human population by controlled breeding to increase the occurrence of desirable heritable characteristics.  Margaret Sanger’s birth control movement and quest for the Pill intersected the rise of the eugenics movement in America. At a time when birth control was still not publicly accepted in American society, some eugenicists believed birth control was a useful tool for curbing procreation among the “weak.”  In the 1920s and 30s, Sanger calculated that the success of the eugenics idea gave her own movement legitimacy, and tried to ally her cause with the movement. Eugenics was a dominant theme at her birth control conferences, and Sanger spoke publicly of the need to put an end to breeding by the unfit. In 1920 Sanger publicly stated that “birth control is nothing more or less than the facilitation of the process of weeding out the unfit [and] of preventing the birth of defectives.”

The Hyde Amendment prohibits using federal taxpayer money to fund abortions; however, Planned Parenthood received 41% of its 2014 budget (the most current year available) which amounted to a staggering $528.4 million.  We are told none of this goes to fund abortions, however money is fungible.  If a close look is taken it appears that about 1% of abortions are directly paid for with federal funds using the rape/incest loop hole.  However driving through a veritable cloverleaf of other loop holes raises this number to approximately 24% when you combine federal and state funds.

Some may read these statistics and question their veracity. The Nazis kept exact records of their crimes against humanity which made it easy to prosecute the perpetrators when the war was won and sanity returned. Planned Parenthood has learned from their mistake and intentionally covers up the truth.

Eugenics the motivating philosophy of Margret Sanger and the foundation of Planned Parenthood fell into disfavor only after the obvious perversion of the Nazis application of its theories through industrial scale homicide.

After that the Sangerites quit using the word, but they are still applying its practices and pursuing its goals.

The majority of the abortion rights people probably have no idea who started their movement or the true nature of what they support.  However, their representatives and leaders probably do know the true nature of what they advocate.  And those who are aware of this evil nature do their best to cover the tracks that lead from their culpability in the deaths of millions.

To the majority who are following these pied pipers of infanticide read the words of the one who founded the movement which is leading our nation to its demographic demise:

The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.  Woman and the New Race, ch. 6: “The Wickedness of Creating Large Families.”

[We should] apply a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to that grade of population whose progeny is tainted, or whose inheritance is such that objectionable traits may be transmitted to offspring.  “Plan for Peace” from Birth Control Review (April 1932, pp. 107-108)

Article 1. The purpose of the American Baby Code shall be to provide for a better distribution of babies… and to protect society against the propagation and increase of the unfit.
Article 4. No woman shall have the legal right to bear a child, and no man shall have the right to become a father, without a permit…
Article 6. No permit for parenthood shall be valid for more than one birth. “America Needs a Code for Babies,” 27 Mar 1934

Give dysgenic groups [people with “bad genes”] in our population their choice of segregation or [compulsory] sterilization.  April 1932 Birth Control Review, pg. 108

Birth control must lead ultimately to a cleaner race.  Woman, Morality, and Birth Control. New York: New York Publishing Company, 1922. Page 12.

We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities.  The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.  Margaret Sanger’s December 19, 1939 letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble, 255 Adams Street, Milton, Massachusetts. Also described in Linda Gordon’s Woman’s Body, Woman’s Right: A Social History of Birth Control in America. New York: Grossman Publishers, 1976.

Such parents swell the pathetic ranks of the unemployed. Feeble-mindedness perpetuates itself from the ranks of those who are blandly indifferent to their racial responsibilities. And it is largely this type of humanity we are now drawing upon to populate our world for the generations to come. In this orgy of multiplying and replenishing the earth, this type is pari passu multiplying and perpetuating those direst evils in which we must, if civilization is to survive, extirpate by the very roots.  The Need for Birth Control in America (quoted by Angela Franks.)

Women of the working class, especially wage workers, should not have more than two children at most. The average working man can support no more and the average working woman can take care of no more in decent fashion.  “Family Limitation,” eighth edition revised, 1918

If those who believe in the lie that an unborn child is nothing more than a seed, a mass of tissue or as the more extreme name it, a parasite were consistent why don’t they demonstrate when a drunk driver who kills a pregnant woman is charged with two murders?  Why don’t they send their daughters or nieces a card that says, “Congratulations on your coming mass of tissue.” Or “Congratulations on being freed from the parasite” when a baby is born?

This article may seem harsh to some, it may seem overly partisan.  Some may even say I am pushing my religious beliefs on others.  However this isn’t religion it is science.  “Development of the embryo begins at Stage 1 when a sperm fertilizes an oocyte and together they form a zygote” and “Human development begins after the union of male and female gametes or germ cells during a process known as fertilization (conception).”

For further eye opening evidence from the mouths of Planned Parenthood workers themselves about what the organization is really about and what it is that you are supporting if you choose to help perpetuate the Sangerites and their war against humanity see the following Investigative Footage: http://www.centerformedicalprogress.org/cmp/investigative-footage/

Personally I choose life.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2016 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens 


Hillary Is Okay, She Was Just Powering Through

I’m sure you heard all about how Hillary Clinton had to leave a 9/11 ceremony on Sunday because she was “overheated” and then nearly collapsed while making her escape. Her campaign then decided to reveal that she was diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday, and being the hard working woman that she is, she decided to just power through the illness – because that’s what working moms do! Never mind that Clinton is 68 years old and has an illness that can kill if left untreated. She is Wonder Woman and can do anything, even without water! And naturally, once the talking points were set, the media was quick to run with it.

Via Free Beacon, here’s a little montage in case you missed it.

What’s most ironic about this is how, thanks to progressives like Clinton, the federal government is now supposed to be the entity that knows best what’s best for us. They have no problem trying to dictate what we eat, where we get our health insurance, and how much exercise we get. Yet here’s the woman who wants to lead this great big leviathan and she not only fails to listen to medical advice when faced with a serious illness, she doesn’t even have the sense to stay hydrated.

Oh, and if this is what “powering through” looks like, well, I’d hate to see when she’s really feeling ill.


In Case You Missed It, Here Is Obama Trashing The US (Again) While Overseas

Present Obama’s trip to Asia last week didn’t go very well. Of course that didn’t stop him from trashing his country, which is one of his favorite things to do while traveling abroad. Here’s a montage of 18 times he trashed the United States. Below the video is a transcript, via Grabien. On the bright side, we only have a few more months of listening his drivel, at least in his capacity as president.

“There are still too many children in poverty in the United States …. who still aren’t getting enough to eat. That is also connected to education. And we still have a lot of children in a country so wealthy that on a day-to-day basis are not getting the kinds of educational opportunities that they deserve … And we have enough wealth to do it. The question is whether we have the political will to make the investments in these communities, many of which are in inner cities. Oftentimes they are poor African American or Latino who are still held back historically by discrimination …

But because we’re such a big country, we haven’t always had to know about other parts of the world … If you you’re in the United States, sometimes you can feel lazy and think we’re so big we don’t have to really know anything about other people …

I think he cares about some real, legitimate issues that have to be talked about. And if nothing else, what he’s done is he’s generated more conversation around some topics that need to be talked about …

We’ve had to deal with racism or conflict between races, ethnic groups, new immigrants … And also, America is not perfect. Look, it still has racial discrimination. It still has its own problems. It should worry about its own problems. And I agree with that in the sense that we definitely do still have problems we have to work on. We still have discrimination, we still have situations where women are not treated equally …

We didn’t think through all the implications of what we did … and when you see the dropping of cluster bombs … trying to figure out how that was going to be effective, particularly since part of the job was to win over hearts and minds … With the benefit of hindsight, we have to say that a lot of these consequences were not the ones that served our interests.

The way that Native Americans were treated was tragic … We are a nation that was founded on the belief of dignity of evert human being. Sometimes we’ve struggled to stay true to that belief …

If you see the environment destroyed, it’s not because that’s necessary for development. It’s usually because we’re being lazy … Look, the United States is still learning how to do this, and we’ve been at it a long time. But we used to have terrible pollution everywhere…

Given our history, I believe that United States has a moral obligation to help Laos heel … For nine years, there was a secret war in which the United States was dropping bombs on this country … As a result of that conflict and its aftermath, many people fled or were driven from their homes …

The United States dropped more bombs on Laos than Germany and Japan during the WWII … The United States dropped more than two million tons of bombs here in Laos … You can see some of these displays showing everything that landed on relatively simple homes like this …

As one Laotian said, the ‘bombs fell like rain.’Villages and entire valleys were obliterated. The ancient Plain of Jars was devastated. Countless civilians were killed …By some estimates more bombs per capita were dropped on Laos than any other country in the world.”

The 9/11 Message That Terrifies Washington

The following is a guest post by John Anthony.


The 9/11 Message that Terrifies Washington

by John Anthony

Perhaps the greatest attribute of the American spirit is that even in the aftershocks of the worst wreckage, we seek to learn.  Rather than flounder in horrors that should have never happened, we pursue ways to assure they will not again.

September 11, 2001 provided what may be Americans’ greatest opportunity to learn.

In the weeks following 9/11 Americans regained camaraderie and national pride.  Race issues receded, government protected groups found less need for protection, American flags waved from car roofs and highway overpasses.  The quiet made friends and the typically thoughtless made way for strangers.

There was unity. A cohesion many seek again. Many turned to God, technology, the past, and the government for direction. But the most valuable lesson of 9/11 is what did not happen.

No military fighter jets shrieked in to deflect the four doomed airliners.
No clever FBI worker spotted the trail of clues and subdued the murderers at the last minute.
No NSA employee heeded the data warning of the ominous thread between the killers and Al Qaeda.

The lesson was thunderous. At the time we needed it most, government was absent.

That is not the fault of government, but of its nature.  That nature in 2001 and since, now begs Americans to revisit that message.  To re-evaluate our relationship with Washington, with politicians and with our own community neighbors.

The government we see today is alien to our Founders’ vision. Rather than limited and controlled, it has become gargantuan.  The more it grows the more flawed its outcomes.

  • The government’s 2005 response to Hurricane Katrina became tabloid mockery.  Faulty sections of New Orleans’s levees constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers, frozen communications between the state and federal government, and mass disorganization characterized the lead up and inept response to the disaster.
  • The financial meltdown of 2008 began with demands by the federal government for banks to lower lending standards through the Clinton-Bush years. HUD’s pushing Fannie and Freddie to back trillions of dollars of “affordable mortgages,” thereby increasing the numbers of poorly qualified buyers, exacerbated the problem.  This government-fueled chain reaction eventually led to the mortgage bubble and financial crash.
  • The government’s 2010 takeover of the healthcare industry, rather than save families money, generated premium increases higher than before the Affordable Care Act passed. High deductibles and limited doctor choice are reducing the quality of care for many.

Nor are all failures on such a grand scale.

Government alarms about the life-threatening risks of second hand smoke turned out false.

In a total 2012 U.S. embarrassment, 11 secret service agents tasked with guarding President Obama spent their first night in Cartagena, Columbia partying with prostitutes on taxpayer money.

As the failures escalate, Americans are in the conflicting position of distrusting Washington, at the same time they depend on it.

Infrastructure grants from the Department of Transportation, Title 1 grants from the Department of Education and HUD’s affordable housing funds are budgetary necessities for states, counties and cities.

That dependence is the career politician’s lifeblood.  Distraction is their heartbeat.

To sidetrack Americans from the government’s failures and gather votes, our government pits special interest groups against one another and fabricates causes to which they rally.

Gay rights, African American rights, crime rates, the wage gap and more continue to keep Americans divided.  Yet the more politicians decry them, the worse they become.

Race riots are becoming epidemic, crime is rising after a decade of decline and income equality is worse than before the government campaign to see its end.

When Islamic terrorists attacked the World Trade Center, America was already in conflict.

In April of 2001, Socialist leaders continued to gin up “Black rage” over the Cincinnati riots following the police shooting of African American Timothy Thomas.  Meanwhile the right argued to blame the criminals not the defenders.

In May, the research article “Hatred in the Hallways” called for federal intervention to prevent violence against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Sound familiar?  Politicians use these same issues as distractions today.

  • President Obama created a moral dilemma and massive clashes between tolerant Americans and the well-meaning LGBT community by forcing schools to allow men in girl’s bathrooms based on gender identity.
  • Shortly after the Zimmerman-Martin trial, President Obama spoke about the decision from the White House.  He no sooner told Americans “the jury has spoken” than he lamented that “…Martin could have been me…” He then used his speech to “retry” the case from the WH with a reverse outcome.

By exploiting society’s weaknesses, politicians create endless clashes, define special interest groups, and then passionately defend them to harvest votes for the next election cycle.

As the conflicts grow, people turn to the same government that exacerbated the problems to provide their solutions.  It is ironic that the very politicians that caused the 2008 financial meltdown have their names on the Dodd-Frank law that will supposedly prevent its recurrence.

The only way to regain American unity and strength is to remove our dependence on the federal government.  Local communities must return to the principles that built cohesion.  We must relearn ways to live on the money our communities have. Relearn how to work together to help the poor, build low income housing and find alternate ways to raise additional monies when needed.

That is the lesson of September 11, 2001.  That government is not the answer to our problems.  That without it, we position ourselves to win back the camaraderie, creativity and pride that truly built our great nation.

The United States government must never be the central character in our hopes for the future.  At best, beyond defense, it plays a supporting role.  Our job is to see that it plays that role honestly

John Anthony is a nationally acclaimed speaker, researcher and writer.  He is the founder of Sustainable Freedom Lab. Mr. Anthony is the former Director of Sales and Marketing for Paul Mitchell Systems, Inc.  In 1989, he founded Corporate Measures, LLC, a management development firm. In 2012, Mr. Anthony turned his attention to community issues including the balance between federal agency regulations and local autonomy.
In January 2016, Mr. Anthony was a guest at the prestigious Rutgers University School of Management Fellowship Honoring Dr. Louis Kelso.  In March 2016, he was the keynote speaker on property rights at the Palmetto Panel at Clemson University.