The Great Disconnect

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


The Great Disconnect

Chaos is the mother of tyranny.  Chaos reigns when people operate in confusion and disorder.  It is a state in which behavior and events are not controlled by reason.  Today we are faced with a government and an elite controlled media that lie to the people and then lie about lying.  They operate as if the country is theirs to run and ruin for their own personal enrichment.  Chaos is a time like today when life makes little sense and we are force-fed such gobbledygook as the economy is booming, President Obama has outperformed Reagan when it comes to job creation and investment, inflation is under control, unemployment is at 4.9%.  Over here in reality we are fighting endless wars for peace, working people are being squeezed between stagnant wages and rising prices, and almost as many able-bodied people have dropped out of the workforce as there are people working.  This is chaos.  This is the seedbed of tyranny.

Our tyrants-in-training have captured the government and the economy, created a dependent class of motor-voters, convinced people that a continually growing debt is sustainable and turned the government into the one who picks winners and losers instead of a free economy.  The slow slide down a slippery slope has accelerated into a precipitous procession over a predictable precipice.  To those who have seen this coming it is like watching a slow motion train wreck.  The coming destruction is not mitigated in the least by decades of warning by the watchmen on the walls.

How is this evolving progression from individual freedom, personal liberty, and economic opportunity into a centrally-planned collectivist corporatist regime possible?  It is built upon the alliance of perpetually re-elected political hacks, crony capitalists, and corrupt unions aided and abetted by a sycophant media?

Why have the descendants of the Founders, the Framers, and the Revolution fallen for the same swan song that has led so many others before us down the primrose path to authoritarianism, totalitarianism, despotism, and collapse?  I believe it is because the average American has no frame of reference.  If we don’t know what has gone before how can we understand what is?  Or plan for what might be?

If we don’t know where we came from it is impossible to predict where we are going.  Therefore it is helpful to learn how the world became the way it is so that we can work to make it the way we think it should be, for without the past the present will never come into focus and the future will be nothing more than a mist that someone else will bring into focus.  History consists of perspectives from the present projected onto facts from the past.  While the facts are often disputed the perspectives tend to become quasi-religious dogma expressed as political opinions wherein the present uses the past to shape the future.  Examples would be increasing the minimum wage is good for the working poor, infrastructure stimulus is good for the economy, or preemptive war is good for peace.

An important thing to realize across the board in Historical studies is a truism often maligned and sometimes even used as an insult but true nonetheless, everyone is the center of their own world and everyone experiences life from where they stand, and all attempts to speak of “the” experiences of THE people are fabrications that may be agreed upon by scholars but has little relationship to what any one person may experience.

As we mature it is easier to gain an appreciation of History since we have an ever increasing personal experience with the past with which to analyze our present and to project our future.

America’s lack of historical perspective and lack of understanding the basics of civics and economics has led to what I call the Great Disconnect.  Here is the condition which we all encounter on a daily basis that exemplifies this educationally instilled mental pathology: How many people do you meet who vote for politicians diametrically opposed to everything they believe in?   From everything they say you would imagine they must vote for party X then you find out they are rabid supporters of party Y which is against everything they are for, and they can’t stand the politicians of party X which supports everything they believe in.  This is what I call the Great Disconnect.

A historical perspective is the antidote for this pathology.

In essence what I am talking about is using history to build a platform of the past to be a launching pad for the future.  We are currently mortgaging the future to pay for the excesses of today.  We are spending money that has not been earned by people who have not been born to subsidize the current creature comfort of those who don’t care who pays as long as they get what they want.  It is unfortunate for the generations of the future for they will be forced to live in a world that we have created.  Our parents conquered the world and left the nation inherited by the Boomers as the sole colossus who bestrides the tides of time.  We have wasted the accumulated wealth of two hundred years, created a far flung empire we cannot afford to garrison, and turned a noble experiment in human freedom from a city on a hill into dysfunctional republic functioning as an entrenched oligarchy masquerading as a democracy.

If we had only learned from the mistakes of others, if we had only seen in the sudden collapse of the USSR that we too could follow hubris and collectivism from victory to defeat.  Unfortunately it appears the only lesson we have learned from History is that we don’t learn the lessons of History and this is the Great Disconnect.

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



Some Donations To Trump Campaign Going To Pay Increased Rent To Trump Tower

There have been quite a few questions lately about what the Donald Trump campaign is doing with all of the money it’s raising. Hillary Clinton’s campaign is spending millions and millions of dollars on television advertising, and has even shifted some funds to states that previously were believed to be solid red and not worth the investment. She also has an enormous campaign operation with hundreds of staffers and offices all over the country. Trump, on the other hand, has a skeleton staff and is running very few ads to counter Clinton’s dominance of the airwaves.

Well, now we know where at least part of the money is going – on office space. Unfortunately for his donors who no doubt believe in the guy, not on campaign offices in crucial swing states.

The Huffington Postreports that the rent at Trump Tower, the headquarters of the Trump campaign, was $35,458 in March. It gradually increased to $72,800 at the end of May to $110,364 in June and finally, $169,758 in July.

Despite the increase in rent, Trump’s paid campaign staff has shrunk from the previous year: 197 to 172 in July. That number fluctuated in recent months, from 166 in May to 139 in June to 172 in July.

The Trump campaign’s excuse for the increase in rent despite the decrease in campaign staff is that they “expanded into larger quarters” and that “Mr. Trump makes a personal contribution of $2 million per month to the campaign, obviously a much higher amount than rent.”

The main reason for the increase in rent is likely due to the fact that most of Trump’s campaign spending comes from outside donors instead of his own money.

An anonymous Republican National Committee member was not pleased.

Read the whole thing to find out other ways Donald Trump and his children are finding a way to profit from his flailing campaign.

But hey, be sure to leave comments telling me how rotten I am for not supporting him. As usual, I will concede that Hillary Clinton is a horrible woman who is unfit to be president. The latest revelation is that access to her while she was Secretary of State was wide open to large dollar Clinton Foundation donors. I agree, it’s awful. But if I were a Trump donor I would probably be a little more angry about him using my hard-earned money to enrich himself and his family under the guise of trying to win an election. Then again, I’m not a Trump donor, nor am I a Trump supporter or apologist, so I’m not inclined to use mental gymnastics to make up excuses for the buffoon.

#NeverTrump – It Isn’t Moral Superiority, It’s Depression

I hate to see summer coming to an end, but on the bright side, at least it means that the dreaded 2016 election is almost behind us. It’s going to be a long 2 1/2 months. I’m sick of turning on the radio, news or looking at my computer only to be lectured at by some establishment type or Trump supporter about how horrible #NeverTrump conservatives are for not climbing aboard the Trump Train.

In morally superior tones they tell us that we’re the ones acting morally superior.

The knives have come out for Never Trump conservatives. It’s personal now. Gone is the always-fantastical claim that we would hand the election to Hillary, replaced with the notion that we’re simply exhibiting a “terrible case of moral superiority” and putting “our own vanity and taste above the interests of the country.”

Echoing Bennett, the Huffington Post interviewed a number of “establishment” figures who’ve thrown in with Trump, and their words about anti-Trump holdouts are scathing. It’s “slick moral preening,” said one anonymous critic. “These are mostly self-serving political hacks,” said another. We have a “desperate need to be accepted in the liberals’ putative morally superior universe.”

If I felt the need to be accepted into the liberals’ morally superior universe I would say things like “The government should pay for health insurance for everybody” because “people are dying in the streets.” I would change my position on immigration policy. I would say taxes should be raised and trade should be restricted. I would say the government needs to spend trillions of dollars it doesn’t have to stimulate the economy. I don’t say those things, Donald Trump does. If I wanted to get in good with progressives I’d tell conservatives to get over the constitution. But it’s not #NeverTrump people saying that, it’s a Trump supporter.

So no, it isn’t that #NeverTrump people are morally superior, if anything, we’re just sad and depressed about what we see happening, and feeling powerless to stop it. It’s beyond frustrating to see a con artist get away with scamming millions of people who genuinely believe in him and his magical ability to Make America Great Again. And it’s infuriating to see political leaders who know it’s wrong but support him anyway and try to shame the rest of us into doing the same.

Yes, voters have a responsibility to exercise good judgment. But the greatest responsibility lies with the con artist and his knowing enablers. Trump — like Obama before him — is selling hope. But that hope is a false hope, and all those “establishment” figures who scorn the alleged “moral preening” of Never Trump know it. They’re aware of the pyramid scheme, and they choose to further it anyway, like the minions who circulate to cheap hotels across the land, pitching scams in meeting rooms. They’re co-conspirators. (Read More)

At this point, it’s just about wondering where we go from here. I would love to see a viable third party candidate, because the choice between Clinton and Trump is like a choice between starving or food poisoning. Clinton is as corrupt as they come, and Trump is a morally bankrupt dictator wannabe. For most of us who are #NeverTrump there will be no celebrating on November 8th, no matter what the outcome, unless there’s some sort of miracle. We’ll be weeping, and it’s not about being on the losing side of a contest. It’s about the end of any hope for preserving our constitutional republic. It’s about wondering what kind of mess our children and grandchildren will have to clean up. It’s knowing that a majority of Americans don’t seem to understand what it was that made America great in the first place and that our best days are behind us, at least for a generation or two.

I understand why a lot of you want to believe in Trump, and I hope and pray if he wins that I’m wrong about him. I just don’t see how this ends well.

And please, save the comments about how happy I’ll be if Hillary wins, or how it will be my fault. Blame it on the guy who met privately with Bill Clinton right before he announced he was running for president, then ask yourself why that didn’t bother you.

Hillary’s BFF Worked For Journal That Blamed The US For 9/11 And Advocated The Suppression Of Women

Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s right-hand woman and closest campaign adviser used to work for a radical Islamic publication that blamed the United States for the 9/11 attack and advocated for the suppression of women. Just think, Abedin, who is married to the disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner, could have a top job in the White House if Hillary wins the election in November.

Hillary Clinton’s closest aide and gal-pal, Huma Abedin, is once again under scrutiny following revelations that she worked for a radical Muslim journal.

From 2002-2008, Huma worked at the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, a publication that not only opposes women’s rights but blames the United States for 9/11.

Editing countless articles to eventually rise to the role of “assistant editor,” Abedin worked under the tutelage of her radical mother, who remains editor-inchief of the publication to this day.

Huma’s mother, Saleha Mahmood Abedin, is as radical as they come. As the Muslim World League’s delegate to the UN conference in 1996, the elder Abedin even blasted Clinton and her ilk for pursuing a “very aggressive and radically feminist” agenda that contradicted Islamic values.

Read the whole thing.

The 2016 campaign is quite the nightmare, and the nightmare won’t end when the election is over.



Trump’s Big Shift On Immigration Appears To Be Underway

It looks like Donald Trump is starting his shift on the main issue that propelled him to the GOP nomination – immigration. Who knows, maybe he’s lying this time, or maybe he was lying before. The problem with liars is that you never know when they are telling the truth. He told Hispanic leaders that he knows he can’t deport millions of illegal immigrants, so he’ll let them stay.

Trump is aware that he cannot deport 11 million people,” says Lola Zinke, wife of Ryan Zinke, a Republican congressman from Montana, who is a former Navy Seal. […]

Trump told the group of conservative Hispanic leaders he would announce a plan to grant legal status “that wouldn’t be citizenship but would allow them to be here without fear of deportation.” said Monty.

The campaign has so far not provided details of the plan, and Trump spokesman Steven Cheung, said in a statement that Trump’s posiiton remains unchanged on immigration.

Oh but never mind. By now we’re all used to Trump walking back his promises.

Saturday Funnies

Well, this isn’t really funny, but when it comes to this election year there isn’t much to laugh about. Unless of course you are Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. I’m sure they’re both having a ball.

Happy Saturday!

Via Ken Gardner on Facebook:

Trump Hillary

This one was found on Facebook, too, linked to this Instagram post. It pretty much sums things up.

Everybody Sucks 2016


This Is Rich – Democrats Blame Health Insurer For Destruction Caused By Obamacare

Words can’t really describe the audacity of Democrats blaming a health insurer for the destruction caused by Obamacare, a law the Democrats are 100% responsible for. In a normal world this would be big news, but we no longer live in a normal world.

Democrats claimed for years that ObamaCare is working splendidly, though anybody acquainted with reality could see the entitlement is dysfunctional. Now as the law breaks down in an election year, they’ve decided to blame private insurers for their own failures.

Their target this week is Aetna, which has announced it is withdrawing two-thirds of its ObamaCare coverage, pulling out of 536 of 778 counties where it does business. The third-largest U.S. insurer has lost about $430 million on the exchanges since 2014, and this carnage is typical. More than 40 other companies are also fleeing ObamaCare.

The mass exodus will leave consumers consigned to the exchanges with surging premiums and fewer options, but don’t mention these victims to Democrats. They’re trying to change the subject by claiming Aetna is retaliating because the Justice Department is trying to block Aetna’s $37 billion acquisition of Humana.

The 2010 ObamaCare law makes it nearly impossible for non-mega insurers to operate, and a tide of regulations has encouraged consolidation.

Read the whole thing. It gets even worse.

It’s a shame the Republicans nominated a candidate who thinks the government should pay for everyone’s health insurance because of all of those Americans dying in the middle of the street.

So What If Donald Trump And George Soros Are Pals, Never Mind!

I haven’t had much time lately to keep up with all of the George Soros news, I know he’s been funding the Black Lives Matter roving violence movement, among other things. So of course, conservative crusader Donald Trump is probably all over the guy for trying to make America crap.

Oh, sorry, never mind. It looks like Trump and Soros go way back.

Over the years, the two billionaires have had tabloid-friendly professional dealings, teaming up to build one of North America’s most recognizable skyscrapers—and shared billing on a lawsuit over the sale of the most expensive building in New York City.

The two billionaires even palled around one Christmas Eve. None of this means Donald Trump is a covert George Soros puppet. But it’s already given some conservatives pause.

The pair’s relationship goes back more than a decade.

Well, there must have been a point when Trump realized Soros is a bad actor and disavowed him. But no.

A search of tweets from the mogul mentioning Soros turns up zero results. And Trump even once encouraged conservatives to lay off the billionaire.

“Oh, forget Soros, leave him alone, he’s got enough problems,” Trump said at a 2011 Tea Party rally when one attendee yelled the billionaire’s name at him.

“He goes, ‘What about Soros!’” Trump continued. “Let’s talk about somebody else.”

Glenn Beck highlighted the exchange on his radio show and criticized Trump for his glibness.

Trump even nabbed a Team Soros alum for his finance team. (Read More)

But I’m sure it’s okay and we can all trust Mr. Trump to be the champion of all we hold dear. You know, because Soros prefers his gal pal Hillary.

Please, don’t call me names. I know I’m just an uptight conservative who can’t bring herself to shut up, sit down and get over it because I’m too busy clutching my pearls. I should get some counseling so I can bring myself to cast my vote for the guy who is the embodiment of every negative caricature of conservatives and is good buddies with the people who have dedicated their lives to bringing our republic down. Maybe you can send me to a reeducation camp where I’m subjected to nothing but Breitbart News 24/7 until I get my head straight.