"We Must Do Something"

© 2018 Jim Spence - The “We Must Do Something Syndrome” is one hell of a drug. You see it being abused everywhere and few people seem to understand how drug addiction is destroying developed nations all around the world.
The syndrome was perhaps best exposed in Ayn Rand’s classic book, “Atlas Shrugged.” In her epic work, Rand sheds light on what happens to a society when “We Must Do Something Syndrome” reaches the ultimate inevitability that is inherent with all false assumptions. Society sinks into a bureaucratic abyss, freedoms are curtailed, and living standards plunge.
Trace the history of “We Must Do Something Syndrome” and you will find it had a seemingly harmless beginning. Before civilizations organized, anarchy existed. And because civil human beings want to improve society they created government. On a limited basis, there are few things more useful than governments that reflect and protect the value of the individual and his or her fundamental freedoms.
Unfortunately, human beings tend to get caught in the trap that says anything worth doing is worth overdoing. The “We Must Do Something Syndrome” is mindful of the lazy physician who prescribes pills for every patient in a kind of knee jerk reaction. Accordingly, the grossly obese patient does not get a strict prescription to moderate his or her eating habits and do some daily exercise. Instead more pills are prescribed.
The process is simple really. Government tends to attract lawyers like rotting animal corpses attract vultures. Lawyers dominate every legislature and it should come as no surprise that lawyers are the chief beneficiaries of most of the actions of all legislatures. Another new law is the latest pill that lawyers prescribe for society. Anytime any problem arises, the “We Must Do Something Syndrome” demands that lawyers concoct a new rule, with even greater compliance details, that all of us should obey regardless of whether it solves a problem or simply creates a new one. The “We Must Do Something Syndrome” is based on the false notion that government must constantly accrue power over individuals through the passage of more and more laws, because individuals cannot solve most problems.
I was speaking with a big government advocate who is afflicted with “We Must Do Something Syndrome” many years ago. He asked about our business and what might help it most. I remarked that anytime there was someone somewhere in our industry who misbehaved, the lawyers in Congress or in our state legislature would not be content to demand enforcement of the current laws. Instead they felt almost compelled to concoct a new burdensome edict that would leave law abiding people doing more paperwork, without changing the fact there are crooks in society. Predictably, he was not the least bit sympathetic and the subject changed. However, a few years later this same individual, a retired school teacher, was heard preaching to us on how the court system and the trial lawyers in Congress were ruining public education with all their senseless rules and regulations. He spoke as if this were a unique flaw of the “We Must Do Something Syndrome.” Amazingly, he understood the fallacy of the viewpoint, but only when it came to analyzing the day-to-day plight of the school teacher. For all other endeavors, he cared not what havoc it created.
The “We Must Do Something Syndrome” is once again sweeping the nation. We are to believe that stricter gun ownership laws will prevent senseless killings. The evidence supplied by syndrome sufferers that this action would solve a problem isn’t flimsy. It is absurd.
Consider the country of Norway. Gun ownership is severely restricted in Norway. Unless one has officially documented a use for a gun, they cannot own one. Even the handling of guns for hunting and sports shooting are very strict. Self-defense is not a valid reason for owning a gun in Norway unless a citizen shows identification confirming that he or she is a trained guard or member of a law-enforcement agency. In Norway it is up to the local police chief to make a decision on whether a person can inherit weapons. With all of these rules, regulations, and bureaucracy, it is clear that the Norwegians “did something” to prevent mass killings.
History records that “We Must Do Something Syndrome” in Norway did not prevent a killer (Anders Behring Breivik) from slaughtering 77 people including 68 children in 2011.
Still, Americans are told by those infected with “We Must Do Something Syndrome” that we already have a safe society if we would just have stricter regulation of guns like Norway. They argue that nobody needs weapons except for law enforcement people. Let’s consider this argument.
Law enforcement has already been empowered by thousands of laws. The FBI received a very precise tip on the Parkland shooter last week. While the FBI bureaucracy easily consumed the resources it was allocated, it failed to act on a specific threat. Local law enforcement agencies were actually called to the Parkland shooter’s home dozens of times. And local law enforcement agencies were also told in precise terms about this killer. Like the FBI’s bureaucracy, the local law enforcement bureaucracy also consumed the resources it was allocated to address specific threats, but then failed to take action.
There was another layer of law enforcement failure in this Parkland shooting tragedy. There was actually an armed security guard on the campus at Parkland. The Miami Herald provided the details. It reports that the armed guard:
“…..was in another building, dealing with a student issue when the shots sounded. Armed with his sidearm, Peterson ran to the west side of Building 12 and set up in a defensive position, then did nothing for four minutes until the gunfire stopped…...”
The facts are clear. The “We Must Do Something Syndrome” sufferers are hopeless addicts. Their craving for new laws is simply the next pill they want to take in the hope of "feeling better." Put me down as someone who does not want to take their drug of preference and pretend it will cure what is ailing us.


You don't need a gun to ambush someone

© 2018 Jim Spence - The fact that CNN has become the king of fake news and not much more than a cheap tabloid network that has the same level of integrity as the producers of the Jerry Springer Show, was confirmed earlier this week when CNN conducted what it described as its “town hall event.” The farce, entitled, “Stand Up: The Students of Stoneman Douglas Demand Action,” was staged by CNN producers like an off-Broadway play.
Poor Dana Loesch was brought in to represent the National Rifle Association at this atrocity. As the NRA's national spokesperson, Loesch was CNN’s sacrificial lamb.
Long before the end of the evening, Loesch knew she had be set up. It seems that after having no advance warning, Loesch was led into a crowded auditorium packed with uninformed anti-2nd Amendment children.
Why would Loesch willingly go to an ambush that was essentially show business? When asked she said, “I wanted to go and represent the people that I was representing, and also because I’m a parent too…I have kids and my oldest child is just a couple of years younger than these students.”
The event started two hours before the cameras were even turned on, with CNN stoking the fires of anger, via the shameless rhetoric of constitution-bashing Democrats.
Virtually everyone in the arena was clueless about the origins of the 2nd Amendment and almost all were rabidly against the NRA. It was as if nobody realized that one of the few organizations standing between free citizens and the Democrats thirst for destroying our constitutional rights, is the NRA.
As Loesch walked toward the CNN stage, angry audience members began to hit her with a barrage of insults. She was called a “child killer” and also a “murderer.” Some in the crowd chanted “burn her.” She must have felt like Joan of Arc.
Pathetically, CNN stooge Jake Tapper was the head choreographer of the entire spectacle, with his boss, CNN President Jeff Zucker looking on approvingly. Tapper, the alleged moderator, instead became the enabler of all 2nd Amendment antagonists. And before the night was over, he revealed how incredibly scripted the entire sham had been. Amazingly, neither Tapper nor CNN's producers bothered to actually hide how scripted the event was.
At one point during the ambush, a student directed a question to Democrat Bill Nelson. The question, written by CNN producers, was meant for Loesch. Astonishingly, Jake Tapper interrupted the Q & A and unilaterally nixed the process, “Senator Nelson, you don’t have to answer that question. Let’s move on to the next question,” Tapper said with a straight face. Unbelievable. The only thing more unbelievable was CNN's denial that anything had been scripted.
Take a step back here. CNN ratings have been in the tank for years, and are getting worse every quarter. Apparently, the clowns running CNN cannot seem to grasp that when they stage shams that are billed as, “news events” like the alleged town hall meeting earlier this week, that very process keeps driving down the public’s perception of CNN’s lack of fundamental journalistic integrity. CNN is shooting itself in the foot (no pun intended.)
Certainly there is room for discussion about public safety. But there is no room for carefully orchestrated manipulation of emotions. If CNN cared about improving safeguards against people with mental health issues, improving the enforcement of existing firearms laws, or more intelligent regulation of firearms, it would sponsor a real debate instead of an ambush.
A search for genuine solutions was not the point of the CNN staged event. It was all about show business, scapegoating, and essentially an assault on Dana Loesch and the NRA.
What a great irony it was that the Democratic Party’s elected officials (like Bill Nelson) must have been particularly pleased with CNN's one act play, as they exited the arena that night, flanked by their armed guards. You know, people carrying legally loaded weapons to protect these hypocrites from others that might also have weapons. No problem with the 2nd Amendment there.

All the President's Men and Women

© 2018 Jim Spence - It seems that the year 1972, was a long time ago. Clearly by 2009, thirty-seven years after Watergate, Obama appointees knew they were not operating in a media culture where there was a Ben Bradley-type running a major newspaper in Washington D.C. Bradley of course, was the legendary editor of the Washington Post during the days of Watergate. While the parallels between the behavior of Nixon’s FBI, CIA, and Department of Justice, and those of Barack Obama are stunning, there are no such corollaries between the print and television news media back then…..versus now.
The Obama administration should be known collectively, as “All the President’s Men and Women.” It would seem that unlike the Nixon administration where scores of reprobates went to jail, everyone in the Obama “collective” has skated.
Both presidents (Nixon and Obama) actually dared to blatantly use the machinery of the federal government (funded by taxpayer dollars) to sabotage political opponents. Of course, we all know from the history books that the criminal chicanery of Nixon’s brazen subordinates blew up in their faces. Using campaign cash to hire burglars, who were caught red handed trying to plant listening devices in Democratic National Headquarters, did not go unpunished.
It is a different story in the 21st Century. The lawlessness of Obama administration subordinates has yet to blow up in anyone’s face, despite revelations regarding acts of corruption, that go far beyond the pale.
Most recently we have learned that higher ups in the Obama FBI/DOJ used a bogus dossier, compiled by people bought and paid for by the Clinton campaign, to convince a secret FISA court judge, to allow Obama men and women to listen to all of the doings in the Trump campaign. Of course modern technology has made it much easier to engage in chicanery. Whereas the Nixon stooges had to break in to DNC headquarters, in an attempt to hear what Larry O’Brien and other Democrats were saying, the Obama stooges already had all of the Trump conversations recorded at the NSA. All the Obama men and women had to do was use phony evidence provided by the Clinton DNC, to obtain permission from a FISA judge to read the transcripts of conversations had by their opponents.
While it is a well-known fact that power corrupts, one has to wonder about the state of journalism in 2018, and specifically, what the power of a free press is being used for these days, if not corruption.
Image result for nixon-obamaSpying on the Trump team during and after the election of 2016 was actually just the final act of chicanery by all the president’s men and women in the Obama administration. Obama’s men and women looked the other way while Russian uranium transaction approvals were conveyed by Hillary Clinton after huge cash transfers went from the Russians to the Clintons and their “foundation.”
The DOJ itself was involved in a gun running scam. Unlike John Mitchell’s white collar crimes at the DOJ, Obama's A.G. Eric Holder ran guns to Mexican drug cartels that were actually used to kill a U.S. border patrol agent. Eric Holder remains at large. While Holder wound up being the only Attorney General to ever by “censured” by Congress, this was a mere slap on the wrist when compared to the felony convictions and 19 month prison term dished out to Nixon’s A.G. John Mitchell.
There is so much more that remains unpunished. Criminal actions by high ups at the IRS like Lois Lerner, forced her to exercise her “5th Amendment rights” rather than answer basic questions posed by Congress about how she used the IRS to screw Obama’s political opponents. Like Holder, Lois Lerner never served a day of jail time.
Then of course there was the death of a U.S. Ambassador and three other Americans at Benghazi, Libya. Their deaths were avoidable had it not been for horrific negligence by the Clinton state department. Not wanting to be blamed for ignoring an obvious Islamist terrorism threat in Benghazi, the Obama men and women concocted a lie that blamed it all an obscure anti-Muslim video. Then they arrested to video’s producer on an unrelated charge.
And of course after the FBI and DOJ learned that there were classified emails exchanged between Obama and Clinton on unsecured servers, Obama DOJ appointees declined to prosecute, after prosecuting hundreds of others for far less. None of the president's men and women wanted to see Obama drawn into the scandal. So it was buried.
In the 21st Century none of these doings by all of the president’s men and women in the Obama White House are of the least bit of interest to a daft U.S. news media. Journalists betray the legacy of the investigative reporting work of Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein, as well as the brave editorial decisions of Ben Bradley, as they ignore their duties. It is as if they think all the president's men and women can police themselves.
How sad it is that many Americans know who Woodward and Bernstein are, but most have no clue who investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson is. Attkisson tried to report on some of the criminal doings of all the president’s men and women in the Obama administration. But the results of her investigations were killed by hyper-political partisans at CBS News disguised as editors.
Watch the Oscar winning movie with Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, and Jason Robards sometime soon. You will wind up shaking your head at the ironies.


Nine years in review

© 2016 Jim Spence - There has been no column on this site for a couple of weeks. Sometimes you just have to take a few steps back and take in all that has happened over the last nine years.
Let’s recap the disturbing trends in America since January of 2009 when the Obamas first moved into the White House. Amazingly, despite the election and re-election of a black president in the United States in 2008 and 2012, the racial harmony that was well underway in America forty years ago, was completely destroyed by the Obamas. Both Barack and Michelle Obama did not use the power of the presidency to continue to heal and unite the nation. Instead, they used rhetorical chainsaws to rip open wounds that had healed long ago. The Obamas stoked racial paranoia in the black community and encouraged progressives of all colors to join in the assaults. It was a major part of their plan to hold and expand their powers.
Today, the Obama legacy is simple. Democrats make racists accusations against anyone who opposes socialism. They do so almost as frequently as they breathe. This is pure evil.
The Obamas did more than deeply divide a mostly healed racial nation. They replaced competent career bureaucrats in Washington with hardcore socialist operatives. Our most important institutions were run by people who cared little about the well being of the nation, only about expanding their powers.
When the Obama agencies were not harassing political opponents, they were looking the other way while Hillary and Bill Clinton sold out the U.S. Hillary Clinton approved of a uranium deal in exchange for massive cash contribution to the Clinton's “foundation.” The money was used to hire an army of political operatives so the Democrats could hold power after the Obama era ended.
Criminal activities at the FBI, IRS, and DOJ were all the results of appointing hardcore political operatives to run those agencies. As Obama insured that the police functions of our government turned a blind eye to partisan criminal activities, the effects took their toll. Today, many Americans realize that these crucial agencies are no longer trustworthy.
The Mueller indictments of Russians this week have exposed not just the evilness of Vladimir Putin’s regime, which conducted an assault on America and encouraged distrust of both Democrats and Republicans. These indictments expose the sheer incompetency of Obama stooges James Clapper and John Brennan. Never has a nation paid so much for intelligence gathering, and received so little. These men were too busy pushing for an expansion of socialism.
The toxic effects of the Obama era are now in plain view. On the home front, the evidence of an absolute collapse of public education is alarming. The majority of our nation’s higher education institutions are dominated by socialist Democrats. And instead of opening up the minds of young people, and encouraging independent thinking, colleges and universities all around the nation routinely offer outrageous excuses to quell freedom of speech. They seek to run as factories that produce government-loving robots.
U.S. Democrats once insisted that illegal immigrants were taking away American jobs and driving down wages. Both Barack Obama and Bill Clinton preached on this subject repeatedly. They both claimed that this was the fault of business people and demanded hefty fines and jail time for employers who hired illegal aliens. These days Democrats have completed their one hundred and eighty-degree reversal on border control. They still don’t care how many business people get punished for hiring illegal aliens, because business people are not usually Democrats. But Democrats now demand OPEN BORDERS. They also want the federal government to hand out an endless stream of taxpayer funded freebies for anyone who slips past the border patrol. In Congress earlier this year, the Democrats actually engineered a government shutdown to hurt taxpaying Americans, in an effort to protect people who are here illegally.
Virtually every American is painfully aware of the hundreds of billions of dollars of government waste each year. Nobody in either party cares anymore. The latest budget deal made between Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, and Donald Trump proves that there is not a single fiscally responsible human being left in a leadership position in Washington. Government is free to confiscate the income of Americans, issue debt at a staggering rate, piss away the resources, and then do the same thing next year.
Since Trump has been elected Democrats have dialed up hatred to astonishing levels. They want to regain control of the biggest waste machine in human history. Republicans don’t want to reform the waste machine. They want to be in charge of the waste.
Finally, nobody in the news media is reporting the fact that the Mueller indictments expose the utter incompetency of the Obamas. And it seems that not even Trump or his people get this obvious conclusion. While the money printing presses run, it has become official. Incompetence and grotesque waste is rewarded in America by both Democrats and Republicans. It is sickening.