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To do or to be


Boyd nailed why our politicians tend to be useless:

You are at a point in your life where you have to make a choice about what kind of person you are going to be. There are two career paths in front of you, and you have to choose which path you will follow. One path leads to promotions, titles, and positions of distinction. To achieve success down that path, you have to conduct yourself a certain way. You must go along with the system and show that you are a better team player than your competitors. The other path leads to doing things that are truly significant for the Air Force, but the rewards will quite often be a kick in the stomach because you may have to cross swords with the party line on occasion. You can’t go down both paths, you have to choose. So, do you want to be a man of distinction or do you want to do things that really influence the shape of the Air Force? To be or to do, that is the question. Source: Grant Hammond, The Mind of War: John Boyd and American Security.

They’ve opted to be somebody, rather than to do something. There are exceptions. Sometimes after a successful career “doing something” they plump for public service. Arguably Trump fits this mold. Then there are those driven by ego. Their ego may or may not be the enemy to them, but it certainly is for us. In my opinion Turnbull fits into this category. He’s there for ego purposes, not to improve our lives.

Politicians such as Australia’s Cory Bernardi who leave the safe confines of a major party to strike it out alone have opted to do something. In trying to do something they may also become someone. But they have definitely foregone the comfortable safe rout of a cabinet ministry, for the opportunity to do something.

Western politicians have been able to get by as do nothing (good) elected members on the back of their forebears. As Adam Smith said, there’s a lot of ruin in a nation. They’ve been ruining their nation. They’ve eroded the ethical and cultural base which built and is necessary to maintain our wealth. They’ve also often allowed the physical infrastructure to erode. Indeed the very fabric of their nation states has been eroded with the creation of “no go areas“:

The British capital is named alongside cities such as Paris, Stockholm and Berlin as home to ‘more than 900’ areas where the authorities have ‘little or no control’.

The problem is that much of the West has been living off its cultural and physical capital. It’s starting to run on empty. South Australia can’t even provide reliable energy to its industry and citizens.

All this while citizens and governments become increasingly indebted. Yet the so called “intelligentsia” can’t understand why establishment parties and candidates are on the nose.

As they say, something which can’t continue forever, will not. Cultural phase shifts, like so much else, occur much slower than expected and then happen much quicker than anyone can believe. Have we reached our tipping point? The mainstream media will not tell you. Neither will the shadow banning twitter. Political correctness is having its fangs drawn, but they can still hide much of the festering mess they have created behind the curtain of continuity.

Trump Saves Lives

U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump gives a thumbs up at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTSJ4OK

Trump’s election may save lives. Many lives. The decline in white life expectancy in the US under Obama has been truly shocking. American optimism has been strangled in politically correct causes and government imposts. People no longer believe that life will get better, that their children’s future is likely to be better than their own. Holocaust survivor, Viktor Frankl, in his memoirs, makes clear the consequences:

“With his loss of belief in the future, he also lost his spiritual hold; he let himself decline and became subject to mental and physical decay.”

Little wonder then that first male and then female life expectancy fell.  Obama may have passed Obamacare. But if he cared for people, he would have pursued different policies.

A vote for Trump was a vote for change. He is not beholden to the establishment. He is not wedded to past policies. He is committed to improving the lives of Americans. He has energized poor Americans and got them to vote for him. This instillation of confidence could arrest the decline in life expectancy. It could start saving lives. If the establishment thwart him, as the “progressive” rioters appear to be trying they will have blood on their hands. The blood may be hard to see, but it will be there nonetheless. It will be a statistical fact. The progressives ought to be ashamed of themselves. They have a lot to answer for.

Fear is a great persuader. Progressive use fear to make us accept changing our way of life. This progressive pessimism will have other consequences. It undermines our belief in the future. Depression, suicide and premature death are its handmaidens. Who knows what our average life expectancy would be, with our excellent sanitation, food and medical care. But the destruction of the spiritual sphere means we will never know.

Little wonder that the European “progressive” paradises are dying countries. They are truly unsustainable. Not through their resource use, but through their failure to procreate. They will either change or be changed. The mass immigration and lack of assimilation are nature’s way of forcing change. Nature abhors a vacuum. A people less Europe will not be. This will change:

“A total fertility rate of around 2.1 live births per woman is considered to be the replacement level in developed countries…  In 2014, the total fertility rate in the EU-28 was 1.58 live births per woman.”

Trump Triumphant

From what I saw of the second debate Trump won easily, seemingly against both Hillary and the moderators. As for his crude comments. I suspect most of his base will not care about them. They’ve probably enjoyed sex or fantasised about doing so with someone they are not married to. They’ve also probably been party to crude conversations and heard crude jokes and songs.

As for his non-core supporters, he has been painted as such an ogre that airing him talking about making passes at women will not make much difference. It’s not exactly in the same league as being a traitor or starting a nuclear war.

Given Trump is not running as a family values evangelical Christian type; any Republican hypocrite label will not stick.

Hillary is running as a strong supporter of women’s rights. Her covering up and facilitating rape and abuse goes against her narrative. For many of her supporters it is toxic. Those who are principle based Democrats rather than tribal will be turned off. There will be Democrats who are unaware of the strength of the case against Hillary & Bill. Trump is able to burst through the media barricades, so they will find out. I’m not sure what percentage of Hillary supporters are both principle based and ignorant. But for them the hypocrisy will also be apparent and further undermine their support for her.

If it carries on like this it will be a Trump landslide, partly due to a low turnout for Hillary.

The “You’d be in jail” quip puts the Democratic and Republican establishment on notice that they too will be held to account. That incarceration rather than just fines could await them. Also in disavowing Pence he informs the military industrial complex that he is serious about reigning it in. The chance of assassination and intelligence service type dirty tricks has gone up several notches. Crooks, crony capitalists and Party establishments are not just fighting for their commercial and political lives, but their freedom.

That said the voting intentions here suggest an “independent” upset is possible. The panel will have been stacked with Democrats, so it is particularly worrying for Hillary. No wonder the big guns focused on Gary “Aleppo” Johnson. One wonders what they had on his deputy to make him just want to prevent a Trump Presidency.  Given all his calls and emails are captured it would be surprising if pressure could not be brought to bear. Now and always. Trump may not have been subject to the same degree of tracking in the past due to his expected irrelevance.

It could be a very interesting election. Certainly worth breaking out the popcorn and enjoying the show. There will be more “developments”. Let’s hope democracy wins. The alternatives down the line are far worse.