Ok, sports fans and the great unwashed out there, buckle up for another ride on the
Wabash Cannonball express down the valley of curiosities of the inquiring mind.
Ebola hysteria reigns at least in the headlines and surely in many a concerned household. But recall that mankind has dealt with far worse plagues and disease outbreaks in times past and we are still here. The Roman Empire had two major episodes with plague, the 14th century saw an estimated 25 to 33% decline in population from the plague and likewise the 17th century had a horrible outbreak on the plague. London was hit with the plague and the Great Fire in the 1660’s. There were two common themes to all these occurrences. First the plague eventually played itself out. Either there weren’t enough hosts left to support it or mankind developed its on immunity through the natural processes of biology, or some combination of both. The medical treatment was simply to let the sick lay down and give them nurture from those willing to risk being near them. The second feature all those centuries ago was a quarantine. History is replete with ships from suspected areas of contamination being denied access to port. They were told to sail away, as recently happened with that cruise ship that was denied docking in Belize and Mexico. Even with their less sophisticated medical knowledge the ancients understood the basic benefit of cutting off all intercourse with infected areas or people whether that was a nation-state, city or individual. We really don’t need to try and re-invent the wheel here. If we did absolutely nothing, ebola would die away at some point but we can accelerate that process with sensible isolation policy.
ISIS–never go to war half-heartedly and without an intention to destroy and defeat your enemy. History makes this point clear. One has only to look at Korea and Viet Nam to see the efficacy of that maxim. As has been said before War is too important to be left to the politicians. Once the decision is made to answer the bugle’s call, let the military achieve their assigned objective. And certainly never telegraph your punch. Don’t tell the enemy what you will or will not do militarily. To the contrary let them know that you will do whatever is required to destroy them. As evil as ISIS is we should eliminate them. Yes, send in combat troops to every center where they are now nesting. Kill every one of them we can find. Sure some will survive and the ideology of hate of that branch of the Muslim world will still exist. But not one dime of help, aid or nation building. Destroy what we have to and leave. Be prepared to come back and do it again in a few years if necessary. Such a p0licy would encourage most Muslims that there is a better way to express their religion and to function in the modern world with peace and such progress economically as they choose and pursue on their own initiative.
I noted the recent article pointing out how ordinary folks were having their bank accounts seized by the IRS because of a pattern of making cash deposits of less than 10k. People, that has been the law for decades regrettably. I have always abhorred those RICO and money laundering laws. I do understand the desire to corral the mafia and other assorted bad guys, I don’t like them and wish them nothing but the worst life can offer. But go after them for an actual crime and why create a “crime” for someone doing what they wish with their own money? That law is especially egregious. You can be convicted of a crime for simply taking your own money, honestly earned, and depositing it in your own bank account if you do so in a manner that some damn assistant US attorney in his mind thinks is a “pattern to avoid reporting requirement”. Hells bells what have we come to? This is supposed to be the US where you can mind your own business and live you live quietly and even off the grid if you prefer. Unless it is stolen money or the fruit of some specific criminal activity you should have the right to do with your money as you damn well please and not be required to offer and explanation to anyone–including the Feds. And if it is ill-gotten gains then the Feds must be required to prove that in court before they can lay hands on your money.
Karl Marx viewed everything and explained everything in society and the economy as part of the class war. Modern Democrats divide all Americans by class and view all their political strategies as part of a class struggle. Black and white, the 99%, war on women, you name it. They clearly have read their Marx thoroughly. Capitalism was the great evil Satan for Marx and what Democrat these days (with rare exceptions) has anything decent to say about Capitalism? Bernie Sanders is an openly avowed Socialist and believes government should own the means of production for many major industries just as Marx proposed. Today the Demos don’t advocate direct takeover but they accomplish their goal a bit more subtly by Federal regulation. They have just turned the entire health care industry into a government utility. Their prices, services and means of operation have to all meet Federal standards. Even the Marx dictum of “the dictatorship of the proletariat” is alive and thriving in the Democratic agenda. Now the dictatorship is the elites in government whether elected or part of the vast army, literally, of bureaucrats doing the will of their party at EPA, HHS, FERC, FCC , etc. They know better than the common man what is good for him. Just as the Commies the Democrats don’t really trust the people at all. You think FDR’s old buddy Stalin trusted those millions in the Ukraine that he starved to death? Or the other countless millions he and his successors condemned to the Gulag. Read your Solzhenitzin.
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