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    America: Going Stupid

    by Robert Arvay, Contributing Writer

    Has America gone stupid? What does that even mean?

    Engineers who build and design robots to carry out complex tasks, sometimes observe their carefully crafted machines do something that is called, “going stupid.” Robots go stupid when, despite their extremely high artificial intelligence, they repeatedly try for example, to walk through a brick wall, or to open a door from the hinged side, tearing it apart.

    Nations go stupid also. In the twentieth century, the rise of a number of totalitarian governments in Germany and Russia, China and Japan, and elsewhere, led these nations into chaos and utter ruin. Each of them provides a textbook study of the global version of going stupid. Perhaps best known is the 12-year debacle under Adolph Hitler that ruined Germany, but other examples abound. Hitler’s stupidity is more widely known, and his crimes unimaginably vicious, so he exemplifies the phenomenon.

    In his early career, Hitler seemed to his public to be doing everything right, and he met with success after success, the pinnacle being the surrender of France. After that, however, Hitler demonstrated breathtaking stupidity in nearly every decision he made, from his failure to destroy the British Royal Air Force (he decided to bomb civilian targets instead), to his invasion of a much needed ally, Russia, turning a necessary accomplice into an implacable enemy that ultimately overran Germany.

    Historians say much the same about Hirohito’s Japan, about Mussolini’s Italy, Mao’s China, and even about Stalin’s Russia. All provide examples of nations with enormous potential for good, but which turned instead to barbarism, and paid the price in millions of dead.

    Is it now America’s turn?

    We are a nation vastly rich in natural resources, able to feed the world, and to energize it with fuel. Moreover, we are founded upon bedrock principles of self-government, self-reliance, and liberty. Our values are the synthesis of the traditional Hebrew and the classical Greek, joined into one in the form of Christian morality.

    It would seem that a world hungering for justice would imitate us, and transform itself into a flowering garden of prosperity.

    Instead, America is imitating the world. We are abandoning the principles that lifted us to global preeminence, and becoming what was once called a “banana republic.”

    We now live in a nation where the law is disregarded by courts which ignore the statutes, while writing into the law, words that are nowhere reflected in the Constitution. We have a president who openly declares that he will override Congress, and a cowardly legislature so addicted to its perquisites that it refuses to exercise its powers and avoids performing its duties, focusing instead only on retaining for each congressman his offices, no matter the cost to the nation. Our information media have become the propaganda arm of the social left, deceiving rather than informing.

    Our universities define free speech as the silencing of anyone who disagrees with socialist professors.

    Our scientists are declaring that the debate about global warming is over, despite the fact that even Mars is warming up due to solar fluctuations. Much of the general public demands government-provided entitlements while eschewing any sense of responsibility for their own actions.

    America’s allies no longer trust us, while our enemies no longer fear us. Iran’s nuclear ambitions are to destroy Israel, and ultimately the United States, while the president dithers over which t’s to cross in a treaty that is worthless on its face.

    We have abolished the definition of marriage, and predictably and instantly, the activists have turned their attention to legalizing polygamy. Freedom of association has also been abolished, as anyone who refuses to assist in a celebration of homosexuality becomes vulnerable to lawsuits. At least one newspaper (Penn Live) has announced that it will no longer print letters to the editor which challenge the morality of same-sex marriage.

    Once a robot goes stupid, it cannot be repaired with a simple tweak of an electronic component. It goes stupid because somewhere in its fundamental design, somewhere in a logic circuit, somewhere in a programming procedure, a human has, so to speak, gone stupid.

    America has gone stupid, and the consequences will be unimaginably catastrophic. The only remedy is the one prescribed by Sarah Palin, which is, “sudden and relentless reform.”

    There is great danger in doing that. The first step will be for the states to seize back from the federal government the 10th Amendment, the one that limits the powers of the federal government and grants all other powers to the people through their states.

    The federal government will never willingly cede back the power it has stolen, and the states will be unlikely to develop the resolve to defy that government.

    Therefore, reform will remain all but impossible, at least until ruin devastates us.

    We have become Germany, 1938.


    What Did the Supreme Court Really Mean ???

    by Robert Arvay,

    In today's ruling upholding Obama-care, the Supreme Court ruled that the law does not mean what it says.

    By what logic, then, can we say that the Supreme Court meant what it said?


    Lies, Videotapes and Emails

    by Robert Arvay, Contributing Writer

    Frankly, I don’t care about Rachel Dolezal's race. If she is Caucasian “passing” as black, it makes no difference to me.

    What does make a difference is that she symbolizes a growing part of our culture in which facts do not matter anymore, and in which truth is considered irrelevant. This is not just a matter of people claiming to be something they are not, it is a matter of law and justice.

    The law in some localities states that if a man claims to be a woman, then he is indeed a woman, entitled to use the women’s shower at the local gym.1

    Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren claims to be an American Indian, at least for purposes of benefiting from scholarships set aside for indigenous natives. Did she commit financial fraud by taking something intended for Native Americans?

    Rachel Dolezal is a paid member of the Spokane, Washington City Council, with her membership based on her false claim to being of African descent. 2 An investigation is now underway, and criminal wrongdoing may be found.

    Today, untolled numbers of Americans believe that Michael Brown was shot in the back while running away with his hands up, while trying to surrender to police – who were viciously hunting down unarmed black youth. The facts contradict this belief, but facts do not matter to those who believe this. Even if people say that Brown was both running away from – and toward – the police at the same time, a self-contradiction, this does not make any difference. To those who believe that Brown was a “Gentle Giant,” despite being on video committing strong-arm robbery of a convenience store, the video makes no difference.

    Every year, many hundreds of Americans are murdered, and the victims are disproportionately black, as are their killers. In many communities, including Ferguson, Missouri, where Michael Brown died, it is the black residents who are most vocal about needing a strong and aggressive police presence. I would not be surprised if more than half of 911 calls for police assistance come from black people.

    Rachel Dolezal is simply the latest example of a growing trend, one which has even infiltrated science. Man-made global warming is, to many people, a settled scientific fact despite the evidence to the contrary. The solutions proposed are, of course, not innovation in the private sector, but rather ever more powerful government, and ever less personal freedom. The solution (socialism) needed a problem, and global warming serves that role.

    Hillary Clinton falsely claimed that the murders of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, were precipitated by a video. I still await her retraction of that self-serving claim. Perhaps it is among her deleted emails.

    According to the New York Times, Republican Senator Marco Rubio and his wife received seventeen traffic tickets. Seventeen! How is this man still driving? Oh... Rubio actually received only four citations, and these were over a seventeen year period. Since this is obviously not a scandal, the Times added Mrs. Rubio’s thirteen tickets to the couple’s total, making it appear that Marco Rubio himself is a road-rage maniac. The Times substituted obfuscation for facts, burying the details further down in the story. The purpose, of course, was not to inform Times readers, but to deceive them.

    A nation in which the people cannot agree on what the facts are is in trouble. A nation which cannot agree that the facts are important is lost.

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