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Charting A Course To History’s Dead End

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“Domestic policy can only defeat us; foreign policy can kill us.”

~ John F. Kennedy

 

It is said that there is nothing new under the sun. History is nothing more than a compilation of dates, events, and recordings of previous generations successes and failures. There isn’t anything new that hasn’t already been tried in one way, shape, or form. If we are wise and discerning we choose to learn the lessons of history. If we are ignorant and reckless we choose to embark down roads that lead to dead ends at history’s unmarked grave of failed ideological policy approaches.

In Biden’s repudiation of everything President Trump did over the last four years we find him charting America on a very dangerous course. There were plenty of red flags during the campaign. From vague answers to dodging and deflecting reporter’s questions, to say the writing was on the wall on the policies Biden would actively pursue if elected president would be an understatement to anyone paying close attention.

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From re-entering the U.S. in the Paris accords to shutting down the Keystone XL pipeline to signing over fifty executive orders and actions in his first month in office we have seen a clear lurch to far-reaching leftist policies. It is a move back to the Obama administration policies with a more hard-core fervor and mindset. The additions of former Obama administration acolytes to the Biden administration only serves as reinforcement.

Biden, whether fully cognizant or not, is seeking to go down as the most leftist president in American history, outdistancing Woodrow Wilson, FDR, and his former boss, Barack Obama. It’s a bold and dangerous departure from the Trump years.

Biden intends to make every effort to re-engage Iran by restoring the Iran Deal and give implicit support to the Palestinians in an attempt at a two-state solution, which would isolate Israel and destabilize the Middle East. In addition, the almost vanquished ISIS is reemerging and gaining momentum once again. There can be no doubt that the change of administrations in Washington hasn’t gone unnoticed by ISIS. They see new opportunities now to reassert their role and reestablish a caliphate.

Even more concerning will be how the Biden administration handles China. Under Obama, China increased their aggressiveness with limited, if any, determined push back from Washington. China worked to fortify islands in the South China Sea and step up their presence in one of the world’s most important shipping lanes. China has continued their crackdown in Hong Kong on a once free and open society and continues to persecute the Uyghurs in what many decry as an ongoing genocide. The Chinese have also made it perfectly clear of their intentions to take Taiwan and incorporate that nation into the Chinese realm.

President Trump, for better or for worse, was a polarizing figure. His brashness and straightforward personality was difficult for some to digest. However, that brashness and bravado served as a genuine deterrent to rogue nations. In a simple manner, Trump’s personality put other countries on their toes.

Ronald Reagan spoke often of “peace through strength” in foreign policy. President Trump, different in demeanor and eloquence from Reagan, managed to foster peace through strength after a very unsettling eight years of an Obama administration. That rough New York style attitude of Trump made rogue nations think twice about pushing the limits with America.

Trump was the first president in fifty years to challenge China and confront their hegemonic path. Through targeted tariffs and an increased military presence in the South China Sea territory, the Trump administration put Beijing on notice. Thus, it was no secret that China wanted Joe Biden in the White House. In Biden, China sees a passive spectator who won’t challenge Beijing and will generally pursue a policy of appeasement.

Actions have consequences. Inaction has consequences as well. Foreign policy requires an understanding of human nature and rational thought. Misreading adversaries and miscalculations have, and do, lead to wars. There is an old saying that perception is reality. If your enemies perceive you as weak then they will act in a manner to expose and exploit your weaknesses. Weakness invites aggression. It doesn’t matter whether that weakness is real or perceived.

Joe Biden is the wrong man at the wrong time in history. His aura is that of weakness. He is the antithesis of Donald Trump. What we need at this point in history is a Winston Churchill. What we have is a Neville Chamberlain.

Some say history repeats. That is open for debate. History does give us parallels though. Modern-day China is much akin to 1930’s Germany. Left unchecked and appeased we run the risk of China pushing their hegemonic path further and further to the brink. Neville Chamberlain and European leaders were passive spectators and pursued a foreign policy approach of appeasement with Hitler and Germany. We saw the disastrous results of that approach. Must we go down that path again?

 

“There is no security, no safety, in the appeasement of evil.”

~ Ronald Reagan

 

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Michael was born and raised in Wisconsin and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a BA-History. He started writing a blog in January 2016 called, Conservative Thinker, and has written about politics, foreign policy, economics, and social issues with a historical perspective. He resides in Cullman, AL and enjoys hiking, photography, and traveling in his spare time. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram @buckyboymike and follow his blog at www.conservativethinker.net.



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In-N-Out Burger Serves Customers, not San Francisco

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Photo credit: Andrew Weibert

In-N-Out Burger just served San Francisco an everything burger, animal style. It’s heartening to see an iconic restaurant chain stand up to government overreach—and in an ultra-liberal enclave, to boot.

Here’s how it went down. San Francisco issued an edict to force bars and restaurants to verify customers’ COVID vaccination papers before allowing entry.

In response, In-N-Out Burger dutifully posted the city’s vaccination requirement on its windows. This placed the onus where it belongs—on their customers. This is as far as a private company need go.

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However, San Francisco sees things much differently. They closed down the city’s only In-N-Out Burger location, on Fisherman’s Wharf. As a result, the burger chain issued this statement:

“Local regulators informed us that our restaurant Associates must actively intervene by demanding proof of vaccination and photo identification from every Customer…. We refuse to become the vaccination police for any government. We fiercely disagree with any government dictate that forces a private company to discriminate against customers who choose to patronize their business.”

San Francisco’s beef shouldn’t be with In-N-Out Burger—it should be with its unvaccinated citizens. If the city chooses to order an unconstitutional vaccination requirement for bars and restaurants, they should enforce it, not the bars and restaurants. They’re private businesses, not COVID cops.

Burger bouncers

In-N-Out Burger trains their associates to cheerfully ask customers if they’d like to add fries and shakes to their meals, not to question them about controversial vaccination mandates. Additionally, they shouldn’t be required to make their associates act as bouncers to eject unvaccinated customers.

As an aside, America is one of the only nations on Earth that requires vaccination passports. Most if not all other countries require immunity passports, which include the vaccinated and those who are unvaccinated yet have degrees of natural immunity after being infected with the coronavirus.

The San Francisco In-N-Out Burger mess perfectly illustrates what should be happening all over America. Private business is not an arm of local, state or federal government. We’re all dealing with the pandemic—why compound the problem by attempting to force private businesses to enforce governmental mandates?

It makes one wonder how San Francisco leaders failed to see this coming. Can any serious person imagine cheerful, smiling, In-N-Out Burger associates making effective burger bouncers? It’s ridiculous for any city to expect restaurant employees to provide vaccination enforcement.

This smacks of more than mere incompetence. Did the city truly expect bars and restaurants to comply? If so, this seems like autocratic (and dangerous) arrogance.

If San Francisco wants to enforce vaccination inspections, they should do it themselves on the sidewalk in front of bars and restaurants. Closing restaurants that don’t force their employees to act as muscle for the city is poor leadership.

Given In-N-Out Burger’s wild popularity, it’s safe to say that most customers want their locations open. If some side with San Francisco in closing the restaurant and forcing associates to be vaccination police, they can get lesser burgers elsewhere.

Smart business

It’s called freedom. And clearly, it’s in short supply in places like San Francisco. Kudos to In-N-Out Burger for making a stand.

Here’s hoping other private businesses will take heart in In-N-Out Burger’s sound and smart business sense and stand up to one-size-fits-all autocrats. If they do, it’s likely that most of their customers will continue supporting them and they may even gain new ones.

Smart and principled businesses take risks for the right reasons. In-N-Out Burger is right to defy San Francisco. Prediction: By refusing to discriminate when serving its customers, they’ll sell even more burgers, fries and shakes in the City by the Bay and in their other 368 locations across America.

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Pandora Papers, a box of trouble for whom?

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Pandoras box seems to be a well-known metaphor in today’s culture. It is often used to represent unknowingly opening a box of wop-ass. The Greek origins are a little more complex.  Pandora was the first human woman, a gift from the gods. She was made from earth to be lovely as a goddess. With the gift of speech to tell lies, and the mind and nature of a treacherous dog. She was given a golden crown of animals and sea creatures. Pandora was blessed with grace, desire and caring to weaken her limbs.

Pandora was the first woman to live among mortal men, first bride and great misery. She was destined to live with men in times of plenty and to desert them in hard times.  Her name means both “she who gives all gifts” and “she who was given all gifts”. In the mythology she opened a jar that belonged to her husband that contained every misery that affects man to today, but managed to close it before hope was able to escape the jar.

Which brings us to the latest document leak from the International Consortium of investigative Journalists or ICIJ. This is the latest of leaks following the Panama papers and the Paradise papers. ICIJ claims this is the largest leak of tax haven information ever. The 11.9 million financial records include information on 330 politicians and high level leaders, including 35 country leaders. For two years over 600 journalists from 117 countries helped to follow up leads exposed by the leak.

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Top leaders with homes in Malibu, Monti Carlo, and high rise towers in Dubai. Investments in sugar plantations, polluting factories, and even a hospital. Secret companies and Trusts to hide assets from taxes and their people. ICIJ likes to point out that this money could have been used to help build roads, hospitals, and schools. They also imply the money comes from ill-gotten gains. Pointing out that hiding money is also used during drug smuggling, human trafficking, bribery, and international terrorism.

In an effort to seem like actual investigative journalists they do mention that nothing they were fed was illegal.  They failed to mention that the tax regulations in every one of the countries involved are written by the rich themselves. Mostly by those not uncovered by the Pandora Papers. Something the 600 seemed to have over looked during their two year investigation is any tax avoidance from the United States. Funny thing that.

To find out why you need to look at who the International Consortium of investigative Journalists is and who finances them. It turns out the group was founded in 1997, they claim to take no public funds only donations. Their largest donors happen to be Soros, thru the The Open Society Foundation. Now needless to say Soros is not going to admit what each one of these people did to stop his march towards one world government headed by Soros and company, but we can speculate.

Tony Blair, supported the American action in Afghanistan. King Abdullanh met with and supported Israel. Vladimir Putin would rather not have a one world government telling him how to run Russia. Shakira no stranger to wokeness had the gall to disagree with the Conovirus imprisonment and demanded children be let outside into the sun and air. You can bet that each one of the targets of this dump had somehow displeased those supporting the great reset.

Each one of these thought they had found a beautiful tax haven not knowing it was she who gives all gifts and conversely she who is given all gifts. By selectively revealing that it is worthwhile to spend money to hide income from those who did not earn it is telling. Besides highlighting that taxes are too high for the services provided. Telling that not one American is mentioned. Telling that the “journalists” didn’t discover how politicians in government get rich on civil service salaries. Not one mention of the heads of NGO’s (non-governmental agencies) have found that the poor are very very good for them. How about a peek into how many of the 1.5 million tax exempt organizations in America are just a tax dodge.

We will wait with the patience of Job for the International Consortium of investigative Journalists to do some real investigating.

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