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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.

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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Rachel & Ralph’s Reality Check: The KKK, capitalism and unions divided over vaccines

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Townhall contributor Rachel Alexander and Newsmax contributor Ralph Benko discuss the red herring argument of criticizing someone because the KKK agrees with them, The Washington Post finally acknowledges the superiority of capitalism, and how the unions are divided over mandating the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

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Give Me Liberty or Give Me The Vaccine

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Patrick Henry Speaking About Freedom

The American history books once taught of a patriot named Patrick Henry. Patrick Henry was a founding father of American. Yes, the term founding father is a term that Google still finds worthy as they identify Henry as one. Patrick Henry was a man who stood up to the oppression of King George. In the second Virginia Convention in 1775, he proclaimed, “give me liberty or give me death.”

In days past, Patrick Henry was a symbol of the American spirit of freedom. His passion and his ability to communicate his desire for freedom are powerful words that continue to motivate bold and courageous leaders for the last 200 years.

Today it would be wise for patriot Americans who value freedom to pick up this sentiment again. The call that freedom is the most essential component of existence which brings life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Vaccine Manipulation:

President Joe Biden now declares that Americans who do not take the Covid19 vaccine are “not as smart as he thought they were” and that they (American citizens) are “a real problem.”

Many Americans believe in the vaccine, but they believe more in freedom. Donald Trump, the leader of the Republic Party, has also encouraged people to get the vaccine. The vaccine is not a Republican or Democrat issue, but how the vaccine is administered very much speaks to how the political leaders look at freedom.

Free Americans should believe that the Government should not be able to dictate the health decisions that an individual should make. They believe that they should have the ability to review facts and data and not be forced to decide on their health based on strawman arguments like you “if you care for your pet, you should get vaccinated.”

Maybe instead of shaming people or trying to bribe people into getting the vaccine, lawmakers should convince people on the merit of the issue and allow them to exercise their freedom to make the best choice for themselves and their country; after all, that is what freedom is about. Maybe President Biden could try to solve the real problem in the vaccine issue. He could do that by answering the questions that many Americans are still looking for as they analyze their decision about their own health. Answering any or all of the following questions would be a start:

Vaccine Questions About Covid19:

 1.  What are the top 3 risks that a person might experience with the Covid19 vaccine? Instead of answering this simple question, those that are in charge get offended when people seek good answers to health. It has been the history in America to outline the potential health hazards to people’s choices, such as a warning on a pack of cigarettes. But this concept seems foreign to those that would like to manipulate the public to make a decision without a choice – that just seems wrong.

2.  Why does everyone need the vaccine, including those that already have had Covid19? This is an honest question and one that Senator Rand Paul has asked. There may be a case to be made for those who have had Covid19 to receive the vaccine, but it seems like no logical or rational person is making one.

3.  Is there anyone who should not get the Covid19 vaccines? Health issues are very personal issues and often are different for people with different issues and demographics. There has been minimal talk in mainstream media about exceptions to the vaccine and more and more talk about how even babies should be getting the vaccine.  John Hopkins recently misled their readers with a statement on their website about children getting the vaccine –

“Yes. Experts, including those at Johns Hopkins, believe that the benefits of being vaccinated for COVID-19 outweigh the risks. Although COVID-19 in children is usually milder than in adults, some kids can get very sick and have complications or long-lasting symptoms that affect their health and well-being. The virus can cause death in children, although this is rarer than for adults.”  

Further, the CDC is now recommending the pregnant women, and new mothers who are breastfeeding should receive the vaccine. They state on the website, 

“Pregnant and recently pregnant people are more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19 compared with non-pregnant people. If you are pregnant, you can receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy can protect you from severe illness from COVID-19.”

These kinds of one-sided statements should be carefully read to consider the political biases of the organization. One has to wonder if they are really concerned about the health of the individual or the health of the whole. I would be very hesitant to recommend a trial vaccine to a pregnant woman when there have not been studies to show that no impact will be made on the mother of the child.

4.  Where did Covid19 originate? An essential question in the vaccine conversation should be a consideration as to where Covid originated. If Covid19 originated in a lab as a way to kill off a part of the communist elderly in China, then that would dedicate who needs the vaccine.  

The idea that a communist country was developing a method to kill off part of its population for population control should be considered and explored. American politicians on the left seem to forget that just a few years ago, communist China limited the number of babies that their people could have and would kill a child if it was born and was above the number that the Government dictated as acceptable. It is fair for the American population to wait to understand where Covid19 began before making health choices about their own health.

These questions and many more still deserve an answer. It is the responsibility of the leaders and press in a free country to answer the fair and honest questions of free people. Until those questions, millions of Americans will still cry out, “give me liberty, or give me the vaccine.” These Americans still choose freedom first.

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