Sunday, January 3, 2016


In a column entitled "Which Party Loves the U.S.A.?," the Washington Post's E.J. Dionne, Jr. presents an interesting formulation.  Democrats love their country more than Republicans, because Democrats love it the way it is right no...

So Democrats Love America More than Republicans?

In a column entitled "Which Party Loves the U.S.A.?," the Washington Post's E.J. Dionne, Jr. presents an interesting formulation.  Democrats love their country more than Republicans, because Democrats love it the way it is right now (with burgeoning non-white immigration, altering the demography), while Republicans (above all, Mr. Trump and Senator Cruz) "yearn for the United States of Then."

It appears that Mr. Dionne has in mind more than a mere change in color among our people when he observes, "Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Martin O'Malley all stand for the rights of a younger America – today's country – that  is less white, more Latino and Asian (and yes, more Muslim) than was the U.S. of the past. "  For, he continues, "[t]he cultural changes that have reshaped us are welcomed as part of our historical trajectory toward justice and inclusion."
And so it appears that there was something good about the America of Then: it had an admirable historical trajectory.  The problem, we venture to suppose, was that Americans of old did not realize that this trajectory of justice and inclusion pointed in the direction of making the white race the minority.  Some of them may have thought that in the case of slavery, justice consisted in the end of the slave trade, followed by emancipation, followed by civil and voting rights.  Others may have thought it good to have people come here from around the world, but perhaps not that justice dictated turning the country into Africa, Latin America, or Asia.  Why is that the target of the historical trajectory for Dionne?  Do justice and inclusion dictate against there being any white-majority countries?  Is that a punishment justly meted out to the guilty white race because of its transgressions at the beginning of the historical trajectory?

The "United States of Then" seems to have had yet another virtue, in Dionne's estimation, since he tells us that liberals (among whom he surely numbers) pine for it.  "Decades ago," America was "more economically equal," Democrats fondly recall.  They similarly remember "liberalism's heyday during the New Deal and civil rights years."  Was it during the New Deal, then, that the country was "more economically equal" – in the depths of the Great Depression?  No matter.

Historical illustrations aside, we surmise that for Dionne, it is equality and more equality still that denote the historical trajectory toward justice.  The younger America likely is not so deferential to the elderly and their morality.  Age engenders no special deference any longer.  The non-white America apparently is not so inclined to assimilate to the traditions and way of life hitherto characteristic of our people.  Otherwise, why would their arrival betoken a change in the "culture"?  The cultures of the world, including those characterized by sharia, are all as good as ours.  What but a kind of atavism, a nostalgia for an American republic that is all but gone – and rightly so, since it stood opposed to other political systems and moralities, and did not let their representatives come here willy-nilly to change us – accounts for alarm at the current state of affairs by conservatives?  This is not a "fallen nation," as they suppose.  It is a nation that has progressed – all change in the direction of equality is progress – and it is the original scheme of the country, by now outdated, that has fallen.

When it is said that we love our country, what precisely is meant?  In his Politics, Aristotle says that the country is the "regime" (the constitution, system of government, or way of life).  The decision of individuals to live together within a certain moral compass is what defines the country, and a change of regime changes the country to a different one (consider, e.g., the Kaiser's Germany, Weimar Germany, Nazi Germany, Communist East Germany, democratic Germany).  To love the nation defined by America's founding documents is not to love one transformed into socialism or leftist authoritarianism,  into a violent theocracy, or into a decadent shell of democracy, in which every vestige of piety has been supplanted by hedonism.  It is, rather, to protect the nation from being perverted and transformed into one of those things.

Mr. Dionne might reflect that the calendar has nothing to do with it.  He and his co-ideologists would quickly enough express disapprobation of a country that they deemed "McCarthyist" or "racist."  They did, before what had been the counter-culture in many respects became dominant.



Abraham Lincoln said, "A nation may be said to consist of its territory, its people, and its laws.  The territory is the only part which is of certain durability."  Those who love their country naturally will not look with indifference upon dramatic change in its people and laws.  And one ascribing a superior patriotism to the proponents of such a change must explain why we need now abandon all that attended our rise to greatness.

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Placating Americans with Fake Immigration Law Enforcement


 How our leaders create fantasy 'solutions' for our immigration-related vulnerabilities.

 By Michael Cutler, December 4, 2015
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Therefore the Visa Waiver Program should have been terminated after the terror attacks of 9/11 yet it has continually been expanded.

It is clear that the overarching goal of a succession of administrations and many members of Congress, irrespective of political party affiliation, is to keep our borders open and take no meaningful action to stop that flow of aliens into the United States.
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The obvious question is why the Visa Waiver Program is considered so sacrosanct that even though it defies the advice and findings of the 9/11 Commission no one has the moral fortitude to call for simply terminating this dangerous program. The answer can be found in the incestuous relationship between the Chamber of Commerce and its subsidiary, the Corporation for Travel Promotion, now doing business as Brand USA. The Chamber of Commerce has arguably been the strongest supporter of the Visa Waiver Program, which currently enables aliens from 38 countries to enter the United States without first obtaining a visa.
The U.S. State Department provides a thorough explanation of the Visa Waiver Program on its website.

Incredibly, the official State Department website also provides a link, “Discover America,” on that website which relates to the website of The Corporation for Travel Promotion, which is affiliated with the travel industries that are a part of the “Discover America Partnership.”

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The Customs and Border Protection agency has released statistics on illegal alien border crossing since the start of the fiscal year on October 1 and the numbers are worrying. The number of illegal alien children crossing the border alone has gone...

Big surge in illegal children, families crossing the border

By Rick Moran
The Customs and Border Protection agency has released statistics on illegal alien border crossing since the start of the fiscal year on October 1 and the numbers are worrying.

The number of illegal alien children crossing the border alone has gone up more than 100% over the same period last year while the number of families trying to enter the country illegally has soared by 173%.

CNS News:
According to CPB, 106 percent more unaccompanied alien children (UAC) under the age of 17 were apprehended illegally crossing the southern border of the U.S. between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30, 2015 than during the same time a year ago.

Statistics released by the federal agency show that 10,588 UACs were apprehended at the nation’s southern border with Mexico compared to the first two months of FY2015, when 5,129 UACs were taken into custody.

The surge in unaccompanied minors was concentrated in two sectors – Big Bend in Texas and Yuma in Arizona– which both saw a more than 500 percent increase in the number of UACs crossing into the U.S. illegally. The El Paso sector was next, reporting a 250 percent increase.

The statistics also show an even larger surge in the number of family units apprehended at the border - a 173 percent increase so far in the first two months of FY2016.

According to statistics from FY2015 (Oct. 1 to Nov. 30, 2014) 4,577 family units were apprehended at the southwest border, compared to 12,505 during the same period in FY2016.

Three sectors – Big Bend, El Paso in Texas, and Yuma – saw more than a 500 percent increase in family unit apprehensions. “Family unit” is defined by CBP as either a parent or guardian with a child under 18 years old.

CBP also said that the Obama administration would be expanding its holding facilities to accommodate the latest surge in illegal immigration.

According to the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) – the two federal agencies tasked with logistics for these illegal immigrants – bed capacity increased from 7,900 to 8,400 in November and the federal government “is preparing for temporary bed space in the event that additional beds are needed.”
Thousands of illegals who surged across the border in the last two years have already been released because of a court order filed by open borders advocates. Conditions are apparently not good in these holding facilities and the slow pace of bringing the illegals before an immigration judge has led to a huge backlog. Hence, a judge ordered the illegals released pending a hearing before a judge.


But 75% of those released never show up for their hearing, and simply melt into the population. So what is the administration response to this current surge? Build more detention facilities which will eventually result in thousands more illegals being released. 

If the definition of crazy is doing the same thing over and over while getting the same result, the administration is ready for a padded room.
The Customs and Border Protection agency has released statistics on illegal alien border crossing since the start of the fiscal year on October 1 and the numbers are worrying.

If the definition of crazy is doing the same thing over and over while getting the same result, the administration is ready for a padded room.

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US military to expand global operations in 2016

US military to expand global operations in 2016

29 December 2015
The year 2015 will be remembered as a year of expanding global warfare and militarism. It began with discussions of the possibility of “total war” against Russia over the Ukraine crisis, saw new provocations against China in the South China Sea, and draws to a close amid the escalation of the US and European war in Iraq and Syria and the spread of conflict to Yemen, Libya and other parts of Africa.

The imperialist powers are determined to make 2016 an even bloodier and more dangerous year. Germany and Japan are openly remilitarizing, as their governments seek to whitewash and rationalize the crimes of the World War II era. All of the imperialist powers have seized on the terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino to place their populations and economies on a war footing.

The most dangerous factor is the US drive for global domination. The United States has its hands in virtually every country, employing drone assassinations, Special Forces operations and a network of military bases and agreements aimed at establishing unchallenged military domination over the planet, along with cyberspace and outer space.

More plans are afoot. Washington is preparing to expand its global basing system through the addition of a “larger network envisioned by the Pentagon,” which will include at least four new Special Forces hubs and numerous new “spoke” bases, according to a New York Times article published Monday.

The commando network will be centered on Eurasia and Africa but will be global in scope, according to Pentagon officials. Among the new bases will be a permanent establishment in Afghanistan, which will function as “a hub for Special Operations troops and intelligence operatives throughout Central and South Asia.”

The record of the US special units, which have emerged as the spearhead of the so-called “war on terror” since 2001, makes clear the murderous nature of the escalating commando war. US Special Forces have been granted a general license to carry out violence and mayhem in every part of the world with total disregard for international law. Thousands of US commandos are already operating in between 85 and 130 countries worldwide, according to varying estimates by US media sources.
The enlarged Special Forces network is only one element of a broader strategic escalation by Washington. US weapons manufacturers are collaborating with the government to channel an expanding war chest of arms to allied governments and proxy forces, with American weapons sales surging in recent years. In 2014, total US arms sales jumped by $10 billion to a total of $35 billion, giving US corporations control over 50 percent of the world weapons market, according to a congressional report released last week.

The intensified drive for a redivision affects every region of the world.

Washington is pre-positioning military equipment and deploying conventional forces and military “advisors” and trainers throughout Europe in preparation for war against Russia.
The US Army plans to double the number of tanks it has deployed to Europe, sending another full armored brigade to the continent, accompanied by infantry fighting vehicles and other heavy weapons as well as an additional full Army division dedicated to joint operations with NATO and European militaries.

In Ukraine, US Army forces are training five battalions of active-duty forces and US Special Forces are partnering with the Ukrainian military to develop Ukraine commando units.

Asia Pacific

South Korea, a country that has been tapped to serve as a staging area for US war preparations against China, was the leading importer of US arms in 2014, purchasing nearly $8 billion worth of American-made weaponry.

In December, the Obama administration approved the sale of $1.8 billion worth of weapons to Taiwan, including warships previously used by the US Navy and several advanced missile systems. The sale was the first weapons transfer to Taiwan in years and was clearly intended as a provocation against Beijing.

In the Pacific, the US Army’s “Pacific Pathways” program is coordinating joint operations with Asia-Pacific militaries. In the course of 2015, the program saw the US conduct joint drills with units from Australia, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Mongolia, South Korea and Thailand.

Middle East

Leading purchasers of US weapons in 2014 included the ultra-reactionary regimes of Saudi Arabia, which purchased $4 billion worth of TOW missiles, and Qatar, which purchased $9.8 billion worth of US arms. Qatar has been a major backer of Islamist forces in Syria in the US-backed civil war against Assad.

The US has spearheaded a new imperialist carve-up of the entire region, with Britain, France and Germany piling into the wars in Iraq and Syria toward the end of 2015 and Saudi Arabia leading a US-backed war in Yemen.


Total arms sales to Africa—particularly in the oil-rich regions—increased by 50 percent between 2010 and 2014 over the previous five-year period. Cameroon and Nigeria, which are collaborating with the growing US intervention in West Africa in the name of the “fight against Boko Haram,” were among the leading importers of weapons. Preparations are underway to relaunch military operations in Libya, already devastated by the US-NATO war that overthrew and murdered Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Cyber and outer space

Even cyberspace and outer space are not exempt from the US-led militarization drive. In November, the US was one of only four countries to vote against a United Nations resolution, “No First Placement of Weapons in Outer Space,” which was supported by more than 120 member states. In a presentation earlier this year, US Undersecretary of Defense Robert Work outlined Pentagon plans to deploy a range of space weapons, which Work claimed are necessary to ensure military dominance over Russia.
The experience of the Obama administration has underscored the impossibility of opposing imperialist war outside of a struggle against the capitalist system and all of its political representatives. Having won office in 2008 as an antiwar candidate, presenting himself as an opponent of the war in Iraq and an antidote to the militarism of the Bush administration, President Obama has presided over an escalation of the war in Afghanistan, wars for regime change in Libya and Syria, and a new war in Iraq.

Obama’s talk about ending the war in Afghanistan has been exposed by his decision to keep thousands of US troops in the country and the plans to establish permanent US bases there. All of his pledges of “no ground troops” or “boots on the ground” in Iraq and Syria have been exposed as lies.
The divisions that exist within the US ruling elite and the state over foreign and military policy concern the focus and methods of US efforts to dominate the territory and resources of the world, with the Obama White House arguing for a concentration on the struggle against China and his opponents demanding a larger commitment of troops and weapons to turn the Middle East into a de facto US colony. But there is no “peace faction” within the corporate and political establishment, or either of the two big-business parties.

One side of the global crisis is the slide toward a new world war. The other is the development of revolutionary struggles by the working class. Vast resources are allocated to destruction and war, while growing sections of the US population are pushed into poverty and forced to struggle for basic necessities such as housing, education, nutrition and health care.

The struggle against war can be conducted only on the basis of the independent mobilization of the working class in the US and internationally against imperialism on the basis of a socialist and internationalist revolutionary program.

Thomas Gaist

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