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  • 4. 10 Vol. 25, No. 3 February 2, 2009 Design by Joseph W. Kelly; photo: ©iStockphoto.com Cover Story NatioNal SerVice 10 any Volunteers for National Service? by Patrick Krey — Barack Obama’s national-service plan purports to be voluntary, yet nonparticipating schools would lose funding, and uncooperative individuals would be denied tax credits. 15 at Uncle Sam’s Service by Patrick Krey — National service is often associated with patriotism, but the degree to which it becomes compulsory is the same degree to which it becomes involuntary servitude. 15 19 FeatureS AP Images AP Images tHe riGHt PerSPectiVe 19 obama: the change that’s Not by Charles Scaliger 20 iNterView 20 an americanist economic Perspective Interview of Arthur Thompson by Bill Hahn — The CEO of The John Birch Society offers a unique perspective on our economy. atlaNtic UNioN 27 eU Déjà Vu in the caribbean by John F. McManus — Just as EU rule was sold to Europeans as a trade benefit, now it is has been sold to the Caribbean islands. HiStory — StrUGGle For FreeDoM 34 “three Fires, and you are Free!” 27 by Becky Akers — Three shots from his inexperienced militia was exactly what Daniel Morgan needed to win the Battle of Cowpens. tHe laSt worD 44 More Fright-peddling, More Bailouts by William F. Jasper 34 DepartmentS 5 letters to the editor 33 the Goodness of america 7 inside track 41 exercising the right 9 QuickQuotes 42 correction, Please! coVer Design by Joseph W. Kelly; photo: ©iStockphoto.com
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  • 6. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Publisher John F. McManus Editor where Did you Get should not be dictated by politically correct Gary Benoit business policies, governmental dictates, or Senior Editor that information? zealous defenders of the Christmas holiday. William F. Jasper Your recent article on “Intelligent Design The loss of Christian themes regarding and Evolution” (December 8 issue) seems Christmas is really a symptom of the fading Associate Editor Kurt Williamsen to have overlooked one of the strongest ar- spiritual condition of America. I don’t think guments against evolution, presented by the atheists and secularists want to be rid of the Contributors German physicist and information specialist, holiday, so much as they want to be rid of any Dennis J. Behreandt Christopher S. Bentley Dr. Werner Gitt, in his book In the Beginning honorable public references to Jesus Christ Steven J. DuBord Was Information. and the Bible. The brouhaha over Christmas Selwyn Duke Dr. Gitt considers such concepts as: What is a diversion from the real problem of the Jodie Gilmore is information? How does information arise? anti-Christ bias and prejudice in officialdom Gregory A. Hession, J.D. Ed Hiserodt What is the function of information? How is that Dr. Eidsmoe correctly exposes. Great William P. Hoar it encoded? How is it transmitted? What is its care should be taken that the defense of the R. Cort Kirkwood source as found in living organisms? freedom to express the Christian lifestyle Warren Mass Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. Gitt shows that information is a funda- in public life doesn’t digress into simply a Alan Scholl mental entity on equal footing with, but dif- “war” for Christmas. Ann Shibler ferent from, matter and energy. Being a non- arnold lamb Liana Stanley material entity, it can only be initiated by an Highland, Indiana Michael E. Telzrow Joe Wolverton II, J.D. intellect and must be coded and decoded and received by another intellect. Information is Editorial Assistant what makes possible books, radio programs, New Plan Needed Denise L. Behreandt computers, and all living things. From In your magazine of December 8, 2008, the Art Director whence comes the coding of your DNA, cover story by John F. McManus states, “If Joseph W. Kelly more complicated than the largest computer a mere minority of the American popula- Desktop Publishing Specialist program, that informs your living cells how tion can be enlisted, educated, and let loose Steven J. DuBord to grow every part of your body from a single throughout America with honest facts and Research fertilized egg? perspectives, the new world order will crash Brian T. Farmer Jim Sattler and be relegated to history’s dust bin.” Bonnie M. Gillis Lafayette, Indiana I, regretfully, view this as a “Pollyanna” Wayne Olson wish at the end of an excellent article. Re- Marketing ality must recognize that, with some excep- Larry Greenley a christian who Doesn’t tions, the individuals we citizens elect to both state and national government positions Public Relations Bill Hahn celebrate christmas eventually take the course of actions in their John Eidsmoe’s article “The War on Christ- own behalf rather than that of the citizens Advertising/Circulation Julie DuFrane mas” (December 22 issue) should have been they are to represent. more focused on “The War on Christ” in- Greed, personal power, and innate desire stead. I have been a Christian for over 30 for public recognition become driving forces years. Based on Bible study and my un- in their actions. Putting a “hand in the till” be- derstanding of historical events from other comes obsessive with a cornucopia of oppor- research, my family and I choose not to tunities legislated at the citizens’ expense. Printed in the U.S.A. • ISSN 0885-6540 celebrate the holiday called Christmas. 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  • 8. Inside Track obama’s Stimulus Plan will cost at least $187,800 Per New Job $1 trillion dollars being proposed by Democrats in Congress will yield a mere 3.3 million jobs, or a cost per new job of $303,000. If government statisticians are to be given any credence at all, then the real figure will probably come out somewhere between these two extremes. Even the optimal figure of $187,800 is an extraordinary sum of money, equaled or exceeded by the annual salaries of a very small number of elite professionals and very successful en- trepreneurs. Yet the jobs to be created by the Obama stimulus Barack plan would likely be non-professional, entry-level or wage jobs Obama whose annual pay would be only a small fraction of a six-figure income. All of this supposes that the government can calculate with any accuracy the number of jobs a given allocation of funds can AP Images create. In point of fact, government cannot do this, any more than government planners can calculate the proper levels to fix prices, According to Barack Obama’s presidential transition team, the enact wage controls, or impose production quotas or other forms new stimulus plan being prepared by the upcoming Obama ad- of economic controls without destroying economic productivity. ministration can be expected to create between 3.3 million and This is because centralized economic planning is impossible to 4.1 million jobs. This is according to the Washington Times, carry out successfully; central planners do not have the informa- which also pointed out that “the president-elect wants [the plan] tion to make calculations for the economy as a whole, or to evalu- to total slightly less than $800 billion but … some Democratic ate the fluctuations in consumer demands and tastes that cause leaders say [it] should near $1 trillion.” prices and wages to rise and fall. Only the unfettered free market Even considering that government statistics are notoriously can do this, as both economic theory and brute experience have unreliable and tend to err on the side of special interests, it’s proven again and again. worth considering what kind of bang for the buck the Obama When government undertakes to “make work,” it is always plan, taken at face value, would deliver. If the plan creates the done at a cost to taxpayers, with a net loss in what would have maximum number of jobs forecast (4.1 million) for the mini- otherwise been productive private income. George W. Bush’s mum projected expense ($770 billion is the most widely bruited stimulus plan of last year certainly did not jump-start the econo- amount), then the cost of the plan will be roughly $187,800 per my. If Obama’s new plan, or any other like it, is allowed to pass, job created. If the plan is minimally successful, then the sum of America will be the poorer for it. china curbing its appetite for U.S. Debt China is finally being forced to curb her appetite for U.S. govern- making more funds available for domestic loans instead of buying ment debt, according to the New York Times. China, which last foreign debt. Moreover, multinationals, responding to the reces- September overtook Japan as the largest international holder of sion, are scaling back investment in China. Chinese and inter- U.S. Treasuries, now holds more than $1 trillion in U.S. govern- national investors alike are moving large amounts of money out ment debt. Its willingness to buy IOUs from the U.S. government of China and into safer financial havens after the collapse of the is the major reason that the Fed’s reckless creation of money out Chinese stock and real estate markets. Finally, the Chinese trade of thin air over the past several years surplus is falling as demand for Chi- has not resulted in hyperinflation at nese-manufactured consumer goods home. Newly printed money, in the falls worldwide. form of government debt issues, can All of these factors have conspired always be exported when there are to create a money drain, leaving the willing purchasers overseas, and the Chinese government far less able removal of that money from circula- and less inclined to continue buying tion here at home helps buoy up the enormous amounts of debt from the purchasing power of the dollar. U.S. government. Should the Chinese Now, however, China is struggling market for Treasuries disappear alto- to deal with the global economic gether, the U.S. government will have downturn. To stimulate its own econ- few options left for borrowing money omy, the Chinese central bank is now to stave off financial collapse. www.TheNewAmerican.com 7
  • 9. Inside Track Bush Designates New Marine Sanctuaries With just two weeks left in office, President Bush designated almost frontiers of discovery; and for the American people they will be 200,000 square miles of the Pacific Ocean as a national monument, places that honor our duty to be good stewards of the Almighty’s using powers granted by the Antiquities Act of 1906. The new ma- creation,” Bush said before noting that the military will help keep rine “monument,” an area about the size of Spain, is the largest a look-out for violators. “The new steps I’ve announced today are protected area of ocean ever established, breaking a previous record the capstone of an eight-year commitment to strong environmen- also set by Bush in mid-2006, when he decreed 140,000 square tal protection and conservation.” miles in Northwest Hawaii off-limits using the same authority. Taken together, the new protected areas from American Samoa to the Mariana Islands to the Rose Atoll are larger than Texas. The new status of the area means it will be closed to commercial and most recreational fishing, mineral exploration, waste dumping, under-sea mining, oil drilling, and virtually all other uses, though snorkeling and a few other recreational activities may be permit- ted with a permit from the federal government. “For sea birds and marine life, they will be sanctuaries to grow and thrive; for scientists, they will be places to expand the why ron Paul opposed the Gaza resolution When the House passed the resolution “recognizing Israel’s right to defend itself against attacks from Gaza, reaffirming the United States’ strong support for Israel, and supporting the Israeli- Palestinian peace process” on January 9, Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) was one of only five congressmen to vote against it. In his statement on the resolution, Paul opined: “The resolution in fact will lead the U.S. to be- come further involved in this conflict, promising ‘vigorous support and unwavering commitment to the welfare, security, and survival of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.’ Is it really in the interest of the United States to guarantee the survival of any foreign country? I believe it would be better to focus on the security and survival of the United States, the Constitution of which my colleagues and I swore to defend just this week at the beginning of the 111th Congress.” Paul, who advocates the United States minding its own business in foreign affairs and staying clear of foreign entanglements, noted in an extension of his remarks on the House floor that the United States funds both Arab nations and Israel and that there has been “too much blowback.” He Ron recalled that “Hamas was encouraged and really started by Israel” as a counter to Yasser Arafat and Paul that the United States was allied with Osama bin Laden when we contended with the Soviets. AP Images No Stake in the Heart of the trans texas corridor The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) announced on January 6 that the extremely controversial Trans Texas Corridor is “dead.” The corridor, which has been promoted as a series of highway expansions and improvements to ease traffic congestion in Texas, is in reality the initial U.S. section of a superhigh- way that leads from deep-water ports in Mexico through the United States and Canada. (See “Express Route to Poverty” in our October 15, 2007 issue.) But the highway is not dead. Even as TxDOT proclaimed TTC’s death, it laid out a new highway plan called Innovative Connectivity in Texas/Vision 2009. The new plan looks like, smells like, sounds like, and probably even tastes like the old plan — only with a new name. The speculation is that TxDOT has falsely proclaimed TTC’s defeat because TxDOT itself is up for reauthorization this year, and a flurry of complaints AP Images by Texans could lead the Texas legislature to put tight building restraints on TxDOT (and effectually defeat the TTC). n 8 THE NEW AMERICAN • FEbRuARy 2, 2009
  • 10. QuickQuotes More than identity Being Sacrificed as Slovakia adopts the euro “We’re saying goodbye to the Slovak currency that meant so much to us. Part of us, the Slovak identity, is leaving.” As of January 1, the Slovakian koruna is no more. Prime Minister Rob- Robert ert Fico seemed merely nostalgic about the change while indicating AP Images Fico little awareness that a loss of economic independence for his country of 5.4 million will lead to a loss of political independence. czech President No Fan of european Union “A well functioning bureaucratic EU is not my goal. [The Czech Republic] is not an EU province.” As the Czech Republic assumes the rotating leadership of the European Union, President Vaclav Klaus repeated his disdain for the multi-national arrangement and for its Lisbon Treaty that his country has still not approved. Vaclav AP Images reporters Shifting coverage From iraq to afghanistan Klaus “Afghanistan was the forgotten war; that’s what they were calling it, actually. Now it’s swapping places with Iraq.” As U.S. news bureaus shrink their operations in Iraq, some are beefing up their coverage of events in Afghanistan, according to Michael Yon, an independent reporter who has covered both conflicts. one Governor Says No to Bailouts Mark “While many states and local governments are lining up for a bailout from Sanford Congress, I went to Washington recently to oppose such bailouts. I may be the only governor to do so.” Opposing bailouts for governments and auto companies, and recommend- AP Images ing against a new federal stimulus package, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford now leads the Republican Governors Association. auto companies lose Heavily but executives aren’t replaced “General Motors lost more than $72 billion in the past four years, and yet you can count on one hand the number of executives who have been reassigned or lost their job.” One aspect of the implosion of our nation’s auto giants drew a sharp comment in Fortune. toyota will Post First loss in 70 years “The tough times are hitting us far faster, wider and deeper than expected. This is an unprecedented crisis requiring ur- gent action.” Katsuaki Formed in 1938, the Toyota Motor Company has never suf- Watanabe fered a loss. But it will in the fiscal year ending in March AP Images 2009 according to President Katsuaki Watanabe. No Global warming in alaska “Never before in the history of a research project dating back to 1946 had the Juneau Ice Field witnessed the kind of snow buildup that came this year. It was similar on a lot of other glaciers too.” Glaciologist Bruce Molina reported that 20 feet of new snow remained on the Taku Glacier in late July. And the Anchorage Daily News commented about the unusually large snow buildup near Alaska’s capital. He Dares to label Social Security a Ponzi Scheme “The government itself runs a fraud much bigger than Madoff’s. Our Social Security system is the very definition of a Ponzi, or pyramid scheme. If the government truly had an interest in protecting people’s savings, they would allow people to opt out of Social Security altogether.” In his weekly Texas Straight Talk column, Congressman Ron Paul correctly hung the Ponzi label on the Social Security system. n — compiled by John F. mcmanuS www.TheNewAmerican.com 9
  • 11. NatioNal Service Any Volunteers For nAtionAl serVice? Barack obama’s national-service plan purports to be voluntary, yet nonparticipating schools would lose funding, and uncooperative individuals would be denied tax credits. 10 THE NEW AMERICAN • FEbRuARy 2, 2009
  • 12. by Patrick Krey spread experience of virtually every young of Time magazine. He had his magazine American.” (Emphasis added.) host the “Service Nation Summit” at I n 2007, Richard Stengel, former Stengel’s plan involves a huge growth of Columbia University last September 11. speechwriter for liberal senator/presi- government, including making a new cab- Both John McCain and Barack Obama at- dential candidate Bill Bradley and inet-level department to manage national tended the summit and joined the chorus managing editor for Time magazine, wrote service and drastically expanding Ameri- of establishment leaders supporting na- an article entitled “A Time to Serve,” pro- Corps and the National Senior Volunteer tional service. McCain said the following moting “Universal National Service” for all Corps. Stengel also proposes creating new of Americans and their desire for national Americans. Constitutionalists would find “corps” with distinct “brands” for educa- service: “They understand the challeng- themselves irritated. Stengel book-ended tion (to work in troubled school districts), es that we have in this world. They see his piece with quotes from the Founders healthcare (which would mostly assist the Russian invasion of the little country and disingenuously implied that such na- people in obtaining welfare benefits), a called Georgia. They see the problems in tional service would have been warmly “Green Corps” (to somehow combat “cli- Afghanistan growing larger. They see a received by the promoters of laissez faire mate change” and most likely stifle any whole lot of things happening in the world who fought for our independence. Stengel contrary debate on the subject), a “Rap- that’s going to require us to serve, and that wrote, “The courageous souls who signed id-Response Reserve Corps” the Declaration of Independence pledged (for call-up in times of national ‘our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred emergencies), and a “National- Honor.’ The least we can do to keep the Service Academy” (“to provide At the college level, Obama says Republic is to pledge a little time.” Stengel a focused education for people he will create a new tax credit that apparently missed the point that the Dec- who will serve in the public sec- will reduce education costs by laration of Independence was considered a tor — either the federal, state or $4,000 for those who serve. One treasonous act against the British Empire local government” — in order could opt out by simply paying ruling the colonies at the time. Stengel’s to create a new generation of proposals sound more along the lines of bureaucrats). $4,000 more than the person who what the loyalists of the day believed, doesn’t opt out. That is a high not the patriotic individuals who revolted establishment consensus price to pay for something that is against a tyrannical government. Stengel was not content to only allegedly optional. In his effort to promote universal na- push national service in the pages tional service, Stengel bemoaned the fact that “today the two central acts of democratic citizenship are voting and paying taxes. That’s the future of america: Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s chief basically it. The last time we de- of staff, would institute boot camp for all American manded anything else from people teens, as part of a national-service program. was when the draft ended in 1973.” According to Stengel, that’s appar- ently a bad thing. While he tiptoes around the use of the word “draft,” his article is filled with adulation for the notion that Americans owe more to the government than what has been asked since the end of the mandatory draft. Stengel feels that it is for this reason that today’s com- munities have grown disjointed, and the way to unify the people is through “universal national service” to government. “It is the simple but compelling idea that devoting a year or more to national service, whether military or civilian, should become a countrywide rite of passage, the common expectation and wide- Patrick Krey, M.B.A., J.D., L.L.M. is a law- Defense Link yer and freelance writer from New York. www.TheNewAmerican.com 11
  • 13. NatioNal Service the repeated mistake of most creating “America’s Voice Initiative” to progressives by failing to distin- send Americans fluent in other languages In a July 2008 speech, Obama guish between voluntary charity overseas as part of a new public diplomacy himself stated: “We cannot of individuals, which occurs in outreach. continue to rely on our military a free society, and government- Obama has set the goal of 50 hours per in order to achieve the national directed actions of collectives, year for high-school students and 100 security objectives we’ve set. which have more in common hours per year for college students. He with Marxist governments. claims he is not going to directly compel We’ve got to have a civilian Barack Obama, like most young people in high school to serve 50 national security force that’s just politicians, does not invent the hours per year, but instead would simply as powerful, just as strong, just as ideas for his initiatives but rath- withhold educational funding from schools well-funded.” (Emphasis added.) er adopts others’ proposals and if they fail to comply with his programs. then promotes them as if they This means that for public schools to con- were his own. A brief review tinue to receive federal funds, they will opportunity has to be provided to them.” of Obama’s “Blueprint for Change” on have to implement Obama’s plans; other- It’s no wonder this man performed terri- his website would appear as if he simply wise, the funds will be denied. In order for bly at the polls. McCain actually believed cut and pasted Stengel’s article. Stengel the high-school students to graduate from that Americans watched the violence in himself freely admitted that he was not these federally funded schools, they will Georgia and Afghanistan unfolding and the originator of these ideas, but rather have to participate. This is how the federal thought, “How can I get my kids involved that they came from a variety of sources. government works. There is no such thing in this?” Isn’t it odd that so many different politi- as a free lunch, and federal funding always Obama acknowledged the fact that both cians and journalists seem to be converg- comes with strings attached and central- he and McCain have very similar views ing on a similar framework for national ized control for D.C. on national service. He also invoked the service? With a few minor differences in At the college level, Obama says he will tragedy of the 9/11 terrorist attacks to gain wording, the plans are virtually identical. “require 100 hours of service” per year by support for his policy proposals. “On 9/11, Obama advocates expanding AmeriCorps creating a new “American Opportunity Tax Americans across our great country came from 75,000 to 250,000, and establishing Credit” that will reduce education costs by together to stand with the families of the a “Classroom Corps,” a “Health Corps,” a $4,000. So instead of it being mandatory, victims, to donate blood, to give to char- “Clean Energy Corps,” and a “Homeland one could opt out by simply paying $4,000 ity, and to say a prayer for our country. Security Corps.” Obama also wants to ex- more than the person who doesn’t opt out. Let us renew that spirit of service and that pand national service beyond our nation’s That is a high price to pay for something sense of common purpose.” Obama made border by doubling the Peace Corps, and that is allegedly optional. AP Images One less hoop to jump through: These 2008 graduates of the University of Wyoming received their diplomas without having to do 100 hours per year of mandated minimum national service. Obama’s plan calls for all college students to do national service or lose $4,000 of federal monies. Other Democratic plans call for mandatory service as a prerequisite for entering college. 12
  • 14. Voluntary Service or compulsory Draft? Obama, like almost all other promoters of national service, assures us that this will not be mandatory or compulsory, but as they say, the devil is in the details. James Lindgren, professor of law at Northwestern University, explains that Obama’s plan is anything but voluntary. “Because Obama calls his plan voluntary, it’s important to understand exactly what he says and doesn’t say.... One hurdle that Obama’s plan must vault is the U.S. Constitution, which limits the federal government to enumerated powers. Lacking the power to mandate universal community service directly, Obama candidly discloses his strategy: making federal funds contingent on schools having service programs that meet federal standards.” Lindgren continues: “Thus, it would be the public schools that would impose federal standards of coerced service on each child as part of their requirements for graduation. For students, service would be No national service for them? Barack Obama has proposed a national-service program, involuntary. Even for the public schools, which will be imposed coercively on youth by making schools require service or lose AP Images their participation would be only nomi- federal funding. His daughters, however, go to private school, and private schools often nally voluntary — for how many public don’t get federal funding. schools can survive without federal assis- tance?” It would appear that Obama’s plan is voluntary in name only. of Obama’s plans can be gleaned from So Obama’s chief of staff is on record Most of the talk regarding Obama’s na- his choice for chief of staff, Rahm Israel advocating universal boot camp for all tional-service program brings to mind peo- Emanuel. Israel is Rahm’s actual middle Americans. While constantly stressing ple planting trees in town parks or helping name and shows how close he and his that this is not a draft, Emanuel’s words old ladies with their groceries. But what family are to that nation. Rahm’s father, reveal otherwise. In 2006, Emanuel spoke about military service? Is that going to be Benjamin Emanuel, was born in Jerusa- with the New York Daily News about his a part of this national-service initiative? lem and was a member of the militant Zi- ideas for national service. In the interview, One has to wonder considering Obama’s onist group Irgun, which had committed Emanuel stated: “Somewhere between the military ambitions. President Obama is terrorist attacks against both Palestinian ages of 18 to 25, you will do three months going to need troops to support missions and British targets. Rahm Emanuel him- of training.... There can be nothing wrong ranging from an escalation in Afghanistan self actually volunteered to work for the with all Americans having a joint similar to intervening in the Sudan. The Center Israeli military in 1991 during the first experience of … civil defense training or for National Policy (CNP), a bipartisan Gulf War. civil service … some sense of service to think tank, produced a policy report enti- Emanuel must have admired the Israeli country in preparation, which will give tled Agility Across the Spectrum: A Future program of mandatory military service: people a sense of what it means to be Force Blueprint for the military, recom- he himself has been a vocal supporter of an American.” Apparently, according to mending that the United States “embark something similar for Americans. Eman- Emanuel, knowing what it means to be upon a program of mandatory national ser- uel coauthored a book entitled The Plan: an American involves serving the federal vice for high school graduates to include a Big Ideas for America, in which he called government, which is ironic considering spectrum of activities from community to for “a real Patriot Act that brings out the that Rahm only served the Israeli govern- military service.” (Emphasis added.) The patriot in all of us. We propose universal ment. Perhaps this service is truly univer- report praised Obama’s plan but encour- civilian service for every young American. sal? He continued and said, “If you’re wor- aged him to officially make it mandatory Under this plan, all Americans between ried about going to have to do 50 jumping in order to help fill the ranks required to the ages of eighteen and twenty-five will jacks, the answer is ‘yes.’ ” meet the many U.S. military commitments be asked to serve their country by going Emanuel also stated that this training around the world. Will Obama heed this through three months of basic training, can be accomplished “through your State- advice? civil defense preparation and community National guard.” Of course, the National Some information about the true nature service.” Guard was supposed to be a home guard www.TheNewAmerican.com 13
  • 15. NatioNal Service his wild-eyed supporters of the ‘bad guy’ and produces no seem to be clamoring for martyrs in handcuffs for the evening Establishment leaders have long desired national service that may, news. You just can’t get a job if you a universal national-service program, or may not, be employed don’t do as you’re told.... But make but the enthusiasm that Obama brings to achieve “national secu- no mistake: Barack Obama wants to the debate makes it a real option rity” objectives. Accord- your kids. And he’s willing to draft ing to the Army Times, them, in a plausibly deniable way. now. How would the Democrats and Obama even “said last the liberal press have reacted had summer that he thought Establishment leaders have long desired a President McCain or Bush tried to national service could end a universal national-service program, but promote a similar program? up leading some people to the enthusiasm that Obama brings to the serve in the military.” debate makes it a real option now. How Civil liberties lawyer would the Democrats and the liberal press comprised of citizen-soldiers. The numer- J.D. Tucille claims that Obama’s nation- have reacted had a President McCain or ous National Guard troops serving over- al-service campaign is just a clever way Bush tried to promote a similar national- seas shows how quickly the government to reintroduce the draft to the American service program? Justin Raimondo, of An- expands roles beyond their initial pur- people: tiwar.com, concludes: “If George W. Bush pose. It would be naïve to think the same and/or John McCain had called for the cre- cannot happen to these “civil defense” Under Barack Obama’s plan, a re- ation of a domestic paramilitary force, the positions. fusal to participate in a national- liberals and certainly the Left would have While giving a July 2008 speech about service program touted at the federal seen it as an ominous development, with his plans to expand national-service level will be punished by the with- the more excitable types raising the spec- programs, Obama himself stated: “We holding of high school diplomas by ter of fascism.” President Obama doesn’t cannot continue to rely on our military the school district in your town. And have to worry about any such opposition in order to achieve the national security without that diploma, few colleges or coming from the left, at least for the fore- objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have employers will even bother to look at seeable future. The establishment may get a civilian national security force that’s your application. It’s a softer sort of their wish if enough Americans are not just as powerful, just as strong, just as authoritarianism which requires no made aware of the real danger posed by well-funded.” (Emphasis added.) That draft boards, muddles the identity Obama’s plan. n comment caused an online fer- vor among conservative and libertarian bloggers. Obama’s defenders claimed that there is nothing to worry about be- cause Obama was simply talking about his AmeriCorps and Peace Corps expansion. Therein lies the problem. The disturbing point of all this na- tional-service talk is how eas- ily Obama makes the transition from talking about volunteering within one’s own community (under federal direction) to the loaded term of “national secu- rity.” The constant word-twist- ing employed by government officials tends to blur the lines between what they are saying and what they actually intend. Much like how the U.S. gov- Soldiers on the surface: In Israel, women are required to ernment changed the name of enter military service, but because they are not allowed in the War Department to the De- combat units, they often do nothing more purposeful than fense Department after WWII, provide coffee during service. Similarly, the logistics behind finding meaningful work for all American teens, work they are AP Images despite the fact that the role of capable of doing, would be close to insurmountable. the military has been expanded beyond “defense.” Obama and 14 THE NEW AMERICAN • FEbRuARy 2, 2009
  • 16. NatioNal Service At Uncle Sam’s Service National service is often associated with patriotism, but the degree to which it becomes compulsory is the same degree to which it becomes involuntary servitude. what service may mean: To accomplish his military ambitions in Afghanistan, Sudan, and elsewhere, Barack Obama may need to include military duty (a draft) as a national-service requirement for many. AP Images by Patrick Krey another Big-government Program In Springfield, Illinois, AmeriCorps National service is just another costly and members presented a puppet show P roponents of universal national wasteful big-government program. Like to edify three-year-olds at the Little service claim that it will bring this most federal government programs, it will Angels Child Care Center by alert- nation together and teach younger be top-heavy, slow-reacting, expensive, in- ing them to the benefits of smoke generations about what it means to be an effective, and administered from D.C. To detectors. American. Sadly, many Americans seem get a good idea of what these new “corps” to believe those claims. Even with infor- will be doing, one only has to review what Bovard also explains that AmeriCorps is mation that the program will be virtu- AmeriCorps has been up to since its in- grossly mismanaged and has yet to pro- ally mandatory and might lead to a new ception. Author James Bovard has docu- duce any serious, tangible results. version of the draft, some Americans mented the almost comical “volunteerism” might shrug their shoulders and say “so that AmeriCorps has produced: Though AmeriCorps abounds in ‘feel what?” Well, there is much more wrong good’ projects, it has never provided with national service than is immediately In most areas of AmeriCorps activ- credible evidence of benefit to the apparent. ity, its effect is negligible — at best: United States. The Office of Manage- Nineteenth-century French economist … An AmeriCorps member helped ment and Budget concluded in 2003 and statesman Frederic Bastiat famously organize a “Pink Prom,” the first gay that ‘AmeriCorps has not been able to wrote in his essay “What Is Seen and What youth dance in Snohomish County, demonstrate results. Its current focus Is Not Seen” that “a law produces not Washington. AmeriCorps mem- is on the amount of time a person only one effect, but a series of effects. Of bers in Worcester, Massachusetts, serves, as opposed to the impact on these effects, the first alone is immediate; presented lessons in half a dozen the community or participants.’ OMB it appears simultaneously with its cause; schools about “Super Bowl Surge” noted in 2004, ‘AmeriCorps accom- it is seen. The other effects emerge only — the problems that occur when plishments are difficult to measure, subsequently; they are not seen; we are millions of people watching the big but its reported impact is small.’ The fortunate if we foresee them.” What other game use the bathroom during half- General Accounting Office noted in effects could there be to this universal na- time.... Puppet shows are a favorite 2000 that AmeriCorps ‘generally re- tional service? activity for AmeriCorps members. ports the results of its programs and www.TheNewAmerican.com 15
  • 17. NatioNal Service sor Arthur Brooks, author of Who Really Cares, did research to see who gives more to charity between liberals and conserva- tives. “When you look at the data, it turns out the conservatives give about 30 per- cent more. And incidentally, conserva- tive-headed families make slightly less money.... You find that people who believe it’s the government’s job to make incomes more equal, are far less likely to give their money away.” (Emphasis added.) If those trends continue, this huge national-service initiative could have a similar effect. Peo- ple who volunteer through government programs will forgo volunteering through private organizations. As more people be- lieve that charity is the responsibility of government, private charity and willful volunteerism will decline. In addition, by mandating volunteerism at such an early age, universal national ser- vice might have the effect of discouraging future community service. According to a research article published in the journal of the American Psychological Society, “Stu- AP Images dents who are not willing or not ready to volunteer — but who are required to by their school — may be less likely to vol- rally for service: These young people rally to restore full funding for the government-run AmeriCorps service programs, so they can “serve.” But the Office of Management and unteer again in the future.” Budget said in 2004, “AmeriCorps’ accomplishments are difficult to measure, but its The reality is that present government reported impact is small.” policies are obstacles to private volun- teerism. Former special assistant to the Reagan administration Doug Bandow, activities by quantifying the amount exists, and if taxpayers were not being in testimony to Congress on national- of services AmeriCorps participants mulcted for every goofy and evil social service programs, said that while much perform.’ GAO criticized Ameri- welfare scheme, they would have the “worthwhile service work remains to be Corps for failing to make any effort time and resources to devote to increased done across the country … government to measure the actual effect of its genuine charitable efforts.” Grichar, hav- often stands in the way of private indi- members’ actions. ing witnessed AmeriCorps firsthand, also viduals and groups who want to help. wrote that “the real horror is always the Such barriers should be stripped away, More taxes and inflation same — you as a taxpayer pay more and yet [federal national-service programs] What will happen when taxes are raised get less than you would have if the private may divert attention from the ways the to pay for this increased spending? The sector — either for-profit businesses or government hinders private provision of money will have to come from some- non-government-funded private charities important social services.… Restrictions where. It will either be raised by taxes or — handled the problem. The inefficiency, on paratransit operations limit private created by the Federal Reserve, thereby waste, fraud, other corruption and abuse transportation for the disabled. Regula- inflating the money supply. Either way, inflicted on taxpayers by the federal gov- tions also harm other forms of volunteer- the American people will bear the brunt of ernment — like all governments it has a ism. Health regulations prevent restau- the cost. How will this increased spending territorial monopoly of power and the au- rants in Los Angeles and elsewhere from impact present levels of volunteerism and thority to tax citizens to pay for its activi- donating food to the hungry, for instance. charitable giving? There is the real threat ties — appears endless, a price we have to In short, in many cases important needs of crowding out private sector charity by pay for progress.” are unmet precisely because of perverse having the federal government take such a government policy.” large leap into bureaucratizing community Destroying Private charity There is another danger posed by bu- service. Jim Grichar, a former economist Research has shown that believers in big reaucratizing roles typically run by private for the federal government, wrote that government do not put much stock in pri- churches. Obama has vowed to continue “real volunteerism in this country still vate charity. Syracuse University Profes- George W. Bush’s faith-based initiatives, 16 THE NEW AMERICAN • FEbRuARy 2, 2009
  • 18. but he wants to put his own mark on it: government to “indoctrinate” “Make no mistake, as someone who used our nation’s youth? The pos- to teach constitutional law, I believe deep- sibility is certainly there. Obama will be all too willing to ly in the separation of church and state, but The “Classroom Corps” throw federal funds around for I don’t believe this partnership will endan- could assist with teaching chil- national-service programs, even ger that idea — so long as we follow a few dren the accepted progressive ones involving religious charities, basic principles.... First, if you get a fed- notions of the day. The “Health eral grant, you can’t use that grant money Corps” would immediately but participating charities will have to proselytize to the people you help and put to work a new coalition to abide by the rules of the state. you can’t discriminate against them — or clamoring for socialized med- One can only imagine what will against the people you hire — on the basis icine and further government happen to volunteer work for such of their religion. Second, federal dollars intervention into healthcare. issues as abortion. that go directly to churches, temples, and The “Clean Energy Corps” mosques can only be used on secular pro- could spread the message of grams. And we’ll also ensure that taxpayer a “necessary” global solu- of the all-powerful State as the solution to dollars only go to those programs that ac- tion to the dire threat of “climate change” all of life’s problems. This new “service” tually work.” most likely administered through the UN. generation would be more willing to ac- Basically, this is more of the “strings Finally, the “Homeland Security Corps” cept big-government solutions at both the attached” federal funding approach. could help train a generation of citizens national and global level. Obama will be all too willing to throw on how to implement the directives of the federal funds around for national-service federal government at a moment’s notice. Un-american and Unconstitutional programs, even ones that are involved What starts out as voluntary soon becomes The whole notion of universal national with religious charities, but participat- mandatory. This initiative would also assist service runs counter to the founding prin- ing religious charities will have to abide with the continued centralization of power ciples of our nation. Alex Epstein, writing by the rules of the secular state. One can in Washington. In every way, national ser- in the online Capitalism Magazine, ex- only imagine what will happen to volun- vice would only serve to tie our nation’s plains that “America was founded on the teer work for such controversial issues youth more closely to government and in- principle of individualism: the idea that as abortion or sex education. If a church doctrinate them in the mindless worship each individual is a sovereign being with doesn’t follow Washington’s direction in controversial areas, they run the risk of being left behind in the national- service tidal wave of state-controlled “volunteers.” indoctrination Federally funded and directed programs would be a great way for establishment leaders to control the debate on the is- sues. Since the 1950s, the federal gov- ernment has become more and more in- volved in education. During this time, education policy has become more pro- pagandized and directed from Washing- ton. Jacob Hornberger, president of The Future of Freedom Foundation, writes that “public schooling has achieved suc- cess in one important area: the creation of a flock of good little citizens who be- lieve that the paternalistic welfare state constitutes freedom and free enterprise. Indeed, herein lies the power of public AP Images schooling — the power of government employees to indoctrinate children, year after year, with their officially ap- National-service substitution: In U.S. society, when there is a need for charitable proved version of what it means to be contributions, a private entity emerges to fill the void. Evidence shows that when people free.” Could national-service programs expect government to aid others, they cut back on private charity. be another method employed by the www.TheNewAmerican.com 17
  • 19. NatioNal Service the idea that the Nation is least if you take the text of the Constitu- something to be served?... tion seriously.... Note that the Amendment Sheldon Richman, editor of The This is a profoundly un- forbids not only ‘slavery’ but also ‘invol- Freeman, asks, “Where do people get American concept. It’s far untary servitude,’ a provision deliberately the idea that the Nation is something more consistent with the inserted to prevent state governments to be served?... This is a profoundly European despotism of the from, in effect, reenslaving blacks by im- un-American concept.... You don’t first half of the twentieth posing ‘temporary’ forced labor systems. century. You don’t have to Mandatory national service, which would have to look hard to find quotations look hard to find quota- require young people to do government- by Mussolini (dare I mention Hitler?) tions by Mussolini (dare I mandated work … is pretty clearly invol- about the duty of the individual to mention Hitler?) about the untary servitude under any reasonable serve the Nation.” duty of the individual to definition of the word.” serve the Nation.... This is The truth of the matter is that any not what most Americans program of universal national service is the moral right to his own life and to the thought at the time of the founding.” unconstitutional and un-American. Con- achievement of his own goals. This is the The first thing that comes to a con- gressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) put it best basis of the political idea, enshrined in our stitutionalist’s mind after contemplating when he said, “Some politicians simply Declaration of Independence, that the indi- Obama’s proposal is that there is no au- love the thought of mandatory service vidual possesses inalienable rights to life, thorization for it in the Constitution. It ap- to the federal government.... Both sides liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The pears that Obama hopes to do an end-run share the same belief that citizens should Founders accordingly reconceived the pur- around the Constitution by employing the serve the needs of the state — a belief our pose of government as being the servant liberally interpreted “General Welfare” founders clearly rejected in the Declara- of the individual, rather than his master.... clause that is used to justify the taxing tion of Independence. To many politicians, This collectivist belief in the supremacy of and spending powers of Congress. Even the American government is America.... the group over the individual is the foun- with this dubious rationale, the question Compulsory national service, whether dation of the national-service ideology, remains whether universal national ser- in the form of military conscription or which regards the individual as a servant vice violates the 13th Amendment’s pro- make-work programs like AmeriCorps, to the nation. The notion that people are hibition on “involuntary servitude.” Ilya still sells on Capitol Hill. Conscription is ‘nothing without the group’ and owe their Somin, a law professor at George Mason wrongly associated with patriotism, when lives — or any portion of them — to the University, certainly thinks so. “I think really it represents collectivism and invol- state is antithetical to American individu- that the answer is pretty clearly ‘yes,’ at untary servitude.” n alism and freedom.” Volunteerism as it exists in a free society has virtu- ally nothing in common expectations and reality: The National Guard, whose with the vision of national main duty is to provide force protection for the United service promoted by Obama. States, has been increasingly activated for combat Sheldon Richman, editor of overseas. How long will it be before Obama’s planned The Freeman, explains that “civilian national security force” is co-opted into fighting “if people wish to perform abroad as well? service for others, they of course should be free to do so, with their own time and money. They should neither be forced nor use force in the name of service. A le- gally enforceable obligation to perform service clashes with the principles of the free society and proclaims that individuals are not self- owners but rather the prop- erty of society or the state. If there is no right to live for AP Images one’s own sake, there are no rights at all.” Richman also asks, “Where do people get 18 THE NEW AMERICAN • FEbRuARy 2, 2009
  • 20. tHe riGHt PerSPectiVe by charleS Scaliger Obama: The Change That’s Not P resident Bush has left made public, Obama’s aides office amid the great- have indicated the price tag est economic calamity may exceed $770 billion. in several generations, per- Regardless of how it’s haps ever. The federal budget designed, Obama’s stimu- deficit is poised to triple last lus package, like all federal year’s record $400 billion, government pork, will only rising to a projected $1.2 tril- further ratchet up the deficit lion. Trillions too have been while doing little to jump- added to the national debt by start the economy — an echo a desperate Bush administra- of the Bush administration’s tion and craven Congress, feeble economic stimulus most to bail out America’s package last year. The only corporate and financial oli- possible effective stimulus garchs. Meanwhile, the fed- would be to reduce drasti- eral government continues to cally the burden of taxes and prosecute its wars in Iraq and regulations that Americans Afghanistan and myriad other are saddled with, but Presi- expensive military projects dent Obama, as ideologically AP Images overseas, as well as preside wedded to socialism as his over a vast array of welfare predecessors, will, with the programs and subsidies. De- support of a willing Congress, spite tens of trillions of dollars of debt, the federal government only seek to enlarge the federal welfare state. Handouts to the continues to borrow and spend as though money grows on trees poor, unemployed, students, researchers, artists, farmers, and the — which, in the presto-chango economics of Federal Reserve countless companies still clamoring for bailouts will continue printing presses, it does. unabated, all of it tendered in money the federal government will Enter Barack Obama, a fresh face, saddled with endless wars, have to borrow because it does not have the funds. a federal government drowning in debt, and a host of other in- As for foreign policy, Obama has stated that he intends to tractable problems brought about by decades of federal cor- “engage immediately” in the Middle East, including the Gaza ruption and abuse. Throughout his campaign, Obama, exuding situation over which he is “deeply concerned.” Obama has clar- competence and confidence, promised change to a war- and ified that his interest in the Middle East is not “short term.” recession-weary American public. He instead has plans for “building a process whereby we can Were he Ron Paul, Obama might be expected to do the right achieve a more lasting peace in the region.” What’s more, wrote thing — to end America’s debilitating overseas military activi- Amie Parnes and Glenn Thrush in an article for Politico.com, ties, scale back the federal government to within constitutionally “Obama quietly adopted many of his former rival’s [i.e., Hillary authorized bounds (bounds that have not been observed since Clinton’s] more hawkish foreign policy positions by the end of before the First World War), and return our money to a sound the primaries.” footing — a gold and silver standard. In other words Obama, like his predecessors, has no intention But Obama is not Ron Paul, and intends none of these things. of reducing our profile as the world’s policeman, in the Middle Instead, youth, freshness, and glib campaign slogans notwith- East or presumably anywhere else. Look for ongoing wrangling standing, Obama intends to continue the policies of his prede- with Iran and North Korea over their nuclear programs, con- cessors, and very likely will take full advantage of the global cri- tinued U.S. military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, and sis to further reduce America to fiscal and political servitude. possible new military commitments in Syria, the Sudan, and President Obama believes only government — not the free elsewhere. market — can save us from economic ruin. “At this particular Those who voted for change in Barack Obama will soon be moment, only government can provide the short-term boost nec- disappointed, as our new president charts a course from the very essary to lift us from a recession this deep and severe,” Obama same road map his presidential predecessors have followed for warned recently in a speech at George Mason University, add- nearly a century. Big government at home and abroad will con- ing that the ongoing recession could “linger for years” unless tinue to expand, to the detriment of our fast-disappearing free- Congress spends unprecedented sums on bailouts and other faux doms and our evaporating wealth. Before long, the lament will stimuli. While details of what the Obama camp has been call- likely be, as a popular Clinton-era bumper sticker styled it, “I ing the American Recovery and Investment Plan have yet to be voted for change. Now that’s all I have left!” n www.TheNewAmerican.com 19
  • 21. iNterview An Americanist Economic Perspective Art Thompson, the CEO of The John Birch Society, offers a uniquely Americanist perspective on how to resolve our current economic crisis. Interview of Arthur Thompson my, for whatever reason, what necessarily economic improvement of the nation. The by Bill Hahn end up being controlled are the real actions planning bureaucracy, though, was never of the honest, hardworking people whose able to plan its way into economic growth A rt Thompson, CEO of The John economic decisions taken in sum comprise and stability, and the Soviet economy col- Birch Society, parent company to the economy as a whole. lapsed after a long period of stagnation the new american, offers his But even the most thoroughgoing des- and decline. advice on what steps to take to solve the potism lacks the analytical and theoreti- In a socialist regime, those who con- economic crisis. cal tools necessary to direct the economic trol the economy — political leaders and lives of all the people who make up the well-connected financial elites — tend to The New AmericAN: With all the calls larger economy of a nation. The more become, as Orwell once put it in Animal for bailouts, first for the financial sector tightly a government attempts to control Farm, “more equal than others.” The rich and now for the auto industry, Americans economic behavior, the worse economic get richer and the poor get poorer. Those are confused. We’ve been hearing that activity is hampered and distorted. This who would normally be the entrepreneurs these bailouts are necessary to save the is particularly true in large, populous na- in a free society realize that in a govern- economy, but everyone understands that tions, which because of their size are more ment-controlled economy the only way to they will impose an enormous tax burden difficult to manipulate economically than get ahead is to become part of the system on future generations. Our political lead- small nations. — the economic command structure, so to ers want us to believe that there are no al- The more controls on an economy, the speak — and not rock the boat. ternatives, that bailouts are a lesser evil to poorer the economy becomes. We need no Whatever they call it — socialism, prevent greater ones down the road. How better example than the Union of Soviet regulation, management, or controls — do you answer that? Socialist Republics, or USSR. The Soviets centralized economic planning will al- Art Thompson: Recently, I saw a pundit had very sophisticated state planning (if ways be detrimental to the people and the on a major television network discussing there can be such a thing), and quite pub- economy, although it will always be sold the 2008 panic and advocating as a solu- licly and solemnly pronounced their inten- as a benefit for the people. The current re- tion “a little socialism now to prevent a tion to carry out each “five year plan” for gime of bailouts, if not discontinued, will lot of socialism later.” Those were his exact words. This particu- lar commentator was more candid than most. The words used most often by the media in their “solutions” are “more regulation,” “better manage- ment,” and/or “more controls” by government. All of these amount to “a little socialism.” Bill Hahn But “a little socialism” is just another term for fascism. Whether it is fascism or full- Art blown socialism, the stated ob- Thompson jective is to control the econo- my. But when the government attempts to control the econo- 20 THE NEW AMERICAN • FEbRuARy 2, 2009
  • 22. be catastrophic for our economy and our fiat-money system, by contrast, liberties in the long run. some controlling agency, usu- “Centralized economic planning Our bottom line is that economic solu- ally a central bank like the Fed- tions need to be based on liberty and per- eral Reserve, manages the value will always be detrimental to the missible under the U.S. Constitution. of the currency. The value of people and the economy.... The the money in your pocket and current regime of bailouts, if not TNA: What solutions is the JBS in your savings accounts is not discontinued, will be catastrophic proposing? constant, but subject to the self- Thompson: We advocate backing our cur- serving whims and policies of for our economy and our liberties rency with a precious-metal standard, be- an elite few. That certainly is not in the long run.” coming energy-independent, stopping all conducive to freedom and inde- — Art Thompson government spending not authorized by the pendence for anyone other than Constitution, halting foreign aid, blocking the central bankers and well-con- illegal immigration, growing the middle nected special interests that benefit from the power of the government and powerful class, eliminating the income tax, and get- their monetary policies. special interests who will otherwise debase ting rid of our central banking system. Gold is a very good commodity to use our money, the restoration of gold and silver for money because (among other reasons) as money should be the first logical step to- TNA: This magazine has reported on all it is very scarce, making it impossible for ward the restoration of sound economics. of these topics over the years. Let’s take a governments or central bankers to ma- look at each one. The first one you men- nipulate its supply. And money backed by TNA: Moving on to the second topic, how tioned was backing the dollar with a pre- gold must be strictly limited in issue or the does the United States become energy- cious metal. Are you calling for a return to government will rob the people by means independent? the gold standard? of inflation. For instance, the greenback, Thompson: Each year billions of dollars Thompson: As long as it is a precious the Civil War issue, robbed the American metal that meets the criteria for commod- citizens in the Union of 50 percent of their Safeguarding our money: To stop the ity money, it doesn’t have to be just gold. wealth in three years through inflation. government from plundering Americans’ Sound money in the hands of the individ- Because gold and silver is given coun- savings — such as their retirement accounts ual is not simply a means of fair exchange tenance by the U.S. Constitution, and be- — through inflation, the United States needs to for goods or services; it is a large part of cause such money would act as a check on return to a precious-metal monetary standard. being free. And this is why, in Article I, Section 8, the Constitution grants the power to Congress to produce and protect the value of money. The exact wording is “to coin money,” implying gold or silver; not paper money with an arbitrary value established by government fiat. Our Founding Fathers had experience with the hazards of printed money dur- ing the Revolutionary War. They knew that unbacked money was a recipe for inflation that would destroy the nation’s wealth, and they were adamant, both be- fore and after the adoption of the Consti- tution, that paper money was not to be issued by the federal government. They even stipulated, in Article I, Section 10 of the Constitution, that the states could only make gold or silver coin as a legal tender in the payment of debts. If money is gold or silver, or backed by gold or silver, the value of money will remain more or less constant, and people’s money will be free from ma- nipulation by moneyed interests. In a www.TheNewAmerican.com 21
  • 23. iNterview cannot establish our own future if ness of private business. Since the Civil “As the government has we are sending money out of the War in particular, the federal govern- country and are beholden to others ment has taken unto itself more and more accumulated power over private for our energy needs. control over the free-enterprise system enterprise, the number and that has made this country economically severity of economic crises has TNA: Unfortunately the govern- great. As the government has accumulated ment didn’t listen to the voters power over private enterprise, the num- grown and the rate of economic when it decided to pass the bailout ber and severity of economic crises has growth has decreased.” bill for Wall Street. grown and the rate of economic growth — Art Thompson Thompson: That brings me to the has decreased. next step: stop government spend- This has happened because, with more ing, at least spending not sanctioned economic regimentation, the many vari- are sucked out of the American economy by the very limited writ of authority in the ables that stimulate economic growth, by the purchase of foreign oil and gas. Constitution (and that means most things such as new inventions, new services, new Much of this money ends up in the hands the federal government spends money on allocations of capital, business startups, of governments and people who are the these days!). One of the cruelest and most etc., did not occur at all or as frequently enemies of our country. These dollars are misguided ideas for stimulating an econo- as they should have. Would-be inventors, then used to compete in many ways with my is to promote government spending as risk takers, entrepreneurs, and investors our businesses, workers, military, etc. part of any stimulus plan. In reality, there decided that, because of regulatory bar- Yet America has the ability to achieve are only two things that a government can riers and other forms of government in- energy independence by further harness- do to stimulate an economy: cut govern- terference in the workings of the market, ing our own energy resources, from the oil ment spending and reduce or eliminate going ahead with an investment, innova- along our Outer Continental Shelf and in government regulation. tion, or startup was not worth the effort. Alaska (much of which is now off-limits A solid case can be made that we would This is why economies in communist and to drilling) to nuclear power. not be in trouble economically if govern- socialist societies atrophy over time. So energy independence is a political ment would have stayed out of the busi- But economics aside, the federal gov- issue, but it’s also an economic one. We ernment must be brought back to within proper constitutional limits. That means relinquishing our far-flung empire and bringing our troops home. It means abol- United States merely needs energy independence: To become energy independent, the ishing every unconstitutional department to undo most restrictions on drilling for oil and natural gas — such as restrictions on — and cut or eliminate of the federal government. It means get- drilling in the 19-million-acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge ting the government out of grant mak- corporate taxes on energy companies. Investors worldw ide would rush to build our ing and funding the arts and sciences. It energy infrastructure. means no more $700 billion bailouts. It means less regulation and many thou- sands fewer bureaucrats. It means putting a stop to federal foreign aid. When these things happen, then federal spending will decrease and the resulting distortions of the market will be radically diminished. We, the taxpayers, will have more money in our pockets, and more freedom to use that money. Only then will we be back on the road to greater freedom and prosperity. TNA: You also mentioned foreign aid earlier. Thompson: Since the United States is sustaining a deficit that increases daily, it makes no sense to send foreign aid to ap- proximately 150 countries, especially when Wildlife Service far too much of this aid ends up in the bank U.S. Fish & accounts of the leaders of the countries that receive the aid. 22 THE NEW AMERICAN • FEbRuARy 2, 2009
  • 24. Foreign aid, in any form, is a moral decision. If people need help, it should be done privately, through charitable organizations such as religious organizations, typically the largest and most effective char- ities — the Salvation Army, for example, and a multitude of other humanitarian groups. And when it is privately do- nated and managed, the aid gets to the individuals in need. If the need is there, American citizens always rise to the oc- AP Images casion. American citizens, by a large margin, are the most generous people on the planet, according to a recent report by the Hudson Institute. Servitude: U.S. immigrants from Central and South America average less than 10 years of If we allow government to schooling. These immigrants often rely on welfare to get by. In 2004, the cost to taxpayers of immigrants get involved, as we have seen who live in a household headed by an immigrant without a high-school degree was $89.1 billion. time after time, the aid always seems to benefit the few and can end up legal immigration has anything to do with drag on the U.S. economy because they in private bank accounts. In some cases, economic recovery, it does in fact have mean less money in the pockets of Ameri- foreign aid, including food aid, has been several important effects on the economy. can citizens. used to prop up petty dictators. This has First of all, illegal immigration itself on Another very important aspect of ille- not endeared us to their citizenries and has such a vast scale constitutes an invasion. gal immigration is the economic and so- led some of these nations to rise up and Such events can overturn governments and cial cost of increasing crime. While most embrace our enemies as a result. societies alike. It happened after the Goths illegal immigrants are workers displaced It is not only unconstitutional, but also invaded the Roman Empire (technically, by internationalist economic policies like wrong in principle for our government to they were invited to immigrate en masse, NAFTA and by misbegotten policies of take money from our citizens and give it and only turned hostile once inside Roman their own governments, there is also a to other countries, with the possible excep- borders), and it is happening in modern- significant criminal element exploiting tion of during a war properly declared by day America. America’s open borders to commit crimes Congress, and then only as direct assis- Subsidizing illegal immigrants’ medical of every variety, from drug trafficking to tance for our fighting forces. care, schooling, and housing costs Ameri- murder. Additionally, large numbers of There will always be well-meaning ar- can taxpayers billions of dollars per year. illegals drive illegally and irresponsibly; guments for foreign aid, and many times The burdens on hospitals alone have I had two friends that were killed in two they will tug at the heartstrings of good been extraordinary and the costs stagger- separate incidents by errant aliens in car people, but we must remember that every ing. In California in 2004, for example, accidents. In both cases, the perpetrators cent of federally funded foreign aid was the cost for unreimbursed healthcare was fled the country to avoid vehicular man- collected forcibly, through taxation, and estimated at $1.4 billion, according to the slaughter charges. that the Constitution does not authorize Federation for American Immigration None of this is to say that we should dispensing taxpayer monies to foreign Reform. build a wall around the United States and countries. Foreign aid, like all govern- Many mortgage failures in the real es- prevent any and all immigration. It is only ment programs, is coercive, not voluntary. tate crash occurred because lenders en- to recognize the fact that in the United Private, voluntary charity will always cost ticed illegals who did not understand the States today, immigration is no longer less than foreign aid and will usually go to ensuing obligations to take out subprime under control. As a result, immigrants and those who need it most. home loans. Subprime lenders made a spe- American citizens alike suffer. The im- cial effort to induce immigrants, legal or migration problem has grown so big that, TNA: So how does illegal immigration illegal, to take out such loans, as columnist unless dealt with, it will prove an impedi- play a role in economic revival? Michelle Malkin has pointed out. ment to economic recovery and an obsta- Thompson: While it may not seem that il- Such costs have become a significant cle to future economic growth. www.TheNewAmerican.com 23
  • 25. iNterview finance and Wall Street also eral income tax was imposed for the first want to regulate all business on time during the Civil War and attempted “People don’t usually think of the Main Street. They will destroy again later on, but each time was declared U.S. Constitution as an economic the middle class in the process. unconstitutional. document, but simply observing And this is precisely what some This all changed with the adoption of strict constitutional limits on the of them want to accomplish. the16th Amendment, which made legal, if The reason that we need to not legitimate, the heavy progressive in- scope of the federal government stop government from regulat- come tax America is saddled with today. would go a long way toward ing and nationalizing business The personal income tax is only a small solving the current crisis.” has as much to do with our fu- portion of what the federal government — Art Thompson ture as a free country as it does takes monetarily from the people, but it with encouraging economic can be very important as part of a stimulus growth. When the middle class package if it’s eliminated. TNA: The poor and the middle class ap- grows and prospers, the country benefits The cumulative cost of the income tax pear to be bearing the brunt of this latest both politically and economically. adds greatly to the cost of services and recession. Comment? products. Imagine the tax on miners, Thompson: True enough, but it’s impor- TNA: Probably if asked what the greatest truckers, manufacturing employees, man- tant to understand that the middle class is obstacle to personal prosperity is in this agement, salesmen, and the clerks at the actually under deliberate attack, and has country, a lot of middle-class Americans store where you purchase the end product, been for generations. would mention the income tax and the IRS. all factored into the cost at the checkout The middle class has always been a What’s your take on the income tax? counter. Eliminate the income tax and threat to those who covet absolute power, Thompson: Well, if the income tax were prices will be reduced dramatically. because of their ability to challenge both eliminated, the economy would be stimu- If we want to fix our economy, then we the economic and political status quo. Most lated to unprecedented levels. need to end the income tax. of the American Founders were middle- Our Founding Fathers wrote the Consti- class merchants, farmers, and craftsmen. tution so that the federal government could TNA: You also advocate getting rid of the The middle class creates vast amounts of not impose direct taxes — like the income Federal Reserve. How can that possibly new wealth, and because of sheer numbers, tax — on the people. Nevertheless, a fed- help the economy? can make its voice heard loud and clear Thompson: Throughout history, in politics, whether the oligarchs wish to hear them or not. The middle class, with its new money and education, has always been reflexively hostile to government. Serfdom is kept at bay wherever there is a strong and vibrant middle class, and the concentration of power in too few hands is usually kept in check. On the other hand, in authoritarian countries, the mid- dle class is weak and nonexistent. There is a huge concentration of wealth in the hands of a few at the top, and almost everyone else is poor. The American middle class produces new products, provides new services, creates jobs, etc., but only insofar as they are free to do it. Yet now we are told that more regulation will solve our economic problems, that by regulating AP Images business (which really means putting controls on the actions of the middle class), government is doing the people a great service. But if government continues to visit more and more regulations upon a real bailout: If U.S. government spending were reduced to the the middle class, soon there will be point that the income tax and the IRS were eliminated, Americans would have more wealth, no middle class. And that is the point. guaranteed wealth versus the promised, illusory wealth of a “stimulus plan.” The people who want to socialize high 24 THE NEW AMERICAN • FEbRuARy 2, 2009
  • 26. and especially in modern times, inflation has taken a heavy toll on many civiliza- tions and countries. The over issuance of paper, particularly if it’s not redeemable in any intrinsic metal (what economists call “fiat money”), results in higher prices for products and services, and is marked by a general devaluation of the currency. As a result, a powerful, well-connected few get away with stealing from their own coun- trymen by printing money to finance gran- diose government-sponsored projects like wars — and then letting the little guy take the fall later on in the form of rising prices that erode the value of savings and cause the cost of living to rise. For instance, if the currency in cir- culation were doubled, the value of the currency would be cut in half and goods some help from the Treasury Department stampeded into serfdom. It happened in and services would cost twice as much. and other central banks overseas. Germany and it can happen here, if the In a declining economy, where goods are The financial and economic crisis of Federal Reserve System isn’t abolished produced in less quantity, the situation is 2008 did not come as a surprise to those and the dollar returned to a gold or some exacerbated. who keep an eye on the activities of the other precious-metal standard. For the politician and the totalitarian- Federal Reserve. The writing was on One final thought: people don’t usu- leaning bureaucrat, printing fiat money the wall, as we pointed out in the new ally think of the U.S. Constitution as an (which is what inflation really is; rising american years ago. Other analysts like- economic document, but simply observing prices are the effect of inflation, not infla- wise saw that the radical inflation of the strict constitutional limits on the scope of tion per se) is attractive because it allows money supply that accelerated in the last the federal government would go a long government to spend money without rais- decade would lead to terrible economic way toward solving the current crisis. ing taxes overtly. Inflation is a form of tax, turmoil. And now that the inevitable re- We’d have to return to a precious-metal but a particularly dishonest one because it cession is well underway, taking correct standard and abolish the Federal Reserve; isn’t advertised as such and because very measures will be very difficult because of abolish most of the federal regulatory ap- few people understand how the process widespread ignorance of how our financial paratus; cease giving handouts to illegal works. Politicians and those in control of system works. aliens; repeal the 16th Amendment and the money supply understand that the citi- We cannot allow a system of fiat get rid of the federal income tax and the zenry will resist heavy direct taxes, so they money to operate and expect to stay a free IRS; and only get involved in wars and often turn to inflation to finance projects people. This is because, as we are seeing other military activity overseas authorized that the public would not be willing to pay now, each new contrived financial crisis by a congressional declaration. And that’s for any other way. Also, because the way is used as a pretext for more government just for starters. If the Constitution were that central banks like the Federal Reserve controls — government proposing to strictly observed, the size (and therefore introduce new money into circulation is by solve problems it created in the first place, the cost as well) of the federal government the creation of more debt, inflation causes and by the only means that government would shrink to a fraction of what it is now. national debts and deficits to soar. has at its disposal: more government. The Americans would have a lot more money In the Federal Reserve Act of 1913, reckless inflationary policies of Germa- in their pockets and, free from alphabet- Congress gave the power to issue fiat ny during World War I led to complete soup agencies regulating and watching paper currency to a new, quasi-private en- destruction of the German mark in the their every move, would be much more tity called the Federal Reserve. Since then early ’20s, wiping out German financial willing to launch businesses and other we have experienced constant inflation, markets and personal savings alike. In the wealth-creating enterprises. Also, preda- such that the dollar’s value has depreciated turmoil that followed, Germany eventu- tory special interests would evaporate by more than 90 percent. We’ve also ex- ally succumbed to the Nazi dictatorship. with the end of the spoils system now in perienced unprecedented boom-and-bust Allowing central bankers and politicians place. This isn’t to say that things would cycles, like the Roaring Twenties followed to play games with the money supply is be perfect, but returning to constitutional by the Great Depression, all of which were like playing with fire. Sooner or later, government would be a tremendous step in engineered by the Federal Reserve, with when the crisis arrives, people are easily the right direction. n www.TheNewAmerican.com 25
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  • 28. atlaNtic UNioN eU Déjà vu in the caribbean Just as the eU was sold to europeans as a trade agreement even though it was actually a political union, so it has been sold again, this time to the islands of the caribbean. by John F. McManus to 1999. He stated in 2007 that “84 percent American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) of the legal acts in Germany” stem from — likewise sold to Congress and the Amer- M any Europeans are now dis- EU headquarters in Brussels, not from the ican people as a way to spur trade among covering that their nations German legislature. He wonders if it’s re- the United States, Canada and Mexico — have been deceitfully lured alistic to continue referring to his country has been discovered to have judicial teeth into membership in a multi-national trade as a “parliamentary democracy.” Czech and other restrictions on sovereignty in its bloc, once known as the Common Market, President Vaclav Klaus warned in 2003 900 pages. But it only affected three na- that is now controlling them politically. that the steady immersion of Europe’s na- tions. When the newer and more compre- Known in its current manifestation as the tions into the EU would lead eventually hensive Free Trade Area of the Americas European Union, this bloc now numbers to a situation where “only one state will (FTAA) was proposed in 2003 as a benefi- 27 formerly independent nations. remain.” He calls what is being built “the cial economic agreement among 34 West- That the Common Market was intended European superstate.” And Britain’s Mike ern Hemisphere nations, citizen objections from the beginning to become a supra- Nattrass, one of the leaders of a splinter in the United States blocked it from even national government has been meticulously political party in his country, lamented, being brought before Congress. exposed in a superb 600-page book, The “The EU was sold to the British people as Then another attempt to entangle the Great Deception, authored by British news- a trading agreement and has turned into a three North American nations emerged paper columnist Christopher Booker and political union which is changing our basic in the form of the Security and Prosperity political analyst Richard North. These two laws and traditions.” Throughout the EU’s Partnership. The intent is to create, step researchers point out that what has become formerly independent nations, many have by step, a North American Union mod- the EU was promoted in their nation and awakened to their plight. But reversing eled after the EU, a not-so-hidden scheme others as a mere trade agreement. But they what has been done will be very difficult. that has stimulated another round of citi- document that the EU is now a political The EU’s own documents, such as the zen objections. the new american has force controlling their laws and traditions, 2003 EU Draft Constitution, show that the repeatedly warned about this threat, with and the claim at its beginning that it was a EU schemers envision not just regional much of the information assembled in our mere economic association was a lie. governance but global governance, with special “North American Union” issue of Booker and North actually refer to the the United Nations very much a part of October 15, 2007. EU as “the most spectacular coup d’etat their global designs. The Draft Constitu- The ruse promising mere trade arrange- in all history.” Other Europeans have tion indicated subservience to the UN in ments that has compromised Europe’s begun to realize that their nations have such expressions as “strict observance for,” once-independent nations continues to be succumbed to the same false claims and “in accordance with,” “respect for,” “in employed. Now, its major proponent has are now equally trapped. Roman Herzog conformity with,” “without prejudice to,” become the European Union itself. served as president of Germany from 1994 and “establishing all appropriate forms of cooperation with” — always referring to working the Plan in the caribbean Research for this article was supplied by Trinidad the UN Charter. On October 15, 2008, leaders of 13 Eng- resident Janet Doon. In the United States, the 1994 North lish-speaking Caribbean nations signed www.TheNewAmerican.com 27
  • 29. atlaNtic UNioN a complex Economic Partnership Agree- of devastating 2008 hurricanes ravaged the serves in the government of Prime Min- ment (EPA) with the executive arm of the country and all attention has been given to ister Gordon Brown.) European Union known as the European rebuilding what was destroyed. Haiti has A full year before the formal signing Commission. As a result of that action, until 2010 to join, and likely will do so of this EPA, Portugal’s José Manuel Bar- they are now linked in an economic union by then. roso — who has been president of the Eu- with the 27-member EU. These nations are Additionally reaching out with its tenta- ropean Commission since 2004 — sent a Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, cles to other parts of the world, the EU has letter to prime ministers Bruce Golding of Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, identified six geographical regions where Jamaica and Owen Arthur of Barbados. It Grenada, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & its trade agreements are being negotiated. threatened them in no uncertain terms with the Grenadines, St. Kitts & St. Nevis, Su- These include four areas in Africa, one in “dire consequences” if their countries did riname, and Trinidad & Tobago. This new the Pacific, and the aforementioned pact not accept the EPA. Obviously, it was very arrangement replaces previous agreements in the Caribbean. Undoubtedly, the EU important to EU leaders to entangle these that were merely trade-only pacts between commissioners will point to what they small nations in their web. Europe and the region. It promises to do have accomplished in the Caribbean to All during 2008, various influential to the Caribbean nations what the EU has promote similar entanglements in these West Indies leaders sounded the alarm already done to Europe. other areas. about the EPA. Havelock Brewster, former Guyana’s President Bharrat Jagdeo ini- The chief EU negotiator for the Carib- ambassador of Guyana to the EU, warned tially refused to agree with the EPA, want- bean arrangement was British citizen that the document contained “non-binding, ing a “goods only” pact for his nation. Im- Peter Mandelson, once labeled by British declaratory, general statements on the part mediately threatened with punitive tariffs media as a “prince of darkness” because of EC” but “specific, time-bound, binding, by EU officials, he appealed to the United of his ruthlessness and youthful commu- and subject to sanctions” requirements for Nations pointing out that the EU had em- nist background. It was he who browbeat the various small nations. He added, “We ployed bullying tactics. He pleaded in vain the Caribbean leaders into signing the should avoid entering into open-ended for a renegotiation of the arrangement. 2,000-page EPA document. Now legally commitments.” Eventually obtaining the EU’s pledge binding, it will require each participat- Also concerned about what was being to “take into account” his concerns (but ing country to begin removing tariffs proposed was Professor Norman Girvan of without any substantive commitment), he by 2011. But tariffs constitute the major the West Indies Institute of International reluctantly directed his ambassador to the source of revenue for these small nations Relations. A former secretary-general of EU, Dr. Patrick Gomes, to include Guyana and will leave each dependent on other the Association of Caribbean States, he as the 14th nation to agree to the pact on sources for funds to operate. (Mandelson pointed out, “The final stages of the EPA October 21. Among the 15 English-speak- unexpectedly left his post just prior to the were rushed to conclusion with little op- ing Caribbean nations, only Haiti has not formal signing of the EPA. He immedi- portunity for the public to become famil- signed the EPA, mainly because a series ately returned to England where he now iar with its provisions and to deliberate 28 THE NEW AMERICAN • FEbRuARy 2, 2009
  • 30. its implications.... The region will have called partnership between to live with the consequences indefinitely, the EU and the small Carib- consequences that may prove difficult to bean countries was really Economics professor Dr. Clive Thomas reverse.” He concluded, “The EPA sets “between the bully and the stated in an article published by Caribbean up an elaborate institutional structure of bullied,” and that European Media Sphere that “through a mixture government … endowed with a degree of producers would “flood the supra-nationality that [our existing] gover- region and force local com- of blatant bullyism, bribery, cajolery, nance does not possess.” petitors out of business.” deception, intellectual dishonesty Economics professor Dr. Clive Thomas Another red flag about of Guyana stated in an article published by these plans was raised by and plain bluff, the EU has worked a Caribbean Media Sphere that “through a Dr. Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel monumental deception on the region.” mixture of blatant bullyism, bribery, cajol- Prize-winning economist ery, deception, intellectual dishonesty and and the former chief econ- plain bluff, the EU has worked a monu- omist for the World Bank. Speaking in masks of a single governance system.” mental deception on the region.” And for- Ghana in July 2008, where he was urg- These various warnings went unheeded mer Caribbean ambassador to the World ing that small nation to avoid losing its and the EPA was signed as noted above. Trade Organization Sir Ronald Sanders identity, the MIT professor pointed out The small nations of the Caribbean will said that the EPA “may well return Ca- that the EU’s $12 trillion economy is “88 now be dominated economically by the ribbean nations to the state of plantation times larger” than all of the Caribbean na- EU preparatory to being further dominated economies where the commanding heights tions being pressured into an EPA. Stiglitz, politically in the near future. The process are owned by foreign companies run by who resigned (or got fired) from the World that has entangled the 27 nations of the expatriate managers and the Caribbean Bank in 1999 has campaigned for years EU has been successfully imposed on the people are merely workers.” He warned against “extremely managed trade agree- small Caribbean nations. that in any dispute arising over the agree- ments” that undergird the world trading Noteworthy among those promoting ment “individual countries will be up system. In previous comments, he has regionalization and all that it entails was against the full force and resources of the characterized the World Bank, the Inter- Trinidad Prime Minister Patrick Manning. EU as a whole. The potential for disaster national Monetary Fund, and the World On August 14, 2008, he quietly arranged is glaring.” Trade Organization as “interchangeable flights to his capital for three other prime The September 14, 2008 issue of Trini- dad Guardian carried a commentary by Dennis Partin that summed up what was about to transpire: “Europe is, no doubt, laughing and congratulating itself on how easy it once again divided, conquered and ruled the Caribbean.” But it is not just the Caribbean nations that will lose their autonomy. Awareness about what was occurring in the Western Hemisphere has arisen in Uganda, one of the nations next in line for EU pressure to sign an EPA. An article published in Uganda’s Monitor Online stated: “While some countries believe that signing the EPA would bring to an end their problems of accessing European markets ..., others believe that the agreement would worsen the difficulties their economies are facing, thereby subduing them into being servants to the developed world.” AP Images Only weeks before the fateful EPA sign- ing in October, British-based Christian Aid, a charitable group working among the poor in 50 Latin American countries, this much independence: President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso urged the Caribbean leaders not to accept gestures during a press conference held in Prague on January 7, 2009. A year before the EPA. Leaders of this privately run or- the Caribbean Economic Partnership Agreement was finalized, Barroso sent a letter to the prime ministers of Jamaica and Barbados threatening their countries with “dire ganization stated that the EU was pursuing consequences” if they did not accept the agreement. its own mercantile interests, that the so- www.TheNewAmerican.com 29
  • 31. atlaNtic UNioN now it will be linked to the • “A fundamental characteristic of trea- European Union rather than ties with the EU is that they are not only Luring the world’s nations into the UN’s the USA (as was envisaged broad in scope but also designed to be web with trade pacts has been the modus under the FTAA).” extended.... The EU does not therefore The report notes that all ne- need to sign the same agreement with all operandi. While the plotters knew what gotiations with the EU “have countries because it can achieve in future they were doing, few national leaders been conducted largely in reviews anything that it does not achieve realized that economic union precedes secret, which prevents par- in the first round.” liaments, citizens and social • “Parliaments and social movements political union and will eventually mean movements from obtaining are denied a chance to reject the changes.... loss of independence. any relevant information.” This means that countries are giving up … Secrecy is needed, the report the right to exercise national sovereignty.” continues, “to prevent the kind • “If the EU considers that a country ministers (those of Grenada, St. Lucia, of social mobilisation that helped scupper has not complied with an agreement, it and St. Vincent & the Grenadines). Each the FTAA.” This is an acknowledgement can take that country to a private tribunal of these national leaders then signed a of the successful effort waged by the new whose decisions are binding. If the coun- memorandum of understanding commit- american and the John Birch Society to try in question does not then comply, the ting them to the formation of an area-wide block U.S. entry into the FTAA and the EU can take reprisal measures such as single economy by 2011, and full political planned North American Union. unilaterally increasing tariffs or banning integration by 2013. Manning then traveled The following statements taken verba- imports from that country.” to five other countries in the region cajol- tim from this report demonstrate the im- • “[Because of free trade agreements] ing their government leaders to accept this pact of free-trade agreements in general Chile has lost control over a significant same memorandum of understanding. and their results following the EU’s vig- quantity of resources: 70 per cent of its orous luring of nations into them, either mining exports are today handled by for- all of latin america targeted individually or in blocs of nations. eign companies.” Last August, the website grain.org pub- • “In order to put pressure on countries • “In Mexico, the economic damage is lished a “briefing” on the EU’s continuing that take a more independent position or even clearer. Its overall trade deficit in- designs on all of Latin America. Entitled are more willing to defend their national creased from a little over US$9 billion in “Latin America’s Free Trade Agreements interest, the EU has negotiated with re- 2002, when the country signed an agree- With the European Union — An Agenda gional blocs.” ment with Europe, to almost US$19 bil- for Domination,” the 16-page report states • “The agreements with the European lion in 2006.” that the region “will be incorporated into Union are notable for their scope and for • “The biggest myth about free trade an expanded version of the Free Trade covering much more than strictly econom- agreements is that they will bring eco- Area of the Americas (FTAA), except that ic matters.” nomic benefits.” • “‘Free trade treaties are instru- ments of colonisation and domination.’ [Quoting] President Evo Morales [Bo- Hitching their wagons to the wrong star: Then-European Union Commissioner for livia], in response to the request from Trade Peter Mandelson addresses a media conference on July 17, 2008 in Brussels. presidents Alan García [Peru] and Ál- Mandelson was the chief EU negotiator responsible for the Caribbean partnership that varo Uribe [Colombia] to accelerate has bound to the EU the island nations’ economic fate — and their potential political negotiations between the EU and the destiny as well. Andean Community of Nations.” The EU’s designs on the Caribbean and on all of Latin America make per- fect sense when it is understood that the architects behind what is euphe- mistically called a “new world order” intend to use the EU and other regional blocs to build, step by step and piece by piece, global government controlled by themselves.* This grand design, exam- ined many times by this magazine, also makes sense of the EU-United Nations connection alluded to earlier, since the AP Images UN would serve as the umbrella for the developing instruments of global gov- ernance including the EU. 30 THE NEW AMERICAN • FEbRuARy 2, 2009
  • 32. AP Images the Big Picture USSR. That he sought to deliver our na- reaching beyond the caribbean: Latin After surveying the evidence, no one can tion and the rest of mankind to world rule American and Caribbean leaders pose for a honestly dispute that the United Nations cannot be denied. Also, the U.S. delega- group photo on December 17, 2008 during a was created for the purpose of world gov- tion at the UN’s founding conference con- summit in Costa do Sauipe, Brazil. The EU’s ernment.† While too many Americans still tained 43 individuals who held member- designs reach beyond the Caribbean to Latin believe the UN to be benign, or that rule by ship in the Council on Foreign Relations. America. The title of a briefing by the website grain.org is telling: “Latin America’s Free Trade it would somehow be beneficial, or that the Through its members and its publications, Agreements With the European Union — An organization is a ridiculous failure worthy the CFR has spurred acceptance of global- Agenda for Domination.” of no one’s concern, progress toward it ism while issuing voluminous propaganda becoming the ruler of all nations and all about the need for such a concentration of peoples continues steadily. A mere glance power. It helped persuade the U.S. Senate the European Union. Citizen awareness of at the UN’s organizational chart confirms to approve the United Nations Charter by the fraudulent nature of free-trade agree- the long-range goal. Should the UN ever the lopsided vote of 89 to 2. The delega- ments in the United States has brought this achieve ultimate power, be assured there tion from Moscow happily went along, about, although U.S. leaders can still be will be world tyranny. Placing all power knowing full well that the Charter was a counted on to pursue the same nefarious in any repository — the UN certainly in- blueprint for the kind of dictatorial world goal. Similar awareness elsewhere will cluded — would be catastrophic. government already existing in Moscow. “scupper” the plans of the world-govern- The world body came into being in Today, 192 nations hold membership in ment advocates, and could reverse already 1945 at its San Francisco founding con- the UN. These include China with a popu- lost sovereignty in so many once-indepen- ference. Some attendees openly stated lation of 1.3 billion, India with one billion, dent nations. their desire to create what the League of the United States with 305 million, numer- Luring the world’s many independent Nations had attempted to construct in the ous other countries with tens of millions, nations into the UN’s web with trade pacts aftermath of World War I. But the League and a score or more of island republics sold as economic bonanzas has been the never amounted to very much because the with small, even tiny, populations. Those modus operandi. While the plotters knew United States wouldn’t join. Disappointed who have long championed the UN even- what they were doing, few national lead- but not defeated by America’s refusal to tually realized the difficulty of luring each ers realized that economic union precedes participate, the world planners of that era of these nations one by one into control political union and will eventually mean immediately went to work to ensure that by the UN. So an increasingly obvious loss of independence. If all nations can a second try at world rule would succeed. alternative plan arose whereby forma- be made submissive to several economic Part of their effort included formation of tion of economic blocs of nations would unions, and those unions are led by in- England’s Royal Institute of International be undertaken so that watered-down indi- dividuals who gradually and deceptively Affairs and America’s Council on Foreign viduality accomplished by these linkages convert them into political unions, the Relations, two significant promoters of would set the stage for complete loss of path to world government will have been world control. sovereignty. forged. n The top official at the UN’s 1945 found- What is also obvious after scrutinizing ing conference, the individual named as the activity of the EU in bringing nations * See “The World Government Two-Step” by Thomas its secretary-general, was Alger Hiss, an into the world-government web is that a R. Eddlem in our July 11, 2005 issue. American citizen who was later discov- major engine for world government con- † See “Framework for World Government” by Dennis ered to be a secret communist loyal to the trol has shifted from the United States to Behreandt in our July 11, 2005 issue. www.TheNewAmerican.com 31
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  • 34. THE GOODNESS OF AMERICA the wages of Generosity turned it in to the local police, who at trend and “planned” how many children What would you do if you got a pay raise? first suspected that it was related to a drug they would have, and when they’d have Spend it on necessities, such as groceries, drop. However, they soon cracked the case them. When after several years Michelle utilities, clothing? What if your after-tax and learned that the money had been put suffered a miscarriage due to conceiving raise came to $74,440? there by an elderly woman. Apparently the while using birth control, the couple con- Well, if you were James Drake, you woman had lost faith in the banking sys- cluded that “their selfish actions had taken would give it all away. According to a tem, decided that her life savings would the life of their child.” press release on orlandosentinel.com, be safer at home, stashed it in the cracker It was then that they “prayed and asked Drake, the president of Brevard Commu- box, and re-glued the top. But she acciden- God to forgive them, and to teach them nity College in Cocoa, Florida, made the tally returned the box to the store where to love children like He loves children. donation as an example of generosity “in she purchased it, Whole Foods in Tustin, They asked God to bless them with as stark contrast to the greed of leaders na- California. Fortunately, the box was mis- many children as He saw fit in His tim- tionally.” Drake’s gift will provide $300 takenly returned to the shelf instead of ing.” And the rest, as they say, is history, scholarships to 248 full-time students in being composted. It’s lucky for her that the with the 18 children ranging in age from need. This could cover up to 85 percent of box didn’t fall through the cracks, and was 20 to newborn. textbook costs for a semester, which just instead purchased by Rogoff. The police The family’s entrance into the limelight might make the difference between attend- returned the money to the woman. began in 2002, when Jim Bob ran for the ing school or not for some. When Annie’s Homegrown heard about state Senate in Arkansas. The whole fami- Jim Ross, the college’s vice president the Rogoffs’ honesty in returning the ly was present at the polling place on elec- for advancement and public affairs, told money, they generously donated $10,000 tion night, and they caught the attention the December 2, 2008 Arizona Republic, to a food bank chosen by the Rogoffs, the of a media photographer, who snapped “At least two times in the past the trust- Second Harvest Food Bank in Orange a picture. That photo was printed in the ees have wanted to raise his salary and Dr. County, California. Debra Rogoff told the New York Times, and inspired an article Drake has told them no. He’s not a wealthy December 30 Orange County Register that in Parents Magazine, which inspired a man, but he says that he loves his job and she’s very happy with the company’s ges- documentary on Discovery Health Chan- that he’s comfortable in his life.” In 2008, ture, noting that the food bank has expe- nel. The family is currently busy filming though, the trustees insisted upon the pay rienced increased demand and decreased the second season of their reality show for raise to make Drake’s salary competitive donations with the current recession. TLC, “17 Kids and Counting.” (TLC has with other college presidents’. As soon as Rogoff and her family are surprised by announced they will change the show’s the raise was in effect, Drake announced all the publicity the event has garnered. title to reflect the 18th child, but has not that he would contribute the entire amount “We are sure others would do the same revealed the name yet.) to the textbook scholarships. thing. We believe what has resonated with Regarding all this publicity, Michelle In a college press release, the president people is that, deep down, we all know says, “We prayed about it and felt this said that he doesn’t “define my quality of how we should be treating each other, even would be an opportunity to share with the life by my salary,” and hopes that his ac- in turbulent times.” world that children are a blessing from tion “stimulates others to do something.” Indeed, honesty is all it’s cracked up to God. We said the only way we would do it “I suppose we’ve come to understand be. is if they did not edit out our faith, because and take for granted what a committed, that is the core of our lives.” generous and unique individual he is,” said The economic aspect of raising such a Ross. “To us, what Dr. Drake did was not a Full Quiver large family can be challenging. Jim Bob unusual, at least for him.” “Behold, children are a gift of the Lord.... and Michelle are both licensed real-estate How blessed is the man whose quiver is full agents. The family lives in a 7,000-square- of them.” (Psalm 127:3-5). This biblical foot home, which the Duggars built them- all it’s cracked Up to Be quote concluded an article that appeared selves as a family project and own debt Crackers. Annie’s Homegrown Sour in our October 29, 2007 issue, which told free. Michelle relates, “We have lived very Cream & Onion Cheddar Bunnies. Yum the story of the Duggar family of Spring- frugally, and our family motto is to ‘Buy yum. What could be better? How about dale, Arkansas. At that time, the Duggars used and save the difference!’ We shop at an envelope containing $10,000? That’s had 17 children; on December 18, 2008, thrift stores and garage sales.” what Debra Rogoff found when she Jordyn-Grace Makiya Duggar joined the The Duggars believe that they are “or- cracked open her recently bought bunny family, making a total of 18 children! dinary people with our individual weak- box, according to a December 27, 2008 According to the family’s website, nesses and imperfections, but we serve an AP story. www.duggarfamily.com, Jim Bob and extraordinary God who delights in demon- Never even considering keeping the Michelle were married on July 21, 1984. strating His great power!” n money, Rogoff and her family promptly At that time they followed the current — liana Stanley www.TheNewAmerican.com 33
  • 35. HiStorY— StrUGGle For FreeDoM “Three Fires, and You Are Free!” Battle of camden: Since the American Revolution, historians have debated the value of the militia. Those favoring a strong government and professional army usually denigrate these amateurs. Three shots from his inexperienced militia — followed by their hasty retreat — was exactly what Daniel Morgan needed to win the day at the fateful Battle of Cowpens. by Becky Akers Cowpens encourages modern patriots. Army once again proved itself the world’s War had raged up and down the Atlan- most efficient enforcer. The British lost an I t usually pastures cattle on their way tic seaboard for almost six weary years by occasional battle during the next couple of to market. But on a frigid January now. At first, the British government con- campaigns, but the Patriots paid dearly for morning in 1781, this “open woods” centrated on quashing the rebellion in New their victories as they shivered and starved near the Carolinas’ border fields a ragtag England — specifically Boston. But Patri- at Valley Forge and Morristown. band of Patriots. These friends of freedom ots there won a surprising victory, one so are about to defy some of the world’s most overwhelming that the Redcoats boarded tide turns against independence professional soldiers. Defeat seems almost ship and sailed away in March 1776. The war was slowly, ponderously grind- certain for them. In fact, some of them had Meanwhile, King George III and his ing away, boring to death those it hadn’t ignominiously fled the field five months cabinet eyed the South with plans for a yet killed, when the British decided to before. But not this time. Thanks to ingenu- beachhead at Charles Town, South Caro- try the South again. George Germain, the ity, pluck, and the blessing of Providence, lina. From there, troops would spread king’s secretary of state for the American they will win one of the most heartening through the countryside to secure it for department, explained why: “Should the battles of the American Revolution. Some the Crown. But the Patriots won another success we may reasonably hope for at- are veterans; many are inexperienced mi- surprising victory that June when they tend these enterprises, it might not be too litia. Led by a brilliant but untrained com- bombarded incoming British transports so much to expect that all America … south mander, they will thrash skilled Redcoats furiously soldiers could not disembark. of the Susquehanna would return to their fighting under a previously unbeaten of- Repulsed from Boston and Charles Town, allegiance and … the northern provinces ficer. No wonder the improbably named His Majesty’s forces converged on the mid- might be left to their own feelings and Atlantic colonies instead. The Patriots’ suc- distress to bring them back to their duty.” Becky Akers is an expert on the American Revolution. cesses skidded into reverse as the British This time, the beachhead succeeded, and 34 THE NEW AMERICAN • FEbRuARy 2, 2009
  • 36. troops landed in Savannah, Georgia on er to chase Greene or his de- December 29, 1778. tachment. Greene assigned More conquests followed, including that detachment of 600 men Thanks to ingenuity, pluck, and the blessing Augusta and then, after a second attempt, to another of the Continental of Providence, a ragtag band of Patriots — proud Charles Town. Capping these was Army’s untrained geniuses, the hopelessly lopsided rout at Camden, Daniel Morgan. many of whom were inexperienced militia South Carolina, in August 1780. Three — will thrash skilled Redcoats fighting thousand Americans vied with 2,000 of lashed into a Fury under a previously unbeaten officer. No the enemy, yet one Patriot was killed, cap- Born in New Jersey in 1736, tured, or wounded for every soldier fight- Dan Morgan left home early wonder the Battle of Cowpens encourages ing for the king. Multiplying the mortifica- tion was the furious flight of the American and wended his way to Vir- ginia’s backcountry. He grew modern patriots. commander, 53-year-old Horatio “Gran- into a giant of a frontiersman ny” Gates. He galloped from the debacle with the breed’s legendary stamina: he once obedience the British expected from him so fast that he covered “one hundred and survived an Indian ambush that sent a bul- didn’t mix with Morgan’s independence. eighty miles in three days and a half,” as let through his neck and out his cheek, tak- Accounts vary as to what provoked him, Alexander Hamilton acidly marveled. Not ing some teeth with it. He cleared land for but he wound up punching a British officer. only did he outrun his “whole army,” his a while, supervised a sawmill, and hauled For this he was sentenced to 500 lashes, speed did “admirable credit to the activity supplies over the mountains to settlers — a common punishment that often crippled of a man at his time of life.” Gates’ few and for the British Army during the French or killed the victim. Morgan not only sur- surviving soldiers eventually caught up and Indian War. But the deference and vived, he later claimed that the Redcoats with him, but it took them three days. On Camden’s heels came electrifying news that shocked both America and Eng- land. One of the Patriots’ most talented generals had switched sides, trying to take one of the Patriots’ most valuable forts with him. Benedict Arnold’s defection would surely boost the Redcoats to victory. Things seemed black as a tyrant’s heart as the year of 1780 limped toward its end. Only a few sparks flickered here and there to brighten the gloom. Nine hundred Pa- triot militiamen at King’s Mountain killed or captured almost a thousand Loyal- ists marching to reinforce British Gen- eral Charles Cornwallis. And Nathanael Greene replaced “Granny” Gates as the American commander in the South. Greene was one of the Continental Army’s self-taught geniuses while Gates, formerly a British officer, relied on tradi- tional tactics rather than innate brilliance. Neither Gates nor any officer schooled in military strategy would have divided the few thousand troops mustering that De- cember morning when Greene assumed command, especially with Cornwallis boasting more than double his numbers. Yet the adaptable Greene realized that he was “obliged to put everything to the haz- an unlikely soldier: ard … to make detachments that nothing Nathanael Greene was but absolute necessity could authorize.” So a Quaker who taught he split his little army to “[make] the most himself military theory and whose bad knee of my inferior force” while “compel[ling] spoiled his marching. But my adversary to divide his, and hold him in he believed in forcefully doubt as to his line of conduct,” i.e., wheth- resisting tyranny. www.TheNewAmerican.com 35
  • 37. HiStorY— StrUGGle For FreeDoM sional favor. Congress duly forgot to Morgan grew into a giant promote both officers. Morgan re- treated to Virginia, sitting out the of a frontiersman with the war until the disaster at Camden breed’s legendary stamina: brought him roaring out of retire- ment; he’d witnessed Gates’ ti- he once survived an Indian midity at Saratoga and knew the Daniel ambush that sent a bullet Morgan cause was lost were “Granny” left on his own. Congress belat- through his neck and out edly commissioned Morgan a his cheek. brigadier general. Whatever pay went with that promotion didn’t reach Morgan in time: he took a still owed him one blow — imply- horse to sell so he could pay his ex- ing that he lost neither conscious- penses as he hurried to join Gates. ness nor the rationality to count. The 1,700 troops Gates ceded to Morgan avenged himself by fight- Greene included the remnants of the ing furiously and ingeniously against his force that fled Camden. Its poverty was torturers throughout the Revolution. He sobering, especially as it must defend the recruited a company of riflemen as the South from Cornwallis’ 4,000. “We are war began and marched them 600 miles in living upon charity,” Greene wrote after three weeks from Virginia to the rudimen- fruitlessly begging supplies from politi- tary Continental Army assembling around in vain: he and all his men were captured. cians in Maryland and Virginia, “and sub- Boston in 1775. That fall, he and his rifle- After his release, he rejoined the Conti- sist by daily collections. Indian meal and men headed north with Benedict Arnold on nentals. He fought with Arnold again — beef is our common diet, and not a drop of an ill-fated expedition to liberate Canada. and Gates as well — at Saratoga in the fall spirits have we had with us since I came Morgan’s stunning stamina helped him en- of 1777. There he famously “collect[ed] to the army. An army naked and subsisted dure the starvation and exposure that killed his dispersed troops” with a “turkey call” in this manner, and not more than one- some of the column while driving almost rather than the fife and drums that usually third equal to the enemy in numbers [after half of it to turn back in mutiny. He led the signaled maneuvers during battle. Greene divided his forces], will make but assault on walled Quebec after Arnold fell Like Arnold, Morgan was a proud man a poor fight.” with a bullet in his leg, but his valor was of action who disdained to curry congres- Sharing those meager rations with Cam- den’s veterans was the militia. And as any regular army man would testify, militia could be worse than no troops at all. General George Washington dismissed these volunteers as “a broken reed” that would betray any officer foolish enough to lean on them. He also lamented the militia’s tendency to con- sume rations while lounging about camp and avoiding battle. Militiamen are defensive rather than offensive, and they were crucial to colonies hoping to survive an ocean away from the British Army on land al- in the nick of time: At the Battle of Cowpens, an unnamed black soldier (left) fires his pistol and saves the life of Colonel William Washington (on white horse in center and a distant relative of General George Washington). 36 THE NEW AMERICAN • FEbRuARy 2, 2009
  • 38. ready claimed by Indian tribes. That’s why colonial legislatures passed laws requir- ing able-bodied men from 16 to 64 years old to report for “muster days” with their weapons. These sessions were supposed to teach the “art” of war; more often, they taught the arts of drinking and swapping stories. But every household was theoreti- cally able to defend itself when the Revo- lution began. As the war progressed, Continental officers came to despise these amateurs. Sometimes that was due to the militia’s performance under fire — though blam- ing farmers and shopkeepers because they can’t execute maneuvers and withstand ar- tillery with the aplomb of trained troops is like blaming a loaf of bread because it can’t lock and load. Yet armed citizens defend- ing their families and homes from direct threats often fight more ferociously than hired soldiers; commanders like Bene- dict Arnold and his friend Daniel Morgan understood that and prized the militia for the Battle of cowpens on January 17, 1781, like the victory at Saratoga 3 1⁄ 2 years it. Their genius lay in capitalizing on this earlier, proved the militia’s mettle. strength, as Morgan would at Cowpens. Learning of the rebels’ unorthodox division, General Cornwallis responded his detachment 58 miles in a cold rain to the chance to run, they would. “As to re- with his own, just as Greene had fore- the Pacolet River, attracting more militia treat,” he explained, “it was the very thing seen. Cornwallis sent 750 troops and a along the way. South Carolina’s abundant I wished to cut off all hope of. I would couple of cannon after Morgan. In com- waters would slow his pursuers; still, Tar- have thanked Tarleton had he surrounded mand he put the ruthless, 27-year-old leton’s better-fed and mounted men would me with his cavalry. It would have been Col. Banastre Tarleton. eventually catch up. “Colonel Tarleton is better than placing my own men in the said to be on his way to pay you a visit,” rear to shoot down those who broke from “Boys, Get Up! Benny is coming!” Greene wrote Morgan on January 13, the ranks.” On the other hand, if he gave Tarleton was Morgan’s physical opposite. 1781. “I doubt not but he will have a de- the militia a chance to shine, it would: He was a dandy, small and slight, whose cent reception and proper dismission.” “When men are forced to fight they sell portrait the chic Sir Joshua Reynolds In addition to rivers, the country was their lives dearly.” would paint in 1782. But like Morgan, rife with marshes. They sheltered Patriot Morgan’s strategy was as unconvention- Tarleton had fought from the war’s ear- irregulars like Francis “Swamp Fox” Mar- al as his battlefield — but it transformed liest days and racked up a string of con- ion and Thomas Sumter as their handfuls the militia’s weakness into strength. The quests. He captured the eccentric Ameri- of guerillas battled the superior British general laid out three lines. The hindermost can General Charles Lee in December numbers. Many commanders in Morgan’s at the top of a ridge consisted of his regu- 1776, helped take Charles Town in 1780, situation would have melted into those lar Continentals. Two lines stood between and a fortnight after that battle defeated bogs and chastised the enemy with raids, those soldiers and the British: the middle — some said butchered — 350 Virginians not a battle. Instead, Morgan decided to one was militia, and in front of it, compris- at the Battle of the Waxhaws. None of this make a stand. He chose a field known as ing the first line, stood 150 riflemen. The kept him too busy to plunder and terror- Hannah’s Cow Pens. militia and riflemen received the same or- ize civilians. By the time he collided with Just as no orthodox commander would ders, which were to fire three shots (some Morgan at Cowpens, Tarleton seemed in- have divided his forces, so he would never participants remembered it as two shots) vulnerable. Even his commanding officer have selected such a battleground. Rivers at the advancing British and then do what lavished praise on him: “I wish,” Cornwal- swollen with winter storms almost com- militia does best: bolt for the rear. If neces- lis wrote him, “you would get three Le- pletely enclosed it; if things went badly, sary, they could rejoin the fighting later. gions, and divide yourself in three parts. Morgan’s troops could not escape. But Major Thomas Young of Morgan’s cav- We can do no good without you” — as if the general saw his militia realistically. alry recalled how the huge frontiersman this vicious bully ever did good. They were used to slaughtering hogs, “went among the volunteers” the night The chase was on. Morgan marched not other men, and if he offered them before the battle, “helped them with their www.TheNewAmerican.com 37
  • 39. HiStorY— StrUGGle For FreeDoM swords, joked with them The fighting lasted only about their sweethearts, an hour, from around 8 told them to keep in good a.m. until 9. And mid- spirits, and the day would way through, some of the be ours. And long after I Continental line mistak- laid down, he was going enly wheeled for a retreat, among the soldiers, en- thinking Morgan had or- couraging them, and tell- dered that until he himself ing them, that the old wag- rallied them. Yet Cowpens oner would crack his whip was one of the Patriots’ over Ban [Tarleton] in the most stellar victories, pro- morning as sure as they portionally speaking, as live. ‘Just hold up your devastating to the British as heads, boys, three fires,’ Bunker’s Hill or Trenton. he would say, ‘and you Morgan’s men destroyed are free, and then when almost 90 percent of Tar- you return to your homes, leton’s detachment — 100 how the old folks will bless dead, 229 wounded, and you, and the girls kiss you 600 captured — while los- for your gallant conduct!’ ing only 12 killed and 60 I don’t believe he slept a wounded themselves. The wink that night.” triumph also tarnished Tar- January 17 dawned “bit- leton’s luster. terly cold” in Young’s es- The Continentals’ coup timation. Morgan’s pickets at Cowpens reverberated reported that Tarleton was through the country. At on his way, prompting the Ramsour’s Mill, where giant to ride around camp, the British Army camped yelling, “Boys, get up! a week after the battle, Benny is coming!” Portrait of Banastre Tarleton a shaken Cornwallis or- by Joshua Reynolds, 1782 dered his 3,000 troops Morgan’s Masterpiece to burn anything they Tarleton’s advent brought couldn’t conveniently exactly the action — and carry, the better to fly after reaction — that Morgan had planned. trap it as he believed it had the entire army; Morgan. And when the Patriots and Red- Young remembered that “the militia fired and that he could pick off rebels at his lei- coats clashed at Guilford Court House first. It was for a time, pop — pop — pop, sure. Sure enough, Tarleton rushed into on March 15, Greene recycled Morgan’s and then a whole volley; but when the regu- battle before his lines had enough time strategy. Technically, Greene lost the lars fired, it seemed like one sheet of flame to form, as though Morgan had supplied battle, but he exacted such heavy casu- from right to left. Oh! it was beautiful!” him with a script — and ran headlong into alties that Charles James Fox cautioned As if his strategy weren’t clever the Continental regulars. “Our advance … Parliament, “Another such victory would enough, Morgan also turned his adver- fell back,” a British officer recalled, “and destroy the British army.” sary’s strength against him. Tarleton was a communicated a panic to others … a total Greene repeated the ploy at Eutaw ferocious warrior who waded into melees rout ensued. Two hundred and fifty horse Springs on September 8, 1781; the Brit- headfirst. Indeed, when he learned that … fled though the woods with the utmost ish again defeated him. Yet, as Fox had Morgan was awaiting him at Cowpens, precipitation, bearing down such officers warned, Greene somehow regained South Tarleton gloated in the third person that as opposed their flight.” Major Young ex- Carolina despite his losses on the battle- the ground was “certainly as good a place ulted that the Redcoats “did the prettiest field. The enemy held only Charles Town for action as Lieutenant Colonel Tarleton sort of running!” when they surrendered at Yorktown six could desire. America does not produce Tarleton finally followed his men, with weeks later. any more suitable to the nature of the Morgan in hot pursuit for 24 miles. “But,” After Morgan’s victory, a praying Pa- troops under his command.” Morgan explained, “owing to our having triot thanked the “Good Lord, our God that Morgan bet that such an eager beaver taken a wrong trail at first, we never could art in Heaven” for the “ever-memorable wouldn’t stop to analyze the action before overtake him.” Tarleton’s humiliation was and glorious battle of the Coopens, where advancing; rather, he would assume that complete when he eventually returned to we made the proud Gineral Tarleton run when the militia ran for the rear, it was camp and discovered Loyalist supporters doon the road helter-skelter.” Amen! And fleeing as usual; that the raging river would looting it. Talk about a bad day! sic semper tyrannis! n 38 THE NEW AMERICAN • FEbRuARy 2, 2009
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  • 42. “... the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” EXERCISING THE RIGHT wounded Jeweler booked into Maricopa County Jail for pos- by a would-be armed robber. The 22-year- sessing a firearm as a prohibited possessor, old Gordon was wearing his uniform and Fights Back aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, 9-millimeter pistol when Jamie Sullivan, Nancy Uptain, the wife of the owner of armed robbery, and murder in the first de- 37, pointed a pistol at his head and threat- Christopher Jewelry, told reporters two gree during a crime, based on a law that ened to kill him. days after armed robbers hit the store: holds someone legally liable for a death The Nashville Tennessean reported that “This is a small family business and we that occurs during the commission of a Sullivan entered the service station wear- had two men come in here trying to com- felony crime. ing a mask and carrying what appeared to pletely destroy this family’s lives — they be a pistol, and told Gordon to surrender were going to take their [other family his gun. Instead, a struggle ensued. During members’] lives.” The endangered family Bystander Defends the struggle, Gordon drew his own weapon members included Rusty Uptain of Chan- and shot Sullivan once in the face. Sullivan dler, Arizona, his wife, and his adult son Purse-snatch Victim died at the scene. Chris, according to accounts in the Ari- After an unidentified woman exited a bus Detectives discovered that Sullivan’s zona Republic. near the Fashion Square Mall and paused gun was a BB pistol that looked like a Nancy also said about the December at an ATM to check her account balance, real gun. Sullivan was a career criminal 20 robbery: “Rusty doesn’t want some- she was accosted by would-be purse- — by anyone’s standards. Metro police one like that to come in and take away his snatchers, who likely expected some easy had charged Sullivan with 146 offenses dreams. He’s just not going to let that hap- cash from a woman doing some December since June 1989. His last arrest was just pen. It’s because of our freedom to have 23 pre-Christmas shopping. According to 10 days earlier. Metro detectives are rul- protection for ourselves that this family is WESH TV in Orlando, Florida, one of the ing the death of Sullivan a justifiable still alive.” men ended up hospitalized and arrested homicide. According to Nancy, one of the thieves, instead, while his accomplices are on the upon entering the store, immediately shot run from the police. pepper spray in Chris’s face, and then “She felt people come up to her, maybe Burglar Gets it in the end chased Chris to the back of the store. She one, maybe two,” Sgt. Barb Jones of the Regardless of the fact that Donnie Murphy said one of the men lifted his gun to shoot Orlando police department said. “They is listed on an Oconee County sheriff’s de- at Chris, but before he could, “Rusty tack- tried to grab her purse.... She resisted. She partment incident report as the victim in a led the guy with a gun in his hand, and (the started yelling, that’s when everything recent crime, it appears that the criminal robber) was shooting as he tackled him.” started unfolding.” Another shopper saw in the case, the suspect arrested for the Rusty then grabbed his own gun, and the the men with guns, and he retrieved his burglary of Murphy’s house, might have two shot each other. own firearm. “You had a citizen engage gotten the worst end of the deal. Detective David Ramer, a police spokes- the suspects,” Jones said. “There were The report referenced in the UpstateTo- man, confirmed her account. Police re- some rounds fired.” The suspects ran. day.com account states that Murphy told ported that after the exchange of gunshots, Police found one man hiding behind a officers he was in the bathroom when he the two robbers fled, one on foot and the dumpster. The man had been shot in the heard a noise near his kitchen. He then other, who was shot, in a stolen truck. leg, though he didn’t know it. The man, walked out of the bathroom, retrieved his Police chased the truck until the robber, later identified by police as Willie Keys- .22 pistol from his closet, and discovered Kevin William Murray, 46, of El Mirage, Fairclough, 29, is charged with armed a man standing in front of his fireplace. pulled over. He was rushed to a hospital robbery and aggravated assault with a After telling the burglar to stop, the subject where he died. gun. Keys-Fairclough is hospitalized with allegedly reached into his pocket as if to The suspect who fled on foot, Kenneth minor injuries. Two other suspects remain get a gun or weapon and began walking Wayne Simpson, Jr., 27, of Phoenix, ran on the loose. toward the kitchen. It was at this point that into a nearby neighborhood with a handful Police said there were no plans to file Murphy shot him — in the buttocks. of solitaire diamonds and was tracked by any charges against the armed bystander. Sheriff’s deputies responded to the De- a police dog. Simpson was captured less cember 21 burglary attempt in Walhalla, than an hour and a half after the robbery, South Carolina, and located the burglar, according to Ramer. Uniform and Holstered Gun identified as Kirby Alan Ridley, and called Though a bullet struck Rusty Uptain’s an ambulance. Police followed the ambu- nose close to his eye, a plastic surgeon and Didn’t Deter criminal lance to the Oconee Medical Center, where an eye surgeon were able to work to save Near Nashville, Tennessee, security guard Ridley was arrested and charged with his his eye and likely his vision. He has been Eric Gordon was buying gasoline at a crime. No charges have been filed against released from the hospital. Murfreesboro Pike service station early Murphy. n According to police, Simpson was on November 30 when he was confronted — alan Scholl www.TheNewAmerican.com 41
  • 43. AP Images Uncle Sam Grabs the wheel iTem: Reuters reported on December 30: “The Bush administration on Monday ex- panded its bailout of the U.S. auto indus- try, saying it was buying $5 billion in equi- ty in auto and mortgage finance company GMAC and increasing a loan to General Motors by $1 billion. The action was the latest in a lengthy series of emergency gov- ernment moves aimed at easing the worst credit crisis since the 1930s and limiting the severity of a year-long recession.” Earlier in December, continued the wire service, the government agreed “to rescue cradle-to-grave benefits: In the past, United Auto Workers fought for pensions from GM and Chrysler LLC with up to $17.4 Chrysler, Ford, and GM, but now the pensions they fought for are making the auto companies billion in loans to stave off a collapse that uncompetitive. would have cost hundreds of thousands of jobs and dealt a severe blow to an economy Chrysler, Frank feigns modesty and says, In promoting the auto bailout, others fall already in recession.... President George “I’m not competent to say.” Yet, he and back on specious reasoning, arguing that W. Bush said at the time that it would be many of his big-government cronies feel the fleecing of the taxpayers is necessary irresponsible to let the automakers die. skilled enough to substitute for the deci- because this industry is “too big to fail,” The White House moved on its own after sions of millions by telling carmakers and maintain that to declare bankruptcy Republicans in the Democratic-controlled what to build and consumers what to buy. means virtual death. In fact, bankruptcy Congress blocked a deal to provide emer- The Massachusetts congressman, who is a way for operations to be streamlined gency funds.” was neck-deep in promoting the policies and costs cut under court supervision, not iTem: In an interview with Business Week and regulations that spawned the hous- the whims of a green-leaning politician or for December 10, Representative Barney ing and credit bubble that led to much of bureaucrat. Frank (D-Mass.), chairman of the House our current economic crisis, also has tried Economist Walter Williams explains: Financial Services Committee, was asked to shift the blame for those problems on about the proposal to name a federal “car “right-wing Republicans who took the What happens when a company goes czar” for the auto industry, an idea support- position that regulation was always bad, bankrupt? One thing that does not ed by Frank. “How,” asked the interviewer, the market was self-correcting, and you happen is their productive assets go “do you make sure the government doesn’t should not have any restrictions on the free poof and disappear into thin air. In meddle too deeply in day-to-day operations flow of capital.” (It is bizarre to claim that other words, if GM goes bankrupt, and bring politics — like a push for green the blundering of the officially “govern- the assembly lines, robots, buildings cars — into the equation?” To which Frank ment-sponsored enterprises” Fannie Mae and other tools don’t evaporate. What responded: “Oh, well, a push for green cars and Freddie Mac, underwritten by their bankruptcy means is the title to those is very much a part of what we’re involved congressional supporters with tax dollars, assets change. People who think they in. We don’t think that’s politics.” was a failure of the free market. For details can manage those assets better pur- correcTioN: Statists have long wanted to see, for example, “Correction, Please!” for chase them. be able to force Americans to buy small, October 13, 2008.) Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bank- light, and ecologically green cars, wheth- A spokesman for the group called ruptcy Code, where the control of er they wished to or not. Now that GM is 40MPG.org insists that the government its business operations are subject being transformed into “Government Mo- should be serving a consumer market that to the oversight and jurisdiction of tors,” it is more in their power to do so. doesn’t exist: “Congress should insist that the court, gives companies a chance This is certainly “politics.” After all, it is every penny of the $25 billion in new loan to reorganize. The court can permit being done with our money. There will be guarantees that Detroit is seeking be tar- complete or partial relief from the more to come as the government keeps geted to building the cars of tomorrow company’s debts and its labor union setting precedents for bailouts. (hybrids, clean diesels and other highly contracts. Elsewhere in the Business Week inter- fuel-efficient vehicles), not the gas-guz- A large part of the problem is view, when asked if GM should acquire zling dinosaurs of yesterday.” the Big Three’s cozy relation- 42 THE NEW AMERICAN • FEbRuARy 2, 2009
  • 44. Yet, we have been told that bankruptcies would mean immediate ruination and liquidation, three million lost jobs, and a slashing of personal income in this coun- try of some $150 million. These claims don’t stand up to scrutiny. The bankruptcy claim is based, notes National Review Online, “on surveys pur- porting to show that 80 percent of Ameri- cans would not buy a car from a bankrupt auto company, because that company might not be around to service the warranty or to provide parts.” The flawed claims about AP Images jobs and income, points out NRO, “come from a Center for Automotive Research Vote of no confidence: Shares of General Motors plunged to their lowest price since WWII study on the economic impact of letting as investors sold off. But if any of the Big Three go bankrupt, the chances are good that the the Big Three fail. The study assumes a company’s assets will be purchased and cars will again roll off production lines. major wave of supplier bankruptcies and therefore that ‘not only does domestic pro- ship with the United Auto Workers and less efficient than their competitors’. duction by the Detroit companies fall to union (UAW). GM has a $73 hourly The bailout doesn’t fix these problems; it zero in the first year, but that domestic pro- wage cost including benefits and subsidizes them. duction (in the U.S.) by the international overtime. Toyota has five major as- Meanwhile, the too-big-to-fail argu- producers also falls to zero.’ ” sembly plants in the U.S. Its hourly ment doesn’t hold water either. As colum- Assuming that all automobile produc- wage cost plus benefits is $48. It nist Mark Steyn has written: tion in the United States “will fall to zero doesn’t take rocket science to fig- is plainly preposterous,” says NRO. “The ure out which company will be at General Motors now has a market Big Three will not cease to function if a competitive disadvantage. Then valuation about a third of Bed, Bath they enter Chapter 11 bankruptcy. They there’s the “jobs bank” feature of the and Beyond, and no one says your currently supply nearly half of the U.S. UAW contract where workers who Swash 700 Elongated Biscuit Toilet auto market, meaning that, as a practical are laid off workers get 95 percent of Seat Bidet is too big to fail. GM has matter, 80 percent of Americans couldn’t their base pay and all their benefits. a market capitalization of just over $2 stop buying from the Big Three even if Right now there’s a two-year limit, billion. For purposes of comparison, they wanted to — the ‘transplants’ (for- but in the past workers could stay in Toyota’s market cap is $100 billion eign companies making cars in the U.S.) the “jobs bank” forever unless they and change (the change being bigger simply don’t make enough cars.” turned down two job offers within than the whole of GM). General Mo- But the bailouts are continuing. The 50 miles of their factory. At one tors, like the other two geezers of the Treasury is using monies from the Trou- time job bank membership exceed- Old Three, is a vast retirement home bled Assets Relief Program for the auto ed 7,000 “workers.” GM, Ford and with a small loss-making auto subsid- bailout because the Senate refused to go Chrysler face other problems that iary. The UAW is AARP in an Edsel: along with the latter bailout plan. The range from poor corporate manage- It has 3 times as many retirees and Bush administration decided to ignore the ment and marketing, not to mention widows as “workers” (I use the term congressional action and found an extra- costly government regulations. loosely). GM has 96,000 employees legal way to hand those funds to automak- but provides health benefits to a mil- ers. Then, as we write, the Treasury has There is plenty to reorganize without put- lion people. given itself even more leeway, with the ting the government in the driver’s seat. How do you make that math add vague language of its “guidelines” said to The Big Three’s management and labor up? Not by selling cars: Honda and be enough to bail out, as needed, auto parts structure are based on a model from dec- Nissan make a pre-tax operating suppliers and finance companies. ades ago; legacy auto costs (cradle-to- profit per vehicle of around $1,600; If one wants to know what happens when grave benefits for unionized workers) are Ford, Chrysler and GM make a loss you reward imprudence and irresponsibil- so high the companies are losing money of between $500 and $1,500. That’s ity, one needs look no further than the auto when they sell cars; and the car dealership to say, they lose money on every ve- bailout that is careening out of control. n network of the Big Three is much larger hicle they sell. — william p. hoar www.TheNewAmerican.com 43
  • 45. tHe laSt worD by william F. JaSper More Fright-peddling, More Bailouts R ound two of the eco- because the American people nomic crime of the need to know that going for- century has begun. On ward our government has the January 12, Lawrence Sum- resources to do whatever is mers, President-elect Obama’s necessary to stabilize our fi- designee to become director of nancial system and protect his National Economic Coun- our economy from potential cil, sent a letter to congressio- catastrophe. With the first half nal majority and minority lead- of the rescue package now ers seeking the second half of committed, President-elect the $750 billion approved by Obama believes the need is Congress last October. imminent and urgent. We can- Citing Obama’s economic not afford to wait.” speech of January 8, Summers Summers concludes his wrote: “As the President-elect earnest appeal by noting: recently stated, ‘we start 2009 “President-elect Obama be- in the midst of a crisis unlike lieves it is not too late to any other we have seen in our change course, but it will be lifetime.’” As you no doubt re- if we don’t take dramatic ac- call, last September Congress, fearing the wrath of constituents, tion as soon as possible … [to] help our nation pass through this rejected a bailout scheme put together by the Bush administra- economic storm.” tion and bipartisan leaders in Congress. Refusing to take “no” Crisis, catastrophe, catastrophic, imminent, urgent, rescue, for an answer, the White House-Capitol Hill bailout gang (aided dramatic, storm, etc. We will be hearing much more of this fear- mightily by media collaborators) began a crescendo of frighten- engendering rhetoric in the days ahead, coupled with promises ing predictions of impending economic calamity, if Congress that the implementation of this new bailout round will be a pris- did not reverse itself and vote for the bailout. Economic apoca- tine example of “transparency and accountability.” Those gul- lypse was upon us! Failure to act would mean global financial lible enough to fall for this “trust me” line would also fall for meltdown. Governments would fall. Global chaos would ensue. the always ravenous (and ever impecunious) Wimpy’s perennial We were facing “the end of the world as we know it.” line to Popeye and other suckers: “I’ll have a hamburger today, The ploy worked. Senators and congressmen who had reso- for which I will gladly pay you on Tuesday.” lutely opposed (or had pretended to oppose) the bailouts caved Next to Lawrence Summers, Wimpy appears a paragon of before the orchestrated chorus of fear mongers. Claiming they fiscal and monetary virtue — and a trustworthy credit risk. This did not want to be responsible for a financial Armageddon, they is the same Lawrence Summers, remember, who, as deputy trea- flip-flopped and voted overwhelmingly for one of the biggest sury secretary under Robert Rubin in the Clinton administra- thefts in history. tion, designed the policies that drove Mexico’s economy into Senator Obama voted for that plan. Now Lawrence Summers the ground in 1995 with interest rates of 50-90 percent, and and the chorus of fear are invoking the same specter of looming then bailed out the Mexican peso (and the Wall Street firms, like catastrophe to effect another huge raid on the American tax- Rubin’s partners at Goldman Sachs) to the tune of $50 billion. payers, savers, and producers. “We must work with the same Since Congress refused to go along with that raid on the Ameri- sense of urgency to stabilize and repair the financial system,” can taxpayers, Summers, Rubin, Clinton & Co. simply raided Summers declares in his letter. “It was that concern that led $20 billion from the Treasury Department’s Exchange Stabili- the President-elect to support the financial rescue plan back in zation Fund. The rest they got from the International Monetary September. If we had not acted together — Democrats and Re- Fund and the Bank for International Settlements. There never publicans — this economic crisis would have already become was any transparency or accountability for that deal. Ditto for an economic catastrophe.” Summers’ 1998 U.S. Treasury-IMF bailout of the “Asian Tiger” According to Summers, President Obama “shares the frustra- economies and their Wall Street investors. tion of the American people” and “believes the American people Summers’ protégé and Obama’s nominee to head the Treasury are right to be angry with the way this plan has been imple- Department, New York Federal Reserve chief Timothy Geithner, mented.” Obama “believes there has been too little transparency is a key architect of the current bailout fiasco. Obama’s choice and accountability.” But, Summers promises: “That will change of Summers and Geithner signals that the corruption and de- when President-elect Obama takes office. Today, he is asking for spoliation will continue — unless the American people force the authority to implement the rest of the financial rescue plan Congress to stop it. n 44 THE NEW AMERICAN • FEbRuARy 2, 2009
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