11 Minutes of Exactly What We’re Talking About

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Ed Martin spoke the the Tenth Amendment Center’s Nullification conference in Kansas City.  This is a remarkable description of the problem, the dangers, and the solutions of political seduction and abuse of power.

Ed Martin at Nullify Now conference in Kansas City, MO

One point that I should have made before being prompted by Ed’s speech.  Trading Missouri sovereignty for a few pieces of ObamaCare silver is simple cowardice. Governor Nixon, and any Republican who voted for the healthcare exchange, should be retired—on their own or in a primary.

Who’s going to Jefferson City for the Special Session on September 6? I think we need some people there to help the (upper case) Republicans act like (lower case) republicans.

Who Would Call Out Maxine Waters? Martin Baker Would

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Martin Baker, candidate for Missouri’s 1st Congressional District, lays it on the line, challenging Tea Party critics Maxine Waters and Frederica Wilson.

Read Martin’s challenge:

Today, I am inviting both of these distinguished ladies to St Louis, Missouri to tell me and my Tea Party compatriots in person why we should go straight to Hell. Congresswoman Waters should know the way here, having been born and raised in our esteemed area and a graduate of Vashon High School, which is in the St Louis Public School District. Unfortunately, that area and district have changed remarkably since her departure. If she comes, she will come home to nearly 17% unemployment in the African-American Community, high crime rates, and diminished hope. I would like to ask her what her comments do to address the needs for real education and healthcare reform, what they do to reduce unemployment, and finally, what they do to stop the out-of-control government spending of our taxpayer dollars both here in St Louis and nationwide.

I love this.  Martin Baker, in one paragraph, summarizes 50 years of the Democrat war on cities.  He nails the Democrats on the massive and anti-human collateral damage to African-Americans.  He politely shows Maxine Waters that her legacy is all “D”:  dependence, despondency, depression, and death.

Peering Into the Future from the Past

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Check this out:

As far as the market drop and the comeback of the market, I’d just like to pass along the following information. I stand in the Ten-Year Treasury-Note pit in the Chicago Board of Trade. The name of the room I trade in is the Financial Room. We trade the commodities that represent most of our national debt. When the gov., sells debt, the buyers of that debt have to hedge somewhere. They hedge with us.

This room is the center of the universe as far as our national debt is concerned and it will become increasingly more visible as the crisis approaches. (If you’ve ever seen CNBC during the day, they cut to the CBOT floor with a reporter named, Rick Santelli. Behind Rick, you can see a trading floor; that’s the Financial Floor of the CBOT.)

That’s from James Goulding’s blog from August 2003. (The blog has been reduced to a static web page. Scroll down to see this entry in its entirety.)

I love reading people’s predictions years later. Most prognosticators miss by a mile. A few land in the ball park.  A handful scare the begeezes out of me.

Do you find it peculiar that Mr. Goulding mentioned the significance of national debt and introduced Rick Santelli so long before the two converged to inspire the Tea Party? I do.

James Goulding is a big fan of two other prognosticators who freak me out: William Strauss and Neil Howe who wrote The Fourth Turning among other works.

Here’s a quote from that book:

A spark will ignite a new mood. Today, the same spark would flame briefly but then extinguish, its last flicker merely confirming and deepening the Unraveling-era mind-set. This time, though, it will catalyze a Crisis. In retrospect, the spark might seem as ominous as a financial crash, as ordinary as a national election, or as trivial as a Tea Party [bold mine].

The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy – What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America’s Next Rendezvous with Destiny

Of course, Howe and Strauss did not predict the emergence of the Tea Party movement when they wrote in 1997. Did they?

It’s eerie, nonetheless. Why that term? Why in that syntax?51vbp8Q+PIL

We can’t really predict the future, but we can arm ourselves with a lot of information about the possible courses history might take and the dangers and trade-offs we face.

Strauss and Howe believe that we live though a 20-year period of Crisis every 80 to 100 years.  The last such period ended in 1945 with the end of WWII. It had begun in 1929 with the stock market crash.  The next one was between about 2005 and 2013.

And here we are.

Back to Goulding:

The point is this; the market (the DOW) is behaving [in August 2003] like the market of the 20s. However, I noticed something recently. When I advance the chart of the twenties in time, by 14 months, the similarities of this latest rally we are having (August 2003) are startling. 9/11 may have escalated the pace of the impending Spark. (The Spark wasn’t expected until 2009) It may have advanced to 2007.

Or 2008.

In this crisis, I try to make myself useful.  I am guided by these words, again from The Fourth Turning:

“Now once more the belt is tight and we summon the proper expression of horror as we look back at our wasted youth,” F. Scott Fitzgerald said after the crash that hit his peers at the cusp of what should have been their highest-earning years. “A generation with no second acts,” he called his Lost peers—but they proved him wrong. They ended their frenzy and settled down, thus helping to unjangle the American mood. Where their Missionary predecessors had entered midlife believing in vast crusades, the post-Crash Lost skipped the moralisms and returned directly to the basics of life. “What is moral is what you feel good after,” declared Ernest Hemingway, “what is immoral is what you feel bad after.” “Everything depends on the use to which it is put,” explained Reinhold Niebuhr on behalf of a generation that did useful things regardless of faith—a role the Missionaries chose not to play.

Howe, Neil; Strauss, William (2009-01-16). The Fourth Turning (Kindle Locations 5978-5984). Three Rivers Press. Kindle Edition.

The modern day Lost we call Gen X, the Missionary, Boomers.  Next up were the GI whose modern version we call Millennial.

I hope I’ve learned well the lessons of history. We have a tough row to hoe. We can whine and complain, or we can shoulder the work.

Given a choice, I’d prefer more income, better markets, and a quiet life. But the cycles of history have decided otherwise.

What do you think?

Bad Times for Unions

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The boards at Democratic Underground crackled on June 12.

It was just announced in Wisconsin that the unprecedented recall elections of Republicans will take place August 9.

The leftists dreamed.  Visions of a union-boss oligarchy danced in their heads. Posters misquoted Marx and Lenin. Others wanted nothing to do with waiting two months for an election: they were ready to take up arms and violently overthrow the Wisconsin government.


By the time the Verizon strike—45,000 CWA and IBEW workers—began, the DU was subdued.  One posted predicted “This could be the spark that will change American history.”  But most complained about Verizon’s poor customer service and the decline of land-line phones.

The Marxist slogans were there for the Verizon strikers, but these posts seemed perfunctory. 


Having played a major role in destroying GM and Chrysler, the UAW turned its eyes toward foreign car manufacturers.


In Wisconsin, millions of union dollars failed to win back the Wisconsin Senate. Governor Scott Walker’s overdue reforms of public employee union power move forward.  The leftist teacher’s union—WEAC—has announced layoffs totaling 40 percent of its staff

In New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and neighboring states, the CWA and IBEW announced they will return to work without a contract while negotiations continue. 

And in automotive, the UAW failed to work its way into both VW and Hyundai. 


Unions hoped that their support of Barack Obama would reverse the decades-old decline in union membership and influence. Those hopes seem dashed. Like ACORN, union bosses are learning that tightness with Obama cannot save a failing idea.

The lesson for unions is clear: focus on workers instead of politics, and help business grow. That’s the recipe for helping working people. 

There’s also a lesson for business: focus on future growth, not next quarter’s report. Make every decision about what’s best for customers, and pretty soon you’ll be doing right by everyone.

5 Ways Warren Buffett Can Take Personal Responsibility and Stop Relying on Government to Solve His Problems

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Warren Buffett makes the erroneous claim that he pays less in taxes than does his secretary.  He claims that the government thus “coddles” the alg_warren_buffettrich.  He asks the government to increase his taxes, and the taxes of others like him, as if he is incapable of doing that on his own.

Buffett is half right.  He proves that government coddles people by asking the government to solve his problem of guilt.

To help Buffett learn to take care of himself, without government help. here are 3 ways he can assuage his guilt and built his self-esteem by solving the problem himself.

1.  Pay all you want to the U.S. Department of the Treasury. 

2.  Go Galt. Make less money. Give away what you have.

3.  Refuse all corporate welfare and tax breaks for all Berkshire-Hathaway companies, saving the treasury billions.

4.  Return the billions in corporate welfare that your companies have claimed over the past 5 years.

5. Pay your poor secretary more. Increase her salary until she’s in the same, privileged, low tax bracket you enjoy.

There.  Three simple ways that you, Warren Buffett, can solve your little guilt problem without asking the government to fix your problems for you

BTW, Mr. Buffett, please realize that giving the government 100% of your wealth and all future earnings will have almost no effect on the national debt.  But it will add your name to the dole.

Now, since we’re all capitalists around here, and because I’d like to get closer to your low tax bracket, where do I send my invoice for $250,000 for this advice?

MoveOnUp.org was never supposed to happen

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MoveOnUp.org co-founder Christopher ArpsThis weekend, MoveOnUp.org held its first conference. The location was the Crowne Plaza Hotel at the airport. The event launched the Sherman T. Parker Scholarship for African-American Political Science students.

But that’s not the big story.

The big story is this:  MoveOnUp.org has cheated history.

Why “cheated?” Because the past 50 years of American liberal history has prepared American blacks for one purpose: compliance.

Using victimhood, welfare, crime, destructive education, and programs designed to destroy families, American liberals from Ted Kennedy to Barack Obama chained African-Americans to “Uncle Sam’s Plantation,” as Star Parker so aptly puts it.

The entire statist system, in fact, was designed to prevent blacks from ever realizing their personal or community potential. 

But this weekend in St. Louis, a network of African-American conservatives threw off the chains of government limitation.  Fighting through a barrage of racial smears—Uncle Tom, Sambo, self-haters—these champions of human dignity cheated history, defied their Democrat Party masters, and planted their flag in the heart of dying Civil Right Industry, Inc. ™

Adding insult to statist injuries, Martin D. Baker—a Navy veteran and conservative warrior—announced his intention to unseat 1st District overlord, Lacy Clay.  Here’s the announcement.

I could not be more proud than I am to have witnessed history change. Congratulations to Chris Arps, Martin Baker, Stephanie Rubach, Andre Harper, Stacy Washington, and everyone else, including attendees, who have begun restoration of the American promise.

Breitbart Cooks Lefties for Lunch at MoveOnUp.org’s Luncheon

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“I will die fighting this Democrat-Media Complex, and I will fight alongside you.”

That’s Andrew Breitbart’s commitment to African-American conservatives meeting at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at the airport in St. Louis, Missouri, yesterday.

The three-day “Meet Me in the ‘Lou” conference is the work of the remarkable people at MoveOnUp.org.  Today’s day two, and Breitbart is the luncheon speaker.

MoveOnUp.org represents the people that the Civil Rights Industry never wants you to meet: black conservatives, escapees from what Star Parker calls “Uncle Sam’s Plantation.”  (Star Parker was the headline speaker at the evening’s Sherman Thompson Parker Scholarship Banquet.)

What frightens the left about MoveOnUp.org is their independence.  Real independence.  The independence that exists only in educated minds that refuse to bow down to their racial overlords.

“How will you feel,” said Shelby Emmett, “when you’re children or grandchildren ask, ‘Mom, tell me what it was like when we were

Shelby Emmett
Shelby Emmett

free.'” Shelby, a Detroit native now working in Maryland, won a roomful of fans and a mountain of respect at her morning breakout session. I follow her blog about the Constitution in the 21st Century.

Brietbart continues.  “They don’t care what happens in the inner city . . . as long as you vote Democrat.”


Stacy Swimp
Stacy Swimp

Stacy Swimp, president of The Frederick Douglass Society of Michigan (soon going national) also spoke in a morning breakout. His personal tale mirrors the hopes of MoveOnUp.org.  With the help of a strong Christian faith, he pulled himself out of the bogs of statist limitations and victimology.  He refused to live as a slave to a decaying social norm. Stacy adopted Frederick Douglass’s determination to “go as a man and not as a slave.”

Other remarkable speakers included Cherylyn Harley LeBon on immigration policy and Kenneth McClenton of American Conservative Party.

Cherylyn Harley LeBon
Cherylyn Harley LeBon
Kenneth McClenton
Kenneth McClenton

After Breitbart’s luncheon speech, which ended with a 3 minute standing ovation, we met some local lefties in the lobby for conversation.   But that’s a story for later . . .

More Coverage of MoveOnUp.org Conference:

Reboot Congress photo essay

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