Newt Gingrich? Really?

January 31, 2012

By Chuck Baldwin

Last weekend, Republican voters in South Carolina picked the candidate they want to be the GOP standard bearer for the November elections: Newt Gingrich. Newt Gingrich? Really? What did I miss? Or better, what did Republican voters in South Carolina miss?

What is not lost to virtually everyone who understands national politics is the fact that there is perhaps no State in the union where evangelical Christians have more influence within the State Republican Party than in South Carolina. For example, Greenville, South Carolina, is home to what could be regarded as the flagship university of evangelicalism, Bob Jones University. There are probably more evangelical churches, Christian schools, mission organizations, etc., per square mile in South Carolina than any State in the country. And the vast majority of them are politically active in GOP politics. So, when a GOP Presidential candidate wins South Carolina, you can be absolutely certain that he or she did so with the support and blessing from a sizeable number of evangelical Christians (and pastors) in the State.

In all candor, understanding the power and influence of evangelical Christianity in South Carolina Republican politics, Newt Gingrich’s victory in that State last week is extremely difficult for this writer to digest. I cannot think of a candidate that is more reprehensible to the values and principles that born-again Christians claim to embrace than Newt Gingrich!

Newt Gingrich? Really?

Have Christians (and other conservatives) had complete and total memory failure? To what problem could Newt Gingrich possibly be the solution (unless it’s the problem of Gold Diggers running out of good looking rich guys to sleep with)?

If one believes that the problem is out-of-control government trampling our Bill of Rights, Newt Gingrich is definitely not the solution. If one believes the problem is the lack of Christian morals among our civil magistrates, Newt Gingrich is definitely not the solution. If one believes the problem is the slaughtering of over 50 million innocent unborn babies, Newt Gingrich is definitely not the solution. If one believes that the problem is honesty and integrity in the White House, Newt Gingrich is definitely not the solution. If one believes that the problem is out-of-control federal spending, Newt Gingrich is definitely not the solution. If one believes the problem is the United States catering to the evil machinations of the Security Council of the United Nations, Newt Gingrich is definitely not the solution. If one believes the problem is more and more outsourcing of America’s manufacturing jobs and products, Newt Gingrich is definitely not the solution. If one believes that the problem is ever-burgeoning deficit spending, Newt Gingrich is definitely not the solution. If one believes the problem is the banksters at the Federal Reserve, Newt Gingrich is definitely not the solution. If one believes the problem is illegal immigration, Newt Gingrich is definitely not the solution. If one believes the United States gives away far too much foreign aid, Newt Gingrich is definitely not the solution.

Newt Gingrich? Really?

In the first place, Newt Gingrich is the personification of the word “globalist.” Gingrich is a longtime member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Gingrich never saw a globalist agenda-item that he did not enthusiastically support such as: NAFTA, GATT, the WTO, FTAA, the North American Union (by whatever name it’s called at the moment), the NAFTA Superhighway, ad infinitum. Gingrich is as much committed to open borders as is Bill Clinton, Al Gore, or Barack Obama. Gingrich is as committed to the advancement of the George Soros-sponsored Agenda 21 “green” initiatives as any person living today.

In the second place, Newt Gingrich’s actual record is fundamentally opposite his constant “conservative” rhetoric. Writing for The New American magazine, William Jasper reported, “During his 16 years in Congress, Gingrich has inveighed vociferously against the evils of the New Deal/Great Society welfare state–while voting for every kind of welfare program imaginable: for the elderly, children, the ‘homeless,’ businessmen, farmers, bankers, left-wing broadcasters, etc. Those votes include: March 21, 1991–$40 billion to begin the unconstitutional bailout of failed savings and loan institutions; June 26, 1991–$52.6 billion for agriculture program subsidies, and food stamps; October 5, 1992–$66.5 billion for housing and community development; September 22, 1994–$250.6 billion in appropriations for the Departments of Labor, HHS, and Education.”

And let’s not forget that, after orchestrating the “Contract With America” that swept the GOP into a majority in both houses of Congress in 1994 (and promising to reduce the size and scope of the federal government and even eliminate five federal departments, including the Department of Education), it was Newt Gingrich that quickly abandoned those promises–which led to his eventual resignation following the 1996 elections, when voters fled the GOP in disgust after Gingrich’s compromises.

William Jasper also reported, “Considering these and other votes against sound fiscal policy, it is not surprising that Gingrich’s spendthrift ways have carried over into his personal finances. The 1992 House banking scandal revealed that Gingrich has run 22 overdrafts on his checking account, and this in spite of having voted himself a huge pay raise and having a taxpayer-provided, chauffeur-driven car. Nor is it surprising that his rating from the National Taxpayers Union during the latest session of Congress (the 103rd) was a meager 75 percent. His tax-and-spend record over the years on votes tabulated by Tax Reform Immediately (TRIM) has so often contradicted his rhetoric that the National Director of TRIM James Toft was prompted to remark: ‘Professor Gingrich hopefully will never be called upon to teach a course in the proper role of our federal government. His rare votes against bloated big government usually have been prompted by the partisan wrangling of the moment, not by any great respect for, or understanding of, the Constitution.’”

See William Jasper’s report HERE.

In the third place, if the current trend toward nationalizing law enforcement and turning America into a police state disturbs you, Newt Gingrich is the last person in the world you would want to elect President of the United States.

Devvy Kidd writes, “On October 22, 1991, Gingrich voted for an amendment to the federal crime bill offered by Rep. David McCurdy (D-OK) to establish a National Police Corps. Although he didn’t vote for the $30-billion Clinton crime bill of 1994, he resurrected it and helped make passage possible. As Rep. Susan Molinari (R-NY), one of Newt’s cheerleaders, explained to Michael Kinsley on CNN’s Crossfire, ‘If it wasn’t for Newt Gingrich, you wouldn’t have a crime bill.’

“Indeed. The Gingrich-led opposition ‘threw’ the game, failing to challenge the bill’s fundamental flaw–that the federal government has no constitutional authority to take over state and local crime fighting duties–and focused instead on ‘pork’ in the bill. ‘That crime bill stank to high heaven,’ charged Pat Buchanan. ‘It federalizes crimes such as spousal abuse, giving the feds police power the Constitution reserves to the states.’”

See Devvy Kidds’ report HERE.

The contents of Newt Gingrich’s record in this report are merely the tip of the old proverbial iceberg. Gingrich has so many skeletons in his closet; he makes Herman Cain look like the angel Gabriel. And this is the man Christians and conservatives in South Carolina want to be the next President of the United States?

Newt Gingrich? Really?

Ok, now let’s really get down to brass tacks. One reason why Gingrich won in South Carolina (and might win in Florida) is because many Christian voters will not vote for Mitt Romney, because Romney is a Mormon; and they won’t vote for Ron Paul, because he’s–well–Ron Paul.

Of course, many Christians voted for Rick Santorum, which explains his third-place finish. Santorum has built his entire campaign on trying to convince Christian conservatives that he is “their” man by talking up the hot button issues that social conservatives tend to focus on. But Santorum is just another G.W. Bush-type big-government neocon whose Senatorial record clearly shows that he votes with the big-government agenda the vast majority of the time. Some could even argue that Santorum is the elitists “conservative” Manchurian Candidate to pull votes away from Ron Paul. Dr. Paul is the one man the elitists fear the most and will do anything to defeat.

Now, to Mitt Romney. Let me go on record, I won’t vote for Mitt Romney either, but it has nothing to do with him being a Mormon. Absolutely nothing! I know a Mormon man who was a candidate for the US House of Representatives in the State of Utah whom I would support and vote for (for any office) in a heartbeat. His name is Scott Bradley. Scott is one of the most principled constitutionalists I have ever met.

Whether a candidate for public office is a Mormon, Catholic, Baptist, Presbyterian, or Pentecostal is absolutely immaterial to whether or not I vote for him or her. The primary responsibility of a President (or any other civil magistrate) is to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States and to secure the rights and liberties of the American citizenry. That’s it! It is no skin off my nose where he or she goes to church, or even if he or she goes to church. It doesn’t matter to a tinker’s dam whether they quote scripture or claim to be a Christian. What matters is that he or she honors their oath of office to defend the Constitution and the people’s liberties.

And as everyone should know by now, Mitt Romney’s track record in Massachusetts, from a constitutional point of reference, is absolutely abysmal. In fact, Romney’s Massachusetts’s health care monstrosity was the model for ObamaCare. In almost every discernable constitutional criterion, Mitt Romney falls short. And that’s why I won’t vote for Mitt Romney! In fact, I won’t vote for Mitt Romney for the exact same reason I won’t vote for Newt Gingrich. (To his credit, however, at least Mitt Romney doesn’t have a passel of bimbos hiding under his bed.)

I have said it all over America, and I’ll say it again: I would rather vote for an unbeliever who will preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States than vote for a believer who will not preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.

Next, let’s talk about Ron Paul. Many Christians all over America have foolishly rejected the candidacy of Ron Paul. They have done this for reasons which I will outline here.

“Ron Paul is not pro-life,” many Christians purport.

Of course, this statement is laughable. As a long-term US House member from Texas, Ron Paul has repeatedly introduced the Sanctity of Life Act. The so-called pro-life GOP in Washington, D.C., had several opportunities to pass this Act when it held power in both houses of Congress and the White House from 2000-2006.

Had it passed, Paul’s Sanctity of Life Act would have done two things: 1) it would have declared unborn babies to be human beings under the law, 2) it would have removed abortion from the jurisdiction of the Court under Article. 3. Section. 2. of the US Constitution. This would have effectively overturned the infamous Roe. v. Wade Supreme Court decision.

As an OB/GYN physician, Dr. Paul has never performed an abortion; but he has delivered more than 4,000 babies; he has repeatedly introduced the Sanctity of Life Act in the US Congress–but he’s not “pro-life”?

Newt Gingrich, as speaker of the House, did absolutely nothing to defund Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers domestically and internationally from receiving US taxpayer dollars. In fact, while Gingrich was Speaker of the House, taxpayer funding for abortion providers increased dramatically! Neither has he ever supported or promoted the Sanctity of Life Act, but since he “says” he’s pro-life, many Christians vote for Gingrich and not Paul?

Is something wrong with this picture or what?

“I cannot support Ron Paul because he says he doesn’t know whether homosexuality is a sin or not,” say many Christians.

Most readers know that I have been a minister of the Gospel for over 35 years. My convictions regarding the sinfulness of homosexuality are well known. I say that so you understand where I’m coming from when I say that whether or not Ron Paul has a personal question as to whether homosexuality is a religious or biological issue has absolutely nothing to do with his fitness to be President of the United States. Absolutely nothing! We are electing a commander-in-chief, not a theologian-in-chief.

Dr. Paul’s personal religious belief is not the issue. The issue is his fidelity to constitutional government. What Christians seemingly do not understand is that constitutional government does more to protect their God-given Natural rights than all of the religious rhetoric of all the politicians of the entire country put together!

Dr. Paul understands the nature of government and the nature of liberty. And he is committed to returning government to its rightful jurisdictional authority Dr. Paul knows that the states and local communities are the best protectors of the liberties and the values of the people–including the values relating to aberrant sexual behavior within those communities and states–NOT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. (Listening to many so-called “conservatives,” one may get the idea that they would be fine with doing away with independent statehood altogether and letting the central government in Washington, D.C., run everything. Thankfully, our Founding Fathers were a wiser lot and emphatically left the bulk of governing authority to the states.) For example, if the State of Nevada wants to legalize prostitution, that’s Nevada’s business. And if Montana wants to make prostitution illegal, that is Montana’s business. If Florida wants to make medical marijuana illegal, that’s Florida’s business. If, however, Montana wants to legalize medical marijuana, that’s Montana’s business. Frankly, it is none of Washington, D.C.’s business either way! Ron Paul understands that.

Look at all the federal mandates that states and communities are implementing contrary to the values and belief systems of the citizens of the respective states and communities. That would not happen if Washington, D.C., would butt out of our affairs and let us govern ourselves. And if Massachusetts and California want to deprive their citizens of their God-given liberties, the people of those states can either remove those governments from power or move to a State where liberty is protected. But at least there would be some states standing in liberty to which one could go. As it is today, the entire country is under the heavy hand of usurpation and oppression due to the fact that, outside of Ron Paul and a few others in Washington, D.C., hardly anyone inside the Beltway believes in constitutional government.

Plus, look at the inconsistency of trying to elect civil magistrates by some sort of religious litmus test: Dr. Paul has been married to his wife, Carol, for over 50 years without the first scandal involving immoral activity, but because of a personal question regarding a religious issue, many Christians cannot vote for him? But Newt Gingrich can have so many extramarital affairs that he probably cannot even count them all, and yet his personal view of religion and morality are found acceptable to many Christians?

Is something wrong with this picture or what?

“I can’t vote for Ron Paul, because he is ‘anti-Israel,’” many Christians say.

Here are the facts: Dr. Paul has a Jeffersonian philosophy regarding foreign entanglements. He believes that we should trade freely with all nations, have diplomatic relations with all nations, and live at peace with all nations as much as is possible. He believes that Israel is a sovereign state and, therefore, has the right to determine its own affairs without Washington, D.C., dictating how, when, and what Tel Aviv can and cannot do for its own peace and security. He believes we need to butt out of everybody’s business and let sovereign states conduct their own internal affairs. He believes the US military should be used to protect the territory and people of the United States of America and should not be the world’s policeman or the puppet of the Security Council at the United Nations. But somehow, that is an unspiritual philosophy and many Christians can’t support him?

Newt Gingrich wants to continue the Wilsonian foreign entanglement philosophy by continuing to send troops to fight undeclared, unconstitutional wars; by continuing to entrap and enrage foreign capitols into conflicts that only serve the interests of international bankers and the military-industrial complex; by continuing to use Israel as a puppet to provoke conflict in the Middle East that only serves the purpose of advancing an international New World Order, and somehow this is seen as “spiritual” by many Christians who will support and vote for him?

Is something wrong with this picture or what?

If the Republican Party has a death wish, they will nominate Newt Gingrich as their Presidential candidate. Gingrich is a snake-oil salesman; his words are absolutely meaningless; he has the morals of an alley cat; and he will sell America’s sovereignty to an international New World Order and turn our country into a police state. Christians, of all people, should know better.

Newt Gingrich? Really?

© Chuck Baldwin


A Dollar Cataclysm Is Imminent

January 29, 2012

Editor’s Notes~

Washington has lit the match on a time bomb called the Iranian economic sanctions. DC and its grudging allies are attempting to shut out the Iranian central bank and keep Iran from selling oil. But Iran has powerful friends…the BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India & China). The unintended consequences of the sanctions are that the world is aggressively working to supplant the Dollar as the world reserve currency. Iran just made a deal with India to sell them oil and accept payment in gold. Iran will do this with other nations through the Kish Island Oil Bourse that opened in February, 2008. The American-led economic warfare, poorly disguised as diplomatic alarm about Iranian nuclear capabilities, is not about splitting the atom or building a bomb. Washington knows that if the oil-producing nations forsake the Dollar to settle all oil transactions, the Dollar is over. Washington has overplayed its hand in this high-stakes poker game. Iran holds the trump card: it sits on an ocean of crude oil that the Europe cannot live without. Washington’s global influence is in steep decline as the world is tired of DC’s bullying tactics. The BRIC nations are rapidly ascending.

Some recent history is in order. Saddam Hussein planned to stop selling Iraqi oil in dollars and switch to the Euro. Muamar Gaddafi of Libya planned to create a new gold-backed African dinar and settle oil payments in the new gold-backed money.

What happened to both of them and their countries? They were attacked by Washington. Both leaders are dead.

Pepe Escobar of The Asian Times has written a very important article that you must read. The Iranian parliament is meeting TODAY, SUNDAY January 29th, to discuss Iran’s response to Washington and Europe.

If Iran stops selling oil to Europe…even for a week or two…oil prices will skyrocket worldwide. European nations already teetering on the brink of default could quickly collapse. The Euro could collapse and the Dollar also.

If you have any brains between your ears, you’ll turn your paper investments into cash and get your cash out of the financial institutions RIGHT NOW. Buy a safe and keep your money at home.

The Iranian Oil Embargo Blowback
By Pepe Escobar


Flash Editorials January 28, 2012

January 28, 2012

By Russell D. Longcore

To watch a humorous animated version of this article, click below.

The Nation: Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are trying to politically assassinate each other in every primary fight in every state. No matter which guy shakes out as the Republican candidate (shudder), the President has merely to play back their vitriolic ads to make his case. The Republicans are making the shit sandwiches that they will have to eat after the convention. The only candidate that could survive the Obama onslaught and win is Ron Paul. (Prediction: Rick Santorum gone after the Florida primary.)

The Nation II: Barack Obama delivered the State of the Union address this week. Big deal. Reminded me of Kremlin speeches of the past. The socialist-in-chief made a speech in front of the rest of the socialists in the building, half of whom want a new socialist-in-chief. All of them want to grow the Federal government, and none of them will support, protect and defend the old, tired Constitution. If you are reading this editorial, and you participate in the election this November, YOU are part of the problem. Stop voting.

The Nation III: Las Vegas Billionaire Sheldon Adelson openly owns Newt Gingrich. Adelson has wanted war between America and Iran for years, and the money he has spent on Gingrich’s behalf has bought Newt’s allegiance. The ol’ Newtster vows to protect Israel and to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on his first day as President. It’s disturbing to know that a man who would like to be President of the USA is completely willing to sacrifice American lives to do Israel’s bidding.

International: Egypt overthrew Hosni Mubarek one year ago this week. Nothing has really changed in the last twelve months. The military still runs the government and the Egyptian economy. But 80 million people eat a lot, and Egypt’s main industry…tourism…evaporated after the “Arab Spring.” How are 80 million people going to keep eating regularly? Answer: They’re not. Watch for more Egyptian misery and more open revolt.

International II: Washington keeps shooting itself in the foot. The West, led by Washington, has been ratcheting up its plan for economic sanctions against Iran. But Iran has powerful friends. This week, Iran huddled with India to plan a gold-for-oil deal. Last weekend I wrote about this, recommending that Iran tell EVERYBODY that Iranian oil is now only for sale for gold. Iran just issued a warning that it may halt sales of crude to Europe altogether next week to demonstrate the consequences of siding with Washington. Meanwhile, we learned that China has leased three more supertankers to move Iranian oil to China. The American sanctions will be an embarrassing failure and will help convince the nations of the world how irrelevant America is becoming. The DC lion roars from a toothless piehole.

International III: The Iranian gold-for-oil deal with India is just the beginning of the worldwide repudiation of the US Dollar as the world reserve currency. Once the world decides that the Dollar no longer deserves reserve status, the fall of the Dollar could be precipitous. For you public school grads, that means “like falling off a cliff.” And when fiat currency is not backed by a commodity, but only backed by the State’s ability to steal from the people…and that currency is no longer necessary for buying oil, that currency will become worthless seemingly overnight. Are you ready for the inevitable collapse of the Dollar?

Business: A tiny percent of the 1% are meeting in Davos, Switzerland this week at the World Economic Forum to discuss how they are going to run the world. About 2,600 delegates will be in attendance, from German President Angela Merkel to Warren Buffet to over 70 other billionaires who consider themselves the elite. I can nearly guarantee that returning to gold-backed money for sovereign states will NOT be on the discussion group schedule. And despite the Davros airport being choked with Gulfstream and Citation private jets, these
Keynesian business and government morons will surely talk about global warming issues and everybody’s “carbon footprint.” I’d like to leave my footprint on all their asses.

Shameless Plug: There are very few glowing and growing segments of the American economy. Energy is one of them. When I talk about “energy,” I’m talking about natural gas and electricity. As the population grows, the demand for energy grows. Energy is the last major monopoly to be deregulated, and deregulation is sweeping across America. And, when deregulation occurs there is a massive transfer of wealth from the monopolies to the new competitors. The energy business is the nearest thing you’ll find to a recession-proof business. Think about it. Energy is a life-essential service that everyone already had in their monthly budgets. Just imagine if you had an energy business in which you got paid a little profit every month when your customers paid their energy bills…just like the big guys get paid. Find out more about this business at MasterpieceEnergy.com.

Economy: The condition of the American economy is the best reason to start a business of your own. New unemployment claims totaled 377,000 last week. This economy is still in a deep recession. Reasonable people don’t talk about the economy recovering when nearly400,000 people A WEEK lose their jobs.

Sports: I’ve been 100% wrong in my Super Bowl playoff picks. Patriots and Giants? Perhaps Eli Manning will turn out to be the greatest of the Manning brothers at the Quarterback position. But Peyton will always be the funniest. His hosting of Saturday Night Live was a high water mark in SNL comedy.

Entertainment: The Grammy Awards happen on February 12th. Of all the awards shows, I like this one best. The music is great, and musicians can be counted on to wear nearly anything…or nearly nothing. Remember Pink’s performance on a swing two years ago wearing nothing but ribbons covering her dainty areas? I still watch that on Youtube.

The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) voted 87% to 13% to merge their union with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA). I have good friends in both unions. I hope that consolidation helps them in some way. It probably won’t affect ticket prices at movie box offices, which is all that America would care about this merger.

DumpDC. Six Letters That Can Change History.

© Copyright 2012, Russell D. Longcore. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly granted, provided full credit is given.


Flash Editorials January 21, 2011

January 21, 2012

By Russell D. Longcore

Got computer issues this weekend, friends. I am switching over from PC to Mac for bunches of reasons. I typed this on my iPad.

We will catch up on editorials in a couple days with our smart-assed comments about the world and the crazy people that populate it.

Meanwhile, the intellectual giants in South Carolina are marching to the polling places to participate in a meaningless gesture called a primary, preceding another meaningless gesture called the November presidential elections. Your participation in national elections only makes you think your vote actually matters while perpetuating a failed, broken system. If you ever want to experience personal liberty and property rights again on the American continent, you had better stop participating in the American political system and get committed to secession. This Federal government is in a headlong rush to destroy liberty, and you have a duty to alter or abolish your government. That is what the men who signed the Declaration of Independence did…they abolished the government that presumed to place them into bondage. States came first, and states are supposed to be sovereign. In 1776, Georgia was a Nation, not a watered down county for DC. Or, are you the kind of person who just bows, kneels and submits to any indignity when attacked by predators? It’s long past time for talk. It’s time to get ready for when the Shit Hits The Fan. You’re about to experience…not just watch…The End Of The World As We Know It. Your survival and your family’s survival depends on the preparations you are doing NOW.

Get busy. Wake up. Smell the coffee. Grow up. Stop being a candy ass. RESIST.

Copyright 2012 Russell D. Longcore.


The Persian Gulf Is Boiling

January 16, 2012

By Russell D. Longcore

Here are the facts as I see them:

• Iran has had a nuclear energy program for nearly 40 years. They use nuclear reactors to produce electricity.
• Iran is being accused by Western nations of enriching radioactive materials with the intent of producing nuclear weapons.
• The International Atomic Energy Commission has not been able to produce any evidence that Iran is enriching uranium for weapons.
• 20% of the world’s oil production is shipped down the Persian Gulf and through the narrows of the Straits of Hormuz.
• The West, led by Washington, who is being led by a nose ring by Israel, are escalating economic sanctions against Iran.
• Recently, the US and Israel performed war games just outside the Persian Gulf as a threat to Iran.
• Iran has done its own war games in the Persian Gulf and recommended that American carrier task forces not return to the Gulf.
• Washington is threatening to destroy the Iranian Central Bank.
• Washington pulled this same shyt in Iraq. Remember?
• Things are fixin’ to get real ugly in the Persian Gulf.

Think about Iran’s situation some more. Iran is one of the major oil producers of the Middle East. Dozens of nations buy their oil from Iran. Iran would be punishing themselves if they blocked the Strait of Hormuz. But the West has shown themselves willing to commit a false-flag operation and hang it around an enemy’s neck. Saddam Hussein’s name might come to mind. The nation of Afghanistan might come to mind. Yet, Washington is moving steadily toward war against Iran. The false-flag operation would give Washington and Israel the cover they need to start a shooting war. More on that below.

The reality of the situation is that Iran has a commodity that the world cannot live without. So, which should be in control here…the buyer or the seller? Should the Central Bank of Iran be held hostage by the banks of other nations, or the banking families that control most of the world banking system? I submit to you that the seller…Iran…should exert its sovereignty and its ultimate control.

What should the Iranian response be?

Iran should announce that beginning immediately, all payment for crude oil will be made in gold: no currency, no credit. No gold, no oil.

That single act will solve most of Iran’s problems. Requiring payment in gold would begin to strengthen the Iranian rial (their currency), thereby setting the world’s bankers back on their heels. If you are not using the banker’s credit, you are not subject to their rules or control. In recent months, the rial has lost almost 50% of its value against the US Dollar. Selling oil for gold would quickly make inflation in Iran disappear. The economy would rebound for everybody living in Iran. Another benefit would be a spike in world gold prices as companies and nations make massive purchases of gold so they can buy oil.

Now, what about a shooting war? Look at a map of the Persian Gulf. The entire eastern shore of the Gulf is Iran. The Persian Gulf is not a big body of water and has a choke point at the southeastern end. The incredible hubris of the American Navy, commanded by whichever President is in office (save Ron Paul), would place one or two carrier task forces in the Gulf. Iran possesses the Russian-built Sunburn anti-ship missile. The American navy has no defense for the Sunburn. The missile travels at nearly 1,600 miles per hour (Mach 2.1) at an altitude of about 50 feet above the waves. Iran has mobile launchers all along the mountainous shoreline of the Gulf. In a retaliatory strike, Sunburn missiles launched from the shore would reach the ships of the carrier task forces in a matter of seconds. The ship-board weapons systems like Phalanx will not have enough time to calculate a firing solution. And the Phalanx system has never been tested against the Sunburn. Multiple Sunburn missiles will send the task forces to the bottom of the Gulf, with massive loss of American sailors and airmen. Yet another defeat for the American military.

In my opinion, Iran could take control of their crisis situation and avoid a war simply by going with gold.

DumpDC. Six Letters That Can Change History.

© Copyright 2012, Russell D. Longcore. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly granted, provided full credit is given.


Flash Editorials January 14, 2012

January 13, 2012

By Russell D. Longcore

The Nation: The story about the New Hampshire primary is not that Mitt Romney won. Any drooling moron knew that was going to happen. The story is Ron Paul in second place with 24% of the vote. Gingrich and Santorum weren’t even close, and Jim Dick Perry was only at about 1%. South Carolina is next, and anything could happen. Which leads me to…

The Nation II Newt “Tweedledum” Gingrich has some rich friends who started a super political action committee, or SuperPAC. They have produced and released a 28-minute video called “When Mitt Romney Came To Town.” It’s all over the Internet if you want to watch it. This propaganda piece has the potential to really hurt Romney. It paints him as a Wall Street corporate raider that took pleasure in buying companies, running them into debt, laying off most of the work force, and then letting the companies go bankrupt after Bain Capital cashed out. It never says one word about the big successes Bain Capital made. The movie is produced much like a Michael Moore picture, completely slanted to make a point. But Americans like videos and hate corporate raiders and Wall Street. If the message of the movie sticks to Mitt, anything could happen. Can you imagine seeing Ron Paul win a primary? Which leads me to…

The Nation III On Friday, a Federal judge ruled that Jim Dick Perry, Gingrich, Santorum and Huntsman may not appear on the Virginia Primary ballots. The only two candidates will be Mitt Romney and Ron Paul. Get ready, folks. Four years ago, few thought front-runner Hillary Clinton could be beat for the Democratic nomination.

International: In Beijing, China, hundreds of people lined up outside the flagship Apple store to buy the Apple iPhone 4S. They were turned away when the store ran out of phones. The news story said that upset shoppers pelted the store with eggs. Do you think this might have been staged? Think about it. Mr. Lee says to Mrs. Lee: “Honey, I’m going down to the Apple store to buy a new phone. Hand me a couple eggs, would ya?” Who takes eggs with them to buy a phone?

International II: Today, nine European countries received credit rating downgrades. Here’s a tidbit that you won’t see most places. The credit downgrade could easily cause defaults in major corporate borrowers. If your company borrowed money and pledged AAA government bonds as collateral…which is pretty normal…and your AAA bonds are now rated AA+, you are technically in default. The lender could call the loan, or demand more collateral. Either one could cause a borrower to go bankrupt. So here’s another layer of potential financial collapses that could domino the European system.

International III: More about European default, but this time…let’s talk about time zones. Most of Europe is six hours ahead of the Eastern time zone here in America…London is five hours ahead. If a cascading domino-effect market collapse happens in Rome or Athens when banks open in the morning…say 9:00…it’s still 3:00 am in New York…midnight on the West Coast. By the time the banks open in New York, the default has already been burning down Europe for six hours. Actually, the American banks would not open. They would declare a “bank holiday.” The world cable news networks would have been broadcasting the European collapse for six hours. The parking lots outside East Coast banks would be jammed with people desperate to get their hands on their money. Riots would ensue in a time zone wave from the East Coast to the West Coast. Doesn’t that sound fun?

Business: World oil prices dipped this week as two European Union officials said that the proposed Iranian embargo and sanctions are going to be put on hold for as much as six months. What does that tell you? First, that US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is full of shyt. Second, that this is all about oil, not about who has nuclear weapons.

Shameless Plug: There are very few glowing and growing segments of the American economy. Energy is one of them. When I talk about “energy,” I’m talking about natural gas and electricity. As the population grows, the demand for energy grows. Energy is the last major monopoly to be deregulated, and deregulation is sweeping across America. And, when deregulation occurs there is a massive transfer of wealth from the monopolies to the new competitors. The energy business is the nearest thing you’ll find to a recession-proof business. Think about it. Energy is a life-essential service that everyone already had in their monthly budgets. Just imagine if you had an energy business in which you got paid a little profit every month when your customers paid their energy bills…just like the big guys get paid. Find out more about this business at MasterpieceEnergy.com.

Economy: Remember last week when all the network news shows gushed about the unemployment numbers dropping to only 372,000 that week? This week, 399,000 new unemployment claims were filed. THIS WEEK. And in my opinion, the only reason the number wasn’t above 400,000 was that the government cooked the numbers. I could be wrong. But 399,000 people that had jobs a week ago don’t have them this week.

Sports: OK. Last week I proved what a goober I am about the NFL. I predicted that New Orleans and the Packers would meet in the Super Bowl. I didn’t remember that they are both in the NFC. Maybe it will be the Saints and Denver. The Saints will still take home all the marbles.

Entertainment: A New York Philharmonic performance was brought to a standstill Tuesday night…by a ringing cell phone. Conductor Alan Gilbert was in the last few moments of the Mahler Ninth Symphony when a front-row audience member’s phone began ringing…and ringing…and ringing. Gilbert finally stopped the orchestra until the patron silenced his infernal phone from ringing. Apparently, the audience member was convinced that he was more important than the orchestra and a house full of people. This is the etiquette of the second decade of the 21st Century.

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Advice to a Generic Candidate

January 10, 2012

Fred to Change Course of History

by Fred Reed

Last night on the lobotomy box I encountered yet another candidate for the presidency, a Mr. Sanctorum, threatening to make war on Iran. I can’t decide whether the idea is more frightening than fascinating, or fascinating than frightening. I do suggest that the combined candidates do not have the military competence of a stuffed bear. Given that the principal business of the United States is war and preparation for it, do we want a martial analphabetic in charge? One does not let children play with chain saws. (From all of this I exempt Ron Paul, who appears to be sane.)

To save the republic, if any, from another routine military disaster, I offer the following thoughts.

To begin, I will ask the following questions of the candidates, and for that matter of Mr. Obama, and of the Secretary of Defense, a generic bureaucrat.

Can you explain: Convergence zones, base bleed, Kursk, range-gate pull-off, artillery at Dien Bien Phu, IR cross-over, Tet and queen sacrifice, Brahmos 2, CIWIS, supercruise, side-lobe penetration, seven-eighty-twice gear, super-cavitating torpedoes, phased arrays, pulse Doppler, the width of Hormuz versus the range of Iranian cruise missiles, DU, discarding sabot, frequency agility, Chobham armor, and pseudo-random PRF?

These, gentlemen, are the small talk of serious students of the military. Here I mean men like David Isby, author of such books as Weapons and Tactics of the Soviet Army for Jane’s, which you likely have never heard of, or William S. Lind, probably the best military mind (though, or because, not a soldier), that I have encountered. If you are unfamiliar with them, and with the things listed above, you are unfamiliar with the military. Yet you campaign for possession of the trigger.

Perhaps a little humility, perish the thought, and a little self-examination might be in order.

Peering into your own depths, you will probably find that the humility does not come easily. In my decades of covering the armed services, I noticed among men a belief in their innate jock-strap competency regarding wars. Men who would readily admit ignorance of petroleum geology, ophthalmology, or ancient Sumerian grammar nonetheless believe that they grasp matters military. Usually they do not. In particular, they have an utterly unexamined belief in America’s military invincibility.

Candidates should be wary of this. Instead, most of you propose ultimata to Iran as one would threaten a three-year-old with a spanking. You clearly think that the American flotilla would quickly thrash the impudent Persians with no unexpected consequences. Do as we say, or the fleet will teach you a jolly good lesson.

So thought Philip II in 1588.

A little reading wouldn’t hurt. I would strongly recommend A Legacy of Ashes, by Tim Weiner, on the CIA, and We Meant Well, by Peter van Vuren, a former State Department guy on how Iraq actually works. You will be most surprised. I accept in advance your gratitude for these suggestions.

Once a candidate from the relative bushes gets elected, as may happen, he becomes a captive of Washington in about ten minutes. This too you should bear in mind. You will be briefed by the CIA, which will spin things so that you believe what it wants you to believe. The spooks will radiate lethal charm and speak with the assurance of a higher order of being. This will give you a sense of admission to a special tree house where everyone has a Captain Marvel secret decoder ring (two box tops and a dollar fifty). And, in Washington, you will have access to no other view. Gotcha.

You will be briefed by the Pentagon by generals with firm handshakes, steely gaze, obvious intelligence, and a convincing understanding of the world as consisting chiefly of threats. They are very good at this. You do not become a general without expertise with Power Point and the slick gab of a confidence man. Generals too are politicians. They will carry you along like a wood chip in a spring flood. And you will pay the price.

A powerful skepticism is here well advised. The belief that military men know about war is beguiling. It is their trade, is it not? Surely they must be authorities. Dentists know about dentistry. Soldiers must know about war. But how often when you go to a dentist do you return without teeth?

In fact career officers live in a mental world not well adapted to winning today’s wars. You need to understand this. Theirs is a world of aggression seeking an outlet, of institutionally inculcated confidence unrelated to external reality, of suppression of dissent. Fatal bad judgment is common, and recently almost the rule. If you think this implausible, consider:

When the Japanese attacked Pearl, their military thought it would win, Yamamoto excepted. When the Wehrmacht went into Russia, it thought it would win. So did Napoleon. When the Germans attacked in 1914, they thought they would win, the Schlieffen Plan being infallible. When the Confederates shelled Sumpter, they thought they could win. When the French took on the Viet Minh, they thought they would win. When the Americans went into Viet Nam, they thought they would win. When they went into Iraq, Somalia, Beirut, Afghanistan….

And now you, our newly elected, fresh-caught president, contemplate a shooting war with Iran. Those who favor this idea will assure you that it will be short and sweet. Shock and Awe. Duck soup. A cakewalk. The Iranians will just take it, perhaps put up some slight and hapless resistance, and roll quickly over. Our airplanes, after all, say varooom and pow-pow-pow and boom.

Good luck.

Note that in the foregoing list of wars, all were expected to end quickly. This should not surprise. Military men live in the psychic world of the cavalry charge, of decisive battle, of courage, heroism, and glorious victory. Modern militaries are designed with shsort-and-sweet in mind, with tanks ships and aircraft intended to fight other tanks ships and aircraft. Unfortunately wars nowadays are more like dealing with a recalcitrant bureaucracy. They go on and on. Concentrated firepower doesn’t work well against dispersed enemies. The treasury bleeds, the public wearies. Quick victory seldom comes. The Pentagon thrashes and thrashes every more desperately, a saber tooth in the tar pits of La Brea. Just give us a little more time, a few more troops, a surge….

Reflect that the Pentagon hasn’t won a war since 1945, unless you count titanic eruptions like Granada. Yes, it usually wins the conventional battles, as it did in Afghanistan, as it did in Iraq, “Mission Accomplished,” but then the enemy deploys the most fearsome weapons of the last half-centry: the AK, the RPG, and the IED.

The Pentagon can bomb Iran with impunity, as it could Afghanistan. It thinks it can keep the Straits open, as it thought it could do all the things in the past that it couldn’t. How many burning supertankers does it take to discourage the rest?

Then the unexpected comes. It turns out that the enemy is not as stupid as the strategy required. Pehhaps thousands of Iranian troops infiltrate into largely Shiite Iraq, which blows again. Oh fun.

If you can’t win any war at all, start a larger one. And you, Mr. Sanctorum, or Romney, or Gingrich, will hold the bag. Such a deal.

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