Posted by: Dr Churchill | October 15, 2019

God is Boss because that’s his Business

The One God makes it easy to bring together his people and as young folks struggle to reconcile their innate belief with the TRUTH, it becomes evident that they need Love and disciplined discerning behavior in order to make their Life work properly for success and growth.

Follow the law: This is important because we all need a simple instructional to a winning & winsome Life, and because this is the only way for you to move forward in health, safety and comfort…

God’s laws are simple and you know the Ten commandments and all such basics that stem straight up from your own human nature, but what you might not know are the other laws of worldly success, such as the law of obedience, the law of discipline, and the law of discernment — that are immutable and self evident as well.

Do this, because being acquainted with God and His Word is not enough.

Yet being obedient to him and accepting whatever he throws your way — is always the one path to growth, abundant blessings, and ultimately, runaway success.

Are you obeying what you know to be true and the word of God even when what comes down the pike is not what you expected or even not what we normally call “good” or “easy” or even “beneficial”?

Be obedient: Just to make it easy on yourself, it might be best that you allow him to be the driver, and let God inside, and even invite him to drive your life forward, or wherever he chooses for you to go. This is how you relax and enjoy the ride in the back seat while he is doing the driving and the heavy lifting, for your life. Imagine that. He is working it and not you…

Obey him, because the riches of earth and heaven are yours, when you obey the Word of God and follow his plan, and believe the leading of the Holy Spirit.

This is simply so, because you do not become mighty in spirit by setting your inner person on automatic pilot to drift through life, but you must allow God to drive you forth, while you employ several basic disciplines in order to experience the rewards of a God led, God directed, and God blessed & fulfilled life.

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Be God driven, and learn to accept everything and anything as his plan, because sometimes the rejection you feel, is simply an instance where God is opposed to the decorative wishes, the self serving demands, and the unnecessary goals of the reptilian brain of the human being, whereas the one who is mighty in spirit must constantly reject the competing values and passions of the world system, which is devoid of godliness and instead focus on coming in close contact with the Divine through righteous conduct, thought and deed.

That is your personal Love towards God and that is even the discipline of relationship, which is mightily important because by bringing the Godly wisdom into your Life, your life flows forward and is formed beautifully from a pure & honest relationship with God.

The discipline of Love is paramount, because above all, you must guard your heart and keep God as your first love — singularly devoted to Him, not to a cause, a dogma, or even a religion…

Love yourself and love God and your Lover just as much as humanly possible and that’s how you come into the know…

That is how you can easily pursue the knowledge of the Lord, that helps you pray devoutly and work stoutly in order to make your Life a runaway success…

Yours,
Dr Churchill

PS:

Do this and everything will be OK.

Relax and chill out because he’s got your back.

Be free of doubt, fear, and uncertainty because he’s got this, and like a Boss he will set you free from the wretchedness of doubt and all life consuming fears.

He’s got your back bro, and nothing to worry about…

Your job is just to be Happy and to carry on.

KBO

Posted by: Dr Churchill | October 14, 2019

Justice is the balm of the American Soul…

As the founding fathers saw it — It is only justice that preserves regimes, not history, nor tradition.

Like every soldier who puts his life at risk believes — as did the signers of the Declaration — that there is something more important, more honorable, than his life, so is every American patriot believes that the American experiment is far more important that their individual lives…

And obviously, this is hardly the radical autonomy, the sense of unlimited freedom, and individuality, that we hear so much about.

If anything ti is a sign of an altruistic sense of self sacrifice, and yet we are surrounded by a rapidly increasing number of the self-absorbed for whom honor has no influence.

What is to do?

Is the solution to adopt a historical tradition that has become wholly alien to us, or does the solution reside in readopting those twin pillars of morality and politics, reason and revelation, that once animated the country?

The Declaration of Independence provides the grounds for the “just powers of government” and, as a long tradition of political thought has proven true, it is justice that preserves regimes, not history or tradition.

Yet if we were to present a plan to revitalize American political traditions, conservatism has no place there, because we can trace the failure of conservatism directly to the American founding and its exclusive reliance on the “Enlightenment rationalism” of Hobbes, Locke and Rousseau.

The problem with this reliance, is that it leaves no room for the vital elements that must be part of any political community — “inherited customs” or traditions, especially religious traditions.

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Because indeed, Americans should have maintained their connections with inherited British traditions and with the common law if they wanted to remain a stable and conservative political order. Yet, they chose to do otherwise, and thus today many people view the American Revolution, with its appeal to universal principles “universal reason”, as a mistake, since it left the American founding exposed to the inevitable effects of liberalism: the decline of the stabilizing forces of tradition, especially Biblical tradition, and the elevation of individual liberty or individual freedom over responsibility and duty or restraint.

Somehow, this has become a fashionable critique in of the American founding among intellectuals. But it is wrong. There is nothing inherent in the principles of the founding that made its decline inevitably American from the beginning, because in fact, what has caused America’s decline is a departure from its founding principles, and a distinct failure to adhere to first principles as understood by the Founders.

The American Founders did not understand the so-called “Enlightenment rationalists” in the simple minded way that political thinkers, even the “rationalists” believed. And since they believed that a nation-state could be founded on “reason alone” one has only to give a cursory glance at the writings of Locke to see that he was not so foolish. In addition to the Second Treatise which contains ample reflections on the theological-political question, one has only to skim the First Treatise, to say nothing of “An Essay Concerning Human Understanding” or “The Reasonableness of Christianity” to see. Nor did the Founders read Locke as simply an epigone of Hobbes, because the American Founders were severely critical of Hobbes and Rousseau.

Hamilton undoubtedly delivered the sense of the founding generation when he wrote that for Hobbes “moral obligation” is the mere contrivance of politicians, for the maintenance of social intercourse. But the reason he run into this absurd and impious doctrine, was, that he disbelieved the existence of an intelligent superintending principle, who is the governor, and will be the final judge of the universe.” Furthermore, Rousseau was criticized by Madison as one of the “visionary philosophers” whose “project” was as preposterous as it was impotent. Unlike rationalist critics, the American Founders did not consider the trio of “Enlightenment rationalists” to be in agreement, nor did they consider themselves to be “enlightenment rationalists.” Rather, one could say the Founders were “phronimoi” Aristotle’s “wise statesmen.”

“Phronimoi” those “wise statesmen” who in Jefferson’s words, had read “the elementary books of public right, as Aristotle, Cicero, Locke, Sidney, etc” were thus free to adopt and adapt the political wisdom and best practices from these elementary books to the American sceneo and to this particularly vigorous American experiment, of government by the people, from the people, and for the people.

And although it is true that they found Locke to be the best guide, they also understood Locke’s natural law as a reflection or adaption of Aristotle. Instead, more conservative texts such as “the Bible, Montesquieu’s Spirit of the Laws, Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England, and Hume’s Tory History of England ultimately had the greatest influence.” Locke’s influence, Hazony suggests, was mainly on the Declaration of Independence, but the years of political chaos that succeeded its promulgation convinced the leading framers of the Constitution, including “Washington, Hamilton, Madison, Jay, and others” to reject “the rationalist schemes” embodied in the Declaration’s Lockean language and “embrace a conservative constitution—in fact a restoration of the English constitution as applied to the conditions in the American colonies.”

The theory that the Constitution was a conservative reaction to the revolutionary tenets of the Declaration of Independence, has long-since been discredited, because the principal authors of The Federalist, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, accepted the Declaration of Independence as the authoritative source of the Constitution’s authority. In Federalist 39, Madison insisted that the proposed Constitution must be “strictly Republican” because no other form of government could be “reconcilable with the genius of the people of America; with the fundamental principles of the Revolution; or with the honorable determination which animates every votary of freedom to rest all our political experiments on the capacity of mankind for self-government.”

The “genius of the people” refers to the habits, manners, customs, history, traditions, and religion of Americans; the second and central factor that requires “strictly republican government” is “the fundamental principles of the Revolution,” i.e., the principles of the Declaration, and the third reason is that strictly Republican government requires self-government; and that means rule by the consent of the governed, a principle squarely derived from the central principle of the Declaration that “all men are created equal.”

In the central number of The Federalist, Madison doesn’t mention the English Constitution, but once again cites the Declaration as the authority for the Constitution as a replacement for the Articles of Confederation: “The first question is answered at once by recurring to the absolute necessity of the case; to the great principle of self-preservation; to the transcendent law of nature and of nature’s God, which declares that the safety and happiness of society are the objects at which all political institution aim and to which all such institutions must be sacrificed.”

Everyone in the founding generation would have recognized this as a close paraphrase of the Declaration.

Natural right, not history is the Declaration of Independence, and that is obviously a quintessential example of social compact theory, as Madison frequently stated that “all power in just and free Government is derived from compact.”

In making this exemplary Lockean statement, Madison, of course, was not making an historical claim but a claim of legitimacy and justice. Rule without consent is against natural right and therefore unjust. Everyone who agreed that the principles of the Declaration dissolved all allegiance to the British Crown became, by that agreement, “one people” in their political or corporate capacity and a “good people” in their moral capacity. It was their freely given “consent” to the “just powers of government” that made the American founding principles just. Natural right, not history, is the touchstone and standard of justice. William Blackstone argued in his Commentaries on the Common Laws of England that there was an “original contract” between the king and his subjects: subjects owed perpetual allegiance to the king in return for his protection. This ancient and original contract could not be modified and was not, as the contract in Locke, subject to revolution, because the king, not the people were sovereign.

Nevertheless there was one historical myth or fiction that Blackstone admits was necessary to make the common law system work. This fiction was that the king was the owner of all property in the realm and that he allowed its use to others only on terms and conditions. Ultimate ownership remained with the king: a necessary fiction for the functioning of the common law, but not an historical fact. This is much like the use of the idea of social compact by the American Founders, who literally understood its terms, as the natural reasoning of Locke, common law, and its historical development.

Political principles are not based on reason, but history.

All right is therefore positive right, the result of historical evolution and experience. Selden, writing in the mid-seventeenth century, before the “Enlightenment rationalists,” had argued that reason was impotent as a guide to political life because reason could reach virtually any conclusion; this was evidenced by the fact that throughout history the wisest philosophers disagreed about the most fundamental moral and political issues. This lack of agreement therefore made it impossible to rely on reason; experience and history were thus the only reliable alternatives as guides to the truth.

Nature is the unchanging ground of changing experience.

History cannot be understood without the unchanging ground of nature; history is constant change, it cannot produce the unchanging ground from which change can be understood.

To make change itself the ground of understanding is historicism, and must be understood for what it is — nihilism, a standardless attempt to judge good and evil. A regime based on the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God,” which draws its authority from reason and revelation, offers an objective moral and political order based on the laws of nature, not on historical prescription. It is simply a mistake to believe that the condition of America today is due to defects of the founding principles, rather than a deliberate and calculated abandonment of those principles.

America’s founding document, the Declaration of Independence, the statement of the principles of the Revolution, was not animated by “Enlightenment rationalism.” As the late Harry Jaffa rightly remarked, “the doctrine of natural law and natural rights enshrined in the Declaration is a doctrine of natural and divine right.” The “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” rest on the twin pillars of reason and revelation. Founders Ancient and Modern, see the Declaration of Independence, as true, and all relied for its point of departure on the self-evident truth that “all men are created equal.” This was the recognition of the universal nature shared by all human beings. But there was also a recognition that human beings required a “separate and equal” nation — a particular nation-state — for them to become citizens participating in the “just powers” of government.

This understanding of the universal and the particular is perfectly Aristotelian. Aristotle, of course, maintained that human beings shared the same nature, but required political life, the polis, for that nature to develop its full potential—to develop the human virtues, especially justice, the highest social or political virtue. Human beings were by nature political beings, although a founder was required to bring the polis into existence; the polis did not “grow” by nature or exist simply as an aggregation of clans or tribes. The common law, of course, does not recognize “founders.” The origins of regimes are lost to memory (and to reason). Indeed, the nation-state is an amalgamation of clans and tribes, who maintain their loyalty to one another, without a recognizable founder. Aristotle, on the other hand, stressed the fact that the first to found a “polis” (=city) was a great benefactor.

The American Founders likewise celebrated the importance of founding. They did not intend America to be a common-law regime. The core of the American Revolution was that natural rights, those rights derived from the principles of human nature, replaced the historical rights or the prescriptive rights of the English common law. This replacement was deliberate on the part of the Founders. It was correction of injustice, a rejection of tyranny.

Tyranny, no matter how much sanctioned by tradition, is still unjust.

The English tradition of divine right of kings, as Abraham Lincoln reminded us — rested on the same basis as slavery.

The consent of the governed replaced the divine right of kings as the foundation of the “just powers of government.” The English common law recognized only subjects; under the Declaration of Independence those who consented to be governed became citizens who actively participated in their own governance. This was indeed a radical break with tradition; but was it fatal to America? Is this the cause of America’s current decline? Aristotle made the revolutionary statement in The Politics that political science does not seek the traditional but the good. Aristotle, of course, understood the importance of the traditional to political life and knew that prudence or practical wisdom must be applied in recommending political change. The good may challenge the traditional and deprive it of reverence—a necessary but not sufficient condition of political life. The law may compel but it has no power to persuade except through habit and custom, and these form only over a long period of time. Changing laws weakens their power and frays the bonds of community. But we know that not every law (or tradition) is just or good. Habits and customs and the laws that form them are too frequently derived from “accident and force” rather than “reflection and choice” (to use the formulation of Federalist No. 1). Justice, the aim of every political community, must determine how much deference is given to tradition in the pursuit of justice.

After all, according to Aristotle, it is justice that preserves regimes and injustice that destroys them.

And Madison was well aware of this problem, because in the Federalist, Madison criticized Jefferson’s proposal to revise the Virginia Constitution by including a provision that would allow disputes concerning the separation of powers to be appealed directly to the people for resolution. Madison’s main complaint was “an objection inherent in the principle that as every appeal to the people would carry an implication of some defect in the government, frequent appeals would, in great measure, deprive the government of that veneration which time bestows on everything, and without which perhaps the wisest and freest governments would not possess the requisite stability.” Madison, of course, was well aware of the role of opinion in republican politics. “When the examples which fortify opinion are ancient as well as numerous, they are known to have a double effect. In a nation of philosophers, this consideration ought to be disregarded. A reverence for the laws would be sufficiently inculcated by the voice of an enlightened reason. But a nation of philosophers is as little to be expected as the philosophical race of kings wished for by Plato. And in every other nation, the most rational government will not find it a superfluous advantage to have the prejudices of the community on its side.”

A nation of philosophers would be ruled by reason and an attachment to truth alone. But Madison and the founders, knew they were not founding a nation-state to be inhabited by philosophers. Opinion, preferably ancient opinion, would be needed. What would be the source of that opinion? In a regime founded in recent revolution, opinion supporting the regime will not be “ancient” and the reverence that usually accompanies the old will be unavailable. A philosopher might argue that nature or natural right is older than any tradition and therefore reverence is due to the fact of its eternity—the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” are older than any tradition, including the English tradition. But this argument has little political appeal. Even so, an appeal to justice and right is not unavailing, especially when that appeal is coupled with a reference to the patriotic blood that was shed in the defense of rights and liberties in the Revolutionary War. This was a frequent meme of the Framers. The theological, political, and social problem that confronted Locke and the American Founders, was thus resolved. Because “Enlightenment rationalists” were not concerned with religion, believing that “reason alone” was sufficient for political life, but they were also acutely aware of the theological, political and social wars of religion that were still a fresh memory to Locke and other political philosophers of his era, and they were more than a distant memory to the American Founders.

In the classical world, the laws of particular cities were always supported by their gods. Obedience to the gods and obedience to the laws were one and the same. As soon as there was a universal God for all cities, however, political obligation became problematic. In the Christian world, conflicts between obligations to God and obligations to civil authority became inevitable, and in cases of conflict, the first obligation of Christians was to God or ecclesiastical authority. As the apostle Paul wrote to the Philippians, “our government is in heaven.” The universalism of Christianity makes an appeal to particular gods as the ground or foundation of the laws of a particular regime impossible. Some ground for political obligation—for politics—independent of Christian theology had to be found if political life was to be free from the political strife engendered by the theological disputes that arose within Christianity. Harry Jaffa probably understood this theological-political predicament better than anyone when he argued that Christianity had established within the souls of men the idea of a direct, personal, trans-political relationship between the individual and his God.

But this relationship did not determine what the laws were to be, or the precise character of the obligation owed to those laws. The idea of the state of nature—the idea of a non-political state governed by moral law—corresponded to the relationship which every Christian had with every other Christian as he considered himself prior to and apart from his membership in a particular civil society. Just as every Christian was under the moral law, without being a member of civil society, so every human being was under the moral law of the state of nature, prior to entering a particular civil society by way of the social contract.

Locke makes clear that everyone is bound by the law of nature—the moral law—in the state of nature. Thus, Jaffa argues, the social contract, by creating particular political communities, reestablishes the idea of man as by nature a political animal, an idea that was absent from the apolitical universe of Christianity. For Christians, the highest aspirations are in the life to come, and political life in this world is merely a preparation for the next. Paul cautioned the Colossians to “mind the things above, not the things on earth.” From this point of view, man is by “nature” apolitical. Social compact reaffirms man’s political nature by establishing particular political communities where these worldly aspirations are the proper objects of political life. At the same time, man’s universal nature is affirmed by the law of nature that is the standard measure by which particular communities are judged. While reasserting man’s political nature, social compact at the same time retains its compatibility with the City of God because natural law is understood to be, in Locke’s terms, “the Will of God” or reason which is the “the voice of God.”

Social compact provided a ground for political obligation, based in reason and consent, that was also absent in Christianity. Locke thus restored man’s political nature based on higher law, the laws of nature—and he did it on Aristotelian grounds! Of course, Locke spoke most often in terms of individual rights, something that Hazony deplores as leading to radically autonomous, amoral individuals. But we have to understand that the origin of the idea of individual rights was in Christian theology itself, where man’s relationship to God is personal and individual; thus, the political relationship must also be “personal,” that is, based on individual rights. Locke understood that the principles of natural right must be able to accommodate the regnant theology.

Rights must belong to individuals; that was good theology—and it was good government. As mentioned earlier, the American Founders read Locke as enlightened statesmen, gleaning political wisdom from his superior understanding of the theological & political problem. It was the absence of theological disputes that made the success of the American founding possible — a rare time in history when such a providential dispensation favored political founding — a dispensation prepared in large measure by Locke. Locke’s Reasonableness of Christianity and his Letter on Toleration had as much influence on the Founders as the Second Treatise.

Madison was right: compact is the ground of all just and free government and the theologians at the time of the founding agreed. The Reverend John Tucker delivered “An Election Sermon” in Boston in 1771 that was profoundly influenced by Locke and typical of the many sermons that relied on compact to reconcile questions of theology and politics. “Civil and ecclesiastical societies are, in some essential points, different,” the Reverend declaimed. “Our rights, as men, and our rights, as Christians, are not, in all respects, the same.” It cannot be denied that God’s subjects stand in some special relation and are under some peculiar subjection to him, distinct from their relation to and connection with civil societies, yet we justly conclude, that as this divine polity, with its sacred maxims, proceeded from the wise and benevolent Author of our being, none of its injunctions can be inconsistent with that love of liberty he himself has implanted in us, nor interfere with the laws and government of human societies, whose constitution is consistent with the rights of men.

Tucker exhibited a common view among New England clergy: the constitution of the “divine polity” cannot be in conflict with any civil government “whose constitution is consistent with the rights of men” and the “love of liberty” that God implanted in human nature. According to Tucker, the proper constitution of civil government begins with the reflection that all men are naturally in a state of freedom, and have an equal claim to liberty. No one, by nature, not by any special grant from the great Lord of all, has any authority over another.

All right therefore in any to rule over others, must originate from those they rule over, and be granted by them. Hence, all government, consistent with that natural freedom, to which all have an equal claim, is founded in compact, or agreement between the parties;—between Rulers and their Subjects, and can be no otherwise. Because Rulers, receiving their authority originally and solely from the people, can be rightfully possessed of no more, than these have consented to, and conveyed to them.

Thus compact seems to be the key to reconciling divine polity and civil polity. Reverend Tucker began the sermon with the invocation that “the great and wise Author of our being, has so formed us, that the love of liberty is natural.” Liberty is the law of God and nature. The laws of divine polity are prescribed in the Gospel; those of civil polity are derived from social compact. What connects divine polity and civil polity is the liberty that God created as the essential part of man’s nature. Social compact is the reasonable exercise of that freedom in the formation of civil society.

Thus it seems that the theological-political problem—the problem of potentially conflicting obligations between divine polity and civil polity—is solved by Tucker, at least on the moral and political level, on the basis of social compact, which provides the only rightful basis for government because it is the only origin of government consistent with natural liberty. In fashioning his account of the social compact, Tucker readily acknowledges the influence of “the great and judicious Mr. Locke,” extensively quoting and citing “Locke on Civil Government.”

I think it fair to say that “America’s philosopher” dominated the pulpit no less than he dominated legislative halls and constitutional conventions. Thus a remarkable providence seemed to have guided the American founding in the form of a dispensation from the theological-political disputes that would have otherwise rendered any attempt to establish constitutional government impossible. The Founder’s Aristotelian Happiness The Founders’ decision to follow Locke on social compact—“the principles of the Revolution”—meant that the end of government was the “safety and happiness” of the American people, an Aristotelian conception that helped to insulate the founding from the storms of modernity that were threatening Europe.

All the defects of modernity which we witness today, find their source in the universal regime of the Declaration. A radical regime change — a readoption of the common law, English traditions and religion, should be the first step in a conservative revival, not of founding principles.

But is it true that we lack religion and religious traditions?

We have already discussed the remarkable agreement between reason and revelation at the founding. This was an agreement on the political and moral level. On the highest level, the question of what perfects or completes human life, revelation or reason (philosophy), is unanswerable. But on the moral and political level there can be agreement—and this was the agreement that carried the founding. Many critics say that the founding was about the protection of rights, and only the protection of rights, with no specification of duties, and that this way of thinking eventually led to the autonomous individual.

But this is wrong!

When the Declaration speaks of the end of government as the “safety and happiness” of the people, it does not mean that “happiness” is understood as something private or idiosyncratic. George Washington remarked in his first inaugural that there is no truth more thoroughly established, than that there exists in the economy and course of nature, an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness; between duty and advantage; between the genuine maxims of an honest and magnanimous policy, and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity: Since we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven, can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.

This statement delineating the natural connection between virtue and happiness is, of course, perfectly Aristotelian. It understands the “pursuit of happiness” to mean the “pursuit of virtue.” It is very likely that the Founders learned this Aristotelian argument at a distance from Locke. Consider this statement from Locke’s An Essay Concerning Human Understanding: “For God,” Locke says,
having, by an inseparable connection, joined Virtue and public Happiness together; and made the Practice thereof, necessary to the preservation of Society, and visibly beneficial to all, with whom the Virtuous Man has to do; it is no wonder, that everyone should, not only allow, but recommend, and magnifie those Rules to others, from whose observance of them, he is sure to reap Advantage to himself.

Madison, of course, was the author of Washington’s inaugural address, and he, if not Washington, was well acquainted with Locke’s Essay. This passage would have readily sprung to mind. It is easy to see how these two enlightened statesmen, who were concerned with the political things as such, were led by the pressure of events to an understanding of Aristotelian natural right through a reading of Locke. Locke also discusses the “pursuit of happiness” in the Essay as “our greatest good” and describes the pursuit of “true happiness,” not as a “value judgment” or an individual “idiosyncratic preference,” but as a moral obligation.

The Founders’ understanding of the “pursuit of happiness,” an understanding derived from a long tradition leading back to Aristotle, was hardly a tradition of “Enlightenment rationalism,” but a tradition that supplied the grounds for justice derived from natural right. Aristotle says natural right is a part of political right and is available to any political community as long as there are phronimoi or wise statesmen who recognize how justice can be realized under the particular circumstances that confront them. Justice or natural right, not history or tradition, is always the principal question facing every nation-state. Why Decline? There can be little doubt that morality has suffered a precipitous decline in modern America. But it is disingenuous to place the blame—or any part of the blame—on the American founding.

The decline in the political principles of the founding and the moral principles taught by religion in American churches have occurred at the same time, as both have been under assault by radical modernity in its various guises, historicism, positivism, nihilism. The principles of the American founding and the religion of the founding stood together against the tides of radical modernity that inundated Europe. But after the Civil War, radical modernity came to American shores through the works of Rousseau and Hegel and found its willing adherents in Progressivism and its successor movements.

We have argued that the Declaration rested on the twin pillars of reason and revelation. In its attempt to undermine the founding, Progressivism attacked both reason and revelation. Reason was rendered impotent to decide between competing value judgments, being itself the product of irrational factors. Revelation and the religions it inspired were themselves “revealed” to be mere superstitions. Modern morality is grounded in value free relativism, or the idea that reason cannot decide between competing values; this view finds no support in the founding principles. Oliver Wendell Holmes, for example, among many others who rejected the founding in the progressive era, said the world was nothing but “fighting faiths” and that the one that prevailed in the market place of ideas must be given preference — whether it was democracy or the dictatorship of the proletariat.

The Founders knew, of course, that there was an objective difference between tyranny or dictatorship and democracy and freedom; it was not merely a matter of “value judgment,” or, for that matter “history or tradition.” Similarly, mainstream churches today have accepted, by and large, the tenets of the various strands of “liberation theology,” all of which deny the legitimacy of the restrains on private and public morality imposed by the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.” To the extent that we can deny that such laws exist we are free from the restraints of God and Nature.

Today, mainstream churches embrace all manner of sexual behavior and identities, for instance, ordaining gay, trans, and women ministers. If the relevance of nature is denied, then the distinction between the sexes and various kinds of sexual activity are irrelevant. A more radical liberation is entailed in the denial of the existence of God. This means that no restraints on human beings from a Supreme Being who governs the universe are valid. This is not the supreme act of liberation, but it is close. None of these follies are supported or inspired by the principles of the Declaration of Independence, which does not offer any support whatsoever to historicism and nihilism or the radical morality that it generates.

In a nation based on the principle that “all men are created equal” there is no room for those who would restrain themselves to do what is honorable, to engage in self-sacrifice, or devote themselves to family, parents, country or God. Hazony apparently does not notice the closing statement of the signers of the Declaration of Independence: “we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.” The signers are willing to sacrifice life and property—both individual natural rights—to preserve their honor. They believed that honor or justice was of higher rank than the natural right to life or property.

Yours,

Dr Churchill

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Clearly the signers of the Declaration ranked the goods of the soul (honor, justice) higher than the goods of the body (life, property). Thus honor (“sacred honor”, no less) has always been important in the American regime, but like every important objective truth of the Declaration it has been attacked relentlessly by the forces of Progressivism. Hazony must notice that honor is still an important part of American life.

When threatened — America’s young men and women rush to the ramparts with honorable zeal.

Just think of the response to 9/11 and to the more recent wars in the Middle East and beyond … and you shall realize how blessed we truly are.

Covering up for Joe Biden’s corruption in Ukraine is a form of goose-stepping in lockstep, as if in a National Socialist propaganda skeet, coming from the collection of the mainstream Media in the American political discourse of today…

And this is proven handily in an opinion editorial piece written on the digital newspaper, “The Hill” by Saagar Enjeti.

It is masterful, because in a few simple words we can clearly see how the shoe fits on the other side of the aisle, where corruption and power intersect in the face of the Democrat candidate Joe Biden, and how the mainstream mass media try to hide the Truth by being simple propaganda mouthpieces of the Dems and of their DNC corruption machine… and where even the rest of the Democrat candidates fall in lockstep behind the “holiness” of Joe Biden who has been a career politician for 46 years with enough baggage of corruption and wrongs accumulated in that half century of doing little of honest value, and plenty of questionable self-dealing.

And here are Saagar Enjeti’s own words to the subject at hand:

“Former Vice President Joe Biden came out swinging yesterday, or I guess his version of it, in his strongest worded statement to date calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

The impetus for this call is of course Trump’s own highlighting of Biden’s son Hunter and his past role on the board of a Ukrainian energy company and his involvement with a private equity firm that received a large payment from the Chinese government.

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According to Biden’s statement, Biden’s borrowed from a common woke Democratic refrain by likening Trump and his critics highlighting of Hunter’s past business dealings to Nazi propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels. This is a disgusting smear. Are there people who are using Hunter’s past business dealings in bad faith to damage him? Sure! But branding anybody who dares question the holy Vice President’s motives and that of his family as a Nazi is the lowest of low blows.

Worse the media is covering for him. They are united in their total and complete belief that there is absolutely nothing to see here at all to see when it comes to Hunter’s past business dealings and its intersection with Biden’s own Vice Presidency. Just look at the words that The New York Times uses in its own story about Biden’s speech.

“There is no evidence that Hunter Biden made millions of dollars from his overseas work or that his father intervened inappropriately with Ukraine or China, the other country Mr. Trump was alluding to in his tweet.” That is an incredible statement, given that The New York Times own reporting confirms that Hunter was paid $50,000 a month by the Ukrainian energy company Burisma. Furthermore, you all may remember my monologue from last week detailing the connections between Hunter and Joe Biden.

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Well guess where I got all that information?

The New York Times people!

To recap that case Hunter accompanied his father on a 2013 trip to Beijing catching a ride on Air Force 2. Days later a private equity firm called BHR Equity Investments raised $1 billion, later raised to $1.5 billion, in funding from the Chinese government. The company’s largest shareholder is literally the bank of China. Hunter at the time sat on the board of BHR Holdings.

While in China, Joe Biden shook hands with the future CEO of BHR Holdings and he also met with Hunter Biden on a so called “social call.” Hunter by his own admission continues to own 10% of the company, even though he assures us all he’s yet to make any money for it?

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What the hell is The New York Times talking about? There is evidence in their own paper I just laid out that Hunter Biden made untold sums profiting off his father’s Vice Presidency. Is there any evidence that his father intervened solely for the purpose of saving his son’s company from his investigation? No there isn’t, but that’s why it’s called a conflict of interest and why ethical people avoid them. To spare even the question.

Even worse, Biden’s Democratic opponents are covering for him. Kamala Harris has told us all that we must leave Joe alone.

Elizabeth Warren in a recent interview said that “What happened in Ukraine is about Donald Trump.” Again this is the candidate who just bought $10 million in ads touting a pledge to crack down on corruption in American politics.

Why is it so hard for people to admit quite clearly that what Hunter Biden did was shady as hell. Why is the paper of so called record putting unfounded claims to borrow, from their language, of defense for Biden which are easily proven false by their own reporting. The answer is that Donald Trump will be the undoing of both the media and the Democrats if they continue down this path.

And by the way?

That’s what Nazism actually looked like.

Having a message pushed by powerful people with a lot to lose and the media gobbling it up in order to preserve their status with the powerful.

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The media and the Democrats, they hate Trump so much that if he says something with a grain of truth, it becomes their job in life to gaslight the American public to believe he is lying. The thing is, though, is that Trump says things which aren’t true all the time. They could stick to just those and have enough for a lifetime, but they just can’t resist and it leads to gaslighting like this.”

Amazing…

Just amazing.

Yet, president Trump’s solicitation of Ukraine and China to investigate Joe Biden can no longer be disputed.

Aware of that inescapable fact, Trump pivoted from denial to open admission, and therefore, Trump’s own admission that he asked Ukraine and China to investigate his likely opponent in the 2020 election goes quite a big part of the way, toward establishing a violation of law, that will warrant impeachment…

But it doesn’t go all the way.

Asking a foreign country to undertake an investigation of alleged corruption, by itself, isn’t necessarily illegal—or even wrong.

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Yet…

Using the power of the United States to push allies and adversaries to fight corruption can be a good thing in appropriate circumstances.

For example: When a U.S. president urges neighboring countries to fight the corruption created by drug cartels, this is an entirely appropriate use of executive power.

What isn’t good, or legal, is asking a foreign country to interfere with a U.S. election.

And it doesn’t take a quid pro quo—“you help me politically and I’ll do something for you” — to make such a request illegal.

With, or without, a quid pro quo, requesting foreign election interference is both egregiously wrong and illegal.

This is not a matter of opinion.

It is a case point and the letter of the law: “No person may “solicit, accept, or receive” a contribution of money “or other thing of value” from a foreign national.”

Which is why Donald J Trump was left with no other options, and thus unable to deny the fact of his solicitation of Ukraine and China, Trump had to deny the purpose of his requests.

Because it wasn’t help in the 2020 election that Trump was seeking, when he asked Ukraine and China to investigate his political rival — but it was just all part of Trump’s War on Corruption…

Now, if you believe that one particular whopper coming from the Orange Man — you really need to get out from under your rock more often, and make an effort to see the sun spinning around the Earth, as you probably believe that is the sequence of the celestial bodies going around the flat earth that looks like a pizza pie and is stacked upon turtles all the way down…

As usual, the bathing ape, did not disappoint with this one.

Well done Donald — well done.

We be entertained, and “The Apprentice” is waiting for your imminent return to the TV set, because what you’ve done with your calls to Ukraine and China, isn’t a War on Corruption — it’s a War on Biden. A contestant of the 2020 presidential elections…

And the purpose of that “War on Biden” is to solicit foreign governments to contribute something of value — such as propaganda material and useful fodder against a likely opponent to the Trump-2020 presidential campaign.

And that’s clearly illegal.

And easily provable beyond the realm of reasonable doubt.

Therefore my friend — impeachment cannot be far behind.

Yours,
Dr Churchill

PS:

Honest politicians ought to be more like Seneca, Cicero and Marcus Aurelius, than they should behave like Nero and Caligula.

Unfortunately, what we’ve got here in America’s political class, today, is more of the latter than of the former type of persons…

Maybe a war against corruption ought to be started here and now… starting from the high streets of Washington DC, the “Whore of Babylon” and going all the way down to the main streets of your own state, city, town, hamlet, and community…

Because methinks, that’s the only way to make America great again, by making her just, honest, and pure — all over again.

A rebirth of sorts seems to be necessary for our Nation and for our People.

Ready for a dip?

Posted by: Dr Churchill | October 9, 2019

Cybernetic Fragilities…

This morning of October 9th when we woke up in the Bay area of San Francisco, the power grid was out … and although this was a pre-announced power outage by the local electricity company PG&E — early morning complete & total chaos ensued.

Suddenly all the train crossings of the East bay were inoperable, ATM machines were out, all the traffic lights went dark, and all such nuanced difficulties that kept causing hundreds, if not thousands of fender-benders amongst the early morning commuters, who were driving recklessly due to being irate at the electricity outage and the resulting inoperable streets.

Consequently all traffic in East Bay was backed up, all the way to the next city, all the Universities, colleges, as well as all the schools were shuttered, banks went kaput, Wi-Fi routers crapped out, alarms were bleating everywhere, bakeries were out of bread because the night ovens were cold and couldn’t bake bread, the Wi-Fi wireless internet was off, and so were the mobile telephony networks wherever the mobile network towers run out of electricity, and so on, and on, and on…

Dude — what a mess…

And all of that happened because of expected strong winds that threaten to cause forest fires due to the potential of power boxes on the transmission poles sparking fires…

And although this East Bay power outage was pre-announced, expected and pre-planned for only a certain few hours of duration, and although in actuality it only lasted half the night — the results were immense, chaotic, and hugely disruptive.

Chaos, trauma, and anguish, resulted throughout, simply because of lack of electricity for a few night hours — when everyone is ordinarily supposed to be asleep.

Wow…

And this chaotic power outage, reminded me of another strange event, that took place about a month earlier, on September the 17th of this year 2019.

That event can only be described as the quantum chaos effect of when a yellow butterfly flew over Ukraine’s capital Kiev, right at midday, during the sweetest Indian summer that has ever descended upon Ukraine, and on that special date and at a safe distance too many thousands of miles — this fluttering of the fragile paper-thin wings during unseasonably warm weather in Ukraine, apparently caused an economic panic in Hong Kong that spread through contagion to the Shanghai Bunt, and to Beijing Financial Street, the communist country’s economic nerve center.

Never mind the reasons for this economic panic, but the effects of unseasonably warm weather in food production areas, are well documented in the World’s financial markets.

Quietly, the effects of this butterfly’s angelic dance, reverberated instantly around the world, and this fluttering of the wings of the yellow Kiev butterfly, seems to have brought long distance unintended effects elsewhere around the world, because unbeknownst to any of You, the global financial system went bust for the briefest of times… starting out in Hong Kong and spreading contagion everywhere you looked.

And thus, the cost of short-term overnight interbank loan, that is keeping the banks afloat, that is the settling of the cash position of banks overnight and is usually hovering around 0%, suddenly skyrocketed to more than 10% and has remained high ever since…

In response to this, and just two days after the butterfly flew in Kiev, the Federal Reserve injected a massive $128 billion into the global financial system via the overnight interbank lending market, in an effort to maintain cash liquidity for banks.

The effort is still going on with an uncertain end date…

The financial and business media were quiet, but also strived to make attempts to understand and to explain this sudden crisis in cash availability.

Was it a transient effect of corporations withdrawing money from short term money market funds in order to pay quarterly taxes in the U.S. on the 15th?

Or is it the effect of a large Treasury bond auction settling at the same time?

Could it be that the transient but severe spike in oil prices immediately after the attack on Saudi Arabia triggered margin calls in oil futures markets?

Because that would require those who had sold oil futures, to come up with hard US dollars to meet their obligations…

Some analysts have noted more structural factors, ranging from the Fed shrinking its excess currency and bank note reserves, which in turn shrinks cash available for overnight lending to banks, to shifts in foreign capital, to geopolitical issues.

Others noted that there had been growing rate instability for some time, and apparently that instability, flew under the radar of most observers.

One thing that is certain, is that regulatory measures instituted after the 2008 financial crisis, not only didn’t work to prevent this short and severe shock — by triggering Federal Reserve measures and imposing higher cash requirements on banks and corporations, they almost certainly contributed to it.

Add all these things up, and what emerges is a picture of serious fragility in the most important financial financial system in this earth.

Now, serious economists predict, that the Fed will need to inject $150 billion of liquidity every year to keep it functioning.

We rely on increasingly interconnected, interdependent systems today.

Beneath and enabling them is a range of highly disruptive technologies that have upended social, political, financial and other dimensions of our daily lives.

Those frustrated with the interminable debate over how to “take back” America must now, walk away and address a new reality.

And to do that, requires understanding the deep “How” of what we are facing today.

And it to understand that — it further behooves us to challenge the very terms of that debate.

Because today in America, the currency of evil statism, tyranny & hubristic violence coming from the so-called progressive Left, is coupled with the doltish simple mindedness, the deafness, the muteness, and the obtuse blindness from the conservative Right.

And thus all Americans in the middle, are facing the Firing squad of the two main parties that have formed the firing line, in a circular execution.

So it’s not only the financial system that is stressed right now, but it is the average American citizen, same as the whole of the knowledgable members of the Western civilization which is in a deep political, social, communal, financial & even foundational crisis.

On the Democrat party side, and on the generic Left, voyeuristic hubris is on full display in the progressive assumption of moral superiority and their wish to present some erroneous ability to “control” the world and its future, like a new gestapo, and through overwhelming force, sense of pride, and arrogance — they are seeking to impose their childish will, while lashing out in a murderous rage, if and when their temper tantrums are opposed.

On the Republican party side, there exists only an empty message, a melancholic nostalgia for a putative former era of American greatness, a misremembered time of opportunity and virtue, and in a strange way an admonishment of misbegotten acts of the past orthodoxy, a distinct memory lapse — that acts as balm to the Conservative Soul, when told in same way as the recanting of the war stories of our grandfathers who fought in the Great Wars.

Yet, today, the American Right is completely blind, deaf, and mute, to the impact that their administrations over the last decades upon most Americans, due to their singing songs of pride & praise, for their “patrons” who then provide them with cutlery, a place on the table, and a cot near the hearth…

And thus, the ordinary Americans have suffered from both parties mightily, as seen in the hollowed out communities, low-paying, flexible & elusive jobs, and try as best they can, to wade through their opioid strewn lives, of random addictions, in scenes of quiet carnage all over the American heartland.

That’s the American Gothic of today.

And yet the coastal cities that have long since descended into nihilistic savagery, with a gloss of carefully protected elite glamour, riding on top of the rest of America, like grease on top of the pot — enjoy their riches and scoff at the poor sheeting at their barbaric displays of wealth and debauchery. Sodoma & Gomorrah, could have been today’s New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles or Seattle…

But Babylon is always the capital, that “Whore of Babylon” is perennially Washington DC, as indeed her critics always have said…

Yet this American crisis is acute and systemic, and the steam of this boiling pot has got to find an escape or we are all gonna blow up…

And we must tend to the boiling pot, all over the World, because this crisis, is far from limited to America, or to other developed countries in the West. It is boiling all over the planet, and one need only look at the so called Civil War in Yemen today to understand the failure of all of ur global peace making and Stability institutions that we thought capable of stemming the flow of Evil…

Yemen is where a proxy war is being fought today, and the failure of the United Nations, of the United States, of the Big Five of the Security Council of the UN, and of all the rest of the International community, is manifest.

And it is manifest vividly in the arc of failure because we can see all the great institutions of the past now being centrally focused on perpetuating the corruption for personal gain, and the debauchery that their officials bring to the job. It is indeed this terribly disconcerting erosion of the post WWII transnational institutions, such as the United Nations, the big five, the G7, the G20, and all others, and their failure to even see the scope of the Evil that faces us.

Yet this maybe by design, because the administrative elites who manage those institutions, and who identify as transnational entities, have gained immense wealth, look at the new Billionaire status, of the Clintons and of the Obamas, and so many other heads of State that undeservedly gathered conspicuous wealth, and have gained global elite status as a result, and thus continue to benefit from these self serving elites institutions — only interested in their own self-aggrandizing — as a result.

And of course, much like the dying children of Yemen, the ordinary citizens are hugely harmed, by this untenable situation.

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In the US the rise of the Uniparty system, out of the partisanship of the two-main-parties, and their complete domination of US elections through the corruption and the anti-progress obstinacy of the American political class, reflects the tacit understanding that old dichotomies — the collective vs the individual, social responsibility vs individual free choice, and state control vs free markets — no longer exist, nor can they address the new reality of our Country’s reaction of the Citizen to the Status Quo.

Because when the will to power, meets nostalgic ennui, power always wins.

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As evidenced by the intolerable, inhumane, and shameful situation that persists in the Middle East today and all around the world where “Might makes Right” and where the weak ones, such as the children of Yemen, meet their awful end.

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And those who are supposed to save the ones without agency, the ones without voice and the ones without power — as the so called progressive Left, and the screaming benches of constant and perpetual indulgence of outrage — are simply themselves hellbent on asserting power and imposing their will on the weak ones at the point of the gun, as evidenced by the American Antifa thugs and their brethren, the militant wing of the Democrat party.

That is the awful corruption of the Democrats, the shameful corruption of the DNC, and the Clinton machine, and of the theft of the 2016 primary elections as performed by Hillary Clinton against Bernie Sanders — who then to his eternal shame, turned around and supported the thief, in exchange for a lakefront home to spend his declining years of shame and tedium…

What is to be with these awful people going unpunished?

And why can’t we get along and discover new ways to exercise our political freedom?

We need drastic options and alternatives to these gatekeepers of our Citizens’ power to elect Good Leaders to represent us and to lead us out of the morass.

We need them and we ned them now.

And this is where the Lincoln party fits in the mosaic of the American body Politic…

So any alternative party, requires new ways of analyzing events and new categories, within which to frame a message that shapes a hopeful future where men and women, communities, and the nation, are both free and responsible to one another.

And that is what the Lincoln party of Independents for America, exactly does, in order to inoculate our Nation, our Civilization, and our Empire, against the possibility of sudden collapse due to the looming Civil War…

Seems we are the only ones working our butts off, to help our Civilization avoid collapse, due to American Civil War 2.0

A lofty goal indeed.

But why are we even doing this?

We are doing it for the children.

That’s all.

Just look at the children’s faces in Yemen and you will understand.

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Enough said.

Because a Civil War today with our vast arsenals of nuclear weapons will surely destroy all of the Earth’s civilizations in a clean fell swoop.

And to avoid this awful and dismal fate — we want to teach the rest of America that we can screw up our complex systems real easy.

We can end this thing we call the American experiment in a really easy way.

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And as the Leader of the Lincoln party and as a Leader of America, I want to teach all of you, the how’s and the why’s of Civilizational Collapse — so that we don’t do this daft thing on our own.

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And to teach this important lesson I shall all I can — so to that in the end, I hope that you can derive some clues about a Nation’s collapse, from an ancient civilization collapse of a seemingly healthy nation state, some three thousand years ago.

A collapse of a trading empire, that has now been recorded as a major extinction event, and the study of which, has brought about a brand new scientific discipline, to study that which occurred when the “Unthinkable” catastrophe and collapse occurred in the empire of Ugarit in 1192 BC.

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Ugarit was a nation state, on the eastern edge of the Mediterranean sea, as represented by the kingdom of Ugarit that was thriving, with a sheltered deep port, sitting at the intersection of the great imperial spheres of influence — Egyptian, Hittite, distant Mesopotamia and others all adjacent to a string of kingdoms along the Mediterranean coast.

In that way, the Kingdom of Ugarit, was a bit like what Panama is today…

And at that time, Ugarit was also a central player in a rather vibrant international economy, yet fragile to it’s internal cilil war like convulsions — akin to something like Hong Kong’s state & economy today, which is riveted and buffeted by the pro-Democracy demonstrations and it’s civil war like divisions.

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Yet back then, it was Ugarit, where its leaders, who were the wise Kings of Ugarit, were able to keep calm and control by deftly balancing the books of national independence, by alleviating enmities with powerful and militant neighbors by the paying of “tributes” while alloying friendships by contributing in alliances, strengthening their reach by contributing subscriptions with the various empires, or tying the knot of strategic weddings with neighboring kingdoms — all of these acts of leadership, carefully calculated and coordinated for maintaining a power balance for their own independence.

And of course, at that time, also, no one wanted to disrupt the critical trade that flowed in-n-out, throughout Ugarit’s harbors and onto the neighboring states, because above all else, no one wanted to disrupt the flow of crucial materials for metallurgy — the art of making metallic weapons — such as tin, pewter, & bronze, or of tools and foodstuffs, or implements of finished bronze and other metal ingots, and of the high value pottery, glass implements, as well as jewelry, crafts and artifacts.

And because the pottery, precious stones and crafted goods, along with the more plebeian and ordinary goods, that regularly flowed into Ugarit, came from not so exotic places such as Crete, produced by the Greeks, and the Minoans, and also came from far more exotic places, further afield — it was extremely important to be able to also find eager and sophisticated wealthy buyers, in their midst, able to buy the products off the boats in the harbor-side auctions, of the port towns of Ugarit.

Three thousand years ago this nation and its civilization were going through a sophisticated time, a time of international trade and cultural exchange, and indeed a time of prosperity and power.

Read the words of those people of Ugarit, the administrators of it, as were recorded by themselves, and recently discovered from remnant tablets, found near the Royal Palace, where the houses of wealthy merchants and government officials were situated. To the east lived Mr Rapanu, whose records — written in multiple languages — show that his vast trading, postal and financial exchange network, carried his diplomatic correspondences, southwest to the Pharaoh in Egypt, northeast to the Hittite vice regent at Carchemish, and southeast to the Babylonian rulers, bankers and military men.

Some of those letters allude to the military problems with the so called “Sea Peoples” who roamed the Mediterranean sea as brigands, or pirates and mercenaries, at the disposal of anyone who cold pay for their services…

Be that as it may, but the bulk of this ancient administrator’s records show a lively, multifaceted trade in metals, pottery and other goods which he sold to distant places, and that he had to deliver either by sea or with caravans traveling overland. Sea travel at the time was relatively safe — at least from natural threats, and at any rate, since the ships sail with the seasonal winds, hugging the shoreline of the Mediterranean sea, all the way from Tyre in the Levant, to Cyprus and on to SW Anatolia, and then on to the Aegean, and all around the shores of the Mediterranean and even further west, past the gates of Hercules…

Yet, the overland travel was more difficult and far more dangerous, as caravans were marked targets of highwaymen, ambushing tribes, kidnapping and thieving bands of roaming knaves, and it always required high quality donkeys, mules and horses. And when traveling and transporting goods overland in the desert sandy environs — it required high quality dromedaries, camels, and guides who could read the sky and the winds, in order to carve a safe path through the deserts of Arabia and beyond; all the way to China.

To this end, indeed, the professional Mr Rapanu employed a skilled staff who breed, train and manage his herd of transport animals, the dromedaries of this trade, and some of this herd, was purchased by the Royal Palace purchasing agent, for the state’s own trade efforts.

Also nearby, live other merchants and officials, such as Mr Yabninu, a wealthy trader and previously the regulator of trade within the vast administration of Ammittamru II, who holds military rank in the elite Mariannu. Mr Rasap-abu, less wealthy but also a member of the Mariannu and supervisor of the harbor, receives customs duties and provides the palace with an inventory of imported goods and materials. The prefect Mr Urtenu engages in extensive correspondence with far-flung contacts in Egypt, all of the major Phoenician ports, the inland areas of Syria, Babylon, and Hattusa, capitol of the Hittite empire…

And all this civilian business created vast deposits of wealth for Ugarit, and it’s peoples so that they advanced their Arts, their Temples, their Homes, and their beautiful public buildings, their palaces and their administration centers, and in general their wealth led to the flourishing of their commercial & trading Mercantile Civilization…

So these were the fervent occupations of Ugarit for millennia of their existence, because these healthy trading & mercantile empires are not born overnight…

Yet, two years after all of these correspondences of this highly complex trade and intercourse with the world at large — this Kingdom of Ugarit and its capital city, would all lie in ruins, with its great public buildings reduced to rubble and ash. The private dwellings were all leveled as if an atomic bob had gone off, and its people, are all dead, and most were left unburied…

The great city of Ugarit and its famed port city, were no more, and perhaps more crucially, they were never rebuilt.

A variety of explanations have been advanced for the collapse of this brilliant, Late-Bronze-Age-Civilization of Ugarit; who, same as many other late-bronze-age-civilizations of the region, suddenly expired…

The key word here is “suddenly”

Because suddenly, these great civilizations, whose multinational, multicultural, technological, economic, diplomatic, and urban sophistication, would not be seen again until the twentieth century AD were erased from the face of this Earth as if they had never existed before.

Of course, we don’t know definitively, why these civilizations disappeared, but we think that maybe it was due to pirate attacks sacking their vital port cities, or martial marauders from other neighboring nations, or the waging of bloody battles and systemic wars that decimated the population, or it may have been the effects of climate change, or even extinctions of civilizations caused by extended droughts.

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Or maybe the disappearance of these famed and fabled cities and nations, could be due to the invasions of the Sea Peoples, or perhaps the advanced cities and the progressive kingdoms like Ugarit, were ravaged by virulent epidemics that spread via the unchecked & unprecedented free trade and the resultant transportation of foodstuffs, goods and people.

Or perhaps environmental destruction through the effects of acidification of the soil, or even enemies salting of the arable lands, causing a permanent salinity of the hummus, that destroyed their arable lands and diminished their food supplies as their resources dwindled through intensive agriculture, that demanded greater and greater areas of healthy cultivatable land.

Yet the most compelling explanation is simply, that these civilizations were exhausted through an overall systemic cybernetic collapse, due to the complexity of their civilizational systems that had too many points of failure, built within, and not enough resilience pathways, and outlets of chaos dissemination.

And that is today, the main theory of their Civilizations’ collapse, because the Mid and Late Bronze Age civilizations were built on complicated, uber-complexed, and interconnected systems of trade, diplomacy, military alliance, agriculture, and cultural diffusion — that left very little to chance, and thus were completely interlocked in a “live-or die-together” cybernetic envelope. And as these countries became increasingly complex, they outgrew the ability of the ruling classes to control them, and thus, by themselves, became more brittle, and cracked and failed into the abyss of history’s forgotten Peoples.

Accidents, incidents, random events, or the “here and there” the “this and that” and the ordinarily issued challenge, or the next troublesome issue, proved too much, and that was the destructive weakest link, that broke the wheel of progress, until the whole set of interconnecting systemic limbs — all collapsed together and in unison.

The study of Ugarit and the surrounding countries’ collapse, has spawned today a new scientific discipline, that is the study of complex adaptive networked systems, and this is the field of study that shows us how such system collapse occurs. And it is this field of scientific study, which suggests a new focus for thinking through the prospects of today’s America and its long term capacity for resilience and preservation against collapse.

Mind you, we are not talking about complexity, where the whole is far more than the sum of its parts, but about simple multicellular biology…

Now, you would be right to ask me what the hell does biology have to do with the Kingdom of Ugarit during the middle ages of the Eastern Mediterranean sea?

To this, I would answer you with a different question, such as this one here:

My friend, have you ever pondered the mystery of slime molds?

Me neither.

But for many years biologists were deeply puzzled by the emergence and disappearance of them on forest floors. They sprung up among rotting debris, slowly move about, sprout spore bodies, and then — disappear for a while.
Mycologists noted that their emergence seemed linked to moisture and acidity on the ground. But despite decades of search, they were unable to identify the controlling cells, the equivalent of a nervous system, that coordinate slime mold behavior. And that’s not surprising. Despite the appearances, slime molds are not actually organisms. Instead they are what complexity theorists call a “complex adaptive system.” They are “complex” because they emerge from a very large number of interactions among a large number of cellular elements (cells). The cells are “adaptive,” i.e. they have different behaviors depending on a constellation of conditions immediately surrounding them. Those conditions include moisture and acidity, but also the presence of other cells that influence those environmental factors. The result is a “system,” a set of things that interact so as to produce repeated behaviors. Complex systems exhibit behaviors that are often non-intuitive to us.

You may have heard of the so-called “butterfly effect” in which a small behavior like a butterfly flapping its wings allegedly could affect weather half a world away.

That’s an exaggeration, but complex chaotic systems do have sometimes very non-linear, non-proportional behaviors in response to small changes.

Sophisticated fluid dynamics equations capture this in many cases. If the system elements are adaptive, however, you can’t predict its behavior with equations. You need to run massive computer simulations programs in which software agents programmed with the element behaviors interact over many iterations. This is the basis for “agent based modeling” built with cellular automata—bits of code that interact with each other according to rules.

The more sophisticated agent based models program software elements with a degree of uncertainty in their behavior. In other words, the agent’s response to events and circumstances is drawn from a probability distribution rather than being hard wired—a degree of freedom of choice, as it were. In either case, it requires hundreds of thousands of interaction steps, and often many more, to get something resembling stable system behavior. Change small initial conditions, do it again, and you’re likely to get different behavior. Do it again and again and again and again and you might see some general similarities. When the elements of a complex system are adaptive, i.e. have varying behaviors, the resulting complex adaptive system’s overall behaviors are said to “emerge” from those complex interactions. They can’t be predicted directly. And that means that they can’t be directly controlled, because in order to control a system, the system’s response to interventions must be predictable.

Let that sink in.

What cannot be predicted, cannot be controlled.

Influenced?

Perhaps.

But not controlled.

Case in point: If I heat a sealed container of water on my stove, it will contain a very large number of water molecules. The added heat causes those water molecules to move more and more rapidly and to bounce against one another, resulting in increased pressure on the container walls.

Fair warning: Please do not try this at home…

Because, that water, does not form a complex system.

The laws of thermodynamics from physics accurately predict just how much heat transfer is required to produce a given increase in pressure. The water behaves according to predictable equations, in the aggregate and consistently over repeated attempts. The whole is the sum of its parts. Complex adaptive systems do not behave according to predictable equations. In such systems, the whole is significantly bigger than the sum of its parts and has its own behaviors.

Please keep in mind that slime molds are at the very low end of complexity…

Us people, humans — we are surrounded by, we have constructed, and we are made up internally of far more complex systems.

And on the outside of our bodies — we have complex systems like economies, social communities, infrastructures, telecommunications and transport network infrastructure that link continents, and trade across those links. That has deep implications for thinking past today’s current political impasse, which we’ll explore in a moment.

But first it’s worth pondering fireflies, because of their connections, between fireflies, fads, and finance, since unlike the lowly and unappealing slime mold, fireflies flashing in summer twilight, captivate our attention, grab our oversight, and delight all of us.

But in the latter 1990s, to the graduate student Duncan Watts they also posed an interesting mystery. When the male fireflies in a local area like your backyard flash, they do so in a synchronized rhythm. Add a new firefly to the mix who was flashing at a different rate and they’ll soon be back in sync—but often at a rhythm that is neither the original one of the local swarm nor that of the newcomer. How, Watts wondered, does that happen? What determines the new rate? Fireflies are not easy to study. For one thing, they won’t flash in captivity. But Watts persevered and the results lay the groundwork for a new insight regarding complex systems.

It seems that fireflies form social networks, relationships that persevere and influence their behavior even when the flies involved are not physically close to one another.

And therefore, as the new fly is introduced, she, and those near her begin to synchronize their flashing. But they move out of physical proximity before the synchronization fully occurs. Each of them then begins to sync with and influence the flies temporarily nearby — but also with those they’d begun to connect with earlier, even if they happen to be on other sides of your back yard by now. Over time the new flash rate emerges out of highly complex sequences of interactions in all directions of the local group.

Fireflies, it seems, form complex adaptive networked systems.

Some complexity has internal network structure.

With this crucial insight, a new discipline emerged.

Once we knew what to look for, we began to realize that complex adaptive networked systems are all around us.

Natural ones like ecologies, and the neural interactions of the human brain.

Architected ones, like the ones we have constructed ourselves, like the aerial transportation networks, that played a key role in the spread of potentially deadly H1N1 influenza virus in 2009’s outbreak that threatened to become a global pandemic.

Betrayal can easily come also from the power generation and transmission networks, that we have created as it happened today in San Francisco bay area, because these power grids, can unravel quickly, widely, and simply, all due to a minimal damage in only one location.

Electricity, communications networks, phones, the internet, and the Web that sits atop all of them. Financial networks that link consumers and small businesses across continents through the services of intermediaries like SWIFT interbank systems, corresponding banks, national banks, community banks, wall street banks, investment banks, internet banks, FinTech companies, Paypal, credit cards, bank transfers, bitcoin and crypto currencies, crypto-exchanges, FX networks, and all other decentralized systems of finance…

Social networks of all sizes and geographical distributions, that in turn promulgate influential news, memes, fads and fakes, are particularly vulnerable, same as the societies that incorporate these networks and many more like them that are combined with deeply disruptive technologies, like powerful visual processing in smart phones, artificial intelligence supporting deep predictive analytics, and the emergence of Big Tech monopolies facilitating their usage.

And if we apply these principles when building a rapidly expanding surveillance state, while placing increasingly powerful, high tech weapons (including cyber capabilities) in the hands of rogue states, and non-state actors, and doing it while eroding the local natural connections that jobs, communities, and families have traditionally provided — it would appear that the result of all these, is a recipe for civilizational collapse, far greater than that of the Late Bronze Age in the Eastern Mediterranean basin.

Because all these networks, and in particular all of the adaptive networks, impact our lives today at every level from the local household to the increasing inability of transnational structures and agreements to provide stability and well-being to the citizenry of the West. And not only of the West, since globally oriented trade, and other multilateral agreements have destroyed traditional communities and societies elsewhere as well. Radical Islamist terror networks and violent domestic terrorism groups like Antifa, are only two examples of the response such disruption triggers — and those networks are themselves enabled and empowered by modern technologies, financial networks, and other networked systems that were originally devised in the West.

So, if our current political thinking is to be effective in the face of System Collapse, we must curtail the hate and division as job number one in order to avoid Civil War 2.0

And that means that the ideology of the progressive Left’s collectivist juggernaut, must also address the centrality of complex adaptive networks in our lives, and their impact on our society’s resilience, because their ideology as it stands today — is a complete failure. And because such networks have deeply disrupted the status quo economically, socially, and geopolitically — it also devoid of any backstop to brake their slide to destruction.

As for the ideology of the Marketplace, it also means that while the anodyne talk of free markets emanating form the Right’s Republicanism, is moronic talk, if it is served piece meal, while their beloved corporations cozy up with the regulators and create silos and monopolies “free” of innovation and disruption, and while the conservatives’ talk of the primacy of the individual gets the Media’s attention, while ignoring the physical and virtual community contexts within which we all live as individuals — has deeply failed.

And thus the current populist wave that almost elected Bernie Sanders and because Hillary stole his primary elections, the populace elected Donald Trump to the White House — is only one simple evidence of that ideological failure of the Uniparty system operating it’s oligarchical & elitist tyranny in America today.

But what can we say about the ideology of people who understand the complex adaptive networks, like the Lincoln party’s complex adaptive network itself?

Political theorists are not, for the most part, prepared to delve into the mathematics of modern network science. Fortunately, they don’t need to be, because what follows are a few insights that can already be gained from this new discipline. They present a challenge and opportunity for new political thought, about the complex adaptive system’s fragility and how to built resilience within the general National system. To that end we can learn a lot by recalling that in 2003, severe bad weather, caused several power plants in rural Italy to go offline. Within 12 hours, 56 million people in two countries were sitting in the dark with no internet access. And although the blackout occurred shortly after allied force entered Iraq, with many of them staged through Italy’s NATO bases, no evidence of terrorism or sabotage was found. After some finger pointing the whole thing was quietly buried deep in a bureaucratic report.

Buried deeply until 2009, when two very senior physicists who had turned their attention to complex adaptive networked systems took another look at the data. Chaos theoretician Shlomo Havlin and International Boltzmann Medal for Physics awardee Eugene Stanley, uncovered a key counterintuitive behavior of such networks, took to looking at a network as an isolated system, and it was fairly easy to identify the elements, or the links between elements, whose removal would most impact the network overall. So they posited the theory that if there was damage in a single node (element) that was highly connected — then the damage would have surely linked-up between highly connected nodes, that otherwise didn’t share links in common, and therefore, the power outages occurred.

In essence the learning from this is, that if you want to damage the whole Web, you could start by taking out Google.

And if you want to throw a modern & highly developed country into chaos, you could start by attacking a key city.

Or if you want to cripple Osama bin Laden’s terror network, you could start by assassinating the most senior official who is visible, like the third in the hierarchy.

But that’s not what happened in the 2003 Italy blackout, because modern networks don’t stand in isolation. They interconnect and depend on one another, like the power grid and internet do in most Western nations.

Internet nodes require power to operate. But the internet in turn is used to monitor and control the power grid in many countries. When those local plants in Italy went down in 2003, a regional internet node also failed because it lacked a backup power system. And that created problems in the wider power grid. Which affected more internet nodes and…well, you get the picture.

A cascade of accelerating failure that spread much more widely than the initial damage. Complex adaptive networks become fragile when they depend on a limited number of interconnections among them.

Within a network itself, the same thing is true, so if you use regulatory power to limit, say, the energy production options available to a community, a city, or a state — you are introducing hidden fragility.

At first it might seem that the power grid has become more efficient, or more ecologically sound. But instead what we have done is actually made the electrical grid, much more susceptible to major unravelling collapse.

And a collapse of the power grid spreads to all other systems, as we all discovered in the Bay area today, boucle of a pre-planned power outage by PG&E that not only closed down schools, colleges, and Universities — but it hampered the operations of all institutions thus closing down the vast majority of them…

From the hospitals, and the banks, that after exhausting the fuel of their diesel backup generators — they shut down, to the train transportation grid that shut down because of the unworkability of the street crossings where automobiles and people kept crossing since the barriers were out of operation. The disturbance of the trains, kept the supplies of food and medicine from reaching the people living in the large California cities. And after a time, this pre-planned power outage has started affecting public health.

And as a memory, of another disastrous power outage — we all owe a great debt of gratitude to the Cajun “Navy” and all other scores of volunteers whose prompt rescue work helped avert a potential major crisis of dysentery and more epidemic diseases, right after Hurricane Harvey flooded the houses, stock yards, and the refineries of Houston, Texas, back in 2012.

Look around and you will find many instances where the regulatory state, the Big Tech, and all of the unchecked & highly aggressive progressivism, have introduced serious fragility, into the very networked systems they celebrate as modern advances, and into society as a whole, including the minority communities that the Dems purport to protect and favor.

And indeed there are two opposites to fragility in complex networked systems, but the first one is always resilience, that is the ability to absorb local damage without triggering a cascade of failures, catastrophes, and unravellings. Resilience occurs in complex adaptive networked systems when there are redundant local connections. Our grandparents grew a few vegetables, if they didn’t simply live on farms. We rely on produce imported from several continents away. Our parents worked in jobs that were linked to other local and national companies in a local or national economy. The 1990s and 2000s saw many industries and jobs move overseas, making the dependence links between jobs here and those industries much more fragile. And when jobs are fragile, so are local communities, economies, and families.

Healthy ecologies host a variety of plant and animal species, suited to the climate and terrain. If weather changes, rainfall patterns shift, or flooding occurs — some species may be affected, but the ecology as a whole, can continue to thrive and adapt.

In essence: Resilience absolutely requires local redundancy.

Another opposite to fragility, is anti-fragility, the ability to actually thrive as a result of uncertainty or change. In theory, free market economies under conditions of classical liberalism promote economic and social anti-fragility as they reward innovation and risk taking. But that analysis is fraught with blind spots when the networked nature of today’s context is acknowledged.

This standard slogan of old school conservativism is blind to the cascade of second and third order effects, that failure can introduce. To make the large scale complex adaptive networks that constitute communities, regions, nations, and economies anti-fragile requires first making them resilient. And resilience requires inefficiencies in the form of local and regional redundancies and diverse approaches.

The bad news, is that taking the conceptual initiative, it becomes clear that the bad news is that Western civilization, and the traditional conservatism that considers itself the West’s true defender, face a truly existential crisis — mediated in part by the highly disruptive tech-based changes.

The good news is that we have the opportunity to change the conceptual terms of the political debate.

Yet, to do so requires that we first accurately perceive and understand the workings of complex adaptive networked systems, increasingly interconnected and interdependent on one another, in our lives at individual, community, national, and geopolitical levels. It means recognizing that the critical importance of the family occurs in the context of other networks, including virtual ones that conservatives tend to ignore or discount.

It means re-evaluating economic policy with an understanding of the ways in which disruptive tech has undermined the ability of central banks to control currency values. It means demonstrating to American voters how we can re-weave new, resilient, diverse social and economic fabrics that support their dignity and well-being.

Our modern word “crisis” comes from the Classical Greek verb “krinein” that means “to decide.”

And decide we must do.

Because when a crisis emerges, it forces a decision.

Yet, who makes the decision for all, is rather important here too, because how will the misinformed American leaders promoted by the two political parties, such as the ones we’ve seen lately, can positively affect the disillusionment of the American Citizens, who are fed up, by the conservative or the liberal impasse, and their lack of anything but transactional leaders who constantly fail to address the many & deep crises that are facing the Western civilization today?

Because if we want to open up the way forward for RESILIENCE — we must address the deeply interconnected, interdependent, complex networked nature of the world today, and of the fragilities that have been created in it, carefully avoiding anything that might lead to a Civil War 2.0 in this America of our time.

And as a practitioner of the Art of Cybernetics — a scientific discipline that speaks to that system complexity and introduces the necessary resilience already — so does the Lincoln party that is the party of SCIENCE and REASON, along with a capital L for LOGIC … and for the LONGING for our Democracy and Republic to exists for the ages of ages.

So now you can consider yourself fully briefed, and perhaps also fully, and existentially, warned.

Yours,

Dr Churchill

PS:

A nuclear exchange even if it were a limited one such as the one constantly brewing between Pakistan and India, or between North Korea and the United States — will surely kick up enough radioactive ash, dust, and dark matter into the upper reaches of the atmosphere where it will stay long enough to block sunlight and launch our precious green Earth into a multi-season nuclear winter that will shut down our agriculture for quite a few years — and therefore kill off the great majority of the human species, throughout both hemispheres of this planet…

Same thing would happen if there is a limited nuclear exchange with Iran and whomever else wants to join the nuclear club…

Or if Iran stupidly is blown up along with its few nukes by a stray Israeli pre-emptive attack and then a really limited nuclear exchange occurs…

Or if the US lobs a few nuclear warhead ICBMs onto China’s nuclear proxy, the Pyongyang hydra of terror, North Korea…

Or if we just do it by ourselves lobbing nukes onto ourselves, in a self destructive and hugely suicidal version of the misguided Civil War 2.0 for the new millennium.

All manners of scenarios of gloom & doom exist out there and are all outlined by the Union of Concerned Scientists who control the nuclear clock that is about to chime midnight and is at the closest point that is has ever been to striking the Midnight bells — since it’s inception.

Even during the Cuban missile crisis this doomsday clock was not as close to striking midnight as it stands now, a mere 45 seconds before midnight…

THat’s how close we are to our certain demise and to the total and complete annihilation of our Civilization.

Does anyone else (bedsides You reading this missive) even remembers the great people and the artful, joyful, well mannered and well administered, yet complex civilization of Ugarit?

Methinks, not.

And how can anyone remember Peoples and Civilizations long ago lost in the sands of time?

And some of you – no doubt shall ask, why on earth do we need to be reminded of them “lost peoples” by Dr Churchill?

Am just doing my duty to alert my people to what happens when we choose to play with matches inside a tinderbox called “Detente” and “National Security” with “Nuclear Proliferation Policies” and with concepts such as “Civil War” forgetting the ending of that awful movie that is played in the heads of the archeologists and long ago Historians who studied the demise of all the great empires, that came and went with the frequency of gnats, and fireflies, whose life and light extinguishes within eight hours or so…

And that is the dance of the Kiev butterfly, whose brief life span, signals the onset of the harsh winter and the snows of Ukraine that right now threaten to upend the United States upcoming 2020 presidential elections, where yours truly has also thrown his har into the ring, due to the uncertainty factor and to the dearth of anyone strong enough and wise enough to lead our Nation to safety.

Because I am the one person that has seen the evils of Civil War in many dark places around the world where my philanthropic missions have brought a small measure of succor to those in need after suffering the devastation orchestrated by the forces of Evil against the most innocent of all — the elderly, the women, and the babes.

And if you want to start seeing things as they are and to dissuade yourselves from any ideas about internecine conflict in our country amidst the fratricidal politics of today’s Uniparty system of America — you just see what happens today to the children. of Yemen during that country’s Civil uncivil war…

And because I know these things and I have faced the Evil unleashing this horror in the eyes — I can stare back at those evil men and women who want to unleash this horror upon our own country once again, as if the carnage of the 1860s was not enough to teach us anything about Civil (uncivil) war.

However should we want to go that route — one thing is for certain: Those unlucky few, who will survive a nuclear tipped Civil Was in America, will certainly fall back to the stone age, and will have to fight their next wars with sticks & stones, and maybe with a few bows and arrows too…

Going back to flintstones might be a fitting scenario for some evil doers who spew hate and derision 24/7 behind the complex safety of their satellite televisions, and their personal digital screens, not even being able to imagine how this nastiness will end…

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And I ask you again this: Do you think that we are destined to go quietly into the night, as the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas railed against?

Are we ready to disappear as a People and after dimming our Light, to go away leaving behind unburied our victims, and disappear from the face of this Earth, to not even be remembered by the historians of the next thousand years?

Or will we be effaced from History and forgotten as that failed experiment in a Constitutional Republic that kept Democracy alive for a few generations, before government by the people, for the people, and from the people — disappeared completely from the face of this Earth?

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At least — and I surely hope that this disaster like the one the people of Yemen today go through — will never come to pass for America.

And I make here a solemn promise, that if I have anything to say and do about it, this great country of ours will be saved, and it will continue on it’s path to Glory, and it shall be remembered as the leading light of History — because I believe that we still have got a lot to give to the World, and that our best days, are up ahead of us, in this tortuous path of History and Civilization, that we call the Journey of the American Experiment in Humanity’s greatness…

So let us come together again as brothers and sisters and rejoice in forgiving each others’ sins and misdeeds, and let’s embrace each other because we can do well in this country together.

And because it is our Wise Leadership and Strong Statemanship, that can alter the course of History and because it usually takes just one Man to do just that, in order to save our Civilization from Collapse — I offer myself up to you, to become this Leader, that will set the standard of Quality and Excellence for generations to come, but most importantly, to be the Leader that saved our Country, our Civilization, and our People from destruction.

My grandfather proved that axiom (One man saving the whole Civilization) and I aim to prove it as well. So give me the helm, to steer this great boat of ours, to play the heavy swollen seas, safely away from the blackjacks, the shallows, and the hurricanes, to a course of wisdom before America and its Democracy gets lost and flounders in the

Let us not go quietly into the night with harry but a whimper, after a big bang in the night. And let us not get swallowed up wholemeal, by the sands of time, as the Ten Thousand Empires that Herodotus, the father of history, reminds us, that had existed, well before his time, but nobody remembered their names any longer … so he could not record them for posterity either…

And since this piece was written on the day of Yom Kippur — may the power of forgiveness allows us to forgive our own and each other’s sins, and may we go ahead and give ourselves the benefit of the doubt, the benefit of self-love and thus to allow ourselves to take our minds off, the hate & discord that surely leads to the immense horrors of the Civil War, and instead find the way, to allow all of us, to focus on the Power of Love.

Because the Power of Love is the only thing that will allow us, to cast away our sins, and become healed, renewed and re-sanctified, as People of God once again.

And let us rejoin our human family, and our brethren of America, in a sacrificial feast of Love and Tenderness, where we sacrifice our egotistical thinking, and replace it with the abundant love, this new season of wise leadership can bring to America.

And may the good God bless you, and may our commonly loved One God, also bless America and heal its internal divisions that are the present and clear danger and the cancer in our body politic.

Let us not allow a few winds to disrupt our Civilization like the strong winds today, in the San Francisco Bay Area, in Northern California, where the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has turned off the lights and has purposefully cut power to as many as 700,000 customers in 34 of California’s 58 counties due to the severe fire risk.

These blackouts, which were announced less than 24 hours before the first homes and businesses in areas surrounding San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, Sacramento and Northern California’s Wine Country all lost power, as a preventative measure that was meant to stop electrical equipment from sparking a fire when high winds and low humidity make these parts of the Golden State a tinderbox. These outages may stretch into next week, according to PG&E’s decision to shut off power, because PG&E pointed to a red-flag severe windstorm warnings, from the National Weather Service, that showed from Wednesday morning on, the Bay Area will see “extreme fire danger,” high winds, and humidity levels, well below 20 percent…

Indeed, on Wednesday morning, gusts of around 90 miles per hour were recorded in the hills of Berkeley and beyond…

And the PG&E move to shut down electricity might have contributed to avoiding scenes like this one from the fast-moving Saddleridge fire in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, that has charred dozens of homes, many thousands of acres of chaparral and forested lands, as it has closed down roads, byways, and freeways, and has also forced many thousands of people to flee their communities in order to seek shelter from the flames consuming their carefully patched together livelihoods.

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Posted by: Dr Churchill | October 8, 2019

The Lincoln party

Five million plus, grassroots voters, may have a different opinion than the mainstream Media about what is real America.

And here is the truth.

Dr Churchill is a transformational Leader.

The Lincoln party is a transformational party.

And the Lincoln party’s fundraising numbers for 2016, and the sea change they represented in the otherwise staid American politics are also transformational tools for our country.

The fact that we raised $15 million from college and university students in the last election of 2016, is impressive in and of itself.

That we raised all this dough, at $13 a pop, from overwhelmingly poor & starving students, working class supporters and Independents is stupendous, and should make the two main political parties, quake in terror.

Because our top donors are university postgraduates in the STEM fields of science studies.

Think about that…

These are the young people who will take leadership of our world in a few short years.

Because today they are already the people who make sure that the wheel of progress and knowledge keeps rolling forward.

These are the people who make your new StartUps and their great disruptive innovations a reality for all Americans, and who define America as the pioneer in all things.

These are the people who are the Life Science providers and the medical doctors with a greater understanding of the cellular biology, organic chemistry, and genetics, than any Doctors in history, and they can put all that knowledge to good use for the improvements in the health situation of all of us.

These are the people who quietly get up in the morning to work and study, and in the snipers of time in between — are organizing and are funding a real War of Independence once again, the tyranny of the two-party monopoly, and are starting a political revolution against Mental Slavery.

Actually, in my mind, they are the greatest generation ever. And if you just listen to their voices — you shall hear tones of optimism, courage, & real awareness, and that is what gives me hope…

Here’s the other thing though for those who would like everyone to just play nice and pretend working class funders really underscore what is at stake in the battle between the two main parties…

None of them is a real progressive, because they always carry on top of their humps; the ever present legacy of slavery and the clear complicity of the two main parties in that miasma and murder. Because both the Republicans and the Democrats acted first for their political parties’ interests, and then for the people.

So, none of them deserve your Independent vote ever again, because I make you a promise here that we will field Independent candidates for all top positions from now on…

And this is the “something” that the mainstream mass-media intentionally misses in every electoral contest. Because Dr Churchill of the Lincoln party, stands alone as the only candidate with a shot at fundamentally realigning the electoral process of this country and bringing out the Independent voters as the strongest political block, ever.

Because today Americans identify as Independents at a 57% clip and rising, simply because the other two main political parties are made up of evil jackasses and stupid rhinos — literally…

And as we all know, that the Democratic party, since the Clinton era, has become more of a white folks’ golf club to mirror the Republican party, and thus they have become unbeknownst to you, the party of the professional classes, where the mostly white upper middle managerial class of the DNC, drives the agenda and where the working class people of color are simply allowed to pray at the altar of their hubris, and thus they are kept in the fold — simply for their decorative value. They are certainly not kept there because the other side is so blatantly racist — as the Dems like to claim. They are kept there simply because the Democrats are so blatantly racist that they still keep the Slave plantation running at the expense of the people of color. And that’s why unions have been sidelined and bad trade deals have been championed and Donald Trump’s uncouth behavior seems to be of the utmost concern — amongst the bloviators of the Democratic party…

So, if you happen to be a progressive, an independent, or even a working class person of color, or not, and one who is certainly feeling comfortable with the Democratic party becoming the party of the professional white collar classes, and of the Tech billionaires who have been Obama’s champions because he gave them license to “rape and pillage” our Republic and our Democracyd to “slash & burn” our markets — all for a few dollars more — then Ms Pocahontas, or uncle Joe, or even grandpa Bernie, are all great choices.

But, judging by the amount of contempt that I have seen for the young white Silicon valley class of mini-Zucks, micro-serfs and mini-Gateses, and mini-Googlers, out there, and for the white managerial class of the DNC and of Obama’s banker-wankers class of torpid idiots — it is a self evident fact that the Democratic party candidates would essentially preclude the possibility of uniting a multi-racial working class coalition.

And that makes the choice of Dems over Reps a rather difficult one, because it makes all of them, essentially unelectable.

And as you can understand the Independents are sick and tired of having to go to the polls and try to vote while holding their noses shut with the right hand, to protect themselves from the smell of the shitte, emanating from both he Republican and the Democrat presidential candidate….

So in attempting to perform that feat of circus dexterity and double jointed manual ability — they recall that they now have a choice all of their own. An Independent candidate for President — that they can call their own.

Because it takes a real Independent & Transformational Leader, to break with the tyrannical norms of this two party oligopoly that resembles an arranged monopoly, where power alternates regularly between the two parties, at pre-arranged intervals, which is what defines the current Status Quo of our Democracy and of our body politic.

So in order to break with the tyrannical norms of this two party oligarchy, and if you want to see a realignment of the spectrum of Politics in our country — then that is why you need to vote for the independent Lincoln party.

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Go vote for Lincoln and the Great Emancipator will come down from Heaven up above and hold your hand as you are voting this time around, because we are the only ones putting our Republic back on a trajectory where it can work again for all the Peoples of this Great Country under God.

And because we work just as well in rural America, as we work in Silicon valley, or as we work in the big cities — nobody will be left behind when we can begin to rebuild the ties of all the races and creeds with the working classes, and with the Plebs and the Commoners, the levelers and the Progressives, and will be able to offer something other than “we’re not blatantly racist” to working class people of color, that the Dems like Warren, Sanders, & Biden say that they could potentially offer to you, by simply reminding you that the President Donald Trump is not your guy, and somehow by osmosis, they are.

The Republican party on the same hand, suffers from an acute case of Trumpiasis, and are going to bed with a hot bottle and a gin bottle, just to combat the head ache, and the massive itch that this disease like psoriasis brough on by the advent of this baby-mangrove-orange-orangutan-man, who represents a throbbing headache for most of us.

There’s nothing to laugh at in this dismal situation…

Ha ha ha.

And of course the working class people will never support these Dem stooges, as they will never support “The Donald” of the Reps, because today’s working classes are far more Independent than anyone outside of the Lincoln party of Independents realizes, and they are going to surprise everyone since they have escaped the plantation of mental slavery through the underground railroad operated by the Lincoln party Independents since the beginning of our party’s history.

Indeed, the strength and the composition of the Lincoln party grassroots coalition tells the tale and it’s also why I believe Independents in 2020, are truly the most electable candidates, because not only their progressive values excite the type of independent voters who stayed home in 2016, but it’s also because Yours truly, Dr Churchill, is the best candidate to flip Trump and Obama voters back to the Golden Center.

Plus we’ve got God on our side, and as we know, he is all-powerful, and able to perform miracles of deliverance, and methinks that’s the One who will determine the results of the next election.

End of story.

Yours,

Regards

Dr Churchill

“The American Churchill”

Dr Pano Churchill
Candidate for President of the United States
in 2020 on behalf of the Independent Lincoln Party

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Posted by: Dr Churchill | October 7, 2019

Who’s the turkey here?

With the turkey season fast approaching for next month’s Thanksgiving dinner table, President Trump went all out to compete with this great, smart & wise, and all around American flightless bird, that will soon grace our tables and even the White House…

So this Sunday “The Donald” may have set a new record when the leader of the free world fired off a whopping 46 messages to the great internet void of twitter, including one that was clearly damaging for all of us, and is proven to be unadulterated Evil, in its essence, in it’s repercussions, and in it’s naked bigotry…

Because the President maniacally tweeted this awful trope, the most evil tweet amongst all of his thousands of tweets, clearly coming from his angry menacing reservoir of hate and derision, apparently wishing to sow the seeds of division in our country, and bring up the hate that threatens to upend and destroy our great nation.

This is what our President had to say on the morning of Sunday, no less … :

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Now “The Donald’s” famous bigotry and hate mongering has obviously reached a new height when he is not controlling his temper, and is going out full bore, threatening a Civil War against our own Country…

Indeed this is a dangerous escalation, even from Trump’s usual megalomaniac prediction regarding what will happen to the country if he loses power.

A prediction that “The Donald” typically utters, is that a stock market collapse will follow his personal demise… and much like his balls-to-the-metal approach to getting banks to finance his juggernaut real estate projects that usually flopped and went belly up and bankrupted him a number of times, none of the banks that lend him money ever went bankrupt because of his personal and business bankruptcy proceedings…

So his prediction about the US economy going bad, if he gets impeached, rings hollow and like a good sociopathic manipulator, he has now decided to up the ante, and bring in the “Chicken Little” innovation of “The Sky is Falling — the sky is falling — take cover with me.”

Nice try, Donny-boy, but we are not buying it.

Characteristically, his latest prediction of a Civil War after his impeachment tweet, was roundly condemned, and it also invited pushback from one Republican as well, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a veteran, who tweeted back to Donald Trump: “I have visited nations ravaged by civil war … I have never imagined such a quote to be repeated by a President … This is beyond repugnant.”

To this serious tweet from Rep. Adam Kinzinger — the President failed to respond.

But maybe our President is getting “tired” and like another Nero who ruled as emperor of Rome from 54-68 A.D., and is widely remembered as a psychopath that believed he was an incredible artist and who burned the city of Rome in order to find inspiration to write poetry — “The Donald” also wants to find inspiration and thus invites fire and brimstone, in his “scorched earth” tactics heaping abuse and fire, against his own people in the form of Civil War 2.0 just to save his thickset hide from imminent impeachment.

Woe to this bathing ape — woe to him for this blasphemy, crying “fire” inside this tinderbox we call our home and country…

Is there no adult supervision inside this three years old presumptive President’s brains? Has all logic escaped his cranial cavity?

Not to be dissuaded though, from his daily twitter routine, right after his Sunday’s hate monologue — bright & early on Monday morning — President Trump tweeted his daft decision to withdraw all of the American military forces from northern Syria, and continued on, by blasting out on Twitter, a serious warning, that he will “totally destroy and obliterate” Turkey’s economy if the country does anything he considers “off limits” — presumably referring to Turkey’s announced military offensive against the US backed Kurdish forces in the region of Northern Syria that abuts the Turkish border.

Trump went on to say on his Twitter account under the handle #RealDonaldTrump: “As I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!). They must, with Europe and others, watch over the captured ISIS fighters and families. The U.S. has done far more than anyone could have ever expected, including the capture of 100% of the ISIS Caliphate. It is time now for others in the region, some of great wealth, to protect their own territory. THE USA IS GREAT!”

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Yet, now it would seem that the president is facing some intense backlash even coming from staunch Republicans, because they believe that he has abandoned a key ally in the fight against the Islamic State.

However because Turkey, is a member of NATO, and the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday accepted an invitation from president Trump to visit the White House next month — it all seems quite surreal and absurd that he would tweet crazy stuff like that.

Then again; everything is expected from the Donald.

Back in August of 2018, Trump raised tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminum after the national currency the Turkish lira had already slid dramatically amid a currency crisis — thus causing even more damage to the economy, and then he also slapped sanctions on Turkey over its detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson, thus causing a further crisis in our bilateral relations and of course causing the subsequent deterioration of the Turkish economy. Naturally the American pastor Brunson, was later released in October 2018 and allowed to return to the U.S.

And now as Turkey faces an economic crossroads after the Istanbul elections and the serious electoral violations that Erdogan and his party were found to have orchestrated… it would appear to be against their basic economic interests to invade deep into Syria and to disrupt the American alliance with the local Kurdish fighters, but most importantly to threaten the fragile PEACE that we have finally brought on to that ravaged country after five years f intense Civil War and abundant bloody terror of the ISIS caliphate crazies…

But president Erdogan is not interested in saving anyone from another Civil War and like his counterpart President Trump, he announced with stupefying pride today, that not only he will invade Syria, but that he will personally drive into Syria with his troops, and go as far as he would like to go…

Need I say anything more?

So I ask, who’s the turkey here?

Trump or Erdogan?

Methinks, maybe both are…

Yours,

Dr Churchill

PS:

Apparently both men are crazy and they talk in some kind of secret language that only the “crazies” understand, so the rest of us need to sit this one out…

Holly cow…

Enough said.

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Today, the Democrats’ top three issues are impeachment, impeachment and impeachment.

And obviously, the Republicans top three issues are exactly the same, albeit on the other side of this Operatic spectacle par excellence, that is brought to you courtesy of the 24/7 bloviators of the news media…

Yet, the two main rival parties, apparently fail to see that none of those three issues of “Impeachment, impeachment, impeachment” really affect the daily lives of the normal American people out there, who are working most of the time, to make ends meet and keep their families together and who they do not like the increasing volume of the Hate mongering and Division across political lines of battlements…

And since both lawmakers and strategists of both parties say that whatever else impeachment brings — it will be a boon for their side; it appears that the two warring sides in the theater of the absurd, are drowning out all other conversations for reconciliation and civil dialogue, and for the necessary discourse to keep our country together for a little longer.

Because what is lost to all of the main pundits of the main parties is that the Barbarians are no longer outside the gates of our fair country — but they have breached the gates and are now firmly ensconced inside agitating for evil doings and treachery against all of us.

And as every issue except impeachment is drowned out by the awful cacophony of noise, relating to next year’s elections, all issues, all asteroid impacts, and terror attacks along with all the byelections, and congressional and senatorial races for the House and Senate — will be nothing more than a referendum on President Trump’s impeachment or not…

Isn’t that kinda like the Apprentice playing on the big screen TV?

Are you going to fall for that tired bit of reality television, all over again?

But aside from the obviously theatrical adaptation of politics, it behooves us to remember that all elections on presidential election years — end up mostly being driven by the high stakes battle for the White House, but now it is the high-stakes impeachment battle, that is threatening to eclipse all other issues, as the two party combatants ratchet up the hate, the awfully disturbing noise and the divisions, to a whole new level of cacophony.

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Obviously these idiots, do not understand that Democracy is a fragile thing, and if we break it — we can’t;’ put it back together again, like the perennial Humpty Dumpy who fell and broke and all the King’s men and all the king’s horses couldn’t put him together again…

Is that what we want?

Is that what the main political parties that are responsible for this mess want?

Maybe this exactly what they want.

An oligarchy, where they share power forever alternating between evil & stupid, and vice versa. Evil Dems and Stupid Reps, causing the rest of us to retch in disgust…

But obviously this is what they see to establish in their tyrannical mode, because apparently both daft political parties believe that the impeachment fight could work to their advantage, by solidly gluing together their base, enslaving the people further into their broken promises and plantation politics, and maybe also driving the frothing in the mouth partisans, out to the polls to vote in the primaries and the general elections of 2020.

And that is exactly what is creating some real concerns for Civil War 2.0 and some useful uncertainty, for previously considered “safe seats” of Senators and House lawmakers in swing states or districts.

And although the Chinese torture of “drip, by drip, by drip” of impeachment stress dripping onto the President’s head, appears that it will hurt president Trump in the polls, with the independent voters, the reality is that it might actually help him, because the Independents always love the underdog, and he will earn that title in spades, after the dastardly attacks by the fake impeachment letter… that was sent to Secretary Pompeo and to the Justice department by the errant committee chairs of the Democrat party.

And the more that the national dialogue becomes about whatever the President said, and how he said it, the more the national mood of reconciliation will be soured… and the President’s agenda will be defeated.

But it could also hurt all the Democratic candidates in all states and especially those with populations more friendly to Trump, such as Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina, and it will bring out the Independents in droves to “vote out the bums” of hate and discord and thus we will see the Dems being trounced and losing the House too.

Since there are about 18 Democrat House seats that are in districts that Trump won — this impeachment battle, is going to be a tough vote for those swing-district Democrats, because they’re going to have to really think deep and hard about this: Are they going to take care of their base or are they going to try to understand and even attempt to consider the issue of the Independents?

Because today the Independents are about 57% of all Americans and this is why the party poopers of the two main parties are shitting their tight little girlie panties right now…

There is a flight of people away from both parties and it is proven by a flurry of new polls show growing support for the Independents of any stripe, color, or creed — since the two big parties are only giving us “bread & circuses” fit only for the jackasses amongst us.

Because this impeachment inquiry, is not even a warning sign for Trump and his party, as it is not even a rallying flag for the Democrats, either. Nobody cares about impeachment and the red flags associated with that, are already burned out ones at that.

Yet the vast majority of Independents still oppose impeachment, while the Dems and the Reps are totally splintered.

Republicans like to point out that the impeachment of former President Clinton backfired on their party in 1998 when Democrats defied historical trends and picked up five seats in that year’s midterm election.

But Democrats note that while House Republicans paid a political price in 1998, impeachment left a stain on the presidency that may have cost Democrats the White House in the 2000 election, when Vice President Al Gore lost to Texas Gov. George W. Bush.

Obviously, that particular impeachment didn’t help to elect another Democratic president, but it might have helped to elect the Republican one…

That’s what happened in 2000, and that is the consensus of all those who worked on Gore’s White House campaign, such as yours truly.

Because in the congressional battle, the Republicans argue that the Democrats’ obsession with impeachment and removing Trump from office, has pulled them away from the mainstream and are now traversing Indian country, quite a ways from the reservation. Partisan insanity and chaos, follows the lack of concern about the business of governing in Washington, that the Democrats seem to embrace, and the resulting chaos will not hit the GOP lawmakers for not standing up against the president’s possibly unlawful actions, bit it will squarely blast the Democrats out of the water and send them back another fifty years, since they will surely lose even the House of Congress, that they now barely control.

And although the Republicans are notoriously lazy, obtuse and stupid, they are already rolling out the easy to make arguments that the House of Congress “impeachment putsch” is crowding out the legislative agenda, it is cutting into the economy, and it creates civil war level divisions and hate amongst the populace.

As an example of that plan, just this Monday, the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that: “if I were Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), I wouldn’t want to go into next year’s election hearing credibly said, that all you did for the whole Congress was harass the president and try to remove him from office” and that is exactly the guaranteed sentiment of the 57% of Americans who are now solidly Independent and of course of another wide swath of voters who identify with both the Reps and the Dems…

Asses and Elephants aside this awful Zoo shit-show will continue to bedevil our Republic, and as Senate Republican Whip John Thune (S.D.) said: “Democrats are pursuing a risky strategy, that will surely backfire upon them, and they will not like the results when the smoke clears because their behinds will be burned badly. So, if you’re the leadership over there, you got to think long and hard about what the implications are if it looks like you’re overreaching.”

And obviously, if there’s an economic downturn between now and the election, all Americans and especially all the Independents, will place the blame squarely at the doorstep of the Democrats, and further blame them for their peculiarly evil approach in their “impeachment putsch” that is now grinding all of the business of our Capitol Washington DC, to a standstill, and into a permanent stalemate as this “Impeachment Inquest” appears to be just another instance of their failed Coup D’ Etat. A Coup D’Etat engineered and in the “making” since Obama’s last days at the White House, where he engineered this “insurance policy” directive, in order to stop his challenger by using the powers of the State and it’s rotted Agency heads. Because we all know that the dirty “Putsch” was engineered by the DNC, Hillary and Obama, in order to strip our Democracy from the regularity of CHANGE at there helm that is necessary for renewal and rebirth that our country thrives upon.

So since it was Hillary and the Democratic apparatus of electing only their own party dogs, it follows that the non corrupt Americans will have to bow out and allow only corrupt politicians, be likely to succeed the Obama-Hillary duet, and that is all that Obama tried to ascertain, because he wanted to ensure that only pot-heads and stoners like himself, will rule for ever the “Failed State of America” that they wanted to create…

And as per Obama’s directive, all of that had to happen by the book…

And that is the directive that Clapper, Brennan, and James Comey followed to the letter, in their attempt to sabotage our elections of 2016, and to subvert the will of the voters.

What a moron…

We dodged a real bullet there when we send Hillary to the outhouse instead of the White House in 2016, but of course, the past elections are not a road map of what will happen in 2020, because there are also grievous political risks for the rabid Republicans who are screaming insults against the other side, when defending president Trump.

But that is only a small risk based on the unlikely event that any more damaging evidence and allegations from the President’s conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart, might emerge.

Surely, there’s always a risk in anything we do…

But we always have to take decisions and do something forward looking.

After all, what’s the bigger risk?

Is the biggest risk that minuscule possibility, that the Dems in their witch-hunt, might find that somebody, someday, somewhere, within the White House, might have done something marginally incorrect, wrong, or even intentionally evil, or that the crazed and frothing at the mouth Democrats, have decided wholeheartedly, to spend the next year, focusing on impeachment, and not on the economy, or even on the pivotal issues of the 2020 elections themselves?

Yours,

Dr Churchill

PS:

Obviously, I hope that both main parties and both main presidential candidates will continue to focus on the impeachment, and stick with that fake fight, until election day 2020, because by it is through this “internal” fight between the two main parties and through the resultant divisions thereof, that the Independent will finally ave their day in the sun.

And it is exactly this once in a lifetime political circumstance, scenario of serendipity, or an act of God and a miracle of deliverance, that allowed President Abraham Lincoln to become the Great Emancipator as the 14th Predient of these United States of America — same as myself will do now, as both Dems & Reps, help me to squeeze through them, as they are killing each other and thus I can emerge as the victorious Third party candidate and the Independent “President of Choice” and “Free Will” and thus the American Churchill can get into the White House virtually unopposed, as the wild Asses and their Elephantisis suffering counterparts, tear themselves apart… in this battle to the death for impeachment.

And I thank them for that because if you want to know what is the one silver lining in this ominous dark cloud pregnant with the memories of a looming civil war like the one back in the 1860s… it is this. An Independent for President once again.

God Bless.

Thanks for the Miracles…

Thanks be to God, because it is high time finally, that a real Independent like Yours truly, can become the President of this country because I will be representing all Americans, and not just the party that put me there.

And God willing, perhaps I shall be able to be brave and much like my Grandfather Winston Churchill did when he chose to fight for all the Peoples of this Earth, and not just for the Englishmen… or like President Abraham Lincoln did when he chose to fight for the Emancipation of all the Peoples — I shall be brave enough to fight for all Americans and all the Peoples of this God’s green Earth.

So by taking a step back — us, the Independents — we will propel ourselves in front of a national audience that will be riveted by this impeachment charade for the next twelve months, the president, his party, and the rival Democrats all together, will see, feel and recognize, that the things they gambled for — were all all lost, for both sides of that tricksters coin, and what will be the only positive outcome of this, is that the next President will be an Independent one.

Of course, if God has his way, the next President of the United States will be the American Churchill whose destiny predisposes him to help liberate us from mental slavery because he is the one who can heal the wounds, the tears and the divisions that the main parties have caused to the fragile body of our National Union.

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Of course everyone knows by now, that the current resident of the White House, or what I prefer to call the “People’s House” is a runaway bull trying to behave tamely inside what looks like an antique china shop…

And as we all hear that the “Mr Prezident” often says weird things, and that he pushes these things out of his mouth well before the tongue gets dipped into his brain — it is obvious that this practice of his, has caused him a world of hurt.

Self served hurt — but what’s the difference?

If he scores against himself and by extension, against the Country — the hurt persists for all of us.

So methinks, that the President ought to consider counting to Ten, before he speaks, and certainly going for a walk on the green, before he unleashes his mouth to rattle on with illogical, unedited and inadvisable statements to professional newsmen and women who are always are angling for his misstep.

Because his propensity to fire off his famous “zingers” and his pride at throwing, tweaking and trolling journalists, and oftentimes unsuspecting leaders, or government officials, by using his flamethrower of a mouth — only causes blowback and the inevitable “singeing” of his famous eyebrows.

And that is the one thing that nobody, literally no one, can advise him to quit doing it, or restrain him by taking away his “pride & joy” Twitter phone. Because of that; the vast majority of the Trumpian, Trumpist, or Trumpastic things that he says, are ignored or brushed off by those surrounding him, and who have sufficient gray matter in their cranial cavity to be able to understand the difference between machismo, self-loathing, and vast exaggeration.

But still, Trump’s constant stream of bombastic “white noise” can make it rather difficult to distinguish the true intent of the President and thus the true “radio signals” emanating from the White House are obfuscated, and thus our people are often unable to tell the difference between the two.

This confusing phenomenon clearly explains the current murky political situation, about the stalled impeachment inquiry, when an intelligence community whistleblower came forward stating that on a White House official call with the president of Ukraine — Mr Trump proposed a “quid pro quo” with the Ukrainian government, suggesting the release of military aid in exchange for a Ukrainian investigation into Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, the allegation didn’t appear absurd on its face.

Of course even if this “whistleblower” was a “plant” by some disgruntled Democrats in the employ of the intelligence agencies, or even by Rep. Adam Schiff, the deluded Californicator — the timeline of events, seemed to match up, because President Trump had actually suspended military aid to Ukraine, just a week before speaking with the Ukrainian president, and then went ahead and “released” the military aid, after the “strange holdup” was revealed in the newspapers by the whistleblower, and the journalists had a feeding frenzy upon this carcass of a story…

This being a “Big Kahuna” of a “Story” naturally, the remaining bones of this carcass were plentiful, and the “whistleblower” revelations were met with a wide Congressional, and an even wider public scrutiny, that resulted in the current Impeachment inquiry, (Not Articles of Impeachment), being brought forth by the House against the President.

Later, the Trump administration was forced to release a transcript of the call, in which Trump used the typical New York real estate wheeler-dealer language of favors: favors related to investigations surrounding CrowdStrike, the firm tasked with analyzing the hack of the Democratic National Committee in 2016, an investigation that concluded with allegations of Russian interference; favors related to helping Rudy Giuliani investigate the origins of the 2016 Trump-Russia investigation; favors related to investigating the Bidens.

That childish and immature theory seemed to be gaining a bit of traction and an ounce of credibility amongst Trump’s base, but none with the wider world… as it was revealed that the so called “Impeachment” was not at all an official impeachment inquiry but rather a simple inquest by the various Congressional committees.

And because that giant New York “baloney” of a story, clearly was seen to have been falling apart at its inception stage, the nefarious Trumpian world reacted badly with it’s usual “whoppers” because within it, already contained the seeds of Donald’s corruption and self-destruction.

So, if anything came out of this, is that the two lying sides met, and exchanged notes… laughing behind our backs for the success their amateur theatrics they have been playing all along, have garnered amongst the feeble minded citizens. No wonder Hillary calls Americans, 50% deplorable, and 50% unspeakable, because we seem to be falling for this amateur theater of the absurd.

Amateurs, all of them, yet they seem to fool us, time and again.

But the fact that some kind of misfortune had finally befallen the Casino lifestyle mogul-in-chief, his indomitable luck held. Because as it turned out, the Ukrainian government apparently had no clue that Trump was even withholding military aid — and without such a “quid” there could not be a “pro quo” and therefore any real action is precluded from materializing.

As it ended, the Ukrainian president publicly proclaimed that Trump had not pressured him, and the whistleblower report turned out to be literally third-hand gossip obtained at the laddie’s hair-dressing salon, rather than a first-hand account or intelligence agency information. And so all the allegations of a cover-up imploded, as the Trump administration released all the information in a transparent move, ranging from the transcript of the President’s call, to the whistleblower report itself, and everything in between.

Smart move…

So, now that the Democrats have begun the impeachment proceedings, are finding the tide to have gone out, and are left stranded on the beach with their oars hitting the sand.

Of course, now the Impeachment-mad Dems are making fresh claims, by bringing in other imaginary wrongdoings of the President, amid a fresh batch of claims of injustice against all People, and maybe even against God himself who didn’t give them better luck, such as the latest allegation-cum-impeachment-charge against the State Department, claiming that it was engaged in obstruction too, just hours after claiming that Trump’s Department of Justice had engaged in obstruction, and that the president himself had engaged in obstruction, and in short, they attempt to interfere with justice herself, by claiming anew, that Trump’s behavior, even without any real allegation of criminal misconduct, is enough to justify impeachment.

They seem to be saying: “We don’t like the Guy, so we should impeach him.”

Really now…

Sadly, it would seem that the inmates are now running the asylum.

Because as far as the Democrats are concerned — it is obvious that the Crazies have taken over the “House” and are now calling to bring inside the “Thought Police” along with the Orwellian “Big Brother” and his minions, into the White House to investigate, impeach, arrest and burn on a White House lawn fire pit the President, because they do not like the color of his skin, or the orange glow of his sunny personality, or the orange of his hair … ad infinitum.

What’s with the Ad Hominem attacks?

What’s wrong with these Democrats?

What’s next?

Bringing in the Soul Snatchers?

Methinks, that the Holly Inquisition with the white hooded robes — can’t be far behind.

For that is the secret weapon of the Democrats. The much feared bullies of the Clan — the Ku Klux Klan — that the Democrats invented back in the day, when they wanted to control their Black & their White Slaves in their Southern plantations and beyond.

This is the same Thought Police that the Lincoln Party and our Independent brethren are battling daily, as we fight to liberate all of the American people from mental Slavery.

Because we need to fight now another war of Independence against the Mass Media and against the origins of this mental slavery that set to be coming from the same nest of vipers, the old Southern Democratic party of plantain rulers, owners and slavers.

Because it must be some kind of a mental slavery to believe the Democrats’ “Thought Police” BS, who says that some kind of obstruction of justice was committed by the President, who after all the obvious harassment by the Democrats’ preposterous allegations, took to Twitter to rail against the whistleblower and his Democrat handlers like Adam “futz-packing” Schiff.

It is quite sad, to be seeing the Democrats, who are unable to match “The Donald” twitter zingers, on that platform that is expressly made for flame throwing zingoists — claiming that “The Donald’s” behavior amounts to “witness intimidation” because he thought of obstructing Justice when he unleashed in his usual twitter manner once again… whereas in reality they are just mad because they cannot outcompete him on Twitterfeeds.

Cue in the cuckoos, and Nurse Rachett, from the movie “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” because as the grounds for the impeachment inquiry are disappearing faster than the Dems can say “our breaches are breached” — they seek to broaden, instead of narrowing their impeachment scope.

Going the wrong way, has always been the Dems trade-mark, and thus it is becoming rather clear to the rest of us, especially the Independents who have no dog in this fight, that the Democrats’ enthusiasm for impeachment far outweighs any real or imagined, supporting evidence for that important process of “Presidential Recall” in our lawful and constitutional Republic.

And even if the Dems see this Impeachment Inquiry as a “Hail Mary” and a last chance to stop the incumbent from regaining the White House in 2020 — it is apparent that they jumped in front of the train without looking — and now they’re trying to backfill an impeachment inquiry that procedurally must end with a House and a Senate impeachment roll call and a complete House vote, or lay bare the emptiness of the original attacks themselves, and thus expose the Dems as the little boy that cried “wolf” too many times.

Yet, even if per chance, the winds of fortune favor the Democrats and they somehow could come up with some new, significant and earth shattering presidential misstep, in the process of this new witch hunt — unfortunately for them, having cried “wolf” too many times, this time again, it will prove impossible for them to be believed…

But that never stopped the Hitlerites from “burning down” the House anytime before this, and it appears that the lack of any reality in their “theater of the absurd” shit-show, will not stop them this time either.

Yet, I must remind all of our errant friends on both sides of the aisle and the President himself that playing with fire inside a tinderbox, is a well known recipe for disaster, and so when the flames of civil war are lapping at their feet — they ought to remember that they are responsible for Civil War 2.0 and must live with the consequences.

But you — the reader — are way too intelligent to stand for this charade of the two parties that are both simply sides of the same fake coin of Democracy.

So…

Don’t you think that it’s simpler to vote the bums out?

Because at least this time around, the President seems to be safe from this bunch of morons, because as the Hill says: “There is no impeachment inquiry — there are no subpoenas.”

And of course, you are not to be faulted, if you think that a formal impeachment inquest is under way, and that a Congressional legal process has been issued.

This misimpression is completely understandable, if you have been taking in the 24/7 media circus coverage in particular, reporting on a haughty and unsubstantiated letter from House Democrats, on the 27th of September, presuming to direct Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, on pain of citation for obstruction, to cooperate in their demands to depose State Department officials and review various records.

The Congressional “letter” is naturally signed by not one, but by three Democratic committee chairmen. But as good students that you are — you truly must remember your elementary arithmetic where, zero is still a zero, even when multiplied by three, or by three hundred…

So that which is portrayed as an “impeachment inquiry” is actually just a made-for-cable-TV political soap opera, and as it stands, the House of Representatives is not conducting a formal impeachment inquiry, but to the contrary, the three dwarfs of the congressional Democrat committees, are conducting this sorry theater of the absurd piece, as their 2020 political shit-show campaign that apparently is seen as to having been lost already.

 

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That the House has not voted as a body to authorize an impeachment inquiry, is an obvious signal of how much bullshit, the congressional Democrats feel that they can unload on the American people…

So that what we have now, are only partisan theatrics, proceeding under the “ipse dixit” of one Adam Shitt (failed actor), and of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (failed alki), that it accomplishes one thing only, since it raises the profile, but not the legitimacy, of the same “impeachment inquiry” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (failed weight watchers) who previously tried by using “abracadabra” and “Open Sesame” to manifest a “Gini out of an oil-lamp” and ask him to open an Impeachment Inquiry,  without a committee vote.

Moreover, isn’t it strange that there are no subpoenas?

As Secretary Pompeo observed in his fittingly tart response on Tuesday, what the committee chairmen issued was merely a letter.

Its huffing and puffing notwithstanding, that letter is nothing more than an informal request for voluntary cooperation.

Legally, it has no compulsive power.

If anything, it is rife with legal deficiencies.

The Democrats, of course, hope you don’t notice that the House is not conducting a formal impeachment inquiry. They are using the guise of frenetic activity by several standing committees — Intelligence, Judiciary, Foreign Affairs, Oversight and Reform, Financial Services, and Ways and Means — whose normal oversight functions are being gussied up to look like serious impeachment business.

But standing committees do have subpoena power, so why not use it? Well, because subpoenas get litigated in court when the people or agencies on the receiving end object. Democrats want to have an impeachment show — um, inquiry — on television; they do not want to defend its bona fides in court.

They certainly do not want to defend their letter. The Democrats’ media scribes note the chairmen’s admonition that any failure by Pompeo to comply “shall constitute evidence of obstruction of the House’s impeachment inquiry.”

What a crock of shitte…

In criminal proceedings, prosecutors demand information all the time and witnesses often resist — just as congressional Democrats encouraged the Justice Department and FBI to resist when Republican-controlled committees were trying to investigate such matters as Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuse. Presumptively, resisting an information request is not evidence of obstruction. It is evidence that the recipient of the demand believes he or she has a legal privilege that excuses compliance. The recipient can be wrong about that without being guilty of obstruction.

Congressional Democrats know this, of course — many of them are lawyers. They are issuing partisan letters that pose legally offensive threats, rather than subpoenas, because this is a show, not an impeachment inquiry. Subpoenas don’t require chest-beating about obstruction. Everyone knows they are compulsory, but everyone also knows they may be challenged in court. Such challenges take time, though, and Democrats are in a hurry to close this show after a short run.

To be sure, the Constitution vests the House alone with the power of impeachment (as opposed to impeachment trials, which are the sole responsibility of the Senate). The judiciary has no authority to tell the House how to conduct impeachment proceedings. And the House is a “majority rules” institution, so if Speaker Pelosi and her partisans want to ipse dixit their way to impeachment articles, no one can stop them.

That said, the courts maintain their authority to protect the legal rights of persons and institutions ensnared in kangaroo tribunals. The fact that House Democrats invite you to their circus does not require you to beclown yourself.

Any competent court asked to evaluate a demand for information under the rubric of impeachment will observe that the process has a history. When the Framers debated whether to include an impeachment clause in the Constitution, they had serious concerns. They were designing a separation-of-powers system that endowed the coordinate branches with checks and balances to police each other. They understood that impeachment authority was necessary, but feared it would give the legislature too much power over the executive.

They also worried that impeachment could be politicized. If it were too easy to do procedurally, or it could be resorted to for trifling acts of maladministration, factions opposed to the president would be tempted to try to overturn elections and grind the government to a halt.

To address these concerns, the Framers adopted a burdensome standard — high crimes and misdemeanors, in addition to treason and bribery — that would restrict impeachable offenses to truly egregious abuses of power. Then they erected an even higher bar: A two-thirds supermajority requirement for any presidential impeachment conviction in a vote inside the US Senate.

All this was to ensure that the electoral will of the people must never be overturned in the absence of misconduct so severe, that it results in a broad consensus that the nation’s wellbeing requires removing the president from power.

Although the House has the raw power to file articles of impeachment based on frivolous allegations and minor abuses, the Senate supermajority requirement for removal is designed to have a sobering effect on the lower chamber. Impeachment should not be sought out of partisanship. There must be misconduct that would convince objective Americans, regardless of their politics, that the president must be fully ousted, and not merely criticized or censured, but he must be stripped of any and all authority.

Thus in keeping with the Law, and in defending against any congressional demand for information, the president has various privileges against disclosure. Executive components such as the State Department are also repositories of highly sensitive information involving national security and foreign relations — conduct of the latter being a nearly plenary executive authority. The judiciary is generally deferential toward the executive’s claims of privilege. But Congress is given wider latitude to probe in a real impeachment inquiry. When the House, as an institution, endorses such an inquiry in a formal vote, the courts must presume the inquiry is based on a reasonable suspicion of grievous misconduct.

By contrast, any reasonable judge asked to weigh the current congressional demands for information that were presented to Secretary of State Pompeo, would not give them the time of day, because these “requests” do not reflect the “judgment” of the House, but are simple sniffing-around letters…

However, they are reflective, and stink of a bigoted & fully partisan Democrat House leadership, that realizes that since it cannot find the President to have committed any impeachable offenses, is so enraged, and is so much deluded, that they wish to go ahead with a simulacrum of an impeachment inquiry without the penury of a formal Vote, because Pelosi & Co. are fearful of the the wrath of the American voters, if the Congressional Democrats in districts friendly to President Trump, are put to the test of a name-vote, when voting to authorize a formal impeachment inquiry.

This is especially important, because every presidential impeachment inquiry, from Andrew Johnson, through to Bill Clinton, has been the subject of bipartisan consultation and debate, and thus the House has recognized that it’s legitimacy, and the legitimacy of its most solemn actions, must be based on the consideration of the whole body, not on the whims, the feelings, and the tyrannical “diktat” of a few partisan party bosses, who hold no legitimate power whatsoever…

But not this impeachment inquiry.

This one has got to be special somehow…

Because this one is a misadventure, in exactly the same obstruction of Justice and destruction of our Democracy, stemming from the bare-knuckles partisanship that leads to civil war that the Framers of our Country, seriously feared.

To be sure, no one has the power to prevent a willful House leadership from misbehaving in this awful way. But to be sure, the rest of us are not required to pretend this tragicomic party charade is real.

Democrats are mulishly determined to ram through an article of impeachment or two, regardless of whether the State Department and other agencies cooperate in the farce. Their base wants the scarlet-letter “I” attached to Trump. The party hopes to rally the troops for the 2020 campaign against Trump, although some of the smarter Democrats know it will boomerang on them, and are already running for cover under the rocks and under the weeds they often smoke inside the House.

Because if the Democrats truly thought that they had a case, they wouldn’t be in such a rush to ram through an investigation without merit, and instead they’d want everyone to hear it, to have time to study it, and to come aboard with them.

But since they don’t have a case — they instead try to give us a made for TV show…

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Methinks that maybe it is time to change the Channel and start watching some Nature porn, where the whales are frolicking, the chimpanzees are screeching, and the apes are bathing, and where the penguins are rearing their young, instead of watching the shameless Dems and the equally obtuse Reps eating their young ones.

Because that is exactly what these deluded bastards want to do to us. They want to unleash Civil War 2.0 in order to ostensibly control their base and instead we will all end up metaphorically eating our own children… as they become gristle and fodder for the cannons of war.

Unleash the dogs of war and see what happens…

So best, we should all go out there and vote for an Independent President, to save us from all the bullshit flying around, as it fid emanating rom these failed actors, pretending to be Congressional Representatives, that are making us the laughing stock of the rest of the World and the bane of our Existence at home.

And because of that, methinks that I shall be running for President in 2020, to bring about some calm and peace, but I will only make that decision, after Thanksgiving week, and only after giving Thanks to the good Lord that has given us the opportunity to fulfill our destiny … and is still holding us in the palm of his hands as his chosen people.

And if you also feel special and Independent, and lucky to be alive People of God, please say Thanks with me, and come support our efforts in emancipating America from mental slavery, as described by Abraham Lincoln himself and this party of Independent Americans.

So, let us not tarry, let us join together, and jump in the fray, after we celebrate Thanksgiving in our giant Thanksgiving “table” at the Berkeley University lawn, on the 28th of November of this year, in order to offer our sincere Thanks, and in order to receive all further blessing of our Good Lord that keeps our country alive and healthy despite the best efforts of both Republicans and Democrats to cause it to implode in a shit-show of partisanship, bigotry & hate-mongering, that will no-doubt lead to a new civil war.

Nothing less…

So if you want to get rid of the bombastic bedraggling bigots from the White House and from the House — come play with us and find your brethren Independents who are the only ones to be aware of the stupid theatrics that the partisan hacks are putting on in a game-show played against us, because our founders and especially the 14th president Abraham Lincoln, our intellectual father and distant mentor, are all turning in their graves right about now, for this travesty of reality that America has now become…

Stand with me, and ask to sign up at: http://www.LincolnParty.net and come to celebrate Thanksgiving together this year of the Lord 2019, so that the year 2020 will be ours.

Cheers and KBO to one and all…

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Yours,

Dr Churchill

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Of course, should “The Donald” choose to shoot himself in the foot all over again, with some more of his tweeting bullets — everything is possible.

Woe to the man who cannot control his mouth, his temper, or his tongue…

Woe to him, because he will be forced to use his all, in order to just lick his self inflicted wounds.

Posted by: Dr Churchill | October 2, 2019

Is WeWork slated for bankruptcy?

As I had told you that it would happen this week, WeWork’s CEO Adam Neumann ceded his role as CEO of WeWork’s parent company yesterday on Tuesday and exited the company…

Yet, in a show of non-remorse, he will remain as the non-executive chairman of the board of WeWork, or rather its parent company the “We” company, that now is commonly called the “Wee-wee” company.

“Stifler” Neumann’s exit is seen as one of the many and much needed steps towards redemption of WeWork, if the company has got any chance of proceeding as an ongoing concern, but it seems that the better informed amongst us, tell me that the Neumann plan is to wind down the company and place it under the bankruptcy court’s protection, in order to be able to quietly erase the record of corruption, fraud, infidelity and malfeasance that this shit-show of a company has produced.

Because it would appear that the WeWork book of wrongs is far larger than the one that the secretive and sexy Theranos founder Ms Holmes ever dared to imagine…

So Adam Neumann’s  reshuffling and recycling himself into a senior position amid a continuation of the toxic culture of WeWork, may prove sufficient grounds for the launching of an SEC investigation and an Attorney General referral, because by now, all of WeWork’s investors have been burned, hosed and fleeced, in a show of criminal intent in defrauding investors by jacking-up the company’s core business and promoting stratospheric valuations, that are known to be false.

Because Adam Neumann and all of the WeWork leadership and it advisors, and underwriters at Goldman Sachs, knew all along that t rose real valuation of WeWork, was always less than a $ Billion USD since it’s much larger and publicly traded competitor Regus International, is valued roughly at $2,3 Billion dollars and is a far larger company in terms of income, profits, and in the real estate it controls than WeWork could ever be.

So after all is said and done, it would appear that some errant WeWork folks are going to be going to jail, but that will not be subject of the news for quite a while still, and the pundits will have a jolly good time comparing the Theranos meltdown with WeWork’s meltdown and the two founders, Ms Holmes and Mr Neumann, in a competition to the end, in order to prove who was the most corrupt amongst the two scofflaw CEOs.

Still the much ballyhooed corrupt WeWork IPO meltdown, never stopped a good party from blowing up, like the massive rave WeWork is hosting in London, after its current IPO collapse.

It would seem that WeWork sticks with its reputation for drug addled executives, a raving mad CEO full of ecstasy and LSD, regular vodka thrusts, tequila torpedoes, and gin infused strawberries with whipped cream partying, free beer for all in all of its co-working spaces, available especially for the underage geeks and their friends, and a general mood of soaking the investors with a wet T-shirt after wasting their money on frivolities.

So it is not out of place that while the Titanic asshat of a company is rapidly sinking having hit the iceberg of reality, yet the massive machine of celebrating failure is still chugging along, as evidenced of WeWork’s drunken launch party for its new European headquarters in London’s Waterloo district.

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Because it is here in far away London, where 500 WeWork staff have been invited to mark the opening of what the company bills as the largest co-working space in the world, in a glitzy rave hidden in plain sight as a private affair…

The Titanic is going down and the band is playing on while staff rearranges the deck chairs as on this celebratory hedonistic extravaganza that will please all of the investors to hear that it will burn plenty of cash for a free open bar for all and drugs aplenty with live music running into the wee hours of the morning.

Barely a day since WeWork’s drunken founder Adam Neumann was forced out as Chief Executive amid vivid accounts of his hard drinking and harder partying deceptive management style and grievous concerns about the complete lack of corporate governance, his interim replacements have been continuing the party culture, while pretending to be bringing about slowly-slowly, the much needed adult managerial oversight for the company, in an attempt to keep the heavy losers, whom they call “investors” from bolting.

Of course it was these “losers” who masquerade as serious investors like Soft Bank’s CEO, who finally woke up from their alcohol and drug fuelled party stupor, and balked at WeWork’s losses and its toxic drug culture, and decided to kick out the errant to the point of criminality founder/CEO, slash the valuation of their investment in WeWork, scupper all plans for an initial public offering, incur all the giant multibillion dollar loses in their balance sheets, write off this company as a soon to be bankrupt startup, embrace the porcelain throne while vomiting bile for the remainder of the season, and keep on nursing a giant hangover headache for the foreseeable future…

Of course nothing stops a good party and therefore the London party will go on, at the building located on number 2 Southbank Place, where most of WeWork’s London staff are based, alongside customers including HSBC Holdings Plc, which rents more than 1,000 desks. The building, also known as 10 York Road, boasts a skate ramp, retro arcade games, basketball hoop, a live DJ and bed-shaped couches with blankets, and a hundred stall toilet, where the investors are provided with their own hopper to vomit into for the duration.

This Marie Antoinette moment of stupidity, simply shows how the public investors of WeWork are getting fleeced, as congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Dem.-NY) exclaimed during an hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets on September 11, 2019.

Indeed the comment of this Congressperson, was part of one of several interesting exchanges between lawmakers and a panel of experts, comprised of three academics, one securities regulator, and an attorney in private practice.

The thrust of the hearing was the negative impact that the ballooning private equity market is having on the dramatically shrinking pool of publicly traded stocks and the good of society in general.” Renee Jones of Boston College testified that there are half as many public companies in the U.S. today as there was a decade ago, and the number of public offerings was less than in the past. And that last year, there was twice as much equity capital raised in the private offerings as in the public ones.

Explanations for this trend are largely speculative because there is little data available on private equity transactions. That said, the panelists believed regulatory changes caused the private equity market to swell in recent years.

For example, the number of shareholders a company may have before it is subject to the disclosure requirements for a public company is now 2,000—it used to be 500. Another reason is that revisions to Rule 144 made it easier for stock in a private company to be resold—this provides a degree of liquidity to a company’s employees and private investors, easing the pressure they exert to go public.

Reasons for fewer IPOs were also discussed in this congressional meeting, but soon enough it became apparent that the present day abundance of liquidity and private money sloshing around looking for a place to “hide” from the negative interest rates governments promote everywhere — is another key factor of the false prophets of  WeWork’s StarUp propensity to malfeasance, carelessness with honest & transparent reporting, and downright criminal intent to defraud and steal investor’s money.

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Another issue is that companies feel that the emphasis on public markets with quarterly results reporting, and the cost to comply with reporting requirements, do not benefit their businesses at the earliest stage, and they use that tired trope to hide their malfeasance behind. Because indeed, for small companies, the cost of a Rule CF (crowdfunding) offering — which is limited to about $1 million dollars, still represents a significant proportion of the sought-after proceeds, and it must be paid before a company knows if it can sell its offering.

Of course the topic of “StartUp Valuations” was discussed several times, because naturally, this topic is of particular interest to all investors such as yours truly, and most all of you, because it’s all about how we built great Companies out of simple StartUps who all they have is a wing and a prayer, and yet they are expected to fly all around the world.

So maybe we ought to institute “StartUp Valuations” that are performance based, and keep those as the main capital structure for venture capital backed IPOs that are now simply horse shows for Public Offerings by the Big Investment Banks.

Am suggesting this methodology for StartUp IPOs, because there is an endemic and rather systemic unfairness in the IPO market, where the Big Banks, and their preferred private investors such as SoftBank, routinely secure “price protection” when they invest, but all the subsequent IPO investors never get it, nor do they get informed of the price levels of it.

This obvious favoritism and the biased application of it’s pre-IPO price protection, is a big secret kept far away from the regular investors, since it describes the dirty dealing, deal terms that can retroactively reduce the Bank’s and the Institutional investor’s buy-in valuation, in order to deliver a higher rate of return.

And since public investors buy-in at a far higher valuation than the Banks and their Institutional “private investors” counterparts — they get hosed a second time, with a double dose of valuation risk, because they buy-in at a higher valuation, and they are obviously not even given a whiff of a safety net.

In the congressional hearings, representative Ocasio-Cortez brought up the parent company of WeWork which reportedly was valued at $47 billion in January 2019, when a private round of financing took place. At the time of the hearing, its potential IPO valuation was in freefall, due to concerns about the drug and alcohol culture within the company, its business model, the potential for the founder/CEO Adam Neumann and his spouse to control the company, and evidence that he had engaged in numerous and massive self-dealing transactions behind the scenes, such as renting his own buildings to the company, selling stock at the top of the market knowing that the company was going to go in freewill, siphoning off cash and other extreme instance of plundering the WeWork kitty, just before the world found out about his imminent ouster…

Naturally Representative Ocasio-Cortez waved a news article about WeWork and she said: “WeWork had raised Venture money on a previous valuation of $47 billion. And now they just decided overnight — we were just kidding — we are worth only $20 billion. They’ve cut it by over half. Correct?”

Little did she know that real life valuation events, indicated that the Congresswoman from New York, was even more right than herself could have imagined, if she had succeeded in getting fresh data from Wall Street for her mathematical calculations to be accurate

Because unbeknownst to her, Goldman Sachs, the underwriter for WeWork, eyed an even lower IPO valuation, at around or even bellow the $10 billion high water mark, which represents only a fifth of what it had been just a few weeks earlier!

Of course as expected there is no rest for the wicked and the hangover suffering investors got another jolt, after the WeWork company’s announcement that it would postpone its IPO altogether and indefinitely. Read: WeWork IPO scuppered.

To continue the saga, early next week, WeWork announced that Neumann would no longer be its CEO, trying to save face for SoftBank’s drunken spree and culpability on this dog & pony show, or rather SoftBanks enablement of the massive WeWork Ponzi scheme, that is worthy of Bernie Madoff…

A Ponzi scheme it was because apparently, all those investment committees of SoftBank, and its pocket size Napoleon-complexed SoftBank CEO, Masayoshi Son, whose venture accountants and suspender wearing Goldman Sachs eager beaver, banker-wankers, and boot lickers, evaluating WeWork’s balance sheet and peculiar business model — must have sensed higher-than-expected failure risks, and ought to have warned investors due to their fiduciary responsibility, seeing all the reasons to doubt the company’s fabricated reports, or it’s CEO’s promises that it could achieve the stratospheric performance goals that it continuously promised.

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Yet, it was right then, that many institutional investors were being asked to buy in at a very high valuation, because SoftBank had bought it at those marks, and thus Goldman’s pushed WeWork and presented it as if it had zero, or very little valuation risk for it’s upcoming IPO.

Smells like a RICO conspiracy to me… SoftBank and Masayoshi Son, in bed with Neuman and the minions of Goldman Sachs, all conspiring to fleece the investors and the public as Congressperson Occasion-Cortez so elegantly put it.

Maybe the SEC can throw a couple of its lapdog investigators into this inquiry in order to make some sense out of it and maybe, just maybe apportion some blame to the greedy POS that once again bested Bernie Maddoff in the Ponzi scheme game, thinking that they will always find a greater fool to sell their rubbish shares to…

Well, it now seems that they run out of greater fools, or simpletons, and just old plain fools, as it is.

Because when other companies start on the IPO path, and choose to “go public” using the type of super-voting shares for it’s CEO founder, of the type that WeWork had created, along with other toxic aspects of its governance, and culture — all of these dirty moves provide another reason for investors to pass. And as cracks in WeWork’s “valuation dam” appeared, the concerns grew and the “pumped-up-pre-IPO-value” poured out.

WeWork’s governance concerns were never addressed so it is obvious that any new management will find it harder to re-engineer the business model before it refiles for an IPO — if that is even possible now that the SEC will launch it’s investigations into the Ponzi scheme.

But given the stupidity and unethical drug & alcohol culture prevalent, within all of WeWork’s executive rank and file, it is almost a certainty that they will try for an IPO again and quite soon, because Goldman Sachs wants it’s shares to be unloaded and it craves for commissions, same as all of the other bankers involved…

Additionally, WeWork regardless of all the now deflated hype is still a venture stage company, and as such — it still requires humongous fresh infusions of capital in order to simply survive.

Yet, as the last venture financing barely squeezed through in January — in what was its eighth private round — after this IPO debacle unfolded, it became quite apparent that WeWork will not be able to attract any more private rounds of finance at any valuation. Now it is obvious that their shares are toxic and therefore, only a full scale bankruptcy, and a nice “long term government owned hotel room” for the corrupt founders and their banker wanker friends, courtesy of the SEC & of the Federal government, might set the record straight.

Because justice must be served and netted out appropriately so that we keep the public markets liquid and clean, in order that they will continue to serve public and private companies and individual as well as institutional investors best they can, in an environment, clean of corruption and self dealing.

However the alcoholic drug addicts masquerading as line executives at the helm of WeWork, still think that they can ride the wave to an IPO, because obviously the general market always offers the best prospect for an attractive exit for private shareholders, hoping to find many more fools amongst the millions of American and International small time shareholders who might be fooled into believing the hype of a simple real estate leasing company that masquerades as a technology company trying to fool the world into believing their shitte.

And that is the big story here: A bunch of hucksters, rip-off artists, and Ponzi scheme scammers, operating WeWork, have found their brethren inside Goldman Sachs and SoftBank’s and that enabling relationship, illustrates the bigger problem with capital market-makers and the Big Bank forces of Evil, that are never honest enough to resist the banality of evil amongst their ranks and thus cause a clear disservice to the average investor — big or small.

And since unlike many areas of commerce, during the pre-IPO process and especially during the “quiet period” and obviously during the IPO itself, companies don’t compete for investors by offering lower valuations and/or better deal terms, since any valuation disclosure requirement is voluntary — public investors routinely get hosed, fleeced, or at the very least, get a lousy deal whenever they invest in an IPO of a public startup.

In conclusion, all StartUp venture stage investors, private and public, assume a far greater risk than the banker-Wankers, and suffer from a far greater exposure to the two basic risks of StartUps on the IPO track; “failure risk” and “StartUp valuation risk.”

In WeWork’s case, since fraud is not a unique form of risk, it is classified as “failure risk” and the “valuation risk” is what comes when the data room is garnished with false and/or misleading disclosures, and through lack of transparency, the company engages in plain fraud & theft, by omission of disclosures of relevant information — the prosecuting attorney of lower Manhattan in New York, should step in with a special investigation immediately.

Although “failure risk” is when a company does not achieve the operational goals that investors anticipate, in the WeWork case the company knowingly offered fraudulent projections, that a simple due diligence could have helped investors assess it, and accordingly estimate the valuation of the company independently. Therefore it is with WeWork that failure risk is omnipresent.

Still as all private investors in the failed unicorn, Theranos, learned the hard way — they themselves are responsible to know all that and since they had conducted notably poor due diligence — same as in the WeWork case, they did not discover that the company’s technology was grossly unable to perform as the founder/CEO claimed, thus they also badly misjudged its valuation, and as a result they lost everything.

Talk about getting tossed… hosed, & fleeced, in a big way.

Because valuation risk is the risk of overpaying for a position, and one cannot overpay for a company that has no failure risk, but customarily overpays for the pigs like WeWork that have got a lot of “rouge” on the cheeks and plenty of red lipstick from all the kisses of the banker-wankers of Goldman Sachs and from the rest of the soy boys of SoftBank and beyond…

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And since the fundamental problem is that it is difficult to perform due diligence on the valuation of a venture-stage company. In part, it’s because it is hard to get valuation data on comparable private companies. But the most significant reason is that no one knows how to reliably value a venture-stage company, and that’s because such an endeavor relies on datasets, on analysis, and on wildly optimistic projections that are usually really rally wrong.

Take the hockey stick curve of financial projections of all startups as an example…

For that reason, sophisticated private investors rely more on getting the right deal terms, than on getting the right valuation. Such deal terms provide price protection, often is ways that are unclear to entrepreneurs who are happy about the apparent valuation they got.

Indeed the late stage venture investors in WeWork’s January of 2019 last financing, will benefit from a deal term known as a price ratchet, which “could give them $400 million worth of additional shares (for free) in the event of a weak IPO performance. This is expected to be the biggest of that type of protection in history if and when the start-up goes public, although the prospect of that IPO for WeWork happening, is now null and void, because I hear that the Feds and the SEC along with the lower Manhattan prosecuting attorney are looking into this company’s malfeasance with a magnifying glass…

Yet, if we wanted to hypothetically consider the route of WeWork’s IPO as still unblocked, it would appear that all the last venture finance investors in the deal of January 2019, were satisfied with its business model, untroubled by corporate governance issues, and willing to accept a unicorn valuation of $47 billion because they believed that public investors would soon accept an even higher valuation so long as they received price protection. And that assumption will come back to bite them in the ass, as the lawsuits that have already started flying, indicate — once the people involved awoke to the light of dawn after the party ended and they nursed their serious hangover.

So even thong for themselves they had negotiated what appeared to be a good deal — their WeWork pre-IPO startup price protection seemed to be a great idea, because it could ensure that these investors would stand to make money even when they fail to accurately assess WeWork’s “failure risk” they still got fleeced because the whole thing was an unashamed Ponzi scheme perpetuated just as much by Goldman’s eager beavers, and by Softbank’s banker-wanker par excellence Masayoshi Son.

Still as more and more sophisticated private investors routinely ask and routinely get price protection — by rights this service ought to be also provided to the regular Mom & Pop public IPO investors too, because the massive WeWork failure model shows how this could happen again and again, when the inducements of false security makes people close their eyes to the inherent risks of this sophisticated game, where the fraudsters await you behind every corner and hidden doorway in this dark and dank alley called the road to the IPO that is lined with good wishes and yet it often leads to hell in a hand basket.

Obviously the institutional investors with their legions of accountants and valuers, need no price protection. And if they were able to do their job of proper due diligence — well, and properly — they wouldn’t ask for any of that, because the “real value” investors always “know.” The “real value” investors “grogg” the value of a StartUp best… But the high street public investors need that protection far more so … because as our new Angel and Venture Capital markets adapt to the VC investment model, which limits valuation risks, to the IPO market, so we can be more transparent and follow the same playing field for all investors for a better model of an IPO, that is not clouded by false cherries at the top of the special cake offered to the preferred investors, while the regular public investors are fed manure and are kept in the dark as if they are some kind of mushrooms.

Indeed, in my mind the institutional investors should never be given any inducements that are not offered to the public because that favoritism is akin to fraud and self dealing, as it provides a comfortable King-sized “bed of graft” and corruption, for the colluding bankers to roll in with the Ponzi scheme operators, fraudulent CEOs, and fake Founders, to lie-in and frolic the night away, at the expense of the public investors who are getting royally and forcefully “screwed” in broad daylight.

And that is the everyday rape of the public investor that suffers in all the IPO and pre-IPO as regular Joe-Schmo investors agonize to buy the IPO stock. Employees with stock options also get screwed by the malfeasance of WeWork, and as they try to cash in their stock options and they find them to be underwater too, because the actual performance of WeWork, will never match the astronomic expectations and predictions of the CEO Neuman, making shit up with Goldman Sachs’ errant boys, along with the greedy soul of Masayoshi Son, CEO of SoftBank, always out there looking for the “greater fool” — all working together overtime for the well oiled mutual benefit RICO cabal they had inadvertently set up and operated for far too long.

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Yours,
Dr Churchill

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So for the future, let us assess the performance of a StartUp company as venturers do, and then refrain from making any valuation predictions for the pre-IPO market, but rather use our brain to make reasonable predictions of valuation, only based on milestones, who are business measures of return on investment, and let’s nurture companies and Founders who understand that this world is best based on multiple bottom lines that include the general market’s well being, the social good, all investors’ equal protections, and training for CEOs in ethics, so that they can learn to avoid being Ponzi scheme operators like the WeWork’s CEO Neuman did.

Let us engage in refreshing the moral sentiment of our markets, and let us be rather vigilant on that measure, at least until venture capital backed Startups and their IPOs come with a certain degree of equal handling and perhaps a measure of valuation failure price protection for all the investors or for none.

The Wall Street stock bilkers need no protection whatsoever because they are the ones setting up the Ponzi scheme in the first instance…

And, until such time when StartUp failure valuation price protection has been instituted for all investors — I suggest that as a value investor, you exercise the ancient, strict and unfailing method of “Caveat emptor”

“Buyer-Beware”

Meanwhile the fleeced WeWork investors hope that there will be prosecutions in this nasty case of systemic fraud because without it we are certain that the Capital Markets for StartUp IPOs, for the Unicorns or for the run of the mill Science and Tech startups will dry out…

Either we do all that, or we are going to kill the goose that lays the golden eggs of StartUp IPOs inside our much misaligned Wall Street…

Because methinks it is high time for REFORM…

Anyone else agrees with this assessment?

Or should we bring out the musical instruments and invite the band to keep playing on, while the ship is going down with all souls inside?

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Posted by: Dr Churchill | October 1, 2019

Let’s not roll out the Guillotines quite yet…

Today’s politicians, journalists and even academics are taking the various political and economic theories and presenting them to an unsuspecting general public for the same self serving reasons that they offer biased and partisan commentary and editorial bias all over the mass media means of communications…

Sadly, they all seem to forget that the greatest strength of our Republic lies in repudiating all these socio-econo-political theories, because our strength in this America of ours, lies in innovating and pioneering the method of living our lives in this indisputably great American Way.

And the American way is all about the accessibility and relatability of the “American Dream” to all and its application to our everyday lives.

And so long as we are all part of that mosaic of America “E Pluribus Unum” we are going to be fine because we can all do well in this country together…

But when we forget that founding motto of our Country “E Pluribus Unum” we will all perish like fools on a boat to nowhere.

Or as Dr Martin Luther King said: “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”

Still our politicians, our studied economists, our political theorists and journalists, and certainly most all of our TV pundits and talking heads — find wide appeal in the nuances of Socialism or even Red Communism, as it appears from their proclivities to air these views often, and regularly in a supportive fashion of these authoritarian ideologies of hate.

Yet, it is quite clear that the average American will not find in Socialism or even in Communism, the freedom, the love and will certainly not find even the recreational returns, that they wish to get from the “Blood Sports” that they prefer to watch daily, and perhaps that is the greatest vilification and the “why” these tyrannical systems will fail on this side of the World.

And also because these talking head ideologues of hate, division and discord, feel that they are well educated about economic, social and political systems — the reality is that their case is completely lost for the general public, because the people sense that these talking heads are quite lost in the socialist weeds themselves in the first instance…

And mainly, because people are thoroughly convinced that the road towards Socialist Utopia, will provide a broad foundation and a springboard for the economic and political thinking, that leads directly to Tyranny and Communism when applied in government — they run away from the mere mention of the word Socialism as delivered by the harpies of the New Left in polite and nuanced tones, like European Socialism or Scandinavian model of Socialism, or whatever…

So, even though the New Left Socialist suffer from a deep misunderstanding and misrepresentation of Economics — sadly all three classes of supposedly informed leaders of the Media, Journalists, Politicians and Pundits of political and economic theory, all show up as talking heads all over the television sets of America and the World, promoting these failed ideologies.

Sadly, this representation of some kind of Socialist Paradise is the popular Utopia that leads innocent people down the garden path towards destruction, and it is the very “Road to Hell that is paved with Good Wishes” of well meaning folks that has brought hundreds of millions of dead people, killed in the altars of a “Better World.”

And this an idea which has fascinated me for many sleepless nights…

How can well meaning and altruistic people always get it so wrong and willingly drive their people to the Guillotines…

Because in our increasingly polarized, post-truth world, and narcotics fueled dreams, such ideas as Socialism today can be extremely attractive, even though totally irrational, improbable, and downright impossible.

Naturally, the economic theory debates are not quite as simple as all that, but as the old Prime Minister Disraeli of England noted: “There are three types of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics” because naturally, behind any statistical seductively clear and simple account, there lies a process of selection and exclusion, and thus there is no such thing as a neutral statistical fact.

Today the neoliberal “economization” of political life, and of other heretofore noneconomic spheres and activities, informs the neoliberal economic dogma and therefore, there is not a single suggested societal change which is not primarily justified by economic benefit for someone somewhere along the line.

In short there is, no doubt, in my mind that through considered ,reasonable, and realistic economic theory — one can prove anything goes because economic dogma is an inherently mutable, moveable concept.

Yet, if we want to truly inspire folks to change the world, that means inspiring everyone, not just those who look like and think like us, or the base of our political party, or even those currently holding power — but it means inspiring all of our People.

Yours,

Dr Churchill

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Yet for centuries, whether through dreaming up one’s own personal vision of heaven on earth, or by choosing the philosophy of a prescriptive dream for a perfect egalitarian society,

Or even by embracing the Confucian, or the Levelers’ or even the Christian value systems of fully sharing everything with your human brethren — sooner than later you end up with Pol-Pot, Stalin, and Moo Zedung, and they inevitably roll out the Guillotines.

Wanting to share everything in an egalitarian fashion, as is today’s fashion of the Left that is suggesting broader principles and ideas for the amelioration of our present, unequal collective lot — one can argue that such things as giving free money to everyone, a 25-hour work week, and completely free movement of people across national borders, would have not only a moral and social benefit, but an economic one too.

Yet, as we already know about the Guillotines of the French Revolution — we shall soon find ourselves running out of Marie Antoinettes, and we will revert to eating our own children literally and figuratively.

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Suggestions such as these are hard to disagree with, but everything in the past was worse and why we now live in the land of plenty, has got to do with economic Capitalism and the Free markets for Free people.

All the rest is hogwash.

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