Speed of Light ..

It’s  fairly common knowledge nowadays that the government has spent upwards of 7 trillion dollars in combating the latest terror to our society called the CoVID-19 corona virus.  In my last blog I suggested that this viral attack could have been overtly sent to this country as a biological warfare attack.  I reiterated the description of warfare that my ROTC professor gave to me and my classmates in his long ago lecture.  As a young student at the time, I couldn’t see how biological warfare would work, but I left out what the professor said in the rest of his lecture.  He made it clear that you would win a war if you could obliterate the enemy army in the field, or if you could nuke the civilian population off the map or make the war so ghastly with chemical or biological agents that the enemy would throw in the towel.  I don’t think that he discussed more subtle ways to defeat the enemy … but we are today being subjected, either overtly by a diabolical enemy or just accidently by a demonstration of subtle biological warfare.  This viral attack may have already and irretrievably brought the United States of America to its knees and defeated us economically without one bullet having been fired.  If the Chinese, our avowed enemy, did it intentionally it is genius; if not, it is a tremendous lesson to us if we survive … economically, that is.

I need not go into the ridiculousness of trying to point out that the virus is airborne and as such will come into contact with all of us, nor to point out that the best filter masks that I know of are of the HEPA variety.  These masks are much too porous to filter the tiny virus … if you cough the virus into your mask, the virus will pass right on through and therefore go right on through the handkerchief that your neighbor is wearing.  It is useless to point out that we don’t have data enough to accurately computer model the effects this disease or even to point out that it will be our own body’s antibodies or “herd” immunity that will ultimately be what protects  us.  But I can point out the clear and present danger of economic ruin.

I think the biggest problem about money, government spending and economics is that the general population cannot comprehend the enormity of the amount of money we are spending to combat this chimera.  A trillion dollars is a million million dollars.  That is $31,250 for every man, woman and child in America.  The national debt is now approaching 23 trillion dollars or $718,750 for each and every one of us.  We can state it but how can we quantify this enormous amount of money so that we can understand it?

A friend of mine, Scott, did a pretty good job of it the other day, I thought.  He said “Lee, what is the speed of light?”  Quickly, from my steel trap mind I replied, “186,000 miles per second,” adding,” it takes 8 minutes for light from the sun to reach us … a bullet fired at that speed would go around the Earth 7 times in a second.”  So then he said, “How far does light travel in a year?”  At that point  my steel trap mind went blank, but after some consultation with my handy dandy hand calculator, I found the answer … it is 5.87 trillion miles  This is a numerical result, a number, somewhat less than the 7 trillion that we are spending on the corona virus.  So, to quantify what we are spending on this problem, let’s look at it this way.

If we wanted to pay the bill for this virus in a year we would have to spend in excess of 186,000 dollars every second … that is for 31 million 536 thousand seconds.

Since at the beginning of this debacle the national debt was about 23 trillion, it is now approaching 30 trillion.  The government doesn’t tell us what the interest on the debt is (I suppose it is “variable”) or where or to whom it goes.  The Federal Reserve Bank has never been audited, but let’s just suppose it is 6%.  6% of 30 trillion dollars is 1.8 trillion dollars or about 40% of our national budget.  You may say that 6% is too high, but what ever the rate is, it is of no benefit to the American taxpayer. 

The other day I bought an ice cream cone for $3.00 dollars … the same as one I bought when I was a boy for 10 cents.   The purchasing power of our money has deflated to one thirtieth of what it was in the brief period of time from my boyhood to now.  60 years ago Zimbabwe, when it became a nation, adopted the Zimbabwe dollar as their national currency and it traded on the international currency markets at $0.60 American, but since then they have printed money without end … they have recently printed a 100 trillion dollar bill that was worth $0.40 in depreciated American dollars.  We are, in my estimation, like Weimar Germany in the 1920’s or Zimbabwe, speeding with a stuck accelerator toward a runaway inflation in this country that will rob all of us of the value of our assets, ostensibly to stop an unstoppable terror that only mother nature can and will stop.  No Social Security, No retirement, No value in property …  Why? Hysterical terror! 

Maybe, because we are coupled with our clueless and profligate Congress, we may have already lost this war to a virus!  One thing for sure … we can’t pay the national debt, it is too large and if we try to pay the interest, we will have to borrow more money to do it … an economic “death spiral.”  It seems to me that to try would just harm us more.  Such is the specter of biological warfare … terrorizing the enemy into committing suicide.  As the comic strip character of long ago, Pogo, said, “we have met the enemy and it is us!”

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Armageddon? ..

When I started university many years ago, my school of choice was a land grant college.  As such, in those days, a young man had to submit to 2 years of reserve officers training. (ROTC or as we called it rot-C)  Since I had dreams of being a fighter pilot, I joined Air Force ROTC.  I remember in particular a lecture given by my professor, a Lt. colonel, on the methods of conducting warfare; he said for the air force there were four ways.  Conventional: strafing, bombing, psychological, ect; Nuclear; Chemical and Biological.  I think that I pretty well understood conventional and nuclear … I knew people from WWI who had been subjected to chemical … but I am not sure that I ever understood how biological warfare would be conducted.

I envisioned loading up the local crop duster’s airplane with some kind of nasty stuff, then flying out over the enemy and giving them a good dusting with something like small pox, anthrax or bubonic plague. I also could see dropping a bomb loaded some horrible pathogen into a large metropolis or their water supply.  However, I kind of dismissed this out of my mind, because it seemed to me that any disease that would be transmitted would take far too long in its incubation to be of any real effect in a wartime scenario.  It never occurred to me that the enemy would most probably be totally unaware of what my bomb had done.  The first three methods of warfare, and even the crop duster, require active, aggressive action that the enemy can combat.  Even the more subtle way of bombing the water works or the city with an apparent dud are pretty aggressive.  On further reflection these ideas came to me later in life.  All these methods are still aggressive with a long time delay and so out of mind it went again.

The ultimate goal of war from the aggressive point of view is to conquer your enemy by destroying his forces in the field so that the populace has no one to defend them.  Or alternatively by destroying the populace or its will to resist either completely or to the point that it cannot resist.  If an attack could so affect populace’s confidence in the government that they would rebel, it might foment a revolution that would result in a capitulation that would satisfy the aggressor’s war aims.  Examples of this are the Russian revolution and the subsequent capitulation by the Bolsheviks to Imperial Germany in WWI or by the overthrow of Mussolini during WWII.  But could these aims be achieved by passive means rather than aggressive means?  To do this it would have to be a very subtle attack by a very determined enemy who would have to play the role of innocent bystander.  A bystander who was willing to sacrifice much.  America has such an enemy, the devious, crafty, dedicated, patient, subtle, brutal, arrogant, genocidal Chinese Communists.

There is a city in central China, Wuhan, about the size of New York City with a population of about 11 million.  Wuhan is a highly industrial city.  Some of Wuhan’s industries are pharmaceuticals and biological research.  Wuhan has the largest, newest, most sophisticated biological research center in China and probably the world.  They do biological research on viruses.  They can clone, re-combinate and otherwise manipulate existing strains in the most advanced ways known.  The Communist Party (CP) says that the Corona virus (COVID-19), first found in Wuhan, came from wild animals, eaten raw by the people.  Is it possible that the virus came from the laboratory downtown?

COVID-19 infection is much like the flu.  It is related to the recent SARS virus that ran rampant several years ago.  However there is no vaccine for it and about 1 in 75 people that get it die.  The virus is spread as an aerosol, that is by droplets in the air from coughing or sneezing.  Of course those droplets can get on your body or clothes and can be ingested from your hands by wiping your nose or mouth.  It is nasty, nasty and it, like the flu, being airborne will be everywhere and we, each and every one of us will eventually be exposed.

Is it possible that the CP, an enemy that has sworn to destroy us, has been looking for a biological like this to promote biological warfare?  Maybe they are and maybe not, but what a beautiful passive weapon.  You develop it, turn it loose on your domestic population, a population in a very cosmopolitan city and let the chips fall where they may.  Very soon, foreign travelers will have spread it worldwide.  … Oh, come on, Lee, the CP wouldn’t loose this on 11 million people in Wuhan.  Oh, wouldn’t they?  Would it make any difference to the CP if everyone in Wuhan died?  11 million out of 1.8 billion?  No!  Would the CP care if 100 million Chinese died from this infection?  Leaving 1.7 billion — No!

Would the people of America care if everyone in New York City died?  Absolutely unthinkable!  100 million?  Unrecoverable, incomprehensible!

So how does the USA react to a virus that did not exist 100 days ago that at this point has no cure, but as yet has not been demonstrated to be any worse than the common flu that last  year hospitalized 450,000 people and killed nearly as many people as died in traffic accidents?  Well, we freak out, both the populace and the government, in the greatest demonstration of mass hysteria in American history.  Absolutely incomprehensible!  Considering an ancient fable  I would point out that when Henny Penny finally got the entire barnyard hysterical, the calm one, the fox, ate all of them up.  It is more than obvious that COVID-19 will not come close to being a pandemic like the Spanish flu or the bubonic plague.  But what is not so obvious is the damage that is being done to the country.

I believe that one of the most successful military operations that has ever happened in world history was when a platoon of 19 Arabic soldiers hijacked 4 airliners and crashed them into large buildings.  Yes, lots of innocent people were tragically killed, but the collateral damage of that attack nearly 20 years ago still goes on in the limitations of personal freedom, cost of safety measures, anxiety and continuing angst.  But the present viral attack on us is far more subtle and ingenious.  Passive vs. Active!

It isn’t the “pandemic”, but our reaction to it.  Myriads of citizens standing apart, wearing handkerchiefs, bandanas, dishtowels, hoarding or stealing TP, there are people in isolation, racked with fear, businesses shut down,  schools shut down, travel restrictions, there is un-Constitutional lawmaking, the anxiety and on and on.  It is a tragic commentary on the state of the credulous American citizenry.

But the most frightening thing and the thing that can defeat us is the reaction of the government.  The Congress and the President with smiling faces and the aura about them of love, care and beneficence, after totally shutting down the entire nation have now provided a “cure” for their ineptitude.  They have borrowed from the Federal Reserve Bank, 2.2 trillion dollars, quickly followed by a 850 billion dollar supplemental to bail out affected citizens and businesses.  The Congress at the urging of the Secretary of the Treasury is considering injecting another up to 7 trillion dollars into the world banks to help struggling foreign nations.  Let’s see … 10 million-million dollars of counterfeit money … financed by wealth stolen from all the nation’s capital assets, but mostly from middle class Americans … but the government says that if you do it right, it is “free” money.  How long can this go on?  Maybe this is the straw that will break the camel’s back!  Chinese or Statists or not we need to face the certainty that we are in a war for our Republic and right now we are losing!  Are we too late?

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Happy New Year, Democrats!

This is a tale of two impeachments.

On January 7, 1999, the impeachment trial of William Jefferson Clinton began in the U.S. Senate.  Although the original charges presented to the House Judiciary Committee by independent counsel Kenneth Starr included eleven impeachable offenses, including perjury, subornation of perjury, obstruction of justice, witness-tampering, evidence tampering, abuse of power, and others, the House of Representatives was able to reach agreement on just two counts: 1) lying under oath in a court of law, and 2) obstruction of justice… both serious felonies.  

Under Article I, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution, the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court is required to preside over all presidential impeachment trials.  As Chief Justice William Rehnquist called the members of the senate to order, he called each of the 100 senators to the well of the senate where he administered the following oath to each one, in turn:    

“Do you solemnly swear that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton, President of the United States, now pending, you will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws, so help you God?”  With their right hands raised and their left hands on the Holy Bible, each senator responded, “I do!”  Although most of us who’ve fought in the trenches against Democrats for many years could accurately predict how the Democrats would ultimately vote, only God, himself, and the 100 senators, knew which of them possessed the strength of character and the integrity to live up to that solemn oath.

House managers began presenting evidence on January 7, 1999 and completed their closing arguments on February 12.  When the final votes were tallied on the perjury count, all 45 Democrats voted “not guilty,” in spite of undeniable evidence to the contrary.  Forty-five Republicans listened to the evidence, did their duty, and voted “guilty.” Ten Republicans, after being presented with undeniable video evidence, voted either “not guilty” or “not proven.”

To be alive at that time and to have a clear understanding of Clinton’s irrefutable guilt, and then to watch as forty-five Democrats and ten Republicans flagrantly voted “not guilty,” violating their solemn oaths to “do impartial justice,” was a devastating blow to all who love our country and who respect the rule of law..     

When votes on the obstruction charge were tallied, the Senate split evenly: 50 senators voted “guilty” and 50 voted “not guilty.”  Throughout the voting on the two articles of impeachment, and in spite of the undeniable evidence of guilt on both counts, not a single Democrat voted to convict the one man most responsible for seeing to it that our laws are “faithfully executed” and that he/she will “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

But now, in late December 2019, as we gather together with family and friends to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, it is devastating to hear every Democrat in Congress, House and Senate, demanding that Donald Trump be removed from office, even though they are unable to find him guilty of any offense that would qualify as “treason, bribery, high crimes, or misdemeanors.”    

Of the 100 senators who voted to either convict or acquit Bill Clinton in 1999, seven Democrats and eight Republicans are still there, preparing to vote on the question of whether or not our current president is guilty of impeachable offenses of such magnitude that he deserves to be removed from office.  So, what can we expect from those seven long-serving Democrats and eight Republicans?  Knowing what we do about Democrats, we know that they are evil, vile, disgusting, and loathsome people, totally lacking in integrity and self-respect.  In fact, they are so despicable and so contemptible that we are able to predict with a high degree of certainty that they will all vote to remove Trump from office, innocent as he may be of any impeachable offense.  All eight of the Republicans can be expected to stand with their more junior colleagues and vote to deny the Democrats their bitter revenge for having defeated Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Anyone with access to the mush-filled brains of a millennial might want to keep a very short parable on the tip of their tongue.  What every young person needs to understand as they reach voting age is that, in February 1999, every single Democrat in the U.S. Senate voted to acquit a Democratic president who was indisputably guilty of the charges for which he was impeached, while it is readily predictable, with a high degree of certainty, that those same Democrats will vote unanimously to convict a Republican president whom they’d managed to impeach on the flimsiest of “trumped-up” charges, with no supporting evidence whatsoever.  

The Clinton administration is a perfect example of the Democrats’ approach to law and justice.  When the Clintons left the White House in January 2001, the American people had an opportunity to take stock of what was the most criminal administration in U. S. history.

During the Clinton years in the White House, some 113 individuals were known to have committed felony crimes.  Of these, 54 went unindicted and 59 were indicted.  Of the 59 who were indicted, three… two Buddhist nuns and Monica Lewinski… were granted immunity in exchange for their testimony; two were found guilty, but were later pardoned; two resigned from office rather than submit to a jury trial; one, a black cabinet secretary from Mississippi, was acquitted by a D.C. jury; and 39 faced a jury and were found guilty, as charged.  The final disposition of the remaining 12 felony indictments is unknow. 

It should be obvious to all patriotic Americans that, in the absence of a free and unbiased press, it is impossible to have a free country, and that, in the absence of an honest, educated, and fully informed citizenry, it is impossible to have a justice system that guarantees equal protection of the law to all citizens.  At this point in time the American people have reason to doubt that we have either.  We no longer have a free press, and we have a justice system that is increasingly administered based on nothing more than the (D) or the (R) that we place behind our names.

So, who is to blame for this unmitigated failure of the greatest experiment in self-government in the history of mankind?  While there is no doubt that the Democratic Party… the party of slavery, secession, and segregation… has played a major role in everything damaging, destructive, and deadly in our nation’s history, the opposition party, the party of Lincoln, must also accept its share of the blame.

For example, in the present circumstance regarding the impeachment of Donald Trump, the Republican Party has abdicated its leadership and abandoned its strategic responsibilities in ways too numerous to mention.  For example, when Democrats began developing their bogus impeachment claims against Donald Trump by criticizing his July telephone conversation with the newly elected president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, Democrats immediately placed Trump and congressional Republicans on the defensive.  They did so by creating the impression that the primary purpose of Trump’s call was to congratulate Zelensky on his election victory and to seek his assistance in investigating evidence of Ukrainian corruption involving former vice president Joe Biden and his 49-year-old son, Hunter. 

What the Trump administration and congressional Republicans fail to make clear is that, when Trump placed a telephone call to President Zelensky, he was “wearing two hats.”  The first, and most significant hat, was his presidential/commander-in-chief hat.  There is only one hat like it on the face of the Earth, and Donald Trump owns it until at least noon on January 20, 2021.  The fact that he also wears the hat of a candidate for reelection, and that one highly visible American,  whose family member appears to be closely tied to Ukrainian corruption, is also a candidate for president of the United States, is purely coincidental.  In other words, when Trump called president Zelensky he was, first and foremost, carrying out his sole responsibility as chief executive of the United States.  Any other topics of conversation were of secondary importance.

Congressional Democrats sprang their trap when it became known that a “whistleblower,” an unnamed lower-level official of the U.S. intelligence community, had written a letter to one of the principal Trump-haters in the Congress, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA).  As it was soon made clear, the “whistleblower” complained about what he/she felt was an improper request made by President Trump in his July 25 telephone call.  However, when Republicans asked for details of the identity of the so-called “whistleblower,” Democrats refused, claiming that they had a duty to protect the identity of the individual.  In short, Donald Trump could be the first man in U.S. history to be indicted, tried, and convicted without being allowed to face his accuser, introduce witnesses in his own defense, or to cross examine his accuser or other prosecution witnesses. 

At that point, congressional Republicans proceeded as if the “whistleblower” actually existed, although they had absolutely no proof that he was a real person.  Instead of putting Adam Schiff and congressional Democrats on the defensive by questioning or denying the existence of a “whistleblower,” Republicans simply proceeded as if Democrats were being truthful about the source of the accusations against Trump.  Had they taken the strategic offensive at that point, the Trump impeachment process may have had an entirely different outcome.

But there is hope.  On Christmas Eve, December 24, 2019, Attorney General William Barr announced D.C. grand jury indictments against eight high-dollar Democratic fundraisers.  The charges include conspiracy, making conduit contributions, causing excessive contributions, making false statements to the FBI, causing false records to be filed, and obstruction of a federal grand jury investigation.  The recipients of the more than $3.3 million in illegal contributions include four super PACs; forty-one party organizations, mostly state Democratic committees; and sixty-nine candidates, including Hillary Clinton (2), Cory Booker (5), Amy Klobuchar (3), and Kirsten Gillibrand (3).  

The Christmas Eve indictments of the nine Democratic fundraisers is just the first shoe to drop in what promises to be an election year filled with surprises for Obama administration officials and Clinton campaign operatives.  If Attorney General Barr lives up to his stellar reputation, 2020 will be a very difficult year for Democrats.  So, here’s wishing them the Happy New Year that they so richly deserve.

Paul R. Hollrah is a retired government relations executive and a two-time member of the U.S. Electoral College.  He currently lives and writes among the hills and lakes of northeast Oklahoma’s Green Country.

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