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Obama’s ‘Confident Ignorance’ At Root Of His Failure

Posted in Democrat Memory Hole, History, Obama, Progressivism with tags , , on September 3, 2012 by b5blue

Courtesy of Thomas Sowell Juicy part:

After reading Barack Obama’s book “Dreams from My Father,” it became painfully clear that he has not been searching for the truth, because he assumed from an early age that he had already found the truth — and now it was just a question of filling in the details and deciding how to change things.

Obama did not simply happen to encounter a lot of people on the far-left fringe during his life.

As he spells out in his book, he actively sought out such people. There is no hint of the slightest curiosity on his part about other visions of the world that might be weighed against the vision he had seized upon.

As Professor Richard Epstein of the University of Chicago Law School has pointed out, Obama made no effort to take part in the marketplace of ideas with other faculty members when he was teaching a law course there.

What would be the point, if he already knew the truth and knew that they were wrong?

Go visit Dr. Sowell.

Thought for the day

Posted in General Politics, History with tags , on August 17, 2012 by b5blue

For those whom politics is but a triviality:

“Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you!”

-Pericles (430 B.C.)

…and this probably best sums up the Tea Party response to the brazen intrusion into private lives via Obamacare.  When it became personal as our medical care is… the Democrats unwittingly spawned a generation of political candidates and opposition.

Nice of you to join the rest of the real world

Posted in Economics, General Politics, History, Liberal Hypocrisy, Obama with tags , , on May 18, 2012 by b5blue

Yes, Brussels, ’tis possible to run out of other people’s money.

A little music for the Obama campaign.

The History of Ernesto Che Guevara – A Short Story

Posted in Fascism/Nazism/Communism, History, Liberal Hypocrisy, Video Library for Liberal Escapees with tags , , , on May 13, 2012 by b5blue

Gracious tip of the hat to Fausta’s Blog.

Once Upon a Time in Afghanistan…

Posted in Fascism/Nazism/Communism, History with tags , , on January 15, 2011 by b5blue

Mohammad Qayoumi and Foreign Policy Magazine take us on a pictorial journey to a not-so-distant Afghanistan.  It’s an interesting journey as his primary thesis is correct for me:  I did not think Afghanistan had progressed beyond the medieval stage of cultural growth.  I was happy to see that I was wrong… but not surprised to see what the ravages of communism and radical islam can do to a society.   Primer:

On a recent trip to Afghanistan, British Defense Secretary Liam Fox drew fire for calling it “a broken 13th-century country.” The most common objection was not that he was wrong, but that he was overly blunt. He’s hardly the first Westerner to label Afghanistan as medieval. Former Blackwater CEO Erik Prince recently described the country as inhabited by “barbarians” with “a 1200 A.D. mentality.” Many assume that’s all Afghanistan has ever been — an ungovernable land where chaos is carved into the hills. Given the images people see on TV and the headlines written about Afghanistan over the past three decades of war, many conclude the country never made it out of the Middle Ages.

But that is not the Afghanistan I remember. I grew up in Kabul in the 1950s and ’60s. When I was in middle school, I remember that on one visit to a city market, I bought a photobook about the country published by Afghanistan’s planning ministry. Most of the images dated from the 1950s. I had largely forgotten about that book until recently; I left Afghanistan in 1968 on a U.S.-funded scholarship to study at the American University of Beirut, and subsequently worked in the Middle East and now the United States. But recently, I decided to seek out another copy. Stirred by the fact that news portrayals of the country’s history didn’t mesh with my own memories, I wanted to discover the truth. Through a colleague, I received a copy of the book and recognized it as a time capsule of the Afghanistan I had once known — perhaps a little airbrushed by government officials, but a far more realistic picture of my homeland than one often sees today.

One of many pictures over there:

Original caption: “Kabul University students changing classes. Enrollment has doubled in last four years.”

New light shed upon Nazi bureacrats

Posted in Fascism/Nazism/Communism, General Politics, History with tags , on December 31, 2010 by b5blue

Interesting news coming out of Germany not only for the forgotten whitewashed history of Nazi era bureaucrats.  Thanks to Betsy’s Page for the link.  The New York Times and Judy Dempsey have the details. Read the entire article, interesting stuff.

It’s eerily quiet in the depths of the German Foreign Ministry, where tens of thousands of documents are filed away in narrow drawers. The documents consist of telegrams and reports filed by German ambassadors from all over the world as well as from diplomats based in Berlin.One document on display tells of the Wannsee Conference in 1942. There, in a villa in southern Berlin, a group of top Nazi officials drew up plans for the “final solution of the Jewish question.”

They involved the deportation of the Jewish population of Europe and the French colonies of North Africa, including Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, to German-occupied areas in Eastern Europe, where they were to be murdered. Jews were also forcibly conscripted into labor camps for building roads and other projects.

What is coming to light now — and causing a major debate in Germany over the past few weeks — is the active involvement by Nazi Germany’s civil servants in the annihilation of Jews. For decades, bodies like the Foreign Ministry and the Finance Ministry managed to make the public believe they had been relatively “clean” during the Nazi years. They pointed to their continuing efficiency as a source of pride.

“What is revealing is the way the civil service, the bureaucrats, applied the law,” said Professor Jane Caplan, a historian at St. Anthony’s College, Oxford, and part of a commission investigating the German Finance Ministry’s past. “They were not passive in their work. They became sources of innovation in order to make the system more efficient.”

Interesting historical fact but,  for me, the psychology of the whitewash is particularly useful for a lesson.  You need to ask yourself why government officials have whitewashed the actions of hundreds, if not thousands, of government bureaucrats who are either dead or at a very advanced age.

Why weren’t their histories treated the same as the Nazi leaders?  Doesn’t their people deserve to know the depth of the rot of the Third Reich?  One possibility is that even though the Nazi party lost relevance long ago, the bureaucrat class remains.  Of course present day bureaucrats wouldn’t dream of taking part in another ‘final solution’… but in times of duress, would they follow the power that pays for their livelihood?  They might not follow another ‘final solution’, but they will follow some government agency’s solution and that’s not necessarily good for the general populace.

Governments rely on us ceding them power and trust while disposing most of our skepticism about their motives. That’s why every citizen should always store a maximum of skepticism and distrust of an ever-expanding army of bureaucrats.

Keep them honest.  Take power from them when possible and give them the maximum amount of skepticism in inventory.

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