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Update, 3/08/2012: As the primary season progresses there has been no let-up of political divisiveness and half-truths. We have personally interviewed, or attempted to interview, several congressional candidates and it is becoming downright scary! When pressing candidates for their positions on hot-button issues the questions are either side-stepped, deflected or just ignored. Questions regarding the national debt are usually met with accusations against the other party then followed by vague references to cutting expenses. None, thus far seem to have a realistic thought regarding the debt. More on this later.
You may want to check out the "Personal Update, 02/07/2012" at the bottom of this page. There is a disturbing Islamic video describing how many redicals feel the the final conflict is near at hand. Regardless of your personal perspective this represents what "they" believe and what "they" will be acting upon. Stay informed!
Following hundreds of hours of research, Fogcutters has determined that the #1 issue facing our nation is Congressional Integrity! Yes, we have housing and unemployment problems. Yes, we have an enormous debt level, etc. Unless and until we establish credible Congressional ethics, all efforts to fix these problems will be controlled by overly influential campaign contributors and lobbyists. The results of greatly-expanded research are now available!
As the current “recession” unfolded we began to see an enormous amount of political half-truths and outright lies being foisted off on the American public. Holding true to our slogan, we have engaged many of these issues. Over a thousand hours have been spent researching for actual “facts” and not accepting the politically motivated, partisan proclamations. There are now over two hundred links presenting examples of how political agendas and power grabs secretly get inserted into legislation and economic/political environment. (See our "Bibliography" link for the many resources reviewed in this study.)
Quite frankly, we are caught in a bit of dilemma here. We are torn between keeping everything brief and easy to digest vs. providing substantial supporting data. We have opted for the latter in that we are challenging the forthrightness of our political leadership. Actually there are virtually a dozen of (reading) hours of material presented. The numerous links provided are, of course, optional. Your choice!
This area is really for the serious minded follower of politics. If you are seeking a "quickie" this just isn't the place. You may want to move on! The waters here get deep quickly. The issues are complex and intentionally made confusing. To the "Obama Haters" I ask this question: If President Obama should die tomorrow do you think that anything would really change? If you answered, "Yes!" you may wish to move on elsewhere because these issues go far deeper than "who" is the current president. Sure, the current president is reflects a collection of influences but those influences persist beyond the Oval Office. The "Main Menu" link above will begin your journey into the effects of politics and real life events that might be found in novels from Ludlum, or Drury.
Our nation must absolutely reject ridged political dogma and find a workable common ground. Compromise and flexibility is the only way to establish a viable future for our nation.
• These issues seem to revolve around the basic question: What should the central government's role be in a free market democracy?
• Most would seem to agree that we do not want the government micro-managing our lives.
• Most would seem to agree that individuals should be free to be financially successful.
• Most would seem to agree that the central government needs to do what individuals cannot - like protect our borders, maintain an effective military, maintain a stable economic environment and protect individual and human rights.
Unfortunately there is a great division as to whether the government should provide a "safety net" for those hit with unfortunate circumstances like natural disasters, poverty, medical crises or financial security for our aged. This division is now clouded by and exaggerated by special interests and politicians bowing to financial contributors and turning away from values that built this great nation.
Significant philosophical differences exist between "Capitalism" and "European Socialism." They are real and deeply divide both public and private priorities. Here is an interesting examination of the "Top 3 Common Myths of Capitalism."
The two legislative examples plus two specific areas of mis-information and denial:
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011
Health Care as proposed in HR-3 (clouded by the abortion debate)
Social Security and the entitlement debate
Potential financial terrorism working against the U.S.
This is Not Hysterical Fluff!
These are not issues of the left or right. Please do NOT be swayed by political jargon and posturing. Judge for yourself, if you are so inclined, and contact your Congressional leadership. Contact information is listed below.
Congressional Voting Record: From Washington Post. One of two sites with search options.
Congressional Voting Record: From VoteSmart (Shows votes on each bill)
Thomas LibraryofCongress - search bills - Good site for greater details.
Political hysterics and half-truth issues are not new. Please bear with me!
Please consider what we are hearing from our elected officials while you read the following.
Who is quoted as saying...
"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it."?
His name was Walter Langer, but he was describing Adolf Hitler's approach to government.
(The source of Big Lie technique in this passage, taken from Chapter 10 of James Murphy's translation of Mein Kampf)
Hitler put forward the theory of The Big Lie in his book, Mein Kampf. The quote cited is close to the formulation later used by Hitler's associate, Joseph Goebbels, but also similar to the one Langer used in writing a profile of Hitler for the U.S. Office of Strategic Services (the OSS was the precursor to the CIA):
"His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it."
See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Lie also: Why the "Big Lie" works! This is an explanation as to how the "Big Lie" works and, as an example, demonstrates how Hitler employed the "Big Lie" by accusing the Jews of being the "Masters"of Lying. Examples of extreme accusations are already showing up in our national politics. We leave the readers here to search the subject if they so choose.
Personal Update, 02/07/2012: As tensions escalate between Iran and the western world it is becoming increasingly clear that the radical elements of Islam intend to provoke a third world war that may/will include the use of their nuclear weapons. All of this is to bring about the coming of the last Islamic Messiah, the Shiites' 12th Mahdi. The article linked below is relatively short but the accompanying video is about 28 minutes. It is an Islamic presentation about how close the final conflict is. While we may hold differing views regarding their perspective, the "facts" are irrelevant. This what they believe and I, in no way, doubt their sincerity and commitment.
I truly believe that this world threat is real and is far worse that the Nazis ever were. The religious fervor and desire to destroy is unparalleled in recent world history. It is clearly apparent that they will attack and kill anywhere if only to prompt a third world war. And this war may be nuclear.
World leaders either ignored Hitler's rise in Germany or dismissed it or sunk into denial. Based upon these Islamic proclaimations this is not the time to be reducing our military - regardless of our budget problems. We have been duly warned!
We leave it to you to review the above.
We point these things out because we are hearing various hysterics and half-truths along the entire length of the political spectrum. Political rhetoric often totally condemns any opposite view with unsupported lies and distortions. Our nation's security is on the verge of being seriously compromised.
"He who does not read is no better off than one who cannot."