Miscellany22: US Government: Ship of Fools?; The Broken US
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Government: Ship of Fools?
Broken US Health-Care System
I am currently doing some consulting in Timor-Leste. The only English-language channel I get in my
hotel room is the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation). Most of the news on that channel is
international, but it always includes items of interest from the US.
A couple of days ago the BBC presented a snippet showing a
half million people demonstrating in Los Angeles
to prevent the deportation of the estimated 12 million illegal aliens currently
in the US. The commentator reported that one US
lawmaker suggested that if we take all the benefits away from the illegal
aliens, such as jobs and social services, then they would surely leave.
On hearing this statement, my initial reaction was that it
was perhaps the most stupid statement that I have ever heard. No respectable sovereign nation acts this way
in addressing an invasion. A sovereign
nation does not have to restrict opportunities to illegal invaders, in the hope
that they will leave. Quite the
contrary, it simply jails them or deports them or kills them. It does not have to cajole them into
leaving. They leave because the country
insists that they leave. The country
does not beg them to leave, or try to motivate them to leave of their own
accord, or try to “de-motivate” them from staying. It forces them to leave.
This absurd situation, in which the US
government adamantly refuses to repel an invasion by ten to twenty million
alien invaders, is but one more reflection of the fact that the US
is a failed state. Any state that does
not defend its borders and does not defend itself from mass alien invasion is
Defense of the country from invasion was a primary concern
of the US Founding Fathers. The US
Constitution requires the US
president to defend the country from invasion.
In his oath of office, the US
president swears to defend the Constitution of the United
Article I, Section 8, states, “To provide for calling forth the Militia
to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections
and repel Invasions.” Article IV,
Section 4, states, “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union
a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against
Invasion.” The Constitution is very
explicit: it is the president’s sworn duty to protect the country from
By allowing the presence of large numbers of illegal aliens
in the US,
President George Bush and his several predecessors – every president from
Eisenhower – have blatantly violated their oath of office. They are clearly guilty of gross dereliction
of duty, and of high treason.
It is not just the US
president who is guilty of treason, but any US
government official who takes an oath to uphold or defend the US Constitution,
and then chooses to ignore the alien invasion.
Virtually all of our nation’s leaders are ignoring their
duty to repel the alien invasion, and they are complicit in the President’s
treachery. It is remarkable that the US
electorate does not take them to task.
This is but another reflection of the fact that the country has lost its
moral strength – not just at the top, but throughout the population.
In the Second World War, American citizens and leaders knew
how to defend the country. When Japan
invaded, they took firm action against Japan. They were not afraid to round up Japanese
living in the US
and place them in concentration camps.
They were not afraid to fight Japanese soldiers, and to drop nuclear
bombs on Japanese cities.
My friend, Colonel Bob, was a US Marine in World War
II. He fought on Mount
Suribachi on Iwo Jima Island. He killed Japanese soldiers in hand-to-hand
combat. His unit suffered a casualty
rate of over 100 percent. Bob knew that
in order to defend your country, you must be willing to kill for it. Being willing to die for it is not sufficient.
Any coward can die for his country, and that will not make any
difference at all. It takes a brave man
to kill for his convictions – and his family, culture, and way of life.
The generation of World War II knew what to do. They did what all successful, vibrant
cultures have done since the dawn of time.
They had a relatively homogeneous country with a dominant
European-derived (white Protestant) culture, consisting of 150 million people,
and they defended it to the death by killing their enemies. After 50 years of mass immigration from
diverse cultures, after 50 years of welcoming, inclusiveness, tolerance, and
multiculturalism, our country – including both its leaders and the general
population – has lost its bearings, its sense of purpose and destiny, its sense
of being a “people,” and its common sense.
is now a hodge-podge mongrel-nation collection of 300 million culturally,
linguistically and ethnically diverse people with no dominant cultural
majority, an assemblage of people that is no longer a “people,” and who no
longer know what to do to defend themselves from destruction. Through mass immigration, the US
generations since World War II have systematically and willfully destroyed the
culture and country of their fathers. Through
mass immigration, they have committed cultural suicide. They have squandered their birthright, the
legacy of the Founding Fathers and their parents. They have lost the Republic.
As Will Durant observed, a great civilization is not
conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within. America
has destroyed itself from within, and the time is nigh for it to be conquered
If the US
wishes to repel the current alien invasion, it must kill the invaders. It is that simple. All it takes is the will. It can be done in a week (with perhaps
another week to pass a law making illegal invasion a capital crime). Begging the invaders or coaxing them to go
home has not worked and it will not work.
I wrote on this topic quite some time ago. Here is a short segment from my book, Can America Survive? (published in 1999):
“The $100 Solution to the Immigration Problem. The immigration problem in the US could be solved in about a week, at the cost
of about one hundred dollars. How:
simply make illegal immigration a capital crime. All that is required is a coil of rope for a
noose and some wood for a
gallows. Then, each afternoon, hang an
illegal immigrant, in public. For
maximum effect, the hanging could be in the original British way, with no
broken neck, so that the condemned wriggles and writhes. Very quickly, illegal immigrants would “get the message,” and go back home.
“Will this be done?
Of course not. Americans are now
too squeamish to lose lives or take lives, even in war. (See The
Economist, January 22, 1999, p. 28
for further discussion of this development.)
This proposal would in fact save many American lives. Illegal immigrants are criminals.
The federal prisons are flooded with them. Even if it is assumed that the murder rate
for the illegal immigrant population is the same as for the general population
(currently about 8 per 100,000 per year), they are responsible for about 400
murders per year (8 x 5 million / 100,000 = 400) [this book was written when there were an estimated 5 million illegal
aliens in the country]. That is more
than one a day. Even if an illegal
immigrant is hanged every day for a year, that is only 365 executions a
year. By doing this, and getting rid of
the illegal immigrants, the lives of 400 Americans would be saved, every
year. Ask any mother whose child has
been killed by illegal immigrants whether she thinks illegal immigration should be a capital crime.
“There are other ways in which immigration could be stemmed. Exile any businessman who hires an illegal alien to the alien’s country of origin. Require anyone who sponsors an immigrant for
citizenship to trade places with that person, and to emigrate to his country.
“The preceding examples may seem extreme and convulsive, but
the eventual result of uncontrolled immigration – civil war – is also convulsive, and on a much grander
“The alien invasion is a war against America,
but America is
not fighting back. In the words of Malcolm
X, it is necessary to fight
back “by any means necessary” if it is desired to win.”
The title to this piece is, “US Government: Ship of
Fools?” On the surface, it would appear
so. No other country in the world has
allowed itself to be overrun by illegal aliens to the degree that the US
has (but a few other countries such as Canada
are competing for the honor). But the US
could rid itself of the illegal aliens in a week, if it would simply start to
kill them, as is normally done in any other invasion. It is very clear, however, as I have
discussed numerous times before, that the US
government does not wish to repel the alien invaders at all. They are good for the economy. They generate more wealth for the oligarchs who
own and control the US. The plutocrats who do the oligarchs’ bidding
are not about to do anything to rid the country of this invasion. Instead, they are now proposing to grant
them citizenship, just as they did for the millions of illegal aliens in the
So are our leaders a “ship of fools”? No, they are greedy men, who will sacrifice
anything for money. In 1950, the
population of the US
was about 150 million. Now, because of
mass immigration, it is 300 million.
This massive increase in population has caused tremendous overcrowding,
degradation of our environment, dissolution of culture, and a general reduction
in the quality of life for the middle class.
All of this was done with the motive of making more money. Increases in immigration mean more economic
activity – the building of homes, roads, schools, hospitals, stores, factories,
and everything else that people buy. The
fact that it also degrades our environment is not a consideration to the wealthy
Our country is in the grip of a fascist dictatorship. (A fascist state is one in which government
and business interests operate together above other considerations. See my article “Is America Fascist?” for more
on this topic.) Recent proposals by US senators
to grant citizenship to 12 million alien invaders, rather than kill them or
deport them, shows how extreme – and hopeless – the situation has become.
One of the strongest
forces in the move to destroy US culture and environment by mass immigration
is Senator Ted Kennedy, who was a principal sponsor of the Immigration Act of
1965, which opened the floodgates of America to massive numbers of people from all
cultures. Our government will do
anything that generates economic activity to pretend to “fight” illegal
immigration, but it will not do anything that is effective in preventing
it. On a recent issue of the CBS
television program, “Face the Nation,” Kennedy commented, "We have spent
$20 billion on chains and fences and border guards and dogs in the southern
border over the last 10 years, and it doesn't work. What we need is a
comprehensive approach. I think President Bush understands it." Kennedy’s approach is to continue mass
immigration, and to make illegal aliens citizens. Kennedy’s plan has been and continues to be
to weaken or destroy American white Protestant culture via mass immigration,
and he does not care that the US environment is being degraded, and that the
United States will be destroyed as a culture and a nation, are concomitant
When Senator Kennedy
claims that building a multibillion-dollar fence along the US-Mexican border
will not work to stop illegal immigration, he is quite right. We have already built expensive fences, and
they do nothing to prevent more illegal immigration or get rid of illegal
immigrants who are already here. It is
obvious that they will never accomplish this, as long as the illegal aliens
know that if they walk around, or tunnel under, or sail around, or fly over the
fence, they will be we welcomed. So why
are our legislators so quick to propose to build a multibillion-dollar
high-tech fence, when it is obvious to everyone that, without the will to keep
illegal aliens out, this has been and would be a complete waste of effort? Well, as I have remarked before, our
government will take any action that is ostensibly oriented to reducing
immigration, as long as it does not work.
And they will enthusiastically support any action that costs a lot of
money (and does nothing), since that helps the economy. A multi-billion dollar fence would do nothing
to stop immigration, and it would be a boon for the construction industry
(which already is a major recipient of the economic activity generated by mass
immigration). So of course it will be proposed – it
satisfies our government’s two key requirements for any anti-immigration ploy:
it generates economic activity, and it doesn’t work to stop immigration.
If our government really
wanted to stop illegal immigration, it could simply erect a five-foot fence
consisting of a single strand of wire, and a notice that anyone who crosses
that line will be shot – and back it up with machine guns to kill trespassers. But it does not want to stop illegal
immigration. It does not want to stop
immigration of any kind – illegal or legal.
It processes legal immigrants as fast as it possibly can – a million a
year! That is 2,740 immigrants a
day! The rate of illegal immigration is
about two million a year – 5,880 per day.
Total immigration is about three million a year – about 8,219 per
day. Our government is set upon a course
to destroy the US environment and European-derived culture as fast as it possibly can,
and no anti-illegal immigration laws are ever going to be allowed that might
hinder achievement of that goal. One
reason why some legislators are reluctant to consider legislation to stem
illegal immigration is that they know that the government wants a high level of
immigration, period – legal or illegal, and that pretending to “fight” illegal
immigration is an insincere sham. Simply
converting illegal aliens to legal immigrants is the impetus behind Bush’s
amnesty (“guest worker”) program. Simply
make all of the illegal immigration legal, and the annoying problem of illegal
immigration is solved – without causing any harm to the government’s plan to
flood the country with more and more immigrants of whatever legal status.
failure to secure its borders from invasion is but one indicator of its desire
to destroy the country’s environment, European-derived culture, and the
economic well-being of America’s middle class. The greatest symbol of our leaders’ betrayal
of the country is, of course, its program of granting 50,000 resident visas
every year on a random basis to anyone in the world. US citizenship is valued so little by our
government that it is given away as a free gift in a lottery, to anyone. It was never the intent of the Founding
Fathers that US citizenship would be granted to anyone, free. It was never their intent that US citizenship would be granted free to any
baby born on US soil – birthright citizenship was reserved for US citizens only, not
for any Mexican whore who might sneak across the border and bear a child on US soil.
The US gives away 50,000 resident visas by lottery
every year! A town of 50,000 people is a
lot of people. When I was a boy, I lived in three towns of
population 50,000 – Kingston, Ontario, Lakeland, Florida, and Spartanburg, South Carolina. A town of this size covers an
area of about ten miles in diameter, or about 80 square miles – it is a nice-sized
town for a boy, since he can easily walk across it or ride across it on his
bicycle. A square mile is 640 acres. 80 square miles is 51,200 acres. Each immigrant to the US hence destroys about an acre of natural
land. It might be one thing if
immigrants lived on rocky, sterile soil, and did nothing to ruin the
environment. But human beings always
seek out the most pristine natural places.
If you visited the fertile Napa Valley in California in 1960 and return today, you will find
housing developments where once there were vineyards on prime agricultural land. The Ogallala Aquifer, which covered vast
portions of America’s middle, has just about been destroyed,
irrigating land to produce food for America’s legions of unnecessary immigrants. Britain is now in the process of destroying land in East Anglia that has been farmed since Roman times, in
order to build homes, schools, factories, and roads for its immigrants. Mass immigration is nothing more than a
mortal infection on the natural land.
The famous essay, “Humans as Cancer” is right on the mark.
For many of the
nation’s oligarchs and plutocrats, the motivation for promoting mass
immigration and massive international free trade was simply the wealth that it
generates. This is referred to as the
“politics of greed.” For people like
Kennedy (and the others who worked for the Immigration Act of 1965), who
promote mass immigration as a means of weakening white Protestant culture in
the US even though it jeopardizes their own security in the long run, the
motivation is different. This is
referred to as the “politics of envy.”
Take your choice – greed or envy.
In the end, the nation is just as dead.
I mentioned above
that my initial reaction to the assertion that “we should make life unpleasant
for the alien invaders and perhaps they will leave,” was that it was a very
stupid statement. It does appear stupid,
like the assertion that aliens are needed “to do jobs that Americans refuse to
do.” But stupid is not the right word. The US government does not want the people to leave, since they generate wealth for the
oligarchs, and so it is taking no actions that will ultimately cause them to
leave. In its extreme absurdity – that a
nation would propose to repel a mass alien invasion simply by making life
uncomfortable for the invaders – the statement reflects stunningly how
committed the US government is to keeping the alien invaders here. Instead of promptly expelling them, and
sending a clear message to all other would-be invaders that if they invade the US they will face certain death, our government
is promoting actions to allow them to stay and become US citizens. My initial reaction was inappropriate. I should have said that this statement was
one of the outrageous statements that
I have ever heard. Our leaders are not
stupid. They are greedy and venal, and
they have betrayed the trust of the Founding Fathers of this Republic, but they
are not stupid. They know exactly how
the alien invasion could be ended, but they have no intention of doing so,
because they want the money that mass immigration represents, or the change in
power that the culture-destroying effects of mass immigration brings about.
Our leaders and our
government have not only failed to defend the country from invasion, they are
welcoming the invaders and proposing to make them US citizens. These invaders are rapidly replacing the
former owners of America. How
long will the US citizenry tolerate such treachery from its leaders? For the past half-century, America’s leaders have been selling it down the
river. Because of our government’s
policies of open borders, mass immigration, and massive international free
trade, the country is no longer secure.
The US environment and the quality of life for middle-class Americans have
been seriously eroded, and our “national security” is a sham.
The US nation is, as every nation is, a compact
between its citizens and its government.
It is a society that obeys the rule of law. But when the elected officials will no longer
enforce or even support the laws, such as the fundamental Constitutional
requirement to defend the country from invasion, then the government has
abrogated the contract. The US government of the last several decades has
betrayed the American people, the Founding Fathers, and the Republic. When the elected government will no longer
enforce or support the fundamental laws to which the citizens agreed, the force
binding the nation together no longer exists.
By abrogating the Constitution, the government has abrogated the basis
in law in which it existed. It no longer
has either a moral or a legal authority for its existence, and it is time to abolish
The Broken US Health-Care System
A half-century ago,
most US (and Canadian) citizens paid for their medical costs as they were
incurred. Gradually, the system was
changed, so that much of the cost of medical care was paid for by private medical
insurance or government programs.
Private firms were encouraged to provide this insurance to their
employees as a “fringe benefit,” and the Medicaid and Medicare programs
provided medical care to the indigent and elderly. In the 1950s, US medical schools, with the
support of the government and the American Medical Association, initiated a systematic
restriction on the numbers of physicians to be graduated from university medical
programs each year.
When I was a child
in the 1940s, a physician might earn $15,000 per year – a good salary, but not
many, many times what other skilled technical people earned. When my first child was born in 1960, the
physician’s fee was $125.00, and the cost of the hospital room was about the
same as that of staying in a good hotel.
As I mentioned, most people could afford to pay for their own medical
costs. The situation is now drastically changed. The cost of medical services has risen
dramatically. The cost of medical
insurance has risen commensurately, to the point where it now costs a family
about $1,000 per month, or about $12,000 per year, for a medical insurance
policy, if you can get one at all.
Because of the US government’s policy of massive international
free trade, US firms must compete with foreign firms whose labor costs are much
less. They can no longer afford to be
providing $12,000 worth of medical insurance to each of their employees, and so
many US firms have dropped medical insurance coverage for their employees. Today, one-third of all Americans are not
covered by medical insurance, either because their firm does not carry it or
because they cannot afford it or do not qualify for it.
Because of America’s
policies of restricting access to medical schools, promoting medical insurance,
providing high-cost medical treatment though government programs (Medicare and
Medicaid), and promoting extremely expensive modalities of care (e.g., organ
transplants, high-tech diagnosis and treatment, expensive drugs), many
Americans now cannot afford any medical care at all. On the other hand, because of the policy of
restricting the supply of physicians, the salaries of physicians have
skyrocketed. A physician in many US cities will make over a million dollars a
year. This is many times what other
people with similar training, experience and intelligence make. An experimental physicist with as many or more
years of technical training, for example, will be lucky to make $100,000 per
year. As an example of how costly things
are, I recently underwent a fifteen-minute procedure in an eye doctor’s office,
for which I was charged over $5,000.
The median family
income in the US is about $44,000 per year. The
cost of a typical family medical insurance plan is about $12,000. That means that, under our insurance-based system
of medical care in the US, an average family is expected to spend more
than one-fourth of its income for medical care.
But most families are healthy! They
need medical insurance only to guard against catastrophic illnesses or events,
which, under our current system of medical care, can easily ruin them
financially and socially. This is an
outrageous situation, in which an average
family is expected to pay over one-quarter of its income for medical care. It is even more outrageous when one considers
that the patients may be paying a salary of a million dollars a year to their
physician. The extreme situation, in
which an average American can no longer afford medical care unless his employer
or the government pays for it, has been brought about solely because of his
government’s policies: of restricting the supply of physicians; of setting up
large government health-care programs that remunerate them excessively; of
promoting private medical insurance and then promoting massive international
free trade to make it impossible for employers to continue to provide it; of
promoting, through massive subsidization of medical research and medical
treatment, the development of a health-care system that involves such high cost
that an average citizen cannot afford to pay for his own medical costs, or even
afford health-care insurance.
The US government will be quick to point out that
US medical care is the finest in the world.
It may be – if you can afford it.
(Actually, I read reports that medical care in the US is not substantially better than in other
industrial countries, if you look at the results – the health and longevity of
its citizens.) But practically no one,
unless he is lucky enough to be insured by his employer or the government, can
afford it! It is a system designed by
the country’s oligarchs and plutocrats to take a massive portion of each
family’s income and use it to provide great wealth to medical equipment makers,
pharmaceutical manufacturers, health-care facilities, physicians and other
health care providers. It is indeed the
finest system in the world – for generating wealth for the nation’s wealthy
The American health
care system is the most massively subsidized social service system in the
world. Next to military defense, it
represents the largest sector of the government budget. In the past, some people criticized modest
subsidies to agriculture, which were an attempt to preserve a way of life, as
being economically inefficient. The
current massive transfer of wealth to the medical establishment is obscene by
comparison. This system of exotic,
high-cost, high-tech care does not improve the health of the general population
over that of a modest system of public health and basic medical care. It serves only to enrich the country’s
The US system of health care is in fact a grotesque
income-transfer program – but one in which income is transferred from the poor
to the rich! It is a massive welfare
program for physicians, other health-care providers, and medical suppliers
(drug and equipment makers), paid for by ordinary citizens through employer
health-insurance plans or by government medical programs. It provides little or no care to many US citizens, and care that is no better than
basic public health and medical care – but at vastly greater cost – to those
who are fortunate enough to be covered by it.
As a scheme to transfer income from America’s middle class (via high insurance premiums
and high taxes) to the wealthy medical establishment, it is a smashing
success. As a public health and medical
care system, it is a dismal failure. The
US system of health care is, in fact,