If 10% Is Good Enough For The Almighty God…

Alex: Because it’s small enough not to impact one’s life style, yet just big enough for one to miss it.                                                                                                                                 Contestant: Why did God pick 10%?                                                                                           Alex: Correct!

10% for a reason.

The metric of 10% – the tithe – has been around for a while.  Intuitively, we all know it’s the way to go.  It’s time to apply this standard to our secular governments.  And for good reason.  When the leviathan assumes an endless pool of resources from which it can draw, then, it has no incentive to prioritize.

Western societies have become divided between net producers and dependents.  Above all are the Elites who require a relentless transfer of wealth from the producers to the dependents in order to maintain their power.  Virtually every facet of society has an interest in it.  This is no accident.

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Moving to a 10% system of taxation would be painful.  But without pain, there is no growth.

A 10% income tax does many things: first, it forces the producers to be more engaged in the political process by stripping the collectivization of services down to the essentials.  Second, dependents become incentivized to move into the producer class.

Now, when I say 10%, I mean that as a comprehensive total, and not a dollar more.

To wit: 2% to the local municipality, 3% to the state, and 5% to the federal government.  No property, sales, gasoline, liquor, cigarettes, cell phone, hotel room, airline, or value added taxes. And no deductions for individuals.  Business pay on their net income, and without the infinite hidden taxes they currently pay, there will be plenty.

Yet Man’s Hubris knows no bounds.

Many will scoff at this.  Call it unrealistic.  I call it being forced to get one’s priorities in order.  That’s a debate for another day, but the over-arching metric should be “what would I pay for without a gun to my head?”  Sanitation, Police, and Fire usually come to mind.  Education?  That would prompt a secondary metric: “in what areas has government gotten  every chance to get it right and has epically and relentlessly failed?”

But what about all the other “services” on which we’ve come to rely?  To which I reply, what about taking agency for yourself and your family?

One would think that the failure of the Soviet Union would have put an end to the Statist ideology once and for all.  In December 1991, the Hammer and Sickle lowered over the Kremlin for the last time.

This was no theoretical exercise, but the inevitable result of the unsustainable leviathan.  It  was the inevitable collapse on a macro scale of an organization attempting to do everything.

Hubris always brings Nemesis which lays us open to Chaos. @manningthewall.com

Hubris always brings Nemesis which lays us open to Chaos.

The Ancient Greeks called it Hubris – an unmerited pride and a rejection of God.  Those who engage in Hubris are inevitably visited by Nemesis – retribution.  This is coming.  Our leaders think they can tax us without limit and in perpetuity with no thought to the inevitable march of Nemesis – Hubris exemplified.  Take care of Hubris lest Nemesis arrives to strip us naked and lay us bare to the horrors of Chaos – the polar opposite of God.



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Over The Top And Out Of Their Minds.

April, 46 B.C.

Marcus Porcius Cato Uticensis, known to history has Cato The Younger, lay awake in the pre-dawn hours.  The legions of Julius Caesar, flushed with victories over the armies of Pompey, Ptolemy XIII, and Metellus Scipi bore down on the African provincial city of Utica.  The civil war which had torn the Roman Republic apart was rapidly drawing to a close.

Schumer & Cato The Younger @manningthewall.com

The contrast could not be more stark.

Unwilling to live in a world in which Caesar was master, Cato attempted to disembowel himself.  His vaunted stoicism failed him in that instant and the escaping groan brought his guards and servants running.  Cato failed to cut into his intestines and the summoned physician was able to stitch him up.  Upon saying goodnight for a second time, the servants took the knife with them.

Steeling his body against all pain, Cato clawed open his sutures, and pulled out his entrails.

The next day, the City of Utica opened its gates to Caesar without further bloodshed.  To his bitter disappointment, the undisputed Master of the Republic found his implacable enemy… beyond the reach of his mercy.1

Chuck Schumer is no Cato, and he never will be.

When one’s highest moral imperative is the attainment and retention of power, then nothing is beyond rationalization.

Differences in opinion become “lies.”  Different interpretations of the same facts become moral failings, and anything that doesn’t conform to your world view is inherently “evil.”

In the Republic of Schumer & Co., the State supplants God as the giver of rights, the over-arching principle is expediency.  To the Leftist, the government apparatus is merely a tool for advancing the Statist agenda.

The landmines left behind by the Obama Administration are unlikely to lead to any indictments – provided the Republicans hold their majority – and few if any further resignations.  But those landmines will continue to create headlines, sending cretins like Schumer, Pelosi, and Waters running breathlessly to the microphones.  Distractions are a weapon which the Left wields with an enviable finesse.

We live in times both interesting and embarrassing.

Bending Without Breaking.

In the mind of the Leftist bent on America’s destruction, defeat at the ballot box is a mere set-back.  In the days of the Roman Republic, and in the early days of our own republic, men backed up their convictions with more than mere words.  Today, a Leftist feels no such obligation.

Death and exile were often the stakes.  In early America, duels loomed for those who would risk slandering their oponents.  Would Chuck Schumer be so quick to impugn, would he behave so smarmy and pompous if such tangible consequences were still a possibility?

In the past eight years, the Democrat party has lost over a thousand legislative seats and governorships.  This past November in case you haven’t heard, they lost the Whitehouse.  Reason would prescribe some degree of soul searching.  Adherents of Marxism slaughtered 110,000,000 souls in the 20th century.  The only upside was that so many of them killed each other.  Any rational mind would reject such a belief system with extreme prejudice.

When put to an honest vote, America unequivocally rejects the Left.  But in the mind of the Leftist, this hold no relevance.  They lose, but without really loosing.  The Left still has a lock on K-12 Education, Higher Eduction, 90% of the News (broadcast and print), and Entertainment.  In other words, they have the children, and they control information.  Except for the Internet, of course, and they have been trying to gain control over that since the 90s.

Random Thoughts

Why Are You Still Speaking To Me?

I voted for Trump and that places me among the most  reprehensible low-lifes in our society.  You’ve said it yourself.  You’ve went so far as to ask how anyone can be a Christian and vote for Trump.  According to you, this vote was a test of character, which I failed.  Not merely a reflection of perceived best-interest, but a metric for which I am forever to be judged, and a sin for which I must repent.

You lost.  Get over it, already.

To assert that Russia “hacked the election” it to abort the language.  As best, hostile actors  initiated an “intrusion” into the Democrat National Committee’s servers.  “Hacking,” is the act of changing data on a server undetected.  The entire premise of “hacking and election” rests on being able to access the hard drives of voting machines and changing the results.  So spare me this silly notion.

No Credit.

The life I’ve built, the efforts I’ve made on behalf of charity, the children I’ve fathered, the wife I’ve cherished, and the merciful God I worship count for nothing in your eyes.  Because when faced with a binary choice, I rejected your moral imperative.

So again, if I am such a horrible person, – why are you still speaking to me?

The Left Looses By Default.

The irony, inevitably lost on the Left is that if they get everything they want, then they will preside over rubble.  Understand this if you understand nothing else – the State, growing unchecked will eventually collapse of its own weight.  Of course, as with everything else, the Left will refuse to acknowledge their role in the destruction of the Republic.

King George III said of George Washington that he would be the greatest man who ever lived if he truly gave up the powers of the presidency.  Donald Trump was not my first choice, but on November 8 of last year, he was the best choice.    If against all odds that wall actually gets built, then he will have turned out to be the best choice from the 19 dwarves that started the field with him in 2015.  A Cato for our time.

  1. Paraphrased from A Noise Of War, A. J. Langguth, 1994.
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Revisiting The Classics I – Selections From The Colonel’s Library

Every library should have at least some classical literature on the shelves.  Here is a little of what is on mine.

Dracula – Bram Stoker, 1897.

DraculaEvery wish you had enough juice to make your real estate agent pay you a house call?

The original bad boy, if Dracula ever ran into Edward Cullen, he would have cut his head off and emptied his bladder down his neck. Continue reading

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Yes, The “Deep State” Exists, & That’s Unfortunate

Normally intercepts of U.S. officials and citizens are some of the most tightly held government secrets. This is for good reason. Selectively disclosing details of private conversations monitored by the FBI or NSA gives the permanent state the power to destroy reputations from the cloak of anonymity. This is what police states do.                   – Eli Lake, Bloomberg News, February 14, 2017.

Self-Perpetuation As The Over-Arching Moral Imperative.

Careerists and appointees left over from the Obama Administration deliberately targeted Mike Flynn for political termination. Continue reading

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How To Avoid Poverty. It’s Easier Than You Think.

The War On Poverty has failed.  As a nation, we need to come to terms with this very simple fact.  If not, then the system will collapse of its own weight, because the current model is unsustainable.

I’m from the government and I’m here to make it worse help…

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The Self-Help Scam – Some Eye-Rolling Selections From The Colonel’s Library.

It’s Going To Get Ugly

Success In Leadership2

This is going to be a brutal take-down.  The self-help and management gurus have a lot to answer for.  Of course, if you set yourself up as a great thinker or theoretician, be prepared for some criticism.  But mostly, don’t be a fraud. Continue reading

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The Face of Rebellious Conformity

Rebellious Conformity:  yes, I thought that one up myself.   The paradox nests rather nicely with respect to current events.

Members of the most pampered, protected demographic in the history of the world gathered in Washington, D.C. last weekend to complain about… something. Continue reading

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The Unhinged Left Demonstrates Why We Need The Adults In Charge.

This is the over-arching lesson we’ve gleaned over the weeks following the election and leading up to the inauguration. If we have learned nothing else, it’s that we need to put and keep the Adults in charge.Adults Lord of the Flies @manningthewall.com

Paul famously wrote in 1 Corinthians, “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” We are beset on all sides by those who refuse to put away childish things, yet insist on their right to rule over us. The Left loves to wag their fingers at the rest of us when they think they’r winning. But when they loose, they’re ready to burn it all down. Continue reading

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Mattis Kills It At His Confirmation Hearing!

…the people you meet “over there.”

I had the pleasure of meeting briefly with General Mattis in Kabul in 2010.  I was temporarily in charge of NTMA’s Joint Visitor’s Bureau at Camp Eggers.  There was an opening for a deputy commander in the Regional Support Command North and I was waiting for my replacement.  General Mattis came in for a VIP visit.  I was of course familiar with who he was.  I was also interested in a member of his entourage.  Author Steven Pressfield filled the roll of civilian advisor to General Mattis.  And yes, I got Pressfield to sign the book I had read on the plane ride over.

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General Mattis Testifies Before The Senate Armed Services Committee.

Mattis impressed me again today with his plain-spoken testimony, taking complex systems and breaking them down in a way that even I can understand.

Mattis is a master of language and social cues.  This is of course true of most people at that level.  He does manage to make you feel like you are the only one in the room.  In our brief meeting, he asked for a brief auto-biography, civilian occupation, and my thoughts of our mission.  I was guarded, of course.  I was not about to be put completely at ease in the presence of a four-star general.  Never-the-less, he is quite disarming, I have to give him that.

Steven Pressfield and Phil Christensen Camp Eggers, 2010 @manningthewall.com

Steven Pressfield, best-selling author of The Legend of Bagger Vance, and The Afghan Campaign, stands with LTC Phil Christensen, Camp Eggers, Kabul, 2010.

Two weeks later, I was on a plane heading to Mazer i-Sharif to take up my new assignment.  Good times, good times…

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The Reason You Lost – An Open Letter To The Left

You hate us.  You on the Left, really, really, hate us.  And you don’t even try to mask it.  I no longer puzzle over it.  I merely accept it.  You take your racism, your hate, and your immense self-regard, and you project it onto me.

Meryl Streep Golden Globes 2017 @manningthewall.com

Meryl Streep                                                                              Golden Globes 2017

It comes so naturally to you, as naturally as breathing.  You no more notice it than you take note of the line workers from the back seat of your Bentley as they string cable in the dead of winter.

…surely it’s not our message…

Of course, it’s not your message.  It’s not your elitism, your relentless condescension, or the failure to internalize simple cause and effect.  You can’t be wrong.  I’ve accepted this aspect of your character as well, because if the pitiless slaughter of 110,000,000 souls in the 20th century could not convince you that you’re wrong, then what chance do I have?

You say that using one’s public platform negatively “kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing.”  I’ll take you at your word.  The animals who kidnapped that poor mentally disabled young man in Chicago and gleefully tortured him for two days certainly felt they had permission.  Of course, the permission came from your side of the political aisle, not mine.  And you were deafeningly silent when you had a chance to publicly condemn it.

Not everyone can afford $800 tickets to La Boheme.  Can I keep some of what I earn?

Your snide dismissal of what we may choose for entertainment was not lost on us.

Further, you, the Left, condemn me for wanting to benefit from my own labor.  Because I object to paying for the extortionate policies from which you are insulated.

Suddenly, you want the “principled press” to hold the powerful accountable.  Where were you during the last 8 years is anyone’s guess.

So please spare us your ridiculous condescension, and your incredulity.  You’re not bent out of shape for any reasons of principle or morality.  The Left has always been more pragmatic that, just incredibly short sighted on sustaining a society.

Why don’t you worship me?

You just can’t get over that no one’s sitting at your feet for you lectures.  Finally someone’s taking it you, and you’re just going to have to get used to it. For decades you were able to pontificate from your bubble, surrounded by sycophants.  You could go years without hearing a contrary opinion.

This is why you hate Twitter so much.  Because it by-passes you, and your filter.  For years,  you acted as referee and partisan.  While the other side restricted itself to The Marquess of Queensberry rules,  you engaged in street-fighting.  Not so much anymore.  And you don’t like it.

What’s next?  You still have a lock on 90% of the culture.  Television, Hollywood, Madison Avenue, Print and Broadcast News, K-12, plus Higher Ed.  All held firmly in your grip.  It doesn’t matter who is in the White House, who holds the House and the Senate.

The incoming president can appoint half a dozen originalists to the Supreme Court, yet for the time being, you retain the culture.  And we both know it will take decades to make significant headway.  The endgame is anyone’s guess.

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