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by Dave Jarvis
So, China is beginning to wake up. The headlines from the AP today state that the Chinese are “worried” about the fate of their two trillion in dollar reserves. They sent a brief message to the Obama administration warning of reckless spending. They want the United States to remain a “credible” nation. To some of us on this site, it might be tough to read without actually laughing. We stopped being “credible” a hell of a long time ago, and to warn us against becoming so is like a naive parent warning their crack addict child against the evils of alcohol. What's the response? “Yeah sure mom. Uh, can I borrow the car keys and your credit card?”
What is the last thing we should buy with Mom's credit card? I think we need more machine guns. Perhaps some of the weapons experts on this site can help me out but I think we need about three hundred million heavy machine guns. We could also use three hundred million helmets, boots (various sizes), fatigues (various sizes). We should buy three hundred million night vision goggles, three hundred million Kevlar vests, and of course enough food to last three hundred million people about twenty years.
The population of China is about one billion three hundred thirty million. The population of Russia is one hundred and forty million. The population of Korea is twenty four million. The population of Venezuela is twenty six million. The population of the Middle East is around two hundred million. The population of Vietnam is about eighty six million. Altogether the total population of Communist and Middle Eastern countries is around two billion, give or take a couple hundred million.
We happen to have around three hundred million people. And we somehow convinced China, Russia, our friends in the Middle East, and really most of the world, to buy our treasuries. At times we did so utilizing the fullest extent of our coercive powers. Now, our communist and middle eastern friends are holding three or four trillions of dollars worth of their savings in American treasuries.
The way treasuries work is the interest fluctuates with the price of the bond. In other words, interest rates go up as prices go down and likewise interest rates drop as prices go up. Our historically low interest rates have coincided with historically high treasury prices.
In a panic, prices drop. So, in a panic interest rates rise. So, in a panic our current account deficit grows. In a panic, we will have to print out more money in order to pay the higher costs of foreign investment. And in that same panic, our foreign investors realize we are devaluing our dollar to make their interest payments. A few trillion in Chinese treasuries sold off on the markets added to a few trillion in stimulus spending, added to a few more trillion created to make our new obligations to foreign investors. In all that printing and spending, which would send the dollar to the floor, we Americans might find out that our new TV, BMW, or Condominium all of which the bankruptcy judge allowed us to keep, is pretty much paid off. And in China ninety percent of its population is left without work or any prospects for the future, and their savings wiped out.
With the last remaining credit we have, before the dollar completely tanks, let's buy all the guns, jeeps, rocket launchers, mines, grenades we can possibly buy. Let's turn Detroit into a tank factory again. Let's do it not to prepare for a war that we know will probably never happen. Let's do it just because it will be a fun thing to do. An M16 in every pot. At least the world community might fear us, as much as we may lack credibility, fear is always a cool thing to garner. And two billion pissed off customers could always do well with a little more fear of three hundred million gun toting, blood thirsty lunatics.
The public perception of an insane, gun happy America might keep us safe in our beds at night. Gun control, today, would send the absolute worst message to the world. A loan default, coupled with tighter gun restrictions might influence our enemies that we have become weak. In fact, we should be going in the other direction. Remove all restrictions on light weapons purchases...today. Again, just for kicks and giggles.
The following video will illustrate how we should present ourself to the world in order to enhance our newer, less credible image. Anything short of this image and we may be inviting some stupid decision from someone somewhere with too many people and not enough food. The music is English and the footage is Australian, but the concept is 100% American.
The Vision of George Washington
The following is the famous vision George Washington experienced at Valley Forge. Anyone interested can look it up. He admitted it and relayed it to friends and colleagues. It might be of interest in the context of the world situation today.
"This afternoon, as I was sitting at this table engaged in preparing a dispatch, something seemed to disturb me. Looking up, I beheld standing opposite me a singularly beautiful female. So astonished was I, for I had given strict orders not to be disturbed, that it was some moments before I found language to inquire the cause of her presence. A second, a third and even a fourth time did I repeat my question, but received no answer from my mysterious visitor except a slight raising of her eyes.
"By this time I felt strange sensations spreading through me. I would have risen but the riveted gaze of the being before me rendered volition impossible. I assayed once more to address her, but my tongue had become useless, as though it had become paralyzed.
"A new influence, mysterious, potent, irresistible, took possession of me. All I could do was to gaze steadily, vacantly at my unknown visitor. Gradually the surrounding atmosphere seemed as if it had become filled with sensations, and luminous. Everything about me seemed to rarefy, the mysterious visitor herself becoming more airy and yet more distinct to my sight than before. I now began to feel as one dying, or rather to experience the sensations which I have sometimes imagined accompany dissolution. I did not think, I did not reason, I did not move; all were alike impossible. I was only conscious of gazing fixedly, vacantly at my companion.
"Presently I heard a voice saying, `Son of the Republic, look and learn,' while at the same time my visitor extended her arm eastwardly, I now beheld a heavy white vapor at some distance rising fold upon fold. This gradually dissipated, and I looked upon a stranger scene. Before me lay spread out in one vast plain all the countries of the world - Europe, Asia, Africa and America. I saw rolling and tossing between Europe and America the billows of the Atlantic, and between Asia and America lay the Pacific.
"`Son of the Republic,' said the same mysterious voice as before, `look and learn.' At that moment I beheld a dark, shadowy being, like an angel, standing or rather floating in mid-air, between Europe and America. Dipping water out of the ocean in the hollow of each hand, he sprinkled some upon America with his right hand, while with his left hand he cast some on Europe. Immediately a cloud raised from these countries, and joined in mid-ocean. For a while it remained stationary, and then moved slowly westward, until it enveloped America in its murky folds. Sharp flashes of lightning gleamed through it at intervals, and I heard the smothered groans and cries of the American people.
"A second time the angel dipped water from the ocean, and sprinkled it out as before. The dark cloud was then drawn back to the ocean, in whose heaving billows in sank from view. A third time I heard the mysterious voice saying, `Son of the Republic, look and learn,' I cast my eyes upon America and beheld villages and towns and cities springing up one after another until the whole land from the Atlantic to the Pacific was dotted with them.
"Again, I heard the mysterious voice say, `Son of the Republic, the end of the century cometh, look and learn.' At this the dark shadowy angel turned his face southward, and from Africa I saw an ill omened specter approach our land. It flitted slowly over every town and city of the latter. The inhabitants presently set themselves in battle array against each other. As I continued looking I saw a bright angel, on whose brow rested a crown of light, on which was traced the word `Union,' bearing the American flag which he placed between the divided nation, and said, `Remember ye are brethren.' Instantly, the inhabitants, casting from them their weapons became friends once more, and united around the National Standard.
"And again I heard the mysterious voice saying `Son of the Republic, look and learn.' At this the dark, shadowy angel placed a trumpet to his mouth, and blew three distinct blasts; and taking water from the ocean, he sprinkled it upon Europe, Asia and Africa. Then my eyes beheld a fearful scene: From each of these countries arose thick, black clouds that were soon joined into one. Throughout this mass there gleamed a dark red light by which I saw hordes of armed men, who, moving with the cloud, marched by land and sailed by sea to America. Our country was enveloped in this volume of cloud, and I saw these vast armies devastate the whole county and burn the villages, towns and cities that I beheld springing up. As my ears listened to the thundering of the cannon, clashing of sword, and the shouts and cries of millions in mortal combat, I heard again the mysterious voice saying, `Son of the Republic, look and learn.' When the voice had ceased, the dark shadowy angel placed his trumpet once more to his mouth, and blew a long and fearful blast.
"Instantly a light as of a thousand suns shone down from above me, and pierced and broke into fragments the dark cloud which enveloped America. At the same moment the angel upon whose head still shone the word Union, and who bore our national flag in one hand and a sword in the other, descended from the heavens attended by legions of white spirits. These immediately joined the inhabitants of America, who I perceived were will nigh overcome, but who immediately taking courage again, closed up their broken ranks and renewed the battle.
"Again, amid the fearful noise of the conflict, I heard the mysterious voice saying, `Son of the Republic, look and learn.' As the voice ceased, the shadowy angel for the last time dipped water from the ocean and sprinkled it upon America. Instantly the dark cloud rolled back, together with the armies it had brought, leaving the inhabitants of the land victorious!
"Then once more I beheld the villages, towns and cities springing up where I had seen them before, while the bright angel, planting the azure standard he had brought in the midst of them, cried with a loud voice: `While the stars remain, and the heavens send down dew upon the earth, so long shall the Union last.' And taking from his brow the crown on which blazoned the word `Union,' he placed it upon the Standard while the people, kneeling down, said, `Amen.'
"The scene instantly began to fade and dissolve, and I at last saw nothing but the rising, curling vapor I at first beheld. This also disappearing, I found myself once more gazing upon the mysterious visitor, who, in the same voice I had heard before, said, `Son of the Republic, what you have seen is thus interpreted: Three great perils will come upon the Republic. The most fearful is the third, but in this greatest conflict the whole world united shall not prevail against her. Let every child of the Republic learn to live for his God, his land and the Union'. With these words the vision vanished, and I started from my seat and felt that I had seen a vision wherein had been shown to me the birth, progress, and destiny of the United States.
This ended General George Washington's vision and prophecy for the United States of America as told in his words.