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Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) was the greatest economist of my time. His greatest works can be accessed here at no charge.

Mises believed that property, freedom and peace are and should be the hallmarks of a satisfying and prosperous society. I agree. Mises proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the prospect for general and individual prosperity is maximized, indeed, is only possible, if the principle of private property reigns supreme. What's yours is yours. What's mine is mine. When the line between yours and mine is smudged, the door to conflict opens. Without freedom (individual liberty of action) the principle of private property is neutered and the free market, which is the child of property and freedom and the mother of prosperity and satisfaction, cannot exist. Peace is the goal of a prosperous and satisfying society of free individuals, not peace which is purchased by submission to the enemies of property and freedom, but peace which results from the unyielding defense of these principles against all who challenge them.

In this blog I measure American society against the metrics of property, freedom and peace.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Atrocities Prevention Board Should Investigate Obama

In August of last year, Samantha Power, "Obama's anti-genocide advisor," unveiled the newly created "Atrocities Prevention Board." On Monday of this week Maximum Leader Obama praised the new Board as he "pledged endless support for Israel" in a speech at the U.S. Holocaust Museum. He also announced that the individual who will chair this Board is none other than Samantha Power.

How nice. How convenient. Atrocities the world over will now be managed and controlled by the world's foremost expert on atrocities from a brand, spanking new building in Washington, D.C. that cost US taxpayers at least $15-million. How much Ms. Power will earn as the atrocity-eliminator-in-chief is unknown. But you can bet you'll be paying her salary.
As near as I can tell, the new Atrocities Prevention Board will be funded as part of the "United States Institute of Peace (USIP). According to Wikipedia, "President Ronald Reagan signed the United States Institute of Peace Act that established the Institute in 1984." According to a Wall Street Journal article published Feb. 16, 2011 Congress has invested $720-million in the USIP over the past 25 years. The article says: "According to its own estimate, the institute expected about $54 million from taxpayers in 2011." Yet, peace eludes the world in 2012!

Don't expect better results from the new Atrocities Prevention Board. In a blurb on its website that describes the new Board, the USIP makes the following candid and breathtakingly arrogant pronouncement:
The creation of the Atrocities Prevention Board will not result in the immediate cessation of ongoing atrocities.
You know what? I don't think the Board's creation will result in a delayed cessation of ongoing atrocities. In fact, I don't believe the Board's creation will result in slowing down the creation of new atrocities. Call me cynical, but all I think this new Board will do is provide Samantha Power with a new soapbox and an evermore extravagant lifestyle...plus she and her husband, animal rights activist and walking turd, Cass Sunstein, will have more to crow about on the Washington cocktail circuit.

In Maximum Leader's speech plugging the creation of the Board and Power's appointment as Mini-Leader of it, he said that "national sovereignty is never a license to slaughter your people [emphasis mine]." This is true, of course, as far as it goes. However, Maximum Leader seems to think that a sovereign country slaughtering its people grants the United States a license to violate that country's sovereignty when Maximum Leader wants to. He said as much in his speech:
That does not mean that we intervene militarily every time there’s an injustice in the world.  We cannot and should not. 
Good self-control there, Maximum Leader. Only invade if it makes political sense to you. Moreover, you wouldn't want to overextend our military.

Mini-Leader Samantha Power has no problem violating national sovereignty when the urge strikes her. Here she is below advocating an "external intervention" into Israel with a "a mammoth protection force, not of the old Rwanda kind, but a meaningful military presence."

Whoa. She sounds like George Orwell, peace through war, and all that rot.

In his speech, Maximum Leader reminded us of something he has already said and done on the subject:
Last year, in the first-ever presidential directive on this challenge, I made it clear that "preventing mass atrocities and genocide is a core national security interest and a core moral responsibility of the United States of America."
Do the American people really believe that policing the world's atrocities is a "core national security interest" and a "core moral responsibility" of the United States of America?

Do they really believe supporting the USIP to the tune of $54-million a year is constitutional, not to mention a wise use of their tax dollars? And this cost doesn't even include the cost of the military interventions themselves.

Are you willing to send your children to the heart of the African continent to be blown apart by Islamic nutjobs bent on slaughtering their people?

But perhaps your children won't have to occupy a sovereign nation thousands of miles away. Maybe Power will want to send them to occupy a nation closer to home...like America itself.

Why not?

According to the Christian Science Monitor, Maximum Leader's new Atrocities Prevention Board will "help generate action against human-rights calamities." Those calamities entail using "new technologies – such as cellphone-tracking software and Internet monitoring – to commit human-rights abuses."

Whoa, again! Cellphone tracking and internet monitoring? That's what the federal parasites in Washington are doing to us! According to an April 9, 2012 article at Infowars.com by Bill Quigley:
The American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Times recently reported that cellphones of private individuals in the US are being tracked without warrants by state and local law enforcement all across the country.  With more than 300 million cellphones in the US connected to more than 200,000 cell phone towers, cellphone tracking software can pinpoint the location of a phone and document the places the cellphone user visits over the course of a day, week, month or longer. (Source)
In the same article, Quigley states:
The National Security Agency (NSA) collects hundreds of millions of emails, texts and phone calls every day and has the ability to collect and sift through billions more.  WIRED just reported NSA is building an immense new data center which will intercept, analyze and store even more electronic communications from satellites and cables across the nation and the world.  Though NSA is not supposed to focus on US citizens, it does. (Source)
Moreover, tomorrow the US House of Representatives votes on the sweeping CISPA bill that threatens internet freedom by allowing our federal parasites to gather your private information off the internet without obtaining a search warrant. 

And we all know about the infamous internet kill switch, that would allow the Maximum Leader of the United States to shut down the internet in times of national emergency (whatever that means).    

So by all that's right in the world Samantha Power and her Atrocities Prevention Board should advocate a UN invasion of the United States to prevent a continuance of such "human right abuses."

But don't bet on it. Just as it's impossible for a black to be racist, it's impossible for the Maximum Leader of the United States to be a human rights abuser. 

The truth is the Atrocities Prevention Board is merely another conceit of the federal parasites who occupy Washington, DC. It and it's parent organization, the absurd USIP should be defunded immediately.

If Maximum Leader, Samantha Power and company want to salve their do-gooder egos by playing world peacemakers, let them do it on their own dime, not mine.

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