The greatest hazard to peace, harmony, and prosperity in Germany early last century (other than citizen ignorance) was Adolf Hitler. In Russia about that same time, it was first Nikolai Lenin, then Joseph Stalin. In China it was Mao. In Italy, Mussolini. Recently in Venezuela, Hugo Chavez. Recently in America?
I want the Fair Tax in the United States of America. But for that to happen, we must have a viable, reasonably free nation. If we "went directly for" the Fair Tax, it might possibly avert disaster, but preventing that imminent destruction of the nation might be even more urgent.
Another possible (perhaps even more viable than the Fair Tax) means of preventing this disaster is if government wealth redistribution (the SIGNATURE ISSUE or PRIME THING Obama, Lenin, Stalin, Mao, etc., even national socialists (Nazi) to "national people"; Germans or Italians, ARE ALL ABOUT), might be rejected.
This might happen if we adopted God's VOLUNTARY welfare system (ordered in Leviticus 19: 9 and 10, and described in operation in Ruth chapter 2). It must be updated for "modern" use in the present era of capital (owned by people or owned by government) being the primary input to economic Gross Domestic Product (GDP) output, but this can be done with some starting cooperation by concerned or benevolent citizens with great personal benefit to themselves.
Recall I said:
The greatest hazard to peace, harmony, and prosperity in Germany early last century was Adolf Hitler. In Russia about that same time, it was first Nikolai Lenin, then Joseph Stalin. In China it was Mao. In Italy, Mussolini. Recently in Venezuela, Hugo Chavez. In America?
How about this article by Thomas Sowell (see http://www.tsowell.com/ for info about that author) from http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/315757/confident-ignorance-b...:
The Confident Ignorance of Barack Obama
The president has long been assured of his own vision.
After I read Barack Obama’s book Dreams from My Father, it became painfully clear to me that he has not been searching for the truth, because he assumed from an early age that he had already found the truth — and now it was just a question of filling in the details and deciding how to change things.
Obama did not simply happen to encounter a lot of people on the far-left fringe during his life. As he spells out in his book, he actively sought out such people. There is no hint of the slightest curiosity on his part about other visions of the world that might be weighed against the vision he had seized upon.
As Professor Richard Epstein of the University of Chicago Law School has pointed out, Obama made no effort to take part in the marketplace of ideas with other faculty members when he was teaching a law course there. What would be the point, if he already knew the truth and knew that they were wrong?
This would be a remarkable position to take, even for a learned scholar who had already spent decades canvassing a vast amount of information and views on many subjects. But Obama was already doctrinaire at a very early age — and ill-informed or misinformed on both history and economics.
His statement in Dreams from My Father about how white men went to Africa to “drag away the conquered in chains” betrays his ignorance of African history.
The era of the Atlantic slave trade and the era of European conquests across the continent of Africa were different eras. During the era of the Atlantic slave trade, most of Africa was ruled by Africans, who sold some of their slaves to white men.
European conquests in Africa had to wait until Europeans found some way to survive lethal African diseases, to which they lacked resistance. Only after medical science learned to deal with these diseases could the era of European conquests spread across sub-Saharan Africa. But the Atlantic slave trade was over by then.
There was no reason why Barack Obama had to know this. But there was also no reason for him to be shooting off his mouth without knowing what he was talking about.
Similarly misinformed is Obama’s characterization of the Nile as “the world’s greatest river.” The Nile is less than 10 percent longer than the Amazon, but the Amazon delivers more than 50 times as much water into the Atlantic as the Nile delivers into the Mediterranean. The Nile could not accommodate the largest ships, even back in Roman times, much less the aircraft carriers of today that sail up the Hudson River and dock in midtown Manhattan.
When Obama wrote that many people “had been enslaved only because of the color of their skin,” he was repeating a common piece of gross misinformation. For thousands of years, people enslaved other people of the same race as themselves, whether in Europe, Asia, Africa, or the Western Hemisphere.
Europeans enslaved other Europeans for centuries before the first African was brought in bondage to the Western Hemisphere. The very word “slave” is derived from the name of a European people, the Slavs, once widely held in bondage.
As for economics, Obama thought that Indonesians would be worse off after Europeans came in, used up their natural resources, and then left them too poor to continue the modern way of life to which they had become accustomed, or unable to resume their previous way of life after their previous skills had atrophied.
This fear of European “exploitation” prevailed widely in the Third World in the middle of the 20th century. But, by the late 20th century, the falseness of that view had been demonstrated so plainly and so often in countries around the world that even socialist and Communist governments began opening their economies to foreign investments. This often led to rising economic-growth rates that lifted millions of people out of poverty.
Barack Obama is one of those people who are often wrong but never in doubt. When he burst upon the national political scene as a presidential candidate in 2008, even some conservatives were impressed by his confidence.
But confident ignorance is one of the most dangerous qualities in a leader of a nation. If he has the rhetorical skills to inspire others to have the same confidence in him, then you have the ingredients for national disaster.
— Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. © 2012 Creators Syndicate, Inc.