Mourning the Death of a Friend

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.

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He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as knowing when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the worm, life isn’t always fair, and maybe it was my fault. Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you earn) and reliable parenting (adults, not children, are in charge). His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned, but overbearing, regulations were set in place.

Reports of a six-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate, teenagers suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition. Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job they had themselves failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer paracetamol, sun lotion or plaster to a pupil, but could not inform the parents when a pupil became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband, churches became businesses and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar in your own home, but the burglar could sue you for assault because you protected yourself and your own.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live after a woman failed to realise that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust, his wife, Discretion, his daughter, Responsibility and his son, Reason. He is survived by three stepbrothers; I Know My Rights, Someone Else is to Blame, and I’m A Victim. Not many attended his funeral because so few realised that he was gone.
— Author unknown

John White
Rockwall, Texas
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Memo to a Founder of La Raza Unida: Defenders of the Alamo were not drunks and crooks

Were the defenders of the Alamo ‘“a bunch of drunks and crooks and slaveholding imperialists who conquered land that didn’t belong to them”?
Well, the mother of Democrat twin politicians Julian and Joaquin Castro thinks so, as reported by on September 05, 2012.
In a sense, there are a few similarities between the Texas Revolution and the Great Civil War, in that family members fought on opposing sides. Take, for instance, José Gregorio Esparza, also known as Gregorio Esparza, the last Texan defender to enter the Alamo before the Mexican siege began.
I quote from Traces of Texas:
“José Gregorio Esparza, also known as Gregorio Esparza, was the last Texan defender to enter the Alamo before the Mexican siege began and his was the only Texian body that was not burned in the pyres in the aftermath of the Mexican victory. After the battle, one of the Mexican soldiers, Francisco Esparza, began searching for the body of his brother, Jose Gregorio, who had fought on the side of the Texians. When he found his brother’s body, Francisco and his widowed sister-in-law went to Santa Anna and begged permission to give Jose Gregorio a proper Christian burial. Permission was granted, and Jose Gregorio was buried in the Campo Santo cemetery in San Antonio. Incidentally, Jose Gregorio brought his family along with him when he entered the Alamo compound. They were able to survive the battle and were not executed by the conquering army.”
Tejanos who fought for Texas independence from the tyrannical Mexican government include such luminaries as Jose Antonio Navarro, Juan Seguín, Juan Abamillo, José María Arocha, Simon Arreola, Anselmo Bergara, Cesario Carmona, Antonio Cruz y Arocha, Matias Curvier, Alexandro De la Garza, Manuel N. Flores, Salvador Flores, Antonio Fuentes, Ignacio Gurrea, Brigido Guerrero, Damacio Jiménez, Toribio Losoya, Antonio Menchaca, Andrés Nava, Ambrosio Rodriguez, Guadalupe Rodriquez, Silvero, and Vicente Zepeda. All but a few of these Tejanos listed perished at the Alamo.
Did new Anglo immigrants enter Texas and take over cities and lands from Tejanos? Yes, but those misdeeds must not negate the valiant Tejanos who fought and died right along with Davy Crocket and Willam Travis. Our Tejano brethren were not drunks and crooks. They were men who cherished freedom from tyranny and were willing to take a stand against it for the sake of their families, their friends and their neighbors.
The defenders of the Alamo were selfless heroes to whom we Texans today owe our gratitude and respect.
Que Dios bendiga a Texas.
John White
Rockwall, Texas

Bourgeois and Proud of It

March 31, 2016 AD

An old man on a sleepless night delves into the many wonderful benefits of communism, said by our president to be as good a choice as capitalism for an economic system. After a middle-of-the-night awakening, it’s a glass of water and firing up this blog, thinking on the philosophical dilemma of America at this crucial time in her history.

So it is I pull up an online copy of the Communist Manifesto, the work of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.

Marx and Engels were big on dividing societies between workers (Proletariat) and business owners (Bourgeois). Our president would never use such terms, else he would be clearly known to all.

What’s the difference between these two classes of people, according to the authors of the Communist Manifesto?

  • The proletariat are wage earners, hourly employees or contract labor
  • The bourgeois are the business owners, the employers who pay wages to the proletariat

I suppose the irony was lost to Marx and Engels: without the Bourgeoisie, the proletariat would be unemployed, out of work, hungry and homeless.

The fundamental idea underlying the theory of communism is the bourgeoisie are inherently evil because they build their wealth off the labor of the proletariat. That’s true to a degree, but is it not also true a bourgeois first labors to develop a business idea and discovers how to finance his or her enterprise before hiring the proletariat?

I retired from the corporate world almost 30 years ago to start my business here in the smallest of 254 Texas counties. For the first year or more I was the entrepreneur, salesman, engineer, logistics person, book keeper, accounts receivable, accounts payable, customer trainer and after market service technician. It was AFTER this bourgeois sold enough business and accumulated enough capital that employees were hired.

Regardless the realities of free-market capitalism, communists theorize that elimination of the hated bourgeoisie levels the playing field and

He dismisses the notion that communist would take away your private property. Really, Barack? You were born to communists, raised by communists and mentored by a communist. You know darn well the differences between communism, socialism and free-market capitalism.

  • Capitalism – You have the right to private property and to enjoy the fruits from that property (as in the Declaration of Independence phrase “the pursuit of happiness”)
  • Socialism – Yes, you own private property, but the state dictates how you will use your property.
  • Communism – You have no right to private property. The state owns all property and it allows you to use some of its property. Maybe.

This 2016 election year. This great ideological divide between Democrats on the left and Republicans on the right have me sleepless this night. This graphic summarizes visually what’s happening to my fellow Americans at this point in our history.

Presidential politics all boils down to the above. Brain-dead college students clamor after Bernie and Hillary, while “evil” bourgeois business owners like me look for some salvation, some hope from the GOP candidates. And therein is the dilemma.

I see Bernie Sanders as full-blown communist, Hillary Clinton as a socialist-communist, Donald Trump as a capitalist-socialist and Ted Cruz as a full-blown capitalist. Imagine America, if any but Cruz get the job.

I am bourgeois and proud of it. I’ll be voting for Ted Cruz to be our next President of the United States of America, the last bastion of freedom on the face of the earth. At least for now.

Back to bed with my sleepy head.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

“Marxism is already here” – Cuban Refugee Speaks from Experience

December 20, 2015 AD

Cuban refugee Manuel Martinez testifies against a gun-control bill before the Oregon Senate. Manuel knows Marxism first hand;

Gun control measures by local, state and federal governments have nothing to do with guns and everything to do with big government that subjugates its citizens as our natural rights are taken from us.

“Marxism isn’t coming. Marxism is here.” – Manuel Martinez

John White
Rockwall, Texas

Will the Backlash Against Muslims in Europe Affect “Los Dreamers” in Texas?

How will a backlash against Muslim immigrants in France affect the “immigration reform” debate in this country?

Full disclosure: I understand the angst, the anguish of immigrant children living in Texas, kids who had no choice in coming here. They are thoroughly American from head to toe. They speak fluent English, only some are bilingual. Immigrant children like the same things native children like, go to the same movies, have smart phones and Facebook accounts – apart from facial features and perhaps skin tone, they are American through and through. But, there is no future for them as they sit in a legal limbo of arrested development. These kids, in most cases, could not survive in the countries of their nativities. I want very much to fully integrate them into the American experience. There is reason they are called “Dreamers”.

That said, the tactics taken by a lot of Dreamers and their relatives works counter to their goal of becoming legal residents and citizens of our country.

If unwanted guests arrived at your home, unannounced, uninvited, and began to demand you allow them all the benefits of invited guests, you would probably become angry, angry to the point of calling local law enforcement to file a complaint of trespass.

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Personal to the Dreamers: Your collective behavior is working against you. Fact of the matter is simple: you are neither citizens nor legal residents. Most of my fellow Americans see your protests as anti-American.

Now, looking to current events in France, we see how Muslim immigrants have been allowed into a host country, but the guests brought with them the idea that France should forego its culture, history and laws in favor of Muslim ideologies and Sharia law. Up to a point, French citizens have generally turned a blind eye, so to speak, to Muslim takeovers of whole neighborhoods where French law enforcement abandoned those neighborhoods to self-rule under Sharia law.

statue of liberty emma lazarus poemWhile we may be at odds with the French in many respects, we share one common ideal: FREEDOM. It was France that came to our aid against the British during our American Revolution. It was France that gave us the Statue of Liberty. We two people, diverse in language and culture, equally value personal liberty.

Our forefathers rejected state-mandated religion, even down to a specific variety of Christianity. They understood how Christians must experience a personal encounter with the Living God in the person of Jesus Christ. Muslims in France intend to foist upon all French citizens and residents Sharia law – no exceptions. Sharia is intolerant of Christians and Jews.

Barbarity of Muslims in France will amplify opposition in this country to blanket amnesty. And, you should know that impolite demands by you Dreamers will work contrary to your goal of enjoying our hard-won freedoms.

Yes, we have a president you think sympathetic to your cause. He’s not. His true motivation is hatred for all white people of European descent. In his mind we are a colonial power, but history runs counter to his imagination. Those countries we defeated in war were restored by our kindness and our treasury. Germany, Great Britain, Mexico, Iraq, Japan, etc. are not our colonies, but contemporary allies who are thankful for the mercies we extended them.

Barack Obama has one goal in mind: total reformation of our liberties into a socialist state. If you Dreamers hate the life your parents left behind, you’ll most certainly hate even more the life before you, if this country fails at the rule of law.

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Cubans yearn to leave Cuba where a stealth communist government promising “hope and change” took total control of the country. Cubans lost private property rights back in 1959. They were disarmed. Their fathers and mothers were imprisoned for speaking against the totalitarian Castro regime and all these things remain true for Cubans today. Is this what you want?

I encourage you to learn our history and to read and study the Bible. This country, unlike any other, was founded on the principle of self-rule, “dominio propio”. We the People are, at least for a while longer, second only to God in authority over this country.

If America becomes like the Cuba or the countries of your origins, to where shall you flee?

John White

Obama’s Cuban-Venezuelan Connection – Why He Ends the Cuban Embargo: my opinion

The stuff you ought to know - Obama's Cuban-Venezuelan Connection
The stuff you ought to know – Obama’s Cuban-Venezuelan Connection

Venezuela – Approaching the end of a road paved with socialistic ideals

It’s a story we Americans should all know, but few do. For example, do you know Cuban bureaucrats run practically all Venezuelan government departments?

Financial Times reports,The enormous influence that Cuba has gained in Venezuela is one of the most underreported geopolitical developments of recent times. It is also one of the most improbable. Venezuela is nine times bigger than Cuba, three times more populous, and its economy four times larger. The country boasts the world’s largest oil reserves. Yet critical functions of the Venezuelan state are either overseen or directly controlled by Cuban officials.” [April 2014]

Backing up a bit, let’s see how this became possible.

First, let’s consider Venezuelan natural resources: oil, Texas Tea, black gold. Venezuela has more oil than Saudi Arabia. But, while Saudis bask in rich luxuries, Venezuelans can’t pay their debts and are sliding deeper and still deeper into the abyss of national bankruptcy.

There has always been a great divide between the “haves” and the “have nots”, the well-to-do and the down-and-outers. Seeds of discontent eventually produced a garden of social ‘weeds’ that eventually took over the entire ‘garden’.

As in most of the Latin American countries with which I am familiar, those who do well tend to ignore those who do not. For example, when in Peru, I dress very casually: cutoff jeans, knit shirt and tennis shoes, mochila [backpack] to carry my stuff. As I pass well to do Peruvians, they ignore my friendly greetings and look beyond me with a thousand-mile stare as though I am invisible.

Venezuelans who found their ways to financial freedom failed to take impoverished fellow citizens along with them. I’m not talking socialism; I’m talking education, mutual respect and Christian outreach.

The great divide came to a head like an enormous ‘political pimple’ that popped in February 1999 when Hugo Chavez was elected president. His method preceded and possibly marked the trail for liberal progressivism applied by Barack Obama. Chavez couldn’t create law, but he had control of oil revenues out of the state owned PDVSA oil company and it was those revenues he used to construct his socialist utopian paradise. Funds that should have gone to PDVSA infrastructure maintenance were diverted to pay for Chavista ‘reforms’. Except, the country never really blossomed into a paradise. His utopian dream manifested in a dystopian nightmare.

Naturally, as with all socialist theoreticians, Hugo Chavez convinced himself it was the fault of the well to do Venezuelans, the USA and other demons that prevented his dream from coming true.

Chavez, still lacking constitutional authority to enact all he wished, began trading oil for communist bureaucrats and socialized medical care supplied by Cuba’s infamous Castro. Castro uses his well trained bureaucrats and his medical professionals as his “capital” in trade.

Little by little, day by day, Cuba came to totally run the entire country. In one case, a Venezuelan man’s business was expropriated by the government. The businessman went straight to the Cuban embassy to demand return of his business. When asked by a newsman why he went to the embassy, he explained how he was going right to the source.

A second socialist came to be mandatario after the death of Chavez and Maduro continued the failed and ridiculously unrealistic policies and practices of his predecessor. What’s the definition of insanity?

Now, Venezuela is on the verge of total economic collapse. Collapse of Venezuela would mean an inevitable collapse of Cuba’s communist dictatorship. But, Castro has an unexpected benefactor. Want to guess who he is? Are you getting ahead of me?

Darn! You knew all along. Didn’t you? You who guessed Barack Obama win the prize. Yes, the reason Obama was motivated to drop the economic embargo against Cuba was to preserve and protect the castrista communist government.

Now, as Paul Harvey used to say, you know the rest of the story.

John White

Castro and Obama: after 18 months of secret negotiations, do we learn what concessions were made?

Amazing, isn’t it? All these progressive liberals here in our country who know precisely what the Cuban people need, or so they suppose.

Ladies in White peacefully protest
Ladies in White peacefully protest

First, let’s get the opinion of the Ladies in White (Damas de Blanco). Who are these women? They are the wives, mothers, friends and sisters of men persecuted by the communist Castro government. For just over ten years, these valiant ladies have peacefully marched the streets of Havana. They dress all in white and carry flowers. Cuban authorities often violently assault and arrest them, but they just can’t silence them. Why? Because, life in Cuba is the next thing to living in hell itself. These women know the only way they can go is up. Read: ‘Ladies in White’ protesters held in Cuba crackdown

Yoanni Sanchez, philologist, blogger, mom and wife
Yoanni Sanchez, philologist, blogger, mom and wife

Next, let’s introduce Yoanni Sanchez who remarked, “The release of all political prisoners and prisoners of conscience; the end of political repression; the ratification of the United Nations covenants on Civil, Political, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the consequent adjustment of domestic laws; and the recognition of Cuban civil society within and outside the island. Extracting these commitments would begin the dismantling of totalitarianism.” But, will this happen? What says Mr. Raul Castro?

Raul Castro praises President Barack Obama. Raul declares he welcomes the relaxing of sanctions, but firmly says Cuba will remain communist. What about the rest of the castristas? What do they say? The ruling class doesn’t want the embargo lifted. Say what?!?!

As Yoanni Sanchez so authoritatively says, this Cuban communist government exists because of an “enemy”, the United States of America. If the EE.UU. is longer an enemy, the communist government could collapse. That would be a good thing, to be sure, but will it happen? If I had a crystal ball, I would chunk it in the garbage. Nonetheless, I can imagine a scenario in which the ruling class dethrones Raul Castro to keep their sweet deal going. Read her blog in English:

While in Cuba in 2004, during my morning prayer, I think I heard “Cuban will fall in a moment of time”. Later that same day an elderly Cuban man approached me to ask, “What do you see [in the future] for Cuba?” When I shared with him what I thought I heard that same morning, he became agitated and began nervously thumbing through his aged Bible, opening it to Jeremiah 51:8 that says, “Suddenly is Babylon fallen…”. “This” he remarked, “I have prayed on my knees for 17 years.”

Is lifting the embargo a good thing? Liberal progressives on our side of the Straits of Florida say yes. Cuban refugees living here and persecuted Cuban living there say something else. They say no.

By way of introduction, Yoanni Sanchez is the most widely read blogger in the world today. She is a philologist by university training who was born and raised under the heel of Castro’s communist state. She isn’t a refugee and she wasn’t around before the revolution. Her blog translates into about 18 languages and she is on Twitter as @yoanisanchez. She has received numerous awards for her writings. To me, she is somewhat like Winston Churchill with respect to her command of language. Hitler couldn’t silence Churchill and Castro couldn’t silence Yoanni.

John White