Saturday, June 23, 2012

Is Revolution Really the Only Solution?

Young Americans are Calling for Revolution! 


Lately there has been an ever increasing cry for revolution, rebellion, disobedience and anarchy in America.

Many young people today are resentful towards the older generations such as my own. As baby boomers, many of us protested the Vietnam War, racial and social inequality and many other causes. We hated our parents' music, the way they dressed and efforts to avoid risk. Many of us had called for revolution too.

Today many young people are focused on social injustice and mistakes made by the same people we blamed for all the problems of the world when we were young. They are angry about the same greedy corporations and corrupt politicians that caused us to picket and protest so many years ago.

Though many Baby Boomers like me came to realize that revolution was not the answer, many of our children and grandchildren believe we sold out, gave in or gave up on trying to change the world. I can't say I blame them, as most Baby Boomers like me living safe, comfortable lives probably find the idea of revolution, rebellion, revolt and anarchy terrifying, as most of us have gotten used to the easy life of the status quo, a large portion of young Americans are dissatisfied, disillusioned, fed up and pissed off, ready for anything, even if it includes violence.

Many young Americans today are so bored with their cell phone, video game lives, they actually envision revolution as an adventure, both fun and exciting. If you doubt there are enough people who would actually welcome the chaos, violence, death and destruction revolution would bring, you don't need to find the Occupy protestors, you just need look online.

Not only are there hundreds, if not thousands of websites and blogs dedicated to revolution, rebellion, uprising and anarchy saturating the Internet, there are also countless Facebook Communities dedicated to revolution as well, each with their own following, many with tens even hundreds  of thousands of followers promoting even more followers.

For example, many of the 121,858 likes/fans and 166,511 "talking about this" on our very own Conspiracy Watch Facebook Page say they are for revolution. The People's Uprising, with 4,738 likes and 31,598 "talking about this", I Acknowledge Class Warfare Exists, with 92,406 likes and 84,683 "talking about this", We Didn't Start The Fire, with 6,979 likes and 1,485 "talking about this" and Join The Resistance, with 2,033 likes and 682 "talking about this", just to name a few from the tip of the huge iceberg.

What many disgruntled young people don’t consider is there is more to the call for revolution than meets the eye. Though much of the cause for this discontent is government corruption, dishonesty, treachery and even incompetence, many young people today are just dissatisfied with their own lives and rightly afraid for their own futures.

Everybody wants change, but everybody sees this change differently, which could only end in chaos or anarchy.

I am sure that there are many others who feel as I do. Not just other Baby Boomers, but others who are either too old or have gotten too comfortable with their lives to desire any radical changes associated with a revolution. Again there are many websites, blogs and Facebook Communities dedicated to peace and peaceful reform.

We all however seem to agree on one thing; worldwide, capitalism has taken over totally, completely and absolutely. The government of my country, the United States of America, as well as the governments of most every nation globally are ruled by nothing other than money.  Money has become the deciding factor for everything.

No matter where you go, money rules the politics, policies and social responsibilities of practically every country on earth, no matter what form of government they claim. This is as much true of democracy as it is of communism, socialism even dictatorships.

Even counties strongly influenced by political ideology or religious beliefs are dominated by money, no matter if this be attributed to survival or selfishness and greed.

Revolution or Reform? 


Given all that I have mentioned so far about capitalism, it seems obvious that something must be done. But what? Must there be a revolution to replace capitalism with some other form of government? Even if we came up with a workable system, how would we usher it in? Undoubtedly, there many powerful forces that would oppose such a change.

Our government and elitists watched in horror as recently several African governments were overthrown. Our leaders are very aware of what is going on! So they monitor the Internet and Facebook, knowing all too well of the ant-government sentiment and calls for revolution (read my article, U.S. Homeland Security Monitoring Facebook, Twitter and other Sites for Signs of Discontent).

Our governments and the elite are well prepared for the eventuality of revolution! The US government, for example, has been passing laws for just this eventuality. The government has passed laws and ratified bills just for the purpose of making it easier for them to declare Martial Law, arrest the leaders, perpetrators and participants of any potential revolution, rebellion, revolt or even just a protest, now even having the power to imprison anybody they consider a threat, indefinitely! On top of that, they have the military, the National Guard, as well as federal, state and local police forces empowered to squash anything that could even remotely evolve into an uprising. 

Any American revolution these days relying on force would be bloody, disastrous and doomed for failure. 

Most of you in favor of reform will be more mature, perhaps middle age or older, seeing the logic in a peaceful resolution to the world’s turmoil. It will be primarily younger people who want action, perhaps even violence to bring about the change they call for. Indeed, there will be many of my younger readers wanting something more radical than reform to happen.

It will be up to us older folks, who are thinking more logically, to persuade our youth not to act to hastily and reconsider the alternatives to revolution.

Today’s youth must come to realize that revolution would not solve anything, in fact it would only make things worse. And even if a revolution would succeed in toppling the current government, another evil, greedy and corrupt government or leader would just take its place in the end.

Though today’s youth has legitimate grievances, they have been spoiled, having it much easier in many ways than many if not most or ALL previous generations.

Today, they may be confronted with news about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but they hadn’t to worry about the horrors associated with being drafted to fight in World War 2, Korea or Vietnam. Today, there is still racism and bigotry, but nothing like the hatred and discrimination African Americans, Hispanics and homosexuals had to deal with years ago.

Though today’s freedoms, rights, privileges and opportunities are being threatened, never before in history could anybody from any background, race or religion become anything they chose to be! Not long ago, an African American president would have been unthinkable.

And yet, many young people will still be thinking of the excitement, adventure and action associated with revolution. They may even see something noble or romantic in the anarchy that would surely result. But are they willing to die for fun or be imprisoned in concentration camps to prove a point?

They may think they are millions strong, many even being armed, but the government has military and police at its disposal. Today, in America a revolutionary army couldn’t win  like our Colonial Army during the Revolutionary War. Our government has weapons, surveillance electronics and intel gathering equipment at their disposal the colonists hadn’t even dreamed of yet!

There is no way a revolution could succeed without significant support from within the government and/or military itself. It would most certainly bring only violence, death and destruction.

The problem is that people have different ideals and expectations. Different people have political views, from being progressively liberal to ultra conservative and everything in-between, they aren’t always going to agree or even be willing to compromise.

The problem is that today when political associations aka special interest groups promote and achieve change, their changes often only result at the expense other political associations.

It almost seems as if those with similar beliefs, ideals and worldviews should live segregated from those of different persuasion. Indeed, if you don’t like the way others are or act, move to live with those who are like you! But if you want to be part of our diverse society, you are going to have to be tolerant and forgiving and make concessions and compromises. We are going to have to work together to make some changes.

But what are these changes going to look like? What alternatives are there?

Many want an alternative to capitalism. We know communism doesn’t work. So what else is there?

Alternatives to Capitalism


There are so many alternatives to "traditional" capitalism, I hardly know where to start. Of course, there are capitalism and democracy's "traditional" enemies, like communism and socialism, but there are also many different versions of capitalism we may want to explore.

The Global Humanist Movement

There is a Humanist Movement working for real democracy, human rights, and an economic model for social justice and the environment. Basing their principles on non-violence and anti-discrimination, they remind me of Jehova's Wittness, trying hard to recruit new members. The philosophy of this Movement is known by the name New or Universalist Humanism and can be distilled down to the primary principles of Solidarity - Treat others the way you would like to be treated and Coherence - Think, feel and act in the same way.

The Humanist attitude places the human being, rather than money or power, as the central value, affirming the equality of all human beings, recognizing personal and cultural diversity and rejecting any form of discrimination, promotes the continuous development of human knowledge beyond absolute truths and dogmas, sustains freedom of ideas and beliefs and ejects violence in all its forms.

Everybody with any common sense will realize the flaws of this system. Anybody with a brain knows that human nature would not allow these principles. 

The Worldwide Socialist Movement

For quite some time, there has been a Socialist Movement occurring in the Unites States and worldwide. There are those that would claim many of the European nations as being socialist, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Though many European countries do have a large scope of social programs, their forms of government are clearly capitalistic as the US. 

Socialism as it is defined by the Socialist Movement refers to common ownership, and this is by no means the case in any of the countries of Europe

In other words, they actually believe the resources of the world being owned in common by the entire global population would work! It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that this concept is doomed for failure, if nothing else due to of human nature.

But does it really make sense for everybody to own everything in common? Of course not. Everybody with any common sense knows that human nature would not allow this. Generally, people are to self-centered, selfish and greedy to be willing to share everything equally. Particularly, when we realize that some people are capable of working harder and longer than others. Do you really think these people would be willing to share the fruits of their labors equally with those who cannot work as hard or as long, some maybe not at all?

When the hippies tried using similar ideology, living in social communities known as communes during the 60’s and 70’s, they rarely lasted longer than a few months, when human nature like selfishness and jealousy took over.

Still, the Socialist Worker states: We actively support the struggle of workers and all oppressed people for economic, political and social reforms, both as a means to improve their conditions and to advance their confidence and fighting strength. But reforms within the capitalist system cannot put an end to oppression and exploitation. Capitalism must be replaced.” - From the ISO "Where We Stand"

As far back as 1896, the American socialist Daniel DeLeon gave a speech in Boston titled "Reform or Revolution," in which he compared social and economic reforms in society to grooming a poodle. No matter how you change the look of a poodle, he argued, "essentially, a poodle he was, a poodle he is, and a poodle he will remain." Yet, though they promote revolution even violence, neither Karl Marx, the Socialist Worker nor Daniel DeLeon name a viable, workable solutions for today’s issues or tomorrow's problems.

It is human nature that makes both socialism and communism a failure from the start. It is exactly this same selfish greed of human nature that provides the productivity and progress associated with capitalism.

It is also human nature that makes democracy a deception used to pacify society into believing that everybody is equal.

They will use deception to make you believe the Occupy Movement is a socialist movement. There will be socialist believers and infiltrators amongst those attending Occupy functions, but those in no way makes the movement as a whole socialist, much less communist.

Making Capitalism Work


Capitalism rewards innovation, productivity and hard work. Ti some degree, these rewards include being able to participate in government. Indeed, the more money you have, the more you can in theoretically influence politics.

Though this is often also characteristic of selfish greed in human nature, it can be more closely attributed to those with the dominating, power-hungry personality sometimes associated with the alpha-male.

So as you can see, human nature makes capitalism the logical, natural political and social system. It follows the principle of natural selection. The strong and smart are naturally easier able to acquire the money it takes to survive in life, society and politics.

The good thing about capitalism is it is a very broad ideology that could be modified to accommodate today’s society.

Instead of looking for an alternative for capitalism, we should be looking to ratify it to be as responsible, social and appeasing as possible.

There must be a way to reform, modify or change capitalism so that all are happy!

Previous attempts to change or 'reform' capitalism have already helped to improve society’s general living and working conditions tremendously.

We need to change our government to accommodate more transparency. We need to put in place a real government police force, to investigate and get rid of corruption in all branches of government. Although this would not be perfect, it would definitely put a big dent in the corruption happening in our political system today.

Anarcho-capitalism, libertarian anarchy, market anarchism, free market anarchism, private-property anarchism, or whatever else you might want to call it, by the right-libertarian and individualist anarchist that advocates the elimination of the state in favour of individual sovereignty in a free market could prove be the most compromising yet most efficient system yet. In an anarcho-capitalist society, law enforcement, courts, and all other security services would be provided by privately funded competitors rather than through taxation, and money would be privately and competitively provided in an open market. According to anarcho-capitalists, economic and personal activities would be administered by privately run law rather than politics. 

The Road towards Change


To start with, we may want to consider using some of the concepts from the very successful Velvet Revolution, which for the most part toppled communism in Eastern Europe. Though there are many that like to say the Velvet Revolution was a failure, in truth it was only what they did with the outcome of the Revolution that was a failure.

Along with some of these concepts, we would need to launch a massive online reformation movement, similar to the resistance and peaceful public demonstrations we used to combat SOPA, PIPA and some of the other measures we defeated recently.

We must get as many people to participate, including celebrities and honest politicians voicing their opinions and demanding change. 

We must vote some honest people into office to represent us. Honest politicians with integrity, like Ron Paul or Bernie Sanders, the Independent US Senator from Vermont. Maybe even consider barring career politicians from running for office! If we cannot accomplish this I’m afraid all is lost.

And we must hurry! As I write this our government is doing everything it can to gain control over the Internet. The Internet is our last line of defense. Once they find a way to effectively censor it, probably even with a sp called “kill-switch” we will be without the means to find out the truth about what is happening around the world, much less communicate and assemble a resistance movement.

The alternative would be living under the total control of our government or revolution. Either way, it would be nothing pretty. 

For all of you who think times are tough now... you have no idea.

Things could get a whole lot worse!

By Thomas Retterbush

Monday, May 14, 2012

Is there any Truth to the Doom and Gloom Warnings and Predictions?

Warnings of Economic Collapse, Armageddon and The End of the World are Everywhere!


Everywhere messages of doom, gloom, death and destruction dominate TV, radio, magazines and the Internet, warning us of wars, destruction, corruption, conspiracies and cover-ups which can no longer be ignored.

So is there any truth to these depressing prophecies, forecasts and occurrences, or are the hyped headlines nothing but scare tactics and fear mongering to recruit readers and subscribers? Is this stuff for real, or are they obsessed ramblings of paranoid conspiracy theorists like Rush Limbaugh, David Ike, Michael Moore, Alex Jones, Paul Joseph Watson and myself, Tom Retterbush?

When you consider that any good conspiracy theorist knows that he is being watched and blacklisted by Homeland Security, the FBI and just about every acronym the US government has for “signs of discontent” (see my articles U.S. Homeland Security Monitoring Facebook, Twitter and other Sites for Signs of DiscontentHow Our Government is Tracking and Databasing Your Every Move, Is the FBI Monitoring Your Social Networks?) and that we are possibly risking serious consequences by sharing some of our information with you and the general public, we must be either crazy, passionate or serious about wanting to warn you about what is happening right now and what we believe is headed our way very soon. 

I myself have written countless articles trying to warn my readers and the public in general from disasters and tragedies I feel are headed towards us, like Is Collapse Of America Inevitable?, Fears of a Total Stock Market Crash triggers Fears of Worldwide Economic Armageddon, Are You Prepared for a Possible Stock Market Crash, Depression, Anarchy, even Civil War? and The Economy is still in Trouble; Many Experts still Predict Global Economic Meltdown, as well as several other articles published here on CW, on Before Its News and on some other sites. 

I get little if anything out of my sharing this information with you, other than being ridiculed by my family, friends and society as a whole, while being blacklisted and possibly persecuted by those I blame for our troubles, but the advertising revenues from my site which barely covers the coffee I drink while writing the articles.

Although prophets, priests, seers and shaman have been warning humanity of the end of the world since the dawn of civilization, we are still here. More recently, scientists, political analysts and economists have taken over trying to warn mankind of coming social, political, economical, biological and environmental destruction, but mankind is still here.

The 1950s shiny happy futurism of The Jetson gave way to much darker predictions for humanity in the 1970s. With the Cold War at its height, an energy crises, fears of terrorism and unemployment similar to today, Americans of the 1970s became very pessimistic about the future. Out of this dread, movies like Future Shock and books like The Late Great Planet Earth served up apocalyptic visions of the American future. But again, man is still here.

To the casual observer, it would seem that man is continuing to wreak havoc on the planet he lives on without much consequence, but we all know that this is not true.

This time around, man cans sense the trouble brewing. These days man no longer needs a prophet, priest, seer, shaman, scientist, analysts or economists to know what’s coming. Everybody knows that both mankind and the planet man lives on are coming to an end.

We may perish through a nuclear war, a natural disaster, a super-virus, disease, famine, starvation, overpopulation or a combination of all of the above, but the outcome is always the same no matter what destroys us. We may not admit it out loud. We may not even admit it to ourselves. But anyone who is in tune with the environment, life and the ways of the world cannot deny the sense of approaching doom.

There is no stopping it. We may be able to slow it down. We may be able to prolong our existence a few more years, but the end is inevitable. 

The only possible way for mankind to survive as a species is if we are able to start over on another planet or a man-made colony in outer space.

Although there are those who believe that this technology already exists, if so, it would belong to the super-rich, who undoubtedly wouldn’t want to share an obviously limited resource with all of mankind. Particularly when taking into account that rich elitists have already been observed planning depopulation on this planet.

Considering that any possible current technology to escape earth and settle the cosmos belongs to these rich elitists, I think we must stall the destruction of our planet until we are sure even average folks can hope to be included when mankind heads for truly new worlds. 

That is, unless we decide that humanity is too evil, destructive and predatory that we should not be allowed to infest the universe beyond. But who would decide?

Truly this decision could only be intrusted to a god. Man has revoked his right to decide anything of this magnitude.  Man by his actions throughout history has shown capacity for evil that sets us appart from other violent, predatory animals, making us monsters in the eyes of any species observing us. If there are aliens watching, it is obvious why they haven't made contact. If intelligent beings, they have trurned about face and left the planet earth in their rear view mirror.

So, I guess we'll just have to wait and see how this all plays out. I guees I will continue to try and keep you alerted to any approaching dangers that could be headed our way, keep you updated to any conspiracies, deceptions and cover-ups that you should know about, keep trying to motivate you to prepare for the eventuality of anarchy, and hopefully influence you to fight for your freedom, stand up for you rights and advocate justice for all.

Written by: Tom Retterbush

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Monday, April 30, 2012

China Plans to Conquer the World

The Chinese Economic, Political, Technological and Military Takeover of America and the World is Happening Now! 

 

The Obama administration is secretly conspiring with China’s leaders to destroy the value of the dollar to save the American political system for imploding.


Most people believe that the US is still the world's number one economy.

According to statistics and some economists, China has already overtaken the US as the world's largest economy, and is not far behind in military might, political influence, technology and scientific research.

Over two hundred years ago, Napoleon warned, “When China wakes, it will shake the world.”

Over a year ago, on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, I published a forecast, Chinese Economic Takeover now Inevitable Many Experts Predict, which has come to pass.

Nobody listened, but my pride is comforted by the fact that nobody even choose to listen to Henry Kissinger, the man whose historic visits opened US relations with China 41 years ago in 1971, when he says we must accept a new global hierarchy with China in a dominant role.

China has awakened. And now, it’s about to shake the world to its foundations, starting with the United States.

The facts I present to you here will render everything you think you know about our government, about our economy and about investing obsolete.

This is the sum of an investigation I have compiled, where much of the information I have obtained from a report by Larry Edelson. You may have seen Larry in  Forbes, or on Bloomberg, CBS Marketwatch, CNBC or another major financial program or publication. He is a major financial adviser for several large investment funds, as well as founded his own brokerage and money management firm with offices in New York, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Vienna and Osaka, Japan.

Larry accurately warned his readers of the stock market crash of 1987 and the chaos that followed. He warned of the bursting tech stock bubble in 2000 that cost US investors an estimated $6.5 trillion in losses and the 2007 collapse in US stocks. He also foretold the bottom of gold prices at $255 in 1999 and the bull market that has taken it back to well over $1,800 per ounce. In June of 2004, he warned that the price of oil would skyrocket, from $38 to well over $100 a barrel, and gas to almost $4 a gallon. Today, Larry's forecasts and advises on Money and Markets and his own Uncommon Wisdom website.

Recently,  Larry has made another truly shocking discovery: It is so disturbing, in fact, that most people who read this report will simply refuse to believe it. But ignoring this warning will have consequences and will be catastrophic for millions of Americans. It’s a story that’s so shocking, nobody in the U.S. media has dared report it: 

Larry has uncovered compelling evidence that the Chinese government is conspiring with Washington, D.C. to impoverish you and sentence your children and your grandchildren to lives of financial servitude.

Everybody knows that China is on the move. Even despite the recent global slowdown. But what most Americans do not know and what our media firmly refuses to admit, is that China is already so rich, it can now mandate economic policy to the world; even to the United States of America.

It’s hard to believe. Especially since many have been saying that China’s economic explosion is over. But consider the report that Yahoo Finance recently published:
“The International Monetary Fund has just dropped a bombshell, and nobody noticed. For the first time, the international organization has set a date for the moment when the ‘Age of America’ will end and the US economy will be overtaken by that of China.”
According to the IMF (International Monetary Fund), by 2016, the United States will no longer be the world’s number one economic power. 

According to the IMF, China will be richer than America in less than five years. 

China vs. US statistics
But according to the esteemed Peterson Institute, based on data just published by the University of Pennsylvania, the IMF is wrong: The Chinese economy will NOT surpass America’s by 2016, not in 2017, not even in 2020.

Both the Peterson Institute and the University of Pennsylvania have proof that China is already the world’s #1 economic power.

These highly praised institutions just presented irrefutable proof that when you adjust for the domestic purchasing power of respective currencies, the U.S. economy produced goods and services valued at $14.6 trillion, while the China’s Gross Domestic Product soared to $14.8 trillion in 2010.

This clearly proves that China’s economy is already larger than the economy of the US. And the United States is falling farther behind every day:

The US economy grew about 1.7% while China’s economy grew 9.2% in 2011. This means China’s economy nearly doubles in size once each decade.

Beijing has become so powerful, it can now dictate economic policy to the US.

The Chinese government has almost no debt, while Washington has nearly $145 trillion in debt and obligations.

  • China has $3.2 trillion in cash — and its cash reserves are growing ever larger, month after month ...
  • But Washington has almost no cash on hand and has to borrow nearly half of every dollar it spends — much of it is borrowed from China.
  • China’s total tax revenues are up nearly 30% from a year ago ...
  • But Washington’s tax revenues are dramatically down due to the sluggish U.S. economy.
  • The U.S. has about 160 million workers ...
  • China has 810 million workers — more than 5 times more than the United States.
  • 97% of all Chinese workers are employed ...
  • But 14 million U.S. workers are either unemployed or underemployed.
  • In China’s urban areas, wages ROSE 7.6% in 2011 — and the increase was about double that in rural areas.
  • Meanwhile, inflation-adjusted wages for U.S. workers dropped 1.7%.
The investment facts are even more startling:
  • Securities valued at more than $6 trillion trade on Chinese exchanges every day and that number is growing by leaps and bounds.
  • China enjoys the largest foreign capital inflows of any nation on Earth, surpassing the United States as the world's favorite place to invest.
  • China is now the world’s #1 mine operator ... its #1 car maker ... its #1 manufacturer ... its #1 exporter.
China is growing more now that the US during the American boom of 1950's.

New York and Beverly Hills were once the world’s premiere spots for high-end shopping, while now the Nanjing Road shopping district of Shanghai puts them to shame, as does the New Shanghai Shopping City in the Pudong financial district. And these are only two of the many massive, world-class, state-of-the-art shopping districts located throughout China.

Once Las Vegas topped the world when it came to luxury hotels and entertainment, but now even Vegas’ best can’t hold a candle to the world’s largest hotels and casinos in China.

Once Palm Beach’s mansions and posh housing communities were the ultimate, but now they can't compare to the massive luxury housing developments and neighborhoods filled with extravagant Western-style mansions of China.
  
China is on the way up while the US is the nation on the way down.
The Program for International Student Assessment has ranked Chinese students #1 in the world. American students were luck to be ranked #14. China’s Tianhe-1A super computer is the fastest in the world, capable of processing more than 2.5 thousand trillion calculations per second, far quicker than anything the US has at this time.

The US betraying NASA and scrapping its space program has practically handed China and Russia the Space Race. China is now even preparing to put a man on the moon!

But when you look at China’s military, it gets downright scary
With 2.2 million active-duty military personnel, China has by far the largest army in the world, with 600,000 more soldiers than the US military has. And while the U.S. is cutting its military expenditures, China has increased military spending every year for more than 20 years ... and is still boosting it by an average of 11.8% per year.

China’s military is state-of-the-art: It just unveiled its first stealth fighter, the J-20. It also has modern battle tanks, aircraft carriers, nuclear attack submarines, cruise missiles and spy satellites.

China’s nuclear arsenal is especially worrying: While the U.S. has been steadily reducing its stockpiles for nearly 30 years, China continues to build up its forces and is refusing to even begin talks on nuclear arms reduction. 

In the size of its economy and economic growth, its technology, its education and the size and might of its military, China is already the world’s most powerful nation.



Now, because of China’s newfound status as the world’s #1 super power, it is ready, willing and able to mandate economic and political policy to the rest of the world, including America.

And there is another reason why China is in the position to be able to dictate economic and political policy to America: Nearly 50% of every dollar Washington spends today is borrowed money, most of which it borrowed from China.

Without the billions Beijing loans Washington, the entire US government would go bankrupt. Millions of Americans who count on the government for Social Security, pension and unemployment checks would be financially destroyed, as would government employees and contractors. As you see, the entire world, including the United States, must now bow to China’s superior economic power... because everybody owes China.

At the recent Nuclear Security Summit, we were treated to images of our own president bowing to Hu Jintao, the current Paramount leader of the People's Republic of China. Nobody who watched that humiliating display on television had any doubt which man has the greater power; which man is in control.

And the Chinese know they’re in the driver’s seat. The People’s Liberation Army Senior Colonel Liu Mingfu recently said, “To save itself, to save the world, China must prepare to become the world’s helmsman.”

It was painful to watch the President of the United States bow down to the Chinese, but not nearly as painful as it is for me to have to tell you of our country's demise.

Though I was born (on an American Air Force Base) and raised in Germany, I will remain an American through and through, to my final breath. My mom, my sister, my brother and my grown daughter all live in Germany, but I live in the States, in San Antonio, Texas. I want nothing but the best of everything for my country, The United States of America.

Which makes it all the more painful to tell you that China is not satisfied to merely surpass the US economy; it has already begun a campaign to takeover  the US and the world in its entirety. It is a mad grab for power that many have tried before, from Attila the Hun, Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar, to Napoleon Bonaparte and Adolf Hitler. The good news is, none have ever succeeded and I don't believe the Chinese will either. The bad news is, they will reek havoc and bring about a destruction never before seen on earth.  

The shocking part is that our own leaders in Washington, D.C. have become Beijing’s willing accomplices. I know this is an outrageous assertion, but Larry Edelson has provided me with some pretty convincing evidence; so please hear me out.

China has already begun to wage war against the dominance and value of the US dollar with the help of our leaders in Washington!

Since shortly after World War 2, one of the advantages the US has had going for it is the dollar's status as the world’s currency of choice. Most of the world’s central banks hold their reserves in US dollars. Most international transactions are settled in US dollars. Any government, business or person can buy from any country anything and everything in the world with US dollars. No other currency has this kind of buying power.
That means there is always a high demand for dollars everywhere in the world and because of that demand, the our trusty dollar has held its value more effectively than most other currencies.

Unfortunately, President Obama has spent more than $10.6 trillion, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has borrowed an estimated $4 trillion and the Chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke has created nearly $8 trillion out of thin air, all since 2009.

Because of these irresponsible actions of our leaders, the value and the buying power of the dollar have begun to plummet:
  • Gasoline prices have skyrocketed!
  • The price for heating oil has skyrocketed, sending home heating bills up more than 50% per month!
  • Milk and cheese prices are up 18% and 15% respectively
  • The price of beef and veal used in restaurants is up 17% 
  • Coffee prices are up more than 20%
  • Egg prices have soared nearly 30%!
  • Health insurance prices are up
  • Medicine and medical care prices are up
  • College tuition prices are up a
  • Airline tickets are more expensive than ever, as is most everything else
As a result of this precipitous decline in the dollar’s buying power, France, India and many other countries, the U.N., the IMF and other international organizations are ALL calling for the end of the dollar’s reign as the world’s reserve currency. Even the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party says: 

The world urgently needs to create a diversified currency and financial system and fair and just financial order that is not dependent on the United States.”

In fact, the US dollar is already being abandoned by many countries and companies in favor of the Chinese yuan:
  • Investors can now buy yuan-denominated bonds in Hong Kong.
  • Caterpillar and McDonald’s recently financed their mainland China projects directly via yuan bond offerings instead of US dollars.
  • And China’s trade with Russia, Vietnam and Thailand is now being settled in yuan instead of US dollars.
  • Apple Computer is even accepting iTunes payments in yuan!
Now, China believes it’s time to make the supremacy of it's yuan official, by gutting the U.S. dollar. And our own leaders, including President Obama, Treasury Secretary Geithner and Fed chief Bernanke are obediently helping Beijing do just that!

Hard to believe? Especially in an election year? I agree! But President Obama saw what a weaker dollar did for U.S. stocks in 2009. It gave birth to his huge rallies! Having the stock market explode higher just before the elections would greatly increase his reelection chances!

Everybody has seen the news reports of Obama, Geithner and Bernanke complaining about China’s currency. Those complaints are only growing louder now — even in this election year!

The administration claims the “weak yuan” gives China an unfair trading advantage. It makes China’s products cheaper than ours on world markets.

So they’re demanding that China increase the yuan’s value in order to level the playing field for American exporters. But anybody with even shred of common sense can instantly see the Obama administration’s claims are pure baloney.

The average U.S. worker earns nearly 6.5 times more than his or her Chinese counterpart. Those sky-high labor costs are cooked into every product produced in America and that’s what makes American products far more expensive than similar Chinese-made products.

China's Economic Takeover is only the First Step of it's Plan

 



China upgraded its navy to allow control of what its military calls the 'first island-chain' in 2010. The first island-chain includes Japan, Okinawa, Taiwan, the Philippines and Brunei. It now plans to take control of the 'second island-chain'. The second island-chain includes Japan and extends to Australia’s doorsteps.

This has enormous implications, as China claims the US and international community has no right to intervene in the internal affairs within its sphere of influence. By setting their sights on calling all of Southeast Asia and the South Pacific part of their sphere of influence, China is claiming all that happens in these nations and island states their "internal affair," not subject to outside interference. It also authenticates the conclusions drawn in Hegemon: China's Plan to Dominate Asia and the World, a book by Steven W. Mosher. 

Mosher claims that China has "a three-tiered plan for achieving hegemony (that means a single, all dominant power -- a single axis of power dominating the world). The first is local hegemony where the Chinese move to take back Taiwan. The second stage of hegemony will be regional, where they take back territories that China historically dominated but lost. The third stage, Mosher claims, from around 2011 to 2014, the Chinese will achieve a military force superior to the United States. This is not at all far fetched, maybe even being probable. 

China expects war with the US 



China fully expects a war with the United States. Though the fighting has already started in the form of an economic war, both sides know what it will eventually come down to. US political leaders with any sense won't admit it, but know that it's just a matter of time before the economic war turns violent.

In my article from December 14, 2011, China Warns Russia of Coming Armageddon Initiated by the United States and its Allies, I quote the minister of defense of the People's Republic of China, Minister Chi Haotian, saying, "War with the United States was inevitable." He didn't say 'possible or probable, he said, 'inevitable.'" 

The Chinese military has orders from president Jiang Zemin to prepare for war. President Jiang Zemin, the head of the Chinese Communist Party and the country, said to his central military commission, the leading generals in the People's Liberation Army, air force and navy, that they should "... prepare for war with the United States by the year 2008."

The Chinese already believe that China can win such a conflict with the United States in Asia, including a Chinese attack on Taiwan. More importantly, the Chinese believe that 20 to 30 years down the road there will only be one country left standing, a Hegemon, and the Chinese intend for China to be the Hegemon.

China's recent war games using 110,000 troops to simulate amphibious landings went way beyond wanting to intimidate Taiwan. They used army-sized invasion exercises in full simulation mode. If Mosher's time-table is at all correct, Taiwan will be China's first, but by no means last military target. Taiwan is no match for China and should be considered nothing more than an exhibition match.

Military sources caution, the huge military expenditures that far exceed the $14.6 billion that the Chinese government officially claim. "China's intensive military buildup in recent years is certainly not targeted only at Taiwan. China's real target is the US," said Taiwanese National Defense University lecturer Colonel Jen Yi-ming. If that is the goal, then the war games utilizing 10,000 soldiers during the second week of October and the 100,000 troops used in amphibious landing training in September demonstrated China's resolve. The military demonstration was the biggest display of Chinese weapons and military skills since 1964.

China carving out a place in the new world order

Because China knows that the Illuminati striving for a New World Order are primarily of European or Jewish decent have little intention of sharing a piece of the world's power pie with orientals, the Chinese are also secretly at war with the Rothschilds, Rockefellers, Morgans and other big bankers. For a long time, it was the power of these banking elites that held the balance of power in favor of the West.

Unfortunately, China has gotten too big that even these big banking dynasties can no longer save America! 

The End of America's Dominance is Eminent and Inevitable 

America has gotten itself in so much trouble, that no country or even group of countries can bail it out! Yes, while the average American is totally unaware that world government is just around the corner, China fully understands what is happening and is positioning itself as the regional powerhouses and global supremacy. And while the insult to our national pride and patriotism will be painful, the personal toll will be excruciating.

The dollar’s demise will be catastrophic for everyone who earns, saves or invests dollars. The price you pay for food, electricity, gasoline and just about everything else will skyrocket. But when war breaks out, there will be hell to pay. Literally.

Many Americans, particularly those on fixed incomes, will have to choose between buying medicine, paying the rent, or buying food.

Homelessness, hunger and hopelessness will be the everyday reality for millions of Americans.

Some will rightfully blame Washington for their misery. Others will blame Wall Street. Mass demonstrations and hunger marches will dominate the headlines. 

Cities will burn and violence will prevail on the streets.

When the dust settles, the United States will be little more than just another name on the long list of once-proud countries that squandered their wealth ... that were ultimately driven to their knees and forced to submit to the nations that took their places.

And China will have easy pickings of what's left over.

Most people who read this presentation will probably think I’ve gone off the deep end. 

They can’t accept the fact that we are no longer king of the hill.  Much less that hell is getting ready to rain down on them!

The only advice I can give you now, is to check out Larry Edelson's The Great Betrayal of 2012, as he offers some great advice when preparing for the Yellow Horde. Unfortunately, as we all know, there are those who profit from war, stock market crashes and disasters. Now you can be one of them. He will show you the handful of stocks that are positioned to soar as China's yuan surges and as the U.S. dollar plunges!

Regardless of what you choose to do, I wish you all the best.

May the world continue it's everyday status quo.

May I have been wrong about it all!


Written By: Tom Retterbush
Email: tomretterbush@gmail.com

Note: I am not affiliated in any way with Larry Edelson or The Great Betrayal of 2012, nor do I get any kind of commission or compensation for mentioning him or his work.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Are You really a Patriot if You Buy American?

The Truth about Buying American: Does ot do any Good?


Though I actually believe in free trade, every time I see someone believing to be a “Good American” drive by in a Hundai, it makes me want to yell at them, “buy American, you traitor,’ but would I speaking the truth? Are people who buy Korean cars, Japanese stereos and Chinese toys bad Americans?

Well, I did some investigating, to not only put my mind at ease, but also so I would know if I should spread the Buy American, or keep my moth shut. 

The article, "Buy American" Sounds Patriotic, But The Protectionist Policy Could Start A Trade War, by Gary Shapiro, President & CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, pointed at everything wrong with the Buy American concept. However, it approached the Buy American concept primarily from a government policy angle.

I agree with Gary that if the United States would make it policy, or even politically or economically beneficial to buy American, that other countries might retaliate and do the same to us, causing the whole policy approach to backfire.

Obama recently went as far as to introduce a nearly 700-page stimulus text that includes a short clause called "Buy American" and provides that all iron, steel and manufactured goods used in stimulus-funded projects be produced in America. What true American patriot would dare speak out against it?

Indeed, there are those who say that it would be a good thing to turn our country inward and halt trading opportunities. In fact, a growing number of Americans believe we should worry about ourselves and “to hell” with the rest of the world.

However, we know what happens when the United States makes a conscious step toward protectionism, ratcheting up tariffs and closing its borders to the outside world. If we wanted to move in that direction, we should have done it right after World War 2. Our economy is just too complex o attempts something like this without moving our society back 50 years.

A nonpartisan think tank, The Peterson Institute for International Economics, estimated that though a few thousand jobs would be created by "Buy American" as many as 65,000 jobs could be lost if other countries put similar laws in place.

The United States has been a global economic leader for quite some time. We have managed this status through ideas, imagination and innovation. We have cultivated this through complex international relationships and friendships.

The consequences of protectionism would be far more damaging to America than critics of free trade realize. Most of our trade deficits are because of our own policies. 

Protectionism is a two-way street and would injure many American companies without bringing back large numbers of factory jobs—heck, half of the profits for US companies listed on the S&P 500 index are earned overseas. 

American labor has always competed effectively against low-wage foreign competition in the past. Germany, for example, has higher manufacturing wages than those in the United States today, yet it has a very favorable trade balance. Obviously there are other factors responsible for American job losses beside China’s lower wages.

Most people don’t consider the fact that, most of the manufacturing in China is done for American companies, which gain most of the profits. For example, the Apple iPhone adds $2 billion to the trade deficit with China, although it is entirely designed and owned by Americans and is made of parts imported from Europe and other Asian nations. According to a Wall Street Journal analysis, “Not Really Made in China,” China’s actual input is only $6.50 out of the $178 wholesale cost! The actual trade deficit with China is actually only about half of what the statistics show.

This applies to many other imports as well, like sneakers, for example. A pair of Nike shoes may cost $3 to make, which goes to China. The rest of the retail price is accounted for by advertising, shipping, design, raw materials, and profits, most of which revert to Americans. 

No, we cannot make it official policy to Buy American any more than we can make it a tax break. We must make Buy American a voluntary decision of well-meaning, patriotic Americans.

Apparently most  Americans are thinking about our country, as a recent survey found that 61% of Americans would be more likely to purchase a product if it was marketed as having been “Made in America.” However, the problem with this is, not only are most American made products more expensive that products made in China, Korea or Mexico, but they are becoming ever harder to find.

When was the last time you tried to buy a pair of socks made in the United States? You’re going to have a hard time finding any. Most socks are now from Vietnam and China. 

Of course, you could join the "How Americans Can Buy American" email list today and have the October 2010 edition of the American-made Retail E-guide emailed to you for FREE. The American-made Retail E-guide features over 2,500 American-made products from over a dozen popular retail stores like Dillard’s, Home Depot, TJ Maxx, and Costco.

How Americans Can Buy American is mentioned in President Bill Clinton’s new book Back to Work: Why We Need a Smart Government for a Strong Economy on page 182 describing 46 ways to “create jobs and increase growth.” His comments are as follows:
Promote affordable opportunities to "buy American." Roger Simmermaker, an electronics technician from Orlando, Florida, is the author of How Americans Can Buy American. It contains more than sixteen thousand products and services made in the United States and includes a special list of a thousand union-made products. Simmermaker also offers Americans a free e-guide to more than twenty-five hundred products available in popular retail outlets like Dillard’s, Home Depot, and Costco.
There are many other Buy American clubs, groups and societies throughout the US these days, so even if it might make life a little more difficult and more expensive, you could be a Good American and Buy American if you wanted to. 

Personally, I believe, if you can at all afford it, you should be buying products Made in America, even if its more expensive and even if it hurts a little. Not if it's going to break you, but otherwise, it's what it means to be American. It's what it means, belonging to  a society. Everybody must do their part. Everybody must sacrifice.

Its all a matter of priorities.

What do you think? Would you be willing to look harder and pay more for products made in America?

Written By: Tom Retterbush
Email: tomretterbush@gmail.com


How Americans Can Buy American
While many have argued passionately that it is time to put America and Americans first, Roger Simmermaker, in How Americans Can Buy American, shows us how. His book is a patriot's guide to shopping. How Americans Can Buy American is a book from which both union and non-union working Americans can benefit. Applying the principles in this book will help save the American middle class by protecting middle-class jobs that pay good wages. Get How Americans can Buy American directly from Amazon, HERE


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