We must utterly cleanse this ruling class from power

We must utterly cleanse this ruling class from power. By Josiah Lippincott.

“Speak softly and carry a big stick.” That was the old American way of conducting foreign policy. By contrast, the Biden Administration embraces a motto of “talk shit and carry a small stick.”

For all the liberal bombast about “Putin’s war in the Ukraine” and the need to defend freedom and democracy in Europe by giving enormous amounts of weapons and sums of cash to Volodymyr Zelenskyy, there is a striking lack of actual power behind these American promises. As it turns out, the dementia-ridden emperor has no clothes. More importantly, he has no industrial might.

America is no longer the “arsenal of democracy.” …

America in 1940 had an enormous manufacturing capacity — unparalleled by any other power on earth. Joe Biden, on the other hand, has kept FDR’s language but without having the material power to back it up. He talks the talk but cannot walk the walk. The America of 1940 doesn’t exist anymore.

The upper Midwest where Americans once produced goods that were the envy of the world are now riven by drug addiction, population decline, and spiritual collapse. The Rust Belt is, figuratively speaking, rusted out.

America’s delusional ruling class believes that because they have made strongly worded moral pronouncements and signed pieces of paper giving money and weapons to Zelenskyy that these things will simply magically appear out of thin air. The average congressman, like the average general, has a childlike view of the world. Like the people who believe food comes from grocery stores, these naïve innocents don’t understand how anything works.

Details schmetails:

During World War II, the United States fired 42 billion rounds of ammunition. Today, the Army’s lone major small arms ammunition production facility — the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant outside of Kansas City — produces just 2 billion rounds per year. …

Raytheon indicates that simply replacing current stocks of weapons used up in Ukraine will take the better part of a decade. The Washington Post reports: “In the first eight months after Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion, Ukrainian forces burned through 13 years worth of Stinger antiaircraft missiles and five years of Javelin missiles, according to Raytheon, which produces both weapons.”

Artillery production is even worse. The Army maintains a single artillery round production facility in Scranton, Pennsylvania. That plant could produce, prior to the Ukraine war, 14,000 155mm howitzer shells a month. The Ukrainian forces on the front were burning through 7,700 rounds per day. …

The story on the guns actually firing those shells is likewise depressing. The New York Times reports the United States sent 142 M777 howitzers to Ukraine. … At the beginning of the war, the United States had sent all of the guns from two out of the three artillery battalions to the Ukraine: in essence crippling the 1st Marine Division’s artillery support. …

The M777 howitzer is built by BAE Systems. The “B” in that title stands for “British.” America’s primary howitzer system is built entirely in England at BAE’s Barrow-in-Furness facility. Nor is there a way to buy more of them in the near future. The United States purchased some 1,000 of the guns and, at present, BAE is just finishing up production for India. Once that is completed, it will take three years for the facility to fire up again in order to produce more guns. Why the delay?

Well, the M777 howitzer is made from titanium. The largest single titanium producer in the world is the VSMPO-AVISMA Corporation . . . located in Russia. The world’s largest mined supplies are in China. The United States imports virtually all of the titanium it uses in its weapon systems because there is almost no domestic supply. …

Hellfire missiles use computer guidance chips made out of gallium arsenide. There are zero operating gallium mines anywhere in America. …

Libertarians, profits before patriotism, government irresponsibility:

The American economy simply is not built to actually manufacture critical goods. The libertarian economists can explain why. It comes down to comparative advantage. American manufacturing workers want to own their homes, receive good wages, and health care benefits. The American people also want clean water and air. That costs money. The Chinese don’t care about any of that. Chinese workers will do the same work (badly) for slave labor wages while their country is turned into a toxic wasteland. Therefore, it is better for Wall Street’s balance sheets if they can ship that work abroad.

The green line goes up! GDP has never been higher!

There is a cost, of course, to all this outsourcing and grifting. Places like New York City and San Francisco get flooded with cash, yes, and white upper middle class Americans get to see phenomenal returns from the stock market as cost savings in labor and environmental costs are turned into fat dividends and rocket-fueled valuation growth.

If you had invested $100 dollars in the S&P 500 in 1904, you would have just $200, adjusted for inflation by 1984. You would have doubled your real money in 80 years. Between 1984 and today, however, that amount would have grown to $1600 — a multiple of eight.

This growth isn’t driven simply by real production. America’s proportional ability to make critical infrastructure, as I’ve shown, has precipitously declined. Instead, these numbers testify, in large part, to Wall Street’s gutting of the American economy.

Parasites in America’s blue states sucked dry the conservative heartland. Rural manufacturing communities — like Hillsdale, Michigan, where I live — are today in all-out decline. Empty factories dot the landscape. Once vibrant communities are now ravaged by drugs, obesity, and poverty. Hillsdale city today can barely pave the roads. Local tax revenues have never recovered to pre-2008 Great Recession levels.

This hollowing out of the American economy was wonderful for both America’s corporate and ideological masters. Wall Street got profits and the liberals got to effectively liquidate their political enemies. Blue-collar white workers simply don’t care about trans rights and reparations for minorities. These largely white working-class communities want good jobs and benefits. They want nice middle-class lives. They like Trump. This is racist.

At least, so I am told. …

The left has a lock on the new America:

In America now, the easiest access to wealth and power does not flow through small businesses or manufacturing facilities but through managerial white collar work. In order to get those kinds of jobs, a college education is required. The Left, therefore, gets to ensure that access to economic advancement necessitates that young Americans pass through their ideological seminaries.

America no longer has a free economy but a gatekeeping economy controlled by people who hate the old America. Good work to all the libertarians and conservatives in D.C. think tanks who helped make this happen! Enjoy your 401k payouts — assuming they don’t get expropriated in the name of anti-racism! …

Burn it down:

The only feasible solution that includes a better life for ordinary Americans in the heartland is to utterly cleanse this ruling class from power. Don’t just drain the swamp — nuke it from orbit. Salt the ground afterward, just to make sure.

America’s economic might is in freefall. Our military is a paper tiger. Law and order are bywords of a dead era. The path forward, unless something drastic happens, is clear — everything everywhere will slowly get worse until it all simply falls apart Brazil or South Africa style. …

We also need to drastically limit immigration in order to boost wages, lower housing prices, and boost social cohesion.

We need to ban critical race theory, affirmative action, and federal interference in hiring, housing, education, and schooling. We need to allow companies to IQ test employees in order to rid ourselves of the ubiquitous demand for college degrees and their concomitant student debt.

Don’t leave it until it’s too late.