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Metamorphosis of secular Turkey to Islamic dictatorship – cause for concern

The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka’s bizarre book we had to read in high school, back in the olden days, where a man awoke one morning as a cockroach – I know, a weird analogy, but the evolution of Turkey from a modern secular country to an Islamic dictatorship did not happen overnight.

Sometimes revolution is sudden and violent and sometimes it is a gradual slide always couched in terms of national security and preserving the nation.

Turkey has followed the latter. For the past five years or so, my colleague Kimberly Dvorak (links here and here), has been chronicling the metamorphosis of Turkey from NATO member and EU applicant to an oppressive, Islamic dictatorship. The very event Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, feared the most.

Turkey’s evolution from a secular to Islamic state was gradual, at first, a move against

journalists that published “lies” about Erdogan’s private wealth, a preemptory strike against the military to prevent a coup d’état, imprisonment of attorneys and judges who would question the legality of Erdogan’s methods, police who would enforce judicial decrees, and academics who would protest against the regime. Erdogan even went so far as to frame a false flag coup d’état to justify the final consolidation of power against the military and Kurdish party.

Then along came the Syrian insurrection. Erdogan quickly dumped his old friend, Bashar al-Assad of Syria, and embraced the refugees of war as he allowed the US to export weapons from Libya to arm al-Qaeda’s fight to overthrow Assad. Even the original “Arab Spring” rebels abandoned their fight to prevent Syria from becoming the apocalyptic Sunni-Shia battleground.

But Syria offered Erdogan the perfect excuse to consolidate his power by using the fight against ISIS as a means to crackdown on the Kurds within and without Turkey.

But Turkey matters to the West because it is the gateway to Europe, which has been the targeted prize of the Ottomans for a thousand years and opens Europe’s 300 millions of Christian Europeans to Islam.

Turkey is a NATO member, possessed of the battle plans and secrets that protect Europe from attack from the East but not from within. Turkey has demonstrated its intent by demanding billions of Euros to stem the tide of Muslim refugees from flooding an already staggered Europe.

Turkey is now partnering with Russia to turn the Black Sea into a Russian lake and to build the South Stream gas pipeline to provide Turkey with a Russian gas supply – a powerful tool for political posturing for Turkey against the EU.

Is all this hype about Russian hacking just a move by the US government and the Department of Homeland Security to gain control over US elections to “protect us” from hacking? Ever wonder how dictators always have such convincing margins of victory?

Of course, Russia, China, Iran and even our allies are hacking into our systems just as we are hacking into theirs, just ask German Chancellor Angela Merkel who had her private cell phone hacked by the US. Spying has a long-standing history in statecraft.

Indeed, news reports surfaced prior to the election of concerns over widespread voter fraud and hacking, but thankfully the Department of Homeland Security stepped up and said it would assume responsibility for elections across the US. That’s reassuring!

But there has been no credible evidence that anybody hacked into our voting machines or systems, despite many of them being purchased from George Soros’ owned companies. If hacking were truly a concern then voters have many options available to secure our electoral processes.

The best way to prevent hacking of elections is to use paper ballots that are sequentially numbered, hand count ballots with verifiers, and a really novel idea – require voter lists that are vetted against multiple sources and require IDs at the polling place. Sure it will take longer to count ballots, but the integrity will be validated. Of course, ballots can be counterfeited but diligence in registration and balloting at local polling places is the best safeguard. Verifying voter tallies at each level would make hacking obvious.

The counter-ID arguments are smokescreens for the disestablishment of the poor. The poor, even homeless, have ATM cards, ETF deposits, and ID to enter the systems. It is not undemocratic to ensure the people voting are entitled to vote. Anything else is ballot stuffing.

So the lesson learned from Turkey is that a secular country can be transformed into an authoritarian dictatorship through the implementation of the tools of the state.

But can you imagine the lunacy of the people ceding control of our right of electing our leaders to the very government our Constitution was crafted to protect us against the imposition of dictatorship? Voting is the final check and balance on the direction of our government.

The last three national elections have shown that 60% of the people believe the government is on the wrong path and the elections demonstrated the commitment to changing that course.

Let Turkey serve as a wake-up call for us all that revolution can occur in a modern republic when the people lack diligence over the actions of the state. We must insist our elections are controlled at the local and state levels if we are to have any hope of preserving our Constitutional republic.

Semper fi, Colonel sends

Drain the swamp don’t recycle it

(OP/ED)-The Trump revolution is demanding change in the way our government does business. Fifty percent of Americans expressed their complete disdain for the Washington elites and special interest form of government that has dominated Washington politics for half a century.

But what may not be known outside the “Washington Beltway” is a cyclical truism that the election losers take refuge in think tanks, foundations, and lobby-related firms to regurgitate and repackage their loser ideas until the electorate rejects the winners and the losers emerge from those think tanks, foundations, and lobby-related firms with their tired ideas in shiny new packages, doomed to be rejected themselves, and continue the cycle. That is what Trump referred to as “the swamp.”

For the Messrs, if Trump and Pence are to be successful in draining “the swamp” they cannot turn to the power elites and special interests who have swamp blood in their DNA – it is all they know and how they have always played the game.

Americans are demanding a break in the cycle of corruption and favoritism that is thoroughly inbred in Washington. Americans want a government that represents the interests of the majority of Americans, not the few, the greedy, and the self-centered.

Recycling the old GOP guard that has been holed-up in their think tanks, foundations, and lobbying firms for the last eight years is NOT going to generate programs to destroy the elitism of Washington it will merely recycle it as they demand their share of the spoils as the “winners.”

The Trump administration must seek blood that flows with innovation, dedication, and respect for all Americans. Every program must be audited to determine who benefits from it. If it does not create jobs, reduce the deficit, or reduce the size and invasiveness of government we must be willing to walk away from it.

Clearly, the foreign policy of the “establishment” has not worked, despite President Obama’s mantra that the world is safer – it is not. The defense firms are richer but Americans are not secure. The “too big to fail” policy of capitalizing big banks with taxpayers’ money means unprofitable banks go on Fed Reserve life support instead of jail.

Those policy makers who have destroyed free enterprise in favor of globalism must not be recycled with the same old ideas repackaged to make them palatable to the revolution.

The architects of Obamacare have created a sinkhole in the middle of American medical care. The only option to restoring order to the chaos of the shattered Obamacare is to replace it with expanded Medicare coverage. Despite the conservatives’ claims that we should not have national medicine, get over it, we have had Medicare for decades and it works well. If the government did not “borrow” from the “trust funds” taxpayers and their employers pay into Medicare every month it would not need resuscitation. More importantly, Medicare is not an “entitlement” program, workers and businesses pay for it. It’s true the government has expanded it to cover non-payers, but has not seen fit to fund the annual shortfalls from general revenues.

Regardless of the past, Medicare is in place with a complete system of providers, fee schedules, and policies. Such an expansion would eliminate the need for dozens of government funded or supported programs and save billions. As we know, everyone ends-up in Medicare either through disability or old age. Seems like a no-brainer to expand it to replace Obamacare and a dozen other federal related healthcare programs.

Likewise, lost in the national debate over immigration is that legal immigration provides a social transfusion of new ideas, methods, and ambitions whereas illegal immigration sucks the lifeblood of the nation by diverting billions to social and medical welfare programs. Legal immigrants clear health, financial, civics, and language hurdles, but more importantly, they take a pledge to defend our Constitution and our way of life.

While many claim those who oppose open borders and sanctuary cities are xenophobic and those who oppose unvetted Muslim refugees are anti-Islamic, miss the point that preserving and defending one’s way of life is not anti-immigrant, it ensures the perpetuity of the way of life, and, that anti-Islamic sentiment is not unwarranted since the only people trying to kill us are Muslims! As Winston Churchill proclaimed, “No stronger retrograde force (Islam) exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith.” As Sun Tzu teaches, “We must know our enemy.” Islam does not want to be like us, they demand we be like them.

Unless we want to be Muslims, we must at least acknowledge the threat Islam poses to the West and deal with the threat to ensure our own security and survival. So recycling all of the Republican elites who have given us failed foreign, domestic, and fiscal policies is only a reinforcement of their tired policies of failure. Mr. Trump says we don’t win anymore and he is right, but we will not win in the future if we do not get our heads out of our asses and worry about hurting feelings. It is better to be feared than liked. You cannot “win hearts and minds” until you have broken the will of the enemy to resist and he has abandoned all thoughts of resistance.

Perhaps Trump-Pence will realize they do not have to pander to the “establishment” by recycling tired ideas because they have the support and conviction of the people. “Drain the swamp” by all means, just don’t expect the gators to help.

Semper fi, Colonel sends

Colonel Comms

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