Archive: March 28, 2022

How Government is Failing Us

How Government is Failing Us

Hello Fellow Patriots:

Why is it a problem that we don’t have term limits?

In a 5-4 majority opinion written by Justice John Paul Stevens in the 1990s, the Supreme Court ruled that the states could not impose congressional term limits because the Constitution simply did not grant them the power to do so. Before that, terms in some States did have limits.

The Founding Fathers – the people who wrote the Constitution – did, in fact, consider and reject the idea of congressional term limits. In Federalist Papers No. 53, James Madison, father of the Constitution, explained why the Constitutional Convention of 1787 rejected term limits.

“A few of the members of Congress will possess superior talents; will by frequent re-elections, become members of long standing; will be thoroughly masters of the public business, and perhaps not unwilling to avail themselves of those advantages. The greater the proportion of new members of Congress, and the less the information of the bulk of the members, the more apt they be to fall into the snares that may be laid before them,” wrote Madison. 

What the Founders seemingly did not consider was that Congress would essentially become a full-time endeavor for some elected Representatives. But the States still had a winning Ace up their sleeves with Senators being directly appointed by the States themselves thereby protecting State’s essential interests. That was the State’s counterbalance against the lack of term limits for House Representatives. Then, there was a wrench thrown into the congressional works and it’s called…the 17th Amendment.

Living a Meaningful Life and Common Ground

What the heck is the 17th Amendment to the United States Constitution? From our National Archives:

“Americans did not directly vote for Senators for the first 125 years of the Federal Government. The Constitution, as it was adopted in 1788, stated that Senators would be elected by state legislatures. The first proposal to amend the Constitution to elect Senators by popular vote was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1826, but the idea did not gain considerable support until the late 19th century when several problems related to Senate elections had become evident. Several state legislatures deadlocked over the election of Senators, which led to Senate vacancies lasting months and even years. In other cases, political machines gained control over state legislatures, and the Senators elected with their support were dismissed as puppets. In addition, the Senate was seen as a “millionaire’s club” serving powerful private interests. The rise of the People’s Party, commonly referred to as the Populist Party, added motivation for making the Senate more directly accountable to the people.”

“In 1911, the House of Representatives passed House Joint Resolution 39 proposing a constitutional amendment for the direct election of Senators. An amended Joint Resolution was adopted by the Senate on a close vote in May of 1911. Over a year later, the House accepted the change, and the amendment was sent to the states for ratification. On April 8, 1913, three-quarters of the states had ratified the proposed amendment, and it was officially included as the 17th Amendment.” 

The Founder’s wonderfully thought-out counterbalance in the Senate now looked more like a second branch of the House and marked the beginning of a push for unfettered Federalism at the expense of the State’s power and supremacy. It became clear to some states, early in the game, that they had made a mistake with passing the 17th Amendment.

Congress was originally created to be an arena for competition between citizens, states and national government’s competing interests.”

“It’s in direct response to the passage of the 17th amendment that the federal government began its exponential growth. The primary brake on federal government expansion was removed.”


“Senators were no longer beholden to states, they were now beholden to the federal government. Senators became incentivized to promote unchecked growth of the federal system because Senators were now part of the federal system.” 

Few citizens now realize that there are only 18 Enumerated Powers granted to the Federal government by the Constitution with all other powers reserved to the individual states. Let me let you in on a little secret that you probably already figured out. Over time, the power of the Federal government has grown out of all proportion to the Founder’s intent and it is impossible to calculate what the Federal government does not control today. States’ Rights have been diminished beyond all recognition.

Federal Revenue Sharing:

 One of the inducements to pass the 17th Amendment was what was to become one of the worst ideas in history, i.e., how the implementation of Federal Grants to be given to state and local governments came to be. Federal Grants have their nexus in the words, taken from the Constitution, to “Promote the General Welfare…” Grants started out as Land Grants, but by the early 1900s, began to be used coercively to have states perform and conform to Federal policies through the transfer of cold hard cash. States loved to get the money but soon realized that the Free Money sometimes became Unfunded Mandates. Despite this, states ceded more and more authority to the central government by taking ever more money with ‘strings.’ This power to grant Free Money made Federal politicians even more powerful. The net result of creating these grants was like adding rocket fuel to the power of the Federal government.

Eventually, Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal initiatives had converted states into nothing more than addicts with the central government acting as their Dealer. They cannot continue to function without Washington continually returning money they took through taxation back to the states and counties in the form of grants. Some grants eventually do good things. Keep in mind though, that the Feds take their cut out each time. Better to allow local governments and the states to determine their own priorities and not send their money away in the first place.  The grant scheme is essentially a money-laundering operation. Most importantly, our profligate spending now requires continuous ‘fixes’ from Big Daddy Government to maintain their ever-larger government operations.

Innocence Lost

“Following World War II, most New Deal programs had become entrenched in federal government domestic policy. In addition, new programs were enacted such as the G.I. Bill of Rights, which allocated millions of dollars for veterans’ postsecondary education. By 1962, federal categorical grants numbered 160, and they jumped to 379 by 1967, much of the increase resulting from the civil rights revolution and President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. By the end of the 1960s, the increases in domestic spending, as well as rising costs of the Vietnam War, severely strained the budget. At the same time, a critical mass of politicians and policy analysts raised questions about the proper role of the federal government in social and economic welfare policy. Critics argued that the national government was gaining too much power in policymaking at the expense of state and local governments.”

“It was not until 1972 that Congress passed and the President signed into law the State and Local Fiscal Assistance Act, known as GRS. The states were to receive one-third of the money and local governments two-thirds. About 39,000 general-purpose political jurisdictions were allocated funds according to a complex formula based on population, tax effort, income tax collection, and need. No action was taken on SRS; however, the Comprehensive Employment Training Act and the Community Development Block Grant Act, enacted in 1974, contained features of SRS, known as block grants.”  

Our goose was truly cooked now once the fox realized he owned the henhouse. Free Money was and is now an institution that is slowly but surely killing our country, one grant at a time.

Why don’t we balance our budget? I don’t know about you, but I can’t spend money I don’t make. Nothing good comes from deficit spending; wouldn’t you agree? Many states and virtually all local governments are required by their state constitution to balance their budgets. Why not the Federal government? Because it is not required in the Constitution and we have truly screwed the pooch!  

Keep in mind that the US dollar is a fiat currency.

It has value only by government decree. Since it issues (“prints”) its own currency, it cannot go broke, and its spending is not limited to taxes and borrowing. Spending by a national government with its own currency does not have the same constraints as a household, business, or state/local government.

You don’t need an economist to understand that a monetary sovereign’s spending is constrained only by the effects it might have on (1) the pricing of goods and services and (2) the relative pricing of its currency on the currency exchange market. The first depends on the (seemingly easily explainable) “how’s” and “what’s” of the spending – and the second only on the world’s perception of how well the first is being managed.”

This is the best explanation I can proffer that explains these two factors:

  1. Why do we have inflation and the great lie that it can be fixed? Fundamentally, when we print or borrow money not backed by a hard asset, we make the pool of existing dollars worth less, i.e., we inflate them.
  2. If the world ever stops believing that America is the best Safe Harbor available; then we can no longer borrow cheap dollars and its game over.

Pilots sometimes call an autopilot “George” as in, “let George fly the plane for a while.” In the truest sense, George is flying the US economy. Entitlements make up over 50% of the government’s budget today with interest making up another 5% and that is going up quickly. All of these costs go up automatically without anyone having to pass anything. This was fiendishly implemented to give cover to those scoundrels in Congress who can say…” I didn’t vote for an increase.” 

We are exiting a period of historically low-interest rates. I foresee that by 2025 we will be spending 60% of the Federal budget on entitlements and interest, perhaps more. You always hear about the Defense Department but at 11% its share is historically low and a piker when compared to its two big brothers.

You also hear the word “unsustainable” a lot. I agree. Please believe me when I say, there is some number, which we will reach in the future, that will exceed our ability to borrow to cover. What happens then? Do Social Security checks stop coming? Will Veterans Benefits or Pell grants go poof? Will Medicare and Medicaid just cease to exist? This is not unthinkable.

That One Magnificent Difference Between America and All Other Countries

End Game. The United States is not alone in spending more than it takes in. However, it is worth noting that countries like Russia, China, most of the Middle Eastern countries, and many other nations take care of their people to one degree or another and still adhere to a philosophy of balanced budgets. Unbalanced budgets generally occurred in wartime but now, they are passed virtually every year. Why? At the root of the problem is leadership that spends to stay in power. Grants are the payola that the Federal government uses to buy off state and local governments. Without grants, state and local governments would be much more vocal in requiring the Federal government to use the same level of fiscal discipline that they are required to have. Grants are a bribe, hush-money payments, and a lowdown but effective tool to get those House and Senate members reelected. “Bringing home the bacon” is what almost all elected officials want you to judge them by at election time. This is a systemic failure that you can witness which demonstrates there is no depth to which elected officials are willing to stoop. With the recent return to Earmarks that came back from the dead just this year after being banned for a decade, there are now even fewer fiscal restraints. 

Government has failed us. Whether by chance or by design, so many issues have failed; fiscally, socially, morally and so many others that I can’t count them. The four issues I address herein can and must be acted upon. Sooner or later someone, something, or other unknown events will say “I call your bluff” and then, the jig is up.

Congress will not willingly make the changes that are essential to our current and future stability. I am only aware of one way out. And, our Founding Fathers gifted us that road as well with the act of calling a Constitutional Convention.

Read about Constitutional Conventions at to learn more. If America is to have a successful future and continue to lead the world going forward, we must put our own house in order. It won’t be easy, but it is something that must be done, for ourselves, our children’s future, and to protect the entire free world to which we are intrinsically linked. This is our legacy and it is also our way forward. We are Americans, yesterday, today, and tomorrow, that is who we are. The entire world has been made better through God’s grace in creating the likes of which had not existed previously.   What will become of us if we can’t find the resolve to find our way forward?

God Bless America and especially at this time of extreme suffering in Ukraine.

Allan J. Feifer


Living a Meaningful Life and Common Ground

Living a Meaningful Life and Common Ground

Hello Fellow Patriots:

Exactly what do I mean about my code and associated assumptions and why it might resonate for yourself? The following is a series of axioms and beliefs that I attempt to use in my daily life to help me better interpret what I hear, and learn, which helps me to make better decisions. Further, they aid me in interpreting what I read and see which allows me to better analyze what is likely true vs. what is probably false. All of us wish we knew what to believe in a world of disinformation. Having your own Rosetta Stone of sorts makes that process much easier and is ultimately comforting.

Almost everyone has, without even knowing it, their own “Rules to live by” even if not formally set down on paper. I have developed these Rules for myself over a lifetime. I hope this informs, enlightens, and maybe even entertains you. Most of them I created on my own while several were passed down to me by my Father. Here we go:

Rule Number OneYou Always Get More of What You Subsidize
Rule Number TwoAn Empty Belly Will Follow Anyone
Rule Number ThreeGovernment can’t keep you from failing and it can’t promote you to success
Rule Number FourThere is a fundamental right to fail, not a right to succeed
Rule Number FiveFreedom has a twin brother called Responsibility
Rule Number SixAlways evaluate the Evaluator—bad advice is legion. Focus more on who’s telling you something than the actual advice.
Rule Number SevenPeople follow others because they believe you believe in what you espouse. In essence, they may not be convinced quite yet, but they know you believe it and trust your advice!
Rule Number EightPlay Your Own Game—leave second-guessing to your opponents
Rule Number NineLife is simple. Humans complicate it. It’s impossible to know everything. Be satisfied with what is essential.
Rule Number TenLife is Agnostic—It does not favor one person or issue over the other
Rule Number ElevenTruthful things are obvious on their face—As in Occam’s Razor—the simplest answer is generally the correct one
Rule Number TwelveIf you have more than them, people want what you have
Rule Number ThirteenBy definition, youthful individuals frequently don’t know what they think they know
Rule Number FourteenDumb people can be convinced of anything
Rule Number FifteenForward-looking nations create internal economic conditions which lead to innovation and other conditions that then leads to prosperity for all
Rule Number SixteenThere is not enough wealth in the world to satisfy everyone’s needs. Needs will always grow faster than resources
Rule Number SeventeenPeople are neither born honest nor born cheats. Genes and life experiences influence those outcomes
Rule Number EighteenEfforts to buttonhole individuals as “Elitists, Racists, White Privileged or other labels frequently are cover for other insidious distractions—know your opponent’s true intentions
Rule Number NineteenTruth is never situational. It is either true or false, black or white
Rule Number TwentyLife thrives on truth and light and recedes in the darkness—walk towards the light
Rule Number Twenty-OneMost people do things for selfish reasons and are not authentically altruistic—be suspect of altruism but except it does exist on some level
Rule Number Twenty-TwoPeople will take what is offered without any concern or compunction to repay what has been given to them
Rule Number Twenty-ThreePeople will always eventually kill the Golden Goose—they don’t value what they don’t create
Rule Number Twenty-FourPeople always find a way to blame others for their shortcomings and failures.
Rule Number Twenty-FiveThere is a statute of limitation on all good acts
Rule Number Twenty-SixGood must always confront Evil
Rule Number Twenty-SevenIf it was easy…everyone would be doing it
Rule Number Twenty-EightTake the Shot—as told to me by an Israeli counter-terrorist operative. You may never get a second shot.
Rule Number Twenty-NineSpeed is Life—old fighter pilot term that means that energy in the bank can save your bacon in a dogfight
Rule Number ThirtyTruth is never Situational
Rule Number Thirty-OneAvarice and Greed are normal human traits
Rule Number Thirty-TwoThere is only one logical truth, but many interpretations
Rule Number Thirty-ThreeThe Devil always comes to collect—except in song, he always wins

I fully expect that someone reading this probably thinks I have way too much time on my hands. Others may question who the heck am I to be moralizing to others and say” If I want to preach, start a church!”  My core central belief is that each of us needs people who feel, and believe strongly in doing the right thing, regardless of the consequences or the pushback from others. Civilized society demands that of us. This is a fundamental reason I write these pieces, to expose you to ideas, concepts, history, and more…all designed to have you think and come to your own conclusions.

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While you may not have formalized your belief system in a list such as mine; I daresay that all of you have certain sayings or witticisms that you believe in and possibly even recite on occasion. That’s a very human thing to do. Another very human trait that we all do is strive, at least to the extent necessary to survive. We may not be trying to dodge that next mortar or artillery round like they are in Ukraine right now, but we seek to survive financially, socially, and morally in our own lives. God help us if we are forced to shift our emphasis from that to actual physical survival; I wonder how well our own people would handle a Ukrainian-style event? Not too well I’m afraid.

Right now, ever higher inflation and the threat of a major recession are very real possibilities just over the horizon. These realities have the power to change how you live your daily life. I know it has mine. For example; right now we think before we drive long distances and we don’t buy steaks to grill as often. But our world circumstances may get a lot worse, friends. No one will be spared if our policies and decisions are made in a manner that goes against logic but is instead based on politically correct Woke feel-good theories.  That’s where the issue of good or bad leadership comes in and sets up our society for success or failure. You would think at critical times and on the precipice of a national emergency, we’d all come together. Unfortunately, we don’t seem to be able to put politics aside. Pay attention to the following quote:

“Barack Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, has now become famous for suggesting that “a good politician should never let a serious crisis go to waste.” Further explaining his remarks, he stated that “crises PRESENT an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” Fellow Obaman Hillary Clinton agreed on another occasion, arguing that “You should never waste a good crisis.” God forgive these people. Those that would take a dangerous crisis to leverage it to their advantage are morally bankrupt.

No politician should use a national emergency to advance ideas that the general public either does not want or is deeply suspect of. Our current national leaders are not inspiring confidence in their ability and competency to meet the challenges that now confront us. That’s personally very scary. Current leadership is seriously considering a rapprochement to Iran, Venezuela, and other bad actors like China to avoid domestic pain and a sound trouncing in the next election. On the face of it, this might seem to be a good thing. But, in the long term, making deals with the Devil is never a good thing. The Devil always comes to collect. This is another hard truth of life. Be very wary of the Biden administration attempting to conflate Climate Change or deals with Iran (among others) to obtain outcomes we, as American citizens detest and don’t support.

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I believe that errors of commission, coupled with errors of omission by our leadership are likely to have profound effects on our life very soon. Biden is struggling with more challenges at a single moment in time than perhaps any President since our formation. In a connected world, our enemies are assessing our strengths and particularly our weaknesses. Russia has, without question, decided that they were ready to take on the West based on a belief that not only were we vulnerable, but we had slipped to the next level; that we can be beaten. At the moment, it appears Putin has been given a stark rebuke. His belief that he could fracture NATO and the West in general, and then link up with his pals in China, has not gone his way. He miscalculated, that is obvious today. Other would-be Putin followers like China and Iran are also primed to challenge the West. Iran, being as crazy as they ever were, doesn’t see what’s happened to Russia in recent weeks and continues to bang the same scary drum as before, but perhaps China has gotten a reality check on its Taiwan designs for the moment and that would be a very good thing.

That is unless we save the lot of them from drowning as a consequence of their actions, I fear the Biden Administration may give these historic adversaries false hope, that they can prevail against the West. Which, unfortunately, the Biden administration is likely to do. Hardly anybody knows what is going on with the negotiations with Iran. Did you know, that the United States is not even in the negotiating room? That we have Russia, negotiating for us? Today, right now while thousands die in Ukraine! First, what could go wrong with Russia sitting in for us? Can you say “everything?” This ignores what appears to be an almost maniacal desire to resurrect one of the worst deals in American History that relies on us trusting Iran, the new deal does away with ‘snap’ inspections and relies on ‘technical’ means of verification. Iran is a proven master of deception. Of course, our leaders know that. Their overriding long-term objectives make this knowledge irrelevant.

The only reason I have come to believe as to why we would risk everything that a nuclear Iran would present to the world is that Biden needs a political win. It is that cold calculation that makes Biden every bit as evil as Putin. Both men are setting us up for a nuclear exchange. I hope you believe me and the evidence that abounds. Iran is a nation that has killed hundreds of Americans in Allah’s name. Ostensibly, we are there to keep Iran from getting the bomb. But, Biden won’t stop this madness! Once again, what could go wrong? Iran, if it gets the bomb, will use it. All bets are off if that happens. Why is it so important to a core group of Biden’s people to make believe that Iran wants to be something other than what it is…the world’s worst sponsor of terrorism.

Distorting the Truth that is America

Iran is so sure of the stranglehold it has over Biden that just the other day, multiple rockets were fired into and smashed into a US Army base and a Kurdish news channel office in Erbil, northern Iraq. According to unconfirmed reports, the missiles were launched from Tabriz, Iran. There are also conflicting reports saying that the missiles struck the US Consulate, while others say they struck a US Army base and some say that they struck both. At least five ‘Iranian-produced ballistic missiles’ hit the city in the early hours of Sunday, Governor Omed Khoshnaw confirmed. The above was played down in the media and hardly commented on by the Biden administration.

Had you heard that the State Department is warning certain American citizens that Iran has “Hit Squads” here, on American soil, with plans to assassinate them? Folks, you can’t make this up. It’s truly unfathomable why we would contort ourselves, prostrate ourselves in front of our enemies in this manner. 

This brings us back to that old moral compass thing and all the rest of my realities that I’m sharing with you in today’s piece. It may be easier to hope for the best, but is that the operational strategy you want for our country? Periodically, we get to vote on what directs our future. There are many priorities on the table. Sometimes these are even conflicting priorities. Keep in mind that there are things much worse than high gas prices and inflation.

The beliefs we have that allow us to assess and implement vital priorities are truly the important things that we must analyze and determine for ourselves first. When we vote in November, we can’t fix everything. But, we must fix those life and death issues that can cause us to lose our place in a prosperous tomorrow. Our future is not a foregone conclusion. We as a people must find the Common Ground that allows us to coalesce around important ideas and principles. It all depends on how you and I prioritize our own lives. What will you do? It’s certainly worth your time, thought and effort. I hope you take note and become an involved citizen. We need you!

Not sure how? Reach out to me and we’ll figure it out together.

God Bless America and especially at this time of extreme suffering in Ukraine.

Allan J. Feifer



Surrender? – 1plus1equals2

Hello Fellow Patriots:

All of us are Ukrainians today. There is no justification for war-making in Ukraine. None. No nation was invaded, no actual threats were made against Russia, no genocide befell Russian-speaking Ukrainians. We are simply watching the will of a single man who has demonstrated his past cruelty in Chechnya, Georgia, and other former Soviet Bloc countries. Putin is KGB trained and will gladly show you his knowledge of how he can (has) killed with his hands, used and directed death by a myriad of other weapons. He’s proud of that. He wants you to be not just impressed but cowed at his iron will and power.

But, let’s back up for a second. Here’s a statement from Albert Einstein, who was German and Jewish, and who lived through a dark period of mass slaughter. He observed:

“The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.”

Ronald Reagan said much the same thing when he said: “If history teaches anything, it teaches self-delusion in the face of unpleasant facts is folly.”

British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s folly was that he declared “peace in our time” after meeting with Adolf Hitler in Munich. Sadly, Chamberlain believed Hitler’s promise not to seize more territory.

World War II has faded from the minds of too many of us. If only we read our history mindfully, we’d be ok, but too few of us did. Most either don’t remember or never bothered to pay attention in the first place. The ability to be cruel is, unfortunately, in the blood of leaders around us. Have you ever heard of Babi Yar?  It’s a place and more importantly, a point in time, coincidentally located in Ukraine. Read to remember the horrible reality of the consequence of not recognizing and facing up to evil.

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On Friday, Sept. 26, 1941, when the Germans occupied Kyiv, announcements printed in Russian, Ukrainian, and German began to appear on lampposts and walls around the city ordering all Jews to assemble Monday at 8 a.m. near the site of a Jewish cemetery. That morning, the day before the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur was to begin, over 33,000 people gathered, mostly women, children, and the elderly, as the Soviet government had already mobilized the rest of the men capable of fighting into the Red Army.

The obedient multitude was marched under guard through a barbed-wire enclosure leading into Babi Yar. Babi Yar – “yar” means ravine in Russian and Ukrainian. It is actually a system of ravines, where estuaries that once fed into a tributary of the Dnieper River had left steep troughs and inland fields. It is a scenic site, still crowded on weekends with picnickers and soccer players.

As the assembled Jews entered the ravine on that day in 1941, German SS units, together with Ukrainian prisoners recruited from a nearby prisoner-of-war camp intended to serve the Nazis as local police, robbed the Jews of their money, possessions, and documents. They made the Jews wait in the meadow, from where, behind a mound of earth, the relentless sound of machine gunfire could be heard.  Over the next 36 hours, the Germans methodically took small groups of Jews, stripped them naked, and murdered them.

The postwar trial records tell the story of what occurred. The victims “were made to lie face down on the bloodied corpses of victims who had already been shot. If they did not do this willingly, they were beaten and knocked down. Then the gunners climbed over the dirt mounds toward the victims and shot them in the back of the neck.”  According to an operational situation report the Germans sent back to Berlin, 33,371 Jews were executed at that time, on that site.

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I hope you did not skip over this horrible accounting of man’s capacity for inhumanity. Putin has empowered his forces to be just like Hitler. And, for much the same reason:

The Polish Corridor had some 19% ethnic Germans in it. The Poles were “stubborn” about not ceding territory with 80 % Polish population (and not wanting to be isolated from the Baltic,) so Hitler decided to take it anyway. He then split the rest of Poland with the Soviet Union.

Hitler knew that the war against Poland was not justified. That’s why the Nazis did a false flag operation, attacking German radio stations in Polish Uniforms so that it would look like the Poles hit Germany first.

Do you see any similarities with modern-day Ukraine? Russia’s Little Green Men created mayhem and mischief in Eastern Ukraine, giving Putin the excuse to come to the “rescue” of Russian-speaking Ukrainians. Russian disinformation painted NATO as an offensive force that supposedly broke a “promise” in 1979 not to move NATO nations alongside Russia’s borders.

Putin did the same thing in independent Georgia back in 1988.  The causes of the conflict between the two countries – particularly a long-running dispute between Georgia and its breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia – are complex, but the fact remains that on August 7th, 2008, Russia launched a full-scale land, air, and sea attack against its tiny neighbor, across an internationally recognized border. The conflict pitted 70,000 Russian troops against Georgia’s army of about 10,000 soldiers and another 10,000 reservists. Needless to say, the “war” did not last long. It was over five days later on August 12.

In response to that Russian invasion of Georgia, supported by the United States and its European allies, France helped broker a ceasefire agreement. The agreement was signed by then-Presidents of both countries, Mikheil Saakashvili for Georgia and Dmitriy Medvedev for Russia. Under the ceasefire agreement, Russia promised an immediate withdrawal of its forces from Georgia to their positions before the hostilities began.

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Russia not only failed to live up to this and other requirements of the ceasefire agreement.  On August 26th, it exacerbated the situation by recognizing Georgia’s breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent countries. Yet, for the past ten years, Russia has occupied Abkhazia and South Ossetia in violation of that ceasefire agreement.

In August 1999, a then-unknown Vladimir Putin was named Prime Minister when his predecessor refused to condone a full reinvasion of Chechnya. Putin, however, was ready, and in return for their unconditional support, he granted the military a free rein, allowing them to avenge their humiliating 1996 defeat in blood and fire. On the night of 31 December, an aging and broken Boris Yeltsin stepped down, handing the presidency like a gift to the newcomer. In March 2000, after famously promising to “grease the terrorists even in the outhouse”, Putin was triumphally elected president. Except for his four years as prime minister (2008-2012), he has ruled Russia ever since.

It was Twenty-two years ago that a vicious war in Chechnya brought Vladimir Putin to power. Ever since war has remained one of his main tools which he has used without hesitation throughout his reign. Vladimir Putin exists thanks to war. He has built an Empire and thrived through war. Let us now hope that war will finally bring him down.

As many as 250,000 civilians were killed in the combined Chechen wars, along with many thousands more combatants on both sides. Reports of rape, arson, torture, and other crimes by Russian soldiers were widespread and cast as a wholly necessary evil by those forces.

“Without bespredel [no limits warfare], we’ll get nowhere in Chechnya,” a 21-year-old Russian conscript told the Los Angeles Times in 2000. “We have to be cruel to them. Otherwise, we’ll achieve nothing.” 

Russians know only the importance of power. They use power to get things they want or believe they deserve. They subvert the power that other nations and peoples have. They covet power for the satisfaction power conveys, and for the things that a powerful person acquires therefrom. Ask yourself the question…how does someone in government become a billionaire able to own a 99-million-dollar yacht as Putin has done?  Like America’s President, and unfortunately, as can be found throughout other nations of the world, the accumulation of wealth through “government service” is all too common. At least in Putin’s case, we know he is a dictator and we expect anything and everything he touches to be corrupt. Putin exists only through the use of power to impose himself on Russia. He eliminates his enemies through poison, imprisonment, or simply by making sure they simply disappear.  His power seems to be absolute.

Our own system, which is sadly politicized and all too frequently corrupt, is nowhere quite as bad…. yet! But, the absurdity of our national position is on display reflected in our surreptitious efforts to help Ukraine from behind the scenes. The position we have boxed ourselves into seems to justify that anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons are ok, but sending surplus aircraft is not. Who draws these kinds of distinctions? What genius is thinking we’ll give them enough bullets, missiles, and rockets so they will continue to die slowly, but we will not send the real weapons that can make a difference?

Yes, I believe that we have made a bargain with the Russian devil and in the process, sold our soul to him. Life has too many opportunities to live in the gray, but the reality is that things are either true or not. At their core, they are white or black. If we want to help the Ukrainians, there are only two choices. Either find a way to settle things in Ukraine’s favor or admit Democracy’s failure, publicly and leave the victims to their fate as Russian slaves. On one hand, we are going through the motions of helping, but in the process, we’ll knowingly let many people die. Where is our moral compass?

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There are always options.  Evacuating everyone out of Ukraine who wants to go is an option. The world could absorb them and, in the process, it would highlight the victim’s flight from the oppressive Russian bloodlust. Or, deciding to confront the evil that Putin is should also be an option. I know he threatens nuclear Armageddon. But realistically, if the world gets together, not just NATO, but the vast majority of free nations to tell him in a loud, clear voice that the age of Colonialism is over, I believe he will hear us roar, loud and clear.  When he hears our united voice, it can and will make a difference over our time in history.

He should be cut off from trade completely. There should be no airline flights out to the free world. There should be no commercial banking, no sale of grain or oil; no exchange of monies or students or educators. Close Russian embassies throughout the world.  There should be no more free association with other world nations. If our world locks the doors to the barbarians, the signal would be given that despots will not be tolerated, not now or not ever in the future. There will be no place anywhere for tin-horn dictators Who would enslave their own people and would attempt to do the same to others.

Who are we as a people if we don’t stand strong and unitary in thought and action when it matters most? This is not a nod towards Globalism, it is in every nation’s Nationalistic interest to live not in fear, but in freedom. This is our time. Nothing is as inevitable as an idea whose time has come.

A free world is on the line today. Either we collectively meet the challenge or we don’t. Future generations will see this as another pivotal moment in the history of the world. They will see the ability of free people to make hard decisions that may not be popular or easy but are necessary and powerful.

We must make Putin sue for peace. And, if he continues his threats to use nuclear weapons, which could result in the annihilation of our world and his, somehow make sure his own people know they have a madman, a would-be Emperor of the World on their hands. And that we will all fall with him unless we right this wrong. A civilized world cannot exist under the constant threat of nuclear oblivion. Something has to give or we have signed our own death warrant with a temporary stay of execution. The future belongs to the free and to the brave, not foolish cowering people who exchange their freedom for safety. They will wind up with neither.

It is maddening to want to do something, anything to make a difference, and not feel so impotent to do anything of consequence. In my case, I write to you in the hopes you become more aware of what’s at stake and perhaps, like me, you will contribute what you can to a relief organization like the Red Cross, which was our choice. You may link to it here:

God Bless America and especially at this time of extreme suffering…Ukraine

Allan J. Feifer

Deep Background for those who would like to know more about Ukraine’s History:

At the entrance to the memorial park in Kyiv, there is a sculpture of an extremely thin girl with a very sad look holding a handful of wheat ears in her hands. Behind her back is the Candle of Remembrance, a monument with details reminiscent of authentic embroidery that can be found on traditional Ukrainian costumes. This is a monument that commemorates a historical event known as the Holodomor.

What is the Holodomor?

After the end of the First World War, Ukraine was an independent state, but in 1919 the Soviet Union “sucked” it into the community of Soviet states. The Ukrainians, who even then considered themselves a Central European people like the Poles and not an Eastern European like the Russians, tried to restore Ukraine’s independence.

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In 1932, not wanting to lose control of Europe’s main granary, Stalin resorted to one of the most heinous forms of terror against one nation. In the process of nationalization, he took away the grain-producing land from the Ukrainian peasants, but also all its offerings, thus creating an artificial famine. The goal was to “teach Ukrainians to be smart” so that they would no longer oppose official Moscow. Thus, the people who produced the most grain in Europe were left without a crumb of bread. The peak of the Holodomor was in the spring of 1933. In Ukraine at that time, 17 people died of hunger every minute, more than 1,000 every hour, and almost 24,500 every day! People were literally starving to death in the streets.

Stalin settled the Russian population in the emptied Ukrainian villages. During the next census, there was a large shortage of population. Therefore, the Soviet government annulled the census, destroyed the census documents, and the enumerators were shot or sent to the gulag, to completely hide the truth.

World War. Their poison gas was hunger. Their Hitler was Stalin. Their Holocaust was the Holodomor. For them, fascist Berlin was Soviet Moscow, and their concentration camp was the Soviet Union. Today, 28 countries around the world present the Holodomor as genocide against Ukrainians, which you could not learn about in school, because almost all evidence was destroyed and victims were covered up for decades, survivors were forcibly silenced by not having the right to vote until recently.

The Holodomor at that time broke the Ukrainian resistance, but it made the desire for Ukraine’s independence from Russia eternal.

This is the hidden reason you don’t see, that you don’t know about, why so many Ukrainians hate Russians and would rather die than be under their boot ever again.  Never again. Don’t believe Russian propaganda that paints an entirely different picture!

Enslavement or 1776

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Hello Fellow Patriots:

Ukraine. What should we think about events unfolding seven time zones away? Is there any reader who would not push a magic button to return the Russians to their barracks and leave Ukrainians to live a life of peace and freedom?  It’s sort of a litmus test if you think about it. What is right and what is wrong? What’s true and what’s false? If you had the ability in your hands to change world events, what would you do right now?

When the 13 original American Colonies were thinking about declaring independence from Great Britain many people disagreed with that idea. After all, they had been largely left alone except for not being allowed to make some political and economic decisions (taxes) on their own. Yet, some colonists thought it so important to become independent they wrote down and shared their reasons in a new Declaration of Independence. This declaration was not just a note declaring our independence but enumerated the reasons why we had no choice but to declare independence from Great Britain. Among those promises were: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness as well as the stated belief that the promise of freedom was God’s gift to all. Living as an enslaved individual is abhorrent to our core beliefs. 1776 changed us and the world forever.

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Once formed, our nation immediately became a beacon of hope and promoted an aspirational concept for the entire rest of the world. Our Constitution, our concept of Freedom and Democracy, and other attributes such as Capitalism and the importance of individual responsibility spread all over the planet in the decades to follow. Is there anyone who thinks Constitutionally guaranteed rights are anything but a wonderful thing? The very existence of America was so inspiring, so powerful, and at the time, so unique that our shared view of what is true and right became enshrined as the goal that much of the world copied or attempted to copy. An understanding of the power of our Constitution requires the reader to understand the uniqueness of any country having a never before seen Constitution that outlined guaranteed freedoms for its inhabitants. The creation of the United States was the most important catalyst for freedom and responsibility the world had ever known.

That brings us to Ukraine. I am tortured by the thought of the inevitability of that country being crushed by Russia if nothing is not done by the free world. If not, for the very real threat of Putin with hundreds of tactical nukes at the ready, I’d be the first to send in our troops. Why? Because every people deserve their own 1776. The enslavement of people, especially first-world people with a current history of freedom, is an abomination to me. Let me be perfectly clear on this. The Russian people are enslaved. They don’t have the freedoms we have and they frequently vote with their feet and leave Russia. Approximately two million of Russia’s best minds have left their mother country for good since Putin came to power. Scale that for better reference from 145 million Russians vs. 340 million Americans and that would be as if almost five million Americans have moved from America to Russia. What does that tell us? Moving in the opposite direction, migration from the US is so small that Wikipedia doesn’t even have a number. Why do you think that is so?

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One other thing to keep in mind: On the eve of war, the Ukrainian Parliament expanded the Right to Bear Arms, which previously had been constrained.  The importance of an armed citizenry is now on display as the Ukrainian government hands out many thousands of automatic rifles and ammunition to anyone willing. And plenty are. This demonstrates to us once again the importance of everyone knowing how to use weapons and not being afraid of them. Some nations like Switzerland (which froze Russian assets) require able-bodied individuals to keep military weapons at home for instant use. 

Don’t be fooled into thinking devastating chaos could not happen here. Whether it is our government out of control, natural or man-made disaster, or defense of one’s home or community against external or internal intruders, firearms are not to be made into a scapegoat for those that will use any available weapon to commit mayhem. Rather, firearms may be the last line of defense as we are seeing in Ukraine today.  

Thousands and thousands of lives have and will continue to be lost as the war most likely changes from force on force to an insurgency the likes of which has not been seen in modern memory. This war will not go away until either very many freedom-loving Ukrainians are killed or subdued or the Russians decide to go home.

The next question is what can we do about it and what are the threats and repercussions involved? This is Putin’s war. There is no real threat to Russia that warrants the destruction taking place in Ukraine. Or, by the very existence of a free and independent Ukraine; except for the example of economic and political success that a free and independent Ukraine demonstrates to those still living in shackles.

Let me tell you a story. I lived and worked in Israel during the Persian Gulf War. I met many people including influential Israelis such as (read my book at ) Ariel Sharon and Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu who was Sharon’s Deputy at the time I was there. I also met and spoke to several high-level Egyptians.  Everyone agreed on the fallacy of most Arab country’s leaders hating Israel. Israel at the time had secret or never before publicized relations with several Arab countries, including Egypt and Saudi Arabia. They did business together including the buying of oil for Israel and the sale of weapons to Arab countries. But, Arab leaders, who frequently had their own problems with their tribal citizens, used Israel as a boogeyman as an excuse for why their countries were poor and not free. The Intelligence services of many nations already mentioned including Pakistan and Jordan were also known to be very harsh on their citizens to keep them under control. 

Russia is not under threat from the West. They know that we know that. The issue of Ukraine joining NATO is a strawman. There are 4 ½ NATO nations bordering Russia already with zero incidents. Turkey is the half count because even though they don’t actually border Russia, they control the Bosporus and ultimately Russia’s access to the Black Sea. Turkey, for the first time, has closed the strait to Russian shipping as a consequence of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. 

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The real reason for Russia’s invasion is that Russia is dying. 40% of its income comes from oil, which is a very volatile commodity. Russia’s economy is so small at $1.6 trillion vs. the United States at about 23 trillion (about the same economic power of southern Texas) that Russia, except for its nukes and oil would be inconsequential in this world and Putin knows it. Putin needs many more people under his control than he has at present. He needs his population and GDP to increase and not shrink as it is doing at present. Saber rattling, threatening the free world with nuclear Armageddon and other propaganda is designed to silence the world, keep them fearful and ultimately, allow him to go about his awful dirty work without consequence.  It has worked so far.

What’s the solution to this would-be Napoleon? There are six options:

  1. Let him do what he wants.
  2. Sanction him heavily
  3. Support Ukraine financially and with military weapons and other supplies
  4. Covertly provide outside arms and personnel to fight Russia, as in a CIA type action
  5. Provide active air cover to prevent the Russians from having air dominance over Ukraine
  6. Go all in and go to war with Russia

For me, one is a non-starter and six is too dangerous and unnecessary. Two and three are underway and only need to be ratcheted up. Five is possible but has much the same attributes as six and therefore needs more study. Even a limited no-fly zone like we have done before with several countries in the Middle East is possible. And, like in Syria, we have created deconfliction methods to keep us from flying against Russians. For now, I have an additional focus on four. Unfortunately, our history teaches us that we are all too adept at destabilizing other countries, and with willing volunteers from many parts of the world chomping at the bit to fight in Ukraine, I see great uncertainty in Putin’s mind as to how he survives this. Where is his off-ramp?

Let me state for the record, Putin is finished. It’s only a question of time. It likely won’t happen tomorrow but if you look at the history of the Soviet Union, leaders were removed quietly and efficiently by nefarious means in the past.  So too will Putin find his future perilous. Putin’s miscalculation that the West would not have the resolve to confront his invasion was wrong. Besides conquering Ukraine, Putin saw this as a highly potential and calculated attempt to fatally wound NATO’s cohesiveness. Instead, it had the opposite effect with even neutral nations joining in. Neutral Sweden and Finland are talking about joining NATO for the first time that I can remember. In recent memory, never have so many nations stated their opposition so loudly, and with such a unified and cohesive voice and manner, and so rebuked another nation for this totally unacceptable conduct. Whatever ultimately happens to Ukraine and her people, the real damage to Russia is the faith the Russian people will have lost in Putin. As the war dead and injured return home, the question on the minds of millions of Russians will be to question the ‘Why’ of the war and what, if anything, was gained by it. Russian leadership is not monolithic. Russian generals are currently being blamed (rightly) for the tactical failings in Ukraine and political leadership is likely concerned about the reality of another 20 years under President Putin and what that may bring.  Sooner or later there will be a new leader. We can only hope, that like the Arab Spring of a few years ago, another Zelensky will come into play to now lead Russia to a future that is freer and less centered on regional or global dominance.

Freedom is irrepressible. Please believe me.  It is truth and light that will eventually confront evil and prevail. While there will be much heart-wrenching news over the next days, weeks, or even months, I believe good things will come out of this horrible situation. It is high time that the people of Russia feel secure and free in their own country and join with the rest of the free world so that when the next bully on the block has to be confronted i.e., China, we will be able to meet that challenge together.

God Bless America and especially today…Ukraine

Allan J. Feifer