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Swampyville's Ask the Politically Correct!
What was the Spanish/American War?
Politically Correct Resolution:
At the ending of the nineteenth century the United State's was a sovereign nation that wanted to maintain this status. It was the internationalists that called it an "Isolationist" nation, because it didn't want to get involved in overseas conflicts.
The Spanish/American War. (Global Building)
(Wikipedia used for most of this article)
The Spanish–American War was a conflict in 1898 between Spain and the United States. Revolts against Spanish rule had been endemic for decades in Cuba and were closely watched by Americans; there had been war scares before. By 1897–98 American public opinion grew angrier at reports of Spanish atrocities, magnified by "yellow journalism". After the mysterious sinking of the American battleship Maine (the Catalyst) in Havana harbor, political pressures from the Democratic Party pushed the government headed by President William McKinley, a Republican, into a war McKinley had wished to avoid. Compromise proved impossible, resulting in an ultimatum sent to Madrid, which was not accepted. First Madrid, then Washington, formally declared war.
Although the main issue was Cuban independence, the ten-week war was fought in both the Caribbean and the Pacific. A series of one-sided American naval and military victories followed on all fronts, owing to their numerical superiority in most of the battles and despite the good performance of some of the Spanish infantry units. The outcome was the 1898 Treaty of Paris, which was favorable to the U.S. followed by temporary American control of Cuba and indefinite colonial authority over Puerto Rico, Guam and the Philippines. The defeat and subsequent end of the Spanish Empire was a profound shock for Spain's national psyche. The victor gained several island possessions spanning the globe and a rancorous new debate over the wisdom of imperialism. Thus, (the United States gained there much wanted warm water ports to extend their World Wide influences).
American interest in Caribbean
In 1823, the Monroe Doctrine stated that further efforts by
European governments to colonize land or interfere with states
in the Americas would not be accepted by the U.S., but Spain's
colony in Cuba was exempted. In 1890 Captain Alfred Thayer Mahan
wrote The Influence of Sea Power upon History, which credits the
rise of Britain to world power to the Royal Navy. Mahan’s ideas
on projecting strength through a strong navy had a powerful
worldwide influence, especially Japan. Theodore Roosevelt, later
Assistant Secretary of the Navy under President McKinley and an
aggressive supporter of a war with Spain over Cuba, was also strongly
influenced by Mahan’s conclusions. Americans had long been interested
in Cuba (and Hawaii), since several U.S. presidents offered to purchase
it from Spain (James Polk, Franklin Pierce and Ulysses S. Grant),
and others expressed their hopes of future annexation.
Historians debate how much Americans were interested in obtaining an empire, while noting that the European powers had in recent decades dramatically expanded their empires, especially in Africa and Asia. The United States seized this opportunity to become an international empire themselves.
Thus, began the "gradual transformation" of the United States from one of isolationism to one of internationalism.
"UT HISPANICUS CADIT, SIC OMNIS TERRA" (As Spain falls, so falls the whole world)
Swampyville's Ask the Politically Correct.
What was the Gilded Age (The Robber Barons)?
Politically Correct Resolution:
In American history, the Gilded Age refers to the era of rapid economic and population growth in the United States during the post-Civil War and post-Reconstruction eras of the late 19th century. The term "Gilded Age" was coined by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner in their 1873 book, The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today. The name refers to the process of gilding an object with a superficial layer of gold and is meant to make fun of ostentatious display while playing on the term "golden age."
The Gilded Age is most famous for the creation of a modern industrial economy. During the 1870s and 1880s, the U.S. economy grew at the fastest rate in its history, with real wages, wealth, GDP, and capital formation all increasing rapidly. A national transportation and communication network was created, the corporation became the dominant form of business organization, and a managerial revolution transformed business operations. By the beginning of the 20th century, per capita income and industrial production in the United States led the world. The businessmen of the Second Industrial Revolution created industrial towns and cities in the Northeast with new factories, and hired an ethnically diverse industrial working class, many of them new immigrants from Europe. The super-rich industrialists and financiers such as John D. Rockefeller, Andrew W. Mellon, Andrew Carnegie, Henry Flagler, Henry H. Rogers, J.P. Morgan, Cornelius Vanderbilt of the Vanderbilt family, and the prominent Astor family were attacked as "robber barons" by critics, who believed they cheated to get their money and lorded it over the common people. Most of the above group met regularly to make decisions on how to proceed with their monopolies!
During the Gilded Age, the U.S. grew to world economic leadership. For example, American steel production surpassed the combined total of Britain, Germany, and France, and the U.S. led the world in many areas of technology. Railroad mileage tripled between 1860 and 1880, and tripled again by 1920, opening new areas to commercial farming, creating a truly national marketplace and inspiring a boom in coal mining and steel production. The voracious appetite for capital of the great trunk railroads facilitated the consolidation of the nation's (financial market in Wall Street), creating a monopoly for a handful of financiers. By 1900, the process of economic concentration had extended into most branches of industry and a few large corporations, called "trusts", dominated in railroads, steel, oil, sugar, meatpacking, and the manufacture of agriculture machinery. Other major components of this infrastructure were the new methods for fabricating steel, especially, the Bessemer process.(Wikipedia)
List of supposed Robber Barons:
John Jacob Astor (real estate, fur), Andrew Carnegie (steel), Jay Cooke (finance),
Charles Crocker (railroads), Daniel Drew (finance), James B. Duke (tobacco),
James Fisk (finance), Henry M. Flagler (railroads/Oil), Henry C. Frick (steel),
John W. Gates (barbed wire), Jay Gould (railroads), Edward H. Harriman (railroads/
finance), Mark Hopkins (railroads), Andrew W. Mellon (finance/oil), J. P. Morgan
(finance, industrial consolidation), Henry B. Plant (railroads), John D. Rockefeller
(oil/finance), Charles M. Schwab (steel), John D. Spreckels (sugar), Leland
Stanford (railroads), Joseph Seligman (finance), Cornelius Vanderbilt (shipping/
railroads), Charles Tyson Yerkes (railroads/street cars).
Having control of this nation's economy, it was only natural to expand to overseas markets.
With the complete control of this nations economy, these monopolists began to seek ways to control the international markets.
Many descendants of those listed above are continuing what their forefathers started.
"NON TENEAS AURUM TOTUM QUOD SPLENDET UT AURUM" (All that glitters is not gold)
Swampyville's Ask the Politically Correct!
The cast of American voters!
In the last month on my blog sites, I've tried to explain the options that are open for the American voter. (Conservatism, Liberalism, and Moderatism). The current voting system only allows for Conservatism and Liberalism. Each individual must decide for themselves which category fits within their ideology!
I myself, have been a registered Democrat since January 196l. Today, I consider myself to be in the Moderate category. In the 1992 and the 1996 elections, I didn't vote for anyone for president. In the 2000 election, having no one I considered to be worthy of my vote, I wrote in the name "Howdy Doody". In the 2004 election I wrote in the name "Charlie McCarthy". In the last election I wrote in the name "Mortimer Snerd". I opined that they couldn't be any worse than the other "Dummies" (ones seeming to act alone but are really acting for others) who were running for President.
I vowed many years ago not to vote for the lesser of the two evils. By doing so, I would still be voting for evil! To those who say I'm throwing away my vote. Am I really, look at the growing independents who no longer can be propagandized (brainwashed) by the left or the right through their controlled media! The American voters are awakening to the real TRUTH that they are being used!
"FACTA NON VERBA" (Actions speak louder than words)
Ask the Politically Correct!
What is the definition of "Moderatism"?
Politically Correct Resolution:
A moderate is an individual who is neither extreme, partisan or radical.
Moderate political realism holds that it is fundamentally the nature of man that pushes states and individuals to act in a way that places national interests over International ideologies and not the other way around.
Moderatism is the ideal or the practice of promoting policies that lie different to the standard political left and political right. It is directly opposite from the one dimensional political reality of left/right politics. Moderatism lands in the middle between left-wing (Liberalism) politics and right-wing (Conservatism) politics.
Voters who describe themselves as independents often mean that they are moderate in their political views, advocating neither extreme left-wing politics or right-wing politics. In the US, it is estimated that (70%) of the electorate occupy this position and the other 30% being either left or right. Meaning, that 70% of the electorate are being dictated to by the 30% who claim to be either left or right. Voters may identify with moderatism for a number of reasons: pragmatic, ideological or otherwise.
Moderatism is more often associated with political pragmatism, in that the position is not aligned to left/right political ideology. However; The political ideology "Without Labels" is described as moderatism under this definition.
In a two party left and right political system there is no room for Moderatism! Although, both the left and the right attempt to con the Moderates to vote for them.
Those who have determined themselves to be moderates are no longer falling for the Democrats and Republicans "Intended Consequences" of dividing the middle!
Those of you who have lost your jobs, homes, and everything else you thought you owned, and in some cases even your family. By all means, keep on spouting both Democratic and Republican Party lines. Of course, the Government will always "Take Care" of you!
"MODUS OMNIBUS IN REBUS" (Everything in Moderation)
New Politically Correct Term: "Intended Consequences"!
Exploiting a nations inherent complexity, perverse reality, human stupidity, and cognitive or emotional biases to divide and rule through the use of political deception!
"POLITICS IS NOTHING MORE THAN AN ENDLESS CHESS TOURNAMENT BETWEEN THE LEFT AND RIGHT USING THE MIDDLE AS PAWNS! EACH MATCH USUALLY ENDS IN A STALEMATE!"
Ask the Politically Correct!
What is he difference between the "Old Right" and the "New Right"?
Politically Correct Resolution:
The Old Right:
The Old Right was a conservative faction in the United States that opposed both New Deal domestic programs and U.S. entry into World War II (Isolationists). Many members of this faction were associated with the Republicans of the interwar years led by Robert Taft (Son of President William Taft), but some were Democrats. They were called the "Old Right" to distinguish them from their New Right successors, such as Barry Goldwater, who favored an interventionist foreign policy to battle world communism. Many members of the Old Right favored laissez faire classical liberalism; some were business-oriented conservatives; others were ex-radicals who moved sharply to the right.
The Old Right was in opposition to the New
Deal of Franklin D. Roosevelt. The "Old Right"
formed a Conservative coalition that controlled
Congress until 1964. They were consistently
non-interventionist and opposed entering WWII.
Later, most opposed U.S. entry into NATO and intervention in the Korean War. "In addition to being staunch opponents of war and militarism, the Old Right of the postwar period had a rugged and near-libertarian thought in domestic affairs".
There were those who believed that the Old Right were actually classical liberals and "were accepted members of the Left before 1933. Yet, without changing any of their fundamental views, all of them came to be thought of as exemplars of the political Right."
The New Right!
In the United States, New Right refers to two historically distinct conservative political movements. Both of the American New Rights are distinct from and opposed to the more moderate tradition of the so-called Rockefeller Republitarians. The New Right also differs from the Old Right on issues concerning foreign policy with the New Right being pro Internationalism to the non-internationalists of the Old Right.
The first New Right (1955–1964) was centered around the libertarians, traditionalists, and anti-communists. The first New Right embraced fusionism, (classical liberal economics, traditional social values, and were ardent anti-communism) and coalesced through grassroots organizing in the years preceding the 1964 presidential campaign of Barry Goldwater. The Goldwater campaign, failed in their Presidential bid against LBJ.
The second New Right (1964 to the present) was formed
in the wake of the Goldwater campaign and had a more
populist tone than the first New Right. The second
New Right tended to focus on social issues and
national sovereignty and was often linked with the Religious Right (The Silent Majority). The second New Right formed a policy approach and electoral apparatus that brought Ronald Reagan into the White House in the 1980 presidential election. In elite think-tanks and local community organizations alike, new policies, marketing and electoral strategies were crafted over the succeeding decades to promote strongly conservative policies, mostly ignored by the Intellectuals until the 1980s.
The Third New Right: Conservative Liberalism!
The Third New Right began prior to and after the so called fall of the Soviet Union.
In the 1980's There was a massive increase in Cold War related defense spending that caused large budget deficits, the U.S. trade deficit expansion, and contributed to the Savings and Loan crisis, In order to cover new federal budget deficits, the United States borrowed heavily both domestically and abroad, raising the national debt from $700 billion to today's 14 trillion, and the United States has moved from being the world's largest international creditor to the world's largest debtor nation. Then came the Bush wars plunging this nation further into debt. Bill Clinton, in my opinion, was just another opportunist who went along to get along. (Wikipedia was used in part for this Article)
Other causes for this nations economic problems created by Conservative Liberalism and Liberal Conservatism (both are the same):
Elimination of most trade barriers.
An extreme export deficit for the U.S. in international trade.
Cutbacks in public sector employment (both parties). (Jobs being moved offshore)
The privatization of previously public-owned enterprises and moving them offshore too.
The transfer of the share of this country's economic wealth to the top economic percentiles of the population. (TARP Program - Raiding the Treasury)!
The Current Administration has attempted to swing the social/economic pendulum back toward the left (so they say); but it didn't work. All they have succeeded in, is leading this Nation further into debt by increasing this Nations interest payments on the National Debt (Stimulus Package - Continuing to raid the Treasury). Now, both parties are attempting to move more toward the center in an attempt to gain the Independent vote.
What we are seeing in today's politics is the Left's Liberal Conservatism (The New, "New Change" that you can believe in) and the Right's Conservative Liberalism! (It's the same old political tactic of "Sticking one finger in the air to see which way the wind is blowing"). The Left and the Right are doing every thing that they can to exploit the Middle.
Classic Marxism states that future leaders will come from the Middle Class and that is what scares the "Prestidigitators" the most.
No! The TEA party is not the answer! It has already been infiltrated and is being destroyed from within by both, the Democratic and Republican parties.
Beware of: "OVIS INVESTIMENTIS LUPINUS" (Sheep in wolves clothing)
Archaic word for today: "Prestidigitator"
Politically Correct Definition: Either, a Democratic or
a Republican Politician.
POLITICAL UTOPIA IS ETERNAL "GRID LOCK" (BETTER KNOWN, AS MANIPULATING THE PEOPLE)!
(The Cerebral Enhanced Intellectual Elitists)
Intellectually Unresolved (Question):
In that I'm satisfactorily deprived (pissed off) and progressives say that I'm fragrantly challenged (stink) and believe little that I see and nothing that I hear, what should I do?
Intellectual Resolution (Answer):
Join the TEA party; they too, are all reality challenged (insane)!