A once in a generation investment. That`s what president Biden called his $2 billion program of infrastructure spending. Biden said it will create millions of jobs while giving roads, utilities and American industry a badly needed upgrade.
But somebody have to pay for it, but who? «We the people» of course. The corporations. And there is one simple way to do that: TAX. Minimum wages are rising. So are the taxes, and what is that suppose to mean? It means the inflation is coming.
«I`m proposing a plan for the nation that rewards work. Not just rewares wealth. It builds a fair economy that gives everybody a chance to succeed. And it`s going to create the strongest, most resilient innovative economy in the world,» Biden said in a speech a few days ago.
The Biden administration plans on modernizing 32,000 kim of highway, 500,000 charging points for electric autos, and bringing back key industries such as chip production back to the U.S. Chips are still mostly produced in Asia. (Bringing back chip industries sounds like a Trump strategy).
The project is expected to take eight years to complete, and some of the funding will come from a corporate tax hike from 21 to 28 percent. Biden`s supporters say the program will create millions of well.paid jobs, and stregthen America`s ability to compete with China.
2 trillion dollars is a lot of money and there is no doubt that this program will boost the semiconductor industry, but also the EV industry.
Biden said he is not worried about the U.S economy at all. At the same time, Janet Yellen makes a push for global minimum corporate tax. She doesn`t want a race to the bottom, and warns of dangers to the American economy if U.S acts alone in raising corporate tax rates.
When Obama hiked corporate taxes, businesses fled. One of the largest corporations in the world; Apple, ended up in Irland thanks to a great offshore plan, but Trump were bringing the company back to the U.S.
It speaks for itself. The more money corporations pay in tax, the less competetive they are on the world stage.
The time we are living in today, is similar to the 30`s, and Biden`s infrastructure plan is often comparead to Franklin D. Roosevelt`s «New deal».
The New Deal was a series of programs, public work projects, financial reforms, and regulations enacted by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the United States between 1933 and 1939.
The programs focused on what historians refer to as the «3 Rs»; relief for the unemployed and poor, recovery of the economy back to normal levels, and reform of the financial system to prevent a repeat depression ( the stock market crached in 1929).
The first deal (1933 – 1934) dealt with the pressing banking crisis through the Emergency Banking Act and the 1933 Banking Act. The Federal Emergency Relief Administration provided $500 million ($9,88 billion today) for relieft operations by states and cities, while the short-lived CWA gave locals money to operate Make-work projects in 1933 – 1934.
The Securities Act of 1933 was enacted to prevent a repeated stock market crash.
The second New Deal in 1935 – 1936 included the National Labor Relations Act to protect labor organizing, the Works Progress Administration relief program (which made the federal government the largest employer in the nation), the the Social Security Act and new programs to aid tenant farmers and migrant workers.
The final major items of New Deal legislation were the creation of the United States Housing Authority and the FSA, which both occurred in 1937, and the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, which set maximum hours and minimum wages for most categories of workers.
Keep in mind that all this happened a few years before the World War II occurred.
The economic downturn of 1937 – 1938 and the bitter split between the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations labor unions led to major Republican gains in Congress in 1938.
Conservative Republicans and Democratas in Congress joined the informal conservative coalition. By 1942 – 1943, they shut down relief programs such as the WPA and the CCC and blocked major liberal proposals.
Nonetheless, Roosevelt turned his attention to the war effort and won reelection in 1940 – 1944. Furthermore, the Supreme Court declared the NRA and the first version of the Agricultural Adjustment Act unconstitutional, but the AAA was rewritten and then upheld.
Republican president Dwight.D. Eisenhower (1953 – 1961) left the New Deal largely intact, even expanding it in some areas. In the 1960`s, Lydon B. Johnson`s Great Society used the New Deal as inpiration for a dramatic expansion of liberal programs, which Republican Richard Nixon generally retained.
However, after 1974 the call for deregulation of the economy gained bipartisan support. The New Deal regulation of banking (Glass-Steagall Act) lasted until it was suspended in the 1990`s.
From 1929 to 1933 manufacturing output decreased by one third, which economist Milton Friedman called the Great Contraction. Prices fell by 20%, causing deflation that made repaying debts much harder.
Unemployment in the United States increased from 4% to 25%. additionally, one-third of all employed persons were downgraded to working part-time on much smaller paychecks. In the aggregate, almost 50% of the nation`s work-power was going unused.
Before the New Deal, deposits at banks were not insured. When thousands of banks closed, depositors lost their savings as at that time there was no national safety net, no public unemployment insurance and no Social Security.
The depression had devastated the nation. As Roosevelt took the oath of office at noon on March 4, 1933, all state governors had authorized bank holidays or restricted withdrawals. Many Americans had little or no access to their bank accounts.
Farm income had fallen by over 50% since 1929 (stock market crash). An estimated 844,000 non-farm mortgages had been foreclosed between 1930 – 1933, out of five million in all. Political and business leaders feared revolution and anarchy.
In 1935, Roosevelt called for a tax program called the Wealth Tax Act (Revenue Act of 1935) to redistribute wealth. The bill imposed an income tax of 79% on incomes over $5 million. It raised the bitterness of the rich who called Roosevelt «a traitor to his class» and the wealthy tax act a «soak the rich tax».
The Roosevelt administration was under assault during Roosevelt`s second term,which presided over a new dip in the Great Depression in the fall of 1937 that continued through most of 1938. Production and profits declined sharply.
Unemployment jumped from 14,3% in May of 1937 to 19% in June 1938. The downturn was perhaps due to nothing more than the familiar rhythms of the business cycle, but until 1937 Roosevelt had claimed responsibility for the excellent economic performance.
That backfired in the recession and the heated political atmosphere of 1937.
Keynes did not think that the New Deal under Roosevelt ended the Great Depression: «It is, it seems, politically impossible for a capitalistic democracy to organize expenditure on the scale necessary to make the grand experiments which would prove my case, except in war conditions.»
Worldwide, the Great Depression had the most profound impact in Germany and the United States. In both countries the pressure to reform and the perception of the economic crisis were strikingly similar.
When Hitler came to power he was faced with exactly the same task that faced Roosevelt, overcoming mass unemployment and the global Depression. The political responses to the crisis were essensially different; while American democracy remained strong, Germany replaced democracy with fascism, a Nazi dictatorship.
The initial perception of the New Deal was mixed. On the one hand, the eyes of the world were upon the United States because many American and European democrats saw in Roosevelt`s reform program a positive counterweight to the seductive powers of the two great alternative systems, communism and fascism.
As the historian Isaiah Berlin wrote in 1955: «The only light in the darkness was the administration of Mr. Roosevelt and the New Deal in the United States».
By contrast, enemies of the New Deal sometimes called it «fascist», but they meant very different things. Communists denounced the New Deal in 1933 and 1934 as fascist in the sence that it was under the control of big business. They deopped that line of thought when Stalin switched to the «Popular Front» plan of cooperation with liberals.
The Hate Trump Media Mob is always negative about Trump, but a lot of CEO`s is the opposite. One of them is CEO Robert Unanue who spoke to Fox about the future of capitalism and socialism.
Its founder of his company Goya Foods, Prudencio Unanue Ortiz, migrated from Spain, in the 20th century. Now, the family is the 170th richest family in the U.S, and the company is the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the U.S.
In July 2020, Goya Foods Robert Unanue visited the White House and pledged one million cans of Goya chickpeas to food banks, saying «Americans are truly blessed to have a leader like Donald Trump.»
The comments sparked some negative reactions and calls for a boycott of Goya Foods, which in turn sparked counter-boycotts in support of Goya. On 7 December 2020, Robert stated that Ocasio-Cortez was named employee of the month after her boycott call led to a 1000% sales spike.
The family supported Michelle Obama in 2012 with MyPlate, an initiative to encourage Hispanics and African Americans to eat a balanced meal. 30 – 40% more Hispanics and African Americans voted for Trump in Florida alone. Trump must have done something right.
What`s being said today is similar to what Ronald Reagen said in the ’80s. It`s about capitalism, communism, freedom, prosperity, and religion. It`s a big surprise to me to see what Reagan said in a speech called «Evil empire» on 8 March 1983.
The most interesting thing is that Reagan talked about the American experiment in democracy. Experiment? Was 6 January 2021 the beginning of the end of that experiment? Time will show……
The speech is so interesting, so I want you to take a few minutes and read and judge for yourself. Here is a part of the speech;
RONALD REAGAN, “EVIL EMPIRE SPEECH” (8 MARCH 1983)
…..So I tell you there are a great many God-fearing, dedicated, noble men and women in public life, present company included. And yes, we need your help to keep us ever mindful of the ideas and the principles that brought us into the public arena in the first place. The basis of those ideals and principles is… a commitment to freedom and personal liberty that, itself is grounded in the much deeper realization that freedom prospers only where the blessings of God are avidly (mispronounces and corrects himself) sought and humbly accepted.
 The American experiment in democracy rests on this insight. Its discovery was the great triumph of our Founding Fathers, voiced by William Penn when he said: “If we will not be governed by God, we must be governed by tyrants.” Explaining the inalienable rights of men, Jefferson said, “The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.” And it was George Washington who said that “of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.”
 And finally, that shrewdest of all observers of American democracy, Alexis de Tocqueville, put it eloquently, after he had gone on a search for the secret of America’s greatness and genius–and he said: “Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the greatness and the genius of America. America is good. And if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” [Applause]
 Well, I’m… [Applause] ..Well, I’m pleased to be here today with you who are keeping America great by keeping her good. Only through your work and prayers and those of millions of others can we hope to survive this perilous century and keep alive this experiment in liberty, this last, best hope of man.
 I want you to know that this administration is motivated by a political philosophy that sees the greatness of America in you, her people, and in your families, churches, neighborhoods, communities–the institutions that foster and nourish values like concern for others and respect for the rule of law under God.
 Now, I don’t have to tell you that this puts us in opposition to, or at least out of step with, a–a prevailing attitude of many who have turned to a modern-day secularism, discarding the tried and time-tested values upon which our very civilization is based. No matter how well-intentioned, their value system is radically different from that of most Americans. And while they proclaim that they’re freeing us from superstitions of the past, they’ve taken upon themselves the job of superintending us by government rule and regulation. Sometimes their voices are louder than ours, but they are not yet a majority. [Applause]
 An example of that vocal superiority is evident in a controversy now going on in Washington. And since I’m involved, I’ve been waiting to hear from the parents of young America. How far are they willing to go in giving to the government their prerogatives as parents?
 Well, we have ordered clinics receiving federal funds to notify the parent’s such help has been given. [Applause] One of the nation’s leading newspapers has created the term “squeal rule” in editorializing against us for doing this, and we’re being criticized for violating the privacy of young people. A judge has recently granted an injunction against an enforcement of our rule. I’ve watched TV panel shows discuss this issue, seen columnists pontificating on our error, but no one seems to mention morality as playing a part in the subject of sex. [Applause]
 Many of us in the government would like to know what parents think about this intrusion in their family by the government. We’re going to fight in the courts. The right of parents and the rights of family take precedence over those of Washington-based bureaucrats and social engineers. [Applause]
 But the fight against parental notification is really only one example of many attempts to water down traditional values and even abrogate the original terms of American democracy. Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged. [Applause] When our founding fathers passed the First Amendment, they sought to protect churches from government interference. They never intended to construct a wall of hostility between government and the concept of religious belief itself. [Murmurs of agreement, Applause]
 The evidence of this permeates our history and our government. The Declaration of Independence mentions the Supreme Being no less than four times. “In God We Trust” is engraved on our coinage. The Supreme Court opens its proceedings with a religious invocation. And the members of Congress open their sessions with a prayer. I just happen to believe the schoolchildren of the United States are entitled to the same privileges as [Continues over applause] Supreme Court Justices and Congressmen.
 Last year, I sent the Congress a constitutional amendment to restore prayer to public schools. Already this session, there’s growing bipartisan support for the amendment, and I am calling on Congress to act speedily to pass it and to let our children pray. [Applause]
 Senators Denton and Hatfield have proposed legislation in Congress on the whole question of prohibiting discrimination against religious forms of student speech. Such legislation could go far to restore freedom of religious speech for public school students. And I hope the Congress considers these bills quickly. And with your help, I think it’s possible we could also get the constitutional amendment through the Congress this year. [Applause]
 More than a decade ago, a Supreme Court decision literally wiped off the books of fifty states, statutes protecting the rights of unborn children. Abortion on demand now takes the lives of up to one and a half million unborn children a year. Human life legislation ending this tragedy will someday pass the Congress, and you and I must never rest until it does. [Applause] Unless and until it can be proven that the unborn child is not a living entity, then its right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness must be protected. [Applause]
 Now, I’m sure that you must get discouraged at times, but there you’ve done better than you know, perhaps. There’s a great spiritual awakening in America, a [Applause]…a renewal of the traditional values that have been the bedrock of America’s goodness and greatness.
 One recent survey by a Washington-based research council concluded that Americans were far more religious than the people of other nations; 95 percent of those surveyed expressed a belief in God and a huge majority believed the Ten Commandments had real meaning in their lives, and another study has found that an overwhelming majority of Americans disapprove of adultery, teenage sex, pornography, abortion, and hard drugs, and this same study showed a deep reverence for the importance of family ties and religious belief.
 I [Applause]…I think the items that we’ve discussed here today must be a key part of the nation’s political agenda. For the first time, the Congress is openly and seriously debating and dealing with the prayer and abortion issues–and that’s enormous progress right there. I repeat: America is in the midst of a spiritual awakening and a moral renewal. And with your biblical keynote, I say today, “Yes, let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream.”
 Now, [Applause]…obviously, much of this new political and social consensus I’ve talked about is based on a positive view of American history, one that takes pride in our country’s accomplishments and record. But we must never forget that no government schemes are going to perfect man. We know that living in this world means dealing with what philosophers would call the phenomenology of evil or, as theologians would put it, the doctrine of sin.
 There is sin and evil in the world, and we’re enjoined by Scripture and the Lord Jesus to oppose it with all our might. Our nation, too, has a legacy of evil with which it must deal. The glory of this land has been its capacity for transcending the moral evils of our past. For example, the long struggle of minority citizens…for equal rights, once a source of disunity and civil war is now a point of pride for all Americans. We must never go back. There is no room for racism, anti-Semitism, or other forms of ethnic and racial hatred in this country. [Long Applause]
 I know that you’ve been horrified, as have I, by the resurgence of some hate groups preaching bigotry and prejudice. Use the mighty voice of your pulpits and the powerful standing of your churches to denounce and isolate these hate groups in our midst. The commandment given us is clear and simple: “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” [Applause]
 But whatever sad episodes exist in our past, any objective observer must hold a positive view of American history, a history that has been the story of hopes fulfilled and dreams made into reality. Especially in this century, America has kept alight the torch of freedom, but not just for ourselves, but for millions of others around the world.
 And this brings me to my final point today. During my first press conference as president, in answer to a direct question, I pointed out that, as good Marxist-Leninists, the Soviet leaders have openly and publicly declared that the only morality they recognize is that which will further their cause, which is world revolution. I think I should point out I was only quoting Lenin, their guiding spirit, who said in 1920 that they repudiate all morality that proceeds from supernatural ideas–that’s their name for religion–or ideas that are outside class conceptions. Morality is entirely subordinate to the interests of class war. And everything is moral that is necessary for the annihilation of the old exploiting social order and for uniting the proletariat.
 Well, I think the refusal of many influential people to accept this elementary fact of Soviet doctrine illustrates a historical reluctance to see totalitarian powers for what they are. We saw this phenomenon in the 1930s. We see it too often today.
 This doesn’t mean we should isolate ourselves and refuse to seek an understanding with them. I intend to do everything I can to persuade them of our peaceful intent, to remind them that it was the West that refused to use its nuclear monopoly in the forties and fifties for territorial gain and which now pr-proposes 50 percent cut in strategic ballistic missiles and the elimination of an entire class of land-based, intermediate-range nuclear missiles. [Applause]
 At the same time, however, they must be made to understand: we will never compromise our principles and standards. We will never give away our freedom. We will never abandon our belief in God. [Long Applause] And we will never stop searching for genuine peace, but we can assure none of these things America stands for through the so-called nuclear freeze solutions proposed by some.
 The truth is that a freeze now would be a very dangerous fraud, for that is merely the illusion of peace. The reality is that we must find peace through strength. [Applause]
 I would a-[Applause continuing]…I would agree to a freeze if only we could freeze the Soviets’ global desires. [Laughter, Applause] A freeze at current levels of weapons would remove any incentive for the Soviets to negotiate seriously in Geneva and virtually end our chances to achieve the major arms reductions which we have proposed. Instead, they would achieve their objectives through the freeze.
 A freeze would reward the Soviet Union for its enormous and unparalleled military buildup. It would prevent the essential and long overdue modernization of the United States and allied defenses and would leave our aging forces increasingly vulnerable. And an honest freeze would require extensive prior negotiations on the systems and numbers to be limited and on the measures to ensure effective verification and compliance. And the kind of a freeze that has been suggested would be virtually impossible to verify. Such a major effort would divert us completely from our current negotiations on achieving substantial reductions. [Applause]
 I, a number of years ago, I heard a young father, a very prominent young man in the entertainment world, addressing a tremendous gathering in California. It was during the time of the cold war, and communism and our own way of life were very much on people’s minds. And he was speaking to that subject. And suddenly, though, I heard him saying, “I love my little girls more than anything–” And I said to myself, “Oh, no, don’t. You can’t — don’t say that.” But I had underestimated him. He went on: “I would rather see my little girls die now; still believing in God than have them grow up under communism and one day die no longer believing in God.” [Applause]
 There were…There were thousands of young people in that audience. They came to their feet with shouts of joy. They had instantly recognized the profound truth in what he had said, with regard to the physical and the soul and what was truly important.
 Yes, let us pray for the salvation of all of those who live in that totalitarian darkness–pray they will discover the joy of knowing God. But until they do, let us be aware that while they preach the supremacy of the State, declare its omnipotence over individual man, and predict its eventual domination of all peoples on the earth, they are the focus of evil in the modern world.
 It was C.S. Lewis who, in his unforgettable “Screwtape Letters,” wrote: “The greatest evil is not done now…in those sordid ‘dens of crime’ that Dickens loved to paint. It is…not even done in concentration camps and labor camps. In those, we see its final result, but it is conceived and ordered; moved, seconded, carried and minuted in clear, carpeted, warmed, and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voice.”
 Well, because these “quiet men” do not “raise their voices,” because they sometimes speak in soothing tones of brotherhood and peace, because, like other dictators before them, they’re always making “their final territorial demand,” some would have us accept them at their word and accommodate ourselves to their aggressive impulses. But if history teaches anything, it teaches that simpleminded appeasement or wishful thinking about our adversaries is folly. It means the betrayal of our past, the squandering of our freedom.
 So, I urge you to speak out against those who would place the United States in a position of military and moral inferiority. You know, I’ve always believed that old Screwtape reserved his best efforts for those of you in the Church. So, in your discussions of the nuclear freeze proposals, I urge you to beware the temptation of pride–the temptation of blithely..uh..declaring yourselves above it all and label both sides equally at fault, to ignore the facts of history and the aggressive impulses of an evil empire, to simply call the arms race a giant misunderstanding and thereby remove yourself from the struggle between right and wrong and good and evil.
 I ask you to resist the attempts of those who would have you withhold your support for our efforts, this administration’s efforts, to keep America strong and free, while we negotiate–real and verifiable reductions in the world’s nuclear arsenals and one day, with God’s help, their total elimination. [Applause]
 While America’s military strength is important, let me add here that I’ve always maintained that the struggle now going on for the world will never be decided by bombs or rockets, by armies or military might. The real crisis we face today is a spiritual one; at root, it is a test of moral will and faith.
 Whittaker Chambers, the man whose own religious conversion made him a witness to one of the terrible traumas of our time, the Hiss-Chambers case, wrote that the crisis of the Western world exists to the degree in which the West is indifferent to God, the degree to which it collaborates in communism’s attempt to make a man stand-alone without God. And then he said, for Marxism-Leninism is actually the second-oldest faith, first proclaimed in the Garden of Eden with the words of temptation, “Ye shall be as gods.”
 The Western world can answer this challenge, he wrote, “but only provided that its faith in God and the freedom He enjoins is as great as communism’s faith in Man.”
 I believe we shall rise to the challenge. I believe that communism is another sad, bizarre chapter in human history whose last–last pages even now are being written. I believe this because the source of our strength in the quest for human freedom is not material, but spiritual. And because it knows no limitation, it must terrify and ultimately triumph over those who would enslave their fellow man. For in the words of Isaiah: “He giveth power to the faint, and to them that have no…might He increased strength. But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary.” [Applause]
 Yes, change your world. One of our founding fathers, Thomas Paine, said, “We have it within our power to begin the world over again.” We can do it, doing together what no one church could do by itself.
 God bless you, and thank you very much. [Long Applause]
The attack on Capitol Hill was unamerican and unpatriotic, and an attack like this has never happened in the U.S since 1814 when the British stormed the building. Trump supporters have never done anything like this before. Are we sure Trump supporters were behind all this?
Hopefully, the investigation will find that out. The attack is very similar to all the «Black lives matter» attacks, and we all know that the Marxists were behind it. The same group of people has also attacked multiple statues in the U.S. They want to destroy America.
January 6th 2021 will be remembered and goes straight into the history books. But there are other dates that are in the history books, and all of them are direct attacks on the U.S democracy. Trump has multiple times said that a group of people want to destroy America.
We all know the attack on John F Kennedy. A man from a capitalist family. It was an attack on the U.S democracy. Killed by a communist who spent years in Sovjet, but also by a man who said he was a patsy. 9/11 was also a big attack on the U.S democracy as well.
America went from the Cold War to the War on terror. The day after 9/11 the «Occupy Wall Street» movement started. A direct attack on capitalism, but also an attack on New York. It took years to build the Twin towers, but it took less than an hour to destroy them.
Now, New York is under attack again. This time the enemy is invisible, and the enemy is a virus. Covid-19 has destroyed New York once again. An attack on American democracy. On all the citizens in America.
The 9/11 attack happened 20 years ago, and security has been at an extreme level since then. So, why was it so easy to attack Capitol Hill on January 6th? Where in the world was the security? Where were the police? The army? In the video, we can see that the police opened the barricade to let in the crowd. What security is that?
It seems like the security is gone nearly every time an attack is happening. This is very strange. Everybody knew that this election would be special, but the only ones not to be prepared seems to be the security forces. Why?
This is also very similar to the protest in Hong Kong. Millions of peaceful protesters took to the streets, but only a few extremists were violent which is not a good thing because it doesn`t solve a thing. The opposite is happening.
In Hong Kong, the Communist party won when a small group of extremists went violent. But these people also dragged the rest of the peaceful protesters down. So happened on January 6th on Capitol Hill.
A small group of extremists is putting all the Trump supporters down, but this small group of people doesn`t represent the rest. They will rather destroy them. What happened on Capitol Hill is demoralizing the majority of the Trump supporters, and the Media Mob blame Trump for all that happened on Capitol Hill.
Just take a look at Lindsey Graham. He didn`t want to fight for Trump anymore. Enough is enough, he said, and voila, it`s over and out, and the attack on Capitol Hill was a big success, thanks to a small group of riots. Probably Marxists, an Antifa group, or a bunch of «patcys.»
Trump claim he won the U.S election by a landslide. His lawyers say the same. They say Trump won by a landslide. They also say the election was based on massive fraud. A lot of people with a lot of evidence has also revealed the fraud under hearings, but Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States.
President Trump released a statement on Thursday saying that he did not agree with the results, but he will ensure a peaceful transfer of power to President-elect Joe Biden.
30 years ago, some people in Germany
were isolated from the rest of the world. They were trapped inside
the Berlin Wall that was a guarded concrete barrier that physically
and ideologically divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989.
Construction of the Wall was commenced by the German Democratic Republic (GDR, East Germany) on 13 August 1961. The Wall cut off West Berlin from surrounding East Germany, including East Berlin.
The Eastern Bloc portrayed the Wall as
protecting its population from fascist elements conspriring to
prevent the «will of the people» in building a socialist state in
East Germany. GDR authorities officially referred to the Berlin Wall
as the Anti-Fascist Protection Rampart.
The West Berlin city government
sometimes referred to it as the «Wall of Shame», a term coined by
mayor Willy Brandt in reference to the Wall`s restriction on freedom
of movement. The wall came to symbolize physically the «Iron
Curtain» that separated Western Europe and the Eastern Bloc during
the Cold War.
U.S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
praised Reagan on Friday, saying he «courageously denounced the
greatest threat to that freedom, the Soviet Empire, the evil Empire.»
Reagan held a speech in 1987, but John F Kennedy said «Ich bin ein
Berliner» in a speech in West Berlin, on June 26, 1963.
That speech is widely regarded as the
best-known speech of the Cold War and the most famous anti-communist
Kennedy aimed to underline the support
of the United States for West Germany 22 months after Soviet-occupied
East Germany erected the Berliin Wall to prevent mass emigration to
the West. The message was aimed as much at the Soviets as it was at
Berliners and was a clear statement of U.S policy in the wake of the
construction of the Berlin Wall.
Another phrase in the speech was also
spoken in German, «Lasst sie nach Berlin kommen» (Let them come to
Berlin»), addressed at those who claimed «we can work with the
Communists», a remark at which Nikita Khrushchev scoffed only days
Chancellor Angela Merkel thanked the United States for its support in reunification in a speech on Friday. Kennedy`s speech «Ich bin ein Berliner», and Ronald Reagan`s memorable Berlin sentence from 1987, «Mr. Gorbachev tear down this wall,» as well as Barrack Obama`s speech at the Brandenburg Gate in 2016, are in all German`s memories.
Germany`s capital, Berlin was deep
within the area controlled after World War II by the Soviet Union.
Initially governed in four sectors controlled by the four Allied
powers (United States, United Kingdom, France and the Soviet Union).
Tensions of the Cold War escalated
until the Soviet forces implemented the Berlin Blockade, which the
Western allies relieved with the dramatic airlift. Afterward, the
sectors border between East and West was closed everywhere but in
Hundreds of thousands of East Germans
defected to the West via West Berlin, a labour drain that threatened
East Germany with economic collapse.
In 1961, the East German government
under Walter Ulbricht erected a barbed-wire barrier around West
Berlin, officially called the antifaschistischer Schutzwall
(anti-fascist protective barrier).
The East German authorities argued that
it was meant to prevent spies and agents of West Germany from
crossing into East. However, it was universally known as the Berliin
Wall and its real purpose was to keep East German citizens from
escaping to the West.
The Wall closed the biggest loophole in
the Iron Curtain, and Berlin went from being one of the easiest
places to cross from East Europe to West Europe to being one of the
The West, including the U.S., was
accused of failing to respond forcefully to the erection of the Wall.
Officially, Berlin was under joint occupation by the four allied
powers, each with primary responsibility for a certain zone.
Kennedy`s speech marked the first instance where the U.S acknowledged that East Berlin was part of the Soviet bloc along with the rest of East Germany. On July 25, 1961, Kennedy insisted in a presidential address that the U.S would defend West Berlin, asserting its Four-Power rights, while making it clear that challenging the Soviet presence in Germany was not possible.
30 years ago, in 1989, a series of
revolutions in nearby Eastern Bloc countries, Poland and Hungary in
particular, caused a chain reaction in East Germany that ultimately
resulted in the demise of the Wall.
After several weeks of unrest, the East
German government announced on 9 November 1989 that all GDR citizens
could visit West Germany and West Berlin. Crowds of East Germans
crossed and climbed onto the Wall, joined by West Germans on the
other side in a celebratory atmosphere.
The «fall of the Berlin Wall» paved
the way for German reunification, which formally took place on 3
Some people in Berlin say that they are
more divided today than 30 years ago. It actually started right after
World War II. East Germany differed from West Germany (Federal
Republic of Germany), which developed into a Western capitalist
country with a social market economy and a democratic parliamentary
Continual economic growth starting in
the 1950`s fueled a 20-year «economic miracle». As West Germany`s
eceonomy grew, and its standard of living steadily improved, many
East Germans wanted to move to West Germany.
Today, we can see that it all boil down
to one ting: The richest people in Germany live in the West.
Big companies and high income is
missing in the East were only 36 og Germany`s 500 biggest companies
have headquarters. In 1991, East Germany`s GDP per capita was
equivalent to just 43 percent of that in West Germany, but now it`s
75 percent (2018). According to a poll, most East Germans still feel
like «second class citizens.»
About 2 million people have left the East for the West after the fall of the wall, and two thirds of them were women. The Eastern population is older, poorer and more male. Only two soccer teams out of 18 are from the East. Interestigly, the far-right is doing it better in the East.
It all goes back to Stalin and the
Communists. The German Democratic Republic (GDP, East Germany) was
declared on 7 October 1949. By a secret treaty, the Soviet Ministry
of Foreign Affairs accorded the East German state administrative
authority, but not autonomy. The Soviet permeated East German
administrative, military and secret police structure and had full
The Organization for Economic
Cooperation and Development (OECD) said schools were «a justifiable
source of pride for the East Germans.» OECD said that while
education system in the former West focused on dividing children into
different ability groups early on, the Eastern system was more
But after the fall of the wall, the
East was eager to do everything in the Western way, even education.
The education system in the East become more unequal. Kids drops out
of school and are worce off in the East than in the West. In West
Germany, people look back at East Germany in a very negative sense.
The West are more conservative and
religious. Politically, Germany is still very divided. Voters in the
former Communist states are voting the far-right AfD.
You can see what the communists have
done to the mindset and the community. We know the story of one of
the founders of Google, Sergei Brin. His parents escaped from Moscow
to the United States. They separated the kids on the school. Brin
couldn`t participate with the other kids in gym and matematics.
Indoctrination of Marxism-Leninism
became a compulsory part of the school curricula, sending professors
and students fleeing to the West. The East Germans created an
elaborate political police apparatus that kept the population under
close surveillance, inluding Soviet SMERSH secret police.
Who wants to live in a hell like this?
The emigrants tended to be young and well-educated, leading to the
brain drain feared by officials in East Germany. They stated «the
flight of the intelligentsia has reached a particularly critical
The loss was disproportionately heavy
among professionals, engineers, technicians, physicians, teachers,
lawyers and skilled workers. The brain drain of professionals had
become so damaging to the political credibility and economic
viability of the East Germany that the re-securing of the German
communist frontier was imperative.
Following World War II, Soviet leader
Joseph Stalin headed a group of nations on his Western border, the
Eastern Bloc, that then included Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia,
which he wished to maintain alongside a weakened Soviet-controlled
As early as 1945, Stalin revealed to
German communist leaders that he expected to slowly undermine the
British position within the British occupation zone, that the United
States would withdraw within a year or two, and that nothing would
then stand in the way of a unified communist Germany within the bloc.
The major task of the ruling communist
party in the Soviet zone was to channel Soviet orders down to both
the administrative apparatus and the other bloc parties, which in
turn would be presented as internal measures.
Property and industry was nationalized
in the East German zone. If statements or decisions deviated from the
described line, reprimands and punishment would ensure, such as
imprisonment, torture and even death.
In 1949, following disagreements
regarding reconstruction and a new German currency, Stalin instituted
the Berlin Blockade, preventing food, materials and supplies from
arriving in West Berlin. The United States, the United Kingdom,
France, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and several other countries
began a massive «airlift», supplying West Berlin with food and
The Soviets mounted a public relations
campaign against the Western policy change. Communists attempted to
disrupt the elections of 1948, preceding large losses therein, while
300,000 Berliners demonstrated for the international airlift to
continue. In May 1949, Stalin lifted the blockade, permintting the
resumption of Western shipments to Berlin.
After the Soviet occupation of Eastern
Europe at the end of World War II, the majority of those living in
the newly acquried areas of the Eastern Bloc aspired to independence
and wanted the Soviets to leave.
Taking advantage of the zonal border
between accupied zones in Germany the number of GDR citizens moving
to West Germany totaled 187,000 in 1950. 165,000 in 1951. 182,000 in
1952, and 331,000 in 1953.
One reason for the sharp 1953 increase
was fear of potential further Sovietization, given the increasingly
paranoid actions of Joseph Stalin in late 1952 and early 1953.
The fall of the Berlin Wall is a symbol
of the Cold War in post-World War II Europe. The Wall separated East
and West Berlin for 28 years, and it illustrated the gap between two
political ideologies; Capitalism and Communism.
On Saturday 9 November, Berlin will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the peaceful revolution and the fall of the wall.
China is staging one of its biggest
military parades ever. It`s a celebration of 70 years of Communist
Party rule as pure, political triumph. It is set to be the largest
military parade and mass pageant in Chinese history.
The 70th Anniversary of the Founding of The People`s Republic of China is an upcoming ceremonial event with a grand military parade as its spotlight to celebrate National Day of the People`s Republic of China that is scheduled to take place on 1 October 2019 in Beijing.
President and Chairman of the Central
Military Commission Xi Jinping, who will be the guest of honor, will
give the holiday address to the nation and Chinese expatriates abrod
before inspecting the formations along Chang`an Avenue.
The Communist Party of China had
defeated the Kuomintang Party following the Chinese Civil War, which
occurred intermittently between 1927 and 1949. In the aftermath of
the civil war, the Kuomintang and its loyalists then retreated to the
island of Formosa (also known as Taiwan), formerly a prefecture of
the Qing Empire, which had been under Japanese colonial rule from
1895 to 1945.
The founding of the People`s Republic
of China was formally proclaimed by Mao Zedong, the Chairman of the
Communist Party of China, on 1 October 1949 at 03:00 pm in Tiananmen
Square in Beijing.
The first public parade of the then new
People`s Liberation Army took place there, following the chairman`s
address of the formal foundation of the new republic. Before this, as
the national anthem March of the Volunteers was played, the new
national flag of the People`s Republic of China was officially
unveiled to the newly founded nation and hoisted for the first time
during the celebrations as a 21-gun salute fired in the distance.
In its early years, the People`s
Republic of China was not internationally recognized as the Republic
of China held its seat in the United Nations and the Security Council
as the sole legitimate government of «China» by the United States
and Western nations.
A massive National Day fireworkks
display had been planned along the harbour in Hong Kong to celebrate
the 70th anniversary. As it has done every year since
1997, Hong Kong government cancelled them «for safety reasons» over
the protests in the city that have lasted since March.
Safety is one thing. Popularity is
another. Hong Kongers doesn`t like Beijing and China.
Hong Kongers have made a new poster:
swastikas and the term «Chinazi.»
A few weeks ago, the protesters marched
to the US consulate to urge Congress to pass the Hong Kong Human
Rights and Democracy Act. Many had American flags. Others had a red
flag with yellow stars arranged in the shape of a swastika.
A week later they all had a «Chinazi»
flag made by local pro-democracy party people power. They also made a
banner that cast chief executive Carrie Lam as an unmistakable
Hitler, giving her the lavel «Butcher Carrie» against a backdrop of
On Sunday 29 September, coinciding with
the 80th anniversary of the divvying up of occupied Poland
between Germany and the Soviet Union, Hong Kongers held a large
protest, alternately dubbed the «Global Anti-Totalitarianism March»
and the «Global Anti-Chinazi March,» alongside dozens of citis
around the world.
«Chinazi» is drawing comparisons
between the Holocaust`s concentration camps and China`s internment
camps in Xinjiang.
Hitler and the Nazis committed one of
the worst atrocities ever in human history, orchestrating a
state-sponsored genocide that led to the murder of millions of
people. Not only Jews, but also political opponents, gay men,
roman`s, gipsy`s and millions of mentally and physically handicapped
Comparing China to Nazi Germany comes
from the author of the book; Nazi China, written by the exiled
Chinese writer Yu Jie. The man also wrote a biography of the late
Nobel Peace Prize laureate and activist Liu Xiaobo.
Chinese state media called Hong Kong`s
protesters «Blacknazi,» while the police called them «cockroaches,»
and protesters regularly refer to police as «dogs.»
Hitler and the Nazi`s committed one of
the worst atrocities ever in human history. They were the worst
state-sponsored terrorist group in human history. Trump talked about
freedom of religion, hate crime and state-sponsored torror in his UN
speech last week, and the term «Chinazi» sends a warning to the
world. The history may repeat itself.
Since the handover in 1997, the share
of people in Hong Kong identifying as Chinese have declined, reaching
38,6 percent in 2008. Today, the number is just 10,8 percent.
Meanwhile, the share of people identifying as HongKongers has
increased dramatically over the last decade, hitting 53 percent this
China Central Television (CCTV) is
expected to mainly broadcast sychronously for domestic and foreign TV
channels with CCTV-1 as the producing channel for the celebrations,
while national, provincial and city broadcasters and TV stations,
domestic internet video, portals, and live webcast sites may also
broadcast the event simultaneously.
The China Media Group (general station)
may also broadcast live overseas through websites such as YouTube.
People in China are grateful and loyal and accept the Communist Party and their lack of political freedom because they have benefited from this explosion of material wealth and opportunity. Don`t forget that free market Capitalism made China rich.