Thursday, August 25, 2016


               Most Americans are familiar with Vice President Joseph Biden's tendency to stumble in public with gaffes and misstatements that induce either embarrassment or hilarity, depending upon one's attitude towards the man and his party.  Whether he is insulting Indian-Americans with awkward 7-Eleven jokes, inviting wheelchair-bound people to stand for a bow, blurting obscenities into an open microphone (. . . this is a big f****** deal"), or losing track of what state he is speaking in, Biden continues to provide proof that even a loopy third-rate political hack can reach the heights of power in this confused and ill-informed country.

                 Fortunately, much of Biden's verbal buffoonery is relatively harmless, so that the joke is generally on him rather than on the appalled or amused public.  But one recent example of Biden's verbal and mental ineptitude was far from an innocuous gaffe.  On the contrary, it was a reckless insult of one of America's most important allies and its people.  Moreover, it did not arise from mere geriatric forgetfulness or confusion, but rather from profound historical and legal ignorance, exacerbated by political malice.

                 The pernicious remarks arose from Biden's attempt to mock Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump's observations regarding aspects of U.S. policy towards Japan.  A bit of background is necessary to appreciate the episode in question.

                 Ever since the U.S. occupation of Japan following World War II, the U.S. has effectively guaranteed Japan's national security with the presence of American military forces and bases and with the so-called "nuclear umbrella" that serves as a formidable deterrent against aggression by truculent neighbors like China and North Korea.  At the same time, the pacifist provisions of Article 9 of Japan's constitution -- which the U.S. Occupation authorities largely drafted -- prevented the country from establishing a conventional national military force. 

                 With half a century having passed since the end of the Occupation, Japan has gradually developed a so-called Self Defense Force (JSDF) that actually compares quite favorably with the regular armed forces of most world powers.  Even so, because the JSDF is constitutionally confined to only defensive capabilities, and because even now extensive U.S. forces remain stationed in and around Japan (mostly on the southern island of Okinawa), it is fair to say that Japan enjoys what approximates a "free ride" from the U.S. in terms of its national and nuclear security.  In short, the U.S. continues to bear a disproportionate share of Japan's defense burden.

 Japan's Prime Minister Abe's (here with F-35) Views on Art. 9 Differ from Biden's 

                 In light of Japan's enormous financial and technological capacities, Donald Trump has joined many national security experts in suggesting that the time has come for Japan to relieve the U.S. of at least part of this inordinate strain on its limited and overtaxed capacities.  Indeed, Trump has argued that both Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) could both expand their military strength and expenditures, allowing the U.S. to reduce both its financial and military burdens and contract the sphere of its vastly over-extended global responsibilities.

                 It was in this context that Mr. Trump has observed that both Japan and Korea at some point may need to consider obtaining nuclear weapons.  Trump has further noted that Pakistan, China, and most ominously North Korea all possess nuclear weapons in the East Asian theater.  Consequently, the prospect that Japan and South Korea may feel compelled to develop their own nuclear programs for self-defense and deterrence hardly seems ridiculous.  Japan may well consider that perpetual reliance upon nuclear protection from a country led by the likes of Obama or Hillary Clinton is a bad bet, especially in an environment that is bristling with hostile and unpredictable nuclear powers.  Indeed, irrational North Korea's looming potential to hit Japan with nuclear-warhead missiles is being reported in the Japanese press even as we write.

                 In short, Mr. Trump has merely suggested the obvious.  Since the U.S. cannot and should not disproportionately bear Japan's national security burdens indefinitely, Japan must either underwrite  a much greater portion of U.S. costs for its defense, or get ready to assume its own defense by expanding its own military power and capacities.  And in today's world, that would include nuclear capability.

                 It was in response to these entirely plausible suggestions that Mr. Biden felt compelled to blunder into the discussion with his usual boorish ineptitude.

                 With the galling arrogance of the ill-informed, Biden waxed indignant at Mr. Trump's reasonable consideration of the prospects for Japanese military expansion.  Biden sputtered that “he [Trump] talks cavalierly about encouraging other nations … to develop nuclear weapons.”  Then the man who famously lied in a failed presidential campaign to conceal his ineptitude as a law student (he graduated near the bottom of his law school class at Syracuse, a woeful No. 76 out of 85) had the audacity to lash out at Mr. Trump of the elite Wharton School as follows:

                 “Where was he when in school? . . . . Someone who lacks this judgment cannot be trusted . . . . He’s not qualified to know the [nuclear] codes. . . . Does he not understand we wrote Japan’s constitution to say they couldn’t be a nuclear power?” [emphasis added]

                 Biden's remarks were ignorant, inept, and diplomatically offensive  on many levels.

                 First, there is the sneering contempt for the Japanese in the statement "we wrote Japan's constitution to say they couldn't be a nuclear power."  Biden's implication is that, because the U.S. played a dominant role in drafting Japan's constitution -- of which Trump is well aware -- the provisions of that constitution are somehow forever binding on the Japanese people. 

                 His offensively blunt statement ignores the fact that, while Occupation lawyers were the primary drafters, Japanese lawyers and politicians contributed to the drafting as well.  Moreover, the draft document ultimately had to be approved and adopted by the Japanese Diet, which amended it in some respects before final adoption. 

                 But more importantly, Art. 96 of Japan's constitution provides that amendments can be made if approved by a vote of two-thirds of both houses of the Japanese Diet, and then by simple majority of the Japanese people in a referendum.  Biden's claim that the U.S. role in the creation of the Japanese constitution entails some form of permanent restraint on Japan's sovereignty is not only a gross violation of diplomatic protocol, but is insulting to the Japanese people and their leaders.

                 Thus, it was Biden, not Trump, who demonstrated historical, political, and legal ignorance in this public discussion of the Japanese rearmament issue. 

                 To borrow Biden's own rhetoric, "Does he not understand" that Japan's leaders and voters are currently in the process of considering whether, and to what extent, modifications of Art. 9's restrictions on Japanese military capabilities and missions may be needed in today's world?  Does he not know that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe strongly supports reinterpretation, revision or repeal of Art. 9 and that his Party's (the LDP) success in recent Upper House elections significantly enhances the prospects for some form of Art. 9 reform?  Or that the vastly expanding strength and mission of the JSDF (now with a defense budget of about $41.6 billion annually) shows that Art. 9 can be circumvented without repeal in any event? See  Apparently not.   

                 Biden's intemperate statements reveal his archaic and jingoistic view that the U.S. role in drafting Art. 9 forecloses consideration, let alone action, that would allow Japan to develop nuclear capacity under any future circumstances.  Although Japanese political sentiment remains deeply reluctant to take the "game-changing" move towards developing nuclear weapons (which Japan's technology could likely accomplish in a New York minute), that is a matter for the Japanese people and their leaders to decide; it is not foreclosed, as Biden seems to think, by constitutional restrictions that the U.S. helped draft sixty years ago.

                 Biden's crass and patronizing assertion that the U.S. had effectively dictated perpetual non-nuclear status for Japan triggered an understandably appalled response in the Japanese press (the LDP government was too diplomatic to respond in kind to Biden's undiplomatic blunder).  For example, the Asahi Shimbun declared that Biden's statement on this issue "was unprecedented in its insensitivity." 

                 Indeed, the Asahi Shimbun was too kind and diplomatic in its comment.  Biden's remarks went beyond insensitivity, and reflected not only ignorance and misunderstanding of the constitutional restraints on Japan's ability to expand its military missions and capacities, but a chauvinistic disdain for the Japanese nation's sovereign right to provide for its survival in an increasingly dangerous region and world.

Monday, August 22, 2016


            Recent statements by Democrat vice-presidential candidate Tim Kaine confirm beyond question what alert observers already knew about the twisted racial views and policies of the Clinton-Kaine ticket and its media and political minions.

             The Obama-Clinton Democrats have moved beyond slavish pandering to the radical demands of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and other afro-racist elements and are now openly advocating the subordination of White Americans – including white behavior and attitudes – to what the Democrats view as the superior claims of blacks.

            In a shamelessly pandering speech to Black Baptists in New Orleans, Kaine made statements that should infuriate and provoke any White American with the slightest regard for the interests of themselves, their children, and the principles of genuine racial equality in America.     

                 Kaine stated (among other obsequious canards) as follows:  "I've never been treated badly in my life because of my skin color or my gender. . . .  I think the burden is on those of us who are in the majority – Caucasians.  We have to put ourselves in situations where we are the minority."

            The first statement is almost certainly false -- unless Kaine has never applied for a job subject to EEOC regulation, sought admission to a university, bid for a government contract, or sought any other benefit subject to federal or state EEO regulations.  In these areas, two whole generations of White Americans (and sometimes Asian Americans as well) have been subject to a lifetime of government-approved racial discrimination under the guise of so-called "affirmative action" requirements – which are nothing more than a euphemism for racial preferences favoring blacks and, later, Hispanics.  Splashing Rocks has previously outlined the history of what is now over 45 years of anti-white racial preferences in Two Generations of Racial Preference – and America Still Sleeps (2013).  Indeed, serious reverse discrimination favoring blacks over whites was already in force as early as 1972, and before.  See N. Glazer,  Affirmative Discrimination pp. 34-35 (Basic Books 1975).

             In short, multi-millions of White Americans have been "treated badly because of their skin color" over the past four decades, and there is a wealth of case law and other official documentation to confirm it. 

             Kaine should just ask the host of white discrimination victims who have valiantly pursued their cases in the face of rampant hostility and intimidation – e.g., Mark DeFunis,  Allan Bakke, Barbara Grutter, Jennifer Gratz, Cheryl Hopwood, and many others – if he really believes that White Americans never face discrimination.  Of course they do, and Kaine proves himself both a blatant liar and a racial Quisling in suggesting otherwise.

            And if Kaine still believes whites are never "treated badly" because of their race, he should try walking unarmed through certain black precincts of Milwaukee, New Orleans, Memphis, Baltimore, or Chicago, and he'll soon find out what being "treated badly" really means.

             Even more disturbing than Kaine's fraudulent denial of anti-white discrimination  was his ominous insistence that the "burden" is on White Americans to embrace the subordinate status of a racial minority – a status that is projected to become a demographic reality in about 30 years.  Making whites a permanent minority will assure the Democrat Party a permanent political majority, which helps explain why white Democrats are willing to betray their own racial and ethnic heritage so enthusiastically. 

             When Kaine and his fellow Democrats admonish White Americans to acknowledge their so-called "white privilege" and meekly endorse every outrageous demand of the radical black activists they are advocating a policy of self-imposed racial subordination unprecedented in human history.

            Among other things, the radical Democrats not only insist that White Americans meekly accept perpetual racial preference for blacks in education and employment but also acquiesce in criminal violence and rioting by urban black hoodlums because – well, because they are an oppressed "minority" and we should therefore empathize with them and their criminal behavior. 

             In the minds of the Clinton-Kaine-Obama Democrats, white failure to embrace the rabid anti-police, anti-white agenda of the Black Lives Matter movement is merely another manifestation of the ubiquitous racism they see in every aspect of American life – except in the endemic black-on-white crime where it is vented in its most tangible form.

             The Democrats' position on these issues is utter nonsense, and any White American who accepts it by voting for the race-baiting Clinton-Kaine ticket is a traitor to their own heritage and to the future of their children and grandchildren.

             An especially galling falsehood in Kaine's New Orleans harangue was the claim that American whites know nothing of what it is like to be in the racial minority, and are therefore incapable of grasping the difficulties of minority status – unless they accept the "burden" of somehow placing themselves in that "situation."

             On this point, Kaine is either deliberately deceptive or woefully ignorant of what is common knowledge.  Whites are already the racial minority in many, if not most, of the major cities of America, including  Atlanta, Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit, D.C., Newark, Richmond, and St. Louis.  They are also in the minority in the Nation's largest state, California, as well as in New Mexico and Hawaii.  Not only are whites a demographic minority in many of these cities, but they are a distinctly subordinate and powerless political minority as well.

                  In other words, the Clinton-Kaine mantra that whites cruise through American life on a supporting wave of "white privilege" tied to their dominant majority status is another insidious canard in the Democrats' handbook of divisive falsehoods.

                    Mr. Kaine's racial demagoguery, of course, reflects the equally repugnant positions of his Red Queen, the utterly amoral and deeply dishonest Hillary Clinton.  Clinton has demonstrated that she will not only continue but actually expand Barrack Obama's black-preferential policies in civil rights, law enforcement, personnel appointments, and other areas subject to federal government control or influence.

             Mrs. Clinton is not content merely to pander to the worst elements of afro-racist extremism – like Al Sharpton and the BLM movement – but she is now expanding her immoderate racial rhetoric to the point of insulting ordinary White Americans and the nation's law enforcement community.

             This insufferable virago has curtly admonished White Americans "to recognize our privilege and practice humility."  Millions of unemployed and under-employed whites in Appalachia and elsewhere will be surprised to learn that they are racially "privileged" -- especially when many of them have actually been discriminated against under federal and state affirmative action regulations that officially favor blacks over whites. 

            Similarly, legions of white students denied admission to their chosen college in order to assure admission of minority affirmative action applicants with inferior qualifications may be understandably reluctant to "recognize their privilege."  They might even be inclined to think that a form of "black privilege" has become a permanent feature of the nation's college admissions regime.  If so, they would be right. 

             But Mrs. Clinton carried her distorted racial views to even more insulting extremes when she threw the nation's embattled police under the bus in order to curry favor with the destructive BLM movement and other black radicals.  In one of the Democratic Presidential debates, she firmly agreed that it is a "reality" that law enforcement officers view black lives as "cheap."  One wonders how she could possibly know this.  She then expanded her insidious slander of the law enforcement community by declaring that there is "systemic racism in our criminal justice system." 

             These and other statements confirm an appalling reality:  Hillary Clinton, like Obama, is willing to inflame the passions of black hostility towards the law enforcement community in order to curry favor with the BLM movement and similar extremists.

             If elected President, Hillary Clinton will continue the divisive racial policies which, under the direction of Barrack Obama, have brought the nation to the brink of outright racial hostilities – in Ferguson, Baltimore, Milwaukee, and many other urban geysers.  Now the Clinton-Kaine Democrats prescribe a regime of de facto white subordination as the necessary means of avoiding that calamity.  Solid citizens of all races should reject any candidate or party that would take us down such a divisive and debasing path.