LaRouchePAC Policy Committee Show

Join us for our weekly Policy Committee Show, with your host, Matthew Ogden.

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Reject the Fools Pushing ‘Russiagate’; It’s the Economy, Stupid!

A meeting between Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump took place on the sidelines of the G20 summit. July 7, 2017 (en.kremlin.ru)

 

If there were ‘traitors’ to the survival of the United States, they would be but the politicians and media continuing to push a crazed “Russiagate” coup attempt against President Trump for his policy of cooperating with Russia and China.

If that strategic peace policy of the President is destroyed, the result will be spreading wars, and potentially war of nuclear powers. Even if the worst were avoided, the fact is that in the Bush-Obama era of regime-change wars — permanent war — the United States has been undergoing economic, social, and cultural destruction. Trump is trying to end that disastrous era through cooperation with Presidents Putin and Xi, and is following a clearly successful course. Moreover, he is determined to continue to pursue it in spite of the cries of “impeachment” and the threats of the intelligence agencies and their British intelligence mentors.

But the United States could also be destroyed by the financial crash and economic collapse threatening now, as bubbles collectively larger than those of 2007 are defaulting. The United States economy is sinking, and above all because its decrepit economic infrastructure is falling apart with no repairs, let alone replacement at a higher level of technology.

In that situation, what does it mean for some political leaders to say, “Don’t offer any alternative policies to the American people; just impeach — and prosecute! — the President for meeting with Russians.” This is a recipe for chaos.

It is the economy, stupid, and the condition of the U.S. economy — of employment, of productivity, of quality of life — is sinking fast.

Here the American people have to “take over” President Trump’s derailed plans to “make America great again.” It is up to us to defeat the Wall Street banks who have pushed him out of the driver’s seat.

The “American System of economy” is what he has spoken for. He has not implemented it. It is what we need to save this nation, so we must carry the President to implementing it.

EIR Founding Editor Lyndon LaRouche has stated that American System in four policy actions that must be taken now, starting with reinstating the Glass-Steagall Act to “drive the money-changers from the temple of our civilization,” as FDR said. The lessons of the Apollo Project must be applied to expanded space exploration and to the renewal and rebuilding of America’s economic infrastructure at new levels of technology. The goal of developing fusion energy must be made the crash program it never became.

The American System can return us to the “golden age of U.S. productivity” which began with FDR and ended soon after JFK was assassinated; and which resulted from the almost continuous renewal of U.S. economic infrastructure at advancing levels.

Or we can face strategic crisis and war if we let the economy collapse. Ignore the “Russiagaters”; this is the issue.

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Global Warming Watch: Reports of ‘Record Temperatures’ Are the Product of Data Manipulation, Not Science

The American people are bombarded with claims that every recent year is apparently the “hottest year on record” (implying that human CO2 emissions must be the cause for this “unprecedented” climate change). However, a new study further demonstrates what EIR presented in the 2015 report, “Global Warming Scare Is Population Reduction, Not Science”—the historical records of global temperatures over the past 100 years have been adjusted to make the past appear cooler, and the present appear warmer (making what are actually natural variations look more extreme).

On June 27, three researchers — Dr. Craig D. Idso (founder and current chairman of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change), Dr. Joseph S. D’Aleo (meteorolgist, first Director of Meteorology at The Weather Channel) and Dr. James P. Wallace III (statistician) — released a report demonstrating that the adjustments made to the historical records in the Global Average Surface Temperatures (GAST) dataset make it an unreliable representation of historical reality.

“It was found that each new version of GAST has nearly always exhibited a steeper warming linear trend over its entire history… The conclusive findings of this research are that [GAST data is] not a valid representation of reality. In fact, the magnitude of their historical data adjustments… are totally inconsistent with published and credible U.S. and other temperature data. Thus, it is impossible to conclude from the three published GAST data sets that recent years have been the warmest ever despite current claims of record setting warming.”

What is the significance of this GAST database? The GAST historical data provides 90% to 95% of the data going into the historical temperature records produced by NASA, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the UK’s Climate Research Unit “HADLEY” Center — probably the three most cited historical temperature records over this period (the past 100 years). When people claim that NASA, NOAA, and HADLEY data all independently show record temperatures, that is a lie—it all comes from one database, a database now shown to be “not a valid representation of reality.”

The authors intend to send their findings to the Trump EPA, which is currently reviewing whether to repeal the 2009 Obama-era “Endangerment Finding” — the Obama EPA ruling which asserted that human CO2 emissions are a pollutant, providing the cover for the EPA to take direct actions against the coal industry, power plants, and other emitters of the plant food known as CO2.

Many leading opponents of the climate-change scare view the “Endangerment Finding” as a key item to be reversed.

For further background on the climate-gate lies, see Benjamin Deniston’s February 8, 2017 presentation, “Climategate II.”

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Our Victory Will Be Strategic, Won or Lost on an International Stage

President Donald J. Trump and President Emmanuel Macron | July 13, 2017 (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

 

The following remarks were delivered by Helga Zepp-LaRouche during a meeting with associates on Sunday, July 16, 2017.

“At the beginning of this year, we said Trump can become one of the greatest Presidents of all of U.S. history, if he manages to get the United States to cooperate with the New Silk Road; I think we have made quite a significant advance on that. I would not underestimate the influence of our mobilization on that point. Because the Mar-a-Lago meeting, the fact that Trump sent a high-level delegation to the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, the fact that Trump is now saying that he knows Xi Jinping quite well; that they have established a very good relationship. They met already I think three times, maybe two times, I don’t know; in any case it’s a very good solid thing.

“The fact that the Trump-Putin meeting in Hamburg went excellently, given the fact that you have a half-year attempt of a coup attempt by the British Empire in the United States; I think both Presidents maneuvered very wisely and very well. The fact that Putin afterwards said Trump is very different than the media portray him, and this can increase into a very good relationship. This is excellent! Just imagine if there would have been Hillary Clinton in the White House; you would have World War III already. So Trump on that level is doing very well, and don’t for one second listen to what the liberals in the United States are saying; this is completely irrelevant, because what counts is the strategic situation. Will we have World War III or not? So, whatever happens within the United States is relatively secondary to the strategic situation; and there Trump has done excellently.

“For example, there is a very delightful picture, which [a close collaborator] was so kind to just send me, with Macron, Trump, and Merkel. It has Trump speaking, looking in the direction of Macron; Macron looking at Trump; and Merkel being in between them, looking down, very unhappy. I think this captures the situation, because the fact that Trump was invited to be the guest of honor in France. He was invited to be in the Bastille Day national holiday; Macron took him to a very fancy restaurant at the top of the Eiffel Tower. And then afterwards, Macron said that the relations of France are equally close to the United States and Russia. I think this is really important; because if you look at the rest of Europe, the East European, the Central European attitude towards the Silk Road; Italy, Spain, Portugal, in the direction of China. Macron having sent Raffarin to the Belt and Road Forum, and now Macron inviting Trump in this way, clearly means that the war coalition of Theresa May and Merkel meeting with Obama shortly after the election of Trump — that is not working.

“So, the overall direction is going in the right way. I think this is very positive. We have to tell these Trump supporters who say we shouldn’t bring in these global issues that they really don’t get it. The best thing Trump has going for them is those global issues. If he gets support from Macron, and if he is doing well with Xi Jinping and Putin, I think these Trump people must understand this is not a fight inside the United States. This is exactly as Lyn has been saying; this is strategic, this is international, and this battle will be won or lost on an international scale. So, don’t think small, don’t think local; this is not how history works at this point.

“Having said that, one has to also note very clearly that the big Achilles’ heel is the economic financial policy of Trump. Seven months into his Presidency, he has not yet done anything which would really carry the message that he means it in terms of his election promises — Glass-Steagall, the American System, Alexander Hamilton, Lincoln, $1 trillion investment in infrastructure. That’s probably still what he intends to do, but it still hasn’t happened yet. He only has appointed about one-third of the people who should fill posts in various departments like the State Department and other departments. And he still has people like Mnuchin there, and it’s clearly the weak flank.

“We are under the Damocles Sword of a collapse worse than 2008. There are many voices apart from our own warning that all the tools of the central banks have been used up; quantitative easing has just led to an increase of the profits of the speculators at the expense of the common people. The gap between rich and poor has been widening; the corporate debt, the state debt, all of these factors are much worse than 2008. If this thing would collapse, you would have chaos instantly. We are not away from the danger of the threat to the existence of civilization. The NATO maneuvers are still taking place, and that is still a source of danger. But right now, the biggest danger is the collapse of the system leading to instant chaos.

“If you want to have a foretaste of what that looks like, look at these over-filled [subway] cars in Manhattan with 90 degrees Fahrenheit, people freaking out. You could have a collapse of infrastructure in no time, as you could have a collapse of the financial system. So, don’t think we are out of the danger zone! If you think that, you are not in the real universe.”

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Farming the Galaxy

Benjamin Deniston, Researcher, 21st Century Science & Technology magazine, led off his remarks at the July 7 Schiller Institute Food For Peace conference by presenting Lyndon LaRouche’s refutation of “Limits to Growth,” in terms of the ability of the human species to exert creativity and intervene to deliberately create “new” natural resources, and thereby constantly increase the potential relative population density of humankind. One example of this kind of intervention, is to understand and expand usable water resources. Deniston gave a short update on the progress in inducing rainfall through ionization methods, and explained the significance of understanding the phenomenon of “atmospheric rivers,” of potentially tapping into these water vapor configurations of Earth.

This presentation was originally made at a conference of the Schiller Institute, the China Energy Fund, and the Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture held in New York City on July 7, 2017. It is presented here because it relays adaptations of some of Lyndon LaRouche’s key ideas to high productivity in food production.

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“I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In . . . “

An Irish-American story of hope, from Elizabeth O’Reilly Jennings, long-time member of the LaRouche Movement.

August, 1941.  The world was at war.  Hitler had overrun most of Europe, and was knocking at the door of Britain.  The aristocracy that, not long before, had shrugged, even smiled,  at Hitler’s early triumphs against Russia, now quaked with fear as the Nazi juggernaut rolled across France and moved  toward London, the seat of the Empire.  Canada, subject dominion of the Empire,  had entered the fray, as had Newfoundland, not yet part of Canada.  Common folk in the USA anxiously and wearily hoped to sit this one out.  In the north Atlantic, a Canadian destroyer patrolled through a dense and hovering fog.   On its deck, a solitary seaman answered an abrupt summons to the command station at the bridge:

 

“Seaman O’Reilly — You are from St. John’s, in Newfoundland, are you not?”

“From Fox Harbour, Sir.  Then St. John’s.  Yes sir.”

“How familiar are you with St. John’s Harbour?”

“Like the back of my hand, Sir.”

“We’re being deployed on a special operation, involving several vessels, assembling at St. John’s Harbour, and proceeding from there.  We’ll be escorting a battleship from the Royal Navy, en route here from London.  This fog is not breaking!  Can you guide us into the harbour, and beyond?”

“I think I can, Sir.”

“You think you can?”

“I know I can, Sir!”

 

O’Reilly, 20 at the time,  had faked his age to enter His Majesty’s Service five years earlier, to  escape  remote and economically depressed Fox Harbour. He was equal to almost any task — but this was  different.  Strangely, fate had tapped  him on the shoulder.

 

From the forecastle, O’Reilly quietly directed the helmsman past the craggy cliffs, past Cabot’s  Tower on Signal Hill, into the broad harbour of St. John’s.  Dating back to John Cabot’s  explorations in 1497, the city claimed to be the oldest city in North America.  Out of the murk emerged another destroyer –no, two!  Within the hour, three destroyers  and some smaller escort vessels had assembled.  On signal, the flotilla steamed out of the harbor, towards open sea.  Fishing and cargo  boats bobbed in  the ships’ enormous wake.  Thousands of St. John’s townpeople crowded the wharves.  What was this all about.?  The fog was beginning to disperse.  From the heights, onlookers squinted through spyglasses and binoculars to witness  an enormous battleship emerge from beyond the horizon. It entered the cluster of ships.  Then, in convoy formation, all headed southward,  passing from view at Cape Spear.

 

Some 70 kilometers to the southwest, 17-year old Nora Duke stood on the grassy slope  overlooking Fox Harbour, gazing at Placentia Bay  beyond.   For weeks, she had pondered the new life soon opening up before her, in New York.   Nora’s mother Elizabeth, (nee King) soberly assessing her  daughter’s dim prospects in Fox Harbour, had purchased her fare to the big city,  to lodge with relatives in Brooklyn, while seeking employment.  Nora was torn between the pain of leaving tiny Fox Harbour and her childhood friends, and curiosity about entering New York City — the gateway, some said, to the entire world.

 

But today, it seemed,  the entire world  had come to Fox Harbour!   Ships filled Placentia Bay.  They seemed to be converging on Ship Harbour, the deeper haven just north of the shallow cove she called home. Walking carefully  around the nets and lobster traps at waters’ edge, Nora headed toward the small finger of land that divided the two inlets.  At its point, an armed  sentry in khaki uniform silently admonished her to proceed no further.  Yet , even from  there, she could see an enormous battleship parked in the bay, with  the American Stars and Stripes fluttering from  its mainmast.  It was the U.S.S. Augusta.  Peering southward, she saw another battleship steam up the coastline, accompanied by a dozens smaller vessels, all, displaying the British Union Jack.  This ship was  HMS Prince of Wales. Within  clear view of Nora’s observation spot at waters’ edge, the mighty ship dropped anchor.

 

Thus came together the two giants — British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and U.S. President  Franklin Roosevelt.   The lion of the Old Empire, and the champion of the New Deal.  From the decks of  the two ships blared martial music, echoing off the hills that rimmed Ship Harbor — God Save the King, and Stars and Stripes Forever.  On Sunday, a joint religious service on the Prince of Wales brought the crews of both ships together, to sing in chorus, “O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come, Be Thou our guide while troubles last, and our eternal home!” 

 

The negotiations began in earnest.   Churchill, desperate for U.S. material and military support,  hoped to cement such support without undue disruption to the affairs of the Empire.  But FDR had ideas of his own.  His son, Air Force Lieutenant Elliott Roosevelt, witnessed the disputes, and discussed them,  heart-to-heart, with his Pop.  He left us a priceless record in his book, As He Saw It.    On the sovereign future of India and the other colonies, FDR was adamant, and Churchill had to acquiesce.   Elliott writes:

 

   “Churchill admitted, in that moment, that he knew peace could only be won according to precepts which the United States of America would lay down.  And in saying what he did, he was acknowledging that British colonial policy would be a dead duck, and British ambitions to play the U.S.S.R. against the U.S.A. would be a dead duck…”  

 

      “Or would have been, if Father had lived.”

 

Out of the discussions came a remarkable joint statement of principle, The Atlantic Charter, which we excerpt here.  Before the world, the two leaders pledged, that:

 

  “…they respect the right of all peoples to choose the form of government under which they will live; and they wish to see sovereign rights and self government restored to those who have been forcibly deprived of them;”

      “…they desire to bring about the fullest collaboration between all nations in the economic field with the object of securing, for all, improved labor standards, economic advancement, and social security;…”

     “They hope to see established a peace which will afford to all nations the means of dwelling safely within their own boundaries, and which will afford assurance that all the men in all lands may live out their lives in freedom from fear and want…”

     “…they believe that all of the nations of the world, for realistic as well as spiritual reasons, must come to the abandonment of the use of force…”

 

There’s more.  Was Winston “crossing his fingers” when he affixed his name to this document?  We don’t know.   Either way, these astounding principles resounded throughout the world, inspiring subject peoples to finally stand up and shake off colonialism  They also became core principles of the United Nations, with the widow, Eleanor Roosevelt, as its first ambassador from the USA.

 

But what of Seaman O’Reilly?  And Nora Duke?  Nora soon landed in Brooklyn, took a job building rafts for the Coast Guard, and started life anew.  ‘Bernie’ O’Reilly emigrated to New York after the war.  Somehow, in that huge city, they found each other, married, and resettled in Boston.  Together, they  brought into the world four sons –’Bernie’ Jr., James, Dennis and Joe — and one daughter, Elizabeth O’Reilly.   She and her husband Joe resolved, in 2016, to realize the unfulfilled principles of the Atlantic Charter.  And,  having read this,  perhaps you will, too.

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Manhattan Town Hall event with Michael Steger

LPAC Policy Committee member Michael Steger is the featured guest during this week’s Manhattan Town Hall event.

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