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  1. Danm

    Improvised Weapons

    The other day I helped a friend design, tool and sew up an old school Black Jack slap. It got me to thinking about some of the simple weapons that have mostly been forgotten or over looked by most folks these days. Because of the many years my wife worked in prison I've heard of their various “homemade” weaponry. The most common and deadly is the old lock in a sock or whatever you have that is heavy stuck in a cloth that will hold it so you can swing it like a mace. In the centuries past they even made these up ahead of time and used them like a sling and threw the entire thing. With a two pound rock you can do unbelievable damage when thrown from near distance. Inmates regularly kill with something in a sock. If you just want to beat the hell out of someone a bar of soap in painful with only minimal chance of killing someone. You can sharpen the edge of a credit card or and high density plastic and slice tomatoes with it...or cut someones throat if needed. Plastic is a deadly tool. They used to let the inmated have regular toothbrushes and dental floss. To many of them ended up stuck in someone and the floss braided and used as a garrote. Now they get flossers and little tooth brushes that slip on the end of your finger. I've actually done the credit card thing and believe me it is SHARP! I have an older Lansky Letter Opener it is just a plastic double edges dagger that you can drive through a piece of ½” plywood. Paper can be rolled up like a long slender cone and with starch turned into a danm spear!!! It won't pierce a flack jacket but it will go through a regular shirt and a light coat or pants! You wouldn't believe the stuff inmates can make out of paper!! If you don't have pepper spry...use pickled jalapeno peppers! In my youth I carried a jar of them in my candy apple red 56 Chevy. Put one in each hand and just slap the hell out of a couple of guys and then throw what is left at anyone left standing. If you get it in their face the fight is OVER!! WARNING, do NOT think that washing your hands with soap will get this off your hands and then go to the bathroom!!!! BAAAD VERY VERY BAD!!! An old Green Beret that I used to hang out and fish with. He was part of the first batch that JFK was responsible for when the green benies were first designated as the OFFICIAL wear of the 10th Special Forces group at Fort Brag on October 12th 1961 and made official in April 11 1962. Anyway he told me that one mistake that people make is defining dangerous people by the weapons that they possess. There Are no dangerous weapons out there; JUST dangerous men and they are dangerous even if they are butt naked. The mind is your arsenal if you keep it stocked you can never be unarmed.
  2. I saw an idea on instructables the other day that I added to a little. You take an old plastic credit card thing, drill or poke a hole in each corner. I then wrapped about 10 feet of duct tape arount the middle going across the narrow side. Then I wrapped a dozen feet of paracord around it length wise using the holes to make it secure. Then I put a little baggie with a few hooks and a couple of needles on it an d wrapped 35 yards of 40 lb spider wire over the paracord. I'm thinking about maybe another layer of monofilament and jute for tinder. I've used spider wire as thread and it works good also as a heavy fishing line or to hang things around camp. A little 6 and 10 lb mono wouldn't add much to the bulk and a small ferrocerium rod in the bag would make this a small cigarette sized kit.
  3. Danm

    gay massacre

    How do you see it as hijacking marriage. Is your marriage, if you are married, somehow lessened? I've just had my 41st anniversary on May 31st and it means no less to me than it did before gays got declared to be real people with rights like other Americans and could get married. The fact is they have always been able to get married. All they wanted was to receive the same rights as other Americans. Understand this clearly, Marriage is a religious rite not and American RIGHT! Believe it or not I am an ordained minister and I will marry any two people that love each other and love God. There isn't a damned thing that you or the Government have ever been able to do to stop this. Allowing them to get married gained the American Government several billion dollars in new Taxes. FACT. It has made insurance cheaper in any group insurance policies. I has cost a few companies a few dollars now that they can't screw some of their employees out of the benefit package that they supposedly offer "ALL" employees but it also means that a lot of kids that didn't have insurance now are covered and off medicare. Lots of people are now not eligible for welfare because they chose to be married instead of on the dole. Does it bother you that Jews marriages count? They aren't Christians you know. What about Blacks messing with your marriage? Any marriage so fragile that someone else's actions that don't personally affect you mess it up then maybe the problem is in your marriage. Why do you even care? The idea that God is against it is silly. It is mentioned twice in the Bible. Ok, how about the 200+ times that it tells you to remember the Sabbath and keep it holy and yet Christians spit on the Sabbath and got to church on Sunday the FIRST day of the week that has NEVER been the Sabbath. like with the Gays I suspect that God still loves you even though you break one of his first ten commandments every week. Open your heart. Don't Judge it isn't your job, Love your enemies like you love yourself. If you think that someone is sinning pray for them and forgive them. Or you can spit on the life and Death of Jesus and hate anyone that isn't just like you. All this crap aside, they were Americans! If you offer injury to any you offer it to us ALL. In the end we will either hang together or we will surely hang separately. I'm a Texan, if we are going to break up into little clans why would I care what happens to anyone that isn't a Texan? Because by God I'm an AMERICAN and that is what an American does!!!
  4. Danm

    gay massacre

    I never cared much for bigots. I used to go stomp a few kluckers when I was feeling a little down. When they kill your kids I suppose you won't give a rats ass about that either. Supporting the actions of a weak tit terrorist makes you no better than him. I am an AMERICAN. If you attack Americans you are my enemy. Whether I like or approve of you, I will defend to the death your right to live and live in peace as long as you are willing to do the same for other Americans. That means I don't CARE if you are Black, White, Red Yellow, Brown or Purple. You can be a Christian, a Jew, A Muslim, a Buddhist, a Hindu or an Atheist. I don't care who you sleep with or what you like to dress in. If I stand by and let ONE person or group be dragged down then I have betrayed my forefathers who have fought and in some cases died so that I can be free. Bigots, Nazis, Islamic Radicals or Christian Radicals and any others who will support ANY form of final solution for others because they are different deserve nothing more than a wire noose just as the Nazis got after the Nuremberg trials.
  5. Danm

    10mm TNW ASR (Aero Survival Rifle).

    I really do like the 7.62X39. It is a good compromise between the 5.56 and the .308/7.62X51. The 5.56 is just too weak and the 308 is just a little more than you need to get the job done. As far as the Glocks I like the 23 in 40S&W with a 357 sig barrel. I've done this and you can use the same mags and everything if you just swap the barrels. I am not all that fond of the 40 S&W. It isn't enough better than the 9mm to make it worthwhile. I do like the 357 Sig but would want the 40 S&W because it is more commonly used. The 10mm is a little better than the 40 S&W, quite a bit better than the 9mm but not quite as good as the 45 ACP especially in a +P load. As long as you have plenty of Ammo on hand most of its flaws are not a big deal. When they first came out with the various 10 mm I was really excited but in the end they settled for weaker rounds than I liked. I wanted an automatic with the stopping power between that of a 357 mag and a 41 mag. The Bren 10 was nearly perfect. I think that I'm just not as recoil sensitive as most. I loved the 41 mag. It was actually designed specifically for police work but it was a little too much for a lot of people and so died on the vine as did the Bren 10 for the same reason. I guess that is the reason that I never went totally in for the auto pistols. I would rather have 6 shots that will each take a man down than 13 to 17 that might let him shoot me before he was down. Each to their own depending on their talents and experiences. There was a point in time where I shot several thousand rounds of 357 a month. That sort of leads to a comfort level that most people don't have with a particular weapon or round. Ya know what I mean?
  6. Danm

    gay massacre

    This was a massacre of AMERICANS. Don't feel safe like these asshats ONLY have a problem with gay folks. No matter what openion you have of gays understand that 50 AMERICAN Mothers and 50 AMERICAN Fathers lost their children. A similar number of parents have had their kids shot and are scared to death today trying to find out how their kids are while praying that they are not one of the dead. Get used to this sort of thing. I'm afraid that this sort of thing is going to be more common in the future. The government will try to disarm the public while refusing to mention Islamic terrorists. Obummer will want us to let more of his Islamic buddies come here. The government will refuse to even LOOK at Islamic people because... well that would be racial profiling you know. THEIR rights are all that count. This guy was good. If he was getting a 50% kill rate he is not even close to any sort of average. If he killed a fully geared up swat cop then he was shooting head shots. That isn't the sort of thing you get from security guard training!
  7. I "skulled" a pontoon boat to shore one day. It wasn't far but it took FOREVER and when I got there I was used UP!! After that I set him up with a CHEAP trolling motor for back up!! Now with cell phones with GPS calling for help is a lot easier. Since most of my fishing is in Lake Livingston, Lake Conroe and the Trinity River I nearly always have good reception.
  8. Danm

    10mm TNW ASR (Aero Survival Rifle).

    I personally have never heard of this company. I will tell you from personal past experiences that when companies go out of business you can suddenly have an almost useless $900.00 paper weight. LOL I actually knew a guy that bought a Gyrojet pistol. Ammo vanished almost over night but in I the end his second mistake was selling it for a loss. One like he had, almost new in the box is worth a fortune now. I think if I was going to buy one of these I would go for the 45ACP version or the 9mm. This is about the best I can do for you since I've never seen one of these in person. It really does make me think of the High-point carbine with a lot of cute aftermarket add ons. As Snake commented a blow-back action has its pluses and minuses. They function well but at a cost in accuracy and the spring weight on the bolt.
  9. Good find!! Oars are hard to find these days. With troling motors and such people just don't "row" boats anymore. Paddles yes but oars just aren't easy to find used.
  10. I'm kind of with you Snake on the 357 thing. I have an older Winchester trapper in 357 and love it. That said though for east Texas a 30-30 is hard to beat. No bears of mountain lions and very few shots longer than 150 yards makes the bigger rounds sort of unneeded. I wish someone would come up with a semiautomatic 357 carbine sort of like the M1 carbine. For a while Ruger made a semiautomatic in 44mag and I had hopes then but it didn't go.
  11. This makes me think of that web site called "People of Walmart". No matter how low you expectations and opinions are of people it will make you realize that it is not low enough! In my opinion a personally armed society that considered rudeness to be worth of justifiable homicide would have a lot of real advantaged in both politeness and evolutionary sense.
  12. Danm

    10mm TNW ASR (Aero Survival Rifle).

    If you are carrying a 10mm glock this would be a natural companion weapon. I just wish that we could get past this current trend of selling firearms that don't have sights on them. I like scopes too but if it gets dinged you just are hosed as far as any accuracy beyond a relatively short range. Pistol calibers actually make great assault weapons. The 10mm for example has almost twice the relative knockdown factor of a 5.56 nato round. If I have attackers inside 50 yards I WANT all the KO power that I can get. I'm not at war I'm trying to survive. I want to kill my attacker not assault them and create casualties. Even in WW2 the venerable old Thompson in 45ACP was well known for its ability to stop in urban and jungle warfare. The simpler M-3 "Grease gun" in the 45APC was also well received. bullet diameter in inches X bullet weight in grains X velocity in feet per second divided by 7000. (The 7000 represents how many grains there are in a pound. This makes the number a factor of foot/pounds of energy.)
  13. Danm

    Distress Signal?

    It never hurts to have any odd and repetitious behavior checked out. If it was a kid just playing around they lose interest REALLY fast. This could actually be someone in distress that only knows in the most rudimentary way how to signal their distress. Even if it is the police will most likely just do a basic drive by and check but it doesn't hurt to get it on their radar. That way if other strange things happen there they will be more likely to look at it seriously. I'm with you, give them a call.
  14. Danm

    I live in a land of idiots

    Things like burning the flag and waving the damn Mexican flag while attacking Americans who are legally going about there rightful business just trips all my breakers. THEN to listen to the talking heads saying that this is Trumps fault was just more than I could take. We've GOT to give up being stupid and protect our freedom or we are going to lose it. I'm not real big on just turning things over to God. I'm a big believer in the idea that God helps those t hat help themselves. Sometimes when you go limp and stupid and leave it up to God you end up like the Jews. They might indeed be the chosen people but I wouldn't say that it has been a big easy party for them. In Israel they have finally learned that it is better to thank God for help than just depend of God to do all the work. The thing about prayer is that people forget that sometimes the answer is no and you need to have plan B ready to roll in. Looking back through my life I will tell you for a fact that some of God's best calls were no when I so wanted to get a yes. LOL, Long views ahead are a lot like hindsight I guess. Indeed "Some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers."
  15. I'm sorry but I guess that I live in a land populated by idiots. Somebody please explain to me how it is good for the country and right for people to burn the American flag while waving a Mexican flag and attacking Americans leaving a Trump rally. THAN they blame it on TRUMP???? I wish that they would bring that shit to Texas. If you go up the side of my head with something I'll put a legal and much deserved bullet in your chest!! Maybe SEVERAL. I'm sad for the people of California but this is what they deserve with their sanctuary cities and only criminals allowed to have and carry guns. The illegal invadors out there are killing them left and right and they seem to feel that it is a special right that goes with their “special” status. Kind of like the right of Black people in Baltimore to kill each other. So many of those North Midwestern cities have become insanly violent hell holes since the Black lives matter thing seems to mean that they can kills as part of their right to express themselves ethnicity. I have family and friends in several of these major cities and it is getting rough!! Indianapolis, St. Lewis, LA and Chicago to be specific. America, if it is going to survive, is going to have to actually enfores the laws on the books. We don't neem more or new laws. We need to make the laws we have work for and on EVERYBODY. We don't need more gun laws. It is already illegal for convicted fellons to possess guns. It is already against the law to use guns to harm, threaten or intimidate people with guns except in defense. We damn sure don't need more laws protecting the rights of GROUPS of Americans. It is already a law that we are all supposed to be treated the same and by GOD we need to do that. Cops that treat minorities wrong should be punished and then fired. People that disobey, attack, run from or even verbslly assault police should be taken into cutady, punished and imprisoned. Illegal Mexicans caught in America should be fingerprinted, retinal scanned and facial recon=gnition skans taken then deported after their jail time if they have committed a crime other than being here. The second time fine, they like it here, put them to work in prison camps for twenty years. They are NOT American citizens and are NOT covered by the constitutional rights OF American citizens so no trial just straight off to the prisons. I don't give a pinch of dry dog poop about your freedoms of speech when you burn the American Flag. Too many good men and now women have died for what it stands for to allow that sort of crap. I have on more than one occasion stopped and told people that had raggidy flags that were only flying by one worn out corner to either take it down or fly it right or I would do it for them. That is the one time that burning a flag is the right thing to do but you do it with RESPECT for the people before that died for it. America has got to find its...I guess balls is as good as anything. We need to stop being the nice guy all the time and regain some self-respect. That means that ALL lives matter and ALL people follow the same rules. Affirmative action is just simply reverse discrimination and discrimination is wrong and constitutionally forbidden. Illegal Aliens are criminals and should be treated as such and people that aid and abet criminals are criminals TOO. No more “sanguinary” cities. ALL cities are sanctuaries for AMERICANS only everyone else is just a visitor. Visitors either follow the rules or get thrown out. Let's all say it together...ISLAMIC TERRORISTS, RADICAL ISLAMICS!!!!!! There if you said it with me you have more backbone than our commander and chief. They are killing Americans and Christians in general. We ARE at war with them. THAT is a fact. Now that said, it does not mean that we are at war with Muslims or the Islamic faith. Say it again, RADICAL Islamic terrorists. Note the first word...RADICAL! Now what does that mean? Well it should mean that if you are on the lookout for terrorists you need to give Muslim people a little harder look than say a redheaded redneck from Texas. THAT is comon sense...something that our leadership is TOTASLLY without. The way it works now is the 80 year old black lady and the 50 year old fat white guy from Mobile will get pulled out for the Full Monty while all the obvious Muslims walk through untouched because well to look at them twice is racial profiling and wrong. If the police did it this way there wouldn't be any black people in our prisons. If you were robbed by a tall skinny black person they would only be allowed to question white and brown people, probably overweight short ones, in connection with that crime. Back to my start, I live in a land of IDIOTS!!!
  16. Danm

    I live in a land of idiots

    The thing that eats me. There is being a nice person and there is being a freaking FOOL, SUCKER, IDIOT... There is being a good and compassionate person and there is being freaking INSANE. What would you call a person that saw a deadly poisonous snake laying on the ground freezing to death that picked it up and put it inside his shirt to save it from freezing? American???????
  17. People are getting dumber and dumber. It happens every four years. Also violence is now considered a great way to deal with things. Let's face it, when it is debated whether a COP has the right to defend humor herself from attack the rest of us are just sort of out in the cold. All BS aside both of those guys were lucky. I carry several levels of defense weaponry in my vehicle and it wouldn't have been me taking punches. I'm way too old for that. My favorite small thing is a set of knuckles with spikes on the knuckles. It isn't a full set it only covers two knuckles but man even a hit in the chest will just tear you up. Then you go to my black thorn cold steel walking stick, then a cold steel combat type shove (basically a cross between a shovel, a machete and an ax)l and finally a gun. I'm not the sort that starts fights. I never have been that way. I will go a long way to back off of trouble. If you attack me you are going to get hurt bad though. In Texas too many folks carry now to be an idiot. Hell all I have to do is back into my vehicle and if you reach in after me I have every legal right to blow your head off. All that said, I have been amazed over the years that I've not heard of many people getting shot here. I think to some extent the knowledge that you can be shot if you act like a fool and hurt someone makes people stop and think. They CAN legally kill you if there is a reasonable belief that you are in danger of being harmed. All you have to do is make an effort to retreat but after that you can defend yourself. I think that in other places people are experiencing a feeling of helplessness and stress. Scared people get violent faster than others. All of the news is filled with gloom and doom with people shooting each other all over the place. The government response is to crack down on the people that are NOT shooting at anybody. As far as I'm concerned they need to offer a national right to own guns permit to every legal American citizen. If you are convicted of a crime you lose that right. If you are caught with a gun and no permit you go to prison. If you are not a citizen and are caught with a gun you get thrown across the nearest border if you come back you DIE in prison. If you sell a gun to anyone without seeing their permit you lose your right to posses a gun.
  18. Many years ago I remember reading about using the hybrid poplar as a self-renewing fire wood source. They planted an acre a year for four years and then started harvesting an acre a year for fire wood. The best part was that when you cut t hem you left a foot or two of the stump and t hey would regrow from that stump. The splitting needed was minimal. I believe the article was in Mother Earth.
  19. Good find on the soap. I've picked up soap several times off clearance. I especially like Zote Soap. It's a Mexican soap that is basically just commercially made Lye Soap. It's good for use as regular soap, making Clothes washing soap and is also pretty good catfish bait for trot lines. I melt it down and add fish oils, garlic and salt to make it better but used just as it is works. Around here you can get it for a buck a bar at a lot of the grocery stores and Zote bars are a lot bigger than regular soap bars.
  20. Yeah this is on the Lunatic Outpost web site along with the weird animal and UFO sightings in other countries along with warnings that squid are taking over the oceans. It makes me think of one of my old favorite shopping checkout line papers. The Weekly World News used to feep me up with the doings of Bat Boy a partial vampire kid that they had pictures of from every where. After 911 he went undercover and over to the Middle East looking for the bad guys. We got our weekly reports. The above is not untrue but it isn't happening either. At one time they DID grab the mines AND outlawed private possession of gold. There WAS a bill in something like 2007 that allowed the treasury to do it again BUT it was only under specific circumstances. Mix it all together and presto chango you have NEWS. If you want to buy silver in bar, rounds or plates try Vulture Peak Mines. I've done business with them and get regular offers from them. A lot of the mines that are being seized are in DEEEEP trouble. Mining, extracting and purifying Gold is a NASTY process and if you start to cut corners you suddenly have a just HUGE environmental catastrophe. They use mercury and various acids and don't always store or dispose of it right. Google "Gold Mine Pollution"!! What the assholes that own these places do is try to bail just before they go bankrupt or get got by the Government for polluting the entire area. As usual we the people end up paying the bills while the big boys walk and laugh as they count their money. The workers lose their jobs and usually their retirement the ones that had already retired may entirely lose their pensions. Hey this is the American way!
  21. The thing about ANY nuclear exposure is that the results don't go away and the injuries last a hundred years or more as the children of the kids exposed are possibly damaged. If we are going to do nuclear power we need to go WAY further than they are now in safety and just how strong the containment structure is. Japan has a real problem. They live on a small island that is heavily populated and industrialized. They don't have much in the way of physical resources. All of this takes a LOT of power. Unfortunately in the current politically correct world their only choice is nuclear power. Heavens to Betsy that they should try to use some sort of fossil fuel!!!!! They just don't have much in the way of viable options in this world we live in. Let me tell you, I'm not sure that you can make a massive Nuclear power plant that can stand up to an earthquake in the 8 and up range. What we CAN do would be to make smaller plants that would only power say about a hundred homes. The way they are built is that the top half on the containment vessel is lead lined so if the rod over heats the lead melts and seals the core stopping the reaction. The entire unit is small enough to be carried on an 18 wheeler trailer. When one quits you pull and replace the core module with a crane and power back up. The module is basically just a lead cylinder and is safe to store and handle. The problem??? The cost of converting and using this sort of power in huge and the prices of electricity would go up a LOT. Nobody wants to pay that until it is their homes that glow in the dark and their grand-kids that have flippers instead of arms and legs.
  22. "Government needs to run like a business where citizens are customers and satisfaction is important," In order to force them to act like that we HAVE to do like consumers do. If someone offers a crap product with no customer Service and their warranties are just a pack of lies what do they do??? They stop buying that crud and the company goes toes up. YET the Republicans AND the Democrats lie and lie, never keep their promises and as far as warranty and support look at the VA. I assure you that the IRS, TSA and Social Security are all at least as poorly run...Yet every 4 or 2 years we hear the same lies from the same people and instead of not buying that crap we buy it again and again. We deserve what we get as a people. WE are the fools that buy it again and again. So sad, the fall of a once great people.
  23. That a$$hole said that since nobody complains about lines at Disneyland because they look at the overall experience. You can't look at the wait in the VA for the same reason you need to look at the over all experience. First off how great do you think the satisfaction rating would be at Disneyland if it took 30 days to get on a ride????? Secondly if you look at the satisfaction rating at the VA I bet those that died while waiting and their families weren't very damn happy! To me, basically, he called the Vets a bunch of whiners. I personally think he deserves the same treatment he gives our vets...put a bullet in him and then tell him to get in line to receive medical care. OR Try him for murder for the Vets that died while he was in charge that died because of gross negligence and not giving a damn. At the VERY least he should be canned and lose any retirement he had coming. My guess is that very little will happen to him. The problem is that our leadership not only doesn't care about the military they despise it! We have the smallest standing military that we have had since BEFORE WW2. that's why the weekend warriors had to fight the war in Iraq and now about the only on the ground military that we have left is special forces and support for them. We can't even arm them and provide ammo for them. No fooling the Seals have to SHARE a firearm. The Air-force is literally scrounging parts off of museum display planes to keep what we have in the air. Obomber has disarmed us and now wants to turn the country over to the Mexican Cartels and the Radical Islamist and Hellery promises to continue with the Obomber legacy. Russia and China are laughing their butts off at us because they KNOW that America is now a paper tiger with no claws. To top it all off our manufacturing base has been shipped to China and India and Mexico. We won WW2 at least in part because we could replace ships and planes faster than the Axis could sink them or shoot them down. You had places like Schwinn making parts for machine guns and all sorts of places went into production. All those places are GONE now. If we went to war we would be lost. Not only are the factories and shops gone the skilled workers no longer exist. Middle Management is all we have left and they can't do much of ANYTHING as far as producing. Have you ever heard of Zebco Fishing rods and reels. Zebco stands for ZEro hour Bomb COmpany. LOL After the war they had all this equipment and switched from Bomb making to fishing reels. Like almost everything else they fires all their American workers and move out of the country. Yeppers this is a Danm GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!
  24. I am going to try and sort out the crappola from the truth about the USA, Socialism and Capitalism. This election year more than any in my memory these words are being tossed around and mostly what is being said is just out and out lies and ignorance. Fist off you need to understand, capitalism is a big part of the original plan that our founding Fathers. They had come out of Europe basically trying to avoid and get away from the ENDLESS wars and persecutions that was just a natural part of Europe's various Monarchies and the Religious based wars. In a monarchy the royalty owns virtually everything and if you aren't born royal no amound of hard work will get you ahead without a powerful patron. They would hang you for gathering wood in a forest in the middle of the winter and even the bunnies there were private property. The US was intentionally set up such that basically any citizen, with hard work, wise investment and a little luck could become rich and powerful. American Capitalism is part of our core values. Note that I said AMERICAN capitalism. This will be discussed a little further on. The other side of Capitalism that is to most people the exact opposite is Socialism. Socialism is generally associated with places like North Korea, China, Cuba and the old USSR. The fact is that of these only Cuba is/was actually a socialist state. True Capitalism, in the end, is no different than a Monarchy. Think of the Game Monopoly. In the end one person owns everything and everyone else is out in the cold and broke. THAT is the aim of raw capitalism. Romney was a true capitalist. He thought that the middle class started at the people that make a quarter million a year. Our founding fathers were brilliant and set up a system that balanced these two political concepts again t each other. For almost 250 years it worked amazingly well. America when it works as intended is a capitalistic socialism. This is a FACT. The base was basically a capitalist state but as the system moved up it was more and more controlled by socialist based laws. The original set up of our government and sociaty was made to try and avoid the things that in Europe had caused so many revolution. When all the wealth is in too few hands and there is widespread poverty heads roll eventually. Pure socialism seems to mostly lead to universal poverty where a few “leaders” have all the power and all the wealth and once again heads will roll eventually. The way they balanced it was brilliant. The laws were made such that personal wealth was pushed to be more of a societal wealth by forcing the rich to put their wealth back into the economy or lose it. Import taxes were stiff. This insured that it was more profitable for Americans to make their products here than to make it elsewhere and import it. Taxes were used to force the rich to share. Income tax was especially effective. In 1963s you paid a 90% tax on personal incomes of $400,000.00. What all of this did was force the very wealthy to reinvest the profets of their companies back into the companies in the US instead of pocketing it or shipping it out of the country. Under this sort of taxation Sam Walton became the Richest man in the world as did people like Howard Hughs and many others. Basically before the mid 60s wealth in America was asset based rather than personal wealth. Slowly this has been torn down and socialism has been demonized while capitalism has become “The American way.” What this means to most Americans is not so good. The wealthy and super wealthy now pocket the profits of the companies rather than reinvest and consider corporate bankruptcy to be a great way to get out of paying pensions and such. Now they are just basically DUMPING Americans and moving their factories out of the country to where they can pay a dollar and hour to people that don;t even know what bebefits are. They are just happy to have a job and to get to eat every day. It is corporate heaven!! No Unions, No OSHA, No EPA nothing except a few government bribes and they can do whatever they want! Anyone that says anything about the millions of Americans that are getting dumps and screwed are branded evil socialists! Think about this. Carrier is moving to Mexico where their costs of operation will be less than half of what it is in America...does that mean that their prices for their products is going to go down by a big percentage for American Consumers? DREAM ON!!! All it means is that a bunch of billionaires will be another O closer to being trillionaires while more Americans move closer and closer to poverty. The part about all of this that is most troublesome is in the understanding of what our founding fathers worked so hard to avoid... They weren't all that adverse to revolution obviously. What they WERE scared spitless of was revolutions based on lower class misery. The American revolution was a from the top down revolution. Adjusted for inflation George Washington was the most wealthy man to ever be a President. Trump if elected would be the only one close! Jefferson, Franklin...the founders were not poor downtrodden paupers. The difference is that revolutions that come up from the bottom trand to be a lot uglier and more bloody. Also the end results seem to not end up well for even the winners in the long run. This is where you end up with people like Hitler, Lenin/Stalin, Chiang Kai-shek/Mao Tse-tung and a lot of other bloody monsters in power. When you have nothing to lose you aren't always real careful who you pick to lead your revolution. If you look back in History revolutions that come UP from a down trodden poverty the results are seldom good. The Founders wanted England's King OUT but they did not want to turn America into a potential time bomb either. They looked around and created something totally new. A non-government government with a socialist/capitalist economy that encouraged excellence while avoiding turning it into a rich owns all while the poor owns nothing Aristocracy. Throughout most of the life of the USA this has worked amazingly well. HOWEVER, when the balance goes off the results are just awful. History is cyclic and nearly everything you see happening today has come around before. The periods where the capitalistic side became massively ascendent were in the 1850's through the 1860's then again in the 1920's through the 1930's. That one was actually an extension of a problem that started but was interrupted by WW1. There was a short period in the early 60's then the current one that basically has been growing since the 2000's started. If you will note, all of these sort of ended with some sort of war that was prefaced by some seriously hard times. What happens it that the rich push and buy legislation that allows them to rake in more money and pay less taxes. FDR WAS a socialist and his New Deal pissed off the rich but if he hadn't died Americans might have just kept electing him. HE is specificity the reason that Presidents now have a two term 2 limit. Think of it like this. WHO owns this country? When the US bought the Louisiana Purchase or Alaska who actually OWNED it. The fact is that the answer is “the American People”. It isn't socialism to say that the rich shouldn't be the only ones to benefit every time the country makes an addition to the country. Sadly though in the end most of the wealth ends up in the hands of a few. All the American version of Socialism does is to make the rich share it back into the country in the form of jobs and investments. When the taxes were 90% that didn't mean that the rich paid all that much in taxes. What it meant was that they had to build factories HERE and hire Americans so that they could use this as deductions. In the end they were just as wealthy but were at the same time they were building a strong America. We won WW2 mostly because we had a just HUGE industrial base that we converted to military production. The fact is that if we had to go to war now we would be totally out of luck! The rich are steadily moving our industry out of the country. What you need to understand is that in a bind we could rebuild some of the factories but you can't just pop out the skilled craftsmen that it takes to make this work. Their wealth is now personal rather than asset based. They are now parasites rather than symbionts on the American culture. I don't wish to live in a Socialist Gulag state but neither do I wish to be a serf in an elitist capitalistic Aristocracy where the rich own everything and the only other citizens are the dirt poor with nothing in the middle. Balance is what is needed .