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Presidential Politics and the Louisiana Gubernatorial Elections

The fact is that because the Governor of Louisiana and other statewide officers will be elected this year on the year before the President of the United States is elected these elections will not be linked to the mood and will of the country which elects the next President of the United States in the same way that the sates which elect their governors on the same day will be linked to the election of the President. One very significant link is that Governor Bobby Jindal is currently running for President. His candidacy does not seem to be gathering a lot of momentum.  But if he does continue to pursue his candidacy he will do so for an entire year after he has been term limited out of the Governor’s office.

Of course even for us who live in Louisiana the closer governor’s election is receiving no more attention than the more distant Presidential race and there is more advertising for the Governor’s race here so far but it is not all that heavy and the message is not driven by the same level of scrutiny and debate. Several newspapers I examined on Friday ,June 21 2015 had almost no mention of the Governor’s race with an October Primary this year. All of them have covered the race many times but on this day they had little. The Daily Advertiser had a prominent editorial cartoon about David Vitter having a zoo custodian clean up the excrement of an elephant representing the state’s budgetary mess — but there was little else in terms of reporting or opinion. The cartoons by La Rochelle are a somewhat independent process I believe. So where does one go for such information? For those who want to access a good primer for the basic facts of the election cycle I recommend clicking here.  Reading this post is also a start.
Louisiana regional map bold

I love Louisiana for all of its faults and I am eager to see the race given its due. Senior United States Senator for Louisiana David Vitter, Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle and Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne are the candidates who have made the best showing in the circles I have informally consulted about who is running for Governor of Louisiana.  All three of these men are Republicans. Our Open Primary System will weed the field to two if nobody wins an outright majority straight off.   There are some other candidates who while they may be  less  significant contenders in my view may come on as time progresses but most of all together will help to deny anyone the outright majority in the first race. If you click any of the candidates names below you should get some kind of link except Jeremy Odom  in whose case the only link I found functioned too badly to be placed here.

The whole slate as far as I know consists of three major contenders in this paragraph and another paragraph with the also rans. The links are not equal or fair but simply links you may find things with Google that I did not find. All the three top contenders are white men: Scott Angelle, Public Service Commissioner, Ex-Lt. Governor & Ex-St. Martin Parish President. Jay Dardenne – Lt. Governor, Ex-Sec. of State, Ex-State Sen., Ex-Baton Rouge City Councilman & Attorney.  David Vitter- US Senator, Ex-Congressman & Attorney.

 All the remaining contenders are men. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco had the misfortune to have served as Governor of Louisiana when the Monster Hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit the state. That did in a sense leave people with an impression that the first Louisiana Woman to be Governor had a disastrous tenure in office. However, it may be that she had little to do with the damage caused by these double catastrophies.  So here are the other men running Black and White citizens of the Pelican State:   Gerald Long– State Sen. & Retired Insurance Agent .  . John Bel Edwards State House Minority Leader, Attorney & Army Veteran. Tony Clayton – Attorney & Southern Univ. Board Chair. Jeremy Odom   Baptist Minister, Tax Consultant & Army Veteran.  

My mother poses in front of the statue of the Hero of New Orleans who fought the British Empire and become President and the Church of the Sainted Crusader King.

My mother poses in the square between the elegant buildings built by the Baroness Pontalba a native of Louisiana  she is in front of the statue of the Hero of New Orleans who fought the British Empire and become President and the Church of the Sainted Crusader King.


By reason of being a citizen of Louisiana and for other reasons I want to write this post about the connections, comparisons and contrasts between the United States Presidential Elections and the Louisiana Governor’s race.  First and foremost the Presidential elections will matter a great deal to the Governor and other citizens of Louisiana. I am not the only one who is very interested in the outcome of both of these contests. But Louisiana does not vote very early in the primaries and it doesn’t have a great number of electoral votes. The clear sense that America continues to evolve in an uncertain and disorganized way as regards its federal structure is evident in our state elections.

The Governor’s role will be shaped by the Federal regime. Barack Obama will still be President when our Governor of Louisiana is elected and a lot may happen in that last year of his tenure. Some things that could happen worry a lot of people. We now have two Republican Senators for the first time since Reconstruction after the election of Bill Cassidy but one is running for Governor. The connection between the systems is complex enough without referring to Bobby Jindal’s run for the Presidency of the United States.

The Gulf of Mexico's oil reserves remain vital to our country's future.

The Gulf of Mexico’s oil reserves remain vital to our country’s future.

The next Governor may have to deal with a massive crisis in the United States which will shape all that he does in office. We remember the BP MACONDO Oil Leak as a great ecological disaster, Katrina as a great natural disaster, Rita the country does not remember but it made Katrina far worse even without counting its own damage and the country remembers the recent Grand  Theater shooting in Lafayette. But all those stories were not only Louisiana stories but American stories. We need to see the way the two races are related before we can even begin to make the right choices.

Jindal has raised taxes on smoking, gotten a BP settlement, cut a lot of spending and made some structural changes which arguably make him much more credible as a candidate than he was a year ago. Our budget is less of a mess I believe than it was. But impressions were formed as he launched his campaign and he has never gained back all that much enthusiasm from the home crowd. Perhaps half of Louisiana is very positive about Vitter for what he has tried to do in Washington. I do not think all that many people would say his actual achievements there have been stellar.

So we face a convergence of two processes. We will see how the election of our Governor has small but real effects on the Presidential Race later.

Veterans Day, the Berlin Wall and the Winter

This is the time when somehow autumn and winter begin to dance with each other in many places in the Northern hemisphere much as autumn and summer danced with each other in the subtropical climes like Acadiana not so long ago. Remembrance Day was observed yesterday in the United Kingdom and Veterans Day will be observed tomorrow here in the United States of America. I have written about US military holidays here, here and here.

Because of our Memorial Day traditions we only tie in indirectly with British Remembrance Day

Because of our Memorial Day traditions we only tie in indirectly with British Remembrance Day

This Veterans Day is a bit unique in that it is the Veterans Day which comes at the start of a new era of divided government. It is a Veterans Day when we remember the American President who called for and saw the demolition of the Berlin Wall.  Speaking in Germany Ronald Reagan called for a Soviet Premiere who was deeply Russian to take down the wall.  Today Germany is unified, is at the heart of a European Union which is tied to the US and NATO but also buys lots of gas from a resurgent Russia.  I have written of Russia and the US, its policies and its leader in this blog. But despite this blog post’s title, I will not do justice to the removal of that wall that was the essence of the Iron Curtain. Today as Barak Obama is in China and Asia. China is emerging and both the US and China deal with that nation closely.  I will return to the Asia issues below. I will not address ISIS in this post except to mention it here. All those in Armed Service today face the most complex set of challenges we have ever faced. Things may become more predictable but that may come at a cost. This post is mostly about the American military itself. It is about the holiday to mark those who join its ranks across time and space.


There is no limit to the words that could be used to describe the costs of war. There are no words to fully describe the stark necessities in which the words and phrases valor, honor, esprit des corps, and warrior spirit find their meaning. We simply do the best we can with the words we have and the images available to each of us. The struggle for such meaning as we can find in the events which cost hours, years, wounds, lives and billions is a real struggle. While we may not all agree on the path our country must take we cannot doubt that the military must play a crucial role in preserving whatever future the United States of American may have.   I am nowhere near where I would like to be in achieving the simple goals I have set in supporting the US military. Yet I am nowhere near discharging the balance of my critiques of that same military. Veterans Day is a day to put aside those discussions of policy and engage in some rituals of appreciation. However, that is n0t all that it can and should be. It can also be a time to quietly remember the fallen which Americans do more on Memorial Day and to quietly refresh our knowledge of the American Armed Forces which is not really a big tradition and if it is a tradition is focused on Armed Services Day. But Veterans Day is our broadest military holiday. It is a good time to think and to reflect.

The link of living Veterans, active troops and the fallen in battle is a chain of duty we must all remember.

The link of living Veterans, active troops and the fallen in battle is a chain of duty we must all remember.

All of us must know that our nation is engaged in the world in ways that few nations were engaged in most of human history. The military is not the only aspect of that engagement but it is a very important aspect. We face life and the future as Americans and our flag is supported by the might and dedication of our military. In this blog the image of my cousin Severin Summers appears often because he is my nearest relative to die in combat. But for every American there must be someone who is our truest connection to the terrible and beautiful Duty which makes this great military tradition. Severin is not interchangeable with other people but he is my sense of the reality of loss. Precisely a symbol because he is so individual to me.

My cousin Severin was killed in battle in Afghanistan.

My cousin Severin was killed in battle in Afghanistan.


As a citizen and an American I feel compelled both to support and to criticize. This challenge which makes us parts of the society in which we live is often a thing which seems remote from our ordinary concerns. My life is not all that ordinary when taken as a whole. But there is much in it that has been affected by the policies and practices of my country as regards national security and defense. Life lived here in the United States and life live well beyond its borders has made me constantly aware of the price of our national sovereignty and how many threats will confront those who stand up for our liberties, security and prosperity. Some would say that because the threats are so real and the challenges are so great we should not be engaged in the kinds of discussions which typify most free societies. Others would argue that we should always welcome any discussion and that all of these challenges make us stronger. I certainly do not hold to wither of those positions. We cannot afford either the kind of ideal free expression which fills some tomes on political philosophy and journalism as taught at some universities nor the deathly conformity and lack of scrutiny which many societies have attempted at one time or another to offer their military. Some of my thoughts are available here, here and here.

My mother in front a Confederate monument in New Orleans reminds us of what complexity there is in violence and duty.

My mother in front a Confederate monument in New Orleans reminds us of what complexity there is in violence and duty.

The US Marines standing guard at embassies, the carriers sailing the seas are all part of the world in which America plays neither a perfect nor an unlimited role but a role both large and necessary. There is no way this can be done without risk and without engagement. The future is compelling or dreadful in large part to the degree that we maintain a military which is credible and excellent in the difficult challenges which face the holders of the sword.

US Marines guard many embassies where our diplomats seek peace with security around the world.

US Marines guard many embassies where our diplomats seek peace with security around the world.

It is a sobering holiday which matches the first chill in the air. The future winter and the joys of Thanksgiving and Christmas are waiting for all of us and we are also looking back at all the armed struggles that have preserved what we have and helped give us the chance for a future. Obama has been received at a summit in China and the world is watching that summit more in general than America is but it gives him the chance to remind Congress that he is head of state here.  I have written about Asia recently here, here and here. I think US policy there is very important.  Obama’s trip is described here. But the trip will also get him out of Washington on a veterans Day when people have rising concerns and anxieties.

My family stopped at a Battleship park after one vacation and I have a long interest in studying and observing military history.

My family stopped at a Battleship park after one vacation and I have a long interest in studying and observing military history.

So before our thought turn to other holidays we have this day. A day to say thanks to those who serve in the armed forces, those who have served and those who have fallen. But this is also a day to think about our military and examine the society we live in and the government we have.  The next two years of divided government will be years when the world will keep changing and many new crises can and likely will arise.  All of us will face them together in more ways than we are often conscious of in our daily lives.

Asian-American Relations Now and Later

Various organizations and disciplines define “East Asia” in different ways. The region is incredibly diverse from the point of view of the many people who live there. The United Nations Organization officially classifies South-east Asia (the 10 ASEAN members plus East Timor) as a distinct region, but other sources add North-east and South-east Asia together to form East Asia which is the practice in many scholarly and popular articles. I tend to see the Region as North East Asia, Greater Malaya composed mostly of great archipelagos, Southeast Asia and then its great neighbor which is Greater Hindustan. The reader may struggle along but eventually get plenty enough feel for my subject to derive some benefit. It is always important to remember that China is vast, diverse and encompasses many climates, racial types and cultural groups. But almost all of it is north of almost all of Greater Malaya where President Obama and I spent some of our younger years. He was in Muslim Indonesia and I was in the Christian Philippines. Nepal and Bhutan have nothing to do with Southeast Asia in any strict sense but are continental land-locked and are more like other countries sandwiched between Northeast Asia and Greater Malaya  than they are like Greater Hindustan. They are a border of two regions North East Asia and Greater Hindustan made to resemble Southeast Asia ( a third region) in recent centuries. But this whole part of the world is the subject of this post and you do not have to know it all very well to understand my post..

The economic and national entities of East Asia are thus Japan; the Democratic People’s Republic of (North) Korea; the Republic of (South) Korea; the People’s Republic of China (and its special administrative regions Hong Kong and Macau) Republic of China (Taiwan); and the 10 ASEAN members: the Philippines, Vietnam, The Kingdom of Cambodia, Laos, The Kingdom of Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, and Indonesia. The lack of useful statistical data makes including East Timor problematic and Bhutan and Nepal are simply remembered without much to actually say about them and so unless otherwise indicated, it will be omitted. Bhutan is a beautiful kingdom that holds its own in changing times and seeks a community path for its traditions in the modern world and the educated in the region largely know of its existence.

As I look around at China coverage in the United States  I am reminded of something  I brought up when I was recently remarking in a comment made on a post by Baroness Valentine on the Lords of the Blog.There I wrote that  I hoped the House of Lords has paid sufficient attention to the visit of Premiere Li Keqiang and his wife Cheng Hong to Britain despite the lack of discussion of this and Spanish succession in the Lords of the Blog. While China is not in the World Cup and China is not involved in a state visit here it seems clear  to me that most Americans know too little of China.

China is the country doing too much for job creation, too much for overall growth, too much for long-term growth. I mean it when I say “the country” at least among major players. Their problems are largely from too much emphasis on economic growth. Almost all other major players have made this a priority which is very low and even though economic abuses are causing problems everywhere they pale compared to problems related to other causes. Because of this national attitude relations with China will determine a significant part of the employment picture for the EU, the USA and others for some years ahead.  It is a bit strange for me to write about anything related to employment as I have never been all that secure and right now I run errands and do lawn work and keep house in a situation where I am continuously exposed to risks of being blamed for some kind of  financial malfeasance because unlike China where cash payments hand-delivered and my very secure debit and ATM card at the Agricultural Bank of China  were usable for all things and sufficient for them here I have never been able to negotiate the vast ocean of requirements which inflate our personal debt and exposure in so many ways and are so tied to a pervasive ideology not subject to much criticism. here my finances are always subject not to one but to many factors over which I have no control despite which I only have a few big financial problems and penury I do not have lots of bad checks, huge credit card balances or anything else. of that type. My view of America is not that of a financial columnist and it is from the point of view of such insecurity that writing something like this  becomes somewhat absurd but also offers unique opportunities for insight. On the one hand as I write about American policy in Asia I write knowing  I have spent a huge amount of time in Asia and know a lot about the region but on the other hand my situation in life is so bad that it seems pointless to discuss any of it when I am so weak and vulnerable here. But that is the nature of the things I really cannot change. Whatever happens for the rest of my life I certainly feel that I have learned something about Asia and its surrounds which continues to form my view of the world.

I recognize that the big opportunities in Asia will not be to mimic me exactly. But in my life so far politics, military exchanges and business have gone on around me in Asia and I have tried to stay abreast of those things while focusing on my other more immediate concerns.I do not believe that these facts of potential which exist in Asia demonstrate a set of facts that has to be good or bad for the EU, the United States or other players.  But a realistic American economist should realize that  Mandarin speaking tour guides, agents and brokers with several Asian languages, English teachers in China, experts on trilateral trade with China in the developing world and those selling products at competitive prices to deal with growth related problems in China ought to be part of a picture of long term growth and accessible growth today. In Asia itself those who have ancestors and ties in the region and resemble the dominant racial group of any given market will often find it much easier to succeed.  The Philippines is an exception where White Americans of all types and Mestizo Hispanic Americans can hope to find advantages which offset racial minority status disadvantages. Black people can usually expect that their race will be a significant disadvantage in most business contacts with pockets and current where it may be an advantage.  Racial consciousness is in general very high in the region. China no longer uses terms like foreign devil in general but most countries do have some similar practice that is common enough. Arabs can hope for some ethnic and possible racial prejudice in their favor if they are Muslims in a Muslim area but like the Philippines for Americans it should not be thought to be more than it is.

Further those who can find a fascination with the Chinese mindset ought to have a special role in munitions sales, peace studies and international development planning. China is not the only story but it cannot be ignored. That is where a great deal of the potential in the world will remain regardless of what really happens in the next few years.

I am trying here to lay out my first real Asia policy post on this blog since Premiere Li Keqiang came to power in China and he and his sophisticated wife Cheng Hong began touring the world.  There is a lot going on that needs to be addressed in a post like this if it is to have any significance as regards the state of things out there. I graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in May of 1989 with a degree in English and the honor of a Latin phrase after the designation of a bachelors degree. There have been many days since mid May of 1989. Each of them was a bit different than the others. Suddenly I am coming up on 20 years. Sooner or later it had to happen. Actually it had to happen exactly 20 years after I graduated unless I died. It was always likely to make me feel that my life was not exactly where I had hoped it would be. Twenty years ago was a rather high mark in my life. But not a perfect time at all. However, the  Republic of the Philippine Islands was very much part of my  context for life in those days. I left the Philippines with my whole family when we came to the United States and my brother Simon Peter Emmanuel Summers sought medical treatment for Prader-Willi Syndrome. It was at that time that I enrolled at what was then USL and is now the University of Louisiana. Then after earning a year’s worth of credits in one semester I returned to the Philippines and stayed there till my brother Joseph was born and then returned to the United States, lived the summer in Abbeville and went to school at the Franciscan University of Steubenville the next fall. The following summer I visited my parents in the Philippines and then went back to Steubenville and after some complications finished up at USL — marrying in 1987 and graduating in 1989.

Leading my sisters on a carabao in the Philippines.

Leading my sisters on a carabao in the Philippines.

The journey since those days has been a complex one at least. I do not suppose there is much to say about it which is not laced with anecdotes of trial and There have been other good things and times.  I have done a wide variety of work with lots of writing, teaching and organizing in the mix. I would not have done most of those things if my life had been more successful as it seemed to promise to be. What I know is that my life has been a journey in a very literal sense. When I graduated I went to work that summer for the law Firm of Mangham, Hardy, Rolfs and Abadie in the offices near the top of the First National Bank Tower in downtown Lafayette. It was as close as I have ever come to feeling like my life was on a smooth and established track and not a trek through dangerous places. I was headed off to Tulane Law School in the fall. A lot of people in my life who have always behaved badly toward me when they were around chose not to that summer. I had been on television and in the newspapers a great deal when I won the Outstanding Graduate award and it seemed like I would be given some space to do things one step at a time in a way that I have never really known at any other time. My time at Tulane Law School that first run was one of the worst times of my life. That is from my point of view saying a great deal. We lived next to a family who were in charge of our floor in student housing and screamed and roared many hours every day. These were among the many experiences in my life which really have provided no benefit to me here. Although I did not stay in China for many reasons I did feel that my advice to students and other work there could draw more on these experiences. Almost all work here in the USA in recent decades has bordered on pure hell for many reasons. I am not sure how typical that contrast is among people who have been in both regions. China had plenty of problems but I felt less malicious interference built into the work structure itself.

My trip to China ranks near the top of these events. I have posted the link to the university level institution called the Shandong Institute of Business and Technology where I taught that was the China Coal  Economic College a few years before I was there. Set on the Shandong Peninsula where Confucius and Mencius began Classical Chinese scholarship the Campus overlooked the glorious Yellow Sea. These are some of my students and advisees graduating two years after I left.Frank

These young women in the photo are some of my students and advisees graduating two years after I left. It was a time with many opportunities to learn a lot more about China than I had in all of my reading prior to that point in  time and it had a deep influence on my life and thinking. When I returned to America  I wrote an article for a newspaper I had written for before many times about my experiences. When I wrote the article I intended to go back to China but that did not happen.


Front page of an article Iwrote about my journey to China and time there. The top photograph is of English Corner which was largely organized and facilitated by Lu Ting ting who is on my Friends List although her name appears in characters I cannot reproduce.This is the front page of an article I wrote about my journey to China and time there. The top photograph is of English Corner which was largely organized and facilitated by Lu Ting ting who is on my Friends List on Facebook when she can be and my contact on Linked In. Although her name appears in characters I cannot always reproduce online or by hand. 

One of the most influential political figures of my life has been Bill Clinton. When I lived in China during the 2004-2005 academic year his book My Life was widely sold there in English and Mandarin.  When Clinton ran for President the first time he had a sign in his campaign headquarters viewable by most in the movement which said: “It’s the economy  — stupid!” My own personal economic failure has been enormous at many levels. But I had a pretty good economic existence in China. I brought some money with me but I was furnished with a home apartment, cable, high speed internet, steam radiator heat, electricity, travel credits, bonuses for extra and exceptional work through my job and it was an extraordinary opportunity to see and do many things.The economy of East Asia is one of the most successful regional economies of this time around world. There is history is a long history of dealing with many of the same issues that challenge the global economy today. In broader East Asia we find a group of some of the world’s largest and most prosperous economies : China, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore,Taiwan and South Korea. This post brief as it is will at least link to some details about these major economic powers.

Major powers come and go from the center stage of geopolitics and alliances are even more perishable than powerful global status but one of the more durable facts about this planet is the economic importance of East Asia. In this post I will refine the idea of regions a bit more, rambling  as I often do rather than sticking with a single definition from the start.  I will start by asserting that there is no real American foreign policy that will work unless it is also a pretty solid policy as regards a region with these powers and the overlapping group of our treaty partners which includes Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, and the Philippines.


Major positive factors have ranged from favorable political-legal environments for industry and commerce, through abundant natural resources of various kinds, to plentiful supplies of relatively low-cost, skilled and adaptable labor. I taught a talented group of undergraduates whose contribution I valued in China. I will however say that they were in general not the most privileged or secure in their society just as most of my friends from the university years were not among that group of the most privileged in my society. It caused me to think back on my own years in college. However, China is not the only place that I have been. There were journeys to Micronesia, Mexico (on numerous occasions) as well as to Nova Scotia/ Acadie. Each of these journeys has added to the long route across and just above the surface of this planet which I have drawn out in my life.  Nor have I really increased my rate of travel as an adult  — in fact the contrary is true. Prior to graduation  from USL I could list the Philippines, Europe, Colombia, Mexico, Tonga, Samoa and New Zealand were among the places that I had visited long enough to feel that I had lived there. Travel has been a very large part of my education and personal development.  One fact is that I claim to propose a movement from the right and yet many of my values are universal to all human beings and much of my life experience is international which contrasts starkly with the rightist Nationalism that many will be more familiar with. This is in part because I believe in creating games that are not zero-sum in international affairs and developing such structures where they already exist. It is in part because I really believe in space colonization as the means to reshape our very long-term future. Lastly, it is in part because I am a Christian and take the charge of the gospel seriously in all aspects — although I do not always conform to it very well.

Although I had one failed business attempt of substance in the Philippines and a few other smaller failures  I was successful in some endeavors in church related ministry and through that lens got to known some significant business and government figures. Likewise in China I was not in business but I assisted students majoring in business, taught some business writing and taught a large number of students who were International Finance majors. Wikipedia states in an article on East Asia  that:

East Asian populations have demonstrated rapid learning capabilities – skills in utilizing new technologies and scientific discoveries – and putting them to good use in production. Work ethics in general tend to be highly positive.

I reached the conclusion  shared by many that in modern societies, a high level of structural differentiation, functional specialization, and autonomy of the economic system from government is a major contributor to industrial-commercial growth and prosperity. I brought to China some experience in business, although no great successes a few successes that won some significant recognition. Among these was a bit of international trade: Then I was working in seafood sales and brokering as I had done many times before including even during my time at Tulane Law. I went down with the owner and chief sales manager of the privately held company that was my employer on a buying trip to Merida. This was typical of a lot of things about my seafood crowd. The owner paid for four tickets, four registration packages, four hotel and food packages and in me provided one of the two or three best interpreters on the trip. However, the trip was supposed to be a sales trip sponsored by the US Department of Commerce and we were there buying. While that exact event was unique it somehow encapsulates all of my considerable experiences in the fishmongering world. While there Lieutenant Governor Paul Hardy presented me with the honor of Honorary Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana. He gave me a very large and beautiful certificate that I was proud to display as I was to mention the honor on my resume. When I got back I set up those purchases and set up a series of chain and institutional sales for off-main-demand-curve size catfish. I would leave that industry to teach but would return to it and other business ventures from time to time.

The US dollar is freely traded currency in the entirety of the Far East as far as I know and few contend that any currency from outside the region challenges its level of acceptance. However, that is changing as the British Pound has just become exchangeable with the Chinese Yuan or Renminbi   on the markets in Shanghai. But the USA has an historic advantage over the Pound not found elsewhere in a trading systems that covers much of the human population and a region where trading systems are relatively open. Exports are desired as imports throughout the region and the risks are quantifiable. Military and security imports are the most desired in China and other product bought in China and elsewhere with zero or low duties  attached on imports of consumer and capital goods do considerably helped stimulate cost-efficiency and change in their own often harsh economic system. However legal mimicry on the edge of the law and piratical patent and copyright infringement are more common in this region as sophisticated threats to US companies than perhaps in almost any other region except the surround of true East Asia which I am including to some degree in this post.  While soaring poverty rates in the Philippines and Vietnam and extreme consequences of displacement in China are factors tha t must be addressed by American corporations and governments the truth remains that compared to many places free contract for employment and the flexible mindset and work that comes with the genetic and cultural heritage of the labor force in the region makes a desirable labor market for Americans to be involved in over the long term. There are many assets difficult to reproduce elsewhere which are very significant  factors making for promising and sustained business-economic performance across these economies.

Finally, globalization is likely to continue to benefit the Asian economies for some time in general terms.  These benefits will increase the buying power of many kinds of potential clients and consumers and it is these relatively large and fast-growing markets for consumer goods and services of all kinds which can play a vital role in America’s future as well. The path  of my life has not included my personal return to the Philippines since I was there in  my college years nor a return to China since those days described here. Liu Ting ting responded to one of my posts on Facebook with correspondence that may not belong here . But I reproduce it anyway as being illuminating:

  • 刘婷婷 Those old pictures brings me back to my campus life —- happy and free from any restraints . It seems that those beautiful days all forsook me a hundred years ago,I couldn’t even find a trace of them…….
  • 刘婷婷 There are too much strange sensation and unique thoughts I wanna share with you, but when it comes to writing or conversation, I just don’t know how to express them. I wish you well and be happy……
  • Frank Wynerth Summers III Ting ting, It makes me happy to hear from you. I am glad you are made nostalgic by the pictures.

However, that  personal connection to these people is not the sole basis of my thoughts about China and Asia. I read a great deal and communicate with a lot of people as I did when I was there — and I have maintained ties since I left. I did take the time when I was in China to watch television and buy a periodical now and then and I have done such things since arriving back in the United States. All of that has led to a bit of an understanding acquired over time. But not the deepest one.

My family and I have shared connections we have preserved with the Philippines and through the Philippines to the rest of Asia. One of those connections comes from having been connected with the East Asian Pastoral Institute where I studied for a while with my father in Manila. When we did the  Scripture Ventures program there we met with people from many Asian countries and got to know some of them. Some we stayed in touch with for a while but that has all faded away over time for me at least.

Meeting at Big Woods with Filipino friends who are US citizens now.

Meeting at Big Woods with Filipino friends who are US citizens now.


But this is not simply a post to rehash a series of older posts and pages in this blog. I am trying to discuss primarily how the United States of America should relate  to the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Republic of Korea, Japan (and its Emperor), Mongolia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Brunei. Secondarily, I am discussing how the USA should relate to Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Viet Nam, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar,  and the rest of Southeast Asia. Thirdly, I am discussing how the USA should relate to India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. Four regions then fall into this discussion: North East Asia and Malaya (or Maphilindo) are two regions at the center of my focus. Southeast Asia is the Secondary focus and Greater Hindustan is the Tertiary Focus. In other words, East Russia, The Great Northern Corridor, Persia, the Levant and the Arabian Peninsula would all be regions in Asia which would not be part of this discussion directly. Most people in the world live in the regions that I am discussing here. Is there a policy that works for all of these places? Is it meaningful to write and speak in such terms. I live in a region of Louisiana with a significant Vietnamese population. The valedictorian of my niece’s recent graduating class is a young Vietnamese American surnamed  Nguyen. But it is fascinating how despite many successes in the story of these migrants so little has been done to use the ties, skills and appearance of these people to increase US and Louisiana ties to South East Asia. The top three students in academic achievement were all of Asian descent.

I  do have deep ties not only to the United States but also to Europe and the Americas as a whole.  In the years since I graduated from there have been opportunities to do things that I had not done including but not limited to teaching in China. I have had many experiences that are meaningful to me here in America and ties me to the region of North America just as Asians are tied to their region. I do not think we should forget that trade and ties and knowledge do not mean ceasing to be distinctive. But we will have better chances to understand one another in the future.

The journey has had its surprising joys.Mary graduates from UL L as I did. A young mom who does not make time for Facebook yet.Mary graduates from UL L as I did. A young mom who does not make time for Facebook yet. Watching one brother Joseph and one sister Mary graduate with higher Latin honors than I earned from my college alma mater has been a joy and a blessing. It has been a joy to see another sister Sarah graduate with a perfect GPA from Louisiana State University where I got my masters degree. It has been a joy to have my middle sister Susanna graduate with honors from the Franciscan University of Steubenville where I won one of two Sophomore Class Awards (one for men and one for women) in 1985. I look forward to having my youngest brother graduate from UL-L which is my renamed alma mater  in his time. My handicapped brother Simon received his certificate of Academic completion of merit from Abbeville High School when I was working for the school board in which they are located and which administers them. All of those were joyous milestones.

I have mentioned my trade mission experience in Mexico and I have traveled a great deal in the US, Mexico, Canada and Colombia.  It is important that America chart its course and know its own surroundings.  It is also important to see that booming trade between China and Brazil is an important factor in the world economy. China is part of this hemisphere in many ways. I like China although there are plenty of things I found to criticize and oppose. I also had problems there and in the Philippines which I have written about and discussed but which do not make an appearance in this post. My view of things calls mostly for awareness. In some ways I find the Chinese and I to be a bit alike in that regard.    They are in general less eager for open confrontation than Westerners. The Chinese military is into diplomacy, espionage, training, digging tunnels, fortifying basements, buying hardware, maintaining discipline and  planning for all outcomes. This is in stark contrast to many other groups, nations and powers that need much more direct confrontation to preserve their institutions and the support their forces need to survive.

I speak Spanish and I have also taught that language in the USA. I have enjoyed and do enjoy my Acadian heritage and ties to Canada.  I am not an excessive Sinophile. This post is one part of my overall view of things.

Libby Maturin, Ashley Mire, Anika, Alyse, Sarah and Maria. Mine in Zacatecas is locale.Lower : Soren, Alyse and Anika in Zacatecas.Libby Maturin, Ashley Mire, Anika, Alyse, Sarah and Maria. Mine in Zacatecas is locale.Lower : Soren, Alyse and Anika in Zacatecas. Zacatecas is a great cultural and historic center in Mexico. Mexico is a huge part of any real economic plan for the United States of America. Family Missions Company run by my family members operate in China and Mexico among other places. I have also been a bit below the surface of the planet a few times. Mammoth Caves is one of my favorite US National parks and I have enjoyed visiting mines like those in the beautiful Mexican city of Zacatecas.

 My advice is that we should know Asia and ourselves and understand each new set of circumstances that emerges. The future will be full of surprises.

Domestic Regimes in a Renewed America

This is the next step in my ever longer series of posts on the subject of laws and institutions related to reconstitutionlization and renewal of the United States of America. I have already taken some time to discuss some aspects of this subject within my other posts. That is because it is a really essential part of the larger subject. In this post I will not exhaust the subject either. I will only bring it a bit more fully into focus. I will only make it the center of what is inevitably a very short note to deal with such a topic. There will be Direct The Imperial Government Civil Code which shall govern much of the life and legal operation within Direct Imperial Government Lands. There will be a title within this Civil Code called Variances which will discuss the ways in which the various Districts such as The District of Columbia, Compact Districts of Compact Zones, Royal Fiat Bands and Fiefdoms can modify this Code as well as fill in its gaps and how and to what degree they can interpose their own authority between this Code and their Constituents. This Code will not be binding on any of the Constitutional Jurisdictions nor on the Federal Jurisdictions such as military bases of the United States military. However, where there is ambiguity or silence the courts and other governments will use this Code as an understanding of the law within the Empire on all subjects. There will be no Title in this Code more vital and more honored than Domestic Regimes.   

This Domestic Regimes title will describe the full policies and some of the reasons or connections between the policies as they are embodied into the making of law and the enforcement of that law. The title will also state again that a Jurisdiction of a constitutional nature must be able to regulate and order its own Domestic Regimes.The title will also reference another title in the Imperial Government Civil Code, that title is  Persons which will define Men and Women as two principal classes of persons under the law. The Title will also state the connections and cross-references to other titles of significant if lesser importance to the topic of this area of law. This will be a rather long and intricate title but I am going to set out the basic outlines of the title as of right now with no basic sources in front of me and without asserting that none of it would change in the final analysis and the final version of the text. But here it is:

Title:  Domestic Regimes


The Imperial Government Civil Code

I. Definition, Legal History Political Science and Philosophy

Defining this Title

A. Definition

1.Domestic Regimes as the Basic Units of Society

2. Marriage and Nuclear Families with Legitimate Filiation;  The Preeminent Institution

a. Creation

b.Maintenance and Effects

c. Dissolution

d. Special Cases and Problems

3. All Other Domestic Regimes and their Limits

B. Legal History, Political Science and Philosophy

1. This Title


3. The Other Constitutional Jurisdictions

4. Federal Jurisdictions in the United States

5. Federalism and Mixed Sovereignty Concerns 

II.  Marriage

A. A Union Between a Man and A Woman Effected by Themselves

1. Impediments

a. Incapacity

b. Mistake

c. Estoppel

2. Betrothal and Weddings

a. Contract

b. Honor and Affection


a. Consummation

b.Marital Rights

c. Community and Personal Property Effects

i. The General Rule

ii. Variances, Rights to Modify and Special Cases

d. The Husband as The Head of Household

i.Rights, Prerogatives and Limits

ii.Special Cases

e. State and Social Interests Preserving the Autonomy, Dignity and Autonomy of Wives.

i.The Rights and Roles of Family Associations

ii.The Empress’s Bureau of Women’s Affairs

iii. The Individual Exercise of Civil Rights

iv. Rules Relating to Divorce

4. Filiation and the Rights, Status and Expectation of Children

a. Care and Education of Minor Children

b. Inheritance

i. The Three Parts of the Spouses Estate as Passed to Children

* The Forced Portion

** The Free Portion

***The Offset Portion

ii. Spousal Inheritances and Special Expectations of  Children

iii. Filial Rights Regarding Spousal Usufruct and Life Tenancies.

iv. Titles, Patents and Distinctions. 

 III. The Domestic Veil and Expectation of Privacy

A. The Preeminence of Legitimate Nuclear Families

B. Recognized Marital Regimes with Defects

C. Divorce and Remarriage and Subsidiary Issues

D. Issues of those Seeking or Claiming Full Polygamy

E. Special Regimes Of  Filiation and Connection with Other Regimes

1. Adoption

a. Capacity



2. Medicaly Assissted Parental Complexities

F. Rights of Other Domestic Regimes

1. The Mistress of Ceremonies’ Office of Alliances, Liaisons and Placements

a. Contracts


2. The Imperial House and its Imperial Chaplaincy’s Office of Religious Communities

a. Roman Catholic Monasteries, Convents and Other Regimes Associated with the Chaplain

b. Roman Catholic Regimes Not Associated with the Chaplain.

c. Other Christian Monks and Nuns

d. Non Christian Monks and Nuns

3. Parent-Child Relations as Regimes Created by Nature and Law Directly

a. Maternal Duties, Rights and Expectations

b.Fathering Bastards  and the Least Associated Ilegitimate Children    

4. The Fiefdoms 

5. Bonded and Covenanted Master Servant Relationships Permitted under these Laws

IV. Deviance From Policy Ideals

A. Veiled Deviance

1. Requirements to Penetrate the Veil

2.Mitigation of  Illegalities and Improprieties Behind the Veil

a. Special Rules for Partial Compliance Behind the Veil

b. Privacy  and Enforcement of Laws against Veiled Offenses

3. Legal Paternity of Children not biologically fathered by the Husband in a legitimate Marriage

a. General Rule and its Operation

b. Exceptions and Special Cases

4. Active Homosexuality and its Various Legal Effects in Domestic  Regimes

5. Prostitution

6. Adultery

7. Domestic Violence

8. Incest

B. Unveiled Deviance

1. Criminal Sexual Behavior and Domestic Regimes.

2. Licensed Morally Flawed Behavior and Domestic Regimes.

V.  Mixing And Social Status

A. Mixed Marriage Issues

1. Race


3. Class and Rank

4. Jurisdictions

B. Mixing in Alliances, Liaisons and Placements

C. Master-Servant Mixing

D.Rights of Rolls of Kindreds as Regards Mixing

E. Rights of Family Associations

F. The Rights and Status of the Emperor

G. The Rights and Status of the Empress

H.The Rights and Status of  All and Varied Nobles And Royals

VI. Domestic Discrimination in Commerce and Contract

A. Housing

B. Schools

C. Public Spaces

D. Common Carriers

E. Employment

F. All Other Matters

VII. Imperial and Royal House


 Of course what would be said in each of these sections is quite vital but already one can see that it is a very great distance from our current sate of affairs.  However, this would not replace the law within the Constitutional Jurisdictions. However,  it would replace the law both in the District of Columbia and in those lands that would be governed by the Direct Imperial Government. Should the system proposed come into being such a title would doubtless have some influence everywhere. However, there would be parts of it which could not be reproduced in the States or elsewhere and that would tend to limit its other provisions being adopted out of context.

Thinking a New Thing: A Competing American Narrative

I am proposing that America must change and the changes must be radical. In order to preserve itself America’s ship of state must steer abruptly and hard to an alternative direction. I am committed to this project myself and although I have very little left really have committed much of my own lingering resources to this project as well.  I have of course written quite a bit about which direction all of this ought to take in other blog postings.  These postings do come from a life experience and therefore have some rootedness and connection with some relevant political thought and action but they also represent, in many ways, a kind of exorcism of hope.  That of course is theologically a great sin. However, in the political realm I think that it is fairly innocent more often than not. As  Elton John sang (and still sings) “When all hope is gone, a sad song is saying so much…. When every little bit of hope is gone, a sad song is saying so much.” The truth is that there is often enough in history a point at which one must put forward a program or ideal regardless of whether there is any hope for the program to be realized. For those interested in Greek history the case of Demosthenes was one that loomed large in the thoughts of leaders of Western Civilization for many centuries. But the great orator Δημοσθένης  is hardly alone in proclaiming a cause or an agenda which he believes is unlikely to be adopted. Within more recent times we also have another of these great failures Klemens Wenzel Nepomuk Lothar, Fürst von Metternich-Winneburg z u Beilstein. This Austrian Prince is usually referred to simply as Metternich in the brief writings of political historians writing in English. Like Demosthenes and others he stands before the destruction of the thing he loved — that great Empire which (despite reams of officially titled documents of great importance) never really achieved a single well received name. I mean the Austrian Empire, the Later Holy Roman Empire, The Hapsburg’s Eastern Empire, the Hapsburg Empire, The Austro-Hungarian Empire, The Great Germano-Slavic Power, The Central Power of the White Peoples and half a dozen other names describing roughly the same rather impressive entity that could afford many niceties besides and without a clear and definite identity. Metternich ‘s great fault was failing to secure a more honest and prominent part for the democratic element in what he clearly thought should be in some sense a mixed government. But like most others in his position he was working within many tough and severe limitations. Positive, warm and optimistic as his writing can be it holds a secret. Rich, privileged and fulfilling as his biography seems to be it holds the same secret. The man is writing to us and all his audience from hell. He is smart enough to see that between the things his Sovereign cannot accept, those which people cannot accept in various duly constitutional communities and what his power’s enemies will not allow there is not a path to success or even survival for the civilization he wishes to save. For a man writing from the infernal interior addresses of genius he does a very good job.

In the United States of America we must do a lot of hard things quickly to save ourselves and transcend our crisis. We must bring together groups of people who have not been friendly in a common cause which recognizes the profound diversity of this society. Even stating that objective in a simple sentence is rather convoluted and difficult. I have written of the Thirteen Major Compacts and the Constitutional Jurisdictions and the Direct Imperial Government  I think we need to add to our maps, hearts and constitution but even if that is not the exact final arrangement something like it would be necessary to lead us to a secure path.

Let us revert to the model that I have set out for the sake of argument and to keep this specific and because it what I am advocating.  I have suggested that half the seats of the lower chamber of Compact Assembly of each legislature be reserved for those seated from the newly created Rolls of Kindreds. I also believe that another five to fifteen percent of each Lower Assembly (as well as possible variable offices in the Council of Nobles where appropriate) should be reserved for various organizations forever if they are willing to take their cultural capital as it exists now and invest it into the revolutionary change of bringing these things to be. So there would be seats in the lower assembly forever elected from within the ranks of certain groups and not open to outside votes or competition. But who would those groups be?

Well in The Louisiana Purchase Compact, The Confederate States of America Compact and the Spanish Borderlands Compact there would be seats for the same three organizations in differing quantities along with other groups. These three would be CODOFIL, Congres Mondial des Acadiens, and Action ‘Cadien    all would have more seats in the first of these three Compacts. Also in the Louisiana Purchase Compact would be the Organization of American Historians seated under its old title as the Mississippi Valley Hisotrical Association and others. In the Spanish Borderlands Compact would be La Raza, several Cowboy culture organizations and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as well as the Order of Friars Minor.  In the Confederate States of America Compact  would be the Military Order of the Stars and Bars, The Sons of Confederate Veterans,  ( a single reformed and amalgamated and duly chartered incarnation of) th Ku Klux Klan,  The Southern Baptist Convention, a single organization of Southern Herittage for the Five Civilized tribes, the SEC and a polical office of  the Ursuline Nuns. In the Compact of the Possessions one would definitely have seats reserved for groups associated with the Black Panthers, Buffalo Soldiers,  and several black athletic associations. These are just a samll number of the Compacts and not all the groups in any compact. Just on skimming through these it does not seem likely that they would all be able to work together even a little bit until after the structure pressured them to do so.  Of course without working together the structure is unlikely to ever emerge. I realize all this quite well. But I believe America must become really American or else become extinct so I keep writing these little essays.  We will overcorrect a bit as all revolutions must from an absurdly simplified system to one too complicated in purist terms. But the change is not excessive. These groups will not have all the power even as a sum total. However, they will help our very complicated and diverse country to stay in touch with the difficult and demanding reality of who we are.

If the new American story emerges then we will have less boundless optimism and less promising to be first and best in everything. We will have more people reminding us of our costly and often tragic greatness who are not willing to throw it all away on the slight chance of some new reality we cannot even articulate. It will be difficult at first even if it happens. Europe will likely ridicule these Compacts with small powers and many seats and Asian powers will be uncomfortable with unexpected change in directions they had not plotted. The Americas will want to downplay the things they like from memory of past disappointments and play up the things they fear for political reasons.  So we would have to do all of these difficult and challenging things not to fit in better but because we were convinced that they were necessary for our survival and development.

Demosthenes and Metternich are high company but if one chooses very obscure references it is almost worth leaving them out.   So this sort of change is really what I think we need. I am not certain we will not get it but it seems unlikely.

American Survival — American Transformation

America must decide to survive.  If it does so it must in some sense transform itself. What kind of transformation is that likely to be?

Identifying a crisis eventually becomes effortless if the crisis is severe enough. In terms of identifying the crisis the worthy trick is to identify it in time to take some kind of actions to avoid, mitigate or redeem its worst results and consequences. America is in a deep national and societal crisis. Not all of us are free to react in the same way to addressing this crisis.  However, we can perhaps do what we can do.  Suppose one is eager to do more than whatever one’s present actions are, what can be done?

To identify the real dimensions and parameters of our crisis goes beyond what can be achieved in a single blog posting.  I do a lot of listing in these posts but there would be nothing but list if I even attempted to mention every major area of concern and cause for serious  anxiety and action.  In recent posts, especially the last five,  I have outlined where I think we need to end up in very general terms. In this post I will try to outline what perhaps can be done prior to the revolutionary transformation taking hold in these United States of America.

First, if you follow my advice you will have to adopt a mental attitude quite distinct from the mental attitude on which most politics is presented, proclaimed and outlined these days. If one accepts the revolutionary changes outlined here as a goal and takes them seriously then one can still admit that it is unlikely that the goal will be achieved. Although it is not more likely im the distant future it is possible that it will happen but not occur until after a reasonable life expectancy has passed. So this means a distinct political approach recommends itself.  Agitation and campaigning for candidates must both be relatively minor aspects of this effort to achieve political transformation.

One thing that can be done is to read this blog and other related material and then to discuss it with people selected as being the best people to help push these ideas and changes forward. Another thing that can help is to find ways to build value and grow one’s own dreams in such a way that they have value on their own but also can work to bring about a larger program and pattern of change. So let us talk about some principles of creating this movement if it is to become a movement.

First, after the reading described above try to set down a few notes and remarks somewhere to show you are committed to the project. Maybe take a friend out for coffee and explain that you are committing yourself to this project.

Second, do not diminish your participation in politics. Whether that means changing where and how you participate or merely finding ways to let those people know that you basically support there goals but have some more refinements and other profound changes that you would also like to see in our society. Be less pushy and assertive than those who can get more satisfaction out of quick short-term goals.

Third, work out the principle of autonomy linked to loyalty. That is trying to create your own resources that are really yours but which can also be restructured readily to support a movement for change and identify the causes discussed here particularly (along with country, family and religion) causes you would and are willing to support with resources that are wholly yours even if it costs you more than it is really worth to you personally.

Fourth, be invested in community and tie that to your social ideals. Don’t put the idea of revolutionary change above all the needs of your family, church congregation, soccer league, neighborhood watch and alumni association  but try to tie all the commitments you make to these community-building things to a sense of the social transformation you would like to see.

Five, learn to supply critical support.  Consider giving care boxes to local National Guard units and building a real relationship and still speak openly about changes you would like to see over time in the military culture of our country and society. Give money and write letters to candidates for office when you can and mention some of these ideals not as a condition to your modest donation but identifying where you would like to see things going over time.

Six, consider starting a discussion group. Consider getting together with some other people who are able to take small steps to help bring about these changes.

Seven, IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING LEFT CONTACT ME.  You can contact me here are on media linked to this site like Twitter. If you wish to support these ideals through me directly I am not incorporated but you could mail a check payable  to Frank W. Summers III to:

Frank W. Summers III

PO Box 22

Perry, LA 70575

If you do that, write ” Reconstitutionalize America” in the memo line. If you give me a return address I will try to let you know how I have spent it.  This is not even really a recommendation but rather an option just in case it seems right for you. I make no representations in advance about how it will be used and it will not be tax-deductible.