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For the handful of you that haven’t already realized the Republican Party has been compromised by the Liberal Left and their Fascist Ideology…
As a Parting Gift, John Boehner has just handed the Progressives unlimited spending.
This is on the heels of a mock election for the Speaker of the House which Boehner immediately canceled when it became clear the Leftist Establishment was not going to get the outcome they wanted.
Now the Banana Republicans have achieved their goal by anointing Paul Ryan as the Next Speaker for the House of Representatives.
If it isn’t clear by now…
You’ve been used. You’re still being used.
From the faux opposition to Obama Care, a poorly disguised pathway to Single Payer Socialized Medicine, which allows for total control over everything you do. and will do, to takeover of the banks by the very Leftists who caused them to fail in the first place… from where, and when, you’ll be allowed to travel, to what kind of wage you’ll be allowed to earn… from what you eat and read, to what activities you’ll be permitted to participate in. All of these things will be decided for you by Socialists with ‘the best of intentions’. In fact, it’s already started in school lunch programs and mandatory insurance policies.
The Democrats and their RINO counterparts will tell you “It’s about your happiness, health and well-being after all.” No allowing of your Individual Freedom. Certainly no allowing your right to choose.
The fact all the above serves to solidify the permanent power of those Leftists on both sides of the aisle, and their progeny, is to be ignored by you.
When the message is,
‘Do not understand ‘why’ America is exceptional. Do not demand Political Ideology and Governing Theory be clearly espoused, and more importantly demonstrated, by ‘your guy’. Do not Require your Government return to the Constitution’s Original Intent and Expressed Limitations.’
When you’re being told,
‘It’s too Late. Nothing Can be done about it. Government will always be corrupt so you might as well get yours.’
It has begun.
What should you be feeling?
Bitter… Betrayed… Angry… Scared… Frustrated… Motivated…
Make no mistake, there is a war going on right in front of you.
The Enemy is Within.
It’s time to pick a side within the Republican Party. It’s time to Defeat the Cancer that has led this country into Fiscal Insolvency and Democratic Socialism. It’s time to Think… forcefully.
You will have no friends.
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Apparently not. If you have been watching any part of the hysterics associated with the Fiscal Cliff and the subsequent “deal” struck, everyone owns you… particularly those in government. If you’ve been able to remain sober, read on… pardon me if I slur my typing.
Let’s begin with the basics.
There has been much confusion as of late in regard to what a “principle” is.
We supposedly seek “principled men” to occupy political offices, but then we chastise those who demonstrate those qualities.
We demonize those few who stand up for the principles we think we subscribe to… so let’s figure this out.
Let’s start with the definition of the word:
[ prínssəp’l ]
- basic assumption: an important underlying law or assumption required in a system of thought
- ethical standard: a standard of moral or ethical decision-making
OK… so you should ask yourself why is it so important for President Obama to get the Republicans in Congress to concede on raising taxes even if it’s only for certain “other” people… (for the moment.)
The Principle in question; Do you own your money and by extension yourself?
Capitalism says; “Yes, you own your money and because of that you own yourself.”
Socialism says; “No, you do not own your money… and because of that everyone other than you owns you, if they believe it benefits them.” And who ever they are always think it benefits them.
Once you concede the principle that the Government owns the money, and you don’t, then everything is good for the continued march to Socialism. This is why tax increases are so important to the Left even though they are effectively meaningless in regard to reducing the deficit, let alone the debt. It reinforces the Primary Socialist Principle that Government owns the money and thus by extension owns you. When they say “Is it unreasonable to ask the rich to pay a little more?” what they are actually saying is “Is it unreasonable to force someone to pay more?” They are hoping you keep saying “No, not at all… seems fair.”
In other words, the Democrat/Socialists (and a number of Soft Socialist Republicans) need you to think it is OK to take more money from “other” people. They need you to believe that we should take more money from whomever they choose, right now “the wealthy”, in order to reduce the deficit… or whatever cause du jour. (Note… they will not mention “The Debt” which is truly what will destroy the U.S. soon and suddenly.) They need you to concede that they have the power not to cut out-of-control spending but rather to take your, their, somebody’s money… and then give it to whomever they see fit, because it “belongs to all of us”. (It’s worth noting they often see fit to give your money to donors running unmarketable products produced by solar energy companies which quickly go out business.)
This is a very simple Principle to understand.
Either the money you possess is yours or it is not. Either you allow government to use some of it, or they allow you to use some of it.
So which is it?
There has been some discussion regarding certain Republicans who voted for this “deal” avoiding the Fiscal Cliff. (I will remind everyone, since language seems to be so important, that this deal does nothing to avoid any fiscal cliff. The United States is still speeding unencumbered towards its fiscal demise.) I would offer that holding Republicans accountable during this charade is exactly what needs to be done. It’s time we start talking about our representatives by NAME. Far too many of us assume it’s someone else’s elected official who voted for this or that and never their own… it’s time to change that. It is also assumed that certain politicians who possess a brand image that suggests “Fiscal Conservancy” that they could not/or would not approve of such a ridiculous deal. These are particularly the representatives that need to be challenged as to what Principled Position they operate under. (Like the Hurricane Sandy bill offered 1/2/13 which was full of crappy earmarks and pet projects… we should be outing the authors of this wanton spending for some good old-fashioned hazing if not outright public condemnation.)
What happens to most of our politicians once they reach DC is they abandon all of their principled rhetoric in favor of pragmatism.
This is another reason the Democrat/Leftists in our government see it as crucial to get the Republicans to concede that government owns the money… not you. The Socialists that occupy our government are terrified of those certain individuals that will not opt to be “pragmatic” but instead stand on principle. The Leftists cannot allow anyone to fill a seat in the house, senate and certainly not the presidency who cannot be bought under the paradigm of pragmatism.
Those genuinely standing for the first, simplest and most fundamental principle of Individual Liberty and Freedom must be destroyed… not just destroyed politically but also in the minds of the common American voter… lest the Socialists lose their power.
Those who will fight to possible electoral defeat must be criticized, ridiculed and ostracized by not just the Leftists in the Democrat Party but also those Leftists in the Republican Party. The Media is always ready and willing to help in this effort… lest they lose their power.
You must understand this. If you are Free then you must constantly remind those occupying government that you are allowing them to use some of your money, not the other way around. Otherwise, they will be coming for your money… or in their mind… their money that they have lent you. And they will use Force to get it… that’s what taxation is. Which is why you go to jail if you don’t pay up.
You must also understand that we should never be excited for politicians to “get along” and “get something done”… There is a reason they call each other the “opposition” and it’s a GOOD reason. You should always be very afraid when they “come together” for your supposed benefit. Because it never is.
So don’t be afraid to put Boehner, Ryan and the rest of them on notice. And if they don’t listen start sending your campaign donations directly to primary candidates opposing them. The future of our country depends on it.
The below links are worth the read and applicable to this mess. Pop a beer and read on.
Reference: Bipartisanshitt, Force, Ask vs. Force
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So we have to keep electing people who know how Washington Works and can Work that Way!
This is what is currently passing for logic.
Make no mistake, the Republican Establishment have a vested interest in convincing you that Non-Establishment Republicans are terrible, terrible human beings… and you MUST support Establishment Republicans because only They know how the System works in D.C. Of course they will leave out the fact that they are Responsible for how the system works in D.C…
So the Current line, like the latest one offered by Time Magazine (I know, I know… yes, they are still around.), is trying to convince us that Republicans such as Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Scott Walker et al. will destroy the Republican Party. Time is still pushing the idea that Ted Cruz’ filibuster trying to push a one-year delay of the employer mandate, which the administration did anyway, led to a government shut down (A shut down that nobody noticed, so the Obama Administration executed the ‘Monument Plan’ in which they roped off open air monuments trying to prevent access to the public… remember that?) which caused horrible things to happen to all of us. By the way, nothing happened to any of us.
Anyway, In every Wild Accusation there is an element of truth…
Let me ask you, if you don’t like the way Washington Works then what about the Established Republican Party is Worth Saving? Why not destroy the parts we don’t like and build on the parts we Do?
Clearly the Establishment Wing, and Democrats who are used to getting them to do exactly what they want, are not interested in Destroying those parts of the Republican Party… because THEY ARE those parts of the Republican Party.
Folks, anytime a Liberal Media outlet, which is pretty much all of them, tells you that you should choose one person or another person lest you’re going to lose everything and the sky will fall, you should immediately suspect a ruse. The Leftist Media has no interest in Republicans being successful, ever.
And sadly, most of the Republicans have no interest in being successful either, at least not in any way We would define Success. Well over 80% of the Republican Party now in office is far from interested in Limited Government let alone Freedom and Liberty of the Individual. They just want to be the ones controlling the money so they can spiff their families, friends and donors.
For those of you thinking that is an endorsement of ANY Democrat, pull your head out. 100% of the Democrat party is interested in the very same thing, and they will do whatever it takes, including telling you which Republicans “stand the best chance” to win, to keep their power and continue to push their Socialist Utopian Dream thus leaving them in charge forever.
The only difference between Every Democrat and a Majority of Republicans is the ones with a “D” behind their name talk about their genuine Marxist beliefs behind closed doors… the Republicans are so stupid they fail to realize those are the same beliefs they are supporting. I’m not sure what Establishment Republicans talk about behind closed doors, maybe that they were invited by a prominent Democrat to lunch? Who knows? Frankly I don’t care so long as we work to replace them with Non-Establishment Republicans.
So back to the point…
It’s exactly those Republicans who you are hearing the greatest number of “bad” things whom you should be most interested in. And the odds are you should also be voting for them and giving them money.
If they’re being made fun of, you should probably read for yourself what they are saying. Odds are it’s not what being reported.
They, the Evil Non-Establishment Types who are “Peeing Inside the Tent”, are the ones who will stand any chance of changing things as they are.
The Republicans making enemies are the ones who need our support.
The Battle is within our own Party.
And those who like things as they are know it.
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“…And All of us Feel it.”
(I’m bringing this post back because we’re all about to submit our 2013 taxes. Most of us will see our taxes go up. While certain Establishment Republicans are actively trying to negate the Sequester cuts which were the only element of fiscal responsibility to have occurred in the past 10 years. I just want you all to think about the additional money you’ll be sending to Washington while Washington tries to protect Their ability to Waste it.)
This should be the only sentence spoken for the next week by Republicans. (It was not….)
No matter what defense is offered up by the Liberals, the above line should be repeated by every Conservative who jumps in front of a camera.
We should also demand that sequester happens. Simple.
For those of you who are afraid of the mandatory “cuts” because they may effect Defense… I will remind you that Money is Fungible.
1. tradable under contract: describes commodities that can be traded or substituted for an equal amount of a like commodity, usually to satisfy a contract
1. something traded or substituted: a commodity that is fungible ( often used in the plural )
[ Late 17th century. < medieval Latin fungibilis < Latin fungi “perform” ]
What this means is that money can be moved around by the agencies from other programs deemed less important by Defense Administrators. Don’t be fooled… yes the cuts may be “across the board”, but they do not prevent those in charge from moving money around to Preserve/Save those programs and operations they believe to be integral to our security.
They will scream. They will Cry. They will Stomp their Feet.
They will tell you that the Sky will fall, the Terrorists will win and Global Warming will kill us all.
But you must understand… they will act as if the world is ending because their budgets WILL be cut. (Think about a child who has ten lollipops and you take one away… it will scream bloody murder and cry for days. Similarly, once the Government has your money it believes it’s theirs to be wasted as they see fit.)
Don’t fall for this Artificial Emergency.
Let me ask you, Isn’t a government that pays attention to how it wastes our money what we all want?
Well this is just a start. (Yes, I would have preferred to begin with out of control entitlements but this will have to do. I’m no fan of waste whether it’s entitlements or defense… or anywhere else.)
So let it go… don’t succumb to the hype… and remind everyone you see that they are paying more in taxes even though they thought their “friends” in Washington were only going to “hurt” the rich… Surprise! Then let them know their “friends” want to make it even worse. And remind them that all of this was Obama’s idea. Then, remind them that “Yes We Can, Cut our Way to Prosperity! Yes We Can!” Just like they do at home… and are having to do right now, now that their taxes are going up thanks to the people they voted for.
For once he should be a victim of his own bad ideas… even though it’s not the worst idea, and certainly not the one I would choose for him to be a victim of. I would probably start with a little redistribution sprinkled with Obama Care finished with a heavy dose of “Fairness” as defined by me. Anyway…
This is one of those times when the best thing to do is nothing.
Because… “The Democrats already got their tax increases.”
(Originally posted 020813)
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Or, John Boehner and Paul Ryan Surrender.
A budget deal was reached in the House of Representatives which effectively undoes the progress to reduce spending made with the recent Sequester cuts. It allows the Liberals to spend yet more money we do not have. It concedes the argument that we must reign in spending or our Country is doomed to the running leap over the fiscal cliff we are sprinting towards as this post is being tapped out. It gives more time to collapse the economic system now in place so the Socialists can rebuild it in their image…
There are only two reasons this could have happened.
The Republicans agree with the direction the country is heading. Because 100% of the Democrat Party and 80% of the Republican Party are Ideologically Identical.
The Republicans believe the unwashed masses are too stupid to distrust the Liberals in the press when they predictably paint the Republicans as responsible for everything from your indigestion to government shutdowns.
Most likely Both.
Paul Ryan: “I deal with things as they Are.” (A truly Visionary statement designed to revolutionize the way Americans look at government and return us to a fiscally responsible path if I ever heard one. He also states that “As a Conservative, I deal with the situation as it exists.” Pardon me Mr. Ryan but what new definition of “Conservative” says one must deal with the situation as it exists? That is certainly not an Ideology. That is certainly not a firm Philosophical Foundation. So what the Hell are you talking about? Have you decided to embrace Populism? Pragmatism? Social Democracy? Mob Rule? Progressivism? Please stop insulting us.)
John Boehner: “(Those who oppose this deal) are using the American People for their own purposes. This is ridiculous.” (What “purposes” might those be Speaker Boehner? “They” are already siphoning off money from the RNC, correctly so in my opinion, and aside from using your Bipartisan compromise with Leftists as an illustration of your anemic, if not absent, commitment to returning Us to the Shining Light on the Hill I don’t get your point.)
Folks, if you haven’t started paying attention yet, it’s time.
You all need to start drinking about this stuff.
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Frankly it’s the only tool we have to cast out the Demons of Socialist Thought from the Republican Party.
There can no longer be any denial… it’s not that some of the Republicans are “weak”, it’s that they agree with the Progressive Liberals. They only pretend to oppose the Left and then only when it’s politically harmless.
You must also understand that Leftists like Harry Reid, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and John McCain Mean It when they call you Terrorists. They mean it because anything that stands against Socialism stands against the America they envision as “better” and “fair”. They long for an America where they are called upon to remain in control… of everything and everybody… forever.
Why? Because you are too stupid to make decisions for yourself. You are too stupid to handle the Freedom and Liberty the Founding Fathers intended you to have. You are too stupid to make the decisions Harry, Barry, Nancy and John think you should be making.
You are… Just… Too… Stupid.
A Truly “Historic Compromise” has been made today. Our Leaders have decided to fully commit to our free fall into the Fiscal Abyss… because “it’s the right thing to do”.
I would say I’m disappointed… but that simply doesn’t describe what I’m experiencing.
I would say I’m angry… but that doesn’t really describe what I’m feeling.
I suppose I would have to say I’m motivated… because the level of passion I have for the removal of individuals like Lindsey Graham from office is palpable.
Don’t fool yourself, this is a Huge Victory for the Left. And I don’t blame the Democrats… at least they’re somewhat honest about the Communal Paradise they wish to impose.
I Blame McCain, King, McConnell and the tribe that follows them. They are nothing more than Leftist Progressive Socialists who believe if they tell you they love the Country, Constitution and are genuine Republicans loud enough and long enough you will believe them. So far, they’ve been right. You have.
But unlike these people, I do not believe you are too stupid. I think you just don’t pay attention because you either have other things you believe are more important, or you don’t think it matters anyway. Well, we’re all about to pay for that inattentiveness. It’s headed for us like a freight train… and you will have nobody to point a finger at but yourself.
Now is the time to Makeaneffort and run people against these imposters. Nothing could be more important.
There is no better way to get a point across than to publicly force them to spend their money defending their Leftist activities while risking their elected office. And that’s what Primaries are all about.
Repeat after me…
“Primaries, primaries, primaries!”
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…versus The Party of Taking Away.
This is how the Democrats have positioned every argument during the Obama Administration.
The Liberal, Progressive Socialists have worked their way into power by doing nothing more than giving away stuff. They claim this is compassionate… caring. They claim it is “just” and “fair”. They will do anything to claim a moral high ground. But they will purposely never solve any problems. Which is why President Obama cannot allow respected individuals like Bob Woodward or Wolf Blitzer to remind people the proposed “cuts” were the Presidents idea, and were included in the budget deal at his insistence. After all, Liberals listen to these media figures… and believe them. It is also why President Obama will not take control, which has been offered by the House Republicans, of what cuts should occur. The Democrat Party, and President Obama, absolutely cannot be seen as taking anything away… ever. Dependency is what the expect. And they have been incredibly successful.
Instead of risking they could be labeled as doing the fiscally responsible thing, they will find people who believe their taxpayer-funded employment, or taxpayer-funded unemployment, is a right… an entitlement. They will put these people in front of a camera whether on their favorite news and opinion shows or your local newscast. They will let these folks tell you how difficult their lives are… due to the feared, or newly enacted “cuts”. Nobody will question what their lives were like prior to the “cuts” or whether the “cuts” actually effected them in away way. There will be no real investigation. Rather, the dutiful media will nod their collective heads in somber despair over the plight of these individuals. Keep in mind, the talking heads wont do anything to help them… but they will definitely “feel their pain” and hope that you do too. It is an important aspect to remember that such people can always be found… everyday… all the time. But Alinsky teaches us that you never roll them out unless you can create the perception their plight is the responsibility of your enemy. Only then do you seek them. Only them do you engage them. Only then do you showcase them. Identify the problem (“cuts” to government spending), Freeze it (give it the name “Sequester”), and personalize it (find some “victims” and put them in front of everybody.).
So goes the Liberal Theater of Givers versus Takers.
Didn’t it strike you as strange the reaction from the Left just a few months ago when the Conservatives started identifying themselves as the Makers… and those addicted to government as the Takers? The screaming could be heard as far as Greece. This was because the message of Makers vs. Takers was damaging the Progressive Liberal brand. They cannot allow their identity of the “Givers” diluted in any way. Certainly not to be replaced by the label of “Taker”.
So as usual, the most effective messaging is discarded by those fiscally responsible for the stuff the Democrats believe is their right to give away… us. “We just don’t want anyone to think we’re mean…”
Well, this country is self-destructing. It’s time to get mean.
It’s time to be confrontational. It’s time to stop wringing our hands and do the adult thing.
It’s time to take things away. Take away those things that should never have been given… especially by those who had no right to give them.
If they want the Party of Taking things away then we should give it to them. We have no choice.
When you borrow 46% of every dollar just to pay for what you’ve given away SO FAR you are in deep, deep trouble. In this respect The End is truly Near… it wont be sudden. Our current path of demise will be slow and painful… and ugly.
In case you need any more eveidence… You have the Mayor of New York stating openly what I have said for years; that your money is worthless. His quote was “the United States has an infinite amount of money…” which is exactly the same thing. When you have an “infinite” amount of anything it is worthless. When he goes on to say that lenders will always give us more money to spend… when in truth we, the United States, are buying our own debt through accounting tricks exactly because foreign governments are not lending us more money, we should all be very frightened. We should be frightened not just by the fact that we are having to play games with the numbers which would land any one of us in jail, but that the Mayor of one of our largest Cities doesn’t see the Evil associated with the fiscal destruction of the United States.
It’s time to stop allowing the word “revenues” to be substituted for “higher taxes”. It’s time to stop allowing these people to manipulate us through the fabrication of artificial fires and tales of Apocalypse. It’s time to bring every debate back to the fiscal survival of the United States. It’s time to cease allowing Leftists to control the language.
It IS a battle between the Makers and the Takers. There is 47% of the population that pays NO Federal income tax. Liberals/Progressives/Democrats are, in fact… by definition… Socialists. Jeffery Immelt of GE and others like him are Fascists. This is not a “crazy” rant, this is a plain statement of fact. Words have meaning, and the meaning is there for all those intellectually honest enough to look them up. Only the ignorant, or those suffuring from denial, can be offended by these terms…
So the only genuine questions we are left with are:
Will someone, somewhere, lose their government job they feel they’re entitled to? Yes. Will someone, somewhere, not get the government contract they feel is their right to have? Yes.
Will these people be able to spin a tale of despair and misfortune? Yes. Just as any addict can… and does when his drug is cut off.
We are about to see a flood of people who, whether they recognize it or not, are addicted to government come out and talk about how they will not be able to go on living.
I feel sorry for these folks and wish them a speedy re-entrance into the private sector which is the engine of prosperity driving the freest country on the face of the planet.
I hope all of us are quick to give them sympathy, and just as quick to remind them that they in conjunction with decades of politicians they supported are to blame for their situation.
We must break our populations addiction to “Free” Stuff, or this country is doomed.
Our voices must be loud! We cannot allow bullies like Chris Mathews, Rachel Maddow, Predient Obama et al. kow us into submission.
Get ready… cuz’ here it comes.
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This latest exercise in creating Hysteria around the “Sequester” otherwise known as “decreasing the growth of spending” is fascinating.
Sitting on an airplane at 30,000 feet I had the luxury of listening without interruption to two individuals and a soldier talk about sequester behind me. I gather one of the women was the mother of the soldier and the other was a contractor out of San Diego who handles military contracts as a profession.
Let me explain… it is typically not my desire to spy on those who don’t deserve it, but I left my copy of Wealth of Nations with some friends when we parted ways, and I was bored. Idle hands and all…
So there I was listening to why the sequester was going to end the world. Or at least destroy the hopes and dreams of our soldiers. Seriously.
The young man sitting between the two women, after talking about some gun, and explosive, related issues that would have had him removed from the plane if it were still parked at the jet-way (I thought this was funny. I have no problem with anything he said, I only cringed slightly at what reaction he would have received had they been able to do anything to him. Too late at that point though.) went on to say how pay was being cut for the National Guard because deployment was being decreased “due to the sequester”. This is when I really took notice.
There was a time not so long ago that the deployment of the National Guard into an active combat zone was being decried as some sort of heresy. In fact, many of us had to remind those around us… and especially those on the evening news… that National Guard troops were used in combat situations as a matter of course, Vietnam being a relatively recent example. Then I realized that we are reacting to a “new norm”. A normal that says National Guard troops are active soldiers and any reduction in their deployment is a “cut” in pay, not returning to the status they are supposed to experience. Bizarre. I will offer up the detail that these two women were old enough to know this, and both should have enough experience with the military to understand this as well.
The young soldier then went on to say that “the sequester” would probably ruin his chances to get promoted and he would have to go into civilian life… even then he thought the sequester was a bad idea because he was looking forward to a job he had lined up, should he have to get out, as a contractor supplying infrastructure consulting to the Afghanistan population.
The mother of this soldier felt that sequester was a bad idea because we should “never cut defense”… “ever”. “Ever.”
The contractor said she thought we simply don’t pay our soldiers enough and all of that money should never be removed from the budget because it’s reducing the pay of our service people. (While it is profound how quickly in relative terms “entitlement” becomes the norm… even among those we respect, that’s not my point in this post. So I’m bypassing it for now.)
This behind my back conversation went on for about 30 minutes.
Never once was there a discussion about the “cuts” simply being a reduction in spending… on an already bloated area of government. Bloated exactly because of the above attitudes leaving it in a place of leisure where it never must do more with less.
Never once was there Reason inserted into the exchange of the proper function of National Guard troops and the difference between them versus active duty personnel.
Never once was the observation made that the money being “cut” had nothing to do with the rate of pay our soldiers receive.
Folks, if you don’t think that the Mass Media has an effect on the opinions of those sitting on their couches as well as those young people serving our country you are deluding yourself. As we all know, Denial is not a river in Egypt, Denial is what prevents us from getting out there and engaging these people in cogent conversation.
(As a disclaimer… I did not take my own advice here as I was directly in front of these three. Had I been in a position to gently intrude I would have, in fact, I often do.)
All of this is important because any one of these three would have the “credentials” to be held up as authoritative by ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, FOX, CNN, etc. One was a soldier… one was the mother of a soldier… and one was a military contractor. Holy Crap!
Their conversation ended as we got off the plane with the young soldier stating “I wish our politicians would just all get along and get things done.” To the nodding agreement of the other two. I just felt sad inside. Very sad. I desperately want to explain why that is exactly what they should not do… to explain Bipartisanshitt to them all, but it was time to get off the plane. Too bad.
It is these types of “points of view” which have elected people like McCain et al, and have brought us to the brink of catastrophe we now find our selves in. They are what passes for “well-educated” on The View.
When Democrats are complaining about the Debt Clock being displayed during budget debates it cannot be any more evident that there are few left who care about pulling us out of this fiscal nose dive.
It’s time to rally… and reach out. Now! before the next set of elections.
It’s exactly the opportunity that “the sequester” offers which must be used to explain where we are and what is happening to us. And most importantly the “how and why” it has happened.
I might actually have to set my beer down.
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So once again Snake has caused me to think… so here I am staring at a hand painted Ceramic Skull filled with 110-proof Reposado tapping through a thought.
After Canadian Rattlesnake’s last post Let It Burn, which I reposted here on makeaneffort and past comment exchanges with Dan Miller in Panama, a couple of things hit me.
First… Snake’s right. It’s too late. It’s too late for the changes that must be made to be painless. The Government Education system has fulfilled its role in removing any understanding of Voluntary Exchange and Free-Market Capitalism, not by demonizing it but rather by simply omitting it. The demonizing of it is consigned to the Main-Stream Media and it’s brothers in the Entertainment Industry. This fact has left us with a population who does not, can not, comprehend the pain which is headed our direction. Even if they did, they would not understand why they are directly responsible for this eventuality due to their support of those individuals who champion the intrusion of Government. It is exactly this intrusion into the our beleaguered Capitalist system which has brought us to this point. It is the undying wish to manipulate what is the Default State of Economics that causes strife worldwide and it has Progressively invaded our shores over the last 100-years.
…Everywhere you look.
Any assertion that we can “avoid it” is long past its expiration date.
So what now?
The only course of action I see is Reaching Out. Reaching Out is a non-violent, no-lose, approach to what is in store for us.
If each of us reaches out to just 5 people who believe themselves opposed to what we “think”, or are remaining quiet because they feel intimidated by their lack of knowledge, we can start the conversations so desperately needed. It’s called “grass-roots” organizing. It’s a page out of Alinsky… and the Socialists have shown us it works.
First, this is the only way to “fight the man” and explain American Exceptionalism to those who consider themselves already educated because they met the requirements to earn certain diploma’s. (Bizarre isn’t it? So strange that self sufficiency and personal responsibility are considered “rebellious”… times have oddly changed.) Trust me, I’ve met many individuals who have achieved higher levels of education that are woefully uneducated when it comes to the basics of this country. I have learned to ignore ones “credentials” until demonstrated as valid. It’s rare that this behavior has left me surprised.
Second, if things end up as bad as they could be we will have established a group of people around us who have not lost all hope. This is key, because those without hope are the same as drowning men… they will pull you down with them. We will need calm, reasoned, rational individuals who understand free-market economics. These people will instinctively know that the two “f” words, free and fair, simply do not exist. It will be us and those we gather around us who will repair the damage caused by those currently in power… massive damage indeed.
This is all we can do.
I was having a conversation with a couple from Turkey several days ago. The topic came up on the old Soviet Satellite States and how they were faring since the collapse of their Patron. The simplest observation was once the Soviet support, by means of infrastructure and money, disappeared those “who wished to be free” suddenly found themselves confronted with problems they never before had to address. And, as is always the case, the Thugs took over and prevented any change or solutions that they didn’t directly control. The Thugs took over everything from distribution of food to one’s ability to travel. It was societal de-evolution. It’s a lesson repeated throughout history. We left it there. We just stopped at the assessment without asking the obvious question of “How could one prevent that scenario from occurring?”.
The above discussion also lent to this post. The answered now seems easy… once you understand why those people living around the old Communist State couldn’t figure out what to do. But, for some reason, we always seem satisfied at stopping at the assessment.
As is always the case, the populations of the Satellite States didn’t know what to do… because they didn’t know what to do. Nobody had ever showed them what to do. No one had ever had an interest in teaching them what to do. In fact, the exact opposite had been drilled into them for decades. Dependency was what was required by the Social Democrats. Sound Familiar?
Had the populations of those countries been versed in Free-Market Capitalism and Individual Liberty they would have been far better prepared to deal with the sudden responsibilities of self-rule. The Thug’s would still be present and they would still attempt to assert their power over others through force, but they would be meeting formidable resistance. Instead, the populations had been trained to be supplicants. They have been taught to wait for someone else to come and fix their problems. They have been conditioned to expect their needs to be taken care of by some nebulous bureaucracy answerable to no one, and if that fails to be taken care of by someone… anyone… even the local Thug.
Make no mistake… it is now our responsibility to teach that which has been intentionally omitted from our schools and institutes of higher education. It’s now that we must Reach Out to those five folks around us and once they have a working knowledge of how this country was founded and why free trade protects it send them out to find five folks of their own. Now. Right Now.
It’s time to stop counting on things always being okay. It’s time to start thinking about what we are going to do once it’s not okay. Well, it’s already not okay, but it is not getting better regardless of what your being told.
When you’ve Socialized Medicine, taken the Fascist approach to owning all Means of Production through Regulation and now our politicians are talking about seizing your retirement plans, we’re in deep. Very, very deep.
We need many, many people at the grass-roots level that understand nothing is free…. or fair. But our innate right to Individual Liberty is always our Individual Responsibility.
We need many, many people who know how to run successful businesses that don’t depend on their buddies on the city council sending them taxpayer dollars through government contracts. Whose success is delivering a product the people want, not dependent on taxpayer patronage bequeathed from “well-intentioned” politicians promoting their pet projects which create things nobody wants.
We need many, many people with skills directly applicable to real world needs… not idiots like me whose only skill is intoxicated drooling over a laptop keyboards. In other words, basket weaving could once again be a practical profession. Knowing how to make things should never have been demoted by Elitists to the level it now occupies. People who can make things are in short supply and will soon be in high demand.
Go out, grab your five and get to work. It is personal responsibility chock full of self-interest. It is what we must do.
We’re all in this together, as individuals… and no matter what the outcome of our current race to drive this country over the cliff, we will be better for each of your efforts.
Ever notice that Tequila smells like Agave Flowers?
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All too often I say things that I wish I had not. I do things I wish I had not. I think things I wish I had not.
This is not what this post is about. Because a post like that would be far, far too long.
What this is about is my desire… my demand… that we take back that which has been stolen from us. Some of these things are small. Some of these things are big. But all of them represent our seeming willingness to allow others to determine what we think and how we view the world. We have abdicated our thinking to others. We have given up our control over ourselves and in doing so we have allowed those who oppose us to abscond with our symbols and definitions… our identity and reality. We have made them powerful indeed.
I will no longer tolerate a bunch of frustrated Monarchists who because of their disenfranchisement have chosen to foist upon the proletariat a political model designed to foment class stasis and keep themselves in power co-opting that which has meaning.
Following is a list of that which I expect to be returned.
The Color Blue.
The fact that we have allowed the old Main Stream Media to decide what color best represents what party is ridiculous. Red has historically been the color of Socialists. It should remain so… that is if they want to be honest. Frankly, I don’t care what they want. I want Blue back as it is the color of Valor. I propose those constitutional conservatives and libertarians that see what the media is trying to do by continuing to confuse the public simple begin wearing nothing but blue ties, dresses, scarves etc. They’re not going to give it back… so it must be taken. Let McCain wear Red… seems appropriate.
The Name “Liberal”.
Somewhere in the sixties the Leftists began reading Alinsky. They saw the wisdom of co-opting the oppositions symbols and labels in hopes of confusing the masses. Confused Masses are Useful. Enough is enough. It’s time to apply the correct definitions to words and reclaim the labels that are rightly ours. A Liberal is one who promotes Liberty… not a proponent of oppressive Socialist governing theory designed to solidify class stasis and mass slavery to the State. So it’s time to remove it from their many names.
The Victory Sign.
I’ve had enough of the “Iconic” picture of Winston Churchill flashing the Victory sign and being told it’s a “peace” sign. It is not. It is a “Give War a Chance, Peace through Victory” sign. The sign is a “V” for Victory. Period.
The voters in this country need a never-ending dose of Logic. Critical thinking is absent from the electoral process. Few can describe the difference between Causation and Correlation. We desperately need to replace, retake and reaffirm what “logic” actually is. Logic is not about “feeling” your way through life. Reality does not care how you FEEL about it. Truth is not relative any more than 2+2=4 is relative.
An appropriate follow-up to the need to take back “Logic” is where logic is supposed to be taught. I want back our Schools/Colleges/Universities. Exactly because everything but Logic is taught. It’s not beneficial to the Left… and certainly not the Teachers Union and Professors that think their well being relies on feeding the Progressive Communist ranks with the newly indoctrinated.
The Constitution of the United States.
Given the effort expended on the Left to demean, discredit, and ultimately dispose of the U.S. Constitution nothing could be more important that taking it back from those who hate it. The reason they hate it is it is the largest obstacle they have blocking their way to their Social Utopian Dream. I’m not interested in their dream…
The expression “Equal Rights”.
I believe in Equal Rights. It’s that simple. I believe in EQUAL rights which are inherent to every INDIVIDUAL. The Left has hijacked the term and is trying to convince you that it means “Special Rights” for certain groups of people… groups defined by them in order to bolster, through leverage, their ability to seize control over this countries government.
The expression “Pro-Choice”.
I believe in “Pro-Choice”… for all things. The Left loves “Pro-Choice” so long as it is limited to what they approve of. Who are they to decide what choices I should have? And, isn’t that the crux of the disagreement between the Socialists and the rest of us?
The definition of Capitalism.
When the Pope is espousing diatribes in opposition to Capitalism it is clear the definition has been lost. The Left has made every effort to not allow Capitalism to be taught in schools. If pressed, those in charge of explaining the governing theory of Free-Markets and Voluntary Trade instead substitute Fascism (A variant of Socialism) in its place. And, because we are all products of public schools we sit idly by and allow it to happen… because we don’t know either.
I’m not sure we ever had this institution. However, the only thing that will provide for truth is fractionalization of the press. The press has far too long enjoyed control be means of a limited number of outlets. One of the first areas (as Lenin advised must happen) to be taken over by Leftists was the Journalism Schools throughout the higher education system. Subsequently, over time these “properly” educated graduates took over the institutions deciding what news was fit to print. and view… and hear… This has changed is a very small way and we must promote more massive change. It does not means taking down the “old” outlets, nor expecting them to change. What it means is supporting those outlets which we find to be most truthful… objectively… by applying critical thinking and reason. If you’re a Progressive Socialist then MSNBC might be the place you most identify with. The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem.
The idea that Sen. McCarthy was wrong.
Sen. McCarthy was a Bully… he was an A-Hole… he might have even been possessed by the Devil himself… but he was right. Hollywood is and has been a bastion for Socialist Progressives. Communism/Socialism/Progressivism/Liberalism is all the same crappy Leftist Ideology. And it all stands in direct opposition to Free-Market Capitalism and the Democratic Republic the U.S. Constitution stands for and the Individual Freedom It protects. There are many people in Hollywood overtly trying to destroy the very system they profit from and dismantle that which provide the Freedom they enjoy. While Stunningly Stupid, they’re Actors…so… Anyway, The list of specific Hollywood Leftists is so long as to prohibit it in this key pounding post.
The idea that the Iraq war ended and Bush put us back in there.
The Left LOVES war when it’s their guys conducting it. They also LOVE the idea that they are the party of “peace”. I know… but Leftists have never let a contradiction get in their way. If they did they would have to come up with a whole new political philosophy. But the lie that Clinton “ended” the Iraq war is so egregious that it hurts my head. Folks… the Iraq war started under George Bush and is still going on as I type this. We did not “get out of Iraq” under Clinton. We were actively shooting down airplanes, blowing up radar stations and destroying Embassies under Bill Clinton. We had “boots on the ground” doing all sorts of things from calling in artillery and spotting for Tomahawks to every other kind of forward reconnaissance. We were killing people… in Iraq… under Bill Clinton… the whole time. So how is it “we” have forgotten this? How is it “we” think the war ended and was “re-started” under GW? If you’re not thinking “Holy Crap the media is powerful!” then you’re not paying attention. And judging by many of your stated opinions… you’re not.
Finally, The Fiscal Cliff.
The Left and their “language experts” believe they have won a significant battle by assigning the term “fiscal cliff” to the spending negotiations over the 2012/2013 holiday season. They think they have effectively retired this phrase… and they’re very happy about it exactly because it was accurate and easily understood. I want it back… primarily because we did nothing to avert our headlong course to fly off the Fiscal Cliff. Nothing. We are actively, energetically and enthusiastically spending our nation into fiscal oblivion. Our demise is imminent if nothing is done. And if we are anything, we are professionals at doing nothing. The Fiscal Cliff is alive and well, and looms large for all those willing to stare straight ahead.
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