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Saturday, November 9, 2013

It's Been a Long Time

It's been a long time since I've written a blog post. My schedule has been incredibly tight as I have been walking the tight rope of life trying to survive financially both personally and in my business. The Lord has to get all the credit for me being able to keep the roof over my head and still have a business. And, there is a reason why I've had to live like this.

I work a full time job (four 10 hour days a week Monday through Thursday) and work with my business partner on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Every time I get to the precipice of personal financial collapse, I find a way to come up with the money either through bonuses, negotiations, loans or creative due date movements. Every time I get to the precipice of business collapse, my business partner and I also find a way to get a customer to pay in the nick of time or we use our own money (which leads back to the personal side issues) to save it. It's been a balancing high wire act for sure.

The nightmare started when I was laid off in 2011. The four months I was out of work due to the Obama recession nearly cost me my house. But I saved it. Having been back to work since December of 2011, it's been one long two year game of playing catch up.

When things were at their darkest and I thought I wouldn't be able to make a mortgage payment or when things were at their darkest and I thought the business would have to shut down leaving me with tens of thousands of dollars in debt, I turned to the Lord in prayer and asked Him to take my burden from me; and if it was His will that I should succeed or fail then so be it. I asked Him to give me the strength and I promised Him I'd do the work.

The Lord provided me in my faith. He allowed me to help my business partner grow in his faith. I don't know exactly how I'm still surviving because it's all been a blur. But, some how some way I've been able to keep it together with spit and glue.

Today, my business partner and I are working on obtaining business lines of credit. Pray this works. We have the potential to take on a fairly large sized client by the end of the year. We have an investor who is involved in another line of business with us now. Things are starting to look up. But, we are in no way out of the woods yet. Our server blew up yesterday, so now we are going to be set back more time and more money to get that up and running. It's one thing after another. Most people would have quit and gone on welfare by now. But this mouse still believes there's cheese in the maze somewhere.

It never used to be this way. The capital markets flowed with cash. Businesses expanded regularly. New small businesses popped up everywhere. Many of those grew into large companies. Yes, you always had to pay the price for success. Entrepreneurs have always succeeded and always failed. But today, the success to failure ratio is nowhere what it was in the years past when we were creating record numbers of millionaires in this country. What I just described were the Reagan years (and it spilled over into the Clinton years). We are now in the Obama years. Conservative, free market approaches to how our country was run made us the greatest nation on Earth. Today, liberal, collectivist approaches are destroying us.

My business partner and I believe we will be successful despite the collapse of our once great nation. If we were willing to endure five years of this stuff (that's how long we've been in business) and we have the perserverence to make it work and never quit, we should reap rewards beyond our wildest dreams. But unlike the way it would have been had this been the Reagan years, it will take twice as much hard work, twice as much suffering and twice as much sacrifice to make it happen. The reason it has to happen: we have no choice. If our business fails, we are destroyed financially.

Our country is over $17 trillion in debt. If our government was a business, it would be the most incompetent business ever run and the free market would have destroyed it years ago. Both my employer and my own business has to comply with ridiculous Orwellian regulations that are imposed upon them by this gargantuan government gone mad. If my business extorted money from people using the law or if it printed its own money, we'd go to jail. But the government? No, they actually can do all the things that their regulators and the statutes tell us we can't do. I'm not saying we should be allowed to extort and counterfeit. I'm just saying the government shouldn't be allowed to either.

If we have become the nanny state, then the nanny is a very abusive one. She beats us. She destroys us financially. She keeps the poor pinned down in poverty. She rewards bad behavior and punishes good behavior. She suspends kids from school for using their fingers to play a wholesome game of cops and robbers, but she'll take the gun out of your hand before you shoot the person robbing you. She takes God out of school, but puts sex education (some of it deviant sexual education) in.

If our government was a private business, it would be forced into bankruptcy. Its executives would go to jail for mismanagement of funds. Its customers would suffer because the product and service they would get would be piss poor. Websites wouldn't work and the price of the product would sky rocket. If our government was a private business, it would be run out of business. If USA, Inc. was ever audited by its own regulators, it would be shut down. If USA, Inc. was ever indicted for fraud and misuse of money, its executives would go to jail.

If I ran my business like the government runs its, I'd be in jail and be completely destroyed financially. Try to find a private business that's $17 trillion in debt and see if it can just raise its debt ceiling or get a triple AAA credit rating. Logic and common sense no longer applies!

The whole flipping thing is upside down. What's right is wrong and what's wrong is right. Life in America is like one big acid trip. Only the hallucinations are real.

So what's the reason I work like a dog? I'm broke. If I am ever to survive this nightmare we call America, I'm going to need lots of money. Becoming wealthy isn't about the mansions, the yachts and the strings of polo ponies. It's about survival! It's about being able to take care of your family and inner circle while the ship we call America goes down. It's about doing God's will and having the means to help others. I'm not interested in luxury. I'm interested in financial self defense. Wealth is to the individual what national defense is to the nation.

The arduous sacrifices and the prices that had to be paid by those who have become successful were voluntary. Read Napoleon Hill, Andrew Carnegie, Robert Ringer or any other book written by a successful person and you will find the keys to success. The reason why it doesn't work for everyone is that most people won't do the things necessary to become successful. And, that used to be okay. Success is hard. It's unconventional. It goes against the grain of everything we were taught. It wasn't for everyone.

We had a country where if you worked hard, you earned enough to raise a family and enjoy a comfortable middle class life. Surely, the extravagances weren't necessary and the problems like car repairs and home appliance repairs were setbacks, but for the most part, you could have a family and enjoy weekends. Those that wanted more were blessed to live in a country that gave them the environment to work harder and make the sacrifices for the bigger and better things. Those who wanted to make the extra sacrifices lived in a country where they were free to do so.

Today it seems most households are in distress. The family is being torn apart. People are working twice as hard just to stay afloat. Weekends off? What's that? Family time? What's that?

We have come to the days Ronald Reagan told us about. We are in the days where we are telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free. We are in the days where we are telling our children and our children's children what it was like to earn what you have.

We no longer have that choice of being middle class or working harder to move up. The middle class is the toy boat about to get sucked down the whirlpool in the drain. The sacrifices, the price that once was only required for the successful are now required of us all. The weight that has to be lifted now is much heavier than the one our last generation had to lift. Unfortunately folks, the sacrifices are no longer voluntary. We all have no choice now but to do it

Welfare and food stamps is not the answer. Obamacare is not the answer. All of that is going to implode. If you're not ready financially when that happens, your screwed. Just as I am a prisoner to my business (it's either get it profitable or else die financially), we as Americans are prisoners to this great experiment gone bad. If we don't get it back in line with the tenets of our founders, your grandchildren will be telling their grandchildren about how America fell.

It may cost tens of thousands for me to get out of my business. But it will cost America tens of trillions to get out of whatever this is now. Call it socialism, call it secularism, call it progressivism. But most of all, call it garbage.

If we don't have a revival from the grass roots on up, we're doomed. This isn't about religious zealotry or traditional evangelization. This is about life and death. It has to start in the house, then on the block, then in the neighborhood, then in the town, then in the county, then in the churches and the boardrooms. It has to start from the bottom and grow its way up.  Right now, we are being run by a top down model that is a complete failure. It is controlled by government and it is controlled by elites in both political parties. It's time to put an end to that.

If the bubble gum machine is filled with black licorice bubble gum (you know, the kind everyone hates), you can't fix it by smashing it. And, you certainly can't fix it by adding more black bubble gum to it. The way you fix it is to put a penny in, take out a piece, open the top and add a red one in its place. The pennies are the price. The pennies are our hard work at self improvement and re-prioritization. It took the progressive movement nearly 100 years to get us to where we are. Replacing the bubble gum in the machine is going to take time and effort - one red one in and one black one out at a time. But it must be done. There is no choice.

When everyone asks generations from now where America has been since we last heard from her, let's hope the country can explain its absence the way I've explained my absence from blogging.

Pray for strength and do the work. God bless you all.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Killing the GOP

Bill Hughes at City on a Hill Political Observer serves up a piece which stirred this bloggers thoughts regarding the Republican Party. We have seen the Establishment versus the grass roots battles in GOP politics come and go since long before the coming of Ronald Reagan. Yet, today it seems to be more pronounced than ever. Hughes discusses the thoughts of Chuck Heath, brother to 2008 Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin about a third party, the American Party. This comes at a time when many grass roots conservatives and Tea Party supporters are trying to decide whether to stay in or leave the Republican Party following the devastating loss to Barack Obama in 2012.

As a lifelong Republican, this conservative has always found it to be the best vehicle by which to form coalitions that are not too extreme and which can provide a powerful infrastructure to candidates who wish to support the betterment of America. As time has gone on, this observation has moved from concern over the extreme to where we are today: concern over moderation for the sake of capitulation.

Let's face it. We got our butts handed to us in the last two elections. Despite all the carping from the party's elite about extremism and their consistent attempts to dress a conservative party in moderate clothing, we lost with their kind of candidate twice to Obama. The Establishment plays it safe when selecting candidates because of their grossly mistaken belief that the party can attract more centrist, non-ideological voters while not turning them off to those who could cast misperceptions about the party's compassion for the poor, women and minorities.

John McCain and Mitt Romney are far from being right wing extremists whether in reality or in perception. When the party elite cringe at the idea of Sarah Palin on the ticket or distance themselves from the words of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, they either unknowingly or unintentionally distance themselves from the core values upon which our country was built.

Most non-junkies of politics believe that the Palins and the Limbaughs of our side are extremists because that's what they're told by the media. They are not, of course, when you actually listen to them instead of judging them based on third hand comments.

In the days following the ratification of the United States Constitution, they would have been seen as patriots and political experts whose opinions and interpretations of the Constitution would be seen as similar to those of the founders. It is progressives who are the true extremists as they deflect by painting our leaders and opinion makers as extremists in order to retain their own power. They project upon us their own inner truths lest they be found out and revealed for what they really are.

A president who circumvents the Constitution regularly by executive fiat and who surrounds himselves with radicals who think the Constitution is an antiquated document that no longer needs to be followed to the letter can win elections today but someone like Sarah Palin can't?

"We are in different times" they say. Or they will sugarcoat it by saying that the Constitution is a living breathing document. The United States has elected the most radical, extremist president in its history (twice no-less) and its propagandists in the media, pop culture and academia have successfully gotten enough of the citizenry to believe what Obama is doing is "normal." The reality is they're so far to the left that it gives the illusion that conservatives are on the extreme side.

The center of the political spectrum could be somewhere between communism and liberalism for them. Therefore, anyone further right of a centrist now falls on the extreme edge. Constitutionalism and all of the political philosophy espoused by our country's founders are seen as being on the edge of that spectrum. Liberty, individualism, entrepreneurship and self reliance are extreme ideas in today's America.

We are the last ones standing against a tide that continues to turn harder and harder against us.

But, there are still enough of us left to fix this if we understand where we're at. We're no longer in the canoe racing them down the river. Our canoe has tipped and we are riding backside down and feet foward through the political rapids. The day that we can sit in a vessel again that has not capsized may be gone unless we understand how to get it back.

The first step is to admit we have a problem. Staying in the Republican Party is going to require that the party leadership recognizes that moderation for PR reasons is a failed model. Most moderates and party elites are where they are today because they rode the winning wave of Ronald Reagan.

Prior to Reagan's election in 1980, the party elite was afraid that we were electing a B actor and a right wing extremist to the presidency at a time when the Soviet Union and America were at hair trigger on the nuclear button. But, by 1988, these same folks were raking in the dough while basking in the light of a party which now had a winning brand.

Fattened by the glory of power and drunk from the Potomoc water, these establishment types took to securing their positions, choosing going along to get along over continuing the fight that Ronald Reagan told us had to passed on from generation to generation. Instead of looking ahead and realizing that our future generations would need to be taught our principles, they secured and defended their cushy positions while assuming the people would never be that stupid so as to fall for liberalism.

How wrong they are. The proof is here. The progressives have achieved both of their objectives. In term one, they transformed America into a European style socialist democracy. Now in term two, they are completing the peaceful transition to a new brand of collectivism. Call it what you will; it's really just communism achieved without physically slaughtering your own people. This time around they mentally slaughtered us instead.

Through their indoctrination of students in the public education system as well as at the college and university levels, their messages of "tolerance" of deviancy as pushed through music, art and movies and the their successful efforts at mind control by using the mainstream media as its propaganda arm, the progressives have achieved nearly all their goals. Yet, the Republican Establishment continues to think we can just win this thing at the ballot box or in the halls of Congress while ignoring the culture and the socio-economic factors that have to be in play at the individual, family and community levels.

The Establishment has talked a good game about God, family and country, but they've done nothing to help conservatives and the grass roots nurture and grow those ideals. Everytime you have a Sarah Palin, a Herman Cain or a Mark Levin speak out, the party leadership bails on us. Someone needs to remind these paranoid meglamaniacs who steer the GOP that being afraid of running an "extremist" like Sarah Palin for president is the equivalent of the Democrat Party being afraid to run an extremist like Barack Obama.

They need to learn how the Democrats and the progressives did it. If a football team keeps losing to its rival, it needs to study the films and find out why what their opponents are doing is working and figure out why what they're doing is not. It's not about ideology. Most Americans don't believe in abortion, gay marriage, reckless spending or uninhibited immigration. They just think it's cool to have a hip president who likes the same music and they do.

Many Democrats, particularly African Americans, are church going people. We may need to look more into how they are able to reconcile their personal conservativism with their political liberalism later; but for now it's more important that we and the Republican elite realize that winning elections is not just about what we do the few months before an election. It's about what we do in our industries, in our homes, in our communities and in our culture. Infiltration must come before liberation if we are ever going to get our country back.

What is so bad that could possibly happen by running Sarah Palin? McCain lost. Romney lost. The GOP Establishment was afraid to have Sarah Palin speak at the convention. We still lost anyway. What if she had run for president and lost? Nothing would be different than it is now. But what if she won?

Which brings us to the question of "should I stay or should I go now?" For now, the strategy needs to be a continuous effort to not only take back the culture, but to take back the Republican Party. Yet, we must heed the words of Chuck Heath and others and not be closed minded about the third party option.

There may come a time when the GOP is unwinnable for conservatives. If that time comes, we will all have to stay tight and work hard. We're going to have to stay tight and work hard either way.

And, if Chuck Heath's sister decides one day that the GOP is no longer the way to go and she wants to go third party, I will follow. I'm a free thinker who makes up his own political mind. I know where I stand on the issues. However, Sarah Palin is a true leader. She has more smarts (and more importantly, more common sense) than most of the intellectual elites in both parties despite their efforts to portray her as an idiot. As a free thinker, I choose to follow her.

Whatever direction we need to go in as a movement, I'm there. Sarah Palin need only to say the word.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

I Can Blog From My New Samsung Galaxy 4G Phone

If my country is going to go down the tubes, at least I have a modern phone that I can use to chronicle it's decline.

It's going to be a long road ahead. After I graduated college I went canoeing with my college friends. I want to pass on the advice I got from a river guide (Jim Cantore also gave this advice for those caught in a flash flood on The Weather Channel).

When the canoe tips and you're in the rapids, ride on your back with your feet forward and use your body to navigate the waters.

While our technology has gotten better, our society and culture has gotten worse. At least I have this phone. Feet forward and ride on your back. We may be out of the canoe, but we can ride this out.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Circus Animals and the Dope Show. Where Do We Go From Here?


There are a lot of folks who are criticizing the Republican Party and Mitt Romney for their establishment ways and failed campaign. These people are pushing for a wave of activism in the conservative grass roots and advocating for the takeover of the Republican Party. I agree with the forward thinking part of this. I do, however, believe that the strategy should be a more positive one. Our focus now needs to be on understanding what happened objectively and moving forward vigorously to make the party more responsive to the people who make up its rank and file.

Those who are critical of John Boehner and the Republicans floating ideas on moderating their positions on things like immigration and abortion are right to think this is the wrong strategy. Even Mark Levin this week was very critical of John Boehner. We all know how much this writer respects and admires Levin. So, I’m not going to say he’s wrong.

What we do need to recognize, though, is that reality is much different than theory. Criticism is not as good as solutions. Pushing out the establishment’s leadership is not going to be done by simply criticizing them. It has to be done from the bottom up. Boehner isn’t going to be leaving the speakership any time soon. Nothing will reverse the Romney loss. However, starting today, we can recruit and nominate Tea Party candidates and our future leaders going forward. Eventually, the good water will displace the bad.

First, start from a position of realism. Those who voted for Obama are thrill seekers. They voted for food stamps, free phones, entitlements and that good old fashioned warm and fuzzy feeling you get when you win. They didn’t vote their long term best interests. They ignored the reality that this country will eventually become like Greece as we continue pursuing the same leftist policies that history has already shown us to be recipes for failure.

America is on a binge, buzzing from all the free stuff their getting. But, they’re ignoring tomorrow’s hangover. When the hangover comes, they will regret the binge and eventually listen to us. That may take decades. We can’t wait that long. We need to figure out how to win now.

We live in a new reality. Logic and common sense no longer apply in today’s America. Say something that’s not politically correct and you’re cast out. Live a normal life and run a business, you are taxed and punished for success while being whipped into submission by government regulations.  Pray openly, maintain a heterosexual marriage, discipline your children or grab a burger at a local joint while super sizing the soda and you are a racist, an extremist or a right wing fanatic. Support gay marriage, abortion on demand, class envy and a secularism that prohibits open displays of faith and patriotism and you are now the new normal.

If you are experiencing financial difficulties, call your mortgage company. See how well these volumes of regulations work. Find out firsthand how difficult it is to speak to a decision maker or to get a straight answer from severely scripted call center reps. Go set up your own business and find out how impossible it is to make a profit after you spend all your capital on compliance and taxation. Welcome to Obama’s America.

While you wait on line at the store staring at your watch because you’re late for a meeting or your lunch hour is about to run out, the takers are standing around kibitzing and wasting time doing nothing ahead of you. Drive on the roads between the h ours of 9 am and 5 pm. All those other cars on the road are not sales people heading to their appointments. They’re unemployed. They’re on disability. They’re under employed and work part time hours. This is Obama’s America.

There are more of them than there are of us. The takers are growing in numbers while the makers are shrinking in numbers. Getting America productive again is not going to happen if you take the food stamps and the cell phones away. It’s only going to get productive again when we offer people a better choice. It’s time to shut the door on the freebies and encourage those who are already on the freebies to get off of them by giving them a better deal.

This is where the takeover of the Republican Party begins.

Mitt Romney is a good man. There are a lot of things he could have done differently in his campaign. He may have won had he pushed the Benghazi issue more (or even more so, he could have won if his opposition research team unearthed the numerous scandal s and hit the Obama campaign hard). He may have won had he been better at selling us on how drilling will put thousands of dollars into each of our pockets in the form of more jobs, higher wages and more capital flowing through our economy.  But, Romney went on the same assumptions that most of us have been operating under for all previous elections: that given the right information, the people will make the right decision every time.

Not this time.

Give them enough stuff and they’ll ignore the right information.

The American electorate is full of slobs. They’re pigs gorging themselves at the trough of government hand outs. The only way to get to these slovenly creatures back into production is to package up a job that pays more than what they’re getting from the government and sell it to them. I’m not saying lie to the American people. But, look at what Obama did. He sold the people a grand illusion. We can do that.+

Sean Hannity said on Friday’s Hannity show “we must adopt the tactics of the left without the lies.”

They elected a candidate from the more “extreme” part of their base. We can do that.
The idea we have to moderate and move to the center is utter nonsense. It’s the same losing formula that cost us every election we didn’t win since Reagan. If the Democrats can nominate a radical left wing progressive socialist and win, it shows us that moderation doesn’t work. Instead of complaining about what the Democrats do, why not learn from them?

I know we reject the idea of style over substance. I know we’re supposed to be the adults in the room who treat politics with reverence and respect. But times have changed and we need to change, too. We need to recognize that in order to win, we must accept the notion of an American idol presidency and that the American people are not going to listen to Paul Ryan speeches no matter how chock full of facts and correct details they are. The slobs, the pigs, the American people wanted Mitt Romney to light his hair on fire and he didn’t. They wanted another Sarah Palin on the ticket. Mitt Romney got 2 million less votes than John McCain. Why? There was no drama.

Barack Obama got 8 million less votes than he got four years ago. Why? Those people had buyer’s remorse, but they were still bored. There was nothing for them to vote for.

If the Republican Party was a musical act, we’d be Englebert Humperdink. We need to be the Sex Pistols. Yes, we need to light ourselves on fire. We need to be outrageous. We need to be Breitbarts. We need to have each other’s backs so that when we speak out in what liberals will define as insensitive ways that we can stand up to them. Yes, there are tons of blacks on food stamps and in poverty. Yes, there are tons of unmarried women who mooch off the government. To quote Sam Kinison:  SAY IT! SAY IT!

What do you think Bill Maher, Ed Schultz and Chris Matthews are doing? They’re saying it for their side. They’re saying their version of what we consider to be outrageous. They are outrageus; and people watch them.

I’m not saying we should be racists, homophobes or sexists. We’re not. They packaged up crap in the right bag and it sold. Why are we having such a hard time packaging up the good stuff in the right bag? We can be just as outrageous as Michael Moore, Al Gore, Van Jones and the like. Let’s piss them off. Let’s tell them how blue the sky is (even if they have successfully lied enough to get everyone to think its green) and watch their heads spin. Don’t duck and run. Even if it’s uncomfortable, say it! We may be outnumbered. But we don’t change who we are fundamentally. The inner core stays the same. It’s how we express that inner core that needs to change.

We need to write song lyrics that are vicious to the left as those written by Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley and Jimi Hendrix were to the right. We need to paint our faces and sing. We need to infiltrate. We need circus animals and girls on trapezes. We need right wing rap and heavy metal libertarianism. We need jugglers and clowns. I know its foreign to us, but we must learn. How do you think they beat us?

To quote Marilyn Manson, “we’re all stars now in the dope show.”

When football teams first discovered the forward pass, those who believed the game should be played on the ground lost unless they learned how to throw the ball. Don’t misunderstand what’s being said here. We’re not lowering ourselves to them. We are infiltrating and beating them at their own game. There’s a difference. They say never wrestle with a pig because in the end you both come out dirty. But, the pig already jumped us and we have no choice.

We need to win this thing back precinct by precinct. We need to grow the Tea Party not just into a political organization but into a lifestyle. When we produce actors, musicians, teachers, professors and academics out of the conservative grass roots, we will win again. When we expand the new media and compete head to head with the mainstream media, we will win again. When we attract African Americans and Hispanics with a winning message that appeals to their base instincts, we will win again.

When we recognize and accept that America is no longer America and that what we had under Ronald Reagan is gone, we will win again. America is no longer Rockwell. It’s van Gogh.  When we craft a new conservative America that looks close enough to what we have now, but which functions more efficiently and fiscally sound, we will win again. When we finally beat them at their own game, we will win again.


What should our strategy on illegal immigration be and how do we attract more Hispanics?

We need to listen to them. The lesson of this election is that we didn’t listen to Hispanics. There are a lot of them that are here legally who resent those who come here illegally. But these same people have friends and family who are here illegally. It bothers them to think the GOP is against their friends and family. We can find a way to change the bureaucracy so that the responsible ones can get legal status. From there they can follow the same legal path to citizenship as every other immigrant does. I’m not talking about outright amnesty. Seal the borders. Make it final. No more illegals from this point forward.

The key to stopping the children from raiding the cookie jar is lock the cookie jar so no one else can get in it. The ones who already raided it are done. It’s over. We can’t unring that bell. We are conservatives. We hate bureaucracy. Push the anti-bureaucracy theme for responsible yet illegal aliens and give them a system that allows them to register, document residency and employment status. Let them show us they have children in school and that they pay their taxes. If they can show they are self sufficient and have not come here to raid our entitlement system, give them a green card and have them pay a reasonable fine for breaking the law.

How do we win over African Americans?

We must appeal to their sense of logic and common sense. We must explain that it is not normal for 93% of any demographic group to vote the same way. Tell a brother to think for himself and not let the culture of dependency, poverty and broken families stop him from making a buck or being successful. Blacks are religious and family oriented. They see these things and opportunity the same way everyone else does. They just vote differently because of group think. It’s called political socialization. They’ve all been taught to vote Democrat.

The key is to get them to start thinking more deeply. Get them to ask themselves why so many of their friends and family are still on government assistance or incarcerated. Then get them to ask themselves what exactly has the Democrat Party done to change this? Why is it that more African American got good jobs under the Reagan administration than under any previous administration to that point?  Conservative African Americans can become role models,  philosophical catalysts and entertainers in a positive way. Ultimately, appeal to their desire to make money. They’re no different than any other demographic group in what they want from the American experience.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Alienation


    We are the hollow men
    We are the stuffed men
    Leaning together
    Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
    Our dried voices, when
    We whisper together
    Are quiet and meaningless
    As wind in dry grass
    Or rats' feet over broken glass
    In our dry cellar
    
    Shape without form, shade without colour,
    Paralysed force, gesture without motion;
    
    Those who have crossed
    With direct eyes, to death's other Kingdom
    Remember us-if at all-not as lost
    Violent souls, but only
    As the hollow men
    The stuffed men.

       -TS Eliot


It's a strange environment. Coming to the realization that all the things that are wrong with our country are now the norm puts one into a state of alienation unlike ever before. The notion that we are a free people is destroyed by our inability to choose our own healthcare and insurance in a free market that offers choices. It's destroyed by anvils of regulations that sit on American businesses and energy producers. Even the banking system has changed beyond recognition with capital being choked off by the burdensome rules placed on it by our ever growing government.

Where am I? I don't even recognize the place anymore.

I saw America under Ronald Reagan. It was the beautiful shining city on a hill that we all hear about. My philosophy is based in the endless optimism and the gleaming infrastructure of a country that was moving from the post war era into an era of unprecedented prosperity. Applying that philosophy to what we have today ended last night with the re-election of President Obama.

We've gone from shining city to trailer park. We've gone from the land of abundance to the hood. We look more like Detroit than we do Manhattan. I don't even recognize the country anymore.

The decaying future ahead will require adjustments on my part. Having been accustomed to driving on a smoothly paved three lane highway, I will need to learn to drive on narrow cobblestone roads. Adjusting my approach to life doesn't mean adjusting my values or core convictions; it just means adjusting how I actually navigate outside of my own mind and soul when interacting with the rest of a nation as we begin our journey into the thousand years of darkness that Ronald Reagan warned us about.

This means recognizing incompetence, selfishness and the common denominator mentality as the new norm. The idea of self reliance, free enterprise and family values have gone the way of the horse and buggy. We live in the new world that accepts mediocrity. The sheep are sheep no more. They are now pigs.

It's normal to see everyone using EBT cards at supermarkets as they hold up the line while they try to keep their children - many of whom were born out of wedlock - under control or because they are kibbitzing with the checkout clerk (oblivious to the growing line behind them - "I'm here to get what's mine, what I'm entitled to.").

It's normal to see people closing up businesses and feeling no shame in their failure. The government that takes care of all of our needs also takes care of all of our excuses. It's okay, you can go on food stamps, too.

Less people work today than four years ago. Population growth doesn't mean more people working. It just means more people on the dole. Obama's giving us free phones! Obama's paying for our education! Obama is feeding us, clothing us, wiping our asses for us. We don't have to worry anymore. This is hope and change! There is no decency anymore.

James Lewis at American Thinker sums it up best:
No -- the balance of decency in America has changed. Every society has normal, decent people and the other kind. The America we grew up in was fundamentally decent. Decency was the expected standard.
Now the balance has changed.
The evidence for our sleazified culture can be seen all around. It is in our pop music, which has lost melody and now just has rhythm. We have a President who won on revenge against middle class values. That's what he meant by telling his people to vote for revenge. And they did -- showing us exactly who they are.
We are now a society divided between the makers and the takers, and the takers are on a campaign of theft and revenge.
Yesterday, 60,652,149 Americans raided the treasury by pressing a button, pulling a lever or punching a chad. Getting handouts used to require paper work and trips to the Department of Social Services. Now, it simply requires going to the polls and voting Democrat.

We all know how this movie ends. As our debt continues to pile up and the producers no longer have the incentive to produce, we will run out of other people's money. When that time comes, I dare a liberal to get in my face and blame it on George W. Bush. It won't even be Obama's fault. It will be the electorate's fault. For it is in the election results that the dumbing down of America has manifested itself.

Selwyn Duke at American Thinker explains:
But let's start with a simple fact: Mitt Romney is a photogenic, articulate, moderate Republican who was up against a scandal-ridden, leftist radical presiding over a listing economy and foundering foreign policy. Still he couldn't win. 
Or, I should say, voters chose to lose.
Because what the American people were before, they are no more.
I know, I know. The media deceived the citizenry. Romney started playing not to lose instead of to win. There was vote fraud. There was that storm and Chris Christie playing Misty for Mr. Limp Wristy.
Rationalization.
Oh, it's not that the above isn't true. But no candidate is tactically perfect; Obama certainly made his share of mistakes. There also will inevitably be unforeseen events during any campaign, and they don't matter when enough people can distinguish good from evil. And the left does steal hearts and minds through the media and votes through electoral sleight-of-hand, but this merely reflects our cultural decay. And it's only getting worse.
America has changed. Not only have the demographics changed, but over the course of the last several decades, the progressive movement has gained their foothold. Taking the country required generations of indoctrination (read the article). You'd have to think that even Ronald Reagan couldn't win in today's America. If we can't elect a "normal" candidate over a radical socialist, it says something about our country.

This is not pessimism. This is reality.

As optimists, we believed that four years of Tea Party politics, Breitbart journalism and the proliferation of conservative new media could trump over 50 years of progressive infiltration into our media, our academia and our pop culture. We are still right to use their playbook in taking it back. We were just wrong about the time frame. It will take decades, probably centuries to undo what has been done to this country - and this is assuming we don't collapse, Balkanize or go the way of Ancient Rome before then.

Conservatism is not dead. It's just going to require a different approach to getting it back into the governing philosophy of our nation. We must move ethnic groups to stop the group thinking and begin to question philosophy individually. There is no way you can convince me that 93% of black people all think alike. The same goes for the Hispanic and Jewish vote. We need to encourage them to stop falling into the trap of group think and start getting people to think for themselves so they can treat themselves not as a member of a racial group but as a member of a diverse country instead.

But the task gets even more laborious. Can we ever reverse the decline in decency? What is it going to take to clean up our cultural sewer?

The proliferation of conservatism is not about having more white people in the electorate. It's a much more daunting task. Four years ago it was about teaching sheep to be sheep no more. Today and into the future, it will require teaching pigs how to not be pigs. Taking away an Obama phone and food stamps from a spoiled voter will not endear them to you. It will only be when they run out of money because the economy has collapsed that they will join those of us who have already been financially devastated by the destruction of the capitalist system. Only then, will we be able to get them to understand what we are saying.

Therein lies the rub. By not taking our medicine and suffering the pain that was masked by the methadone of bailouts and stimulus four years ago, we will all die a political, economic and cultural death at the hands of the cirrhosis of our financial liver that could have been avoided had we gone cold turkey in 2009 and 2010 and rode out the sweats and the shaking.

But we are not like the greatest generation. They sacrificed their lives for us in Europe and Asia in order to save our country. Today's Americans couldn't even sacrifice a few big screen TVs or phones with gadgets on them to bite the financial bullet for the few short years necessary to reset our economy. Instead they wanted more. They pulled up to the trough of government and gouged themselves when we needed restraint the most. All of us, Republicans sooner and Democrats later, will pay for the inability of the American people to look past the novelty and culturally exciting prospect of having Obama as president. 

The American people showed us yesterday by their votes that collectively we are slobs.

Just as T.S. Eliot's "The Hollow Men" ends with a whimper instead of a bang and just as "The Waste Land" ends with a man sitting on the shore coming to peace with the emptiness around him, we now must come to terms with our own lives and the future of our country. It's not like wealth and abundance is on the map anymore. Even normalcy may now be a pipe dream. From here forward, we navigate the new normal. Like domesticated animals thrown into the wild, we will have a hard time at first. Co-existing in the jungle of a liberal America with its overwhelmingly massive government and maze of bureaucracies will not be easy. But survival often isn't.

Life is not about comfort. It's about holding on. It's about survival. 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Pray For America

Voting for the future of America

It's crunch time. They have been doing polls for almost two years now. None of the polls is giving us a clear winner. The answer we are looking for will be provided to us after Tuesday's election. That's the real poll. It will only be then that we will find out whether there are enough of us left to save our country. The time for prayer is now.

Those who will be voting for Obama will be choosing the destruction of America as we know it. The radical progressive agenda to fundamentally transform America requires that they get enough people to (whether knowingly or unknowingly, intentionally or unintentionally) vote for a candidate who is on record through either word or deed as having supported Marxist views, wealth redistribution, the destruction of coal and other traditional energy production, the unprecedented growth of government, the unprecedented growth of debt and the stifling of the free market system. If there are enough people to out-vote us, it's over. Country gone.

It's time to put all of us in one corner and all of them in the other. If there are more of us than them, we win. God will have blessed us with His divine providence and we will narrowly escape another moment in our history that could have been the end of the Republic as we know it. If there are more of them than us, we lose. The question is answered and we move forward preparing ourselves for the new normal - a new normal that we can use the last four years as the benchmark or starting point for understanding how the way things will be.

Divine providence will no longer be with us. It cannot co-exist with the stifling of liberty. It cannot co-exist with the moral decay that accompanies a government that believes it can ram its pro abortion, anti-marriage (man and woman) secular agenda down the throats of those who believe in God's Word and traditional lifestyles. This is not about us being intolerant. Those who have different lifestyles than we do will always have the same right to be free under our Constitution. It's the codification of those lifestyles at the expense and to the detriment of ours that will bring about the end of the greatness that once made our country strong.

We are on the brink of becoming a society of animals who loot the treasury as easily as the thugs in Staten Island loot homes. Just look at the growing numbers of people on food stamps, the Obama phones and the increased pressure to take wealth from those who earned it and give it to those who would just as easily key our cars for having Romney stickers on them or who would cut us in line at the store because they think they're entitled to it.

You all see it. You drive on the roads. You have business dealings or consumer transactions with mindless people behind desks, cash registers and the other end of telephone lines. You see how people act in public. You see how they act in stores and supermarkets. It's so ghetto. It's so white trash. It's so demeaning to people of all races to see the way people act today. It's downright disgusting.

And not that every Obama voter acts that way. But I guarantee you, if you ask any of those who I describe as being an "animal" who they're voting for, they will tell you Obama. This is because Obama and his agenda (both overt and covert) relies on the dumbing down of America. It relies on people being reliant and being unruly so that the need for government grows. It relies on creating a society where the government stands for the lowest common denominator rather than for a citizenry that can make its own choices and live with the consequences of those choices while setting standards high so they can achieve great things.

Democrats won't pass school vouchers. Why? Because it eliminates their excuses for failure. It eliminates the ability to blame the Republican Party or conservatives. It eliminates their ability to call white people racists because their kids attend better schools. It's time for those who are part of districts that have failing schools to look themselves in the mirror and stop pointing their fingers at others.

Let's hope the grown-ups win and we can clean up our broken political system. When the economy provides jobs instead of hand outs, people take ownership of their lives. The number of "animals" decreases as the number of employed increases. The number of "animals" decreases as the need for handouts decreases. Let's clean the cage and close the zoo. If Mitt Romney wins, America will be back in business again.

This is it, folks. The time has come. Pray. Pray real hard. Then go vote.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Week 7 2012 NFL Football Picks

There can be no more losses to Rachelle. Having to put pictures of heels on my Twitter page is enough. This manly man is not going to lose to a girl again. It's time to send her home a loser this week.  The stakes are high. I have to tweet a picture of me in an Obama hat if I win and Rachelle has to tweet a picture of her with the words Loser as an overlay.

Here are my picks for this week:

10/21 1:00 ET Tennessee At Buffalo
10/21 1:00 ET Arizona At Minnesota
10/21 1:00 ET Cleveland At Indianapolis
10/21 1:00 ET Baltimore At Houston
10/21 1:00 ET Green Bay At St. Louis
10/21 1:00 ET Dallas At Carolina
10/21 1:00 ET Washington At NY Giants
10/21 1:00 ET New Orleans At Tampa Bay
10/21 4:25 ET NY Jets At New England
10/21 4:25 ET Jacksonville At Oakland
10/21 8:30 ET Pittsburgh At Cincinnati
10/22 8:40 ET Detroit At Chicago

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Candy Crowley Helps us Pierce the Media Veil

Everyone is exposed to the facts now.

Whether you believe President Obama or Governor Romney won last night's debate, the ultimate outcome is that the blatant exposure of the biased liberal media is encapsulated in how Candy Crowley moderated the contest.

Shortly after Obama's inauguration, this blogger laid out an approach that involved focusing on the media lies combined with a bite size effort to take back Obama voters, particularly independents. For the last three and a half years, the internet has exploded with conservative websites and blogs. The media continued to lie and run cover for Obama as if this takeover of the new media would have no effect. John McCain lost by 8.5 million votes. The task before us in 2009 was not to convince "the 47%," but rather find those 8.5 million soft voters and flip them. Frank Luntz's focus group tonight on Hannity leads this writer to believe we've done that. Candy Crowley's performance last night on the debate leads this writer to believe that we have also finally (with less than 3 weeks to go) pierced the media veil.

When Crowley cut Romney off while he was attacking Obama on Fast and Furious, it was as if the ref in the Ali-Frazier fight had grabbed Frazier's arm right before he was about to hit Ali. It changed the outcome of the debate. Then when she interjected after Romney challenged Obama on what he said in the Rose Garden on 9/11/2012 about the Benghazi attack, it not only proved the point about media bias, it also placed Benghazi-gate front and center for a mainstream media that has so desperately tried to avoid talking about it.

There is no denying that the efforts of Andrew Breitbart, Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Mark Levin, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh put the team in position to win this election. It was Crowley's fumble that gave us the ball at the most opportune time.

Libs will be libs and cons will be cons. But ultimately, the portion of the American people who don't pay much attention to the cyber war (that conservatives are winning by the way) and who don't watch the 3 cable networks are getting their doses of truth directly from the candidates in the debates and from a media that struggles to avoid Obama's abysmal record, yet which can no longer avoid reporting on those stories.

The trend is similar to what happened in 1980 when Ronald Reagan overcame a large lead by Jimmy Carter. Liberals portrayed Reagan as a monster just as they have portrayed Romney as one today. However, when the American people got to see the real Reagan and the real Romney, they were able to get their heads around the reaction needed to give them the permission necessary to save face on their misguided vote in 2008. Simply put, Romney turned out to not be the monster the media created him to be. In doing so, the media that once controlled public opinion in 2008 has now lost all credibility.

For those who voted for Obama in 2008 and  are now are switching to Romney, it's not a blow to the ego to make that change. Those who voted for Obama can now honestly justify their flip with two simple reasons: Obama's record blows and the media lied.

If I had voted for Obama, I'd be angry. I'd be telling my friends that the reason why I'm flipping to Romney is because Obama failed to bring our economy to where he promised it would be and because I now realize that I was duped by the mainstream media. It's hard to say you were wrong, unless someone screwed you into making that bad decision by lying to you - whether it was the candidate himself or the mindless lemmings who called themselves journalists.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Trickle Down Poverty

As more and more people leave the workforce due to the economy, many are missing out on an important fact. While President Obama and the Democrats are crying out for higher taxes on the rich, the rich are getting poorer too. Most people won't cry for the millionaires of this world, but they are taking a hit. What we should be crying over is the fact that as high income earners see their net worth going down they stop spending money. They stop hiring people. When they lose money, we all lose money in the form of lower sales, less jobs and less capital in the financial pipeline.

A friend who works as a handy man since he lost his job was in an upscale area here in Richmond, Virginia to fix a dishwasher. He went to a nice house where a lovely family lived. They had four children, two cars and a well kept house. The man paid my friend $300.00 in change. "Times are getting tough, aren't they?" my friend asked. He said the man had a melancholy look on his face and shook his head in agreement. "They sure are."

I spoke to a customer of mine a couple of months ago who was no longer able to pay his mortgage. He was once a six figure income earner who lost his car dealership when Obama "saved the auto industry." Now, he's renting and living a lifestyle he has never known.

Everywhere I go, I hear stories of people who can't get people to buy their services. The answer is always money trouble. In the food chain of economics, the big fish are still bigger than the rest of them, but even they are getting smaller. As they get smaller, the rest of the fish down the food chain get smaller. When there's no money in the pipeline, it's harder to get capital. Without capital and without the ability to earn, Americans may find themselves all broke if we continue to go this way.

Those who may think the government is there to help will find that after they become dependent on the programs, even they eventually will run out of money.  If Obama is reelected, you'll find us conservatives miserable for the next four years while the liberals continue to revel in their hope and change collecting their food stamps and disability checks. But after all that happens, those who love big government will join us in poverty long after Obama is gone. It's only a matter of time if we keep going on like this.

Ronald Reagan was the master of trickle down economics. A rising tide lifts all boats. Obama is the master of trickle down poverty. A draining swamp will leave even the biggest of yachts bottomed out.

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