Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Secret Key the Progressives Never Intended for Us to Find

The picture of dogged tenacity.
Americans have long suffered an affliction in the 20th and 21st centuries, one which has claimed me as a victim as well. Politics has outrun us, folks, and to be honest, we are not to blame, at least not in the classic sense. Yes, we have allowed ourselves to become complacent to the point of laziness, but who among us could resist a warm bed on a Saturday morning in winter? 

America, for all of our growing pains, has been like a warm blanket covering our shivering shoulders, and we have welcomed such an embrace. Between brutal wars -- notably after which we returned home to live in peace following our decisive victories  -- we built this country and our lives to be as comfortable as we could, and we did a smashing job while leaving the defeated to do the same. We had earned that much, after all. But along the way, our politicians have been busier than we, albeit not in the same pursuits, and we lost sight of what was happening in America. Ultimately, that's on us. 

Now we find ourselves the alleged minority of political philosophies, the outcasts of the Obama Regime, and we are stunned. When patriots like Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, et al, are attacked by the new political establishment, we find our only true allies being cast as heretics, and our own beliefs disparaged as anomalies of mainstream thought. I know a few WWII vets who would crawl out of their graves and die all over again at such a revelation, such a strain it would put on their hearts. 

The affliction I mention is one of the belief that someone with no prior experience could ever get elected to the Presidency. The history and the statistical data point to such a thing as being quite a rarity. But even with that knowledge, one must still ask incredulously; how in the world did Barack Hussein Obama serve briefly as an Illinois state senator, even more briefly as a U.S. Senator, and still win the White House?  

Well, to be fair, John McCain ran a miserable campaign in 2008, basically taking a dive while smiling and proclaiming to care about winning. And he was thrust upon us by a media who has long since given up the ghost of objectivity. Then Mitt Romney ran a much better campaign in 2012, and the jury is still out on how Barrack Hussein Obama won nearly 100 percent of certain precincts in areas of Pennsylvania and Ohio, besting even Saddam Hussein (there's that name again) in Iraq, a country not well known for electoral integrity. 

And let's not forget Obama's carefully orchestrated "soaring rhetoric", when he said all the things people wanted to hear. We heard such things in 1980, when Ronald Reagan set the groundwork for that sort of speech, generating an excitement in the people we had briefly forgotten. The difference is, Reagan followed up on his own rhetoric with actions, and the country quickly turned aside from the Carter years. I remember that sense of new found pride like it was yesterday. 

And I now remember the words Obama spoke, as do many of those who voted for him. I have recently lamented how Obama might have conceivably ruined the chances of future black candidates for the same job, and I now ponder that he may have ruined promising rhetoric for generations of Americans. But we have seen signs that there are still men and women who talk the talk and walk the walk. 

People like Ted Cruz and Ben Carson come quickly to mind, and I have no doubts that either man means what he says. Ans Ben Carson has also laid to rest -- at least in my mind -- that a black man still does indeed have a chance despite the damage Obama has done. I was once of the mind that no matter how much I loved a candidate, their lack of related credentials would be a killer, and running them in a race would be political suicide. I no longer feel that way. 

Not only have the progressives shown us that a puerile rookie can run the country, but they have also shown us that virtually anything is possible in politics. If more people in this country could learn to brush aside protocols in presidential elections, think of the candidates from which we could choose. I felt that Herman Cain had a great chance in 2012 but had the same reservations I now lament regarding his chances of actually getting elected. I have abandoned such feelings now after seeing the carnage left in the wake of the current occupant of the Oval Office. Combined with the treatment we and our people have received at the hands of the Old Guard Republicans, I am ready to take a new direction. 

Do not be afraid to do the same in 2014 and especially 2016. 

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

At What Point Are the Signs Clear?

Will this be our fate in the end?
Please don't share this because the last thing this ol' boy needs is a viral article and a stint in the local gulag FEMA Camp. Please do spread it by whatever means you may figure out, but I doubt it will matter much anyway because more and more Americans have stopped listening.

It's a doubled-edged sword, this new world Americans find themselves in, one where our eventual dictator becomes ever emboldened and our citizens clutch their hands over their ears more tightly with each passing day. So accustomed to the American way of life have we become that we no longer recognize the clear and present danger to our Republic. Or perhaps we do but can't process the approaching horror.

Why is it that we can read the news from, say, Venezuela and see the signs of tyranny developing, but we are blind to the machinations of our own government? Do we really believe, after a mere 237 years, that it can't happen here? Have we become so complacent that our Founders' words have lost all meaning?

We have been slowly conditioned to accept the barely perceptible erosion's of our freedoms, so much so that many of us have actually defended them, sort of like an epidemic of the Stockholm Syndrome. We have put so much blind trust in our "elected leaders" that we can't quite accept that they would betray us, despite the steady march to tyranny we see -- albeit in such incremental steps -- everyday, and either can't or don't take the time out of our busy days to recognize that it is happening, and quite blatantly.

Barack Hussein Obama told us point blank in 2008 that he was going to radically transform the United States of America. Did you all doubt him? Because he has done exactly that, though perhaps not as the 71% of regretful voters had envisioned. But...he did tell us, and we didn't listen closely enough.

The Black Panther voter intimidation case in Philadelphia being thrown out by Attorney General Eric Holder in 2009 should have been a clue, but it meant nothing to the electorate, save for a few who were paying attention. Then there was Fast and Furious, the gun running scam to Mexican drug cartels, which also got swept under the rug. These were test runs to see how far the Obama Regime could get, and the results were better than expected...for Obama and his cronies.

So, now they ratchet up the ludicrous, buying up billions of rounds of ammunition, hollow point bullets, mind you, which are a waste of money if used as they contend; for "target practice". Our media has no interest, and neither should you, dear peon, move along. Armored vehicles for local municipalities are also nothing for you to be concerned with. You want to feel safe in your little burg, no? Well, now Podunk, USA has them.

Military exercises in rural areas of the U.S. have also become commonplace, and the American people quickly adapt to their presence, feeling secure that their military is prepared for them danged terrorists! But the other angle that is obvious only to the informed is that them danged terrorists are we, the people, and our military is preparing to fight us...here...in America.

Our so-called president is bankrupting our country at a break-neck pace, and he is ruling more and more by fiat, unperturbed by the "free" press or the opposition party, who have all -- save for a few brave souls -- collectively ceded their Constitutional authority over to the Executive Branch.

And now we learn that the FCC will be invading and monitoring newsrooms across the nation in an attempt to either cow an already compliant media or to seal the deal on its collective collusion with the Regime. In light of my final point, who will report on this encroachment? Certainly not a media already in bed with the Regime and who will experience a weird form of date rape as a reward.

So my question to you, America, is when will you have seen enough to convince you that we are sliding down to the bottom of the proverbial slippery slope? When will the thud of realization clap your multitudinous noggins, bringing the revelation that you have been duped?

I pray it is long before you are greeted by the rest of us as you enter FEMA Camp #309.

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Memo to Liberals: Jed Clampett Wasn't Alone

Photo: Blake Ellis/CNNMoney
Come and listen to a story 'bout a man named Jed. Poor mountaineer barely kept his family fed. And then one day he was shootin' at some food. And up from the ground came a bubblin' crude. 
Oil, that is...black gold...Texas tea
In the midst of the clamoring for attention by Liberal Progressives across America, hammering home the message that "income inequality" in this nation will be our ruin, there is something remarkable happening in small towns in "flyover country". That something is remarkable because it is a concrete testament to the wonders of Capitalism, and it must be making the Progressives elites insane with envy.

The setting is Watford, North Dakota, a place that has seen its population more than double in recent years, and rents skyrocket above the ritziest cities in America. Some would say that that is no reason to cheer, and on its face, they would be correct. But this isn't a case of landlords raping their tenants -- something all too familiar to inner city folks -- but rather the free market doing what it does best; make ordinary people some money.

One such ordinary person was Nathan Pittman, who was about to retire from the trucking company he owned in Indiana. Pittman put his plans on hold when he heard about the oil boom in North Dakota. According to CNN, "Pittman quickly landed at a trucking company in Watford making $20 an hour with 'a lot' of overtime. In all, his salary more than doubled to about $2,225 a week in Watford". But the wealth gets spread -- a poor choice of words, I know -- even further down the line, as places like Taco Johns, trying to keep their employees from bolting into the oil fields, raised their salaries to hold onto people.

Taco Johns raised their pay from $8.50 per hour to $15.00 per hour, also trying to compete with the Subway and Hardee's in town. Waitresses and waiters in town also make about $25.00 an hour when tips are factored in.

Housing is also booming as a result of the oil boom, with rents rising to $3000.00 for family accommodations, while the building industry is struggling to keep up, failing as it falls behind. Some have seized on the fact that people are sleeping in their cars as a result, trying to find a downside to all this economic activity, but the people living in North Dakota are not complaining.

The only people complaining are the Liberal Progressives who see the "income inequality" in this and shriek ever more loudly. For example, Harold Hamm is the Chairman of Continental Resources, one of the biggest oil producers of Bakken Shale. He made $10,204,283 in 2012. My God, you might say, that is a lot of money, and you'd be right, but so what? If Mr. Hamm wasn't there earning his big bucks, the other people in town would not have the opportunity to make their not-quite-as-big bucks. I doubt they would like that very much.

Like John F. Kennedy said: A rising tide lifts all boats. The Liberal Progressives would prefer that all boats be secured tightly to the bulkhead so none may rise and may possibly have their hulls damaged if they dare try. I say let the big dogs make all the money they can, while the little guy gets some in the process.

Instead, our federal government puts increasingly onerous regulations in place, giving bureaucrats plenty of work while suffocating the Middle Class who can't find  jobs because the potential employer has his hands tied. I don't know how long North Dakota will evade the wrath of the government, but for now they are doing a brisk business.

All because of oil, the oil industry is raking in money, and because of that, the hotel industry in Watford and nearby Williston, North Dakota is benefiting, as is the construction industry. The small business owners are reaping huge profits and their working class is making more money than they ever dreamed possible in their respective fields.

Don't try to tell me that "trickle down" doesn't work, because we're seeing it in action in the Bakken Shale fields. Because one man made over 10 million dollars, his company has become a microcosm of what Ronald Reagan believed, and that is if one man succeeds and depends on others for a portion of that success, then everyone benefits to one degree or another. Does everyone make 10 million dollars? No, but they make enough to make them happy and secure. That is all the American people want in life.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Welcome Back, Rod Serling

Even Rod Serling couldn't
make this stuff up.
Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats have officially outdone themselves, delving into a hitherto uncharted realm of reality, or a departure therefrom. Having been bagged by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report from February 5th as killing jobs with the Affordable Care Act, they have pulled a card that most Americans are unfamiliar with, and it's not the race card.

No, this time they are playing the -- please, stifle your giggles -- "Liberty" card! Claiming a new level of benevolence, one even ludicrous for a Democrat to claim, they are actually saying Americans should be thanking them for the job-killing ACA, aka Obamacare, debacle. And, ladies and gentlemen, they are doing it with straight faces.

If ever there was an opportune time to use Liberal tactics on Liberals, it is now. Political pundits should be howling with uncontrolled laughter over these claims, leaving red-faced Democrats to tremble with rage, or at least -- if they had as much decency -- to slink away in shame.

In case you haven't heard about any of this, the CBO testified before Congress yesterday that the ACA mandates based on Federal subsidies would disincentivize workers to make more money or even, um, work. The CBO also reported in their findings that the ACA would decrease the work force by over two million jobs based on hours worked.

Rather than argue to the contrary, perhaps realizing how futile that tactic might be, Democrats are embracing the CBO findings, trying to convince low information voters that the health care law isn't hurting them by killing their jobs but rather, it is actually "liberating" them from "job-lock". That's right, boys and girls, the Democrats are staking their claim as the liberators of people from their boring, dead-end jobs and providing the vehicle that will allow them to pursue their dreams! I can hear the heart warming music now! I can see the happy, liberated people doing the Snoopy dance and tossing rose petals. I can hear their stomachs growling and the bill collectors pounding on their doors...

Dang, I just ruined my own reverie...well, reality has a way of letting itself in unannounced; at least in a Conservative world.

But seriously, if the Progressive Democrats are thumping their chests over the enslavement of millions of once-free Americans, while claiming to actually be helping them, the obvious question is, "What's next?" And how much will the American people swallow without batting an eye? Can we as a people actually hear such nonsense and not be moved?

I'm more concerned by how they will decide to "help" us next. Home ownership can be a drag, you know. Mowing the lawn, shoveling snow in winter...it can be bad for your health. Maybe the Democrats can free us from that burden next. Set us up in Government housing with illegal aliens taking care of all that manual labor. Heck, they have already "liberated" millions of people from owning a home already, why not make it a clean sweep?

It is amazing how the mind of a Progressive Liberal works. It is unfathomable the way the mind of the average American works today, believing this poppycock.

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