07.03.2010: Let the Show Begin ... " or, "If you thought the last election was interesting..."
A letter from a friend of mine...
I think you'll find the following essay interesting. Its typical of what flies around the Internet these days. My only question is, what would Joe and Sara have done differently?
If every American voter becomes a registered Republican, then what? How would things change under the Republicans be any different than they are now? I read criticism after criticism of the current administration, much of it offered up to a gullible public by hired muckrakers, and most of it based on generalities, or worse yet, on half-truths and outright lies.
However, except for loose cannons like Rand Paul, I have yet to find anything of substance as to what the right wing envisions for America and how they intend to get us there. I get the feeling they want to turn the clock back to the days of gas street lamps and buggy whips, that their plan is to go backward rather than forward.
You and I both know that can't happen; there is no way to put a genie back in a bottle or put Humpty back together again. Until the Republicans can make clear their agenda, I'll remain a registered Democrat.
The forwarded letter...
Thank you, Barack Obama, and watch out! The Americans are coming! You have awakened a sleeping nation.
ASPEN TIMES WEEKLY
Barack Hussein Obama is the best thing that has happened to America in the last 100 years. Truly, he is the savior of America's future. He is the best thing ever.
Despite the fact that he has some of the lowest approval ratings among recent presidents, history will see Barack Obama as the source of America's resurrection. Barack Obama has plunged the country into levels of debt that we could not have previously imagined; his efforts to nationalize health care have been met with fierce resistance nationwide; TARP bailouts and stimulus spending have shown little positive effect on the national economy; unemployment is unacceptably high and looks to remain that way for most of a decade; legacy entitlement programs have ballooned to unsustainable levels, and there is a seething anger in the populace.
That's why Barack Obama is such a good thing for America.
Obama is the symbol of a creeping liberalism that has infected our society like a cancer for the last 100 years. Just as Hitler is the face of fascism, Obama will go down in history as the face of unchecked liberalism.
The cancer metastasized to the point where it could no longer be ignored.
Average Americans who have quietly gone about their lives, earning a paycheck, contributing to their favorite charities, going to high school football games on Friday night, spending their weekends at the beach or on hunting trips - they've gotten off the fence. They've woken up. There is a level of political activism in this country that we haven't seen since the American Revolution, and Barack Obama has been the catalyst that has sparked a restructuring of the American political and social consciousness.
Think of the crap we've slowly learned to tolerate over the past 50 years as liberalism sought to re-structure the America that was the symbol of freedom and liberty to all the people of the world. Immigration laws were ignored on the basis of compassion. Welfare policies encouraged irresponsibility, the fracturing of families, and a cycle of generations of dependency. Debt was regarded as a tonic to lubricate the economy. Our children left school having been taught that they are exceptional and special, while great numbers of them cannot perform basic functions of mathematics and literacy.
Legislators decided that people could not be trusted to defend their own homes, and stripped citizens of their rights to own firearms.
Productive members of society have been penalized with a heavy burden of taxes in order to support legions of do-nothings who loll around, reveling in their addictions, obesity, indolence, ignorance and "disabilities." Criminals have been arrested and re-arrested, coddled and set free to pillage the citizenry yet again. Lawyers routinely extort fortunes from doctors, contractors and business people with dubious torts.
We slowly learned to tolerate these outrages, shaking our heads in disbelief, and we went on with our lives.
But Barack Obama has ripped the lid off a seething cauldron of dissatisfaction and unrest.
In the time of Barack Obama, Black Panther members stand outside polling places in black commando uniforms, slapping truncheons into their palms. ACORN - a taxpayer-supported organization - is given a role in taking the census, even after its members were caught on tape offering advice to set up child prostitution rings. A former Communist is given a paid government position in the White House as an advisor to the president. Auto companies are taken over by the government, and the auto workers' union - whose contracts are completely insupportable in any economic sense - is rewarded with a stake in the company. Government bails out Wall Street investment bankers and insurance companies, who pay their executives outrageous bonuses as thanks for the public support. Terrorists are read their Miranda rights and given free lawyers. And, despite overwhelming public disapproval, Barack Obama has pushed forward with a health care plan that would re-structure one-sixth of the American economy.
I don't know about you, but the other day I was at the courthouse doing some business, and I stepped into the court clerk's office and changed my voter affiliation from "Independent" to "Republican." I am under no illusion that the Republican party is perfect, but at least they're starting to awaken to the fact that we cannot sustain massive levels of debt; we cannot afford to hand out billions of dollars in corporate subsidies; we have to somehow trim our massive entitlement programs; we can no longer be the world's policeman and dole out billions in aid to countries whose citizens seek to harm us.
Literally millions of Americans have had enough. They're organizing, they're studying the Constitution and the Federalist Papers, they're reading history and case law, they're showing up at rallies and meetings, and a slew of conservative candidates are throwing their hats into the ring. Is there a revolution brewing? Yes, in the sense that there is a keen awareness that our priorities and sensibilities must be radically re-structured. Will it be a violent revolution? No. It will be done through the interpretation of the original document that has guided us for 220 years - the Constitution.
Just as the pendulum swung to embrace political correctness and liberalism, there will be a backlash, a complete repudiation of a hundred years of nonsense. A hundred years from now, history will perceive the year 2010 as the time when America got back on the right track. And for that, we can thank Barack Hussein Obama.
My reply to WRG...
Thanks for that, Bill, and it will soon be my 38th letter to Obama.
I agree! Joe and Sarah would not have done anything better, just different and of the opposite polarity.
And maybe this letter is my vindication for having voted FOR Obama… since, as I've told everyone who's asked and many who haven't, that the ONE and ONLY reason I voted FOR Obama was "as an insurance policy on Roe v. Wade." Period. I knew from before the get-go that I'd be opposing damned near every economic policy that Obama would bring with him, and it turns out, most political and international ones, too, to my dismay.
But I also think that what many states have seen in the explosion of the Tea Parties is exactly the kind of dissatisfaction described in the article… dissatisfaction with BOTH "standard alternatives."
I believe the liberals have gone WAY too far in their populist embrace of FDR's socialist vision and the conservatives have remained unrelenting in their uncritical defense of big business and opposition to personal rights like freedom of choice and "freedom to smoke."
Both extremes are stupid, but the mass media in the country have exacerbated the situation by profiting by and feeding the flames of division.
That's why I describe myself as a libertarian and score where I do on the Nolan Chart, which I post openly on my site in the "who am I / about me" section.
So, I agree, and I'm hopeful that the "general public" in America WILL get off it's collective butt and realize WTF is going on and try to put a real stop to it.
And at the same time, some of the latest links I've enjoyed on the web also are very clear that it's NOT a "military-industrial complex," as Eisenhower put it, but it's what he said in his first draft: "a military-industrial-congressional complex."
Follow the money. Congressmonkeys leave the House and Senate and about half of them immediately become lobbyists for the same firms and organizations that fed them money when they were in office.
And nobody calls them on it, and the only folks who could "pass a law against that malfeasance" are the same morons who control the legislature! Talk about foxes and hen houses???
So, if the Revolution comes, I hope nobody gets hurt except the lying, cheating, screwer-overers of America who've been doing us for so many decades.
But I'm not optimistic, since most voters have been educated to vote for the morons who pass the laws to steal from others to give to THEM, as voters, the same spoils that got us into the situation in the first place!
It's a circle that, imnsho, is virtually impossible to break. If we're REALLY lucky, the next two major national elections WILL see some people with guts and brains cast some votes which WILL prevent the coming implosion of what was once, and still might return to being THE best country on earth.
This time, I'll probably vote straight Republican, even if it's just my own little message to the liberals and progressives who got us so screwed so far.
And, as I've said many times in the past year or so, the LAST election [Obama] was "the most interesting of my life," but the NEXT TWO elections will completely outstrip them on the scale of "interesting."
Let the show begin!
First rev: 07.02.2010