Thursday, October 30, 2008

Obama's Civilian National Security Force

In several of his speeches, including his prime time infomercial last night, Barack Obama has mentioned his "civilian national security force" idea. What is it? What is it supposed to do? He said "we can't just rely on the military for our national security, we need a civilian national security force that is just as powerful, just as well funded."


What is his intention with this civilian national security force? He said, "Loving your country shouldn't just mean watching fireworks on the 4th of July," in a speech in Colorado Springs, Colo. "Loving your country must mean accepting your responsibility to do your part to change it."

Change it? What? It's not the country per se that needs changing, it's Washington DC. There is just something not right about all of this.

The real question today is why isn't the major media even talking about it? Do a Google search and see that none of the major newpapers or TV networks are writing articles about this. The only people commenting are conservative bloggers.

OK, it could be his attempt at a John Kennedy Peace Corps thing or Bushs' USA Freedom Corps and doesn't warrant serious attention? Neither Kennedy nor Bush had socialist/communist tendancies like Obama does. This is the kind of thing that reminds us of Hitler's youth corps... (There I got my first Hitler/Obama reference, gee I feel so much better).


Sunday, October 26, 2008

My Greatest Desire: To Be Proven Wrong

If Obama becomes my President, then I wish him well...

Whether McCain or Obama wins I want either them to be good for America. I wanted George W. Bush and Bill Clinton to be good for America too - though in the end neither of them were.

Coming from the center/right side of the political spectrum I have very low expectations for a President Obama. I doubt he will do much of anything that will make me happy. Yet I hope he proves me wrong. I hope everything I believe is wrong IF it is proven that his way makes this country better and richer and the more successful than any other nation on Earth. I hope the same for McCain too.

It should be pointed out that Congress has more real impact on our lives than the chief executive on matters outside the military. As much hope I might have in Obama my fear of an unstoppable Reid and Pelosi cancels it out. The best we can hope is that the Republicans can be a formidable opposition party since it has become clear they are a disaster as a governing party.

Lastly, I really, really, hope that if Barack Obama wins he lives long and prospers. My biggest fear is that Joe Biden is forced to take over and my fellow Americans that would be a disaster. Honestly Sarah Palin is a giant next to that man. She may not be ready - yet - to be our President but we should hope we never have to find out about Biden.


Friday, October 24, 2008

Introducing The People's Cube: a new link

I'm adding a new link under my Recommended Sites section on the right. Please check out "The People's Cube" when you have a minute.

In these trying times with the heavy anticipation of creeping socialism getting ready to stand up and sprint into our lives at every level we have to take time to laugh. The People's Cube is priceless. Hat Tip to Al Fin on this one... Hilarious!

Let's poke a little fun at "The One" and all that he stands for...

Thursday, October 16, 2008

A Frightened New World

Since the twilight days of European colonialism in the late 1930's American exceptionalism has buoyed the world economy. There are those who will say such a thing does not exist, but you need only to look at the current economic situation to realize that as America goes so goes the world. America is exceptional.

We still have a culture that (for the most part) values reason, success, and prosperity. However the U.S. is fast becoming the mother of all nanny-states. It is almost impossible to fail. What is capitalism without great success and humbling failure? To say that the U.S. economic system has in any significant way represented a true free-market system in the recent past is stretching the definition of a market system. The spirit of flexibility and perseverance which has always characterized the American ethos is finally petering out. One might be inclined to ask - - what happened?

For one, politicians at all levels view segments of the population with contempt, using them only as pawns to obtain and hold power. The looting of our tax dollars which are then funneled into specific interest groups to empower and entrench Democrats and Republicans has become obscene. These so-called servants of the people selfishly set themselves up for the sweet life regardless if they win or lose at the ballot box. We have become essentially powerless as citizens to do anything about it, and the record seems to strongly suggest that government has done more to destroy the lives of families than anyone else.

What we have is a beast - a beast that could destroy the world as we know it. For those who would stand up and cheer you'd better be careful what you wish for, the new world may not be better...

First it's the nanny-state, next it's the slave state. The only way to kill the nanny-state beast is to starve it. When deciding on the next President just ask yourself which candidate is MOST likely to put the beast on a diet.

In Ayn Rand's preeminent work "Atlas Shrugged" the conflict between "men of the mind" ( inventors, artists, business leaders, scientific researchers, and idea guys) and the looters (politicians, bureaucrats, leftists, union bosses and welfare whores) is the central theme. As the story goes the doers and producers essentially go on strike leaving the world to the looters without any grease for society's wheels. Many people see a parallel to today's America.

Though instead of individuals taking their ball and leaving it is entire American industries and economic sectors. For 40 years tax policies and the labor unions have driven the once mighty American industrial machine overseas. A businessman and a capitalist is first and foremost an opportunist - he has to be - and like running water he will take the path of least resistance.

American industry is still significant, but the trend lines are all pointing in one direction. One day they too will become wards of the state. If you think it is impossible think again. The government has "nationalized" over 50% of home mortgages, the biggest insurance company, and now many of the banks… What’s left to save? We’ve been riding the slippery slope for a long time, and it is looking like we’ve reached the point of critical mass where the system can no longer support all the looters.

Look at the situation with pure reason, and logic, something that was taken out of schools long ago, in preparation of leading the sheep to slaughter. The Democrats are led by socialists, and the Republicans sold out to the politically connected pseudo-businessmen who buy and sell influence. Do you hear anyone defending the concept of equality of opportunity over equality of outcome anymore? Certainly not Barack Obama. Read his short exchange with a citizen on the campaign trail for a look into the heart of Obama's true beliefs...

"Your new tax plan is going to tax me more, isn't it?" the blue-collar worker asked.

After Obama responded that it would, Wurzelbacher continued: "I've worked hard . . . I work 10 to 12 hours a day and I'm buying this company and I'm going to continue working that way. I'm getting taxed more and more while fulfilling the American Dream."

"It's not that I want to punish your success," Obama told him. "I want to make sure that everybody who is behind you, that they've got a chance for success, too.
Then, Obama explained his trickle-up theory of economics. "My attitude is that if the economy's good for folks from the bottom up, it's gonna be good for everybody. I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody."

Spread the wealth around??? This is exactly what the looters said in Rand's novel. It is exactly what socialists have said for decades. It is exactly what has been tried in the Soviet Union and most of Europe for the better part of a century. Using the government to spread the wealth around - where has it worked? In the Soviet Union where communism (an extreme form of socialism) was an utter failure and collapsed entirely, millions upon millions still suffer in poverty and deprivation. In Europe the collapse is slow and methodical - more of a crumbling than a catastrophic failure. In the coming decades as the native populations of the European nations move into old age having not replaced themselves by having children, will find there is no one to pay into the massive needs of the social welfare state coffers. The only way forward for Europe is immigration. The immigrants are largely Muslims who have no interest in becoming French, Spanish or Italian. Europe as we know it now will be dead.

It's only fair to ask if Obama does get elected, and the Democrats control both houses of Congress, could they possibly do more harm than "the Abramoff's of the world" and the Republicans did? Whose “side” is our side? Just maybe when Obama and the Democrats have all the power, they will rush forward with their socialist agenda so quickly that the frog will jump out of the water before it’s too late - if it isn’t already. To my dear friends who have bought in to the Democrat socialist propaganda I say, “be careful what you wish for, you might get it”. This is what Ayn Rand was warning us about…


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Laying the Ground Work

Reuters Headline: 10/15/08

Obama supporters fear race may bring candidate down

This type of article will become common over the next few weeks. The article basically says if Obama does not win it is because America is a racist country. Honestly I am already tired of being told what a bunch intolerant bigots we all are as we live in the most diverse nation the world has ever seen.


Could it be that some people ( like me) don't believe in socialism? Or that some people don't believe a first term Senator with nothing to show for a legislative accomplishment is ready to be President? As Geraldine Ferraro so correctly noted, no white candidate with his inexperience and past associations would even have gotten this far.

Consider also, as to why it wasn't racism when Ken Blackwell and Michael Steele lost... Oh yeah they were Republicans. Never mind. How silly of me. But wait - it couldn't be his long history of radicalism, anti-Americanism, socialism, Marxism, etc., etc. No, no that's impossible. American's are clamoring for CHANGE!

Well so be it, whatever I say is tainted anyway. Being born a white male, and choosing to be center/right has made me an extreem racist in the mind of the media any way.

None of this would even be an issue if Republicans (including John McCain) hadn't screwed the pooch for these last 6 or 7 years. The fools, the cowards and the self interested have no one to blame but themselves. Why wouldn't people want change? This doesn't mean I want to turn America over to socialists and Marxists - which is why I would never vote for someone like Obama be they white or black - but I want a government that is not strictly about special interests but rather a government that is all about the general interest.


Friday, October 10, 2008

American Lovebirds

A new painting for your eyes...

"American Lovebirds"
18 X 24 (acrylic)

This painting was based on a photo by found on the Internet. Unfortunately I can't read the signature on the photo??? I do hope you enjoy it. (be sure to click on the image for a larger view)

Please visit my online art gallery to see more!


Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Reflections on Termites and Cockroaches

The American House Has a Serious Infestation Problem

//The political system is broken//

I don't think this will garner much of an argument. This is not to say the blueprint for the "House of State" is obsolete or even defective. More like we have a profound termite and cockroach infestation.

In Washington they are usually called "special interests" so that we can put an easy label on the problem. For purposes of apt description the cockroaches are the money interests and the termites are the socialists. As one might surmise cockroaches can be dealt with, though never completely exterminated, nor should they be, they can be controlled. The termites, however, are chewing through the very foundation of America.

In the name of social justice they act as an interwoven force bent on the destruction of the America we know in favor of the socialist paradise clods like Stalin and Khrushchev failed to create. They have been at it since the dawn of the 20th century. Quite amazingly their work spans the generations and they have been spectacularly successful. They are in fact on the verge of installing (yes, installing) one of their own as the President of the United States.

I know this sounds very conspiratorial, a fantasy of a demented mind that sees the boogie man behind every closet door. So be it.

What about the cockroaches? The diseases they carry can be just as devastating to a household as rotted joists. There is a difference, a big difference. Cockroaches are opportunists. If and when this house crumbles to the ground in a heap of poverty and despair the cockroaches will be there to make a living, exploiting whatever resources are left behind. Cockroaches are self interested and greedy. They don't care to remake the world. They do not desire the destruction of the house, but they'll make the best of it when it happens.

When you boil it all down the evidence is clear: the termites (socialists/communists) would like to see the success that is unique to the United States crumple and fold. It really is as simple as that. They like to pretend that they want to return this country to the grandest traditions of our past as if they had nothing to do with its impending destruction. But they are the impending destruction - by design.

// The questions one has to ask is why - and - why do they appear to be be so successful?//

As to the "why"... Termites simply believe those who occupy America are downtrodden workers, minorities and immigrants - the proverbial little guy. They are the woman being held down by an unfair patriarchal system. They are the poor, the weak and the victimized. They have been wronged and cheated since birth. Most are so oppressed and disenfranchised that they don't even know it. Yet they bear zero responsibility for their plight. Neither their faults nor failings are their own, ever: they are continually exploited and manipulated by the cockroaches. This is all they see when they think of America.

The solution, of course, is to tear down virtue, individualism and personal responsibility and erect a beneficent government in its place. Saving the oppressed from their sorry lives, the termite agenda demands the denial of personal responsibility, encourages self-pity, encourages dependency, promotes sexual hedonism and condones civil disobedience and violence against our institutions. They will excuse the financial obligation of the borrower while demanding the lender continue to make bad loans to the undeserving.

It doesn't have to be that way they will tell you... In the termite hive you will be cared for from cradle to grave and all you have to do is comply. The cost? Not to worry - the government will pay for it all.

This, of course, is unsustainable and our society as we know it will collapse. I believe we are seeing the beginning (or the acceleration) of it even now. The current financial turmoil will ultimately be blamed on the cockroaches, but the cockroaches are only leveraging the opportunity laid at their feet by the termites. Cockroaches are indeed despicable and greedy. But it was the termites (socialist Democrats) who created the environment for the subprime fiasco through their wholly owned subsidiaries Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The facts are clear. But when the termites masquerade as cockroaches the lines get blurred and the truth gets buried in the rubble.

As to why the the termites have been so successful it's simply because they are patient and resourceful - they are in it for the long haul. They have infested the government, the schools and the media. They pray on the innate jealousy most of us have of the rich and privileged.

// The key to their genius strategy is America's youth//

The way to destroy a nation is to separate its youth from its parents and its history. The portal to the nation's youth is the public school and public university system. The educational system, particularly since the 1960's, has been controlled by teachers unions. Even the teachers who want no part of America's destruction cannot fight the union. Most good teachers, whether liberal leaning or not, leave the system. The rest are well meaning pawns or are complicit.

Those bent on the destruction of America in favor of an "International" government seem to always open up the old wounds. So slavery, the slaughter of the indigenous peoples of North America, women's suffrage and a whole host of blemishes that succumbed to the self-correcting moral compass of the American people are continually thrown in our faces by the termites. Our children see and hear this insufferable litany day after day in class, in the movies and in the media. America is always wrong, always has been.

The loss of our moral compass is a deliberate ploy by the NEA, the ACLU, Hollywood actors and college professors to name just a few. They have a visceral need to destroy white men, conservatives, and especially Christians. They will excuse anyone within their ranks who has gone astray, because of course they are just victims, but will condemn (demanding the removal of) any one on the other side.

Again, you can say this sounds very conspiratorial - it is.

The NEA promotes a anti-American agenda by declaring that "allegiance to a nation is the biggest stumbling block to the creation of international government. National boundaries and the concept of sovereignty must be abolished. The quickest way to do this is to condition the young to another and broader alliance. Opinion favorable to international government will be developed in the social studies curriculum in the public schools." And anyone who disagrees with NEA? They will be given special sensitivity training, since the diversity training forced on them at the beginning of the year obviously didn’t take. Most teachers have no say in the education of the children. They truly have no choice in the matter.

Many parents have chosen homeschooling, private schools or charter schools if it is available to them. But for most people they have no choice but to use the public schools. For 30 years fixing the dismal state of public education has been a "priority" and yet it has slipped further and further behind.

If America is to be saved public education must be rescued from the unions and from Federal control. Dire warning, I know, but I am not the only one who is saying it. Sadly, I have almost zero confidence that it will happen.

// Lastly, common sense is dead - by design//

This is the saddest development of all. Through this thing we blithely call political correctness the termites have rotted common sense from the inside out. Everyone I know, liberal, conservative or politically agnostic hates political correctness. Yet we are all slaves to it. Why?

Political Correctness like most any concern has some truth and justice to it. Like any concern when taken to nth degree it becomes ridiculous. When something that is considered by everyone to be past the point of ridiculousness and then made into law it becomes dangerous. That's where we are. Ever so slowly the forces behind political correctness (the termites) are strangling us with laws designed to stifle free speech and even our free thoughts - ever hear of hate crimes? Even premeditated murder requires the prosecutor to present evidence of the premeditation. Not so with hate crimes. This is just the tip of the ice berg and more proof that common sense is dead in American public life.

The real shame is that the lion's share of the American people either 1.) don't care (or won't until it's too late) or 2.) are so blinded by the manufactured hatred of the caricature of America the socialists present in the mass media they become complicit by default. Either way we lose.

There are plenty of us raising the alarms through blogs and talk radio and even a few on the TV that survive being shouted down. Because many of us are Christians or white men we won't get our due. Despite the fact that the termites point the finger at us and call us cockroaches (whom everybody hates) we persevere.

Examine your own beliefs

It's perfectly all right to hate the cockroaches too - they have their part in the impending destruction of our society. But they are the dirty bath water not the baby. The termites are tossing both out - by design.


Monday, October 06, 2008

Bumper Stickers???

By this time in the election cycle four years ago I marveled at the bumper stickers I would see on my way into the office everyday. Some were really creative and others quite nasty. We have all seen the car like the one pictured here with stickers plastered all over it. Ninety-nine times out of a hundred the slogans are decidedly left-wing loony type stuff. No real surprise since the whole left-wing agenda is nothing but slogans and bumper stickers (and they call these guys the nuanced crowd).

Over the ensuing four years all but a few Bush/Cheney stickers are gone, but we still see a fair share of Kerry/Edwards. We even see a lot of Wellstone stickers here in Minneapolis/St Paul, as if he is still running 6 years after his tragic death... These, I grant, are memorials for the true believers and we cut them plenty of slack. But, I am amazed at the dearth of political bumper stickers this time around.

Clearly the Obama stickers adorn more cars than McCain stickers, but there are mornings I drive in and see none. I find this amazing and odd. The same can be said for lawn signs too. The ratio is about the same, but there are so very few even in my liberal leaning inner city neighborhood.

Not that I mind all that much... It just seems odd, that's all.


Thursday, October 02, 2008

VP Debate: And the Winner is??? yawn...

Is there anything more pointless than to have two candidates get up on a stage and deliver campaign slogans (mostly half truths and some outright lies). Yes, Sarah Palin did all right tonight, and so did Joe Biden for that matter. Neither made any tremendous gaffes. But neither was even remotely interesting.

I like the plain spoken, folksy style of Palin so much more than Biden's "listen, I was first Senator to support ____________ (fill in the blank) and Barack Obama has always supported blah, blah, blah. However, Palin missed every single opportunity to nail the Democrats on this current financial crisis. Instead she decided it would be better to single out corruption on Wall Street. Biden just kept saying George Bush, George Bush, George Bush. Yawn...

While she seemed pretty confident she said next to nothing. Biden just kept telling half truth after bald faced lie - over and over. Palin almost never called him out on any of it. At least he responded to her half truths, albiet with lies of his own.

To be honest, I turned the sound down and played my guitar.

Could either of these two be the President of the United States? God, I hope not. Biden may be a "nice guy" but he bores the life right out of me. He is also a closet socialist, his voting record confirms it. She, on the other hand, has more confidence and moxy than substance. I do think she could grow into it. I think she has good political instincts and she can communicate without coming off as a condescending jerk. This is the curse of the nuanced, overly cautious politicos that are served up year after year. Jesse Ventura rode into the Minnesota's Governors mansion on just such a dynamic. It was refreshing to hear straight-forward, damn-the-torpedoes talk on the stump. Unfortunately for Ventura and Minnesota, he was a flipping nutcase.

In closing I would just like to say to the American people: thank the merciful Lord there will be no more VP debates!