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What Are You Going To Do About Your Country?
07-29-2010, 07:38 PM,
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What Are You Going To Do About Your Country?
I have said it before and I am stating here again. The America that once was is now gone, never to return again. The people made this all possible by not paying attention, wanting to believe the lies of politicians, becoming lazy and complacent and just plain not giving a shit because they had it too good for too long.

There is an article that appeared today in the American Spectator that lays it all out and shows what when wrong and how. But even though you read this article I am willing to bet that the people en masse will continue to sit back and not do anything now, in November or at any other time. It is too easy to sit back, continue to text, continue to play video games, continue to smoke pot, continue to worry over how to get over on the guy next you, continue to say someone else will deal with it. The American people are doomed. It's over, take the frog out - HE' S DONE NOW.

The Cure for Political Dejection
By Quin Hillyer on 7.29.10 @ 6:09AM

I really don't know what to write. We have a president who is so divisive that two longstanding pollsters of his own party write that "President Obama's divisive approach to governance has weakened us as a people and paralyzed our political culture."

We have columnists for major newspapers who are so nastily partisan that they fail to do even the most basic of investigatory requirements before sliming good, honest, decent Americans such as Justice Department whistleblower J. Christian Adams.

We have congressmen so eager to play gotcha that they try to blame former presidents for failing to do a constitutional duty even when the well-reported facts are that the operatives for the president of the congressman's own party unwittingly were the culprits in the supposed problem at issue. (Yeah, you won't know what I'm talking about; that's why you absolutely must read this link: http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/watercooler/2010/jul/27/first-democratic-congressman-calls-charges-against/ )

We have a major congressional committee chairman (Barney's Frank) who has conniption fits about not being given a $1 senior-citizen's discount, but who won't apologize for costing taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars by refusing for years to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. (He also didn't seem too exercised about his boyfriend running a male prostitution ring out of his own basement, but that's another story.)

We have writers for publications respected by the "mainstream" media who are so vicious and dishonest that they would suggest randomly throwing around charges of racism without a shred of evidence -- a charge made the more despicable because one of the named victims of the smear happens to be one of the nicest, most decent people in all of Washington punditry or politics.

We have a national debt exploding so rapidly, by deliberate design of the president, that one almost believes he is trying to implement the Cloward-Piven strategy of manufactured crisis. Cause a political and economic cataclysm; use it as an excuse for radical executive orders and proto-martial law; that sort of thing. Again, I did say "almost." But we are getting to a point where it almost doesn't matter what the motivations are; the reality being created could have the same effect whether by intention or by autocratic reaction to the fruits of the leader's own incompetence.

We have a president who may as well have declared war on my home state. Or on the whole central Gulf Coast.

We have a speaker of the House so cynical (or batty) that she says we must pass a bill first in order to know what's in it, and a majority leader so accustomed to railroad jobs and internal autocracy that he actually makes fun of the idea of requiring that congressmen be allowed at least 72 hours to examine bills before voting on them.

We have Supreme Court nominees sailing through despite saying that genetic differences might make Latinas better judges (Sotomayor) and despite openly flouting the law to harm military recruiting in a time of war (Kagan), and despite wanting to rule that the Constitution forbids states from keeping currently incarcerated rapists and murderers from voting (Sotomayor) and despite manipulating both science and the law in order to keep the barbaric practice of partial birth abortion legal for another decade (Kagan). (Sorry, readers: I'm tired of providing links, but Google these things at the Washington Times and you'll find them.)

I could go on with other bad news, but I'm tired. I'm dejected. I'm disgusted. I'm furious. I'm disheartened and disillusioned.

I want fair play and integrity and intellectual consistency and common decency from all points on the political spectrum. But those attributes are not as prevalent on the right as they should be, and it seems they are almost nonexistent on the left. I don't mind honest and respectful disagreements; I am sickened by vicious attacks without substance.

And, dear reader, I assume you agree. I hate writing all these "I" sentences (yikes: I almost sound like Obama!), so let's make this about you. What are you going to do about all this? What do you want to see happen? How much do you care about your country and your community?

If you are reading this, the answer to the questions in the last sentence is probably "one heck of a lot." You care. You have aspirations for communities of freedom and comity. You want to stop all of these political horrors, and you want to stop cultural horrors not even touched upon here but that could take pages and pages of exposition. You want to believe in America. And, dare we say it without sounding too pie-in-the-sky, you want to do what Ronald Reagan said all good Americans want to do: "to dream heroic dreams." And to work to make them reality.

So get to it. Keep up your activism. Talk to your neighbors. Volunteer at campaign headquarters. Contribute financially to candidates. Make phone calls. Go to rallies. Write thoughtful and concise letters to the editor. Help register like-minded voters. Drive elderly or infirm like-minded voters to the polls in November.

Get involved and stay involved. For the sake of your country, your loved ones, your future. Our future. Together. As Americans. Go do it. Now.

Link: http://spectator.org/archives/2010/07/29/the-cure-for-political-dejecti
Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag and begin slitting throats. H. L. Mencken




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07-30-2010, 05:20 AM,
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RE: What Are You Going To Do About Your Country?
(07-29-2010, 07:38 PM)NickHedge Wrote: There is an article that appeared today in the American Spectator that lays it all out and shows what when wrong and how.

Is that really what you see in this article? Do you really think (as this writer seems to) that America fell off a cliff on Jan 22, 2009? All I see is more left right bullshit here and a total lack of the bigger picture. Why bother with this nonsense, Nick? Things are getting worse but at the same time to pin it to minor things like the Supreme court and two nominations that amount to nothing and a pretext for a contrived banking consolidation is missing the big picture. Many more pivotal points have occurred in the nations history in 2001, 1980, 1963, 1947, 1913, 1865, 1812, and 1789, for example. The country has been house slaves on a long leash for a long time. The leash has just been slowly drawn in. Blaming part of the one party system accomplishes absolutely nothing.

As for the American people not doing anything, what exactly do you propose? Outside of not signing up for the military, not paying extortion to the banks and government and stop buying crap from multinational corporations there aren't a lot of options. This isn't a hero archetype situation it's people doing little things cumulatively and setting an example. I don't like the progression of things anymore than you but getting pissed at people isn't going to help. Take the ID thing. I get shit about IDs when I buy beer. I don't get indignant about it though. Instead I try to politely explain why corporations/governments having dossiers on people isn't in our interest. I've actually had much more success with that tact than being abrasive which, frankly, is often how you come off.

It's bad but until you're a political prisoner or dead you can still have an impact with the right attitude. I get pessimistic at times too but really the country has been fucked from the beginning. What's really gone is trust and respect for other people, but that's been gone at least since the 80s. That's the real problem the country faces too. Everyone is being turned against each other because people have been trained to be paranoid sociopaths. Divisiveness has increased as distrust has been promoted between different races, political affiliations, and class (except for the oligarchs who stand outside the equation of course). All articles like this do is fuel that divisiveness. Mutual trust and respect are what we need not blaming bit players like Barney Frank and irrelevant players like the interchangeable Supreme Court cogs.
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