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One of the sites I enjoy most that covers the entertainment industry is Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood — mainly for the comments under the articles, because a lot of them appear to be from people actually in the entertainment industry itself. I think Finke and her staff actually delete a lot of comments from “regular folks” and mostly allow only those from people who sound like they are in the business. This is extraordinarily helpful to those of us watching the industry for trends, since it’s a much different comment pool than you’d find at EW.com, People.com, AintItCool.com, or other sites that trade in entertainment news (but are largely avoided by people who actually work in the industry). Teenagers and internet trolls do not camp out on Deadline Hollywood.
A few days ago I talked about my own recently-acquired avoidance of seeing movies on the “big screen” in theaters…and how I think I crossed a cultural milestone for myself and possibly have seen the last movie I will ever see in a theater (barring any extraordinary experiences in the future). My habit for going to movies has been broken, and it’s not coming back any time soon. Even the absolutely adorable Chris Pine, shirtless in the new Star Trek, couldn’t coax me back into theaters…and Henry Cavill, muscled-up and squeezed into a Superman suit, similarly hasn’t steeled any resolve to see him on a big screen in his upcoming “blockbuster”. Frankly, they could make the greatest movie in the history of the world (like Magic Mike: 2) and I just wouldn’t care to see it in a movie theater.
A recent article on Deadline seems to indicate a lot of people feel the same way (about the theaters, if not the wicked hot guys). Once again, it’s not the article itself (which was about a price increase in Regal Cinemas theaters) but the comments that are most fascinating. The exact same complaints I had about the movie-going experience were echoed by others, including the fact that it’s just a more enjoyable experience to watch movies at home. The more I think about this, the more I also realize that the sort of people who go to movies today aren’t the sort I want to spend 2 hours with in the dark…which is the exact opposite of the way I feel about being in an audience for a live production of anything.
I recently saw Smokey Joe’s Cafe here in Chicago with a good friend of mine and loved every second of the experience. Even though the seats were more tightly packed together than in a movie theater, I hardly noticed and never felt uncomfortable because seeing a live production is just so much fun. It’s a terrific show…and the people who paid to see it were thrilled to be there…so there was no loud talking, no getting up every four minutes to use the bathroom, no phones ringing, no texting, or any of the other nonsense that happens in movie theaters today. Tickets to the show were around $30 each, which is about what my boyfriend Justin and I spend if we see a movie in the theater (which includes parking and a drink, as well as the tickets). So, $60 for two theater tickets to a live performance is roughly what Justin and I would spend if we saw two Hollywood movies in a theater. If I waited three months and watched those two movies at home via Amazon Instant it would be about $6.
I think I’m going to make a concerted effort to save up my entertainment dollars and try to see a live theater performance at least four times a year going forward…and eliminate going to movie theaters entirely from now on. The added bonus to all this is that I will continue to give as little money as possible to Hollywood, so that as little of my money as possible can be redistributed by the movie studios to the Democrat Party and its masters on the Left. Live theater production companies put on great shows that just barely break even…so I can rest assured that earnings from ticket sales of live theater are most certainly not being sent to the Obama Regime’s political organizing wing. Live theater is much more entertaining and exciting…AND supporting it does not mean you are contributing to the revenue stream that keeps the Democrats flush with cash.
It’s a win-win for everyone…and in a city like Chicago, attending live theater performances means I get to see people who will be nationally famous in five or ten years…but I catch them when they are just on their ascent towards fame. That’s always fun, because I get to say “I saw her back when…” and remember the chill I got when I first heard a singer up on stage who later indeed hit it big on Broadway or made a name for herself in tee-vee or movies or whatever.
I wonder if this sounds strange to you, but I mainly get such a kick out of finding ways in my normal day to eliminate (as much as possible) any money from Justin or me going to the Left in any way…so cutting out those movies in theaters as a steadfast rule has been one of the best things I think we’ve done in this regard. Just imagine the dent it would make in Democrat coffers if every conservative person in the country swore off going to movie theaters and just readjusted their entertainment budgets to see a few live theater productions a year instead of going to a movie every month or so.
QUESTION FOR COMMENTS: Do you have any fun or clever ways of eliminating or reducing-as-much-as-possible the money that flows from your wallet into the Left’s hands? I’m not talking about boycotting anything, but instead just analyzing how you do things and thinking about whether or not you want to contribute directly to entities that fund a lot of the bad things the Left does to this country.
I know that being vocally involved in politics is not for everyone and that a lot of people with families are afraid of the Left’s goon squads harming them in indirect ways if they ever got on an “enemies’ list” (like with the IRS)…but no one’s going to be punished for not dropping big money at the movie theaters. So, if you really oppose the Left, stop feeding the Hollywood revenue stream that’s so lucrative for Democrats. And start encouraging your friends and neighbors to do likewise.
What else is on your mind this day, May 23rd 2013?
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Today I’d like you to think about all of the television shows you watch, the sites you read, and the people you listen to on the radio…and I want you to ask yourself, honestly, if these people ever give you any good ideas on how you can take physical action to put a stop to what the Left is doing to the country…or if they just freak you the heck out and leave you crippled emotionally after watching, reading, or listening to how bad things are in the world today. Because 80% of the problems we are facing right now could be solved if more people took the steps and DID SOMETHING tangible and positive each day…instead of just being terrified by what they heard on FOX News, read on Breitbart.com, heard on Alex Jones’ show, or wherever else they’re being terrified on a regular basis.
I’ve hinted at this problem in my own personal life before, but I’ve never shared just how bad it’s gotten…but I think it’s important I do so that others out there in a similar situation might have an honest talk about this in their own homes. My boyfriend Justin’s mother, CarolAnne, lives in Arkansas and is retired…so her entire day is spent in front of a TV set watching “the news”, reading Breitbart.com, tuning into Glenn Beck TV, and sitting in the dark very late at night listening to the ramblings of Alex Jones. She gets herself so worked up with all the DOOM! served up to her that the woman can no longer function; she has given up all her hobbies, has stopped gardening, she will not even go to church anymore…because she is obsessed with “the news”. The breaking point for her was this IRS scandal because she sees this as “proof” that the grande conspiracy theories she’s long believed in are all true; the net result of this is that everything she was terrified of before has become even more horrifying to her, since she believes the IRS targeting Americans shows that “this all goes deeper than we thought!”.
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What CarolAnne does with this information is this: as soon as her husband comes home from work, she berates him for several hours with her DOOM REPORTS until he just about wants to kill himself right there in the living room chair. The only place he can escape her is the bathroom…so he will go in there and turn the water on in the shower and the sink so that he can’t hear her through the door. CarolAnne, still needing to “share” everything she heard and read today, next starts dialing her phone or FaceTiming on her iPad…until she reaches her son, her daughter, her sisters, or any number of her friends. Whoever picks up then gets several hours’ worth of fear downloaded from CarolAnne.
I can tell you what happens in my home after one of the daily calls from CarolAnne: Justin ends up looking sick to his stomach and completely crumpled, like he just wants to kill himself. He then hobbles into the living room where I’m working and he grills me for several hours on all the things his mother told him. For the first fifteen minutes, I gamely deflect the negativity he’s shooting at me…because everything CarolAnne spreads is told in the tone of “We’re Doomed! There’s nothing we can do and it’s only a matter of time before they come for us all!”. After about 45 minutes of this, though, I feel like I’m the guest on a really bad talk show and question after question that’s fired at me is designed to break my spirit. Justin’s keeping me from whatever I was working on, but he doesn’t much care; his need to be talked off the ledge his mother put him on completely trumps the fact that I’m working on something (even if that something is what is paying the rent around here). After a call from CarolAnne, Justin’s so upset by the things his mother’s told him that he has absolutely no respect for my time or my energy levels.
If he’s still talking after two hours then I have to draw a line…since by this point most of what he’s saying is just repetitious. ”But, I’m afraid!,” he cries…and then repeats everything he is currently afraid of for the seventh or eighth time. It’s all coming from a place of pure terror inside him, and it mostly centers on the fact that CarolAnne interprets everything she reads or hears “in the news” to mean that all hope is lost, America can’t be saved, and that Republicans in office are deliberately working with Democrats to tank the country. No matter what I say to Justin to counter this, he’s determined to suck me down into his misery.
Honestly, I don’t know what would make him happy anymore. Does he want me to just break and say, “Your mother is right! All hope is lost! We should all just kill ourselves now!”. I imagine my personal Hades would be a gloomy corner of Persephone’s garden just to the left of where Cerberus sleeps, where a round table is set up for me to be on a “Meet the Press” of the afterlife…and spend eternity countering every argument from the likes of CarolAnne that we’re doomed and all should just give up entirely right now.
I think all of this is very much like the zombie plagues popular in movies and on the tee-vee right now…where one person gets infected with the “solanum virus” and spreads it to another person, and that newly infected family member then spreads it to others, and the whole thing just escalates exponentially. Fear is destructive and it spreads quickly (unless it encounters someone who will not break and will never give in to the fear).
Justin just exhausts me with this stuff. I escape him by hopping into the shower and turning the radio on in the bathroom, but he’s still talking through the door. Only when I’m under the water do I get any peace from this garbage…and even then I know there’s a 50/50 chance he’ll still be talking when I open the bathroom door. From his perspective, he’s just so revved up by his mother’s phone call that he “has to talk to someone”…and I unfortunately am always available as someone for him to “unload on”. It is to the point where I regret us living together and we’re having talks about parting ways.
Every day, Justin insists on forcing CarolAnne’s DOOM REPORTS on me…and every day I exhaust my energy levels fighting off the doom-infection. To break the cycle, I just don’t call up any of my friends and spread DOOM to them (the way CarolAnne spreads it to Justin and then Justin spreads it to me). Truthfully, I resent the role Justin forces on me of being the person who every day has to calm him down and tell him that “everything will be alright”. It’s a heavy load to bear that depletes my energy. After Justin’s done his damage for the night and has completely exhausted himself, he shuffles off to bed and leaves me sitting at my computer…absolutely numb and feeling dead inside. I stare at the screen and try to refocus back on what I was doing before Justin’s hours-long interruption, but it takes me a while to get back my rhythm and roll.
In how many households is something like this happening every single day?
How many CarolAnnes are out there…with corresponding Justins in that round-robin telephone chain of doom-infection?
I think the only way to stop this is to find a way to show people that if you are scared of anything in life then the best thing you can do for yourself is to TAKE ACTION against what scares you. The only known antidote to fear is, in fact, action. The problem with people who become terrified of things they see and hear “in the news” is that these national problems seem so monstrous and gigantic…which ramps the fear quotient up immensely since people then believe there’s nothing they can do about any of it.
While it’s true that we are not going to defeat the Left overnight — and that we are unfortunately in for many years of suffering and struggle — it’s also false that there’s nothing that any of us can do about these problems (so just crumple to the ground from crippling fear and cry yourself into oblivion).
I think FOX News, Breitbart.com, Glenn Beck’s channel, and all of these other sources of information that CarolAnne exposes herself to all day shouldn’t be obsessed over. I also think that the people behind this content should do a better job of reminding viewers/readers that the real power in this country rests with its PEOPLE and that anyone who is watching/reading who feels like the country is on the wrong track needs to stand up and get involved in the resistance to the Left. It’s rare to see any such calls to action…because the people who work for FOX and Breitbart or wherever just focus on putting up their content for the day…and never think about the poor retiree in Eureka Springs, Arkansas who can largely no longer function in life because she is FREAKED OUT OF HER MIND every day by the relentlessly awful news of the latest terrible thing the Left has done.
I want to ask you to look inside your heart and honestly admit if you are a CarolAnne…and if you spend any part of your day calling friends or family to spread your worry and fear to them. You might “need to talk to someone” but before you do, why not take out a pen and paper and write down the things that you are really afraid of. Then, take another piece of paper and think of positive things you can do to weaken those terrifying things.
I love writing letters and every day use up the three free faxes provided by FaxZero. I write to my CongressCritter, to the Senators here in Illinois, and to whomever I can think of that day to formally ask for an investigation into this, that, or the other. I also enjoy writing to the General Managers of news stations coast to coast chiding them for their terrible coverage of our current political climate. Justin and his mother are horrified I do this — and believe me, I hear about that all the time from them — because they think my writing letters labels me a “troublemaker” and that I’m now “on the list” of people who will soon be “rounded up”.
I swear, that would be the proudest day in my life if the Left really did roll up in front of our place in Boystown and send stormtroopers up to our third floor apartment and drag me out in a “round up” because I was never afraid to speak my mind and call out the abuses of the Obama Regime. I would rather be persecuted for telling the truth than be cowering in the dark afraid to say anything. I just don’t understand the appeal of being scared to death every day…and of then infecting the people you supposedly love with that fear.
Unfortunately, the Left is in fact in complete control of the government and is doing all it can through abuse of federal agencies to maintain that power. The good news is that a lot of this abuse of power is only achieved because a black man is currently the head of the Democrat Party and sits in the White House. In 2016, Democrats will anoint a new party head…and whoever that person is, it won’t be a black man who is untouchable and immune to criticism as far as tens of millions of people in this country are concerned. Democrats have achieved the tyranny they always dreamed of by using people’s natural fear of being called “Ray Ciss” to keep a lot of folks quiet about what the Obama Regime has been up to…but the rules are changing soon enough when this man is no longer on the ticket.
And Democrats will indeed suffer the consequences of everything they did during the Obama Regime. There will come some moment in time in the future when people just start to see they don’t have to be afraid anymore…and at that point the anger will just burst forth like a dam breaking. It’s anyone’s guess what that moment will be, but it will come. And besides Democrats in office the other set of people who will pay a huge price for what they’ve done since 2008 will be the news media. When that dam breaks and Americans at large come to realize just how much the media helped the Obama Regime persecute and intimidate fellow Americans, well there will be a reckoning for the media that will be thrilling to watch.
i really don’t know if my relationship with Justin is going to survive all of this, though. I love the guy, I really do, but we’ve reached a point where the phone calls from CarolAnne and their aftermath have done serious damage to not just our relationship, but my work product. I can’t afford to spend two or three hours every day talking Justin down off a ledge or reassuring him that the things his mother tells him aren’t true and that she’s misinterpreting what she hears and sees on TV or on Breitbart. It’s such a bizarre and exhausting position for me to be in, because CarolAnne’s a very nice woman…so she’s not doing any of this on purpose. In her mind, she’s just “trying to keep her son informed” or “just needing someone to talk to”. But, Justin just won’t let up until he has my undivided attention and gets to interview me for hours on end about all the things he’s afraid of that day. And it’s my job to comfort, console, and reassure him…until I am so drained emotionally that I just can’t do anything else that day until my batteries recharge. Lather, rinse, and repeat all of the above tomorrow. And the tomorrow after that.
QUESTION FOR COMMENTS: Do you have a CarolAnne or a Justin in your lives? If so, do you have any tricks for handling them?
Do you recognize any CarolAnne or Justin behavior in yourself? If you don’t want to share in comments, shoot me an email in private and tell me why you get sucked into the spreading of Doom Reports. Maybe you could think of a few ways to use ACTION as an antidote to fear…and perhaps do something tangible every day to counter the fears that you have, so that the fear no longer overwhelms you.
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Today there will be protests against the corruption of the Obama Regime and the weaponization of the IRS into an attack dog of the Democrat Party. I really hope you can head down to an IRS office near you at 12 noon today and join the crowds…because Americans should not stand by quietly as the revenue-collecting arm of the federal government becomes an instrument of political terror focused on conservatives and Christians in an effort to intimidate these people into ending any and all resistance to the Obama Regime.
I’m still trying to understand why so many of you out there are terrified of the IRS and the federal government, because these people all work for YOU, the taxpayers. On a very personal level, I can tell you that my boyfriend Justin’s family in Arkansas spends their entire lives afraid of one thing or another. It’s frustrating, because Justin’s mother spreads this fear to Chicago by calling Justin on the phone every night and filling his head with nightmares for three hours before he goes to bed. Which inevitably leads to me being up until 1 in the morning trying to reassure him that his mother’s conspiracies and persecution fantasies aren’t real…and that she’s doing exactly what Democrats want her to do when she crumbles to the ground in the fetal position.
YES, Democrats are indeed trying to scare Americans into ending all resistance to the Obama Regime. That’s definitely going on. For those of us who wondered where the Tea Party patriots went in the lead up to the 2012 election, we now know a lot of these people were terrified by the IRS into ending their political organizing and activity. Everyone at the IRS, in the Treasury Department, in the Democrat Party, and in the White House who was involved in this scheme to intimidate conservative Americans into silence before the 2012 election needs to spend time in prison. But, that’s not going to happen unless people stop being afraid and start speaking out about this grotesque abuse of power on the Left’s part.
America’s in a real bind here in 2013 because on one had the Left is triumphant in its power…while at the same time Republicans are largely as wimpy and reluctant to stand up to Democrats as always. The Cocktail Party’s pushing Marco Rubio to be the losing presidential candidate of 2016…and idiots in the GOP believe the media when it says “Hispanics are the key to winning! So give amnesty and Hispanics will love Republicans!”. This is akin to Br’er Rabbit saying how much he didn’t want to be thrown into the thorn patch…when all along that was EXACTLY what he wanted. It’s hard to believe Republicans can keep being so stupid as to do what the media wants them to do…but if they really end up allowing Democrats to legalize millions of Mexican peasants who are here criminally then those millions of newly-minted Democrat voters will ensure that Republicans never win another national election in our lifetimes.
The Left’s plot against America is in full swing:
(a) import as many third world peasants as possible and turn them into voters by tricking Republicans into going along with this (because these Spanish-speakers will not learn English, will never assimilate, and will depend on Democrats’ handouts to survive…in addition to looking the other way at the Left’s brutalist tactics towards opponents since this is the sort of thing the peasants are used to in Mexico)
(b) using federal agencies to terrify Americans into standing up to the Left…and the ultimate example of that is taking an agency like the IRS that people are already afraid of and actually weaponizing it to persecute conservatives and Christians (while simultaneously making it as easy as possible for Leftist groups to organize with the full cooperation of the government)
(c ) divide Americans along every ethnic, racial, gender, and class line imaginable…so it’s hard for the Left’s opposition to ever unite against the Obama Regime
I think you help the Left when you allow the fear you are feeling to overwhelm you. But that’s not saying the fear you feel isn’t real or natural. Taking Justin’s parents as an example, these are very nice and very educated people…who are not able to function sometimes because they are just so scared of the IRS coming to get them because they attended a Tea Party meeting a few times. Justin’s mother is TERRIFIED of going to another Tea Party event because she’s scare that someone from the IRS will be “tape-recording” everyone. That’s her personal obsession, the “tape-recording”…but Justin insists the IRS will be “videoing” everyone…which might just be a generational thing in terms of what people are terrified of.
I really don’t care if the IRS “tape-records” or “videos” me…or if the Left comes at me with everything its got for standing up to the Obama Regime. The only way that totalitarian governments survive is because people are so terrified of “what will happen to them if they speak out” that people stay silent for far too long. We’ve seen time and again in history that when people FINALLY stand up to despots that these petty tyrants crumble to the ground. It’s just unfortunate that so many people have to suffer before a nation has had enough of this garbage.
I remember being in high school when the Soviet Union collapsed and its satellite countries cast off the yoke of communism. I remember a teacher saying that “this could have happened years ago, if people weren’t so afraid this whole time”. She was right, because once people collectively decided they’d had enough the Soviet troops didn’t even bother fighting back. They just abandoned their guard posts and withdrew.
The exact same thing happened in Baghdad once people saw that Saddam Hussein’s shock troops would no longer be able to harm them. People looked around, saw that their neighbors were toppling statutes of the dictator, and they joined in too. But people did stop to look around to see if anyone else was doing it first, though.
I think this is where we’re at right now in this country. People like Justin’s parents in Arkansas are scared out of their minds by what the federal government has been doing in the last five years…but they don’t see any of their neighbors out protesting this. Going to a protest is too scary for CarolAnne, Justin’s mom. She’s afraid she’ll be tape-recorded there…or captured and sent to a “facility” somewhere and will then never see her family again. She really believes the Left has become this powerful that THIS IS POSSIBLE in America, of all places.
The main source of the Obama Regime’s power is fear…with the secondary font of all its power being the fact that a lot of people are still too scared to criticize a black man to do anything about this Regime’s activities (so I guess that’s rooted in fear too, in its own special way). It really all boils down to FEAR…and the fact that people who are scared will stay cowering inside until they see their friends and neighbors standing up to the Regime first.
Someone always has to be first, I guess. And then other people lose some of their fear and join in where they can. Next thing you know it, a Regime topples.
I don’t enjoy going downtown to protests, because being in a thick crowd on a hot day is not my idea of fun. But I am going because I want CarolAnne in Arkansas to know that I am not afraid of the IRS, Homeland Security, the Black Panthers, ACORN, the SEIU, the Justice Department, or any other thugs or goons used by Democrats to empower the Obama Regime. I will probably shout myself hoarse today and get a very bad sunburn in the process…but I don’t care. I think America as a nation is worth the inconvenience of heading into this throng to be part of the group of people here in Chicago that stands up to the IRS.
I wish I could convince Justin to come too, but his mother has him too scared out of his mind to come with me. That’s okay, though, because when I get back from the protest he’s going to wish he had gone. I’ll take lots of pictures and video and I’ll make him help me edit all that so we can put it up on YouTube later. And I’m sure he’ll decide to come with me to the next thing that protests the IRS’ abuse of power…since I don’t believe this matter will go away any time soon.
I think you’ll regret it very much if you don’t go to one of these protests today (if it’s at all possible for you to do so). But if you are scared, I do want to hear from you. You don’t have to leave a comment if you want to stay private, so just send us an email…and tell us WHY you are so scared of the IRS or the Obama Regime. If you’ve ever seen a reality show where people are coached to overcome their crippling arachnophobia or fear of flying or whatever, you’ll know that the first step in conquering the fear is recognizing it…followed by admitting it’s a problem and then talking out loud about how this fear is holding you back in life.
If you are scared of opposing the Obama Regime because you’re terrified of what the IRS or Homeland Security or the Justice Department will do to you if anyone finds out you don’t support what the Left is doing to our country, then today’s a great day to recognize and admit you have this fear. Tell someone about how you feel. There’s a darn good chance they secretly have been feeling the same way too…and perhaps together the two of you will help each other see that it’s unacceptable for the federal government of the United States to make its people quake in terror like this.
Yes, the Left is in complete control of everything right now.
Yes, the Left is abusing its power and persecuting Americans in the name of Barack Obama.
But, NO, we don’t have to stand for this and don’t have to accept this as our new national reality.
QUESTION FOR COMMENTS: How can YOU spread the world in your own little part of the country that it’s okay for people to talk about their fear of the government and it’s time for everyone to take an honest look at that fear and decide if this is how we want to live in the United States?
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How afraid are you of the federal government at this point?
I ask that because last night I spent about seven hours talking my boyfriend Justin down from an emotional ledge, since his mother CarolAnne and his father “Doc” used his weekend visit to Arkansas to convince him that it will roughly be just a few days before Democrats send someone from one government agency or another after all of them. Me, too. And you as well. All of us. They’re coming for all of us so panic right now!
It’s actually quite muggy here in Chicago. My energy levels aren’t great and I get tired very easily…and I have to tell you that it’s truly exhausting having to explain to Justin that, NO, the government is not coming for him, his parents, or me this week or next. ”If Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter and Mark Steyn and Thomas Sowell disappear…then we should all start to worry”, is what I told him…because I really believe that these people are much higher up on the Democrats’ enemies’ list than Justin’s parents in Arkansas. Wouldn’t the Left start with the most visible and outspoken critics of the Democrat Party before it starts rounding up retirees in Eureka Springs? If Ted Cruz disappears and no one can locate Darrell Issa or Michele Bachmann, then I think it’s time to panic.
I do, however, believe that the Left has complete control over all branches of government at this point and is abusing power like nothing we’ve ever seen. The reason they’re getting away with this is that the current head of the Democrat Party is a black man…and even in 2013 people are too terrified of being called “Ray Ciss” to openly challenge what this administration is doing. It really makes a lot of sense today why the Left pushed so hard to give Obama the nomination (and the presidency) in 2008…because there’s no way having Hillary Clinton in the White House would have allowed them to get away with everything they wanted to do to the country.
It’s staggering how effective these people have been, and how magically the threat of calling people “Ray Ciss” allows the Left to abuse the power of the federal government.
Disgustingly, the Ministry of Truth that is our national media keeps working overtime to claim “Oh, it’s not that bad!” whenever the latest persecution of Americans by their own government is exposed. If this was a Republican administration targeting citizens with the IRS as a political weapon we’d have nonstop coverage of this outrage…with “journalists” falling all over themselves in an effort to be first to become the next Woodward or Bernstein…and bring down a sitting President. Even if another Democrat was in office, the press would still make at least some hay out of this IRS scandal…though they’d stop short of removing that Democrat from office. But, because Barack Obama is “a black man” (as he proclaimed during a commencement address over the weekend) he and his administration are untouchable and reporters believe their duty is to serve as his loyal Palace Guard.
I really want to emphasize that point because I think it’s a nuance that a lot of people miss: in 2013, because the President is a black Democrat, no reporter working in any medium will write any story that hurts this man’s image or jeopardizes his hold on power. In fact, they would rather forfeit advancing their own careers by breaking big stories than writing investigative stories that expose the corruption and soft tyranny of the Obama Regime. Truthfully, any reporter painting Obama in a bad light HURTS his or her own career, because everyone working in every single news room across the country has been dreaming of having a black President and a black First Lady in the White House…so the Obamas must be treated forever as a brand that can never be tarnished or sullied, regardless of what the truth about either of them may be.
If you read the novel 1984 in high school (or have re-read it recently), then you just can’t help put find echoes of that fiction in the realities of today. The press has indeed become a Ministry of Truth (which, in classic newspeak, means that it serves the purpose of spreading lies that help the Regime while rewriting history to better fit whatever lies the Regime is telling today). Hollywood serves as a Ministry of Entertainment (which in newspeak means that the “entertainment” it provides is really a kind of cultural brainwashing that repeatedly states that anyone who opposes Obama is a “Ray Ciss” and that people who don’t vote Democrat are evil and must be destroyed). The IRS, Homeland Security, and the other federal agencies that have engaged in persecution of Americans (or bizarre behavior like the purchasing and hoarding of enough rounds of ammunition to put a bullet through the skull of every man, woman, and child in this country) have formed a Ministry of Persuasion that employs intimidation and fear to suppress Americans’ natural resistance to the Left (and the Democrats in office who are enacting the Left’s agenda).
I’m reminded of an old TV show on FOX in the mid-90s called Sliders. Have you heard of it? It was about a group of adventurers who had a device that opened a portal into alternate dimensions; these were parallel Earths and it was the same year, but history had unfolded differently…so that America was often unrecognizable on these “slides” through the dimensional portals. One memorable episode (titled “Time Again and World”) found an America under martial law where J. Edger Hoover had assumed control of the presidency and had ruled with an iron, cross-dressing fist for decades. In that version of our country, the Constitution was buried and all knowledge of it was suppressed…until at the end of the episode someone found a way to upload the last known surviving text of the Constitution to a computer network. This aired back in 1996…and is also memorable for me because I think it was the first time I ever heard of “The Internet” (which was often at the time called “The Information Superhighway” and seemed like something that was no meant for regular people in their homes to use).
Though I do believe Democrats have been using federal agencies like the IRS, the Justice Department, and Homeland Security to persecute Americans for political purposes…I also don’t believe they will ultimately get away with it. The Left always overreaches because they believe they can keep people terrified and intimidated and that no one will ever fight back, for fear of being audited, or of having those hoarded Homeland Security ammunition rounds used against them, or that Democrat goon squads like the Black Panthers or the SEIU will be dispatched to harass them in their homes.
I just don’t fear the government in the end because I don’t believe these people are competent enough to successfully scare 300 million people into perpetual ignorance and obedience. The country is just too big and the Leftist indoctrination that happens in the public school system is not ultimately complete enough to prevent conservative parents from teaching their children that the government is not all-knowing or all-powerful.
One of the tactics of the Left is to keep people feeling crippled and exhausted…and they’ve done a really good job of that, because after five years of one crisis and unbelievable outrage after another I know many good people who have just given up. They feel the Left has won and there’s nothing we can do about it now…but that’s not entirely true.
The majority of the people in this country find politics to be quite boring and pay little attention when discussions about Homeland Security or the Justice Department are happening, because those agencies are too abstract. The TSA is by large the face of Homeland Security, and most Americans seem to think they’re just a bumbling nuisance whenever people need to fly. The Justice Department sounds a lot like “The Justice League” and is in “a building somewhere, and they do legal stuff” in most people’s minds. Few Americans are ever involved in any sort of law suit in their lifetime and fewer still ever are defendants in criminal matters.
But the IRS is a different story. It’s an agency that people feel has too much power to begin with…and now that they’re seeing that the IRS has been used to target specific people because of the way they vote and the fact that they oppose Obama…well, this is entirely uncharted territory.
Do not for a minute believe that this will ultimately force the resignation of Obama or will allow for any impeachment of him, because the reality is that he is “the historic and unprecedented first black president” and there is no way he will ever be removed from office. But if Americans at large come to understand that electing Democrats to national office leads to abuses of power like the IRS becoming a political weapon, then the 2014 elections could wipe a great many of the Left from positions of power.
The trick is getting this information to people who don’t read political sites and who believe what MSNBC is telling them on the tee-vee. That’s the big failing of conservative political commentary. There are a lot of great writers out there and conservative sites every day have a great deal of important information on these topics. There are a lot of excellent people who read this stuff and discuss it with their families…but it never goes any further than that.
The Ministry of Truth, the Ministry of Entertainment, and the Ministry of Persuasion prevent the full scope of the Left’s activities and abuses of power from ever reaching most Americans. Committed conservatives know all this stuff. Committed Leftists deliberately avoid ever accepting the reality of any of it. But the remaining 30% of the country that ignores politics until a week before an election doesn’t understand what the IRS has been up to and is not yet making the connection that if the IRS was targeting conservative groups for audits in 2012 and 2013, then what sort of targeting will the IRS do to individual conservative voters in 2014 when Obamacare comes into full effect and decisions about who “deserves” life-saving medical treatments are made by people with a political agenda.
Do I believe that Democrats will pressure the IRS/Department of Health & Human Services to stall the paperwork and/or deny treatment to people who vote Republican? Hell to the YES, because this is the sort of thing the Left does…as they figure that rationed health services should go to loyal Democrat voters first and that it would probably not be a bad thing if people who vote Republican don’t get that life-saving heart operation they need. Democrats want to flood their ranks by brining in as many third world peasants from Mexico as possible, then legalizing them all, so that they can create more Democrat voters. Simultaneously, I clearly see Democrats wanting to decrease the number of Republican voters either through intimidation (i.e., vote Republican and we will audit you) or “attrition” (i.e., vote Republican and your application for medical care will be lost or misfiled so that you don’t live much longer…and therefore can’t keep voting against Democrats).
The Left has used the Obama Regime as one large scale attempt to force one-party perpetual domination in this country…and I don’t think we’ve seen the worst of it yet. But, the good news is that I don’t see how this is sustainable in the long term. We might have another three or four years of this Hell…but the Left’s ideas just don’t work, they don’t improve the lives of anyone in this country, and the Millennial generation that was indoctrinated to believe that a utopia would come “if only Democrats had complete control of everything” is starting to see that life isn’t so great in the Golden Age of Hope and Change.
So, don’t give up and allow fear to cripple you. That’s what the Left wants. The road ahead is hard — and indeed harder than anyone could have ever imagined — but just keep finding the strength to continue on just a little longer…because the IRS overreach was a huge mistake made by the Left that could prove to be a real game changer. We just need to find a way to make that so.
QUESTION FOR COMMENTS: How scared are you of the IRS persecuting you because of how you vote…and do your neighbors where you live have any awareness that Democrats used the IRS to intimidate conservatives in the lead up to the 2012 election? Start initiating conversations with people and see what you can find out.
What else is on your mind today, Monday May 2oth 2013?
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Something interesting happened earlier in the week that took me by surprise: I had lunch in a restaurant with service so bad that I didn’t leave a tip, not even a penny. I just felt the waitress was so bad at her job that I didn’t think she deserved a single cent. This went against every habit I have, because normally I tip no matter what…but I finally encountered a waitress who was so terrible she just didn’t deserve anything from me.
I’m surprised this finally happened because in high school and college I waited tables, managed a restaurant, and worked banquets in a hotel…and ever since I’ve had a soft spot for people in the food and hospitality industry. I tend to cut them breaks and overlook things (like lackluster service) because I know how hard and grueling the job can be…and how soul-killing it sometimes is to work in a restaurant in particular. Dealing with the general public is no fun…and often the kitchen staff is even worse. If you have never worked in a restaurant you have no concept of how awful chefs can be…and how downright vile “cooks” often are in the less-fancy restaurants.
I really don’t eat out much anymore because I actually love cooking and it’s just bad economics to eat out when I can make three meals at home for the price of one in a restaurant. But, a few days ago I ended up having some time to kill before an appointment and decided to have what I thought would be a relaxing lunch…and it was just a chore to get this particular waitress’ attention, even though there was hardly anyone in the place.
Her big excuse was that she had tables outside as well, which is a nice excuse to make, I guess…except when a customer is seated with a clear view outside and can see that this particular waitress was nowhere to be found. Also, no customers were seated outside…unless they were ghosts or otherwise invisible and I could not see them. Maybe I didn’t catch the theme of the restaurant and there was a required game of Hide & Go Seek I was supposed to be playing with this woman, but I could not find her when I needed something like another iced tea. She didn’t even take my order to begin with, because she was off hiding or whatever, and the hostess strangely came over and took it…and then came back two minutes later to take it again because she forgot everything I said and had not written it down, since she’s not used to taking orders. Bless her heart.
I asked to speak to a manager and I swear to this day I think they really just sent over a bus boy to pretend to be the manager to listen to me. The guy was that much of a dunce, didn’t apologize, and also said “Oh, she must be outside”. I made him look through the open windows and asked if he could see the waitress. ”Nope, she’s not out there”. Then I made him look around the dining room. ”Nope, she’s not here, either. She might be in the cooler”. I asked if it was normal for the waitstaff to hang out in the restaurant cooler and he said, “No, not really. I don’t know where she is. I was just trying to think up a place.” I started to worry that something had happened to her, that she’d fallen somewhere and couldn’t get up. Then I finally saw her coming out of the kitchen laughing and having the time of her life…so whatever was happening back there was just too much fun for her to pay attention to her tables.
When the check came, I actually stared at it for a good two minutes wondering if indeed I was going to purposefully not leave her even a penny. I’ve only experienced bad service a few times…and I thought about those occasions. While service had been slow, the waiters and waitresses had always eventually shown up with whatever I asked for…but in this case, I realized the waitress had never even brought anything to me. The food came from a runner, the iced tea was brought by the hostess and the refill by the manager. The waitress had only raced by once to introduce herself, but that was hardly doing anything for me. And then I never saw her again. Was saying “Hi I’m Vanessa and I’ll be taking care of you!” really worth a tip? She didn’t do anything to take care of me and hadn’t in fact ever set foot near my table again.
It was the strangest feeling, this breaking the habit of always tipping 20% no matter what…but I’m glad that I did. I think from now on I do need to be of the mindset that the waitstaff must earn a tip. If service is good, I’ll still tip the 20% that I always do (which is something people who’ve been in the industry do, the 20% thing) but if service is bad I’m going to ask to speak to a manager and will explain that I’m not leaving that waiter or waitress a tip because of the terrible service.
I’m always surprised when some random encounter with someone like this makes me reconsider a habit I’ve always had. It’s really smart to take stock of your default behaviors and typical reactions to things and decide if the way you live your life is really the best for you (just because it’s become a habit doesn’t mean you need to keep doing that forever). At the end of the day, I even regret having stopped into a sit-down restaurant for lunch. It was gorgeous outside, and if I had the day to do over again I really should have gotten take-out from a sandwich place or something and had a little picnic for myself somewhere in the sun. That’s what I will most certainly do next time…and maybe create a new, better habit.
QUESTION FOR COMMENTS: Have you ever purposefully left no tip for a waiter or waitress because the service was so bad? Did you struggle with the decision to do that…or have you always been someone who believes waitstaff need to earn that tip by doing a good job? As a new member of the “Tip Only If They Did A Good Job Club” I’d love to hear your take on this.
What else is on your mind this gorgeous Sunday, May 19th 2013?
Here in the year 2013, something interesting happened recently to me that I’ve now officially confirmed as a significant “thing”: I absolutely have no desire to see another movie in theaters. I’m pretty sure the last movie that I will have ever seen in theaters (barring any sort of radical, holographic, amazing new technology of the future) will be Jurassic Park: 3D (which I saw in IMAX at Navy Pier here in Chicago last month).
I sort of enjoy the oddity that the last movie I leave the house, travel somewhere, and pay to see while sitting next to strangers is a re-release of a film I saw back in the summer of 1993 when I was ALL ABOUT heading downtown in Cleveland to see movies after school or on the weekends. I do admit seeing Jurassic Park in IMAX was astounding…and that 3D dinosaurs were a lot of fun; I also liked the nostalgia factor of remembering seeing the movie originally with my Grandmother, Erma, when she was still alive and I was still in high school.
I adore absurdity and actively seek it out in the world, so the concept of The Great Gatsby in 3D with flashy dance numbers and more glitter than the Chicago pride parade would SEEM to be something I would have camped out for opening night (like I did to watch Marie Antoinette back in 2006). But, the movie’s been out for a while now and I still have no desire to head downtown, pay $15, and sit in a dark room with strangers watching anything. I feel great today; I have $15 in my pocket freely available to spend; my boyfriend Justin’s visiting his parents in Arkansas so I have free time…but I just don’t have any desire at all to see this or any movie in a theater.
I think I’m part of the cultural change away from going to the movies as a recreational activity. And I think there are a lot of variables part of this that are more complicated than “Hollywood doesn’t make anything good or original”…because a 3D, musical, riot of color and spectacle version of The Great Gatsby sure is considered both good and original in my book…and almost as awesome in concept as The Great Gatsby 8-bit video game for the old NES.
* I don’t like giving movie studios my money, though…because I feel like when I do that I help fund the people who inflict so much damage on this country by way of hammering the Left’s talking points into impressionable Americans. Let’s face it, the way that Democrats maintain power is by way of the Ministry of Truth that is our “news media”, the Ministry of Entertainment that is “Hollywood”, and the Ministry of Persuasion that’s comprised of all federal agencies such as the IRS that are controlled by Democrats and abuse their authority or otherwise persecute and intimidate Americans. I know that movie theaters actually don’t make any money off the ticket sales to first-run films…and instead depend on concession sales to stay in business; all ticket sales go to the movie distributors, so buying a movie ticket sends that cash to Hollywood and then gets redistributed back to the Democrat party and its Leftist masters. I enjoy limiting the amount of cash I contribute to that revenue stream.
* Because of Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, and Hulu I am now completely conditioned to watch half an hour of something, pause it, do other things, then return to whatever I was watching. I actually have two screens in front of me while I’m typing this, using that dual-monitor configuration that Justin set up for me; I’m typing on one side but on the other side I’m watching last night’s episode of Scandal. I enjoy having something playing just to keep me company while I work…and I just LOVE the ability to pause it and rewind to hear dialogue I missed…or to turn on closed-captioning to understand actors who mumble their lines (which amounts to much more of them than there should be). I can’t do any of this in an actual movie theater, because I do not had magical powers like this in public. And it’s difficult for me to sit still for two hours in a seat like I’m on an airplane. At home I can move around, exercise, lay down on the couch, yell at people through the windows if they are doing something bad outside, and get really comfortable while watching something on my screen in the apartment. If Justin’s watching with me, he talks through almost the entire movie like a little chatterbox…usually asking questions about what’s happening because he missed important things while he was talking. In a theater, the poor guy looks like he’s about to explode because he knows he has to be quiet…but he’s just got something important to say! (which usually is him telling me that the lady playing the District Attorney was also the mom on that show with the talking cat who was voiced by that other guy who usually plays District Attorneys in movies where it’s a male character instead…but he doesn’t remember any of these people’s names, only what they look like and talking cats they’ve worked with).
* Sitting next to strangers can be so weird, if oddballs decide to sit right next to us. Just once, for a change, I’d love to be the oddball sitting down next to someone else! This weirdness happens all the time, though I’ve never been able to explain the phenomenon. An entire theater of empty seats unfolds before them and people will generally choose to sit right next to Justin and me (they would probably sit on our laps if they could)…which I could understand if we chose to plop down in the dead center (where most people like to go). But, because I lost my glasses in 2008 and have never gotten around to replacing them (it’s on my list, I swear) I always pick a spot for us up near the front and over to the side, which theoretically should remain empty during the entire show. Maybe this is one of those things that just happens in life, like how terrible parts of a city gentrify after gays start moving in…since people for some reason want to live by gay guys, whom I think they expect to use magic to make everything gorgeous in that part of town again. So, I guess two gay guys sitting off to the side in an undesirable part of a movie theater instantly gentrifies the surrounding seats and is a siren’s call to other movie-goers. It must be great over there! That’s where the gay guys are sitting! I don’t mind sitting next to strangers on a bus or train. I have no trouble sitting next to them at the counter in a diner or bellying up beside them at a bar. But, it’s just so strange for me to sit quietly in the dark for two hours with people I don’t know in situations where the lot of us aren’t sealed inside a giant metal tube hurting through the air high above the country (like in an airplane, or a bus that’s been sucked up into a twister).
* It’s shockingly expensive for two people to go to a movie in Chicago…and heart-breaking for what it costs a family of four or more. I actually know a secret parking garage that’s free in downtown Chicago (email me if you ever need the name, because it’s like the Batcave of free parking in this town), so Justin and I don’t have to pay to park (which would be $12 if I didn’t know the secret). If the two of us took the train from Boystown down to a theater, it would be $9 roundtrip on the Red Line subway ($4.50 per guy each way). A 3D movie costs $15 in a matinee and I think $20 in the evenings, with regular 2D movies around $11 for afternoons and $13 at night. It’s always about $30 or so before the two of us walk anywhere near a concession stand…and I invariably break down and get us a large Fresca or Coke Zero to split (mainly because Justin can’t talk during a movie if he’s drinking Fresca). The nachos and pretzel bites with yellow-orange mystery chemicals (laughably referred to as “cheese dip”) call to me like peppy puppies in a pet store window, but I do manage to resist them. Still, going to the movies for Justin and me is a $40 affair. New movies that were just in the theater three months ago are $2.99 or so to rent on Amazon Instant video…which I prefer to the RedBox kiosks because I have a hard time managing to return those DVDs on time. It might technically be a dollar to rent one, but it ends up being $3 or $4 by the time I finally get the DVD back to the RedBox. With Amazon, it’s a digital rental so no late fees ever and I spare the universe the energy of aligning the stars and conspiring with Fate to make returning that DVD as difficult as possible for me on the day it is due. If it’s a movie I know I will watch more than twice in the future then I just buy it on Amazon Instant and it’s a $9.99 or so charge, which I think is a great deal. When a new movie comes out, I thus know I have a choice between dropping $40 (which is half a week’s grocery money) or waiting a little bit and spending $3 online for a rental (which is a really great deal since I’ll probably watch the movie twice in the 48-hour period that Amazon allows). Thanks to all the Hope and Change we’ve experienced in the last five years, I’ll take the $3 option more times than not. Going out to the movies has become something Justin and I only do if we are stuck downtown and have time to kill and can’t think of anything else to do for that two or three hours.
* Because we’re friends like this, I’ll also admit that since I live in Chicago and go to theaters that are pretty high profile I also do have some fear of somebody walking into a screening with a gun. The FBI’s stopped a half dozen or more Muslim plots in Chicago in just the seven or so years that I’ve lived here. All of these have thus far been grandiose schemes like blowing up the Sears Tower (back when it was still the Sears Tower and not the “What You Talkin’ Bout Willis Tower” like it is today), bombing bars in the Loop, exploding cars during rush hour on high-traffic streets, etc. But I think it’s just a matter of time before “The Religion of Peace” tries to blow people to pieces inside a movie theater, shopping mall, or at a sporting event. Going to a place with a large amount of people all focused on something distracting, where it’s dark and hard to hear anything but the sound coming from the speakers overhead, doesn’t seem like the smartest thing to do in Chicago. After Muslims attacked the Boston Marathon in service of Islam, I also lost some of the sense of security I had in Chicago…because I believed for the longest time that the most likely places Islam would strike would be New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, or even Las Vegas…since those are cities that the backwards, medievalist, death cult of Islam has on its radar and rails against to the riffraff and ragamuffins in the Middle East (and beyond) who eat up this hate speech like hummus. I lived in Cleveland during the 9/11 attacks and afterwards I remember our idiot Mayor, Jane Campbell, insisting that “Cleveland is a major terrorist target because we have a federal payroll center here and also the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame”. I thought she was out of her mind because no one I had ever met who was Muslim had ever even heard of Cleveland…so in my opinion attacking “The Home of Rock n’Roll” would be like the United States suddenly going to war against Andorra (which is a country most people have either never heard of or misbelieve is the planet annihilated by the Death Star where cinnamon-bun hairdos were so inexplicably popular). Chicago’s a bigger, cleaner, and more important version of Cleveland…but those same Muslims I’ve known from overseas had only a vague idea of where or what Chicago is. But, if in 2013 these monsters think Boston’s an interesting enough target for an attack then I guess all bets are off in any big city. Last year, the domestic terrorists of Occupy Wall Street attempted to blow up one of the bridges in Cleveland, too…which really makes it clear that this stuff can happen anywhere, at anytime, these days. YIKES.
I don’t think any of us should allow fear to rule our lives, though. The reason my boyfriend Justin’s in Arkansas right now is because his mother CarolAnne is beside herself over the revelations that the IRS has been targeting and persecuting conservatives. Justin was needed back home to sit with her, calm her down, and reassure her that this would be exposed and sorted out. CarolAnne’s a lovely woman — and is sweet and nice and a very good mom — but she readily admits to being terrified of one thing or another most days. For years, she’s insisted that Democrats were plotting against her personally and orchestrating elaborate conspiracies against pretty much all Republican voters…and this week sure seems to have proven her at least partly right! Great Merciful Zeus, this really does feel like something out of a horror movie…where I’ve spent so much time trying to get Justin to talk his mom off her ledge by telling her there really aren’t any monsters in the closet…but then we find out that some of her fears are real (even if they aren’t exactly what she was insisting upon).
When you get to a point where fear cripples you and prevents you from living your life, then it’s time to take a few steps back and inquire of yourself whether you are truly enjoying the gift of life you were granted. This is what Justin’s helping his mom with right now. I believe we’ve got one shot to spin around on this third rock from a gleaming sun and it’s up to us as individuals to choose whether that time’s spent in laughter or tears, adventure or terror. The world is a challenging and scary place and there seems to increasingly be more things out there that seek to harm Americans who love this country and all she stands for…but I think if we allow what frightens us to overpower us and rule our lives then we disappoint the inventive and optimistic God who created us.
I don’t think I’d ever let the fear of Muslims shooting up a theater in Chicago prevent me from watching a movie I really, really wanted to see…but I think I’d be smart about choosing the theater, the time I’d watch the movie, and where I’d sit inside just to remove as many threats as possible (figuring, I think accurately, that anything bad that was going to happen would probably happen opening night in as high a profile theater as possible…so a matinee a week after the movie opened in a non-touristy part of town might be the safest route).
Circling back to what I told you earlier, though…I just don’t have any desire to see a movie in a theater and would prefer to watch it at home on the computer screen when it finally makes it to Amazon Instant or Netlfix. Last night, the new Star Trek opened up and I was tempted to go see it because I love movies with great special effects set in space (okay, since we’re friends like that, it’s really because Chris Pine is a total babe)…but I really, really don’t want to give the studio that $15 just so they can turn around and give $5 of it to Obama acolytes. I did, however, not want to wait four months to find out what happens in the movie…so I read the spoiler-filled synopsis of this flick on TheMovieSpoiler.com (which is a great money saver, incidentally, as you can find out what happens in ALL the movies out right now without ever having to see them).
Unless it’s a movie that’s released by a pro-America, conservative-supporting, studio that will not give any of its profits to any Democrat-affiliated political group I am just not interested in buying a ticket. At 36, I just think those days for me are done and I just refuse to support the Ministry of Entertainment with full-price ticket purchase when a little patience and an internet connection can get me the same movie at home for 1/5 the cost.
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QUESTION FOR COMMENT: Do you feel even remotely this way about going to the movies too? Or am I completely in left field on this one?
What else is on your mind today on May 18th, 2013 that you think is important enough for your friends and neighbors to know?
Is this still America?
It’s definitely not how things should be…or could be…but it is the end result of electing Democrats to national office.
The unfolding revelations that the IRS has been vigorously used as a political weapon to intimidate and persecute Democrats’ enemies for the past four or five years is somehow unsurprising…considering the simple fact that this is exactly what the Left does when it holds any sort of power. A hallmark of Leftism is employing the Alinsky Rules for Radicals to devastating effect against all enemies…and Democrats consider anyone who opposes or even criticizes them in the slightest to be enemies who must be annihilated. Voting Democrat — ever — means you tacitly approve of this sort of behavior and on some level think it’s okay for government agencies to be used as weapons against fellow Americans.
We have a much bigger problem than just this IRS business, though. All of this is part of a larger cultural nightmare that’s the direct result of the Left taking complete control of our public school system and almost all colleges and universities. Several generations of children have been reared by the Left in those neighborhood indoctrination centers as “fellow travelers” who think weaponizing the IRS is okay…because it’s being done to conservatives…who are the “enemy”, as their teachers taught them in school since kindergarten. As long as something terrible is being done to an “enemy”, it’s perfectly fine with these people. The Ministry of Truth that is our national media reinforces this constantly.
Our culture has breached the tipping point…and we realistically can’t stop the Left’s complete takeover because this IRS business shows they have in fact won the Culture War already. We are an apartheid state, though, because the majority of Americans still believe in freedom and want this country to be the shining beacon of hope and guaranteed rights that the Founders engineered with our Constitution. The Left is an extreme minority in this country…and like all apartheid states controlled by a minority, the Left can only maintain its grip on power through draconian methods…and the weaponization of government agencies against its own citizens.
The Left spent 30 years in the wilderness concocting what’s proved to be an ingeniously effective plot to seize complete control of the country. But, the hard part for them will be keeping this control. I don’t believe that’s possible in a nation this size and with a population who isn’t as dumb as public education would seemingly make them. The Left promised a lot of these people that if only they could have control that a utopia would follow. Well, they certainly have that control. All “enemies” of the Left are being intimidated, persecuted, and systematically eliminated wherever possible. Yet…still there’s no utopia. This can only go on for so long before people start wondering if maybe, perhaps, their teachers in public school and professors in college weren’t wrong all those years and that maybe the people talking all day on MSNBC might be wrong in the brand of politics they’ve been selling.
Things are going to get much worse before they get any better. But, there is hope. The glorious thing about the Left being triumphant is that these people believe their own hype. They think they are the smartest people in any room — but, while they might indeed be cunning and clever, their fundamental worldview and economic theories are dead wrong. All those generations lost to indoctrination centers has seemingly required this moment in history where America is forced to see firsthand just how bad things can get with the Left in power…so that people can see for themselves how Leftist control over this country brings no one any good, save for the extreme elite on the Left who are enjoying what’s happening and dreaming of even more to come.
Americans are an interesting people, though, in that they will tolerate something until one day they just won’t take any more…and the proverbial sleeping giant awakens. There have been scores of companies that have found this out the hard way, when suddenly the public turned against them and a best-selling brand is deserted by customers, a chain of stores is forced to close because people avoid it like the plague, or some celebrity sees that nobody flocks to her movies any longer. Retrospect allows us to identify one particular event that set in motion the chain of events that led to the specific destruction of this or that product, company, or celebrity. It’s not always readily apparent when an event is occurring if that thing will be THE thing that brings down the house of cards.
This matter with the IRS has legs because it crosses a line for most Americans. It scares the bejeebus out of them, because the IRS is an understandable agency with direct impact on people. The IRS also has the power to have people put into jail…and almost every American knows at least one person who was subjected to an audit over the years. The thought of the IRS persecuting Americans with audits because of how they voted or what political beliefs they carry is terrifying. And when people start to make the mental leap and begin to understand that the IRS will be a key power player in the implementation of Obamacare…well, it does not take Americans long to realize that the ultimate goal of the Left is to systematically deny healthcare to people who “don’t vote correctly”.
It feels like we’re at that point in a horror movie where the mysterious villain finally reveals its master plan to the shocked audience…but Democrats truly do seem to want to use the IRS in the long term to identify conservatives not just for persecution in unwarranted tax audits…but to also ensure that Republican voters experience delays, hassles, and denial of services when Obamacare completely takes over the healthcare system. That means if there is a Democrat and a Republican both needing a heart transplant that the Democrat’s life will be saved while the Republican’s will not. That means one more Democrat voter in the long run and one fewer Republican in this world.
Scary, isn’t it? Like something from a horror movie…only it’s happening in real life here in 2013.
Spread the word…and start thinking of ways you can get this information out to people who abhor politics, who bore easily, and who pay little attention to what the government is doing to its own citizens.
Today in History:
2011 — Attempted assassination of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona (which the Ministry of Truth that is our national media immediately tried to blame on the Tea Party or Governor Sarah Palin just so they could score a political punch against conservatives…when in fact the shooter ended up being a crazy person who actually was an Obama voter).
2004 — The Queen Mary 2 is christened by Queen Elizabeth II; it is the largest cruise ship ever built. If you ever wonder why it’s a “2″ instead of the Roman numeral “II” this is because the ship is the second to bear the name “Queen Mary” in the Cunard line and is not named for a “Queen Mary the Second”. It’s the same with the old QE2 liner, which was the second “Queen Elizabeth” liner in the Cunard line…not a ship named after the current Queen of England, Elizabeth II.
2002 — the odious “No Child Left Behind” nonsense is signed into law. Eleven years later, public school children are all still left behind because their teachers fill their heads with the Left’s indoctrination and the teachers’ unions make sure that any efforts to thwart this are prevented.
1982 -- AT&T is broken up into smaller regional parts. It’s so alien to even think of having to deal with AT&T in any form. Here in 2012, it’s now been eight years since I’ve had a land line.
1975 — First female Governor of a US state who did not succeed her husband into office: Ella T. Grasso takes office in Connecticut.
1964 — Lyndon Johnson declares “War on Poverty” in the US. In reality, Johnson only ended up declaring war on the black family unit…and all subsequent efforts by Democrats lumped under an umbrella of having anything to do with poverty were really aimed at removing black fathers from the home, encouraging teenaged pregnancies and abortions for young black women, and making black people dependent on the government for hand-outs. If Vietnam is the war that all public school history teachers universally call a “disaster”, then what the heck should they appropriately call the “War on Poverty”.
1963 — The Mona Lisa is displayed in the US for the first and only time, thanks to the beguiling efforts of First Lady Jackie Kennedy. I’m honestly torn on what to say about Jackie here, because I grew up in a house with her pictures on the wall and appreciate the stagecraft and branding efforts she did in the White House…but the Kennedy Family as a whole is just so despicable to me here in 2012 that I no longer have any residual good feelings for Jackie. Until about 10 years after she died I’d still hear one person a week call her the epitome of “Grace”, but really since Caroline took over the family’s brand management I’ve started to see Jackie as a ridiculous and manipulative person. She cheated on her husband with William Holden, the movie star; she believed all sorts of oddball conspiracies even before her husband was assassinated; she apparently swore like a sailor and said vile things about Martin Luther King when she didn’t think anyone important was listening who’d rat her out. She wasn’t Saint Jacqueline as much as she was the woman who knowingly exposed herself topless on a Greek Island when she was sure photographers would catch her doing it. She liked playing games like that…but I have to give her credit for playing enough of those games with France to convince them to transport their La Jocande across the ocean and bring it to the US. I doubt this will ever happen again because so much could have gone wrong with that shipment. It’s just still so marvelous that so many people got to see that famous painting who’d never be able to travel to Europe.
It’s often surprising to look back on things that happened in the past on a certain date and reevaluate how you feel about it all.
I’m actually startled by my change in feelings about Jackie Kennedy, because when I first moved to Chicago in 2005 the first thing I hung on my wall was a big Andy Warhol print of her that I bought in Pittsburgh at his museum. I ended up giving that framed print away to a neighbor when I moved in with my boyfriend Justin…because I just didn’t care to take it with me. I am that divorced from any emotional connection to the Democrat Party at this point and cannot conceive a future where I’d ever be able to look past all the bad these people do…just because a former First Lady sometimes showed “Grace” (when it was part of her PR plan, anyway).
Speaking of the opposite of “grace”, I’m truly sickened today when thinking about what Democrats did at their convention last September when they trotted former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords out onto the stage, when the poor woman obviously had no idea where she was or what she was doing there. That was deplorable…but yet again, it’s truly what the Democrat Party is today. It’s been two years since Giffords nearly lost her life in that shooting and it’s clear she’s never going to recover. I’m actually heartsick thinking about how she was paraded around in Charlotte…and how no grown-ups stepped in to tell anyone in the party that it was in truly bad taste to do this. I so wish they party had some sense of decency left and had allowed this woman to cling to some dignity. There is no reason at all that she shouldn’t have been allowed a quiet, private life away from the cameras when of course it was the Democrat Party that had always insisted that FDR and JFK should never be shown in their wheelchairs or in any sort of humiliating position because of their illnesses or injuries. My how that attitude changed in Charlotte when it came time to drag poor Gabby Giffords before the cameras to be gawked at.
Here in Chicago this 8th day of January in the year 2013 it’s bracingly cold…with the sort of chill that gets right into your bones. The new Obama taxes are hitting paychecks and a great many very foolish people are shocked that they have so much money left after taxes in this the Golden Age of Hope and Change. I know this is going to be a very sober and austere year for almost all of us…but I hope it truly is a sobering one for everyone out there that either voted for Obama or chose to sit home on Election Day. Right now, we could be gearing up for the inauguration of someone who actually had a plan for getting millions of people back to work…and instead, we’re just going to get another four years of high taxes and insane increases of health insurance premiums with job cuts and losses left and right. Hope! Change!
I still truly believe that America will endure and survive this…but it’s going to get a lot worse before it gets any better. The Republican Party still seems to believe that doing what the Ministry of Truth wants is the key to success…and even though they ran the candidate that Minitru wanted them to run in the last two presidential elections, the Cocktail Party honchos still keep saying “we need to be more moderate!”. Whoever’s not repeating that is saying “Time to run another Bush!” for 2016. The Cocktail Partiers are truly hopeless. They really will never learn.
But, in this first week of 2013 it’s not all bad news. The Ministry of Truth is not as strong as it thinks. There are little cracks here and there that fascinate me. One story I enjoyed following in the last few weeks involves Matt Lauer and how he’s being driven insane by New Yorkers shouting profanities at him whenever he’s out and about in the city. This is because Lauer insisted that his co-host on the Today Show, Ann Curry, be fired back in the summer of 2012. NBC then forced Curry to publicly humiliate herself and announce her own firing live on the air; she cried…and the public permanently turned against Lauer. Now, people shout things at him in the way they used to scream “Murderer!” at O.J. Simpson whenever he’d try to eat in a restaurant. This has taken both Lauer and NBC itself by complete surprise. ”You’re a bad guy, Matt!” they holler. ”What you did to Ann was wrong!”. ”Boo!”.
This gives me such immense hope, I can’t even tell you.
Because it means that there really is a point when people do indeed think for themselves and turn against the Ministry of Truth and those that comprise it. Lauer thought he was invincible and master of his little fiefdom…but he went too far when he ousted Ann Curry. He’s paying the price now and his public image is never going to recover. Watch for him to be released from his contract at Today as soon as NBC finds a suitable replacement (in my opinion a dime store mannequin would do, but apparently there’s more to it than that).
I know New Year’s Resolutions are supposed to be all about losing weight or drinking less and all of that…but I think it would be more fun to make 2013 about doing little things to make the people around you turn on the Ministry of Truth. Matt Lauer proves the Ministry is vulnerable…and that something emotional can resonate with the public, if Americans get disgusted enough.
I know that YOU feel pretty disgusted by the nonstop lefty propaganda the Ministry churns out…but 90% of the public isn’t that tuned-in.
I think 2013 is the year that you and others like you turn the table on the Ministry…and cause your friends and neighbors to become permanently alienated from the talking heads on their tee-vee screens.
It’s going to be tough, but nothing great was ever achieved without adversity and corresponding perseverance.
And, honestly, on a very personal level it would just be a whole lot of fun to see Matt Lauer’s colleagues become as reviled as he is by the end of the year. Just imagine if everyone on MSNBC and CNN and the other wings of the Ministry was booed and jeered wherever they went.
That just warms the heart on a cold Tuesday morning, it really does.
What are people talking about in your part of the country?
What new things are you going to do in 2013 to help bring down the propaganda enterprise that is our national media?
Editor’s Note: I really want to thank all the people who emailed the last month with well-wishes while I was recuperating from my surgery. Today’s the first day I’ve had enough energy to be in front of a computer, but I’m feeling better and taking it slow to get back up to speed soon. This site takes a lot of personal effort to publish every day and it really does come down to whether or not I am physically able to sit here and write it. I am in a lot of pain and it’s hard to focus on the screen, but today’s better than yesterday and tomorrow will be even better still. February will be our site’s 5th anniversary and I think there’s a lot of interesting things to do and be involved with in the years ahead. While I was sick this last month, I was still able to work from bed on a few projects that mean a lot to me. One of them is actually the biggest thing I’ve ever done, which hopefully will be published in April or May. The funny thing is that it never would have happened if I hadn’t been sick and forced to stay in bed and not go anywhere or do anything else but read and research for a month. — K.D.
Since we’re all taking a bit of a break post-election, this open thread may serve for a couple of days.
I’m watching two things very closely right now:
Stories on Voter Fraud
Particularly in Allen West’s district. This picture says it all:
Of course, the left would have us believe that the security of our elections is beyond reproach. Move along folks, nothing to see here…
The Petraeus / Benghazi Saga
This is the most interesting story in the news right now, and with good reason. The more information that comes out, the more I am convinced that there is much more to this story yet to be revealed.
Based on the currently available information, it appears that Petraeus may have been blackmailed into supporting the Obama administration’s claim that the Benghazi attack was the result of a YouTube video. At the very least, it’s clear that Petraeus had a reason to not piss off the administration in hopes that he might keep his job despite the affair.
It also appears that since Petraeus stepped up and resigned (at the request of the Obama administration), and did so without incident (so far), that Petraeus may have a larger reason not to make waves. One possibility is that the affair began while he was in the military, which would mean potential prosecution and demotion (which would mean a reduction in retirement pay, I’m sure).
It looks like Petraeus is going to testify to Congress behind closed doors after all. That should be interesting.
I’m also wondering how/why General Allen’s name suddenly started floating around in connection with this story. There’s no reason whatsoever that Allen’s name should have been released. That seems 100% intentional, which begs the question, why? Is Allen being smeared on purpose and, if so, by whom? Why are so many of the military’s top people dropping at the same time?
Is it possible that the Obama administration is intentionally smearing the military as a way to push through military spending cuts? Or some other, even more nefarious purpose?
What say you?
Two disturbing and downright frightening memes are circulating this November 10th here in 2012:
1. That voter fraud and electronic ballot tampering stole the 2012 election for Democrats and…
2. That people are now afraid of the federal government and believe Valeri Jarrett and Democrats will “get revenge” on them now that Barack Obama is free to do as he pleases for the next four years.
Let’s take a look at each of these and start thinking about what is real and what’s just fear porn.
As far as the election goes, it’s clear that Legal Paper Ballots should be used in every state to form a paper trail record for all voting. The electronic voting machines can’t be trusted because they can be easily manipulated. Neither Republicans nor Democrats want to see electronic voting ended because both sides hope to benefit from manipulation of the system someday. Legal Paper Ballots make it harder to rig elections since the physical ballots would need to be “lost” or destroyed for a political party to steal these votes. Can electronic voting be done away with so that all states are required to use Legal Paper Ballots? That’s a change that’s going to take a grassroots effort to push forward…in a country that has yet to take any real interest in voter fraud.
The sad reality is that ballot integrity and voter fraud issues are just boring for most people in our pop-culture-obsessed country to bring themselves to care about. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible to get them to care…it’s just going to take a lot more work and creativity than the Republican Party in particular has ever put into anything. For an effort like this to succeed, we’d actually need to get Democrats to care about eliminating electronic voting too. In the last weeks of the 2012 presidential race, the Left was actually revved up and CONVINCED that Tagg Romney had purchased all the electronic voting machines in Ohio and was going to use them to “steal the election for his father”. Another fear porn meme was that “a Spanish company had acquired all the voting machines” and was going to rig them for one party or the other, depending on the highest bidder. So, it’s actually pretty common for people to become terrified of electronic voter fraud…but they just don’t carry that fear into action and do something about it.
Since voter fraud drops from the radar until right before an election, nothing seems to get done about it…and we’ll be in the same situation in 2014 and 2016 as we are in today. If that’s not acceptable to you,then consider making voter fraud prevention a personal hobby of yours. In the past, people had hobbies…things they excelled at through daily practice and continued fascination. In 2012, I think a lot of us just end up coming home, turning on the tee-vee or booting up the computer, and don’t specialize in anything in the form of a “hobby”…but maybe it’s time to rethink this and become armchair experts in ballot integrity.
It’s going to take a lot of work…and the key will be to bring as many people into this hobby with you as possible…but it can be done. There’s a great many things about the 2012 elections that just don’t add up. It’s not just that the results are wildly different from what many of us thought…but that there are reports of counties voting 112% or 141% of the registered voters on their rolls. Since that’s not possible without fraud, we know ballot integrity issues must play a role in our election and very well could have affected the outcome.
The Ministry of Truth that is our national media has no interest in covering this story or figuring out what happened in the 2012 elections. But, it’s certainly a case for armchair detectives out there who could make voter fraud detection a newfound hobby going forward.
The problem with massive conspiracies like one that would result in a stolen election is that there are too many people involved for the secret to be kept forever. It’s tempting to believe the fear porn peddlers who shout “The election was stolen!”, but rationally you have to ask yourself how Democrats could have pulled that off without anyone realizing it…and how that would have happened in states where Republicans control the Secretary of State’s offices (which oversee the elections). Perhaps Republicans and Democrats join forces to allow the voter fraud to continue…or maybe widespread fraud of epic proportions isn’t happening and it’s just an emotional coping mechanism being put out there as a meme today for people upset about another four years of Obama.
We really don’t know, because Minitru has no interest in covering any of this and the learning curve for becoming expert in ballot integrity is high. I actually have a stack of books on voter fraud that are in my “need to get to” pile. Today I’m going to sit down with my daily scheduled and find an hour or two a day to focus on teaching myself about the election system in this country, with a special emphasis on noting when the electronic voting machines started to gain prominence and what clues have emerged that those numbers are being manipulated. I’m also going to look into what regular people can do on the ground where they live to keep an eye on what their local boards of election are up to. I’m sure you could think of a few things you could do on your own to begin your new hobby of “voter fraud detection”.
Are you afraid of the government now?
Fear is a ridiculously powerful force amongst Americans today…and it’s heartbreaking to see because “Americans” as I know them are supposed to be the rough and tumble, pioneer and frontier spirit, people who aren’t afraid of anything.
I have a very good friend who is so terrified right now by what she imagines Barack Obama will personally do to her that she’s going to delete her entire online presence and is looking into moving and changing her name so it makes it more difficult for “them to find me and put me in jail for dissent”. There’s no reasoning with this woman, as she’s become convinced that Democrats are going to dissolve the Constitution and remove our Freedom of Speech…and that Barack Obama will soon begin jailing all those who have opposed him. This is a personal friend of mine…and it shocks me that this kind of thinking has penetrated into people I talk to every day.
This is the kind of thing my boyfriend Justin’s mother CarolAnne goes on about all the time because she listens to some radio show late at night that insists we’re a few months away from the government coming for people door to door and executing them in the streets for disloyalty to Barack Obama. This is all craziness.
And, I remind you, it’s the sort of things I listened to Democrat claiming would happen during George W. Bush’s presidency. In Boystown, the gay “community leaders” frequently tell young gay guys that Republicans will “round up gays and put us into concentration camps and kill us all!”…so this is the big reason given for gays to always vote Democrat. After Bush won reelection in 2004, I remember every Democrat in my life insisting that Bush would use the Patriot Act to somehow declare himself “President for Life” and hold onto power forever. Look how that worked out in 2008.
If you’re someone who is currently terrified of Democrats sending goons to either murder you or “jail you from your families” then today is a good day to start taking more deep breaths and sitting down with a pen and paper to keep track of all your fears. It might actually be a good thing to see if there is an affordable counselor where you live. Justin’s actually going to be seeing a therapist he works with once in a while because his mother has been filling his head with the idea that Barack Obama’s going to have me killed in the next few years, and CarolAnne has been telling Justin he needs to leave me and move back down to Arkansas “where he can be safe”. This is mostly CarolAnne trying to get her hands back on Justin and to get him out of a gay relationship so she can have another chance in Arkansas to “turn him straight” through “treatment” of some kind (like she and Justin’s father have tried on him before).
I think CarolAnne actually believes that Obama will have me murdered, or perhaps it will be Valerie Jarrett that does it (I’m not sure what CarolAnne’s imagining today)…but 80% of what she’s doing is just to get her son out of Chicago and living in her basement in Eureka Springs…which is where she’s wanted him since he left home 8 years ago. There are a lot of people who use fear and some national event to push agendas they had all along…but being terrified of “Obama dissolving the Constitution and enacting revenge against all who opposed him!” is a novel and exciting way for these people to get caught up in something new…while edging forward old agendas.
I remember the craziness that surrounded the Y2K hysteria back in 1999…and how people who are inclined to jump onto conspiracy bandwagons and freak themselves out reveled in the bizarre predictions of disaster that exploded as the changeover to 2000 neared. None of that doom came to pass…just as none of the things Democrats were terrified of under George W. Bush happened either. Such is the same for Barack Obama’s second term.
Yes — there will be scores of executive orders and regulations that will kill small businesses, weaken the country, and tank the economy. That is indeed going to happen, because that’s what Democrats do when they are in power. Expect a whole lot of this between now and 2014 (when hopefully Americans will have had enough and Republicans win back the Senate and take hold of more governors’ mansions).
Yes — Obama will attempt to sign all sorts of crazy UN treaties and the Internet as we know it could go away before the 2016 elections. That could happen, but look at the outcry against SOPA and the other crazy things Democrats have tried to do to the Internet in recent years. This is an issue that rankles the Democrats’ base and causes massive internal fighting…so don’t think for a minute this will get far.
No — there will be no suspending of the Constitution or removal of Freedom of Speech. That’s just not going to happen. It is the great white shark that’s not swimming in your bathtub no matter how much you want it to be there so that you can be afraid of it. No one is going to come for you or put you or your family in jail because you don’t agree with Barack Obama or Democrats. No one is going to murder you…and, no, Andrew Breitbart was not murdered either. As shocking as his death was, it was not murder. It was unfortunate and tragic…but so are a lot of things these days, regrettably.
Crippling fear and conspiracy theories are the biggest danger we face right now…and Democrats WANT you to be afraid and for you to retreat into silent obscurity “to keep your families safe”. This is what Democrats want…for people who used to be fired up in the Tea Party to just shut down, succumb to bizarre fears, and uninvolved themselves from the world.
If America means anything to you, then I hope you won’t do that.
I have no clue what you intend to do in the days and months and years ahead, but I want to step up my efforts…not downgrade them. I have absolutely zero fear of the Obamians and the Left coming to get me, taking me away, or murdering me. This is the United States of America and people are not dragged off to be murdered by goons or thugs for political opposition to the party in power. That does not happen here and will not happen here. It is dangerous to allow yourself to even think things like this. That’s how the sharks get into your bathtubs.
This is an Open Thread, so please post anything you think is interesting or important here.
If you are afraid of the government now and really think Obama is going to send someone to either jail you or murder you, then please use today to get a handle on that fear. Talk about it in comments if you like, but if you want to keep it private at least sit down with that pen and paper and see if you can diagram the fear out. When you look at things on paper you can sometimes see that emotion may be getting the best of you and that logistically Valerie Jarrett and the rest of the Democrat machine are not spending time planning your murder today. At the very least, think about how many people they’d come after before they’d ever get to you…and include in your diagram all the points at which this would be stopped before it got anywhere near YOU.
If you can’t tamp down the irrational fears, then take some action with them and come up with a survival or escape plan. Instead of just being crippled with fear, plot out what you’d do if Obama really did start “rounding people up” as the fear mongers insist. Justin would drive down at high speed to live in his mother’s basement…and she’d shrink him down and stuff him back inside her womb if she could, because that’s what CarolAnne really wants…so have complete control over her son again and have him be her baby boy once more. I’m not budging or moving for anyone and if the Obama Regmine wants to come for me, I say bring it. I have absolutely nothing to lose and have no fear of being murdered by these people…and if they did it, I’d happily be martyred for speaking out against what the Left is doing to America.
This is the exact same thing that Muslims do to the West…where they scare the bejeebus out of enough people that critics and opponents of Islam withdraw into the wallpaper and fall silent…because they are afraid of being beheaded or blown-up or otherwise murdered by Muslims. I see people out there as terrified of Barack Obama and Democrats today as people in Europe are of Muslims…and now people want to self-censor and hide so that they don’t end up on the radar of the domestic jihadists they imagine in the Democrat Party.
I’ve always said that Europeans are cowards and fools for not standing up to Islam…and the same is true for people who won’t stand up to the Left here in this country.
Whatever happens in the next four years, I intend to use every day to do SOMETHING to get the word out to the people who sat out the 2012 election that their votes are needed in 2014 and 2016 to get this country back on track and boot the Left from power. It’s your choice what you want to do, or think you can do, but at the very least I hope you keep educating yourself and becoming expert on everything that’s going on.
We’re living in a difficult period of American history and unfortunately voters decided this week to put our recovery on hold and instead suffer for four more years. There’s nothing we can do about that now, but we can work hard to make sure things start being corrected in 2014. Hide under the blankets or move into the basement if you want…and be afraid of sharks that aren’t really living in your bathtub…but there’s real work to be done, folks.
How are YOU going to help with that?