Every once in a while, the universe randomly tosses a mystery in my lap that puzzles me to no end. Today, I invite you into this enigma, where we will for a moment attempt to figure out what foreign policy “home runs” the Obama regime has had. I won’t spend too much of my day on this, because I don’t believe there have been any foreign policy successes during the current presidency and feel like the world is engulfed in fire and destruction and Western civilization is collapsing into ruin at the moment. An Islamic Caliphate rises in the Middle East. Europe is being invaded by thousands of Muslims every day and in short time all national and ethnic identity of European countries will be lost to a “multiculturalism” that is really just “colonization by the Third World and Islam”. Iran is close to having a nuke. Israel is on the precipice of destruction. Obama is smiling.
A man named Charles Jason Kaple is applying for appointment to a local board position in the Chicago suburbs and I was checking out some of his postings on Facebook to see if I could scry any clues into whether or not he’d make a good board member. The board he’s trying to place himself on is the Board of Trustees for the Orland Park Public Library. This is a library in an affluent suburb of Chicago that was caught covering up child porn being accessed in their building and other sex crimes happening, where the library staff deliberately chose not to call the police and allowed criminals to get away (so that police reports would not be written and the library would not make national news for having child porn accessed there). On top of this, the Orland Park Public Library also has a history of telling female employees that they should quit if they complain about being sexually harassed and the library director every year misspends thousands of taxpayer dollars on purchases at a jewelry store and lavish meals and treats for herself and her staff.
So, it’s important that a good person be appointed to fill a vacancy on the board that oversees this director…because it’s the only shot the public has of having her removed from her position and seeing her replaced with someone who will take seriously the obligation to make that library a safe place for children and families (where taxpayer money is not squandered on jewelry store purchases and fancy restaurant meals).
Kaple had a post up declaring Obama to be a home-run hitter in the foreign policy realm.
I’d love to ask him what he meant by that.
Or, ask you if you have any idea what the heck those “home runs” could be.
I’m truly stumped. That does not happen often. But, I honestly cannot think of a single accomplishment of this regime. Can you?
I suppose since Facebook is never going away (at least until something else replaces it) that I should maybe possibly learn how to kind of use it. For a while now, I’ve been studying the inane social media postings of local government bodies here in suburban Illinois. Just about every Village, Township, and other locality has a Social Media Coordinator or a Public Information Coordinator or some other very highly paid person whose job it is to post asinine things on Facebook and Twitter on behalf of the public body. Having lived in Chicago now for over 10 years, I’ve finally ventured far enough into the suburbs to realize how small town and hokey Illinois gets just a few Metra stops outside Cook County. These suburban government Facebook-posters really go to town in the social media realm.
There are always pictures of plants and flowers and gardens posted, all of which can be unintentionally hilarious. With everything either written in a condescending tone or in this weird, hyper-excited way of speaking that I’d swear must be parody…if I didn’t actually know some of the “public information” employees involved in these postings (and also know they are dead serious when they right this stuff and have no idea any of it is funny).
“Sassy Plants” is a satirical diversion of mine where I collect photos that I take around Chicago and gamely ape and parrot the “social media coordinators” and “public information officers” I see posting on Facebook and Twitter…while at the same time trying to understand Facebook and Twitter myself…or just make a big mess of things.
If you love the absurd, native prairie plants in Illinois, the occasional wicked hot dude, and have a fondness for old Successories-style motivational posters with mismatched graphics and quotations, then perhaps you’d consider “Liking” Sassy Plants on your Facebook using the Internets.
Fidget Mittens and other satirical ridiculousness direct from Chicagoland suburbia awaits!
The media elite are in major spin mode today, trying to claim that Islam is really “The Religion of Peace” and not a medievalist death cult quite similar to Nazism in its zeal for conquest and destruction of Britain, France, the United States, and the Western world.
Clearly, Islam’s attack on Parisian cartoonists and satirists won’t be the definitive wakeup call that ends the media elite’s ability to carry water for these monsters.
But, what will?
I operate under the assumption that most people are lazy and are primarily concerned with their own households and what’s for dinner tonight or what game is going to be on the tee-vee when they get home later. But, every once in a while some event happens that shakes people and bumps our world out of its orbit, eradicating the status quo.
Last year, British police thwarted a half-hearted attempt by Muslims to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II with knives at one of her official ceremonies in London. Had they succeeded (or come close), would that have ignited World War III?
For generations, we were told by the media elite that World War III would be the US vs. the Soviets. Lately, fear mongering has emerged claiming that China will be our enemy in World War III. There’s a new Disneyland being built in Shanghai and China owns so much US debt that this notion of a Chinese World War is rather preposterous to me. Believe it or not, the majority of people in China are actually pretty much like either Midwestern American or Southern Americans. They are not rabid communists and ideologues. Chinese people just want to show up Japan and are obsessed with that, but really have no hatred of the West. They love Americans. They do hate the Japanese though, but in a high school kind of way (like how a lot of grown women still hate the pretty popular girl from high school…and take delight seeing on Facebook that she got fat or is divorced or never made anything of herself). Making a better life for their children than they themselves had and seeing the Japanese humiliated are the two things that every Chinese person I have ever known has been most concerned with. They have no lust for conquest and, frankly, the Chinese government is more concerned with economic conquests than anything involving all-out war.
Islam, on the other hand, thrives on violence and bloodshed and chaos.
And the idiots of the media elite and academic elite in the West have been allowing Islam to grow stronger and spread wider. I think this is part of a plan, whereby these elites want bombings on the streets and the “excitement” of such chaos in Western cities. Reporters love covering explosions and attacks and chaos. And Leftist politicians love taking advantage of these crises to ram through policies they could never pass otherwise. This is like in the book 1984, with the enemy always poised to strike (so you better fall in line and listen to everything your government tells you, because only the government can save you from the enemy).
I believe the Left deliberately works to import terrorists and criminals into the West to create chaos…with the end goal of making government more powerful so that it can provide the security to “keep us safe” from the dangers that the Left imported. This is all deliberate.
But, I think the Muslims aren’t going to play along. They won’t be content with being used as once-in-awhile threats as the Left intends. This is like those stories you hear about truly stupid people who introduce some kind of bizarre animal onto a farm, because they think it will be useful in controlling some other animal. Only, of course the thing gets loose, breeds, establishes new nests, and takes over the farm. And the idiots who introduced this vile thing to a new part of the world eventually say on camera, “We never did think this would happen. No one could have predicted it!”
I think the Left is okay with Muslims assassinating cartoonists that ridicule Islam. The Left likes this, because it scares people…so there will be less cartoonists criticizing things that the Left supports, so the Left sees that as a net positive.
But what happens when Muslims do something like assassinating the Queen of England?
What happens when they blow up Notre Dame cathedral in Paris?
What happens when they kill the Pope or bomb the Vatican?
What happens when they destroy the pyramids and sphinx in Egypt?
That last one is on the list because I think it would resonate culturally, despite those monuments being in Egypt, which is now a Muslim country. But the pharaonic relics have been embraced by all Western cultures as something that’s also “ours”. European and American archaeologists recovered most of these treasures and they are displayed in Western museums. They are part of a lost culture, in a part of the world that was conquered by Islam. The original inhabitants of Egypt were usurped and replaced long ago by Arab colonists…in much the way that these colonists today are moving to Europe to replace the native people there.
Islam will succeed in conquering the world only if it moves slowly. If it stays at the pace of doing something like the Paris satirist assassinations…then waiting until people forget about them…and then doing something else, but never faster or more spectacular than that.
Killing the Queen, bombing the Louvre, destroying the Vatican, and even leveling the pyramids and sphinx would, I think, be too far, too fast, and it would cause a blowback against Islam that the media elite and academic elite would not be able to babble away on the tee-vee.
I expect Muslims to go too far, but I don’t know what “too far” will be. But we are inching closer to the day when we find out what that is.
And after that, I don’t there’s any way that the elites of the Left will be able to stop people from acknowledging that World War III will be the West vs. Islam, in much the way that World War II was the forces of good against Nazism. Islam and Nazism have a lot in common…which is why Hitler and the Muslims were allies back in the day.
The only real difference is that Hitler didn’t have the media elite and academic elite running interference for him or preventing people from speaking the truth about Nazism.
The media elite won’t talk about this — and they don’t use the word colonization — but isn’t that what’s happening to France and Great Britain and Germany with the Muslim takeover of block after block? The phenomenon is talked about here, in an article that talks about Muslims establishing mini-states in Paris neighborhoods. They move in, push French culture and values out, and set up their own government. The neighborhood becomes a no-go area for any non-Muslims and if you happen to be a French citizen that is robbed, raped, or murdered for crossing into this “mini-state”, then French police will not help you or arrest your murderer because that area is essentially no longer part of France…but is instead a Muslim “mini-state” where Sharia law rules the day and the politically-correct police are scared to do anything about it.
Let’s not use the word “mini-state”. That’s just stupid. Something simpler is happening and it’s pretty remarkable that the West is allowing this, but the West is being colonized by the Third World.
Muslims are setting up colonies in Western nations. Everywhere a mosque is built, Muslim colonists arrive and resettle and gradually take over more of the area around it. It’s happening in Chicago too. There’s a suburb here called Orland Park that’s being taken over, ever since a mosque was built a few years ago. Muslims apparently are required to live within a certain distance from a mosque. Which means they congregate, build their numbers, and then begin taking over. Soon, the host culture becomes afraid of upsetting them…and starts abdicating power to them. And then they become a permanent presence as a colony.
We’re past the point of stopping this or preventing the horrors that this colonization of the West is going to bring. Britain, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Australia, Canada, the US…the list goes on; all now have fifth columns of Muslim and other Third Worlders who have established colonies inside Western nations. These colonists — and let’s call them that, because they do not behave like traditional immigrants — are doing to Western nations what Western colonists did hundreds of years ago around the world.
I think of them as Revenge Colonists, in what I deem to be Revenge Colonialism.
The academic elite in the West have a sickness, where they believe that the West should be punished for colonizing the world. The punishment and penance is now allowing the Third Worlders to move into Western countries and take them over block by block. All white countries must now be “multicultural” until the day that “white privilege” is erased and white people become a minority in Britain, France, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, Australia, Canada, the US…the list goes on.
This is the Age of Tribalism and Revenge Colonialism. Let’s call it what it is.
I don’t see DOOM! though. That’s largely because things never work out for the Left the way the Left wants…and I believe the Left is only really good at causing chaos and tearing things down, but the Left has no capacity for making a “new world order” stick.
What’s going to happen is something like this:
* One of the smaller Western countries will fall to Islam and there will be a civil war. Probably the Netherlands or Denmark. Muslims will execute the royal family and round up the elite in the country and slaughter them. An Islamic flag aspiring to be part of a Caliphate will fly over that country. This will happen in our lifetimes, in probably the next 20 years.
* There will be civil wars in Britain and France and Germany. Chaos. Bloodshed. The conquering of the Netherlands/Denmark will ignite this, as the Muslim colonies in other Western countries are inspired to try takeovers there too. I think they’ll jump the gun, though. Islam is not a religion but is instead an ideology like Nazism and it has a built-in conquest plan that’s based on incremental movements and the patience to outlive, outlast, and outbreed targeted enemies. But, modern Islamists seem to move faster in the age of Twitter and Facebook and all that…and so they jump the gun and reveal themselves (and their true intentions) before their enemy is completely weakened.
* We’ll have another World War, where it’s the West on many fronts fighting Islam’s fifth column in Western countries. This will be unlike any World War ever seen, because the fighting will be completely within Western countries, as each one fights the Islamic Fifth Column within their own country.
* There will be a decades-long period of suffering, privation, austerity, and darkness all over the world, as the West is no longer able to keep the peace and maintain stability in other places, as the West is completely absorbed with its own fight for survival against Islam.
* The United States will not be in the position to save the day as it has in the past, because the Fifth Column of Leftists here keeps weakening us by importing millions of Third Worlders into our country and onto our welfare dole. I’m not entirely sure, but I think the point of open borders and unchecked colonization of the US is to import as many poor people as possible so that America is impoverished and bankrupted. I think that’s how the Left wants to conquer us. Aside from Michigan, there’s no chance of Islam conquering any areas of the US, but as noted colonies like the one in Orland Park, Illinois are growing and I believe that’s happening all across the country. I don’t think the Left feels confident it can import enough Muslims to topple the US…but they can change American demographics enough that the US becomes kind of like Venezuela in the end. Change the culture, change the demographics, remove the United States as it exists currently and replace it with something else.
What’s the end game?
I wonder if remnants of the Soviet Union are behind all this. Remember the TV show Get Smart? In the late 80s/early 90s the show tried to come back for a revival on FOX (which lasted just a few episodes). But I remember watching the pilot. The original Get Smart was set in the Cold War…and the continuation was set after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Only, the KGB-like entity that the Get Smart characters were up against still existed. The Soviet agents just rebranded and continued their work, even if they weren’t being given official orders anymore because the USSR was gone. But they kept thinking of clever ways to destroy America and continued doing what they were trained to do.
I wonder if that’s what’s been happening here since the 1990s. The Soviet Union seeded our country with operatives. The current TV show The Americans is about this. There were moles put into positions of influence in both government and private corporations. What if after Moscow stopped issuing these people orders they just continued doing things they felt were the logical next steps…and they continued recruiting and building their networks.
By 2015, these people really have no connection or loyalty to Russia…but they just keep doing the things they do to destroy America because that’s what’s in their DNA. I think they want to watch the world burn and don’t really care about the aftermath or what comes next. I believe they just want to see if they can succeed, and they don’t know how to live any other way but to do these things.
This is like how when one issues that the Left fundraises off of is resolved, another two will sprout so that the fundraising doesn’t stop. Let’s look at the racket that is the “gay community” for instance. When I first moved to Chicago, gay groups raised a lot of money off of three things: (1) Don’t Ask Don’t Tell being repealed, (2) Gay Marriage, and (3) AIDS. In the last two years, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and Gay Marriage ended as issues in Illinois. Fundraising was obliterated. A lot of people working in political ranks lost their jobs because the issues they specialized in disappeared (like the Soviet Union collapsing). Those operatives don’t know how to do anything else but agitate, criticize, and raise money for specific causes like Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and Gay Marriage.
So, now there’s a big push for young guys to not worry about AIDS and to not use condoms. There’s a huge and concerted movement to teach young gay men that AIDS is something that they should not be scared of because “a cure is just around the corner” and “AIDS meds are easy and fun to take now”. So, young guys are acting like it’s the back room at Studio 54 again. Peer pressure is mounting for them to go back to the condom-less, STD-spreading days of the 70s. Why is that? Why on Earth would anyone want another explosion of AIDS infections?
Could it be because the Left needs a new fundraising surge from gay men (and the elite who feel good about themselves for being an “ally” of the “gay community”)? There are no coincidences when it comes to the Left.
Right now, gay bars are struggling in Chicago. Some that have been open for decades have shut down. New ones that opened in their places last a few months and shutter. Millennial gays think bars are crowded and gross and they find their hookups on Grindr. The bars are big fundraisers for Democrats. As the bars lose power and status and influence, Democrats lose that gay ATM. And now suddenly AIDS is making a giant comeback. Just when Democrats need gays to coalesce again behind an issue. Just when the bars need customers to come back. Just a coincidence. Nothing to see here folks.
Will the Left succeed?
Again, I don’t think the Left will triumph in the end. But I think it will get very ugly and needless suffering will fall on everyone. This is what always happens. And it’s happening in Western countries now, but it’s not being directed by any central Leftist brain. There isn’t one person behind all of these different things. Instead, it’s hundreds or thousands of different Leftist groups and millions of Leftists who each individually see a way to profit from chaos.
With Islam, the Leftist elite see the chaos that Muslims bring when they colonize as a way to gain power. The agitation and disruption to society that Muslims create is a way for Leftists to themselves create opportunities for slipping in and enacting various things that would have been impossible for them to try if the Muslims hadn’t created the chaos and division. This is that mentality of not allowing any crisis to go to waste. Since the West is relatively safe from external foes, the Left is importing Muslims into the West to be that fifth column to cause daily chaos. The chaos is the engine of change needed for the Left to seize more power and engage in more schemes.
In the US, the chaos agent is the importation of millions of illiterate Third World peasants and criminals. The Leftists see this as a way to create new divisions and tensions, because divisions and tensions mean profits for the Left. It means jobs for the political operatives and community organizers. Look at the gay community in Chicago as an example and microcosm: when the issues that create divisions and agitation are removed and a peace and contentment falls over a community, the businesses and organizations that thrived on and drove the agitation lose power and disappear. That’s bad for Democrats. So, new issues and divisions and agitation need to be created to keep the Democrats’ fundraising rolling. Since America has no external enemies that Americans fear since the Cold War ended, the Left is creating divisions and chaos with the colonization of America by the Third World.
All of this works so long as white people stay meek little cheese-nibbling mice and are afraid to stand up to it and speak out about what’s going on. The Left gets away with this stuff so long as people in the middle class still want to have the elite’s blessing and favor. It’s shocking that this is true, but Americans are obsessed with what people think of them. They are afraid of being called names if they stand up to what the elite is doing. They see what happens to people like Sarah Palin or Rush Limbaugh or whoever that stand up to the Left: they don’t want to be called dumb or be mocked. They don’t want to be attacked. They are just quiet little mice who want to nibble their cheese in peace.
So, the Left wins until the cheese is threatened. I call this “dibs”. It is the single greatest revelation I ever had since moving to Chicago. “Dibs” is a Chicago concept that did not exist in Cleveland where I grew up. You do not mess with “dibs”.
Dibs is this remarkable phenomenon that happens here as soon as it snows even a little bit. One quarter of an inch of snow is fine, the equivalent of some powdered sugar leftover on your kitchen table after making donuts. Once that hits the ground, meek Chicagoans who are lazy and will never do anything to stand up to the terrible things the government here does will suddenly grow a pair and get very bold. Once “dibs” starts and there’s a little snow on the ground, these little mice come out of their homes with old pieces of furniture, giant buckets, orange cones, and all kinds of other trash and they effectively annex public property and take it over for the next three months. They lay claim to the public street in front of their homes for the remainder of winter and are prepared to fight people for those parking spaces. If anyone moves any of the junk that these mice put in the street in front of their houses, there will be physical brawls. The offending car that “stole” their space (that they called “dibs” on with the giant bucket) will be vandalized. And the police will not respond and will not write reports because this is filed under “dibs” and the City is afraid to fight “dibs”.
I find all of this both amusing and heartening.
These people in Chicago’s neighborhoods allow Rahm Emanuel to be Mayor. They allow the politicians in Cook County to be the most corrupt and vile in the nation. They allow Illinois to be the business-killing cesspool that it’s become. So, they are lazy and don’t want to be involved and are fearful and never want to stick their necks out. But, boy, if you threaten to take away something that they have laid claim to, a whole different side of them shows its face. You threaten to take the cheese away from that mouse and it becomes a lion. You don’t mess with “dibs”.
And that’s where all this is heading.
Unfortunately, Muslims and the other Third World colonists will have to do enough damage in the West so things get to the point that the cheese-nibbling little mice feel that their cheese is being threatened. And then BAM!, they will wake up and push back and the Muslims and colonists won’t know what hit them. There will be a lot of fighting. It will be messy and bloody and destructive. But I believe in the end the mice-turned-into-lions will win…and we’ll have another 50 years of relative peace, before the cycle starts again.
The Left exists to agitate. It’s very good at it. The lazy and apathetic people of the West allow the Left to agitate. Maybe some of them even think the Left’s antics are interesting. But when things boil over and the lazy and apathetic people start to see things they laid claim to threatened, then the Left (and all its proxies) loses.
I think we’re maybe 5 years away from that.
What happened in Paris yesterday was certainly not the last straw that wakes people up…but as more attacks by Islam like this happen, more of the little mice will wake up to what’s going on. And when enough realize that their collective cheese is being threatened by the Muslim colonists…then BAM!
It’s just unfortunate that it’s so hard to wake these mice up and that the BAM! never seems to come soon enough.
It’s now 2015.
I didn’t think I’d live to see it…so, I choose today to celebrate all of its possibilities and potential.
We live in challenging, but interesting times.
Both the Left and the Vichy-like Cocktail Party GOP establishment are at their zenith of power. That’s troubling, but remember that the Left is only good at seizing power and tearing things apart…and it’s not good at holding power for long. We’re a country of “dibs”…where Americans feel good about themselves for tolerating nonsense for a while, right up until that nonsense threatens to take away things that belong to them. That’s why socialism and communism will never work here, no matter how hard the Left tries to push them. In Chicago, as soon as the first dusting of snow hits the ground, for the next three months all-out-war will be waged for parking spaces on the street, with homeowners dragging junk from their garages to call “dibs” on the spaces in front of their houses. The City is powerless to stop this. If you’re driving along and see an empty spot that has an old kitchen chair with a broom balanced on it, guarding the spot for someone who called “dibs”, and you move that chair and broom to take the spot…well, you’ll come back later to find your windows broken or your tires slash (or if not, you’d be smart to wonder if your brake lines were cut). The police won’t investigate the damage to your car, either. They’ll just ask you why you did not respect “dibs”.
In a country where vandalism and property damage are brushed away by a cop asking, “Well, did they call dibs with an old chair or something?”, I find it hard to believe that Americans are going to be okay with the massive burdens of Obamacare that will hit this year. Conveniently, these have been delayed by executive order until after the 2014 elections. All sorts of things hit the fan this year. It’s going to be fireworks.
If you believe the Left is fundamentally wrong and also incompetent, as I do, then you should see 2015 as us collectively entering into the last phase of the Left’s occupation. I have always believed that 95% of the things that the Left has done to America since 2008 were only possible because white people are scared to challenge blacks, and having a black standard bearer in Obama has allowed them impunity. That ends soon. Really, it ends in the summer of 2016 when a new Democrat nominee is chosen to lead the party. If it’s not a black person, then the Left won’t be able to keep doing the things it’s been doing.
People don’t care about cries of “sexism” or “misogyny” if they don’t do what a woman wants them to do. And there’s no emotional pressure to do what a Spanish-speaking person wants everyone to do. Black people are magical in our culture, where they can simultaneously claim to be perpetual victims but also enjoy all the benefits that come with white people living in abject terror of being called “Rayciss” for criticizing or standing up to them. It’s why white people will allow themselves to be beaten and robbed and not even want to call the police, for fear of being branded “Rayciss” for having a problem with black thugs nearly killing them.
The media (of course) never talks about this, but Democrats lose a very formidable advantage as the era of “the historic and unprecedented first black president” comes to its ignominious end.
I pray every day that Republicans wise up and are smart enough to run Ben Carson in 2016. He’s who I want to be the next President…and the absolute chaos he would create for Democrats would be a rollicking circus that we could enjoy for years to come. Black people are the most racist people in our country, as established by the fact that Obama’s approval rating amongst blacks remains something like 95%…but none of that hope and change Obama promised back in 2008 was ever delivered and black people’s lives are worse today under his regime than they ever were before. Still, he’s the same color as them so they still support him…and are always on deck ready to shout “Rayciss!” at anyone who criticizes his presidency.
This foolishness can be so easily turned against Democrats. I believe if a black Republican heads the ticket in 2016 that blacks will race-vote like they always do…only this time Democrats won’t benefit from it. A white person on the Decmorats’ ticket (especially a woman) versus a black man on the Republican side would mean disaster for the Democrat party.
Is the GOP smart enough to see that? I don’t think any of us should hold our breaths.
My big goal in 2015 is to finally understand why the Cocktail Party GOP Establishment does the stupid things that it does. There has to be a reason. They support the unregulated importation of whole villages of Third World peasants into the country…even though those people will end up as Democrat voters, for sure, as Democrats intend to keep those people poor, Spanish-speaking, and dependent on welfare for survival. Yet, the Cocktail Party is in league with the Left on this mass-importation of Central American colonists. Why? When the nation is clearly clamoring for Republicans to stand up to the Left, why do people like John Boehner race to do whatever the Obama Regime wants? Don’t they see that everything the regime is doing is designed to ensure that Republicans never win another presidential election again? Is being the minority party and out of power so lucrative to the Republican elite that they want to see America impoverished and pushed towards socialism/communism…just because the dachas they’ve been promised somewhere are so opulent that they can’t wait to enjoy their expected rewards in the Left’s new world order?
I think a lot of anger is going to manifest in 2015 and that the Left and the Cocktail Party GOP Establishment are going to suffer for it. It’s sad that we have to go through this, but those Obamacare changes to people’s insurance plans and corresponding bills are going to wipe out so many families. I hope that they and all of their friends and relatives wake up at that point and realize how often and aggressively Democrats lied to them back in 2009 and 2010 (and how the Cocktail Party did nothing to stop any of this from happening).
I don’t see 2015 being a year when the Left can get any more traction than it’s already had. I think instead that it will be a year of angrily lashing out, like a demon that is cornered and knows the exorcist is coming. This will be fascinating to watch. Leftists enjoy wielding power and using the various branches of government against their enemies. They waited decades for something like the Obama Regime to be able to do this…and at some point in 2015 I think they are going to realize that their time in power is ending.
It’s going to be fun, actually, to watch the all-out Democrat Civil War that ensues between the Left and the Clinton Remnant in the party ranks. The Left will want Elizabeth Warren to be the nominee and is already working to screw Hillary Clinton over again, the way they did in 2008. The Clintons are making all the same mistakes they did back in 2008, which is to be expected. I love Hillary Clinton as a historic figure and I’m fond of her on a personal level…but she is not the Machiavellian strategist that Republican fantasies always painted her to be. Can you like a person and admire her tenacity but still admit she has proved not to be the calculating genius that collectively we were all promised she would be? I think so.
The Left stole the nomination from her in 2008, which still breaks my heart because Hillary would have made a much better president than Obama and we would not be in many of the messes we are in now solely for the fact that Hillary is not the tool of the Left that Obama willingly chooses to be. There are people who will never accept that reality…and those are the same people who will never stop to wonder why the Left is so gung-ho for Elizabeth Warren and so anti-Hillary. Have you ever stopped to think that maybe it’s because the Left knows that Hillary will not do crazy radical things as President but Elizabeth Warren would? Essentially, Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush would have the exact same presidency. The two are completely interchangeable. Elizabeth Warren would be an Obama third term.
Which is why I want to work to elect Ben Carson as the 45th President. Or Ted Cruz. Those are my top two picks for 2016 and who I hope to be working ground game for in the next 18 months. I do want to see Hillary as the Democrats’ next nominee, though. Shutting the Left back in the attic and moving Democrats back toward the center is good for everyone. She earned the right to be the first female presidential nominee of either part and should be given that place in history. But I don’t want any more Democrats in the White House…and I don’t want someone like Jeb Bush who’d be a Democrat in the White House in everything but name.
I think our challenges going forward are manageable in 2015.
I feel the way I do after a huge thunderstorm has swooped through Chicago and rolled on to somewhere else. It’s morning on a new day and I’m looking outside at all the downed trees and the sparking power wires. The streets are flooded though the rain has stopped. My apartment building is no longer shaking in the gale force winds, though it’s cold and desolate outside and every yard looks shellshocked and abused. Litter and junk has blown around everywhere and I know a lot of cleaning up needs to be done. But, we survived it. We’re still here. And there won’t be a storm like that again in my lifetime (I hope).
This new year is going to be challenging. But the energy is different from 2014 and 2013 and 2012 before that. I hope you see that…and I hope today you already have ideas in mind for doing your part to defeat both the Left and the Cocktail Party GOP Establishment in equal measure and make America great again.
Happy New Year!
I don’t recommend many movies to people because one of two things always happens: (1) they end up hating it and are then mad at me for recommending it (and I never hear the end of that) or (2) they end up not liking it but don’t want to tell me (because they think my feelings will be hurt). Years ago, I worked as ghostwriter for a famous crazy person who used to scream at all of us on staff…and one of my coworkers, Andrea, always said (whenever someone would worry about hurting someone else’s feelings in the office) “Honey, none of us around here have any feelings left.” But, I do hope you like “The Babadook” as much as I did.
I love when Amazon has movies online while they are in theaters. Here in Chicago, “The Babadook” was only playing at one little out of the way theater and I was tempted to go see it (breaking my own rule of no longer watching movies in theaters). I decided two years ago to never see movies in the theater anymore because I don’t want to financially support the same Hollywood studio system that funds the Democrat Party and all of the other tentacles of the Left. Going to the theater costs as much as $30 for two tickets in Chicago, before any snacks or drinks are purchased from concessions. I’ve been waiting for most things to come on Netflix or I’ve been getting DVDs from the library. And I’ve saved a fortune (that delightfully didn’t end up in the DNC’s coffers by way of Hollywood).
But, there are some movies that intrigue me enough to see while they’re new…and “The Babadook” is one of those. I was thrilled to find it on Amazon right now for just $5.99 (when I would have spent $10 at the theater for a ticket…and an extra $4.50 round-trip on the train if I had gone out to see it). So, I got a bargain and some really great, inventive and atmospheric scares.
I enjoyed “The Babadook” so much that I’m adding it to my list of Halloween classics that I’ll watch every year when I’m in the mood for a good, scary movie.
I’m a big fan of 1970s horror movies, when the production companies making them had very little money and had to be creative and economical with scares. I don’t like modern horror, with a lazy reliance on either gore or computer generated effects. “The Omen”. “The Exorcist”. “Rosemary’s Baby”. “The Mausoleum”. “The Changeling”. Quite a few films with Vincent Price in them. Those are the spooky horror movies I enjoy. Supernatural thrillers and chillers, usually where one family encounters some manifestation of evil and seemingly the entire rest of the world refuses to believe that anything supernatural is happening.
“The Babadook” feels like one of those old classics. It’s creepy…and there are moments that will genuinely give you shivers and goosebumps. It’s full of imagination too, with that 1970s attitude where the moviemakers don’t feel any obsessive need to explain everything or spoon-feed the narrative to you.
I think the last movie I saw that I enjoyed almost as much in the horror genre was “The Others”, which was 13 years ago. And I’d rate that a solid B…while “The Babadook” is an A+.
I also really enjoyed it because it’s an Australian movie. For some reason, the British and Australian horror films are always scarier to me than anything made stateside. Maybe it’s the foreign setting that takes me out of reality enough for the scares to really hit me. Or, maybe it’s because the budgets are smaller with these pictures and the moviemakers are then forced to have better scripts, more talented actors, and more imaginative scares.
I won’t spoil anything about the film and will leave it up to you if you wish to view the trailer (it’s a well-done trailer that doesn’t give things away). I will say, though, that “The Babadook” is thought-provoking in a lot of ways. I’m wired to see political connections in everything and I’ve been working on several projects for the last year that have put me in regular contact with some very nasty people on the Left. I’ve encountered real, palpable evil in the last year, unlike anything I ever imagined truly existed before. I don’t use the word lightly, but there’s no other explanation for some of what’s behind the Left but to call it demonic. And I have seen a demonic energy manifest in several forms and in unexpected places.
It’s chilling to see something like that come into play in “The Babadook”. Either it’s a remarkable coincidence, or the moviemakers behind this project at some point in their lives encountered an evil similar to the Left. That kind of scratch-at-your-eyes, irrational hatred, claw-at-the-air-wildly special brand of demonic insanity that the Left trades in.
After seeing this movie, I have a new shorthand for that: babadook. From here on out, any deranged and dangerous person on the Left that I encounter that has that particular kind of demonic air about them will be a babadook to me. Especially if that person is doing something that is harming children.
If you want to watch a good scary movie tonight, I highly recommend “The Babadook”.
One of the mysteries of modern life that I’ve been trying to figure out is the exact year that the Left culturally took over and started to change the American psyche. I believe this change happened in the 1970s and that the coming to power of the Baby Boomers had a large part in it. I’ve never been able to tie down the exact year, though. This is the transition from an America where people were proud to be American and loved this country, loved God, and loved each other to a country that is constantly being torn along racial, gender, economic, and other demographic lines by the Democrat Party (which is committed to holding power by dividing Americans along as many lines as possible and then running the table by turning one group against each other in every congressional district coast to coast).
I feel like a cultural archaeologist trying to find the year of the tipping point. Maybe you have thoughts on this. I believe the shift had already happened by the time I was born in the mid-70s; urban decay had not only started by then but it was even celebrated on shows like Sesame Street, where the gritty, ramshackle version of New York was depicted (not the shining, glimmering New York of movies from the 1950s and into the 1960s). By the time I was born, it was already the norm to show a course, rundown, and expletive-strewn Manhattan, rotten to its core.
Who decided this?
I’ve always wondered that. And for what purpose?
Better question: what good has it done anyone?
Hulu’s lineup of Christmas shows is an interesting case study, as they have offerings through the years. Roughly, anything prior to 1970 shows families celebrating Christmas and showing at least some religious observation of the holiday. You’ll find episodes like The Brady Bunch‘s Christmas story about mom Carol losing her voice and little Cindy asking Santa to bring it back so she can sing at church for Christmas. That happened in 1969. Christmas was depicted as a wonderful holiday, with the kids all trying to hide presents from one another and the family considering it a Christmas miracle that their mom was able to sing at church.
By 1972, though, the cynicism had crept in. The Bob Newhart Show episodes are about people largely hating Christmas or considering it a hassle. Yes, it was a show about a psychiatrist and most of the supporting cast were neurotics with all sorts of problems…but Christmas was a downer to these people, not a time of celebration. The focus had already shifted from the birth of Christ to topping each other in games of who can give the best presents.
1980s Christmas specials aren’t represented on Hulu’s lineup of shows, but I remember most of them being about “saving Christmas”, in the sense that Santa Claus was in some sort of trouble and the Smurfs or Care Bears or Garfield the Cat or whoever had to rescue him. So, “saving Christmas” entailed making sure that the presents were delivered. There was nothing about the Christ child to be found in those cartoons.
I think modern shows airing in 2014 have done a better job with Christmas, though they still focus a lot on the presents and say almost nothing about the birth of Jesus. But shows like Black-ish (which is surprisingly funny) have put the focus back on families spending time together at Christmas (and not making it just about presents).
Was the Vietnam War the cause of the culture change? And we’re still paying for that all these years later?
Did Vietnam so traumatize the Boomer generation that they abandoned God and became the neurotic wrecks seen on The Bob Newhart Show…and then a decade later these people became so materialistic and empty and focused just on presents?
I wonder what’s going to happen when all the Boomers are gone. I enjoy reading the writings on the site Generational Dynamics, though the author (a Boomer) tends to think those of us in Generation-X view Boomers unfairly as “The Worst Generation”. I don’t know if they deserve the title of “The Worst”, but on their watch the country truly has changed…and not for the better.
I don’t see the transition from that special Brady Bunch Christmas episode that celebrated miracles to the Bob Newhart cynicism as progress. I think it’s sad…and I don’t think it was necessary. Increasingly, I feel like the Boomer generation behaves collectively like an abused child who grew up to become a horror for everyone else to deal with. And we in Generation-X have another 10 years or so of dealing with this horror…and then trying to find away to undo the damage.
From the 1970s until today, Democrats have mostly controlled all of our largest cities in this country…and they’ve all mostly rotted to their cores. Democrats are responsible for completely annihilating black families and now Democrats are working hard to import Hispanics and keep them poor and Spanish-speaking, so that they don’t assimilate into wider American culture and prosper. Democrats have for decades been actively working to impoverish America and turn the country away from God and family.
You can see this transformation just by watching a hodgepodge of old Christmas episodes from TV shows through the years. It’s really quite remarkable. I’m putting it on my list of things “To Do” to do a comprehensive study of this, looking year by year at all the shows and movies that featured Christmas and explore how this change was made and investigate the “Who” and “Why” behind it. I’d like to think that the Left can only swing the pendulum so far in the negative direction before it swings back, but Detroit has been run into the ground by Democrats and every year I think it’s hit rock bottom and it will start to bounce back and that’s never happened. So pendulums apparently can get stuck (and once-great cities can permanently earn the nickname “Satan’s Diaper”).
What can be done about any of this going forward?
I had a minor revelation while watching one of the Bob Newhart Show episodes on Hulu this morning as I was starting prep work for Christmas dinner today. There was a scene where all of the neurotics that Bob Newhart treated as patients sat around in a group and talked about bad Christmas memories they had. Some toy they didn’t get as children. Some imagined slight or another from their parents. And Newhart indulged them all, listening to their complaints…before finally asking them if they had any good memories. None of them were interested in talking much about the good times. Dwelling on the slights and negative memories was apparently much more fun for them. To me, this is typical Baby Boomer behavior.
Do you ever do this…focus on negative memories instead of positive ones?
A few years before I met my boyfriend Justin, I went to a dating workshop run by a matchmaker here in Chicago. One of the things she taught us was that no one on Earth wants to hear your negative memories of anything. So why are those the ones that people enjoy sharing the most? Right now I have a bad memory from one Christmas in Cleveland that I could share with you right here. It paints my dad in a bad light and makes him look like a jerk. That’s my perspective of what happened, anyway. I have to admit there is always a weird impulse to lead with a tale like that. Why is that? Were people like this before the 1970s? Do we have the impulse to revisit the bad memories because our culture conditions us that this is what people do?
My boyfriend Justin is a Millennial and he was taught in public school to say something critical about whatever’s put in front of him. Not something complimentary, but always something critical…something he doesn’t like. I’m 10 years older than him and part of a different generation and I was never taught to do that. The nuns in Catholic school taught us to always have three things to say about any topic when having a conversation, which I think is a useful skill. Only one of those things could be negative, according to the nuns, and the negative comment had to be sandwiched in between the positive ones. Justin just spouts criticisms and feels good about himself for doing it…like pointing out the things he doesn’t like about whatever’s in front of him validates him as being smarter or better than the person who created that thing. All of his age-peer Millennials I’ve encountered are like this.
Over the three years we’ve been together now, I have tried to bring him over to my side of thinking and whenever he starts up with a negative memory or a negative story, like at Christmas, I ask him to tell me a favorite memory and a positive story. And he struggles to do it. It’s alien to him.
But if you watch the old Christmas specials before 1970, you’ll see that they’re all positive stories…they are all life-affirming…they are all happy tales full of joy and love and the true meaning of the season. I’d like all of us to get back to that. It starts on the individual level. No one alive today needs to hear a negative story from me about my dad and a disappointing Christmas from 30 years ago. I don’t need to revisit that particular Christmas either today (or any day). Let that memory fade away to nothing. Instead, I choose to focus today on all the wonderful Christmases that I’ve enjoyed through the years: all the great people who’ve been a part of my life and who made my life special by being a part of it during the holidays.
Let’s retrain our brains and eliminate the conditioning to default to negative memories and tales of woe. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
I bet living only in pleasant memories and a positive present will help make new Christmas memories going forward, too…ones that are worthwhile and full of joy and happiness. The Left wants us to be miserable and to wallow always in criticism and sorrow. The best antidote to that is pure and unadulterated JOY.
Her Majesty the Queen’s 2014 Christmas message will be broadcast at 3pm British time today (so the above is last year’s message until the new one can be added later).
UPDATE: Here’s the 2014 message:
Is watching the Queen’s Christmas message part of your holiday tradition?
In Cleveland, it always aired right around the time that Disney’s Christmas parade from Orlando was on…and I remember my grandmother switching over (with me being none too thrilled about that, until the importance of the Christmas message was explained).
Growing up in the 1980s, the forces of all that was good and right in the world were embodied to me in three people: Pope John Paul II, President Ronald Reagan, and Her Majesty the Queen. Three icons, in opposition to the evils of the Soviet Empire and its stranglehold on half of Europe. All these years later, it’s a great comfort that Her Majesty is still here. The 1980s felt so much safer than life today because our leaders seemed able to talk about the evils of the world without being politically correct.
Reagan didn’t feel the need (or heed the advice of consultants) to talk about the Soviets as “the Empire of Peace” the way that every Western leader must tiptoe around Islam. While Queen Elizabeth has never been political, she’s always embodied the best of Britain and has always been a passionate advocate for her people. In 2014, it feels like British people have no more say over the conquest of their island home than we do in America over the colonization of the United States by the Third World. We never voted on this, but those in power decided the West should be colonized by the Third World and every Western country should become “multicultural” (where Third World cultures supplant and usurp the existing cultures of the West).
I don’t expect Queen Elizabeth (or any Western leader) to ever denounce this because I think that ship has sailed. They’re all too afraid of Islam and too afraid of the political Left. It’s like as if someone is breaking into your house and intends to kill you, but you’re afraid of speaking out about it (because I guess you think they’ll kill you faster if you draw attention to what’s happening). Better to just ignore them and let them kill you in your sleep later that night, I suppose.
The Queen’s Christmas Message never touches on any of this and I’m not sure if people in Britain ever speak about what’s happening there any more than Americans talk about the Left’s efforts to permanently alter the culture and demographics or our own country. Will Prince George be forced to take a Muslim wife in the future, like in the book “The Camp of the Saints”? Is that the future for Britain? Are Americans all destined to speak Spanish next?
It’s both cruel and reassuring that I grew up in the 1980s and witnessed the West successfully stand up to communism…so I know that standing up to evil like this can in fact be done. It’s just sick that no Western leader has the guts to stand up to Islam and the Left’s colonial machinations in the same way. Part of me suspects that the remnants of the KGB and politburo are behind all this: if they could not defeat the West militarily or economically, then the long plan is to colonize the West with Islam and the Third World…so that Russia and China will inherit the Earth. But what Earth would really exist to inherit?
I hope you appreciate Queen Elizabeth and the work that she’s done through the years for the British people, particularly during the Cold War and also as a princess who learned how to repair military vehicles and who stood with her father and mother as they refused to abandon London or their people during the worst assaults by Hitler’s Reich (another time when the West was unafraid to stand up to evil). It’s very popular for the jaded, cynical Internet to attack any icon and every comment section on any article about the Queen no doubt contains vile attacks on her (by Millennials or younger who just think it’s cool to icon-topple). The anonymity of the Internet is something the Devil must delight in every day, because it allows vicious and disturbed people to slash and tear away at everything traditional and good in the world. The Left is committed to ripping the world apart and replacing it with — something — and the Internet is hastening this. I don’t think the Left even knows what it wants to usher in as a new world order, because the Left exists solely as the opposition to what we have currently…and the Left’s DNA is just to push the envelope further and further and strike down traditions with no real concept of what comes after all the icons are toppled and everything that maintains civilization is trashed. The West is being colonized by the Third World, with Britain and Europe being conquered by Islam and the United States being colonized by Central America. Christianity is relentlessly attacked by the Left while Islam is promoted as an enemy-of-the-Left’s-enemy-is-a-friend. The fools on the Left don’t realize that once Christianity falls that Islam will turn on the Leftists, as the useful idiots that they are.
Aren’t these Satan’s goals? To smash, to plague, to topple, to destabilize? At 38, I’ve come to realize that the goals of the Labour party in Britain and the Democrat party in the US are largely consistent with the wish list of the Devil himself, who seeks a world ripped to shreds by chaos.
The Age of Mutliculturalism is really the eradication of the West (and the stability and advancement for humanity it has brought) and the colonization of Western countries, where immigrants from the Third World come to new shores and establish colonies that eventually topple the Western nations that exist now. Once the neocolonists gain permanence and power, they demand the host country comply with their whims and change their ways to adapt to their culture. Instead of assimilating to where they move, immigrants today demand their new home become like the horrible place they left. They demand that the West become subject to Islam or under the yoke of socialism and communism (and the institutional corruption endemic to both)…and in time the only natural result will be the transformation of Western countries into the likeness of the Third World.
The Labour Party in Britain promotes this. Democrats want this here. And the Leftists who believe this is the key to winning permanent political power don’t see the coming crash…since these other cultures out there in the world aren’t all equal and their beliefs and habits aren’t on par with those of the West.
This is such a strange time to be alive, watching Western countries colonized by the poorest nations in the world. The West is being conquered without resistance and with no shots being fired. I never believed we’d live in a country where a portion of our own people joyfully cheered on our destruction or gleefully allowed our immigration laws to be ripped up, with no consequences at all for the lawbreakers. Since this is happening in Britain and Europe and Australia and Canada as well, it’s part of some sick suicidal impulse on the part of the West.
Did the Romans go through this too? Does civilization just naturally advance to a certain point where the most advanced nations decide they’re too tired to keep going and so enlightened that they delight in allowing other tribes to move in and usurp them?
This year, Muslims plotted to assassinate Her Majesty and seemed to have been stopped only by luck. What will happen if they succeed in their next attempt? Will that be the sort of event that wakes people up?
I wish people would talk about this Neocolonialism for what it is…and that someday someone would explain why the elite feel it’s a great thing to be importing millions of unskilled, illiterate, poor people from the Third World into the West at breakneck speed. I know what Democrats in the US and Labour in the UK want this: they believe the Third World immigrants are votes in the bank for the Left, because they’ll be loyal to the Left so long as the Left gives them welfare checks. But, what happens when all the money runs out, which it will soon?
What I really can’t understand are the Republicans who want America flooded with colonists from the Third World. Supposedly the Chamber of Commerce pushes for this because it keeps wages low, but I don’t know what jobs illiterate peasants are supposed to take. The Unions drove the factories out of America decades ago and the Obama Regime has made it difficult for new small businesses to open. Here in Chicago, every block has a restaurant, bar, or shop that’s gone out of business (some of them having been staples in the neighborhood for 50 years). Do we really need that many gardeners, dishwashers, housekeepers, and nannies for the Republican elite?
I truly hunger for a national political leader to call out the Left and the GOP Cocktail Party establishment on this. There’s a reason that Central and South America are not prosperous and it’s because of the backwards cultures there. There’s a reason that America has thrived and became the greatest country in the world…and it’s because of the culture that we’ve had here. Eroding that by mass-importing the Third World (and its culture here) is madness.
Will 2015 be the year that someone finally speaks out on this…some leader emerges with the guts to speak the truth?
Wouldn’t that be a remarkable Christmas message, though I know someone like the Queen would never deliver it. Winston Churchill would have. Teddy Roosevelt would have. I wish there was an American presidential candidate on the horizon that would do that.
It’s a personal mission of mine to try to figure out this coming year who’s really behind all of this. It’s convenient (and more than a little accurate) to blame George Soros or the UN…but I still don’t understand who benefits in the end. Say these people succeed and collapse the West. Say that Islam conquers Europe and Great Britain. The United States falls to Central America and American culture is replaced with a socialist or communist regime (more so than what we have now under Obama in 2014). Australia gets overtaken by Malaysians and Indonesians and whoever else the Left is importing there. What then?
If Islam and the culture of the Third World were any good, then wouldn’t those parts of the world be flourishing now?
Doesn’t it seem logical that replacing the West with colonies of Islam and the Third World will just create a planet where no countries flourish and civilization collapses?
The only entity that I can ever think of who could want to see that is the Devil himself. Which makes recent history read like it was written by David Seltzer or Ira Levin.
What challenges we all face going into 2015, in a world where evil’s on the march like never before and good people are too often terrified of speaking openly about that. It’s a world where the West is under siege from all sides and we don’t have a strong leader to rally behind or a media that will report the truth. It’s so easy to feel hopeless and helpless in this.
But, I can’t believe that God wants the West to fall. And I can’t believe that those who love all the West stands for are powerless to stop this. It’s just a much longer and protracted fight than any of us would want…and I think things will get much worse before they get any better.
What a cheerful way to start Christmas morning, I know. I suppose I just really hunger for someone, anyone, to take the microphone and broadcast a rallying cry to the West like Churchill and the King did during the darkest days of WWII…where the politically-correct brigades and the complicit media didn’t prevent national figures from standing up for their own people and denouncing Neocolonialism and Islamization. I yearn for someone to stand up and call out the invasion and occupation of the West for what it is.
Why won’t that happen?
Whatever you are doing for Christmas, I hope it’s at least as fun as being carried headfirst into a room by four hunks dressed as reindeer.
Have fun, be safe, and don’t forget the true reason for the season.
Instead of sending a conqueror sheathed in armor or a tyrant commanding legions, the Lord sent us a carpenter, born in a manger, as his son. Today and every day I hope you are grateful for that and remember that underneath all the holly and tinsel and wrapping paper and, yes, hunks-dressed-as-reindeer that Christmas is the celebration of a promise kept between Heaven and humanity.
You are loved by a loving God and you matter greatly in this world, now more than ever. The Devil is loose like at no other time in all of history and the imps, goblins, trolls, and demons of Hell are more clever and active than our world has ever known. But, that promise to us of that baby in a manger is renewed. The prince of peace. The symbol of hope. The Christ child.
Remember that…and then have a blast celebrating with friends and family and all those you love. Please try to remember any elderly neighbors or people you know who might not have a family to celebrate with this year and ask them over to share in your festivities. Share together in your love of life, laughter, and the Lord.
The Commander in Chief of the world’s greatest military power seems hell bent on relinquishing that title. The latest on the chopping block are the Hellfire and Tomahawk missile programs. Obama seeks to cut all procurement of new Hellfire missiles from the Navy by 2015, and all new Tomahawks by 2016 — a seemingly inexplicable move considering Obama took so much credit for U.S. involvement in the Libya operation, which relied heavily on Tomahawk missiles.
This is just the latest in a long line of cuts to specific military programs which have occurred or will occur during Obama’s tenure. Now I’m not saying each and every cut was unwarranted, but here is what I know — when your budget has to be cut, you start by looking for way to cut spending with minimal impact to capabilities or quality of outcome.
I’ve worked in organizations funded by the government in the past. They are wasteful — there is no doubt about it. From the seemingly endless bureaucracy, to the fixed budgets that “HAVE to be spent,” the entire system has become a monolithic machine with the primary purpose of perpetuating its own existence. I remember computers and furniture being replaced well before it was necessary, simply because it was “a replacement year”. The old stuff taken to a warehouse and sold for pennies on the dollar.
So my beef isn’t with general cuts to the defense budget. I firmly believe that every single department of the U.S. government could find a way to cut at least 10% of its budget without firing a single person or diminishing the quality of the work or service provided.
I submit for your consideration Senator Coburn’s report on potentially over $60 billion in waste found at the DoD. I don’t know about anyone else, but if I needed to cut the defense budget I would start by rooting out waste and corruption! Then I would move on to other non-essentials, like parties and other perks. Then and only then would I start looking at specific programs.
But Obama and his ilk seem unconcerned with the billions of dollars disappearing in the bureaucratic ether. No doubt this is partly because exposing the waste will expose the very nature of massive bureaucracy, thereby severely weakening the “moral authority of modern big government” which progressives have been diligently creating for the last decade.
But I think something else is going on. Obama’s move to kill off the programs which allowed him to execute the Libya operation without U.S. troop involvement is very telling. Obama specifically seeks to diminish the United States’ ability to execute military operations. Hagel wants to cut the Army to levels not seen since before WWII. The administration has also killed or hamstrung the Air Force’s F35 joint strike fighter, the Navy’s next generation cruiser, and the Marine Corps’ next generation EFV.
Dinesh Dsouza essentially predicted this. He believes Obama is an anti-colonialist who sees the USA as somewhat of a bad guy on the world stage, and the U.S. military as the tool enabling the “bad actions”. Bathed in this light, Obama’s actions make sense.