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Monday, November 29, 2010

The Fink Who Sat By The Door

A bit past a year ago, the sycophantic/leftist media celebrated the ill-conceived bestowing of the hitherto prestigious Nobel Peace Prize to President Barack Obama. The fledgling statesman winning the award seemed odd to everyone, save the most obsequious lickspittles chanting, “Yes we can” and “Hope” and “Change”!

It was plain to the sober minded, that the Nobel body acted with a bona fide stupidity, born of fanciful notions of a transformative new diplomatic era springing forth from Barack Obama’s bellybutton fully mature! All the naughty people and all our enemies awestruck by his native mightiness seeing the error of their ways stumbling over each other to join hands and summit, quaffing the wares of the trendiest micro brewery.

It was repeated ad nauseam by leftist punditry that Barack Obama  would recover the good will America enjoyed internationally that they felt the Bush administration squandered. How the left could possibly divine the Junior Senator from Illinois possessed such power, without the evidence of past diplomatic experience, is beyond my comprehension.

It certainly seems that to this point, the only people susceptible to Obama’s siren powers are left wing ideologues! The rest of the world seems indifferent. It appears that all of those outside of the U.S. who were besotted with the idea of a less “cowboy” like approach to diplomacy don’t have the influence in their respective nations to get their own leaders to play ball.

Well, the left is right! This is a new era of American diplomacy, one where for the first time, America operates from a position of weakness. We read in Der Spiegel:

"Never before in history has a superpower lost control of such vast amounts of such sensitive information -- data that can help paint a picture of the foundation upon which US foreign policy is built. Never before has the trust America's partners have in the country been as badly shaken. Now, their own personal views and policy recommendations have been made public -- as have America's true views of them."

I could never have fathomed something like this year’s WikiLeaks disclosures.  You would think the U.S. State department could have put the kibosh on this sort of thing back in March when the first group of truly damaging leaks was released. Hillary Clinton, Obama’s greatest rival for the Democratic nomination in 2008, is now running the State Department. Beginning with the Russian reset button debacle Mrs. Clinton has proven to be incompetent far beyond my expectations. If you remember - diplomacy was supposed to be Hillary’s strong suit, at least that was what she said.

Der Spiegel, the Guardian UK, and our home grown fifth column rag, The New York Times are all indicative of leftist ideology run amuck. The WikiLeaks disclosures would never have seen the light of day in a more patriotic era - at least not without someone swinging in the aftermath! By my reckoning, The Times actions constitute nothing less than treason.

As a nation America has had nationalism driven out of us--there are too many people now raised  with no sense of pride in what America has been to the world and what it means to be an American. The left now controls our children’s education and the modern media have reduced America’s role in world history to that of a recalcitrant bully.

There are more people now calling themselves Americans that have utter disdain for their own nation, than at any point in our history, this did not happen by accident. We have placed more emphasis on feelings than reason and reality. You have people teaching their children it is more important to follow their hearts than their brains, when the Creator of those children says:

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and the above mentioned news entities are thinking with their hearts without regard for the very real people who will be effected by their wrongheaded actions. They follow a misguided dictum to an extreme like children incapable of seeing beyond the most basic ideas.

This is the same sort of heart-based decision-making that leads to nude scanning and the groping of airline travelers in our airports. Instead of using common sense to determine which people it would be wise to scrutinize more vigorously the TSA would rather subject my Aunt Ruth and Uncle Bill (if you could get them on a plane) to a series of indignities in the name of not offending Syrian nationals.

The TSA spends time looking for bombs so they check everyone, even 10-year-old Timmy from Goose Lake, Iowa. Israel, surrounded by enemy states and the constant threat of terrorism, utilize their brains and are more interested in finding terrorists. Whether flying in or out of Israel, it will be an Israeli checking you out and they are looking at race, ethnicity, religion, dress and behavior. The Israeli’s have zero incidents and Aunt Ruth and Uncle Bill do not have to worry about having their bits and pieces handled.

Do you feel the love in this new era yet? Are we safer? Cowboy diplomacy is bad, yet, in less than two years of the dawning of the new diplomatic epoch, to appease Moscow, the Obama administration gave Poland and the rest of Eastern Europe the high hat by reneging on the missile defense shield treaty promised by the previous administration.

China is regulating our actions in the Yellow Sea as the Calender gets rolled back to 1950 in Korea. Israel, initially overwhelmingly supportive of the Obama Presidency now looks at the U.S. like something less than an honest broker as the administration pushes for more and more one sided compromises with the Palestinian Authority.

With the advent of the WikiLeaks disclosures the administration proved powerless to prevent despite hollow threats from our State Department, Pakistan is now more reticent. Germany, Kenya, Italy, Turkey, Saudi Arabia all offended. Hillary Clinton is revealed to have ordered all manner of spying on even some of our staunchest allies, not a bad thing in and of itself, but the world is now reading our diplomatic memos so now they know that we know that they know.

All this as violence is escalating in Afghanistan, Cindy Sheehan and her Code Pink cohorts nowhere in sight. Is Cindy camping outside Obama’s Illinois residence as she used to do at Bush’s Crawford ranch? If she is, the cameras aren’t there to record it like they were on a regular basis during W’s time in office. I guess covering Cindy's Code Pink shenanigans was just politics.

We are creating our own insurgency right in our schools and on our television sets and movie screens. Our children are being fed a steady diet of misinformation and revisionism and taught to value feelings over thinking.  Those are not the attitudes that made America the strongest most giving and compassionate nation in the history of the world.

The left, so anti the things that make us great, faith in God, family, industry,  can’t fathom that it is the old ways that keep drawing people, filled with real “hope,” to our shores not idealistic views of an America that never existed and hopefully never will. Meanwhile, the progressives squat in the shadows at the gate, opening our doors a little wider to our enemies everyday.

Digital Publius

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Branded (Election Afterthoughts)

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” ~ Albert Einstein
Few adages are as readily available to the American consciousness as the one quoted above. Yet, there are even fewer more frequently forgotten. Nowhere is the tacit rejection of Einstein’s truism more painfully apparent than in America’s urban areas.
Urban areas mired in corruption and collapsing school systems, decaying infrastructures providing fewer and fewer services to a citizenry still expected to pay taxes, inner city denizens clinging maniacally to those failed policies and the leaders who implement them — this particular election cycle provided a rather unique glimpse at the near total perfection of liberal Democrats’ hold on Black voters’ thinking and political actions in the inner cities across the nation. 
What the 2010 midterm elections showed is the “D” in front of a candidate’s name is even more powerful in urban Black consciousness than common sense, reason and even skin color. Despite the fact many of these areas have not elected a conservative official in decades, they seem incapable of surmising it may be a good idea to try something different.
“The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.” ~ Albert Einstein
The American independent voters (that block of people often responsible for a swing one way or another politically) decided this time the “Change” they voted for in 2008 was far beyond what they expected. So, they swung back the other way this election in even greater numbers than 2008.
Independents are by nature reactionary, a characteristic I find difficult to regard highly myself, yet one I find is at least, to a degree, understandable. This makes the slavish devotion to the Democrat party exhibited by my people more troubling. Why do we continue to hold to a party whose precepts have decimated our communities?
In the races where you had a Black Republican as an alternative to a Black Democrat, or even a Black Republican against a White Democrat, the urban areas still opted for the Democrat. This was the case in Jesse Jackson, Jr.’s race against Republican Isaac Hayes in Illinois as well as the race of California Democrat Laura Richardson, who faced Popular Republican pundit Star Parker. Ms. Parker’s story is truly an inspiration for those seeking to better their situation in life and exactly the image most needed in Compton.
Corruption charges against incumbent politicians seem not to matter, either. Eternal Congressman Charlie Rangel had no trouble brushing aside Michael Faulkner.
Tennessee’s 9th Congressional district Black Republican candidate, successful business woman Charlotte Bergmann, received an anemic 25% of the vote in her race against incumbent White Democrat opponent Steve Cohen, despite a 60% Black population in the district. In fact, it is the states only predominately Black district. It’s not a black thing, it’s a “D” thing.
“We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” ~ Albert Einstein
To counter Einstein’s faithful adage defining insanity, we find this bromide:
“It doesn’t matter what party is in power, nothing ever changes, all politicians are alike.”
To all those Black Democrats languishing in cities like Detroit, Baltimore and Memphis who employ this banal and wholly unoriginal bit of fluff, I ask; how would you know?
During the slave trade, it was not uncommon for a master to brand his slaves with a hot iron. This served as a constant reminder to the slave he was not his own. This brand ran far deeper than the raised scar it produced. It meant you knew to whom you belonged and you mustn’t entertain any ideas of your station changing.
The modern slave master’s brand is unseen but no less effective. The Democrats say you’ll be free, but not yet. You’ll get your freedom, but it will be a freedom defined by “us”. This is why the Democrats are always reminding you everyone else is racist. They reinforce daily you cannot succeed without them being there to pave the way for you.
In the past, the slave masters employed overseers to make sure the slaves stayed in their places and performed as they were expected. These overseers were charged with disciplining the slaves as well. Frequently, the most zealous of these overseers were themselves slaves — all too willing to keep the order in the slave quarters if it ensured a few extra creature comforts for themselves.
In many cases, these Black overseers reacted more vehemently to Black rebellion than any White overseer. We see this played out today as Black folks become unhinged when someone has the temerity to stray from the Democratic plantation, spewing the very invective they accuse the right of espousing. This is trained behavior; some of the most effective training takes place when the subject is unaware they are being trained.
“If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.”  ~ Albert Einstein
Of course, as the left explains, their crushing defeat at the polls is due to the “inability” of the hoi poloi to “grasp” the beneficence they have bestowed upon us. The President just “failed to communicate” how successful he and his sycophants have been. It is indeed difficult to explain why ideas that have never worked are still completely ineffectual. “Hope” indeed springs eternal!
At some point, the Black community has to realize it has been flimflammed, or at the very least come to a point were they are willing to consider an alternative to failure. This is what wise, thinking people do in order to extricate themselves from circumstances they are dissatisfied with — unless of course they fail to recognize they are dissatisfied. Then they are simply fools!
Chicago serves as a fairly good example of what I am talking about. President Obama’s former senate seat was lost to a Republican as the President’s former constituents opted for a change of guard. Interestingly, Roland Burris, the only serving Black senator, appointed to replace President Obama, was strongly advised not to seek re-election.
Burris is just one of a string of Black elected officials encouraged to step aside by the President and the Democrat machine — a list that included most notably New York Governor David Paterson and Kendrick Meek of Florida. Meek won the Democratic nomination for the senate fair and square, but was asked to step aside for the White Charlie Crist.
Crist, a former Republican running as an independent, pledged to caucus with the Democrats, which made for a more acceptable choice for the Democrat party than the Black Democrat the people of Florida chose. Meek earned 20% of the votes Tuesday While the usurper Crist garnered 30%. This opened the Door for Republican Marco Rubio to win the election with 49% of the vote.
How well would Meek have done if the Democrat party-backed Crist had not taken 30% of the vote away from him? It seems painfully apparent, at least in the cases of Burris and Meek, the left has an aversion to black senators. You are fine with the Democrat party as long as you are the kind they want — the kind that won’t try to escape the plantation and start believing in their ability to overcome by their own means.
"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction." ~ Albert Einstein
The entire constitution of the United States, complete with amendments, fits on a couple of pages in the back of my Webster’s dictionary. The healthcare bill, threatening to burden the nation for generations to come, is thousands of pages long. Does this make sense to you? How long will my people continue to put their faith in government and the Democrat party instead of hard work and God, who was the Founders’ strength?
“For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD; They would none of my counsel, they despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.” Proverbs 1:29-31
Digital Publius