The shape of things to come
A reader writes (emphasis mine):
Devoted, and unregistered, reader, first time emailer.
It seems the GOP has a “Read my lips” moment here with Obama promising no tax increase. The ad practically writes itself. I guess they’d never throw Bush I under the bus with the juxtaposition, but someone should.
My family of four currently spends $18,000.00 per year on insurance premiums. I am self-employed. Our premiums jumped $2,400.00 this year in anticipation of the costs of ACA. At the same time, my wife’s healthcare savings account at work informed us that her contributions had been capped by the Feds at, I believe, $2,500.00/year. So there’s another grand that ACA has already cost us before any ultimate tax increases that will surely arise to pay for the cost of this experiment in statist socialism.
I can hunt and garden. Am very tempted to drop out altogether. We will survive without the government.
By the way, we are in DC this weekend, where everything is government run. It is a total disaster. Have not seen one government employee or work crew on the streets, which are a total free for all due to no working traffic signals. The shape of things to come.
I got caught on a Supershuttle last night where the whole van excoriated conservatives for their stupid and ignorant opposition to Obamacare, which is going to solve all our problems. I nearly bit through my tongue to avoid being lynched. When I got out, I gave the driver $5 and told him it was a tip from the Tea Party. He was literally dumbstruck. I told him we’d see how great Obamacare looks in November.
Sorry to rant. We all need to speak up politely, but forcefully. He knew exactly what I meant. We also need to steer our dollars away from these sympathizers when we can. Vote with your pocketbook.
I’m also a professional video producer. I got tired of a freelance editor wishing death to Dick Cheney on Facebook, so I quit giving him business. It got his attention. And not because I’m a Cheney fan. Rather, it was the violent, eliminationist rhetoric that I could no longer abide. Why put money in his pocket?
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I think your first time e-mailer sums up the feelings of a great many of us. The animosity has got to stop. It is interesting that none of the expert analysts saw the SCOTUS ruling coming and so many are backtracking to make this seem like a good deal. As the arrogance of the administration continues and the main stream GOP is unable to come to grips with how to address affordable and sustainable healthcare it will boil down to how the moderates vote in the fall. To my way of thinking it is going to be a real crap shoot in November, but I am not convinced the GOP and Romney will do any better at governing.
Heck yeah! Reminds of that Marianne Williamson quote that starts “Your staying small does not serve the world.”
Conservatives are waaaaay too silent these days, except on Twitter, the one place it doesn’t matter. Meanwhile, all these Odiots are out there filling people with lies. I argued with one the other day about whether or not Obama passed the DREAM act. She was convinced he had and was telling everybody she could that the Hispanic vote would now cancel out the white vote. That’s fantasy, obviously, but imagine what lies they are feeding people about ObamaTax, etc.
“Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.”
I’m also a video producer and editor and would never dream of posting eliminationist rhetoric on FB or anywhere else, so if you’re keen to replace that other guy, just let me know…
I have a solution.
Lets get a farm somewhere.
Lets call it a commune.
Lets fill it with the Democratic party leadership and their families.
Lets build a wall around it.
Lets deny them pesticides.
Lets deny them gas
Lets give them a windmill instead
In year how many will be left alive?
Years ago, I went to a meeting of the L5 Society at MIT.
The L5 Society is a group of dreamers who hope (or hoped) to put a habitat in space at a gravitational balance point in space called “L5.”
As I sat in the meeting I can to realize that I was surrounded by the misfits of society who wanted to escape to set up a topia in space. Since I couldn’t come to believe that these folks would ever come to a common understanding of their topia, the idea of being placed into a largely glass cylinder in space with these misfits seemed like a sure death sentence.
I read this note and recognized myself. I am surrounded by people who seem to think that more government is better. I have been accused of being a ‘hater’ because I have the audacity to question this President and decry what is happening to this country. I have held back with my FB posts and opinions… but only for a short time more. I have done so only because of the fact my daughter is seeking elected office in her youth group and I will not do or say anything which might harm her chances. Once her fate is decided in a few weeks, then I will work to challenge the “newspeak” mentality.
The liberals have won, more soundly than anyone could have predicted. As a bonus, they now know how to manipulate the Chief Justice.
Conservatives are still in shock from the treachery, in a deep hole, depressed.
And yet who’s angry and vicious and confrontational? Who is vitriolically condemning the other side?
Tyrants are preternaturally sensitive to their own vulnerability. One hopes their foreboding is accurate.
“By the way, we are in DC this weekend, where everything is government run. It is a total disaster. Have not seen one government employee or work crew on the streets, which are a total free for all due to no working traffic signals. ”
Sounds like North Korea at night, doesn’t it? They lose electricity due to a storm and don’t know what to do, imagine if it were an EMP attack.
Thank you to the reader for his note, and thank you professor for publishing it.
My brother Terry is a recently retired Professor of the U. of Maine. He is fine but many of his associates are stupid soft fascists. l have been challenging them for almost 2 years to the point they no longer engage me as they come off looking stupid. After the Roberts betrayal 1 of them sent a post to my brother over the common link spiking the football. l gave it till sat. then took off the gloves & let fly at him & less so his fellow travlers. They are now skittering around on back channels looking for justification using some of the points of the weak kneed conservatves you have been calling out. That tells me they are feeling the heat. Professor you are doing yoeman work. After engaging these other Profs l am amazed at how stupid they are. l believe they have never been challenged as they now are. We are in a Civil War every bit as serious as the original. lt is past time to call these stupid fascists out for what they have done.
oh its bad up here especially in the Orono area.
friggin skanky hippies.
Great segment article post, and I absolutely agree 1000%.
This person sees and says the truth, with forthright conviction and change the world. One person can move mountains and change the world..
we all know what the truth is, and what the lies are. And we see the useful idiots parade around like a bunch of chickens in the streets, stubbornly parroting their hierarchy echelon’s propagandist rhetoric, and why, because they have givin up their independence, their independent thinking ability, and became a slave to their mindnumbingly continual State of unconscious delusion.
But for our part, to try to reason with them is a useless endeavor, as insanity cannot be reasoned with. Insanity being their indoctrinated mindset of actually believing that right is wrong, good is bad, thus the common frame of reference of where the truth is the starting point basis of any and all reason and logical conclusions of which to converse and have any type of intellectual meaningful dialogue with are lost.
Only by defeating them can we convert them back to earth, sanity, independent thought and the truth once again. Although are are forever hopelessly lost.
I have just updated my article from earlier this afternoon discussing this VERY issue. Conservatives normally lead with facts and figures and we never motivate people enough to be on our side. This is the brilliance of the Democrat appeal. THESE STORIES will move independents more than any number of statics.
Other stories here: http://www.politijim.com/2012/07/trueth-stories-on-obamacare-impacts-now.html
I want to hear what Pat Caddell says next. Has he polled anyone in the last few days? Remember when he had announced around September 2010 that fewer than 20 percent of Americans believe the government is running with the “consent of the governed” and then he said, “This is Pre-Revolutionary!”
I wonder the data he’s accumulating now…
I’m done. I’m done being nice. I’m done biting my tongue. I’m done defending my industry (Health Insurance). I’m done apologizing for not being a compromiser. I’m done being quiet on FB. I’m done coddling friends and family who think this debacle will be a good thing. I’m done arguing with idiots. I’m done trying to get them to understand.
I see people on FB every day who think that corporations don’t pay enough taxes. How do you argue with an adult who doesn’t even understand how these things work. They are more concerned about two guys or girls being able to get married. They are more concerned with who is going to win DWTS. These people still think the government gives out “free” stuff. How do you argue with that? These are people who are teachers. These are people with college degrees.
I am voting. I am telling all around me who I’m voting for and why they should. I am donating what I can directly to candidates who may well disappoint me down the road, but for now, they are telling me the things I want to hear about the direction this Country needs to go.
Yeah… if I’d been in that Super-Shuttle, they’d either have gotten an earful – politely – or would’ve stopped to lynch me. As I get older, I realize that unless you stand up for what you believe, you’ll just get run over. Choosing my battles notwithstanding, I generally get in my 2-cents worth.
I read this Email . It seems unhinged. Why would anybody help produce a Video that promotes eliminating Dick Cheney? Is that not a federal crime?
“I can hunt & garden . This implies a stationary habitat as against a Hunter & Gatherer. The earth is never free. Taxes & Death etc.
“Am tempted to drop out alltogethe’ -no can do. There is nowhere in the world to go.
“We will survive without the Government” – Even The Unibomber used US Postal Services.
DC – if that is the case as you describe then you should filmed it . Those French guys did a memorable portfolio of Detroit.
As to the high health insurance – it seems high for certain but that is how the US is. Everything else is extremely cheap by world standards. It did not start in 2009 being this way.
I am not sure you can blame OCA for everything . Perhaps it is Custers Last Stand or The Alamo or Picketts Charge – who can say?. Not me -but everytime I point out that a public health service need not be the end of the world I get my head bitten off.
The most poignant phrase I ever heard was at Babi Yar where a Jewish man about to be shot (if lucky )& pushed into the trough & crushed to death looked up to the sky & said. “There is no God”.
UIt has not gotten to that. You are in dangerous mental territory.
Bumblbee: Never has 1 post used so many words & said squat. . . l do give you credit for courage tho yesterday (Sun) for coming out as a crossdresser. lt was when you inserted your usual ankle biting anti woman snark into my duel post praising women. A while back you trashed Copt women. Who are being slaughtered. You maybe should seek professional help. l suggest a man. Wear your prettyist frock with heels!
I am curious . What was with the Barnaby & now Bumblbee? Seems you are mistaking me for another poster you took a dislike to on The lonely Conservative. or some such place.
Nope & I am the athletic type. I do not own one pair of high heels . I am the high tech hiking boots type of gal.
I personally don’t think you’re a bad guy-
I can sum up your “problem” with one sentence.
You don’t understand Americans
You didn’t read the email very well- the writer did not produce Cheney hate videos, he said he got tired of reading the guy’s hate Cheney posts on Facebook.
this will help put it all in perspective
I know exactly how this guy feels. It gets tiring after a while, trying to be civil to barbarians.
You are some kind of crazy. The X dressing thing was a joke but it is a fact . Check out Jennifer Brady vs The University of Arkansas (May 2012) whereby a 38 year old pre-transgender person has won the right to use the women’s restrooms whilst he decides if he wants to go full Monty.
I stand by my dismissal of Copts Pharaohic genital cutting of females. In my job I was required to report this if I came across the ‘results’. We had to ban Copts from sending their girls back to Egypt when it was banned . If you want to flood America with these sort of people feel free but don’t tell me as you did they were such angels & Americans the bad guys.
I suggest we agree to disagree on all things.
BTW what makes you think I am a dude?
You called Pink a man when she is obviously a woman. l suppose the possibility is open you are a lesbian tho l suspect not. lf you are a lesbian l give it 80% bull , 20% lipsiick. Your footwear suggests bull. Not that theres anything wrong with that !
I have never responded to Pink Raquel -but I do know that is a girl’s name. She writes like a girl also.
Whatever -she was very upset that day & I can understand this. I think you are confusing me with Darkstar who did have a battle that day with Pink.
I read all comments & often point out if I see no logic. Often I find aspects not put out because I come from a different part of the world but have lived in the USa & have been to just under the 57 states.
To finish off this thread notice the result of the Mexican elections. If you think Canada is Socialist you are now surrounded 100%.
And at home .
Mandate is a TAXi
The Supershuttle driver is most likely AFL-CIO CWA and probably gets an Obamacare waiver…
So they’re a tax dodger who can keep their health care plan if they like it… while the first time emailer is literally risking life and limb.
By the way, we are in DC this weekend, where everything is government run. It is a total disaster.
Welcome to nationwide Detroitification.
They just fired 164 Detroit firefighters and closed about 15 to 20 firehouses, while 108 firefighters were immediately hired back 108 by way of US taxpayer funded$22.5 million DHS grant.
While there has been a mysterious increase in arson fires.
Liberals are basking in Obama’s glow of corruption, while getting a front row seat to “in your face” bleat about it.
from the video link: the Supershuttle company is “free rider” of a taxpayer funded “economic zone” who are also exempt from federal DOT regulation.
They did the same thing a couple months ago with the police.
They “laid off” 200. Hired them back the next day using a “Federal grant”.
hahaha Bananarama in their bovver boy pantz. I got a pair on now plus a new 80s haircut.
Too much fun here.
This gentleman’s comment of hitting them in the pocketbook, made me think of a possible issue with Obamacare. In the act there is a section which prohibits enforcement of penalties. My question is does that still stand now that the “penalty” is a tax? I ask because like the gentleman in this story, I don’t want to support this system, yet I also am responsible for others, so don’t want to lose everything either. Roberts was specific in his opinion that it was a tax based on the fact that the IRS collected it. Does the designation of the penalty as a tax now allow the IRS to use the powers it had prior to and independent of this act?
I agree that this is a time for fiscal conservatives and social conservatives to speak up, and I would add that it is time for liberals to speak up, too.
The current administration and the Democratic Party at the national level are not living up to Liberal ideals. Liberals believe that ordinary people have both the right and the ability to make the best decisions for their families, without the interference of fake big shots, like bureaucrats. Liberals have a respect for scientific results and methods. Liberals have a respect for factual matters, and they detest people who lie for political advantage. Liberals detest venality in public service as a form of social injustice. These are all values they share with conservatives.
Liberals appreciate what we’ve got in this country, and they worked with conservatives after the Vietnam war to set up rules that allow ordinary people to find out what their government is doing.
Liberals who have bothered to educate themselves about the current news are angry with the current administration and the Democratic party for their multiple failures to live up to Liberal ideals, for the corruption, stupidity, and venality exhibited by far too many people in high public office, and for the diversion of our national treasure to the pockets of a bunch of already-rich white people.
This administration is radical, corrupt, and stupid. If you keep that in mind when you are talking to Liberals, and are willing to give them facts to support those 3 points, you’ll start finding ground pretty quickly.
PS. I don’t know if any of you have noticed, but I’ve been seeing a lot of push ads on right-wing sites alleging that those nasty right-wingers want to ban contraception. Yeah, you’re being lied about.
Valerie: You of course are speaking of classic liberalism. A breed sadly diminished since the fascists of the 30s appropriated the term & have progressivly despoiled it since.
I hear Romney’s words, “on my first day in office I will take actions to end Obamacare,” and I am reassured for the moment. Then I look at the potential governing triumvirate of Romney, Boehner, and McConnell, wherein Romney has already agreed with Obama it is not a tax, McConnell has said, just yesterday, that the odds were against repealing Obamacare, and Boehner is, well, Boehner, hardly a willing fighter, and all ssurances are lost, rendered meaningless to me by the record of the GOP since 2000.
In 2010, powered by the grassroots Tea Party movement, the GOP won by a landslide up and down the ticket, and while many states are enjoying the benefits of the changeover to a more conservative approach to governance, at the federal level we see little in the way of any stomach for the tough fight made necessary by holding just the House.
Tom Hagen: “Mike, why am I out?”
Michael Corleone: “You’re not a wartime consigliere. Things may get rough with the move.”
Should Obama be defeated in November, I see a definitive lack of spine among our likely generals in the ensuing battle over Obamacare, the foremost of many Obama initiatives and actions requiring redress by a GOP administration and congress.
Romney, Boehner, and McConnell are not wartime leaders.
So, let’s all give lots of money to Boehner’s opponent. It may be tough, but our goal should be to unseat Boehner. Either that, or demolish him politically so that his credibility is gone and he won’t be made speaker.
It’s unlikely we’d lose the House by a single seat, so call it a tactical loss of for a strategic victory.
We, the People, have two huge problems:
1. Our most effective leaders (Palin, Gingrich) get beaten down nobody defends them;
2. Our legislators are drunk with power and unafraid of us.
In short, Boehner, McConnell, and the rest of the D.C. Republican are frauds. Their loyalty is to the Democrats, not the people who elect them.
If Romney doesn’t win, it’s all academic considering what has to occur for Obama to win and what it likely does down ticket. If Romney does win, we have… Romney. but all he has to do is sign what a (hopefully) GOP congress sends him. Now we look at the GOP congressional leadership of Boehner and McConnell and….. *sigh*.
It’s a pipe dream, never happen, but I’d love to see the GOP party leadership sit down behind closed doors and face facts:
1) Our country faces an existential threat from within – statism.
2) If we defeat Obama, it is far more than just Obamacare that must be reversed.
3) Even then, health care is still in need of reform and we don’t have a comprehensive, easy to pitch plan.
4) Even once we reverse all the Obama damages, we still have to reform entitlements.
THEREFORE….. the GOP congressional leadership decides: We need to change out our leadership. Boehner, you’re out. You’re anice fellow, but not a wartime Speaker. Allen West (or?) is our new speaker, Paul Ryan his chief advisor. Mitch, you’re out. Jim Demint will take over the Senate. Each will make the necessary changes to committee chairmenships.
And then the new team marches forward and simply gets.. it.. DONE.
This is what I get for smoking dried unicorn dung.
We have too many of old guard cowardly-lion losers. We need to get rid of them or frighten them into obeying us.
Boehner = jerk loser. His election record: disasters in 2006, 2008; еarly 2009, surrendered and resigned to a 2010 wipeout worse than ’08–bailed out by the Tea Party, whom he proceeded to ignore and sneer at. He represents the GOP, not the people who put him into power.
Maybe 2012 should be “Vote and Walk”: Vote for Romney, form a new party in time for the 2014 primaries.
It’s funny but I’ve been thinking about The Godfather, too. Except I think of Vito telling Sonny to never let anyone outside the family know what he’s thinking again, or when Michael tells Fredo to never side with anyone against the family again. Ever.
Conservatives need to learn this lesson. Never, ever, show weakness to the enemy. But they can’t do it. Andrew Breitbart talked about “the narrative”. But conservative bloggers don’t get it. They not only fall for the narrative as defined by statists they help perpetuate it.
They want to be liked by people who hate them, hate this country and everything it stands for. They’re weak.
You are correct.
“Conservative” media types mostly live in leftist places like NYC or D.C. It’s very distorting, and being media types who crave love and attention, they parrot left-wing conventional wisdom: Republicans must move to the center and “compromise” with (i.e., cave in to) Democrats. Liberalism is the eternal standard and conservatives should just accept it.
Case in point: Herman Cain. American Spectator and NRO bloggers piled onto him with obscene glee. But let some lib get into trouble, and they’re terribly scrupulous about not jumping to conclusions.
But, hey…at least these elite “conservative” folks make lots of nice liberal friends (they’re very proud of this, and love to write about it) and get invited to really cool cocktail parties.
You can be the finest conservative journalist mind out there, but if you can’t get into and stay in print or on screen, you have nothing. So who, ideologically, controls most of the print and screen media and what is the price of their favor?
Erick Erickson thinks we’re being played:
Seems to me there was something in the Food Control Act that Michelle O pushed down our collective throats against gardening – private gardening, that is.
But snopes.com and factcheck.org say it isn’t so, so I MUST be raaaacist/paranoid and just plain wwwrrrroooooonnnnngggggg! /sarc
Heh. I also would add that in many places it is illegal to hunt, due to various zoning regulations, safety regulations, wildlife protection regulations, etc. So, hunting and gardening to provide food for yourself is already under assault. It will only get worse with this regime in control of DC!
Reminds me of the days when poaching was a hanging offense – under the tyrant monarchy. And you paid a “tithe” to the lord who controlled ALL the land. Can you say, TYRANNY!?!?
Which takes me to the tangent on federal land grabs….. Not to mention the stealth land grab of federal-owned and controlled Fannie & Freddie controlling nearly ALL mortgages in the US. (Key pull quote, “…Fannie and Freddie are now owned by the government and control most of the home loans in the country….”) [Note: sorry for the NPR link – they had the quote I was looking for.]
Yeah. We’ve lost a LOT of our freedoms over the last few decades – and the tyrannical Obama regime has accelerated that rate.
With the willing help of fellow-travelers like CJ Roberts, San Fran Nan, Dingy Harry, and their cabal.
But – chin up!! Remember November. 😀
Congrats -you at least addresses one of the proclamations in the Email.
I have stayed on a few communes in the USA. I can attest it is extremely hard work if it was not for their child labour no bread would be baked. 9 year olds were working as hard as they ever did in earlier days baking & 13 year olds were cooking meals (& no School ) for the commune.
Of course they had no health insurance . One child had to have significant orthodontal work & a town dentist accepted 3 year s worth of vegetables.
They made their own clothes but had to buy the fabric & shoes & pay electricity. THey did not hunt because they were vegs & the land was pretty much hunted out anyhow.
This Email is a cross between being bravado & suicidal.
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