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Political Tipping Point
As with all politics of late, a great and grand crisis looms, it is the modus operandi of the current administration. Our conundrum has been framed like a B western movie; shall the good guys (Democrats) continue to pay the ever expanding list of entitlements and pet programs or fall prey to the sinister and evil Tea Party thugs who wish to push the poor and downtrodden back into the work camps of self reliance?
Really?? No not really, this is what happens when message trumps substance. The Demagogic Democrats have been handed their scripts, associate the Tea Party as radicals, position yourself as the defender of Medicare and Medicade, place Social Security in that Gore lock box and call the opposition rigid and unyielding, and most of all, repeat after me, “fair and balanced”.
This my friends is the change they believe in, never mind our government as a whole is borrowing 60 cents of every dollar spent just to service the mounting debt, never mind bureaucratic laden agencies such as the Department of Education, EPA, Amtrac, USPS, and the litany of others rife with inefficiency, we need to save these vital and crucial agencies?
In a phrase: sorry but that dog won’t hunt. The message and answers are really simple; do we as a nation continue to “feed the beast” of rampant government growth, or do we begin to lay the foundation of accountability of the governing process.
This process of accountability began as a loosely formed group of individuals spurred on by the rant which at the time seemed like nothing more than another talking head venting his anger at government oppression; thus spawned the Tea Party.
The Tea Party is not a Republican platform, it does not consist of anarchist, it is not radical, it is the voice of frustration created by the never ending insular government leadership who fail to recognize the voice of the people. To minimize its presence, to attack it’s viability, is a large miscalculation by its oppressors that is clearly based in the fear that finally a large majority of active individuals has had enough!
Regardless of how the manufactured passion play on the raising of the debt ceiling is resolved, more and more individuals realize a power shift is underway, we as a people are returning to a land governed by the people, and that reality has, and should strike fear in the political base for now they are accountable and no amount of polling catch phrases will stop that process.
The overwhelming theme of today’s headlines is the structured one minded attacks of GOP presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann based on some of her less than accurate historical comments. For all intent and purpose these minor gaff’s pale in comparison to the current state of the union on so many levels one has to wonder is this the best the liberal detractors can come up with? Should not the questions be Mrs. Bachmann, what is your plan to turn around the economy, the jobless rate, your position on national defense, the current unrest in the Middle East?
The media’s choice to focus on minutia, is telling in that is uncovers a very real and valid fear; hey this woman is pretty darn smart and is racing up the GOP polls like a some kind of GOP Secretariate, garnering influence and mass followers along the way, or in other words a very real challenge to Obama in 2012.
If 2008 proved anything is clearly shows us that politics in the internet 24/7 age is directly tied to the buzz one can create outside of the normal means of the controlled media. The fourth estate has expanded to small gorilla social media consortium’s so much so that now the media powerhouses of the past have been relegated to nothing more than attack dogs of any source that might not agree with their structured plan of who should be in power.
In essence a quantifiable balancing of the structured message has taken place, and the old school NBC’s, CBS’s find themselves in a diminished role of influence. I for one could not be happier.
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It was reported by Johna Goldberg this morning that Newsweek Magazine has enlisted the services of President Obama to write a piece on the current tragedy in Haiti. Although a noble cause, and truth be told Obama will have one of his staffers write the piece, this request is further evidence of the blurring of the lines between the press and the political process.
Also of note is the fact that in the past Newsweek has had a rather aggressive tilt in their coverage of Obama and his administration. The question that comes to mind is; why not just issue a press release which is normal SOP in cases similar to Haiti’s tragedy. Considering this point, the next viable question is what is the motive or payoff for the exclusive scoop to Newsweek?
Payoff: Newsweek is one of Obama’s top supporters, they have kowtowed and idolized Obama from the beginning, the bill is now being called due now that Newsweeks redesign and change of focus is coming out of the gate. They need a home run to pull this off, what better way than to plaster Obama’s face on their newly redesigned rag.
Motivation: All kidding aside, Obama loves Obama, no mirror is safe, I can see the Prez in 20 years (living in exile) paging through all the covers he garnered while in office, the man is a narcissist plain and simple.
Not to dilute the crisis in Haiti, but this is not the best use of office to be pandering to the media, I don’t think the subscription rate in Haiti will increase due to this article, and by now becoming Author In Chief it further degrades the office of President.
Now if I can only find that recipe piece by Lincoln, or was that FDR, no Trueman, I am making the President some humble pie!
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I am adverse in giving David Brooks any further attention, but…several adjectives come to mine; vapid, pseudo intellectual, narcissistic self professed “educated class” blowhole, pop to the surface rather quickly. Dave penned Tea Party Teens yesterday a wispy, dare I say view of anyone outside the liberal print media is uneducated kind of article, or as Dave phrases it a “fractious confederation of Americans who are defined by what they are against”.
Nice tat Dave here is the tit, Dave your rather snooty opinion carries no more weight than any other talking head, and for you to get all intellectual on our lowly tea party asses, deserves a dual, (of words). Below lets address just a schooch of the lofty observations you alledge, point counter point, game on.
DAVE: The public is not only shifting from left to right. Every single idea associated with the educated class has grown more unpopular over the past year.
MP: So then Dave you are saying the left, educated class as you put it is moving to the right, but the right is a “fractious confederation of Americans” does that not make the right smarter?
DAVE: The educated class believes in global warming, so public skepticism about global warming is on the rise. The educated class supports abortion rights, so public opinion is shifting against them. The educated class supports gun control, so opposition to gun control is mounting.
MP: First, yes, yes, yes on the oppositions stand, heres why, and let’s ponder a little. Global warming, the educated class believes this because they believe in science, things they can prove, just look at all the evidence, this Dave is the limitation of the elite intellect, and your liberal moonbattedness, (yes I know it is not a word). Truth be told, even with the best science of the day, no one can prove this is not a normal cycle the earth is going through and there is little we can do to stop it, that’s the fatalist view, but this opinion is one that is making it’s rounds among the edumacated folk. Before we tax the middle class into oblivion, more definitive unbiased information needs to be reviewed, remember scientist don’t get paid if they do not receive grants to do such.
DAVE: The story is the same in foreign affairs. The educated class is internationalist, so isolationist sentiment is now at an all-time high, according to a Pew Research Center survey. The educated class believes in multilateral action, so the number of Americans who believe we should “go our own way” has risen sharply.
MP: Dave lots of people are trying to kill us, America has been the have’s to the worlds have not’s that fact doesn’t engender a great deal of good will from third world nations. In the past to overcome this label the U.S. government has either thrown money at the problem, or become occupiers, neither of which is in the best interest of the effected party or the United States.
DAVE: The tea party movement is a large, fractious confederation of Americans who are defined by what they are against. They are against the concentrated power of the educated class. They believe big government, big business, big media and the affluent professionals are merging to form self-serving oligarchy — with bloated government, unsustainable deficits, high taxes and intrusive regulation.
MP: Large group, yes, fractious confederation, naw, real people Dave, one’s that work for a living or have worked hard and are tired of being taxes without representation best describes the Tea Party Movement. As to the second part, is that a trick question, remember I am a fractious confederate, but either you are trying to fool us bumpkins or we agree on; “they believe big government, big business, big media and the affluent professionals are merging to form self-serving oligarchy — with bloated government, unsustainable deficits, high taxes and intrusive regulation”. Why would anyone want big government Dave, it costs to much and is highly inefficient, big business, hey I am all for that, what my kind do not care for is unfair competition garnered by backroom political dealings with the help of lobbyist, and lastly we have been living in an “oligarchy” since JP Morgan, John D Rockefeller, and Senator Nelson W. Aldrich met on Jekyll Island in 1910 setting the ground work for the Federal Reserve, so woops too late we have been an oligarchy for 100 years now!
Chances are Dave you will never read this post and that is a shame, like you I have an opinion, and that opinion is you have been running in elite circles so long you have sorely lost touch with middle America. In fact I would say you fear middle America, why else would you be so condescending in your article about the tea party movement? Time to come down off that pedestal and talk to a few of us folk, you might be surprised at how cogent we can be when motivated by what middle America see’s as high crimes and treason being committed by our elected officials. No hurry though, we don’t tire easy or give up when our freedom is at stake, take your time, maybe after cocktails at the club you could squeeze us in.
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After watching President Obama on 60 minutes tonight a moment of clarity occurred that has been puzzling me for sometime. Why with the legislation coming out of the Whitehouse can Obama be polling so well?
Now “polling well” is a subjective statement, and Obama has slid, no he has collapsed in the polls, but given our current economic and unemployment problems his numbers could be far worse.
On tonight’s 60 Minutes show Obama’s persona came off cool, detached, defensive and argumentative when pushed on the issues. Give Steve Croft credit, he was pitching some pretty good sliders. Then when the interview was supposed to be over, the producer brought up one more question, the “party crashers. Obama came into his own and shifted gears into glowing confidence, was humorous in the use of sarcasm, and came off as a guy you might drink a beer with, quite the opposite of the defensive law professor when Croft was dishing Obama tough questions.
This dovetails into an articles by Matt Taibbi and Glen Greenwald addressing the cult like behavior on the far sides of the parties, both excellent observations and worth the read. Condensed scan of the articles brings to attention the vehement chasm behind the blind follower, and one that is politically involved. Where the blind follower in short do see Obama as a savior, and hold that image as their base belief, the more politically astute are beginning questioning Obamas motives and actions. The support of the cultish followers is out of inspiration and not based politics and unwavering, the independents that voted for Obama are leaving in droves and the main cause for Obamas numbers falling, they see his words and actions are not moderate, far left from it.
So when you hold the adoration of a large group of followers which is based in emotion alone, you have an army of loyal protectors eager to do ones bidding. The issue is the cult followers are driving the division between accountability and blind acceptance, and quite frankly doing their country a disservice. The blind acceptance of Obama the man it an entirely separate issue from the real issues and policy his administration is attempting to implement, which in fact deserve the negative attention, or at least an unbiased review. This cult acceptance is leveraged and amplified by Obamas handlers who jump at any chance to keep the negativity personal rather than address the left agenda in an open debate.
This shell game is played supremely well, so well that it produces “cover” for Obama’s real agenda, and by using ridicule. and projecting blame on past administrations, Obama appears to be running from his own shadow. Not exactly leadership qualities. If the Obama team would realize the criticism is based on his liberal agenda, and not the man, some middle ground might be found for consensus. But to continue to play Chicago politics and attempt to either buy or cut off the legs of detractors will lead to further party division and stagnation, neither of which is good for the health of our country.
President Obama is an intelligent individual, and you cannot win the Presidency on charm alone, or can you? That is the 12.7 trillion dollar question we all must face, Act One is over, intermission is approaching fast, before you know it 2010 will be here, and if the show continues like it has people will be heading for the exits, worship or not, even if Obama gives himself a B+.
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Seems ole Henry is not happy staying focused on the largest power grab in world history, the Cap and Trade bill of which he sponsored, now Hank wants to wrap his moonbat wings around the media. Accuracy in Media reported today, “Rep. Henry Waxman trekked from Capitol Hill to Federal Trade Commission headquarters today to deliver a message to journalists and news consumers: All of you need to reach a consensus about working with the government in order to bail out the struggling news industry”.
Waxbat went on to say, “this recent depression in the media sector is not cyclical,” Waxman said. “It is structural”. Ahhh Hank what do you know about the media other than to implement government intervention in yet another free market dancing on the constitution and the first amendment while you try to use the public’s money to buy left wing press loyalty.
Other brilliant observations and statements by Sen Waxbat, “but the government should partner with the media industry to ensure a sound future for journalism”, and lastly, “There needs to be a consensus within the media industry and the larger community it serves” before the government acts, Waxman said. “We have to figure out together how to preserve that kind of reporting.”
There are so many insane, biased, statements in the article that you have to wonder what color is the sky in the liberal moonbats world. The tome goes on to explain due to market forces, and arcane management media outlets cannot compete, hmmm this does not seem to be a problem for Fox News?
At least one of the attendees at the FTC workshop had a grip on the issue when he stated, “Firewalls can work in private businesses when management insists that they be respected,” Tapscott wrote, “but it’s different when government is involved because nobody can say no to power-happy federal bureaucrats armed with regulatory authority or litigious Justice Department attorneys packing subpoenas and make it stick.”
If this attempt was not so obvious in its attempt to control the dissenting voice against Washington and its political members it would be great irony, but Waxbat with his, in the hip pocket followers are lining up for the gravy train of federal funds to cement their future job security. A reporter will now be tasked to speak a different truth, one that is acceptable to the food source. The cannons of journalism will be nothing more than a forethought, the message will be controlled, and propaganda based to the betterment of the sponsor our very own government.
Yet another bad idea from Hank who also brought us, Obamacare, Cap and Trade, now the media bailout, a thinly veiled attempt at controlling the watchdog. I do hope Sen. Hankbat will reconsider his pet projects, history has a long memory.
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Eight months ago an emergency session of congress met with the sole purpose of addressing the AIG bonus issue. In what can be called a knee jerk reaction, congress passed legislation prohibiting the payment of bonus monies that were part of the companies employment contracts. This action then and now broke the law as it is written in the constitution, at the time little if any press interest was given to this history making moment.
Dateline: 11/28/09 ACORN can receive pending federal payments justice department says. “David Barron, the acting assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel, wrote in a memo last month that the ban “should not be read as directing or authorizing HUD to breach a pre-existing binding contractual obligation to make payments to ACORN or its affiliates, subsidiaries or allied organizations where doing so would give rise to contractual liability.”
Double standard, clearly. Where the Democratic congress in an effort to save face broke the law and the Constitution to “punish” AIG for its lowly capitalistic ways, they and the Obama administration have been busy behind the scenes developing ways to circumvent the intent of congress and it’s finding, “no more federal dollars should flow to ACORN.”
The clear politicization of the Justice department and payback to Acorn is shameful and amounts to nothing more than old-fashion cronyism states Rep Darrell Issa. What is clear is that depending on needs of the Obama administration their view of law is subjective to the benefit of the continuation of their causes.
ACORN has been shown to be a front and a fraud for numerous scurrilous causes, they have been accused of voter registration fraud, several of it’s founders have been accused of bilking millions of federal dollars, and at the very least based on the consistency of the released tapes by O’Keefe and Giles they at best have a serious human resource issue.
Also apparent, the Obama administration could not risk exposing their concern for the attacks on their golden goose ACORN, and what is becoming an obvious pattern for this administration they twist the law to their interpretation and protect what has been shown to be a highly corrupt organization.
To the Obama administration, “truth is what you make it” and will use every latitude in the Constitution to prove that point, this tact reveals that we have high powered attorneys running our country whom are hellbent on using the law to achieve there means. This is nothing new in the political world, what is novel is the ease in which the administration pulls off the blatant favoritism for some, and alienation and attack for others, all with a smile, Chicago style.
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One year into the Obama administration the actual rather than the ostensible goal of the administration is becoming McCrystal clear, spread the wealth, and legislate free markets out of existence.
The original election platform was nothing more than a passion play of good versus evil played eloquently by the democrats key bit actor Obama. Taking in the perfect storm of mistrust of the Bush administration, and the crash of the world financial markets a vociferous call for change was played out in the daily press. Capturing this moment and exploiting the perceived issues and implementing the best of political opportunism, Obama presided over the pulpit spewing rhetorical minutia after rhetorical minutia in a designed effort to demonize the Republican leadership.
Due to the pinpoint focus on the “ills” of the times coupled with an amazingly organized media team, 53% of the American public bought into the empty promises of the new message. Like a Billy Mays commercial, there was a respectable amount of skepticism, and general doubt, but the message hit home for moderates as did their vote for the new paramour of perceived change.
Back to today, the voice of the people and the polls have made it abundantly clear, none of the proposals out of the White House team of social engineers has the best interests of the people they serve as priority one. Given the disdain for the current trilogy of new bills, health care, cap and trade, and lastly the climate bill and the Copenhagen treaty accord, the Obama team continues on, regardless of efficiency, understanding, or empathy for the damage they currently are spearheading at all costs.
Conclusion, as with most politics words and actions rarely meet, our Nation is currently under economic siege, with rampant unemployment, a devalued dollar, two wars, and a designed specific attack by the EU and other leading world economies to replace the United States as the global economic leader. The question is, are our elected officials gallantly opposing this global power grab, or supporting it with costly legislation and regulation further facilitating an economic meltdown?
Much has been written and said about the motivations of the current party in power, a great deal of the discourse is nothing more than daily talking points given to the perpetrators in power to sell the message, in other words you have to think for yourself, and dismantle the message by stripping away the rhetoric to get to the root motivation of the thought at hand.
The end result of dissecting the message becomes clear when viewed outside the dogma and rhetoric of the moment, the current proposed path will bury us in debt, will allow no capacity or structure to amortize the new debt, and if anyone of the three key pegs in the Obama platform is passed the effect will be to weaken our Nation and its standing in the global economic community, not exactly the hope and change the Obama supporters thought now is it!