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If You Can’t Win, Make Fun of Them


(Originally posted 07/09/2009)

Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals has been the left’s master playbook.  It’s not hard to see that these are the tactics that were used on Sarah Palin.  Her ability to rise above the fray every time makes the left nuts.  The blue lines were examples that came immediately to mind.  I’m sure if one were to dig deeper, there would be plenty of examples for the rest.

Rules for Radicals:

  1. Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.
  2. Never go outside the experience of your own people.
  3. Whenever possible, go outside the experience of the enemy.  (Make them speechless).
  4. Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules. (The hypocrisy play)
  5. Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. (Humor is the ultimate weapon!)
  6. A good tactic is one that your people enjoy.
  7. A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.
  8. Keep the pressure on, with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose. (Timing is everything).
  9. The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.
  10. A major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure on the opposition.
  11. If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counter side.
  12. The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.  (Put up or shut up).
  13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it (example, George Bush as the personification of evil).

(From http://mcfan.org/rulesforradicals.aspx)

None of the attacks on Sarah from the left have been anything but an attempt to neutralize what they see as a very real threat.  When they couldn’t ridicule her into submission, they turned to unprecedented attacks using her family and the ethics bill she championed as weapons against her.  Before Sarah, G.W. Bush had the same treatment going into his last election cycle in order to neutralize and demoralize the GOP.  The left portrayed President Bush as not only an enemy of the world, they attacked him on the home front as well.  It was effective too.  For the GOP, the election was lost before it ever began.

The list above was taken from a post appropriately titled “Know Thy Enemy”.  If the grassroots conservative movement wants to have the stamina to beat back the socialist tide, we have to truly know thy enemy.  Understanding what their tactics are will help us not to buy into their game.  Instead, we need to engage them in a debate of our choosing.  No more compromise to get along in the true spirit of bipartisanship.  They have fully demonstrated with their grotesque display of power in Washington, the liberals have no intention of engaging the right.  Our own concept of fair play has been used as a weapon against us.

Now is the time for We The People to stop listening to the talking heads on TV and use our own God-given brains to decide what is best for America.  It’s time to stop being paralyzed in our apathy and stand up for the Freedom that was bought with the precious blood of our Founding Fathers.  If there was ever a time to pay attention, its right now as we watch our Constitutional rights evaporate before our very eyes.

There is NO person or government that deserves the fruits of your own labor more than you do.  As a free people, we have a responsibility to take care of our own needs and not to look to the government to take care of us.  There was a time in this country when if you didn’t work, you wouldn’t eat.

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Cross-posted: DirtyRottenScoundrels (July 2009)

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Ronald Reagan Still Speaks the Truth


Ronald Reagan’s words are still true today. We The People face the most important election in our lifetimes.

“Congressman Tom Price (R-GA) and the Republican Study Committee present to you a new video featuring President Ronald Reagan reminding us that the out-of-touch voices of the Democrat Party don’t speak for all Americans.” ~ Griffin Media Group

Get everyone you know out to to vote Nov. 2nd so we can turn our country back to its founding principles and preserve/restore the hard-won freedom our country has taken for granted for far too long.

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One Possible Future


UPDATE: In the year since this was posted, it doesn’t seem quite so radical. The Gulf oil spill is the latest crisis being used against the American people.  Every day, I fear that we are one step closer to what at one time was unthinkable…

Explore with me one possible future:

“Now for tonight’s headlines.”  The newscaster took a deep breath and sighed uncharacteristically before he continued.  “With the support of all unions, the president has declared the Constitution invalid.  Here’s the Rose Garden press conference…”

“In the interest of global unity, I have declared the Constitution of the United States null and void.  It is no longer practical to allow the citizens to believe they have any influence on the future course of this nation.  We have a greater good we must deal with,” the president paused for dramatic effect, “and I will share what this actually is as you need to know.  Trust me.  In the mean time, I will be the absolute final authority on the American economy and the American people.  All voting will be suspended until further notice.

Now that there is healthcare for all, we need to control the costs.  Everyone is going to have to be realistic in their expectations for their healthcare outcome.  So, there will be mandatory genetic screening, if you have a genetic pre-disposition towards cancer, heart disease or obesity, we will ask you to report immediately for counseling and treatment.  This way we can assure that no one who deserves excellent healthcare will be denied.  Funerals will, of course, be covered by the Single-Payer option.

As for our carbon output, it is time for all Americans to tighten their belts once again.  To discourage the irresponsible use of electricity, we will add an additional 50% surcharge to your bill to help you remember what you’re doing to the earth.  I know there are Internet rumors that claim that Global Warming isn’t based in fact, but we’re going to err on the side of caution and make sure that we win this fight.  Also, all southern states, I know it’s summer, but you can’t go expecting a/c every day, all day.  You’ll just have to go green or get hot.  And since we’re already taxing all American’s in every way we can think of, you probably can’t afford it.”

You are probably thinking, the extreme picture I’ve painted for you above just isn’t possible.  However, it is just one of the many possible futures for America from the cross roads we are standing in.  Before you discount it completely, just think about the fact that the House of Representatives passed CAP and TRADE even though there are studies by MIT and other well respected scientists that say all we are seeing is the normal global cycles of warming and cooling.  Since it is widely accepted that there were at least four major ice ages, it is only logical that there were periods of global warming in between.

Instead, consider what is the motivation for those who are behind the strong push for policy change.  Money and power are at the root of everything we’re seeing.  When the dust settles, we’ll see who made the best deals and won at the expense of the American people.  The winners may be political powers from other nations, union executives and the Washington toads that have sold us out for personal or political gain.  Worse than what I’ve already described, now consider this. Is it that great a stretch of the imagination to believe that there are those in power who would gladly sell America’s future out and have us take on not only a global currency, as they have already alluded to, but come under the authority of a One World Government?

We have an obligation to the Founding Fathers of this nation, to our children and to each other to not sit idly by and watch as our Constitutional rights are systematically dismantled.  Unless We The People stand up and object loudly to what is transpiring in Washington, we will loose the right to disagree, to speak out against, to keep and bear arms and to keep the fruit of our own labors.

Cross-Posted at DirtyRottenScoundrels

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Socialist Attack on the Constitution


Our form of government was set up to have built in checks and balances so that no one body within the government could get so powerful they could ignore the Constitution and the will of the people.  Congress, the President and the Supreme Court individually have powers the others don’t.  Ideally, out of control behavior would cause the other two branches to stand up for the interests of the people.  We The People have to remain watchful.  If officials aren’t honoring their duty to the citizens of our nation, it is our duty to call them to task.

The often discounted and overlooked final check and balance on our government is We The People.  Our right to keep and bear arms is addressed in the 2nd Amendment.  The authors of the Constitution realized that if people should ever be denied the right to fight, the balance of power is shifted.  Any measure that takes away the right to keep and bear arms threatens the balance that keeps bullies from imposing their will indefinitely.

With the events that are occurring right before our eyes, we can’t take lightly the wisdom and the forethought given to our Constitution.  Wise men, who could not have imagined the technologies and advances we’ve made since 1776, crafted a document that would protect future generations from tyranny.

Many states are passing resolutions that re-assert the Constitutional rights reserved to the states and to the people in response to the unprecedented actions being taken by the President and Democratically controlled congress.  Bailouts, healthcare, and special interest pork spending are not in the interest of the American people.

There are individuals that have a socialist agenda who are systematically attacking our Constitutional rights.  If We The People don’t stand up and re-assert our rights as American citizens, we will soon loose the right to speak up and have a dissenting opinion.

Cross Posted on Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

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Global Warming and Alarmist Policies


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As a chemist, I will offer my opinion that it is arrogant to believe that we can fix the most highly complex equilibruim that makes up the environment of the earth.   To assume that we can correctly predict the outcome of our actions is foolish.  On a small scale, we reap what we have sown.  Yes, we can cause a small locale to be polluted, but left to its own devices, nature will reclaim it. Granted probably not on any useful timeframe, but eventually.

Nature itself has caused periods of climate change. Before man had any technology, there have been periods of warming and cooling, i.e., ice ages. Another well documented example is that huge volcanic erruptions block sunlight because of the volcanic ash that is suspended in our atmosphere, thus causing a period of cooler temperatures. One suggestion brought forward to prevent global warming  is that we should shoot particulate matter into the atmosphere to protect us from the sun’s UV rays.   This could not have been thought out to a logical conclusion.

Consider this, if you block sunlight through the use of particulate matter suspended in the atmosphere you will cause a period of cooler weather. This in turn will lessen the growing season for farming due to these cooler temperatures and less available sunlight. This, in turn would lead to wide spread famine since food is now scarce. Now that plants don’t have adequate sunlight to fuel photosynthesis, we have don’t have the oxygen production we once had. Hand in hand with that, we also don’t have the CO2 being used by plants, causing it to build up in the atmosphere.  Eventually, probably after we’re all dead, nature will reclaim it’s equilibrium and things will grow once again like it always does after a volcanic erruption.

As for the greenhouse gases Americans contribute to the atmosphere as compared to the total volume present, how are we going to cause such a huge permanent shift in the climate to make all of this worth the pain it will ultimately cause? Especially since the rest of the world is NOT going to follow suit on CO2 control, isn’t this like spitting in the wind? We are ultimately going to cripple our own ability to survive in the global market for a plan no one can prove will work. Equilibriums are slippery stuff, sometimes you get an outcome you didn’t expect.

How about a safer alternative. Support Arbor Day, plant more trees. They like CO2 and they were here before we were.  No, I do not support pollution.  If you make a mess, clean it up.

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The 10th Amendment


495px-constitution_pg1of4_ac2Texas Governor Rick Perry spoke to a crowd gathered at the Don’t Mess With Texas Tea Party on April 15th. He talked about the 10th Amendment to the Constitution saying that the Federal Government has voilated the concept of States Rights.

The 10th Amendment says:

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

For a long time, the Federal Government has been expanding it’s reach. The 10th Amendment says that powers not specifically granted to the Federal Government belong to the states or to the people. So, it must be said that the far reaching programs that create big bureaucracies and even larger tax burdens are unconstitutional.

If people don’t speak up about the erosion of their Constitutional rights, we will all find ourselves regretting that we didn’t speak up while we had the chance. It is important to let all of our elected representatives know how you feel.

Speak up for the “unalienable rights” which we were endowed by our creator.

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The Future of Healthcare in America


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The Wall Street Journal article,

The End of Private Health Insurance. When government ‘competes,’ guess who always wins? quoted here that talks about the end of private insurance as we know it.”

The following is an exerpt from the WSJ article describing how universal healthcare would work:

“This public option will supposedly “compete” with private alternatives. As President Obama likes to put it, those who are happy with the insurance they have now can keep it — and if they happen to prefer the government offering, well, gee whiz, that’s the free market at work. The reality is far different. Not only will the new program become the default coverage for the uninsured, but Democrats intend to game the system to precipitate — or if need be, coerce — an exodus to government from private insurance. Soon enough, that will be the only “option” left.“

Our current system is most definately flawed, but what motivation will providers have to continue in private practice if the Medicare sets the rates.  Currently, in diagnostic imaging for example, the provider barely covers cost, let alone make any profit at all.  Small independent facilities that offer a better out-patient experience are effectively reimbursed at a lower rate than a hospital using the same diagnostic equipment.  Many insurance contract prices are already tied to Medicare rates.  Many doctors will no longer accept Medicare patients, again due to the reimbursement.  If Congress insists on reducing the cost of Medicare on the backs of the providers, they will find themselves without anyone to do the work.

This is what we have to look forward to if we allow Congress to expand Medicare to cover everyone.

P.J. O’Rourke said, “If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it is free.”  Very aptly put.

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