sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sunday Rant

What is the Obama Administration and the progressive left really telling us?


There are institutions which serve as a bulwark to culture. These include traditional marriage, the right of self defense, the right to self determination, the freedom of speech (including politically incorrect speech). They are all under concerted attack from within the Washington DC beltway. 

The slogans seem to be contradictory, but are they really? The government offers protection: a guaranteed wage, guaranteed food stamps, guaranteed free education, guaranteed medical coverage and thus slavery is freedom, because the man subjected to the collective will is free from danger and want. 
"In the end the Party would announce that two and two made five, and you would have to believe it. It was inevitable that they should make that claim sooner or later: the logic of their position demanded it. Not merely the validity of experience, but the very existence of external reality was tacitly denied by their philosophy." - 1984
I drove to Home Depot yesterday to buy blades for my Sawsall (reciprocating electrically powered saw). Minding my own business on my stroll between the front door and the tools, stood a booth with two solar power salesmen standing in it. Yes, their pay is federally subsidized (by us). 

One of them said hello and I said hi back. I continued to walk and they kept calling out to me. I turned and asked (not like DeNiro) are you talking to me? They wanted to talk about the drought in California and how Southern California Edison caused it. They quoted facts (fallacious facts). One was white, one negro. The negro began a rant against conservatives and rich people who were the cause of the drought, that could be solved by using federally subsidized solar collectors. You can guess how well his logic was received.

I patiently explained to the man with blue gums that California is a desert and the San Joaquin Valley that runs from the Oregon border to the Mexican border where we grow everything, has been a desert for the past 20,000 years at least. We haven't added a reservoir to the State for fifty years because the green lobby and the Democratic Party blocks them. During that time the population has grown by twenty million people. It's like not widening a freeway and pushing another million people a day down it (a failing familiar to people who live in Southern California). The dumb solar salesman pointed out the error of my ways, asserting that running water through a turbine was "not green" and was a bad way to generate electricity. Yes he's dumb as a box of rocks. Somebody has been filling that (hat size 5) skull with complete bullshit and he's passing it on. 

The larger problem is not the stupid solar salesman, it's society, that seems to swallow these slogans and all that goes with them, completely.

Witness Senator Rand Paul, running for a Republican nomination for the office of President. The REPUBLICANS began running attack ads against him the day he announced his candidacy. Ask yourself why.
  • He pledged to reduce the size of government, eliminating entire bureaucracies such as the Internal Revenue Service and the US Department of Commerce.
  • He pledged to push a flat 17% tax.
  • He pledged to increase the size of the US Military while at the same time not giving foreign aid to countries who hate the US.
All those things are good, right?  Not for the power elite...who could no longer work out a way to "tax the weather" if somebody like Rand Paul made it to the White House.

Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past. Thus the Hillary Clinton e-mails (we still need to get those from the Russians), now absent, can be said to be completely benign because she loves her subjects and wouldn't do anything to harm them. Do you love Big Mother?"
And when memory failed and written records were falsified—when that happened, the claim of the Party to have improved the conditions of human life had got to be accepted, because there did not exist, and never again could exist, any standard against which it could be tested." - 1984
We as a nation voted Barack Obama into office - twice. Most voters couldn't find Canada or Mexico on a map. How can we collectively fight against a concerted attack on our values or the principles that made the nation exceptional?