Fed up with the garbage in pop culture? Think it is the ruination of our nation, and the direct cause of our downward spiral into secularism? Well, take some advice from Alfonzo Rachel, and stop complaining about it! Figure out a way to offer your values in an interesting way, or promote people that already are!
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Almost forgotten within the whirlwind of last week’s columns and news stories covering the Obama Administration’s scandals was a piece from The New York Times discussing the “onset of woes” he’s had to deal with. Various aides told The Times on, and off, the record how the President is doing all he can to make sure his second term agenda gets accomplished. They also mentioned how Obama is frustrated and “exasperated “with Washington, something which isn’t new to anyone who’s watched one of his news conferences.
The most telling comment in the piece is how Obama has talked about “going Bulworth” and just saying what he actually thinks. This is a reference to the Warren Beatty/Halle Berry film about a California senator who decides to tell everyone what he believes, no matter the consequences. The New York Post has taken it to mean Obama wants to come out and admit he’s a socialist, which the Bulworth character is. This could be true, but it also reveals a problem with our political system.
Politicians have a problem with being 100-percent honest. Big surprise, but a David Axelrod quote following the Bulworth revelation is even more telling. Axelrod told The Times, “But the reality is that while you want to be truthful, you want to be straightforward, you also want to be practical about whatever you’re saying.”
It’s not that politicians can’t tell the truth, it’s that they don’t think the public wants to know the truth.
The sad part is…they’re probably right.
More people would rather be told that things are “going to be okay,” instead of hearing the horrific reality of the situation.
The 2012 election is a perfect example of this. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan were vilified for discussing the nation’s $16-trillion in debt. Columnists like Paul Krugman claimed the nation’s debt isn’t an issue, while Obama told David Letterman “we don’t have to worry about it short term.” Letterman asked only one follow up but that shouldn’t be surprising. He’s not Jake Tapper.
When Romney spoke his mind in the “infamous” 47-percent quote, he was said to “not represent all Americans” and to have “written off half the nation.” Obama, again, told Letterman about how he wanted to represent the “entire country,” but didn’t talk the substance of Romney’s quote, why he may have said it or the context.
Guaranteed: more people saw Obama make those comments than any of Romney’s speeches on the debt.
However, it’s not just Romney who was vilified. Ron Paul was called a “dangerous man” for some of his positions. A look at the jokes the late night talk show hosts said about Paul, shows they saw him more as a “crazy uncle” and not a real candidate. Now, Paul is a horrible messenger from time to time (see his Chris Kyle tweet and his September 11th comment) but he’s at least willing to speak his mind and tell the truth. Something refreshing in politics.
As much as people claim to want the truth, the reality is much different. The truth hurts and people prefer “flowers and sunshine” to reality. There’s a difference between pointing out problems and solutions, and just telling people it will be okay. This is why politicians use double-speak and seem distance. A majority of people don’t want reality.
There is a way for conservatives and libertarians to break through this. Outreach. Real outreach, not the failed attempt of Project ORCA by Romney’s team during 2012. Get out in the community and be with people. See what they experience. Explain to them how freedom and liberty is important and show them how it can make their lives better. Support what Deneen Borelli and Wayne Dupree are doing in the Black community and what “True the Vote” is trying to do with the Hispanic community. Talk to friends. Engage them.
And keep politicians accountable. It’s not always pragmatic to change one’s mind. Sometimes it’s simply political. Get them to explain why they do what they do. Get them to tell the truth.
It’s the only way to prove Axelrod and his ilk wrong.
And to make sure Bulworth isn’t “just” a movie but reality.
America has again had to face the reality of terrorism hitting our streets. The Boston Bombing was another wake-up call that we are under attack and the enemy walks among us, yet we are not supposed to admit who the enemy really is, at least not out loud. We have a President who thinks that by ignoring the enemy, we will be a safer nation, like most of his other beliefs, he is totally wrong.
“I rise today to express grave doubts about the Obama Administration’s counter-terrorism policies and programs,” said the freshman congressman from Arkansas. “Counter-terrorism is often shrouded in secrecy, as it should be, so let us judge by the results. In barely four years in office, five jihadists have reached their targets in the United States under Barack Obama: the Boston Marathon bomber, the underwear bomber, the Times Square Bomber, the Fort Hood shooter, and in my own state—the Little Rock recruiting office shooter. In the over seven years after 9/11 under George W. Bush, how many terrorists reached their target in the United States? Zero! We need to ask, ‘Why is the Obama Administration failing in its mission to stop terrorism before it reaches its targets in the United States?’” Congressman Tom Cotton
Here is a reprint of one of my first articles, it remains true as long as Obama is in office.
When I was a kid back in the 1950′s and 60′s I watched a lot of World War II movies, mainly because back then, all the movies that were on T.V. were from the 1930′s and 40′s and many movies from the 40′s were war movies. In the early 1960′s there were quite a few war movies produced, not on T.V. but in the movie theater. As you all know one of our foe’s during the war was Japan. Hollywood made no bones about putting down the Japanese soldiers and making fun of them whenever they could. I remember seeing pictures of the famous ToJo who was their leader at the time. All the pictures as well as the cartoons had him as a funny character with squinty eyes, glasses, buckteeth and mustache. The picture of him was everywhere and why not, he was our enemy. You see we hated our enemies back then.
Fast forward to present times. Remember September 11, 2001? Muslim radicals killed 3,000 Americans that day. That day we had a new enemy. Muslims. Not all Muslim people are bad, just like not all Japanese people were bad during W.W. II. However, something is different, now we are not allowed to say anything bad about our enemies. Even though Muslims attacked us and killed Americans, we cannot make jokes about them, draw cartoons about them, paint them in an unfair manner because that would be insensitive and might hurt their feelings. It is no wonder we are losing respect around the world. America is becoming a joke to the rest of the world. We have a president that will not call terrorist attacks a terrorist attack; we now have to call it man made disasters. Why? Because we might offend someone. We have an administration that refuses to admit we have a Muslim problem in the world. Just look at the Fort Hood shooting, look how many soldiers were killed, again by a Muslim, but it was not a terrorist attack, according to the Obama administration it was work place violence. If that was not so sad it would be laughable. It seems that we have to bend over backwards to please our enemies. God forbid we might offend them.
There, we have two generations with different enemies. One Japanese, the other Muslim. Who handled the enemy better? Well I’ll give you a hint. They were called the greatest generation. And they were too. I do believe we have lost all common sense in this country. We have come to a point where we have to treat our enemies like they are our friends, no matter what they do. God forbid we should hurt their feelings. The left just does not realize that ignoring terrorism does not make it go away, it just emboldens the terrorists and makes the situation worse. We should be allowed to hate our enemies, we should not be forced to make nice nice with people who are trying to kill us. Our true enemy is Political Correctness.
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When: Thursday, April 4th, 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific
What: Join Social Media Director of ConservativeDailyNews.com, Michelle Ray (@GaltsGirl) as she discusses the issues that impact America.
Tonight: I am joined tonight by RedState.com editor, Ben Howe (@BenHowe) and filmmaker Ladd Ehlinger (@FilmLadd) to chat about conservatives and their place in pop culture. And why Ben is trying to destroy the awesome conservative movie machine. heh.
When: Thursday, December 6th, 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific
What: Join Social Media Director of ConservativeDailyNews.com, Michelle Ray (@GaltsGirl) as she discusses the issues that impact America.
Tonight: Defining “conservative” in politics, and can conservatives win a pop culture war with the left?
What in the world could that headline possibly mean?
Some of my best thinking occurs in the shower (no, but we’ll get to that later) and when I saw the text alert that Joe Paterno had passed away from complications of lung cancer I was heading to the shower this morning, and naturally started thinking about the man and his legacy. I began to search for someone to compare him to and this is what I came up with.
Joe Paterno was born in 1926, 3 years before the Great Depression. He was of my father’s generation. The Generation Tom Brokaw dubbed ‘The Greatest Generation’. Men who lived through childhood not really understanding the deprivation of their youth but having a great impression made upon them by it. Men who came of age when the entire world was engaged in a clearly defined struggle of Good vs. Evil in World War II. Many if not most men of that age served and many died in the Armed Forces of the United States all over the planet. The survivors returned from war and set about living their lives, having children… many children, in fact, they spawned the largest generation in human history, The Baby Boom. My generation.
‘Uncle Sam’ wasn’t really ‘born’. He’s a creation. It is what Uncle Sam represents that I wish to discuss: the United States of America. The country does have a ‘birthday': July 4, 1776. On or about that date 56 men, many of them the richest & most politically powerful men from their respective areas of the country signed the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. With it they started a war with King George III, ruler of England, the most powerful man in the world. They were his subjects and now they had chosen to openly rebel against his rule. They were massive underdogs. England had the most powerful armed forces on earth. These wealthiest, most powerful men in the country knew that they had collectively signed their own death warrants. The quote by Ben Franklin ‘We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately’ says it all. Their only option was Victory which through long years and much struggle they achieved. It was never a sure thing.
The last line of the Declaration of Independence is:
‘And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence,
we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.’
‘Our Sacred Honor’ those words wouldn’t probably be used today let alone ‘divine Providence’. They must violate someone, somewhere’s ‘right’ to not have to think of or even hear about God, or the ‘Sacred’ or Honor. Those are bygone words of bygone eras. My father’s era and the ones before it.
Under no circumstances am I claiming that my father nor any man of his generation or prior generations was perfect. But I’ll be happy to debate anyone if the subject is the ‘Honor’ of that generation in general. I’ll further be happy to juxtapose that generations Honor against the Honor or lack thereof of my generation. Radio Talk Show Host Dennis Prager says that The Greatest Generation gave birth to The Stupidest Generation. I’m in it and I strive to not be ‘of’ it, but I agree.
We are the Selfish Generation. The generation that is very much concerned about Our Rights, with little to no corresponding concern about Our Responsibilities (except, of course, our responsibilities to Mother Earth [please Recycle]). That wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing if the rights we were concerned about were the same ones the Founders and the Framers (of the Constitution) outlined, but we’re less concerned with those than the invisible ones that really ‘bright’ lawyers have ‘found’ in the ‘emanations and penumbras’ of the Framers words. Of course those imagined rights spawn other ones as well and what looks like an increase in our rights is actually a diminishment of our liberty.
There is a scene in ‘The Godfather’ where Vito Corleone is negotiating with the ruthless drug dealer Virgil Sollozzo about where Sollozzo will ply his trade and if the Corleone Family will protect his operation. At the close of the negotiation Sonny Corleone, Vito’s Eldest son interrupts, as he declines the deal Vito says, ‘I have a sentimental weakness for my children and I spoil them as you can see, they talk when they should listen.’
We want what we want and we want it now! That is the fault of my father’s generation. Those men and women who came up in the deprivation of The Depression didn’t want to visit that upon their children. They built a great nation. They built a booming economy in large part in response to the fact that they kept having kids. Hungry children are great motivators to men of character and honor; they do not let them continue to go hungry and they did not run away from their responsibility. They invented Slinkys and Slip ‘n Slides to amuse their children and profit from the needs of other men to amuse theirs. They built jet airplanes and rockets that landed man on the moon and safely returned him to earth with only slide rulers, paper and pencil and computers on board the spacecraft with less computing power than the iPhone. These were the men I grew up with and spent my teenage years in particular in close contact with on long road trips. My father died at the end of my teens, but I knew what men of honor and character looked like and as I looked for other role models for my life I looked for those men: Men like Joe Paterno.
Paterno was head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions (not ‘Nittaly‘…dope) for 46 years, he was a coach at the school for 61 years, he won more games than any other Division I Football Coach in the history of the NCAA. He won two national championships. He didn’t demand a multi-million dollar salary like so many other college coaches. He lived in the same home for 50 years. He imbued his players with morals and ethics, Penn State was a solid program. ‘Joe Pa’, as he was known, was ‘Old School’. And it worked.
You can spend generations building your reputation and legacy only to have it come crashing down in a moment like a poorly constructed brick wall in an earthquake. That too is the story of Joe Paterno. Allegations surfaced of one of his assistant coaches sexually assaulting young boys as witnessed by another assistant and reported to Paterno himself. It’s further alleged that all this ‘honorable man’ apparently did was tell his bosses at Penn State. Nothing more…
This is where I’m virtually certain Joe Pa and the men who were friends with my father and my father himself differ. There would have been blood had this happened to one of their children or to anyone’s child at the hands of any man that they knew or could even get their hands on. Did this kind of thing happen involving men of that generation, obviously, yes; but not to my knowledge with anyone I knew or even heard of, and nothing has ‘surfaced’ like a deep dark secret from ‘The Black Lagoon’ since.
How does something like this happen? How does a man whose public persona was so deeply identified with morals, ethics and character have such a massive blind spot and deep dark secret? How could he not have known that this would eventually come to light? And finally why didn’t he drag Jerry Sandusky by his hair to the police?
We’ll never know.
The cracks in the will started to appear almost immediately at the foundation of the country. You may have heard of The Federalist Papers, a series of essays written by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay and published in New York newspapers to explain the reasoning behind and promote the Ratification of The Constitution; There are also The Anti-Federalist Papers, a collection of writings and speeches by other Framers who were afraid of the Consolidation of Power in a Central Gov’t and argued Against Ratification of the Constitution without a Bill of Rights for the People and their States.
That battle has never ended. There has never been a cease fire. No treaty has been signed. There is an on-going struggle for the control and the very soul of this nation.
One side is constantly chipping away at the foundations seeking to ‘Bring it all Down, Man‘ so that they can build something new.
Oh, I know the country was founded with the ‘Original Sin’ of Slavery… (Interesting how people who are anti-religion will attempt to use religious language to bolster their point of view), and how Slaves were only counted as 3/5 of a human being in the Census (revealing their lack of knowledge of how crucial this was to the North to bring about the end of slavery [It was about Seats in the House of Representatives, not their Humanity or Lack Thereof]) and this means that it must be torn down and ‘We’ will build something new, and ‘better’. ‘We’ will build something ‘Fairer’ and more ‘Humane’. Only we don’t ever really know who this ‘we‘ is or what exactly they would build.
The other side is the stupid and lazy side. It’s my father and his generation’s side and in large part my generation’s as well.
This is the side that indulges its children’s childish impulses to throw temper tantrums in the street, impinge on other citizen’s rights, destroy their property and call them ‘protests’. It’s the side that believes voting is enough while the other side is organizing, consolidating power, fund raising and campaigning.
We are on the side that allowed the takeover of most powerful machine for the dissemination of information, ideas, morals, culture and dreams in the history of mankind to become a wholly-owned subsidiary of our enemy without them firing a shot. Do you think Bob Hope could get a show on tv today? To go that one better we feed the machine with our dollar at a declining but still astounding rate as they fill our minds and especially our childrens minds with morals and beliefs that are entirely counter to our own. We can hardly wait to come home and plop down in front of the box to get indoctrinated every night because we’re just so worn our from working all day to earn money that ‘they’ take about 50% of. Which means they’re taking 50% of your life since you’re expending the precious finite resource of your time on earth to earn that money.
We’re the ‘Fiscal Conservatives’ who only care about the finances of the country, as if you deigning to tell the representatives in government how to spend the money and what to spend it on isn’t a Moral discussion.
We’re the ‘Moral Majority’, the ‘Silent Majority’, the ‘Tea Party’ who, filled with Moral Indignation, jump up on our hind legs once every generation or so whether we need to or not and think we can win one election and everything is supposed to be right with the world again.
We’re the side that has allowed the Left to gain influence and power in every crack and crevice of our society rather than driving them from the public arena with the derision and howling laughter accompanying their shameful exit that their foolish, dangerous and unworkable ideas deserve.
Approximately 2% of the population of the colonies actively fought the British and won the right to establish the greatest civilization in the history of mankind. While our culture as America is relatively young at 236 years our form of government is one of the longest surviving ever, but nothing lasts forever. 2%.
Maybe it’s too late.
Maybe we’ve passed the point of no return and there’s no way to reverse the course our nation is on.
Maybe I do know what Joe Paterno would have said, ‘I don’t why I didn’t do anything, I just didn’t.’
Fresh from Hawai’i
Okay, it’s late, isn’t he always?
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Happy New Year!!
In America circa 2011 there is a raging battle over what is good & what is bad in public discourse & behavior.
Allow me to Illustrate:
A Silver Spring, MD 7-11 was hit by coordinated shoplifting by a flash mob of as many as 50 teenagers and young adults last Saturday night.
Behold what our dumbed-down school system and anything-goes pop culture hath wrought;, 50 kids whose idea of Saturday night fun is using technology they have no idea how to create or improve upon to coordinate a crime against an innocent business to steal snacks.
We have quite a future ahead of us.
I thought I might be the only one to have noticed this; alas, in today’s interconnected world someone else had not only noticed it but posted it with a helpful little circle and sound effect.
Now I truly enjoyed watching Jordan’s basketball career (except when he was demolishing the Lakers) and what he’s done afterward has been fairly remarkable as well, but perhaps someone could have approached him to discuss the diabolical historical reference his shaving habits would call up.
I’ll confess here and now to having shaved my facial hair into that pattern just so that I could look into the mirror and see how truly stupid it looked and then finish the job of cleaning my upper lip. Leaving my shower looking like that, and even more amazingly, appearing in a National Television Commercial for Hane’s Underwear looking like that would NEVER occur to me.
I’m amazed that no one at Hane’s had the presence of mind to say something. It’s not easy to correct someone who is more powerful & influential than you, but someone should have stepped up because it’s just stupid and tasteless.