June 29, 2009
Today I received an interesting, original graphic from Jim Graham, a reader of mine and a gentleman who sends out his own political graphics to a list of local conservatives.
Graham, who by his own account subscribed to The Palm Beach Post for 50 years, canceled his subscription because he could no longer stand what he believes to be reporting and commentary with a liberal bias.
Back in April, in a post titled, “Liberal bent misses the point of today’s newspapers,” I wrote: “In this case, the conservative theory on the downfall of the print media is more schadenfreude, directed at an age-old antagonist, than actual analysis.” In the same post, I also credited the conservative movement as having an impact on the downfall of the liberal media, just not as large a one as they always think.
I stand by that post. The dinosaur liberal print media is dying the slow and painful death of a thousand cuts, and I still believe the majority of those cuts are because the Internet has destroyed the business model of print journalism.
But, and this is a big “but,” the general unwillingness of the print media divas to even consider that an ingrained liberal bias has anything to do with the downfall of print makes me want to pull all the hair out of my head, and I have a lot of hair.
I post Graham’s graphic, not to single out in this particular instance The Palm Beach Post, but in a probably futile attempt to get the print divas to take their heads out of the sand.
Graham may be but one voice crying out in the wilderness, but over the years, I have learned that there are many Jim Grahams out there.
When the Grahams of the world stop reading local newspapers, then the world of liberal print will exist, if it exists at all, in an economically unsustainable, progressive echo chamber of its own creation that talks only to itself. In fact, it is this already-existing liberal progressive echo chamber that has finally driven Graham to seek an alternative source for news.
And that is not the fault of the Internet.
June 23, 2009
The economic turmoil we’re currently enduring, the sub-prime mortgage problems, the widespread foreclosures, etc. were caused by the government. It was the ‘Community Reinvestment Act’ that encouraged the banks to give artificially low rates to people that couldn’t possibly repay their loans. It was Congressman Barney Frank that blocked attempts by Senator McCain and President Bush to reign in Fannie and Freddie. It was interference by the Federal Government, all in the name of “fairness,” that brought us to where we were last year.
Then the Federal Government, led by George W. Bush and Treasury Secretary Paulson, decided they would fix the problem that the government created in the first place, by using our tax dollars to bailout banks and supposedly the people that never should have been given loans in the first place. We were told the sky was falling. We were told that if we did nothing things would get far worse.
To the credit of the public, we knew this was a bad idea and we spoke out loudly. We said “NO”. Initially, the House of Representatives didn’t pass the first TARP, but under political pressure they did pass an even bigger TARP the second time around. They defied the people they work for. But despite the TARP, foreclosures continued and the government got into the banking business.
Next came bailouts for the auto industry. Again, the public said “NO”. We knew that picking winners and losers isn’t the job of the Federal Government, in fact it’s unconstitutional. If in a free market society if a company fails, then it files for Chapter 7 or Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. But again, the President, the Treasury Secretary and the Congress ignored us and did what they wanted. The result? GM and Chrysler not only went into bankruptcy (after tens of billions of taxpayer money went down the drain), but the UAW and the Federal Government became the major owners of the company. Oh and in the process, the President of the United States intimidated the secured bond holders of Chrysler into taking pennies on the dollar and made them the bad guys in the media and court of public opinion. When did it become wrong in this country to expect contracts to be honored and for investors to want to make a profit?
After Obama’s inauguration he called for more TARP money and a $787 billion “stimulus” package. Despite continued opposition from the public the TARP 2 was passed and the largest spending bill in our nation’s history was passed, without a single member of Congress reading it. In addition, the bill was mostly pet projects, pork barrel spending and very little to actually stimulate the private sector. The so-called stimulus has only stimulated the growth of the Federal Government and a rise in the unemployment rate. In fact the President said that without the stimulus the unemployment rate would go over 8%. Well guess what? With the “stimulus” the unemployment rate is at 9.4%. The only place that unemployment is down is in Washington, DC.
I keep hearing the President telling us that the problem is the unscrupulous bankers, the evil bond holders, the CEO’s of the automakers, etc. No mention of labor unions that demanded unsustainable benefits for current and retired employees. This president vilifies anyone in the private sector that is in the way of his agenda. His agenda unfortunately is to grow the Federal Government and give it powers that the Constitution does NOT grant it.
It is not intelligent or logical to conclude that the incompetent, bureaucratic and politically motivated people that got us into this mess are going get us out of it. In fact it’s foolish to think that’s even their intention. All signs are that what the President and his liberal allies in the House and Senate want, is to take and keep tremendous and unprecedented power for the government and themselves. They can’t really believe that spending trillions of dollars, that they’re borrowing since we don’t have it, is going to get us out of this recession, can they? Apparently they do believe that the public is stupid enough to buy that idea though.
The bottom line is the very people that got this nation into this economic trouble are only making it worse and are ignoring, no defying the people they’re supposed to represent. The good news is we don’t have to take it. Despite what they seem to think, they work for US! We can take back the US House and Senate, one seat at a time. From the grassroots, we the people can select the candidates that will represent us. We need to throw the bums out. There are a select few currently serving in Congress that understand that the people are the bosses and the members of Congress are our employees. People like Rep. Thaddeus McCotter and Rep. Michele Bachmann are standing up for us. But they are sorely outnumbered. They need us to send reinforcements.
Write your US Senators and member of the House. Write to the President. Write letters to the editor of your local newspapers too. Let them all know, we’ve had enough. We want the out of control spending and unprecedented government growth to stop, now. We want them to listen to their bosses, or we will fire them. This isn’t about parties, since both parties are guilty of ignoring us. This is about right and wrong. This about the Constitution.
June 18, 2009
Greetings fellow South Florida riders, South Floridians, and Americans, here we are for another monthly installment of our Wheels on the Road political assessment. This month’s title is appropriate because Rod Serling could not have written this script any better. Everyday we wake up and have to ask ourselves, “Are we in some kinda parallel universe”? Actually Serling had an episode which fits appropriately.
Therefore I googled up what has to be my favorite Twilight Zone episode, “To Serve Man”. Here is the synopsis of the episode, which was available upon search.
“A race of aliens known as the Kanamits, they were tall, land on earth and promise to be nothing but helpful to the cause of humanity. Initially wary of the intentions of such a highly advanced race even the most skeptical humans are convinced when their code-breakers begin to translate one of the Kanamit’s books with the seemingly innocuous title, “To Serve Man”.
Sharing their advanced technology, the aliens quickly solve all of the Earth’s greatest woes, eradicating hunger, disease, and the need for welfare. Soon humans are volunteering for trips to the Kanamits’ home planet, which is supposedly a paradise.
All is not well, however, when a code-breaker discovers the Kanamits’ true intentions: Their book, “To Serve Man”, is a cookbook, and all their gifts were simply to make humanity complacent, much like fattening pigs or cows before they are slaughtered.”
Here we are today and the Kanamits are the far left liberals and their book is “Rules for Radicals” by Saul Alinsky.
How many people mindlessly followed, ok, well, I will not call him an alien, Obama’s empty rhetoric of “change and hope”? How many were hypnotized by the promises of everything being taken care of and the seas rising.
They just boarded that spaceship while others where telling them, beware. Now we are hearing people state, this is not what I voted for, too late, you have been served up on a plate.
One of the groups which is now trying to jump from the Obama spaceship is the Jewish community who voted about 78% as a block. All the while the American Jewish community was being told about associations with Louis Farrakhan, Rev Jeremiah Wright, and Khalid Rashidi. There were those warning them to read his book, “Dreams of my Father” where Obama said he would, “stand with his muslim brothers”. What did we hear back from the mindless lemmings? Obama loves Israel. Obama will not betray Israel.
My response, “To serve Israel”.
Another group which wholeheartedly drank the kool aid to the tune of 97% was my own black community. I cannot tell you how many times I had deep discussions with family and friends about the 2008 Presidential elections. It would always end up with something like this, “Allen, you just hate him and I don’t care about those issues. I want a black president.” Well, they certainly indeed have a bi-racial muslim raised President of whom they can now attribute a burgeoning national unemployment rate of 9.4%, which is probably doubled in the inner city black community.
And will Obama do anything about illegal immigration which denies the black community jobs, and depresses wages?
My response, “To serve Blacks”.
I remember election night when Obama was declared victor, kind of goes along with the whole imperial Caesar image. On that night people stood in awe, similar to watching the Kanamits.
Obama made a statement which echoes in my mind, “Chicago is coming to Washington DC”. Well, it certainly has and all the corruption and coercive practices was in tow. We have seen a private sector CEO fired. Banks have been strong armed to not only take government funding but to also not repay TARP funds received. We have seen the greatest automobile manufacturer in the world brought to its knees, now owned by the government and unions.
Our healthcare is now the new target and the remedy is not to have solutions driven by medical professionals, just more government intervention. It will cost over $1Trillion and we have no idea as to how this will be paid for….here is a bet, rationing and higher taxes. But, everyone will have healthcare, no woes.
We have 16-19 “Czars” who are unconstitutionally placed in positions to dictate and influence National policy but only answer to our imperial fearful leader. There is no Congressional oversight and these Czars are above the appointed Cabinet positions. In essence, Chicago came to the White House and has created a shadow government.
I watched this President deliver a speech before a university in Cairo (not Georgia where the syrup is made) Egypt loaded with historical inaccuracies. It was a speech which, again, made a point of apologizing for America and appeasing the vilest of enemies with whom we are embroiled in global combat operations.
This President recently was “outraged” at the shooting death of an abortion doctor in Kansas, who had performed countless late term procedures. I do not condone this murder, but when contrasted against the death of Army PFC William Long, I am outraged.
Private Long was killed by a converted jihadist from Memphis Tn originally named Carlos Bledsoe. This fella had somehow secured a Somali passport, attended a Yemeni terrorist training camp, and returned to America where his goal was to kill American Soldiers. Furthermore, a laptop confiscated from this homegrown terrorist had a target list of churches and synagogues.
Our President boarded a plane to Egypt, gave another worthless speech, and then some 72 hours after the shooting delivered a statement where he was, “saddened”.
We have two American journalists sentenced to 12 years hard labor in a Country which has been testing missiles and underground nuclear weapons. We are now implementing a policy of reading Miranda rights to captured terrorists. We now are giving released detainees taxpayer dollars to “start anew” and have great new lives in resort locations like, Bermuda.
My response, “To serve America”.
Now, I could go on and talk about a quadruped debt, and remember this has all occurred in 5 months….Katie bar the Door!
What makes all this even more despicable is the complicity of a media that has become nothing more than cheerleaders. Once upon a time there was honor and integrity in the news, now it is nothing more than manipulated propaganda. Heck, ABC is about to broadcast a news segment, one hour, from the White House.
The media is simply seasoning us for the modern day Kanamits, the liberal socialists.
Who will make a stand for the American people? All I see are bloggers, talk radio hosts, Fox News, and concerned American citizens being alerted, they broke the code and found the cookbook.
This is the closing narration from the episode, “The recollections of one Michael Chambers, with appropriate flashbacks and soliloquy. Or more simply stated, the evolution of man, the cycle of going from dust to dessert, the metamorphosis from being the ruler of a planet to an ingredient in someone’s soup. It’s tonight’s bill of fare from the Twilight Zone”.
Stop drinking the kool-aid, don’t look into the light, stop following the Kanamits, unless you wish to be “served”.
Lt. Col. Allen West