Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Feeling DEJECTED about politics?

A Cure for Political Dejection
I don't post LONG ARTICLES much but, TRUST ME, YOU could have written this and it'll MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD that someone ELSE GETS IT THIS WELL:
By for THE AMERICAN SPECTATOR: (Z: by the way, I had this ready to post and then heard Monday morning that Obama is now saying that those people fighting for the AZ law (I guess he's specifically picking on Gov Brewer now) just "want to make a name for themselves." If that doesn't make ANY American feel dejected, when your president suggests those who are fighting for what they think is right are just trying to 'make a name', then I don't know what would
Here is Hillyer's article:

I really don't know what to write. We have a president who is so divisive that two longstanding pollsters of his own party write that "President Obama's divisive approach to governance has weakened us as a people and paralyzed our political culture."

We have columnists for major newspapers who are so nastily partisan that they fail to do even the most basic of investigatory requirements before sliming good, honest, decent Americans such as Justice Department whistleblower J. Christian Adams.

We have congressmen so eager to play gotcha that they try to blame former presidents for failing to do a constitutional duty even when the well-reported facts are that the operatives for the president of the congressman's own party unwittingly were the culprits in the supposed problem at issue. (Yeah, you won't know what I'm talking about; that's why you absolutely must read this link.)

We have a major congressional committee chairman who has conniption fits about not being given a $1 senior-citizen's discount, but who won't apologize for costing taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars by refusing for years to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. (He also didn't seem too exercised about his boyfriend running a male prostitution ring out of his own basement, but that's another story.)

We have writers for publications respected by the "mainstream" media who are so vicious and dishonest that they would suggest randomly throwing around charges of racism without a shred of evidence -- a charge made the more despicable because one of the named victims of the smear happens to be one of the nicest, most decent people in all of Washington punditry or politics.

We have a national debt exploding so rapidly, by deliberate design of the president, that one almost believes he is trying to implement the Cloward-Piven strategy of manufactured crisis. Cause a political and economic cataclysm; use it as an excuse for radical executive orders and proto-martial law; that sort of thing. Again, I did say "almost." But we are getting to a point where it almost doesn't matter what the motivations are; the reality being created could have the same effect whether by intention or by autocratic reaction to the fruits of the leader's own incompetence.

We have a president who may as well have declared war on my home state. Or on the whole central Gulf Coast.

We have a speaker of the House so cynical (or batty) that she says we must pass a bill first in order to know what's in it, and a majority leader so accustomed to railroad jobs and internal autocracy that he actually makes fun of the idea of requiring that congressmen be allowed at least 72 hours to examine bills before voting on them.

We have Supreme Court nominees sailing through despite saying that genetic differences might make Latinas better judges (Sotomayor) and despite openly flouting the law to harm military recruiting in a time of war (Kagan), and despite wanting to rule that the Constitution forbids states from keeping currently incarcerated rapists and murderers from voting (Sotomayor) and despite manipulating both science and the law in order to keep the barbaric practice of partial birth abortion legal for another decade (Kagan). (Sorry, readers: I'm tired of providing links, but Google these things at the Washington Times and you'll find them.)

I could go on with other bad news, but I'm tired. I'm dejected. I'm disgusted. I'm furious. I'm disheartened and disillusioned.

I want fair play and integrity and intellectual consistency and common decency from all points on the political spectrum. But those attributes are not as prevalent on the right as they should be, and it seems they are almost nonexistent on the left. I don't mind honest and respectful disagreements; I am sickened by vicious attacks without substance.

And, dear reader, I assume you agree. I hate writing all these "I" sentences (yikes: I almost sound like Obama!), so let's make this about you. What are you going to do about all this? What do you want to see happen? How much do you care about your country and your community?

If you are reading this, the answer to the questions in the last sentence is probably "one heck of a lot." You care. You have aspirations for communities of freedom and comity. You want to stop all of these political horrors, and you want to stop cultural horrors not even touched upon here but that could take pages and pages of exposition. You want to believe in America. And, dare we say it without sounding too pie-in-the-sky, you want to do what Ronald Reagan said all good Americans want to do: "to dream heroic dreams." And to work to make them reality.

So get to it. Keep up your activism. Talk to your neighbors. Volunteer at campaign headquarters. Contribute financially to candidates. Make phone calls. Go to rallies. Write thoughtful and concise letters to the editor. Help register like-minded voters. Drive elderly or infirm like-minded voters to the polls in November.

Get involved and stay involved. For the sake of your country, your loved ones, your future. Our future. Together. As Americans. Go do it. Now.

Quin Hillyer is a senior editorial writer for The Washington Times and a senior editor of The American Spectator. He can be reached at Qhillyer@gmail.com. (thanks for the tip, Ron)

Z: 8:00AM Tuesday morning: I just watched CNN for a few minutes and want to take my hat off to Alan Chernoff, who did an excellent job ON CNN warning about Obama's desire to repeal the Bush tax cuts....he carefully showed how damaging this will be to most American families and included how their having less to spend into the economy will bring LESS income into the federal government...I've got to give credit where credit is due. Good job, Chernoff.

z

21 comments:

Randal Graves said...

Never has a president, elected on a promise of "change" and with such enthusiasm on the part of the electorate, done so little.
Let's review:
1. Health reform. Yeah, gotta love the title, but reform? Not so much. And it goes into effect when? Like 2013? Stay healthy!
2. Ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Maybe later. Not now.
3. Closing Gitmo and ending extraordinary rendition. Um, no.
4. Ending "too big to fail" on Wall Street. Hahahahaha. C'mon, you believed that?
5. Response to the Gulf oil spill. Are we going to use this tragedy to get Americans on board with a Manhattan Project-type response to ending our oil addiction? Oh, look! Ponies!
People really were sick of the direction this country was on in 2008 and looking for someone who would turn the ship of state. They thought of Hillary as part of the Old Guard and voted for Barry instead. (Including me.)
Can we have a do-over on his election? Please!

Remember when Obama promised us the most “open” administration? The most “transparent” administration?

Remember when he promised to“create or save” hundreds of thousands of jobs and then he hired thousands of Census takers!

Remember when he promised to to beef up border security!
And how about those lezbo commies he put on the Supreme Court!
Shall I go on?
Barack Obama take part at a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of Unknown Soldier in Moscow, Russia,but couldn't find the time to visit Arlington on Memorial Day!

When President Bush leaned over at Ground Zero and gently placed a flower on the memorial, Obama nonchalantly tossed his flower onto the pile without leaning over.
YES, We noticed!
When your pastor of 20 years, “God-damned America ” and said that 9/11 was “America’s chickens coming home to roost” — and you denied having heard recriminations of that nature, we wondered how that could be. You later disassociated yourself from that church and Pastor Wright because it was politically expedient to do so, but we know that you continue to have secret meetings with him.
YES, We noticed.
All through your campaign and even now, you have surrounded yourself with individuals who are basically unqualified for the positions for which you appointed them. Worse than that, the majority of them are people who, like you, bear no special allegiance, respect, or affection for this country and her traditions.
YES, We noticed

~Leslie said...

In summary: We have a bunch of narcissistic crooks running this country and it is time we oust them.

Agreed? I'm glad we could have this talk, American people.

Great post Z, per usual.

xx

beamish said...

I'm sure Obama isn't just out to make a name for himself.

Hey look, he's got his own logo.

Anonymous said...

What might all this dissatisfaction and revulsion of our government lead to, with 89% of the electorate distrusting government? In many other societies like Israel, GB, Italy, France...the government would be dissolved and a new one formed to replace it.

With ours...it's clear that the will of the people no longer matters and we're well on the way to become a nation of men...and not laws as the founders intended.

IMO...it begs for civil disobedience...it begs for a citizenry that will fight back. Not necessarily by the voting process either. It's clear that the majority of voters are too damn stupid, too damn owned and dependent on this corrupt government. Make no mistake...it IS corrupt.

We've become a nation of many from one...not a nation of one from many, as e pluribus unum intended.

The polarization and balkanization of the country is almost complete folks.

I am not optimistic about the inevitable outcome.

Major

Anonymous said...

Demrats like this need to be tied up along with Pete Stark...this is the state of contempt dems have for the voters and states rights. A snippet from Missouri:

""I'm embarrassed as a Missourian that [Proposition C is] even on the ballot," says state senator Jolie Justus, a Kansas City Democrat who is tired of arguments about federal powers and state rights."

In commenting about voters in Mo wanting to overturn Ocare like VA and 25 other states hope to do.

Major

Anonymous said...

We need 434 More in Congress like this man...and 99 more in the Senate. Then replace the top dog with a guy like this:

Honor,Truth & Loyalty

Major

Z said...

I'm feeling dejected that nobody quite knows where the money's coming from for this new islamist center in NYC. I'm dejected all 9 voted for it and that my cousin tells me that those demonstrations against it haven't ever been picked up on NYC's local TV (or nationally).

I'm feeling dejected in that someone POWERFUL must be behind that 15 story building because I've done work in this field my whole life and NOBODY gets a building that large built in NYC in 12 months.NOBODY.
They want to OPEN IT September 11, which is just 'so sensitive', don't you think?...especially when 9/11 families are against it on that location?

Anybody who can get that even past plan check in less than six months is paying somebody off.

period.

cube said...

You are absolutely right about the BIG money behind the building of this mosque. I'm disgusted by the decision, but I'm also dispirited by it and I'm demomoralized by it... and the latter is the whole point, isn't it?

FrogBurger said...

We just have monarchs now. And the GOP establishment likes the monarchy as well unfortunately.
It's time for a major sweep.

Those monarchs are playing the game of division to make sure us little peasants stay divided instead of unifying against their privileges.

WomanHonorThyself said...

I gotta get away for a few days Z..that's what I do!

Z said...

Ducky, you're deleted again. I've decided I didn't build a blog to provide a platform for someone like the loathsome Olbermann. I don't watch him, I won't read you anymore. Sorry...if you can just talk and not insult and not be so sarcastic, maybe you can stay. Until then, I and Elmer's Brother will be deleting.

FrogBurger said...

Time for Ducky to create a blog on his own since he has so much to say and is such a well of knowledge.

Ducky's here said...

AllI posted was that if you're dejected about politics you should ignore them and try something pleasant. Didn't even mention Olbermann.

You really are on edge, z.

Z said...

Ducky, read my comment, please.
What I said is I didn't build a blog as a platform for leftwing ugliness..I can get that everywhere else. Thanks.
Stay kind, stay informative, stop the ugliness and you can stay.
simple.

Chuck said...

This sums up the Obama administration on immigration

“Our own government has become our enemy and is taking us to court at a time when we need help,”

Pinal County (Ariz.) Sheriff Paul Babeu

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/70324

He can save his attacks. He needs to start acting like he cares about the country he is supposed to be leading.

Z said...

Chuck, Paul Babeau's probably going to be a post here soon. he's fabulous and SO right...thanks, he's worth talking about, for sure.

sue said...

I can't imagine why they would want or need to open it on Sept. 11.

jadedfellow said...

I heard many years ago, in a sermon, that the word politics was derived from a Greek word that meant actor. Gotta admit it was well before I could query a fact check site, but patience is a virtue and I have now been slapped upside the head with the truth of that sermon that spoke to the root words of evil.

We now have an acting president that acts out the the biggest dramas of fiction ever recorded in the anals (oops spelled that wrong, well maybe not, in the true sense of the word) of undocumented alien history. I cain't figger out for the life of this country, how so many spectators could fall for the bright lights of this fairy's tale of hope and change of a broadway script.

I will date myself, only cuz most of the women who know me understand I am a cheap one, and reference back to where Snaggle Tooth had to exit stage left, or was that stage right? Who cares, it's politics and it's bad acting anyway the truth is Rangled inna Oh'bummer sorta B-Moviement.

Sorry "Z", I'z still out there,,, ;-). Just born to those credentials would be my genetic justification.

I figger I missed my calling to politics, I'm way out in left field also. So iffen I'z sittin around picking dandelions, that pretty much makes me about forty under par, (sorry a golf racist statement huh?), with the rest of the strike out Kings/Queens in D.C.

Elmers Brother said...

Chuck, Paul Babeau's probably going to be a post here soon. he's fabulous and SO right...thanks, he's worth talking about, for sure.

He's my sheriff, I live in his county and we do love him.

poli - many

tics - blood sucking insects

enough said

Z said...

Sue, I can.

Jaded...you crack me up!

Elbro...how lucky for you. have you ever met him or heard him speak? he's a fabulous American and I fear for his safety.

Elmers Brother said...

I have heard him on the radio several times...my favorite morning radio show has had him on several times. He's on the ball.