Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Our Own Backyard

Listening to Roseanne Barr the other day, trying to justify her reaction to the pornographic Hustler Magazine photo-shop of SE Cupp by saying, "That's how it is now, that's how things are...(that) was my point," I didn't believe her. Things can't be as bad as she claims.  She followed with a premise to validate her point:

Somehow in America we've all gotten together and given our consent that you can go as low as possible. And that's both people, both sides' fault - to keep on writing on these polarizing issues that divide the American people....--Roseanne Barr

That's when I knew something was wrong.  I mean, how did I miss that meeting?  No one ever asked me for my consent  So I decided to hold a little online get together to see if "all" Americans had given their "consent that you can go as low as possible."  It shouldn't take a large meeting to invalidate that premise.  I'm pretty sure there are more than a few folks who would withhold their consent and it only takes a few dissenters to break the "we've all gotten together and given our consent" cabal.

But then I wondered; just where would that leave dissenters?"  Is it enough to just withhold our consent, or is there more that needs to be done?  That's when I decided to start a campaign to Clean Up Our Own Backyard.  For purposes of this campaign, Our Own Backyard is defined as the conservative realm, i.e., conservative blogs, websites, Facebook pages, etc., AND their comment sections, plus email groups and lists that profess conservative values, principles, ideas and political causes. 

I'm certain many of you have seen the vile, offensive and distasteful comments, cartoons and personal attacks emanating from Our Own Backyard, as well as the countless forwarded emails that, despite containing little or no facts, spread like wildfire, seemingly impossible to put out.  No doubt, some of this bilge is the product of trolls.  Yet, as residents of Our Own Backyard, they deserve to be called out just as much as our wayward brethren on the left.  Now I have no desire to infringe upon anyone's First Amendment rights.  However, when conservative principles of honesty, integrity, civility, character and personal responsibility are put aside in order to trash political opponents, Our Own Backyard becomes a garbage dump.  

So, here's the game plan.  Whenever we see an offensive or untruthful posting coming from Our Own Backyard, one that fails to uphold the values we, as conservatives profess to admire, say we believe in and argue for, and claim the 'other side' lacks, politely point out to the poster that it is not beneficial to our cause to behave in an identical manner as those we oppose.  

Helping to Clean Up Our Own Backyard could go a long way toward convincing the unconvinced and  persuadable to join our cause.  And besides, it's the Right thing to do.

Help Us Clean Up Our Own Backyard

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

These Are the Times....

THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.-The American Crisis, Thomas Paine (December 23, 1776)
These are the times that try men's souls. Today our Nation faces a multitude of threats, teeming crises, gathering enemies, both foreign and domestic. The values of our Declaration of Independence, the principles of our Constitution, the foundations of our personal freedom, and the fabric of our common liberty are under assault by hordes of anarchists, jihadists and Marxists, and a motley crew of tyrants from around the globe and around the corner. 

We have faced these dangers before, and we overcame them because we were united in purpose; "one Nation, under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all."  Today, we are a Nation divided. And we have been divided by design.

You must stop and ponder that last statement: WE HAVE BEEN DIVIDED BY DESIGN!

Our greatest strength as a Nation, unity of good purpose, has and is being intentionally torn asunder, shredded, for political self-interest.

"Divide and conquer" is a battle tactic, the intention of which is to destroy an enemy forces' ability to fend off an attack.  It has been used in war by conquering armies throughout history.  In politics, the phrase is changed to "Divide and rule," a strategy of gaining and maintaining power based on the fact that many smaller opponents are easier to overcome and manipulate than one larger one. This strategy includes  breaking up power alliances into smaller chunks that are easier to subdue; and preventing small power groups from linking up and becoming more powerful. This technique allows a weak individual or party to fragment those who collectively would have greater influence.  The primary method of accomplishing "divide and rule" is the use of deceit and dishonesty to incite fear, anger and derision. Lying with a smile, hurling false accusations with a sneer, ridiculing with a smirk; the skill set of tyrants and demagogues.
"Hope and change," that all-but-forgotten, wispy, ephemeral  platitude of the academic has worn thin and been packed away while a new-old, rough and tumble, Chicago-style bag of tricks is unpacked.  Pushing punishment for "millionaires and billionaires", countering greedy, "big-money interests" by making them pay their "fair share" and doling out the dole to "ordinary Americans," insuring "Wall Street and Main Street play by the same set of rules" so the "middle-class" can have "a fair shot," the seeds of divisiveness of race, culture, and class are sown.  Proclaiming his "work isn't done yet," that he deserves a second term, admonishing those who want to "return to the same failed policies of the past" while ignoring his own failed policies of the past three years, with a straight face, the President warns Congress not to "muck up" the recovery by thwarting his economic policies.
"With the magnitude of the challenges we face right now, 
what we need in Washington are not more political tactics -- 
we need more good ideas. We don't need more point-scoring -- 
we need more problem-solving."

We are no longer a Nation that offers a helping hand. We are a Nation that reaches out and promptly gets our hand slapped. We are a Nation led by a Blamer in Chief so one man can win reelection.
     "I guarantee it's going to be a close election because
  the economy is not where it wants to be and even though I believe all the choices we've made have been the right ones,
        we're still going through difficult circumstances."
 We are no longer a Nation where leaders lead by example. We are a Nation with leaders who won't take responsibility for their own failures. We are a Nation led by a Not-My-Fault in Chief so one man can win reelection.
"We can’t expect to solve our problems if all we do is 
tear each other down. You can disagree with a certain 
policy without demonizing the person who espouses it."

We are no longer a Nation that inspires and is inspired by our President. We are a Nation led by a Lecturer in Chief so one man can win reelection.

"You got their (Republican) plan, which is let's have dirtier air,  dirtier water, (and) less people with health insurance."
 We are no longer a Nation that pulls together. We are a Nation that is being pulled apart. We are a Nation led by a Divider in Chief so one man can win reelection.

 "They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy 
to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment 
or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."

Apparently, Barack Obama has yet to change his opinion of what he likes to call, "the suffering middle-class." One wonders if middle-class, middle America has changed their opinion of Barack Obama.

Esther 4:14
"For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" (ESV)

Esther had to make a choice: Facing her own death, she could muster the courage to speak up in a time of crisis, or remain silent, shirking her allegiance to her Nation as "the summer soldier and the sunshine patriot" of Thomas Paine. 

Courage and allegiance foster action; action of consequence, of purpose, of substance, of value.  

These are the times....... Make a choice while you still can. Take a stand. Speak up.
United we stand, divided we fall.