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The Fix is In August 1, 2010

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Falling like the staccato drumbeat of a pouring rain, the day-by-day assault by the ruling Progressives on the traditions and sensibilities of America has the no-longer-silent majority reeling. We were warned. The watchmen on the walls Buchanan, Limbaugh, Beck and others told us what was coming. They tried to alert those willing to vote for an untried community organizer because they wanted change that the change would change once the organizer got organized, so none of these transformative changes should surprise anyone. Obama the candidate told us what Obama the president would do. He said he wanted to be a transformative president. He told us his administration would be all about fundamentally transforming America. But it seems not many of the people who hoped for change were listening except to the hope and change part.
Today many of these erstwhile supporters, the casual voters who tune in for the last week of the race and then decide who to vote for based on emotion and those who even vote for the same party their father voted for, are beginning to wake up. They’re beginning to see the sheer drop of the cliff we’re being driven over. Suddenly the scales are falling off eyes and they see the emperor has no clothes. The Progressives are being exposed for the corporatists and statists they’ve always been. These Rip Van Winkle voters are now saying, “We were fooled” and “We didn’t know.” But they were warned. They just didn’t listen. Which makes one wonder, when they’re warned now about how bad this transformation is going to get, what are they hearing?
The Progressives long pursued dream of having the power and authority to implement their cherished Cloward-Piven Strategy to collapse the economy is coming into focus as America watches in stunned horror. It’s so hard to believe anyone really wants to kill the goose that laid the golden egg. The free American economy has created more wealth and spread it farther and faster than anything else in history. A key to the Progressive’s plan to re-boot the system and impose their command economy is the destruction of our capitalist system. When General Cornwallis marched out of Yorktown his regimental band played “The World Turned Upside Down.” Perhaps this should be the dirge of the mourners for Mom, apple pie, and the American Way?
The 60s radicals who marched in the streets waving Viet Cong flags, burning draft cards and calling licentious living free love have become the establishment. The silent majority has become the peaceful protesters who want their country back. Political correctness censors free speech in the name of free speech. Government mandated racial quotas enforce the most rigid racism since Jim Crow in the name of fairness. We apologize for our past, bow to foreign leaders of the present and look forward to a future where China not the United States is the engine that drives the world economy. Is that the change we were hoping for?
George the Second abandoned free market principles to save the free market throwing a TARP over the biggest boondoggle in history starting the serial hand-out binge the shills now call the Government Bailout Era. The bursting of the housing bubble caused the economy to almost come to a halt. Listening to his Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel to “Never let a good crisis go to waste,” President Obama set about fixing everything that was broken, or was that breaking everything he thought needed fixing?
First he fixed the economy as a whole with what he and his Progressive cohorts call the Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Subsequently many others call this bill the bailout for Democrat campaign contributors. Then President Obama fixed the health care system assuring us there would be no rationing, costs would go down, and the federal government would never fund abortion. Once again the bill was thousands of pages long, and no-one had a chance to read it before it passed since as Speaker Pelosi told us “We have to pass it so you can learn what’s in it.” Or Representative John Conyers who laughingly said, “I love these members that get up and say, ‘Read the bill!’ Well, what good is reading the bill if it’s a thousand pages and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you’ve read the bill?” Now we learn it must of course include rationing, of course it means costs will go up and it will fund abortions. But at least now it’s fixed. The Dodd-Frank team of congressional slight-of-hand artists handed President Obama the Financial Reform bill, which we are assured will fix the Banking system except for Fannie and Freddie which are exempt. This bill too is thousands of pages long. No one has had a chance to read it. Senator Dodd has had his chance at the microphone to tell us, “No one will know until this is actually in place how it works.” How could this go wrong? This sets up thousands of bureaucrats to stand on the throat of the financial industry, but at least it’s fixed.
And that’s not all. We’re told every day the energy industry is broken. That fix is on the way. Representative Waxman, the chairman of the committee writing the coming cap-n-trade tax bill, admitted he didn’t know what was in the bill. As an in-your-face demonstration of power, he hired a speed reader to read his bill for those upset, because he wants to pass a bill that would make energy costs sky-rocket without reading it. Be assured more fixes are coming. If we get one more free election the Democrat party will pay for what they’ve done. But before the door closes on these fixers they will fix America until it’s so broken all the king’s horses and all the king’s men won’t be able to put America back together again.
The never-ending crises haven’t been wasted and everything is being fixed or, as we used to say in Chicago the fix is in.
Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion for Southside Virginia Community College and History for the American Public University System. http://drrobertowens.com © 2010 Robert R. Owens dr.owens@comcast.net

Culture Kampf and the Kamikaze Congress December 21, 2009

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There is a culture war raging in America. It has wreaked havoc in our national psyche since the Summer of Love elevated the ersatz individualism and limousine liberalism of the Boomers from childhood fantasy to national fever-dream. This is a historically traceable event with vast implications for the future. He who controls the past shapes the present and creates the future. If history doesn’t help us live in the here and now what good is it?
Instead of heeding history Congress reads the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time magazine or some other reflecting pool of Liberal philosophy. Or they tune to the satirical news of John Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Keith Olbermann or Rachel Maddow. Take Virginia’s Senator Jim Webb as an example. He ran as a conservative Blue dog Democrat. He only won because the Corporations Once Known as the Mainstream Media created a scandal based on a one time use of what his opponent said was a nonsense word from his childhood, “Macaca.” Once in the Senate Mr. Webb avoided the Summer of Tea Party Protests by traveling overseas instead of meeting with his constituents. Which was probably a good idea since all he seems to do is talk right and vote left.
In a recent form letter sent in response to a personal note he states, “Together with 60 of my colleagues, I voted in favor of proceeding to debate the proposed health care reform legislation. I have yet to decide whether I will support final passage of the bill.” I’ll give ten-to-one that after all his deciding he’ll vote in lock-step with the party of power to pass whatever monstrosity the Obama-Reid-Pelosi triumvirate manages to bribe and bully to the floor of the Senate along with that anonymous group of 60 co-conspirators.
In the House the Speaker rules with an iron hand like Nurse Ratched on steroids she does whatever necessary to force her San Francisco version of reality down the throat of an unwilling nation. With all the integrity of Charles Rangel, the personal magnetism of Barney Frank and the future of James Traficant the House leadership whip their herd of lemmings towards the cliff and poof suddenly our two-day-a-week Congress works weekends passing bills no one reads.
The conventional wisdom of the chattering class tells us the Democrats have long been known to favor circular firing squads and the electorate will pull the trigger in November 2010. Don’t believe it. These Blue Dogs and Progressives haven’t been convinced to commit Hara-kiri for their emperor. There’s something else going on here. As our self-serving representatives look to self-preservation I believe their leadership has finally begun to at least paraphrase a Founding Father, “We either hang together or we hang separately.” Meaning if they bite the bullet and pass the entire liberal legislative agenda, health care take-over, cap-n-trade energy tax, endless amnesty/open borders import-a-voter immigration reform with a few omnibus/stimulus pork roasts thrown in to buy votes ACORN won’t need to steal they’ll experience a pre-defeat reincarnation as the perpetually re-elected.
Americans by the thousands who never heard of Saul Alinsky have now read his book Rules for Radicals. Suddenly the scales fall from our eyes and we see how a determined group of ultra radicals organized their way to power. At last we’ve been roused from our media-induced trance and understand the radical plan to remake America before the next election. We were napping while the forces of Mordor searched for Sauron. We were watching the game while the hijackers were aiming their Acorn powered SEIU financed ship at the twin houses of Congress. We were concentrating on making a living and raising our families while the progressive paymasters, casino capitalists and greed merchants turned Pleasantville into Pottersville. We’ve watched in amazement as we tighten our belts and Washington adds a few more notches.
Feverishly we’re trying to rearm after the Pearl Harbor of November 2008. The tide of battle is rushing over us like a torrent. Every day new regulations, more debt and radical legislation are being spun over America like threads over Gulliver. The Tea Party Patriots and born-again community organizers of the right believe it is not too late to mount a D-Day at the ballot box on November 2010. The talking-heads tell us this is a Kamikaze Congress ready to go down in flames. Don’t believe it. They know it’s now or never. Impose their centrally-planned collectivist clap-trap over the Land of the Free before Americans get a chance to vote them out of the Home of the Brave.
I believe the Obama-Reid-Pelosi regime sells this Charge of the Blight Brigade to the backbenchers by assuring them their Acorn-Steal-the Vote and Immigration-import-a-Voter strategy will assure them of everlasting electoral life. They’re saying though it may be the Endless Great Recession for the rest of us its Happy Days are Here Again for them. These Kamikazes plan to live to fly another day. But then again, no plan survives first contact with the enemy. Don’t despair. Keep the faith. We shall overcome!
Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion for Southside Virginia Community College and History for the American Public University System. http://drrobertowens.com © 2009 Robert R. Owens dr.owens@comcast.net

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