The Confederate Flag means…What????

Anyone else getting a sensation of mob rule going on in America? The problem is, I can’t see the people in the mob; I can only see the dominoes falling down like a big gust of wind is doing it. And they seem to be falling VERY fast. If this keeps up, the French guillotines can’t be far behind. What am I talking about?

Ever since the shooting in Charleston, S.C., which was responded to WITHOUT riots, looting and the burning of private businesses which would put people out of jobs, I have been watching events unfold like dominoes falling. The response to the shooting was very prayerful, and civil. No unrest, no big kerfuffle. Forgiveness was extended to the perpetrator in the courtroom. Methinks there are those who just could not handle that. Where is the scapegoat? We always have a scapegoat?

Used to be, in the very recent past, when the mob (the pc police) demanded something, businesses and people would push back, go to court, etc. Last week, TVLand folded without a whimper, as well as all retailers (that I can find) of the Confederate flag. Were they even ASKED to remove the old, fun, hit TV show, The Dukes of Hazard? Did anyone request it? I never heard one word of any pressure put on them. What is this mighty gale blowing across our land? One governor of one state decided to not fly the Confederate flag due to what she perceived as its message. And she is Republican.

Was that it? I secretly suspect it may be. A Republican made this request. The Progressives can’t have a Republican making this request and being the lead story….the story must be…I’ve got it! Political Correctness! All of a sudden, stores are removing the Confederate flag, TV Land is removing the Dukes of Hazard. I ask, did anyone demand it of them? Nikki Haley, the governor of South Carolina, didn’t demand it. I just heard a commentator on tv say what might be the answer….They want to be on the right side of the issue. Was it an issue? Not before the shooting, not so much. It was like, we had to blame something or someone, so we blamed a flag, an inanimate object. Or is it more than that? It sure feels like it is more than that. Was it because the usual response didn’t happen to this shooting? Ah…that may be where the answer lies. We are so used to a nationwide boogeyman as a response to shooting events. Leftie Progressive types usually start wanting guns banned.

Yes, I agree, there are nut cases with nutty ideas, who fly the Confederate flag. That’s one person’s explanation of why it simply “must” be removed. But there are nutty people who eat Twinkies, and we don’t ban Twinkies. (A Twinkie made me do it…couldn’t resist!) There are others who are interested in the historical value of it. Then there are more who see it as a free speech issue as I do. I am not from the South and never in my life did I want to own my very own Confederate flag…until now. It’s the principle of the thing!

I’ve been talking to people at Walmart today. This is after I came across a shop freely selling the Confederate flag, and I bought as many as I wanted AND posted it on Facebook so my friends can go get theirs. Oh, did I say that? What I want to say to Walmart is this: When the government bans everything on your shelves, what will you do then? One lady at the deli counter said it best, in response to the question I just posed, but it’s not Politically Correct to repeat it. Oh,well, perhaps I can plead ignorance…she said, “By that time, we’ll all be in our homes wearing head scarves.” You sure have to admire her spunk! She is paying attention. She told me she has a vinyl cutter at home and she cut out a little Confederate flag and stuck it to her plastic drink cup. I say, you go, girl.

What I want to say to TVLand is this: When the government bans every program you carry, what will you do then?

I wonder how long Facebook will leave my photo of that flag up?

And poor Donald Trump….he dared to speak some things and look how they are going after him. This is a classic Saul Alinsky tactic…”RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)”–taken from Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky, community organizer. Watching businesses fold right and left that do business with Trump, I predict the end goal is to completely drain him of all his fortune, and thereby minimize him to nothing.

Where Does Money Come From?

Subtitle: What is happening to our culture?

Our Federal government has done a good job of creating dependency in our country. And we have let them. We have helped in many ways. We have voted for it and we have supported it. It’s good to help the poor and needy. It’s especially good to do it with someone else’s money. Some people choose to do it with their own money (I do and prefer it that way), but ask any good Progressive. It’s far better to do it with someone else’s money. That money being the taxpayer’s money. But the Federal government, because they live in Washington, D.C. and we live thousands of miles away, cannot distinguish a person’s situation. They can’t determine if someone is scamming them, because they live so far away and don’t KNOW the people.

In small town America, people know people, and they know if you are a scammer or not. Because generations live in the same area, everyone knows everyone else. They knew your grandpa and your grandma; they knew your parents, and brothers and sisters. The police know you, maybe some more than others! It’s plain hard to get away with cheating on your spouse in small town America, because everyone knows stuff. There’s just not that many people to keep track of! My point is, small town America is better at taking care of its poor than Washington, D.C. But that’s not the way things are working out right now.

I happen to know a little bit about township government. You’d think that when people need help at the local level, the money that is taken from the taxpayers and put in a local fund for that very purpose would be used to help them. Nope. I’ve been told by credible township supervisors that, if the person qualifies for state and federal assistance, the township can’t use that money. Really? Then what is it for and why is it building up into incredible amounts? (I see state confiscation in our futures.) The state and federal government know the situation better than the local government?

But I digress. The question is, Where does money come from? (Besides printing presses in Washington, D.C.) We currently have a culture where, last figure I heard was, 49% are dependent on the Federal government in some fashion. I am not sure that figure includes the Social Security recipients, but it may. I am not begrudging them getting back what they paid in, because they have paid in specifically for it. At some point in our history, we decided it was a good idea to let the government plan our retirement accounts for us. I disagree with that concept, but nonetheless, it is what it is.

Back to dependency. Our current Progressive administration has done its utmost to increase dependency on government. I could go in to all the ways they’ve done it, but for the sake of time and space, I won’t here, because I need to tell my story.

This whole cultural dependency-on-other-people’s-money thing was revealed to me in a big way recently. And at the local level!

A local 4-H club wanted to do a charitable project for the summer. It was a great idea. You see, when children are home for the summer, their parents still have to go to work. The club wanted to make sure the kids got a meal at noon and weren’t just left to fend for themselves. Apparently, they knew of some local kids in this situation. They made a deal with a local food place to put some sack lunches together for a certain price. But the 4-H club had no money to do the project with.

The project was printed in the local paper and the 4-H club went about applying for GRANTS for their project. I heard about the project (I, being a private citizen with my own money that I have earned by working a job) and decided to jump on board. Little did I know…I decided I would kill a few birds with one stone. I made the club an offer they couldn’t refuse! They needed money, right?

The downtown area of the small town where I work can get pretty trashy on the weekends. We have some, ahem, irresponsible types, who thrown their trash out on the streets and sidewalks instead of in the trashcan that is placed there for that purpose. I decided to offer the club a, wait for it…JOB, picking up the trash on Monday mornings. It would probably have taken a handful of kids an hour to do it. In return, I would pay them the handsome sum of $25, which, by the way, would cover the cost of that day’s lunches. And I would do it for at least a month, perhaps for the whole term of the project. I would also make the mayor happy, because the downtown would be cleaned up of trash. It was a brilliant idea.

Only thing was, the club couldn’t do it. They were waiting on their GRANT money. The leader had all kinds of reasons why they couldn’t do it, but they appreciated my offer of a JOB. I’m not saying the leader’s reasons were not legit. I know people work. But there is a principle at work here, and I think an important teaching opportunity was lost and another one was definitely taught to those kids. Let me tell you the rest of the story…

The village (the government) where the kids lived, came through with a CHECK to help them get going! And everyone got their picture in the paper. Then another government agency came up with a CHECK also…and everyone got their picture in the paper. (See how this is working.) And then last week, the private sector (one business) came up with a CHECK. And everyone got their picture in the paper. So you see how this looks? Hey, the tin cup method works way better than a job. And you get your picture in the paper every time, because, everyone loves the feel good story. Rewards, right? And yeh, it would have just taken too long to, ahem, WORK for that money because, golly gee, that would just take too long and we don’t have time for that! I was heartbroken that they did not accept my offer, but I was determined that I would not just give them the money. (Hard-hearted of me, right?)

Kickstarter is another thing I don’t understand. I know a lady who went on there and started a project to raise the money (from other people) to publish her book. She got the money. I don’t know if they are supposed to repay or not, because I don’t know that much about it. I got a JOB and EARNED the money to publish my book. (Shameless plug for it right here…it’s a children’s book call A Tale of Two Lambs. You can purchase it on Amazon.com.) In the process, I gave someone else some work for several months because I needed illustrations for it. And she earned money. That’s how private enterprise works.

To sum up: where does money come from? What do you think those club kids think now? What did they learn? They learned if you want to do something nice for someone, ask the government and private businesses for a handout. You will be funded. THAT is what they learned. Oh, and you get your picture in the paper when you are successful. Who can compete with that?

How Did We Get To This Place?

I have been hearing several very credible people saying that our federal government has been violating the Constitution for a very long time, that it didn’t just start in the last year.  And it has been done with both Democrat and Republican administrations.  Of course, this latest push with the new administration has been…to my mind, a gigantic leap in  government interference in private business in the banking and auto industry, thereby increasing the scope, size and power of government over the private sector.  Next on the president’s agenda is energy and health care.  It is said by would-be reformers that if something is done slowly, it is less noticed, but I have to say, president Obama is certainly trying to turn this country’s free market system 180 degrees in another direction…and is trying to do it in a very short time, probably because he knows his time to do it is short.  And that is why there is such a severe reaction from the people.  We were willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, even though some of us knew he was the most liberal senator in the senate.  Now the benefit of the doubt will no longer be forthcoming, because it has become quite clear what his agenda is.

But to go back to my initial question…I got my history book out and started doing some reading.  I suggest all citizens do the same…brush up on  history a bit.  I wanted to go back to Woodrow Wilson’s time.  There is a fairly new book out about him and I have been hearing some things about his ideas of government that I wanted to explore. For now I have to content myself with my old high school history book which has  limited  information  and online sources  until I can get the book.

It appears that the ideas we are lately seeing pushed on us have been around for a very long time.  Woodrow Wilson, Herbert Hoover, and Franklin Roosevelt all tried to implement some of these ideas of government taking a larger role in the American life and economy, while strengthening power over its citizens.  Franklin Roosevelt even tried to replace the Supreme Court because he knew they would not go along with some of his “progressive” ideas!  He was stopped in that endeavor.  I was surprised to learn that during the early 20th century there were lots of Americans who were enthralled with Stalin and Communism, with Mussolini and Fascism.  They even visited the U.S.S.R. and came back and reported on how wonderful Stalin’s government was.  Of course, that was until both dictators started murdering millions of their own people.  Many of these formerly enthusiastic supporters  were horrified and disillusioned by these acts.  But some weren’t.  Some paid it no mind, preferring their allegiance to the ideas promoted by these regimes and denying what these ideas might lead to. (Definition of insanity:  doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results.)

I suppose the idea of revolution has been around forever.  In the 60’s there was plenty of talk of it going on in some places.  I was just a grade school/middle school girl living a sheltered farm life when the hippies were staging protests, burning the flag, and getting high.  Yeah, I came of age and went to higher education through the drug filled 70’s.  I can’t say that I ever met a political radical of the likes of a Bill Ayers though.  I never had friends like that, that talked of overthrowing the government.  I can’t remember being around people who found fault with the freedoms of our country. Of course, I didn’t live in Chicago either.  Call me square if you like.  I guess that’s why today, in these times, I’m appalled to learn that for the whole last century there were actually people wanting and plotting and working for the actual demise of this nation, the demise of our systems of government and economy.  And now, it seems, we have elected a president with an administration that thinks this way.  David Axelrod, Obama’s campaign manager and advisor, is considered by some to be a “red diaper” baby due to his parents’ association with communists writing for a leftist newspaper.  He certainly grew up in a household wholly unlike mine.  I suppose that’s why I’m surprised to learn these things.

I just finished reading Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism.  Jonah records this radical history from it’s beginnings in the late 1800’s to this point.  The book is fairly meaty with lots of terminology I have had to learn, since until recently I have been uneducated to the meanings of many sociological terms.  I probably missed some things in high school.

And here is where I think the problem lies:  the average American has been probably living just like me…unaware of this war going on in the background/underground.  Most Americans are busy raising families, working two jobs in a family, and trying to maintain and  get ahead financially, so much so, that they have been unable to focus on larger, national issues.  Sure, they may get educated around election time, enough to go and hopefully cast a somewhat informed vote.  But they then return home to continue life as before, never to play a part again until the next election.  And so all of these years, while most of us were working, paying taxes and living the things endowed by our Creator, that of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, we were almost completely unaware of the insidious evil working behind the scenes to destroy those cherished American values.  Looking over the past 100+ years of the history of this movement, it almost seems to be conspiratorial in nature, steadily growing in intensity and power until today all I can see is the vast and overwhelming corruptness of our federal government in entirety, and my state government in particular.  Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand portrays it so succinctly…cronyism and corruption ruling the day, and there is no one to stop it. Anyone who tries is crushed.  The Constitution is trashed and no one pays it any mind; it is no longer relevant.

So while a great many of us lived our lives and did what was right each day, our nation has arrived at a crisis point in time.  For me personally, it is definitely a wake up call.  There is plenty of blame to go around.  Selfishness and deception caused people not to become involved.  But we thought government was there for our good, right?  What reason was there to be constantly watching them?  At one time we mostly trusted and believed that our leaders knew what to do and would do it, except on those rare occasions when one would be caught in wrongdoing.  Now it seems the only way to get someone to pay their taxes in leadership, is to nominate them for the president’s cabinet! And of course the standards and consequences are different for them and “us”. Lately I’ve become acutely aware of the graft, corruption and misspending of tax monies in my own township and county.  These things ought not to be!  Say disenfranchisement three times very fast.

I guess I have to say that perhaps government of the people, by the people, and for the people no longer exists.  If the people aren’t involved in it, it disintegrates into corruption.  President Obama fires independent Inspector Generals at will when they start touching his friends, and in violation of the law.  As long as corrupt government officials keep lining their own pockets while simultaneously killing businesses that provides jobs, who in his right mind would invest in the economy?  Barney Frank and others have plans already to spend returning TARP funds (taxpayer money) to create a new housing bubble and congress just can’t stop itself from giving corrupt partisan groups like ACORN taxpayer money to keep them alive. Since when are taxpayers required to fund groups working for the demise of the American system, by rigging elections and other mischief of intimidating community organizing? Who okayed that? I could go on listing more.  We are so far off course, I pray to God we can get back.

There is hope…there is a growing movement among the people to take back the nation away from the corrupt profiteers who pretend to be our leaders doing work not for, but against the people.  These pretend leaders should be tried for treason as well as their fiscal corruptness.  In the words of one patriot, “WE ARE COMING FOR YOU”.  I’m just sayin’…