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‘What Is It You Want Us to Do?’

June 21st, 2013 - 4:24 pm

When I heard Obama nattering on about “fundamental transformation,” I knew exactly what he meant, as could any of my cohort from that era. Just in case you’ve forgotten, here’s Barry back in 2008:

And now here we are, just five years later, snooped on, spied on, singled out for special attention by the IRS, with every evil imputed to us and nowhere to turn for succor but to ourselves. Sure, it’s easy to make fun of Obama — our “spokesmodel” president, as I called him today over at NRO — but the fact is that he’s already gone a long way to accomplishing the goals his handlers have set for him. And, now that he’s free from electoral scrutiny, you can bet he’ll go a lot farther in the time remaining in the second term. More words of wisdom from Kahane:

I want you to understand that when we say it’s for your own good, we mean that it’s for our own good.

I want you to understand that when we use a term like “social justice” what we really mean is that payback’s a bitch.

I want you to understand that when we start babbling on about advocacy and activism – only we men of the Left could invent out of whole cloth the twin non-professions of “activist” and “advocate” and have them taken seriously in the pages of the New York Times – what we really are talking about are what used to be known as “agitators.”

I want you to understand that whenever we accuse you of something nefarious — and our usual litany includes such well-worn staples as racism, sexism, ageism, heightism, weightism, carnivoreism, antidisestablishmentarianism, homophobia, tridecaphobia, hydrophobia, and glossolalia — or of adopting a particularly mean, dirty and low-down tactic, it simply means that those are the very things we are thinking of at that exact instant, and would actually indulge in ourselves if we thought you weren’t looking.

I want you to understand that when we say “hate speech” we pretty much mean every word that comes out of your mouths.

I want you to understand that when we speak of such as things fierce moral urgency, our “morality” is based on absolutely nothing more than whatever suits our purposes, and bears only an accidental resemblance to anything found in such traditional sources of morality as churches and synagogues.

I want you to understand the truth of Frost’s observation that a liberal is a man too broad-minded to take his own side in an argument.

I want you to understand the truth of Chesterton’s observation that tolerance is the only virtue left to the man who no longer believes in anything.

I want you to understand that, though we may profess to celebrate life, in fact we are little more than a suicide cult, intent on doing in our rage as much damage as possible before finally shuffling off into the darkness that we are sure awaits us.

I want you to understand that we will not be happy until you agree with us.

I want you to understand that you have met the enemy, and he is us.

Here endeth the lesson, for now.  Much more to come.

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Very few conservatives/Republicans ever actually see true leftist apparatchiks. The Country is very segregated; Blue places are very blue and Red places are very red. The openly leftist agitator/activist/advocate in the form of the union paid staff and activists, the advocacy group paid staff, etc. only exist in safely Blue places. Elsewhere, they have to put on a mask of moderation. Republican elected officials almost never see the actual staffers of the front groups; they see oleagenous lobbyists, usually with a pretty young thing of negotiable virtue in tow. Here's a simple clue: if she's pretty and representing or associating with a leftist group, she's a front, a prop; the left is peopled with ugly people, nasty people, often vicious people, but they're good at hiding that in the places where it isn't safe. Turning the ugly people loose in the Wisconsin capitol and on the streets to try to intimidate businessess and voters probably did more than anything else to defeat the unions there.

Those of us with experience in actually dealing with the leftist front groups, and especially the public employee unions, have learned that what you have to do is let them be themselves and if necessary provoke them to be themselves, to show politicians and the public what truly nasty people they are. This has been the problem with dealing with Comrade Obama: two things cause him to be given great deference. First, the office itself has always been shown great deference no matter the occupant, at least until GWB. Second, race has created an artificial force field around Comrade Obama and any criticism of him no matter how meritorious is denounced as racism. Since I dealt with people like him all the time I knew exactly what he was the minute I laid eyes on him as he gave that Convention speech years ago. I said to myself, "So you're the one they think they can dress up and "pass." He "passes" as the black folk once used that word pretty well, but the mask slips, a lot actually. What the Republican leadership lacks is the ability or willingness to provoke him, to quite literally get in his face and even insult him if necessary. I will guarantee you that any conversation among Comrade Obama's inner circle is fraught with vile language, contempt for opponents, and is peppered with F-bombs; it simply goes with the territory. What Republican leaders should be doing or having agents do is provoke these people to drop that mask, to say what they really think, and do what they really want to do. It will be ugly, and it might even be deadly, but it will show the useful idiots and the deniers what these people really are.

I dealt with lefty unions for a long time and did so very effectively. I had a copy of "Rules for Radicals" on my bookshelf long before it became required reading for conservatives/Republicans. You don't have to be or become a "self-loathing narcissist" to deal with them, but it helps to be a bit of a sociopath. You have to learn a certain ruthlessness and be willing to hurt the "little people," the useful idiots that follow the apparatchik's lead. You really can't hurt the apparatchik unless he commits a crime and you can jail him. The obnoxious union rep doesn't work for you and even if you pin something on him that makes him a liability to the union, they just send him somewhere else and he never misses a day's pay. You really do have to hurt the fools that follow them and you have to show that the union or other front group really can't, won't actually, protect them. When we started to try to clear out the stink of eight years of Democrat rule we went on a deliberate program to identify and provoke union activists in our workforce. We styled it the "Empty Chairs Program." It doesn't take many episodes of a couple of suits showing up at a workplace and leading someone away never to return to get the word out that management intends to manage and employees had best accept that fact. Fear is an excellent organizing tool. We control over half the state governments; we really should start making lefties afraid in the places we control.
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>>"McConnell accused the Obama administration and its allies of undertaking a broad effort ..."

While I welcome at least one member of the GOP acknowledging and iterating the actions and partial intentions of the Obama administration, McConnell falls short, and in fact further underlines the failure of the modern GOP. McConnell, and no one else, shows an actual taxonomic comprehension of the nature and deep intentions of the Left. I celebrate that McConnell can even employ the term "the Left" (something I never heard from insipid Romney-Ryan nor 99% of the rest of the useless GOP at any time at all), but it isn't enough. The Left has succeeded across the culture in falsely identifying the Right with and linking it to a mass of historical wrongs and roots to the point that a Republican begins almost any national election with a presumptive handicap of public opprobrium. It is a good thing to point out Obama's discrete abuses of power, but it isn't enough. Obama must be seen as part and parcel of a philosophy and movement completely incompatible with freedom itself.
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There are two qualities that most conservatives lack when confronting the left and which the left have in abundance, viciousness and monumental cynicism. It's easy to win when there are no moral principles to hold you back. It's easy to win when the truth is anything you say it is. And it's, oh, so easy to win when you have captured the major sources of information - the culture, the schools and the media. We will never have the ruthlessness of the left because they are self-loathing narcissists who, every minute of every day, are fighting for their lives to obtain the power over us that they need in order to justify the darkness of their own souls.
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Whenever there is a left-right confrontation, the right assumes the Marquis of Queensberry stance...........and the Left kicks them in the testicles.
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The fact is that a child is either imprinted with the Ten Commandments at an early age, or he isn't. If imprinted he is forever shielded as it were from the relativism and immoral nihilism of the Left. If not he is forever vulnerable. This is why enemy #1 has always been and continues to be Christianity. I say this as one who is secular but was schooled in the era just before John Dewey and his minions banished the Ten Commandments from public school classrooms. Or maybe I was taught, absorbed the absolute prohibitions - Thou Shalt Not Kill, Steal, Covet - from my parents or from the ambient culture itself. Anyhow that's gone. Terrifying. Because what can stop the Left now when Man's fallen nature is, God help us, celebrated?

I don't welcome a collapse but given that the answer is not, cannot be political, because the rot goes too deep, what hope is there other than a general collapse followed by a remnant rebuilding in the ruins?
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I knew all was lost when JW Bush wanted to nominate his own personal lawyer to the US Supreme Court. He and his ilk were only interested in the business/politics as usual related aspects of running the government. On the flip side we have conservatives that only see social issues. Republicans might might not like to admit that many bible belt social conservatives couldn't bring themselves to vote for a Mormon and stayed home.
The party is hopelessly split. The Neocons/business as usual types will become Democrat Lite and dilute themselves into non-existence.

The other Michael J. Walsh SFC Ret, Combat wounded RVN Vet.
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"I want you to understand that with each passing day, as we wrap our tentacles more tightly around you, binding you with a million small pieces of petty legislation, harassing legal tactics, intrusive law enforcement, and the criminalization of just about everything, we are doing this for a reason: to weaken you enough so that in the unlikely event you actually do decide to fight back, you won’t be able to."

That is why we need people like "The Operative" from "Serenity"
http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0003815/bio
We need them to fight Those Who Are No Longer Our Countrymen as The Left has been described elsewhere.

What is really interesting to me is that the self described leftists of Kahane really do resemble "The Liar" - "Satan’s character is deceitful, devious and cunning as in a variety of guises he seeks to influence people for his own ends."

The Left may not believe in a deity or evil and have no interest in either. That does not mean evil does not have an interest in them.
42 weeks ago
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What is your opening quote from?
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It's a quote from my/Kahane's book, Rules for Radical Conservatives, which is also contained in this post.
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Richard Trumka's FEDGOV bureaucracy (AFSCME, Postal Workers Union, et cetera) is racing public outrage to the finish line. Unionized bureaucrats are counting on the indoctrinated public school product of The Great Society. But here is the Big Question: Will increasing invasions of privacy and loss of Liberty be ignored by poorly educated, poorly informed U.S. citizens--or will the Virtue of Liberty in the character of even the quasi-literate overwhelm the evil bureaucrats? Big Labor's Federal Bureaucracy is out of control at all levels. Unionized bureaucrats know their jobs are on the line. They know Bernake's free-money QE support can't last forever. The bureaucrat's only hope is tyrannical confiscation of private wealth & property. Buckle up and do not give in to FEDGOV's veiled threats. The tyrant's greatest powers are greed & terror. In the Land of Liberty, that ain't enough.
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I don't think AFSCME represents any federal employees; they're creatures of state and local governments and are exclusively public sector to avoid being subject to federal labor law. The reality is that federal employee unions have quite limited bargaining rights compared to most public employee unions in state and local goverment. The federal unions are powerful first because there are lots of federal employees and second because politicians let them be powerful. Even in the states where unions have a lot of legal rights they are powerful mostly because people think they're powerful.

What you're seeing in the federal government under Comrade Obama is the activation of sleepers throughout the federal government who've been "embedding" in the federal government for years. They've worked their way up the bureaucracy to the highest career supervisors and managers and most are direct reports to political management. The typical federal employee just wants their paycheck and most want to do as little as possible to get it; they aren't some highly motivated ideological force. Yeah, they vote for Democrats but it mostly because Republicans say pretty loudly that they'd like to fire a lot of them. Can't say I much blame them. They also know that cooperating with a Republican administration will put them on a Democrat hit list the next time the Ds win an election. Having been on such hit lists, it isn't a comfortable position when you have a family and a mortgage.
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Walsh's article and most of the posts attribute to Democratic evil and Republican blindness our current state of affairs. It's much simpler than that.

Like Obama, the Dems actually work on their campaigns all year round. They are at the PTA's, the Town festivals, the church picnics, the crafts fairs, and any public forum where they can make you comfortable with them as people. They don't rabidly propagandize you, they just chat with you like a neighbor and if it comes up, will give their version of affairs. In short they try to get you to trust them and like them, while at the same time they sow the seeds of doubt about the Republicans. And as many have noted, the press is helping them by day after day whispering in our ears that Dems are good, fair, compassionate whereas Conservatives/Republicans are greedy, unfair, uncaring raving lunatics if not terrorists. Compare the messages at the federal, state and local level. It's all the same mantra, to be chanted to us as if we were being conditioned like Pavlov's dogs, which we are. The Dems have enough money, siphoned from taxpayers through union dues and a myriad of other schemes that they can afford to pay for professional political campaigners and strategists year round. In short, the Dems view winning elections to be a prime day and night time year round serious job. Yes, they also rely on large groups of volunteers, but they train them year round and equip them with the latest technology, pay room, board, and transportation, and mass them like an army where ever the need is greatest.
The Republican's on the other hand, run campaigns like a seasonal hobby. Candidates are on their own. It takes money to run a campaign, to buy ad space on TV, radio, print, to pay for a small cadre of campaign manager and a couple of assistants. No big donations from the RNC or unions for a conservative candidate. He's always grubbing for money just to stay in the race and has no hope of matching the paid ad blitz by his opponent. When the election season is upon them, which usually starts in the summer, they beg for volunteers which usually are retirees, homemakers and a very small handful of Republican/Conservative youth. They knock on doors passing out candidate literature without any game plan as to what to say. They man phone banks making cold calls, using voter preference lists that are badly in error and out of date. As for technology, forget it. Look at the fiasco Romney had when his campaign tried to use new technology for the first time on election day only to see it fail. Who couldn't see that coming. So, for a couple of months, you see the Republicans, all passionate, in a hurry to knock on as many doors as they can, but you don't really get to know them or feel comfortable with them like you do the Dems, whom you've seen everywhere all year.

So as you are weighing your options as to who to vote for, you have a thousand reference points from Dems built year round that they're ok and the Republicans are greedy, uncaring, stupid, awkward, obnoxious, etc. And on the Republican side you have ten reference points if that many saying the reverse.

And in the end, the Republicans are happy if they can even get 70% of their base to come out, whereas the Dems get their base out as well as all of the independents who fall for their con, and then add as much guilt free voter fraud as they can get away with by locality.

If we want to take back our country from the Dem's who are trying to become the permanent political overlords of the country, then we need to quit treating politics like a seasonal hobby.
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Name calling is a ploy of the insecure and or insincere. I must believe in my gut that most Americans don't fit in this category. Call it the moral high ground. We don't have to base it on religion or any catch word that inflames the name callers. Human decency can win out.
A huge problem is our system of communication has shoved heart an honor into a corner. We need men and women who are willing to cut through that barrier and speak loud enough to be heard. A few have begun and they are getting pulverized in the press. I could mention them here and there are readers of this blog that would tear into them. When I read the critiques of these people, their character is whats attacked. Rarely what they have done or want to do.

There is no litmus test that passes on every person. Do they want to work together or divide? I want a leader who will serve our people, not pick winners and losers.
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Know your history: WW1 the Atheist secular won the war with the fall of the Ottoman empire. The American revolution then the French revolution got the ball rolling fast from the high heaven mount.( Hate for the King is the sign of hate for religion. Zombies follow the script of their atheist vampire masters ) f and the American Civil war turn the Atheist vampires into conservatives. How do you control the zombies make anyone a conservative
World war 2 atheist secular war was about the best way to control the zombies beneath them. Now we see how the atheist secular vampires are failing to control their zombies. they created. Casinos built everywhere in the world is the sign the capitalist atheist secular are failing and must become more like China then this leads to China using North Korea as their role model to control their zombies
This is why wise if you concerned with high moral ground and human decency when the atheist capitalist GOP fail religion has the opportunity to take over the GOP before the dems join with atheist communist capitalist Red china and USA is stuck with total failure: too many zombies and never enough high flying atheist vampires to control them unless they do what North Korea does in this new end of the world movie pull out all their teeth
Religion is the only answer for the GOP
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Could I rename for my own sanity atheist secular zombie vampires as false prophets, in a biblical description. I guess I should clarify moral high ground and human decency as a part of Human nature. My favorite economic present day philosopher and professor of economics Vernon L.Smith through experimenting economic theory, found that people buy ,trade and provide fairly with each other when they aren't incumbered with rules and regs. but natural instincts. Our brain reacts to decisions seconds before our influenced minds adds layers of outside influences divert fair and decent outcomes. The evolution of our brains has learned to survive with decency and fairness in Human nature with each other helps keep us alive and thrive. Whether secular or faith based, survival is a very strong element of our nature. I support that theory. The scandals of our present govt' are growing daily. They are exposing the misdirection of social control and going against our human nature. Religion is Social control, faith is Human nature. Fighting left wing beliefs with religion is a no win scenario. They are both created by outside influences. It may have to get pretty ugly for the low info, misinformed to get that the direction we're headed into is not survivable, but that day is coming
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footnote
of course this is not about RELIGION the way atheist controlled their zombies by religion. That is why located the King and the Kings is very important to know God is on your side. The King would have an ancestral line going back to King David And King Solomon as proof God is with us
til then get out the pop corn and watch the atheists war with each other as to who can control the zombies they create
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dbob- They want us on the moral high ground. We are easier to see and target that way.
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Well said. Of course the left is an absolute crock and they have always been an absolute crock. Using facts and logic on a leftist has about the same effect as trying to reason with a dog. And any dog’s friendship is worth ten times more than any liberal’s—you can see a spark of decency in a dog's eyes.

That being said, all is not lost. Sure Barry and his merry band of nation-wreckers will do whatever to manipulate next year’s vote. And I hope the dems and their supporters do drop a couple of billion on the Midterms like they did last year for Misfire and see what they get for it. The GOP—not the Rinos—only have to slow walk the scandal investigation well into next year and even the average low-information type will catch on. Agitate, agitate until the dems start screaming; they are already scared as hell.
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No, we're really not scared. It's called wishful thinking.
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What is needed here is to ID 'the enemy'. There are only a handful of 'the enemy' - it isn't 51% of the nation as you might think. Democrat politicians are 'the enemy' - as are those in the MSM who control stories and what gets reported. Fools like my older sister who looks past the very apparent slime that coats 'the enemy' - overlooks their many gaffs - and votes for 'the enemy' in droves - are the useful idiots for which 'the enemy' relies on heavily for their cover. What is needed is an (re)education program that will shine the light of day on 'the enemy' and show the world (and fools like my older sister) what these progressives are.

I find it hard to get across to my older sister just what it is she's voted for. Every time I try to make a point about what Obama and company is really doing she sticks her fingers in her ears and starts singing ♫♫♫ La La La La La La ♫♫♫ !

I think we're screwed...
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Down deep your older sister (or my niece) may know that your views are correct. Her personal life probably reflects conservative values. But out in the world she also knows that you (conservatives in general) are viewed as a loser and a sucker. Who wants to hang around with losers and suckers like you? Today your sister is a winner! But one day they will come for her. In the meantime ........
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What is worse to my mind today than the useful idiot or LIV is the person burnt out on the controversy and who has bought off on the moral equivalency arguments made by the Left/media. My wife is a good example; she spent a lot of years fairly far up in government and was actually a registered Republican long before I was. The last decade or so of her career she was a direct report to political appointees, so she was high up enough to see bad acts by both Rs and Ds. She won't accept that there is a fundamental difference between the institutional, power-driven corruption of Democrats and the personal corruption of some Republicans. Granted, somebody doing something bad out of pure, blatant self-interest is more obvious and understandable than somebody funnelling millions to some front group or faking a loss in a labor arbitration in order to funnel millions to a public employee union. She has, as have I, seen both kinds of corruption in government. She went so far one time as to invoke formal whistleblower protection and report the bad acts of politically appointed superiors. I was more the type to walk in their office, close the door, and tell them to knock it off or my next call would be on the AG, but I was further up the org chart.

She and I simply cannot talk politics any more. Her position is that they're all the same and the Country has survived them before and will survive them again. Part of it is enabling woman stuff who really can't see evil in anyone; she can see a bad act, but won't admit that there are just bad people in charge today. She can spout "Bush did it too" or "they all do it" with the best lefty, and unfortunately, there are a lot like her. It's odd how well the communists have been able to capitalize on the natural American distrust of government and render themselves relative immune to criticism because the citizenry distrusts all people in politics and government and will believe the worst of any of them yet just shrug their shoulders and go on.
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Charlie Brown = Republicans

Football = Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Lucy = Democrats
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