Dear Meg Whitman

Newsdate July 2010

Email sent to the ELECT Meg Whitman for California Governor Campaign

Re: Leadership and Immigration

In a time when we need real leadership… Meg gives us pandering politics.  You can’t lead Meg coming down on both sides of the immigration issue.  Here’s a word to look up…  “illegal”… it means to be outside the law.  I am the grandson of immigrants and we became citizens legally. We invite all those who want to be Americans to come and be Americans…  this is why we came…  to be Americans not to maintain our own culture and flag here and simply take work or handouts from the people of whom we are initially guests.

Sad Meg..  you should fire the people who advise you and become a leader for the people.  We are looking for the real deal.  You are not it.  And to think that you are running against a dangerous incompetent who will do immeasurable harm to the state yet once again and you have the SAME policy as he?

God help us.

The Real Danger: Why Entitlement Will Lead To Bloodshed And Resolution

Greece is the canary in the goldmine.  There will be bloodshed there when the fat salaries, perks and benefits of government workers dry up – which they most certainly will.  It hasn’t hit home yet but the “easy life” is over for at least a generation.  But don’t believe for a moment it will end without the vicious pitting of Greeks against Greeks.

This is going to happen here.  It is going to be ugly. When there are more public employees than private employees to pay for them, the game is simply over.  The cost of entitlement must be decreased since the burden is not only unfair but also unable to be shouldered by the un-entitled.  But entitled people feel… well… entitled.  They really don’t care who has to pay.  They want their entrees and desserts – as promised – even when the fridge is empty and the cupboards bare.

Obama is an entitlement guy.  He has little concern for who pays – the rich, the bankers, the middle class, the corporations – but pay they must because the entitled get angry when the free stuff stops.  Witness the tactics of SIEU thugs who have physically and verbally intimidated American citizens at Tea Parties and at the private homes of business execs.  I am entitled to do this, they chant, when you mess with my benefits buddy you will pay.  They mean it.  This is only the start of this kind of thing.  When the free stuff runs out, the entitled get ugly.

What is really dangerous is the building anger in the now unemployed and far from retirement un-entitled Americans who must pay for the entitlement disaster we have created in our state and federal governments.  These people see the deal the public worker gets and compare it to their deal knowing it is their tax dollars that make it possible.  They are seething.  When the money runs out and taxes are raised, and Peter is robbed to pay Paul, the un-entitled will get ugly too.  The fuse is already lit, and the American people like those in Greece – will be set against each other.

The day of reckoning is here.  There is no denying it.  Obama wants this fight.  He is confident that he and his entitlement cadre can win it.  We cannot count on our politicians for help – gutless on a good day they are incapable of preventing the coming bloodshed.  It is up to the people of America to choose sides and steel for the battle with the firm knowledge and understanding that entitlement is a bad deal for everyone.

All You Need to Know: Why we need “Real Change”

Here’s the headline “White House stands behind Blumenthal”.  For those of you unfamiliar with the story Democratic Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut acknowledged that he “misspoke” when he lied about his military service in Vietnam.  He REPEATEDLY made the claim that he had served in Vietnam.  In fact he was in the Marine Reserves at the time young men like him were actually serving, fighting and dieing in that war.

Mr. Blumenthal would have us believe that this was an unintentional “slip of the tongue”.  What he really meant to say on all those occasions when he said he served in Vietnam was that he had served during Vietnam.  According to Mr. Blumenthal this is all an innocent case of a misplaced preposition.  This is like a guy who claims to have delivered all his wife’s babies, when in fact he was just in the delivery room!  “No! I didn’t say I “delivered” the babies. I meant to say, “I was there during the delivery!”

This is no slip of the tongue.

This is a conscious attempt to deceive a listener in order to achieve a certain bogus status.  We used to call this kind of talk – BS.  But today it’s not, and it is the evil right wing conspiracists who are “meanies” for daring to point out the intended deception.

Anyone who has a rudimentary knowledge of human nature in general, and with politicians in particular, knows what really happened.  Mr. Blumenthal, his polling people and PR staff all agreed to run with the served in Vietnam storyline.  They assumed that the liberal leaning Press would not check the claim and call them on it, and even if they did, the candidate could easily fall back on the tried and true misplaced preposition defense.  They were simply employing a standard tactic from the democratic election playbook.  It worked for Bill Clinton and a long line of other upstanding politicians of ethical renown, and it would work for Mr. Blumenthal should he be caught.

Like Nathan Bedford Forrest the brilliant Confederate Civil War cavalry general, who upon blundering into a Union ambush – a trap of his own making – shouted to his men, “Charge both ways!”,  Mr. Blumenthal goes on the offensive and dares people to question his ethics.  You have to hand it to him – it is bold.  But unlike General Forrest whose bold act was one of valor and bravery born out of desperation, Mr. Blumenthal’s act is merely one of cowardly ass-covering born out of a premeditated campaign strategy.

We used to call people like Mr. Blumenthal (with whom our “Hope and Change” President stands shoulder to shoulder) – lying snakes.  Today we call them Congressmen and Senators.  This is all you need to know about these people and why they need to be turned out en masse this November – if only to bring valor and courage back into the public arena.

This is not cool: Why we need the “uncool”

It is clear that “cool” is not what it used to be.  Cool was the Fonz.  Cool was Mickey Mantle.  Cool was John Glenn.  These guys had the right stuff.  They had grit.  They inspired.  Today cool is Bill Maher and Barack Obama.  These guys have packaging.  They do clever.  They are scolds – full of dreary utopian banalities.  For them cool means:

  • Selection criteria for the Supreme Court must include radicalism, gender, and race.
  • Support of immigration laws – most recently in Arizona – is racist.
  • Participation in a Tea Party qualifies you as a Nazi and Neanderthal.
  • Poking fun at Mohammed – as South Park dared to do – gets your show cancelled.

In their lofty world it is somehow cool that 71 million Americans pay no taxes, yet receive the same benefits and more compliments of the 80 million who do.  While that’s cool for the 71 million free riders, it’s not so cool for other 80 million.  These 80 million “squares” actually think that: (1) justices should first uphold the constitution, (2) enforcing laws is a good idea, (3) voicing opposition is the responsibility of every citizen, and that (4) religious satires are just that – satires that do not require bomb threats.  How uncool!

Worst of all the biggest free riders are all those “cool” people we elected and their “cool” friends they hired – most of whom are unqualified for any job the real world.  These people get better pay, pensions and job security than the ordinary tax paying citizens who have to pay a larger share of their earninbgs to support these people.

This is very “uncool”.  We disagree.  And if this is the new cool, I want the old cool back – the cool of self-sacrifice instead of this brazen larceny.  Where have you gone John Glenn?

True Colors: Why you must know thine enemy

A cross far out in the California desert commemorating military men who died in our wars caught the eye of an Oregon liberal who complained that its presence violated the separation of Church and State.  This,  despite the fact that the Constitution speaks to the peaceful co-existence of church and state rather than their mutual exclusion.  No matter.  This liberal and the ACLU took their battle all the way to the Supreme Court where they lost a meaningless and small-minded assault on the First Amendment.

Yesterday, this same cross was stolen under the cover of darkness, by no doubt the same kind of people.  These actions state more clearly than any words could the true colors of the left wing liberal.  Lawlessness in the pursuit of one’s aims is no crime for the left liberal.  If they can’t win legally, then they resort to illegality – as a matter of principle.  Since the liberal perceives himself as having loftier motives, his commission of a crime is not a crime; it is a righteous act.  In his juvenile and intolerant mind there is such a thing as justifiable violence – which surely this theft is.

This is today’s liberal.  They make laws they ignore at their convenience, but hold the rest of us to account.  They are godless and soul-less and justify any crime be it illegal immigration or the stealing of a sacred and legal cross in a far away dessert.  They are the very definition of corrupt. They are mean-spirited and small-minded people.  They are dangerous cowards but a formidable enemy of the Republic since they play by no rules.  These are their true colors.

False prophets and snake oil salesman: Why we all need to wake up

In what universe is the loss of 36,000 jobs good news?  Well, in the universe of Washington’s false prophets and Wall Street’s snake oil salesmen it is.  To hear them react to the job number reports last week, you would almost think that the President’s economic “programs” are working and it’s time to get fully invested in the market again.

According to Wall Street and Harry Reid, we are back on track!  Everything in America is good again – and it’s happy days from here on out.  This is decided irresponsible tripe.  But seriously what else would you expect from these salesman – substance?  Reality?  Here’s the truth.  While most Americans outside Washington and Wall Street earned less and lost more last year, people in those lines of work had a banner year.

Here’s another unfortunate truth.  Americans hungry for any good news seem willing to buy almost anything from anyone to relieve their pain – even if it’s the irresponsible tripe being hawked by these false prophets and snake oil salesmen.  But as crazy as this seems, many Americans are buying it!  It’s as if we have some massive case of attention deficit disorder and are trusting again the VERY people who pillaged our finances just 12 short months ago.  This ADD however is great news for the false prophets and the snake oil salesman, because a desperate customer is their best customer.  Desperate customers rarely kick the tires.

I for one am not buying any of this.  This makes me a bad person.  More specifically, people like me must be singled out by the false prophets and snake oil salesmen and labeled as raging tea baggers, non team players, and non-believing cretins and heretics.  I prefer to deal in the facts not the message. You want facts and truth (channeling Jack Nicholson)?  It is true enough – ONLY 36,000 Americans lost jobs last month.  First, ask those Americans how good they feel about the news.  Fact: I am guessing not too positive.

Second take a moment to do the math.  Fact: More than 4 million jobs were lost in the last 14 months and these have yet to be replaced.  Fact: Nearly 20% of the US working population is out of work, has given up looking for it or is semi to very under-employed right now!  Fact: Until this changes – and there are no signs that it will in the near future – happy days are decidedly NOT here again.

Let’s talk closer to home.  Are you better off than you were 14 months ago?  Are your friends?  Didn’t think so.  So whom do you believe and trust?  The salesman or your own eyes, ears and gut?  Here’s the truth about these salesmen.  Wall Street no longer represents the state of the American economy; it is a global gaming industry.  And Washington?  Public servants?  Please!  So again, I ask you, whom do you trust?

I am far from negative about our future.  In fact I am bullish about the American People.  I believe we will run these false prophets and snake oil salesman out of town.  It has already started with a small group of wide awake people who are not only brave enough to be heretics but are willing to be warriors in battle for nothing less than our freedom and prosperity.  We need to swell their ranks.

It is time for all of us to wake up and choose sides in the coming battle.  Like Leonides and the 300 Spartans at Thermopylae, a small number of committed people can turn back a soul less horde and their sales people.  If you don’t buy this, anyone for free Health Care?

Sacrifice: Why there will be a revolution – and soon

As I watched two men speak last week, it was clear to me that we are at war in this country.  Glenn Beck keynoted the CPAC Conference, while the President did the same for his HealthCare soiree.  Say what you will about either man, they are able to mobilize followers – but their respective visions of America are not only radically different, they are entirely incompatible.  There is nary a square foot of common ground, and this is a recipe for revolution.

We are a divided country.  Worse, we are a leaderless country in the middle – save for the Tea Party movement – which has become the voice of the increasingly awake and disaffected middle – the 50% of the America that no longer recognizes the country in which they grew up.

While Glenn Beck is all passion and principle, the President is all distance and politics.  There is nothing that makes a passionate man angrier than a distant and political one – and the Tea Party people are passionate AND principled.  While these men fight their war of ideas in the media, the increasingly passionate middle is coming alive as they realized they are THE collateral damage in a declining economy.

There is a Second American Revolution brewing and the fight will be about economics more than it is about principles – quite like the First.  You see while it is fine to talk about high-minded welfare state ideas and spending when the money is flowing, it is quite another when there’s no cash in the bank.  The Liberal Left is about to find this out in 2010.  There is no more money and there is no patience in Middle America for tax take-aways that transfer shrinking paychecks to the public trough.

Liberals have painted themselves and the country into a corner because they are unable to do simple arithmetic.  The American middle (a.k.a. small business private sector) has done this arithmetic and clearly and rightly sees that decline and dissolution are the end game when spending exceeds income.  They need not look any further than California and New York – whose economies closely resemble that of Greece – to understand that they are collateral damage as the public sector needs to tap them for more funds.  This is ground zero where the revolution will be fought in the November elections.

The end game, which the public sector refuses to consider, is that they are about to be downsized.  This downsizing has nothing to do with principles like “government should be smaller”; it is simply a matter of arithmetic.  There is no more money.  Taxes are draining the pocketbooks and hope of the private sector middle, and the well is running dry.

But the public sector is not going to give up their pensions and jobs without a fight.  The fight in November will get ugly.  These elections won’t be the first shots fired, that happened as it did the first time in Massachusetts, nor will these be the last as we are still a long way from Yorktown in this revolution, but the outcome is inevitable.  The great experiment that started with Roosevelt has run out of steam and cash.  It is no longer a coherent set of principles; it is simply an old-fashioned money grab for the public sector.

There is a way to avoid this revolution, but it would require real sacrifice by the public sector.  It was the ideal of shared sacrifice that made us a country and it is the lack of it that now tears us apart.  Look it up in the dictionary.  Sacrifice –the act of giving up something for the greater good.  There is another definition.  Sacrifice – killing of a victim on an altar as an offering to a deity.  The Liberal left is only too willing to kill the private sector on the altar of public spending in praise of their Utopian dreams.  That is why there will be revolution and right soon.  The money is running out now – not at some time in the distant future.

Robin Hood: Why things will get worse before they get better

Sometime this Spring, Hollywood will – in the person of Russell Crowe as Robin Hood – glorify the life of a common criminal who “stole from the rich to give to the poor” making him into a hero.  Sometime this year, the President and Congress will raise taxes on the “rich” justifying it as a moral imperative instead of facing the music and cutting government spending themselves.

The target of this taxation will of course be the “evil rich.”  The problem for many of us – who do not consider ourselves rich – is that we will now be included in the “evil rich” and taxed to satisfy the yawning deficit and the lust of the Robin Hood Liberal Left to punish success in the name of the poor.  The fact that there is so much wrong with this approach and so much history to confirm it will not deter them. As a result, things will get worse for America before they get better.

If Liberals were students of history, they might take note that the British Empire was not built upon the exploits of Robin Hood, nor was the American Century the product of redistributionist taxation of the rich.  Both were built on the teachings of a true Great Brit – Adam Smith – and his idea that unfettered capitalistic freedom empowers common people to create, invest, and reap the rewards of their efforts.

The same student of history would also note that post World War II Britain abandoned this approach for precisely the one Obama envisions for America now.  Britain has predictably suffered the consequences.  The British Empire is a distant memory and the country a shell of its former self – both economically and morally.  This is the legacy of Robin Hood.

The legacy is one of economic and moral decline.  Were one to play out Robin’s mission to its logical end, all the rich would be reduced to poverty assuming they would not fight, hide, or cease to cooperate by working first.  This raises the obvious question, “When the rich are no longer rich, from where will the money come for the poor?”  Taxation is simply theft when targeted at one group unequally.  There is nothing moral about theft no matter how mightily the Left spins it.

In purely economic terms taxing the “rich” in the teeth of a recession will only further dampen investment, which will stall any job creation, which will continue to curtail spending.  Everyone will suffer further declines in income as a result.  Perhaps worse than the economic decline is the moral decline that accompanies redistribution.  Without job creation and growth, there is little hope for increased living standards.  Without the hope of increased living standards, those still game enough to fight on will be merely fighting for a piece of a shrinking pie.

The problem with Robin Hood’s “moral crusade” is that stealing from a man robs him of more than money – it robs him of the hope of fair play and the trust in communal personal responsibility.  Just ask any victim of a home burglary; what was worse, the material loss or the feeling of being violated?  Stealing is not heroic.  It is criminal and pathetic – and perhaps worst of all – “small time.”  What made Britain and America great was the freedom of common men to become big men without the threat of thievery.

Big men don’t steal.  Big men make a pie bigger promoting fair play, responsibility and the freedom to become rich – in both money and spirit.  Britain’s post World War II choice to channel Robin Hood instead of Adam Smith has condemned an entire nation to lower living standards and moral torpor.  Is this what we want?  Or do we aspire to something bigger and nobler?

Our current reality – and it is a dangerous one – is that this President is a small man.  He and his kind must be voted out of office before the damage they cause on their crusade condemns us to a Britain-like future.  The American Tea Party movement understands this.  That is why bigger men support the movement, while the small-minded can only ridicule it.  The real question for both the rich and the poor in Post 9/11 America is – whom will we choose to channel – Robin Hood or Adam Smith?

Missing the Point: Why “We The People” will be the “Agents of Hope and Change”

This President doesn’t see it clearly yet, but he is no longer in charge of the country’s agenda.  The truth is no President ever is.  It is the People who are in charge.  This was the Founding Fathers’ vision.  Indeed they foresaw and warned us of the dangers of Presidents and Congresses who would usurp these powers.

The President and his supporters, deaf to the People and drunk with their vision of the New America, actually think they see light at the end of the tunnel: when in fact the light they see is the head lamp of a freight train :  the American People intent on taking back what is rightly their constitutional birthright –liberty from a tyrannical government.

Obama’s recent State of the Union address, falling so closely on the heels of the Massachusetts Miracle, provided an opportunity for him to demonstrate some understanding that his agenda is failing everywhere.  Yet instead, he insisted loudly and drearily that it was the People who were not getting it.  So like a man in a strange country not knowing the local language, he yelled louder believing that volume makes for better translation and comprehension.

How is it possible he and his supporters can be this tone deaf?  The simplest explanation is that they do not share the same experiences of the MAJORITY of the people they were elected to represent.  Really, how could he?  This President rose to his place through Affirmative Action and working the wards of Chicago to shake money from the government entitlement tree for targeted voting blocs.  He has never run a business, and perhaps has never even balanced a checkbook.  He has had few days without a guaranteed government paycheck.

This is not the experience of the vast majority of Americans.  With much of America unemployed or underemployed and reeling from the triple shocks of the 2008 stock market, devastated home prices and reduced incomes, they are in no mood for a bloated bureaucracy telling them to sign up for every idiotic stimulus, entitlement, cap/trade and health care program that serves only to further weaken their financial well being.

The problem for the President is that he thinks the differences he has with the People are a matter of policy that can be worked out with a little political legerdemain and horse trading.  The truth is they lie far deeper:  they are cultural and the economy is making this ever clearer.  When times were good, the American People were happy and dumb enough to go along with every entitlement giveaway.  Reason?  They had deep pockets.

Though Americans are by nature generous, they are also keenly attuned to the idea of fairness and personal responsibility.  With the economy showing no signs of making any new jobs or increasing asset prices, Americans are running out of money and becoming angrier at the largess bestowed on government employees and those living on entitlement programs.

Whether it is fact or perception, Americans know that for every truly needy person there are ten more who abuse their taxpayer-financed entitlements, salaries and pensions.   In bad economic times, this is a recipe for revolution and change.  This is the message the American People are sending and the President is missing.  While Bill Clinton didn’t really feel your pain, he at least recognized it existed.  This President and his people are clueless.  He and his supporters believe that the kind of thinking this writer embraces here is racist and selfish when it is in fact fundamental to something as simple as – fair play.

Barack Obama was right when he said he would remake America.  The country is changing, but not in the way he envisioned.  The American people, catalyzed by this man, are organizing to move the country 180 degrees in the other direction.  They are not interested in policy, they are interested in a culture of  fair play.  This President is incapable of understanding this and representing this agenda.  As a result, he will end up as the President who made history by inciting the Second American Revolution.  He is indeed the agent of Hope and Change.

Children in Charge: Why the marginalization of the left is a good thing for everyone

There’s a reason why adults are in charge and children aren’t.  Children are incapable of running the home. For children – the world revolves around them and Never Never Land is a real place.  They are idealists ignorant of human nature and shielded from personal responsibility. They are by nature narcissistic and utopian.  This is as it should be.  The problem arises when they fail to grow up and instead cling to utopian idealism becoming full-blown narcissists.  This is the disease that afflicts the Far Left rendering them incapable of leadership and making them a danger to society.  When the adults wake up, it will marginalize them politically for at least a decade.

Many of us have had conversations with liberal friends and family that leave us scratching our heads experiencing a real sense of surrealism.  Many of us have wondered, “Do they actually believe what they just said?” and “Am I crazy or they?”  Technically, they are not crazy, but they are far from mentally healthy.  They are narcissists.

The condition is well understood.  The behavior of the narcissist is predictable and transparent to all save the narcissist.  They live in their own world.  They tend to believe they are special and better than others. They are usually unable to, and uninterested in recognizing the needs of others as they are so focused on their own needs.  And should those needs not be met or when others don’t go along with them, they are prone to anger and paranoia.  Most narcissists are utopian idealists.  Their utopian ideals are grounded in the fantasy of a perfect world where pain is banished and every dream comes true.  Despite massive evidence to the contrary, the utopian idealist persists in the fantasy.

There is a very funny South Park episode where all the adults are sent to prison when the children discover that a simple accusation of child molestation rids them of unfair parental constraints providing them the run of the town.  In short order the children make a mess of South Park and order is not restored until the parents are freed from prison absolved of the phony charges.

Something exactly like this is being played out before our eyes today.  Last November, 55% of us put the children in charge because of a fantasy promise of utopian “Hope and Change”.  All of this was based on a simple childish accusation that George Bush and the bad Republicans were meanies.  The adults were thrown out of office and the wackiest fringe elements of the left were installed giving them the run of the town.  Now just 365 day later – surprise – the place is a mess!  The good news is the adults are waking up in places like Virginia, New Jersey and most recently this week in Massachusetts; they have decided that the children have done enough damage.

How are the children reacting?  Just as one might expect – they are throwing an entirely predictable hissy fit lashing out at “Tea Baggers”, “unbelievers”, and even resurrecting poor old George Bush as the cause of all their problems.  Ah yes… sticks and stones.  Children will throw them.  Thankfully adults are grown up enough to ignore them.

November 2008 was the high water mark of the far left movement.  In truth, they never represented more than 20% of voters according to polls.  They are now being put back in their place by the other 80% who realize that they are crazy – just as children can sometimes be.   This is a good thing for the adults and the children.  At the end of the South Park episode the children were happy to have their parents back and in charge.  As any parent knows, children don’t really want to be in charge anyway, nor do they want to deal with the messy reality of an imperfect world.