Item 1) How singularly disturbing is this? It’s one thing for adults to brainwash other adults into martyring themselves while taking as many infidels (that’s us) with them. It’s another thing for adults to brainwash children. And it’s an entirely other thing to do it with cuddly characters on children’s television programming. It gives “That’s all, folks!” an entirely new meaning, does it not?
Item 2) There’s been talk of reviving the “Fairness” Doctrine by Democrats. Check out what liberal columnist Camille Paglia has to say for it:
Speaking of talk radio (which I listen to constantly), I remain incredulous that any Democrat who professes liberal values would give a moment’s thought to supporting a return of the Fairness Doctrine to muzzle conservative shows. (My latest manifesto on this subject appeared in my last column.) The failure of liberals to master the vibrant medium of talk radio remains puzzling. To reach the radio audience (whether the topic is sports, politics or car repair), a host must have populist instincts and use the robust common voice. Too many Democrats have become arrogant elitists, speaking down in snide, condescending tones toward tradition-minded middle Americans whom they stereotype as rubes and buffoons. But the bottom line is that government surveillance of the ideological content of talk radio is a shocking first step toward totalitarianism.
In a word, yes.
Item 3) A Braveheart moment:
Where’s Mel Gibson when you need him?
Item 4) Prepare to shift uncomfortably in your seat. I do believe that there are nuts on both side of the aisle during every administration with the *fantastic* idea to get rid of presidential term limits, but is the idea gaining traction once again? Well, is it?
Now, in other related news: Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, while busily socializing Venezuela, is advocating for the same thing. Venezuela is successfully hurtling itself toward a dictatorship. Hope they’re enjoying the ride down.
Now, prepare to go from squirming to nausea: C. Edmund Wright has some scary comparisons between—you guessed it—Chavez and Obama in relation to what’s been happening in Venezuela the last ten years and what is starting to happen now in the USA. Man the barf buckets!
I think that’s all I can manage for now.
When I look at the current political, social, and economic landscape, I get the urge to alternately rage and weep. I think all Americans need to recall just what it is that has defined our country since its inception: FREEDOM. Liberty. Self-determination. What has made America the “shining city on the hill” to the world for over two hundred years? What is it that has made us so prosperous? I can tell you what it’s not, and that’s an ever-expanding government that continues to erode our freedoms in the name of “fairness.” It’s an ever-burgeoning government that erodes our liberties even as it tells us it’s “for our own good.” The more government expands, the more freedom contracts. Let’s fight for our capitalistic, democratic, American Republic before it’s a thing of the past.
When Ronnie Met Barry: Timeless Wisdom vs. Hopenchangey Socialism (courtesy Texas Rainmaker) Watch it.
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.
Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.
Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty.
Democracy is worth dying for, because it’s the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man.