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A new American era.

Folks, it looked bad for awhile there for Donald Trump but just look at what a difference a few weeks can make in the world of politics!  The sponge of Clinton corruption finally hit the point of saturation (it’s a really big sponge), and now the media- try as it might- cannot do a thing to stop it.  People on Reddit are better at spreading the news than the people who are being paid for, and have made careers out of delivering the news.

As someone who served in the military in a position that required a security clearance, something needs to be said about WikiLeaks.  After the NSA leaks (which I’ve never looked at), I held a great deal of contempt for Julian Assange and his crew.  For one, I have worked with many of the programs mentioned in those leaks, and know that not only were they horrifically misunderstood, but their exposure to the public really messed with our capabilities as a whole within the Intelligence Community.  In this regard, I cannot sympathize with the WikiLeaks mission entirely and I cannot support them unequivocally.  However, I can get over all of that knowing how the general public could never be in a position of total understanding and I know that their concerns were genuine. (more…)

On Dr. Ben Carson

A year or so ago, Dr. Ben Carson came out of nowhere and became an internet sensation with his somewhat critical, yet classy speech delivered at the 2013 (2012?) National Prayer Breakfast.  The President did not seem amused by Carson’s words– at least not by the ones that seemed to take a jab at his (more so the DNC’s) stance on national level policy– and the eruption that took place afterwards across the internet, the news, and beyond, is testament to the power of Dr. Carson’s message.

But there is something that none of the media outlets mentioned in the aftermath of the speech; long after progressives realized that Dr. Ben Carson was a conservative and started to call him an Uncle Tom, or worse, in the ever-so-tolerant and “no hate!” way they always do…

I did not hear a single news source bring up the “why?” as to how Dr. Carson’s comments caught everyone so off-guard.  Perhaps for the left wing channels and websites, the truth, as usual, was simply too much to face (rather, it is much more likely that these news sources were simply continuing their tradition of ignoring real, and blatant racism on the parts of the people they so often worship like idols).  And perhaps for the right wing news outlets, the truth was just too controversial– something that should not be brought up after a prayer breakfast- an event meant to bring people of differing political beliefs together while they exist in a sharply divided D.C. environment.

But here’s the truth about what led up to that day.

Whoever decided to bring Ben Carson to the event to speak (and he had spoken at it before, too), figured that because Dr. Ben Carson was a black man, he was going to kiss President Obama’s ass and sing his praises.  That a black man would never— but for the few brave souls that hold positions in the Republican Party and are ignored 100% of the time when they speak about demagoguery, or the inherent racist nature of our welfare, taxation, and social system– ever, call the President’s decision making abilities into question.  No one even thought to mention that assuming a person holds certain opinions based on the color of their skin is, in fact, an example of someone being a racist.  Of what I could imagine were the hundreds of people involved in planning an event headed by the President, all paid by your tax dollars, not a single one thought to say “Hey, maybe Dr. Carson isn’t a big fan of the President’s policy and is going to use that time to take him down a notch.”

None.  Because if one person brought up the idea of screening Dr. Carson’s speech before the event, you can bet your bottom dollar that a different person would have been giving that invocation– perhaps a holy, and totally not-racist guy like the NAACP’s Person of the Year, Al Sharpton.  At the very least, we would have heard a very different speech from Carson; and it would have likely been a lot shorter, and at its conclusion he would have been required to direct everyone to healthcare.gov’s “marketplace”.

Judging by a breakdown of voting trends over the past two elections, it might not be illogical to understand why someone would assume that a black person should side with a President who happens to share a similar skin tone.  Perhaps you could say that in the business that is Beltway politics, people have to go with their instinct, or pass judgment based on statistics.  But in assuming that a black man is automatically going to praise a man at a prayer breakfast– a man who is often looked upon like a deity by the 95% of African Americans that voted for him, or the 50+% of non-minority folks who voted for him to prove how “with it” and non-racist they were– is still a racist position.  You cannot hide from it, but it can most assuredly be hidden from becoming public knowledge.

And how is that accomplished? You unleash the Dogs of Racecard War, to “have the conversation on race” and to explain to all of the willing, naive servants called voters the “real history” of racism in America.  A history that has been skewed, strategically and effectively, by Democrats for ages– a lesson from people who can empathize with the oft universal plights of minorities in America; people like MSNBC’s Toure who know all about how it is while being raised in private boarding schools, and enjoying long afternoons before going on the air in personal offices pumped with ionized oxygen.  Da streets, man– they’re no joke.

There was a time in this country’s history when the problems that minorities often face were much less of a problem than they are today.  Oddly enough, this period of history occurred in the years most closely nestled next to the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  When the country’s minorities were often called something else– “Republicans”.  It is unfortunate to imagine a future in which our children’s textbooks will be forced to point out that it took the election of our nation’s first black President to prove just how far removed we have become from actually giving a damn about the character of individuals and not the color of their skin.

Perhaps someone can get an advanced copy of that history book to whoever vetted Dr. Carson before inviting him to last year’s Prayer Breakfast.

More wordplay: Stupid lists, the word “reform”, and the word “inequality”.

A few weeks back, I wrote a pretty long post about some of the words liberals learned only a few years ago.  Of course much of what I write here is “snarky” (another one of those new words, actually), because one, I do not actually respect nor owe respect to the people I am criticizing and two, I work for myself as an independent writer and therefore I have no constraints with regard to what I choose to say or not say.  It’s up to me.  This isn’t MSNBC.  You can read it or not, be offended or not, and love me or hate me.  The choice is yours.  But yeah, if you find yourself in disagreement with me, I would be lying if I told you I didn’t look down on you and consider that you were an Obamatron 3000.  In other words, I kind of hate you.  Just a little, though.  That’s where my “snark” comes from.

So as the weeks have passed after the ACA mess, the White House’s press cult has had plenty of opportunities to open Photoshop, take pictures of their 26 year-old sons, and make all sorts of new, propagandist bullshit to flood Twitter, news ads, and print media in an effort to continue to fool all of the young, impressionable, and broke morons that voted, twice, in support of what it promised but never meant to do.  And thanks to these “hip” pictures, hashtagged-to-the-nines, I’ve had the opportunity to learn a few things about this game everyone keeps playing just down the road from my apartment.

 

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What they’re not telling you is that this kid majored in Humanities, is 28, unemployed, and that this was taken at approximately 1:30PM local time today.  Oh, and his father is a Senator and those pajamas are Versace. (That was sarcasm by the way, and not an actual description of this guy.  [My mother told me I should note this])

First, it has become increasingly apparent that the White House knows very well that the public doesn’t have the required patience to read entire, five-sentence paragraphs.  Our politicians don’t even read their own legislation, so why should we read the paraphrased and usually inaccurate synopses of it from the Hill?  No, what we get are lists.  Whether they come at you from a website (likely funneled to that website via the White House), or in the form of a graphic, you don’t get sentences, you get bullets.  Mass media has taken note.

DON’T LISTEN TO ALL OF THOSE OTHER THINGS THAT PROVE US TO BE LIARS, OR UNFLINCHING CHEERLEADERS.  CHECK OUT THESE TALKING POINTS WE THREW SOME BULLETS IN FRONT OF INSTEAD!

One time, my favorite former-Facebook friend “debunked the ‘myths’ about how Obamacare would fail” (this was easily over a year ago) by posting–you guessed it– a list from whitehouse.gov.  In fact, it might have even been the link I just posted.  So I’ll post it again.  It’s from the White House— that must be impartial!

So to all of our future egalitarisociocommunitopian politicians out there, I say, when you’re looking to get your message out in 2114, simply post some pictures, or pictures of lists on social media websites, hiding all of that scary stuff you don’t want anyone to know about!  No one’s going to ask any questions!  FORWARD!

Second, future esteemed statesmen and future rezidents to the Office of the President Elect, if you want to scare everyone into believing change is not only necessary but that your survival is entirely dependent upon it, attach the word “reform” to everything.  REFORM ALL THE THINGS!

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Note: “Office of the President Elect”, not actually a real thing.

In 2114 we’ll have come a long way since the Next-Gen Great Depression, the Affordable Care Act’s full repeal, and a handful of mini-recessions– more than enough to justify a complete and incompetent call for “reform!” to the nation’s healthcare system.  So, when only a small percentage of Americans find it difficult to secure insurance for themselves in the 22nd century, make sure you use the word “reform” all the time.  It works, and history will prove it works.  Competition?  Free markets?  Quality of care?  Pshhh.  Just leave those things off your list, silly!  The plan you had was a garbage plan anyway!!

For that matter, you can even attach “reform” to stuff that obviously doesn’t need any reforming whatsoever (though healthcare didn’t need reform in the 21st century, either).  Is Alaska not seeing enough revenue from tourism??  Cold Weather Resilience Reform!  YES we can!!

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Solving everyone’s money problems via five minutes of Photoshop, the White House way. Too easy!

An offshoot of the arguments surrounding the various things we are looking to “reform” from the top-down is the argument that just about everything is an example of “inequality”.  When will someone just stand up, and shout that the best bet we have at seeing and knowing what equality is will be when the federal government sits down, shuts up, and stops trying to monopolize on everything with rush-job umbrella policies in the world’s most culturally diverse country?  I’m waiting for whoever that guy is– he (or she!  EQUALITY!) will be deserving of anyone’s vote.

The rise of the frequency in which we discuss “inequality” is entirely consistent with how we, with every year, are giving ourselves more and more credit for doing less.  Find yourself making less money than someone else?  You’re probably not producing as much, or as skilled as they are.  Find yourself paying much more for your health insurance than your lazy neighbor?  You probably get sick more often and use the health services provided by doctors and institutions more than they do.  Your bills are also probably more expensive for insurance companies to cover.  Being lazy might be a detriment, but it’s not a health condition!  Are you tired of how, in 2114, there will probably still be states that do not practice “marriage equality”?  Since it probably wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to estimate the divorce rate skyrocketing to 70, or 80 percent by then, how about we all just call it quits and admit that it’s about time the government removed itself from the concept of marriage entirely?  Then, how about we finally strip all of the benefits tied to it?  We’ve been spitting on the reasons behind those benefits for decades anyway– long before “marriage equality” could even be whispered in public.  Give that money to our troops.

Face the facts– as our voices get louder in the name of what we think we “deserve”, we enable the government to appease such rhetoric by giving those things out for nothing, on the dime of the taxpayer, to a society that is easily doing less than it has ever done before.  Then they call it a gift and hit you with a penalty if you don’t want it.  That’s not a gift as much as it is herpes.

Inequality, you say?  No.  As a society we are very much equal.  Equally full of ourselves, and equally gullible.

But hey, who am I kidding?  You probably didn’t even read this far given the absence of bullets.