Get Ready For Civil War II

 ::Command:: Step back and simply observe, or ponder, the staunch, passive-aggressive, ill-conceived, oft-erroneous, stands people are taking an issues these days.  This is quite an irony because this particular NOW coincides perfectly with the NOW that is rife with hordes of mis- or un- informed people willingly giving up freedom in the name of, HA HA FREEDOM!  Yes, we will not be known as the American Renaissance, kids.  I love America and am proud of my heritage.  This is an observation with no political bend.  So, let me just head that off right away.  I don’t want to be flooded with mail from the people I’m about to make fun of.  Yes, I do want to have my cake and eat it too!  Fine, write to me if you get mad.  But what I’m about to write here is super true.  Check it:

  I just came home from a bar.  As I was leaving, I somehow struck up a convo with a girl who was cleaning up.  She told me about her family heritage and said that she was Dominican.  I asked, as I always do in these types of exchanges, “Where were you born?”  She replied, “New York”.  I then observed the obvious, “So, you are American, right?”

“No, I told you, I’m Dominican!  What are you?”

“My mother is Italian and my father is a European mutt, but I am American.”

“No, you’re ITALIAN.   I never would have thought YOU were an ITALIAN.”

“I’m American.”, I tried again.

“No, you’re ITALIAN.  When is your birthday?”

“Ummm.  September.”

“Are you a VIRGO?  No way are you a VIRGO!”

“Well, yes actually I am”

“‘Cuz I am a Cancer and we are supposed to mingle well together!” 

“But you were born here, right?  Doesn’t that make you American?”

“I’m from The Dominican Republic, so I’m Dominican!”

  OK.  No sense moving ahead with this, at a BAR of all places.  So I silenced myself seeing I was getting nowhere and asked her age.  17.  I then commented to a friend, who was considering enlisting in the military, that I thought it was a great idea.  My new 17-year-old pundit/friend overheard me and said, “Oh, I would never join the military. This war is stupid and I hate George Bush!”  Yes, she actually said that.  All at once, too.  Feeling like I was just told to discuss the ethical violations of The Third Reich to a Jewish Temple, I was mystified with where to begin setting this girl straight.  Or, at least, letting her know that there are many flights back to the Dominican Republic on a daily basis.  Perhaps she should board one.  That is where she is from, after all…

  I simply asked, “Why do you hate the war?”

“War is always wrong.”

“Do you know why this one, in particular, is wrong?”

  She looked at me with utter disdain and said, “Oh no, are you one of those WAR people?”.  I replied that I did not know what that was.  Then she said, “Oh, and are you a BUSH-LOVER, too?  You can’t be a BUSH-LOVER!”  I definitely didn’t mean to get her started like this.  It was both childishly charming and pathetic while still making me a bit angry.  I simply did an ‘Ummmmm”

“You are?  I guess you’re a GUN PERSON too and a REPUBLICAN!  How can you be a REPUBLICAN?  I don’t understand…” (finally she said something that made sense, she didn’t understand much at all)

So let’s sum this up so far.  I will spare you the rest of this “conversation” because I believe that I have made my point clear.  Let’s review:

This 17-year-old Dominican girl (not American, of course) has me labeled as the following, after a 3-minute dialogue:

ITALIAN

VIRGO

WAR-LOVER

BUSH-LOVER

GUN PERSON

REPUBLICAN

  This is a bit extreme, bit it is not unusual.  Our frustration with the state of the world has begat a broiling, simmering hatred for all that is not our own.  No opinions are acceptable unless they are our own, despite how little we know about issues on which we form an opinion.  This, alone, is not terribly unusual.  We live in a stressful time and we can get a bit clingy to our ideas, that’s okay.  What is not okay is the labeling of others.  These badges that I had earned in a passing conversation show how teenagers are growing up to view the world.  To them, freedom means to form a strong opinion on something you know virtually nothing about, and apply a “from my cold dead hands” mentality about sticking with it.

  Along with this terrible labeling disease is the will to give government a near God-like status where they will march in and cure all of our ills.  We are looking at the 2008 candidates with a hunger in our eyes that seems to say, “What have you done for me lately and what will you do for me if elected?”  This is not freedom, kids.  Actually, it’s quite the opposite.  Sadly, freedom means that sometimes we’re on our own to deal with the trials of life.  We can seek leadership from our elected officials.  However, they cannot, and should not tell us how to live our lives.  Nor should they have the power to heal or harm you directly.  Government can set the stage and equip us with education.  They can, in a sense, lead us to water.  We must take it upon ourselves whether we, how much we, and when we drink.  Freedom is not having water delivered and poured down our throats.  However, with the stark convenience of on-demand society, it seems that a rapidly growing number of people would like to surrender their freedom to be “taken care of” by our government.  Well, your movement lost, people.  It was called Communism and it lost because it sucks.  Look it up.  Freedom is wonderful and worthy of our curiosity not capitulation.  Freedom challenges us and makes us strong, independent people.  This is exactly what modern people seem to fear.  They seem to fear the hard road to self-empowerment that is the delicious fruit of freedom.  It is easier to remain ignorant and simply shut out dissenting opinions while letting the government take care of everything.

  Well, maybe it’s because I’m a VIRGO, or a GUN PERSON, but I love being and AMERICAN.  I love freedom and I love our tireless defense of it.  If you wish to remain ignorant, divisive, or refuse to embrace the term “American” and all that it represents, then I would be glad to direct you to the next flight leaving for the Dominican Republic.

-NE

What Does Barack Obama Mean?

Barack Obama seems to embody all that liberals adore. Change is an exciting word that gives rise to a feeling of movement towards a better place. However, I find it hard to discern exactly what and how the Democrats will change. Also, I am not sure that we need all of this change.

I am, like most Americans, impressed by Obama’s charisma and passion. However, when we use history to measure our current political climate, it seems to show that, during times of military and economic troubles, the President often get battered by the media. FDR was lambasted during his Presidency for getting involved in a “European War” and meddling in affairs that didn’t involve the United States. Charles Lindbergh was a huge voice for “change” and was immensely popular. Lindbergh lashed out against the President and said we needed to pull out of Europe and stop supporting England. According to Lindbergh, the voice for change, young Americans would die for no reason in a war that was impossible to win. Lindbergh, like Obama, was a charismatic speaker and gained incredible popularity in the media. FDR stayed the course, despite his plummeting popularity in the media. The result was a victory so great that it freed all of Europe and thrust the United States into the undisputed title of world superpower. Aren’t we glad we did not “change” then? Or during the Civil War when Lincoln was incredibly unpopular for pursuing the emancipation of slaves? Or even Washington when the fledgling nation faced a formidable opposition to the Revolution and growing numbers of British loyalists? Aren’t we glad we didn’t go the popular route and change then?

I only wonder if we are experiencing the same type of challenge. As history shows, it is often, in troubled times, very difficult to press on. However, it also shows us that our greatest moments and victories as a nation came when we didn’t change and stuck to our decisions with the goal of protecting freedom in the world. Would it be a mistake to elect Obama only to see him unravel our resolve, embrace populism, and thwart our chances of succeeding in Iraq? As election time nears, this is becoming a prominent and important question. I am sure that all voters want to do what is best for our country in the long run. And change, although exciting, may not be what our country needs right now.

-NE

What Are The Democrats Doing Now?

It\'s Gonna Get Ugly...

  “Since Hillary didn’t win, I’m definitely voting for McCain.” – common feminist response

  I am lost with the logic here.  Obama and Clinton did not have massive rifts between their views.  Both are solid Democrats with their own blend of experience, passion, and charisma.  Now, the root of the situation facing the Democratic part as if nears the Convention in Denver is to solidify a clear stance on important issues.  All issues actually, but that may be asking a bit much from the “Anti-Bush” platform that seeks to, in their own words, “Undo everything Bush has done to get our country in such a mess.”

  Well, it goes without saying that, if elected, the first African-American President will bring a unique and vastly different style of Executive leadership.  But he, and the Democrats as a whole cannot run on the “Anti-Bush” platform any longer.  It is a moot point.  The man will be displaced from the White House next year and replaced with a new tenant.  So, get down to details Dems and start establishing your party as one with a mind to think without “unthinking”.  We need a very strong, decisive leader this term.  America must feel like our safety and finances are being taken seriously with new programs to use, no longer ignore, the passionate cries of the regular people in becoming a Party For The People.  This will fail, however, unless Obama can tone down the rousing speeches a bit to illuminate policy plans as they relate to the betterment of the Union.  Democrats weakness that will easily be spotlighted with consistency and intensity is their lack of ideas beyond those that induce applause during a campaign speech.  Time to get real kids and craft a plan to somehow outdo a candidate from the GOP who is a venerated war hero and one of the most effective Senators on Capitol Hill.  Critics say, “So What?  He was captured and held prisoner in a VC prison for a couple of years.  This is not bravery.  Well, kids, here’s the skinny:  McCain never sold out his country, Unit or Secrets to gain freedom from the camp.  He refused to give up sensitive information despite being tortured and nearly starved to death.  His bravery and resolve will be hard to refute without substantial IDEAS.

  And no, simply promising to “Undo what Bush has done” won’t get you anywhere.  Americans want answers.  Time to stand and deliver Senator Obama.  Lay it all out and use your sharp intellect to elevate the campaign beyond mere brute force.  You have the talent to lead our country to better places.  Time to start firing those brain bullets.  Hit ’em with all you’ve got.  Fresh ideas delivered with your trademark charisma will go a long way to securing your chair in the Oval Office.  Resist the rhetorical anti-Bush crapola.  Deliver substance and we will deliver you a nice tudor home in Washington, D.C. – on us (the taxpayers)

-NE