Freedom, A Fundamental Change – To The Right

OPEN LETTER TO LAURA INGRAHAM AND ALL FELLOW PATRIOTS!

Dear Ms. Ingraham,

What this country needs to survive is not a focus on politics, elected officials or even the removal of a tyrannical President.  What is needed is an informed electorate that understands and cherishes freedom!  We need an informed citizenry that won’t abide politicians and special interest groups robbing them of their freedom, especially for a mere “30 pieces of silver”.

The fact that Barrack Obama was elected twice demonstrates the general lack of regard for freedom in our country.  Our society, our culture has shifted, over the course of the past 100 years, from “Can do,” I’m responsible for my own life, to a dependent, what can the government do for me society.

If the citizens devalue their freedom (consciously or unconsciously) in exchange for security (actually a false sense) then we will continue to be represented by corrupt and ideologically driven individuals. The country will continue into ruin and tyranny regardless of which party is in charge.

I’m not suggesting that we ignore the current legislative, political and cultural battles.  We must continue to fight for the principles that this country was founded on.  But if the fight is only within the Beltway of Washington or even in the State and local governing bodies we will eventually lose this country. We’ll lose the battle and our freedom because we didn’t capture the interest of the dependency class, with those who look to the government first, those who believe in equal outcomes not equal opportunities.

It is highly unlikely that we will convert many if any of the ideologue on the Left.  They are too invested in applying their arrogance to obtain power.  Barrack Obama and the other elected leftist ideologues have obtained their position of power because too many American’s have abdicated their responsibilities and their values in the vain hope that the Left will take care of them better than the Right. In fact they have come to believe that it is their “right” to have the government provide them with “free” healthcare, equal compensation, food, etc.

Our society hasn’t changed over night.  Our tenuous hold on freedom is not the result of Obama’s “Hope and Change,” his tenure has been the icing on the cake. Our slide into slavery to the state started a long time ago. How has has this occurred?  What forces have been at work since Woodrow Wilson, eroding our values, our understanding of the responsibilities associated with self-rule, and the value of freedom?

Certainly political programs such as the New Deal and the Great Society have had significant impacts on eroding our freedom by creating a dependency class.  But the growth in the power of progressives could only happen if we let them.  Whether though lack of interest, ignorance or passivity American’s surrendered their responsibilities and in the process we find ourselves in a time and place where the vision and personal sacrifices of the Founding Fathers have been squandered.

Constitutional Amendments and changes in the political balance of power will not avert the impending doom that we are faced with.  What is necessary is a fundamental change in the thinking, education and belief structure of our fellow citizens.  What is needed is to take the battle beyond the ballot box and into the homes, TV’s, movies, concerts, books, businesses, and schools.  We need to win back the hearts and minds of America!

What We Need:

Television shows that are based on the principles that made this country great and unique.  These shows must have the best writing, acting and production and they need to be aired on network TV.  If we can’t get them aired then we need to create our own channel and promote it heavily.  I know Sarah Palin just started her own channel, but I’m suggesting main stream, ported into the majority of homes in America!  Why is this important, just watch a few shows and count the number of moral, ethical issues that are contrary to the values that made this country great.

Motion pictures are also necessary for the same reason as television shows.  We live in the media age and it is through cinematic story telling that we can reach the hearts and minds of the people most effectively.  Films such as “Fireproof” and “America” have been great and have done well but we need full scale, wide distribution, Academy award quality (Although we would never be nominated) productions that can present a viable and realistic alternative to tyranny.  When I can’t even take my grandkids to “How to Train Your Dragon 2” because the film-makers thought it necessary to include a homosexual character, you realize that we are in dark and troubling times.

Education of our youth needs to be attacked hard to counteract the century-long progressive assault. Text books, teaching curriculums, and alternative delivery systems (internet based, homeschooling etc) need to be created and pushed to the parents of our young citizens. Dennis Prager for example, has developed “Prager University” to provide resources to educate America.  This is a great and valuable resource, one that needs to be expanded and prompted to all American’s.

We need to apply these same strategies to all forms of communication and entertainment so that we provide to the people the information for them to be able to make informed decisions, for them to understand what’s at stake, to understand the consequences for letting government rule our lives.

How?:

This is the hard part.  I personally feel frustrated because if I won the Lottery I’d go out tomorrow and start building these freedom enterprises, but that is highly unlikely.  Even if I did win we’d still need a coalition of prominent American’s to come together with shared vision, resources and connections to create a seismic shift in the balance of power – from the government to the people.

Contrary to your book, “Shut-up and Sing,” our “Hollywood” brethren need to shout from the rooftops the message and the value of freedom so that “Power to the People,” can be restored.

A Call for Men of Compassion

I still read the adventures of Prince Valiant every Sunday.

When I was a young boy my favorite book was “King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.”  This was a small book, small enough to fit in your pocket and it contained great stories, and engraved pictures about that age of chivalry and adventure.  I was swept up in the mythology of the book and spent considerable time reading and re-reading the book to the point that the small book was becoming “dog eared” and falling apart.  My mother understood how important the book was to me and she took it to a bindery and had the book repaired and an new cover attached with the title embossed in gold. I still have this little volume in my library and I’m looking forward to the day when I can share the stories with my grandchildren.

I couldn’t get enough of this mythology, watching every movie, reading comic books (remember Illustrated Classics?) and even put together plastic models of knights.  To this day I still read “Prince Valiant” comic strips every Sunday morning on my iPad.

The stories of King Arthur and his Knights represented values that I learned, later in life, to hold dear.  These myths defined a world that was intentional, powerful and worth fighting for. These stories about Arthur, Lancelot and Guinevere while they were fables still communicated truths that are still relevant today. I knew even as a young boy that the stories weren’t true but I still believed in their moral and I was able to use that understanding to help guide my journey to manhood.

Over the course of the past three years I’ve become aware of a different mythology, a political mythology that isn’t honest, isn’t true and certainly doesn’t espouse moral values.  I own, upfront, my bias in this matter and I find it difficult to identify myths about Liberals.  However, this supports my claim that today what is presented as political truth is in fact nothing more than mythology used to manipulate people into supporting specific politicians or more precisely denouncing the opposition.  I ask that you suspend your immediate reaction to what is presented here and see if through an open mind we might be able to achieve something, together.  I’ll use the mythology applied by the Left to denigrate the Right as a way to illustrate my point.  Please respond with the myths that the Right promote about the Left!

“Paul Ryan and the Republicans want to deprive healthcare for the elderly.”

“The Republican are waging a war on women.”

“The rich don’t pay their fair share of the taxes.”

“People on the Right only care about making money and don’t care about the common man.”

“Conservatives are anti-immigrant.”

“Conservatives hate homosexuals.”

I could fill the rest of this blog with an educated repudiation of each of these myths.  Not a single one of them is true for me or anyone I know who believes in conservative values.  Instead I’m inviting you to participate in a discussion about the core mythology:

“Liberals are compassionate while Conservatives are not.”

There isn’t an issue in our society that can’t be distilled to this fundamental myth.  Regardless of the facts or the costs a Liberal will always believe that their polices are superior because they are certain that they care and we don’t.  For example, take the recent support for gay marriage by President Obama.

A Liberal colleague at work asked what I thought about the President’s recent support for gay marriage and I voiced my objection to changing the meaning of marriage to include same-sex couples.  His response as he walked away, “So you want us all to be miserable.”  Wow, he didn’t ask for an explanation for my beliefs and I didn’t say anything about how I feel about homosexuality; he just made the intellectual leap, driven by his emotions, that if I don’t agree with him then I’m an uncaring, hater of gays.

He is an enlightened and compassionate person while I’m a neanderthal.

How can we deal with any of the challenges that confront this nation if we won’t listen to each other.  In the situation mentioned above I wanted to have my colleague explain his position, I wanted to learn how he would draw the moral line; what was the moral authority for re-defining marriage?  Can brothers and sisters marry?  Is polygamy acceptable?  Can a father marry his daughter?  If we’re going to define marriage in a way that has never been done before then what’s the basis, what’s the authority for the new definition?

The Liberal “compassion myth” wouldn’t allow the man from engaging in a meaningful dialog about the definition of marriage.  He didn’t want to hear that I have the upmost respect for my gay colleagues.  He doesn’t want to learn about the close personal friends I have with men who happen to be homosexuals.  He doesn’t want to hear that I want equal rights for all citizens regardless of race, color, creed or sexual orientation.  He doesn’t want to hear the basis for my belief that marriage isn’t a right protected by the Constitution, it’s an institution.

The Liberal walks away and the ideological gulf widens and with the help of the newspapers and TV we end up with more division, more animosity, less understanding and no solutions.

I’m sick and tired of these spit wad fights ( See my earlier blog entry on this subject, http://wp.me/p1MpDw-n) while “Rome Burns!”  My challenge to all that read these words, especially the men, STAND UP FOR CLARITY.  Exercise true compassion and put yourself in the shoes of the other person. Make every attempt to understand their point of view and how they are directly affected.  Then clearly articulate your position and the basis for your beliefs.  Lose the sound bites and dive into the deep water of understanding.  I’m not asking that you agree, I’m asking that you put down the shield of self-righteousness and listen, to have ears to hear and eyes to see.  For me this is a moral issue that men must step up and be the leaders for creating a safe and positive environment for the exchange of ideas. We as men need to get past the propaganda and the myths we hold dear and clearly define the problems so that we can arrive at sensible and well thought out solutions.

As an architectural student back in the late 60’s I learned that defining the problem clearly, usually resulted in the solution becoming known quickly.  We had to “chew” on the subject for awhile in order to gain clarity but once there, the solution would appear naturally.  We as a nation need to start defining the problems more clearly in order for us to create a more perfect Union.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Omamacare) is a perfect example of how the problem, the question has NOT been clearly defined.  The result is a two thousand page law that no one read and no one can fully understand and that doesn’t actually reduce the cost of healthcare.  If we define the problem as, “We want to reduce the cost of healthcare, maintain and improve that care and make the care available and affordable to all citizens” then we’ll have a dialog that will result in a very different outcome.  We’ll be able to explore what, if anything the Federal Government needs to do (ability to sell insurance across State lines for instance) and what programs and laws can assist in achieving the stated goals at the local and State levels of government.  If we define the problem as ”How can the political class control the lives of the citizens,” then we get Obamacare.  Instead we enflame the situation through our mythologies about the Left being compassionate and the Right wanting to push granny off the cliff.

My humble request is that you join me in the dialog about fatherhood, manhood, the economy, the definition of marriage, or any other social issue.  Respond with your beliefs not your judgments.  Respond with insight and reason about the basis and the authority for your position.

Let’s not hide behind false compassion, let’s stand up for clarity and understanding and be authentically compassionate.  Let’s stop trusting our lives to career politicians and media pundits and reclaim the leadership of this great country.  Join me in picking up the sword of truth and the shield of faith to become the new knights for clarity!

The Second Emancipation

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” Abraham Lincoln

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Over the course of the past year I’ve written several articles related to what it means to be a father, to be a man.  I’ve explored the influences on our character, the need for mentorship and blessings and that we have a responsibility to step up and lead our families.  Well, the time is now for authentic men and women to rise up and reclaim America, or risk losing our liberty, forever. Our liberty and freedom are under assault, not by force of arms although that may follow if the tide isn’t turned; but instead by legislation, regulations and the systematic erosion of morality and values.

The daily headlines tell the story:

  • The Obama Administrations’ attack on the conscience clause and the Constitution by requiring religious based organizations to offer contraceptive and reproductive treatment and services within their healthcare insurance programs.
  • Planned Parenthood’s blackmailing of the Susan G. Komen For The Cure Foundation because the Foundation initially dropped Planned Parenthood from their grant list.
  • The holiest of holy Liberal values, class warfare.

And these are only the attacks that have surfaced this past week!  Throw in mandated healthcare, the “Dream Act” for illegal aliens and the 9th District’s determination that California’s ban on same sex marriage is un-Constitutional and the path to tyranny and the lose of our liberty becomes clear.  You know when a Supreme Court Justice tells other countries to ignore the U.S. Constitution as a model we are in deep trouble.

I find it difficult to understand how educated, intelligent and creative people can support the entitlement policies of the Obama administration that have led to increased dependency on the Federal government in a way that enslaves over half our citizens.  I’ve stood shoulder to shoulder with men teaching other men how to take responsibility for their lives, to be authentic, and to live purpose driven lives of integrity yet many of these same men strongly support Obama, even though his policies rob the citizens of their responsibility and freedom!  It’s my opinion that it’s hypocritical to help a person embrace responsibility for their life and actions and then tell them what light bulb they must use; what car they must drive; what health insurance they must purchase; or their religious beliefs are irrelevant when it comes to reproductive control.

Is it right and fair for the Federal Government to demand that health care policies provide for contraceptives and other reproductive services, including abortions,even though these services conflict with my religious views?  Under what authority does the Federal Government have the right to require me to purchased anything?  Do you see how dangerous this policy is?  Once the Government has this power where does that power end?

As I write this, Obama is trying to back off the point by saying that if you are a faith-based organization you will be exempted from the requirement!  What the…?  What about my faith, my beliefs?  The government does not have the right to prescribe this coverage in the first place so exemptions are not necessary because the requirement is unconstitutional!

Obama and his supporters foment “Class Warfare” by proclaiming immoral the extreme disparity between the rich and the poor.  The Liberals use this disparity to argue for more funds to spend on more programs to assist the least among us.  And regardless of the billions spent on welfare we still have people in this country that are poor and have less than others.  The issue isn’t that one percent have the majority of the wealth and therefore the 99% are poor?  The true issue is that we are not teaching our brothers and sisters how to take care of their lives, how to cultivate their God-given gifts to support themselves and their families.

The people who support big government programs will scream, “Where’s your compassion?”  And I say government hand outs are not compassionate.  If you are concerned about someone and their plight then step up and go help them. Gather like minded friends and make a true difference in that persons life as well as your own.  If you think wealth should be equalized then find a group of people who have less than you, combine your resources and divide them equally.  Be accountable.

Taking from the rich and giving to the less fortunate is immoral!  Creating entitlement systems and programs that enslave the less fortunate is immoral!  Empowering the Federal Government to control our lives is immoral!

Government programs have not and will not improve the lives of the citizens.  Prosperity, freedom, liberty and mentoring will.

Government programs have enslaved 50% of the population.  Continuing to support the growth of government will enslave us all!

In 1863, at a pivotal point in our Nation’s history, President Lincoln issued the “Emancipation Proclamation” setting in motion the events that would eventually lead to freeing of slaves in America.  We are once more faced with a challenge that requires no less than a Second Emancipation Proclamation – an emancipation from the tyranny of an overreaching government!

The Second Emancipation will occur the minute we stop looking to the government to effect change in the lives of people and step up and take action ourselves!  The moment we take responsibility for the quality of life within the society then we will be back on the Founder’s road to liberty and freedom!  Imagine the good that could be achieved if you, personally, reached out a helping hand to someone less fortunate, as opposed to a government hand out.

Let the emancipation begin.  Drive out the big government, entitlement obsessed career politicians, of either party; Dismantle all departments and agencies that are not supported by the Constitution; Replace the current progressive tax system with one that is fair for all; and Restore fiscal responsibility.

Let’s celebrate and empower each other!  Let’s stand up for FREEDOM!

 “I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”

Dr. Martin Luther King

WE THE PEOPLE of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Post 22: Iconic America

Outrageous tail fins, chrome, sensuous chrome bumpers (made from steel!), elaborate hub caps, massive horsepower, and did I mention chrome?

Elvis, Marilyn, Chuck Berry, and James Dean!

Drive-In theaters, drive-in restaurants and car hops on roller-skates.

Big movie classics like The Ten Commandments or Ben Hur, in theaters where you still had to reserve your seats and you bought full color movie brochures.

That’s right the 50’s, a truly iconic period in American history. When you hear the music, see the movies or watch the cars go by you know the era and you know that they are American! The fashion, music and automobiles of the fifties and early sixties were distinctively American, more so than at any time in our history.

I thought about this this past week after I heard (Hat tip to Mark Belling sitting in for Rush Limbaugh for making this point) that a giant in the world of American music Jerry Leiber died this past week.  This man and his partner authored some of the most iconic anthems of the 50s and early 60s, songs such as,

“Hound Dog”

“Poison Ivy”

“Yakety Yak”

“Stand By Me”

When I hear these songs there’s no question in my mind that they are American and that they defined a specific period of time in this country – the fifties and early sixties.

Then you have the cars!  Wow! The Big Three automakers were locked in a knock down drag out battle to design the most aggressive and flamboyant tail fins, bumpers and chrome trim that have ever graced an automobile.  And they combined the flash with ever larger and more powerful engines.  Chrome and horsepower, a match made in heaven.

Additionally, the cars of this era were the perfect blank canvas for hot rodders, customizers and tuners.  Car crazy Americans would  invest time, money and creativity to produce what seemed to be an endless montage of fast and beautiful cars.  Cars that always turned heads (For those of you too young to appreciate the fifties culture rent George Lucas’ “American Graffiti”).  Again,  uniquely American.

Now I don’t make this point about the 50’s because I think America was a better place back then.  We know full well that the 50’s and early 60’s were also defined by some extremely challenging, ugly and dark elements.  Racism, the Cold War, the fear of nuclear annihilation, the Korean War and the seeds of Vietnam.

My question is about the cultural style of the fifties versus what we see and experience today.  Looking back through the prism of history there was something unique and striking about the 50’s and early 60’.  Something about the culture at that time that was pronounced and memorable.  Something that was truly American.

Can we say that today?  Is there an American style?  Do we want one?

What’s the defining style of music, fashion or cars today?  In fifty years would someone hear a song or see a car and immediately think, “That’s American,” let alone what year they were created.  I don’t think so.

So what’s the difference and does it matter?

With no training as a cultural anthropologist I can’t make any statement about what caused the 50’s culture, I can only reflect on what it appears to be.  For me this period in our history represented an innocent exuberance, a celebration of individuality and creativity.  Maybe the distinctive and unique 50’s style was in reaction to the end of World War II and the prosperity that was in deep contrast to the difficult economic times before and during the War, I don’t know.  All I know is that the period was memorable and distinctive.

So who cares?  Is it really any more than a passing “brain burp” that the idea be considered at all?  Is there a lesson for us today?  After all the cars of today are safer, better built and have better overall performance than the Pontiac’s, Chevys, Fords and Dodges of the fifties.  There’s no question that the current Shelby GT350 is technically a “better” car than the ’65 version, but does it have the same visceral appeal of the original? There are great cars out there today, they just don’t stand out as distinctive or defining of an era.  The cars from Japan, Korea, Germany or America all seem to have more similarities as opposed to distinctive features, at least visually.

The music of the Fifties was simple, basic and unsophisticated.  The music today is complex, full and produced with greater skill and quality.  Is the music of today better?  Technically yes but can you tell a British performance from an American? Even the difference between POP and country music has become less pronounced.

Are there legends being developed today that we’ll look back twenty years from now and say that was America in the second decade of the new millennium?  There’s a polished sameness to our culture that appears to blur the boundaries of cultural identities.  Some would say

this is a good thing, part of the creation of a “one world order,” the result of the multicultural initiatives that are such the rage of the intellectual elites.  Again, I don’t know.

I’m reminded of an old movie, I think it was called, “Getting Straight,” staring Elliot Gould.  I don’t remember anything about the movie other than one concept, education was focused on the creation of “Grey Dots.” I don’t even know this is what they were trying to say, it’s what I remember after 4 decades of other useless knowledge flooding my meager brain cells.  Yet that’s the way I see society today, “grey dots” no distinctiveness, no personal responsibility, nothing memorable culturally and that concerns me – I don’t know why.

All I know is that when I see a restored car from the fifties or early sixties something happens inside me.  A jolt of excitement combined with recognition of something familiar and cherished – I’m reminded of my youth and the blessing of growing up as an American!  How about you?