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Movies that show the rich as good #4 Batman Begins

“And why do we fall, Bruce? So we can learn to pick ourselves up.”

Oh come on you knew he would be in here. Super rich guy who uses his money to battle crime and evil. Of course he’s going to be in this list.

So I chose this one film over the whole spectrum of Batman films for two reasons. The first is that I find the Bale/Nolan interpretation of the character to be far more human and realistic than any other version of the character. The second is that because this version of the film includes not one person to admire, but two.

The first is of course Bruce Wayne. Yeah a little off in the early parts of the movie, but once he finds his calling for his life—“I’m gonna show the people of Gotham their city doesn’t belong to the criminals and the corrupt.” It’s a very conservative/libertarian idea—I’m going to show people that they can stand up for themselves, I’m going to show them their problems aren’t so big that individuals can’t face them, and, as he says in a later film, “A hero can be anyone.” And this is what makes him better than the other visions of Batman which at their best seem to only be driven by revenge or guilt at their core (or campiness) and have merely sublimated it into something more productive…but rather someone who has moved beyond his need for revenge and self-pity to actually do something productive with his life.

Honestly, the argument for Bruce Wayne kind of gets made on its own…or you’ve really been living in a cave.

But there is another nice thing about Batman Begins: Thomas Wayne.
This film gives us a look at the virtues of the Wayne family that are often ignored just a little in the whole of films.

“In the depression, your father nearly bankrupted Wayne Enterprises combating poverty. He believed that his example could inspire the wealthy of Gotham to save their city.”

Thomas Wayne shows all the virtues of all those robber barons of the 19th century who used their earned wealth to build infrastructure, charities, fund churches and reform movements, who brought cheaper goods at greater quantities. Those evil bastards. They understood the call of the now overly forgotten virtue of noblesse oblige*–that with the wealth you have earned and inherited one of the most rewarding and fulfilling things you can do with that wealth is help others fulfill their potential as well. Wayne especially in his building a transportation system rather than just giving out the dole understands that it is systems and tools that help people more than just handouts.

“Gotham’s been good to our family, but the city’s been suffering. People less fortunate than us have been enduring very hard times. So we built a new, cheap, public transportation system to unite the city.”

Of course also this is the kind of man who through his superior actions as a parent also shows himself to be worthy of complete admiration. Even his dying words, “Don’t be afraid,” are concerned with the not just the physical well being of his son, but the mental and spiritual well being as well (yeah, it took Bruce awhile to internalize them, but he’s only human).

The Nolan series of Dark Knight movies as a whole is a wonderful depiction of human virtue and the good that people are capable of, but this movie also doesn’t give into the knee jerk ability to just portray the rich as vapid and pointless. (Notice also how offended even the rich are when Bruce starts to pretend acting like most Hollywood writers think the rich actually are).

*Yes I realize that the term has numerous definitions from the derogatory to the chivalrous, I’m going to use it here to more or less mean: To whom much is given, much is expected… or, if you prefer I keep in the comic book parlance for the blog, “With great power, comes great responsibility.” You might also look to Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics Book 4 Chapter 2 for a further discussion on this virtue.

Honorable Mentions in Film
I would be remiss to not mention two other rich people in film in conjunction with the Dark Knight films.

The first is Zorro. And I will say the best version of Zorro is still the The Mark of Zorro with Tyrone Power. Like Wayne, and in most versions of the Batman story the inspiration for Batman, Don Diego de la Vega is rich but cannot turn aside from the injustice he sees. So he dons a mask and becomes the Fox, Zorro. Now granted the wealth of a Spanish noble in Spanish California is probably not as ethically gotten as a modern industrialist, but it’s not as relevant to the story.

And of course, since most of Marvel’s stable of heroes are merely rip offs of DC characters we have to mention, Tony Stark. Robert Downey Jr.’s Ironman starts off as a bit more immature than Bruce Wayne, but over the last three films (and soon Iron Man 3) we have certainly come to love Tony, if not still finding him a bit egocentric.

These are highly entertaining films, albeit maybe not as deep as the Dark Knight films.

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Weekly Meditation: Spirit, Body, & Mind

Sorry about not having a meditation this last week. Work has been a little more chaotic than usual and here’s a basic rule of keeping your energy levels at a healthy level: learn when to say no. This is one of those things I am horrible about, I’m an obsessive compulsive workaholic…but I actually learned to say no to writing a mediation when I was too tired to say what I wanted to in any semi-articulate fashion.

So over the last few weeks we have covered how to recover and grow energy in your soul and how to make sure your body is in harmony with the physical world. Today I’m going to go over the last part of keeping your mind up. This is important because if your don’t keep your body and mind up then your soul is stuck in a body (controlling it through your brain) when both don’t work in harmony (think of putting a NASCAR driver in a Yugo with the break lines cut…it doesn’t matter how focused your soul is if everything it has to work with isn’t working).

Balance between mind, body, and soul is hard…but it’s something we should strive for.

So how to keep your mind working in tune with your soul? It might be my bias as an English teacher, but I recommend reading.

Like the last few weeks this isn’t really a just this week kind of meditation, it’s more of a continuous habit.

There are three kinds of reading and I recommend them all*.

The first is for entertainment. We usually have this down if we’re reading, but if you’re weird like me you sometimes have to remember to put down the philosophic tomes and actually read something for fun.

The second is philosophy. This is reading heavier nonfiction books (not just for information but to question and think). (Various logic games, puzzle and riddles can also work out this logic side of the mind).

The third and final way is through art. At a spiritual level, life is about seeing patterns in the world around us and deducing the lessons that life is trying to teach us through these repeated events. Often we don’t see the patterns. We don’t see that being confronted over and over again with an overbearing boss is really a call to stand up. We don’t see that loss is really life handing us opportunity. Or that painful situations are actually places to learn. Life is trying to teach us the lessons we need to reach enlightenment, sometimes with all the subtly of an Ayn Rand speech, and yet we still miss those lessons. That is where art comes in. The stripping away of levels in art to find the deeper meanings, and the more obscured themes is the best training I know of for learning to see the patterns within life itself. (Aside of course from meditation and reflection, but as to an external action reading of art does this better than anything I’m aware of…please let me know if you know of a something better). Poetry, literature, drama at their highest levels they teach us to think in our most spiritual ways.

Now I would recommend taking time each week for a little of all of these. A mystery novel, some Thomas Sowell, and maybe a little Tennyson (the combinations are endless). Granted it would be nice to have works that balance all three parts but aside from Shakespeare (and even he doesn’t always perfectly balance, not to mention you have to know a lot about the times and the language to get everything you want out of it) I know of few works that balance even two of these points well…let alone all three.

And if you take time to work on all three aspect each week, in conjunction with paying attention to being in harmony with the physical world and your soul, I believe you will find greater balance in your life and get more out of all these other meditations.

*Actually 4, when you count reading for information, but honestly you’re reading a blog about politics and religion, I think you may have staying informed roughly down.

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Movies that show the rich as good #5 Sabrina

 

“What’s money got to do with it? If making money were all there were to business it’s hardly worthwhile going to the office. Money is a by-product.”

First off let me say that it’s a good thing that they never remade this movie because that would have been idiotic and foolish and would have just a worthless piece of…what? They did what? With her? Are hallucinogenics a requirement to be the person who greenlights films?

Sabrina the story of a young woman who has always loved the young rich rake her family works for…but ends up falling for his older more serious brother. It’s a classic with some beautifully timed scenes of comedy and wit…and with the rare appearance of Bogart in a comedy.

However, while it’s a classic, I will be the first to admit you have to be in just the right mood for this film to enjoy it…otherwise there are just so many plot points that just don’t work. You spend most of the movie loathing William Holden’s character of David Larrabee: the younger son of a wealthy family who exhibits every cliché of the vulgar and useless rich. Yes lots of jokes are wonderfully made at David’s expense, but if you’re not in the right mood you just don’t understand why the family didn’t have the brat exposed at an early age. And you also have to be in right mood to ignore Audrey Heburn’s Sabrina, and her rather naïve and childish behavior. The only character you do like throughout most of the film is Linus Larrabee, Humphrey Bogart’s rather likable rich executive…and even then you have to overlook things like age and temperament difference (I will never understand Hollywood’s obsession with sticking Hepburn with significantly older men…Bogart, Peck, Grant…).* Complaints aside, it is a good movie, you just have to be in the right mood to ignore the odd setups.

So let’s get to the truly positive aspects of this film. Linus Larabee played by Humphrey Bogart. Now some people I know find him distasteful for keeping Sabrina and David apart via his shrewd and not-so-shrewd stratagems (Yeah, cause letting her go off with the eternal playboy David who would use her and throw her away would be so much more humane?).

But what I really love is that Linus, and by extension the writer of the film, understood the true and positive nature of capitalism, outsourcing, and globalization.


LINUS LARRABEE: What’s money got to do with it? If making money were all there were to business it’s hardly worthwhile going to the office. Money is a by-product.
DAVID: What’s the main objective? Power?
LINUS: Agh! That’s become a dirty word.
DAVID: Well then, what’s the urge? You’re going into plastics now. What will that prove?
LINUS: Prove? Nothing much. A new product has been found, something of use to the world. So, a new industry moves into an undeveloped area. Factories go up, machines are brought in, a harbor is dug and you’re in business. It’s purely coincidental of course that people who’ve never seen a dime before suddenly have a dollar. And barefooted kids wear shoes and have their teeth fixed and their faces washed. What’s wrong with a kind of an urge that gives people libraries, hospitals, baseball diamonds and movies on a Saturday night?

Capitalism creates prosperity and wealth where none existed before.

And while more data is presented even Bhagwati’s book In Defense of Globalization, does not put the power of capitalism so succinctly as Linus’ speech.

Capitalism, business, creation, innovation, this is what rich can bring us through investment and management…
…and occasionally a romantic plot line as well.

This is actually what motivates a lot of people—this is the motivation of Ayn Rand’s heroes that she could never actually articulate in a way that was acceptable to most people—this is why capitalism works, because people love creating things that make the world better AND get paid to do it! You mean I get to do something great AND make a fortune? Sign me up.

The romance, the comedy, the bizarre situations, for me all is secondary to the beauty of this one little speech.

*Not to mention this film would almost be more sympathetic from the viewpoint of David’s fiancée as her future brother-in-law distracts the gold digging chauffer’s daughter who seems to have no qualms about going after an engaged man…you really have to wonder how the original pitch session went, “So we’re rooting for the girl who is trying to steal a man from his fiancée over nothing more than an infantile crush? Oh, no, we’re rooting for the guy old enough to be her father to get her?” Granted, the movie is far better than my cynical side is suggesting…but still, it has these elements are just a little off kilter. **

**I think this election year is just making me more jaded than ever and I’m just nitpicking.

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Why I’m A Conservative and A New Ager

[I had a request to turn a comment I made on a previous blog into a blog of it’s own…so if this seems repetitive…that’s why…]

Recently a commenter left the following post:

I was really hoping to find a softer side of Conservatism here. I can’t seem to find that wherever I look. I also can’t understand how you can call yourself a New Ager and harbor so much anger? Completely hypocritical, as is most of the right… New Age = Love

It’s not hypocritical at all, and I’m sorry you feel that way.

New Age belief does not encourage or require that I turn off my brain or reason…and reason has a way of getting outraged when confronted with policies and actions that hurt others–you see it in the actions of Christ whipping the money changers, of Krishna telling Arjuna to slaughter his unjust relatives, in Lao Tzu talking about war needing to be conducted with the aim of peace, and in the actions and words of numerous other saints and enlightened beings in religions all over the world.

Yes New Age belief does believe in unqualified love of the soul…but not of the actions of the ego which hurts that soul. Those actions and the ideas that create them must be challenged both in ones own soul, one’s mind, and outside in the physical worlds. I cannot love the soul, and support the left which hinders the growth of the soul. And I cannot say obsequious appearance of concern for someone in the transitory moment is love, even thought the left tries to say it is. Love is caring for the true nature of the person, which is the soul and the soul’s journey to enlightenment.

May I ask you what you would consider “the softer side of Conservatism?” because is seems like all that term means is “a conservative who is willing to give in on any and every point, sacrifice any value, and capitulate on any policy just so liberals like you can be happy.”

If you’re repeating the liberal line about social conservatism, you’ll find none of that here. Social conservatism is simply liberal desire to control others by another name. As for my unwavering defense of capitalism and liberty, which parallel the New Age belief in free will, my support of charity over welfare, which parallel’s the New Age belief in spiritual growth…any moving from these points (other than in terms of practical compromise) to appear “softer” is to give into the manifestations of the ego in the physical world. I can’t be true to my beliefs in the New Age and not support them, defend them, and advocate for them. Yes I’m a little overzealous, (if you’re a New Ager you know it’s a habit of Indigoes to be passionate in the extreme)…but is there anything wrong in zeal for what is right and true?

Love is not opposed to reason, love and reason go hand in hand

But I would like to challenge your comment of “Completely hypocritical, as is most of the right…”
New Age belief believes in the free will. To support the leftist belief in government over the individual, entitlement over personal charity, control over choice…that would be hypocritical to support.
New Age belief believes that life is spiritual journey of learning. To support the left’s call for over-regulation that seeks to keep people from making mistakes takes away the ability to learn…that would be hypocritical of me to support.
New Age believes that every soul must make it to enlightenment on its own…thus the left’s call to force equality holds back individuals, and thus retards the day when all will make it to enlightenment…that would be hypocritical of me to support.
New Age belief believes in the quality of life, not the quantity…the left’s concern with income redistribution and entitlements of physical things places the focus on life on the wrong thing…that would be hypocritical of me to support.

In fact on every central tenet of New Age belief I can think of, New Age belief matched up with conservative economics and conservative foreign policy.

Almost every point of the left in economic and foreign policy is opposed the principles of New Age belief. And every belief of the left on social policy takes the correct idea to an illogical extreme. (I disagree with the social conservatism…but if you actually read a bit of my blog you would see that there are more than enough articles opposing that).

Is the right perfect. Nope. But it supports the individual. It supports choice and freedom and liberty. It supports my ability to grown and learn and develop. These are the bedrock principles of New Age belief as I understand them.

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Basic Econ Lessons #2 The multiple causes of this recession

“It’s all Bush’s fault, my completely inept behavior is not to blame in the least.”

I am tired of Obama claiming that he inherited this mess, that he prevented us from falling into another Great Depression, or that we can’t go back to the failed policies of the past as if it wasn’t his party instituting the failed policies that are actually to blame.  All of these lines are lies.

 

So let’s take these one at a time.

 

The first is that he inherited a bad economy. The truth is that he helped cause it.

 

Now how do I justify that?

 

Well think about the nature of what we say caused something.  For instance if someone has HIV and dies, it’s not as simple as saying they have HIV and it killed them. It’s that they have HIV, which caused AIDS, which allowed a flu virus to wreak havoc on their body, caused pneumonia which causes their lungs to fill with water stress the cardio vascular system and either die from drowning or heart failure.

 

The economy works in a similarly complex way. The Great Depression wasn’t caused by a single point.  The terms of the Treaty of Versailles weakened the international economy, caused gross inflation and many nations to default on loans, which hit at the same time as the bust in the natural boom and bust cycle of the US economy.  Now if this were the only problem the late 20’s would have seen a strong recession but little else.  Rather the US Congress in its usual stupidity considered the grossly idiotic Smoot-Hawley Tariff which would further depress the economy if implemented.  Businesses seeing that the tariff would be passed and not being idiots, prepared for worse economic times and pulled back on labor and investment.  This is what businesses do when they see bad times ahead, they cut, they save, they batten down the hatches so that they are lean enough and have enough reserves so that they can survive the bad times and still be around for the good times when they come again.  (Remember this point I’m going to come back to it).  This pullback to survive the coming bad times, combined with being at the height of an investment bubble, some bad banking policy, and the press overhyping the seriousness of the stock market, resulted in Black Tuesday.  Now the government turned a moderate recession into a bad one with just the rumor of the Smoot-Hawley Tariff…but then they did two thing that were even worse.  The first was that they actually passed the stupid tariff which further hurt trade and then the Federal Reserve, whose almost sole point during this period was to provide short term funds to get us out of emotional portions of panics and economic down turns, didn’t just not provide the funds which they were created to provide, but clamped down on funds and drastically pulled back on funds reducing the stock of money (the opposite of their intended purpose) which caused even more panic*, runs on banks, foreclosures and a whole host of other ripple effects which we call the Great Depression.  (This was then further exacerbated by FDR’s policies which turned a depression of a couple years into a decade of suffering).   (Am I simplifying here?  Yeah.  But let’s be honest you were already bored, you don’t want me going further into technicalities).

 

The point of these two examples is that there are structural problem (HIV and AIDS in the medical example; the boom and bust cycle, issues with banking structure, and the economic problems caused by Versailles in the economic one) and there are inciting incidents that cause the underlying problems to come out with a vengeance (contracting the flu or just considering the Smoot-Hawley Tariff).

 

How does all of this relate to Obama being the cause of the mess he said he inherited?

 

Well let’s deal with the structural problems in 2008. High debt (caused by both Democrats** and Republicans over spending), the government forcing banks to make bad loans via the Community Reinvestment Act, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (all Democrats to blame there) which caused a housing bubble, the threat of taxes being raised (Democrats to blame as they wouldn’t allow the Bush tax cuts to be permanent), energy price problems (mainly Dems to blame), corporate welfare weakening the fundamentals of businesses (most Dems, but also the GOP to blame), and over regulation getting in the way of commerce (again mostly Dems to blame).

 

But these had been issues for years so what was the inciting cause, the thing that made the bubble burst, and more importantly that prevented the usual kind of recovery we generally see in a boom and bust cycle?

 

Well we could probably find the cause by looking at how business reacts to changes in the political field.  As I said before, businesses aren’t stupid, they make long term predictions based on likely outcomes so that they can survive the coming disaster. Under this assumption you would likely see them cutting the fat in their business within a month or so of a development that bodes poorly for the economy (I say a month because it takes about that amount of time for a corporate structure to decide which investments to cut and how many employees they need to shave off the rolls).

 

So let’s take a look at the job losses in 2008.

 

Yes I know it says “Jobs Lost” and then shows the loss as negative number…which would actually mean jobs gained…but this is from Pelosi’s website when she was Speaker as I prefer to use Democratic numbers to show that even their own numbers show them to be in the wrong. I can’t help it if she and her staff are too stupid to properly set up a graph.

 

 

Now from this it is clear 2008 starts off bad but most of that initial loss you would usually see in a stagnant economy as those are the losses from seasonal jobs.   What we actually see are two major changes: one in March where we shift from just mild trimming of the fat to full on cuts, and another in August which starts off a major firing phase. So if it takes a month to respond to what happened in February and July of 2008?  Well in February Romney dropped out of the race telling businesses they were going to get stuck with center left Clinton, liberal McCain or socialist Obama…none of these good options.  And in July it became obvious to everyone that Obama had the election.  Amazing that every time that Obama went up in the polls losses grew. It’s almost as if business hearing the socialist shit he was peddling knew they were in for very long economic hardship…oh wait that’s exactly what they did.

 

Obama is the inciting incident that like the Smoot-Hawley Tariff sparked all the problems in the system to come to fruition.  These were structural problems that for the most part existed for all of his predecessors as well, but only he brought out the worst in this situation.  He didn’t inherit a mess, he created one.  He took an unstable situation and was the very thing needed to make bad, worse.  Yes others others, many others, are to blame for creating the structural problems (Bush included for being so weak willed and liberal in his attitude to the economy), but that doesn’t change the fact that Obama is the touchstone that set the whole mess aflame.  And as we’ll see it was Obama who took this bad situation and made it much, much worse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now I know I still have to deal with his claims that that he prevented us from falling into another Great Depression, or that we can’t go back to the failed policies of the past as if he wasn’t already instituting the failed policies that are actually to blame…but this blog is already 4 pages long and the most common complaint I get is that these blogs are too long…so I’ll deal with them in follow up blogs.

 

 

 

*Nowadays the Fed has gone to the other idiotic extremes and instead of providing limited amounts of short term funds to help get through the emotion driven lows, they’re pumping money in by the boat load which is as disastrous and idiotic as pulling back.

**And when I say Democrats I’m including RINOs who will always turn on their supposed conservative beliefs just to get their own pork projects…Ron Paul and John McCain come to mind.

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Obama’s abysmal attempt to look like he understands foreign policy

So as we approach this last debate Obama is beyond desperate…he’s to the point where he is just making his ignorance his only argument.

Namely Obama’s latest ad makes 5 really stupid claims.

1. The first is that Romney got his facts wrong about Obama not calling Benghazi a terrorist attack.  Obama didn’t call it a terrorist attack, his people went on a major cover up to hide his incompetence.  They kept saying it was about a video…if you believe that please contact me I have some lovely bridges to sell at rock bottom rates.  Meanwhile here is a link to a lot of videos that show the cover up…also I have video of Candy Crowley admitting that Romney was right and Obama is a liar. 
So what are they covering up?  Oh just that they knew there was a riot going on at the time.

Just that they had a predator drone over Benghazi that could have done something to stop the attack and save our people.

 

That Ambassador Stevens constantly requested security time and time again.  Including just 2 hours before his death.

  Along with the military advising to not pull down security in Benghazi.  

 

Also you have the Libyan PM saying it was a terrorist attack and a bunch of other people.

That the CIA told them within 24 hours that it was Al-Qaeda so there is no excuse whatsoever for the two weeks of lies.

 

So why this massive set of lies, cover ups, and leaving our own people to be murdered?  Because if you admitted the truth that Al-Qaeda is stronger than ever you have to admit that Obama’s triple plan of groveling, drone strikes that yield no actionable intelligence, and killing Bin Laden did nothing, less than nothing actually and Obama is a miserable failure on the terrorist front.

…oh…by the way…it appears that the latest scandal is that Obama didn’t even order the Bin Laden raid…Obama, or more accurately Valerie Jarett who seems to be the one who wears the pants in the Oval Office, kept calling it off…so the military and CIA just did it themselves and only told Barry after SEAL Team 6 was already in Pakistani airspace and couldn’t turn back.  God bless the United States Armed and Intelligence Service…and the opposite to that worthless excuse of a president. 

 

Oh on a related topic, when Barry says he ended the war in Iraq, I would like someone to remind him we still have lots of soldiers in Iraq fighting terrorists. And dying.

2. Obama claims Romney has undermined our relationship with Britain because of his comment about worries about Olympic security…you know the same worries everyone in Britain had.

As opposed to Obama’s reprehensible treatment of Israel which borderlines anti-Semitic.

As opposed to giving the British PM DVD’s as present.  Ignoring the tackiness of giving DVD’s, he gave DVD’s that only work in the U.S.

Or returning the bust of Churchill, which is an absolute insult to the British.

Or his lack of knowledge about etiquette during a toast to the British Queen.

Perhaps his deferential treatment to terrorist organizations like Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Or how about back-stabbing Poland and breaking a treaty with them for missile defense.

Obama has pissed off all of our allies.  Romney has good relations with Britain, Poland and Israel.  Remind me again who is less qualified in foreign policy.

3. The ad then tried to hit Romney because he said as foreign policy issues come up he will consult experts for each area of the world.  Heaven forbid! Romney will seek out the advice of experts.  Truly the acts of a terrible leader.

Unlike Obama who consults Valerie and no one else.  I mean this is Obama, he knows so much he doesn’t need to ever consult his jobs council, or his economic council…and let us remember Obama is such a great leader he never needs to attend his daily security briefing.  Obama is just so great he doesn’t need to seek advice from anyone…and that seems to be working just horrifically.

Good leaders seek advice…they make their own choices, but they surround themselves with people who offer informed advice…meanwhile Obama surrounds himself with pretty much the same kind of people who were telling Mao that everything was working and going great and the people were happy and prosperous.  (Election day is going to come as a complete shock to Barry.)

And trying to hit someone for saying they would seek advice just seems beyond pathetic.  Oh, this is the Obama administration.  They have created whole new levels of beyond pathetic.

4. They of course claim that Romney and his advisors are war mongers (because Obama’s done such a bang up job to achieve security…see point 1).

From ancient Rome to Sun Tzu to Ronald Reagan there has always been the knowledge that if you want peace you prepare for war because nothing acts like a deterrent to war like being the kind of people you don’t want to attack.

But to make Romney sound like war monger both in this ad, and in various other articles I’ve seen they try to compare Romney to that evil Neocon Bush.  This is stupid as Bush wasn’t a NeoCon, he was a foreign policy wimp and idiot, just like daddy.  Yes Bush had a brief flirtation with Neoconservatism after 9/11 when it was clear to even idiots like Bush that Neoconservatism is the only policy that works…but he soon fell back on idiocy.   A Neoconservative believes in building democracies…not just invading and thinking a democracy will just magically spring up.

Yes Romney has a lot of Neoconservative advisors…advisors that Bush ignored.  Ones that say if you have to invade, oh, have a plan for rebuilding the nation.  Minor stuff like that.

And let’s keep in mind it was Obama, not Romney or Bush, who did nothing for the last four years while Iran built up a nuclear program.  It was Obama who did nothing when the pro-Democracy protestors in Iran were slaughtered.  It was Obama who supported the pro-Islamist Arab Spring.  It was Obama who did nothing about Syrian genocide.*  It was Obama that has never spoken out against the violence against women and children by Muslim Brotherhood, and pretry much all of Islam.  See 14 year old girl in Pakistand that just wanted an education – truly evil – I am still blistering from his speech against them about that – Oh wait – no he never said a word.

No one wants war. But there are things worse than war—tyranny and genocide for instance.  And the person who is really committed to peace and against war, does everything in their power to make sure the causes of  (tyranny, genocide, weapons of mass destruction) things and does build up and prepare.  Obama seems to have done everything he can, short of assassinating little known Austrian nobility, to ensure the world is unstable.

Remind me who is pushing us to war?

Oh and before you bring up that BS story that Iran wants to talk now (you know only a few weeks before the election) right when Obama most needs a foreign policy victory…do you think maybe it’s because Iran wants a weak president in the Oval Office who will do nothing to stop them from wiping Israel off the face of the Earth?

(Okay that’s unfair.  Obama won’t do “nothing” when Israel is destroyed.  He’ll probably cheer.)

5. Not knowing who the enemy is.

Then of course they try to make fun of Romney saying that Russia is our chief adversary is stupid.  You know that country

Is there anyone he doesn’t grovel to…oh year, democracy and non-tyrannical nations.

Obama want to be more “flexible” with…like FDR was flexible with Stalin…

You know Russia which is in good with our enemies in Syria and Pakistan.

Russia which is supporting Iran.

Russia which is in a new alliance with China (and they’re such a friendly, human rights respecting bunch)

Russia controlled by dictator Vladimir Putin (if you think he won an honest election, boy are you stupid) who locks up anyone who disagrees with him.

Russia which is trying to become friends with all those Islamist countries.

Russia that just bought the election in Georgia.

Russia which has been poisoning foreign leaders it doesn’t like.

Russia which is selling aircraft carriers to China so they can expand their sphere of influence. 

Russia which is right now doing tests of its nuclear arsenal. 

Yeah that Russia which any foreign policy expert with half a brain knows Russia is really missing its former glory and wants it back (the Obama video tries to show Romney for being an idiot by quoting Colin Powell…who advised which idiot?  Oh that’s right.  Powell the genius who backed invading countries when we had no plan on how to rebuild them).   Will they fail eventually?  Yes.  But that doesn’t mean they won’t slaughter scores if someone isn’t there to stop them.

 

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The fact is that Romney plans a foreign policy of actually knowing something and developing of strong alliances, actually backing our allies, showing strength, and backing up our values with action if needs be. You know, the policy which saves lives in the long run  and expands freedom….unlike Obama’s policy of groveling, cowardice, Chamerlain-esque appeasement,  and cutting the military in a way that Obama’s Secretary of Defense called “shooting ourselves in the head”.

With support from dictators like that, how could you possibly be opposed to Obama?

*By the way, where did Syria get a weapons program from.  I can find nothing about a Syrian weapons program from any source until everyone was worried that their biological and chemical weapons would fall into the hands of terrorists.  It’s as if this weapons program just appeared out of nowhere…I mean it’s not like someone drove a massive amount of chemical and biological weapons into Syria from neighboring Iraq right before the invas–…oh, so that’s where they went.

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The Problem with Libertarianism

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Weekly Meditation: Regaining energy continued

Now over the last three weeks we’ve talked about how to keep and gain spiritual energy.  This energy of the soul is what keep us optimistic, happy and on the path to enlightenment.

However, it’s utterly useless if you don’t keep the physical aspect up as well.  The fact is that while we are souls, we are soul within physical bodies…and as long as we are attached to those bodies both the soul and body need to work in tandem (actually the soul the mind and the body need to work together…want to guess what I’m going to cover next week?) .

And I don’t just mean exercise…although that is extremely important.  We all know that once we start sweating we feel great for hours on end. That much I don’t even need to justify. Even if you don’t have a gym, push-ups, sit-up, jumping jacks and other things can be done at home.

But what I mean by physical is your interaction with the world.  You need to do something every day that makes you feel happy.  Spend some time with friends, spend some time in nature–every day.  Not as a route behavior, not to take up time…but to actually enjoy it.  Do something you enjoy and do it every day.  If you gather all this spiritual energy and don’t actually engage life, it’s all for naught (unless you want to be an ascetic in forest).

The holiday season is almost upon us.  So is cold and flu season.  And if you’re political at all the next three weeks are going to be hell on Earth on your nerves.  Don’t forget to take time every day to enjoy the physical side of life, either through interaction with others or through physical work…just get out of your head for a a while….otherwise it’s going to drain you of all your physical energy.

 

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How the Romney Tax Plan Works…or Math: Bane of Liberalism!

I cannot tell you how much I love this. Facts and Math: the bane of liberalism.

This of course doesn’t take into account such issues as velocity of money, increase stability of banks and increased eagerness to loan, the interest earned on that money not going to the government and the interest saved on the debt..blah, blah, blah…

In case you’re wondering he has gone into detail when not on Sunday talk shows which would edit his statements for time.

Thanks to the Snark Who Hunts Back for finding this and sharing it on her Tumblr page

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A look at foreign policy

I have some more in depth comments on foreign policy but let’s let some facts and words speak for themselves while I work on the longer blog.

The time line on Libya

And a look at security in Libya

CBS Reporter Lara Logan’s honest assessment

A look at how Iran views this whole mess

Now compare that cluster that is our current policy…to this…

And in case you think this is a temporary contrast look at a few months ago

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Movies that show the rich as good #6 Pretty Woman

Vivian: Tell me one person who it’s worked out for.
Kit: What, you want me to name someone? You want like a name? Oh, God, the pressure of a name… I got it. Cinda-fuckin’-rella

We’re going to deviate from the star of the film and focus on the rich people in this film for just a minute (after all that’s what this series of blog is about).

This movie is a little odd in that it actually shows two rich people (arguably three if you count Morse’s grandson, but he doesn’t really play that much of a part aside from being likable) who are decent human beings.

Let’s deal with the minor characters first. James Morse, played by lifetime character actor Ralph Bellamy, is the owner of the shipyard which brings our main rich character, Edward Lewis, to L.A. His shipyard which he has clearly built from scratch through his own genius, effort, blood and sweat, is on the financial ropes (the movie was made shortly after the crash of the late ‘80’s when a lot of industries were on the chopping block for creative destruction…which is actually one of the fundamental principles of a functioning capitalist system.) However, Morse’s company is not so flawed that it is as easy a kill as it first looked. And this is where we see the character of Morse. He is not the kind of man who whines about it being unfair—his first reaction to Lewis’ statement that he intends to dismantle his company is “I’ll buy your stock back.” He deals with Lewis fairly and offers to make him a fair deal that says ‘I’m sorry that you didn’t feel your investment in my company has not paid off. I believe in my company, I won’t bother you with emotional outbursts, I’ll deal with you as an adult and offer you a fair exchange.” His next inclination is to fight for his company and put his own money where his mouth is, like any man of character would. And finally when he sees that he facing insurmountable odds he seeks to cut a deal that will leave those who have been loyal to him in a safe position.

“Mr. Lewis and I are going to build ships together, great big ships.”

Seldom do you see Hollywood portray any of these traits. Often they are depicted as whining, willing to use other’s money and in the end really only caring for themselves. (And sometimes that first trait is viewed as a virtue).

Now onto the movie’s other rich guy, Edward Lewis.* Our first impression of Lewis is that he has problems with his personal relationships, but given the brief but very happy reunion with an ex-girlfriend, who seems to remember him fondly, it is clear that while not a master of personal relationships, he is a very well liked human being. Further at all points when he is honest and blunt with people (except when bluffing about stopping Morse’s defense contracts, but as in all games bluffing is expected).

Now some would claim that being the kind of businessman who engages in hostile takeovers to break up the pieces and sell them off is heartless and evil…of course this ignores the basic fact that by doing so, by engaging in what economists call creative destruction—weak companies die or are taken over before death, their products sold cheap their workers tend to find jobs in the same industries which have been revitalized with new supplies and workers. (Or you can go with the despair of “too big to fail”…yeah tell me how that brings prosperity). But even this claim is far fetched with Edward Lewis. The contrast comes in with two statements he makes, the first is in reference to Morse saying he would destroy Lewis, “I look forward to it sir.” And the second is in critiquing of his slimy lawyer (do lawyers come in any other form?) when, after giving him the beating he so richly deserves, he points out “It’s the kill you love” as an insult of Stucky’s character. Lewis’ character is shown by these two points (as well of a lot of smaller moves) that what he loves is not the destruction of another’s business, as those who obsessively hate the rich might suggest, but rather the challenge his job presents. Like most people who are very good at what they do, Lewis is constantly seeking a challenge, something to push himself even further. And it just so happens that he finds an even greater challenge worthy of his skill in rebuilding a business rather than simply taking it over, which is why he cuts a deal with Morse at the end of the film to help revitalize the business.

But, I will admit it is clearly Vivian Ward who helps him get out of the rut of just taking over characters. Lewis was not able to do it completely on his own. He was getting lost in his habits, and overly influenced by his sleazy lawyer, and it was Robert’s character that broke him out of his trance. But this does bring up a tangential point I would like to bring up. Several people I know hate this film because they think it’s derogatory to women because Ward states “I want the fairy tale.” As if that somehow is sexist and degrading to women. They apparently missed both the nature of the movie where Lewis needs Ward to survive and be happy and be not just a good person, but a great one. The character of Vivian Ward needed 3 grand, a week’s worth of nice clothes (yeah they show her trying on a lot, but she leaves with only a couple of garment bags that she can carry by herself…granted the Rodeo Drive stores probably knock the price tag up to $20,000-$30,000, but really she walked out with a week’s worth of clothes and that’s it). So it took at most $33,000* for her to get her life together, it is clear that while she might not have been as happy, she would have been just fine and done quite well for herself on her own. Edward Lewis needed her. She didn’t need him; it was just an added perk. Everyone forgets, that’s how her fairy tale (and I think the one all sane people have) goes:

“What happens after he climbs the tower and rescues her?”
“She rescues him right back.”

*I’m really going to ignore the ethics of picking up a prostitute. Sexual mores are extremely personal and seldom based on unbiased reasoning (and that goes for people on all sides of these arguments). In the end everything that occurs is between consenting adults and we’re going to leave it at that.
*And before you try to make that out to be a huge sum, keep in mind the clothes have limited value beyond opening more doors than her previous attire. I could give lots of people I’ve known 33 grand in cash and they wouldn’t be able to significantly improve their life. The character of Vivian Ward is the kind who can use whatever she has to make the most of her life, which is why she was never overly impressed or awed by Lewis’ money.

Everybody comes here; this is Hollywood, land of dreams. Some dreams come true, some don’t; but keep on dreamin’ – this is Hollywood. Always time to dream, so keep on dreamin’.

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Weekly Meditation: Sharing and increasing your energy

“O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek […] to be loved, as to love.For it is in giving that we receive.”–excerpt from the Prayer of St. Francis

For the last two weeks during the weekly meditation we have looked at cutting the etheric bonds that drain us of energy and restoring our energy by taping into the source of all love and energy, God.

However, taping into God isn’t as effective a source of energy as you think it might be.  Yes he’s giving infinite love and energy…but while God would fill you with infinite energy…you are not willing to accept infinite energy.  How do I know you’re not…if you were really open to it, you would be filled with it and you’d have reached Enlightenment. I have the feeling that most Enlightened beings are not reading the blog of someone who is still trying to figure out everything for himself…no insult to my readers intended, but I think we’re all still working on ourselves, and we probably have a ways to go.

So how do we increase the amount of energy we will let ourselves take in?

In a somewhat ironic way, by giving our energy away.

The energy of the soul is an odd thing. When it is taken from you by another person it leaves you feeling drained and depressed…but when it is given freely that’s a very different story.

When you willingly and joyfully give energy to another person out of compassion and love it doesn’t drain you at all but does increase the other person’s.  In fact intentionally recognizing the connection that we share with all souls helps boost your own energy.

Now theoretically you could send energy and love to every soul on the planet. And again this is what Enlightened souls try to do.  However this takes balance of mind and soul which most of us haven’t quite mastered yet…and if the balance isn’t right and the intention isn’t pure, it can quickly devolve into the draining of energy.  So for this week’s meditation let’s focus on only one or two people.

Now you’re probably already sending energy to the people you love at a subconscious level…but for the purposes of this mediation let’s try to make this a conscious meditation.  Think about the person you care about most in the world and just as you cut cords that were draining you before attach a cord to this person and envision the energy flowing from you to them…(if you’re still a little worried about your energy being drained, first connect yourself to God, and then see yourself as a channel of that love from God to you to the person you care about). Just as with the previous weeks, I promise you will feel refreshed and more energetic and positive by doing this.

Now if the person you care about also does these meditations, it allows for a particularly positive meditation.  If you both meditate at the same time and both keep channeling and receiving energy from the other you will find it has the effect of a feedback loop.  As the energy goes back and forth it grows more and more powerful with almost no effort on your part.

Now if you feel very comfortable you may also want to extend your cords out to two or three people…but only do what you’re comfortable.

 

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An Open Letter to Libertarians: Something you should consider

Libertarians.  Look, we’re not going to get along on everything.  Let’s just admit this.  Now we can sling insults and hold a grudge match that will get neither of us what we want…or we work together.

Now before we get into my proposal, I would like to go over three basic points.

The first is that it is better to get half of what you want than to get none of what you want.  Yes moral superiority might feel good for a few seconds but when it’s dealing with pragmatic issues, actually getting half of what you want is always better psychologically and tangibly.

The second is that politics is a game of trying to convince people who might be open to you.  Romney’s 47% comment, despite the Democratic spin, was a pragmatic comment of “there is a percentage of the country that does not agree with me and pandering to them won’t work.”  Thus any group that makes it clear that they will never vote for someone because of this or that issue makes themselves politically irrelevant.

The third is that Romney’s going to win.  Wednesday’s debate shows that we are going to have 4 debates of Obama and Biden getting their asses handed to them.  Add to that the fact that when you consider what we all know, that all the polls (even before the debate) were being cooked and are still being cooked (they’ve now moved from over sampling Democrats to under sampling independents where Romney has a 7  to 8 point lead BEFORE the debates).  Then take that fact that the polls are skewed and add the fact that the remaining undecided voters invariably vote 2 to 1 for the challenger, even a conservative estimate makes it clear that Romney already has the electoral votes and 3 more debates like that plus Obama clearly just phoning it in at this point means, that without question, Romney’s going to win.

Now, Libertarians, as much as I have been frustrated with you and your party this year, I say with all honesty, I want you to have a larger influence in all levels of government.  I may not agree with you 100% on all things, but trust me there are a lot of issues I stand about halfway between you and the Republican establishment.  On a lot of things you are the intellectual foundation of the Tea Party, and I want to see that foundation strengthened, not weakened.  I loathe the social conservative branch of the Republican Party, and I was beyond giddy when their nearly Satanic candidate Rick Santorum went down in flames.  But guess what?  You’re not making it easy to get the Republican Party to embrace it’s Coolidge/Goldwater/Reagan roots of libertarianism and kill this monster called social conservatism that is really just intrusive government under a different branding.

Why are you making it hard? Because you aren’t accepting point one that it’s better to get half than none.  The Republican Party does admit that.  You tell the Republican Party composed of Milton Friedman monetarists that unless they embrace the most radical branches of Austrian economics you won’t vote for them.  And knowing you’re this intractable, if they want capitalists in the GOP to have any chance of halting full on Keynsian socialism, they have to make a deal with the mixed economy people.  The GOP is willing to make compromises and go to or three steps to the right or left to keep it centered around their beliefs…but since you demand they go five steps to the right (two or three further than their morals will go) the two steps to left, while repugnant, prevents ten steps to the left.  (Of course if you compromised and made the three steps we did you would get more of what you want and we wouldn’t have to constantly compromise with the left).  Same goes with social issues.  I saw a Reason ad this week hitting Romney/Ryan for being terrible social conservatives who are opposed to medical marijuana.  Is this true? Not really.  Paul Ryan came out and said that he and Romney wouldn’t personally vote for it if they had a choice, but they consider it a state’s rights issue and will not get the federal government involved.  But apparently the libertarians over at Reason are so rigid that unless you embrace both absolute states rights AND complete social liberalism you’re just another big government hack.  A pragmatic person would say, if the federal government isn’t getting involved, what does it matter if the people in that government hold a different opinion.  But no, unless libertarians get to eat their cake, have it, keep it and eat it again over and over again, nothing is good enough for them.

Libertarians make it quite clear, that unless you march 100% lockstep with them, they will not vote for you.  And then they bitch about the fact that the coalition that is the GOP doesn’t listen to them.  We may not have a parliamentary government like most of Europe, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have coalitions.  We just form them when we form the party not when we form the parliament.  And, I’m sorry, if you want to be in the coalition you have to work with the coalition.

And I want you in this coalition.  And I want more voice calling for less government in the economy and in my personal life.  I want government out of religion and business.  I want that to be a legitimate voice that holds sway.

But you have to work with us.

So how do we make the Libertarian vote a legitimate voice again?

Well this election provides a great opportunity.

The first thing I’m going to say that in any state that is clearly 10 point to the Romney or Obama side, if you want to vote for Gary Johnson, vote for Gary Johnson and get your libertarian friends to come out.  In these states where, let’s be honest here, your vote isn’t going to make a difference let’s at least make it count by showing that there is a huge number of libertarians out there.

However if you live in a state where theoretically your vote could swing things (remember how close some of these states have been in the last few years) you need to vote for Romney.  (In the second half of this blog I’ll show you Romney will give you half of what you want, where Obama will give you nothing, but let me finish this line of thought first).  By voting for the Libertarian in large numbers in non-swing states but voting for Romney (and I would hope the GOP Senate and House candidates in close contests if you can stomach it) in swing states you are showing that the Libertarian Party has grown up and is willing to work with the Republican Party.  That you are the swing voters the GOP needs to get* and that you are open to working with the GOP.

In addition to this, you need to get every liberal you know to not vote Obama but vote for Johnson.  This will give a better clue as to which voters do really care about economic conservatism and social freedom.  Let’s be honest you may not agree with Romney on a lot of issues…but is there one you agree with Obama on?

Again this will show the Republican Party you’re open to compromise, that we can drop the social conservatives sometimes, and it will increase the power of the Tea Party and the Libertarian view in federal government.  The GOP is probably going to take Congress and the White House, but a move like this will temper any social conservative urge for fear it might alienate the segment they picked up, and embolden them on the economic conservative front as they will believe there will be no backlash.  It’s a win for the Libertarians.  It’s a win for the Republicans.  And it’s a loss for big government.

But I understand you might have reservations.  You’ve heard for months that Romney is big government, that Romney is just like Obama.  I get it, I was once there myself.  But when I looked at facts, I found that just wasn’t the case. 

 

Let me put out a few common complaints by Libertarians and show you how these complaints are not the case.

If you listened to some in the Libertarian party, these two are to the left of FDR…sane people know there is a difference between these guys and their opposition.

As I pointed out above, the Romney and Ryan ticket believe in states rights…and unlike Obama they’re not going to waste federal dollars prosecuting medical marijuana cases.  It may not be full legalization, but the end result is the same.

Another claim is that he’s going to outlaw abortion.  No he’s not, he’s going to try to get rid of all funding for Planned Parenthood.  You’re libertarians, like me, even if you’re pro-choice you should support getting rid of government funding of abortion.  Now he has said he’s supporting an Amendment to the Constitution–1.  The president has absolutely no power and no role in the process of adding amendments and 2. There is no way you will ever see 38 states agree to banning abortion…thus him saying that he’ll support an Amendment is like saying “I’d support cold fusion if someone actually created it”, it doesn’t matter because it’s not going to happen.  But yes he can appoint judges to the Supreme Court who might do something conservative judges hardly ever do, overturn previous major decisions…which would make abortion a states rights issue again (the court has the power to make something legal, but it has no authority to make something illegal…all overturning Roe would do is make it a states rights issue)…hey aren’t you libertarians in favor of states rights issues?

Same with gay marriage.  The amendment won’t go anywhere and he’ll keep it as a state’s rights issue. However, if the libertarians follow my suggestion they might be able to get enough power to propose disentangling the state from religion as it currently is in its treatment of marriage. But Libertarians would have to have some power for that to happen.

Romney has said he supports auditing the Fed and will sign the bill if it gets to him.  You give Romney a Republican Senate and you will get the audit of the Federal Reserve you’ve always wanted. Will you get that with Obama?

On spending Libertarians keep going off on Romney’s budgets in Massachusetts and the Ryan plan.  Did you miss that both cases were budgets designed to pass legislatures controlled by liberal Democrats?  Yes those things didn’t solve all the problems.  But they were as close as these two conservatives felt they could reasonably get past liberal legislatures.  (Romney’s did…and if Harry Reid wasn’t illegally stopping the bills from coming up, the Ryan plan would have passed as well.).  The actual outline of the budget (and it’s only an outline because Romney understands it is the House that is the only body with the Constitutional authority to draft the specifics of a budget). There is nothing in the Romney plan, or the 59 points of that plan that will not lead to cuts in government spending.

Yeah, after these 59 major things, I have no idea what Romney will do…

Screw the first 100 days, the first 100 hours is going to be productive under Romney.

On taxes this is the most bizarre one of all.  Romney didn’t raise a single tax as Governor of Massachusetts.  Taxachusetts.  That’s impressive.  That shows commitment to keeping taxes down.  Libertarians scream that he did raise taxes.  This is either a lie or insanity.  What Romney did do was raise fees for government services.  Why libertarians are upset with this, I’m not entirely sure…for decades I have heard and read capitalists from the more moderate Sowell, Freidman and Hayek to the extreme of Rand in the later years (after she had completely gone off the deep end) and every shade of capitalist and libertarian in between say that it would be better if the government raised revenue through fees rather than taxes.  Then someone does that…and libertarians scream he’s a bleeding heart liberal…for doing what they suggested.  WTF?  Are there some in the libertarian party (those with the pulpit) suffering from Romney-derangement syndrome?  I think so.  Yeah it would be better if he lowered taxes (you know like he wants to at the federal level) but let’s see how many taxes you could get lowered with a legislature that’s 87% Democrat?

Gun rights…the NRA endorsed Romney-Ryan…they don’t always endorse candidates, lots of elections go without an NRA endorsement…go on tell me Romney’s anti-gun.

RomneyCare is 70 pages and protect the private sector.  Obamacare is 300o pages and destroys the private sector.  A mandate is constitutional under the Massachusetts Constitution…it is not Constitutional under the U.S. Constitution (shame John Roberts has never read it).  Romneycare looks like what the Heritage Foundation proposed…Obamacare looks nothing like that. But please tell me how they’re the same.

The Patriot Act and NDAA…look we’re not going to agree on this one.  And you’re not going to get what you want out of either Romney or Obama.  What you will get is that Romney won’t sue courts to put back indefinite detention of captured foreigners (the bill that passed didn’t include indefinite detention of U.S. citizens who have not already committed an act of treason (which technically you could already hold them even without NDAA) (Libertarians are now going to throw a hissy fit and tell me I’m wrong….here’s the link to the bill    find for me the text that says otherwise…I’ll save you some time, it’s not there).  And yeah, Romney will use what parts of the Patriot Act haven’t been overturned by courts to go after terrorism (and most of you do realize that the majority of the Patriot Act was just extending the powers the federal government had against organized crime to terrorism, getting rid of the Patriot Act won’t get rid of the powers if you have someone like Obama who is willing to abuse every law for personal gain.)  I can say that, unlike Obama, Romney will keep to the letter and spirit of the law.  You don’t like it, and we won’t agree…but you have to admit one is better than the other.

Defense.  Again you’re not going to get what you want here. But would you prefer someone like Goldwater and Reagan who understand peace through strength and keep conflicts to a minimum….or someone like LBJ, Carter, and Obama who through gross incompetence spark conflicts that eventually draw us in whether we want them or not.  Further, I know you want the defense budget cut…Romney’s not going to cut troops or arms or the size of the Navy…but this is the genius of Bain.  Do you really think he’s not going to have some very good people go through every department and go line by line looking at all the worthless bullshit and eliminate that? Romney, will give you cuts in every department’s budget.  Big ones.  If you let him.

Look, like I said at the beginning it’s better to get half of what you want than nothing.  Romney will give you that half.  Obama won’t.  Romney believes in smaller government, Obama doesn’t.

I said that to be relevant you have to show that you’re willing to work with us.

And Romney’s going to win.

It’s up to you.  You can do what I suggested, vote for Romney in the swing states, vote for Johnson in the non-swing states and get every libertarian leaning liberal to vote for him too.  This will show the Libertarians have numbers but are also willing to work with the GOP, thus they can and should be courted as a voting block.

Or you can hold to your rigid stance that Romney and Obama are the same.  Attack both of them. And keep your ideas marginalized, keep the GOP beholden to social conservatives, and make it that much harder to get big government off our backs.

I hope you chose the win-win-win plan I’m suggesting, and not the lose-lose-lose plan of just holding rigidly to anti-Romney.

(Oh if there is some issue you truly feel Obama and Romney are the same on, let me know and give me a chance to dissuade you…but first please ask yourself if they really are the same…or it is just that Romney will only give you part of what you want and Obama will give you none.)

*Some might say that alienating the social conservative base will cause Republicans to lose.  But if you actually look at polls endlessly like I do, you’ll see that what turns a lot of moderate Democratic voters off of the GOP is not the economics but the social issues.  It’s a gamble I know, but if the GOP moved a little away from social conservatives I think they’ll win 3 blue dog Democrats for every social conservative radical (Santorum) who leaves the party.  But there has to actually be more than just Ron and Rand Paul advocating for this in the party.

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