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The Great Greg Gutfeld at The Reagan Library

The first 8 minutes is dead air, but if you skip that it is a great speech by the most under-appreciated personality on the right.

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Reflections on the Election: Why I was wrong, Why Obama Won, and what the GOP needs to do. Part II

So as I explained in the last part there are reasons that we can’t beat Obama at his game right now.  His data mine is geared to categorizing people by demographics of gender and race, things that can’t be changed, and then he plays to these groups based on promising them things (the fact that his gifts really hurt most of these groups in the long run is only secondary).

So how do we win?

Well first let’s take a look at a few things.

When you compare the 2008 numbers to the 2012* numbers you find that Romney beat McCain’s total numbers and he did much better than McCain in 32 states (possibly more as some states still haven’t certified).  The three states that saw the biggest loss in GOP numbers were New Jersey, New York (and Sandy might be partially to blame for those two) and California—all three liberal bastions where conservatives may have seen no reason to come out.

Obama did worse in all but 4 states.  (Again, maybe a couple more when the counting is done, but it’s still pathetic).

The next thing to look at is that Romney did better with almost every group (except Latinos) than McCain, including young African Americans (which offers hope that this voting block is beginning to realize they’re being used and exploited).

So we’re making headway anyway.

But we can’t rest on that for obvious reasons.

So what I see are the larger things that we, as individuals, may not have a lot of control over…and the smaller things we can do.

Let’s start with the larger stuff.

Now as the great Dirty Sex & Politics points out we do need to rebrand ourselves. 

And as many of the right have pointed out we need conservative media and conservative politicians to confront the liberal propaganda and spin even more.

And we also need to learn to not fall into all these stupid traps liberals set.

Now this last one is probably the easiest.  Most of the liberal traps deal with social issues (The libertarians did 600,000 voters better in 2012 than 2008, now, granted that’s a lot of anti-war liberal cowards, but it’s still something we can try and poach).  So everyone needs to remember this line and pass it on when it comes to any social policy at the federal level:

“I do not support that personally, but I am a conservative which means I support limited federal government and the Tenth Amendment.   While I don’t support that issue personally, it is not the place of the federal government to pick a side one way or the other, that is for individual states to decide and I will stop any attempt by the federal government to intrude on this issue.

And on issues where this can’t help but involve federal issues, the federal government must follow what the majority of the states are doing at the time. “

There you can be against drugs, gay marriage, abortion…but since we believe in the 10th Amendment we don’t think it’s the role of the federal government and will not do anything where the states chose in a way that contradicts our beliefs.  Social conservatives, this still allows you to not betray any of your values, but it also upholds your values of state’s rights…oh and it will allow us to win more elections.

You might want to tell me I’m wrong on this, but look at these exit poll numbers.

Blanket opposition to abortion isn’t going to win.  Ever again.  Now making it a state’s rights issue can win and you can prevent your tax dollars from funding anything…but just a blanket opposition is stupid.  The majority support abortion, the exit polls numbers and Gallup confirm this.

We need Voter ID laws in every state.  Better checks to make sure we don’t have false registrations (and Draconian punishments for turning in false registrations or “losing” the registrations of people aren’t for the party you like).  We need laws to clear the voter rolls every 2 to 4 years.  We need to dump these voting machines which seem to be a little too prone to leftist cheating and go back to paper ballots.  And we need laws ensuring that military will be counted no matter what.

Now really long term I would love it if we could get a lot of blue states to split their electoral votes, but that’s a pipe dream.  And really long term I think we need to look into overturning the 26th Amendment.  Yes, it seemed all nice and fuzzy and right to give 18 year olds the vote when we had the draft…but honestly, have you met most 18 year olds?  I mean we don’t trust these idiots with alcohol or rental cars…but we trust them with the future of the nation?  Yeah there are exceptions, and I’m more than willing to say anyone who has served or is serving their nation has the right to vote…but honestly, I think we need to move the age up to 30.  I mean just look at these numbers.  People under 30 are statistically idiots.

And of course we need the GOP to put some money into voter turn out at all levels, not just relying on the Presidential candidate to do it…which seemed to be their really dumb move this year.

Finally, the conservatives in power need to hold the line.

That means that the debt ceiling does not get raised (unless maybe we adopt the Ryan budget and overturn Obamacare).

That means we don’t make compromises unless we get something we really want or it gets us halfway to our goals….

…oh so you want to raise taxes on the rich.  And we want to get rid of loopholes and lower those taxes. We’ll meet you halfway and get rid of all loopholes for those making over $250K. (That way we just have to worry about lowering the rate when we get in).

…oh you want big public work programs and amnesty for all the illegal immigrants (oh I’m sorry we can’t use that term anymore, migrant felons)…okay then we want real immigration reform in exchange for amnesty and we’ll let you have a big public works project building a big damn wall on the southern border.

You know compromises like that.

As for the sequestration…I’m not that concerned about it honestly.  Yes it will cut military spending, and in the short run this is problematic.  But honestly the smaller military that this dimwit has at his disposal, that’s probably for the best.

These simple things will help us stay true to our values but make us more likely to win, reduce the liberal chance to cheat, and get us what we actually want.

This needs to be the plan the GOP holds to because it is the plan that will work.

But what can we do as individuals?  I’ll deal with that in the third part.

*I’m going to spare you the chart with all the state by state numbers unless anyone asks for it.

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Weekly Meditation: Trust Thyself

 

So rather than come up with a meditation for you this week, I thought the most important thing for everyone would be to look for your own answers.

So this week I would recommend you make a list of questions that you have for God and the universe.  Go to a quite place and rest in a comfortable position (preferably as close as you get to lotus position as you can, but whatever works for you will be best).

Ask your questions that you want answered, either aloud or just silently to yourself, and sit quietly for the next 5-10 minutes focusing on nothing.  If the answer comes to you, great…if not understand you may not need the answer yet or it may not be the right question you should ask…but don’t think that just because you don’t get an answer that the universe doesn’t hear you.

I know, not as focused as some of my other meditations, but it can possibly be more useful to you in the long run.

 

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Reflections on the Election: Why I was wrong, Why Obama Won, and what the GOP needs to do. Part I

Okay so I needed to reflect on the election for some time before I wrote anything meaningful on this.  Quick statements just to fill air time have over the past couple of weeks mainly been ignorant, self-serving or just stupid.

Why I was wrong

I was wrong because I made the incorrect assumption to trust that polls like Rasmussen would continue to be the most accurate.
I was wrong because I made the incorrect assumption to trust equally respected polls that showed huge Republican enthusiasm which would usually mean that the Rasmussen polls were off in favor of Republicans.

I was wrong because I simply assumed PPP polls would continue to hack partisan polls that were never all that close.

I was wrong because I assumed Democratic cheating wouldn’t be as effective as it was.
I was wrong because I, even I who have a very low opinion of people, couldn’t possibly conceive of people being so fucking dumb that they would reelect this idiotic wanna-be-despot.  I really couldn’t believe America could be that dumb.

Why We Lost

First off, between counties that had over 100% turnout, military ballots being sent out at wrong times and then going missing, programmers saying every electronic machine was rigged, and buses of immigrants showing up to vote out of the blue, the fact is that there appears to be a heavy amount of cheating going on by the Democratic party.  I’d say I’m shocked but I’m not.  This is what democrats do.  Now is every accusation of cheating real, doubt it, and fewer still are provable, but you’re living in la-la land if you think elections have been on the up and up when it comes to Democratic votes…it’s how they’ve won elections ever since Joe Kennedy bought the election back in 1960.

But I was expecting cheating and fraud…which means either the Democrats have gotten even better at it, or, as I’m more afraid is the truth, people were kind of dumb on November 6th.  The fact that cheating was enough to sway the election means that we have problems because this shouldn’t have even been close, this should have been a landslide against Obama and yet it wasn’t.  So that can’t be the only problem.  What else went wrong?

We can also blame the media.  Almost every reporter on the Romney trail and most of the major outlets were trying to find gaffes and slip ups.  They were actively trying to portray him in the worst possible light.  And they were conveniently ignoring everything about Obama and his record, including, low and behold that Obama let 4 Americans die through his depraved indifference because he thought going in might be bad for his reelection.  But we can’t lay full blame on the media, because as annoying and biased as they are, there’s Drudge, there’s FOXNews, there’s Breitbart and the Blaze and Twitter and NewsBusted and the Washington Times and the Heritage Foundation and a 101 other sources.  The information was there if people just listened.

Well apparently the ground game was abysmal from the GOP and great from Obama’s side.  Now part of this is that Obama used his obscene huge data mine to play his usual game of divisive politics (more on this later) Part of the problem is also that Romney’s system  which was supposed to help make sure all GOP voters got to the polls, ORCA, failed on election day—hmmm, an online system to help conservatives failed…I’m going to offer 50/50 odds that the terrorists known as Anonymous might have had something to with this.  But whether they did or not, I have to ask where was the ground game for the GOP House, for the GOP Senate, from local state parties?  As usual the entire party disappoints me.  We had a terrible ground game and did not do enough to get people to the polls.

Now many idiots (Santorum, Gingrich, Levin, etc) want to blame Romney.  This is beyond wrong because Romney didn’t do anything wrong.  As Ann Coulter points out Romney wasn’t the problem.  Romney was a conservative’s conservative.  Now I think Romney was not as much of a fighter as he could have been…but I don’t think that would have made a difference because every time he tried to hit the worthless jackass hard the media spun it as Romney was a terrible person…so is it Romney wasn’t a fighter or is it that Romney just knew to avoid a fight he couldn’t win?

But even with all of that why did we lose?  Well because Romney was right.  There is a portion of this country that thinks they’re entitled to shit and Obama targeted specific groups and pandering to them by giving them gifts.

Oh before you dare complain about that statement, let’s look at a few facts.

According to the exit polls here are the groups Obama did really well with (I’m defining really as over 10%) Women, those under 30, non-white voters, those with a high school diploma or less (he was +29 with those with no diploma), the LGBT crowd, those people who never get out of academia known as the post graduate crowd, those making under 50K, people who do not go to church very often.

Hmmm let’s look at those groups again.

Women…pandered to with the fake war on women and Fluke’s endlessly whining.

Under 30…pandered to with promises of more college money (by the way you do know he’s cutting Pell grants right?)

Those without education and making less than 50K pandered to food stamps and welfare and a whole lot of other entitlements.  As Dennis Miller points out you can make close to 45K just by living off the dole these days.

And those with Post Graduate degrees (already being fairly clueless of how the real world works) he pandered to with promises of more teaching jobs.

The LGBT crowd with promises of gay marriage (then turned around and said it wouldn’t be a priority for him).

And the largest group with the non Caucasian crowd, Latinos, he gave that Dream Act amnesty with the implication more was on the way.

Of course the difference between Obama and Santa is that, worst case, Santa will give you a piece of coal, whereas Barry is not only not going to give anyone what they promised, but he’s going to outlaw coal as well.

Yes how terrible of Romney to point out that that Obama’s giving out things and making promises to specific groups was giving out things and making promises to specific groups.  How dare he pay attention to the man behind the curtain and not just fall in line with the typical intentional ignorance of what is going on?

Obama divided people into groups, played on the most base impulses and fears of any individual and treated them as he sees them, only as groups.  And this worked for him because education, media and the government have treated people only as groups for years.  And we lost because of that.
Now the knee jerk reaction might be to start playing their game of identify politics, as some have suggested.  But this is a losing strategy.  The only way to win identify politics, to say that this group values things that other group don’t, is Obama’s way to give out gifts.  We are conservatives, we believe in ideas, in values and in individuals, and to treat people as only members of groups is to betray our values and forget everything that makes America, America.  Now there are things we need to do, and I’m going to go into more detail on that soon, but we must realize we lost because for years they have been playing this game of divisiveness and hatred and that we haven’t confronted it head on is the reason we lost.

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How a New Ager Views History

 

How a New Age looks back on history…

So in the last week I’ve been asked by several conservatives why I am still fairly hopeful for the future (the long term, not the short term—short term sucks) in light of the fact that both here in America and basically everywhere overseas we’ve been guaranteed at minimum four years of going to Hell in a hand basket.

 

Now my optimism is an extension of my faith.  I see mankind as moving toward Enlightenment, not just of some, but eventually of everyone.  And while Hinduism and Buddhism have many statements about everyone eventually reaching Enlightenment, I always like to go to prose of A Course in Miracles:

“You are as certain of arriving home as is the pathway of the sun laid down

before it rises, after it has set, and in the half-lit hours in between. Indeed,

your pathway is more certain still. For it can not be possible to change the

course of those whom God has called to Him.”

I have faith that humanity is moving toward complete Enlightenment.  It is not a question of if, it is at most a question of when.* It will happen.  Every soul will reach complete Enlightenment and return to being one with God.

 

Now it’s easy to say this as a statement of faith, but even the faithful need something to justify a belief in…and more importantly need to at least see that in the long run there is nothing to contradict this viewpoint.

 

 

So let’s look at this.  As I pointed out in Republicans and Reincarnation, whether you want to use the system of chakras or a myriad of other versions in other cultures, there seem to be seven stages in the evolution of the soul back to Enlightenment. More or less each stage corresponds to the energy and issues often associated with each Chakra.

 

 

Now we could go over each stage and each chakra, and I know you love when I make these blogs like ten pages long, but the fact of the matter is that, right now, I would say only the smallest portion of humanity are above the issues of the third chakra.

 

The first chakra, the root chakra, is associated with our physical existence.  Do we have enough to survive?  Are we safe in this instant?  Do we live in fear for our existence?  Do I live?

 

The second chakra deals with safety and security.  Not just surviving in the instant as the first chakra looks to, but to long term safety and comfort.  Not just do I have what I need but do I have what I want?  Do I win?

 

The third Chakra deals with self control and self awareness.  Not just having things but doing things?  Not just comfort but achievement.  Do I strive?

 

(The first three chakras are remarkably similar to the first three levels of Maslow’s hierarchy.)

 

 

Now since at some level each soul is connected to each other even if one soul is extremely advanced they are affected by those around them.  This is why stories of ascended masters and saints often describe them having a positive effect on people just by their presence and conversely why it is best to avoid being in proximity of those who are very negative.  And since we are all connected society as a whole acts like much in the way of an average of the collective evolution of all its souls. And as all souls are reincarnated and evolve so does society.* So, the question then becomes, if I’m right, and the world is experiencing a continuous growth in spiritual evolution is there any evidence of it?

The answer is yes.

 

If the average of people were working out problems with level one then society would be about survival, it would be about power, it would be about having more and more, not quality or comfort, but more in a numerical value where the chief worry is famine or invasion.  You would see constant conquest, constant struggle, and constant fear about not having enough.  Sure there might be the occasional enlightened person or at least some not consumed by a desire for protection and safety, but they’re the exception (and groups of them are especially the exception.  To a person or a society at this level, the universe is chaotic, uncaring maybe even vengeful—there is no way to reason with others, with God, with life, there is only power and ability to survive (in practice, it’s a little Hobbesian).   This pretty much describes all history until around 1400 CE.  The rulers always had to have more, the common people never really complained so long as they were promised safety (ignore whether that promise was actually kept).  At your highest moments most people were looking for no more than bread and circuses.

 

For a society where the average level of the second level you would find people not so much concerned with just safety but now with comfort (and at its worst decadence).  You won’t see as much a desire for power but for rules and order.  You would see an outlook that saw the universe not as chaotic, but ordered…still often uncaring, but not capriciously so.  And again we see this in history.  Starting just before the turn of the common era you see society from Europe to China more concerned with rules, with what we would match the requirement of any general definition of civilization.  And from this point until around 1400 you see the battle conflict between the predominant themes of level 1 and 2 defining the time, power vs. rules. And from 1400 from the Renaissance/Scientific Revolution in the West, Ottoman control in the Middle East and the Qing Dynasty in the East.  Not that the world is suddenly a bastion of humanity and good will toward each other, but the focus seems to have made a massive switch from a universe defined by brute force to one defined by rules (often very evil rules, but rules nonetheless).

 

And with level three we see people and society move from a concern not just with things but with the individual, with personal accomplishment and personal achievement—of a search within one’s self for what they want.  And while there have been strains here and there of this dating back even to the ancient world, this strain started to appear en mass in the 1700’s. (I know I’m going over this in very general detail and often ignoring those moments where this group or that makes a major step forward or back…and if anyone wants I’ll go into more detail, I will, but for now the very broad swaths seem to make the most sense).

 

And now we are beginning to see the whole world tilt from an average of level two to level 3.  (Yes the unfortunate side effect of level 3 is a me, me, me attitude…but it’s slightly better than resigning yourself to fate.)

 

Now also with this you’ll see that when you switch from one level to another there seems to be a purge of the old ideology through what is unfortunately a very effective way for people to learn, suffering.  (Aeschylus stated in Agamemnon that “Only through suffering do we learn.” This is not the only way people learn, but sadly, so often, many people only learn when they hit rock bottom and have to confront their beliefs without any illusions.) In that transition between level one and two you have the world wide pandemic.  A great karmic blowout that cleared out the majority of the issues from the old way of thinking and ushered into the new.  And if you apply this basic line of thought you see it is true also in smaller societies as you see this growth in smaller more concentrated areas.  And I think we’re in for an economic equivalent of this purge now as we move from an average of level 2 to level 3.  Now, given the fact that there does seem to be some increase in speed between levels one and two, I hope this karmic purge doesn’t take the century it did in the 1300’s, hopefully we’re right in the middle of it with only 4 years or so left.

 

Oh sure you can probably say I’ve engaged in this fallacy or that, superimposing my beliefs and interpretations onto what are otherwise unrelated events or issues.  But like I said, this is primarily about an issue of faith. I am merely showing that my faith isn’t completely without justification and doesn’t contradict what we know to be fact (unlike, say, ignoring all the evidence that shows your creation myth might be a little off from what really happened), you may not believe it, but at least it isn’t completely baseless.
So why I am optimistic?  Because I believe, not entirely without reason, that this is the storm before the calm and what lays on the other side is well worth the inconvenience in between.

 

*Technically time itself is an illusion, so I’m not sure if it’s really a question of when either.

**Yes even I have said that reincarnation does not necessarily go in a straight line through time, but most souls at the level one and two levels are more comfortable still perceiving time as linear and thus their souls reincarnate in this linear fashion.  And yes, since some people have pointed this out, souls reincarnating out of linear order in time does do some fascinating things to the laws of causality…I will defer to a much better writer to describe it: “People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually, from a non-linear non-subjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly timey wimey… stuff.”

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Weekly Meditation: Prayer for those who need it

Too often in modern society we pray for things we want and don’t meditate and listen to the universe and work with it.
But prayer is important, and it can influence the world.
So this week I would ask that everyone pray for those in Israel. Once again they are being attacked by terrorist and the international cadre of anti-Semites who are hell bent on defending those butchers.

Please, at least once a day, spend five to ten minutes praying for those in Israel.

(…and if you want to throw in a prayer for America as well, we could also use it.)

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Why we fight, or, I will not shrug

“Mr. Rearden,” said Francisco, his voice solemnly calm, “if you saw Atlas, the giant who holds the world on his shoulders, if you saw that he stood, blood running down his chest, his knees buckling, his arms trembling but still trying to hold the world aloft with the last of his strength, and the greater his effort the heavier the world bore down upon his shoulders-what would you tell him to do?”
“I . . . don’t know. What . . . could he do? What would you tell him?”

To keep doing what he knew in his heart to be right, no matter the cost, no matter the struggle.

So in amongst all the stupid idiots claiming that Romney didn’t win because he wasn’t conservative enough (yes, because his economics were more conservative than Reagan’s, his foreign policy was as conservative as Reagan’s and like Reagan he seemed to have a certain libertarian streak for social issues at the federal level…no, not conservative at all) and all the bickering over “demographics are destiny” (possibly the stupidest line I’ve ever heard), I heard a very bleak assessment by Dennis Miler:

I like a country where people bust their tuckus, and I think this country’s gone a long way towards becoming more of a European model. And I would say, once again, read the book, Amity Shlaes’ book, The Forgotten Man. If you are out there now making $45,000 a year, busting your hump, being away from your family because it’s in your hard drive to do the ‘right thing’– the ‘right thing’ changed in this country yesterday. You can get close to that from the government. And I’m telling you, when Nancy Pelosi said ‘kids take some time off, read a book, learn an instrument’ well listen it’s not always about kids, sometimes it’s about these hard working guys out there who I feel sorry for. And I would tell them, get in the hand out line, don’t get in the hand down line anymore—it doesn’t make sense.

I understand where Miller is coming from…all too well. That’s what is so disheartening about this election is that 62 million people voted to ensure that the 300 million in this nation will continue to suffer, continue to struggle, continue to lose what they have made and continue to work for what must seem to no avail. And damn them and their shortsighted grasping evil ways. They voted in a tyrant that will hurt the people of this nation and the world. And it just hurts to see that there is nothing we can do about it right now.

But Miller is wrong; the right thing did not change on Election Day.

The right thing before the election and after is to do what is right. And it will never be right to take something that has been stolen from another person. It will never be right not do everything in your power to make your life, your family’s life and the world around you better through whatever means you have.

I understand what Miller is saying, and I understand why he feels that way. But I cannot give up. It is just not in my nature. I was pretty depressed on Tuesday night and I even briefly took a longer than usual look at all those emails I get with offers to teach overseas (they were still not tempting enough). But what got me through were two things. The first was my faith in the universe that everything happens for a reason and that eventually everything will work out as it should—even if there are periods of extreme pain and suffering.

The second were two quotes.

The first was from one of my preferred British politicians, Tony Blair:

That’s what we’re fighting for. And it’s a battle worth fighting.
And I know it’s hard on America, and in some small corner of this vast country, out in Nevada or Idaho or these places I’ve never been to, but always wanted to go…
I know out there there’s a guy getting on with his life, perfectly happily, minding his own business, saying to you, the political leaders of this country, “Why me? And why us? And why America?”
And the only answer is, “Because destiny put you in this place in history, in this moment in time, and the task is yours to do.”

The quote may have originally been about the war in Iraq, but the sentiment is still true. There is right and there is wrong. There are policies that promote liberty and there are those that promote tyranny. It doesn’t matter if you want the fight or not, if the fight is there and you recognize right from wrong then “destiny put you in this place in history, in this moment in time, and the task is yours to do.”

But what if I just let some else do it?

And that’s where the second quote comes in, from one of the greatest movies ever made: Casablanca.

When asked why we fight, the character of Victor Laszlo gives the perfect answer.

Rick: Don’t you sometimes wonder if it’s worth all this? I mean what you’re fighting for.
Victor Laszlo: You might as well question why we breathe. If we stop breathing, we’ll die. If we stop fighting our enemies, the world will die.

There is right and there is wrong. Good and evil. And every step Obama has made has been in the absolute wrong direction, and I have no faith he’s going to change course. (If he did, hell I’d support him—but I’m not so stupid as to think for one second he will). And thus whatever limited power I have through this blog, through my interactions with others; I have to use to push against this man and the ideology he represents.

Capitalism.  Liberty.  The Individual.  What is Right, and Good, and True, and Just.  America.  These are things worth fighting for, regardless of whether we win or not.  The fight holds its own virtue and is never in vain, for even if we don’t win this battle, or the next, or the next we provide the groundwork for the next person to pick up where we left off.

I’m not terribly convinced I’m going to win this fight in the short run. A miracle could always happen, but only a fool bets on them. But we do what is right because it is right, not because we are assured of winning. Yes there are times to make tactical retreats (which I think everyone forgets Atlas Shrugged was supposed to be, but Rand in her ever inefficient way hammered the let them have what they want point and forgot to hammer harder the point of we need to do this to have a chance to actually win in the long run) but that does not mean give up. So despite the taunting of some trolls, and despite Miller’s depressed statement. I will still be my workaholic self, because to be anything less would not be true to myself and for me would be unethical. And I will continue to use this blog and any other means I can find to advocate for what I believe to be true. Now I’m also going to divert a lot of the energy I’ve put into the blog for the last year into other projects I have neglected…
…but I will not shrug. And I hope I am not the only one.

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Weekly Meditation: Have Faith

If you’re a regular on this blog you already know that Tuesday night and Wednesday will never be recorded as the happiest days of my life.

Any rational assessment of the situation is a fairly dark one.  Barring some kind of miracle, the nation and the world are in for economic hardships, stagnation, and suffering (and possibly worse).  The people who claimed they care about others more just condemned multitudes to more anguish.  Very compassionate, I’m sure.  And this left me extremely depressed.

But depression doesn’t last forever.*

And as I said in my last blog I believe that everything happens for a reason.  I’m still not entirely sure what that reason is, I have some speculative thoughts (which I will cover in another blog), but I can’t fully fathom what this reason is with certainty.

However, this uncertainty is not worrying me all that much.  Because in the midst of my despair I remember something I think I briefly forgot. Faith.

And this is where we get to this week’s meditation.  Between the hectic life of the holiday season, declining economics, lowered levels of sun light and random other factors of life, this can be a frustrating time of the year even if you’re not obsessed with politics like I am.  We need to remind ourselves that there is something higher and more important than the day-to-day frustrations.

For me the passage I turn to (and need to remember to turn to more often) is from the opening of A Course In Miracles:

Nothing real can be harmed.

If you haven’t read it, you should.

Nothing unreal exists.

Herein lies the peace of God.

This lines always reminds me  (you may have a different line that reminds you, feel free to share) that first and foremost you are a soul—infinite, immortal, beyond harm and suffering—and nothing that happens in this world can truly harm you. That this too shall pass, and some day, you will return to the perfection of being one with God.

So every day I would suggest you try and repeat this at least twice a day (every hour would be even more helpful) and spend a few moments letting it sink into your mind.

Think about those words.  Trust me, they have very calming effect and remind you that there is light at the end of the tunnel even if you can’t see it yet.

 Nothing real can be harmed.

Nothing unreal exists.

Herein lies the peace of God.

*If it is, seek psychiatric help, you’ll feel better for it.

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Time to start boycotting!

I am going to suggest to everyone that we on the conservative side have power in the free market.  We do not do well in national elections for whatever reason but we can affect changes in the media (which I consider a big part of the problem) by flexing our muscle in the market.

I decided to start small by seeing what advertisers are on Chris Matthews Show.  I found 4 that I thought were big and well worth starting with.

Charmin, Honda, Nissan and Crest are big advertisers and well known and used products so I propose we start there.

The object is to let the companies know that we do not appreciate their advertising on shows that are extremely biased and vicious to the other side.  Shows that lie and withhold truth.  We do not care that there is another philosophy out there just that ours is presented fairly and accurately.  We are tired of lies from the left media and not following important stories just because it would hurt their favorite candidate or party (example: Benghazi story).

The companies need to understand that if they continue to support such shows or attitudes we will not purchase their product and will actively try and stop purchases of their products.

If we start here and get the word out and receive the eventual response I believe we can get then we can go after other companies.  But let’s start here and work out.

Thanks so much for your support in this!

I will be retweeting this article daily and hope that you will do so also.  If you have facebook or other sites please post there also.

Charmin Contact info:

http://pg.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/p/59/c/0

Honda Contact Info:

By Phone
At our toll-free number: 1-800-999-1009

By Fax
(310) 783-3023 (24 Hours)

By Mail
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Honda Automobile Customer Service
1919 Torrance Boulevard
Mail Stop: 500 – 2N – 7A

 

 

Nissan Contact Info:

http://www.nissanusa.com/apps/contactus

 

Crest Contact Info:

http://www.crest.com/contact-crest.aspx

 

 Changes – P&G has responded favorable and is not advertising (Charmin & Crest)

These 2 new products need to be responded to:

Campbells Soup

http://www.campbellsoupcompany.com/Feedback.aspx#promotion

Fed Ex

http://www.fedex.com/us/customersupport/call/index.html

Twitter – @FedEx   Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/Fedex

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First reactions

I really overestimated the intelligence of the American public. It shaded the way I looked at things and made me say there is no way that these idiots can come out again in those numbers for this treasonous asshole.

Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.–H.L. Mencken

I assumed values, logic, reason, character, and the future would win the day.  I was wrong.

The battle has been lost.

But war is over only when you surrender or you die.

And so we start again.

We need to fight to make sure that the House of Representatives holds strong against this tyrant and does not budge an inch.  Not a single.  Not on the debt ceiling, not on the budget.  Nothing.  There is no compromise with tyrants and Obama is a tyrant. (Some very ignorant people will claim, he’s not a tyrant, he was democratically elected…just like so many other despots have been popularly elected. A tyrant is first and foremost defined by what they do with power.)

My spiritual beliefs cause me to believe that everything, from small things in a person’s life to major historical events happen for a reason and happen to make us better people and bring us close to Enlightenment…but I’ll be damed if I can figure out how.

I just feel dead inside.

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We’re going to win.

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by | November 5, 2012 · 7:01 pm

Weekly Meditation: Learning to Disengage

As you probably have realized a lot of these meditations come from whatever problems I run across in my own life…writing about obstacles I find in trying to achieve balance and abundance in my life helps me work through them, and hopefully you’ve found something you can take away too.  So this week I want to talk about disengaging from things that have no value to you.

Why is this coming up?  Well in my life I’m getting a little bogged down by both work and the final sprint of this election and I have had to learned to prioritize better than I usually do.  (Saying no to work is a little hard for me, I’m a bit of an oppressive compulsive workaholic…no?  really?  Said anyone who has waded through the nearly 3,000 pages of this blog)…but it’s going to get worse in the next few weeks.  I assume that if you read the meditations you probably also pay attention to the politics of this blog, and then you know that no matter what happens (Romney’s going to win) the next couple of weeks will probably be a little touch as just under half the country is bound to be really pissed off and will probably be looking for someone to fight with to blow off their rage.

Now from a spiritual perspective standing up for, advocating and fighting for your beliefs if necessary.  Even if your meager efforts have no effect on the world as a whole, it is hopefully the act of carrying out your beliefs that helps you refine your beliefs and allows you to learn from your experience. Krishna didn’t tell Arjuna to run away; Christ wasn’t encouraged to back down; Moses kept coming back demanding his people be let go; Lao Tzu never suggested we should back down in the Tao, and saints like Joan are not known for doing anything other than standing their ground (and maybe advancing).  So I would never say that turning your back on your beliefs, or giving up because it’s too stressful, or giving into pressure is a good thing spiritually.

But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t disengage from individual conflicts.

One of the reasons I haven’t expanding my social networking to tumblr is, well, that place vicious.  There are just bucket loads of attacks and slurs and I have seen otherwise rational people get so wrapped up in fighting people who are insulting them they can’t see the fight is affecting them and their psychological health in a negative way.

Everyone we meet can teach us something.  But just because they engage us on certain topic does not mean that we are meant to learn from them on the topic they want to engage us on.  Long time readers may remember my disturbing persistent troll.  He taught me nothing about politics but he did teach me to disengage, and for that I thank him.  How did he do that?  Because he’s still sending comments, I’m just not approving them and am deleting them as he has nothing I can see of any value to any of my readers. They’re not worth my time.

And that is a good standard.  Can anyone benefit from the fight? Can I benefit?  Can my opponent benefit?  Can a bystander benefit from our argument?

In a lot of cases no.  Arguing with idiots never benefits me because they seldom if ever have anything to contribute (you’re more likely to get a good argument from an infinite number of monkeys on an infinite number of typewriters).  And if you’re arguing with an idiot, it’s unlikely you’re going to convince them.  And only the first couple of rounds with an idiot can help someone else to show that bystander why that person is an idiot.

Now the fear is, and also usually the call from the idiot, is that if you don’t respond to them you’re conceding that their argument is superior and you have nothing to come back with. I have fallen victim to this fear as well (certainly more when I started this blog, than now). But in reality, no.  My choosing to not waste my time with you does not mean your argument is superior, it just means I have better things to do.  The fight will not benefit me, you, or anyone else.  And the real faulty argument is thinking that if you continue to argue with them that you could somehow persuade them to your side.

 

Now the insult might come up from your interlocutor that you’re a coward or showing you’re stupid.  Who cares.  I know, that, as human,  we have a knee jerk reaction to respond to insults.  But really who cares. You didn’t really respect the opponent anyway, why should you care if they think you’re a coward.

We need to remain focused on helping ourselves and helping others learn….and to disengage from situations that don’t provide opportunities for learning but rather only distractions from it.

To disengage from pointless arguments and confrontations (and yes this does go beyond political/philosophical arguments, but it seemed like the most timely example) is to not give up on what you believe.  It is merely to say this battle will not help me win the war that is the quest for enlightenment.  Thus it serves no purpose and merely distracts us from our goal.

So this week (and maybe for a few weeks depending on how politically active you are) I would start each day with the following mantra:

I will speak the truth as I know it.  I will not back down because of pressure.  I will yield to reason when it is presented.  And I will only engage in encounters that can benefit myself or someone else.  I will disengage from any conflict that cannot benefit anyone.

Think on the phrase and let it sink in.  At the end of the day I would review any conflicts you had and ask yourself if it was worth it, if you or someone else learned something, and if you should have disengaged earlier.

With any luck this will help us all keep a little more sane and further us on our path to enlightenment.

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Obama’s pointless arguments…

On the economy (well on everything actually) this man is worthless.

So I recently said that 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.  And I showed how Obama and his party’s policies are what caused the economic problems he likes to blame others for. Now, in what is to be my last attack on Obama (because after this Tuesday he will no longer be relevant)  it’s time to deal with that second part that he prevented the next Great Depression and that we can’t go back to policies that didn’t work.

First let’s deal with he prevented the next Great Depression.

Now as anyone who has read Friedman or Shale’s The Forgotten Man knows that the Great Depression itself was extended by the idiocy of Congress, the Fed, and of course, moron-in-chief FDR (the man who showed great character by taking the popular step to send a boatload of Jews back to Nazi Germany…I don’t believe in Hell, but if it exists, FDR burns there).  If not for those idiots trying to “fix” things the Great Depression would have been over before FDR even got into office and it certainly shouldn’t have lasted until the US got involved in WWII.  Why did the Great Depression last so long, because government got involved.  Why did the so called “Great Recession” (stupid name if ever there was one) last so long, you guessed it, because government got involved.

Now I could write volumes on what Obama could have done (lowered regulation, permanent tax cuts, trade negotiations, stable foreign policy…) but let’s focus on what he did do that caused this recession to last longer.

Cash for Clunkers: A ridiculous attempt to bolster GM that’s only had the side effect of subsidizing some people who were already going to get a new car and reducing the number of cheap used cars out there (which inflated the price of what remained on the market).  Your car broke down?  I’m sorry you’ll have to get an over priced car that you can’t afford because Obama’s policies lowered the supply in the market.  And hey, GM is still broke.  This means that there was less money available to the average person, less mobility for young people (which depresses spending…and that becomes cyclical in its harm)…so forth and so on.

The Stimulus!   Let’s direct tons of money to Obama’s crony friends so they can line their own pockets and not create jobs (oh sure there were some businesses that would take out government money to build places like Solyndra which would employee people for a short while and then go bankrupt).  This has the effect of driving up our debt and diverting resources from where they could be used productively.  The debt then caused the rather hefty inflation problems we now have that makes our money worth nothing.

Unions  The Obama administration has given unprecedented and preposterous support of unions.  For instance they illegally backed the unions when Boeing wanted to move their production plant to a right to work state, the government stopped them.  Yes the government said you can’t open a business where you want to (and you wonder why companies are leaving for foreign shores?).  And Boeing is just one example of pervasive habits on the part of this administration to give unions everything they want and then some. This limits job opportunities and it radically raises the costs of finished products.

Obamacare. Do we have to go over why this kills business and growth?

Taxes  Taxes.  But he cut he cut taxes, he extended the Bush tax cuts, he cut the Social Security withholdings.  Okay as to extending the Bush tax cuts.  Cutting taxes is nice, but if you want taxes to have an effect on the economy long term you can’t have them come with sunset dates.  Either have them as permanent as any law or don’t have them because businesses will rightly plan for when those taxes go away.  So while he claimed he cut taxes he still ensured all the instability and worry that comes from high taxes.

Oh and cutting Social Security deductions just made an already underfunded system more underfunded which helped lower our credit rating and reduce the real value of our money.

Keystone Obama stopped the Keystone Pipeline. Lots of long term jobs, which would turn in lots of long term jobs in oil refining, which would translate into lower energy costs and more stability in the energy market. Thanks Barry for not doing that.

Oh, also thank you for increase regulation, less drilling and constant attacks on every other energy source.

Simpson Bowles Debt Commission Obama commissioned a plan on how to fix the debt…and while I wasn’t thrilled with everything about it, it would have been better than nothing.  But he didn’t back his own debt commission!  This also helped weaken the economy on numerous levels.

Everything, EVERYTHING, without exception this man has done has weakened the economy both long and short term. If he had just done nothing the economy would have recovered, but his actions have worked to worsen the economy.

However Obama has said one thing I will agree with we can’t return to the failed policies of the past.

Policies like Bush’s and Obama’s useless stimulus packages which did nothing but long term harm.

Policies like Bush and Obama putting a fucking idiot like Bernanke in charge of the Fed.

Policies like taking the Community Reinvestment Act of Carter and Clinton which caused the housing bubble and going for it again, like Obama wants.

Policies like the lack of even an attempt to reign in the size of government (every president in the last 100 years except Reagan).

Policies like cronyism and corporate welfare (Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama).

Policies that don’t have real and permanent tax reform (Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama).

Policies like expanding the scope of the government, creating new regulations (Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama).

A complete lack of tort reform.

Or an idiotic foreign policy.

Basically anything that is opposed to free market capitalism (Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama).  These are the policies that have not worked.  These are the policies of Barack Obama.  These are the policies we cannot afford to go back to.

This is clearly not the most detailed blog I’ve ever done, but let’s be honest, I’ve gone over all of these time and again.  Obama helped create his mess,  continued his mess, and wants to continue it even further.

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