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The stupid and the damned

Posted in Election 2008 on November 22, 2008 by Darkman

America the Illiterate by Chris Hedges:

We live in two Americas. One America, now the minority, functions in a print-based, literate world. It can cope with complexity and has the intellectual tools to separate illusion from truth. The other America, which constitutes the majority, exists in a non-reality-based belief system. This America, dependent on skillfully manipulated images for information, has severed itself from the literate, print-based culture. It cannot differentiate between lies and truth. It is informed by simplistic, childish narratives and clichés. It is thrown into confusion by ambiguity, nuance and self-reflection. This divide, more than race, class or gender, more than rural or urban, believer or nonbeliever, red state or blue state, has split the country into radically distinct, unbridgeable and antagonistic entities.

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The illiterate rarely vote, and when they do vote they do so without the ability to make decisions based on textual information. American political campaigns, which have learned to speak in the comforting epistemology of images, eschew real ideas and policy for cheap slogans and reassuring personal narratives. Political propaganda now masquerades as ideology. Political campaigns have become an experience. They do not require cognitive or self-critical skills. They are designed to ignite pseudo-religious feelings of euphoria, empowerment and collective salvation. Campaigns that succeed are carefully constructed psychological instruments that manipulate fickle public moods, emotions and impulses, many of which are subliminal. They create a public ecstasy that annuls individuality and fosters a state of mindlessness. They thrust us into an eternal present. They cater to a nation that now lives in a state of permanent amnesia. It is style and story, not content or history or reality, which inform our politics and our lives. We prefer happy illusions. And it works because so much of the American electorate, including those who should know better, blindly cast ballots for slogans, smiles, the cheerful family tableaux, narratives and the perceived sincerity and the attractiveness of candidates. We confuse how we feel with knowledge.

I must agree, and once again recommend to read the whole thing.  They will pretend that the dichotomy is based on race; in fact, they have already started with calling His Highnass’s opponents racists, and it’s going to get worse.  They will pretend it’s based on wealth, and cite “redistribution” as a form of justice.  But the fact is, the dichotomy is between the stupid, who have damned us, and we the damned, who know better and are cursed for it.

via Karen De Coster

I certainly won’t argue with that

Posted in Amerika, Election 2008, Quotes on November 16, 2008 by Darkman

From Pro Libertate:

I’m of the view that all presidents should be simultaneously inaugurated and impeached, and that there should be a streamlined procedure to expedite their conviction and removal from office upon each president’s first documented violation of his constitutional oath.

–William N. Grigg

“No He Can’t”

Posted in Amerika, Election 2008 on November 10, 2008 by Darkman

Please know: I am black; I grew up in the segregated South. I did not vote for Barack Obama; I wrote in Ron Paul’s name as my choice for president. Most importantly, I am not race conscious. I do not require a black president to know that I am a person of worth, and that life is worth living. I do not require a black president to love the ideal of America.

Anne Wortham rips the screaming horde a new one.

Read the whole thing.

One must put up barriers to keep oneself intact

Posted in Election 2008, Police State on November 10, 2008 by Darkman

The First Amendment Center reports that the “agency director who was questioned over why state computers were used to find personal information on a man who became known as ‘Joe the Plumber'” has been placed on paid administrative leave.

How nice for her.  A paid vacation for violating the law and someone’s rights.  But then there’s this:

In the matter of Wurzelbacher, State Inspector Tom Charles is investigating whether Jones-Kelley improperly authorized the search of the Toledo man’s records. Jones-Kelley had said the searches were part of routine checks her agency conducts when someone suddenly emerges in the limelight.

And that makes it okay?  Automatic background checks on anyone whose name you suddenly notice in the news?

Read the whole article, there’s more to see.  Someone may yet get a light slap on the wrist for this, but I doubt it.

Stages

Posted in Election 2008, Liberty on November 5, 2008 by Darkman

I’ve been reading various other bloggers’ opinions on what may be to come.  Some say to relax, others suggest doom on the horizon.  I think it will be somewhere in between.  To those who are saying the coming presidency is no big deal:  you are badly underestimating the steamroller that a socialist president and socialist-controlled congress will become.  To the doomsingers I say:  it’s not the end of the world, and it’s not the end of this country.  The coming years will be ugly, rough, terrible, add a few more adjectives, but it isn’t the end.

The Obamaniacs have had a long stage of “hope.”  Hope for what?  No one knows, but they have it.  But now they’ve won.  The hope stage is ending.  Today began the Anticipation stage.

Remember Christmas Eve when you were a kid?  Remember how you consulted with your siblings and cousins, and talked about what you wanted and what you expected to get?  Speculating on the immense fortune that the future would bring was more fun than actually getting the gifts; by the end of the day you were stoked on adrenaline and could barely sleep, so worked up you were thinking about the next day.

But you were always a little disappointed, right?  You never really got everything, did you?  (I hope not, otherwise my analogy falls apart).

The Maniacs have two months to work themselves into an even greater lather on speculation of what they expect.  Then he takes office, and the Expectation phase begins.

Except a lot of those Expectations won’t be fulfilled.  A lot of those Expectations will take forms that were wholly unexpected, even by his sycophants.

The Expectation phase will be followed by a stage of inevitable Disappointment.  And following Disappoint, Anger.  But it could take a long time.

Well, I’m tired of trying to predict the future and I’m running low on chicken entrails.  I’m no one important, anyway.  But I have to say one or two more things before I leave it alone.

Expect the Democrat/socialists to try and get rid of the filibuster.  Some bloggers think they won’t do it because it would remove their last excuse for failure.  However, I am certain they will, the first time it is used to block one of their new proposals.  They have been making incremental gains for decades, but now they have tasted blood and it is going to be very hard for them to hold back from removing anything that blocks their way.  Neither will I be surprised if they try and remove the two-term limit on serving as President.

Forgive me for not providing links, but I have also read some bloggers who think that the MSM will turn against him fairly quickly.  I think this is possible, but it will be very long term and will depend on how frequently and how brusquely he “casts out” journalists who don’t display a proper level of unquestioning reverence.  If he plays them right, he could keep them as his unofficial propaganda department for years to come.  If he starts cutting them off for asking real questions, the confusion and resultant fury of the MSM will be a joy to behold.

Finally, I am reminded today of an episode of the British comedy Coupling.  It was made not long after the Labor Party had gained control, and one of the conservatives in the portrayed discussion made the point that now (paraphrasing), “We are the minority.  We are the opposition.  We are the revolution.”

This is something to remember.  The socialists have their way.  They control the Presidency and the Congress.  Within four years they may very well control the Supreme Court.  We are the opposition.  We are the revolution.

I am still convinced that the upcoming struggle will be one mostly of information.  The Democrats, or liberals, or socialists (pick your term) are going to swiftly run out of excuses.  The war will be won by hammering home the facts, again and again; by putting the information out there where it will be seen by anyone and everyone.  It isn’t going to be fun.  It’s going to be hard, frustrating work.  It could easily turn into dangerous work.  But by the time the Disappointment stage is reached, people are going to be feeling betrayed and looking for answers, and only the truth will catalyze their anger.

Required reading

Posted in Election 2008, Information Control on November 4, 2008 by Darkman

By Doc Russia with The Dark Horse / The Black Stalin .  No quotes (just read it), and it’s a long one, showing evidence of Obama’s Marxism and touching on what may be to come.

I think, if Obama wins, the information war will really heat up.  We’ve already had a sort of cold war going with the MSM for several years, but an Obama win will make it much, much worse.  I expect frivolous lawsuits against bloggers to increase, because most won’t have the resources to fight even a bogus lawsuit.  But blogging is primarily preaching to the choir.  We may need to find other ways to reach those who really need to be reached; a kind of guerilla information war may result.  Dropping literature or DVDs in strategic places may be one way.  Localized “pirate radio” may be another.  It’s going to be a long, dark road if he wins, and the United States in a few years’ time will be barely recognizeable as the country it is even now.

Of course, McCain is not so great, either, what with McCain-Feingold.  The big difference is that McCain doesn’t have legions of mindless sycophants who hang on his every word and long merely to touch the hem of his cloak.

Nothing to see here, just move along…

Posted in Election 2008 on September 27, 2008 by Darkman

So…

McCain and Obama are put on the ballot in Texas even though they both missed the filing deadline, because not including them would confuse and alienate voters.

And…

Barr is removed from the ballot in Louisiana because he missed the filing deadline, and including him would confuse and alienate voters.

Okay.  Just wanted to clear that up.