Thursday, October 05, 2006

Journey To The Center of the Mirth

I have a confession to make.

All of the scandalous and outrageous behavior in the news does not bother me. In fact, I love it. This is exactly what I hope and expect to get from election season. Nothing floats the dross of the steel politick, to the surface, like a scandalous forge, roasting the impurities from all those camera exposed jackasses.

Stop worrying about the Team

I know many are wringing their hands over the possibility that the Republic might suffer at the hands of the liberals. Let’s face it; The Republic has been suffering at the hands of liberals for years. No, scratch that. Humanity has been suffering at the hands of liberals for millennia.

Stop worrying.
Enjoy the show.

The media wants you to worry. They want you to crank up the steam. They want you to froth it all up into a glorious rabid deluxe cappuccino of hysteria.

The enemy gets hysterical.
The media gets hysterical.
You get hysterical.

Then Nancy RobesPelosi rolls out the Guillotine and hands out deli tickets. Now serving number one; Mr. Hastert, please lie on this board. Everybody gets excited and jumps into the cleansing mob frenzy of political purges. It would be nice to see Denny counter that move with another fine French weapon, the Garrote.

Idiots Purge Themselves

Look at this Foley character. Here we have a sick, boy-buggering pervert. His taste for mixing perverted homosexual flirting with electronic correspondence means one or both of two things. Perhaps he is a monumental ignoramus, of Albright proportions. Perhaps he is desperately crying for help. You and I both know, in front of the fish-eye magistrate, he will pick the latter. The leadership should be careful to distance themselves, from this budding professional victim. I’m sure he will soon be hugging and kissing Patches Kennedy in group substance abuse therapy.

Don't Throw the Tree out with the Apple

Remember the Catholic church? The church leadership decided that protecting boy-buggering perverts was a good way of protecting the institution from scandal exposure. See what happens when leadership puts the bureaucracy above those solid core principles? They start to stink, then they sink, along with the sinking stink of the real underlying scandal.

In deference to my rotten Clinton fruit analogy of recent times, it is possible to pick dead fruit from any tree. When the tree becomes too encumbered by a fruit rotting disease, it withers and dies. Leadership can make a choice. Leadership can prune the tree, take the pain, recover and bear healthy fruit in the future. They can also decide to sit on the disease, hoping it won't take over the tree. Then the disease becomes systemic and fatal.

Democrats let this disease destroy their tree. They put the pruning shears away for the Clintons, the Franks the Studds the Kennedys and so on. They dulled their saw in the face of national security, the ACLU, the tort lawyers and so on. They are willing to watch the whole tree scalped to the ground by Islamic extremists. This tree looks pretty sick to me.

There is vital life in the Republican tree. There is a solid, meaty conservative core. It's full of life and it is willing to save the tree. They will not abandon the tree because there is a shrill, screetching, power starved bird, hopping up and down, on a dead branch of the other tree. The bird is bitching about how the Republican tree should have its foliage stripped off, just to be fair.

Go get the '22.
Shoot the bird.
Feed it to your favorite Republican dog.

Now That’s Entertainment

This media circus reminds me of watching the WWF as a kid. Those guys knew how to move emotion, just like the democrats. They will get you all pumped up, with a flashy, glitzy glittering sequined patriotic character.

As a child, you swore to God almighty that flying Joe the Camel would bear the sons of Alexander and create an empire in his name. Just when the fans were reaching out to put the crown of the universe on his head, during a massive coronation, he would get the call from the smoke filled room.
“Sorry, Joe. It’s time to take the fall for the ratings. Here’s what you’re gonna do. You’re gonna get caught in the Black Sultan’s tent, wearing a cross-your-heart bra and … “
Of course everybody’s hopes come crashing down. How could Joe betray us? Where will our salvation come from? Of course, next week, everybody is rooting for the Black Sultan.

The media loves the timing aspect of this formula. That is why they sat on the Foley story for a year. It is far more valuable now. See how many ratings tickets they can sell for the next thrilling episode of the evening news. See if they can actually move the outcome of the election. Come see the Senator with the groping lobster claws. Come marvel at the dog-faced congressman. Come one. Come all. If they hadn't pumped everybody up over the Monica issue, we may have actually caught dirty uncle Bill in one of his genuine acts of gross security negligence. Because of the media circus, I have to listen to eye-rolling laments about how Bill was only guilty of a hummer, while Bush killed innocent civilians and soldiers. We never hear about Clinton's genuine crimes. Just hold the issue over the head of Hastert and company, like the sword of Damocles.

Hell, the media knew, yes knew, Armitage was the leaker, while Libby’s genuine innocent career was being spiked into the end zone. They play hard ball, for the big bucks. Make no mistake. There are no core moral principles here; just the window dressing and the fake X-Ray specs they used to sell in the comics.

The Teflon Tiger

There is a hero in this arena. Yes; he has risen to the heights of coronation. Yes; he has plummeted into the abyss of our despair, at the border of Mexico. I am talking about the WWF media sensation, president Bush, the Teflon Tiger.

They have smashed the Tiger with folding chairs. They have jumped from the dizzy height of every scandalous painters ladder they have climbed upon, only to be foiled and dashed to bits in the arena.

They have mud-balled him, paint-balled him, low-balled him, hard-balled him and black-balled him.
They have scratched his ears and ruffled his fur. They have mocked his wife, his kids. All they got over it, was a headache and a highball.

The Tiger has taken it from the left, taken it from the right and taken it from abroad (including Helen Thomas).

The Tiger has dished it out to the left, dished it out abroad and brought the razor sharp fangs of the Tiger in Chief down on the terrorists.

He is flawed. He is dramatic. We love him. We hate him. He has core principles in his utility belt. He is not afraid to use them, whether you or I like it or not. That is leadership. The Tiger is going to hold the course. We put him there, twice, to do exactly that. The Tiger is our home town hero, with enemies both foreign and domestic.

Don't Steer the Reaper

Nobody should treat the general election like the liberals treat WalMart or StarBucks. It's not a place to cast a protest vote or stage a boycott. You had your chance to do your tree pruning, during your state primary.

Vote early.
If you live in Florida, vote often.

Now is the time to calmly kill that squawking bird, stuff it with festive seasoning and feed it to our troops, with a surprise thanksgiving visit. Feed the leftovers to your new Republican puppy. If the puppy has an accident and poops on your carpet, don't cut his head off. Scoop up the scandalous turd and flush it. Roll up the Constitution and swat him on the ass. Kiss. Make up. Go out hunting again.

Why would you need some absurd reality show, when you have the best reality show around.

I know I am entertained.


a4g said...

The Democrats cannot survive on a platform of nothing indefinitely. Three decades of aborting themselves out of existence and twisting truth into a knotted tangle of lies have destroyed them in ways even they do not fully understand.

The tipping point is coming. The fractiousness we see today, the close elections, are the sawtooth instability just preceeding the trend. Maybe not this election cycle-- but we will see.

When it does come, no poll will have predicted it. (But Diebold will certainly be blamed.)

SK said...

Brilliantly stated, once again. Thanks Insol!

FIAR said...

This is exactly what I hope and expect to get from election season.

Yeah, me too.

Morris said...

Insol, I just love the word pictures you paint. LMAO!

But me, I'm afraid I'm an old cynic. I really don't see much difference between the two main parties, either in the US or here in Aussie for that matter.
But it certainly *is* entertaining - you got that right...

FIAR said...

I really don't see much difference between the two main parties,

Because there isn't one.

Insolublog said...

It's worse than nothing, a4g. They have poisoned their tree and they still have plenty left in the can. I believe as you do, there is a tipping point. At no time in the history of mankind, has information been so available, so fluid and so dynamic. We are beginning to see the dying effectiveness of a tool that has been in man's toolbox since the Ancient Egyptians. That tool is deep, indoctrinating propaganda. The type of institutional propaganda that breeds terrorism and liberalism is now impossible to contain. There are new bad effects, to be sure, like the fifteen minutes of instant fame people can get by egregious behavior and the lust by those to seek that fame. I think the positives outweigh the negatives.

They may blame Diebold, but they will be scrutinized without mercy, for the attempt. I am excited and optimistic. I think the people have real power in their hands.

I am glad you enjoyed the post, SK.

Morris and FIAR, you know how much I like to mix metaphor and politics. I hope the entertainment value carries the message along. As I have said in the past, I do not draw the difference at the party level. I draw it along conservative and liberal boundaries. I can and have, named several solid conservative voices in Washington. They just happen to be members of the Republican party.

At the D.C. tier of Federal foibles, the party distinction is hopelessly blurred by an enormous, irresistible mountain of manipulation. I do not believe that any of us mere mortals, unwilling to swim in that shark pool full of appetites and power brokerage, can ever understand how that environment feels or ever hope to see it made pure.

I think it is a fantasy to believe it can.

This is the inseparable consequence of blending freedom and power. We have to live with it, constantly cleaning it with the power of speech and the democracy of the voting booth.

Your liver cleans the fatigue from your body. Your liver fights to remove the elements that will kill you. You cannot live without it. Those toxic factors are never going to stop arriving at your liver's front door. How do you filter out those bad elements from the political liver? With core principles and good blood circulation. Your principles will never get a break from the evil appetites of people in power. However with that healthy diet, you are free to imbibe once in a while and enjoy life, and you know that the health of your culture, economy and family will not suffer.

SeanS said...

I wish I had your faith, Insol. Regretfully, I sit and ponder the intellect of the average American and feel discouraged. The people want Rosie O'Donnell's and Daniel Stern's opinions so that they won't have to think for themselves. If Hollywood thinks it, why shouldn't I?

I don't think it's enough that I hold to my values.

Insolublog said...

It is a guarded optimism, SeanS.

I think the people that run to the false introspective comfort of the Rosies, have always been around. There is a large component of them in the boomer crowd. They have the luxury of putting their heads in the sand, because our prosperity and success, at keeping our economy robust and the barbarians off-shore.

Actually, that's fine.

Most people like being blissfully ignorant. It may not sound optimistic to say that it might take another horrendous attack, perhaps at the hands of a failing P.C. policy, to inject the pain necessary for correction.

The optimism comes in the belief that America has a far better chance of weathering such a crisis, transformed in a good way. We have not reached that fatalistic European apathy. People see the signs and say dear God, will we become like France? Will be submitting to a violent indigent component of our population? I think not. America swung the first defensive punch in the GWOT. Conservatives swung the first defensive punch in the GWOCulture.

I am looking long term, here, Sean. Just keep an eye on some key observations.

Why do the Rosies, the Sterns, the Ward Churchills and the Frankens squawk so loudly and so often in front of hand-picked audiences of bobbled headed sycophants? It is because we have a big fat, bayonet sized VWRC internet thorn, capable of penetrating even Rosie's ample mantle. The more they complain, the more they drive the curious over to our side.

Take note of what a4g said about twisted lies. They make very poor foundation walls, which cannot support the weight of scrutiny. People just don't like a constant pessimistic drumbeat. It makes you sick. It makes you want something else. That is what they are offering; pessimism dressed up as comedy and theatrics.

The MSM has suffered an enormous credibility failure. Who calls the NYT the paper of record anymore? How long did it take for Dan Rather, America's anchorman, to crash and burn? Less than an hour before the blogosphere exposed his scandal. Reuters got caught photo-shopping and had to hysterically backtrack, while bloggers grabbed their data and began to go over all of it. The key point here, is that all of those scandals became national news items themselves. That is real power. This is what I mean by indoctrinating propaganda, dying on the vine.

College universities, a major source of cultural indoctrination, have priced themselves out of the market. They have packed themselves with foreign students, in some cases, because the money is better. The result? They are detaching themselves from main stream political influence. Many of the college elites want to attach illegal aliens and the poor to government tuition benefits, not out of altruism, but economic and political desperation. The internet education revolution is also destroying their influence and the value of their institutional degrees. The claim that people are not taught to think out in the real world is absurd. Look at the product being pumped out of these institutions. P.C. elitism and esteem based social policy has produced students who can't read, can't write, can't think and can't function in a job without serious mentoring. In the future, it will be... What do you know? What can you do? What have you done? It will not be where did you get your degree?

It is easy to be pessimistic. Just watch the news and throw your hands up in disgust. I prefer to exude the unwaivering optimism of Ronald Reagan. It has an effect on me. It will have an effect on others. Just do it in spite of what you see around you, without reservation.

Collectively, our optimism can defeat the defeatism of the Jimmy Carters in this world.

I might post this as another entry. If you wish.

fmragtops said...

Man, you got some mad metaphorical skillz!

You are right about the power wielded by the masses with access to the internet. I just wonder how long it will be before the power brokers figure out that we can call BS on their BS, and either destroy the internet entirely, or tax/fee the internet until it is only available to the elite.

Insolublog said...

fm, they cannot do anything about it now. Both sides would crucify any politician for pushing such legislation. Malkin put up a clip, where a Kos poster was defending her right to have her YouTube content remain unmolested by Tube censors. We are seeing a resurgence of the kind of brutally honest emotional environment that the American press enjoyed during Ben Franklin's day.

I suppose there is a concern that the Google giant might decide to act unilaterally, to stifle or manipulate content. I don't yet see that on the horizon. I would like to see some competition stand up to Google, just to hedge the bet. Even so, Google has real expenses, relying on real ad revenue.

fmragtops said...

I don't know. I'm sure you're right about that, but what if they attack the internet like they did with guns and tobacco. You know, maybe have a bunch of victims of sexual predators file class action law suits against Internet Service providers, and the governments that have allowed them to operate. Then they will be able to regulate the internet until it is but a shell of it's former self.

Insolublog said...

Both are very good questions, fm. Let's take a look at it.

There is scope. Most people perceive the right to free speech as way more of a benefit, than a harm. For guns and tobacco, people can argue the harm element, without ambiguity, whether you agree with them or not. The framer's abstract wording of the second amendment, also adds an element of weakness. I think a genuine SCOTUS challenge, might undo much of the gun control we see now. The first amendment, besides being FIRST (h.t. jimmyb) suffers no shortcomings.

The main social institutions, such as the media and to a lesser extent universities, rely on the first amendment to criticize and motivate change. They cannot effectively advocate artificial moderation of that freedom, on a large scale, without becoming completely impotent. They will not surrender what power they have left.

The internet is not covered by FCC regulations, nor can the government threaten them with license seizure. The peoples right to free association, is a strong argument in support of blogs and on-line grouping.

To effect global censorship, they would need an indoctrinating propaganda campaign, much like what the Nazi's did when they burned all the books. To succeed, would take a colossally strict and organized movement of like minded individuals. Liberals spend as much time eating their own, as they do their professed enemies. As I said, propaganda operates poorly outside of a controlled environment. I think it would now be extremely difficult to create that environment, which is the necessary first step.

I think a call by anyone, including lawyers, to regulate the internet, will bring the wrath of Hades down on the head of the group involved.

We can't even get the government to enforce our border laws. There is no way they will enforce laws that will dampen commerces and communication. In spite of the few high profile 'example' cases, people openly violate the DMCA and DRM.

I might be wrong. We will have to see.

fmragtops said...

CHeck this out! What a coincidence. Helo get the word out on this one, chief. I'm fixin' work up a number six on 'em!

Insolublog said...

And a storm it will be! Democrats no less; the so-called party of human rights and liberties. I can't wait for the Court challenge. Unlike McCain-Feingold, this isn't a soft money issue. Many bloggers do not take any advertising or money influence for any of their work.