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What Worries Me Part 2

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As a continuation of a previous article, What Worries Me, I want to describe the flipside to Obama succeeding in a Fabian socialist agenda, which is Obama losing in 2012 as opposed to winning and succeeding in his agenda. What if the right drives over a cliff and we election another candidate that relies on the cult of personality? Below a definition of cult of personality from Wikipedia:
A cult of personality arises when a country’s leader uses mass media to create an idealized and heroic public image, often through unquestioning flattery and praise. Cults of personality are often found in dictatorships and Stalinist governments.
A cult of personality is similar to general hero worship, except that it is created specifically for political leaders. However, the term may be applied by analogy to refer to adulation of religious or non-political leaders.

I would say that this definition fits nicely with Obama, at least initially. Obama tries to be a modern day FDR, except even more Fabian in nature. This is evidenced not only but the absolute incredulous and irrational adulation of his supporters but the control he has so far been successful with over the mainstream media. He has done so not with fear, but of agreement in principle. This had helped create an image of Obama that got him elected. What he and his magical handlers did count on and what FDR did not have to deal with, is the nature of media today. It’s available to more people today and much, much more quickly. The opposition media in the country has served as a balance to what I like to call the “government run media”. In reality they are the government-controlled media through manipulation through likeness in alleged beliefs. The end result of this is that Obama, as of this date, has an approval rating of 44%, which is a record in terms of the speed of decline for a new president.

So, what worries me? What worries me is that the opposition in this case might use the same tools, the same methods to promote and elect a leader in response to Obama. The difference would be that instead of an alliance between the mainstream media and the democrat candidate, the alliance would be between the opposition candidate and a grassroots mob if you will that circumvents the mainstream media’s efforts. In this case, you could say I am talking about Sarah Palin, although it could be someone else that pops up between now and 2011, when candidates get serious about running.
Why worry about Palin you ask? I will tell you this much: I like Palin, but not for clearly rational reasons. I am intellectually honest enough to say so, whereas some of my colleagues on the right are not so honest, and winning is more important than results afterwards, that we have to live with. Sound familiar? Palin is attractive, communicates well, and connects with people in a way we haven’t seen since Clinton or Reagan. Obama is more of a media creation, and connects with TotUS better than people. Anyway, if I take a step back and analyze what I know about Palin, the picture is not as rosy as her supporters would seem.

Palin is a former governor of Alaska. Sounds good, but not even one full term. Before that she was a mayor of Wasilla Alaska. Before that…? Compared to Obama, she has much more experience as an executive (Obama has none), but she doesn’t have a lot of experience when you compare her to Reagan, Clinton or even W. I am not sure we need another candidate that sweet-talks the camera and appeals on an emotional level. I think this is dangerous and we have seen the results of such choices. I think considering our current problems we need someone that can hit the ground running, not someone that will need on the job training. We have that now. My treatise here isn’t to bash Palin, nor is it about finding the perfect candidate, just the observation that one, we can do better, and two, we need to be careful about who we pick, because it really counts this time, and we have one shot to get it right. I think if she does her homework and does the right things, in 10 years she could be a viable candidate.

So what to do? I would like to see the Tea Party and 912er people get a little more politically involved and spread the liberty theme around, making it mainstream. The GOP has to be made to understand that it is not going to be business as usual: Placate an internal constituency before the election and forget about them afterwards. Republicans are famous for this. If this happens in 2010, the GOP should go the way of the Whigs. The only two things that have been on their side in the last year are an incompetent president and a democrat congress that has been bent on turning our country into a socialist nation. What the GOP should not glean from this is some sort of mandate that allows them to take power like a fat kid gloms fresh baked cookies from his grandma’s kitchen table. Obama made a similar mistake in thinking he got elected because of a socialist mandate. Wrong. In this scenario, Palin would do well as she would say “bugger off, I am doing it my way”. It seems that the GOP is like an ADD kid that needs to be reminded of his responsibilities on a regular basis. After a while, you have to ask, do we really need this?

So, I do worry how this will play out. I am heartened at times, particularly today upon hearing that two large banks, Wells Fargo and Citi, are going to pay off the government loans and get the government out of their business. Bravo and long live capitalism. I am a patient sort, willing to wait and see, are you? What do you think?
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Control + Alt + Del

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The Right Guy will be going through some personal renovations soon and it may be a good time to consider some renovations to The Right Guy blog as well. In the next few weeks there will be some changes in the W’s of this blog and hopefully a somewhat different attitude on my part. May be more gravitas in some areas, less in others. It seems every 6 months I get off track a bit and need a correction. In the coming weeks, there will be a correction, I promise you. 🙂 Anyway, as I always say, Freedom First, Freedom Last, and what I mean is the fight for liberty is never through until we rid our government of the stink of collectivism, socialism, and marxism, in all its guises, whether democrat, republican, or progressive greenie wingnut. Those that would use the government to enforce their views, to take your time and property, do so with the barrel of a gun pointed at your head. A government is supposed to protect it’s citizens natural rights, not enslave the population for the purpose of some oligarchical concern. There should be no social contract that destroys individual rights and personal responsibilities.

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Written by James Lagnese

September 26, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Michael Steele: Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss

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According the Steve Deace and the Washington Post, “Michael S. Steele, the newly elected chairman of the Republican National Committee, arranged for his 2006 Senate campaign to pay a defunct company run by his sister for services that were never performed, his finance chairman from that campaign has told federal prosecutors.”

First off, sinecure is just another political and government job category. Secondly, I told you so. We keep picking the same corrupt assholes in leadership positions. May be Steele gets his advice from Charles Rangel. To pararephrase Clint from his most recent flick, would it fucking kill you to elect someone clean, honorable and honest? I have to say I am sick of the leadership on the right. They keep doing the same things over and over and expect a different result. Not only that, they lie to their members and tell them they are doing things differently. The republicans have turned in to a party of hypocrites. They say one thing and do another. At least the democrats are unabashed in their socialism and corruption. As H.L. Mencken Said, it’s time to raise the black flag and start slitting throats.
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Written by James Lagnese

February 8, 2009 at 7:32 am

Iowa Has New GOP Chairman

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Another clueless snake oil salesman that will cater to the different republican constituencies, telling each one how he is on their side, he will take their money and when candidates do get elected, they’ll continue to NOT to do what the party stands for or what its constituents stand for. That is why they have been losing in Iowa and elsewhere. The republicans can’t win if what they believe, what they say and what they do are different things and going high tech isn’t going to solve that problem. It sounds to me like a continuing dilution of the message and morals in the party in order to grab more people for their $upport. Good luck. 

Samuel Adams said “If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.”
The problem with modern politics is that to use Steve Deace’s comparison, they are all gangsters and there’s not a crusader among them. Steve, there are times I love your ass and as most of the time, you are right. They want the power (and money) and screw everyone else. I don’t see things changing here for quite awhile, and the republicans will have nothing to do with that change. I’ve seen it happen in New York: The predominant party will become so entrenched and comfortable with their own power, that they will become so corrupted as to eventually be caught in broad daylight by their brazenness and laxity. Ask Tom Gulotta and company how it worked out. Look at Isaiah McGee’s cheesy smile. He’s one of my councilmen, and yes, a groupie. 
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Written by James Lagnese

January 11, 2009 at 5:40 pm

This Past Year

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This past year was a tough one in many ways, enlightening and transforming in others, and frustrating all the same.  In the beginning of the year, we lost my Dad. He was born 1925 in Westbury NY, the 6th child of seven to Italian immigrants (Italian was dad’s first language, but that is another story). Dad left high school to join the Army Air Corps at the age of 18. He was a tail gunner (E-6) in a B-17 and flew 35 missions over Germany as part of the 8th Air Force. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters and the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 4 bronze service stars. After the war, he worked for the County of Nassau as a Greenskeeper and did that job for 39 years. He married my mom in 1958, and had two sons as well as two stepdaughters. Dad was a quiet and reserved guy. He rarely drank, never got into trouble, and lived a respectable life. He was my father and a great dad. I will miss my Saturday morning phone conversations with my Dad, his counsel, and his love. He was preceded in death by his wife, and is survived by his sons and stepdaughters, 14 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren. 

Dad never talked about his military service, and most things I know my mom told me or I learned from his military records. All I can tell you that is after getting on board a confederate air force B-17, I have no idea how those guys did it. I would have been very cramped, and by all accounts, I’d guess you would have to have nerves of steel. Politically, by today’s standards, my dad would be considered a conservative and as far as national politics, he always voted republican. In fact, much to Eric Dondero’s pleasant surprise, my dad always lamented Goldwater losing the 1964 election. 🙂 Anyway, dad will be missed and is missed by all who knew him. 
when I lived in NY, I used to consult as a computer specialist, supporting print shops and photographers, as well as graphic artists. Basically I was a Mac expert. One of my clients passed away this year, a man by the name of Carl Limbacher Sr. Over the years I have had many clients, but only a few have kept in touch since my move to the mid-west. Carl and I kept in touch over the years and he and I were kindred spirits politically, and all I can say is that he was a great guy. A veteran of the 8th Air Force like my dad, he was also from the “Greatest Generation”. He believed in hard work, and continued as such with his own business into his 80’s. It was always a pleasure to go to his business and I looked forward to talking with his sons Carl and Chris. If only he had known I would have done it for free. All I can tell you is that Carl will be missed and is missed. You may know his son Carl from News Max, and as “Carl from Oyster Bay”. A great guy as well. I only wish I had his abilities in writing and political commentary. 
This year was also my first year in a new job, which can be stressful, and I also started this blog. The combination of which has turned out to be problematic at one point, and I still have my doubts. I won’t get into it right now, but all I can say is that I would rather do this, if it only paid… 
It also has been an exciting year to say the least. Presidential primaries, the general election, the election of our first black president. We’ve also had an economic crash, bailouts, high drama with banks and the car manufacturers feigning death to take money out of our pockets. Shakespeare would be in his glory. 
So, as we bridge the divide between 2008 and 2009, we must make sure not to get stuck in both places, and concern ourselves with the here and now with full knowledge of our past and plans for the future. Tomorrow will be here soon enough. What will 2009 bring? Heartache? Penury? Impecuniousness? Serendipity? Fecundity? All of the above? Who knows.  I am sure we will be equally entertained, but all I hope for is a better year than the past one. Oh yeah, Cannoli Numero 2 is coming up. Stay tuned. 
Thank you for reading this blog. 

Written by James Lagnese

December 27, 2008 at 3:59 pm

This Past Year

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This past year was a tough one in many ways, enlightening and transforming in others, and frustrating all the same.  In the beginning of the year, we lost my Dad. He was born 1925 in Westbury NY, the 6th child of seven to Italian immigrants (Italian was dad’s first language, but that is another story). Dad left high school to join the Army Air Corps at the age of 18. He was a tail gunner (E-6) in a B-17 and flew 35 missions over Germany as part of the 8th Air Force. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters and the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 4 bronze service stars. After the war, he worked for the County of Nassau as a Greenskeeper and did that job for 39 years. He married my mom in 1958, and had two sons as well as two stepdaughters. Dad was a quiet and reserved guy. He rarely drank, never got into trouble, and lived a respectable life. He was my father and a great dad. I will miss my Saturday morning phone conversations with my Dad, his counsel, and his love. He was preceded in death by his wife, and is survived by his sons and stepdaughters, 14 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren. 

Dad never talked about his military service, and most things I know my mom told me or I learned from his military records. All I can tell you that is after getting on board a confederate air force B-17, I have no idea how those guys did it. I would have been very cramped, and by all accounts, I’d guess you would have to have nerves of steel. Politically, by today’s standards, my dad would be considered a conservative and as far as national politics, he always voted republican. In fact, much to Eric Dondero’s pleasant surprise, my dad always lamented Goldwater losing the 1964 election. 🙂 Anyway, dad will be missed and is missed by all who knew him. 
when I lived in NY, I used to consult as a computer specialist, supporting print shops and photographers, as well as graphic artists. Basically I was a Mac expert. One of my clients passed away this year, a man by the name of Carl Limbacher Sr. Over the years I have had many clients, but only a few have kept in touch since my move to the mid-west. Carl and I kept in touch over the years and he and I were kindred spirits politically, and all I can say is that he was a great guy. A veteran of the 8th Air Force like my dad, he was also from the “Greatest Generation”. He believed in hard work, and continued as such with his own business into his 80’s. It was always a pleasure to go to his business and I looked forward to talking with his sons Carl and Chris. If only he had known I would have done it for free. All I can tell you is that Carl will be missed and is missed. You may know his son Carl from News Max, and as “Carl from Oyster Bay”. A great guy as well. I only wish I had his abilities in writing and political commentary. 
This year was also my first year in a new job, which can be stressful, and I also started this blog. The combination of which has turned out to be problematic at one point, and I still have my doubts. I won’t get into it right now, but all I can say is that I would rather do this, if it only paid… 
It also has been an exciting year to say the least. Presidential primaries, the general election, the election of our first black president. We’ve also had an economic crash, bailouts, high drama with banks and the car manufacturers feigning death to take money out of our pockets. Shakespeare would be in his glory. 
So, as we bridge the divide between 2008 and 2009, we must make sure not to get stuck in both places, and concern ourselves with the here and now with full knowledge of our past and plans for the future. Tomorrow will be here soon enough. What will 2009 bring? Heartache? Penury? Impecuniousness? Serendipity? Fecundity? All of the above? Who knows.  I am sure we will be equally entertained, but all I hope for is a better year than the past one. Oh yeah, Cannoli Numero 2 is coming up. Stay tuned. 
Thank you for reading this blog. 

Written by James Lagnese

December 27, 2008 at 3:59 pm

Will Palin Suffer the Same Fate as Pat Buchanan?

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Part I

Part II

Part III

Finale

Pat was blamed for Bush losing, will Palin suffer the same fate? Nether deserved that fate, both Pat was thrown under the bus and the country club scum republicans will try the same with Palin. Pat was probably the best man never to win the republican nomination in my lifetime, and may be longer. It’s too bad we settle for milquetoasts and mountebanks. It seems it’s more rare to get the best, to get genuine people in the office. Below is Palin’s speech for the last convention. Thanks to RS McCain for the inspiration.

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Written by James Lagnese

December 19, 2008 at 4:13 pm