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What David Mastio and The Des Moines Register Do Not Understand

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In an article Cash for Quitters in the Des Moines Register, David Mastio equates supporting Palin in any way (this includes buying her book), as counter productive to the GOP cause. As I said in yesterday’s piece They are doing it again: I told you so, the GOP is afraid of the Tea Party movement, 912ers and Sarah Palin. They are afraid of change, just as the Whigs were afraid of abolition. I would ask David, why keep supporting the same old RINO do what they want party elite republicans? We elect these right wing mountebanks or vote for them, even when they are less than in 70% agreement, sometimes less than 50%. Why? Because they are under the GOP flag? Can we say Scozzafava? Einstein said doing the same thing over and over again, yet expecting different results is insanity. Voting and supporting the same old GOP is insane.

While I am not a big Palin supporter, as you could see in in my post What Worries me part 2, I find it self-serving of GOP waterboys to shovel the drivel David Mastio did, particularly without a battle plan. Right now, I don’t see anyone on the GOP side that is worthy to be president. A big mistake was made in supporting McCain, as it was the same old it’s my turn BS. The GOP has moved left in response to the dems moving further left. This is a mistake. There are plenty people on the right left out in the cold by this and that is why the Tea Party and 912ers formed. We are both sick of the socialistic expansion of government by both parties and sick of what would be our party, the GOP, further alienate us with picks like Scozzafava, and support of platforms not in line with what we believe. There is a price to pay for that, and ignoring the Tea Party Right is a big mistake and it will come home to roost if the GOP leadership continue to ignore them.

i can’t speak for Mastio’s motivations other than he is a waterboy of the likes of Hannity and Limbaugh. As far as the Des Moines Register is concerned, they are like the old Pravda and would like nothing more than to support watered down RINO candidates (Can we say McCain and Branstad?) that would either lose to their more strongly supported Democrat candidates or if they won, they wouldn’t be a threat to what the editorial staff at the DM register believe and promulgate in their rag.

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Written by James Lagnese

December 20, 2009 at 10:02 am

American Politics: Like a Chinese Menu Part I

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American politics reminds me of a Chinese menu: Pick one from column A and one from Column B. You are ordering the food from the same restaurant, it is all Chinese food, and the differences aren’t very much. Yet we pick and choose in both arenas as if we are choosing between Chicken Scarpariello and Egg Foo Yong or Steak Tatar and Sweet and Sour Tofu. The allegory here is that while we deceive ourselves into believing that we are making rational individual choices, in fact, we are just choosing a different side of the same coin.

Both sides use straw-men populist arguments to attract and divide the population into competing constituencies. All the while, politicians are players on the same team: Team Geppetto. It’s like Miller light: Great Taste or Less Filling? It’s the same crappy beer. So one side uses socio-economic issues to win some of our hearts: The rich get richer, the poor get poorer, universal healthcare, The shrinking middle class, environmental issues etc. The other side uses security and values issues: National security, family values, whatever that is, illegal immigration, and the war on terror.
While many of these issues are real to an extent, they really obscure the true problems: A society that has extended itself in credit to the point that it is both in individual and collective indentured servitude, a political system that no longer serves the citizens of this country, but only itself, and the willingness of the American people to give up their natural rights in order to secure themselves perceived guarantee of security. Let’s first take a look at the second one, a political system that no longer serves it’s citizenry, but promulgates its own existence.
As I asserted above, the political parties in this country are different sides of the same coin. We see the issues they use, but why do we fall for it? I think the reason comes down to power. Just like with sports teams, humans live vicariously through their teams and gain a sense of power through the teams victories. It’s the same thing with politics: Most people want to be on the winning team. This is not rationally based, but emotionally based. What drives them to pick a particular team involves many factors and that team will go to great lengths to understand what their brand represents and give that perception to their fan base.
Where this process falls down is that we only have two political parties and each one cannot encompass all possibilities, no matter how hard they try. What the snakes realize is that people will be pragmatic and accept choices that compromise their values. Again, it comes down to power in which people want to believe they will get a seat at the table. Like a woman who gives up her virtue in search of love and commitment, voters are often find themselves less than satisfied with the results. Still, they keep coming back, believing the same fairy tales.
The sad thing is that once a person sacrifices their values for the seat at the table, they will soon find that they can and will equivocate on anything. My question is, is it worth it? A process that is built on people compromising their core values, their principles, only serves the masters of the process, not themselves. They have become slaves to the wishes and desires of others. They have become nothing. Are we that poor in spirit and mind? If so, where did this failure come from?
I’d like to get into detail here in regards to the spiritual aspects, but I intended this article to be about our political choices. At this point, the failure is fait accompli. We have churches, caring parents, an education system and we still produce people that one, do not use critical thinking in or about the political process and two, are willing to do anything for that seat at the table or for something in return. Basically people want something for nothing, but only a fool is bribed with his or her own money. As our society creates higher abstraction layers of wants, in turn these things become perceived needs. An example of this is the credit crunch. We have been extended credit to the point that we do not only have everything we need, but in many instances, everything we want. We are the only country in the world where someone considered poor might have a house, and a car, both with air conditioning.
The idea of extending credit to pump the economy is nothing new. Even Alexander Hamilton promulgated this with the government. Banks had perfected this credit equilibrium to inflate the economy, driven by consumerism. As long as Uncle Sam helped when it could, it to would benefit with increased tax revenue, and a satiated populace like a sailor that has blown a months salary on hookers and booze in one night.
Now with the partial collapse, or what I call a correction, the mark is called. Reality has slapped some in the face and like the sailor with a hangover, they wonder where all their money went. Of course Team Geppetto has to do their part by promoting the perception all of us are hung over. So like the addicts that Americans are, we do not want to feel any pain. So we go to our dealer, our pimp, and ask if they can make the pain go away. Electing Obama was a classic example of this. Change and Hope is emotional nebulous bull shit. Always has been, always will be. He recognized that people were looking for the relief of their pain. Being the messianic master magician he is, he did his magic tricks and now he is president. Now Americans are willing to give up almost anything to not only get relief from their pain, but to get what they have not earned as well. Basically, that girl that gave up her virtue in search of love and commitment is now a prostitute hooked on heroin. She’ll do anything to boot up. She has no honor, pride, self-esteem, or moral compass. Talk about a lost soul.
Like the Chinese menu, everything that is political in this country comes from the same kitchen. Both the GOP and the Democrats want it and like it this way. While we are supposed to be a government of the people, by the people and for the people, it is not so. These gangsters master is power, the power they get over us from us. so who is the fool here?
There are parties that offer alternatives, but they are perceived as losers with no chance of winning. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy, and what we are left with is column A and Column B. Take the libertarians and parties like that. Some great ideas, and great philosophies. The problem is, libertarians offer nothing for the addicts that is tangible. There is nothing to barter for quid pro quo, nothing for the fools to get in return, except more freedom of course. Unfortunately, in today’s day and age, the idea of freedom has become meaningless. People think they have enough freedom, as long as they can have a standard of living that kings didn’t have 75 or even 50 years ago. They also don’t care what unchosen obligation they impose, what unrewarded duty or an involuntary servitude is sustained upon themselves or others in the pursuit of this. It’s not a rational self-interest, but an irrational one, one that Team Geppetto understands and manipulates through it’s populist measures. Freedom doesn’t sell because it promises nothing without risk and responsibility. People would have to evolve from the addict’s puerile and selfish attitude to one of self-reliant adults.
And this is where we end up. Who has the power to control. It is a contest between being free, which means that we make our own decisions and are responsible for them versus a safety net where we don’t have to be responsible for our actions. If we give up this control in our lives, who benefits? Progressives like BHO will say that society benefits. altruism is the service to others without regard for oneself. If this is true, than slavery is the highest attainment. Who benefits? Those in power benefit, particularly those with a progressive view that humans are incapable of taking care of themselves, incapable of being responsible, incapable of managing their own affairs, and that the only answer that will solve all our problems is through the government. Does it sound familiar? Ever hear of Original Sin? In the christian context, salvation can only happen through a belief in Jesus Christ. With progressives the religion is the government, the savior now is BHO, and the Original Sin is man’s conflict between puerile attachment and self-reliance. What we are seeing here is the attempt to create another religion that will control people’s lives. Look at Islam and Sharia Law (throw in Dhimmi, Jizya and Pahlavi), or the Catholic church some centuries ago (and in some places not some centuries ago). They rule(d) people’s lives and made decisions about people’s everyday lives. So progressivism and socialism are just another belief system where an oligarchical power structure benefits at the expense of the rest of us. So where am I going with this? Why do we need this? Where should we go? That is in Part II which will follow. As usual:
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Most Americans are Dumb Aholes

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Glenn Beck reported today that most Americans support socialism, according to a Fox Dynamics poll. According to the poll, 68% say the government should provide food, 66% said the government should supply paid Healthcare, 52% said the government should supply Housing, and 51% said the government should provide jobs. 

I don’t even know where to begin as to why. Is it because we have become so lazy that we believe nothing should be earned? Is it because our socialist education system has indoctrinated our youth to the point where socialism is now acceptable? Is it because life has become so facile for Americans that they have lost touch with what it takes to make it? 
The answer is that it doesn’t matter why. We now have a president who is the 21st century version of FDR, and for those that are Basso Cantante, that is Franklin Delano Roosevelt. One, BHO believes in socialism and socialism as the answer to racial and economic inequity. Two, BHO is moving to amass the power to create a socialism hegemony in this country such that our country will bear no recognition by it’s founders or anyone born before the last quarter of the 20th century. This dictator is taking us down a road Josef Stalin wished he had but never could. Where is the fight? Where is the indignancy against  second handers, against facile dupes that enjoy their bread and circus, against those that care only about power? Where is the revolution against a dictator that will enslave us all? I only see it in a small percentage of the population engaged in any way. What we have in the republican party leadership now are people more focused on attaining the same power instead of preaching the message of freedom and responsibility. They are little better than what we have in the white house now. We need real people to stand up, who aren’t tools for Team Geppetto, who aren’t looking for celebutards to lead them, who demand real change and leave hope for those that are hopeless. If we do not do it now, we are screwed for longer than any of us will be around. 
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Written by James Lagnese

February 20, 2009 at 8:04 pm

Stimulus?

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Barack Hussein Obama has his bowels in an uproar over the fact that the republicans (and the American People) are holding back their support for this bill. Each party involved has their own priorities in this fiasco, so lets take a little closer look at them. 

President Obama has to pay back a lot of people for his getting into office. The only people that are being stimulated by this bill are people that supported BHO and people that work for the government. Look at the subsidies promised to ACORN for example. We will pay billions to this corrupt organization because they committed fraud to put another fraud in office. 
The democrats in congress want this bill to go through as is because one, like republicans, and most politicians, they want to make it look like they are doing something. call it busybody disease if you will. If they aren’t doing something, no matter how feckless on one hand or outright corrupt or insane on the other, they feel they aren’t doing their job. What they don’t realize is that the less they do on our behalf, the better off we would be. The other MO for the democrats is that they are in on the BHO group think to move us towards socialism. Look for items in the bill that pertain to healthcare, welfare and education. Yet another reason for the pork is just because they feel they can do it. 
Now, with the republicans, the figure they can make political hay out of this by not supporting the bill and letting it hang on the democrats neck like an albatross. The problem is that too few of them truly agree with common sense americans that the bill is horse shit and they suffer from the same busybody disease as the democrats. They look at polls and judge how long they have to appear to fight the bill to get the greatest benefit all the while back room negotiating for the pork and earmarks they can believe in. Just like TARP, they will get on board when they have been bought off cheaply. 
There is next to nothing in this bill that will get us out of any recession or depression. In fact, it will makes things worse. This quote has been making the rounds lately and I thought it would make a good lesson for our ersatz president: “You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it”. This has been attributed to Dr. Adrian Rogers, although I have my doubts. Still, it rings true, and right now, Mr Obama and his cadre of socialist mountebanks are preparing to implement not only unwanted and feckless obligations, but obligations for which all of us will be in peonage for quite some time to come. 

Right now it doesn’t look good. My guess is that the republicans will fold because they don’t want to been seen as feckless for doing nothing, so they will barter for their own pork. Right now, the best we can hope for is a change in voting habits in 2010. I have to wonder if there aren’t several million people right now wondering why they voted for this incompetent hope and change freak from Chicagoland. Right now we are stuck with this double talking charlatan and his equally tergiversating distaff. 
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Written by James Lagnese

February 10, 2009 at 7:15 am

Guess who is the republican?

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This actor and director has a passion for politics and is a republican warrior when he’s not on the road. McCain should use Mel as a lethal weapon against Obama, but he won’t. Payback is a bitch. 

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Written by James Lagnese

October 10, 2008 at 6:00 am

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Guess who is the republican?

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This actor and director has a passion for politics and is a republican warrior when he’s not on the road. McCain should use Mel as a lethal weapon against Obama, but he won’t. Payback is a bitch. 

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Written by James Lagnese

October 10, 2008 at 6:00 am

Posted in mel gibson, republicans

Has Sarah Palin been reduced to making coffee?

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Where has Sarah Palin been? Has she been reduced to making coffee? This campaign has been running out of gas at various times, only to be re-energized by some stroke of luck. It reminds of Dole’s campaign, and I have said that before. I have never had this sense of resignation among the party faithful, and not in an overt way, but very subtle way, since Dole. There seems to be an attitude of playing out the hand , knowing your going to lose anyway. I hate admitting it, but it has a ring of truth for me. So where has Sarah been? Is she making coffee for the senior senator and giving him alcohol rubs? Here is a young, dynamic, smart, articulate, and beautiful woman that can hit what she aims for. Whoever is running McCain’s campaign needs to be bitch slapped and kicked off the island. They are doing him and her a disservice here. She needed to be turned lose soon after her nomination and let her have at it. Someone should also tell her that if she doesn’t know, say that. That’s ok. No one has all the answers. No matter what happens November 4, she has a bright future. McCain is in the November of his career and it shows. I hope, at the very least, this serves as an example of how and why primogeniture does not work in the republican party. It didn’t work in 1996, and it won’t work now. 


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Written by James Lagnese

October 1, 2008 at 6:00 pm