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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

Where Has The Time Gone

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I’ve ben at this damn blog for over 6 months now and I finally realized, where had the time gone? Tempus Fugit as they say or Time Flees, which it has. In the this time I believe I have expounded my thoughts passably at times, but lately I find myself conforming to the republican template too much, following Team Geppetto’s lead in the malignant populism that both sides of the isle participate in, in order to manipulate us to their will. I think I have gotten away from my original theme which is of course freedom. Yes nebulous, sacrosanct, misunderstood and least appreciated, freedom. 


I’ve often quoted Thomas Jefferson’s definition of liberty, which is “that each individual has ‘certain inalienable rights’…these rights exist with or without government; man cannot create, take, or give them away…rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law,’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual…though government cannot create a right to liberty, it can indeed violate it. And the limit of an individual’s rightful liberty is not what law says it is but is simply a matter of stopping short of prohibiting other individuals from having the same liberty. A proper government…is one that not only prohibits individuals in society from infringing on the liberty of other individuals, but also restrains itself from diminishing individual liberty.” Without this, everything else is meaningless, feckless, and irrelevant. Everything in one’s life becomes a necessary tool for indentured servitude at the hands of someone else’s power. 

That being said, I have become a tool myself, to the templates popular social and economic fears. It’s not that there is nothing to be afraid or that there aren’t problems, but I won’t assist some greater political power get back in power. At the very least politics is a fickle mistress who easily forgets who paid her way but knows whose door to knock on when times are tough. It’s time to throw the harlot to the street. There is no right or left, just right and wrong. To that end I will be true to myself. Yes, there will be times when I will seem to insult, I will exact revenge with wit and a macabre yet dry sense of humor. I will piss everyone off eventually. Everyone. The one thing I will never do is talk about my work, or talk about family anymore. Everything else is fair game. 

So let the games begin, to begin anew and begin they will. I may not post as often, but hopefully I will post better content and different as well. I promise that by my birthday I will publish at least one podcast. As always, thank you for reading my blog, and I hope you continue reading it, and I would hope to get a few more people on board. Thanks again.

The Right Guy

Written by James Lagnese

January 26, 2009 at 6:59 pm

Palin Unleashed

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Yet another wife from another time dimension. Mrs. Palin: The reason they threw you under the bus and backed over you continuously is that the MSM, people on the left, and other dullards that read Team Geppetto’s talking points hate your guts. You represent political success in a context that doesn’t fit their liberal, feminazi template. You didn’t go to an ivy league school, you didn’t come from a family with a political history, you didn’t take the sacrament at the altar of abortion, and you are not ashamed of being american. AND you weren’t a democrat. Thanks to John Ziegler

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Written by James Lagnese

January 8, 2009 at 8:29 pm

Team Geppetto

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Some may wonder,  WTF is Jim talking about when he says “Team Geppetto”? Geppetto was the creator of Pinocchio, a marionette (if this was San Francisco, it would be Finocchio, but I digress). I suppose I could have used Team Mangiafuoco, but I like Geppetto better. Anyway, Team Geppetto pulls the strings and controls the american public. They are the cabal of the MSM, political parties and politicians, and to some degree businesses. Team Geppetto plays the public against itself for their purposes, needs and wants. Unwittingly, most people watch and many participate in this play without regard to the man behind the curtain and as Uncle Jay might say, they are waiting for the fairytale they like best. So remember, Team Geppetto is making sure you know that Obama is a Muslim and that Bristol Palin is the real mother to Sarah Palin’s son Trig. Ok, Obama really is muslim, but you get the idea. 🙂

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Written by James Lagnese

October 17, 2008 at 7:53 pm

Team Geppetto

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Some may wonder, WTF is Jim talking about when he says “Team Geppetto”? Geppetto was the creator of Pinocchio, a marionette (if this was San Francisco, it would be Finocchio, but I digress). I suppose I could have used Team Mangiafuoco, but I like Geppetto better. Anyway, Team Geppetto pulls the strings and controls the american public. They are the cabal of the MSM, political parties and politicians, and to some degree businesses. Team Geppetto plays the public against itself for their purposes, needs and wants. Unwittingly, most people watch and many participate in this play without regard to the man behind the curtain and as Uncle Jay might say, they are waiting for the fairytale they like best. So remember, Team Geppetto is making sure you know that Obama is a Muslim and that Bristol Palin is the real mother to Sarah Palin’s son Trig. Ok, Obama really is muslim, but you get the idea. 🙂

Thank you for reading this blog.

Written by James Lagnese

October 17, 2008 at 7:53 pm