Truth

Where truth and honesty are concerned, there are two types of people….
The first is the small minority who believe that since truth has value, it is
necessary for successful and fair human interaction and strive to use
it exclusively.
The second group is the majority who mis-use truth as a
tool to manipulate others by withholding it, modifying it, using only
part of it, or replacing it completely with something less.
To my knowledge, there are no politicians or news media in the first group.

If January 21 was Christmas

If January 21 was Christmas, then….

T’was the night before Christmas, and up in the tower,
The Donald reflected on his newfound power.
The conservative masses had come out in force,
And delivered a victory that would chart a new course.

The snowflakes were shell-shocked with tears in their eyes,
The media lied to them…what a surprise.
They had been promised a Hillary win,
But the unethical Clinton took one on the chin.

And ‘though from all corners celebrities flew,
They made no impression, for they hadn’t a clue.
They talked about climate, racism, and such,
And they made up good stories . .But didn’t know much.

The fake news and ignorance came at a cost,
And they can’t understand all the reasons they lost.
They blame it on Comey and Bernie and Vlad,
But fail to acknowledge the one that was bad.

Yes, Hillary Clinton, in many ways flawed,
Was her own biggest hurdle toward getting the nod.
The campaign exposed her corruption and greed,
And her speeches were punch-less as ten dollar weed.

So out in the streets there arose such a clatter,
It was Soros paid protesters and Black Lives Matter.
With cities to pillage and windows to smash,
They knew not the issues, but needed the cash.

Eight years of Obama had given them cause,
To expect a replacement of their Santa Claus.
But soon the protesters will feel the pain,
When the wheels fall off of the old gravy train.

And now all the snowflakes are riddled with fear,
Upset and offended by things that they’ll hear.
The cocoa and crayons will help for a while,
But fact-based opinions will soon cramp their style.

I originally supported, and voted, for Cruz,
In the end, I would vote for whomever they choose.
He wasn’t my first choice, but soon I would cede,
The one they call Trump is the one that we need.

I saw him on TV in front of a crowd,
He spoke about veterans, it made me feel proud.
He spoke about energy, safety, and jobs,
Taking this country back from the Washington snobs.

He was dressed in Armani, all tailored and neat,
And the Brunos he wore made the outfit complete.
For a man of his vintage, he seemed rather fit,
And he looked presidential, even I have to admit.

His eyes glowed like embers, his smile was the best,
And his hair was the color of my old hunting vest.
His love for this country was on full display,
And his actions spoke louder than words could say.

He thanked all his voters, and before he was gone,
Saved thousands of jobs while Obama looked on.
The fate of this country is not left to chance,
So, he filled out his cabinet weeks in advance.

The men he had chosen were of the same mind,
Let’s set the bar high, and not lead from behind.
He picked up his phone as he rose from his seat,
With a flick of his finger, he sent out this tweet:

“Now Mattis!, now Kelly!’ now Sessions! And Pruitt!
On Perry! On Flynn, You’re the ones who can do it.
Start lifting restrictions and building the wall,
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

 

The roar of his audience rose from the stands,
He kissed all their babies and shook all their hands.
He answered their questions and calmed all their fears,
They knew it would be a fantastic four years.

Then he jumped in his limo, and off to his jet,
A fellow that Liberals won’t soon forget.
He sent one more tweet as the evening expired.
“MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND OBAMA — YOU’RE FIRED!”

–Unknown author

Political Correctness

political correctness (PC):
a constantly expanding collection of unwritten, arbitrary and inflexible rules
which are employed to establish and maintain control of the populace by
attempting to force everyone, under threat of some form of punishment or
retribution, to travel a singular and one-way avenue of thinking the same,
speaking the same and acting the same, thereby achieving the ultimate
Liberal Utopian vision of equality,” more accurately described as sameness.”
Ironic Note: the opposite of “sameness” is “diversity,” the very thing
the politically correct claim to support and promote! How’s that for hypocrisy?

Evolution

In times past we used to say a person who didn’t care to know the truth, or even take the time to look for it, had his head in the sand.
However, in today’s fast-paced, high tech, PC world, people have evolved to the point they realize it’s far too restrictive to remain stationary with their heads in the sand and have discovered if they simply stick their heads up their ass instead, they can be as mobile as ever and remain as ignorant as ever. It’s a win-win.
Ahh, American ingenuity. Isn’t progress wonderful?

“News at the speed of lies.”

Paul Julius Reuter, who established Reuter’s News Service in the mid-1800’s and which remains an important news service to this day, deeply believed in two principles to which he demanded complete adherence from his people…. Speed and Truth. Media outlets who bought his reports also respected those same principles. (Really, they did!)
Undoubtedly, one half of those principles… Speed… has continued to be important to the media. In fact, it has advanced to the point that news reports today are almost instantaneous and the struggle to be first to report the news remains as fierce as it was in Reuter’s time.
However, the other half of his principles… Truth… seems to be of much less, and
sometimes, no importance to the media today, which is confusing since the end users of their product, the people, want, need and demand the truth. I don’t know about everyone else, but I have a difficult time believing that much of the news we hear or read today has not been slanted, manipulated or had something edited out (like the truth).
Knowing how much he valued the truth, I think Julius Reuter would be very disappointed to see that the news business today, which he played a large part in creating, has become an information source which can not be trusted to tell the truth, no matter how fast we get it.
Perfect slogan for today’s media: “News at the speed of lies.”

Orwell was Right!

I read this in an article the other day:

“The blessings of American liberty are being relinquished to an ‘Orwellian’ civilization…”

Lo and behold, that’s exactly what I wrote back in 2009….

For quite some time, I have been disappointed, no, call it angry, at what I call the unbridled “fanatical partisanship” so prevalent in this country. Blind acceptance of Party speak without the application of reason is rampant in America today. It reminds me of George Orwell, the visionary author, who provided some context for my concern.

In his 1949 book, “1984“, Orwell coined a new word, “Blackwhite.“ It has nothing to do with race, but everything to do with why we have such deep political divisions, a ruined economy, no real answers, dishonest and less than competent leaders, and an uncertain, and most definitely, an unaffordable future.

Orwell defines Blackwhite: “the ability to accept whatever ‘truth’ the party puts out, no matter how absurd it may be.” Orwell further described it as: “loyal willingness to say black is white when party demands this. It also means the ability to believe that black is white, and more, to know black is white and forget that one has ever believed the contrary.

From Wikipedia: “The word represents the active process of rewriting the past, control of the past being a vital aspect of the Party’s control over the present.” (Does any of this sound familiar? Anyone in Congress come to mind? Any Presidents you know of? Teachers? Professors? Neighbors? Relatives? You?)

Politics, in general, is nothing more than the promotion of Blackwhite and, if one surveys his surroundings, he will notice that Blackwhite does not require the application of logic or common sense in order to propagate. In fact, it thrives best without either of them. Politicians tirelessly expound on past mistakes, truthfully or not, and ignore the positives, thereby exerting that control over the present. I suppose it would be too much to expect that we learn from the positives of the past, as well as the negatives.

Blackwhite is real! You can see it all around, you can hear it everywhere you go and it owes its very existence to the willful ignorance of the American people and their leaders, most of whom are perfectly content, securely wrapped in their personal cloak of ignorance. If apathy weren’t so widespread and more people actually cared enough to reason for themselves, instead of blindly accepting and repeating party speak as if it were gospel, Blackwhite would have no place in our country, a much different country, a much better country. Wouldn’t that be nice?

But, common sense has proven rare and seldom is it seen
In the hallowed halls of Congress and the ranting of the Green.
White is white and black is black, no gray is there to share.
I am right and you are not, no compromise to spare.