Miscreant Lamb

ABRACADABRA: I’ve been thinking about all the nonsense that’s been thrown at us these past few weeks from Our Lord and Master. First he tells us he’s going to do this. Then he’s going to do that. And all the while, he’s doing so much other stuffyou can’t keep track of the entirety it.

I think it’s deliberate. He’s keeping us, the Patriotic Opposition, so busy with the  multitudes of stuff  he’s thrown at us, it’s hard to form a cogent, cohesive action to take against any one part of it.

I mean, where do we start exactly? Where do we concentrate our efforts? There’s just so much of it.

I think we conservatives need to get back to basics, start at the beginning. Oh, let’s not let The Master get away free with whatever he wills. But let’s not lose sight of what’s truly important. We can argue about the small stuff later. Let’s ensure that we don’t lose the big stuff while The Master misdirects our attention elsewhere.

I think that there is one area we can all agree on: we must keep our Second Amendment rights. This is the most important of our rights – it ensures that our other rights will not be lost for long.

I haven’t seen any sign from The Master yet that he intends to take on the Second Amendment any time soon. But the way he’s been throwing miscellanea at us, I don’t think we can predict how long it’ll be before he decides it’s time to do so.

LATER: I’ve been thinking about one of my favorite quotes lately, a fairly famous one from Benjamin Franklin.

Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.

– Benjamin Franklin

Man, I feel like I’ve been sized for a roasting pan these past few weeks.

A LITTLE LATER: Well, damn. Looks like it has already started. How did I miss that?

The Opposition

I’ve been mostly silent about politics recently on this blog. Oh, I’ve comment here and there about the mess in Washington, but I’ve mostly kept away from the fray. Until today, I wasn’t sure why. But now I’ve realized I was afraid.

Oh, I’m not like the loony leftists who ranted and raved about W silencing free speech or any of that. I’m not afraid of losing my life for speaking out. I’m afraid because when I look across the world, I see where we’re headed.

In the UK, I see cameras on every street corner and people unable to defend themselves.

In France and the Netherlands, I see a violent extremist minority who frightens entire countries into submission.

In Europe, I see an entire region mired by taxation and regulation.

In Japan, I see a country whose past closely resembles our present and whose present resembles nothing I want for my country.

In Venezuela, I see a dictator who consolidated his power to such an extent that it was impossible for his opposition to gain enough ground to elect any one else.

In the US, I see the seeds of all of the above in Obama. It scares me for my country.

When he was first elected, I thought that four years wasn’t enough for him to do too much damage. I’ve assumed that in two years, he’d be rendered completely ineffectual because of a traditional conservative surge in the House and Senate. His first two weeks in office have made me doubt my assumptions. His recent power grabs have consolidated in me a belief that far left liberals will remain in power for quite some time.

Like I said, it scares me. It scares me to think about it. It’s not comfortable writing about it, which is why I’ve largely avoided it. I know where we’re headed. I see the genesis of it in Obama. And I know how ineffectual conservative movements are elsewhere in the world.

I’ve decided that I can’t stay silent. That’s how they win. That’s how they convince others that their leftist ideas are in the majority, that there’s no real opposition to the erosion of liberty, that there is no one else out there questioning the fear-mongering or the power-grabbing or the double-talking or the taxing or the spending or any other bit of nonsense they push.

So I am the opposition. You are the opposition. We are not alone.

Let’s give ’em hell.

Highway to Hell

It seems to me that, for One who claims to understand international affairs far better than his predecessor, Our Lord and Master doesn’t seem to know much about international affairs. Take, for example, His constant harping on infrastructure construction as a way to stimulate the economy.

Don’t misunderstand me. I’m in favor of infrastructure projects. I’m an unemployed civil engineer and I’m no fool; I want the business. I just don’t think that they’re a good way to get us out of our economic woes.

The problem with using infrastructure projects as a way to boost unemployment is that it is, at best, a short term solution. Once the project is over, it’s over and the people employed by it are once more out of a job. At worst, it’s a long term solution that makes the employed dependant upon the government for employment and the government dependant upon high spending to keep the employees employed.

Look at Japan. In the eighties, Tokyo did exactly what The Master is proposing to do now. It didn’t work out for them. Hell, look at our own country. The Great Depression was lengthened by big government infrastructure projects.

For such a high-ranking member of The Elite, Our Lord and Master doesn’t seem to have a good grasp on history.