Protesting is Good for Democracy…

as long as the protesting people are liberals.

The April 15 Tax Day Tea Party in Atlanta was one of the largest protests in the country. From all appearances, The Powers That Be aren’t going to just let that happen again.

The event was supposed to have been held at Gwinnett Place Mall. I used to live near that mall. It is an old mall full of empty stores where the most frequent visitors are mall walkers who buy nothing regularly. It’s not that far away from two other newer, larger malls (Discover Mills Outlet and Mall of Georgia) and has greatly suffered in recent years. Most Gwinnecians call it Ghetto Place Mall for a reason.

I can’t imagine that the mall stores will be happy that the prospect of a few thousand shoppers will now be removed because of easement agreements.

BRIGHT SIDE: Now the Lefties aren’t laughing at the Tea Parties. They’re actively working to prevent Tea Parties from happening, which would indicate that they’re afraid of them snowballing. Sweet. Long live the new counterculture!

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The American Addiction

Would you be willing to end federal support of schools, Medicare, Social Security, student loans, and a plethora of other benefits we collectively receive from the feds? I would. Eagerly. Happily. Easily. I’ve always thought my opinion was in the minority. I’ve always thought that most people would be shocked at the notion of diminishing federal payables.

It’s one reason I’ve been so thrilled by the tea parties. I thought that perhaps I wasn’t so alone after all. I thought it was understood implicity that by removing socialism from the US, we’d remove the federal support of those programs. But now, I’m not so sure that the tea partiers understand this concept:

So long as any American’s position on the relationship between state and individual can be reduced to “Let’s just go back to the amount of socialism (and its necessary correlative theft from my fellow citizens) that I liked”, that American is just as deranged and just as pathetic as an alcoholic who, after a bad incident, vows to avoid hard liquor and only drink wine in the future.

I now believe that it’s not socialism the tea partiers are protesting, but Obama’s radical extension of socialism. Had Obama continued W’s slow slide deeper and deeper into socialism, would the tea parties have happened on Tax Day 2009? Had the economy not tanked would anyone have cared about Obama’s radical socialist expansion?

[Via The Smallest Minority.]

LATER: I think income taxation is slavery (among other things) and I consider progressive income taxation to be discriminatory. Just saying.

A LITTLE LATER: You should read all of the post I linked to and quoted from above. Pass it on. It’s a good one.

Generational Cycles

The political pendulum swings both ways. Sometimes, it just takes a little longer for it to swing back to the right from the left. Here’s a snippet from an article in the Canada Free Press, When Those Who Don’t Pay Taxes Run the Nation:

If you remove all of the voting blocs that are attempting to vote themselves gifts from the public trough, Democrats couldn’t garner more than 20% public support in any national election today. But add all of those groups together and offer to buy their loyalty with the property of others and you have yourself a political juggernaut that will win political power for the next generation or two.

Looks like mob rule is here for a while. Let’s hope he’s wrong.

[Via Hecate’s Crossroad.]

Signs

I’ve been a worrywart lately. Perhaps I’ve been watching too much Glenn Beck. Perhaps I have too much time on my hands to stumble upon otherwise ordinary information and connect dots. Unrelated? I don’t think so.

COPPER:  Copper is the metal of industry. You can’t build anything without it. If an item has an electrical component in it, chances are, copper has something to do with the manufacturing of and/or the working of the item. Generally, the copper market can predict industrial output for the next six months to a year. This week, the copper market collapsed.

DOLLAR:  The dollar is fairly high (and I write that with a laugh). But that’s in relation to other currencies. In relation to gold, the dollar is low.

GOLD: Yeah, what’s up with gold anyway? Does it signal deflation? Inflation? Disinflation? Depression? Recession? Recovery? I’ve heard all the above and more as an explanation of gold prices. I don’t think anyone will know until a proper autopsy after the corpse of our economy is discovered.

WALL STREET:  I saw somewhere on the news (CNN?) that it’s predicted that the Dow will hit levels not seen since the mid-1990’s. So that means it’ll bottom out somewhere around 4000. Shit. Really? I’m suddenly glad that I’ve never had enough money to put into a 401K or other retirement plan.

MORE WALL STREET: Every time Obama says “crisis” the Dow drops. He said “crisis” 25 times in one speech alone. If you can attribute today’s trading to Obama’s speech, the Dow dropped 12 points each time he said the word. Someone needs to tape that man’s mouth shut. I don’t think Wall Street likes where Obama’s leading the nation. Or at least, they don’t like it when he goes into fear-mongering mode.

GENERATIONAL/CYCLICAL CRISES: The Baby Boomer’s crisis is here. The best part of this (really long) article:

Boomer leaders are always sure, and often wrong. They are dogmatic and cocky. They utter the words catastrophe, without specifying what will happen if you don’t follow their plan. They say that we will enter a permanent decline if we don’t spend our way out of a situation that was caused by spending too much. Boomer followers are so shallow and self involved that they will put reason aside and believe that we can spend our way out of this. The easy sound bite solution is what they are looking for. The word sacrifice does not exist in their vocabulary. The well being of future generations is of no interest to them. The day trading, house flipping, BMW driving Boomers are looking for the next big thing. The danger is that the next big thing could be a major war.

TAXES: Some states may not be able to send out tax rebates this year. I’d send in your taxes AQAP if you want to get your money back.

EU: The European Union: Not so united after all. Half of them want us to save them. The other half want us to go down in a fiery crash of SUVs, crude oil, Wal-Mart, and McDonald’s. BOOM!

STIMULATE ME: My half-assed stimulus plan: Banks would be required to refinance home loans at 3%. If the home owner is underwater, then the loan my be bumped out to 40 or 50 years until the loan is paid in full or until the market recovers enough to refinance at more “normal” terms. You would not be eligible for the plan if you lied to get the loan (i.e., misrepresented your earnings to qualify for a larger loan). [I admit; that last part is just for spite. I hate liars and they deserve what they get. Gods forbid they should profit from it.]

Well, Now I Know…

Well. Now I know why Democrats don’t mind raising taxes. They don’t pay taxes.

Snerk. I overheard that on Fox News just now while I was stitching block 8. I love it. I don’t know who said it, but I laughed and laughed and laughed at it.

Really, though. (Abrupt change of topic alert!) If Our Lord and Master is going to bring change  to Washington politics, shouldn’t he begin by, you know, changing the people in Washington politics? I certainly thought that was what he meant.

I mean, if the same old people are going to be running things, what change is that exactly? Are they themselves suddenly changed by The Master’s presidency? Have they suddenly changed their opinions and procedures by The Master’s ascension? If they haven’t changed their opinions or the way they do business, then what change, exactly, is that? And if they have changed, is this some sort of religious conversion?

It just seems like the same old people are getting all the appointments. That is change exactly how?