Originally posted by beezzer
reply to post by redoubt
We have to be the change we want.
(nod to Ghandi)
Expecting hope and change from any candidate is a fools promise.
The strategy of forcing political change through orchestrated crisis. The "Cloward-Piven Strategy" seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands, thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse.
Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven were two lifelong members of Democratic Socialists of America who taught sociology at Columbia University (Piven later went on to City University of New York). In a May 1966 Nation magazine article titled "The Weight of the Poor," they outlined their strategy, proposing to use grassroots radical organizations to push ever more strident demands for public services at all levels of government.
The result, they predicted, would be "a profound financial and political crisis" that would unleash "powerful forces ... for major economic reform at the national level."
They implemented the strategy by creating a succession of radical organizations, most notable among them the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), with the help of veteran organizer Wade Rathke. Their crowning achievement was the "Motor Voter" act, signed into law by Bill Clinton in 1993 with Cloward and Piven standing behind him.
As we now know, ACORN was one of the chief drivers of high-risk mortgage lending that eventually led to the financial crisis. But the Motor Voter law was another component of the strategy. It created vast vulnerabilities in our electoral system, which ACORN then exploited.
ACORN's vote registration scandals throughout the U.S. are predictable fallout.
The Motor Voter law has also been used to open another vulnerability in the system: the registration of vast numbers of illegal aliens, who then reliably vote Democrat. Herein lies the real reason Democrats are so anxious for open borders, security be damned.
It should be clear to anyone with a mind and two eyes that this president and this Congress do not have our interests at heart. They are implementing this strategy on an unprecedented scale by flooding America with a tidal wave of poisonous initiatives, orders, regulations, and laws. As Rahm Emmanuel said, "A crisis is a terrible thing to waste."
The real goal of "health care" legislation, the real goal of "cap-and-trade," and the real goal of the "stimulus" is to rip the guts out of our private economy and transfer wide swaths of it over to the government to control. Do not be deluded by the propaganda. These initiatives are vehicles for change. They are not goals in and of themselves except in their ability to deliver power. They and will make matters much worse, for that is their design.
This time, in addition to overwhelming the government with demands for services, Obama and the Democrats are overwhelming political opposition to their plans with a flood of apocalyptic legislation. Their ultimate goal is to leave us so discouraged, demoralized, and exhausted that we throw our hands up in defeat. As Charles Rangel* said, "the middle class will be too distracted to fight."
These people are our enemies. They don't use guns, yet, but they are just as dangerous, determined, and duplicitous as the communists we faced in the Cold War, Korea, Vietnam, and bush wars across the globe, and the Nazis we faced in World War II.
It is time we fully internalized and digested this fact, with all its ugly ramifications. These people have violated countless laws and could be prosecuted, had we the political power. Not only are their policies unconstitutional, but deliberately so -- the goal being to make the Constitution irrelevant. Their spending is off the charts and will drive us into hyperinflation, but it could be rescinded, had we the political power. These policies are toxic, but they could be stopped and reversed, had we the political power. Their ideologies are poisonous, but they could be exposed for what they are, with long jail sentences as an object lesson, had we the political power.
Every single citizen who cares about this country should be spending every minute of his or her spare time lobbying, organizing, writing, and planning. Fight every initiative they launch. It is all destructive. If we are to root out this evil, it is critical that in 2010 we elect competent, principled leaders willing to defend our Constitution and our country. Otherwise, the malevolent cabal that occupies the government today will become too entrenched.
After that, all bets are off.
Originally posted by QuietInsanity
Ever watch the movie Brewster's Millions? I stand behind the idea of everyone writing in "none of the above" on their ballots. See what happens then.edit on 12-5-2012 by QuietInsanity because: spelling
Originally posted by redoubt
Somewhere between Nixon and Reagan, the US electoral process was hijacked.
This thread... rant, whatever, was inspired by reading the news on the web and then coming here and watching the gladiatorial games between members of opposite political polarity. It just seemed so clear that we've been led to this place and purposely divided on such pointless positions to then be corralled into camps supporting people who take their orders from the same place.
Actually, the term 'centrist' is the only definition that really works but, not because I walk the fence on every issue, lol. I think of myself more as a slightly left Libertarian... if you can imagine how that translates.
Nope, the point was (and is) that most of the issues being argued in 2012 are not going to lead to a solution to the nation's woes. I mean, whether homosexuals can marry will never produce a single job or bring back a single industry from red China. But still and all, that is what the hot button topic is right now because that is where the MSM has led us.
Then there's what is incorrectly termed 'entitlement' programs. These are huge issues but those dependent upon them, after paying into them their entire working lives, are played out to be leeches... when they're not. But, this takes the heat off the politicals who continue to fund pork barrel pet projects that never make headlines, lol.
It's all very convenient.
My personal wish would be for just this election, for the kool aid warriors to put aside their reds and blues and focus on the real issues as one nation. That would do mare than 10 years of bickering...
... in my humble opinion, that is. But hey... maybe I'm wrong. maybe all the fighting is good for us... and in good time, we'll get the results, whatever they may be.
Thanks for the reply. Always good to hear from you!
Imagine that for one moment... the comfy guy with a wife and two kids, a riding mower and three cars in the garage. His nation is going down the drain but, for the moment, he isn't really being touched. he can see clearly how our industrial base was sold down the tubes to China and that with it, so too went what was once called the 'great middle class'. He can see also that politicians are all but own by special interest and that his vote... that one single moment when he speaks his voice to who will run this country, has also been sold out.
Now at night, as he looks out over his freshly manicured lawn and his children sleeping peacefully and his wonderful wife next to him... what does he do? Does he ruin it all by taking a stand against those who have slowly cesspooled our country or does he hold on and hope... hope for the best?
Yeah. I am a cynic and I distrust damned near every single politician of every single party for danged near every reason you can imagine. But, I don't have any regrets... everyday when I get up and look out at what was once this great land of a people united under a beautiful flag... I see purposeful division that has no good ending.