Sunday, December 20, 2009

The Angry Breakfast Group

We have a small group of retired men who meet for breakfast from time to time – mostly to talk politics. Most of us are conservative, but we do have one liberal member, and our talks are usually spirited. I have noticed these past few months that we have stopped talking about politics almost entirely, and I think I know the reason: we are all so angry that we are afraid that we will say something to our liberal friend that will destroy our friendships forever. Since the election of Barack Obama, new outrages have come at us every day, from the porkulus bill - to the apologies for our great nation's keeping of the world peace – to the czars consisting of 9/11 truthers, communists and a guy trying to promote homosexual practices in our school-children. I can only scratch the surface here; Obama keeps insulting our closest ally because of slights received in his childhood, double-crossed Poland and the Czech Republic, showed what a narrow-minded bigot he is in the Crowley-Gates affair, and bowed to every dictator he comes across. I'm not even getting into the industry and freedom-destroying Cap & Trade and Obamacare legislation he is pushing. We are all incredibly angry, and frightened by our own thoughts.

Dreading our future

By MICHAEL GOODWIN December 20, 2009 New York Post (Excerpt)

“I am a baby boomer, which is to say my life has coincided with turbulent and awesome times. From the Cold War to Vietnam, from Watergate to Monicagate, through the horrors of 9/11 and the stunning lifestyle advances, my generation's era has been historic and exciting.

Yet for all the drama and change, the years only occasionally instilled in me the sensation I feel almost constantly now. I am afraid for my country.

I am afraid -- actually, certain -- we are losing the heart and soul that made America unique in human history. Yes, we have enemies, but the greatest danger comes from within.

Watching the freak show in Copenhagen last week, I was alternately furious and filled with dread. The world has gone absolutely bonkers and lunatics are in charge.
Mugabe and Chavez are treated with respect and the United Nations is serious about wanting to regulate our industry and transfer our wealth to kleptocrats and genocidal maniacs.

Even more frightening, our own leaders joined the circus. Marching to the beat of international drummers, they uncoupled themselves from the will of the people they were elected to serve.

President Obama, for whom I voted because I believed he was the best choice available, is a profound disappointment. I now regard his campaign as a sly bait-and-switch operation, promising one thing and delivering another. Shame on me.

Equally surprising, he has become an insufferable bore. The grace notes and charm have vanished, with peevishness and petty spite his default emotions. His rhetorical gifts now serve his loathsome habit of fear-mongering.

"Time is running out," he says, over and again. He said it on health care, on the stimulus, in Copenhagen, on Iran.

Instead of provoking thought and inspiring ideas, the man hailed for his Ivy League nuance insists we stop thinking and do what he says. Now.

His assertion we will go bankrupt unless Congress immediately adopts the health monstrosity marks a new low. At least it did until he barged into a meeting in Copenhagen to insult the Chinese with the same do-it-now arrogance on carbon emissions.

Don't get me wrong -- it's OK to insult the Chinese, but save it for an urgent life-and-death issue. Iran qualifies, with its plans for a nuclear arsenal, yet Obama has not pushed China on that issue with the fervor of his attacks on their dirty smokestacks.

Washington has its own freak show and it also features Big Government theocrats. One of the mainstream media myths is that the Democrat-on-Democrat attacks of late pit moderates against liberals.

Horse hockey. No person of conservative or moderate sensibility could possibly support a federal takeover of the massive health system.

That some who profess to be moderates have gone along, either out of fear or partisan loyalty or payoffs, only underscores the madness.

In fact, it is a myth the fight is over health care at all. It is a vulgar power dispute between liberals and extreme liberals, with health care a convenient portal for command-and-control of 17 percent of the economy.

It's definitely not reform.

Notice how little Obama talks about sick people or medicine or suffering or any of the realities of illness and death. There is almost no mention of the moral dimension that supposedly animates the demand for universal coverage.

The public intuitively understands the con, which is why it prefers the flawed status quo. Voters tell pollsters by as much as 3-to-1 they think a federal takeover will cost them and the country more money and will produce more red tape instead of better care.

Yet, because power corrupts, and one-party rule corrupts absolutely, dissenters are considered heretics. Until the next election.

Meanwhile, Mother Nature delivered her verdict with yesterday's blizzard in Washington. I am cheered by the thought that finally, hell has frozen over.” New York Post

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At 8:35 AM, Anonymous Mason said...

Excellent article...thanks Russ..the question remains how long will the rest of our country remain duped? Many people remain convinced of man-made global warming in spite of the most overwelming evidence to the contrary. Yes there has been some warming but it has been well within the bounds of natural variability..unfortunately people respond to fear more than they do to logic. Really wonder why God gave them brains.

At 10:05 AM, Anonymous oatka said...

"we are all so angry that we are afraid that we will say something to our liberal friend that will destroy our friendships forever."

But I will warrant that all you conservatives sat around and let him bash Bush to the high heavens.

If your liberal "friend" still supports Obama or takes offense at any criticism of him, perhaps it is time to bid him adieu, as he is no longer in contact with political reality, and probably never was.

Much of America is seething like you, but many of us as drawing lines between being an enabler and standing up for this country.

At 12:20 PM, Anonymous Joe said...

I can't go along with that way of thinking. I have many friends who have a left point of view and I couldn't sever my relations with them for the sake of politics. Most are good people who share many of the same interests as I do. Who knows why they think the way they do or vote for the same political hacks who are ruining this country? Perhaps they are ignorant of the facts or they just don't have the time or interest to sort out the important issues that we all face in this country. Save your fight for the ones who are in power. Try to convince the fence sitters, but don't waste your time trying to convince a Liberal that he's wrong. It's just a pure waste of time.

At 8:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the old days people with different political views could discuss and disagree without being disagreeable. That seems to be gone. As crazy as you and the conservatives think the liberals are, I'm sure just as many liberals think the conservatives are just as crazy (and wrong) with their thought and ideas.



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