We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
“We must create a national consensus that the health care system is in crisis.” and “To win we must not just generate understanding, but emotion—fear, revulsion, anger, disgust.” – Page 545
In much the same way that advocates of “Global Warming” continue to repeat that “The debate is over” those pushing the President’s Health Care Scheme continue to parrot that “We can all agree that our current system is in crisis…” Right? How often do we hear that? Meanwhile, polls show that 80% of Americans are HAPPY with their health insurance. But politicians who cite these numbers are painted with a broad dismissal and vilified for wanting to do nothing while Americans are dying because they have no health care.
The plan, from the beginning was to manufacture a crisis in health care. And, with the willing media on their side (“This will require an ongoing highly integrated earned-media messaging program that brings the growing crisis into relief over the next two years” – Page 545) that crisis becomes a stipulated FACT, not a political position, not an opinion, but a given. This book was written in 2007 and the plan calls for implementation over “the next two years”… do the math.
So, now the “Crisis” has been manufactured and a solution has been put forth. Now, how do our progressive leaders plan to win the votes of politicians and the support of the American people?
“We must focus especially on the mobilization of the labor movement…” and “Over the next two years, we must design and organize a massive national field program” – Page 546
"To produce a maximum of chaos in the culture of the enemy is our first most important step. Our fruits are grown in chaos, distrust, economic depression and scientific turmoil. At last a weary populace can seek peace only in our offered Communist State, at last only Communism can resolve the problems of the masses."
A basketball team offers an illo, the numbers being about right. Four of the five players on the court want their team to win. The fifth wants his team to lose, so a new one can be hired. The coach has to play the fifth guy, a law says so. Soon enough, the four figure out that number five needs to be just tolerated, not to be passed the ball. but as the tournament proceeds, opponent teams with five cooperating players begin to wear down the crippled team. So they four try to accomodate him, and toss him the ball once in awhile. He always, though, throws it to the other team. He is wearing the uniform of one team, and that means he will lose the game for that team in any way he can until the team is out of contention and a crisis ensues wherein a new team must be built. It's just raw, naked, negative power.
Good post Barrister. I would have missed it. Re Buddy, if the feeble mind could figure out that you meant coach, I am sure the other readers will as well. I am convinced that mistakes like that, misspellings, saying 'there' when you meant 'their' etc. bother the writer much more than the reader. I have been mortified by some of the mistakes I have made and yet I am sure I am the only one that remembers them.
Pretty much describes my feeling toward the entire political establishment. I fear our hired (elected) employees will take a functioning but not perfect system and drive it into the ground. I find the nanny attitude ("we'll do it for you because you are too stupid") extremely revolting. And I wonder if my anger will boil over before I throw my hands up in disgust.
BD ... Other way around, friend, as you probably already know. Its [no apostrophe] is the possessive of 'it.' It's is the contraction for 'it is.' There are eight possessives in the English language which have no apostrophes: ours, his, hers, theirs, whose, its, mine and yours. And, since English teachers generally don't know these, most folks grow up without knowing them either. There are many extremely intelligent people in the United States who don't know this. But copy editors have to.
Sorry BD ... I was kind of depressed yesterday by the news of the EPA arrogating still more power to itself, so I didn't perceive that you were kidding. I have nothing but admiration for you and the other Maggiesfarmers, who brighten my day every day, even in these dark times. I wonder if we're entering a new version of the Dark Ages. Maybe we should get some monasteries started.