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Monday, February 24, 2014

America's Survival At Stake

Here's the Nonsense:  We can fix our country's problems in the next election.

Here's the Horse Sense:  We not only face far bigger problems than one election could fix, but most people are too busy focusing on the wrong things to turn our nation around.

What is destroying America is not Barack Obama or the Democrat Party.  It is far deeper and more sinister.  But instead of understanding that, people think this is just about this president or his party.  I came across a perfect example this week.  A person who was commenting on one of the almost-too-many-to-count scandals going on in our government said that we shouldn't worry because the next election would fix everything.  He said that Americans were waking up and would change everything in the next election so that America could get back to being what our founding fathers intended.  I don't know if he was being naive, foolish, or ignorant.  His view is not uncommon and does not bode well for America's chance at surviving as a constitutional republic.

Sadly, it's not just some average guy on the street who thinks this way.  People who work in conservative media are also guilty of the same thing.  America is in far more trouble than one election could fix.  That's one of the reasons I wrote a post in January called It's the Ideology, Stupid!  We're in the fight of our lives and for the life of our nation, but the vast majority don't recognize it and keep focusing on the symptoms, not the cause of our problems.  If a doctor only treats the symptoms and not the cause of a problem we don't get well.  The disease continues to spread and eventually we succumb to it.

There are fools like Bill O'Reilly saying that most of our president's have been patriots and Obama is one of those patriots.  (Hey Bill, if only "most" of the presidents have been patriots then obviously you think some presidents weren't patriots.  Which ones were less patriotic than Obama?)  

And we have conservatives watching his show!  What stupidity is that?  Just because he's on Fox doesn't make him a conservative.  I'll go so far as to say that conservatives should not watch his show and when they do they are doing more harm than good.  By watching O'Reilly you cause him to retain the high viewership that keeps him in the most powerful time slot on cable news.  All you are doing is driving up his ratings.  Don't waste your time.  I agree with Limbaugh's assessment of O'Reilly being on the level of the Ted Baxter character on the old Mary Tyler Moore Show.  If this is what conservatives are viewing, then it's no wonder why they don't understand what's going on in America.  And by viewing his show you are supporting him and keeping Fox from choosing a true conservative for a show in the top time slot.

(As a footnote let me say that in fact, Fox is full of people who are not conservative.  I remember reading a study from UCLA that said that Fox, while being more to the right in their views than other TV news, is still slightly left of center.  It has been reported that during the last election Fox employees gave more money to Obama's campaign than they did to the Romney campaign.)

So, while the fact is that most people just don't get what's going on and that's very depressing, every now and then there is someone who comes along that does get it.  And instead of writing any further in this post I want to share with you a link to an article by Daniel Greenfield that everyone should read.  He gets it.  He understands just how bad things are and what we need to focus on.  What he's written is excellent so please click here to go to his article.