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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The true face of Hypocrisy and Tyranny

Welcome to Just One Conservative, folks.  

Kicking off this blog with a savage hypocrisy that's running through this country.   That is, of course, the whole Trayvon Martin media fiasco that is playing out.   I'm sure anyone reading this blog knows the story, but let's recap...

This is what was initially sold to the public:  A white guy named George Zimmerman shot and killed black 17 year old unarmed Trayvon Martin and walked away scott free.   

When the story finally broke nation wide (which btw, was weeks after the incident actually happened), it set ablaze the ever present and undying racial tensions coursing through this country.   Only knowing what they were told, the stage was set:  There was once again injustice of astronomic proportions leveled at a black person perpetrated by a white person.

However, as the story gained attention, so did the facts.   Here's story, after the facts came out:

George Zimmerman, a half white, half hispanic (who identifies hispanic) was the neighborhood watch captain.  Over the last few weeks, there have been a slew of break ins within the gated community in which he lived and watched over.   One night, he observed a person (Martin) acting suspicious: 

This guy looks like he is up to no good or he is on drugs or something." He further stated that the person he was observing had his hand in his waistband, was holding something in his other hand, and was walking around slowly in the rain looking at houses

He pursued the individual, but last track of him.  As he was about to get back into his vehicle, Martin approached him, asked if he had a problem.  Zimmerman resonded "No", then Martin replied with "Well you do now", then punched him in the face, knocked him down, then started beating his head into the ground.  Zimmerman called for help, but not receiving any, he pulled out his gun and shot Martin once in the chest.  

Zimmerman was taken the police station where he was held until morning before being released.  

Over the course of the next few weeks, calls for Zimmerman's arrest and capture were far and widespread.   Spike Lee even tweeted what he believed to be Zimmerman's address, only for it to be an elderly couple who ended up having to move due to the amount of harrassment and death threats they were receiving.  The mainstream news outlets seemed to do their best to paint Zimmerman a racist.  NBC went as far as to selectively edit the 911 call to make it seem like that Zimmerman blatantly said "He looks black".  Everywhere, somehow the hoodie became a symbol against racial profiling (huh?).    The media tried again to cry conspiracy by positing that it appeared that Zimmerman didn't have any injuries that mirrored what he claimed happened.

Yet in the following weeks, all that was disproven.   NBC was called out for their editing.   More detailed pictures were relased showing Zimmerman's injuries which corroborate his story.  From all accounts and purposes, the sanford police department did their jobs as they're supposed to do them.  From the evidence of personal injury on Zimmerman and eyewitnesses, it seemed like a case of self defense invoking the state's Stand Your Ground laws - which state that in a situation where you legitimately believe your life is in danger, you can respond with lethal force if you feel it's necessary.  Given that Zimmerman called for help, to which no one responded, and his head was being bashed into the ground, it's pretty easy to see why he felt his life was in danger.  

Now again, weeks later, Zimmerman is being charged with second degree murder.  Perhaps they have something the public isn't seeing, but from our perspectives (or those willing to calmly look at the evidence as we know it) this is a manslaughter charge worst case scenario.   Either way, we've been set up for another Rodney King and/or OJ trial.   Just perfect.  

The twittersphere lately has been filled with messages of people threatening to riot if zimmerman is innocent.  Even people wanting to kill Zimmerman now that he's released on bail.   

And this is where the true face of hypocrisy and tyranny shines through.  These people are screaming for justice, yet are threatening widespread violence if they don't get the justice they want.   They want justice, yet they're willing to kill the man before he even goes to trial.  Because that's what they feel should happen. 

Folks, that is the epitome of hypocrisy and tyranny.  These people rant about the tyranny of the justice system and those in power, yet look at the tactics they're employing:  Threats of violence if they don't get what they want.  Mob justice.  I don't know about you, but that sounds an awful lot like terrorism to me.  This is the exact kind of the thing the justice system was designed to thwart and avoid.  Mob justice.  People making judgments that are based on feeling, rather than facts.   

These people don't want true justice.  They want to punish who they think should be punished, based on lies and half truths that frame an unfair narrative.   And the kicker is, they're all an unwitting tool being used by those who wish to use the race card to further their own agendas.  

If you don't believe that, ask yourself:   Why is a local self defense case like this gaining federal attention?   Cases like this happen all over the country every day with the actors being of different races and ethnicities.   There is absolutely no reason a case like this should be getting the attention it's getting.   So why push this case and not the hundreds of others?   Why not push a case where there's a black perpetrator and a non black victim?  Why push a case like this a year ago? Why now?   Because those pushing the case into the national spotlight want to inflame racial tensions so when it comes time to vote in November race, and not the failing economy, are what's on everyone's mind.  It's a disgusting rhetorical tactic used to take the spotlight off of 3.5 years of failed policy and to remind blacks that white people are "the enemy" (nevermind that Zimmerman is half hispanic and identifies as such).   

I encourage anyone to justify the lynching of George Zimmerman.  I encourage anyone to justify the rioting, violence, and destruction being threatened should he not be found guilty.  Tell me why it's ok to break the law when you feel it's needed.  Tell me how subverting the justice system is ok.  Really.  Tell me.   I'm waiting.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Maybe it's time?

Maybe I've been "infected" by Breitbart.  Perhaps I am.  Now mind you, I know their framing and know they're not trying to conceal.  They are unabashedly conservative and are not afraid to say so.  Even as Joel Polak said in a recent NPR interview, many people cling to one source to use as their news and it skews what they see.  This is still true for those that only watch Fox News or exclusively read Breitbart.com just as much as it is for those that watch NBC News or CNN.

I do my best to keep my biases in check.  Deep down, the conservative message resonates within me, so it'd be all to easy to consider Breitbart or Fox News to be "more true" than liberal and left media outlets.  Yet, as I continue to read Brietbart, I'm starting to discover the differences and noticing the hypocrisy of the Mainstream Media and leftist organizations and persons that Breitbart is so apt to point out on a constant basis.

On top of that, what really sells the point for me is when I listen/watch an interview of some prominent conservative figures.  Most of them are articulate and intelligent with a no nonsense attitude.  The Scott Walkers and Allan Wests of the world have a way of being right on target.  They come off as sincere and genuine.  They back up their claims with facts and results.  It's far more genuine than the soundbites I typically hear from leftist leaning folk who come off as sleezy and arrogant.  

I'll come out and say it:  I firmly believe the mainstream media is a tool of the left. The socialists, the marxists, the communists out there.  It's a tool to shape someone's perception by controlling the narrative.  It's a tool by setting the framing to how they want it to be.  There's example after example of the media's leaning by narrative and omission that I could write articles for years to come on it all.  

Yet, ultimately, it's just a tool.  A tool used to push an agenda that is part of a deeply philosophical battle this country has been facing for centuries.  Yes, centuries.  The battle is the Thinkers vs the Doers.  Not even limited to just this country, it's been a clash for centuries all over the globe.  What do I mean Thinkers vs Doers?  It goes like this...

You have your Doers.  These are the people that well, do actual stuff.  They see a goal and attain.  They're no nonsense and are driven by doing what needs to be done.  Throughout history, especially in this country, our most beloved heroes have been doers.  George Washington was a doer.  Abraham Lincoln was a doer.  In every case, a doer isn't perfect.  Nor are their plans.  They go by the moral compass embedded within them to guide them on what's right or wrong.  There's not a lot of deliberation.  Sure, they have to be smart about things, but for the most part, doers do.  They get things done.  They're the pioneers that make difference.

Then, you have your Thinkers.   These are the people that typically sit around and just think about stuff. They're your typically intellectuals.  They're pretty smart.  Yet, usually they have no real world basis or application.  They spend all their time thinking and telling people how things should be, but ever rarely do they do it themselves.  Thinkers, because of their self perceived massive intellect, typically believe they know what's better for you than you do because so they're so smart.  Probably the most reknown thinker of our time is Karl Marx, the father of socialism and communism.  He was great about thinking on the evils of capitalism and not only how things should be, but claimed how they would be.  Because well, he was so damn smart, he knew better than the doers.  

It's quite clear which side I'm on. And of course it'd be easy to make a statement that I frown upon "smart people".  No, not really.  Because surprisingly, Doers are also pretty smart people.  The big difference is they're rooted in reality and practicality while Thinkers are left to dream of grandiose fantasies and utopias that have no basis in reality.  But they have no qualms in telling people that's how things should be.  And of course, people buy into those fantasies because, well, because they're fantastic.  

The repulsing thing about Thinkers is their sheer arrogance and hypocrisy.  They're all too quick to point out how they're smarter than a Doer, yet many times they make the assumption that they're smarter.  Not only that, because they're so self absorbed in how smart they are, they genuinely believe they know what's best for everyone else, especially those "below" them.  

Their agenda, socialism/communism/etc., is sickeningly hypocritical.   One of the rallying cries for socialism is "equality for all" and have everything fair.  They deride the current upper class as being evil tyrants that need to be torn down so we can all live in an equal fair society.  Except, what they don't tell you is that this "utopian" and fair society is going to have its own "upper class" and privileged few that will rule.  But instead of being the Doers that earn their way to that level, something that anyone in America has the opportunity to do, the socialist upper class will be the Thinkers and their enforcers who "know better".  The smart ones that know how this "equal" society should be run.  Because well, they're just so gosh darn smart, they know what's best for you.  

In other words, socialism is the Thinkers' agenda for wanting power and control for themselves.  Remember we live in the real world.  There will always be an upper class.  Always.  True utopia, from my perspective, is only in Heaven.  Amusing side fact:  Many socialists are atheists because they just cannot possibly conceive there being something out there that their massive intellect cannot explain or bow to the fact that there is someone out there so staggeringly powerful and intelligent that they do know what's best for people (and wise enough not to force us).  Their arrogance gets in the way.

Thinkers are always lamenting about the fantasy world that never comes to fruition.  Their idea of unfair is them not getting what they feel they're entitled to according to their fantasy world standards.  They typically don't like Doers and will become insecure or jealous of them.   "How can someone not as smart as me succeed where I have failed?"  The arrogance is staggering.  They deride the people who make the tough choices, like Scott Walker, because, naturally, it wasn't a "smart choice".  Yet, somehow, they never seem to have the answer themselves.  And in the few times they have, it's resulted in failure which, of course, is laid to blame on some dumb Doer hindering them because of a small detail called reality.

This is why I'm opposed to the left.  Why I'm opposed to the liberals and their media cohorts.  I do not want a socialist state.  Personal freedom and those with the courage to do what is right is what's kept this country strong.   The country has battled back the left for over 225 years now.  Yet, it still keeps encroaching.  And just because I ridicule Thinkers doesn't mean I discount them.  Thinkers ARE smart people.   Very smart.  And as their battle wages on, they've refined their tactics and strategy.   The media is their latest tool.  Through the mask of objectivism and political correctness, they're able to push their agenda without openly appearing to do so.  It reminds me of the court intrigue you may read in some novels, like say A Game of Thrones, where the "Thinkers" there (like Littlefinger and Cersei) rarely express their opinions openly and instead use subtle and vague language to push their agenda.  It's very passive aggressive in nature.  

They'll say this is how things should be and it's "only natural" that things progress this way.  But they're wrong.  Through their arrogance they make assumptions.  Through through their own hubris, they are taking what they believe and turning it into natural fact.  While yes, there are noticeable patterns and their logic makes sense, the problem is it's just theory.  It's not fact.  Like when a scientific theory is around so long that it starts to become fact only to have findings pull the rug out from underneath them.  Regardless though,  here's what all the social theories about socialism and communism boil down to:

It's about putting the Thinkers in charge.  

That's it.  After all the idealistic fluff.  It's about them being in charge.  People that think they're smarter than everyone else telling everyone else what they should do and how they should think.  Because if everyone did as they said, everything would be perfect.  

I want Doers to be in charge.  I want people with proven track records, common sense, and grounded in reality to be in charge.  I want someone that is genuine in their work.   I want someone that's voted in not because of how slick their rhetoric is, but by how good their track record is.  Someone that has done and will do what they believe needs to be done to keep this country and it's personal freedoms on track.  

I've never felt the pull of political action in my life.  But the ever encroaching left and the fledgling beacon of hope that is New Media is giving me cause to at least let my voice be heard.  To stand behind people like Scott Walker and Allen West.  To help fight back on the mainstream media's passive aggressive bullying of conservative values.  Values that this country was built upon.  Values that are core to our continued success no matter how loud the Thinkers whine.  I want to break that strangle hold.  Maybe it's time to follow Governor Walker's advice to have courage.  

This is what I believe and I'm not ashamed.