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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.