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What is Next?

Excellent article:

I got some calls last night from people not typically interested in politics. A lot of concern was expressed and there was a lot of questions about what is next for America. Of course, I don’t have any answers.

A few observations:

Obama’s charisma amazes me. It is like something from another world. That is a completely neutral statement. The gift of such incredible charisma may be the most powerful single human trait on the Earth. It can be used for incredible good or unspeakable evil.

The race issues swirling around the whole thing are nonsense on both sides. Voting for the man because of his skin color without knowing one thing he stands for makes you an outright racist. Fearing him or voting against him for the same reason means the same thing. On that note, bias will never leave the human species. The important thing is that a government not enforce inequality. Hopefully, this is the final proof that those days are over.

Although much of his past associations and statements do trouble me deeply, fairness demands that the man be given a chance(well…there really isn’t a choice). He has made incredible promises. Only time will tell if he can even begin to deliver and at what cost. If he doesn’t, it won’t surprise most of us who pay attention…we are used to politicians not delivering. And fixing the economy? He may very well be unfairly blamed when that mess continues to fester. Or he may compound it terribly.

Does the possibility exist that we can look back on this day as old men as the point where America began real rapid descent into the worldwide socialist movement? Far-fetched perhaps but maybe. If you are at all educated on such things, some of Obama’s talk and past actions should at least have you on edge. I know this will be attacked but before you do so, honestly assess how much you know about socialism/communism and how you feel about it. I know the question always posed is “what is so bad about socialism anyway”?

That leads me to the real purpose of this post. I am looking for advice(serious, measured advice, not “build a bunker” stuff)
to give American patriots. Also, I am not being exclusive with the term patriot. Here is what I have told those in my circle so far:

1.Throw yourself into the study of history. I plan to do this even more deeply myself. Start with Plato’s Republic and go from there. Read the Bible and Koran if you never have. Study the Foundering Fathers very intensely. Study everything they said. Study their personal histories. Read Marx and Mao and Che. Study the wars of America…particularly the Revolution, the Civil War and World War II. Study Radical Islam. Study Islamic Terrorism.

2.Read the Constitution 500 times. Maybe more. If you have any questions about American civics, get them answered.

3.Seek alternative news sources and pay close attention to the world around you. Don’t be numbed by reality shows and other worthless distractions. Listen to those on both sides of the political aisle but do so with great caution.

4.During your real education, think seriously about what you believe. Determine what you want to leave your children and what you would fight and die for if need be.

5.Encourage people in your circle to do all of the above.

I will also add this…join the NRA. I know this can be a controversial idea. But it shouldn’t be. it is non-partisan. If I had a dime for every time I heard someone citing their first amendment rights, I would have retired long ago. Ultimately, the right to defend ourselves secures every other individual right. This is why even people that are often extreme liberals in every social sense are some of the most ardent 2nd amendment supporters. Realize that it is not only an issue of “the right”.

Above all…don’t become a “useful idiot”.

Feel free to add to any of the above. I would be interested in compiling a reading list for some who have been asking.

Godspeed to the new president. He inherits a troubled country and a dangerous world.

God bless America.

Good post…I like that.

Let me correct “Foundering Fathers” in point # 1 before anyone reads anything into it. Don’t know how that happened, maybe some type of autocorrect.

Anyone who knows how I think understands the deep reverence I have for those men.

The people who are talking about “socialism” and “communism” are the ones who know absolutely nothing about such things aside from the brainwashing they’ve received from Sean Hannity. I’d wager less than 1% of people babbling about “Marxism” have ever read Capital.

[quote]PublickStews wrote:
The people who are talking about “socialism” and “communism” are the ones who know absolutely nothing about such things aside from the brainwashing they’ve received from Sean Hannity. I’d wager less than 1% of people babbling about “Marxism” have ever read Capital.[/quote]

Not sure if that was directed at me. If so, how am I babbling about Marxism? I have read Marx(although it was some years ago) and I have also studied the historical attempts at instituting his ideas, or some form of them. You can’t even begin to try and understand socialism by just reading Marx anyway. You need the historical context.

Besides, wasn’t my advice to read and educate yourself on these matters to begin with so you can make up your own mind? What was the point of your post in this particular thread?

[quote]PublickStews wrote:
The people who are talking about “socialism” and “communism” are the ones who know absolutely nothing about such things aside from the brainwashing they’ve received from Sean Hannity. I’d wager less than 1% of people babbling about “Marxism” have ever read Capital.[/quote]

And I would wager you have never read the constitution.

[quote]PublickStews wrote:
I’d wager less than 1% of people babbling about “Marxism” have ever read Capital.[/quote]

I had to read “Das Kapital” and “The Communist Manifesto” for last semester art history class. I also did a paper on Marxist literary criticsm as applied to “The Hunger Artist” by Kafka. It was actually really easy. I thought it would be impossible because I couldn’t find anything on it. I got an A because I am just totally awesome.

As for Kapital, I understand its appeal. I remember taking away from that part of the semester was that these “isms” like capitalism, socialism, communism, etc… all swing to and fro like a pendulumm. We go from Socialism, to captitalism, to communism… from ism to ism… ever swinging
to and fro…

At least that’s how I understood it. I am sure that I am leaving many important and critical underpinnings of Marxism here.

But, yeah. Obamarxism. See? Wasn’t that clever? I used Obama and Marxism and put them together! HA! HA! HA!