We’re All Extremists Now

So this is making the conservative internet rounds:


h/t Todd Starnes, FOX News

Apparently, the Army is being trained to spot terrorists, especially those dastardly evangelicals, Catholics, Jews, Mormons, and anyone with a “Christian identity” (whatever that means).  Oh, and let’s not forget those people who worship in the church of “Islamophobia,” a well-known and oft-practiced religion.  (Good grief)

Troubling on many levels, of course, but my question is why is the Army being warned about ANY terror or extremist group operating in the U. S.?  The United States military should only be fighting on American soil in the event of an invasion by enemy forces, and they should only be doing so to fight the invading enemy, right?  Don’t we have law enforcement, the FBI, and a string of other domestic law enforcement agencies?  So why is the military being trained in this at all?  Or are we in the U.S. (count how many of those extremist groups are tagged “U. S.”) now under the “all enemies foreign and domestic” clause . . . because the Commander in Chief said so?

Perhaps it isn’t as sinister as tin-foil hat Fuzzy imagines, perhaps it’s “simply” that the military is “ready to purge Catholics and Evangelicals.”  Whatever it is, it’s not good for any American of any religion because apparently believing in any God, having any religion, is now enough to get you investigated for possible terror ties . . . not that anyone mentions investigation anymore.

Nothing quite so regressive as a “progressive,” right?  Religious persecution here we come!  Let’s just hope that burning at the stake or gas ovens aren’t on the tiny tyrant’s 21st-century list of genocidal techniques.

Fuzzy Ramblings: Introspection, Blogging, Slavery, Obama

So I took a whole week–a whole week!–away from the internet.  And with that, I also avoided most news (just enough to know that Iran is indeed crafting a nuclear weapon, d’oh, that the world didn’t explode, etc.).  I think that’s the first time in at least a year, maybe more, and it was much needed.  I feel all refreshed and happy.  Of course that probably has to do with Thanksgiving and my counting my blessings (and filling my brain with crap on tv, heh).

I’ve been blogging since 2004; I can’t even believe it, really.  Of course, back then, I was just discovering my conservatism which had been building since at least 9/11 (and I now suspect was a part of me all along, as the Democrats–and Republicans–moved left, I cringed and rebelled.  I’m a conservative at heart, always have been, but I was, back then, . . . a Reagan Democrat.  That best sums it up.).  But I wasn’t all that political (Kerry and Dudge knew me “then,” they can attest to my inane postings about whatever silliness entered my brain and found its way onto my blog).  Oh, sure, by 2004, I knew that my once-naive proclamation to my stunned parents, “well, gee, I’d happily pay 100% of my income to the government to have good roads, education, healthcare, and housing,” was a thing of the distant, stupid, embarrassing past.

I knew, too, by then that I wasn’t “with” the “new” Democrat party (the regressives), not only did I have a job (unlike when I said that to my parents) but I had lived through 9/11, saw what was happening with amnesty talks (McCain-Kennedy inspired a number of posts back then, in between the burblings about Ents I spotted at the park and deciphering “English” English as an American), the war on Judeo-Christian values, and the expansion of government.  I knew the latter meant less freedom for the people, for me.  I was getting a clue.  You know, slowly.

So yeah, I’ve spend the past week putting things in perspective.  You know, sort of.  I’m still of the mind that the American people voted for this crap, so let it fall where it may, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t care.  It’s just that reconciling these two views is proving problematic.  To me, everyone who voted for anyone but Romney–or not at all–voted for Obama.  Period.  It may not have been the intent, but it was the result.  So . . . yeah, I’m a bit angry about that, a bit “you voted for it, you got it” about it.  Still.  But I’ll get over it.  You know, slowly.

I left Massachusetts over a year ago.  Yay!  I can’t tell you how happy I am to be among people who cheerily (yes, already) say “Merry Christmas” to you at the stores (I haven’t tested this theory, but I bet I’d be looked at askance if I said, “Happy Holidays”).  I did a post last Christmas that was in part about this, about how new and strange and great it was, and I think this year I’ll take some photos of the many homes that have not only Christmas decorations but also CHRISTmas decorations.  It’s so stunning, so new, so wonderful.  It’s so great to move on with my life and to face a Massachusetts-less future (okay, I miss the snow, but that’s it.  Moving on is good; I highly recommend it.).  Usually my tree is red and gold, but I’m thinking that I might go blue and white this Christmas, in support of Israel.

So what else?  Some craziness about some loon proclaiming Obama his lord and savior . . . or was that “our” lord and savior?  Honestly, what the hell is wrong with these people?  At least people on Twitter, including Obama’s black acolytes (who’ve not managed to figure out that he’s destroying any hope they have for a future that doesn’t include calling him their lord and savior and mindlessly supporting his policies that negatively impact them, in many cases, more than anyone else), disavowed that crazed nonsense.  They may vote for a guy who supports infanticide and the restriction of their religious liberty, but they aren’t ready . . . yet . . . to call him their lord and savior.

That’s something.

I guess.

So I was watching this episode of Top Chef re-runs or whatever, and this one chef–I love her, she’s so sweet and seems so sincere and fabulous–during some weird genealogy bit was stunned, stunned I say, to learn that her grandfather (or maybe it was her great-grandfather?) had gone from being a slave to being a freedman (Emancipation Proclamation, 1863)  to being a business owner in the South.  She was stunned.  Stunned. She thinks him some super hero who beat insurmountable odds and somehow triumphed.  But the fact is that wasn’t at all unusual.

Segregation was later.  Much later.  And it was a Democrat construct.  The United States military was not segregated until regressive hero Woodrow Wilson (president, 1913-1921), who, as president of Princeton University, had a record of barring all blacks from the campus (professors and students!) decided that blacks, being inferior and all, needed to be segregated.  This was at about the same time that Margaret Sanger, another racist, founded Planned Parenthood with the express, clearly-stated purpose of eliminating black people because they were society’s bane.  Wilson, the supreme regressive, even insisted that applicants for government jobs include a photo so that blacks could be eliminated more easily.  These people were behind eugenics, too, the fun thing that Hitler used to eliminate Jews but that was purposed here through abortion and various Democrat government “experiments” with std’s and various other medical “tests” to “cull” black people from “the genetic pool.”  No kidding, that was the regressive goal, the big Democrat pitch for their continued power.

But that’s not really that different from “social” and “racial” and “economic” justice, right?  It’s about barring people who are perceived as “priviledged” and blocking anyone, regardless of their competency, from obtaining a job.  That’s what regressives do.  It may be racist, as it certainly was with Wilson, and it may be “reverse” racism as it certainly is with Eric Holder who bemoans the plight of “his people” and demands redress of grievances from people, like myself, whose white skin nullifies the fact that my own people didn’t get here until well after the Civil War and who were held in as much disdain as blacks and poor, white trash.

Class was and is the main factor (let’s not forget that far far more white people are on food stamps and welfare than blacks or other minorities; that’s simple fact, and it’s not numbers, it’s percentages); we got that class-focus from the English who were actually the ones who first decimated the Native Americans (that happened while we were still a British colony, the people here still British “subjects”; a fact that is happily forgotten by the American-bashing left and the newly-shamed British who want to pretend that they aren’t among history’s worst offenders in terms of colonization, slaughter, rape, and oppression).

Obama and his traitorous, regressive horde want “justice,” not equal justice, of course.  And I’m not suggesting here that anyone who is a descendent of slave-holders should “pay,” in fact, my point is the exact opposite.  My people were Irish.  Poor, illiterate, enslaved Irish.  You will not, ever, find me whining about how unfair our treatment was or how we “deserve” “justice.” That’s freaking nuts.  And yes, we were enslaved, raped, murdered, tortured, treated abysmally for centuries.  Far more time, actually, than American slaves.  In fact, there is no people in history who were enslaved and maltreated for a shorter time than those who can claim they are descendent from slaves here in America (surprisingly few, actually, and inclusive of a great number of white people).  This would have to exclude the time such slaves spent as slaves to black African masters before coming here; after all, if the black African masters and traffickers are given a free pass, then we should also pretend that this slavery did not exist.  Right?

Obviously, this doesn’t excuse the practice.  But I am sick to death of this crazy idea that it’s the be all and end all, that anyone owes anyone anything.  Get over it!  The Irish did, the Scots did, the Welsh did, the African blacks who were (and actually still are, but where’s the outrage?) enslaved by other African blacks did, the Jews did, the Christians did, the Persians did, the Asians did, the South American Indians did, . . . heck, name a freaking people in history who weren’t enslaved, persecuted, raped, tortured, murdered, and you win . . . absolutely nothing because it can’t be done.  Everyone has been, at some time, the victim of/enslaved by someone else.  Period.

The unique thing here in America is pretending that somehow black slaves are worse than white, Irish ones or than any others throughout history.  That we should be riddled with guilt about something that was, frankly, the norm in the world.  And at the time.  And at this time actually.  It’s nuts to think that way, and it’s destructive and divisive.  That chef’s grandfather’s (or maybe great grandfather, wasn’t paying super close attention, obviously) wasn’t the exception, he was the norm.   Blacks, after emancipation, weren’t enslaved and they didn’t feel “owed.”  That came later.  Much later, actually.  In fact, I would venture to guess that this man, who built his own business, would be horrified at the thought that we not only don’t know that was possible but that we later, or that Democrats later to be historically accurate, ensured that his success would no longer be possible.  That he would instead be expected to underachieve and call that his due.

I dunno.  It’s hard to get worked up about anything now.  I mean the American people, this time knowing full well what they were getting, voted for this amateur loser.  I can’t get past, no matter how great this past week has been, that fact.  Got socialism?  Oh yeah.  On the way to tyranny?  Sure.  Is he a destructive force on both our culture and economy?  Uh, yeah, no crap.  Does he look at Morsi assuming near-unlimited power and drool jealously that he doesn’t have that . . . yet?   Oh yes, don’t doubt it.  Will he continue to issue executive orders that undermine or flat-out spit on the Constitution of these United States?  Of course he will.  Will he step up his violations of religious and personal liberty?  Yep.  Big time.  Buuuuuuut, Americans voted for him.  Yes, including the asshats who stayed home or voted for that other guy.

Obama didn’t hide this time, he wasn’t an unknown.  I can’t be mad at him.  I can’t even say what he’s doing is wrong beyond pointing out when it violates the Constitution (which, who cares?!, he’ll soon seat Supremes who think the Constitution is just as dated and worthless as he thinks it is.  BUT we knew that.   And elected him anyway.).  He wasn’t  a blank slate this time, he didn’t even pretend to be centrist or uniting.  I can’t excuse the electorate this time.  He blatantly campaigned on being just the opposite of what he campaigned on in ’08.  And he won.

Read your history. Know your facts. But at this point, Obama is not the problem. And that makes me endlessly sad.

Mourning For America and the End of (Political) Fuzzy–Updated

I’ve been writing for years about America, about the American Spirit and the American Dream.  It was all for nothing, all about something that simply no longer exists.  I was delusional, in denial, stooopid.  America is no longer the America of my youth, of my dreams, of my spirit.  The American people have re-elected 0, and that tells me all I need to know about the country I’ve always loved and been proud of, about my fellow countrymen and women who rejected all that is good and decent and admirable about our great country and embrace all that is bad and failed and shameful about her and her century-long flirtation with communism.

The American people have spoken, and it’s a sad sad day for our endangered Republic.

As for me and this blog . . . I’m done.  This blog is done, at least as a political blog.  Because I love to write, I may come back at some time to write about whatever interests me, but it won’t be politics.  I’ll stay a constitutional conservative (it’s who I am), and I’ll still vote, of course, still resist in the culture war and stay informed, but I see no point at all in torturing myself for four more years, of agonizing over 0 and his shameful anti- and unAmerican policies when, apparently, he’s just what the American people want.  Well, they have him.  We have him.

I’m heartsick.

And done.


Okay, maybe “And done” isn’t quite correct.  Both my conservative blogger friends here and a very special one over at Hack’s place (*waves at Sol, the great mind behind Wisdom of Soloman*) have reminded me that . . . well, they’ve reminded me of who I am and what I care about.  I will continue to blog, perhaps not as focused on politics (I need to keep some semblance of sanity, and four more years of 0 are guaranteed to deprive me of that if I let them), but I will be here, and yes, I’ll definitely engage in the political arena when it seems useful and wise (or, hey, when I feel like it! Heh).

Pledging Allegiance To The Republic, Not Servitude To The President

Oh dear, I feel a rant coming on.  Yes, again. I just read this headline “Actress Jessica Alba asks voters to pledge allegiance to Obama” and my head almost exploded.  Before I even clicked the link, I was transported back to the truly creepy, truly awful Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher Stepford “pledge” to be “a servant to our president” (meaning, of course, 0):

And I remembered this bicep-kissing guy (no idea who he is, but I guess he’s someone famous to people who like that sort of thing) pledging to be “of service to Barack [weird bicep-kiss] Obama [weirdly kisses other bicep].  At the 0:51ish mark:

This put me in mind–again, before I even clicked the Alba link above–of a conversation I had with a 0-supporter on Twitter.  It was some leftist who originally seemed sane, so I followed him back. Briefly. (As most of you know, I don’t follow leftists as a rule: I gave up any fantasy that they were open to any ideas but their own ages ago, and as I’m certainly and proudly not open to their commie-crazy ideas, well . . . what’s the point?  Oh, I did try, for ages, to engage with leftists, but it really was just an exercise in futility, so now I don’t follow them on Twitter or even read their comments when they wander onto my blog.  I just block, ignore, delete forever.  Yes, I know, many conservatives still engage with them in the spirit of the great Andrew Breitbart, but I just can’t be bothered. Anyway, back to the point. . . ) This leftist guy on Twitter wrote to me in a lengthy-ish pm exchange that I should support 0 and his agenda because (get this!) the president is our “boss” (his word), and just as we wouldn’t “disobey” (his word again) our boss in the workplace, we shouldn’t (and you can’t make this stuff up) “disobey” 0.

50-foot statue of Dear Leader anyone?

Well, you can imagine my response.  I pointed out that the American president is not “our boss,” that his job is not to “rule,” and that the American people pledge allegiance to no man , to no office–not even to the office of the presidency.  We pledge allegiance to our flag, and to the republic for which it stands.  Period.  I also noted that our military and elected officials pledge to protect and defend the United States Constitution, not the president, not the office of the president.

So it turns out that Alba wasn’t actually saying, as that bicep-kissing moron and Demi Moore most certainly did, that we should pledge allegiance to 0, to a mere man, to a relative nothing in the great scheme of our beloved republic.  Instead she likened pledging allegiance to our flag to pledging allegiance to communism, or at least to a version of it as expressed in the old Soviet constitution and in FDR’s commie Second Bill of Rights.

“Growing up, my classmates and I started every day with a ritual: We’d stand up, put our right hand over our hearts, and say the Pledge of Allegiance,” explains Alba. “To me, that gesture was a promise. A promise to be involved and engaged in this country’s future. A promise to work for liberty and justice — and for affordable education, health care, and equality — for all.”

Maybe that’s the same thing as pledging allegiance to 0?  And we all know that to 0, as to all leftists, “equality” is exclusive, not inclusive.  Leftists have a long list of “justices”: social justice, green justice, racial justice, and on and on.  But nowhere in their list is “equal justice.”  Conservatives, in this construct, aren’t “equal” and aren’t deserving, to their totalitarian beliefs, of free speech, freedom of religion, nor of any other liberty they claim for themselves.  This is the danger of government-granted rights and is exactly why our Founders specified that our rights are unalienable, granted by our Creator, not by government.  Totalitarian states–the regressive leftists’ ideal–do not permit true liberty, and they certainly are not built on equal justice for all.  Every instance of “social” or “green” or “racial” justice is built, inherently, on injustice to others.

We know this.  And as I recently posted, they know this even if their useful idiots do not.  And there can be no clearer evidence of useful idiocy than of their pledging allegiance, actual servitude, to the president of these United States.  Americans are not servants, obedient or otherwise, to any elected official, to any man (or woman).  We are a free people, and we will, despite their best efforts, remain so.

Make no mistake about that.


Hollow Points, “Any Means Necessary,” and Alinsky’s Rule 14

Some things that we’ve all been thinking for ages are finally seeing the light of day; by “light of day” I mean that they are no longer relegated to the tinfoil hat brigade.  Major General Jerry Curry’s post, “Who Does the Government Intend to Shoot?,” at The Daily Caller has spurred a couple of thoughtful and thought-provoking posts over at American Thinker.  MG Curry writes:

What would be the target of these 174, 000 rounds of hollow point bullets? It can’t simply be to control demonstrators or rioters. Hollow point bullets are so lethal that the Geneva Convention does not allow their use on the battle field in time of war. Hollow point bullets don’t just stop or hurt people, they penetrate the body, spread out, fragment and cause maximum damage to the body’s organs. Death often follows.

Potentially each hollow nose bullet represents a dead American. If so, why would the U.S. government want the SSA to kill 174,000 of our citizens, even during a time of civil unrest? Or is the purpose to kill 174,000 of the nation’s military and replace them with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) special security forces, forces loyal to the Administration, not to the Constitution?

Forces like the SS, loyal only to Hitler, not to Germany or the German people?  Possibly. After all, as MG Curry notes:

We have enough military forces to maintain law and order in the U.S. even during times of civil unrest.

We have local police, backed up by each state’s National Guard, backed up by the Department of Defense. So in addition to all these forces why does DHS need its own private army? Why do the SSA, NOAA and other government agencies need to create their own civilian security forces armed with hollow nose bullets?

Why indeed.  Needless to say, this news coupled with the gravitas provided by such an upstanding, respected military officer (retired. And certainly not of the tinfoil hat brigade) has caused quite a stir in the conservative blogosphere (even I posted a “Short” on it).

American Thinker has published, in the past few days, two pointed posts that address the issues raised by MG Curry:  Stella Paul’s “Will Obama Keep Power ‘by Any Means Necessary’?” and Cameron Reddy’s “Wargaming Termination of Tea Party Extremists.”  While these two articles may well have been in the works for a while (who doesn’t have several drafts of possible posts waiting to be molded into something worth hitting “publish” on?), they do follow the MG’s post and are taken, by me at least, in that context.

We have this puzzling mass purchase of hollow points, then we have a list of things that 0 and his traitorous horde have done in preparation for . . . what?, and finally, we have a cool-headed response to the (very real) threat under which we find ourselves and our great country.

Go read each of these articles (if you haven’t already).  As our dear, wonderful Adrienne says, go ahead, I’ll wait.

Each of these articles prompted a great deal of comments, and I’ve tried to read them all (but gave up, there are just too many).  One thing that is established, too clearly, in them is that some Americans are ready to take the fight to 0, to be, in Reddy’s spot-on analysis, “goad[ed] ” into doing exactly what they want.

Do I need to point out that doing exactly what they want us to do, are itching and hoping and NEED us to do, is a mistake of catastrophic proportions?

Things have changed since 2009, when I was certain that 0 would never give up power willingly.  I tried to capture that in my (ugh, so lengthy!) comment in response to Adrienne’s asking our thoughts on Paul’s essay, “Will Obama Keep Power By ‘Any Means Necessary’?” (note: I’m not setting this off as a quote, too, it creates too many icky layers):

I said back in ’09 that I believed that Obama would never give up power willingly. I understood fully who and what he is and what he’s doing, and I feared the worst for America. Since then, however, Americans are starting to get it. So many people, not just obscure bloggers such as myself or tinfoil hat loons tapping away in dark basements, are now willing and able to call Obama not only the radical that he is but also the communist fascist that he is. This is incredibly good news for America. Incredibly good news. So few people knew or understood what Stalin and Hitler were up to (to name but two similar totalitarian dictator types) that they got away with it. With so many people not only aware of what Obama’s up to but actively, vocally pushing back, I have every expectation that he and his traitorous horde will be stopped.

They didn’t count on so many things. They bought their own press (in both senses of the word, I guess), and they really believed that Americans were not only ready but eager to embrace the communist nightmare vision Obama and his treasonous scum fellows have in store for America. They thought they would have four years of a completely free hand to set up their structures, to put in place their means, to erect a devastating distortion of America. But they didn’t have that. Almost immediately, and by their own mistake, the American people got together and said not just no, but Hell NO! The TEA Party caught them completely off-guard. They thought they had us cowed, that screeching RAAAACIST would be enough, that Obama would be teflon in ways that the left only dreamed up and coveted when Reagan was the “teflon president.” They thought they had him covered with both the Messiah nonsense and the race card. They thought their union goons and scuzzy occudreg types would be sufficient. That strong-arming Boeing, Gibson, the TEA Parties would make everyone shut up. Heck, it worked so well, you see, for so many others who attempted and accomplished the same thing. They didn’t count on the new media, the Andrew Breitbart, the Jim Hoft, the Dana Loesch, the William Jacobson, and they certainly didn’t count on every day conservatives, American patriots quickly and fearlessly jumping onto social media and pushing back. Hard.

Do I think they’ve given up? Oh no. Not even close. Do I think things will get worse before they get better? Oh yes. Do I think they are fully and completely capable of concocting anything and everything, up to and including mass civil unrest and violence? Oh yes. But here’s the thing. We know it, and we are committed to resisting, as are vast numbers of current and former military, elected officials from local and state up to the federal government, police forces and other agencies at the state and federal level (or at least enough of them). There are plenty of “bluedog” democrats who are also in positions to help if and when this admin makes a move. All of this makes this moment in history totally different in every conceivable way from previous fascist takeovers. Add to that our Americanness, that special something that sets us apart from the people of other nations–certainly from the defeated, humiliated, desperate Germans and the impoverished, helpless Russians of the 1930’s and 1940’s, and they don’t stand a chance.

No scenario makes sense. Canceling the elections? Not going to happen; elections are state matters, state-controlled, not federal. They can’t be cancelled by the president. At least not in red states, and how stupid would Obama have to be to have only red states voting in a presidential election? And no hostile takeover of the United States, from within or without, makes any logistical sense at all. People talk about the UN coming in, and that is one thing that will set off not only patriotic constitutional conservatives but almost every American, including normal Democrats who love America (they still exist out in America, believe it or not). That would spark something that would not be pretty, create a far worse backlash than our own agencies doing it. So people talk about the ATF showing up at people’s homes and taking them and their guns into “custody”; the logistics of that make it impossible. Here’s what I wrote in response to this scenario on this post over at AT:

[Insert: here is the original comment to which I was responding:

November 23, 2012. Romney has won, but you hear a knock at your door at 11:30 p.m. You open the door and five armed ATF agents demand you turn over your registered firearms and ammo in compliance with an executive order from the White House. You also see a local school bus filled with your half dressed neighbors in idling front of your house and you are told that unless you turn over your guns you will be taken away to a holding area as a domestic terrorist.

How many of us have REALLY thought through the consequences of giving up our guns and the consequences of not doing so?

The tougher questions quickly becomes as a thinking connservative what am I willing to sacrifice -my life, my family, my security – in upholding the Constitution? Very tough questions without easy answers.

I carefully ask my Jewish friends if a Second Holocaust could happen today in America, as in Nazi Germany. Almost all say no, and they almost all support Obama. They often get upset at being asked such a question, yet it is one of the most crucial question an American Jew should think about. “Never Again” has morphed into, “You Must Be Crazy.”

As a thinking connservative do I beleive that Obama is capable and willing to pour lighter fluid on the remaining shreds of the Constitution and toss a match onto the parchment? Yes.

Do enough Americans -including myself — have the courage to follow THAT thread to it’s logical conclusion IF such a series events occurs? Again – very tough questions without easy answers.

Stella and American Thinker — excellent work….because only the naive and foolish think IT COULD NOT happen here in America.]

“There aren’t enough ATF agents, first of all, to pull this off. It would have to be simultaneously-executed at every gun-owner’s home nationwide. I don’t know about your neighborhood, but I can just imagine what would happen at the first house that bus pulled up to while armed agents demanded that first neighbor’s guns and attempted to force
his family onto a bus. They’d have to lock down every house and every person in every house for miles around to get away with that. This isn’t the 1930’s and ’40’s; we have the internet, phones . . . all manner of instant and near-instant communication. Further, if one worries about the Obama “kill switch” on communications, what on earth do you think Americans would do if they woke up one day and had no power, no access to the internet, no phone use? We’re also not dispirited Germans or impoverished Soviets, we’re freaking Americans!  The very idea of us shuffling off in our night robes to be taken on our special vacation trip to the gulag . . . nope, not going to happen.

There’s no way that an actual, overt takeover can happen; certainly not in a way that would make the risk outweigh the objective. America is enormous, our population dispersed, and our people well and truly ticked off. Ticked off and well-armed and more organized than many seem
to think. This sort of thing is out of the question; no agency, even the wild and wacky ATF, would agree to go through with it even if some “genius” in the WH thought it would be a good idea.”

I say all this with one caveat: we HAVE to win in November. Obama has to be routed, the GOP has to have a mandate. Ideally, we’ll also keep the House and take the Senate, making everything that needs to be done easier to do. Alas, our chances of the latter got much worse yesterday [insert: this was a reference to Akin not dropping out by the Tuesday, 5 p.m. CST deadline].

End oh-so-lengthy comment over at Adrienne’s.

Things have changed, and I’m rather alarmed by the chorus of conservative patriot voices who seem to be calling for violence.  Violence is not the answer.  That, to iterate Reddy’s point (one I’ve made frequently over the last four years), is exactly what they need in order to accomplish everything that we most fear.  Reddy directs us to Alinsky’s Rule 14:

RULE 14: “Push the enemy so hard with outrageous situations and allegations that he is forced to push back.”  Whenever possible, cause the enemy to respond, and when he does, hold him up for ridicule; then push harder.  (By threatening his security and way of life, you will always elicit a reaction that can be turned against him.)

They can’t accomplish their goals without us becoming violent, being plastered all over the television and newspapers acting like . . . well, like crazed lefties.  Remember, the people who opposed segregation were counting on, NEEDED, the black and white marchers to become violent.  It was their nonviolence, insisted upon by Martin Luther King, Jr., and the resultant images of nonviolent people being summarily beaten, whipped, dragged through the streets that shifted American sympathies, that made the Civil Rights Act possible.

We must commit, equally strongly and with equal determination and faith, to nonviolence.  As I said in a comment on Reddy’s article: Nonviolent adherence to our constitutional principles is the only way to defeat Obama and his traitorous horde. It’s what they fear most.  The second, and I mean the second, that conservatives respond with violence, we lose.  We lose it all.