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“Politics is the business of getting power and privilege without possessing merit. A politician is anyone who asks individuals to surrender part of their liberty — their power and privilege — to State, Masses, Mankind, Planet Earth, or whatever. This state, those masses, that mankind, and the planet will then be run by … politicians.” — P. J. O’Rourke
I was recently asked during my radio show by a listener in Europe; “What has happened to the United States”. I gave an answer at the time which I felt covered the demise of the pioneer spirit once had here in the United States, but thinking more on the question I arrived at a much simpler answer.
The late Gene Roddenberry created the answer to our question in 1989 when he introduced “The Borg” to the public and the statement “Resistance is Futile”.
This country and the individuals in it have been under a constant assault to be assimilated into the collective for the last 100 years. As we pointed out during one of our previous shows, the socialist and politically correct progressives immigrated into this country in the early 1900’s and became part of the media (both Hollywood/Television/print) to spread their collectivism.
How did this collectivism get established? I think the discussion needs to start with the “want vs. need” question. . We are all well aware of the basic definition of need – food, water, shelter, and air to breathe. The early pioneers knew the term need very well because it literally meant survival. Early industry began the process of establishing a need by marketing their product and convincing the consumer of its merits. As time passed, entire industries were created to just establish a need for one thing or another. These needs, good or bad became part of our psychological makeup. Today we need to do just about everything; from travel, to that new job, new house, etc.
Progressives in this country understand this psychology very well, since creating a “need” is the baseline of their propaganda program. Here is a perfect example; on one of the major television networks a new show is out claiming the “New Normal”. One would have to ask, what the hell was wrong with the old normal. Hollywood, realizing the psychological component of the word need, which relates to people needing to be accepted, is using it to convince people of their vision of this new normal
When you replace the word need with the word “want” you begin to unbind yourself from the shackles that hold you back. Want is a much more positive word and sends a much more positive message into the universe.
To begin to regain our individualism I want you to get rid of the word “need” in your life. This means every aspect of your life. Replace the word need with the word “want”. It will not be easy, but as in all things effort is the key. I think once you begin this effort you will automatically begin to feel more in control and more positive.
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For some time I have been wondering about why people let their choices define who they are. For example, we have the “Occupy Wall Street” group out protesting their cultural plight. Now, I would be the first to admit I would be pissed too if I just spent four years and $50,000 because some college convinced me that getting a basket weaving degree was a good idea. Obviously, in today’s economy, there isn’t much demand for basket weavers. So now you have an entire group of people with a $50,000 student loan hanging over their head and no jobs to be had.
So what do our wonderful, well meaning socialist friends do? They organize these folks with a little too much time on their hands into a movement with an over arching theme of “99% vs. 1%.” They convince these poor fools they should be envious of people with jobs and especially those, who with hard work and a hell of a lot of effort, have done well.
There are a couple of points to consider in all of this:
First point: Everyone, and I mean everyone, makes poor choices from time to time. Quite frankly, if you are batting 500 on your decisions you are doing better than most. The fact of the matter is, most people accept responsibility for their poor choices, learn from their errors and move on.
Unfortunately, what we have with the 99% vs. 1% crowd are a bunch of individuals who want someone else to take responsibility for their poor choice and to fix it for them. So with this level of dependency, the manipulators and we all know who they are–the liberal elite, main stream media and self-serving politicians, take over. They tell these individuals they should be envious of people who have made a success of their lives; they should not be responsible for their error in judgment because someone else will shoulder that responsibility (who typically are those great people who do accept responsibility for their actions.)
Dave Thomas is a perfect example of someone who could have whined and moaned over his poor choice. Mr. Thomas dropped out of high school at 15 to work full time in a restaurant. A decision he regretted. At 45 he went back and received his High School GED, and we all know the success he became. If you don’t, go sit in a Wendy’s (named for his daughter)–there’s one on just about every street corner.
Second point: (And this is for the “Occupy Wall Street” crowd) STOP being manipulated. Accept your choice, good or bad, and take responsibility for it. You do not have to let a poor choice define who you are but you do have to have the courage to accept it and move forward. The history of this great country is full of thousands of individuals who rose from nothing. They did it with courage and a great deal of EFFORT. Do not think for a second they too didn’t make poor choices along the way. The difference is….they did not let those choices define or deter them.
More to come….