The Pink Flamingo has had enough of the lamenting of the death of the Constitution, the fact that the country allegedly has no honor and it needs to be restored. I am leery of any talk show desk jock who is begging us to return to his very strange version of God.
We are told everyone in Washington is evil. That in itself is a lie. We are told this nation has lost its honor. That is a lie. You want honor – look into the faces of the men and women defending our country. Are we spitting on them? Are we damning them? No, we are celebrating them. That is honor. Honor, Morality, and Decency are closely related. They are also related to telling the truth. The men and women who do not have honor are the ones lying about and slamming good men and women who just happen to be serving in political office.
We are the greatest nation ever. If you want to get a grasp on the stupidity listen to Michael Medved’s 8/31 – show – first hour. He eviscerates the loony toons who are going around screaming about how bad things are. Medved hits it on the head. It is the economy stupid!
Concentrate on the economy.
And – maybe take a page from the great Ronald Reagan.
The year’s at the spring,
And day’s at the morn;
Morning’s at seven;
The hill-side’s dew-pearled;
The lark’s on the wing;
The snail’s on the thorn;
God’s in his Heaven –
All’s right with the world!
— Robert Browning
One of Ronald Reagan’s most famous political ads was entitled Morning in America. Instead of a litany of what was wrong with this nation, it was a litany of what is right. The ad came out when he was running for his second term, a term the far right including Richard Viguerie, Howard Phillips, Phyllis Schlafly, and others did not want him to have.
“It’s morning again in America. Today more men and women will go to work than ever before in our country’s history. With interest rates at about half the record highs of 1980, nearly 2,000 families today will buy new homes, more than at any time in the past four years. This afternoon 6,500 young men and women will be married, and with inflation at less than half of what it was just four years ago, they can look forward with confidence to the future. It’s morning again in America, and under the leadership of President Reagan, our country is prouder and stronger and better. Why would we ever want to return to where we were less than four short years ago?”
Ronald Reagan was not good enough for the same people who today claim to worship him, and detest our current Republicans, who are not as conservative as they demand they become.
I mention this because Reagan could not please many of the conservatives, much of the time. He was called a “Useful Idiot” by more than a few who were damning him for selling the country out to the USSR.
Reagan kept his head high. Instead of the litany of what was wrong with this country, he chose, instead, to celebrate what was good and what was right about America. He was the President of Positive all wrapped up in Red, White, and Blue with a dash of the Marine Corp Band for good measure.
Reagan, like Bush embodied Kipling:
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with wornout tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on”;
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run –
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son!
We have acquired a very bad habit in this country. When “we” are not in power, “we” have a tendency to think the whole country is falling apart. Granted, when dealing with Mr. Incompetent, it is not hard to fall into that trap, but golly, look at the positive side of things – he’s taking the Dems down with him.
Our country is not falling apart.
It is not being flushed down the toilet.
We aren’t being invaded by Mexico.
We aren’t facing a Reichstag moment.
The men dressed in black trench coats are not following our every move.
There are no FEMA detention camps.
There is no Super Highway to nowhere.
We still have a Constitution.
Liberals love America just as much as Conservatives do.
Liberals are not evil, just stupid.
Obama is not a socialist plot.
Bush did not destroy our economy.
George Soros is the Dem’s reaction to a termendous amount of far right money.
The world is not coming to an end.
There is no day of doom in 2012.
Americans have just as much honor as we’ve ever had.
We have not turned our back on God.
The Dems don’t have death panals.
Republicans are not evil.
Anyone who thinks we should vote all our elected officials out of office is an idiot.
We disagree with the Dems. Instead of running around screaming that the world is coming to an end, perhaps we need to man-up and persevere. Our nation survived FDR. It will survive this.
I don’t know about you, but I am beginning to be quite ashamed of the Right. I am sick and tired of this harping on everything that is bad, this perpetual voice of doom, the end is here, dig a hole, bury your money, stick your head in the sand, get back to the Constitution, follow God, and buy gold!
The reason FDR was able to achieve what he did was because he, like Reagan, did not run around screaming that the sky is falling and they can’t get up. They were positive. They looked for the good. They were calm and they reassured.
There has been enough of conservative and libertarian negativity. We are free. We do have liberty. We are a Constitutional society. Learn how to deal with the fact that the Constitution is for liberals, too.
Quit lip-syncing how we need to be Constitutional and read the durn thing. The simple fact that you can go around wringing your hands crying that the End is Near, Woe Unto Us, tells us it is working! If if were not working, do you think you would be allowed to do that?
Attempt to get it through your snail’s brain that there are very different roles for the House, Senate, and POTUS. Try to comprehend that if you get rid of all the bums you won’t have enough Republicans to do a durn thing. Get it? In order to stop Obama, one must have a TWO-THIRDS majority in the Senate. You must have a veto-proof majority. Kicking N-O-R-M-A-L Republicans out of office in states where a Jim DeMint cannot get elected, but you want his like nominated is a fool’s errand. You are falling into the hands of the Dems.
Ronald Reagan once said that if someone agreed with him 80% of the time, they were his Political Friend. In this age of political extremism, Reagan has been cast aside. The reason is quite simple. Reagan and his philosophy simply do not work with the Tea Parties. Reagan was about what was good and great about this nation. Tea Parties are about what needs to be torn apart, cast aside, and destroyed to fit a rigid image of false perfection.
Use your head. Try reading contrary versions of American History. You can’t learn anything by reading and studying people who agree with you. You must read contrary opinions. You must learn to be tolerant of contrary opinions, listen to them, be polite, and separate the wheat from the chafe.
Life is good.
We have a wonderful country where people want to break laws and risk everything just to get here!
Why, because we “lost” must it be this constant emotional spew of how bad things are. Yes, they are bad, BUT – it is the Dem’s fault. Quit acting like Chicken Little and start acting like adults.
It’s the economy stupid?
It has nothing to do with birth certificates, commie-socialist-islamic plots. It is about US. It is about Conservatives behaving badly, acting like a bunch of cry-baby brats with no dignity.
Hold your head up and enjoy the moment. The Dems have made an abject disaster of thing. If the far right and libertarian talking heads would grow up, man up, and start acting like decent humans and stop damning the GOP, and looking at the beauty of the situation, we would do much better. We would do much, much better.
The problem is they cannot do so.
The GOP is sitting on the biggest mid-term lead in the history of Gallup Polling. Life is Good!
Stop slamming the GOP.
Stop looking for “honor” when we have not lost it.
Stop lamenting the death of the Constitution when it is alive and very well.
If you must start looking for God, go find a priest, rabbi, or minister and turn off the television.
If you think we are dealing with the worst of times, you are historically ignorant. You might want to read Michael Medved’s Ten Big Lies About America.