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Sunday, October 11, 2009
Obama and The Bards
The collective guffaw over President Obama's Nobel Participation Prize may be just the beginning of a gigantic wave of laughter that sweeps the nation. The media and the comedians won't be able to resist much longer, no matter how much they love his policies. They have to make a living and laughter sells! I notice that in the cartoons, his ears are getting bigger!
The tradition of making fun of the King is an ancient Celtic tradition. The bards were considered sacrosanct and having one set up in the castle gates and sing scurrilous songs about you could bring down your kingship in those days. The freedom of the press ideal is America's version of the ancient bardic system and if a president makes himself so at odds with us, that our "bards" succeed in making a fool of him, he fails and falls. The media and entertainment establishment tried with only partial success to bring down Bush with sarcasm in the same way. Unfortunately, enough folks approved of his war on terror, that they didn't find the jokes so very funny.
Obama may not be so lucky.
The Europeans think our contentious congress that can't get anything done is a bad thing. The Europeans are wrong. It's congress' wrangling and inability to do much of anything that has done more to protect our liberties than any other feature of our government. Every time they do get organized and meddle (except for a war or two), they wind up making a mess of things. Better they should do nothing. No man's liberty or wallet is safe while the Congress is in session.
By the way, I don't hate Obama personally because I make fun of his actions. He's a nice man for a closet communist. But, he actually believes big socialist government is better. I believe governments can't be trusted with our liberties - the big ones even less so.
So, let me make this clear. We conservatives will NEVER agree with him on that. We CHERISH our liberties. We believe that what he is doing will cost us those liberties. As Churchill said, we will fight him on the beaches, we will fight him in the streets, we will never surrender. Nothing personal. We'd do it to anyone who wants to turn our homeland into the projects. Humor is a weapon we use in that fight.
It has nothing to do with his race, party or personality. We simply take him at his word based on his speeches and writing and he scares us. We will never give him a chance to try out his ideas.
Socialism has a very bad history of not going away once it's in place without outside aid. Soviet Russia had Reagan's America working from the outside to bring down communism.
So who will help bring down the American socialist monster once we surrender our freedom?
That awful power, the public opinion of a nation, is created in America by a horde of ignorant, self-complacent simpletons who failed at ditching and shoe-making and fetched up in journalism on their way to the poorhouse. -Mark Twain