Archive for April, 2014

Once upon a time in a little town in Nevada, there lived the last surviving holdout in a dangerous game of Whack-a-Mole with the Bureau of Land management.  Cliven Bundy has become an American icon for making a stand against an out of control Federal government and the armed bureaucrats it supports.  Remember the famous Obama speech where we were all told that we needed a “civilian force that was just as well trained, just as well armed” as our military? Well, he wasn’t kiddin’.  The BLM in Nevada looks just freakin’ Nazi stormtroopers!  In fact, if *I* was that well armed in the state of Illinois, I’m sure I’d be committing several felonies!  The stand-off has gone on for a couple of weeks now, with the BLM withdrawing, only to have rumors surface of imminent drone strokes.  Of course, the Lame Stream Media had zero interest in the story until it looked like They could spin it to suit Their needs by twisting statements Bundy made and painting him to be a racist. This was later debunked and, as expected, Bundy was no longer one of Their top stories.  The fact that Dirty Harry Reid is in this up to his eyeballs, along with his slimeball son, over a deal they cut with the Chinese to put a solar farm on the Bundy Ranch doesn’t seem to matter to Them.  What matters is how They can twist Bundy to fit Their mold.

Good luck with that, boys.  See, the problem is, Bundy is too much like us, or our parents, or grandparents.  He comes from a generation where political correctness was filling in the oval completely when you voted and words were words, not labels, not demographic delineators and certainly not continuously “offending” someone.  He believes in truths that seem to be dying, little things like Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.  He takes a man at his word, judging him by his character, not by the color of his skin.  And he is one of the last survivors of Rugged Individualism, something our Government has desperately been trying to stamp out.  Their attempt, however, has had an inverse affect, stirring that inborn calling in folks from Utah to New Hampshire.

That aside, it becomes all too obvious in the Lame Stream Media’s attempt to vilify Bundy that the exploitation of the Black Experience DID NOT end with the civil rights movement.  Those of us old enough to remember are very much aware at what lie at the heart of Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” and understand perfectly well what Bundy meant by his comments of blacks essentially swapping one form of slavery for another.  I grew up in a small town where you could count the number of black families on both hands.  That being said, however, color never entered into the equation in daily life in Clarinda (big shoutout to everyone if Page County!).  The civil rights movement sought to end racial division and inequality and the Johnson Administration did its level best to prop it up, somehow subliminally convincing the black population that their best hope was the housing authority and food stamps, when men like MLK were stating the very opposite.  And, yes, you had to know this was coming: I believe it to be just one more conspiracy to enslave a nation of freethinkers and visionaries, one segment of the population at a time.

And, it worked.  Look around you.  Even Nancy Pelosi admits that food stamps and unemployment checks give you the “best bang for your buck”.  It’s no longer a Black/White thing.  It’s no longer a Democrat/Republican thing.  Hell, it’s not even an Liberal/Conservative thing now.  It’s US versus THEM and the only way- the ONLY way- They can continue to keep us in bondage is for us to continue to buy into the social and racial stereotypes THEY THEMSELVES developed and foisted upon us. The Urban Institute actually verifies Bundy’s claims that the black population is NOT better off (http://theblacksphere.net/2014/4/urban-institute-validates-bundy) and things have only degenerated since the 1960’s.  And it’s not just them.  Society, at large, is NOTHING like it was then.  Granted, we’ve made all kinds of inroads into advanced medicine and technology, but the sad truth is the very fabric of the HUMAN experience has eroded tragically since then.

Let’s just take a look at Chicago’s statistics.  In 1967 there were 548 murders in the city of Chicago, with a clearance rate of 91.1%  In 2010, over 40 years later, there were 437 with a clearance rate of 33.9%.  The number of rapes over 40 years ago was at 1397.  In 2010, there were 1400.  Granted, the clearance rate of these cases went from 12.5% to 46%, but violent sexual assault in 1967 was not seen in the same criminal light it is today and many women just did not come forward about the identity of their attackers if it was known.(https://portal.chicagopolice.org/portal/page/portal/ClearPath/News/Statistical%20Reports/Annual%20Reports/1967_AR.pdf)

In 1960, the population of Chicago was well over 3.5 million (http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0922422.html).  In 2010 in dropped to 2.6 million.   In 1960, there were just over 10,000 sworn officers in the city of Chicago (http://eml.berkeley.edu/~jmccrary/chalfin_mccrary2012.pdf) compared to nearly 12,300 in 2010.  That’s an increase of 2300 officers for a population that has decreased by nearly 1 million, a number that gives us 1 police officer for every 400 people LEAVING the city.  Obviously, increased police presence has done little to affect the crime rate.  So, what has? TV? Video games?  Wholesale automatic weapons?

Your guess is as good as mine.  Personally, I think it’s been the continual erosion of what were once known as “American values”- self- accountability, responsibility, work ethic.  Why foster any of these qualities if the Nanny State takes care of all your needs?  Why exhaust yourself, suffer disappointment, expend all your resources just to build something to give you a sense of pride when you can far more easily hang out on the couch and watch Judge Judy while all you needs are met by some government agency?

I just don’t understand the mindset.  Sometimes I feel like I don’t even belong on this planet.  I can’t see  myself ever taking the “easy way” out- I’m just not built like that.  But, conversely, I also don’t want to come across as judging those who do- that’s not my job.  If that’s your “pursuit of happiness”, more power to ya.  It’s just not mine.

And, let’s face it, I’m never gonna find Naveen Andrews or buy that island sitting on the couch all day.  I’m thinkin’ that might require some work………