Thursday, November 3, 2011

There are None So Blind

"There are none so blind as those who tape $1 bills over their eyes...  Other than, of course, perhaps the woman who uses a $20."  - Moos

As the freedom-fighting, liberty-loving, 'Occupy Everything' bunch use their iPhones to call their collective Moms to send blankets, sleeping bags and other assorted Eddie Bauer winter 'occupation' accessories, I find myself inextricably drawn back to the OWS 'thing'.  Yes, as a stray dog laps at the eerily-green puddle of anti-freeze under almost any 1982 Chevrolet, I'm going there again.  Keep the 55-Gallon Drum of Hand Sanitizer ready for this one. 

It has been my contention that the Occupy 'Movement' has its roots deeply embedded in other organizations which are made up of malevolent fringe groups.  I use the word 'Malevolent' purposefully.  

I'm sure there are other words which may suffice, but when you look up the actual meaning of the word, yeah, it's what this is the one which communicates the message most succinctly:

ma·lev·o·lent   [muh-lev-uh-luhnt]

1.  wishing evil or harm to another or others; showing ill will; ill-disposed; malicious: His failures made him malevolent toward those who were successful.

2.  evil; harmful; injurious: a malevolent inclination to destroy the happiness of others.

3.  Astrology. evil or malign in influence.

Yes, I believe this IS the word I am looking for.

Why malevolent? 

Consider the following - see which items YOU agree with (it's like a TEST but you'll need to administer it to yourself, because I'm too far away to give you a Gold Star)...


Do any of the following statements frustrate you, or sound like something which you've said out loud, or thought to yourself?  Give yourself one point for each item listed below if you've agreed with it, thought it, or said it out loud - we'll check you score in a moment! 

The corporate tax rate is 35 percent but thanks to loopholes they (corporations) pay less than 18 percent, lower than the vast majority of low and middle-income taxpayers. 

It is legalized grand larceny!

Do the following facts annoy you?

FACT: Exxon-MobilProfits:  $45 billion in 2009                        
Federal taxes paid: ZERO

FACT: General ElectricProfits: $10.3 billion in 2009
Federal taxes paid: ZERO
Tax Rebates Received $1.1 billion

FACT: Bank of America (BOA)Profits:  $4.4 billion in 2010
Federal taxes paid:  ZERO
 TARP Bailout  $45 billion in 2008-09

FACT: Wells Fargo
Profits:  $12 billion
Tax Credits:  $19 billion after purchase of Wachovia Bank

Billionaire Warren Buffet said the tax burden for low and middle income taxpayers should be reduced “I think people at the high end, people like myself, should be paying a lot more in taxes. We have it better than we’ve ever had it.”

If you agreee with a majority of the items above, congratulations, you're a Communist Sympathizer!  SOURCE

Shoot, I'm old enough to remember when this was a sort of a 'Bad Thing'. 

Ah, but the times they are a-changin'...
I just hope I look as good as Bob Dylan
does when I'm 96 years old...
It's the 60's again man, yeah, dig it!

The insidiousness of Communism, Socialism, and dare I say, a National Socialist Party (feel free to exchange the word 'Nazi' here) are that they appeal to the lowest common denominators of human emotion:  Envy, Greed, Need, and Fear. 

Mixing metaphors (midstream) these may well be called the "Four Horsemen of Communism".  Giddyup Pardners, time to Ride!  

ENVY:  Shows how others have 'gotten over on you' personally, professionally, and politically

GREED:  Others 'got it', and you obviously are entitled to more of it - whatever IT happens to be

NEED:  The evil twin of Greed, as in, "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need" - Karl Marx   (The really-unlikeable Marx Brother)

FEAR:  That feeling of knowing that you're not good enough to make it on your own - you yearn for other comrades to accompany you on your personal road to nowhere

In Marketing, we call the promotion of the above items to cause a predictable emotional response: 

The "FUD"

  • Fear
  • Uncertainty
  • Doubt
No, this is NOT the FUD we're talking about:
This is 'Elmer Fudd' (Notice the doubling-down of the d's)

Ah, here's the FUD we're talking about...

The above video compilation was found on the American Nazi Party website (just below their Christmas Party invitation - seriously).  The evil genius of their method is that they hit upon topics which 'a lot of people' (particularly the weak-minded, un-educated, and ill-informed) agree with.  Given the number of people who AGREE with the OWS 'occupiers' (currently 30+%) you can safely say that US Education Unions have 'earned their keep'.  When I see Union Initiatives posted on Communist websites, yeah, I can connect the dots to determine who's working with who(m).  

I found the following on the Communist Party USA site in an article entitled, "Organizing for jobs, jobs, jobs": 

America Wants to Work (AFL-CIO) in alliance with many community and activist organizations including are organizing a week of actions Oct. 10-16 demanding jobs. Thousands of grassroots actions, marches, vigils, delegations and speak-outs are being planned in cities and neighborhoods across the country.

Click here to organize or join local actions.

A national National Teach-in called Students and Youth Rising for Jobs and Economic Justice will take place Oct. 12.

What you can do to mobilize support for the American Jobs Act:
1. Circulate the attached petition among coworkers and neighbors or the online petition being circulated by the AFL-CIO and other organizations.

2. Join with others who are supporting the American Jobs Act and help organize an action during Oct. 10-16.

3. Secure endorsements of the bill from prominent individuals and organizations.

4. Help organize and participate in delegations visiting your congressperson.

5. Explore the possibility of a city council hearing.

6. Organize a jobs committee in your neighborhood or community organization.

Make no mistake, when discussing the goals of Union Leadership, Communists, Socialists, and Nazis, these folks are all peas who stumble blinkingly out of the same pod.  As they continue to cross-pollinate each others' agenda, the lines will continue to diminish between them.  In the end, they'll only be classified as 'a little Left of center'.   

In the movie, "Invasion of the Body Snatchers", nomadic alien beings place a 'pod' next to your bed as you sleep; in the morning, your 'pod person' takes your place and your human self is 'no more'.

The challenge for America in 2011 is to stay awake to ALL threats, foreign, domestic, and dare I say it out loud, a-l-i-e-n?  No, I don't check next to the Sealy Posturepedic for a large, green pod (luckily for me there is normally a Golden Retriever there with little room for anything besides her and her pillow), but I often look at myself in the mirror to confirm that I am still who I think I am. 

Most times I see the person I remember most, but sometimes, I get a glint of greenish eye-shine, and then, in a flash, it's gone.

It's kind of like this in the country I always thought I'd grow old(er) in.  In a flash, in a rush, in a moment, everything's changed, and a bit more 'poddish' than I expected it to be.  If I / we allow it to happen on my / our watch we may as well just stay asleep - pod or no...

No.  Not on my watch.
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