I was saddened as I read about the unprecedented security measures planned for the Jan. 20 inauguration of our new president. What Rush Limbaugh refers to as the "loony left" will be out in force -- protesting. I've left off the "what," because it really doesn't matter, does it? America is now governed culturally -- and more politically than we know -- by a perpetual three-ring media circus.
"Yes, folks, step right up," the network anchors shout as they hawk their evening wares -- a show that P.T. Barnum would have been proud to bring to any town in America. "We have trained tigers, juggling roustabouts and beautiful flying men and women on the glittering trapeze." Yes, the star of the media circus is always the left. Their clowns, their jugglers, their ventriloquists. Reporters morph into announcers as they jostle for the spotlight from the ground. The audience "oohs" and "ahs" at the appropriate moments, snake oil and soap are sold and another day of political reporting draws to a close. Truly P.T. Barnum was right: "A sucker is born every minute."
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I don't know about you, but I'm tired of playing the game. The left is always the star of the show, the media gets rich selling snake oil and I get my pocket picked, my leaders lampooned before they've had a chance to govern and my values mocked amidst all the "tolerance." It's not fun anymore, and in fact several years ago I stopped paying the price of admission: while I have a television, I've been vigorously conserving electricity by not watching it.
In fact, I disagree with Rush's characterization of the "loony left." During the last eight years, I've come to view the left as a wild animal, a serious threat to myself and those around me. Personified by the Clinton-Gore administration, the left has given us Ruby Ridge, Waco and Elian Gonzalez -- poster boys and girls for their idea of liberty -- handed down over the barrel of a gun to anyone who dares to disagree with their "loving and compassionate" agenda. These are the people who object to John Ashcroft as our new attorney general. "His views," they clamor, "are too extreme." Perhaps so. The idea of equal protection under the law may be a frightening concept when you've been getting away with murder for the last eight years.
Indeed, the deep respect the left has for the law is shown in Mr. Clinton's own actions during his presidency -- and before. Lying to his wife and family, lying to Congress, lying to the nation, lying to the courts, all to cover his own animal lust, his office merely a convenient
way to satisfy his personal desires. As we might expect from such a man, his final acts have been the theft of millions of acres of land owned by all Americans, but now set aside under the left's "protection" -- all without public voice.
This, then, is the crowd that will be protesting -- it no longer matters what -- at Dubya's inauguration. Like what they've become -- wild animals, walking after their own lusts -- they protest anything that might interfere with instant gratification or the expansion of their
animalistic desires. Give us voyeurism that excites our lust and call it entertainment. Give us the freedom to choose -- but don't require us to finish the sentence, for that might remind us that our convenience in erasing our promiscuity comes at the cost of a human life. Give us your children who are born so that we can fulfill our perverted dreams of lust and violence against them, thereby making them over in our own image. And if you dare to protest against us -- remember Ruby Ridge, Waco and Elian.
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Which brings us to power-sharing. What part of the nation, then, shall we allow the left to exercise their power over? It's rather a decision like Churchill faced with Coventry, isn't it? Who wants to be a Waco? Perhaps we should begin with the celebrities who promised to leave the country if Dubya won the election? Shall we expand it from Hollywood to all those
living in Los Angeles? Houston? Detroit? New York? All the blue areas on the USA Today election map?
No. One does not share power with those who have during the past eight years demonstrated that they are bent on the destruction of a nation and its people. Rather, one shares power with those who affirm the values of a nation, and offer a vision consistent with what is expressed in its Constitution, history, culture, and people. So, as a primer in power
sharing, I suggest three initial steps:
power and trust. Consistent with national interest, strike out the Clinton land grab and then reverse an equal amount of protection already in place, perhaps for energy development. It's a somewhat different application of the principle of quid pro quo, but bullies best understand their own language. This will force the left to focus its effort on productive land acquisition, done through private initiative on private property.
In other words, when the deck is stacked against you, the only way to win is to stop playing the game by the opposition's rules.