This video has made the rounds on the internet. Awesome. Expect more of this sort of thing between now and November 2.
Patrick Poole catalogues the incidents of Islamist terrorism in 2009, and concludes with a disturbing prediction about the year ahead.
What 2009 has taught us is how rapidly the nature of the threat from Islamic jihadists is evolving and how utterly unable our government is to recognize and respond to that threat. Sadly, I predict that the coming year will show us how bold, aggressive, and inventive our enemies have become and how little we have learned from the events of the past year.
John Stossel documents his transition from a typical left-wing government-knows-best journalist hack to a thoughtful free-market libertarian — and the price he paid to make that journey. The experience has given him a unique perspective on the issue of bias in journalism.
Reporters who think coercive government control is generally good and I, who thinks voluntary market forces are generally better, both have a point of view. So why am I the one called biased?
Camille Paglia ruminates on the decline of the Democratic Party from the 1960s version she once knew.
Why has the Democratic Party become so arrogantly detached from ordinary Americans? Though they claim to speak for the poor and dispossessed, Democrats have increasingly become the party of an upper-middle-class professional elite, top-heavy with journalists, academics and lawyers (one reason for the hypocritical absence of tort reform in the healthcare bills). Weirdly, given their worship of highly individualistic, secularized self-actualization, such professionals are as a whole amazingly credulous these days about big-government solutions to every social problem. They see no danger in expanding government authority and intrusive, wasteful bureaucracy. This is, I submit, a stunning turn away from the anti-authority and anti-establishment principles of authentic 1960s leftism.
Paglia’s critique explains the anger that many Americans, including some long-time Democrats, feel toward the current government.
If you want an explanation of how America has arrived at the sorry state we see today, read this article by Lance Fairchok at American Thinker. Fairchok reviews the work of French philosopher Jean Francois Revel, particularly his 1985 book How Democracies Perish. Fairchok notes the fulfillment of Revel’s projection in the current administration:
Today, the “internal enemy” chips away with manic energy, promising idyllic outcomes, using populist messages built of falsehood, creating expectations of the impossible. Spreading confusion that diminishes our national self-confidence and encourages inaction, they have infected our democracy with a guilt that has no basis in fact. Their agenda is one of deconstructive contrarianism, which they cleverly call progressivism that blames all the world’s ills on our success.
This article is a sobering description of the Left’s complicity in America’s current decline as a great nation. The trend can be countered, but only if a sizable number of Americans get actively engaged in the public arena and take their country back.
Tom Blumer documents the evidence for Obama being our first “punk president.”
It’s clear that our punk president and his gangster government are bent on deciding, on their own and in as many areas as possible, who gets rewarded and who gets punished. Whatever you want to call it, this behavior is not characteristic of a representative government.
Peggy Noonan accurately captures the angry mood of America this summer, and the “let ’em eat cake” attitude of the Democratic Party machine in response.
What the town-hall meetings represent is a feeling of rebellion, an uprising against change they do not believe in. And the Democratic response has been stunningly crude and aggressive. It has been to attack.
Read the whole article. As Noonan goes on to explain, if Obama and his Democratic allies would back off, listen more and accuse less, they might have a better chance of getting somewhere. But like King George so long ago, this government is showing contempt for its subjects, and the subjects are responding in the only way left to them.
This could get ugly.