It wasn’t perfect, but there was a time when we actually punished children for lying. Now they see absolutely no consequences when celebrities, or even elected officials do it. Even when the chief law enforcer of the nation has clearly lied, even Republicans sit quiet after calls for his resignation grow old. It’s just the way things are now.
It wasn’t perfect, but there was a time when that punishment would be painful, if not a good ass whipping for kid or a meaningless rebuke from your peers. But a Governor of Massachusetts can overtly lie about the MOST consequential aspects of his governance, and personal beliefs and the party that is SUPPOSED to stand for traditional values lets him continue to represent their party without opposition. It’s just the way things are now.
It wasn’t perfect, but there was a time when we didn’t just exalt those who took righteous stands that were unpopular, but we expected everyone to similarly risk their own comfort to do what was right. Traditional values people still turn into Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin although all of them have given up on fighting the most insidious corruption within the political party they claim to belong to. Because it’s “too late” or because no one else will take a stand. It’s just the way things are now.
It wasn’t perfect, but there was a time when there was some sense of shame in living off your parents, society or violating the least of these character values. In fact, when Moral Majority/Heritage Founder discovered that Mitt Romney used a tyrannical executive order to implement gay marriage and then lied about it blaming his Supreme Court, he didn’t care if a Democrat got elected and promised to lead a revolt of conservatives against the GOP if McCain chose him for VP. Now “conservatives” eagerly solicit a clearly unconstitutionally qualified Florida Senator to run with him. It’s just the way things are now.
It wasn’t perfect, but there was a time when those who cherished these character values outnumbered those who didn’t, or who didn’t care. But that was before MTV. That was before Friends making premarital sex the norm instead of the exception. That was before the unions took over MOST of the curriculum and the schools with a philosophy based upon “feelings,” or “fairness.” And certainly before values of loyalty were more important than integrity and cooperation was more important than individual responsibility.
Don’t think the corruption of our culture or educational values have effected you?
One of the best written TV shows right now is the Good Wife. Believe it or not, they fairly portray conservatives but the characters - by and large – are certainly based in a liberal mindset. This last episode featured a 15 second lesbian kiss. Not a word by anyone. Including me. It’s just the way things are now.
ABC News had a one hour special on voter fraud where they manipulated history to make the Father of our Country appear as a common politician without morals so that they could dilute the issue to make it seem commonplace. Except PolitiJim, I don’t know of another media outlet that even raised an eyebrow. It’s just the way things are now.
But did you bother to ask yourself whatever happened to those Alaskan islands Obama gave away to Russians? Why Fast and Furious is no longer a pressing concern? Why we no longer talk about the clear subversion of Obama voter fraud against Hillary Clinton, let alone the still wonder why no one is asking for Obama’s past school – or Illinois Senate – records? Or why we’ve let slide from the news the fact that Obama extorted money from a private company for an oil spill they might not have been responsible for and then crashed an entire economy in the Gulf based on lies the White House perpetrated to hide the media outrage?
It wasn’t perfect, but there was a time when children would be taught about character values by their parents, clergy, school teachers and even their local barber. Now when you point out to conservative media, the people who are suppose to care about values, that A former FBI agent and current chief law enforcement elected by the residents of Maricopa County conducted a six month investigation and concluded probable cause that the President of the United States not only may be involved in multiple felonies, but indeed MAY NOT EVEN BE IN OFFICE LEGITMATELY, you are laughed at or disregarded as not “politically astute.” It’s just the way things are now.
We’ve become a nation of gawkers. TV and entertainment has rotted our skulls.
Some of us have even evolved into the cameraman that records the family burning in the car in Serbia, but doesn’t feel it is “journalistically ethical” to try and save them. A smaller number that are actually outraged feel a duty to pass along information of how awful things are.
I remember when I first noticed this when I was VERY new to both Twitter and blogging and Empower Texans was pulled off of Twitter. The reaction by MAJOR conservative bloggers, Tweeters and others was basically, “I’m sure they are on top of it.” It was heartbreaking and eye opening.
It wasn’t perfect, but there was a time when we could count on a few key “true conservatives” to act consistently with what they espoused. My second hint was during the Budget Debate Battle. I was aghast when those who called themselves “conservatives” essentially attacked Jim DeMint and Michelle Bachmann for wanting to “hold the line.” Many of us seeing the back peddling from “Pledge to America” by Boehner and company knew these guys were no Newt Gingrich. But except for the Tea Party 22 and select media outlets, the supposed conservative Republicans entrusted Harry Reid to avoid destroying our military and national defense to the tune of $1 Trillion. Meanwhile, many of the people that would NOT hold the line like Paul Ryan and Allen West, are being cheered as VP prospects as “true” conservatives. It’s just the way it is now, I suppose.
This primary has done a lot to sober me to not only the REAL shape of our country, and not only the REAL shape of the GOP, but also the REAL shape of the “conservative” media and the “conservative” movement.
It’s all about marketing and critical media mass. “Our side” not only will buy snake oil if the conservative media malpracticers sell it, they will become network marketing distributors.
No, I’m not all “woe is me” as this sounds.
I’m day 2 of being conservative media clean and sober. When this primary started I read Ann Coulter every Wednesday night, watched or listened to Rush Limbaugh every day and thought the Reagan army was poised to not just bring prosperity back to America for our children, but common sense values of integrity, honesty and that whole “adult” thing that seemed lost in Comedy Central video clip domination of conservative newsfeeds.
What I realize is that when the most liberal governor of modern times has successfully bought the GOP and conservative media to rebrand only his words – not his deeds – as conservative, we can’t even think about battling the mass media influences of independents and liberals. When Breitbart.com refuses to vet Obama on forging government documents (and worse) to falsely usurp the highest office in the land in lieu of obscure letters from Marxist professors that even make conservatives yawn, we know we have lost the conservative movement, much less the conservative media.
It’s probably similar to thinking the girl you are dating will say “yes” to a proposal of marriage, only to find out she’s thinking of breaking up with you. (If not worse.).
Instead of buying a ring, you realize you may have to decide if you even want to BE in this relationship. This is where my co-blogger @LibNeocon is at with his “Screw the GOP” frustration to embrace Gary Johnson. (I’m not ready to run off with another girl for reasons I’ll explain in another post.)
But certainly the plan is to stop the tyrannical Muslim-Marxist-Soros shill and deal with the twofaced Mormon-Madeover-Socialist corporatist later. After we figure out what we are dealing with after the outcome of that battle, we need to set up a standard of constitutional conservatives of conviction who will start networking, educating and planning the take over of key infrastructures from a intelligent viewpoint of design.
It wasn’t perfect, but there was a time when we thought conservatism was possible as a prevailing political ideology. Now we have “conservatives” defending statists, rationalizing socialized medicine and planting magical beans in their fantasy forest expecting independents and the media to suddenly love them.
We need to find ways to counter even Rush Limbaugh’s of the conservative from distorting, deleting and diluting messages that would educate, motivate and equip forces that could make a difference.
It wasn’t perfect, but there was a time when I truly believed this country was – and could be great. And I’m going to do everything I can to make sure that’s the way it will be from now on.