Independence and the Quality of Propaganda

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As we celebrate and commemorate American Independence, it’s important to reflect on the proper role of government. I heard what was supposed to be an inspirational tribute to America  last Saturday (July 1 – but many were celebrating Independence Day early). It discussed freedom of speech, freedom of the press and then included things that were never included in any founding document such as freedom from want and the right to dignity.
Freedom from want is what the communists promise but never get around to delivering (unless you’re an elite crony or a government apparatchik who is needed by the elites to screw the regular folks). It’s the lie that has been keeping Illinois spending “other people’s money” in a ponzie scheme that is unraveling as we watch. It’s ObamaCare, which was also a scam of income redistribution and ‘social justice’. Other people’s money spends so much more sweetly than your own, earned by the sweat of YOUR brow.
The right to dignity? Dignity is state or quality of being worthy of honor or respect. The Founding Fathers never offered you that as a condition of birth. Honor and respect are earned. There is a faux dignity where the elites give themselves medals and testimonial dinners for not doing anything, but America sees through that. It’s why Hillary Clinton wasn’t elected president. Respect is something that is bestowed as a condition of fidelity. Social justice warriors hijacked the term “dignity” and applied it to scoundrels. You hear the term tossed around in conjunction with minorities from time to time as I did on Saturday.
Then the discussion moved on to the current propaganda that the news media is trying to force down the throat of the nation. One of “foreign corruption of our election process”. Of the people who were listening, I don’t know how many just liked the lofty words, delivered with passion and how many realized the quality of propaganda? 
Maybe it’s just because I was standing in the People’s Republic of Kalifornia? I hope that the rest of the nation is not subject to this drivel. But you know that it is at least to some degree.
I wish you all a very happy Independence Day and hope that in between the BBQ and the swimming pool that you reflect on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Maybe take a minute to read the Federalist Papers. It’s only through an informed populace that we maintain freedom. And the state of education is so dismal that many high school graduates couldn’t find Syria or North Korea on a map. Though they have likely been told that President Trump is evil. 

Teddy was Correct:

Theodore Roosevelt’s ideas on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 1907.

‘In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag… We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language.. And we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.’

12 thoughts on “Independence and the Quality of Propaganda

  1. Teddy Roosevelt (TR) was considered a liberal in many respects and as such, there are conservative historians who are less than thrilled with his presidency. I take issue with that, not really liking the term "liberal", because TR today would be considered to be an uber conservative. I wish we could clone him 500 times and put him (and his clones) in Congress today.

  2. I'm a Teddy fan. He lead an interesting life and didn't pull too many punches. The right to free speech does not come without consequences. The best thing we can do to liberals and their demands is simply say 'NO, and shut the fuck up.' A simplistic view of course, but it worked with my parents dealing with me and my sibs. Given a strong enough leadership, it could work for the country, too.

  3. They have been very effective at buying votes with "free stuff". It's the only leg that they have to stand on. The rest of the identity politics and pitting one group against another to gain political advantage is stale and it does not resonate.

  4. Great and timeless quote, Teddy has long been a favorite of mine.

    Happy Independence Day, Larry.

  5. TR is on my list of "People I'd Really Like To Meet".

    Right up there with Franklin, Reagan, Patton, and many others.

  6. Try to not have so much fun that you end up in a jail cell at the end of the day, Brig.

  7. I note that TR didn't specify which party the immigrant had to vote for, either…

  8. TR was qualified to be Commander of the Dallas Light Cavalry (Irregular) and it's combined arms components. Unfortunately, he's dead and it's left to you.

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