Where We Are, And Where We’re Headed

So we’ve got another four years of Obama to deal with.  Many on the right wonder if America will survive it, but I’m not nearly that pessimistic.  Yes, we will survive four more years of Obama, though a lot of long-term harm to the country may result from it.  Obama himself is ultimately a short-term problem.

The troubling part to me is that we currently have an electorate that can see rising unemployment, 75 times more people going on food stamps than finding work, crushing debt and rising deficits, and a majority of them decide they want more of it.  That is a longer-term problem.

The question becomes:  Where do we go from here with the blog?  Personally, I am not the sort to sit and dwell on what happened in the past.  Nor do I really want to sit and analyze what the Republicans should do from a political standpoint; the fact is while I mostly agree with their ideas, they are tactically and strategically a complete mess, and it’s not like anyone who matters there is likely to listen to me, anyway. 

There’s very little to analyze from a political standpoint right now, and besides that, it is not where I appear to be at my best, judging by how well I guessed what was happening.  (In my defense, there were a hell of a lot of experts who guessed wrong, too.)  Granted, many of my views were based on the idea that enough people know the things that I know, and that elections tend to be about the economy.  In short, I made the mistake of assuming that the world was still somewhat sane.  However, with an electorate that (at least in its district) would elect a corrupt and mentally ill Congressman (Jesse Jackson, Jr.) by a 60% margin and where far too many people can be fooled into thinking that there was a First Lady debate, it is clear we do not live in such a world.

But there is another direction to go with this blog.

There’s an old saying that goes like this:  Anyone under 30 who isn’t a liberal has no heart; anyone over 30 who is a liberal has no brain.  It’s not intended to suggest that liberals are stupid, per se, but the truth is that as people get older, they become less idealistic and more practical, often times because as they get older, they have to start looking out for themselves, and they learn what that entails.  Liberalism is about the idea that a perfect world can be created where everyone is equal and no one gets left behind, and the idea is quite noble.  Conservatism is based on the reality that such a world is not possible, and attempting to make it so only leads to everyone being equally miserable, except for the people on top who somehow manage to live prosperously at the expense of those below them.  (Look at any Communist/Socialist-run country.  Is everyone equal?  No.  The masses are all pretty much equally wretched and miserable, but the rulers all prosper at their expense.  Funny how that works.)  The conservative believes that we live in an imperfect world, so all we can do is make the best of it.

Therefore, liberals can be logically divided into two groups.  The first group are the ones who are fully aware of what liberal policy does to people, but they don’t care because they derive power or wealth from it.  The short term for this is “scum”, and we won’t waste time with them.  The second group is the people who simply don’t grasp the effects of liberal policy or confuse liberalism with conservatism.  If you think the latter isn’t possible, it is – for example, there are many people who equate “capitalism” with “conservatism” and assume that anytime something goes wrong in a capitalist system that it is a failure of conservative policy, when that is quite far from the case most of the time.  These are noble people who generally want the best for everyone, but who don’t realize the effects of what they promote.

If one can open the eyes of a subset of that group, they can be convinced and turned.  Some are stubborn and headstrong and will remain liberal to the end, but many can be convinced with facts and truth.  The saying noted above suggests that this is a natural process, anyway, so it doesn’t necessarily require anything drastic.  It just requires knowledge.

Speaking from personal experience, the three main “school subjects” that influence a person’s ideological view are math, economics and history.  I was always a self-starter in the math category, so I learned that well enough in school, but economics was not taught at all to me in high school, and the history classes I took tended to focus a lot on the who, what and when, but never really got in-depth as to why things happened.  Understanding why history takes the course it does is how we prevent ourselves from being doomed to repeat it.  Of course, the liberal establishments in the government, the media and our education system seem to be based around keeping that sort of knowledge away from people so they don’t turn away from liberalism so soon.  The government allows people to stay dependent on either their parents or the government longer and longer, which shields them from the real world where they might be converted.  The media and the entertainment industry do their best to rewrite history on the fly so people don’t see what’s actually happening, either.

(Side story:  One of my hobbies is serving as a trivia host at a local establishment.  I recently had a category where I offered up quotes from various people, and the teams had to guess whether the quote was real or fake.  One of those quotes was whether Sarah Palin actually said the words, “I can see Russia from my house.”  Disappointingly, out of 15 teams, only a couple knew – or correctly guessed – that it was fake.  The quote was actually from Tina Fey impersonating Palin.  If Hollywood and the media can convince us that things that happened right in front of us didn’t really happen or vice-versa, you can imagine what they can do with things that none of us were actually alive for.)

So from now going forward, that is where this blog is going to focus:  explaining liberalism and conservatism and the effects of each, using both examples from history and simple analogies to take complex issues and make them simpler to understand.  It’s not going to focus on specific people unless it happens to be a really important person, nor is it going to about Republicans and Democrats.  Over the next few days, I’m going to delete some of the older posts which were more politically-based so that this blog can be more of a resource for those seeking conservative knowledge instead of amateur punditry.

I hope that if you’ve enjoyed things that you’ve read on this blog in the past that you will like where this goes.  Frankly, it’s something that I am better at writing about, which should make this a better blog.  Hopefully, you will agree, but we shall see.

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