Monday, January 12, 2015

A Frank Reply

A friend and fan of Talk radio sent a puff piece about a syndicated colleague whom I'vc known casually for a few years. The article/interview made him out to be quite "larger" (as to influence) than he actually is, at least as far as the pecking order in this biz. Both the writer and the talk host did not shy away from fostering the notion that both he and Talk radio were the tails wagging the dogs of politics and public opinion. With that in mind, I wrote back..

He was set up to one side of me when we were broadcasting from at CPAC a few years back.
Nice puff piece - but when it comes to "saving the republic" or the restoration of Liberty, he is just as irrelevant as any other "pundit".

Since "retirement", I've come to see just how ludicrous it all is. We talk, post, opine, write and make idols out of those who say with a microphone and transmitter what we wanna hear.But when looking for measurable, permanent, positive results, the best you get is a handful of water. To believe somebody yakking on a radio or tv is actually going to cause the Leviathan to change its ways or the "other side" to have an epiphany is ludicrous.

Rush is a rock star. But aside from being in the right place at precisely the right time - which did not come about thru his alleged brilliance or clever "strategery" - he has managed to get to the top of the talk radio food chain and $20M/yr. But, while he has said (or most often has had ghost written) some scintillating things, what has he changed, stopped, reversed in America's  inexorable slide to tyranny? 

Zero.

Has Talk Radio raised the consciousness and awareness of Average Man. Sure. But every "accomplishment" (Republican control of WH and Congress, the rise of the Tea Party - now co-opted by ' the Establishment' - and maybe the defeat of an odious politician or two) has been subsequently squandered by other "forces" impervious to the on-air rantings of every radio/tv yapper to clutter up a studio. Ever. Myself included.

Talk radio, like political campaigns, are the "circuses" part of "bread and...". They are distractions, popular deceptions that help us delude ourselves into thinking "something GOOD is about to happen"..."THIS time we'll show 'em!"..."THIS time we'll get it right - and if they don't vote to -blah blah blah, we'll vote 'em out! And  the NEXT time.....". This is Einstein's definition of insanity writ large. In living color. And Surround Sound.

Tune in tomorrow for the next exciting episode....just like the last exciting episode.

Oh - and send money. This crap ain't cheap.

And so it goes.....

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Lies and Ignorance

When will they ever learn...?
When will they ever learn?
- Pete Seeger
(Minor edit: When will WE ever learn.....?

If Americans were honest with themselves they would acknowledge that the Republic is no more. We now live in a police state. If we do not recognize and resist this development, freedom and prosperity for all Americans will continue to deteriorate. All liberties in America today are under siege.
It didn’t happen overnight. It took many years of neglect for our liberties to be given away so casually for a promise of security from the politicians. The tragic part is that the more security was promised — physical and economic — the less liberty was protected.
With cradle-to-grave welfare protecting all citizens from any mistakes and a perpetual global war on terrorism, which a majority of Americans were convinced was absolutely necessary for our survival, our security and prosperity has been sacrificed.
It was all based on lies and ignorance. Many came to believe that their best interests were served by giving up a little freedom now and then to gain a better life.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Government Cracking Down on.....

Once upon a time, America was the land of the free and the home of the brave, but now we are being transformed into a socialist police state where control freak bureaucrats use millions of laws, rules and regulations to crack down on anyone that dares to think for themselves.

How bad? This bad....

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Changing the script

 The human race is rather amusing in that, generally speaking, much of it seems to desire conflict, struggle, and competition for its own sake. Some people seem to have a natural desire to play the ruler and boss others around. Some have a natural desire to play the victim and be bossed around. Some seem to wish constant illness upon themselves and they revel in sympathy. Some seem to be chronic gamblers who get a thrill out of risking it all and subsequently hitting rock bottom. Some seem to lack empathy altogether and they enjoy harming others. Some seem to feel the need to play the hero and seek to improve every nook and cranny of the world. Some just want to be free to live their life as they see fit.
It is that last segment of the population that seems to get the short stick throughout all of history. There's always some collective boondoggle demanding their support. Holy wars, witch hunts, manifest destinies, wars for democracy, wars to end all wars, new deals, great societies, wars against poverty, wars against drugs, wars against terror, you name it. There’s always something deemed more important than laissez faire.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Irrefutable?

Thirty years ago (!!), I had the opportunity to interview George Carlin. If it hadn't been for our respective schedules, I think we'd still be talking today.

 One of his succinct moments.

Monday, December 29, 2014

"Give back..."?

It's always astounded me to hear people - especially financially successful ones - of all walks and stripes get around to saying they are doing something to "give back to society" as a way of thanks for their bodacious success.

What a crock.

What's being revealed is their misdirected, unnecessary, destructive sense of  guilt for being successful - as if making a profit for providing a product or service was tantamount to taking money, bilking poor innocent consumers of said "society" for risking their time, talent and resources to provide the product/service that benefits society through the Free Choice of the Free Market. Liberal college professors and left-bent pundits never tire of making such accusations while faring quite well, thankyouverymuch, with tenured positions, ginormous "speaking fees", honorariums, ad nauseam.

Peter St. Onge writes a short piece that explores the "give back" nonsense much better than I.