Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Misrepresentation can't change the truth (or "sticks & stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me")

It’s unfortunate that the so-called “liberals” and “progressives” are incapable of mounting an effective debate on the issues and must rely, instead, upon the elementary school tactic of name calling to try to sway public opinion in their favor, but issues are funny things—they just won’t go away. Admittedly, smearing us with the "r" word stunned us at first and did a pretty good job of shutting us up during the election, but it won’t happen again. We’re on to you now, and patriotic Americans, the true sons and daughters of liberty, will not stand silent as our way of life, our freedoms, and the Constitution upon which they depend are weakened, nay destroyed, by those for whom power is the be-all and end-all of existence. No sir. In the 1960’s, protesters demanded “Power to the People,” and nothing has changed since.

So, it's okay. Go ahead and label us racists. It doesn’t make us racists, nor will it deter us from defending a way of life that is the envy of the world. If you must, keep using misrepresentation and hyperbole to describe our concerns and our efforts, but that will only work as long as you can hide the truth from fair minded, liberty loving Americans who want to run their own lives free from unwelcome government interference. And, you can use all the socially correct words in your “New Speak” dictionary to try to convince folks that government is a marvelous money manager and intrinsically beneficent, but many of us still remember George Washington’s admonition: “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.”

So get used to it, Lefty. We’re here, and we’re not going away. We won’t be fooled by your red herrings about Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, public schools, and the like, because we all know that these tax funded entities are forced upon us by liberals with a centuries old socialist agenda (you might want to look up “socialist”—it has no “n” in it). Despite your protestations, we all know it is the government that has run those entitities, as well as the Postal Service, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and myriad other programs into bankruptcy, and we know that giving a bureaucrat control of our health care is equivalent to giving a five-year-old the keys to the family car—no good can come of it. There are better solutions out there, so open your eyes, open your mind, and try thinking. Even liberals must eventually realize that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel just because a spoke is broken.

"THE PLOT is disturbingly relevant"--Bob Woodward

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Ever wonder what a 9-1-1 call would be like under Govt Health Care?

9-1-1 Phone Call “Public Option” style--

“Hello. Thank you for calling your Government Health Care Hotline, where your health is our primary concern.
To speak to someone in English, press one
Para hablar con alguien en español, pulse dos
Pour parler à quelqu'un en français, appuyez sur trois”


"Thank you. You have indicated that you wish to speak in English. If this is correct, press one. Otherwise, press 4 to return to the prior menu."


"Thank you. To ensure that we have the correct contact information, please enter your ten digit telephone number including your area code. For example, 5555555555."


"We’re sorry. We didn’t receive that. Please reenter your 10 digit telephone number including your area code. "


"Thank you. If you are a hospital or health care facility, please press one. If you are a nurse, please press two. If you are a doctor, press three. If you are a patient, press four. If you are calling on behalf of someone else and are not a hospital, nurse, or doctor, please press 5. "


"Thank you. If you are calling to request assistance with an accident involving a vehicle, press 1. If you are calling to request assistance with any other accident, press 2. If you are calling to request assistance with a pregnancy, press 3. If you are calling to request assistance with food poisoning, press 4. If you are calling to request assistance with any other poisoning, please press 5. If you are calling to request assistance with a stroke, please press 6. If you are calling to request assistance with a heart attack or other immediate life threatening situation, please press 0."


"I’m sorry. All of our representatives are busy at this time. Please hang up and call back again later. (click)”

Kathleen Lamarche
Author of THE PLOT, award winning suspense thriller--"The novel for our time"

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

"Haste Makes Waste" or What's the Rush?

First it was the TARP bill, next it was the “Stimulus Bill,” then came “Cap and Trade,” and now it’s “Health Care Reform”—all bills that had/have to be passed without delay, but no one ever explains why these measures must become law even before Congress and the people they supposedly represent have a chance to read them.

But, folks, the answer really ain’t that hard. In fact, it’s downright obvious. You know the old saying that it’s easier to ask forgiveness than to get permission? Well, the Obama administration has institutionalized that philosoply by presenting—nay, demanding—legislation that is so bad for the us, the citizens of the United States, the last thing he wants is for you, me, or our “representatives” in Congress to know what’s happening to us in time for us to stop it.

That, of course, begs the question...can we stop it? Judging from recent experience, our representatives don’t listen to us anyway. Millions of people have written, faxed, and called Congress telling them to vote “No” on the trillions of dollars of wasteful spending in TARP and “Stimulus”—not to mention the absurd Cap and Trade bill—only to receive “I know better than you what’s good for you” form letters from staffers who never even show our comments to our Senators and Representatives. I guess they figure that, eventually, we’ll realize that they have us by the short hairs and will give up.

But, I digress. The truth is that nothing that permanently affects our lives—be it taxes, income, jobs, health care, or individual rights—is so urgently needed that we shouldn’t be allowed to know what is being done before it’s done unless those in power have something to hide from us. And, if it’s being hidden, it can’t be good for us. Hence, before we fall for the “urgent” assertion again, let’s tell them to slow down, show us what they are trying to do, give all of us the opportunity to know what is going on by actually putting the legislation in writing and publishing it for all the world to see before it's passed.

The effects of so-called global warming aren’t so immediate that we can’t wait a few months to look over the legislation, discuss it publicly, debate it, and decide what, if anything, would be an effective means of countering it. Too, the health care debate has been raging since before some in the Sixties Generation fell in love with European style socialism, so surely “health care reform” will wait a few more months until we can all see what they are proposing, evaluate how it will affect us, and let Congress know whether it is what we want or not. After all, either way, it is we, the people, who will be paying for it, because government only has the money it takes from our wallets.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Have We, the People become the Wee People?

“We, the People of the United States” was once the strong, proud foundation upon which this liberty loving nation was built. It was a foundation whose meaning was passed from generation to generation and which was jealously guarded by citizens from all walks of life. It was upon this foundation that our founders guaranteed our rights, and they knew the difference between “rights” and “privileges.”

Among our most precious rights is the freedom to express ideas, which is guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution which states “Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech,” yet recent Congresses (108th , 110th, 111th) have passed laws abridging this right through their so-called “hate crimes” bills. They are also attempting to limit freedom of speech by reorganizing the Federal Communications Commission and stifling the voices of concerned citizens whose only source for the “rest of the story” and access to the airwaves is talk radio. They are also considering methods to rein in freedom of expression on the Internet, and they have the audacity to misuse the Department of Homeland Security to condemn Americans who express their dissatisfaction with government through peaceful assembly.

As I watch our Senators and Representatives become nothing but toadies for the “spend America into the ground” Administration, blatantly denying us our rights and ignoring the Constitution from which they derive their authority, I wonder whether the biased media and the ignorance of the masses have successfully changed “We, the People” to “the Wee People” of the United States of America whose tiny voices are easily ignored?

Thursday, April 16, 2009

A Capitol Tea Party

The local media (ABC, CBS, and newspaper) did a helluva job covering the Tallahassee Tea Party yesterday (April 15). And I do mean “helluva” job.” That is, they reported “hundreds” in attendance, where some in law enforcement estimated 2,000-3,000 participants. Too, they did mention “a large banner” asking passerbys to honk, although there were at least 50 signs saying such things as “honk if you’re tired of high taxes” held by demonstrators lining the street in front of the Capitol, and so many drivers honked their horns that, at times, it sounded like one continuous blare.

Nonetheless, it did get local coverage, so that, in itself, was at least something. Of course, had it been a riot or a “peace” march, the media would have had continuous live coverage and maybe a few helicopters overhead. But, then, in all fairness, a couple of thousand law abiding citizens holding signs, clapping, and hoorah-ing at particularly salient points made by those at the microphone can hardly measure up to bloody riots or the vitriolic hyperbole of “pinkies.”

Despite the not-so-enthusiastic coverage by local media, it was a remarkable event which brought out everyday folks of every race, background, and political persuasion who had never in their wildest dreams thought that they would be involved in any demonstration. But then, neither had they ever imagined a day when their elected representives would turn a deaf ear to them nor that the United States government would become so paranoid that military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan would be labelled potential threats to the nation.

The Dept. of Homeland Security says I’m a dangerous radical—all 5’1”, 115 lbs. of me, but label me what you will, I’m looking forward to more tea parties where I can stand with other “radicals” to defend the Bill of Rights, the right to pursue happiness, and the right to keep a couple of my hard earned dollars to buy some groceries, pay my mortgage and medical insurance premiums, and even set a little aside for my precious grandchildren.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Euphemistically speaking

I never cease to be amazed at the alacrity with which “progressives” use the English language to confuse and confound the public. We all know about the terms coined by the Obama Administration in which the war on terror becomes an “Overseas Contingency Operation” and terrorist acts are “man caused disasters. Yet, how many people have stopped to think about the so-called “Green” movement which, in this writer’s opinion, is completely inaccurate.

Unless I’ve got this all wrong, the stated goal of the “Green” movement is to steer the Earth away from so-called global warming by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and thus induce global cooling. Obviously, then, it should actually be named the “White” movement, since ice and snow are white. Unfortunately, the term “white” is politically incorrect in that, in our current civilization, it is viewed as racist. Too, the word “green” carries lovely connotations of springtime and flowers, trees and grass—images all humanity relishes—while “white” connotes a coldness and emptiness that is unlikely to capture anyone’s imagination.

But, then, perhaps I’ve missed something. Ah, yes! “Green” also connotes images of dollar bills. Hmm. Maybe while the sheep among us are led to believe that the whole movement is about saving our world from destruction, those who have foisted this global warming nonsense upon us are actually in it for the green that will line their pockets when mankind is forced to purchase the “green” products in which they have invested and politicians salivate at the prospect of the huge tax revenues inherent in the “cap and trade” scheme.

Imagine. Forty-eight years ago, George Orwell predicted this very “newspeak” in his novel 1984. I wonder if that is still required reading in high school. Somehow, I doubt it.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Rest assured--the EPA is on the job

Amazing. At the same time the Environmental Protection Agency blankets the airwaves with warnings about the danger of radon gas in our homes, they are encouraging the deliberate introduction of deadly mercury into literally every residence and office in the United States by mandating the use of Compact Flourescent Lightbulbs (CFL’s) instead of incandescent bulbs. Never mind that even the manufacturers of CFL’s caution users about their potential danger nor that billions of CFL’s will end up in landfills across the United States, where they will certainly leak mercury into our ground water. Never mind that the government warns about the danger posed to human life by the rising levels of mercury in seafood, and never mind that mercury is highly toxic to humans. No, never mind. After all, the EPA assures us that the potential threat of “global warming” far outweighs the proven dangers of mercury poisoning. Can anyone say hare brained?
Kathleen Lamarche
author of THE PLOT and THE GUMSHOE