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So Much Fear, Not Enough ZOT

Posted on 08/05/2009 5:39:03 PM PDT by KeepingCalm

I was embarrassed for my country when many Americans let the fear of terrorism turn them into cringing cowards, willing to give up our basic civil liberties for the illusion of safety, ignoring how we are 200 times more likely to die in our automobile than in a terrorist attack on our soil. I am equally embarrassed today. Many of my fellow Americans have let themselves be manipulated by corporate interests and ratings-hungry media. They have become frightened, angry, and unable to cooperate to form a more perfect union. Why do so many Americans have so little faith in our fundamental Constitutional principles? Why all the fear?

WE’RE HEADED FOR TYRANNY The nation elected a liberal Democrat by a substantial margin, and he's behaving exactly like a liberal Democrat, not a tyrant. We have representation in government. We have elections every two years. We have a functioning court system. Our taxes have not gone up in the past six months. We are a sovereign nation. Our Constitutional principles are sound.

You disgrace the memory of those who truly suffered under tyranny throughout history by whining about government control of your life because your favorites didn’t win an election. Has anything really changed in your life over the past six months, or are you frightened about what some people say MIGHT happen?

Complaints about "taxation without representation" make no sense while elected legislators represent us. We get to vote them out of office if the majority of constituents want a change, and vote in people we do trust. Calling for some kind of vague but ominous "revolution" in the meantime is counterproductive and can encourage violence by unbalanced fringe elements.

Our Congress still makes our laws, approves federal judges and top-level managers, establishes annual budgets and authorizes all executive branch spending. You don’t live in tyranny when you can choose your representatives at the voting booth.

“WE’RE BECOMING A SOCIALIST (OR MARXIST OR COMMUNIST) NATION!” Socialism (or whatever the 1950s-style bogeyman du jour might be) refers to an economic system. We enjoy a capitalist economy in the United States and this has not changed in the past six months. In recent decades we have certainly increased the number and complexity of government-administered public services funded by tax dollars, but taxation and government spending does not equal socialism. How are the recent public health insurance proposals all that different from the many government services already in existence to “promote the general welfare?”

Socialistic government activities in the United States include interstate highways, Medicare, the Environmental Protection Agency, county health departments, Medicaid, public libraries, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, unemployment compensation, tax-funded fire and police departments, Social Security, the Federal Communications Commission, disability insurance, the Federal Aviation Administration, welfare benefits, food stamp programs, and public schools (where, if you were paying attention, “socialism” was probably accurately defined).

Which of these tax-funded public services frighten you so much? Which of these are you willing to do without to avoid an encroachment of socialism in our nation? These are not rhetorical questions.

WE’RE SPENDING TOO MUCH MONEY WE DON’T HAVE! I agree. But this is nothing new. The cost of a new public health insurance plan, or other government activity we don’t have the funds to pay for, will simply be added to the eleven TRILLION dollar national debt. That would be the staggeringly huge mountain of debt nobody seemed to care so much about six months ago, or six years ago. Why all the horror and outrage now?

THE PRESIDENT IS REALLY A FOREIGN CITIZEN! Oh, please. Tin foil hat. Flat earth. Tooth fairy. That is all.

THE GOVERNMENT IS CONTROLLING AMERICAN BUSINESSES! Government control of businesses has been part of our nation since the early 1900s when President Theodore Roosevelt, a Republican, took steps to prevent monopolies and centralize commerce. The government has been meddling in industry for years to regulate environmental concerns and public safety issues. Why all the terror about government interference in business now?

Although I do not approve of government purchase of business interests, only one-fifth of one percent of all business assets in America are nationalized, even after the government's recent questionable acquisitions. One-fifth of one percent is not a very slippery slope. Is this what all the fear is about? One-fifth of one percent?

ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WILL GET FREE HEALTHCARE! I am uncomfortable with non-citizens getting the same services taxpaying citizens receive. But you can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube, and we can’t allow children visiting our nation to suffer from illness or injury while we wrangle about political expediency. Surely we can come to some understanding about this without being so afraid of change. It is also interesting how the fickle, attention-deficit-afflicted voters aren’t yelling quite so much these days about our porous borders and the millions of undocumented workers still employed in America. Immigration reform is part of economic recovery, and illegal immigrants have been tapping federally funded services for many years now. Again, why the sudden panic?

WE JUST WANT TO MAKE EVERYTHING BETTER! Are people crying out in anger and fear because they want to effect change? A practical analysis of all the fear-mongering reveals that it makes little sense strategically. Remember how the last Presidential election turned out despite all the inflammatory "He's a terrorist/socialist/foreigner" allegations? Maybe the right wing should re-think how this disruptive anger is going to play with the centrists and independents, who will REALLY decide the next few elections. The scare tactic approach to manipulating the electorate is a foolish strategy that will probably backfire with all those voters who don’t buy the “real American” rhetoric.

In the 2004 campaign, President Bush asked the American people for more time to complete his goals. As an alternative, the Democratic Party offered candidate John Kerry, who couldn’t even supply vague charisma or leadership to counter the “unfinished business” message of President Bush. The voters gave President Bush what he asked for, another term to improve the economy and prevail in Iraq. It's too early to say "anyone but Obama" will win in 2012, and it's a foolish gamble to assume it'll suffice. Today’s Republican Party needs to develop substantially better policies and better candidates, without counting on a disaffected electorate a few years from now. Otherwise, the Republicans might find themselves playing the John Kerry role in 2012.

In Summary This "us versus them" attitude will never advance our nation. It's not the fault of the liberals or the conservatives, it's the fault of the liberals versus the conservatives. The other guys in the left-right dichotomy aren't ever going away, and all this hostility won't change a thing. You are both stuck with each other, in "one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for ALL."

So what's next?

Maybe it's time to try for consensus instead of conflict. There are ways to make a difference with dignity, and without fear:

Vote whenever we can and encourage others to vote too. Stay in touch with our elected representatives about the things that matter to us.

Support candidates you trust with volunteer time and contributions.

Be civil to each other even when we disagree.

Recognize how the media exists to keep us tuned in so they can sell advertising, not because they care about us and want us to be objectively informed.

Think for ourselves.

Honestly, people, we have weathered Democratic Party presidents before. If we can’t survive the next three-and-a-half years, we don’t deserve to continue as a nation. But we certainly will. We’re already good at it.


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1 posted on 08/05/2009 5:39:03 PM PDT by KeepingCalm
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To: KeepingCalm

I want to put the toothpaste back into the tube.


2 posted on 08/05/2009 5:40:39 PM PDT by wac3rd (80 Carter/Obama 08)
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To: KeepingCalm

IBTZ!


3 posted on 08/05/2009 5:40:53 PM PDT by thecabal (Destroy Progressivism)
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To: KeepingCalm; darkwing104; Old Sarge; 50mm; hiredhand; darkangel82

And you signed up today to tell us this?

Cause if you did, you picked a bad day to post a vanity as your very first post.

Sniff, another newbie.


4 posted on 08/05/2009 5:41:01 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (Who is Jim Thompson?)
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To: KeepingCalm
Think for ourselves.

That appears to be a uniquely conservative trait and we don't report each other to the government if our thinking doesn't mesh with the party line.

BTW welcome to FR.
5 posted on 08/05/2009 5:41:36 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: KeepingCalm
Maybe it's time to try for consensus instead of conflict.

Are you talking to Baraqqis or Freepers?

6 posted on 08/05/2009 5:43:02 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: thecabal

Someone else got DQ’d in the contest.


7 posted on 08/05/2009 5:44:05 PM PDT by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: KeepingCalm

Maybe it’s time to try for consensus instead of conflict.

I’m not into consensus, just get out of my way and leave
me alone.


8 posted on 08/05/2009 5:44:06 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: KeepingCalm

so, have u been lurking long?


9 posted on 08/05/2009 5:44:09 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: KeepingCalm

IBTZ 9just by accident) Are you that valley girl person?


10 posted on 08/05/2009 5:44:16 PM PDT by Eagles6 ( Typical White Guy: Christian, Constitutionalist, Heterosexual, Redneck. (Let them eat arugula!))
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To: KeepingCalm

Here kitty, kitty, kitty.....


11 posted on 08/05/2009 5:44:17 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: KeepingCalm

Back to Kos, loser troll! Tell Markos it ain’t workin’, okay? See ya, wouldn’t want to be ya!! BTW, what kind of Cheetos do you prefer?


12 posted on 08/05/2009 5:44:20 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (If we're an Empire, why are Cuba, Iraq, Philippines, Japan & Germany independent?)
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To: KeepingCalm

Buzzzzzzzssssnap! It’s gone.


13 posted on 08/05/2009 5:44:42 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I AM JIM THOMPSON!)
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To: KeepingCalm

Wow, that didn’t last long...


14 posted on 08/05/2009 5:44:43 PM PDT by Jay Thomas (A DUmmie I ain't)
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To: KeepingCalm

I’m reporting this guy to the Ostapo.


15 posted on 08/05/2009 5:44:55 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all. -- Texas Eagle)
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To: KeepingCalm; 230FMJ; 50mm; A.Hun; abigailsmybaby; AFPhys; Aircop_2006; AliVeritas; Allegra; ...
Do you like kitties?

Please let me know if you want ON or OFF my Viking Kitty/ZOT ping list!. . . don't be shy.

16 posted on 08/05/2009 5:44:58 PM PDT by darkwing104 (Lets get dangerous)
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To: KeepingCalm
"Support candidates you trust..."

There aren't any. And I blame Bush just as much as Obama on all the issues mentioned.

17 posted on 08/05/2009 5:45:58 PM PDT by TexasKamaAina
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To: KeepingCalm

>>>> This “us versus them” attitude will never advance our nation. It’s not the fault of the liberals or the conservatives, it’s the fault of the liberals versus the conservatives. <<<<<

This “us versus them” attitude has been advancing our nation for 300 years.

Please read some history.

It is the drive toward politically-correct “consensus” that has been dragging us down for 50 years.


18 posted on 08/05/2009 5:46:34 PM PDT by angkor (The United States Congress is at war with America.)
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To: Admin Moderator

Thank you!


19 posted on 08/05/2009 5:46:51 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (Who is Jim Thompson?)
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To: KeepingCalm; fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued; Impy

So many trolls, so little time.

ZOT!


20 posted on 08/05/2009 5:47:22 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (Who is Jim Thompson?)
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To: KeepingCalm
Hey Obama, is that you?

Do you actually believe this crap you wrote?

21 posted on 08/05/2009 5:47:26 PM PDT by teletech (Friends don't let friends vote DemocRAT)
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To: darkwing104

Please add me to the Viking Kitty list! :)


23 posted on 08/05/2009 5:47:58 PM PDT by stylecouncilor (What Would Jim Thompson Do?)
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To: darkwing104

Good grief. So many trolls today.


24 posted on 08/05/2009 5:48:20 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (Who is Jim Thompson?)
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To: KeepingCalm

Thnks for your opinion...yep to some of your thoughts...no to others...and “oh, brother” to the rest.


25 posted on 08/05/2009 5:48:56 PM PDT by crazyhorse691 (Now that the libs are in power dissent is not only unpatriotic, but, it is also racist.)
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To: KeepingCalm

I’m afraid you’ve wasted your time here. BTW, your rant doesn’t fit your screen name. Now, go out and try to stop all those angry mobs out there at the town hall meetings.


26 posted on 08/05/2009 5:49:05 PM PDT by jennyjenny
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To: KeepingCalm

You haven’t been paying much attention the past six months, have you?


27 posted on 08/05/2009 5:49:23 PM PDT by astyanax (I'm here to spread peace, love and happiness... so get the f*#% out of my way.)
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To: darkwing104

Man, what a busy day!


28 posted on 08/05/2009 5:49:33 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Pray for, and support our troops(heroes) !! And vote out the RINO's!!)
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To: thecabal; wac3rd

Drats.

I was in right after post #1 for an IBTZ, but instead took the time to write a response to the troll.

Never again!


29 posted on 08/05/2009 5:51:06 PM PDT by angkor (The United States Congress is at war with America.)
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To: rabscuttle385
The Kitties are going to sleep well tonight.


30 posted on 08/05/2009 5:51:20 PM PDT by darkwing104 (Lets get dangerous)
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To: KeepingCalm

You have no clue or you are trolling.


31 posted on 08/05/2009 5:51:23 PM PDT by Frantzie (Lou Dobbs - American Hero! Bill O'Reilly = Liar)
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To: rabscuttle385; darkwing104

“So many trolls today’

It was the messiah’s burfday yesterday. they are celebrating by annoying FR.


32 posted on 08/05/2009 5:51:43 PM PDT by dynachrome (I am Jim Thompson!)
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To: darkwing104

There are still several hours until midnight. Plenty of time for a midnight snack or two.


33 posted on 08/05/2009 5:52:14 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (Who is Jim Thompson?)
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To: darkwing104

ZOTS R US!!


34 posted on 08/05/2009 5:52:31 PM PDT by Monkey Face (ForgotenKnight, US Army is my hero!!)
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To: KeepingCalm

REMAIN CLAM!!!!!


35 posted on 08/05/2009 5:52:38 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: cripplecreek; redhead

(Clams got legs!)


36 posted on 08/05/2009 5:54:39 PM PDT by Monkey Face (ForgotenKnight, US Army is my hero!!)
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To: KeepingCalm

37 posted on 08/05/2009 5:54:48 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Monkey Face

LOL

Believe it or not, I remember that line from the comic as a kid.


38 posted on 08/05/2009 5:55:22 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: darkwing104

Add me to your ping list, please.


39 posted on 08/05/2009 5:55:49 PM PDT by Francis McClobber
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To: KeepingCalm
Looks like the Viking Kitties are in charge of yer healthcare!

catsurgery

40 posted on 08/05/2009 5:56:48 PM PDT by dynachrome (I am Jim Thompson!)
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To: cripplecreek; redhead

How could I forget it? My BIG SISTER sent me the strip because the paper I subscribed to didn’t have it. I mean, how can you NOT have any comics by Hart?


41 posted on 08/05/2009 5:57:51 PM PDT by Monkey Face (ForgotenKnight, US Army is my hero!!)
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To: KeepingCalm

Anything you say may be used against you in the court of Obama or until he learns this

According to 5 U.S.C. § 552a, United States agencies, including the Executive Office of the President shall, “maintain no record describing how any individual exercises rights guaranteed by the First Amendment unless expressly authorized by statute or by the individual about whom the record is maintained or unless pertinent to and within the scope of an authorized law enforcement activity.”


42 posted on 08/05/2009 5:58:17 PM PDT by boxerblues
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To: KeepingCalm
Lotsa kitties this evening.

Kitty

43 posted on 08/05/2009 5:58:34 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: dynachrome

(Now THAT is scary to contemplate!!)


44 posted on 08/05/2009 5:58:59 PM PDT by Monkey Face (ForgotenKnight, US Army is my hero!!)
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To: KeepingCalm
Sorry to agree to disagree. We have weathered DemonRAT presidents before, and we'll weather this one as well, but the means to weathering it is not by consensus. Never in my lifetime have we faced a Fascist President with a veto proof majority in Congress. And yes, I use the term Fascist because that's exactly the situation we face. In the short time Obama has been in office he has not only cleaned out the candy store, he's dedicated himself to burning down the building, all the while smiling and lying about what he's doing. The Congress, headed by the most radical leftist elements of the opposition party are contriving to remake the country in their far leftist image, while claiming “they” are the winners. When they are swept from power, “they” again demand to set the agenda. In essence, we face a President and a Congress that ignore the will of the people, and they will be swept from power in a most noisy and gratifying manner. But it is our patriotic duty to shut them down now, if we are able, by whatever means possible, if we are to preserve the freedoms that our founders envisioned.
Not one single day passes without these A$$HOLES rolling out a new dictate. Today the topic is banning texting while driving. The argument that it's “for the public safety” does not cut it because it's another Unconstitutional Federal intrusion into the rights “Of the People”.
It is not our “civic duty” to sit quietly by and allow our rights to be eroded by immoral cretins obsessed with power.
It is our duty to remind them of their place, and if they don't get the hint, to replace them by whatever means necessary. Do not make the mistake of posting on a conservative blog thinking that “all opinions are equal”. That is one of the most foolish liberal platitudes ever offered.
45 posted on 08/05/2009 6:00:00 PM PDT by bitterohiogunclinger (America held hostage - day 163)
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To: KeepingCalm
They have become frightened, angry, and unable to cooperate to form a more perfect union.

That's right. Nothing to worry about. Just cooperate. Join us. Help us all to be together, one,.....perfect.

Needless to say, these people seriously creep me out.

46 posted on 08/05/2009 6:01:31 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater ("Get out of the boat and walk on the water with us!”--Sen. Joe Biden)
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To: KeepingCalm

47 posted on 08/05/2009 6:01:32 PM PDT by McGruff (Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency - Obama)
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To: KeepingCalm
Your definition of socialism proves you an economic illiterate. Your attempt to present ignorance as reason proves you a fool. Your attempt to post this package of garbage on this site proves you a troll.

But it's OK. The revolution you've always fantasized about is coming to pass, isn't it? What fun! Even more fun considering that you ended up on the wrong side. We're coming for you, sweet pea. Boo!

48 posted on 08/05/2009 6:02:21 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: darkwing104

ON


49 posted on 08/05/2009 6:02:31 PM PDT by Turret Gunner A20 (There is not enough combined intellect in the beltway to jumpstart a moron.)
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To: Monkey Face

Credit whichever freeper I stole it from!


50 posted on 08/05/2009 6:02:35 PM PDT by dynachrome (I am Jim Thompson!)
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