Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Fun at the Republican Convention

After today, Trump is looking more and more like a shoe-in for the nomination. It's downright disheartening. I have a suggestion for the rest of my "Never Trump" friends. Here's what we should do.

Go to the convention as many of us as can make it. The moment Trump wins the nomination, every one of us should walk out of the convention, walk across the street to some handy auditorium and organize a new party, nominate a candidate and start campaigning. I'd love to see a third of the people at the convention get up and walk out.

If you want to destroy the Washington Establishment, a third party would be just the ticket. Take away either party's majority and you get the controlling vote. Neither party could muster enough votes unless they kissed up to the third one. It would certainly change the dynamic in Washington.

Just sayin'.

© 2016 by Tom King

Monday, May 2, 2016

Why is Conservative Media Crumbling?

Trump supporters and progressives (ah but I repeat myself) are all gleefully reporting that Glenn Beck's media empire is crumbling. He's had some layoffs and those eager to see him go away and stop making them feel guilty and stupid are celebrating.

I think Beck will probably be alright. Like any businessman, he has had to respond to changes in the market and in the political climate - particularly so in his case. Beck had the audacity to speak out against the agenda of the progressive socialist movement in America. Beck is a victim of the same phenomenon that took down PJTV, is damaging FOX News and threatening other conservative media outlets.

And the threat is named Donald J. Trump!

And I'm typical of the kind of people who are seen as threatening conservatism. I'm one of those crazy #NeverTrump guys who won't ever vote for the Donald under any circumstances. As I've repeated ad nauseum, the lesser of two evils is sometimes neither. The only problem is that as the fear of a loss of power and a rise of influence of the conservative wing of the party gripped died in the wool Republicans, many leading Republicans came over to the Donald. Even Newt Gingrich called Trump our best hope. People like me responded, "If he's our best hope, we have no hope." One by one I've canceled my subscriptions to conservative media newsletters from Gingrich, Breitbart and Drudge, all of whom seem to have gone over to the dark side. Breitbart's Trump support, however seems to be waning as it's subscriber list falls to cancellation after cancellation by disgusted conservatives. Breitbart must be spinning in his grave at his namesake website's earlier near-endorsement of Trump. Now Glenn Beck, the once great uniter of the conservative wing of the Republican Party is feeling the wrath of the Trump herd.
Glenn Beck chose sides in the Republican primary and Trump supporters are angry about that. They've projected their anger and frustration onto a hero figure who has been willing to say or do anything to pander to them in order to get their votes. These people are so frightened and angry that they are stampeding and in a stampede, the herd looks for a big noisy bull to follow. Sadly, if that bull runs off a cliff, the herd will probably follow. It's all about emotion and momentum once the stampede has begun. Anyone who gets in the way of the charging herd, either has to move fast or get trampled. More than a few conservative leaders have hoof prints on their backs right now - at least the honest ones who care more about what happens to this country than they do about how much political power the Republican Party possesses at the moment.

A friend and Trump supporter told me that "Sometimes you just have to choose a herd."
For the reasons above, I don't believe that's true. I'm more of a flock kind of guy. I like to know my Shepherd is someone I can trust. If I can't trust him, I'm out of the flock. It's a Christian thing. I don't expect those for whom faith in God is "silly religious stuff" as one Trump supporter described Glenn Beck's approach to media to even begin to understand taking a stand on principle.  So here we stand in the breach and we will not be moved. We may be overwhelmed and defeated, but we will never surrender. We will never give up.

You have chosen the form of the Destructor!

Trump has done exactly what his Democrat allies like George Soros and the Clintons had hoped he would do. He's torn the conservative movement in two and probably will bring down the Republican Party to boot - ushering in the United Socialist States of America or the People's Republic of America or maybe the People's Democratic Republic of American - any version of which will being neither democratic, nor a republic, nor, for that matter will it be "of the People". Trump will likely be nominated with a minority of the votes and with 30-40% of Republicans vowing to never vote for him under any circumstances - a sure recipe for a Clinton/Sanders victory. We have chosen the form of the destructor and he is Trump!

We're seeing the rise of a new National Socialism in America, manifest in the form of so-called Progressivism. Progressivism is a deadly dangerous idea that has led to much misery and death over the past century or so. The idea of a powerful nationalist America first movement has been tried before both here and more successfully in Europe. The 2016 election looks like 1933 all over again only here in America instead of Germany.  In a bit of eerie deja vu, this year's election looks like it's going to be between Communist socialists and National socialists with the Republic being consigned to the ash heap of history as was Germany's Weimar Republic.

Over the past century, we in America were tempted to leave our constitutionally limited government model in order to create great governmental power. We created this ever more centralized power in response to real external threats. We were told we needed to centralize power, ostensibly to protect the peace, health, liberty and safety of the American People. Sadly power attracts the corruptible and in the end, neither our peace, our health, our safety and above all, our liberty will be safe from those to whom power is everything in the world worth having.

God protect us from those who want to save us.

© 2016 by Tom King

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Why I Fight for Causes I Know Are Lost

Daisy - The Best Dog I've Ever Known
This week my wife and I lost our beloved pet dog Daisy. She was the center of our lives and helped us hold it together through grief, loneliness, isolation and trials I'd rather not talk about. We fought hard to save her life, but we couldn't. I'm still glad we fought. It still hurts though. We've been crying for two days now and it's not stopping.

I've buried myself in something I absolutely despise doing - bookkeeping to try and get my mind on something else besides missing my puppy dog. 
I have a whole system - I turn on the TV to something I don't have to think about: a TV series I like, or some movies I've seen and know. Even a few TV shows I like to watch help simply by going on in the background and occasionally

I am sick to death of people telling me how to think.
I've stopped watching some favorite TV shows because they keep making my favorite characters gay or lesbian or whatever else weird sexual orientation they can think of. Why is it that less than 2% of people are gay and yet it's like 40 or 50% of TV and movie characters are? I'm tired of it being shoved in my face, demanding that I say it's normal and okay. It's bullying and bullying is wrong. I'm a live and let live person so long as you're aren't telling me how to believe. I won't have it. How about something on TV that we can just watch to help us think about something else when we're tired or stressed or in pain. Just a little diversion is all I'm asking for. Is that too much?  Do I have to be told over and over that something that I believe is wrong (not to mention icky) is okey dokey?  Love you guys just like I love adulterers.

But I won't vote for an adulterer and adultery and homosexuality is pretty much the same thing
. Do what you want to do, that's between you and the Almighty, just don't expect me to watch you do it.

Also, being a political blogger, I subscribe to several conservative newsletter. Today I unsubscribed to two of them - Anne Coulter and Newt Gingrich. I canceled two others last week including the once-beloved Breitbart dot com. I deleted the bookmark to Matt Drudges website. These are folk whose opinions I once respected, but, like some of the Jedis in Star Wars, they went over to the Dark Side, so I have no further interest in hearing how I'm supposed to hold my nose and vote for a man I believe is not only entirely unsuited to be president, but who isn't even a Republican anyway. I already held my nose and voted for two "moderates" and we lost. Now they want me to hold my nose and vote for a serial adulterer, strip club owner, casino operator, real estate con man, accused racketeer and bullshit artist. I'm sorry for the ugly word, but there just isn't a polite one for what he does.

The man is practically a national socialist. Like Adolph Hitler in 1933 Germany, he promises to make the country great again. He makes airy declarations of what he can and will do and despite a stunning lack of evidence that he has any intention of doing any of those things, his followers hang all their dreams on him and ignore who and what he really is.  

And what reason do they give that I MUST vote for this slimy non-Republican?  So the party can hang on to power!  That's all that it's about.

AND THEY ARE CANCELING MY FAVORITE INTERNET TV STATION - PJTV. I should have seen that coming! For months half the staff have been converted to Donald Trumpism and the other half won't touch Trump with a ten foot pole. Fortunately, the guys I listen to and respect are still going to be putting up their old shows on and other places, and it will probably cost me more that way, but I don't care.

I'm going down swinging. This country and this way of life is worth fighting for. I may not count for much, my voice may be lost in the cacophony of cheering Trumpettes, but heaven is watching. I can do nothing less than serve God and do what is right.

Every day, I feel less at home in this nasty old world. There's good reason. If you are a Christian you are ever more an endangered species in this Brave New World. People can feel it coming. People in the grocery store checkout line are talking about Jesus coming. That NEVER used to happen when I was a kid. It seems that we all can all tell that something wicked this way comes. 

Let it come, I say. I'm going home soon anyway, so it won't matter if the bad guys win or the other bad guys win. They're all bad guys. Let God sort 'em out.

Just one man's opinion.

© 2016 by Tom King