Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Cause and Effect
Let me begin this collection of odd thoughts with this statement: from my own considerably old-style point of view, the animated cartoon show South Park contains nothing that could be remotely considered of redeeming value.
That being said, last years decision by the Cartoon Network to censor a segment of the show because that segment would have contained a cartoon portrayal of the founder of Islam, Muhammad, was wrong both on its face and in its intent. We may not have our country much longer if the liberals in the media and the White House have their way, but as long as we do, we still have a constitution that spells out certain rights along with certain restrictions. Based on that Constitution, the writers and producers of South Park have a valid suit against the network.
Some may say Bill O’Reilly is one of them, that the network acted properly in preventing yet another act of Islamic violence because that is what Muslims do when they are offended. Christians get huffy, Muslims kill. That is the way of the world we live in. I find myself thinking this in answer to O’Reilly’s opinion, Bill, you’ve become a coward. Back in the day when I was doing editorial cartoons for the humor magazine, Comic Relief, I drew a cartoon that had Muhammad clutching a copy of the Koran and cowering before a figure that was obviously Jesus Christ. The setting was clearly the gates of heaven and Muhammad was thinking, “Oops.” The entire idea of the cartoon was that Islam is no pathway to glory. That was drawn and published over 20 years ago and I’m still alive.
The use of censorship to ensure safety is not only pure fallacy but it is also a clear violation of the very heart of the US Constitution. There is a reason why the founders wanted a free discourse of ideas; many had lived under a government that prohibited the sort of free-wheeling debate they enjoyed and they wanted to ensure that their descendants had the same freedom. If you read carefully the opinions of the currents party in power you will see that they have a different idea of what freedom means and in this case a unique association with Bill O’Reilly’s idea of security. Ben Franklin had some thoughts on this. It seems he and O'Reilly would disagree on many things, "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."
Just like the King George of Franklin's time, the Obama Administration continues to show its utter disdain for the American citizenry in both its legislation and in its opinions.
This Memorial Day, President Obama showed his respect for the men and women who gave up their lives for his security by playing golf. He attended no service, nor did he express any believable concern for those men and women. Barrack Hussein Obama as both a community organizer and as a US Senator was instrumental in building the mechanisms that created and are still maintaining the economic collapse we now have to endure. His associations with ACORN, both in the past and in the present are paving the way for millions of illegal aliens to cast illegal votes in the 2012 election, and those votes won't be for conservative candidates. Bertha Lewis and others have not only alluded to that but in some cases have said so openly and on record. Where is the media on this? Busily censoring a moronic cartoon. And believe me, I do know something about cartooning.
Meanwhile, back in DC, Obama’s new financial reform bill has got to be the greatest piece of political hypocrisy ever. He actually claims that putting the US into additional trillions in debt is not only wise, but patriotic. No administration, not even that of King David or any of the Caesars even comes close. Think back to the economic stimulus package and the “Too Big to Fail” handouts to both the auto and banking institutions. Remember Obama’s assertions that these actions, even though they added literal trillions to our debt and our deficit, were necessary for the common good. Now come forward today. Obama is pushing a Financial Reform package that will make illegal the very actions he said were necessary less than a year ago. Where is the media on this? Nowhere. They are busy writing about all of the hate and violence inappropriate speech causes when it is uttered by the likes of Limbaugh, Hannity, Savage and Beck.
The really sad part of all of this is this; we don’t need a single one of Obama’s ideas to prosper. We actually need him to go away to prosper, him along with every single entrenched incumbent and bureaucrat currently occupying a public office, whether they be a liberal or a neocon. They are too in love with and too attached to the status quo to be of any use to this nation. What is remarkable is that real recovery is only one simple step away, a step that Washington and its Oil PAC/NeoCon cronies will never allow.
Imagine how your life would change if the price of gas suddenly dropped to 50 cents a gallon. I am not talking about many more miles you could drive on the dollar but every other aspect of your life that is touched by the economy. What would happen to the price of food? What would happen to the airlines and the cost of travel? How about the cost of anything else that is shipped? What would happen to housing, farming, industry and all the myriad other factors inherent in an economy, all because gasoline was dropped back to where it should be with all else being equal including the taxes applied to that fuel?
Now imagine the free market being given free rein to work its magic within the world of transportation including fuel and power generation. Imagine all the monopolies currently holding research and development back through government intervention being given real competition and the consumer, not the government becoming the final arbiter of who succeeded and who did not. Now imagine an Obama Administration allowing such a scenario. Of course that is pure fantasy. It will never happen and it is because of one thing;
The current flap and lawsuite over Arizona telling the Federal Government that if the feds won’t enforce the law, the state will is being used by the media as a smoke screen. They know very well that illegal means illegal and that more than just Mexicans cross our borders illegally. Asking for ID is a matter of course in any traffic stop, unless you happen to be a Democrat politician. All of this is nicely distracting the voter from the larger picture, Obama grabbing another huge chunk of power for himself on his pathway to royalty.
Just like the Cartoon Network’s censorship and the resulting erosion of freedom, Obama’s financial reform bill will result in a further erosion of the path to economic security for multiple millions of Americans. It will be harder for the free market to play a part. It will be harder to pass your successes along to your children and grandchildren. It will be harder to be self-sufficient without government “assistance” and, quite frankly, it will be harder to be a real American.