Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Now, you've really gone and done it!

Now, you’ve gone and done it!

How many times have we heard those words said to us?

As a child, I heard that many times…from my siblings when I did some something stupid and was about to get my ass paddled, from my teachers when I did something dumb and was about to get in real trouble, from my parents when the school told them what I had done…..

Thankfully, as an adult, I do not hear those words said anywhere nearly as often….perhaps I have outgrown stupidity? Not very likely as we all carry the inclination to throw wisdom to the wind and be stupid at times.

In any event….for a long time I didn’t hear those words….

But now? Now we are hearing variations of these words on an almost daily basis. With the Republican primaries in full swing we hear the media stating it in relation to some dumb statement by one of the candidates on an almost daily basis.

So, in honor of a media that LOVES to use gotcha style questions and grab the answers for sound bites and inappropriate pictures, I am going to look at some of my favorite “Now, you’ve gone and done it” moments of the last week.

Let’s look at the occupy movement first.

In Oakland, about 400 peaceful demonstrators were viciously attacked by the police and arrested. The police use of riot quelling tactics was uncalled for against a peacefully congregated group of folk who had no intention or desire to break the law. The fact that 400 were arrested is unconscionable and reflects poorly on the Oakland police department.

Ooooops!! Sorry…I was simply repeating the mantra of the Occupy movement followers as reported in most media today.

A closer examination shows us that these demonstrators were anything BUT peaceful. They indulged in breaking and entering of government buildings, vandalism, throwing rocks and bottles at police officers and all sorts of activities that decry their claims to be a peaceful law-abiding protest. The fact they believe they have a right to occupy any land, be it government owned or privately owned, is sufficient reason to label these idiots as anything but peaceful.

But my favorite moment? The moment, well documented in pictures and photographs adorning most newspapers over the last couple of days…the moment that garners the “Now you’ve gone and done it” award?

That moment is the photograph of the brave demonstrators, bandana’s covering their faces to avoid identification, burning the American flag. One protestor is reported as having tried to prevent this…screaming “No, this will divide the movement” but had no effect on the brave demonstrators determined to exercise their free speech rights by burning the flag after vandalizing the building.

Now, you’ve really gone and done it!

This one act, with all it’s attendant publicity, should rightfully drive a chasm through the center of this pathetic little whiny movement. Those who actually believe the crap but do not endorse anarchy, will rapidly try to disengage….those that believe in anarchy will try to drive further violence.

But at the end of the day, the movement is done. What remains will be no more important and have no more impact than a bug that gets squashed underfoot. The violence will be quelled…the anarchists jailed and the rest of the believers will slowly become educated.

What a moment that was…now, they really HAVE done it!

The next moment I want to look at is an exchange between Romney and Gingrich at one of the recent debates. Much has been said and written about the moon base idea that Gingrich presented…a moon colony that could perhaps become the 51st state?

Let’s take a moment to look at this idea. The theory is that NASA would be re-invented as a much leaner organization tasked with an “oversee” function rather than the operator it is today. This would mean that many of the 10,000 strong army of engineers sitting around the hallowed halls of NASA discussing the merits of life on Mars while wearing white jackets complete with pocket protectors, and having abnormally heavy German accents, would need to find real jobs in the real world!

Many of the functions carried out by NASA today would become the bread and butter of new space firms in the Commercial market. The use of prizes will encourage the commercial space firms to develop the technology needed to develop a lunar colony at no cost to the tax payer, apart from the known size of the prize.

Let me see….a reduction in size, scope and cost of NASA – can only be a good thing, right?

Government sponsored prizes to encourage commercial enterprises to develop new technology, gain private sector funding of research and development, create jobs and develop new space systems?  Doesn’t sound like a bad idea to me.

Use commercial space to build vehicles to service America’s needs for transporting people and supplies to the space station, ending our reliance on the expensive rides provided by a government that is not particularly friendly to the United States?  Sounds like a good plan to me…not being reliant on Russia MUST be a good thing, right?

The creation of a moon colony would serve as a good defense against the Chinese who have already admitted their intent to capture the moon as part of the People’s Republic of China sounds reasonable to me. Of course, China is friendly to the USA….they wouldn’t do anything with the moon that would pose a threat to us, would they?

And finally, the moon has significant supplies of water and methane and many types of minerals. The establishment of a moon colony would enable the moon to be used as a way-station for refueling of commercially built spaceships on their way to exploration of more distant parts of space. Not at all a bad idea!

As far as I can see, this is a big hairy audacious plan that reduces the risk to the taxpayer while ensuring America remains in the forefront of space technology.

So what is my moment of “Now, you’ve  gone and done it”?

Well…Mitt Romney had a great statement about Gingrich’s moon colony idea.

He said (and I paraphrase)…”If I was an employer and somebody came to me with this kind of idea, I would fire him!”


Is this the real Mitt emerging?

The Mitt who will not listen to big audacious ideas, but will fire anybody that dares to come to him with one?

Now, I ask you…is this the sort of man we want as President? A man who would FIRE anybody with a big idea…without even giving it due consideration, or research or anything? Just a summary dismissal?

I don’t know about you, but I want someone in the big house who is able to listen to his advisers, able to consider the merits of ideas before deciding to not do them. And certainly not someone willing to fire an employee just for making a suggestion!!

Romney, you’ve really done it this time!!

And finally, in my list of favorite moments, how could I ignore this?

“We need to let President Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and my dear friend the chairman of the Democrat National Committee (Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz), we need to let them know that Florida ain’t on the table."

“Take your message of equality of achievement, take your message of economic dependency, take your message of enslaving the entrepreneurial will and spirit of the American people somewhere else. You can take it to Europe, you can take it to the bottom of the sea, you can take it to the North Pole, but get the hell out of the United States of America.”

Representative Alan West, my hat is off to you!! Now you’ve really gone and done it!!

What have you done?

You have taken the words from the mouths of every conservative in this Nation. You have taken them and refined them and ignored the lies that are political correctness, and you have stood up and told the world how you really feel.

Well played, sir…but you’ve really done it now.

You have unleashed a fury from the left that has not been seen since Adam was a boy. You have insulted the intelligentsia of the left, and have left them gaping with mouth’s wide open, amazed that a conservative could speak the truth in such an unmistakable manner.

In one well-placed statement you have shown who the left are, where they are pushing this country, and what conservatives think of it.

And for that, the insults and arrows will fly your way…for that you will be pronounced as a hater, an Uncle Tom, disgusting and disgraceful. The likes of Bob Beckel will tell all who will listen just how disgraceful you are.

And for every taunt that comes your way, with every rock thrown, you will show the left to be who they really are. Their hypocrisy will show clearly in the words they use.

Yes, Representative West… Now, you’ve gone and done it!

And I hope that more people stand up and decry political correctness and say what they really mean….you, sir, present as a great example of American patriotism….may we all be so bold!


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