Well…at last there is something that both liberals and conservatives fully agree on.
No...it is NOT the state of the economy…opinions on that are wildly divergent.
Nor is it on the level of government spending and debt…opinions on these two issues are so far apart that you could drive a large nation between them!
Could it be that agreement has been reached on how well the Liar-in-Chief is performing his duties…never mind…silly idea.
Nope..the totally unexpected “meeting of the minds” between liberals and conservatives is in relation to Mitt Romney’s choice of running mate for the Presidential election.
Who would have thought that selecting Paul Ryan as the VP candidate would have been received with such high accolades from the right AND the left?
I have to admit that the Obama campaign team had done a sterling job of distributing the talking points and message to be followed should Ryan be the choice. Almost instantly every liberal interviewed spoke of this being a great day for the democrats…that the selection of Ryan would move the debate away from the record of the current President and onto the fact that Ryan wants to throw granny over the cliff. The announcement of his selection was praised high and low among liberals of all standing…each with the identical parroting of the Obama lines.
On the other side of the fence, the selection of Ryan was greeted with much acclamation. Some said it was a great choice, some said risky but great, some simply said it was the only choice.
And conservatives have been reignited…the sleepy speeches from Romney have become more interesting…the rock star in waiting, Ryan, wasted no time in putting Obama on notice that not only will he be the republican attack dog, but he will destroy the Obama team by referencing facts…real facts…not the not the fairy tale “wish it were so” garbage spewed from the left.
But will this be enough to swing an election? We will have to wait and see…not long to wait now…but as I wrote last week…30 million registered conservatives are sitting on the sidelines. I suspect the selection of Ryan for running mate will energize them to get to the voting booths…and that cannot be a bad thing.
Which leaves Obama with a problem…
How does he counteract the sudden increase in potential conservative voters?
As I pondered this, I couldn’t help but think about illegal aliens, the Dream Act…the path to citizenship.
Reminiscent of the movie Starship Troopers in fact. With a tagline like this…”In Every age there is a cause worth fighting for, but in the future the greatest threat to our survival will not be man at all. Now the youth of tomorrow must travel across the stars to face an enemy more devastating then any ever imagined.” ..this movie portends to be a look into the future where the world is a United Federation of all nations. A world with a single world government. A world where there are three classes of people…the government, the citizens and the civilians.
A world where freedoms no longer exist.
“Johnny Rico: Mr. Rasczak, I want to join the Federal Service and become a citizen. But my Dad thinks I should go to college and remain a civilian as he has. What should I do?
Jean Rasczak: Figuring things out for yourself is practically the only freedom anyone really has nowadays. Use that freedom.”
……………………….Starship Troopers, 1997
In this distant future high school kids are encouraged to become citizens by joining the military.
“Newsreel announcer: Join the Mobile Infantry and save the Galaxy. Service guarantees citizenship. Would you like to know more?”
…………………………….. Starship Troopers, 1997
In this distant future, you cannot avoid the propaganda…
“Newsreel announcer: Young people from all over the globe are joining up to fight for the future.
Soldier #1: I'm doing my part.
Soldier #2: I'm doing my part.
Soldier #3: I'm doing my part.
Young kid dressed up as a soldier: I'm doing my part too.
Newsreel announcer: They're doing their part. Are you? Join the Mobile Infantry and save the world. Service guarantees citizenship.”
……………………………….. Starship Troopers, 1997
In this distant future, heroes are used in the call to arms to enlist children as warriors…
“Newsreel announcer: We have the ships. We have the weapons. We need soldiers. Soldiers like Lieutenant Stack Lumbreiser...
Lt. Lumbreiser: Over the target area now, Captain.
Newsreel announcer: ...and Captain Carmen Ibanez.
Carmen: This is the captain speaking. All personnel prepare for drop.
Newsreel announcer: Soldiers like Private Ace Levy and Lieutenant John Rico.
Johnny Rico: Come on you apes, you wanna live forever?
Newsreel announcer: We need you all. Service guarantees citizenship.”
………………………………………….. Starship Troopers, 1997
In this future world, the classes were clearly delineated in one particularly important aspect….
“Johnny Rico: Someone asked me once if I knew the difference between a civilian and a citizen. I know now. A citizen has the courage to make the safety of the human race their personal responsibility. Dizzy was my friend. She was a soldier. But most important, she was a citizen of the Federation.”
……………………………………… Starship Troopers, 1997
In this future world, the desire to be a citizen was enough to risk life and limb…but for what?
“Jean Rasczak: All right, let's sum up. This year in history, we talked about the failure of democracy. How the social scientists of the 21st Century brought our world to the brink of chaos. We talked about the veterans, how they took control and imposed the stability that has lasted for generations since. We talked about the rights and privileges between those who served in the armed forces and those who haven't, therefore called citizens and civilians.
[to a student]
Jean Rasczak: You. Why are only citizens allowed to vote?
Student: It's a reward. Something the federation gives you for doing federal service.
Jean Rasczak: No. Something given has no basis in value. When you vote, you are exercising political authority, you're using force. And force my friends is violence. The supreme authority from which all other authorities are derived.”
……………………………………… Starship Troopers, 1997
OK…so in Starship Troopers we see a world where democracy has died, where a small group of individuals have taken over and provided stability…how those who have served in the armed forces controlling both the people of the federation and dying in battles against others, are provided the authority to vote…
Of course, since the right to vote is meaningless in a society ruled by force, the votes mean nothing.
So how does all this compare with Obama’s problem today?
Let me see…he has effectively weakened the Republic by refusing to comply with the rule of law (the constitution). America is rapidly devolving into a democracy…also known as mob rule…and no democracy has lasted very long before devolving once again into an oligarchy and ultimately a dictatorship. If you don’t believe these broad statements…try some research. It will not take you long to see the failure that results from democracy.
Obama knows that he cannot simply stop people from voting. After all, in America, all citizens are allowed to vote if they meet certain requirements. To blatantly disregard this basic right would damage his future plans…so the simple solution is to get more people able to vote. People that are beholden to him. The Dream Act does just that…come to America…get an education (that we will pay for)…serve in our military…and you can become a citizen.
Am I the only person that sees the parallels here?
The difference is that the bugs the Federation is fighting in Starship Troopers are not the same bugs Obama is fighting in “American Troopers”…but make no mistake….he wants to crush all conservatives under his heels as he would a bug. To him, we are nothing more than cockroaches scurrying away from the light of his magnificence…cockcroaches to be hunted down and squashed by his army of newly minted citizens.
Is Paul Ryan the hero who will change all this?
I doubt it…if anything he will be the catalyst for Obama to speed up his plans. Obama may be shaking in his boots today…aware that Paul Ryan is likely to draw an army of conservative voters to the polls in November…but he will not simply roll over and give up. He will double down…his attacks on Romney and Ryan will multiply in both number and viciousness.
If you think the politics have been nasty so far….just wait…he hasn’t hit his stride yet…and while he is playing dirty with his left hand, watch carefully what his right hand is doing. He is the Master of Distraction, and will stop at nothing to win in November.
Be vigilant, my friends, a cornered rat is a very dangerous animal…and right now, Obama is feeling cornered.
It is Paul Ryan’s job to keep him cornered.
And it is our job to take our citizenship and right to vote seriously. This man must go…this election. The consequences for failure are clearly shown in Starship Troopers.
Don’t let that happen.