What America Can Learn From Bristol Palin

As a Mother of two daughters, I was dismayed to hear that Bristol Palin had “reunited” with Levi Johnston, her baby’s Father. He had not “gone gently into that good night” after their break-up…to put it mildly. He showed little grace or integrity with his immediate rush to join the media voices that regularly smear her family…the family, remember, on one side anyway, of his own son. He seemed to me to be at best immature; at worst seriously self-involved to a sadistic degree.

But as the Mother of two daughters, I also know that, sometimes, in matters of the heart, lessons can only be learned in the most painful ways. My Mother used to repeat that old axiom “You have to suffer to be beautiful.” I would add now “You have to suffer to be wise.” Levi Johnston is very good-looking young man…Bristol’s first love, the father of her child. I imagine he knows just what to say to her…just what she wants to hear. Only Levi himself has the power to teach enamored Bristol about the luster or lack of his own ethics and the depth or shallowness of his feelings for her.

Nothing Bristol’s family might have said to her could resound with her in the way the devastation of their reunion has: the betrayal after believing him fully…the feeling of foolishness after embracing him once again…and the eye-popping, searing self-realization of just exactly who and what Levi Johnson REALLY was….that she had to learn for herself.

Levi himself had to be her teacher of the scope and temerity of his shortcomings and treachery.

Yes, WE understand…don’t we, America?

America fell in love with a sweet-talking handsome young man two years ago too. He was exciting and smart. He said all the right things. He was going to take care of us. He had all the answers. He was going to reconcile both sides of the family. We would live happily ever after.

So, America, how’s that working out for us? How’s it going?

For me, I have now become a believer that you have to lose to win. The only antidote to infatuation is reality.

I imagine Sarah Palin hurts for her daughter, but doubtlessly, feels a great sense of relief. Chances are dwindling every day that Bristol will take him back again. Except in certain virulent constituencies, I believe Americans are coming to believe this about Democratic leadership. And every victory that Dems win…from Obamacare to the ruling against Arizona’s immigration law… in the long-term, is an American teaching moment…the pain of which will not soon be forgotten.

Soon the reality of Obamacare will come upon us…not the sweet-talk…NO…the taxes, the side-deals, the effects on Medicare, Medicaid,and our personal health care choices. Americans will remember that Obama and the Democrats swore this program would pay for itself. They will remember Obama and the Democrats swore that if we liked the Health-care we had NOW, nothing would change for us.

Alrighty then. That’s the starting point.

As we begin to live with the reality, every American who believes in any way that Obamacare has left him over-taxed or under-served will attach the anger of his discontent to the Democratic Party. The enemy of the Spin of Obamacare will be the Truth. Every voter in America will judge if he is a winner or loser on his own. No slick political ad, appearance on Late-Night TV, or soaring “speech-ifying” rhetoric..will be able to turn the Voter’s mind away from Obamacare as HE IS LIVING IT. Moreover, the Voter will now see anyone who tries to deny his reality as a diabolical, self-serving, untrustworthy, un-election-worthy liar.

Uh-oh.

Right now, America is standing, hand on hip, questioning frown-on-face, defiant at the door…facing down the Party that did the Deed…as we wait for the consequences. “This BETTER be good.” “This better be WHAT YOU SAID.”

I wonder if the Democrats understand this.

The Obama administration also appears to be winning their battle in court against Arizona’s attempt to control illegal immigration. Democrats under Obama are now the de facto champions of illegal immigration….Obama as Knight in Shining Armor. Democrats now own this issue too. Going forward, every crime against an American citizen by an illegal, every rancher terrorized on his own land, every U.S.state property posted too dangerous for Americans to use, will rebound upon Obama and the Democratic party. Arizona will be the little guy who tried. Washington… the Bully who defiantly swung the Door Wide Open. If social services remain strained to serve American citizens that THEY EXIST FOR, if jobs remain unavailable to able American citizens WHO WANT THEM…many of those people will begin to ask…why did Democrats not look out for American citizens FIRST? Why did Democrats FIGHT to open the Immigration doors and FIGHT to keep them OPEN no matter the consequences to ME?

Going forward, every American will look into his own life and see what voting Democratic has gained or….cost him. This will be the most potent campaign tool of all. The reality of Democratic governance upon our individual lives. None of us can escape the consequences. But, neither can Obama and the Democratic Party.

America has a lot to learn from Bristol Palin. Like her we fell hard for a sweet-talker with a pretty face. But….after the heartbreak and a hard, hard look at the reality of what HE means in our daily lives and, horrors!….for our future….America, like Bristol, will walk away. There will be new determination fueled by enduring disillusionment and utter disgust.

America , like Bristol, will be sadder but infinitely wiser, and, in regard to Levi, Obama and the Democratic Party… much less likely to make the same devastating mistake again.

Win to lose.

“Once bitten, twice shy, Babe.”

Endangered Species and the “Little Woman.”

Someday, I will write about my husband for my children. I know…that they know…what a truly good man he is. But, at his preference, sometimes even they do not know how far and under what myriad of circumstances, his sense of honor…real honor…truly goes.

Oh, the stories I will tell.

But they will have to wait. I gave my promise. On my honor.

Honor is not too much in vogue these days. WE live in a “Gimmee” World, a Me-First World, the creation of what was called “The Me Generation.” We live in a world where right and wrong are secondary to our own interests, our own “wants”, our own personal pocketbooks.

My husband is an alien to that World. He is an endangered species.

He will not, nor has he ever, put himself or his interests before what he perceives to be the honorable thing. Sometimes, we have paid a heavy price for this, even financially. A lesser being myself , sometimes the end result of all this honor frustrates me, especially when I become bound up by his virtuous sense of “omerta” (even with our own). But always, it leaves me looking at him in awe. There are no longer, I fear, many like him.

He is certainly a bad fit for the times we live in.

Part of my political fury, is contrasting the man I live with and the values with which he lives his life…with our Political Class. My husband does not lie. I have said for years to my friends, this is not a man you ask on the way out the door..”Do I look fat in this dress?”

But our politicians lie. I think it is now considered a tool of the partisan trade.

They lie about the cost of Bills they want passed. They lie about the effects of those Bills. They lie about what they stuck IN those Bills.The lie to get WHAT THEY WANT. And by lying, they cut the American people out of the decision process.

This is government by charade.

This is government by arrogance.

We live in a time of “Me First.” New Jersey’s Governor Christie has been eloquent in describing his fight to get a teacher pay freeze…. as the equivalent of the Teachers Union saying to recession-ravaged New Jersey families (whose taxes must fund their pay increases and cradle-to-grave family health care benefits)…”Me First!” “I get Mine First!” “Gimmee MINE!”

As this editorial points out, the Teachers Union has lost much good will with this “my-greed-trumps-your-need” attitude. It’s a sorry spectacle to watch. But why do those in charge of the Unions believe that teachers alone must be insulated from the pain we are all feeling? Why are they not ashamed? Why do they not see how they look to those struggling on the outside?

It’s the “Me Generation.” It’s the substitution of “I’m OWED” for honor.

Time and again, in our married life, my husband has decided against our pocketbook, against our personal interest, to do what he deemed our moral interest. But unions have only the monetary interests of their own members at the forefront. They believe they can be selectively moral. Just don’t look BEYOND the Union Hall. The Congressional Black Caucus has the same selective empathy…inserting a racial/gender quota during a debilitating recession into the Financial Reform Bill. Rep. Rangel and John Kerry , who help create and impose tax law on the rest of us…have little honor to follow those laws themselves. Every special “constituency” lobbies to get their “bigger share”” or “way-out”….of everything the rest of us must face daily.

That is not honor.

This mimics a definition of Hell I once heard: a banquet hall populated with chained,starving people sitting around a food-laden table…but no one will help the other till he gets HIS first. So they suffer for all eternity. I am sick of politicians looking out for only people of their union hall, skin hue, zip code, gender or ethnicity. Stop grabbing for those LIKE YOU first.

Obama and the Democrats promote these “Gimmee” “Me-First” divisions.

They DIVIDE TO CONQUER.

In this administration, Obama and this Congress consistently pander…with our taxpayer money…to those important Dem constituencies that keep them in power. But the rage that is growing in America is the awakening knowledge that with every special deal….up goes our debt…and the bill gets handed to the Sucker-taxpayer the Dems aren’t courting. The Bill gets handed to those Unselected-by-Obama for Help. We are beginning to hear the political rage of those Americans …who were pushed by Obama et al. over and over…to the back of the line.

These taxpayers are paying the real price for his selective empathy and reckless largess.

“When you take money from the taxpayers and spend it to rescue the jobs
of one set of workers– your union political supporters, in this case–
what does that do to the demand for the jobs of other workers, whose
products taxpayers would have bought with the money you took away from
them? There is no net economic gain to the country from this, though
there may well be political gains for the administration from having
rescued their UAW supporters.”

Evey action by our Leftist political leaders has a reaction. The boot-heel on the neck of taxpayers making over $250,000 is a boot-heel on small business owners who report their company income (that keeps others employed) on their individual tax returns.

Kerry sits on his 7 million dollar yacht and thinks how he can get out of paying Massachusetts taxes he owes…and assists Obama in making a “rich” owner of a small Dry Cleaner or Hardware store shell out more.

More taxes. More pain. More jobs will be lost.

One assumes our politicians understand the most rudimentary part of our tax code.

So this is deceit.

So this is dishonor.

Obama is holding in his hand ominous reports on our budgetary crisis from the CBO..but faced with a decision between his responsibility to the citizens we have, over-taxed and under-served in many cases by financially strapped social programs and…..gimmee, gimmee. gimmme…. his personal re-election needs…Obama chooses himself. Therefore we see notes on how he might impose Amnesty for Illegals, by-passing Congress and the American people with some regal writ. Simultaneously Obama will add ALL these new citizens to the cost of every American social program, add mightily to the burdens of every American taxpayer, but selfishly, add all these Latino voters to his Democrat majorities.

Where is the honor in that?

Such are the scruples of the Leftists in power today.

But here, in my little household, we live in a different moral world.

My husband will not advantage himself at the expense of others. He will not quibble to avoid hard consequences. And yes, there are times that this has meant hard consequences for us.

He tells me the truth. He stands first on his integrity. He chooses the harder “right” for us…over the easier wrong that might be more personally beneficial.

I wonder sometimes.about those powerful Feminist voters on the Left. You know, the warriors that are pushing up against that glass ceiling…”We Are Strong. We are Invincible. We Are WOMAN.”

The women who want equality, respect and shared power.

I have always assumed most of them would be incensed to have a husband who lied to them about their family budget, lied to them about family debt, lied to them about how their family money was being spent. I’ve assumed feminists wanted relationships that respected their intelligence and respected their right to share power.

But, as voters, with our tax money, these Feminists and… ALL of us…are being lied to every single day by our ruling Leftist political class. The American voter has become the embodiment of the Fifties “Little Woman”…told not to worry our little heads about The-Big-Things-That-Hubby-Knows-Best.

Patted on the head and told to look pretty and…stifle ourselves.

This is the arrogance of Congress and the Obama administration. What most would never tolerate in a spouse…for partisan reasons…voters ignore in the House of Representatives, Senate, and the Oval Office.

Why do we tolerate it?

Because each Democratic constituency thinks Obama will bring home the mink coat and chocolates for THEM…protect THEM from the cold recessionary bad world outside…and like that archetypal spoiled Fifties housewife in her flounced taffeta skirt..no one cares much for how he got OUR goodies…or who got hurt in the process.

Or about that endangered silly old concept of…. honor.

A Tale of Two “Hoaxes”

If you’ve “met” me first here on this blog…or even read here occasionally, you’ll soon pick up on one of my ever-returning issues. Like a betrayed wife, I can hardly argue over who should let the dog out, without bringing up…. That Topic. I cannot get past it…and fair warning, I do not intend to try. In fact, I believe this issue could be the “teaching moment” of the Mid-term elections. I believe, if examined again in TRUTH and in terrible detail, this issue could define our Leftist government, its corruption, lies, and allies…in a way every parent, every family could understand.

Because everything you wanted to know about the Obama administration, I learned in the Duke Lacrosse Hoax.

To anyone who shrugs…”it’s an old story.” The Holocaust and slavery are old stories…albeit more horrific in their scale…but none the less instructive in the waywardness of the powerful hatred of human bias. I refuse to accept only SOME stories can be told anymore!

It seems odd to say that peripheral participation in a terrible ordeal of others could so permanently effect me…but it did. I’ll admit I have always been an emotional person and I’ll confess to an intensified sense of right and wrong. I’ve been told (by friends) that I am happiest when I am “up to my neck in alligators.” But I could never have predicted that watching a live afternoon news event in 2006 would leave me doubting so many institutions, individuals, and iconic organizations that, until that day and the stunning days that followed, I had revered.

The Shirley Sherrod flap would amuse me if it did not evoke the worst of the Duke tragedy. The NAACP and its Leftist allies in politics and media are having the vapors over the two-day ordeal of a woman they say was unfairly misrepresented.

But in every discussion, every debate..I’d like two words flung back at them: Duke Lacrosse . Hey, any of you in the NAACP…do you want to talk false accusations, media lies, the fear of… not a job loss…but thirty years of young lives lost..innocent kids incarcerated , their friends forever tarnished?

I’m game!

You want to talk retribution against Breitbart’s edited video? Okay, but…let’s ALSO talk about the NCNAACP’s infamous case description…that anchored their official website long after the boys were declared INNOCENT by the Democratic AG of the state of North Carolina.

The NAACP seems to think that “the past” is a trump card for THEIR abuses, attitudes, and outrages in the present. The Left adheres to the position that “once a victim, always a victim” and the membership for victimhood is now closed. The Duke Lacrosse kids and their loved ones need not apply.

To return to my betrayed wife example…the NAACP wants to say that there is no expiration date on their old hurts and therefore THEY have no accountability at all in our “relationship.” Can any marriage, family, or diverse society of people advance or survive when one of the partners insists on that prevailing idea?

Let me be clear, certainly not all of the Black community feels this way. Only the loudest voices on the Left. It’s past time we stood up to this and shouted back…”Duke Lacrosse! Duke Lacrosse! Duke Lacrosse!”

As the election season approaches …buy your friends a copy of “Until Proven Innocent.” Tell them to use it as a tactical handbook to how the Left operates. The companion book is “It’s not about the Truth.”

The title of course comes from the answer Coach Pressler was given by Athletic Director Joe Alleva as to why Duke was firing him…when in mere days, the DNA would clear the boys. Wait for the truth, he implored.

“It’s not ABOUT the Truth.” he was told. And so it wasn’t.

There may have been confusion and outrage that had at its basis good faith in the beginning. But, in a short period of time, Innocence was evident. This was the turning point for me. The awful moment when my own innocence and naiveté were shattered. There followed a long, hideous display of prosecutorial outrage, right before our eyes, sanctioned and spear-headed by the NC-NAACP. Leftist Duke Professors and the Black leadership of Durham.

It was blatant. It was blood-thirsty. And it was heart-breaking to all who had once believed in the integrity of these individuals and institutions.

Past wrongs entitle the NAACP and all of their skin hue…to our sensitivity, our steadfast attention, and our action when real NEW wrongs are uncovered.
Past wrongs do not entitle the NAACP to a free pass for their own outrageous behaviors, their biases, or their 18 month campaign to railroad three innocent kids because…because…they were “owed.”

Somebody needs to tell them and tell America in the midterms…that’s NOT equality, that is false entitlement…that is arrogance….that is the lowest of human responses. What we demand others to be, we must be ourselves.

As we approach the Midterms…let’s look at what happened to Shirley Sherrod.

Then, let’s discuss IN DEPTH the Duke Lacrosse Frame and saga.

That’s what I’ll be doing here. Anybody want to join me?

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall…

If you’re looking for a safe bet these days…here’s one.

I bet none of your Progressive friends or mine are reading the excerpts from Journo-list being exposed on the Daily Caller.

I know why too. Because they like the RESULTS of having a vitriolic, devious partisan Elite Media…but none of them want to be burdened by the details. Kind of like the old gangster movies…”Just get it done, but don’t tell me how.”

Today’s Progressives want no debate and brook no contrary discourse. They want an imposition of thought, a forced acceptance of their viewpoint. Today’s Left is extremely intolerant…and yet…tolerant at the same time.

How? Well, because they are deadly “intolerant” of any mind not in lockstep with their metanarrative…they must then be “tolerant” of tactics that might otherwise seem unseemly. For example, on Journo-list…Dean Baker argues for the merits of ignoring Obama’s dishonesty in this post:

“Dean Baker, at the time a blogger at the American Prospect, agreed the policy was dishonest, but defended it anyway. “Sure, some of the things they are saying are not true (the jobs story first and foremost),” he wrote, “but the industry groups have this town blanketed with lobbyists and own a large portion of Congress outright. … There has to be some counter-force to the industry groups and that is the populist rabble. It might not be pretty, but that’s Washington.”

In other words. let’s lie when we have to, and support lies when we must…and blame the Other because…”the devil made me do it.”

Therefore…Obama has been allowed to lie about the cost and consequences of many of his programs. For example, he has lied about the Health Care Bill. But the progressive Media Elite allow this because because Progressives can not tolerate the very people that Bill is to be IMPOSED upon…that would be the “populist rabble”…having any truth, knowledge or input into their own fate.

THEY WANT WHAT THEY WANT.

End of story.

Likewise, Progressive Climate scientists must “hide the decline” because climate science has now taken on religiosity that must be believed, accepted on Progressive Faith, and…certainly not scientifically proven.

Progressives understand these positions are lies…but in the arrogance of the Left, anything can be excused to achieve THEIR objective. Americans must come to understand this about Obama and his Progressive backers. They are not engaged with us…they intend to deceive and IMPOSE their WILL upon us…because of the confidence they have that they are superior to us.

There have been other regimes like this many times in History.

Our Progressive media is welling to lie to keep a Progressive President in office…to impose his agenda on the public that they will deliberately keep unaware. The MSM no longer exists to inform the public and encourage our participation…they exist to confound and convert the public to the view of the Leftist state. They are not “watchdogs” in our interest…they are “attack dogs” for this administration.

If lies don’t work…some suggest fear to silence debate.

Fear.

Please understand…making other Americans FEARFUL to disagree.

In this article today…we find this example:

“While Journolist members were discussing strategies for suppressing news about Obama’s America-bashing pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., during the presidential campaign, Spencer Ackerman, then of the Washington Independent and now of Wired magazine, suggested this:

“It’s not necessary to jump to Wright-qua-Wright’s defense. What is necessary is to raise the cost on the right of going after the left. In other words, find a rightwinger’s [sic] and smash it through a plate-glass window. Take a snapshot of the bleeding mess and send it out in a Christmas card to let the right know that it needs to live in a state of constant fear. Obviously I mean this rhetorically.”

Oh, “rhetorical fear?”

Oh.

But fear none the less. The objective remains to make anyone with a dissenting thought hesitant to speak against Obama and the State.

Or vote…

Yes, and of course, Black Panthers at a polling place fit this scenario. The spin is that their presence never kept one single soul from voting. But, how do they know? Does that even make sense? Eric Holder and the Progressive Media Elites would have us believe that we all enjoy pushing past Thugs with clubs yelling racist epithets to assert our citizen’s rights. Especially if we must live in the neighborhood and attend street fairs where the same Black Panthers are screaming about the necessity to kill white children.

Obama sees no obstacle any single person in this. Imagine that!

Perhaps the polling places will be proliferated with “benign” paramilitary thugs in November. (Hey, no biggie! As long as they aren’t White keeping Black Dems away.)

Progressives would never stand for that. They have their principles.

Progressives are also comfortable with the Random Smear too. This is the flip-side of the Necessary Lie. It’s the Ultimate PC Silencer. If you try to oppose their programs or ideas…prepare for decimating personal attack. Truth being no detriment.

On Journo-list…other discussions concerned choosing someone, anyone on the Right and smearing them across the MSM as “racist”…once again blase about the damage such a lie might do to a real person or his real Family.

Day after day, we see Obama and his Progressive administration deceiving us about racial quotas put surreptitiously into Financial Reform Bills…deceiving us about costs, deceiving us about new taxes and burdensome job-killing paper-work to come.

But what alarms me the most is the Boot-on-the-Neck of Debate.

How far will they take it?

Progressives have embraced dishonesty, fear, and random smear to advance their objectives. Progressives have convinced themselves that anyone who disagrees has no right to be heard. no right to be treated fairly, no freedom from fear or freedom from the tactics of personal destruction.

All for our own good , of course.

Our Progressive friends shrug and look away. They WANT WHAT THEY WANT…and apparently, along with Obama…will support stripping others of THEIR rights to get there. They style themselves as the People of Empathy…but the rest of us must educate ourselves to where that empathy stops. They will lie to you and about you. They will condone smear and fear to keep you in your Box. They have no empathy for my right to my opinion , or my right as a citizen to debate theirs. In their arrogance of having every answer, they turn a blind eye to the most blatant abuses of MY freedoms. Progressives are the party of intolerance and imposition.

And, somehow, as they do this…they look at the Tea Party and conjure up “Brown Shirts.”

Ironic, isn’t it?

Maybe it’s the cosmic mirror of history trying to show them what they have become.