“I’m up on the tightrope, one side’s hate and one is hope
But the top-hat on my head is all you see….
I’m up on the tightwire, linked by life and the funeral pyre
Putting on a show for you to see”
— Leon Russell “Tight Rope”
One-time Obama supporter and Princeton professor, Cornel West, has come under scathing attacks by the liberal media for daring to criticize Obama. They do so hate it when one of their own strays too far from the “plantation.” Let me say to Mr. West — “Welcome to the party, pal.” Link Link
Calling Obama ““a black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs, and…puppet of corporate plutocrats,” as West has done, is no way to endear yourself to the liberal’s vast PM (Propaganda Machine), but it is certainly a good way to invite a liberal “smack-down.” Link Link
Cornel West and I do not often see eye to eye on issues, but in his assessment of Obama as a front-man for an international cabal of corporate gangsters and banking crooks, we agree. West probably believed that Obama was a committed communist, whereas Obama’s MO actually has more in common with Nazi fascism. In any event, it’s all about enriching political/social elites, and the people be d–ned. “Power to the people” my butt. Link
(Sidebar: I don’t know that it can be repeated often enough that fascism (including Nazism) is a left-wing doctrine all the way. Yes, a case can be made that fascism is to the right of communism, but they are both still Far Left, top down, big government doctrines.
Mussolini’s famous statement “Tutto nello Stato, niente al di fuori dello Stato, nulla contro lo Stato” basically translates as “Everything inside the government (State). Nothing outside the government. Nothing against the government.”
Benito Mussolini, who popularized fascism [from the Italian fasci — bundles or groups], and coined the term “totalitarianism,” was fed Marxist propaganda along with mother’s milk. It is also worth noting that the Far Left’s [both communist and fascist brands] collusion with Islam is nothing new). Link Link
It has been a long time coming, but a number of liberal idealists who thought that Obama was their savior, are waking up to the real world — and not liking what they see. They had best wake up quickly; for as the late KGB defector, Yuri Bezmenov, said back in the 1980s, “You can get popular…and filthy rich…for criticizing [America]; [but] in the future such people will be squashed like cockroaches. Nobody is going to pay them nothing for their beautiful, noble ideas of equality.” Link
Whether or not such “useful idiots” (poleznye idioty) can wash their minds clear of the skewed vision impressed by Far Left ideology, and the crap-colored view of Critical Theory, is anyone’s guess. The putrid image that Critical Theory gives of Western civilization, or the USA, or indeed anything put under its myopic, negatively distorted lens, can be hard to wipe clean. Nobody and no thing — be it a person, or a nation — can come out looking good after being the focus of such virulent, unmitigated nitpicking. Link
Cornel West is, of course, not the only black person to become disenchanted with Obama. An increasing number of blacks are realizing that the Democratic Machine has been keeping the blacks down and “in their place,” in a way that Simon Legree would have been proud of. That is not to say that I would advise cruising through certain neighborhoods with your windows down, and your stereo blasting J-Thug’s rap song “F–k You Obama.” Things haven’t changed that much. Link
It was no fluke that the late Senator Byrd (D-WV) was able to smoothly segue from the KKK into the Democratic Party — after all, liberal icon, Democratic President Woodrow Wilson, was largely responsible for resuscitating, and reinvigorating, an anemic Ku Klux Klan. The story of how the racist Jim Crow Democrats morphed into purveyors of poisonous entitlement slavery is no doubt an interesting one, but not something we’ll be delving into in this article. Link Link
Speaking of segues, I would like to discuss another West; a man that I truly admire and respect — Rep. Allen West (R-FL). Allen West does not share much with Cornel West — both are black, and neither of them are especially fond of Obama, and that’s about it. Last month on Laura Ingraham’s program, Allen West said that Obama had “a third world dictator-like arrogance,” and that he was increasingly of the opinion that a community organizer “is nothing but a low-level socialist agitator.”
Not “fighting words” exactly, but not sweet nothings in the ear either. Allen West knows how to say things diplomatically — I suppose that’s a good thing. One hopes that the freshman Congressman can hold his own against the nest of traitorous vipers he has landed among. “We the people” will have need for him and his ilk in the future (would that there were more of them). Link
All of which brings me to the main point of this article: that America is dangerously, terribly out of balance. A sane, sensible patriot like Allen West can only appear to be Far Right, in a country that is teetering way to the Left. “We the people” need to find our balance again, and we need to reclaim our conscience as a nation.
The conscience is iconically depicted in cartoons as a little angel and devil sitting on opposite shoulders, whispering in our ears. The angel giving good, if often unwanted, unheeded advice, while the devil whispers to our baser natures, telling us to give in to temptation, take the easy way out, cheat a little, lie a little — die a little.
A nation, like a person, has a personality, and America’s has been warped and unbalanced by listening for too long to the false promises of its lower nature. Such insidious venom will slowly kill the spirit of a nation, as surely as it will kill the spirit of an individual. Link
The “Egos on Parade” show in Washington DC is nauseating to watch, but as despicable as the display of lack of character and principle is, the deplorable flaunting of corruption and greed is even worse. Like spoiled children, they strut and fret their hour upon the stage, convinced that their ephemeral titles and trappings are something to be proud of. They are not. They are less than trinkets and mist in the light of eternity.
This life is about so much more than this life. It is about refining and strengthening our souls; about building character and valor, about after “having done all, to stand” — and stand we must, and stand we will.
“We the people” are engaged in a war. Whether we win or lose is not for us to decide, we only control whether our cause is just and honorable, and how well we fight. And, if I may put it simplistically, it is on that scale we will be judged — not on whether we won or lost, and certainly not on how many earthly honors we acquired, or how much “stuff” we briefly clutched while passing through.
They who choose the way of corruption and darkness have their path laid before them, and their end is certain. We who choose the light and spirit, would do well to “walk as children of light,” and open our hearts to God’s power, poise, and guidance. “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve.” The time is upon us. Link
“You’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody”
— Bob Dylan “Gotta Serve Somebody” Link
Born in June of 1951 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jim O’Neill proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1970-1974 in both UDT-21 (Underwater Demolition Team) and SEAL Team Two. A member of MENSA, he worked as a commercial diver in the waters off Scotland, India, and the United States. In 1998 while attending the University of South Florida as a journalism student, O’Neill won “First Place” in the “Carol Burnett/University of Hawaii AEJMC Research in Journalism Ethics Award.” The annual contest was set up by Carol Burnett with the money she won from successfully suing the National Enquirer for libel. Over the last few years, Jim has regularly written for Canada Free Press.