It’s been a while since I’ve written anything so I have some stuff to get off my chest, this could be a long one.
Concerning the Elections
In the week or so preceding the inauguration I made up my mind not to complain until Obama did the inevitable, the thing that all politicians do, screw-up. All politicians do it, heck Bushes biggest screw-up in my opinion was the gall darned bailout, so if I’m a cynic for believing that Obama will screw-up, I’ve been called worse.
Despite my promise, the constant gloating of liberals has worn on my already short temper, look you fools, I didn’t gloat when Bush won his second term, even though I voted for him, and still stand by my vote. I would like to receive the same consideration that I extended to you.
Also, while I may not complain, I also think that Obama shouldn’t be hailed as the savior of the world till he actually does something.
With the economic woes that we are experiencing and hearing about the bailout of the American Auto Industry then we hear that the American Auto Workers Union wasn’t willing to take a pay cut. I don’t think they get paid as much as people have said, I don’t know how much they make, but I’m pretty sure that they could afford to take a small pay cut to at least help prevent layoffs. Instead we hear that the union has refused to allow a pay cut. Don’t these people realize that they are risking major layoffs so as to save money? Makes me understand why a lot of new factories are being built in Tennessee, and other states that don’t make joining a union mandatory.
To top it off we hear that there maybe legislation coming about that essentially forces unionization. WHY?
For anybody curious about how mandatory unionization works look at Canada. The following is from the forum of a web comic, it is written by the writer of the comic who also writes for a Canadian TV series:
As much as I personally oppose what ‘unions’ have become in today’s day and age, late last year I was pushed to join the Writer’s Guild of Canada. I had no choice, you see, as if I did not, Canadian law dictates that I Would be ineligible to write episodes of the LICD animated series, or the Looking for Group feature film.
Seeing as how I wanted very much to do both those things, I signed up. In exchange for a percentage of my earnings and a registration free, I received a membership card, laminated at Kinko’s apparently, and a pencil (it’s true. They actually sent me a pencil). Oh, and did I mention the health insurance package that I am unable to opt out of, despite the fact that I’m already insured through Blind Ferret?
Since then, I’ve done my best to ignore the WGC, and in turn, I’m thinking the feeling has been fairly mutual. There have been get-togethers, I haven’t gone. Plenty of meetings, I’ve had shows to watch. Votes taking place, I’ve had to stay home and do my hair. You get the idea.
Still, my e-mail (along with the other 1,600 members) is in their database thus I get plenty of updates from our president. The majority (read: all) of them somehow end up in my trash bin (no idea how that happens, really). And yet, an e-mail that came in yesterday caught my attention.
In a nutshell, my guild is appearing before the CRTC on February 17th, urging them to start regulating the internet in Canada, specifically feared towards video content. Their belief is that the ISPs should be paying any creator who creates content for the web. In addition, they have come to the conclusion that Canadian internet users really only want to see Canadian content, therefore we should be restricted on what we can view online.
Essentially, the WGC wants to see New Media function in exactly the same way as traditional media.
As someone who’s been struggling with the television system for the last 3 years, I can tell you very explicitly: it simply doesn’t work. It hampers talent, overpays ‘producers’ while taking money out of the real talent budget and you inevitably end up with a watered down excuse for entertainment.
Why anyone would want to re-create the television industry is beyond me. That makes about as much sense as publishing a new newspaper these days, or putting together a new terrestrial radio station.
Say what you will about the web, and there is much to be said, it breeds innovation. The reason for that is because it’s non-regulated, because an ass like me can produce whatever he likes, however he likes in an effort to entertain others. The majority of the things we try don’t/won’t/shouldn’t work, but if 1 out of every 100 projects works, that’s a success.
You simply can’t do that in the traditional media system. It won’t let you.
So, congratulations to the WGC. Through your ignorance and short sightedness, you’ve managed to actually make me want to involve myself in a union.
It makes me sick to think that MY country might go that way.
From Across the Pond
I recently received and email purporting to contain an editorial from the London Daily Mail that takes a look at the Obama victory from the point of view of a British Conservative (I thinks that’s the term I want, if anyone knows a better one let me know) the e-mail is as follows:
The following is a view from England, a country that sees the U.S. more clearly than we can see ourselves. In this instance, the writer of the editorial in the London Daily Mail is looking back down a road England and other European countries have already traveled, and see the Obamaites pushing us down the same route.
An editorial from the London Daily Mail
Obama’s Victory was A victory for the hysterical Oprah Winfrey, the mad racist preacher Jeremiah Wright, the mainstream media who abandoned any sense of objectivity long ago, Europeans who despise America largely because they depend on her, comics who claim to be dangerous and fearless but would not dare attack genuinely powerful special interest groups. A victory for Obama-worshippers every where. A victory for the cult of the cult. A man who has done little with his life but has written about his achievements as if he had found the cure for cancer in between winning a marathon and building a nuclear reactor with his teeth. Victory for style over substance, hyperbole over history, rabble-raising over reality. A victory for Hollywood , the most dysfunctional community in the world. Victory for Streisand, Spielberg, Soros and Sarandon. Victory for those who prefer welfare to will and interference to independence. For those who settle for group thinking and herd mentality rather than those who fight for individual initiative and the right to be out of step with meager political fashion. Victory for a man who is no friend of freedom. He and his people have already stated that media has to be controlled so as to be balanced, without realizing the extraordinary irony within that statement. Like most liberal zealots, the Obama worshippers constantly speak of Fox and Limbaugh, when the vast bulk of television stations and newspapers are drastically liberal and anti-conservative. Senior Democrat Chuck Schumer said that just as pornography should be censored, so should talk radio. In other words, one of the few free and open means of popular expression may well be cornered and beaten by bullies who even in triumph cannot tolerate any criticism and opposition. A victory for those who believe the state is better qualified to raise children than the family, for those who prefer teachers’ unions to teaching and for those who are naively convinced that if the West is sufficiently weak towards its enemies, war and terror will dissolve as quickly as the tears on the face of a leftist celebrity.
A victory for social democracy even after most of Europe has come to the painful conclusion that social democracy leads to mediocrity, failure, unemployment, inflation, higher taxes and economic stagnation. A victory for intrusive lawyers, banal sentimentalists, social extremists and urban snobs.
I have been unable to verify that this did or did not come from that newspaper, however while perusing their site I did stumble across a couple of editorials that show what some British Conservatives think, I’m not going to repost them but I would recommend reading them as they are very interesting.
As a History major in college I had the opportunity to take a class entitled “The History of Modern Ireland” (modern in this sense meant form about 1300 forward with about 2 weeks of back story) as part of the last few weeks of that class we read an article called the “Celtic Tiger” about the incredible growth of the Irish economy during the mid to late 90s, primarily due to its heavy investment in technology and pharmaceuticals, and due to this boom for the first time in the past 300 years Ireland was experiencing and influx of workers, instead of a diaspora, an it was projected to grow more. So it came as a shock to me when I read the following article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-1126636/MARY-ELLEN-SYNON-There-IS-country-worse–Ireland-destroyed-obscene-greed–Euro.html and saw that Irelands economy had tanked ,here it is attributed to Ireland’s adoption of the Euro, and to me, the non-economist, the evidence looks compelling.
This is what happens when politicians give away the right to control their own country. This is what the UN wants for the whole world, the UN which is run by a number of nobodies, trying to force their views on the rest of the world.
When I head the other day that the RNC had elected Michael Steele as its chairman I couldn’t help but feel disappointed. I was afraid that they had chosen Mr. Steele to be a liberalizing factor, and to say that “Hey look Republicans aren’t racist.” However after scanning his blueprint for the Republican Party I have to say that I am impressed.
He seems to stand for traditional conservative values and stands against liberalizing the GOP as well for more accountability from its Politicians. He also calls for additional grassroots movements, as well as increased technological measures to spread the message.
The technological measures seem extremely important to me since in the last election Barak Obama came across as very techsavy with his Blackberry and all the talk of texting with the Hollywood celebrities, this makes him seem more modern and more connected to the modern world. However most impressive is the use by Obama’s campaign of the electronic social mediums, FaceBook and MySpace. He used these very effectively to reach the younger age group of voters, and people who will be able to vote in the next election.
If the Republican Party and Mr. Steele can make up some of this gap I think we will be in a good position in 4 years.
So congratulations Republicans, you’re not just being copycats.
Ladies and Gentlemen, standup! Standup and be proud!
While we may not like who is in the White House or what his goals are, remember that you are Americans.
Remember that you still live in the freest country in the world. Remember that.
Whether or not you agree with what your country is doing and saying, never let anyone convince you that it is not great to be an American. Standup and be proud of that. Standup and be Proud that you are an AMERICAN!
As a final thought I just wanted to close with this article that I got in an email, written by a profession that I never thought that I would agree with, a Sociologist. I took one Sociology class in college and hated it, yet here I am agreeing, more or less with one:
Anne Wortham is Associate Professor of Sociology at Illinois State University and continuing Visiting Scholar at Stanford University ‘s Hoover Institution. She is a member of the American Sociological Association and the American Philosophical Association.
Dr. Wortham is author of “The Other Side of Racism: A Philosophical Study of Black Race Consciousness” which analyzes how race consciousness is transformed into political strategies and policy issues.
Please know: I am black; I grew up in the segregated South. I did not vote for Barack Obama; I wrote in Ron Paul’s name as my choice for president. Most importantly, I am not race conscious. I do not require a black president to know that I am a person of worth, and that life is worth living. I do not require a black president to love the ideal of America .
I cannot join you in your celebration. I feel no elation. There is no smile on my face. I am not jumping with joy. There are no tears of triumph in my eyes. For such emotions and behavior to come from me, I would have to deny all that I know about the requirements of human flourishing and survival – all that I know about the history of the United States of America , all that I know about American race relations, and all that I know about Barack Obama as a politician. I would have to deny the nature of the “change” that Obama asserts has come to America.
Most importantly, I would have to abnegate my certain understanding that you have chosen to sprint do wn the road to serfdom that we have been on for over a century. I would have to pretend that individual liberty has no value for the success of a human life. I would have to evade your rejection of the slender reed of capitalism on which your success and mine depend. I would have to think it somehow rational that 94 percent of the 12 million blacks in this country voted for a man because he looks like> > them (that blacks are permitted to play the race card), and that they were joined by self-declared “progressive” whites who voted for him because he doesn’t look like them.I would have to wipe my mind clean of all that I know about the kind of people who have advised and taught Barack Obama and will fill posts in his administration – political intellectuals like my former colleagues at the Harvard University ‘s Kennedy School of Government.
I would have to believe that “fairness” is equivalent of justice. I would have to believe that man who asks me to “go forward in a new spirit of service, in a new service of sacrifice” is speaking in my interest. I would have to accept the premise of a man that economic prosperity comes from the “bottom up,” and who arrogantly believes that he can will it into existence by the use of government force. I would have to admire a man who thinks the standard of living of the masses can be improved by destroying the most productive and the generators of wealth.
Finally, Americans, I would have to erase from my consciousness the scene of 125,000 screaming, crying, cheering people in Grant Park, Chicago irrationally chanting “Yes We Can!” Finally, I would have to wipe all memory of all the times I have heard politicians, pundits, journalists, editorialists, bloggers and intellectuals declare that capitalism is dead – and no one, including especially Alan Greenspan, objected to their assumption that the particular version of the anti-capitalistic mentality that they want to replace with their own version of anti-capitalism is anything remotely equivalent to capitalism.
So you have made history, Americans. You and your children have elected a black man to the office of the pr esident of the United States , the wounded giant of the world. The battle between Jo hn Wayne and Jane Fonda is over – and that Fonda won. Eugene McCarthy and George McGovern must be very happy men. Jimmie Carter, too. And the Kennedys have at last gotten their Kennedy look-a-like. The self-righteous welfare statists in the suburbs can feel warm moments of satisfaction for having elected a black person.
So, toast yourselves: 60s countercultural radicals, 80s yuppies and 90s bourgeois bohemians. Toast yourselves, Black America. Shout your glee Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Duke, Stanford, and Berkeley . You have elected not an individual who is qualified to be president, but a black man who, like the pragmatist Franklin Roosevelt, promises to – Do Something! You now have someone who has picked up the baton of Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society. But you have also foolishly traded your freedom and mine – what little there is left – for the chance to feel good.
There is nothing in me that can share your happy obliviousness.