…And Now For Something Completely Paranoid (and good fodder for a story)

Okay, quick and dirty, this blog:

Saul David Alinsky (January 30, 1909 – June 12, 1972) was an American community organizer and writer, and he detailed eight  levels of control that must be obtained in order to create a social state.  They are:

1) Healthcare: Control healthcare and you control the people

2) Poverty: Increase the Poverty level as high as possible. Poor people are easier to control, and will not fight back as long as you are providing everything they require to live.

3) Debt: Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. In this way, taxes must increase, and this will produce more poverty.

4) Gun Control: Remove the ability for citizens to defend themselves from the Government. In that way you are able to create a police state.

5) Welfare: Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income).

6) Education: Take control of what children read and to what they are taught in school.

7) Religion: Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools.

8) Class Warfare: Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent, and it will be easier to tax the wealthy with the support of the poor.

What if the Obama presidency was carefully planned around these precepts?  

Wouldn’t that make a great premise for a story set in the year 2031 ?

 (check out “Proliferation” at www.LuLu.com and you’ll see what I mean.)

CULTURAL CONFIDENCE

I am not politically correct.  You’ll want to keep this in mind, as I present a shockingly powerful example of cultural confidence from the past and then another, in the present day, which turns the notion on its head.

The first illustration comes from Mark Steyn, in his book “America Alone”, page 193, and here it is:

“In a culturally confident age, the British in India were faced with the practice of “suttee” –  the tradition of burning widows on the funeral pyres of their husbands.  General Sir Charles Napier was impeccably multicultural: “You say that it is your custom to burn widows.  Very well.  We also have a custom: when men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their necks and we hang them.  Build your funeral pyre; beside it, my carpenters will build a gallows.  You may follow your custom.  And then we will follow ours”

Now, the following second illustration: here are excerpts from a newspaper article dated June 8, 2013 in the Vancouver Sun.  The headline is:  ”Shariah Sets Off Alarms in Canada”

“The North Shore News recently ran a pleasant multicultural story about a new mosque, called Ar-Rahman, opening in the Norgate neighbourhood.  But phone lines heated up when readers noticed a line buried at the bottom of the story. That is where the mosque’s imam remarked, offhandedly, on how certain decisions involving members would be made “according to Muslim law, I mean the shariah.”

The mention of “shariah” set off alarm bells for some. They contacted The Vancouver Sun, claiming that the mosque would take away the rights of women, never allow them to divorce, sanction “honour killings,” and encourage Muslim men to marry four wives.  After a discussion with editors, I phoned the mosque’s directors. They were taken aback. Although they acknowledged the imam misspoke, one director was offended, referring to my line of questioning as anti-multicultural and “ostracizing.”

 

Here comes the part where you have to remember that I’m not politically correct:  for me, the first illustration is a thesis; the second the antithesis – I played chess in my mind with these two across many scenarios and a synthesis emerged:  there will never be Shariah instituted in OUR country.  Never.  Our response to any attempt to do so would be:  You may follow your custom.  And then we will follow ours.

OBAMA VS THE AMERICAN TRIBE

President Obama has said that a “tribal attitude” surfaces in tough times.  I believe the President comes at the right concept from the wrong direction and, without meaning to, reveals the single biggest flaw in his assumption going into his second term, which will ultimately undo his entire agenda.

Just as it is possible to mistake personality for character, the election result putting President Obama back into the White House for four more years is only a keyhole narrow view of the overall electoral results of the past two cycles in 2012 and 2010.

Conservatives have been voted into local, municipal and state positions that are foundational for our future.  Away from the spotlights of a liberal media not paying attention, the voting adjustments we the people have been quietly and consistently making are the real change that is going on under the surface.

What no one is taking into account is: The American Tribe.

My definition of The American Tribe is this: it is the only tribe you can join by simply wanting to.  This country comes with a book of instructions, called the Constitution and The Bill of Rights, and fealty towards these makes you a member of our Tribe.  Simple, isn’t it?

I proudly belong to The American Tribe – and to puncture a hole in any anticipated “diversity” style attack let me point out that my four grandparents were Irish, Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Russian-Jew.  That makes me…an American.  No hyphens.

You just have to want to be an American and you are one.  No other requirements of race, gender, sexual preference apply.  All are welcome.  Ex Pluribus Unum.  Look on a U.S. coin, it’s there.  It’s Latin for “out of many, one” and that’s the entire point.  We used to have an allegory that described our country as “a melting pot” to explain to ourselves how immigrants came to join and blend into “America”, while still maintaining their original cultural identity.  It was an attitude, an intention, a choice.

Today, we find ourselves burdened with an Administration that tries to divide us, sub-culture by sub-culture and attempts to pit The American Tribe against itself.  This is known as “divide and conquer” and it works…but only if you let it by passively accepting it.  I would go so far as to consider it an attack on our American Tribe by the Obama Administration and it’s time we “snap out of it” and reassert our cultural confidence by reminding ourselves that it is The American Tribe that has been the most progressive catalyst for personal freedom that has ever existed on this planet.

President Obama’s attempt to re-cast our single American Tribe into a fractured, segmented, controllable population of specific interest groups – usually cultural but also agenda-driven – will fail.

We the People, the American Tribe, are culturally unconquerable.

We will demonstrate this election by election and, patiently over time, turn back this current attempt to divide and conquer us.

Kings come and go, as do American Presidents.  We are in charge of our destiny.  Nothing is written.

“There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.” – Buddha

I’M WORKING ON GETTING THE HANG OF STORYTELLING

(A MUCH MORE INTERESTING WAY TO TELL THE TRUTH) —

 

 

 

“PROLIFERATION” (television series pilot / see www.LuLu.com) “The State watches everywhere, but one man who can clone himself - being in multiple places at the same time – is both safe…and dangerous.”  A cautionary tale of a future Second American Revolution masquerading as a science fiction drama. It is 2031, and the United States and China are in the process of forming a “New Economic Collective,” joining and administering both their domestic markets as one. “The Fugitive” meets “The West Wing”-with-teeth, and man who can clone himself repeatedly.

“Quarter, Quarter, Dime” (screenplay / see www.LuLu.comMusical bio about the life and influence on rock and roll of Marion “Little Walter” Jacobs.  Arguably the greatest blues harmonica player ever, he practically invented the concept of the groupie.  Mick Jagger and Keith Richards met when Richards was carrying a Little Walters album which drew Jagger to introduce himself.

“The Expert On Everything – a novel ”(see www.TheExpertOnEverything.com )  “Privacy Doesn’t Exist Anymore” – Described as “Catch-22” meets “Three Days of the Condor,” this techno-political thriller focuses on realistic technological details and takes the reader on a journey into an uncomfortable future that is becoming a reality.