That been said, I am disappointed, but I am certainly not in the least bit surprised with what transpired last November.
After last year’s raging dumpster fire of an election, there really wasn’t much to say about its outcome.
With what had transpired over the previous two years, the 2022 election should have been simply a formality, and we could’ve been focused on getting Michigan back on track, had the drive been there to accomplish that task.
Regrettably, certain people in our state were more concerned with “their candidate” winning than promoting (or even defending for that matter a political philosophy).
Their ego…conceit…hubris…call it what you’d like, blinded them to the actual threat.
Now, people are beginning to take notice of the consequences from their actions, or more accurately, LACK thereof.
Thomas Edward Lawrence was born on August 16, 1888 in Wales. Popularly known as Lawrence of Arabia, Lawrence became famous for his exploits as a British Military liaison to the Arab Revolt during the First World War.
The desert raids of British officer Lawrence and his Arab rebels tied down many Turkish troops who could have been fighting the main British armies in the Middle East. Lawrence of Arabia’s struggle against the Turks during World War I was classic guerrilla warfare, and his personal account has become a classic of world literature. And, of course, many of you have seen the movie about the life of Lawrence of Arabia.
Lawrence wrote about his Arabian adventures in The Seven Pillars of Wisdom. During the war, Lawrence formed close friendships with many of the Sheiks of Arabia. After the war, he brought some of these Sheiks back to England to show his appreciation for their support against the Turkish domination.
They had a wonderful visit, appeared before the Joint House of Commons and Parliament and had an audience with the Queen. On the last night of their visit, Lawrence offered them just about anything they wanted to take back with them to their desert homes. They led him up to the hotel room, into the bathroom, and pointed to the faucets in the bathtub and said that they wanted to take faucets with them so that they would magically provide them with running water in the deserts.
They didn’t realize that the faucets were superficial. Behind them was plumbing, a hot water heater, an energy source that heated the water, a city main that supplied the water, and from the city main went a line to an outside source of water!
The magic was not in the faucet! It was what was behind the faucet that gave the water!
Recently, it has been revealed that former MIGOP chair Laura Cox worked to undermine efforts by patriotic activists in the state of Michigan who were trying to stop the steal in the aftermath of the grotesque fraud that occurred in the 2020 presidential election.
Scott Lively is a guy who in his own right can split a room down the middle, depending where one is at. However, his words are most often thoughtful and well considered.
But he warns those in the MAGA movement about those who vindicate arguments made against them. Popular figures who draw attention to themselves as representatives of a movement but can do more harm than good in the end. He points out the way in which the ‘elite’s’ have positioned themselves to politically profit from divisiveness based on race.
In his most recent writing that I received by email (and you can see here), he discusses the way in which MAGA folks can be manipulated and polarized. Those of you who find their family members going off the rails (no matter which side of the argument) might look deeper to find that their (or your) arguments might be a little antagonistic and possibly fomented through hyperbole.
His concluding thoughts:
” .. What most bothered me was that Fuentes was literally and blatantly vindicating the accusations of the left against the MAGA movement, and that struck me as intentional, and thus Obiden-orchestrated. That hypothesis and the whiff of a potential homoerotic undercurrent in Fuentes’ network was partially vindicated in the recent (joint venture?) sabotage of President Trump by self-declared “ex-gay” (but still “gay” acting) Milo Yiannopoulos, using Fuentes and Kanye West as either allies or props.
Thankfully, Fuentes was only a small sideshow in the wild carnival atmosphere on 12/12, where tens of thousands of MAGA faithful from every conceivable constituency flowed and swirled like white-water rapids around both the several officially planned and the many spontaneous mini-rallies all over the Washington Mall and its environs – none of which echoed Fuentes’ themes (except a suspicious-seeming speech-maker at the Proud Boys stage the members there didn’t seem to know).
My point here is that the MAGA faithful need to carefully guard ourselves against the temptation to join the “right-wing” polar extreme that is characterized by blaming “the Jews” or “the blacks” collectively as the problem because that is just another “Whitmer trap” of the elites – used to justify the violence and cancel culture of the left, and to prevent the empowering unification of the conservative/populist Jews, blacks and whites against the elites themselves. ..”
“BEIJING — This week, dozens of Chinese citizens died after the Chinese Communist Party welded their apartment doors shut and a fire broke out in the building, sparking protests. China has doubled down on its “Zero COVID” policy, however, and has tapped Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer to lead its COVID lockdown enforcement measures.
“Michigan’s lockdowns were wonderfully effective in slowing the spread of COVID as well as freedom,” said a Chinese Communist Party spokesman in a statement. “Our shared values with Whitmer, who we have affectionately dubbed the ‘Ice Queen’, make her the ideal candidate to lockdown our citizens under brutal totalitarian rule.”
Someone posted on Quora:Is socialism actually just “steal from the rich, give to the poor”?
My answer: In theory, yes. In practice, it’s actually “steal from the middle class and give to the poor and rich”, thus the concept of the “disappearing middle class”. The middle class do the most of the giving (dollar wise) but the least receiving. Thus people in the lower-middle class get pushed into the lower class.
The rich? Through various corporate welfare schemes and government contracts that favor corporations, they receive money.
The poor simultaneously receive money from government programs AND get the shaft. The shaft the poor receive is inflation. Most these socialism programs aren’t funded by “taxing the [evil] rich” as their socialist architects envision, but rather by the US Government “borrowing” money from the US Federal Reserve (or in other places of the world the government borrows from their central bank). The net effect of this “borrowing” is printing money. This printed money increases (inflates) the monetary supply, meaning more money is chasing after the same amount of goods/services, which causes prices to go up. This price inflation disproportionately affects the lower class (who has less “disposable income”), but also puts the squeeze on the middle class, especially the lower middle class.
I (Phillip Hofmeister, libertarian and near anarcho-capitalist) have much more respect for a rich socialist than a poor socialist. The rich socialist knows they stand to give something up for their believes. The poor socialist is just a whiner who is complaining they aren’t getting what they “deserve” in life (often because their own poor choices, habits, decisions, and work ethic). They are worse than a street bum. At least the street bum isn’t trying to use the government to steal other people’s money for their benefit.
What are your thoughts? I look forward to your comments.