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Yet Another Attempt at a Wake-Up Call

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I write articles that are published in this fine outlet and, when I do, I sometimes reference articles I’ve written which have been published in this fine outlet.  When I do that, I often wonder if readers look at those references and think, “Narcissist, narcissist!  I’ll never read an article written by a person who promotes his own articles.  Narcissist, I tell you!”


Besides the fact that I am somewhat innately paranoid, I’m wondering at this particular moment if readers think that way.  You see, I didn’t receive any comments the last time an article of mine was published.


I know, I know.  Again, “Narcissist, narcissist!  Not only does he want us to read the article which is in that latest OEN publication, not only does he try to get us to go back and read some of his older articles by referencing them in the most recent article, but now he wants comments!  Narcissist, narcissist, I say!”


I bet almost everyone would like to know what readers think about his or her articles.  It’s only natural.  It’s also inevitable that some articles won’t draw comments and many, maybe most, of mine have not drawn comments.  I may be a narcissist in some ways, but it’s OK with me if my articles don’t inspire readers to comment.


However, here’s the catch.


Tom Ridge, the first and former Secretary of Homeland Security, has outed The Regime by confirming what many of us suspected.  Many of us believe that, if any member or members of The Regime does or says something that’s controversial, is not in the best interest of the nation or is just plain illegal, the color coded “terrorist in the house” warning system changes it hue, distracting the masses.  In fact, Keith Olberman exposed this practice on his “Countdown” television program.  He actually equated changes in the warning system to specific events that The Regime obviously thought could have made it look bad.


It wasn’t so much a startling exposé as it was an affirmation that The Regime is not in touch with reality.  The truth is, if The Regime wants to use color coding to distract people from noticing that it looks bad, the color coding would be flashing somewhat like a disco ball. 


The point is “distraction”, though, isn’t it?


During the so called political campaigns in 2000, 2002, 2004 and even 2006, The Regime dusted off and shined up its wedge issues.  Yes, during campaign season, George Bush, Dick Cheney and their Velcro troops become defenders of good, wholesome family values.  They promise amendments to The Constitution outlawing same sex marriage, abortion, flag burning and flagless lapels.  Well, they haven’t suggested an amendment for the last beacon of patriotism - - yet.


While it incites its base to passionately shun those of us who disagree with them in the areas of love, self determination and how cloth ought to be handled, The Regime continues its attack on the nation whose governance is in its paws.  It continues to push “free trade agreements” with every third world country and every nation ruled by tyrants – the kind that don’t hide that fact that they’re tyrants - and the consequential damage those agreements do to Americans who are consistently worth less than a million dollars, it continues strengthening the belief that war is so inevitable as to be considered a way of life, it continues to make up rules as it goes along which steadily makes the unitary presidency appear more natural to more people as time passes and it always surprises those of us who actually pay attention with new and even more despicable acts and behaviors.


The point is “distraction”, though, isn’t it?


The Regime has its shills to help with its distraction.  An entire national, no, international television network, which dresses up as a 24 hour cable news network, is constantly rototilling the soil so that The Regime can grow and spread its deception.


The Regime arose from The Republican Party and now John McCain is running for president so that The Regime can stay in power.  It’s very fortunate for The Regime that McCain promised to do his best imitation of George W. Bush for four years starting in 2009.  It would have been a lot more difficult if The Regime had to resort to what many of us suspected it may resort to and that’s finding an excuse to “push the elections back”.  It would have had to plan how and where Al Qaeda would cause death and destruction within The FUSA and that would probably entail parting with large sums of money to convince Osama Bin Laden to influence more of his deaf, dumb and blind followers to carry out its plan.  Whew!  Thank god for John McCain.


Good thing Democrats aren’t trained in the practice of deception, isn’t it?


I did try to make a case that this “exciting”, fingernail biting primary “season” is theatrics in my previous article, “Stop The Theatrics” (no link in avoidance of narcissism).  As I mentioned, though, no one commented.  It was silly of me to try to point out how this presidential campaign has thus far been nothing but theater and the actors are following scripts as rehearsal for following a script once one of them is “elected” as our next president.  I should have known no one could have been distracted from what could possibly the most important presidential election in the history of this nation.


Now that I think of it, I tried to make the same points in 2004, but I overlooked the fact that people would not be sundered from their involvement in what could have been the most important presidential election in the history of this nation.  I wonder why I continue to overlook that fact.  We were told by some extremely intelligent people that John Kerry may not have been perfect, but any Democrat would have been better than four more years of George W. Bush.  Who knew what our country would have looked like if George W. Bush was re-elected?

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