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Close Encounter with a Snowflake

“The trouble with our Liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.”  ~ Ronald Reagan

By Alden L. Benton

I live in the deepest of blue la-la land called California.  However, even in the cesspool of sanctuary cities, Governor Moonbeam, and Hollywood, there are enclaves of conservatism.

I live in a small city in eastern Los Angeles County that is generally conservative.  I go to a conservative, faith-based church, and most of my friends are conservative, and the rest lean slightly left but are not the foaming-at-the-mouth wacko’s we see on the news in Berkeley and elsewhere.

That being said, in my daily life I rarely have the “pleasure” of meeting any of the safe space-seeking, hypersensitive, pseudo-educated members of the eternally offended class, called snowflakes.

To be clear, this is not a racial reference.  This is a conservative label attached, primarily, to a specific subset of leftist: the deranged, undisciplined, self-centered campus cowards who demand censorship and safe spaces where they can color and hide from real life.

Pathetic.

It finally happened.  I had my first close encounter of the ugly kind with a snowflake.

Believe me; it was indeed like dealing with an alien from another planet.  Then again, that is insulting to any intelligent life form that may be out there somewhere in the expanse of the cosmos.

I offended my not-so-friendly local snowflake by not acknowledging her royal highn-ass by saying hello.  This prompted a self-righteous, patronizing lecture on my manners punctuated by foul epithets.

A snowflake and a hypocrite.  So much for extending the respect and manners demanded in her little politically correct bubble world to anyone else.

As a Christian, I try to follow the rules of life Jesus gave us.  One of those was to love your enemy.  This is perhaps one of his most challenging dictates.  I have great difficulty loving self-involved fools.

Jesus, suffering the torture of the crucifixion, forgave those who were murdering him by asking, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”  (Luke 23:34 KJV)  If Jesus could forgive his killers, I think I need try  much, much harder to forgive my enemies.

In trying to obey his teachings, I have come to realize from where our problems come. 

For at least the last 65 years our institutions, the media, the courts, Congress (with some brief relief), and the tax-funded school system have been controlled by the secular (read Godless) progressives otherwise known as Democrats and RINOs (Republicans in Name Only).

The Godless progressives have systematically removed God, and the principles he gives us, from a large part of America.  You see this every day with their disrespect for others, their disregard for the sanctity of human life, the foul epithets, their lascivious libertine lifestyles, and economic tyranny.

The best hope for the future of America is through a new awakening, a nation-wide awakening of the Christian faith.  The principles that once made us great sprang from the principles, teachings, and morality of Jesus.

I applaud churches that send missionaries abroad.  However, it is time to send missionaries among us here in the United States.  As Christians, we need to control the narrative.  We need to get our own house in order; now.

“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”  ~ George Washington

“Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom — and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech.”  ~ Benjamin Franklin


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An Uncivil Society

“I may not agree with you, but I will defend to the death your right to make an ass of yourself.”
~Oscar Wilde

By Alden Benton

Much has been made of the antics of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his refusal to stand for the national anthem before a game.

Kaepernick is a Progressive idiot and hypocrite. To this end, I would like to share two cartoons, one from Gary Varvel and one from Henry Payne, that shows Kaepernick for the entitled, self-absorbed, disingenuous, narcissistic, and wealthy racist putz that he is.

Kaepernick is reported to be worth over $100 million. If an individual can earn that much money in an “oppressive” society, he is not being oppressed.

Copyright Gary Varvel via TownHall.com

Copyright Gary Varvel via TownHall.com

Copyright Henry Payne via TownHall.com

Copyright Henry Payne via TownHall.com

That is my opinion of Kaepernick.

Despite the efforts of the Progressive movement and their propaganda machine (the mainstream media), I have the right to express my opinion in many ways whether anyone else agrees or not.

And so does Colin Kaepernick.

Copyright Henry Payne via TownHall.com

Copyright Henry Payne via TownHall.com

The discussion about Kaepernick’s actions and motives is the wrong discussion. The important discussion should be about preserving the right to hold, and speak, unpopular opinions and/or beliefs.

I am constantly reading about intolerance towards individuals who do not fall in line with the language of political correctness. This is the Progressive mantra. Shout you down. Call you names. Marginalize you as irrelevant. If none of that silences you, sue you. If all else fails, use violence.

Ordered liberty depends upon the rule of law and the freedom of citizens to live their lives in a moral and legal manner as they see fit. Ordered liberty also depends upon a level of knowledge and civility. Within that civility, also resides true tolerance: the ability to agree to disagree.

The ability to agree to disagree has been steadily under attack with the rise of the radical Progressives, led by their dear leader B. Hussein Obama. Their attacks on civility are attacks on our everyday freedoms of speech, religion, and association, as well as the other rights guaranteed by the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

Our system of government is designed to have limited power and responsibilities clearly enumerated in the Constitution and its amendments.

The radical Progressives, through the lies and half-truths of the media and the legislative usurpation by the federal courts, are trying to dismantle the Constitution and re-shape our society in their Marxist totalitarian vision.

The attack on civility is part of that plan. It is not part of the Constitutional mandate of government.

According to the 60s rock icon Frank Zappa, “Political correctness is the language of cowardice.” It is not anyone’s job to enforce our degree of political correctness or incorrectness, let alone the government’s. That is the function of ordered liberty and a civil society.

It is our collective job to resist these efforts and fight back.

I will go continue fighting the tyranny of an out of control government until my last breath. I will remain politically incorrect and, by the grace of God, I will prevail, as will those who believe as I do.

In the meantime, Kaepernick will continue to whine about racial oppression as he earns millions collecting splinters in his delicate rump from warming the sideline bench.

“Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.”
~ Harry S. Truman
Special Message to the Congress on the Internal Security of the United States, August 8, 1950

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Venom

By Alden L. Benton

Venom. 

Dictionary.com defines venom as 1) the poisonous fluid that some animals, as certain snakes and spiders, secrete and introduce into the bodies of their victims by biting, stinging, etc., or 2) something resembling or suggesting poison in its effect; spite; malice.

The dictionary fails to mention a more recent phenomenon which should be included in the definition.  This new phenomena could be categorized as a derangement; a disconnect; an unhinging from reason and rationality.  It is threatening and has a high potential for actual violence and is practiced almost exclusively by extremists and radicals of the political left.

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, when someone disagreed with another, the dispute was normally settled in some sort of civilized manner. I know those on the Left fringe will immediately challenge this by referring to fist fights and duels, but neither are “civilized” solutions. 

However, today when anyone disagrees with the group-think mantra Kool-Aid of the Left, they are immediately deluged with hate and threats of physical violence, even death.

Don’t believe me?  Check the news.  Oh wait.  Unless you watch Fox, read CNS News, or listen to conservative talk radio, you won’t ever hear or read these stories.  The Los Angeles (Palestinian) Times, the press releases from the Democrat Party and the Obama White House that masquerade as the New York Times, or the Washington Post will never tell you anything that might tarnish the halo of their anointed one and his cadre of crooks, cronies, incompetents, and communists.

That, however, is the reason for this blog and thousands of others of like mind. To bring the whole truth, and nothing but the truth into the light of day is my mission.

Over the past week, the Left has unleashed its deranged venom in all its vile ugliness several times.

The unabashedly Christian owner of Chick-Fil-A fast food was threatened and harassed for openly (gasp!) supporting and expressing the tenants of his faith.  His fast-food stores are never open on Sundays and he does not support the idea of gay marriage, so the Left’s rabid attack dogs were unleashed.

Comedian John Lovitt chastised the president in his comedy act, in his own comedy club, and now has a body guard when he leaves the club thanks to the threats of violence and death unleashed by the Left. And Lovitt is a Democrat!

Then there is the most repulsive, repugnant episode imaginable. A video featuring a six-year-old boy telling us the reasons we should not vote for Obama was released and almost immediately the boy and his family began receiving threats ranging from suggesting the little boy needed to be raped by Jerry Sandusky to the murder of the boy and his parents.

It is hard to take the moral high ground on freedom of expression when this kind of pornography is unleashed on individuals expressing their personal opinions on public matters. 

Thomas Paine once said, “Each man must protect even his enemy from oppression for if he fails in that duty, he will set a precedent that will one day reach to himself.”

I agree with the words of Thomas Paine and I try to live by them. However, the Founders believed that people were basically civilized, capable, and good. 

After 100 years of “progressive” education, social policies, and their control of government and the media, however, one must question their polices, pogroms, and programs, if this uncultured, violent and uncivilized behavior is the end result.

This is one of the primary reasons this election is not about the candidates, but rather it is about what type of people, people of what character, will rule our country and our future.


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ESPN and Friends Out of Bounds on Free Speech

By Alden L. Benton

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. 
~Amendment One to the Constitution of the United States of America. Ratified December 15, 1791

The purveyors of salacious, demeaning, and licentious material, the faux keepers of the public morality who natter and nitpick everything good and decent about America, especially those who do not share their government-run utopian fantasy, have mustered the courage to open a new front in the culture war: if you don’t say what we want to hear, we will get you fired and make certain you never work again.

Don’t believe it?  I offer as proof the case of country music icon Hank Williams, Jr.  Williams was fired from ESPN because of his comments on the Fox News Channel show Fox and Friends. ESPN is owned by ABC, which is owned by Disney.

Glenn Beck (Hank Williams Jr. Fights Back with Strongly Worded Anthem) sums up the issue perfectly.  An article on Beck’s site says:

Hank Williams Jr. was fired by ESPN after comments he made during an interview on Fox News in which he dared to make an analogy using the suddenly off limits ‘Hitler’ reference (see BUSH = Hitler).  Of course, he wasn’t even comparing the two, he was making an analogy — but don’t make the media think too hard or they might fall over.  Hank responds strongly with a brand new theme song that declares war and draws a clear line in the sand.

“It was absolutely abhorrent what they did.  That’s a friendly space.  Supposed to be a friendly space of truth,” Glenn said of “Fox and Friends.”

Glenn reiterated the fact that Williams was making a comment about how Obama was the polar opposite of Boehner, not comparing the President to Hitler.

“He’s not comparing the president to Hitler.  He’s saying people who disagree on fundamentals that much don’t have golf together,” Glenn said.

“And then what ESPN did and what ABC allowed and what this country allowed, this guy has just lost his job.”

“That was a shot across the bow with every cultural icon: You back up or we’ll ‑‑ we’ll make sure you never work again.  That’s what that is. Pass his song around.  Push back.  With love.  Not destruction.”

The REAL people of the United States of America need to stand up and fight.  We all have the right to criticize the president, the Congress, and anyone else in public “service” right on down to the dog catcher and the trash collector.

The media has morphed from a source of information to a left-wing propaganda machine which acts not as the fourth branch of government watch dog, but rather as the president’s (and Democratic Party’s) lap dog.

However, the lap dog has become bold and is baring its teeth. 

The people of this country cannot stand idly by while the media, the same media who have extraordinary constitutional protection, use their power to stifle speech they do not agree with.

Revisit the Constitution and read the First Amendment carefully.  The order of the words is as important as their meaning.  The Founder’s placed these basic individual rights first before all of the others they went on to delineate in the rest of the Bill of Rights.  In addition, the rights listed in the First Amendment are in order of importance: Freedom of Religion, of Speech, of Press, and to peaceably assemble to petition the government for a redress (to put right) of grievances.

The Founders gave the press rights equal to those granted individuals for one reason: to ensure the government remained limited in its scope and power through the wide dissemination of information.

Having the power to fire Hank, Jr. because of a public comment taken out of context goes far beyond the scope of the rights granted the press in the First Amendment.

In the end, we have the power to voice our dissatisfaction with ESPN, ABC, and Fox and Friends.

BOYCOTT

Stop watching Monday Night Football.  Stop watching ESPN altogether.  Stop watching Fox and Friends.  This is the only power we have against the media.  Stop watching their stuff and the ratings will fall.  As the ratings fall, so does advertising revenue.

Hank Williams has fired back at the media-political complex with a new song.  Listen to the song courtesy of Glenn Beck here and pas it around: Keep the Change by Hank Williams, Jr.


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