Riffing on yesterday’s harangue

‘riffing’ on yesterdays “Preaching to the Choir“,


It is important for us to be informed yet “stay up” and positive. Sometimes our voice may be the only rational voice in the cacophonous din for our own circle of friends and influence.


Remaining positive in a deluge of mostly negative news can be challenging. The 24 hour news cycle combined with a Mainstream Media bent on destroying all vestiges of conservatism,  at any cost, wage a negative war of “Mind Share” that takes its toll on us all. We must push back against that “blanket of negativity” by remember the things that are truly important. 


In the mean time we must still be informed – And Ready!


To keep informed:


Unemployment during the Great Depression was nearly 1 in 5 Americans. What would that look like – to you – today?


What if unemployment was 1 in 4 Americans and the Trotskyites in Washington decide to “steal your 401(k), sell the proceeds, and invest in ‘government-guaranteed’ retirement accounts.” How would your world look to you then?  Story Here: http://www.contrarianprofits.com/articles/unpacking-the-401k-confiscation-rumor/8345


Rome and other dominant civilizations have a similar pattern of overreach, runaway spending, moral decay and eventual failure. In additional to many external threats what if we have met the enmy and they is us? A Threat Within – story here:   http://www.visandvals.org/The_Threat_Within.php   (hat tip: Freddie Langston)


News from the front:

While the election may be over the “payer vote” is still shouting. The Dow closed down yesterday another 444 points! A decade of investments washed down the drain because the uniformed are allowed to vote.

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  1. How does a middle aged rock star have the time to ‘Riff’?
    Damned, Rick, you are saying in your blog what I have been emailing throughout the campaign! My target audience (family) response to my “well-reasoned” arguments came back to the effect of: Yes. No. Huh? Or “CHANGE!!!!!!!!!!!!”
    As per your latest diatribe, I am trying to remain upbeat and informed, yet the more informed I get, the less upbeat I am. Conservative or not, mainstream leftist media or not, the economy actually does sucks! Thus, I suspect, your available time for your blog site.
    I hope this effort either makes you money or famous, or both.
    Do I have opinions, hell yes! You started the harangue, I am the meringue on the pie!
    FDR was the first president to insinuate the Federal government into everyday life. He instituted bailout and entitlement programs that started pulling the U.S. out of the Great Depression. Some succeeded, some did not. It was new territory for the Federal government. While the SSA, NRA, WPA, SEC, CCC, and FDIC were part of the New Deal, it was Hitler, Hirohito and Mussolini, the first Axis of Evil, that finally brought U.S. out of the Great Depression. While the NRA, WPA and CCC were dissolved in 1943 as the wartime economy boomed, the SSA, SEC and FDIC survived, somewhat unfortunately. The era of government providing for your right of the ‘Pursuit of Happiness’ had begun.
    A saying attributed to Alexander Tytler that I am sure has by now become cliché, is “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy followed by a dictatorship.”
    My Catholic parochial school education taught me of the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. In a nutshell, they were determined, they got big, they got lazy, and although they were not a democracy, they spent the treasury on appeasing the masses, while neglecting security and forgetting what had made them an empire, and they died.
    As I reminded you in my last email, as one of the first American college student to visit Red China, I had to do some studying on that country as well. (Should have make it my life’s work, but who knew China could evolve?) What I found in those studies paralleled Rome. China has had 23 or 25 dynasties in their recorded history. When I visited, the common man viewed the Communists as just another dynasty. Most of China’s dynasties started when peasants, who were so oppressed by the current dynasty’s policies, took up arms, while some were just family squabbles. While China has never had a democratic or republic form of government, I have found the rise and fall of their dynasties to show a pattern which, along with Rome and Greece, might be applied to U.S. today.
    MY BLOGGER QUESTION: Have [we] finally reached that tipping point between democracy and dictatorship, and subsequently, is this the dawn of the demise of the American Republic? History is replete with examples.

  2. Rick Richbourg

    Time, especially clear through the focused lenses of history certainly has a way of placing events and action in perspective.
    Fantastic question and something I’ve been pondering also.
    Where is the tipping point for the Old United States of America? That place where we cease to be what we once where and become something – something less.
    And I’ve also been wondering where the good ole “Red White and Blue – Truth, Justice and the American Way”, silent majority, conservative Tipping Point is?
    For sometime I thought that the tipping point would come before the election and the results would be reversed – meaning – McCain/Palin would carry the day. Simply because I still believed that there were more “producers” in this country than there were “beggars”.
    Obviously, I believed incorrectly!
    However, I do think that there is still time – to win back a portion of the 52% beggar vote – via the arena of IDEAS. And therein lies the struggle it is always easier to grasp an emotion than a concept – And brothas and sistas where are fight for the most elusive of concepts – personal liberty. . . .
    Staying positive is difficult especially when there seems to be a concerted effort afoot to lower the United States standing in the world. Here’s a little something from Reuters I read Friday – “US Clout Down Risks UP”: http://www.reuters.com/article/usDollarRpt/idUSN2041155720081120
    On a more positive note there is “from 52 to 48”: http://www.zefrank.com/from52to48withlove/
    Since the battle is one of concepts verses emotion, it is vital to be positive and passionate without seeming deranged . 😉

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