The Weekly Sedition

Monday, 26 November 2012

Republicans, Grow Some Vertebrae for a Change

Current mood: annoyed, bitchy, cranky

11/25/2012 9:29 AM:

> A small group of Republicans in the south of New Mexico have the right idea. They are planning to attend the State Central Committee meeting
> and start there to change things. Good for them. It’s the sort of thinking, the sort of effort we should all be doing. But most of us are not.

More than likely, they’ll get the same sort of reception that Morton Blackwell and the Ron Paul Republicans got from Reince Priebus and the RNC at the GOP’s National Convention in Tampa, Florida this past August:

“Shut up and go sit in the corner. When we need your support, you better be there for us.”

> Why is not the State Republican Party talking to us? Why are not the county RPs sending their members messages of future plans?

Why should Monty Newman and Jay McCleskey care in the slightest what the grassroots Republicans think?

After all, the grassroots turned out for Slick Willard Romney and Heather Wilson, after Wilson and Romney were handed their nominations on silver platters by the GOP-E insiders.

Face it – the GOP-E insiders absolutely love you when you’re marching to their orders, no questions asked. It’s when you start insisting that the nominees adhere to certain principles that you get the door slammed in your face.

Just ask Ron Paul, Gary Johnson or Adam Kokesh how this works – either one of them can spell it out for you in detail.

Neither Romney nor Wilson were anything resembling capitalists of the limited-government, free-market orientation. Rather, they are more the sort of false “capitalists” that both Frederic Bastiat and Karl Marx excoriated. Wilson and Romney are more properly called mercantilists as Adam Smith defined the term in 1776.

But we all knew this since February and March of this year.

If you truly want to show McCleskey, Newman and Priebus that you’re serious players and not just waiting for new marching orders, then you need to tell them exactly where in explicit terms where they can stick candidates like Romney and Wilson.

> Why are we not having town halls in major cities so that grassroots Republicans can mull over ideas, consider plans to become a strong,
> solid phalanx and attract more adherents?

A “solid phalanx” of star-spangled jellyfish is what you’ll get under the management of McCleskey, Priebus and Newman.

At least that’s what you’ve gotten in the past from the GOP-E gang.

How will continuing to kowtow to them as you’ve done in the past yield better results for you?

> Why are we not gearing up to educate the population about the virtues of capitalism?

Good question.

When did you start caring about these?

If Republicans truly cared about “the virtues of capitalism,” then why did they nominate the likes of Heather Wilson and Mitt Romney for ANY sort of public office?

If you truly cared at all, then you wouldn’t give Republicans cut from the mercantilist mold the slightest bit of slack, just because they have the magic “Big R” after their names.

What did I see in the 2012 election cycle? Did I see any of that sort of courage and fortitude?

No, I didn’t. Instead, most of what landed into my inbox was stuff like “your wasting your vote,” “Youre either with us or youre with Obama!!!” – stuff like that.

> I do not want to hear more of the same pabulum from the same elected officials that have not stood up for individual rights, limited
> governments and free markets.

What you need to do is tell the GOP-E types where they can stick the pabulum and those who push it.

As long as you continue to support them unconditionally after they give you that pabulum, they see that you’re willing to settle for it. Thus that’s all you’ll really get from them.

> Instead, I’d like to hear Marco Rubio speak and Thomas Sowells, Yaron Brook and Dan Watkins. I’d like to hear John A. Allison talk to us
> about his new book, The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure.

Start raising money – the sooner the better, as all of these potential speakers are likely to charge a pretty penny to show up here in New Mexico.

And make sure to keep the GOPNM State Committee OUT of the loop where bringing speakers in is concerned – or all you will get is more of the same.

For what it’s worth, I will observe with amusement the efforts of the “Ron Paul” and Tea Party crowds to “take over” the Republican Party. I suspect that future efforts in this vein will yield similar results to previous efforts along that line.

Rather, I predict it will be the C4L and Tea Party groups who end up getting taken over and co-opted by the GOP-E types, and thus subsumed into being obedient, servile troopies for them. In short, pawns.

So if you LIKE riding in circles on a bus for a few hours, if you LIKE the MC confirming the votes for the GOP-E candidates while ignoring the votes for your candidates, if you LIKE being told what to say and what to think – then please continue on as before.

Anyway, Republicans – PROVE ME WRONG (No one’s done it yet.)

Hey, no one ever said that living as free people was easy – if it was, then everybody would do it. Sticking to your principles and standing up for what’s right can be costly, in many ways. Sometimes you might have to lose an election rather than put a mercantilist with the magic Big R after his name into public office.

Final notes: Gary Johnson is JUST GETTING STARTED. He plans to do a 2013 college speaking tour, just like he did in the 2012 election. And at his Election Night Party at the Hotel Albuquerque, I asked him to form at least an exploratory committee for the 2014 New Mexico gubernatorial race.

_______________________________________________________________________
Mike Blessing

Who owns you? Who runs your life? Who should – you or someone else?
Freedom is the answer – what’s the question?

“If you wanna live long on your own terms
You gotta be willing to crash and burn”
– Motley Crue, “Primal Scream”


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Sunday, 9 March 2008

Eric Dondero Rittberg, The Real-Life “Master Shake” ?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — weeklysedition @ 11:15 PM

Eric Dondero Rittberg, The Real-Life “Master Shake”?
By Mike Blessing [ kcufmedia@gmail.com ]
Original publication date — 13 June 2004
Original URL — ncc-1776.org/tle2004/tle275-20040613-04.html

For a few months now, I’ve been a fan of a cartoon series called Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Think of it as a sophisticated, surreal Beavis and Butthead, or a really gross form of South Park. Either way, it’s pretty funny (it helps to have a twisted sense of humor). You might want to check out the show’s page on adultswim.com, as I’ll be referring to it shortly:

www.adultswim.com/shows/athf/index.html

Another helpful resource is the ATHF article on Wikipedia — en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aqua_Teen_Hunger_Force. In fact, I find the Wikipedia article to be more helpful than the official Adult Swim site.

The character I’ll spend the most time with here goes by the name Master Shake, or just “Shake”. He’s a talking milkshake, about five feet, six inches. He’s also a complete asshole and moron.

Some examples:

Once, Shake sells his roommate Meatwad to the circus for two FRN, telling him that he’s going to “computer camp.” The other roomie, Frylock,
buys a toy for Meatwad. Shake grabs it instead, thinks it’s a real
computer, then asks “Which one do I buy stock with — the chicken or
the piggie?” (“Circus”)


Shake and neighbor Carl split the cost of getting a mail-order bride from Chechnya, then fight over who gets to marry her. (“Mail Order Bride”)

Shake
flushes the Aqua Teens’ monthly bills down the toilet, then complains
about the electricity and cable TV getting cut off, blaming the cut-off
on the other two. (“Super Squatter”)


Shake offers heavy metal musician Zakk Wylde
1.4 million FRN to rewrite “Happy Birthday” into a headbanger tune.
When Frylock asks him “Where the hell are you gonna get that kind of
money?” Shake says that he’ll pay it out of royalties collected from
future sales. Shake then plans to debut this masterpiece with Wilde
playing it alongside two six-foot plastic scorpions in an abandoned and
trashed party hall. (“Spirit Journey Formation Anniversary”)


Sound familiar?

If you’re familiar with the name Eric Dondero Rittberg, it should. Dondero-Rittberg has been a perennial whiner in libertarian ranks.

I first came across “Shake” Dondero-Rittberg on the [libertarian_culture] Yahoo list,
where he was complaining that we weren’t libertarians but actually
anarchists. He was also whining that he was “purged” from the
Libertarian Party in the late 1980’s or early 1990’s by the “extremist
faction.” When I pointed out that George Worthless Bush was a con artist when it came to Second Amendment issues
(among other things), Eric the Shake suggested that I join the Taliban
or move to Castroist Cuba, and that “You are no American!”


Fast-forward
to this year [2004 — MWB], when lo and behold, I find that Eric the
Shake was seeking the LP’s vice-presidential nomination. This bid was
rather short-lived, as he is still a member of the Republican Party and
a fan of Bush II, making it very unlikely that he’d win. So then he
joins Gary Nolan‘s presidential campaign as an aide, fresh out of Ron Paul‘s office. When Nolan lost the nomination to Michael Badnarik,
Eric threw another of his temper tantrums, complaining that Badnarik is
“only” a “semi-employed Computer Programmer,” has “no college degree”
(so what? –- neither does Bill Gates), has no military service record, and is a possible plant from the FBI. Etc., etc.


For
what it’s worth, Dondero-Rittberg says that anyone not with him but
still professing to be a libertarian is an anarchist (again, so what?):


“You
people make me embarrassed to be in the same movement. Why don’t you
all just change your names to Anarchists. You are not real
libertarians. You don’t even know the meaning of the word.


“Go
away and get the hell out of the libertraian movement. You are doing
SERIOUS DAMAGE TO OUR
CAUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”


Hmm . . .

What’s
this “our cause” BS all about? Since Badnarik got the LP’s nod,
Dondero-Rittberg went back to being a Bushevik camp-follower, saying
that Worthless “must have some libertarian instincts” and that his brother Jeb is a “solid mainstream libertarian.” Is this the same Jeb Bush that pitched the Matrix data-mining program to the FBI/CIA ferals in Washington?


As
for Worthless’ “libertarian instincts,” they sure weren’t showing when
he campaigned with NRA money in his war chest while promising to
re-authorize the Clinton-era “assault weapons” ban,
as it expires on 13 Sept 2004. How about when he said that he supported
“ending the ‘gun show loophole'” by making private firearm sales
illegal? (See www.ontheissues.org/celeb/George_W__Bush_Gun_Control.htm)


And NEVER forget that immediately after the events of 11 Sept 2001 (some call it “9-11”),
the neo-conservatives were up in arms that the Air Force didn’t have
F-16’s and F-15’s ready to intercept and shoot down the hijacked
airliners. At the same time, they were also complaining that “airport
security” wasn’t “tight enough.”


So
when it comes down to brass tacks, the Busheviks would rather shoot
down a plane with 90-100 people on board who haven’t hurt anyone else
on the plane – turning them into 600-mph hamburger as their
bodies are shredded by the explosion of an air-to-air missile and/or
20-mm or 30-mm cannon-fire – rather than let those same people carry
the most effective means of self-defense onto the aircraft.


So much for their support of the Second Amendment.

I guess I’ll have to live with being an “Anarchist” then.

Mike Blessing,
Executive Heretic, KCUF Media

Who owns you? Who runs your life?
Who should — YOU or SOMEONE ELSE?

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