FUNDAMENTAL TRUTH #47: “Liberals crave attention because that’s what narcissists do.” -Old Pithy

Posted by PITHOCRATES - January 4th, 2011

People Need to Feel that they have Value

I’m not one to quote Stephen King.  Well, not often.  I’m not a big fan of his books.  He creates good characters.  But sucks at plot.  Even he admits this.  (Correct me if I’m wrong but I’m sure I read something he wrote admitting this).  But his books are easy to read.  Entertaining.  Even if he does take a couple of potshots at capitalism in each book.  Yeah, he’s a regular bleeding heart.  What did you expect?  College student.  Teacher.  Then filthy rich novelist.   He earned it.  But his wealth allows him to escape the real world.

Anyway, I had a friend that read every novel he could get his hand on.  A mentor, really.  He’d knock out one or more a week.  He read all the Stephen King novels.  King’s not his favorite author, but he really enjoyed all the books in Magnus Opus.  The Dark Tower series.  When he finished one book, he’d hand it off to me.  I’d read it, offering my commentary along the war.  Noting the anti-capitalist parts.  I then passed the book off to another friend.  Then we’d discuss over lunch.  I enjoyed that time.  And The Dark Tower.  Except the silly, anti-capitalist parts.

Like I said, I’m not one to quote Stephen King, but he did say something very profound in one of The Dark Tower books.  One of the characters was basically a loser in life.  Whatever he tried he failed at.  But it turned out that he had one gift.  Something few people could do.  Unfortunately, that skill would bring about the total destruction of the world.  But it was the only thing he was good at.  So he did it.  The protagonist asked why.  Because he would die, too, along with everyone else.  And he said something like, “People need to feel that they have value.  To feel useful.”

How true.

If we Have no Value, All we do is Dick Around

Sparks has a song called Dick Around.  It’s about a guy that climbs the corporate ladder to great success.  He’s at the top of his game.  Then his girl dumps him.  And it devastates him.  He loses his motivation and resigns his big corporate job.  Without the girl he sees no point.  (Yeah, guys can be like that).  And he struggles to understand why she left him.

Why the hell, why the hell, why the hell, why the hell?
Why the hell did she desert you when you were so influential?
Why the hell, why the hell, why the hell, why the hell?
Why did she desert you when you told her she was so essential?

And he goes downhill from there.  After losing his girl he can’t continue on in his job.  And without the job he loses all feelings of self-worth.

Look at me, look at me, look at me, look at me,
Knowing that from now on what you do is strictly non-essential
Look at me, look at me, look at me, look at me,
Knowing that from now on no one wonders if you’ve got potential

So he putters around in the garden.  And just kills time.

But all I do now, is dick around
All I do now, is dick around
Dick around

People need to feel that they have value.  To feel useful.  Like Stephen King wrote about.  And once you feel you don’t have value, you wander aimlessly through life.  And dick around.  Anyone going through a prolonged period of unemployment no doubt can relate to this.

Oh, what the hell.  Here’s a video of the song.

Liberals have Ability Envy

All right, let’s assume.  Even if it makes an ass out of you and me.  (Yeah, funny.)  Above are two examples.  Let’s assume one guy is a liberal.  And the other is a conservative.  Which is which?  Well, you know the corporate guy has to be the conservative because liberals hate the corporate world.  And that means the loser must be the liberal.

The conservative guy had value.  He was good at things.  A lot of things.  So good that he advanced up the corporate ladder.  But then he lost his girl.  And, with her, his mojo.  The liberal, on the other hand, never had any value.  He was never good at anything.  Except destroying the world.  If you want to count that.

This loser describes many liberals today.  I mean, when you look at them, what ability do they have?  (I’m talking about the far left.  That 20% of the population.  Not rank and file Democrats.  Or moderates/independents.  Just that 20%.)  They’re not entrepreneurs.  They’re not small business owners.  They’re not the people with real jobs.  No, they can’t do any of these things because they lack any ability.  All the while growing up.  In high school.  College.  They were never as good as those people with real ability.  Those over-achievers.  Which left them embittered.  Jealous.  Envious.  Desperate that somebody, anybody, would recognize some special talent in them.  So they could feel useful.  And, in time, people would.  Find that special talent.  Destroying the world.

Look at me, Look at me, Look at me, Look at me – I’m Important                                          

They don’t set out with the goal of destroying the world.  They just do.  Because their actions have consequences.  Big consequences.  You see, these liberals find themselves in positions of prominence that require no ability.  But these positions exert influence.  Big time.  It’s like that thing with a butterfly flapping its wings.  The Butterfly Affect.  The slight movement of a butterfly’s wings can ripple through the atmosphere and influence the weather.  Or something like that.  The idea is that something small can have big consequences.  And this is how liberals, small people, can have such a large impact on the world.

These people of no ability go to college and get worthless social ‘science’ degrees.  Some love college so much they never leave.  They become professors in worthless social ‘science’ programs.  They feel important.  And don’t have to work anymore (that’s what TAs are for).  College professors are frat boys that never grow up.  They still want to stick it to the man.  Party.  Agitate.  And they’re teaching our kids.

Journalists are no longer journalists.  They’re not objective.  These pompous elitists come out and say they are shaping the news.  To help us think correctly.  They do so because they truly believe that they are superior to us.  And who are these people?  Take away FOX News, talk radio and the Internet, they’re all liberal.  And there are people out there who still think that the network news, The New York Times, NPR, etc., are objective news sources.  So they believe the liberal spin.

Movie and television stars get rich and famous by pretending to be people they are not.  After awhile, they start getting that empty feeling.  People love some of the characters they’ve played.  Smart.  Courageous.  Powerful.  Politically savvy.  People transfer these feelings of admiration onto the actors playing these roles.  And the actor wants to believe this admiration.  So they try to prove they can do more than pretend to be someone else.  Like Milli Vanilli who wanted to prove they could sing and put out an album where they did in fact sing, some of these actors want to prove that they’ve got brains, too.  So they adopt a cause.  Get politically active.  But they often don’t have a clue what they’re talking about.  Take Charlie Sheen, for example.  Great actor.  At least on Two and Half Men (funny show).  But he speaks out about 9/11.  Calling it an inside job.  Because of how the buildings imploded.  Even though he’s not a structural engineer.  Or understood the radical design that gave that great open floor space in those towers that ultimately proved to be their Achilles heel.  But he’s a big star.  When he speaks a lot of people will hear him.  Giving credence to whatever he says.  Especially if people are putting a microphone in front of him.  People assume he must know what he’s talking about.  Because they’re putting a microphone in front of him.

Rich people that inherited their wealth don’t want to be pariahs.  Rich people are evil.  We’re to scorn them.  Well, they want us to like them.  And they want to enjoy their obscene, unearned wealth without having to feel guilty for being rich.  So they champion liberal causes.  The Left then loves them.  They no longer scorn these rich people.  And they speak out.  For liberal causes.  To get more of that love that eases their rich guilt.  And people believe them.  Because they’re rich.  And rich people can do whatever they want.  So if they’re supporting some cause instead of yachting or something, they must really believe in that cause.  They must know something.  Because you have to be smart to be rich.  So people do likewise.  And support their causes.  Because it seems like the right thing to do.

And then you have politicians.  These people who have but one skill.  They lie.  And they lie very well.  They can manipulate people to vote for them.  And once the people elect them, they finally get the validation they’ve always craved.  They feel special.  And it soon goes to their head.  These little people finally get their revenge.  They have power.  They can get back at all those over achievers that mocked them all their lives.  And do.  By writing anti-business legislation.  By taxing away as much of their wealth as they can.  To pay themselves well.  And to show the world who’s better.  To satiate those great big egos.  And to make sure we all know whose bitch we are.  They’re better than us.  We serve them.  And must applaud them.  For they live on props.  Like the narcissists they are.

Laughing all the way to the Bank on the Taxpayer’s Dime

While brilliant people go on to become entrepreneurs, small business owners, captains of industry, etc., the liberal develops illusions of grandeur.  Because of circumstance, they find themselves in positions of prominence.  And it goes to their head.  They meddle in things they shouldn’t.  And more times than not make a mess of things.  Whether they’re writing bad legislation or influencing people to support bad legislation, the end result is the same.  Congress passes bad legislation.  And we, the people, have to pick up the pieces.  Those unintended consequences.

But they don’t care.  Especially the politicians.  Even if we vote them out of office.  Because they get pensions for life.  You see, the elite take care of their own.  And even if we do boot them out of office, they’ll still live better than we do.  They’ll still get those paychecks.  They just won’t go to the office anymore.  Instead, they’ll just dick around.  Their new métier.  While laughing all the way to the bank.

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FUNDAMENTAL TRUTH #24: “You cannot lobby a politician unless he or she is for sale.” -Old Pithy

Posted by PITHOCRATES - July 27th, 2010

IT’S A PROFESSION as old as time.  Politics.  Prostitution, too.

Hooker:  Hey, baby, you got girlfriend Vietnam?

Joker:    Not just this minute.

Hooker:  Well, baby, me so horny. Me so horny. Me love you long time. You party?

Joker:    Yeah, we might party. How much?

Hooker:  Fifteen dolla.

Joker:    Fifteen dollars for both of us?

Hooker:  No. Each you fifteen dolla. Me love you long time. Me so horny.

Joker:    Fifteen dollar too boo-coo. Five dollars each.

Hooker:  Me suckee-suckee. Me love you too much.

Joker:    Five dollars is all my mom allows me to spend.

Hooker:  Okay! Ten dolla each.

Joker:    What do we get for ten dollars?

Hooker:  Every’ting you want.

Joker:    Everything?

Hooker:  Every’ting.

Joker:    Well, old buddy, feel like spending some of your hard-earned money?

(From the movie Full Metal Jacket, 1987.)

In the above scene from Full Metal Jacket, Private Joker (reporter for Stars and Stripes) and Private Rafterman (photographer for Stars and Stripes) are sitting at a table outside a cafe in Da Nang.  Minding their own business.  The hooker walks up to them.  She initiates the conversation.  She tells them that for a fee she’ll have sex with them.

Please note that it is the service provider that approached the two privates.  They did not go up to random women, offering them money in exchange for sex.  Why?  Because not all women are for sale.  They know this.  It would be a waste of their time to ask random women.   And it would be rather offensive to the laywoman in the street.  Now, Marines may be killers.  But they’re polite to the indigenous population.

When you’re selling favors, the onus is on the seller to find the buyers.  They have to put the word out that they are for sale (ultra-miniskirt, low-cut tops, high heels, heavy makeup, stand on a corner, flash their ‘wares’, etc.).  Or find someone who will broker these sales for them.  A pimp, if you will.  Or a brothel madam.  Or, mamasan, as she is called in Southeast Asia.  A prostitute must initiate the process with the ‘john’ (Hey, baby, you got girlfriend Vietnam?).  Or she goes to a place where other prostitutes ply their trade to a receptive clientele (such as a brothel).

A prostitute is often a victim of circumstance.  Few women seek this life.  They’re not shopping one day when a man walks up to them and says, “Wow.  I find you beautiful and would like to pay you to have sex with me.”   To which she replies, “okay” and leaves one life to start another.  It doesn’t happen like that.   Often it is some misfortune that forces them into the business.  And once there they have but one thing of value that they can sell for subsistence; a young attractive body.  For a limited time.

THEY WEREN’T PERFECT.  The Founding Fathers had their faults.  They knew the evils of a strong central government.  And they knew the dangers of a weak central government.  John Adams wanted to build ‘wooden walls’ (i.e., a navy) to protect America.  Jefferson opposed standing armies and expensive navies.  Washington was a nationalist.  Hamilton, too.  Madison and Jefferson were more states’ rights men.  Hamilton was a capitalist and wanted a national bank.  Jefferson hated capitalism, banks, cities and Hamilton.  It was a rocky start.  They had different views about what America should be.  But the administrations of the Founding Fathers (Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison and Munroe) were for the most part honest.  There was partisan fighting, but political corruption was still gestating.   Our first Democratic administration would give it real life.

Government was growing.  There were more federal jobs to hand out.  And with property ownership no longer a requirement to vote, more and more voters had no skin in the game.  People were now voting to have a say in how to spend other people’s money.  You put the two together and you get political patronage and spoils.  Those who help to ‘get out the vote’ to get Democrats elected were rewarded with federal jobs.  The more you helped the better the job.  And when Andrew Jackson won the election in 1828, federal job seekers overran Washington.

It may have started with the Democrats, but soon everyone was using the spoils of an election victory to repay their most loyal supporters.  And government continued to grow.  Back then, it was just politics.  Egregious, but just politics.  Patronage and spoils turned into graft and kickbacks.  And the bigger government got, the more money poured into and out of Washington.

Soon, congressmen, senators and presidents steered legislation and/or policy in exchange for sweetheart mortgage deals, vacation junkets, campaign contributions, legal defense funds, retirement of campaign debt, libraries, etc.  They were now offering services for a fee.  And for a lot more than subsistence.  During a limited time.  Due to the circumstance of holding public office.  Now, they’re not saying “me love you long time,” but they are taking money and someone is getting screwed.  And it’s a pretty sweet deal.  The prostitute has to earn her money the hard way.  She has to put out.  A politician, on the other hand, doesn’t.  They get rich the easy way.  While the public takes it up the pooper.

PEOPLE HATE LOBBYISTS.  They hate their influence.  They hate Big Pharma, Big Agra, Big Oil, Big Finance and the other ‘Bigs’ that lobby Big Government.  But these ‘johns’ only exist because politicians are more than willing (and make it known) that they are for sale.  You gotta pay to play in Washington. 

Are we to believe that politicians are as pure as the wind-driven snow until a lobbyist corrupts them?  Yeah, right.   If you believe that be wary of anyone trying to sell you a bridge.  It’s a game.  And they write the rules.  And if you don’t play nice, they can make it pretty unpleasant for you.  Anti-business legislation, justice department probes, attorney general investigations, public attacks by administration officials, etc.  Nasty things for a business.  And costly.  Often the cost of avoiding these (i.e., playing the game) is a cheaper option.  The business that does not lobby, then, may find themselves under assault by Big Government or at a disadvantage against their competitors who do.  So they enter the fray, hedging their bets by throwing large sums of money on both sides of the aisle. 

And even though the Republican Party is supposed to be the party of Big Business, have you seen who Big Business often contributes to?  More times than not they’re in bed with the Democrats.  Who did General Electric endorse in the 2008 election?  Obama.  Why?  You tell me.  For I have no idea.  They make MRIs.  And electricity-generating windmills.  I’m not sure how they could benefit by an administration that was going to reform health care and promote green energy.  It just baffles the mind.

THE CORRUPTION CONTAGION knows no party lines.  Unabashed greed is universal.  Especially with other people’s money.  Washington has become what the Founding Fathers feared.  Big, powerful and awash in cash.  Even during record deficits.  The days of disinterested public service are long gone.  Getting to Washington has become the objective.  Not what you do when you get there.  Because if you make it to Washington, you leave it rich.  And live comfortably ever after.

And now I must apologize to prostitutes everywhere.  For they truly earn their money.  It is unfair and unjust to compare them to politicians.  And the ultimate injustice is the fact that politicians enjoy their services.  One of the perks of being in Washington.  High-priced call girls at your beckoned call.  Paid for, of course, by others.

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FUNDAMENTAL TRUTH #23: “Those who seek a third party cede the election to the opposition.” -Old Pithy

Posted by PITHOCRATES - July 20th, 2010

THIRD PARTY CANDIDATES are often election spoilers.  Dissatisfied with the direction of their party, they leave that party to form a new party.  This, of course, will split the party they left.  Some may follow.  Most will probably not.

Third party candidates have small followings.  They typically have a single issue that pushes them to leave their party.  That single issue, though, may not be as important to those they leave behind.  And this one issue may be anathema to the opposition.  Guaranteeing very few, if any, will follow that candidate into a third party.

The Green Party, for example, is an environmental party.  Environmental issues, then, dominate their political agenda.  Environmental policies typically do not result in jobs or economic prosperity.  They will draw some people from the Democratic Party.  But only those with extreme environmental views.  They will draw no one from the Republican Party which is more associated with jobs and economic issues than environmental issues.  They, then, would have little impact on the party they oppose.  But they may have a negative impact on the party that they would have otherwise supported.

And then you have your core voters.  They have and always will vote for their party.  Populist movements rarely change the way they vote.  Populist movements may be single-issue.  They may be more of a subset of an existing political party.  Or they may be vague on details completely.  They may be many things but the paramount thing they are is popular.  And they pander to the people that are demanding something.  And whatever that is, they say they will give it to them.  Populist trends, though, don’t sway core voters.

SO WHO ARE in the two core parties?  The liberals?  And the conservatives?

Liberals are pseudo-intellectuals who want to tell others how to live.  Because they are ‘smarter’ than everyone else.  Most have never held a real job.  They inherited their money or made it big in Hollywood or in some other entertainment genre (the guilty rich), are college professors, sponged off of government (the self-proclaimed political aristocracy) or are in the mainstream media. 

Conservatives typically have jobs.

Few people agree with liberals so they have to offer special privileges in exchange for votes and political power.  They get the support of the poor because they get the poor dependent on their charity.  They get the entertainment elite by stroking their intellectual vanity.  They get the various minorities and single-issue groups by throwing a few bones to them (i.e., by buying their votes).  They get Big Business with crony capitalism.  They get the unions in exchange for anti-business legislation.  They get the young by being weak on drugs and morality.  They get a lot of women because of their abortion stance.  They get the illegal immigration community because they dangle citizenship in front of them while getting as many as they can addicted to welfare (so when they do become citizens they will become good Democrats.  Of course, with the majority of illegal immigrants in question being Hispanic, it will be interesting to see how that loyalty will play out.  A lot of Hispanics are practicing Catholics.  Will they continue to support the party that attacks their religion and religious values?  After all, they’re leaving a corrupt nation where only the ruling elite live well.  They come here for a better life for themselves and their families.  And many work hard for it.  With their religious values being a strong part of their lives.  Will the liberals tempt them with their welfare state after citizenship?  Time will tell).

Many agree with conservatives because they, too, just want to work and provide for their families.  And they would like their children’s future to be a good one.  (Again, the Hispanic question is interesting.  For they have conservative values, too.  Amnesty for illegals may be a Faustian bargain, but wouldn’t be ironic if it’s the Democrats who are selling their souls?  I mean, this large bloc of Catholics could very well vote for the religious right after citizenship.)

So liberals must appeal to their base during the primary election to get their party’s nomination.  Once they have that, they then must start lying about who they really are during the general election.  Because their views and opinions are minority views and opinions. 

The conservatives just need to be themselves.  When Ronald Reagan did just that, he won in a landslide.  Twice.

LET’S CRUNCH SOME numbers.  Some simple numbers.  Let’s say there are only 11 voters.  America is a center-right country based on honest polling.  So let’s say that 4 voters are conservative and 3 voters are liberals.  The 4 in the middle are independents and moderates.  So what happens at an election?

If all of the independents and moderates do not vote, conservatives win (4-3). 

Liberals cannot win unless some moderates and independents do vote.  So liberals must encourage the moderates and independents to vote.  And, of course, to vote for them.  While making sure their base votes (‘vote early and often’ is their mantra).  As well as some criminals.  And some dead who haven’t been purged from the election rolls.

Independents and moderates, therefore, determine elections.  And the general election is all about getting these votes.  Both sides turn down the volume on the ‘extremist’ positions they held during the primaries.  Conservatives talk about bipartisanship and reaching across the aisle.  Liberals campaign as conservatives.  (Bill Clinton ran as a new kind of Democrat with some very conservative planks in his platform.  When he won, though, he moved so far back to the left that he lost the House and Senate at the midterm elections, proving once again America is a center-right country.)

So back to our little example.  If the conservatives get 2 of the 4 independent and moderate votes, they win (6-5).  Liberals need 3 of their votes for the same winning margin.  Advantage, conservatives.

Now let’s look at a rift in the conservative party.  Two leave and form a third party.  And take 2 votes with them.  For the sake of argument, let’s say these two call themselves the Anti-Abortion Party.  It is doubtful that any liberals will leave their party to join them.  And it is doubtful that independents and moderates would make overturning a Supreme Court decision a key voting issue.  They tend to tack to a centrist course through the prevailing political winds.

So the Anti-Abortion Party candidate will only get 2 votes.  This candidate will not win.  That leaves only 9 votes in play.  Which means getting only 5 votes will win the election (less than a majority of the total 11).  All the third party candidate did was to make it easier for the liberals to win.  They only need 2 of the 4 of the independent and moderate votes.  Conservatives now need 3.  The third party took the conservative advantage (only needing 2 additional votes to win) and gave it to the liberals.

THE MORAL OF the story here is that a vote for a third party candidate is a vote for the opposition.  The lesser of two evils may still be evil, but it is still ‘less’ evil.  You should never lose sight of that.  If a political statement is only going to result in the greater evil, it is better to be more pragmatic than idealistic when voting in a general election. 

The energy of a third party or third party-like movements (such as the new Tea Party) should be marshaled during the primary election.  To get good candidates who can win general elections.  And who will remember that they are the people’s representative, not a member of a privileged, ruling elite.

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