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Dick Toomey

November 21, 2014

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An MIT professor ignited a firestorm by calling Americans stupid. You must admit you’re utterly baffled by the visceral reaction. You thought the stupidity of the American people was common knowledge — a foregone conclusion — given that they elected the current occupant of the White House — twice. You don’t need forensic evidence to diagnose stupidity. To be fair, and accurate, only a portion of those voters can be characterized as truly stupid. Half the people, give or take a couple of million, didn’t vote for Obama. Many of those who did were either ideolog socialists, or racists, or loyal, left wing DEMS. It is true the remainder represented — and still represent — a rather massive patchwork of ignorance and stupidity. Nonetheless, Gruber was wrong. From the day socialized healthcare was hatched, the majority of Americans, including millions of stupid voters, rejected it. Gruber didn’t really scam the American people. After all, they had no access, did they? With Obama’s blessing, he confidently hustled and defrauded Congress, the Supreme Court and the feckless Media — the very people elected, appointed and honor-bound to safeguard the people and preserve The Constitution. If he thinks the American people are stupid, Gruber must believe your elected leaders are, at best, world-class idiots, or, at worst, craven swindlers. To their credit, the stupid American people did the only thing in their power — they eventually fired a bunch of Obama’s bootlickers. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court abdicates its duty and the Media continuously defiles its illustrious tradition, shilling for the POTUS. Meanwhile, the nation’s checks and balances are paralyzed to move against Obama and his stooges who flout the law, lie with impunity and dare anyone to step into the ring. Americans of a previous time — the stouthearted generations — the “square” generations who believed in a moral code –  would have vaulted into the ring — gladly — and cleaned house. But that was yesteryear.  Today, you hear the new Congressional majority’s tough talk. It reminds you of something doesn’t it? Sure it does. It recalls years of other talk — a mountain of talk — a never-ending litany — the blame and complain game, going nowhere. But now the new majority can save the talk, use its power and repair America’s decaying foundation — if it has the courage to act. As he brandished his elitist, superior arrogance, Gruber failed to observe a simple truth — stupidity doesn’t nullify the courage, virtue and morality of decent people. Conversely, intelligence can never nullify the absence of courage, virtue and morality of deceitful people. Sadly, the  proof of this corollary resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

November 10, 2014

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Early on the fateful November morning following the 2014 midterm election, the GOP arose from the dead; and news of the resurrection sped through airwaves and digital pathways like an Asian tsunami. The pundits couldn’t wait for their turn on stage to analyze, speculate, predict, deliberate, ruminate and fulminate. They did, and they still do; and the analysis avalanche will not end anytime soon. It’s all so juicy, isn’t it? But what you heard from pundits isn’t at all startling. Except for Tom Brokaw who usually tempers or fakes his political bias. Tight-lipped and bitter, he was fiercely churlish in his denunciation of the outcome. The Liar-in Chief, and his lackeys (like Josh Earnest) inferred that the beat-down represented little more than one third of registered voters — meaning, of course, that the two-thirds who stayed home are still loyal to his policies and vision. In truth, the low turnout wasn’t unusual for a midterm; but many experts believed the polarized electorate in 2014 would come to the polls in great numbers. And the Anointed One had no doubt his groupies would lead the charge, flocking to the ballot box to solidify power as a measure of their love and affection. Such is the hauteur of the narcissistic personality. But it didn’t happen. There was no charge — not even a jog. You have a theory, rooted in Psychology 101, that explains the absence of the Democrat (and perhaps Independent) base and it has nothing at all to do with traditional midterm apathy. Millions of Democrat voters would never, could never, go to the polls and commit treason — tapping a GOP name — for any office. These Democrats are not Socialists, not Communists, not even Progressives. These aren’t even the Hard Left. These are mainstream “ancestral” Democrats — they choose the Jackass because their ancestral tree demands it — they can’t cross over to enemy lines and dishonor the family, brothers and neighborhood, anymore than a Tar Heel could embrace a “Dukie.” Just doesn’t happen. But these Dems knew their team was fumbling and stumbling out of control; they grudgingly, perhaps subconsciously, had to do something to stop America’s bleeding; they had to do something, even if it meant letting the enemy in the back door to clean up a six-year-old mess. So they did. They did nothing. By staying home, they could avoid outright betrayal. They could avoid admitting their leader fed them a noxious pot of stew. They could avoid admitting they ate the stew and incomprehensibly went back for a second helping. They could always blame defeat on somebody or something else. But no lessons will be learned from this debacle because blind loyalty, prejudice and predisposition always, always trump intelligence and common sense. If this conclusion were not true, you would witness the end of mob mentality. The GOP now has two years to draft a New Contract With America, to communicate that contract throughout the land and nail it to the Oval Office desk. No petty squabbling. No equivocation. This action alone will help restore sanity and hope for the future. It will lay the groundwork for a stronger America. And, as surely as the sun shines on the Sahara, it will free the rank and file  mainstream Dems to go to the polls in 2016 and bow to their ancestral instincts — to their blind loyalty.

October 27, 2014

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Anybody who gives a rip wants to know what’s wrong with the world. Unless you live in a cave or some other remote outpost, every hour, every day, you witness the ugly side of humanity. You want answers. You turn to theological experts who preach faith, love and forgiveness; and then listen as they ask for money. You turn to political leaders who predict a new day and then listen as they ask for money; if you give them money, they want more money; if they get elected, they want more money to keep the job they can’t seem to do without more money. You turn to professional commentators and talking-head experts who offer armchair opinions before they promote their latest books that are always on the NY Times best selling list — books that you can buy with your money that allegedly goes to charity. You turn to the World Wide Web and wade through pop-up windows to learn a heretofore never revealed secret — How You Can Profit From The Next Financial Meltdown — absolutely free — contained in a video library — yours free — when you subscribe to a monthly newsletter — a $595 value for only $19.95 per month — and if not fully satisfied, you pay nothing. Then you turn to the always reliable Dewers Rocks Twist and in no time at all you have an answer. The answer isn’t immediately clear; but after 30 minutes in conference with DRT, you discover that what’s wrong with the world today is what was wrong with the world 100 years ago, 500 years ago and 2500 years ago. And after 60 minutes, you concede something that you debated countless time before — that 80 per cent of humanity always chooses to live peacefully, respecting life, liberty and property. Unfortunately, that percentage leaves  1.2 billion other humans who prefer to either cheat, lie, steal, or murder their way through life. And, routinely, many of these evildoers occupy the highest positions of power — lying, cheating, stealing and committing murder on an epic scale. Later, another Dewers helps recall a Universal Truth — that Evil is as constant, as predictable, as the tide. In a moment of stark clarity, you reach the obvious conclusion: the Evil Minority persists because the Majority doesn’t really believe in Evil. The Majority believes that all humans are Jekyll & Hyde characters, a combination of good and bad, sinners everyone — not to judge, “lest we be judged.” The Majority can’t bear differentiating between Sin and Evil, because to acknowledge Evil, not knowing where you stack up, is a colossal, personal risk. But, if 6000 years of human folly proves anything, it’s that risk is worth taking. At this moment, a week before the 2014 midterm national election, Evil Americans are preparing to lie, steal and cheat their way to power. DRT finally confirms that any voter who casts a ballot for any candidate whose political views diminish individual liberty by even a smidgen –  is Evil. Not sinful, mind you. Not mistaken. Not unsettled. Not unscrewed. Not whacko. Not schizzo. Evil. Nothing less. An extreme, wildly irresponsible indictment, you say, daring to malign loving mothers, generous friends, business associates, compassionate neighbors and family members who happen to embrace a progressive ideology. Sorry. Evil has many faces — even beautiful faces — that continue to nourish the ugly side of humanity.

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