Mattis of Quantico, Patron Saint of Chaos

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There’s finally something I can proudly say that I support Trump for…his pick as the 26th Secretary of Defense. [Trivia fact, SecDef is 6th in line of Presidential succession].

Most by now at least know of Gen. Mattis (ret), from the glossy, tweet sized headlines on cable news, but there’s much, much more to know about the man….and why modern Marines (and lowly Soldiers like myself) revere him like no other [sorry Chesty Puller]. There are several articles to choose from, but this offering posted at The Federalist is pretty good. The 800+ comments are pretty good too….

America knows Gen. James Mattis as a character, Mad Dog Mattis, the font of funny quotes and Chuck Norris-caliber memes. Those of us who served with him know that he is a caring, erudite, warfighting general. We also know that there is a reason he uses the call-sign Chaos: he is a lifelong student of his profession, a devotee of maneuver warfare and Sun Tzu, the sort of guy who wants to win without fighting—to cause chaos among those he would oppose.

 To Marines, he is the finest of our tribal elders. The rest of the world, very soon, will know how truly gifted he is. Our friends and allies will be happy he is our new secretary of war; our enemies will soon wish he weren’t.
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BTW…for any who like to read all things military and strategy, here is the command reading list when Mattis led MARCENT.

Welcome to Trump’s America…..

Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2016

To no great surprise, the defense of this asinine tweet, by his sycophants on the right…..illustrate the facade perpetrated by the GOP. Defense of this sentiment proves beyond all doubt that there are special little snowflakes needing a politically correct safe space, on both sides of the political spectrum.

Taken with his previous statements and actions with regard to the 1st and 4th Amendments….as well as Eminent Domain….Trump is every inch the autocratic tyrant that Clinton would have been.

Thanks America….you had two chances to get it wrong this cycle…..and you chose one of them.

“Memo to millennials, that awful feeling you’ve got is called losing”

Who knew the ignorant, Statist twit from the anti-gun utopia [sarc] of Great Britain, could actually espouse something that makes some sense??

 

Self Congratulatory, Political Masturbation

The interwebz are awash in virtual high-fives, chest bumps and back-slapping on the right…..and bemoaning, wailing and confused sobbing on the left.

While the bedwetting Statists who placed their hopes and dreams in Hillary are protesting, threatening to march and wearing safety pins [to hold up their diapers?]…….Republicans are trafficking the usual internet memes and lists…that purportedly detail the myriad of reasons that Conservatism triumphed over Statism.

Except.

Much of these ill-conceived lists don’t point to Conservative values at all, or aren’t a solely a hallmark of Liberalism whatsoever, or just don’t make any damn sense.

One of Trump’s first policy remarks since winning the Electoral vote last Tuesday,  referred to keeping much of the ACA [“Obamacare”], rather than repealing it, as he promised. Regardless of what the Roberts court surmised….there is no enumerated power in the Constitution, allowing the Federal government to administer a mandated, national healthcare program, with fees and fines. None.

The post-election rhetoric that most people engage in, serves to assuage their ego’s, or console their emotional state…..but it’s theater. It’s a shame we’re no better than that. This is why we neither still have a Republic [in practice]…..nor do we deserve one.

A Simple Thank You

No moving stock photo, no Facebook meme, no yellow ribbon. Just a heartfelt thank you.

Thank you to my Brothers and Sisters…my Comrades-in-Arms. Thank you to some for chewing the same dirt and dodging the same IEDs that I did. Thank you to those who did so much more than I did. Thank you to those who stood ready and willing, but weren’t called. And thank you to those who kept the home fires burning and the homesteads safe while your loved one was away.

A simple thank you to those who know, who endured…..who remember…..and who honor.

I don’t like royalty.  Never did, never will.

How am I supposed to sit on a jury and decide my fellow citizen’s fate when I know that our political royalty are held to a different and almost always lower standard?  How can I demand that my fellow citizens tell the truth under oath when no such demand is made of our royalty?  Why should I participate in any system whereby my fellow citizens are held to a higher standard than our political royalty?

Source: I don’t like royalty.  Never did, never will.  You’ll never hear me referring to anyone as Prince This or Queen That.  I just don’t buy it.  Folks from other countries might choose to anoint others as their &ldqu…

Yes, Donald…the electoral process IS rigged…

By the Democrats and Republicans….

Rigged 2016 Free Online Screening

Our Drive-Thru, Pre-Packaged Media

An apt description of the current American media landscape, and it’s consumers

Americans Are To Blame For The Fractured State Of The Media

Thirty years ago, there was such a thing as “the media.” The daily paper was dropped on everyone’s doorstep in the morning. When dad came home from work, he’d switch on the television and watch the nightly news on one of the big three networks while waiting for dinner

Social media platforms proliferate this practice. Many people today get a substantial portion of their news exclusively from social media, specifically Facebook. Everyone “likes,” “shares,” and “favorites” those articles expressing points of view they agree with. Social media platforms exist to make money from keeping people’s eyeballs on their sites, so they respond by giving the viewer more of the same, reinforcing existing preconceptions even more.

Prior to the internet, market forces worked as a pretty good check and balance. If a network or newspaper went too far astray, it lost viewers to one of its competitors, which eventually pulled it back to the middle. With the fracturing of the market into micro-targeted segments, that centering function is gone. Now viewers just leave to one of a thousand information sources each trying to generate inflammatory clickbait headlines. Whereas once the choice between news sources was Wheaties or Cheerios, today the traditional news media is trying to sell Wheaties while some of its digital competitors market Oreo cookies, and others are selling straight crystal meth.

As long as the media in this country remains free, which it should, it’s the responsibility of every informed person to eat his Wheaties. If you’re a citizen who considers yourself informed, whether liberal or conservative, you need to have a foundation of general news from an established news source, e.g., an organization that has actual reporters with bureaus in major cities or that at least uses major news wires like Reuters or McClatchy, not just a sketchy aggregator site. Only after that should you rely on opinion-oriented sites or sites with well-established angles on the news. You’ve got to eat a balanced meal before you eat dessert. Feed your mind nothing but garbage and it will become fat and lazy.

And as far as educating yourself, do yourself a favor and follow some that run counter to your own inclinations. Follow both Mother Jones and National Review, Fox News and MSNBC. It’s not only a good way to fact check both sides, but it will also serve to remind you that the other ideological side isn’t trying to destroy America. Most of either side sincerely wants the best for this country. They just happen to have a different perspective than you. Too many people dig into their ideological fighting holes and consume media only to throw derogatory news grenades at the other side.

Finally, for the love of all that’s holy, stop clicking on conspiracy-theory sites. You’re just feeding their cancer on society with your traffic and shares. You should know them when you see them. Gaudy banner headlines and words like “REVEALED!” and “EXPOSED!” in all caps should ring alarm bells in your mind.

Blaming the news media at large for the state of today’s civil discourse and polarization is like blaming Taco Bell for the obesity epidemic. Sure they could do more to help, but really they’re just giving the people what they want.

The solution lies in each and every one of us — stop consuming junk media before it consumes us all.

The business model of the mainstream media, is to foment argument between the ‘Left’ and the ‘Right’ [as if there are only two perspectives], in order to entice the majority of viewers who parse their politics only in terms of Left/Right….to raise revenue. Are we too far down the rabbit hole to change the course of our media?

Resisting the (American) Dictatorship

From the Foundation for Economic Education, off the beaten path of duopoly-serving think tanks……a treatise on the political theater that so many Americans willingly sacrifice their intellect, integrity and honor.

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Giving Undue Credit

First, whenever we say “The President should do more of X,” we are ceding the ground that could be covered by Congress or, even more appropriately, by ourselves. Nothing is more absurd than when people praise or scold the President for the price of gasoline, something which he has almost no control over (and should not have control over). One could go on for days with other examples. President Reagan didn’t “cut taxes,” Congress wrote a bill which they then sent to him to sign. President Clinton didn’t “create jobs,” private citizens created, bought, and sold goods and services which generated the need for labor and thus the need to hire people. President Obama didn’t bring marriage equality, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of it. By crediting Presidents with these things, we not only act as if we live in an absolute monarchy, we act like it’s a good thing!

All Power to the President

Second, building up the President encourages servile thinking. It’s a way of buying into the cult of personality while pretending to reject the sales pitch. When we panic about a certain candidate winning the White House and all the awful things he or she plans to do, we’re admitting that we as a nation would simply go along with it, that no acts of congressional or private disobedience would stem the tide of executive power. Coming from a nation whose founding was based on separating from a monarchy, this realization is especially sad. It should serve as a sobering reminder that a part of every person desires a personal dictator to do the things he or she personally agrees with – without the pesky “obstructions” of argument and opposition.

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