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Real Men (Marines Watching Frozen)

Posted by Troy on 15th May 2014 in Uncategorized

Someone shared a video of a bunch of Marines singing along to “Let It Go” from Frozen.  Needless to say, they invite ridicule.  Here are a bunch of beefy men, true warriors, singing along like little girls (and having a great time doing so).  Of course, such ridicule should be done selectively as any one of them could wipe the floor with the average guy that wanted to pick on them.  Something that should be accounted for in the equation.  So, that leads me to the question: what does it mean to be a real man?  Does feeling joy in your heart and singing along to a cartoon make you any less of a man?

I’ve had people tell me all kind of things that qualifies a person as a real man.  Going to war.  Being able to reverse a trailer.  Being able to drive a stick.  Running a marathon.  I even had a guy claim he was a real man because he drank stout beer.  I wish I could go back and order a cosmopolitan just to check his reaction.  Oh well.  Such are regrets.  What I have decided is that there is only one test to see if you are a man: Do you meet your responsibilities.  If you do, then you are a real man.  It really doesn’t matter how you accomplish it.  A man might be able to completely rebuild an engine, but if he has 5 illegitimate kids that he doesn’t pay a dime in child support for, I’d say he is a piss poor man.  Meanwhile, another man who has to take his car into the shop but takes care of his family is a much better man because he has taken care of his responsibilities.  That is not to say that being mechanically inclined is not a great thing.  I hold great admiration for those who can work on their cars.  However, such trivial matters should not be the measure of the man.  In both cases, the car is fixed.  The responsibility of that duty, discharged.  However, one man takes care of his other responsibilities and the other one does not.

I’ve read a lot of history.  One of the things that always trips me up is how much men used to embrace, kiss on the cheek, weep…all of these things that we have decided makes a man less manly.  And these were real men…George Washington, Alexander the Great, Arminius… men you would not want to insult.  So, what happened?  Why do we consider such behavior weak, unmanly?  The only thing I really can come up with is Hollywood.  We were brainwashed by how these men act, that they get shot and don’t cry.  Of course, it’s easy not to cry when you don’t REALLY have a hunk of burning lead in your body.  My dad was a tough man.  One of the toughest I’ve ever known.  He accidentally shot himself in the leg.  He cried.  I never thought any less of him for it.  I would have squalled.

I think the men back then understood life more than we do now, which is sad and pathetic.  They accepted life on a level that we don’t anymore.  As such, they allowed themselves to feel each moment.  Maybe it was because you never knew when you’d die back then.  After all, people rarely made it past 40 back then.  You had to embrace each moment.

I have found that the more I write, the easier I am moved to tears, either of sadness or joy or just the infinite beauty of a moment.  My writing has almost brought me closer to God and has helped me understand the nature of God.  C.S. Lewis hints at this in Mere Christianity.  Researchers have found that reading makes people more empathetic.  I think it’s because it enables you to get into the head of another person, even if it is a fictional being.  I think it is even much more so when you write that person.  You are them, and yet you aren’t.  How much more so is it for God then?  To completely understand someone through and through?  Then to know that he knows everyone so thoroughly?

To anyone that says real men do not cry.  I only say

Jesus wept.

The Difference in How Communists and Capitalist See the World

Posted by Troy on 14th April 2014 in Uncategorized

Have you ever had an epiphany about how the other side sees the world?  I had that the other day in the car.  You see, in all matters, communists believe that everything bad is a capitalist plot to keep workers from uniting.  They claim that a cabal of capitalists came up with sexism, racism, etc etc etc.  Then I realized, that’s the difference between me and communists.  Here are some definitions.

1 – A raise

To a capitalist, a reward for hard work.  To a communist, an evil plot that capitalists use to trick an employee into working harder.  This, in turn, forces other employees to work harder out of jealousy.  All because of this evil capitalist plot.

2 – Employee of the Month

To a capitalist, recognition for a job well done.  To a communist, an evil plot to make workers work harder for no extra money.

The funny thing is that the Communist Manifesto accuses capitalism for killing individualism and for killing worker pride.  However, the entire premise of communism is the defeat of individualism.  There is no worker pride.  How can their be pride when putting forth an extra effort is seen as treason?

This is why I hate communism and view it as an evil belief.  It demonizes the good.  It is a perversion of the human spirit.  It is the politics of envy.  Worse, it drapes itself as though it’s charity.  It is not.  The ringleaders only want to take the place of the capitalists at the top of the pyramid.  The base doesn’t want to take from the rich and give to the poor.  They want to take from the rich and give to themselves.  There is no honor or character in this.  It is not charity.  It is theft.

Long the Constitution!

Obama’s Political Appointment Fails

Posted by Troy on 5th March 2014 in Uncategorized

Obama is upset because the Senate didn’t accept his appointment for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.  I bet he was fit to be tied.  He chose someone he actually wanted.  He thought he could do that now.  No longer would he have to actually to to get someone 60% of the Senate would approve of because he had Harry Reid change the rules.  Now the only way to stop a vote is on a person that would lose anyway.  So what does he do?  He puts up a guy that chose to defend a cop killer, and he got shot down.  I would still like to see the filibuster reinstated.  Personally, I would like to go back to the way it was originally.  One person could filibuster.  That’s the way it should be.  I don’t care if you’re a wackado.  If you are really against something, you should have the right to talk until you are hoarse trying to stop it.  If the voters disapprove, they will not re-elect you.  That the way it should work.

Long Live the Constitution!

Katy Perry Disses her Parents

Posted by Troy on 16th December 2013 in Uncategorized

In a recent interview, Katy Perry discussed that her parents are Republicans, and Katy is a staunch Democrat.  When she performed at Obama’s inauguration, her parents asked to come.  She turned them down out of principle and thought, “How dare you?”

How dare they?  Ummm, because you are their daughter and they love you and want to see you perform at such an important event?

Did she really think that they wanted to go to the inauguration out of pride?  I promise you, it would not be something they would like to brag about to their friends.  No, they wanted to go despite it being Obama’s inauguration.

And what will Katy’s principles be then?  That she should have loyalty to a politician over her family?  To a man who couldn’t care less if she lived or died over that of the two people that would gladly give their lives to see that she lives?  Is that her principle?  To have more loyalty to a party or to an ideology over those who love her?

When they’re gone, she is going to look back at that decision, and it will be a knife in her heart.  She spurned those who loved her most out of foolish pride.

Learn this lesson well: never let pride come between  you and what’s really important.

Long Live the Constitution!

When You’re Wrong, Admit It

Posted by Troy on 24th November 2013 in Uncategorized

Supporters of Obamacare are prepared to go to their grave defending it.  They completely dismissed all the logical arguments against it when it was being debated.  Now that it’s being implemented, they are completely dismissing the fact that those predictions came true.  No matter what, they will defend this law until their dying breath.  They are unable to admit that they (or those they follow) could make a mistake.

One thing I always pride myself on: I always fight for what I believe in.  However, I temper that just a little.  I CAN be proven wrong.  I can be in an argument and realize, “huh…I’m wrong on this.”  I will even admit it to the person.  This is exceptionally rare (the one case I can remember is when someone convinced me on the legalization of drugs, which I then had to re-examine).

No one is perfect.  We all make mistakes.  But continuing to make the mistake is inexcusable.  This is a matter of pride.  They would rather commit self-destruction than admit they made a mistake supporting this initiative.  On the leader’s sake, there is a mixture of pride.  For those, it’s about shifting blame: “Oh, it didn’t work because the government was shut down for two weeks,” etc.  However, there is another group that never wanted it to ACTUALLY work.  This crowd knowingly LIED to you.  They told you everything you needed to hear to get it passed.

It’ll lower costs! – NOPE

It’ll cut your premiums! – NOPE

All the uninsured will magically be insured!  - NOPE

It’ll be easy to use! – NOPE

You can keep your plan! – NOPE

You can keep your doctor! – NOPE

Literary everything they said about this law to garner support for it was a lie, and yet people continue to support them.  This makes them dupes.  It makes them followers.  It may hurt your pride to admit that you were wrong, but its far better to take your medicine now than before things really go bad.

Long Live the Constitution!

The Filibuster Rule

Posted by Troy on 23rd November 2013 in Uncategorized

Well, the Senate Democrats have turned cowardly and lowered the bar to only 51 votes to avoid a filibuster.  In other words, if there’s enough votes for the measure to pass, it cannot be stopped!  So you can filibuster bills that are doomed to fail.  That’s great.  The Founding Fathers originally allowed filibustering if only 1 person disapproved of the law.  In the early 1900′s that bar was lowered to 75 had to vote to move forward.  I like the 75 rule.  If you are going to piss off 25% of the people with a law, it’s probably a bad law.  But that wasn’t good enough.  They then lowered it to 2/3 (66 votes).  Um…okay.  Well, that was too hard.  Then 60.  Look, that’s bloody fair.  But no, now it’s 51.  So, if it was going to pass, there is no way to stop it.  Great!  Of course, they are saying that only applies to appointing people to office, but 1) if they change the rules now because it’s hard, they will change the rules again as soon as they can’t get whatever law passed.  2) They can now stack the courts with people that judge cases based on “economic justice.”  These are supposed to be adults.  Meet with the other side and come to terms with them.  If terms absolutely cannot be reached, then let the public decide in the next election.  I pray that the Republicans will run on the “abuse of power, we will undo this crap” motto come 2014.  I think they could win with that.  Of course, this is all assuming that Mitt Romney wasn’t correct and that the 47% of the population that are takers will always vote to raid the coffers.  We will see.

Long Live the Constitution!

Please define “substandard”

Posted by Troy on 20th November 2013 in Uncategorized

The latest defense the Democrats have been trotting out of late has been that they had to prevent people from choosing “substandard” policies.  They have done this by mandating minimum coverage which includes things that people want and need.  So here’s a quick question…please define substandard.

1 – If this is truly stuff people wanted and needed, then why did they have force people to buy these policies?  Wouldn’t people chose to buy it on their own?

2 – Who is to say what is substandard?  Having truly catastrophic insurance that costs a few dollars a month may be completely preferable to having a “quality” plan that costs several hundred a month.

This is what they are doing.  They have taken a choice away from you and told you that they did you a favor.  They say, “sure, this is totally broken and costing everyone a fortune…but we mustn’t go back to the way things were!”  Why not?  Only 106,000 people have signed up for Obamacare…meanwhile 5,000,000 has lost their coverage because of it.  One of the women he trotted out as a success story has just lost her old insurance and cannot afford these “superior” policies offered under Obamacare.  Why can’t we go back exactly?  We are screwing everyone over for 17 million (out of 350 million) who were uninsured.  We are pretending that all of these 17 million were uninsured because of pre-existing conditions.  Instead, some of them were young and didn’t want to spend the money.  Others were healthy and didn’t want to spend the money.  Some just didn’t want to spend the money.  Others were just too lazy or sorry to put in the time to get the insurance.

Long Live the Constitution!

The great lie of inequitable wealth distribution – the ploy for socialism

Posted by Troy on 13th November 2013 in Uncategorized

Someone dear to me sent me this link full of faulty logic.  Here are my thoughts on it.

Oh, the oh so great myth of income inequality.  They want people to buy into this to increase the oh so generous “wealth redistribution” plans.  Here’s some facts they don’t mention:

Our poor can afford TVs, cable, cell phones, Nikes, and their greatest health threat is obesity.  They are so poor they have too much food.  Never in the history of man has the poor had an obesity problem except after America.

The popularity of wealth distribution goes away instantly when you say, “well, why don’t we redistribute wealth across the entire world?”  If you make just a little under $60,000, you are in the top 1% of the world’s wealth.  Suddenly proponents have disclaimers and arguments against wealth redistribution.  It’s very easy to support it when you’re the one getting funds and not the ones paying funds.  It’s just legalized theft.  It’s “Thou shalt not steal,” not “Thou shalt not steal…unless you think that the other guy has more than he deserves to have.”  Morality is hard, and it should be hard.

This comes under control vs nature.  Much like saying “my liver makes too much cholesterol, so I’m going to force it to stop making so much cholesterol by taking this pill.”  Of course, that pill has side effects and so you have to take different medications to fight that, and so on and so on.  Force and control only leads to more force and control.

The reason wealth has expanded exponentially compared to wage labor is this – the guy that owns businesses and invests and builds their wealth gets compounded returns.  Growing your businesses and expanding can increase your income 2x or 3x or 10x.  If all you know how to do is flip burgers, you cannot get a raise because your services are worth the same this year as last year.  You are worth whatever they could replace you with.

Ask the average person what they think about ANYTHING, and they are probably wrong.  It’s called “imagined knowledge.”  Asking people what they think is fair is only a matter of opinion and not worth really discussing.  For that matter, I laugh at economists coming up with “what is ideal.”  What is ideal?  What model has led to our country being the richest in the history of the world?  Obviously, the system must be ideal because the results speak for themselves.  No, I think what is less than ideal is that people have taken covetousness into their hearts.

You have a roof over your head.  You have warm food on your plate.  You do not need SUVs and cell phones and cable and all this other meaningless crap to be happy.  None of these things even existed 100 years ago, but people were happy.  You need character.  You need love.  Envy and greed eat at your happiness, not add to it.  What does it matter if that guy has a brand new car and you’re in a car that’s 14 years old, as is mine?  I have never not been happy.  If I was reduced to beans and rice, I would still be happy.  I am safe and full and sheltered and loved.  That’s all I need.

Fairness is an illusion and only a matter of opinion.

In Defense of CMA Mocking Obamacare

Posted by Troy on 7th November 2013 in Uncategorized

When you spend $500 million dollars on a website that doesn’t work, shut down the government for two weeks because you refuse to delay it, and only 6 people sign up on the first day; you are asking to be mocked.

Wow…yeah, that’s all I have to say about that.  I thought it was super-funny myself (the entire opening).

Long Live the Constitution!

Death of the Tea Party – The Virginia Governor’s Election

Posted by Troy on 6th November 2013 in Uncategorized

Many in the mainstream media are thrilled that the Republican candidate in the governor election for  Virginia was defeated.  They tout that this is clearly a sign of the national rejection of the Tea Party (as the Tea Party endorsed the Republican).  Okay.  First of all, the Democrat did not get more than 50% of the vote.  This means that more people did not want the Democrat than wanted him.  Secondly, about half a percentage point separated the two.  Third, Democrats bankrolled the Libertarian that took about 7% of the vote.  Now, naturally this means the Republican probably would have won as, typically, most people who vote Libertarian are more in line (currently) with Republicans instead of Democrats.  So the verdicts according to Swamp Fox Press?

1)  The Tea Party is alive and well.  Given the amount of outrage by politicians and media types, I would even hazard to say they are doing a good job.  The Green Party is a bunch of wackos.  If they were in charge, things would go to hell in a hand basket quickly.  However, no one takes them seriously.  Why?  Because they’re nuts and they have no power.

2)  The media and politicians will make outrageous claims at any opportunity to try to discredit the Tea Party.

3)  This should end the discussion of third party.  I am a Libertarian at heart, but the only time I vote Libertarian is if I cannot, in good conscience, vote for either candidate (as in the last Georgia governor’s election between Nathan Deal and Roy Barnes).  I believe that the Republican party needs to be broken into three branches: Libertarian or Conservative or Establishment.  This battle should play out in the primaries and the best candidate win.  I believe that the current Democratic party is completely counter to the tenements of the Libertarian Party.  It is impossible to be for a massive socialist system and believe in personal liberty.  The Democratic party has completely embraced socialism (or at least have finally owned up to the fact that they do).  Accepting such a system ties your own private fortunes to that of the government.  When your well-being is dependent upon someone else (even the government’s), then you are no longer free.  Accepting socialism entails higher taxes and a greater degree of government involvement in your life.  There is no way around this.  Also, I believe that an unspoken tenement of Libertarianism is that you can do whatever you want as long as you’re the one paying the cost for it.  That is to say, if you want to smoke, that’s fine, but don’t expect me to pay for your lung cancer treatments.  The Democratic party would say something along the lines of: If you want an abortion, that’s fine, but here…let us pay for it for you.  Now here’s come contraception!  Have fun!

The only though process that does not end in total disaster is that in which you expect people to take personal responsibility for themselves.  This is not to say that you cannot be charitable, but charity comes from the heart and should be awarded to the deserving.  The thing about state “safety nets,” is that they are indiscriminate.  Just by their nature, they must benefit anyone who fits a set criteria.  This means you have to support the deserving and the undeserving.  You have to try to protect the war widow struggling to make ends meet as well as the pothead loser that would rather sit on his ass playing video games all day rather than work.  Personal responsibility stops this, and if you want to use your hard earned money to help the war widow, I applaud your choice.

Long Live the Constitution!