by Jerry Richardson 9/25/14
If you don’t think our Conservative fight against Progressivism is a life-and-death ideological struggle, you haven’t been paying attention; or maybe haven’t thought much about it.
Progressives are absolutely intent upon pushing their long-desired program of conservative-genocide. They don’t want any of us around. And they will do whatever is in their power to facilitate our demise.
What makes me write such a harsh accusation?
It is because of simple eyes-wide-open observation: We have ceased to live in a nation where political differences can be amiable, can be confined to the voting-booth: an arrangement where the winners become the political leaders, who attempt to unite the nation; and the losers become the “loyal opposition.”
Now there is no such division; the winners, if they are the Democrats/Progressives become the dictators, the overlords; they dole out political life and death—reward their friends; punish their enemies—and the losers, if they are Republicans/Conservatives become the outcast: Marginalized if not criminalized.
The recent actions of the IRS are a perfect example of action against conservative groups:
[September 23, 2014] “It is now well known that the IRS targeted tea party organizations. What is less well known, but perhaps even more scandalous, is that the IRS also targeted those who would educate their fellow citizens about the United States Constitution.
“According to the inspector general’s report (pp. 30 & 38), this particular IRS targeting commenced on Jan. 25, 2012 — the beginning of the election year for President Obama’s second campaign. On that date: ‘the BOLO [‘be on the lookout’] criteria were again updated.’ The revised criteria included ‘political action type organizations involved in … educating on the Constitution and Bill of Rights.’ “ —Targeting the Constitution
The Inspector General’s Report, discussed above, is literally a bombshell revealing IRS abuse against Conservative groups. The Highlights of the document, dated May 14, 2013 and sent with the signature of Acting Deputy Inspector General for Audit, Michael E. McKenney contained the following harsh evaluation of the IRS:
“WHAT TIGTA [Tax Inspector General for Tax Administration] FOUND
“The IRS used inappropriate criteria that identified for review Tea Party and other organizations applying for tax-exempt status based upon their names or policy positions instead of indications of potential political campaign intervention. Ineffective management: 1) allowed inappropriate criteria to be developed and stay in place for more than 18 months, 2) resulted in substantial delays in processing certain applications, and 3) allowed unnecessary information requests to be issued.
“Although the processing of some applications with potential significant political campaign intervention was started soon after receipt, no work was completed on the majority of these applications for 13 months. This was due to delays in receiving assistance from the Exempt Organizations function Headquarters office. For the 296 total political campaign intervention applications TIGTA reviewed as of December 17, 2012, 108 had been approved, 28 were withdrawn by the applicant, none had been denied, and 160 were open from 206 to 1,138 calendar days (some for more than three years and crossing two election cycles).” —TIGTA Report
There was a jaw-dropping revelation on pages 30 and 38. Here’s the more recent entry on page 38 dated January 12, 2012:
”The BOLO [Be on the lookout] listing criteria were again updated. The criteria was revised as “political action type organizations involved in limiting/expanding Government, educating on the Constitution and Bill of Rights, social economic reform/movement.” The coordinator contact was changed as well.”
In other words, any political-action type organizations [mostly Tea Party types] who were attempting to educate the American people of a need to limit our expanding government; or attempting to educate people on the US Constitution or the Bill of Rights were to be especially watched for by the IRS.
Of course these types of organizations could and would only be Conservative—couldn’t be missed. Organizations identified by the BOLO criteria were obviously hindered, “160 were open [held with no action] from 206 to 1,138 calendar days (some for more than three years and crossing two election cycles).” There can be no doubt that the 2012 Presidential election was impacted in favor of Barack Obama.
You think this isn’t a life-and-death ideological struggle?
So far as we know the reverse of this action has not yet occurred. Nixon seemed to want that, but he was stopped by honorable men including those from his own party.
Reflect for a moment on the George W. Bush Presidency; Bush never tried to squash his opposition. In fact, most Conservatives believe he was entirely to kind to his critics.
Is that to be the key to Conservative demise: We are too politically kind to survive? But if survival requires the mode of operation of Democrats/Progressives, what’s the point; survive only to become like them? We must find a way; a better way.
The political left has historically always operated with the goal of total destruction of their opposition. This is why I state that we, Conservatives, are in a life-and-death struggle. Not necessarily, at least at the present, is it a struggle for physical life; although I personally believe it may come to that; currently it is a struggle for our deeply-held beliefs; a struggle for our ideological and religious lives; a struggle for our sacred traditions; a struggle for what many of us would in fact give our lives for.
It is our Christian and conservative ideas that Progressives so violently hate and are dedicated to totally eradicating. How can we understand that?
It is sometimes difficult for me to grasp why ideas are so divisive. But ideas do, in fact, drive the world’s conflicts.
The primary divisiveness from ideas is that ideas presage and adumbrate what a person is likely to do if they ever acquire the power to implement their deepest desires. Hence, we justifiably fear the future results of radical ideas; and we should. We must renew our effort to fight the evil, yes evil, ideas of Progressivism and work to expose their dangerous collectivist, statist ideas to the powerful disinfectant of broad public knowledge. We must not allow Progressives to conceal their real intentions in unacknowledged and unannounced hidden agendas—their normal operating mode.
As I said, if you do not think we are in a life-and-death ideological struggle with Progressives you have not been paying attention.
This week I turned 75. I was greeted with an article in the Atlantic Journal by Dr. Ezekiel J. “Zeke” Emanuel in which he opines that those of us who live past age 75 are no longer useful; and in fact he implies that we are doing a disservice to our children and society.
“But even if we manage not to become burdens to them [our children], our shadowing them until their old age is also a loss.” —Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel
“Zeke” Emanuel is one of the architects of Obamacare and is the brother of Rahm Emanuel, Barack Obama’s first-term Chief-of-Staff. “Zeke” confidently states: “Seventy-five. That is all I want to live”; even though currently he is only 57
If that’s what “Zeke” prefers, I have no personal objections. However, what concerns me is that the ideas of this man, one of the architects of Obamacare, have influenced the Obamacare rules that will affect how healthcare will be managed for senior citizens.
Dr. “Zeke” stated: “Once I have lived to 75, my approach to my health care will completely change.” That statement should be frightening to those of us who do not wish to have him and other Progressives of his ilk dictating life-and-death medical decisions for us or for our loved ones.
“Zeke” Emanuel is a prime example of why we, conservatives, are in a life-and-death ideological struggle with Progressivism; because elite Progressives wish to force their personal ideas of living and—now with Obamacare—of dying onto the rest of society. They are not God, but I don’t believe they know that. If the statements made and the positions taken by “Zeke” Emanuel, toward old age, don’t make your blood run cold; you’re a lizard.
“Zeke” Emanuel is a perfect illustration of the collective-mentality of Progressives.
In his mind, and in the philosophy of Progressivism, the only value that a person has resides in their usefulness to the collective (the rest of society); there is no unique individual value based upon who a person is; based upon who they have been; based upon their historical relationship with their family; based upon their relationship with close friends; based upon their relationship with Church and God—none of that is important, only their utility to society, and past age 75, according to the almighty “Zeke”, that utility is over and done. By the way, how does he arrive at the magic number 75 for everyone? Oh! I forgot; he’s the almighty “Zeke.”
Well “Zeke” as far as I’m concerned you can take you progressive recommendation for self-imposed, government-encouraged euthanasia and stuff it!
A euphemistically-worded form of euthanasia is what the not-so-good Dr. Emanuel is peddling with his article. His statements, in his article, are not just part of a public “living-will.” He is pushing for how he wants Obamacare to be implemented:
“Not everyone on the Left is as coldly robotic as Emanuel, but there’s a strain of this thinking throughout the Democrat Party; the idea that individual liberty and the rights of the individual must be subjugated by the need to perfect society and the future.
“And now Emanuel is hoping to use the Fed’s grab of our healthcare system to create policies that will more quickly rid society of those “leeches and takers” you and I call Mom, Dad, Grandpa and Grandma.
“What’s so unsettling is that Emanuel and his ilk aren’t trying to save money or improve quality of life. The endgame with ObamaCare has nothing to do with that. ObamaCare is the vehicle and this “cost-saving” propaganda is nothing more than the roadmap to crafting the Left’s twisted version of Utopia.”
—Obamacare Architect’s Die at 75 Article
The ideas that are so obviously absent from Dr. Emanuel’s philosophy are any notions of obligation to the past.
One of the major demarcations between Conservatives and Progressives is how we view the past. Conservatives respect and honor the past; Progressives basically detest the past unless they can rewrite it to their liking.
Progressives’ attitude toward the past is made obvious when Obama and others of his persuasion use the condescending phrase “on the wrong side of history.” They imply by that phrase that those of us (Conservatives) who value and wish to apply the hard-learned lessons of the past will be proven wrong by future events—it never happens, but they keep repeating the mantra. Progressives’ entire focus and energy is directed toward some future envisioned utopia—which will never materialize, because if it did their fantasy crusades would have to abruptly end, and then their emptiness would be evident even to them.
An obligation to the past, including an obligation to those who have preceded us and are still living is a type of covenant for those of us who are Conservatives, especially if we are also Christians. Appreciation and respect for the wisdom of our experienced (they learned from mistakes) elders entails an obligation to protect and preserve them. This is both a Christian and a Conservative principle. In the Bible, this principle is encapsulated within the context of family:
“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you.” —Exodus 20:12 NASB
I find no evidence of “honor” for elders in the words of “Zeke” Emanuel. Advice to simply go ahead and die after a certain age (75), advocated by a smug, elite Progressive Doctor is not “honor”; it is a call for euthanasia, it is brutality, it is evil; but, after all, it is Obamacare. We must continue our efforts to stop and repeal it.
Respect for elders was once an understood value. It meant among other things that people listened to the past; people listened in matters of life that required wisdom—which includes just about every major decision we make.
Progressives have shredded that ancient value, they despise and reject the wisdom of the past—“wrong side of history”—and so it is natural for progressives such as Dr. “Zeke” Emanuel to place no value on the past, no value on the historically proven; no value on the life of elders, hence no value on the life of someone past the age of 75.
We are indeed in an ideological life-and-death struggle with the evil ideas of Progressivism, as advocated by “Zeke” Emanuel and his fellow travelers.
As I said earlier: “Zeke”, you can take you progressive recommendation for self-imposed, government-encouraged euthanasia and stuff it! And while you’re at it, you can stuff Obamacare!
© 2014, Jerry Richardson • (1641 views)