Category Archives: Politics

Colonial Houses

I have just finished watching all eight hours of the PBS “reality” series Colonial House.  The basic premise is that a small group of modern people are selected to live for the summer as if they were really Mayflower colonialists.  They live in authentic houses, eat authentic food, and live and work as if their survival over the winter truly depends upon a good harvest.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/colonialhouse/

I always watch these historial reality shows, hoping that someday I’ll see one done right, with participants who actually want to experience history as a tangible thing.  But I’m always somewhat disappointed, because the producers seem to to be intent on filming a soap opera in funny clothes.  Colonial House is a perfect example of the worse kind.

If you want your living history show to fail as a recreation, all you have to do is select participants who are guaranteed  not to get along.  People who have more interest in promoting various political, religious, and racial ideals than in experiencing history-as-it-really-was, wrinkles and all.  People like women who won’t wear a simple head cloth because it’s “demeaning”.  Families who are so anti-religion that they can’t bear to sit through a social sabbath, even though that’s clearly required according to the historical rules (no one was demanding they pray or participate, just be there – as observers).

There was a lot of moaning by the women about sexual inequality, because cooking every day was so ‘tedious’.  What did they think they’d be doing?  In colonial times, the women cooked – if you can’t stand the idea, why did you sign up?  And I never did figure out why they thought the men had it so much easier.  The men were spending  a full month, ten hours a day, felling, splitting, sawing, and planing logs to build a house with primitive hand tools.  Just watching them on a tv screen was exhausting.  The women’s response?  They had a mini revolt and drew up a plan whereby the men (in addition to their normal and less ‘tedious’ work) were required to cook for the women several times a week to let the women relax.  Relax?  If they wanted sexual equality, why weren’t they out there splitting logs while the men cooked?

Then there was the “lay preacher” who decided to pull several of the indentured servants off the work schedule so he could teach them Greek.  He said he “couldn’t imagine” a society existing without learning and culture.  In the first year of a new colony?  In a world where the lion’s share of new colonies failed and often starved to death over the winter?  Um, yeah.  I’m positive Greek lessons were way up at the top of the real colonialist’s  to-do list!

Finally there was the guy who left the colony early because he refused to be part of the recreation of a society that had “led to the institution of slavery”.   Here is another thing I object strongly to.  There was a limited narrative voice-over, but most of the so-called “history” was from the mouths of the participants themselves…most of whom held a very weak knowledge of the time period.  Most of what they said was wrong, partly wrong, completely wrong, or biased.  Such as: the slavery issue, or the episodes with the American Indians.  I refuse to be made to feel guilty for something that was absolutely not my fault, and no one else in America should feel guilty either, despite the best efforts of this program.  Absolutely, slavery is and was horrible, and so was what happened to the Native Americans, but no one alive today was involved. Every single country on Earth has been invaded and colonized by people who weren’t born there.  I’ve lost track of how often it happened to England alone.  This doesn’t make the suffering any less, but it puts it in a historical context.  It’s not the evil invading white colonialists, folks, it’s evil human nature, and it crosses all racial lines.  It’s the pattern of centuries, and at some point, you have to agree to let it go.  It happened, but none of us alive caused it, and none of us are to blame for it, and it needs to be released into history.

And slavery.  I’m so sick of hearing “slavery” and “America” be synonymous.  Slavery is and was horrendous, but it was occurring in nearly all cultures and countries for thousands of years before the Mayflower landed on American soil.  It was practiced in Africa 3,500 years ago, it was in England before being imported to America, and nothing the colonialists themselves did “caused” slavery.  Yes, black people owned other black people.  Yes, black former slaves in America even owned slaves.  Yes, white people have also owned other white people.  Black people have even owned white people. Historically, it’s not so much a racial issue as a economic one.  You would think, that having been a slave yourself, you wouldn’t be interested in enslaving another human, but that’s not how it works.  Greed wins a lot of moral arguments, and biased, agenda-promoting “reality history” shows like Colonial House do nothing to show either true reality or history.

The stated intent was to recreate the authentic life of an Mayflower colonialist, as it actually was, and in this, the program completely failed.  You can’t have a true depiction of history where every participant is completely unwilling to set aside their modern ideals, prejudices, and individual ways of thinking.  If you try, all you end up with is a confused mess.

And that’s what Colonial House was.  A mess.


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Obama’s Buying My Chicken Coop

It comes as little surprise to me that, precisely as I predicted, Obama’s reaction to our crashing economy is to add another trillion+ in national debt by giving us another “stimulus package”.  In fact, so eager is he to further sink our economy that he can’t even wait until he’s sworn in.  How any sane person can believe these packages are a good idea is beyond me.  It’s like giving a drowning person a brick – it gives him something to hold onto, but it sends him to the bottom that much faster.  Click on the link below for real, genuine ideas to save the economy:

http://www.dailypaul.com/node/29524

But until we get a president with a clue, I’ll take my check, and I’ll let Obama buy me a chicken coop.  We’re designing it right now, and planning the breeds of chickens to buy through www.mypetchicken.com Besides the standard-sized egglayers, we’re getting a few Silkie Bantams.  These chickens are an amazingly bizarre breed with a history – they were brought over from China by Marco Polo.

And they are so cute.  I think they look like miniature gryphons.

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Real eggs, as opposed to those sickly and tasteless store-bought imitations, bug and slug control, free manure for my garden, and affectionate new pets that love to lap-sit and snuggle – you can’t deny that chickens are awesome.

So good luck to you, Mr. Obama.  Thanks for the hen house, and it’ll be interesting to see what happens once everyone realizes you’re already begun breaking your campaign promises, before you’re even in office.  That has to be some kind of record.

Change.  Remember that word, Mr. Obama?  Change means doing something different, not just to just keeping repeating the previous administration’s mistakes.  At least in my back yard, though, the results of your “stimulus” will be crap that’s actually beneficial to my garden.

Don’t Blame Me…

It won’t be long before I’ll be able to say “Don’t blame me, I voted for Baldwin”. Between McCain and Obama, I was hoping Obama would get it, simply so that people might finally come to understand that it wasn’t only Bush and the Republicans that have caused our country to get into such a mess. The difference between McCain and Obama is literally skin deep – there’s no discernible difference when it comes to their foreign policy, morals, or their financial plans for America. And once everyone sees for themselves that Obama’s “change” is only about power for himself, not power for the people, we’ll hopefully be able to get some real change started.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHGWu1DTr5w

Let’s start with bringing all of our troops home from everywhere, closing our borders to everyone but legal immigrants, and denying all welfare and benefits to those still here illegally. Let’s restore the value of our money and stop allowing the federal government to tamper with aspects of our lives that they have no right to mess with. Let’s return to the Constitution as written, rather than being forced to live by the ‘interpretation’ of a handful of judges.

Let’s start with getting rid of illegal income taxes by dissolving the IRS, and let’s go back to being a prosperous nation! Did you know that none of the below taxes existed 100 years ago?

Accounts Receivable Tax

Building Permit Tax

CDL License Tax

Cigarette Tax

Dog License Tax

Corporate Income Tax

Federal Income Tax

Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)

Fishing License Tax

Food License Tax

Fuel Permit Tax

Gasoline Tax

Hunting License Tax

Inheritance Tax

Inventory Tax

IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax)

IRS Penalties (more tax on top of tax)

Liquor Tax

Luxury Tax

Marriage License Tax

Medicare Tax

Property Tax

Real Estate Tax

Service Charge Taxes

Social Security Tax

Road Usage Tax (truckers)

Sales Taxes

Recreational Vehicle Tax

School Tax

State Income Tax

State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)

Telephone Federal Excise Tax

Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax

Telephone Federal, State, and Local Surcharge Tax

Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax

Telephone State and Local Tax

Telephone Usage Charge Tax

Utility Tax

Vehicle License Registration Tax

Vehicle Sales Tax

Watercraft Registration Tax

Well Permit Tax

Workers Compensation Tax

Not ONE of these taxes existed 100 years ago…and our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, we had the largest middle class in the world. So what went wrong?

We continued to elect men like Obama and McCain, that’s why. We elected men whose only solution to debt was to borrow more and give out ‘stimulus packages’. We elected men whose reaction to families living from paycheck to paycheck was to raise taxes and create ever more types of taxes. We elected men whose idea of foreign policy was to completely ignore the command of the Founding Fathers and continue to interfere with and police the governments of other countries. We elected men whose idea of solving the illegal immigration crisis was to issue amnesties and to send our border patrol to Iraq.

According to a recent poll 47% of Americans “was considering” voting third party, and just in my own hometown it seemed like around 47% of people I spoke to said that they wanted to vote third party, but they “didn’t want to waste their vote”, because “there’s no chance” that a third party candidate would win. How cowardly is that? History is packed with instances of events occurring that had “absolutely no chance” of succeeding…but they succeeded in spite of the odds, because men were brave (and desperate) enough to do what they believed right and necessary despite what anyone else said.

How desperate will America have to become before Americans will regain their courage and do what they believe to be right? I think, in the coming months, we’ll have a chance to find out.

http://www.campaignforliberty.com/

http://constitutionparty.org/

CAN A NEW PARTY WIN?

HISTORY SAYS “YES” – The Republican Party was itself a “third party” in 1854 when it was founded. in 1856 it was defeated with John C. Fremont as its first presidential candidate. Just four years later, however,the Republicans defeated the incumbent party, the Whigs, running a man named Abraham Lincoln. In a four-way race, Lincoln won the electoral college vote and the presidency despite not being on the ballot in nine states and receiving only 38% of the popular vote (by comparison, Bill Clinton was elected president in 1992 with 43% of the popular vote).

VOTERS SAY “YES” – Surveys show a steady increase in the public’s desire for a third party. A May 8, 2007 Rasmussen survey found that fifty-eight percent (58%) of Americans say it would be good for the U.S. to have a truly competitive third political party. An April 27,2006 Rasmussen research poll indicates that a third party presidential candidate emphasizing border security would tie a democrat candidate and defeat a republican. In a race with more than three candidates, one third of the vote can mean victory. Constitution Party candidates were elected to partisan offices for the first time in 2006, including Montana State Representative Rick Jore.

Friends and Enemies

I received a letter and an autographed photograph from my ‘dear friend’ John McCain today. He says my help is urgently needed, and he hopes I will accept this photograph as a ‘lasting symbol’ of our working together to win this crucial contest.

Well, I do agree with Friend John that it’s a critical contest this year, but I haven’t high hopes his photograph will last all that long in my recycling bin. I do, however, appreciate his sending me the postage-paid envelope. I’m returning it to him with a photograph of the only man running in this race who actually IS a conservative, who actually DOES have a workable plan to save our economy, our sovereignty, and our hard-won values. I’m sending a brief note as well, and here’s what it will say:

Dear ‘Friend’:

For too long I have supported the “lesser of two evils”, but with your nomination it has become clear that there is no “lesser evil” when it comes to a choice between the Republican and Democratic Parties. I have sent my donation to Chuck Baldwin of the Constitution Party, a man who actually believes in returning America to the great nation she once was.

And I’ll include a brochure, containing Baldwin’s photograph. And I know for a fact I’m not the only one of McCain’s “friends” who’s doing this, so hopefully those wasted stamps will add up and cause his staff at least a little consternation.

For those of you who have never heard of the Constitution Party, check them out:

http://www.constitutionparty.com/

They were established in 1992, and they’re already the third largest and most rapidly growing party in existence. According the their website, they’re also:

“…the only party which is completely pro-life, pro-gun, pro-American sovereignty and independence, and in favor of a strong national defense. It is also the only party that is anti-globalist, anti-free trade, anti-deindustrialization, and anti-unchecked immigration. We also oppose special rights for homosexuals, the constantly increasing expansion of unlawful police laws,and both foreign aid and military interventionism.”

America was purposely built by our founding fathers on the foundations of Ancient Rome, following its style of rule and governmental values. Rome lasted for approximately 500 years before she fell to the exact same ills that are currently plaguing America. How long will America last unless something changes? Time is rapidly running out.