Berry: Cue the cricketsWritten by Thomas Berry | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Some talk show hosts have a routine where they’ll pose a question to a hypothetical interviewee and then play the sound of crickets chirping away in a field. The idea is to suggest that the person questioned would not or could not answer the question, usually due to the resulting embarrassment or self-incrimination.
The crickets are chirping quite merrily when certain questions are asked of those in power in Washington and of their supporters. ????Anyone who claimed that the Bush tax cuts benefited only the wealthy needs to be asked: If this is true, then why are so many in Washington, from the President on down, who very publicly wanted – if not promised – to let the cuts expire on these grounds now edging towards extending them because doing so will hold down taxes on the middle class?
Cue the crickets, because the reason for extending the cuts is factually accurate, and it exposes the original claim as a blatant lie; and so far few if any of these people have shown the integrity or humility to admit to this deceit. ????They also claimed that the cuts were unfunded or otherwise were not paid for, and that this led to the massive expansion of the deficit in 2008. If net growth of the deficit from 2003 through 2008 was because of the tax cuts, then why did the deficit in fact decrease from 2003 through 2007?
And if the tax cuts not being funded or paid for was a problem, then why did most of the members of Congress who made this claim also vote starting in 2007 to massively expand federal spending beyond the revenue increase generated by the tax cuts, thereby ensuring the growth of the very deficit they then condemned and now embrace and expand under President Obama? Crickets, please. ????Progressives claim that we rank and file conservatives are being paid off by the wealthy for our activism.
Well, then, please explain the activities of George Soros, ACORN and the Service Employees International Union in paying numerous activists to advocate progressive causes. And since not one single greedy fat cat, from Big Insurance, Big Oil or elsewhere, Republican or otherwise, has ever paid me or, certainly, any other tea party conservative, a cent, where’s our money? Must be warm tonight, to judge by the crickets. ????Along with the notion that we will speak and act only if bought off, we conservatives are dismissed as dolts who must be told by leaders such as Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity what to think and do. In fact, millions of American citizens are engaging in independent thought and research undertaken from a foundation that combines faithfulness to the Constitution and historical fact with personal honor and integrity.
Am I to understand that the only allowable outcome of such effort is compliance with progressive rightthink – or, as it were, leftthink? Am I also to understand that the talking points repeated from one lamestream media outlet to the next in defense of the Obamacracy with little or no variation were arrived at by similar means of independent thought and analysis, without direction or influence from the White House, Congress, Democrat party headquarters, or those who bankroll the progressive agenda? My, but those crickets are getting loud. ???It is progressive chic to demonize traditional values while being at best silent or, at worst, supportive of evil.
The Department of Justice has institutionalized rejection of equal enforcement of the law, overlooking allegations of voting rights violations against Americans of European ancestry – as those who pressured them to do so brand all critics of Obama as racist. (In fairness, this prejudicial enforcement existed prior to Obama’s election; but his predecessor would not tolerate it.) Our own Congresswoman Kaptur has been silent as prominent progressives repeat that slander – after, following 9/11, she equated al Qaeda with the Green Mountain Boys of the Revolutionary War. In a similar demonstration of horribly skewed priorities, the President himself accused the Cambridge, Massachusetts, police department of acting “stupidly” in the arrest of a purported friend – and then prefaced remarks to the nation about the Fort Hood massacre with a jovial “shout out” to a supporter in the audience before rushing to defend the perpetrator from prejudgment.
What are we becoming, when the trivialization and negation – if not outright defense – of evil, and the rejection of values like equal justice under law and dissenting free speech, become part of what our government tolerates and practices? What are these progressives moving us towards? What are we progressing into and away from? At what expense to our freedom, our honor, and our conscience as a nation?
The crickets sing on.
Thomas Berry, for the Children of Liberty, http://www.meetup.com/The-children-of-liberty/