A few days ago we wereÂ treated to a mini-seminarÂ by our friend, Loren Heal, on some caveats in the selection process for presidential candidates.Â Loren’s premise was that, as starry-eyed conservatives, we wouldÂ latch on to the shiniest object, or as otherwise pre-occupied conservatives, we would let the Main Stream Media select our candidate for us.Â Probably so.
Then just yesterday we were the beneficiaries of a treatiseÂ by our mentor, Vassar Bushmills, on the healing effects of limiting our tendency toward self-flagellation.Â We are enlightened and can be soothed by that.Â It feels so good to stop.
Proceeding, we today go from taking the stars out of our eyes and removing the whip from our ownÂ tender backsidesÂ to deal with our angst and annoyance at those outlets presumed to be conservative in natureÂ whoÂ seem to beÂ garbling what our friends and mentors are telling us.Â We are not going to use links, citations and attributions here, because we are ranting and we don’t have timeÂ and we are, as we said, annoyed.
Has Glen Beck announced for the Presidency?Â Don’t think so.Â Does Glen Beck take himself too seriously?Â Seriously?Â Have you ever watched or listened to him make fun of himself?Â He is everything his critics have said about him – an entertainer, a showman, a performer, yes, even a clown.Â Â Â He doesn’t pretend to be an Ivy League professor or a credentialed journalist, except when he is clowning around pretending to be an Ivy League professor or a credentialed journalist.Â Howsomever,Â Â many, many folks have testified that they have learned much or been reminded of muchÂ having dropped by some of Beck’s rants on the radio or raves on the TV. Â Yet the folks at a certain bow tie-inspired website thought it worth their time to call out Beck for not giving citation or attribution for everythingÂ that comes out of his mouth as he speaks into the microphone or writes on his famous chalkboard.Â And they had to beef up their beef by inviting several whiny freelance bloggers to complain about Beck not taking time out to give them their propers.
Whatever Beck is, he is not The Enemy.Â Except, of course, if you are a bow-tie website and Beck’s website is a little catchier, a little more optically-oriented.Â Sure, it’s a competition thing.Â But the point here is that, as many have said before ,Â our left-wing Â opposition tells us in their opinions and messagingÂ and posturing who they are afraid of, what messages and tactics they are afraid of.Â Â When those on our side appear to join the chorus of complainantsÂ ……..that’s not help-ing!
Equally problematicÂ for us was today’s offering from the same bow-tie website – and here let us just say that we like the bow-tie website.Â We invite it into our home every day.Â We are just removing the lash from ourselves and applying it to them today as an object lesson.Â Today they remarked on their uncertainty as to whether Sarah Palin is going to run for President, but they had to headline their bemusement this way: “Is Sarah Palin running for President, or just desperate for attention?”Â Gosh, don’t we get that enough from the other outlets?Â Unlike Beck, Palin might actually evolve into a candidate.Â But it seems that with the tut-tut crowd she is either ‘avoiding the tough questions’ or ‘desperately seeking attention’, depending on what side of the bed they got up on.Â Frankly, we don’t think Palin is ‘desperate’ about anything.
It seems like eons ago now that another irregular, Andrew Breitbart, was roundly chastised in another conservative venue for not dotting all of hisÂ i’s Â and crossing all of his t’s in the Shirley Sherrod affair.Â This by the review, of national reknown, most prominently.Â Â Note here we don’t bother to mention what the liberal organs put out.Â We are talking here about beating up on our own troops. Â Yes, they demanded he apologize for not being more careful.Â See, when you think you’re trying to save the Republic, zealousness is often viewed as a vice.Â Be careful, now, and correct. Of course at that time, nobody had ever heard of Pigford.Â Â Shirley was really a saint.Â Uh huh.
Well now it seems that the Becks and the Breitbarts are at each other throatsÂ Â in re hurt feelings, misattributions, non-attributions, professionalism, decorum, probably desperateness, too.Â The bow-tie crowd will egg it on and the nationally correct review will pretend to be above it all and studiedly analytical,Â yet horrified.Â But while they are all whipping themselves into a frenzy, whose interest is being served?Â The left’s.Â Their food fights are historically short-lived and mostly private.Â Their front is usually united.Â If they can just learn to pipe down a little bit, as apparently they are, the right will do their dirty work for themÂ and will proceed to deselect candidates and pooh-pooh the issues, thus by the process of elimination resulting in the MSM’s favorites being annointed, assuring the 2 1/2 steps forward, 1/2 step back slog to Progressive Heaven will continue.Â If this deselection were done straightforwardly, on the issues, rather than on a junior high approach like “She’s so desperate!” it might be a little more valid.
Having now whipped the children and confident that they will play nicely and work toward completing the project, we feel better about ourselves.Â Our motives, we are sure, are pure.Â Â Â We ponder again Loren Heal’s admonition that all that glitters is not gold and that advancing a hero is not the same as a hero advancing.Â Â Have we properly scourged not only the children but ourselves so that we will allÂ be ready when the moment arrives, when the real thing appears?Â We eye the lash.Â There is nothing so familiar as the sting.Â Â We caught ourselves listening to Rush Limbaugh the other day.Â Our President, the President of us all, told us not to do that.Â Many obeyed. We did not. Perhaps a few lashes.Â Is Vassar watching?