Brave-up, Man-up, and Stand-up
My mother taught me multiplication and my ABC’s by rote, which is a process of learning in which frequent repetition is employed. While my writing and speeches are didactic in style, I believe that today’s political zeitgeist, dictates we must employ didacticism by rote – and hope that enough people get the message to brave-up, man-up, and stand-up to do what must be done.
Following are two commentaries a Daily Rant written approximately six months ago entitled, “I Was Right Not To Trust John Boehner.” It is very prevalent as the unsuspecting and in large part unwitting public is bombarded with message after message and soundbite after soundbite on the payroll tax extension. I wrote several Rants back in July warning about Boehner and Republicans. Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, myself, and a worthy band “watchers on the wall” were warning the public about John Boehner’s treachery. We were right then, and watching the rehearsed drama, of this current kabuki theater of the absurd, demands I remind all and at the same time encourage all to do the same in their spheres of association.
Following the referenced Daily Rant you will find a syndicated piece I wrote for the November 2010 elections. It is titled “The Blind Side or The Wise Side.” I combine the two because they reflect the urgency of where we find ourselves. The point that I am stressing is we can no longer trust those in Congress, and it is up to us to do what needs to be done. We dare not look to party affiliation. When Marines are in the heat of battle, they do not look to their Congressman for help, they look to their brothers standing beside them in battle.
So it must be with us. We must look to one another to do all in our power to remove and replace those in both halves of Congress and those of both parties. We must cut the fangs from those elites who claim to support our cause/interests when in fact if they did, Herman Cain would still be in the race. And when we have replaced them, we must demand they dismantle what has been done by Obama and complicit Republicans. We must be both willing and we must be brave. Our Founding Fathers sacrificed their material wealth and personal safety, we must be willing to sacrifice our material wealth and political standing to change the way things are done in Washington. They will listen, if we force them to see we mean business.
“I Was Right Not To Trust John Boehner” – 7/9/11
I told you Boehner could not be trusted – and once again I’m right. I was right on the budget talks, when not only did he not get a good deal, but as David Stockman, Mark Levin, myself and others predicted he caved in and then lied about what he did get.
Now he’s back to the same old tactics. Bluster, bluff, and then fold like a $3.00 pair of Salvation Army pants. Unless you think this isn’t folding:
“Despite good-faith efforts to find common ground, the White House will not pursue a bigger debt reduction agreement without tax hikes. I believe the best approach may be to focus on producing a smaller measure, based on the cuts identified in the Biden-led negotiations, that still meets our call for spending reforms and cuts greater than the amount of any debt limit increase.” That was Boehner’s assessment of the debt ceiling talks. In puritan language, we’ve been stiffed; in colloquial parlance we’ve been “…” well you get my drift, but just in case, it’s the thing they have a cigarette after in the movies, capeesh?
This is the second time in a row Boehner has stuck it too us. And, just as I wrote little more than a year ago, he’s going to stick it to us on obamacare. If steps aren’t taken to throw him out, remember, it was me that told you. And, while we’re bouncing Boehner, we should bounce Hatch, McCain, Issa, and a whole bunch more Republicans and Democrats.
“The Blind Side or The Wise Side.” – 11/2/10
The movie “The Blind Side” very quickly became one of my all-time modern movie favorites. It was the portrayal of Michael Oher and the Tuohy family – featuring his special relationship with Mrs. Leigh Anne Tuohy, the woman who would become his adopted mother. It was the feel-good movie of the year and one that everyone could embrace. It is here I pause to remind you that in a perverse way Obama was the same thing – a feel-good creation people wanted to embrace.
I know that right about now you’re wondering how on earth I can compare Obama to such a delightful movie. Well, I’m not, I’m comparing you – let me explain.
I decided to read up and find out if the movie took liberties with Michael Oher’s life with the Tuohys. It did. The movie was just that, a movie – a creation designed to make us feel warm and fuzzy, have us create cinematic perception based on pieces of the truth. Obama, of course, was an outright lie, but I get ahead of myself.
Had I not taken the time and initiative to find out the real story of the Tuohys and Michael Oher, I would have bought the big-screen version. That version was designed to sell tickets, make people feel good and (as it ultimately did) win awards. When it comes to making movies based on actual happenings, Hollywood’s typical approach is to embellish and create based on the scriptwriters’ and directors’ perception of what factually took place.
That’s the way it is in politics when it comes to candidates. Their scriptwriters and directors, i.e., handlers, create a version of reality that may or may not have a modicum of truth to it. Ever hear of candidates reinventing themselves?
I’ve lived long enough to know there’s a “wizard” behind most curtains and, unless or until that curtain is pulled back, we don’t know all of the truth or to what extent the stated “truth” really exists.
It’s my job to make you aware, but it’s your job to make sure that those of my professional persuasion, including me, are not feeding you stories based on our gaining access to the candidate or what we’re getting paid behind the scenes, which you will never know about.
Today is Election Day, and when you step into that booth you’re on your own. You’ve either done your homework or you’ve bought the created version of a candidate.
It’s time we stopped buying the created versions of candidates. We need to hold them accountable. It’s time we replace career politicians with those who aren’t afraid to cut programs so they can cut spending. We need candidates who will repeal Obamacare, not replace it with a compromise version.
“The Blind Side” was an outstanding movie, but in reality only a very small portion of it is factually accurate. We can live with movies like that – I say it’s time to stop electing candidates who are partially honest and truthful.
In 2008, many tried to warn voters that Obama was not remotely close to what he was portrayed. We tried to warn voters that he would be a disaster and that the damage his administration would wreak would be calamitous to the fabric of our nation. People didn’t listen – they bought the lie – they bought the creation. They bought the feel-good fictional account because to buy the truth would have first meant confronting the truth.
People who voted for Obama are like those who have an opportunity to get a real job or make something productive of themselves, but instead choose to languish in a nowhere job and make excuses for never climbing out of the basement of life. People could have made different choices separate from Obama or McCain before it came down to them being the only choices, but they chose not to. Now, the nation will be paying for his agenda for generations to come.
Election Day isn’t the candidate’s day – it is our day to have our say, and either we treat it as such or we buy into a theatrical production, and stay mired in the same dead-end position we’re in.
About the Author
Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here