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Never Forget…

They will remember you. Will you remember them?

Take the time to watch this:  The Falling Man

September 11, 2009 , 1:27AM Posted by | 9/11, Patriotism | Comments Off on Remember

Conservatives are Fighting to Keep America’s Light of Liberty Shining Bright

Another great comment left in response to Dan Riehl’s post. Here “syn” talks about their awakening after the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and their conversion from liberal to conservative.

I can relate to this in the sense that the terrorists attacks of 9/11/2001 awoke me from my apathy and ignorance of anything and everything outside of my little bubble in which I lived. I had no interest in politics, anything regarding the military nor anything regarding my nation’s proud history. But that all changed as I spent the entire day on 9/11/2001 glued to edge of the seat of my couch, sick to my stomach watching the events unfold that day. The next day I woke up a new person, intent on becoming informed about everything for which I had previously taken completely for granted.

About a month after having witnessed, from the rooftop of my building, the majestic Twin Towers crumble into ash I purchase a home computer and began to learn things I never knew existed (I had spent a lifetime stuck inside a myopic and provincial black box called The Theatre-of the absurd).

My first Conservative thought which brought change to my life was reading Dr Sowell (I had even sent him an email at the time expressing my joy for helping to bring this change to my myopic and provincial world and that I wanted him to run for president) then I came across David Horowitz’s book Radical Son, started reading Frontpage.

To make a long story short, David held an internet conference session and someone asked the question “if Conservatism is so great how come it has a hard time making inroads”?

David’s responded with, “because the Left is vicious and Conservatives are too gentile always leaving the fight for another day”

I have lived on both sides and it is true Conservatives by nature of their philosophy (keep government far from their personal lives) and their Christian-Judeo philosophy (faith in ‘a Creator’ not in government) are typically decent people.

When I was a shameless Liberal stuck inside that myopic and provincial black box I had no boundaries for my behavior,none of us did, however after my conversion to Conservatism I’ve had to really work hard on boundaries, learning things like Kindness.

I used to be one of those who would say in the rehearsal rooms and behind the scenes, stuff like ‘there something wrong with those puritans in flyover country who are too uptight to screw a hundred bunnies every night or ragging on the blue-haired who weren’t hip to pole dancing or the obligatory, Rush is a right-wing nutcase out to destroy America’ (I never listened to Rush until 2003)

I am ashamed that I lived the life of Liberalism’s ‘let it all hang out’ for so long without ever challenging myself, my behavior, my lifestyle, my lack social boundaries; it took witnessing the World Trade Center collapse into ash to snap me out of diluted illusions of what I thought life was all about.

I apologize America for those distortions I projected on decent, liberty-loving Americans who work hard to build their lives, love their children, care for their neighbors, worship their Creator, give generously of both time and money to charities of their own choice, tend to the land growing the fruits of their labor; over the last couple of years I have been humbled by their presence and been taught their wisdom for the ages.

Conservatives have nothing to fear, no matter how vicious is the Left, you are fighting to keep America’s light of Liberty shining bright.

Posted by: syn | Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 06:13 PM

August 12, 2009 , 9:50PM Posted by | 9/11, Conservatism, Liberalism, Socialism | Comments Off on Conservatives are Fighting to Keep America’s Light of Liberty Shining Bright

Becoming Rorschach – I’ve Never Been the Same Since

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[reading from journal] Rorschach’s Journal. November 12th, 1985: Dog carcass in alley this morning, tire tread on burst stomach. This city is afraid of me. I have seen its true face. The streets are extended gutters and the gutters are full of blood and when the drains finally scab over, all the vermin will drown. The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout “Save us!”… and I’ll whisper “no.” —Rorschach, Watchmen

Ryan has a great post up about his thoughts after seeing Watchmen, a movie I really enjoyed: Politics Among Watchmen

He left this in the comments in response to a commentor:

“One thing I would say is that although Rorscharch only saw the evil in people, I think that he was the only won that I could truly relate to. I completely understood what he meant about how who he had been died the night he found the little girl. I also admired his sticking to principles. He knew he was going to die, he just didn’t care because, to him, it was worse to remain silent. Then ends did not justify the means used to achieve peace.”

I related to him too. All my years as a cop, the people I associated with the most were criminals. Fucks up your perception on society.

Here is my contribution to his comments section:

I related most to him as well. And just like he stated that he died the night he saw that little girl, my former self died on 9/11/2001. Prior to that day I didn’t care one whit about politics, cared not one whit about the military, cared not one whit about pretty much anything except my own little bubble of my own little world of work, sports and dating. After 9/11/2001, it was like a huge smack upside the head to open my eyes that there was a lot of sh*t going on outside my little bubble of what I considered life and reality.

From that day forward, I dedicated myself to get informed on politics, on history, on the military, on military history, on war, on war history, etc. I’ve never been the same since. Ignorance truly was bliss and being informed now has made me nothing but bitter, angry, pissed off and extremely cynical. And did I mention angry and pissed off? Prior to that, I definitely thought that people were genuinely good and that every person was just one good person coming into their life away from seeing the beauty in life and enjoying life. No longer.

So I definitely saw myself in Rorshach.

And I especially liked the end of the movie where they let the viewer know what the future held. They said “this will never end” or something along those lines. And let the bad guy (his name escapes me at the moment) know that he just killed millions of people for nothing, for the peace was only temporary until people started going back to being a**holes and killing each other again. Rorshach knew that and that’s what pissed him off the most. He only wanted to make the evil people pay, not kill millions of innocents for nothing. And he couldn’t bear to keep silent about that and would rather die than be a hypocrite and betray his own principles.

But I agree, f*ck Dr Manhattan for killing him.

I read a review that compared and contrasted this with the message in The Dark Knight, which is that people are generally good (as evidenced by the ferry scene towards the end). In my opinion (and that of the reviewer) the message in Watchmen was that people were generally bad and you can’t deny and wish away man’s nature of being bad.

Excellent, excellent, thought-provoking movie which I want to see again and am really looking forward to getting on DVD and hoping for lots of extras discussing these things.

March 24, 2009 , 7:37PM Posted by | 9/11, Hollywood, Terrorism, Watchmen | Comments Off on Becoming Rorschach – I’ve Never Been the Same Since