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Chameleon Messaging

By Diana Erbio –

The progressives are now revealing more of their true belief system, which is that Big Government is best. Big Government knows how to equalize things. Somehow a new American Dream has emerged, and that dream is that we all must live at the same level. That was the unspoken change that President Obama hoped for.

During the 2008 Obama Campaign, Barack Obama floated a vague message of “Hope and Change”. The meaning of hope and change was purposely left to the individual. Just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so was the “Hope and Change” he spoke of.  It worked and enough people were mesmerized and voted for the hope and change they imagined

All the while the Progressive march to change has been like a chameleon, changing itself as it marches on. Leaving a trail of taxpayer funded goodies has been helpful in picking up support along the way to the final destination –  an all-encompassing nanny state.

From 2009 through today government is growing. It started with the $Trillion stimulus bill, followed by the “Affordable Healthcare Act” coupled with thousands of burdensome regulations on businesses and individuals. Thresholds to receiving government assistance have been lowered and the printing presses continue to roll at the FED devaluing the dollars we do have.

Now the chameleons of the left are bombarding us with a new hue of vague messaging which blames the sequester for anything that is not working well.  Flight delays?  – the Sequester. Over-crowded prisons?  –  the Sequester.  Decline in Troop readiness?  –  the Sequester.  Higher gas prices? – the Sequester. Haven’t found a job?  – the Sequester. You get the picture.

The American people must stop buying into these chameleon type campaigns. Look how 2008’s message of “Hope and Change” turned into a campaign of “Fear and Envy” in 2012.

We all know a $16.6 Trillion national debt is unsustainable. We all can realize that the Sequester is only a miniscule cut in the rate of increasing government spending. The sequester cuts are like saying you need to lose weight, so you will not gain 10 lbs next year as you did this year. Instead you will only gain 8 lbs. That means you lost 2 lbs right?

That is how the chameleon grows, protecting itself by changing its tone while increasing in size all the while. The old look of “Hope and Change” has been replaced with  “Fear and Envy”. The successful are demonized and the old  talk about there being no red-state America and no blues-state America has disappeared. That is the deception of the chameleon. We are left with an America we do not recognize. The Sequester messaging is chameleon-like as was the “Hope and Change” messaging. Just as “Hope and Change” would fix everything, the Sequester will be blamed for everything. We must not continue to fall for these chameleon messages and look carefully at details so we will not be continually deceived.

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Howard R. Wolf
3 years 6 months ago

I never thought some fifty years ago that I would say what I’m about to say here. But I have come to the conclusion that a majority of liberals don’t love this country. I believe that this present president personifies a deep and abiding hatred and loathing of the United States of America. As the great conservative American thinker Mark Levin points out, one cannot love the constitution and big government too, as the constitution operates to constrain and limit government.

This president has begun his demolition of the constitution by attacking the first and second amendments. God forgive us if we allow him to succeed.

Dorothy R Brant
3 years 5 months ago

Totally agree and the sheeple follow him like the Pied Piper. He’s a wofl in sheep’s clothing. I have believed this since the beginning of his run. Even so, I do pray for him anyhow.

rkh_001
3 years 6 months ago

I agree with your perception; I have felt the same for some time

PaulE
3 years 6 months ago

He’s going after a lot more than just the first and second amendments Howard. He’s trying to eliminate as much of the overall Constitution as possible. He views it as a negative document in his own words, in that it limits what the government can do to its people without their consent. Thus he’s trying to circumvent it in numerous ways. His attacks on the first and second amendment are merely the most visible to the average person, because the mainstream media is being such a vocal advocate for his proposed changes.

Richard Slate
3 years 6 months ago

I could not agree with you more, obama is destroying our country and all of these stupid ignorant liberals are to blind to see it or they just do not care about our Nation

Marshall
3 years 6 months ago
I think the notion that progressives want equality is a lie and it is one that conservatives need to get out of their thoughts. The progressives want to win and have all the money and they use fluffy vernacular to achieve this goal. Look at what has happened with the public unions throughout the country. In general the public unions make 2 -5 times what the taxpayers that pay them do. They are winning. Unless their salaries and benefits can be cut back this will collapse. I am not suggesting teachers make minimum wage but here is a fact for all; most teachers contibute less than 250K to retirement via paycheck deductions. Within four years of retirment, they have already had that money paid back. Tell me, does any one in the private sector get that king of ROI on their investments? It is essentially a financially risk free life… Read more »
Pete from St Pete
3 years 6 months ago
As the great Milton Friedman said, I just want to be free to make my own choices on my lifestyle and consumer choices without ridiculous rules being imposed on me by do gooder politicians. Capitalism works because we each act in our perceived self interest so long as we do not cause injury to others. Not an unfettered Darwinian free for all where the strong crush the weak with impunity, but where people are limited by a moral structure such as laid out in Judeo-Christian ethics. Laws are necessary to punish transgressions such as theft, assault, murder, etc., but not to limit the size of a soft drink you can buy or whether you are willing to work for less than a stated hourly rate of pay. Our current government and President seem to have no conscience about directing the rest of us on how we must live. I despair… Read more »
FOTH
3 years 6 months ago
European economist, Hilaire Belloc in his 1912 book, “The Servile State” predicted that efforts to regulate the natural instability of free-market capitalism would lead inexorably to a state managed economy and social structure that would more resemble slavery than individual freedom. He explained that as it becomes more difficult (due more to government meddling in the market rather than failure of the market itself) for ordinary people to secure their needs they will willing move under the care of government (onto the government plantations, if you will) where there will receive their daily bread according to their needs as those needs are defined by their masters, in exchange for their freedom to make their own choices about how and where they live. While later economists have discounted Mr. Belloc’s suggested remedy to the problem described as not being a valid solution, they have by-and-large, admired him for his foresight in… Read more »
Paul
3 years 6 months ago
Reality tell us nothing lasts forever. I have no doubt that every person who was living in a society on the way down could never imagine that the demise would happen in their lifetime. We have the opportunity to be perhaps the 1st great nation to accept that fact and fix our country to a model that has always worked, from a model that has never worked. We have a city in our country Detroit that IS the model of what will happen. 50-60 years ago Detroit was a thriving vibrant city and the 4th largest in the USA. Then along came a liberal Democrat mayor Jerome Cavanaugh who started the model city program, the UAW keep raising the stakes and almost killed the US auto industry and on and on. NOW – about 700,000 people are all that’s left in the city. The HS graduation rate is 25%, the… Read more »
Wayne
3 years 6 months ago
I’ve been saying this for years. This country will end up in another Civil War where millions will die. The only way to prevent this is to divide the country in two. Each person will have a choice which side he or she wants to go and once you make that decision, you cannot change your mind. If you pretend to be a conservative and are actually a liberal and cause problems, you can be removed to the liberal side. Each country can have a separate name, laws, president, education system, money system, taxes, etc. We already know what each side wants. The liberals want a cradle to grave nanny state where all make the same amount of money. There would be no successful people, but also, no losers.Everyone would throw their money into one giant pot where all would divide it equally.Drugs would be OK, but no smoking cigarettes.… Read more »
Richard Hand
3 years 6 months ago
Based upon appearances of what is, and has, been going on this idea of Wayne’s appears to be a GREAT solution but I am afraid that it ignores the fly in the ointment. Liberals/democrats only pretend to be overly concenrned with minorities, the poor, gay people, etc. because they are wanting the votes from these folks so they can stay in power.. A divided country would suddenly expose this farce and all hell would break loose, first within the liberal portion of the country in not being able to deal with the continuing demands of the “free lunch bunch) but also because of the sudden realization by the current liberal working people that socialism really does not work except for the dictator and friends. The failings of ALL current failing non-working government programs would be amplified and the number of RINO’s (republicans in name only) would begin to increase exponentially… Read more »
Marshall
3 years 6 months ago

What an outstanding idea!! It will be fun to see how they would fund their lives without manufacturing. It would also be great to watch, as it always does, to see the wealthy cream of the crop that were once Progressives and are now the rich and powerful, be run out of the collective. Think about that. The population of the conservatives would grow without adding any new babies to the population. LOL

Ron
3 years 6 months ago

I have been also saying the same thing for some time now. I am not sure it will be in two, though. I would point to the U.S.S.R. which in 1979 was probably the strongest country (militarily) on the planet. Approximately15 years later it broke up into a number of pieces. I can definitely see that happening here. We no longer seem to have (or want) a common identity.

Geri Russell
3 years 6 months ago
I, too, agree with Wayne and have been espousing a similar idea to my friends. I believe the country could be divided in thirds to accommodate the liberals on the far East Coast and the liberals on the far West Coast to be separate countries with the Conservative middle of the country as one. It could be done by voting in each state as to which country they wish to adhere to. Looking at a political map from 2010, some of these states appear to be half blue and half red so they may have to split. Interestingly enough, the blue halves of most of those states are always on the coastal side and the red half is the interior half–is that a coincidence or is there something in salt water!! The huge deficit would have to be divided by population in each country. I am sure the conservative country… Read more »
Sumochen
3 years 6 months ago

I like Wayne’s idea. My side gets the best seats, ok?

Jeannette
3 years 6 months ago

That is an excellent idea and should make everyone happy, correct? The conservatives, entrepeneurs, independent, responsible people will favor this. The liberals not so much because their cash cow will leave. These then are the reasons we should pursue this, and it may be the only way we can get our children back and our country back. Do you have an organization or website to pursue this?

J.J.K.
3 years 6 months ago

The American Dream was and is to be able to work to better oneself, not to be standing around with your hand out asking for BIG BROTHER to give you everything. Nothing has any value if you don’t earn (work for) it. Years ago when when a married couple had a child, the first words they would hear from it were either MaMa or DaDa. Today the first words out of kids mouths are “I WANT or GIVE ME.” Whatever happened to working around the house for an allowance? Everything is given to these kids and so they have no sense of value. I could go on but I think you get the idea.

FOTH
3 years 6 months ago

JJK—the First words out of a child’s mouth may have been Mama or Dada, but they entered the world crying for what they wanted and screaming when they didn’t get it, whether it be to have a dipper changed or to be fed. The problem with liberals is that they see no reason for anyone to mature beyond that primal instinct of birth. Liberals encourage grown people to go on demanding that someone be responsible for them; crying for everything to be given to them and screaming when they don’t get what they want. And liberals are more than willing to use other people’s money to give whatever is demanded by the child-minded hordes of dependency addicts they have created.

PaulE
3 years 6 months ago
So true. The solution to any problem, from the liberal perspective, was to throw money at it. If the problem still existed, then their solution was to throw even more money at it and continue this cycle indefinitely. Whether it be the War on Drugs, the War on Poverty or the War on whatever was the hot button issue of the day, the solution remained the same Throw money, lots of other peoples’ money, at the problem instead of addressing the real underlying issues. Of course, liberals don’t really want to “fix” any of these issues. they simply want to leverage them to justify building ever-larger, more complex and more expensive “government infrastructures” to manage these perceived problems. The more problems the government can identify in need of repair, the bigger and more expansive government can grow to justify its existence. If the government can identify enough problems to address,… Read more »
PaulE
3 years 6 months ago

So true. The solution to any problem, from the liberal perspective, was to throw money at it. If the problem still existed, then their solution was to throw even more money at it and continue this cycle indefinitely. Whether it be the War on Drugs, the War on Poverty or the War on whatever was the hot button issue of the day, the solution remained the same Throw money, lots of other peoples’ money, at the problem instead of addressing the real underlying issues.

Of course, liberals don’t really want to “fix” any of these issues. they simply want to leverage them to justify building ever-larger, more complex and more expensive “government infrastructures” to manage these perceived problems. The more problems the government can identify in need of repair, the bigger and more expansive government can grow to justify its existence.

Mahender
3 years 5 months ago

As both you and I have pointed out repadteely in the past, Barack Obama is not of the culture called, “Black American Culture.” He is not a “Black man.” He was raised by white and Indonesian socialists. He is a American White man. He is putting on a Socialist Minstrel Show.

PAKID
3 years 6 months ago

Just today MSNBC told us that the American Middle Class is disappearing, outnumbered by the “have nots.” Heck, I could have told them that years ago. Romney tried to set the record straight, but was hooted down by all those folks looking for a handout from their Savior, Barak.

John R in Birmingham
3 years 6 months ago

If you want to know what the Dems want, simply listen to what they say they are Not doing. In the deep south we are known for calling it “like it is.” The Obama vision is for Marxism through deceit. Keeping power, distoring the truth, and trying to destroy conservatism is part of the mission.

Thom R
3 years 6 months ago

FOTH – Liberalism is in fact a mental disorder (clinically proven).
Socialism fails – because it diminishes the intrinsic value of the
individual as a creation of an Omnipotent Creator, created by
the way in His image, not yours.
OK now go ahead and regurgetate the socialist kool-aid.

FOTH
3 years 6 months ago

Thom R–You are right, Liberalism is a mental disorder, the main symptom being delusions of grandeur. I attempted to bring that out in the post to which you are referring. The entire post is a parody of the socialist argument. Of course you have to read the last paragraph to see that. :-)

PaulE
3 years 6 months ago

Looks like I was the only one who got your post was a parody. :-)

Diane Carlin
3 years 6 months ago

If President Obama and his Senate/Congress are so hell bent on socialism why don’t they start by disributing their own wealth? And then add all those Hollywood egotists to the mix. Let us tell Michele Obama to stop jetting around the county on OUR MONEY!
While I am certainly open to helping those who really need help, I’ll be dammed if I am going to distribut, to anyone but our children, what I am my husband have worked our entire lives for. I grew up poor and worked hard for what we have acquired, trust me, it can be done and I truely appreciate what we have.
I agree with PaulE. far too many Americans lack the knowledge useful to understand what is happening to this country.

FOTH
3 years 6 months ago
PaulE—you are right that socialism has failed everywhere. But that doesn’t mean it cannot be made to work in America. No other nation where socialism has been implemented has had the wealth that America has. In point of fact most—no all–examples of Socialism in practice have been something much less that the true ideal of socialism as Karl Marx envisioned it to be. The subject nations were too poverty stricken to achieve that ideal. But America is different. We have the wealth to support the full implementation of the social programs that will provide the benefits which only socialism can provide. Not the least among those benefits could be the eradication of poverty and hunger—the driving forces behind conflict and war. The problem is that the wealth is not fairly distributed and the difficultly in achieving the socially equitable re-distribution is that the founders of the American government, in their… Read more »
PaulE
3 years 6 months ago
Not quite, but I have to give you a solid A for effort. Anyone not accustomed to trying to talk some degree of sense to a typical socialist “useful idiot” here in the Socialist States of the Northeast on a regular basis might have thought you serious though. Just two points: While you outlined almost all the real endgame objectives of socialism, as well as the typical “We are superior!” psychology they use to justify their positions on every issue, no real socialist would ever admit them to the general public, in such a forum, much less put them in writing. They always and I mean always mask their message behind vague emotional pleas based on vague terms such as “social justice”, “economic justice”, “equality” and yes “hope” and “change”. The only times I managed to get real socialists to admit their ultimate objectives is when I engage them in… Read more »
Claire
3 years 6 months ago
To PaulE, A great post and I totally agree. I find it so interesting that the “Progressives” (i.e.: socialists) are never really truthful in their language – it is, like you said, always very VAGUE and up to each person to decide; however, based on mostly non-truths. The “Hope and Change” campaign hat the Obama administration launched, was so vague, that I had to wonder, why everyone got so excited about it (without knowing what that term actually meant). Very clever way to fool those who don’t research and realize the repercussion of such vague language. We are middle a middle class family who have worked very hard to get where we are, and we resent those who would want to “ride on our backs” by benefiting from our years of hard work. As a Christian I do believe we need to share a portion of what we’ve accumulated through… Read more »
Faye
3 years 6 months ago

You didn’t have me hooked. I agree with Wayne. The only way we are ever going to solve this problem is to divide into two countries, all the liberals, all the welfare recipients, all the Medicaid recipients, everyone with their hands out while they sit on their butts, along with all the immigrants, legal or illegal who are living at the expense of American taxpayers go to the LiberalCountry, while the movers and shakers, the people who actually work for a living go to the ConervativeCountry. Then let’s see how long the LiberalCountry lasts before they start whining that they didn’t get a fair deal. I give ’em six months.

FOTH
3 years 6 months ago

Faye—In the abstract Wayne’s model solution is valid but such a solution cannot likely be constructed as a practical model. I think a scenario much like that envisioned by Ayn Rand in her, “Atlas Shrugged,” is much more likely to unfold. Have you read that novel or perhaps seen the newly released movie version of “ Atlas Shrugged”. DVD’s of both parts one and two have now been released. I highly recommend it and think you would enjoy it in either the book or movie format. In the meantime, I hope you did see that my post above was a parody of the socialist argument.

PaulE
3 years 6 months ago
You could simplify the discussion for AMAC members, if you simply discarded the term Progressives and called them what they really are. They are Socialists pure and simple. The term Progressive was created to mask what they really stood for long ago, when people either saw first-hand or read about the atrocities associated with Socialism. If you look at what Socialism at its roots stands for, it is for government run, government controlled everything. The government is the center of the universe in socialism and the citizens exist merely to serve the state, which determines virtually everything. Socialism has always resulted in economic and human misery wherever it has been tried. It never ends well. We now have a President and many members of his cabinet and Congress that openly claim to be Progressives. That means they are Socialists. But due to the fact that so few Americans understand what… Read more »
Patriot38
3 years 6 months ago

Very well put PaulE. Aren’t euphemisms just wonderful? They are like wearing a mask in a play. You can do almost anything, and get away with it, when no one can see your real face. A little like bank robbers or the terrorists, with a sock over their heads. I hate trying to be politically correct and all, especially when trying to find the clean end of the t**d to pick it up! I purposefully avoid being politically correct, since it is nearly as hazardous to this Republic as democracy. I enjoyed reading all the comments, many others were also very well put. Thanks to all.

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