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Restoring Love

Posted by Brian Epps on July 29, 2012

A few pics from Glen Beck’s Restoring Love gathering last night at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX.

The theme of Restoring Love is charity.   Charity is too important to our souls and selves to hand off to government.   It is not enough to say, “I gave at the ballot box or the tax office.”   It is OUR job, and we have shirked it too long.

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The Four Factors and Why Palin Can Win.

Posted by Brian Epps on December 9, 2010

Based on my observations, there are four factors to winning office in presidential politics.
Foundational:

  • 1: This is who I am.
  • 2: This is what I believe.

Political:

  • 3: This is what I want to do.
  • 4: Come join me. (The only mandatory factor)

In order to win, a political figure needs at least one of the first three factors to be compelling, with factor 4 being mandatory in that no one will vote for someone they don’t want to join with politically.

Obama, as it has been revealed, pulled a bait-and-switch with factors 1 and 2 to get enough people to want to pull the lever for him (factor 4).  He was not really very specific about 3 and the press avoided reporting the times he was.  Unfortunately for him, a false narrative always collapses, and it seems to be doing so early and in public view.

Factors 1 and 2 are tough for any conservative to get across, since few in the intelligentsia – especially the press – are willing to believe or honestly report on a conservative.  There, too, a false narrative is used to paint a distorted picture, but betting on a false narrative over a long period is a suckers bet.  It happens from time to time, but needs to be unchallenged to work.

Palin has had a false narrative running against her from the day she accepted McCain’s offer.  The press will continue to use that false narrative (dumb, inexperienced, unqualified) no matter what she does, so her only option is to bypass the press.

Palin’s TLC show is giving Americans a close look at factor 1. She has also published books covering factors 1 (Going Rogue) and 2 (America by Heart).  I expect her earliest campaign to be philosophical as well, explaining again what she believes.  Her op-eds (and her likely next book) cover factors 2 and 3.  Any campaign she runs will use all three to try to gain factor 4.

As for myself, I support Palin so far because:

  • 1: I think I know who she is, and I like her.  If something convinces me that she is not who she presents herself to be, this can change.
  • 2: I share most of her beliefs.  If something convinces me she is being disingenuous in what she says she believes, this can change.
  • 3: I think what she wants as far as policy are good, so far as she has expressed policy preferences.  Should she express a policy preference I disagree with, this can change.
  • And so…
  • 4: I will join her.  This can change.

If I am right, Palin will win 2012 in a landslide.

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Big and Small

Posted by Brian Epps on October 1, 2010

“If only the government wouldn’t try so hard to help us, we might all be a lot better off.”

That is the final sentence in this post by Phil Liberatore at Big Government.  It is also the most fundamental principal to remember about the effect of government trying to think small.

Small?  Yes, small

It is a paradoxical truth, to borrow a phrase, that the smaller the things government tries to do, the bigger,  more unwieldy, and more ineffective it gets..

Governments can do big thing pretty well.  Winning a war, a moon shot, a national highway system, all these things actually benefit from there being a large, central authority coordinating the individual parts into a cohesive whole.  But try to turn that around and you get disaster.  When you try to coordinate central systems to do a whole lot of individual things with individual goals and results, you get individual tragedies.

Education?  The more centralized it gets, the worse it performs. The DOE was established in the 70’s, creating an incentive to produce larger, more centralized school districts with literally millions of students under their sway, has this improved education?  It seems that the largest school systems are the ones graduating ignorant savages and keeping child molesters on the payroll.  A small  school system with a couple of thousand students has a big problem if one single teacher is not getting the job done.    A large system is far more capable of absorbing failure and passing the buck.

Welfare?  A large centralized system is so full of holes that abuse is rampant and multi-generational poverty is actually encouraged to keep the central planners in their cushy little chairs. If we were to judge solely on results, we would have to conclude that the nationalized welfare system was specifically created by George Wallace to keep blacks” in their place”.  No matter how compassionate the systems creators and administrators may be, the end result is a soulless machine that pigeonholes everyone in it and punishes them harshly for leaving their pigeonhole.

Heath Care?  Take a look at what centralization of heath care results in.  People getting free breast implants for their teenage daughters while cancer patients, who would almost certainly recover with treatment, are kept on waiting lists until they are untreatable.   Surgeons in the UK routinely stop at the pub for a pint at lunch before going in and cutting up another in their overloaded queues of patients.  Those queues are overloaded because so few people of intelligence want to be a surgeon in a system that treats them like dirt.  The fact that the system treats doctors poorly means only those who are willing to tolerate being treated poorly will work in it, ending up with substandard doctors who drink before cutting.

For the patients it gets worse.  The lack of doctors and overloaded queues means treatment is slow in coming ans substandard when it arrives.  To add insult to injury, as the system gets more overloaded, it tries to limit it’s load by denying more drugs, treatments, and procedures, especially in the eerily prophetic “last months of life” (that would not be your last months if you got the proper treatment in many cases).

“Now, wait a minute,” you say.  “Those things aren’t small!”

Your individual education, welfare, and health care are big things to you, but the key word is individual.  You are just one of hundreds of millions of people in this country.  Compared to all of them at once you are quite small.  As long as someone in a central office can produce a nice chart, he doesn’t give a fart in hell about you.

You are smaller than the chart.

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