Speaker Boehner and the House GOP, it is time to re-read Sun Tzu: "When your weapons are dulled and ardour damped, your strength exhausted and treasure spent, neighboring rulers will take advantage of your distress to act. And even though you have good counsellors, none will be able to lay good plans for the future,"
-- The Art of War, pg. 73 "If a general is unable to control his impatience and orders his troops to swarm up the hill like ants, one third of them will be killed without taking the city, Such is the calamity of these attacks."
-- The Art of War, pp. 78-9 "If the enemy is strong and I am weak, I temporarily withdraw and do not engage,"
-- The Art of War, pg. 89
Conference Committee and negotiation, that's how Congress works. You cannot blame Bush and Republicans forever if you want them at the table. Maria Bartiromo at CNBC put it best:
Now, a gift from a California Republican to the intransigent Democratic Majority in the Executive Branch and the Senate.....
A lesson on How to negotiate!
1) The GOP and Tea Party want to get Government spending under control -- not wipe it off the map. By allowing both groups and Speaker Boehner to "Save Face," a deal can be reached;
2) Senator Reid needs to own up by not going to Conference Committee, lo these many years, he owns "The Fiscal Cliff," and
3) If the GOP is attacked, the Partisans defend -- if done during the inauguration, what riots will break out? All President Obama and Senator Reid must do is give countering numbers. Speaker Boehner did it with Plan B. Your pieces cannot remain immobile on the Chess board.
In the end, the ball will be kicked into the 113th Congress and if a budget is passed, I will be surprised.
My question: Why did the Democrats never pass an Appropriation Bill?
If we must broach on 42, let us start with Douglas Adams' famous work, made into a BBC TV show (which was better then the Hollywood movie, sorry Hollywood: Story + Character = Show/movie I want to watch again and again):
When Club Monte Cristo was taken from the Goths, so was a place many of us called "Our second Home," When the Lord of the Rings ended (as well asNarnia), magic was leaving from its Mundane Then there was the Election. The Ideologues beat the Pragmatics -- a first in the modern era of my industry (Modern Era in American politics begins 1992). Both those tropes apply. The magic was truly gone from the Mundane.
Club Monte Cristo represented a safe haven whilst I saw the Election spiral from Pragmatics to propaganda (and the silence of the Romney campaign to 'Local Yokels' is an unpublished story); when that was gone, there was no safe haven for me to dance in the dark.
Where Aslan took Narnia's Magic
Now, I am a fully sworn in member of RPLAC (50th AD) -- I continue to be Pragmatic when others listen to Rhetoric and take it as real. I planned the future a few days before my Birthday -- 42. Life, the Universe, and Everything. To succeed, I must fight within my Party (Ideological and National) and Outside (Democrats and the MSM) -- but that's another post.
What things am I thankful for?
1. My readers -- without you, I'd just be a guy shouting on a (palm tree lined, sunny) street corner;
2. My family -- When we were out to dinner to celebrate my Birthday, my Mom, my Sister and I all laughed at something. A strong family means whatever Devil my disease can raise, is in check.
3. My friends -- I have friends in three circles -- Goths, Politicos, and Bloggers. Without all of you, I would be the guy still standing on the (Palm tree, sunny) Street Corner.
4. Muses, past, current and future: Without having a Muse, a writer cannot write. If I dance with you on the dance floor, or chat with you on Facebook (or text you) or over an Italian dinner, you have already charmed me. Art requires beauty and I see it in the Dark.
5. Good Italian food. There is nothing to say, but it makes me happy. Being happy and content are some of my goals. Settling down with a beautiful Muse and creating the Palm Tree Empire is my next one.
OK, back to politics before Congress comes back!
My question: Is the Magic ending in your life? Or is it Returning?
As someone who DOES have Mental illness and is a Goth (and has been stereotyped by Goths as the worst of the GOP -- no one is immune from stereotyping), let me explain what helps or hurts the situ right now. (My Birthday post is next).
First, let's tackle Mental Illness.
The DSM-IV has multiple mental disorders that anyone can suffer from. Very few people with a Mental Illness are going to follow in Lanza's footsteps, or Loughner, or Holmes. But sometimes when I introduce that I have bi-polar depression, I sometimes see the shadow behind the eyes asking: Will he hurt me?
If you want to know about THIS person who deals with Bi-polar depression and Aspergers: I am more suicidal then homicidal.
The way I deal with my illness is simple:
1) I take my pills;
2) I go to my Talk Therapy;
3) I go to my Psychiatrist to judge how (1) is doing; and
4) I make or go out for some Pasta -- it keeps me happy.
If you know someone with Mental Illness, they need to do all these things. I wanted to keep my head on straight because I understand politics and policy; If I went off my pills or stopped talk therapy, I could not be of use within those realms. And some people with my disease look for the "Conspiracy Politics,"
That's not me.
If you meet someone who deals with Mental Illness, don't stereotype unless they act out -- then you must realize that the person needs their meds. The Meds bring the one with illness close to normalcy.
When it comes to the question of institutionalisation, Mental health has many degrees of socialization. I'm lucky to be at the high end, I can talk and negotiate with people who work on Capitol Hill and Sacramento. I can dance and talk with beautiful Muses.
Others, such as the many homeless who are about, cannot do these things. There is a hole in the Social Security system to that hurts those with mental illness, but that is a discussion for another day. Those who cannot handle the normal social setting do need time in an institution, under doctor's care.
Those are the ones who might find the way to the guns.
No, as I described back here all Goths want is to be left alone to enjoy their art, their music, and their Dancing. Goths may look like human porcupines, but we have many different styles, just like Republicans. Look at this:
And finally, to help you understand, watch this video:
Also, as someone who has been involved in politics since I was 15, i am annoyed that people who venture into my world, stereotype us all, then judge me for the words of those who don't even live among us here in the Southland.
If you look to the sidebar --> the simple ideal of the GOP is "Commerce, Democracy and Rock & Roll," There is a future post about the many myths of the two parties, one of the myths is that Abortion will go away.
Travel backwards if you want to understand the Now: "...By testing the opportunities of street violence to the very limits, Clodius blazed a trail that others were preparing to follow. In December 58 [BCE] Clodius' term of office came to an end. Among the new tribunes was a gruff and brutal Pompeian. Titus Annius Milo. Encouraged by his patron, Milo formally indicted Clodius for employing violence, an open and shut case if there ever was one. Clodius, by appealing to his brother Appius, who was Praetor that year, managed to have the charge suppressed, and ordered his gangs to ransack Milo's house in revenge. "But the new Tribune, backed by the infinite sources of Pompey, and aware he was dead meat unless he met violence with violence...He [Milo] began to recruit gangs of his own, not, as Clodius had done by bribing amateurs from the slums, but by importing well-armed well-trained heavies from Pompey's estates and buying up gladiators to steel their ranks. "At a stroke, Clodius' monopoly on street violence ended, a challenge to which the former Tribune rose with...gusto. The gang warfare escalated daily. Soon, it became so brutal that all Government Institutions in the Forum, including the Law Courts, had to be suspended. Day after day, across the public places of Rome, the tides of anarchy ebbed and flowed."
-- Tom Holland, Rubicon, pp. 244-45
Welcome to the slow birth of the First Triumvirate.
[This is a very personal post by Yours Truly. If you want to stick to Politics and Policy, please wait until tomorrow when more Political Posts will arrive. This is sort of a shout out to my Goth and Blogger crowd. My Politico crowds (CA and DC) don't worry because I am a Pragmatist with Idealist goals. No one questions my professionalism in my Industry. The Blogger crowd saw the Plague Year, this post is an Addendum to that tale. So, read on if you care or move on if you must.]
As I was growing up, around this time it was always hard to gather people for my Birthday (Christmas is a'comin'!) which led to a second major issue which ties in with my Bipolar depression:
Growing up, I was ignored. A lot.
New York City was falling apart around my ears, my parents were struggling and no one heard me. I hid myself in comics, sci-fi (especially Star Wars and Star Trek) and history. When you are ignored, hiding come easily.
This song fits:
Since I spent time being ignored, I learned a trick that lasted me until I was 38 -- hiding my emotions and hiding from myself. As a kid, I spent it imagining many things -- it inspired me to become a writer; once I hit Junior High, I started to see how crazy the world was.
Once I found Politics in High School, mixed in with seeing how the NYC fell apart, I understood one thing: Politics/Policy will always be here. There is always someone who wants to be King. And because I enjoyed the novella Heart of Darkness and the biography of Joseph Conrad, I understood I cannot be a writer alone, but Politics will be my Oceans as I gather characters and stories for a future fiction book.
Then I got to college and did my internship on Capitol Hill. Being King is one thing, but staffers will always know more Policy then the King. And one lesson I learned in DC is how important Loyalty is.
There is one Rule I have in stone when it comes to meeting Beautiful Muses: If they are with someone, if they are engaged or married -- I stop. I believe in Karma due my studies in American Political History. Don't believe karma exists in Politics?
1960 IL balanced out by 2000 FL;
1980 Reagan over Carter balanced out by 1992 Clinton over Bush Sr;
1973 Impeachment balanced out by 1998; and
D 40 years holding the House of Reps v the Rise of GOP in the House of Reps;
Karma exists. I am a history and Congressional geek -- I see it.
When you hide, you find books are the best places to be. I hid in History, Political Biographies (especially of Nixon and Churchill) and sci-fi.
It worked so well, i didn't even care by 36-37 if I felt any emotions or not.
When I was on Capitol Hill, I felt on top of the world. I grasped the pragmatics of getting a Bill through, of understanding Policy and of building coalitions for your view. I learned the important "Drink without drinking," What made me happy there was I was listened to and understood.
In dealing with RPLAC and the CRP, my voice is heard, but strangely when it come to something (as an Asperger sufferer) that I studied, lived and researched, my views on Politics in the Goth world meant shit. My Right in the dark came apart before I could even bring the third candidate.
I was ignored again.
Another rule I live by is "To Tell the Truth as I See it," That goes with Blogging, and it goes to Politics and friends. I don't propagandize unless there is a TV Camera shining in my face or if I have to write an article for a PARTISAN magazine. I don't propagandize my friends and family.
As someone who learned the Old School, I listen to the problems, if i don't have an answer or if I must research, I say so. Some people don't understand that politics is a business. Putting together Right in the Dark was part of that. When I asked to be listened to, I was ignored.
The right to rule is based on the virtue of the ruler and his good performance as a steward for Heaven.
The right to rule may be passed down from father to son, but only on
the conditions established above. Once the Mandate is lost, the will of
Heaven towards a successor will only be known by the working out of the
imponderable force of events in human history.
These four leading ideas have important implications:
Legitimization of the ruling house in the eyes of the people who come under its sway.
Times of divided rule require some rationalization after the fact to establish which ruler can claim truly to have the Mandate.
The rulers put checks on their own behavior, and are encouraged to invest in the well-being of their subjects.
The rulers necessarily fear rebellion, possibly because they believe
in active intervention from Heaven, and/or possibly because they know
that misbehavior will give positive sanction to attempts by others to
Since democrats believe in the above, what other stories are there for Second terms?
And from Plutarch: Consequently, Pyrrhus found himself obliged to fight
another battle, and after recuperating his army he marched to the city
of Asculum, where he engaged the Romans. Here, however, he was forced
into regions where his cavalry could not operate, and upon a river with
swift current and wooded banks, so that his elephants could not charge
and engage the enemy's phalanx.
Therefore, after many had been wounded
and slain, for the time being the struggle was ended by the coming of
night. But on the next day, designing
to fight the battle on level ground, and to bring his elephants to bear
upon the ranks of the enemy, Pyrrhus occupied betimes the unfavourable parts of
the field with a detachment of his troops; then he put great numbers of
slingers and led his forces to the attack in dense array and with a
So the Romans, having no opportunity for sidelong shifts
and counter-movements, as on the previous day, were obliged to engage
on level ground and front to front; and being anxious to repulse the
enemy's men-at‑arms before their elephants came up, they fought fiercely
with their swords against the Macedonian spears, reckless of their
lives and thinking only of wounding and slaying, while caring naught for
what they suffered.
After a long time,
however, as we are told, they began to be driven back at the point
where Pyrrhus himself was pressing hard upon his opponents; but the
greatest havoc was wrought by the furious strength of the elephants,
since the valour of the Romans was of no avail in fighting them, but
they felt that they must yield before them as before an onrushing billow
or a crashing earthquake, and not stand their ground only to die in
vain, or suffer all that is most grievous without doing any good at all.
After a short flight the Romans reached their camp, with a loss of six
thousand men, according to Hieronymus, who also says that on the side of
Pyrrhus, according to the king's own commentaries, thirty-five hundred
and five were killed. Dionysius,
however, makes no mention of two battles at Asculum, nor of an admitted
defeat of the Romans, but says that the two armies fought once for all
until sunset and then at last separated; Pyrrhus, he says, was wounded
in the arm by a javelin, and also had his baggage plundered by the Daunians;
And there fell, on the side of Pyrrhus and on that of the Romans, over fifteen thousand men.
The two armies separated; and we are told that Pyrrhus said to one who
was congratulating him on his victory, "If we are victorious in one more
battle with the Romans, we shall be utterly ruined." For
he had lost a great part of the forces with which he came, and all his
friends and generals except a few; moreover, he had no others whom he
could summon from home, and he saw that his allies in Italy were
becoming indifferent, while the army of the Romans, as if from a
fountain gushing forth indoors, was easily and speedily filled up again,
and they did not lose courage in defeat, nay, their wrath gave them all
the more vigour and determination for the war.
Let's roll the clocks back to November 6, 2012 -- at a moment where most Republicans from different states put up with a lot of crap from their own side (and the continual Tarkin Doctrine and Emmanuel Goldsteining of our Moderates), did President Obama give a bomfog speech? Or campaign with a plan for his Second Term?
for the election just passed, a sophisticated campaign operation and dedicated
supporters helped to re-elect President Obama. One thing that didn’t get Obama
re-elected was a clear, second-term agenda. He is unique among American
presidents for having been elected twice without a defined agenda.
lack of agenda, let alone a mandate, represents an opportunity for Republicans.
Beyond attempting to raise taxes and signing executive orders, what is Obama
going to do over the next 4 years? Recall that he barely did anything at all in
2012. The answer, is that 2012-2016 will be a lot like 2012.
"Also keep in mind that second-term, off-year elections are generally
unkind to a President’s Party. This time, they could be especially so
because we are arguably headed for difficult economic times given
Obamacare’s looming implementation, proposed tax increases, and ever
more in the way of regulations."
sickly economy and lack of an agenda gives Republicans an opportunity to make
2014 a big year. In contrast to a rudderless Obama, if Republicans become real
government reformers, 2014 could in fact be exceptional. Here is the plan to do
Republicans should pick out significant government programs that are not working.
Obviously, that will be incredibly easy. Then they should lay out specific cost
savings from those failed programs.
the next two years, the Republicans should hold a monthly press conference[s]... wherein they explain:
The original purpose of
the Non-working Program,
Who was originally
supposed to have benefited from the Non-working Program,
The GOP’s Reformed
Why the Reformed Program
is better for the Nation,
How much the Reformed
Program will save taxpayers, and
How many teachers per
year could be saved if Democrats would join Republicans in saving
taxpayers this money.