Today on the Conservative Christian Movement Podcast I’ll give details on Saul Alinsky’s Ninth rule for Radicals, I’ll talk about failed government programs and why it’s important to know about them. I I’ll find more examples of liberal melt downs. I’ll have some bonus content as well. Show Notes for this episode can be found at CCMPodcast.com. Thank you for joining in, let’s hit it.
The verse of the day: Jeremiah 5:21 New International Version (NIV)
Hear this, you foolish and senseless people, who have eyes but do not see, who have ears but do not hear:
This podcast is about opening eyes and ears so that you may Be—Know—Do. People who know the real story are less likely to be swindled, mislead or taken to the proverbial woodshed… I spoke in my podcast about how much of a news story is necessary. In general the first sentence is all you need to know. Perhaps the second sentence will give you a bit more detail. Beyond that, no matter the source, it seems you get into opinions, heresy and flat out lies. For that reason, I suggested the front page of the Wall Street Journal as you source for news. You get a couple of headlines and nothing more (at least until you click the link to the full story.)
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The Ninth Rule for Radicals—
- The ninth rule: The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.
Nike said it best… Just Do It! Have you ever looked at a strange food and buckled under the fear of trying it? That’s me for most foods others eat. I never conquered that. Most hesitation in doing something— anything is rooted in some form of fear. This podcast for instance took two years of thinking, Not Good Enough, or after I get that new cable, or a new “fill in the blank.” Then analysis paralysis takes over. After you know it, something really not so scary in reality has not been done and most likely, the fear of it has grown.
Alinsky was considered by many to be a very smart man. I could argue he had little common sense or even decency when it came to respect for others and the property they own. But, this rule is accurate no matter which side of the isle you happen to stand on.
What is the threat of which he speaks? In my opinion he is speaking partially of the fear his follower felt over employing his tactics to hurt others. He mentions in his book the risk of people referring to a pastor as a racist so and so but softening when they may learn the pastor has some redeeming qualities. That activist may not be so ready to continue slinging mud at the pastor.
If you haven’t picked up on it yet, the world we live in, at least the liberal side of it is living these rules daily, pushed by the left wing media, sometimes Fox News, Facebook, Twitter, and so on. For his rules to function as intended, all these pieces must function without fear, keep up the pressure and ignore the good news while pressing hard to only drive the bad news into YOUR ears. Keep that in mind when you hear the news.
How bad can a government be anyway?
I’d say the quick answer to this is “Really Bad.” Not to knock our government by any stretch, I am simply sitting there is a purpose for government at the federal level, and then there are boundaries which probably shouldn’t be crossed. A simple internet search for “Failed Government Programs” will show you all you need to know. It will also clearly define the boundaries of federal versus state competencies.
Some of my favorite examples came in the Obama era (not specifically calling him out, but he did hire some real wing dingers for advisors).
Take “cash for clunkers” for example. The program was intended to accomplish three goals 1. To lessen our dependence on fossil fuels (and reduce carbon emissions) through more efficient cars (i.e. Smaller, more fuel efficient and Hybrids). 2. Pull in future vehicle purchases to current year sales. And 3. Boost US auto maker bottom lines and employment.
What really happened was typical Washington results. In the short term, car sales saw a bump upward. The $2.85 billion program succeeded in taking some old cars off the road. However, the beneficiaries of this cash giveaway were those who were searching for a new car anyway, not the lower income families who already drove the kind of cars at the center of the effort. This was due to financing being unavailable to those who couldn’t afford it. One could ask why they would borrow money anyway. Perhaps that was a win, keeping people who couldn’t afford payments from taking loans in the first place.
Additionally, to prevent fraud, the program required trade-ins to be scrapped, rather than resold. This took affordable cars off the market for the same families who could not use the program in the first place.
The auto industry in the United States had already been bailed out by the federal government, but the Cash for Clunkers was a second round of stimulus, or bail out, intended to further bolster US Automakers. Ultimately, very few replacement cars were purchased from US Companies. Foreign Automakers such as Toyota, Nissan and Hyundai took the lead and the cash. Perhaps Cash for Clunkers is the main reason we see so many Toyota Prius’ on the road today.
The jury is still out on the benefits to fuel economy and fossil fuel emissions in the US. Cars continue to become smaller, lighter and in my mind, less safe than ever before. Overall, the program has been credited as a serious money pit that fortunately had a beginning, a middle and end.
Then you had the cash for converters back in the transition from analog to digital TV. Upon switching to digital over the air services, old televisions without a converter box would cease to work. Enter our federal government to save the day. Congress allotted $1.3 billion for vouchers worth $40, in an effort to help offset the cost of converter boxes. The problem was, demand for the voucher nearly double the estimates. What’s worse, the supply of converters could not keep up with demand. Both vouchers and boxes were in short supply and ultimately the program died a gruesome death.
These were my favorite examples, but looking deeper and even worse were programs, as usual, intended to help citizens. Of those are the ever draining money loser, the US Postal Service, The ongoing death camp called the Veterans Administration and the broke and failing Social Security Administration.
To end on a really low note, I can’t leave out the US Department of Education. The idea of education is such an important one. Trusting our federal government to run it is the wrong action. I must say it is extremely fascinating to find a liberal magazine touting the negatives of a program, forever run by the liberals who read it. The Atlantic places the US school system performance in the 17th position for math and science.
The Liberal Rant of the week…
Joy Behar, says she is a Christian. As Christian’s we must take others at their word. However, words and actions speak volumes. It is easy to recognize when a person speaks out of both sides of his or her mouth. Miss Behar, one of the hosts of “The View” owned by Disney, was pretty harsh with her words toward Vice President Pence.
And I quote: “As bad as you think Trump is, you would be worried about Pence…everyone that is wishing for impeachment might want to reconsider their life,” she said in the clip. “I am Christian, I love Jesus, but he thinks Jesus tells him to say things.”
Her “Forced?” Apology: “I think Vice President Pence is right. I was raised to respect everyone’s religious faith, and I fell short of that. I sincerely apologize for what I said.”
Joy ultimately apologized for her comments both personally, but the underlying belief is persistent in the left. Congratulations! If your are a Christian who believes the Word of God is infallible, you are a fundamentalist. This in the mind of liberals is akin to having brain damage. What does that mean in the context of obtaining news in today’s world? It means the outlet feeding your information is jaded. If you are not willing to change your Biblical beliefs based on new social norms, then you are damaged as a person.
This is an example of prime tactics according to Saul Alinsky. The media is the mouthpiece, in.
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Coming in the next episode, I’ll cover Alinsky’s Tenth rule for radicals. I’ll talk about How a single issue can guide your vote and why delve into the Johnson Amendment (and it’s a very interesting topic from what I already know. Every Christian should understand this issue. As always, I’ll find more examples of liberal melt downs. Hopefully, YOU will share your reaction to my show. By the way, if you leave a message on Speak Pipe which is found on my contact page, ccmpodcast.com/contact, I may just play it during the show…
Until next time, be blessed.
Bible Verse from Bible Gateway
Joy Behar Comment:
Joy Behar Apology:
Left belief in Mental Illness in Christianity
Cash for Clunkers
Cash for Converters
US Department of Education Ratings