Michael Savage, 2012, Trickle Down Tyranny: Crushing Obama’s Dream of the Socialist States of America. NY: Harper Collins, 323 pp., about $20 on discount at most, but not all, Barnes & Noble.
“The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of ‘liberalism,’ they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day, America will be a socialist nation without knowing how it happened…I no longer need to run as a Presidential Candidate for the Socialist Party. The Democrat Party has adopted our platform.” Norman Thomas, 1944
Michael Savage has a new book and enough fans to make him the number three talk show host in this country. And he earns enough to support a home in San Francisco, float his boat in the bay, provide snacks for Teddy, his poodle, and underwrite his lawsuits against the British government because they won’t let him into their country. While at home, he skewers both Republicans and Democrats. Another marker of his success: his first book, Death of the White Male, is unavailable except for one paperback copy through Amazon for only $89. I think it’s used. And he, like a mating bird, does well with rapid-fire utterances that suppress the softer-spoken and most of you who pass the marshmallow test.
Savage calls for our next president to restore our foreign policy and our military, transform our energy use, solve our healthcare problems, establish our borders, and protect ourselves from global economic sinkholes. (The American financial collapse in 1929 was a key factor in the collapse of the Weimar Republic and the rise of National Socialism. We gambled with our investments at home and bought Hitler.)
He highlights Obama’s scandals: The news media, the treasury, the justice department, and the radical friends whom Obama buys. Corporate partners, destructive foreign policy, our military collapse from within, and Obama’s destructive energy policy … all are fair, known, targets. Savage’s arguments – in paragraphs of one- or two-sentences – match the seventh grade reading skills of the American public. They also fit neatly on a Kindle, Nook, iPad, or in a tweet.
Ironies: the United States has more petroleum-related energy assets than any other nation but also has an addict’s dependence on the Middle East. We could be free but choose to spend $4 per gallon now and ten in the future rather than two today. Obama’s foreign policy – led by Hillary and her associates – give preferential treatment to hostile Islamists in Egypt, Libya, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tunisia, and Bahrain. (He is silent about the expulsion of Christians by Muslims in north and central Africa.)
Savage does not address our demographic problem – woman make money and kill children – or our fragmented family structure. A sometimes clinician, he also ignores Obama’s schizophrenic (Dad – bipolar, narcissist, alcoholic; Mother – schizoid, sociopath) heritage, his early Muslim training, his radical leanings in a privileged high school, and the possibility that when things are quiet, Obama goes to the golf course where he might sniff coke as he did in school.
The Neglected BIG Rules
Regression to the Mean … Politics requires your knowing and wanting the average rather than the defective or the superior. Savage, for example, ignores the sharp contrasts in abilities of people on one or another of a border. Israelis, for example, have an average IQ of 115 and a shelf of inventions and Nobel prizes but Palestinians with 70s have collected bombed buildings, broken glass, desecrated shrines, and corpses of husbands and sons. The bias, especially of most mothers and masses of liberals, is to eliminate variation … males are watched with equal suspicion for the gifted and the criminal. Schools are “dumbed down” so that teachers maintain synchrony with their students. The United States once screened out the impulsive and dependent whether from Mexico, the Orient, or Europe but the late Ted Kennedy opened our gates to them in 1965 when whole families could come in and “anchor babies” were given citizenship. We began to give preference to swarms of uneducated, desperate people who had a limited sense of their futures and were easily recruited to become Democrats. The talented, the trained, scratched their heads while they waited.
Genomics … The bathroom door you use depends on the shape of something that you hide. It is common, however, for males to have “feminine” behavior and females to display “masculine” behavior. This bias was probably set during your time in your mother’s belly and refined you for the rest of your life. This bias may account for our collapsing population as well as for the collectivist nature of people who deliver your news. (Although some of us may have one setting in infancy and old age and a different one during our middle years. Very young and very old men sometimes act like their mothers.)
“Masculine” biases include a preference for exploration, acquiring property, and in starting more children with multiple partners. Males often have greater impulsiveness, greater muscle mass, more exploratory and territorial behavior, and – bless us guys – both more aggression and greater inventiveness. We also have a weaker development of our verbal capacities but a stronger one of our three-dimensional math aptitudes and a larger right frontal cortex. “Feminine” bias includes a reluctance to have children or to care for them, smaller muscle mass, more lateral thinking, greater rule-compliance, and more verbal agility. Femininity often includes a preference for bigger governments and more services – paid for by the affluent. Women abort children. They also put erratic guys on leashes.
Thus, Rush Limbaugh’s “new castrati” and Schwarzenegger’s “girly men” probably share some genetic foundation. It is very possible – if unproven – that we lost most of our “masculine” types during our recent world wars. After all, the timid, the clever, and the rule-bound can find a leash that helps them to avoid nearly anything.
Barabási/Csermely and Network Analysis:
Network analysis has been applied to plots in a film or stage play: “… cast size usually matches the size of human networks, 25 to 35 individuals and the number of characters active in a scene is identical to the size of natural human conversations, involving a maximum of four actors. Moreover, the internalization of the intentions, motivations, words and deeds of the 4 actors requires the audience to think to the fifth order, so to speak. A typical sentence to reflect this complexity is the following: “I believe that A supposes that B intends to guess how C understands what D thinks.” Fifth order thinking is the usual cognitive limit even though the author may think to the sixth order. (Csermely, 2006, 227)
Savage doesn’t do these things but neither do most contemporary political writers.
Human organizations also parallel the four stages that are seen in Bose-Einstein gas near absolute zero. True for traffic flow, cellular phone use, dances, sports events, and political organizations. Groups often proceed through 1) chaos; 2) the Matthew Effect (them that has, get more [Merton 1968; St. Matthew 25:29]), 3) winner-take-all, and finally, 4) collapse and recycling.
America is in Stage 3 where everyone looks for and often complies with a uniform set of rules – in our case, “multiculturalism” and “progressivism.” Stage 3 works fine until a meteor, virus, flood, invasion, or an electromagnetic pulse demand new solutions. The older guys (McCain) want to repeat what they’ve already done; the younger guys … unless they’re “new castrati” … invent something new that might work to save us all.
Other Authors … Dinesh DiSouza, David Freddoso, Michelle Malkin, David Limbaugh, Jack Cashill, and Aaron Klein have made similar offerings. This aggregate supports impeachment of Obama. It also suggests a stubborn incompetence in our legislators who haven’t carried it out. It’s been like having Madame Defarge without a guillotine.
Toynbee described the collapse of civilizations but also found that some civilizations could catch an updraft for as many as three times. Toynbee attributed these recoveries to synergistic movements from the members of a religion. He may be correct. “Values” for most of us are at least as important as “Money.” There is, therefore, some hope for us and our ash heap.
Obama also loses weight, seems irritable, is verbally confused, and takes plenty of “vacations.” He craves … now and apparently forever … accomplishing “outrageous things,” things that bring to mind the clinical finding that huge achievements reduce an addict’s need for cocaine. His campaign podium, speeches in Cairo and Berlin, gifts to the royal family, his mass of photos on the White House walls, grand promises and grander tours for him and his wife … all could help him manage a habit. Can he pass a surprise drug test? Or does his presidency protect him from such annoyances?
As for our immediate Obama, the one that we have right now, consequences have a larger influence on him than lectures or begging. Nasty news helps. Further, cut what he gives to his contributors and make him and Michelle stay home and eat her cooking by eliminating their gasoline money. And maybe something less than Sidwell Friends for their girls.
Ridicule is another option. Cartoonists and comedians have lots of material and James O’Keefe knows how to do it in real life. We clowns might as well have our own outrageous achievements – “crank” us up!
Finally, Mark Levin remarked that we need a candidate who demonstrates a “love for America.” Savage agrees with him. If we can’t find one, I guess we’ll have to figure it out from the bottom up just as people always have …
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