Who We Are

posted at 8:48 am on August 6, 2009 by Doctor Zero

There seems to be a bit of confusion among Democrats about the nature of the opposition to their plans. Maybe I can help clear things up, by telling them a few things about us.

We’re not paid minions of any corporate interest or lobby. Most bloggers working to stop the Obama health-care disaster are like me, writing when they can find the time, because we care about the future of our country. The same is true of the people showing up at town hall meetings, and organizing rallies. Some of us are well-dressed in tailored suits. Others wear jeans and T-shirts. Most of us are dressed in what we wore to work.

Our support for a massive government program does not increase when you tell us we’re not allowed to ask questions about it.

We’re not racists. We’re also not racialists. We don’t think a wise Latina is inherently more qualified to do anything than a wise Asian woman, a wise white woman, or a wise white man. We’re tired of being fed excuses for high government offices staffed by anything but the best people for the job. There are too many high government offices, so we’d like some of Obama’s absurdly incompetent appointees to take their titles with them when they leave. We remember what it was like when we got rid of the Clinton mob, so we’ll be conducting inventories on the contents of those vacated offices, before we turn out the lights and pour cement in the locks.

We don’t like having to fight desperate battles to save our freedom and future from socialist politicians every ten or twenty years. We don’t like having our time wasted with trillion-dollar statist fantasies, when our government is already trillions of dollars in the red. We’re tired of checking the papers each day, to see which group of us has been targeted as enemies of the State. We’re growing impatient waiting for the Democrats to come up with ideas that don’t require their supporters to hate someone. We’ve had our fill of “progressives” who act as if we’re living in 1909, and none of their diseased policies have ever been tried before.

We believe government should be punished for failing to live up to the expectations of its citizens, not the other way around. We don’t think people who destroy thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in market value should get a pass because they meant well. We’ve had enough of dodging a massive State that wants to organize, subsidize, penalize, and divide us. We refuse to pay tithe to a religion we don’t support, including the official State religion of global warming. We demand honesty, humility, and transparency from our public servants, no matter how many elections they’ve won. We won’t settle for making the only important decisions about our futures in the voting booth, once every couple of years.

We don’t blame people for showing up to grab their share of a government handout. We blame the people who stole the money from the rest of us, and put it on the table for them. We don’t think respect for private property ends at a certain income level, or that only some people should be applauded for doing their best to get ahead in life. We believe in the power and righteousness of capitalism, the exchange of goods and services between free people acting in their own best interests. There is no moral substitute for it. Every other scheme for governing human affairs amounts to a few dominating some, to the applause of others. Our freedom is not for sale, and we reserve the right to defend it from theft.

We don’t invest our hopes in the government. It is beneath the dignity of free men and women to spend their days hoping a politician decides to provide for our needs. We face the future, not with passive and helpless “hope”, but with active and dynamic faith in ourselves, and our fellow Americans. We are opposed to a political class that tries to cultivate our hopes by showering us with fear. We don’t trust politicians with our fortunes, much less with our lives. In fact, we don’t trust politicians much at all… but we absolutely require them to trust us.

We do not regard America as the sole country on Earth that should be forbidden from taking pride in its history, traditions, and achievements. We reject the notion that celebrating our traditions is an automatic insult to anyone else. We owe absolutely no apologies to murderous dictators or unelected tyrants, and we care little for their feelings. We believe there are many lessons to be learned from our history, by all the people of the world, and we cannot teach those lessons if we allow ourselves to be shamed into silence. We will never hesitate to call evil by its proper name, or give evil men good reasons to fear us.

Now, if you’ll excuse us, we have a lot of work to do. There’s an election coming up next year.

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The AARP is having no better luck, either. The response to the first statement is priceless.
michaelo on August 6, 2009 at 9:27 AM

That video is awesome. The AARP can’t handle dissent from mild-mannered seniors and biker dudes who dare to ask them about their adulation of Danny Glover.

Buy Danish on August 6, 2009 at 10:05 AM

I like the jib of your jab!

javamartini on August 6, 2009 at 10:03 AM

javamartini: I still say,it needs more cowbell!:)

canopfor on August 6, 2009 at 10:06 AM

Zero/Jindal 2012

Laura in Maryland on August 6, 2009 at 10:06 AM

Powerline has an interesting bit on the Dissident database being collected by the White House. http://www.powerlineblog.com/

rplat on August 6, 2009 at 10:09 AM

Akzed on August 6, 2009 at 9:55 AM

I was unaware that a warning was given. Thanks for that post.

TXMomof3 on August 6, 2009 at 10:14 AM

Doc has out done himself this time. This is fantastic.

Texas74 on August 6, 2009 at 10:19 AM

AMEN, Doc

eucher on August 6, 2009 at 10:21 AM

Brilliant, doc. Just brilliant!

ConScribe on August 6, 2009 at 10:29 AM

Dropping the Bomb was the right thing to do,period.
canopfor on August 6, 2009 at 10:02 AM

They knew they were defeated at yet they continued to inflict and incur casualties needlessly. Invasion of the Japanese mainland would have incurred millions more. Some stubborn asses need that 2X4 between the eyes to get their attention. It’s sad that it came to that, but it did. No amount of revisionism will change the truth.

SKYFOX on August 6, 2009 at 10:32 AM

Its a shame that voting for the GOP won’t bring about any of what was so eloquently laid out here. Which is why some would call the current “anger” a tad ingenuous.

Operationally define the values laid out above and you’ll find that there aren’t exactly any proposals or strategies that follow them. The spending, the schemes, its bipartisan. This respect for freedom thats always brought up as some sort of conservative value…its not exactly best served by a blanket tax cut and calling it a day otherwise. Like it or not much of “conservative governance” has been business as usual.

So by all means, take it to the dems, win your election. But the values laid out here won’t be expressed in policy because of it. For that, well, we’d have to be past the point of simply voting the bums out ;-)

ernesto on August 6, 2009 at 10:32 AM

Great work, Doc. I have printed it out for myself and forwarded it to flag@whitehouse.gov to rat you out as a right wing extremist. You should be proud. Seriously. Proud.

SKYFOX on August 6, 2009 at 10:34 AM

WE ARE AMERICANS

Good one Doc

tarpon on August 6, 2009 at 10:36 AM

Like it or not much of “conservative governance” has been business as usual.

So by all means, take it to the dems, win your election. But the values laid out here won’t be expressed in policy because of it. For that, well, we’d have to be past the point of simply voting the bums out ;-)

ernesto on August 6, 2009

No sir. We haven’t had “conservative” governance for years. We’ve had “compassionate conservatism” for the past eight years. That is just a softer form of the progressive mentality that has infected American politics since early in the twentieth century. It was the same direction as Obama’s rampant statism, just on a slower train.
True conservative governance will result in policies that support and enhance liberty, not statism.

SKYFOX on August 6, 2009 at 10:38 AM

Dr. Z, your post is being read now on Tom Marr’s show.

Cody1991 on August 6, 2009 at 10:42 AM

We believe government should be punished for failing to live up to the expectations of its citizens, not the other way around.

Very well said, Doc. I cannot recall an administration so hell-bent on marginalizing it’s constituents. Joe the Plumber. Rush. Bitter, gun-toting xenophobes. “Teabaggers”. “Right-wing” extremists. “Astroturf” mobs.

The day of reckoning is coming…

Neo-con Artist on August 6, 2009 at 10:43 AM

SKYFOX on August 6, 2009 at 10:38 AM

except when liberty for some means high blood pressure for others (see: TEH GHEYYYYY)

;-)

ernesto on August 6, 2009 at 10:44 AM

Town hall thugs, tea-baggers, birthers….the GOP is the new Counter-Culture.

Blueneck on August 6, 2009 at 10:44 AM

Peace and love, brothers.

faraway on August 6, 2009 at 10:47 AM

If asking your Congressman tough questions and dissenting is being a thug, what were we watching during 8 years of the Bush Administration when the Left was protesting the Wars?

Dissent and tough questions for political leaders didn’t cease to be patriotic the moment Obama took the oath of office.

If Republicans are thugs for acting like this now, what were the Dem’s for 8 years of Bush?

manofaiki on August 6, 2009 at 10:49 AM

Thank you for that letter.

hmfearny on August 6, 2009 at 10:49 AM

If dissenting you is wrong,
then I don’t wanna be right.

faraway on August 6, 2009 at 10:51 AM

Clapping.

Bob's Kid on August 6, 2009 at 10:51 AM

Who is this Dr. Zero? We need him to run for office. This is the kind of clear, concise message that will win elections for conservatives. Kudos to you Doc!

evensteven on August 6, 2009 at 10:53 AM

Peace and love, brothers.

faraway on August 6, 2009 at 10:47 AM

After seeing what “hope” got us, I think I’d like to read the fine print before signing on to liberal “peace” and “love”. If only they still meant what they used to mean….

RegularJoe on August 6, 2009 at 10:57 AM

thanks, Doc, I don’t think it could have been better said; I also shared it around, hope you don’t mind.

Willie on August 6, 2009 at 11:08 AM

Standing Ovation
Hope you don’t mind if I share this Doc.

seesalrun on August 6, 2009 at 11:28 AM

Doc, you have managed to synthesize the thoughts in my head and articulate them in a way I thought impossible.

Bravo, sir!

This should be required reading for our pathetic Congress critters; this, and each piece of craptastic legislation they are voting on, prior to the fact.

VelvetElvis on August 6, 2009 at 12:13 PM

I hope Rush or Sean picks this up today.

ted c on August 6, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Thanks, again, for another great post, Doctor.
I am confident that, one day, your posts will start on the main page, instead of the Green Room.

Here’s my idea for a t-shirt/bumper sticker.

In light of our being called “angry mobs” recently…

We should have shirts that say “I’m an angry mob of 1!”

So people will know who we are.

Any t-shirt producers out there?

massrighty on August 6, 2009 at 1:33 PM

Doctor Zero, gimme the news, I got a GOOD taste of luvin you!

LEBA on August 6, 2009 at 1:59 PM

Thanks for all the kind words, everyone! To all those who asked about forwarding or sharing what I wrote: of course I’d be honored if you thought anything I’ve posted on Hot Air was worth sharing.

Here’s my idea for a t-shirt/bumper sticker.

In light of our being called “angry mobs” recently…

We should have shirts that say “I’m an angry mob of 1!”

So people will know who we are.

Any t-shirt producers out there?

massrighty on August 6, 2009 at 1:33 PM

CPT. Charles in the original Green Room comments made a great cartoon that would also look terrific as a T-shirt:

http://cheezburger.com/view.aspx?ciid=4891483

Just the thing to wear when the White House sends the Fish Police out to round you up!

Doctor Zero on August 6, 2009 at 2:10 PM

This should be read by every person in the country.
This should be read by the entire congress.
This should be POSTED at the capitol, the white house and all gov’t buildings in the United States of America.

Well said, very well done.
Doctor Zero, my hero.

shooter on August 6, 2009 at 2:14 PM

Now, if you’ll excuse us, we have a lot of work to do. There’s an election coming up next year.

Yeah… you want us to return to the party which brought us the worst economic disaster in living memory. That’s who you are.

lexhamfox on August 6, 2009 at 2:16 PM

Yeah… you want us to return to the party which brought us the worst economic disaster in living memory. That’s who you are.

lexhamfox on August 6, 2009 at 2:16 PM

No; Speaking for myself, I think what the good Doctor was prescribing was;

1. Be a conservative.
2. Promote conservatism.
3. Organize, and act, to promote our values.

Do this, and the Republican party will have to “come along with us.”

Personally, I use the “big boat” analogy; all who want to row are welcome – grab an oar.

And, if you think the Republican party is solely responsible for “the worst economic disaster in living memory,” you need to either read more, or work on your compreshension.

Unless, of course, all of your post was untagged sarcasm.

massrighty on August 6, 2009 at 2:24 PM

compreshension = comprehension.

Must.Use.Preview.

massrighty on August 6, 2009 at 2:25 PM

I just went to Cafe Press. They already have some angry mob stuff.

massrighty on August 6, 2009 at 2:29 PM

Its a shame that voting for the GOP won’t bring about any of what was so eloquently laid out here. Which is why some would call the current “anger” a tad ingenuous.

Operationally define the values laid out above and you’ll find that there aren’t exactly any proposals or strategies that follow them. The spending, the schemes, its bipartisan. This respect for freedom thats always brought up as some sort of conservative value…its not exactly best served by a blanket tax cut and calling it a day otherwise. Like it or not much of “conservative governance” has been business as usual.

So by all means, take it to the dems, win your election. But the values laid out here won’t be expressed in policy because of it. For that, well, we’d have to be past the point of simply voting the bums out ;-)

ernesto on August 6, 2009 at 10:32 AM

Nihilism is so last season.

TheUnrepentantGeek on August 6, 2009 at 2:51 PM

Doc, awesome. You are too big for the GreenRoom. Take it to the next level, dude.

I am going to forward this link to everyone I know.

JohnInCA on August 6, 2009 at 2:56 PM

Palin/Zero for 2012!!

Seriously, Doc, fantastic post. I linked it on Facebook.

Rosmerta on August 6, 2009 at 3:10 PM

This is why I read Hot Air. This piece belongs in an email to be forwarded to every person in the country.

Thank you so much.

koz on August 6, 2009 at 3:18 PM

Operationally define the values laid out above and you’ll find that there aren’t exactly any proposals or strategies that follow them. The spending, the schemes, its bipartisan. This respect for freedom thats always brought up as some sort of conservative value…its not exactly best served by a blanket tax cut and calling it a day otherwise. Like it or not much of “conservative governance” has been business as usual.

So by all means, take it to the dems, win your election. But the values laid out here won’t be expressed in policy because of it. For that, well, we’d have to be past the point of simply voting the bums out ;-)

ernesto on August 6, 2009 at 10:32 AM

Operationally define the values laid out above and you’ll find that there aren’t exactly any proposals or strategies that follow them.

Yes, there are (proposals and strategies that follow these principals.) It’s our job as conservatives to identify the proposals that in fact, pass the tests offered by the kind of principals expressed here.

One example would be a rationally-based energy independence plan that included;
1. Drill where we own oil.
2. Put refineries close to the points of distribution (build more refineries.)
3. Nuclear energy
4. Fast-tracking alternative energy production projects (such as solar and wind.)
5. Cutting off all aid to any OPEC country that doesn’t supply us with discounted oil.

There; I quickly laid out a proposal that makes sense.

Got anything, besides nay-saying, to add?

massrighty on August 6, 2009 at 3:34 PM

Yeah… you want us to return to the party which brought us the worst economic disaster in living memory. That’s who you are.

lexhamfox on August 6, 2009 at 2:16 PM

NOTE TO LEXHAMFOX: Which party took over both Houses of Congress in 2006? (the economy tanked in 2008).

HINT: It was not the Republicans.

TROLL alert!

Susanboo on August 6, 2009 at 4:19 PM

Doctor Zero,

Very well said. Thank you very much.

FREEDOM!

Blacksmith8 on August 6, 2009 at 6:31 PM

WOW

2ipa on August 6, 2009 at 7:43 PM

We don’t like having to fight desperate battles to save our freedom and future from socialist politicians every ten or twenty years. We don’t like having our time wasted with trillion-dollar statist fantasies, when our government is already trillions of dollars in the red. We’re tired of checking the papers each day, to see which group of us has been targeted as enemies of the State. We’re growing impatient waiting for the Democrats to come up with ideas that don’t require their supporters to hate someone. We’ve had our fill of “progressives” who act as if we’re living in 1909, and none of their diseased policies have ever been tried before.

This is probably inappropriate to say, but your writing makes me hot (in a cerebral political way).

disa on August 6, 2009 at 8:56 PM

Bravo, well done.

Hochmeister on August 7, 2009 at 6:24 PM

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