So did I... I only noticed when I tried to send all the folk at 4 Freedoms the link to MPACuk's Twitter account. Then I noticed that you weren't on the list at the top of the messages.... Does that mean that your name will now be at the top of the PM messages section?
The deed is done! You will see some bold lettering in this discourse that will be explained at the end.
I believe that you will like the final product, and now I think that I know what you have been reluctant to take on blogging. You write a post and regard it as finished and in a short comment, so do I, but I shall tell you a little secret. I often compose a long and serious essay in one of my blog sites; read, reread, make necessary changes to give it that 'polished' look and then clickAdd Commentit And in all honestly my first draft never looks any better than what you have done here. We both use the same words over and over again and in my proof reading I start replacing them with synonyms, and were you writing a blog, as I feel you should, you would do the same.
When I first read your thoughts I did not even pay any attention to redundant words. The subject matter, and the knowledge that accompanied it was what impressed me. It was only on proofreading what has now become the first draft did that redundancy jump out at me. Those three words were 'people' 'government' and 'country'. I used 'people' but also substituted such terms as population, the electorate, and men and women. Neither of us want diversity in our cultures but in writing it is a plus. 'Country' I substituted with nation, sovereign state and such. 'Government' can be enhanced with, the powers that be, leadership and so on.
Now there is an exception to that rule and you found it and used it with great impact. That was the word 'Maybe'. You used it three times in one paragraph and it was pure art.Maybe our leaders know what they are doing. OK, you are giving them a benefit of the doubt. The second Maybe was telling me that you regard it to be damned unlikely, And the third Maybe really drove the nail home.
Paul, I really believe that you have what it takes to communicate to those who are willing to listen. We don't even need to mention the others. You are dedicated to a belief. You are knowledgeable and you are not afraid to voice your opinion. I'll give you a thought. The next time you make a post a serious point of view, don't publish it until you have reread it six or eight times. In all honesty I will be doing that to this effort as I want it to convey my exact meaning and nothing else.
Also toss in a few more adjectives and adverbs. to help promote a more defined concept. Numbers less than one hundred and one, write them out. All even hundreds and thousands write them out. anything like 912 or 10,214 use the numbers. Your solitary 2 looks out of place in a bunch of serious prose and you did indeed write some serious prose on a very serious topic.
I mentioned above how on the first draft I use the same word over and over and then make necessary changes and I am going to show you just how I do it. I just started rereading this and found that I had used the word 'post' excessively. Now I shall move up and down the page and will use bold type where I replaced 'post' numerous times..
That is something else that I did to your essay. I used bold lettering to create a stronger feeling. People actually think louder and pay attention when you do this. Excessive use, of course, can be detrimental to the overall piece of work.
My friend, I do believe that you have what it takes to address a receptive audience. Even though I would love to see you do this I would be the first to suggest that you practice some of the above principles that I have outlined when you put forth your thoughts to 4Freedoms. You have intelligence aplenty, It will not take long to develop your own style. Then you should reconsider my suggestion.
I just read my comment below and it would appear that I only contact you directly when I have stepped on toes. I also just read your latest comment on my essay about Sarah Palin, and I repeat...You should be writing. You are one of the brightest and most level headed people that I know on the internet.
I have noticed an oddity. Many of our greatest patriots are from other countries. You, Ayn Rand, Trevor Louden, Jamie Glasov of PJ Media, Ted Cruz, many of my readers, and let us include David Horowitz. Although born in America he was born to communist parents and followed their beliefs until early manhood. Americans, by and large, are a bunch of wimps, dedicated to the American way of sitting in a recliner, drinking beer, and watching TV. Many have absolutely fallen for the socialist tripe while many conservatives feel that they are fighting for America as they cruise hoax and sensationalist sites, garnering, and spreading, only the disinformation that the left is putting out there for them.
Recently I wrote two essays, which I did not post if 4F as they had to do with what is purely an American phenomenon. Both were about the Duck Dynasty insanity, the left's diversionary tactics, and Saul Alinsky's attack plan.
Unlike the gullible ones who fall for every hoax, I background check everything that I encounter, verifying authenticity, and if I find it not, I will not put forth an unsourced topic. Also believing in the principle of know thine enemy, I read what the media is feeding the left, and must admit that The Daily Kos did an excellent job of firing up their useful idiots and they did it with words straight out of the Bible.
I have lost fair weather friends, been blocked by some, and my readership is in the pits, and these are the people who stand steadfast against the left, defending our freedom of speech, and crucifying me when I exercise that right. I did not get on the defend the Ducks bandwagon but looked deeper. Mark Twain once commented "When you find yourself with the majority it is time to pause and reflect." I totally agree, and when these crazes take place I have to look for the deception that triggers them. A few days later the NYT came out with the Benghazi nonsense that you just commented about.
ObamaCare sucks and his poll numbers are down and so they are creating crazes to distract us. While that works on the masses, it does not with me. Mark Twain had another quote that fits so well. "It is easier to fool someone than to convince them that they have been fooled."
My friend, I am batting zero. When Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, and Fox News fall for an Alinsky tactic there is nothing that I can do to convince people to look beyond the craze and see why that craze began. Alinsky, evil bastard that he was, was indeed a brilliant man.
"Only in America" so the saying goes. This next four years will be a wild ride to be certain.
Thanks for the comment on my essay. I am sending this direct rather than replying on the comment itself. I have stepped on many toes and created much resentment when presenting unwanted facts about Mitt Romney and so decided to allow them to wallow in their ignorance and illusions and say no more until after the election. Everyone is in a delirious daze posting their pictures and comments about firing the dictator in a few days. They have so much to learn.
When I was in my twenties I had a friend named Bernie, probably forty or so. He used to bite into his cigar, smile, almost laugh, and say "Danny, you've got a lot to learn, and you will learn it...The hard way!" Bernie was a man of true wisdom. Now I apply his wisdom and his words to my fellow Americans. They have a lot to learn. They are certain that Romney will win this coming Tuesday and we will be on easy street again. My God what fools they are.
Even, by a remote chance Romney does win, we still lose. One of my essays from months ago caused my girlfriend's daughter in law to put me at the top of her shit list. She like so many others has embraced the new "conservative" .messiah. Have you ever noticed how selective memory can erase all past wisdom? From the very start every person I know was opposed to Romney, but as he selectively bashed all true conservatives the field was narrowed to him and he would not run with the ball. Now forty seven percent of Americans have a golden boy with feet of clay to lead them. This is my take on Mitt Romney...
I work nights buddy lol. Well, to put it mildly, i try to do as much work as i can whilst involving myself with stuff like this. I want to do this for a living never mind shitty engineering lol, it pays the bills, nothing more. Oh, and yes, i'm looking forward to Blackburn ;-) never.....ever.....surrender bro.
Most Western societies are based on Secular Democracy, which itself is based on the concept that the open marketplace of ideas leads to the optimum government. Whilst that model has been very successful, it has defects. The 4 Freedoms address 4 of the principal vulnerabilities, and gives corrections to them.
At the moment, one of the main actors exploiting these defects, is Islam, so this site pays particular attention to that threat.
Islam, operating at the micro and macro levels, is unstoppable by individuals, hence: "It takes a nation to protect the nation". There is not enough time to fight all its attacks, nor to read them nor even to record them. So the members of 4F try to curate a representative subset of these events.
We hope that free nations will wake up to stop the threat, and force the separation of (Islamic) Church and State. This will also allow moderate Muslims to escape from their totalitarian political system.
The 4 Freedoms
These 4 freedoms are designed to close 4 vulnerabilities in Secular Democracy, by making them SP or Self-Protecting (see Hobbes's first law of nature). But Democracy also requires - in addition to the standard divisions of Executive, Legislature & Judiciary - a fourth body, Protector of the Open Society (POS), to monitor all its vulnerabilities (see also Popper). 1. SP Freedom of Speech Any speech is allowed - except that advocating the end of these freedoms 2. SP Freedom of Election Any party is allowed - except one advocating the end of these freedoms 3. SP Freedom of Movement The government can import new voters - except where that changes the political demographics (i.e. electoral fraud by means of immigration) 4. SP Freedom from Over-spending
People should not be charged for government systems which they reject, and which give them no benefit. For example, the government cannot pass a debt burden across generations (25 years).
An additional Freedom from Religion is be deducible by equal application of law: "Religious and cultural activities are exempt from legal oversight - except where they intrude into the public sphere (Res Publica)"