American Way, American Dream in Danger


By Guest Blogger: Dr. MELODY JACKSON – American

Let me start by saying that this foray into a public expression of my not-so-P.C. ideas and ideals is different for me.  I was hesitant to write this blog because I very much dislike arguing, and I don’t care what most people think anyway, so why bother?  However, when someone starts talking trash about America or messing with my rights and my money, then I do get a bit riled up.

As I listened to the rhetoric of this year’s State Of The Union address filled with great ideas and catch phrases that could very appropriately be painted on a bouquet of Mylar helium balloons at a Tony Robbins seminar, I figured it was a good time for me to exercise my First Amendment right in this public venue.

Despite my hesitation heretofore, I will now “belly up” in this Land of the FREE and The Brave (at least for now) and express the danger I see for anyone who cares to consider a non-PC viewpoint.  I figure if I do or say nothing against this trend of big Democratic government taking over more and more of the decisions I’m used to making, then I will have to live not only with whatever new red or new pink America that arises, but will also have to live with myself for not exercising my (Bill of) Rights when I had them.

As I pondered my First Amendment right, and the fact that it is the FIRST Amendment that our country was founded upon, it took me back to weeks before the 2008 election.  At that time, I was very concerned about Mr. Obama’s friendship with the anti-American bomber creep William Ayers and also Obama’s connection to Farrakhan, whose very disturbing anti-white speech you can catch on YouTube.  My concern was with the judgment of this inexperienced but charismatic young man who was possibly going to be my President.  I mean, what kind of people did he come through the political ranks with?

I realize, of course, we lost that battle (Fox News, me, et. al), so I won’t go into the whole story again, but this Freedom of Speech issue, or lack thereof, still remains unsettling to me.

Prior to the Fall of 2008, I had not been a real political person.  But I jumped on the bandwagon with 100 million of my fellow American citizens and got really interested in politics.  (One point to Sarah Palin for rejuvenating my interest, and one to Obama for his role in doing the same for millions of others.)

As I began to discuss politics with some of my friends – using the term “discuss” very loosely, mind you – I quickly discovered that they were shocked and chagrined that I would hold a view other than what they supported:  a Democrat For President.  They often became appalled and angry when I expressed my belief that the wealthy should not pay more taxes.

One such friend stated that she was more concerned about people making only $50,000 than those making $250,000, whose taxes would increase.  And of course, she stated this very eloquently and with panache from the third story of her 10,000 square-foot custom-built mansion, overlooking her 2008 Benz in the driveway of her 200-acre estate.  In Hollywood, these types are called “Limousine Liberals.” The last time she and I spoke was a few days before the 2008 election – although I did get a Christmas card from her last year…by the way, is it okay if I call it “Christmas” and not “The Holidays”?

Anyway, during the election timeframe, I received emails and junk from friends, alumni of my graduate school, and every group I had ever been associated with in any way, automatically assuming that I was for Obama.  Automatically assuming it!  As if to suggest that an intelligent person couldn’t possibly see it any other way than their way.  This was really annoying. The fact is, this kind of automatic assumption is a form of suppression.

I was shocked to see the vitriol that came out of the mouths of so many people who were pro-Obama and didn’t want to hear anything else.  Although I do have to hand it to America for letting go of old racist notions, because I really didn’t think that we as a whole had it in us yet.  Yes, that part was positive, but looking past the skin and into everything else left me with a profound sense of loss. After a while, I just quit engaging in conversations about it – until someone would say something and I could no longer hold back.

Finally, election day came.  I just felt in my heart that McCain would pull it off.  I love Sarah Palin.  Yes, I know she would have been a wild card, a little unpredictable, but I liked that idea.  Who wants the same old predictable thing we have had?  Obama, bless his heart, to me was more of the same—just presented in a good-looking package with a Sydney Poitier-cool.

On election day, I just felt somehow it was going to go my way.  But alas, it didn’t.  And the truth is, I was shocked and sullen for weeks.  I couldn’t believe that as a country we had bought the rap.  I felt we were simply blinded by a charismatic, inspirational orator who should have been touring the lecture circuit instead of taking up residence in the White House.  Not to mention my annoyance with “O” for shirking her public responsibility of helping people make their own choices for the sake of forwarding her own personal agenda.  Fall 2008, I lost what little respect I had for many of the media people.

The truth is, when I realized that Obama had won, I cried.  Of course, they were not tears of joy.  They were tears of sadness; tears lamenting what I had come to know as the “American way of life.”  Tears for the watering down of our freedom as Big Government takes more and more of our money to dole out as they see fit, instead of leaving it in the hands of the Americans who earned it to dispense with as they please.  The Americans who “made it rich,” who worked hard and fulfilled their American Dream, would now be forced to GIVE IT BACK with Obama’s new tax plan…and the plan of so many other Democrats – he’s not the only one.

My fear was epitomized on election day by a clearly-uneducated woman on the news who looked to the skies, threw her hands up, and cried, “Obama’s gonna pay my mortgage.”  That image will forever be emblazoned in my mind and associated with that day.  I couldn’t help but think what a perfect commercial that was for the bill of goods “we” voted for.

The Wednesday after the election, I was beside myself. Everywhere I looked, I was reminded me of what we’d lost that historic day. It just so happened that my water filter replacement guy came that day, a nice blue-collar type getting ready to join the police department.  When he arrived he made some comment in code (that all the Republicans in Hollywood have learned to speak since we know our views are unwelcome).

I picked up on the code and gave him a double-secret check-code response back.  One more sentence from him confirmed that he was of the same sentiments.  But before I could get my next words out, I burst into tears of sadness again, and I couldn’t stop crying.  He even took me in his arms and hugged me because he understood—he felt the same way. We talked for about three hours that day, and although his ideas for handling his concerns were far different and far more extreme than mine, he consoled and encouraged me to never settle for the way things are right now and to keep standing for the America that I know and love.  I bonded with him, he left, and I never saw him again.

Now here we are.  One year later.  Lots of things have cooled down for everyone. Obama has sent thousands more troops to war.  He’s trying to get a healthcare bill implemented that promotes the watering down of one’s personal wealth to a more even distribution across the land (aka socialism).  And as we see by Scott Brown’s election, the backlash is starting.

Let’s just say that as a white woman from Indiana attending high school in the late ’70s, whose dream was to move to California and to have her own business, it never occurred to me before that I would have to really worry about my Bill of Rights.  And yet here I am, taking a stand for my Freedom of Speech, not to mention my Right to Bear Arms.

In the end, I believe in the good of people, and that’s why I think we should get to keep most of our money instead of paying extreme taxes. (Remember the Boston Tea Party?)  I believe in my heart that most people of wealth, when given the choice, will contribute to the needy and their favorite charity organizations.  It is the American way.  We are the most generous people on the planet.

Bill and Melinda Gates recently announced that their foundation, which bears their name, will donate $10 billion over the next decade to research new vaccines and bring them to the world’s poorest countries.

I believe it is appropriate for Bill Gates to choose where the money he earned from his capitalistic savvy and ingenuity should go.  He is giving BILLIIONS away as he sees fit.  And everyone knows that he was a shark on the way up.  But now look what he’s doing with it.  That’s the good of people I am talking about. I would much rather have him decide where his money should go than some scandalous Congressman whose life experience has never created anything other than effective campaign sound bytes.

Let’s protect our Bill of Rights.  Let us as individuals make our own decisions.  Let everyone be heard.  If you feel you are not being heard, then you have the right (for now) to be creative, get to work, buy yourself a megaphone, hit the streets, and start expressing yourself.  Stop letting the government and the political power mongers make choices for you.

Too many people are passive.  Are you one of them? Or are you willing to stand for your own and others’ creativity and invention, knowing that it can be a painful growth process, but extremely rewarding in the end?

My vote is for Personal Responsibility.  If yours is too, then you, then you will see the insanity of the Health Care Bill that is on the table.  You will begin to see the insanity of a handful of other socialist ideas as well.

I simply leave you with two questions:  Are you willing to take personal responsibility for your own and others’ welfare in order to protect our Bill of Rights?  If so, where will you start?

8 Responses to “American Way, American Dream in Danger”

  1. B. Robert says:

    Dear Melody,

    I was sincerely encouraged by your expressive commentary. I am so pleased you decided to communicate your inner emotions as well as factual articulation.

    I am in total agreement with all that you have conveyed, including experiencing the somewhat depressed state endured post the Presidential Election of 2008.

    My concerns were-and remain-very much the same, as I too, became incensed that too many voters reacted in zombie form.

    I too attempted objective discussion with my opposition-based upon factual policy. However, they lacked the knowledge on the issues and facts to maintain an open-minded dialogue. Their stance was simple and straight forward to certain points. They had no desire to hear another side. They were adamant in their conviction that Obama was their savior!

    There is no doubt, I was infuriated that my attempts to discuss issues derailed into disagreements lacking the political specificity and greater concerns over economic details, terrorism threats and big government versus smaller local government responsibilities.

    I was even more troubled with fretful alarm that voters were not apprehensive about Barack Obama’s radical associates who would realize their presence into the halls and rooms of the United States of America’s Presidential White House! Furthermore, their radical influence in policy and protocol could be devastating and consequential totalitarianism.

    Additionally, I was uneasy and anxious over my research and readings on Barack Obama’s credentials to lead our Free world. He had not proved his leadership in any voting record for congressional policy. Another very important factor was that I had lived in Chicago and was very aware of the ‘Chicago Machine’ including mafia governmental control where corruption proliferates.

    My greater concern was that followers did not want to listen, read or learn any facts that could be derogatory regarding Barack Obama. Even with my simple question in asking, “Did you read his books”, and an astounding reply they had not–nor had any intentions to do so–did not ease my apprehensive trepidation.

    In conclusion, I can only praise your past and future communication regarding your expressive disquiet in your political commentary.

    It is refreshing to read your most inner representation pressing forward for others in agreement or for those who engage in learning with an appetite for political knowledge.

    I will give importance to revisiting your commentary of such great significance.

    Please note: I will stay atop your most recent political lawmakers in bout with hopes that Barbara Boxer has seen her last session paycheck very soon.

    Best wishes for your safe and healthy future.

    Brenda Robert

  2. Middle of the Road says:

    Why are you right wingers so defensive, so angry, so afraid all the time? There should be a survey done about the quality of life and the lifespan of democrats vs republicans because you sweat the small stuff way too much. You cried when Obama won? Did you cry during the 8 years Bush was in power?

    • Melody Jackson says:

      To Middle of the Road,

      Obviously you have mistaken being riled up for being “defensive… angry… afraid…” Your comment is a fairly good example of this part of what I wrote above:

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      “I quickly discovered that they were shocked and chagrined that I would hold a view other than what they supported…. often became appalled … when I expressed my belief…”
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      My “beef” with what you just wrote is that instead of dealing with any substance, you call me names [“defensive… angry… afraid…”] and dismiss the ideas written about en masse rather than intelligently dealing with specifics. (This is exactly what I refer to in my comment on the Sarah Palin Media Jerk post and B. Roberts further elaborates on.)

      Psychologically, my take on your comment is what’s called being “passive-aggressive.” It’s where you “pretend” to make an innocent comment and be all hip and cool, all the while intending to provoke the other person, but then you sit back and say “What did I do?”

      Should that, in fact, be where you are as you read my response to your “short-but-stacked” comment, the answer to “what did I do?” is that you called me names and dismissed my opinion as just another defensive… angry… afraid… right-winger rather than dealing with any specifics.

      At the point I decided to express my true beliefs on this blog, I also decided not to let this kind of whole-hearted dismissal go by any more without addressing it. So as long as you continue to do it, I will respond to your short, sweet, cool comments in kind.

      If you have anything relevant and specific to say about the points, I whole-heartedly invite you to share.

      And, by the way, so what if I cried and was depressed when Obama was elected? Should I have suppressed that? Not written about it? It is a universal human emotion to feel sadness (and even cry) when they feel they have lost something they value — which is what I felt at that point.

  3. Pretty Conservative says:

    My feelings exactly Melody. Bravo for taking such a strong stand and not apologizing for it.

  4. Pretty Conservative says:

    I agree with you 100%. Congrats on taking a stand in a town controlled by narcissistic celebrity liberals who run amok with their rhetoric. I am still in the political closet, but look forward to coming back to this column to read and perhaps vent once in a while. Keep up the good work and stand strong.

  5. JessieJames says:

    You ask if I am willing to take personal responsibility for my own and others’ welfare in order to protect our Bill of Rights? If so, where will I start? You betcha I am!I too was somewhat depressed after the elections and after reading your article will no longer sit by and not express my feelings and encourage others to do the same. Thank you. I look forward to reading more of your viewpoints. Have a nice day and stay strong.

  6. Colin F. says:

    You are pretty feisty. I read this article as well as your comments on this blog’s Media Jerks and I would be interested in hearing your thoughts on healthcare.

  7. Debbie C. says:

    I just stumbled upon this blog and I’m glad I did because I so very much enjoyed reading what you had to share. I understand exactly how you feel because I experienced the same thing with my friends during the ’08 elections. At one point I was afraid to say anything negative about Obama but was expected to take all the negatives spewed at Sarah Palin, whom I supported; but I have found that more and more of us are speaking freely about our political affiliations. Sarah Palin, bless her heart is greatly responsible for getting Americans like you and I to be more vocal. Keep up the good work. Will you be writing anything on the tea parties? These events have given new life to the Republican party. Congratulations on this blog.

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