Synch is Everything
Vol: 80 Issue: 30 Friday, May 30, 2008
One of my favorite commercials from bygone days opened with a scene in which a guy is sitting on a park bench. Suddenly, a paramedic team shows up, rousts the guy around, while shouting “Find the limb! Find the limb!”
The guy looks around, all confused, then the paramedics leave. A minute later, a chimpanzee comes out of the bushes wielding a chain-saw. The commercial’s tagline? “Synch is everything.”
As a commercial, it must have been a failure. I don’t remember what it was advertising, other than it must have involved synchronizing something. But as entertainment, it was a resounding success. I still chuckle when I think of it.
What brought the commercial to mind is the fact that the whole world seems to be out of synch; up is down, black is white, racism is wrong, unless one is black, lies are “misstatements” whereas decisions based on misinformation qualify as “lies.”
Hillary Clinton makes up a lie about being under sniper fire in Bosnia. When caught, she claims she ‘misspoke’ and that, as they say, was that. Barack Obama makes up a story about an “uncle” who was a WWII combat veteran who signed up the day after Pearl Harbor and ‘was among the first Americans to liberate Auschwitz.
Except it wasn’t his uncle, but a great-uncle, Auschwitz was liberated by the Red Army and not the Americans, and it turns out he was attached to a unit that liberated an ancillary camp near Buchenwald.
Obama also claimed in 2002: “My grandfather signed up for a war the day after Pearl Harbor was bombed, fought in Patton’s army. He saw the dead and dying across the fields of Europe; he heard the stories of fellow troops who first entered Auschwitz and Treblinka. He fought in the name of a larger freedom, part of that arsenal of democracy that triumphed over evil, and he did not fight in vain.”
In fact, he did not fight at all. How do I know that? Well, because Barack Obama wrote it in his book, “Dreams From My Father.”
“Gramps returned from the war never having seen real combat, and the family moved to California, where he enrolled at Berkeley under the GI bill,” he writes. “But the classroom couldn’t contain his ambitions, his restlessness, and so the family moved again.”
Obama’s camp corrected the story about the uncle and Auschwitz, but to date, has yet to explain how his grandfather could have been a combat veteran who never saw combat.
And, despite Obama’s efforts to have somebody in his family liberate Auschwitz, Obama’s grandfather wasn’t in the Red Army, either.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has alluded to using nuclear weapons against Israel. His government was caught red-handed, in 2002, with a secret nuclear enrichment program it denied existed for over a decade.
He believes it is his destiny to start a global war that will usher in the Islamic ‘messianic’ era, and he’s hosted conferences with titles like, “A World without Israel and America.”
Hillary and Obama’s overt lies are dismissed as misspeaking, whereas Ahmadinejad’s statements, which are absolutely true, are dismissed as ‘hyperbole.’
On the other hand, Scott McClellan’s book shot to the top of the charts overnight, based on his contention that George Bush deceived America about Saddam Hussein — when it was clearly IMPOSSIBLE for Bush to have known the truth.
Barack Obama’s pastor is revealed to be an America-hating, white-hating, racist Marxist with ties to the Nation of Islam who taught Obama and his family for twenty years. Obama gets a pass from the media, who argue that just because his pastor is a racist doesn’t mean he is.
John McCain is endorsed by devoted Christian Zionist John Hagee, and the next thing you know, McCain is forced to reject the endorsement after Hagee is accused of being an anti-Semite.
Ditto for Rod Parsley’s endorsement after he called Islam an evil religion. McCain never attended either man’s church, but McCain is under fire as an anti-Semite and an Islamophobe.
The Palestinians have the full support of the United States, the United Nations, the European Union and even the Vatican for its effort to create a Palestinian state that has been ethnically cleansed of Jews.
The PA defines a Palestinian State as one that is Judenrein (Jew-free) and the presence of Jewish settlements on ‘Palestinian land’ is the biggest stumblingblock to peace between the two sides.
Israel, on the other hand, must extend full citizenship benefits to its Palestinian population, despite the fact that Israeli-Arabs, including members of the Knesset, are part of the Palestinian terrorist network.
Under dispute is territory captured by Israel while it was defending itself from the combined efforts of the Arab world to annihilate Israel over the course of five separate wars — all started by the Arab side.
While the Sudanese government systematically destroys its Christian population, the Burmese government allows thousands to die from the recent cyclone rather than accept Western aid.
Jews are being killed for the crime of being Jews. The Iranians threaten genocide against Israel. Hezbollah takes over Lebanon. Muslim on Muslim violence reaches critical mass — yet worldwide polls show the world’s two most hated nations are the United States and Israel.
The world is out of synch — hey — is that chain saw loaded?
For those of us over forty, it is all but impossible to reconcile the world in which we live with the world into which we were born.
In that world, Richard Nixon was forced from office for lying. Several top members of his administration went to jail.
Ronald Reagan’s top administration officials were hauled before Congress for lying and several top officials, including the late Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger and Col Oliver North were convicted of lying to Congress.
Bill Clinton became the first sitting president to be the target of an impeachment trial since Andrew Johnson in the 1860’s for lying about Paula Jones, Monica Lewinsky, etc.
George Bush has become a dirty word, even among many Republicans, for allegedly lying about the reasons for the Iraq War.
Barack Obama can lie with impunity. So can Hillary Clinton. Obama can be a racist. Hillary can be a feminist. Neither is a big deal to their supporters. McCain’s supporters, on the other hand, are still trying to distance his campaign from Hagee and Parsley.
Patriotism is the new treason. American patriotism has been morphed into American nationalism, and American nationalism is treason against the UN’s New World Order.
Last year, an invitation extended to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad by the Marxist Columbia University turned into a popularity contest between Ahmadinejad and George Bush. Incredibly, according to Columbia’s student body, Ahamdinejad won. Ahmadinejad received a standing ovation — the mere mention of George Bush drew boos.
As I said earlier, the world is out of synch — ‘normal’ is a word that has lost any semblance of meaning. It is NOT normal to pretend an obvious lie is a ‘misstatement’ while simultaneously attacking decisions based on misinformation ‘a deliberate lie.’
It is NOT normal to carve up an existing state to give half of it to an enemy dedicated to the destruction of the other half. It is NOT normal to call Christianity and Judaism ‘evil’ while giving a pass to Islamic ‘moderates’ who earned the label ‘moderate’ by supporting, but not actively committing, acts of terror.
But since ‘normal’ is meaningless, maybe it is. If one sits back and takes a look at the failed policies of liberal thinking over the past forty years, it is not normal to demand a continuation of those policies. Years of liberal Marxism have turned out an entire generation of people to whom ‘normal’ means ‘something different’.
Forty years ago, half the cars in any given high school parking lot had a gun in them somewhere — but nobody was shooting up schools. Forty years ago, if a president lied to the American public, his career was over.
Ten years ago, lying to the American public was ‘what politicians do’ and even lying under oath to a grand jury didn’t rise to the level of ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’.
Today, telling bald-faced lies during a presidential campaign is just part of the campaigning process. All politicians lie.
Forty years ago, the highest compliment anyone could pay to another American was to call him a ‘patriot’. Today, being called a ‘patriot’ is, to the vast majority of the American Left, the worst insult that could be levied against them.
Forty years ago, terrorism was ‘evil’ — today, it all depends on your perspective. As Colin Powell said a few years ago, “One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.”
The Prophet Isaiah wrote: “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! ” (Isaiah 5:20)
We can look back over the last forty years and actually track the progression. Forty years ago, abortion was murder. Today, it is the sacred American “right to choose” — a euphemism for correcting the choice already made once. “Pro-choice” is a respected political position, whereas “pro-life” is synonymous with ‘militant right-wing religious zealot.’
One can run down the list of things that USED to be good: family, marriage, patriotism, loyalty, honesty, respect for authority, faithfulness, Christianity, self-control, a strong work ethic; these are now evil.
‘Family’ can mean a kid with two daddies or two mommies. ‘Marriage’ can mean two guys or two girls.
‘Patriotism’ means ‘nationalism’ (evoking images of guys like Hitler, Stalin, Zhirinovsky, etc.) ‘Loyalty’ means ‘sycophantic’ and ‘a child’, according to Barack Obama, is something people get ‘stuck’ with.
The Apostle Paul prophesied that, in the last days, perilous times shall come. He described the signs thusly:
“For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” (2nd Timothy 3:1-5)
Forty years ago, Paul’s description sounded like some kind of alien society. Today, it sounds like a political stump speech.
One that could be delivered by a candidate from either party.