Manipulation of the Clueless

I am an American cowboy, a real cowboy with a real horse. Real American cowboys believe in simple things, starting with truth, filled with tenacity, and ending with faith. When I was a bachelor, decades ago, and much younger, dumber, more insecure, and self-absorbed; I lived in a beautiful rustic apartment overlooking a nice pristine lake. I went through one of those heartbreak periods, where I was trying to set records on dating, and this abode was a wonderful place to take the newest date to try to weave some kind of spell that would hopefully somehow make me feel better about myself as a man. They each would comment on what a good housekeeper I was, and I could hardly keep from laughing out loud. “If she could only see the dirty dishes I hid in the linen closest, the canned goods drawer, and even in the clothes dryer,” I thought, “or if she would only look at all the junk or dirty clothes I kicked under my bed or crammed into closets, I would be exposed as a phony.”

The cadre of the liberals has much the same mindset, but there is one big, big difference: As I got older, I got wiser and much more principled, but they still closet secrets and continue to seduce with no thought to morality or character. That is the kind of housekeeping being done by many in the democratic party leadership: Hide all your own dirty items in expedient places so you can go on the attack and try to charm the unsuspecting voters into a seductive bed of new dreams, a better world, and a government who actually cares. Don’t really clean your own house. That takes commitment and effort. And if that is the strategy of the party of liberalism, then the majority of the world press are indeed their pompous pimps, wearing a fedora halo cocked to the side, and doing the “gangsta” lean on the right armrest of their computer chair.

Ever since George W. Bush has been President, for the first time under any Administration, democratic or republican, I have not been treated like a bastard stepchild at the Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center, VAMC, or the Pueblo VA Clinic. I never have to wait long for appointments, I am treated with the quiet dignity and respect I feel I have earned as a Vietnam veteran, and the attitudes of VA employees, on the whole, has been exemplary. Going to VA under Bill Clinton was especially bad, and was as much fun and fulfilling as sending your twin sisters out on a date with the late-sons of Saddam Hussein. Under the nation’s “first black President,” whose Cabinet was cracker-white like all Cabinets until GWB’s, our military was downsized and trashed and so were our VA facilities to a point where it will take years to recover. Now after the Walter Reed debacle, I know the liberal “beanbag” guns (They won’t use real guns as they are harsh and kill enemies instead of the sensible tactic of “loving them to death”) will now come out and blast away at George W. Bush, the entire Department of Veterans Affairs, and the entire military medical care system. More heads will roll. Why? So the American voters will awaken from “this horrible nightmare” created by the media pimps and liberal pundits and put a democratic President into office to save us from our horrible, hated, demonic leader Dubya. Why is he so hated? Simple: Our money says, “In God We Trust,” but we do not really want him or any of our leaders to actually mention God out loud too much. Maybe it will make the muslim imams get mad at us and not like us like they would under a democratic savior. Or maybe it will just make us feel insecure and anxious.

Here is the classic of the democratic leaders right now: “I support our troops, but not the war. We are going to cut down their funding,” (and the unspoken part): “so they will feel even more betrayed by us and will be in even greater danger. But, unfortunately, that is what we will do so we can win the election. That is what is of the greatest import, winning the election, not the war. Maybe we don’t like to be so cold, but we can live with 1,000 more Americans dead because of us closing the bank. First of all, we can simply spin it and blame it on the President anyway. The anti-war crowd, the al-Qaida, Hamas, the PLO, they all learned after studying the Vietnam War how to turn it around. Just repeat the same lies over and over, discount all common sense and truth, and keep repeating the lies. If we can get airplay on CBS, ABC, or NBC, most of America will buy it in time. After-all, those TV anchors let us know they are the tops in journalism and are our real authorities. Think I am lying? Just ask Tim Russert, Chris Matthews, the deep-voiced Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric, or any of those authorities. That way, most of you Americans don’t have to think or investigate the issues. We’ll do it all for you. Trust us. Besides Americans have become soft. We are the quick-fix society; take a pill, push a button, turn your back, and all our problems simply go away.”

Our enemies have learned this. Professional politicians have learned this. The media has learned this. And they all play us and kick us around like flesh-covered hacky-sacks. I am tired of being kicked around by so-called leaders and pundits who daily violate many of the premises of integrity and morality I hammered into my children’s brains and hearts, for votes or power.

I have a solution, simple and straightforward. John Wayne is the only dead actor in history to consistently be listed in the top ten list of favorite and most respected celebrities even though he’s been gone for years. There is a reason for that. He did his own thinking and stood up for what he believed in and did not waiver. Why don’t we? Or have we sold out so much for convenience sake that we have forgotten how? I don’t think so. We are, each; after-all, still Americans.

Blessings,
Don Bendell

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8 Responses to “Manipulation of the Clueless”

  1. Freelancer Says:

    It is clear that ruthlessness — not decency, not clarity, not courage, not citizenship, not statesmanship, not even steadfastness — are the hallmarks of political life. Even some of the media have taken ruthlessness as a banner under which they work. And it is not just ruthlessness in the sense of tenacity, it is ruthlessness aimed at harming others for personal benefit. It is the greedy, grubby-handed snatching of public opinion and public attention and trying to hold it at all costs. The cost seems to be the very foundations of our country. The cost seems to be the security of our country. Yes, bring back the cowboy riding on the horse who does not speak with a forked tongue, who talks straight, and who is willing to save others at risk to himself, rather than sacrifice others for personal gain.

  2. Joshua Dasher Says:

    I’ve recently been doing a lot of research about political candidates and leaders for speech and debate events and have been shocked and disappointed by finding that there doesn’t seem to be a single obvious leader or moral character on either side. The only ones that seem to actually find an ideology and stick by it are people like Al Gore with ideologies about global warming and climate control.
    If only political leaders could possibly be more like John Wayne or like the characters in the old Westerns, saying what they mean, letting you know about it, and then standing fast by their word. But sadly it seems that no leader is willing to take that stance, and without taking that stance it seems impossible for them to lead!

  3. Mayancat Says:

    You are correct about John Wayne. He remains my favorite. I wonder how long even a real man like yourself who actually has values and character would last in office. Would you be murdered? Would you lose heart? No, I doubt you would get involved in that way.

    Having worked for a politician, I know that they all have one thing in common, they are all politicians.

    Your viewpoints sound like those of my closest friend. I’m sending him the link to your blog. Maybe if enough people see it things CAN change.

    I don’t agree with everything you write but I like that you make me think.

  4. Recon Denny Says:

    I’M A 100%, SC, P&T VIET NAM VET. THE CARE I HAVE RECIEVED FROM THE VA SINCE 1993 HAS BEEN ASTOUNDING. THEY HAVE SAVED MY LIFE AND I WOULD BE LIVING UNDER A BRIDGE, IN PRISON OR DEAD IF NOT FOR THESE GREAT PEOPLE. IT WAS A LITTLE “ROUGH” AT FIRST, BUT bill clinton HAD JUST BOUGHT 15 MILLION VOTES BY ALLOWING ALL VETS ACCESS TO VA HEALTH CARE THAT WAS ONLY INTENDED TO CARE FOR SC ILLNESSES AND INJURIES. THE BUDGET HAS GROWN AND BENEFITS HAVE INCREASED, NOT CUT BY 85% SINCE 2000 (IMAGINE THAT!) AND IT SHOWS AT MY CLINIC. I’M HAVING SURGERY 23MAR FOR BLADDER CANCER AND I KNOW THEY WILL DO THEIR BEST. I TELL THE WHINERS TO LEAVE MY AREA WHENEVER I’M AT MY PRIMARY CARE FACILITY IN VIERA,FL AND HAVE OTHER KIND WORDS FOR THEM. I RECIEIVE SO MANY BENEFITS, I FEEL GUILTY AT TIMES. FOR GODS’ SAKE, THEY EVEN PAY ME GAS MONEY!!!!!!!!

    AGAINST DR.s ORDERS, I’LL BE IN D.C. ON 17MARCH AND I PRAY IT GOES GOOD FOR ALL OF US.

  5. donbendellsblog Says:

    Recon Denny;
    Thanks and thank you for your service. Welcome home!

  6. A Tidbit Says:

    Well…
    I’m one of those annoying non-political persons responding to a political editorial.
    Unfortunately, I can read what you wrote and agree with parts of it. And read an editorial of completely contrasting opinion and agree with parts of it as well… And no, I’m not a wishy-washy-person. I’ve just found that there is absolutely no black or white in this world, as no matter what anyone thinks or does on any level – there will be praise and pleasure on one hand, and someone will be hurt, offended, pissed or suffer because of it in the other.
    My latest deduction is that we all need to become healthy and autonomous as people, then as a family unit. Then on a community, state, country and global level.
    Meaning?
    I worry about MYSELF now, and not you or them. I am honest. i tell you my truth. And I’m raising my son to see with his eyes, mind and heart, and always hold true to what he beleives is right.

    on another:
    I do have to say that where i live in colorado, i have a friend that is suffering tremendously and near death due to his exceptionally poor care, diagnosis and treatment in his VA health center. He is a well-loved community member, and we are all dissapointed. I’m glad that other’s are getting the care they need, but it surely is NOT happening everywhere.

  7. disappointed Says:

    Where would we be without opinions?
    I can honestly say we are all entitled to our own. But, I will agree that we as Americans have become soft. We let the media make our decisions for us. We let the majority rule – even when we don’t totally agree with what majority says. I come from a different view than most. I dont agree with what our government has become. Period – no one politcal party is better than the other. What we have is a corrupt system looking out for itself. Trying to win votes by pleasing the crowd once every 4 years. How can this be? Didn’t we set out to become a free country? Didn’t we write out a constitution protecting the citizens from this very thing? It seems to me like the polititians are the power hungry, money hungry people of this country. I am not an extremely educated person when it comes to politics. I don’t claim to be. What I am is a disappointed citizen that doesn’t even see the point in voting. To me it is like voting for the compost pile or the dog poop pile. Either way, you loose.
    Where did we go so wrong?

  8. Donald Stahl Says:

    Dear Mr. Bendell,

    I am favorably impressed with your writing skills, though we are far apart on many things. The way to bridge such gaps is to concentrate on the specific, concrete, and factual before moving to generalizations involving good and bad.

    The thing that strikes me as most specific and immediately practical in your thoughts is the idea that not voting more money for “war” will endanger American lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. Like you, I am against endangering anyone’s life as such. But where we seem to disagree on facts is simply this: there is plenty of money appropriated right now to keep American personnel safe and secure in the permanent bases we have built in Iraq, and also to bring every one of them home now.

    And in case you didn’t know it, John Wayne was a draft dodger.

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