Mom opened deliberations by asking no one in particular, "Given our situation in this country today, what would Ronald Reagan do?"
All eyes, of course, went to Billy Roy Mitchum, a big Reagan devotee when not singing Merle Haggard songs or presiding over coffee at the Hubbard City Cafe, "Back in 1964, Reagan challenged conservatives, and he darned sure do the same today. He said it was a 'Time for Choosing' 'You and I are told we must choose between a left or right,' Reagan said, 'but I suggest there is no such thing as a left or right, There is only an up or down. Up to man's age-old dream -- the maximum of individual freedom consistent with order -- or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism'."
"Butch, take out your iPhone and google up totalitarianism. It's a big word. Then tell us whether you think it fits as a threat here in this year of 2010."
"I'm all over it, BM. Totalitarianism (or totalitarian rule) is a political system where the state, usually under the control of a single political person, faction, or class, recognizes no limits to its authority and strives to regulate every aspect of public and private life wherever feasible. Totalitarianism creates a state where ordinary citizens have no significant share in decision-making and ideology that directs most if not all aspects of public and private life.
"Totalitarian regimes or movements maintain political power through an all-encompassing propaganda disseminated through the state-controlled mass media, a single party that is often marked by personality cultism, control over the economy, regulation and restriction of speech, mass surveillance, and widespread use of state terrorism."
"So if today's question is does this fit our situation today? Duh, did Clinton have sex with that woman?", Butch loves to answer questions with questions.
The coffee group then began to really dig in by applying the definition of this big word to our current regime in DC (District of Corruption):
State under the control of a political person named Barrack Hussein Obama
Faction or Class would be the socialist ruling class of elites
No limits to its authority by appointing Czars, passing Health Care using legislative tricks when it didn't have the votes, violating the Commerce Clause of the Constitution by forcing people to buy insurance, bribing politicians not to run for office, stopping oil drilling in the Gulf against court orders and public pleas, suing the State of Arizona for enforcing federal laws, and funneling tax payer money to 'green' scam businesses and labor unions, burying tax hikes in ever corner of every piece of legislation, appointing Supreme Court Justices who believe the Constitution is outdated and needs reforming, etc.
Striving to regulate every aspect of public and private life like our auto, finance, health care, and energy industries (so far). Now they are going after our body weight.
Propaganda from state controlled media like CBS, NBC, ABC, New York Times, and Washington Post
Personality cult like Obama the Messiah
Restriction of speech would include "The Fairness Doctrine" and calling anyone who disagrees with them racists
Widespread use of terrorism from an regime that will not even say the words Islamic Radical Terrorist and who refuse to protect our borders and citizens but read Miranda rights to mass Jihadists murderers
Mom finally nudged back into the conversation, "So what would Reagan do?"
"You are right as usual, Maxine, also as usual when led by Butch, we digress. The good news is that I think Reagan would outline the same plan he did in 1977, for a 'The New Republican Party', stating, 'The principles of conservatism are sound because they are based on what men and women have discovered through experience in not just one generation or a dozen, but in all the combined experience of mankind. When we conservatives say that we know something about political affairs, and what we know can be stated as principles, we are saying that the principles we hold dear are those that have been found, through experience, to be ultimately beneficial for individuals, for families, for communities and for nations -- found through the often bitter testing of pain, or sacrifice and sorrow'.
"And we are certainly suffering some of that pain and sorrow with these assholes in office today. I think Obama's greatest fear is that this country led by the Tea Party folks will 'go back' to our founding principles instead of 'moving ahead' to Obama's marxist plan to destroy this country. Let's adjourn and break down Reagan's principles at our next coffee."
I don't know how Butch and BM remember all of these facts and quotes and things because these days I am beginning to forget even things I never knew.
Think about it until it's time for coffee again,