The Cincinnati Tea Party Defends “Fiscal Reponsibility”: Republicans attempt to become “compassionate conservatives” by copying Obama

Kasichcare16-300x225The Cincinnati Tea Party took the hard stand of protesting Governor Kasich’s open acceptance of Obamacare by expanding Medicaid with heavy hearts, but wild ambition.  Many traditional political pundits and strategists are not sure what to make of such an aggressive stand against what many thought was a Tea Party Governor.  It was the Tea Party that put Kasich over the top of Ted Strickland in 2010 yet within just two years Kasich has shown a desire to take yet more government handouts from the federal government which erodes away state sovereignty under the 10th Amendment, and openly ignores the Healthcare Freedom Amendment that was passed in Ohio protecting all state residents from Obamacare.  Republicans who many believe are behind the Tea Party movement are rather baffled to see Tea Party members treating them with the same aggressive vigor as they have progressive Democratic candidates.  Yet when the Tea Party says it demands fiscal responsibility, free markets, and limited government, they mean it no matter who the perpetrator is or what political affiliation is next to their name.Kasichcare21-300x225

To understand why and how the game is played between the federal government and state governments view this video done by members of The Cincinnati Tea Party.  The basic essence behind Kasich’s expansion of Medicaid can be explained in the video.

Below is the link to the article from The Cincinnati Tea Party website where pictures of the event can be seen.

http://cincinnatiteaparty.org/stop-kasichcare-rally-pictures/#more-221

Kasichcare13-300x225In a video from Channel 5 seen at one of the links below the camera ended on the face of Bill Cunningham of 700 WLW who at one time considered himself a “libertarian,” even a “conservative,” but nearly single-handedly undermined his friend John Kasich in the famous Senate Bill 5 election.  Cunningham learned then what Kasich is learning now, that they are both the kinds of politicians and media personalities who have taken the country to the brink of fiscal collapse.Kasichcare20-225x300  It is people like them who give Obama power, and federal influence over a state like Ohio.  When Cunningham said on the day after this rally on his radio show, “who wouldn’t take federal money if it helped to balance the budget.”  Well the answer is, Tea Party supporters wouldn’t, which is why they were protesting outside when the real culprits were inside patting themselves on the back.  If Kasich wants to be “compassionate” then let him give all his money to the poor, but don’t demand that everybody else has to throw some of their money in the pot of Ohio.  That is no different from what Obama does—and they are both wrong.

Under the new definitions of politics that The Cincinnati Tea Party is beginning to define it is not “compassionate” to steal other people’s money to redistribute to others, which is what Medicaid does and what the expansion of it will achieve.  John Kasich is not a “compassionate conservative” because he’s reaching out to the poor, and downtrodden.  It simply makes him a thief who sought a way to circumnavigate the Health Care Freedom Amendment with the expansion of a giant federal program with socialist tendencies in Medicaid.  The Tea Party does not exist to run for office or control a political party.  Kasichcare23-300x225It exists for one reason, to maintain fiscal responsibility, demand limited government, and maintain free markets in America.  Everything else is the workings of politicians who wish to make their marks on history by stealing from others so that they can buy votes with other people’s effort. As can be seen easily, the John Kasich seen at the video below and the Kasich seen at any of the links following the video are different people. Go ahead…………look for yourself.

And a side note to Ann………………I’m proud of you!  Nice job!

Channel 5 – http://www.wlwt.com/news/local-news/cincinnati/WLWT-sits-down-with-Gov-Kasich-to-discuss-health-care/-/13549970/19276792/-/format/rsss_2.0/item/0/-/12gsl7u/-/index.html

Channel 19 – http://www.fox19.com/story/21579050/cincy-tea-party-protests-kasichs-medicaid-expansion-plan

Enquirer – http://cincinnati.com/blogs/politics/2013/03/11/tea-party-to-protest-gov-john-kasich-speech/

Business Journal – http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2013/03/11/cincinnati-tea-party-to-protest-kasich.html

Rich Hoffman

“If they attack first………..blast em’!”

www.tailofthedragonbook.com

West Chester Tea Party Shows ‘Atlas Shrugged Part II’: ‘The Strike’ comes to the popular Friday night movie event

I must thank Ann Becker President of the Cincinnati Tea Party and the producers of Atlas Shrugged Part II: The Strike for putting on a wonderful show at the very nice permanent facility dedicated to freedom in West Chester, Ohio where the WCTP meets regularly every third Tuesday of every monthDSC04534Ann is also President of the West Chester Tea Party and has been doing movie nights on Fridays—about two a month featuring films that are intended for conservative and libertarian audiences.  This gives members of the West Chester community and Cincinnati at large a chance to escape the noisy children at the local multiplex in favor of intelligent correspondence among like-minded patrons.  There have been good crowds for the movie nights, and this was true of the film that I have so actively supported, the second Atlas Shrugged film based on Ayn Rand’s great 1957 classic novel which is second only to the Bible in the most popular books checked out at the Library of Congress.DSC04535

I have seen the second film many times now.  You can see my review of the film by CLICKING HERE:  It was slammed by the entertainment industry well before it hit theaters. The producers attempted to avoid the negative press by not releasing review copies, and opening the film to more than 1000 screens respectably, but reviewers shunned the film as soon as they had a chance to see it.  The big entertainment complex, including media subsidiaries like Entertainment Weekly, ETV, Entertainment Tonight and many others treated Atlas Shrugged Part II with the same disdain as they did the Romney Presidential run.  The media slant was extremely obvious.  The producers of Atlas Shrugged showed they would not be stopped in making the second film of an intended three-part series, even though the first film was equally treated with hatred by the general press.  The press and entertainment establishment had determined to circle the wagons against the effort.  They didn’t want the film to succeed whether it was good or not, because the message of the film is dangerous to the collective causes of many establishments—not only in the entertainment industry.  The movie is a bold attempt, and it delivers.  It’s easily as good as most of the films that can be seen in any movie theater for the price of admission.  The special effects were well done—many times they remind me of the effects from The Right Stuff.  And the train crash was better than a similar crash from the Steven Spielberg/J.J. Abrams film Super 8.   Atlas Shrugged Part II oozes with passion from the producers, and it’s easy to see.  It is hard to put a novel that is as philosophically heavy as Atlas is into a film version.  Fans of the book will always be hungry for more.  The effort here reminds me of the film version of John Grisham’s A Time to Kill.   The essence of the novel was achieved, but if fans want more, they’ll need to read the book.

For the uninitiated, many who saw the film for the first time in the West Chester Tea Party War Room on March 8th 2013, Atlas Shrugged Part II was their introduction to the book.  Upon the film’s release in October of 2012 the producers advertised heavily, and Harmon Kaslow went on just about every talk show from New York to Los Angeles leading up to the opening.  Many of the people who might find the Atlas story attractive have long ago given up on the official Hollywood product, and simply do not go to movies any longer.  So they skipped the movie when it hit theaters expecting another big Hollywood production that didn’t reflect their values.    Most of these types of viewers wait for a DVD release these days or for a big presentation like the one that Ann gave to her members.  This became obvious about halfway through the showing when I noticed the audience of just around 100 become emotionally involved in the film laughing at the jokes, booing at the resemblance to some of the contemporary problems America is currently facing, and finding themselves wrapped up tightly in anticipation of the climax.  At the end of the film—which is a cliffhanger—people were visibly upset wanting more movie.  They’ll have to wait for the third film which will really go down the philosophic rabbit hole as the lead character meets “The Perfect Man,” in John Galt.  It was fun for me to watch the reaction of the audience at the end as I know the story extremely well.  Seeing more people introduced to such a fantastic tale is enjoyable—like uncovering a treasure that has always been at their feet, and the light just comes on when they notice it for the first time.   If not for the West Chester Tea Party and the producers giving the green light to allow a public viewing free of charge—those 100 people may not have taken a chance on it any other way—because the print media was not kind at all to the film.

The reason for the hatred of the film is that two of the main villains in Atlas Shrugged Part II are Lillian Reardon and Jim Taggert, who resemble metaphorically most of the people in society.  The two conspire in the film to destroy the life of Hank Reardon—the creator of a new alloy of steel that is extremely light, very strong, cheap, and highly sought after by the government who wants to confiscate his technology for the “greater good.”  Lillian is the socialite wife who is a parasite to her husband Hank.  She only cares that he is a billionaire that can give her social status.  She does not earn that status on her own, and when she gets the opportunity to free herself from her husband once she discovers that Hank is sleeping with Dagny Taggert, Jim’s sister—(the main character), Lillian takes it.  Lillian makes a deal with Jim, who has the same parasitic relationship with his sister who runs the railroad company they inherited.  Jim is clueless about the ways of the world and can only achieve success in life through his political connections—which is referred to as “pull” in the film.    If I had to put my finger on a problem with the Atlas Shrugged film franchise, it is due to most people in society will see themselves as either Lillian or Jim—and they aren’t going to spend $10 per ticket to feel more guilty about their lives than they do already.  They go into a darkened theater to escape from such realizations, not to be hit over the head with them.DSC04536

All people could learn something from the story of Atlas Shrugged.  For many, they might find that they are like Jim’s wife, the innocent convenient store clerk who fell in love with the image of what she thought Jim Taggert was in the newspapers and television shows.  She married Jim and once she lived with him every day, discovered that he was simply a looter.  Jim Taggert was rich and powerful because he stole from others, while people like Hank were rich and powerful because they actually made things.  Not to give anything away but Jim’s wife kills herself in the next film once her disillusionment becomes too great.  She simply loses her faith in mankind and can see no way out but to take her own life—which is not light subject matter.  If I had to guess, I would think that a majority of a movie going audience feels some connection to Lillian, Jim or Jim’s wife—and none of those characters are the heroes of Atlas Shrugged.

Atlas Shrugged is not for the 99% as the Occupy Walls Street mantra defined.  Ayn Rand did not write her books for the masses, but aimed instead at the 1%.  Her target was not the very elite rich and famous 1% however, but those in the 1% who philosophically understood her message.  In the community of West Chester, Ohio which has 100,000 people minus all the children, the 100 present at the showing of Atlas Shrugged Part II represented accurately the 1% who are free thinkers and can wrap their minds around the hard subject matter of a very intense story.  For them Ann presented a wonderful evening free of the kind of mindless drivel that could be seen down the road at the various multiplexes.  Ann’s children and husband were present making popcorn that were free to the public which allowed viewers of the movie to sit down as the sun set out the west windows and enjoy watching a movie with surround sound and a screen that actually rivaled small movie theaters.

That is not to say that the other 99% of the population can’t enjoy Atlas Shrugged.  Chances are, they will watch the DVD which is currently released by 20th Century Fox, or catch it on Netflix out of curiosity, and the first time they see it, they might be devastated to learn how poorly they have conducted their lives and discover what parasites they are on society.  The movie will make them think which most people don’t enjoy doing.  But that is the function of art, and Atlas Shrugged Part II is an artistic rendition of the great novel—and it’s damn good.  It has the visual elements of a typical movie, but it’s not about visuals, it’s about philosophy—and that is not appealing to the masses.

The producers of Atlas Shrugged Part II can feel pride that big traditional films like The Hobbit and Dark Knight Rises were also blacklisted by Hollywood in 2012 for similar reasons.  Dark Knight Rises was almost as obvious in its anti collectivist message as Atlas Shrugged Part II.  In fact, I watched Dark Knight Rises right before seeing Atlas Shrugged Part II at the WCTP War Room and while the production value for the former is much higher than the later, the themes were just as powerful.  Atlas was just blunter about it, which was Ayn Rand’s writing style.  In Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan had the ability to subtly bring the audience into the fray of the story through Catwoman played by Anne Hathaway who begins the film as a socialist, but through the course of the story learns how wrong she was under the patient tutelage of Batman.  The audience experienced the story through the eyes of Catwoman and at the end of the film discovered that Catwoman and Batman were equals—so the audience was able to get what they paid their money for.  Catwoman made Batman relatable to the mass audience.  That is why Dark Knight Rises made over $1 billion dollars at the worldwide box-office in spite of the bad reviews.  Lucky for Dark Night Rises the comic book media did not abandon the film on release, so it had financial success.  But in Atlas Shrugged Part II, there is no such character like a Catwoman.  The closest is Jim Taggert’s wife, and her fate is not a good one, as discussed.  So the audience gets hit over the head when they have to compare their lives to the heroes of Atlas Shrugged.  Very, very, very……………………………………….VERY few people can relate to Hank Reardon who isn’t even the hero of the story.  In the eyes of the protagonist Dagny, Hank had one major, glaring flaw–he cared enough about her to not allow her to be blackmailed when her brother, his wife and the federal government found out about their affair and wanted to exploit it to gain access to the patents on his metal.  Hank to save Dagny the pain of public humiliation finally gave up his fight.  Instead of running to Hank to comfort him in his darkest hour and show sympathy to the “man of steel” in thanks for defending her honor Dagny ran off to find John Galt—a man who has never compromised, who has never yielded, who has never lost—who is a genius, an expert tactician, a master of design and is perfect in every form.  Hank asked to see her in a moment of weakness when his whole world fell down around him, but she did not come.  And he did not cry about it.  He simply picked himself up and moved on.  That is not the Hollywood formula—so nobody in Entertainment knows how to deal with it.  They can only criticize it because of their lack of comprehension.

The success of Atlas Shrugged Part II unfortunately cannot be measured by box office numbers because the film was not made for the masses.  It was made for the 100 people in the WCTP War Room who showed up on a Friday night to watch Atlas on movie night with freshly made free popcorn and drinks for an audience who understands the plight of Dagny and John Galt.  For intellectual stimulation the audience wished to have an evening away from the Lillian Reardon’s of the world if just for a few hours and be around like-minded patrons.  Under that measure of success, at the conclusion of Atlas Shrugged Part II there were claps of approval and questions about the fate of the third installment, which suddenly had very urgent demands for the release date.  I told people who asked me that the plan for Atlas Shrugged Part III was for July 4th 2014.  For now, I am grateful that such a film exists for those smart enough to comprehend it, and clean enough in their thoughts to grapple with the themes.  If the producers had not worked hard to produce the film, and place themselves at great financial risk, this Friday night experience would have never happened.  The filmmakers like the fictional composer Richard Halley from the story know that the merit of Atlas Shrugged Part II cannot be understood by the mass public.  Halley when he received a standing ovation during his musical performance in the movie as the concert pianist simply disappeared off the stage without explanation.  Halley in the third film will continue to write and perform music but not for a mass audience who cannot understand or appreciate his music.  Instead he moved to Galt’s Gulch—Atlantis with John Galt and the rest of the heroes of Atlas to let society crumble away into nothing as they preserve humanity from the parasites of civilization.DSC04541

My advice to the producers of Atlas Shrugged Part III would be to forget the mass release to theaters in the next go around, but to perhaps have a premier in a few theaters, but to otherwise release the film to people like Ann Becker of the Cincinnati Tea Party and let the audience be much more targeted on the next go around with direct DVD sales.  Even the Walt Disney Company engages in direct to DVD releases, and that should probably be the future of the third film from a financial stand point.  Because like Richard Halley in Atlas Shrugged, only the people in Atlantis will understand and appreciate his music the way he intended it.  So to, out of 100,000 people in West Chester, there are probably only around 1000 who will understand the message behind Atlas Shrugged.  The rest are simply like Lillian Reardon and Jim Taggert who will do everything in their power to keep the lessons of Atlas from their minds so they can continue to practice mental evasion and parasitic looting of other people’s wealth.  On movie night for the West Chester Tea Party Atlantis was at 5430 West Chester Road, and we enjoyed the performance.

http://www.westchesterteaparty.org/

To the critics who will without question read this and be insulted at just the mention of Ayn Rand or Atlas Shrugged and will treat it like Holy Water being thrown on a demon possessing an innocent soul, if you don’t know the story, watch the videos above and you’ll understand that there is a lot more to Atlas Shrugged than just a pro-capitalism message.  I have seen 5 times in my life alone what happened to the fictional 20th Century Motor Company in the film for many of the same exact reasons.  And let me say…………..I understand John Galt as well as I understand the skin on the back of my own hand.  There is more truth in Atlas Shrugged as a novel than 8 years of most college courses.  And the movies only make the information more accessible to a wider audience.  So take advantage of the ease for which the producers have provided a vast treasure for the minds of the many, even if they can’t quite get their thoughts around it.  It’s worth trying.  You can find the DVD by CLICKING HERE. 

Rich Hoffman

“If they attack first………..blast em’!”

www.tailofthedragonbook.com

White Blood Cells: The Mystery of the Tea Party

The budget battles are waging across the county, most recently in the states drawing a hard-line in the sand, such as Ohio, Wisconsin, and Indiana, trying desperately not to become the next California. The most intense battle hasn’t even arrived yet however, and that is the battle at the Federal level, where tax and spend liberals like President Obama, and Harry Reid are coming up against a new element that runs deeper than typical, placid conservative Republicans. That new element is the Tea Party, referred to by the media, and all those rampant tax and spend happy politicians, as Tea Baggers.

The Tea Party has brought an element to the political landscape that is difficult for the establishment to understand. Greta Van Susteren of Fox News recently attempted to get her mind around the Tea Party ideal and interviewed several people who tried to understand how a movement as large as the Tea Party is, can function without a leader. The left, who can’t function without a leader, is perplexed as they reach for icons like Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin. It’s not about them. If they were removed from the discussion there are hundreds of capable people waiting patiently if needed. The real heart behind the movement cannot be seen in such terms.

The best way to explain the Tea Party movement is that you have to consider the United States of America as a human body. It has a life of its own, eating, breathing and interacting with other nations. Now we all know what happens when a body gets sick. We don’t feel well, our temperature may increase, and we may fill chilled, weak, and have a runny nose. When we have a cold we tend to lay down for a bit, take off work and let our immune system fight off the virus. Such sicknesses might be called in America as “recessions.” Our immune system is the election process, and given time, minor illnesses can be overcome.

But there are other viruses and diseases that cannot be easily overcome by our immune system. Viruses like AIDS actually disguise themselves as healthy cells in the body till they are strong enough to attempt to take over the healthy cells in a body.

Cancer is the same kind of subversive disease that hides quietly in the body till it sees an opportunity to strike, and take over the surrounding tissue. We count on our White Blood Cells to identify a disease and to kill it, before it has an opportunity to take over and kill our body’s tissue.

Watch this video of a white blood cell chasing bacteria. Notice that the white blood Cell does not take time to watch TV, or eat at McDonalds. Such concerns are completely irrelevant to the life of a white blood cell. Yet, study the conscious movement of the cell, it is aware of the threat to the body and it is taking action to protect that body.

The United States of America, if looked at like a human body is plagued with many cancer cells attempting to destroy the tissue of the American body. To the cancer cell, this process is not a bad thing. The cancer cell just wants to live like any other cell. The quest for life is what all life shares. But the white blood cell is dedicated to protecting the body from such intrusions so a conflict is expected; we often refer to our immune systems as “fighting off a disease.” We expect it as a natural occurrence. But the cancers that we have in the American body have penetrated our education institutions, so they train the new cells of our body to duplicate the cancer cells. They have penetrated our political system, so as to infect all the cells there to become corrupt and distorted. They have penetrated our families, so the production of strong white blood cells cannot occur so there is no defense in the body to resist them.

Some white blood cells are aware of the cancer cells, and are attacking them directly now. And that is what you might call the Tea Party. The white blood cell is void of attention, concern for power, and greed. That is unless it has been corrupted by a cancer cell or other disease. We know many politicians on Capital Hill that have been corrupted in this way by the disease of “lobby influence.”

But most of the Tea Party people are as pure to a white blood cell in our society as we have to offer. They are selfless defenders of the body called America. They don’t expect financial compensation, powerful positions, or disproportionate amounts of wealth. They are unified by a common cause, and that is the preservation of the body America.

For that reason, the white blood cells called “The Tea Party” do not need a leader to tell them where to go or what to do. All they need to know is what the cancer cells look like, and to attack them the way America expects them to in order to restore the body to health.

The white blood cell is often out-numbered and must take on larger, much scarier cancer cells and bacteria, such as was seen in the video. They will often be outnumbered. But the white blood cell more often than not prevails and life continues for the healthy body. The body can only be measured by its health depending on the strength of its immune system, or otherwise, based on its ability of white blood cells to destroy attackers. This is important because a body is always under attack from foreign invaders.

In America, diseases that the white blood cells called The Tea Party are on the lookout for are socialism, which consumes healthy growth of the body’s tissue by cutting off the flow of blood in the body. Blood to America is its corporations. Other diseases are trickster cells that attempt to weaken the resolve of the white blood cell by disguising itself, such as AIDS. In America such comparisons are in the body’s lack of ability to embrace religion, social norms, and healthy living habits. Such trickster cells will attempt to kill off the white blood cell population with unhealthy pointless endeavors so the resistance is not in place for disease growth. Greed is a specific kind of disease that might be found in the union movement where those cells expect larger amounts of substance to maintain their own existence, tricked by diseased cells into behavior that puts their own lives at risk by overconsumption. This behavior takes away the body’s ability to furnish its other white blood cells with proper nourishment which inhibits healthy growth.

The Tea Party is doing the job expected by the Constitution. The spending habits of government now must be looked at as a disease. And all elements that are attempting to crush our American body must be dealt with. There is no longer time to have the type of compassion that allows cancer cells to live next to healthy cells because we now know with clarity that the cancer cells will 100% of the time attempt to take over the healthy cell.

That leaves just one question. Where do you fit in? Are you a cancer cell, or a white blood cell?

I know what I am. And I know many Tea Party people who are pure white blood cells. The goal of this site is to identify cancer cells and attack them so that we can return to a healthy body, because there is so much cancer in this body we are trusted to protect, that we need to relearn what the diseases are, and what the healthy cells look like, so that the epic battle to overcome our sickness can be resolved and our America can return to health.

Where do you stand?

That also brings up the logical question many have leveled at me. Am I a white blood cell Tea Party guy?

I name this site after a term I wrote about in 2004 called a Overmanwarrior, which was in my mind before there was a Tea Party. I am, as a person most happy in conflict. I am not a turn the other cheek, peace-loving type of person. I respect people who are, and many in the Tea Party reflect that position which I support.

Since I am one of those types that do find myself in conflict, usually under the radar, I operate as I have for many years, alone, so not to incriminate the people around me that I care about. But my best friends are just to the left of my ideas and those are the Tea Party white blood cells that understand what’s important and what to do about it when they see the threat to that importance.

I would consider myself a white blood cell that will 100% of the time take on the largest diseases without endangering my friends. And such endeavors are not the types of battles that peace-loving people are best at. So we all have our role in curing the diseases of the body. My role is different, but very similar. It is just a variation of the white blood cell role intended for the most vicious cancers.

That’s all I’ll write about that role since further revelations will reveal the strategy to the diseases who read my site every day. As I said, the Overmanwarrior role from my 2004 book is based more on fact than fiction. And that’s all I’ll say. But it is a kind of ultra-white blood cell.

The best writers write what they know about. I’ve been doing this kind of thing for a long time, and I am relieved to see that there is now help which I welcome with enthusiasm.

If there is anything we’ve learned from our first 200 year history in the United States it’s that having checks and balances of elected representatives are not quite enough in this American experiment. Waiting from election to election to act is not enough. What is needed in the body of America are those interested in fighting off disease as soon as they show themselves and keeping those elected representatives honest with diligence, so those political representatives don’t buckle under the temptation of disease to become corrupt and work against the body of our nation. Such a thing should never happen again once America’s immune system kicks in and restores our health once again so the real American dream can be experienced by our descendents.

Rich Hoffman

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