In order to temper the voluminous amounts of political and economic information that I find myself unable to stop my consumption of, I have tried to find solace in books of fiction. I can only assume being this Angry for this long shaves years off a Woodchuck. Therefore, in an effort to ween myself from the internally corrosive heroin of our current political and economic nightmare I am seeking refuge in the methadone of political and economic nightmares of yore, of which I can do nothing about, and are therefore innocuous to my health and yet still leave me with a nice mellow high.
I began with the classics, many of which can be found for free on Kindle, by reading every one of the Sherlock Holmes collections and then moved on to classic high school favorites such as 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, A Journey to the Center of the Earth, Robinson Crusoe, etc…
I then found myself enamored by 19th century British naval fiction when I read Nelson’s Trafalgar, an entire book dedicated to one of the greatest naval battles in the history of the world. The way old world wooden battleships were constructed, crewed, managed and hardened in battle is a fascinating read as are the nations, battles and customs of naval combat in that time period. A movie of comparative interest, based on the book series by the same name, would be Master & Commander starring Russel Crowe. In fact, reading Nelson’s Trafalgar helped me appreciate the movie in greater clarity the second time I watched it as I understood better the preparation for battle, how cannons work and basic concepts of sailing and broadsiding as well as a more in-depth understanding of the politics at the time.
Not many months later, after discovering a dog-eared copy of Horatio Hornblower for the first time while sitting in the waiting room of my local car repair shop, I immediately polished off all eleven books in that series following the fictional British Naval Officer Horatio Hornblower and all his naval and land battles with France and Spain during the Napoleonic wars.
I then read 1812: The Navy’s War, about the War of 1812, a war we were taught nothing about in High School, that is in fact an incredibly interesting conflict, sometimes referred to as The Second American Revolution. It was the first war that America established her capacity for naval warfare as a force to be reckoned with. It was also the closest we came to becoming permanently re-occupied by the British after having just declared our independence, were it not for a lucky twist of fate from Napoleon. In fact, if it were not for Napoleon and the Russians, we would be speaking with a British accent to this day and Starbucks would sell more tea than coffee. How come we didn’t learn that in High School? You know why. It’s not part of the narrative.
I have of late expanded my scope and media to include WWII. After having watched Downfall, about Hitler’s last hours, I watched Auschwitz: The Nazis and ‘The Final Solution.’ I am now reading Jeff Shaara’s New York Times Bestseller, The Rising Tide…
As British and American forces strike into the “soft underbelly” of Hitler’s Fortress Europa, the new weapons of war come clearly into focus. In North Africa, tank battles unfold in a tapestry of dust and fire unlike any the world has ever seen. In Sicily, the Allies attack their enemy with a barely tested weapon: the paratrooper. As battles rage along the coasts of the Mediterranean, the momentum of the war begins to shift, setting the stage for the massive invasion of France, at a seaside resort called Normandy.
At the same time, I am deeply involved in House of Cards, a Netflix Original Series, and looking forward to tonight’s AMC premier of TURN. In a world where alternative media is giving us the chance to learn the real truth about our history, our politics, our Government and our money, I am more and more optimistic that Americans will continue to learn what freedom and tyranny really mean, and which one of the two we really have.
Private label series like House of Cards and TURN, that bypass the traditional corporate gate keepers (at least until they are acquired by the gate keepers) will educate Americans on the truth. When a single individual, ONE MAN, can start a blog as powerful as The Tenth Amendment Center, and where everyday men and women like Peter Schiff, Stefan Molyneux, Tom Woods and Michelle Malkin can start wildly popular radio shows and news sites that circumvent all of our Government’s efforts to control the information, to hold the line on the narrative, to censor and quiet dissent, then I have hope.
When liberal conduits like MSNBC, Rachel Maddow, Keith Olbermann and Chris Mathews are getting fired or suffering from declining viewership while calls for the defunding of NPR grow louder, then I have hope. When bloggers the world over can continue to expand and defend liberty and freedom, individual rights, private property and constitutionalism, then I have hope. In a world transformed from the days where information was so easily controlled, where we only had the “truth” that we could find in our local Government libraries, and from our Government school textbooks, and from what was told to us on corporate controlled TV channels 2 through 13, to now having hundreds of channels including private label ones delivered on set-top boxes like Roku such as Firearm Freedom and the Liberty Channel, and the thousands of books of the real truth delivered digitally in seconds from sites like Amazon to our phones and tablets, then I have hope. For the first time in history, we are surrounded by an ocean of THE TRUTH, we have only to expend enough energy to learn to swim in it.
There is a tide turning in America for more truth, more transparency, more reality, more individual freedom and privacy and more Patriots speaking their mind by not allowing the Spiral of Silence to kowtow them into the group-think of liberal sentimentality, and it is starting to drown out those who blindly and altruistically follow the emotional narcissism of Obama, of our Congress, of our Government, of our victicrat Society, of our Democratic Socialism and the unilateral enslavement it brings under the lies of “safety” and “equality” and “fairness” for all.
House of Cards
Master & Commander
Auschwitz: The Nazi’s and ‘The Final Solution’