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How I Became A Liberal Communist Tree Hugger

How I Became A Liberal Communist Tree Hugger



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Published by A.J. MacDonald, Jr.
On how hard it is to be Catholic, a Christian, and live the gospel without being called names and gven a political label considering today's overheated political atmosphere . . .
On how hard it is to be Catholic, a Christian, and live the gospel without being called names and gven a political label considering today's overheated political atmosphere . . .

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Published by: A.J. MacDonald, Jr. on Sep 25, 2010
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How I Became A LiberalCommunist Tree Hugger
ctually, I haven’t “become” anything
I’ve been called all of the
above. I suppose that what those words actually 
is a matter
of interpretation . . . isn’t it? Perhaps the best way to analyze
these words is to consider them as utterances,in the Bakhtinian sense, as
 words or phrases, written or spoken, that have originated within aparticular social context. In this case, a sociopolitical context, or, asBakhtin would call it: a sociopolitical speech genre. These are powerful,socially and politically created
 words (and situations!) that we’ve inheritedfrom those who’ve preceded us
; words that are intended to be persuasive.
(Political speech, especially when it’s a combination of words and images,
is always propagandistic.) Sociopolitical speech is almost, by definition, polarized.There are two sides to every debate and every story . . . polar extremes are to be expected.Even  violent ones.  War is  violent,by definition. The warmongering and the fearmongering continue, unabated, in America . . . the Muslim fanatics are (supposedly) out to get us, you know. I was accused of having been  brainwashed recently, which is odd . . . considering t
hat I haven’t watched television news in many years. If I were
to sit in front of the television set every night and watch, oh, say, Fox News  perhaps, then one might say, accurately, that I may be allowing myself to become influenced  by the media, or brainwashed, by Fox News. But
considering that I never watch television, how can one say I’m being
 brainwashed? I do watch  Alex Jones occasionally, but Alex has been around for years . . . and so have I.
I’m quite capable of discerning truth from error concerning Alex Jones.I would say that Jones is 98% correct, and it’s encouraging
 just to know that
he’s out there . . . even if h
is broadcast is only three hours a day, fivedays a week, and two hours on Sunday 
. Compared to Fox News’ 24/7/365
influence, Jones is a piker when it comes to being able to influenceanyone; let alone brainwash someone. Brainwashing would require thatsomeone have 24/7/365 access to every home in America . . . sort of likeFox News has . . .Hmmm . . .
I’m hard
ly a Liberal; and as anyone who has ever taken the time to read
my writings knows I’m a Libertarian 
 Christian moral convictions. And t
here’s a BIG difference.
I’m also a 
Constitutionalist,with a strict interpretation; meaning that I believe the US federal government should be restricted to doing only that which is specifically outlined for it to do in the US Constitution, which is,after all, the whole point of the US Constitution to begin with; including,especially, the US Congress
having the authority to wage war.Hmmm . . .
 And I’M brainwashed?
no fan of the federal government, I can assure you. And I think aLiberal is, by definition, a fan of the feds. I am not a fan of the feds at all.
I’ve had my  
 with the feds over the years, and I don’t
they’re a big fan of me either. I can’t imagine they think of me as a Liberal.
Heck, if you count my last run-
in with the feds in DC, I’ve been arrested
and locked up by them a grand total of six times now: three times by theUS military, twice by the FBI, and once by the US Park Police.Crazy . . . can you imagine, too,
how many times I’ve been stopped and
asked by the police to show my ID, so they could run me for warrants . . .
I’ve lost count . . .
 And I’m not a bad guy either, that’s the thing
. I just have that bad guy mystique . . . Anyways, a Constitutionalist Christian Libertarian like me is far from
 being a Liberal or a Communist . . . and although I do love trees, I’m not a
tree hugger. I used to work for a very large paper company  and we had a saying: paper is a renewable resource. But I am against cutting old growthtrees . . . . I think it
criminal for someone to do that. When it comes to economics,
more a fan of   Adam Smith than I am of  Karl Marx
,so I certainly can’t be a Communist. I’m for Ending the Fed
too, which is not exactly the political stance on the Federal Reserve that agood commie would take. Is it?But I suppose that, since I am against the  war(s),the Global War on Terror,the rise of the US police state,the failed  War on Drugs,and suspect that rogue elements of our own government (and others) were behind the terror attacks of  9/11,this DOES make me a Liberal Communist, in the Glennbeckian sense of these terms.

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