Ploys, Tones and Sentiments


Liberals have added a new hurdle to the implementation and acceptance of truth.  One must use the right tone when expressing facts or those facts will be discarded as false.  The arrogance of this sentiment is stunning to be kind.   To exercise some sort of parental discretion over Maine residents by threatening to disallow an individual’s defined arguments in the platform of civil debate simply because their tone was not correct, is appalling at best.  This is the latest diversionary tactic by the media to cover for their President.

The Kennebec Journal recently posted an article “fact checking” Jason Savage, which quickly spiraled into a hit piece rather than the truth seeking they espoused.  The theme of the article centered on the issue of the billions of tax cuts that MediCare will endure as a result of ObamaCare, which is now law.  While they admitted the numbers and facts are true, they proposed that argument, presented by the Director of Maine People Before Politics, should be disregarded as false, or “mostly false”, on the basis of the poor tone that Mr. Savage used.  Mostly false, is this a bad sequel to The Princess Bride?

Anyway, the Journal went on to cite the AARP.  Yes, the same AARP that named a strong supporter of Hugo Chavez as “Person of the Year”.  They quoted a doctor, who rattled off the infamous “as long as there are no changes” line, ignoring that the costs of ObamaCare have been arcing upwards since its implementation.  But my favorite line of “defense” is this little jewel of wisdom by the author, “ Still nothing is really ‘robbed’, the way almost anyone uses the word, and that money is coming largely from reduced payment to hospitals, other health providers and insurers.”  So it’s really not robbery to not pay for services rendered as long as you “mostly pay”, or how about “hardly pay”, or, if ask Maine’s hospitals, “never pay”?  Really?  Miracle Max would be so proud.  Fact: Partial payment is not full payment.  Oh, did I just use the wrong tone?

In the heated East-West Highway debate, Senator Doug Thomas and the Governor have wisely called for a slowdown to the process to allow for all the facts to be presented amidst all the din and noise.  Thomas’ opponent has mocked this call for caution as a political ploy.  He neglects to acknowledge that he helped sponsor Doug Thomas’ bill, which was a call for a fact-finding investigation of the possibility of the Highway. So Mr. Hebert Clark of Millinocket (D) voted for the bill before he voted against it despite the fact that the bill he voted for but is now against has yet to reveal the information that he voted for and is now against.  But at least his tone was right.

But herein lies the biggest quandary.  How can one strike the right tone when those who stand in judgment of the tenor are tone-deaf to anything but their own sound?



Traveling southbound, headed towards Bangor from Dover-Foxcroft, if one looks close and is aware, there is a crude wooden sign, partially obscured by the undergrowth, which spells a surprising admonishment to those proponents of the East-West Highway.  It questions why anyone who supports the building of a highway should live in the State of Maine.  This columnist is admittedly paraphrasing the words on the sign, but the theme is accurate to be sure.  What is startling is how little effort the author of this placard exerted to conceal his or her disdain for those who hold a difference of opinion.  The hypocrisy flaunted between the waving blades of grass in the field is not unique to the liberal movement.  It is at its core and essential to its function.

These sentences painted on slabs of wood are prompting travelers to agree that any who view the great resources of Maine as anything other than a pretty painting or fine piece of china merely to be observed in admiration from afar, untouched by human hand, are not fit to live in Maine.  Those who view Maine’s working resources as a bounty of blessing to be handled and utilized to the benefit and prosperity of all those who reside within its shadow are surprisingly encouraged to leave the State.  This is a curious request indeed from those who have long clamored that the wilds of Maine should be here for all to enjoy.  It seems that is true only if you resign yourself to be shuttered, isolated and cut off from the rest of the Nation, who would pay handsomely for the riches and bounty of these resources.  So there is a litmus test, in some minds, for those who can be allowed to enjoy Maine’s beauty.

In the coming months, studies concerning the highway in question will be researched and information will come forward.  This will be presented to the people and the legislature.  We all will have an opportunity to make, hopefully, a reasoned and thoughtful decision.  But this writer takes great exception to those on either side of the issue who would state or otherwise imply that those that disagree with their opinion should leave the State.

But, sadly, hypocrisy seems to be the norm for my friends on the left.  The head of the new stealth-Democrats, Angus King, has told Maine people that the huge budget shortfall he left Maine was merely a “theoretical” one.  Those on the left decry the ownership of guns, unless they can use them to call for the murder of Olympian markswoman, Corey Cogdell and her family.  The left has already screamed many times that the Republican budget would destroy MediCare and MediCaid, when it is, in fact, a plan to save it.  The fact that the President has already, through ObamaCare, cut 700 billion dollars from MediCare is somehow kept quiet.  The President has accused Governor Romney of indirectly causing the death of a woman through a company the Governor was no longer was part of, while Mr. Obama takes no responsibility for the death of border agent Brian Terry and the thousands of innocent Mexicans, who have been murdered as a direct result of the guns his administration gave to Mexican drug cartels.

Those of us who believe in traditional marriage are often labeled as hateful, but standing for our beliefs is not hate. It is our right.  We work side by side throughout this Nation with those of alternate lifestyles without any threat of violence. Young Bristol Palin has been brutalized in the media for her Christian beliefs. When snidely asked by a reporter if she would dance with a man if he were gay, she calmly answered to the affirmative.  But then she asked in return, would the gay man dance with her even though she is Christian and will not compromise her beliefs?  That really is the question, isn’t it?  Is the left really comfortable with an open debate on the facts?  Or, does it prefer to establish an exclusive club only for those that parrot their teachings and all other voices that dissent are excluded, exiled or eliminated?  What is your view of freedom?  Is it the freedom that denies all other dissenting expression or is it the freedom that allows all expression on the platform of decent debate without repression for the majority to decide?  Where is freedom in Maine?

The East-West Distress


The evil of prosperity, the evil of means is really defined as viewed through the lens of the beholder or in the hands of the manipulator.  For it seams that all this evil means experiences a metamorphosis when it changes hands by force through taxation, fines and regulatory compliance ordinances into government coffers.  Then, when it somehow finds it way into a government initiative to support several unwashed, matted-haired individuals surrounding a mud puddle, I’m sorry, a vernal pool, chanting in desperation for the rains to continue and fill the crevice in an effort to block a logging operation from continuing to support hundreds of hard-working families and their community at large, it becomes somehow wonderful.  Perhaps we can appreciate their willingness to stand there in defense of the defenseless mud puddle all the while donating ounces of blood to the reproductive cause of the swarming mosquitoes who are flying in formation around their caked ringlet heads in a salute to their generosity.  But we cannot agree with the environmentalist’s and liberal’s belief that money, when earned, is evil and money, when stolen, is good.  Truly, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

“Ah, you foul fiendish capitalist,” they cry, “ No, Robin of Locksley are you!”  Yes, sadly my one brief foray into joining the cast of  “Men in Tights” was thankfully nothing more than abject humiliation, actually, a cruel joke played on me by my older sister.  How she ever tricked me intoooo….ahem, moving on.  It would seem that even Robin Hood would be dismayed at the lengths Peter Vigue has gone to appease the new “Merry Men” and how they continue to decry his endeavor to create a more suitable artery of transportation for the State of Maine.  He has addressed the eminent domain issue, proving that false.  He has made many overtures to the conservation and wildlife concerns by building causeways over the highway for safer migration.  He has assured that the imprint of the road is narrower by far than I-95.  Yet, the environmentalists continue to chant, sweat and wail.  As each demand is met and another is thrust in Vigue’s face, the truth becomes all too evident.  There is one core issue of distress that cannot be resolved.  The East-West highway is a harbinger of prosperity to come.  It represents everything most hated by the left.  Americans earning their money and reinvesting that money into their community portends those communities becoming a bustle of hated, healthy human activity.  When these communities become part of the artery of commerce, they will taste the forbidden fruit of independence, self-reliance and self-actualization.  Oh, how the left hates that word, independence.  But we in Maine love it!

The East-West Highway represents the one final link to integrate the ingenuity of this great State quickly into the commerce fabric of our fabulous Nation.  For to long we have been held back from seeing our piece of the American Dream.  Imagine if the environmentalist had been around to stop I-95.  How would they get around to harass Peter Vigue?  Let’s take our rightful place in the American commerce, or…we could…go back to dancing around the mud puddle and praying for rain.

What Quality of Life?!!

As the radical left continues to besiege Peter Vigue, the catch phrase used by the these environmentalists to justify their anarchist intent is they don’t want to lose “the quality of life” poverty-stricken Piscataquis and Washington County has to offer them.  This is akin to the “it’s for the children” line used every time a liberal politician wants to raise your taxes to pay for another redundant bureaucracy.  There is no quality of life in poverty save for the quality of your soul, but that is not the substance of this debate.  If rural Counties in North-Central Maine cannot show large businesses that we have a transport artery for them to easily ship their products to market, we cannot hope to provide an attractive package to entice these businesses to come here.  These enviro-leftists know this and that is their hope.  At the core of their plan for our Maine is to drive the human footprint out of the “wildlands”.  They use the ruse of  “quality of life” to create hesitation in those who truly love the quality of life in areas we live on the edge of Maine’s wilderness.  They hope to create uncertainty and conjure the elements of a conspiracy against the native men and women of Maine. The inevitable stalemate ensues.  The entrepeneur with all his good intent suddenly finds himself neck-deep in a quagmire.  After millions and even billions lost trying to help the impoverished, the businesses give up in despair to the cackling glee of environ’s meddling minions.  Their accomplishment is two-fold.  The hated business man has learned a painful lesson concerning rural Maine and leaves considerably weakened financially.  The inhabitants of rural Maine are left even deeper in the despair of poverty, the environmental “quality of life”, and, with their children leaving in droves to seek fortune elsewhere, they follow in their wake to a different quality of life.  And Maine is left barren of humanity, just the quality of life these anarchists seek.