It's the same in any lingo

בַּת-בָּבֶל, הַשְּׁדוּדָה: אַשְׁרֵי שֶׁיְשַׁלֶּם-לָךְ-- אֶת-גְּמוּלֵךְ, שֶׁגָּמַלְתּ לָנוּ
אַשְׁרֵי שֶׁיֹּאחֵז וְנִפֵּץ אֶת-עֹלָלַיִךְ-- אֶל-הַסָּלַע

How can one be compelled to accept slavery? I simply refuse to do the master's bidding. He may torture me, break my bones to atoms and even kill me. He will then have my dead body, not my obedience. Ultimately, therefore, it is I who am the victor and not he, for he has failed in getting me to do what he wanted done. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? If not now, when? ~ Rav Hillel, Pirke Avot

This Red Sea Pedestrian Stands against Judeophobes

This Red Sea Pedestrian Stands against Judeophobes
Wear It With Pride

18 April 2009

Are You Done Zizn Oif Dein Toches?

Author’s Note: This rant is not directed at all PUMAs, but as usual at OMV, if the shoe fits, wear it. And kudos to Madamab for trying once again to get PUMA on track. I'm still bandaging my head from banging my head on that wall. Some folks are not going to like what they read here, but I am not known for pulling my punches. Consider this constructive criticism, and a final appeal.

Up is down and down is up when PUMAs are quoting Pelosi talking points about the Tea Parties being Republican astroturf. I am fed up. Some, including myself, have been urging PUMAs to get off their asses. Some have, as they have in New York, but many have not. Am I missing something here or are we past having the luxury of time?

Naughty Nazi Nancy, and the MSM have nothing good to say about Tea Partiers. Now some PUMAs are poo pooing the Tea Party movement because as far as they are concerned, the Republican machine created it, and these PUMAs are so true to their ideals (which are apparently still not fully defined) that they will not participate in any movement where they might be perceived as being part of what they feel to be the dark side of the Force. Since when did PUMAs align themselves with Nancy Pelosi, Pampers, and the MSM? They’re the enemy of the moment. Worrying about Republican games is akin to dropping the ball in Afghanistan to go play Name That No-Bid Contract in Iraq. But now PUMAs cheerlead the discrediting of the Tea Party movement with the same language as the Daily Krap. What the hell is that about?

The first event this year, as far as I can tell, was in Seattle. A Republican, concerned about the Douchulus bill began gathering Republicans, Conservatives, Libertarians, and yes; even Democrats together to raise hell on President’s Day. Here’s newsflash number one: Newt Gingrich had nothing to do with it.

The concept had its origins with the Libertarians. Events for Tax Day were being planned in 2008, independent of the Republican Party. And Libertarians are pissed about Republican CO-OPTING. Similar actions were being planned by ordinary Americans across the country.

Why are PUMAs wasting time speculating and theorizing about Republican strategy? It was obvious from the beginning what Republicans were trying to do. But that didn't discourage people from turning out. These were not mindless dupes. They were given an opportunity to express their outrage. Does it really matter if Republicans run around saying it was a victory for their party? No it doesn't. Are the Republicans staging any kind of opposition to Tushy Obama in Congress? No, they aren't. It's pretty audacious to assume that non-PUMAs are not politically savvy. Even more so for PUMAs to assume that they are.

While millions of Americans from both parties and no parties are organizing Tea Parties and marches, networking and building coalitions from across the political spectrum, PUMAs are doing what they seem to do best when there isn't an email campaign on: complain, debate, and discuss, ad nauseam.

Let’s take a look at what’s really going on here.

  1. The nation is angry, not just at Tushy Obama and Democrats, but at Republicans as well.
  2. Seeing that this non-partisan sentiment is gaining ground, “Conservatives” and Republicans begin to insert themselves to co-opt the movement to present themselves as the opposition. Their talking heads publicized the movement and made it seem like their own. There was plenty of head scratching by Tea Party organizers as to who the Republicans thought they were fooling.
  3. Rather than recognize that the nation is embracing a PUMA anti-establishment agenda, PUMA didn’t do a thing to be involved in these events because they believed the astroturfing meme, or thought this was a movement that didn't address PUMA's currently unofficially defined values.
Bottom line? Whether this was astroturf or not, PUMAs should have been capitalizing on the anger and frustration Americans are feeling toward an uncaring government, using these events to spread the word about the movement, and find allies in unlikely places. This was a wasted opportunity of mass proportions, and one that will be hard to fix. The momentum is now with Libertarians and Conservatives; not PUMA. But none of that matters to circles of PUMAs because they see the entire thing is impure because Newt Gingrich addressed the Tea Party in New York.

PUMA has no plan. PUMA has no response. PUMA is not networking to tap into this national sentiment that is standing up against BOTH parties. PUMA has not raised money. PUMA has not built a coalition with non-PUMAs (that would contaminate their values I guess). And so PUMA is dead in the water while the nation struggles to combat the Piece of Shit Fraud in the White House and the Democrap controlled Congress. PUMA should have been leading this movement, but chose to ignore my advice, and the advice of many others.

Instead of simply complaining and attempting to get the word out about Tushy Obama on blogs, PUMAs should have been networking, raising money, and drawing powerful people to their side. That didn’t happen. PUMAs are now having more discussions about issues I raised months ago, but got attacked when I did so. If the national resistance becomes a Republican led movement PUMAs have no one but themselves to blame. They chose to be immobile. They chose to be insular. The movement has not grown. The movement has not formed a leadership. The movement has nothing to offer anyone that is feeling the pulse of the nation. Message received: If it’s not PUMA led it’s not worth our time. How’s that working out so far?

The Congress is moving to give Tushy Obama control of the internet, control of energy production, and the power to subvert our First, Second and Fourth Amendment rights. Someone explain to me how women’s rights get ahead when the White House suppresses free speech. It’s hard to speak with duct tape on your mouth isn’t it?

Here’s another news flash. PUMA has not made any moves to give Americans an alternative to either corrupt party. PUMA has made no attempt to build an independent voting block with non-PUMAs (my 50% solution). Whether the Republicans co-opt the Tea Parties or not, just whom do you think is going to assume control Congress in 2010, a miracle slate of populist Democratic women? This is America. When both your choices are evil Americans choose the evil that isn’t currently fucking them in the ass, even though they remember that they were for eight years.


The only hope of changing that is a mass movement of all parties, which should include PUMAs, that sends Congress the message YOU ARE FIRED! But PUMAs must be pure. So while the rest of the nation is coming together under any and every banner possible, knowing that it is necessary, despite our differences, in order to topple the corrupt assholes fucking us seven ways to Sunday, PUMA will have its pure party on the side of the road to nowhere. What a fucking waste. But I saw this coming in Denver.

It’s April 2009 and nothing has changed. This is not a time for being on the sidelines. This is a time for ACTION. That is what the people were doing in the streets on April 15th. It’s happening without PUMA.

PUMA supposedly means People United Means Action. The operative word is "action." There is virtually none. There was a time when PUMA also meant Party Unity My Ass. PUMAs need that banner again. We got shit done. We made waves. We were the first to dump the tea into the harbor. Now PUMA is going nowhere. I’m done waiting. We’ve been lighting fires under you and they keep getting put out.


I find the gender role reversal vis a vis the video and this post rather ironic.



Logistics Monster said...

Wow! Thanks! Could not have said that anywhere near as well as you Shtuey. This pretty much sums up why I stopped being a PUMA (in addition to being told I wasn't one because I was an indie voter). I also want to thank you for not lumping all PUMAs into the little group of girlies that all believe they are the leader. I still am wondering who the leader is.

They are never gonna get it. Put your energy where it will do the most good.

Thanks for writing this post!

me said...

@But it looks like the US is saying the jig is up and we will be expecting compliance from Israel for a two state solution regardless of who is prime minister. @
this just in: fck PUMA and fuck riverdaughter

Shtuey said...

me; Rahm Emmanuel is a fucking moron and can go shove it up his ass. We'll see where Bibi shows up over the next few months. I suspect we'll see him touching down in Moscow.

PUMA is not entirely worthless. What it is suffering from is the same thing that crippled the Clinton campaign: EGO. It's time for rank and file PUMAs to stop waiting for self proclaimed leaders to do something. PUMAs in every state should be forming structures of leadership to build their own networks and grow them in their communities and build up national connections instead of going top down (another mistake of the Clinton campaign).

me said...

i dont mind Bibi allying with Mosco, but i'm not sure it's feasible. Moscow has far too tight links with Iran

Shtuey said...

yes, but Russia wants eastern Mediterranean ports, and a pipeline for oil so it can avoid the Suez Canal.

India is an even more natural partner for Israel.

me said...

now that i think about it, it would be. China as well, obviously

Anonymous said...

well.. it did not take long for bos true colors to show many times has the USA NOT LISTENED TO ISRAEL and regretted it later.. do we not ever learn ..
Oh wait .. I forgot you can't discuss this if you bring up history pffft isnt that
obamas rule ...we are just moving forward... lets not remember history ... we are busy repeating it ...

navyvet48 said...

Thank you for this shtuey. The PUMAs egos were always to big to begin with...they about made me puke in Denver. I don't forget! Asswipes. I am not as angry as earlier when I read Cinie's post...I am going over there leave her a link to my blog...and explain to her I remain a registered Democrat! Let her put that in her pipe and smoke it!

me said...

there are good decent pumas that I respect- Gary and mawm and madamab and many others. HOWEVER, I am afraid that the Confluence gang are giving me headaches.
The endless discussions about "what is our mission" bore me to tears, and this is not a convenient enough time for empty discussion. Stop talkign about doing shit and start bloody doing it.
I feel that they are being subjected to the gravitational pull of the mainstream leftie blogosphere and they can't or won't resist it.

Shtuey said...

I believe that with the success of the Tea Parties, PUMAS are going to start demanding substance over style. The leaders are emerging.