Dear Readers: I wanted to share my excitement about joining the College Insurrection team today, as Professor Jacobson over at Legal Insurrection is finalizing the set-up and has kindly promoted the Shrine of Flaming Capitalism. I wanted to thank him for this opportunity. Everyone will note that College Insurrection is now on the blogroll to the right.
I also have another item to promote. I will be on the Silvio Canto show this Thursday (Aug. 30) at 10 am Pacific Time/12 noon Central Time to discuss the movie: 2016 – Obama’s America. I will be joined by fellow SLOB and our team’s Hollywood connection, Word Warrior Barry C. Jacobsen. To that end, I have been reading the book by best selling author Dinesh D’Souza, upon which the movie is based. The movie has done tremendously well at the box office, placing 3rd in weekend results. As blogfather Instapundit notes: 80% of life, and 100% of politics, is showing up. This is more evidence of who’s showing up this year.
It has been a fascinating read, as I learn how much of both the father and mother reside in Obama and how this impacts our nation as a whole. But, it also ties into a personal story that I wanted to share with my readers, especially as my Divine Mother is in town for a visit. For you see, my parents were both journalists, and met by throwing spitballs at eachother within the offices of the Schenectady Gazette. So, in a way, I seem to have ended up in the family business as a “citizen journalist. Here are my parents in the real era of “Mad Men”:
Eventually, my dad (Stanley R. Putnam, Jr.) took the family to Detroit, Michigan. He was part of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for the coverage of the Detroit Riots in 1967. Subsequently, he was invited to spear-head the student newspaper at Wayne State University, “The South End“. To say that publication is progressive would be an understatement. I did write for it when I went there: I had the honor to be tapped as the first Science Writer. But, the focus was always on “crusaderism” (as Captain Capitalism would put it).
Now, in my clan, there is something I refer to as the “Putnam Family Curse”: the kids always turn out 180 degrees opposite of what the parents try to instill in them. In my instance, the ultra-hip, progressive, non-religious parents turned out a devote Catholic, independent conservative rebel. It seems to be karma that I join the team of College Insurrection to spread independent conservative thought to students, with a smattering of attention on the higher education bubble and “Worthless” degrees. Interestingly, one of the stories featured in College Insurrection is that Wayne State may be ending tenure because of poor finances.
Truly, nothing beats the forces of reality.
Likewise, reading “Obama’s America – The Remaking of the American Dream“, I learned how deeply Obama was impacted by his own parents. His father was a charming fabulist, who tried to obtain by charisma what he could not accomplish by hard work. His mother was a woman who sneered at faith, capitalism, and America. In fact, Obama’s mother revered his father (even after being abandoned for a harem of other women) because of Barak Obama’s Sr.’s strong belief in wealth distribution (mainly from our country to everyone else) and smashing to oppressors (namely us). That is why Team Obama chose to outsource national security jobs FROM and American firm to a Brazilian one. That is why Obama directs funds to the development of Brazil’s oil fields, while stalls the development of our Keystone Pipeline.
As Tammy Bruce says: If Obama were just incompetent, some of his decisions would be good for us. NONE of them are, and all seem rooted in the anti-colonial attitude espoused by Barak Obama Sr. and embraced by his son. Add an extra layer of abandonment by both parents, and we are all being punished.
It seems I am destined to carry on a legacy of rebelling and yanking chains. I am very thankful to Professor Jacobson for allowing me a platform to do so, and to help spread the values to the next generation about what makes our country so special.