Please Don’t Feed the Beast!

Posted on February 7, 2013

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He’s a bottomless pit, this little rascal.

I frequently receive requests from various groups asking me to join their movement or to send an ’emergency contribution’. Some of these are actually legitimate, well run, fiscally accountable and consistent organizations.  The problem is that although there are many worthy groups, we just don’t have a lot of excess disposable income available with which to contribute.

With this in mind, I recently sat down to brainstorm a way I could support important conservative / constitutional activist initiatives and public policy organizations, despite the money crunch our family is experiencing in this ‘robust recovery’.  Some ideas that came forth from that exercise were so simple that I was surprised that they hadn’t occurred to me before – after all, none of this is rocket science.

The main concept that my funding plan centers around is ‘stop feeding the Beast’.  What do I mean by that?  Let me start with an obvious example that daily sits in the orchestra seats of my frontal lobes – Hollywood.

We all know that the entertainment industry, principally film and music, is our collective enemy in the cultural war.  The extent to which these celebrities abhor and despise our values, was driven home by a fascinating website I discovered recently called ‘Hollowverse.com‘.   It profiles the religion and politics of actors, musicians, producers, athletes and all manner of cultural icons, including some historical figures.

But one common thread in the profiles of so many of the screen actors, industry moguls and mega music idols is the in your face atheism and contempt for the beliefs and standards that most Americans embrace.

This reality reasserted itself in today’s news, where CBS reports that Tony Bennett, Chris Rock, Adam Scott, Amanda Peet and other celebrities today joined  a coalition of elected officials, law enforcement officers, physicians and others on Capitol Hill in support of President Obama’s plan to reduce gun violence.  There was one notable voice of dissent from Hollywood – that of Bruce Willis, who objected in these terms:

“I think that you can’t start to pick apart anything out of the Bill of Rights without thinking that it’s all going to become undone,” Willis told The Associated Press in a recent interview while promoting his latest film, “A Good Day to Die Hard.” ”If you take one out or change one law, then why wouldn’t they take all your rights away from you?”

Willis added that he doesn’t see how additional legislation could prevent future mass shootings.

“It’s a difficult thing and I really feel bad for those families,” he said. “I’m a father and it’s just a tragedy. But I don’t know how you legislate insanity. I don’t know what you do about it. I don’t even know how you begin to stop that.”

But Bruce Willis and a handful of others are the exceptions that prove the rule.  So, how do we stop feeding the Beast?  I have some practical suggestions on how we can, on the one hand – take food off the table of the Beast and at the same time, take those funds and wage war against the enemies of freedom and traditional American values.

How about making the conscious decision to pass on at least one set of movie tickets at the cinema at least every 3 months or so?  For some of you (including me), this will be virtually no sacrifice whatsoever.  I think the last movie I paid to go see was ‘Act of Valor‘ and the proceeds of my movie pass went to the conservatives who produced the film and the amateur military veteran actors who portrayed the roles of Special Forces troops in the movie.

But for those of you who customarily attend the box office, take the cost of two movie passes, drinks and popcorn ($25 to $40) and instead invest that in a conservative activist membership.  I just recently donated to Numbers U.S.A. – a very effective group lobbying against Amnesty and in favor of stricter enforcement of our immigration laws.

You movie buffs can starve the Beast by signing up with Netflix or Blockbuster – or buying DVD’s second hand.  People unload perfectly good used DVD’s at garage sales for $1 – $3, these days.  Take a look at the thousands of titles on eBay and Amazon that can be purchased including shipping for under $5!!!  This way, you’re not putting one extra penny in the pockets of the people who laugh at you behind your back and worse.  Special bonus – no Sales taxes, so you can put ever growing State Government on a slimdown diet too.

Maybe you are weary of the corrupting influence of the garbage from Cable or Satellite TV infecting your family’s attitudes and morals? We haven’t had Cable or Satellite TV for about 12 years now.   I find I can see an expanded amount of the best programming online as streaming content.   This year, for the first time, I actually was able to watch an official broadcast of the Super Bowl on the internet!  That’s a monthly expense dragon we’ve slain.   It’s something to consider.

Believe it or not, if you live within 50 – 60 miles of a metropolitan market, you can get local stations over your old Rabbit ears.  You’ll just need a digital converter box, but those are pretty inexpensive.   We’re about 65 miles away from San Diego and we get several of their channels, plus networks like ‘Antenna T.V’ that have TV classics from the Golden Age of Television (Leave it To Beaver, Hazel, Dennis the Menace, the Monkees, Gidget, the Flying Nun, Sanford and Son, etc.).   For free broadcasts of entertainment that you don’t have to worry about what effect it has on young, impressionable minds – or yours, you can’t beat it!  Price of the ticket?  Brief and infrequent infomercials.

The world of contemporary music has its share of people at war against your values and that of your children.  Why not boycott their concerts and recordings?  Concerts, these days start at about $50, depending on the artist and the venue and go up from there.  Skip one of these outings and you have enough to establish an annual membership with your choice of organizations that fights for your constitutional right to bear arms – (my personal choice – the Second Amendment Foundation).

Also, as previously mentioned with regard to movies, CDs can also be picked up used at yard sales and thrift stores very inexpensively ($1 – $2).  Personally, I maintain a collection of old school Vinyl LPs.  To me most of the new music being produced is complete rubbish anyway.  Not all, mind you – but most of what’s on the charts.

Sit down and talk to your children about why the Kardashians and their ilk are not worthy of their admiration and then stop buying their junk.  Anything you stop funding will disappear.

There are other ways to starve the Beast.  Is Mexico lobbying for open borders and a path to citizenship for their citizens residing here illegally?  Stop spending your vacation dollars there.  Are they blaming us for the existence of the drug cartels in a country in which the rule of law has been nearly decimated and corruption is the order of the day?

Sick and tired of violence and mistreatment of Americans traveling in Mexico?  Tell the Mexico Tourism Board that you’ve chosen to visit Canada instead.  Vancouver, B.C. is beautiful.  Montreal?  A little bit of Europe right on our continent.   Even better yet – have you seen everything there is to see in our own country?  I know I haven’t.

Spend your money here!  We’ve got everything.  Skiing in Utah and Colorado.  Hiking and Camping in upstate New York and the Eastern Sierras of California.  Picturesque Seaport Villages?  Mystic Village, Connecticut, Newport, Rhode Island and Port Townsend, Washington.  Natural wonders in Arizona, like the Grand Canyon and the beautiful parks in Hawaii.

You want beaches, we’ve got them in my hometown, Manhattan Beach and lovely ones down in Sarasota, Florida, Coronado Beach in San Diego, the Hamptons, Malibu, and much more!  I’m a little sentimental, but if you haven’t enjoyed the tranquility of those beautiful little lakes up in Northern Wisconsin and the Lake of the Woods, Minnesota – it’s a great experience.  Enjoy Country Music? Nashville, baby!  The Blues? Memphis. Tennessee folks are very nice hosts.  Looking for the Latin flavor? Hello – we have a Commonwealth called Puerto Rico, in case you forgot.  Golf? Myrtle Beach S.C.

I may not like the Mayor of New York City, but despite him – have you shown your family the Big Apple?  Central Park and Little Italy are my personal faves there.  Lots to explore in the Lone Star State.  The possibilities are endless from Sea to Shining Sea.

If you’ve been as hard hit by the recession as we have in my household, there are still ways that you can influence policy makers and let your voice be represented.  One way I’ve found to do this is to sell some of my accumulated stuff that I can live without on eBay and Craigslist.  I set aside a portion of everything I sell, to support an advocacy group.  I prefer these options to Garage Sales, but that’s a good Plan B as well.  Use Craigslist to advertise your yard sale – there’s no need to buy classified ads anymore.

How about ordering water instead of soda when you go out to eat?  Cutting back on soda is a healthy thing to do.  I just don’t want fascists like Michael Bloomberg telling me what I can or can’t choose.  There’s $15 – $30, in just a short time that you can invest in the battle for smaller government and freedom.

The bottom line is think creatively, start small and grow – there’s so many possibilities.  A dollar here and a dollar there, adds up faster than you would imagine.   I’ve just started to put these ideas to work in my life and I’m looking for more every day.  I’d love to hear some of yours, too.

Most importantly, make a educated and conscious decision where, and to whom every cent of your discretionary income goes.  Stop feeding the Beast, with all its trash culture and vulgarity and start nourishing Patriotism and Liberty.  When you do –  let the entertainment industry and the producers of violent and sexually explicit video games know why their revenue is plummeting.

Together we can do this.  Are you in?

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