One of our resident Gold Star Mothers, Denise Williams sends another guest post.

| September 20, 2018

What The People Want

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Everyday, every single day, there is another howler monkey on the mainstream media screeching how “this”, whatever the manufactured outrage du jour is, “will bring down the Trump Presidency”. How in all that is good, sane and rational anyone would be joyful about bringing down the sitting President is beyond comprehension. I’ve heard it said, and I agree, that is akin to hoping the pilot of the plane we are all on crashes. But, I digress.

The latest is a piece of work called, “Fear” by Bob Woodward. We all remember him, one of the duo who cultivated “Deep Throat” which led to Watergate and ultimately Nixon’s resignation. While that was a dark time in our Nation’s history, for a lot of reasons, the parallels to what is going on today seem much darker.

In 1973, we were a Nation at war, an unpopular war to be sure. We had lost too many, far too many sons and daughters who were fighting in a land with place names most Americans never heard of, nor could they pronounce. The country was divided, politically and socially, divisions that seem quaint in comparisons to what is going on today. That is, if the mainstream media and political pundits are to be believed.
Part of the pablum we are currently being fed is the idea that this President is the locus of all the division. He is the cause, that he tapped into some deep, savage, and unbridled hate for all that is good and right and fair and just that has long lurked just beneath the surface of the uncivilized masses. Those who know better due to their superior education, intellect, breeding and awoken social conscience are doing all they can to reign in the base and backward impulses of those masses, primarily by telling us what the masses really do think. One of their proofs is the fact Bob Woodard’s book, “Fear” has reached Best Seller status. Here, proof, that millions want to read and know the truth, millions support ending this national tragedy that is this Presidency. Bob Woodward is a hero.
The problem is reality. As in, they have lost touch with it, if they ever even knew what it was. They still can’t accept their evolved, progressive and utopian world view is not being joyously embraced and triumphantly implemented. They seem to be operating under the assumption that they didn’t get their message out, they didn’t properly convey that only the worst sorts, and a small minority of the worst sorts, would other than wholeheartedly embrace their view.

Hence, the daily outrage du jour. Hence, the daily howler monkey carnival act screeching about the latest horror from this administration. The fault of course lies squarely and wholly on the shoulders of those savages whose basest instincts were ignited by the hateful rhetoric of this mistake, this national disgrace, this President. Sure, maybe there is a smidgen of blame for them to own in that they didn’t sufficiently get the message out, but how can it be the fault of a lion tamer when the lion decides to bite the whip, or the arm wielding it, instead of sitting pretty?
It is not their fault the lion is a wild animal, only acting on it’s nature. The proof there is, the lions that have been hand-raised since birth, that have had their natures wholly suppressed, don’t ever bite. In other words, lions that are no longer lions. They are some domesticated quasi-pet that can’t ever be fully trusted and therefore must always be constrained, caged and managed, but displaying them and making them dance to the whip is proof their methods are right.

Today, however, something happened that none of them could have anticipated. Today, the masses spoke in a way none could have predicted. “Fear” has been knocked from the top spot of Barnes & Noble’s Best Seller list. The Amazon site has been crashed by the influx of orders for another tome. What is this book? Is it another scathing, scatological, scintillating tell-all, exposing the heinousness of this President or this administration?

Actually, no. The book that has taken the number one, most purchased spot on Barnes & Noble, that has caused the Amazon link to crash under the weight of interest, won’t be released until November 13, 2018. The book is the author’s first offering, though part of her ability to become published is because of a famous relative. The author is Peggy Rowe, mother of blue collar hero Mike Rowe, of “Dirty Jobs”, “MikeRoweWorks Foundation” and “Returning The Favor” fame.

The book is a memoir, “About My Mother – True Stories of a Horse-Crazy Daughter and Her Baseball-Obsessed Mother”. It is a collection of stories about Peggy Rowe’s mother. And about life. It is a book about love. Family. Hope. Laughter. All set in a uniquely American landscape, a landscape we are told by our betters that is not better. A less evolved landscape, according to those who are more evolved. And yet. Fully two months before it is released, it has replaced “Fear” as the most purchased book on the sites of the two biggest sellers of books in the land.

There is a lesson here for those who are more evolved, more enlightened, more progressive, that only you can see from your elevated perch. That lesson is simply, the brightness of the future you are hurtling towards, the journey on which you insist we all join is the reflection of the sun off the macadam you are plunging towards, hopefully at breakneck – literally – speed.

For those who do the Book of Faces, I highly recommend checking out the following link.

I’ll also recommend finding out more about “Returning The Favor”, as well as “Returning The Favor Effect”,, as well as on the Book of Faces for your daily antidote to the meanness andvileness flooding the internet. Here, Americans post links and stories about “Bloody Do-Gooders” in Mike Rowe’s words, who are making the world a better place, all across the land.

While on, be sure to check out Peggy’s blogs. Reading those shows his apple didn’t fall far from his tree. Who’d a thunk it? The character of a family influences that of its progeny more than the cultural milieu, or in some cases, in spite of it. Maybe it does take a village, but the people in that village are what counts.

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  1. OWB says:

    Yes! Indeed, you got it, Denise!!

    Well said, well done, and thanks for reminding us.

  2. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    The guy who posts this stuff is amazing. He must be a very special guy.

  3. Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

    Returning the favor is one of my favorite programs and it’s a huge bragging right of mine that Mike Rowe has personally responded to several of my comments on his Facebook page with kind words.

    We all know Trump has deep personal character flaws, none of which inhibits his ability to actually put Americans first as a priority in the business of America…

    Woodward’s book was a best seller because the opposition had 60 million people voting against the devil that is Trump…it was an easy dollar for Woodward to make and will be forgotten soon. Unlike the early 70s this president isn’t masterminding a giant effort to bring down his enemies, he’s just doing the people’s business which isn’t illegal. The recent revelations about the nature of the people investigating Trump and the things they did to cover their tracks indicates the criminality isn’t with the president as it was in the early 70s…significant differences not lost on us deplorable, bitter clinger types.

    Thanks for a great post I will definitely order that book myself and add to her numbers.

    • Ret_25X says:

      the president in the early 1970s wasn’t either. He just made the mistake of pulling our troops out of a war that the deep staters loved.

      Sound familiar?

      • Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

        HIs administration did hire the Watergate burglars though, that part is a fact. At the time it was unheard of that using the office of the president to actually hire people to break into the opposition’s offices and steal shit was a possibility.

        Nothing surprises me anymore, but Nixon’s own paranoia over opposition information made him not unlike the Wasserman Schultz Democrats who’ll lie and cheat to get their candidate on the ballot.

  4. Ex-PH2 says:

    Another one on my list of books to get this year.

    Somehow, it is ironic that a positive story gets better sales than a negative story, but good always triumphs in the end, doesn’t it? Isn’t that the lesson here?

    Amazon’s linky thingy crashed??? That’s just amazing.

    Let me see: if Woodie Woodward’s tome only got 60 million in sales and then then slumped, it may mean that there are only 60 million people who are in the radical part of politics. Or it could mean that people bought it out of curiosity and may return it to get their money back. Or it could mean that some of them need some way to start a fire in the firepit to roast a whole steer.

  5. Comm Center Rat says:

    “…work is never the enemy, regardless of the wage. Because somewhere between the job and the paycheck, there’s still a thing called opportunity, and that’s what people need to pursue.” – Mike Rowe

    Rowe is America’s greatest philosopher and cultural observer since Will Rogers! I look forward to reading his mother’s book.

  6. Ex-PH2 says:

    This part: Part of the pablum we are currently being fed is the idea that this President is the locus of all the division. He is the cause, that he tapped into some deep, savage, and unbridled hate for all that is good and right and fair and just….

    Well, in an odd way, yes, he did. But it isn’t our side of the Mugwump fence. It has always been there, bubbled briefly to the surface during the 1960s and 1970s and then died back as that SE Asian war ended and people went on about their business. It has always been there, and Trump’s election finally brought the scum floating to the surface in the form of paid protesters, paid rioters, paid apparatchiks looking for an excuse to misbehave and damage other people who have done nothing to them, and who are paid to show up and destroy things.

    People want a positive message. Woodward doesn’t deliver that. He delivers a bowl of hatred, anger and fear (good title choice) that puts off the reader. Here’s a way to NOT pay that propaganda mongering slug: wait until it shows up in a used book store. There are plenty of them. Then leaf through it. Or take it off the shelf at the library, read through it while you’re there, and leave it on the table.

    At some point, Woodward and his nonsense will fade into history.

    Mike Rowe and his mother won’t.

  7. 5th/77thFA says:

    You must have a secondary job as a carpenter Ms Denise, you hit every nail right on the head and drove the points in deep. The howler monkeys have indeed been fruitful and multiplied since ’73. It has taken 200 plus years for the swamp to get filled with putrid festering stench. We will not clean it up overnight. Both “parties” and the press are wallowing in the excrement of their own creation. For decades they have hand picked who they thought was electable, not the people that were most qualified for the job. And upon being elected, they have worked very hard to keep being elected and to justify their phony baloney jobs. I personally think that even the Trumpster was surprised that enough of the electorate got off their ass and voted that enough was enough. We, the people, finally have a chance to turn this Country back around, and away from the descent into a third world $&!t hole third world copy. We must find, qualified people willing to run/serve for office and support them. Get away from this “free college for everyone” and maybe have a “free trade school” for some. Until we get rid of 98% of the current federal suckers up to the taxpayer sugar teat crowd we will not have true change that is beneficial to not only the working person, but the country as a whole. I would venture to say that the majority of TAHellcats feel the same, and they are tired of not only seeing a big chunk of their earning taken from them, they’re tired of the waste. Oh and investigative journalism; only counts if you’re trying to dig up or fabricate dirt on some one who dosen’t toe the party line and doesn’t drink the Kool-aid.

  8. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    I marvel at what the country–the decent people of this country–did not do as Trump’s immediate predecessor in office stoked the fires of discord and engaged in extra-constitutional actions. He fomented violence in far-off lands and, at home, circumvented Congress in matters belonging exclusively to Congress. Courts took his lead and did likewise in earnest, giving us what our elected representatives, those answerable to the People–would not. And the result was what? Riots? Bloodshed? Wholesale noncompliance? Strikes? Endless protests? No, none of those things. This wasn’t 100 years ago but a couple of years ago. And today? Today, with the promise of a less activist Supreme Court and a president who is attempting to return the country’s equilibrium, there is insanity. We cannot trust the media. We cannot trust Congress. We can only trust one another to remain hopeful, true to America’s traditions and ideals, and informed.

    Thank you for the piece, Denise. It conjures hope.

  9. J.R. Johnson says:

    Well said Denise.
    I am wondering if we can start a service to help all these people that keep threatening to leave the country but never did, to actually leave…and hopefully not come back. Along with that would be denouncing their citizenship and their right to vote so we don’t have more of this phony crap continuing. Of course we still need term limits as well!

  10. USAFRetired says:

    A couple decades ago I stumbled across a series of books that I Probably would have never bought on my own, but was given to me.

    Chicken Soup for the Veteran’s Soul.

    After reading it I have purchased a half dozen or so in the series and read even more.

    This book sounds like something in that vein and I’ll add it to my library,

    • Jon The Mechanic says:

      I have that book as well and it has been one of my favorites as well.
      Sometimes I just need to be reminded that there is good in this world. That is another reason why I come here.

  11. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Here’s hoping that Mrs. Rowe’s book knocks Woodard’s into obscurity and stays at the top far longer!!! I sincerely wonder if Amazon doesn’t artificially inflate a book’s popularity?

  12. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    Mike Rowe. My man! Love that guy, just not that way…This will put a smile on your mug.