Musings About the Trees

Currently, I have been mulling and agonizing over an opinion piece entitled “Disunity in the Republic” (work in progress). My thesis is the lack of unity and cooperation that I’m witnessing from the Democrats and progressives, but also from my own side of the political spectrum as well.

Many times, it becomes practically impossible to carry on a civil dialog with your counterparts, because the right-left divide is becoming so stark and implacable. So often, differences devolve into a torrent of ad hominem attacks that lead absolutely nowhere—especially in the age of social media, where people feel safe to engage their inner-rage via the anonymous protection of the digital device.

There is unrest in the forest,
There is trouble with the trees,
For the maples want more sunlight
And the oaks ignore their pleas.

Unity is something we are just not seeing enough of these says. I think that is dangerous. What is the alternative if we don’t have unity in the United States? The constant class warfare rhetoric coming from the president, and regurgitated by the Democrats and their supporters, tears at the very fabric of our Republic—which is all by design, unfortunately.

Pitting man against woman, rich against poor, gay against straight, young against old, black against white, immigrant against native, etc., is nothing but sheer evil. It is so much easier to tear someone down than it is to pull them up, yet we seem to be in a perpetual cycle of tearing down just about damn near everything. I would call it moral and spiritual bankruptcy run riot.

In many ways, I must confront myself. I am a big believer in starting with oneself when confronting a difficult and perplexing challenge—for example, an oligarch of plutocrats (i.e. Obama et al.), who, in the so-called spirit of “fairness,” wish to enslave the entire populace of the United States under the almighty state.

While looking at myself in the mirror one day, figuratively speaking, I realized I have become too wrapped around the axle about the current political climate. I have been allowing my anger to be provoked, and, at times, unleashed like a sword from my mouth at what I see is an all-out war by the self-confessed radicals of the left to turn American culture inside-out and stand it on its head—all for the lust of unadulterated power and control … and giggles & grins.

The trouble with the maples,
(And they’re quite convinced they’re right)
They say the oaks are just too lofty
And they grab up all the light.
But the oaks can’t help their feelings
If they like the way they’re made.
And they wonder why the maples
Can’t be happy in their shade.

But, I believe anger and resentment are killers. It all starts at home, or where you are, as far as I am concerned. I believe in attacking things assertively, not aggressively per se. Even warriors and law enforcement, in the literal sense, employ controlled-aggression, and only when required.

It is vitally important for Conservatives, Republicans, and all right-leaning people, to not allow Obama and the thugs to provoke them into going off half-cocked. Obama and his cohorts would love nothing more than that. The need to respond, not react, is paramount. The best way to respond, in my mind, is to counter-organize.

The Obama Administration is attempting to split the Republican Party, and the nation at large, into feuding factions, which he can then control by appearing to offer solutions to all the crises and chaos, when, in reality, it is the Obama Administration that is creating all the crises and chaos. Intentionally agitating to create conflict and hostility is one of the primary strategies of the progressive community organizer—more accurately, “community agitator,” i.e. Communist.

Permanent revolution is always a hallmark of any Marxian socialist government. The chaos, conflict and strife just goes on and on and on; its purpose being to demoralize the people and to keep their gaze fixed solidly away from what the regime is really doing.

In the utopian vision of dear leader and his votaries, the state will provide all spiritual and physical needs. But only what the state determines you need, such as a panel of 15 people haggling over whether keeping you alive is cost-effective or not—a de facto “death panel.” The state is god and rules supreme; it must be, for there can be no appeal against it in order to enforce the supremacy of the state over the masses.

“From each according to his ability, to each according to his need”

—Karl Marx

It appears our friends on the left are quite eager to not only control our pocketbooks, but the very environment in which we live, breath and work (if you have a job now). The word “environment” is French in origin and means “your surroundings.” So, if you think about it, the left and its merry band of global elites would like to control your very surroundings, beliefs, income, property, rain water, puddles, chickens, and whatever else they can get their power-hungry paws on.

According to the Supreme Leader, we all must participate in the “shared sacrifice” … “those who make a little more, must pay a little more” … “the rich need to pay their fair share.” Besides, our heroic president is only trying to “level the playing field” … “give folks a fair shake” — income equality, and all that. Under the Dictatorship of the Professorial, and a progressive media machine, young minds, and the population at large, are inculcated and inundated with this sort of Marxian socialist worldview—reflexively conditioned to it like Pavlov’s Dog via arts, entertainment, music, media, schools, churches, businesses, the United Nations, and on and on.

Gallup recently released a poll whose findings revealed some 53% of people identifying themselves as Democrats, or democratic leaning, had a favorable view of socialism. Most shocking, at least to me, is the fact that 23% of Republicans, or people identifying as republican leaning, had a sympathetic view of socialism. Pretty disturbing.

Apparently the lessons of socialism’s failure in the Eastern Bloc countries following the fall of the Berlin Wall have been relegated to the scrap heap of history in our culture, universities and college campuses—not to mention the colossal crimes committed by socialistic and communistic regimes like Hitler’s Third Reich, the former Soviet Union and Maoist China.

The Congressional Record points to around 153 million people were killed by Communistic governments in the Twentieth Century alone. But some estimates are higher, at around 250-300 million—even as high as 500 million killed, if one factors in abortion. There have been so many untold and unknown murders and deaths caused by Marxist-Leninist regimes that it is almost impossible to know for sure how many people have suffered and died as a direct result.

Victims of Soviet NKVD (Secret Police) in Lviv, June 1941.

So, back to this Marxian notion of “leveling the playing field.” Marxism’s big push is always for so-called fairness—in reality, sameness … everything will all be the same ugly shade of gray—everything. That is Marxian socialist fairness: sameness.

And when one says that they wish to “level the playing field,” then, according to logic (eschewed by many on the left), one will have to pick a level … a point where the playing field is considered level—a single or absolute point (something else the left hates). The problem is the playing field never stays level; the level just keeps decreasing in perpetuity. Because the very act of trying to “level the playing field” is a constant, steady tearing down of society and civilization itself.

There is trouble in the forest,
And the creatures all have fled,
As the maples scream “Oppression!”
And the oaks just shake their heads

Now, this brings me to why I entitled this article “Musings on the Trees.”

A while back, I was commenting on a well-known conservative news site. One of our authors here at The Right Planet was online at the same time (AAABTonto). We were engaging in fierce “troll combat” … hacking and slashing away at the neoprog’s hyperbolic, unsubstantiated, puerile, worn-out, and typically vile comments and talking points.

The argument boiled down to a back and forth with a single individual and centered around this whole notion of “leveling the playing field” … “the have nots versus the haves” … “workers rights”—meaning: unions … “the filthy, greedy rich” … and the Koch Brothers. I think there was some banter about a Saudi Prince who allegedly owns Fox News, too (snicker). But I digress.

Before we continue, I need to preface this a little bit. When I was a teenager, there were a number of people I knew who were Rush fanatics. Now, Rush was a rock band that may or may not be your cup of tea. But, it was just one of those things: some folks love Elvis, some love Aretha, some love MegaDeth, some love Johnny Cash, some love Dale Earnhardt (unrelated), some folks love ’em Justin Bieber—you get the picture. But when I was coming of age, it was Rush … MAN!

As a guitar player, I always found that the guitarist who played for Rush, Alex Lifeson, created some very unique and challenging chops, replete with poly-chordal awesomeness and pedal-toned, tripped-out guitar deliciousness. So, in short, I was a fan as well, and still am.

Anyway, while Tonto and I are going back and forth with this troll, another commenter jumped online who was a drummer for a Rush tribute band. He sent me a link of his band playing the song Trees by Rush—which is a song I know by heart and love to play. Now, Tonto loves him some Rush—devoted fan. So there was three of us online who were diehard fans.

Then it happened.

The troll went there. He got on Google and pulled up the lyrics to the song “Trees” and attempted to use the words from the song to support his progressive liberal political talking point. Well, to the three of us, that is like running into a pack of Taliban yelling insults at the Prophet Mohammed in traditional Arabic. We were enraged!


Here is the verse from the song “Trees” by Rush our resident troll posted to the thread that night in an effort to support his view collectivism was really about equality, social justice and fairness.

So the maples formed a union
And demanded equal rights.
“The oaks are just too greedy;
We will make them give us light.”

Wow. Our troll has spunk, huh! Looks like he showed us. Man, what a double-whammy. First he commits blasphemy against one of our favorite bands of all time (snicker), then he uses the very lyrics from one of my favorite songs against us!

There’s just one problem. There’s one more verse—the very last verse:

Now there’s no more oak oppression,
For they passed a noble law,
And the trees are all kept equal
By hatchet, axe, and saw.


The Trees by Rush

About Brent Parrish

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