Just Say No to the Lesser of Two Evils

I would argue that this election is about choosing between the same evil ideology and agenda of control with a different face, personality, and sex, but nevertheless, this is an excellent article by Daniel Horowitz at Conservative Review:

The real message of Cruz’s speech was that it is precisely this binary choice – the exclusive focus every four years on the choice between personalities instead of principles or party politics over a worthy, long-term agenda – that has gotten us to this point in the first place. It is a message that even affirmative Trump supporters who will enthusiastically vote for him in November, the ones that are truly committed to restoring our republic and actually shaking up the political oligarchy, should embrace.

Read the entire piece here.

I’ve mostly remained quiet throughout the entire spectacle of the 2016 Primary Election Season, but it has been exceedingly frustrating to watch fellow conservatives fall for an authoritarian with a tendency to narcissism and no clear commitment to the principles of limited government. On the contrary, his history of eminent  domain abuse,  significant financial donations to progressive politicians (including Hillary Clinton and Harry Reid when Sharron Angle challenged him for the U.S. Senate in 2010); notorious practice of forcing his small business contractors to sue him over money owed to them for projects; mockery of disabled people; and sexist remarks about women — along with a laundry list of other disturbing words and actions — should have disqualified him early on in the process in the minds of constitutional conservatives.

But inexplicably, none of his outrageous remarks, former actions in support of big government, or off-putting, self-directed personality bothered the grassroots, i.e. conservative primary voters. It certainly didn’t help that in a crowded field, the votes were diluted, helping to pave the way for this squandered opportunity.

Worse, some conservatives who formerly cheered on Ted Cruz’s bold stands for liberty, for example, his 21-hour filibuster of socialized medicine, jumped on Trump’s smear campaign of the best candidate we’ve had in decades. A good, decent, intelligent, principled leader who has taken on the establishment types conservatives supposedly despise. Isn’t it ironic that these same people are now applauding RINOs like Peter King and Chris Christie?

Remember when Sean Hannity and Sarah Palin supported such acts of courage? Good times.

Talk about a clarifying election season.

I, for one, only watched one event that took place at the RNC: Ted Cruz’s passionate defense of liberty speech. Trump’s egregious policy positions (such as they are) aside, did anyone expect Cruz to endorse a man who attacked his wife and slandered his father as someone who played a role in JFK’s assassination?

What happened to clear-thinking conservatives this election season?

It appears righteous anger at political elites turned into blind allegiance to an authoritarian who pretended to be an outsider, though many of us who did our homework tried and failed to inform them of the contrary. As a result, Donald Trump may have just pulled off the biggest con in political history. Call me a tin-foil hat conspiracy theorist, but I’ve felt all along his whole campaign was nothing but a scheme to help his longtime friend Hillary Clinton become President.

Steve Deace lays out a good case here:

Watching Ted Cruz speak last night was only painful because it was a stark reminder of what could have been in 2016. Right here, right now…not in another four years (if the Republic manages to survive a Trump or Clinton presidency). I saw a patriot and a statesman who would have presented a clear-cut choice in November (not an echo, as Trump supporter Phyllis Schlafly once lamented), and fought to reverse the damage inflicted upon us by both parties, should voters have given him the chance.

It took tremendous courage for him to stand on principle last night in an environment  that can only be described as hostile — so much so that his wife Heidi had to be escorted away by security guards for her own safety. If this is considered “Making America Great Again,” count me out. I don’t even recognize some of the people with whom I used to fight side-by-side for liberty.  The effects of orange Kool-Aid are apparently long-lasting and irreversible. If “voting your conscience” is akin to treachery in the minds of the ill-informed, we’re doomed. God help us.


‘Ego in a Teabag’ from Author Ken Crow and Writestream Publishing

Now available for pre-order on Amazon.com:

3d-final (1)In 2009, the infamous Santelli Rant ignited a nationwide grassroots movement against wasteful government spending. Known as The Tea (Taxed Enough Already) Party, the phenomenon spread like wildfire across the fruited plain, with the specific purpose of restoring Constitutional principles and fiscal sanity to Washington, D.C. By 2010, the everyday Americans who comprised the bulk of the Tea Party had made tremendous inroads by swinging the House of Representatives back to Republican control. It seemed that this political tour de force was well on its way to recapturing the Oval Office in 2012. But a funny thing happened on the road to the White House. What began as an earnest movement comprised of America-loving patriots was soon sabotaged by opportunists with a self-serving agenda. Combined with the naïveté of inexperienced candidates for office, nefarious schemes from Republican Party operatives, and a glaring lack of organization, it s no wonder the Tea Party s efforts to influence elections has fizzled out spectacularly. All is not lost, however. In his new book, Ego in a Tea Bag: How Greed, Corruption and Deceit Threaten a Great American Movement, author, blogger, and political activist Ken Crow delves into the roots of the Tea Party, exposes the profiteers of patriotism, and lays out a practical, workable plan for achieving the goal of limited government and securing the promise of the United States of America for generations to come.



Writestream Tuesday welcomes Shlomo Attia on July 1

Steps To Salvation author Shlomo Attia.

Steps To Salvation author Shlomo Attia.

I’m finally jumping back into the Writestream Tuesday broadcast seat on July 1 to interview a very special guest at a special time of 7 p.m. Eastern:

Join author, blogger, writer and internet radio host Dariaanne for a very special Writestream Tuesday at 7 p.m. Eastern when she welcomes entrepreneur and author Shlomo Attia to the show to discuss his new book, Steps To Salvation. Daria and Shlomo will not only discuss the many spiritual, political and historical themes of his concept-driven book, which while entertaining and informative, is also a vehicle for his many practical ideas for improving vital industries and curtailing centralized power in order to bring Salvation to earth.

During the live broadcast, Dariaanne and Shlomo will also share their experiences and insights on the colloborative process, and their plans for a book launch party at Tropical Acres Steakhouse in Fort Lauderdale on July 5. They welcome your calls, questions and comments at (347) 945-7246.

Check out Shlomo’s blog here.

Kudos to my good friend and author Renee Gatz for politely but firmly coaxing me into taking a bow regarding my role in ghostwriting the book by using my Writestream platform to not only promote Shlomo and his ideas but also my methods of collaboration and writing.

Please join us in the live chat and call us during the broadcast. Look forward to seeing you there! And if you’d like to purchase Steps To Salvation in either paperback or e-book, click here to visit Shlomo’s Author Profile on Lulu.com.


No, Beyonce and Hillary are not female role-models

LLL-B-tm copyOn Friday nights, I co-host Love Liberty and Lip Gloss for the Writestream Radio Network with two lovely women: Lisa Tarves, host of Just Believe on Sundays at 7 p.m. and her daughter Kristyn Fetterman. Intended to be a fun, lifestyle-oriented call-in program, each week on Love Liberty and Lip Gloss we bring on a guest to opine on a particular topic of interest to women — from dealing with difficult people to internet dating and everything in-between.

The show came into existence late last year when Lisa and I had a brainstorming session and decided we needed something in the programming line-up with more of a pop-culture vibe. Together we came up with the name to reflect the fact that we’re all American women and to denote three major areas of a woman’s life:

  • LOVE – relationships, spirituality
  • LIBERTY – travel, financial freedom, independence, career
  • LIP GLOSS – fashion, make-up, skincare, hairstyles, home decor

Understanding the importance of pop-culture in determining our elected leadership and ultimately the direction of the country, this would also be my opportunity to give voice to the oft-maligned or flat-out ignored female: the simultaneously feminine, pro-life, pro-American, traditional marriage-supporting, football-loving, Constitution-upholding, make-up wearing, career-oriented female.

Because according to our purposefully biased pop culture and media, these women simply do not exist.


That’s one of the major reasons why a truly independent, successful, gorgeous, fit, healthy, glamorous, smart, accomplished, confident wife, mother-of-five and grandmother of two like Sarah Palin absolutely terrifies the overseers of our cultural rot and degradation. It’s also why they have relentlessly smeared, attacked, vilified and outright lied about her from the moment she burst onto the national political stage and posed the first credible threat to their carefully constructed female victimhood propaganda — and their false messiah.

Well that, and also because she actually chose life for her youngest offspring, fully aware of the physical and mental challenges he’d face, and the special added responsibilities that would define her role as mom while raising a child with Down syndrome. So in spite of the fact that Sarah Palin was everything pop culture and the media claimed women should be, do, and have, she committed an unpardonable sin. She actually walked her pro-life talk.

Also unpardonable? The fact that she’s been happily married to the same man — with whom she shares a loving, egalitarian partnership — her entire life. And that whenever she speaks of Todd, their marriage and their family, she absolutely glows. She doesn’t bitch, whine or complain about Todd’s many shortcomings, or about how men in general are stupid, mean, unenlightened and hopelessly inferior to women — all of whom, according to this mini mindset, are perfect creatures whose only human flaw is that they give way too much of themselves to others and always put themselves last.


Look, I’m not suggesting that there aren’t women who need to be more assertive. Or who are truly victimized by immoral neanderthals who believe their only function is to cook, clean and birth children. But the reality is, most American women live pretty damned good lives (just ask any woman living under genuine oppression in a Muslim country). And there are plenty of charities and support systems in place to help those in need. Ironically, said support systems also include compassionate crisis-pregnancy centers which are also demonized by the self-proclaimed champions of all that is female. Heaven forbid these organizations guide a woman to give her baby up for adoption to a loving, childless couple instead of having an abortion.

Oh yes, they ostensibly believe in choice. It’s just that some choices are more equal than others.

But back to my point (I do have one, I promise).

Sarah Palin truly is a living embodiment of female empowerment. But if you’re a non-political junkie American woman, you wouldn’t know that unless you purposely took the time to cut through the pop culture BS and made a concerted effort to get the facts. Because in a female-dominated society enraptured by buzz words like “empowerment”, “self-care”, “independence” and “choice”, a real feminist like Palin is Enemy #1. Apparently, if you’re a woman, the  only acceptable way to actualize the aforementioned concepts is if you are pro-abortion, pro-immorality, pro-big government and pro-gay marriage.


Which brings me to last night’s show. We interviewed a delightful guest, Barbara McNally, author of the book Unbridled. It’s a memoir of her journey from beleaguered housewife to liberated woman after suffering through a marriage to a man who didn’t value her contributions, including the fact that she’d sustained him on his road to success. I’ve seen similar stories play out with women I know personally, and I’m not denying the existence of bad men. I’m simply reacting to this notion that somehow ALL women are noble creatures while MOST men are slime. Having been through my share of disappointing relationships, it would be very easy to fall into that trap. But to be fair, Barbara brought up an excellent point in the interview — the person you become in a relationship determines its value. And that is something over which you have control; therefore, it’s not about blaming the other person but having the self-awareness to end the relationship if it’s the right thing to do.

Barbara herself was an absolute joy to interview — filled with wisdom, humor, inspiration, passion and a sense of morality. She admitted that having an affair was a “destructive” way to assert her independence and end her marriage and advised against other women committing similar wrongs. Through her charity the Mother Lover Fighter Sage Foundation, she also supports the wives of Wounded Warriors by treating them to a “Spa Day.” To listen to the interview, click below.

Check Out Writing Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Dariaanne on BlogTalkRadio

It wasn’t until our guest effusively held up Hillary Clinton and Beyonce as role-models that I experienced visible disgust — mostly with myself for not challenging that erroneous idea, or at least offering my own suggestion (yep, Sarah Palin would’ve been a great one). Since LLL is supposed to be a Happy Hour/non-combative format, I remained clammed up. Ok, I’ll admit I also didn’t want to anger my co-hosts (one of whom had a sore throat and could barely speak), or put our guest on the spot.

But seriously, Hillary? Beyonce?

The former, who enabled by corrupt colleagues and a complicit media, has literally gotten away with the murder of four Americans in Benghazi and idolizes an avowed racist/eugenicist, Margaret Sanger? And Beyonce, whose pornographic performance at last year’s Super Bowl was anything but family-friendly?

Is self-objectification the new empowerment? Because if it is, count me out.


Barbara expressed unbridled enthusiasm over Beyonce’s answer to the question: Who is the most important person in your life? (Hint: it wasn’t Jesus, her mother, her father, her husband, her child or any being — supernatural or human — outside of herself). In Beyonce’s world, SHE is the most important person in her life. I guess unabashed self-centeredness is the new philanthropy. As for me, I’d be curious to witness how Beyonce treats the little people — you know, waitresses, baggage handlers at the airport, manicurists, masseuses, make-up artists and countless others who aren’t nearly as important yet somehow manage to contribute well to the quality of her pampered, privileged life.

Anyway, when a friend called me out on my silence on the show last night, I figured the best way to make restitution was via my blog. Admittedly, it’s the coward’s way out because I can type out anything I want for as long as I want without interruption or push-back. However if anything, this experience has taught me to rethink my on-air actions next time I’m confronted with a similar situation. It’s an opportunity to gently, politely and effectively push back against pop culture indoctrination. I’m thinking I can do that in less than 1100+ words. 😉

Thoughts? Comments? Suggestions? I’m open to them!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...