Last night I was sitting on my front porch and was treated first to a classical howl from a coyote (the alpha coyote) within seconds yipping sounds from a good sized pack could be heard. Soon the yipping stopped and the final sound was a squeak of a rabbit. You see this is the method coyote’s use to first scare the poor little rabbit who then makes a fatal decision to buy in to the fear and run for it. Works every time in favor of the coyote.

I am telling you this story because I thought it a perfect analogy that we are treated each and every day to packs of coyotes in Washington, D.C. and pundits who let the coyotes feast first with hopes that they will be awarded the scraps for their part in trying to frighten and manipulate us.

Like any packs you will surely find the de facto alpha and then little wannabe alphas each with a place in the hierarchy of the pack. At the very bottom are the young, the old and those viewed by the fill my gut first not deserving of even scraps. The most important thing to the top alphas is that the pack yip when directed. Coyote politics.

In the realm of the political O has been convinced by weak alpha’s that surround him that he is the superb specimen of alpha male. We little rabbits know he is feckless. So why do his little alpha’s seemingly not understand? I believe it is because they know they will suffer bone crushing wounds. In fact some alpha’s who tried to break rank learned quickly that this would be their fate. Once a bone crushing wound on one has been made the little alpha’s more than willing to allow the super alpha to feast at his leisure while they looked on. The big alpha feeds his belly until it is bloated and then struts around for all to witness.

We little rabbits know that we are prey to all this. We will suffer wounds. Our homes/dens are not safe from the whims of the alpha led coyote packs of government. Frankly the thought we have a safe haven seems over but that is not a fate we should allow ourselves to buy in to.

We conservative rabbits are the smarter rabbits for we will go down fighting use our smarts and make reasonable decisions under pressure while the progressive rabbits will attempt to curry favors from the packs of coyotes in hopes they will not be their dinner. It is the progressives that are the coyotes first choice for a meal you see it is the progressive rabbits that are plump and easy pick-ins many ooze fat. Coyote packs love fat.

Stay strong, smart, lean and mean my patriot rabbits for the coyote packs once they have picked clean the plumb progressive rabbits understanding that we conservative rabbits are not easily flushed coyote alpha’s turn and will feed on each other and bone crushing wounds abound. Many will limp off into the sunset licking their much deserved injuries.

Moral let the silly self serving alpha coyotes yip and howl we little patriot rabbits will make a meal of them at the voting booth. Stealth constitutional rabbits that is all we need to prevail.

I hope that my fellow conservative constitutional member will not take offense at being likened to a strong, smart, lean and mean bunny :).

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Comment by Patricia Gillenwater on December 18, 2015 at 4:44pm

Hugh, I wanted to acknowledge the fact that you my friend are a master at conveying messages using analogies. When I was on my front porch listening to the coyote's and finally the rabbits final squeak the analogy that I shared was so crystal clear to me. I actually thought would my friend Hugh be offended that I chose to use just one of his messaging techniques. Obviously I concluded that you would not be offended and instead look at it as my respect for you. Hope you had a thought along this line.

Comment by Hugh Akston on December 15, 2015 at 6:51am

Thanks Layton I just downloaded a PDF version to iBooks.

Love the analogy Pat, it is well constructed. the story is to the point and very appropriate. Noisy Coyotes is a good description of MSM Solon and Huffpo. 

Comment by LANYON on December 15, 2015 at 4:57am

This lop-eared bunny's contribution to the "coyote theory" which is so true, having lived out in the boonies for a long time; it's depicted in the old Western movies (Indians whooping) and Korea, WWII (troops and their trumpets) to scare the beejeebies out of the enemy, while on the attack.

I find the following book apropos to this case of "oppression" and "intimidation" as practiced by the Dems and GOPe. In fact, this theory was "stolen" by the black churches, of Wright et al, to exploit the black masses.

“Freire's message of hope still lives on, but will die out if we allow our voices to be silenced.”

Pedagogy of the Oppressed, 30th Anniversary Edition 30th Anniversary Edition

by Paulo Freire (Author), Myra Bergman Ramos (Translator), Donaldo Macedo (Introduction)

First published in Portuguese in 1968, Pedagogy of the Oppressed was translated and published in English in 1970. The methodology of the late Paulo Freire has helped to empower countless impoverished and illiterate people throughout the world. Freire's work has taken on especial urgency in the United States and Western Europe, where the creation of a permanent underclass among the underprivileged and minorities in cities and urban centers is increasingly accepted as the norm. With a substantive new introduction on Freire's life and the remarkable impact of this book by writer and Freire confidant and authority Donaldo Macedo, this anniversary edition of Pedagogy of the Oppressed will inspire a new generation of educators, students, and general readers for years to come.

Review

"An inspiring and inspired document arising out of concrete experience with peasants, urban laborers, and middle class converts to freedom. . . . This book will prompt the reader to reconsider his or her situation in an oppressive society."—Christian Century

"[Paulo Freire] radiates the kind of immediateness that only a philosopher engulfed by terrible reality can project."—America

"Pedagogy of the Oppressed meets the single criterion of a 'classic': it has outlived his own time and its author's. For any teacher who links education to social change, this is required reading. Freire remains the most important writer on popular education and surely the virtual founder of the perspective known as Critical Pedagogy."—Stanley Aronowitz

"This is truly revolutionary pedagogy."—Ivan Illich

"Wherever education is explicitly involved in struggles for equity and justice, Freire's ideas and his books, especially Pedagogy of the Oppressed, will live on." —Herbert Kohl in The Nation

"Brilliant methodology of a highly charged and politically provocative character."—Jonathan Kozol

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As a neophyte in the rather intimidating world of theory and critical pedagogy, I am both delighted and impressed by the ability Paulo Freire had to effectively communicate in a manner that was powerful yet unpretentious. His seminal work, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, is indeed a wake-up call to educators everywhere and should therefore be required reading for anyone who ever has, or ever will, set foot in the classroom. Freire's simple message is this: True education is a dialogical process in which teachers become students and students become teachers, all in the name of liberation for everyone involved.

The first chapter - while admittedly depressing - introduces ideas and terms that are necessary for the comprehension of the latter three. The basic plot of domination is thus summarized: Through violence and exploitation, an oppressor class "dehumanizes" an oppressed group that ultimately becomes incapable of recognizing its own oppressive situation. Therefore, in order to overcome this oppressive state of affairs, intervention is not only desirable but necessary. The oppressed must experience an awakening period in which they open their own eyes (rather than have their eyes opened for them) to the true status of their situation. However, Freire contends that in order to achieve true liberation, the oppressors and the oppressed must join together in communion towards a common altruistic goal: humanity.

This is the cornerstone of Freire's argument. I have to admit, as an enthusiastic rookie to critical pedagogy, I have little to disagree with or respond to after reading this epic expression of love. Nonetheless, my major critique is that the idea of liberation for all is a bit idealistic given the current state of the American education system. In a culture of high-stakes testing, it is difficult - if not impossible - to envision such a radical shift in paradigm ever coming to pass.

So why invest so much time and effort in studying and lauding Freire? I believe that to simply disregard Freire's fundamental argument because its ultimate goal is currently infeasible on a large scale in America would be tragically fallacious. His banking concept of education is a call for all educators to think critically about what they do and say (and, just as importantly, what their students do and say) in the classroom. To ignore this is to ignore our vocation.

The second half of Freire's work shares an implementation plan for liberation praxis and concludes with a discussion of the (fine) line between antidialogical and dialogical action. This is important substance, as many teachers - I include myself in this - fall into the traps Freire cautions against, even when they are acting in what they believe to be the students' best interest. Every student is a person. The idea sounds simple enough, but it gets complicated when teachers are more preoccupied with test scores and teaching standards than the people themselves. So, in the name of "leaving no child behind," the people are soon forgotten.

Who knew that a humble priest from Brazil would have such an impact on American critical teaching theory? The mission now - as Freire's secular disciples - is to spread his word. Freire's message of hope still lives on, but will die out if we allow our voices to be silenced.

Comment by Patricia Gillenwater on December 14, 2015 at 2:29pm

Yes Norma, Stay diligent, informed, patient and we will persevere.

The coyote packs of the GOP are perhaps pretending not to get the phenomenon of the Trump success. When the message from the people is quite clear. Many of the GOP elite are in shock that we little bunny's are thinking for ourselves and not buying their manipulation. They did not learn a lesson from a defeat of one of their fair haired boys by voters of VA. The status qua of both party's need an awakening. They simply need to understand that coyote politics needs a reformation moment.

Comment by Norma J. Sears on December 14, 2015 at 7:24am

And why should we.  Your analogy makes clear the points people need to learn:  Staying diligent, informed, patient and above all perseveranc,e can result in rewards.

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