The Semi-DAILY DELIBERATION
What about you? What about us? Where are you on this? Where are we on this? "This" being the elimination of the wacko Muslim extremists. The gloves should be off and victory at any cost should be the goal, because commensurately, defeat at any cost is the "rationale" of the enemy army of blatant hatefulness. It is time for neutron bombs, it is time for Dresden II. It is of no consequence if any of the "collateral classified" targets die. If we live they must die. If we continue, they must discontinue. If we, we, of the cause of liberty are to prevail, we must turn our backs on our predictable consciousness of "equanimity" to secure the perpetuation of absolute civilization. This is the time to do whatever it takes to win-under any and all circumstances.
The civilized world's true and axiomatic type of civilization when juxtaposed against the false and mutated form of "religious purity" of the Muslim extremists, cries out against what has been proffered for world consumption from the enemies of individual liberty. The fruit doesn't fall far from their tree. All or any of one's senses prove the case. As soon as one's next breath is the rate of determining right from wrong pertaining to these terrorist acts. At long last, the light of victory over evil must expunge the retrograde pretense of "religious" justification for the cancerous terrorists acts...and the time is NOW!
Motive is one of the most significant elements of detective work as it pertains to solving a crime. Police departments look at motive to supply the thread of logic in determining the cause and effect in deciphering crimes. Similarly, as we look at how the government uses the ol' carrot and stick to "motivate" we the sheep, patterns emerge showing us what motivates the politicians that operate the government.
The same can be said for the governing systems around the world as we take a look at what they are up to. In London, England, for example, those who commute into the city with their autos will be required to pay a tax of $7.00 per day to do so in a few years. Ostensibly, the motive is said to keep the amount of traffic down thereby reducing the severe congestion that now exists. The transportation system is projected to benefit from the planned collection from the toll tax.
However, as most of us know, the motorist behavior will not stay the same since the cost of $140 or so per month is a significant deterrent to using one's car to get to and from work. They will look for alternatives as a result and the public transportation system is where they will probably go. But it isn't up to the task to accommodate the extra use that will come its way, so the government will then need more and more money to upgraded it. However, the money won't be there since less people will be paying the toll and that in turn will cause the fare price to go up. On and on it goes.
This example is used to show how cause and effect relate to taxes and the ripple effect they have in our lives. It works the same way for the supposed "hidden" cost of government regulation. Corporations move their manufacturing jobs out of the U.S.A. when the cost of compliance with regulation goes beyond their ability to pay for it and they can't compete with the foreign corporations who are not subject to such. The same can be said for the cost of litigation upon the cost of doing business. Business simply leave. On a personal level, do we continue to make our place of buying groceries the most expensive and most difficult to drive to? We don't and our behavior is logical- we make decisions that are to be expected.
Why is it then that we don't make the connection between who we vote for and the cost of doing so? Make no mistake about it, we make the bed we lie in as to what laws we live under. As Milton Friedman, in effect wrote, "There is no free lunch", so it is when we vote-everything has a cost. The delusions that Americans have with precisely where their politicians are taking them are problematic of a larger concern that somehow government is virtually never to be blamed for the increasingly dysfunctional ethos of our society. The illiterate and naive or those affected by the artificially created discontent of the race hustlers, incrementally move our country closer to the capitulation of individual liberty for the supposed cause of security (government control) with each passing election. History cries out against this course, but America is too distracted with the "cost" of that free lunch to make the connection and see the cause and effect. It remains to be seen if enough eyes of the useful idiots can be made to see and thereby change this foolish merry go round.
The previously mentioned problems of London can happen here. A big reason so many people HAVE to drive into the city and work is because they work to PAY for the overt (taxes) and the covert (regulation, litigation, etc, etc) freedom reducing costs that their government has placed upon them in the name of security. As a result, their freedom to choose to work or do something else with their lives has been taken away from them. The next time you are stuck in traffic think about who put you there.
Hello and welcome to the land of the free lunch and home of the enslaved. Has it gotten so bad in America that people can't reason their way out of a paper bag when it comes to how our health care system has gradually become limited in it's ability to provide adequate medical care to those needing it? With brevity in mind, let us revisit the HMO structure and note that our "people friendly" government created and authored the rules under which it operates. Then with that mistake in place and the fruits of it's bad structure manifesting itself in more and more lives, suddenly we had the "health care crisis" upon every leach-like politician's lips and how more government-not less-government was the answer. Well, slick Willie went too far too fast when he held up the government health care card in one of his state of the disunion speeches and that idea served to put the republicans in charge of the house and senate in 1994.
The little bus tour that the then co-president took promoting nationalized health care was detoured on the way to it's destination. It never ran out of gas, in fact, it was re-fueled in the race that Rick Lazio lost. The destination of controlling the healing arts and thereby controlling our health is just a couple bus stops down the road to serfdom. We have a Senator Clinton now and she, Ted Kennedy and others are about to make the productive class board the bus and sit in the back. These ruling class elitists see those of us who value individual liberty as a threat to their designs of complete government control of all things. This process began with the built in design flaws of the HMO regulations and is about to take a huge leap frog jump forward vis a vis the money draining law suits covertly encouraged by the grotesquely mis-named "Patient's Bill of Rights" legislation. The adage of how to have less of something is to make something more expensive hits right between the eyes. Businesses will reduce or drop coverage to their employee's altogether and the law suits will come with a price tag we will all have to pay.
People are not static in their behaviors, they change as circumstances warrant and so it is with the ruling political class. The main reason that the power mongering left stridently seeks out such legislative enactments is to ensure that the campaign money they receive from the trial lawyers will continue. Just put two and two together on this and it will become quite clear why they REALLY want a so called patients bill of rights. A more favorable environment for law suites enables the politicians to receive more money so they can stay in power and grow their control. Selling the idea to the useful idiots of America is the only true obstacle in implementing it and that is why they name these enormities with such titles. Think about it, who will be against a patients bill of rights? The issue is framed and presented as wonderful and any opposition to it is by those who are against the patients rights. It is masterful propaganda at its best. All critical assessment is muted because who is it who dares be AGAINST the rights of the patient. Yes, real issues exist that require legal remedy in malpractice and irresponsible medical care should be answered for, but we will see an increase in these problems if this legislation becomes law. Conversely, if the voters discern that these laws are against their freedom they will vote against the politicians and their scams. Behaviors will then change for the better. Don't hold your breath on this happening any time soon because there is just too much apathy and the voters who could change this are asleep at the wheel. Too many people still trust the government too much to do what needs to be done to remove these fascist from public office as evidenced by the incumbents success.
The leftist in power really do believe in "trickle down", trickle down dependency that is. They know the best and fastest way of making the freedom we enjoy-and the "problem" it presents to their designs on power a thing of the past is to make all of us dependent upon the government for our medical care. It makes one sick just thinking about it.
If president George W. Bush is so stupid as the liberal elite maintains, how is it that the state of Texas is prepared for the energy needs of it's citizens as provided by then governor George W. Bush and the state of California has an energy shortage even though it is politically dominated by the supposedly best and brightest "progressive political leaders". Just think, California voted for Gore in the most recent election, guess that they are in the dark in more ways than one. Common sense just isn't as common as it once was.
When we look at the impact upon the Bush legislative agenda and judicial appointees caused by the defection by Sen. Jeffords from the Republican party we naturally scratch our heads and sing, ...that's life, riding high in April, shot down in May...I pick my self up and get back in the race...this whole thing is both so crazy and yet so familiar, so incredible while yet so predictable. Many men seek to be kings and while seeking to be such, find themselves as king makers or as in this case king breakers. So it is with this Senator from Vermont-a man on a ideological crusade purposing to keep something from happening instead of making something happen. Truly an obstructionist extraordinaire. He is now a self styled "independent". Just what is he independent of? Is he representing independence of state? This is impossible for the state is dependent upon the producer class for it's money and economic strength. Is he representing independence of the individual? Again, no, he can't be-he wants to grow the size and scope of government so as to render the individual more dependent upon the wealth transfer schemes of his ruling class. His brand of governance is a dependent one. Dependent upon the dependent inasmuch as without the dependent on government he has no one to vote for him and others of his ilk. The time has come to expose the ruthlessness of the left in American politics and force the definition of "independence" into the open for all to examine independently.
Based on who and what they vote for, one of the basic laws of simple economics is lost on the majority of Americans. This is the law of supply and demand-when a commodity is scarce it costs more. Americans seem to think that they can use as much gasoline as they wish and yet have their little "green moments" and thrust out their chests full of pride as they, through their votes, disallow the commensurate and logical building of oil refineries that are needed to keep the cost of energy affordable. It is strange that something so simple can be so hard to apply in everyday life. It is no wonder that the political ruling class can feel so comfortable while picking the pockets of the useful idiots who are still gullible enough to blame the oil companies. All too easy. All too expensive. All too like the third world.
The Clinton legacy. It is showing up at the gas pump in form of $2.00+ per gallon gas. He was reckless and disconnected with America's energy needs during his eight years in office. In fact, he proposed a BTU tax-imagine the pain our economy would have suffered if that became law! The energy shortage and astronomically high energy prices in the state of California are a good indication of what would be the norm around the country had Clinton secured his agenda. Clinton danced to the tune the enviro-pressure groups played on their campaign dollar harps. Instead of allowing more refineries to go on line so our gas would remain plentiful, he once again put his interest above the country's and blocked this from happening.
In a few weeks, Vice president Cheney will announce the plans the Bush administration has to turn this previously mis-managed energy policy around. It will bear watching for much common sense will be spoken and a great deal of expertise demonstrated by a man for whom America should be grateful is our Vice-president. Just imagine Gore and Lieberman going after big oil in order to camouflage their party's obedience to big environment. Count our blessings that they lost!!!
America, what is it about the dependocrats that makes you want to put them in positions of elected and appointed power that speaks to allowing your freedom to be realized? Here is their model: we need victims-so we will have victims. The victims are needy, dependent and have come to be victims because the republicans, big business or a passing cloud burst have made them such. Therefore, we need multiple governmental programs with the attendant administrative patronage/payback job creation machinery to give the impression that we are "making things right" in the face of all the combined prejudice and hate the world has ever seen as visited upon us by those loathsome machete wielding republicans and their minions in the capitalistic, free market jungle that passes for our economic "system". Phew, there, we said it and spared them the trouble of their broken record best at what they would have the American people swallow.
Recently, the leach masters were at work with an extremely preliminary dog and pony show of the politically liberal and presidentially ambitious. The show's purpose was to raise the profile of those who's needs are such as to regain the White House and return America to the place of hoping in class envy and as many other destructive devices of class division as possible. Remember, this is what made this country excel over all others; class envy and taking as much money from the wealthy as politically possible. It is staggering to think that King George III would blush over just how easily lead some in this country have become and therefore allow their God given rights to be robbed from them. Here is a cheery thought, imagine America in 5, 10 or 15 years and tell us what you see.
The episode with China will be useful for the world community if it is able to recognize the ethos of the Chinese pursuant to their quest for world domination. China provided a wake up call for the benefit of those countries that perhaps were a little irresolute in their defenses to see what they are up against. In that light, we should be that much sharper and prepared for more of the same from the Red Chinese.
As the days continue to add up in the ongoing "disagreement" between America and China, it is becoming clear that the resolve of President Bush to remain objective in his quest to have the crew of the EP-3E liberated will be tested. He certainly will be tempted to "take the easy way out" and give the communists the propaganda victory they are seeking by admitting that America is guilty of causing the crash of their interceptor. But, if he does this, it will only be the first step for the Chinese in their quest to portray America as rouge imperialists. If China can have this trophy, they will then continue to pressure the US to "see it their way" on other issues that the countries have major differences over. If we don't play by their rules in negotiations yet to come, they will simply say, "What can anyone expect from such a bully of a country?" If this hoped for fabrication on the part of the Chinese of getting America to admit sorrow and thereby, by extension, pose a threat to the sovereignty of other nations in the world, the despots in Red China will have elevated their perceived standing in the world community as a reasonable and rational country. Remember, perception is reality.
If this issue isn't resolved sooner than later, then the perception domestically will be that president Bush is an ineffectual leader with limited and poor leadership skills. The anti-Bush media buzzards will begin to circle in greater and greater numbers. The solution to this problem is to negotiate behind the scenes while stoking the flames of nationalistic zeal as America confronts the excesses of her common enemy, the Red Chinese. History shows that if a shared, greater enemy is presented to any group of people, priorities change and smaller squabbles are forgotten in light of the common threat. United we stand-divided we fall, isn't just an empty cliché.
"We apologize"? There, that makes it all better, doesn't it? The framing of this issue is what carries the day, not the issue in and of itself. If we are to exclude context and allow the Chinese government to portray the sad events surrounding the encounter between the American EP-3E Aries II surveillance aircraft and the Chinese interceptor aircraft as "America's fault" we would have to ignore all that went before in this dynamic. In as much as the collision took place over international waters with the fulcrum issue of culpability resting on the provocatively hazardous taunting by the cataloged and demonstrably "hot doggish" Chinese pilot, why should any American apologies be in order? We think that some dense statecraft will eventually bring back the hostages, but for now, America is best served by showing the world just what a rouge nation China is. Espionage is the sport of all nations. What a ridiculous proposition to demand an apology. Does Tianamen square ring a bell? Ask those who perished as the road kill of Tianamen just who it is that really needs to apologize.
Global warming is a servile mechanism of fear. It is based upon a priori reasoning and is prolepsis for man only being a part of nature and not the principal of nature here on earth. Remember; fear equals research funds, therefore we will have fear! If the one world globalist were consistent in ideology, evolution would dictate man as unchallenged controller of the world he lives in and not to be controlled by the flora and fauna he dominates. Global warming was created by the left to retard the individual from realizing his God given right of freedom. Their plan calls for America to slow up and scale down and have a diminished quality of life in a more heavily regulated and governmentally "patrolled" way of life. The nations around the world look to the Kyoto treaty to make things more "fair" because America is just too big for it's own environmental britches and needs to come down to their sorry economic pace, so they imply. This is wrong-we have national sovereignty. We make it happen for good in the world and should not be so foolish as a people to succumb to the siren sound of chicken little-even if he wears a white lab coat and has a PhD. Our hope in keeping this psuedo-science from hurting our personal and economic freedom is that BOTH sides of the issue are looked at in light of their legitimacy. George W. Bush acted in wisdom to reject the premise, terms and conditions of Kyoto. The nations of the world object and do so for their agenda's sake. Way to go Dubya!
The Clinton's are not gone, they are only in remission in the body politic. How do we know this? Well, according to the preeminent authority on clock settings, Hillary-Rodham-Do-as- I-want- you- to- do-Clinton, George W. Bush is trying to "not only turn back the clock on the past eight years", but turn the clock on the welfare state as implemented by FDR. FDR enslaved the country with his new deal-it was good for the down trodden then, but was really good for the new slave master ruling class. She has some clock turning in her plans too, like to turn the clock back to the days the crown ruled over the colonies. Poor woman, Queen Hillary was born too late.
Tax cuts enable economic growth. Tax cuts serve to stimulate the economy. The history of this cause and effect can be traced centuries before our time. No one country, group of people, state or municipality is peculiar to this operation. Most recently, with the effectively convincing presentation of tape recordings of JFK's appeal to this truth about tax cuts, predictably, the self serving, cut throat elitist ruling class has counterpunched with an array of fear mongering distortions that are the envy of chicken little. They even have gone as far as to say that such disrespects JFK. They say that using his speech on tax cuts somehow violates the privacy of the man and his family. If they were honest and not ordered in their priority to usurp freedom from the producer class, their reaction to the use of these tapes would be to delight in airing them. It really should be a point of pride denoting a wise man's enduring economic legacy and good stewardship as president and not an awkward and desperate attempt to conceal JFK as a supply sider. Ted Kennedy voted for his brothers tax cuts and now he will vote against George W. Bush and his tax cut plan. The reason is not what is good for America, the reason is what is good for Ted Kennedy.
Did you wake up today able to see the world around you? Did you wake up today able to hear the world around you? Did you wake up today able to hug someone you love? Was there food for you and your family to eat? Water to drink? How is your health? Thank God for all blessings big and small for all good is of God. We might not apprehend, comprehend or satisfactorily grasp and understand all that goes on in this short and crazy life but we can know, by faith, that our lives and natural rights are given to us by the Creator. Would that all of mankind were enabled in the inner man to embrace this humbling yet liberating truth and live life for the gift it is.
Happy St. Patrick's Day to one and all!!! St. Patrick is a non-politically correct figure from times past. He used the three leaf divisions of a shamrock to show the unity of the Christian triune God head. His simple illustration went a long way to render a sometimes complex theological argument simple.
Yesterday we provided a link for the news story from Washington, DC that detailed how members of congress had supposed money problems. Their professed difficulty arises, they say, from owning two houses, as most in congress do; one is their residence in their home district and the other their residence in Washington. They assert that this situation necessitates additional money. We disagree. Alternatives exist to alleviate this situation. Our solution is to cause congress to remove or reduce the regulatory costs that are a major factor in driving up the cost of housing. The reason that they won't is that they have regulated this market and pull the strings of patronage. They don't want to relinquish control of it and thereby become less able to control the freedom of others. It is so typical that when the artificial burdens placed into the marketplace by governmental meddling come home to roost on those that imposed them to begin with that they find a way to exempt themselves. It is appalling yet so revealing that they would ask for tax free money as a per diem expense to offset their problem with the cost of housing. Why is this tax free? Well look no farther than the tax brackets they also set up for those they rule over-they want to exempt themselves from that also. That said, how ridiculous is the observation that Bush's tax cut plan is only for the wealthy. There are those who believe this propaganda. The brain dead say amen and the useful idiots strike once again.
The story in this link is more proof that "we the people" and "we the governed" are not the same. The phrase "public servant" is a blasphemous lie.
TIME. This is the finite commodity most Americans trade with their employer for monetarily compensation. It is what the self employed use up to find their economic security as well. TIME. It is what constitutes our life span. Our days are spent to pay the rent, so to speak. The picture we want to set forth here is that once the day is gone it is gone. It will never be coming back. On a percentage basis, as we can see, we spend part of our precious, nonrenewable resource of limited time, to feed and support an indefensibly ravenous spend thrift government. Why is it then that most Americans don't seem to care that they are throwing a greater and greater part of their lives away to keep that which consumes their very lives growing stronger and stronger. Is it that hard to see that what they are allowing is their own enslavement? As evidenced by their objection to those initiatives that would provide greater freedom for the individual at the expense of the state, i.e. the privatization of social security, medical savings accounts, the elimination of capital gains taxes, private school vouchers, etc, the elite ruling class in Washington reveals itself as manifestly disrespectful of the very life we have to live.
GREED. One word says it all. The word describes the Potomac ruling class. That is the Washington mentality and it's corresponding fixation upon the money that America's productive working class generates. Yesterday we wrote about the "me first attitude" resident in the quasi-ideological youth. This attitude also is at work in the resistance shown and dogged determination demonstrated by the leech-like ruling class elite to keep as much of our money in Washington and ipso facto out of our hands as politically possible. They will have you to believe that they are for "responsible" tax cuts, yet if the numbers are added up, the amount they are talking about is so small as to be insignificant. George W's tax cut is small and back loaded in design and they label it as "too large". Well, the question must be asked; Too large for who? It is NOT their money-it is ours and WE will decide where, when, and how that money will be spent if it is returned to us in a tax cut. That my friends is too much for them to take. This is the definition of "too large" in their twisted vocabulary. Please call your representatives in Washington and "clue them in" to what "too large" means to you.
Ahh youth. We had the occasion to see the world view of the young and dumb in action recently. Save the whale, save the environment, blah, blah, blah, but just try and get one of the "think globally and act locally" savants to let you out of the parking lot and see what happens. Also, it was overheard in an "earth friendly" food store that they were not happy to receive goods from xyz trucking company because they "charge too much". What about the government regulations the political candidates they support and elect enact into law? You would think that these wunderkind would be capable of reasoning out that a big part of that cost originated with their world view when it is applied and goes from theory to practice. Ideology is free as long as it has no consequence for them. When they see the effects of it however, suddenly it's me first. It is revealing about their "me first attitude" shown by these examples from the real world. Their lofty and sanctimonious world view ideology soon ebbs away from them when the real world kicks in. We can't wait for the 80% indentured servitude tax bill they will pay over their lifetimes to hit them between their eyes. It is fun to watch when "save the world" becomes "save your -ss".
Life is a busy thing. Life has it's own deadlines that occasionally supercede any we might think important. It is always good to remember that we take the steps but it is God who places the road before us when we walk. Since the last entry of 3/1/01 another high school shooting has occurred and while the gunman acted alone this time, he shared the same disregard for his victim's humanity thereby "allowing" him to kill two and injure several others. When Columbine had it's dark day, we wrote a piece on the pathos of the culture of death that surrounds these actions. It is worth a second look for such is our society today.
American School shootings and values neutral
the connection to and conflict with essential liberty
This is one of the most difficult topics on which to write an essay.
The grief and anguish for the slain is very hard to contemplate. It will never leave those families who were savaged by those attacks. The parents will never see their children again. On the morning of the shootings, unknowingly, the parents saw their children for the last time. Can you imagine that empty feeling? Pray and ask God to comfort them during this time of suffering and great loss.
Some questions that arise out of these disasters have no answers. We will not pretend that we have all the answers to this or any other tragedy. Evil exists. Good exists. Sometimes, evil prevails.
When we analyze these events, some questions we think of are, "What caused this?, and "What can we do to prevent this from happening again?" These questions DO have answers. The reason this piece is written is to explore these answers. The phrase that, "Those who don't learn from history, repeat it" is quite true. Quotations are included from the founding fathers of American government in the course of this essay to show that humanity has been here before. The creators of the American constitution were people who met the barbarians and realized that they are us, and therefore framed the constitution and bill of rights around that painful reality in an attempt to check our sad propensity for self destruction.
In questions of power, then, let no more be said of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution. --Thomas Jefferson
In our political world today, generally speaking, two types of governments exist. With varying degrees of application, governments seek to keep societal order and control. Totalitarian governments control their citizens thoughts, words and deeds by externally forcing their people to obey the code of law. In order to bring this about, many personal freedoms don't exist. The government controls the media and speech of the people to such an extent so as to keep all activities working for the good of the state. The state sees religious activities as a threat to it's primacy and atheism is primarily taught. Individual liberty is a threat to the unified good of the state. Dissent is a crime and carries a harsh penalty.
No government is respectable which is not just. Without unspotted purity of public faith, without sacred public principle, fidelity, and honor, no machinery of laws, can give dignity to political society. --Daniel Webster
In democracies and constitutional republics, such as in America, the primary method of societal control resides within the people themselves as they exercise INTERNAL control. This mechanism of order is predicated upon a moral consensus shared by the society at large. One's respect for their family name or the great spiritual truths derived from religious traditions informs their inner self as to what is just and lawful. The guidelines are written on their heart and minds to the extent that external laws are not generally violated. The external laws exist to formally detail the law that operates within the internally controlled individuals. This respect for rule of law is primarily enforced from the inside out. It might be added that some unjust external laws exist, however, most laws are enablers of liberty and not it's inhibitor.
John Adams said, "We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other. Oct. 11, 1798, Address to the military
"Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best stage, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one." --Thomas Paine, Common Sense; 1776
Being willfully ignorant of that vital element for a free society, deliberately, over the last thirty years, our government, through the public schools, has sought to exclude the great religious teachings that have fostered the mechanism of INTERNAL control. Prayer was eliminated from public schools and evolutionary teaching took it's place. Students who were once were taught that they were created in the image of God are now being taught they were nothing more than an end result of random chance mutations. God is degradingly portrayed as a crutch and man is the rule maker is now the teaching. Furthermore, the teachings of the home were ridiculed as being backward and restrictive upon "freedom". The creed of the schools became "If it feels good-do it". If evolution is true, they reasoned, why not? This is the ethos of the supposed "values neutral education" and it threatens to permeate every aspect of our culture.
God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure if we have removed their only firm basis: a conviction in the minds of men that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.
In time, as these students became young adults, their college professors built upon these teachings. Then when these college graduates entered the work force they brought this world view with them into their professions. They now occupy political office. They are the "credentialed" experts who promulgate the public school ciricula. They are judges and attorneys. Some are school teachers who now teach these things to subsequent generations; the morally blind now lead the morally blind.
Thomas Jefferson wrote,
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be."
What are some of the fruits of all this? Convenience killing for one. Abortion is called freedom of choice. We see that without God anything is possible. Without the INTERNALLY applied moral restraint humans are able to rationalize any behavior. External laws don't avail. The high school shootings are a symptom of the moral void created by failing to educate the "whole person". External laws are interpreted as encumbrances to "freedom". These laws are "someone else's morality". If it "is my body, my choice" in one area of life, why can't it be the same in other areas of life as well? At least their logic is sound.
Good government generally begins in the family, and if the moral character of a people once degenerate, their political
character must soon follow. --Elias Boudinot, president of the Continental Congress
So what happens to our society? Well you can bet the political harlots will seize upon the visual shock therapy provided by the shootings to make themselves "relevant" and enact new laws that will diminish the freedom of the law abiding. Dozens of laws were in place that made what was done in these shootings illegal, yet they happened anyway. Why are people so mis-guided as to think that more laws will change this? It will only change when the internal laws are allowed to function within us as they must. As pointed out earlier, societal control must happen, it is just a question of how.
Those people who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants. -William Penn
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. --Thomas Paine
The present government will play both sides against each other with these type of tragedies with the end result being more citizens loosing their God given freedoms as the state passes more and more laws. Freedom and "rights" originate with nature's God and not with man. Man by his government systems can either impede or promote "rights". The only way that (exclusively) external laws work effectively is when personal freedom is lost. The enforcement of this system requires a police state. We are heading in that direction unless the lawful move against this process in a systemic manner. The present government is fearful of our capacity for self protection. They will seek to use these tragedies as a pretence to emasculate and disarm this country. Do we dare trust them?
No free man shall ever be de-barred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain their right to keep and bear arms is as a last resort to protect themselves against tyranny in government. --Thomas Jefferson
"The basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah and St. Paul. I don't think we emphasize that enough these days. If we don't have a proper fundamental moral background, we will finally end up with a government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the State!"
Harry S. Truman, Thirty-Third President
The solution to these shooting and other on going tragedies is to return to and apply the necessary moral teachings that brought this nation about and gave it animation. The ACLU will cry foul, however, but James Madison wrote,
We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God. --James Madison, chief architect of the Constitution
These fundamentals of our nation's heritage are NOT being taught in the public schools and this is not by accident. The goal of unregenerate man is to control. Freedom is a fragile thing and it cannot be domesticated. Values neutral or values clarification in education is dangerous. The fetish to avoid classifying behavioral choices as right or wrong is one of the greatest disservices a government can bring about to it's citizens. The really scary part is the government KNOWS that our liberty is going to gradually be diminished and this is part of the formula to bring it about. We the people, I am afraid, have forgotten the price of freedom. However, we are finding out the cost of having done so.
I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. --James Madison
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.
We have clear choices before us this day. We can continue down the path of least moral resistance with all it's glossary of obfuscation and grotesque deceit. We can be emotionally coerced into bowing to the kings contrivance in order to see ourselves as "open minded" and "tolerant" as we embrace varying forms of deviancy and normalize this now proven retrograde proscription. We can live in denial about this for only so long, however. These events will become more common and will undoubtedly become worse. In many respects, what these school shootings represent is the beginning of the end of freedom as we have known it.
We can also begin the process of reversing the deterioration we see before us everyday. The advantages are profound. The solution is simple. We the people, the ones who know better, despite being characterized as unsophisticated and elementary, must move to vote away those with these world views. We must remove from our school boards these destructive teachings and their adherents. These shootings and other moral enormities are the result of their approach. This is what they have brought us. The wisdom of the people who began this constitutional republic and codified the natural rights of man within the constitution and bill of rights have to be taught to every child. Our heritage and our humanity will be stolen if we fail to decisively act. This time, without pretence, we must "do it for the children".
Let us not fall in line with the rest of history, whose fate was described by Alexander Hamilton when he wrote..."But if experience, in this instance, verifies the lesson long taught by the enemies of liberty, that the bulk of mankind are not fit to govern themselves; that they must have a master, and were only made for the rein and the spur; we shall see the final triumph of despotism over liberty; the advocates of the latter must acknowledge it to be an ignis fatuus, and abandon the persuit. With the greatest advantages for promoting it that a people ever had, we shall have betrayed the cause of human nature.---A letter from Hamilton to the citizens of New York containing remarks on Mentor's reply, 1784
The media has revealed itself once again as profoundly prejudicial against George W. Bush. We were subjected to their post speech "analysis" that rendered George W's efforts as "surprising", "well done", etc, etc. It is good for Bush and his agenda that they see him as slow and dim. He is anything but and that is allowing him to move around them and their useful, in this case, bias. Please check out the link for the Bush tax plan and see what it means to you.
With uncontrived words representing the honest thoughts behind them, President Bush focused America's attention on his budget's architecture and it's goals during his address to the collective federal legislature on Tuesday. The president provided a stark contrast to his predecessor by, among other things, respecting the value of America's working class. This respect was evidenced by his strong advocacy of reducing the current retrograde and punitive tax structure. President Bush repeatedly used examples of how and where America's government takes, without regard to consequence, the freedom from the working people it obviously takes for granted.
In an excerpt from his speech tonight, Mr. Bush shows how the greed of our federal government, with it's excessive taxation, reduces the quality of life for an average family, "With us tonight, representing many American families, are Steven and Josefina Ramos. Please help me welcome them. The Ramoses are from Pennsylvania, but they could be from any one of your districts. Steven is a network administrator for a school district, Josefina is a Spanish teacher at a charter school, and they have a 2-year-old daughter, Lianna. Steven and Josefina tell me they pay almost $8,000 a year in Federal income taxes; my plan will save them more than $2,000. Let me tell you what Steven says: "Two thousand dollars a year means a lot to my family. If we had this money, it would help us reach our goal of paying off our personal debt in two years." After that, Steven and Josefina want to start saving for Lianna's college education. Government should never stand in the way of families achieving their dreams. The surplus is not the government's money, the surplus is the people's money." This is the way President Bush thinks. Respect for and awareness of what makes America work is essential for our continuance as free people. Those that oppose individual liberty and God given freedom are feeling uneasy as a result of what was outlined in this speech. The battle over the "people's surplus" has only started, in time the awkward position (it's our money stupid) taken by the left will loose currency as they, more and more, stand in the way of individualism. Remember, the war for tax propriety is never over, the battles on the other hand, especially this one, require a true sense of direction and uncompromised commitment to the rights of the individual, ahead of the wants of an insatiable self-serving government. For a full transcript of Pres. Bush's speech visit this site http://www.cspan.org/executive/stateofunion/sou01_trans.asp and read it several times to see clearly the honest nature of the words used therein. In contrast, just try and imagine what insidious words we would have heard instead if the reprehensible gargoyle Al Gore and his corrosive hatred of individual liberty was president. America, count your blessings.
President Bush will present his budget to the legislative branch of government this week. The objections to this budget will be false, full of pretzel logic, full of the politics of class warfare and more overdone than a burnt steak. The money that President Bush, in this budget, seeks to return to we the governed, is smaller in proportion to the economically beneficial tax relief that went before it when Presidents Kennedy and Reagan cut taxes. The Bush plan reduces federal income taxes for everyone across all income levels, replacing the current five bracket structure with a four bracket structure: 10%, 15%, 25% and 33%. The Joint Committee on Taxation states that president Bush's plan increases the progressivity of the tax code that gives low and middle income earners larger percentage breaks than the taxpayers in the upper income brackets. With the plan, some of the lower bracket tax payers will no longer be subject to ANY federal income taxes, demonstrating that this plan does not "favor" the "wealthy" at the expense of the "poor". On a percentage basis, the lower bracket tax payers benefit in a greater degree than do the high bracket tax payers, since going from 15% to 10% equals a 33% reduction and going from 39.6% to 33% equals a 17% reduction.
The objectors to his plan will also seek to spin the facts concerning budget deficits. We will be told that tax cuts cause deficits. When Kennedy and Reagan's tax cuts were put on the books by the legislature, revenues went up significantly. The cause of the deficits was uncontrolled SPENDING that went far beyond the budgetary outlays for the military that we hear is the cause for the 1980's deficits. President Reagan submitted balanced budgets but he had to deal with the over spending that congress engaged in. This mindset still is operative today and we must contain it by securing a tax cut. Please refer to the Congressional budget office web site for information used in this space that was derived from their research data. Other information used in this piece can be found here.
This is black history month. We share Dr. Martin Luther King's idea that people must be assessed by their character and NOT the color of their skin. In today's "inclusive" America, Black conservatives walk into a very strong head wind of disrespect and vilification. We want as many people to know they exist and represent THE ONLY way out of the cycle of self-destruction that is sold as compassion by some of our cold hearted politicians. Yes, they exist, notwithstanding the media's efforts to hide or ignore them. Please visit these BLACK CONSERVATIVE SITES and see courage in action.
One of the best ways to discern the intellectual honesty and depth of reasoning of individuals is to ask them if moral absolutes exist. If they say no, logic refutes their position since according to their answer, absolutely absolutes don't exist. This may sound juvenile, but it is insightful and will provide a great starting point for some deductive reasoning as the issues of the day are discussed and viewpoints set forth. The goal of generating more light than heat on the events of our turbulent times is better achieved when we compare and contrast "where we are coming from" while keying off of this first truth. Discernment is good, empirical rationalism is better.
The calendar may say February but we can't help thinking about springtime and summer because it is just around the corner. Along with the warmer weather will come the increased use of air conditioners and the energy demand they create. We can just imagine the difficulties in managing this situation out in already power strapped California when even more serious energy related problems will arise. The greater demand for power will cause the probable scheduling of blackouts to force people to not use power.
California's neighboring states are already stretched to their capacity (no extra power to sell to California) for producing power and the addition of new plants in California is at least a year and a half away. This is a strong recipe for civil unrest. The green weenies have sold the "earth first agenda" to enough of California's politicians so that the legislation they produce to correct the "scars on the land" systematically over-regulates the economy of California into a competitive disadvantage; potentially, businesses may soon be forced to leave the golden state. The useful idiots who favor these legislative balls and chains should look real close at just what they are really supporting and not what feels green and cozy (couldn't say warm there-too costly!). It remains to be seen if the, as briefly explained above, real cause and effect of all this is shown, understood and believed by enough voters to remove the politically power hungry and their retrograde Ludite ways from office. We will offer more on this when we enter into the warmer months.
With infinite creativity and shameless self promotional abandon, Julian Bond, chairman of the NAACP's board of directors, and President Kweisi Mfume criticized George W. Bush during the civil rights organization's annual meeting held last week, saying he has talked a good game but done little else. "They selected nominees from the Taliban wing of American politics, appeased the wretched appetites of the extreme right wing and chose Cabinet officials whose devotion to the Confederacy is nearly canine in its uncritical affection."
Bond's remarks were not made to heal our nation. Since the beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms, and we all "know" that whatever Mr. Bond has to say is true, and he serves no self aggrandizing, self serving, financially motivated agenda. Additionally, we "know" that anything he does never has as it's design to keep wounds alive between blacks and whites and basically as a result, keep people hating one another, let us provide the definitions of the "pure" rebuke he leveled at George W.
The "Taliban wing remark" is religiously intolerant to some members of the Islamic community, Afghanistan's ruling Taliban needs to organize and call for Mr. Bond's termination. The "wretched appetites of the extreme right wing" remark is callously insensitive to those of the political spectrum who seek to enhance the freedom of the individual and minimize the power of a centralized nanny state government that thrives on the back of wage/tax slaves. The Bush cabinet (for the record) is an ethnic blend of members composed from black, Hispanic and Asian derivation. His cabinet isn't all male and all white, several women hold office as well.
What Mfume and Bond are all about, as we can see from our observations, is scaring their supporters into giving more money to the NAACP and keeping them feeling disenfranchised. If less acrimony existed between the races in America, and free market solutions were allowed to elevate the people, (especially) Black people, then Mr. Bond, Mr. Mfume and their ilk would have to find meaningful employment elsewhere. So what would you do, if you were in their shoes and you saw that in time your gravy train of hate was being threatened? They have to villanize that which will bring their soft jobs to an end. This whole display for the NAACP was just for that purpose. What Bond, et al, are doing is forestalling the inevitable demise of divide and conquer groups such as the one they belong to and rule in. "Can't we all just get along?" The confederacy was defeated but Mfume and Bond need it to stay around for it's fund raising magic. They want to allow prejudice to triumph over reason under the guise of their own particular brand of sublime bigotry.
Let us look to the dictionary today for the formal definition of hypocrisy before we proceed with our editorial for the day. It will be useful.
n., pl. hy·poc·ri·sies.
hypocrisy \Hy*poc"ri*sy\ (h[i^]*p[o^]k"r[i^]*s[y^]), n.; pl. Hypocrisies (-s[i^]z). [OE. hypocrisie, ypocrisie, OF. hypocrisie, ypocrisie, F. hypocrisie, L. hypocrisis, fr. Gr. "ypo`krisis the playing a part on the stage, simulation, outward show, fr. "ypokr`nesqai to answer on the stage, to play a part; "ypo` under + kri`nein to decide; in the middle voice, to dispute, contend. See Hypo-, and Critic.] The act or practice of a hypocrite; a feigning to be what one is not, or to feel what one does not feel; a dissimulation, or a concealment of one's real character, disposition, or motives; especially, the assuming of false appearance of virtue or religion; a simulation of goodness.
Hypocrisy is the necessary burden of villainy. --Rambler.
Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue. --La
Rochefoucauld (Trans. ).
We looked hard, without avail, in this definition for mention of those from the religion of the democratic party. Yet, alas, we see them everywhere, especially as highlighted above, in the political stage, with the greatest example in their leader in exile, William Clinton. How can the nation's first black president (as Mr. Clinton claims to be) knowingly play golf at a white only golf course and then go to Harlem to posture and continue the lie that he is their great white hope, without providing us with a fantastic expression of hypocrisy? That is just it, he can't. Despite the much ado about the conventional media's "conversion" to honestly dealing the antics of Mr. Clinton, where is the logical accountability they should enforce pertaining to his continued hypocrisy? It is glaringly absent. Perhaps there is honor among thieves after all.
Today we offer a real treat. Justice Clarence Thomas spoke at The Francis Boyer Lecture of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. We want all to learn from this great man of our time so without further ado here is the link that holds his speech: http://www.aei.org/boyer/thomas.htm please read it and enjoy.
Tax cuts? You mean giving the excess taxes we have collected back to the underlings that produced them (only by our enabling, of course). Simply preposterous, we might as well allow them to think that they could spend it better than we could. Why the very thought is so unseemly. After all, we print the money and give it it's representative value and decide who we will allow to do what with it. What an impertinent and irreverent thought, tax cuts! When that amiable dunce of a president Reagan was here, he had the nerve to seek an even larger tax cut and look what happened, the deficits went stratospheric and the national debt was made into a monster. We didn't have anything to do with that as some of the unwashed have suggested-we spent the money better and were more caring as we made millions dependent on our warm and fuzzy programs. We more than outspent the doubling of the revenue that those ridiculous tax cuts created. It is unfathomable that those barbarians from outside of our perfect Washington world would seek to let one penny outside of our "government knows best" spending machine's control. Even the fair and unbiased press knows that after we mismanaged all that windfall from those Reagan tax cuts that we will find a way to make it all better this time as we suddenly morph into fiscal boy scouts and help that little old lady debt across the street. You can trust us, just try to ignore what human nature, history and that pesky P.J. O'Rourke have said about "giving politicians money is just like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys". Hey where is Joe Isuzu when you need him?
It wasn't that long ago that vice presidential candidate Joe Lieberman tried to convince us that the U.S. military would be in good stewardship under his and Al Gore's oversight. The thought of it getting any worse than it had been under Clinton-Gore is difficult to imagine so I guess we can see how he could deliver on that promise-when something is down so low the only direction would be up. Whiney Joe was real good to the military when he and Al Gore tried to keep their votes out of the Bush column during the Florida fiasco, therefore, with that track record in mind, we can't dare allow ourselves any suspicion (ha-ha) that his criticism of George W's tax cut proposal is less than sincere and that Ol Joe only has the military's needs weighing heavy on his magnanimous heart when he "non-partisanly" urged Bush in a letter to "reconsider a tax cut that may result in a military less capable of overcoming the new and dangerous threats they may face in the coming years." Joe is a caring soul but what he cares about is finding or manufacturing ANY reason not to let Americans keep more of their hard earned pay. What a turn around, when is the last time you ever heard of a liberal democrat worrying that the military isn't getting enough money. We know that Lieberman found his previous positions on the issues, shall we say "cumbersome", during his vice presidential run and he effortlessly dropped them like a hot potato, so we know he doesn't have any ulterior motives and is a real straight shooter when it comes to this criticism of Bush. Sure. Something else to consider, George W. Bush wants a comprehensive review of the Pentagon. This would include the Navy's shipyard in Groton, Connecticut. Last time we checked, Lieberman is one of their senators and boy would the natives get restless if Bush decided to trim some of holy Joe's war bucks. But this might be unfair of us to reason this way since we know Joe is a man of faith and is a humble servant of the people. He does serve the almighty-the almighty dollar.
Kind of crazy, isn't it? I mean to think that the ex-presidents of the United States of America have been caught red (the commie color-how ironic) handed making off with various items donated to the White House-not their White House but THE White House. We have to make this distinction in this big I and little u (you) ex-administration. The rational among us, who had no trouble seeing through their duplicity, both before and during their time in office, while all the time marveling, albeit in a mode similar to the emotions one experiences while reading a classic Greek tragedy, are enjoying the uncomfortable questions this type of questionable behavior is raising amongst the heretofore complicitously collusionary main stream press. We welcome conversions in the main stream press regarding the Clinton's ethical viscosity as evidenced by this classless petty theft in the closing days of their maladministration. The MO they employ is still the same; a proxy of how all things were done, obfuscate, lie, spin and disassemble as the goods are made off with. Just as they strip-mined the people's most precious property, i.e. our collective public trust, so too, in an emblematic way they took with them all that they "legally" were allowed. Ah, indeed, the five finger discount co-presidency.
Tom Daschel is a man on a mission. He wants everybody in America to be equal. Equally miserable that is. His politically useful, class envy is shameless. According to him, If a "rich" (I'll have to wash my hands now after typing the word) person has a cut in their taxes, then they might have enough money (their own) as a result to afford a new Lexus and that is objectionable to him. You see, all Americans should have all things equal (exept himself and the rest of his ruling class) because he says so. That's it, that's right, because he says so. According to him, the American dream of living for a better day is a bad idea, greedy you might even say, so we should all (exept him) find contentment in what the government deems fair and even. I know that the factory worker and the whole supply chain that works to put a Lexus on the showroom floor isn't comprised of "the rich". These people need wealthy people to buy their cars or they don't have jobs. And his notion that somehow the world is a better place if we can keep people in used cars with new mufflers escapes me. Want to be fair? I want his pension and his salary. If not, why not?
It's funny how the folks over at NEWSWEEK have to run and hide from the obvious and measurable ratings success at FOX NEWS, (see Washington post article) America's new ratings champ for cable news programming. They couldn't bring themselves to put Bill "No spin zone" O'Reilly on the cover of their magazine. The truth this tells about the rejection of liberal news sources by more and more Americans and the awkward avoidance of 'fessing up to it by the rest of the media, shows us again-as if we needed any more proof-of just how objective they really are.
Isn't it great how the commie-lib's in the collectivist Dependocrat party can't find a way of getting under George W's skin and thereby begin the process of de-railing him from his agenda? When he doesn't reply to their juvenile name calling he makes them look all the more juvenile. Way to go Dubya! The Democrat's goal of taxing away the American dream under the pretense of fairness is a harder sell with each passing day...