"Quote of the Day"
Friday, June 26, 2009
Then, along came Lady Liberty crying out, "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
The main idea behind the USA was that it was "The Land of Opportunity". Nothing was guaranteed, but every individual had the freedom to reap the benefits of their hard work. Immigrants flocked to our shores, eager to assimilate and pursue "The American Dream". We were a land without nobility of special privilege. Capitalism knew no favorites and dealt out opportunity with a fair hand. On top of that, we were a nation governed "of the people, by the people, and for the people".
Our Founding Fathers never wanted us governed by career politicians, but that is precisely where we are. They believed in a "light-handed" federal government; but that’s not what we have. They made us a Republic because they feared “mob rule”. Furthermore, they knew the risks of government handouts, as James Madison said, "Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government."
Regardless of the wishes of our Founding Fathers, our government now bails out failing companies, and hands the propped up companies over to the Unions that brought these politicians into power. Government now dictates acceptable compensation levels for leaders of private companies. They force States to accept Stimulus Spending, and private banks to accept TARP funding. They threaten to tax privately contracted employee bonuses at 100% because they disagree with their distribution. Politicians stir up class envy by telling us that everybody deserves a home and healthcare. They establish lending rules that lead to our current housing disaster and economic collapse; and we are told to trust them with Healthcare, even though they have failed miserably with Social Security.
But all the blame cannot go to our politicians. Too many in our society have become lazy and covetous. They are too lazy to work hard for their own future; too lazy to study lessons of the past. But rest assured that they want the benefits of wealth without paying the price. Unwilling to put forth the effort necessary to achieve wealth, many choose to abandon the very system that has created the wealth; to abandon the system that provides them their opportunity. They tell Capitalism to “Go To Hell”; and instead of working hard, they elect unscrupulous men and women for the purpose of stealing that which they have been unable to earn.
Nobody should dare to blame the foundation of this country. Our Founding Fathers believed that liberty was a gift from our Creator, and they tried their best to impart on us a form of government which allowed Freedom. But what happens when a nation turns away from their Creator? I suggest that with a bit of patience, we are all going to see the answer to this question.
Nothing seems to bring about revival like old fashioned suffrage, and we had best brace ourselves for the onslaught.
Friday, June 19, 2009
And this is exactly where we are with HealthCare. Our current system is not perfect, but the US system is still the best that the world has to offer. So you don't fix our problems by abandoning all that makes us different, in favor of adopting the plans used by most the other countries on earth.
The bottom line is that Socialized Medicine will provide mediocre care FOR EVERYBODY. Mediocre is fine if you have nothing, but it is a step backwards for those of us who currently have the best that the world has to offer.
Generally speaking, our system of Private Capitalist Providers is what has worked in establishing the United States as the leading provider of virtually every service on earth. And, Thank God that, "being the best" this DOES NOT MEAN that these providers are perfect. This "imperfection" is why OPPORTUNITY continually exists within our country even after 233 years of existence. If anyone comes up with a better idea, that person will get to reap the reward of implementing a better plan.
This is why Capitalism works...because it is "self fixing" and not beholden to the current provider. Furthermore, I am not trapped in a social cast system based on my birth, such as India. Nor am I stuck with a single provider such as most of Socialist Europe suffers under. I have the opportunity to select the best provider, which may someday be me.
However, once the government Socializes a business sector, my opportunity as a Capitalist is gone, and so is the opportunity for continual improvement of that service. It is a well known fact that Government Bureaucracy is slow to change. Therefore, we will be stuck with their "initial thought" for years to come.
I want to be clear; I am not against ObamaCare because he is a Democrat. My opposition stems from a strong belief in the US Constitution and our Capitalist System.
Monday, June 15, 2009
After watching our Federal Government boldly take over the Automotive Industry, and dominate our banking industry, we should have great fear of where he wants to go.
Speaking to CNN, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius said, "The president feels that having a 'public option' side by side -- same playing field, same rules -- will give Americans choice and will help lower costs for everybody. And that's a good thing,".
I can't help wondering if Secretary Sebelius is stupid, or simply disingenuous. How could a person in her position be unaware that there are already large public health insurance programs like the Medicare program for those over 65 and the disabled and the Medicaid for the poor. And, thanks to President Bush, we have Prescription Health Plan as well.
So any reporter worth their weight in salt might ask Ms. Sebelius, "How will it help to give the government more control over Health Care, when they already control such a large percentage?"
Don't expect this question from CNN or any other members of the "Government Run Media". The answer is obvious to anybody that considers it; "It will not help at all!". But furthermore, it could be easily argued that Medicare and Medicaid are a big part of the "so called Health Care Crisis".
This leaves one to question why Washington Politicians (both Democrat and Republican) are so eager to venture into the Health Care Industry. (Remember that John McCain planned to modify our Health Care system also.)
I think this is where Glenn Beck begins to make sense. He argues that both parties are "Progressives" that have a real desire to take over all aspects of our economy.
Under Obama we have slipped faster into Socialism than most Americans felt was even possible, but even more sadly is how few people actually even understand that this has occurred.
As a result of "dumbing down" several generations in our school system, our younger generations now think that Socialism and Communism are evil groups of rulers in other countries. They fail to understand that these are alternative economic systems that oppose Capitalism, which is the economic system our Founding Fathers wanted.
Certainly Capitalism is not perfect, but if you are a God Fearing person you realize that perfection will not occur on this earth. All we can hope for is to maintain a "level playing field" which allows every individual the opportunity to achieve economic success based on the level of their own efforts.
Friday, June 12, 2009
OK, "more than ever" may be accurate, because I never would have dreamed we could move towards socialism this fast. But "more responsibly than ever"??? PLEASE!!! Is anybody really this stupid? Remember, not ONE person read the text of the $787 billion "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act" before voting on it. Where is the media when he is allowed to make such preposterous claims!
Obama also said, "I have studied the Constitution as a student; I have taught it as a teacher; I have been bound by it as a lawyer and legislator. I took an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution as commander in chief, and as a citizen, I know that we must never -- ever -- turn our back on its enduring principles for expedience sake."
Once again, how is he allowed to get by with such statements. Why can't the Left simply be intellectually honest. They are ignoring the Constitution and the principles upon which this country was founded.
The Founding Fathers knew that the growth of our Federal Government would be the biggest impediment to the lasting prosperity of the country that they had shaped. As our American Militia was fighting to free us from the oppresive British Monarch, they understood that liberty for each individual can only be accompanied by a Capitalist System that allows each citizen the Equality of Rights to control their own financial circumstances.
The brand of economy that Obama is fashioning is Equality through Socialism. And you need only consider the salary limits he wishes to place on CEO's to understand how it works. His plan is to pull the financially successful back to the pack, instead of allowing the pack to pursue that same level of success.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
They frequently borrow the actual words from our founding fathers to validate their points, and I am confident that our country's future success rests in the hands of those that accept and live the type of life that this site exemplifies.
Please take time to familiarize yourself with the "Patriot Post"
Statement of Principles
Principium Imprimis — First Principles
As a leading national advocate for individual liberty, the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary, and the promotion of free enterprise, national defense and traditional American values, The Patriot Post abides by the following Statement of Principles as our Credo.
We believe that individual liberty and personal responsibility, together with limited government, free enterprise and a stalwart national defense, are essential to sustain the legacy of our national heritage.
Individual liberty rapidly decays into corruption and anarchy without a meaningful commitment to personal responsibility based on our nation's Christian heritage. Traditional beliefs and values must therefore continue to serve as our touchstone and compass.
The Cycle of Democracy follows this sequence:
From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty (rule of law);
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage (rule of men).
(Attributed to Frasier Tytler)
Our Founder's established a Republican form of government in order to enfeeble this cycle, however, the advent of a national means of shaping public opinion (mass media) has, in effect, rendered the protections of Republicanism futile. Politicians, who promise redistribution of wealth, can depend on a majority of their indoctrinated constituencies to vote themselves benefits from the public treasury. Thus, the Republic is at high risk of following the same cycle as democracies, unless there is intervention by Patriot leadership -- those committed to a higher calling than their own self interests.
We believe a government that is strong but limited secures liberty best. The letter of the Constitution defines these limitations, and when our government oversteps them, it becomes tyrannical -- regardless of the party in power. This notion of limited government -- Lex Rex and not Rex Lex -- guided our Founders as they composed the Declaration of Independence. This established a nation guided by the rule of law, not the rule of me.
We believe the fundamental duty of the federal government is to secure the rights of its citizens. This is accomplished through a fair and robust justice system, a strong national defense, and a foreign policy that always put America's interests first.
We believe that the Constitution of the United States is supreme law of the land, and the best instrument yet instituted by man for protecting personal liberty by establishing a very limited and defined role for government. Its genius lies in its clear separation of powers at the federal level and its recognition that other non-enumerated powers reside with the states and their citizens.
We believe that the only economic philosophy congruent with these commitments to individual liberty and limited government is free market capitalism. Individuals contribute to this system through personal industry and initiative; government contributes by confining its regulatory activity within constitutional limits and by employing a system of taxation that is fair and comprehensible for all citizens. Entitlements and welfare schemes destroy not only personal initiative and responsibility, but also liberty and prosperity. Political freedom is inseparable from economic freedom. Thus, when the government stays within its constitutional role, America prospers.
In 1916, a minister and outspoken advocate for liberty, William J. H. Boetcker, published a pamphlet entitled The Ten Cannots:
-You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
-You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
-You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich.
-You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
-You cannot build character and courage by taking away man's initiative and independence.
-You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
-You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
-You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
-You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
-You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they will not do for themselves.
Fact is that government cannot give to anybody what it does not first take from somebody else.
However, now the once great Democrat Party is replete with western apologists for socialist political and economic agendas advocating, essentially, Marxist-Leninist-Maoist collectivism -- the antithesis of Boetcker's principles of free enterprise.
Indeed, as George Bernard Shaw wrote, "A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul."
Nineteenth-century historian Alexis de Tocqueville once observed, "Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude."
Tocqueville was commenting on liberty and free enterprise, American style, versus socialism as envisioned by emerging protagonists of centralized state governments. And he saw on the horizon a looming threat -- a threat that would challenge the freedoms writ in the blood and toil of our nation's Founders and generations since who have honored their oaths "to support and defend" our Constitution.
Unfortunately, few in the Executive, Legislative or Judicial branches of government abide by their solemn oaths.
The Patriot envisions an America where the primacy of Constitutional authority, especially constraints on the legislature and judiciary, must be restored in order to ensure liberty, opportunity, prosperity, and civil society; where the primacy of traditional families and timeless values are the foundation of culture; where the primacy of religious liberty restores religious expression in the public square; and where we can rest assured that our nation is fully capably of defending our national security and national interests.
Let there be no doubt, then, that The Patriot's allegiance to our Constitution and the authority of our Declaration of Independence far exceeds loyalty to any individual, organization or political party. Indeed, it is this selfsame allegiance that brought The Patriot Post into being.
To that end, we affirm the verity of these words from Justice Joseph Story (appointed to the Supreme Court by our Constitution's principal author, James Madison): "The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of the republic; since it offers a strong moral check against usurpation and arbitrary power of the rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them."
While not my words, they are my sentiments. I simply cannot say them any better.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Very shortly after passing this colossal catastrophe, we witnessed AIG distribute bonuses that were promised within the text of the stimulus bill. Wow, now who would have thought that there might be something important in that bill that should have been read.
Fast forward to June and we have lost 2,000,000 more jobs and unemployment is now 9.4%. But, according to the Obama Administration, although we lost greater than a net 300,000 jobs last month, we have actually "Saved or Created" 150,000 jobs. And the best part is that we have only spent 5% of the stimulus bill's moneys. That is certainly interesting math, but I doubt that the 2,000,000 newly unemployed are comforted by this baloney.
Sensing that he is nearing ownership of this economic disaster, Obama has gone into action. He has started preaching "pay as you go" policies for public spending, as well as, "patience" regarding the job losses. Does anybody expect these policies will apply to Healthcare Reform?
I'm wondering, "how many different sides of his mouth can this guy speak out?". More and more Obama reminds me of those TV evangelists that fell from grace in the 1990's. The concern is the amount of damage he will be allowed to cause before people stop listening to his sermons.