Sunday, March 21, 2010

Our Nation Is Crumbling From Within

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Socialized Healthcare is the Last Dagger in the Coffin of Our Republic!!

Once again, as is so often true, Ronald Reagan saw this on the horizon and spoke of this in his many speeches.

I cannot stress this enough. This is the week, Americans! If we stand by and allow it to happen, this is the week that will go down in history as the week our Republic died. Yes, I know...all of the optimists out there will say that the courts will come to the rescue and easily determine this bill to be unconstitutional. I believe they more than likely will, but how many years might that take? How many Supreme Court Justices might have been replaced by Obama appointees between now and the time the Supreme Court finally hears the case? We are talking about years, not months, before they will hear the case.

From an economic perspective, will our nation still exist. The healthcare plan is estimated to be about a trillion (with a "T") dollars. Anyone who researches government estimations of their programs will undoubtedly know that they are never close in their estimates.

When the Social Security Program was being created, it was estimated that payouts in 1980 would be around 4 billion dollars. How close were the politicians? Payouts in 1980 were 108 billion dollars. They were pretty close, huh?

When the Medicare Program was born in 1965, it was estimated that payouts in 1990 would be 12 billion. Actual cost....110 billion!! Does anyone see a trend here? The government tends to be off by about a factor of 10 on their estimates. What does that mean? The socialized government takeover of healthcare will cost the American taxpayer about 10 trillion dollars.

With our current deficit, can the nation bear this burden without our economic system toppling over?

Taxes will be raised on working Americans to support this huge chunk of change immediately, but the program will not begin for at least four years. Hmmmmm. Is anyone else suspicious about where the money might be going for those years? Is anyone still naive enough to think it will be going into some untouchable healthcare savings account and accruing interest for the program's initiation? If you believe it will please Google "where did our social security money go?"

You, and your money, WILL be paying for abortions. Are there any other pro-lifers out their that morally refuse to support this procedure with your earned income?? I know I do!! What shall the government reaction be if a large group of citizens refuse to pay their taxes due to this moral dilemma? All questions we should be asking and considering if this bill is to become law.

I cannot overstate this. THIS IS THE LAST LINE OF DEFENSE AGAINST A TAKEOVER BY SOCIALISM OF OUR REPUBLIC!!! Yeah, I know...a lot of you are saying that I'm overreacting and it's not that big of a deal. That is precisely what the "left" is counting on...for the general population to not engage themselves enough in the issue until it is too late. This plan to convert to socialism did not begin with the election of Barack Obama. It was initiated around the beginning of the 20th century and was anchored into place by programs hatched during the Great Depression. It did not begin with the latest election, but this most certainly is the endgame if they pass this bill.

The government will then own more of the economy of this nation than the private sector, aka, "The People" who are referred to in our Constitution. In 2009, Obama's administration went on an unprecedented seizure of the private sector economy by taking control of Chrysler, General Motors, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and AIG, as well as partial control of Citigroup and Bank Of America, giving the government control of about 1/3 of the nation's economic output. The healthcare industry currently makes up about 15% of the entire economy of our nation, but estimates expect the growing industry to claim 17.7% by 2012. This final seizure by the government of private industry will spell "game over" to capitalism and our fine Republic that many brave men and women have given their lives' to preserve over the years.

We must FIGHT and FIGHT NOW!! Get on the phones!!! If you can work it out get to DC and get in the face of your elected lawmakers and make it clear that you DO NOT SUPPORT THIS BILL OR SOCIALISM!! It is a small price to pay compared to the many who have bled to death on batllefields in far-off lands for hundreds of years to preserve this opportunity for you to serve the nation in a less-dangerous, but equally-important manner. I have listed the link below to the phone numbers of every member of the U.S. House of Representatives...please call and help preserve America as a Republic.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

History Is Destined To Repeat Itself

This editorial cartoon was posted in the Chicago Tribune in 1934. It is incredibly eerie how the recovery plan written in the bottom left of the cartoon directly reflects the current Obama administration. If we, as a nation, cannot learn from our mistakes, I suppose we are destined to repeat them.

Friday, March 12, 2010

The Cost Of Freedom...We Can Learn So Much From Those Who Came Before Us

I was enjoying a beautiful day outside today, reading "The American Patriots Almanac" which is packed with great history. I came across a speech which was given by the abolitionist, Frederick Douglass which, at the time, foreshadowed the Civil War. I find in this speech so much wisdom that still applies today, and have included portions of the speech below:

The general sentiment of mankind is that a man who will not fight for himself, when he has the means of doing so, is not worth being fought for by others, and this sentiment is just. For a man who does not value freedom for himself will never value it for others, or put himself to any inconvenience to gain it for others...

The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle. The conflict has been exciting, agitating, all-absorbing, and for the time being, putting all other tumults to silence. It must do this or it does nothing. If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.

This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.

That last line I highlighted hit me the hardest. Whatever we are willing to let happen to us without a fight, that is precisely what rulers will impose upon us. To what point is everyone willing to let this nation degrade to without a fight...that is precisely the point the government will push us to...deep thoughts.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

CONSTITUTION?? We Don't Need No Stinking Constitution...Say Dems

Democrats have taken another bold step towards dismantling the United States of America as it has been revealed that House Rules Chairman Louise Slaughter (D-NY) are attempting to pass the extremely unpopular Obamacare healthcare bill without it properly being voted on by both House and Senate.

Article 1, Section 7 of the constitution is clearly states how a bill must be passed:

Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States; If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such Reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent, together with the Objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a Law. But in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by Yeas and Nays, and the Names of the Persons voting for and against the Bill shall be entered on the Journal of each House respectively. If any Bill shall not be returned by the President within ten Days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, the Same shall be a Law, in like Manner as if he had signed it, unless the Congress by their Adjournment prevent its Return, in which Case it shall not be a Law.

Or, if you don't wish to read all of that above I have conveniently inserted the Schoolhouse Rock, simplified explanation which I thoroughly enjoyed as a child.

This is, by far, the biggest 'in your face' smackdown of the Constitution, which congressional members swear to uphold, that has been undertaken by the Obama administration. It has been obvious for some time that two of the branches of our government are corrupt. If the statist liberals persist in this unconstitutional behavior, it will soon be up to our third branch of government (judicial) to prove that they are not corrupt. Some very difficult decisions will have to be made by Americans if all three branches prove to no longer be a representative republic.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Life Isn't Fair!!!

Such a simple statement, and yet, it says so much.

It is arguably the most important message that the youth of today and tomorrow need to learn as early as possible, in their lives. I am not advocating cruelty towards children, as some of today's "fragile psyche" crowd will take this. I am calling for parents to stop eliminating every hurtful moment and/or disappointment that children used to be forced to face and overcome.

Children who learn to cope with disappointment at an early age will most definitely be stronger and more able to successfully overcome letdowns and disappointments, which tend to be under much more important circumstances, as an adult. Is there any doubt as to why we have so many teens and young adults suffering from depression.

It is quite simple to me (insert joke here) that we have pampered and babied our children to the point that they make it all the way into their teenage years having experienced little to none of the trials and tribulations they need to successfully navigate their high school years and adulthood.

We have eliminated winners and losers, grading systems which tell a student they have "Failed" a subject. We threaten and/or sue the family and school district the minute we hear that our child was so much as picked on at school by another child.

Once upon a time, not too long ago, we taught children that there are winners and losers. All the way down to the lowest level, kids learned that if they were hit in dodgeball they were out. If they were consistently eliminated early they were forced to face the fact that they weren't very good at that contest. They were required to navigate a crossroad: they could (A) practice and work harder to improve their performance in dodgeball, or (B) stop playing dodgeball and find a new hobby in the schoolyard. This taught them the skills they needed to one day embark on a journey to successfully find a career.

Today they are being taught that if they are not good at a particular game or hobby that must inherently be an unfair game that should no longer be played. It is being ingrained, via the action of adults, that any game where there are winners and losers and/or any child could get their feelings hurt or feel as though they are not equal to another, must not be allowed on the playground.

Additionally, we as parents, are not allowing our children to cope with disappointment. When I was a child my parents divorced at a fairly young age. My father would set up weekends to come get me. My father worked 2nd shift, meaning he would come to pick me up late, often 1am to 2am. I especially loved when I knew we would be going fishing when he picked me up. We would drive straight into Illinois on a 3 hour or so excursion, listening to Hank Williams music as the sun began to light the morning sky. I still cherish every one of those trips and always will, but guess what? There were times that while I was patiently and anxiously waiting to be picked up that the telephone would ring. Trust me, when the phone rings at 1am, you know what it is. My father worked very hard and would often, at the last minute, be called on to work weekend overtime. Any time I heard the dreadful ringing of that phone, I knew that I was not being picked up or going fishing with my father.

Did it hurt? You're right it hurt. In fact, as I typed that it still hurt a little. It wasn't my father's fault and I'm sure he didn't do it on purpose to teach me to cope or anything, but I do remember vaguely the first time it happened and that I was somewhat of what Dane Cook would call a "babbling brook" on the phone about the situation. My father told me he was sorry, but that it couldn't be helped and I had to learn to deal with disappointment from time to time. He couldn't have been more correct. Looking back I wouldn't change those times for anything. being forced to deal with the disappointment of not being able to go fishing with my dad pales in comparison with the trials and tribulations I have been forced to navigate in the last two years. If I had not learned to cope with these problems, at a simpler level earlier in life, I would not have dealt with injustices and troubled times as well as I believe I have.

Today, society is nursing and protecting their children at all costs from any sadness, disappointment, or anger all the way through their teenage years; and often into college. They then, having never been forced to deal appropriately with these emotions, are thrust into the real world where these emotions are a daily occurrence. What a joke!! The fact that we expect any different result than what we are seeing today is hilarious.

When it comes right down to it, every kid needs go through a few things in childhood. Every kid needs to get their butt kicked by another kid, at least once. Every kid needs to have something stolen from them. Every kid needs to be bullied (Yeah, I said it!!!) at least once and be forced to cope with it. Every kid needs to be told by a teacher that their test was horrible and they failed. Every kid needs to play a sport and be involved in two big games; one that they win, and one that they lose. Every kid needs to experience a situation where their parents either let them down, or are unable to assist them. All of these events build character and strength in children, and ultimately create winners in life. And yes, as painful as it is for everyone to accept, there are still winners and losers in life, and they generally arrive in each of the categories via their own actions or inactions; though not isn't fair.