Freedom Of the Eagle
Courage Of the Lone Wolf
What’s In A Name?
Shakespeare posed the question in that age-old classic, Romeo and Juliet, so many centuries ago. But for their last name, the two lovers may have lived to a ripe old age. Their feuding families saw to it that tragedy would seal their fate and that of the question itself. Why should a name cause hatred in some and reverence in others?
The holiday, (holy day) is Christmas. Named for Jesus Christ by those who revered Him and shunned, out of hatred, by all who refuse to tolerate Him, Christmas should never be a time for the tragedy of hatred to overcome the peace, love, and joy of the Holy Day.
It has nothing to do with government or politics being “tainted” by religion – especially not in the government of a land founded on the very religion named for Him.
While Christians endure persecution all over this world as evil seeks to dominate good, Americans must strive to keep this a safe haven for the simple faith of Christianity. As we go forward into this New Year, let us not be discouraged, for it is a time of rejoicing, no matter what the detractors say. We have survived adversity to get here, and we can face anything with a strong faith in our traditions and in the Spirit that directs our celebrations.
Happy Birthday, Jesus, and Merry Christmas to all!
Defining Individual Responsibility
So, Mr. Obama defines individual responsibility with the example that corporate CEOs should refuse to take their Christmas bonuses huh? HUH?
Let’s see if he remembers that if the country goes to hell in a hand basket over the next four years under his stewardship. Will he refuse to run for re-election do you think? That would be the “responsible” thing to do, wouldn’t it?
Please, can we just dispense with the class envy long enough to heal America’s financial wounds before it’s too late? Class envy is a seed of socialism, pure and simple, and socialism will not fix the problems we have in this country!
You want to grow something from the bottom up, Mr. Obama? Try planting the seeds of that individual responsibility that you are inept at correctly defining. Water them not with admonishments about suffering or doing with less. Instead, remove the weeds of overreaching government regulation, irresponsible and unrealistic labor union demands, and the infestation of punishing taxation, then, watch that garden grow!
Let the bottom as well as the top take pride in accomplishment and success without the artificial fertilizer of government subsidies. Let individual mistakes on both ends be dealt with swiftly with individual failures that need not take out the whole garden. Good people will want to work with good people and not tolerate bad decisions or sloth.
If bonuses are a part of the hiring package, individual responsibility does not dictate withholding those bonuses. That would constitute fraud, would it not? If those bonuses are tied only to performance, then the problem of not deserving such bonuses will take care of itself. People make what they are worth or they change jobs. That, Mr. Obama, defines individual responsibility much better, don’t you think?
Oh, and Mr. Obama, only a socialist would pit the classes against each other or make a presumption about another person’s wealth being enough or too much. America was not built on socialist philosophy, Mr. Obama, and I’m sure you must know that. Your brand of change is most certainly not something that I can believe in.
Although I am colorblind to your race, I am not blind to controversy over your unwillingness to provide proof of your qualifications to your future office. It is a simple request to substantiate your ability to keep the oath you will take. We have a constitution, Mr. Obama, and that defines us as a nation of laws. It would seem that you intend to undermine some of those basic laws. You have made attacks against the first and second amendments and ignored parts of the fourth, but I am sure you would have to count on the fifth if you were ever charged to defend yourself in a court of law.
I have faith that the American people can prosper nicely with or without you, but we do not need the setback that your “vision” could bring. You purposefully went after the vote of ignorance. That cannot be denied. Your power will, therefore, be based on the consent of the governed ignorant and fortified with others of your ilk, who would place collective power above the good of America.
That, Mr. Obama, is most definitely individually irresponsible.
I believe that sufficient evidence exists to require the president-elect to produce proof that he is Constitutionally qualified to become our 44th president. To learn more and sign a petition to that effect go to
If you haven’t seen or heard the results of this poll judging the overall knowledge of those who elected him please take the time to read the article.
My blessings are so many,
As I ponder all the cost,
Here in the land of plenty,
Where freedom is not lost.
The price is always being paid,
As the product is consumed,
But while heroes are being made,
Then freedom’s not presumed.
Our soldiers always pay the price,
And brave souls everywhere,
That will not let ill will suffice,
Will show us we must care.
So as we gather ‘round the feast,
On this Thanksgiving Day,
Remember those who have the least,
And bow our heads to pray.
Pray that freedom will remain,
And charity will give laud,
For giving thanks will help retain
This nation under God.
While much of our history is being rewritten to take America ever closer to a socialist/communist regime, we must remember and teach those who do not know that communism has already been tried here in America. It was almost the downfall of the fledgling Plymouth Colony until Governor Bradford was smart enough to institute private property ownership and capitalist rules. It was the direct results of this action that led to that first Thanksgiving. Read about it here.
Another worthwhile Thanksgiving link from yours truly is here.
Have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving! DebV
The Mourning After
It would seem that Sarah Palin is about to be shoved into the spot that has been reserved for George W. Bush for the past eight years. Now it is her turn to be used as the political whipping post for all the ills that befall the nation and the Republican Party in particular.
I am ashamed of any conservative pundit that would sink that low.
John McCain did not lose the election because of his choice of running mate, Sarah Palin - he lost because he is not a conservative. Conservatives had to hold their noses to vote for him, and the only thing that made it easier WAS Sarah Palin!
But she will be relentlessly dumped upon for a long time to come, and John McCain will never again play a maverick role toward the conservative viewpoint with any of his future decisions. He is only a maverick when he moves toward the left – never toward the right.
Yesterday’s election proved one thing: when it comes to a history making decision where the choice is race or gender first – gender will usually take the back seat. I think I’ll just let that one sink in for awhile and not even bother to explain or justify it. Somebody prove me wrong.
God bless Sarah Palin, though. At least she made the last couple of months of this painful election cycle less painful for true conservatives. I dare any true conservative to intelligently argue that point.
Now, as for the aftermath, we should turn our attention to this transition period and see just how differently the “mourning after” is handled. Let’s think back to the election of 2000 when Al Gore was expecting his coronation and chose to act like a spoiled child when it didn’t happen. (There are perhaps many more reasons to doubt the validity of this election than there ever were to doubt that one, but that is just the difference between how liberals and conservatives handle the “sore loser” syndrome.) As I recall, President Clinton actually stood in the way of the transition, making Bush scramble in the last half of that period to be ready in time. Dangerous, juvenile behavior really!
While I disagreed with President Bush on many of his policy decisions over the past eight years, I have always admired his character. He and his wife were exemplary first citizens, and their moral character will go down in history as among the most outstanding to occupy the White House. Theirs’ will be a hard act to follow for the Obamas.
We conservatives must do what is necessary to rebuild the party that boasts of representing us, and we must remember that those who would rise to future power on that platform should not do so unless they truly understand and represent conservatism at its best. The test should not be how well they can walk across the aisle, but rather how well they stand for our principles.
As a little sidebar request, I wonder if we could finally get the real evidence to substantiate that we have a president-elect waiting in the wings now that has a valid, constitutional birthright to the office? Or is that STILL asking too much?
Accentuate the Positive
If Republicans, conservatives, and all others who care to preserve as much of American heritage as possible don’t get on the same page soon, this election will go down in history as the one we gave away.
Is anyone else out there sick of hearing so much second-guessing and negative commentary on Sarah Palin to the almost complete ignorance of the positive effect her candidacy for vice president yielded just a few weeks ago? We should have expected liberals and the whole Democrat camp, (which includes most of the MSM) to jump on her with both feet, but I am ashamed of the “right’s” waffling on the wisdom of the Republican vice presidential pick at this point in the game.
Let’s remember why so many of us were pleased with the choice in the first place. We thought finally that we could send someone to Washington, a “heartbeat away” from the presidency that actually reflected and would represent the majority of mainstream America. That hasn’t changed. Now, however, those conservative “intellectuals” are piling on Palin because she may not have the “right stuff” to be a Washington politician!
As for Sarah Palin’s “questionable” ability at media interviews – well, I haven’t been particularly disappointed. The way she takes every opportunity to highlight John McCain is admirable, since she is, after all, number two on the ticket. Her answers about foreign policy and Russia in particular are, if nothing else, honest. I don’t want to see her mouthing answers like a Washington wonk that condescends to we, the little people!
Evidently some of my conservative teammates don’t see it that way, though. They have become concerned over her lack of political polish. Oh, they say it is her lack of “experience” but that doesn’t hold water since Palin has more executive experience than the other three candidates combined. They are appalled at her so-called gaffes, but I have yet to see one that compares to gaffes from the two candidates on the Democrat ticket. (I’m still waiting for Obama to visit those other seven states and for Biden to admit that FDR did not have the benefit of either the presidency or television in 1929!)
Sarah Palin lives in and has presided as governor over the only state that borders two foreign countries, which she aptly points out when the subject of foreign policy comes up, and she has successfully dealt with the Canadian government in pipeline negotiations. The Alaska National Guard, over which she is Commander-in chief, is tasked with much greater responsibility for national defense than, say, Delaware or Illinois. Russia is a short flight or boat trip from Alaskan shores, and the shared border with Canada is vast and remote. Her “neighbors” are foreign after all.
Accentuate the positive, and let her shine! It’s either that, or give this election and the well-being of this country to the most radical group of political leftists ever assembled here in America. You’ll have real political polish then, and conservatives will be effectively polished off the political scene.
Oh, and another thing – since the debates are all over now and the advertising push of the major campaigns will be the chosen way to get the candidates’ faces on television, expect to see more and more outcry about “negative” ads working against Republicans. Believe me, if there was anything positive to accentuate about Democrats, (that were not outright lies of course) negative ads would not be so necessary.
The Science Of Shared Risk
I’m sick of hearing about how much Main Street will suffer if Wall Street goes under! Main Street has been under the thumb of Wall Street for years, so what else is new?
Let’s examine what is really happening, shall we? The world – not just America – is teetering on the edge of reality. The reality that everyone is at risk is not a new concept, but the false reality that no one need ever take a risk has compelled us into the current crisis. It is only when the choice for taking such risks is removed from those who will eventually bear the cost that reality really bites!
Breaking down the somewhat complicated business of insurance to its most basic elements, we find that the idea of shared risk has been a part of human community thinking for centuries. Not a bad original concept, the idea of pooling the resources of many, on a voluntary basis of course, to insure for devastating loss of any member(s) of the pooled resources made sense. But when this pool is then placed in a risky financial jeopardy via more than risky investment, we find that greed takes over and regulation becomes mandatory.
Of course in a “free” market, the “risks” must always be attractive enough to induce the would-be profit takers to underwrite them, and government must always have its profit percentage as well. Combining financial institutions, such as banks, with private and public backed insurance institutions is a recipe for eventual disaster that has nothing to do with the original risks being insured. When an economy becomes dependent on an insurance against failure of any kind, well, you have exactly what we are facing now.
The science of shared risk has succumbed to the reality of greed and irresponsibility. No one wants to own it, but everyone will be coerced to do so.
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are not lending institutions; they are merely government insurance companies. AIG is an insurance behemoth of conglomerate interests that stagger the mind. Millionaires have been made in these organizations, yet poverty still exists - sometimes as a direct result of their actions.
Before 1944 the responsibility of regulation and supervision of insurance companies in America was reserved for the states. All of that changed when Congress got into the act of insurance regulation under the Interstate Commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution. Shortly thereafter insurance companies were allowed to expand their coverage to multiple types instead of just one line of insurance. It didn’t take long for the various shared risk pools to become oceans of resources to offset everything from fire and casualty to life, health, theft, auto, home, labor - liability of all sorts were now grouped under massive umbrellas and underwritten by anyone that saw a possibility, not only of need, but of potential investment wealth.
America had gone from an innovative, industrialized country of rugged individualist risk takers to a coddled, whimpering community demanding more and more security and insurance against any risk. The government has accommodated us well by demanding insurance as a necessity of our everyday lives. We are no longer allowed to assume risk to the degree that our proud ancestors did, and that has been deemed a good thing.
Well, too much of a “good thing” will eventually sour on everyone’s stomach. I think that is exactly what we are seeing now.
The Seven-Year Itch
It’s funny how the mind can wander sometimes, and in doing so end up with such a profound thought that it scares you to think you may never have recognized it.
We are staring down the barrel at the seventh anniversary of the worst foreign attack on American soil in our two hundred and thirty-two year history. The event, September 11, 2001, started as a beautiful morning and ended with a nightmare that shook us awake from our apathetic slumber. Most of us came away from that day with a new appreciation for the American freedom and security that had allowed us to fall into such a slumber.
Thoughts of that event, seven years ago, forgotten by some, but remembered by most, (I hope) will probably play a profound role in our selection of a new president, but only time will tell. I’ve commented so much lately on the problems that would await us with an Obama presidency, and his “change we can believe in” policies that I hardly know what else to say on the subject, so my mind began to wander back in seven-year increments.
1994 – Seven years before the terrorist attack that rocked our world, Republicans rocked Washington when they gained control of both houses of Congress for the first time in decades. They did it with the “Contract With America” where they vowed to simply cut federal spending and gut the welfare state. Sadly, the vow didn’t last long enough to get America out of debt and totally away from government imposed economic folly. But it was nice while it lasted. Real Change.
1987 – Seven years before the Republican attempt at less government, President Reagan was making his final demands on the Soviet Union with his speech at the Brandenburg Gate. Most historians agree that this “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall” speech cinched the demise of the Soviet Union and the Cold War as we’d known it. Real Change.
1980 – Seven years before that great speech, Ronald Reagan was elected our fortieth president in a landslide victory over the incumbent, Jimmy ‘do little good’ Carter. He began the arduous task of rebuilding the military, the economy, and the people’s investment in a much brighter future than we had known in the previous administration. Real Change.
1973 – Seven years before Reagan reminded America that we are one nation under God, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to play God and legislate from the bench with the worst decision in the Court’s history. Legal abortion became the law of the land and sentenced tens of millions of innocent lives to a horrible and unjust death that continues today. Real Change.
1966 – Seven years before abortion became America’s most shameful legal industry, there was a groundbreaking in New York for the future structure that would become the world’s tallest building for awhile. That’s right, the World Trade Center builders broke ground in 1966. Thirty-five years later it would be wiped off the face of the earth. Real Change.
1959 – Seven years before that famous groundbreaking, the last two states were admitted to the union. Alaska became our forty-ninth state in January and Hawaii the fiftieth in August of 1959. Real change.
It seems that for the last half century at least, America has been afflicted with a “Seven-Year Itch” of sorts. The need for real change is palpable after all. As we can see from this trek back through history, we’ve experienced both good and bad change, so the promise of more change is not all that comforting to think about. I can think of changes I would like to see and a whole lot more changes that I never want to see.
I guess the real point of this little exercise is to point out that the amount of change we are up for really depends on our attitude about our country as it is. I’d much rather the big changes in my life be up to me – the decisions I make, the relationships I have, the choices I make in my own life. I don’t need politicians determining all that for me and promising some abstract definition of change that I should desire. Bottom line, unless it’s good change, I’d rather lose the itch.
The Encapsulated Present
Wow! In one week recently we had the opening of the Summer Olympics, finally an admission of a top tier politician’s sexual impropriety, and a previous super power’s super imposition of its will over a sovereign democratic country.
Now, the only important consideration in the list above is the plight of Georgia. I couldn’t care less about the sham that is the Olympics and the fallout from having them hosted by a dictatorial communist regime that keeps its power and position in the world via ungodly lies and intimidation. I also couldn’t care less about another liberal power player having his personal fallacies undressed for the world to see. But I DO sure as heck care that the usual dopes in this country are trying to make a comparison of Russia’s invasion of Georgia to America’s actions in Iraq!
I’ve read reams of so-called analysis on the situation from all points of view, and the subject is not to be approached from a sophomoric understanding of foreign policy or of what causes war - cold or otherwise. Wars are not touched off by an itchy trigger finger – skirmishes maybe, but not real wars. War is planned and pursued whenever there exists a weakness in foreign policy that can be exploited.
As long as America is seen as leaning toward electing an obvious socialist/communist practitioner of political philosophy, there is that weakness in foreign policy. With a lame duck president, a Congress that can’t even dope out the real will of the people they are supposed to represent, and a moth eaten press that only cares about expanding the socialist/communist agenda, why shouldn’t the thugs of the world make their move against freedom and democracy now. It’s the perfect time!
Financially, America is mortgaged to the hilt and restricted from turning a fair, capitalist profit to pay it off. All the politicians can think to do about it is to take more from the producers and restrict or regulate their ability to pay to an even greater degree. From the folly of threatening environmental disaster, to the absurdity of ignoring the resources that are the fuel of progress, the politicians and the special interest groups they support have dug us into a hole that we almost cannot see our way out of. And where is the incentive to keep trying to produce?
If you can imagine jumping through the financial hoops to purchase a home only to find out that you must pay for it but you cannot live in it, perhaps you can get the picture. On top of that, imagine that you paid cash for a brand new automobile, but you must park it in the garage of the home you cannot use and never drive it – but you must keep paying the registration, insurance and tax fees every year. Oh, by the way, anyone else may live in your home and drive your car and not pay a single cent to you because the government has declared them “entitled” to do so.
I think the summer heat must have gotten to an awful lot of people, even though this year will go down in recent climate history as one of the coolest.
Okay, so now the Olympics are over, with Obama’s little publicized comments about what a great country China is – so much better in so many ways than the one he hopes to lead soon – John Edwards all but dead and buried politically, and Russia is STILL dragging its feet getting out of Georgia!
But, center stage this week is the Democrat Convention in Denver, where the press outnumbers the delegates five to one! The “new” Democrat product message is on display like never before. The bottom of the ticket has been filled out with an almost equal left-wing radical to the top, and the sales pitch to the American voter is the same old “new” cry for change.
Our encapsulated present? The more things change, the more they stay the same. That may be true in only one respect; the push for power in an election year must still make it past the overwhelming conservative majority that is the American voting public and will once again vote their minds and hearts in less than two months.
Interesting! Thanks Don!
Professor Wichman Email The Real Story
A Michigan professor sent an e-mail telling Muslim students to leave the country.
It is a matter of history that when Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General Dwight Eisenhower, found the victims of the death camps, he ordered all possible photographs to be taken, and for the German people from surrounding villages to be ushered through the camps and even made to bury the dead.
He did this because he said in words to this effect: 'Get it all on record now - get the films - get the witnesses - because somewhere down the track of history some b*stard will get up and say that this never happened.'
The UK removed The Holocaust from its school curriculum because it 'offended' the Muslim population which claims it never occurred. This is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world and how easily each country is giving in to it.
It is now more than 60 years after the Second World War in Europe ended. This is posted in memory of the six million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians and 1,900 Catholic priests who were murdered, massacred, raped, burned, starved and humiliated with the German and Russian peoples looking the other way! Now, more than ever, with Iran, among others, claiming the Holocaust to be 'a myth,' it is imperative to make sure the world never forgets.
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
The Morning After
Collectivists of the liberal philosophy are celebrating their many victories for the “hearts and minds” of their fellow citizens as this first decade of the twenty-first century approaches its “end times.” The ever-persecuted individualist conservative philosophy finds itself on the defensive. Defending the individual’s rights need not, must not degrade into a special interest, collective tool that can be used to erode the very freedoms which should protect those rights from an overzealous government. But that is precisely what we see happening.
Take a look at a couple of the persecuted, (read that, perceived victim) groups, including blacks, Muslims, even illegal aliens, and of course the poor. Who has so persecuted these groups? Conservative big, rich, white folks, of course.
If you are white and make big profits pursuing legitimate capitalist endeavors, you are just naturally taking advantage of all the “little people.” For that you must have your profits seized and your business controlled. This is an idea whose time has come, according to the keepers of the socialist gate. Just ask Maxine Waters, Nancy Pelosi, and the presumptive Democrat nominee for president.
I’m sick of this attitude defining the “powers that be” in my country!
There is evidence to support the claim that conservatism and individualism is far healthier for the human mind and body than is liberalism and collectivism. It should be evident from America’s own short history that this is true for the health of a nation. So why must we continually have to fight this epidemic of change to a socialist collectivist theology? Yes, I call it a theology. If Ann Coulter can make a strong case for liberalism being a religion, then I think this follows nicely. The Black Liberation Theology, of which Barack Obama has definitely been a part, is but one branch of it.
It is no wonder to me that many liberals, including the candidate, find it hard to stick to one definition of their own philosophy. That is just how relativism works. There are not basic moral tenets or spiritual faith that can define it for others, yet it can be defended with misplaced declarations of “fairness” or tolerance. Many have accused Obama of flip-flopping on key issues, but I don’t think it is that simple. Much more confusing and frightening is the concept that he really doesn’t have any idea what he believes. In other words, there is no constant in the man’s life.
The fact that so many Americans are drawn to him and will be casting their votes for him in November should be a wake up call to anyone who truly understands and loves this country.
The poor in America will not be helped by his election; their ranks will grow into a previously unimaginable majority. Hopelessness will take over the American Dream as fewer and fewer are able to conceive the climb out of poverty on their own. The “middle class” instead of being a comfortable transition towards happiness and health will become an angry mob that is sicker and weaker than ever before. And the very wealthy? They will continue to be wealthy and much less compassionate and much more selfish as they foot the bill for tyrannical government.
That is what overbearing government does to a society. That is what doing away with individual responsibility, willing charity, and a definitive moral compass does to a people.
Anyone old enough might remember an old Jerry Lewis comedy from the fifties – a spoof about John Paul Jones I believe. Anyway, there’s Lewis all decked out in the period Naval garb uttering those memorable words, “Follow me!” as he jumped off the ship. The voiceover said it all, “Luckily, no one did!”
I don’t really know why that stuck with me all these years, but if there was ever a time to see that played out, it is now. If Obama expects us to follow his example of questionable moral character, even more questionable personal entanglements, and unquestionable philosophical confusion, I sincerely hope we are smarter than that. I hope we all awaken the morning after the election to a “luckily, no one did” result.
Pin the Tail On the Donkey
The game of politics in this election year has finally come down to this. We need only put on our blindfolds, let the media spin us around in a circle, and send us forward with the donkey tail attached to our vote.
Meanwhile, all the elephants are conspicuously hiding under the furniture!
I think that pretty well describes it, don’t you?
There are some who say that after four years of our government in total control of the Democrats, the only way to go will be up for Republicans. After the onslaught of concentrated socialism we are about to experience when the liberals have their way with us, we may regain some ground, but it all depends on how well our memories work at that point. Will we remember that the concerted effort to destroy our culture, our heritage, and our uniqueness succeeded because we allowed the media to do all our thinking for us? Will we remember a time when we had the chance to send genuine conservatives to Washington to represent our interests, but couldn’t tell the difference between truth and fiction, so we opted for too many Democrat and RINO liberals instead?
After higher taxes, more regulation of our personal lives than we’ve ever known, and ridiculous costs of food and fuel due to invented environmental concerns gone wild, will we finally entertain the idea of self sufficiency instead of government dependency? After experiencing further moral decline, dangerous risks to our lives and fortunes due to an appeasement foreign policy, degradation of our military superiority, our border security, and our ability to defend ourselves as individuals, will we remember that liberal dogma caused it all, or will the truth be so disguised that Bush will still be blamed for everything negative in America?
What kind of change can we hope for in four years?
Is unity so important to the average American these days that we are willing to toss out our core beliefs to follow a liberal mantra that will paralyze the machine of freedom that is our economy and crush the morality that drives our very spirit?
It sure looks that way. Primary season is over and we have our candidates – hand picked by the media and well on their way to receiving the crowning tail. I really don’t see a choice – the tail will fit any of them.
So, as it stands now a jackass is headed for the Whitehouse.
That’s the totally negative view. The positive one is that in locations all over the country there is an effort going on to find and promote the best in future statesmen to represent individual interests over government tyranny. It has always been so and will continue to be. The battles for American Constitutionalism and conservative heritage are waged and often won at the local level, with a few of these victors going on to achieve higher office at the state and federal levels. That’s how the system works best.
Feeling hopeless about the outcome in November will accomplish nothing. We must make the best choices we can at those other levels up for grabs. At the federal level, we can replace the whole House of Representatives if we choose and one-third of the Senate. If we truly want real change – that is where it can happen. Sitting out the election in refusal to pin the tail on this donkey or wasting a vote on someone who has no chance of winning just to make a statement succeeds in proving only one thing – that you are exercising your free will in an unwise way. Serenity comes in having the wisdom to know what can be changed and doing everything in your power to make it so.
Even a jackass can prove useful at times, and in the game of politics, there still can be happy endings.
My salute to Charlton Heston
The Most Important Issue
As media microphones capture responses from the question about the most important issue facing us in this election cycle, those of us who really think about it can probably list a plethora of issues that might answer it. Let’s see, in the last few months I have heard the so-called top response change several times depending on whichever way the wind happens to be blowing at the time. I doubt if any politician running for office this November can pin it down on a day-to-day basis.
As for the general public’s response to the question, it seems to fluctuate between the war in Iraq and the underlying threat of terrorism in the world, the economy and our shrinking dollar with our trade deficit figured in, border security and the effects of illegal aliens on our strained infrastructure, and global warming – reality or hoax. No matter how you slice it though, all of it eventually ties into the economy, and most Americans are just not savvy economists.
Here is what I believe. If the American people could come together in a common goal to elect only those representatives that could legitimately prioritize expenditures, take what’s left of our national checkbook and make it stretch to cover only what must be covered, and encourage individual citizens to do the same, the correct solutions to all our problems would come automatically and with lightening speed. I realize that is pie in the sky dreaming and more than a little wishful thinking, but that is precisely what it would take.
What comes out of this thinking is a very important fact. We, as a people, can still do whatever it takes to survive and prosper if and only if we are not divided. So, what divides us then? We are divided by our insistence on defining our basic philosophies, even if we don’t know the true definitions, even if we float back and forth across those lines of divisions depending on the specific issues we are addressing, or worse than that, sitting in the middle and refusing to make clear choices. We are at the mercy of politicians who will exploit our indecision and our ignorance.
It is bad science to only hear one side of a story, only consider one set of solutions to a problem, or make up “facts” that cannot be proven. It is bad economics to turn our finances over to someone else without periodic accountability, to shirk all responsibility for our financial outcomes, or to base our financial futures on what we can convince someone else we will be worth in that future. But it is truly very bad form for us to toss aside the importance of historic knowledge, the proliferation of a free and courageous spirit, and the absolute dedication of all who have unselfishly sacrificed to build and secure the greatest country on earth.
Some of the politicians we have elected for years and years have continued to lie, cheat, and steal the best that is this country just to satisfy their thirst for power. We are responsible for that! We are! We gave them their power, our trust, and our money and they gave us back a total misuse of all of it! Because of our poor decisions in the past, the pool of “hopefuls” to attain the highest office in the land is poisoned with ambitious power seekers who are woefully ignorant of the most important issue.
The most important issue is the treasure that is America. America is a living, breathing sea of humanity in a world that is starving for what we have. Ancient foreign lands have rich histories and proud citizens, natural wonders and abundant resources, strong armies and intellectual prowess, but none of them – not one – has pulled itself up by the bootstraps from a fledgling colony of misfits and castoffs to become the most strident defender of humanity the world has ever known – in a mere 230 years. That took uniqueness, individual sacrifice, and courage to learn from past mistakes and fix what was broken every single time we were threatened.
So, what is the most important issue facing us today? Preservation of the treasure – that sometimes ill-defined uniqueness that makes us tick. If we don’t start teaching our children exactly what that is, and insisting that the representatives we elect defend it with the power and resources we provide, then we will surely fall prey to a continuing divisiveness that will eventually wipe out the best thing humanity has going for it. The most important issue should always be the spirit that is uniquely American.
Defining the Dream
“I believe a stronger sense of empathy would tilt the balance of our current politics in favour of those people who are struggling in this society. After all, if they are like us, then their struggles are our own. If we fail to help, we diminish ourselves.”
Exerpt from The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream by Barack Obama
Although I have not read Barack Obama’s book, The Audacity of Hope, I have read some excerpts from it. The above quote is typical “Obama Speak” in the usual style of his rhetorical speeches on the stump. Sounds great, sounds hopeful – if more than a little condescending – but void of real substance and showing a shocking lack of understanding of this thing called, “the American Dream”.
For a man who is himself a product of one version of it, he seems to think that it is out of reach for just anybody, which would include most of us regular folks.
The truth is that the American Dream is individually defined. It is the life we choose to make for ourselves, and it is that choice which insures American success. Success is measured only in positives and need not be balanced against negatives to achieve credibility – unless, I guess, your worldview is of a socialist nature.
The “against all odds” scenario is inspiring and useful in an anecdotal sense, but is not a requirement to prove attainment of the American Dream. Satisfaction with a life well lived, comfort in one’s own company, and pride in a community and way of life that did not stand in your way suffices nicely as that proof.
It seems most modern politicians must have a label to define their beliefs, an allegiance to one or more collectives, and a commitment to enforce their perception of justice from their acquired seats of power. It is also evident to us “regular folks” that representation of us is not something they consider important in their job description. What they consider most important is defining what they want to represent and then selling it to us to get elected. All too often we buy it hook, line, and sinker.
I have written many times about the “silent majority” or “sleeping giant” and how I truly believe that it exists. The glaring fact is that it has been inadequately represented for so long that is more like a “cry in the wilderness” than a strong influence on the American way of life any more. Politicians have been allowed to get away with the rationalization that they really do represent the majority, and disenfranchisement of the many for the few is now commonplace in American government.
So, here is my cry in the wilderness: representation does not exist in the candidates for leader of the free world this election – not for any of us who have achieved the American Dream, and not for anyone striving for it honestly. If the giant rouses up enough to reach for a pot of coffee before the next election cycle, perhaps we can change that.
Contrary to popular belief, the definition of the dream does not need changing.
Rejoicing in Easter Celebration is uniquely Christian. I invite you to read last year’s Easter Page again for it is still very relevant today. DebV
Thanks to Alan for supplying this interesting tidbit:
Easter this year is: Sunday March 23, 2008
As you may know, Easter is always the 1st Sunday after the 1st full moon after the Spring Equinox (which is March 20). This dating of Easter is based on the lunar calendar that Hebrew people used to identify Passover, which is why it moves around on our Roman calendar.
Based on the above, Easter can actually be one day earlier (March 22) but that is pretty rare. This year is the earliest Easter any of us will ever see the rest of our lives! And only the most elderly of our population have ever seen it this early (95 years old or above!). And none of us have ever, or will ever, see it a day earlier!
Here are the facts:
The next time Easter will be this early (March 23) will be the year 2228 (220 years from now). The last time it was this early was 1913 (so if you're 95 or older, you are the only ones that were around for that!). The next time it will be a day earlier, March 22, will be in the year 2285 (277 years from now). The last time it was on March 22 was 1818.
So, no one alive today has or will ever see it any earlier than this year!
If you don’t feel trapped in a political quagmire right now, you really are not paying any attention. That is a fact. This was a blowout news week, from the governor of New York’s sex scandal to the Democrat frontrunner for president’s church outrage. Sex scandals have been a dime a dozen lately, so I don’t even care to comment on that, other than to say in the words of someone famous, “let it be.” He’s out, and the public shouldn’t care about any more press on that story.
Moving on to Senator Barack Obama – it is way past time for the media to care about this guy enough to quit giving him a pass. I have always thought that he was the most dangerous candidate for president in this election.
At least with Clinton, we have familiarity and plenty of illumination in the dark corners of that powerful campaign. What we see is what we get with the Clintons.
I think maybe Obama is slightly ahead of his time, though. We haven’t quite fallen to the depths we would have to in order to hand over the reins of power to such an unknown quantity as he represents. Obama’s questionable religious beliefs are a regular smorgasbord of possibilities – and at this time in our history that had better concern us.
Obama is the product of two radical activist atheists spawned from different religious backgrounds and two different races. Those are the facts. If Barack Obama thinks that his extensive exposure to different cultures, different religions, and life in different parts of the world qualifies him for foreign relations in some unique capacity, I have to wonder about his judgment. If he thinks that he can bridge all the gaps in race relations in this country, I would have to question the construction of such bridges, or at least see some blueprints. If he thinks that he can fairly represent the values of this predominately Christian nation, I must thoroughly understand how his religious values were formed from such chaotic beginnings to whatever he truly believes now. I also have to understand his political philosophies that were so obviously fired in the furnace of communist influence from his parents.
On the race thing too, I would truly like an answer to some questions. Why did he decide to identify with his black side and all but renounce his white heritage? He supposedly loved his white mother and detested his black father, so how did that happen?
Nothing would please me more than supporting a black person or a woman of any race for the office of president, IF I thought he or she was the best person for the job, but race or gender should NEVER be the primary reason to support anyone! Neither of these candidates is qualified for the office, and neither would be considered if not for race or gender. Period. Ferraro had it half right.
I must appeal to John McCain to step up and lead us out of this political quagmire. If you cannot defeat these two, God help us when you try to defeat our enemies and set America on a righteous path back to freedom.
Extreme Radical Views?
For the Irish in anyone and the human spirit in us all, a very Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
The story of Saint Patrick is a tribute to overcoming negative odds as well as a tribute to Christian influence. If you haven’t taken the time before, this link and this one should be interesting. From a pagan, to a slave, to a Christian convert, and finally to the Patron Saint of Ireland, his was a life filled with meaning.
We associate the Shamrock, (actually the three leafed clover) with St. Patrick’s Day because he so eloquently used it to explain the Christian Trinity.
I must thank my dear sister-in-law for reminding me (via a recent email) of an incident that happened some twelve years ago. The fact that it still has legs after so long, is heartening, even though it could have been today’s news. We should all stop and think the next time we hear a story of Christian persecution about how we should be responding.
On January 23, 1996, Christian Church Pastor, Joe Wright, was asked to deliver a prayer before the Kansas House Of Representatives. This is that prayer:
Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask
your forgiveness and seek your direction and guidance. We know your Word says,
"Woe to those who call evil good," but that's exactly what we've
done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and inverted our values.
We confess that we have ridiculed the absolute truth of your Word and called it moral pluralism.
We have worshipped other gods and called it multi-culturalism.
We have endorsed perversion and called it an alternative lifestyle.
We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.
We have neglected the needy and called it self-preservation.
We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.
We have killed our unborn and called it choice.
We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.
We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building esteem.
We have abused power and called it political savvy.
We have coveted our neighbors' possessions and called it ambition.
We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.
We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our fore-fathers and called it enlightenment.
Search us O God and know our hearts today; try us and see if there be some wicked way in us; cleanse us from every sin and set us free.
Guide and bless these men and women who have been sent here by the people of Kansas, and who have been ordained by you, to govern this great state. Grant them your wisdom to rule and may their decisions direct us to the center of your will. I ask it in the name of your son, the living savior, Jesus Christ.
The prayer hit the internet in various forms and has circulated ever since in email boxes all over the world. At least one lawmaker walked out of the session in protest during this prayer and others took to the floor afterwards to make speeches criticizing what the House Minority Leader at the time, a Democrat, called, “the extreme radical views” reflected in the prayer.
Paul Harvey aired the prayer nationally on the radio in February of 1996.
Let’s take a closer look at these “extreme radical views” shall we?
The views expressed in this prayer are those of a practicing Christian seeking forgiveness and guidance for a legislative body about to embark on a session of deciding law for the predominately Christian citizens of a state within a predominately Christian nation. Furthermore he was invited to do so! Radical? His point was adequately proven by the admonishment of those who complained I would think. “Woe to those who call evil good.” To that I would add, “ and to those who call good evil.”
Alexis de Tocqueville, in his famous 1836 book Democracy in America, described the common thread important among differing denominations:
“The [denominations] which exist in the United States are innumerable. They all differ in respect to the worship which is due from man to his Creator; but they all agree in respect to the duties which are due from man to man. Each sect adores the Deity in its own peculiar manner; but all the sects preach the same moral law in the name of God...Almost all the sects of the United States are comprised within the great unity of Christianity, and Christian morality is everywhere the same.”
The representatives who so resented the sentiments of this pastor, and others who have spoken out against his prayer did nothing more than prove the appropriateness of his words. These people who are oh so tolerant of other beliefs, including those who wish us all dead, will always be Johnny on the spot to persecute the true Christian viewpoint. Always.
There is a very good background article on this site – from which I pulled the above quote. Here is one more quote from the same site and from a more modern source:
"All are free to believe or not believe, all are free to practice a faith or not, but those who believe must be free to speak of and act on their belief, to apply moral teaching to public questions… Tolerant society is open to and encouraging of all religions, and this does not weaken us; it strengthens us… Without God, there is no virtue, because there’s no prompting of the conscience. Without God, we’re mired in the material, that flat world that tells us only what the senses perceive. Without God, there is a coarsening of the society and without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure." - Ronald Reagan
Thanks again, Dee! I love you, and we all needed that! DebV
Answering the Critics
As most of my regular readers know, I write with a “take no prisoners” attitude when dealing with ignorance, apathy, and liberal philosophy. I consider myself part of a necessary balance in a mostly liberal literary medium.
While I receive very little feedback to this website, occasionally I will get a communication from a thoughtful person coming from a more than slightly different point of view. One such communication hit my email box recently from a person describing himself as holding both liberal and conservative views. He sent me a copy of an ebook he has written called, My America . . . Is Democracy Floundering? His feedback was directed at an article I wrote some time ago called, Democracy By Default, and his comments were very polite and positive.
His book is passionate above all else, but thoroughly sprinkled with an obvious dislike for George Bush and the current administration. However, the stated purpose and theme of the book was to encourage a more active involvement of the electorate. To that end, we agree that too many know and care too little about the power of personal involvement in our self-governing political system.
The following is my response to Mr. Flanagan :
Hi Fred, Thank you for the comments on the article, Democracy By Default, and for providing me with your ebook, My America . . . Is Democracy Floundering?
I have read it, and have benefited from what you have to say via additional understanding of your particular species of Patriotic American Liberal. It is obvious to me that you care deeply about the country and the future. There are some – on both the right and the left – that leave me wondering about them in that respect.
I could answer much of what you have to say piece by piece, but I think the core difference in our philosophies hinges on our differing expectations of government. I expect very little from government. Because the numbers of those who expect more and more seem to be growing, the size, scope, and power of government is growing at an alarming rate. This accounts for the party power battles that have rendered both parties so ineffective at doing the people’s bidding. If government power were not such a trophy, party political power would not be the attractive asset it is to so many politicians. It would simply be a job that needed doing by a few dedicated and qualified representatives of responsible individuals to promote differing policies in getting the same job done. Politics is a lousy career to pursue, but the power we have anointed on government has led to politics appearing to be an attractive way to make a living. Shame on us!
All of government, from the smallest localities to the U.S government, has been given the go ahead to control all individuals from cradle to grave. If we have a spat with our neighbors, we run to government. If we find hardship in our family relationships, we expect the courts to sort it out. If we can’t handle our own financial security, there must be a government plan to help us. If we don’t want to investigate our own purchasing choices well enough to avoid certain pitfalls, it is up to government to “protect” our outcomes. A large percentage of Americans don’t even want the responsibility to protect themselves from bad people – so the rest of us can’t be trusted to do that for ourselves either! And for all the talk of personal privacy in decisions of health and well-being, far too many think the government owes them health care on a silver platter and on demand! Choice is the paper tiger of philosophical arguments when you consider just how little of it we have.
But we are still the best and greatest country on earth, with the very best working system of government ever conceived.
Ramming education down the throats of American children from an ever more tender young age and through even more years of mandated, standardized schooling has NOT resulted in a smarter society. Here again, education is certainly not something that government should ever be in control of – but we, the people have demanded it, haven’t we? You talk about wasteful government spending – there is an excellent example of it!
I have to take exception to your definitions of conservative and liberal philosophies. It is the conservative platform that believes in limiting government powers, and the liberal view that uses government to control those things and people that they are anything BUT tolerant of. You have fallen into the trap of assuming that conservatives are not caring, considerate people on social issues just because the majority of us think that mothers should not legally be allowed to kill their babies in the womb. We also think that people should not be coerced into accepting aberrant “lifestyles” as normal via government legislation, and we don’t think that government should make decisions about our private property, (including our income), and taunt us for being racist, bigots for encouraging charity to begin at home and not with government.
Social Security was one of the most flagrant misuses of government power in our history! The largest purpose it has served is to remove much of the social responsibility for individuals to care about each other while using a vast resource of wealth in ways that do not measure up to a benevolent people! It has also given politicians of all stripes a bone to chew on, bury, and dig up to chew on again every time they need a distraction from far more important issues. Government will never trust people to take care of themselves, so people can never trust government to do it for them. Now why is that such a hard paradox to understand?
Limited government, on the other hand, as our Founders envisioned, is the necessary evil that must constantly be constrained by a decent and moral people that want very little from it. Just protection of our borders from foreign hostility, fair trade representation in a world economy, and a positive face on a proud land of rugged individualists to the rest of the world’s governments. Our entangling alliances with other nations have always and will always lead us into wars, but once we are there, we must be victorious in our efforts. To do less is to betray each and every American who ever bled and died to protect us. That is what the last few generations of Americans have had a hard time understanding. War is a serious endeavor and not one that we can walk away from without sacrificing the soul of our nation.
The Military Industrial Complex is real and has been necessitated by the many evil entanglements we have found ourselves in. We must remain the strongest nation on earth because we are the freest. We are “man’s last best hope” – philosophically, governmentally, and economically – and it falls to that military superiority to keep it that way. It also falls to the American people, through the leaders we elect, to keep that power under moral control.
You may have noticed that I have not chosen to answer the many specific concerns you mention in your text dealing with your assessment of this administration and decisions they have made. Your thought process is obviously entrenched in a negative opinion of the last few years – just as mine were through much of the previous administration’s terms. I don’t believe we could prove each other right or wrong in our opinions of these specifics. But we must realize that the media did much to effect the environment of both administrations. What we know or don’t know about them is largely due to what was and wasn’t reported. I do believe that presidents make decisions based on a body of evidence that the general public never sees. Second-guessing leaders who have been duly elected and appointed to administrations is like a jury deciding a case after viewing only a smidgeon of the evidence. Granted, sometimes decisions are not made on the evidence alone, but also on motives of lesser or greater worth.
That is why we MUST take special care as an electorate to put into power those people we consider to be the most moral choice we can make. Morality in this nation of ours DOES matter. I don’t think it comes from belonging to an organized religious group either, but I do believe that the morality of this nation is rooted in Christian values, and trying to dispute that just shows an ignorance of our history. Upholding a true Christian identity is not something I would see as a black mark against a political candidate. True Christianity already makes the “separation” between that religion and government, (“render unto Caesar . . .”), so it is a moot point.
I wholeheartedly support your efforts to encourage more people to become involved in the selection process via voting, debating, and voicing clear opinions after educating themselves well enough to do so. This will be an interesting election cycle because I do not believe that either party is truly satisfied with the roster of candidates for president each has presented thus far. I know my favorites have already dropped out of the race.
Sorry to have bent your ear for so long with this response, but I thought your contact deserved it. Regards, DebV
In my quest to find previous articles I have written but have been lost in my own files due to my inadvertent computer data dump, I retrieved this one from the Federal Observer site. It was originally published at Etherzone almost six years ago, but their archives are not complete now. The subject of the article is very fitting in this election cycle.
What a Deadly Combination,
Old Age, Bad Health, and Government Insurance
By Deborah Venable
Whatever caused a free society to think that government could answer to real human need? That is not and never has been its goal or its purpose, yet Americans in ever increasing numbers continue to look in that direction for answers to basic problems of being human. As long as the Social Security system continues to exist, there will be a shackle on the souls of Americans from the cradle to the grave - a shackle that spits in the face of human decency and laughs at real human need.
While politicians spew promises to that all-important sector of American voters, aging and disabled, the wool is pulled further and further down over the eyes of all ages. Charity is no longer understood for what it is supposed to be and duty is extracted through coercion instead of encouragement and free will. Need is not assessed in reality by government agencies - never has been. Applications for assistance are dealt with in the same way as lottery winnings might be passed out. No rhyme or reason exists in the machinery of government intervention in personal lives. Each time a new bill comes up on the floor of Congress, (to help older and disabled Americans), it is debated with all the compassion of a pack of wolves deciding which prey to go after for supper.
No, government is not a friend to the needy among us. The future of those who will become needy is largely in the hands of the voting bloc that is now dependent on government, so what are we, who are not quite there yet, supposed to do to inject some sanity into such an impossibly insane system? Those much younger have been conditioned by a lifetime of government brainwashing to accept eventual dependency as a good thing, and those who will never need it are continually coerced into feeding the destructive system. Meanwhile the courts are filled with bankrupt citizens fighting to survive in this immoral climate created by greed and ignorance. Defying all laws of economics, legislative bodies continue to add insult to injury while they nurture the idea of "social security."
Suspect any politician who claims to "fight" for the rights of older Americans, just as you would steer clear of those who herald themselves as champions of "the children" - for they do not represent either group. They are merely riding the socialist train to the political winners' station and will embark on unrelated journeys to their own success. Listen and heed the scant handful of concerned representatives who preach individual independence, and unencumbered family cohesiveness. True "social security" is found in the soul of humanity that embraces respect and charity for real need. It cannot be mandated - nor should it - and it cannot be replaced by a system that will sit in judgment of disbursing the hijacked funds of hard working citizens without any regard to personal need. The disabled and infirm are forced to sacrifice their pride to beg for what is rightfully theirs, while many lazy and/or less deserving citizens are encouraged to accept a stipend they are unwilling to earn. It happens all too often in this horrendous system of Social Security. Yet, politicians are unwilling to place the demolition charges necessary to bring it down. It is the untouchable third rail of the political track and everyone knows it.