As George Orwell said, “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards out of men. – Abraham Lincoln
“Fathom the odd hypocrisy that Obama wants every citizen to prove they are insured, but people don’t have to prove they are citizens”.
What would the founding fathers have said about the health care bill? “It’s time to let the courts decide”? The 1st Chief Justice, John Jay, already has a stock answer: “No one is bound to obey an unconstitutional law, and no court is bound to enforce it”.
“A constitution defines and limits the powers of the government it creates. It therefore follows, as a natural and also a logical result, that the governmental exercise of any power not authorized by the constitution is an assumed power, and therefore illegal.”
–Thomas Paine, Constitutions, Governments, and Charters, 1805
Real patriots who may resist the intrigues of the favorite are liable to become suspected and odious, while its tools and dupes usurp the applause and confidence of the people, to surrender their interests. — George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796
It is an even more courageous act when no one wants to hear the truth. As Frantz Fanon said, “Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn’t fit in with the core belief.”
Or as it is explained to Neo in the film, “The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you’re inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are still a part of that system, and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, -so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it.”
Most of the people I know personally are not willing to be unplugged. I assume my readers are, so seize the opportunity to be further unplugged and read Ron Unz’s comparison of America and China. Then do what you can to unplug others. Paul Craig Roberts firstname.lastname@example.org
The false belief that only the judicial branch has a responsibility to consider the Constitution comes from a long-standing misunderstanding about the separation of powers between the three branches of our government. Early in our history the U.S. Supreme Court correctly pointed out that it has a duty to interpret the Constitution and apply its interpretations to the facts of cases brought before the Court. However, that is all it does. This does not mean that the judicial branch is the only branch that can interpret and apply the Constitution. It also does not mean that either of the other branches are required to agree with the Court. The other branches could, if they choose to do so, continue to operate as if the law was constitutional. The Supreme Court’s Unconstitutional Authority
George Orwell wrote:
The argument about human elements and the Constitution being a living breathing entity is the “Greatest trick since the Devil convinced us he did not exist!” The whole point of a Constitution is to be rigid and unwavering so that the rights it guarantees can not be eroded or chipped away by the legislature or executive branch at one particular time according to political fancy. The Constitution contains set procedures on how to amend it when need be and the citizens decide it needs to be. Obama knows ZERO about the Constitution and has tried to destroy or minimize it since he got into office. This fact alone tells me the Constitution is drafted correctly to stave off the zealots who would change us from within.
“I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution
which granted a right to Congress of expending, on the objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.” – James Madison
In his essay “The Contest In America,” 19th-century libertarian philosopher John Stuart Mill wrote, “War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse. A man who has nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety is a miserable creature who has no chance at being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.”
The Obama administration and congressional Democrats have adopted a view of virtually unlimited government power that is clearly contrary to the Founders’ vision of a constitutionally limited government. In their vision, government roams the countryside fixing problems — any problems. Having trouble paying your mortgage? Don’t worry, the federal government will help you. Your local school not doing a good job? The federal government will be there to help. Don’t have health insurance? Don’t worry, the federal government will make you buy it.
Judged by the outcomes, the Washington casino is rigged so that no matter which party wins national elections, the federal government gets bigger, hungrier and more dictatorial. With each passing year and regardless of election mandates, more of what belongs to the people is stolen away by government operators and their cronies. Our money, property, privacy, peace, fundamental freedoms and the right to be left alone are their targets. At the current rate of government expropriation, We the People will soon have nothing that isn’t controlled or beholden to the sharpies of D.C. (author unknown)
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There is no creature more dangerous to civilization than the “idealist”.
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
They may be more likely to go to Heaven for good intentions yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be “cured” against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.~ C. S. Lewis
“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.” ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
I can no longer consider myself a conservative. What is there left to conserve? I am a radical and a rebel, because I advocate for limited government, personal liberty, and economic freedom. These 1960s retreads who continue to advocate for the progressive collectivists who have won their revolution and now occupy the seats of power are faux rebels: organizational apparatchiks spouting the party line.
Look at how revolutionary some of our real rebels still sound today:
Sam Adams said, “The Constitution shall never be construed… to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.” And “The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution, are worth defending against all hazards: And it is our duty to defend them against all attacks.” He also said, “Our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free, but whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum on earth for civil and religious liberty.” Dr. Robert Owen “Real Rebels and the Counter Revolution”
Today, after a century of progressive/liberal government there is fail at every level of government. The people who claim to be the intelligent ones have brought a majority of our villages,towns counties,states and national governments to near financial collapse. It is clearly obvious their system does not function regardless of their claims and excuses it is time they stepped aside and allowed conservative,small government thinkers and doers to salvage from their wreckage that which can be saved. Progressive programs and thinking have been a failure on a monumental scale. frank logan
Liberalism is a giant con game, and like all con games it’s based on lies. The liberal elites tell the lies, the MSM spreads the lies, and the dupes believe the lies.
Every once in a while, somebody has to get the bureaucracy by the neck and shake it loose and say “stop what you’re doing.” ~ Ronald Reagan
For democracy to work as the Founders intended, bureaucrats cannot choose our elected officials yet a federal investigation has concluded that this is what happened to the late Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska).
A federal court-appointed investigator concluded that Department of Justice career officials acted corruptly in their corruption prosecution of Stevens. In 2008, a week after DOJ prosecutors won a guilty verdict in federal court, he narrowly lost his reelection bid— by less than 4,000 votes—to Mark Begich who became the Democrats’ 60th Senate vote in their quest to pass, among other legislation, Obamacare. http://americansod.wordpress.com/absolute-bureaucracy-corrupts/
Democratic societies, one sage has observed, such as the one that existed in ancient Athens, are doomed to repeat a vicious circle that begins with Conquest & Bondage, then proceeds through Spiritual Faith, Courage, Liberation, Abundance, Selfishness, Complacency, Apathy and Dependence, before inevitably arriving back at Dictatorship & Bondage.
75 percent of young adults don’t qualify to serve in the military because they are physically unfit, have criminal records or inadequate levels of education. That’s in part because 1 in 4 students fails to graduate from high school in four years, and a high school diploma or the equivalent is needed to join the military. But another 30 percent of high school graduates don’t do well enough in math, science and English on an aptitude test to serve in the military. The State Department and U.S. intelligence agencies face critical shortfalls in the number of foreign language speakers, and that fields such as science, defense and aerospace are at particular risk because a shortage of skilled workers is expected to worsen as baby boomers retire. http://americansod.wordpress.com/inadequate-students/
Samuel Adams wrote:
“If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; may your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countryman.”
The Passive Man is found on every level of society, in mansions and in slums, and his identification mark is his dread of independence. He is a parasite who expects to be taken care of by others, who wishes to be given directives, to obey, to submit, to be regulated, to be told. He welcomes collectivism, which eliminates any chance that he might have to think or act on his own initiative.
Abraham Lincoln wrote and spoke these memorial words for the dead and injured at Gettysburg: “It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty. -John F. Kennedy
As a successful governing ideology, liberalism might be dead. Yet as an electoral coalition, liberalism is very much alive. Think of the liberal coalition. Government workers. Teachers. College Professors. Lawyers. Hollywood. Blacks. Homosexuals. Jews. Hispanics. Big Labor. Boutique liberal whites living in David Brooks’ Latte Towns. Computer geeks and IT professionals, and women, especially single women. Dependents on the government. That’s a big, powerful coalition that Republicans have helped allow to grow and will be difficult to defeat.
Dr. Robert Owen: Evading the problems will not make them go away. We have got to face up to the hard choices that need to be made. Are we all going to silently follow as we are led over a cliff? Or are we going to stand for something before we fall for nothing. What we need is someone who will tell us the truth: “We’re broke.” We need someone who will stand for limited government, personal liberty, and economic opportunity. We need someone who will stand up and be counted not someone who counts on others standing up to do the job so they can buy votes by expropriating the hard-earned fruit of their labor to pass the wealth around.
This is a top down revolution that is designed to transform America into a social democracy. I guess since we’re investing in the future it makes sense to spend the incomes of our great great grandchildren. Can anyone say taxation without representation?
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Every single piece of the mass of odious, unconstitutional legislation that has been passed in recent years was approved by the majority Democrat Senate, nearly always with the conniving collaboration of ever-willing-to-please RINOs.
One of the most recent — and most egregious — was the 78-15 vote against an amendment, introduced by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), to disarm FDA agents and stop warrantless searches of farms by them http://www.wnd.com/2012/05/its-rand-paul-vs-armed-bureaucrats/ Armed FDA agents? Warrantless searches of farms? What can farmers be doing that is so incredibly dangerous to the American public that over three-quarters of the Senate thinks that we need to arm the FDA and send them on unconstitutional, secret raids to stop it? Turns out, it’s raw milk, sold locally. Absolutely incredible.
A nuclear-armed terrorist attack on the U.S. port in Long Beach, California, would kill 60,000 people and cost as much as $1 trillion in damage and cleanup, according to a 2006 Rand study commissioned by the Department of Homeland Security. Even a low-level radiological or dirty-bomb attack on Washington, while causing a limited number of deaths, would lead to damages of $100 billion, according to Igor Khripunov, the Soviet Union’s former arms-control envoy to the U.S. He is now at the Athens, Georgia-based Center for International Trade and Security.
Because a terrorist needs only about 25 kilograms of highly-enriched uranium or 8 kilograms of plutonium to improvise a bomb, the margin of error for material accounting is small. There are at least 2 million kilograms (4.4 million pounds) of stockpiled weapons-grade nuclear material left over from decommissioned bombs and atomic-fuel plants, according to the International Panel on Fissile Materials, a nonprofit Princeton, New Jersey research institute that tracks nuclear material.
That’s enough to make at least 100,000 new nuclear weapons on top of the 20,000 bombs already in weapon-state stockpiles.
“The elements of a perfect storm are gathering,” said former Democratic Senator Sam Nunn, founder of the Washington- based Nuclear Threat Initiative, in an e-mail. “There is a large supply of plutonium and highly enriched uranium-weapons- usable nuclear materials spread across hundreds of sites in 32 countries, too much of it poorly secured. There is also greater know-how to build a bomb widely available, and there are terrorist organizations determined to do it.”
At the end of the Cold War, the Soviet Union had about 22,000 nuclear weapons in storage in Russia and such satellite states as Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine. Allison says there are doubts that all the weapons-usable material was recovered when many warheads were repatriated and dismantled because of the chaos at the time and incomplete records.
About 100 grams of highly enriched uranium, lodged inside a nuclear fission chamber, was plucked out of a Rotterdam scrap- metal yard in 2009 by Jewometaal Stainless Processing BV’s radiation-safety chief, Paul de Bruin. The scrap probably came from a decommissioned Soviet nuclear facility, he said.
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Exorbitant energy prices, rolling blackouts, acute food shortages, critical water deficiencies, and private property rights usurped: This is America’s future as envisioned by the environmental movement’s well-honed green agenda. In order to de-develop the United States, the Left is using phony environmental crises to demonize capitalism and liberty, and purposefully withhold America’s vast natural resources – and the Obama administration is piloting the plan. “Eco-Tyranny, How the Left’s Green Agenda will Dismantle America.” by bestselling author Brian Sussman, presents a rational strategy to responsibly harvest our nation’s vast resources in order to fulfill the future needs of a rapidly growing population.
“Eco-Tyranny” is the most damning exposé ever written about the environmental movement – a movement that is not about clean air, clean water, and healthy forests, but rather about hammering capitalism, destroying free enterprise, and stealing our liberty.
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Consider, for instance, that under current federal and state law, if an off-duty abortionist – if any man, for that matter – physically assaults a woman and her unborn daughter dies, that man has committed murder. Yet if mom walks into Planned Parenthood and authorizes that same man to rip her baby girl limb-from-limb, it’s her “choice.” First case: murder. Second case: “choice.” Both cases: dead baby girl.
Furthermore, consider that – as established by a 2006 Zogby International poll of over 30,000 Americans in 48 states – 86 percent support a law banning sex-selection abortion. Doesn’t it stand to reason, then, that since the vast majority recognize the objectively reprehensible nature of sex-selection abortion, they, too, might recognize that it’s equally reprehensible for mom to have baby killed for no reason at all? This is what current law allows, without restriction, through the ninth month.
Indeed, incongruities abound. Still, it is the indefensible nature of empty “pro-choice” rhetoric that, I believe, will ultimately end legalized abortion in America. Truth, even when buried for decades, eventually has a way of rising to the surface.
It’s inevitable. Roe v. Wade will, in time, be tossed, alongside the slavery-justifying Dred Scott decision, exactly where both shameful scars on Lady Liberty belong: in the trash heap of historical inhumanity. http://www.wnd.com/2012/06/equal-rights-for-unborn-feminists/ Matt Barber is an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. He serves as vice president of Liberty Counsel Action
Second Amendment: DC Raid Targets Iraq Vet
Army Sgt. Matthew Corrigan, a veteran of the war in Iraq, was asleep in his Washington, DC, apartment as the Metropolitan Police Department prepared to raid it. The Washington Times has the full story, but here are the highlights of how a misunderstanding turned into a gross violation of a man’s Fourth Amendment rights.
Sgt. Corrigan called the National Veterans Crisis Hotline for advice on sleeping in spite of nightmares from his time serving in Fallujah. The operator, without Corrigan’s permission, called 911 to report that “he has a gun and wants to kill himself.” Corrigan denies that. It wasn’t long before the SWAT team showed up, establishing a perimeter of barricaded streets and a staging area for a raid. At 1 a.m., they contacted a neighbor and friend of Corrigan, who assured them of his good character and warned that they were making a mistake. Still, police proceeded to break down Corrigan’s door, arrest him without reading him his rights and ransack his apartment. They then filed charges for three unregistered firearms found in their warrantless search. Corrigan is suing the District for a minimum of $500,000 in damages, and, if reports are any indication, his case shouldn’t be a hard one to make.
Edward Gibbon’s theory of the fall of the Roman Empire has come in for some revision over the years, but his basic thesis still has merit. The Romans became so wealthy they lost the civic and martial virtues that built the empire in the first place. They in effect contracted out the hard work of civilization that allows civilization to continue.
And then, of course, there’s the universally recognized lesson of Rocky Balboa, who learned the hard way from Clubber Lang (aka Mr. T) that success can make you lose the eye of the tiger more than failure can.~
~ Trump Explains Dumbo Care
No one can sum it up better than Trump
Let me get this straight . . .
We’re going to be “gifted” with a health care
plan we are forced to purchase, and fined if we don’t,
Which purportedly covers at least ten million more people,
without adding a single new doctor, but provides for 16,000 new IRS
written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn’t understand it,
passed by a Congress that didn’t read it but exempted themselves from it,
and signed by a Dumbo President who smokes,
with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn’t pay his taxes,
for which we’ll be taxed for four years before any benefits take effect,
by a government which has already bankrupted Social Security and Medicare,
all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese,
and financed by a country that’s broke!!!!!
What the hell could possibly go wrong?
“A Time for Governing: Policy Solutions from the Pages of National Affairs,” a new book compiled by the quarterly journal, National Affairs, contains essays that address credible solutions to our major economic problems that nearly everyone, regardless of party affiliation, acknowledges must be solved for a stable American future.
In his essay “Beyond the Welfare State,” National Affairs editor Yuval Levin addresses the heart of the problem:
“In our everyday experience, the bureaucratic state presents itself not as a benevolent provider and protector, but as a corpulent behemoth — flabby, slow and expressionless, unmoved by our concerns, demanding compliance with arcane and seemingly meaningless rules as it breathes musty air in our faces and sends us to the back of the line.
“Unresponsive ineptitude is not merely an annoyance. The sluggishness of the welfare state drains it of its moral force. The crushing weight of bureaucracy permits neither efficiency nor idealism. It thus robs us of a good part of the energy of democratic capitalism and encourages a corrosive cynicism that cannot help but undermine the moral aims of the social-democratic vision.”
The bureaucratic state is a parasitic pyramid scheme resulting from the full implementation of The Peter Principle, -by which the level to which one is promoted is in direct proportion to one’s incompetence, -promoted by men equally incompetent and fearful of anyone highly competent who should rightful not be their subordinate but their boss. A.N.
What today’s politicians are doing is engaging in inter-generational theft which they falsely pretend is perfectly ok, but it certainly isn’t because there is absolutely no intention to repay a single cent of what they “borrow”. When you borrow your neighbors car with no intention of returning it, -that’s not borrowing, that’s theft. AN
The empowerment of big socialistic government in the arena of social welfare & charity is the power-play of the atheistic secular humanists to replace, marginalize, and neutralized the historical influence and role of “the church” in American society. The don’t want to honor, credit, nor empower any entity, program, or influence that gives glory to God and kneels before his spiritual authority because that would be giving validation to a belief systems that is grounded in a living conscience which acknowledges a spiritual authority superior to one’s own. Spiritual authority must to neutralized and replaced by government authority because that relieves them from any and all sense of spiritual accountability. AN
“Rep. Paul Ryan’s policies of choice” do not go far enough. Their fiscal effect is slow and small compared to the amount of change that’s required, though what’s required is no way possible without a huge sweep of conservatives into Congress. That’s not impossible but what is always questionable is the will to make the hard and unpopular decisions about spending. When we’re governed by mice and not men then the tendency is to not slow the train enough to begin to match the spending fuel with the taxing fuel that the engine of government is being supplied with. Borrowing fuel from the future and not paying it back is immoral government theft. Our founding fathers would turn over in their graves if they could see the travesty of fiscal non-accountability that is standard procedure with today’s government. AN
The Democrats haven’t changed their ideological stance because they have always avoided weighing the impact of socialistic policies on society and the nations fiscal condition and future solvency. The grasshopper isn’t going to stop fiddling while the warm summer sun shines no matter how much the ants might warn him about the coming winter. The problem has been for many a decade that far too many of the ants have fiddled with him, just to a somewhat lesser degree. But a lot of those ants are waking up to the realization that their ant leaders are not only not preparing for the winter, they are actually serving to help bring it about with their endless compromise with those socialists in Congress who sponsor flagrant, unaccountable profligate spending of money that we don’t have, -spending the stash that is for the future and the winter to come, a stash that doesn’t belong to them but belongs to their children and grandchildren. Thank-you big spenders for spending us into a future worse than bankruptcy. AN
“The 165,000 pages of the Code of Federal Regulations contain tens of thousands of rules promulgated by largely unaccountable agencies that churn out more than a thousand new mandates a year. According to the Small Business Administration, regulations cost the economy about $1.75 trillion, almost twice the sum of income tax receipts. Davis says small businesses are spending $10,500 per employee on regulatory compliance. REINS would require Congress to vote on a resolution of approval concerning every “major” ($100 million economic impact) regulation. There are 212 such among the 4,128 regulations currently in the pipeline from unelected executive agencies. If the vote REINS requires did not occur within 70 days, the regulation would die.”
“John Marini of the University of Nevada-Reno writes in the Claremont Review of Books that the 2,500-page Obamacare legislation exemplifies current lawmaking, which serves principally to expand the administrative state’s unfettered discretion. Congress merely established the legal requirements necessary to create a vast executive branch administrative apparatus to formulate rules governing health care’s 18 percent of the economy.
Obama promises the progressive agenda — more executive aggrandizement, more marginalization of Congress, more latitude for unaccountable experts to supervise our lives, more regulatory suffocation of society. Romney promises the reverse.”
(c) 2012, Washington Post Writers Group A Check on the Regulatory State By George Will http://patriotpost.us/opinion/13717
There’s a reason both FDR and labor leader George Meany said it would be insane to ever allow government employees to unionize. People who work for the government don’t have a hard-driving capitalist boss on the other side of the bargaining table demanding more work for less pay.
No one is worried about the profit margin because there is no profit – it’s government! Rather, the only people on the other side of the table are the unions’ co-conspirators: Democratic politicians willing to spend the public treasury on union members, who will repay the politicians by mobilizing voters. Ann Coulter
In historical studies of the West, the interplay between Judeo-Christian principles, government and markets can be seen as naturally progressing toward religious freedom, representative government and free-market capitalism – which is why they don’t teach history anymore.
Many Marxists refer to communism as having been attempted in various countries. This is in part because the promises of communist leaders never come through. Their excuse for its failure has almost always been America, which continued to advance capitalism. Those who consider (or adopt) this argument miss the point, since delivering on the promises of prosperity, equality and justice has never been the intention of pathologically narcissistic, envious communist leaders. Forward (a communist mantra) has always meant backward, as we revert to a time when we were ruled rather than governed by those no better than we, and for no justifiable reason. Erik Rush http://www.wnd.com/2012/06/forward-has-always-meant-backward/
Al Adab| 5.15.12
We are increasingly government by a mandarin class of professional bureaucrats, not accountable to voters, who decide in their alcoves what rules must apply and to whom. Such a condition is anathema to our way of life. Yet, we a saddled with a GOP which accepts as legitimate the centralized social-welfare state instead of one which seeks to reduce its size. That was the clarion call of Conservatism at its birth. Where might such be found today?
Al Adab| 5.15.12
Semantics is everything as we were once told. No matter what we might call it, Socialism, Communism, Fascism or redistribution, the immorality of any system which claims one persons money or property as rightfully belonging to others or to the community at large should be recognized as theft through force. Stealing is the appropriate word.
Even the Democrats once believed that. John W. Davis the Dem candidate in 1924 said, “To tax one person, group or class to benefit another person, group or class is theft.”