Silencing the Critics
Remember, a vote for Obama is a vote for censoring the press based on their ideology.
Another Obama Lie
Well, my friends, ya got trouble. Right here in Liberal City.
Trouble with a capital T that rhymes with G, and that stands for Gun grabbing.
Spin that you lying bastards.
Cory the Well Driller: Paying the Price of Success
You see, Mr. Obama, I'm the guy you intend to raise taxes on. I'm the guy who has spent 25 years toiling and sweating, fretting and fighting, stressing and risking, to build a business and get ahead. I'm the guy who has been on the very edge of bankruptcy more than a dozen times over the last 25 years, and all the while creating more and more jobs for East Texans who didn't want to take a risk, and would not demand from themselves what I have demanded from myself. I'm the guy you characterize as "the Americans who can afford it the most" that you believe should be taxed more to provide income redistribution "to spread the wealth" to those who have never toiled, sweated, fretted, fought, stressed, or risked anything. You want to characterize me as someone who has enjoyed a life of privilege and who needs to pay a higher percentage of my income than those who have bought into your entitlement culture. I resent you, Mr. Obama, as I resent all who want to use class warfare as a tool to advance their political career.
Go read the whole thing:
The Rich Hailey Voting Guide
1. Vote against any Democrat.
2. Vote out the incumbent.
So my ballot choices were pretty simple. I voted for McCain/Palin, picked an independent to replace Lamar, voted to allow liquor sales in Sevier County, and voted for Duncan as rule 1 is a higher priority than rule 2.
It took less than 5 minutes.
The Politics of Power: Are You a Citizen or a Subject?
The Democrat majority in Congress did this, aided by a sitting Republican President.
Our next President plans to nationalize health care, which means that the federal government will own a piece of your doctor, your hospital, and your insurance provider.
In just a few short years, the federal government will have a controlling interest in nearly every facet of your life. And you, you lazy sheep, will be grateful for it, because at last, your government will be taking care of you, and the only people who will pay the cost will be those damnable rich people who have too much money and are too greedy.
Life will be wonderful.
Until the federal government starts to use the power you gave them to control your life.
If a man owns your house, your bank account, your job, and your health care, he owns you. Period. Just ask a coal miner from West Virginia about the company store.
"You load 16 tons, and what do you get?
Another day older and deeper in debt.
St. Peter don't call me cause I can't go.
I owe my soul to the company store."
What people tend to forget is that governments naturally accumulate power. It's not some evil drive for global domination in most cases, just a sincere belief that what they are doing is the right thing. Government exists to protect people from the actions of other people, and as long as it limits itself to that role, the people are citizens. But every government exceeds that role, usually at the request of some of the citizens, who feel that some other group needs to be protected from itself. We begin to pass laws to protect people from themselves, like mandatory helmets for motorcyclists, and seat belt laws for motorists. We pass helmet laws for bicyclists, because "It's for their own good." But as soon as a government starts to act to protect us from our own actions, acting in a paternalistic fashion, we stop being citizens and start becoming subjects. We grant the government the authority to force us to change our behavior.
You don't think the federal government would use its power to force you to change the way you live? Are you really that stupid?
- The government wanted to encourage home ownership, so they added in a tax deduction for interest on a mortgage.
- The government wants to encourage people to buy expensive cars that look environmentally friendly, so they give a tax credit for people to buy them.
- The government wants to encourage people to go to college, so they allow a deduction for tuition expenses.
- The government wants you to get involved in your community, so they want to establish a tax credit for community service.
"But these are all good things. We want them. So it's OK for the government to use the tax code to encourage them."
What happens when the things the government wants to encourage aren't so popular?
In 1974, Richard Nixon enforced a federal speed limit of 55mph in reaction to the oil embargo of 1973, enacted by OAPEC in retaliation for US support of Israel during the Yom Kippur War. What makes this relevant is that the federal government didn't have the constitutional power to set a nationwide speed limit, so in order to get around that pesky piece of paper, the law that was passed simply said that any state which failed to comply with the federal guideline would lose its federal highway funds.
Over the protests of virtually everyone on the roads, double nickles became the law of the land.
In 1984, the National Minimum Drinking Age Act was introduced in the Senate by Frank Lautenburg. At first it was opposed by President Reagan as an infringement on state's rights, but constant lobbying by MADD made him change his mind. Again, the federal government didn't have the authority under the Constitution to force the states to raise their drinking ages, so again, it resorted to blackmail, threatening to reduce federal highway funds to states that did not comply.
Once again, the states fell in line and we are now in a situation where a man can fight and die for his country, but not buy a beer.
The point is clear. The federal government has used the power of the purse to force the states to comply with its dictates. Now, because of the hasty actions of our current Congress, the federal government has the power to force our individual compliance.
The question is not whether the government will use this power, but when and how.
When the government owns health care, how will they apportion their resources? There's an epidemic of obesity in the US right now, leading to a dramatic rise in adult onset diabetes. Wouldn't it be in the public interest to charge overweight people more for their treatment, in order to encourage them to lose weight and be in better health? 90% of lung cancer is directly related to smoking. Should the federal government force smokers to pay more for their health care? Should your government have the ability to penalize you for your lifestyle choices? If you are sexually active, you are at greater risk for a wide variety of diseases, not all of them STD's. Should your health care payments be linked to the number of sexual partners you've had? What if they aren't choices? Homosexuality carries a long list of health risks that results in increased health care costs. Should a gay man have to pay more for his health care?
When the government owns your house, will they control what you can do in it? We've already seen OSHA take a stab at creating regulations for home offices. Can you imagine the federal government establishing regulations on what kind of furniture you can have in each room? Establishing minimum viewing distances for televisions, minimum lighting standards, etc? I lived in Navy Housing for several years. The list of what I couldn't do was a lot longer than the list of what I could do. I hope you like cinder block walls painted institutional green.
It gets worse. The government has their hands on your bank now. Just yesterday, the federal government "urged" banks to start loaning out money. That's how we got into this mess in the first place! The federal government wanted to make cheap loans available to poor people so they could buy houses. The loans went bad and banks went belly up, so the government bought them. And now they're are repeating the cycle. What happens when the government owns the banks outright? I'll give you a hint. Have you ever seen the federal government not spend every dime it could get it's hands on? Remember the Social Security Trust? You know, the one that would be bankrupt except they're still running a Ponzi scheme with it?
Jake Butcher bounced a few banks here in Tennessee. The federal government is about to bounce all of them.
I know what some of you are thinking. "Real Americans will never stand for this! It would be intolerable for them to give up the rights, their freedoms, and their privacy! They'd fight back first!"
Have you looked at the polls lately? Real Americans, those that believe in individual responsibility, and in the Constitution, and in a limited government are in very short supply these days. Today's Americans want their government to take care of them, to meet their needs so they can be safe. I met a young woman at the Sarah Palin rally who was making $30,000 a year in her job and was complaining that she needed help from the government to get by. She was supporting Obama because he was promising cheap health care. She made $30k yearly and said she could not take care of herself on that amount of money.
She represents the New America, the one that is going to sweep Obama into office with a filibuster proof majority in the Senate. They demand to be taken care of. They look at the things I've written above, and they see no problem with it. They believe that it is the responsibility of the government to take care of them if they can't do it themselves for any reason. They believe it because that's what they've been taught to believe. Those of us who remember that freedom is the basis for all of our other rights are in a quickly vanishing minority.
We're also about to become outlaws.
Our next President has said that he wants to establish a domestic security force as capable, strong, and well funded as the military. In other words, he wants to establish a federal police force. Just who do you think will be the target of that police force?
Our next President has already shown how he handles those who question him too sharply. He has circumvented the law as needed to investigate and destroy the reputation of anyone who makes him look bad. He has used the threat of lawsuits and criminal prosecution to silence news outlets with the temerity to air ads that oppose him. He has announced that he will boycott media outlets if they don't treat him or his cohorts deferentially. And we know our media will go along with him to maintain access. Eason Jordan and CNN did it to stay close to Saddam Hussein. If they could suck up to a monster like that, how much easier will it be for them to kiss the butt of an American President?
Our next President wants to take further control of the media by enforcing rules on which medium can broadcast what topics. Misnamed the "Fairness Doctrine," he is aiming squarely at any media which is favorable to conservatives. That's talk radio, and that's the internet. We're going to lose the voice that exposed "RatherGate" among other journalistic misdeeds. Here's fairness in action. If you make up a campaign sign showing Sarah Palin being rear-ended by John McCain, it's free speech. If you hang Sarah Palin in effigy, it's free speech. If you hang Barack Obama in effigy, it's a federal investigation.
Our next President will make private gun ownership a thing of the past. He says he believes in the Second Amendment. That's nice. I'd much rather hear him say he respects it, but I know he doesn't. He's on record as wanting to ban the ownership of all semiautomatic weapons. A frontal assault will fail, but he'll move incrementally, restricting gun shop locations, and taxing ammo and gun sales until the average citizen will be unable to afford to exercise their rights.
First he'll take our voice, then he'll take our rights, and if we persist, well, there's always that federal police force. The sad thing is that the federal police force probably won't even be needed. Too many of our "fellow Americans" believe that all of the above is of the good. By the time any of them begin to wake up to what we are saying, it will be too late, and the trap will be shut.
I'm sure there are some of you who don't believe that any of this will happen, that I'm just a paranoid lunatic mad over losing an election. If that helps you sleep at night, go ahead and believe that. I couldn't care less. But for you, I'm going to make a prediction. If this prediction comes true, then maybe, just maybe, you might want to pay a bit closer attention to all the other things I've said.
I've looked through Obama's education plan, you know, the one where he wants to get kids into government schools as early as possible? He calls it voluntary universal pre-school, which sounds eerily similar to his universal voluntary community service program that will require all high school students to perform community service.
This word "voluntary" seems to have acquired a new definition under Obama. Orwell would be proud.
One thing not mentioned anywhere in Obama's education plan is home schooling. My prediction is simple:
Under an Obama administration, look for a coordinated attack on home schooling, similar to the one mounted in California last year. Obama wants all children in government schools, where the federal government can control exactly what they are taught, and even more importantly, how they are taught. Home schoolers are a threat to that, and we know how Obama deals with threats.
The question finally comes down to this. Are you willing to bear the risks entailed with being a free citizen, or would you rather have the false security that comes from being a subject? I know where I stand, and I know it's on the losing side.
But I'll never be convinced it's the wrong one.
More from my Email
There are two Versions - Read Both
The ant works hard in the withering heat all
summer long, building his house and laying up
supplies for the winter.
The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and
laughs and dances and plays the summer away.
Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The
grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies
out in the cold.
MORAL OF THE STORY: Be responsible for
yourself! (How 'bout that.... )
The ant works hard in the withering heat all
summer long, building his house and laying
up supplies for the winter.
The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and
laughs and dances and plays the summer away.
Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a
press conference and demands to know why the ant
should be warm and well fed while others are cold
CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide
pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of
the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with
America is stunned by the sharp contrast. How
can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor
grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?
Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the
grasshopper, and everybody cries when they sing,
'It's Not Easy Being Green.'
Jesse Jackson stages a demonstration in front
of the ant's house where the news stations film the
group singing, 'We shall overcome'.
Jesse then has the group kneel down to pray to
God for the grasshopper's sake.
Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama, John Kerry &
Harry Reid exclaim in an interview with Larry King that
the ant has gotten rich off the back of the
grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax
hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.
Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity
and Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning
of the summer! The ant is fined for failing to hire a
proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing
left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated
by the government.
Hillary Clinton gets her old law firm to represent the
grasshopper in a defamation suit against the ant, and the case
is tried before a panel of federal judges that Bill Clinton
appointed from a list of single-parent welfare recipients.
The ant loses the case. (Imagine that !)
The story ends as we see the grasshopper
finishing up the last bitsof the ant's food while the government
house he is in, which just happens to be the ant's old
house, crumbles around him because he doesn't maintain it.
The ant has disappeared in the snow. The
grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident
and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang
of spiders who terrorize the once peaceful neighborhood.
MORAL OF THE STORY:
Be very careful how you vote November 2008
It’s Almost That Time Again
But this year will be different.
I don't know if you've noticed, but this blog has seen more writing activity in the last two months or so than it has seen in all of last year. Once Obama is elected and he puts his "Internet Fairness Doctrine" into place, I won't be allowed to write political commentary anymore for fear of being sent to a "Voluntary Re-education Camp" so if I want to keep the momentum going, I'll have to switch tracks.
Hence the NaNoWriMo Challenge.
And you get to play a part, oh fearless reader. In the comments, leave me a starting sentence, a character name, a setting for a scene, and I will work all of your suggestions into the story.
50,000 words in 30 days. It should be interesting.
Oh, and I forgot to mention the really fun part. Taking a page from one of my favorite writers, Harlan Ellison, I'll be posting the story each day right here so you can follow along.
They Never Learn
Isn't that what got us here in the first place?
Lissa Writes Her Post on the Rally
Shifting the Goal Posts
Wasn't it $250,000 just yesterday?
Let's see, a 20% drop in one day, 8 more days, 20% per day, so by election day, he will be promising not to raise your taxes if you make less than $41,000 per year.
Now that, I might believe...
Seriously, what the heck is up with that $50,000 shift? He acts like it doesn't even exist!
Political Theater vs Political Reality
Surely we can do better than that!
It's a show, a distraction. "Pay no attention to the people pulling the strings, children! Just watch the puppets on the stage! Aren't they funny?"
And I got suckered along with everybody else. I played along. I let my outrage at the vile behavior of a few deviant knuckleheads pull me into the fray. I stopped thinking and acting and started reacting, and that's never a good thing.
But what are we being distracted from? What's really going on while we watch the Elephant and Donkey Show?
How about the theft of our liberty by a bureaucracy grown out of control?
Every government, no matter how well intentioned, tends to concentrate power, while its citizens try to maintain their liberty. As long as the citizens of the country remain vigilant, and are willing and able to carry the burden of freedom, then the growth of the central government is checked. But if the central government can convince the citizens into setting down that burden, the game is over and power flows up to them like water over Niagara.
And that's what's happening here.
The essential character of America is changing, and not for the better. We're losing that streak of self reliance, that ornery pride that made us leave our home countries rather than knuckle under to a repressive regime. That streak of orneriness made us what we were, a proud nation, a nation of people who believed if they were just left alone by their government, that they could succeed. Maybe not this time, maybe not the second or even the third time, maybe not even at all, but the pride and glory was that we always had the chance to succeed, as long as we kept trying.
Now many of us want success without the struggle. We want our government to take care of our basic needs, and we believe that because we have needs, it is our right to have them met. There were people in the Obama crowd who firmly believe that health care is a right, that equality of income is a right, that affordable housing is a right, that gainful employment is a right. Even worse, they believe that these rights are granted by the government, which denigrates the true rights that were granted to us by our Creator, because whoever gives you rights may take them away.
But if the polls are right, then these people represent a rising majority of Americans. Instead of choosing to live as adults, responsible for making their own choices and dealing with the consequences of those choices, they are choosing to remain children, depending on the generosity of their parent, the government, for their survival.
How can you reconcile two such opposing world views? One belives in self sufficiency and freedom; the other believes that freedom can and should be traded for security. How can you pull a country together when the two sides have such fundamental differences? The last time we were in this situation, we went through an extremely bloody war, and the question was resolved only by the near extermination of one side.
If you look closely, this is really the same question, come back around at us again. Fundamentally, the difference between the two sides boils down to the amount of power the federal government should have in regulating our lives. During the Civil War, the federal government was encroaching on State's Rights. Now it's coming after our individual rights. The conflict isn't Republicans vs Democrats, or even conservatives vs liberal, but authoritarians vs libertarians.
There is no compromise in this type of conflict. One side will win, and one side will lose.The authoritarians will continue to concentrate power to themselves, putting it into the hands of the unelected and faceless bureaucrats in Washington. We'll continue to have elections, and things will look just fine, but it will become more and more obvious to those who pay attention that it doesn't matter whether the guy in the White House has a D or an R after his name, because that guy doesn't make the rules. It's the guy in the third cubicle fourth row on the 37th floor at OSHA, who decides that home offices need to meet federal safety regulations to help the federal health care system meet its care reduction goals, he's the guy who makes the rules.
And not only will we not elect him, we won't even know his name.
That's the political reality.
Here's one last picture from the rally.
The Palin Rally in Asheville
Lissa and I left Knoxville about 2PM, looking to get into Asheville around 3:30, well ahead of the 7:30PM start time. We figured we'd beat most of the traffic and get good seats.
Nope. I-240 became a parking lot about a half mile from the exit, and it took us every bit of an hour to travel that half mile. By the time we got off the interstate, found a place to park, and walked over to the Asheville Civic Center, it was 4:30PM, and we were lined up with around 15,000 of our new best friends, plus 200 or so people who seemed like they didn't like us, but we didn't worry about them too much.
There was very little in the way of crowd management or any organization on the part of the Rally planners, and we had no idea which line to follow. One stretched right, one stretched left, and there was a great clot of people in the middle. We chose the right side and took our places in a line that stretched around the block, down to the next street, up the alley and back over to the Civic Center.
I was pretty sure we weren't going to get into the rally so while Lissa stayed in line, I went around the area, taking pictures and video, and trying to get an interview or two with Obama supporters. Unfortunately, most of them wanted to chant slogans or yell things about Palin, or in the case of one rather cryptic individual, strut around the area saying only, "I'm not a second class citizen."
We waited in line, got to know the folks next to us, and absorbed a little heckling from Obama supporters as they drifted by. One rather grungy looking young man walked by and decided to exchange pleasantries with us.
"It looks like an Obama rally!" he said.
"No, we're too well dressed and have too much money for that!" I responded.
The young man seemed shocked, not just that I responded but that I blatantly played the class warfare card before he could.
"Well, you...ummm....errr...." I think he'd been listening to too many Obama speeches when the teleprompter was broken.
"Well you're right," he finally sputtered. "You do have too much money!"
"Hey," I said, "I'm not embarrassed to admit that I have a brain, education, and training, and I use them to make a good living. I'm not embarrassed at all to live well."
He had no answer for that.
So we waited in line and about 6:45, Civic Center personnel came out and told everyone that not only the hall was full, but standing room was full, and the overflow was full. We weren't going to get in. Hundreds of people left to go get some dinner, but we decided to walk over to the front of the Civic Center to hang out with other McCain/Palin supporters who didn't get in.
That's when things got really interesting.
The Obama supporters had crossed the street, and were now directly in front of the Civic Center and one of them said something to me relating to "Get an education, read a book!"
"I did get an education, I do read, and that's why I am employed and don't need the government to take care of me."
I don't know why, but that really seemed to upset these folks, and they proceeded to remonstrate with me most forcefully. Apparently, they did not realize that I have a very loud speaking voice, a command of the facts, and for some strange reason, I decided to use both of them that evening. To those who were arguing that McCain's tax plan was unfair, I pointed out that, according to the IRS, under Bush the wealthiest 20% of Americans saw their tax burden increase, while the poorest 20% saw it decrease from 0 to -4%. I pointed out that Obama planned to offer tax cuts to 95% of Americans while raising spending by $1 trillion dollars, and that math doesn't work no matter how hard you try it. I told them that in America, it is not the responsibility of the government to take care of them, that it was up to them to take care of themselves and their families. I told them that the size of government didn't start exploding under Bush, it started exploding under Roosevelt and the New Deal, and that entitlements had grown exponentially since then.
And I pointed out that when a people become dependent on a government for their daily survival, they stop being citizens of that government and become subjects instead.
They chanted "Obama!" and called me a liar.
Well, that's not entirely true. There was one young man there, and in six months of asking people what they knew about Obama's platform, he was the first who could answer in any more detail than, "He's for changing healthcare." Instead of meaningless drivel, this man knew Obama's health care proposals by heart, and was able to quote them to me.
I congratulated him for taking the time to get to know something about his candidate, and then asked him a simple question.
"How much will all of this cost?"
He didn't know.
"Where is Obama going to get the money to pay for it?"
He didn't know.
"Didn't Obama say during the debate that he had accounted for all the spending and he had funding for every dime of it in his budget?"
"Yes, he did!"
I asked one final question. "Then why do you suppose he hasn't put that information out there to his supporters, on his website, anywhere?"
I left the young man there to ponder that question as another Obama supporter was saying something about the military that I needed to respond to.
It was a very interesting 20 minutes or so, and later, Lissa told me that the police were afraid they'd have to break it up so I wouldn't get hurt. The funny thing is that as I disengaged from the discussion, Lissa took over and began carrying the argument to the Obama supporters herself. At one point, the Obama crowd began arguing with each other about whether they were for or against regulation, and that's when I knew it was over. Lissa and the young lady she was arguing with ended up hugging and then we walked off.
Then the Civic Center opened up the auditorium, and let in the overflow folks who were still left, so we got to see the rally after all, even though it was via video. Sarah Palin was her usual self, elegant, eloquent, and enthusiastic. She attacked Obama for the treatment his campaign and surrogates have given Joe the Plumber for the crime of asking a question. She praised John McCain and mentioned his plan to freeze most spending in Washington and balance the budget in his first term. (Math hint for those educated in government schools: To balance a budget you have to cut spending and/or raise revenue. If you raise spending without raising revenue, your budget will never balance. It's called mathematics. You might want to look into it.) She went on to call out Obama for not telling the truth about his plans, his ideas, or his associations. It was an effective performance, designed to fire up the voters in the audience.
And then it was over and it was time to make the drive over the mountains back home.
Speaking of Codewords, Listen to This
The Supreme Court should have spent more time on redistribution of wealth? The Court didn't do enough to break down the constraints laid down by the Founding Fathers?
Remember, a vote for Obama is a vote to break down the Constitution in order to redistribute wealth.
Codewords for reparations and socialism.
Marx and Engels would be proud. Let's hope Lenin and Stalin are disappointed.
Speaking of Racists