Sunday, September 13, 2009
This has been an interesting week in the political world. It started with the resignation of Van Jones at on
Some ACORN workers are caught trying to help a prostitute and her pimp boyfriend (a pair of young budding journalist undercover) trying to buy a house and legitimize prostitution, this includes how to make it look legal on taxes and what write-offs they can take, oh yea, also how to stay out of trouble when they bring under aged illegal immigrants in to work the business. This happened at two different ACORN offices. Of course ACORN officials are denying all of this and saying it’s just a smear campaign, if so then why have they fired the workers that were caught on tape at these two offices? The real twist to this is that the state of
Cass Sustein was confirmed by the Senate this week, I can only hope that he will actually do his job and not use the position to push his radical agenda, although there isn’t a lot of hope that it will be that way.
And then there is the President, before I start commenting on his week I want everyone to understand that I in no way want to see the President fail, any President, I want to see America succeed, if that means going against what the current President wants then so be it. The President is an elected official, as I heard one talk show host state, he is the executor of the American peoples will (as in desires, not last will and testament), he is not the King of America. On that note here’s what he had in store for us this week, as already mentioned he spoke at the AFL-CIO Labor Day picnic in Cincinnati, OH where he gave great support to the Unions, this is the President that says we should not be listening to special interest groups, at least not if they go against his agenda. He also stated at that event that if it weren’t for Unions we would not be where we are today, well that could very well be true, just not in the context he meant. I’ve never been in a
Evaluation of the Presidents address to the joint session of the House
Due to length I will not post the entire transcript of the Presidents speech here, I will post the link to it separately so anyone can look at it.
The first thing that struck me was the statement that he is not the first President to take up this cause. That is very true;
Next the President stated: “We are the only democracy -- the only advanced democracy on Earth”. We are not a democracy, we are a Republic. In 1905 an organization called the Intercollegiate Socialist Society (ISS) started in
The President went on to talk about the rising cost of health care in
Later the President states that what he has seen so far in the attempts to reform health care have been the same partisan tactics and scare tactics instead of honest debate and compromise. I try to listen to both sides as much as I can stand and I have heard plenty of ideas coming from both sides that if they worked on they could come out with some plan that might actually work. The President stated it was time for the bickering to stop and the scare tactics to stop, later in the speech the President used his own form of scare tactics and Chicago style thug politics. He stated that if we don’t do something more people will lose their health care and die, what is this a bedtime story or a scare tactic? He also stated toward the end that he would call out those that misrepresent the plan, well I do agree, it should not be misrepresented by anyone, including the President, but the way the President stated it this was an out an out threat. Misrepresentation is coming at us from all sides on this issue, death panels or just an offer for end of life choices, cover abortion or is it just not stated as being excluded, cover illegal aliens or is it just not stated as a requirement to prove citizenship, so where is the misrepresentation coming from and just what do you mean by calling you out? Who is using scare tactics now?
Now the plan the President laid out is basically three plans. Now here are the details every American needs to know, hey those are the Presidents words, not mine. As for those words he tends to use them a lot and it tends to tell me he only wants us to know some things but not everything, like the small print that is read really quick during the commercials. Back to the health care plan.
The first part of the plan says you can keep the insurance you have if you are happy with it, which is a good thing. It also places controls on the Insurance Companies, controls that will cap out of pocket expenses, removes caps for catastrophic expenses, remove pre-existing condition clauses and requirements to cover you without loss of coverage for illnesses and for routine preventive care. All of this is good, for the patient, what is bad about it and is not talked about is that in order to do this the Insurance Companies will either raise premiums or lower benefits in order to cover the added risks and expenses they will have to keep their investors happy. To go along with this after the President addressed the other parts of the plan he addressed those that can afford health insurance but choose not to buy it and those companies that can afford to provide coverage for their employees but choose not to. They will be required, his words again, to purchase health care, or in the case of a company, provide health care or pay a fee to help reduce the cost of health care for all, every person will bear responsibility for health care. He likened it to the requirement by many states that you have to purchase auto insurance. Bad analogy, if you want to drive you have to buy auto insurance, full coverage if you have a load to cover the risk of the bank or liability to cover anyone you may injure or damage you may do with your vehicle, the catch is, you are not required to drive, you can walk. We are already living and our actions with respect to health is not going to cause injury or damage of property to another person, he is requiring us to buy something without having a choice to, as his analogy was used, walk.
The second part of his plan was to provide a means of affordable insurance to those that are working and making decent money but still not enough to purchase health insurance. This is the bi-partisan compromise co-op only it’s renamed to an insurance exchange. This was the bone thrown to the republicans in this case. There wasn’t a lot of information on the exchange, just that Insurance Companies could become a part of this exchange and it would provide a choice of plans at lower more affordable costs to the individual. If I am interpreting this right the exchange itself will be like a group policy only available to individuals. It’s not a bad idea, I really wonder why the insurance agency didn’t come up with this on their own, but the down fall would be that there would then be no reason for companies to buy into group plans for their employees so all insurance could potentially fall into this exchange, hmmmmm, wonder if that is the plan behind the curtain. Now comes the kicker, to keep the insurance companies that participate in the exchange honest the Government will establish a “not-for-profit public option”. Yes the public option is still alive and well. This public option will have to self sustaining through the premiums it collects and it will not have the overhead of a private insurance company. The Congressional Budget Office estimates only 5% of Americans will sign up for this public option. Let’s think about this. Less overhead so the premiums can be much lower then private companies so that will be the best option for those that are already tight on money. Those that currently choose not to purchase insurance but can afford it are doing so because they want to spend their money in other places so this would be the best choice for them to. Companies will be given the choice of either providing coverage or paying a fee so this fee will more then likely be less then providing coverage so which direction do you think they will go. Sounds to me like this is a back door method to get everyone onto the public option, which if run by the Government will be a single payer option, that is only my opinion and not stated anywhere.
The third part of the plan is for those that just can not afford insurance even at the reduced rates of the exchange. There will be tax credits to help them be able to buy insurance. There is a good portion of Americans whose income is low enough that they aren’t paying taxes as it is, what kind of tax credit will you give them. Where is the money for these tax credits going to come from? I know a rhetorical question. No where in the plan did the President address the problem of the Americans that are trying to support a family on minimum wage, or the ones that are out of work and every bit of savings they have is or un-employment insurance income is going to keeping their home and food on the table. That is where the current problem with health care is, these are the people that need the help and are probably in the worst health of any other group as a whole in
The President went on to state that under his plan illegal immigrants and abortion would not be covered under his plan. Under HR 3200 it was not stated that illegal immigrants and abortion was covered, it was also not stated that they weren’t covered, which is a back door method of covering them since there is no provision to not cover them. Congressman Wilson from SC yelled out “you lie” which is not really true, although I completely support the Congressman’s sentiment, all he did is state what the plan says, not what it can do, you know political speak strikes again.
Finally we need to remember that this is a crisis, that’s why we need to get this bill that is to long for anyone to read passed right now. If that is true, why are the parts of this bill that will provide coverage going in place in 2013 while the fees and penalties will go into place immediately? In the Presidents defense he did state that for those with pre-existing conditions that have lost their insurance, a plan for low cost insurance will be put into place immediately, that part I can agree with, but will it include the pre-existing condition of low wages or out of work?
The Presidents plan is a back door, let’s make every one think we are looking out for them as we take away their rights, their freedoms and their personal lives plan. This is the way to get the Government Health Care passed while we sit back and think we are being given a good deal. If the Government wants to do something right they should deal with the out of control spending and fraud throughout the Government so that Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security (plans that never should have been passed in the first place) are still there for those that have been paying into it, not be insolvent by 2017 for Medicare and Medicaid by the most recent reports and 2037 for Social Security. With control of spending and a balanced budget without a deficit we could pay down our debt while providing basic health care for the truly needy but at a level that would encourage them to better themselves to be able to afford better health care, part of that would have to be deportation of illegal immigrants to get them off our health care, off our education, and off our social services budgets. I know that sounds cruel and inhuman and racist, it’s not, it’s reality, they broke the law to get here send them home. Before you start blathering about their potential American citizen kids, would you think twice about sending me to jail if I broke the law, even if I was the sole bread winner in my family, not a chance, why should they be different? Every day we take kids away for Americans because they broke the law and would not be there to take care of them, if the kids can’t go back to where ever their parents came from then so be it. Better border controls would be less expensive but we are too nice to possibly offend our neighbors with stricter controls or a fence.
I fear this plan will pass and when it does it will open to door to taking away all our rights. Even though he states his plan will be deficit neutral that may not last. Once passed it will be as easy as a stroke of a pen to increase taxes to cover the health care bill without calling it and without the American public even realizing it. My greatest fear is that it is now out of our hands and up to our politicians in Washington, especially the Democratic party, hopefully there are enough good people left in the Democratic party to stop this.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Well we are now facing a "Jihad" of our own, one against our Constitution and the Government that we fought so long ago to establish. Our leaders, our politicians in Washington, are making the speeches and giving the rally cries to their followers while smearing any opposition to their belief. If you do not agree with what they are trying to sell you, you are an infidel. Just like the leaders of the terrorist Jihads our politicians are not practicing what they preach. They are telling the American public that the bills they are pushing through are necessary changes for the good of the "people". This agenda they are pushing is moving us away from our capitalistic base and towards a socialistic society, a society that is for the good of all, a redistribution of the wealth, they are going to level the playing field. Do these catch phrases sound like anything you have heard recently? The question is this, is everyone going to move to a more level playing field? Is everyone going to have their wealth redistributed? Probably not. If you know the right people or belong to the right politically connected organization then you are not going to be on the same playing field as the rest of us, you are going to be like the terrorists Jihad leaders, sitting back making the speeches, convincing the masses that they are doing the right thing while you are reaping the benefits. Seems to me the leaders of the jihad against the US Constitution are practicing capitalism, they are capitalizing on the product or service they are offering, which is to kill capitalism in the rest of the nation.
Monday, August 24, 2009
I agree with the media complaints about where the money is coming from, again I have to state that the Government produces nothing, the money they are spending is coming out of our pockets, so we the tax payers are paying other tax payers to get new cars. I'm not in the market for a new car but I'm helping to pay for thousands of them.
I agree with the complaints the dealers have about the money they were promised for the clunkers, they have honored their end of the deal and now have a lot of money tied up in the Governments great program. The Government on the other hand is not getting the money owed out to the dealers, so how long before we start seeing dealers closing their doors again? Is this just another way for the Government to say "See, we stopped the program and the dealers are failing, we need to keep throwing money at them"?
I even agree with the environmentalist that say the program is going to use more energy and cause more green house gases to destroy the traded in "clunkers" then it would have to just keep driving them. It would have made more sense to do the deals then find the poor working slobs that are being responsible that can not afford new cars even though what they are driving is belching out blue smoke and falling apart and give the traded in "clunkers" to them. Yes I said give them and take the real clunkers off the road. I have seen the supposed "clunkers" in roll off trash containers in front of dealerships, the ones I've seen are not "clunkers".
What I'm not hearing about or hearing very little about is what is going to happen in 3, 6 or even 12 months down the line when the people that took advantage of this wonderful deal realize they can't afford the $35,000 or $40,000 new car they just bought. Last I checked the economy still has not recovered, un-employment is still up, and home foreclosures are still going up. Maybe that's the plan, they will live in their cars. So what is going to happen when they can't make the payments? Are we going to see repo's going up? Are the banks going to get into trouble again? Is the Government going to bail the bank and loan companies out again? Damn I'm starting to sound like Forest Gump.
Friday, August 21, 2009
I don't have the answers to the issue, if I did I'd be in Washington making the big bucks, but I do have some ideas. We do have a problem with people that are out of work or whoever they work for just can't afford a group policy. For those people maybe the Government should step in and provide basic health care. Basic health care could include regular checkups, basic dental, basic optometry and of course basic life saving. I personally have 2 kids that fit in that category. You want more, get a better job or work to improve your situation so you can buy your own insurance. There are plenty of people that chose not to purchase health care, even if it's available through their employer, they would rather spend that money in other ways. To prevent those that don't feel the need to have insurance there should be an maximum income level to qualify for a Government program, remember, keep the Government out of free enterprise, if you are making a good living and don't chose to protect your health then that is your call, not the Governments. For those that have health care insurance there needs to be tort reform and a change to anti-trust laws to allow for more competition between insurance companies. To make it even more helpful change the tax laws to allow 100% write off for necessary health care, not cosmetic surgery and other procedures along those lines, they are a luxury. What ever you do keep the Government away from those that can afford their own health care. Those that are on welfare can do their part also. Anyone on welfare that is below retirement age should have to earn their welfare checks and their Medicaid benefits. There are plenty of parks, roadways, etc that need to be cleaned up. I know some will say that there are those on welfare that just can't work, really? Why? As my Dad keeps pointing out there are people working at WalMart that are confined to wheel chairs and can do little more then smile when you enter the store, they are working and probably damn proud of it too! If you have children you have to take care of, well you can watch other peoples children so they can go to work or clean a park or whatever. Looking for a job and taking drug tests should be a requirement for receiving welfare also, it really makes no sense to provide health care for people that are taking money from the Government and going out and pickling their livers or killing their braincells with drugs. The unemployment laws also need to change to include health care as a part of the unemployment insurance, sure Cobra is fine, but have you ever priced it, it's more expensive and you just lost your job, yea that works.
I'm not in favor of the Government being involved in my life anymore then they already are, in fact I'm in favor of them being involved less then they currently are, but... There are those that could use the help. Any Government program should only be a stop gap measure to help someone get back on their feet. Oh yea, one last thing, no health care other then basic life saving measures for illegals, once they are bandaged and stable they are put on a bus. I'm against illegal immigration but I'm not inhumane.
Friday, August 7, 2009
Congress seems to be very short sighted when they are proposing bills, they look at the short term only. Cap and Trade for example looks like a great way to reduce green house gas emissions. Let's make it expensive to industries to pollute so they will take measures to reduce the emissions, great right? Not so fast. It's very expensive to update equipment and install exhaust scrubbers and filters and so forth. It's going to be very expensive to purchase carbon credits to keep from being in violation with the law. So who is going to absorb these costs? Well it won't be the power companies, the steel factories, the chemical plants or any other industry, it will be the consumer. As prices go up consumers will have to cut back on what they purchase, this includes utilities. As purchases go down companies will cut back or even close down because they just can't afford to continue operating, more people will lose their jobs and go on un-employment or welfare, fewer people will be paying into taxes and the large industries like power companies will be begging the Government for bailout money. The Government in response to these events will tell the general public that we just can't let the power companies fail so they will pass a bill to keep them going and to transfer control to the Government since the power companies obviously can't manage their own finances. To pay for this our taxes will be raised and more money will be printed therefore leaving less in our wallets and what is left will be worth less, or is that worthless. So now as we sit at home at night taking cold showers, not turning on the lights or TV and eating cold canned beans the Government will be spouting how they saved the Power companies. OK, maybe this is extreme, or is it.
The Health Care bill can be analyzed the same way, only now it will be doctors not making enough money to pay off their student loans or pay their malpractice insurance so they start leaving the country to setup clinics in countries that have less stringent rules where they can continue offering what will be considered optional medical services in the USA, like dialysis, colonoscopies, plastic surgery, and on and on. Now back in the good ole USA doctors are leaving the hospitals and fewer young people are entering the medical field since their is no future in it, the doctors that are idealistic and stayed are now overworked so they start making mistakes, malpractice suits go up causing costs to go up which in turn causes our taxes to go up, remember it's now a Government run program. So now we are sitting in our darkened houses eating cold canned beans but now we are sweating because we have a high fever from taking cold showers and not being able to get proper medical care. Sounds like a plan to me, I've always wondered what it would be to live in the dark ages.
One other thing that kept rattling around in my head this past week was the Professor Gates issue. Before I alienate anyone let me state that I completely disagree with racism, we should judge people by who they are, not their color, gender, age, religious belief or class. Now for the rant. Both parties over acted in this case and that was already covered, but this story has tenticles that stretched farther. A police officer in Boston (if I remember correctly) did a stupid thing by writting an e-mail to other colleagues about the Gates issue and he used racist remarks to describe Gates, not good. He has been suspended and will probably lose his job. I'm not saying one way or the other as to whether that is right or wrong, what I have a problem with is the way the media has treated it. The media is pushing for this officer to be fired since he is obviously a racist and how can he be trusted to work with other racies in the performance of his job. Well..... what about Gates? His rant to the officer was obviously racist also, he is a professor at a university that has black as well as white students, so can he now be trusted to treat the white students fairly in the performance of his job? All I'm saying is what's good for the officer is good for the professor.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
July 1776 the Continental Congress of the thirteen Colonies of
NOTE: The non-bold italics are a transcript of the Declaration of
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of
Thomas Jefferson plainly stated that he believed all men were created equally. There was no separation between classes when it comes to rights, the right to Life,
· He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
The King refused to pass laws for the good of the Colonies. Instead he passed laws that were for the good of
· He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
This is an example of Dictatorship, he had ultimate control, and no law could be passed, regardless of the importance and urgency without his assent. Our current Government is working towards a form of Dictatorship, towards a Tyrannical Government.
· He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
Refusing to pass laws for the accommodations of large distracts can be likened to passing laws mandating what States will do, taking away the sovereignty of the States.
· He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
· He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
· He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
· He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
The current Government has not prevented population of these States, instead for many administrations they have turned a blind eye to illegal immigration.
· He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
· He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
Past and present administrations have selected Judges for the Supreme Court based on the administrations beliefs, not on whether or not the Judges will interpret the law in a fair and unbiased manner.
· He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
Currently we have 30+ Czars that have been appointed by The President. These Czars are not confirmed by anyone. They may not have any official powers but they have the confidence of the President. The administration is placing power in the hands of organizations (ACORN) that have interests that go against the form of Government that the Founding Fathers put into place. These special interest groups are granted powers of the people that infringe on our basic rights.
· He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
There is not currently a standing army operating within the borders of the
· He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
In this case the balance of power keeps going back and forth, the Republicans keep trying to enlarge the Military while the Democrats try to make it smaller.
· He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
Once again look at ACORN and other “Community Organizers”.
· For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
· For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
· For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
Our trade with other parts of the world is not being cut off, but for decades our manufacturing is being driven out by the Government to other parts of the world.
· For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
Every earmark and pork barrel project that gets injected into proposed bills is taxation without our consent. Continuing Government funded projects that are failing is taxation without our consent. The current Universal Health Care and the Cap and Trade bills are taxation without our consent. Any way you look at it the current bills in Congress are going to raise taxes that will eventually trickle down to all classes. Once they are passed Congress has an open door to levy taxes on everyone.
· For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
· For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
· For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
· For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
The Constitution, which is the
· For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
The administration is trying to bring the Inspector Generals Office under the power of the White House. The Inspector Generals are an independent office put into place to ensure they are not influenced in the performance of their duties. They are a check and balance against wrongs performed by the Government. If they are under the power of the White House there will not be that independence, that check and balance.
· He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
· He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
· He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
· He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
· He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
Instead of using savages to create insurrections our own President has subtly keep race and religion, and immigration issues alive to create insurrections.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
The repeated injury in the current Government is that our Representatives in Congress, who are elected by the people to represent us do not answer letters or calls or when they do they vote against what the people have requested. To compound this many of the Representatives will not even read the bills they are signing, as long as they are getting the pork barrel projects they want in them. This is not in the best interest of the people, this is a power play.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We too have warned them from time to time, we have voted new parties into office, we have written letters, made phone calls, all to no avail. We have had our tea parties to demonstrate the modern wrongs of the current Government. The Government has ignored these signs and warnings. Regardless of which party is in power the Government has continued on its march to a new form of Government, a form in which the people no longer have a say. A form in which the people are little more then slaves to do the bidding of the Government. We will no longer be able to follow our dreams, the American Dream; we will be required to walk the path the Government has chosen for us. Good or bad with our Republic we have the right to live our lives and pursue whatever level of success is within our own capabilities.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine
Is it time again to declare our
The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:
Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Thomas Lynch, Jr.
Charles Carroll of
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Robert Treat Paine
Are you ready to add your signature to a new Declaration of
Transcription of Declaration of Independence source: http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html
With recent events in this country three questions come to mind:
1. When will the average citizen open their eyes and minds and realize what is really happening?
2. How long will this last, before the average citizen says enough?
3. What can the average citizen do to change what’s happening?
The first thing that has to happen is we, the collective we of the average citizens of
Part of having a RIGHT is having the responsibility to accept our lot in life, as long as that “lot in life” is solely due to our own personal limitations. Not every one will be a successful business who legally earns millions of dollars through hard work and lives the lifestyle he/she has earned by doing so. Some of us are destined to be manual laborers and hired help. What right do we have to belittle the successful or to expect them to support us? NONE! We are a free nation with free market capitalism where every one has a chance to reach their own level of legal success without penalties. Why should we penalize those more successful then ourselves? Many Americans have forgotten this or have so little pride in themselves that they refuse to accept this and will make every attempt to have others carry their personal burdens for them.
Our Government has also forgotten what our rights are what their role and duty is to uphold our rights. The Government was formed to protect us from any infringement on those rights and to pass just laws to ensure those rights. The Founding Fathers were wise enough to know that a land without a governing body or to small of a governing body would be a land where only the strongest and most devious survive, but a land with just enough of a governing body to ensure domestic tranquility would allow the people to control the growth of that governing body and maintain it within reasonable boundaries. Our Government was also tasked with protecting our country as a whole from enemies both foreign and domestic, meaning they were to protect our borders from invasion and to protect our trade routes. They were also tasked with regulating interstate trade, keeping the trade between states regular and fair. That was the Government our Founding Fathers envisioned and set into place, not the Government we are seeing today.
In the design of the Government the head of the Government was to be anything other then a tyrant, monarch, king or hereditary position. George Washington insisted on being called President to separate us from the monarchies of
To better illustrate what our Government deems to be the right path look at what the Government has done over the last few decades to help the citizens of the United States, better yet, what they have done just to protect the Constitutional rights of the citizens of the United States. Our borders are basically left unprotected. Our border guards are stretched to thin to properly patrol and control the borders, both north and south. Sure this country was formed by immigrants; immigration is good, as long as it’s done legally. Illegal immigration is not only a drain on our resources, including the job market, but it also teaches illegal immigrants that breaking the law is OK. This is a slap in the face to all law abiding citizens and especially to legal immigrants. Legal immigrants are suffering undue prejudices because of the influx of illegal immigrants. Illegal immigration also allows those that hire them to take advantage of their illegal status which usually results in abuses that should not be heaped on any human. Leaving our borders open has also allowed relatively unchecked trafficking of drugs, people and violence in the form of gangs wishing to expand their territory to the
The current administrations bailouts, stimulus bill, Cap and Trade bill and Universal Health Care Reform bill are more examples of how the Government is continuing to grow at reckless rates. If these events do not cause Americans to open their eyes and minds to the direction the Government is headed and what their true agenda is then what will? Why should we and yes it’s WE, bailout poorly run companies? Is it because the survival of the companies is vital to the survival of the company, or is it because the companies are politically well connected? There’s no bail out for small businesses which are the major employers in the
After the bailout fiasco the Government passed a Stimulus Bill with the reasoning it would put more money back into our economy, save jobs, create jobs and get us out of this recession. We are now seeing near record levels of unemployment and we have a National Debt that future generations will be paying for. All over the country people are being laid off and small businesses are closing their doors. Households are tightening their belts even more and spending even less while dealing with the constant fear that they may be the next one to be laid off. The Stimulus Bill is now causing Americans that have been responsible with their spending and borrowing to wonder if they will have a job tomorrow and be able to keep their home. Even our local Governments have lost touch with reality. Local Governments will spend thousands of dollars in advertising that they are broke instead of hoarding that money and putting it to good use. Just recently the Mayor of New York City decided that during this recession it was the right time to spend thousands of taxpayer dollars to close down Broadway around
The latest follies of the Government are the Cap and Trade Bill and the Universal Health Care Bill. Cap and Trade is simply a way for well connected companies to capitalize on controlling the emissions of industry. Sure something should be done to reduce emissions to minimize our impact on the planet but this plan is not the way to do it. Under this plan big industries will be able to side step emission controls by purchasing permits, if they exceed their emission cap they can purchase permits from companies that do not exceed their caps, that’s where the trade part comes in. The smaller companies that cannot afford the emission reduction methods or the permits will end up having to close their doors; once again this will be the small businesses. The larger companies will continue to do business as usual and instead of absorbing the cost of the emission reduction methods or the cost of the permits they will pass that along to the end consumer, the American public. The trade of permits will be handled by companies authorized by the Government. So in the end it will once again be the American public who loses. Have you opened your eyes yet? Do you see the pattern forming?
Universal Health Care is another bill that sounds like the right thing to do on the surface but in reality is just another vehicle taking
Every American needs to look into these plans and what has been done. What you will find is more and more Government control, more Government intrusion into every aspect of our lives. If the Government becomes your landlord it will open the door to legal imminent domain, all they have to do is evict you and sell the property to whoever they want. According to the Constitution imminent domain is illegal; the Government has now found a way around the Constitution. With the Government having a vested interest in auto companies they will be able to dictate what kind of car you can drive and how many each household may have. By way of Cap and Trade the Government will be able to control how you heat, cool, and light your house, they will even be able to dictate what type of appliances you can have in your home. You will lose your personal identity and just be a subject to the Government.
Have you opened your eyes and minds yet? Are you asking where this will end and how long will it last? Are you ready to say ENOUGH!? There is no way to know where this will end, how it will end or how long it will last. The greatest fear is that it will end with
All Americans need to do their own research, read the proposals and the bills the Government is trying to pass. Look at how they are trying to pay for them, look at where the money is going. In every bill there are earmarks just to try and entice votes from those that don’t agree with the bill but want to look good to their constituents. If the bills were really in the best interest of the American people would they need to have enticements in them? Every bill should stand on its own.
All Americans need to educate themselves on the most important documents in American History, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the
The Government has already all but killed Capitalism. Some believe this to be a good thing, why should one person have a big home with a private tennis court and a different car for every day of the week while others are barely scrapping by? Would you still say this if you were the next one to invent the greatest widget ever or open the greatest restaurant ever seen only to have the Government deny you the glory of the success you have achieved? Does anyone really believe that those that are ensconced in the Government and profiting off the hard work of others are going to give up what they have just to level the playing field and spread the wealth around? No, they are going to act like the Monarchs of days gone by and continue to live in the fashion they have come accustomed to on our backs. They will continue to get the automatic cost of living increases and big expense accounts, continue to use taxpayer resources to fly off on vacations, date nights and even fly in pizza makers from
So what can the average American do? First is to open your eyes and minds to what is going on. Educate yourself and make decisions based on what you know to be true, not what some slick talking politician or
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