September 26, 2009

The Party That Cried Racism

Guest Blogger: Jon Thomas

Once upon a time there was a Party whose ideas were old and had failed every where they had been tried. When policies became increasingly ineffective the people began to criticise the Party. The Party responded by calling them racists. The people were sensitive to this attack as many of them fought hard to end racism. The tactic worked so well and so often that the Party nominated a special presidential candidate. This candidate, with no executive experience and numerous relations with people of dubious repute, was thought to be shielded with race-plated armor. The people voted for the candidate and rejoiced in the hope that the post-racial era would begin. Then one day a black professor cried "racism"! The President immediately scolded the people, to whom it was obvious that the professor was the racist. The people were confused. Then the President proceeded with the same failed policies and the people again rose up in opposition. Sadly, the Party cried “racism"! Anyone who opposed the President's failed policies was branded a racist. This angered the people deeply, because they were not racists, they simply wanted change. Many of them had voted for the President. They thought that electing a black President would atone for the country’s original sin. Over time, race relations were set back decades as the Party had pitted one group of Americans against all others. The President and the Party fell out of favor, but the damage had already been done. The people were sad that such a magnificent gesture of solidarity had been used to divide the country once again.

The moral of this story:

A vacuous cry of racism breeds cynicism; darkening a nations soul...the minority disenfranchised; the majority skeptical & resentful.

Tribuo nos cado

September 13, 2009

A Generational Fight For Freedom

It takes many years, and in some cases many generations to devolve a republic into a soft tyranny. It will likewise take at least a generation to retake the liberty that has already been lost. Of all things that we are to protect for future generations, none is more vital than liberty. We have become a nation of spoiled, fat and politically lazy citizenry whose knee jerk reaction to every issue is to ask Washington D.C. what they are going to do to 'fix' it. We should instead be asking Washington to get out of the way and allow free Americans to find solutions. To every issue we should be asking ourselves, "In what way can we diminish the federal governments role and impact on this subject to better allow free citizens to find long term solutions that protect the free market principles so important to our growth and prosperity?" Every time.

Our founding fathers worked studiously to draft a constitution that would ensure that the central government would never overpower the people themselves. They understood that a free person, with the tools of a free market capitalistic system is the most inventive, innovative and successful weapon to fight any of the ills that may be thrust upon us. Do not be fooled by the arm chair historians who claim that our forefathers had no idea of how complicated modern life would be. They spoke of it often. That is why they laid down a philisophical foundation; that all government is inherently oppressive, and that the best solutions to any problem will be found by free individuals exercising their will within a free market system.

Our government has become a soft tyranny. What started with Theodore Roosevelts Progressive Party, was perverted by Franklin D. Roosevelts Democrat Party, and expanded by modern day liberals is nothing more than a monstrosity ever hungry for more power and money. With ever the mantra that they only want to help those that can't help themselves; itself a spurious indictment of the human spirit; the liberals constantly push for more government programs to fill the gap that previous government programs have developed. Any reasonable entity would soon recognize the futility but a government that has as it's only true ambition the collection of as much power over it's citizenry as possible will never acknowledge the obvious. No problem encountered by a free people can be solved by an enslaved people. Government is never the solution and is always the problem either directly or indirectly. Either through excessive use of it's power or by dereliction of it's true constitutional duty.

Power once derived is never given up easily. It usually requires the use of force and the spilling of blood. However, again we find our forefathers were very intuitive in structuring our government. By giving the House of Representatives a two year term, they allow us the opportunity to greatly change government in one election. As a check against ill conceived change, the Senate terms rotate on a two year basis so it takes ten years to replace all of them. Therefore, we can replace the entire congress in ten years. Unfortunately, we find ourselves in a position where this may be necessary. However, a greater problem exists within the party structure. While an observant pol would certainly recognize constituent unrest and change his/her position on any given issue, to change the attitude of those who enter public service will be a long fought enterprise. This battle will require changes to the education system, recognition of parental responsibility in the area of civic duty and self discipline of the electorate to become immune to the patronization of the current flock of public servants.

The question before us all is this: Do we have the fortitude to embark on a generational battle to fundamentally return our government to a government of the people, by the people and for the people? This will require a focused electorate heretofore unrealized. The question is not if the federal government should stop expanding, but that it should retract. That it should return to the states the powers that the constitution supposedly protects. This will take decades and any politician not dedicated to that priniciple must be summarily dismissed from their position at the earliest opportunity regardless of their pleas for mercy. All Americans should cherish liberty for a variety of reasons. We are at a critical period in what has been a century long battle to steal this republic and turn it into something very different. If this generation does not begin the long battle to take back this republican form of government entrusted to us by the blood of our ancestors, we may well go down in history as the generation that lost the American way of life for all generations to come. What will your place in history be?

September 4, 2009

If Not Liberty...What?

When Thomas Paine wrote common sense his intent was to show the people of the states divided that they had a common cause. Despite their differences on the minutia of daily interaction between England's ruling class and the colonist, they should be bonded by the recognition of obvious assaults against the most precious of human desires - liberty. If Thomas Paine were alive today, his pen would again be compelled to reach out to Americans to coalesce our different attitudes and opinions into the most salient issue that will ever perplex mankind. Liberty! Sadly, a significant sector of our populace would speciously disregard his passionate warning. I have read a lot about Thomas Paine. I know Thomas Paine. Ladies and Gentlemen, I am no Thomas Paine. I am, however, a man who's knowledge and experience has led him to believe the republic left to our care, that we should pass down to future generations of souls who yearn as all souls do for freedom, is in imminent danger of being lost. All free peoples must look into their hearts and ask themselves; of all things possible to leave for posterity; IF NOT LIBERTY - WHAT?

Peoples of all nations have always had differences and difficulties. But all peoples of a republic have a bond stronger than any difference or difficulty should succeed in undermining. All of us rightly should protect at all cost our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. These are not just words. They are dreams, ambitions, goals, adventures, rights, responsibilities, truths, obligations. While we have our duty to ourselves and our immediate family, we must never forget our higher duty to those who will come after. "No greater love hath any man than to lay down his life for another." You may not have to lay down your life, but you may have to sacrifice. You may have to forego comfort or pleasure so that you may honor and protect the sacred rights of generations yet unborn to enjoy the liberty you naively take for granted today.

If you are a liberal you should cherish liberty. You want to make art and music and love without the state monitoring or censoring your talents. You want to speak freely and criticize those who take advantage of the poor, pollute the environment or frivolously make war. You want to be free to form a collective of like minded people to express your thoughts in deeds as well as words. You want to worship freely and with tolerance for differing lifestyles. A government strong enough to strike down a capitalist is strong enough to destroy you and your community group. Beware the power you put in the hand of a friend, for it may find it's way into the enemies grasp!

If you are a conservative you should honor liberty. You want to be free to innovate and create without fear of losing the fruits of your labor. You want to worship without fear of government reprisal. You too want to speak freely and congregate and raise your family as you see fit. You want politicians accountable for decisions, especially those that involve the ultimate sacrifice of it's citizenry. You too want a voice in how our earth is both used and protected. You want to protect your right to defend your family as you see fit. Beware the power you bestow on your leader, for he shall pass the torch!

All clear thinking Americans should be patriots. All should despise government as no more than a necessary evil. Many governments have been tried and are yet being tried. None are so special as ours. We submit no power to centralized government other than that needed to protect us from them. The states and local governments can provide what we deem necessary to the progress of our lives. The federal government has only to ensure that all citizens are free, that all commerce is freely engaged in and that all enemies are defeated. Any more, is tyranny. Soft or hard, tyranny is oppressive and steals the potential of all who allow it to infect their country. So, my fellow citizen, when the dirt is shoveled over your grave, what will you leave posterity? If not Liberty - what?

September 2, 2009

It's Time to Break the Chains of Slavery

Over 140 years after the nation fought a bloody battle to free the black Americans from the bonds of slavery, we still find a significant portion of the black population chained and used for power and profit. No longer the slaves of southern cotton farmers, the contemporary black man finds himself oppressed by the very people who claim his plight as their own; by people who stand before the world and sing their own praises of diversity and tolerance and equality; by people who could care less for the average black man and in many cases are themselves racists. Todays slavery is carried out daily through the chains of government programs designed not to provide a foundation for a better life, rather to exploit an entire race by fomenting fear, hatred and division. History is not used to teach lessons, history is used to breed new animosity. The scab of the past is picked and picked replacing generations that had rightful grievance with new generations of hapless youth convinced their lot in life is not within their own control, but with a federal bureaucracy. Constant dialogue with no intent to build the black man up, but instead tearing the white man down. Hence, the greatest potential for allowing the black man to find his rightful place beside his fellow citizens; capitalism, is maligned and impugned in favor of socialistic methods developed by tyrants to hold entire populations down.
A new president comes along with the same old promises that he alone can bring you to the promised land. He alone can break the cycle of slavery. He alone can take the unrightful riches of the white man and distribute it amongst the worthy minority that votes for him. Then, once the election rhetoric has worked and he has found himself in the position of untold power, what does he do almost immediately? He takes away a school voucher program for poor black kids in Washington D.C. that has been extremely successful for the kids it gave hope to. He took that hope away from any future generation. He put them back in their place. In the chains of the system he exploits to obtain his own power and riches. He embarks on a spending spree unknown to mankind with no real consequence to poor black Americans. He trashes an economy that is the only hope of the poor. The poor always suffer most in recessions. He knows that. Then he tries to pass a bill that would increase the energy costs of all Americans knowing full well that the poor and the minorities he claims to champion will be hit the hardest with the energy price increases. But then it's not about them is it? It is about power and money. Then he proposes a takeover of the health care system thereby enslaving the entire population to the ever expanding 'benevolent' government.
Look down at your chains. Look down at your shame. Look down at your pathetic dependence on a group of people who have used you for their own gain, all the while keeping their kids in private schools so they don't have to mingle with your kids. Do you really believe that they care about you?
My fellow Americans - black, brown or whatever; you are free! You can read. You can study. You can learn, practice, work, act and accomplish anything your heart desires. There is no guarantee of success but you can try. Every road block whether fair or disdainful is but an opportunity for you to increase your knowledge and use your God given talents to overcome and excel. Liberty is the means by which you can break your chains. Liberty that has been provided by white men who owned slaves. Regardless of your belief as to their intent, they have left you the most precious gift with which you may rise above poverty and prejudice. LIBERTY! I implore you to take advantage of it while you still have it. For those who claim to carry your banner would enslave you once again - along with the rest of us.