Great Moments in Civil Discourse: Tolerant Left Shout Down Praying Priest

Ah…tolerance.  As we all know, the left is very tolerant.  Unless, that is, you disagree with them.  Also, it seems that they don’t like that Jesus guy, or his followers.  Here is some video evidence…

http://youtu.be/b5ZlUDbBUyQ

Of course, we were warned about this…

In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. (2 Timothy 3:12-13)

Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven. 
(Matthew 5:11-12)

Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. (Luke 6:22)

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 
(2 Corinthians 4:8-9)

Do not be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you. 
(1 John 3:13)

If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 
(John 15:18)

No servant is greater than his master. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. (John 15:20)

All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. (Mark 13:13)

Seems like this was predicted.

H/T:  Gateway Pundit

Is Your City or Town Going Bankrupt?

Most of us follow national politics, many of us follow state politics, but how many are closely watching their own local politics? Your city or town might just be running deficits and facing bankruptcy- and when it does, their might be no one to bail them out, and police and fire and library and recreational services will be gone.

From The Trumpet story More U.S. Cities Going Bankrupt Indicate Nation’s Future:

…Last Friday, the city of Scranton sent out paychecks to its employees, as it does every two weeks. But these checks were for amounts significantly smaller than usual because Mayor Chris Doherty reduced all city employees’ pay - including his own - to the state minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. 

After sending out Friday’s checks, Scranton had only $5,000 left in the bank and still owed its 400 employees almost $1 million. 

Scranton’s police unions, firefighters’ union and public works unions have taken the city to court over the reduced pay, but Doherty says he has no other choice because the city is broke. His planned solution is to immediately raise taxes by 29 percent, and by 78 percent over the next three years. But the council wants the city to instead borrow money to solve Scranton’s fiscal woes. 

On Monday, Mish’s Global Economic Trend Analysis said, “It should be perfectly obvious to every soul on the planet that Scranton is bankrupt. Tax hikes are not the answer. The solution is filing bankruptcy with the hope of killing public union wages and benefits.” 

But like many other states, Pennsylvania has rules in place that prohibit cities from filing bankruptcy without approval from the state. Mish’s final assessment is that “Inept city management, with public union wages and benefits at the heart of it, killed Scranton.” Whether or not Pennsylvania is prepared to admit it, Scranton is bankrupt, and the tensions there are rising. 

And Scranton it is not the only U.S. city in such a condition. 

San Bernardino is expected to become the third Californian city in two weeks to file for municipal bankruptcy protection as it wrestles with increasing employee costs and declining tax revenues. Last fall, Jefferson County, Alabama, filed the biggest Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy in American history, leaving county commissioners planning to default on a general obligation bond payment. In late 2011, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, said it would default on a payment coming due to general obligation bondholders. Stockton, California, was in negotiations earlier this year in hopes of avoiding becoming the biggest American city yet to declare bankruptcy. The most recent reports said it is “very likely” that Stockton will go bankrupt. These are just a few of many examples. 

Many municipalities across the nation have found themselves pushed over the brink by the recession and its lingering aftermath. They are in dire financial straits with little hope of recovery. “This is truly a new era for dealing with troubled municipalities,” said Michael Stanton, publisher of The Bond Buyer, a public finance newspaper. 

Cities are going belly up while states and the nation hang on, largely because cities cannot rely on the deus ex machina currency printing that the larger entities rely on. Mayor Doherty explained that he does not have the same options as the Fed or even a state government, saying, “I want the employees to get paid. Our people work hard - our police and fire - I just don’t have enough money, and I can’t print it in the basement.” 

These cities are the canaries in the toxic coalmine that is the U.S. economy. Smaller and more fragile than states, they are succumbing to their economic ailments in tragic ways. But the canary analogy breaks down at that point because, unlike the coal miner who leaves the mine after watching his canary keel over, state and federal policymakers are not heeding the warning…

Check out the finances of your local city or village and you may just be surprised at what you find.

Original Post:  A Conservative Teacher

How Much Does Government Take From You? 50%, 60%, 70%???

I wonder if the average American has any idea how their federal, state, and local governments cost them? It was a shock to me to sit down and estimate the total cost. I’m  going to demonstrate that the average American is paying over 60% and possibly over 70% for their governments.

First a little lead in to today’s story. My post on Tuesday had to do with the possibility of  a  sales tax on internet purchases. People are upset about and asked for help in understanding why. It seemed to me to be an extension of the sales taxes we already pay. You, dear readers, did not let me down. I want to give a special thanks to Steve DennisCheryl Pass, and Larry Jackson for my edification. But, the most profound comment came from Brian at Frankenstein Government. He said: “Jim, we can not afford more taxes.” He went on to suggest that I read his post and look at the information in it. As often happens in this strange and wonderful world of the blogosphere, as Brian was entering his comment here, I was commenting on his post saying I wanted to use table he showed. And, here it is. Please take a careful look at this table produced by Heritage.org.

You can see that in 2013 the average middle class taxpayer will pay about 50% of their income for federal income tax and payroll tax and for state income tax. 50% is a lot, don’t you think? But, of course we pay a lot of other taxes , don’t we?  We pay property taxes and sales taxes and taxes to cover water and sewage and we pay fees fishing and hunting licenses and we pay for license plate tags for our car each year. I’m thinking a conservative estimate for these other taxes would be 5%. That takes our average middle class taxpayer to a sub-total of 55% of their income. I say sub-total because the is a whole lot more we pay in what is called “hidden taxes”.

Hidden taxes include every cost incurred by businesses are passed on to the consumer. Businesses pay federal, state, and local taxes too. Except for what they export, you and I end up paying those costs. Businesses also have enormous cost related to government regulations. And, of course, they pass those costs on to us. There are other hidden costs we pay. For example, how much more do we pay for  gasoline because the government mandates that we use gasoline mixed with ethanol? How much more do we pay for food because human and animal food is used to make ethanol? How much more do we pay for electricity because the gov mandates that utility companies use a certain amount of “renewable energy”:i.e., solar and wind generated energy? There are probably  many more hidden taxes that I can’t think of right now. But, I don’t think it would be out of line to estimate that we pay from 10% to 15% of our income on these hidden taxes. Even if we use the lower estimate, our middle class taxpayer is paying 65%  of his/her income to support governments.

So, is it any wonder that Americans feel their standard of living is decreasing?And, the governments want MORE! Many of our cities and states are looking for new ways to squeeze more out of us. At the federal level, ObamaCare taxes don’t really start hitting until 2014. And, yes they are talking about taxing the rich more, which because many of them are small business owners, some of that will be passed on to us. And, yes they are talking about taxing sales on the internet and taxes to support the UN.  Unbelievably, with all these taxes, it is not enough for our federal government. No, they go out and borrow 40% more to spend.

Two commentors on the “internet sales tax” post said they thought this would lead to a federal VAT tax. That, my friends, is the last thing America needs. Here in Venezuela the VAT is 15%. It is a terrible burden especially for the 80% of the people who are just eking out a living. Spain just recently raised their VAT from 18% to 31%. Can you imagine?

Brian at Frankenstein Government is right. We can’t afford any more taxes!  The workforce participation rate is the lowest in decades. Fifty percent of Americans pay no federal income tax. How can this go on?

I think if our average middle class American knew that 65% or more of their income was going to one level of government or another, they would revolt. At the very least, they should stop voting for Democrats. So, why aren’t Romney and Ryan using this information as a club to beat the Democrats?

I hope you will share this information with everyone you know. People need to understand what government is costing them. I’m going to put a sticky on this post and in the No. 1 position for couple of days in the hope that more people will read it.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

Original Post:  Conservatives on Fire

10 Million More in Poverty Under President Obama

In 2008, the last year of the last Republican President, the poverty rate in our nation was at 13.2%- in human terms this meant that 39.8 million individuals lived in poverty. In 2012, the last year of the current Democrat President, the poverty rate in our nation has risen to an estimated 15.7%- in human terms that means that 49.3 million individuals now live in poverty. Let’s not lose sight of this fact- after 4 years of President Obama as our Chief Executive, of which his party controlled the Senate the entire time and the House half of the time, the number of Americans living in poverty has gone up a stunning 9.5 million individuals.

Over the next coming months there is going to be a lot of fake controversies and the media and Obama is going to predict the worst possible results of Romney and Ryan’s policies. I wonder though- one doubts that even if Romney and Ryan were really really awful and their policies were an utter disaster that they would be able to increase the poverty rate in our nation as much as President Obama and the Democrats already have.

10 million more individuals in our nation now live in poverty as a result of Democratic policies which remove individual responsibility, discourage liberty and freedom, attack life, and do not respect private property rights. President Obama is promising to increase the size and scope of the national government, centralizing more decision making process and money in the far-distant capitol, where unelected bureaucrats who are bought off by special interests will play games with the fruits of your labor while you hope to someday get the scraps thrown back your way.

10 million more individuals in our nation now live in poverty as a result of President Obama and his policies- employers are discouraged from hiring employees, especially those who do not have experience or education, because of increased costs on employers for hiring people put in place by President Obama. Paperwork, healthcare, taxes, increased potential for litigation, regulations- President Obama and liberal Democrats have piled these on employers through poorly-conceived policies and now employers are being discouraged from hiring people, leaving more in poverty.

President Obama and liberal Democrats believe in collecting more wealth from individuals and businesses and then distributing it to those who are politically powerful and connected to them- this sort of perverse ‘trickle-down’ economics does not reach those at the bottom of the system and leaves many more in poverty than would otherwise be there if President Obama and his liberal Democrat allies in Congress were not passing any sort of laws at all.

Things were bad in 2008, and we added ‘Obama’ and ‘Democrat’ to the equation- and the result is 10 million more individuals living in poverty, struggling to put food on the table and shelter over their heads.

10 million more individuals are poor and hungry and weak and suffering because of President Obama.

Make a difference in 2012.

Original Post:  A Conservative Teacher

Why The Angst Over Internet Sales Tax?

The subject of sales tax on internet sales is something to which I haven’t paid much attention. From time to time some of the conservative blogs I follow have written on the subject and invariably they are dead set against the idea. Frankly, I have been left scratching my head as to why. So, I am hoping that you, dear readers, can help educate me on this. I have some questions.

Why is “state” sales tax an issue for the federal government?

From Fox Business_

For the record, you’re supposed to pay sales tax for online  purchases  (assuming you live in one of the 45 states with a sales/use tax) when you file  your state tax return, but most people don’t. Well, soon you may not have a  choice in the matter.

The House Judiciary Committee recently held hearings on the Marketplace  Equity Act of 2011 (H.R. 3179) – in fact, there are actually three federal bills  relating to internet sales taxes floating around Washington, D.C. At the same  time, Amazon seems to have dropped their vehement opposition to online sales  taxes.

So, my confusion begins. There are three bills floating around Congress and I don’t understand what the federal government has to do with sales taxes that are applied in various states.In the first paragraph of the above quote, it says that if you live in one of the forty-five states that have a sales tax, you are already, in theory, supposed to be paying your states sales tax on all internet purchases. WHAT? This then leads me to my second question.

Why is sales tax on internet purchases an issue at all?

Apparently, states are claiming that if their resident make an internet purchase from any other state, the purchaser must pay sales tax to their state of residence. THIS IS INSANE! Why would they believe that?

The issue of sales tax on internet sales seems very clear to the simple mind of this humble observer. States that have sales taxes apply the tax to every  retail outlet in their state. If I am a resident of Missouri and I am in Minneapolis, Minnesota for some and make a purchase there, I would expect to pay what ever state and city sales taxes that they have. Upon returning to Missouri, I sure as hell would not send a copy of my receipt to the state of Missouri along with a check for Missouri sales taxes. That would be nonsense. No retail transaction took place in Missouri. So, it seems to me that when an internet purchaser buys something that is shipped from another state, the internet retailer should collect the sales tax for his/her state just like any other retailer in that state. Large internet retailers like Amazon, I would assume, have warehouses in different strategic states with each warehouse making deliveries to certain states. It seems to me that it would not be that difficult for Amazon to have software embedded on their web page that asks the purchaser to enter the name of the state to which the purchase is to be delivered. The software would recognize which of their warehouses services that state and would calculate for the customer the sales tax that applies. If states like California think their residents should pay California sales taxes on purchases made in one of the other 49 states ( or is that  other 56 states?), that is totally illogical, in my opinion.

So, dear readers, what am I missing? Why do states think they have a right to collect sales tax on purchases made in other states? And, for the love of God, what possible involvement is there for the federal government in this issue? I am confused. Am I over simplifying the problem? Honestly I don’t see why there is even a question of whether there should be a sales tax on internet purchases or a question about which state should collect the tax. To me the  tax applies at the point of the retail sale.

Well, that is what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

Original Post:  Conservatives on Fire

If Meghan McCain can Legitimately Call You an Idiot, You’re Joe Biden!

Sad, but ultimately true.   Joe Biden has had suck a horrific, craptastic, gaffe filled campaign that he’s apparently been told to chill out in his home state.  Gateway Pundit has the details…

The Daily Caller reported:

Vice President Joe Biden is going home to Delaware.

The updated White House calendar for Aug. 17 reports that “in the morning, the Vice President will meet with senior advisers. Later, the Vice President will be in Wilmington, Delaware.”

“There are no public events scheduled,” said the 5:36 p.m. White House announcement, titled “Daily Guidance for the Vice President.”

Biden’s retreat home during the increasingly frenetic 2012 race comes amid increased criticism for his campaign-trail performance..

But, when Meghan McCain can legitimately call you and idiot?

Meghan McCain blasted Joe Biden for his controversial “chains” remarks on Tuesday, calling the vice president an “idiot" over his "race-baiting" comments.

"I’m just so sick of this BS from [Biden]." McCain said. "I can’t stand Joe Biden because I think stupid is worse than being mean."

IRONY????

Well, boys and girls, that means that it’s over.  Whether that’s the end for the election, or perhaps even a sign of the apocalypse, it’s over.   Meghan McCain calling the veep and idiot, and being legitimate in that assessment, is a sure sign that something cosmic is out of whack.

Obama’s Attack Jackasses

Mitt Romney could have named Bugs Bunny as his running mate and the puerile and increasingly hysterical Left would have labeled the rabbit as an extreme right-wing ideologue whose idea of governance is to murder the elderly, bitch-slap the poor, defenestrate the infirm, and happily castrate  a few stray squirrels as he hops his way to a coney Klan meeting.  But to a deranged pack of ‘progressives’  that critiques a Marxist like Barack Obama as “deeply conservative”, the choice of Paul Ryan, a man who believes that government should live within its means, is akin to the dawning of the Apocalypse.  Romney with Ryan has suddenly become a formidable opponent, and you can hear the Lefties shrieking from coast to coast:

The liberal assault on Paul Ryan has commenced. But the first round of attacks can’t provide much solace to Democrats, who assume they will be able to demonize the Republican vice presidential candidate with ease. The first 48 hours of Ryan’s candidacy has already seen a deluge of abuse from the mainstream media editorial pages and columnists … Liberals like Robert Reich, who took to the Huffington Post to howl that Ryan’s ideas are “social Darwinism” or formerTimes editor Bill Keller who damned the prospective next GOP administration as a compendium of every wicked conservative idea ever conceived, clearly believe all they need to do is to just call Ryan and to a lesser extent Romney, every name they can think of.

Barry himself, now publicly displaying more scarlet than a sun-baked Swede, leaves most of the mud-slinging to his seizured minions, touting instead his ” … new vision of an America in which prosperity is shared”, and even promoting the nationalization of American industry:

“I believe in American workers, I believe in this American industry, and now the American auto industry has come roaring back. Now I want to do the same thing with manufacturing jobs, not just in the auto industry, but in every industry.”

Something is roaring all right, but it’s the almost 13 million citizens out of work because of the Obamaconomy, not Barry’s beleaguered Government Motors.  That so-called ‘bail-out’ stiffed taxpayers for more than $25 billion, much of which disappeared into the long coat pockets of his UAW union comrades, while the value of the freshly nationalized GM stock receded faster than Joe Biden’s hairline. And this is what the Big Red One hopes to do to the rest of America’s industry?

The Obama Administration redistributed $26.5 more to the union than UAW would have received legally in the bankruptcy proceedings had the rule of law and contract been followed.

Obama’s nightmarish “vision” has been around since 1848, when Marx and Engels published The Communist Manifesto, and wherever the Reds have ruled, it’s never prosperity that’s shared, only poverty and pain, distributed at the point of a gun.  After 3 1/2 years, Obama’s own team of Reds and Pinks is finding its thinly veiled socialism an increasingly hard sell.  Half-filled venues and lines of supporters shorter than those at Chick-Fil-A on Appreciation Day tell the sorry tale. Worries over empty seats during Barry’s re-coronation gala plague apprehensive Democrats who know that perception usually trumps reality — unless the perception is the reality. Barry’s coattails are now so frayed that even the incorrigible harridan San Fran Nan is urging her fellow Jackasses to stay at home and watch re-runs of The West Wing:

” … I’m not encouraging members to go to the convention no matter what the situation was, because they can be home.”

Still, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the Jackasses are desperate, opines Greg Lewis:

Democrats’ scorched-earth, take-no-prisoners campaign is not a sign they’re desperate; it’s who they are. They’re the most subversive, dirtiest enemy America has, and they must be stopped.

But it’s not who they are that counts — it’s who we are.  Do Americans really want to allow a cabal of dishonorable left-wing radicals another four years in which to dismantle the U.S. Constitution and transform the country into something unrecognizable except to octogenarian former members of the Comintern? Do we even know the difference anymore between our enemies and our friends?  We’ll soon see.

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Original Post:  Be Sure You’re RIGHT, Then go Ahead

Paul Ryan and Medicare: It’s time for some grownup talk

I knew from the moment that Mitt Romney announced Paul Ryan as his running mate the left was going to paint Ryan as an extremist who wants to destroy Medicare and push grandma off the cliff.  In a “these aren’t the droids you’re looking for” moment DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz attempts to use a Jedi mind trick on CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in the below clip.  Fortunately Mr. Blitzer was not weak minded in this instance and was able to resist her feeble attempts to pull the wool over his eyes.  Take a look at the below clip.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5NJF5Fcvmg&feature=player_embedded

How pathetic was that?  I mean I actually started to feel bad for her.  She reached a point where she was just shooting from the hip and making it up as she went.  This is how the left reacts when they’re caught in a lie, deflect and lie some more about the lie.  It’s like catching a small child with their hands in the cookie jar.  When you ask the child what they are doing with their hands in the cookie jar the child digs a deeper hole by saying they’re making sure all the cookies are there.  The left reacts the same way.  They get caught in a lie then they dig a deeper hole by lying about the lie.  Instead of addressing the real issue of the sustainability of Medicare, they live in the now and make empty promises to an ignorant electorate all too willing to lap it up because they’re not ready to deal with the truth.  This is how the left wins elections; lies and misinformation.  They conveniently leave out of the Medicare conversation how Obamacare has already gutted Medicare in the tune of $564 billion in the next 10 years.  They won’t even acknowledge that $564 billion pesky little fact about Obamacare.  Instead they target senior citizens with scare tactics by telling them that the Ryan plan to reform Medicare will push them off the cliff.  It’s time for some grownup talk about Medicare and in the below clip that’s exactly what Paul Ryan does.  Check it out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQLIbgBZiuQ&feature=player_embedded

Folks we have a responsibility as informed citizens to expose the misinformation the left is spreading about Mr. Ryan’s position on Medicare.  Many groups predict that Medicare will go bankrupt by 2024.  That’s only 12 short years away.  We must tackle this issue sooner than later and Mr. Ryan gets this.  He is trying to have an adult conversation about the topic and the left doesn’t want to hear it.  Instead the have chosen to lie about his position and use the lie to plant the seeds of doubt in the electorate.  That’s the conversation the left wants to have about Medicare.  We deserve better.  So what’s more radical; to save Medicare by reforming it or to continue down its unsustainable path that leads to bankruptcy and limited options for seniors?  You know the answer.

Liberty forever, freedom for all!

Original Post:  The Sentry Journal

Hey! How Does a Blog Work?

I was recently asked-yesterday, in fact, about how this blog works.  So, to unveil the “behind the scenes” world of blogging, I’ll go though some common questions, and how bloggers accomplish them.

Q:  Hey Matt, how come your blog posts things all day?

Matt:  Well, the more posts a blog has (in general) the more traffic (visits) it will receive.  I personally make sure the posts are done at specific times, like 8 AM, noon and 5PM.

Q:  Why those times?

Matt:  I have a system for doing it.  For one, the 8AM post catches traffic from readers before they go to work.  A post is done at noon so multiple online accounts posts a link to that article on Twitter, and the 5PM post catches traffic from readers after they get home from work.

Q:  You mentioned Twitter.  Why post at noon for Twitter?

Matt:  There are more users on Twitter at noon EST than any other time of the day.  The timing is meant to expose the post to the most attention.  More attention=More traffic.

Q:  I see that you have done tens of thousands of tweets.  How do you do that, write blog posts, and post all kinds of things on Facebook, especially when you have a day job?

Matt:  The answer is simple, about 99.5% of it is automated!  Either I, or one of the contributors write the posts (yes, other people write for this site).  I usually write mine the night before they post, or early that morning, before work.  It’s simple really.  Here is a screen-capture for this post, taken at about 9PM last night, showing how the scheduling is done…

As you can see.  This post has been scheduled to post the front page of the website at 8AM (it goes by military time), and will do so with no further intervention on my part.  It’s the same thing with Twitter and Facebook.  Most of the stuff on those sites post themselves without any input on my part.  I set them up previously, and they go off on their own.  In fact, if I were struck by a meteor on the way to work, all of these things would continue posting automatically, until someone else stopped it.

Q:  So, in other words, you can keep the blog going during your work hours, and not spend a minute of company time on it?

Matt:  Absolutely!  That’s how it’s done.  All the articles are prepared the night before, and they end up posting while I’m in staff meetings, or other work-related activities.  It’s called automation, kids!  Or, as I like to call it, retrograde-pre-emptive-multitasking.

Some Thoughts on Human History and Progressives

Many of you might have noticed that I often put quotations around the word, “progressive.”  Over the last couple of years, I’ve probably wasted a thousand keystrokes doing that, so I might as well explain why.

For the vast majority of human history, mankind has lived in a state of tyranny.  This probably started not long after cave man Ugh realized that his neighbor, Argh was weaker than him, and carried a smaller club.  After Argh’s untimely demise (with the exception of some tribal societies), the course of mankind was set.

As mankind developed from hunter gatherers to simple agrarian societies, to city states, and then empires, a variety of chieftains, kings, dictators, warlords, priests, priestesses, and self declared “gods,” have ruled mankind.  During those  countless ages, the average person lived, or died, at the whim of his or her self-appointed leader.  Economies were controlled, taxes were high, incomes were close to nil, and the average person often died as penniless as they were at birth.  Economies centered on the wealth of the leaders, not on the people, so  pestilence and starvation killed many when it did not need to happen.  There was little to no income distribution.  There was the top class; the leaders and their enforcers, and there were the peasants.  There was not even a hint of equality or justice, just oppressive rule.  (I know that Rome was, for a time, a republic, and some Greeks practiced democracy, but even then, they were a drop in the bucket when compared to the total history of man)

These tyrannical leaders did not tolerate dissent, or even the chance of dissent.  people were tortured, maimed, and executed to insure the power of the ruler(s).  People were killed for treason, heresy, or for simply knowing someone who might have done something.  There was no, “taking to the streets.”  Such events would have been met with lethal force.  Not only that, the entire town in which such a thing occurred might be razed in retaliation.

The leaders during those dark times were said to be wiser, stronger, more suited to rule, and it had been ordained by God that they should have power.  And all the while, excesses and corruption were the order of the day.

However, as the centuries passed, progress-REAL progress, was made.  The Magna Carta established that people have some rights, though it is not as codified as are the rights in our Constitution.   Also, John Locke, among others, formulated the ideas of natural rights and the social contract.

Our Founding Fathers were the next in line for real progress.  They created, in the Unites States Constitution, the greatest charter for human freedom ever devised. They embraced the idea of Natural Rights, in the human freedoms are from God, and that government exists to protect those rights-and cannot take them away.  Humans were protected in their right to free speech, their freedom of religion, their right to defend themselves, their right to property and all the others that we tend to take for granted today.  In our Republic, man rules himself, and government exists only to do those functions that man cannot do for himself, such as national defense, enforcing contracts, establishing courts, coining money, and so forth.  Or at least, that’s is how it’s supposed to be.

However, the forces of tyranny did not rest or concede when true human freedom started to emerge.  The next stages of tyranny were  Communism, followed by the original “progressive movement,” and then Fascism.  All of these are related in terms of the fact that they center power in an elite, that then control all aspects of human behavior.  Their only differences are in process and scope.

The results were horrific.  Over a hundred million people were killed in the name of Communism.  Fascism might have  equaled  that, had they not been stopped by WW II.  The “progressives,” operating in Western Democracies, had to move slowly.  Incrementalism has been their primary operating procedure.  However, they inspired the Nazi’s with their love for eugenics, and were “fellow travelers” with the other two movements.

Over the decades, “progressives,” operating under a variety of labels , have moved through our institutions.  They have used a variety of justifications to give the Federal government more power.  They have taken control of education.  They are in control of the MSM.  They have crafted  regulations  that destroy business and industry.  They created social programs that have encouraged dependency, and then have created economic crisis to fill those programs to unprecedented levels.  They have legalized sexual assault in the name of “security.”  They have also used the created and false crisis of global cooling, global warming, climate change in order to justify the reduction of our lifestyles.  All of this, of course, will be monitored and controlled by the authorities.

Their desire for control extends to all aspects of human life.  Government wants to tell us what kind of food can we eat- even if we can grow our own.  We are told how much water our toilets can use.  The kinds of car we can own-and eventually, even if we can own one is to be determined by unelected  bureaucrats.    What kind of house we can build, the healthcare we can recieve, and a host of others, are all in the crosshairs of the “progressives.”  They even seek to control mass media and the internet to control the free flow of information.  In the end, are we free if the government dictates so many of our basic human functions?

We also see how the “progressives” treat those that disagree with them. Conservative and Libertarian students are threatened and punished on   campuses, where free speech is curtailed, and labeled as “hate.”  Union members and other “progressives” engage in violence and intimidation to silence those that dissent.  The Consitution itself has been declared “outdated,” or “irrelevant.”  The Founders themselves are attacked and discounted.  After all, if we are to be controlled by an all powerful government, the very ideas of freedom have to be attacked, silenced and discredited.

As you can see, “progressives” are not progressive. They are REgressive.  They seek to return us to a state in which we are controlled and dominated by a small elite.  And just as the monarchs of old, they seek the “divine right of kings,” in order to gain and maintain control over us.  Of course, they tell us that it’s for our own good, but they proceed from the faulty premise that they know better than us, and that we cannot self govern.

We were born into a state of freedom.  In terms of human history, this is a rare and precious gift.  Only the tiniest fraction of all humans that have ever lived have enjoyed these freedoms.  If we allow the Regressives to take them away, it might be centuries before they re-emerge, and hundreds of millions will die in the process.

Are we going those freedoms, and the future of mankind, over to a small elite that “knows what’s best?”

NOTE: This is yet another post that could be turned into a small book.  Obviously there are things I could not touch on without making it my first book. Feel free to let me know what I missed in the comment section.

Andrew Klavan Compares Ryan Economic Plan to Obama’s

Andrew Klavan has a video comparing the Ryan Economic Plan to President Obama’s.

http://youtu.be/Jr9pAsH-1Ao

Well said, of course.  However, getting the government out of health care would make it far cheaper.

Obama’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Politics has always been as dirty a business as, say, emptying overflowing latrine buckets, which probably says as much about the people that tend to be drawn to it as it does about the profession itself.  The difference is that conscientious sanitation specialists are usually careful about what they let splash on them.  Politics, on the other hand, provides us with such as the lifelong dung beetle Harry Reid, the current Senate Majority Leader, a man who has steeped himself so thoroughly in manure that you can hardly tell where the ordure ends and Dirty Harry begins.  As Michael Goodwin puts it:

Let’s stipulate that Harry Reid is pond scum and a political fabulist not fit to be Senate majority leader. But let’s not forget what else he is: a hit man for the Obama campaign.

Of course, the Obama campaign itself is not so much a campaign as it is a slanderous fly-by of incontinent Marxist buzzards hoping that at least some of their fetid droppings will stick somewhere.  So it goes in the modern Democratic Party, spawned as it was under a radical rock in 1972, and nurtured in Red marl ever since. The Jackasses obviously consider feculent mud-slinging as their best chance for survival, especially in presidential politics, given their sorry history of policy failures from Panama to Persia and the unwavering commitment of the Red Hot currently in the White House to replacing the steak on America’s table with Chinese chuck:

An explosive book released today documents how progressive organizations behind White House policy have crafted specific, second-term plans for the federal government to determine the “value” of individual jobs in the private sector instead of allowing employers to pay what they want.

… The current progressive concept of equal pay … would give the government sweeping powers to require employers to compensate workers according to an artificial calculation of a job’s “value” rather than what the private market is willing to pay. Other powers would allow federal bureaucrats to decide which jobs are underpaid and would require employers to raise wages. (Obama’s 2nd-term plans for your paycheck exposed)

This concept, of course, was lifted directly from Karl Marx’s tome of grim fairy tales, Das Kapital, the book of bedtime stories by which red-diapered Bolsheviks like Barack Obama were rocked to sleep in their communal cradles.  But it’s not an idea likely to re-seat the lyin’ Hawaiian in the Oval Office for another four years, especially with the results of his miasmic first term covering the country like the smell of a school of decomposing mackerel. Easier and more appealing it is to have your surrogates launch salvos of scurrilous scuds hoping that the barrage will put your startled opponent on the defensive and delay his firing back at the unscrupulous scoundrel that ordered it:

So they say now in the Huffing and Puffington Post that Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital — way, way back when it was originally founded — was seeded with money from Latin American death squads … Let me ask you a question: What’s the difference in that and the Democrats being underwritten by Planned Parenthood and NARAL? If they’re not death squads, I don’t know what is.(Obama’s Dirty Campaigning Works?)

Hmm … wonder if HuffPo’s story was provided by their newest employee, Alyona Minkovski, the anti-American host on the Kremlin’s English language ‘news’ network?  After all, she’s probably campaigning for Obama too.

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Original Post:  Be Sure You’re RIGHT, Then go Ahead

Obama’s War on Biblically Based Faiths

It seems that the Obama Administration has been waging a war on religion.  However, it also seems that the war is being waged only on Biblically based religions.  Wallbuilders has a exhaustive collection…

1. Acts of hostility toward people of Biblical faith:

  • April 2008 – Obama speaks disrespectfully of Christians, saying they “cling to guns or religion” and have an “antipathy to people who aren’t like them.” 1
  • February 2009 – Obama announces plans to revoke conscience protection for health workers who refuse to participate in medical activities that go against their beliefs, and fully implements the plan in February 2011. 2 
  • April 2009 – When speaking at Georgetown University, Obama orders that a monogram symbolizing Jesus’ name be covered when he is making his speech. 3 
  • May 2009 – Obama declines to host services for the National Prayer Day (a day established by federal law) at the White House. 4 
  • April 2009 – In a deliberate act of disrespect, Obama nominated three pro-abortion ambassadors to the Vatican; of course, the pro-life Vatican rejected all three. 5 
  • October 19, 2010 – Obama begins deliberately omitting the phrase about “the Creator” when quoting the Declaration of Independence – an omission he has made on no less than seven occasions. 6 
  • November 2010 – Obama misquotes the National Motto, saying it is “E pluribus unum” rather than “In God We Trust” as established by federal law. 7 
  • January 2011 – After a federal law was passed to transfer a WWI Memorial in the Mojave Desert to private ownership, the U. S. Supreme Court ruled that the cross in the memorial could continue to stand, but the Obama administration refused to allow the land to be transferred as required by law, and refused to allow the cross to be re-erected as ordered by the Court. 8 
  • February 2011 – Although he filled posts in the State Department, for more than two years Obama did not fill the post of religious freedom ambassador, an official that works against religious persecution across the world; he filled it only after heavy pressure from the public and from Congress. 9 
  • April 2011 – For the first time in American history, Obama urges passage of a non-discrimination law that does not contain hiring protections for religious groups, forcing religious organizations to hire according to federal mandates without regard to the dictates of their own faith, thus eliminating conscience protection in hiring. 10 
  • August 2011 – The Obama administration releases its new health care rules that override religious conscience protections for medical workers in the areas of abortion and contraception. 11 
  • November 2011 – Obama opposes inclusion of President Franklin Roosevelt’s famous D-Day Prayer in the WWII Memorial. 12 
  • November 2011 – Unlike previous presidents, Obama studiously avoids any religious references in his Thanksgiving speech. 13 
  • December 2011 – The Obama administration denigrates other countries’ religious beliefs as an obstacle to radical homosexual rights.14 
  • January 2012 – The Obama administration argues that the First Amendment provides no protection for churches and synagogues in hiring their pastors and rabbis. 15 
  • February 2012 – The Obama administration forgives student loans in exchange for public service, but announces it will no longer forgive student loans if the public service is related to religion. 16

As you can see, there is a great deal  of  animosity towards those the worship God, or his Son.  There is a great deal more at the linked page.  Take a look at the body of evidence, and ask yourself if it is not systematic and planned.  

H/T: Teresa’s America

Ignorance is the Fuel That Advances the Left’s Agenda…

The greatest threat to our liberties is not the average politician.  The greatest threat to our liberties is the ignorant voter; the voter who doesn’t take the time to do their homework in regards to the issues.  These are voters who vote by name recognition or by party affiliation.  These are voters who check the party box on the ballot.  These are voters who have a myopic view of America and continuously spew the talking points of the politician they support even if it’s factually wrong.  They are the Kool-Aid drinkers and part of the rainbows and unicorns crowd.  They believe the lie before the truth and claim the truth is a lie.  They feel and vote based on emotions rather than facts.  They put as much thought into the politician they support as the last minute Christmas shopper puts into the gift they’re buying before the stores close; they settle for what’s left on the shelves.  Each of us has had our own experience with people like this.  They think they know more than they actually do.  And this is the kind of voter the left needs to advance their agenda.

The ignorant voter will buy into the misleading campaign ads the left is throwing out there.  They won’t take the time to do the research because they get ensnared in the emotional narrative the left lays out for them.  And the left is counting on these voters this November.  Without them and their ignorance they cannot win.  With them, they have plenty of fuel to propel them to victory.  The only way the left has a chance this November is to divert our attention away from the issues that matter.  They have been attempting to do this with class warfare, the war on women, and Romney’s tax returns.  As misguided as the left is they are passionate creatures who believe in their cause.  They believe the ends justify the means and will sink to extraordinary lows to attack an opponent or change the national discussion from the issues that really matter.  The latest anti-Romney ad that claims Romney’s actions while he was at Bain Capital indirectly led to the death of a woman who lost her health insurance when her husband was laid–off is absolutely heart-wrenching.  The problem is it’s extremely misleading; but this doesn’t matter to the Kool-Aid drinkers; they are emotional and are moved by the misleading story.  The misleading story strikes a chord with them.  This kind of campaign ad is designed to target ignorant voters because the left knows the ignorant voter will not do the research or will ignore the facts when they are presented to them.  It’s designed to plant the seeds of doubt about Romney and depict him as an uncaring rich guy who doesn’t give a crap about the average American.  So what can we do counter this?

The first thing we can do is continue to write about these stories when we hear about them.  We must use the social media to expose these lies.  Even if one person reads a post you publish and it changes their mind about a specific politician then we’re making a difference.  We need to chip away at this base of Kool-Aid drinkers who blindly fuel the left’s agenda.  There will not be a major shift in a short time.  Instead we will erode away left’s base a piece at a time.  Don’t kid yourself it will take years.  In order to stop the left from advancing their agenda we must begin to siphon the fuel that powers it.  This fuel is the ignorant voter and every ignorant voter we get to open their eyes is less fuel for the left.

Liberty forever, freedom for all!

Original Post:  The Sentry Journal

Red Dawn Trailer

I’ve heard that a new version of Red Dawn was going to made, I kinda shuddered.  I mean, how does the leftist bastion of Hollywierd treat a communist invasion?  After all, they are in the tank for Marxists everywhere, and completely against traditional America, so what would a redo of Red Dawn look like?

Here is the trailer…

http://youtu.be/UoqlBHSePw0

I have to be honest.  So far, so good!

H/T:  Hot Air