Your right, Patrick Henry didn’t quite say it that way, now did he.  However, today it seems that one can more and more hear a similar refrain across the political landscape.  Proponents of liberalism have become extremely outspoken in their efforts to radically transform America.  One could almost say that liberalism has become a religion.

Jonah Goldberg, in his book “Liberal Fascism”, branded all liberals as fascists and all fascists as progressives.  Now, that covers a lot of territory.  Take fascism for example.  In my opinion, fascism is something that is generally misunderstood and exists on both sides of the political divide.  Labels like this, therefore, don’t mean all that much.  The bigger question is do people support the ideals of the founding fathers that this country was based on, or not?

I recently heard someone compare liberalism to radical Islam and Islamic terrorists/suicide bombers.  The comparison apparently was that they both like to destroy things by blowing them up so that they can then take over.  I wouldn’t go quite that far but I would say that liberalism isn’t merely about ideology; rather, it’s a means to an end.

In order to properly understand liberalism, one really shouldn’t consider it to be anything like a religion, even if the liberals due tend to be rather fanatical in their beliefs.  Liberals intentionally promote agendas that are like motherhood and apple pie; that is, who could say no to them.  Theoretically then if it were possible, the state could provide for all of man’s needs.  The problem is that man would no longer be the engine driving the world and the center of creation – the state would.

To liberals, this would be nirvana, though.  Man subjugated to nature – and the state.  As for God, he would no longer exist – like so many other truths  relegated to the dustbin of mythology.  With respect to freedom and individual rights, they would essentially disappear; only the state, and corporations, would have rights.  The Constitution would no longer be necessary either since it promulgates that man’s unalienable rights flow directly from God.  Without God as the source of moral authority, the state(read, the liberals) would, in effect, become God.  People like Bill Gates and Bill Maher would be absolutely ecstatic.  They, and the rest of their intellectual, progressive buddies, could then proclaim the new Ten Commandments of the Georgia Guidestones to the rest of the world.

So the next time that you hear someone suggesting that the government solve all of our social ills, be wary.  Free handouts don’t grow on trees and they don’t really come from the government either since “we the people” produce the nation’s wealth.  First, read the fine print as there are usually conditions attached – conditions such as you have to give up your personal freedoms.  Why isn’t there a Patrick Henry around when you need one?

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Shakespeare would have loved it.  Romney and Obama debating each other – a real American tragedy.  If you saw the debate last night, you would have seen both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama misleading the American people about government spending.

As a result, the founding fathers are now turning over in their graves and I even hear that Wil Shakespeare might try to make a comeback with a new play entitled, “A Midsummer Night’s Fantasy”.  The play, as I understand it, will be about two politicians both of whom have taken to fantasizing about how to solve their country’s economic woes and thereby win an upcoming election.  The play shows what will happen to the country economically if either candidate wins.  The plot line takes a dark, somber turn near the end as the two candidates are shown to be mannequins taking their direction from a powerful puppeteer who is pulling all the strings.  Wil must have read The Wizard of Oz no doubt.  The real tragedy is that it didn’t matter which candidate was elected.  The outcome was the same – economic disaster.

In some respects, Mitt and Barack are two peas from the same pod.  They both dance to the same fiddler (biggest contributors) and they both pretend (fantasize) that they have a solution to the country’s lack of a balanced budget.  But here’s the real problem: the size of the federal deficit is way beyond what the two candidates are talking about.  The number that has been continually thrown around for the annual deficit is $1 trillion, with a total cumulative deficit of $16 trillion.  Believe it or not, that’s the good news.  The bad news is that the real numbers are $11 trillion annually and $222 trillion in total, and that’s without addressing the black budget which nobody ever talks about.

So the two candidates have some vague ideas about trimming the federal deficit by making cuts in some minor programs.  Am I suppose to get a warm-puppy feeling about that?  Total government spending is less than $4 trillion a year, as compared with an annual deficit of $11 trillion, which means that you could totally close down the government and the deficit would still continue to grow.  Now that’s some kind of crazy math!

The source of the discrepancy in these numbers is the creative bookkeeping done by the Government Accounting Office.  But why blame some lowly bookkeepers when it’s the politicians who pull the strings.  It’s the same for the fallacious numbers which the government publishes on unemployment and cost of living increases.  By hiding the ball, the government disguises the very problems it’s creating.  How’s that for transparency!  So the next time that I see Wil, I’ll have to ask him if he knows “where goeth thou balanced budget”?

In Defense of God

11/02/2010

In the eighteenth century, philosophers argued the pros and cons of political ideology.  In 1762, Jean Jacques Rousseau penned his famous work, The Social Contract, in which he stated that people think that they are free but they are not.  Then along came the American Revolution and the writings of some of our founding fathers which were contained in The Federalist papers. According to the founding fathers, man was finally free.  Accordingly, The Declaration of Independence set out the proposition that men were endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.  In other words, the principles of liberty arise from man’s god-given rights. God was now at the center over the debate as to whether man was truly free or not.

Today, the attack on God takes many forms, including the threat to burn the Koran.  The reason for such attacks is to deny man his lifeline to a higher authority, especially one that trumps the State.  If God is taken out of the equation, then the state can step into the vacuum and moral authority would then emanate from the government instead.

But before that could occur, it would be necessary to undermine the traditional values of the founding fathers, who had brought us life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness (and pursuit of God). Religious freedom, after all, is at the core of liberty since man can be a slave but still be free in the sense of his connection with God.  Furthermore, if man’s rights come from God, and not the State, how can the State be effective in controlling the affairs of man?

The political solution to this dilemma was to control the country through its freely-elected representatives.  This can be accomplished by taking the lead in terms of setting the social agenda of the country.  Enter liberalism.  But large political organizations require equally large public support.  The public must believe that the movement, in this case liberalism, is for the general good of society.  Ergo, liberalism’s support of all sort of social programs.  In elections, of course, people tend to vote with their pocketbook and those receiving public dole (currently estimated at half of all families in this country) will likely vote for a continuance of such programs and elect the people who enacted them.

However, large political organizations are like pyramids.  Only a handful of people at the top understand the true agenda. A good example of this is Islamic terrorists/suicide bombers, who actually believe that there actions are done with Allah’s blessing. Their leaders indoctrinate them with a belief system which is different than what they actually believe in themselves.  I guess someone has to do the dirty work.

So what’s the real story?

Liberalism is in reality nothing more than creeping socialism (the current term in vogue is “nudging”).  Socialism is, in reality, creeping communism and communism, which purports to be a workers’ movement, is a creeping form of control which allows an elite ruling class to actually dominate the workers. 

Michael Savage, a conservative pundit, recently wrote a best-seller entitled “Liberalism Is a Mental Disorder: Savage Solutions.”  In his book, he refers to liberalism as a mental disease.  However, liberalism is far from being a mental disorder.  He’s right in the sense that liberalism does undercut this nation’s culture and traditions, but there is certainly a method to the so-called madness.  You see, the endgame is control.

Ultimately, it’s a tug of war – freedom versus control. Our founding fathers came down strongly on the side that government should always be in service of the individual, while progressives (the name for neo-liberals) feel exactly the opposite. Bill Maher, one of the public faces of the progressive movement, has already distanced himself from the very Democratic Party that brought the nation government bailouts and nationalized medicine.  Of course, in an election year anyone out of favor with the public gets thrown under the bus. What Bill really wants is control, real control.  From Bill’s perspective, it’s necessary because Americans are, as he says, too stupid to manage their own affairs (by that logic, I guess Bill doesn’t consider himself to be an American).  So if Americans are too stupid to run their own affairs, who’s left to run the country? The un-Americans, the progressives, that’s who. They would be more than happy to tell us stupid Americans how to live our lives and how much taxes we should pay as tribute to the State.

All of which leads us back to God. You see with God in the picture, you can’t have the kind of control that Bill Maher has in mind.  As the Constitution reminds us, this country was founded under the premise that man’s rights flow from God, and not the State.  Religious freedom, therefore, is a necessity in a free society.  That’s why it’s important to come to the defense of God.  In this kind of a struggle, God (and religion), and by extension freedom, are all under attack.  As Ronald Reagan so eloquently put it, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream.  It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” So in this battle for control, which side will prevail?  Some day, the historians will tell our children.

 

 “During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.”

     – George Orwell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s almost election time and on November 2nd some of us will trudge off to the polls to vote.  It seems like it has become a chore for many voters what with voter turnout only slightly more than half.  The other half, then, apparently think that voting is a waste of time. Of course, it just could be general voter apathy or it could be that they’re too busy paying the bills and seeing how many chickens they can demolish. Either way,  it’s your right as a citizen to be able to cast a ballot.  Some would say that it’s your civic duty, even moral responsibility, to vote.

 Regardless all of that, I’m pretty sure that a lot of conservatives will turnout with the prospect of recapturing control of Congress this year. Let’s hear it for the Elephants. It’s also a given that a lot of independents will try to vote out incumbents on both sides of the aisle.  As for the liberals, they will probably have to concentrate on minimizing the damage by re-electing their standard bearers (the Harry Reids and Barney Franks of the world).

Just one piece of advice though – be careful that your vote isn’t simply irrelevant (not unlike a hanging chad). The great illusion is that because we can vote we therefore think we are free.  The reality is that elections are only of value if there is a meaningful choice.  Many countries are actually one-party systems, even though there may be some token opposition party.  Even in so-called democratic countries, two or three party systems are almost always controlled by the same people.

Now I know that some of you are going to say: “but not in the good ole U.S. of A”.  Of course, you could say that… but you’d be wrong. The whole left/right ideological food fight is all about distraction.  Needless to say, most people have bought into this paradigm and their focus is, therefore, strictly limited to who wins and who loses.  In reality, we the people all lose every time.

The conservatives voted Bush into office (twice) and I think that we can all agree that he was a conservative in name only; just look at his spending record.  Obama? Well, he wasn’t really for change unless you count changing things for the worse. Today, we still have runaway spending by the government and two wars in the Middle East (and don’t believe that speech about how all the combat troops have left Iraq either).  On top of that, the two of them are related!  Fancy that. The elite families always seem to groom their own to participate on both sides of the political spectrum.  That’s because there’s only one ideology that they really believe in… and that’s the ideology of control.

 Just look at who the biggest contributor was to both the McCain and Obama campaigns.  Surprise, it was the same people who control our economy through the Treasury and The Federal Reserve.  While you’re at it, check out who owns The Federal Reserve (here’s a clue: it’s not the government).  Then you will realize how The Fed is able to refuse to allow Congress to audit their books.  Bottom line: they are the real power in Washington.

Remember, freedom is not a god-given right. It is something that has to be fought for and then jealously protected on a continuous basis. The founding fathers earned freedom for this great nation over 200 years ago and there will forever be someone trying to take it away.  Unfortunately, Americans have grown fat and materialistically self-centered.  The young generation has come to expect that the world will be handed to them on a silver platter.  Life is too good.  There is no national awareness that it could be any other way. However, today as always the choice is between governing ourselves or being ruled by a small elite. The choice is yours.

While recently discussing the Gulf oil spill, Carl-Henric Svanberg, the chairman of British Petroleum (BP), said that they cared about the little people. Little people?  I guess that means that he considers himself to be one of the big people. Just why does he feel so superior to the little people? Where does that arrogance come from?  Some historical perspective may be helpful in answering that question.

When I was growing up, we were taught that the country was established for the benefit of “We, the People”, not “We, the Little People”. The constitution expressly said that the government was “of the people, by the people, and for the people”.  Further, the founding fathers established a Bill of Rights to provide that we would be a free society.

In today’s world, of course, one needs to realize that large corporations and governments are constantly meeting behind closed doors to discuss how to manage the lives of the little people.  Laws of all kinds, including the recent healthcare reform bill, exempt certain groups from having to participate.  But of course, the little people rarely, if ever, receive such exemptions.  Nancy Pelosi’s infamous quote of “Are you serious?” when asked about the constitutionality of the healthcare reform bill, says it all.

So just who exactly are the ones that think of us as the little people?  You need only follow the money trail to find them.  You see, the gold is not in Fort Knox, but in the hands of the super-wealthy.  After all, over half of the wealth in this country is controlled by just 5% of the people.   If you happen to rise from humble beginnings to great success, you may get to join one of the exclusive clubs, such as what’s been referred to as the Good Club.  After a secret meeting of the Good Club in New York, which was attended by some of the richest people in this country, they announced that their most important goal was significant population reduction on the planet. Ted Turner specifically stated that the goal was to reduce world population to two billion.  Obviously, they want to thin the herds – of the little people.

Bill Gates went so far as to say that new vaccines need to be used to help reduce population growth.  He put his money where his mouth is by announcing that his foundation would give $10 billion to develop and deliver new vaccines to children in third world countries.  The interesting question is just how will vaccines help reduce population growth.  Flu vaccine anyone?

But don’t expect the government to ride to the rescue of the little people.  They are run by what one trends forecaster calls “The White Shoe Boys”.  They are the children of the elites, who mostly went to Harvard, Princeton, or Yale, and they belong to a variety of secret societies.  Specifically, there’s the presence of Goldman Sachs alumni in top government and corporate posts.  From the Treasury Department, whose roster is a virtual ‘who’s who’ of people from Goldman Sachs, to current and former top executives such as John Thain (Merrill Lynch) to Robert Steel (Wachovia) to Ed Liddy (AIG) to  Robert Zoellick (World Bank) to Stephen Friedman and William Dudley (New York Federal Reserve Bank) – they are all from Goldman Sachs. The federal government bailout was orchestrated by Goldman alumni at the Treasury Department.  Some of the money went to Goldman Sachs itself, as well as to AIG (see list above). Goldman was AIG’s largest trading partner and had exposure of $20 billion in credit derivatives. Talk about self-dealing.

Oh, did I mention that a former chairman of BP was also from Goldman Sachs.  It’s a small club.  Little people need not apply. One last thing.  Goldman Sachs was the biggest contributor to President Obama’s election campaign.  I can just see Glenn Beck on his blackboard connecting the dots for us little people.  As is his usual way of explaining what is really going on, he would probably refer to it as Crime, Inc., or some such thing.

So, let’s raise our glasses and toast to that great humanitarian Carl-Henric Svanberg.  After all, the little people quip was no doubt just a slip of the tongue.

“In a climate of political correctness and hypocrisy, truth is the first casualty.”

-John Parish

There are no bullets.  There are no bodies. There are no tanks and not even any boots on the ground. But it’s still a war nonetheless. You might be surprised to know that you’re one of the combatants.  You might even be surprised that your side is losing.

This is not the usual kind of war.  There is no battlefield in the traditional sense.  Instead it’s a “stealth” war – conducted in the shadows and behind the scenes. It’s a war which is negotiated in back-room deals – a real life matrix where events are manipulated for the benefit of a few. This war is one-sided as it is being fought by only one side.  You see, the other side is pretty much impervious to what is going on. They are unaware that trillions of dollars are at stake, not to mention their freedom.

The weapons are unconventional. Disinformation is frequently the weapon of choice.  The six-o-clock news helps to determine what people hear and, therefore, what they believe.  Public opinion polls don’t so much report on the mood of the public as they are used to sway public opinion.

Political ideology figures prominently too, but not how you would expect.  Ideology is simply a means to an end.  Its only purpose is to get others to buy in to the cause.  They become the foot soldiers.  They are totally expendable, such as Islamic terrorists/suicide bombers.  They die for an idea that people have convinced them is worth dying for.  Of course, their leaders would never make the same sacrifice.  Sometimes, ideology (e.g. communism) asks people to make sacrifices for the “common good”.  However, it’s only the people in charge who really profit from redistributing the wealth.  You see, Karl Marx never cared a twit about the workers.  His manifesto was just a means to control the masses.

It’s not a cast of the usual suspects either.  Of course, there are the black-ops military operations.  But there is also a wide range of organizations involved from non-profits to foundations to think tanks, with plenty of help from the media, the educational system – and of course the government.

So what’s the real story?

What I’m talking about is essentially class warfare.  It’s a struggle between the haves and the have-nots. It’s an invisible battle that has been going on under many different guises for a very long time.

Consider this. In the days of yore, the kings had their subjects, for whom they had little to no regard, to grow the food and provide the manpower to support and protect the kingdom.  People were taxed into oblivion and had very little, if any, freedom.  Today, despite all the progress, it’s really not that much different.  Now, there’s a new class of elites which includes Wall Street mavens, world bankers and politically-connected people of all stripes.  Is it any wonder that the middle class in this country has been virtually wiped out. Of course, you can’t have a free society without a middle class.  But then… that is the general idea.

Gone are the days when The American Dream used to define our aspirations and our very way of life. Gone are the immigrants who did much to make this country great.  They have been replaced by a flood of illegals who have been a major contributor to our economic plight. It’s a dangerous world we live in today and it’s headed in the wrong direction.  We now have a culture whose legacy is one of out-of-control corruption. A culture which breeds contempt for other people’s rights.  Now, it’s “He with the most gold rules.”

Ultimately, it’s a war for the control of people’s minds.  Unless people can put a face on an invisible enemy, they will never appreciate that they themselves are at risk. The powers that be can’t afford for the masses to know that there is a war going on – a war against the Constitution, their liberties and God.  If the people were to finally realize what is happening, it would no doubt lead to insurrection. But of course… now you know.

“The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself, or be ruled by a small elite.”

– Thomas Jefferson