Thursday, July 22, 2010

Racism -- What Is, and What Isn't

A racist is someone who allows race to cloud their judgment and affect their policy decisions.

Any group that demands constitutional government and equal justice for all is not racist.

A Letter From the President!

I received this (form) letter from Barack Obama:
From: Barack Obama
Sent: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 5:31 PM
To: Karl Uppiano
Subject: Change

Karl --

When you and I set out on this journey three years ago, we knew that ours would be a lengthy struggle to build a new foundation for this country -- one that would require squaring off against the special interests who had spent decades stacking the deck in their favor.

Today, it is clear that you have shifted the odds.

This morning, I signed into law a bill that represents the most sweeping reforms of Wall Street since the Great Depression, and the toughest consumer financial protections this nation has ever seen. I know that I am able to do so only because the tens of thousands of volunteers who make up the backbone of this movement overcame the most potent attack ads and the most powerful lobbying the special interests could put forward.

Our special-interest opponents and their Republican allies have now set their sights on the elections in November as their best chance to overturn the historic progress we've made together.

(italics mine)

Frankly, I'm stunned. Build a new foundation for this country? I am afraid he's serious. Our founders gave us a fine foundation; we just need to get back to it. That would solve many of the problems that we face today. Whatever the special interests and the Republicans are doing had better be getting us back to the original foundation, or I won't support them either.

He rambles on, and finally gets to this:

But today's victory is not where our fight ends.

Organizing for America and I will move forward in the months ahead on the tough fights we have yet to finish -- even if cynics say we should wait until after the fall elections. This movement has never catered to the conventional wisdom of Washington. And we have fought to ensure that our progress is never held hostage by our politics.

You and I did not build this movement to win one election. We did not come together to pass one single piece of legislation. We are fighting for nothing less than a new foundation for our country -- and that work is not complete. As we face the challenges ahead, I am relying on you to stand with me.

Please donate $5 or more today:

Thank you for helping us get here,

President Barack Obama

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(italics mine)

Barack Obama is talking about changing the foundation of this nation without the consent of the governed. What he is trying to do is not authorized by The Constitution, and thus would require at least one constitutional amendment; that isn't even being discussed. He knows that we would never agree to that, so he's simply crashing through it. This is how third world tin-horn dictators operate. I never thought I would live to see the day.

The Failure of Limited Government

Our founders realized that any government that works against human nature is bound to fail. Therefore, they designed a government that works with human nature, and man's desire to be free – a government with liberty and equal justice as its central theme.

The one place they had to compromise was in their realization that all politicians lust for power, and that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. They implemented checks and balances, and tried to create a limited government – limited by The Constitution and further limited by the Bill of Rights (in case people didn't "get" the enumerated powers in The Constitution).

Limited government is the one place where the American form of government bucks human nature, and guess what? It is the only place the original design has failed. No one can say we have limited government today.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Quotes by C. S. Lewis

Here are some brilliant quotes by C. S. Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia. Of course, just because I agree with them doesn't make them true, but I believe them.
  • We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.
  • You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.
  • There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, "Thy will be done," and those to whom God says, "All right, then, have it your way."
  • Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.
  • Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.
And I saved the best for last:
  • Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Big Fat Hairy Demagogue

Mr. President, I heard your Independence Day address where you said,
We celebrate the principles that are timeless, tenets first declared by men of property and wealth but which gave rise to what Lincoln called a new birth of freedom in America — civil rights and voting rights, workers' rights and women's rights, and the rights of every American, and on this day that is uniquely American we are reminded that our Declaration, our example, made us a beacon to the world.
(emphasis mine). Men of property and wealth? But despite that fundamental flaw, we finally managed to overcome that handicap? Is that what you're saying Mr. President? Barack Obama, your property and wealth is worth more than that of at least 95% of American's will ever be. Since you are wealthy, does that devalue your principles? I'm calling you on your shameless Marxist attempt to slime the founders while pretending to give them props.

The founding principles are quite different from yours, you know. Those men of property and wealth said that human rights are a birthright [from the creator], they do not flow from any government [welfare, affirmative action], and no government, no man, can take them  away [taxes, regulation].

Furthermore, Mr. President, by signing the Declaration of Independence, those men risked far more than you ever have -- their fortunes (although they were not all rich, a fact that you conveniently omitted), their families, their lives -- so that you would have the liberty that you so obviously do not appreciate, or even approve of. Don't bother to deny it, I already know what you think. You have made no secret of it, and the Internet remembers.