We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
From an article over at Pajamas Media and the following comments, it seems that the 'conservatives' are still more interested debating litmus tests for true conservative and throwing stones at the GOP than getting back to the business of beating back this audacity of leftist craziness. By the time these 'conservatives' finally settle on the only two people pure enough to carry the title of conservative, the game, set and match will be over.
Reminiscent of Sowell’s notion of “libertarian fetishes”: I believe in libertarian principles but not in libertarian fetishes. In any context, the difference between principles and fetishes can be the difference between night and day.
In his book Das Kapital, Karl Marx wrote ominously in 1867:
“Owners of capital will stimulate the working class to buy more and more of expensive goods, Error! Hyperlink reference not valid. and technology, pushing them to take more and more expensive credits, until their debt becomes unbearable. The unpaid debt will lead to bankruptcy of banks, which will have to be nationalized and the State will have to take the road which will eventually lead to Communism.”
It helps to have willing accomplices in the White House and in Congress. Sadly, Marx’s prediction is eerily wending its way through the American system.
A new Fox Dynamics Poll shows really how much trouble we currently have in America. Universal food? Should the government provide food for every person? In the Fox Poll, 68% say yes. Healthcare? 66% say yes. Housing? 52% say yes. A, 51% say yes.
51% of Americans today say everybody who wants one should be provided a job. People haven’t been taught why socialism is bad. We can no longer sit back, just go to work, and assume everything is going to be okay. America voted for “change.” Contrary to what conservatives have been saying, the Fox Poll seems to indicate that the voters may very well have known exactly the type of change they wanted. Is there any doubt that Obama, Pelosi and Reid are going to attempt to deliver European-style socialism to America by the end of 2010?
Or, would it be more correct to say that they are going to deliver “more than socialism”? Nationalizing banks and dictating to private corporations is beyond socialism; we are moving towards a Marxist State. When the Obama stimulus package fails, as it will, there will be a demand for more government. This is exactly what happened in the 1930’s.
The difference between the 1930’s and now is that we are already a long ways down the road now; Roosevelt was just building the foundation for socialism back then. In 1930, federal spending as a percent of GDP was 4.4%, compared to 20% today - before the bailouts and stimulus packages are added. When California state and local taxes are added in, we have a 35.5% ratio between taxes and GDP. That is the average for all Californians. Since we have a progressive tax, and since over 1/3 of all California workers pay no federal or state income taxes, imagine what the average is for the average taxpayer.
If you aren’t concerned about what President Obama is trying to do to the United States, you aren’t paying attention. He is striking while the iron is hot. He is capitalizing on his electoral victory in November, 2008, and instituting the visisons of V.I. Lenin, who promoted the following:
“Deepen, exacerbate existing problems, crises, differences, and if they don’t exist, create them or convincingly claim that they exist, and then deepen, exacerbate them...and profit [politically, ideologically and even financially] the most from them in any way you can, and, in the resulting chaos, blame our enemies for the whole thing.” - Vladimir Ilich Ulianov (Lenin)
The American founders provided its descendants the land of opportunity. The United States has been a magnet for those seeking freedom, liberty, and the “pursuit of happiness.” For more than two centuries, America has been the beacon of hope for a better life. It was never intended to be a guarantee of happiness. By its very nature, life provides its ups and downs for everyone. In America, we have had the freedom to succeed or fail based on our God-given talents and abilities.
Some can run and jump like Lebron James while others can sing like Celine Dion. Still others can make technological breakthroughs like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, while others entertain us like Clint Eastwood. Some have business acumen, and some can do wonderful things with their hands - whether it be a pianist or a sculptor. Some people are outgoing extroverts while others are more analytical. VIve la difference.
Up until now, America has attracted and encouraged a unique brand of Exceptionalism. By invoking the word “Change,” and taking advantage of a financial challenge similar to many we have survived over the years, President Obama is seeking to fundamentally change the very foundation of our society by applying the famous Marxist edict without saying it in so many words: “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.”
On June 5, 1778, Patrick Henry said in a speech at the Virginia Ratifying Convention, “Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.”
If now is not time for another major Tea Party, there never will be a time.
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Richard Geno has a bachelor’s degree from the Error! Hyperlink reference not valid. of California at Berkeley, and also has a master’s degree and a Ph.D. He is a life coach, and author of the books, “The Balanced Life Experience: A Roadmap for Having It All” and “Running Around the World: an MDRT Member’s Journey to Balance.” He is president of The Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley.
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That Marx quote is a HOAX. It has been repeatedly debunked on the web. Marx never said anything close to that in Capital, or anywhere else. Here’s some tip offs: the working class had no access to credit in the 19th century, so it was very rare for someone in the working class to be able to buy their own home, because mortgages were not invented yet. Also, there was no such thing as consumer technology. The scenario imagined in this quote has nothing to do with Marx’s thoughts on the transition from capitalism to socialism. It is a fabricated quote designed to scare people.
From the piece in The American Thinker by Paul Schlicta on how Obama became the nominee and went on to win an 'historic' election. Go ahead, call me paranoid and a conspiracy monger, just as they did those who questioned the JFK and MLK assassinations being carried out by a lone nut job acting on his own:
"Another critical advantage the Obama campaign received was a decisive "October surprise"---a tactic similar to Napoleon's practice of reserving a hidden force to throw into battle at the most decisive moment. In the present election, the spectacular mortgage-market collapse in October seemed to be a fortuitous coincidence. However, some of us, bearing in mind George Soros' previous financial coups and the dictum that in politics, there are so such things as coincidences, are wondering what really happened. For the present, however, this item is colored black and its source is marked as unknown."