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.
The paternalistic "what your country can do for you" implies that government is the patron, the citizen the ward, a view that is at odds with the free man's belief in his own responsibility for his own destiny. The organismic, 'what you can do for your country' implies that government is the master or the deity, the citizen, the servant or the votary. To the free man, the country is the collection of individuals who compose it, not something over and above them. He is proud of a common heritage and loyal to common traditions. But he regards government as a means, an instrumentality, neither a grantor of favors, and gifts, nor a master or god to be blindly worshipped and served.
I always worry when I hear "what can you do for your country?"
Mainly because, the last time I looked, politicians were public servants. They serve at MY (and every other citizen's) pleasure.
I have no problem offering myself in service to the country in a time of need - a period when the country MUST come together. I have no problem volunteering to help those who cannot help themselves, or giving food to food banks. These are things I do because I know they are good for ME, and good for those who receive assistance. And if by offering my life or work in the pursuit of the country's BEST interests (say, in a war that threatens us, such as against Nazis or Al Qaeda), that is MY choice.
But when presidents begin exhorting us to offer ourselves out for THEIR use, that's a major problem. I had no problem with Obama's speech yesterday. I had a huge problem with the likely contents of whatever his previous speech was - going along with his lesson plan on "what can you do to help President Obama?"
I am also concerned by what the Obama cultists refer to as a "call to service" - the "pledge" made by Hollywood elites offering to 'make the world a better place' by doing various wonderful things. Among these wonderful things is continually interspersed "to be of service to President Obama".
These neo-Obama Youth have no idea what they've done by pledging fealty. I have many people saying "it's a call to service". Interesting, so was the Hitler Youth a "call to service". Fealty is a dangerous thing - and Obama is cultivating it. All in for a good cause, of course.....
Here are a couple of thoughts on the topics highlighted in the articles above.
First, I agree that many are confused about the right to health care. You have the right to seek health care. It is your decision to visit a doctor. In addition, rights also carry responsibilities. I have responsibility for myself and my family. I do not have the responsibility to pay for your health care if you are not in my family or under my care. You have the responsibility to figure out how you will pay for your health care in the same way I do.
I am all for applying consumer directed health care principles that would bring transparency to price and quality, address portability and create long-term financing options (e.g. HSAs, insurance, etc.). Lower prices and greater choices would result if these principles were applied. Today, government prevents this from happening.
Who would expect politicians to think clearly on this subject?
Second, Ron Bloom is anything but a manufacturing expert. In fact, I would like to understand what this former Steelworker union operative knows about manufacturing period.
But this is what really bothers me. Tell me why Obama is setting up a parallel government structure with all of these czars to run every sector of the economy?
Does anyone see what is happening on the chess board?
Add this to the intrugue. Obama will become the first American president to chair the 15-member UN Security Council. Does he have one-world government ambitions like his sponsor Mr. Soros? God knows he is trying to trash the Constitution.
Lastly, is anyone going to Washington on Saturday, September 12 for the national tea party? My guess is that a 100,000 people show up. Is that low or high?
Barrett ... very interesting questions. Is it possible that Obama is being manipulated into setting up the parallel government structure so that Soros, his chief investor and Manipulator in Chief, through Obama the Empty Suit, can have his own kingdom here in what was formerly the most powerful nation in the world?
I have deeply distrusted Soros since he first appeared on the American scene after having caused havoc and destruction in Europe.
Why can't we just import gorgeous gloves, wonderful textiles and great cheeses from Europe, and leave those incredibly tacky people over there?
By the way, I find it incredibly arrogant that the Bloviator in Chief told the nation's youngsters yesterday that they should study hard and make good grades, while he himself has spent millions of dollars concealing all his scholastic records from high school, Occidental College, and advanced degree efforts at Columbia University and Harvard from the view of the citizens he is supposed to be representing.
Got something to hide, Barry? A "teachable moment," perhaps?