Wednesday, April 3, 2013
At this stage in life I have a better sense of flows and ebbs than I did when I was younger. When I was a teenager I was in a town on the Mississippi river. I saw the river often and the bridge that connected the two states on each side. There were markers on the bridge pilings that measured the depth of the water at any given time. The measurements were more important than I realized. Memphis was a town built on cotton trade and when the river's water level was to low the cotton couldn't get up the river to the market. If the water level was high the river was flowing so quickly the barges had problems getting up river. As a teenager this had little interest to me simply because there wasn't any way I could connect the river stages to my life, my family's life, or the financial life of the city.
Just south of Memphis the Mississippi delta begins which at the time was one of the most productive farming land anywhere is the world. Although not wide it stretches a hundred miles and I didn't have any problem connecting the river levels with the lives of the people who lived there. My grandmother had relatives in the delta. Every few years, when there was a rainy spring, the river would flood and the relatives would pack their belongings in the wagon along with their three children and two dogs. After a few days on the road they would show up on grandmother's front porch. They would stay until the flood subsided, pack their belongings and back they would go not knowing if their house was still intact or if it would be dry enough to get the cotton planted in time to make a crop. For them the river levels measured on the bridge pilings was more than a number. As a teenager I couldn't relate the river levels to my family or the city's finances but could link the river numbers to people in the Delta who I knew.
Numbers in and by themselves aren't important but what the numbers represent has impact indirectly and often directly on each of our lives. Such as these massive deficits that will also impact our the children and grandchildren's lives, as well as the financial life of towns, states, our country and the countries that do business with us.
Today we are bombarded with numbers from our government that represent every aspect of our lives. More often than not what the numbers represent simply are not understood. We hear them so often they become meaningless sound bites. How many people hear 7.8 unemployment numbers and know what they mean in a real sense to them at a personal level? If you count the people on the Food Stamp program along with the myriad of other government social services and include all the people who manage these program within the government they are growing to as many people who have productive jobs.
These numbers, like the river level numbers on the bridge pilings, are warnings.
There is a small percentage of people in our country who know and understand what all of the government reported numbers mean and because of this knowledge they are safe and can profit no matter if the river rises or falls. While we or our wives go to the local grocer after stopping to top off our gas tank and wonder what just happened. Spent more - got less. Later in the evening watching the less offensive anchorman/woman inform us that our government spent more money today than it had and our debt per household is greater than the amount of money most of us make in two years and we wonder how did this happen.
So long as we continue to wonder "how did this happen" it will continue to happen. So long as we don't know what numbers represent and how government works it will never stop. The Tea Party hopes the answer is to get rid of the 'good-old-boys-and girls and elect a new group of good-old-boys-and girls. We have shuffled the deck before and it has helped…. Helped in the sense of slowing but not solving the problems in any long term way. Most of our 'NEWLY" elected boys and girls have been invited into the cloak room in the House and Senate and are quickly seduced to the dark side. In these dark places they have been assured that their lust for power and wealth is good and that the fraternity will protect and help them achieve their real goals.
Ignorance, popular socialist leaders, and the liberal media are the dangers to our way or life and wellbeing. The leaders prey on the ignorant. The liberal press guides the ignorant. This ignorance has nothing to do with color, education levels, or financial status. Within this group there is a need to be taken care of… a reliance on government to protect them and their families from real and perceived dangers. No matter how many examples they are confronted with each day they still believe that government is their protector, their friend, and their ally. Abandon all hope for no amount of education, cajoling, or personal experience will sway them. This is a character disorder of magnitude and unlike personality disorders, which are responsive to learning and change, the character disorders are not.
The country is divided along many different fronts. What was once the political conservative party is divided. Alvin Toffler wrote over twenty years ago predicting these divisions within the nation and explaining how these divisions would come about, saying the outcome would be that all power would be taken from the citizens and centered in government.
The Rubicon is crossed. All of the shortcomings that lie within a democracy have happened. The voters through our leaders have voted to take from the productive and transfer to the unproductive. All of the promises made to the good-old-new-boys and girls in the cloak rooms will come to pass.
This government has already run out of 'other people's money' and has been borrowing money to keep the show on the road. Europe is showing us the cost of this way of governing. We see the numbers, we hear the outcries, but like the numbers on the river pilings we don't link them to our lives.
All of our cities where government has been most proactive are dangerous, decaying, bankrupted cites, such as Detroit, Memphis, New Orleans, along with the bankrupted cities in California where citizens live in poverty and fear. Where city fathers did their cloak room deal, expanding their wealth and power, while the children kill children, where children kill adults, and where adults assault and kill children. Moral and financial decay. Memphis has accepted that it cannot educate their children and gave up their school charter to the state which turned the problem to the county school system which has no real means of managing the Memphis school system. Now the county school system, which was doing a good educational job, will now be lowered if not brought down by the financial burden.
Stories like this one come into our homes every day and we think that is a problem in Memphis, Detroit, or Stockton. Mississippi has been at the bottom of the State's education ladder. It is as if that position is ours to protect. Recently Mississippi Senate passed a bill allowing chartered schools and the House rejected the bill. (Cloak room guidance warns against meaningful changes.)
For any reader who has gotten this far into this article I want to assure you that this is simply my view and I am hopeful. Change happens over time. Buildings see a useful life span and so do people along with ideas and values. The best we can hope for is to have some say in the change that is inevitable.
Every democracy in history has failed. They all failed for the same reason and more or less and in the same way through lust for power on the part of the good-old-boys and debt. Our democracy has lasted longer than most.
Our President, some in Congress, and the media tell us we are not in a financial crisis. We are not. We will not be in a crisis until there is no more money to transfer and the national debt comes due. Then we will be in a crisis and only then will the electorate say, "Oh, that’s what all those number meant."
America, its government, business, and citizens have a history of doing things in a big way. No nation has had so many trillions of dollars of debt. I assume this is a true milestone. Never have we had such a small percentage of the work force paying most of the taxes.. That for sure in a milestone. Never have we had so many people living off government support programs. As the various countries in Europe, through social government managing their economies, wake up in crisis they are surprised even though for years they have been warned there would be a consequence to the massive wealth transfer. These governments could no longer prop up their economy and their debt came due. Crash and burn….The warning numbers were there for all to see.
To redirect the finger pointing, the numbers are here for all our citizens to see but our social express has left the station. As we lost any and all sense of responsibility things changed. In the European countries the non-producers checks are in the mail. The wealthy are moving their money to other countries and the working middle class buys less because the money is worth less. In our country our working middle class is able to buy less because their dollars are worth less and many of the businesses they work for are closing their doors while they are beginning to pay more hidden taxes.
If our economy crashed and burned who would be hurt? What would happen? The social program group's checks would still be in the mail but would buy less. Government employee jobs would be safe and their money would buy less. In the chaos government would step in and take more power over business and people. More money will be printed leading to a greater devaluation of the buying power of the dollar.
Younger voters have never lived though a real economic down turn. Middle age voter have lived through a couple but for the most part they were too young at the time to appreciate what was happening. Older voters have lived through many and each time the middle class working person was forced to pay for government mistakes. Contrary to what government and the liberal media says, all businesses price their goods and services with the estimated tax build into the price of their goods and services. At some point after the sale the business transfer the tax collected from the consumer to the government. All the economic blunders came about through government's social engineering. Reality is often difficult to recognize but simply put the more we govern, citizens life through entitlement, taxes, and regulations rather than allowing freedom, choice, and personal responsibility. The outcomes are the same and undesirable here, around the world, and throughout the history of fallen nations.
Pessimism is a word that leads to and is the cause of non-action. Pessimism grows like an untreated cancer. Seems like the low older conservative turn-out in the last election was a direct result of pessimism and the loss of the election. The battle in the nation is about beliefs, values, and principles. These are taught in most families but it take time and life experiences for them to be full understood, appreciated, and incorporated into people's lives. Government social programs over generations prevents this maturing process to take place. In history 'good' serfs got to live in the shadow of the castles but not inside that walls. Inside was the administrative people, supporters of the realm, along with the leader's guards. This is where we find ourselves.
"If there is anything that links the human to the divine, it is the courage to stand by a principle when everybody else rejects it." -- Abraham Lincoln… I love this quote and at the time it was made Abe could safely assume that all men had principles to stand by. The word itself is never used by politicians nor uttered on the national media. In this current narcissistic fragmented society principles are hard to find and people who hold them are few.
We have been able to find electable conservative leaders in the last two elections. Not nearly enough. In 583 days we will go to the voting booth again. Finding more electable conservative leaders is a difficult process as we have seen. The candidates we find will not be the choice of the national GOP and once again we will be fighting two battles. For us to have a voice in the national GOP we must be part of the state and local GOP. Simple idea but difficult to do but it is a 'must do' in each state and voting district. There will be no welcome mats.
We are living in a unique time that none of us have ever seen… Government and society is no longer making changes here and there or taking from and adding to this or that law or program which has been the direction since the mid sixties. All of the small changes, over many congresses, has finally summed to the transformation of America as we have known it. The Rubicon has been crossed.
The nation is fragmented.
The river is rising, all the warning signals are blinking red, time is not on our side.
We know how to win this battle and we can win.
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Posted by Docnick at 9:09 AM
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
I never would have imagined that I would forward an article from the Washington Post to any place other than the trash basket. This will the third article published in the liberal media that has questioned Obama and his leadership in recent weeks.
Is this a sign of some change taking place? Or is this simply a bump in the long love affair the liberal media has had with our President? Obama is wooing some of the GOP members at the moment and I suspect he will turn his attention back the his soul-mates in the press soon.
A brilliant commentary out of none other than the Washington Post. 18 Jan 2013
By Matt Patterson (columnist - Washington Post, New York Post, San Francisco Examiner)
Years from now, historians may regard the 2008 election of Barack Obama as an inscrutable and disturbing phenomenon, the result of a baffling breed of mass hysteria akin perhaps to the witch craze of the Middle Ages. How, they will wonder, did a man so devoid of professional accomplishment beguile so many into thinking he could manage the world's largest economy, direct the world's most powerful military, execute the world's most consequential job? Imagine a future historian examining Obama's pre-presidential life: ushered into and through the Ivy League despite unremarkable grades and test scores along the way; a cushy non-job as a "community organizer"; a brief career as a state legislator devoid of legislative achievement (and in fact nearly devoid of his attention, so often did he vote "present"); and finally an unaccomplished single term in the United States Senate, the entirety of which was devoted to his presidential ambitions.
He left no academic legacy in academia, authored no signature legislation as a legislator. And then there is the matter of his troubling associations: the white-hating, America-loathing preacher who for decades served as Obama's "spiritual mentor"; a real-life, actual terrorist who served as Obama's colleague and political sponsor. It is easy to imagine a future historian looking at it all and asking: how on Earth was such a man elected president?
Not content to wait for history, the incomparable Norman Podhoretz addressed the question recently in the Wall Street Journal: To be sure, no white candidate who had close associations with an outspoken hater of America like Jeremiah Wright and an unrepentant terrorist like Bill Ayers, would have lasted a single day. But because Mr. Obama was black, and therefore entitled in the eyes of liberal Dom to have hung out with protesters against various American injustices, even if they were a bit extreme, he was given a pass. Let that sink in: Obama was given a pass - held to a lower standard - because of the color of his skin.
Podhoretz continues: And in any case, what did such ancient history matter when he was also so articulate and elegant and (as he himself had said) "non-threatening," all of which gave him a fighting chance to become the first black president and thereby to lay the curse of racism to rest?
Podhoretz puts his finger, I think, on the animating pulse of the Obama phenomenon - affirmative action. Not in the legal sense, of course. But certainly in the motivating sentiment behind all affirmative action laws and regulations, which are designed primarily to make white people, and especially white liberals, feel good about themselves.
Unfortunately, minorities often suffer so that whites can pat themselves on the back. Liberals routinely admit minorities to schools for which they are not qualified, yet take no responsibility for the inevitable poor performance and high drop-out rates which follow. Liberals don't care if these minority students fail; liberals aren't around to witness the emotional devastation and deflated self-esteem resulting from the racist policy that is affirmative action. Yes, racist. Holding someone to a separate standard merely because of the color of his skin - that's affirmative action in a nutshell, and if that isn't racism, then nothing is.
And that is what America did to Obama. True, Obama himself was never troubled by his lack of achievements, but why would he be? As many have noted, Obama was told he was good enough for Columbia despite undistinguished grades at Occidental; he was told he was good enough for the US Senate despite a mediocre record in Illinois ; he was told he was good enough to be president despite no record at all in the Senate. All his life, every step of the way, Obama was told he was good enough for the next step, in spite of ample evidence to the contrary.
What could this breed if not the sort of empty narcissism on display every time Obama speaks? In 2008, many who agreed that he lacked executive qualifications nonetheless raved about Obama's oratory skills, intellect, and cool character. Those people - conservatives included - ought now to be deeply embarrassed.
The man thinks and speaks in the hoariest of cliché and that's when he has his Teleprompters in front of him; when the prompter is absent he can barely think or speak at all. Not one original idea has ever issued from his mouth - it's all warmed-over Marxism of the kind that has failed over and over again for 100 years.
And what about his character? Obama is constantly blaming anything and everything else for his troubles. Bush did it; it was bad luck; I inherited this mess. It is embarrassing to see a president so willing to advertise his own powerlessness, so comfortable with his own incompetence. But really, what were we to expect? The man has never been responsible for anything, so how do we expect him to act responsibly?
In short: our president is a small and small-minded man, with neither the temperament nor the intellect to handle his job. When you understand that, and only when you understand that, will the current erosion of liberty and prosperity make sense. It could not have gone otherwise with such a man in the Oval Office.
Thanks Matt Patterson..
There are 603 days and 4 hours till the polls open in November 2014. That seems like a lot of time but it isn't really… What are we to do between now and then? We might consider having a state Tea Party rally………
Posted by Docnick at 9:31 AM
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Each time I vote I wonder IF I am voting for the right candidate. Part of what causes this confusion is the fact that usually I feel I'm simply voting for the one candidate that is/was not as bad as the other. The one candidate that I thought was not as bad as the other candidate often lost the election and that was the end of it….. BUT on a few scattered elections I felt I has some choices. If the candidate I voted for won I thought I made the right choice and felt I had done a good thing. On those rare occasions where I voted for the person who got elected they went to Washington and cast votes against every belief I hold. Not all the time, not on every bill, but often.
There have been occasions, like this last election, where I supported a candidate I really knew little about other than hearing some of his campaign speeches. His name is Ted Cruz…. (I'm sure everyone got tired of me talking about him in The Oxford Tea Party articles…) He won. Went to Washington and haven't heard much about him since he has been there. It often takes the first six months for the newly elected to find the cafeteria, rest room , and their offices. So I really don't expect much from them early own.
However, as it turns out Mr. Cruz is doing 'something' and has been since day one. The metrics that I use as a measuring rod is the New York Times. (Confession: I get RSS feed daily from NY Times.) When the Times writes about and attacks a newly elected person it means they are truly conservative. He/she is walking, talking, and voting conservative values. Acting like a conservative human being in a sea of liberal go-along-to-get-along good old boys and girls.
Gosh, NY Times says Cruz is confrontational like the Tea Party. Not only that but he was one of thirty four members to vote against raising the debt limit. One of nineteen who voted against selling military arms to Egypt and to top it off voted against John Kerry for secretary of state. Last noted by the Times he filibustered against Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense. Given the tone of the Times' article Cruz is one bad dude….. (I'm sure Hagel, who has been a part of this august body, will be confirmed even without Cruz's vote.)
All of us who supported Ted should pat ourselves on the back. Drop him a note, send him an e-mail, and call his office and say, "Thanks." The pressure on these newly elected by their own party is relentless. (i.e. Mitch McConnell)
Most GOPs in the House are not conservative GOPs. They are not the Tea Party GOP. (Many, I am sure, are Dems in disguise.…. Well, maybe not.)
Here is a short list of guys we need to write and call giving them our support:
Rand Paul, (Kentucky) Macro Rubio,(Florida) Pat Toomey, (Pennsylvania) Jeff Flake, (Arizona) Mike Lee, (Utah) Tim Scott (South Carolina) and Ted Cruz.(Texas) Stick these names on the bathroom mirror. These men are conservative in word and deed. All seem to be men of principles. This is a core conservative group that we need to help grow. The next election is only sixteen months away.
We must find a way to send as many support messages as we can to these newly elected. It the right thing for us to do and if do it consistently he/she will not forget for a moment who sent them there and why. Also, they may end up paying more attention when we send our 'don't vote for this or that bill' message. (What do you think.?)
Here is a copy of e-mail I sent to NY Times: Just a quick note on the article you wrote concerning Ted Cruz and his voting record…. What is most important for you to note is he works for me and a goodly number of people I know and many others I don't know. We hired him and we pay him to do what he is doing. Get it? He is our employee…..At no time did we consult with you or any of the staff at the NY Times concerning this job or the best person to fill this position.
The editorial staff at the NY Times seems to have a biased view of America as well as Orwellian view of how government should be. In an effort to save you time and effort we want you to know we will not buy into your writers' notions and evolve into a "Robin Hood thievery nation." Our forefathers didn't, our parents didn't, and we won't either.
By espousing this socialist agenda your group of writers has destroyed one of the greatest newspapers the world has ever seen.
(I don't think this e-mail has been read by any of the Times staff writers. I really don't care. Also, I don't think I have fully confessed that when I was twenty years old, I lived in New York, was a liberal democrat, and read the New York Times everyday. Just like a liberal democrat should.)
Posted by Docnick at 5:52 AM
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Below is a link to a speech that Dr. Carson gave at the national prayer meeting a few days ago. I suspect many of you did not see him speak. also, I assume many do not know him nor what he has done and is doing.
This speech is over twenty minutes so set aside time to watch.
I seldom, if ever, send out a link like this.
I think you will need to copy this in your browser. This will become a google search and at the top of the search you will see the link to Dr. carson speech at the national prayer meeting.
Posted by Docnick at 10:24 AM