Monday, October 25, 2010

The Tolling of the Bells

This is a "to-the-point' article…. I know that the media as well as others think the Tea Party is about firing Dems and hiring Repubs….In a way that is true but not the whole picture. Tea Party wants to fire "LIBERAL" Dems and hire "CONSERVATIVE" Repubs and YES, a couple of adjectives make a world of difference. If we had the option of a conservative Dem or a liberal Repub, we would change on a dime. That is what neither the politicians nor the media can seem to get. This Tea Party movement is not about national parties… what has happened, over time, is the two parties have sold the American citizen on the idea that one party is liberal and progressive and the other just stodgy 'back-looking' old men. The one group will give you 'something' and the other group wants to 'take away' something you have….What is so incredible is we don't see ourselves as naïve. We see ourselves as astute each time we pull the lever and vote once again for the "always to be reelected good old boy" without ever really knowing at who they are, what they believe in, and what values do they hold along with how they have voted while on the job.

This time (come November 2) something will be different. Not different for all but for many voters. Certainly different for all who are running for office at any level of government. Many candidates know that we are going to take them behind the tool shed and have a little 'getting-right-with-Jesus' talk. They are running scared and they should be. We are coming after them.

Now to our featured article: Charlie Reese, a retired reporter for the Orlando Sentinel has hit the nail directly on the head, defining clearly who it is that in the final analysis must assume responsibility for the judgments made that impact each one of us every day.

Charley Reese has been a journalist for 49 years and is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.

545 PEOPLE--By Charlie Reese

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them..

Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don't propose a federal budget. The president does.

You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does.

You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does.

You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes.

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits.... . The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? Nancy Pelosi. She is the leader of the majority party. She and fellow House members, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts -- of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can't think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair.

If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red.

If the Army & Marines are in IRAQ , it's because they want them in IRAQ .

If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way.

There are no insoluble government problems.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power.

Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation," or "politics" that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.

They, and they alone, have the power..

They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses.

Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees...

We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

Charlie Reese

This article by Mr. Reese is helpful because the article looks at congress as a whole. He does not direct the article at political parties but to evolving concentration of power in Washington and the misuse and abuse by various federal departments our the congress has spawned regardless of who or which party is in control.

Hopefully by November 3 we will have enough conservative new leaders to spark a dialogue within the old Repubs' guard. Already the talk from the Repub's senior leaders is about 'how to co-op' the new members in by offering them certain House and Senate positions. The new members will want to be a part, to 'fit in' to the club and certainly will not want to make waives. Makes sense and is normal behavior. We will be their only support from this seduction and enormous pressure.

The congressional game is has begun. Know that whatever the outcome, it will affect us again.

Just to make everyone's day, here is one more example of how the federal bureaucrats are inventing rules that run our lives. One could only wish this example was the 'only' incredible and arrogant rule federal bureaucrats have come up with.

A civil rights complaint has been filed against a woman in Grand Rapids, Mich., who posted an advertisement at her church last July seeking a Christian roommate.

The ad "expresses an illegal preference for a Christian roommate, thus excluding people of other faiths,” according to the complaint filed by the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan."It's a violation to make, print or publish a discriminatory statement," Executive Director Nancy Haynes told Fox News. "There are no exemptions to that."

Haynes said the unnamed 31-year-old woman’s case was turned over to the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. Depending on the outcome of the case, she said, the woman could face several hundreds of dollars in fines and “fair housing training so it doesn’t happen again.”

Harold Core, director of public affairs with the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, told the Grand Rapids Press that the Fair Housing Act prevents people from publishing an advertisement stating their preference of religion, race or handicap with respect to the sale or rental of a dwelling.

"It's really difficult to say at this point what could potentially happen," he told the newspaper, noting that there are exemptions in the law for gender when there is a shared living space.

But Joel Oster, an attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund, which is representing the woman free of charge, describes the case as "outrageous." "Clearly this woman has a right to pick and choose who she wants to live with," he said.
"Christians shouldn't live in fear of being punished by the government for being Christians. It is completely absurd to try to penalize a single Christian woman for privately seeking a Christian roommate at church -- an obviously legal and constitutionally protected activity."

Haynes said the person who filed the initial complaint saw the ad on the church bulletin board and contacted the local fair housing organization.
The ad included the words, "Christian roommate wanted," along with the woman's contact information. Had the ad not included the word "Christian," Haynes said, it would not have been illegal."If you read it and you were not Christian, would you not feel welcome to rent there?" Haynes

Don't you wonder how Mr. Haynes has come up with this question and at the same time found a way to ignore the home owner's rights to chose who she wants to have in her home and who she wants live with? Had the lady put in her ad "no drugs, no alcohol, no smoking, no loud music," how would she then have been charged? Would her fine have gone up? Is it really possible that we have come to the point that we can't choose who we allow in our homes? Given the governments perception of political correctness what position would they have taken in this case IF the woman had been a Muslim?

Come November… By November 3 we will all know for whom the bells have tolled with the many packing their lap tops, wringing their hands, and going off to look for honest work. Hopefully something they are more qualified to do...


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