Monday, January 9, 2012

Ducks - This Time Its Different

"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims is the most oppressive. C.S. Lewis

If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it must be a duck. OK, that works just fine for ducks but what happens with politicians desperate to be reelected? First they wait to make sure they know which way the wind is blowing and then they pull out their campaign scripts and begin their Duck Act. Looking like, walking like, and quacking like a conservative - which is just what we want to see and hear. Then, through faults of their own, they slip up and we discover them to RINOs….Not ducks...(RINO stands for Republicans in Name Only…Just in case anyone missed it.)

There is an old adage that says, "Fool me once shame on you".."Fool me twice shame on me." Our conservatives want-to-bes can RINO us twice in one well structured campaign slogan….It doesn't seem to matter if they did the same thing to us yesterday, twice today, and three times tomorrow nor does it matter if we are talking liberal Democrats or so-called conservative Republicans. We the voters say at-a-boy, that’s just what we want to hear….

At some point we all must take responsibility for this remarkable mess. Not just conservatives, but independents, Dems, GOPers because we are all responsible. We didn't come to this point in time on the back of the watermelon wagon. We are the best educated, most productive, best informed generation in the history of America. What we have done with all that is we have is allowed five or six hundred of our elected representatives to systematically destroy the greatest country in the history of the world. I want to say, "Lord help us," but I'm not because he has helped already by giving us the ability to see, listen, think, evaluate, and act.

I don't want to labor this litany of failures and abuses but lets look at a few simple examples in recent government history concerning services that are important to all of the us:

A.. The U.S. Postal Service was established in 1775. You have had 234 years to get it right and it is broke.
B.. Social Security was established in 1935. You have had 74 years to get it right and it is broke.
C.. Fannie Mae was established in 1938. You have had 71 years to get it right and it is broke.
D.. War on Poverty started in 1964. You have had 45 years to get it right; $1 trillion of our money is confiscated each year and transferred to "the poor" and they only want more..
E.. Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965. You have had 44 years to get it right and they are broke.
F.. Freddie Mac was established in 1970. You have had 39 years to get it right and it is broke.
G.. The Department of Energy was created in 1977 to lessen our dependence on foreign oil. It has ballooned to 16,000 employees with a budget of $24 billion a year and we import more oil than ever before. 32 years of failure.... (Paid for by guess who?)

Our government torments us with their sincerely exercised tyrannies assuring they are for our own good. Even though their well meaning schemes oppress us over and over, we send our approval - by reelecting them.

Our poorer group of citizens sees and accepts the political system as it has evolved and uses it effectively. We, in the Tea Party, on the other hand seem not to be as insightful. We rail against each new restriction, new regulation, each and every new tax…. We came together and in 2010 and won a battle… Our reward in this 2012 election cycle, for all our good work, is a slate of candidates who, with the exception of one or maybe two, are RINOs simply making quacking sounds.

Our national media along with the people who do political polling assure us that Romney is our best shot for beating Obama for president. This is being echoed by the national GOP so it must be so. These trustworthy groups are in the 'know' but should we be uneasy with their prophecy? Have they ever been wrong? Have they ever mislead us? Well, maybe in 2012 we will do our on vetting and look beyond the traditional political pundits, sound bites, insightful one minute ads, and dismiss all of their quacking.… Our ideals, beliefs, and principles for a president may need to be reconsidered. (Out of the 300 million of us we seem to have come up short.) So the best we can hope for is a candidate committed to conservative ideas, able to articulate to conservative voters, and experienced in the working of government. Those requirements narrow the field of candidates down to one and by throwing in lots of imagination maybe two.

When Romney ran against Kennedy in 94 for the senate, Kennedy would have won no matter what…However, Kennedy campaigned against him using Romney's history as a business man. Speaking of baggage, the national media hasn't used Romney's baggage buried in the details of his business life, what he did to make his money, and his time as governor as of yet. Note: Romney did not run for governor for a second term because he knew he couldn't win. Excuses were given but the bottom line was the people at that point knew who he was….

We said "NO" to him the last time he ran for president…. There were reasons we did and the same reasons exist today. Here he come again, nicely packaged, very deep campaign pockets, but still as shallow as a mud puddle. The national GOP thinks he has the 'right stuff' to get elected…Here we are, once again, not simply with Romney vs McCain but Romney and a whole gaggle of ducks and ducklets.

Fair is a childhood concept. Anyone who has raised two or more children know how they perceive 'fair'. For most, as we mature, the notion of fair becomes a distant construct. We know life is not fair. We accept that some people have more and some have less than others. Progressive socialism strives through wealth distribution to make life fair. The fact that it fails, over time, in every country that tries it, does not in anyway teach a lesson to people in different countries who haven't tried it. In Europe every citizen in every socialist nation is paying a price for wanting more from less. They have been jarred awake…Blood is beginning to seep into the streets there while our President is out selling the same agenda of spreading the wealth because he believes it’s the fair thing to do.….. Many listen and it sounds pretty darn good to them.

Margret Thatcher said, "Socialism works fine until you run out of other peoples money." If being in debt as a nation is a indication we have run out of money it is because we have run out of money and borrowing now from people in other countries.

We must start looking closely at our group of candidates. Everyone was more than willing to look at Gingrich and his history. We know Ron Paul's history…It is getting close to voting time and we need to take care and carefully look at Romney and maybe even Santorum (sp) although I don't really think so.

Romney I'm sure is a good man…. That said, we need to look at his 'accomplishments' by selecting a couple of examples which serves as a way to generalize his behavior in so many areas or his life as well as government. I realized I have chosen a 'hot' button but also something very important to conservatives in general and in particularly conservative women.

"One year after his pro-life conversion, in July of 2005, Mitt Romney vetoed legislation that would expand the use of the morning after pill arguing that it would contribute to abortions….However, just three months later Mitt Romney slid back and signed a bill that expanded state subsidized access to the morning after pill.

Two months after his pro-life conversion, Mitt Romney appointed Matthew Nestor to the bench in Massachusetts, Romney seemingly bowed to political pressure making Nestor a judge even after Nestor, according to the Boston Globe as far back as 1994, had campaigned for political office championing his pro-abortion views.

You would think Romney had been around the block a pretty long time only to finally come to the obvious realization about abortion in July of 2005… (If in fact he did have one of ah-ha moments.) He said he was pro-life in his quacking but not in his walking… Nestor is still on the bench and the state is still subsidizing the 'morning after pill.'

Life happens…Things in life change… Knowingly and sometimes unknowingly we instigate things and events that impact us. Sometimes for the good and sometimes not. No matter, the idea of freedom and the only real freedom we have lies in our choice in deciding how we respond to these experiences. We are not the upper and lower class, we are not the haves and have nots, we are not the smart and the dumb, we are not the conservatives and the liberals. So no matter how each of us identifies with certain group it, defines our personal selves and political selves. We are interlocked with all other citizens by sharing the same destiny. No matter how much effort our President puts into pitting one imagined group against another, we are we. We are the citizens and we are the nation and he is an elected employee…Here today and gone tomorrow.

We are living in a time of rapid change. Once change happens you can't undo the change. Once we knew the world was round instead of flat didn't mean that everyone accepted the reality. So much of the flack the Tea party gets has to do with not accepting new realities.

Driven by America's science and technology the world is getting somewhat flatter. National boundaries are getting blurred. (An example: There are two consistent readers on this Tea Blog who live in small separate towns in north west India. I have no idea why they come to this site. What could they be looking for and/or what do they get when they log on? Unless they have 'Goggled Oxford' I would bet they don't know where Oxford is and may know were Mississippi is. I would bet for each of them, they have some sense of a shared destiny. What happen here impacts them there and what happens there impacts us here. We are interlaced and interlocked.

These up coming elections will have an impact on the world. For 100 years and not always wisely America has been the world leader. We are not some parochial corner of the world in the hands of an out-of-control government. For now and for the next few years we must continue our burden as the world leader.

To be the most powerful nation in the world we must be the most powerful producer in the world. Military power did not put us at the worlds' center but our ability to produce. We educated our children and they built a production machine founded on growing science and technological changes … The world is healthier because of our patented medicines and our patented innovations in technology.

However something has happened that has gone unnoticed by most. We are slipping behind in these two important areas. I am laboring this 2012 campaign and the people because we must find leaders who can look past the next election and do the future planning that is needed to keep the country at the center of this productive world.

We are now 303 days, hours, and 40 minutes till the last round of voting.

Whatever we want to do of importance we must do with others. We are interlaced will all others like never imagined. The people in power need us divided. We must work together because we are connected together.

Dunne said: Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee. 

Let me end this by suggesting that you take a few minutes and click on the link below. Its enlightening, a little scary but offers some obvious answers.


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