Sunday, May 26, 2013

Doubt and Other Trivial Things

It seem and feels like I have awakened in some science fiction future… I assume much like characters in Orwell's book 1984…. In our lifetime I can't believe any of us expected to see a President, his administration, and government departments behave in ways that say so clearly that they govern without regards to the will or interest of the people or the nation and the constitution and will punish whoever opposes them…. At the very least from of this debacle I have a better sense of what the children of Israel felt when God finally decided to punish them for their misdeeds. I suspect they, like us,  got to that point slowly by cutting corners, losing sight of goals, and mission as well as their moral compasses.

 Is this not where we are?  We the children of America…

For sure we have lost our way. Not in some "bang" moment but over generations and many congresses and presidents. With each new law and regulation we have lost a bit here and there thinking that what we are doing is the right thing to do….. Trying to solve real and imagined problems.

Long before Obama became president the people, on the whole, had lost faith in their elected federal government as well as many in their state governments. Nixon at his swearing in ceremony said that government is too big to manage. Could it be that is the core of our problems? Reagan said government was the problem. Are our government departments to big and too complicated to manage? Is the population too big to manage?

As more laws, rules, and regulations are passed it takes more people to enforce them.  As more people join the social programs it takes more people to manage them. Government grows and will continue to grow so long as there is growth in the population. The idea of cutting the growth of government so long as these conditions are in place is simply a pipe dream. It doesn't matter who we send to Washington…. It doesn't matter what they say as candidates. They can only slow the train down.  (Maybe not even that.)

In our lifetime has there ever been an election where most candidates didn't promise to cut taxes? Change the tax codes… Even when the elected got one tax cut  they added another somewhere else… Like an old shell game..

Federal government has lost its way… This IRS scandal is nothing more than a reminder…
The good guys in Syria that Obama is wanting to help out are bad guys. We can't tell, in the Mideast, who are the good guys are any longer.  If we ever could. Maybe there aren't any…The question is when do we acknowledge and realize this part of the world has been killing each other since - forever. .. Over many years many administrations have tried to buy their friendship and they can't be bought.

In different ways this country is also divided. Obama and his group of appointees along with the liberal media have defined the American good guys and the American bad guys. This is not new. We have always been divided in some ways such as rich and poor, producers and takers, farmers and city folks but there was core elements back then we could all rally around… Our beliefs, our values, our government, and our country…. We are now a fragmented bunch organized around mostly silly self-interest. Fear grows and in this fragmentation government flourishes. It grows and garners more power to rule… More and more this government  power lies outside congress. Its members also live in fear of their positions and personal power. How they vote on legislation alters how voters vote for them.

The Tea Party offers some hope. Some rallying place where the conservative voice can be spoken. Where the notion of a government for and by the people is an old but valued mission. 

Given where the country is today you would have to have forty fingers to point to who, what, where, and why this has happened… This is a wonderful trick that keeps everyone dazed and confused…. However it's not the rich folks nor the poor folks on the myriad of social programs…. The linkage to all of these problems finds their way back to government and the elected. No matter what we are told or how well the White House staff and the news media edits and interprets reality, it is government that is the wellspring.

TJ say:

The evils of this deluge of paper money are not to be removed until our citizens are generally and radically instructed in their cause and consequences, and silence by their authority the interested clamors and sophistry of speculating, shaving, and banking institutions. Till then we must be content to return, quo ad hoc, to the savage state, to recur to barter in the exchange of our property, for want of a stable, common measure of value, that now in use being less fixed than the beads and wampum of the Indian, and to deliver up our citizens, their property and their labor, passive victims to the swindling tricks of bankers and mountebanks. –Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to John Adams, 21 March  1819.

Can anyone imagine the majority of our elected go to lunch and discuss these same problems that Jefferson and Adams were discussing almost two hundred years ago. What can be imagined is that they gathered and discussed what he or she said on last night's news or this morning's news article, or scores of the football, baseball, or basketball scores. Or some scheme to be used in some way by their political party or themselves for some imagined political gain. To try and label some good and some bad is simply a waste of time. They are who they are and they are a reflection of the times we find ourselves in….

We must replace them. Particularly the older, been around a long time, good old boys… So long as they are in place they will make sure the system of government they have had a hand in crafting will continue. This secures their power. The growth of their personal wealth is directly linked to the number of days they have been in elected office as well as the number of people indebted to them who will contribute to their next political campaign. Period.

Know that the values, beliefs, and principles that are held by Tea Party members are viewed by many as dangerous…The President and the media say we are dangerous. Certainly our values run counter to theirs. We are their political enemies. The current administration and the various federal departments such as the IRS are being brought to bear on any and all groups such as ours. It is the core of Chicago politics to not just  beat the opponents but to destroy them at a personal level so they can never challenge again.

Certainly the Tea Party is in the sights of the Obama's administration. This will not stop.

Another Trivial Thing:

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

The DHS appears to have finally found a use for all those bullets it’s been buying. At a Tea Party protest outside an IRS building in St. Louis yesterday there were no regular police – only armed Homeland Security guards

In 2011, the DHS asserted that it had every right to spy on peaceful protest groups and had been using Federal Protective Service (FPS) agents to do so since at least 2006.

In March, Arkansas State Fusion Center Director Richard Davis admitted  that the federal agency spies on Americans deemed to be “anti-government,” noting that the DHS concentrates on, “domestic terrorism and certain groups that are anti-government. We want to kind of take a look at that and receive that information,” so-called threats which included people, “putting political stickers in public bathrooms or participating in movements against the death penalty.”

A 2012 Senate subcommittee investigation of DHS data fusion centers found that millions of dollars had been spent not on gathering important anti-terrorism information but on collating “a bunch of crap,” which was “unrelated to terrorism” and in fact targeted Americans peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights.

In its promotional material for the ‘See Something, Say Something’ snitch program, the DHS has routinely portrayed white, middle class Americans as the most likely terrorists. Mock news reports and security drills run by the DHS have also depicted gun owners and homeschoolers as violent terrorists.

It’s no surprise that the DHS is now deploying its agents to defend the IRS against the ire of the American people given that both federal agencies have gone to extreme lengths to target law-abiding, conservative, or God forbid “anti-government” Americans as domestic extremists and even terrorists. (www.

In closing let me suggest to all the Tea members in Mississippi and all other Tea folks around the country  to look at the Democratic party activities in you town. Monthly meeting and training in all of them. They are well funded and organized. We may have right on our side but come the 2014 elections that is not what turns voters out.  If the DEMS get control of the House back, the last two years with Obama will be like no other in our history. He will, in those two years, write a socialist legacy for himself that will be difficult if not impossible to change.

Last go around the rumor spread that most or the people who voted for Obama would not vote for him and he could be beaten by a wimpy white rich guy who made it through one term as governor and managed to create the failed health program in the state he governed. Clearly that rumor was started by the elite political  group that runs the GOP. What will they concoct next election cycle? The national GOP believes that we have to go along no matter who they decide on.

Or do we?

Another trivial thing:

Today's Polls: New Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 44% of Likely U.S. Voters now have a favorable opinion of the Tea Party. That's up 14 points from January but still down from April 2009's high of 51% when the Tea Party protests against President Obama’s spending policies first erupted.

Another NOT so trivial thing:

2000 of the students graduating last week from Mississippi High Schools could not pass the reading test.

(I guess we can be grateful they didn't publish the results of the math test.)

532 days - 6 hours - 32 minutes till the next round of voting…..