My friend Michelle Moons talks about Arizona residents protesting the dumping of immigrants into their community. Give her a read here. => Oracle-Arizona-Residents-Stand-Their-Ground
America is an idea. We were supposed to be governed by citizen/legislators rather than elected royalty. That revolutionary idea was supposed to keep government small and simple. Sure, a complex and invasive government was fine for European empires, but that bloated form of government was supposed to be un-American. When we say these United States are in decline, they are in decline because of the decline of that one simple idea.
America isn’t wealth. We say a company is in decline when its productivity falls and its debts accumulate. It is certainly true that the Obama administration has given America a record amount of debt and unemployment. Some of that debt was accumulated with the help of a willing House and Senate, but the Obama Administration also spent lots of taxpayer money on their own. That documents the rise of an imperial presidency that acts outside the law. Sadly, those debts will reduce the purchasing power of the next few generations of Americans. Economic decline is a tragedy, but it is not the decline of America. It is only a symptom.
America isn’t freedom. We now have a government that can spy on its citizens. Your phone calls, your e-mails, your snail mail and your online browsing are recorded by the government. That gives the federal government blackmail materials on everyone. A corrupt politician can make innocence look like guilt even if you have a life of spotless virtue. We have far too many self-serving politicians and bureaucrats who are eager to use that power. Corruption is a symptom of decline, but not its root.
American government was supposed to be simple. The reason was obvious. The American founders saw royalty in Britain and France use every government as a political weapon. Every bureau and regulation advanced the political power of the sovereign. The complex apparatus of government served those in power rather than serving the citizens. That sounds like the government we have here today.
Here are the obvious examples in case you’ve forgotten. Now we’ve seen the IRS used against the political opponents of the Obama administration. We’ve seen the EPA used against industries that refuse to make political payoffs. We weaponized healthcare so that political supporters get exemptions to Obamacare. We even select American immigrants based on their political usefulness. Those are the symptoms of an imperial and politicized government.
America was supposed to be a classless society without royalty. America now has a political class. We have our home grown royalty of Hillionaires who struggle to live on millions of dollars a year. We’ve seen these politicians weaponize government, and I don’t trust them to govern. I’d rather elect the local butcher, baker, insurance broker or minister. These ordinary men and women have America’s interests at heart. Professional politicians don’t.
You make my point if you argue our current American government is too complex to be run by the ordinary citizen/legislator. That vast complexity isn’t a high-performance feature; that complexity is a fault. “Too complex to govern” belongs on the trash heap of failed ideas right there with “too big to fail.”
Simplify the government of these Unites States and return power to the citizens. I trust my fellow citizens to solve our problems. I trust them far more than I trust our royal politicians.
Thank you to Clash Daily for publishing an earlier version of this article.
Hillary Clinton said American gun owners terrorize the country as they shoot children with machine guns.
There are mass murders in our schools every week according to the anti-rights group Mom’s Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
That is news to me and probably news to you as well. We didn’t hear about those sensationally violent events for a simple reason. We never knew about them because they never happened. The only thing murdered in a weekly press release was the truth. Yes, the anti-gunners lied to the American people, and this wasn’t the first time. After he announced his resignation, the Executive Director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns finally admitted his anti-gun proposals would never stop the crazy mass murderers. That means he has been lying to us for years!
When questioned about her lie, Hillary Clinton could say again, “What difference does it make!” Clinton is wrong again. It makes a difference again. You lied again, Hillary, but again your sensational lie was reported as the truth. As intended, Hillary Clinton’s lie was repeated by an enthusiastic media and accepted by many ignorant voters as fact.
Fortunately, those of us who support the right of self-defense have an overwhelming antidote against lies in the media. This time, civil-rights advocates like us are prepared with a secret tool. We have something the gun-grabbers lack. Those of us who support self-defense are equipped with something the lying anti-rights groups lost long ago.
We have our good reputation!
Our friends and neighbors trust us as reasonable people, as people who are both safe and fun to be around. Our good reputation refutes the lies the gun-grabbers tell about gun owners. Our good character does more for the right of self-defense than a multi-million dollar public relations campaign because our friends and neighbors believe us rather than the media.
This matters because 2014 is another election year. Our ability to protect our family and the right of self-defense is at risk from politicians.. again. We can easily defend our rights for years to come. Simply take someone shooting. Yes, it is that easy. Simply take a neighbor or a friend to the range with you and spend some time with them. Show them the fun and safety of shooting. By doing something that simple you brand the anti-rights groups as liars. You prove your point without saying a thing about politics or statistics.
Your smile and the smile of your new shooting friend say everything that need be said. What a difference that makes in preserving our right of self-defense!
If you’re feeling generous, you could even invite one of your local politicians to the range. Don’t worry too much. Being seen with a politician won’t tarnish your good reputation.
Our culture changed. Our politicians and our culture set a trap and ensnared a new generation into poverty and ignorance. It isn’t slavery, but it might as well be. We created a character trap. Let me show you the path into the trap.
Reach back to the 1940s, and you could find rich and poor of good character. A poor man might feed his family from a small plot and work several part time jobs to meet his family’s needs. Poverty and employment were not a matter of race. Blacks had a lower rate of unemployment than whites during the height of the great depression. That isn’t true today.
America remains a land of opportunity, even with our Obama created economic down turn. We see poor people become neurosurgeons, and rich play-girls get the frequent visitor discount at rehab centers. Today you can find a job if you’re willing to live in a travel trailer and chase the oil boom in North Dakota or Texas. Many can’t, but some won’t. We have a record 92 million people who are not working.
At least two things changed. Opportunity changed as did our character. Nothing will deliver you to poverty faster than poor character. Let me make you a bet. Today, more than ever, you can amass enough wealth to retire by following a few simple rules;
- Graduate from high school.
- Hold a job, and get another one if you lose this one.
- Get married before you have children.
- Stay married.
- Avoid addiction and incarceration.
As simple as it sounds, those rules eliminate the fast majority of poverty. I will admit they are not as easy or as simple to practice as they sound at first. I know from experience you might have to take a few steps back down the career ladder each time the economy tanks and your job disappears. You might have to move to find work. It beats the alternative because staying on welfare will doom you.
With all our social aid, why are so many of us permanently poor? We offered comfort to the poor. Some of them took free things rather than freedom and free enterprise. You can’t find a job if you’re busy amusing yourself with candy crush and following a celebrity’s Twitter account. You can’t learn your whole life long if you distract yourself with the latest shiny amusement. I don’t care how clever your latest Tweet was if it has been years since you read your last book. Yes, you. If you don’t have the time to read then you can listen to podcasts.
This has real costs as people dumb themselves down. Here is a recent intelligence test that shows the depth of our modern stupidity.
Some people believe the IRS lost the e-mails of a handful of senior IRS managers, but only the particular e-mails requested by Congress. The IRS didn’t lose earlier e-mails or later ones. They didn’t lose all their e-mail, but only the ones incriminating senior Obama Administration political appointees.
At least 12 percent of American adults believe that.
Not convinced of the self-imposed stupidity yet? Here is another dose of dumb.
You can keep your doctor if you like your doctor, and we can find a magic genie to pay for all the healthcare you want. True, we don’t have enough money to pay for medicine, doctors and hospitals today, but by magic we can pay for medicine, doctors, hospitals.. and government bureaucrats.
Now that is common core math at its finest, and a full 51 percent of registered voters believed it. (Hat tip to Thomas Sowell.)
Do you believe me now about self-inflicted stupidity? The only way you could believe those lies is if you have a weak character and have deliberately dulled your mind.
We hardly have the excuse of poor education to fall back on. We swim in a sea of information today. Ignorance is now a choice, not an unavoidable condition.
Get rid of the TV if you want to wise up. Unless you had a traumatic brain injury, you can easily read from several sources to form your own opinion about the issues of the day. You can learn almost anything online for free if you want to know more than current events. But every minute watching TV, or porn, or playing video games is lost forever.
Excuses reign supreme. We are all supremely susceptible to the lies we tell ourselves. That is true for the rich and poor alike. The difference is that the poor find it harder to pay the price of their lies. We also sell the lies to the poor better than we ever have.
Rob the Student
Independence day honors the right of self-determination under limited government. You read it and tell me.
IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
If fences don’t work, why is there one around the White House?
Charles Krauthammer- If fences don’t work, why is there one around the White House? If they don’t work, why is it that the Israeli fence which separate Israel from the West Bank has cut down terror attacks within Israel by 99%. Fences work. Yes, there are parts of the border where you can’t have a fence, fine. So you don’t have it in those areas and you do heavy patrols. But there is no reason why a rich country like us cannot put a fence across — a double fence, a triple fence and patrol it all the time. That would have a tremendous impact.
Do not confuse a political strategy of open borders with an engineering challenge of building a fence.
I already knew the Obama administration was corrupt. Now I’m tired of them calling me stupid as they lie to me. I am not Obama’s intended audience anyway, so my disbelief doesn’t count. The administration has to sell their lies to the die hard Democrats and the eager Media. Even that is becoming a harder sell.
Their lies are unbelievable: literally incredible. Where other government agencies where shy about breaking the law, the corrupt Obama administration arrogantly breaks the law with a sneer. They say they have a Senate majority and can not be touched by any law. The administration is, and acts, above the law. So does the rest of government.
The latest lie is the “dog ate my e-mails” scandal at the IRS. They have lost, or will loose, any of the other documents requested by the House committee, the same committee investigating the IRS attack on conservative political organizations. The administration’s answer is ‘Prove we have the documents,’ while they lie, deny and delay.
IRS supervisor Louis Lerner’s weren’t the only e-mails lost. It seems that every time Congress asked for a person’s e-mails, their computer crashes and the hard drive is crushed.. some eight times. Meanwhile the IRS cancelled the contract with their electronic data backup provider once their political masters decided to ditch the incriminating data.
That, Sherlock, is called a clue, not an accident.
And the man heading the IRS has given about $100 thousand dollars to Democrat politicians. He looked shocked in congressional testimony, but I’m not shocked any more. I’m simply disgusted with his “bought and paid for” lies.
I recently wrote about flooding our election with illegal voters. Now that forecast has come true. Our open boarders are designed to flood the already crushed labor market and force more members into union jobs. They will also flood the next election with paid-for votes. (Ask yourself if there would be a push for amnesty if the illegals and their children were forever forbidden to vote. .. See what I mean?) This isn’t an accident. The DHS put out bids to handle thousands of unaccompanied minors 5 months ago. Do you still think it is a coincidence that our borders are overrun and the Border Patrol ordered to stand down? This is exactly the Change that Democrats voted into office.
Those who hold the reins of power can crush others at will. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau gave itself unilateral authority to shut down any business overnight. A
Community Organizer Chicago-style politician can use that regulation against any business or individual who opposes it. A brazen Chicago-style politician can threaten them with ruin unless they make the approved political donations.
“Nice business, you got there. Be a shame if anything was to happen to it.”
The government is now focused on satisfying its special interest donor base rather than serving the public. Even foreign policy is perverted for special interests. See here, where NASA was caught lying about the earth’s temperature records to justify the EPA power grab of regulating everything humans do in the name of made-up global warming. The political science is settled, and real science is irrelevant, unless it supports the overbearing green lobby.
Obama turned me into a libertarian who distrusts every government agency. Forty years ago I was taught that government could do some activities better than the individual. The question isn’t whether government can do any good. The question is whether any government agency is immune from being twisted to serve its political masters; the public be damned.
I’m not laughing at their lies any more.