Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Quote of the Decade

“The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting an inexperienced man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.”

Prager Zietung

h/t Katy Butler

Thursday, July 28, 2011

I Am An Extremist

On Wednesday July 27th the always entertaining and delightful Debbie Wasserman Shultz declared that the GOP sought to impose a “dictatorship” through their actions in the debt ceiling debate.  In her words, “This is almost like a dictatorship.  I know they want to force the outcome that….. their extremist would like to impose”.   I guess she is talking about me……..  That seems to be the new mantra we hear from the left about the Tea Party.  And by left I also mean people like John McCain, who also on Wednesday said,   "The Republican House that failed to raise the debt ceiling would somehow escape all blame. Then Democrats would have no choice but to pass a balanced-budget amendment and reform entitlements, and the tea-party Hobbits could return to Middle Earth having defeated Mordor."  And then followed up with this little gem, "This is the kind of crack political thinking that turned Sharron Angle and Christine O'Donnell into GOP Senate nominees,".  
First of all I would like to personally thank the primary voters of Arizona for giving the nomination for one of their two precious senate seats back to John McCain.  With allies like you all, we don’t need a democrat party.  It seems that Mr. McCain also sees us as extremists based on his comments.  I should also state for the record that none of this is any real surprise to the Tea Party.  We have always known which side of John McCain’s political bread gets buttered.  And I will take this opportunity to tell Mr. McCain that I would have preferred that Arizona had nominated Weird Al Yankovic to him.  So with that in mind Sharron Angle doesn’t seem like such a bad choice.
We have also had the President, Vice President, Ex Speaker of the House (I just love that title) and too many congressmen and senators to mention use the term “extremist” to describe those folks with similar political philosophies as mine.  And at first I took offense to that.  But after some reflection, I think it is time to embrace that handle, just as Col. Oliver North did a few weeks ago.   And these are my reasons why.

If believing that Washington politicians are addicted to spending like a crack whore to rocks of cocaine makes me extreme , Then I am an extremist!

If believing that we should have an amendment to the constitution requiring that Washington not spend more money than it takes in makes me extreme, Then I am an extremist!

If believing that shipping guns across the border and into the hands of drug cartels in an effort to make a point backing tougher gun control laws is criminal and someone should be held accountable for it makes me extreme,  Then I am an extremist!

If believing that the first amendment of the constitution provides freedom of religion as stated and not freedom from religion as some believe makes me extreme, Then I am an extremist!

If believing that man made global warming is a hoax created to drive up the costs of carbon based fuels so that no one can afford them in order to promote a “green” agenda makes me extreme, Then I am an extremist!

If believing that our elected officials first priority is to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America” like it says in the oath of office every one of them took makes me extreme, Then I am an extremist!
If believing that ObamaCare is unconstitutional and should be repealed NOW makes me extreme, Then I am an extremist!

If believing that people wanting to enter this country should do so legally and those who didn’t should be sent home makes me extreme, Then I am an extremist!

If believing that my right to keep and bear arms “shall not be infringed” makes me extreme, Then I am an extremist!
If believing that the Department of Energy should reduce our dependence on foreign oil like the reason for the formation of that agency says or be abolished makes me extreme, Then I am an extremist!

If believing that there should be no public sector trade unions makes me extreme, Then I am an extremist!

If believing that the fruits of my labors should be mine and mine alone and not be taken from me by my government at the point of a gun makes me extreme, Then I am an extremist!
If believing that wealth does more good in the private sector where it is generated than in the public sector where it is squandered makes me extreme, Then I am an extremist!

If believing that the best way to help someone down on their luck is to teach them to fish rather than give them a fish makes me extreme, Then I am an extremist!

If believing that the government should be accountable to the people and not the other way around makes me extreme, Then I am an extremist!

If believing that the role of the military is to protect this nation not provide a platform for gay social experimentation makes me extreme, Then I am an extremist!
If believing that government is more often the problem and not the solution makes me extreme, Then I am an extremist!

If believing that Barack Hussein Obama and most of the current democrat party are socialists at best and communists at worst makes me extreme, Then I am an extremist!
With all these reasons in mind, I have become aware that we have something in common with some other extremists in the past, they were named Washington, Jefferson, Hamilton, Adams and Franklin. 
I think we are in a pretty good club!  Let’s show them just how extreme we can be!!!!!!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

A Scandinavian Fable

On Friday we received word of a dastardly and disastrous crime that was committed in Norway.  From what we know or have been told, carried out by a lone nutbag by the name of  Anders Behring Breivik.  May I speak for all conservative/libertarians in offering our condolences and prayers for the victims and their families.  Breivik is an unlikely looking mass murderer, a handsome Nordic lad with blond hair and blue eyes.  Not exactly what we picture when we think of homicidal maniacs,  (Charles Manson comes to mind) and normally the media would be perplexed and trying to determine what caused such a good looking young man to go off the deep end.  That is if he were a democrat in this country or a socialist in Europe.  You see within minutes of the news of this disaster breaking, we were told that Breivik was a “right winger”.  Ok, that explains it, he is one of those hateful tea partiers!  Before a single body turned cold, Norwegian TV news declared that Breivik was a conservative Christian and member of a Masonic lodge.  Oh the horror!!!!   

Now we all know that nuts can be present on any side of the political spectrum.  (although the left seems to have a corner on that market) and I have no doubts that the right has a few themselves.  I will not attempt to declare in this post that this particular scumbag is not one of them.  (although as more evidence comes to light I reserve the right to in the future)  No, the point of this article to examine the lefts obsession with pinning any and all such tragedies on the right. 

It’s one thing to indict a group or movement after careful consideration and gathering of facts after a tragedy like the one that happened in Norway, but that is not how the socialists and their MSM allies operate.  Since they can’t win honest debate on issues they have to resort to other methods to win.  And so they turn to Alinsky.   RULE 10: "If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive." Violence from the other side can win the public to your side because the public sympathizes with the underdog.  

With this in mind, let’s look at some of the reporting and opinion on Friday’s tragic events. 

Of course you knew almost immediately this was going to be Sarah Palins fault.  Some folks even had a pool going on how long it would take for that to come out.  And of course our friends at the democratic underground never fail to disappoint.  In fact, they manage to link both Sarah and the Tea Party to this particular crime.  I guess he was inspired by her shooting of innocent wolves in Alaska.

An article in The Atlantic gleefully pulls all their boogymen together on this subject.  Breivik was a right wing, immigration hawk, registered gun owning, Christian George Orwell fan.  Oh and by the way, he was rich!!!!!!  If only he had been forced to redistribute some of that wealth………………

The left has always used this tactic against the right, and not very successfully for the most part.  In the past we were told that when Andrew Joseph Stack III on February 18th 2010 flew his Piper Dakota into the IRS building in Austin Texas it was a direct result of the racist Tea Party and the influence of Sarah Palin.  That story lasted for a few days until the details of his suicide note were reluctantly revealed by the Pravda-like media.  Turns out he was a left wing whack-job who ranted about the bailouts, big business and of course the evil church.  His note ended with this little snippet.
    The communist creed: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.
The capitalist creed: From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed.
Joe Stack (1956-2010)

Doesn’t’ sound much like any of the Tea Partiers I know.  But then, I don’t get out much………

And then  we had the Times Square Bomber.  After his failed attempt to detonate a homemade explosive device at that famous New York City landmark, the mayor of NYC Michael Blooming idiot Bloomberg  gave a press conference in which he blamed “home grown terrorists with a political agenda who don't like the health care bill or something.”   In other words, the Tea Party and Sarah Palin.

And then we have Bill Sparkman, a census worker that was found hanging from a tree in the Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky with FED scrawled across his bare chest.  Right wing hate!  Anti-government distrust of the census, Tea Party, Sarah Palin was blared from every news program, newspaper and lefty blog for weeks.  That is until we discovered that he actually killed himself in a life insurance fraud plot.

And of course, how can we forget the 2011 Tucson shooting of Gabrielle Giffords and several others including the fatal gunshot received by a beautiful little girl named Christina-Taylor Green, born on Sept 11th 2001.  The left pulled out all the stops on this one.  Determined to finally pin one on Sarah Palin and the Tea Party.  We heard about the vitriol over Obamacare and the hate speech pouring out of the right as being the catalyst that spurred Jared Lee Loughner to take a gun and shoot up a meet and greet that Giffords was hosting.  Of course all of that was false.  Turns out Loughner was a lefty.  *SURPIRSE SURPRISE SURPRISE*

Over the next few weeks, more info on the shooter will come to light.  It may or may not back up the left’s argument that if it weren’t for his right wing views none of this would have happened.  Who knows the motivations of a madman.  But the left would have us believe that everyone who ever attended a Tea Party event or voted Republican is on the verge of picking up an AR-15 and taking out their frustrations on an unsuspecting group of good little democrats.  But more often than not in these times, the real truth is far from narrative that the media and the left (I know, I’m being redundant again)  push after one of these events.  In fact more revelations  are already coming to light, like the fact that his Facebook page was changed after the event, when he was in custody.  I didn’t realize that police in Norway allow you one phone call and one Facebook status update……….
And it is kind of interesting what exactly changed on his Facebook page, with Christian and Conservative being added after the fact.

In the end, with all tragedies that occur, the left keeps going back to old Alinsky rule # 10.  While the Tea Party has only one rule in it’s strategy book.  The truth.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Time to Reboot America

“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
“We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.”

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Who is Jane Galt?

Who is Jane Galt?

However, we should not be fooled, and fall for the false premises of our radical friends. It is amazing how we all recognize that Thomas Jefferson was one of the most intelligent men ever to have occupied the White House. His ability to reason was unmatched by any of our founders, and by any of his successors. Yet, today, the people that reach the same conclusions of logic regarding the freedom of men are called stupid. While those that hold illogical and failed views about the value of wealth redistribution are praised for their intelligence. However, stupidity, even when cloaked with fancy words, still is stupidity.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Father of the Founding Fathers

I have often wondered why and how such like minded (for the most part) individuals came together during the critical time of our nation’s founding.   Much has been said and written about the vision and enlightened ideas set forth by the Founding Fathers who drafted the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.  And no doubt they were exceptional men with exceptional ideas.  They should be revered for their courage and commitment as well as their intelligence and foresight in building the most perfect form of government the world had ever seen.  But how could all of these men come together with similar ideas about freedom, rights of man, economic issues and law?  Was it divine providence that brought these similarly minded individuals together?  Well, perhaps, but the fact is God had a little help.  You see just about every one of these men were influenced by the writings of one individual, a man named John Locke.      

          I was watching the now cancelled television show Lost on Netflicks with my son last week, (yes I am one of those people that never watched the series when it was running) and one of the main characters in the story is named John Locke.  I thought to myself, “I know that name”  somewhere back in the dark cobwebbed corners of that dingy sponge called my mind, I remember that name as one with some significance to history.  After some dwelling on the subject I recalled that he was someone that had influenced some of the Founding Fathers like Jefferson and Adams.  After a quick search on Bing, (ain’t the internet a wonderful thing?)  I discovered that he was much, much more.

          John Locke was an English philosopher  who lived in the 1600’s.  Most refer to him as the father of classical liberalism.  His works, including arguably his greatest works, The Two Treaties of Government, were standard fair for young men to read along with Voltaire, Newton and Bayle during the age of enlightenment as part of their education.  In fact Thomas Jefferson himself stated that "Bacon, Locke and Newton ... I consider them as the three greatest men that have ever lived, without any exception, and as having laid the foundation of those superstructures which have been raised in the Physical and Moral sciences".   If Jefferson thought that highly of him, you know he had a major influence on him.  When you read some of Locke’s works you can see just how strong an influence he was.  When you also look at the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America, you will see Locke’s words almost verbatim.  In fact you may be tempted to believe that Locke himself wrote these beloved documents.  And you would be partially correct.  Some phrases used in those historical declarations are straight out of Locke’s writings.

          Locke believed heavily in the “Social Contract Theory” which primarily dictated that all political authority must be derived from the consent of the governed.  And he even wrote “In a natural state all people were equal and independent, and everyone had a natural right to defend his “Life, health, Liberty, or Possessions".  Sound familiar?  How about some more?  Locke also believed in a “Separation of powers” in a government to help insure protection from tyranny and stated that “Revolution is not only a right, but an obligation of the governed in some circumstances”.  John Locke also wrote the “long train of abuses” line in an essay in 1693 called “Concerning Civil Government”.  In Locke’s Two Treaties of Government, he challenged the idea that Kings derived their right to rule from God or “Divine Right” and instead declared that the individual was the one endowed with divine rights.  Many liberals today incorrectly believe that Locke promoted the idea of a separation of church and state.  They would be wrong.  Locke believed only in religious freedom and blamed many of the woes of mankind on “Religious Wars”.  He promoted a society in which all peoples could practice the religion of their choice and not be compelled to follow the “Religion of the State”.

          So with all this in mind, lets read the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence.      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 to 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 shown 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.

          And with that, a hat tip to another of our founding fathers.  In fact, the father of our founding fathers, John Locke.

There are Liars, Damn Liars and then Barack Obama, A Whole New Level.

Hey Skippy, I wish you would freeze my wages too!

Obama Defends High White House Pay Saying He Froze Salaries, But 54% of His Staff Actually Received Raises