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“Only Government…..”

When you prepare new ground for a garden, you have to do a lot of prep work before you can actually plant your seeds, tend the young plants, and finally, reap your harvest.  Pres-elect Obama is in the ground prep phase of his upcoming administration.

He’s telling all of us, almost every day, in as non-threatening way as possible, what he intends.  Many Americans won’t actually hear him, and even if they do, they will not know what he means.  I believe he is telling us exactly what his intent is.

“It is true that we cannot depend on government alone to create jobs or long-term growth, but at this particular moment, only government can provide the short-term boost necessary to lift us from a recession this deep and severe,” Obama said. “Only government can break the vicious cycles that are crippling our economy — where a lack of spending leads to lost jobs which leads to even less spending; where an inability to lend and borrow stops growth and leads to even less credit.”

Folks, we can’t say later on that we “had no idea” what Obama and his crew want to do.  The direction they want to take our country in is a clear break from our past and present path of liberty, free market capitalism, and equal opportunities for all.

I don’t believe for one second that only government can resolve, or even begin the resolution of this economic crisis.  As harsh as it sounds, we must allow the free market system to work as it would naturally.  If companies, even huge companies upon whom millions of people depend, have been irresponsible, careless, or frivolous with their cash, then we should allow the natural consequences of these actions to happen.  I for one can’t quite figure out how just giving billions of dollars to companies that run through money like a hot knife through butter will make any difference in the long run.  What will be different now, that will keep them from needing another bailout next year?

I am not an economist.  I don’t know a lot about economics and financial matters, but I do know that if I spend more than I bring in, and max out all my avenues of credit, that is my problem.  It’s my situation that I get myself into, and it is morally and ethically wrong to go ask my neighbor to pay my credit card bill and make a deposit into my bank account, so that I won’t go bankrupt.

I know these rules, and I go by them.  Corporations must do the same.  It is basic economic priniciples, and letting those principles work as they should brings short-term pain and hardship, but true recovery and increased prosperity for all in the end.

“Only government?”  Codespeak for “we know what’s best, and we’re going to move the country toward socialism like we’ve been trying to do for decades and now finally we have the best shot at it that we’ve ever had.”

Pay attention, people.

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A Soldier’s Sacrifice…..

[This morning I posted this on another group I recently joined, and wanted to share it here as well.]

“I would like to introduce my dear friend to all of you. Her name is Linda, and she joined our group here about a week ago. She is a strong Christian woman, with solid conservative values. Linda has a wonderful sense of humor, and she and I have spent many an evening sitting around the supper table, laughing until we couldn’t speak.

A steadfast friend, an unfailing Christian, she is someone I would want “in my foxhole”.

Linda and her husband raised their family up on a ranch in North Dakota. She and her family are truly made of the stuff our pioneering ancestors relied upon to forge into new country, break ground, plant, harvest, and carve out a life for themselves in a rugged wilderness. She is a self-reliant, responsible, kind, and generous individual, and almost a year ago, she and her family made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Linda’s son, Carlo Meth, was killed in a parachute accident January 16, 2008. Carlo, a Special Forces (Green Beret) Sgt. 1st Class, sacrificed himself to save another jumper when their chutes became entangled during a training jump at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was 35 years old. He had been back in the States only ten days when the accident happened.

Carlo was born in Columbia and was adopted by Linda and her husband when he was five years old. He was raised in their loving family and in the church, and enlisted in the Army after graduating high school. He earned the coveted Green Beret in 2005, and served in Afghanistan, Bosnia, and Africa. He earned numerous awards and commendations and was proud to serve his country.

Carlo and his family have paid the highest price possible for me to have the freedom to say and write what I think, without fear of being hauled off to prison. I treasure that freedom every day and am thankful beyond words for that freedom, and all the sacrifices made to retain it.

Please join me in welcoming Linda to our group. She is the very embodiment of the bedrock values we seek to sustain and return to, and I am grateful and proud to have her as a friend.

And I will never forget the sacrifice that Carlo made, and will honor that by doing what I can to protect and keep liberty alive.”

God bless my friend and her wonderful family, and help the rest of us be deserving of such sacrifice.

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Socialism—Who’d a Thunk It?

Well, now I’m really getting worried.  And angry.  This has got to stop.  Bailouts now are happening at the speed of light.  Any company in trouble, just head on over to the big government ATM.  

“‘Emergencies’ have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded.”–Friedrich Hayek

Friedrich Hayek, an Austrian-British economist and political philosopher, was known for his defense of free-market capitalism against socialist and collectivist thinking during the mid-20th century.  He left Austria to study and then chose not to return when Austria was taken over by the Nazis.  A wise and learned person, his words are especially meaningful today.

All these bailouts are in response to “emergencies”.  Just has to be done!  No other choice!!  If we don’t do this, we’ll all….!!!!!”…….

We’ll all what?  Yes, the economy is in big trouble.  But what our government is doing to try to “fix” it, is only going to delay the recovery of our economy.  What’s worse, it is a GIANT step on our seemingly unstoppable path toward socialism.

Here’s another quote that we should all memorize.  I think it’s so important, I’ve added it to my sidebar.

    “The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism.  But under the name of ‘liberalism’ they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.”

This is scary stuff, people.  We have got to stay aware of what’s going on, we have to pay attention to what our elected representatives are doing, we have to call them and tell them what we think.  We have to help inform our misguided, underinformed, and misinformed fellow citizens whenever we can, in whatever way we can.

We cannot remain passive, and just “hope” that America won’t become a socialist democracy.  We can’t think that “it couldn’t happen”.  We can’t think that.  

A very good article about the latest bailout of Citicorp, with links to other stories, is at Michelle Malkin’s excellent blog.  Please read up on it.  

Information is power.  Let’s focus on getting all the “power” we can.

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“To Fallen Soldiers Let Us Sing…

…..Where no rockets fly nor bullets wing,

Our broken brothers let us bring 

To the mansions of the Lord.”

 

 

 

I have no words to add.  

God bless America.

God bless and keep safe all our defenders of liberty.

Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you.

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Socialism 101….

I am not a student of socialism, and socialistic theories.  I might be wrong about all I’m going to say here today, but it’s my blog and these are just my thoughts.  I don’t claim to be a true reference for those seeking a thorough researching of the topic.

I like having private property, that I earned through my own hard work.  I like knowing that my own success is limited ONLY by my own efforts, or lack thereof.  I like knowing that if I decide to pursue a new endeavor to make more money, that any failure of the enterprise is on my shoulders, and any rewards are mine.

I’m not a selfish person, and have always thought that one of the best things about winning the lottery would be finally having the means to help other people, causes, and organizations with more than twenty-five dollars here and there.

I believe that the fruits I harvest from my own hard work should belong to me.  I believe that I should have the choice of whom to share my fruits with, and whether to share them at all.  

I believe that if I own a farm or a ranch that I shouldn’t need to concern myself about whether my government will decide that I “don’t need that much land when there are others who also need some land”.

I want to be in charge of my own success and failure; I want to learn from my failures so that I might enjoy more success.  The American dream is to me, and to many many others who have risked their lives to get here, very real and unique.  I can be as successful as I’m willing to work hard.

We have many examples is our society of people who were born into poverty, into slums, into inner cities, who have become successful in every way.  Those who say that there isn’t equal opportunity in this country are misinformed and uninformed.  Not saying that it’s easy, but it is available to all.  

But the catch is, you have to work real hard.  And, you have your liberty all along the way.

Socialism is incompatible with liberty.

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