IT IS AN OLD POST, BUT STRANGELY CURRENT

vablogs2.pngIn the world of the 24-hour news cycle, news rapidly deteriorates.   That is a shame.  We need to take the time to think.  Remember the stimulus bills and hundreds of billions spent and wasted in a rush?

We were also suppose to rush into the nationalization of our health care.  Supposedly, even though most people are happy with their health care, we have a crisis.  Fortunately, before our glorious leaders were able to herd and shear us like sheep, enough people wised up.

So it is I was over at Good Sense, and I came across an old post (here).  Charlie had quoted the following.

It’s all about giving the state control over biggest part of our lives. That may not be the intent of the people who are advocating ObamaCare. In fact, for the most part, I think they have good intentions, but we know where that leads in the end.

The quote came from an old Below the Beltway post (here).   Curious, I read the entire post.  Then I read Vast‘s comment (here).  Vast had provided his minimum conditions for giving up on the public option.

Disgusted, old post or not, I left this comment of my own.

Vast – Where I think you are confused is in the belief that we will get something from our government just because we will it so. Government never has worked that way. The more power we give our leaders to “help” us, the more control they have over us.

Look back over history. The normal condition for the bulk of the population in any country is slavery. The health care of slaves is at the convenience of the masters. Hence the slaves that get the best care are house slaves. Masters do so love their “pets.”

If we the People want good health care or good anything else, then we must take the time to understand what the Founders did when they wrote the Constitution. The Founders created a system of constitutional government that pitted the power brokers against each other. They divided both the Federal and state governments into executive, legislative, and judicial branches. In addition, they created a federation, pitting state governments against the Federal Government.

Finally, and this is the most important part, the Founders deliberately limited the power of government. Instead of making government responsible for everything, they let the People buy from and sell to each other in an open market place (with some regulations to ensure honest transactions). So it is we each get to choose the doctors who care for our health, the stores where we buy our bread, the house we live in, the cars we drive, the clothes we wear, and so many other things.

And what works best? Where do we have to stand in long lines or wait in traffic jams? Who is more likely to arbitrarily deny us our preferences? Do the things we choose for ourselves in a free market or the things our government “gives” us cause us the most trouble and heartache?

Because of our government-run education system, it seems too many do not understand the devious nature of humanity, particularly that of the ambitious people who lead us. Otherwise, we would all understand that the so-called public option is unconstitutional. Otherwise, we would know better than to trust people who are so anxious to break their oath of office.

Anyway, if you get your public option, you had best hope one of the masters considers you and your family his pets.  (from here)

Because they want what they want, and they do not understand why they cannot have it, people like Vast will not give up easily.  Since he wrote his comment, he has written a post (here) reaffirming his crying and whining support for the public option, government-run health care.  Vast and his like will rob us by taxing us, hand our hard earned money over to rascals, and bankrupt our nation.  So get your tea bags and join the party.

Support a candidate for Congress who supports your right to run your own life.   Support Keith Fimian (facebook).   On the evening of September 1st, attend an open Congressional Town Hall.  Let Congressman Gerry Connolly know you are fed up with his closed Congressional Town Halls.

A OPEN TOWN HALL FOR VIRGINIA’S 11TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

Thanks to our wildly imaginative new congressman, Gerry Connolly, we have had several different types of town hall meetings

  • Electronically shielded town halls with all deflectors up.
  • Town hall fortresses, meetings staged in gated communities.
  • Hit and run town halls, contrived to let the public know about the meeting at the very last moment.

Thankfully, our congressman has an opponent who wants show him how a town hall meeting is suppose to be run.  Here is a meeting anyone can attend.

Town Hall Forum —

Connolly Won’t Do It So Fimian Is!

Congressman Gerry Conolly won’t hold an open Town Hall meeting because he does not want to confront the taxpayers.  Keith Fimian, the GOP candidate for Congress last year and who will run again next year is holding his own Town Hall Forum to discuss the issue of Health Care Reform.  He is bringing three nationally recognized experts to this meeting.  If you can come please do so. Show Gerry Connolly that we are concerned and we are disappointed that he will not hold an open Town Hall Meeting.  Please attend if you can.

Informational Health Care Forum Announcement

Tuesday, September 1st, 7 to 9 pm

Fairfax , VA Responding to citizens’ desire to learn more about legislation moving through Congress, Keith Fimian, Republican candidate for Congress is organizing a panel to help answer questions on health care reform. All citizens of Northern Virginia are invited to attend who want to learn or ask questions.

Health Care Information Forum

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Fairfax   County   Government   Center ; Board of Supervisors Auditorium

12000 Government Center Parkway , Fairfax , VA   22030

7-9 PM. Doors will open at 6:30PM

Contact: 703-621-7169

The forum will be a panel of experts from non-profit organizations and think tanks. They will be present to talk about proposed legislation and answer questions of interest to citizens on the health care issue only.

In announcing the forum, Keith Fimian said, “Citizens don’t want spin or shouting. They want to learn details about the health care reform being considered in Congress. This non-political forum will be an opportunity for citizens to ask questions about how health care reform will affect them. This is an informational panel to put facts in front of voters – not a sales pitch or rally. Sadly, Congress has done its usual incompetent job of incorporating the American people into its discussions. This forum is a partial remedy to their failings.”

The forum is being held at the Fairfax   Government   Center in order to make it accessible to as many people as possible. Supervisor Pat Herrity kindly helped arrange access to the Auditorium. Because the event is being held in the government center, no campaign materials, banners or signs are permitted. While capacity is limited, the hope is this gives citizens an opportunity to ask questions and receive answers about this important issue. The panel format is an educational forum with different views on the health care issue, not an argument about politics.

The forum panel will include:

Keith Fimian (facebook), moderator
Grace Marie Turner, Galen Institute*
Jim Capretta, Ethics and Public   Policy   Center *
Thomas Miller, American Enterprise Institute*

* Institutions for identification purposes only.

Fimian for Congress 2010

PO Box 3131

Oakton , VA   22124

Unauthorized and paid for by nobody. ;-)

Town Hall Forum —

Connolly Won’t Do It So Fimian Is!

Congressman Gerry Conolly won’t hold an open Town Hall meeting because he does not want to confront the taxpayers.  Keith Fimian, the GOP candidate for Congress last year and who will run again next year is holding his own Town Hall Forum to discuss the issue of Health Care Reform.  He is bringing three nationally recognized experts to this meeting.  If you can come please do so. Show Gerry Connolly that we are concerned and we are disappointed that he will not hold an open Town Hall Meeting.  Please attend if you can.

Informational Health Care Forum Announcement

Tuesday, September 1st, 7 to 9 pm

Fairfax , VA Responding to citizens’ desire to learn more about legislation moving through Congress, Keith Fimian, Republican candidate for Congress is organizing a panel to help answer questions on health care reform. All citizens of Northern Virginia are invited to attend who want to learn or ask questions.

Health Care Information Forum

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Fairfax County Government Center ; Board of Supervisors Auditorium

12000 Government Center Parkway , Fairfax , VA 22030

7-9 PM. Doors will open at 6:30PM

Contact: 703-621-7169

The forum will be a panel of experts from non-profit organizations and think tanks. They will be present to talk about proposed legislation and answer questions of interest to citizens on the health care issue only.

In announcing the forum, Keith Fimian said, “Citizens don’t want spin or shouting. They want to learn details about the health care reform being considered in Congress. This non-political forum will be an opportunity for citizens to ask questions about how health care reform will affect them. This is an informational panel to put facts in front of voters – not a sales pitch or rally. Sadly, Congress has done its usual incompetent job of incorporating the American people into its discussions. This forum is a partial remedy to their failings.”

The forum is being held at the Fairfax Government Center in order to make it accessible to as many people as possible. Supervisor Pat Herrity kindly helped arrange access to the Auditorium. Because the event is being held in the government center, no campaign materials, banners or signs are permitted. While capacity is limited, the hope is this gives citizens an opportunity to ask questions and receive answers about this important issue. The panel format is an educational forum with different views on the health care issue, not an argument about politics.

The forum panel will include:

  • Keith Fimian, moderator

  • Grace Marie Turner, Galen Institute*

  • Jim Capretta, Ethics and Public Policy Center *

  • Thomas Miller, American Enterprise Institute*

* Institutions for identification purposes only.

Fimian for Congress 2010

PO Box 3131

Oakton , VA 22124

A DIVIDE TOO WIDE TO BRIDGE

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I have a page on my blog called Bridge Makers.  It is a rare day I see any post I would consider worthy of calling a bridge maker.   I have never received a nomination.  Why is that?  What divides us?  Why is the divide increasing?

An Unending Appetite

We see answers in the news every day.  It is all too human for us to be greedy gluttons.  On Friday, for example, the Washington Times carried the following story, DuPont, Monsanto trade barbs over competition.  Curious for more details, I read an earlier story, FEATURE-Monsanto, DuPont square off in crop seed turf war, by CNN Money.  These two goliaths, Dupont worth over $29 billion and Monsanto worth over $45 billion, each have about a third of the seed business.  Their contest to secure the rest of the business leaves no holds barred.

Considering the complexity of running such large enterprises, the sheer size of these companies is inexplicable — except for the advantages of the political influence such size brings.  As it happens, when our nation was founded, large corporations were rare.  In fact, during the Boston Tea Party, the colonists directed much of their rage against the British East India Company.  To stifle competition against a favored corporation, King George III awarded the British East India Company special tax privileges.  Such an obvious abuse of citizen rights did not go over well.

Similar vile chicanery continues today in the shadows of complexity.  The Alantic, pitching the public option (for nationalized  health care), complains about corporate greed in Welfare Dons.  Ironically, the same article points out the huge amount of ineptitude in today’s government-financed health care.   Nonetheless, we are suppose to believe more government will fix the problems government created.   All we have to do is hate the Welfare Dons.

Instead of hating the Welfare Dons, we might be wiser to consider a different question.  How many of us imitate the greedy Welfare Dons?  How many of us seek every material advantage we can from government?

Theological Oppression

Religious strife is nothing new.  The problem of government and religion is the same as it has always been.    Religious freedom depends upon a diversity of beliefs competing in the market place of ideas.   Because it denies them full control, some will always hate an open market place.  So it is that our government has taken control of education.  The result?  With the government running our education system and a few large corporations in charge of most of the mass media, our leaders have successfully indoctrinated large numbers of us in secular humanism.

Who opposes government/corporate education and indoctrination in secular humanism?  Advocates for secular humanism label their opponents fundamentalists and right-wing Christian radicals.  Moreover, these advocates seek to slowly morph the meaning of the term “fundamentalism.”  Increasing, secularists apply the label fundamentalist to any Christian who actually believes the Apostle’s Creed.

Nonetheless, the battle is not completely lost.  Out of respect for tradition, our elected officials still take an oath of office, but many openly break that oath.  How do they justify breaking it?  How do they convince the public that that oath is not important?   They use a technique we call rationalization.   They rationalized, for example, that we have a living constitution.

To honor an oath is to honor our fear of the Lord, wherein is the beginning of wisdom.  But what if one knows of no God and teaches mere human wisdom?  Then who does keeping our oath honor?  The man who made the oath?  What if that man finds the honor more inconvenient than the breaking of his oath?

Fear of Losing Control

We fear people who think and do differently.  So we strive for uniformity, rigid control that reflects and affirms our beliefs.  To avoid being offended by differences, we will happily lock both our neighbors and ourselves into unions, corporations, government agencies, and monolithic churches that insist upon a conformity of practice and belief.  Then we will hide and bury our blatant fears and raging biases with slogans that require government enforcement, uniformity, and conformity; but endorse diversity and multiculturalismRalph Waldo Emerson described the problem this way.

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.  (from here)

Emerson’s words spoke to a consistency of word and thought, an ability to never contradict one’s self.  When we insist upon such a consistency, we stifle ourselves with an impossible need for perfection.  Imagine then the result when we insist upon perfect social control and consistency.  We stifle ourselves, our friends, and our neighbors.  Until it erupts with rage, our world becomes bland and lifeless.

The Solution

The solution is dreadfully simple, but it is not easy.  To live as would choose, we must let our friends and neighbors live as they would choose.  We each must bleed, and we each must sweat for our own causes.  Worst of all, whether we ask for help or offer to give help, we must be willing to take no for an answer.  Unless he is willing, we must each accept the right of our neighbor to be left in peace.

Other Views

As I see it, the Tea Party Movement reflects the desire of Americans to restore their right to independent thought and action.  What is happening?

SWAC Girl announces a call to action, Join the March on Washington, DC … Saturday, Sept. 12.  She cites this website for a the mission statement.

Fishersville Mike has an announcement, I’m a teabagger.

According to Tertium Quids, Mark Warner Changes His Tune on Townhalls.

The Virginian does excerpts, P.J. O’Rourke writing about the Washington Post, but it could as easily have been the Virginian Pilot.

Deo Vindice links to a great song, Listen to This Song.

Leslie Carbone reports, Town Hall Reflections.  She notes that “The plunder lobby did a good job of mobilizing its astroturf whiners for yesterday’s Town Hall meeting with Howard Dean and Jim Moran.”

The Star City Harbinger claims the mantle of Reagan Conservatism for Obama, While Democrats and independents grow more conservative, National GOP indulges radical elements of the right-wing.

WHEN DOES THE PROTECTION OF THE “RIGHTS” OF TERRORISTS BECOME TERRORISM?

Here is today’s edition of Delegate Scott Lingamfelter’s campaign newsletter.

L. Scott Lingamfelter
Delegate, 31st District
Virginia House of Delegates

The Desecration of Patriotism

I think it’s safe to say that the Obama Administration has reached too far on healthcare as witnessed by the huge pushback they are getting from the public. And if that weren’t enough, the President seems intent to try the patience of Americans yet again.

Recall that Mr. Obama promised CIA that “those who carried out their duties relying in good faith upon legal advice from the Department of Justice…will not be subject to prosecution”. Well now we learn that just a few months later (and amid declining support in his liberal base) Obama is ready to throw the CIA and others that interrogated terrorists under the bus for political gain.

This is sad irony. Think about it. Obama is now going to prosecute the interrogators of the islamo-terrorists who plotted to kill us, while releasing terrorists from Guantanamo Bay (where they are held securely) to return to the battlefield to kill our sons and daughters who are fighting terrorism. This, my friends, is a treacherous circle of betrayal by our government.

And now we learn that Mr. Obama wants to use 9-11 as a day to elevate voluntarism in America. I have noting against voluntarism. But 9-11 is one of the most horrific days in the history of our nation, along with the cowardly attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941 by the Japanese Empire. 9-11 should be remembered for what it was; an unprovoked attack on this sovereign nation. Obama and his allies—in watering down this sad day in our history—say they want young people to have something positive to commemorate. Well Mr. President, try September 12th if you want to thank volunteers. But preserve 9-11 as a solemn day of remembrance to honor the families who lost loved ones that awful morning and for the many brave veterans who since have sacrificed themselves fighting our enemies. Stop trying to rewrite history to justify your self-righteous political agenda.

In truth what we are witnessing by Obama is an attempt to retaliate against the people and politics he disagrees with while trying to blot from our collective memory any action by the Bush Administration that might inspire contemporary patriotism and pride in our effort to fight terror on behalf of the civilized world. Indeed, the Obama Administration even refuses to call this conflict a Global War on Terror for fear we might “offend” our enemies.

Patriots, if there was ever a time to be heard, it is now. We must demand that our representatives in Congress rebuke the President for his efforts to prosecute the CIA while magnifying the peril to our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen face every day defending this nation. Speak up! Be heard! Do not let the blood of patriots be desecrated by political correctness and ideological self-justification. To do so is to break faith with those who—in good faith—defend this nation from our enemies.

Sincerely,

L. Scott Lingamfelter