THE QUOTE OF THE DECADE

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The following is from a chain email called THE QUOTE OF THE DECADE.

“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, “the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”

~ Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006

It was so nice of him to give us this great quote for posterity — SO, USE IT!

Only 86% will send this on; It should be a 100%.

Please send it on if only to one person.

It’s true:http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/debtlimit.asp

Snopes.com attests to the authenticity of the quote. Then, of course, Snopes.com offers Obama’s excuse for his change of heart.  Supposedly, Obama now realizes raising the debt ceiling would be a disaster, but would it? What if Obama is lying?

Some say If Congress Doesn’t Raise the Debt Ceiling, Nothing Disastrous Will Happen. Why would Obama say otherwise?  Here is the reason. Obama does not want to just pay America’s bills. He wants to buy votes. Hence, somebody has introduced a bill.

Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) has introduced a bill designed to avert default by requiring the Treasury Department, if the debt limit hasn’t been raised, to prioritize the order that government bills are paid—giving precedence to interest payments, as well as to Social Security benefits and active-duty military pay. If there isn’t enough revenue on any given day to cover those priorities, Mr. Toomey’s bill also authorizes the Treasury Secretary to issue just enough additional debt to cover those costs.

That would take some of the sting out of the consequences of not raising the debt ceiling, Mr. Toomey said. (from here)

The Federal Government spends 4 trillion a year and borrows 40 percent of that money. Yet what does most of the news media want to talk about? The fact we are going broke? No. Instead of stopping runaway spending, the news media encourages us to give up our second amendment rights. For some reason we are suppose are suppose to give up our guns to the very same government we cannot trust to wisely spend our money.

STANDING ON PRINCIPLE

The Experiment

Alexis De Tocqueville, in his great work, Democracy in America, was perhaps the first to speak of America as a great experiment.

In that land the great experiment was to be made, by civilized man, of the attempt to construct society upon a new basis; and it was there, for the first time, that theories hitherto unknown, or deemed impracticable, were to exhibit a spectacle for which the world had not been prepared by the history of the past. (from here)

What is the great American experiment? It is the answer to this question: can men govern themselves? Even after over two hundred years, we are still learning whether we can govern ourselves. We have no real alternative. As Thomas Jefferson observed in his First Inaugural Address:

Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he then be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels, in the form of kings, to govern him? Let history answer this question.

Therefore, Jefferson chose to lead our nation into history, and he began his adminstration by explaining the essential principles by which he would govern. Why were these principles important?

These principles form the bright constellation, which has gone before us and guided our steps through an age of revolution and reformation. The wisdom of our sages, and blood of our heroes have been devoted to their attainment:—they should be the creed of our political faith; the text of civic instruction, the touchstone by which to try the services of those we trust; and should we wander from them in moments of error or of alarm, let us hasten to retrace our steps, and to regain the road which alone leads to peace, liberty and safety.

When we choose to stand on principle, we base our success upon — seek the support of — something apart from ourselves. Then our success depends upon something more substantial than our own weak nature. Then our success depends upon these three things:

  • The principles upon which we choose to stand.
  • Our strict observance of those principles.
  • The providence of God.

The Principles

What then are the principles upon which we have chosen to stand? Here, from his First Inaugural Address, is Jefferson’s compressed list.

  • Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political.
  • Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none.
  • The support of the state governments in all their rights, as the most competent administrations for our domestic concerns, and the surest bulwarks against anti-republican tendencies.
  • The preservation of the General government in its whole constitutional vigor, as the sheet anchor of our peace at home, and safety abroad.
  • A jealous care of the right of election by the people, a mild and safe corrective of abuses which are lopped by the sword of revolution where peaceable remedies are unprovided.
  • Absolute acquiescence in the decisions of the majority, the vital principle of republics, from which is no appeal but to force, the vital principle and immediate parent of the despotism.
  • Well disciplined militia, our best reliance in peace, and for the first moments of war, till regulars may relieve them.
  • The supremacy of the civil over the military authority.
  • Economy in the public expense, that labor may be lightly burthened.
  • The honest payment of our debts and sacred preservation of the public faith.
  • Encouragement of agriculture, and of commerce as its handmaid.
  • The diffusion of information, and arraignment of all abuses at the bar of the public reason.
  • Freedom of religion; freedom of the press; and freedom of person, under the protection of the Habeas Corpus.
  • Trial by juries impartially selected.

Our Adherence To Those Principles

Do we today still stand upon the principles Jefferson listed? Would anyone be taken seriously if he said yes? Now that so many have departed from those principles, how do they choose to behave? Let’s consider several examples ranging from obstinate foolishness to possible homicide.

joesix

A couple of days ago, , that is,  joesix, commented on The Grey-Haired Brigade. Out of the blue, he observed the following:

Dismantling the Department of Education is pretty extreme.

Since the Department of Education was not the subject of the post, I supposed inferred that I would be happy to see the Department of Education abolished, but his use of the word extreme is absurd. In fact,  uses facts selectively, ignores the plain wording of the Constitution, and exhibits a remarkable indifference to logic. For example, when he complained that we spend more on defense than education, I pointed him to http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/‘s reply ignored state and local spending.  apparently considers only spending by the Federal Government relevant to education.

 doubled down with this statement.

You seem a bit ignorant to the fact that the US is ranked far lower than other countries that invest far more in education than we do. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/10/education/10educ.html

 reference does not say what he thinks it says. As the references below indicate, the United States spends plenty of money on education.

 claims he is a teacher. Is he? I suppose he could be.

Voter Fraud

How common  ‘s political myopia? Read Voter Fraud Or Voter Suppression? by (Cry and Howl), and consider the current administration’s attitude to voter fraud.

Think long and hard about the blatant dishonesty. We have elected officials breaking the bank by spending trillions of dollars, and still they have the gall to equate any serious effort to ensure a fair election (which might throw them out on their collective ears) with voter suppression.

The Drone Assassin President

In Obama’s Personal Hit List. Is Murder with Drones Constitutional?,  (Freedom, by the way) asks us to consider the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s ongoing program to kill alleged terrorists using drones. When you read ‘s post, note that Obama is using these drones against the wishes of nations with whom we are not at war.

Is killing alleged terrorists in foreign lands with drones constitutional? That is something we all need to think about, but what it comes down to is this question: does Obama have Congressional authorization or is Congress looking the other way? Since the issue is rather complicated, I have not decided yet. I just have an observation. Considering that Democrats made a big stink when President George W. Bush decided to imprison terrorists captured on the battlefield, it is odd that the same people have remained almost silent when Obama uses drones to kill people.

Killing Them Softly at the American Spectator and Drone wars and state secrecy – how Barack Obama became a hardliner at the Guardian provide more background.

The Providence Of God

Why have we departed from the founding principles of this nation? Consider this excerpt from Democracy in America by Alexis De Tocqueville.

In the United States the influence of religion is not confined to the manners, but it extends to the intelligence of the people. Amongst the Anglo-Americans, there are some who profess the doctrines of Christianity from a sincere belief in them, and others who do the same because they are afraid to be suspected of unbelief. Christianity, therefore, reigns without any obstacle, by universal consent; the consequence is, as I have before observed, that every principle of the moral world is fixed and determinate, although the political world is abandoned to the debates and the experiments of men. Thus the human mind is never left to wander across a boundless field; and, whatever may be its pretensions, it is checked from time to time by barriers which it cannot surmount. Before it can perpetrate innovation, certain primal and immutable principles are laid down, and the boldest conceptions of human device are subjected to certain forms which retard and stop their completion. (from here)

What we believe affects how we behave. There was a time when most Americans at least attempted to follow the principles that Christ taught. That included adhering to a strict code of honesty. So there was more reluctance than there is today to say the Constitution says something it clearly does not say. Now, because we have chosen so many unprincipled leaders, we have a “living constitution,” and lying about what the Constitution says has become virtuous.

Matthew 23:13 Amplified Bible (AMP)

But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, pretenders (hypocrites)! For you shut the kingdom of heaven in men’s faces; for you neither enter yourselves, nor do you allow those who are about to go in to do so.

In times not so long ago, and in places today not so far away, so-called noblemen live and play at the expense of their neighbors. Yet when we choose to prey upon our neighbors, choosing to rob and enslave them, we do nothing noble. At best we are predators. We immediately murder and devour our victims. At worse we are parasites. We degrade the life and character of our society, particularly the people on whom we have seized. In either case we are destructive. We blacken our own souls, and we do our best to render those upon whom we feed ignorant — even ignorant of what is good and what is evil.

Once upon a time … in America (via blogsense-by-barb)

I got a comment today from a Happy Hobbit. So I decided to visit that hobbit’s blog.

Here is a pointer to a post that well describes the love of God and country that drives the Tea Party.

Once upon a time … There was a nation conceived in Liberty … … and dedicated to the propositionthat all men are created equal. “It is for us the living … to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us … that t … Read More

via blogsense-by-barb

The politicians in Washington D.C. still do not understand the determination that drives the Tea Party movement, but they will.

A Nation Divided. Individual Accomplishments Diminished. LBGT Curriculum to be Taught in CA Schools. (via freedombytheway)

Over the years I have become more and more skeptical of the things people consider proven. That because people too readily believe whatever they want to believe. Need a simple example? Look at all the chain emails floating around the Internet. No matter how many websites stand up to refute the fraudulent chain emails, those lies will still circulate faster than the truth.

Parents face great pressure to send their children to public schools. So what do parents want to believe? Parents want to believe the public school system serves them, that teachers and the administrators will do what is best for their children. But that is not true.

A Nation Divided. Individual Accomplishments Diminished. LBGT Curriculum to be Taught in CA Schools.   What the heck does race, religion, gender or sexual preference have to do with one’s contributions to society? California has mandated that beginning Jan. 1, all public schools must add LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) history into their curriculum. “Public schools in California will be required to teach students about the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans starting Jan. 1 after Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursda … Read More

via freedombytheway

If California is going have an LBGT curriculum, then California’s LBGT advocates will have to review the historical record. Is there anybody who thinks the LBGT agenda will inspire any objectivity? Is the purpose of any such curriculum objectivity?

Imagine for moment you are in heaven, that while you lived on earth you became famous. You look down. What do you see children learning about you? Even though you did not know anything it, you were a homosexual. Yep! And that’s why children have to learn all about your great accomplishments. You were an “accomplished” homosexual.

Look closely at California, the state that brags about leading the way. You still want government to teach your children? Then remember this. Politicians don’t ask for your money; they ask for your vote. When government gets in the business of robbing Peter to pay Paul, some politicians will steal anything to buy Paul’s vote. And what some politicians will steal includes your children.