Reason for latest repost: This comment:
We have lost so many of our freedoms so gradually and so slowly, we don’t know, understand, or appreciate what the founders created. Instead, our leaders spout self-serving nonsense: Obama To Ohio State Grads: Reject Voices That Warn About Government Tyranny. Yeah! Give the Obama the Great as much power as he wants, and everything will be just fine.
Nonetheless, occasionally a miracle still occurs, and some citizen takes it upon herself or himself to do what needs to be done without waiting for the government to do it.
Speaking of miracles, there is the Tampa Bay HEAT. All year I’ve been grateful for the various homeschool a la carte schools, fellowship groups, and co-ops. The HEAT, though, has stood out. The obvious reason is the opportunity for team athletics, but I didn’t truly understand the group’s impact until last night’s Sports Dinner.
After all, homeschooled kids get a chance for team athletics in Florida–the state from which the phrase “Tebow law” originated. All homeschoolers have to do is try out for their local public school’s team. (from Miracles)
In Miracles, nooneofanyimport tells us how a homeschooling mom set up a high school sports cooperative. Such miracles of individual initiative, people voluntarily joining together to solve a problem, use to be common in America. When Alexis De Tocqueville visited America in 1831-32, he found our people doing something so remarkable he had to study it. He found of nation of self-starters, people who took it upon themselves to fix what needed to be fixed. They did not wait for someone else. When something needed to be done, they just did what needed to be done.
In THE RIGHT OF FREE ASSOCIATION, I post an excerpt of Democracy in America, a two-volume work that describes what Tocqueville saw when he visited America. Please read it. Please read Democracy in America.
If we want to restore the freedoms we have lost, we need to understand what once made America a great land. For the sake of our children and ourselves, we need to understand what Thomas Jefferson meant when he spoke of our God-given rights to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, and we need to yearn to be a people who know how to responsibly exercise those rights. And that begins by understanding the joy that comes from doing what needs to be done without waiting for someone else to do the work.
At FINDING PEACE IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE 2012 ELECTION — PART 2, we are having a furious debate. The fact people are discussing instead of fighting important issues is a good thing, but I do find the attitude that some people have towards other people’s money and other people’s lives disappointing. We debate issues that were once settled.
What are the topics of our debate? Abortion and taxes. Since the issue of abortion has been rather thoroughly discussed in other forums, I will let that topic rest in the threads at FINDING PEACE IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE 2012 ELECTION — PART 2.
Do I care about ending of evil of abortion? Yes, but I cannot debate everything at the same time. Only Socialist Democrats can do that — sort of.
The Comforting Drone Of The Hive
In FINDING PEACE IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE 2012 ELECTION — PART 3, I quoted a passage from Democracy in America by Alexis De Tocqueville. De Tocqueville worried that in our drive for equality we would lose our liberty. What inspired that concern? I suspect what he knew about the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror that followed it gave rise to his concern.
If we are to have Liberty, then it is almost essential that we have Equality before the Law. However, some people insist upon a different kind of equality. They want economic equality, and in their ideal world, they want us all to think, look, and behave the same way. In their dream world, men behave like happily buzzing little bees.
Are bees happy? I have never been able to ask one. I am happy they exist. Nonetheless, I don’t want to be like a bee. I don’t want to be forced to think, look, and behave just like everyone else, but that is what government-forced economic equality requires.
Consider this excerpt from one Eric’s comments.
You have no absolute right to property. Period. The government can take your property as allowed for in the Constitution. If you had a God-given right to it, they could not take it. End of story. Same for your supposed God-given right to life. Your government can take your life anytime they so choose and again it is perfectly allowable under the Constitution. Just ask any number of the boys who were drafted and died in the US, Europe, Korea, and Vietnam. The government has denied MILLIONS their so-called “right” to life. (from here)
What was Eric defending? He defended President Barack Obama’s reelection and Obama’s programs to redistribute the wealth. Eric wants the “rich” to pay their “fair share” — whatever that might be.
Yet never fear, we have an expert on what the rich’s fair share might be. What expert? Paul Krugman, of course.
Consider the question of tax rates on the wealthy. The modern American right, and much of the alleged center, is obsessed with the notion that low tax rates at the top are essential to growth. Remember that Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, charged with producing a plan to curb deficits, nonetheless somehow ended up listing “lower tax rates” as a “guiding principle.”
Yet in the 1950s incomes in the top bracket faced a marginal tax rate of 91, that’s right, 91 percent, while taxes on corporate profits were twice as large, relative to national income, as in recent years. The best estimates suggest that circa 1960 the top 0.01 percent of Americans paid an effective federal tax rate of more than 70 percent, twice what they pay today. (from here)
Why would an economist suggest a stupid idea? Is Krugman an enemy of the rich? No. Then why would he advocate making the rich pay their fair share? Is it possible that Krugman is not an honest man? Is he only saying what he believes those in power want to hear?
What is making the rich pay their fair share all about? It is about a sin, that one mentioned in the Tenth Commandment.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor. (from here)
When a man appeals to one of our base desires — such as envy — he does not have our best interest in mind. He wants something for himself. Thus, when a demagogue campaigns to tax the “rich,” what he after is power, and any power he can use abuse the rich, he can use against anyone.
So What Does The Tenth Commandment Have To Do With Bees?
What does the Tenth Commandment have to do with bees? If envy — and jealous hatred — is what drives the quest for economic equality, then what becomes the state of men in a society that prides itself on its equality? What happens is what De Tocqueville warned us against. Because we fear the power of the majority’s envy, we force each other to become just another dull droning worker bee — to think, to look, and to act just like every other worker bee. After all, in a hive there is generally only one queen allowed at a time.
So When Is It Right To Make A Citizen Pay Taxes?
We need government to protect ourselves from each other. That is, we need government to protect our rights to life, liberty, and property
protect. To pay for government to protect our rights, we tax each other.
Economic equality is not a right; it is just an excuse to covet what rightfully belongs to someone else.
Did Jesus Support Government-Run Charity?
No. Because our salvation is a personal matter, charity is a personal choice.
What usually causes us the most the most worry and concern is the danger we do not understand. Fortunately for us, some do understand the threat presented by President Barack Obama and the Socialist Democratic Party he leads. In his book, Democracy in America, Alexis De Tocqueville explained the danger in the 1840’s. Here is an excerpt
I seek to trace the novel features under which despotism may appear in the world. The first thing that strikes the observation is an innumerable multitude of men all equal and alike, incessantly endeavoring to procure the petty and paltry pleasures with which they glut their lives. Each of them, living apart, is as a stranger to the fate of all the rest—his children and his private friends constitute to him the whole of mankind; as for the rest of his fellow-citizens, he is close to them, but he sees them not—he touches them, but he feels them not; he exists but in himself and for himself alone; and if his kindred still remain to him, he may be said at any rate to have lost his country. Above this race of men stands an immense and tutelary power, which takes upon itself alone to secure their gratifications, and to watch over their fate. That power is absolute, minute, regular, provident, and mild. It would be like the authority of a parent, if, like that authority, its object was to prepare men for manhood; but it seeks on the contrary to keep them in perpetual childhood: it is well content that the people should rejoice, provided they think of nothing but rejoicing. For their happiness such a government willingly labors, but it chooses to be the sole agent and the only arbiter of that happiness: it provides for their security, foresees and supplies their necessities, facilitates their pleasures, manages their principal concerns, directs their industry, regulates the descent of property, and subdivides their inheritances—what remains, but to spare them all the care of thinking and all the trouble of living? Thus it every day renders the exercise of the free agency of man less useful and less frequent; it circumscribes the will within a narrower range, and gradually robs a man of all the uses of himself. The principle of equality has prepared men for these things: it has predisposed men to endure them, and oftentimes to look on them as benefits.
After having thus successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp, and fashioned them at will, the supreme power then extends its arm over the whole community. It covers the surface of society with a net-work of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided: men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting: such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to be nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd. I have always thought that servitude of the regular, quiet, and gentle kind which I have just described, might be combined more easily than is commonly believed with some of the outward forms of freedom; and that it might even establish itself under the wing of the sovereignty of the people. Our contemporaries are constantly excited by two conflicting passions; they want to be led, and they wish to remain free: as they cannot destroy either one or the other of these contrary propensities, they strive to satisfy them both at once. They devise a sole, tutelary, and all-powerful form of government, but elected by the people. They combine the principle of centralization and that of popular sovereignty; this gives them a respite; they console themselves for being in tutelage by the reflection that they have chosen their own guardians. Every man allows himself to be put in leading-strings, because he sees that it is not a person or a class of persons, but the people at large that holds the end of his chain. By this system the people shake off their state of dependence just long enough to select their master, and then relapse into it again. A great many persons at the present day are quite contented with this sort of compromise between administrative despotism and the sovereignty of the people; and they think they have done enough for the protection of individual freedom when they have surrendered it to the power of the nation at large. This does not satisfy me: the nature of him I am to obey signifies less to me than the fact of extorted obedience. (from here)
When will we be conquered? We will lose both our humanity and our republic when we cease to love our neighbor.
Other Views That Consider The Nature Of The Opposition
The contrast is interesting. MLK spoke eloquently of non-violence, and sought a day in which race would no longer be a factor. Obama speaks (then and now) of violence, revenge, and tapping into the anger of black people. Interestingly, Obama does not fight to benefit this constituency, other than to do (and heavily promote) those things that seem to pander to them without actually solving problems.
2014 is our next goal. We have 20 Democrat senators to unseat, and 13 Republican seats to defend. We need to retain the House. We have gubernatorial seats to replace and defend. This is no time for discouragement and defeat….we still have work to do.
Still reeling from what I anticipated to be the proper and complete repudiation of Barack, the Corrupt Incompetent, the Democrat Party and all of the failure, fecklessness and folly of all things Obama, I’m still trying to comprehend what exactly happened a little less than a week ago.
I think we’ve been victimized by….
In Barack Obama – A Media-Created Composite of Jesus Christ, Santa Claus and Robin Hood, Tom White offers a plan to fix things. Well, he sort of does.
On the other side of the Atlantic, AHLondon writes The Morning After: Start of a Conervative Action Plan. It is an interesting plan that recognizes where the problem truly resides.
In Rant first, talk later. Obama gets second term courtesy of dumb ass Progressives. bydesign001 fumes. In related posts, she fears for Israel, Obama 2012 – 2016: Israel, fill your sandbags. (UPDATED), and she worries How Liberal Blacks Are Turning America Into A Ghetto – The Jesse Lee Peterson Show.
Need a laugh? Check out State secession petitions to withdraw from the United States by boudicabpi and the following by Bob.
This is the third post in a series.