Category: Political Thoughts

Stop thinking R and D and start thinking Free or Less Free

As so often seems to be the case, we find ourselves again wrestling with things that our founding fathers warned us about. In their day, they referred to them as “Factions”, but we know them as political parties. However, buying into our political parties in the same way that we root for our favorite football or baseball team is inherently self defeating.

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It’s like the headlines could tell the future

How could we possibly have re-elected a president who has  achieved NONE of the things he said he would? Even if you judge him by his own standards, he should never have been put back in office.

Todays Yahoo poll needs more options.

My fellow Americans, times are tough. I have not been posting here as frequently as I would like and that apathy, along with the apathy of millions of other Americans, is part and parcel of how Obama was re-elected. Like any good conservative, I am ready to stand up and claim my fair share for what has gotten us where we are. I had too much faith in the general population being able to see things for what they are. Sadly, it seems that instead we must grab the collective head of the nation and shove its nose in the truth and make sure they know what is before them.

For the folks I happened to cross paths with, I would point out all the reasons why I was not going to vote for Obama. Strangely enough, none of them had to do with the color of his skin.

I have been trying to come up with a personal plan on how I was going to carry on from here. I am still working on it. In my random wanderings today, I came across the poll on Yahoo.com. Here is a screen shot of the question:

My first thought was that there are simply not enough options in this poll. My next thought was that the GOP has their collective head entirely buried in their own rectums. Of course, we are used to this posture from Democrats, but seeing our entire political spectrum assuming this position is not comforting.

Why do I say that? Because what the GOP is doing is a complete departure from the core principles of what it means to be a conservative. When I hear the term “Illegal Immigrant” the part of that phrase that makes me angry is NOT “Immigrant”.  We are a nation of immigrants for God sake. But if you start your relationship with this country by breaking the law, you deserve to have your ass kicked out as quickly as our little border patrol vans can carry you.

So lets revisit that poll. Have the GOP had a change of heart? No, they have abandoned conservative principles. They have sold their political souls to a system that has proven only that it cannot sustain the republic. The GOP needs to be a real alternative to the party of Democrats.

The truth is that with the re-election we have only guaranteed one thing. That now more than ever, we need a party that completely embraces what being a conservative constitutionalist really means. Why? This nation is about to be tempered. Just like steel, we are about to be put under a great amount of heat and stress. Like steel, this purification by fire and stress should make us stronger. I suppose we could have guessed that this is the way things would have to play out. The majority of Americans today seem unable or unwilling to grasp what we face by reading and educating themselves. They only understand what they experience. For too long, that experience has only reinforced how wonderful they are in spite of low achievement. How great they are because they showed up. Well, I have news for you. For those of us that understand history and what comes when a nation slouches further and further toward socialism is that liberty is lost and people suffer and die – en masse.

So I am not longer going to equivocate or “agree to disagree” there are simply too many facts on the side of the constitution, smaller government and liberty to entertain the corrupt and discredited systems of big government.

So as we move forward, let add our own options to that poll. Lets stop taking what they give us and redefine our options through what we demand from our elected officials.

Change is coming, in fact two changes are coming. Like any drug addict, we will continue to shove the needle of government into our arms until we hit rock bottom. That bottom is not yet here but will be that first big change. The second big change will be how we react. To be ready to react to that with renewed freedom and liberty, we must take our duty to educate our fellow Americans serious. Only by doing this will they have the tools to understand the failure of Obamas policies and see the path our founders originally followed.

I hope you are ready. Hell, I hope I am ready.

Why racists and race baiters are broken in the same way.

I have never understood racism. I suppose we could have a critical discussion about cultural influences that occur because of cultures that are unified primarily by race, but that is a whole other point. No, today I wanted to focus on the fundamental stupidity of racism and how that fundamental stupidity is shared by race baiters.

Racists will run to race as the cause of problems out of intellectual laziness. If a man loses his job, it is easier to blame that black, brown or red family that moved in down the street than it is to explore the idea that they may have just really sucked at their job. Did crime increase in your neighborhood? Must be those [insert race other than your own] that bought the house next door. It is the stupidest kind of cause and effect logic you will find and it allows someone to come to a conclusion that may make them feel better about themselves without having to deal with the pesky realities.

Enter, the race baiter. These folks have come out of the woodwork lately as America wrestles with the Obama administrations policies, Eric Holders interesting approach to law enforcement and an array of other issues. These folks do the exact same thing as your typical racist. No matter how many issues you site as things you have a problem with, their response? “The critics hate Blacks”. It may make them feel better. It may allow them to quickly short circuit any intelligence based assessment of what is going on. But at its core, it is an intellectually bankrupt approach that would feel very comfortable and familiar to anyone with a swastika tattooed on their arm.

The worst part of this is that for those that are just arguing the issues, they feel as if they need to shut up and avert their eyes when these race baiters start heading off into the weeds with their race based accusations. Their logic is faulty. Obama was voted on by a whole lot of folks who were not black. The idea that these same people have suddenly woken up and said to themselves “Holy crap! We elected a black man!” and now attack him because of his race is just plain stupid.

What’s worse is that those of us who let these baiters falsely shame us into silence need to stand and point out the stupidity of their case. Of course, when we see these folks they tend to be on networks where they are left not only unchallenged, but frequently the talking heads in the studio seem to agree with their idiotic conclusion.

We need to each own our little piece of the intellectual battle here. When we are faced with someone buying into this stupidity, we need to make the point that we can have a long, drawn out conversation about what is wrong with the administrations policies without ever needing to mention what color anyone is. If only we could get the members of the media to ask the same hard questions, we would all be better off.

Keynes vs Hayek economic theory rap

I will let the videos speak for themselves. I discovered the first video here a while back. Round two was posted in April of this year. For those who want to understand why Keynes got it wrong and Hayek got it right, here are the videos for your consideration. For those who have not paid attention to this stuff at all, going back to before the presidency of Franklin Roosevelt, Keynes has been the guy everyone has listened too. So this is not just about understanding the theories, but then realizing we have to get our government to realize that Keynes just got it wrong.

Here is the first go around. Enjoy.

Here we go with part 2.

All in all, I think I may have learned more about Hayek and Keynes with these two videos than I did in two years of college economics. If you are left wanting more details, check out the books in the reading room for some great ways to get all the details.


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