timely quote

Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president.

Theodore Roosevelt

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Day One

Today, November 5, 2008, on the day my Grandmother passed from this earth, I begin. Last night, Barack Hussein Obama became the President-Elect of the United States of America.

This is an historic time, and an historic event. Not because he’s an African American, although that is significant. It's because he is the first avowed socialist to make a serious run for, not to mention get elected to, the office of President. He has admitted in speeches and interviews that he “chose my friends carefully” and wants to “spread the wealth around.” He attends socialist functions, he endorsed the socialist Senator Bernie Sanders; he spoke at the memorial service for Saul Mendelson. He attended church for 20 years listening to the Rev Jeremiah “God Damn America” Wright, has a new pastor who is just as racist and radical, and began his political career in the living room of William ''Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home, kill your parents, that's where it's really at'' Ayers.

He spoke in private to Mahmoud Abbas in support of Palestine’s right to Jerusalem, asking that the conversation be kept secret so it didn’t hurt his chances with the Jewish voters. He holds, or has held, Indonesian citizenship under the name or Barry Soetero, and was educated as a Muslim there while under the care of his adoptive father, Lolo Soetero. There have even been serious questions about his country of birth, and a suit in federal court to determine if he was born in Hawaii or Kenya.

He has voted consistently in favor of total gun bans and other forms of gun control. Obama and Congressional Democrats have said that he will cut funding for the military. Obama will pull the troops from Iraq and ask Iran to be nice and quit trying to make nuclear weapons. He has promised to meet with the leaders of countries that sponsor terrorism without preconditions.

He has promised to nationalize public healthcare by requiring private companies and doctors to cover the costs of healthcare, regardless of ability to pay.

He has denied the desire to re-impose the Fairness Doctrine, but “supports media-ownership caps, network neutrality, public broadcasting, as well as increasing minority ownership of broadcasting and print outlets," i.e. re-regulation of the broadcast media by the FCC. He has voiced a desire to increase taxes on the people who work hard to make this country great: the entrepreneurs, the small business owners and the middle class. He has promised to allow the Bush tax cuts to expire, thereby raising taxes on everyone who pays taxes. These increases are required so he can distribute the money to the people who choose not to work. These are Marxist principles. Karl Marx said, "From each, according to his ability; to each, according to his need." Again, Barack Obama says we should spread the wealth around.


Here’s what I think. Based on his statements and voting record, I think that he believes that the Constitution of the United States of America should include a guarantee of success as opposed to a guarantee of the freedom to succeed. I think he believes the government should provide success even to those who don’t earn it. I think he believes that the government should be the source of all good things.

I wholeheartedly disagree.

I believe that "A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have."

I believe that each person should benefit according to the work that they do, and it is not government’s job to determine what I or anyone else needs. The harder I work, the more I do, the better off my family and I are. If I choose not to work, then I choose to be poor. Are those who cannot work due to infirmity or handicap? Of course there are, and we have social welfare programs to help people who cannot help themselves.

Are there people who choose not to work? Who believe that it’s not fair that I do well while they struggle? Are there those that believe that the government owes them money, or healthcare or a retirement? There will always be people like that. The problem we have now is that there will soon be a president who believes the same thing. Obama wants to take more of my wages in taxes to provide a living for those who will not provide for themselves.

I believe that a government that is scared of guns is a government that is scared of dissent and disagreement. The Second Amendment was put in place, not only as the means to protect the new country from attack, but also as a safety valve in the case that government stopped obeying the will of the people. An unarmed populace is a defenseless populace. A hopeless populace.

The Second Amendment is very simple. A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Shall not be infringed. Not difficult.

I understand ensuring that criminals can’t by guns. Those laws are already in place. I certainly don’t want violent people bent on harming me and my family being better armed than I am. But if someone breaks in to my home and threatens me and my family, I will protect them by whatever action is necessary, including violence. There are some states and cities that allow prosecution of homeowners that protect themselves with legally purchased guns in their own homes. Luckily, I don’t live in one of them.

Read the Federalist Papers. Read the Constitution. Read the Bill of Rights. Educate yourself in what the Founding Fathers said and meant. It’s all out there.

We now have four years of righteous and responsible political resistance.

I believe as Ed Howdershelt said, “There are four boxes to be used in defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury, and ammo. Please use in that order."

I used the ballot box yesterday. Today it’s time for the soapbox. God forbid we ever go past that point again.


Joan of Argghh! said...

Oh yeah. Bookmarked. Blogrolled. Widgeted and "Feed"ed.


Got here from the Gates of Vienna.

Best of luck!

heroyalwhyness said...

GoV referral here too. Like what I see and will be back.

As coincidence would have it - the Federalist Papers is a book I picked up recently and will read after I finish Spencer's "Stealth Jihad".

"Joan of Arghhh" - luv luv luv the nic!

folly said...

Joan and heroyalwhyness, it sure is nice to have you here. Thanks for the links.

On the Federalist Papers, I taught Boy Scout merit badge "Citizenship in the Nation" for several years while my son was in Scouts. I suggested to every group that they read the Federalist Papers. It's a tough read, but it shines a very stark light on the FF and their original intent. I think it should be required reading in school.

When you're done, read the Anti-Federalist Papers, too. It's a whole different view.

Marianne said...

Coming via GOV. Bookmarked! Good luck to you.

folly said...

Thank you Marianne! I appreciate the support!

RB said...

Came here via hat tip from Arewelumberjacks.

May I suggest two more books to add to your reading list; The Commnist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky. I believe our opponents find the Constitution and the Founding Fathers as quaint notions in need of revision by these progressive, enlightened, modern thinkers. Know thy enemy.

Good luck here. All you need now is to be issued a couple minders.

talnik said...

Lumberjacks too. Congrats. Unfortunately, some sort of "Fairness Doctrine" (by any other name) and 'net neutrality in 3...2...1...

folly said...

rb, talnik, welcome. Thanks for the recommendations on the reading list. I'm actually putting one together for the sidebar. It's been a long time on Marx, and I don't think I've read Alinsky yet.

Add it to the list...

stonestead.com said...

Via Lumby as well. Love what I've seen so far and best of luck as the clock rolls. Keep at it even when it seems like you're yelling at the wind.

Sorry to hear about your Grandmother. Tough times -- and Godspeed.