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Monday, February 28, 2011

American Exceptionalism: Love, Faith, and Duty

Love, Faith, and Duty are the three pillars of American Exceptionalism. All three are necessary if our country is to remain standing. Stated another way, these principles could be further defined as Patriotism, Capitalism, and Christian Character.

Love of Country
The United States of America is arguably still the most powerful country in the world. We became powerful because of these vital characteristics that have defined our society until now. The most critical aspect of American exceptionalism has always been the unwavering patriotism of its citizens. Patriotism is love and devotion to one’s country and especially the willingness to sacrifice for it. More than that, it is embracing our land and our people and our way of life as a whole and thereby linking our own hopes, dreams, fears, and our emotional balance to that of our country.

When America became the first nation to land a man on the moon, our nation rejoiced. When the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded, America mourned. When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor we didn’t just go to war, as a country we transformed our society in a way that had never been seen in the history of the world. In a few short years, twelve million American men joined the armed forces. The entire economic engine of the United States of America shifted course and became an engine of massive war production. Practically every industry and manufacturing process was retooled to produce war weapons and other war materials. Incredibly, an even more startling transition occurred:

Until the 2nd World War, women had remained content to live quietly at home, raising children and caring for their husbands. Overnight however, the country saw most of its young men leave family, homes, and jobs. Women stepped in and joined the workforce in their millions. “Rosie the Riveter” became a symbol of this sea change transformation.

Faith in the American Dream
Capitalism has worked well for America. Whenever we allow the private sector to produce a good or service under the friendly pressure of competition, we see prosperity follow. However, whenever the state sticks its big clumsy paws into anything, the result is buffoonery, inefficiency, chaos, and corruption. We’ve witnessed the inefficiency of bureaucracies staffed with timeclock watching paper pushers. We’ve stood impatiently in line watching public functionaries pacing themselves against their coworkers in a ludicrous game of slowest one is the winner.

I believe our founding fathers were the wisest and smartest of men. They knew that only private industry competing against other private industry could power a successful economic engine. They understood that without a strong competitive free market system our economy would be strangled and ultimately driven into bankruptcy. The Constitution of the United States attempted to place severe limits on the federal government. This was largely successful for 150 prosperous years, but eventually politics found a way to sneak past these pesky restrictions. It was the Supreme Court case: National Labor Relations Board v. Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation, that was the tipping point from a purely capitalist economy into the burgeoning socialist republic we are fast becoming. The decision in the case vastly expanded the assumed powers of the Federal Government…until today we have the Big Government monstrosity known as Obamacare.

Duty to God and Mankind
Duty is the conduct expected of us, the achievement demanded of us, and the service required of us. Our duty to our fellow man and to our God, requires us to think of others instead of merely ourselves. It demands our willing participation in efforts to make ourselves better people and to help others achieve the same. As adults we are expected to know and to follow the rules and the laws of this great nation. Further, we are expected to know and follow the rules of this polite society of ours. The Constitution allows us the freedom to express sentiments that others might disagree with, however that freedom does not give anyone the right to direct hateful speech and vitriol at those they disagree with. Even though there might not be a law against something, our Christian Duty demands that we treat all people with dignity and respect.

As an American of forty-three years of age, I’ve witnessed the steady erosion of patriotism. Nothing exemplifies this so much as President Obama’s pastor of 20 years―Jeremiah Wright―who said:
“The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing ‘God Bless America.’ No, no, no, God damn America! That’s in the Bible for killing innocent people. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme.”

I’ve witnessed the steady erosion of our Free-market economic system as Big Labor joins forces with Big Government and slowly but surely chokes the life out of American businesses. A smothering blanket of federal regulations requiring a staff of attorneys and an entire department of workers just to keep up with, is the best way I know of to kill American business. Meanwhile, if an American wants a guaranteed job with no chance of layoff, yearly pay increases, and lavish benefits ranging from free retirement to free health care, all he need do is secure himself a posh government sinecure.

Finally, I’ve witnessed the wholesale removal of all spiritual teaching from the lives of our children in our public schools. The result has been an epidemic of single-parent homes, rampant drug abuse, high-school drop-outs and teen pregnancy, violence and murder. We are no longer a polite society. Sex and violence on television and in the movies and in popular music exacerbates this growing violent trend. The removal of Christian values and teaching from the classroom is the primary cause.

Lacking any of these: patriotism, capitalism, or Christianity, this country cannot long endure.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Axis of evil: Democrats, Unions, Big Government

There is today an American aristocracy living high on the hog while private citizens are being crushed under the bootheels of Uncle Sam. This modern day aristocrat is called a “government employee.” The most powerful―the princes of the realm―are usually elected by the people, while the minor lordlings are mostly appointed or hired.

Private sector workers today are the modern day equivalents of the serfs who suffered in medieval times. We watch our tax dollars going to pay for the lavish salaries of public sector workers who are paid twice what similar workers in the private sector receive for comparable duties. These latter-day lords pay nothing or next to nothing for their health insurance and little or nothing towards their own pensions and yet they expect this luxuriant publicly financed gravy train that they’ve been riding, to keep on rolling even when the state that pays them is on the verge of bankruptcy.

The root cause of this egregiously unjust inequality is the unholy marriage between Democrats and Unions. You don’t need me to tell you that the teachers in Wisconsin are completely in the wrong. There are hundreds of pundits who’ve already explored the lavish salaries of teachers and their even more lavish benefits. What interests me is the unique and diabolical partnership between the Democratic Party and these public sector unions.

We've seen this week, how the Democrats are standing behind their labor union pals and pushing back against the move to limit the power of the teacher unions in Wisconsin. The backing of labor unions by Democrats is nothing if not self-serving. After all, who do you suppose labor unions back?
The Daily Caller
  • The AFL-CIO, whose president Richard Trumka is orchestrating much of the protests in Madison this week, donated $1.2 million to Democrats in 2008 and $900,000 in 2010.
  • The American Federation of State, County and Municipal employees donated $2.6 million to the Democrats in 2008 and another $2.6 million in 2010.
  • The National Education Association donated $2.3 million to Democrats in 2008 and $2.2 million in 2010.
  • The Teamsters union donated $2.4 million to Democrats in 2008 and $2.3 million in 2010.
  • The SEIU donated $2.6 million to Democrats in 2008 and $1.7 million in 2010.
  • The Carpenters and Joiners union donated $2 million to Democrats in 2008 and $2.1 million 2010.
  • The Laborers union donated $2.6 million to Democrats in 2008 and $2.2 million in 2010.
  • The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers donated $3.8 million to Democrats in 2008 and $3.2 million in 2010.
  • The American Federation of Teachers donated $2.8 million to Democrats in 2008 and $2.7 million in 2010.
  • The Machinists and Aerospace union donated $2.5 million to Democrats in 2008 and $2.1 million in 2010.
  • The Communication Workers of America, which includes employees from several television and radio stations and other publishing platforms, donated $2.2 million to Democrats in 2008 and $2.1 million in 2010.
  • The United Autoworkers union (UAW) donated $2.1 million to Democrats in 2008 and $1.5 million in 2010.
  • The United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW) donated $2.1 million to Democrats in 2008 and $1.9 million in 2010.
Democrats pass laws that allow public sector unions to keep non-union members from becoming employed and that allow unions to just take member dues before the member ever even sees his paycheck. A generous share of this plunder goes to Democratic party campaigns for the reelection of the ones who got these laws on the books in the first place. I see this unethical collusion as something that clearly should be against the law. Why aren't Democrat politicians and labor union officials going to jail?

If you wonder why America's bloated bureaucracy keeps getting bigger and bigger, it's because the labor unions have systematically colluded with the Democrats in the most shamelessly dishonest way possible, to enact laws which have made all the participants: labor unions, government workers, and Democrat lawmakers, rich and powerful. And who ultimately pays for this? A bunch of serfs in the private sector.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The parellels between Carter and Obama are dead on the mark

Jimmy Carter and the left-liberal media put continuous pressure on the Shaw of Iran to allow "peaceful demonstrations," and to release "political prisoners." Left-media and Carter portrayed Ayatollah Khomeini as a democracy loving humanitarian and not as the rabid foaming at the mouth islamofascist horrific mass murdering psychopath that he actually was.

Nightly addresses by Ayatollah Khomeini beamed from the BBC studios in England enflamed the Islamofascists in Iran; meanwhile Carter continued to "urge" the Shaw of Iran to give up power so that a just and peaceful democracy could be formed. It is clearly undeniable that Carter deliberately and maliciously undermined the Shaw of Iran.

Thirty-two years later and Obama―in identical fashion to Jimmy Carter―calls for Muhammad Hosni Sayyid Mubarak, the president of Egypt to step down. Iran is on the verge of starting WWIII, meanwhile the Muslim Brotherhood―a powerful and wealthy sponsor of worldwide terrorism―is about to take control of Egypt. A rash of popular uprisings are sweeping through the Middle East―all orchestrated and organized by the Muslim Brotherhood―and designed to engineer an islamofascist caliphate stretching from Northern Africa through the Persian Gulf.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Race and Politics

I was reading ahout Halle Berry's belief in a farcical and racist idea called the "One Drop Rule," and when I finished reading the news article I read the reader comments as I often do. I came across a racial/political debate by two people. The first Debater named Mike B. Has this to say:
You're in your thirties, and you can't for the life of you understand how people once actually differentiated themselves from others on the basis of race. It's just a concept that doesn't enter your mind. Ok. Now just be aware that you have allied yourself with a political philosophy whose heritage reeks of prejudice and whose ranks gained legions when the racist remnant sought a new place to express its bitterness. You might want to be tuned into that, for no better reason than to keep the leading proponents of your conservative cohort from drifting back into that abysmal past. You might feel a special obligation not to let them go there or try to take you there.
The rebuttal by kreminitly
If I say that I hope to live in a color-blind society, and I happen to be a 30-something conservative, then someone like you is going to come at me with the news that my sincerity is in question, and that I have to do something extra to prove myself. Without knowing anything about me, mind you. You can see the problem, I'm sure.
Here in a nutshell was the issue we all dance around and tip-toe past—Race and Politics. If you wonder why 90% of black people vote a straight Democrat ticket, here it is. It is apparently the belief of many liberals and 90% of blacks that all the racists—who used to be Democrats—became Republicans. Now, it is the Democrats—the original creators of the “Jim Crow” laws—who have taken upon themselves the mantle of champions of racial justice, the great equalizers, the Robin Hoods of the modern world.

After fifty years of affirmative action, and social welfare programs designed by the Democrats for the advancement of blacks, what is the result? How long will these misguided programs continue to eat away at the character of this race hopelessly mired in the quicksand bog of good intentions? The entire racial/political debate that has been fomenting for the past fifty years can be distilled down to the Democrat's paradigm: “What else can we give to black people to prove we are not racist anymore?”