Archive for January, 2009

29
Jan
09

Rant

This is not political commentary, but I need to get this off my chest.

More and more, I’m hoping that the word “like” is one day removed from the English language, because I’m like just about ready to scream, and like you know how it feels when you are just going to like blow a fuse or something? Like that’s how I’m feeling, now. It’s like driving me crazy!

I was like telling my friend about this the other day. I was like, “You know what I mean?” He was like, “Yeah, like totally. The word is like sooooo irritating, and like everyone uses it the wrong way, but it’s like we can’t stop and stuff.”

Get a grip, people!

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26
Jan
09

History Channel Propaganda

I watched Crash – The Next Great Depression? on The History Channel, Sunday afternoon. It compared The Great Depression to our current economic situation, and I was shocked by the obvious liberal bias in the program.

Maybe it’s just me but I feel that there’s been a shift in programming style on The History Channel, over the last few months. Not long ago, THC featured great war documentaries, exposes, early scholar works, inventions, etc., but in my opinion things have shifted to natural disasters and how man has been killing the planet. Sorry, but if I want that kind of garbage I can turn on CNN, Sci-Fi Channel (another disappointment) or Turner Broadcasting.

During “Crash,” I heard “unfettered Capitalism” more than once, and other things such as “concentration of wealth,” “largely unregulated economy,” “rich got richer,” etc. They even threw in a veiled jab at George Bush (no sympathy from me, but still…). It was obvious to me that the program was praising FDR, Obama and government intervention in the marketplace, and suggesting that we need the same kind of government intrusion and control that was instituted in the ’30s.

The program also mentioned such things as government fixing the economy (don’t get me started on that one…), FDR’s New Deal offered “bold solutions,” Obama has surrounded himself with some of the “brightest financial minds,” FDR’s Democrats took control in 1932 and the “whole country was lifted, Obama has called for an economic stimulus plan, FDR’s public works programs helped to rebuild the country, FDR’s regulations and social safety net programs helped the people of the country, blah, blah.

In addition, there was also mention that we may have to “rethink” our current economic system, that we can’t go back to the old banking system, and the current economic downturn may spell the end of the “American era” of dominance in the marketplace.

In a nutshell, it was praise for socialism and hatred for Capitalism and the rich–and the same crap that the socialists in government have been stating, so they can convince us that their push to move us more in the direction of Communism is good for all of us.

FYI: Communism has never worked, and will not work in the US.

The powers that be, and the liberal media that cater to them, seem to be attempting to get the People to believe that Capitalism and the “free market” has failed in the US. That would be true if we actually had Capitalism and a free market in the US. Socialists love to confuse people when it comes to Capitalism and Corporatism.

Free exchange between free, consenting individuals is pure Capitalism. Corporatism involves government-created, regulated and controlled, limited-liability entities called Corporations. Corporatism is what we have, not Capitalism.

With Corporatism, government regularly destroys business and employment opportunities through taxes, fees, fines, permits, impact studies, zoning, public-private partnerships, OSHA, EPA, etc.

Pure Capitalism is a truly free market. Corporatism is a regulated and controlled market.

If you want to blame someone or something for the economic collapse, blame your government goons for running the market into the ground. And as long as you allow government–and another Corporation, the Federal Reserve–to manipulate the currency and destroy your wealth, you will continue to see these collapses every so often, so new socialistic mechanisms and programs can be easily instituted (thanks, government schools)–and government transfers of wealth from the commoners to the elite will continue.

(Read the previous post, for more information.)

23
Jan
09

The Truth About The Bailouts

When Third World dictators take a controlling interest in a company or industry, we call it “nationalization.” When the US Government does the same thing, we call it a “bailout.” Dictators simply take control of the business, while our government buys blue chip, preferred stock.

You can call these activities feel-good things, such as “bailout,” “economic stimulus,” etc., but both of these maneuvers are accomplishing the same thing–and the sad part is that most people are clueless.

Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary states that Communism is “a theory advocating elimination of private property” and “state-owned means of production.” Through zoning ordinances and property taxes, private property has basically been eliminated, and now through bailouts government has boldly begun the takeover of production.

These are excerpts from the Communist Manifesto, a road map for instituting Communism:

We have seen above that the first step in the revolution by the working class is to raise the proletariat to the position of ruling class to win the battle of democracy.

The proletariat will use its political supremacy to wrest, by degree, all capital from the bourgeoisie, to centralize all instruments of production in the hands of the state, i.e., of the proletariat organized as the ruling class; and to increase the total productive forces as rapidly as possible.

Of course, in the beginning, this cannot be effected except by means of despotic inroads on the rights of property, and on the conditions of bourgeois production; by means of measures, therefore, which appear economically insufficient and untenable, but which, in the course of the movement, outstrip themselves, necessitate further inroads upon the old social order, and are unavoidable as a means of entirely revolutionizing the mode of production.

These measures will, of course, be different in different countries.

Nevertheless, in most advanced countries, the following will be pretty generally applicable.

1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.

2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.

3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance.

4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.

5. Centralization of credit in the banks of the state, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly.

6. Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the state.

7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the state; the bringing into cultivation of waste lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.

8. Equal obligation of all to work. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.

9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of all the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the populace over the country.

10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children’s factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, etc.

In the first paragraph, the manifesto speaks of winning the “battle of democracy.” When you come to realize that democracy is indeed nothing more than an institutionalized system of battle (majority vs. minority, for power and control), you will understand just how chillingly accurate that statement really is.

The second paragraph speaks of taking capital away from the People and giving control of production to the government. The bailouts are beginning to accomplish this, complete with restrictions on how companies may pay their executives and what risks they will be allowed to take in regard to product design.

The third paragraph shows you why we, the People, are often outraged and amazed by the seemingly illogical, irrational and counterproductive actions and initiatives brought about by government officials. They fully understand, and it is even plainly stated in the guidebook, that the things they will have to do will not seem economically sound, but will lead to a need for more government intervention to continue ‘fixing’ what they continue to screw up–with complete control as the desired outcome.

Read it again:

“…appear economically insufficient and untenable, but which, in the course of the movement, outstrip themselves, necessitate further inroads upon the old social order, and are unavoidable as a means of entirely revolutionizing the mode of production.”

Next, take a look at the planks and see just how far Communist initiatives have already progressed in the US.

Eliminating private property is being accomplished through zoning, property taxes (rent paid to the government), land-use planning, growth restrictions on businesses, 2020 plans, Vision plans, visioning, Livable Community initiatives, Town & Country plans, Smart Growth, Sustainable Development, United Nations Biosphere Reserves, mandated green space, etc. Groups like the Sierra Club, World Wildlife Fund and The Nature Conservancy are working to get these initiatives passed into law.

The US has had a progressive, graduated income tax for decades. It is in place to more effectively equalize wealth and penalize those who have accumulated it.

Many local zoning ordinances and land-use plans make it difficult for people to leave or divide property for heirs. And the “death tax” takes a huge chunk out of any wealth that would be left to pass down.

Confiscation of property is a staple of law enforcement, these days, in my opinion. If you “rebel” against the State (drugs, violation of land-use restrictions, etc.), and refuse to live as they dictate your property may be taken in order to punish you for daring to defy your Masters–and also so they can profit from it.

The national bank was basically accomplished with the creation of the Federal Reserve, and government is boldly going even further with the bailout and nationalization of US banks.

As for centralizing communications in the hands of the state, look no further than the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). For controlling transportation, there’s the Department of Transportation, local licensing offices, Public Safety departments, transport police, Federal Aviation Adminstration (FAA), homeland security initiatives, etc.

Improving and controlling the land is done through green space mandates, mixed-use development, villages, land-use planning, zoning restrictions, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Natural Rescources (DNR), Department of Health & Environmental Control (DHEC), etc., as mentioned earlier.

The agricultural armies will need green space and development restrictions on businesses, first, right?

Again, removing distinctions between the town and the country will require the land-use initiatives mentioned earlier. By the way, Richland County, SC’s land-use plan is actually called the “Town & Country Plan.” Could it be more obvious?

Free education of all children, by the State: What better may to mold little minds into the kinds of citizens that appeal most to would-be rulers?

Lenin knew the value of indoctrination. He once stated, “Give me one generation of youth, and I will transform the entire world.” So, be sure to turn your children over to the State, for required processing, or they will come for you with charges of neglect and truancy.

I’ve been ringing the alarm bell on the move to Communism, for years, but people are typically too caught up in their piano lessons, soccer practice, iPods, and other distractions to be concerned with what is going down. Now, these things are biting us all in our backsides.

It has to be stopped, but that won’t happen if we are all asleep at the wheel. We have to take control of this ship and make a course correction, now.

I pray it’s not too late.

22
Jan
09

Think before you speak

I hear people, from the President down to Johnny Lunchmeat, say things in discussions of politics that make me realize that many people, unfortunately, don’t fully comprehend the concept of true freedom.

Many people throw “freedom and democracy” around like the two concepts are the same and interchangeable. Sorry, but they are NOT, and I cringe every time I hear someone use them together.

Democracy is rule by majority–and if you are ruled by someone else, or a group of people, you are not free.

If 51% of the population can tell the other 49% of the population exactly how they can live, work, eat, speak, travel, love, etc. that is NOT freedom; that’s gang warfare, as far as I’m concerned.

Lysander Spooner summed it up, nicely:

“The principle that the majority have a right to rule the minority, practically resolves all government into a mere contest between two bodies of men, as to which of them shall be masters, and which of them slaves; a contest, that–however bloody–can, in the nature of things, never be finally closed, so long as man refuses to be a slave.”

Personally, I refuse to be a slave and will continue my quest to educate and enlighten, hoping that lightbulbs will one day flicker on in the minds of the People and they will realize that changes need to be made in how we treat each other.

Until that day comes, remember this:

“You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man’s freedom.” – Clarence Darrow

22
Jan
09

Obama & Sacrifice

President Obama has repeatedly mentioned that the People of the US will have to “sacrifice,” in the coming days, to get the country back on track. Funny how “sacrifice” didn’t include not wasting over $150,000,000.00 (that’s 150 million)–over three times the amount (43 million) spent on Bush’s 2005 ceremony–on his inauguration ceremony.

With all due respect, Mr. President, if you don’t walk the walk, don’t talk the talk.
Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jan/14/barack-obama-inauguration-cost

22
Jan
09

Introduction

The reason for this new, online soapbox is quite simple: Sheeple. That’s right, sheeple–people who feel they won’t be able to survive without some Master running their lives for them–and this country is full of them, unfortunately.

The USA claims to be the “land of the free,” yet there are mounds of rules, regulations, controls, ordinances, codes, laws, taxes, fees, fines, licenses, permits, etc. that dictate exactly how each and every person will be allowed to live.

The “home of the brave” went right out the window, with everyone living in fear that there’s a terrorist boogie man behind every bush, in every shadow and behind every corner thanks to government propagandists who have a vested interest in keeping people in fear.

As the days go on, I will be posting responses to current, political news items–and all from an unwavering, TRUE pro-freedom perspective.

If you, too, have had enough of government liars telling you you’re free, all while passing more restrictions on how you may live, stay tuned. More on the way, soon.

“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.” – Goethe