Archive for June, 2009

30
Jun
09

The March To Socialism

I’ve been hearing a lot from radio show host, Glenn Beck, about some so-called “march to socialism,” as if we haven’t quite gotten there, yet. Senator Jim DeMint called it a “slide” into socialism, referring to the current Administration’s agenda. I hate to break it to these guys, but the United States has been engaged in socialism since the very first tax was implemented – and the majority of the Federal Government’s budget deals with social programs, such as Medicare/Medicaid, Education, Social Security, etc.

Taxation is socialism; whenever you take wealth from one person and give it to another, that is socialism, pure and simple – and we’ve had it for a very long time, unfortunately. The only question left to ask is this: “How much of it do you want?”

Personally, I want NONE. Zero. Zilch. Nada. There is no amount of theft that I will support.

The bleeding hearts will say that we need social programs – socialism – to help the needy, and I sometimes hear socialists use religion to try and guilt-trip people into going along with it, for some “greater good.” The kicker is that many of these socialists ridicule God-fearing people, behind their backs, but that doesn’t stop them from trying to use religion against religious people, for their own purposes.

One thing I hear often is, “What would Jesus do?”

First of all, Jesus never did, and never would, use the power of government to steal and redistribute wealth. In fact, he operated outside of, and often in defiance of, government – and was crucified for it.

He asked people to give and sacrifice, freely, because a forced action means nothing, and often causes resentment and hostility – completely defeating the purpose of promoting charity, harmony, sacrifice and loving your neighbor, and it can be a stumbling block on the journey toward the Ultimate Goal.

Second, under God’s direction people were led out of slavery in Egypt – against the government’s desire to keep them in chains.

Some socialists will quote the Bible passage that speaks of rendering unto Caesar what is Caesar’s. They conveniently leave out the rest of the passage: “Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.”

Jesus brilliantly spoke in this way to avoid a clash with the local authorities, while still adhering to the truth. The answer to the question had been answered, long ago in Psalms 24:1: “The earth is the LORD’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.”

For freedom-lovers, there are some truths that remain self-evident, no matter your religion – or lack thereof:

Being a regular person, your neighbor can’t “legally” or morally go out and break into your home, take your children because he doesn’t like you or the way you are raising your kids, steal money from your wallet or bank accounts, force you to use mercury-containing (highly toxic) fluorescent lights, tear your newly-built storage building down because you didn’t get permission (a permit) from him, fine you because you painted your house a color that doesn’t meet with “community standards” or zoning regulations, etc.

How is it, then, that your neighbor—a regular person, just like anyone else—can win an “election” and suddenly gain the power to do these “illegal” and immoral things? If he didn’t have the power, before, and no one else possessed the rightful or moral authority to do these things either, how can that power come from the people? It can’t; therefore, it is illegitimate. You can’t give something away that you do not have—and men in powdered wigs didn’t have any right to simply write words on a piece of parchment and begin ruling present and future generations, either. (Reprinted from one of my previous articles.)

Next time someone tells you we are heading toward socialism, set them straight – and don’t fall for the guilt trips and “Caesar” garbage.

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17
Jun
09

American Hypocrisy

In the Middle East, people can defy government orders and engage in an “illegal” protest in the streets, but people in the US will dutifully apply for a protest permit (permission) to protest against the government–that is, if they can get enough people to take time out of their [sarcasm]very busy schedules[/sarcasm] to agree to gather in the first place.

The United States is the only country to have ever used a nuclear bomb against another country, but the US Government says that certain other countries can’t be trusted to have nuclear capabilities because they might make nuclear bombs and use them. Hello…?!

The US has supplied other countries with military training, weapons and chemical and biological warfare agents–and then attacked them for using them.

The US calls for arms reductions around the world, but pulled out of an anti-ballistic missile treaty it had signed with Russia.

The US signed the Treaty on Reduction of Offensive Strategic Weapons, with Russia, but then demanded that the weapons it would “reduce” be preserved and held in storage–just in case, I guess.

US officials and citizens get all up in arms about our citizens being jailed by foreign governments, yet push a policy of unlimited or “prolonged” detention–without any kind of trial, to actually prove innocence or guilt–for others officially deemed to be violators or “threats.” In addition, any rescue attempts are viewed as acts of war, yet we have been guilty of that on more than one occasion. (Note: US citizens aren’t automatically innocent, simply because they are US citizens.)

United States officials and citizens would never tolerate foreign military bases on our soil, but the US has military installations in nearly every other country in the world–to protect our “interests” abroad.

US officials and citizens would never tolerate United Nations inspectors coming into our country, to inspect our facilities and make sure we are behaving properly with our nuclear assets, but we will put sanctions in place against other countries that refuse to do so.

The US would never stand for some foreign leader flying into our country to meddle in our affairs, strong-arm our policymakers and tell our officials how they should conduct their affairs and wars, yet the US does it to other countries all the time.

Government officials use every trick in the book to make sure laws don’t interfere with their plans and activities–and if they do, they simply get legislators to change the law in their favor and make their previously “illegal” behavior “legal.” But if you are accused of breaking a law, they will do everything in their power to use the letter of the law against you to get a conviction.

And, most importantly, US officials play this game of trying to convince citizens that they are constantly “fighting for our freedom,” yet the US has the largest prison population of any country in the world, and officials force the population to get permits and licenses (permission) for just about everything under the sun, and have rules, regulations, laws, ordinances and codes–and fees/fines, of course–for everything else. (Clue: If you have to ask for permission, you aren’t free.)

Please, stop the hypocrisy and wake up to what’s really going on in the world.

11
Jun
09

Free Credit Report Scams

I’m REALLY getting tired of seeing the “free” credit report commercials on TV, because they can end up being anything but “free,” if you aren’t careful.

Most people don’t realize it, but you can get truly FREE copies of your credit reports just for asking for them, each year. You don’t need to sign up and pay for any service, in order to get them.

From the FTC:

Q: How do I order my free report?

A: The three nationwide consumer reporting companies have set up a central website, a toll-free telephone number, and a mailing address through which you can order your free annual report.

To order, visit annualcreditreport.com, call 1-877-322-8228, or complete the Annual Credit Report Request Form and mail it to: Annual Credit Report Request Service, P.O. Box 105281, Atlanta, GA 30348-5281. The form can be printed from ftc.gov/credit. Do not contact the three nationwide consumer reporting companies individually. They are providing free annual credit reports only through annualcreditreport.com, 1-877-322-8228, and Annual Credit Report Request Service, P.O. Box 105281, Atlanta, GA 30348-5281.

You may order your reports from each of the three nationwide consumer reporting companies at the same time, or you can order your report from each of the companies one at a time. The law allows you to order one free copy of your report from each of the nationwide consumer reporting companies every 12 months.

A Warning About “Imposter” Websites

Only one website is authorized to fill orders for the free annual credit report you are entitled to under law — annualcreditreport.com. Other websites that claim to offer “free credit reports,” “free credit scores,” or “free credit monitoring” are not part of the legally mandated free annual credit report program. In some cases, the “free” product comes with strings attached. For example, some sites sign you up for a supposedly “free” service that converts to one you have to pay for after a trial period. If you don’t cancel during the trial period, you may be unwittingly agreeing to let the company start charging fees to your credit card.

Some “imposter” sites use terms like “free report” in their names; others have URLs that purposely misspell annualcreditreport.com in the hope that you will mistype the name of the official site. Some of these “imposter” sites direct you to other sites that try to sell you something or collect your personal information.

Annualcreditreport.com and the nationwide consumer reporting companies will not send you an email asking for your personal information. If you get an email, see a pop-up ad, or get a phone call from someone claiming to be from annualcreditreport.com or any of the three nationwide consumer reporting companies, do not reply or click on any link in the message. It’s probably a scam.

Q: What information do I need to provide to get my free report?

A: You need to provide your name, address, Social Security number, and date of birth. If you have moved in the last two years, you may have to provide your previous address. To maintain the security of your file, each nationwide consumer reporting company may ask you for some information that only you would know, like the amount of your monthly mortgage payment. Each company may ask you for different information because the information each has in your file may come from different sources.