On 20 March 2006, then-Senator Obama had this to say about raising the debt ceiling prior to his vote against doing so: “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”
In Michael Shermer’s book, The Believing Brain. he says that the popular notion that smart people are less prone to believing “weird things” than dumb people, is a myth. He says:..”smart people believe weird things because they are skilled at defending beliefs they arrived at for nonsmart reasons.”
Leftist’s positions and conspiracies are far more extreme than that, not just twists, but denials; not little lies but outright fabrications; not just tortured logic, but the abandonment of logic for lunacy
“The only freedom deserving the name, is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it. Each is the proper guardian of his own health, whether bodily, or mental and spiritual. Mankind are greater gainers by suffering each other to live as seems good to themselves, than by compelling each to live as seems good to the rest.” –British philosopher and economist John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)
“I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandment’s would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress.” –Ronald Reagan
“It will not be denied that power is of an encroaching nature and that it ought to be effectually restrained from passing the limits assigned to it. After discriminating, therefore, in theory, the several classes of power, as they may in their nature be legislative, executive, or judiciary, the next and most difficult task is to provide some practical security for each, against the invasion of the others.”
–James Madison, Federalist No. 48, 1788
“There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”
–James Madison, speech at the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788
By Thomas Sowell · Tuesday, July 5, 2011
It is hard to understand politics if you are hung up on reality. Politicians leave reality to others. What matters in politics is what you can get the voters to believe, whether it bears any resemblance to reality or not.
Not only among politicians, but also among much of the media, and even among some of the public, the quest is not for truth about reality but for talking points that fit a vision or advance an agenda. Some seem to see it as a personal contest about who is best at fencing with words.
“This balance between the National and State governments ought to be dwelt on with peculiar attention, as it is of the utmost importance. It forms a double security to the people. If one encroaches on their rights they will find a powerful protection in the other. Indeed, they will both be prevented from overpassing their constitutional limits by a certain rivalship, which will ever subsist between them.”
–Alexander Hamilton, speech to the New York Ratifying Convention, 1788
“A fondness for power is implanted, in most men, and it is natural to abuse it, when acquired.”
–Alexander Hamilton, The Farmer Refuted, 1775
“That the desires of the majority of the people are often for injustice and inhumanity against the minority, is demonstrated by every page of the history of the world.” -John Adams
“[T]he present Constitution is the standard to which we are to cling. Under its banners, bona fide must we combat our political foes — rejecting all changes but through the channel itself provides for amendments.” –Alexander Hamilton
“Honor, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us. We cannot endure the infamy and guilt of resigning succeeding generations to that wretchedness which inevitably awaits them if we basely entail hereditary bondage on them.” –Thomas Jefferson
“The ultimate authority … resides in the people alone. … The advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation … forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition.” –James Madison
“[W]hen all government, domestic and foreign, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another.” –Thomas Jefferson
“They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” (Ben Franklin)
A constitution of government, once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.” (John Adams).
“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” (Thomas Jefferson).
“If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.” (Thomas Paine).
· “It does not take a majority to prevail…but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men. … If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom, go from us in peace. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!” (Samuel Adams) .
“Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!” (George Washington)
“Give me liberty or give me death!” (Patrick Henry).
“The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments in one, and thus to create, whatever the form of government, a real despotism. A just estimate of that love of power, and proneness to abuse it, which predominates in the human heart, is sufficient to satisfy us of the truth of this position.”
–George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796
“The rich, the well-born, and the able, acquire an influence among the people that will soon be too much for simple honesty and plain sense, in a house of representatives. The most illustrious of them must, therefore, be separated from the mass, and placed by themselves in a senate; this is, to all honest and useful intents, an ostracism.”
–John Adams, A Defense of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America, vol 1 , 1787
“Here comes the orator! With his flood of words, and his drop of reason.” –Benjamin Franklin
“Rarely … has any administration been so disconnected from Reality as is the one now lecturing us. Who strong-armed through Congress a health insurance measure on the supposition that somehow we, the taxpayers, will cough up the hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of billions necessary to pay for it forever? As everyone and his dog knows, the Affordable Care Act was the Obama administration’s bright idea. Ironically, the president plans next year, while seeking re-election, to pat himself enthusiastically on the back for winning passage of the very measure that makes control of federal spending so devilishly hard. Having told us to eat our peas, he plans next to remind us how good they tasted.” –columnist William Murchison
“The ignorance about our country is staggering. According to one survey, only 28% of students could identify the Constitution as the supreme law of the land. Only 26% of students knew that the first 10 amendments to the Constitution are called the Bill of Rights. Fewer than one-quarter of students knew that George Washington was the first president of the United States. … Ignorance and possibly contempt for American values, civics and history might help explain how someone like Barack Obama could become president of the United States. At no other time in our history could a person with longtime associations with people who hate our country become president. … The fact that Obama became president and brought openly Marxist people into his administration doesn’t say so much about him as it says about the effects of decades of brainwashing of the American people by the education establishment, media and the intellectual elite.” –economist Walter E. Williams
Let’s generalize this into the First Rule of Liberalism: Government failure always justifies more government.” –Wall Street Journal columnist James Taranto
“I do not want and I will not accept a deal in which I am asked to do nothing. In fact, I’m able to keep hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional income that I don’t need, while a parent out there who is struggling to figure out how to send their kid to college suddenly finds that they’ve got a couple thousand dollars less in grants or student loans.” –Barack Obama
“If you read between the lines, which doesn’t take much decoding, President Obama effectively believes that any income you have which you don’t ‘need’ belongs to the government.” –author John Steele Gordon
Every time I see Obama getting on Airforce One I think of how many millions are being spent on each of his many pleasure jaunts that this no talent community organizer endulges himself in at taxpayer expense and I wonder if there is a shred of competence or integrity anywhere in the mainstream media?
“The depressing debate over the debt ceiling underscores just how recklessly the ruling class has squandered America’s sacred heritage — a heritage I had the privilege of revisiting up close this past week on a family vacation. The contrast between the sublime historical locations we experienced during the day and the alarming news we ingested each night about the dire state of our nation’s financial condition couldn’t have been starker. Upon witnessing the majesty of our historical sites, it’s difficult not to be outraged at the irresponsible stewardship of our do-gooder ruling class. These elites are on the final leg of their long journey to uproot our founding principles and remake the nation in their quest for moral self-realization through public acts of philanthropy with other people’s money and liberty. In the name of compassion, they have systematically undermined our founding ideals of life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness and equal opportunity under the law. … I am more convinced than ever that words alone are insufficient to express the richness of America’s heritage and the debt we owe our Founding Fathers and all others who sacrificed so much so that we could be free. As we measure the forces determined to structurally change this nation, divest us of our liberties and, in the process, inevitably bankrupt us, let us always be mindful of the sacrifice of these great men, who bequeathed to us our liberties, and honor them and our posterity by redoubling our commitment to fight to the end to preserve them.” –columnist David Limbaugh
My dad told me a story about the time when he was in school. During lunch, the school bully, who was bigger than dad walked up to him and socked him in the arm knocking him down. My dad got up and hit the fellow right square in the nose. The bully then beat the hell out of my dad. The next day the bully came up and hit my dad again saying “well, did you learn your lesson?” My dad got up and hit him in the nose again. The kid again beat the hell out of my dad. As my dad told me, son, whenever you get into a situation like that, always draw blood. After the second time, that kid never bothered dad again. Cause he always knew he could beat my dad up but every time he
bothered him he always got a nose bleed and it just was not worth it.
Still, perhaps I’m asking the impossible of the news media. After all, this is the very same industry that dedicated all of its resources, up to and including the NY Times and the Washington Post asking its readers to sift through years worth of Sarah Palin’s official email, in the hope of finding something with which to ridicule a woman who’s had the unmitigated gall to be a mayor, a governor, a vice-presidential candidate, a Christian and, perhaps worst of all,
give birth to a handicapped baby.
“There was a guy who was serving time in prison for a bank robbery in which the money had never been recovered. Knowing that his mail and phone calls were being monitored by the FBI, the convict called his father, a poor farmer, and let him know that the loot was buried somewhere on the south 40. By the end of the week, the FBI hadn’t uncovered a plugged nickel, but the old man’s acreage was all plowed up and ready for Spring planting.
Regarding Mr. Farah’s June 23 commentary titled, “Hitler was ineligible for presidency too,” Hitler was also an illegal alien, subject to deportation because of a felony conviction and, technically, he was a foreigner (Austrian) until he was given German citizenship by a fellow National Socialist, Wilhelm Frick. Frick was a minister of Thuringia, and he gave Adolf Hitler a civil servant “certificate of appointment” as a police constable in the tiny hamlet of Hildburghausen. Frick later became Hitler’s Reich minister of the interior when Hitler became dictator. This is how Hitler “legally” became a German citizen under very questionable circumstances. Quite the loophole!
Let us be clear, taxation is theft by force, a taking of money from a person who earned it to give to another party who did not earn it. Those who favor socialist style, big government spending do not agree with the definition of personal property rights enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and codified by the Constitution. They believe that property belongs to the State and that the government, at any time, may decide what is a “fair” amount for the worker to keep of the fruit of his labors, and to what favored parties the spoils can be “redistributed” to. Just ask Obama and Joe the Plumber.
The Declaration is as much a spiritual document as a political one. It has four references to deity — “Nature’s God,” “Creator,” “Supreme Judge of the World” and “divine Providence.” Those phrases collectively declare that God is the mighty author of our being and the moral authority for our laws, and that we humans, by virtue of our spiritual nature derived from God, are created equal and are endowed with “certain unalienable rights.” The purpose of government, the Declaration says, is to ensure that those rights are not violated because each individual citizen is sacred and sovereign.
Whether you believe in God or not, if you are American, you should understand the profound difference which our theory of government makes for us from all other theories and forms of political organization. The fundamental idea of America is this: Our liberty, our sovereignty, our equality, our rights, our justice and our human dignity are bestowed upon us by God and guaranteed by the Constitution; all that may not be violated or taken away by laws, court decisions, executive orders or social majorities who think otherwise. Rather, the primary role of government is to protect all that from anyone who seeks to harm it or override it. As the Declaration of Independence puts it, governments are instituted to ensure those God-given rights.