Friday, February 27, 2009

Short radio piece: conservatism speaks

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Now and then we run into surprising jewels of wisdom.

My friend Larrey and his wife Eileen have written an unusual piece of a patriotic nature and shared it on national radio today. Now I want to share it with you.

If you are curious about that kind of passion, I invite you to go here, download, and listen to this short work. Then share the link if you find it on point.

Thank you, Larrey and Eileen.
b. giguere

Thursday, February 19, 2009

2076-- Can America Make It? by Howie Rich

This post comes to us from an outside author, Howie Rich, presented here with permission, in its entirety.

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More than perhaps any other nation in human history, the United States of America needs to brush up on its own history.

After all, a Republic founded 233 years ago in defiance of fiscal tyranny has once again succumbed to it – only this time we have no one to blame but ourselves.

Worse still, a frightening paradigm shift has completely overtaken the thinking of our nation's "leaders" in both political parties.

No longer is there any real debate as to whether the federal government should grow into new and undefined roles at the expense of our liberties (and our wallets) – the question has become how fast and how much of our individual and economic freedom these "leaders" should be permitted to deprive us of.

So let's dispense with the meaningless partisan sniping of our modern-day, 24-hour news cycle for a moment, because that's frankly the last place we're going to find the sort of wisdom we need to deal with these issues.

Let's dig a little deeper, shall we?

"It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes," wrote Thomas Jefferson, one of many "wise and frugal" governing principles he committed to posterity.

Sadly, our country is now $13 trillion away from realizing his goal, thanks to a problem he predicted.

"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government," Jefferson added, a reminder to adhere to the basic limitations set forth in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights – limitations on government that now no longer exist.

Obviously, the road to complete and total abandonment of America's founding fiscal and governmental ideals was a long one, and – to hear revisionist historians tell it – a necessary one.
Sort of like all of the trillions in recent federal interventionism was "necessary," according to Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

In fact, Obama went so far as to say that our current national recession would be "irreversible" unless his bailout boondoggle was passed.

Interestingly enough, it was a creative definition of the "necessary and proper" clause – made infamous in the 1812 McCulloch v. Maryland ruling – that first enabled government to assume powers far beyond those originally enumerated by its founding documents.

What powers, you may ask? Whatever powers it deemed "necessary and proper," obviously.
Paired with the Commerce clause – sixteen little words that have also been interpreted as giving the federal government near-unlimited power to do whatever it pleases – the slippery slope toward future excesses was well-oiled.

After the Civil War came the Interstate Commerce Act, the Sherman Anti-Trust Act and "stream of commerce" doctrine - all of which radically enhanced the federal government's authority at the expense of the states.

Then came the first "New Deal," which firmly centralized national power under a federal welfare state, but according to Franklin D. Roosevelt's own Treasury Secretary only made matters worse economically.

"We have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work," said Henry Morganthau. "I say after eight years of this Administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started … And an enormous debt to boot!"

Mark those words … because you very well may hear them again after eight years of Obama's "New Deal 2.0."

"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them," Jefferson wrote.

At every turn along the way, America has failed to heed that advice.

All that remains to be seen is if we ever will.

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Howie Rich

The author is Chairman of Americans for Limited Government, and this piece can be found at The Daily Grind. The author invites bloggers to distribute this piece.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Pure madness: disregard for safety in time of War

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Greetings, and welcome to 2009. I guess I can't keep pretending this isn't happening.

My friends, please take a look at this brief article over at Newsmax. I agree with Cheney's assessment of the riskiness of leaving behind the Bush anti-terrorism policies that have kept us safe.

Sorry to make my first post of the new blog site such a fearful one, but this is too important to dismiss.

Recently I've been very busy working on the last section of a lengthy work of fiction, and am also doing the outline and research for an article. Between that and my fresh commitment to streamlining my household, the result is a neglected blog. But I'll be back here in earnest as soon as possible.

In the meantime, I'm trying to keep up with my favorite sources for important news and commentary. Uppermost in my mind (and probably yours too) are two huge national issues: security and the economy.

Frankly speaking, only misguided moonbats believe you can achieve peace by pretending you're not at war. And only a liberal can actually believe you help the economy by pouring billions of our hard-earned dollars into pet projects... but that's a subject for another day.

Anyway, here's the link:

Dick Cheney / terrorism / Bush policies

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Be well, everyone.

Respectfully submitted,

b. giguere

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