Friday, May 21, 2010
Marcus Tullius Cicero
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Some time ago I found a Russian blogger whose writings captured my attention. It's hard to explain the attraction. First he surprised me with viewpoints from a culture I, heretofore, only had minimal exposure. (and still do have minimal exposure) Maybe I am just curious. He says he is an avowed Christian and I have no reason to doubt this. He has some views on history that I find at once both insightful and thought-provoking. And because I am what you would call "as American as Apple Pie," it is eye-opening to read someone who professes to be Christian profane America in ways I cannot fathom. I love America and I love the Founding Principles of America. Partly I love America for the freedom to practice and live my Christianity. My Christian God is my center. Partly I love America for it is my home of opportunities and freedoms. Or was. And since it is "being transformed" by the Marxist in Chief, I am finding myself literally terrified of losing the America I thought was my safe home.
O.K. so here Mat Rodina is the blog and the writings of a Russian who blatantly says he HATES the WEST. Maybe what I find so interesting is that the things he hates are not my America. The things he hates are Obama's methods and philosophies. What he hates is Marxism. A Christian Russian who hates Marxism. Is it any wonder I am curious?
In the Russian blogger's mind and writings, America is the personification of all things anti-Christian plus the purveyor of oppression, unjust wars, support for Islamic Fascism.....generally the devil personified. My America? Who is he talking about?
And while I read his writings, I see a version of how someone across the world is viewing us. I don't like it. At the same time, I am seeing what this Obamanation of a travesty is doing to our country and I cannot argue that the Russian is necessarily wrong on all counts. He has good points. Our government and our politicians have moved so far away from America's foundings, that our / my America is not what I believe it is, should be, was meant to be. I find myself as angry as the Russian blogger at the destruction of our world through American governmental policies....though he doesn't seem to realize that our government does not represent America at all.
Maybe my America is lost. Maybe it was just a good idea that was trampled by corruption a long long time ago. Maybe the Russian is right that the West is a damned scourge on the face of the earth. I hope not, but his anecdotal evidence is pretty damning. The Russian is a witness.
My resistance is worn down. You cannot defend the indefensible. When your own country is doing wrong, when your leaders are corrupt, when you can no longer trust the institutions /the three branches of government, the churches, the schools, etc., when what you defend is a defeated ideology that no longer exists, when the whole world thinks your country is a disgusting cesspool......it's time to take a serious look and either clean it up or abandon hope.
The Russian blogger calls those of us succumbing to the corruption "Sheep." I know a lot of "sheep." To be fairer to those of us who are not "sheep," we have little power to do anything to stop the globalists' socialist machine. Those of us who are Christians are being forced to support propping up Muslims through laws...those who want nothing but to destroy America and the West. We are under an onslaught of Mexican illegals demanding the rights of citizens. People who speak out against these travesties are being called "Terrorists" by our own government officials. Those of us who believe in the free market are being regulated and taxed to death. Our healthcare was just co-opted by a socialist government without our consent. Our media is nearly all owned by the Soros machine. Our car companies were acquired by fiat by a fascist move by a socialist government.
We are not "sheep." Short of violent insurrection, in which peaceful Americans would be slaughtered, I wonder what the Russian blogger would have us do? Our voices are not silent. Our voices are ignored, trashed, targeted and frozen...a la Alinsky.
The America that fought Hitler and won is being Hitlerized from within and from without. The triumph of freedom, costing America so much blood and tears, is now for naught? I wonder what exactly does the Russian think we Americans could and should do?
Resistance. Something to contemplate. Or not.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Now that I've read the feature article in my local paper today on a Faith Based Community Improvement Program, I don't know that I could argue with her, that indeed her (and my) tax dollars are being used for what used to be non-governmental private charities. Begun by George Bush, who she despised, Faith Based Initiatives using Federal, State, and Local grant money is now being put on steroids by Barrack Obama. The irony is that usually it is the Democrat left in America who screams and hollers about "separation of Church and State." And further irony is that the wall of separation between Church and State is merely to disallow any political or government establishment of religion, but to allow religious freedom without the control of the State. Now that the Democrat left has the keys to the treasury, they see it as an opportunity to funnel money to their favorite causes and use tax dollars to infiltrate government power into religious life in America. This is why, when you give too much power to the right or the left, when you step outside of the boundaries of the Constitution, you are at the mercy of who holds the power at any given time. Using our tax dollars for "Faith Based Initiatives" is blurring the line between Church and State way beyond what the Founders of the Constitution ever contemplated. Mixing government money with Churches is, #1. using Churches for political gain and power, #2. Manipulating the congregations of Churches to the uses of government, and #3. Allowing the government to pick and choose which Churches will play the government game to the benefit of certain constituencies.
A question that doesn't seem to cross the minds of voters is this: Where, in the Constitution, does it say that public tax money should be used to prop up certain persons' private property? (I'm sure there are a lot of people who are wishing to get home repairs done without having to pay for it themselves.) And if one speaks out against this redistribution of wealth, how vilified will that person be for crying, "Foul?" After all, how cruel could you be to suggest that your tax dollars are not supposed to repair the roof on your neighbor's house? Even though your neighbor's house is privately owned and is not your financial responsibility? Or, that if you wanted to chip in money and labor to fix your neighbor's house, it could be a voluntary effort between neighbors and churches without the involuntary forced confiscation of taxes. Real charity, as opposed to confiscation.
According to the Gazette article, the executive director of Hope 4 Gaston says, "The city's throwing money at us." I don't know if he means the City of Gastonia, or if he means charitable citizens are throwing money at them. It looks as if he means the City of Gastonia. On that premise, I write the rest of this article:
This is the same city who went begging for road improvement funds by way of borrowing money via a bond issue in the last election, asking for and getting permission from our citizens to borrow money for public road improvements. Since I am not privy to the source of where the Hope 4 Gaston money is being pulled, I am guessing that it is a Federal, State, and Local collaboration of taxes from all of those sources.
Who uses what tax money for which purposes? There lies the Gordian Knot our government has created. Not only is the line between Church and State being blurred, but the line between the public and private sectors is being obfuscated. Does the State look to own the Churches, a la King George and the Church of England? Does the State look to own private property? Trust me, the State, out of an ever increasing appetite for power, wishes to own everything. What used to be a clearly defined line between the public and the private sectors, is now a convoluted tangled web of power and influence. Some few uses of taxes are kindly put forth in referendums, where the public actually has some say-so on the matter. Others are just divvied out by government programs and politicians for uses that they deem will gain them the most votes or popularity. Churches and Pastors looking for money for projects are all too happy to get your tax money to prop up their coffers. I wonder if they have ever heard the phrase, "ill gotten gains." Governments at all levels in our country are in dire debt, yet instead of paying down the debt to save the solvency of the country, we are funneling government tax money to some politicians' favorite "charities?"
Since when is being 13 trillion dollars in debt as a nation a premise to give tax money to "charities?" Since when does Gastonia have money to throw at "charities?" If we weren't "throwing money at" charities or at other non-public uses, would we have less debt? Could we have paid for the road improvements without paying interest on borrowed money? Good people can all agree that personal charity is a good thing when it can be afforded. Forced confiscation of tax money to prop up private interests, no matter how humble the home or great the need, is not charity.
Friday, May 14, 2010
Before you let anyone place a "Smart Meter" on your house.
Before you get sucked into the "Smart Growth" agenda.
Before you do one more thing today...send this to everyone.
Retrieved from a GREAT SITE called WATTSUPWITHTHAT Go there..you will learn a lot!!!
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
The above article is one of the most comprehensive descriptions of what the UN Agenda 21 and Global Government is doing to undermine the principles of liberty and to take down America. Right now there are so many operatives of this agenda in our government that I am not at all sure what it will take to rid ourselves of them. Nothing that is happening is a coincidence. Crises are being orchestrated and manipulated to hand over more power to the Social engineers of Globalism. (Climate Change? Look for Smart Meters at your house soon.)
Local politicians in America are being sucked into the "Smart Growth" policies of the UN. Looking for handouts of Federal money has become the mantra of mayors and city councils. Those handouts come with strings attached. It's called "control." Our local politicians are throwing away our rights and our autonomy, granted to us by God and in the U.S. Constitution. They are doing it to get money for stupid things. A NASCAR Museum. A Teapot Museum. A Whitewater Park. Greenways. Parks. Facades on Main Streets for failing businesses. Meanwhile crying about not enough money for roads, bridges, schools, etc. Let them eat cake? Roman circuses?
The riots in Greece are a harbinger of what is coming to America. Immigrants with no allegiance to our country looking for handouts and free everything....happened in Greece. Unfunded social programs that are bankrupting the country...happened in Greece. Labor Unions demanding Social Justice....happened in Greece. Devaluation of the currency....coming soon here, happened in Greece. (i.e. the Euro) Cap and Trade and the VAT tax....happened in Greece.
What is so undeniably insane is that this socialist model has been proven to fail every time it has been tried. Tyrants don't care about history or truth. All they care about is control of the masses to enrich themselves. It is a recipe for disaster. People's lives are already ruined by Agenda 21, and the EPA's implementation of "biodiversity" projects therein. Note the San Joaquin Valley in California where farms have been shut down and farmers are out of work, packers and truckers are out of work. That is just one example of many. The Kelo decision which annihilates private property rights is another example.
Americans who are duped into thinking they are voting out corporate and government corruption and voting in socialist "feel good" projects to help the poor, are not educating themselves to see the lies behind the politicians' rhetorical nonsense. It is Americans who are committing national suicide by stupidity. Convinced by charlatans of some misplaced undeserved guilt for the plight of poorer nations, Americans with large hearts are not using their heads, and getting sucked down the tubes. And that is what alarms me the most. That is the train coming smack at us that I can't seem to stop. Organizations that started out as charity, such as Hospice, and Habitat for Humanity, are now co-opted by government grants with strings attached. NGO's, Non-profits, and all things that used to be voluntary are being twisted into government obligations. Public schools that used to be operated by states and local communities are now seeped in Federal indoctrination and union led teachers. Youth are being indoctrinated to take up the Obama socialist vision for America. And all of this is being driven by a globalist view for world wide tyranny run by the likes of Al Gore, Maurice Strong, George Soros, all of the usual suspects.
America....helloooooo.....wake up out there.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
November 24, 2009"Two Southern California utilities were awarded more than $125 million in stimulus funds from the Department of Energy today to demonstrate “smart” electric grid systems and test energy storage projects.
A group of 16 awards totaling $435 million went to smart grid programs run through 50 utilities and companies in 21 states. Another 16 grants for $185 million were given to utility-scale energy storage projects, which could help integrate renewable energy options such as wind and solar into the mainstream electricity network."
Above from the L A Times
Below from Pajamas Media
"Assistant Secretary of Energy Cathy Zoi has a huge financial stake in companies likely to profit from Obama's "green" policies.
Zoi, who left her position as CEO of the Alliance for Climate Protection — founded by Al Gore — to serve as assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy, now manages billions in “green jobs” funding. But the disclosure documents show that Zoi not only is in a position to affect the fortunes of her previous employer, ex-Vice President Al Gore, but that she herself has large holdings in two firms that could directly profit from policies proposed by the Department of Energy."
Please go to the article to get more details. The gist is that Cathy Zoi is just one of the Obama buddies who is going to rake it in with Cap and Trade legislation should that abomination pass the Senate. Even without the legislation, the march of the left continues through fiat and stimulus money where they implement the not so "Smart Grid" without making it law. They just do it......sort of like the Nike commercials.
In case you aren't aware of the "green" slime crime happening to us without our consent, the two articles above show you just a tip of the iceberg of the corruption and racketeering being perpetrated on the American people in the name of going "green." I can't even fathom how much money is being stolen and how many of these criminals exist who are on the take. Well, it's "green" all right. As in the color of money. And you probably aren't in on the profiteering. Of course the "Smart Grid" is all for your best interest, you know. And we're saving the planet, you know. And we nasty greedy Americans shouldn't be able to adjust our own thermostats, you know. It just wouldn't be fair to Zimbabwe, you know.
Using our tax money and debt laden "Stimulus" dollars, the theft of America is the game of the day. Crime, Inc. is Obama's government. You ain't seen nothing yet.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Those of you who think free market capitalism is a good thing, please stand up. Those of you who think free market capitalism has been alive and well in America for the last many decades, please take a flyer to Never Never Land. Those of you who hate free market capitalism, tell me when the last time was that you saw such a thing.
From the early 1900's, since Woodrow Wilson and the establishment of the Federal Reserve, there has been a steady and deliberate destruction of free market capitalism in America. Once the politicians created a separate bank, one which they could use to control the money supply, the idea of a free market was at risk of manipulation by said politicians.
So, for over 100 years, our livelihoods have been played like puppets to the tune of enriching politicians, depending on who and what industry was in or out of favor of any particular time. The question is, how are we to retrieve a free market based system that has been missing for a 100 years? Some industries tried to escape the talons of the federal government, and lost. The others decided it was easier to get in bed with the government in order to try to survive. Consequently, our America has been at the mercy of greedy politicians for much longer than I have been alive. When all Americans really want is to conduct business without the corruption of politicians interfering. Oh, how naive I must be to hope for such liberty. My family, some Irish and some German, all came here to escape the tyranny of governments who became so corrupt. And now we find ourselves wrapped up in the same thing we tried to escape, a couple of generations later. Tyranny. Without economic liberty, there is no liberty. Period.
All of that came to mind when I read an article from Big Government.com I live in North Carolina, whose citizens are struggling, like all those in other states, to wrestle themselves out from under the thumb of heavy handed government interference. The onslaught is relentless. The killer is that some really stupid or greedy (not sure which) keep electing unscrupulous officials who are in it for the money. Democrat, junior Senator Kay Hagan is just such a government official. She is supposedly on the warpath to get rid of "payday" lenders, citing them as bad for consumers and predatory towards the poor and misfortunate. But her campaign money is coming from who? The commercial banks who would like nothing more than to put other competitors (payday lenders) out of business. Kay would like to pay back her cronies, you know. In case that alone is not enough to convince you of Hagan's corruption, here is an excerpt from the article:
"Hagan is also carrying the water for the corrupt Center for Responsible Lending, the group who took $15 million from John Paulson, a key figure in the Goldman Sachs scandal. This money was used to undermine the subprime lending market that helped millions of Americans buy their first homes. While witnessing this, Hagan’s cronies reaped billions of dollars off of their bets against the American dream. The Center for Responsible Lending – author of the Hagan bill – was involved in a scheme with John Paulson and Senator Chuck Schumer to destroy IndyMac Bank that allowed Paulson to buy pieces of IndyMac at fire sale prices and collect billions for himself and his cronies."
Americans don't have a prayer against this type of government corruption. It was one thing for the lobbyists to pay off politicians to try to eliminate regulations. It is just another, yet worse, side of the coin when politicians are using laws and regulations to wreck companies and then profit from the devastation. It has become so obvious that we are left with our heads spinning wondering how in the hell they are getting away with this. What used to be criminal and punishable by law, is now common government practice and being promoted as the Democrat ideal. The criminals in our government are running around patting themselves on the back for their cleverness, and have corrupted the media to spin the message to convince the public that they are actually doing something good. The entire scenario is straight out of "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand, would that the public had read and understood the book.
Freedom and prosperity are cohabitants. Without freedom, the only prosperity is that of the powerful elitists pulling the strings. If we don't get the crime out of government, we will not survive the coming decade as the America we love and want to remain. My message is: STOP ELECTING THESE CRIMINALS.